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  1. Cytochrome P450-mediated activation of the fragrance compound geraniol forms potent contact allergens

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    Hagvall, Lina; Baron, Jens Malte; Boerje, Anna; Weidolf, Lars; Merk, Hans; Karlberg, Ann-Therese

    2008-12-01

    Contact sensitization is caused by low molecular weight compounds which penetrate the skin and bind to protein. In many cases, these compounds are activated to reactive species, either by autoxidation on exposure to air or by metabolic activation in the skin. Geraniol, a widely used fragrance chemical, is considered to be a weak allergen, although its chemical structure does not indicate it to be a contact sensitizer. We have shown that geraniol autoxidizes and forms allergenic oxidation products. In the literature, it is suggested but not shown that geraniol could be metabolically activated to geranial. Previously, a skin-like CYP cocktail consisting of cutaneous CYP isoenzymes, was developed as a model system to study cutaneous metabolism. In the present study, we used this system to investigate CYP-mediated activation of geraniol. In incubations with the skin-like CYP cocktail, geranial, neral, 2,3-epoxygeraniol, 6,7-epoxygeraniol and 6,7-epoxygeranial were identified. Geranial was the main metabolite formed followed by 6,7-epoxygeraniol. The allergenic activities of the identified metabolites were determined in the murine local lymph node assay (LLNA). Geranial, neral and 6,7-epoxygeraniol were shown to be moderate sensitizers, and 6,7-epoxygeranial a strong sensitizer. Of the isoenzymes studied, CYP2B6, CYP1A1 and CYP3A5 showed high activities. It is likely that CYP1A1 and CYP3A5 are mainly responsible for the metabolic activation of geraniol in the skin, as they are expressed constitutively at significantly higher levels than CYP2B6. Thus, geraniol is activated through both autoxidation and metabolism. The allergens geranial and neral are formed via both oxidation mechanisms, thereby playing a large role in the sensitization to geraniol.

  2. Method for forming metal contacts

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    Reddington, Erik; Sutter, Thomas C; Bu, Lujia; Cannon, Alexandra; Habas, Susan E; Curtis, Calvin J; Miedaner, Alexander; Ginley, David S; Van Hest, Marinus Franciscus Antonius Maria

    2013-09-17

    Methods of forming metal contacts with metal inks in the manufacture of photovoltaic devices are disclosed. The metal inks are selectively deposited on semiconductor coatings by inkjet and aerosol apparatus. The composite is heated to selective temperatures where the metal inks burn through the coating to form an electrical contact with the semiconductor. Metal layers are then deposited on the electrical contacts by light induced or light assisted plating.

  3. Contact degeneracies of closed 2-forms

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    Zot'ev, Dmitrii B

    2007-04-30

    Consider a closed 2-form that is degenerate at the points of a hypersurface and is non-degenerate outside it. In the neighbourhood of a singularity (which is called contact under certain natural conditions) the limit behaviour of Hamiltonian fields is investigated and a canonical form of the 2-form is found (Darboux's theorem). Connections with regular Lie structures are established. Properties of integrable structures on Liouville tori containing contact degeneracies are studied. Bibliography: 16 titles.

  4. Front contact solar cell with formed emitter

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    Cousins, Peter John

    2012-07-17

    A bipolar solar cell includes a backside junction formed by an N-type silicon substrate and a P-type polysilicon emitter formed on the backside of the solar cell. An antireflection layer may be formed on a textured front surface of the silicon substrate. A negative polarity metal contact on the front side of the solar cell makes an electrical connection to the substrate, while a positive polarity metal contact on the backside of the solar cell makes an electrical connection to the polysilicon emitter. An external electrical circuit may be connected to the negative and positive metal contacts to be powered by the solar cell. The positive polarity metal contact may form an infrared reflecting layer with an underlying dielectric layer for increased solar radiation collection.

  5. Front contact solar cell with formed emitter

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    Cousins, Peter John

    2014-11-04

    A bipolar solar cell includes a backside junction formed by an N-type silicon substrate and a P-type polysilicon emitter formed on the backside of the solar cell. An antireflection layer may be formed on a textured front surface of the silicon substrate. A negative polarity metal contact on the front side of the solar cell makes an electrical connection to the substrate, while a positive polarity metal contact on the backside of the solar cell makes an electrical connection to the polysilicon emitter. An external electrical circuit may be connected to the negative and positive metal contacts to be powered by the solar cell. The positive polarity metal contact may form an infrared reflecting layer with an underlying dielectric layer for increased solar radiation collection.

  6. Pion form factor from a contact interaction

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    Gutierrez-Guerrero, L. X.; Bashir, A.; Cloeet, I. C.; Roberts, C. D.

    2010-06-15

    In a Poincare-covariant vector-boson-exchange theory, the pion possesses components of pseudovector origin, which materially influence its observable properties. For a range of such quantities, we explore the consequences of a momentum-independent interaction, regularized in a symmetry-preserving manner. The contact interaction, while capable of describing pion static properties, produces a form factor whose evolution for Q{sup 2}>0.17 GeV{sup 2} disagrees markedly with experiment and whose asymptotic power-law behavior conflicts strongly with perturbative QCD.

  7. Ink-Jet Printer Forms Solar-Cell Contacts

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    Alexander, Paul, Jr.; Vest, R. W.; Binford, Don A.; Tweedell, Eric P.

    1988-01-01

    Contacts formed in controllable patterns with metal-based inks. System forms upper metal contact patterns on silicon photovoltaic cells. Uses metallo-organic ink, decomposes when heated, leaving behind metallic, electrically conductive residue in printed area.

  8. Contact sensitizer 2,4-dinitrochlorobenzene is a highly potent human TRPA1 agonist.

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    Saarnilehto, M; Chapman, H; Savinko, T; Lindstedt, K; Lauerma, A I; Koivisto, A

    2014-10-01

    2,4-Dinitrochlorobenzene (DNCB) is widely used in human clinical studies and in experimental animal studies to evoke allergic contact dermatitis. 2,4-Dinitrochlorobenzene is a potent immunogen capable of inducing contact sensitization in all humans exposed. However, the mechanism by which DNCB evokes such symptoms is presently unknown. TRPA1 is a nonselective cation channel that is expressed in peptidergic sensory neurons and fibroblasts. TRPA1 activation was recently implicated in the pathophysiology of atopic dermatitis especially in transducing cutaneous itch signals. Here, we test the hypothesis that DNCB acts as a TRPA1 agonist and thereby evokes allergic symptoms. We found that DNCB activates human TRPA1 dose dependently in FLIPR experiments with an EC50 of 167nM, an effect that was fully blocked by selective TRPA1 antagonists Chembridge-5861528 and A-967079. Similarly, DNCB activated nonselective TRPA1 current in patch clamp studies. Neutralization of 3 critical cysteines in TRPA1 resulted in a loss of DNCB agonism. PMID:25041656

  9. Thin film process forms effective electrical contacts on semiconductor crystals

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    Formigoni, N. P.; Roberts, J. S.

    1967-01-01

    Process makes microscopic, low-resistance electrical contacts on hexagonal n-type silicon carbide crystals used for microelectronic devices. A vacuum deposition of aluminum is etched to expose the bare silicon carbide where the electrical contacts are made. Sputtering alternating layers of tantalum and gold forms the alloy film.

  10. Method of forming contacts for a back-contact solar cell

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    Manning, Jane

    2013-07-23

    Methods of forming contacts for back-contact solar cells are described. In one embodiment, a method includes forming a thin dielectric layer on a substrate, forming a polysilicon layer on the thin dielectric layer, forming and patterning a solid-state p-type dopant source on the polysilicon layer, forming an n-type dopant source layer over exposed regions of the polysilicon layer and over a plurality of regions of the solid-state p-type dopant source, and heating the substrate to provide a plurality of n-type doped polysilicon regions among a plurality of p-type doped polysilicon regions.

  11. Method of forming contacts for a back-contact solar cell

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    Manning, Jane

    2015-10-20

    Methods of forming contacts for solar cells are described. In one embodiment, a method includes forming a silicon layer above a substrate, forming and patterning a solid-state p-type dopant source on the silicon layer, forming an n-type dopant source layer over exposed regions of the silicon layer and over a plurality of regions of the solid-state p-type dopant source, and heating the substrate to provide a plurality of n-type doped silicon regions among a plurality of p-type doped silicon regions.

  12. Method of forming contacts for a back-contact solar cell

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    Manning, Jane

    2014-07-15

    Methods of forming contacts for solar cells are described. In one embodiment, a method includes forming a silicon layer above a substrate, forming and patterning a solid-state p-type dopant source on the silicon layer, forming an n-type dopant source layer over exposed regions of the silicon layer and over a plurality of regions of the solid-state p-type dopant source, and heating the substrate to provide a plurality of n-type doped silicon regions among a plurality of p-type doped silicon regions.

  13. Process and structures for fabrication of solar cells with laser ablation steps to form contact holes

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    Harley, Gabriel; Smith, David D; Dennis, Tim; Waldhauer, Ann; Kim, Taeseok; Cousins, Peter John

    2013-11-19

    Contact holes of solar cells are formed by laser ablation to accomodate various solar cell designs. Use of a laser to form the contact holes is facilitated by replacing films formed on the diffusion regions with a film that has substantially uniform thickness. Contact holes may be formed to deep diffusion regions to increase the laser ablation process margins. The laser configuration may be tailored to form contact holes through dielectric films of varying thickness.

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  16. Helicobacter pylori TlyA Forms Amyloid-like Aggregates with Potent Cytotoxic Activity.

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    Lata, Kusum; Chattopadhyay, Kausik

    2015-06-16

    Helicobacter pylori is a potent human gastric pathogen. It is known to be associated with several gastroenteric disorders, including gastritis, peptic ulcer, and gastric cancer. The H. pylori genome encodes a gene product TlyA that has been shown to display potent membrane damaging properties and cytotoxic activity. On the basis of such properties, TlyA is considered as a potential virulence factor of H. pylori. In this study, we show that the H. pylori TlyA protein has a strong propensity to convert into the amyloid-like aggregated assemblies, upon exposure to elevated temperatures. Even at the physiological temperature of 37 C, TlyA shows a strong amyloidogenic property. TlyA aggregates that are generated upon exposure at temperatures of ?37 C show prominent binding to dyes like thioflavin T and Nile Red. Transmission electron microscopy also demonstrates the presence of typical amyloid-like fibrils in the TlyA aggregates generated at 37 C. Conversion of TlyA into the amyloid-like aggregates is found to be associated with major alterations in the secondary and tertiary structural organization of the protein. Finally, our study shows that the preformed amyloid-like aggregates of TlyA are capable of exhibiting potent cytotoxic activities against human gastric adenocarcinoma cells. Altogether, such a propensity of H. pylori TlyA to convert into the amyloid-like aggregated assemblies with cytotoxic activity suggests potential implications for the virulence functionality of the protein. PMID:26015064

  17. Back contacted and small form factor GAAS solar cell.

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    Clews, Peggy Jane; Wanlass, Mark W.; Sanchez, Carlos A.; Pluym, Tammy; Cruz-Campa, Jose Luis; Okandan, Murat; Gupta, Vipin P.; Nielson, Gregory N.; Resnick, Paul James

    2010-06-01

    We present a newly developed microsystem enabled, back-contacted, shade-free GaAs solar cell. Using microsystem tools, we created sturdy 3 {micro}m thick devices with lateral dimensions of 250 {micro}m, 500 {micro}m, 1 mm, and 2 mm. The fabrication procedure and the results of characterization tests are discussed. The highest efficiency cell had a lateral size of 500 {micro}m and a conversion efficiency of 10%, open circuit voltage of 0.9 V and a current density of 14.9 mA/cm{sup 2} under one-sun illumination.

  18. Thermal Contact Resistance Estimation: Influence of the Pressure Contact and the Coating Layer during a Hot Forming Process

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    Abdulhay, B.; Bourouga, B.; Dessain, C.

    2011-05-01

    The application of hot stamping in the automotive industry has experienced a fast growth due to the need for higher passive safety and weight reduction. Today, it is absolutely necessary to have reliable and accurate simulation predictions in order to assess the forming feasibility of a part as early as possible during the car design phase. In this paper, an original experimental procedure developed to estimate the thermal conductance at the Part-Tools interfaces during a hot stamping process, is presented. The tools set (punch and die) have been designed to form samples with an omega shape. Two types of material have been stamped: the Usibor 1500P® and the 22MnB5 galvanized steel. The object is to describe correctly the thermal boundary conditions at the Part-Tools interfaces; the adopted procedure consists in estimating accurately the thermal contact resistance TCR at different contact points for different contact pressure values.

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  20. Contact

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  2. Gear sound levels with various tooth contact ratios and forms

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    Lenski, Joseph W., Jr.; Spencer, Robert H.; Drago, Raymond J.; Valco, Mark J.; Oswald, Fred B.

    1993-01-01

    The real noise reduction benefits which may be obtained through the use of one gear tooth form as compared to another is an important design parameter for any geared system, especially for helicopters in which both weight and reliability are very important factors. The design and testing of nine sets of gears which are as identical as possible except for their basic tooth geometry are described. Noise measurements were made at various combinations of load and speed for each gear set so that direct comparisons could be made. The resultant data was analyzed so that valid conclusions could be drawn and interpreted for design use.

  3. Identification of potent odorants formed during the preparation of extruded potato snacks.

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    Majcher, Ma?gorzata A; Jele?, Henryk H

    2005-08-10

    Extrusion cooking processing followed by air-drying has been applied to obtain low-fat potato snacks. Optimal parameters were developed for a dough recipe. Dough contained apart from potato granules 7% of canola oil, 1% of salt, 1% of baking powder, 5% of maltodextrin, and 15% of wheat flour. After the extrusion process, snacks were dried at 85 degrees C for 15 min followed by 130 degrees C for 45 min. The potent odorants of extruded potato snacks were identified using aroma extract dilution analysis and gas chromatography-olfactometry. Among the characteristic compounds, methional with boiled potato flavor, benzenemethanethiol with pepper-seed flavor, 2-acetyl-1-pyrroline with popcorn flavor, benzacetaldehyde with strong flowery flavor, butanal with rancid flavor, and 2-acetylpyrazine with roasty flavor were considered to be the main contributors to the aroma of extruded potato snacks. Several compounds were concluded to be developed during extrusion cooking, such as ethanol, 3-methylbutanal, (Z)-1,5-octadien-3-one with geranium flavor, and unknown ones with the flavor of boiled potato, cumin, candy, or parsley root. Compounds such as methanethiol, 2,3-pentanedione, limonene, 2-acetylpyrazine, 2-ethyl-3,5-dimethylpyrazine, 4-hydroxy-2,5-dimethyl-3(2H)-furanone, 3-hydroxy-4,5-dimethyl-2(5H)-furanone, 2-methyl-3,5-diethylpyrazine, 5-methyl-2,3-diethylpyrazine, and (E)-beta-damascenone were probably developed during air-drying of the potato extrudate. PMID:16076130

  4. Method or forming emitters for a back-contact solar cell

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    Li, Bo; Cousins, Peter J.; Smith, David D.

    2014-08-12

    Methods of forming emitters for back-contact solar cells are described. In one embodiment, a method includes forming a first solid-state dopant source above a substrate. The first solid-state dopant source includes a plurality of regions separated by gaps. Regions of a second solid-state dopant source are formed above the substrate by printing.

  5. Method of forming emitters for a back-contact solar cell

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    Li, Bo; Cousins, Peter J; Smith, David D

    2014-12-16

    Methods of forming emitters for back-contact solar cells are described. In one embodiment, a method includes forming a first solid-state dopant source above a substrate. The first solid-state dopant source includes a plurality of regions separated by gaps. Regions of a second solid-state dopant source are formed above the substrate by printing.

  6. Method of forming emitters for a back-contact solar cell

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    Li, Bo; Cousins, Peter J.; Smith, David D.

    2015-09-29

    Methods of forming emitters for back-contact solar cells are described. In one embodiment, a method includes forming a first solid-state dopant source above a substrate. The first solid-state dopant source includes a plurality of regions separated by gaps. Regions of a second solid-state dopant source are formed above the substrate by printing.

  7. Pixantrone can be activated by formaldehyde to generate a potent DNA adduct forming agent

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    Evison, Ben J.; Mansour, Oula C.; Menta, Ernesto; Phillips, Don R.; Cutts, Suzanne M.

    2007-01-01

    Mitoxantrone is an anti-cancer agent used in the treatment of breast and prostate cancers. It is classified as a topoisomerase II poison, however can also be activated by formaldehyde to generate drugDNA adducts. Despite identification of this novel form of mitoxantroneDNA interaction, excessively high, biologically irrelevant drug concentrations are necessary to generate adducts. A search for mitoxantrone analogues that could potentially undergo this reaction with DNA more efficiently identified Pixantrone as an ideal candidate. An in vitro crosslinking assay demonstrated that Pixantrone is efficiently activated by formaldehyde to generate covalent drugDNA adducts capable of stabilizing double-stranded DNA in denaturing conditions. PixantroneDNA adduct formation is both concentration and time dependent and the reaction exhibits an absolute requirement for formaldehyde. In a direct comparison with mitoxantroneDNA adduct formation, Pixantrone exhibited a 10- to 100-fold greater propensity to generate adducts at equimolar formaldehyde and drug concentrations. PixantroneDNA adducts are thermally and temporally labile, yet they exhibit a greater thermal midpoint temperature and an extended half-life at 37C when compared to mitoxantroneDNA adducts. Unlike mitoxantrone, this enhanced stability, coupled with a greater propensity to form covalent drugDNA adducts, may endow formaldehyde-activated Pixantrone with the attributes required for PixantroneDNA adducts to be biologically active. PMID:17483512

  8. Pixantrone can be activated by formaldehyde to generate a potent DNA adduct forming agent.

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    Evison, Ben J; Mansour, Oula C; Menta, Ernesto; Phillips, Don R; Cutts, Suzanne M

    2007-01-01

    Mitoxantrone is an anti-cancer agent used in the treatment of breast and prostate cancers. It is classified as a topoisomerase II poison, however can also be activated by formaldehyde to generate drug-DNA adducts. Despite identification of this novel form of mitoxantrone-DNA interaction, excessively high, biologically irrelevant drug concentrations are necessary to generate adducts. A search for mitoxantrone analogues that could potentially undergo this reaction with DNA more efficiently identified Pixantrone as an ideal candidate. An in vitro crosslinking assay demonstrated that Pixantrone is efficiently activated by formaldehyde to generate covalent drug-DNA adducts capable of stabilizing double-stranded DNA in denaturing conditions. Pixantrone-DNA adduct formation is both concentration and time dependent and the reaction exhibits an absolute requirement for formaldehyde. In a direct comparison with mitoxantrone-DNA adduct formation, Pixantrone exhibited a 10- to 100-fold greater propensity to generate adducts at equimolar formaldehyde and drug concentrations. Pixantrone-DNA adducts are thermally and temporally labile, yet they exhibit a greater thermal midpoint temperature and an extended half-life at 37 degrees C when compared to mitoxantrone-DNA adducts. Unlike mitoxantrone, this enhanced stability, coupled with a greater propensity to form covalent drug-DNA adducts, may endow formaldehyde-activated Pixantrone with the attributes required for Pixantrone-DNA adducts to be biologically active. PMID:17483512

  9. Tunnel oxide passivated contacts formed by ion implantation for applications in silicon solar cells

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    Reichel, Christian; Feldmann, Frank; Mller, Ralph; Reedy, Robert C.; Lee, Benjamin G.; Young, David L.; Stradins, Paul; Hermle, Martin; Glunz, Stefan W.

    2015-11-01

    Passivated contacts (poly-Si/SiOx/c-Si) doped by shallow ion implantation are an appealing technology for high efficiency silicon solar cells, especially for interdigitated back contact (IBC) solar cells where a masked ion implantation facilitates their fabrication. This paper presents a study on tunnel oxide passivated contacts formed by low-energy ion implantation into amorphous silicon (a-Si) layers and examines the influence of the ion species (P, B, or BF2), the ion implantation dose (5 1014 cm-2 to 1 1016 cm-2), and the subsequent high-temperature anneal (800 C or 900 C) on the passivation quality and junction characteristics using double-sided contacted silicon solar cells. Excellent passivation quality is achieved for n-type passivated contacts by P implantations into either intrinsic (undoped) or in-situ B-doped a-Si layers with implied open-circuit voltages (iVoc) of 725 and 720 mV, respectively. For p-type passivated contacts, BF2 implantations into intrinsic a-Si yield well passivated contacts and allow for iVoc of 690 mV, whereas implanted B gives poor passivation with iVoc of only 640 mV. While solar cells featuring in-situ B-doped selective hole contacts and selective electron contacts with P implanted into intrinsic a-Si layers achieved Voc of 690 mV and fill factor (FF) of 79.1%, selective hole contacts realized by BF2 implantation into intrinsic a-Si suffer from drastically reduced FF which is caused by a non-Ohmic Schottky contact. Finally, implanting P into in-situ B-doped a-Si layers for the purpose of overcompensation (counterdoping) allowed for solar cells with Voc of 680 mV and FF of 80.4%, providing a simplified and promising fabrication process for IBC solar cells featuring passivated contacts.

  10. Disruption of Contact Lens–Associated Pseudomonas aeruginosa Biofilms Formed in the Presence of Neutrophils

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    Parks, Quinn M.; Young, Robert L.; Kret, Jennifer; Poch, Katie R.; Malcolm, Kenneth C.; Nichols, David P.; Nichols, Michelle; Zhu, Meifang; Cavanagh, H. Dwight; Nick, Jerry A.

    2011-01-01

    Purpose. To evaluate the capacity of neutrophils to enhance biofilm formation on contact lenses by an infectious Pseudomonas aeruginosa (PA) corneal isolate. Agents that target F-actin and DNA were tested as a therapeutic strategy for disrupting biofilms formed in the setting of neutrophils in vitro and for limiting the infectious bioburden in vivo. Methods. Biofilm formation by infectious PA strain 6294 was assessed in the presence of neutrophils on a static biofilm plate and on unworn etafilcon A soft contact lenses. A d-isomer of poly(aspartic acid) was used alone and with DNase to reduce biofilm formation on test contact lenses. The gentamicin survival assay was used to determine the effectiveness of the test compound in reducing subsequent intracellular bacterial load in the corneal epithelium in a contact lens infection model in the rabbit. Results. In a static reactor and on hydrogel lenses, PA biofilm density was enhanced 30-fold at 24 hours in the presence of neutrophils (P < 0.0001). The combination of DNase and anionic poly(aspartic acid) reduced the PA biofilms formed in the presence of activated neutrophils by 79.2% on hydrogel contact lenses (P < 0.001). An identical treatment resulted in a 41% reduction in internalized PA in the rabbit corneal epithelium after 24 hours (P = 0.03). Conclusions. These results demonstrate that PA can exploit the presence of neutrophils to form biofilm on contact lenses within a short time. Incorporation of F-actin and DNA represent a mechanism for neutrophil-induced biofilm enhancement and are targets for available agents to disrupt pathogenic biofilms formed on contact lenses and as a treatment for established corneal infections. PMID:21245396

  11. Process for forming pure silver ohmic contacts to N- and P-type gallium arsenide materials

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    Hogan, S.J.

    1983-03-13

    Disclosed is an improved process for manufacturing gallium arsenide semiconductor devices having as its components a n-type gallium arsenide substrate layer and a p-type gallium arsenide diffused layer. The improved process comprises forming a pure silver ohmic contact to both the diffuse layer and the substrate layer wherein the n-type layer comprises a substantially low doping carrier concentration.

  12. Formulation of Contact Problems in Sheet Metal Forming Simulation Using Local Interpolation for Tool Surfaces

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    Hama, Takayuki; Takamura, Masato; Makinouchi, Akitake; Teodosiu, Cristian; Takuda, Hirohiko

    The treatment of contact between a sheet and tools is one of the most difficult problems to deal with in finite-element simulations of the sheet metal forming processes. In order to obtain more accurate tool models without increasing the number of elements, this paper describes new techniques for the contact problem using a local interpolation for tool surfaces proposed by Nagata. The Nagata patch enables the creation of tool models that are much more accurate in shape than those of the conventional polyhedral representations. Contact search algorithms between the sheet nodes and the interpolated tool surfaces and a consistent contact tangent stiffness matrix for the sliding sheet nodes were formulated. The proposed contact search algorithms allow robust and accurate contact analyses. The developed algorithms were introduced into the static-explicit elastoplastic finite-element method code STAMP3D. Simulations of a square-cup deep-drawing process with a very coarsely discretized punch model were carried out. The simulated results showed that the proposed algorithms yield the proper deformation process, thus demonstrating the validity of the proposed techniques.

  13. Solar cell with improved N-region contact and method of forming the same

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    Bube, K. R. (inventor)

    1979-01-01

    An improved solar cell, and method of forming the same are disclosed. It is characterized by a semiconductor silicon wafer of P-type material having diffused therein a shallow N-type region. A sintered silver contact is affixed to the surface of the N-type region at the outer surface. The improved solar cell is formulated from silver powder blended with silver metaphosphate for establishing a zone of increased carrier concentration. An aluminum or silver-aluminum alloy contact is affixed to the P-type wafer at the outer surface opposite the N-type region.

  14. Rice endosperm produces an underglycosylated and potent form of the HIV-neutralizing monoclonal antibody 2G12.

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    Vamvaka, Evangelia; Twyman, Richard M; Murad, Andre Melro; Melnik, Stanislav; Teh, Audrey Yi-Hui; Arcalis, Elsa; Altmann, Friedrich; Stoger, Eva; Rech, Elibio; Ma, Julian K C; Christou, Paul; Capell, Teresa

    2016-01-01

    Protein microbicides against HIV can help to prevent infection but they are required in large, repetitive doses. This makes current fermenter-based production systems prohibitively expensive. Plants are advantageous as production platforms because they offer a safe, economical and scalable alternative, and cereals such as rice are particularly attractive because they could allow pharmaceutical proteins to be produced economically and on a large scale in developing countries. Pharmaceutical proteins can also be stored as unprocessed seed, circumventing the need for a cold chain. Here, we report the development of transgenic rice plants expressing the HIV-neutralizing antibody 2G12 in the endosperm. Surprisingly for an antibody expressed in plants, the heavy chain was predominantly aglycosylated. Nevertheless, the heavy and light chains assembled into functional antibodies with more potent HIV-neutralizing activity than other plant-derived forms of 2G12 bearing typical high-mannose or plant complex-type glycans. Immunolocalization experiments showed that the assembled antibody accumulated predominantly in protein storage vacuoles but also induced the formation of novel, spherical storage compartments surrounded by ribosomes indicating that they originated from the endoplasmic reticulum. The comparison of wild-type and transgenic plants at the transcriptomic and proteomic levels indicated that endogenous genes related to starch biosynthesis were down-regulated in the endosperm of the transgenic plants, whereas genes encoding prolamin and glutaredoxin-C8 were up-regulated. Our data provide insight into factors that affect the functional efficacy of neutralizing antibodies in plants and the impact of recombinant proteins on endogenous gene expression. PMID:25845722

  15. Front contact solar cell with formed electrically conducting layers on the front side and backside

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    Cousins, Peter John

    2012-06-26

    A bipolar solar cell includes a backside junction formed by a silicon substrate and a first doped layer of a first dopant type on the backside of the solar cell. A second doped layer of a second dopant type makes an electrical connection to the substrate from the front side of the solar cell. A first metal contact of a first electrical polarity electrically connects to the first doped layer on the backside of the solar cell, and a second metal contact of a second electrical polarity electrically connects to the second doped layer on the front side of the solar cell. An external electrical circuit may be electrically connected to the first and second metal contacts to be powered by the solar cell.

  16. The emergence of potent forms of methamphetamine in Sydney, Australia: a case study of the IDRS as a strategic early warning system.

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    Topp, Libby; Degenhardt, Louisa; Kaye, Sharlene; Darke, Shane

    2002-12-01

    A striking finding of the Illicit Drug Reporting System (IDRS) in recent years has concerned the emergence in Sydney of a number of different forms of potent methamphetamine. This paper demonstrates the operation of the IDRS in detecting and documenting an increase in both the availability and use of these forms of methamphetamine in Sydney, and Australia more widely, since 1998. Data from different components of the IDRS are utilized to propose that there are currently at least three forms of methamphetamine available in Sydney that are considered by the market to be distinct commodities: methamphetamine powder ('speed'), base methamphetamine ('base') and crystalline methamphetamine ('ice'/'shabu'/'crystal meth'). Base and ice are more potent forms of methamphetamine than speed, and international experience, along with preliminary data obtained from the IDRS, suggest that their use is associated with harms in a number of domains. PMID:12537703

  17. Effects of varying machine stiffness and contact area in UltraForm Finishing

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    Briggs, Dennis E.; Echaves, Samantha; Pidgeon, Brendan; Travis, Nathan; Ellis, Jonathan D.

    2013-09-01

    UltraForm Finishing (UFF) is a deterministic, subaperture, computer numerically controlled, grinding and polishing platform designed by OptiPro Systems. UFF is used to grind and polish a variety optics from simple spherical to fully freeform, and numerous materials from glasses to optical ceramics. The UFF system consists of an abrasive belt around a compliant wheel that rotates and contacts the part to remove material. This work aims to measure the stiffness variations in the system and how it can affect material removal rates. The stiffness of the entire system is evaluated using a triaxial load cell to measure forces and a capacitance sensor to measure deviations in height. Because the wheel is conformal and elastic, the shapes of contact areas are also of interest. For the scope of this work, the shape of the contact area is estimated via removal spot. The measured forces and removal spot area are directly related to material removal rate through Preston's equation. Using our current testing apparatus, we will demonstrate stiffness measurements and contact areas for a single UFF belt during different states of its lifecycle and assess the material removal function from spot diagrams as a function of wear. This investigation will ultimately allow us to make better estimates of Preston's coefficient and develop spot-morphing models in an effort to more accurately predict instantaneous material removal functions throughout the lifetime of a belt.

  18. Rhodopsin forms a dimer with cytoplasmic helix 8 contacts in native membranes

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    Knepp, Adam M.; Periole, Xavier; Marrink, Siewert-Jan; Sakmar, Thomas P.; Huber, Thomas

    2012-01-01

    G protein-coupled receptors (GPCRs) form dimers and higher-order oligomers in membranes, but the precise mode of receptor-receptor interaction remains unknown. To probe the intradimeric proximity of helix 8 (H8), we carried out chemical crosslinking of endogenous cysteines in rhodopsin in disk membranes. We identified a Cys316–Cys316 crosslink using partial proteolysis and liquid chromatography-mass spectrometry (LC-MS). These results show that a symmetric dimer interface mediated by H1 and H8 contacts is present in native membranes. PMID:22352709

  19. Chromium is proposed as an ideal metal to form contacts with monolayer MoS2 and WS2

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    Luo, B.; Liu, J.; Zhu, S. C.; Yi, L.

    2015-10-01

    In this paper, fifteen kinds of metal contacts to monolayer MoS2 and WS2 are investigated by first principles calculations. In a variety of metal contacts, the sixth subgroup metals (including Cr, Mo, W) show collective advantages in forming contacts with MoS2 or WS2. They have more favorable interface bonding, higher densities of states at the Fermi level, and lower potential barriers. Molybdenum (Mo) is one of the elements that form molybdenum disulphide (MoS2), and has been proved to form high quality contacts with MoS2. Similarly, tungsten (W) is one of the elements that form tungsten tellurium (WTe2), and is suggested to form favorable contacts with WTe2. The third metal in the sixth subgroup, chromium (Cr), is found here to be a superior metal compared with molybdenum and tungsten to form favorable contacts with molybdenum disulphide and tungsten disulphide. In all sixth subgroup metal contacts, Cr/MoS2 and Cr/WS2 show the best electronic transport properties and chromium has a lower melting point than molybdenum and tungsten, which lead to easier to process devices with transition-metal dichalcogenides.

  20. Special dendritic and axonal endings formed by the cerebrospinal fluid contacting neurons of the spinal cord.

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    Vigh, B; Vigh-Teichmann, I; Aros, B

    1977-10-14

    The cerebrospinal fluid (CSF) contacting neurons have a dendritic process which protrudes into the central canal, and is provided with one long kinocilium and many shorter stereocilia (about 80 in the turtle) as revealed by scanning electron mecroscopy. The shape, number and arrangement of the cilia are similar to those of known receptor endings. The silver impregnated axons of these cells converge to a paired centrosuperficial tract forming terminal enlargements at the ventrolateral surface of the spinal cord. Lying among glial endfeet these terminals are ultrastructurally similar to those present in known neurosecretory areas. The nerve endings are attached to the basal lamina, and they comprise many synaptic vesicles (200 to 400 A in diameter), as well as granular vesicles of different sizes (diameter 600 to 1800 A). The axons may lie within finger-like protrusions on the surface of the spinal cord, or they may terminate around vesseles. Morphological evidence suggests that these nerve terminals and the corresponding CSF contacting perikarya represent a spinal neurosecretory system possibly influenced by information taken up by its special dendrites protruding into the inner CSF space. PMID:922853

  1. Hydraulic jumps and contact lines formed by jet impact on an incline

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    Limat, Laurent; Duchesne, Alexis; Herbaut, Remy; Lebon, Luc

    2013-11-01

    We have investigated the shape and stability of hydraulic jumps formed on an inclined plate, around a jet under normal impingement. We have explored three different wetting conditions: total wetting, partial wetting and super-hydrophobicity. In the first case, a strong departure to axisymmetry of the shape is observed, with often disappearance of the lower part of the jump. One also observes the formation of an effective, curved, static contact line around the jump, with a similar horse-shoe structure. Surprisingly, the effective jump radii defined in the directions normal and parallel to the in plane gravity follow quite well Bohr et al. scaling, initially proposed for a horizontal, axisymetric jump, but with prefactors dependant on the plate slope. In the partial wetting case, the coupling between the jump and the contact line makes things more complex and Bohr' scaling seems to hold only at large plate slope. In the super hydrophobic case, the structure is strongly axisymmetrical, and reminiscent of sheet atomization. The sheet radius is governed by a balance between surface tension and momentum, itself moderated by the viscous friction on the plate.

  2. Non-contact high precision measurement of surface form tolerances and central thickness for optical elements

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    Lou, Ying

    2010-10-01

    The traditional contact measuring methods could not satisfy the current optical elements measuring requirements. Noncontact high precision measuring theory, principle and instrument of the surface form tolerances and central thickness for optical elements were studied in the paper. In comparison with other types of interferometers, such as Twyman-Green and Mach-Zehnder, a Fizeau interferometer has the advantages of having fewer optical components, greater accuracy, and is easier to use. Some relations among the 3/A(B/C), POWER/PV and N/?N were studied. The PV with POWER removed can be the reference number of ?N. The chromatic longitudinal aberration of a special optical probe can be used for non-contanct central thickness measurement.

  3. Interrogating alkyl and arylalkylpolyamino (bis)urea and (bis)thiourea isosteres as potent antimalarial chemotypes against multiple lifecycle forms of Plasmodium falciparum parasites

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    Verlinden, Bianca K.; de Beer, Marna; Pachaiyappan, Boobalan; Besaans, Ethan; Andayi, Warren A.; Reader, Janette; Niemand, Jandeli; van Biljon, Riette; Guy, Kiplin; Egan, Timothy; Woster, Patrick M.; Birkholtz, Lyn-Marie

    2015-01-01

    A new series of potent potent aryl/alkylated (bis)urea- and (bis)thiourea polyamine analogues were synthesized and evaluated in vitro for their antiplasmodial activity. Altering the carbon backbone and terminal substituents increased the potency of analogues in the compound library 3-fold, with the most active compounds, 15 and 16, showing half-maximal inhibitory concentrations (IC50 values) of 28 and 30 nM, respectively, against various Plasmodium falciparum parasite strains without any cross-resistance. In vitro evaluation of the cytotoxicity of these analogues revealed marked selectivity towards targeting malaria parasites compared to mammalian HepG2 cells (>5000-fold lower IC50 against the parasite). Preliminary biological evaluation of the polyamine analogue antiplasmodial phenotype revealed that (bis)urea compounds target parasite asexual proliferation, whereas (bis)thiourea compounds of the same series have the unique ability to block transmissible gametocyte forms of the parasite, indicating pluripharmacology against proliferative and non-proliferative forms of the parasite. In this manuscript, we describe these results and postulate a refined structure-activity relationship (SAR) model for antiplasmodial polyamine analogues. The terminally aryl/alkylated (bis)urea- and (bis)thiourea-polyamine analogues featuring a 3-5-3 or 3-6-3 carbon backbone represent a structurally novel and distinct class of potential antiplasmodials with activities in the low nanomolar range, and high selectivity against various lifecycle forms of P. falciparum parasites. PMID:25684422

  4. Drug resistance profile and biofilm forming potential of Pseudomonas aeruginosa isolated from contact lenses in Karachi-Pakistan

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    2013-01-01

    Background The contaminated contact lens provides Pseudomonas aeruginosa an ideal site for attachment and biofilm production. Continuous contact of the eye to the biofilm-infested lens can lead to serious ocular diseases, such as keratitis (corneal ulcers). The biofilms also prevent effective penetration of the antibiotics, which increase the chances of antibiotic resistance. Methods For this study, 22 Pseudomonas aeruginosa isolates were obtained from 36 contact lenses and 14 contact lens protective fluid samples. These isolates were tested against eight commonly used antibiotics using Kirby-Bauer disk diffusion method. The biofilm forming potential of these isolates was also evaluated using various qualitative and quantitative techniques. Finally, a relationship between biofilm formation and antibiotic resistance was also examined. Results The isolates of Pseudomonas aeruginosa tested were found resistant to most of the antibiotics tested. Qualitative and quantitative biofilm analysis revealed that most of the isolates exhibited strong biofilm production. The biofilm production was significantly higher in isolates that were multi-drug resistant (p?forming Pseudomonas aeruginosa isolates are mainly involved in contact lens associated infections. This appears to be the first report from Pakistan, which analyzes both antibiotic resistance profile and biofilm forming potential of Pseudomonas aeruginosa isolates from contact lens of the patients with contact lens associated infections. PMID:24134792

  5. A nanorod polymer micro-array formed by micro-contact printing

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    Roche, Philip J. R.; Wang, Songzhe; Cheung, Maurice C. K.; Chodavarapu, Vamsy P.; Kirk, Andrew G.

    2012-03-01

    In previous work, we demonstrate a simple approach to creating a plasmonic polymer. Reflecting upon the need for greater spot density while still maintaining the objective of low cost analysis, the next generation of device is described where density up to 24000 sensing spots is achievable. A localized surface plasmon micro-array is described formed by single or multiple deposition of a nanorod plasmonic polymer by micro-contact printing. The structure of the polymer can be made micro-porous and thickness can be controlled by a cyclical deposition and rapid heat cure protocol. The consistency of feature deposition is assessed. The resulting micro-structure provides a large surface area for immobilization of biomolecules for assay development. Dark-field analysis of the polymer demonstrates complex microstructure and intense Mie Scattering as expected from gold nanorods. Using fluorescence confocal analysis images of the polymer demonstrates two independent photo-luminescent emission spectra. The two independent emission spectra are linked to the positions of the localized surface plasmons of the nanorods, using a pump source of 543nm excites the transverse plasmon (peak at 550nm)and it's commensurate emission, but doesn't excite the longer emission around 700nm that is linked to the longitudinal Plasmon around 737nm. The different emissions are demonstrated in the illumination of different portions of the polymer matrix under each pump source excitation. The potential for multiple spectroscopic biosensor analysis is discussed.

  6. Pt/Ti/n-InP nonalloyed ohmic contacts formed by rapid thermal processing

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    Katz, A.; Weir, B. E.; Chu, S. N. G.; Thomas, P. M.; Soler, M.; Boone, T.; Dautremont-Smith, W. C.

    1990-04-01

    Low resistance nonalloyed ohmic contacts of e-gun evaporated Pt/Ti to S doped n-InP 51017, 11018, and 51018 cm-3 have been fabricated by rapid thermal processing. The contacts to the lower doped substrates (51017 and 11018 cm-3) were rectifying as-deposited as well as after heat treatment at temperatures lower than 350 C. Higher processing temperatures stimulated the Schottky to ohmic contact conversion with minimum specific contact resistance of 1.510-5 and 510-6 ? cm2, respectively, as a result of rapid thermal processing at 450 C for 30 s. Heating at a temperature of 550 C again yielded a Schottky contact. The contact to the 51018 cm-3 InP was ohmic as deposited with a specific contact resistance value of 1.110-4 ? cm2. Supplying heat treatment to the contact caused a decrease of the specific contact resistance to a minimum of 810-7 ? cm2 as a result of rapid thermal processing at 450 C for 30 s. In all cases, this heat treatment caused a limited interfacial reactions between the Ti and the InP, and resulted in an almost abrupt interface. Heating at temperatures higher than 500 C resulted in an interfacial intermixing and a mutual migration and reaction of the Ti and the semiconductor elements. The Pt/Ti bilayer structure was highly tensile as deposited (5109 dyn cm-2) and became stress-free as a result of the interfacial reactions which took place while heating the samples to temperature of 400 C or higher.

  7. Structure of Apo- and Monometalated Forms of NDM-1A Highly Potent Carbapenem-Hydrolyzing Metallo-?-Lactamase

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    Kim, Youngchang; Sacchettini, James; Joachimiak, Andrzej

    2011-01-01

    The New Delhi Metallo-?-lactamase (NDM-1) gene makes multiple pathogenic microorganisms resistant to all known ?-lactam antibiotics. The rapid emergence of NDM-1 has been linked to mobile plasmids that move between different strains resulting in world-wide dissemination. Biochemical studies revealed that NDM-1 is capable of efficiently hydrolyzing a wide range of ?-lactams, including many carbapenems considered as last resort antibiotics. The crystal structures of metal-free apo- and monozinc forms of NDM-1 presented here revealed an enlarged and flexible active site of class B1 metallo-?-lactamase. This site is capable of accommodating many ?-lactam substrates by having many of the catalytic residues on flexible loops, which explains the observed extended spectrum activity of this zinc dependent ?-lactamase. Indeed, five loops contribute keg residues in the active site including side chains involved in metal binding. Loop 1 in particular, shows conformational flexibility, apparently related to the acceptance and positioning of substrates for cleavage by a zinc-activated water molecule. PMID:21931780

  8. Structures of complexes formed by H5 influenza hemagglutinin with a potent broadly neutralizing human monoclonal antibody

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    Xiong, Xiaoli; Corti, Davide; Liu, Junfeng; Pinna, Debora; Foglierini, Mathilde; Calder, Lesley J.; Martin, Stephen R.; Lin, Yi Pu; Walker, Philip A.; Collins, Patrick J.; Monne, Isabella; Suguitan, Amorsolo L.; Santos, Celia; Temperton, Nigel J.; Subbarao, Kanta; Lanzavecchia, Antonio; Gamblin, Steven J.; Skehel, John J.

    2015-01-01

    H5N1 avian influenza viruses remain a threat to public health mainly because they can cause severe infections in humans. These viruses are widespread in birds, and they vary in antigenicity forming three major clades and numerous antigenic variants. The most important features of the human monoclonal antibody FLD194 studied here are its broad specificity for all major clades of H5 influenza HAs, its high affinity, and its ability to block virus infection, in vitro and in vivo. As a consequence, this antibody may be suitable for anti-H5 therapy and as a component of stockpiles, together with other antiviral agents, for health authorities to use if an appropriate vaccine was not available. Our mutation and structural analyses indicate that the antibody recognizes a relatively conserved site near the membrane distal tip of HA, near to, but distinct from, the receptor-binding site. Our analyses also suggest that the mechanism of infectivity neutralization involves prevention of receptor recognition as a result of steric hindrance by the Fc part of the antibody. Structural analyses by EM indicate that three Fab fragments are bound to each HA trimer. The structure revealed by X-ray crystallography is of an HA monomer bound by one Fab. The monomer has some similarities to HA in the fusion pH conformation, and the monomers formation, which results from the presence of isopropanol in the crystallization solvent, contributes to considerations of the process of change in conformation required for membrane fusion. PMID:26170284

  9. Complex formation in aqueous solution and in the solid state of the potent insulin-enhancing V(IV)O2+ compounds formed by picolinate and quinolinate derivatives.

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    Lodyga-Chruscinska, Elzbieta; Micera, Giovanni; Garribba, Eugenio

    2011-02-01

    The complexation of V(IV)O(2+) ion with 10 picolinate and quinolinate derivatives, provided with the donor set (N, COO(-)), was studied in aqueous solution and in the solid state through the combined application of potentiometric (pH-titrations), spectroscopic (EPR, UV/vis and IR spectroscopy), and computational (density functional theory (DFT) calculations) methods. Such derivatives, that form potent insulin-enhancing V(IV)O(2+) compounds, are picolinic (picH), 6-methylpicolinic (6-mepicH), 3-methylpicolinic (3-mepicH), 5-butylpicolinic or fusaric (fusarH), 6-methyl-2,3-pyridindicarboxylic (6-me-2,3-pdcH(2)), 2-pyridylacetic (2-pyacH), 2-quinolinecarboxylic or quinaldic (quinH), 4-hydroxyquinoline-2-carboxylic or kynurenic (kynurH), 1-isoquinolinecarboxylic (1-iqcH) and 3-isoquinolinecarboxylic (3-iqcH) acid. On the basis of the potentiometric, spectroscopic, and DFT results, they were divided into the classes A, B, and C. The ligands belonging to class A (3-mepicH, 1-iqcH, 2-pyacH) form square pyramidal complexes in aqueous solution and in the solid state, and those belonging to class B (picH, fusarH, 3-iqcH) form cis-octahedral species, in which the two ligands adopt an (equatorial-equatorial) and an (equatorial-axial) arrangement and one water molecule occupies an equatorial site in cis position with respect to the V?O bond. Class C ligands (6-mepicH, 6-me-2,3-pdcH(2), quinH, kynurH) yield bis chelated species, that in water are in equilibrium between the square pyramidal and trans-octahedral form, where both the ligand molecules adopt an (equatorial-equatorial) arrangement and one water is in trans position with respect to the V?O group. The trans-octahedral compounds are characterized by an anomalous electron paramagnetic resonance (EPR) response, with A(z) value being reduced by about 10% with respect to the prediction of the "additivity rule". DFT methods allow to calculate the structure, (51)V hyperfine coupling constant (A(z)), the stretching frequency of V?O bond (?(V?O)), the relative stability in aqueous solution, and the electronic structure and molecular orbital composition of bis chelated complexes. The results were used to explain the biotransformation of these potent insulin-enhancing compounds in blood serum. PMID:21226475

  10. A three-dimensional volume-of-fluid method for reconstructing and advecting three-material interfaces forming contact lines

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    Pathak, Ashish; Raessi, Mehdi

    2016-02-01

    We introduce a piecewise-linear, volume-of-fluid method for reconstructing and advecting three-dimensional interfaces and contact lines formed by three materials. The new method employs a set of geometric constructs that can be used in conjunction with any volume-tracking scheme. In this work, we used the mass-conserving scheme of Youngs to handle two-material cells, perform interface reconstruction in three-material cells, and resolve the contact line. The only information required by the method is the available volume fraction field. Although the proposed method is order dependent and requires a priori information on material ordering, it is suitable for typical contact line applications, where the material representing the contact surface is always known. Following the reconstruction of the contact surface, to compute the interface orientation in a three-material cell, the proposed method minimizes an error function that is based on volume fraction distribution around that cell. As an option, the minimization procedure also allows the user to impose a contact angle. Performance of the proposed method is assessed via both static and advection test cases. The tests show that the new method preserves the accuracy and mass-conserving property of the Youngs method in volume-tracking three materials.

  11. Characterization of the metal-semiconductor interface of gold contacts on CdZnTe formed by electroless deposition

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    Bell, Steven J.; Baker, Mark A.; Duarte, Diana D.; Schneider, Andreas; Seller, Paul; Sellin, Paul J.; Veale, Matthew C.; Wilson, Matthew D.

    2015-06-01

    Fully spectroscopic x/?-ray imaging is now possible thanks to advances in the growth of wide-bandgap semiconductors. One of the most promising materials is cadmium zinc telluride (CdZnTe or CZT), which has been demonstrated in homeland security, medical imaging, astrophysics and industrial analysis applications. These applications have demanding energy and spatial resolution requirements that are not always met by the metal contacts deposited on the CdZnTe. To improve the contacts, the interface formed between metal and semiconductor during contact deposition must be better understood. Gold has a work function closely matching that of high resistivity CdZnTe and is a popular choice of contact metal. Gold contacts are often formed by electroless deposition however this forms a complex interface. The prior CdZnTe surface preparation, such as mechanical or chemo-mechanical polishing, and electroless deposition parameters, such as gold chloride solution temperature, play important roles in the formation of the interface and are the subject of the presented work. Techniques such as focused ion beam (FIB) cross section imaging, transmission electron microscopy (TEM), energy dispersive x-ray spectroscopy (EDS), x-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS) and current??-??voltage (I-V) analysis have been used to characterize the interface. It has been found that the electroless reaction depends on the surface preparation and for chemo-mechanically polished (1?1?1) CdZnTe, it also depends on the A/B face identity. Where the deposition occurred at elevated temperature, the deposited contacts were found to produce a greater leakage current and suffered from increased subsurface voiding due to the formation of cadmium chloride.

  12. Ethanol Extract of Peanut Sprout Exhibits a Potent Anti-Inflammatory Activity in Both an Oxazolone-Induced Contact Dermatitis Mouse Model and Compound 48/80-Treated HaCaT Cells

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    Choi, Da-In; Choi, Jee-Young; Kim, Young Jee; Lee, Jee-Bum; Kim, Sun-Ouck; Shin, Hyong-Taek

    2015-01-01

    Background We developed an ethanol extract of peanut sprouts (EPS), a peanut sprout-derived natural product, which contains a high level of trans-resveratrol (176.75 µg/ml) and was shown to have potent antioxidant activity. Objective We evaluated the potential anti-inflammatory activity of EPS by measuring its antioxidant potential in skin. Methods The anti-inflammatory activity of EPS was tested using two models of skin inflammation: oxazolone (OX)-induced contact dermatitis in mice and compound 48/80-treated HaCaT cells. As biomarkers of skin inflammation, cyclooxygenase-2 (COX-2) and nerve growth factor (NGF) levels were measured. Results OX-induced contact dermatitis was suppressed markedly in mice that were treated with an ointment containing 5% EPS as evidenced by a decrease in the extent of scaling and thickening (p<0.05) and supported by a histological study. COX-2 (messenger RNA [mRNA] and protein) and NGF (mRNA) levels, which were upregulated in the skin of OX-treated mice, were suppressed markedly in the skin of OX+EPS-treated mice. Consistent with this, compound 48/80-induced expression of COX-2 (mRNA and protein) and NGF (mRNA) in HaCaT cells were suppressed by EPS treatment in a dose-dependent manner. As an inhibitor of NF-κB, IκB protein levels were dose-dependently upregulated by EPS. Fluorescence-activated cell sorting (FACS) analysis revealed that EPS scavenged compound 48/80-induced reactive oxygen species (ROS) in HaCaT cells. Conclusion EPS exerts a potent anti-inflammatory activity via its anti-oxidant activity in both mouse skin and compound 48/80-treated HaCaT cells in vitro. Compound 48/80-treated HaCaT cells are a useful new in vitro model of skin inflammation. PMID:25834352

  13. Lithium fluoride injection layers can form quasi-Ohmic contacts for both holes and electrons

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    Bory, Benjamin F.; Janssen, René A. J.; Meskers, Stefan C. J.; Rocha, Paulo R. F.; Gomes, Henrique L.; De Leeuw, Dago M.

    2014-09-22

    Thin LiF interlayers are typically used in organic light-emitting diodes to enhance the electron injection. Here, we show that the effective work function of a contact with a LiF interlayer can be either raised or lowered depending on the history of the applied bias. Formation of quasi-Ohmic contacts for both electrons and holes is demonstrated by electroluminescence from symmetric LiF/polymer/LiF diodes in both bias polarities. The origin of the dynamic switching is charging of electrically induced Frenkel defects. The current density–electroluminescence–voltage characteristics can qualitatively be explained. The interpretation is corroborated by unipolar memristive switching and by bias dependent reflection measurements.

  14. Form, symmetry and packing of biomacromolecules. III. Antigenic, receptor and contact binding sites in picornaviruses.

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    Janner, A

    2011-03-01

    The relation between serotype differentiation and crystallographic symmetry, revealed by the contact fingerprint diagrams investigated in Part II [Janner (2010). Acta Cryst. A66, 312-326] for the human rhinovirus, is extended to the Picornaviridae family. The approach, outlined in Part I [Janner (2010). Acta Cryst. A66, 301-311] and Part II for biomacromolecules packed in a crystal and based on concepts such as packing lattice, kissing points and crystal-packing parameters, can directly be applied to the picornaviruses. In particular, the contact fingerprint diagrams of 20 different virus strains have been derived. In these cases, as for the rhinovirus, these diagrams are serotype/strain specific, justifying the name fingerprint. The molecular basis for the serotype variability, and the associated conservation requirements, is usually analysed by considering antigenic sites, where capsid residues bind with antibodies, and receptor sites, where other residues bind with molecular receptors of the host cell membrane. Both the antigenic variation and the receptor conservation allow repeated infection of the host cells of the given animals. The graphical description of these sites is usually done by footprints and roadmap diagrams, mapping properties of the capsid surface and using the icosahedral symmetry of the capsid. The alternative fingerprint diagrammatic description, based on the crystal symmetry, adopted in Part II for the contact sites, where a capsid is bound to the next one in the crystal packing, is extended to the antigenic and receptor binding sites. Again, the antigenic/receptor fingerprints are specific, at least for the nine picornaviruses investigated so far, despite the more than a factor of ten larger coarse graining with respect to the corresponding footprint and roadmap diagrams. The latter are based on a grid spacing of about 2 Å, whereas the spacing implied by the packing-lattice approximation adopted in fingerprints varies typically from 20 to 50 Å. The fingerprint diagrams are accordingly simpler (because approximated), but nevertheless still serotype specific, despite the complex character of the interactions involved. PMID:21325720

  15. Back-contacted and small form factor GaAs solar cell.

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    Clews, Peggy Jane; Wanlass, Mark W.; Sanchez, Carlos A.; Pluym, Tammy; Cruz-Campa, Jose Luis; Okandan, Murat; Gupta, Vipin P.; Nielson, Gregory N.; Resnick, Paul James

    2010-07-01

    We present a newly developed microsystem enabled, back-contacted, shade-free GaAs solar cell. Using microsystem tools, we created sturdy 3 {micro}m thick devices with lateral dimensions of 250 {micro}m, 500 {micro}m, 1 mm, and 2 mm. The fabrication procedure and the results of characterization tests are discussed. The highest efficiency cell had a lateral size of 500 {micro}m and a conversion efficiency of 10%, open circuit voltage of 0.9 V and a current density of 14.9 mA/cm{sup 2} under one-sun illumination.

  16. Effects of the novel and potent lymphocyte-specific protein tyrosine kinase inhibitor TKM0150 on mixed lymphocyte reaction and contact hypersensitivity in mice.

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    Takayama, Tetsuo; Takaoka, Akiko; Takahashi, Shuya; Takahashi, Akiko; Umemiya, Hiroki; Sato, Masakazu

    2010-01-01

    Lymphocyte-specific protein tyrosine kinase (Lck) plays a critical role in T cell activation. In the present study, the effect of a newly synthesized small molecule compound, 7-[2-(dimethylamino)ethoxy]-2-(4-phenoxyphenyl)-9,10-dihydro-4H- pyrazolo[5,1-b] [1,3]benzodiazepine-3-carboxamide (TKM0150) on Lck activity was investigated. TKM0150 inhibited Lck with an 1C50 value of 0.7 nM. To evaluate if TKM0150 is a specific inhibitor of Lck, the activity against several Src (Proto-oncogene tyrosine-protein kinase Src) and non-Src family kinases were assayed. TKM150 inhibited Src family kinases, Src and Csk (c-Src kinase) (with IC50 values of 0.6 nM and 1.7 nM, respectively) as well as Fyn (p59-Fyn) and Lyn (tyrosine-protein kinase Lyn) at a dose of 1 microM; however, it did not inhibit kinase which is a non-Src family kinase in the tyrosine kinase (TK) group, nor kinases in other groups. Then, the anti-inflammtory potential of TKM0150 was evaluated by known experimental models. TKM0150 inhibited the murine mixed lymphocyte reaction (MLR) in vitro with an IC50 value of 0.7 nM, and 2,4,6-trinitro-1-chlorobenzene-induced contact hypersensitivity in vivo at a dose of 0.3 and 1% w/v administered topically. These results indicate that TKM0150 is a specific inhibitor of Lck/Src kinase and can block T cell-mediated responses in vitro and in vivo. Accordingly, TKM0150 would be expected as a drug candidate for treating T cell-mediated disorders including atopic dermatitis. PMID:20533766

  17. Auger analysis of films formed on metals in sliding contact with halogenated polymers

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    Pepper, S. V.

    1974-01-01

    The use of Auger electron spectroscopy (AES) to search for transferred polymer must contend with the fact that there has been no published work on Auger analysis of polymers. Since this is a new area for AES, the Auger spectra of polymers and of halogenated polymers in particular is discussed. It is shown that the Auger spectra of halogenated polymers have certain characteristics that permit an assessment of whether a polymeric transfer film has been established by sliding contact. The discussion is general and the concepts should be useful in considering the Auger analysis of any polymer. The polymers chosen for this study are the halogenated polymers polytetrafluoroethylene (PTFE), polyvinyl chloride (PVC), and polychlorotrifluorethylene (PCTFE).

  18. Moisture Battery Formed by Direct Contact of Magnesium with Foamed Polyaniline.

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    Xie, Pu; Rong, Min Zhi; Zhang, Ming Qiu

    2016-01-01

    The present communication reports a concept battery made by direct contact of magnesium foil with ultralight polyaniline (PANI) foam in the absence of additional electrolyte. Electrical current is allowed to be steadily released from the junction with a specific energy of 646?mWh?g(-1) and specific capacity of 1247?mAh?g(-1) . Additionally, the battery offers an environmentally friendly route of hydrogen production along with discharging. Mechanistic studies indicated that the ubiquitous galvanic corrosion combined with decomposition of adsorbed trace water in the semi-conducting polymer foam enabled the generation of electricity, which overturns the traditional view. The higher moisture level is conducive to the discharge. This work is believed to open up new possibilities for the design of electrochemical batteries. PMID:26696566

  19. Induction of Ca2+-Calmodulin Signaling by Hard-Surface Contact Primes Colletotrichum gloeosporioides Conidia To Germinate and Form Appressoria

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    Kim, Yeon-Ki; Li, Daoxin; Kolattukudy, Pappachan E.

    1998-01-01

    Hard-surface contact primes the conidia of Colletotrichum gloeosporioides to respond to plant surface waxes and a fruit-ripening hormone, ethylene, to germinate and form the appressoria required for infection of the host. Our efforts to elucidate the molecular events in the early phase of the hard-surface contact found that EGTA (5 mM) and U73122 (16 nM), an inhibitor of phospholipase C, inhibited (50%) germination and appressorium formation. Measurements of calmodulin (CaM) transcripts with a CaM cDNA we cloned from C. gloeosporioides showed that CaM was induced by hard-surface contact maximally at 2 h and then declined; ethephon enhanced this induction. The CaM antagonist, compound 48/80, completely inhibited conidial germination and appressorium formation at a concentration of 3 μM, implying that CaM is involved in this process. A putative CaM kinase (CaMK) cDNA of C. gloeosporioides was cloned with transcripts from hard-surface-treated conidia. A selective inhibitor of CaMK, KN93 (20 μM), inhibited (50%) germination and appressorium formation, blocked melanization, and caused the formation of abnormal appressoria. Scytalone, an intermediate in melanin synthesis, reversed the inhibition of melanization but did not restore appressorium formation. The phosphorylation of 18- and 43-kDa proteins induced by hard-surface contact and ethephon was inhibited by the treatment with KN93. These results strongly suggest that hard-surface contact induces Ca2+-calmodulin signaling that primes the conidia to respond to host signals by germination and differentiation into appressoria. PMID:9748448

  20. Residual damage effects on gate contacts formed on SiC surfaces etched by using the amorphization technique

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    Alok, Dev; Makeshwar, K.; Jayant Baliga, B.

    1997-03-01

    A trench fabrication process has been proposed and experimentally demonstrated for silicon carbide using the amorphization technique. In the present work, the quality of gates [oxide for metal oxide semiconductor field-effect transistors (MOSFETs) and Schottky barrier contacts for metal semicondcutor field-effect transistors (MESFETs)] fabricated on the etched surfaces are compared with those formed on the as-grown silicon carbide surface. The resistivity and breakdown electric field of the thermal oxide grown on the etched surface was found to be comparable to that of thermal oxide grown on silicon. However, a large concentration of acceptor type interface states (0.5-1 x 1013 cm-2eV-1) was observed. This results in a large negative interface charge at room temperature and a significant shift in flat band voltage as a function of temperature, which makes the process unsuitable for formation of gates in UMOSFETs. Titanium Schottky contacts formed on the etched surface showed superior reverse current-voltage characteristics and higher breakdown voltages than the Schottky diodes formed on unetched surface with similar doping concentrations. This indicates that the argon implant process for trench formation is suitable for fabrication of gate regions in high voltage vertical MESFETs (or SITs).

  1. Experiments and simulations show how long-range contacts can form in expanded unfolded proteins with negligible secondary structure

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    Meng, Wenli; Lyle, Nicholas; Luan, Bowu; Raleigh, Daniel P.; Pappu, Rohit V.

    2013-01-01

    The sizes of unfolded proteins under highly denaturing conditions scale as N0.59 with chain length. This suggests that denaturing conditions mimic good solvents, whereby the preference for favorable chain–solvent interactions causes intrachain interactions to be repulsive, on average. Beyond this generic inference, the broader implications of N0.59 scaling for quantitative descriptions of denatured state ensembles (DSEs) remain unresolved. Of particular interest is the degree to which N0.59 scaling can simultaneously accommodate intrachain attractions and detectable long-range contacts. Here we present data showing that the DSE of the N-terminal domain of the L9 (NTL9) ribosomal protein in 8.3 M urea lacks detectable secondary structure and forms expanded conformations in accord with the expected N0.59 scaling behavior. Paramagnetic relaxation enhancements, however, indicate the presence of detectable long-range contacts in the denatured-state ensemble of NTL9. To explain these observations we used atomistic thermal unfolding simulations to identify ensembles whose properties are consistent with all of the experimental observations, thus serving as useful proxies for the DSE of NTL9 in 8.3 M urea. Analysis of these ensembles shows that residual attractions are present under mimics of good solvent conditions, and for NTL9 they result from low-likelihood, medium/long-range contacts between hydrophobic residues. Our analysis provides a quantitative framework for the simultaneous observation of N0.59 scaling and low-likelihood long-range contacts for the DSE of NTL9. We propose that such low-likelihood intramolecular hydrophobic clusters might be a generic feature of DSEs that play a gatekeeping role to protect against aggregation during protein folding. PMID:23341588

  2. Self-formed copper oxide contact interlayer for high-performance oxide thin film transistors

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    Gao, Xu E-mail: TSUKAGOSHI.Kazuhito@nims.go.jp; Aikawa, Shinya; Mitoma, Nobuhiko; Lin, Meng-Fang; Kizu, Takio; Tsukagoshi, Kazuhito E-mail: TSUKAGOSHI.Kazuhito@nims.go.jp; Nabatame, Toshihide

    2014-07-14

    Oxide thin film transistor employing copper source/drain electrodes shows a small turn on voltage and reduced hysteresis. Cross-sectional high-resolution transmission electron microscopy image confirmed the formation of ∼4 nm CuO{sub x} related interlayer. The lower bond-dissociation energy of Cu-O compared to Si-O and In-O suggests that the interlayer was formed by adsorbing oxygen molecules from surrounding environment instead of getting oxygen atoms from the semiconductor film. The formation of CuO{sub x} interlayer acting as an acceptor could suppress the carrier concentration in the transistor channel, which would be utilized to control the turn on voltage shifts in oxide thin film transistors.

  3. From white etching areas formed around inclusions to crack nucleation in bearing steels under rolling contact fatigue

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    Vincent, A.; Lormand, G.; Lamagnere, P.; Fougeres, R.

    1998-12-31

    A method of calculating fatigue life of bearing steels, which accounts for the material fatigue process in relation with its microstructure, is required for optimizing these materials. Such a new approach is presented for bearing steels submitted to rolling contact fatigue, for which inclusions are well known to play a fundamental role on steel fatigue strength. A characterization of the steel is carried out by means of nano-indentation tests for determining the elastoplastic properties of the inclusions, and compression tests for determining the microyield stress and cyclic plasticity behavior of the steel matrix. Furthermore the number of cycles to crack nucleation is determined by high frequency ultrasonic echography. A model is developed to estimate movement and accumulation of dislocations around high modulus inclusions. This model enables one to calculate shape and size of white etching areas formed around inclusions as well as the number of cycles to crack nucleation.

  4. Closed form expressions for sheet resistance and mobility from Van-der-Pauw measurement on 90 symmetric devices with four arbitrary contacts

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    Ausserlechner, Udo

    2016-02-01

    Sheet resistance and Hall mobility are commonly measured by Van der Pauw's method. Closed form expressions are known for four point-sized contacts. Recently, for devices with fourfold rotational symmetry a closed form expression for the sheet resistance was given for contacts of arbitrary size. In this paper we discuss its accuracy, link it to the equivalent circuit diagram of the device, and add another expression that determines the Hall mobility with 0.02% accuracy.

  5. The parapatric distribution and contact zone of two forms showing different male-to-male aggressiveness in a social spider mite, Stigmaeopsis miscanthi (Acari: Tetranychidae).

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    Sato, Yukie; Saito, Yutaka; Chittenden, Anthony R

    2008-04-01

    Two forms showing different male-to-male aggressiveness, different male morphologies and different diapause attributes are known in Stigmaeopsis miscanthi (Saito), a social spider mite infesting Chinese silver grass (Miscanthus sinensis Anderss). Reproductive isolation exists between the forms, although it is not always complete, and the details of their distributional patterns are unknown, but expected to be parapatric. We searched for the contact zone at Mt. Unzen (Nagasaki Pref., Japan) where both forms are known to occur at different altitudes. We found the two forms together in several M. sinensis stands, suggesting there is frequent contact between the forms in their boundary area. We discuss the mechanism(s) that maintain the parapatry related to their frequent contact and the pattern of reproductive isolation between them. PMID:18392941

  6. Crystal Structures of mPGES-1 Inhibitor Complexes Form a Basis for the Rational Design of Potent Analgesic and Anti-Inflammatory Therapeutics.

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    Luz, John Gately; Antonysamy, Stephen; Kuklish, Steven L; Condon, Bradley; Lee, Matthew R; Allison, Dagart; Yu, Xiao-Peng; Chandrasekhar, Srinivasan; Backer, Ryan; Zhang, Aiping; Russell, Marijane; Chang, Shawn S; Harvey, Anita; Sloan, Ashley V; Fisher, Matthew J

    2015-06-11

    Microsomal prostaglandin E synthase 1 (mPGES-1) is an ?-helical homotrimeric integral membrane inducible enzyme that catalyzes the formation of prostaglandin E2 (PGE2) from prostaglandin H2 (PGH2). Inhibition of mPGES-1 has been proposed as a therapeutic strategy for the treatment of pain, inflammation, and some cancers. Interest in mPGES-1 inhibition can, in part, be attributed to the potential circumvention of cardiovascular risks associated with anti-inflammatory cyclooxygenase 2 inhibitors (coxibs) by targeting the prostaglandin pathway downstream of PGH2 synthesis and avoiding suppression of antithrombotic prostacyclin production. We determined the crystal structure of mPGES-1 bound to four potent inhibitors in order to understand their structure-activity relationships and provide a framework for the rational design of improved molecules. In addition, we developed a light-scattering-based thermal stability assay to identify molecules for crystallographic studies. PMID:25961169

  7. The Troy Microneedle: A Rapidly Separating, Dissolving Microneedle Formed by Cyclic Contact and Drying on the Pillar (CCDP)

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    Kim, Miroo; Yang, Huisuk; Kim, Suyong; Lee, Chisong; Jung, Hyungil

    2015-01-01

    In dissolving microneedle (DMN)-mediated therapy, complete and rapid delivery of DMNs is critical for the desired efficacy. Traditional patch-based DMN delivery, however, may fail due to incomplete delivery from insufficient skin insertion or rapid separation of microneedles due to their strong bond to the backing film. Here, we introduce the Troy microneedle, which was created by cyclic contact and drying on the pillar (CCDP), and which enabled simultaneous complete and rapid delivery of DMN. This CCDP process could be flexibly repeated to achieve a specific desired drug dose in a DMN. We evaluated DMN separation using agarose gel, and the Troy microneedle achieved more complete and rapid separation than other, more deeply dipped DMN, primarily because of the Troys minimal junction between the DMN and pillar. When Troy microneedles were applied to pig cadaver skin, it took only 15 s for over 90% of encapsulated rhodamine B to be delivered, compared to 2 h with application of a traditional DMN patch. In vivo skin penetration studies demonstrated rapid DMN-separation of Troy microneedles still in solid form before dissolution. The Troy microneedle overcomes critical issues associated with the low penetration efficiency of flat patch-based DMN and provides an innovative route for DMN-mediated therapy, combining patient convenience with the desire drug efficacy. PMID:26308945

  8. Oxidized eicosapentaenoic acids more potently reduce LXR?-induced cellular triacylglycerol via suppression of SREBP-1c, PGC-1? and GPA than its intact form

    PubMed Central

    2013-01-01

    Dietary polyunsaturated fatty acids (PUFA), especially eicosapentaenoic acid (EPA), improve lipid metabolism and contribute to the prevention of vascular diseases such as atherosclerosis. However, EPA in the diet is easily oxidized at room temperature and several types of oxidized EPA (OEPA) derivatives are generated. To compare the efficiencies of OEPAs on lipid metabolism with EPA, human hepatocellular liver carcinoma cell line (HepG2) was treated with EPA or OEPAs and their effects on lipid metabolism related genes were studied. OEPAs more potently suppressed the expression of sterol-responsive element-binding protein (SREBP)-1c, a major transcription factor that activates the expression of lipogenic genes, and its downstream target genes than did EPA under conditions of lipid synthesis enhanced by T0901317, a synthetic liver X receptor (LXR) agonist. Furthermore, PGC-1?, a coactivator of both LXR? and SREBP-1, was markedly down-regulated by OEPAs compared with EPA. The treatment of OEPAs also significantly down-regulated the expression of glycerol-3-phosphate acyltransferase (GPA), the initiating enzyme in triacylglycerol (TG) synthesis, more than EPA. Therefore, the advantageous effects of OEPAs on cardiovascular diseases might be due to their SREBP-1c, PGC-1? and GPA mediated ameliorating effects. PMID:23680128

  9. The comparison between two irrigation regimens on the dentine wettability for an epoxy resin based sealer by measuring its contact angle formed to the irrigated dentine

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    Mohan, Rayapudi Phani; Pai, Annappa Raghavendra Vivekananda

    2015-01-01

    Aim: The aim was to assess the influence of two irrigation regimens having ethylenediaminetetraacetic acid (EDTA) and ethylenediaminetetraacetic acid with cetrimide (EDTAC) as final irrigants, respectively, on the dentine wettability for AH Plus sealer by comparing its contact angle formed to the irrigated dentine. Materials and Methods: Study samples were divided into two groups (n = 10). The groups were irrigated with 3% sodium hypochlorite (NaOCl) solution followed by either 17% EDTA or 17% EDTAC solution. AH Plus was mixed, and controlled volume droplet (0.1 mL) of the sealer was placed on the dried samples. The contact angle was measured using a Dynamic Contact Angle Analyzer and results were analyzed using SPSS 21.0 and 2 sample t-test. Results: There was a significant difference in the contact angle of AH Plus formed to the dentine irrigated with the above two regimens. AH Plus showed significantly lower contact angle with the regimen having EDTAC as a final irrigant than the one with EDTA (P < 0.05). Conclusion: An irrigation regimen consisting of NaOCl with either EDTA or EDTAC solution as a final irrigant influences the dentine wettability and contact angle of a sealer. EDTAC as a final irrigant facilitates better dentin wettability than EDTA for AH Plus to promote its better flow and adhesion. PMID:26180409

  10. Modeling of contact theories for the manipulation of biological micro/nanoparticles in the form of circular crowned rollers based on the atomic force microscope

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    Korayem, M. H.; Khaksar, H.; Taheri, M.

    2013-11-14

    This article has dealt with the development and modeling of various contact theories for biological nanoparticles shaped as cylinders and circular crowned rollers for application in the manipulation of different biological micro/nanoparticles based on Atomic Force Microscope. First, the effective contact forces were simulated, and their impact on contact mechanics simulation was investigated. In the next step, the Hertz contact model was simulated and compared for gold and DNA nanoparticles with the three types of spherical, cylindrical, and circular crowned roller type contact geometries. Then by reducing the length of the cylindrical section in the circular crowned roller geometry, the geometry of the body was made to approach that of a sphere, and the results were compared for DNA nanoparticles. To anticipatory validate the developed theories, the results of the cylindrical and the circular crowned roller contacts were compared with the results of the existing spherical contact simulations. Following the development of these contact models for the manipulation of various biological micro/nanoparticles, the cylindrical and the circular crowned roller type contact theories were modeled based on the theories of Lundberg, Dowson, Nikpur, Heoprich, and Hertz for the manipulation of biological micro/nanoparticles. Then, for a more accurate validation, the results obtained from the simulations were compared with those obtained by the finite element method and with the experimental results available in previous articles. The previous research works on the simulation of nanomanipulation have mainly investigated the contact theories used in the manipulation of spherical micro/nanoparticles. However since in real biomanipulation situations, biological micro/nanoparticles of more complex shapes need to be displaced in biological environments, this article therefore has modeled and compared, for the first time, different contact theories for use in the biomanipulation of cylindrical and circular crowned roller shaped micro/nanoparticles. The results of models indicate that the contact model of Hertz achieves the largest amount of deformation for the DNA nanoparticle in cylindrical form and the contact model of Heoprich achieves the largest deformation for the circular crowned roller shaped DNA. Of course, this finding is not always true for the other nanoparticles; and considering the mechanical and environmental characteristics, different results can be obtained. Also, by comparing the deformations of different types of nanoparticles, it was determined that the platelet type nanoparticles display the highest degree of deformation in all the considered models, due to their particular mechanical characteristics.

  11. Lead-germanium ohmic contact on to gallium arsenide formed by the solid phase epitaxy of germanium: A microstructure study

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    Radulescu, Fabian

    2000-12-01

    Driven by the remarkable growth in the telecommunication market, the demand for more complex GaAs circuitry continued to increase in the last decade. As a result, the GaAs industry is faced with new challenges in its efforts to fabricate devices with smaller dimensions that would permit higher integration levels. One of the limiting factors is the ohmic contact metallurgy of the metal semiconductor field effect transistor (MESFET), which, during annealing, induces a high degree of lateral diffusion into the substrate. Because of its limited reaction with the substrate, the Pd-Ge contact seems to be the most promising candidate to be used in the next generation of MESFET's. The Pd-Ge system belongs to a new class of ohmic contacts to compound semiconductors, part of an alloying strategy developed only recently, which relies on solid phase epitaxy (SPE) and solid phase regrowth to "un-pin" the Fermi level at the surface of the compound semiconductor. However, implementing this alloy into an integrated process flow proved to be difficult due to our incomplete understanding of the microstructure evolution during annealing and its implications on the electrical properties of the contact. The microstructure evolution and the corresponding solid state reactions that take place during annealing of the Pd-Ge thin films on to GaAs were studied in connection with their effects on the electrical properties of the ohmic contact. The phase transformations sequence, transition temperatures and activation energies were determined by combining differential scanning calorimetry (DSC) for thermal analysis with transmission electron microscopy (TEM) for microstructure identification. In-situ TEM annealing experiments on the Pd/Ge/Pd/GaAs ohmic contact system have permitted real time determination of the evolution of contact microstructure. The kinetics of the solid state reactions, which occur during ohmic contact formation, were determined by measuring the grain growth rates associated with each phase from the videotape recordings. With the exception of the Pd-GaAs interactions, it was found that four phase transformations occur during annealing of the Pd:Ge thin films on top of GaAs. The microstructural information was correlated with specific ohmic contact resistivity measurements performed in accordance with the transmission line method (TLM) and these results demonstrated that the Ge SPE growth on top of GaAs renders the optimal electrical properties for the contact. By using the focused ion beam (FIB) method to produce microcantilever beams, the residual stress present in the thin film system was studied in connection with the microstructure. Although, the PdGe/epi-Ge/GaAs seemed to be the optimal microstructural configuration, the presence of PdGe at the interface with GaAs did not damage the contact resistivity significantly. These results made it difficult to establish a charge transport mechanism across the interface but they explained the wide processing window associated with this contact.

  12. Boron trichloride plasma treatment effect on ohmic contact resistance formed on GaN-based epitaxial structure

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    Kobelev, A. A.; Barsukov, Yu V.; Andrianov, N. A.; Smirnov, A. S.

    2015-01-01

    A BCl3 plasma treatment effect on GaN surface and reduction of ohmic contact resistance in GaN/AlGaN epitaxial structure with a GaN cap layer has been studied. The BCl3 plasma treatment was carried out by an inductively coupled plasma reactive ion etching (ICP RIE) system under conditions of low discharge power with zero external bias controlling power to prevent any recess etching of the GaN cap layer. The measured average contact resistances with and without plasma treatment were 1.8×10-5 and 1.05×10-5 Ω·cm2 respectively. To study the BCl3 plasma treatment effect on GaN surface and explain the increasing of contact resistance, the elemental composition of GaN surface was measured using x-ray photoelectron spectroscopy. It was found that a Bx-Cly layer covered the GaN surface after the BCl3 plasma treatment. This can indicate that ion bombardment from plasma is inefficient to prevent deposition of BClx radicals on the GaN cap layer surface and subsequent formation of the Bx-Cly layer which is responsible for increase of ohmic contact resistance after the BCl3 plasma treatment.

  13. Use of separate ZnTe interface layers to form OHMIC contacts to p-CdTe films

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    Gessert, Timothy A. (Conifer, CO)

    1999-01-01

    A method of improving electrical contact to a thin film of a p-type tellurium-containing II-VI semiconductor comprising: depositing a first undoped layer of ZnTe on a thin film of p-type tellurium containing II-VI semiconductor with material properties selected to limit the formation of potential barriers at the interface between the p-CdTe and the undoped layer, to a thickness sufficient to control diffusion of the metallic-doped ZnTe into the p-type tellurim-containing II-VI semiconductor, but thin enough to minimize affects of series resistance; depositing a second heavy doped p-type ZnTe layer to the first layer using an appropriate dopant; and depositing an appropriate metal onto the outer-most surface of the doped ZnTe layer for connecting an external electrical conductor to an ohmic contact.

  14. Use of separate ZnTe interface layers to form ohmic contacts to p-CdTe films

    DOEpatents

    Gessert, T.A.

    1999-06-01

    A method of is disclosed improving electrical contact to a thin film of a p-type tellurium-containing II-VI semiconductor comprising: depositing a first undoped layer of ZnTe on a thin film of p-type tellurium containing II-VI semiconductor with material properties selected to limit the formation of potential barriers at the interface between the p-CdTe and the undoped layer, to a thickness sufficient to control diffusion of the metallic-doped ZnTe into the p-type tellurium-containing II-VI semiconductor, but thin enough to minimize affects of series resistance; depositing a second heavy doped p-type ZnTe layer to the first layer using an appropriate dopant; and depositing an appropriate metal onto the outer-most surface of the doped ZnTe layer for connecting an external electrical conductor to an ohmic contact. 11 figs.

  15. Ohmic contacts on n-type layers formed in GaN/AlGaN/GaN by dual-energy Si ion implantation

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    Shiino, Tomohisa; Saitoh, Tomohiro; Nakamura, Tohru; Inada, Taroh

    2009-05-01

    Electrical properties of Si-implanted n-type GaN/AlGaN/GaN layers and contact resistances of ohmic electrodes (TiAl) formed on these layers have been examined. Experimental results have clearly shown that ohmic electrodes with a low specific-contact resistance of 1.4 10-7 ? cm2 can be fabricated on the n-type layer having a low sheet resistance of 145 ?/sq, which has been formed by the dual-energy Si ion implantation (80 keV:1.01 1015/cm2 + 30 keV:1.6 1014/cm2) and subsequent annealing at 1200 C for 2 min using a Si3N4 layer as an encapsulant.

  16. Durable contact active antimicrobial materials formed by a one-step covalent modification of polyvinyl alcohol, cellulose and glass surfaces.

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    Poverenov, Elena; Shemesh, Moshe; Gulino, Antonino; Cristaldi, Domenico A; Zakin, Varda; Yefremov, Tatiana; Granit, Rina

    2013-12-01

    In this work we have applied a direct covalent linkage of quaternary ammonium salts (QAS) to prepare a series of contact active antimicrobial surfaces based on widely utilized materials. Formation of antimicrobial polyvinyl alcohol (PVA-QAS), cellulose (cellulose-QAS) and glass (glass-QAS) surfaces was achieved by one step synthesis with no auxiliary linkers. The X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS) revealed tridentate binding mode of the antimicrobial agent. The antimicrobial activity of the prepared materials was tested on Bacillus cereus, Alicyclobacillus acidoterrestris, Escherichia coli and Pseudomonas aeruginosa. Active site density of the modified materials was examined and found to correlate with their antimicrobial activity. Stability studies at different pH values and temperatures confirmed that the linkage of the bioactive moiety to the surface is robust and resistant to a range of pH and temperatures. Prolonged long-term effectiveness of the contact active materials was demonstrated by their repeated usage, without loss of the antimicrobial efficacy. PMID:24012705

  17. First-principles investigation on the electronic efficiency and binding energy of the contacts formed by graphene and poly-aromatic hydrocarbon anchoring groups

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    Li, Yang; Tu, Xingchen; Wang, Hao; Hou, Shimin; Sanvito, Stefano

    2015-04-28

    The electronic efficiency and binding energy of contacts formed between graphene electrodes and poly-aromatic hydrocarbon (PAH) anchoring groups have been investigated by the non-equilibrium Green’s function formalism combined with density functional theory. Our calculations show that PAH molecules always bind in the interior and at the edge of graphene in the AB stacking manner, and that the binding energy increases following the increase of the number of carbon and hydrogen atoms constituting the PAH molecule. When we move to analyzing the electronic transport properties of molecular junctions with a six-carbon alkyne chain as the central molecule, the electronic efficiency of the graphene-PAH contacts is found to depend on the energy gap between the highest occupied molecular orbital (HOMO) and the lowest unoccupied molecular orbital (LUMO) of the corresponding PAH anchoring group, rather than its size. To be specific, the smaller is the HOMO-LUMO gap of the PAH anchoring group, the higher is the electronic efficiency of the graphene-PAH contact. Although the HOMO-LUMO gap of a PAH molecule depends on its specific configuration, PAH molecules with similar atomic structures show a decreasing trend for their HOMO-LUMO gap as the number of fused benzene rings increases. Therefore, graphene-conjugated molecule-graphene junctions with high-binding and high-conducting graphene-PAH contacts can be realized by choosing appropriate PAH anchor groups with a large area and a small HOMO-LUMO gap.

  18. First-principles investigation on the electronic efficiency and binding energy of the contacts formed by graphene and poly-aromatic hydrocarbon anchoring groups

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    Li, Yang; Tu, Xingchen; Wang, Hao; Sanvito, Stefano; Hou, Shimin

    2015-04-01

    The electronic efficiency and binding energy of contacts formed between graphene electrodes and poly-aromatic hydrocarbon (PAH) anchoring groups have been investigated by the non-equilibrium Green's function formalism combined with density functional theory. Our calculations show that PAH molecules always bind in the interior and at the edge of graphene in the AB stacking manner, and that the binding energy increases following the increase of the number of carbon and hydrogen atoms constituting the PAH molecule. When we move to analyzing the electronic transport properties of molecular junctions with a six-carbon alkyne chain as the central molecule, the electronic efficiency of the graphene-PAH contacts is found to depend on the energy gap between the highest occupied molecular orbital (HOMO) and the lowest unoccupied molecular orbital (LUMO) of the corresponding PAH anchoring group, rather than its size. To be specific, the smaller is the HOMO-LUMO gap of the PAH anchoring group, the higher is the electronic efficiency of the graphene-PAH contact. Although the HOMO-LUMO gap of a PAH molecule depends on its specific configuration, PAH molecules with similar atomic structures show a decreasing trend for their HOMO-LUMO gap as the number of fused benzene rings increases. Therefore, graphene-conjugated molecule-graphene junctions with high-binding and high-conducting graphene-PAH contacts can be realized by choosing appropriate PAH anchor groups with a large area and a small HOMO-LUMO gap.

  19. A flexible proximity sensor formed by duplex screen/screen-offset printing and its application to non-contact detection of human breathing

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    Nomura, Ken-Ichi; Kaji, Ryosaku; Iwata, Shiro; Otao, Shinobu; Imawaka, Naoto; Yoshino, Katsumi; Mitsui, Ryosuke; Sato, Junya; Takahashi, Seiya; Nakajima, Shin-Ichiro; Ushijima, Hirobumi

    2016-01-01

    We describe a flexible capacitance-type sensor that can detect an approaching human without contact, fabricated by developing and applying duplex conductive-ink printing to a film substrate. The results of our calculations show that the difference in size between the top and bottom electrodes of the sensor allows for the spatial extension of the electric field distribution over the electrodes. Hence, such a component functions as a proximity sensor. This thin and light device with a large form factor can be arranged at various places, including curved surfaces and the back of objects such that it is unnoticeable. In our experiment, we attached it to the back of a bed, and found that our device successfully detected the breathing of a subject on the bed without contacting his body. This should contribute to reducing the physical and psychological discomfort among patients during medical checks, or when their condition is being monitored.

  20. A flexible proximity sensor formed by duplex screen/screen-offset printing and its application to non-contact detection of human breathing.

    PubMed

    Nomura, Ken-Ichi; Kaji, Ryosaku; Iwata, Shiro; Otao, Shinobu; Imawaka, Naoto; Yoshino, Katsumi; Mitsui, Ryosuke; Sato, Junya; Takahashi, Seiya; Nakajima, Shin-Ichiro; Ushijima, Hirobumi

    2016-01-01

    We describe a flexible capacitance-type sensor that can detect an approaching human without contact, fabricated by developing and applying duplex conductive-ink printing to a film substrate. The results of our calculations show that the difference in size between the top and bottom electrodes of the sensor allows for the spatial extension of the electric field distribution over the electrodes. Hence, such a component functions as a proximity sensor. This thin and light device with a large form factor can be arranged at various places, including curved surfaces and the back of objects such that it is unnoticeable. In our experiment, we attached it to the back of a bed, and found that our device successfully detected the breathing of a subject on the bed without contacting his body. This should contribute to reducing the physical and psychological discomfort among patients during medical checks, or when their condition is being monitored. PMID:26795237

  1. Ultraviolet band-pass Schottky barrier photodetectors formed by Al-doped ZnO contacts to n-GaN

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    Sheu, J.K.; Lee, M.L.; Tun, C.J.; Lin, S.W.

    2006-01-23

    This work prepared Al-doped ZnO(AZO) films using dc sputtering to form Schottky contacts onto GaN films with low-temperature-grown GaN cap layer. Application of ultraviolet photodetector showed that spectral responsivity exhibits a narrow bandpass characteristic ranging from 345 to 375 nm. Moreover, unbiased peak responsivity was estimated to be around 0.12 A/W at 365 nm, which corresponds to a quantum efficiency of around 40%. In our study, relatively low responsivity can be explained by the marked absorption of the AZO contact layer. When the reverse biases were below 5 V, the study revealed that dark currents were well below 5x10{sup -12} A even though the samples were annealed at increased temperatures.

  2. A flexible proximity sensor formed by duplex screen/screen-offset printing and its application to non-contact detection of human breathing

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    Nomura, Ken-ichi; Kaji, Ryosaku; Iwata, Shiro; Otao, Shinobu; Imawaka, Naoto; Yoshino, Katsumi; Mitsui, Ryosuke; Sato, Junya; Takahashi, Seiya; Nakajima, Shin-ichiro; Ushijima, Hirobumi

    2016-01-01

    We describe a flexible capacitance-type sensor that can detect an approaching human without contact, fabricated by developing and applying duplex conductive-ink printing to a film substrate. The results of our calculations show that the difference in size between the top and bottom electrodes of the sensor allows for the spatial extension of the electric field distribution over the electrodes. Hence, such a component functions as a proximity sensor. This thin and light device with a large form factor can be arranged at various places, including curved surfaces and the back of objects such that it is unnoticeable. In our experiment, we attached it to the back of a bed, and found that our device successfully detected the breathing of a subject on the bed without contacting his body. This should contribute to reducing the physical and psychological discomfort among patients during medical checks, or when their condition is being monitored. PMID:26795237

  3. The relative noise levels of parallel axis gear sets with various contact ratios and gear tooth forms

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    Drago, Raymond J.; Lenski, Joseph W., Jr.; Spencer, Robert H.; Valco, Mark; Oswald, Fred B.

    1993-01-01

    The real noise reduction benefits which may be obtained through the use of one gear tooth form as compared to another is an important design parameter for any geared system, especially for helicopters in which both weight and reliability are very important factors. This paper describes the design and testing of nine sets of gears which are as identical as possible except for their basic tooth geometry. Noise measurements were made at various combinations of load and speed for each gear set so that direct comparisons could be made. The resultant data was analyzed so that valid conclusions could be drawn and interpreted for design use.

  4. Contact dermatitis

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    Dermatitis - contact; Allergic dermatitis; Dermatitis - allergic; Irritant contact dermatitis; Skin rash - contact dermatitis ... There are 2 types of contact dermatitis. Irritant dermatitis: This ... can be by contact with acids, alkaline materials such as soaps ...

  5. Characteristic of the Nanoparticles Formed on the Carbon Steel Surface Contacting with 3d-Metal Water Salt Solutions in the Open-Air System.

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    Lavrynenko, O M; Pavlenko, O Yu; Shchukin, Yu S

    2016-12-01

    The contact of a steel electrode with water dispersion medium in an open-air system leads to the development of various polymorphic iron oxides and oxyhydroxides on the steel surface. Whereas the usage of distilled water causes the obtaining of Fe(II)-Fe(III) layered double hydroxides (green rust) as a primary mineral phase, but in the presence of inorganic 3d-metal water salt solutions, mixed layered double hydroxides (LDHs) together with non-stoichiometric spinel ferrite nanoparticles are formed on the steel surface. Mixed LDHs keep stability against further oxidation and complicate the obtaining of spinel ferrite nanoparticles. Thermal treatment of mixed LDHs among other mineral phases formed via the rotation-corrosion dispergation process at certain temperatures permits to obtain homogenous nanoparticles of spinel ferrites as well as maghemite or hematite doped by 3d-metal cations. PMID:26847693

  6. Characteristic of the Nanoparticles Formed on the Carbon Steel Surface Contacting with 3d-Metal Water Salt Solutions in the Open-Air System

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    Lavrynenko, O. M.; Pavlenko, O. Yu; Shchukin, Yu S.

    2016-02-01

    The contact of a steel electrode with water dispersion medium in an open-air system leads to the development of various polymorphic iron oxides and oxyhydroxides on the steel surface. Whereas the usage of distilled water causes the obtaining of Fe(II)-Fe(III) layered double hydroxides (green rust) as a primary mineral phase, but in the presence of inorganic 3d-metal water salt solutions, mixed layered double hydroxides (LDHs) together with non-stoichiometric spinel ferrite nanoparticles are formed on the steel surface. Mixed LDHs keep stability against further oxidation and complicate the obtaining of spinel ferrite nanoparticles. Thermal treatment of mixed LDHs among other mineral phases formed via the rotation-corrosion dispergation process at certain temperatures permits to obtain homogenous nanoparticles of spinel ferrites as well as maghemite or hematite doped by 3d-metal cations.

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  8. Nanosulfur: A Potent Fungicide Against Food Pathogen, Aspergillus niger

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    Choudhury, Samrat Roy; Goswami, Arunava; Nair, Kishore K.; Kumar, Rajesh; Gopal, Madhuban; Devakumar, C.; Gogoi, Robin; Srivastava, Chitra; Subhramanyam, B. S.

    2010-10-04

    Elemental sulfur (S{sup 0}), man's oldest eco-friendly fungicide for curing fungal infections in plants and animals, is registered in India as a non-systemic and contact fungicide. However due to its high volume requirement, Indian agrochemical industry and farmers could not effectively use this product till date. We hypothesize that intelligent nanoscience applications might increase the visibility of nanosulfur in Indian agriculture as a potent and eco-safe fungicide. Sulfur nanoparticles (NPs) were synthesized bottom-up via a liquid synthesis method with average particle size in the range of 50-80 nm and the shapes of the NPs were spherical. A comparative study of elemental and nano-sulfur produced has been tested against facultative fungal food pathogen, Aspergillus niger. Results showed that nanosulfur is more efficacious than its elemental form.

  9. Nanosulfur: A Potent Fungicide Against Food Pathogen, Aspergillus niger

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    Choudhury, Samrat Roy; Nair, Kishore K.; Kumar, Rajesh; Gogoi, Robin; Srivastava, Chitra; Gopal, Madhuban; Subhramanyam, B. S.; devakumar, C.; Goswami, Arunava

    2010-10-01

    Elemental sulfur (S0), man's oldest eco-friendly fungicide for curing fungal infections in plants and animals, is registered in India as a non-systemic and contact fungicide. However due to its high volume requirement, Indian agrochemical industry and farmers could not effectively use this product till date. We hypothesize that intelligent nanoscience applications might increase the visibility of nanosulfur in Indian agriculture as a potent and eco-safe fungicide. Sulfur nanoparticles (NPs) were synthesized bottom-up via a liquid synthesis method with average particle size in the range of 50-80 nm and the shapes of the NPs were spherical. A comparative study of elemental and nano-sulfur produced has been tested against facultative fungal food pathogen, Aspergillus niger. Results showed that nanosulfur is more efficacious than its elemental form.

  10. Contact Dermatitis

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    ... Z Diseases and treatments A - D Contact dermatitis Contact dermatitis Contact dermatitis : Many health care workers develop ... happen immediately. Most take time to appear. Allergic contact dermatitis Some people have an allergic skin reaction. ...

  11. Muon radiography and deformation analysis of the lava dome formed by the 1944 eruption of Usu, Hokkaido--contact between high-energy physics and volcano physics--.

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    K M Tanaka, Hiroyuki; Yokoyama, Izumi

    2008-01-01

    Lava domes are one of the conspicuous topographic features on volcanoes. The subsurface structure of the lava dome is important to discuss its formation mechanism. In the 1944 eruption of Volcano Usu, Hokkaido, a new lava dome was formed at its eastern foot. After the completion of the lava dome, various geophysical methods were applied to the dome to study its subsurface structure, but resulted in a rather ambiguous conclusion. Recently, from the results of the levelings, which were repeated during the eruption, "pseudo growth curves" of the lava dome were obtained. The curves suggest that the lava dome has a bulbous shape. In the present work, muon radiography, which previously proved effective in imaging the internal structure of Volcano Asama, has been applied to the Usu lava dome. The muon radiography measures the distribution of the "density length" of volcanic bodies when detectors are arranged properly. The result obtained is consistent with the model deduced from the pseudo growth curves. The measurement appears to afford useful method to clarify the subsurface structure of volcanoes and its temporal changes, and in its turn to discuss volcanic processes. This is a point of contact between high-energy physics and volcano physics. PMID:18941290

  12. Hierarchical multicolor nano-pixel matrices formed by coordinating luminescent metal ions to a conjugated poly(4?-octyl-2?,6?-bispyrazoyl pyridine) film via contact printing

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    Basak, Supratim; Mohiddon, Md Ahamad; Baumgarten, Martin; Mllen, Klaus; Chandrasekar, Rajadurai

    2015-01-01

    We introduce a cost-effective, yet feasible reactive printing approach namely, coordination chemistry at the conjugated ligand polymer surface. By using a contact printing technique we selectively fabricated high resolution nano-pixel configurations consisting of red, blue and green (R,G,B) colors arranged in a hierarchical three-dimensional fashion. For this, we have synthesized a novel blue emitting conjugated ligand polymer, [poly(4?-octyl-2?,6?-bispyrazoyl pyridine)] ( ~ 78?KDa) having a tridentate ligand in its repeating unit which forms a thin film prone of binding metal ions. On top of this ligand polymer film, a layer of high-resolution cross-stripes (width ca. 800?nm) was printed comprised of Eu and Tb ions over a large area ~ 100 100??m2. The final woodpile-like assembly produced a new pixel group consisting of B; BG; BR; and BGR (White) colors. The area of the white emitting square is ca. 0.64??m2. The patterned layers that make up the pixels are very thin and thus this new technique might find applications in flexible light emitting devices. PMID:25673007

  13. Hierarchical multicolor nano-pixel matrices formed by coordinating luminescent metal ions to a conjugated poly(4'-octyl-2',6'-bispyrazoyl pyridine) film via contact printing.

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    Basak, Supratim; Mohiddon, Md Ahamad; Baumgarten, Martin; Mllen, Klaus; Chandrasekar, Rajadurai

    2015-01-01

    We introduce a cost-effective, yet feasible reactive printing approach namely, "coordination chemistry at the conjugated ligand polymer surface". By using a contact printing technique we selectively fabricated high resolution nano-pixel configurations consisting of red, blue and green (R,G,B) colors arranged in a hierarchical three-dimensional fashion. For this, we have synthesized a novel blue emitting conjugated ligand polymer, [poly(4'-octyl-2',6'-bispyrazoyl pyridine)] ( ~ 7-8?KDa) having a tridentate ligand in its repeating unit which forms a thin film prone of binding metal ions. On top of this ligand polymer film, a layer of high-resolution cross-stripes (width ca. 800?nm) was printed comprised of Eu and Tb ions over a large area ~ 100 100??m(2). The final woodpile-like assembly produced a new pixel group consisting of B; BG; BR; and BGR (White) colors. The area of the white emitting square is ca. 0.64??m(2). The patterned layers that make up the pixels are very thin and thus this new technique might find applications in flexible light emitting devices. PMID:25673007

  14. Hierarchical multicolor nano-pixel matrices formed by coordinating luminescent metal ions to a conjugated poly(4?-octyl-2?,6?-bispyrazoyl pyridine) film via contact printing

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    Basak, Supratim; Mohiddon, Md Ahamad; Baumgarten, Martin; Mllen, Klaus; Chandrasekar, Rajadurai

    2015-02-01

    We introduce a cost-effective, yet feasible reactive printing approach namely, ``coordination chemistry at the conjugated ligand polymer surface''. By using a contact printing technique we selectively fabricated high resolution nano-pixel configurations consisting of red, blue and green (R,G,B) colors arranged in a hierarchical three-dimensional fashion. For this, we have synthesized a novel blue emitting conjugated ligand polymer, [poly(4'-octyl-2',6'-bispyrazoyl pyridine)] ( ~ 7-8 KDa) having a tridentate ligand in its repeating unit which forms a thin film prone of binding metal ions. On top of this ligand polymer film, a layer of high-resolution cross-stripes (width ca. 800 nm) was printed comprised of Eu and Tb ions over a large area ~ 100 100 ?m2. The final woodpile-like assembly produced a new pixel group consisting of B; BG; BR; and BGR (White) colors. The area of the white emitting square is ca. 0.64 ?m2. The patterned layers that make up the pixels are very thin and thus this new technique might find applications in flexible light emitting devices.

  15. Acrylate Systemic Contact Dermatitis.

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    Sauder, Maxwell B; Pratt, Melanie D

    2015-01-01

    Acrylates, the 2012 American Contact Dermatitis Society allergen of the year, are found in a range of products including the absorbent materials within feminine hygiene pads. When fully polymerized, acrylates are nonimmunogenic; however, if not completely cured, the monomers can be potent allergens.A 28-year-old woman is presented, who had her teeth varnished with Isodan (Septodont, Saint-Maur-des-Fosss, France) containing HEMA (2-hydroxyethyl methacrylate) with no initial reaction. Approximately 1 month later, the patient developed a genital dermatitis secondary to her feminine hygiene pads. The initial reaction resolved, but 5 months later, the patient developed a systemic contact dermatitis after receiving a second varnishing.The patient was dramatically patch test positive to many acrylates. This case demonstrates a reaction to likely unpolymerized acrylates within a feminine hygiene pad, as well as broad cross-reactivity or cosensitivity to acrylates, and possibly a systemic contact dermatitis with systemic re-exposure to unpolymerized acrylates. PMID:26367207

  16. TCGA Contacts

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  17. Investigation of montmorillonite alteration and form of iron corrosion products in compacted bentonite in contact with carbon steel for ten years

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    Ishidera, Takamitsu; Ueno, Kenichi; Kurosawa, Seiichi; Suyama, Tadahiro

    In high-level radioactive waste disposal, the alteration of montmorillonite due to the corrosion of carbon steel possibly affects the swelling and self-healing capacity of compacted bentonite used as a buffer material. The nature of the corrosion products in compacted bentonite is also important to evaluate not only the diffusion and sorption behavior of radionuclides but also the chemical composition and redox potential of pore water. In this study, the alteration of montmorillonite in compacted bentonite due to the interaction with carbon steel was analyzed by X-ray diffraction (XRD). The possibility of montmorillonite alteration was also investigated from the cation exchange capacity (CEC) of compacted bentonite and scanning electron microscopy (SEM) observation. The corrosion products distributed in the compacted bentonite were investigated by selective dissolution analysis, which can estimate the crystallinity of Fe-bearing compounds. The valence of Fe in the corrosion products was spectrophotometrically determined. From the XRD analysis, newly formed phyllosilicates resulting from the alteration of montmorillonite could not be identified in compacted bentonite. CEC of compacted bentonite adjacent to the carbon steel, in which high concentration of Fe was extracted, was hardly decreased. No significant differences of clay particles were observed with SEM. Thus, the alteration of montmorillonite was scarcely detected in compacted bentonite in contact with carbon steel for ten years. The selective dissolution and valence analyses suggest that most of the corrosion products of carbon steel existed in Kunipia F, which consists of over 95 wt% montmorillonite, was amorphous, non-crystalline or poorly ordered Fe(OH) 2. This means that Fe(OH) 2 distributed into compacted bentonite was scarcely crystallized within ten years at 80 oC. From the XRD analysis, small amount of green rust one containing Cl - at the interlayers (GR1(Cl -)) and lepidocrocite were also identified in Kunipia F. Therefore, under this experimental condition, Fe(OH) 2 formed in Kunipia F due to the corrosion of carbon steel was oxidized to GR1(Cl -) as intermediates, and then GR1(Cl -) was possibly oxidized to lepidocrocite. On the other hand, GR1(Cl -) was hardly detected in Kunigel V1, which contains 46-49 wt% montmorillonite, from the XRD analysis.

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  19. Generation of a Potent Low Density Lipoprotein Receptor-related Protein 1 (LRP1) Antagonist by Engineering a Stable Form of the Receptor-associated Protein (RAP) D3 Domain.

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    Prasad, Joni M; Migliorini, Mary; Galisteo, Rebeca; Strickland, Dudley K

    2015-07-10

    The low density lipoprotein receptor-related protein 1 (LRP1) is a member of the low density lipoprotein receptor family and plays important roles in a number of physiological and pathological processes. Expression of LRP1 requires the receptor-associated protein (RAP), a molecular chaperone that binds LRP1 and other low density lipoprotein receptor family members in the endoplasmic reticulum and traffics with them to the Golgi where the acidic environment causes its dissociation. Exogenously added RAP is a potent LRP1 antagonist and binds to LRP1 on the cell surface, preventing ligands from binding. Following endocytosis, RAP dissociates in the acidic endosome, allowing LRP1 to recycle back to the cell surface. The acid-induced dissociation of RAP is mediated by its D3 domain, a relatively unstable three-helical bundle that denatures at pH <6.2 due to protonation of key histidine residues on helices 2 and 3. To develop an LRP1 inhibitor that does not dissociate at low pH, we introduced a disulfide bond between the second and third helices in the RAP D3 domain. By combining this disulfide bond with elimination of key histidine residues, we generated a stable RAP molecule that is resistant to both pH- and heat-induced denaturation. This molecule bound to LRP1 with high affinity at both neutral and acidic pH and proved to be a potent inhibitor of LRP1 function both in vitro and in vivo, suggesting that our stable RAP molecule may be useful in multiple pathological settings where LRP1 blockade has been shown to be effective. PMID:26013822

  20. Semiconductor ohmic contact

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    Hawrylo, F. Z.; Kressel, H.

    1977-01-01

    Contact formed on p-type surface of semiconductor laser has several advantages: highly conductive degenerate region and narrow band gap provides surface for good metal-to-semiconductor contact; lattice parameter of GaAs is 5.6533 A; improved lattice match eases interface strain which reduces interface cracking of semiconductor material.

  1. NCI-Frederick FACILITY - Contact

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  2. Making Contact. Generating Interethnic Contact for Multicultural Integration and Tolerance in Amsterdam

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    Muller, Floris

    2012-01-01

    Interethnic contact is considered a potent tool for the generation of interethnic understanding and tolerance. This faith has engendered countless social projects that seek to stimulate contact between members of different ethnic groups under "optimal conditions". However, the academic literature does not stipulate how, if at all, these optimal…

  3. Voltammetric studies on the potent carcinogen, 7,12-dimethylbenz[a]anthracene: Adsorptive stripping voltammetric determination in bulk aqueous forms and human urine samples and detection of DNA interaction on pencil graphite electrode.

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    Yardim, Y; Keskin, E; Levent, A; Ozsz, M; Sentrk, Z

    2010-01-15

    7,12-Dimethylbenz[a]anthracene (DMBA), is a widely studied polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbon that has long been recognized as a very potent carcinogen. Initially, the electrochemical oxidation of DMBA at the glassy carbon and pencil graphite electrodes in non-aqueous media (dimethylsulphoxide with lithium perchlorate) was studied by cyclic voltammetry. DMBA was irreversibly oxidized in two steps at high positive potentials, resulting in the ill-resolved formation of a couple with a reduction and re-oxidation wave at much lower potentials. Special attention was given to the use of adsorptive stripping voltammetry together with a medium exchange procedure on disposable pencil graphite electrode in aqueous solutions over the pH range of 3.0-9.0. The response was characterized with respect to pH of the supporting electrolyte, pre-concentration time and accumulation potential. Using square-wave stripping mode, the compound yielded a well-defined voltammetric response in acetate buffer, pH 4.8 at +1.15V (vs. Ag/AgCl) (a pre-concentration step being carried out at a fixed potential of +0.60V for 360s). The process could be used to determine DMBA concentrations in the range 2-10nM, with an extremely low detection limit of 0.194nM (49.7ngL(-1)). The applicability to assay of spiked human urine samples was also illustrated. Finally, the interaction of DMBA with fish sperm double-stranded DNA based on decreasing of the oxidation signal of adenine base was studied electrochemically by using differential pulse voltammetry with a pencil graphite electrode at the surface and also in solution. The favorable signal-to-noise characteristics of biosensor resulted in low detection limit (ca. 46nM) following a 300-s interaction. These results displayed that the electrochemical DNA-based biosensor could be used for the sensitive, rapid, simple and cost effective detection of DMBA-DNA interaction. PMID:20006098

  4. Noneczematous Contact Dermatitis

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    Foti, Caterina; Vestita, Michelangelo; Angelini, Gianni

    2013-01-01

    Irritant or allergic contact dermatitis usually presents as an eczematous process, clinically characterized by erythematoedematovesicous lesions with intense itching in the acute phase. Such manifestations become erythematous-scaly as the condition progresses to the subacute phase and papular-hyperkeratotic in the chronic phase. Not infrequently, however, contact dermatitis presents with noneczematous features. The reasons underlying this clinical polymorphism lie in the different noxae and contact modalities, as well as in the individual susceptibility and the various targeted cutaneous structures. The most represented forms of non-eczematous contact dermatitis include the erythema multiforme-like, the purpuric, the lichenoid, and the pigmented kinds. These clinical entities must obviously be discerned from the corresponding pure dermatitis, which are not associated with contact with exogenous agents. PMID:24109520

  5. Multiple clusters of release sites formed by individual thalamic afferents onto cortical interneurons ensure reliable transmission

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    Bagnall, Martha W.; Hull, Court; Bushong, Eric A.; Ellisman, Mark H.; Scanziani, Massimo

    2012-01-01

    Summary Thalamic afferents supply the cortex with sensory information by contacting both excitatory neurons and inhibitory interneurons. Interestingly, thalamic contacts with interneurons constitute such a powerful synapse that even one afferent can fire interneurons, thereby driving feedforward inhibition. However, the spatial representation of this potent synapse on interneuron dendrites is poorly understood. Using Ca imaging and electron microscopy we show that an individual thalamic afferent forms multiple contacts with the interneuronal proximal dendritic arbor, preferentially near branch points. More contacts are correlated with larger amplitude synaptic responses. Each contact, consisting of a single bouton, can release up to 7 vesicles simultaneously, resulting in graded and reliable Ca transients. Computational modeling indicates that the release of multiple vesicles at each contact minimally reduces the efficiency of the thalamic afferent in exciting the interneuron. This strategy preserves the spatial representation of thalamocortical inputs across the dendritic arbor over a wide range of release conditions. PMID:21745647

  6. High response Schottky ultraviolet photodetector formed by PEDOT:PSS transparent electrode contacts to Mg0.1Zn0.9O

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    Hu, Zuo-Fu; Wu, Huai-Hao; Lv, Yan-Wu; Zhang, Xi-Qing

    2015-10-01

    In this paper, we report a Schottky ultraviolet photodetector based on poly (3,4-ethylenedioxy-thiophene) poly(styrenesulfonate) (PEDOT:PSS) transparent electrode contacts to Mg0.1Zn0.9O. The I-V characteristic curves of the device are measured in the dark condition and under the illumination of a 340-nm UV light. The device shows a typical rectifying behavior with a current rectification ratio of 103 at 2 V, which exhibits a good Schottky behavior. The photo-to-dark current ratio is high, which is 1103 at -4 V. A peak response of 0.156 A/W at 340 nm is observed. The device also exhibits a wide response from 250 nm to 340 nm, with a response larger than 0.1 A/W. It covers the UV-B region (280 nm-320 nm), which makes the device very suitable for the detection of UV-B light. Project supported by the National Natural Science Foundation of China (Grant No. 50972007), the National Basic Research Program of China (Grant No. 2011CB932703), the National Natural Science Foundation for Distinguished Young Scholars of China (Grant No. 60825407), and the Opened Fund of the State Key Laboratory on Integrated Optoelectronics.

  7. Highly potent silver-organoalkoxysilane antimicrobial porous nanomembrane

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    2013-01-01

    We used a simple electrospinning technique to fabricate a highly potent silver-organoalkoxysilane antimicrobial composite from AgNO3-polyvinylpyrrolidone (PVP)/3-aminopropyltrimethoxysilane (APTMS)/tetraethoxysilane (TEOS) solution. Spectroscopic and microscopic analyses of the composite showed that the fibers contain an organoalkoxysilane skeleton, 0.18 molecules/nm2 surface amino groups, and highly dispersed and uniformly distributed silver nanoparticles (5 nm in size). Incorporation of organoalkoxysilanes is highly beneficial to the antimicrobial mat as (1) amino groups of APTMS are adhesive and biocidal to microorganisms, (2) polycondensation of APTMS and TEOS increases the membranes surface area by forming silicon bonds that stabilize fibers and form a composite mat with membranous structure and high porosity, and (3) the organoalkoxysilanes are also instrumental to the synthesis of the very small-sized and highly dispersed silver metal particles in the fiber mat. Antimicrobial property of the composite was evaluated by disk diffusion, minimum inhibition concentration (MIC), kinetic, and extended use assays on bacteria (Escherichia coli, Bacillus anthracis, Staphylococcus aureus, and Brucella suis), a fungus (Aspergillus niger), and the Newcastle disease virus. The membrane shows quick and sustained broad-spectrum antimicrobial activity. Only 0.3 mg of fibers is required to achieve MIC against all the test organisms. Bacteria are inhibited within 30 min of contact, and the fibers can be used repeatedly. The composite is silver efficient and environment friendly, and its membranous structure is suitable for many practical applications as in air filters, antimicrobial linen, coatings, bioadhesives, and biofilms. PMID:23574791

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  9. Contacts to Nitride Semiconductors

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    Mohney, Suzanne

    2002-03-01

    This presentation focuses on the stability of contacts to the group III nitride semiconductors through the discussion of three examples. We initially describe the degradation of low resistance Au/Ni/p-GaN ohmic contacts formed by annealing in air. These contacts provide high transparency and low resistance; however, we have observed that they exhibit serious degradation upon storage for days in air at room temperature, testing under bias in air for hours, or annealing at 200 degrees C in nitrogen gas or vacuum. Several explanations for the low resistance of the contacts prior to aging have been offered, and some researchers believe that the formation of p-type NiO upon annealing is critical for achieving a low contact resistance. We have found that the same environments that lead to degradation of the contacts also cause an increase in resistance of separately fabricated NiO layers. A point defect model for the effect of the environment on the resistance of thin p-NiO layers is described, as is the consistency of our findings with the different explanations for the low resistance of these contacts prior to aging. In the second example, we describe a dramatic improvement in Au/n-AlGaN Schottky barrier contacts stored in a laboratory drawer for a couple of days after deposition. Although the diodes initially exhibit poor rectification and sometimes nearly ohmic behavior immediately upon deposition, the reverse currents drop by as many as four orders of magnitude after storage. Our investigation of the mechanism for this change is discussed. Finally, we address the stability of the popular Ti/Al ohmic contact to n-GaN. We observe no changes in these contacts when stored at room temperature, but we have found that the resistance of the contacts (as originally formulated) increases when held at high temperatures. Through an examination of the Ti-Al phase diagram, we were able to greatly improve the thermal stability of the contacts by selecting a new ratio of Ti to Al for the metallization. A discussion of the applicability of this approach for designing other thermally stable contacts will conclude the presentation.

  10. Solar cell contact formation using laser ablation

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    Harley, Gabriel; Smith, David; Cousins, Peter

    2012-12-04

    The formation of solar cell contacts using a laser is described. A method of fabricating a back-contact solar cell includes forming a poly-crystalline material layer above a single-crystalline substrate. The method also includes forming a dielectric material stack above the poly-crystalline material layer. The method also includes forming, by laser ablation, a plurality of contacts holes in the dielectric material stack, each of the contact holes exposing a portion of the poly-crystalline material layer; and forming conductive contacts in the plurality of contact holes.

  11. Solar cell contact formation using laser ablation

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    Harley, Gabriel; Smith, David D.; Cousins, Peter John

    2015-07-21

    The formation of solar cell contacts using a laser is described. A method of fabricating a back-contact solar cell includes forming a poly-crystalline material layer above a single-crystalline substrate. The method also includes forming a dielectric material stack above the poly-crystalline material layer. The method also includes forming, by laser ablation, a plurality of contacts holes in the dielectric material stack, each of the contact holes exposing a portion of the poly-crystalline material layer; and forming conductive contacts in the plurality of contact holes.

  12. Solar cell contact formation using laser ablation

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    Harley, Gabriel; Smith, David D.; Cousins, Peter John

    2014-07-22

    The formation of solar cell contacts using a laser is described. A method of fabricating a back-contact solar cell includes forming a poly-crystalline material layer above a single-crystalline substrate. The method also includes forming a dielectric material stack above the poly-crystalline material layer. The method also includes forming, by laser ablation, a plurality of contacts holes in the dielectric material stack, each of the contact holes exposing a portion of the poly-crystalline materiat layer; and forming conductive contacts in the plurality of contact holes.

  13. DIMETHYLARSINE AND TRIMETHYLARSINE ARE POTENT GENOTOXINS IN VITRO.

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    Dimethylarsine and Trimethylarsine are potent genotoxins in vitro
    Andrewes, P; Kitchin, KT; and Wallace, KA

    Abstract
    The mechanism of arsenic carcinogenesis is unclear. A complicating factor receiving increasing attention is that arsenic is biomethylated to form vari...

  14. Compact contacting device

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    Acharya, Arun (Inventor); Gottzmann, Christian F. (Inventor); Lockett, Michael J. (Inventor); Schneider, James S. (Inventor); Victor, Richard A. (Inventor); Zawierucha, Robert (Inventor)

    1994-01-01

    An apparatus comprising a rotatable mass of structured packing for mass or heat transfer between two contacting fluids of different densities wherein the packing mass is made up of corrugated sheets of involute shape relative to the axis of the packing mass and form a logarithmic spiral curved counter to the direction of rotation.

  15. Celebrity Patients, VIPs, and Potentates

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    Groves, James E.; Dunderdale, Barbara A.; Stern, Theodore A.

    2002-01-01

    Background: During the second half of the 20th century, the literature on the doctor-patient relationship mainly dealt with the management of “difficult” (personality-disordered) patients. Similar problems, however, surround other types of “special” patients. Method: An overview and analysis of the literature were conducted. As a result, such patients can be subcategorized by their main presentations; each requires a specific management strategy. Results: Three types of “special” patients stir up irrational feelings in their caregivers. Sick celebrities threaten to focus public scrutiny on the private world of medical caregivers. VIPs generate awe in caregivers, with loss of the objectivity essential to the practice of scientific medicine. Potentates unearth narcissism in the caregiver-patient relationship, which triggers a struggle between power and shame. Pride, privacy, and the staff's need to be in control are all threatened by introduction of the special patient into medicine's closed culture. Conclusion: The privacy that is owed to sick celebrities should be extended to protect overexposed staff. The awe and loss of medical objectivity that VIPs generate are counteracted by team leadership dedicated to avoiding any deviation from standard clinical procedure. Moreover, the collective ill will surrounding potentates can be neutralized by reassuring them that they are “special”—and by caregivers mending their own vulnerable self-esteem. PMID:15014712

  16. Prioritized Contact Transport Stream

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    Hunt, Walter Lee, Jr. (Inventor)

    2015-01-01

    A detection process, contact recognition process, classification process, and identification process are applied to raw sensor data to produce an identified contact record set containing one or more identified contact records. A prioritization process is applied to the identified contact record set to assign a contact priority to each contact record in the identified contact record set. Data are removed from the contact records in the identified contact record set based on the contact priorities assigned to those contact records. A first contact stream is produced from the resulting contact records. The first contact stream is streamed in a contact transport stream. The contact transport stream may include and stream additional contact streams. The contact transport stream may be varied dynamically over time based on parameters such as available bandwidth, contact priority, presence/absence of contacts, system state, and configuration parameters.

  17. Types of Contact Lenses

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  18. Crystallographic characterization of the first reported crystalline form of the potent hallucinogen (R)-2-amino-1-(8-bromobenzo[1,2-b;5,4-b']difuran-4-yl)propane or 'bromodragonfly': the 1:1 anhydrous proton-transfer compound with 3,5-dinitrosalicylic acid.

    PubMed

    Smith, Graham; Cotton, Marcus S; Wermuth, Urs D; Boyd, Sue E

    2010-05-01

    The 1:1 proton-transfer compound of the potent substituted amphetamine hallucinogen (R)-2-amino-1-(8-bromobenzo[1,2-b;5,4-b']difuran-4-yl)propane (common trivial name 'bromodragonfly') with 3,5-dinitrosalicylic acid, namely 1-(8-bromobenzo[1,2-b;5,4-b']difuran-4-yl)propan-2-aminium 2-carboxy-4,6-dinitrophenolate, C(13)H(13)BrNO(2)(+).C(7)H(3)N(2)O(7)(-), forms hydrogen-bonded cation-anion chain substructures comprising undulating head-to-tail anion chains formed through C(8) carboxyl-nitro O-H...O associations and incorporating the aminium groups of the cations. The intrachain cation-anion hydrogen-bonding associations feature proximal cyclic R(3)(3)(8) interactions involving both an N(+)-H...O(phenolate) and the carboxyl-nitro O-H...O associations and aromatic pi-pi ring interactions [minimum ring centroid separation = 3.566 (2) A]. A lateral hydrogen-bonding interaction between the third aminium H atom and a carboxyl O-atom acceptor links the chain substructures, giving a two-dimensional sheet structure. This determination represents the first of any form of this compound and is in the (R) absolute configuration. The atypical crystal stability is attributed both to the hydrogen-bonded chain substructures provided by the anions, which accommodate the aminium proton-donor groups of the cations and give crosslinking, and to the presence of the cation-anion aromatic ring pi-pi interactions. PMID:20442509

  19. Reducing contact resistance in graphene devices through contact area patterning.

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    Smith, Joshua T; Franklin, Aaron D; Farmer, Damon B; Dimitrakopoulos, Christos D

    2013-04-23

    Performance of graphene electronics is limited by contact resistance associated with the metal-graphene (M-G) interface, where unique transport challenges arise as carriers are injected from a 3D metal into a 2D-graphene sheet. In this work, enhanced carrier injection is experimentally achieved in graphene devices by forming cuts in the graphene within the contact regions. These cuts are oriented normal to the channel and facilitate bonding between the contact metal and carbon atoms at the graphene cut edges, reproducibly maximizing "edge-contacted" injection. Despite the reduction in M-G contact area caused by these cuts, we find that a 32% reduction in contact resistance results in Cu-contacted, two-terminal devices, while a 22% reduction is achieved for top-gated graphene transistors with Pd contacts as compared to conventionally fabricated devices. The crucial role of contact annealing to facilitate this improvement is also elucidated. This simple approach provides a reliable and reproducible means of lowering contact resistance in graphene devices to bolster performance. Importantly, this enhancement requires no additional processing steps. PMID:23473291

  20. Chain Of Test Contacts For Integrated Circuits

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    Lieneweg, Udo

    1989-01-01

    Test structure forms chain of "cross" contacts fabricated together with large-scale integrated circuits. If necessary, number of such chains incorporated at suitable locations in integrated-circuit wafer for determination of fabrication yield of contacts. In new structure, resistances of individual contacts determined: In addition to making it possible to identify local defects, enables generation of statistical distributions of contact resistances for prediction of "parametric" contact yield of fabrication process.

  1. Contact dermatitis in children

    PubMed Central

    2010-01-01

    Contact dermatitis in pediatric population is a common but (previously) under recognized disease. It is usually divided into the allergic and the irritant forms. The diagnosis is usually obtained with the patch test technique after conducting a thorough medical history and careful physical examination but patch testing in infants may be particularly difficult, and false-positive reactions may occur. This study also provides an overview of the most common allergens in pediatric population and discusses various therapeutic modalities. PMID:20205907

  2. EDITORIAL: Close contact Close contact

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    Demming, Anna

    2010-07-01

    The development of scanning probe techniques, such as scanning tunnelling microscopy [1], has often been touted as the catalyst for the surge in activity and progress in nanoscale science and technology. Images of nanoscale structural detail have served as an invaluable investigative resource and continue to fascinate with the fantastical reality of an intricate nether world existing all around us, but hidden from view of the naked eye by a disparity in scale. As is so often the case, the invention of the scanning tunnelling microscope heralded far more than just a useful new apparatus, it demonstrated the scope for exploiting the subtleties of electronic contact. The shrinking of electronic devices has been a driving force for research into molecular electronics, in which an understanding of the nature of electronic contact at junctions is crucial. In response, the number of experimental techniques in molecular electronics has increased rapidly in recent years. Scanning tunnelling microscopes have been used to study electron transfer through molecular films on a conducting substrate, and the need to monitor the contact force of scanning tunnelling electrodes led to the use of atomic force microscopy probes coated in a conducting layer as studied by Cui and colleagues in Arizona [2]. In this issue a collaboration of researchers at Delft University and Leiden University in the Netherlands report a new device architecture for the independent mechanical and electrostatic tuning of nanoscale charge transport, which will enable thorough studies of molecular transport in the future [3]. Scanning probes can also be used to pattern surfaces, such as through spatially-localized Suzuki and Heck reactions in chemical scanning probe lithography. Mechanistic aspects of spatially confined Suzuki and Heck chemistry are also reported in this issue by researchers in Oxford [4]. All these developments in molecular electronics fabrication and characterization provide alternative means to produce nanoscale device elements, such as carbon nanotube transistors [5] and high-density memory crossbar circuits [6]. Recently, the use of scanning tunnelling microscopes has broached a new field of research, which is currently attracting enormous interest—single molecule detection. In issue 25 of Nanotechnology researchers in Houston reported unprecedented sensitivities using localized surface plasmon resonance shifts of gold bipyramids to detect concentrations of substances down to the single molecule level [7]. In issue 26 a collaboration of researchers from the US and Czech Republic describe a different approach, namely tunnelling recognition. In their topical review they describe hydrogen-bond mediated tunnelling and the associated experimental methods that facilitate the detection of single molecules in a tunnel junction using chemically functionalized electrodes [8]. The nanoworld depicted by scanning probe microgaphs over 20 years ago may have looked as extraterrestrial as any science fiction generated alien terrain, but though study and analysis these nano-landscapes have become significantly less alien territory. The work so far to unveil the intricacies of electronic contact has been a story of progress in investigating this new territory and manipulating the mechanisms that govern it to formulate new devices and delve deeper into phenomena at the nanoscale. References [1] Binning G, Rohrer H, Gerber Ch and Weibel E 1982 Phys. Rev. Lett. 49 57-61 [2] X D Cui, X Zarate, J Tomfohr, O F Sankey, A Primak, A L Moore, T A Moore, D Gust, G~Harris and S M Lindsay 2002 Nanotechnology 13 5-14 [3] Martin C A, van Ruitenbeek J M and van der Zant S J H 2010 Nanotechnology 21 265201 [4] Davis J J and Hanyu Y 2010 Nanotechnology 21 265302 [5] Tans S J, Verschueren A R M and Dekker C 1998 Nature 393 49-52 [6] Chen Y, Jung G-Y, Ohlberg D A A, Li X, Stewart D R, Jeppesen J O, Nielsen K A, Stoddart J F and Williams R S 2003 Nanotechnology 14 462-8 [7] Mayer K M, Hao F, Lee S, Nordlander P and Hafner J H 2010 Nanotechnology 21 255503 [8] Lindsay S, He J, Sankey O, Hapala P, Jelinek P, Zhang P, Chang S and Huang S 2010 Nanotechnology 21 262001

  3. Potent Anti-Cancer Toxin

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  4. A Potent Peptidomimetic Inhibitor of Botulinum Neurotoxin Serotype a Has a Very Different Conformation Than SNAP-25 Substrate

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    Zuniga, J.E.; Schmidt, J.J.; Fenn, T.; Burnett, J.C.; Arac, D.; Gussio, R.; Stafford, R.G.; Badie, S.S.; Bavari, S.; Brunger, A.T.

    2009-05-28

    Botulinum neurotoxin serotype A is the most lethal of all known toxins. Here, we report the crystal structure, along with SAR data, of the zinc metalloprotease domain of BoNT/A bound to a potent peptidomimetic inhibitor (Ki = 41 nM) that resembles the local sequence of the SNAP-25 substrate. Surprisingly, the inhibitor adopts a helical conformation around the cleavage site, in contrast to the extended conformation of the native substrate. The backbone of the inhibitor's P1 residue displaces the putative catalytic water molecule and concomitantly interacts with the 'proton shuttle' E224. This mechanism of inhibition is aided by residue contacts in the conserved S1' pocket of the substrate binding cleft, and the induction of new hydrophobic pockets, which are not present in the apo form, especially for the P2' residue of the inhibitor. Our inhibitor is specific for BoNT/A as it does not inhibit other BoNT serotypes or thermolysin.

  5. Formation Of Ohmic Gold Contacts On Epitaxial GaAs

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    Hecht, Michael H.; Bell, L. Doug; Kaiser, William J.

    1991-01-01

    New low-temperature procedure used to deposit ohmic gold contacts on gallium arsenide epitaxial films, forming ohmic electrical contacts. Keeping wafer in vacuum until metallization prevents formation of rectifying contacts.

  6. Contact lens management of keratoconus.

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    Downie, Laura E; Lindsay, Richard G

    2015-07-01

    Contact lenses are the primary form of visual correction for patients with keratoconus. Contemporary advances in contact lens designs and materials have significantly expanded the available fitting options for patients with corneal ectasia. Furthermore, imaging technology, such as corneal topography and anterior segment optical coherence tomography, can be applied to both gain insight into corneal microstructural changes and to guide contact lens fitting. This paper provides a comprehensive review of the range of contact lens modalities, including soft lenses, hybrid designs, rigid lenses, piggyback configurations, corneo-scleral, mini-scleral and scleral lenses that are currently available for the optical management of keratoconus. The review also discusses the importance of monitoring for disease progression in patients with keratoconus, in particular children, who tend to undergo more rapid progressive changes, so as to facilitate appropriate modification to contact lens fitting and/or potential referral for corneal collagen cross-linking treatment, as appropriate. PMID:26104589

  7. Sinterless Formation Of Contacts On Indium Phosphide

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    Weizer, Victor G.; Fatemi, Navid S.

    1995-01-01

    Improved technique makes it possible to form low-resistivity {nearly equal to 10(Sup-6) ohm cm(Sup2)} electrical contacts on indium phosphide semiconductor devices without damaging devices. Layer of AgP2 40 Angstrom thick deposited on InP before depositing metal contact. AgP2 interlayer sharply reduces contact resistance, without need for sintering.

  8. Oxazolidinone: search for highly potent antibacterial.

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    Lohray, Braj Bhushan; Lohray, Vidya Bhushan; Srivastava, Brijesh Kumar; Gupta, Sunil; Solanki, Manish; Kapadnis, Prashant; Takale, Vijay; Pandya, Purvi

    2004-06-21

    A number of substituted piperazinyl oxazolidinone derivatives have been synthesized and their antibacterial activities were evaluated by MIC determination. A systematic SAR was carried out to get highly potent oxazolidinone derivatives. PMID:15149661

  9. Occupational protein contact dermatitis.

    PubMed

    Barbaud, Annick; Poreaux, Claire; Penven, Emmanuelle; Waton, Julie

    2015-12-01

    Occupational contact dermatitis is generally caused by haptens but can also be induced by proteins causing mainly immunological contact urticaria (ICU); chronic hand eczema in the context of protein contact dermatitis (PCD). In a monocentric retrospective study, from our database, only 31 (0.41%) of patients with contact dermatitis had positive skin tests with proteins: 22 had occupational PCD, 3 had non-occupational PCD, 5 occupational ICU and 1 cook had a neutrophilic fixed food eruption (NFFE) due to fish. From these results and analysis of literature, the characteristics of PCD can be summarized as follows. It is a chronic eczematous dermatitis, possibly exacerbated by work, suggestive if associated with inflammatory perionyxix and immediate erythema with pruritis, to be investigated when the patient resumes work after a period of interruption. Prick tests with the suspected protein-containing material are essential, as patch tests have negative results. In case of multisensitisation revealed by prick tests, it is advisable to analyse IgE against recombinant allergens. A history of atopy, found in 56 to 68% of the patients, has to be checked for. Most of the cases are observed among food-handlers but PCD can also be due to non-edible plants, latex, hydrolysed proteins or animal proteins. Occupational exposure to proteins can thus lead to the development of ICU. Reflecting hypersensitivity to very low concentrations of allergens, investigating ICU therefore requires caution and prick tests should be performed with a diluted form of the causative protein-containing product. Causes are food, especially fruit peel, non-edible plants, cosmetic products, latex, animals. PMID:26242922

  10. Contact Lens Risks

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  11. Contact Lens Care

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  12. Contact Lens Solution Toxicity

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  13. Irritant Contact Dermatitis

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  14. Rolling-Contact Rheostat

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    Ruoff, C. F.

    1985-01-01

    Contact noise in rheostats and potentiometers reduced by rolling contact design. Smooth rolling action eliminates sporadic variations in resistance caused by bouncing and stick/slip motion of conventional sliding contacts.

  15. ?-Methylated simplified resiniferatoxin (sRTX) thiourea analogues as potent and stereospecific TRPV1 antagonists.

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    Kim, Ho Shin; Jin, Mi-Kyoung; Kang, Sang-Uk; Lim, Ju-Ok; Tran, Phuong-Thao; Hoang, Van-Hai; Ann, Jihyae; Ha, Tae-Hwan; Pearce, Larry V; Pavlyukovets, Vladimir A; Blumberg, Peter M; Lee, Jeewoo

    2014-06-15

    A series of ?-methylated analogues of the potent sRTX thiourea antagonists were investigated as rTRPV1 ligands in order to examine the effect of ?-methylation on receptor activity. The SAR analysis indicated that activity was stereospecific with the (R)-configuration of the newly formed chiral center providing high binding affinity and potent antagonism while the configuration of the C-region was not significant. PMID:24794110

  16. Structures and mechanism for the design of highly potent glucocorticoids

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    He, Yuanzheng; Yi, Wei; Suino-Powell, Kelly; Zhou, X Edward; Tolbert, W David; Tang, Xiaobo; Yang, Jing; Yang, Huaiyu; Shi, Jingjing; Hou, Li; Jiang, Hualiang; Melcher, Karsten; Xu, H Eric

    2014-01-01

    The evolution of glucocorticoid drugs was driven by the demand of lowering the unwanted side effects, while keeping the beneficial anti-inflammatory effects. Potency is an important aspect of this evolution as many undesirable side effects are associated with use of high-dose glucocorticoids. The side effects can be minimized by highly potent glucocorticoids that achieve the same treatment effects at lower doses. This demand propelled the continuous development of synthetic glucocorticoids with increased potencies, but the structural basis of their potencies is poorly understood. To determine the mechanisms underlying potency, we solved the X-ray structures of the glucocorticoid receptor (GR) ligand-binding domain (LBD) bound to its endogenous ligand, cortisol, which has relatively low potency, and a highly potent synthetic glucocorticoid, mometasone furoate (MF). The cortisol-bound GR LBD revealed that the flexibility of the C1-C2 single bond in the steroid A ring is primarily responsible for the low affinity of cortisol to GR. In contrast, we demonstrate that the very high potency of MF is achieved by its C-17α furoate group completely filling the ligand-binding pocket, thus providing additional anchor contacts for high-affinity binding. A single amino acid in the ligand-binding pocket, Q642, plays a discriminating role in ligand potency between MF and cortisol. Structure-based design led to synthesis of several novel glucocorticoids with much improved potency and efficacy. Together, these results reveal key structural mechanisms of glucocorticoid potency and provide a rational basis for developing novel highly potent glucocorticoids. PMID:24763108

  17. Solution-Assisted Optical Contacting

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    Shaddock, Daniel; Abramovici, Alexander

    2004-01-01

    A modified version of a conventional optical-contact procedure has been found to facilitate alignment of optical components. The optical-contact procedure (called simply optical contacting in the art) is a standard means of bonding two highly polished and cleaned glass optical components without using epoxies or other adhesives. In its unmodified form, the procedure does not involve the use of any foreign substances at all: components to be optically contacted are dry. The main disadvantage of conventional optical contacting is that it is difficult or impossible to adjust the alignment of the components once they have become bonded. In the modified version of the procedure, a drop of an alcohol-based optical cleaning solution (isopropyl alcohol or similar) is placed at the interface between two components immediately before putting the components together. The solution forms a weak bond that gradually strengthens during a time interval of the order of tens of seconds as the alcohol evaporates. While the solution is present, the components can be slid, without loss of contact, to perform fine adjustments of their relative positions. After about a minute, most of the alcohol has evaporated and the optical components are rigidly attached to each other. If necessary, more solution can be added to enable resumption or repetition of the adjustment until the components are aligned to the required precision.

  18. Transition metal contacts to graphene

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    Politou, Maria; Asselberghs, Inge; Radu, Iuliana; Conard, Thierry; Richard, Olivier; Lee, Chang Seung; Martens, Koen; Sayan, Safak; Huyghebaert, Cedric; Tokei, Zsolt; De Gendt, Stefan; Heyns, Marc

    2015-10-01

    Achieving low resistance contacts to graphene is a common concern for graphene device performance and hybrid graphene/metal interconnects. In this work, we have used the circular Transfer Length Method (cTLM) to electrically characterize Ag, Au, Ni, Ti, and Pd as contact metals to graphene. The consistency of the obtained results was verified with the characterization of up to 72 cTLM structures per metal. Within our study, the noble metals Au, Ag and Pd, which form a weaker bond with graphene, are shown to result in lower contact resistance (Rc) values compared to the more reactive Ni and Ti. X-ray Photo Electron Spectroscopy and Transmission Electron Microscopy characterization for the latter have shown the formation of Ti and Ni carbides. Graphene/Pd contacts show a distinct intermediate behavior. The weak carbide formation signature and the low Rc values measured agree with theoretical predictions of an intermediate state of weak chemisorption of Pd on graphene.

  19. Mechanism of Dynamic Contact Line Instability

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    Aidun, C. K.; Veverka, P. J.

    1996-11-01

    Dynamic contact line instability and air entrainment is one of the most limiting problems in liquid coating and other dynamic wetting. It is well known that when the speed of wetting (substrate speed) increases beyond a limit, the originally straight contact line breaks into a sawtooth pattern where thin triangular air films form. The mechanism of this transition is not well understood. In a series of experiments we have found that at the transition point, prior to formation of the sawtooth contact line, a two-dimensional film of air forms while the contact line moves downstream. Immediately after this event, a triangular air stream pattern forms while the contact line remains straight. The contact line then breaks and forms a triangular shape around the triangular air stream. The contact line structure after the transition seems to be driven by the shape of the adjacent air stream. These experiments reveal a mechanism of contact line instability that depends primarily on the air stream pattern and not entirely on the contact line, as previously beleived. This opens the possibility of stability analysis to capture this transition without having to deal with the obstacle of contact line singularity. Supported by NSF grant CTS-9258667.

  20. Contact Lenses for Vision Correction

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  1. Immunologic contact urticaria.

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    McFadden, John

    2014-02-01

    The wheal and flare reaction from direct contact with a chemical or protein agent is known as contact urticaria. Contact urticaria can be either nonimmunologic (no sensitization required) or immunologic (sensitization required). Immunologic contact urticaria often gives a more aggravated response and has the potential to spread from the local vicinity. Skin testing in immunologic contact urticaria gives a quicker response compared with skin testing in nonimmunologic contact urticaria. There are a wide variety of agents that can cause immunologic contact urticaria, and they can be either low-molecular-weight chemicals (haptens) or proteins. PMID:24262696

  2. QS-21: a potent vaccine adjuvant

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    QS-21 is an potent adjuvant derived from the bark of a Chilean tree, Quillaja saponaria. One of the advantages of this adjuvant is that it promotes a balanced humoral and cell-mediaed immune response and can be widely applicable to a variety of vaccines. This adjuvant has used for some veterinary va...

  3. A unified model for insulator selection to form ultra-low resistivity metal-insulator-semiconductor contacts to n-Si, n-Ge, and n-InGaAs

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    Agrawal, Ashish; Shukla, Nikhil; Ahmed, Khaled; Datta, Suman

    2012-07-01

    A comprehensive, physics-based unified model is developed for study of low resistivity metal-insulator-semiconductor (M-I-S) ohmic contact. Reduction in metal-induced gap state density and Fermi unpinning in semiconductor as a function of insulator thickness is coupled with electron transport including tunnel resistance through the metal-insulator-semiconductor (M-I-S) system to calculate specific contact resistivity at each insulator thickness for n-Si, n-Ge, and n-InGaAs. Low conduction band offset results in 110-9 ?-cm2 contact resistivity with TiO2 insulator on n-Si, 710-9 ?-cm2 can be achieved using TiO2 and ZnO on n-Ge, and 610-9 ?-cm2 can be achieved with CdO insulator on n-InGaAs, which meet the sub-22nm CMOS requirements.

  4. Detection of native peptides as potent inhibitors of enzymes. Crystal structure of the complex formed between treated bovine alpha-chymotrypsin and an autocatalytically produced fragment, IIe-Val-Asn-Gly-Glu-Glu-Ala-Val-Pro-Gly-Ser-Trp-Pro-Trp, at 2.2 angstroms resolution.

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    Singh, Nagendra; Jabeen, Talat; Sharma, Sujata; Roy, Ipsita; Gupta, Munishwar N; Bilgrami, Sameeta; Somvanshi, Rishi K; Dey, Sharmistha; Perbandt, Marcus; Betzel, Christian; Srinivasan, A; Singh, Tej P

    2005-01-01

    Chymotrypsin is a prominent member of the family of serine proteases. The present studies demonstrate the presence of a native fragment containing 14 residues from Ile16 to Trp29 in alpha-chymotrypsin that binds to chymotrypsin at the active site with an exceptionally high affinity of 2.7 +/- 0.3 x 10(-11) M and thus works as a highly potent competitive inhibitor. The commercially available alpha-chymotrypsin was processed through a three phase partitioning system (TPP). The treated enzyme showed considerably enhanced activity. The 14 residue fragment was produced by autodigestion of a TPP-treated alpha-chymotrypsin during a long crystallization process that lasted more than four months. The treated enzyme was purified and kept for crystallization using vapour the diffusion method at 295 K. Twenty milligrams of lyophilized protein were dissolved in 1 mL of 25 mM sodium acetate buffer, pH 4.8. It was equilibrated against the same buffer containing 1.2 M ammonium sulfate. The rectangular crystals of small dimensions of 0.24 x 0.15 x 0.10 mm(3) were obtained. The X-ray intensity data were collected at 2.2 angstroms resolution and the structure was refined to an R-factor of 0.192. An extra electron density was observed at the binding site of alpha-chymotrypsin, which was readily interpreted as a 14 residue fragment of alpha-chymotrypsin corresponding to Ile-Val-Asn-Gly-Glu-Glu-Ala-Val-Pro-Gly-Ser-Trp-Pro-Trp(16-29). The electron density for the eight residues of the C-terminus, i.e. Ala22-Trp29, which were completely buried in the binding cleft of the enzyme, was of excellent quality and all the side chains of these eight residues were clearly modeled into it. However, the remaining six residues from the N-terminus, Ile16-Glu21 were poorly defined although the backbone density was good. There was a continuous electron density at 3.0 sigma between the active site Ser195 Ogamma and the carbonyl carbon atom of Trp29 of the fragment. The final refined coordinates showed a distance of 1.35 angstroms between Ser195 Ogamma and Trp29 C indicating the presence of a covalent linkage between the enzyme and the native fragment. This meant that the enzyme formed an acyl intermediate with the autodigested fragment Ile16-Trp29. In addition to the O-C covalent bond, there were several hydrogen bonds and hydrophobic interactions between the enzyme and the native fragment. The fragment showed a high complementarity with the binding site of alpha-chymotrypsin and the buried part of the fragment matched excellently with the corresponding buried part of Turkey ovomucoid inhibitor of alpha-chymotrypsin. PMID:15654893

  5. Metal contacts to gallium arsenide

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    Baenard, W. O.; Myburg, G.; Auret, F. D.; Goodman, S. A.; Meyer, W. E.

    1996-11-01

    In this paper, some aspects that determine the properties of Schottky and ohmic contacts to GaAs are discussed. For Schottky barrier diodes (SBD), we present results of a comprehensive study involving 41 different metals. We pay special attention to Ru and show that its thermal and chemical stability makes it ideal for use in devices operating above room temperature and for experiments involving annealing. Further, we discuss the effect of different metallization methods on SBD properties and show that methods which use energetic particles, such as electron beam deposition and sputter deposition, often result in inferior SBD propertiesthe consequence of electrically active defects introduced by the energetic particles at and close to the semiconductor surface. The advantages of using Ru as contact material to GaAs are that it forms high quality, thermally stable Schottky contacts to n-GaAs and thermally stable ohmic contacts with low specific contact resistance to p-GaAs. The versatile applicability of Ru contacts makes them extremely important for future use in devices such as heterojunction bipolar transistors and solid state lasers.

  6. Structures of potent anticancer compounds bound to tubulin.

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    McNamara, Dan E; Senese, Silvia; Yeates, Todd O; Torres, Jorge Z

    2015-07-01

    Small molecules that bind to tubulin exert powerful effects on cell division and apoptosis (programmed cell death). Cell-based high-throughput screening combined with chemo/bioinformatic and biochemical analyses recently revealed a novel compound MI-181 as a potent mitotic inhibitor with heightened activity towards melanomas. MI-181 causes tubulin depolymerization, activates the spindle assembly checkpoint arresting cells in mitosis, and induces apoptotic cell death. C2 is an unrelated compound previously shown to have lethal effects on microtubules in tumorigenic cell lines. We report 2.60 and 3.75 resolution structures of MI-181 and C2, respectively, bound to a ternary complex of ??-tubulin, the tubulin-binding protein stathmin, and tubulin tyrosine ligase. In the first of these structures, our crystallographic results reveal a unique binding mode for MI-181 extending unusually deep into the well-studied colchicine-binding site on ?-tubulin. In the second structure the C2 compound occupies the colchicine-binding site on ?-tubulin with two chemical moieties recapitulating contacts made by colchicine, in combination with another system of atomic contacts. These insights reveal the source of the observed effects of MI-181 and C2 on microtubules, mitosis, and cultured cancer cell lines. The structural details of the interaction between tubulin and the described compounds may guide the development of improved derivative compounds as therapeutic candidates or molecular probes to study cancer cell division. PMID:25970265

  7. Yttrium hole-barrier contacts for germanium semiconductor detectors

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    Hull, Ethan L.; Pehl, Richard H.; Lathrop, James R.; Suttle, Bruce E.

    2011-01-01

    Sputtered yttrium metal forms a thin hole-barrier contact on both p- and n-type germanium semiconductor detectors. Yttrium contacts can provide a sufficiently high hole barrier to prevent measurable contact leakage current below 120 K. Detectors having yttrium contacts produce good gamma-ray spectroscopy data.

  8. Chord diagrams, contact-topological quantum field theory, and contact categories

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    Mathews, Daniel

    In this thesis we study some interesting mathematics arising at the intersection of the studies of contact topology and sutured Floer homology. Although this work was originally motivated by the study of contact elements in sutured Floer homology, we also obtain results in pure contact topology. We consider contact elements in the sutured Floer homology of solid tori, as part of the (1+1)-dimensional topological quantum field theory defined by Honda-Kazez-Matic. We find that the Z2 sutured Floer homology of solid tori with longitudinal sutures forms a "categorification of Pascal's triangle", a triangle of vector spaces. Contact structures on solid tori with longitudinal sutures correspond bijectively to chord diagrams, which are sets of disjoint properly embedded arcs in the disc; these may in turn be identified with contact elements. The contact elements form distinguished subsets of the vector spaces in the categorified Pascal's triangle, of order given by the Narayana numbers. We find natural "creation and annihilation operators" which allow us to define a QFT-type basis of each SFH vector space, consisting of contact elements. We show that sutured Floer homology in this case reduces to the combinatorics of chord diagrams. We prove that contact elements are in bijective correspondence with comparable pairs of basis elements with respect to a certain partial order, and in a natural and explicit way. We also prove numerous results about the structure of contact elements and investigate various algebraic structures which arise. Our main theorem, describing how contact elements lie in sutured Floer homology, has a purely combinatorial interpretation, as a statement about chords on discs subject to a certain surgery and a single addition relation. The algebraic and combinatorial structures which naturally arise in this description have intrinsic contact-topological meaning. In particular, the QFT-type basis of sutured Floer homology, and its partial order, have a natural interpretation in pure contact topology, related to the contact category of a disc: the partial order enables us to tell when the sutured solid cylinder obtained by "stacking" two chord diagrams has a tight contact structure. This leads us to extend Honda's notion of contact category to a "bounded" contact category, containing chord diagrams and contact structures which occur within a given contact solid cylinder. We compute this bounded contact category in certain cases. Moreover, the decomposition of a contact element into basis elements naturally gives a triple of contact structures on solid cylinders which we regard as a type of "distinguished triangle" in the contact category. We also use the algebraic structures arising among contact elements to extend the notion of contact category to a 2-category.

  9. Nanoscale roughness contact in a slider-disk interface.

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    Hua, Wei; Liu, Bo; Yu, Shengkai; Zhou, Weidong

    2009-07-15

    The nanoscale roughness contact between molecularly smooth surfaces of a slider-disk interface in a hard disk drive is analyzed, and the lubricant behavior at very high shear rate is presented. A new contact model is developed to study the nanoscale roughness contact behavior by classifying various forms of contact into slider-lubricant contact, slider-disk elastic contact and plastic contact. The contact pressure and the contact probabilities of the three types of contact are investigated. The new contact model is employed to explain and provide insight to an interesting experimental result found in a thermal protrusion slider. The protrusion budget for head surfing in the lubricant, which is the ideal state for contact recording, is also discussed. PMID:19550006

  10. Simplified contact analysis

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    Brewe, D. E.; Hamrock, B. J.

    1978-01-01

    A simple and straightforward method for calculating the elastic deformation at the center of contact between two solids with different radii of curvature is proposed instead of the conventional contact deformation analysis for ball bearings, gears, and cams, which usually involves tedious iterative procedures or the use of design charts. Ellipticity of the contact is approximated from a least-squares power fit. Simplified expressions are derived which allow rapid calculation of deformation from the material properties and geometry of the contacting elements.

  11. Contact Lenses for Vision Correction

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    ... Prevention News Ask an Eye M.D. Espaol Contact Lenses Contact Lenses for Vision Correction Proper Care ... to Know About Contact Lenses Colored Contact Lenses Contact Lenses for Vision Correction Written by: Kierstan Boyd ...

  12. Screen printed interdigitated back contact solar cell

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    Baraona, C. R.; Mazaris, G. A.; Chai, A. T. (Inventor)

    1984-01-01

    Interdigitated back contact solar cells are made by screen printing dopant materials onto the back surface of a semiconductor substrate in a pair of interdigitated patterns. These dopant materials are then diffused into the substrate to form junctions having configurations corresponding to these patterns. Contacts having configurations which match the patterns are then applied over the junctions.

  13. Dimethylarsine and trimethylarsine are potent genotoxins in vitro.

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    Andrewes, Paul; Kitchin, Kirk T; Wallace, Kathleen

    2003-08-01

    The mechanism of arsenic carcinogenesis is unclear. A complicating factor receiving increasing attention is that arsenic is biomethylated to form various metabolites. Eleven different arsenicals were studied for in vitro genotoxicity to supercoiled DNA (pBR 322 and phiX174). Five arsenicals showed various degrees of positivity-monomethylarsonous acid, dimethylarsinous acid, monomethylarsine, dimethylarsine, and trimethylarsine. Supercoiled DNA, blotted on nitrocellulose filter paper, was exposed to gaseous arsines by suspending the filter paper above aqueous reaction mixtures of sodium borohydride and an appropriate arsenical. All three methylated arsines damaged DNA; inorganic arsine did not. Arsines were generated in situ in reaction mixtures containing DNA by reaction of sodium borohydride with arsenite, monomethylarsonous acid, dimethylarsinous acid, and trimethylarsine oxide, at pH 8.0. Both dimethylarsine and trimethylarsine (generated from 200 micro M dimethylarsinous acid and trimethylarsine oxide, respectively) damaged DNA in less than 30 min. Under certain conditions, the two most potent genotoxic arsines, trimethylarsine and dimethylarsine, are about 100 times more potent than dimethylarsinous acid (the most potent genotoxic arsenical previously known). There was no evidence to suggest that anything other than the arsines caused the DNA damage. Possible models for the biological production of arsines were examined. The coenzymes, NADH and NADPH, are biological hydride donors. When NADH or NADPH (5 mM) were incubated with dimethylarsinous acid (0-2 mM) for 2 h, DNA damage was increased by at least 10-fold. A possible explanation for this result is that these compounds react with dimethylarsinous acid to generate dimethylarsine. DNA was incubated with a dithiol compound, dithioerythritol (5 mM), and trimethylarsine oxide (0.5 mM) for 2 h, and the reduction of trimethylarsine oxide to trimethylarsine resulted in DNA damage. PMID:12924927

  14. Contact lens in keratoconus

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    Rathi, Varsha M; Mandathara, Preeji S; Dumpati, Srikanth

    2013-01-01

    Contact lenses are required for the visual improvement in patients with keratoconus. Various contact lens options, such as rigid gas permeable (RGP) lenses, soft and soft toric lenses, piggy back contact lenses (PBCL), hybrid lenses and scleral lenses are availble. This article discusses about selection of a lens depending on the type of keratoconus and the fitting philosophies of various contact lenses including the starting trial lens. A Medline search was carried out for articles in the English language with the keywords keratoconus and various contact lenses such as Rose k lens, RGP lens, hybrid lens, scleral lens and PBCL. PMID:23925325

  15. Modeling Thermal Contact Resistance

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    Kittel, Peter; Sperans, Joel (Technical Monitor)

    1994-01-01

    One difficulty in using cryocoolers is making good thermal contact between the cooler and the instrument being cooled. The connection is often made through a bolted joint. The temperature drop associated with this joint has been the subject of many experimental and theoretical studies. The low temperature behavior of dry joints have shown some anomalous dependence on the surface condition of the mating parts. There is also some doubts on how well one can extrapolate from the test samples to predicting the performance of a real system. Both finite element and analytic models of a simple contact system have been developed. The model assumes (a) the contact is dry (contact limited to a small portion of the total available area and the spaces in-between the actual contact patches are perfect insulators), (b) contacts are clean (conductivity of the actual contact is the same as the bulk), (c) small temperature gradients (the bulk conductance may be assumed to be temperature independent), (d) the absolute temperature is low (thermal radiation effects are ignored), and (e) the dimensions of the nominal contact area are small compared to the thickness of the bulk material (the contact effects are localized near the contact). The models show that in the limit of actual contact area much less than the nominal area (a much less than A), that the excess temperature drop due to a single point of contact scales as a(exp -1/2). This disturbance only extends a distance approx. A(exp 1/2) into the bulk material. A group of identical contacts will result in an excess temperature drop that scales as n(exp -1/2), where n is the number of contacts and n dot a is constant. This implies that flat rough surfaces will have a lower excess temperature drop than flat polished surfaces.

  16. Potent inhibition of tau fibrillization with a multivalent ligand

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    Honson, Nicolette S.; Jensen, Jordan R.; Darby, Michael V.; Kuret, Jeff

    2007-11-09

    Small-molecule inhibitors of tau fibrillization are under investigation as tools for interrogating the tau aggregation pathway and as potential therapeutic agents for Alzheimer's disease. Established inhibitors include thiacarbocyanine dyes, which can inhibit recombinant tau fibrillization in the presence of anionic surfactant aggregation inducers. In an effort to increase inhibitory potency, a cyclic bis-thiacarbocyanine molecule containing two thiacarbocyanine moieties was synthesized and characterized with respect to tau fibrillization inhibitory activity by electron microscopy and ligand aggregation state by absorbance spectroscopy. Results showed that the inhibitory activity of the bis-thiacarbocyanine was qualitatively similar to a monomeric cyanine dye, but was more potent with 50% inhibition achieved at {approx}80 nM concentration. At all concentrations tested in aqueous solution, the bis-thiacarbocyanine collapsed to form a closed clamshell structure. However, the presence of tau protein selectively stabilized the open conformation. These results suggest that the inhibitory activity of bis-thiacarbocyanine results from multivalency, and reveal a route to more potent tau aggregation inhibitors.

  17. Non-contact measurement of contact wire

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    Yi, Yaxing; Ye, Xuemei; Li, Zhongke; Yue, Kaiduan

    2008-12-01

    The overhead contact system is the power supply unit of the electric locomotive. This article is to introduce our newly developed method to measure the height and pull out value of the contact wire. A carema dolly which can move on railway is applied to bear the weight of the measure equipment; two linear CCD cameras are installed on the dolly symmetrically about the midline of two rails. While the dolly move along the railway, two CCD cameras grasp the image synchronously, and a computer real-time process the images, the height and pull out value can be calculate out from the images.

  18. Direct Observation of Hierarchical Contact Line Depinning

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    Paxson, Adam; Varanasi, Kripa

    2011-11-01

    We report a technique for observing the dynamic behavior of a liquid contact line at high magnification using environmental scanning electron microscopy. We find that on a superhydrophobic surface consisting of an array micropillars, the receding contact line exhibits discrete hierarchical de-pinning events. As the macroscopic contact line recedes across the pillars, a capillary bridge is formed and displays a local microscopic contact angle that is equivalent to the macroscale contact angle observed on a flat surface of the same composition. By considering the line density of the microscale features and the pinning strength of each of those features, we relate the macroscopic contact angle and adhesion to the multiscale hierarchical roughness. This mechanism helps to explain the necessity for multiple length scales exhibited by lotus leaves and other superhydrophobic surfaces.

  19. Mixed formulation for frictionless contact problems

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    Noor, Ahmed K.; Kim, Kyun O.

    1989-01-01

    Simple mixed finite element models and a computational precedure are presented for the solution of frictionless contact problems. The analytical formulation is based on a form of Reissner's large rotation theory of the structure with the effects of transverse shear deformation included. The contact conditions are incorporated into the formulation by using a perturbed Lagrangian approach with the fundamental unknowns consisting of the internal forces (stress resultants), the generalized displacements, and the Lagrange multipliers associated with the contact conditions. The element characteristic array are obtained by using a modified form of the two-field Hellinger-Reissner mixed variational principle. The internal forces and the Lagrange multipliers are allowed to be discontinuous at interelement boundaries. The Newton-Raphson iterative scheme is used for the solution of the nonlinear algebraic equations, and the determination of the contact area and the contact pressures.

  20. Potent benzoazepinone ?-secretase modulators with improved bioavailability.

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    Methot, Joey L; Fischer, Christian; Li, Chaomin; Rivkin, Alexey; Ahearn, Sean P; Brown, William Colby; Kattar, Sam; Kelley, Elizabeth; Mampreian, Dawn M; Schell, Adam; Rosenau, Andrew; Zhou, Hua; Ball, Richard; Deshmukh, Sujal V; Jeliazkova-Mecheva, Valentina V; Diaz, Damaris; Moy, Lily Y; Kenific, Candia M; Moxham, Chris; Shah, Sanjiv; Nuthall, Hugh; Szewczak, Alexander A; Hill, Armetta; Hughes, Bethany; Smotrov, Nadya; Munoz, Benito; Miller, Thomas A; Shearman, Mark S

    2015-09-01

    The triazolyl amide ?-secretase modulators are potent alternatives to the cinnamyl amides that have entered the clinic for the treatment of Alzheimer's disease. Herein we build on the lead benzoazepinones described in our prior communication with imidazomethoxyarene moiety alternatives that offer opportunities to fine tune physical properties as well as address hERG binding and PK. Both half-life and bioavailability were significantly improved, especially in dog, with robust brain A?42 lowering maintained in both transgenic mouse and rat. PMID:26142947

  1. Constructions of contact manifolds

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    Geiges, Hansjrg

    1997-05-01

    1. IntroductionIt has been known for some time that contact structures show a high degree of topological flexibility in the sense that many topological operations can be performed on contact manifolds while preserving the contact property. For instance, Martinet [14] used a surgery description of 3-manifolds to show that every closed, oriented 3-manifold admits a contact structure, and alternative proofs of this result were given later by Thurston and Winkelnkemper [18], who based their proof on an open book decomposition, and Gonzalo [8], who used branched covers. These, however, are all strictly 3-dimensional constructions.

  2. Optical contact micrometer

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    Jacobson, Steven D.

    2014-08-19

    Certain examples provide optical contact micrometers and methods of use. An example optical contact micrometer includes a pair of opposable lenses to receive an object and immobilize the object in a position. The example optical contact micrometer includes a pair of opposable mirrors positioned with respect to the pair of lenses to facilitate viewing of the object through the lenses. The example optical contact micrometer includes a microscope to facilitate viewing of the object through the lenses via the mirrors; and an interferometer to obtain one or more measurements of the object.

  3. Serendipitous oxidation product of BIBN4096BS: a potent CGRP receptor antagonist.

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    Dasgupta, Bireshwar; Kozlowski, Edward; Schroeder, Daniel R; Torrente, John R; Xu, Cen; Pin, Sokhom; Conway, Charlie M; Dubowchik, Gene M; Macor, John E; Vrudhula, Vivekananda M

    2014-06-15

    An oxidation product (5) formed during the synthesis of BIBN-4096BS (1) was found to be a potent CGRP antagonist (IC50=0.11nM). While 5 was found to be ten-fold less potent than 1, another analog 8 with lower molecular weight containing the oxidized fragment demonstrated twenty-fold higher activity than its parent 7. Alternative conditions which preclude the formation of the oxidation product are described. The activities of 1, 5, 7 and 8 in functional cAMP assay are also discussed. PMID:24794104

  4. Potent complement C3a receptor agonists derived from oxazole amino acids: Structure-activity relationships.

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    Singh, Ranee; Reed, Anthony N; Chu, Peifei; Scully, Conor C G; Yau, Mei-Kwan; Suen, Jacky Y; Durek, Thomas; Reid, Robert C; Fairlie, David P

    2015-12-01

    Potent ligands for the human complement C3a receptor (C3aR) were developed from the almost inactive tripeptide Leu-Ala-Arg corresponding to the three C-terminal residues of the endogenous peptide agonist C3a. The analogous Leu-Ser-Arg was modified by condensing the serine side chain with the leucine carbonyl with elimination of water to form leucine-oxazole-arginine. Subsequent elaboration with a variety of N-terminal amide capping groups produced agonists as potent as human C3a itself in stimulating Ca(2+) release from human macrophages. Structure-activity relationships are discussed. PMID:26522948

  5. The synthesis of azadirachtin: a potent insect antifeedant.

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    Ley, Steven V; Abad-Somovilla, Antonio; Anderson, James C; Ayats, Carles; Bnteli, Rolf; Beckmann, Edith; Boyer, Alistair; Brasca, Maria G; Brice, Abigail; Broughton, Howard B; Burke, Brenda J; Cleator, Ed; Craig, Donald; Denholm, Alastair A; Denton, Ross M; Durand-Reville, Thomas; Gobbi, Luca B; Gbel, Michael; Gray, Brian Lawrence; Grossmann, Robert B; Gutteridge, Claire E; Hahn, Norbert; Harding, Sarah L; Jennens, David C; Jennens, Lynn; Lovell, Peter J; Lovell, Helen J; de la Puente, Mary L; Kolb, Hartmuth C; Koot, Win-Jan; Maslen, Sarah L; McCusker, Catherine F; Mattes, Amos; Pape, Andrew R; Pinto, Andrea; Santafianos, Dinos; Scott, James S; Smith, Stephen C; Somers, Andrew Q; Spilling, Christopher D; Stelzer, Frank; Toogood, Peter L; Turner, Richard M; Veitch, Gemma E; Wood, Anthony; Zumbrunn, Cornelia

    2008-01-01

    We describe in full the first synthesis of the potent insect antifeedant azadirachtin through a highly convergent approach. An O-alkylation reaction is used to unite decalin ketone and propargylic mesylate fragments, after which a Claisen rearrangement constructs the central C8-C14 bond in a stereoselective fashion. The allene which results from this sequence then enables a second critical carbon-carbon bond forming event whereby the [3.2.1] bicyclic system, present in the natural product, is generated via a 5-exo-radical cyclisation process. Finally, using knowledge gained through our early studies into the reactivity of the natural product, a series of carefully designed steps completes the synthesis of this challenging molecule. PMID:18821532

  6. Engineered Promoters for Potent Transient Overexpression

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    Ideses, Diana; Tikotzki, Ravid; Shir-Shapira, Hila; Shefi, Orit; Juven-Gershon, Tamar

    2016-01-01

    The core promoter, which is generally defined as the region to which RNA Polymerase II is recruited to initiate transcription, plays a pivotal role in the regulation of gene expression. The core promoter consists of different combinations of several short DNA sequences, termed core promoter elements or motifs, which confer specific functional properties to each promoter. Earlier studies that examined the ability to modulate gene expression levels via the core promoter, led to the design of strong synthetic core promoters, which combine different core elements into a single core promoter. Here, we designed a new core promoter, termed super core promoter 3 (SCP3), which combines four core promoter elements (the TATA box, Inr, MTE and DPE) into a single promoter that drives prolonged and potent gene expression. We analyzed the effect of core promoter architecture on the temporal dynamics of reporter gene expression by engineering EGFP expression vectors that are driven by distinct core promoters. We used live cell imaging and flow cytometric analyses in different human cell lines to demonstrate that SCPs, particularly the novel SCP3, drive unusually strong long-term EGFP expression. Importantly, this is the first demonstration of long-term expression in transiently transfected mammalian cells, indicating that engineered core promoters can provide a novel non-viral strategy for biotechnological as well as gene-therapy-related applications that require potent expression for extended time periods. PMID:26872062

  7. Potent antagonists of somatostatin: synthesis and biology.

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    Hocart, S J; Jain, R; Murphy, W A; Taylor, J E; Morgan, B; Coy, D H

    1998-03-26

    The search for synthetic analogues of somatostatin (SRIF) which exhibit selective affinities for the five known receptor subtypes (sst1-5) has generated a large number of potent agonist analogues. Many of these agonists display good subtype selectivities and affinities for the subtypes 2, 3, and 5, with very few selective for sst1 or sst4. Until the recent report by Bass and co-workers (Mol. Pharmacol. 1996, 50, 709-715; erratum, Mol. Pharmacol. 1997, 51, 170), no true antagonists had been discovered, let alone any displaying differential receptor subtype selectivity. In this present study, we explore the effect of this putative L5,D6 antagonist motif on various series of somatostatin agonist analogues, both linear and cyclic. It was found that many D5,L6 agonists could be converted into competitive antagonists by applying this motif, the most potent of which was H-Nal-cyclo[DCys-Pal-DTrp-Lys-Val-Cys]-Nal-NH2 (32). This antagonist was selective for hsst2 with an affinity of 75 nM and an IC50 of 15.1 nM against SRIF-14 in a rat in vitro antagonist bioassay. Receptor-selective somatostatin antagonists should provide valuable tools for characterizing the many important physiological functions of this neuropeptide. PMID:9544214

  8. Carvacrol as a potent natural acaricide against Dermanyssus gallinae.

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    Tabari, Mohaddeseh Abouhosseini; Youssefi, Mohammad Reza; Barimani, Alireza; Araghi, Atefeh

    2015-10-01

    Resistance to conventional synthetic pesticides has been widely reported in Dermanyssus gallinae in poultry production systems. Introducing novel acaricides to poultry industry today is more urgent than ever. Research in this field recently focused on plants and plant-derived compounds as acaricides. In the present study, acaricidal activity of three plant bioactive components, carvacrol, thymol, and farnesol, was assessed against D. gallinae and compared with synthetic pesticide permethrin. Mode of acaricidal action was determined by contact toxicity and fumigant toxicity bioassays. Except farnesol which did not cause any mortality, carvacrol and thymol were found to be toxic to D. gallinae with LD50 values of 1 and 3.15 μg/cm(3), respectively. Permethrin gave the LD50 value of 31.95 μg/cm(3) which was less efficient than carvacrol and thymol. In fumigant toxicity bioassay, mortality rate in carvacrol- and thymol-treated groups in closed method was significantly higher than the open one. On the other hand, permethrin exhibited poor fumigant toxicity as there was no statistically significant difference between mortality rate in open and closed methods. These findings revealed that mechanism of acaricidal activity of carvacrol and thymol but not permethrin was mainly due to fumigant action. Results of the present study suggested that carvacrol and thymol, especially carvacrol, can be developed as a novel potent bioacaricide against D. gallinae. PMID:26143865

  9. Contact Dermatitis: Signs and Symptoms

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    ... treatments A - D Contact dermatitis Signs and symptoms Contact dermatitis: Signs and symptoms Allergic contact dermatitis : Testing ... these symptoms, you need immediate medical care. Allergic contact dermatitis This skin condition occurs when you have ...

  10. Structure of IL-17A in complex with a potent, fully human neutralizing antibody.

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    Gerhardt, Stefan; Abbott, W Mark; Hargreaves, David; Pauptit, Richard A; Davies, Rick A; Needham, Maurice R C; Langham, Caroline; Barker, Wendy; Aziz, Azad; Snow, Melanie J; Dawson, Sarah; Welsh, Fraser; Wilkinson, Trevor; Vaugan, Tris; Beste, Gerald; Bishop, Sarah; Popovic, Bojana; Rees, Gareth; Sleeman, Matthew; Tuske, Steven J; Coales, Stephen J; Hamuro, Yoshitomo; Russell, Caroline

    2009-12-18

    IL-17A is a pro-inflammatory cytokine produced by the newly identified Th17 subset of T-cells. We have isolated a human monoclonal antibody to IL-17A (CAT-2200) that can potently neutralize the effects of recombinant and native human IL-17A. We determined the crystal structure of IL-17A in complex with the CAT-2200 Fab at 2.6 A resolution in order to provide a definitive characterization of the epitope and paratope regions. Approximately a third of the IL-17A dimer is disordered in this crystal structure. The disorder occurs in both independent copies of the complex in the asymmetric unit and does not appear to be influenced by crystal packing. The complex contains one IL-17A dimer sandwiched between two CAT-2200 Fab fragments. The IL-17A is a disulfide-linked homodimer that is similar in structure to IL-17F, adopting a cystine-knot fold. The structure is not inconsistent with the previous prediction of a receptor binding cavity on IL-17 family members. The epitope recognized by CAT-2200 is shown to involve 12 amino acid residues from the quaternary structure of IL-17A, with each Fab contacting both monomers in the dimer. All complementarity-determining regions (CDRs) in the Fab contribute to a total of 16 amino acid residues in the antibody paratope. In vitro affinity optimization was used to generate CAT-2200 from a parental lead antibody using random mutagenesis of CDR3 loops. This resulted in seven amino acid changes (three in VL-CDR3 and four in VH-CDR3) and gave an approximate 30-fold increase in potency in a cell-based neutralization assay. Two of the seven amino acids form part of the CAT-2200 paratope. The observed interaction site between CAT-2200 and IL-17A is consistent with data from hydrogen/deuterium exchange mass spectrometry and mutagenesis approaches. PMID:19835883

  11. Experiments in Contact Control

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    Seraji, H.; Steele, R.

    1994-01-01

    The implementation, experimentation, and application of contact control schemes for a 7-DOF Robotics Research arm is presented. Three types of control schemes are presented: compliance cntrol, force control, and dual-mode control. This presentation is concluded with the application of the proposed schemes to perform a contact-based eddy-current inspection task.

  12. Recalcitrant contact shoe dermatitis.

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    Sollitto, R J; Gazivoda, P L

    1987-01-01

    Contact shoe dermatitis is a common dermatologic problem. Misdiagnosis of this condition can lead to significant disability. An organized and detailed evaluation of the patient with foot lesions leads to proper diagnosis and treatment. Review of the literature and a case study of contact shoe dermatitis, along with a discussion of its complications and resolution, are presented in this report. PMID:3680871

  13. Miniature intermittent contact switch

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    Sword, A.

    1972-01-01

    Design of electric switch for providing intermittent contact is presented. Switch consists of flexible conductor surrounding, but separated from, fixed conductor. Flexing of outside conductor to contact fixed conductor completes circuit. Advantage is small size of switch compared to standard switches.

  14. ATBC Study - Questionnaires and Forms

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    Skip to Main Content Home Contact Us Links Study Details Questionnaires & Forms Current Projects ATBC Study Bibliography Study Investigators & Collaborators Proposal Review & Collaboration Research Consortium Projects Questionnaires & Forms Baseline

  15. BISON Contact Improvements CASL FY14 Report

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    B. W. Spencer; J. D. Hales; D. R. Gaston; D. A. Karpeev; R. L. Williamson; S. R. Novascone; D. M. Perez; R. J. Gardner; K. A. Gamble

    2014-09-01

    The BISON code is the foundation for multiple fuel performance modeling efforts, and is cur- rently under heavy development. For a variety of fuel forms, the effects of heat conduction across a gap and mechanical contact between components of a fuel system are very significant. It is thus critical that BISON have robust capabilities for enforcement of thermal and mechanical contact. BISON’s solver robustness has generally been quite good before mechanical contact between the fuel and cladding occurs, but there have been significant challenges obtaining converged so- lutions once that contact occurs and the solver begins to enforce mechanical contact constraints. During the current year, significant development effort has been focused on the enforcement of mechanical contact to provide improved solution robustness. In addition to this work to improve mechanical contact robustness, an investigation into ques- tionable results attributable to thermal contact has been performed. This investigation found that the order of integration typically used on the surfaces involved in thermal contact was not suffi- ciently high. To address this problem, a new option was provided to permit the use of a different integration order for surfaces, and new usage recommendations were provided.

  16. Highly potent fibrinolytic serine protease from Streptomyces.

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    Uesugi, Yoshiko; Usuki, Hirokazu; Iwabuchi, Masaki; Hatanaka, Tadashi

    2011-01-01

    We introduce a highly potent fibrinolytic serine protease from Streptomyces omiyaensis (SOT), which belongs to the trypsin family. The fibrinolytic activity of SOT was examined using in vitro assays and was compared with those of known fibrinolytic enzymes such as plasmin, tissue-type plasminogen activator (t-PA), urokinase, and nattokinase. Compared to other enzymes, SOT showed remarkably higher hydrolytic activity toward mimic peptides of fibrin and plasminogen. The fibrinolytic activity of SOT is about 18-fold higher than that of plasmin, and is comparable to that of t-PA by fibrin plate assays. Furthermore, SOT had some plasminogen activator-like activity. Results show that SOT and nattokinase have very different fibrinolytic and fibrinogenolytic modes, engendering significant synergetic effects of SOT and nattokinase on fibrinolysis. These results suggest that SOT presents important possibilities for application in the therapy of thrombosis. PMID:22112764

  17. Conformational Changes in BAK, a Pore-forming Proapoptotic Bcl-2 Family Member, upon Membrane Insertion and Direct Evidence for the Existence of BH3-BH3 Contact Interface in BAK Homo-oligomers*

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    Oh, Kyoung Joon; Singh, Pawan; Lee, Kyungro; Foss, Kelly; Lee, Shinyoub; Park, Minji; Lee, Steffi; Aluvila, Sreevidya; Park, Matthew; Singh, Puja; Kim, Ryung-Suk; Symersky, Jindrich; Walters, D. Eric

    2010-01-01

    During apoptosis, the pro-apoptotic Bcl-2 family proteins BAK and BAX form large oligomeric pores in the mitochondrial outer membrane. Apoptotic factors, including cytochrome c, are released through these pores from the mitochondrial intermembrane space into the cytoplasm where they initiate the cascade of events leading to cell death. To better understand this pivotal step toward apoptosis, a method was developed to induce membrane permeabilization by BAK in the membrane without using the full-length protein. Using a soluble form of BAK with a hexahistidine tag at the C terminus and a liposomal system containing the Ni2+-nitrilotriacetic acid lipid analog that can bind hexahistidine-tagged proteins, BAK oligomers were formed in the presence of the activator protein p7/p15Bid. In this system, we determined the conformational changes in BAK upon membrane insertion by applying the site-directed spin labeling method of EPR to 13 different amino acid locations. Upon membrane insertion, the BH3 domains were reorganized, and the ?5-?6 helical hairpin structure was partially exposed to the membrane environment. The monomer-monomer interface in the oligomeric structure was also mapped by measuring the distance-dependent spin-spin interactions for each residue location. Spin labels attached in the BH3 domain were juxtaposed within 510 ? distance in the oligomeric form in the membrane. These results are consistent with the current hypothesis that BAK or BAX forms homodimers, and these homodimers assemble into a higher order oligomeric pore. Detailed analyses of the data provide new insights into the structure of the BAX or BAK homodimer. PMID:20605789

  18. Potent antitrypanosomal triterpenoid saponins from Mussaenda luteola.

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    Mohamed, Shaymaa M; Bachkeet, Enaam Y; Bayoumi, Soad A; Jain, Surendra; Cutler, Stephen J; Tekwani, Babu L; Ross, Samir A

    2015-12-01

    Five new triterpenoid saponins, heinsiagenin A 3-O-[?-l-rhamnopyranosyl-(1?2)-?-d-glucopyranosyl-(1?2)]-?-d-glucopyranoside (1), heinsiagenin A 3-O-[?-l-rhamnopyranosyl-(1?2)-?-d-glucopyranosyl-(1?2)]-[?-d-glucopyranosyl-(1?4)]-?-d-glucopyranoside (2), 2?-hydroxyheinsiagenin A 3-O-[?-l-rhamnopyranosyl-(1?2)-?-d-glucopyranosyl-(1?2)]-?-d-glucopyranoside (3), 2?-hydroxyheinsiagenin A 3-O-[?-d-glucopyranosyl-(1?2)]-[?-d-glucopyranosyl-(1?4)]-?-d-glucopyranoside (4) and N-(2S, 3R, 4R-3-methyl-4-pentanolid-2-yl)-18-hydroxylanosta-8 (9), 22E, 24E-trien-27-amide-3-O-[?-l-rhamnopyranosyl-(1?2)-?-d-glucopyranosyl-(1?2)]-[?-d-glucopyranosyl-(1?4)]-?-d-glucopyranoside (5) were isolated from the aerial parts of Mussaenda luteola Delile (Rubiaceae). Structural elucidation was based on the analysis of spectroscopic data (1D and 2D NMR) and HR-ESI-MS. Compound 1 showed potent antitrypanosomal activity with an IC50 value of 8.80?M. Compounds 2-4 showed highly potent antitrypanosomal activity with IC50 values ranging between (2.57-2.84?M) and IC90 values ranging between (3.36-4.35?M), which are 5 fold greater than the positive control DFMO (IC50 and IC90 values of 13.06 and 28.99?M, respectively). Compounds 1 and 2 showed moderate affinity to ?-opioid receptors with Ki values of 9.936?M and 0.872?M, respectively compared to a Ki value of 1.958nM for the positive control, naloxone HCl. PMID:26524249

  19. Hemin as a generic and potent protein misfolding inhibitor

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    Liu, Yanqin; Carver, John A.; Ho, Lam H.; Elias, Abigail K.; Musgrave, Ian F.; Pukala, Tara L.

    2014-11-14

    Highlights: • Hemin prevents Aβ42, α-synuclein and RCM-κ-casein forming amyloid fibrils. • Hemin inhibits the β-sheet structure formation of Aβ42. • Hemin reduces the cell toxicity caused by fibrillar Aβ42. • Hemin dissociates partially formed Aβ42 fibrils. • Hemin prevents amorphous aggregation by ADH, catalase and γs-crystallin. - Abstract: Protein misfolding causes serious biological malfunction, resulting in diseases including Alzheimer’s disease, Parkinson’s disease and cataract. Molecules which inhibit protein misfolding are a promising avenue to explore as therapeutics for the treatment of these diseases. In the present study, thioflavin T fluorescence and transmission electron microscopy experiments demonstrated that hemin prevents amyloid fibril formation of kappa-casein, amyloid beta peptide and α-synuclein by blocking β-sheet structure assembly which is essential in fibril aggregation. Further, inhibition of fibril formation by hemin significantly reduces the cytotoxicity caused by fibrillar amyloid beta peptide in vitro. Interestingly, hemin degrades partially formed amyloid fibrils and prevents further aggregation to mature fibrils. Light scattering assay results revealed that hemin also prevents protein amorphous aggregation of alcohol dehydrogenase, catalase and γs-crystallin. In summary, hemin is a potent agent which generically stabilises proteins against aggregation, and has potential as a key molecule for the development of therapeutics for protein misfolding diseases.

  20. Calculation of contact angle on charged surface.

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    Chwastiak, Stephen

    2011-12-15

    There is good correlation of contact angle measurements and contact angles calculated from surfactant adsorption density data for an electrically neutral surface, as reported in a previous paper for the system hematite-aqueous solution-ketone, with surfactant hexadecyl sulfonic acid. The same method is not sufficient when the hematite surface is electrically charged. Data was collected to develop the appropriate form of an electrostatic term for the analysis. Acid-base titration was used to evaluate surface electrical properties versus pH for the hematite used in the study. Surfactant adsorption isotherms were measured at pH of 4.5, 5.5, 6, and 7 to use in developing an equation for effect of surface potential on contact angle. After adding a term for the contribution of the electric field, the contact angles calculated from adsorption data follow the measured contact angles well. PMID:21925668

  1. Contact angles for equilibrated microemulsion systems

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    Reed, R.L.; Healy, R.N.

    1984-06-01

    Advanced and receded contact angles have been measured on various high- and low-energy substrates as functions of microemulsion-excess phase interfacial tensions (IFT's). Many experimental difficulties peculiar to these low-tension systems caused large measurement errors. But with this constraint and with one exception, contact angles were hysteresis-free and independent of the substrate. For lower-phase microemulsions and high-energy substrates, it is proposed that the surfactant polar group adsorbs on the solid and then a surfactant bilayer forms. This bilayer provides the effective substrate that relates to contact angle and IFT's through Young's equation. An optimal salinity for contact angles is defined and related to previously introduced optimal salinities, in particular to that associated with best oil recovery. Results suggest the optimum attainable contact angles for microemulsion-based oil recovery may not be 0/sup 0/.

  2. Telescopic vision contact lens

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    Tremblay, Eric J.; Beer, R. Dirk; Arianpour, Ashkan; Ford, Joseph E.

    2011-03-01

    We present the concept, optical design, and first proof of principle experimental results for a telescopic contact lens intended to become a visual aid for age-related macular degeneration (AMD), providing magnification to the user without surgery or external head-mounted optics. Our contact lens optical system can provide a combination of telescopic and non-magnified vision through two independent optical paths through the contact lens. The magnified optical path incorporates a telescopic arrangement of positive and negative annular concentric reflectors to achieve 2.8x - 3x magnification on the eye, while light passing through a central clear aperture provides unmagnified vision.

  3. A potent peptidomimetic inhibitor of botulinum neurotoxin serotype A has a very different conformation than SNAP-25 substrate

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    Zuniga, Jorge E.; Schmidt, James J.; Fenn, Timothy; Burnett, James C.; Ara, Demet; Gussio, Rick; Stafford, Robert G.; Badie, Shirin S.; Bavari, Sina; Brunger, Axel T.

    2008-01-01

    Botulinum neurotoxin serotype A is the most lethal of all known toxins. Here, we report the crystal structure, along with SAR data, of the zinc metalloprotease domain of BoNT/A bound to a potent peptidomimetic inhibitor (Ki = 41 nM) that resembles the local sequence of the SNAP-25 substrate. Surprisingly, the inhibitor adopts a helical conformation around the cleavage site, in contrast to the extended conformation of the native substrate. The backbone of the inhibitors P1 residue displaces the putative catalytic water molecule and concomitantly interacts with the proton shuttle E224. This mechanism of inhibition is aided by residue contacts in the conserved S1? pocket of the substrate binding cleft, and the induction of new hydrophobic pockets, which are not present in the apo form, especially for the P2? residue of the inhibitor. Our inhibitor is specific for BoNT/A as it does not inhibit other BoNT serotypes or thermolysin. PMID:18940613

  4. Contact dermatitis from ethanol.

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    van Ketel, W G; Tan-Lim, K N

    1975-01-01

    A case history of a female patient with allergic contact eczema to ethanol is described. By means of allergological examination, allergies were found to some lower aliphatic alcohols, acetone and some alcoholic drinks. PMID:1235074

  5. Grants Management Contacts

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    Please contact the grants management specialist assigned to your institution for questions regarding NCI grants. Institution Assigned Specialist FY 2016 ACOUSTIC MEDSYSTEMS, INC. GASTLEY, KERRY ALABAMA STATE UNIVERSITY YOUNG, ESTHER ALASKA

  6. Test Your Contact Power.

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    Ratliff, Caroline

    1989-01-01

    Describes a method to chart a teacher's visual contact with students in the classroom. Reports that this approach helps teachers locate students who needed to become more involved in classroom participation. (RS)

  7. Fragrance allergic contact dermatitis.

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    Cheng, Judy; Zug, Kathryn A

    2014-01-01

    Fragrances are a common cause of allergic contact dermatitis in Europe and in North America. They can affect individuals at any age and elicit a spectrum of reactions from contact urticaria to systemic contact dermatitis. Growing recognition of the widespread use of fragrances in modern society has fueled attempts to prevent sensitization through improved allergen identification, labeling, and consumer education. This review provides an overview and update on fragrance allergy. Part 1 discusses the epidemiology and evaluation of suspected fragrance allergy. Part 2 reviews screening methods, emerging fragrance allergens, and management of patients with fragrance contact allergy. This review concludes by examining recent legislation on fragrances and suggesting potential additions to screening series to help prevent and detect fragrance allergy. PMID:25207685

  8. Allergic Contact Dermatitis

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    ... recently, common causes of allergic contact dermatitis include nickel, chromates, rubber chemicals, and topical antibiotic ointments and ... and a host of other common environmental chemicals. Nickel is found in jewelry, belt buckles, metal closures ...

  9. Occupational Contact Dermatitis

    PubMed Central

    2008-01-01

    Occupational contact dermatitis accounts for 90% of all cases of work-related cutaneous disorders. It can be divided into irritant contact dermatitis, which occurs in 80% of cases, and allergic contact dermatitis. In most cases, both types will present as eczematous lesions on exposed parts of the body, notably the hands. Accurate diagnosis relies on meticulous history taking, thorough physical examination, careful reading of Material Safety Data Sheets to distinguish between irritants and allergens, and comprehensive patch testing to confirm or rule out allergic sensitization. This article reviews the pathogenesis and clinical manifestations of occupational contact dermatitis and provides diagnostic guidelines and a rational approach to management of these often frustrating cases. PMID:20525126

  10. The impact of contact

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    Finney, B.

    1986-10-01

    Scenarios of the impact on human society of radio contact with an extraterrestrial civilization are presented. Some believe that contact with advanced extraterrestrials would quickly devastate the human spirit, while others believe that these super-intelligent beings would show the inhabitants of the earth how to live in peace. It is proposed that the possible existence of extraterrestrial civilizations and the development of means of studying and communicating with them need to be considered.

  11. ELECTRIC CONTACT MEANS

    DOEpatents

    Grear, J.W. Jr.

    1959-03-10

    A switch adapted to maintain electrical connections under conditions of vibration or acceleration is described. According to the invention, thc switch includes a rotatable arm carrying a conductive bar arranged to close against two contacts spaced in the same plane. The firm and continuous engagement of the conductive bar with the contacts is acheived by utilizeing a spring located betwenn the vbar and athe a rem frzme and slidable mounting the bar in channel between two arms suspendef from the arm frame.

  12. Lettuce contact allergy.

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    Paulsen, Evy; Andersen, Klaus E

    2016-02-01

    Lettuce (Lactuca sativa L.) and its varieties are important vegetable crops worldwide. They are also well-known, rarely reported, causes of contact allergy. As lettuce allergens and extracts are not commercially available, the allergy may be underdiagnosed. The aims of this article are to present new data on lettuce contact allergy and review the literature. Lettuce is weakly allergenic, and occupational cases are mainly reported. Using aimed patch testing in Compositae-allergic patients, two recent Danish studies showed prevalence rates of positive lettuce reactions of 11% and 22%. The majority of cases are non-occupational, and may partly be caused by cross-reactivity. The sesquiterpene lactone mix seems to be a poor screening agent for lettuce contact allergy, as the prevalence of positive reactions is significantly higher in non-occupationally sensitized patients. Because of the easy degradability of lettuce allergens, it is recommended to patch test with freshly cut lettuce stem and supplement this with Compositae mix. As contact urticaria and protein contact dermatitis may present as dermatitis, it is important to perform prick-to-prick tests, and possibly scratch patch tests as well. Any person who is occupationally exposed to lettuce for longer periods, especially atopics, amateur gardeners, and persons keeping lettuce-eating pets, is potentially at risk of developing lettuce contact allergy. PMID:26289653

  13. Specific contact resistance of the porous silicon and silver metal Ohmic contact structure

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    Vinod, P. N.

    2005-09-01

    We report the experimental result of the specific contact resistance (ρc) of porous silicon and silver metal Ohmic contact structure formed on the n+ region (doped with phosphorous atoms) to boron-doped p-type single crystalline silicon. The contact structure consists of sintered Ag metal grid contact on a porous silicon surface, which was formed on the n+ region by an electrochemical etching process. The electrical properties of the Ohmic contact thus formed are estimated by measuring the specific contact resistance at the interface of the porous silicon/silver Ohmic contact structure as a function of surface doping concentration. The measured value of ρc as a function of the surface doping shows that ρc is a strong function of surface doping, and decreases with increasing doping. The measured data provide reliable values of ρc for the silver metal/porous silicon/p-type c-Si structure, which enable us to study the electrical properties of the porous silicon/silver Ohmic contact.

  14. Potent effects of dioscin against liver fibrosis

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    Zhang, Xiaoling; Han, Xu; Yin, Lianhong; Xu, Lina; Qi, Yan; Xu, Youwei; Sun, Huijun; Lin, Yuan; Liu, Kexin; Peng, Jinyong

    2015-01-01

    We previously reported the promising effects of dioscin against liver injury, but its effect on liver fibrosis remains unknown. The present work investigated the activities of dioscin against liver fibrosis and the underlying molecular mechanisms. Dioscin effectively inhibited the cell viabilities of HSC-T6, LX-2 and primary rat hepatic stellate cells (HSCs), but not hepatocytes. Furthermore, dioscin markedly increased peroxisome proliferator activated receptor-? (PPAR-?) expression and significantly reduced a-smooth muscle actin (?-SMA), transforming growth factor-?1 (TGF-?1), collagen ?1 (I) (COL1A1) and collagen ?1 (III) (COL3A1) levels in vitro. Notably, dioscin inhibited HSCs activation and induced apoptosis in activated HSCs. In vivo, dioscin significantly improved body weight and hydroxylproline, laminin, ?-SMA, TGF-?1, COL1A1 and COL3A1 levels, which were confirmed by histopathological assays. Dioscin facilitated matrix degradation, and exhibited hepatoprotective effects through the attenuation of oxidative stress and inflammation, in addition to exerting anti-fibrotic effects through the modulation of the TGF-?1/Smad, Wnt/?-catenin, mitogen-activated protein kinase (MAPK) and mitochondrial signaling pathways, which triggered the senescence of activated HSCs. In conclusion, dioscin exhibited potent effects against liver fibrosis through the modulation of multiple targets and signaling pathways and should be developed as a novel candidate for the treatment of liver fibrosis in the future. PMID:25853178

  15. Potent effects of dioscin against liver fibrosis.

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    Zhang, Xiaoling; Han, Xu; Yin, Lianhong; Xu, Lina; Qi, Yan; Xu, Youwei; Sun, Huijun; Lin, Yuan; Liu, Kexin; Peng, Jinyong

    2015-01-01

    We previously reported the promising effects of dioscin against liver injury, but its effect on liver fibrosis remains unknown. The present work investigated the activities of dioscin against liver fibrosis and the underlying molecular mechanisms. Dioscin effectively inhibited the cell viabilities of HSC-T6, LX-2 and primary rat hepatic stellate cells (HSCs), but not hepatocytes. Furthermore, dioscin markedly increased peroxisome proliferator activated receptor-? (PPAR-?) expression and significantly reduced a-smooth muscle actin (?-SMA), transforming growth factor-?1 (TGF-?1), collagen ?1 (I) (COL1A1) and collagen ?1 (III) (COL3A1) levels in vitro. Notably, dioscin inhibited HSCs activation and induced apoptosis in activated HSCs. In vivo, dioscin significantly improved body weight and hydroxylproline, laminin, ?-SMA, TGF-?1, COL1A1 and COL3A1 levels, which were confirmed by histopathological assays. Dioscin facilitated matrix degradation, and exhibited hepatoprotective effects through the attenuation of oxidative stress and inflammation, in addition to exerting anti-fibrotic effects through the modulation of the TGF-?1/Smad, Wnt/?-catenin, mitogen-activated protein kinase (MAPK) and mitochondrial signaling pathways, which triggered the senescence of activated HSCs. In conclusion, dioscin exhibited potent effects against liver fibrosis through the modulation of multiple targets and signaling pathways and should be developed as a novel candidate for the treatment of liver fibrosis in the future. PMID:25853178

  16. Identifying the causes of contact dermatitis.

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    Jones, Ruth; Horn, Helen M

    2014-06-01

    Contact dermatitis results from skin contact with an exogenous substance. It can be caused by direct contact, airborne particles, vapours or light. Individuals of any age can be affected. The two most common variants are irritant contact dermatitis (ICD) and allergic contact dermatitis (ACD). ICD is more common and has a worse prognosis. Other less common forms of contact dermatitis include photocontact allergy and, in food handlers, protein contact dermatitis. ICD is a form of eczema and is induced by direct inflammatory pathways without prior sensitisation. Classical ACD is mediated by type 4 cell-mediated immunity. Sensitisation occurs within 5 to 16 days of skin contact with a potential allergen but at this first exposure there is no inflammation. Frequent exposure and high concentrations of potential allergens increase the risk of sensitisation. If eczema is recurrent/persistent, or occurs in an individual with no previous history of eczema, contact dermatitis should be considered. Dorsal aspects of the hands are most often affected by ICD, usually with involvement of the finger webs. Cumulative effects of water, soaps and detergents are the most common cause of ICD which affects the hands more often than any other site. Nickel, fragrances, rubber accelerators and biocides are the most common sensitisers in ACD. Patients with leg ulcers and stasis eczema are at especially high risk of developing allergies to ingredients of their topical treatments, dressings and bandages. If ACD is suspected the patient should be referred to secondary care for patch testing. Age should not be a deterrent to patch testing. Accurate diagnosis, avoidance of identified allergens and protection from irritants are the key to successful treatment. PMID:25102574

  17. Intergroup contact theory.

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    Pettigrew, T F

    1998-01-01

    Allport specified four conditions for optimal intergroup contact: equal group status within the situation, common goals, intergroup cooperation and authority support. Varied research supports the hypothesis, but four problems remain. 1. A selection bias limits cross-sectional studies, since prejudiced people avoid intergroup contact. Yet research finds that the positive effects of cross-group friendship are larger than those of the bias. 2. Writers overburden the hypothesis with facilitating, but not essential, conditions. 3. The hypothesis fails to address process. The chapter proposes four processes: learning about the outgroup, changed behavior, affective ties, and ingroup reappraisal. 4. The hypothesis does not specify how the effects generalize to other situations, the outgroup or uninvolved outgroups. Acting sequentially, three strategies enhance generalization-decategorization, salient categorization, and recategorization. Finally, both individual differences and societal norms shape intergroup contact effects. The chapter outlines a longitudinal intergroup contact theory. It distinguishes between essential and facilitating factors, and emphasizes different outcomes for different stages of contact. PMID:15012467

  18. Solar cell contacts

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    Meier, D.L.; Campbell, R.B.; Davis, J.R.; Rai-Choudhury, P.; Sienkiewicz, L.J.

    1982-09-01

    Two experimental contact systems were examined and compared to a baseline contact system consisting of evaporated layers of titanium, palladium, and silver and an electroplated layer of copper. The first experimental contact system consisted of evaporated layers of titanium, nickel, and copper and an electroplated layer of copper. This system performed as well as the baseline system in all respects, including its response to temperature stress tests, to a humidity test, and to an accelerated aging test. In addition, the cost of this system is estimated to be only 43% of the cost of the baseline system at a production level of 25 MW/year. The second experimental contact system consisted of evaporated layers of nickel and copper and an electroplated layer of copper. Cells with this system show serious degradation in a temperature stress test at 350/sup 0/C for 30 minutes. Auger Electron Spectroscopy was used to show that the evaporated nickel layer is not an adequate barrier to copper diffusion even at temperatures as low as 250/sup 0/C. This fact brings into question the longterm reliability of this contact system.

  19. Diagnosis and management of contact dermatitis.

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    Usatine, Richard P; Riojas, Marcela

    2010-08-01

    Contact dermatitis is a common inflammatory skin condition characterized by erythematous and pruritic skin lesions that occur after contact with a foreign substance. There are two forms of contact dermatitis: irritant and allergic. Irritant contact dermatitis is caused by the non-immune-modulated irritation of the skin by a substance, leading to skin changes. Allergic contact dermatitis is a delayed hypersensitivity reaction in which a foreign substance comes into contact with the skin; skin changes occur after reexposure to the substance. The most common substances that cause contact dermatitis include poison ivy, nickel, and fragrances. Contact dermatitis usually leads to erythema and scaling with visible borders. Itching and discomfort may also occur. Acute cases may involve a dramatic flare with erythema, vesicles, and bullae; chronic cases may involve lichen with cracks and fissures. When a possible causative substance is known, the first step in confirming the diagnosis is determining whether the problem resolves with avoidance of the substance. Localized acute allergic contact dermatitis lesions are successfully treated with mid- or high-potency topical steroids, such as triamcinolone 0.1% or clobetasol 0.05%. If allergic contact dermatitis involves an extensive area of skin (greater than 20 percent), systemic steroid therapy is often required and offers relief within 12 to 24 hours. In patients with severe rhus dermatitis, oral prednisone should be tapered over two to three weeks because rapid discontinuation of steroids can cause rebound dermatitis. If treatment fails and the diagnosis or specific allergen remains unknown, patch testing should be performed. PMID:20672788

  20. Shoe allergic contact dermatitis.

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    Matthys, Erin; Zahir, Amir; Ehrlich, Alison

    2014-01-01

    Foot dermatitis is a widespread condition, affecting men and women of all ages. Because of the location, this condition may present as a debilitating problem to those who have it. Allergic contact dermatitis involving the feet is frequently due to shoes or socks. The allergens that cause shoe dermatitis can be found in any constituent of footwear, including rubber, adhesives, leather, dyes, metals, and medicaments. The goal of treatment is to identify and minimize contact with the offending allergen(s). The lack of product information released from shoe manufacturers and the continually changing trends in footwear present a challenge in treating this condition. The aim of this study is to review the current literature on allergic contact shoe dermatitis; clinical presentation, allergens, patch testing, and management will be discussed. PubMed and MEDLINE databases were used for the search, with a focus on literature updates from the last 15 years. PMID:25000234

  1. Surface nanobubble contact angles

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    Borkent, Bram; de Beer, Sissi; Mugele, Frieder; Lohse, Detlef

    2009-11-01

    Previous AFM experiments on surface nanobubbles have suggested an anomalously large contact angle ? of the bubbles (typically 160,o measured through the water) and a possible size dependence ?(R). Here we determine ?(R) for nanobubbles on smooth highly orientated pyrolytic graphite (HOPG) with a variety of different cantilevers. It is found that ?(R) is constant within the experimental error, down to bubbles as small as R=20,nm, and its value is equal to 1194,o. This result, which is the lowest contact angle for surface nanobubbles found so far, is very reproducible and independent of the cantilever type used, provided that the cantilever is clean and the HOPG surface is smooth. In contrast we find that, for a particular set of cantilevers, the surface can become relatively rough due to precipitated matter from the cantilever onto the substrate, in which case larger nanoscopic contact angles (150,o) show up.

  2. Switchable telescopic contact lens.

    PubMed

    Tremblay, Eric J; Stamenov, Igor; Beer, R Dirk; Arianpour, Ashkan; Ford, Joseph E

    2013-07-01

    We present design and first demonstration of optics for a telescopic contact lens with independent optical paths for switching between normal and magnified vision. The magnified optical path incorporates a telescopic arrangement of positive and negative annular concentric reflectors to achieve 2.8 x magnification on the eye, while light passing through a central clear aperture provides unmagnified vision. We present an experimental demonstration of the contact lens mounted on a life-sized optomechanical model eye and, using a pair of modified commercial 3D television glasses, demonstrate electrically operated polarization switching between normal and magnified vision. PMID:23842384

  3. Contact problem for a transversely isotropic half-space with an unknown contact region

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    Pozharskii, D. A.

    2014-03-01

    A three-dimensional contact problem with an unknown contact region for a transversely isotropic half-space, when the isotropy planes are perpendicular to the half-space boundary, is investigated. The method described makes it possible to evaluate effectively the Brinell and Vickers hardness and the contact strength of materials, the near-surface properties of which can substantially depend on the direction (titanium, zinc, beryllium, cobalt, aluminum and zinc oxides, graphite, wood, temoral bone, sapphire, etc; five elastic constants). We use the fact that the kernel of the integral equation of a contact problem can be represented in a form free of quadratures. Such a form of the kernel, in view of the simplicity of its regularization in singular points, makes it possible to apply the method of nonlinear boundary integral equations developed by Galanov to solve the contact problem with an unknown contact region. To debug the computer program, an exact solution of the contact problem for a stamp shaped like an elliptic paraboloid is used. Calculations are made for various materials with the incorporation of the stamp shaped as a rectangular pyramid. The contact regions, pressures, and the values of the impressing force with the specified stamp immersion are determined.

  4. Contact Interface Verification for DYNA3D Scenario 1: Basic Contact

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    McMichael, L D

    2006-05-10

    A suite of test problems has been developed to examine contact behavior within the nonlinear, three-dimensional, explicit finite element analysis (FEA) code DYNA3D (Lin, 2005). The test problems address the basic functionality of the contact algorithms, including the behavior of various kinematic, penalty, and Lagrangian enforcement formulations. The results from the DYNA3D analyses are compared to closed form solutions to verify the contact behavior. This work was performed as part of the Verification and Validation efforts of LLNL W Program within the NNSA's Advanced Simulation and Computing (ASC) Program. DYNA3D models the transient dynamic response of solids and structures including the interactions between disjoint bodies (parts). A wide variety of contact surfaces are available to represent the diverse interactions possible during an analysis, including relative motion (sliding), separation and gap closure (voids), and fixed relative position (tied). The problem geometry may be defined using a combination of element formulations, including one-dimensional beam and truss elements, two-dimensional shell elements, and three-dimensional solid elements. Consequently, it is necessary to consider various element interactions for each contact algorithm being verified. Most of the contact algorithms currently available in DYNA3D are examined; the exceptions are the Type 4--Single Surface Contact and Type 11--SAND algorithms. It is likely that these algorithms will be removed since their functionality is embodied in other, more robust, contact algorithms. The automatic contact algorithm is evaluated using the Type 12 interface. Two other variations of automatic contact, Type 13 and Type 14, offer additional means to adapt the interface domain, but share the same search and restoration algorithms as Type 12. The contact algorithms are summarized in Table 1. This report and associated test problems examine the scenario where one contact surface exists between two disjoint bodies. These test problems focus on whether a particular contact algorithm properly represents the interactions along the interface. A companion report (McMichael, 2006) and test problems address the multi-contact scenario in which multiple bodies interact with each other via multiple interfaces. The multi-contact test problems examine whether any ordering issues exist in the contact logic. The test problems are analyzed using version 5.2 (compiled on 12/22/2005) of DYNA3D. The analytical results are used to form baseline solutions for subsequent regression testing.

  5. Sifuvirtide, a potent HIV fusion inhibitor peptide

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    Wang, Rui-Rui; Yang, Liu-Meng; Wang, Yun-Hua; Pang, Wei; Department of Molecular Virology, Institute of Microbiology, Chinese Academy of Sciences, Beijing 100080 ; Tam, Siu-Cheung; Tien, Po; Zheng, Yong-Tang

    2009-05-08

    Enfuvirtide (ENF) is currently the only FDA approved HIV fusion inhibitor in clinical use. Searching for more drugs in this category with higher efficacy and lower toxicity seems to be a logical next step. In line with this objective, a synthetic peptide with 36 amino acid residues, called Sifuvirtide (SFT), was designed based on the crystal structure of gp41. In this study, we show that SFT is a potent anti-HIV agent with relatively low cytotoxicity. SFT was found to inhibit replication of all tested HIV strains. The effective concentrations that inhibited 50% viral replication (EC{sub 50}), as determined in all tested strains, were either comparable or lower than benchmark values derived from well-known anti-HIV drugs like ENF or AZT, while the cytotoxic concentrations causing 50% cell death (CC{sub 50}) were relatively high, rendering it an ideal anti-HIV agent. A GST-pull down assay was performed to confirm that SFT is a fusion inhibitor. Furthermore, the activity of SFT on other targets in the HIV life cycle was also investigated, and all assays showed negative results. To further understand the mechanism of action of HIV peptide inhibitors, resistant variants of HIV-1{sub IIIB} were derived by serial virus passage in the presence of increasing doses of SFT or ENF. The results showed that there was cross-resistance between SFT and ENF. In conclusion, SFT is an ideal anti-HIV agent with high potency and low cytotoxicity, but may exhibit a certain extent of cross-resistance with ENF.

  6. Frictional contact between 3D beams

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    Litewka, P.; Wriggers, P.

    The paper deals with frictional contact between 3D beams with rectangular cross-sections. In the analysis large displacements and small strains are allowed. Hence the cross-section behaves like a rigid body undergoing displacement and rotations. Contact between the beams is assumed to be point-wise between their edges. For the friction the simple non-associated Coulomb law is adopted. The analogy to rigid plasticity is used where stick and slip conditions are considered and backward Euler scheme is applied whenever the yield condition is violated. Contact constraints for normal and tangential part are introduced using the active set strategy and the penalty method. A consistent linearisation of both contact contributions is derived and expressed in suitable matrix form, easy to use in FEM approximations. Several numerical examples including the comparison to the full 3D-solid analysis depict the efficiency of the presented approach.

  7. Have Confidence in Contact

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    Crisp, Richard J.; Turner, Rhiannon N.

    2010-01-01

    In an article in the May-June 2009 "American Psychologist," we discussed a new approach to reducing prejudice and encouraging more positive intergroup relations (Crisp & Turner, 2009). We named the approach imagined intergroup contact and defined it as "the mental simulation of a social interaction with a member or members of an outgroup category"…

  8. Thermal Contact Conductance

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    Salerno, Louis J.; Kittel, Peter

    1997-01-01

    The performance of cryogenic instruments is often a function of their operating temperature. Thus, designers of cryogenic instruments often are required to predict the operating temperature of each instrument they design. This requires accurate thermal models of cryogenic components which include the properties of the materials and assembly techniques used. When components are bolted or otherwise pressed together, a knowledge of the thermal performance of such joints are also needed. In some cases, the temperature drop across these joints represents a significant fraction of the total temperature difference between the instrument and its cooler. While extensive databases exist on the thermal properties of bulk materials, similar databases for pressed contacts do not. This has often lead to instrument designs that avoid pressed contacts or to the over-design of such joints at unnecessary expense. Although many people have made measurements of contact conductances at cryogenic temperatures, this data is often very narrow in scope and even more often it has not been published in an easily retrievable fashion, if published at all. This paper presents a summary of the limited pressed contact data available in the literature.

  9. Have Confidence in Contact

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    Crisp, Richard J.; Turner, Rhiannon N.

    2010-01-01

    In an article in the May-June 2009 "American Psychologist," we discussed a new approach to reducing prejudice and encouraging more positive intergroup relations (Crisp & Turner, 2009). We named the approach imagined intergroup contact and defined it as "the mental simulation of a social interaction with a member or members of an outgroup category"

  10. [Contact allergies in musicians].

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    Gasenzer, E R; Neugebauer, E A M

    2012-12-01

    During the last years, the problem of allergic diseases has increased. Allergies are errant immune responses to a normally harmless substance. In musicians the allergic contact dermatitis to exotic woods is a special problem. Exotic rosewood contains new flavonoids, which trigger an allergic reaction after permanent contact with the instrument. High quality woodwind instruments such as baroque flute or clarinets are made in ebony or palisander because of its great sound. Today instruments for non-professional players are also made in these exotic materials and non-professionals may have the risk to develop contact dermatitis, too. Brass-player has the risk of an allergic reaction to the different metals contained in the metal sheets of modern flutes and brass instruments. Specially nickel and brass alloys are used to product flute tubes or brass instruments. Special problem arises in children: patients who are allergic to plants or foods have a high risk to develop contact dermatitis. Parents don't know the materials of low-priced instruments for beginners. Often unknown cheap woods from exotic areas are used. Low-priced brass instruments contain high amount of brass and other cheap metals. Physicians should advice musician-patients or parents about the risks of the different materials and look for the reason of eczema on mouth, face, or hands. PMID:23233303

  11. Religious Allergic Contact Dermatitis.

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    Goldenberg, Alina; Matiz, Catalina; Eichenfield, Lawrence F

    2015-01-01

    Henna, derived from a combination of natural leaves and coloring additives, is a common decorative dye traditionally used in many Islamic religious celebrations. Para-phenylenediamine (PPD), a major component of black henna tattoo, is a strong sensitizer and common allergen. We report a case of severe connubial allergic contact dermatitis after black henna heterotransfer in a girl. PMID:25968562

  12. Contact: Releasing the news

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    Pinotti, Roberto

    The problem of mass behavior after man's future contacts with other intelligences in the universe is not only a challenge for social scientists and political leaders all over the world, but also a cultural time bomb as well. In fact, since the impact of CETI (Contact with Extraterrestrial Intelligence) on human civilization, with its different cultures, might cause a serious socio-anthropological shock, a common and predetermined worldwide strategy is necessary in releasing the news after the contact, in order to keep possible manifestations of fear, panic and hysteria under control. An analysis of past studies in this field and of parallel historical situations as analogs suggests a definite "authority crisis" in the public as a direct consequence of an unexpected release of the news, involving a devastating "chain reaction" process (from both the psychological and sociological viewpoints) of anomie and maybe the collapse of today's society. The only way to prevent all this is to prepare the world's public opinion concerning contact before releasing the news, and to develop a long-term strategy through the combined efforts of scientists, political leaders, intelligence agencies and the mass media, in order to create the cultural conditions in which a confrontation with ETI won't affect mankind in a traumatic way. Definite roles and tasks in this multi-level model are suggested.

  13. Contact Efflorescence on Demand

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    Davis, R. D.; Lance, S.; Gordon, J. A.; Ushijima, S.; Tolbert, M. A.

    2014-12-01

    The phase state of atmospheric aerosols (liquid vs solid) plays an important role in particle growth, cloud formation, climate impact and visibility degradation. In the atmosphere, changes in relative humidity (RH) and temperature cause phase transitions in the atmospheric particulate. Efflorescence, the process of salt crystal nucleation from an aqueous electrolyte solution upon decreasing RH, often occurs at a lower RH than the reverse process of deliquescence. It has been shown that the efflorescence RH can occur at a higher RH in the presence of a heterogeneous surface immersed in a liquid particle. Here we present a new laboratory technique using optically levitated particles to study heterogeneous efflorescence initiated by contact with an external particle. In this work, collisions between aqueous microdroplets and heterogeneous nuclei are monitored in situ using scattered laser light to quantify the number of collisions and to detect phase transitions. We find that when contact initiates the phase transition, efflorescence occurs at a higher RH than when the same heterogeneous nucleus is immersed in the particle. The results of these experiments will be discussed in the context of understanding contact nucleation on a mechanistic level and predicting the relative importance of contact efflorescence in the atmosphere.

  14. Contact - Team Science Toolkit

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    The Team Science Toolkit was developed, and is maintained, by the Science of Team Science (SciTS) team at the National Cancer Institute, Division of Cancer Control and Population Science, Behavioral Research Program. To contact us, please email Dr. Kara L.

  15. Multilingual Contacts in Brussels.

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    Universite Libre de Bruxelles (Belgium). Institut de Phonetique.

    This article attempts to present an exhaustive, fully-documented discussion of recent and current work around the world on questions related to French/Dutch multilingual contact in Brussels. An attempt has been made to go beyond mere bibliographical listing to an evaluation of everything of importance written around this topic, primarily in the

  16. [Current contact allergens].

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    Geier, J; Uter, W; Lessmann, H; Schnuch, A

    2011-10-01

    Ever-changing exposure to contact allergens, partly due to statutory directives (e.g. nickel, chromate, methyldibromo glutaronitrile) or recommendations from industrial associations (e.g. hydroxyisohexyl 3-cyclohexene carboxaldehyde), requires on-going epidemiologic surveillance of contact allergy. In this paper, the current state with special focus in fragrances and preservatives is described on the basis of data of the Information Network of Departments of Dermatology (IVDK) of the year 2010. In 2010, 12,574 patients were patch tested in the dermatology departments belonging to the IVDK. Nickel is still the most frequent contact allergen. However the continuously improved EU nickel directive already has some beneficial effect; sensitization frequency in young women is dropping. In Germany, chromate-reduced cement has been in use now for several years, leading to a decline in chromate sensitization in brick-layers. Two fragrance mixes are part of the German baseline series; they are still relevant. The most important fragrances in these mixes still are oak moss absolute and hydroxyisohexyl 3-cyclohexene carboxaldehyde. However, in relation to these leading allergens, sensitization frequency to other fragrances contained in the mixes seems to be increasing. Among the preservatives, MCI/MI has not lost its importance as contact allergen, in contrast to MDBGN. Sources of MCI/MI sensitization obviously are increasingly found in occupational context. Methylisothiazolinone is a significant allergen in occupational settings, and less frequently in body care products. PMID:21901563

  17. Contact hypersensitivity in hand dermatitis.

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    Li, Lin-feng; Wang, Jing

    2002-10-01

    Contact hypersensitivity (CHS) in hand dermatitis (HD) was studied by patch testing (PT) 105 consecutive adult HD patients and 361 cases of suspected non-hand allergic contact dermatitis (NHD). The suspected offending agents were also investigated by a questionnaire. Age and sex distribution was no different between the 2 groups. The total positivity rate of PT in the HD group was much lower than in the control group (46.7% versus 63.2%, p < 0.01, chi2-test). The most common allergens in HD were rubber mix(17.1%), p-phenylenediamine (PPD) (14.3%), fragrance mix (9.5%), nickel (9.5%), colophonium (6.7%) and potassium dichromate (2.9%), while those in the control group, in sequence, were nickel (20.5%), rubber mix (16.9%), PPD (14.1%), fragrance mix (12.7%), potassium dichromate (5.5%) and colophonium (5.0%). The positivity rate to nickel was lower in the HD group (9.5% versus 20.5%, p < 0.05, chi2-test), while there was no significant difference for the other allergens. HD was divided arbitrarily into 5 groups: (1) vesicular form, in which fine papules and vesicles can be detected. 65.7% of the HD was vesicular form and 55.1% of them were PT positive; (2) fissured form, in which dry skin with fine fissures or desquamation is seen. 8.6% of the HD was fissured form and 30% of them were PT positive; (3) hyperkeratotic form, in which the lesions are thick, hyperkeratotic plaques - 6.7% of the HD was this form and no positive reaction was found; (4) hand and foot dermatitis (HFD) - 12.4% of HD was HFD and 53.8% of them were PT positive; (5) pompholyx - 6.7% of the patients had pompholyx and one positive result to nickel was detected. The suspected offending agents were reported in only 13 (12.4%) patients. These results suggest that CHS is less common in HD than in NHD and that other factors, such as skin irritation, may play more of a role in HD. Nickel allergy is less common in HD than in NHD. CHS may play a role in more than 1/2 of vesicular form HD, HFD and in some fissured HD also, but is less common in hyperkeratotic HD and pompholyx. Only a small proportion of the HD patients could report the suspected offending agents and PT should be performed in all patients with chronic HD. PMID:12492518

  18. Lithium-drifted silicon detector with segmented contacts

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    Tindall, Craig S.; Luke, Paul N.

    2006-06-13

    A method and apparatus for creating both segmented and unsegmented radiation detectors which can operate at room temperature. The devices include a metal contact layer, and an n-type blocking contact formed from a thin layer of amorphous semiconductor. In one embodiment the material beneath the n-type contact is n-type material, such as lithium compensated silicon that forms the active region of the device. The active layer has been compensated to a degree at which the device may be fully depleted at low bias voltages. A p-type blocking contact layer, or a p-type donor material can be formed beneath a second metal contact layer to complete the device structure. When the contacts to the device are segmented, the device is capable of position sensitive detection and spectroscopy of ionizing radiation, such as photons, electrons, and ions.

  19. A novel cyanobacterial nostocyclopeptide is a potent antitoxin against microcystins.

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    Jokela, Jouni; Herfindal, Lars; Wahlsten, Matti; Permi, Perttu; Selheim, Frode; Vasconçelos, Vitor; Døskeland, Stein Ove; Sivonen, Kaarina

    2010-07-26

    Cyanobacterial hepatotoxins (microcystins and nodularins) cause numerous animal poisonings worldwide each year and are threats to human health. However, we found that extracts from several cyanobacteria isolates failed to induce hepatotoxicity even if they contained high concentrations of the liver toxin microcystin. The antitoxic activity abolishes all morphological hallmarks of microcystin-induced apoptosis, and therefore invalidates cell-based assays of the microcystin content of bloom-forming cyanobacteria. The antitoxin was purified from a cyanobacterial isolate (Nostoc sp. XSPORK 13A) from the Baltic Sea, and the activity was shown to reside in a novel cyclic peptide of the nostocyclopeptide family (nostocyclopeptide M1, Ncp-M1) that consists of seven amino acids (Tyr1-Tyr2-D-HSe3-L-Pro4-L-Val5-(2S,4S)-4-MPr6-Tyr7; MW=881) with an imino linkage between Tyr1 and Tyr7. Ncp-M1 did not compete with labelled microcystin for binding to protein phosphatase 2A; this explains why the antitoxin did not interfere with phosphatase-based microcystin assays. Currently used agents that interfere with microcystin action, such as inhibitors of ROS formation, microcystin uptake and Cam-kinase activity, are themselves inherently toxic. Since Ncp-M1 is potent and nontoxic it promises to become a useful mechanistic tool as soon as its exact cellular target is elucidated. PMID:20575133

  20. Exploring the Nature of Contact Freezing

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    Kiselev, A. A.; Hoffmann, N.; Duft, D.; Leisner, T.

    2012-12-01

    The freezing of supercooled water droplets upon contact with aerosol particles (contact nucleation of ice) is the least understood mechanism of ice formation in atmospheric clouds. Although experimental evidences suggest that some aerosols can be better IN in the contact than in the immersion mode (that is, triggering ice nucleation at higher temperature), no final explanation of this phenomena currently exists. On the other hand, the contact freezing is believed to be responsible for the enhanced rate of secondary ice formation occasionally observed in LIDAR measurements in the cold mixed phase clouds. Recently we have been able to show that the freezing of supercooled droplets electrodynamically levitated in the laminar flow containing mineral dust particles (kaolinite) is a process solely governed by a rate of collisions between the supercooled droplet and the aerosol particles. We have shown that the probability of droplet freezing on a single contact with aerosol particle may differ over an order of magnitude for kaolinite particles having different genesis and morphology. In this presentation we extend the study of contact nucleation of ice and compare the IN efficiency measured for DMA-selected kaolinite, illite and hematite particles. We show that the freezing probability increases towards unity as the temperature decreases and discuss the functional form of this temperature dependence. We explore the size dependence of the contact freezing probability and show that it scales with the surface area of the particles, thus resembling the immersion freezing behavior. However, for all minerals investigated so far, the contact freezing has been shown to dominate over immersion freezing on the short experimental time scales. Finally, based on the combined ESEM and electron microprobe analysis, we discuss the significance of particle morphology and variability of chemical composition on its IN efficiency in contact mode.

  1. IV -VI device arrays: Microfabrication and specific contact resistivity

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    Taylor, P. J.; Harman, T. C.; Dhar, N. K.; Wijewarnasuriya, P. S.; Fraser, J. C.; Tidrow, M. Z.

    2004-11-01

    Techniques for the preparation of highly integrated arrays of IV -VI semiconductors are presented. PbSnTeSe films were grown by molecular-beam epitaxy and array structures are fabricated by photolithography, electrical contact formation, and etching. The rationale for forming electrical contacts with low specific contact resistivity is provided. Characterization of the specific contact resistivity was performed using a transmission line technique. Using a procedure discussed in this letter, specific contact resistivity measurements as low as 710-8?cm2 have been obtained and demonstrate the feasibility of a class of highly integrated IV -VI device technology.

  2. Contact Graph Routing

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    Burleigh, Scott C.

    2011-01-01

    Contact Graph Routing (CGR) is a dynamic routing system that computes routes through a time-varying topology of scheduled communication contacts in a network based on the DTN (Delay-Tolerant Networking) architecture. It is designed to enable dynamic selection of data transmission routes in a space network based on DTN. This dynamic responsiveness in route computation should be significantly more effective and less expensive than static routing, increasing total data return while at the same time reducing mission operations cost and risk. The basic strategy of CGR is to take advantage of the fact that, since flight mission communication operations are planned in detail, the communication routes between any pair of bundle agents in a population of nodes that have all been informed of one another's plans can be inferred from those plans rather than discovered via dialogue (which is impractical over long one-way-light-time space links). Messages that convey this planning information are used to construct contact graphs (time-varying models of network connectivity) from which CGR automatically computes efficient routes for bundles. Automatic route selection increases the flexibility and resilience of the space network, simplifying cross-support and reducing mission management costs. Note that there are no routing tables in Contact Graph Routing. The best route for a bundle destined for a given node may routinely be different from the best route for a different bundle destined for the same node, depending on bundle priority, bundle expiration time, and changes in the current lengths of transmission queues for neighboring nodes; routes must be computed individually for each bundle, from the Bundle Protocol agent's current network connectivity model for the bundle s destination node (the contact graph). Clearly this places a premium on optimizing the implementation of the route computation algorithm. The scalability of CGR to very large networks remains a research topic. The information carried by CGR contact plan messages is useful not only for dynamic route computation, but also for the implementation of rate control, congestion forecasting, transmission episode initiation and termination, timeout interval computation, and retransmission timer suspension and resumption.

  3. Contact dependent growth inhibition of E. coli O157:H7 by EC869 CDI system

    Technology Transfer Automated Retrieval System (TEKTRAN)

    Introduction: Contact Dependent Growth Inhibition (CDI) is a recently discovered mechanism that microorganisms use to compete in various microecosystems. CDI systems express large cell surface exposed CdiA proteins with potent antimicrobial peptide tips. Many CDI systems also contain additional down...

  4. Contact dermatitis from propolis.

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    Wanscher, B

    1976-04-01

    Two patients with contact dermatitis due to the natural product propolis (bee glue) are reported. They presented perioral eczema and stomatitis which were recalcitrant until propolis was considered as the cause. Patch tests with propolis preparations were positive in both patients, and, furthermore, in the second patient the lesions relapsed after provocation tests. European standard patch test including balsam of Peru were negative. The complexity of propolis, its supposed anti-inflammatory effect due to flavonoids, and the sensitizing agents originating mainly from the poplar trees are discussed together with the cross-sensitization to balsam of Peru. Contact dermatitis due to propolis should be considered in unexplained eczemas, mainly perioral but also in other areas, as propolis preparations are available also as ointments and cosmetic creams. PMID:1268058

  5. Contact dynamics math model

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    Glaese, John R.; Tobbe, Patrick A.

    1986-01-01

    The Space Station Mechanism Test Bed consists of a hydraulically driven, computer controlled six degree of freedom (DOF) motion system with which docking, berthing, and other mechanisms can be evaluated. Measured contact forces and moments are provided to the simulation host computer to enable representation of orbital contact dynamics. This report describes the development of a generalized math model which represents the relative motion between two rigid orbiting vehicles. The model allows motion in six DOF for each body, with no vehicle size limitation. The rotational and translational equations of motion are derived. The method used to transform the forces and moments from the sensor location to the vehicles' centers of mass is also explained. Two math models of docking mechanisms, a simple translational spring and the Remote Manipulator System end effector, are presented along with simulation results. The translational spring model is used in an attempt to verify the simulation with compensated hardware in the loop results.

  6. Contact stress sensor

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    Kotovsky, Jack

    2014-02-11

    A method for producing a contact stress sensor that includes one or more MEMS fabricated sensor elements, where each sensor element of includes a thin non-recessed portion, a recessed portion and a pressure sensitive element adjacent to the recessed portion. An electric circuit is connected to the pressure sensitive element. The circuit includes a pressure signal circuit element configured to provide a signal upon movement of the pressure sensitive element.

  7. Contact stress sensor

    DOEpatents

    Kotovsky, Jack

    2012-02-07

    A contact stress sensor includes one or more MEMS fabricated sensor elements, where each sensor element of includes a thin non-recessed portion, a recessed portion and a pressure sensitive element adjacent to the recessed portion. An electric circuit is connected to the pressure sensitive element. The circuit includes a thermal compensator and a pressure signal circuit element configured to provide a signal upon movement of the pressure sensitive element.

  8. Structures of Potent Selective Peptide Mimetics Bound to Carboxypeptidase B

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    Adler, M.; Buckman, B.; Bryant, J.; Chang, Z.; Chu, K.; Emayan, K.; Hrvatin, P.; Islam, I.; Morser, J.; Sukovich, D.; West, C.; Yuan, S.; Whitlow, M.

    2009-05-11

    This article reports the crystal structures of inhibitors of the functional form of thrombin-activatable fibrinolysis inhibitor (TAFIa). In vivo experiments indicate that selective inhibitors of TAFIa would be useful in the treatment of heart attacks. Since TAFIa rapidly degrades in solution, the homologous protein porcine pancreatic carboxypeptidase B (pp-CpB) was used in these crystallography studies. Both TAFIa and pp-CpB are zinc-based exopeptidases that are specific for basic residues. The final development candidate, BX 528, is a potent inhibitor of TAFIa (2 nM) and has almost no measurable effect on the major selectivity target, carboxypeptidase N. BX 528 was designed to mimic the tripeptide Phe-Val-Lys. A sulfonamide replaces the Phe-Val amide bond and a phosphinate connects the Val and Lys groups. The phosphinate also chelates the active-site zinc. The electrostatic interactions with the protein mimic those of the natural substrate. The primary amine in BX 528 forms a salt bridge to Asp255 at the base of the S1 pocket. The carboxylic acid interacts with Arg145 and the sulfonamide is hydrogen bonded to Arg71. Isopropyl and phenyl groups replace the side chains of Val and Phe, respectively. A series of structures are presented here that illustrate the evolution of BX 528 from thiol-based inhibitors that mimic a free C-terminal arginine. The first step in development was the replacement of the thiol with a phosphinate. This caused a precipitous drop in binding affinity. Potency was reclaimed by extending the inhibitors into the downstream binding sites for the natural substrate.

  9. Functional modular contact lens

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    Shum, Angela J.; Cowan, Melissa; Lähdesmäki, Ilkka; Lingley, Andrew; Otis, Brian; Parviz, Babak A.

    2009-08-01

    Tear fluid offers a potential route for non-invasive sensing of physiological parameters. Utilization of this potential depends on the ability to manufacture sensors that can be placed on the surface of the eye. A contact lens makes a natural platform for such sensors, but contact lens polymers present a challenge for sensor fabrication. This paper describes a microfabrication process for constructing sensors that can be integrated into the structure of a functional contact lens in the future. To demonstrate the capabilities of the process, an amperometric glucose sensor was fabricated on a polymer substrate. The sensor consists of platinum working and counter electrodes, as well as a region of indium-tin oxide (ITO) for glucose oxidase immobilization. An external silver-silver chloride electrode was used as the reference electrode during the characterization experiments. Sensor operation was validated by hydrogen peroxide measurements in the 10- 20 μM range and glucose measurements in the 0.125-20 mM range.

  10. Pediatric contact dermatitis.

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    Sharma, Vinod K; Asati, Dinesh P

    2010-01-01

    Allergic contact dermatitis (ACD) in children, until recently, was considered rare. ACD was considered as a disorder of the adult population and children were thought to be spared due to a lack of exposure to potential allergens and an immature immune system. Prevalence of ACD to even the most common allergens in children, like poison ivy and parthenium, is relatively rare as compared to adults. However, there is now growing evidence of contact sensitization of the pediatric population, and it begins right from early childhood, including 1-week-old neonates. Vaccinations, piercing, topical medicaments and cosmetics in younger patients are potential exposures for sensitization. Nickel is the most common sensitizer in almost all studies pertaining to pediatric contact dermatitis. Other common allergens reported are cobalt, fragrance mix, rubber, lanolin, thiomersol, neomycin, gold, mercapto mix, balsum of Peru and colophony. Different factors like age, sex, atopy, social and cultural practices, habit of parents and caregivers and geographic changes affect the patterns of ACD and their variable clinical presentation. Patch testing should be considered not only in children with lesions of a morphology suggestive of ACD, but in any child with dermatitis that is difficult to control. PMID:20826990

  11. Obituary--rigid contact lenses.

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    Efron, Nathan

    2010-10-01

    Scleral and corneal rigid lenses represented 100 per cent of the contact lens market immediately prior to the invention of soft lenses in the mid-1960s. In the United Kingdom today, rigid lenses comprise 2 per cent of all new lens fits. Low rates of rigid lens fitting are also apparent in 27 other countries which have recently been surveyed. Thus, the 1998 prediction of the author that rigid lenses--also referred to as 'rigid gas permeable' (RGP) lenses or 'gas permeable' (GP) lenses--would be obsolete by the year 2010 has essentially turned out to be correct. In this obituary, the author offers 10 reasons for the demise of rigid lens fitting: initial rigid lens discomfort; intractable rigid lens-induced corneal and lid pathology; extensive soft lens advertising; superior soft lens fitting logistics; lack of rigid lens training opportunities; redundancy of the rigid lens 'problem solver' function; improved soft toric and bifocal/varifocal lenses; limited uptake of orthokeratology; lack of investment in rigid lenses; and the emergence of aberration control soft lenses. Rigid lenses are now being fitted by a minority of practitioners with specialist skills/training. Certainly, rigid lenses can no longer be considered as a mainstream form of contact lens correction. May their dear souls (bulk properties) rest in peace. PMID:20674469

  12. Relaxation damping in oscillating contacts

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    Popov, M.; Popov, V.L.; Pohrt, R.

    2015-01-01

    If a contact of two purely elastic bodies with no sliding (infinite coefficient of friction) is subjected to superimposed oscillations in the normal and tangential directions, then a specific damping appears, that is not dependent on friction or dissipation in the material. We call this effect relaxation damping. The rate of energy dissipation due to relaxation damping is calculated in a closed analytic form for arbitrary axially-symmetric contacts. In the case of equal frequency of normal and tangential oscillations, the dissipated energy per cycle is proportional to the square of the amplitude of tangential oscillation and to the absolute value of the amplitude of normal oscillation, and is dependent on the phase shift between both oscillations. In the case of low frequency tangential oscillations with superimposed high frequency normal oscillations, the dissipation is proportional to the ratio of the frequencies. Generalization of the results for macroscopically planar, randomly rough surfaces as well as for the case of finite friction is discussed. PMID:26549011

  13. Experimental investigation on the electrical contact behavior of rolling contact connector

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    Chen, Junxing; Yang, Fei; Luo, Kaiyu; Zhu, Mingliang; Wu, Yi; Rong, Mingzhe

    2015-12-01

    Rolling contact connector (RCC) is a new technology utilized in high performance electric power transfer systems with one or more rotating interfaces, such as radars, satellites, wind generators, and medical computed tomography machines. Rolling contact components are used in the RCC instead of traditional sliding contacts to transfer electrical power and/or signal. Since the requirement of the power transmission is increasing in these years, the rolling electrical contact characteristics become more and more important for the long-life design of RCC. In this paper, a typical form of RCC is presented. A series of experimental work are carried out to investigate the rolling electrical contact characteristics during its lifetime. The influence of a variety of factors on the electrical contact degradation behavior of RCC is analyzed under both vacuum and air environment. Based on the surface morphology and elemental composition changes in the contact zone, which are assessed by field emission scanning electron microscope and confocal laser scanning microscope, the mechanism of rolling electrical contact degradation is discussed.

  14. Experimental investigation on the electrical contact behavior of rolling contact connector.

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    Chen, Junxing; Yang, Fei; Luo, Kaiyu; Zhu, Mingliang; Wu, Yi; Rong, Mingzhe

    2015-12-01

    Rolling contact connector (RCC) is a new technology utilized in high performance electric power transfer systems with one or more rotating interfaces, such as radars, satellites, wind generators, and medical computed tomography machines. Rolling contact components are used in the RCC instead of traditional sliding contacts to transfer electrical power and/or signal. Since the requirement of the power transmission is increasing in these years, the rolling electrical contact characteristics become more and more important for the long-life design of RCC. In this paper, a typical form of RCC is presented. A series of experimental work are carried out to investigate the rolling electrical contact characteristics during its lifetime. The influence of a variety of factors on the electrical contact degradation behavior of RCC is analyzed under both vacuum and air environment. Based on the surface morphology and elemental composition changes in the contact zone, which are assessed by field emission scanning electron microscope and confocal laser scanning microscope, the mechanism of rolling electrical contact degradation is discussed. PMID:26724076

  15. Carrier Selective, Passivated Contacts for High Efficiency Silicon Solar Cells based on Transparent Conducting Oxides

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    Young, David L.; Nemeth, William; Grover, Sachit; Norman, Andrew; Yuan, Hao-Chih; Lee, Benjamin G.; LaSalvia, Vincenzo; Stradins, Paul

    2014-01-01

    We describe the design, fabrication and results of passivated contacts to n-type silicon utilizing thin SiO2 and transparent conducting oxide layers. High temperature silicon dioxide is grown on both surfaces of an n-type wafer to a thickness <50 Å, followed by deposition of tin-doped indium oxide (ITO) and a patterned metal contacting layer. As deposited, the thin-film stack has a very high J0,contact, and a non-ohmic, high contact resistance. However, after a forming gas anneal, the passivation quality and the contact resistivity improve significantly. The contacts are characterized by measuring the recombination parameter of the contact (J0,contact) and the specificmore » contact resistivity (ρcontact) using a TLM pattern. The best ITO/SiO2 passivated contact in this study has J0,contact = 92.5 fA/cm2 and ρcontact = 11.5 mOhm-cm2. These values are placed in context with other passivating contacts using an analysis that determines the ultimate efficiency and the optimal area fraction for contacts for a given set of (J0,contact, ρcontact) values. The ITO/SiO2 contacts are found to have a higher J0,contact, but a similar ρcontact compared to the best reported passivated contacts.« less

  16. A silver nanocomposite biomaterial for blood-contacting implants.

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    de Mel, Achala; Chaloupka, Karla; Malam, Yogeshkumar; Darbyshire, Arnold; Cousins, Brian; Seifalian, Alexander M

    2012-09-01

    Cardiovascular implants must resist infection and thrombosis. A nanocomposite polymeric material [polyhedral-oligomeric-silsesquioxane-poly(carbonate-urea)urethane; POSS-PCU] demonstrates ideal properties for cardiovascular applications. Silver nanoparticles or nanosilver (NS) are recognized for efficient antibacterial properties. This study aims to determine the influence of NS integrated POSS-PCU on thrombogenicity. Silver nitrate was reduced with dimethylformamide and stabilized by the inclusion of fumed silica nanoparticles to prevent aggregation of NS and were incorporated into POSS-PCU to form a range of POSS-PCU-NS concentrations (by weight); 0.20% (NS16), 0.40% (NS32), 0.75% (NS64), and 1.50% (NS128). Surface wettability was determined with sessile-drop water contact angles. Platelets were introduced onto test samples and Alamar Blue (AB), mitochondrial-activity assay, quantified the degree of platelet adhesion whilst platelet-factor-4 (PF4) ELISA quantified the degree of platelet activation. Thromboelastography (TEG) determined the profiles of whole blood kinetics while hemolysis assay demonstrated the degree of blood compatibility. Increasing levels of NS induced greater hydrophilicity. A concentration dependant decrease in platelet adhesion and activation was observed with AB and PF4 readings, respectively. TEG demonstrated that the antithrombogenic properties of POSS-PCU were retained with POSS-PCU-NS16, and enhanced with POSS-PCU-NS32, but was reduced with POSS-PCU-NS64 and POSS-PCU-NS128. POSS-PCU-NS64 and POSS-PCU-NS128 demonstrated a hemolytic tendency, but no hemolysis was observed with POSS-PCU-NS16 and POSS-PCU-NS32. Overall, POSS-PCU-NS32 rendered potent antithrombogenic properties. PMID:22528182

  17. Development of a potent and selective cell penetrant Legumain inhibitor.

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    Ness, Kerry A; Eddie, Sharon L; Higgins, Catherine A; Templeman, Amy; D'Costa, Zenobia; Gaddale, Kishore K D; Bouzzaoui, Samira; Jordan, Linda; Janssen, Dominic; Harrison, Timothy; Burkamp, Frank; Young, Andrew; Burden, Roberta; Scott, Christopher J; Mullan, Paul B; Williams, Rich

    2015-12-01

    This Letter describes the continued SAR exploration of small molecule Legumain inhibitors with the aim of developing a potent and selective in vitro tool compound. Work continued in this Letter explores the use of alternative P2-P3 linker units and the P3 group SAR which led to the identification of 10t, a potent, selective and cellularly active Legumain inhibitor. We also demonstrate that 10t has activity in both cancer cell viability and colony formation assays. PMID:26522952

  18. Azachalcones: a new class of potent polyphenol oxidase inhibitors.

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    Radhakrishnan, Sini Karanayil; Shimmon, Ronald Gibrial; Conn, Costa; Baker, Anthony T

    2015-04-15

    A library of potent inhibitors of polyphenol oxidase and their structure activity relationships are described. Azachalcone derivatives were synthesized and tested for their tyrosinase inhibitory activity. Their inhibitory activities on mushroom tyrosinase using l-DOPA as a substrate were investigated. Two compounds that are the reduction congeners of the pyridinyl azachalcones strongly inhibited the enzyme activity and were more potent than the positive control kojic acid. PMID:25782744

  19. Dual contact pogo pin assembly

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    Hatch, Stephen McGarry

    2015-01-20

    A contact assembly includes a base and a pair of electrical contacts supported by the base. A first end of the first electrical contact corresponds to a first end of the base and is configured to engage a first external conductive circuit element. A first end of the second electrical contact also corresponds to the first end of the base and is configured to engage a second external conductive circuit element. The first contact and the second contact are electrically isolated from one another and configured to compress when engaging an external connector element. The base includes an aperture positioned on a second end of the base outboard of a second end of the first and second electrical contacts. The aperture presents a narrowing shape with a wide mouth distal the electrical contacts and a narrow internal through-hole proximate the electrical contacts.

  20. Single-contact tunneling thermometry

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    Maksymovych, Petro

    2016-02-23

    A single-contact tunneling thermometry circuit includes a tunnel junction formed between two objects. Junction temperature gradient information is determined based on a mathematical relationship between a target alternating voltage applied across the junction and the junction temperature gradient. Total voltage measured across the junction indicates the magnitude of the target alternating voltage. A thermal gradient is induced across the junction. A reference thermovoltage is measured when zero alternating voltage is applied across the junction. An increasing alternating voltage is applied while measuring a thermovoltage component and a DC rectification voltage component created by the applied alternating voltage. The target alternating voltage is reached when the thermovoltage is nullified or doubled by the DC rectification voltage depending on the sign of the reference thermovoltage. Thermoelectric current and current measurements may be utilized in place of the thermovoltage and voltage measurements. The system may be automated with a feedback loop.

  1. Time domain contact model for tyre/road interaction including nonlinear contact stiffness due to small-scale roughness

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    Andersson, P. B. U.; Kropp, W.

    2008-11-01

    Rolling resistance, traction, wear, excitation of vibrations, and noise generation are all attributes to consider in optimisation of the interaction between automotive tyres and wearing courses of roads. The key to understand and describe the interaction is to include a wide range of length scales in the description of the contact geometry. This means including scales on the order of micrometres that have been neglected in previous tyre/road interaction models. A time domain contact model for the tyre/road interaction that includes interfacial details is presented. The contact geometry is discretised into multiple elements forming pairs of matching points. The dynamic response of the tyre is calculated by convolving the contact forces with pre-calculated Green's functions. The smaller-length scales are included by using constitutive interfacial relations, i.e. by using nonlinear contact springs, for each pair of contact elements. The method is presented for normal (out-of-plane) contact and a method for assessing the stiffness of the nonlinear springs based on detailed geometry and elastic data of the tread is suggested. The governing equations of the nonlinear contact problem are solved with the Newton-Raphson iterative scheme. Relations between force, indentation, and contact stiffness are calculated for a single tread block in contact with a road surface. The calculated results have the same character as results from measurements found in literature. Comparison to traditional contact formulations shows that the effect of the small-scale roughness is large; the contact stiffness is only up to half of the stiffness that would result if contact is made over the whole element directly to the bulk of the tread. It is concluded that the suggested contact formulation is a suitable model to include more details of the contact interface. Further, the presented result for the tread block in contact with the road is a suitable input for a global tyre/road interaction model that is also based on the presented contact formulation.

  2. The alkynylphosphonate analogue of calcitriol EM1 has potent anti-metastatic effects in breast cancer.

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    Ferronato, Mara J; Obiol, Diego J; Fermento, Mara E; Gandini, Norberto A; Alonso, Eliana N; Salomn, Dbora G; Vitale, Cristian; Mascar, Evangelina; Fall, Yagamare; Raimondi, Ana R; Curino, Alejandro C; Facchinetti, Mara M

    2015-11-01

    The active form of vitamin D3, calcitriol, plays a major role in maintaining calcium/phosphate homeostasis. In addition, it is a potent antiproliferative and prodifferentiating agent. However, when effective antitumor doses of calcitriol are employed, hypercalcemic effects are observed, thus precluding its therapeutic application. To overcome this problem, structural analogues have been designed with the aim at retaining or even increasing the antitumor effects while decreasing its calcemic activity. This report shows the biological evaluation of an alkynylphosphonate vitamin D less-calcemic analogue in a murine model of breast cancer. We demonstrate that this compound has potent anti-metastatic effects through its action over cellular migration and invasion likely mediated through the up-regulation of E-cadherin expression. Based on the current in vitro and in vivo results, EM1 is a promising candidate as a therapeutic agent in breast cancer. PMID:26365558

  3. Multiscale electrical contact resistance in clustered contact distribution

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    Lee, Sangyoung; Cho, Hyun; Jang, Yong Hoon

    2009-08-01

    For contact between rough surfaces of conductors in which a clustered contact spot distribution is dominant through a multiscale process, electrical contact resistance (ECR) is analysed using a smoothed version of Greenwood's model (Jang and Barber 2003 J. Appl. Phys. 94 7215), which is extended to estimate the statistical distribution of contact spots considering the size and the location simultaneously. The application of this statistical method to a contact spot distribution, generated by the finite element method using a fractal surface defined by the random midpoint displacement algorithm, identifies the effect of the clustered contact distribution on ECR, showing that including a finer scale in the fractal contact surface causes the predicted resistance to approach a finite limit. It is also confirmed that the results are close to that of Barber's analogy (Barber 2003 Proc. R. Soc. Lond. A 459 53) regarding incremental stiffness and conductance for elastic contact.

  4. Contact dermatitis in printing tradesmen.

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    Nethercott, J R; Nosal, R

    1986-05-01

    During a 2-year period in Toronto, Canada, 21 printing tradesmen with contact dermatitis were evaluated. 67% had allergic contact dermatitis; 29% due to ultraviolet-cured ink components. Irritant contact dermatitis accounted for 37% of the cases. The prognosis in printing tradesmen with contact dermatitis is guarded, except for those with allergic contact dermatitis due to UV-cured components, as the tradesmen who were sensitized to other contactants eventually left the trade. Offset lithography was associated with the problem in 18 of the 21 cases. A brief outline is given of the printing processes in common use. PMID:2943556

  5. Can Imagined Interactions Produce Positive Perceptions?: Reducing Prejudice through Simulated Social Contact

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    Crisp, Richard J.; Turner, Rhiannon N.

    2009-01-01

    The contact hypothesis states that, under the right conditions, contact between members of different groups leads to more positive intergroup relations. The authors track recent trends in contact theory to the emergence of extended, or indirect, forms of contact. These advances lead to an intriguing proposition: that simply imagining intergroup

  6. Can Imagined Interactions Produce Positive Perceptions?: Reducing Prejudice through Simulated Social Contact

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    Crisp, Richard J.; Turner, Rhiannon N.

    2009-01-01

    The contact hypothesis states that, under the right conditions, contact between members of different groups leads to more positive intergroup relations. The authors track recent trends in contact theory to the emergence of extended, or indirect, forms of contact. These advances lead to an intriguing proposition: that simply imagining intergroup…

  7. 21 CFR 800.12 - Contact lens solutions and tablets; tamper-resistant packaging.

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    2010-04-01

    ... 21 Food and Drugs 8 2010-04-01 2010-04-01 false Contact lens solutions and tablets; tamper....12 Contact lens solutions and tablets; tamper-resistant packaging. (a) General. Unless contact lens... effectiveness of the products contained therein. A contact lens solution or tablet or other dosage form to...

  8. Copper Reduction and Contact Killing of Bacteria by Iron Surfaces.

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    Mathews, Salima; Kumar, Ranjeet; Solioz, Marc

    2015-09-01

    The well-established killing of bacteria by copper surfaces, also called contact killing, is currently believed to be a combined effect of bacterial contact with the copper surface and the dissolution of copper, resulting in lethal bacterial damage. Iron can similarly be released in ionic form from iron surfaces and would thus be expected to also exhibit contact killing, although essentially no contact killing is observed by iron surfaces. However, we show here that the exposure of bacteria to iron surfaces in the presence of copper ions results in efficient contact killing. The process involves reduction of Cu(2+) to Cu(+) by iron; Cu(+) has been shown to be considerably more toxic to cells than Cu(2+). The specific Cu(+) chelator, bicinchoninic acid, suppresses contact killing by chelating the Cu(+) ions. These findings underline the importance of Cu(+) ions in the contact killing process and infer that iron-based alloys containing copper could provide novel antimicrobial materials. PMID:26150470

  9. Copper Reduction and Contact Killing of Bacteria by Iron Surfaces

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    Mathews, Salima; Kumar, Ranjeet

    2015-01-01

    The well-established killing of bacteria by copper surfaces, also called contact killing, is currently believed to be a combined effect of bacterial contact with the copper surface and the dissolution of copper, resulting in lethal bacterial damage. Iron can similarly be released in ionic form from iron surfaces and would thus be expected to also exhibit contact killing, although essentially no contact killing is observed by iron surfaces. However, we show here that the exposure of bacteria to iron surfaces in the presence of copper ions results in efficient contact killing. The process involves reduction of Cu2+ to Cu+ by iron; Cu+ has been shown to be considerably more toxic to cells than Cu2+. The specific Cu+ chelator, bicinchoninic acid, suppresses contact killing by chelating the Cu+ ions. These findings underline the importance of Cu+ ions in the contact killing process and infer that iron-based alloys containing copper could provide novel antimicrobial materials. PMID:26150470

  10. Contact dermatitis to methylisothiazolinone.

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    Scherrer, Maria Antonieta Rios; Rocha, Vanessa Barreto; Andrade, Ana Regina Coelho

    2015-12-01

    Methylisothiazolinone (MI) is a preservative found in cosmetic and industrial products. Contact dermatitis caused by either methylchloroisothiazolinone/methylisothiazolinone (MCI/MI or Kathon CG) or MI has shown increasing frequency. The latter is preferably detected through epicutaneous testing with aqueous MI 2000 ppm, which is not included in the Brazilian standard tray. We describe a series of 23 patients tested using it and our standard tray. A case with negative reaction to MCI/MI and positive to MI is emphasized. PMID:26734880

  11. Contact dermatitis to methylisothiazolinone*

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    Scherrer, Maria Antonieta Rios; Rocha, Vanessa Barreto; Andrade, Ana Regina Coelho

    2015-01-01

    Methylisothiazolinone (MI) is a preservative found in cosmetic and industrial products. Contact dermatitis caused by either methylchloroisothiazolinone/methylisothiazolinone (MCI/MI or Kathon CG) or MI has shown increasing frequency. The latter is preferably detected through epicutaneous testing with aqueous MI 2000 ppm, which is not included in the Brazilian standard tray. We describe a series of 23 patients tested using it and our standard tray. A case with negative reaction to MCI/MI and positive to MI is emphasized. PMID:26734880

  12. Focusing on Contact Lens Safety

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    ... you’re using contact lens solution that contains hydrogen peroxide , always use the new contact lens case ... eye care professional has recommended a solution with hydrogen peroxide, as these solutions require special care. Always ...

  13. Allergic Contact Dermatitis

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    Nelson, Jenny L.

    2010-01-01

    Epicutaneous patch testing is the gold standard method for the diagnosis of allergic contact dermatitis. Despite this knowledge, many clinical dermatologists do not offer patch testing in their offices or offer testing with only a limited number of allergens. Introduced in 1995, the Thin-Layer Rapid Use Epicutaneous Test originally contained 23 allergens and one control. In 2007, five additional allergens were added. This United States Food and Drug Administration-approved patch testing system made patch testing more convenient, and after its introduction, more dermatologists offered patch testing services. However, the number of allergens in the Thin-Layer Rapid Use Epicutaneous Test remains relatively low. Every two years, the North American Contact Dermatitis Group collects and reports the data from patch testing among its members to a standardized series of allergens. In 2005-2006, the Group used a series of 65 allergens. Of the top 30 allergens reported in 2005-2006, 10 were not included in the Thin-Layer Rapid Use Epicutaneous Test. Knowledge of and testing for additional allergens such as these may increase patch testing yield. PMID:20967194

  14. Contact Lens-Related Eye Infections

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    ... Prevention News Ask an Eye M.D. Espaol Contact Lens-Related Eye Infections Contact Lens-Related Eye ... About Contact Lenses Proper Care of Contact Lenses Contact Lens-Related Eye Infections Written by: Kierstan Boyd ...

  15. Metal Silicides: Active elements of ULSI contacts

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    Osburn, C. M.; Tsai, J. Y.; Sun, J.

    1996-11-01

    As device dimensions scale to the 0.1 urn regime, the self-aligned suicide (SALICIDE) contact technology increasingly becomes an integral part of both the ultra-shallow junction and the metal oxide semiconductor field-effect transistor device itself. This paper will discuss the effect of suicide materials and formation processes on suicide stability, junction consumption, the ability to accurately profile shallow junctions, and contact resistance in series with the channel. The use of suicides as diffusion sources (SADS) provides an important pathway toward optimization of suicide technology. Diffusion of boron and arsenic from nearly epitaxial layers of CoSi2, formed from bilayers of Ti and Co, offer good suicide stability, ultra-shallow, low-leakage junctions, and low contact resistance.

  16. Contact position sensor using constant contact force control system

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    Sturdevant, Jay (Inventor)

    1995-01-01

    A force control system (50) and method are provided for controlling a position contact sensor (10) so as to produce a constant controlled contact force therewith. The system (50) includes a contact position sensor (10) which has a contact probe (12) for contacting the surface of a target to be measured and an output signal (V.sub.o) for providing a position indication thereof. An actuator (30) is provided for controllably driving the contact position sensor (10) in response to an actuation control signal (I). A controller (52) receives the position indication signal (V.sub.o) and generates in response thereto the actuation control signal (I) so as to provide a substantially constant selective force (F) exerted by the contact probe (12). The actuation drive signal (I) is generated further in response to substantially linear approximation curves based on predetermined force and position data attained from the sensor (10) and the actuator (30).

  17. Polymer-Metal Schottky Contact with Direct-Current Outputs.

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    Shao, Hao; Fang, Jian; Wang, Hongxia; Dai, Liming; Lin, Tong

    2016-02-01

    A freestanding conducting polymer plate with one side forming a Schottky contact and the other side an Ohmic contact with two different metal electrodes can generate a DC voltage with an output current density as high as 218.6 μA cm(-2) upon mechanical deformation. PMID:26639910

  18. Spanish in Four Continents: Studies in Language Contact and Bilingualism.

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    Silva-Corvalan, Carmen, Ed.

    Papers on Spanish bilingualism and Spanish in contact with other languages include: "The Study of Language Contact: An Overview of the Issues" (Carmen Silva-Corvalan); "Language Mixture: Ordinary Processes, Extraordinary Results" (Sarah G. Thomason); "The Impact of Quichua on Verb Forms Used in Spanish Requests in Otavalo, Ecuador" (Joni Kay

  19. Spanish in Four Continents: Studies in Language Contact and Bilingualism.

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    Silva-Corvalan, Carmen, Ed.

    Papers on Spanish bilingualism and Spanish in contact with other languages include: "The Study of Language Contact: An Overview of the Issues" (Carmen Silva-Corvalan); "Language Mixture: Ordinary Processes, Extraordinary Results" (Sarah G. Thomason); "The Impact of Quichua on Verb Forms Used in Spanish Requests in Otavalo, Ecuador" (Joni Kay…

  20. Contact dermatitis in blacks.

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    Berardesca, E; Maibach, H I

    1988-07-01

    Black skin is characterized by structural and functional differences such as increased stratum corneum cohesion, melanin content, and stratum corneum layers. These differences seem to make black skin difficult for irritants and light to penetrate, thus explaining the common opinion that skin in blacks is harder and develops contact dermatitis less frequently. The paucity of interpretable epidemiologic data and of clinical and experimental studies does not permit confirmation of this hypothesis, and the few data available are controversial. This article describes the main physiologic differences between black and white barrier function and reviews the literature on irritation, sensitization, and transcutaneous penetration. We found that the data are still too incomplete to generalize on the resistance, or lack thereof, of black skin (versus white skin) to chemical irritation, sensitization, and penetration. PMID:3048818

  1. Streptococcus pyogenes triggers activation of the human contact system by streptokinase.

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    Nitzsche, Ramona; Rosenheinrich, Maik; Kreikemeyer, Bernd; Oehmcke-Hecht, Sonja

    2015-08-01

    Severe invasive infectious diseases remain a major and life-threatening health problem. In serious cases, a systemic activation of the coagulation cascade is a critical complication that is associated with high mortality rates. We report here that streptokinase, a group A streptococcal plasminogen activator, triggers the activation of the human contact system. Activation of contact system factors at the surface of the Streptococcus pyogenes serotype M49 is dependent on streptokinase and plasminogen. Our results also show that secreted streptokinase is an efficient contact system activator, independent from a contact surface. This results in the processing of high-molecular-weight kininogen and the release of bradykinin, a potent vascular mediator. We further investigated whether the ability of 50 different clinical S. pyogenes isolates to activate the contact system is associated with an invasive phenotype. The data reveal that isolates from invasive infections trigger an activation of the contact system more potently than strains isolated from noninvasive infections. The present study gives new insights into the mechanisms by which S. pyogenes triggers the human contact system and stresses the function of soluble and surface located plasmin exploited as a group A streptococcal virulence factor through the action of streptokinase. PMID:25987706

  2. Promoter Activation by CII, a Potent Transcriptional Activator from Bacteriophage 186*

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    Murchland, Iain; Ahlgren-Berg, Alexandra; Priest, David G.; Dodd, Ian B.; Shearwin, Keith E.

    2014-01-01

    The lysogeny promoting protein CII from bacteriophage 186 is a potent transcriptional activator, capable of mediating at least a 400-fold increase in transcription over basal activity. Despite being functionally similar to its counterpart in phage λ, it shows no homology at the level of protein sequence and does not belong to any known family of transcriptional activators. It also has the unusual property of binding DNA half-sites that are separated by 20 base pairs, center to center. Here we investigate the structural and functional properties of CII using a combination of genetics, in vitro assays, and mutational analysis. We find that 186 CII possesses two functional domains, with an independent activation epitope in each. 186 CII owes its potent activity to activation mechanisms that are dependent on both the σ70 and α C-terminal domain (αCTD) components of RNA polymerase, contacting different functional domains. We also present evidence that like λ CII, 186 CII is proteolytically degraded in vivo, but unlike λ CII, 186 CII proteolysis results in a specific, transcriptionally inactive, degradation product with altered self-association properties. PMID:25294872

  3. Promoter activation by CII, a potent transcriptional activator from bacteriophage 186.

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    Murchland, Iain; Ahlgren-Berg, Alexandra; Priest, David G; Dodd, Ian B; Shearwin, Keith E

    2014-11-14

    The lysogeny promoting protein CII from bacteriophage 186 is a potent transcriptional activator, capable of mediating at least a 400-fold increase in transcription over basal activity. Despite being functionally similar to its counterpart in phage ?, it shows no homology at the level of protein sequence and does not belong to any known family of transcriptional activators. It also has the unusual property of binding DNA half-sites that are separated by 20 base pairs, center to center. Here we investigate the structural and functional properties of CII using a combination of genetics, in vitro assays, and mutational analysis. We find that 186 CII possesses two functional domains, with an independent activation epitope in each. 186 CII owes its potent activity to activation mechanisms that are dependent on both the ?(70) and ? C-terminal domain (?CTD) components of RNA polymerase, contacting different functional domains. We also present evidence that like ? CII, 186 CII is proteolytically degraded in vivo, but unlike ? CII, 186 CII proteolysis results in a specific, transcriptionally inactive, degradation product with altered self-association properties. PMID:25294872

  4. X-ray structure of plasmepsin II complexed with a potent achiral inhibitor.

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    Prade, Lars; Jones, Andrew F; Boss, Christoph; Richard-Bildstein, Sylvia; Meyer, Solange; Binkert, Christoph; Bur, Daniel

    2005-06-24

    The malaria parasite Plasmodium falciparum degrades host cell hemoglobin inside an acidic food vacuole during the blood stage of the infectious cycle. A number of aspartic proteinases called plasmepsins (PMs) have been identified to play important roles in this degradation process and therefore generated significant interest as new antimalarial targets. Several x-ray structures of PMII have been described previously, but thus far, structure-guided drug design has been hampered by the fact that only inhibitors comprising a statine moiety or derivatives thereof have been published. Our drug discovery efforts to find innovative, cheap, and easily synthesized inhibitors against aspartic proteinases yielded some highly potent non-peptidic achiral inhibitors. A highly resolved (1.6 A) x-ray structure of PMII is presented, featuring a potent achiral inhibitor in an unprecedented orientation, contacting the catalytic aspartates indirectly via the "catalytic" water. Major side chain rearrangements in the active site occur, which open up a new pocket and allow a new binding mode of the inhibitor. Moreover, a second inhibitor molecule could be located unambiguously in the active site of PMII. These newly obtained structural insights will further guide our attempts to improve compound properties eventually leading to the identification of molecules suitable as antimalarial drugs. PMID:15840589

  5. Cucurbitacins-type triterpene with potent activity on mouse embryonic fibroblast from Cucumis prophetarum, cucurbitaceae

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    Ayyad, Seif-Eldin N.; Abdel-Lateff, Ahmed; Basaif, Salim A.; Shier, Thomas

    2011-01-01

    Background: Higher plants are considered as a well-known source of the potent anticancer metabolites with diversity of chemical structures. For instance, taxol is an amazing diterpene alkaloid had been lunched since 1990. Objective: To isolate the major compounds from the fruit extract of Cucumis prophetarum, Cucurbitaceae, which are mainly responsible for the bioactivities as anticancer. Materials and Methods: Plant material was shady air dried, extracted with equal volume of chloroform/methanol, and fractionated with different adsorbents. The structures of obtained pure compounds were elucidated with different spectroscopic techniques employing 1D (1H and 13C) and 2D (COSY, HMQC and HMBC) NMR (Nuclear Magnetic Resonance Spectrometry) and ESI-MS (Eelectrospray Ionization Mass Spectrometry) spectroscopy. The pure isolates were tested towards human cancer cell lines, mouse embryonic fibroblast (NIH3T3) and virally transformed form (KA3IT). Results: Two cucurbitacins derivatives, dihydocucurbitacin B (1) and cucurbitacin B (2), had been obtained. Compounds 1 and 2 showed (showed potent inhibitory activities toward NIH3T3 and KA31T with IC50 0.2, 0.15, 2.5 and 2.0 ?g/ml, respectively. Conclusion: The naturally cucurbitacin derivatives (dihydocucurbitacin B and cucurbitacin B) showed potent activities towards NIH3T3 and KA31T, could be considered as a lead of discovering a new anticancer natural drug. PMID:22022168

  6. Extensive screening for edible herbal extracts with potent scavenging activity against superoxide anions.

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    Saito, Keita; Kohno, Masahiro; Yoshizaki, Fumihiko; Niwano, Yoshimi

    2008-06-01

    To search for edible herbal extracts with potent antioxidant activity, we conducted a large scale screening based on the superoxide scavenging activity. That is, scavenging activity against superoxide anions were extensively screened from ethanol extracts of approximately 1,000 kinds of herbs by applying an electron spin resonance (ESR)-spin trapping method. Among them we chose four edible herbal extracts with prominently potent ability to reduce the signal intensity of 5,5-dimethyl-1-pyrroline-N-oxide (DMPO)-OOH, a spin adduct formed by DMPO and superoxide anion. They are the extracts from Punica granatum (Peel), Syzygium aromaticum (Bud), Mangifera indica (Kernel), and Phyllanthus emblica (Fruit), and are allowed to be used as foodstuffs according to the Japanese legal regulation. The ESR-spin trapping method coupled with steady state kinetic analysis showed that all of the four extracts directly scavenge superoxide anions, and that the superoxide scavenging potential of any of the extracts was comparable to that of L-ascorbic acid. Furthermore, polyphenol determination indicates that the activity is at least in part attributable to polyphenols. These results with such large scale screening might give useful information when choosing a potent antioxidant as a foodstuff. PMID:18236159

  7. Vacuolin-1 potently and reversibly inhibits autophagosome-lysosome fusion by activating RAB5A

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    Lu, Yingying; Dong, Shichen; Hao, Baixia; Li, Chang; Zhu, Kaiyuan; Guo, Wenjing; Wang, Qian; Cheung, King-Ho; Wong, Connie WM; Wu, Wu-Tian; Markus, Huss; Yue, Jianbo

    2014-01-01

    Autophagy is a catabolic lysosomal degradation process essential for cellular homeostasis and cell survival. Dysfunctional autophagy has been associated with a wide range of human diseases, e.g., cancer and neurodegenerative diseases. A large number of small molecules that modulate autophagy have been widely used to dissect this process and some of them, e.g., chloroquine (CQ), might be ultimately applied to treat a variety of autophagy-associated human diseases. Here we found that vacuolin-1 potently and reversibly inhibited the fusion between autophagosomes and lysosomes in mammalian cells, thereby inducing the accumulation of autophagosomes. Interestingly, vacuolin-1 was less toxic but at least 10-fold more potent in inhibiting autophagy compared with CQ. Vacuolin-1 treatment also blocked the fusion between endosomes and lysosomes, resulting in a defect in general endosomal-lysosomal degradation. Treatment of cells with vacuolin-1 alkalinized lysosomal pH and decreased lysosomal Ca2+ content. Besides marginally inhibiting vacuolar ATPase activity, vacuolin-1 treatment markedly activated RAB5A GTPase activity. Expression of a dominant negative mutant of RAB5A or RAB5A knockdown significantly inhibited vacuolin-1-induced autophagosome-lysosome fusion blockage, whereas expression of a constitutive active form of RAB5A suppressed autophagosome-lysosome fusion. These data suggest that vacuolin-1 activates RAB5A to block autophagosome-lysosome fusion. Vacuolin-1 and its analogs present a novel class of drug that can potently and reversibly modulate autophagy. PMID:25483964

  8. Witnessing Violence Toward Siblings: An Understudied but Potent Form of Early Adversity

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    Teicher, Martin H.; Vitaliano, Gordana D.

    2011-01-01

    Research on the consequences of witnessing domestic violence has focused on inter-adult violence and most specifically on violence toward mothers. The potential consequences of witnessing violence to siblings have been almost entirely overlooked. Based on clinical experience we sought to test the hypothesis that witnessing violence toward siblings would be as consequential as witnessing violence toward mothers. The community sample consisted of unmedicated, right-handed, young adults who had siblings (n?=?1,412; 62.7% female; 21.82.1 years of age). History of witnessing threats or assaults to mothers, fathers and siblings, exposure to parental and sibling verbal abuse and physical abuse, sexual abuse and sociodemographic factors were assessed by self-report. Symptoms of depression, anxiety, somatization, anger-hostility, dissociation and limbic irritability were assessed by rating scales. Data were analyzed by multiple regression, with techniques to gauge relative importance; logistic regression to assess adjusted odds ratios for clinically-significant ratings; and random forest regression using conditional trees. Subjects reported witnessing violence to siblings slightly more often than witnessing violence to mothers (22% vs 21%), which overlapped by 5154%. Witnessing violence toward siblings was associated with significant effects on all ratings. Witnessing violence toward mother was not associated with significant effects on any scale in these models. Measures of the relative importance of witnessing violence to siblings were many fold greater than measures of importance for witnessing violence towards mothers or fathers. Mediation and structural equation models showed that effects of witnessing violence toward mothers or fathers were predominantly indirect and mediated by changes in maternal behavior. The effects of witnessing violence toward siblings were more direct. These findings suggest that greater attention be given to the effects of witnessing aggression toward siblings in studies of domestic violence, abuse and early adversity. PMID:22216127

  9. Contact sensing from force measurements

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    Bicchi, Antonio; Salisbury, J. K.; Brock, David L.

    1993-01-01

    This article addresses contact sensing (i.e., the problem of resolving the location of a contact, the force at the interface, and the moment about the contact normals). Called 'intrinsic' contact sensing for the use of internal force and torque measurements, this method allows for practical devices that provide simple, relevant contact information in practical robotic applications. Such sensors have been used in conjunction with robot hands to identify objects, determine surface friction, detect slip, augment grasp stability, measure object mass, probe surfaces, and control collision and for a variety of other useful tasks. This article describes the theoretical basis for their operation and provides a framework for future device design.

  10. Surface coating for blood-contacting devices

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    Nair, Ajit Kumar Balakrishnan

    The major problems always encountered with the blood-contacting surfaces are their compatibility, contact blood damage, and thrombogenicity. Titanium nitride (TiN) is a hard, inert, ceramic material that is widely used in the engineering industry. TiN has been proven to be a good biomaterial in its crystalline form, in orthopedic, and in tissue implant applications. This dissertation describes a method to coat amorphous TiN on the blood-contacting surfaces of certain medical devices using the room-temperature sputtering process and to characterize, to test, and to evaluate the coating for a reliable, durable, and compatible blood-contacting surface The blood-compatibility aspects were evaluated with standard, established protocols and procedures to prove the feasibility. An amorphous TiN coating is developed, characterized, tested, and blood compatibility evaluated by applying to the blood-contacting surfaces of stainless steel, catheters, and blood filters. The flexibility characteristics were proven by applying it to the diaphragms of the pulsatile pneumatic ventricular assist device. The results show that amorphous titanium nitride is flexible and adherent to polymeric substrates like polyurethane and polyester. Blood compatibility evaluation showed comparable results with catheters and superior behavior with stainless steel and polyester filters. It is concluded that amorphous titanium nitride can be considered to be applied to the surfaces of some of the medical devices in order to improve blood compatibility.

  11. Equilibrium contact angle or the most-stable contact angle?

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    Montes Ruiz-Cabello, F J; Rodrguez-Valverde, M A; Cabrerizo-Vlchez, M A

    2014-04-01

    It is well-established that the equilibrium contact angle in a thermodynamic framework is an "unattainable" contact angle. Instead, the most-stable contact angle obtained from mechanical stimuli of the system is indeed experimentally accessible. Monitoring the susceptibility of a sessile drop to a mechanical stimulus enables to identify the most stable drop configuration within the practical range of contact angle hysteresis. Two different stimuli may be used with sessile drops: mechanical vibration and tilting. The most stable drop against vibration should reveal the changeless contact angle but against the gravity force, it should reveal the highest resistance to slide down. After the corresponding mechanical stimulus, once the excited drop configuration is examined, the focus will be on the contact angle of the initial drop configuration. This methodology needs to map significantly the static drop configurations with different stable contact angles. The most-stable contact angle, together with the advancing and receding contact angles, completes the description of physically realizable configurations of a solid-liquid system. Since the most-stable contact angle is energetically significant, it may be used in the Wenzel, Cassie or Cassie-Baxter equations accordingly or for the surface energy evaluation. PMID:24140073

  12. Point contacts in encapsulated graphene

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    Handschin, Clevin; Flp, Blint; Makk, Pter; Blanter, Sofya; Weiss, Markus; Watanabe, Kenji; Taniguchi, Takashi; Csonka, Szabolcs; Schnenberger, Christian

    2015-11-01

    We present a method to establish inner point contacts with dimensions as small as 100 nm on hexagonal boron nitride (hBN) encapsulated graphene heterostructures by pre-patterning the top-hBN in a separate step prior to dry-stacking. 2- and 4-terminal field effect measurements between different lead combinations are in qualitative agreement with an electrostatic model assuming point-like contacts. The measured contact resistances are 0.5-1.5 k? per contact, which is quite low for such small contacts. By applying a perpendicular magnetic field, an insulating behaviour in the quantum Hall regime was observed, as expected for inner contacts. The fabricated contacts are compatible with high mobility graphene structures and open up the field for the realization of several electron optical proposals.

  13. A Prototype Antifungal Contact Lens

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    Ciolino, Joseph B.; Hudson, Sarah P.; Mobbs, Ashley N.; Hoare, Todd R.; Iwata, Naomi G.; Fink, Gerald R.

    2011-01-01

    Purpose. To design a contact lens to treat and prevent fungal ocular infections. Methods. Curved contact lenses were created by encapsulating econazole-impregnated poly(lactic-co-glycolic) acid (PLGA) films in poly(hydroxyethyl methacrylate) (pHEMA) by ultraviolet photopolymerization. Release studies were conducted in phosphate-buffered saline at 37°C with continuous shaking. The contact lenses and their release media were tested in an antifungal assay against Candida albicans. Cross sections of the pre- and postrelease contact lenses were characterized by scanning electron microscopy and by Raman spectroscopy. Results. Econazole-eluting contact lenses provided extended antifungal activity against Candida albicans fungi. Fungicidal activity varied in duration and effectiveness depending on the mass of the econazole-PLGA film encapsulated in the contact lens. Conclusions. An econazole-eluting contact lens could be used as a treatment for fungal ocular infections. PMID:21527380

  14. Method for forming materials

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    Tolle, Charles R. (Idaho Falls, ID); Clark, Denis E. (Idaho Falls, ID); Smartt, Herschel B. (Idaho Falls, ID); Miller, Karen S. (Idaho Falls, ID)

    2009-10-06

    A material-forming tool and a method for forming a material are described including a shank portion; a shoulder portion that releasably engages the shank portion; a pin that releasably engages the shoulder portion, wherein the pin defines a passageway; and a source of a material coupled in material flowing relation relative to the pin and wherein the material-forming tool is utilized in methodology that includes providing a first material; providing a second material, and placing the second material into contact with the first material; and locally plastically deforming the first material with the material-forming tool so as mix the first material and second material together to form a resulting material having characteristics different from the respective first and second materials.

  15. Graphdiyne-metal contacts and graphdiyne transistors.

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    Pan, Yuanyuan; Wang, Yangyang; Wang, Lu; Zhong, Hongxia; Quhe, Ruge; Ni, Zeyuan; Ye, Meng; Mei, Wai-Ning; Shi, Junjie; Guo, Wanlin; Yang, Jinbo; Lu, Jing

    2015-02-01

    Graphdiyne was prepared on a metal surface, and the preparation of devices using it inevitably involves its contact with metals. Using density functional theory with dispersion correction, we systematically studied, for the first time, the interfacial properties of graphdiyne that is in contact with a series of metals (Al, Ag, Cu, Au, Ir, Pt, Ni, and Pd). Graphdiyne forms an n-type Ohmic or quasi-Ohmic contact with Al, Ag, and Cu, while it forms a Schottky contact with Pd, Au, Pt, Ni, and Ir (at the source/drain-channel interface), with high Schottky barrier heights of 0.21, 0.46 (n-type), 0.30, 0.41, and 0.46 (p-type) eV, respectively. A graphdiyne field effect transistor (FET) with Al electrodes was simulated using quantum transport calculations. This device exhibits an on-off ratio up to 10(4) and a very large on-state current of 1.3 10(4) mA mm(-1) in a 10 nm channel length. Thus, a new prospect has opened up for graphdiyne in high performance nanoscale devices. PMID:25562182

  16. Cationic Cell-Penetrating Peptides Are Potent Furin Inhibitors

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    Ramos-Molina, Bruno; Lick, Adam N.; Nasrolahi Shirazi, Amir; Oh, Donghoon; Tiwari, Rakesh; El-Sayed, Naglaa Salem; Parang, Keykavous; Lindberg, Iris

    2015-01-01

    Cationic cell-penetrating peptides have been widely used to enhance the intracellular delivery of various types of cargoes, such as drugs and proteins. These reagents are chemically similar to the multi-basic peptides that are known to be potent proprotein convertase inhibitors. Here, we report that both HIV-1 TAT47-57 peptide and the Chariot reagent are micromolar inhibitors of furin activity in vitro. In agreement, HIV-1 TAT47-57 reduced HT1080 cell migration, thought to be mediated by proprotein convertases, by 25%. In addition, cyclic polyarginine peptides containing hydrophobic moieties which have been previously used as transfection reagents also exhibited potent furin inhibition in vitro and also inhibited intracellular convertases. Our finding that cationic cell-penetrating peptides exert potent effects on cellular convertase activity should be taken into account when biological effects are assessed. PMID:26110264

  17. Systemic contact dermatitis to foods: nickel, BOP, and more.

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    Fabbro, Stephanie K; Zirwas, Matthew J

    2014-10-01

    Systemic contact dermatitis (SCD), a cutaneous reaction that is a direct manifestation of systemic exposure to a known allergen in a sensitized individual, has been increasingly recognized as a cause of persistent cutaneous contact dermatitis that is refractory to conventional therapies. While SCD in response to drugs has been described well in the literature, SCD to allergens in common foodstuffs is a less well-articulated phenomenon. Several foods that are universally consumed throughout the world contain potent allergens including nickel, balsam of Peru, trace metals, urushiol, and sesquiterpene lactones as well as a host of others that may cause a distinctive clinical picture. In this review article, the authors review the typical presentation and prevalence of SCD to foods, pathophysiology, the most common offensive ingestible food allergens, several appropriate diets, and effectiveness of dietary avoidance for situations in which SCD is suspected. PMID:25149165

  18. Contact dermatitis from a presumed allergy to paraphenylenediamine.

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    Hansen, Daniel; Voutsalath, Melissa

    2009-12-01

    Paraphenylenediamine (PPD) is a potent skin allergen found in permanent hair dye and temporary henna tattoo ink. Several cases of adverse skin reactions to PPD have been reported in the literature. Here we present a case involving a patient who acquired a temporary tattoo while vacationing in Mexico and subsequently developed contact dermatitis at the tattoo site. He provided a history of permanent hair dye use in the past with associated cutaneous reaction. Temporary tattoos have become increasingly popular with travelers and as a result so have reports of associated allergic contact dermatitis. Of concern is cross-reaction of PPD to related compounds, severe reactions in younger populations and sequelae including increased sensitization, permanent scarring, and persistent postinflammatory hyperpigmentation. PMID:19958436

  19. Wireless Measurement of Contact and Motion Between Contact Surfaces

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    Woodard, Stanley E.; Taylor, Bryant D.

    2007-01-01

    This method uses a magnetic-field- response contact sensor that is designed to identify surface contact and motion between contact locations. The sensor has three components: (1) a capacitor-inductor circuit with two sets of electrical contact pads, (2) a capacitor with a set of electrical contact pads, and (3) an inductor with a set of electrical contact pads. A unique feature of this sensor is that it is inherently multifunctional. Information can be derived from analyzing such sensor response attributes as amplitude, frequency, and bandwidth. A change in one attribute can be due to a change in a physical property of a system. A change in another attribute can be due to another physical property, which has no relationship to the first one.

  20. 9-Benzoyl 9-deazaguanines as potent xanthine oxidase inhibitors.

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    Rodrigues, Marili V N; Barbosa, Alexandre F; da Silva, Jlia F; Dos Santos, Deborah A; Vanzolini, Kenia L; de Moraes, Marcela C; Corra, Arlene G; Cass, Quezia B

    2016-01-15

    A novel potent xanthine oxidase inhibitor, 3-nitrobenzoyl 9-deazaguanine (LSPN451), was selected from a series of 10 synthetic derivatives. The enzymatic assays were carried out using an on-flow bidimensional liquid chromatography (2D LC) system, which allowed the screening the measurement of the kinetic inhibition constant and the characterization of the inhibition mode. This compound showed a non-competitive inhibition mechanism with more affinity for the enzyme-substrate complex than for the free enzyme, and inhibition constant of 55.19.80nM, about thirty times more potent than allopurinol. Further details of synthesis and enzymatic studies are presented herein. PMID:26712096

  1. Novel indole sulfides as potent HIV-1 NNRTIs.

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    Brigg, Siobhan; Pribut, Nicole; Basson, Adriaan E; Avgenikos, Moscos; Venter, Reinhardt; Blackie, Margaret A; van Otterlo, Willem A L; Pelly, Stephen C

    2016-03-15

    In a previous communication we described a series of indole based NNRTIs which were potent inhibitors of HIV replication, both for the wild type and K103N strains of the virus. However, the methyl ether functionality on these compounds, which was crucial for potency, was susceptible to acid promoted indole assisted SN1 substitution. This particular problem did not bode well for an orally bioavailable drug. Here we describe bioisosteric replacement of this problematic functional group, leading to a series of compounds which are potent inhibitors of HIV replication, and are acid stable. PMID:26876929

  2. Contact lens fitting in keratoconus.

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    Garcia-Lledo, Magdalena; Feinbaum, Claes; Alio, Jorge L

    2006-01-01

    The treatment of keratoconus can be implemented by the use of spectacle lenses, contact lenses of various kinds, and surgery. In this article, we deal with the procedures of contact lens fitting in patients diagnosed with keratoconus. The different types of specific contact lenses and the methodology of fitting these contact lenses for keratoconus are described. To select a contact lens for the individual patient depends upon the severity of keratoconus and the amount of corneal ectasia. Pending these criteria, a contact lens is chosen, which will give the best visual acuity and tolerance. At present, many designs of special contact lenses exist in oxygen-permeable materials; in addition, other systems, such as piggy-back, SoftPerm, semi-scleral, and scleral contact lens types are used. Contact lens fitting on a conical cornea will smooth out the highly irregular optical surface of the cornea and improve visual acuity considerably. Contact lenses are one of the better solutions to correct refractive errors induced by pathology, and they should be prescribed as soon as the keratoconus is detected to avoid development of amblyopia. The quality and quantity of vision is far better than with spectacle lens correction. PMID:16709339

  3. Actual problems of the cerebrospinal fluid-contacting neurons.

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    Vigh, B; Vigh-Teichmann, I

    1998-04-01

    Cerebrospinal fluid (CSF)-contacting neurons form a part of the circumventricular organs of the central nervous system. Represented by different cytologic types and located in different regions, they constitute a CSF-contacting neuronal system, the most central periventricular ring of neurons in the brain organized concentrically according to our concept. Because the central nervous system of deuterostomian echinoderm starfishes and the prochordate lancelet is composed mainly of CSF-contacting-like neurons, we hypothesize that this cell type represents ancient cells, or protoneurons, in the vertebrate brain. Neurons may contact the ventricular CSF via their dendrites, axons, or perikarya. Most of the CSF-contacting nerve cells send their dendritic processes into the ventricular cavity, where they form ciliated terminals. These ciliated endings resemble those of known sensory cells. By means of axons, the CSF-contacting neurons also may contact the external CSF space, where the axons form terminals of neurohormonal type similar to those known in the neurohemal areas. The most simple CSF-contacting neurons of vertebrates are present in the terminal filum, spinal cord, and oblongate medulla. The dendritic pole of these medullospinal CSF-contacting neurons terminates with an enlargement bearing many stereocilia in the central canal. These cells are also supplied with a 9 x 2 + 2 kinocilium that may contact Reissner's fiber, the condensed secretory material of the subcommissural organ. The Reissner's fiber floating freely in the CSF leaves the central canal at the caudal open end of the terminal filum in lower vertebrates, and open communication is thus established between internal CSF and the surrounding tissue spaces. Resembling mechanoreceptors cytologically, the spinal CSF-contacting neurons send their axons to the outer surface of the spinal cord to form neurosecretory-type terminals. They also send collaterals to local neurons and to higher spinal segments. In the hypothalamic part of the diencephalon, neurons of two circumventricular organs, the paraventricular organ and the vascular sac, of the magnocellular neurosecretory nuclei and several parvocellular nuclei, form CSF-contacting dendritic terminals. A CSF-contacting neuronal area also was found in the telencephalon. The CSF-contacting dendrites of all these areas bear solitary 9 x 2 + 0 cilia and resemble chemoreceptors and developing photoreceptors cytologically. In electrophysiological experiments, the neurons of the paraventricular organ are highly sensitive to the composition of the ventricular CSF. The axons of the CSF-contacting neurons of the paraventricular organ and hypothalamic nuclei terminate in hypothalamic synaptic zones, and those of magno- and parvocellular neurosecretory nuclei also form neurohormonal terminals in the median eminence and neurohypophysis. The axons of the CSF-contacting neurons of the vascular sac run in the nervus and tractus sacci vasculosi to the nucleus (ganglion) sacci vasculosi. Some hypothalamic CSF-contacting neurons contain immunoreactive opsin and are candidates to represent the "deep encephalic photoreceptors." In the newt, cells derived from the subependymal layer develop photoreceptor outer segments protruding to the lumen of the infundibular lobe under experimental conditions. Retinal and pineal photoreceptors and some of their secondary neurons possess common cytologic features with CSF-contacting neurons. They contact the retinal photoreceptor space and pineal recess, respectively, both cavities being derived from the third ventricle. In addition to ciliated dendritic terminals, there are intraventricular axons and neuronal perikarya contacting the CSF. Part of the CSF-contacting axons are serotoninergic; their perikarya are situated in the raphe nuclei. Intraventricular axons innervate the CSF-contacting dendrites, intraventricular nerve cells, and/or the ventricular surface of the ependyma. (ABSTRACT TRUNCATED) PMID:9550137

  4. Antistiction technique using elastomer contact structure in woven electronic textiles

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    Yamashita, Takahiro; Takamatsu, Seiichi; Miyake, Koji; Itoh, Toshihiro

    2014-01-01

    In this paper, we present an antistiction technique using an elastomer contact structure in woven electronic textiles (e-textiles). A coating of poly(3,4-ethylenedioxythiophene):poly(4-styrene sulfonate) (PEDOT:PSS) in the form of a solid conductive film on a hemispherical silicone elastomer structure is employed in creating an electrical circuit embedded into the fabric of a woven e-textile, where the contact structure reduces the contact area and capillary force generated by the moisture in air between weft and warp ribbons. Stiction occurs between a weft and a warp without the contact structure under an RH of 80%, and the detachment of the stuck ribbon requires a delamination load of about 0.2 N. On the other hand, in the case of contact between the contact structure and the ribbon coated with plain PEDOT:PSS, stiction does not occur as the relative humidity increases from 20 to 80%.

  5. Wearable telescopic contact lens.

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    Arianpour, Ashkan; Schuster, Glenn M; Tremblay, Eric J; Stamenov, Igor; Groisman, Alex; Legerton, Jerry; Meyers, William; Amigo, Goretty Alonso; Ford, Joseph E

    2015-08-20

    We describe the design, fabrication, and testing of a 1.6mm thick scleral contact lens providing both 1 and 2.8 magnified vision paths, intended for use as a switchable eye-borne telescopic low-vision aid. The F/9.7 telescopic vision path uses an 8.2mm diameter annular entrance pupil and 4 internal reflections in a polymethyl methacrylate precision optic. This gas-impermeable insert is contained inside a smooth outer casing of rigid gas-permeable polymer, which also provides achromatic correction for refraction at the curved lens face. The unmagnified F/4.1 vision path is through the central aperture of the lens, with additional transmission between the annular telescope rings to enable peripheral vision. We discuss potential solutions for providing oxygenation for an extended wear version of the lens. The prototype lenses were characterized using a scale-model human eye, and telescope functionality was confirmed in a small-scale clinical (nondispensed) demonstration. PMID:26368753

  6. Contact Mechanisms and Contact Resistance Characteristics of Solid Tin and Plated Tin Contacts Used for Connectors

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    Tamai, Terutaka; Sawada, Shigeru; Hattori, Yasuhiro

    Tin and its alloys have been applied for the plating of electrical contacts for low electrical power conditions. In particular, tin-plated contacts are widely used as connector contacts in automotive applications and as make-break contacts in keyboard switches. In the relationship between contact resistance (R) and contact load (W) for both solid and plated tin, singularities have been found. Previously established and well known theories on the deformation of contact interfaces cannot explain these singularities. In this study, to clarify these singularities, and to obtain a contact model explaining this phenomenon, contact traces for contact load were examined by SEM and STM. The obtained microscopic images indicated piling-up at the periphery of the contact area for both solid and plated tin. In this case the contact configuration comprised a platinum probe with a hemispherical tip surface and a flat tin surface for both solid and plated. When the probe was loaded, this tip of the probe sank into the soft tin surface owing to its lower hardness. In case of solid tin, the sinking of the probe surface into the tin surface causes piling-up around the periphery of the contact trace. In this deformation process, since the periphery of the indentation of the indented contact area severely slid against the surface of the platinum probe while applying a contact load, the contact resistance rapidly decreased with load. In this case, the center portion of the true contact area was not affected mechanically; thus, the surface film on the bottom portion of the deformed of the flat surface did not break down mechanically. On the other hand, in the case of a tin plated surface, similar piling up occurred; however, it was accompanied by scattering and separation of tin crystal grains from the surface. As a result of this process, a decrease in contact resistance similar to that for the solid tin occurred. Since the piling-up of the contact surface is a very important process in the application of connectors, the above-mentioned unusual characteristics were clarified in this study.

  7. Applied Research Contact Information

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    Skip to Main Content at the National Institutes of Health | www.cancer.gov Print Page E-mail Page Search: Please wait while this form is being loaded.... Home Browse by Resource Type Browse by Area of Research Research Networks Funding Information About

  8. Contact Dermatitis: Diagnosis, Treatment, and Outcome

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    ... A - D Contact dermatitis Diagnosis, treatment, and outcome Contact dermatitis: Diagnosis, treatment, and outcome How dermatologists diagnose contact dermatitis To diagnose this common skin condition, dermatologists: ...

  9. Contact pressure-aided spectroscopy.

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    Bregar, Maksimilijan; Brmen, Miran; Aljancic, Uro; Cugmas, Bla; Pernu, Franjo; Likar, Botjan

    2014-02-01

    Contact pressure induced by manually operated fiber optic probes can significantly affect the optical properties of the studied tissue. If the contact pressure and the changes in optical properties are measured properly, then the complementary information can be used to obtain additional insight into the tissue physiology. However, as reliable assessment of the contact pressure in the existing diffuse reflectance setups is difficult, the impact of contact pressure is usually neglected or considered as a source of errors. We introduce a measurement system for controlled application of contact pressure and for the acquisition of diffuse reflectance spectra, which is suitable for in vivo studies and for overcoming the limitations of the existing measurement setups. A spectral-contact-pressure plane is proposed to present the combined information, highlighting the unique tissue response to the applied pressure. PMID:24562678

  10. Point contact silicon solar cells

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    Swanson, Richard M.

    1987-01-01

    A new type of silicon solar cell has been developed. It is called the point-contact cell because the metal semiconductor contacts are restricted to an array of small points on the back of the cell. The point contact cell has recently demonstrated 22 percent conversion efficiency at one sun and 27.5 percent at 100 suns under an AM1.5 spectrum.

  11. Potent antioxidant dendrimers lacking pro-oxidant activity.

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    Lee, Choon Young; Sharma, Ajit; Uzarski, Rebecca L; Cheong, Jae Eun; Xu, Hao; Held, Rich A; Upadhaya, Samik K; Nelson, Julie L

    2011-04-15

    It is well known that antioxidants have protective effects against oxidative stress. Unfortunately, in the presence of transition metals, antioxidants, including polyphenols with potent antioxidant activities, may also exhibit pro-oxidant effects, which may irreversibly damage DNA. Therefore, antioxidants with strong free radical-scavenging abilities and devoid of pro-oxidant effects would be of immense biological importance. We report two antioxidant dendrimers with a surface rich in multiple phenolic hydroxyl groups, benzylic hydrogens, and electron-donating ring substituents that contribute to their potent free radical-quenching properties. To minimize their pro-oxidant effects, the dendrimers were designed with a metal-chelating tris(2-aminoethyl)amine (TREN) core. The dendritic antioxidants were prepared by attachment of six syringaldehyde or vanillin molecules to TREN by reductive amination. They exhibited potent radical-scavenging properties: 5 times stronger than quercetin and 15 times more potent than Trolox according to the 1,1-diphenyl-2-picrylhydrazyl assay. The antioxidant dendrimers also protected low-density lipoprotein, lysozyme, and DNA against 2,2'-azobis(2-amidinopropane) dihydrochloride-induced free radical damage. More importantly, unlike quercetin and Trolox, the two TREN antioxidant dendrimers did not damage DNA via their pro-oxidant effects when incubated with physiological amounts of copper ions. The dendrimers also showed no cytotoxicity toward Chinese hamster ovary cells. PMID:20977937

  12. Potent and selective xanthine-based inhibitors of phosphodiesterase 5.

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    Arnold NJ; Arnold R; Beer D; Bhalay G; Collingwood SP; Craig S; Devereux N; Dodds M; Dunstan AR; Fairhurst RA; Farr D; Fullerton JD; Glen A; Gomez S; Haberthuer S; Hatto JD; Howes C; Jones D; Keller TH; Leuenberger B; Moser HE; Muller I; Naef R; Nicklin PA; Sandham DA; Turner KL; Tweed MF; Watson SJ; Zurini M

    2007-04-15

    Inhibitors of PDE5 are useful therapeutic agents for treatment of erectile dysfunction. A series of novel xanthine derivatives has been identified as potent inhibitors of PDE5, with good levels of selectivity against other PDE isoforms, including PDE6. Studies in the dog indicate excellent oral bioavailability for compound 21.

  13. Potent and selective xanthine-based inhibitors of phosphodiesterase 5.

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    Arnold, Nichola J; Arnold, Ruth; Beer, David; Bhalay, Gurdip; Collingwood, Stephen P; Craig, Sarah; Devereux, Nicholas; Dodds, Mark; Dunstan, Andrew R; Fairhurst, Robin A; Farr, David; Fullerton, Joseph D; Glen, Angela; Gomez, Sylvie; Haberthuer, Sandra; Hatto, Julia D I; Howes, Colin; Jones, Darryl; Keller, Thomas H; Leuenberger, Beate; Moser, Heinz E; Muller, Irene; Naef, Reto; Nicklin, Paul A; Sandham, David A; Turner, Katharine L; Tweed, Morris F; Watson, Simon J; Zurini, Mauro

    2007-04-15

    Inhibitors of PDE5 are useful therapeutic agents for treatment of erectile dysfunction. A series of novel xanthine derivatives has been identified as potent inhibitors of PDE5, with good levels of selectivity against other PDE isoforms, including PDE6. Studies in the dog indicate excellent oral bioavailability for compound 21. PMID:17337182

  14. Potent Antibody Protection against an Emerging Alphavirus Threat.

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    Kielian, Margaret; Saphire, Erica Ollmann

    2015-11-19

    Chikungunya virus recently caused large outbreaks world-wide. In this issue of Cell, Fox et al. describe several potently neutralizing antibodies against multiple alphaviruses. The structure of the virus in complex with one of the antibodies reveals the antibody-induced rearrangement and crosslinking of the viral surface proteins that result in neutralization. PMID:26590413

  15. Potent pyrrolidine- and piperidine-based BACE-1 inhibitors

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    Iserloh, U.; Wu, Y.; Cumming, J.N.; Pan, J.; Wang, L.Y.; Stamford, A.W.; Kennedy, M.E.; Kuvelkar, R.; Chen, X.; Parker, E.M.; Strickland, C.; Voigt, J.

    2008-08-18

    Based on lead compound 1 identified from the patent literature, we developed novel patentable BACE-1 inhibitors by introducing a cyclic amine scaffold. Extensive SAR studies on both pyrrolidines and piperidines ultimately led to inhibitor 2f, one of the most potent inhibitors synthesized to date. The discovery and development of novel BACE-1 inhibitors incorporating a cyclic amine scaffold is described.

  16. Extensive screening for herbal extracts with potent antioxidant properties.

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    Niwano, Yoshimi; Saito, Keita; Yoshizaki, Fumihiko; Kohno, Masahiro; Ozawa, Toshihiko

    2011-01-01

    This paper summarizes our research for herbal extracts with potent antioxidant activity obtained from a large scale screening based on superoxide radical (O(2) (-)) scavenging activity followed by characterization of antioxidant properties. Firstly, scavenging activity against O(2) (-) was extensively screened from ethanol extracts of approximately 1000 kinds of herbs by applying an electron spin resonance (ESR)-spin trapping method, and we chose four edible herbal extracts with prominently potent ability to scavenge O(2) (-). They are the extracts from Punica granatum (Peel), Syzygium aromaticum (Bud), Mangifera indica (Kernel), and Phyllanthus emblica (Fruit). These extracts were further examined to determine if they also scavenge hydroxyl radical (()OH), by applying the ESR spin-trapping method, and if they have heat resistance as a desirable characteristic feature. Experiments with the Fenton reaction and photolysis of H(2)O(2) induced by UV irradiation demonstrated that all four extracts have potent ability to directly scavenge ()OH. Furthermore, the scavenging activities against O(2) (-) and ()OH of the extracts of P. granatum (peel), M. indica (kernel) and P. emblica (fruit) proved to be heat-resistant.The results of the review might give useful information when choosing a potent antioxidant as a foodstuff. For instance, the four herbal extracts chosen from extensive screening possess desirable antioxidant properties. In particular, the extracts of the aforementioned three herbs are expected to be suitable for food processing in which thermal devices are used, because of their heat resistance. PMID:21297917

  17. Power as Pedagogy: The Potent Possibilities in Drama Education.

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    Norman, Renee

    2002-01-01

    Contends that drama education is a potent and emotional way of learning that connects to other areas of the curriculum. Describes ways in which drama and story-telling inspire students from elementary grades to pre-service teacher training. (PM)

  18. Statine based tripeptides as potent inhibitors of HIV-1 replication.

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    Fehrentz, J A; Chomier, B; Bignon, E; Venaud, S; Chermann, J C; Nisato, D

    1992-10-30

    Starting from highly potent HIV-1 protease pepstatine analog inhibitors, we have tried to find the minimum consensus sequence which is necessary to conserve anti-protease potency and antiviral activity. We describe here some statine based tripeptides which exhibit high affinity for the protease and are able to inhibit the reproductive cycle of HIV-1 in MT-4-infected cells. PMID:1445328

  19. Mitigation of epidemics in contact networks through optimal contact adaptation *

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    Youssef, Mina; Scoglio, Caterina

    2013-01-01

    This paper presents an optimal control problem formulation to minimize the total number of infection cases during the spread of susceptible-infected-recovered SIR epidemics in contact networks. In the new approach, contact weighted are reduced among nodes and a global minimum contact level is preserved in the network. In addition, the infection cost and the cost associated with the contact reduction are linearly combined in a single objective function. Hence, the optimal control formulation addresses the tradeoff between minimization of total infection cases and minimization of contact weights reduction. Using Pontryagin theorem, the obtained solution is a unique candidate representing the dynamical weighted contact network. To find the near-optimal solution in a decentralized way, we propose two heuristics based on Bang-Bang control function and on a piecewise nonlinear control function, respectively. We perform extensive simulations to evaluate the two heuristics on different networks. Our results show that the piecewise nonlinear control function outperforms the well-known Bang-Bang control function in minimizing both the total number of infection cases and the reduction of contact weights. Finally, our results show awareness of the infection level at which the mitigation strategies are effectively applied to the contact weights. PMID:23906209

  20. Seal for fluid forming tools

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    Golovashchenko, Sergey Fedorovich; Bonnen, John Joseph Francis

    2012-03-20

    An electro-hydraulic forming tool for forming a sheet metal blank in a one-sided die has first and second rigid rings that engage opposite sides of a sheet metal blank. The rigid rings are contained within slots on a die portion and a hydraulic force applicator portion of the forming tool. The seals are either resiliently biased by an elastomeric member or inherently resiliently biased into contact with the blank.

  1. Discovery of Novel Pyrazole Derivatives as Potent Neuraminidase Inhibitors against Influenza H1N1 Virus.

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    Meng, Fan-Jie; Sun, Tao; Dong, Wen-Zhen; Li, Ming-Hong; Tuo, Zhong-Zhen

    2016-03-01

    Ten pyrazole derivatives were synthesized and evaluated for their ability to inhibit the replication of influenza virions. All the compounds were synthesized in good-to-excellent yield, and the structures were ascertained with the help of (1) H NMR, (13) C NMR, mass, and elemental analysis. Among the tested series, compound 4i was identified as the most potent analog against the H1N1 virus, with IC50 ?=?5.4?M, while the rest of the compounds showed mild-to-moderate inhibition of infection. Moreover, these compounds showed excellent inhibitory activity against influenza A neuraminidase (NA), with IC50 values ranging from 2.15 to 7.54?M, among which compound 4i showed the most prominent inhibition with IC50 ?=?1.32?M. To further exemplify the molecular contacts with NA, a molecular docking study of 4i was conducted with the 3D crystal structure of enzyme H5N1-NA in complex. Results showed that target molecules interact in a similar fashion with oseltamivir and zanamivir by creating interatomic contacts with Trp178, Glu227, and Arg371. Moreover, in the toxicity assay with the porcine renal proximal cell line, LLC-PK1, the confocal images showed no appreciable change in morphological character at the highest tested dose. PMID:26797880

  2. Predictive models for moving contact line flows

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    Rame, Enrique; Garoff, Stephen

    2003-01-01

    Modeling flows with moving contact lines poses the formidable challenge that the usual assumptions of Newtonian fluid and no-slip condition give rise to a well-known singularity. This singularity prevents one from satisfying the contact angle condition to compute the shape of the fluid-fluid interface, a crucial calculation without which design parameters such as the pressure drop needed to move an immiscible 2-fluid system through a solid matrix cannot be evaluated. Some progress has been made for low Capillary number spreading flows. Combining experimental measurements of fluid-fluid interfaces very near the moving contact line with an analytical expression for the interface shape, we can determine a parameter that forms a boundary condition for the macroscopic interface shape when Ca much les than l. This parameter, which plays the role of an "apparent" or macroscopic dynamic contact angle, is shown by the theory to depend on the system geometry through the macroscopic length scale. This theoretically established dependence on geometry allows this parameter to be "transferable" from the geometry of the measurement to any other geometry involving the same material system. Unfortunately this prediction of the theory cannot be tested on Earth.

  3. Molecular dynamics study of contact mechanics: contact area and interfacial separation from small to full contact

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    Yang, Chunyan; Persson, Bo

    2008-03-01

    We report a molecular dynamics study of the contact between a rigid solid with a randomly rough surface and an elastic block with a flat surface. We study the contact area and the interfacial separation from small contact (low load) to full contact (high load). For small load the contact area varies linearly with the load and the interfacial separation depends logarithmically on the load [1-4]. For high load the contact area approaches to the nominal contact area (i.e., complete contact), and the interfacial separation approaches to zero. The present results may be very important for soft solids, e.g., rubber, or for very smooth surfaces, where complete contact can be reached at moderate high loads without plastic deformation of the solids. References: [1] C. Yang and B.N.J. Persson, arXiv:0710.0276, (to appear in Phys. Rev. Lett.) [2] B.N.J. Persson, Phys. Rev. Lett. 99, 125502 (2007) [3] L. Pei, S. Hyun, J.F. Molinari and M.O. Robbins, J. Mech. Phys. Sol. 53, 2385 (2005) [4] M. Benz, K.J. Rosenberg, E.J. Kramer and J.N. Israelachvili, J. Phy. Chem. B.110, 11884 (2006)

  4. Contact modeling for robotics applications

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    Lafarge, R.A.; Lewis, C.

    1998-08-01

    At Sandia National Laboratories (SNL), the authors are developing the ability to accurately predict motions for arbitrary numbers of bodies of arbitrary shapes experiencing multiple applied forces and intermittent contacts. In particular, the authors are concerned with the simulation of systems such as part feeders or mobile robots operating in realistic environments. Preliminary investigation of commercial dynamics software packages led them to the conclusion that they could use commercial software to provide everything they needed except for the contact model. They found that ADAMS best fit their needs for a simulation package. To simulate intermittent contacts, they need collision detection software that can efficiently compute the distances between non-convex objects and return the associated witness features. They also require a computationally efficient contact model for rapid simulation of impact, sustained contact under load, and transition to and from contact conditions. This paper provides a technical review of a custom hierarchical distance computation engine developed at Sandia, called the C-Space Toolkit (CSTk). In addition, they describe an efficient contact model using a non-linear damping term developed by SNL and Ohio State. Both the CSTk and the non-linear damper have been incorporated in a simplified two-body testbed code, which is used to investigate how to correctly model the contact using these two utilities. They have incorporated this model into the ADAMS software using the callable function interface. An example that illustrates the capabilities of the 9.02 release of ADAMS with their extensions is provided.

  5. CHARACTERIZING HUMAN CONTACT WITH SEDIMENT

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    People contact sediment during a variety of activities such as fishing, wading and boating. A number of default assumptions are used today to characterize dermal contact with sediments in terms of magnitude, frequency and duration. The accuracy of these default values are widel...

  6. Liquid Bridges Between Contacting Balls

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    Vogel, Thomas I.

    2014-07-01

    The problem studied is that of a rotationally symmetric liquid bridge between two contacting balls of equal radius, with the same contact angle with both balls, and in the absence of gravity. The bridge surface must be of constant mean curvature, hence a Delaunay surface. If the contact angle is less than {?/2} , existence of a rotationally symmetric bridge is shown for a large range of the relevant parameter, giving unduloidal, catenoidal, and nodoidal bridges. If the contact angle is greater than or equal to {?/2} , it is shown that no stable rotationally symmetric bridge which is symmetric across the perpendicular bisector of the line segment between the two centers of the balls exists. Existence therefore depends discontinuously on contact angle.

  7. Increased resistance of contact lens related bacterial biofilms to antimicrobial activity of soft contact lens care solutions

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    Szczotka-Flynn, Loretta B.; Imamura, Yoshifumi; Chandra, Jyotsna; Yu, Changping; Mukherjee, Pranab K.; Pearlman, Eric; Ghannoum, Mahmoud A.

    2014-01-01

    PURPOSE To determine if clinical and reference strains of Pseudomonas aeruginosa, Serratia marcescens, and Staphylococcus aureus form biofilms on silicone hydrogel contact lenses, and ascertain antimicrobial activities of contact lens care solutions. METHODS Clinical and American Type Culture Collection (ATCC) reference strains of Pseudomonas aeruginosa, Serratia marcescens, and Staphylococcus aureus were incubated with lotrafilcon A lenses under conditions that facilitate biofilm formation. Biofilms were quantified by quantitative culturing (colony forming units, CFUs), and gross morphology and architecture were evaluated using scanning electron microscopy (SEM) and confocal microscopy. Susceptibilities of the planktonic and biofilm growth phases of the bacteria to five common multipurpose contact lens care solutions and one hydrogen peroxide care solution were assessed. RESULTS P. aeruginosa, S. marcescens, and S. aureus reference and clinical strains formed biofilms on lotrafilcon A silicone hydrogel contact lenses, as dense networks of cells arranged in multiple layers with visible extracellular matrix. The biofilms were resistant to commonly used biguanide preserved multipurpose care solutions. P. aeruginosa and S. aureus biofilms were susceptible to a hydrogen peroxide and a polyquaternium preserved care solution, whereas S. marcescens biofilm was resistant to a polyquaternium preserved care solution but susceptible to hydrogen peroxide disinfection. In contrast, the planktonic forms were always susceptible. CONCLUSIONS P. aeruginosa, S. marcescens, and S. aureus form biofilms on lotrafilcon A contact lenses, which in contrast to planktonic cells, are resistant to the antimicrobial activity of several soft contact lens care products. PMID:19654521

  8. CORRIGENDUM: Multiscale electrical contact resistance in clustered contact distribution Multiscale electrical contact resistance in clustered contact distribution

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    Lee, Sangyoung; Cho, Hyun; Jang, Yong Hoon

    2010-06-01

    The authors wish to explain the similarity between some figures in the above paper (hereafter called the JPD paper) and in their other publication, Lee S, Jang Y H and Kim W 2008 Effects of nanosized contact spots on thermal contact resistance J. Appl. Phys.103 074308 (hereafter called the JAP paper), and to explain the differences between the two papers, which are not explicitly stated in the JPD paper. The main objective of the JAP paper is to calculate the thermal contact resistance of the nanosized contact spots in multiscale contact. During the process of multiscale analysis, the thermal conductivity varies, especially below the phonon mean free path. The JPD paper deals with the electrical contact resistance in the multiscale contact distribution with an assumption of constant electrical resistivity, which is known as a different kind of physics in a larger characteristic length scale. There are similar figures in the JPD paper and the JAP paper: figures 6, 7 and 8 in the JPD paper and figures 3, 4 and 5 in the JAP paper. Two research works were performed on the basis of a specific microcontact distribution. In the JAP paper, the scale of the contact distribution is in the range of the phonon mean free path of Si, which is a very small size of contact distribution. In the JPD paper, the scale of contact distribution is in the continuum scale, which is larger than the phonon mean free path. In addition, due to the characteristics of a fractal surface which repeatedly generates a similar shape of contact distribution in the different length scales, the shape of contact distribution looks similar, but the total sizes of domain in the JPD and JAP figures are different. The projected areas L L of fractal surface of the JAP paper and JPD paper are 10 ?m 10 ?m and 10 mm 10 mm, respectively. The length scale is already stated in the JAP paper, but not in the JPD paper. Thus, we have to state that the figures were adapted from the JAP paper without clear attribution and that credit should be given to the original source of the images. Most significantly, the two most important features of the two works are based on totally different physics and the calculation methods for contact resistance. The text of section 4.3 of the JPD paper should be modified. The left column of page 5 and the first two lines of the right column should be replaced by the following text. The projected area of a self-affine fractal surface is plotted in figure 6. In order to find the microcontact spot distribution from the fractal surface, numerical simulations are applied to the model of multiscale rough surface. Several contact models are constructed according to the resolution of 1/24 to 1/28. Figure 7 shows a typical finite element model in which the rough elastic surface is in contact with a perfectly flat rigid surface. Due to the fine meshes in the contact interface, strong mesh gradations are required. The contact simulation enforcing the impenetrability constraint on the mating surfaces is performed by a commercial finite element package, Abaqus/HKS ([22] of the JPD paper). The resulting microcontact spot distributions for different resolution of the rough surface are obtained in figure 8. As reported by Borri-Brunetto et al ([23] of the JPD paper), the actual contact area decreases and the number of contact spots increases as the resolution of the discretization escalates. A more detailed description for the model can be obtained in the JAP paper.

  9. Contact Interface Verification for DYNA3D Scenario 2: Multi-Surface Contact

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    McMichael, L D

    2006-05-10

    A suite of test problems has been developed to examine contact behavior within the nonlinear, three-dimensional, explicit finite element analysis (FEA) code DYNA3D (Lin, 2005). The test problems use multiple interfaces and a combination of enforcement methods to assess the basic functionality of the contact algorithms. The results from the DYNA3D analyses are compared to closed form solutions to verify the contact behavior. This work was performed as part of the Verification and Validation efforts of LLNL W Program within the NNSA's Advanced Simulation and Computing (ASC) Program. DYNA3D models the transient dynamic response of solids and structures including the interactions between disjoint bodies (parts). A wide variety of contact surfaces are available to represent the diverse interactions possible during an analysis, including relative motion (sliding), separation and gap closure (voids), and fixed relative position (tied). The problem geometry may be defined using a combination of element formulations, including one-dimensional beam and truss elements, two-dimensional shell elements, and three-dimensional solid elements. Consequently, it is necessary to consider various element interactions during contact. This report and associated test problems examine the scenario where multiple bodies interact with each other via multiple interfaces. The test problems focus on whether any ordering issues exist in the contact logic by using a combination of interface types, contact enforcement options (i.e., penalty, Lagrange, and kinematic), and element interactions within each problem. The influence of rigid materials on interface behavior is also examined. The companion report (McMichael, 2006) and associated test problems address the basic contact scenario where one contact surface exists between two disjoint bodies. The test problems are analyzed using version 5.2 (compiled on 12/22/2005) of DYNA3D. The analytical results are used to form baseline solutions for subsequent regression testing. In section 2, the test problems are presented, and the static solution is developed for two idealized systems. Section 3 describes the finite element representation of the generic problem, including the interface combinations considered. The verification criteria and expected results are presented next in section 4. Section 5 discusses the numerical results obtained from each test problem. Finally, section 6 summarizes the observed interface behavior.

  10. High effectiveness contour matching contact heat exchanger

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    Blakely, R.L.; Roebelen, G.J. Jr.; Davenport, A.K.; Hartland, E.

    1988-08-09

    A high effectiveness contour matching contact heat exchanger is described having substantial manufacturing and physical distortion tolerance, comprising: (a) opposing shell members, (b) heat transfer pins extending between the shell members, each pin having a base and an outer end opposite the base, and each of the pins being attached at its respective base to a predetermined one of the shell members, and (c) means forming a close fitting receptacle for receiving the portion of each pin at the outer end thereof in the opposing shell member and closely contacting the sides of each pin thereat while providing for relative movement between each pin and its corresponding receptacle, for efficiently transfering heat between the pins and the shell members notwithstanding variations in the inter-shell spacing as much as substantially the depth of the receptacles.

  11. 'Contact' in Space Leads to New Lenses

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    2004-01-01

    While gravity has its advantages in keeping us balanced and grounded here on Earth, scientists often find that they are at a disadvantage when trying to conduct research under its powerful, pulling influence. In these instances, the scientists prefer performing their studies in the weightless atmosphere of microgravity, where gravity is greatly reduced and solids, liquids, and gases behave differently. In 1993, Paragon Vision Sciences, Inc., of Mesa, Arizona, participated in a research project with NASA's Langley Research Center to perfect a process for developing contact lenses. The project called for three experiments that would fly onboard the Space Shuttle over the course of three separate missions, from 1993 to 1996. By unleashing contact lens materials to the microgravity settings of space, scientists from NASA and Paragon hoped to better understand how polymers - large molecules that make up plastics - are formed.

  12. Potent Antibacterial Activity of Copper Embedded into Silicone and Polyurethane.

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    Sehmi, Sandeep K; Noimark, Sacha; Weiner, Jonathan; Allan, Elaine; MacRobert, Alexander J; Parkin, Ivan P

    2015-10-21

    A simple, easily up-scalable swell-encapsulation-shrink technique was used to incorporate small 2.5 nm copper nanoparticles (CuNPs) into two widely used medical grade polymers, polyurethane, and silicone, with no significant impact on polymer coloration. Both medical grade polymers with incorporated CuNPs demonstrated potent antimicrobial activity against the clinically relevant bacteria, methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus and Escherichia coli. CuNP-incorporated silicone samples displayed potent antibacterial activity against both bacteria within 6 h. CuNP-incorporated polyurethane exhibited more efficacious antimicrobial activity, resulting in a 99.9% reduction in the numbers of both bacteria within just 2 h. With the high prevalence of hospital-acquired infections, the use of antimicrobial materials such as these CuNP-incorporated polymers could contribute to reducing microbial contamination associated with frequently touched surfaces in and around hospital wards (e.g., bed rails, overbed tables, push plates, etc.). PMID:26418101

  13. Identification of potent inhibitors of the chicken soluble epoxide hydrolase.

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    Shihadih, Diyala S; Harris, Todd R; Yang, Jun; Merzlikin, Oleg; Lee, Kin Sing S; Hammock, Bruce D; Morisseau, Christophe

    2015-01-15

    In vertebrates, soluble epoxide hydrolase (sEH) hydrolyzes natural epoxy-fatty acids (EpFAs), which are chemical mediators modulating inflammation, pain, and angiogenesis. Chick embryos are used to study angiogenesis, particularly its role in cardiovascular biology and pathology. To find potent and bio-stable inhibitors of the chicken sEH (chxEH) a library of human sEH inhibitors was screened. Derivatives of 1(adamantan-1-yl)-3-(trans-4-phenoxycyclohexyl) urea were found to be very potent tight binding inhibitors (KI <150pM) of chxEH while being relatively stable in chicken liver microsomes, suggesting their usefulness to study the role of EpFAs in chickens. PMID:25479771

  14. Inhibitors of bacterial transcription are compounds for potent antimicrobial drugs.

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    Turecka, Katarzyna; Waleron, Krzysztof

    2013-01-01

    The increasing resistance of microorganisms against antibiotics available on the pharmaceutical market is now a global problem. There is an incessant necessity to search for new, effective treatments against resistant strains of microorganisms, for new potent classes of antibiotics with novel modes of action targeted at important components of microbial cells. Such a critical, essential system for cell functioning is a RNA polymerase (RNAP), an enzyme that catalyses one of the stages of gene expression: transcription. RNAP is a proven target for a number of antibiotics, and it still remains an attractive drug target for new potent antimicrobial compounds. In this review several examples of inhibitors for transcription and RNAP are presented. PMID:24809716

  15. Highly Potent Triazole-Based Tubulin Polymerization Inhibitors

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    Zhang, Qiang; Peng, Youyi; Wang, Xin I.; Keenan, Susan M.; Arora, Sonia; Welsh, William J.

    2009-01-01

    We describe the synthesis and biological evaluation of a series of tubulin polymerization inhibitors that contain the 1,2,4-triazole ring to retain the bioactive configuration afforded by the cis double bond in combretastatin A-4 (CA-4). Several of the subject compounds exhibited potent tubulin polymerization inhibitory activity as well as cytotoxicity against a variety of cancer cells including multi-drug-resistant (MDR) cancer cell lines. Attachment of the N-methyl-5-indolyl moiety to the 1,2,4-triazole core, as exemplified by compound 7, conferred optimal properties among this series. Computer docking and molecular simulations of 7 inside the colchicine binding site of tubulin enabled identification of residues most likely to interact strongly with these inhibitors and explain their potent anti-tubulin activity and cytotoxicity. It is hoped that results presented here will stimulate further examination of these substituted 1,2,4-triazoles as potential anti-cancer therapeutic agents. PMID:17249649

  16. Producing thin film photovoltaic modules with high integrity interconnects and dual layer contacts

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    Jansen, Kai W.; Maley, Nagi

    2001-01-01

    High performance photovoltaic modules are produced with improved interconnects by a special process. Advantageously, the photovoltaic modules have a dual layer back (rear) contact and a front contact with at least one layer. The front contact and the inner layer of the back contact can comprise a transparent conductive oxide. The outer layer of the back contact can comprise a metal or metal oxide. The front contact can also have a dielectric layer. In one form, the dual layer back contact comprises a zinc oxide inner layer and an aluminum outer layer and the front contact comprises a tin oxide inner layer and a silicon dioxide dielectric outer layer. One or more amorphous silicon-containing thin film semiconductors can be deposited between the front and back contacts. The contacts can be positioned between a substrate and an optional superstrate. During production, the transparent conductive oxide layer of the front contact is scribed by a laser, then the amorphous silicon-containing semiconductors and inner layer of the dual layer back contact are simultaneously scribed and trenched (drilled) by the laser and the trench is subsequently filled with the same metal as the outer layer of the dual layer back contact to provide a superb mechanical and electrical interconnect between the front contact and the outer layer of the dual layer back contact. The outer layer of the dual layer back contact can then be scribed by the laser. For enhanced environmental protection, the photovoltaic modules can be encapsulated.

  17. Producing thin film photovoltaic modules with high integrity interconnects and dual layer contacts

    DOEpatents

    Jansen, Kai W.; Maley, Nagi

    2000-01-01

    High performance photovoltaic modules are produced with improved interconnects by a special process. Advantageously, the photovoltaic modules have a dual layer back (rear) contact and a front contact with at least one layer. The front contact and the inner layer of the back contact can comprise a transparent conductive oxide. The outer layer of the back contact can comprise a metal or metal oxide. The front contact can also have a dielectric layer. In one form, the dual layer back contact comprises a zinc oxide inner layer and an aluminum outer layer and the front contact comprises a tin oxide inner layer and a silicon dioxide dielectric outer layer. One or more amorphous silicon-containing thin film semiconductors can be deposited between the front and back contacts. The contacts can be positioned between a substrate and an optional superstrate. During production, the transparent conductive oxide layer of the front contact is scribed by a laser, then the amorphous silicon-containing semiconductors and inner layer of the dual layer back contact are simultaneously scribed and trenched (drilled) by the laser and the trench is subsequently filled with the same metal as the outer layer of the dual layer back contact to provide a superb mechanical and electrical interconnect between the front contact and the outer layer of the dual layer back contact. The outer layer of the dual layer back contact can then be scribed by the laser. For enhanced environmental protection, the photovoltaic modules can be encapsulated.

  18. [Toxic contact dermatitis from poison ivy in a private garden in Germany].

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    Schauder, S; Callauch, R; Hausen, B M

    2006-07-01

    A couple suffered for 5 years from recurrent eruptions with vesicles and bullae after contact with an unknown "climbing weed" in their private garden in Germany. After this plant was identified as poison ivy and eradicated, their skin problems were solved. This is the first report of poison ivy in this setting. Urushiols in poison ivy are not only strong allergens but also potent irritants. Negative patch tests in the husband suggest that the bullous dermatitis was a toxic reaction. PMID:15834598

  19. Permission Forms

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    Zirkel, Perry A.

    2005-01-01

    The prevailing practice in public schools is to routinely require permission or release forms for field trips and other activities that pose potential for liability. The legal status of such forms varies, but they are generally considered to be neither rock-solid protection nor legally valueless in terms of immunity. The following case and the

  20. Permission Forms

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    Zirkel, Perry A.

    2005-01-01

    The prevailing practice in public schools is to routinely require permission or release forms for field trips and other activities that pose potential for liability. The legal status of such forms varies, but they are generally considered to be neither rock-solid protection nor legally valueless in terms of immunity. The following case and the…

  1. Biaryl analogues of teriflunomide as potent DHODH inhibitors.

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    Erra, Montse; Moreno, Imma; Sanahuja, Jordi; Andrs, Miriam; Reinoso, Raquel F; Lozoya, Estrella; Pizcueta, Pilar; Godessart, Nria; Castro-Palomino, Julio Cesar

    2011-12-15

    The structure-activity relationships of a novel series of biaryl dihydroorotate dehydrogenase (DHODH) inhibitors related to teriflunomide are disclosed. These biaryl derivatives were the result of structure-based design and proved to be potent DHODH inhibitors which in addition showed good antiproliferative activities on peripheral blood mononuclear cells and good efficacies in vivo in the rat adjuvant-induced-arthritis model. PMID:22078215

  2. Benzoxazinones as potent positive allosteric AMPA receptor modulators: part I.

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    Mueller, Rudolf; Li, Yong-Xin; Hampson, Aidan; Zhong, Sheng; Harris, Clayton; Marrs, Christopher; Rachwal, Stanislaw; Ulas, Jolanta; Nielsson, Lena; Rogers, Gary

    2011-07-01

    AMPA receptors (AMPARs) are an increasingly important therapeutic target in the CNS. Aniracetam, the first identified potentiator of AMPARs, led to the rigid and more potent CX614. This lead molecule was optimized in order to increase affinity towards the AMPA receptor. The substitution of the dioxine with a benzoxazinone ring system increased the activity and allowed further investigation of the sidechain SAR. PMID:21636275

  3. Extensive screening for herbal extracts with potent antioxidant properties

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    Niwano, Yoshimi; Saito, Keita; Yoshizaki, Fumihiko; Kohno, Masahiro; Ozawa, Toshihiko

    2011-01-01

    This paper summarizes our research for herbal extracts with potent antioxidant activity obtained from a large scale screening based on superoxide radical (O2•−) scavenging activity followed by characterization of antioxidant properties. Firstly, scavenging activity against O2•− was extensively screened from ethanol extracts of approximately 1000 kinds of herbs by applying an electron spin resonance (ESR)-spin trapping method, and we chose four edible herbal extracts with prominently potent ability to scavenge O2•−. They are the extracts from Punica granatum (Peel), Syzygium aromaticum (Bud), Mangifera indica (Kernel), and Phyllanthus emblica (Fruit). These extracts were further examined to determine if they also scavenge hydroxyl radical (•OH), by applying the ESR spin-trapping method, and if they have heat resistance as a desirable characteristic feature. Experiments with the Fenton reaction and photolysis of H2O2 induced by UV irradiation demonstrated that all four extracts have potent ability to directly scavenge •OH. Furthermore, the scavenging activities against O2•− and •OH of the extracts of P. granatum (peel), M. indica (kernel) and P. emblica (fruit) proved to be heat-resistant. The results of the review might give useful information when choosing a potent antioxidant as a foodstuff. For instance, the four herbal extracts chosen from extensive screening possess desirable antioxidant properties. In particular, the extracts of the aforementioned three herbs are expected to be suitable for food processing in which thermal devices are used, because of their heat resistance. PMID:21297917

  4. Diversity Against Adversity: How Adaptive Immune System Evolves Potent Antibodies

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    Heo, Muyoung; Zeldovich, Konstantin B.; Shakhnovich, Eugene I.

    2011-07-01

    Adaptive immunity is an amazing mechanism, whereby new protein functionsaffinity of antibodies (Immunoglobulins) to new antigensevolve through mutation and selection in a matter of a few days. Despite numerous experimental studies, the fundamental physical principles underlying immune response are still poorly understood. In considerable departure from past approaches, here, we propose a microscopic multiscale model of adaptive immune response, which consists of three essential players: The host cells, viruses, and B-cells in Germinal Centers (GC). Each moiety carries a genome, which encodes proteins whose stability and interactions are determined from their sequences using laws of Statistical Mechanics, providing an exact relationship between genomic sequences and strength of interactions between pathogens and antibodies and antibodies and host proteins (autoimmunity). We find that evolution of potent antibodies (the process known as Affinity Maturation (AM)) is a delicate balancing act, which has to reconcile the conflicting requirements of protein stability, lack of autoimmunity, and high affinity of antibodies to incoming antigens. This becomes possible only when antibody producing B cells elevate their mutation rates (process known as Somatic Hypermutation (SHM)) to fall into a certain rangenot too low to find potency increasing mutations but not too high to destroy stable Immunoglobulins and/or already achieved affinity. Potent antibodies develop through clonal expansion of initial B cells expressing marginally potent antibodies followed by their subsequent affinity maturation through mutation and selection. As a result, in each GC the population of mature potent Immunoglobulins is monoclonal being ancestors of a single cell from initial (germline) pool. We developed a simple analytical theory, which provides further rationale to our findings. The model and theory reveal the molecular factors that determine the efficiency of affinity maturation, thereby providing insight into the variability of the immune response to cytopathic viruses (the direct response by germline antibodies) and poorly cytopathic viruses (a crucial role of SHM in the response).

  5. Capteur Tridimensionnel Sans Contact

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    Magnant, D.

    1986-07-01

    Three-dimensionnal measurements on human body using a scanning laser beam. The active optical apparatus principle and the image data processing giving three dimensional informations of complex forms is presented. The output is given in terms of one or several files of real coordinates. The basic components of this system are : A light-sheet which is generated by a laser source and, the optical sensors (cameras) with corresponding hard-soft extractor; This 3D sensorial system is especially adapted to partial or total acquisitions of body coordinates. The main advantages are : - Vision and measurement capability of complete accessible contours without shadow areas. - The real time data acquisition and scanning of the object in a few seconds. - The access to distance measurements between significant points. - The presently obtained accuracy is better than 1/1000 in relatives units and lower than one MM absolute. - Physically stuck markers on body are not necessary. - The monochromaticity of the laser light source allows the use of a color filter over the detector (camera) for ambient light rejection. - The fully programmable capability for any use, allows the adaptation to a large variety of particular cases. - The hardware open system offers many options. - The hard-soft tool is designed for auto-calibration operation. - The system offers easy connection to a host computer or a production robot.

  6. Dry Eye in Pediatric Contact Lens Wearers

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    Greiner, Katie L.; Walline, Jeffrey J.

    2015-01-01

    Objectives To determine whether children who wear contact lenses truly have fewer dry eye complaints than adults. Methods Ninety-four pediatric contact lens wearers, ages 8 to 14 years, were recruited and given the Contact Lens Dry Eye Questionnaire (CLDEQ) short form. The survey is designed to diagnose dry eye syndrome by obtaining information on the frequency of dryness and light sensitivity and their corresponding intensity levels within the first two hours of putting in the lenses, in the middle of the day, and at the end of the day. The responses were scored by multiplying the frequency by the average intensity and a constant. A composite score was calculated by subtracting the photophobia score from the dryness score, and the results were compared to adult samples from the literature. The questionnaire also asked whether the subject thought he/she had dry eyes while wearing contact lenses. Subjects that thought they had dry eyes and had a CLDEQ composite score >0.03 were diagnosed with dry eye. Subjects who were unsure if they dry eye or said they did not have dry eye but scored >1.29 were also diagnosed with dry eye. Results The average (± SD) age of the sample was 11.7 ± 1.5 years, 56.4% were female, 59.6% were white, and 19.1% were black. The mean (± SD) CLDEQ composite score was 0.25 ±0.50 (range= -1.20 to 1.45). In the literature, the adult mean (± SD) CLDEQ composite score was 1.02 ±0.80 (range= -0.74 to 4.50). Of the 94 surveys collected, 4.3% of children were categorized with dry eye compared to 56.2% of adults who completed the CLDEQ survey in the adult study. Conclusions Pediatric contact lens wearers have fewer complaints about dry eyes than adult contact lens wearers, which may be due to improved tear film, differences in reporting of symptoms, or modality of contact lens wear. PMID:21060258

  7. Wraparound-contact solar cells

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    Baraona, C. R.; Klucher, T. M.; Thornhill, J. W.; Scott-Monck, J.

    1979-01-01

    Positive and negative electrical contacts are on back surface of wraparound-contact solar cell. With both terminals on nonilluminated side, cells can be connected back-to-back, and interconnection of many cells can be automated by using printed-circuit techniques. Cells are made by screen-printing layer of dielectric around edge of cell and extending top contact over dielectric to back surface. Wraparound also facilitates application of transparent covers and encapsulants. Efficiencies of cells are in excess of seventeen percent.

  8. Allergic contact dermatitis from ketoconazole.

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    Liu, Jing; Warshaw, Erin M

    2014-09-01

    Ketoconazole is a widely used imidazole antifungal agent. True contact allergy to topical ketoconazole is rare, and few cases of patients with contact allergy to ketoconazole have been reported. We present the case of a patient with a history of undiagnosed recurrent dermatitis who developed acute facial swelling and pruritus after using ketoconazole cream and shampoo for the treatment of seborrheic dermatitis. Patch testing revealed true contact allergy to ketoconazole without cross-reactivity to 4 other imidazole antifungals. Review of the patient's medical record suggested that prior incidences of dermatitis might have been due to ketoconazole exposure. When the patient avoided this imidazole agent, the dermatitis resolved. PMID:25279470

  9. Status of wraparound contact solar cells and arrays

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    Baraona, C. R.; Young, L. E.

    1978-01-01

    Solar cells with wraparound contacts provide the following advantages in array assembly: (1) eliminate the need for discretely formed, damage susceptible series tabs; (2) eliminate the n gap problem by allowing the use of uniform covers over the entire cell surface; (3) allow a higher packing factor by reducing the additional series spacing formly required for forming, and routing the series tab; and (4) allow the cell bonding to the interconnect system to be a single-side function wherein series contacts can be made at the same time parallel contracts are made.

  10. 40 CFR 463.10 - Applicability; description of the contact cooling and heating water subcategory.

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    2013-07-01

    ... contact cooling and heating water subcategory. 463.10 Section 463.10 Protection of Environment... FORMING POINT SOURCE CATEGORY Contact Cooling and Heating Water Subcategory 463.10 Applicability; description of the contact cooling and heating water subcategory. This subpart applies to discharges...

  11. 40 CFR 463.10 - Applicability; description of the contact cooling and heating water subcategory.

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    2012-07-01

    ... contact cooling and heating water subcategory. 463.10 Section 463.10 Protection of Environment... FORMING POINT SOURCE CATEGORY Contact Cooling and Heating Water Subcategory 463.10 Applicability; description of the contact cooling and heating water subcategory. This subpart applies to discharges...

  12. 40 CFR 463.10 - Applicability; description of the contact cooling and heating water subcategory.

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    2014-07-01

    ... contact cooling and heating water subcategory. 463.10 Section 463.10 Protection of Environment... FORMING POINT SOURCE CATEGORY Contact Cooling and Heating Water Subcategory 463.10 Applicability; description of the contact cooling and heating water subcategory. This subpart applies to discharges...

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  14. Electrophilic Peroxisome ProliferatorActivated Receptor-? Ligands Have Potent Antifibrotic Effects in Human Lung Fibroblasts

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    Ferguson, Heather E.; Kulkarni, Ajit; Lehmann, Geniece M.; Garcia-Bates, Tatiana M.; Thatcher, Thomas H.; Huxlin, Krystel R.; Phipps, Richard P.; Sime, Patricia J.

    2009-01-01

    Pulmonary fibrosis is a progressive scarring disease with no effective treatment. Transforming growth factor (TGF)-? is up-regulated in fibrotic diseases, where it stimulates differentiation of fibroblasts to myofibroblasts and production of excess extracellular matrix. Peroxisome proliferatoractivated receptor (PPAR) ? is a transcription factor that regulates adipogenesis, insulin sensitization, and inflammation. We report here that a novel PPAR? ligand, 2-cyano-3,12-dioxoolean-1,9-dien-28-oic acid (CDDO), is a potent inhibitor of TGF-?stimulated differentiation of human lung fibroblasts to myofibroblasts, and suppresses up-regulation of ?smooth muscle actin, fibronectin, collagen, and the novel myofibroblast marker, calponin. The inhibitory concentration causing a 50% decrease in aSMA for CDDO was 20-fold lower than the endogenous PPAR? ligand, 15-deoxy-?12,14-prostaglandin J2 (15 d-PGJ2), and 400-fold lower than the synthetic ligand, rosiglitazone. Pharmacologic and genetic approaches were used to demonstrate that CDDO mediates its activity via a PPAR?-independent pathway. CDDO and 15 d-PGJ2 contain an ?/? unsaturated ketone, which acts as an electrophilic center that can form covalent bonds with cellular proteins. Prostaglandin A1 and diphenyl diselenide, both strong electrophiles, also inhibit myofibroblast differentiation, but a structural analog of 15 d-PGJ2 lacking the electrophilic center is much less potent. CDDO does not alter TGF-?induced Smad or AP-1 signaling, but does inhibit acetylation of CREB binding protein/p300, a critical coactivator in the transcriptional regulation of TGF-?responsive genes. Overall, these data indicate that certain PPAR? ligands, and other small molecules with electrophilic centers, are potent inhibitors of critical TGF-?mediated profibrogenic activities through pathways independent of PPAR?. As the inhibitory concentration causing a 50% decrease in aSMA for CDDO is 400-fold lower than that in rosiglitazone, the translational potential of CDDO for treatment of fibrotic diseases is high. PMID:19286977

  15. Carrier Selective, Passivated Contacts for High Efficiency Silicon Solar Cells based on Transparent Conducting Oxides

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    Young, David L.; Nemeth, William; Grover, Sachit; Norman, Andrew; Yuan, Hao-Chih; Lee, Benjamin G.; LaSalvia, Vincenzo; Stradins, Paul

    2014-01-01

    We describe the design, fabrication and results of passivated contacts to n-type silicon utilizing thin SiO2 and transparent conducting oxide layers. High temperature silicon dioxide is grown on both surfaces of an n-type wafer to a thickness <50 Å, followed by deposition of tin-doped indium oxide (ITO) and a patterned metal contacting layer. As deposited, the thin-film stack has a very high J0,contact, and a non-ohmic, high contact resistance. However, after a forming gas anneal, the passivation quality and the contact resistivity improve significantly. The contacts are characterized by measuring the recombination parameter of the contact (J0,contact) and the specific contact resistivity (ρcontact) using a TLM pattern. The best ITO/SiO2 passivated contact in this study has J0,contact = 92.5 fA/cm2 and ρcontact = 11.5 mOhm-cm2. These values are placed in context with other passivating contacts using an analysis that determines the ultimate efficiency and the optimal area fraction for contacts for a given set of (J0,contact, ρcontact) values. The ITO/SiO2 contacts are found to have a higher J0,contact, but a similar ρcontact compared to the best reported passivated contacts.

  16. Connector contact-ring bus

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    Ligon, J.

    1976-01-01

    Use of device eliminates crimp connectors and ferrules, resulting in compact termination assembly and efficient use of back-shell space. Pair of insulator rings, one at each end of assembly, provides spacing between disc caps and contact rings.

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  19. Contact Kinetics in Fractal Macromolecules

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    Dolgushev, Maxim; Gurin, Thomas; Blumen, Alexander; Bnichou, Olivier; Voituriez, Raphal

    2015-11-01

    We consider the kinetics of first contact between two monomers of the same macromolecule. Relying on a fractal description of the macromolecule, we develop an analytical method to compute the mean first contact time for various molecular sizes. In our theoretical description, the non-Markovian feature of monomer motion, arising from the interactions with the other monomers, is captured by accounting for the nonequilibrium conformations of the macromolecule at the very instant of first contact. This analysis reveals a simple scaling relation for the mean first contact time between two monomers, which involves only their equilibrium distance and the spectral dimension of the macromolecule, independently of its microscopic details. Our theoretical predictions are in excellent agreement with numerical stochastic simulations.

  20. Racial Disparity in Police Contacts

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    Crutchfield, Robert D.; Haggerty, Kevin P.; McGlynn, Anne; Catalano, Richard F.

    2013-01-01

    Criminologists agree the race disparity in arrests cannot be fully explained by differences in criminal behavior. We examine social environment factors that may lead to racial differences in police contact in early adolescence, including family, peers, school, and community. Data are from 331 8th-grade students. Blacks were almost twice as likely as Whites to report a police contact. Blacks reported more property crime but not more violent crime than Whites. Police contacts were increased by having a parent who had been arrested, a sibling involved in criminal activity, higher observed reward for negative behavior, having school disciplinary actions, and knowing adults who engaged in substance abuse or criminal behavior. Race differences in police contacts were partially attributable to more school discipline. PMID:24363956

  1. Method for lubricating contacting surfaces

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    Dugger, Michael T. (Tijeras, NM); Ohlhausen, James A. (Albuquerque, NM); Asay, David B. (Boalsburg, PA); Kim, Seong H. (State College, PA)

    2011-12-06

    A method is provided for tribological lubrication of sliding contact surfaces, where two surfaces are in contact and in motion relative to each other, operating in a vapor-phase environment containing at least one alcohol compound at a concentration sufficiently high to provide one monolayer of coverage on at least one of the surfaces, where the alcohol compound continuously reacts at the surface to provide lubrication.

  2. Pose and motion from contact

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    Jia, Y.B.; Erdmann, M.

    1999-05-01

    In the absence of vision, grasping an object often relies on tactile feedback from the fingertips. As the finger pushes the object, the fingertip can feel the contact point move. If the object is known in advance, from this motion the finger may infer the location of the contact point on the object, and thereby, the object pose. This paper primarily investigates the problem of determining the pose (orientation and position) and motion (velocity and angular velocity) of a planar object with known geometry from such contact motion generated by pushing. A dynamic analysis of pushing yields a nonlinear system that relates through contact the object pose and motion to the finger motion. The contact motion on the fingertip thus encodes certain information about the object pose. Nonlinear observability theory is employed to show that such information is sufficient for the finger to observe not only the pose, but also the motion of the object. Therefore, a sensing strategy can be realized as an observer of the nonlinear dynamic system. Two observers are subsequently introduced. The first observer, based on the work of Gautheir, Hammouri, and Othman (1992), has its gain determined by the solution of a Lyapunov-like equation; it can be activated at any time instant during a push. The second observer, based on Newton`s method, solves for the initial (motionless) object pose from three intermediate contact points during a push. Under the Coulomb-friction model, the paper deals with support friction in the plane and/or contact friction between the finger and the object. Extensive simulations have been done to demonstrate the feasibility of the two observers. Preliminary experiments (with an Adept robot) have also been conducted. A contact sensor has been implemented using strain gauges.

  3. Discrete-contact nanowire photovoltaics

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    Chitambar, Michelle J.; Wen, Wen; Maldonado, Stephen

    2013-11-01

    A series of finite-element simulations have been performed to assess the operational characteristics of a new semiconductor nanowire solar cell design operating under high-level injection conditions. Specifically, the steady-state current-voltage behavior of a cylindrical silicon (Si) nanowire with a series of discrete, ohmic-selective contacts under intense sunlight illumination was investigated. The scope of the analysis was limited to only the factors that impact the net internal quantum yield for solar to electricity conversion. No evaluations were performed with regards to optical light trapping in the modeled structures. Several aspects in a discrete-contact nanowire device that could impact operation were explored, including the size and density of ohmic-selective contacts, the size of the nanowire, the electronic quality and conductivity of the nanowire, the surface defect density of the nanowire, and the type of ohmic selectivity employed at each contact. The analysis showed that there were ranges of values for each parameter that supported good to excellent photoresponses, with certain combinations of experimentally attainable material properties yielding internal energy conversion efficiencies at the thermodynamic limit for a single junction cell. The merits of the discrete-contact nanowire cell were contrasted with "conventional" nanowire photovoltaic cells featuring a uniform conformal contact and also with planar point-contact solar cells. The unique capacity of the discrete-contact nanowire solar cell design to operate at useful energy conversion efficiencies with low quality semiconductor nanowires (i.e., possessing short charge-carrier lifetimes) with only light doping is discussed. This work thus defines the impetus for future experimental work aimed at developing this photovoltaic architecture.

  4. Good form.

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    Sorrel, Amy Lynn

    2015-03-01

    New standardized prior authorization forms for health care services and prescription drugs released by the Texas Department of Insurance promise to alleviate administrative busy work and its related costs. PMID:25761070

  5. Hopf fibration and monopole connection over the contact quantum spheres

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    Brzeziński, Tomasz; Dąbrowski, Ludwik; Zieliński, Bartosz

    2004-04-01

    Non-commutative geometry of quantised contact spheres introduced by Omori et al. in [J. Math. Soc. Jpn. 50 (1998) 915; Noncommutative 3-sphere as an Example of Noncommutative Contact Algebras, Banach Center Publications, vol. 40, 1997, pp. 329-334] is studied. In particular it is proven that these spheres form a non-commutative Hopf fibration in the sense of Hopf-Galois extensions. The monopole (strong) connection is constructed, and projectors describing projective modules of all monopole charges are computed.

  6. A bandage contact lens prevents extrusion of ocular contents.

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    Ramjiani, Vipul; Fearnley, Thomas; Tan, Jennifer

    2016-02-01

    A 76 year old male presents with a corneal perforation in a phthisical eye. Definitive treatment in the form of an evisceration was delayed by 38 days. During this period a bandage contact lens prevented extrusion of ocular contents through an enlarging corneal perforation. This case demonstrates that a bandage contact lens can be effective in the immediate management of large corneal perforations whilst awaiting urgent definitive treatment. PMID:26456341

  7. Superconductor-normal-superconductor with distributed Sharvin point contacts

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    Holcomb, Matthew J. (San Mateo County, CA); Little, William A. (Santa Clara County, CA)

    1994-01-01

    A non-linear superconducting junction device comprising a layer of high transient temperature superconducting material which is superconducting at an operating temperature, a layer of metal in contact with the layer of high temperature superconducting material and which remains non-superconducting at the operating temperature, and a metal material which is superconducting at the operating temperature and which forms distributed Sharvin point contacts with the metal layer.

  8. Differentiation of latex allergy from irritant contact dermatitis.

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    Burkhart, Craig; Schloemer, Julie; Zirwas, Matthew

    2015-12-01

    The term latex allergy refers to a hypersensitivity to products containing natural rubber latex. Individuals with true latex allergy have developed type I (immediate) hypersensitivity due to previous sensitization and production of immunoglobulin E antibodies. Other forms of adverse reactions to latex-containing products may develop, including irritant contact dermatitis and type IV (delayed) hypersensitivity reactions, although they do not indicate true latex allergy. Several diagnostic tests are available to differentiate true latex allergy from irritant contact dermatitis and allergic contact dermatitis. It is crucial to determine the type of hypersensitivity in patients labeled with "latex allergy" in order to establish the most effective treatment regimen. PMID:26761937

  9. Fabrication of optically reflecting ohmic contacts for semiconductor devices

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    Sopori, B.L.

    1995-07-04

    A method is provided to produce a low-resistivity ohmic contact having high optical reflectivity on one side of a semiconductor device. The contact is formed by coating the semiconductor substrate with a thin metal film on the back reflecting side and then optically processing the wafer by illuminating it with electromagnetic radiation of a predetermined wavelength and energy level through the front side of the wafer for a predetermined period of time. This method produces a thin epitaxial alloy layer between the semiconductor substrate and the metal layer when a crystalline substrate is used. The alloy layer provides both a low-resistivity ohmic contact and high optical reflectance. 5 figs.

  10. Fabrication of optically reflecting ohmic contacts for semiconductor devices

    DOEpatents

    Sopori, Bhushan L. (Denver, CO)

    1995-01-01

    A method is provided to produce a low-resistivity ohmic contact having high optical reflectivity on one side of a semiconductor device. The contact is formed by coating the semiconductor substrate with a thin metal film on the back reflecting side and then optically processing the wafer by illuminating it with electromagnetic radiation of a predetermined wavelength and energy level through the front side of the wafer for a predetermined period of time. This method produces a thin epitaxial alloy layer between the semiconductor substrate and the metal layer when a crystalline substrate is used. The alloy layer provides both a low-resistivity ohmic contact and high optical reflectance.

  11. Creating, Varying, and Growing Single-Site Molecular Contacts

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    Siaj, Mohamed; McBreen, Peter H.

    2005-07-01

    The known range of chemisorption bonds forms the toolbox for the design of electrical contacts in molecular electronics devices. Double-bond contacts to technologically relevant materials would be attractive for a number of reasons. They are truly single-site, bonding to a single surface atom. They obviate the need for a thiol linkage, and they may be amenable to further modification through olefin-metathesis methodologies. We report olefin-metathesis methods for establishing, varying, and growing thermally stable double-bond contacts to molybdenum carbide, a conducting material.

  12. Mechanisms of rolling contact spalling

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    Kumar, A. M.; Kulkarni, S. M.; Bhargava, V.; Hahn, G. T.; Rubin, C. A.

    1987-01-01

    The results of a study aimed at analyzing the mechanical material interactions responsible for rolling contact spalling of the 440 C steel, high pressure oxygen turbopump bearings are presented. A coupled temperature displacement finite element analysis of the effects of friction heating under the contact is presented. The contact is modelled as a stationary, heat generating, 2 dimensional indent in an elastic perfectly plastic half-space with heat fluxes up to 8.6 x 10000 KW/m sq comparable to those generated in the bearing. Local temperatures in excess of 1000 C are treated. The calculations reveal high levels of residual tension after the contact is unloaded and cools. Efforts to promote Mode 2/Mode 3 fatigue crack growth under cyclic torsion in hardened 440 C steel are described. Spalls produced on 440 C steel by a 3 ball/rod rolling contact testing machine were studied with scanning microscopy. The shapes of the cyclic, stress strain hysteresis loops displayed by hardened 440 C steel in cyclic torsion at room temperature are defined for the plastic strain amplitudes encountered in rolling/sliding contact. Results of these analyses are discussed in detail.

  13. Anti-inflammatory and immune-regulatory mechanisms prevent contact hypersensitivity to Arnica montana L.

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    Lass, Christian; Vocanson, Marc; Wagner, Steffen; Schempp, Christoph M; Nicolas, Jean-Francois; Merfort, Irmgard; Martin, Stefan F

    2008-10-01

    Sesquiterpene lactones (SL), secondary plant metabolites from flowerheads of Arnica, exert anti-inflammatory effects mainly by preventing nuclear factor (NF)-kappaB activation because of alkylation of the p65 subunit. Despite its known immunosuppressive action, Arnica has been classified as a plant with strong potency to induce allergic contact dermatitis. Here we examined the dual role of SL as anti-inflammatory compounds and contact allergens in vitro and in vivo. We tested the anti-inflammatory and allergenic potential of SL in the mouse contact hypersensitivity model. We also used dendritic cells to study the activation of NF-kappaB and the secretion of interleukin (IL)-12 in the presence of different doses of SL in vitro. Arnica tinctures and SL potently suppressed NF-kappaB activation and IL-12 production in dendritic cells at high concentrations, but had immunostimulatory effects at low concentrations. Contact hypersensitivity could not be induced in the mouse model, even when Arnica tinctures or SL were applied undiluted to inflamed skin. In contrast, Arnica tinctures suppressed contact hypersensitivity to the strong contact sensitizer trinitrochlorobenzene and activation of dendritic cells. However, contact hypersensitivity to Arnica tincture could be induced in acutely CD4-depleted MHC II knockout mice. These results suggest that induction of contact hypersensitivity by Arnica is prevented by its anti-inflammatory effect and immunosuppression as a result of immune regulation in immunocompetent mice. PMID:18341569

  14. Crane-Load Contact Sensor

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    Youngquist, Robert; Mata, Carlos; Cox, Robert

    2005-01-01

    An electronic instrument has been developed as a prototype of a portable crane-load contact sensor. Such a sensor could be helpful in an application in which the load rests on a base in a horizontal position determined by vertical alignment pins (see Figure 1). If the crane is not positioned to lift the load precisely vertically, then the load can be expected to swing once it has been lifted clear of the pins. If the load is especially heavy, large, and/or fragile, it could hurt workers and/or damage itself and nearby objects. By indicating whether the load remains in contact with the pins when it has been lifted a fraction of the length of the pins, the crane-load contact sensor helps the crane operator determine whether it is safe to lift the load clear of the pins: If there is contact, then the load is resting against the sides of the pins and, hence, it may not be safe to lift; if contact is occasionally broken, then the load is probably not resting against the pins, so it should be safe to lift. It is assumed that the load and base, or at least the pins and the surfaces of the alignment holes in the load, are electrically conductive, so the instrument can use electrical contact to indicate mechanical contact. However, DC resistance cannot be used as an indicator of contact for the following reasons: The load and the base are both electrically grounded through cables (the load is grounded through the lifting cable of the crane) to prevent discharge of static electricity. In other words, the DC resistance between the load and the pins is always low, as though they were always in direct contact. Therefore, instead of DC resistance, the instrument utilizes the AC electrical impedance between the pins and the load. The signal frequency used in the measurement is high enough (.1 MHz) that the impedance contributed by the cables and the electrical ground network of the building in which the crane and the base are situated is significantly greater than the contact impedance between the pins and the load. The instrument includes a signal generator and voltage-measuring circuitry, and is connected to the load and the base as shown in Figure 2. The output of the signal generator (typically having amplitude of the order of a volt) is applied to the load via a 50-resistor, and the voltage between the load and the pins is measured. When the load and the pins are not in contact, the impedance between them is relatively high, causing the measured voltage to exceed a threshold value. When the load and the pins are in contact, the impedance between them falls to a much lower value, causing the voltage to fall below the threshold value. The voltage-measuring circuitry turns on a red light-emitting diode (LED) to indicate the lower-voltage/ contact condition. Whenever the contact has been broken and the non-contact/higher-voltage condition has lasted for more than 2 ms, the voltage-measuring circuitry indicates this condition by blinking a green LED.

  15. Aurelia aurita (Cnidaria) Oocytes' Contact Plate Structure and Development

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    Adonin, Leonid S.; Shaposhnikova, Tatyana G.; Podgornaya, Olga

    2012-01-01

    One of the A. aurita medusa main mesoglea polypeptides, mesoglein, has been described previously. Mesoglein belongs to ZP-domain protein family and therefore we focused on A.aurita oogenesis. Antibodies against mesoglein (AB RA47) stain the plate in the place where germinal epithelium contacts oocyte on the paraffin sections. According to its position, we named the structure found the contact plate. Our main instrument was AB against mesoglein. ZP-domain occupies about half of the whole amino acid sequence of the mesoglein. Immunoblot after SDS-PAGE and AU-PAGE reveals two charged and high Mr bands among the female gonad germinal epithelium polypeptides. One of the gonads' polypeptides Mr corresponds to that of mesogleal cells, the other ones' Mr is higher. The morphological description of contact plate formation is the subject of the current work. Two types of AB RA47 positive granules were observed during progressive oogenesis stages. Granules form the contact plate in mature oocyte. Contact plate of A.aurita oocyte marks its animal pole and resembles Zona Pellucida by the following features: (1) it attracts spermatozoids; (2) the material of the contact plate is synthesized by oocyte and stored in granules; (3) these granules and the contact plate itself contain ZP domain protein(s); (4) contact plate is an extracellular structure made up of fiber bundles similar to those of conventional Zona Pellucida. PMID:23185235

  16. Use of contact lenses by firefighters: Part 2. Clinical evaluation.

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    Owen, C G; Margrain, T H; Woodward, E G

    1997-05-01

    Contact lenses can be worn in a variety of environmental conditions and do not increase the wearers risk of injury. In many situations they offer significant corneal protection. Currently firefighters are prohibited from using contact lenses. To evaluate whether contact lenses are a safe form of visual correction 50 firefighters were fitted, and examined after 1, 4 and 10 months of contact lens wear. Twenty-nine were fitted with soft contact lenses, and 21 with rigid gas permeable contact lenses. Statistically significant increase in lid sulcus hyperaemia was found in both the SCL and RGPCL groups (P < 0.01, P = 0.02, respectively), as well as an increase in hyperaemia of the vertical quadrant of the bulbar conjunctivae (P = 0.01, P = 0.02, respectively). In addition the RGPCL group showed a statistically significant increase in hyperaemia of the lateral portion of the bulbar conjunctivae (P < 0.01), consistent with exposure epitheliopathy. The SCL group showed statistically significant increase in corneal staining in the vertical quadrant for all visits (P = 0.02, P = 0.01, P = 0.02 for all visits, respectively), indicative of lens dehydration. These findings although clinically significant are not unique to firefighting, and are found within a "normal" population of contact lens wearers. In conjunction with questionnaire data (Owen et all, 1996) we conclude that soft contact lenses can be worn safely by firefighters without additional risk. PMID:9196662

  17. Contact effects in light activated GaAs switches

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    Durkin, P. S.

    1985-05-01

    The purpose of this work was to examine the effects of various types of contacts on the switching behavior of a light-triggered power switch. The switch was constructed from a homogeneous wafer of chromium-doped gallium arsenide; the contacts were either ohmic, non-ohmic, or Schottky barriers. These were formed on the wafer in two geometries; both contacts on one side, and one contact spacings were used to permit the effects of the location of the existing laser pulse to be studied. A high voltage power supply (zero to 20 kV) was employed as the bias supply. A Nd:YAG laser, in the pulsed mode, was used to trigger the switch, which was mounted on a cold finger cooled to near liquid nitrogen temperature. Cooling reduced the dark current to manageable values (less than 1 micro A), and also reduced the avalanche breakdown voltage. The results of the measurements indicate that ohmic contacts produced more reliable switching than the non-ohmic or Schottky contacts, in as much as the shape of the output current pulse was better, and the number of pulses which the switches could sustain before the pulse shape deteriorated was greater, for the ohmic contacts. Surface discharge between the one-sided contacts obscured any differences in switching characteristics which might have depended on the location of the pulsed light excitation, so that no correlation between position and behavior could be obtained.

  18. Noise-activated dissociation of soft elastic contacts.

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    Chaudhury, M K; Goohpattader, P S

    2012-12-01

    Adhesive forces are capable of deforming a soft elastic object when it comes in contact with a flat rigid substrate. The contact is in stable equilibrium if the total energy of the system arising from the elastic and surface forces exhibits a minimum at a zero or at a slightly negative load. However, as the system is continually unloaded, the energy barrier decreases and it eventually disappears, thus leading to a ballistic separation of the contact. While this type of contact splitting has received wide recognition, what has not been much appreciated with these types of soft adhesion problems is that rupture of a contact can also occur at any finite sub critical load in the presence of a noise. The soft contact problems are unique in that the noise can be athermal, whereas the metastable and stable states of the thermodynamic potential can arise from the competition of the elastic and the interfacial energies of the system. Analysis based on Kramers' theory and simulations based on Langevin dynamics show that the contact rupture dynamics is amenable to an Eyring's form of a force and noise-induced escape of a particle from a potential well that is generic to various types of colloidal and macromolecular processes. These ideas are useful in understanding the results of a recent experiment involving the noise-activated rolling dynamics of a rigid sphere on a surface, where it is pinned by soft micro-fibrillar contacts. PMID:23239270

  19. Role of membrane contact sites in protein import into mitochondria

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    Horvath, Susanne E; Rampelt, Heike; Oeljeklaus, Silke; Warscheid, Bettina; van der Laan, Martin; Pfanner, Nikolaus

    2015-01-01

    Mitochondria import more than 1,000 different proteins from the cytosol. The proteins are synthesized as precursors on cytosolic ribosomes and are translocated by protein transport machineries of the mitochondrial membranes. Five main pathways for protein import into mitochondria have been identified. Most pathways use the translocase of the outer mitochondrial membrane (TOM) as the entry gate into mitochondria. Depending on specific signals contained in the precursors, the proteins are subsequently transferred to different intramitochondrial translocases. In this article, we discuss the connection between protein import and mitochondrial membrane architecture. Mitochondria possess two membranes. It is a long-standing question how contact sites between outer and inner membranes are formed and which role the contact sites play in the translocation of precursor proteins. A major translocation contact site is formed between the TOM complex and the presequence translocase of the inner membrane (TIM23 complex), promoting transfer of presequence-carrying preproteins to the mitochondrial inner membrane and matrix. Recent findings led to the identification of contact sites that involve the mitochondrial contact site and cristae organizing system (MICOS) of the inner membrane. MICOS plays a dual role. It is crucial for maintaining the inner membrane cristae architecture and forms contacts sites to the outer membrane that promote translocation of precursor proteins into the intermembrane space and outer membrane of mitochondria. The view is emerging that the mitochondrial protein translocases do not function as independent units, but are embedded in a network of interactions with machineries that control mitochondrial activity and architecture. PMID:25514890

  20. Partial slip in mesoscale contacts: dependence on contact size.

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    Hanke, Sylvia; Petri, Judith; Johannsmann, Diethelm

    2013-09-01

    Using acoustic resonators, we have studied the occurrence and the magnitude of partial slip between glass spheres and polymer surfaces. The measurement relies on the shifts of resonance frequency and bandwidth, ?f and ??, induced by the contact as well as the dependence of ?f and ?? on the amplitude of oscillation. One often finds a decrease of ?f at elevated amplitudes, which goes back to partial slip (also "microslip"). Building on two different models of partial slip, we derive the frequency-amplitude relation from the force-displacement relation. In accordance with both models, the bandwidth is found to increase with amplitude in the partial slip regime. For the highest amplitudes and largest spheres investigated, one observes a decrease of bandwidth with amplitude, which is interpreted as a transition to gross slip. Deviating from both models of partial slip, ?f is sometimes found to be independent of amplitude in the low-amplitude range. Constant ?f implies linear force-displacement relations. The critical amplitude for the onset of partial slip depends on the contact radius, where partial slip is more pronounced for larger contacts. This finding can be explained by a smooth stress profile at the edge of the contact with no singularity. The stress at the edge might be lowered by nanoscale roughness, by capillary forces, or by the inability of the two surfaces to reestablish a sticking contact at the turning point of the oscillation. PMID:24125277

  1. Ferromagnetic tunnel contacts to graphene: Contact resistance and spin signal

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    Cubukcu, M.; Laczkowski, P.; Vergnaud, C.; Marty, A.; Attané, J.-P.; Notin, L.; Vila, L. Jamet, M.; Martin, M.-B.; Seneor, P.; Anane, A.; Deranlot, C.; Fert, A.; Auffret, S.; Ducruet, C.

    2015-02-28

    We report spin transport in CVD graphene-based lateral spin valves using different magnetic contacts. We compared the spin signal amplitude measured on devices where the cobalt layer is directly in contact with the graphene to the one obtained using tunnel contacts. Although a sizeable spin signal (up to ∼2 Ω) is obtained with direct contacts, the signal is strongly enhanced (∼400 Ω) by inserting a tunnel barrier. In addition, we studied the resistance-area product (R.A) of a variety of contacts on CVD graphene. In particular, we compared the R.A products of alumina and magnesium oxide tunnel barriers grown by sputtering deposition of aluminum or magnesium and subsequent natural oxidation under pure oxygen atmosphere or by plasma. When using an alumina tunnel barrier on CVD graphene, the R.A product is high and exhibits a large dispersion. This dispersion can be highly reduced by using a magnesium oxide tunnel barrier, as for the R.A value. This study gives insight in the material quest for reproducible and efficient spin injection in CVD graphene.

  2. Formation of Catalytic Metal-Molecule Contacts

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    Tulevski, George S.; Myers, Matt B.; Hybertsen, Mark S.; Steigerwald, Michael L.; Nuckolls, Colin

    2005-07-01

    We describe a new strategy for the in situ growth of molecular wires predicated on the synthesis of a trifunctional ``primed'' contact formed from metal-carbon multiple bonds. The ruthenium-carbon ? bond provides structural stability to the molecular linkages under ambient conditions, and density functional calculations indicate the formation of an efficient conduit for charge carriers to pass between the metal and the molecule. Moreover, the metal-carbon ? bond provides a chemically reactive site from which a conjugated molecular wire can be grown in situ through an olefin metathesis reaction.

  3. Discovery of the highly potent fluoroquinolone-based benzothiazolyl-4-thiazolidinone hybrids as antibacterials.

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    Patel, Rahul V; Park, Se Won

    2014-07-01

    A new series of fluoroquinolone-based benzothiazolyl-4-thiazolidinone hybrids has been yielded via sulfated tungstate-promoted highly accelerated N-formylation at a piperazine residue of ciprofloxacin and norfloxacin entities. The formylated fluoroquinolone moieties were then coupled with substituted 2-aminobenzothiazoles, which were generated from their respective para-substituted amines to form corresponding Schiff base intermediates. The Schiff bases were then treated with thioglycolic acid to equip a new class of 4-thiazolidinones to be analyzed for their antibacterial effects against two Gram-positive (Staphylococcus aureus and Bacillus subtilis) and two Gram-negative (Escherichia coli and Pseudomonas aeruginosa) bacterial strains and were found highly potent with lowest Minimum inhibitory concentrations (MIC), 1-2 ?g/mL, that is, more potent than control drugs ciprofloxacin (3.12-6.25 ?g/mL). Initial outcomes provided for these novel molecular systems will aid researchers to design and develop new antibacterial drugs. The structural assignments of the new products were done on the basis of FT-IR, (1) H NMR and (13) C NMR spectroscopy, and elemental analysis. PMID:24524270

  4. Virtual screening and structure-based discovery of indole acylguanidines as potent ?-secretase (BACE1) inhibitors.

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    Zou, Yiquan; Li, Li; Chen, Wuyan; Chen, Tiantian; Ma, Lanping; Wang, Xin; Xiong, Bing; Xu, Yechun; Shen, Jingkang

    2013-01-01

    Proteolytic cleavage of amyloid precursor protein by ?-secretase (BACE1) is a key step in generating the N-terminal of ?-amyloid (A?), which further forms into amyloid plaques that are considered as the hallmark of Alzheimer's disease. Inhibitors of BACE1 can reduce the levels of A? and thus have a therapeutic potential for treating the disease. We report here the identification of a series of small molecules bearing an indole acylguanidine core structure as potent BACE1 inhibitors. The initial weak fragment was discovered by virtual screening, and followed with a hit-to-lead optimization. With the aid of co-crystal structures of two discovered inhibitors (compounds 19 and 25) with BACE1, we explored the SAR around the indole and aryl groups, and obtained several BACE1 inhibitors about 1,000-fold more potent than the initial fragment hit. Accompanying the lead optimization, a previously under-explored sub-site opposite the flap loop was redefined as a potential binding site for later BACE1 inhibitor design. PMID:23681056

  5. Searching the Sequence Space for Potent Aptamers Using SELEX in Silico.

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    Zhou, Qingtong; Xia, Xiaole; Luo, Zhaofeng; Liang, Haojun; Shakhnovich, Eugene

    2015-12-01

    To isolate functional nucleic acids that bind to defined targets with high affinity and specificity, which are known as aptamers, the systematic evolution of ligands by exponential enrichment (SELEX) methodology has emerged as the preferred approach. Here, we propose a computational approach, SELEX in silico, that allows the sequence space to be more thoroughly explored regarding binding of a certain target. Our approach consists of two steps: (i) secondary structure-based sequence screening, which aims to collect the sequences that can form a desired RNA motif as an enhanced initial library, followed by (ii) sequence enrichment regarding target binding by molecular dynamics simulation-based virtual screening. Our SELEX in silico method provided a practical computational solution to three key problems in aptamer sequence searching: design of nucleic acid libraries, knowledge of sequence enrichment, and identification of potent aptamers. Six potent theophylline-binding aptamers, which were isolated by SELEX in silico from a sequence space containing 4(13) sequences, were experimentally verified to bind theophylline with high affinity: Kd ranging from 0.16 to 0.52 ?M, compared with the dissociation constant of the original aptamer-theophylline, 0.32 ?M. These results demonstrate the significant potential of SELEX in silico as a new method for aptamer discovery and optimization. PMID:26642994

  6. Solar cell with back side contacts

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    Nielson, Gregory N; Okandan, Murat; Cruz-Campa, Jose Luis; Resnick, Paul J; Wanlass, Mark Woodbury; Clews, Peggy J

    2013-12-24

    A III-V solar cell is described herein that includes all back side contacts. Additionally, the positive and negative electrical contacts contact compoud semiconductor layers of the solar cell other than the absorbing layer of the solar cell. That is, the positive and negative electrical contacts contact passivating layers of the solar cell.

  7. Contact Lens-Related Eye Infections

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    ... D. Español Eye Health / Eye Health A-Z Contact Lens-Related Eye Infections Sections Contact Lens-Related ... About Contact Lenses Proper Care of Contact Lenses Contact Lens-Related Eye Infections Written by: Kierstan Boyd ...

  8. RF Sputtering of Gold Contacts On Niobium

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    Barr, D. W.

    1983-01-01

    Reliable gold contacts are deposited on niobium by combination of RF sputtering and photolithography. Process results in structures having gold only where desired for electrical contact. Contacts are stable under repeated cycling from room temperature to 4.2 K and show room-temperature contact resistance as much as 40 percent below indium contacts made by thermalcompression bonding.

  9. On the structure of contact binaries. I - The contact discontinuity

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    Shu, F. H.; Lubow, S. H.; Anderson, L.

    1976-01-01

    The problem of the interior structure of contact binaries is reviewed, and a simple resolution of the difficulties which plague the theory is suggested. It is proposed that contact binaries contain a contact discontinuity between the lower surface of the common envelope and the Roche lobe of the cooler star. This discontinuity is maintained against thermal diffusion by fluid flow, and the transition layer is thin to the extent that the dynamical time scale is short in comparison with the thermal time scale. The idealization that the transition layer has infinitesimal thickness allows a simple formulation of the structure equations which are closed by appropriate jump conditions across the discontinuity. The further imposition of the standard boundary conditions suffices to define a unique model for the system once the chemical composition, the masses of the two stars, and the orbital separation are specified.

  10. Reduced contact resistance in top-contact organic field-effect transistors by interface contact doping

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    Hou, Ji-Ling; Kasemann, Daniel; Widmer, Johannes; Günther, Alrun A.; Lüssem, Björn; Leo, Karl

    2016-03-01

    Emerging organic integrated electronics require capability of high speed and the compatibility with high-resolution structuring processes such as photolithography. When downscaling the channel length, the contact resistance is known to limit the performance of the short channel devices. In this report, orthogonal photolithography is used for the patterning of the source/drain electrodes of the organic field-effect transistors (OFETs) as well as the interface dopant insertion layers for further modifications of the contact resistance. Bottom-gate top-contact pentacene OFETs with different thicknesses of the p-dopant 2,2'-(perfluoronaphthalene-2,6-diylidene)dimalononitrile under the Au electrodes show a significant decrease in threshold voltage from -2.2 V to -0.8 V and in contact resistance from 55 k Ω cm to 10 k Ω cm by adding a 1 nm thin dopant interlayer. The influence of doping on charge carrier injection is directly visible in the temperature-dependent output characteristics and a charge-transfer activation energy of ˜20 meV is obtained. Our results provide a systematic study of interface contact doping and also show the connection between interface contact doping and improved charge carrier injection by the activation of charge transfer process.

  11. Design of potent substrate-analogue inhibitors of canine renin

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    Hui, K. Y.; Siragy, H. M.; Haber, E.

    1992-01-01

    Through a systematic study of structure-activity relationships, we designed potent renin inhibitors for use in dog models. In assays against dog plasma renin at neutral pH, we found that, as in previous studies of rat renin inhibitors, the structure at the P2 position appears to be important for potency. The substitution of Val for His at this position increases potency by one order of magnitude. At the P3 position, potency appears to depend on a hydrophobic side chain that does not necessarily have to be aromatic. Our results also support the approach of optimizing potency in a renin inhibitor by introducing a moiety that promotes aqueous solubility (an amino group) at the C-terminus of the substrate analogue. In the design of potent dog plasma renin inhibitors, the influence of the transition-state residue 4(S)-amino-3(S)-hydroxy-5-cyclohexylpentanoic acid (ACHPA)-commonly used as a substitute for the scissile-bond dipeptide to boost potency-is not obvious, and appears to be sequence dependent. The canine renin inhibitor Ac-paF-Pro-Phe-Val-statine-Leu-Phe-paF-NH2 (compound 15; IC50 of 1.7 nM against dog plasma renin at pH 7.4; statine, 4(S)-amino-3(S)-hydroxy-6-methylheptanoic acid; paF, para-aminophenylalanine) had a potent hypotensive effect when infused intravenously into conscious, sodium-depleted, normotensive dogs. Also, compound 15 concurrently inhibited plasma renin activity and had a profound diuretic effect.

  12. Vaginal concentrations of lactic acid potently inactivate HIV

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    Aldunate, Muriel; Tyssen, David; Johnson, Adam; Zakir, Tasnim; Sonza, Secondo; Moench, Thomas; Cone, Richard; Tachedjian, Gilda

    2013-01-01

    Objectives When Lactobacillus spp. dominate the vaginal microbiota of women of reproductive age they acidify the vagina to pH <4.0 by producing ∼1% lactic acid in a nearly racemic mixture of d- and l-isomers. We determined the HIV virucidal activity of racemic lactic acid, and its d- and l-isomers, compared with acetic acid and acidity alone (by the addition of HCl). Methods HIV-1 and HIV-2 were transiently treated with acids in the absence or presence of human genital secretions at 37°C for different time intervals, then immediately neutralized and residual infectivity determined in the TZM-bl reporter cell line. Results l-lactic acid at 0.3% (w/w) was 17-fold more potent than d-lactic acid in inactivating HIVBa-L. Complete inactivation of different HIV-1 subtypes and HIV-2 was achieved with ≥0.4% (w/w) l-lactic acid. At a typical vaginal pH of 3.8, l-lactic acid at 1% (w/w) more potently and rapidly inactivated HIVBa-L and HIV-1 transmitter/founder strains compared with 1% (w/w) acetic acid and with acidity alone, all adjusted to pH 3.8. A final concentration of 1% (w/w) l-lactic acid maximally inactivated HIVBa-L in the presence of cervicovaginal secretions and seminal plasma. The anti-HIV activity of l-lactic acid was pH dependent, being abrogated at neutral pH, indicating that its virucidal activity is mediated by protonated lactic acid and not the lactate anion. Conclusions l-lactic acid at physiological concentrations demonstrates potent HIV virucidal activity distinct from acidity alone and greater than acetic acid, suggesting a protective role in the sexual transmission of HIV. PMID:23657804

  13. Design of potent substrate-analogue inhibitors of canine renin.

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    Hui, K Y; Siragy, H M; Haber, E

    1992-08-01

    Through a systematic study of structure-activity relationships, we designed potent renin inhibitors for use in dog models. In assays against dog plasma renin at neutral pH, we found that, as in previous studies of rat renin inhibitors, the structure at the P2 position appears to be important for potency. The substitution of Val for His at this position increases potency by one order of magnitude. At the P3 position, potency appears to depend on a hydrophobic side chain that does not necessarily have to be aromatic. Our results also support the approach of optimizing potency in a renin inhibitor by introducing a moiety that promotes aqueous solubility (an amino group) at the C-terminus of the substrate analogue. In the design of potent dog plasma renin inhibitors, the influence of the transition-state residue 4(S)-amino-3(S)-hydroxy-5-cyclohexylpentanoic acid (ACHPA)-commonly used as a substitute for the scissile-bond dipeptide to boost potency-is not obvious, and appears to be sequence dependent. The canine renin inhibitor Ac-paF-Pro-Phe-Val-statine-Leu-Phe-paF-NH2 (compound 15; IC50 of 1.7 nM against dog plasma renin at pH 7.4; statine, 4(S)-amino-3(S)-hydroxy-6-methylheptanoic acid; paF, para-aminophenylalanine) had a potent hypotensive effect when infused intravenously into conscious, sodium-depleted, normotensive dogs. Also, compound 15 concurrently inhibited plasma renin activity and had a profound diuretic effect. PMID:1446972

  14. A potent hypotensive factor in chicken left ventricle.

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    Reilly, T; Gregg, C M; Wideman, R F; Jarrett-Zaczek, D

    1987-12-01

    Chicken artria and ventricles both have membrane-bound granules which resemble those containing atriopeptin (ANP) in mammals. However, nothing is known about the contents of the avian granules. A previous study in chickens showed that although extracts of whole chicken heart or synthetic rat ANP both caused profound hypotension, ANP caused both natriuresis and diuresis, while chicken heart extract did not. The present study sought to locate the region(s) of chicken heart containing the hypotensive activity, and to observe the effect on sodium and water excretion and blood pressure in rats. Acid extracts of either atrium, either ventricle, ventricular septum, skeletal muscle, and liver were identically prepared from chickens and rats. Extracts were adjusted to the same protein concentration and injected (0.15 ml/kg) into anesthetized Single Comb White Leghorn roosters. Mean arterial pressure (MAP) and the time for recovery were measured. The most potent extract from chicken hearts was from the left ventricle (-38 +/- 1 mm Hg, 149 +/- 9 sec to recover). All other extracts (including right ventricle) produced only small (10-20 mm Hg), short-lived (20-30 sec) decreases in MAP. In contrast, only rat atrial extracts evoked long-lasting hypotension (greater than 40 mm Hg, recovery time greater than 200 sec). A 30-min infusion of the most potent chicken extract (left ventricle, CLV) into rats produced a small but significant natriuresis and diuresis compared to the vehicle time control (P less than 0.05) and the hypotensive response to bolus injection was about one-third that seen in the chicken. The location of potent spasmolytic activity primarily in chicken left ventricle, the different avian renal responses to chicken heart extract and synthetic rat ANP (5), and the weak diuretic, natriuretic, and hypotensive effects of CLV extract in rats all suggest that the chicken heart substance may be different from mammalian ANP. PMID:2962198

  15. A potent hypotensive factor in chicken left ventricle.

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    Reilly T; Gregg CM; Wideman RF Jr; Jarrett-Zaczek D

    1987-12-01

    Chicken artria and ventricles both have membrane-bound granules which resemble those containing atriopeptin (ANP) in mammals. However, nothing is known about the contents of the avian granules. A previous study in chickens showed that although extracts of whole chicken heart or synthetic rat ANP both caused profound hypotension, ANP caused both natriuresis and diuresis, while chicken heart extract did not. The present study sought to locate the region(s) of chicken heart containing the hypotensive activity, and to observe the effect on sodium and water excretion and blood pressure in rats. Acid extracts of either atrium, either ventricle, ventricular septum, skeletal muscle, and liver were identically prepared from chickens and rats. Extracts were adjusted to the same protein concentration and injected (0.15 ml/kg) into anesthetized Single Comb White Leghorn roosters. Mean arterial pressure (MAP) and the time for recovery were measured. The most potent extract from chicken hearts was from the left ventricle (-38 +/- 1 mm Hg, 149 +/- 9 sec to recover). All other extracts (including right ventricle) produced only small (10-20 mm Hg), short-lived (20-30 sec) decreases in MAP. In contrast, only rat atrial extracts evoked long-lasting hypotension (greater than 40 mm Hg, recovery time greater than 200 sec). A 30-min infusion of the most potent chicken extract (left ventricle, CLV) into rats produced a small but significant natriuresis and diuresis compared to the vehicle time control (P less than 0.05) and the hypotensive response to bolus injection was about one-third that seen in the chicken. The location of potent spasmolytic activity primarily in chicken left ventricle, the different avian renal responses to chicken heart extract and synthetic rat ANP (5), and the weak diuretic, natriuretic, and hypotensive effects of CLV extract in rats all suggest that the chicken heart substance may be different from mammalian ANP.

  16. Discovery of 1,1'-Biphenyl-4-sulfonamides as a New Class of Potent and Selective Carbonic Anhydrase XIV Inhibitors.

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    La Regina, Giuseppe; Coluccia, Antonio; Famiglini, Valeria; Pelliccia, Sveva; Monti, Ludovica; Vullo, Daniela; Nuti, Elisa; Alterio, Vincenzo; De Simone, Giuseppina; Monti, Simona Maria; Pan, Peiwen; Parkkila, Seppo; Supuran, Claudiu T; Rossello, Armando; Silvestri, Romano

    2015-11-12

    New 1,1'-biphenylsulfonamides were synthesized and evaluated as inhibitors of the ubiquitous human carbonic anhydrase isoforms I, II, IX, XII, and XIV using acetazolamide (AAZ) as reference compound. The sulfonamides 1-21 inhibited all the isoforms, with Ki values in the nanomolar range of concentration, and were superior to AAZ against all of them. X-ray crystallography and molecular modeling studies on the adducts that compound 20, the most potent hCA XIV inhibitor of the series (Ki = 0.26 nM), formed with the five hCAs, provided insight into the molecular determinants responsible for the high affinity of this molecule toward the target enzymes. The results pave the way to the development of 1.1'-biphenylsulfonamides as a new class of highy potent hCA XIV inhibitors. PMID:26497049

  17. The nature of electrical interaction of Schottky contacts

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    Torkhov, N. A.

    2011-08-15

    Electrical interaction between metal-semiconductor contacts combined in a diode matrix with a Schottky barrier manifests itself in an appreciable variation in their surface potentials and static current-volt-characteristics. The necessary condition for appearance of electrical interaction between such contacts consists in the presence of a peripheral electric field (a halo) around them; this field propagates to a fairly large distances (<30 {mu}m). The sufficient condition is the presence of regions where the above halos overlap. It has been shown that variation in the surface potential and the current-voltage characteristics of contacts occurs under the effect of the intrinsic electric field of the contact's periphery and also under the effect of an electric field at matrix periphery; the latter field is formed as a result of superposition of electric fields of halos which form its contacts. The degree of the corresponding effect is governed by the distance between contacts and by the total charge of the space charge regions for all contacts of the matrix: their number, sizes (diameter D{sub i,j}), concentration of doping impurities in the semiconductor N{sub D}, and physical nature of a metal-semiconductor system with a Schottky barrier (with the barrier height {phi}{sub b}). It is established that bringing the contacts closer leads to a relative decrease in the threshold value of the 'dead' zone in the forward current-voltage characteristics, an increase in the effective height of the barrier, and an insignificant increase in the nonideality factor. An increase in the total area of contacts (a total electric charge in the space charge region) in the matrix brings about an increase in the threshold value of the 'dead' zone, a relative decrease in the effective barrier height, and an insignificant increase in the ideality factor.

  18. Multimodal characterization of contact lenses

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    Marcus, Michael A.; Compertore, David; Gibson, Donald S.; Herbrand, Matthew E.; Ignatovich, Filipp V.

    2015-10-01

    A table top instrument has been designed, constructed and tested to characterize all of the primary optical and physical properties of contact lenses. Measured optical properties include base power, cylinder power, cylindrical axis, prism, refractive index and wavefront aberrations. Measured physical properties include center thickness, lens diameter and lens sagittal depth. The instrument combines a Shack-Hartmann wavefront sensor (SHWS), a machine vision sensor, and a low coherence light interferometer (LCI) all coaxially aligned into a single tabletop unit. The unit includes a cuvette, mounted in a translatable sample chamber for holding the contact lens under test, and it can be configured to measure wet or dry contact lenses. During operation, the vision sensor measures the diameter of the lens, and locates the center of the lens. The lens is then aligned for other measurements. The vision sensor can also measure various alignment marks on the lens, as well as identify any alpha numerical features, which can be used to associate the lens orientation with the measured aberrations. The LCI measures the center thickness, sagittal depth and index of refraction of the contact lens. The base radius of curvature is then calculated using these measured parameters. The SHWS measures the lenses prescription power, including spherical, cylinder, prism, and higher order wavefront aberrations. NIST traceable calibration artifacts are used to calibrate the SHWS, machine vision and LCI modalities. Repeatability measurements on a contact lens in a saline solution are presented.

  19. Elastohydrodynamic lubrication of elliptical contacts

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    Hamrock, B. J.

    1982-01-01

    Fully flooded, elastohydrodynamically lubricated, elliptical contacts are discussed. The relevant equations used in the elastohydrodynamic lubrication (EHL) of elliptical contacts are briefly described. Film thickness equations are developed for materials of high elastic modulus, such as metal, and for materials of low elastic modulus, such as rubber. In addition to the film thickness equations that are developed, plots of pressure and film thickness are presented. A theoretical study of the influence of lubricant starvation on film thickness and pressure in hard and soft elliptical elastohydrodynamic contacts is presented. From the results for both hard and soft EHL contacts a simple and important dimensionless inlet boundary distance is specified. It is also found that the film thickness for a starved condition can be written in dimensionless terms as a function of the inlet distance parameter and the film thickness for a fully flooded condition. contour plots of pressure and film thickness in and around the contact are shown for fully flooded and starved conditions. The theoretical findings are compared directly with results obtained experimentally.

  20. Contact damping in microelectromechanical actuators

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    Khater, M. E.; Akhtar, S.; Park, S.; Ozdemir, S.; Abdel-Rahman, E.; Vyasarayani, C. P.; Yavuz, M.

    2014-12-01

    We examine the significance of the energy loss mechanisms active in electrostatic MEMS actuators. We find that the dominant loss mechanism changes depending on the actuator mode of operation. We find that the active mechanisms in the order of their significance are: fluid-structure interactions dominant for actuators operating in air, actuator-substrate interactions dominant for actuators in contact with a substrate under vacuum, and intrinsic loss mechanisms dominant for actuators in-flight under vacuum. Further, experimental results show that the quality factor of an electrostatic MEMS actuator drops drastically as the actuator first comes into line contact with a substrate. As the contact area expands along the actuator length, the quality factor increases. Measurements under 1 Torr vacuum show a three-fold increase in the quality factor as the contact area expands from a line to 30% of the actuator area. This increase in the quality factor is attributed to the drop in the contribution of friction forces into energy losses as contact expands and adhesion forces increase.

  1. Discovery of benzamides as potent human ?3 adrenergic receptor agonists.

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    Zhu, Cheng; Kar, Nam F; Li, Bing; Costa, Melissa; Dingley, Karen H; Di Salvo, Jerry; Ha, Sookhee N; Hurley, Amanda L; Li, Xiaofang; Miller, Randy R; Salituro, Gino M; Struthers, Mary; Weber, Ann E; Hale, Jeffrey J; Edmondson, Scott D

    2016-01-01

    The paper will describe the synthesis and SAR studies that led to the discovery of benzamide (reverse amide) as potent and selective human ?3-adrenergic receptor agonist. Based on conformationally restricted pyrrolidine scaffold we discovered earlier, pyrrolidine benzoic acid intermediate 22 was synthesized. From library synthesis and further optimization efforts, several structurally diverse reverse amides such as 24c and 24i were found to have excellent human ?3-adrenergic potency and good selectivity over the ?1 and ?2 receptors. In addition to human ?1, ?2, ?3 and hERG data, PK of selected compounds will be described. PMID:26590100

  2. Potent Small Agonists of Protease Activated Receptor 2.

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    Yau, Mei-Kwan; Suen, Jacky Y; Xu, Weijun; Lim, Junxian; Liu, Ligong; Adams, Mark N; He, Yaowu; Hooper, John D; Reid, Robert C; Fairlie, David P

    2016-01-14

    Many proteases cut the PAR2 N-terminus resulting in conformational changes that activate cells. Synthetic peptides corresponding to newly exposed N-terminal sequences of PAR2 also activate the receptor at micromolar concentrations. PAR2-selective small molecules reported here induce PAR2-mediated intracellular calcium signaling at nanomolar concentrations (EC50 = 15-100 nM, iCa(2+), CHO-hPAR2 cells). These are the most potent and efficient small molecule ligands to activate PAR2-mediated calcium release and chemotaxis, including for human breast and prostate cancer cells. PMID:26819675

  3. Organometallic osmium arene complexes with potent cancer cell cytotoxicity.

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    Fu, Ying; Habtemariam, Abraha; Pizarro, Ana M; van Rijt, Sabine H; Healey, David J; Cooper, Patricia A; Shnyder, Steven D; Clarkson, Guy J; Sadler, Peter J

    2010-11-25

    Iodido osmium(II) complexes [Os(η(6)-arene)(XY)I](+) (XY = p-hydroxy or p-dimethylaminophenylazopyridine, arene = p-cymene or biphenyl) are potently cytotoxic at nanomolar concentrations toward a panel of human cancer cell lines; e.g., IC(50) = 140 nM for [Os(η(6)-bip)(azpy-NMe(2))I](+) toward A2780 ovarian cancer cells. They exhibit low toxicity and negligible deleterious effects in a colon cancer xenograft model, giving rise to the possibility of a broad therapeutic window. The most active complexes are stable and inert toward aquation. Their cytotoxic activity appears to involve redox mechanisms. PMID:20977192

  4. A potent alpha-glucosidase inhibitor from Myristica cinnamomea King.

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    Sivasothy, Yasodha; Loo, Kong Yong; Leong, Kok Hoong; Litaudon, Marc; Awang, Khalijah

    2016-02-01

    A dimeric acylphenol and a potent ?-glucosidase inhibitor, giganteone D (IC50 5.05?M), was isolated and characterized from the bark of Myristica cinnamomea King. The bark also yielded an acylphenol with an unprecedented skeleton for which the name cinnamomeone A (IC50 358.80?M) was proposed. Their structures were established by means of NMR and MS spectrometric analyses. The Lineweaver-Burk plot of giganteone D indicated that it was a mixed-type inhibitor. This is the first report on the ?-glucosidase inhibiting potential of acylphenols. PMID:26712615

  5. Kisameet Clay Exhibits Potent Antibacterial Activity against the ESKAPE Pathogens

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    Behroozian, Shekooh; Svensson, Sarah L.

    2016-01-01

    ABSTRACT The ESKAPE (Enterococcus faecium, Staphylococcus aureus, Klebsiella pneumoniae, Acinetobacter baumannii, Pseudomonas aeruginosa, and Enterobacter species) pathogens cause an increasing number of nosocomial infections worldwide since they escape the inhibitory effect of the available antibiotics and the immune response. Here, we report the broad-spectrum and potent antibacterial activity of Kisameet clay, a natural clay mineral from British Columbia, Canada, against a group of multidrug-resistant ESKAPE strains. The results suggest that this natural clay might be developed as a therapeutic option for the treatment of serious infections caused by these important pathogens. PMID:26814180

  6. Potent antitubulin tumor cell cytotoxins based on 3-aroyl indazoles.

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    Duan, Jian-Xin; Cai, Xiaohong; Meng, Fanying; Lan, Leslie; Hart, Charles; Matteucci, Mark

    2007-03-01

    A series of 3-aroyl indazoles was synthesized. Modification of the C-7 position resulted in a significant structure-activity relationship (SAR) with acetylene modifications conferring unusual potency in a tumor cell cytotoxicity assay. The most potent compounds exceeded the activity of combretastatin A4 (CA-4), showing single digit nM IC50 values against all cell lines tested including those with known efflux resistance pumps. The inhibition of in vitro tubulin polymerization was comparable to CA-4, consistent with tubulin being the target for these compounds. Competition binding experiments employing [3H]colchicine and purified tubulins demonstrated that the compound specifically binds to the colchicine site. PMID:17286393

  7. Trigocherrierin A, a potent inhibitor of chikungunya virus replication.

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    Bourjot, Mélanie; Leyssen, Pieter; Neyts, Johan; Dumontet, Vincent; Litaudon, Marc

    2014-01-01

    Trigocherrierin A (1) and trigocherriolide E (2), two new daphnane diterpenoid orthoesters (DDOs), and six chlorinated analogues, trigocherrins A, B, F and trigocherriolides A-C, were isolated from the leaves of Trigonostemon cherrieri. Their structures were identified by mass spectrometry, extensive one- and two-dimensional NMR spectroscopy and through comparison with data reported in the literature. These compounds are potent and selective inhibitors of chikungunya virus (CHIKV) replication. Among the DDOs isolated, compound 1 exhibited the strongest anti-CHIKV activity (EC₅₀ = 0.6 ± 0.1 µM, SI = 71.7). PMID:24662077

  8. Trovafloxacin, a new fluoroquinolone with potent activity against Streptococcus pneumoniae.

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    Thomson, K S; Chartrand, S A; Sanders, C C; Block, S L

    1997-01-01

    An in vitro study of the activity of 15 antibacterial agents against 202 recent pediatric isolates of Streptococcus pneumoniae from urban and rural Nebraska and rural Kentucky identified trovafloxacin, ofloxacin, clindamycin, and vancomycin as the most active agents and equally active against both penicillin-susceptible and--resistant strains. In contrast, six beta-lactams, three macrolides, and trimethoprim-sulfamethoxazole were less active overall, especially against penicillin-intermediate and--resistant strains. Trovafloxacin inhibited all strains at a concentration of < or = 0.25 micrograms/ml and was 8- to 16-fold more potent than ofloxacin or ciprofloxacin. PMID:9021213

  9. Pyrazolopyridines as potent PDE4B inhibitors: 5-Heterocycle SAR

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    Mitchell, Charlotte J.; Ballantine, Stuart P.; Coe, Diane M.; Cook, Caroline M.; Delves, Christopher J.; Dowle, Mike D.; Edlin, Chris D.; Hamblin, J. Nicole; Holman, Stuart; Johnson, Martin R.; Jones, Paul S.; Keeling, Sue E.; Kranz, Michael; Lindvall, Mika; Lucas, Fiona S.; Neu, Margarete; Solanke, Yemisi E.; Somers, Don O.; Trivedi, Naimisha A.; Wiseman, Joanne O.

    2012-05-03

    Following the discovery of 4-(substituted amino)-1-alkyl-pyrazolo[3,4-b]pyridine-5-carboxamides as potent and selective phosphodiesterase 4B inhibitors, [Hamblin, J. N.; Angell, T.; Ballentine, S., et al. Bioorg. Med. Chem. Lett.2008, 18, 4237] the SAR of the 5-position was investigated further. A range of substituted heterocycles showed good potencies against PDE4. Optimisation using X-ray crystallography and computational modelling led to the discovery of 16, with sub-nM inhibition of LPS-induced TNF-{alpha} production from isolated human peripheral blood mononuclear cells.

  10. Synthesis of Novel Compounds as New Potent Tyrosinase Inhibitors

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    Hamidian, Hooshang

    2013-01-01

    In the present paper, we report the synthesis and pharmacological evaluation of a new series of azo compounds with different groups (1-naphthol, 2-naphthol, and N,N-dimethylaniline) and trifluoromethoxy and fluoro substituents in the scaffold. All synthesized compounds (5a5f) showed the most potent mushroom tyrosinase inhibition (IC50 values in the range of 4.39 0.761.71 0.49?M), comparable to the kojic acid, as reference standard inhibitor. All the novel compounds were characterized by FT-IR, 1H NMR, 13C NMR, and elemental analysis. PMID:24260737

  11. Discovery of Tertiary Sulfonamides as Potent Liver X Receptor Antagonists

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    Zuercher, William J.; Buckholz?, Richard G.; Campobasso, Nino; Collins, Jon L.; Galardi, Cristin M.; Gampe, Robert T.; Hyatt, Stephen M.; Merrihew, Susan L.; Moore, John T.; Oplinger, Jeffrey A.; Reid, Paul R.; Spearing, Paul K.; Stanley, Thomas B.; Stewart, Eugene L.; Willson, Timothy M.

    2010-08-12

    Tertiary sulfonamides were identified in a HTS as dual liver X receptor (LXR, NR1H2, and NR1H3) ligands, and the binding affinity of the series was increased through iterative analogue synthesis. A ligand-bound cocrystal structure was determined which elucidated key interactions for high binding affinity. Further characterization of the tertiary sulfonamide series led to the identification of high affinity LXR antagonists. GSK2033 (17) is the first potent cell-active LXR antagonist described to date. 17 may be a useful chemical probe to explore the cell biology of this orphan nuclear receptor.

  12. Prescriptions for Eye Glasses and Contact Lenses

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    ... esta pgina en espaol Prescriptions for Eyeglasses and Contact Lenses Related Items The Basics of LASIK Eye Surgery Buying Cosmetic Contact Lenses? Millions of Americans wear glasses or contact ...

  13. An analytical method for computing atomic contact areas in biomolecules.

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    Mach, Paul; Koehl, Patrice

    2013-01-15

    We propose a new analytical method for detecting and computing contacts between atoms in biomolecules. It is based on the alpha shape theory and proceeds in three steps. First, we compute the weighted Delaunay triangulation of the union of spheres representing the molecule. In the second step, the Delaunay complex is filtered to derive the dual complex. Finally, contacts between spheres are collected. In this approach, two atoms i and j are defined to be in contact if their centers are connected by an edge in the dual complex. The contact areas between atom i and its neighbors are computed based on the caps formed by these neighbors on the surface of i; the total area of all these caps is partitioned according to their spherical Laguerre Voronoi diagram on the surface of i. This method is analytical and its implementation in a new program BallContact is fast and robust. We have used BallContact to study contacts in a database of 1551 high resolution protein structures. We show that with this new definition of atomic contacts, we generate realistic representations of the environments of atoms and residues within a protein. In particular, we establish the importance of nonpolar contact areas that complement the information represented by the accessible surface areas. This new method bears similarity to the tessellation methods used to quantify atomic volumes and contacts, with the advantage that it does not require the presence of explicit solvent molecules if the surface of the protein is to be considered. © 2012 Wiley Periodicals, Inc. PMID:22965816

  14. Method and apparatus for high-efficiency direct contact condensation

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    Bharathan, D.; Parent, Y.; Hassani, A.V.

    1999-07-20

    A direct contact condenser having a downward vapor flow chamber and an upward vapor flow chamber, wherein each of the vapor flow chambers includes a plurality of cooling liquid supplying pipes and a vapor-liquid contact medium disposed thereunder to facilitate contact and direct heat exchange between the vapor and cooling liquid. The contact medium includes a plurality of sheets arranged to form vertical interleaved channels or passageways for the vapor and cooling liquid streams. The upward vapor flow chamber also includes a second set of cooling liquid supplying pipes disposed beneath the vapor-liquid contact medium which operate intermittently in response to a pressure differential within the upward vapor flow chamber. The condenser further includes separate wells for collecting condensate and cooling liquid from each of the vapor flow chambers. In alternate embodiments, the condenser includes a cross-current flow chamber and an upward flow chamber, a plurality of upward flow chambers, or a single upward flow chamber. The method of use of the direct contact condenser of this invention includes passing a vapor stream sequentially through the downward and upward vapor flow chambers, where the vapor is condensed as a result of heat exchange with the cooling liquid in the contact medium. The concentration of noncondensable gases in the resulting condensate-liquid mixtures can be minimized by controlling the partial pressure of the vapor, which depends in part upon the geometry of the vapor-liquid contact medium. In another aspect of this invention, the physical and chemical performance of a direct contact condenser can be predicted based on the vapor and coolant compositions, the condensation conditions, and the geometric properties of the contact medium. 39 figs.

  15. Method and apparatus for high-efficiency direct contact condensation

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    Bharathan, Desikan; Parent, Yves; Hassani, A. Vahab

    1999-01-01

    A direct contact condenser having a downward vapor flow chamber and an upward vapor flow chamber, wherein each of the vapor flow chambers includes a plurality of cooling liquid supplying pipes and a vapor-liquid contact medium disposed thereunder to facilitate contact and direct heat exchange between the vapor and cooling liquid. The contact medium includes a plurality of sheets arranged to form vertical interleaved channels or passageways for the vapor and cooling liquid streams. The upward vapor flow chamber also includes a second set of cooling liquid supplying pipes disposed beneath the vapor-liquid contact medium which operate intermittently in response to a pressure differential within the upward vapor flow chamber. The condenser further includes separate wells for collecting condensate and cooling liquid from each of the vapor flow chambers. In alternate embodiments, the condenser includes a cross-current flow chamber and an upward flow chamber, a plurality of upward flow chambers, or a single upward flow chamber. The method of use of the direct contact condenser of this invention includes passing a vapor stream sequentially through the downward and upward vapor flow chambers, where the vapor is condensed as a result of heat exchange with the cooling liquid in the contact medium. The concentration of noncondensable gases in the resulting condensate-liquid mixtures can be minimized by controlling the partial pressure of the vapor, which depends in part upon the geometry of the vapor-liquid contact medium. In another aspect of this invention, the physical and chemical performance of a direct contact condenser can be predicted based on the vapor and coolant compositions, the condensation conditions. and the geometric properties of the contact medium.

  16. Ultrasonic contact microprobe: experimental results.

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    Paladino, J; Stimac, D; Rotim, K; Pirker, N; Stimac, A

    2000-06-01

    At the Department of Neurosurgery, School of Medicine, University of Zagreb, the original ultrasonic contact microprobe (UCM) was designed. The efficacy of the instrument was tested on 120 brains of Wistar strain rats. The authors have been investigating the possibility of transferring high-energy ultrasound through the titanium wire probe of the device and the efficacy of UCM in controlled punctiform destruction of brain tissue. Light and electron microscope assessed the lesions made in the brains of experimental rats. Histological findings in the preparations showed the zone of thermal injuries from 100 to 200 microm and the zone of ultrastructural changes from 200 to 300 microm, indicating the sparing effect of the microprobe with regard to the adjacent neurovascular structures. The small dimensions of the ultrasonic contact microprobe (1.6 mm) enable its introduction through the operating canal of a ventriculoscope. Further research is expected to show the efficacy of the ultrasonic contact microprobe in endoscopic neurosurgery. PMID:10943983

  17. Scaling effects in Schottky contacts

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    Ruzin, A.

    2015-11-01

    This article reports on scaling effects in Schottky contacts on various types of semiconductors, including low resistivity, semi-intrinsic, and deep-level compensated. The investigation was performed using a finite element computation and drift-diffusion transport model. In low resistivity semiconductors, the currents scale with contact area as long as thermionic emission process dominates the current transport, with limited impact of velocity saturation effect. In high resistivity semiconductors, the scaling is much more complex due to the considerable impact of minority carrier contribution. In several cases, the currents scale with contact radius, rather than with area, due to corresponding electric field variations. In some compensated materials, the impact of velocity saturation was shown to boost the current, due to carrier accumulation and corresponding space charge variations.

  18. 78 FR 14549 - National Contact Center; Information Collection; National Contact Center Customer Evaluation Survey

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    ... ADMINISTRATION National Contact Center; Information Collection; National Contact Center Customer Evaluation Survey AGENCY: Contact Center Services, Federal Citizen Information Center, Office of Citizen Services... requirement regarding the National Contact Center customer evaluation surveys. In this request, the...

  19. Identification of potent inhibitors of Helicoverpa armigera gut proteinases from winged bean seeds.

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    Giri, Ashok P; Harsulkar, Abhay M; Ku, Maurice S B; Gupta, Vidya S; Deshpande, Vasanti V; Ranjekar, Prabhakar K; Franceschi, Vincent R

    2003-07-01

    Dry mature seeds of winged bean (Psophocarpus tetragonolobus L., DC.) (WB) contain several proteinase inhibitors. Two-dimensional gel analysis of WB seed protein followed by activity visualization using a gel-X-ray film contact print technique revealed at least 14 trypsin inhibitors (TIs) in the range of 28-6 kD. A total of seven inhibitors (WBTI-1 to 7) were purified by heat treatment and gel filtration followed by elution from preparative native gels. Based on their biochemical characterization such as molecular mass, pI, heat stability, and susceptibility to inactivation by reducing agents, WBTI-1 to 4 are Kunitz type inhibitors while WBTI-5 to 7 are classified as Bowman-Birk type serine proteinase inhibitors. Although Kunitz type TIs (20-24 kD) of WB have been reported, the smaller TIs that belong to the Bowman-Birk type have not been previously characterized. Seven major TIs isolated from WB seed were individually assessed for their potential to inhibit the gut proteinases (HGP) of Helicoverpa armigera, a pest of several economically important crops, which produces at least six major and several minor trypsin/chymotrypsin/elastase-like serine proteinases in the gut. WBTI-1 (28 kD) was identified as a potent inhibitor of HGP relative to trypsin and among the other WBTIs; it inhibited 94% of HGP activity while at the same concentration it inhibited only 22% of trypsin activity. WBTI-2 (24 kD) and WBTI-4 (20 kD) inhibited HGP activity greater than 85%. WBTI-3,-5,-6 and-7 showed limited inhibition of HGP as compared with trypsin. These results indicate that WBTIs have different binding potentials towards HGP although most of the HGP activity is trypsin-like. We also developed a simple and versatile method for identifying and purifying proteinase inhibitors after two-dimensional separation using the gel-X-ray film contact print technique. PMID:12809712

  20. Contacts de langues et representations (Language Contacts and Representations).

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    Matthey, Marinette, Ed.

    1997-01-01

    Essays on language contact and the image of language, entirely in French, include: "Representations 'du' contexte et representations 'en' contexte? Eleves et enseignants face a l'apprentissage de la langue" ("Representations 'of' Context or Representations 'in' Context? Students and Teachers Facing Language Learning" (Laurent Gajo); "Le crepuscule…

  1. Dermatitis, contact on the cheek (image)

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    ... skin inflammation (dermatitis) on the cheek caused by contact with a substance that produced an allergic reaction (allergen). Contact dermatitis causes redness, itching, and small blisters (vesicles).

  2. Contacts of space--times

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    Maia, M.D.

    1981-03-01

    The concept of contact between manifolds is applied to space--times of general relativity. For a given background space--time a contact approximation of second order is defined and interpreted both from the point of view of a metric pertubation and of a higher order tangent manifold. In the first case, an application to the high frequency gravitational wave hypothesis is suggested. In the second case, a constant curvature tangent bundle is constructed and suggested as a means to define a ten parameter local space--time symmetry.

  3. Non- contacting capacitive diagnostic device

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    Ellison, Timothy

    2005-07-12

    A non-contacting capacitive diagnostic device includes a pulsed light source for producing an electric field in a semiconductor or photovoltaic device or material to be evaluated and a circuit responsive to the electric field. The circuit is not in physical contact with the device or material being evaluated and produces an electrical signal characteristic of the electric field produced in the device or material. The diagnostic device permits quality control and evaluation of semiconductor or photovoltaic device properties in continuous manufacturing processes.

  4. Point contact silicon solar cells

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    Swanson, R. M.

    1986-01-01

    The construction of a 22.2% efficient single-crystal silicon solar cell fabricated at Stanford University is described. The cell dimensions were 3 x 5 mm and 100 microns thick with a base lifetime of 500 microseconds. The cell featured light trapping between a texturized top surface and a reflective bottom surface, small point contact diffusions, alternating between n-type and p-type in a polka-dot pattern on the bottom surface, and a surface passivation on all surfaces between contact regions.

  5. Back contact buffer layer for thin-film solar cells

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    Compaan, Alvin D.; Plotnikov, Victor V.

    2014-09-09

    A photovoltaic cell structure is disclosed that includes a buffer/passivation layer at a CdTe/Back contact interface. The buffer/passivation layer is formed from the same material that forms the n-type semiconductor active layer. In one embodiment, the buffer layer and the n-type semiconductor active layer are formed from cadmium sulfide (CdS). A method of forming a photovoltaic cell includes the step of forming the semiconductor active layers and the buffer/passivation layer within the same deposition chamber and using the same material source.

  6. Drug Screen Targeted at Plasmodium Liver Stages Identifies a Potent Multistage Antimalarial Drug

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    da Cruz, Filipa P.; Martin, Ccilie; Buchholz, Kathrin; Lafuente-Monasterio, Maria J.; Rodrigues, Tiago; Snnichsen, Birte; Moreira, Rui; Gamo, Francisco-Javier; Marti, Matthias; Mota, Maria M.; Hannus, Michael

    2012-01-01

    Plasmodium parasites undergo a clinically silent and obligatory developmental phase in the hosts liver cells before they are able to infect erythrocytes and cause malaria symptoms. To overcome the scarcity of compounds targeting the liver stage of malaria, we screened a library of 1037 existing drugs for their ability to inhibit Plasmodium hepatic development. Decoquinate emerged as the strongest inhibitor of Plasmodium liver stages, both in vitro and in vivo. Furthermore, decoquinate kills the parasites replicative blood stages and is active against developing gametocytes, the forms responsible for transmission. The drug acts by selectively and specifically inhibiting the parasites mitochondrial bc1 complex, with little cross-resistance with the antimalarial drug atovaquone. Oral administration of a single dose of decoquinate effectively prevents the appearance of disease, warranting its exploitation as a potent antimalarial compound. PMID:22396598

  7. Synthesis, molecular modeling, and biological evaluation of novel chiral thiosemicarbazone derivatives as potent anticancer agents.

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    Taşdemir, Demet; Karaküçük-İyidoğan, Ayşegül; Ulaşli, Mustafa; Taşkin-Tok, Tuğba; Oruç-Emre, Emİne Elçİn; Bayram, Hasan

    2015-02-01

    A series of new chiral thiosemicarbazones derived from homochiral amines in both enantiomeric forms were synthesized and evaluated for their in vitro antiproliferative activity against A549 (human alveolar adenocarcinoma), MCF-7 (human breast adenocarcinoma), HeLa (human cervical adenocarcinoma), and HGC-27 (human stomach carcinoma) cell lines. Some of compounds showed inhibitory activities on the growth of cancer cell lines. Especially, compound exhibited the most potent activity (IC50 4.6 μM) against HGC-27 as compared with the reference compound, sindaxel (IC50 10.3 μM), and could be used as a lead compound to search new chiral thiosemicarbazone derivatives as antiproliferative agents. PMID:25399965

  8. Current Advances in Antitubercular Drug Discovery: Potent Prototypes and New Targets.

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    Dos Santos Fernandes, Guilherme Felipe; Jornada, Daniela Hartmann; de Souza, Paula Carolina; Chin, Chung Man; Pavan, Fernando Rogerio; Dos Santos, Jean Leandro

    2015-01-01

    Tuberculosis (TB) is an infectious disease caused by bacterium of the Mycobacterium genus, mainly by Mycobacterium tuberculosis (MTB). The World Health Organization aims to substantially reduce the number of cases in the coming years; however, the increased number of multidrug-resistant (MDR) and extremely drug-resistant (XDR) forms of the bacterium and the lack of treatment for latent tuberculosis are challenges to be overcome. In this review, we have identified the most potent compounds described in the literature during recent years with MIC values < 7 M, low toxicity and a high selective index. In addition, emerging targets in MTB are presented to provide new perspectives for the discovery of new antitubercular drugs. This review aims to summarize the current advances in and promote insights into antitubercular drug discovery. PMID:26282941

  9. Proteolytic processing of QSOX1A ensures efficient secretion of a potent disulfide catalyst

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    Rudolf, Jana; Pringle, MarieA.; Bulleid, NeilJ.

    2013-01-01

    QSOX1 (quiescin sulfhydryl oxidase 1) efficiently catalyses the insertion of disulfide bonds into a wide range of proteins. The enzyme is mechanistically well characterized, but its subcellular location and the identity of its protein substrates remain ill-defined. The function of QSOX1 is likely to involve disulfide formation in proteins entering the secretory pathway or outside the cell. In the present study, we show that this enzyme is efficiently secreted from mammalian cells despite the presence of a transmembrane domain. We identify internal cleavage sites and demonstrate that the protein is processed within the Golgi apparatus to yield soluble enzyme. As a consequence of this efficient processing, QSOX1 is probably functional outside the cell. Also, QSOX1 forms a dimer upon cleavage of the C-terminal domain. The processing of QSOX1 suggests a novel level of regulation of secretion of this potent disulfide catalyst and producer of hydrogen peroxide. PMID:23713614

  10. Chemoproteomics-Enabled Discovery of a Potent and Selective Inhibitor of the DNA Repair Protein MGMT.

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    Wang, Chao; Abegg, Daniel; Hoch, Dominic G; Adibekian, Alexander

    2016-02-01

    We present a novel chemical scaffold for cysteine-reactive covalent inhibitors. Chloromethyl triazoles (CMTs) are readily accessed in only two chemical steps, thus enabling the rapid optimization of the pharmacological properties of these inhibitors. We demonstrate the tunability of the CMTs towards a specific biological target by synthesizing AA-CW236 as the first potent non-pseudosubstrate inhibitor of the O(6) -alkylguanine DNA methyltransferase (MGMT), a protein of major clinical significance for the treatment of several severe cancer forms. Using quantitative proteomics profiling techniques, we show that AA-CW236 exhibits a high degree of selectivity towards MGMT. Finally, we validate the effectiveness of our MGMT inhibitor in combination with the DNA alkylating drug temozolomide in breast and colon cancer cells by fluorescence imaging and a cell-viability assay. Our results may open a new avenue towards the development of a clinically approved MGMT inhibitor. PMID:26798972

  11. Synthesis of potent and orally efficacious 11β-hydroxysteroid dehydrogenase type 1 inhibitor HSD-016.

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    Wan, Zhao-Kui; Chenail, Eva; Li, Huan-Qiu; Kendall, Christopher; Wang, Youchu; Gingras, Stéphane; Xiang, Jason; Massefski, Walter W; Mansour, Tarek S; Saiah, Eddine

    2011-09-01

    Cortisol and the glucocorticoid receptor (GR) signaling pathway has been linked to the development of diabetes and metabolic syndrome. In vivo, 11β-hydroxysteroid dehydrogenase type 1 (11β-HSD1) catalyzes the conversion of inactive cortisone to its active form, cortisol. Existing clinical data have supported 11β-HSD1 as a valid therapeutic target for type 2 diabetes. In our research program, (R)-1,1,1-trifluoro-2-(3-((R)-4-(4-fluoro-2-(trifluoromethyl)phenyl)-2-methylpiperazin-1-ylsulfonyl)phenyl)propan-2-ol (HSD-016) was discovered to be a potent, selective, and efficacious 11β-HSD1 inhibitor and advanced as a clinical candidate. Herein, a reliable and scalable synthesis of HSD-016 is described. Key transformations include an asymmetric synthesis of a chiral tertiary alcohol via Sharpless dihydroxylation, epoxide formation, and subsequent mild reduction. This route ensured multikilogram quantities of HSD-016 necessary for clinical studies. PMID:21736359

  12. Design and synthesis of potent and specific renin inhibitors containing difluorostatine, difluorostatone, and related analogues.

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    Thaisrivongs, S; Pals, D T; Kati, W M; Turner, S R; Thomasco, L M; Watt, W

    1986-10-01

    Peptides that contain difluorostatine and difluorostatone residues have been shown to be potent inhibitors of the aspartyl protease renin. The readily hydrated fluoro ketone is proposed to mimic the tetrahedral intermediate that forms during the enzyme-catalyzed hydrolysis of a peptidic bond. It is suggested that the sp3-hybridized ketal acts as a transition-state analogue renin inhibitor. The fluoro ketone is shown to be a much more effective inhibitor than the corresponding nonfluorinated ketone, which acts as a pseudosubstrate. More lipophilic side chains at the P1 site can enhance the inhibitory potency of the difluorostatine analogue, but this cannot be demonstrated in the difluorostatone series. Additionally, high renin specificity has been shown for a difluorostatone-containing peptide. PMID:3531517

  13. The development of potent and selective bisarylmaleimide GSK3 inhibitors.

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    Engler, Thomas A; Malhotra, Sushant; Burkholder, Timothy P; Henry, James R; Mendel, David; Porter, Warren J; Furness, Kelly; Diefenbacher, Clive; Marquart, Angela; Reel, Jon K; Li, Yihong; Clayton, Joshua; Cunningham, Brian; McLean, Johnathan; O'toole, John C; Brozinick, Joseph; Hawkins, Eric; Misener, Elizabeth; Briere, Daniel; Brier, Richard A; Wagner, Jill R; Campbell, Robert M; Anderson, Bryan D; Vaughn, Renee; Bennett, Donald B; Meier, Timothy I; Cook, James A

    2005-02-15

    Many 3-aryl-4-(1,2,3,4-tetrahydro[1,4]diazepino[6,7,1-hi]indol-7-yl)maleimides exhibit potent GSK3 inhibitory activity (<100 nM IC(50)), although few show significant selectivity (>100x) versus CDK2, CDK4, or PKCbetaII. However, combining 3-(imidazo[1,2-a]pyridin-3-yl), 3-(pyrazolo[1,5-a]pyridin-3-yl) or aza-analogs with a 4-(2-acyl-(1,2,3,4-tetrahydro[1,4]diazepino[6,7,1-hi]indol-7-yl)) group on the maleimide resulted in very potent inhibitors of GSK3 (160 to >10,000-fold selectivity versus CDK2/4 and PKCbetaII. These compounds also inhibited tau phosphorylation in cells and were effective in lowering plasma glucose in a rat model of type 2 diabetes (ZDF rat). PMID:15686883

  14. Isolation of Potent CGRP Neutralizing Antibodies Using Four Simple Assays.

    PubMed

    Neal, Frances; Arnold, Joanne; Rossant, Christine J; Podichetty, Sadhana; Lowne, David; Dobson, Claire; Wilkinson, Trevor; Colley, Caroline; Howes, Rob; Vaughan, Tristan J

    2016-01-01

    Calcitonin gene-related peptide (CGRP) is a small neuropeptide and a potent vasodilator that is widely associated with chronic pain and migraine. An antibody that inhibits CGRP function would be a potential therapeutic for treatment of these disorders. Here we describe the isolation of highly potent antibodies to CGRP from phage and ribosome display libraries and characterization of their epitope, species cross-reactivity, kinetics, and functional activity. Homogenous time-resolved fluorescence (HTRF) binding assays identified antibodies with the desired species cross-reactivity from nave libraries, and HTRF epitope competition assays were used to characterize and group scFv by epitope. The functional inhibition of CGRP and species cross-reactivity of purified scFv and antibodies were subsequently confirmed using cAMP assays. We show that epitope competition assays could be used as a surrogate for functional cell-based assays during affinity maturation, in combination with scFv off-rate ranking by biolayer interferometry (BLI). This is the first time it has been shown that off-rate ranking can be predictive of functional activity for anti-CGRP antibodies. Here we demonstrate how, by using just four simple assays, diverse panels of antibodies to CGRP can be identified. These assay formats have potential utility in the identification of antibodies to other therapeutic targets. PMID:26450103

  15. A potent anticancer agent of shikonin derivative targeting tubulin.

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    Baloch, Shahla Karim; Ma, Lin; Xu, Guo-Hua; Bai, Li-Fei; Zhao, Hua; Tang, Cheng-Yi; Pang, Yan-Jun; Yang, Rong-Wu; Wang, Xiao-Ming; Lu, Gui-Hua; Yang, Yong-Hua

    2015-03-01

    In this study, a shikonin ester derivative, compound , was selected to evaluate its anticancer activities and we found that compound exhibited better antitubulin activities against the human HepG2 cell line with an IC50 value of 1.097??M. Furthermore, the inhibition of tubulin polymerization results indicated that compound demonstrated the most potent antitubulin activity (IC50 ?=?13.88), which was compared with shikonin and colchicine as positive controls (IC50 ?=?25.28??M and 22.56??M), respectively. Compound was simulated to have good binding site with tubulin and arrested the cell cycle at G2/M phase, which also induces apoptosis in HepG2 cells, in which P53 and members of Bcl-2 protein family were both involved in the progress of apoptosis revealed by western blot. Confocal microscopy observations revealed compound targeted tubulin and altered its polymerization by interfering with microtubule organization. Based on these results, compound functions as a potent anticancer agent targeting tubulin. PMID:25663187

  16. Potent Reversible Inhibition of Myeloperoxidase by Aromatic Hydroxamates*

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    Forbes, Louisa V.; Sjögren, Tove; Auchère, Françoise; Jenkins, David W.; Thong, Bob; Laughton, David; Hemsley, Paul; Pairaudeau, Garry; Turner, Rufus; Eriksson, Håkan; Unitt, John F.; Kettle, Anthony J.

    2013-01-01

    The neutrophil enzyme myeloperoxidase (MPO) promotes oxidative stress in numerous inflammatory pathologies by producing hypohalous acids. Its inadvertent activity is a prime target for pharmacological control. Previously, salicylhydroxamic acid was reported to be a weak reversible inhibitor of MPO. We aimed to identify related hydroxamates that are good inhibitors of the enzyme. We report on three hydroxamates as the first potent reversible inhibitors of MPO. The chlorination activity of purified MPO was inhibited by 50% by a 5 nm concentration of a trifluoromethyl-substituted aromatic hydroxamate, HX1. The hydroxamates were specific for MPO in neutrophils and more potent toward MPO compared with a broad range of redox enzymes and alternative targets. Surface plasmon resonance measurements showed that the strength of binding of hydroxamates to MPO correlated with the degree of enzyme inhibition. The crystal structure of MPO-HX1 revealed that the inhibitor was bound within the active site cavity above the heme and blocked the substrate channel. HX1 was a mixed-type inhibitor of the halogenation activity of MPO with respect to both hydrogen peroxide and halide. Spectral analyses demonstrated that hydroxamates can act variably as substrates for MPO and convert the enzyme to a nitrosyl ferrous intermediate. This property was unrelated to their ability to inhibit MPO. We propose that aromatic hydroxamates bind tightly to the active site of MPO and prevent it from producing hypohalous acids. This mode of reversible inhibition has potential for blocking the activity of MPO and limiting oxidative stress during inflammation. PMID:24194519

  17. Potent inhibition of human phosphodiesterase-5 by icariin derivatives.

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    Dell'Agli, Mario; Galli, Germana V; Dal Cero, Esther; Belluti, Federica; Matera, Riccardo; Zironi, Elisa; Pagliuca, Giampiero; Bosisio, Enrica

    2008-09-01

    Plant extracts traditionally used for male impotence (Tribulus terrestris, Ferula hermonis, Epimedium brevicornum, Cinnamomum cassia), and the individual compounds cinnamaldehyde, ferutinin, and icariin, were screened against phosphodiesterase-5A1 (PDE5A1) activity. Human recombinant PDE5A1 was used as the enzyme source. Only E. brevicornum extract (80% inhibition at 50 microg/mL) and its active principle icariin (1) (IC50 5.9 microM) were active. To improve its inhibitory activity, 1 was subjected to various structural modifications. Thus, 3,7-bis(2-hydroxyethyl)icaritin (5), where both sugars in 1 were replaced with hydroxyethyl residues, potently inhibited PDE5A1 with an IC50 very close to that of sildenafil (IC50 75 vs 74 nM). Thus, 5 was 80 times more potent than 1, and its selectivity versus phosphodiesterase-6 (PDE6) and cyclic adenosine monophosphate-phosphodiesterase (cAMP-PDE) was much higher in comparison with sildenafil. The improved pharmacodynamic profile and lack of cytotoxicity on human fibroblasts make compound 5 a promising candidate for further development. PMID:18778098

  18. First principles study of metal contacts to monolayer black phosphorous

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    Chanana, Anuja; Mahapatra, Santanu

    2014-11-28

    Atomically thin layered black phosphorous (BP) has recently appeared as an alternative to the transitional metal dichalcogenides for future channel material in a metal-oxide-semiconductor transistor due to its lower carrier effective mass. Investigation of the electronic property of source/drain contact involving metal and two-dimensional material is essential as it impacts the transistor performance. In this paper, we perform a systematic and rigorous study to evaluate the Ohmic nature of the side-contact formed by the monolayer BP (mBP) and metals (gold, titanium, and palladium), which are commonly used in experiments. Employing the Density Functional Theory, we analyse the potential barrier, charge transfer and atomic orbital overlap at the metal-mBP interface in an optimized structure to understand how efficiently carriers could be injected from metal contact to the mBP channel. Our analysis shows that gold forms a Schottky contact with a higher tunnel barrier at the interface in comparison to the titanium and palladium. mBP contact with palladium is found to be purely Ohmic, where as titanium contact demonstrates an intermediate behaviour.

  19. First principles study of metal contacts to monolayer black phosphorous

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    Chanana, Anuja; Mahapatra, Santanu

    2014-11-01

    Atomically thin layered black phosphorous (BP) has recently appeared as an alternative to the transitional metal dichalcogenides for future channel material in a metal-oxide-semiconductor transistor due to its lower carrier effective mass. Investigation of the electronic property of source/drain contact involving metal and two-dimensional material is essential as it impacts the transistor performance. In this paper, we perform a systematic and rigorous study to evaluate the Ohmic nature of the side-contact formed by the monolayer BP (mBP) and metals (gold, titanium, and palladium), which are commonly used in experiments. Employing the Density Functional Theory, we analyse the potential barrier, charge transfer and atomic orbital overlap at the metal-mBP interface in an optimized structure to understand how efficiently carriers could be injected from metal contact to the mBP channel. Our analysis shows that gold forms a Schottky contact with a higher tunnel barrier at the interface in comparison to the titanium and palladium. mBP contact with palladium is found to be purely Ohmic, where as titanium contact demonstrates an intermediate behaviour.

  20. Using Tutte polynomials to characterize sexual contact networks

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    Cadavid Muñoz, Juan José

    2014-06-01

    Tutte polynomials are used to characterize the dynamic and topology of the sexual contact networks, in which pathogens are transmitted as an epidemic. Tutte polynomials provide an algebraic characterization of the sexual contact networks and allow the projection of spread control strategies for sexual transmission diseases. With the usage of Tutte polynomials, it allows obtaining algebraic expressions for the basic reproductive number of different pathogenic agents. Computations are done using the computer algebra software Maple, and it's GraphTheory Package. The topological complexity of a contact network is represented by the algebraic complexity of the correspondent polynomial. The change in the topology of the contact network is represented as a change in the algebraic form of the associated polynomial. With the usage of the Tutte polynomials, the number of spanning trees for each contact network can be obtained. From the obtained results in the polynomial form, it can be said that Tutte polynomials are of great importance for designing and implementing control measures for slowing down the propagation of sexual transmitted pathologies. As a future research line, the analysis of weighted sexual contact networks using weighted Tutte polynomials is considered.

  1. Analogues of ethionamide, a drug used for multidrug-resistant tuberculosis, exhibit potent inhibition of tyrosinase.

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    Choi, Joonhyeok; Park, Sung-Jean; Jee, Jun-Goo

    2015-12-01

    Tyrosinase catalyzes two distinct sequential reactions in melanin biosynthesis: the hydroxylation of tyrosine to DOPA followed by the oxidation of DOPA to dopaquinone. The central roles of melanin in living species have motivated researchers to maintain constant efforts to discover new agents that modulate tyrosinase activity. In this study, we report on the inhibition of tyrosinase by ethionamide and its analogues. Ethionamide, 2-ethylpyridine-4-carbothioamide, is a second-line antituberculosis drug used for the treatment of multidrug-resistant tuberculosis. The chemical similarity of ethionamide to phenylthiourea, a well-known tyrosinase inhibitor, led us to investigate its inhibitory effects on mushroom tyrosinase and the IC50 was calculated as 4?M. Five analogues of ethionamide, including another antituberculosis drug, prothionamide, were also inhibitory, with values for IC50 in the range of 3-43?M. Fluorescence quenching experiments supported a mechanism of direct binding. In contrast, isoniazid, a structural analogue and first-line antituberculosis drug, was a poor inhibitor of tyrosinase. We also tested the effects of ethionamide and its analogues on melanin content in B16F10cells. At a concentration of 50?M, the molecules, pyridine-2-carbothioamide and thiobenzamide substantially decreased the melanin content by 44% and 37%, respectively. In addition to identifying other interactions, docking simulations showed that the carbothioamide groups of the molecules make essential contacts with the catalytic di-copper atoms. Our results suggest that carbothioamide can be a central moiety for the development of new and potent tyrosinase inhibitors. PMID:26544630

  2. Potent Inhibitors of Plasmodium Phospholipid Metabolism with a Broad Spectrum of In Vitro Antimalarial Activities

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    Ancelin, Marie L.; Calas, Michle; Vidal-Sailhan, Valrie; Herbut, Serge; Ringwald, Pascal; Vial, Henri J.

    2003-01-01

    We characterized the potent in vitro antimalarial activity and biologic assessment of 13 phospholipid polar head analogs on a comparative basis. There was a positive relationship between the abilities of the drugs to inhibit parasite growth in culture and their abilities to specifically inhibit phosphatidylcholine biosynthesis of Plasmodium falciparum-infected erythrocytes. Maximal activity of G25 was observed for the trophozoite stage of the 48-h erythrocytic cycle (50% inhibitory concentration, 0.75 nM), whereas the schizont and ring stages were 12- and 213-fold less susceptible. The compounds exerted a rapid nonreversible cytotoxic effect, with complete clearance of parasitemia after 5 h of contact with the mature stages. The compounds were highly specific against P. falciparum, with much lower toxicity against three other mammalian cell lines, and the in vitro therapeutic indices ranged from 300 to 2,500,000. Finally, the monoquaternary ammonium E10 and two bis-ammonium salts, G5 and G25, were similarly active against multiresistant strains and fresh isolates of P. falciparum. This impressive selective in vitro toxicity against P. falciparum strongly highlights the clinical potential of these quaternary ammonium salts for malarial chemotherapy. PMID:12878524

  3. Morphology and the Strength of Intermolecular Contact in Protein Crystals

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    Matsuura, Yoshiki; Chernov, Alexander A.

    2002-01-01

    The strengths of intermolecular contacts (macrobonds) in four lysozyme crystals were estimated based on the strengths of individual intermolecular interatomic interaction pairs. The periodic bond chain of these macrobonds accounts for the morphology of protein crystals as shown previously. Further in this paper, the surface area of contact, polar coordinate representation of contact site, Coulombic contribution on the macrobond strength, and the surface energy of the crystal have been evaluated. Comparing location of intermolecular contacts in different polymorphic crystal modifications, we show that these contacts can form a wide variety of patches on the molecular surface. The patches are located practically everywhere on this surface except for the concave active site. The contacts frequently include water molecules, with specific intermolecular hydrogen-bonds on the background of non-specific attractive interactions. The strengths of macrobonds are also compared to those of other protein complex systems. Making use of the contact strengths and taking into account bond hydration we also estimated crystal-water interfacial energies for different crystal faces.

  4. Cyclic alpha-conotoxin peptidomimetic chimeras as potent GLP-1R agonists.

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    Swedberg, Joakim E; Schroeder, Christina I; Mitchell, Justin M; Durek, Thomas; Fairlie, David P; Edmonds, David J; Griffith, David A; Ruggeri, Roger B; Derksen, David R; Loria, Paula M; Liras, Spiros; Price, David A; Craik, David J

    2015-10-20

    Type 2 diabetes mellitus (T2DM) results from compromised pancreatic ?-cell function, reduced insulin production, and lowered insulin sensitivity in target organs resulting in hyperglycemia. The GLP-1 hormone has two biologically active forms, GLP-1-(7-37) and GLP-1-(7-36)amide, which are equipotent at the glucagon-like peptide-1 receptor (GLP-1R). These peptides are central both to normal glucose metabolism and dysregulation in T2DM. Several structurally modified GLP-1 analogues are now approved drugs, and a number of other analogues are in clinical trials. None of these compounds is orally bioavailable and all require parenteral delivery. Recently, a number of smaller peptidomimetics containing 11-12 natural and unnatural amino acids have been identified that have similar insulin regulating profiles as GLP-1. The ?-conotoxins are a class of disulfide rich peptide venoms isolated from cone snails, and are known for their highly constrained structures and resistance to enzymatic degradation. In this study, we examined whether 11-residue peptidomimetics incorporated into ?-conotoxin scaffolds, forming monocyclic or bicyclic compounds constrained by disulfide bonds and/or backbone cyclization, could activate the GLP-1 receptor (GLP-1R). Several compounds showed potent (nanomolar) agonist activity at GLP-1R, as evaluated via cAMP signaling. In addition, HPLC retention times and in silico calculations suggested that mono- and bicyclic compounds had more favorable n-octanol/water partition coefficients according to the virtual partition coefficient model (vLogP), while maintaining a smaller radius of gyration compared to corresponding uncyclized peptidomimetics. Our findings suggest that cyclic peptidomimetics provide a potential avenue for future design of potent, compact ligands targeting GLP-1R and possessing improved physicochemical properties. PMID:26352676

  5. Thermal and electrical contact conductance studies

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    Vansciver, S. W.; Nilles, M.

    1985-01-01

    Prediction of electrical and thermal contact resistance for pressed, nominally flat contacts is complicated by the large number of variables which influence contact formation. This is reflected in experimental results as a wide variation in contact resistances, spanning up to six orders of magnitude. A series of experiments were performed to observe the effects of oxidation and surface roughness on contact resistance. Electrical contact resistance and thermal contact conductance from 4 to 290 K on OFHC Cu contacts are reported. Electrical contact resistance was measured with a 4-wire DC technique. Thermal contact conductance was determined by steady-state longitudinal heat flow. Corrections for the bulk contribution ot the overall measured resistance were made, with the remaining resistance due solely to the presence of the contact.

  6. End-bonded contacts for carbon nanotube transistors with low, size-independent resistance

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    Cao, Qing; Han, Shu-Jen; Tersoff, Jerry; Franklin, Aaron D.; Zhu, Yu; Zhang, Zhen; Tulevski, George S.; Tang, Jianshi; Haensch, Wilfried

    2015-10-01

    Moving beyond the limits of silicon transistors requires both a high-performance channel and high-quality electrical contacts. Carbon nanotubes provide high-performance channels below 10 nanometers, but as with silicon, the increase in contact resistance with decreasing size becomes a major performance roadblock. We report a single-walled carbon nanotube (SWNT) transistor technology with an end-bonded contact scheme that leads to size-independent contact resistance to overcome the scaling limits of conventional side-bonded or planar contact schemes. A high-performance SWNT transistor was fabricated with a sub-10-nanometer contact length, showing a device resistance below 36 kilohms and on-current above 15 microampere per tube. The p-type end-bonded contact, formed through the reaction of molybdenum with the SWNT to form carbide, also exhibited no Schottky barrier. This strategy promises high-performance SWNT transistors, enabling future ultimately scaled device technologies.

  7. Optofluidic realization and retaining of cellcell contact using an abrupt tapered optical fibre

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    Xin, Hongbao; Zhang, Yao; Lei, Hongxiang; Li, Yayi; Zhang, Huixian; Li, Baojun

    2013-01-01

    Studies reveal that there exists much interaction and communication between bacterial cells, with parts of these social behaviors depending on cellcell contacts. The cellcell contact has proved to be crucial for determining various biochemical processes. However, for cell culture with relatively low cell concentration, it is difficult to precisely control and retain the contact of a small group of cells. Particularly, the retaining of cellcell contact is difficult when flows occur in the medium. Here, we report an optofluidic method for realization and retaining of Escherichia coli cellcell contact in a microfluidic channel using an abrupt tapered optical fibre. The contact process is based on launching a 980-nm wavelength laser into the fibre, E. coli cells were trapped onto the fibre tip one after another, retaining cellcell contact and forming a highly organized cell chain. The formed chains further show the ability as bio-optical waveguides. PMID:23771190

  8. Imaging surface contacts: Power law contact distributions and contact stresses in quartz, calcite, glass and acrylic plastic

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    Dieterich, J.H.; Kilgore, B.D.

    1996-01-01

    A procedure has been developed to obtain microscope images of regions of contact between roughened surfaces of transparent materials, while the surfaces are subjected to static loads or undergoing frictional slip. Static loading experiments with quartz, calcite, soda-lime glass and acrylic plastic at normal stresses to 30 MPa yield power law distributions of contact areas from the smallest contacts that can be resolved (3.5 ??m2) up to a limiting size that correlates with the grain size of the abrasive grit used to roughen the surfaces. In each material, increasing normal stress results in a roughly linear increase of the real area of contact. Mechanisms of contact area increase are by growth of existing contacts, coalescence of contacts and appearance of new contacts. Mean contacts stresses are consistent with the indentation strength of each material. Contact size distributions are insensitive to normal stress indicating that the increase of contact area is approximately self-similar. The contact images and contact distributions are modeled using simulations of surfaces with random fractal topographies. The contact process for model fractal surfaces is represented by the simple expedient of removing material at regions where surface irregularities overlap. Synthetic contact images created by this approach reproduce observed characteristics of the contacts and demonstrate that the exponent in the power law distributions depends on the scaling exponent used to generate the surface topography.

  9. Emerging magnetic order in platinum atomic contacts and chains

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    Strigl, Florian; Espy, Christopher; Bckle, Maximilian; Scheer, Elke; Pietsch, Torsten

    2015-02-01

    The development of atomic-scale structures revealing novel transport phenomena is a major goal of nanotechnology. Examples include chains of atoms that form while stretching a transition metal contact or the predicted formation of magnetic order in these chains, the existence of which is still debated. Here we report an experimental study of the magneto-conductance (MC) and anisotropic MC with atomic-size contacts and mono-atomic chains of the nonmagnetic metal platinum. We find a pronounced and diverse MC behaviour, the amplitude and functional dependence change when stretching the contact by subatomic distances. These findings can be interpreted as a signature of local magnetic order in the chain, which may be of particular importance for the application of atomic-sized contacts in spintronic devices of the smallest possible size.

  10. Ball bearing lubrication: The elastohydrodynamics of elliptical contacts

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    Hamrock, B. J.; Dowson, D.

    1981-01-01

    The history of ball bearings is examined, taking into account rollers and the wheel in the early civilizations, the development of early forms of rolling-element bearings in the classical civilizations, the Middle Ages, the Industrial Revolution, the emergence of the precision ball bearing, scientific studies of contact mechanics and rolling friction, and the past fifty years. An introduction to ball bearings is presented, and aspects of ball bearing mechanics are explored. Basic characteristics of lubrication are considered along with lubrication equations, the lubrication of rigid ellipsoidal solids, and elastohydrodynamic lubrication theory. Attention is given to the theoretical results for fully flooded elliptical hydrodynamic contacts, the theoretical results for starved elliptical contacts, experimental investigations, the elastohydrodynamics of elliptical contacts for materials of low elastic modulus, the film thickness for different regimes of fluid-film lubrication, and applications.

  11. Emerging magnetic order in platinum atomic contacts and chains

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    Strigl, Florian; Espy, Christopher; Bckle, Maximilian; Scheer, Elke; Pietsch, Torsten

    2015-01-01

    The development of atomic-scale structures revealing novel transport phenomena is a major goal of nanotechnology. Examples include chains of atoms that form while stretching a transition metal contact or the predicted formation of magnetic order in these chains, the existence of which is still debated. Here we report an experimental study of the magneto-conductance (MC) and anisotropic MC with atomic-size contacts and mono-atomic chains of the nonmagnetic metal platinum. We find a pronounced and diverse MC behaviour, the amplitude and functional dependence change when stretching the contact by subatomic distances. These findings can be interpreted as a signature of local magnetic order in the chain, which may be of particular importance for the application of atomic-sized contacts in spintronic devices of the smallest possible size. PMID:25649440

  12. Contact Eczema Caused by True Teak (Tectona Grandis)

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    Krogh, H. K.

    1962-01-01

    An epidemiological study of occupational contact eczema in a furniture factory is presented. The localization, distribution, and clinical features of the skin lesions were characteristic of contact eczema caused by a sensitizing or irritating dust. True teakTectona grandiswas the cause of the skin condition. That teak is a fairly potent sensitizer and also contains primary irritants is fully confirmed by the present study. About half the employees who were heavily exposed to teak dust suffered from eczema and/or severe itching. Only 8% of those with slight exposure to teak dust experienced skin symptoms. Patch tests with native teak dust moistened with water were applied on 10 controls and 112 workers who were exposed to teak in various working procedures. Moistened teak dust produced toxic reactions in 205%, while native teak dust did not have primary irritant effects and was, therefore, considered to be the substance of choice for patch testing; 187% of the workers showed an allergic skin reaction to native teak dust. The diagnosis of allergic contact eczema was made in 125%, and 62% were considered to have latent allergy. Primary irritant (contact) eczema was considered to be present in four individuals who had experienced acute, transitory, eczematous eruptions during the hot part of the summer when they perspired freely. In these cases the patch test to native teak dust was negative. Desensitization or hardening was observed in four workers. In most cases the skin lesions were not severe enough to cause sickness absence. The cause of the relatively high percentage of sensitization to teak among the workers in the factory is discussed. The importance of suitable prophylactic measures is stressed. PMID:14459786

  13. Ultraviolet disinfection of contact lenses.

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    Harris, M G; Fluss, L; Lem, A; Leong, H

    1993-10-01

    To evaluate the efficacy of ultraviolet (UV) radiation as a method of disinfecting contact lenses and their storage solutions, we contaminated soft lenses (Bausch & Lomb Optima 38), rigid gas permeable (RGP) lenses (Oxyflow F-30), and their storage solutions with three common bacteria. Escherichia coli (E.c.), Staphylococcus epidermis (S.e.), and Serratia marcescens (S.m.). The storage solutions used were saline solution and RGP conditioning solution. We determined the exposure times to 253.7-nm wavelength UV radiation necessary to disinfect the contact lenses and solutions. The decimal reduction values (D values) found for UV radiation were 10 to 200 hundred times shorter than reported for currently available disinfection systems. For E.c., sterilization was attained after 100 s of exposure. For S.e. and S.m., sterilization occurred after 300 s of exposure. Different contact lens solutions transmit UV radiation to various degrees, with saline solution passing more than 90% of the UV radiation. Thus, our results indicate that UV radiation is an effective and rapid method of disinfecting contact lenses and their storage solutions. PMID:8247487

  14. Contact allergy to resorcinol monobenzoate.

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    Ongenae, K; Matthieu, L; Constandt, L; Van Hecke, E

    1998-01-01

    Resorcinol monobenzoate is an ultraviolet light absorber used in cellulose plastics and is known to cause allergic contact dermatitis reactions. It is the most important allergen in spectacle frames but can be a potential allergen in shoes as well. We report 7 cases of allergy to resorcinol monobenzoate with different clinical presentations. Our series further illustrates several possible cross-sensitizers. PMID:9669135

  15. Barrier/Cu contact resistivity

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    Reid, J.S.; Nicolet, M.A.; Angyal, M.S.; Lilienfeld, D.; Shacham-Diamand, Y.; Smith, P.M.

    1995-10-17

    The specific contact resistivity of Cu with ({alpha} + {beta})-Ta, TiN, {alpha}-W, and amorphous-Ta{sub 36}Si{sub 14}N{sub 50} barrier films is measured using a novel four-point-probe approach. Geometrically, the test structures consist of colinear sets of W-plugs to act as current and voltage probes that contact the bottom of a planar Cu/barrier/Cu stack. Underlying Al interconnects link the plugs to the current source and voltmeter. The center-to-center distance of the probes ranges from 3 to 200 {micro}m. Using a relation developed by Vu et al., a contact resistivity of roughly 7 {times} 10{sup {minus}9} {Omega} cm{sup 2} is obtained for all tested barrier/Cu combinations. By reflective-mode small-angle X-ray scattering, the similarity in contact resistivity among the barrier films may be related to interfacial impurities absorbed from the deposition process.

  16. DISEASES CAUSED BY WATER CONTACT

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    Diseases associated with water contact are reviewed with respect to the sources of etiological agents, the types of diseases and the conditions under which they occur. The sources of disease agents fall into three general groups; point sources such as sewage treatment plants; dis...

  17. Electrical contact tool set station

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    Byers, M.E.

    1988-02-22

    An apparatus is provided for the precise setting to zero of electrically conductive cutting tools used in the machining of work pieces. An electrically conductive cylindrical pin, tapered at one end to a small flat, rests in a vee-shaped channel in a base so that its longitudinal axis is parallel to the longitudinal axis of the machine's spindle. Electronic apparatus is connected between the cylindrical pin and the electrically conductive cutting tool to produce a detectable signal when contact between tool and pin is made. The axes of the machine are set to zero by contact between the cutting tool and the sides, end or top of the cylindrical pin. Upon contact, an electrical circuit is completed, and the detectable signal is produced. The tool can then be set to zero for that axis. Should the tool contact the cylindrical pin with too much force, the cylindrical pin would be harmlessly dislodged from the vee-shaped channel, preventing damage either to the cutting tool or the cylindrical pin. 5 figs.

  18. Ohmic contacts to semiconducting diamond

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    Zeidler, James R.; Taylor, M. J.; Zeisse, Carl R.; Hewett, C. A.; Delahoussaye, Paul R.

    1990-10-01

    Work was carried out to improve the electron beam evaporation system in order to achieve better deposited films. The basic system is an ion pumped vacuum chamber, with a three-hearth, single-gun e-beam evaporator. Four improvements were made to the system. The system was thoroughly cleaned and new ion pump elements, an e-gun beam adjust unit, and a more accurate crystal monitor were installed. The system now has a base pressure of 3 X 10(exp -9) Torr, and can easily deposit high-melting-temperature metals such as Ta with an accurately controlled thickness. Improved shadow masks were also fabricated for better alignment and control of corner contacts for electrical transport measurements. Appendices include: A Thermally Activated Solid State Reaction Process for Fabricating Ohmic Contacts to Semiconducting Diamond; Tantalum Ohmic Contacts to Diamond by a Solid State Reaction Process; Metallization of Semiconducting Diamond: Mo, Mo/Au, and Mo/Ni/Au; Specific Contact Resistance Measurements of Ohmic Contracts to Diamond; and Electrical Activation of Boron Implanted into Diamond.

  19. Contact symmetries and Hamiltonian thermodynamics

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    Bravetti, A.; Lopez-Monsalvo, C.S.; Nettel, F.

    2015-10-15

    It has been shown that contact geometry is the proper framework underlying classical thermodynamics and that thermodynamic fluctuations are captured by an additional metric structure related to Fisher’s Information Matrix. In this work we analyse several unaddressed aspects about the application of contact and metric geometry to thermodynamics. We consider here the Thermodynamic Phase Space and start by investigating the role of gauge transformations and Legendre symmetries for metric contact manifolds and their significance in thermodynamics. Then we present a novel mathematical characterization of first order phase transitions as equilibrium processes on the Thermodynamic Phase Space for which the Legendre symmetry is broken. Moreover, we use contact Hamiltonian dynamics to represent thermodynamic processes in a way that resembles the classical Hamiltonian formulation of conservative mechanics and we show that the relevant Hamiltonian coincides with the irreversible entropy production along thermodynamic processes. Therefore, we use such property to give a geometric definition of thermodynamically admissible fluctuations according to the Second Law of thermodynamics. Finally, we show that the length of a curve describing a thermodynamic process measures its entropy production.

  20. What Does It Take to Synergistically Combine Sub-Potent Natural Products into Drug-Level Potent Combinations?

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    Qin, Chu; Tan, Kai Leng; Zhang, Cun Long; Tan, Chun Yan; Chen, Yu Zong; Jiang, Yu Yang

    2012-01-01

    There have been renewed interests in natural products as drug discovery sources. In particular, natural product combinations have been extensively studied, clinically tested, and widely used in traditional, folk and alternative medicines. But opinions about their therapeutic efficacies vary from placebo to synergistic effects. The important questions are whether synergistic effects can sufficiently elevate therapeutic potencies to drug levels, and by what mechanisms and at what odds such combinations can be assembled. We studied these questions by analyzing literature-reported cell-based potencies of 190 approved anticancer and antimicrobial drugs, 1378 anticancer and antimicrobial natural products, 99 natural product extracts, 124 synergistic natural product combinations, and 122 molecular interaction profiles of the 19 natural product combinations with collective potency enhanced to drug level or by >10-fold. Most of the evaluated natural products and combinations are sub-potent to drugs. Sub-potent natural products can be assembled into combinations of drug level potency at low probabilities by distinguished multi-target modes modulating primary targets, their regulators and effectors, and intracellular bioavailability of the active natural products. PMID:23209627

  1. Novel Gallate Triphenylphosphonium Derivatives with Potent Antichagasic Activity

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    Cortes, Leonel A.; Castro, Lorena; Pesce, Bárbara; Maya, Juan D.; Ferreira, Jorge; Castro-Castillo, Vicente; Parra, Eduardo; Jara, José A.; López-Muñoz, Rodrigo

    2015-01-01

    Chagas disease is one of the most neglected tropical diseases in the world, affecting nearly 15 million people, primarily in Latin America. Only two drugs are used for the treatment of this disease, nifurtimox and benznidazole. These drugs have limited efficacy and frequently induce adverse effects, limiting their usefulness. Consequently, new drugs must be found. In this study, we demonstrated the in vitro trypanocidal effects of a series of four gallic acid derivatives characterized by a gallate group linked to a triphenylphosphonium (TPP+) moiety (a delocalized cation) via a hydrocarbon chain of 8, 10, 11, or 12 atoms (TPP+-C8, TPP+-C10, TPP+-C11, and TPP+-C12, respectively). We analyzed parasite viability in isolated parasites (by MTT reduction and flow cytometry) and infected mammalian cells using T. cruzi Y strain trypomastigotes. Among the four derivatives, TPP+-C10 and TPP+-C12 were the most potent in both models, with EC50 values (in isolated parasites) of 1.0 ± 0.6 and 1.0 ± 0.7 μM, respectively, and were significantly more potent than nifurtimox (EC50 = 4.1 ± 0.6 μM). At 1 μM, TPP+-C10 and TPP+-C12 induced markers of cell death, such as phosphatidylserine exposure and propidium iodide permeabilization. In addition, at 1 μM, TPP+-C10 and TPP+-C12 significantly decreased the number of intracellular amastigotes (TPP+-C10: 24.3%, TPP+-C12: 19.0% of control measurements, as measured by DAPI staining) and the parasite’s DNA load (C10: 10%, C12: 13% of control measurements, as measured by qPCR). Based on the previous mode of action described for these compounds in cancer cells, we explored their mitochondrial effects in isolated trypomastigotes. TPP+-C10 and TPP+-C12 were the most potent compounds, significantly altering mitochondrial membrane potential at 1 μM (measured by JC-1 fluorescence) and inducing mitochondrial transition pore opening at 5 μM. Taken together, these results indicate that the TPP+-C10 and TPP+-C12 derivatives of gallic acid are promising trypanocidal agents with mitochondrial activity. PMID:26317199

  2. Contact Trees: Network Visualization beyond Nodes and Edges.

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    Sallaberry, Arnaud; Fu, Yang-Chih; Ho, Hwai-Chung; Ma, Kwan-Liu

    2016-01-01

    Node-Link diagrams make it possible to take a quick glance at how nodes (or actors) in a network are connected by edges (or ties). A conventional network diagram of a "contact tree" maps out a root and branches that represent the structure of nodes and edges, often without further specifying leaves or fruits that would have grown from small branches. By furnishing such a network structure with leaves and fruits, we reveal details about "contacts" in our ContactTrees upon which ties and relationships are constructed. Our elegant design employs a bottom-up approach that resembles a recent attempt to understand subjective well-being by means of a series of emotions. Such a bottom-up approach to social-network studies decomposes each tie into a series of interactions or contacts, which can help deepen our understanding of the complexity embedded in a network structure. Unlike previous network visualizations, ContactTrees highlight how relationships form and change based upon interactions among actors, as well as how relationships and networks vary by contact attributes. Based on a botanical tree metaphor, the design is easy to construct and the resulting tree-like visualization can display many properties at both tie and contact levels, thus recapturing a key ingredient missing from conventional techniques of network visualization. We demonstrate ContactTrees using data sets consisting of up to three waves of 3-month contact diaries over the 2004-2012 period, and discuss how this design can be applied to other types of datasets. PMID:26784350

  3. Contact bubble bilayers with flush drainage.

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    Iwamoto, Masayuki; Oiki, Shigetoshi

    2015-01-01

    Planar lipid bilayers have been used to form stable bilayers into which membrane proteins are reconstituted for measurements of their function under an applied membrane potential. Recently, a lipid bilayer membrane is formed by the apposition of two monolayers that line an oil-electrolyte interface. Here, a bilayer membrane system is developed with picoliter bubbles under mechanically and chemically manipulable conditions. A water bubble lined with a phospholipid monolayer is blown from a glass pipette into an oil phase. Two blowing pipettes are manipulated, and bubbles (each with a diameter of ~ 50 μm) are held side by side to form a bilayer, which is termed a contact bubble bilayer. With the electrode implemented in the blowing pipette, currents through the bilayer are readily measured. The intra-bubble pressure is varied with the pressure-controller, leading to various sizes of the bubble and the membrane area. A rapid solution exchange system is developed by introducing additional pressure-driven injection pipettes, and the blowing pipette works as a drain. The solution is exchanged within 20 ms. Also, an asymmetric membrane with different lipid composition of each leaflet is readily formed. Example applications of this versatile method are presented to characterize the function of ion channels. PMID:25772819

  4. Contact Bubble Bilayers with Flush Drainage

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    Iwamoto, Masayuki; Oiki, Shigetoshi

    2015-01-01

    Planar lipid bilayers have been used to form stable bilayers into which membrane proteins are reconstituted for measurements of their function under an applied membrane potential. Recently, a lipid bilayer membrane is formed by the apposition of two monolayers that line an oil-electrolyte interface. Here, a bilayer membrane system is developed with picoliter bubbles under mechanically and chemically manipulable conditions. A water bubble lined with a phospholipid monolayer is blown from a glass pipette into an oil phase. Two blowing pipettes are manipulated, and bubbles (each with a diameter of ~ 50??m) are held side by side to form a bilayer, which is termed a contact bubble bilayer. With the electrode implemented in the blowing pipette, currents through the bilayer are readily measured. The intra-bubble pressure is varied with the pressure-controller, leading to various sizes of the bubble and the membrane area. A rapid solution exchange system is developed by introducing additional pressure-driven injection pipettes, and the blowing pipette works as a drain. The solution is exchanged within 20?ms. Also, an asymmetric membrane with different lipid composition of each leaflet is readily formed. Example applications of this versatile method are presented to characterize the function of ion channels. PMID:25772819

  5. Ohmic Contact of Au/Mo on Hg1-x Cd x Te

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    Liu, Dan; Lin, Chun; Zhou, Songmin; Hu, Xiaoning

    2016-02-01

    The contact resistance between Au/Mo and HgCdTe was investigated. The influence of thermal annealing on metal-semiconductor contact on short and middle-wavelength HgCdTe is also discussed in this paper. The specific contact resistance ρ c (300 K, 80 K) of Au/Mo/HgCdTe was measured by the transmission line method. Good ohmic contacts can be formed with Au/Mo on long-wavelength infrared p-HgCdTe (x = 0.23) with a low specific contact resistivity of 3.78E-04 Ωcm2 measured at 80 K. For the mid-wavelength infrared p-HgCdTe (x = 0.30), the metal-semiconductor contact is ohmic, and the minimum specific contact resistivity of 7.40E-04 Ωcm2 is obtained after annealing at 120°C/10 min. The as-deposited contact between Au/Mo and the short-wavelength infrared HgCdTe (x = 0.47) shows non-ohmic behavior. After annealing at 120°C/5 min, although the contact behavior is still a Schottky contact, the contact resistance decreases. For the n-HgCdTe (x = 0.27), the metal-semiconductor contact is ohmic with a specific contact resistivity of 5.70E-04 Ωcm2 at 80 K.

  6. Heterologous immunity provides a potent barrier to transplantation tolerance

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    Adams, Andrew B.; Williams, Matthew A.; Jones, Thomas R.; Shirasugi, Nozomu; Durham, Megan M.; Kaech, Susan M.; Wherry, E. John; Onami, Thandi; Lanier, J. Gibson; Kokko, Kenneth E.; Pearson, Thomas C.; Ahmed, Rafi; Larsen, Christian P.

    2003-01-01

    Many strategies have been proposed to induce tolerance to transplanted tissue in rodents; however, few if any have shown equal efficacy when tested in nonhuman primate transplant models. We hypothesized that a critical distinction between specific pathogen-free mice and nonhuman primates or human patients is their acquired immune history. Here, we show that a heterologous immune response specifically, virally induced alloreactive memory is a potent barrier to tolerance induction. A critical threshold of memory T cells is needed to promote rejection, and CD8+ central memory T cells are primarily responsible. Finally, treatment with deoxyspergualin, an inhibitor of NF-?B translocation, together with costimulation blockade, synergistically impairs memory T cell activation and promotes antigen-specific tolerance of memory. These data offer a potential explanation for the difficulty encountered when inducing tolerance in nonhuman primates and human patients and provide insight into the signaling pathways essential for memory T cell activation and function. PMID:12813024

  7. A Potent and Site-Selective Agonist of TRPA1.

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    Takaya, Junichiro; Mio, Kazuhiro; Shiraishi, Takuya; Kurokawa, Tatsuki; Otsuka, Shinya; Mori, Yasuo; Uesugi, Motonari

    2015-12-23

    TRPA1 is a member of the transient receptor potential (TRP) cation channel family that is expressed primarily on sensory neurons. This chemosensor is activated through covalent modification of multiple cysteine residues with a wide range of reactive compounds including allyl isothiocyanate (AITC), a spicy component of wasabi. The present study reports on potent and selective agonists of TRPA1, discovered through screening 1657 electrophilic molecules. In an effort to validate the mode of action of hit molecules, we noted a new TRPA1-selective agonist, JT010 (molecule 1), which opens the TRPA1 channel by covalently and site-selectively binding to Cys621 (EC50 = 0.65 nM). The results suggest that a single modification of Cys621 is sufficient to open the TRPA1 channel. The TRPA1-selective probe described herein might be useful for further mechanistic studies of TRPA1 activation. PMID:26630251

  8. Cystobactamids: myxobacterial topoisomerase inhibitors exhibiting potent antibacterial activity.

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    Baumann, Sascha; Herrmann, Jennifer; Raju, Ritesh; Steinmetz, Heinrich; Mohr, Kathrin I; Httel, Stephan; Harmrolfs, Kirsten; Stadler, Marc; Mller, Rolf

    2014-12-22

    The development of new antibiotics faces a severe crisis inter?alia owing to a lack of innovative chemical scaffolds with activities against Gram-negative and multiresistant pathogens. Herein, we report highly potent novel antibacterial compounds, the myxobacteria-derived cystobactamids 1-3, which were isolated from Cystobacter sp. and show minimum inhibitory concentrations in the low ?g?mL(-1) range. We describe the isolation and structure elucidation of three congeners as well as the identification and annotation of their biosynthetic gene cluster. By studying the self-resistance mechanism in the natural producer organism, the molecular targets were identified as bacterial type?IIa topoisomerases. As quinolones are largely exhausted as a template for new type II topoisomerase inhibitors, the cystobactamids offer exciting alternatives to generate novel antibiotics using medicinal chemistry and biosynthetic engineering. PMID:25510965

  9. Development of potent inhibitors of the coxsackievirus 3C protease

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    Lee, Eui Seung; Lee, Won Gil; Yun, Soo-Hyeon; Rho, Seong Hwan; Im, Isak; Yang, Sung Tae; Sellamuthu, Saravanan; Lee, Yong Jae; Kwon, Sun Jae; Park, Ohkmae K.; Jeon, Eun-Seok; Park, Woo Jin . E-mail: wjpark@gist.ac.kr; Kim, Yong-Chul . E-mail: yongchul@gist.ac.kr

    2007-06-22

    Coxsackievirus B3 (CVB3) 3C protease (3CP) plays essential roles in the viral replication cycle, and therefore, provides an attractive therapeutic target for treatment of human diseases caused by CVB3 infection. CVB3 3CP and human rhinovirus (HRV) 3CP have a high degree of amino acid sequence similarity. Comparative modeling of these two 3CPs revealed one prominent distinction; an Asn residue delineating the S2' pocket in HRV 3CP is replaced by a Tyr residue in CVB3 3CP. AG7088, a potent inhibitor of HRV 3CP, was modified by substitution of the ethyl group at the P2' position with various hydrophobic aromatic rings that are predicted to interact preferentially with the Tyr residue in the S2' pocket of CVB3 3CP. The resulting derivatives showed dramatically increased inhibitory activities against CVB3 3CP. In addition, one of the derivatives effectively inhibited the CVB3 proliferation in vitro.

  10. IRAS galaxies versus POTENT mass - Density fields, biasing, and Omega

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    Dekel, Avishai; Bertschinger, Edmund; Yahil, Amos; Strauss, Michael A.; Davis, Marc; Huchra, John P.

    1993-01-01

    A comparison of the galaxy density field extracted from a complete redshift survey of IRAS galaxies brighter than 1.936 Jy with the mass-density field reconstructed by the POTENT procedure from the observed peculiar velocities of 493 objects is presented. A strong correlation is found between the galaxy and mass-density fields; both feature the Great Attractor, part of the Perseus-Pisces supercluster, and the large void between them. Monte Carlo noise simulations show that the data are consistent with the hypotheses that the smoothed fluctuations of galaxy and mass densities at each point are proportional to each other with the 'biasing' factor of IRAS galaxies, b(I), and that the peculiar velocity field is related to the mass-density field as expected according to the gravitational instability theory. Under these hypotheses, the two density fields can be related by specifying b(I) and the cosmological density parameter, Omega.

  11. Spinosad is a potent inhibitor of canine P-glycoprotein.

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    Schrickx, Johannes A

    2014-04-01

    Inhibition of the drug transporter P-glycoprotein (P-gp) by the oral flea preventative spinosad has been suggested as the underlying cause of the drug-drug interaction with ivermectin. In this study, an in vitro model consisting of canine cells was validated to describe the inhibitory effect of drugs on canine P-gp. In this model, ivermectin, cyclosporin, verapamil, loperamide and ketoconazole inhibited P-gp function with IC50 values ranging from 0.1 to 3.7 ?mol/L. Spinosad was a potent inhibitor of canine P-gp with an IC50 value of 0.27 ?mol/L or 0.2 ?g/mL. The risk of spinosad causing P-gp related drug-drug interactions in the dog could be predicted by the IC50 value, the oral dosage and plasma concentrations. PMID:24582422

  12. Discovery of Potent and Reversible Monoacylglycerol Lipase Inhibitors

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    King, Alvin R.; Dotsey, Emmanuel Y.; Lodola, Alessio; Jung, Kwang Mook; Ghomian, Azar; Qiu, Yan; Fu, Jin; Mor, Marco; Piomelli, Daniele

    2011-01-01

    Summary Monoacylglycerol lipase (MGL) is a serine hydrolase involved in the biological deactivation of the endocannabinoid 2-arachidonoyl-sn-glycerol (2-AG). Previous efforts to design MGL inhibitors have focused on chemical scaffolds that irreversibly block the activity of this enzyme. Here, we describe two naturally occurring terpenoids, pristimerin and euphol, which inhibit MGL activity with high potency (median effective concentration, IC50 = 93 nM and 315 nM, respectively) through a reversible mechanism. Mutational and modeling studies suggest that the two agents occupy a common hydrophobic pocket located within the putative lid domain of MGL, and each reversibly interact with one of two adjacent cysteine residues (Cys201 and Cys208) flanking such pocket. This previously unrecognized regulatory region may offer a novel molecular target for potent and reversible inhibitors of MGL. PMID:19875078

  13. Prodrugs of bisthiazolium salts are orally potent antimalarials

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    Vial, Henri J.; Wein, Sharon; Farenc, Christine; Kocken, Clemens; Nicolas, Olivier; Ancelin, Marie Laure; Bressolle, Francoise; Thomas, Alan; Calas, Michle

    2004-01-01

    We created neutral antimalarial prodrugs that deliver bisthiazolium compounds with antimalarial activity in the nanomolar range. These drugs primarily affect early intraerythrocytic stages through rapid, nonreversible cytotoxicity. The compounds are suitable for both parenteral and oral use and plasma promotes rapid conversion of the prodrug into the drug. We demonstrate that very low doses offer protection in a murine model of malaria. The drugs show great potential for curing high parasitemia with short-course treatments. Oral administration of the TE3 prodrug completely cures Plasmodium cynomolgi infection in rhesus monkeys. The drugs specifically accumulate inside infected erythrocytes, block phosphatidylcholine biosynthesis, and interact with hemozoin. To our knowledge, this class of compounds represents one of the most potent antimalarials tested to date. These unique properties signal a promising future for this class of antimalarial. PMID:15492221

  14. Carbostyril derivatives having potent beta-adrenergic agonist properties.

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    Milecki, J; Baker, S P; Standifer, K M; Ishizu, T; Chida, Y; Kusiak, J W; Pitha, J

    1987-09-01

    Derivatives carrying a substituent in the para position of the phenyl group of 8-hydroxy-5-[2-[(1-phenyl-2-methylprop-2-yl)amino]-1-hydroxyethyl] carbostyril (10) were prepared and their effects on beta-adrenoceptors evaluated in vitro. Unsubstituted compound 10, iodo 11, amino 12, and bromoacetamido 13 derivatives (all racemic) bound to the receptor with 15-100-fold lower dissociation constants than that of (-)-isoproterenol. All the above compounds stimulated adenylate cyclase more potently than (-)-isoproterenol. The intrinsic activities of compounds 10 and 12 were equal to that of (-)-isoproterenol. The intrinsic activities of compounds 11 and 13 were 1.3 and 1.2 times that of (-)-isoproterenol, respectively. Treatment of membrane preparations with bromoacetamido derivative 13 resulted in an irreversible loss of binding sites, and thus, 13 seems to be an alkylating affinity label for beta-adrenoceptors. PMID:2887658

  15. Deorphaning pyrrolopyrazines as potent multi-target antimalarial agents.

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    Reker, Daniel; Seet, Michael; Pillong, Max; Koch, Christian P; Schneider, Petra; Witschel, Matthias C; Rottmann, Matthias; Freymond, Cline; Brun, Reto; Schweizer, Bernd; Illarionov, Boris; Bacher, Adelbert; Fischer, Markus; Diederich, Franois; Schneider, Gisbert

    2014-07-01

    The discovery of pyrrolopyrazines as potent antimalarial agents is presented, with the most effective compounds exhibiting EC50 values in the low nanomolar range against asexual blood stages of Plasmodium falciparum in human red blood cells, and Plasmodium berghei liver schizonts, with negligible HepG2 cytotoxicity. Their potential mode of action is uncovered by predicting macromolecular targets through avant-garde computer modeling. The consensus prediction method suggested a functional resemblance between ligand binding sites in non-homologous target proteins, linking the observed parasite elimination to IspD, an enzyme from the non-mevalonate pathway of isoprenoid biosynthesis, and multi-kinase inhibition. Further computational analysis suggested essential P. falciparum kinases as likely targets of our lead compound. The results obtained validate our methodology for ligand- and structure-based target prediction, expand the bioinformatics toolbox for proteome mining, and provide unique access to deciphering polypharmacological effects of bioactive chemical agents. PMID:24895172

  16. Improved Electrical Contact For Dowhhole Drilling Networks

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    Hall, David R.; Hall, Jr., H. Tracy; Pixton, David S.; Dahlgren, Scott; Fox, Joe; Sneddon, Cameron

    2005-08-16

    An electrical contact system for transmitting information across tool joints while minimizing signal reflections that occur at the tool joints includes a first electrical contact comprising an annular resilient material. An annular conductor is embedded within the annular resilient material and has a surface exposed from the annular resilient material. A second electrical contact is provided that is substantially equal to the first electrical contact. Likewise, the second electrical contact has an annular resilient material and an annular conductor. The two electrical contacts configured to contact one another such that the annular conductors of each come into physical contact. The annular resilient materials of each electrical contact each have dielectric characteristics and dimensions that are adjusted to provide desired impedance to the electrical contacts.

  17. RS 30026: a potent and effective calcium channel agonist.

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    Patmore, L.; Duncan, G. P.; Clarke, B.; Anderson, A. J.; Greenhouse, R.; Pfister, J. R.

    1990-01-01

    1. A series of dihydropyridine derivatives has been evaluated for calcium channel agonist activity using reversal of nisoldipine-induced inhibition of beating of aggregates of embryonic chick myocytes. This test appears to be specific for calcium channel agonists since isoprenaline and cardiac glycosides are inactive. 2. RS 30026 was the most potent of the series, was significantly more potent than CGP 28392 and of similar potency to Bay K 8644 (pEC50 = 7.45, 6.16 and 7.20, respectively). RS 30026 increased edge movement of individual aggregates, in the absence of nisoldipine, by 50% at 2 nM. 3. Compounds were also evaluated for their effects on guinea-pig papillary muscle and porcine coronary artery rings. RS 30026 displayed positive inotropism at concentrations between 10(-9) and 10(-6) M (pEC200 = 8.21), but was a much more powerful inotrope than Bay K 8644, increasing contractility to 1300% of control at 10(-6) M (compared to 350% of control for Bay K 8644). RS 30026 caused vasoconstriction at concentrations between 10(-10) and 10(-7) M. 4. Calcium channel currents in single embryonic chick myocytes were recorded by whole-cell voltage clamp techniques. RS 30026 (100 nM-500 nM) produced large increases in peak current amplitude and shifted the voltage for threshold and maximal currents to more negative values. RS 30026 (500 nM) also produced large increases in the inward tail currents evoked upon repolarization. The effects of Bay K 8644 (50 and 500 nM) were much less marked.(ABSTRACT TRUNCATED AT 250 WORDS) PMID:1694461

  18. Polyoxometalates--potent and selective ecto-nucleotidase inhibitors.

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    Lee, Sang-Yong; Fiene, Amelie; Li, Wenjin; Hanck, Theodor; Brylev, Konstantin A; Fedorov, Vladimir E; Lecka, Joanna; Haider, Ali; Pietzsch, Hans-Jürgen; Zimmermann, Herbert; Sévigny, Jean; Kortz, Ulrich; Stephan, Holger; Müller, Christa E

    2015-01-15

    Polyoxometalates (POMs) are inorganic cluster metal complexes that possess versatile biological activities, including antibacterial, anticancer, antidiabetic, and antiviral effects. Their mechanisms of action at the molecular level are largely unknown. However, it has been suggested that the inhibition of several enzyme families (e.g., phosphatases, protein kinases or ecto-nucleotidases) by POMs may contribute to their pharmacological properties. Ecto-nucleotidases are cell membrane-bound or secreted glycoproteins involved in the hydrolysis of extracellular nucleotides thereby regulating purinergic (and pyrimidinergic) signaling. They comprise four distinct families: ecto-nucleoside triphosphate diphosphohydrolases (NTPDases), ecto-nucleotide pyrophosphatases/phosphodiesterases (NPPs), alkaline phosphatases (APs) and ecto-5'-nucleotidase (eN). In the present study, we evaluated the inhibitory potency of a series of polyoxometalates as well as chalcogenide hexarhenium cluster complexes at a broad range of ecto-nucleotidases. [Co4(H2O)2(PW9O34)2](10-) (5, PSB-POM142) was discovered to be the most potent inhibitor of human NTPDase1 described so far (Ki: 3.88 nM). Other investigated POMs selectively inhibited human NPP1, [TiW11CoO40](8-) (4, PSB-POM141, Ki: 1.46 nM) and [NaSb9W21O86](18-) (6, PSB-POM143, Ki: 4.98 nM) representing the most potent and selective human NPP1 inhibitors described to date. [NaP5W30O110](14-) (8, PSB-POM144) strongly inhibited NTPDase1-3 and NPP1 and may therefore be used as a pan-inhibitor to block ATP hydrolysis. The polyoxoanionic compounds displayed a non-competitive mechanism of inhibition of NPPs and eN, but appeared to be competitive inhibitors of TNAP. Future in vivo studies with selected inhibitors identified in the current study are warranted. PMID:25449596

  19. PREFACE: Non-contact AFM Non-contact AFM

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    Giessibl, Franz J.; Morita, Seizo

    2012-02-01

    This special issue is focussed on high resolution non-contact atomic force microscopy (AFM). Non-contact atomic force microscopy was established approximately 15 years ago as a tool to image conducting and insulating surfaces with atomic resolution. Since 1998, an annual international conference has taken place, and although the proceedings of these conferences are a useful source of information, several key developments warrant devoting a special issue to this subject. In the theoretic field, the possibility of supplementing established techniques such as scanning tunneling microscopy (STM) and Kelvin probe microscopy with atomically resolved force micrsoscopy poses many challenges in the calculation of contrast and contrast reversal. The surface science of insulators, self-assembled monolayers and adsorbates on insulators is a fruitful field for the application of non-contact AFM: several articles in this issue are devoted to these subjects. Atomic imaging and manipulation have been pioneered using STM, but because AFM allows the measurement of forces, AFM has had a profound impact in this field as well. Three-dimensional force spectroscopy has allowed many important insights into surface science. In this issue a combined 3D tunneling and force microscopy is introduced. Non-contact AFM typically uses frequency modulation to measure force gradients and was initially used mainly in a vacuum. As can be seen in this issue, frequency modulation is now also used in ambient conditions, allowing better spatial and force resolution. We thank all of the contributors for their time and efforts in making this special issue possible. We are also very grateful to the staff of IOP Publishing for handling the administrative aspects and for steering the refereeing process. Non-contact AFM contents Relation between the chemical force and the tunnelling current in atomic point contacts: a simple model Pavel Jelínek, Martin Ondrácek and Fernando Flores Theoretical simulation of Kelvin probe force microscopy for Si surfaces by taking account of chemical forces Masaru Tsukada, Akira Masago and Mamoru Shimizu Reversal of atomic contrast in scanning probe microscopy on (111) metal surfaces M Ondrácek, C González and P Jelínek Mechanical properties of H2Pc self-assembled monolayers at the single molecule level by noncontact atomic force microscopy Han-Qing Mao, Na Li, Xi Chen and Qi-Kun Xue High-resolution imaging of C60 molecules using tuning-fork-based non-contact atomic force microscopy R Pawlak, S Kawai, S Fremy, T Glatzel and E Meyer NC-AFM contrast formation on the calcite (101¯4) surface Philipp Rahe, Jens Schütte and Angelika Kühnle Imaging and manipulation of adatoms on an alumina surface by noncontact atomic force microscopy G H Simon, M Heyde and H-J Freund Three-dimensional scanning force/tunneling spectroscopy at room temperature Yoshiaki Sugimoto, Keiichi Ueda, Masayuki Abe and Seizo Morita Imaging and manipulation of the Si(100) surface by small-amplitude NC-AFM at zero and very low applied biasA Sweetman, R Danza, S Gangopadhyay and P Moriarty Manipulation of individual water molecules on CeO2(111) S Torbrügge, O Custance, S Morita and M Reichling FM-AFM imaging of a commercial polyethylene film immersed in n-dodecaneTakumi Hiasa, Tomoki Sugihara, Kenjiro Kimura and Hiroshi Onishi

  20. Biomimetic Design Results in a Potent Allosteric Inhibitor of Dihydrodipicolinate Synthase from Campylobacter jejuni.

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    Skovpen, Yulia V; Conly, Cuylar J T; Sanders, David A R; Palmer, David R J

    2016-02-17

    Dihydrodipicolinate synthase (DHDPS), an enzyme required for bacterial peptidoglycan biosynthesis, catalyzes the condensation of pyruvate and β-aspartate semialdehyde (ASA) to form a cyclic product which dehydrates to form dihydrodipicolinate. DHDPS has, for several years, been considered a putative target for novel antibiotics. We have designed the first potent inhibitor of this enzyme by mimicking its natural allosteric regulation by lysine, and obtained a crystal structure of the protein-inhibitor complex at 2.2 Å resolution. This novel inhibitor, which we named "bislysine", resembles two lysine molecules linked by an ethylene bridge between the α-carbon atoms. Bislysine is a mixed partial inhibitor with respect to the first substrate, pyruvate, and a noncompetitive partial inhibitor with respect to ASA, and binds to all forms of the enzyme with a Ki near 200 nM, more than 300 times more tightly than lysine. Hill plots show that the inhibition is cooperative, indicating that the allosteric sites are not independent despite being located on opposite sides of the protein tetramer, separated by approximately 50 Å. A mutant enzyme resistant to lysine inhibition, Y110F, is strongly inhibited by this novel inhibitor, suggesting this may be a promising strategy for antibiotic development. PMID:26836694

  1. Transdermal eperisone elicits more potent and longer-lasting muscle relaxation than oral eperisone.

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    Yang, Sang-In; Park, Ha-Young; Lee, Sang-Ho; Lee, Seung-Jin; Han, Ok-Yeun; Lim, Sung-Cil; Jang, Choon-Gon; Lee, Wan-Suk; Shin, Young-Hee; Kim, Jung-Ju; Lee, Seok-Yong

    2004-07-01

    Eperisone hydrochloride is widely used for the treatment of plasticity to relieve muscle stiffness and back pain. However, oral eperisone has a very low bioavailability and short muscle relaxant activity, because of the profound intestinal first-pass metabolism. To improve the efficacy and compliance of eperisone, we designed a new dosage form, a transdermal patch, and evaluated the efficacy of the eperisone patch with the muscle relaxant activity of rats. The muscle relaxant activity was assessed by the measurement of forelimb grip strength and hanging test in rats. The transdermal patch of eperisone showed significantly enhanced muscle relaxant activity at 0.5 1.5 and 3 cm2/200 g rat (1.39, 4.17 and 8.33 mg of eperisone hydrochloride/kg, respectively) in a dose-dependent manner and the effects lasted over 24 h. Even though oral eperisone hydrochloride showed significant muscle relaxant activity at 12.5, 25 and 50 mg/kg in a dose-dependent manner, the activity lasted only 1 or 2 h after administration. These results suggest that eperisone as transdermal patch form showed efficient absorption with more potent and longer-lasting muscle relaxant activity than oral solution. The transdermal patch form of eperisone will increase the efficacy and compliance in the clinical use of eperisone. PMID:15161997

  2. Allergic contact dermatitis from grasses.

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    Koh, D; Goh, C L; Tan, H T; Ng, S K; Wong, W K

    1997-07-01

    This study attempts to demonstrate the existence of allergic contact dermatitis from grass, and to develop a patch test series to screen patients with grass intolerance. 6 common grass species from lawns and military training areas were collected. Solvent extracts of polar, non-polar and volatile fractions were prepared and used for patch testing in 20 control subjects and 46 patients with a history of grass intolerance. The 20 controls had negative responses to patch testing. 5 out of 46 patients had positive patch tests to Axonopus compressus (carpet grass), Ischaemum muticum (seashore centipede grass), Imperata cylindrica (lalang), Panicum maximum (Guinea grass) and Pennisetum purpureum (elephant grass). Reactions to the non-polar fraction for all 5 species were noted. This study demonstrates the existence of allergic contact dermatitis from various common species of grass. In our series, this is seen in 11% of those with a history of grass intolerance. PMID:9255483

  3. Sensing with Superconducting Point Contacts

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    Nurbawono, Argo; Zhang, Chun

    2012-01-01

    Superconducting point contacts have been used for measuring magnetic polarizations, identifying magnetic impurities, electronic structures, and even the vibrational modes of small molecules. Due to intrinsically small energy scale in the subgap structures of the supercurrent determined by the size of the superconducting energy gap, superconductors provide ultrahigh sensitivities for high resolution spectroscopies. The so-called Andreev reflection process between normal metal and superconductor carries complex and rich information which can be utilized as powerful sensor when fully exploited. In this review, we would discuss recent experimental and theoretical developments in the supercurrent transport through superconducting point contacts and their relevance to sensing applications, and we would highlight their current issues and potentials. A true utilization of the method based on Andreev reflection analysis opens up possibilities for a new class of ultrasensitive sensors. PMID:22778630

  4. Contact microscopy with synchrotron radiation

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    Panessa-Warren, B.J.

    1985-10-01

    Soft x-ray contact microscopy with synchrotron radiation offers the biologist and especially the microscopist, a way to morphologically study specimens that could not be imaged by conventional TEM, STEM or SEM methods (i.e. hydrated samples, samples easily damaged by an electron beam, electron dense samples, thick specimens, unstained low contrast specimens) at spatial resolutions approaching those of the TEM, with the additional possibility to obtain compositional (elemental) information about the sample as well. Although flash x-ray sources offer faster exposure times, synchrotron radiation provides a highly collimated, intense radiation that can be tuned to select specific discrete ranges of x-ray wavelengths or specific individual wavelengths which optimize imaging or microanalysis of a specific sample. This paper presents an overview of the applications of x-ray contact microscopy to biological research and some current research results using monochromatic synchrotron radiation to image biological samples. 24 refs., 10 figs.

  5. Remedial Action Contacts Directory - 1997

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    1997-05-01

    This document, which was prepared for the US Department of Energy (DOE) Office of Environmental Restoration (ER), is a directory of 2628 individuals interested or involved in environmental restoration and/or remedial actions at radioactively contaminated sites. This directory contains a list of mailing addresses and phone numbers of DOE operations, area, site, project, and contractor offices; an index of DOE operations, area, site, project, and contractor office sorted by state; a list of individuals, presented by last name, facsimile number, and e-mail address; an index of affiliations presented alphabetically, with individual contacts appearing below each affiliation name; and an index of foreign contacta sorted by country and affiliation. This document was generated from the Remedial Action Contacts Database, which is maintained by the Remedial Action Program Information Center (RAPIC).

  6. Contact dermatitis caused by preservatives.

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    Yim, Elizabeth; Baquerizo Nole, Katherine L; Tosti, Antonella

    2014-01-01

    Preservatives are biocidal chemicals added to food, cosmetics, and industrial products to prevent the growth of microorganisms. They are usually nontoxic and inexpensive and have a long shelf life. Unfortunately, they commonly cause contact dermatitis. This article reviews the most important classes of preservatives physicians are most likely to encounter in their daily practice, specifically isothiazolinones, formaldehyde and formaldehyde-releasers, iodopropynyl butylcarbamate, methyldibromoglutaronitrile, and parabens. For each preservative mentioned, the prevalence of sensitization, clinical presentation of contact dermatitis, patch testing concentrations, cross reactions, and related legislation will be discussed. Mandatory labeling of preservatives is required in some countries, but not required in others. Until policies are made, physicians and patients must be proactive in identifying potential sensitizers and removing their use. We hope that this article will serve as a guide for policy makers in creating legislation and future regulations on the use and concentration of certain preservatives in cosmetics and industrial products. PMID:25207684

  7. Contact charge-transfer lasers

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    Dharamsi, A.N.; Tulip, J.

    1981-07-01

    A mechanism for sustaining population inversions in contact charge-transfer complexes in which the ground electronic state is not bound is described. The mechanism relies on picosecond radiationless depletion of the lower laser state. This generates an inversion even when the ground-state potential curve, as plotted against the donor-acceptor distance, is not repulsive vertically below the excited state minimum. Contact charge-transfer lasers would offer high gain, high-energy density, and tunable sources of coherent radiation in the uv and visible. A method for pumping such a laser is examined and applied to the pyrrole-oxygen complex. A rate equation analysis is done and estimates for gain and energy density are presented.

  8. Non-contacting techniques for plant drought stress detection

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    Non-contacting sensing techniques based on plant canopy temperature, plant leaf motion, and plant canopy reflectance were evaluated for drought stress detection using New Guinea Impatiens as a model plant. The performances of Crop Water Stress Index (CWSI), plant motion in the form of Covariance of ...

  9. Method and apparatus for producing co-current fluid contact

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    Trutna, W.R.

    1997-12-09

    An improved packing system and method are disclosed wherein a packing section includes a liquid distributor and a separator placed above the distributor so that gas rising through the liquid distributor contacts liquid in the distributor, forming a gas-liquid combination which rises in co-current flow to the separator. Liquid is collected in the separator, from which gas rises. 13 figs.

  10. Method and apparatus for producing co-current fluid contact

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    Trutna, William R.

    1997-01-01

    An improved packing system and method are disclosed wherein a packing section includes a liquid distributor and a separator placed above the distributor so that gas rising through the liquid distributor contacts liquid in the distributor, forming a gas-liquid combination which rises in co-current flow to the separator. Liquid is collected in the separator, from which gas rises.

  11. Seating and Grouping Choices: A Chance for Making Contact

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    Lin, Isadora Jung-Hsiu

    2015-01-01

    This paper discusses how international students negotiated their chances for making contact with other students in higher education and how such effort affected their educational experiences in Australia. In the past few decades, international students have formed part of the increasingly diverse multicultural student population in Australian…

  12. Expanded Human Blood-Derived γδT Cells Display Potent Antigen-Presentation Functions

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    Khan, Mohd Wajid A.; Curbishley, Stuart M.; Chen, Hung-Chang; Thomas, Andrew D.; Pircher, Hanspeter; Mavilio, Domenico; Steven, Neil M.; Eberl, Matthias; Moser, Bernhard

    2014-01-01

    Cell-based immunotherapy strategies target tumors directly (via cytolytic effector cells) or aim at mobilizing endogenous anti-tumor immunity. The latter approach includes dendritic cells (DC) most frequently in the form of in vitro cultured peripheral blood monocytes-derived DC. Human blood γδT cells are selective for a single class of non-peptide agonists (“phosphoantigens”) and develop into potent antigen-presenting cells (APC), termed γδT-APC within 1–3 days of in vitro culture. Availability of large numbers of γδT-APC would be advantageous for use as a novel cellular vaccine. We here report optimal γδT cell expansion (>107 cells/ml blood) when peripheral blood mononuclear cells (PBMC) from healthy individuals and melanoma patients were stimulated with zoledronate and then cultured for 14 days in the presence of IL-2 and IL-15, yielding γδT cell cultures of variable purity (77 ± 21 and 56 ± 26%, respectively). They resembled effector memory αβT (TEM) cells and retained full functionality as assessed by in vitro tumor cell killing as well as secretion of pro-inflammatory cytokines (IFNγ, TNFα) and cell proliferation in response to stimulation with phosphoantigens. Importantly, day 14 γδT cells expressed numerous APC-related cell surface markers and, in agreement, displayed potent in vitro APC functions. Day 14 γδT cells from PBMC of patients with cancer were equally effective as their counterparts derived from blood of healthy individuals and triggered potent CD8+ αβT cell responses following processing and cross-presentation of simple (influenza M1) and complex (tuberculin purified protein derivative) protein antigens. Of note, and in clear contrast to peripheral blood γδT cells, the ability of day 14 γδT cells to trigger antigen-specific αβT cell responses did not depend on re-stimulation. We conclude that day 14 γδT cell cultures provide a convenient source of autologous APC for use in immunotherapy of patients with various cancers. PMID:25101086

  13. Complex contact and lift transformations

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    Roulstone, I.; Sewell, M. J.

    2013-03-01

    We study mappings from sets of real variables into complex variables, which extend features of lift and contact transformations between real variables that we explored in a previous paper. In particular the relationship between lifts in R and the Cauchy-Riemann equations for functions of n complex variables is discussed. Explicit examples are given to illustrate the anatomy of such transformations, including the occurrence of singularities. Applications to nonlinear partial differential equations arising in fluid mechanics are presented.

  14. Contact | Office of Cancer Genomics

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    For more information about the Office of Cancer Genomics, please contact: Office of Cancer Genomics National Cancer Institute 31 Center Drive, 10A07 Bethesda, Maryland 20892-2580 Phone: (301) 451-8027 Fax: (301) 480-4368 Email: ocg@mail.nih.gov *Please note that this site will not function properly in Internet Explorer unless you completely turn off the Compatibility View*

  15. Footwear contact dermatitis in children.

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    Roul, S; Ducombs, G; Leaute-Labreze, C; Labbe, L; Taeb, A

    1996-12-01

    8 children aged 1 to 13 years, clinically suspected of having contact dermatitis due to footwear, have been studied in our Paediatric Dermatology Unit from January 1980 to September 1995. Patch tests have been performed with the European standard series and with constituents of the patients' own shoes. In our study, patients appeared to be predominantly sensitive to rubber chemicals. Avoiding shoes or materials that had been identified improved the symptoms in most cases. PMID:9118627

  16. Contact processes in crowded environments

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    Xu, S.-L.-Y.; Schwarz, J. M.

    2013-11-01

    Periodically sheared colloids at low densities demonstrate a dynamical phase transition from an inactive to active phase as the strain amplitude is increased. The inactive phase consists of no collisions (contacts) between particles in the steady state limit, while in the active phase collisions persist. To investigate this system at higher densities, we construct and study a conserved-particle-number contact process with three-body interactions, which are potentially more likely than two-body interactions at higher densities. For example, consider one active (diffusing) particle colliding with two inactive (nondiffusing) particles such that they become active and consider spontaneous inactivation. In mean field, this system exhibits a continuous dynamical phase transition. Simulations on square lattices also indicate a continuous transition with exponents similar to those measured for the conserved lattice gas (CLG) model. In contrast, the three-body interaction requiring two active particles to activate one inactive particle exhibits a discontinuous transition. Finally, inspired by kinetically constrained models of the glass transition, we investigate the caging effect at even higher particle densities to look for a second dynamical phase transition back to an inactive phase. Square lattice simulations suggest a continuous transition with a new set of exponents differing from both the CLG model and what is known as directed percolation, indicating a potentially new universality class for a contact process with a conserved particle number.

  17. Plasmons in metal contacted graphene

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    Jadidi, M. M.; Suchkov, A. B.; Myers-Ward, R. L.; Boyd, A. K.; Daniels, K. M.; Gaskill, D. K.; Drew, H. D.; Murphy, T. E.

    2015-03-01

    Subwavelength graphene structures exhibit standing-wave plasmon resonances throughout the terahertz spectral range that can be tuned by application of a gate voltage. These features make graphene an attractive candidate for a variety of electrically tunable terahertz devices, including filters, sensors, sources, and modulators. Plasmonic modes have been observed and analyzed in finite-size graphene elements such as ribbons and disks. However, nearly all optoelectronic applications require electrical connection to the graphene element, which drastically alters the plasmonic boundary conditions and mode structure. We present a study of the effects of conductive electrical contacts on the plasmonic modes of a graphene channel, and examine how the contacts affect the coupling to and from free-space radiation. We show that radiation effects are essential in defining and understanding the properties and linewidths of these modes. We also study how the graphene plasmon mode interacts with the antenna modes of the contacts. These results provide valuable insight for designing antenna-coupled graphene plasmonic devices, including detectors and emitters. This work was sponsored by the US ONR (N000141310865) and the US NSF (ECCS 1309750).

  18. Highly optimized DNA vaccine targeting human telomerase reverse transcriptase stimulates potent antitumor immunity.

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    Yan, Jian; Pankhong, Panyupa; Shin, Thomas H; Obeng-Adjei, Nyamekye; Morrow, Matthew P; Walters, Jewell N; Khan, Amir S; Sardesai, Niranjan Y; Weiner, David B

    2013-09-01

    High levels of human telomerase reverse transcriptase (hTERT) are detected in more than 85% of human cancers. Immunologic analysis supports that hTERT is a widely applicable target recognized by T cells and can be potentially studied as a broad cancer immunotherapeutic, or a unique line of defense against tumor recurrence. There remains an urgent need to develop more potent hTERT vaccines. Here, a synthetic highly optimized full-length hTERT DNA vaccine (phTERT) was designed and the induced immunity was examined in mice and non-human primates (NHP). When delivered by electroporation, phTERT elicited strong, broad hTERT-specific CD8 T-cell responses including induction of T cells expressing CD107a, IFN-?, and TNF-? in mice. The ability of phTERT to overcome tolerance was evaluated in an NHP model, whose TERT is 96% homologous to that of hTERT. Immunized monkeys exhibited robust [average 1,834 spot forming unit (SFU)/10(6) peripheral blood mononuclear cells (PBMC)], diverse (multiple immunodominant epitopes) IFN-? responses and antigen-specific perforin release (average 332 SFU/10(6) PBMCs), suggesting that phTERT breaks tolerance and induces potent cytotoxic responses in this human-relevant model. Moreover, in an HPV16-associated tumor model, vaccination of phTERT slows tumor growth and improves survival rate in both prophylactic and therapeutic studies. Finally, in vivo cytotoxicity assay confirmed that phTERT-induced CD8 T cells exhibited specific cytotoxic T lymphocyte (CTL) activity, capable of eliminating hTERT-pulsed target cells. These findings support that this synthetic electroporation-delivered DNA phTERT may have a role as a broad therapeutic cancer vaccine candidate. PMID:24777680

  19. Pseudosaccharin amines as potent and selective KV1.5 blockers.

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    Lloyd, John; Finlay, Heather J; Kover, Alexander; Johnson, James; Pi, Zulan; Jiang, Ji; Neels, James; Cavallaro, Cullen; Wexler, Ruth; Conder, Mary Lee; Shi, Hong; Li, Danshi; Sun, Huabin; Chimalakonda, Anjaneya; Huang, Christine; Salvati, Mark; Levesque, Paul

    2015-11-01

    Phenethyl aminoheterocycles like compound 1 were known to be potent IKur blockers although they lacked potency in vivo. Modification of the heterocycle led to the design and synthesis of pseudosaccharin amines. Compounds such as 14, 17d and 21c were found to be potent KV1.5 blockers and selective over other cardiac ion channels. These compounds had potent pharmacodynamic activity, however, they also showed off-target activities such as hemodynamic effects. PMID:25801931

  20. Microdroplet evaporation with a forced pinned contact line.

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    Gleason, Kevin; Putnam, Shawn A

    2014-09-01

    Experimental and numerical investigations of water microdroplet evaporation on heated, laser patterned polymer substrates are reported. The study is focused on both (i) controlling a droplet's contact line dynamics during evaporation to identifying how the contact line influences evaporative heat transfer and (ii) validating numerical simulations with experimental data. Droplets are formed on the polymer surface using a bottom-up methodology, where a computer-controlled syringe pump feeds water through a 200 ?m diameter fluid channel within the heated polymer substrate. This methodology facilitates precise control of the droplet's growth rate, size, and inlet temperature. In addition to this microchannel supply line, the substrate surfaces are laser patterned with a moatlike trench around the fluid-channel outlet, adding additional control of the droplet's contact line motion, area, and contact angle. In comparison to evaporation on a nonpatterned polymer surface, the laser patterned trench increases contact line pinning time by ?60% of the droplet's lifetime. Numerical simulations of diffusion controlled evaporation are compared the experimental data with a pinned contact line. These diffusion based simulations consistently over predict the droplet's evaporation rate. In efforts to improve this model, a temperature distribution along the droplet's liquid-vapor interface is imposed to account for the concentration distribution of saturated vapor along the interface, which yields improved predictions within 2-4% of the experimental data throughout the droplet's lifetime on heated substrates. PMID:25102248

  1. Exploring Mesoscale Contact Mechanics by Atomic Force Microscopy

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    Buzio, Renato

    Mesoscale contact junctions, formed by mechanical interaction of elastic, viscoelastic, and elastoplastic solids, play a crucial role in a wide range of physical phenomena, going from rubber friction and adhesion to biological adhesion in filamentary attachment pads and cell adhesion and interaction with physical scaffolds. Moreover, they affect the response of several microelectromechanical systems and impact the performance of novel lithographies that manipulate objects, pattern surfaces, and transfer molecules with nanoscale accuracy. It is well known that the behavior of contact spots is highly complex since it depends on different factors, namely, contact geometry, bulk and surface (visco)elasticity, plasticity, physical and chemical adhesion. The introduction of novel experimental strategies, aimed to tightly correlate the junction response with their relevant interfacial properties, is certainly mandatory and highly promising. In this chapter, we present atomic force microscopy as an ideal tool for contact mechanics investigations on individual and multiple contact junctions. In particular, we focus on the fabrication of custom probes, with characteristic size from a few hundred nanometers to several microns, and on their use in nanoindentation studies. We also discuss paradigmatic experiments addressing the role of interfacial roughness, viscoelasticity, plasticity, and adhesion on the mechanical response of mesoscale contacts.

  2. Understanding the structure of the first atomic contact in gold

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    Sabater, Carlos; Caturla, Mara Jos; Palacios, Juan Jos; Untiedt, Carlos

    2013-05-01

    We have studied experimentally jump-to-contact (JC) and jump-out-of-contact (JOC) phenomena in gold electrodes. JC can be observed at first contact when two metals approach each other, while JOC occurs in the last contact before breaking. When the indentation depth between the electrodes is limited to a certain value of conductance, a highly reproducible behaviour in the evolution of the conductance can be obtained for hundreds of cycles of formation and rupture. Molecular dynamics simulations of this process show how the two metallic electrodes are shaped into tips of a well-defined crystallographic structure formed through a mechanical annealing mechanism. We report a detailed analysis of the atomic configurations obtained before contact and rupture of these stable structures and obtained their conductance using first-principles quantum transport calculations. These results help us understand the values of conductance obtained experimentally in the JC and JOC phenomena and improve our understanding of atomic-sized contacts and the evolution of their structural characteristics.

  3. On the Modeling of Hydrophobic Contact Angles on Rough Surfaces

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    Patankar, Neelesh

    2002-11-01

    The apparent contact angle of a drop on a rough surface is often modeled using either Wenzel's or Cassie's formulas. Previous experiments are not conclusive regarding which formula to use and when. This information is critical in designing a superhydrophobic substrate for applications in microscale devices. A drop on a rough substrate can occupy multiple equilibrium states. These equilibrium states denote respective local minima in energy. The particular shape that a drop attains depends on how the drop is formed. We propose a design procedure to develop a rough superhydrophobic substrate that accounts for the multiple equilibrium drop shapes. The theory is expected to work well to maximize the advancing contact angle of a drop. It is noted in the end that appropriate models for the receding contact angles on rough substrate must be investigated further before appropriate design procedures, that will maximize the receding contact angle or minimize hysteresis (i.e. minimize the difference between the advancing and receding contact angles), are developed. We discuss a model for the receding contact angle based on the limited data in literature.

  4. Prochloraz as potent inhibitor of benzo[a]pyrene metabolism and mutagenic activity in rat liver fractions.

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    Antignac, E; Koch, B; Grolier, P; Cassand, P; Narbonne, J F

    1990-12-01

    We have determined how prochloraz, an imidazole antifungal agent, affects the metabolism of benzo[a]-pyrene by hepatic microsomes from 3-methylcholanthrene treated male rats. The prochloraz-like 7,8-benzoflavone was a potent inhibitor of total benzo[a]pyrene metabolism while miconazole was a weak inhibitor. The proportion of benzo[a]pyrene dihydrodiols formed was decreased whereas phenols were increased by the in vitro addition of prochloraz. Furthermore, a good correlation was obtained between the effects of prochloraz on the microsomal formation of benzo[a]pyrene metabolites and on the mutagenic activity of benzo[a]pyrene in the Salmonella typhimurium test. PMID:2260127

  5. Non-hinge-binding pyrazolo[1,5-a]pyrimidines as potent B-Raf kinase inhibitors

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    Berger, Dan M.; Torres, Nancy; Dutia, Minu; Powell, Dennis; Ciszewski, Greg; Gopalsamy, Ariamala; Levin, Jeremy I.; Kim, Kyung-Hee; Xu, Weixin; Wilhelm, James; Hu, YongBo; Collins, Karen; Feldberg, Larry; Kim, Steven; Frommer, Eileen; Wojciechowicz, Donald; Mallon, Robert

    2010-11-19

    As part of our research effort to discover B-Raf kinase inhibitors, we prepared a series of C-3 substituted N-(3-(pyrazolo[1,5-a]pyrimidin-7-yl)phenyl)-3-(trifluoromethyl)benzamides. X-ray crystallography studies revealed that one of the more potent inhibitors (10n) bound to B-Raf kinase without forming a hinge-binding hydrogen bond. With basic amine residues appended to C-3 aryl residues, cellular activity and solubility were enhanced over previously described compounds of this class.

  6. 2-Sulfonamidopyridine C-region analogs of 2-(3-fluoro-4-methylsulfonamidophenyl)propanamides as potent TRPV1 antagonists.

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    Ann, Jihyae; Ki, Yooran; Yoon, Suyoung; Kim, Myeong Seop; Lee, Jung-Un; Kim, Changhoon; Lee, Sunho; Jung, Aeran; Baek, Jisoo; Hong, Sunhye; Choi, Sun; Pearce, Larry V; Esch, Timothy E; Turcios, Noe A; Lewin, Nancy E; Ogunjirin, Adebowale E; Herold, Brienna K A; McCall, Anna K; Blumberg, Peter M; Lee, Jeewoo

    2016-03-15

    A series of 2-sulfonamidopyridine C-region derivatives of 2-(3-fluoro-4-methylsulfonamidophenyl)propanamide were investigated as hTRPV1 ligands. Systematic modification on the 2-sulfonamido group provided highly potent TRPV1 antagonists. The N-benzyl phenylsulfonamide derivatives 12 and 23 in particular showed higher affinities than that of lead compound 1. Compound 12 exhibited strong analgesic activity in the formalin pain model. Docking analysis of its chiral S-form 12S in our hTRPV1 homology model indicated that its high affinity might arise from additional hydrophobic interactions not present in lead compound 1S. PMID:26860926

  7. Direct-Write Contacts: Metallization and Contact Formation; Preprint

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    van Hest, M. F. A. M.; Curtis, C. J.; Miedaner, A.; Pasquarelli, R. M.; Kaydonova, T.; Hersh, P.; Ginley, D. S.

    2008-05-01

    Using direct-write approaches in photovoltaics for metallization and contact formation can significantly reduce the cost per watt of producing photovoltaic devices. Inks have been developed for various materials, such as Ag, Cu, Ni and Al, which can be used to inkjet print metallizations for various kinds of photovoltaic devices. Use of these inks results in metallization with resistivities close to those of bulk materials. By means of inkjet printing a metallization grid can be printed with better resolution, i.e. smaller lines, than screen-printing. Also inks have been developed to deposit transparent conductive oxide films by means of ultrasonic spraying.

  8. Contact structure for use in catalytic distillation

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    Jones, E.M. Jr.

    1985-08-20

    A method and apparatus are disclosed for conducting catalytic chemical reactions and fractionation of the reaction mixture, comprising and feeding reactants into a distillation column reactor contracting said reactant in a liquid phase with a fixed bed catalyst in the form of a contact catalyst structure, consisting of closed porous containers containing the catalyst for the reaction and a clip means to hold and support said containers, which are disposed above, i.e., on the distillation trays in the tower. The trays have weir means to provide a liquid level on the trays to substantially cover the containers. In other words, the trays function in their ordinary manner with the addition thereto of the catalyst. The reaction mixture is concurrently fractionated in the column. 7 figs.

  9. Contact structure for use in catalytic distillation

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    Jones, Jr., Edward M.

    1984-01-01

    A method for conducting catalytic chemical reactions and fractionation of the reaction mixture comprising feeding reactants into a distillation column reactor contracting said reactant in liquid phase with a fixed bed catalyst in the form of a contact catalyst structure consisting of closed porous containers containing the catatlyst for the reaction and a clip means to hold and support said containers, which are disposed above, i.e., on the distillation trays in the tower. The trays have weir means to provide a liquid level on the trays to substantially cover the containers. In other words, the trays function in their ordinary manner with the addition thereto of the catalyst. The reaction mixture is concurrently fractionated in the column.

  10. Contact structure for use in catalytic distillation

    DOEpatents

    Jones, Jr., Edward M.

    1985-01-01

    A method and apparatus for conducting catalytic chemical reactions and fractionation of the reaction mixture, comprising and feeding reactants into a distillation column reactor contracting said reactant in a liquid phase with a fixed bed catalyst in the form of a contact catalyst structure, consisting of closed porous containers containing the catalyst for the reaction and a clip means to hold and support said containers, which are disposed above, i.e., on the distillation trays in the tower. The trays have weir means to provide a liquid level on the trays to substantially cover the containers. In other words, the trays function in their ordinary manner with the addition thereto of the catalyst. The reaction mixture is concurrently fractionated in the column.

  11. Contact structure for use in catalytic distillation

    DOEpatents

    Jones, E.M. Jr.

    1984-03-27

    A method is described for conducting catalytic chemical reactions and fractionation of the reaction mixture comprising feeding reactants into a distillation column reactor, contracting said reactant in liquid phase with a fixed bed catalyst in the form of a contact catalyst structure consisting of closed porous containers containing the catalyst for the reaction and a clip means to hold and support said containers, which are disposed above, i.e., on the distillation trays in the tower. The trays have weir means to provide a liquid level on the trays to substantially cover the containers. In other words, the trays function in their ordinary manner with the addition thereto of the catalyst. The reaction mixture is concurrently fractionated in the column. 7 figs.

  12. Infrared emission spectra of elastohydrodynamic contacts

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    Lauer, J. L.; Peterkin, M. E.

    1975-01-01

    A small diamond disk mounted as a window in a steel plate was covered with test fluid, and a weighted steel ball was rotated over the window so as to form a sliding elastohydrodynamic (EHD) contact region. Some of the radiant energy generated in this region, both in the fluid and at the boundaries, passed through the window into an infrared interferometer, giving rise to an emission spectrum. This spectrum could be separated into contributions from the fluid and from the ball surface, making it possible, by appropriate calibrations, to estimate their temperatures separately under operating conditions. Moreover, the shape of the discrete spectral bands of the fluid permitted some inferences on its state. Two fluids were studied under identical mechanical conditions, a polyester and a naphthenic oil, each containing an equal amount of polymethylstyrene as a spectral indicator. Differences of band intensity, band width, and frequency could, therefore, be attributed to differences in the behavior of the base fluid.

  13. Localized contact formation by erythrocyte membranes: electrostatic effects.

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    Thomas, N E; Coakley, W T

    1995-01-01

    The topology of the contact seam of human erythrocytes adhered by dextran, an uncharged polymer, has been examined. Particular attention has been paid to the influence of electrostatic intermembrane interactions since their magnitude and range can be accurately estimated. Normal cells formed a continuous seam, whereas erythrocytes with pronase-modified glycocalices formed localized contact points on adhesion in 72 kDa dextran in buffered 145 mM NaCl. The dependence of the inter-contact distance lambda on dextran concentration [D] over the range 2-6% w/v, was given by lambda = C[D]-0.62, where C was a constant. The index of [D] was independent of dextran molecular mass over the range 20 to 450 kDa. The inter-contact distance for pronase-pretreated cells in 6% w/v 72 kDa dextran increased from 0.78 to 1.4 microns as [NaCl] was reduced through the range 145 to 90 mM and the suspending phase was maintained at isotonicity by using sorbitol to replace NaCl. The formation and lateral separation of the contact points are discussed from the perspective of linear interfacial instability theory. The theory allows a quantitative explanation for the experimentally observed dependence of inter-contact distance and of disturbance growth rate on change in electrostatic interaction. The results suggest that the dominant wavelength, determining the inter-contact distance, is established on approaching membranes when the layers of cell surface charge are separated by a perpendicular distance of < 14 nm (bilayer separation of 24 nm). Images FIGURE 3 FIGURE 4 FIGURE 5 FIGURE 6 FIGURE 7 FIGURE 8 FIGURE 9 PMID:8534809

  14. RISK FACTORS FOR CONTACT LENS INDUCED PAPILLARY CONJUNCTIVITIS ASSOCIATED WITH SILICONE HYDROGEL CONTACT LENS WEAR

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    Tagliaferri, Angela; Love, Thomas E.; Szczotka-Flynn, Loretta

    2014-01-01

    BACKGROUND Contact lens induced papillary conjunctivitis (CLPC) continues to be a major cause of dropout during contact lens extended wear. This retrospective study explores risk factors for the development of CLPC during silicone hydrogel lens extended wear. METHODS Data from 205 subjects enrolled in the Longitudinal Analysis of Silicone Hydrogel Contact Lens (LASH) study wearing lotrafilcon A silicone hydrogel lenses for up to 30 days of continuous wear were used to determine risk factors for CLPC in this secondary analysis of the main cohort. The main covariates of interest included substantial lens-associated bacterial bioburden, and topographically determined lens base curve-to-cornea fitting relationships. Additional covariates of interest included history of prior adverse events, time of year, race, education level, gender and other subject demographics. Statistical analyses included univariate logistic regression to assess the impact of potential risk factors on the binary CLPC outcome, and Cox proportional hazards regression to describe the impact of those factors on time-to-CLPC diagnosis. RESULTS Across 12 months of follow-up, 52 subjects (25%) experienced CLPC. No associations were found between CLPC development and the presence of bacterial bioburden, lens-to-cornea fitting relationships, history of prior adverse events, gender or race. CLPC development followed the same seasonal trends as the local peaks in environmental allergans. CONCLUSIONS Lens fit and biodeposits, in the form of lens associated bacterial bioburden, were not associated with the development of CLPC during extended wear with lotrafilcon A silicone hydrogel lenses. PMID:24681609

  15. Contact Trees: Network Visualization beyond Nodes and Edges

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    Sallaberry, Arnaud; Fu, Yang-chih; Ho, Hwai-Chung; Ma, Kwan-Liu

    2016-01-01

    Node-Link diagrams make it possible to take a quick glance at how nodes (or actors) in a network are connected by edges (or ties). A conventional network diagram of a “contact tree” maps out a root and branches that represent the structure of nodes and edges, often without further specifying leaves or fruits that would have grown from small branches. By furnishing such a network structure with leaves and fruits, we reveal details about “contacts” in our ContactTrees upon which ties and relationships are constructed. Our elegant design employs a bottom-up approach that resembles a recent attempt to understand subjective well-being by means of a series of emotions. Such a bottom-up approach to social-network studies decomposes each tie into a series of interactions or contacts, which can help deepen our understanding of the complexity embedded in a network structure. Unlike previous network visualizations, ContactTrees highlight how relationships form and change based upon interactions among actors, as well as how relationships and networks vary by contact attributes. Based on a botanical tree metaphor, the design is easy to construct and the resulting tree-like visualization can display many properties at both tie and contact levels, thus recapturing a key ingredient missing from conventional techniques of network visualization. We demonstrate ContactTrees using data sets consisting of up to three waves of 3-month contact diaries over the 2004-2012 period, and discuss how this design can be applied to other types of datasets. PMID:26784350

  16. Vocalizations associated with pectoral fin contact in bottlenose dolphins (Tursiops truncatus).

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    Evans-Wilent, J; Dudzinski, K M

    2013-11-01

    Pectoral fin contact in bottlenose dolphins represents one form of tactile communication. Acoustic communication associated with pectoral fin contact is an additional level of communication that may change or enhance the tactile message between two individuals. In this study, we examine vocalization types associated with pectoral fin contact in a group of captive bottlenose dolphins (Tursiops truncatus). From 2006 to 2009, vocalizations potentially associated with 748 pectoral fin contacts were examined: whistles, click trains and overlap of whistles and click trains were documented when associated with fin contact. Dolphins were also documented not vocalizing when exchanging pectoral fin contacts. Call type associated with pectoral fin contact was compared for the proportion of the type of pectoral fin contact, vocalizer sex, initiator and receiver roles, and gender pair. Overall, vocalizations differed significantly by vocalizer role as rubber or rubbee, initiator, and sex. Receivers and rubbees clicked and used overlap vocalizations more frequently, and males produced overlap vocalizations more frequently. These results suggest that whistles may be used to initiate pectoral fin contact or show preference for a particular partner, while click trains may be used to show disinterest in pectoral fin contact or to signal the end of a contact. Examining vocalizations produced in conjunction with tactile contact is a relatively new approach in the study of individual dolphin behavior and may be useful for understanding dolphin social alliances and social preferences for various individuals within a population. PMID:23954831

  17. Contact Dermatitis, Patch Testing, and Allergen Avoidance.

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    Burkemper, Nicole M

    2015-01-01

    In patients presenting with a complaint of rash, contact dermatitis is often the underlying diagnosis making it an entity with which health care providers should be familiar. Contact dermatitis can be divided into irritant contact dermatitis and allergic contact dermatitis. In a patient suspected of having allergic contact dermatitis, patch testing can be done to identify specific allergens. Education focused on allergen avoidance and safe products is an integral part of treatment for the contact dermatitis patient. Knowledge of the most common allergens is helpful for clinicians to be able to provide this education. PMID:26455061

  18. SST3-selective potent peptidic somatostatin receptor antagonists

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    Reubi, Jean Claude; Schaer, Jean-Claude; Wenger, Sandra; Hoeger, Carl; Erchegyi, Judit; Waser, Beatrice; Rivier, Jean

    2000-01-01

    A family of octapeptide derivatives of somatostatin cyclized via a disulfide bridge (des-AA1,2,4,5,12,13[d-2Nal8]-somatostatin-14, ODN-8) was identified that has high affinity and selectivity for the human sst3 somatostatin receptor subtype transfected in CCL39 cells. The binding affinity of carbamoyl-des-AA1,2,4,5,12,13[d-Cys3,Tyr7,d-Agl8(Me,2-naphthoyl)]-somatostatin-14 (sst3-ODN-8) is equal to that of somatostatin-28 for sst3 and less than one-thousandth that for the other four somatostatin receptor subtypes. Compound sst3-ODN-8 potently reverses the somatostatin-28-induced inhibition of forskolin-stimulated cAMP production (pKB = 9.07) and reverses the somatostatin-28-induced stimulation of phospholipase C activity (pKi = 9.22) in sst3-transfected CCL39 cells. [125I-Tyr7]sst3-ODN-8 selectively labels sst3-expressing cells with subnanomolar binding affinity (KD = 0.27 nM). With the use of this radioligand, sst3-expressing human tumors, particularly inactive pituitary adenomas, can be identified with receptor autoradiography; moreover, areas of the human lymphoreticular system express sst3 binding sites selectively displaced by nanomolar concentrations of sst3-ODN-8. Based on the structureactivity relationship of selected analogs substituted at positions 3, 7, and 8, we hypothesize that the basis for sst3 selectivity, high affinity, and possibly antagonism resides in the ring size of the analog and the unique conformational and structural character of the N-methylated amino-2-naphthoyl side chain of aminoglycine at position 8 and not in the Tyr7 substitution or in the d-configuration at position 3. The family of labeled and unlabeled sst3-ODN-8 analogs represents highly innovative, potent, and specific sst3-selective antagonist tools for the study of sst3-mediated physiological and pathophysiological conditions that may suggest novel clinical applications. PMID:11095748

  19. Aminoindoles, a Novel Scaffold with Potent Activity against Plasmodium falciparum?

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    Barker, Robert H.; Urgaonkar, Sameer; Mazitschek, Ralph; Celatka, Cassandra; Skerlj, Renato; Cortese, Joseph F.; Tyndall, Erin; Liu, Hanlan; Cromwell, Mandy; Sidhu, Amar Bir; Guerrero-Bravo, Jose E.; Crespo-Llado, Keila N.; Serrano, Adelfa E.; Lin, Jing-wen; Janse, Chris J.; Khan, Shahid M.; Duraisingh, Manoj; Coleman, Bradley I.; Angulo-Barturen, Inigo; Jimnez-Daz, Mara Beln; Magn, Noem; Gomez, Vanesa; Ferrer, Santiago; Martnez, Mara Santos; Wittlin, Sergio; Papastogiannidis, Petros; O'Shea, Thomas; Klinger, Jeffrey D.; Bree, Mark; Lee, Edward; Levine, Mikaela; Wiegand, Roger C.; Munoz, Benito; Wirth, Dyann F.; Clardy, Jon; Bathurst, Ian; Sybertz, Edmund

    2011-01-01

    This study characterizes aminoindole molecules that are analogs of Genz-644442. Genz-644442 was identified as a hit in a screen of ?70,000 compounds in the Broad Institute's small-molecule library and the ICCB-L compound collection at Harvard Medical School. Genz-644442 is a potent inhibitor of Plasmodium falciparum in vitro (50% inhibitory concentrations [IC50s], 200 to 285 nM) and inhibits P. berghei in vivo with an efficacy of >99% in an adapted version of Peters' 4-day suppressive test (W. Peters, Ann. Trop. Med. Parasitol. 69:155171, 1975). Genz-644442 became the focus of medicinal chemistry optimization; 321 analogs were synthesized and were tested for in vitro potency against P. falciparum and for in vitro absorption, distribution, metabolism, and excretion (ADME) properties. This yielded compounds with IC50s of approximately 30 nM. The lead compound, Genz-668764, has been characterized in more detail. It is a single enantiomer with IC50s of 28 to 65 nM against P. falciparum in vitro. In the 4-day P. berghei model, when it was dosed at 100 mg/kg of body weight/day, no parasites were detected on day 4 postinfection. However, parasites recrudesced by day 9. Dosing at 200 mg/kg/day twice a day resulted in cures of 3/5 animals. The compound had comparable activity against P. falciparum blood stages in a human-engrafted NOD-scid mouse model. Genz-668764 had a terminal half-life of 2.8 h and plasma trough levels of 41 ng/ml when it was dosed twice a day orally at 55 mg/kg/day. Seven-day rat safety studies showed a no-observable-adverse-effect level (NOAEL) at 200 mg/kg/day; the compound was not mutagenic in Ames tests, did not inhibit the hERG channel, and did not have potent activity against a broad panel of receptors and enzymes. Employing allometric scaling and using in vitro ADME data, the predicted human minimum efficacious dose of Genz-668764 in a 3-day once-daily dosing regimen was 421 mg/day/70 kg, which would maintain plasma trough levels above the IC90 against P. falciparum for at least 96 h after the last dose. The predicted human therapeutic index was approximately 3, on the basis of the exposure in rats at the NOAEL. We were unable to select for parasites with >2-fold decreased sensitivity to the parent compound, Genz-644442, over 270 days of in vitro culture under drug pressure. These characteristics make Genz-668764 a good candidate for preclinical development. PMID:21422215

  20. Elastohydrodynamic film thickness model for heavily loaded contacts

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    Loewenthal, S. H.; Parker, R. J.; Zaretsky, E. V.

    1973-01-01

    An empirical elastohydrodynamic (EHD) film thickness formula for predicting the minimum film thickness occurring within heavily loaded contacts (maximum Hertz stresses above 150,000 psi) was developed. The formula was based upon X-ray film thickness measurements made with synthetic paraffinic, fluorocarbon, Type II ester and polyphenyl ether fluids covering a wide range of test conditions. Comparisons were made between predictions from an isothermal EHD theory and the test data. The deduced relationship was found to adequately reflect the high-load dependence exhibited by the measured data. The effects of contact geometry, material and lubricant properties on the form of the empirical model are also discussed.