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  1. Osservazioni di Urano e Nettuno nel 2001

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    Carbognani, Albino

    2002-09-01

    The observations of Uranus and Neptune collected by the UAI Planet Section during the year 2001 are analysed. The Uranus disk in some occasion had presented a bright eccentric zone. The different colours of the border probably is an effect of atmospheric refraction. The Neptune disk was featureless. The methan band in the spectra of both planets was registered at different time but no changes were observed. Some indications for the next opposition of remote planets are given.

  2. Movimenti atmosferici attorno alla Grande Macchia Rossa di Giove: osservazioni e commenti

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    Braga, Raffaello

    2003-03-01

    The Italian Union of Amateur Astronomers (UAI) has a large collection of digital values of rotation periods of features on Jupiter's atmosphere. In this paper, the data obtained for visible features around the Great Red Spot are used to examine the nature of the Spot itself. It results (as it is well known) that the Taylor's column hypothesis is not acceptable. The data show that the Spot shares a large velocity field like the large atmospheric storms at low Earth latitudes. The approximate value of the vertical velocity inside the atmosphere is estimated. It is deduced that on large scale the Jovian atmosphere is stratified like, for example, water and oil. This condition is described by the hydrostatic equilibrium.

  3. Studio delle popolazioni di blazar ad alte energie

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    Gasparrini, D.; Giommi, P.

    2008-10-01

    Utilizzando la grande quantita' di dati sui blazar disponibile ad oggi, e' possibile costruire una distribuzione spettrale di energia (SED) media per ciascuna classe di oggetti. Basandosi su un modello SSC, e' inoltre possibile stimare il comportamento di questi oggetti nella banda di energia dei raggi gamma partendo dalle informazioni ottenute da osservazioni in altre bande di energia quali il radio e l'X. Utilizzando le simulazioni sara` possibile prevedere un eventuale cambio di popolazione dominante ad alte energie(oltre 1GeV) rispetto a quanto avviene in banda radio dove domina la popolazione dei FSRQ rispetto ai BL Lac e cercare un'eventuale conferma dagli esperimenti AGILE e GLAST.

  4. Ambienti Circumstellari ed Interstellari di Supernovae di vario Tipo ed Applicazioni Astrofisiche

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    Boffi, Francesca R.

    Nella presente tesi vengono studiati gli ambienti circumstellari ed interstellari di supernovae (anche SNe; singolare SN) di vario tipo. In particolare si descrivono alcune applicazioni astrofisiche, relative a questi ambienti, che permettono di desumere informazioni sui sistemi stellari progenitori delle supernovae o di determinare le distanze a tali oggetti. L' emissione radio da supernovae, prodotta nell' ambiente circumstellare ad opera dell'interazione idrodinamica del gas di SN con l' ambiente circostante, puo' essere impiegata come mezzo di indagine del sistema di pre-supernova. In particolare si e' introdotta l'idea che tale emissione possa essere impiegata nel caso delle SNe di tipo Ia come test dei sistemi progenitori di tipo simbiotico. Il test e' stato effettuato sulla SN 1986G, per la quale avevamo ottenuto limiti superiori a lunghezze d'onda radio. Nel caso che un sistema simbiotico sia responsabile di una SN Ia, l'interazione tra l' ejecta e una shell circumstellare origina, in un'epoca molto prossima al massimo di luce, un'emissione radio rivelabile con strumenti tipo Very Large Array. Inoltre l'emissione radio fornisce informazioni circa gli stadi di pre-supernova nel caso di altri tipi di supernova. In questo lavoro di tesi vengono presentati i risultati ottenuti nel caso delle SNe di tipo II 1984E e 1986E. Queste due SNe non mostrano emissione radio: la prima, in prossimita del massimo ottico, stava interagendo con una shell circumstellare prodotta da un episodio di perdita di massa di breve durata in fase di pre-supernova; la seconda, invece e' la prima SN ``vecchia'' ad essere rivelata nell' ottico ma non nel radio (l' oggetto non ha ancora iniziato la fase di supernova remnant ed emette radiazione ottica prodotta ancora per interazione circumstellare). In ambiente circum-interstellare, gli echi di luce, prodotti dallo scattering della luce della supernova ad opera della polvere presente, possono essere utilizzati per determinare le distanze extra-galattiche per via puramente geometrica (Sparks 1994; 1996). Osservazioni da terra, in imaging e polarimetria, sono state utilizzate per selezionare un numero promettente di candidati, che mostrano emissione visibile alla posizione della supernova. Tali candidati sono promettenti non solo per l' applicazione del metodo descritto ma anche per dedurre informazioni circa le supernovae medesime e le relative popolazioni stellari.

  5. Desentrañar los secretos de Mercurio - Duration: 31 seconds.

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    De todos los planetas rocosos, Mercurio es el más pequeño y denso, el que posee la superficie más antigua y el que tiene las variaciones diarias de temperatura más amplias. También es el menos expl...

  6. Calibrazioni a terra e prestazioni in volo di spettrometri ad immagine nel visibile e nel vicino infrarosso per l'esplorazione planetaria

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    Filacchione, Gianrico

    2006-10-01

    Nel corso dell’ultimo decennio l’esplorazione planetaria ha potuto beneficiare dei dati prodotti dagli spettrometri ad immagine: grazie a questa nuova classe di strumenti, realizzati per l’osservazione in remoto di superfici ed atmosfere planetarie, è possibile acquisire dati iperspettrali con elevati poteri risolutivi spaziali e spettrali. Il principale vantaggio offerto dagli spettrometri ad immagine, rispetto alle camere ed agli spettrometri puntuali, è rappresentato dalla capacità di misurare, identificare e mappare le unità composizionali delle superfici planetarie; queste informazioni permettono di investigare sia l’evoluzione geochimica delle superfici sia la dinamica e la composizione delle atmosfere. Sebbene i primi spettrometri ad immagine siano stati francesi (Phobos/ISM, Imaging Spectrometer for Mars) e statunitensi (Galileo/NIMS, Near Infrared Mapping Spectrometer), il nostro paese nel corso degli ultimi anni è stato in grado di proporre alla com unità spaziale internazionale degli strumenti dalle elevate prestazioni che sono stati infatti accettati come payload scientifici su diverse missioni interplanetarie: dai canali visibili di VIMS (Visual and Infrared Mapping Spectrometer) su Cassini (Nasa, JPL, ESA, ASI) e di OMEGA (Observatoire pour la Minéralogie, l’Eau, les Glacies et l’Activitè de Mars) su MarsExpress (ESA) ai due VIRTIS (Visible and Infrared Thermal Imaging Spectrometer) su Rosetta (ESA) e VenusExpress (ESA) fino a VIR-MS (Visible and Infrared Mapping Spectrometer) su Dawn (Nasa). In questo momento inoltre altri due spettrometri sono in avanzata fase di studio: JIRAM (Jovian InfraRed Auroral Mapper) su Juno (missione New Discovery Nasa) e VIHI (Visible and Infrared Hyperspectral Imager) integrato nel payload italiano di remote sensing SIMBIO-SYS di BepiColombo (missione cornerstone ESA). La realizzazione di uno spettrometro ad immagini da utilizzare su una missione interplanetaria richiede un’accurata analisi in fase progettuale e realizzativa dei parametri e de lle prestazioni strumentali; in generale infatti non solo sarà necessario mantenere le dimensioni, il peso, i consumi elettrici ed il data-volume entro i requisiti disponibili del satellite ma anche ottimizzare i disegni ottici, meccanici ed elettronici al fine di ottenere le massime prestazioni possibili in funzione della natura del target osservato e dei parametri orbitali della missione. Questa tesi descrive i metodi utilizzati per caratterizzare il funzionamento di spettrometri ad immagine per l’esplorazione planetaria. L’attività svolta ha riguardato sia la misura in laboratorio dei parametri strumentali fondamentali sia l’analisi dei dati in volo su cui verificarne ed eventualmente correggerne la risposta. Il funzionamento degli strumenti e la metodologia di calibrazione vengono descritti nelle due parti principali e nelle appendici di questa tesi per gli esperimenti Cassini-VIMS-V e Rosetta-VIRTIS-M. La prima parte è dedicata all’esperimento VIMS-V sul satellite Cassini, il cui disegno ottico, originariamente proposto da Francis Reininger, verrà successivamente riutilizzato e perfezionato su VIRTIS-M (Reininger et al., 1994; Miller et al., 1996). Il capitolo 1 contiene una descrizione dei parametri ottici, strutturali, termici ed elettronici di VIMS-V mettendone in risalto gli aspetti più innovativi del progetto. Vengono inoltre descritti la collocazione dell’esperimento sul satellite Cassini, il coallineamento con gli altri strumenti di remote sensing, i possibili modi operativi ed il formato dei dati scientifici. Il capitolo 2 riguarda il processo di calibrazione ed analisi dei dati in volo di VIMS-V. La procedura eseguita per calibrare radiometricamente lo strumento utilizzando i dati della superficie della Luna e per stimare il flat-field mediante i dati dell’atmosfera di Venere viene dettagliatamente descritta assieme agli algoritmi utilizzati per la rimozione di diversi effetti strumentali (read-out noise e tilt spettrale); alcuni di questi effetti sono stati caratterizzati e dettagliamente misurati in laboratorio utilizzando il modello spare (flight) di VIMS-V. Parte del capitolo è dedicata alla verifica della procedura di calibrazione su diversi target aventi caratteristiche spettroradiometriche note. Questi algoritmi di processamento sono correntemente utilizzati dal team scientifico di VIMS per calibrare i dati del canale -VIS rilasciati ufficialmente alla comunità scientifica internazionale attraverso il Planetary Data System (PDS) della Nasa. La seconda parte riguarda l’esperimento VIRTIS-M sul satellite Rosetta. Il capitolo 3 contiene la descrizione dello strumento mettendo in risalto l’evoluzione dal precedente progetto VIMS-V ed i problemi tecnologici e costruttivi da questo derivanti. I diversi modi operativi, la sequenza di acquisizione e di processamento dei dati nell’elettronica principale sono ampiament e discussi. Viene inoltre evidenziata la collocazione dello spettrometro sul satellite Rosetta. Nel capitolo 4 viene descritta l’attività di calibrazione effettuata in Galileo Avionica (Campi Bisenzio, FI, Italia) ed allo IAS (Orsay, Francia) subito dopo l’integrazione di VIRTIS ed il conseguente processamento dei dati necessario per ricavare i principali parametri di funzionamento (calibrazioni spettrali e geometriche, flat-field, funzioni di trasferimento, lampade di calibrazione interne). Nel capitolo 5 l’accuratezza di queste grandezze è stata verificata su i primi dati in volo ottenuti da VIRTIS-M durante la fase di commissioning e di cruise del satellite (Terra, Luna e Saturno); queste osservazioni sono inoltre state utilizzate per migliorare e verificare alcuni aspetti della procedura di calibrazione che non erano stati sufficientemente definiti durante i test a terra. L’appendice A riguarda il formato PDS (Planetary Data System) utilizzato per l’archiviazione dei dati e degli housekeepings ingegnerisitici e scientifici delle osservazioni; nell’appendice B è contenuta la descrizione del modello radiometrico teorico di VIRTIS-M utilizzato per stimare il rapporto segnale/rumore; nelle appendici C e D sono infine contenute diverse Tabelle non incluse nel testo delle parti principali a causa della loro lunghezza.

  7. DiGeorge Syndrome (DGS)

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    ... History Membership Newsroom Organizational Support Service and Stewardship Strategic Relationships Website ... & Diagnosis Treatment & Management DGS Overview DiGeorge Syndrome (DGS) is a primary ...

  8. Di Sala syndrome.

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    Kumar, Manoj; Bhasker, Shashi Kumar; Singh, Ragini; Kohli, Neera; Kumar, Rashmi

    2012-01-01

    Di Sala syndrome or fetal warfarin syndrome/fetal warfarin embryopathy is a rare condition as result of fetal exposure due to maternal ingestion of warfarin during pregnancy. The authors report here a male infant with this condition whose mother was suffering from rheumatic mitral valvular heart disease for which she underwent prosthetic mitral valvular replacement surgery and put on injectable long acting penicillin and oral low-molecular weight anticoagulant drug (warfarin) for life long. The patient presented with facial dysmorphism, pectus excavatum, stippled epiphyses dolichocephaly, brachydactyly, polydactyly short neck and growth retardation. Shortened fourth metacarpal bones were also noted in this case which was not yet reported in literatures, to the best of our knowledge. PMID:22605711

  9. Di(hydroxyphenyl)- benzimidazole monomers

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    Connell, John W. (inventor); Hergenrother, Paul M. (inventor); Smith, Joseph G. (inventor)

    1993-01-01

    Di(hydroxyphenyl)benzimidazole monomers were prepared from phenyl-hydroxybenzoate and aromatic bis(o-diamine)s. These monomers were used in the synthesis of soluble polybenzimidazoles. The reaction involved the aromatic nucleophilic displacement of various di(hydroxyphenyl)benzimidazole monomers with activated aromatic dihalides or activated aromatic dinitro compounds in the presence of an alkali metal base. These polymers exhibited lower glass transition temperatures, improved solubility, and better compression moldability over their commercial counterparts.

  10. Trasforiiazioni Termoelastiche Finite di Solidi Incomprimibili

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    Signorini, A.

    Queste lezlioni hanno come direttiva una sintesi di quanto si trova sistematicamente sviluppato in una mia Memoria sulle trasformazioni termoelastiche finite di solidi incomprimibili, in corso di stampa negli Annali di Matematica pura e applicata t. XXXIX ( 1955) pp. 147-201 , Verranno anche esposti, come necessaria premessa, alcuni d ei risultati di due precedenti Memorie degli stessi Annali. Invece, per motivo di brevit, non potr dare neppure un cenno delle ulteriori ricerche svilup pate dal prof. T. Manacorda in tre recentissimi suoi lavori:

  11. Di(2-ethylhexyl)adipate

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    Di ( 2 - ethylhexyl ) adipate ; CASRN 103 - 23 - 1 Human health assessment information on a chemical substance is included in the IRIS database only after a comprehensive review of toxicity data , as outlined in the IRIS assessment development process . Sections I ( Health Hazard Assessments for Non

  12. The "Bestie di Satana" murders.

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    Birkhoff, Jutta; Candelli, Chiara; Zeroli, Stefania; La Tegola, Donatella; Carabellese, Felice

    2013-11-01

    In recent years, satanic groups have been responsible for various types and degrees of crimes. We report the case of a number of murders committed in Italy by a group of young people calling themselves the "Bestie di Satana". Forensic psychiatric assessment of the members of a satanic sect charged with the crime revealed that all the young people had a fragile, immature personality, a very low level of education and were socially disadvantaged. The trial of the members of the "Bestie di Satana" sect was concluded with the verdict of deliberate murder, and all the members were given long jail sentences. This report should lead us to explore social and cultural responses to juvenile satanism, statistically shown to be a relatively rare phenomenon but with a high criminal potential. PMID:24117906

  13. Introduzione al Laboratorio di Fisica

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    Ciullo, Giuseppe

    La Fisica (dal greco τὰ ϕυσικὰ: le cose naturali) si pone l'obiettivo di descrivere e prevedere il comportamento dei fenomeni naturali, nonché degli apparati e degli strumenti, che hanno reso e rendono la nostra vita più comoda ed efficiente. Tale obiettivo viene perseguito mediante un'attenta osservazione dei fenomeni, con una conseguente schematizzazione dell'osservazione, per fornire una conoscenza della realtà oggettiva, affidabile, verificabile e condivisibile.

  14. Cyclic di-AMP mediates biofilm formation.

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    Peng, Xian; Zhang, Yang; Bai, Guangchun; Zhou, Xuedong; Wu, Hui

    2016-03-01

    Cyclic di-AMP (c-di-AMP) is an emerging second messenger in bacteria. It has been shown to play important roles in bacterial fitness and virulence. However, transduction of c-di-AMP signaling in bacteria and the role of c-di-AMP in biofilm formation are not well understood. The level of c-di-AMP is modulated by activity of di-adenylyl cyclase that produces c-di-AMP and phosphodiesterase (PDE) that degrades c-di-AMP. In this study, we determined that increased c-di-AMP levels by deletion of the pdeA gene coding for a PDE promoted biofilm formation in Streptococcus mutans. Deletion of pdeA upregulated expression of gtfB, the gene coding for a major glucan producing enzyme. Inactivation of gtfB blocked the increased biofilm by the pdeA mutant. Two c-di-AMP binding proteins including CabPA (SMU_1562) and CabPB (SMU_1708) were identified. Interestingly, only CabPA deficiency inhibited both the increased biofilm formation and the upregulated expression of GtfB observed in the pdeA mutant. In addition, CabPA but not CabPB interacted with VicR, a known transcriptional factor that regulates expression of gtfB, suggesting that a signaling link between CabPA and GtfB through VicR. Increased biofilm by the pdeA deficiency also enhanced bacterial colonization of Drosophila in vivo. Taken together, our studies reveal a new role of c-di-AMP in mediating biofilm formation through a CabPA/VicR/GtfB signaling network in S. mutans. PMID:26564551

  15. Osservazioni visuali della variabile V449 Cygni nel 1999

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    Leonini, Simone

    2001-09-01

    A set of 97 visual observations of the Lb-type variable star V449 Cyg, obtained in 1999 by UAI observers, has been analysed by the Algol software (GEOS). Three epochs of maxima, and one minimum have been determined. Amplitude and period are coherent with those found in literature. The light curve corrected with the aid of an Artificial Neural Network (ANN) technique seems to confirm the probable SRb nature of the star. The author hopes that future observations, photoelectric measures and long temporal coverage will allow a frequency analysis by ANN.

  16. Hazards assessment: Deionized (DI) Water Facility

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    Not Available

    1993-12-01

    This report documents the hazards assessment for the Deionized (DI) Water Facility located at the Pinellas Plant. The facility-specific hazards assessment provides the technical basis for facility emergency planning efforts.

  17. Exclusive e+e-, di-photon and di-jet production at the Tevatron

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    Terashi, Koji; /Rockefeller U.

    2007-05-01

    Results from studies on exclusive production of electron-position pair, di-photon, and dijet production at CDF in proton-antiproton collisions at the Fermilab Tevatron are presented. THe first observation and cross section measurements of exclusive e{sup +}e{sup -} and di-jet production in hadron-hadron collisions are emphasized.

  18. Severe dystrophy in DiGeorge syndrome

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    Rzsai, Barnabs; Kiss, kos; Csbi, Gyrgyi; Czak, Mrta; Decsi, Tams

    2009-01-01

    We present the case history of a 3-year-old girl who was examined because of severe dystrophy. In the background, cows milk allergy was found, but her body weight was unchanged after eliminating milk from her diet. Other types of malabsorption were excluded. Based on nasal regurgitation and facial dysmorphisms, the possibility of DiGeorge syndrome was suspected and was confirmed by fluorescence in situ hybridization. The authors suggest a new feature associated with DiGeorge syndrome. PMID:19294771

  19. 21 CFR 178.3940 - Tetraethylene glycol di-(2-ethylhexoate).

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    2013-04-01

    ... SANITIZERS Certain Adjuvants and Production Aids 178.3940 Tetraethylene glycol di-(2-ethylhexoate). Tetraethylene glycol di-(2-ethylhexoate) containing not more than 22 parts per million ethylene and/or... 21 Food and Drugs 3 2013-04-01 2013-04-01 false Tetraethylene glycol di-(2-ethylhexoate)....

  20. 21 CFR 178.3940 - Tetraethylene glycol di-(2-ethylhexoate).

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    2014-04-01

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  1. 21 CFR 178.3940 - Tetraethylene glycol di-(2-ethylhexoate).

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    2012-04-01

    ... SANITIZERS Certain Adjuvants and Production Aids 178.3940 Tetraethylene glycol di-(2-ethylhexoate). Tetraethylene glycol di-(2-ethylhexoate) containing not more than 22 parts per million ethylene and/or... 21 Food and Drugs 3 2012-04-01 2012-04-01 false Tetraethylene glycol di-(2-ethylhexoate)....

  2. URINARY BIOMARKERS OF DI-ISONONYL PHTHALATE IN RATS

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    Commercial di-isononyl phthalate (DiNP) is a mixture of various branched-chain dialkyl phthalates mainly containing ninecarbon alkyl isomers. At high doses in rodents, DiNP is a carcinogen, and a developmental toxicant. After exposure, the diester isomers are de-esterified to for...

  3. Detection of cyclic di-AMP using a competitive ELISA with a unique pneumococcal cyclic di-AMP binding protein

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    Underwood, Adam J.; Zhang, Yang; Metzger, Dennis W.; Bai, Guangchun

    2014-01-01

    Cyclic di-AMP (c-di-AMP) is a signaling molecule that has been shown to play important roles in bacterial physiology and infections. Currently, c-di-AMP detection and quantification relies mostly on the use of high-performance liquid chromatography (HPLC) or liquid chromatography-mass spectrometry (LC-MS). In this study, a competitive enzyme-linked immunosorbent assay (ELISA) for the quantification of c-di-AMP was developed, which utilizes a novel pneumococcal c-di-AMP binding protein (CabP) and a newly commercialized c-di-AMP derivative. With this new method, c-di-AMP concentrations in biological samples can be quickly and accurately quantified. Furthermore, this assay is much more efficient than current methods as it requires less overall cost and training while processing many samples at once. Therefore, this assay can be extensively used in research into c-di-AMP signaling. PMID:25239824

  4. Di-hadron production at Jefferson Lab

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    Anefalos Pereira, Sergio; et. al.,

    2014-10-01

    Semi-inclusive deep inelastic scattering (SIDIS) has been used extensively in recent years as an important testing ground for QCD. Studies so far have concentrated on better determination of parton distribution functions, distinguishing between the quark and antiquark contributions, and understanding the fragmentation of quarks into hadrons. Hadron pair (di-hadron) SIDIS provides information on the nucleon structure and hadronization dynamics that complement single hadron SIDIS. Di-hadrons allow the study of low- and high-twist distribution functions and Dihadron Fragmentation Functions (DiFF). Together with the twist-2 PDFs ( f1, g1, h1), the Higher Twist (HT) e and hL functions are very interesting because they offer insights into the physics of the largely unexplored quark-gluon correlations, which provide access into the dynamics inside hadrons. The CLAS spectrometer, installed in Hall-B at Jefferson Lab, has collected data using the CEBAF 6 GeV longitudinally polarized electron beam on longitudinally polarized solid NH3 targets. Preliminary results on di-hadron beam-, target- and double-spin asymmetries will be presented.

  5. N-Nitroso-di-n-butylamine

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    N - Nitroso - di - n - butylamine ; CASRN 924 - 16 - 3 Human health assessment information on a chemical substance is included in the IRIS database only after a comprehensive review of toxicity data , as outlined in the IRIS assessment development process . Sections I ( Health Hazard Assessments for

  6. Di (2-ethylhexyl)phthalate (DEHP)

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    Di ( 2 - ethylhexyl ) phthalate ( DEHP ) ; CASRN 117 - 81 - 7 Human health assessment information on a chemical substance is included in the IRIS database only after a comprehensive review of toxicity data , as outlined in the IRIS assessment development process . Sections I ( Health Hazard Assessme

  7. RTI & DI (Response to Intervention & Differentiated Instruction)

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    Hanson, Helene M.

    2014-01-01

    In today's diverse and inclusive classrooms, teachers face the challenge of delivering instruction that is effective and accessible to students with a wide range of needs, abilities, and learning styles. Newly updated for 2014, "RTI & DI: Response to Intervention & Differentiated Instruction," by Helene Hanson, shows teachers how

  8. Biopreservation of Fior di Latte cheese.

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    Angiolillo, L; Conte, A; Zambrini, A V; Del Nobile, M A

    2014-09-01

    In this study a new biopreservation system consisting of an active sodium alginate coating containing Lactobacillus reuteri applied to Fior di Latte cheese was studied. The final aim was to extend cheese shelf life by the in situ production of reuterin. Experimental trials were carried out with and without glycerol. How the fermentation time could improve the production of reuterin, enabling Fior di Latte shelf life, was also assessed. To this aim, the experimental analyses were conducted in 2 different trials, using 2 different production batches of samples. In the first one, Fior di Latte samples were dipped into the active sodium alginate solution prepared on the same day of their production, whereas in the second trial, samples were dipped into the active solution prepared 48h before their production to allow a proper fermentation of the inoculated microorganism. Microbiological and sensory quality indices were monitored to prove the effectiveness of biopreservation on product quality during storage. In the first trial, the combination of the probiotic microorganism with glycerol improved the microbial quality by 1 d compared with the same active solution without glycerol, whereas the 48-h-fermented active alginate solution (second trial) showed a further improved microbial quality. The application of an active coating enriched with L. reuteri and glycerol to Fior di Latte cheese is an optimal and innovative way to preserve the product and at the same time, with a combination of an optimal fermentation time, to prolong its microbial quality and thus its shelf life. PMID:24952776

  9. Protoisomerization of indigo di- and monoimines.

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    Nicholls-Allison, Emma C; Nawn, Graeme; Patrick, Brian O; Hicks, Robin G

    2015-08-11

    Indigo di- and monoimines can be protonated to form stable salts in which the central C=C bond has isomerized from a trans to cis configuration. Deprotonation of these salts regenerates the neutral trans species. The protonation chemistry of indigo is also explored. PMID:26146012

  10. CYCLIC DI-NUCLEOTIDE SIGNALLING ENTERS THE EUKARYOTE DOMAIN

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    Schaap, Pauline

    2014-01-01

    SUMMARY Cyclic di-GMP (c-di-GMP) is the prevalent intracellular signalling intermediate in bacteria. It triggers a spectrum of responses that cause bacteria to shift from a swarming motile phase to sessile biofilm formation. However, additional functions for c-di-GMP and roles for related molecules, such as c-di-AMP and c-AMP-GMP continue to be uncovered. The first usage of cyclic-di-nucleotide (c-di-NMP) signalling in the eukaryote domain emerged only recently. In Dictyostelid social amoebas, c-di-GMP is a secreted signal that induces motile amoebas to differentiate into sessile stalk cells. In humans, c-di-NMPs, which are either produced endogenously in response to foreign DNA or by invading bacterial pathogens, trigger the innate immune system by activating the expression of interferon genes. STING, the human c-di-NMP receptor, is conserved throughout metazoa and their closest unicellular relatives, suggesting protist origins for human c-di-NMP signalling. Compared to the limited number of conserved protein domains that detect the second messengers cAMP and cGMP, the domains that detect the c-di-NMPs are surprisingly varied. PMID:24136904

  11. Biomaterial based sulphur di oxide gas sensor

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    Ghosh, P. K.; Sarkar, A.

    2013-06-01

    Biomaterials are getting importance in the present research field of sensors. In this present paper performance of biomaterial based gas sensor made of gum Arabica and garlic extract had been studied. Extract of garlic clove with multiple medicinal and chemical utility can be proved to be useful in sensing Sulphur di Oxide gas. On exposure to Sulphur di Oxide gas the material under observation suffers some temporary structural change, which can be observed in form of amplified potentiometric change through simple electronic circuitry. Exploiting this very property a potentiometric gas sensor of faster response and recovery time can be designed. In this work sensing property of the said material has been studied through DC conductance, FTIR spectrum etc.

  12. Di-interstitial defect in silicon revisited

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    Londos, C. A.; Antonaras, G.; Chroneos, A.; Department of Materials, Imperial College London, London SW7 2BP

    2013-11-21

    Infrared spectroscopy was used to study the defect spectrum of Cz-Si samples following fast neutron irradiation. We mainly focus on the band at 533 cm{sup ?1}, which disappears from the spectra at ?170 C, exhibiting similar thermal stability with the Si-P6 electron paramagnetic resonance (EPR) spectrum previously correlated with the di-interstitial defect. The suggested structural model of this defect comprises of two self-interstitial atoms located symmetrically around a lattice site Si atom. The band anneals out following a first-order kinetics with an activation energy of 0.88 0.3 eV. This value does not deviate considerably from previously quoted experimental and theoretical values for the di-interstitial defect. The present results indicate that the 533 cm{sup ?1} IR band originates from the same structure as that of the Si-P6 EPR spectrum.

  13. Di-boson physics at the Tevatron

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    Goshaw, A.T.; /Duke U.

    2005-07-01

    A summary is presented of recent measurements of di-boson production at the Tevatron. The results from the CDF and D0 experiments are based upon 130-320 pb{sup -1} of p{bar p} collisions at {radical}s = 1.96 TeV. The W{gamma}, Z{gamma}, WW, and WZ production properties are compared to Standard Model predictions, and limits extracted for anomalous triple gauge couplings.

  14. [Donatori di Musica: when oncology meets music].

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    Graiff, Claudio

    2014-10-01

    Donatori di Musica is a network of musicians - both physicians and volunteers - that was initially founded in 2009 with the aim to set up and coordinate classical music concerts in hospitals. This activity was initially started and led by the Oncology Departments at Carrara and Bolzano Hospitals, where high profile professional musicians make themselves available for concerts in support of Oncological in/out-patients of that specific Hospital. A live classical music performance is a deeply touching experience - particularly for those who live a critical condition like cancer. Main characteristics of Donatori di Musica concerts are: continuity (concerts are part of a regular and non-stopping music season); quality (concerts are held by well-established professional musicians); philanthropic attitude (musicians do not wear a suit and usually chat with patients; they also select an easy-to-listen program; a convivial event is usually organized after the performance with the aim of overcoming distinctions and barriers between physician and patient); no profit: musicians perform for free - travel expenses and/or overnight staying only can be claimed; concerts have free access for patients, their families and hospital staff.Patients and musicians therefore do get in close contact and music is able to merge each other experiences - with patients being treated by the beauty of music and musicians being treated theirselves by patients daily-life feedback. The Donatori di Musica experience is therefore able to help Medicine to retrieve its very first significance - the medical act regain that human and cultural dimension that seems to be abandoned in the last decades in favour of a mere technicism. This is the spirit and the deep significance of Donatori di Musica - «[…] the hope that Music can become a key support to medical treatments in every Oncology department» (by Gian Andrea Lodovici). PMID:25282347

  15. Cyclic Di-AMP Impairs Potassium Uptake Mediated by a Cyclic Di-AMP Binding Protein in Streptococcus pneumoniae

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    Bai, Yinlan; Yang, Jun; Zarrella, Tiffany M.; Zhang, Yang; Metzger, Dennis W.

    2014-01-01

    Cyclic di-AMP (c-di-AMP) has been shown to play important roles as a second messenger in bacterial physiology and infections. However, understanding of how the signal is transduced is still limited. Previously, we have characterized a diadenylate cyclase and two c-di-AMP phosphodiesterases in Streptococcus pneumoniae, a Gram-positive pathogen. In this study, we identified a c-di-AMP binding protein (CabP) in S. pneumoniae using c-di-AMP affinity chromatography. We demonstrated that CabP specifically bound c-di-AMP and that this interaction could not be interrupted by competition with other nucleotides, including ATP, cAMP, AMP, phosphoadenylyl adenosine (pApA), and cyclic di-GMP (c-di-GMP). By using a bacterial two-hybrid system and genetic mutagenesis, we showed that CabP directly interacted with a potassium transporter (SPD_0076) and that both proteins were required for pneumococcal growth in media with low concentrations of potassium. Interestingly, the interaction between CabP and SPD_0076 and the efficiency of potassium uptake were impaired by elevated c-di-AMP in pneumococci. These results establish a direct c-di-AMP-mediated signaling pathway that regulates pneumococcal potassium uptake. PMID:24272783

  16. Thermal and optical studies of some di-methyl-di-alkyl ammonium bromides

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    Witko, Waclaw; Godlewska, Malgorzata; Dynarowicz, Patrycja

    1998-01-01

    Phase situation of homologous series of di-alkyl-di-methyl ammonium bromides represented by the general formula: 2CnN+2C1Br-, with n equals 10, 12, 14, 16, 18, was investigated by means of differential scanning calorimetry and optical microscopy methods in the temperature range 20-180 degrees C. A more complex polymorphism as already reported was detected. All the compounds studied show at least tow anomalies on the DSC curves. The high-temperature phase which appears below the isotropic phase has lancet-like dendritic texture which can be attributed to SmB phase. The enthalpy changes at the transitions were calculated.

  17. Meningococco B: controllo di due focolai epidemici mediante vaccinazione

    PubMed Central

    2014-01-01

    Riassunto La problematica di un efficace approccio vaccinale nei confronti del Meningococco B (MenB) stata superata identificando con la metodica della "reverse vaccinology" alcuni antigeni capaci di indurre una risposta verso la maggior parte dei ceppi di MenB circolanti nel mondo. Il nuovo vaccino MenB a 4 componenti (4CMenB) stato autorizzato in Europa, Australia e Canada, ed entrato nei calendari di immunizzazione pediatrica internazionali: Australia, Canada, UK. In Italia, le prime regioni che hanno raccomandato la vaccinazione contro il MenB sono state Basilicata e Puglia. La gestione di epidemie/focolai epidemici richiede la messa in atto di una risposta rapida da parte delle autorit sanitarie nei confronti di una emergenza sanitaria ad elevato impatto, anche emotivo, sulla popolazione, come recentemente dimostrato in due universit americane. Alla dichiarazione di focolaio epidemico in atto, in entrambi i contesti si attivata una procedura per l'uso del vaccino 4CMenB non ancora autorizzato negli USA. stato cos possibile organizzare gli interventi di profilassi attiva nei due campus universitari, adottando il primo impiego su larga scala del nuovo vaccino 4CMenB e conseguendo, in tempi relativamente brevi, elevati tassi di copertura vaccinale. A fronte di circa 14000 studenti immunizzati con almeno una dose, non stata segnalata alcuna problematica di eventi avversi conseguenti all'immunizzazione; ad oggi non si sono verificati casi nei soggetti che hanno ricevuto il vaccino. Come conseguenza dei due focolai descritti, oggi in corso la valutazione da parte dell'FDA per l'estensione dell'uso del vaccino 4CMenB negli Stati Uniti negli adolescenti e giovani adulti. PMID:25916017

  18. Relationship of epigenetic and Dao-di herbs.

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    Yuan, Yuan; Wei, Yuan; Yu, Jun; Huang, Lu-qi

    2015-07-01

    Dao-di Herbs is specificity and locality, and its unique phenotypic features is closely related to the growth and development of medicinal plants. In addition to traditional genetic, epigenetic play an important role in formation of Dao-di herbs. This paper introduces the concept of epigenetic and the role of DNA methylation in the gene expression regulation. We further prospects epigenetic mechanism in study of Dao-di herbs formation from specific phenotype and regional analysis. And study on the relationship of epigenetic and Dao-di herbs will provide a basis for quality assessment and identification of Chinese drugs. PMID:26697699

  19. Cyclic-di-GMP and cyclic-di-AMP activate the NLRP3 inflammasome

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    Abdul-Sater, Ali A; Tattoli, Ivan; Jin, Lei; Grajkowski, Andrzej; Levi, Assaf; Koller, Beverly H; Allen, Irving C; Beaucage, Serge L; Fitzgerald, Katherine A; Ting, Jenny P -Y; Cambier, John C; Girardin, Stephen E; Schindler, Christian

    2013-01-01

    The cyclic dinucleotides 3'-5'diadenylate (c-diAMP) and 3'-5' diguanylate (c-diGMP) are important bacterial second messengers that have recently been shown to stimulate the secretion of type I Interferons (IFN-Is) through the c-diGMP-binding protein MPYS/STING. Here, we show that physiologically relevant levels of cyclic dinucleotides also stimulate a robust secretion of IL-1β through the NLRP3 inflammasome. Intriguingly, this response is independent of MPYS/STING. Consistent with most NLRP3 inflammasome activators, the response to c-diGMP is dependent on the mobilization of potassium and calcium ions. However, in contrast to other NLRP3 inflammasome activators, this response is not associated with significant changes in mitochondrial potential or the generation of mitochondrial reactive oxygen species. Thus, cyclic dinucleotides activate the NLRP3 inflammasome through a unique pathway that could have evolved to detect pervasive bacterial pathogen-associated molecular patterns associated with intracellular infections. PMID:24008845

  20. DiTour 3.1

    Energy Science and Technology Software Center (ESTSC)

    2015-06-30

    There is a need for software that allows a tour guide to present different tracks of slides and then return to the default slide show automatically upon completion. A mobile solution is needed for trade shows. DiTour is an iPad/iPhone app that pulls presentation content from a website, stores it on the device and presents it on a connected display. A tour guide can select a track to present and it will automatically return tomore » the default track after a timeout. It offers a mobile solution which is ideal for trade shows.« less

  1. Efficient heterocyclisation by (di)terpene synthases.

    PubMed

    Mafu, S; Potter, K C; Hillwig, M L; Schulte, S; Criswell, J; Peters, R J

    2015-09-11

    While cyclic ether forming terpene synthases are known, the basis for such heterocyclisation is unclear. Here it is reported that numerous (di)terpene synthases, particularly including the ancestral ent-kaurene synthase, efficiently produce isomers of manoyl oxide from the stereochemically appropriate substrate. Accordingly, such heterocyclisation is easily accomplished by terpene synthases. Indeed, the use of single residue changes to induce production of the appropriate substrate in the upstream active site leads to efficient bifunctional enzymes producing isomers of manoyl oxide, representing novel enzymatic activity. PMID:26214384

  2. DiTour 3.1

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    Pelaia II, Thomas A.

    2015-06-30

    There is a need for software that allows a tour guide to present different tracks of slides and then return to the default slide show automatically upon completion. A mobile solution is needed for trade shows. DiTour is an iPad/iPhone app that pulls presentation content from a website, stores it on the device and presents it on a connected display. A tour guide can select a track to present and it will automatically return to the default track after a timeout. It offers a mobile solution which is ideal for trade shows.

  3. The cyclic di-nucleotide c-di-AMP is an allosteric regulator of metabolic enzyme function

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    Precit, Mimi; Delince, Matthieu; Pensinger, Daniel; Huynh, TuAnh Ngoc; Jurado, Ashley R.; Goo, Young Ah; Sadilek, Martin; Iavarone, Anthony T.; Sauer, John-Demian; Tong, Liang; Woodward, Joshua J.

    2014-01-01

    SUMMARY Cyclic di-adenosine monophosphate (c-di-AMP) is a broadly conserved second messenger required for bacterial growth and infection. However, the molecular mechanisms of c-di-AMP signaling are still poorly understood. Using a chemical proteomics screen for c-di-AMP interacting proteins in the pathogen Listeria monocytogenes, we identified several broadly conserved protein receptors, including the central metabolic enzyme pyruvate carboxylase (LmPC). Biochemical and crystallographic studies of the LmPC-c-di-AMP interaction revealed a previously unrecognized allosteric regulatory site 25 Å from the active site. Mutations in this site disrupted c-di-AMP binding and affected enzyme catalysis of LmPC as well as PC from pathogenic Enterococcus faecalis. C-di-AMP depletion resulted in altered metabolic activity in L. monocytogenes. Correction of this metabolic imbalance rescued bacterial growth, reduced bacterial lysis, and resulted in enhanced bacterial burdens during infection. These findings greatly expand the c-di-AMP signaling repertoire and reveal a central metabolic regulatory role for a cyclic di-nucleotide. PMID:25215494

  4. 40 CFR 721.10325 - Cyclosilazanes, di-Me, Me hydrogen, polymers with di-Me, Me hydrogen silazanes, reaction products...

    Code of Federal Regulations, 2014 CFR

    2014-07-01

    ... 40 Protection of Environment 31 2014-07-01 2014-07-01 false Cyclosilazanes, di-Me, Me hydrogen, polymers with di-Me, Me hydrogen silazanes, reaction products with 3-(triethoxysilyl)-1-propanamine. 721... Substances § 721.10325 Cyclosilazanes, di-Me, Me hydrogen, polymers with di-Me, Me hydrogen...

  5. 40 CFR 721.10325 - Cyclosilazanes, di-Me, Me hydrogen, polymers with di-Me, Me hydrogen silazanes, reaction products...

    Code of Federal Regulations, 2013 CFR

    2013-07-01

    ... 40 Protection of Environment 32 2013-07-01 2013-07-01 false Cyclosilazanes, di-Me, Me hydrogen, polymers with di-Me, Me hydrogen silazanes, reaction products with 3-(triethoxysilyl)-1-propanamine. 721... Substances § 721.10325 Cyclosilazanes, di-Me, Me hydrogen, polymers with di-Me, Me hydrogen...

  6. 40 CFR 721.10325 - Cyclosilazanes, di-Me, Me hydrogen, polymers with di-Me, Me hydrogen silazanes, reaction products...

    Code of Federal Regulations, 2012 CFR

    2012-07-01

    ... 40 Protection of Environment 32 2012-07-01 2012-07-01 false Cyclosilazanes, di-Me, Me hydrogen, polymers with di-Me, Me hydrogen silazanes, reaction products with 3-(triethoxysilyl)-1-propanamine. 721... Substances § 721.10325 Cyclosilazanes, di-Me, Me hydrogen, polymers with di-Me, Me hydrogen...

  7. Interdisciplinary investigations in support of project DI-MOD

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    Starks, Scott A.

    1991-01-01

    Interdisciplinary investigations in support of project DI-MOD are discussed. The following subject areas were covered: (1) potential extensions of Project DI-MOD to additional sites in Central America; (2) human migration patterns and their impact on malaria transmission; and (3) an investigation into possible computer-based approaches to the analysis of remotely sensed multispectral data.

  8. 21 CFR 178.3940 - Tetraethylene glycol di-(2-ethylhexoate).

    Code of Federal Regulations, 2010 CFR

    2010-04-01

    ... (CONTINUED) FOOD FOR HUMAN CONSUMPTION (CONTINUED) INDIRECT FOOD ADDITIVES: ADJUVANTS, PRODUCTION AIDS, AND SANITIZERS Certain Adjuvants and Production Aids 178.3940 Tetraethylene glycol di-(2-ethylhexoate). Tetraethylene glycol di-(2-ethylhexoate) containing not more than 22 parts per million ethylene...

  9. Live viral vaccines in a DiGeorge syndrome patient.

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    Waters, V; Peterson, K S; LaRussa, P

    2007-06-01

    We report a case of pneumonia in a 13 month old male child with partial DiGeorge syndrome who died after inadvertently receiving live viral vaccines. Although live viral vaccines have been used safely in some children with DiGeorge syndrome, there are insufficient data to recommend their routine use in those with severe immunodeficiency. PMID:16798784

  10. Sul foro nella stanza di Nicola Cusano al castello di Andraz: un'ipotesi astronomica

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    de Donà, G.

    2011-02-01

    Nicolas Krebs (Kues 1401 - Todi 1464), also called Nicola Cusano, or Nicholas of Cusa - reached the Castello di Andraz (BL, Italy), where he lived for a long period. In a wall of his room there is a hole representing a possible astronomical function. In this paper, the author illustrates the orientation of the hole and suggests that it is been created by the great German thinker to correct the Julian calendar.

  11. Limb anomalies in DiGeorge and CHARGE syndromes

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    Prasad, C.; Quackenbush, E.J.; Whiteman, D.; Korf, B.

    1997-01-20

    Limb anomalies are not common in the DiGeorge or CHARGE syndromes. We describe limb anomalies in two children, one with DiGeorge and the other with CHARGE syndrome. Our first patient had a bifid left thumb, Tetralogy of Fallot, absent thymus, right facial palsy, and a reduced number of T-cells. A deletion of 22q11 was detected by fluorescence in situ hybridization (FISH). The second patient, with CHARGE syndrome, had asymmetric findings that included right fifth finger clinodactyly, camptodactyly, tibial hemimelia and dimpling, and severe club-foot. The expanded spectrum of the DiGeorge and CHARGE syndromes includes limb anomalies. 14 refs., 4 figs.

  12. Phosphorylation of serine residue modulates cotton Di19-1 and Di19-2 activities for responding to high salinity stress and abscisic acid signaling

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    Qin, Li-Xia; Nie, Xiao-Ying; Hu, Rong; Li, Gang; Xu, Wen-Liang; Li, Xue-Bao

    2016-01-01

    Di19 (drought-induced protein 19) family is a novel type of Cys2/His2 zinc-finger proteins. In this study, we demonstrated that cotton Di19-1 and Di19-2 (GhDi19-1/-2) proteins could be phosphorylated in vitro by the calcium-dependent protein kinase (CDPK). Mutation of Ser to Ala in N-terminus of GhDi19-1/-2 led to the altered subcellular localization of the two proteins, but the constitutively activated form (Ser was mutated to Asp) of GhDi19-1/-2 still showed the nuclear localization. GhDi19-1/-2 overexpression transgenic Arabidopsis seedlings displayed the hypersensitivity to high salinity and abscisic acid (ABA). However, Ser site-mutated GhDi19-1(S116A) and GhDi19-2(S114A), and Ser and Thr double sites-mutated GhDi19-1(S/T-A/A) and GhDi19-2(S/T-A/A) transgenic Arabidopsis did not show the salt- and ABA-hypersensitive phenotypes. In contrast, overexpression of Thr site-mutated GhDi19-1(T114A) and GhDi19-2(T112A) in Arabidopsis still resulted in salt- and ABA-hypersensitivity phenotypes, like GhDi19-1/-2 transgenic lines. Overexpression of GhDi19-1/-2 and their constitutively activated forms in Atcpk11 background could recover the salt- and ABA-insensitive phenotype of the mutant. Thus, our results demonstrated that Ser phosphorylation (not Thr phosphorylation) is crucial for functionally activating GhDi19-1/-2 in response to salt stress and ABA signaling during early plant development, and GhDi19-1/-2 proteins may be downstream targets of CDPKs in ABA signal pathway. PMID:26829353

  13. Phosphorylation of serine residue modulates cotton Di19-1 and Di19-2 activities for responding to high salinity stress and abscisic acid signaling.

    PubMed

    Qin, Li-Xia; Nie, Xiao-Ying; Hu, Rong; Li, Gang; Xu, Wen-Liang; Li, Xue-Bao

    2016-01-01

    Di19 (drought-induced protein 19) family is a novel type of Cys2/His2 zinc-finger proteins. In this study, we demonstrated that cotton Di19-1 and Di19-2 (GhDi19-1/-2) proteins could be phosphorylated in vitro by the calcium-dependent protein kinase (CDPK). Mutation of Ser to Ala in N-terminus of GhDi19-1/-2 led to the altered subcellular localization of the two proteins, but the constitutively activated form (Ser was mutated to Asp) of GhDi19-1/-2 still showed the nuclear localization. GhDi19-1/-2 overexpression transgenic Arabidopsis seedlings displayed the hypersensitivity to high salinity and abscisic acid (ABA). However, Ser site-mutated GhDi19-1(S116A) and GhDi19-2(S114A), and Ser and Thr double sites-mutated GhDi19-1(S/T-A/A) and GhDi19-2(S/T-A/A) transgenic Arabidopsis did not show the salt- and ABA-hypersensitive phenotypes. In contrast, overexpression of Thr site-mutated GhDi19-1(T114A) and GhDi19-2(T112A) in Arabidopsis still resulted in salt- and ABA-hypersensitivity phenotypes, like GhDi19-1/-2 transgenic lines. Overexpression of GhDi19-1/-2 and their constitutively activated forms in Atcpk11 background could recover the salt- and ABA-insensitive phenotype of the mutant. Thus, our results demonstrated that Ser phosphorylation (not Thr phosphorylation) is crucial for functionally activating GhDi19-1/-2 in response to salt stress and ABA signaling during early plant development, and GhDi19-1/-2 proteins may be downstream targets of CDPKs in ABA signal pathway. PMID:26829353

  14. Vibrational frequencies and structural determinations of di-vinyl sulfone

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    Ellzy, Michael W.; Jensen, James O.; Kay, Jack G.

    2003-03-01

    We present a detailed analysis of the structure and infrared spectra of di-vinyl sulfone. The vibrational frequencies of the di-vinyl sulfone molecule were analyzed using standard quantum chemical techniques. Frequencies were calculated at the MP2 and DFT levels of theory using the standard 6-311G* basis set. The structural transformation of the chemical agent bis(2-chloroehtyl) sulfide (HD, mustard gas) and the related symmetry to a previously study compounds [Spectrochim. Acta Part A 55 (1999) 121; Spectrochim. Acta Part A 57 (2001) 2417] makes the symmetry of the di-vinyl sulfone molecule an interesting candidate for study. The molecule exists normally in a C2 configuration. High-energy forms of di-vinyl sulfone with CS and C1 symmetries also exist.

  15. ParaDiS-FEM dislocation dynamics simulation code primer

    SciTech Connect

    Tang, M; Hommes, G; Aubry, S; Arsenlis, A

    2011-09-27

    The ParaDiS code is developed to study bulk systems with periodic boundary conditions. When we try to perform discrete dislocation dynamics simulations for finite systems such as thin films or cylinders, the ParaDiS code must be extended. First, dislocations need to be contained inside the finite simulation box; Second, dislocations inside the finite box experience image stresses due to the free surfaces. We have developed in-house FEM subroutines to couple with the ParaDiS code to deal with free surface related issues in the dislocation dynamics simulations. This primer explains how the coupled code was developed, the main changes from the ParaDiS code, and the functions of the new FEM subroutines.

  16. Cyclic Di-AMP Homeostasis in Bacillus subtilis

    PubMed Central

    Mehne, Felix M. P.; Gunka, Katrin; Eilers, Hinnerk; Herzberg, Christina; Kaever, Volkhard; Stlke, Jrg

    2013-01-01

    The genome of the Gram-positive soil bacterium Bacillus subtilis encodes three potential diadenylate cyclases that may synthesize the signaling nucleotide cyclic di-AMP (c-di-AMP). These enzymes are expressed under different conditions in different cell compartments, and they localize to distinct positions in the cell. Here we demonstrate the diadenylate cyclase activity of the so far uncharacterized enzymes CdaA (previously known as YbbP) and CdaS (YojJ). Our work confirms that c-di-AMP is essential for the growth of B. subtilis and shows that an excess of the molecule is also harmful for the bacteria. Several lines of evidence suggest that the diadenylate cyclase CdaA is part of the conserved essential cda-glm module involved in cell wall metabolism. In contrast, the CdaS enzyme seems to provide c-di-AMP for spores. Accumulation of large amounts of c-di-AMP impairs the growth of B. subtilis and results in the formation of aberrant curly cells. This phenotype can be partially suppressed by elevated concentrations of magnesium. These observations suggest that c-di-AMP interferes with the peptidoglycan synthesis machinery. The activity of the diadenylate cyclases is controlled by distinct molecular mechanisms. CdaA is stimulated by a regulatory interaction with the CdaR (YbbR) protein. In contrast, the activity of CdaS seems to be intrinsically restricted, and a single amino acid substitution is sufficient to drastically increase the activity of the enzyme. Taken together, our results support the idea of an important role for c-di-AMP in B. subtilis and suggest that the levels of the nucleotide have to be tightly controlled. PMID:23192352

  17. Putting a stop to di-Higgs modifications

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    Batell, Brian; McCullough, Matthew; Stolarski, Daniel; Verhaaren, Christopher B.

    2015-09-01

    Pair production of Higgs bosons at hadron colliders is an enticing channel to search for new physics. New colored particles that couple strongly to the Higgs, such as those most often called upon to address the hierarchy problem, provide well motivated examples in which large enhancements of the di-Higgs rate are possible, at least in principle. However, in such scenarios the di-Higgs production rate is tightly correlated with the single Higgs production rate and, since the latter is observed to be SM-like, one generally expects that only modest enhancements in di-Higgs production are allowed by the LHC Run 1 data. We examine the contribution of top squarks (stops) in a simplified supersymmetry model to di-Higgs production and find that this general expectation is indeed borne out. In particular, the allowed deviations are typically small, but there are tuned regions of parameter space where expectations based on EFT arguments break down in which O(100%) enhancements to the di-Higgs production rate are possible and are simultaneously consistent with the observed single Higgs production rates. These effects are potentially observable with the high luminosity run of the LHC or at a future hadron collider.

  18. DDX41 recognizes bacterial secondary messengers cyclic di-GMP and cyclic di-AMP to activate a type I interferon immune response

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    Parvatiyar, Kislay; Zhang, Zhiqiang; Teles, Rosane M; Ouyang, Songying; Jiang, Yan; Iyer, Shankar S; Zaver, Shivam A; Schenk, Mirjam; Zeng, Shang; Zhong, Wenwan; Liu, Zhi-Jie; Modlin, Robert L; Liu, Yongjun; Cheng, Genhong

    2012-01-01

    Induction of type I interferons by the bacterial secondary messengers cyclic-di-GMP (c-di-GMP) or cyclic-di-AMP (c-di-AMP) is dependent on a signaling axis involving the STING adaptor, TBK1 kinase and IRF3 transcription factor. Here we identified the helicase DEAD box polypeptide 41 (DDX41) as a pattern recognition receptor (PRR) that sensed both c-di-GMP and c-di-AMP. DDX41 specifically and directly interacted with c-di-GMP. Knockdown of DDX41 via shRNA in murine or human cells inhibited the induction of innate immune genes and resulted in defective STING, TBK1 and IRF3 activation in response to c-di-GMP or c-di-AMP. These results suggest a mechanism whereby c-di-GMP and c-di-AMP are detected by the DDX41 PRR, which complexes with STING to signal to TBK1-IRF3 and activate the interferon response. PMID:23142775

  19. The helicase DDX41 recognizes the bacterial secondary messengers cyclic di-GMP and cyclic di-AMP to activate a type I interferon immune response.

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    Parvatiyar, Kislay; Zhang, Zhiqiang; Teles, Rosane M; Ouyang, Songying; Jiang, Yan; Iyer, Shankar S; Zaver, Shivam A; Schenk, Mirjam; Zeng, Shang; Zhong, Wenwan; Liu, Zhi-Jie; Modlin, Robert L; Liu, Yong-jun; Cheng, Genhong

    2012-12-01

    The induction of type I interferons by the bacterial secondary messengers cyclic di-GMP (c-di-GMP) or cyclic di-AMP (c-di-AMP) is dependent on a signaling axis that involves the adaptor STING, the kinase TBK1 and the transcription factor IRF3. Here we identified the heliase DDX41 as a pattern-recognition receptor (PRR) that sensed both c-di-GMP and c-di-AMP. DDX41 specifically and directly interacted with c-di-GMP. Knockdown of DDX41 via short hairpin RNA in mouse or human cells inhibited the induction of genes encoding molecules involved in the innate immune response and resulted in defective activation of STING, TBK1 and IRF3 in response to c-di-GMP or c-di-AMP. Our results suggest a mechanism whereby c-di-GMP and c-di-AMP are detected by DDX41, which forms a complex with STING to signal to TBK1-IRF3 and activate the interferon response. PMID:23142775

  20. Bis(2,3-dichlorophenyl) disulfide

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    Osorio-Yez, Rebeca Nayely; Crisstomo-Lucas, Carmela; Santacruz-Jurez, Ericka; Reyes-Martnez, Reyna; Morales-Morales, David

    2014-01-01

    The title compound, C12H6Cl4S2, features an SS bond [2.0252?(8)?] that bridges two 2,3-dichlorophenyl rings with a CSSC torsion angle of 88.35?(11). The benzene rings are normal one to the other with a dihedral angle of 89.83?(11). The crystal structure features intermolecular Cl?Cl [3.4763?(11)?] and ?? stacking interactions [centroidcentroid distances = 3.696?(1) and 3.641?(2)?]. Intramolecular CH?S interactions are also observed. PMID:24860342

  1. Tetrakis(2,6-dimethylpyridinium) dihydrogen decavanadate dihydrate

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    Rakovsk, Erik; Krivosudsk, Luk

    2014-01-01

    The structure of the title compound, (C7H10N)4[H2V10O28]2H2O, was solved from a non-merohedrally twinned crystal (ratio of twin components ?0.6:0.4). The asymmetric unit consists of one-half decavanadate anion (the other half completed by inversion symmetry), two 2,6-dimethylpyridinium cations and one water molecule of crystallization. In the crystal, the components are connected by strong NH?O and OH?O hydrogen bonds, forming a supramolecular chain along the b-axis direction. There are weak CH?O interactions between the chains. PMID:24940209

  2. Target Search and Selection for the DI/EPOXI Spacecraft

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    Grebow, Daniel J.; Bhaskaran, Shyam; Chesley, Steven R.

    2012-01-01

    Upon completion of the Hartley 2 flyby in November 2010, the Deep Impact (DI) spacecraft resided in a solar orbit without possibility for gravity assist with any large body. Conservative estimates of remaining fuel were enough to provide only an 18 m/s impulse on the spacecraft. We present our method and results of our systematic scan of potential small body encounters for DI, and our criteria to narrow the selection to the asteroid 2002 GT as the target flyby body. The mission profile has two deterministic maneuvers to achieve the encounter, the first of which executed on November 25, 2011.

  3. Target Search & Selection for the DI/EPOXI Spacecraft

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    Grebow, Daniel J.; Bhaskaran, Shyam; Chesley, Steven R.

    2012-01-01

    Upon completion of the Hartley 2 flyby in November 2010, the Deep Impact (DI) spacecraft resided in a solar orbit without possibility for gravity assist with any large body. Conservative estimates of remaining fuel were enough to provide only an 18 m/s impulse on the spacecraft. We present our method and results of our systematic scan of potential small body encounters for DI, and our criteria to narrow the selection to the asteroid 2002 GT as the target flyby body. The mission profile has two deterministic maneuvers to achieve the encounter, the first of which executed on November 25, 2011.

  4. Asteroidi

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    Foglia, Sergio; Morbidelli, Alessandro; Masi, Gianluca; Carusi, Andrea

    2006-10-01

    Contents: Parte I: Asteroidi. 1. Introduzione. 2. Dinamica degli asteroidi. 3. Distribuzione degli asteroidi. 4. Propriet fisiche degli asteroidi. 5. Interrelazioni nel Sistema Solare. Parte II: Le Osservazioni. 6. La pianificazione. 7. Astrometria. 8. Fotometria. Appendici: A. Tempo delle Effemeridi e Tempo Universale. B. Calcolo Effemeridi. C. Guida all'utilizzo del Minor Planet Software rel. 8. D. Determinazione della Coordinate Geografiche di una postazione di osservazione dalle Coordinate Metriche U.T.M. nella principale cartografia italiana.

  5. Synthesis and photochemical properties of 1,3-di-9-anthryl-2-propanol, 1,3-di-9-anthrylacetone, and related propano-linked anthracenes

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    Becker, H.D.; Amin, K.A. )

    1989-06-23

    9-anthryllithium reacts with epichlorohydrin to give 1,3-di-9-anthryl-2-propanol via 3-(9-anthryl)-1-chloro-2-hydroxypropane and 3-(9-anthryl)-1,2-epoxypropane. Oxidation of dianthryl-2-propanol with Dess-Martin reagent gave 1,3-di-9-anthrylacetone. Various other 1,3-bichromophoric anthracenes were synthesized by way of C-methylation of dianthrylacetone, 1,3-di-9-anthryl-1-propanone, and 1,3-di-9-anthrylpropenone. 9-Anthrylacetone, formed as byproduct in the reaction of anthryllithium with epichlorohydrin, was prepared from 9-anthrylacetaldehyde by Grignard reaction with methylmagnesium iodide and subsequent oxidation. The excited-state properties of dianthryl-2-propanol, dianthrylacetone, 1,3-di-9-anthryl-2-methyl-1-propanone, 1,3-di-9-anthryl-2-methyl-2-propanol, diastereomeric 1,3-di-9-anthryl-1-butanols, 1,3-di-9-anthryl-2-butanone, 1,3-di-9-anthryl-1-butanone, and diastereomeric 1,3-di-9-anthryl-2-methyl-1-butanones have been evaluated by fluorescence quantum yields, and by quantum yields for the isomerization by intramolecular 4{pi} + 4{pi} cycloaddition. Dianthryl-2-propanol, 1,3-di-9-antrhyl-2-methyl-2-propanol, dianthrylacetone, diastereomeric 1,3-di-9-anthryl-1-butanols, and 1,3-di-9-anthryl-2-butanone isomerize in their excited singlet state with quantum yields of 0.046, 0.021, 0.25, 0.23, and 0.22, respectively. The photochemical isomerization of those 1,3-bichromophoric anthrancenes which are characterized by a 9-anthroyl chromophore involves the excited triplet state, and the cyclization quantum yield may be as high as 0.72.

  6. Cycloaddition of carbonyl compounds and alkynes to (di)silenes and (di)germenes: reactivity and mechanism.

    PubMed

    Milnes, Kaarina K; Pavelka, Laura C; Baines, Kim M

    2016-02-21

    The chemistry of silenes, germenes, disilenes and digermenes has been extensively studied over the last 35 years; however, not much is known about the mechanisms of many of the fundamental reactions of this class of compounds, including cycloadditions. This review describes the current understanding of the reaction pathways for the cycloaddition of carbonyl compounds and alkynes to (di)tetrelenes. The question of whether or not the cycloaddition reactions of (di)tetrelenes follow the Woodward-Hoffman rules, established for alkenes and alkynes, is addressed. PMID:26335610

  7. 40 CFR 721.10261 - Oxime, di-Me silane (generic).

    Code of Federal Regulations, 2012 CFR

    2012-07-01

    ... 40 Protection of Environment 32 2012-07-01 2012-07-01 false Oxime, di-Me silane (generic). 721... Substances 721.10261 Oxime, di-Me silane (generic). (a) Chemical substance and significant new uses subject to reporting. (1) The chemical substance identified generically as oxime, di-Me silane (PMN...

  8. 40 CFR 721.10261 - Oxime, di-Me silane (generic).

    Code of Federal Regulations, 2014 CFR

    2014-07-01

    ... 40 Protection of Environment 31 2014-07-01 2014-07-01 false Oxime, di-Me silane (generic). 721... Substances 721.10261 Oxime, di-Me silane (generic). (a) Chemical substance and significant new uses subject to reporting. (1) The chemical substance identified generically as oxime, di-Me silane (PMN...

  9. 40 CFR 721.10261 - Oxime, di-Me silane (generic).

    Code of Federal Regulations, 2013 CFR

    2013-07-01

    ... 40 Protection of Environment 32 2013-07-01 2013-07-01 false Oxime, di-Me silane (generic). 721... Substances 721.10261 Oxime, di-Me silane (generic). (a) Chemical substance and significant new uses subject to reporting. (1) The chemical substance identified generically as oxime, di-Me silane (PMN...

  10. 40 CFR 721.2094 - N,N?-di(alkyl heteromonocycle)amino chlorotriazine.

    Code of Federal Regulations, 2011 CFR

    2011-07-01

    ... 40 Protection of Environment 31 2011-07-01 2011-07-01 false N,N-di(alkyl heteromonocycle)amino... Specific Chemical Substances 721.2094 N,N?-di(alkyl heteromonocycle)amino chlorotriazine. (a) Chemical... as N,N?-di(alkyl heteromonocycle)amino chlorotriazine (PMN P-93-1369) is subject to reporting...

  11. 40 CFR 721.2094 - N,N?-di(alkyl heteromonocycle)amino chlorotriazine.

    Code of Federal Regulations, 2010 CFR

    2010-07-01

    ... 40 Protection of Environment 30 2010-07-01 2010-07-01 false N,N-di(alkyl heteromonocycle)amino... Specific Chemical Substances 721.2094 N,N?-di(alkyl heteromonocycle)amino chlorotriazine. (a) Chemical... as N,N?-di(alkyl heteromonocycle)amino chlorotriazine (PMN P-93-1369) is subject to reporting...

  12. URINARY METABOLITES OF DI-N-OCTYL PHTHALATE IN RATS

    EPA Science Inventory

    Di-n-octyl phthalate (DnOP) is a plasticizer used in polyvinyl chloride plastics, cellulose esters, and polystyrene resins. The metabolism of DnOP results in the hydrolysis of one ester linkage to produce mono-n-octyl phthalate (MnOP), which subsequently metabolizes to form oxida...

  13. "DI Days:" Differentiating Instruction through Student Choice. Classroom Tips

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    Hammond, Donald J.

    2011-01-01

    To better meet the needs of the author's high school students, who have a variety of abilities, interests and engagement levels, he often differentiates instruction through the use of "DI Days." On these days, students use a choice board to select from a wide range of activities offered in learning centers. Each center offers content-focused

  14. PLCs, DI, & RTI: A Tapestry for School Change

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    Stoehr, Judy; Banks, Maria; Allen, Linda

    2011-01-01

    Rather than buying individual books about professional learning communities (PLCs), differentiated instruction (DI), and Response to Intervention (RTI), invest wisely in one resource that synthesizes all three. The text uses a tapestry analogy to weave together these critical topics to form a comprehensive framework for achieving continuous school

  15. diXa: a data infrastructure for chemical safety assessment

    PubMed Central

    Hendrickx, Diana M.; Aerts, Hugo J.W.L.; Caiment, Florian; Clark, Dominic; Ebbels, Timothy M.D.; Evelo, Chris T.; Gmuender, Hans; Hebels, Dennie G.A.J.; Herwig, Ralf; Hescheler, Jrgen; Jennen, Danyel G.J.; Jetten, Marlon J.A.; Kanterakis, Stathis; Keun, Hector C.; Matser, Vera; Overington, John P.; Pilicheva, Ekaterina; Sarkans, Ugis; Segura-Lepe, Marcelo P.; Sotiriadou, Isaia; Wittenberger, Timo; Wittwehr, Clemens; Zanzi, Antonella; Kleinjans, Jos C.S.

    2015-01-01

    Motivation: The field of toxicogenomics (the application of -omics technologies to risk assessment of compound toxicities) has expanded in the last decade, partly driven by new legislation, aimed at reducing animal testing in chemical risk assessment but mainly as a result of a paradigm change in toxicology towards the use and integration of genome wide data. Many research groups worldwide have generated large amounts of such toxicogenomics data. However, there is no centralized repository for archiving and making these data and associated tools for their analysis easily available. Results: The Data Infrastructure for Chemical Safety Assessment (diXa) is a robust and sustainable infrastructure storing toxicogenomics data. A central data warehouse is connected to a portal with links to chemical information and molecular and phenotype data. diXa is publicly available through a user-friendly web interface. New data can be readily deposited into diXa using guidelines and templates available online. Analysis descriptions and tools for interrogating the data are available via the diXa portal. Availability and implementation: http://www.dixa-fp7.eu Contact: d.hendrickx@maastrichtuniversity.nl; info@dixa-fp7.eu Supplementary information: Supplementary data are available at Bioinformatics online. PMID:25505093

  16. 21 CFR 178.3940 - Tetraethylene glycol di-(2-ethylhexoate).

    Code of Federal Regulations, 2011 CFR

    2011-04-01

    ... 21 Food and Drugs 3 2011-04-01 2011-04-01 false Tetraethylene glycol di-(2-ethylhexoate). 178.3940 Section 178.3940 Food and Drugs FOOD AND DRUG ADMINISTRATION, DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES (CONTINUED) FOOD FOR HUMAN CONSUMPTION (CONTINUED) INDIRECT FOOD ADDITIVES: ADJUVANTS, PRODUCTION AIDS, AND SANITIZERS Certain Adjuvants...

  17. TOXICOLOGY OF MONO- AND DI-ALKYLTIN CHLORIDES.

    EPA Science Inventory

    Mono- and di-alkyltin chlorides are reactive compounds used in the production of stabilizers for polyvinyl chloride (PVC) plastics, primarily used for water distribution pipes. Health effects data were compiled or developed by the manufacturers for the EPA's HPV Challenge progra...

  18. TOXICOLOGY OF MONO- AND DI-ALKYLTIN CHLORIDES

    EPA Science Inventory

    Mono- and di-alkyltin chlorides are reactive compounds used in the production of stabilizers for polyvinyl chloride (PVC) plastics, primarily used for water distribution pipes. Health effects data were compiled or developed by the manufacturers for the EPA's HPV Challenge progra...

  19. "DI Days:" Differentiating Instruction through Student Choice. Classroom Tips

    ERIC Educational Resources Information Center

    Hammond, Donald J.

    2011-01-01

    To better meet the needs of the author's high school students, who have a variety of abilities, interests and engagement levels, he often differentiates instruction through the use of "DI Days." On these days, students use a choice board to select from a wide range of activities offered in learning centers. Each center offers content-focused…

  20. Clinical Phenotype of DiGeorge Syndrome with Negative Genetic Tests: A Case of DiGeorge-Like Syndrome?

    PubMed Central

    Laccetta, Gianluigi; Toschi, Benedetta; Fogli, Antonella; Bertini, Veronica; Valetto, Angelo; Consolini, Rita

    2015-01-01

    We report a case of DiGeorge-like syndrome in which immunodeficiency coexisting with juvenile idiopathic arthritis, congenital heart disease, delay in emergence of language and in motor milestones, feeding and growing problems, enamel hypoplasia, mild skeletal anomalies, and facial dysmorphisms are associated with no abnormalities found on genetic tests. PMID:26793401

  1. Photodegradation of polymer-dispersed perylene di-imide dyes

    NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

    Tanaka, Nobuaki; Barashkov, Nikolay; Heath, Jerry; Sisk, Wade N.

    2006-06-01

    Polymer-dispersed perylene di-imide dye photodegradation is investigated by monitoring the fluorescence intensity as a function of 532 nm laser pulses. Anaerobically irradiated polymer-dye films exhibited an accelerated decrease in fluorescence intensity, which was partially recovered upon exposure to oxygen. Decelerated photodegradation rates were observed for perylene di-imide ethanol solutions upon the addition of a singlet oxygen quenching antioxidant. These observations suggest reversible photoreduction and type II photo-oxidation as important photodegradation mechanisms. Type II photo-oxidation for perylene red 532 nm irradiation is supported by a singlet oxygen quantum yield of 0.090.03, determined via detection of time-resolved O2 (a1?g > X3?g-) infrared phosphorescence.

  2. [Dr Lorenzo Dojmi di Delupis- the "Leopard" from Vis].

    PubMed

    Jamnicki Dojmi, Mirko

    2011-01-01

    Dr Lorenzo Dojmi di Delupis (1845-1927) was a descendant of a respectful aristocratic family from Vis. His father was Peter Dojmi di Delupis (1809-1886), an attorney, a moderate pro-Italian autonomist, and a mayor of Vis, and his mother was Margherita Siminati. As soon as he graduated from the Medical University of Graz in 1870, he joined the Ottoman army as a physician for a two-year journey in which he reached as far as Baghdad and Basra. He left notes about this dramatic, juvenile adventure in his diaries. In 1878, he married a Viennese girl Maria Neidl and brought her home to Vis, where he got a position of municipal doctor. He had an extraordinary diagnosing acuity, great sympathy for patients, and was always willing to help, which is why he was adored by all the people of Vis, whether they agreed with his autonomist ideas or not, and soon became "the father of Vis". He was the first to warn of leprosy in Dalmatia, when he diagnosed two cases in Vis. Beside medicine and politics, he was also a passionate botanist. He was the first to seed palms in Vis and to grow a palm nursery with his agronomist son Peter Dojmi, for the whole of Dalmatia. He also tried breeding ostriches and growing Mexican coffee. He funded a small meteorological station in Vis, and planned to open a health resort with professor Schröter from Vienna. Even though Lorenzo Dojmi di Delupis held the great Italian culture very dear, his vocation as a physician and humanist inclination never let him burn with the fervour of a political extremist. Thanks to his psychophysical stability, he overcame numerous difficulties in life and retained faith in people. All these traits evoke Prince Salina, the leading character of the renowned novel Il gattopardo (The Leopard) by Giuseppe Tomasi di Lampedusa, which is why the author has so entitled this article "The Gattopardo of Vis". PMID:22292541

  3. The di-heme family of respiratory complex II enzymes.

    PubMed

    Lancaster, C Roy D

    2013-05-01

    The di-heme family of succinate:quinone oxidoreductases is of particular interest, because its members support electron transfer across the biological membranes in which they are embedded. In the case of the di-heme-containing succinate:menaquinone reductase (SQR) from Gram-positive bacteria and other menaquinone-containing bacteria, this results in an electrogenic reaction. This is physiologically relevant in that it allows the transmembrane electrochemical proton potential Δp to drive the endergonic oxidation of succinate by menaquinone. In the case of the reverse reaction, menaquinol oxidation by fumarate, catalysed by the di-heme-containing quinol:fumarate reductase (QFR), evidence has been obtained that this electrogenic electron transfer reaction is compensated by proton transfer via a both novel and essential transmembrane proton transfer pathway ("E-pathway"). Although the reduction of fumarate by menaquinol is exergonic, it is obviously not exergonic enough to support the generation of a Δp. This compensatory "E-pathway" appears to be required by all di-heme-containing QFR enzymes and results in the overall reaction being electroneutral. In addition to giving a brief overview of progress in the characterization of other members of this diverse family, this contribution summarizes key evidence and progress in identifying constituents of the "E-pathway" within the framework of the crystal structure of the QFR from the anaerobic epsilon-proteobacterium Wolinella succinogenes at 1.78Å resolution. This article is part of a Special Issue entitled: Respiratory complex II: Role in cellular physiology and disease. PMID:23466335

  4. URINARY AND AMNIOTIC FLUID LEVELS OF PHTHALATE MONOESTERS IN RATS AFTER THE ORAL ADMINISTRATION OF DI(2-ETHYLHEXYL) PHTHALATE AND DI-N-BUTYL PHTHALATE

    EPA Science Inventory

    Two studies were designed to examine amniotic fluid and maternal urine concentrations of the di(2-ethylhexyl) phthalate (DEHP) metabolite mono(2-ethylhexyl) phthalate (MEHP) and the di-n-butyl phthalate (DBP) metabolite monobutyl phthalate (MBP) after administration of DEHP and D...

  5. Di-n-butyl Phthalate (DNBP) and Diisobutyl Phthalate (DiBP) Metabolism in a Human Volunteer after Single Oral Doses [Journal Article

    EPA Science Inventory

    An individual (male, 36 years, 87 kg) ingested two separate doses of di-n-butyl phthalate (DnBP) and diisobutyl phthalate (DiBP) at a rate of ~60 g/kg. Key monoester and oxidized metabolites were identified and quantified in urine continuously collected until 48 hours post dos...

  6. Complexation of di-amides of dipicolinic acid with neodymium

    SciTech Connect

    Lapka, J.L.; Paulenova, A.

    2013-07-01

    Di-amides have undergone significant studies as possible ligands for use in the partitioning of trivalent minor actinides and lanthanides. The binding affinities of three isomeric ligands with neodymium in acetonitrile solution have been investigated. The stability constants of the metal-ligand complexes formed between different isomers of N,N'-diethyl-N,N'- ditolyl-di-picolinamide (EtTDPA) and trivalent neodymium in acetonitrile have been determined by spectrophotometric and calorimetric methods. Each isomer of EtTDPA has been found to be capable of forming three complexes with trivalent neodymium, Nd(EtTDPA), Nd(EtTDPA){sub 2}, and Nd(EtTDPA){sub 3}. Values from spectrophotometric and calorimetric titrations are within reasonable agreement with each other. The order of stability constants for each metal:ligand complex decreases in the order Et(m)TDPA > Et(p)TDPA > Et(o)TDPA. The obtained values are comparable to other di-amidic ligands obtained under similar system conditions and mirror previously obtained solvent extraction data for EtTDPA at low ionic strengths. (authors.

  7. DiGeorge syndrome with vertebral and rib dysplasia

    SciTech Connect

    Puno-Cocuzza, C.; David, K.; Kogekar, N.

    1994-09-01

    DiGeorge syndrome results from defect in the development of the third and fourth pharyngeal pouches, and is characterized by conotruncal heart defects, aplasia or hypoplasia of thymus and parathyroid glands resulting in immune deficiency and hypocalcemia. Other associated abnormalities include renal, thyroid and diaphragmatic defects, oral clefting, etc. Etiologically, it is heterogeneous, with a microdeletion of 22q11 present in over 80% of cases. Our patient was born following a pregnancy complicated by insulin dependent gestational diabetes. There was truncus arteriosus type 2, absense of thymic shadow on CXR with severe deficiency of T cell function, and persistent hypocalcemia with low parathormone. Right kidney was absent. Dysplastic ribs including fused and bifid ribs were noted. Hypoplastic vertebrae and hemivertebrae were present through thoracic and lumbar regions. Chromosome analysis was normal, and metaphase FISH analysis with probe N25 representing locus D22S75 did not show any deletion of 22q11.2. The skeletal findings similar to these have not been previously reported in association with DiGeorge syndrome to our knowledge. Vertebral and rib abnormalities are known to occur with pregestational maternal diabetes. Maternal diabetes has also been suggested to be a possible etiology in a very small proportion of DiGeorge syndrome cases. It is possible that these findings occured together on account of gestational maternal diabetes in our case.

  8. DiGeorge syndrome who developed lymphoproliferative mediastinal mass

    PubMed Central

    Kim, Kyu Yeun; Hur, Ji Ae; Kim, Ki Hwan; Cha, Yoon Jin; Lee, Mi Jung

    2015-01-01

    DiGeorge syndrome is an immunodeficient disease associated with abnormal development of 3rd and 4th pharyngeal pouches. As a hemizygous deletion of chromosome 22q11.2 occurs, various clinical phenotypes are shown with a broad spectrum. Conotruncal cardiac anomalies, hypoplastic thymus, and hypocalcemia are the classic triad of DiGeorge syndrome. As this syndrome is characterized by hypoplastic or aplastic thymus, there are missing thymic shadow on their plain chest x-ray. Immunodeficient patients are traditionally known to be at an increased risk for malignancy, especially lymphoma. We experienced a 7-year-old DiGeorge syndrome patient with mediastinal mass shadow on her plain chest x-ray. She visited Severance Children's Hospital hospital with recurrent pneumonia, and throughout her repeated chest x-ray, there was a mass like shadow on anterior mediastinal area. We did full evaluation including chest computed tomography, chest ultrasonography, and chest magnetic resonance imaging. To rule out malignancy, video assisted thoracoscopic surgery was done. Final diagnosis of the mass which was thought to be malignancy, was lymphoproliferative lesion. PMID:25861334

  9. Di(hydroxyphenyl)- 1,2,4-triazole monomers

    NASA Technical Reports Server (NTRS)

    Connell, John W. (Inventor); Hergenrother, Paul M. (Inventor); Wolf, Peter (Inventor)

    1993-01-01

    The di(hydroxyphenyl)- 1,2,4-triazole monomers were first synthesized by reacting bis (4-hydroxyphenyl) hydrazide with aniline hydrochloride at 250 C in the melt and also by reacting 1,3 or 1,4-bis- (4-hydroxyphenyl)- phenylene- dihydrazide with 2 moles of aniline hydrochloride in the melt. Purification of the di(hydroxyphenyl)- 1,2,4-triazole monomers was accomplished by recrystallization. Poly (1,2,4-triazoles) (PT) were prepared by the aromatic nucleophilic displacement reaction of di(hydroxyphenyl)- 1,2,4-triazole monomers with activated aromatic dihalides or activated aromatic dinitro compounds. The reactions were carried out in polar aprotic solvents such as sulfolane or diphenylsulfone using alkali metal bases such as potassium carbonate at elevated temperatures under nitrogen. This synthetic route has provided high molecular weight PT of new chemical structure, is economically and synthetically more favorable than other routes, and allows for facile chemical structure variation due to the availability of a large variety of activated aromatic dihalides.

  10. Polymorphism of the Signaling Molecule c-di-GMP

    PubMed Central

    Zhang, Zhaoying; Kim, Seho; Gaffney, Barbara L.; Jones, Roger A.

    2008-01-01

    Using UV, CD, and NMR, we demonstrate that the important bacterial signaling molecule involved in biofilm formation, cyclic diguanosine monophosphate (c-di-GMP), exists as a mixture of five different but related structures in an equilibrium that is sensitive both to its concentration and to the metal present. At the lower concentrations used for UV and CD work (0.05 0.5 mM) Li+, Na+, Cs+, and Mg2+ favor a bimolecular self-intercalated structure, while K+, Rb+, and NH4+ favor formation of one or more guanine quartet complexes as well. At the higher NMR concentrations (?30 mM), the bimolecular structures associate and rearrange to a mixture of all-syn and all-anti tetramolecular and octamolecular quartet complexes. With K+ the octamolecular complexes predominate, while with Li+ the tetramolecular and octamolecular quartet complexes are present in approximately equal amounts, along with the bimolecular structure. We also find that both guanine amino groups in c-di-GMP are essential for formation of the quartets, since substitution of inosine for one guanosine allows formation of only the bimolecular structure. Further, two molecules of c-di-GMP tethered together are constrained in such a way that limits their ability to form these quartet complexes. The polymorphism we describe may provide different options for this signaling molecule when performing its functions in a bacterial cell, with K+ and its own local concentration controlling the equilibrium. PMID:16719482

  11. Bile Acids and Bicarbonate Inversely Regulate Intracellular Cyclic di-GMP in Vibrio cholerae

    PubMed Central

    Koestler, Benjamin J.

    2014-01-01

    Vibrio cholerae is a Gram-negative bacterium that persists in aquatic reservoirs and causes the diarrheal disease cholera upon entry into a human host. V. cholerae employs the second messenger molecule 3?,5?-cyclic diguanylic acid (c-di-GMP) to transition between these two distinct lifestyles. c-di-GMP is synthesized by diguanylate cyclase (DGC) enzymes and hydrolyzed by phosphodiesterase (PDE) enzymes. Bacteria typically encode many different DGCs and PDEs within their genomes. Presumably, each enzyme senses and responds to cognate environmental cues by alteration of enzymatic activity. c-di-GMP represses the expression of virulence factors in V. cholerae, and it is predicted that the intracellular concentration of c-di-GMP is low during infection. Contrary to this model, we found that bile acids, a prevalent constituent of the human proximal small intestine, increase intracellular c-di-GMP in V. cholerae. We identified four c-di-GMP turnover enzymes that contribute to increased intracellular c-di-GMP in the presence of bile acids, and deletion of these enzymes eliminates the bile induction of c-di-GMP and biofilm formation. Furthermore, this bile-mediated increase in c-di-GMP is quenched by bicarbonate, the intestinal pH buffer secreted by intestinal epithelial cells. Our results lead us to propose that V. cholerae senses distinct microenvironments within the small intestine using bile and bicarbonate as chemical cues and responds by modulating the intracellular concentration of c-di-GMP. PMID:24799624

  12. Cyclic di-GMP Signaling Regulates Invasion by Ehrlichia chaffeensis of Human Monocytes ?

    PubMed Central

    Kumagai, Yumi; Matsuo, Junji; Hayakawa, Yoshihiro; Rikihisa, Yasuko

    2010-01-01

    Cyclic di-GMP (c-di-GMP) is a bacterial second messenger produced by GGDEF domain-containing proteins. The genome of Ehrlichia chaffeensis, an obligatory intracellular bacterium that causes human monocytic ehrlichiosis, encodes a single protein that contains a GGDEF domain, called PleD. In this study, we investigated the effects of c-di-GMP signaling on E. chaffeensis infection of the human monocytic cell line THP-1. Recombinant E. chaffeensis PleD showed diguanylate cyclase activity as it generated c-di-GMP in vitro. Because c-di-GMP is not cell permeable, the c-di-GMP hydrophobic analog 2?-O-di(tert-butyldimethylsilyl)-c-di-GMP (CDGA) was used to examine intracellular c-di-GMP signaling. CDGA activity was first tested with Salmonella enterica serovar Typhimurium. CDGA inhibited well-defined c-di-GMP-regulated phenomena, including cellulose synthesis, clumping, and upregulation of csgD and adrA mRNA, indicating that CDGA acts as an antagonist in c-di-GMP signaling. [32P]c-di-GMP bound several E. chaffeensis native proteins and two E. chaffeensis recombinant I-site proteins, and this binding was blocked by CDGA. Although pretreatment of E. chaffeensis with CDGA did not reduce bacterial binding to THP-1 cells, bacterial internalization was reduced. CDGA facilitated protease-dependent degradation of particular, but not all, bacterial surface-exposed proteins, including TRP120, which is associated with bacterial internalization. Indeed, the serine protease HtrA was detected on the surface of E. chaffeensis, and TRP120 was degraded by treatment of E. chaffeensis with recombinant E. chaffeensis HtrA. Furthermore, anti-HtrA inhibited CDGA-induced TRP120 degradation. Our results suggest that E. chaffeensis invasion is regulated by c-di-GMP signaling, which stabilizes some bacterial surface-exposed proteins against proteases. PMID:20562302

  13. Molecular dynamics simulations of DiI-C18(3) in a DPPC lipid bilayer

    PubMed Central

    Gullapalli, Ramachandra R.

    2011-01-01

    We performed a 40 ns simulation of 1,1?-dioctadecyl-3,3,3?,3?-tetramethylindocarbocyanine perchlorate (DiI-C18(3)) in a 1,2-dipalmitoyl-sn-glycero-3-phosphatidyl choline (DPPC) bilayer in order to facilitate interpretation of lipid dynamics and membrane structure from fluorescence lifetime, anisotropy, and fluorescence correlations spectroscopy (FCS). Incorporation of DiI of 1.6 to 3.2 mol% induced negligible changes in area per lipid but detectable increases in bilayer thickness, each of which are indicators of membrane structural perturbation. The DiI chromophore angle was 77 17 with respect to the bilayer normal, consistent with rotational diffusion inferred from polarization studies. The DiI headgroup was located 0.63 nm below the lipid head groupwater interface, a novel result in contrast to some popular cartoon representations of DiI but consistent with DiIs increase in quantum yield when incorporated into lipid bilayers. Importantly, the fast component of rotational anisotropy matched published experimental results demonstrating that sufficient free volume exists at the sub-interfacial region to support fast rotations. Simulations with non-charged DiI head groups exhibited DiI flip-flop, demonstrating that the positively-charged chromophore stabilizes the orientation and location of DiI in a single monolayer. DiI induced detectable changes in interfacial properties of water ordering, electrostatic potential, and changes in PN vector orientation of DPPC lipids. The diffusion coefficient of DiI (9.7 0.02 10?8 cm2 s?1) was similar to the diffusion of DPPC molecules (10.7 0.04 10?8 cm2 s?1), supporting the conclusion that DiI dynamics reflect lipid dynamics. These results provide the first atomistic level insight into DiI dynamics, results essential in elucidating lipid dynamics through single molecule fluorescence studies. PMID:18548161

  14. (Dimethylphosphoryl)methanaminium iodide(dimethylphosphoryl)methanamine (1/1)

    PubMed Central

    Reiss, Guido J.

    2013-01-01

    The asymmetric unit of the title structure, C3H11NOP+I?C3H10NOP, consists of one (dimethylphosphoryl)methanamine (dpma) molecule, one (dimethylphosphoryl)methanaminium (dpmaH) ion and one iodide counter-anion. In the crystal, mediumstrong to weak NH?O and NH?N hydrogen bonds connect dpmaH cations and dpma molecules into strands along [001]. The iodide counter-anions form only very weak hydrogen bonds. The crystal used for the diffraction study was found to be an inversion twin with a ratio of 0.83?(2):0.17?(2). The title structure is isotypic to that of dpmaH[ClO4]dpma [Buhl et al. (2013 ?). Crystals 3, 350362]. PMID:24109340

  15. (Di-methyl-phosphor-yl)methanaminium iodide-(di-methyl-phosphor-yl)methan-amine (1/1).

    PubMed

    Reiss, Guido J

    2013-01-01

    The asymmetric unit of the title structure, C3H11NOP(+)I(-)C3H10NOP, consists of one (di-methyl-phosphor-yl)methanamine (dpma) mol-ecule, one (di-methyl-phosphor-yl)methanaminium (dpmaH) ion and one iodide counter-anion. In the crystal, medium-strong to weak N-H?O and N-H?N hydrogen bonds connect dpmaH cations and dpma mol-ecules into strands along [001]. The iodide counter-anions form only very weak hydrogen bonds. The crystal used for the diffraction study was found to be an inversion twin with a ratio of 0.83?(2):0.17?(2). The title structure is isotypic to that of dpmaH[ClO4]dpma [Buhl et al. (2013 ?). Crystals 3, 350-362]. PMID:24109340

  16. Crystal structure of tris(dimethylamido-?N)bis(dimethylamine-?N)zirconium(IV) iodide

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    Clark, Wesley D.; Akurathi, Gopalakrishna; Valle, Henry U.; Hollis, T. Keith

    2016-01-01

    Zirconium amides have become increasingly popular and useful due to their widespread use as precursors to other zirconium complexes and their use in the production of solid oxide fuel cells (SOFCs). Herein we report the molecular structure of tris(dimethylamido)bis(dimethylamine)zirconium(IV) iodide, [Zr(C2H6N)3(C2H7N)2]I. The bond lengths and bond angles are consistent with a slightly distorted trigonalbipyramidal coordination geometry around the metal atom. N?I contacts of 3.6153?(15) and 3.5922?(14)? are consistent with the presence of NH?I interactions. These NH?I interactions link the complex cations and iodide anions into extended chains that propagate parallel to the a axis. PMID:26870590

  17. [La scuola di psicoterapia post-razionalista oggi: ricerca e pratica clinica].

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    De Pascale, Adele; Quiñones, Álvaro; Cimbolli, Paola

    2016-01-01

    RIASSUNTO. La scuola di psicoterapia post-razionalista (approccio cognitivista non classico) ha avuto inizio alla fine degli anni Ottanta con una serie di ipotesi coerenti e scientificamente attendibili. È una scuola che prende l'avvio dalla psicoterapia contemporanea e si sviluppa in aree differenti, offrendo un notevole contributo alla teoria e alla clinica della psicoterapia. Tale scuola ha avuto nel corso degli anni i suoi sviluppi, al pari di tutte le altre scuole di psicoterapia, come pure le stesse difficoltà e capacità di trovare soluzioni. In questo articolo, nostro scopo è quello di illustrare alcune tendenze che non presentano una coerenza epistemologica, teorica e metodologica e non consentono alcuna confutazione, cosa invece fondamentale nelle premesse della scuola iniziata da Vittorio Guidano. Infine, sottolineiamo come sia fondamentale oggi in psicoterapia applicare metodologie coerenti e posizioni concettuali basate sulla ricerca. PMID:27030344

  18. Mono-(3-carboxypropyl) phthalate, a metabolite of di-n-octyl phthalate.

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    Calafat, Antonia M; Silva, Manori J; Reidy, John A; Earl Gray, L; Samandar, Ella; Preau, James L; Herbert, Arnetra R; Needham, Larry L

    2006-02-01

    Di-n-octyl phthalate (DnOP) is found as a component of mixed C6-C10 linear-chain phthalates used as plasticizers in various polyvinyl chloride applications, including flooring and carpet tiles. Following exposure and absorption, DnOP is metabolized to its hydrolytic monoester, mono-n-octyl phthalate (MnOP), and other oxidative products. The urinary levels of one of these oxidative metabolites, mono-(3-carboxypropyl) phthalate (MCPP), were about 560-fold higher than MnOP in Sprague-Dawley rats dosed with DnOP by gavage. Furthermore, MCPP was also found in the urine of rats dosed with di-isooctyl phthalate (DiOP), di-isononyl phthalate (DiNP), di-isodecyl phthalate (DiDP), di-(2-ethylhexyl) phthalate, and di-n-butyl phthalate (DBP), although at concentrations considerably lower than in rats given similar concentrations of DnOP. The comparatively much higher urinary concentrations of MCPP than of the hydrolytic monoesters of the high-molecular-weight phthalates DiOP, DiNP, and DiDP in the exposed rats suggest that these monoesters may be poor biomarkers of exposure to their precursor phthalates and may explain the relatively low frequency of detection of these monoester metabolites in human populations. MCPP and MnOP were also measured in 267 human urine samples. The frequent detection and higher urinary concentrations of MCPP than MnOP suggest that exposure to DnOP might be higher than previously thought based on the measurements of MnOP alone. However, because MCPP is also a minor metabolite of DBP and other phthalates in rats, and the metabolism of phthalates in rodents and humans may differ, additional data on the absorption, distribution, metabolism, and elimination of MCPP are needed to completely understand the extent of human exposure to DnOP from the urinary concentrations of MCPP. PMID:16263692

  19. Effects of di-iso-butyl phthalate on testes of prepubertal rats and mice.

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    Zhu, Xiao Bo; Tay, Tat Wei; Andriana, Bibin Bintang; Alam, Mohammad Shah; Choi, Ehn Kyoung; Tsunekawa, Naoki; Kanai, Yoshiakira; Kurohmaru, Masamichi

    2010-02-01

    Di-iso-butyl phthalate (DiBP), a special plasticizer, is used as a substitute for di(n-butyl) phthalate (DBP). The effects of DiBP on testes in prepubertal rodents still remain to be obscure. Testicular toxicity of DiBP was investigated in 21-day-old Sprague-Dawley rats and C57BL/6N mice, using with in situ TUNEL method. For an acute exposure experiment, animals were once given DiBP at various concentrations by oral gavage. For a subchronic exposure experiment, they were daily given DiBP at various concentrations for consecutive 7 days. Controls were treated with corn oil under the same condition. For a recovery experiment, rats were once given DiBP (1000 mg/kg), and were sacrificed at day 1 to 8 after administration. Furthermore, the disorder of vimentin filaments in Sertoli cells after daily administration of DiBP (500 mg/kg) for consecutive 7 days in rats also identified by immunohistochemistry using anti-vimentin antibody. As a result, the present study demonstrated that DiBP can induce testicular atrophy in rats due to the increase of TUNEL-positive spermatogenic cells in both acute and subchronic exposure experiments. At the same time, the disorder of vimentin filaments in Sertoli cells was recognized. However, no such damages could be found in mouse testis. For the recovery experiment, the testis weight and testicular morphology returned to normal at day 6 after administration. In conclusion, the present study indicates that DiBP causes the significant increase of TUNEL-positive spermatogenic cells and the disorder of vimentin filaments in Sertoli cells in rats and that DiBP shows a species-specific toxicity. PMID:20560449

  20. Cyclic Di-GMP Riboswitch-Regulated Type IV Pili Contribute to Aggregation of Clostridium difficile

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    Bordeleau, Eric; Purcell, Erin B.; Lafontaine, Daniel A.; Fortier, Louis-Charles; Tamayo, Rita

    2014-01-01

    Clostridium difficile is an anaerobic Gram-positive bacterium that causes intestinal infections with symptoms ranging from mild diarrhea to fulminant colitis. Cyclic diguanosine monophosphate (c-di-GMP) is a bacterial second messenger that typically regulates the switch from motile, free-living to sessile and multicellular behaviors in Gram-negative bacteria. Increased intracellular c-di-GMP concentration in C. difficile was recently shown to reduce flagellar motility and to increase cell aggregation. In this work, we investigated the role of the primary type IV pilus (T4P) locus in c-di-GMP-dependent cell aggregation. Inactivation of two T4P genes, pilA1 (CD3513) and pilB1 (CD3512), abolished pilus formation and significantly reduced cell aggregation under high c-di-GMP conditions. pilA1 is preceded by a putative c-di-GMP riboswitch, predicted to be transcriptionally active upon c-di-GMP binding. Consistent with our prediction, high intracellular c-di-GMP concentration increased transcript levels of T4P genes. In addition, single-round in vitro transcription assays confirmed that transcription downstream of the predicted transcription terminator was dose dependent and specific to c-di-GMP binding to the riboswitch aptamer. These results support a model in which T4P gene transcription is upregulated by c-di-GMP as a result of its binding to an upstream transcriptionally activating riboswitch, promoting cell aggregation in C. difficile. PMID:25512308

  1. Stimulation of Innate Immunity by In Vivo Cyclic di-GMP Synthesis Using Adenovirus

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    Koestler, Benjamin J.; Seregin, Sergey S.; Rastall, David P. W.; Aldhamen, Yasser A.; Godbehere, Sarah; Amalfitano, Andrea

    2014-01-01

    The bacterial second messenger cyclic di-GMP (c-di-GMP) stimulates inflammation by initiating innate immune cell recruitment and triggering the release of proinflammatory cytokines and chemokines. These properties make c-di-GMP a promising candidate for use as a vaccine adjuvant, and numerous studies have demonstrated that administration of purified c-di-GMP with different antigens increases protection against infection in animal models. Here, we have developed a novel approach to produce c-di-GMP inside host cells as an adjuvant to exploit a host-pathogen interaction and initiate an innate immune response. We have demonstrated that c-di-GMP can be synthesized in vivo by transducing a diguanylate cyclase (DGC) gene into mammalian cells using an adenovirus serotype 5 (Ad5) vector. Expression of DGC led to the production of c-di-GMP in vitro and in vivo, and this was able to alter proinflammatory gene expression in murine tissues and increase the secretion of numerous cytokines and chemokines when administered to animals. Furthermore, coexpression of DGC modestly increased T-cell responses to a Clostridium difficile antigen expressed from an adenovirus vaccine, although no significant differences in antibody titers were observed. This adenovirus c-di-GMP delivery system offers a novel method to administer c-di-GMP as an adjuvant to stimulate innate immunity during vaccination. PMID:25230938

  2. In vitro selection of allosteric ribozymes that sense the bacterial second messenger c-di-GMP.

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    Furukawa, Kazuhiro; Gu, Hongzhou; Breaker, Ronald R

    2014-01-01

    Recently, a number of study have shown the ligand-dependent allosteric ribozymes can be harnessed as biosensors, high-throughput screening, and agents for the control of gene expression in vivo, called artificial riboswitches. In this chapter, we describe how in vitro selection can be used to create an allosteric ribozyme that senses bacterial second messenger cyclic-di-GMP (c-di-GMP). A hammerhead ribozyme was joined to a natural c-di-GMP class I riboswitch aptamer via communication modules. Both c-di-GMP-activating and -inhibiting ribozyme can be obtained by this approach. PMID:24549622

  3. Structural Basis of Ligand Binding by a C-di-GMP Riboswitch

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    Smith, K.; Lipchock, S; Ames, T; Wang, J; Breaker, R; Strobel, S

    2009-01-01

    The second messenger signaling molecule bis-(3{prime}-5{prime})-cyclic dimeric guanosine monophosphate (c-di-GMP) regulates many processes in bacteria, including motility, pathogenesis and biofilm formation. c-di-GMP-binding riboswitches are important downstream targets in this signaling pathway. Here we report the crystal structure, at 2.7 {angstrom} resolution, of a c-di-GMP riboswitch aptamer from Vibrio cholerae bound to c-di-GMP, showing that the ligand binds within a three-helix junction that involves base-pairing and extensive base-stacking. The symmetric c-di-GMP is recognized asymmetrically with respect to both the bases and the backbone. A mutant aptamer was engineered that preferentially binds the candidate signaling molecule c-di-AMP over c-di-GMP. Kinetic and structural data suggest that genetic regulation by the c-di-GMP riboswitch is kinetically controlled and that gene expression is modulated through the stabilization of a previously unidentified P1 helix, illustrating a direct mechanism for c-di-GMP signaling.

  4. Crystal structure of di-aqua-bis-(2,6-di-methyl-pyrazine-?N (4))bis-(thio-cyanato-?N)cobalt(II) 2,5-di-methyl-pyrazine monosolvate.

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    Suckert, Stefan; Whlert, Susanne; Jess, Inke; Nther, Christian

    2015-12-01

    In the crystal structure of the title compound, [Co(NCS)2(C6H8N2)2(H2O)2]C6H8N2, the Co(II) cation is coordinated by the N atoms of two terminal thio-cyanate anions, the O atoms of two water mol-ecules and two N atoms of two 2,6-di-methyl-pyrazine ligands. The coordination sphere of the resulting discrete complex is that of a slightly distorted octa-hedron. The asymmetric unit comprises a Co(II) cation and half of a 2,5-di-methyl-pyrazine ligand, both of which are located on centres of inversion, and a water ligand, a 2,6-di--methyl-pyrazine ligand and one thio-cyanate anion in general positions. In the crystal, the discrete complexes are arranged in such a way that cavities are formed in which the 2,5-di-methyl-pyrazine solvent mol-ecules are located. The coordination of the 2,5-di-methyl-pyrazine mol-ecules to the metal is apparently hindered due to the bulky methyl groups in vicinal positions to the N atoms, leading to a preferential coordination of the 2,6-di-methyl-pyrazine ligands. The discrete complexes are linked by O-H?N hydrogen bonds between one water H atom and the non-coordinating N atom of the 2,6-di-methyl-pyrazine ligands. The remaining water H atom is hydrogen bonded to one N atom of the 2,5-di-methyl-pyrazine solvent mol-ecule. This arrangement leads to the formation of a two-dimensional network extending parallel to (010). PMID:26870445

  5. Crystal structure of diaquabis(2,6-dimethylpyrazine-?N 4)bis(thiocyanato-?N)cobalt(II) 2,5-dimethylpyrazine monosolvate

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    Suckert, Stefan; Whlert, Susanne; Jess, Inke; Nther, Christian

    2015-01-01

    In the crystal structure of the title compound, [Co(NCS)2(C6H8N2)2(H2O)2]C6H8N2, the CoII cation is coordinated by the N atoms of two terminal thiocyanate anions, the O atoms of two water molecules and two N atoms of two 2,6-dimethylpyrazine ligands. The coordination sphere of the resulting discrete complex is that of a slightly distorted octahedron. The asymmetric unit comprises a CoII cation and half of a 2,5-dimethylpyrazine ligand, both of which are located on centres of inversion, and a water ligand, a 2,6-dimethylpyrazine ligand and one thiocyanate anion in general positions. In the crystal, the discrete complexes are arranged in such a way that cavities are formed in which the 2,5-dimethylpyrazine solvent molecules are located. The coordination of the 2,5-dimethylpyrazine molecules to the metal is apparently hindered due to the bulky methyl groups in vicinal positions to the N atoms, leading to a preferential coordination of the 2,6-dimethylpyrazine ligands. The discrete complexes are linked by OH?N hydrogen bonds between one water H atom and the non-coordinating N atom of the 2,6-dimethylpyrazine ligands. The remaining water H atom is hydrogen bonded to one N atom of the 2,5-dimethylpyrazine solvent molecule. This arrangement leads to the formation of a two-dimensional network extending parallel to (010). PMID:26870445

  6. 3,4-Diaminopyridinium hydrogen malonate

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    Thapa, Surendra; Draguta, Sergiu; Sandhu, Bhupinder; Antipin, Mikhail Yu.; Timofeeva, Tatiana V.

    2013-01-01

    In the title salt, C5H8N3 +C3H3O4 ?, the 3,4-diaminopyridinium cation is almost planar, with an r.m.s. deviation of 0.02?. The conformation of the hydrogen malonate anion is stabilized by an intramolecular OH?O hydrogen bond, which generates an S(6) ring. In the crystal, NH?O hydrogen bonds link cations and anions into layers parallel to the ab plane. PMID:23723831

  7. Line plotting program using DI-3000/Grafmaker routines

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    Poppen, William A., Jr.; Smith-Taylor, Rudeen

    1986-01-01

    A line plotting program has been developed using the DI-3000 graphics libraries and incorporates Grafmaker subroutines. The program allows multiple lines on a frame and multiple frames per run. Options such as automatic scaling, linear or single-cycle log graphs, and plot text such as titles, legends and axis labels are incorporated in the program. Greek and other fonts can be used in the plot text as well as upper and lower case text. Plot inputs are specified through a control file. The program also allows display of multiple independent data sets on a single graph.

  8. Crystal structure of 3-(di-ethyl-amino)-phenol.

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    Golen, James A; McDonald, Kyle J; Manke, David R

    2015-12-01

    The title compound, C10H15NO, has two mol-ecules in the asymmetric unit. Each mol-ecule has a near-planar C8NO unit excluding H atoms and the terminal methyl groups on the di-ethyl-amino groups, with mean deviations from planarity of 0.036 and 0.063?. In the crystal, hydrogen bonding leads to four-membered O-H?O-H?O-H rings. No ?-? inter-actions were observed in the structure. PMID:26870505

  9. Synthesis and study of conjugated polymers containing Di- or Triphenylamine

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    Sukwattanasinitt, M.

    1996-06-21

    This thesis consists of two separate parts. The first part addresses the synthesis and study of conjugated polymers containing di- or triphenylamine. Two types of polymers: linear polymers and dendrimers, were synthesized. The polymers were characterized by NMR, IR, UV, GPC, TGA and DSC. Electronic and optical properties of the polymers were studied through the conductivity measurements and excitation- emission spectra. the second part of this thesis deals with a reaction of electron-rich acetylenes with TCNE. The discovery of the reaction from charge transfer complex studies and the investigation of this reaction on various electron-rich acetylenes are presented.

  10. Gelling Mechanism of Aluminum Di-Soaps in Oils

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    Wang, Xiaorong; Rackaitis, Mindaugas

    2009-03-01

    This work demonstrates that aluminum di-soaps form nano-sized spherical micelles in the oils and that the aggregation of these micelles forms a network that gives rise to a gel formation -- thereby refuting a long-held belief that the gel formation was the result of linear polymeric chains of aluminum association. The discovery of such aluminum nano-particles could expand application of these materials to new technologies because these materials are chemically inert, odorless and nontoxic, and have been widely used in greases, paints, gels, cosmetics, drugs and foods.

  11. Crystal structure of di-aqua-bis-(2,6-di-methyl-pyrazine-?N)bis-(thio-cyanato-?N)cobalt(II) 2,5-di-methyl-pyrazine tris-olvate.

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    Suckert, Stefan; Whlert, Susanne; Jess, Inke; Nther, Christian

    2015-12-01

    In the crystal structure of the title compound, [Co(NCS)2(C6H8N2)2(H2O)2]3C6H8N2, the Co(II) cation is coordinated by two terminally N-bound thio-cyanate anions, two water mol-ecules and two 2,6-di-methyl-pyrazine ligands, forming a discrete complex with a slightly distorted octa-hedral N4O2 coordination environment. The asymmetric unit contains one Co(II) cation and three halves of 2,5-di-methyl-pyrazine solvate mol-ecules, all entities being completed by inversion symmetry, as well as one thio-cyanate anion, an aqua ligand and a 2,6-di-methyl-pyrazine ligand, all in general positions. In the crystal, discrete complexes are arranged in a way that cavities are formed where the noncoordinating 2,5-di-methyl-pyrazine mol-ecules are located. The coordination of the latter to the metal is prevented due to the bulky methyl groups in vicinal positions to the N atoms, leading to a preferential coordination through the 2,6-di-methyl-pyrazine ligands. The complex mol-ecules are linked by O-H?N hydrogen bonds between the water H atoms and the N atoms of 2,5-di-methyl-pyrazine solvent mol-ecules, leading to a layered structure extending parallel to (100). PMID:26870459

  12. Functional Analysis of a c-di-AMP-specific Phosphodiesterase MsPDE from Mycobacterium smegmatis

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    Tang, Qing; Luo, Yunchao; Zheng, Cao; Yin, Kang; Ali, Maria Kanwal; Li, Xinfeng; He, Jin

    2015-01-01

    Cyclic di‑AMP (c-di-AMP) is a second signaling molecule involved in the regulation of bacterial physiological processes and interaction between pathogen and host. However, the regulatory network mediated by c-di-AMP in Mycobacterium remains obscure. In M. smegmatis, a diadenylate cyclase (DAC) was reported recently, but there is still no investigation on c-di-AMP phosphodiesterase (PDE). Here, we provide a systematic study on signaling mechanism of c-di-AMP PDE in M. smegmatis. Based on our enzymatic analysis, MsPDE (MSMEG_2630), which contained a DHH-DHHA1 domain, displayed a 200-fold higher hydrolytic efficiency (kcat/Km) to c-di-AMP than to c-di-GMP. MsPDE was capable of converting c-di-AMP to pApA and AMP, and hydrolyzing pApA to AMP. Site-directed mutations in DHH and DHHA1 revealed that DHH domain was critical for the phosphodiesterase activity. To explore the regulatory role of c-di-AMP in vivo, we constructed the mspde mutant (Δmspde) and found that deficiency of MsPDE significantly enhanced intracellular C12-C20 fatty acid accumulation. Deficiency of DAC in many bacteria results in cell death. However, we acquired the M. smegmatis strain with DAC gene disrupted (ΔmsdisA) by homologous recombination approach. Deletion of msdisA reduced bacterial C12-C20 fatty acids production but scarcely affected bacterial survival. We also provided evidences that superfluous c-di-AMP in M. smegmatis could lead to abnormal colonial morphology. Collectively, our results indicate that MsPDE is a functional c-di-AMP-specific phosphodiesterase both in vitro and in vivo. Our study also expands the regulatory network mediated by c-di-AMP in M. smegmatis. PMID:26078723

  13. Occurrence of Cyclic di-GMP-Modulating Output Domains in Cyanobacteria: an Illuminating Perspective

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    Agostoni, Marco; Koestler, Benjamin J.; Waters, Christopher M.; Williams, Barry L.; Montgomery, Beronda L.

    2013-01-01

    ABSTRACT Microorganisms use a variety of metabolites to respond to external stimuli, including second messengers that amplify primary signals and elicit biochemical changes in a cell. Levels of the second messenger cyclic dimeric GMP (c-di-GMP) are regulated by a variety of environmental stimuli and play a critical role in regulating cellular processes such as biofilm formation and cellular motility. Cyclic di-GMP signaling systems have been largely characterized in pathogenic bacteria; however, proteins that can impact the synthesis or degradation of c-di-GMP are prominent in cyanobacterial species and yet remain largely underexplored. In cyanobacteria, many putative c-di-GMP synthesis or degradation domains are found in genes that also harbor light-responsive signal input domains, suggesting that light is an important signal for altering c-di-GMP homeostasis. Indeed, c-di-GMP-associated domains are often the second most common output domain in photoreceptors—outnumbered only by a histidine kinase output domain. Cyanobacteria differ from other bacteria regarding the number and types of photoreceptor domains associated with c-di-GMP domains. Due to the widespread distribution of c-di-GMP domains in cyanobacteria, we investigated the evolutionary origin of a subset of genes. Phylogenetic analyses showed that c-di-GMP signaling systems were present early in cyanobacteria and c-di-GMP genes were both vertically and horizontally inherited during their evolution. Finally, we compared intracellular levels of c-di-GMP in two cyanobacterial species under different light qualities, confirming that light is an important factor for regulating this second messenger in vivo. PMID:23943760

  14. C-E1 fusion protein synthesized by rubella virus DI RNAs maintained during serial passage

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    Tzeng, W.-P.; Frey, Teryl K. . E-mail: tfrey@gsu.edu

    2006-12-20

    Rubella virus (RUB) replicons are derivatives of the RUB infectious cDNA clone that retain the nonstructural open reading frame (NS-ORF) that encodes the replicase proteins but not the structural protein ORF (SP-ORF) that encodes the virion proteins. RUB defective interfering (DI) RNAs contain deletions within the SP-ORF and thus resemble replicons. DI RNAs often retain the 5' end of the capsid protein (C) gene that has been shown to modulate virus-specific RNA synthesis. However, when replicons either with or without the C gene were passaged serially in the presence of wt RUB as a source of the virion proteins, it was found that neither replicon was maintained and DI RNAs were generated. The majority DI RNA species contained in-frame deletions in the SP-ORF leading to a fusion between the 5' end of the C gene and the 3' end of the E1 glycoprotein gene. DI infectious cDNA clones were constructed and transcripts from these DI infectious cDNA clones were maintained during serial passage with wt RUB. The C-E1 fusion protein encoded by the DI RNAs was synthesized and was required for maintenance of the DI RNA during serial passage. This is the first report of a functional novel gene product resulting from deletion during DI RNA generation. Thus far, the role of the C-E1 fusion protein in maintenance of DI RNAs during serial passage remained elusive as it was found that the fusion protein diminished rather than enhanced DI RNA synthesis and was not incorporated into virus particles.

  15. Crystal structure of 9,10-bis-(1,3-di-thiol-2-yl-idene)-9,10-di-hydro-anthracene.

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    Ren, Yi; Lee, Semin; Bertke, Jeffery A; Moore, Jeffrey S

    2015-12-01

    The crystal structure of the well-studied 9,10-bis-(1,3-di-thiol-2-yl-idene)-9,10-di-hydro-anthracene mol-ecule, C20H12S4, (I), also known as exTTF, is reported. The mol-ecular structure of (I) consists of a di-hydro-anthracene moiety with two 1,3-di-thiol-2-yl-idene substituents. This is a saddle-shaped mol-ecule, which inter-acts with a close neighbor through various ?-? and C-H?? contacts to form a 'dimer'. These 'dimers' inter-act through a series of C-H?S and C-H?? contacts to construct a complex three-dimensional extended structure. PMID:26870408

  16. Crystal structure of 9,10-bis(1,3-dithiol-2-ylidene)-9,10-dihydroanthracene

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    Ren, Yi; Lee, Semin; Bertke, Jeffery A.; Moore, Jeffrey S.

    2015-01-01

    The crystal structure of the well-studied 9,10-bis(1,3-dithiol-2-ylidene)-9,10-dihydroanthracene molecule, C20H12S4, (I), also known as exTTF, is reported. The molecular structure of (I) consists of a dihydroanthracene moiety with two 1,3-dithiol-2-ylidene substituents. This is a saddle-shaped molecule, which interacts with a close neighbor through various ?? and CH?? contacts to form a dimer. These dimers interact through a series of CH?S and CH?? contacts to construct a complex three-dimensional extended structure. PMID:26870408

  17. Critical cleaning agents for Di-2-ethylhexyl sebacate.

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    Hartley, Mya; Archuleta, Kim M.

    2013-08-01

    It is required that Di-2-ethylhexyl Sebacate oil, also commonly known as Dioctyl Sebacate oil, be thoroughly removed from certain metals, in this case stainless steel parts with narrow, enclosed spaces. Dioctyl Sebacate oil is a synthetic oil with a low compressibility. As such, it is ideally used for high pressure calibrations. The current method to remove the Dioctyl Sebacate from stainless steel parts with narrow, enclosed spaces is a labor-intensive, multi-step process, including a detergent clean, a deionized (DI) water rinse, and several solvent rinses, to achieve a nonvolatile residue of0.04 mg per 50 mL rinse effluent. This study was undertaken to determine a superior detergent/solvent cleaning method for the oil to reduce cleaning time and/or the amount of detergent/solvent used. It was determined that while some detergent clean the oil off the metal better than the current procedure, using only solvents obtained the best result. In addition, it can be inferred, based on elevated temperature test results, that raising the temperature of the oil-contaminated stainless steel parts to approximately 50%C2%B0C will provide for improved cleaning efficacy.

  18. RATE CONSTANTS FOR THE REACTIONS OF OH RADICALS AND CL ATOMS WITH DI-N-PROPYL ETHER AND DI-N-BUTYL ETHER AND THEIR DEUTERATED ANALOGS. (R825252)

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    Using relative rate methods, rate constants for the gas-phase reactions of OH radicals and Cl atoms with di-n-propyl ether, di-n-propyl ether-d14, di-n-butyl ether and di-n-butyl ether-d18 have been measured at 296 ? 2 K and atmos...

  19. The voltage-sensitive dye di-4-ANEPPS slows conduction velocity in isolated guinea pig hearts

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    Larsen, Anders Peter; Sciuto, Katie J.; Moreno, Alonso P.; Poelzing, Steven

    2014-01-01

    BACKGROUND Voltage-sensitive dyes are important tools for mapping electrical activity in the heart. However, little is known about the effects of voltage-sensitive dyes on cardiac electrophysiology. OBJECTIVE To test the hypothesis that the voltage-sensitive dye di-4-ANEPPS modulates cardiac impulse propagation. METHODS Electrical and optical mapping experiments were performed in isolated Langendorff perfused guinea pig hearts. The effect of di-4-ANEPPS on conduction velocity and anisotropy of propagation was quantified. HeLa cells expressing connexin 43 were used to evaluate the effect of di-4-ANEPPS on gap junctional conductance. RESULTS In electrical mapping experiments, di-4-ANEPPS (7.5 μM) was found to decrease both longitudinal and transverse conduction velocities significantly compared with control. No change in the anisotropy of propagation was observed. Similar results were obtained in optical mapping experiments. In these experiments, the effect of di-4-ANEPPS was dose dependent. di-4-ANEPPS had no detectable effect on connexin 43–mediated gap junctional conductance in transfected HeLa cells. CONCLUSION Our results demonstrate that the voltage-sensitive dye di-4-ANEPPS directly and dose-dependently modulates cardiac impulse propagation. The effect is not likely mediated by connexin 43 inhibition. Our results highlight an important caveat that should be taken into account when interpreting data obtained using di-4-ANEPPS in cardiac preparations. PMID:22537886

  20. Are There Good Probes for the Di-Neutron Correlation in Light Neutron-Rich Nuclei?

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    Hagino, K.; Sagawa, H.

    2015-10-01

    The di-neutron correlation is a spatial correlation with which two valence neutrons are located at a similar position inside a nucleus. We discuss possible experimental probes for the di-neutron correlation. This includes the Coulomb breakup and the pair transfer reactions of neutron-rich nuclei, and the direct two-neutron decays of nuclei beyond the neutron drip-line.

  1. A Descriptive Grammar of Sa'i:di Egyptian Colloquial Arabic. Janua Linguarum Series Practica 32.

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    Khalafallah, Abdelghany A.

    This study presents the first descriptive analysis of the structure of Sa'i:di, the variety of Egyptian Arabic spoken by the inhabitants of the Nile Valley between Cairo and Aswan. It is hoped that this study, designed to describe the phonemics, morphemics, and syntax of Sa'i:di, will contribute to dialect studies of the varieties of Arabic spoken

  2. 21 CFR 178.2550 - 4-Hydroxymethyl-2,6-di-tert-butylphenol.

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    2011-04-01

    ... SANITIZERS Antioxidants and Stabilizers § 178.2550 4-Hydroxymethyl-2,6-di-tert-butylphenol. 4-Hydroxymethyl-2,6-di-tert-butyl-phenol may be safely used as an antioxidant in articles intended for use in contact... solidification point of 140°-141 °C. (b) The concentration of the additive and any other permitted...

  3. 21 CFR 178.2550 - 4-Hydroxymethyl-2,6-di-tert-butylphenol.

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    2010-04-01

    ... SANITIZERS Antioxidants and Stabilizers § 178.2550 4-Hydroxymethyl-2,6-di-tert-butylphenol. 4-Hydroxymethyl-2,6-di-tert-butyl-phenol may be safely used as an antioxidant in articles intended for use in contact... solidification point of 140°-141 °C. (b) The concentration of the additive and any other permitted...

  4. Are There Good Probes for the Di-Neutron Correlation in Light Neutron-Rich Nuclei?

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    Hagino, K.; Sagawa, H.

    2016-03-01

    The di-neutron correlation is a spatial correlation with which two valence neutrons are located at a similar position inside a nucleus. We discuss possible experimental probes for the di-neutron correlation. This includes the Coulomb breakup and the pair transfer reactions of neutron-rich nuclei, and the direct two-neutron decays of nuclei beyond the neutron drip-line.

  5. 21 CFR 178.2550 - 4-Hydroxymethyl-2,6-di-tert-butylphenol.

    Code of Federal Regulations, 2012 CFR

    2012-04-01

    ... SANITIZERS Antioxidants and Stabilizers 178.2550 4-Hydroxymethyl-2,6-di-tert-butylphenol. 4-Hydroxymethyl-2,6-di-tert-butyl-phenol may be safely used as an antioxidant in articles intended for use in contact... solidification point of 140-141 C. (b) The concentration of the additive and any other permitted...

  6. 21 CFR 178.2550 - 4-Hydroxymethyl-2,6-di-tert-butylphenol.

    Code of Federal Regulations, 2013 CFR

    2013-04-01

    ... SANITIZERS Antioxidants and Stabilizers 178.2550 4-Hydroxymethyl-2,6-di-tert-butylphenol. 4-Hydroxymethyl-2,6-di-tert-butyl-phenol may be safely used as an antioxidant in articles intended for use in contact... solidification point of 140-141 C. (b) The concentration of the additive and any other permitted...

  7. Contrastive Analysis and Second Language Teaching Today: The Legacy of Robert J. Di Pietro.

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    Danesi, Marcel

    1995-01-01

    Provides a historical overview of the role of Contrastive Analysis (CA) in second-language teaching and discusses Di Pietro's steadfast support of CA. The article concludes with the importance of Di Pietro's notion of strategic interaction, part of his rich legacy to linguistics. (CFM)

  8. (Z)-N-[(Z)-3-(2,5-Di-methyl-phenyl-imino)-butan-2-yl-idene]-2,5-di-methyl-aniline.

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    Lv, Wen-Xian; Li, Jian; Hu, Yu-Lai; Su, Ying-Peng; Huang, Dan-Feng

    2014-02-01

    The asymmetric unit of the title compound, C20H24N2, contains one half-mol-ecule, with the single C-C bond of the 1,4-di-aza-butadiene fragment situated on a centre of symmetry. The benzene rings are inclined to the 1,4-di-aza-butadiene mean plane by 59.5?(1). PMID:24764890

  9. Palladium-catalyzed arylation of (di)azinyl aldoxime ethers by aryl iodides: stereoselective synthesis of unsymmetrical (E)-(di)azinylaryl ketoxime ethers.

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    Gou, Quan; Deng, Bin; Qin, Jun

    2015-09-01

    The first example of direct arylation of (di)azinyl aldoxime ethers by aryl iodides is reported. The reaction produces, in a single step, a variety of geometrically pure unsymmetrical (E)-(di)azinylaryl ketoxime ethers, a class of nitrogenated motifs that have found wide applications in medicinal and organic chemistry but are difficult to access using conventional procedure. The utility of the method is further illustrated in a formal synthesis of the Merck melanin-concentrating hormone 1 receptor antagonist. PMID:26208223

  10. Secreted Cyclic Di-GMP Induces Stalk Cell Differentiation in the Eukaryote Dictyostelium discoideum

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    Chen, Zhi-hui

    2015-01-01

    Cyclic di-GMP (c-di-GMP) is currently recognized as the most widely used intracellular signal molecule in prokaryotes, but roles in eukaryotes were only recently discovered. In the social amoeba Dictyostelium discoideum, c-di-GMP, produced by a prokaryote-type diguanylate cyclase, induces the differentiation of stalk cells, thereby enabling the formation of spore-bearing fruiting bodies. In this review, we summarize the currently known mechanisms that control the major life cycle transitions of Dictyostelium and focus particularly on the role of c-di-GMP in stalk formation. Stalk cell differentiation has characteristics of autophagic cell death, a process that also occurs in higher eukaryotes. We discuss the respective roles of c-di-GMP and of another signal molecule, differentiation-inducing factor 1, in autophagic cell death in vitro and in stalk formation in vivo. PMID:26013485

  11. A Tangled Web: Regulatory Connections between Quorum Sensing and Cyclic Di-GMP

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    Srivastava, Disha

    2012-01-01

    Bacteria sense and respond to environmental cues to control important developmental processes. Two widely conserved and important strategies that bacteria employ to sense changes in population density and local environmental conditions are quorum sensing (QS) and cyclic di-GMP (c-di-GMP) signaling, respectively. The importance of these pathways in controlling a broad variety of functions, including virulence, biofilm formation, and motility, has been recognized in many species. Recent research has shown that these pathways are intricately intertwined. Here we review the regulatory connections between QS and c-di-GMP signaling. We propose that the integration of QS with c-di-GMP allows bacteria to assimilate information about the local bacterial population density with other physicochemical environmental signals within the broader c-di-GMP signaling network. PMID:22661686

  12. Chronic toxicity of di-n-butyl and di-n-octyl phthalate to Daphnia magna and the fathead minnow

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    McCarthy, J.F.; Whitmore, D.K.

    1985-01-01

    The toxicities of di-n-butyl phthalate (DBP) and di-n-octyl phthalate (DOP) were assessed by measuring the effect of exposure to these compounds on the fecundity of Daphnia magna and on the hatching and survival of the early life stages of the fathead minnow Pimephales promelas. For D. magna, exposure to 1.8 mg/L DBP or 1.0 mg/L DOP caused a significant reduction in reproduction. Doses of 0.56 mg/L DBP or 0.32 mg/L DOP had no significant effect in decreasing reproduction. Survival of fathead minnow embryos was decreased by exposure to 1.8 mg/L DBP; none of the embryos exposed to this dose hatched successfully. Hatching and larval survival were affected by exposure to 1.0 mg/L DBP, but not to 0.56 mg/L. Exposure to DOP did not affect survival of either early embryos or larvae of the fathead minnow at doses up to 10 mg/L (the highest dose tested). Hatching of the embryos was significantly decreased at 10 mg/L, but not at 3.2 mg/L DOP. 26 references, 4 figures, 11 tables.

  13. Antiandrogenic effects in male rats perinatally exposed to a mixture of di(2-ethylhexyl) phthalate and di(2-ethylhexyl) adipate.

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    Jarfelt, Kirsten; Dalgaard, Majken; Hass, Ulla; Borch, Julie; Jacobsen, Helene; Ladefoged, Ole

    2005-01-01

    Di(2-ethylhexyl) phthalate (DEHP) is a well-known testicular toxicant inducing adverse effects in androgen responsive tissues. Therefore, di(2-ethylhexyl) adipate (DEHA) is currently being evaluated as a potential substitute for DEHP. Similarities in structure and metabolism of DEHP and DEHA have led to the hypothesis that DEHA can modulate the effects of DEHP. Wistar rats were gavaged with either vehicle, DEHP (300 or 750mg/kg bw/day) or DEHP (750mg/kg bw/day) in combination with DEHA (400mg/kg bw/day) from gestation day (GD) 7 to postnatal day (PND) 17. Decreased anogenital distance (AGD) and retention of nipples in male offspring were found in all three exposed groups. Dosed males exhibited decreased weights of ventral prostate and m. levator ani/bulbocavernosus. Histopathological investigations revealed alterations in testis morphology in both juvenile and adult animals. The litter size was decreased and postnatal mortality was increased in the combination group only, which is likely a combined effect of DEHP and DEHA. However, no combination effect was seen with respect to antiandrogenic effects, as males receiving DEHP in combination with DEHA did not exhibit more pronounced effects in the reproductive system than males receiving DEHP alone. PMID:15749265

  14. Synthesis, crystal structure and characterization of a new optical di-lithium di-phthalate single crystals.

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    Saravanan, D; Ramesh Kumar, G; Gokul Raj, S; Mohan, S; Sivakumar, B

    2015-11-01

    Single crystals of a new alkali phthalic complex salt of di-lithium di-phthalate (C32H30Li4O21) (DLDP) were grown by slow evaporation of an aqueous solution at room temperature. The compound crystallizes in a monoclinic system with a centrosymmetric space group having the unit cell parameters; a=17.037(5) , b=5.134(5) , and c=21.398(5) and ?=90.000(5), ?=113.195(5), and ?=90.000(5) with Z=2. The structure has been refined up to a R-value of 0.0828 from 26,248 observed reflections using a three-dimensional X-ray diffraction intensity data. The vibrational structure of the compound confirms the presence of various functional groups in the molecule. Mass spectrometric analysis provides the molecular weight of the compound and possible ways of fragmentations occurring in the compound. Thermal stability of the crystal was also studied by simultaneous TGA/DTA analyses. The UV-VIS-NIR spectrum was recorded to study the transmittance properties of the grown crystals. The obtained results are discussed in detail. PMID:26093968

  15. Determination of in vivo estrogenic potential of Di-isobutyl phthalate (DIBP) and Di-isononyl phthalate (DINP) in rats.

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    Sedha, Sapna; Gautam, A K; Verma, Y; Ahmad, R; Kumar, Sunil

    2015-11-01

    Estrogenic potential of Di-isobutyl phthalate (DIBP) and Di-isononyl phthalate (DINP) was studied using two different test systems. Two different doses of DIBP (250 and 1250 mg/kg) and DINP (276 and 1380 mg/kg) were administered to immature female rats (20 days old) orally once daily for 3 and 20 days in uterotrophic and pubertal assay, respectively. The animals were sacrificed on day 4 and day 41 in case of 3-day uterotrophic and 20-day pubertal assay, respectively. The results indicated that non-significant alterations in uterine and ovarian wet weight were observed in both the DIBP- and DINP-treated groups while the uterus weight increased significantly (i.e., 4-6 times) in the Diethylstilbesterol (DES)-treated group in both the assays. In the present study, precocious vaginal opening occurred at 26 days of age in the DES-treated group with a mean body weight of 30.39??1.08 g. However, no precocious vaginal opening was found in any of the DIBP- and DINP-treated groups. The results indicated that both the phthalate compounds were unable to induce elevation in the uterine weight in both the assays and unable to cause vaginal opening indicating non-estrogenic potential of both the phthalate compounds, i.e., DIBP and DINP in vivo. PMID:26178834

  16. Near-infrared Light Responsive Synthetic c-di-GMP Module for Optogenetic Applications

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    2015-01-01

    Enormous potential of cell-based therapeutics is hindered by the lack of effective means to control genetically engineered cells in mammalian tissues. Here, we describe a synthetic module for remote photocontrol of engineered cells that can be adapted for such applications. The module involves photoactivated synthesis of cyclic dimeric GMP (c-di-GMP), a stable small molecule that is not produced by higher eukaryotes and therefore is suitable for orthogonal regulation. The key component of the photocontrol module is an engineered bacteriophytochrome diguanylate cyclase, which synthesizes c-di-GMP from GTP in a light-dependent manner. Bacteriophytochromes are particularly attractive photoreceptors because they respond to light in the near-infrared window of the spectrum, where absorption by mammalian tissues is minimal, and also because their chromophore, biliverdin IXα, is naturally available in mammalian cells. The second component of the photocontrol module, a c-di-GMP phosphodiesterase, maintains near-zero background levels of c-di-GMP in the absence of light, which enhances the photodynamic range of c-di-GMP concentrations. In the E. coli model used in this study, the intracellular c-di-GMP levels could be upregulated by light by >50-fold. Various c-di-GMP-responsive proteins and riboswitches identified in bacteria can be linked downstream of the c-di-GMP-mediated photocontrol module for orthogonal regulation of biological activities in mammals as well as in other organisms lacking c-di-GMP signaling. Here, we linked the photocontrol module to a gene expression output via a c-di-GMP-responsive transcription factor and achieved a 40-fold photoactivation of gene expression. PMID:24926804

  17. Responses to Elevated c-di-GMP Levels in Mutualistic and Pathogenic Plant-Interacting Bacteria

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    Pérez-Mendoza, Daniel; Aragón, Isabel M.; Prada-Ramírez, Harold A.; Romero-Jiménez, Lorena; Ramos, Cayo; Gallegos, María-Trinidad; Sanjuán, Juan

    2014-01-01

    Despite a recent burst of research, knowledge on c-di-GMP signaling pathways remains largely fragmentary and molecular mechanisms of regulation and even c-di-GMP targets are yet unknown for most bacteria. Besides genomics or bioinformatics, accompanying alternative approaches are necessary to reveal c-di-GMP regulation in bacteria with complex lifestyles. We have approached this study by artificially altering the c-di-GMP economy of diverse pathogenic and mutualistic plant-interacting bacteria and examining the effects on the interaction with their respective host plants. Phytopathogenic Pseudomonas and symbiotic Rhizobium strains with enhanced levels of intracellular c-di-GMP displayed common free-living responses: reduction of motility, increased production of extracellular polysaccharides and enhanced biofilm formation. Regarding the interaction with the host plants, P. savastanoi pv. savastanoi cells containing high c-di-GMP levels formed larger knots on olive plants which, however, displayed reduced necrosis. In contrast, development of disease symptoms in P. syringae-tomato or P. syringae-bean interactions did not seem significantly affected by high c-di-GMP. On the other hand, increasing c-di-GMP levels in symbiotic R. etli and R. leguminosarum strains favoured the early stages of the interaction since enhanced adhesion to plant roots, but decreased symbiotic efficiency as plant growth and nitrogen contents were reduced. Our results remark the importance of c-di-GMP economy for plant-interacting bacteria and show the usefulness of our approach to reveal particular stages during plant-bacteria associations which are sensitive to changes in c-di-GMP levels. PMID:24626229

  18. Responses to elevated c-di-GMP levels in mutualistic and pathogenic plant-interacting bacteria.

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    Pérez-Mendoza, Daniel; Aragón, Isabel M; Prada-Ramírez, Harold A; Romero-Jiménez, Lorena; Ramos, Cayo; Gallegos, María-Trinidad; Sanjuán, Juan

    2014-01-01

    Despite a recent burst of research, knowledge on c-di-GMP signaling pathways remains largely fragmentary and molecular mechanisms of regulation and even c-di-GMP targets are yet unknown for most bacteria. Besides genomics or bioinformatics, accompanying alternative approaches are necessary to reveal c-di-GMP regulation in bacteria with complex lifestyles. We have approached this study by artificially altering the c-di-GMP economy of diverse pathogenic and mutualistic plant-interacting bacteria and examining the effects on the interaction with their respective host plants. Phytopathogenic Pseudomonas and symbiotic Rhizobium strains with enhanced levels of intracellular c-di-GMP displayed common free-living responses: reduction of motility, increased production of extracellular polysaccharides and enhanced biofilm formation. Regarding the interaction with the host plants, P. savastanoi pv. savastanoi cells containing high c-di-GMP levels formed larger knots on olive plants which, however, displayed reduced necrosis. In contrast, development of disease symptoms in P. syringae-tomato or P. syringae-bean interactions did not seem significantly affected by high c-di-GMP. On the other hand, increasing c-di-GMP levels in symbiotic R. etli and R. leguminosarum strains favoured the early stages of the interaction since enhanced adhesion to plant roots, but decreased symbiotic efficiency as plant growth and nitrogen contents were reduced. Our results remark the importance of c-di-GMP economy for plant-interacting bacteria and show the usefulness of our approach to reveal particular stages during plant-bacteria associations which are sensitive to changes in c-di-GMP levels. PMID:24626229

  19. Coordinated Cyclic-Di-GMP Repression of Salmonella Motility through YcgR and Cellulose

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    Zorraquino, Violeta; Garca, Begoa; Latasa, Cristina; Echeverz, Maite; Toledo-Arana, Alejandro; Valle, Jaione

    2013-01-01

    Cyclic di-GMP (c-di-GMP) is a secondary messenger that controls a variety of cellular processes, including the switch between a biofilm and a planktonic bacterial lifestyle. This nucleotide binds to cellular effectors in order to exert its regulatory functions. In Salmonella, two proteins, BcsA and YcgR, both of them containing a c-di-GMP binding PilZ domain, are the only known c-di-GMP receptors. BcsA, upon c-di-GMP binding, synthesizes cellulose, the main exopolysaccharide of the biofilm matrix. YcgR is dedicated to c-di-GMP-dependent inhibition of motility through its interaction with flagellar motor proteins. However, previous evidences indicate that in the absence of YcgR, there is still an additional element that mediates motility impairment under high c-di-GMP levels. Here we have uncovered that cellulose per se is the factor that further promotes inhibition of bacterial motility once high c-di-GMP contents drive the activation of a sessile lifestyle. Inactivation of different genes of the bcsABZC operon, mutation of the conserved residues in the RxxxR motif of the BcsA PilZ domain, or degradation of the cellulose produced by BcsA rescued the motility defect of ?ycgR strains in which high c-di-GMP levels were reached through the overexpression of diguanylate cyclases. High c-di-GMP levels provoked cellulose accumulation around cells that impeded flagellar rotation, probably by means of steric hindrance, without affecting flagellum gene expression, exportation, or assembly. Our results highlight the relevance of cellulose in Salmonella lifestyle switching as an architectural element that is both essential for biofilm development and required, in collaboration with YcgR, for complete motility inhibition. PMID:23161026

  20. Novel Cyclic di-GMP Effectors of the YajQ Protein Family Control Bacterial Virulence

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    An, Shi-qi; Caly, Delphine L.; McCarthy, Yvonne; Murdoch, Sarah L.; Ward, Joseph; Febrer, Melanie; Dow, J. Maxwell; Ryan, Robert P.

    2014-01-01

    Bis-(3′,5′) cyclic di-guanylate (cyclic di-GMP) is a key bacterial second messenger that is implicated in the regulation of many critical processes that include motility, biofilm formation and virulence. Cyclic di-GMP influences diverse functions through interaction with a range of effectors. Our knowledge of these effectors and their different regulatory actions is far from complete, however. Here we have used an affinity pull-down assay using cyclic di-GMP-coupled magnetic beads to identify cyclic di-GMP binding proteins in the plant pathogen Xanthomonas campestris pv. campestris (Xcc). This analysis identified XC_3703, a protein of the YajQ family, as a potential cyclic di-GMP receptor. Isothermal titration calorimetry showed that the purified XC_3703 protein bound cyclic di-GMP with a high affinity (Kd∼2 µM). Mutation of XC_3703 led to reduced virulence of Xcc to plants and alteration in biofilm formation. Yeast two-hybrid and far-western analyses showed that XC_3703 was able to interact with XC_2801, a transcription factor of the LysR family. Mutation of XC_2801 and XC_3703 had partially overlapping effects on the transcriptome of Xcc, and both affected virulence. Electromobility shift assays showed that XC_3703 positively affected the binding of XC_2801 to the promoters of target virulence genes, an effect that was reversed by cyclic di-GMP. Genetic and functional analysis of YajQ family members from the human pathogens Pseudomonas aeruginosa and Stenotrophomonas maltophilia showed that they also specifically bound cyclic di-GMP and contributed to virulence in model systems. The findings thus identify a new class of cyclic di-GMP effector that regulates bacterial virulence. PMID:25329577

  1. Cyclic di-GMP: the First 25 Years of a Universal Bacterial Second Messenger

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    Galperin, Michael Y.; Gomelsky, Mark

    2013-01-01

    SUMMARY Twenty-five years have passed since the discovery of cyclic dimeric (3′→5′) GMP (cyclic di-GMP or c-di-GMP). From the relative obscurity of an allosteric activator of a bacterial cellulose synthase, c-di-GMP has emerged as one of the most common and important bacterial second messengers. Cyclic di-GMP has been shown to regulate biofilm formation, motility, virulence, the cell cycle, differentiation, and other processes. Most c-di-GMP-dependent signaling pathways control the ability of bacteria to interact with abiotic surfaces or with other bacterial and eukaryotic cells. Cyclic di-GMP plays key roles in lifestyle changes of many bacteria, including transition from the motile to the sessile state, which aids in the establishment of multicellular biofilm communities, and from the virulent state in acute infections to the less virulent but more resilient state characteristic of chronic infectious diseases. From a practical standpoint, modulating c-di-GMP signaling pathways in bacteria could represent a new way of controlling formation and dispersal of biofilms in medical and industrial settings. Cyclic di-GMP participates in interkingdom signaling. It is recognized by mammalian immune systems as a uniquely bacterial molecule and therefore is considered a promising vaccine adjuvant. The purpose of this review is not to overview the whole body of data in the burgeoning field of c-di-GMP-dependent signaling. Instead, we provide a historic perspective on the development of the field, emphasize common trends, and illustrate them with the best available examples. We also identify unresolved questions and highlight new directions in c-di-GMP research that will give us a deeper understanding of this truly universal bacterial second messenger. PMID:23471616

  2. Hexa-aqua-nickel(II) di-hydrogen hypodiphosphate.

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    Gjikaj, Mimoza; Wu, Peng; Pook, Niels-Patrick

    2013-12-01

    The asymmetric unit of the title compound, [Ni(H2O)6](H2P2O6), contains one-half of the hexa-aqua-nickel(II) cation and one-half of the di-hydrogen hypodiphosphate anion. In the complex cation, the Ni(2+) atom is located on an inversion center and has an octa-hedral coordination sphere. The P-P distance in the centrosymmetric anion is 2.1853?(7)?. In the crystal, discrete [Ni(H2O)6](2+) cations and (H2P2O6)(2-) anions are stacked in columns parallel to the c axis and are linked into a three-dimensional network by medium-strength O-H?O hydrogen bonds. PMID:24860284

  3. Hexaaquanickel(II) dihydrogen hypodiphosphate

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    Gjikaj, Mimoza; Wu, Peng; Pook, Niels-Patrick

    2013-01-01

    The asymmetric unit of the title compound, [Ni(H2O)6](H2P2O6), contains one-half of the hexaaquanickel(II) cation and one-half of the dihydrogen hypodiphosphate anion. In the complex cation, the Ni2+ atom is located on an inversion center and has an octahedral coordination sphere. The PP distance in the centrosymmetric anion is 2.1853?(7)?. In the crystal, discrete [Ni(H2O)6]2+ cations and (H2P2O6)2? anions are stacked in columns parallel to the c axis and are linked into a three-dimensional network by medium-strength OH?O hydrogen bonds. PMID:24860284

  4. Test and Analysis of Spliced DI-BSCCO HTS Tapes

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    Fetisov, S. S.; Sotnikov, D. V.; Radchenko, I. P.; Vysotsky, V. S.; Osabe, G.; Kinoshita, K.; Fujikami, J.; Kobayashi, S.; Yamazaki, K.

    For some applications, short unit lengths of HTS wires should be spliced if longer lengths are necessary and short unit lengths of HTS wires should be utilize by applying the splice technology to reduce the total wire cost in the application. The splice technology has been developed for DI-BSCCO Type HT-CA tapes by Sumitomo Electric and spliced tapes were tested in Russian Cable Institute. The test program included: measurements of splice's resistance, critical current anisotropy, thermo cycling tolerance, mechanical properties, overload tests and magnetization measurements. In the paper the results of tests are presented and discussed. The test results demonstrated that splices can be used for cable production if twisting and bending limitations are taken into account.

  5. Is an axizilla possible for di-photon resonance?

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    Kim, Jihn E.

    2016-04-01

    Heavy axion-like particles, called axizillas, are simple extensions of the standard model (SM). An axizilla is required not to couple to the quarks, leptons, and Brout-Englert-Higgs doublets of the SM, but couple to the gauge anomalies of the W±, Z and photon. It is possible to have its branching ratios (BRs) to two photons greater than 10 % and to two Z's less than 10 %. To have a (production cross section) ṡ (BR to di-photons) at a 10-38 cm2 level, a TeV scale heavy quark Q is required for the gluon-quark fusion process. The decay of Q to axizilla plus quark, and the subsequent decay of the axizilla to two photons can be fitted at the required level of 10-38 cm2.

  6. Diffusion boriding of a press tool of DI22 steel

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    Duryagina, Z.A.; Pastukhova, L.V.; Kitsak, M.I.

    1987-11-01

    For the purpose of increasing the quality and thickness uniformity of the borided case on parts of complex configuration they used a method of boriding in a molten active low-melting transport metal making it possible to combine diffusion impregnation with subsequent heat treatment. The transport metal was lithium. The final purpose of this investigation was the development of a method of hardening coatings for press tools of DI22 (4Kh4VMFS) steel with (%) 0.37-0.44 C, 0.2-0.5 Mn, 3.2-4.0 Cr, 0.8-1.2 W, 0.6-0.9 V, 1.2-1.5 Mo, and 0.6-1.0 Si.

  7. Aqueous infrared carboxylate absorbances: Aliphatic di-acids

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    Cabaniss, S.E.; Leenheer, J.A.; McVey, I.F.

    1998-01-01

    Aqueous attenuated total reflectance Fourier transform infrared (ATR-FTIR) spectra of 18 aliphatic di-carboxylic acids are reported as a function of pH. The spectra show isosbestic points and intensity changes which indicate that Beer's law is obeyed, and peak frequencies lie within previously reported ranges for aqueous carboxylates and pure carboxylic acids. Intensity sharing from the symmetric carboxylate stretch is evident in many cases, so that bands which are nominally due to alkyl groups show increased intensity at higher pH. The asymmetric stretch of the HA- species is linearly related to the microscopic acidity constant of the H2A species, with ??pK 2 intervening atoms). The results suggest that aqueous ATR-FTIR may be able to estimate 'intrinsic' pKa values of carboxylic acids, in addition to providing quantitative estimates of ionization. ?? 1998 Elsevier Science B.V. All rights reserved.

  8. Taming of 3,4-Di(nitramino)furazan.

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    Tang, Yongxing; Zhang, Jiaheng; Mitchell, Lauren A; Parrish, Damon A; Shreeve, Jean'ne M

    2015-12-30

    Highly energetic 3,4-di(nitramino)furazan (1, DNAF) was synthesized and confirmed structurally by using single-crystal X-ray diffraction. Its highly sensitive nature can be attributed to the shortage of hydrogen-bonding interactions and an interactive nitro chain in the crystal structure. In order to stabilize this structure, a series of corresponding nitrogen-rich salts (3-10) has been prepared and fully characterized. Among these energetic materials, dihydrazinium 3,4-dinitraminofurazanate (5) exhibits a very promising detonation performance (νD = 9849 m s(-1); P = 40.9 GPa) and is one of the most powerful explosives to date. To ensure the practical applications of 5, rather than preparing the salts of 1 through acid-base reactions, an alternative route through the nitration of N-ethoxycarbonyl-protected 3,4-diaminofurazan and aqueous alkaline workup was developed. PMID:26669520

  9. [L'influenza del genere sui sintomi dello spettro d'ansia sociale in un campione di studenti universitari].

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    Dell'Osso, Liliana; Abelli, Marianna; Pini, Stefano; Carpita, Barbara; Carlini, Marina; Mengali, Francesco; Tognetti, Rosalba; Rivetti, Francesco; Massimetti, Gabriele

    2015-01-01

    RIASSUNTO. Scopo. Valutare in un campione di studenti universitari le differenze di genere nella frequenza di sintomi dello spettro d'ansia sociale. Materiali e metodi. Un campione di 823 studenti stato valutato con il questionario per lo spettro d'ansia sociale nella versione autosomministrata (SHY-SR). Utilizzando il punteggio di 68 come valore ottimale di soglia diagnostica, il campione stato classificato in due gruppi: un gruppo definito "low scorers" (<68 item) e uno definito "high scorers" (?68 item). Risultati. Tra le femmine stata evidenziata una percentuale significativamente superiore di "high scorers" rispetto ai maschi (32,5% vs 25,3%). Tra i 13 item risultati pi frequenti (>60%), sono emerse delle differenze di genere significative per 6 item: le femmine presentavano una maggiore presenza di item relativi al "Timore di effettuare una performace", che sembrerebbe confermare il nuovo specificatore del DSM-5 per il disturbo d'ansia sociale detto "Performance-only", mentre i maschi presentavano una maggior frequenza in un unico item relativo all' "Inibizione Comportamentale". Nel sottogruppo di "low scorers" le femmine avevano ottenuto punteggi significativamente superiori sia nel totale che nei domini relativi ad "Ansie Specifiche e Sintomi Fobici" e alla "Sensitivit Interpersonale" se confrontati con il gruppo dei maschi mentre nel sotto gruppo di "high scorers" i maschi presentavano punteggi significativamente superiori nei domini relativi a "Tratti social-fobici" durante l'infanzia e l'adolescenza" e a "Inibizione Comportamentale e Sintomi Somatici" rispetto al gruppo delle femmine. Infine, la percentuale di individui che hanno dichiarato di consumare alcol era significativamente superiore nei maschi rispetto alle femmine. Conclusioni. Nella categoria degli studenti universitari, lo spettro d'ansia sociale sembra essere pi frequente nel genere femminile rispetto a quello maschile. Nei maschi, lo spettro d'ansia sociale pi frequentemente associato con un esordio precoce, inibizione comportamentale e sintomi somatici, e, di conseguenza, con una maggiore gravit. PMID:26780203

  10. Progress in performance of DI-BSCCO family

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    Ayai, N.; Kobayashi, S.; Kikuchi, M.; Ishida, T.; Fujikami, J.; Yamazaki, K.; Yamade, S.; Tatamidani, K.; Hayashi, K.; Sato, K.; Kitaguchi, H.; Kumakura, H.; Osamura, K.; Shimoyama, J.; Kamijyo, H.; Fukumoto, Y.

    2008-09-01

    DI-BSCCO, the commercial BSCCO tapes produced by Sumitomo Electric with the controlled-overpressure sintering technique, has been progressing in the performance for increasing expansion of high temperature superconducting applications. Type H as the most common product has recorded 218 A as the highest critical current in 77 K, self-field, which is corresponding to 500 A per 1 cm width. Now it can provide both long-length and uniform high critical current up to 180 A as commercial products. Type S offers high overall critical current density similar to Type H and half cross-sectional area and the narrower width around 2.5 mm. It gives low price and compact size as a benefit to the applications operated with the relatively smaller current. Type AC offers low AC loss which is produced by application of the narrow width similar to Type S and twisted multi-filaments. All the products have achieved long-length more than 1 km and uniform critical currents over the entire length of the tapes. Mechanical toughness comes from metallic tape lamination technique applicable to all DI-BSCCO family as an optional extra. A 3-ply tape of one Type H and two thin stainless steel tapes provides high rated tensile stress more than 300 MPa and high current density more than 13 kA/cm 2 in 77 K. Alternative brass or copper laminated tape brings about lower electric resistance under overload current. It is possible to produce an order-made tape under consultation, which exhibits excellent manifold abilities on critical current, AC property as well as mechanical properties.

  11. The Mucosal Adjuvant Cyclic di-AMP Exerts Immune Stimulatory Effects on Dendritic Cells and Macrophages

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    Libanova, Rimma; Lienenklaus, Stefan; Weiss, Siegfried; Guzmán, Carlos A.

    2014-01-01

    The cyclic di-nucleotide bis-(3′,5′)-cyclic dimeric adenosine monophosphate (c-di-AMP) is a candidate mucosal adjuvant with proven efficacy in preclinical models. It was shown to promote specific humoral and cellular immune responses following mucosal administration. To date, there is only fragmentary knowledge on the cellular and molecular mode of action of c-di-AMP. Here, we report on the identification of dendritic cells and macrophages as target cells of c-di-AMP. We show that c-di-AMP induces the cell surface up-regulation of T cell co-stimulatory molecules as well as the production of interferon-β. Those responses were characterized by in vitro experiments with murine and human immune cells and in vivo studies in mice. Analyses of dendritic cell subsets revealed conventional dendritic cells as principal responders to stimulation by c-di-AMP. We discuss the impact of the reported antigen presenting cell activation on the previously observed adjuvant effects of c-di-AMP in mouse immunization studies. PMID:24755640

  12. Sensing the messenger: The diverse ways that bacteria signal through c-di-GMP

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    Krasteva, Petya Violinova; Giglio, Krista Michelle; Sondermann, Holger

    2012-01-01

    An intracellular second messenger unique to bacteria, c-di-GMP, has gained appreciation as a key player in adaptation and virulence strategies, such as biofilm formation, persistence, and cytotoxicity. Diguanylate cyclases containing GGDEF domains and phosphodiesterases containing either EAL or HD-GYP domains have been identified as the enzymes controlling intracellular c-di-GMP levels, yet little is known regarding signal transmission and the sensory targets for this signaling molecule. Although limited in number, identified c-di-GMP receptors in bacteria are characterized by prominent diversity and multilevel impact. In addition, c-di-GMP has been shown to have immunomodulatory effects in mammals and several eukaryotic c-di-GMP sensors have been proposed. The structural biology of c-di-GMP receptors is a rapidly developing field of research, which holds promise for the development of novel therapeutics against bacterial infections. In this review, we highlight recent advances in identifying bacterial and eukaryotic c-di-GMP signaling mechanisms and emphasize the need for mechanistic structure–function studies on confirmed signaling targets. PMID:22593024

  13. Systematic identification of conserved bacterial c-di-AMP receptor proteins.

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    Corrigan, Rebecca M; Campeotto, Ivan; Jeganathan, Tharshika; Roelofs, Kevin G; Lee, Vincent T; Grndling, Angelika

    2013-05-28

    Nucleotide signaling molecules are important messengers in key pathways that allow cellular responses to changing environments. Canonical secondary signaling molecules act through specific receptor proteins by direct binding to alter their activity. Cyclic diadenosine monophosphate (c-di-AMP) is an essential signaling molecule in bacteria that has only recently been discovered. Here we report on the identification of four Staphylococcus aureus c-di-AMP receptor proteins that are also widely distributed among other bacteria. Using an affinity pull-down assay we identified the potassium transporter-gating component KtrA as a c-di-AMP receptor protein, and it was further shown that this protein, together with c-di-AMP, enables S. aureus to grow in low potassium conditions. We defined the c-di-AMP binding activity within KtrA to the RCK_C (regulator of conductance of K(+)) domain. This domain is also found in a second S. aureus protein, a predicted cation/proton antiporter, CpaA, which as we show here also directly binds c-di-AMP. Because RCK_C domains are found in proteinaceous channels, transporters, and antiporters from all kingdoms of life, these findings have broad implications for the regulation of different pathways through nucleotide-dependent signaling. Using a genome-wide nucleotide protein interaction screen we further identified the histidine kinase protein KdpD that in many bacteria is also involved in the regulation of potassium transport and a PII-like signal transduction protein, which we renamed PstA, as c-di-AMP binding proteins. With the identification of these widely distributed c-di-AMP receptor proteins we link the c-di-AMP signaling network to a central metabolic process in bacteria. PMID:23671116

  14. Cyclic di-GMP-dependent signaling pathways in the pathogenic Firmicute Listeria monocytogenes.

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    Chen, Li-Hong; Kseo?lu, Volkan K; Gvener, Zehra T; Myers-Morales, Tanya; Reed, Joseph M; D'Orazio, Sarah E F; Miller, Kurt W; Gomelsky, Mark

    2014-08-01

    We characterized key components and major targets of the c-di-GMP signaling pathways in the foodborne pathogen Listeria monocytogenes, identified a new c-di-GMP-inducible exopolysaccharide responsible for motility inhibition, cell aggregation, and enhanced tolerance to disinfectants and desiccation, and provided first insights into the role of c-di-GMP signaling in listerial virulence. Genome-wide genetic and biochemical analyses of c-di-GMP signaling pathways revealed that L. monocytogenes has three GGDEF domain proteins, DgcA (Lmo1911), DgcB (Lmo1912) and DgcC (Lmo2174), that possess diguanylate cyclase activity, and three EAL domain proteins, PdeB (Lmo0131), PdeC (Lmo1914) and PdeD (Lmo0111), that possess c-di-GMP phosphodiesterase activity. Deletion of all phosphodiesterase genes (?pdeB/C/D) or expression of a heterologous diguanylate cyclase stimulated production of a previously unknown exopolysaccharide. The synthesis of this exopolysaccharide was attributed to the pssA-E (lmo0527-0531) gene cluster. The last gene of the cluster encodes the fourth listerial GGDEF domain protein, PssE, that functions as an I-site c-di-GMP receptor essential for exopolysaccharide synthesis. The c-di-GMP-inducible exopolysaccharide causes cell aggregation in minimal medium and impairs bacterial migration in semi-solid agar, however, it does not promote biofilm formation on abiotic surfaces. The exopolysaccharide also greatly enhances bacterial tolerance to commonly used disinfectants as well as desiccation, which may contribute to survival of L. monocytogenes on contaminated food products and in food-processing facilities. The exopolysaccharide and another, as yet unknown c-di-GMP-dependent target, drastically decrease listerial invasiveness in enterocytes in vitro, and lower pathogen load in the liver and gallbladder of mice infected via an oral route, which suggests that elevated c-di-GMP levels play an overall negative role in listerial virulence. PMID:25101646

  15. Association of exposure to di-2-ethylhexylphthalate replacements with increased blood pressure in children and adolescents.

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    Trasande, Leonardo; Attina, Teresa M

    2015-08-01

    Phthalates are environmental chemicals widely used in consumer and personal care products. In this study, we examined associations of urinary phthalates with blood pressure, triglycerides, and lipoproteins in children and adolescents, performing a cross-sectional analysis of a subsample of US children 6 to 19 years of age who participated in the National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey between the years 2009 and 2012. We quantified exposure to common environmental phthalates, with a focus on the dietary contaminant di-2-ethylhexylphthalate and 2 increasingly used replacements, di-isononyl phthalate and di-isodecyl phthalate, based on micromolar concentration of urinary metabolites. We assessed descriptive, univariate, and multivariable associations with blood pressure and lipids. Controlling for an array of sociodemographic and behavioral factors, as well as diet and body mass, metabolites of di-2-ethylhexylphthalate, di-isononyl phthalate, and di-isodecyl phthalate were associated with higher age-, sex- and height-standardized blood pressure. For each log unit increase in di-isodecyl phthalate metabolites, a 0.105 standard deviation unit increase in systolic blood pressure z score was identified (P=0.004); for di-isononyl phthalate metabolites, a 0.113 standard deviation unit increment was identified (P=0.008). For di-2-ethylhexylphthalate metabolites, a 0.103 standard deviation unit increment (P=0.013) was detected. Metabolites of low molecular weight phthalates commonly found in cosmetics and personal care products showed an association with blood pressure (≥90th percentile) in univariate analysis, but this was no longer significant in our full multivariable model, suggesting specificity. Phthalate metabolites were not associated with triglycerides or high-density lipoproteins. Further, longitudinal studies are needed to confirm these associations and to assess opportunities for intervention. PMID:26156503

  16. Cyclic di-GMP-dependent Signaling Pathways in the Pathogenic Firmicute Listeria monocytogenes

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    Chen, Li-Hong; Köseoğlu, Volkan K.; Güvener, Zehra T.; Myers-Morales, Tanya; Reed, Joseph M.; D'Orazio, Sarah E. F.; Miller, Kurt W.; Gomelsky, Mark

    2014-01-01

    We characterized key components and major targets of the c-di-GMP signaling pathways in the foodborne pathogen Listeria monocytogenes, identified a new c-di-GMP-inducible exopolysaccharide responsible for motility inhibition, cell aggregation, and enhanced tolerance to disinfectants and desiccation, and provided first insights into the role of c-di-GMP signaling in listerial virulence. Genome-wide genetic and biochemical analyses of c-di-GMP signaling pathways revealed that L. monocytogenes has three GGDEF domain proteins, DgcA (Lmo1911), DgcB (Lmo1912) and DgcC (Lmo2174), that possess diguanylate cyclase activity, and three EAL domain proteins, PdeB (Lmo0131), PdeC (Lmo1914) and PdeD (Lmo0111), that possess c-di-GMP phosphodiesterase activity. Deletion of all phosphodiesterase genes (ΔpdeB/C/D) or expression of a heterologous diguanylate cyclase stimulated production of a previously unknown exopolysaccharide. The synthesis of this exopolysaccharide was attributed to the pssA-E (lmo0527-0531) gene cluster. The last gene of the cluster encodes the fourth listerial GGDEF domain protein, PssE, that functions as an I-site c-di-GMP receptor essential for exopolysaccharide synthesis. The c-di-GMP-inducible exopolysaccharide causes cell aggregation in minimal medium and impairs bacterial migration in semi-solid agar, however, it does not promote biofilm formation on abiotic surfaces. The exopolysaccharide also greatly enhances bacterial tolerance to commonly used disinfectants as well as desiccation, which may contribute to survival of L. monocytogenes on contaminated food products and in food-processing facilities. The exopolysaccharide and another, as yet unknown c-di-GMP-dependent target, drastically decrease listerial invasiveness in enterocytes in vitro, and lower pathogen load in the liver and gallbladder of mice infected via an oral route, which suggests that elevated c-di-GMP levels play an overall negative role in listerial virulence. PMID:25101646

  17. Cyclic Di-GMP Regulates Type IV Pilus-Dependent Motility in Myxococcus xanthus

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    Skotnicka, Dorota; Petters, Tobias; Heering, Jan; Hoppert, Michael; Kaever, Volkhard

    2015-01-01

    ABSTRACT The nucleotide-based second messenger bis-(3′-5′)-cyclic dimeric GMP (c-di-GMP) is involved in regulating a plethora of processes in bacteria that are typically associated with lifestyle changes. Myxococcus xanthus undergoes major lifestyle changes in response to nutrient availability, with the formation of spreading colonies in the presence of nutrients and spore-filled fruiting bodies in the absence of nutrients. Here, we investigated the function of c-di-GMP in M. xanthus and show that this bacterium synthesizes c-di-GMP during growth. Manipulation of the c-di-GMP level by expression of either an active, heterologous diguanylate cyclase or an active, heterologous phosphodiesterase correlated with defects in type IV pilus (T4P)-dependent motility, whereas gliding motility was unaffected. An increased level of c-di-GMP correlated with reduced transcription of the pilA gene (which encodes the major pilin of T4P), reduced the assembly of T4P, and altered cell agglutination, whereas a decreased c-di-GMP level correlated with altered cell agglutination. The systematic inactivation of the 24 genes in M. xanthus encoding proteins containing GGDEF, EAL, or HD-GYP domains, which are associated with c-di-GMP synthesis, degradation, or binding, identified three genes encoding proteins important for T4P-dependent motility, whereas all mutants had normal gliding motility. Purified DmxA had diguanylate cyclase activity, whereas the hybrid histidine protein kinases TmoK and SgmT, each of which contains a GGDEF domain, did not have diguanylate cyclase activity. These results demonstrate that c-di-GMP is important for T4P-dependent motility in M. xanthus. IMPORTANCE We provide the first direct evidence that M. xanthus synthesizes c-di-GMP and demonstrate that c-di-GMP is important for T4P-dependent motility, whereas we did not obtain evidence that c-di-GMP regulates gliding motility. The data presented uncovered a novel mechanism for regulation of T4P-dependent motility, in which increased levels of c-di-GMP inhibit transcription of the pilA gene (which encodes the major pilin of T4P), ultimately resulting in the reduced assembly of T4P. Moreover, we identified an enzymatically active diguanylate cyclase that is important for T4P-dependent motility. PMID:26124238

  18. Exposure to di-2-ethylhexyl phthalate, di-n-butyl phthalate and bisphenol A through infant formulas.

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    Cirillo, Teresa; Latini, Giuseppe; Castaldi, Maria Antonietta; Dipaola, Lucia; Fasano, Evelina; Esposito, Francesco; Scognamiglio, Gelsomina; Francesco, Fabio Di; Cobellis, Luigi

    2015-04-01

    Phthalates and bisphenol A (BPA) are ubiquitous contaminants identified as endocrine disruptors. Phthalates are worldwide used as plasticizers, in particular to improve the mechanical properties of polymers such as polyvinyl chloride. Because they are not chemically bound to the polymer, they tend to leach out with time and use. Di-2-ethylhexyl phthalate (DEHP) and di-n-butyl phthalate (DnBP) are the two most common phthalates. BPA is an estrogenic compound used to manufacture polycarbonate containers for food and drink, including baby bottles. It can migrate from container into foods, especially at elevated temperatures. Diet is a predominant source of exposure for phthalates and BPA, especially for infants. The aim of this study was to test the presence of DEHP, DnBP, and BPA in infant formulas. DEHP, DnBP, and BPA concentrations were measured in 22 liquid and 28 powder milks by gas chromatography with flame ionization detection and high performance liquid chromatography with fluorimetric detection, respectively. DEHP concentrations in our samples were between 0.005 and 5.088 μg/g (median 0.906 μg/g), DnBP concentrations were between 0.008 and 1.297 μg/g (median 0.053 μg/g), and BPA concentrations were between 0.003 and 0.375 μg/g (median 0.015 μg/g). Concentrations of the investigated contaminants in liquid and powder milks were not significantly different, even though samples were packed in different types of containers. These data point out potential hazards for infants fed with baby formulas. Contamination seems more related to the production of formulas than to a release from containers. PMID:25730646

  19. DECHLORINATION ACTIVITY (CROSS-ACCLIMATION) OF FRESHWATER SEDIMENTS ADAPTED TO MONO- AND DI-CHLOROPHENOLS

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    The reductive dechlorination of chlorophenols (CPs) in sediment slurries (10% solids) adapted to dechlorinate mono- and di-CPs (DCP) was investigated to define the regiospecificity of the dechlorination reaction. nadapted sediment slurries amended with various ortho-substituted C...

  20. Combination of diOlistic labeling with retrograde tract tracing and immunohistochemistry.

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    Neely, M Diana; Stanwood, Gregg D; Deutch, Ariel Y

    2009-11-15

    Neuronal staining techniques have played a crucial role in the analysis of neuronal function. Several different staining techniques have been developed to allow morphological analyses of neurons. DiOlistic labeling, in which beads are coated with a lipophilic dye and then ballistically ejected onto brain tissue, has recently been introduced as a useful and simple means to label neurons and glia in their entirety. Although diOlistic labeling provides detailed information on the morphology of neurons, combining this approach with other staining methods is a significant advance. We have developed protocols that result in high quality diOlistically- and retrogradely-labeled or diOlistically-immunohistochemically labeled neurons. These dual-label methods require modification of fixation parameters and the restricted use of detergents for tissue permeabilization, and are readily applicable to a wide range of tracers and antibodies. PMID:19712695

  1. D.O.P. and D.I. secured room, looking southeast towards the map ...

    Library of Congress Historic Buildings Survey, Historic Engineering Record, Historic Landscapes Survey

    D.O.P. and D.I. secured room, looking southeast towards the map rack sliding panels and the east mural - March Air Force Base, Strategic Air Command, Combat Operations Center, 5220 Riverside Drive, Moreno Valley, Riverside County, CA

  2. DEVELOPMENTAL TOXICITY OF DI- AND TETRACHLOROETHANE AND DICHLOROPROPANE IN EMBRYO CULTURE

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    DEVELOPMENTAL TOXICITY OF DI- AND TETRACHLOROETHANE AND DICHLOROPROPANE IN EMBRYO CULTURE. JE Andrews, H Nichols, and ES Hunter. Reproductive Toxicology Division, NHEERL, USEPA, RTP, NC.

    Disinfection of drinking water with chlorine results in numerous chlorinated byprodu...

  3. The expanding roles of c-di-GMP in the biosynthesis of exopolysaccharides and secondary metabolites.

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    Liang, Zhao-Xun

    2015-05-01

    The cyclic dinucleotide c-di-GMP has emerged in the last decade as a prevalent intracellular messenger that orchestrates the transition between the motile and sessile lifestyles of many bacterial species. The motile-to-sessile transition is often associated with the formation of extracellular matrix-encased biofilm, an organized community of bacterial cells that often contributes to antibiotic resistance and host-pathogen interaction. It is increasingly clear that c-di-GMP controls motility, biofilm formation and bacterial pathogenicity partially through regulating the production of exopolysaccharides (EPS) and small-molecule secondary metabolites. This review summarizes our current understanding of the regulation of EPS biosynthesis by c-di-GMP in a diversity of bacterial species and highlights the emerging role of c-di-GMP in the biosynthesis of small-molecule secondary metabolites. PMID:25666534

  4. Dictyostelium uses the prokaryote messenger c-di-GMP to trigger stalk cell differentiation

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    Chen, Zhi-hui; Schaap, Pauline

    2014-01-01

    Cyclic di-(3′:5′)-guanosine monophosphate (c-di-GMP) is a major prokaryote signalling intermediate, which is synthesized by diguanylate cyclases and triggers sessility and biofilm formation1,2. We detected the first eukaryote diguanylate cyclases (DgcAs) in all major groups of Dictyostelia. Upon food depletion, Dictyostelium discoideum amoebas collect into aggregates, which first transform into migrating slugs and next into sessile fruiting structures. These structures consist of a spherical spore mass that is supported by a column of stalk cells and a basal disk. A polyketide, DIF-1, was isolated earlier, which induces stalk-like cells in vitro3. However, its role in vivo proved recently to be restricted to basal disk formation4. Here we show that Dictyostelium DgcA produces c-di-GMP as the morphogen responsible for stalk cell differentiation. D.discoideum DgcA synthesized c-di-GMP in a GTP-dependent manner and was expressed at the slug tip, the site of stalk cell differentiation. Disruption of the DgcA gene blocked the transition from slug migration to fructification and the expression of stalk genes. Fructification and stalk formation were restored by exposing dgca- slugs to wild-type secretion products or to c-di-GMP. Moreover, c-di-GMP, but not c-di-AMP, induced stalk gene expression in dilute cell monolayers. Apart from identifying the long elusive stalk-inducing morphogen, our work also identifies the first role for c-di-GMP in eukaryotes. PMID:22864416

  5. BrlR from Pseudomonas aeruginosa is a c-di-GMP-responsive transcription factor

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    Chambers, Jacob R.; Liao, Julie; Schurr, Michael J.; Sauer, Karin

    2014-01-01

    The transcriptional regulator BrlR is a member of the MerR family of multidrug transport activators that contributes to the high-level drug tolerance of Pseudomonas aeruginosa biofilms. While MerR regulators are known to activate both the expression of multidrug efflux pump genes and their own transcription upon inducer-binding, little is known about BrlR activation. We demonstrate using promoter reporter strains, in vivo and in vitro DNA-binding assays combined with 5’RACE, that BrlR binds to its own promoter, likely via a MerR-like palindromic sequence. Unlike known MerR multidrug transport activators, BrlR and brlR expression are not activated by multidrug transporter substrates. Instead, BrlR-DNA binding was enhanced by the secondary messenger c-di-GMP. In addition to enhanced BrlR-DNA binding, c-di-GMP levels contributed to PbrlR promoter activity in initial attached cells with elevated c-di-GMP levels correlating with increased expression of brlR. While not harboring amino acid motifs resembling previously defined c-di-GMP-binding domains, BrlR was found to bind c-di-GMP in vitro at a ratio of one c-di-GMP per two BrlR. Crosslinking assays confirmed dimer formation to be enhanced in the presence of elevated c-di-GMP levels. Our findings demonstrate BrlR to be an unusual MerR-family member in that BrlR function and expression require the secondary messenger c-di-GMP. PMID:24612375

  6. c-di-GMP signaling regulates E. coli O157:H7 adhesion to colonic epithelium.

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    Hu, Jia; Wang, Baolin; Fang, Xin; Means, Warrie J; McCormick, Richard J; Gomelsky, Mark; Zhu, Mei-Jun

    2013-06-28

    Escherichia coli O157:H7 is an important foodborne pathogen that causes serious illness in humans at low infectious doses. The main source of infections is beef or greens contaminated with E. coli O157:H7 shed by cattle. Here we investigated the role of c-di-GMP-dependent signal transduction in cattle gut colonization of E. coli O157:H7. To manipulate intracellular c-di-GMP levels, we introduced into E. coli O157:H7 a c-di-GMP specific phosphodiesterase (PDE). Liquid chromatography tandem mass spectrometry analysis confirmed that in E. coli O157:H7, over-expression of PDE decreased c-di-GMP level. Consistent with the altered c-di-GMP level, PDE overexpression resulted in decreased biofilm formation in E. coli O157:H7. Furthermore, this diminished c-di-GMP levels reduced adhesion of E. coli O157:H7 to both cultured HT-29 cells and cattle colon explants. Consistently, mRNA levels of genes involved in adhesion were down-regulated including genes encoding E. coli common pili, long polar fimbriae 1, hemorrhagic coli pilus, as well as intimin and tir. We further observed decreased curli fimbriae synthesis in the strain with decreased c-di-GMP levels, which was supported by the reduction in the transcription of curli large subunit gene csgA and the curli expression regulator gene csgD. Genes for enterocyte effacement encoded regulator (Ler) and type III secretion system effectors, EspA and EspB, were also down-regulated. Collectively, data indicated that c-di-GMP signaling positively regulates E. coli O157:H7 intestinal epithelial cell and tissue colonization and expression of associated adhesion factors. PMID:23528649

  7. Additive property of secondary relaxation processes in di-n-octyl and di-isooctyl phthalates: Signature of non-Johari-Goldstein relaxation

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    Kaminska, Ewa; Kaminski, Kamil; Paluch, Marian; Ziolo, Jerzy; Ngai, K. L.

    2007-05-01

    Broadband dielectric spectroscopy was used to study relaxation dynamics of supercooled di-n-octyl phthalate, di-isooctyl phthalate, and their mixtures. Additionally, low temperature measurements were performed to investigate the nature of the secondary relaxation processes in both glass formers. The authors found that the secondary relaxation observed in the mixture is the additive sum of the secondary relaxations of the two components. This experimental evidence indicates that these secondary relaxation processes are intramolecular in origin, and they are non-Johari-Goldstein secondary relaxations.

  8. Bacterial Signal Transduction by Cyclic Di-GMP and Other Nucleotide Second Messengers.

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    Hengge, Regine; Gründling, Angelika; Jenal, Urs; Ryan, Robert; Yildiz, Fitnat

    2016-01-01

    The first International Symposium on c-Di-GMP Signaling in Bacteria (22 to 25 March 2015, Harnack-Haus, Berlin, Germany)brought together 131 molecular microbiologists from 17 countries to discuss recent progress in our knowledge of bacterial nucleotide second messenger signaling. While the focus was on signal input, synthesis, degradation, and the striking diversity of the modes of action of the current second messenger paradigm, i.e., cyclic di-GMP (c-di-GMP), “classics” like cAMP and (p)ppGpp were also presented, in novel facets, and more recent “newcomers,” such as c-di-AMP and c-AMP-GMP, made an impressive appearance. A number of clear trends emerged during the 30 talks, on the 71 posters, and in the lively discussions, including (i)c-di-GMP control of the activities of various ATPases and phosphorylation cascades, (ii) extensive cross talk between c-di-GMP and other nucleotide second messenger signaling pathways, and (iii) a stunning number of novel effectors for nucleotide second messengers that surprisingly include some long-known master regulators of developmental pathways. Overall, the conference made it amply clear that second messenger signaling is currently one of the most dynamic fields within molecular microbiology,with major impacts in research fields ranging from human health to microbial ecology. PMID:26055111

  9. Identification of Ligand Analogs that Control c-di-GMP Riboswitches

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    Furukawa, Kazuhiro; Gu, Hongzhou; Sudarsan, Narasimhan; Hayakawa, Yoshihiro; Hyodo, Mamoru; Breaker, Ronald R.

    2012-01-01

    Riboswitches for the bacterial second messenger c-di-GMP control the expression of genes involved in numerous cellular processes such as virulence, competence, biofilm formation and flagella synthesis. Therefore, the two known c-di-GMP riboswitch classes represent promising targets for developing novel modulators of bacterial physiology. Here, we examine the binding characteristics of circular and linear c-di-GMP analogs for representatives of both class I and II c-di-GMP riboswitches derived from the pathogenic bacterium Vibrio choleae (class I) and Clostridium difficile (class II). Some compounds exhibit values for apparent dissociation constant (KD) below 1 ?M and associate with riboswitch RNAs during transcription with a speed that is sufficient to influence riboswitch function. These findings are consistent with the published structural models for these riboswitches and suggest that large modifications at various positions on the ligand can be made to create novel compounds that target c-di-GMP riboswitches. Moreover, we demonstrate the potential of an engineered allosteric ribozyme for the rapid screening of chemical libraries for compounds that bind c-di-GMP riboswitches. PMID:22646696

  10. Cyclic di-GMP signalling and the regulation of bacterial virulence

    PubMed Central

    2013-01-01

    Signal transduction pathways involving the second messenger cyclic di-GMP [bis-(3′-5′)-cyclic di-guanosine monophosphate] occur widely in bacteria where they act to link perception of environmental or intracellular cues and signals to specific alterations in cellular function. Such alterations can contribute to bacterial lifestyle transitions including biofilm formation and virulence. The cellular levels of the nucleotide are controlled through the opposing activities of diguanylate cyclases (DGCs) and phosphodiesterases (PDEs). The GGDEF domain of DGCs catalyses the synthesis of cyclic di-GMP from GTP, whereas EAL or HD-GYP domains in different classes of PDE catalyse cyclic di-GMP degradation to pGpG and GMP. We are now beginning to understand how alterations in cyclic di-GMP exert a regulatory action through binding to diverse receptors or effectors that include a small ‘adaptor’ protein domain called PilZ, transcription factors and riboswitches. The regulatory action of enzymically active cyclic di-GMP signalling proteins is, however, not restricted to an influence on the level of nucleotide. Here, I will discuss our recent findings that highlight the role that protein–protein interactions involving these signalling proteins have in regulating functions that contribute to bacterial virulence. PMID:23704785

  11. Cyclic-di-GMP signalling regulates motility and biofilm formation in Bordetella bronchiseptica

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    Sisti, Federico; Ha, Dae-Gon; O'Toole, George A.; Hozbor, Daniela

    2013-01-01

    The signalling molecule bis-(3?5?)-cyclic-dimeric guanosine monophosphate (c-di-GMP) is a central regulator of diverse cellular functions, including motility, biofilm formation, cell cycle progression and virulence, in bacteria. Multiple diguanylate cyclase and phosphodiesterase-domain-containing proteins (GGDEF and EAL/HD-GYP, respectively) modulate the levels of the second messenger c-di-GMP to transmit signals and obtain such specific cellular responses. In the genus Bordetella this c-di-GMP network is poorly studied. In this work, we evaluated the expression of two phenotypes in Bordetella bronchiseptica regulated by c-di-GMP, biofilm formation and motility, under the influence of ectopic expression of Pseudomonas aeruginosa proteins with EAL or GGDEF domains that regulates the c-di-GMP level. In agreement with previous reports for other bacteria, we observed that B. bronchiseptica is able to form biofilm and reduce its motility only when GGDEF domain protein is expressed. Moreover we identify a GGDEF domain protein (BB3576) with diguanylate cyclase activity that participates in motility and biofilm regulation in B. bronchiseptica. These results demonstrate for the first time, to our knowledge, the presence of c-di-GMP regulatory signalling in B. bronchiseptica. PMID:23475948

  12. Hyperpigmentation mechanism of methyl 3,5-di-caffeoylquinate through activation of p38 and MITF induction of tyrosinase.

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    Kim, Hyo Jung; Kim, Jin Sook; Woo, Je-Tae; Lee, Ik-Soo; Cha, Byung-Yoon

    2015-07-01

    Methyl 3,5-di-caffeoylquinate (3,5-diCQM) has been used for the treatment of various diseases in oriental medicine, but its effect on melanogenesis has not been reported yet. In this study, the molecular mechanism of 3,5-diCQM-induced melanogenesis was investigated. It was found that 3,5-diCQM induced synthesis of melanin pigments in murine B16F10 melanoma cells in a concentration-dependent manner. Treatment of cells with 3,5-diCQM for 48 h increased extracellular and intracellular melanin production and tyrosinase activity. The expressions of tyrosinase, tyrosinase-related protein 1 (TRP1), and TRP2 were up-regulated in a dose-dependent manner 48 h after 3,5-diCQM treatment. Western blot analysis showed that 3,5-diCQM increased the phosphorylation of p38 mitogen-activated protein kinase and cAMP responsive element binding as well as the expression of microphthalmia-associated transcription factor. In addition, 3,5-diCQM-stimulated cAMP production, and 3,5-diCQM-induced tyrosinase activity and melanin synthesis were attenuated by H89, a protein kinase A inhibitor. These results suggested that 3,5-diCQM-mediated activation of the p38 pathway may represent a novel approach for an effective therapy for vitiligo and hair graying. PMID:26018825

  13. An HD-domain phosphodiesterase mediates cooperative hydrolysis of c-di-AMP to affect bacterial growth and virulence

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    Huynh, TuAnh Ngoc; Luo, Shukun; Pensinger, Daniel; Sauer, John-Demian; Tong, Liang; Woodward, Joshua J.

    2015-01-01

    The nucleotide cyclic di-3′,5′- adenosine monophosphate (c-di-AMP) was recently identified as an essential and widespread second messenger in bacterial signaling. Among c-di-AMP–producing bacteria, altered nucleotide levels result in several physiological defects and attenuated virulence. Thus, a detailed molecular understanding of c-di-AMP metabolism is of both fundamental and practical interest. Currently, c-di-AMP degradation is recognized solely among DHH-DHHA1 domain-containing phosphodiesterases. Using chemical proteomics, we identified the Listeria monocytogenes protein PgpH as a molecular target of c-di-AMP. Biochemical and structural studies revealed that the PgpH His-Asp (HD) domain bound c-di-AMP with high affinity and specifically hydrolyzed this nucleotide to 5′-pApA. PgpH hydrolysis activity was inhibited by ppGpp, indicating a cross-talk between c-di-AMP signaling and the stringent response. Genetic analyses supported coordinated regulation of c-di-AMP levels in and out of the host. Intriguingly, a L. monocytogenes mutant that lacks c-di-AMP phosphodiesterases exhibited elevated c-di-AMP levels, hyperinduced a host type-I IFN response, and was significantly attenuated for infection. Furthermore, PgpH homologs, which belong to the 7TMR-HD family, are widespread among hundreds of c-di-AMP synthesizing microorganisms. Thus, PgpH represents a broadly conserved class of c-di-AMP phosphodiesterase with possibly other physiological functions in this crucial signaling network. PMID:25583510

  14. Laser Ablation Characterization in Laboratori Nazionali di Legnaro

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    Scarpa, D.; Nicolosi, P.; Franci, A.; Tomaselli, A.; Manzolaro, M.; Corradetti, S.; Vasquez, J.; Rossignoli, M.; Calderolla, M.; Monetti, A.; Andrighetto, A.; Prete, G.

    2014-04-01

    Using high power laser focalized into a target material generates plasma and it has the consequence to immediately extract and ionize atoms from the target itself. This process is the starting point to have a simple and compact ion source, usually named Laser Ion Source (LIS). This kind of sources are arising in the scenario of ion sources especially in refractory elements ions production, where the atomization of the material to ionize is the main issue because of its high evaporating temperature. These considerations and the fact that ion sources are becoming nowadays more and more important to several fields of science and technology, open an interesting line of research that our group at Laboratori Nazionali di Legnaro wants to investigate. Experiment involves characterization of produced ions by measuring charge state and amount of ions created. Measurements will be performed with several power densities and varying ions collector distance and potential respect to the target. These simple experiments are the necessary preliminary steps to characterize the system and to start a solid future development onto possible different and effective ways to perform ions sources using laser.

  15. Mono-, Di-, or Trimorphism in Black Sea Ammonia sp.

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    Altenbach, Alexander V.; Bassler, Barbara

    2014-05-01

    For the genus Ammonia, the size of proloculi was considered one of the valuable taxonomic landmarks, although it may split in first alternating generations. We analysed 140 living (stained) tests of Ammonia sp. from the outer shelf of the Black Sea, collected from 5 stations on a depth gradient (138 to 206 m water depth). Samples were treated by standard technologies, such as live staining, wet sieving, volume detection, counts, and measures by light microscopy. The size of the proloculi was detected, extended by biometric characterisations of 11 measures, 5 qualitative characters, and 4 numerical ratios. Surprisingly, the multitude of test parameters allows the definition of either one highly variable taxon, or several species, or either di- or trimorphism, exclusively resulting from the definition of 'decisive' or 'neglectable' parameters, or parameter subsets. We followed the general taxonomic definition for the species of the genera, and applied, discussed and rejected published criteria considered as taxonomically important. Surprisingly, in result none of the species described hitherto fully correlates with the morphological roundup observed. It is a new species. This conclusion mainly results from the balance of all morphologies, and not from the selection of an ultimate subset.

  16. Sensitive and fast mapping of di-base encoded reads

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    Hormozdiari, Farhad; Hach, Faraz; Sahinalp, S. Cenk; Eichler, Evan E.; Alkan, Can

    2011-01-01

    Motivation: Discovering variation among high-throughput sequenced genomes relies on efficient and effective mapping of sequence reads. The speed, sensitivity and accuracy of read mapping are crucial to determining the full spectrum of single nucleotide variants (SNVs) as well as structural variants (SVs) in the donor genomes analyzed. Results: We present drFAST, a read mapper designed for di-base encoded color-space sequences generated with the AB SOLiD platform. drFAST is specially designed for better delineation of structural variants, including segmental duplications, and is able to return all possible map locations and underlying sequence variation of short reads within a user-specified distance threshold. We show that drFAST is more sensitive in comparison to all commonly used aligners such as Bowtie, BFAST and SHRiMP. drFAST is also faster than both BFAST and SHRiMP and achieves a mapping speed comparable to Bowtie. Availability: The source code for drFAST is available at http://drfast.sourceforge.net Contact: calkan@u.washington.edu PMID:21586516

  17. DhhP, a cyclic di-AMP phosphodiesterase of Borrelia burgdorferi, is essential for cell growth and virulence.

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    Ye, Meiping; Zhang, Jun-Jie; Fang, Xin; Lawlis, Gavin B; Troxell, Bryan; Zhou, Yan; Gomelsky, Mark; Lou, Yongliang; Yang, X Frank

    2014-05-01

    Cyclic di-AMP (c-di-AMP) is a recently discovered second messenger in bacteria. Most of work on c-di-AMP signaling has been done in Gram-positive bacteria, firmicutes, and actinobacteria, where c-di-AMP signaling pathways affect potassium transport, cell wall structure, and antibiotic resistance. Little is known about c-di-AMP signaling in other bacteria. Borrelia burgdorferi, the causative agent of Lyme disease, is a spirochete that has a Gram-negative dual membrane. In this study, we demonstrated that B. burgdorferi BB0619, a DHH-DHHA1 domain protein (herein designated DhhP), functions as c-di-AMP phosphodiesterase. Recombinant DhhP hydrolyzed c-di-AMP to pApA in a Mn(2+)- or Mg(2+)-dependent manner. In contrast to c-di-AMP phosphodiesterases reported thus far, DhhP appears to be essential for B. burgdorferi growth both in vitro and in the mammalian host. Inactivation of the chromosomal dhhP gene could be achieved only in the presence of a plasmid-encoded inducible dhhP gene. The conditional dhhP mutant had a dramatic increase in intracellular c-di-AMP level in comparison to the isogenic wild-type strain. Unlike what has been observed in Gram-positive bacteria, elevated cellular c-di-AMP in B. burgdorferi did not result in an increased resistance to ?-lactamase antibiotics, suggesting that c-di-AMP's functions in spirochetes differ from those in Gram-positive bacteria. In addition, the dhhP mutant was defective in induction of the ?(S) factor, RpoS, and the RpoS-dependent outer membrane virulence factor OspC, which uncovers an important role of c-di-AMP in B. burgdorferi virulence. PMID:24566626

  18. Comment on "Competition for consciousness among visual events: the psychophysics of reentrant visual processes" (Di Lollo, Enns, & Rensink, 2000).

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    Francis, Gregory; Hermens, Frouke

    2002-12-01

    V. Di Lolo, J. T. Enns, and R. A. Rensink (2000) reported properties of masking that they claimed were inconsistent with all current models. The current authors show, through computer simulation, that many current models can account for V. Di Lollo et al.'s (2000) data. Although V. Di Lollo et al. (2000) argued that their data could be accounted for only with models that incorporate reentrant processing, the current authors show that reentrant processing is not necessary. PMID:12500865

  19. Nuclease-Resistant c-di-AMP Derivatives That Differentially Recognize RNA and Protein Receptors.

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    Meehan, Robert E; Torgerson, Chad D; Gaffney, Barbara L; Jones, Roger A; Strobel, Scott A

    2016-02-16

    The ability of bacteria to sense environmental cues and adapt is essential for their survival. The use of second-messenger signaling molecules to translate these cues into a physiological response is a common mechanism employed by bacteria. The second messenger 3'-5'-cyclic diadenosine monophosphate (c-di-AMP) has been linked to a diverse set of biological processes involved in maintaining cell viability and homeostasis, as well as pathogenicity. A complex network of both protein and RNA receptors inside the cell activates specific pathways and mediates phenotypic outputs in response to c-di-AMP. Structural analysis of these RNA and protein receptors has revealed the different recognition elements employed by these effectors to bind the same small molecule. Herein, using a series of c-di-AMP analogues, we probed the interactions made with a riboswitch and a phosphodiesterase protein to identify the features important for c-di-AMP binding and recognition. We found that the ydaO riboswitch binds c-di-AMP in two discrete sites with near identical affinity and a Hill coefficient of 1.6. The ydaO riboswitch distinguishes between c-di-AMP and structurally related second messengers by discriminating against an amine at the C2 position more than a carbonyl at the C6 position. We also identified phosphate-modified analogues that bind both the ydaO RNA and GdpP protein with high affinity, whereas symmetrically modified ribose analogues exhibited a substantial decrease in ydaO affinity but retained high affinity for GdpP. These ligand modifications resulted in increased resistance to enzyme-catalyzed hydrolysis by the GdpP enzyme. Together, these data suggest that these c-di-AMP analogues could be useful as chemical tools to specifically target subsections of second-messenger signaling pathways. PMID:26789423

  20. Structural and Biochemical Determinants of Ligand Binding by the c-di-GMP Riboswitch

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    Smith, K.; Lipchock, S; Livingston,; Shanahan, C; Strobel, S

    2010-01-01

    The bacterial second messenger c-di-GMP is used in many species to control essential processes that allow the organism to adapt to its environment. The c-di-GMP riboswitch (GEMM) is an important downstream target in this signaling pathway and alters gene expression in response to changing concentrations of c-di-GMP. The riboswitch selectively recognizes its second messenger ligand primarily through contacts with two critical nucleotides. However, these two nucleotides are not the most highly conserved residues within the riboswitch sequence. Instead, nucleotides that stack with c-di-GMP and that form tertiary RNA contacts are the most invariant. Biochemical and structural evidence reveals that the most common natural variants are able to make alternative pairing interactions with both guanine bases of the ligand. Additionally, a high-resolution (2.3 {angstrom}) crystal structure of the native complex reveals that a single metal coordinates the c-di-GMP backbone. Evidence is also provided that after transcription of the first nucleotide on the 3{prime}-side of the P1 helix, which is predicted to be the molecular switch, the aptamer is functional for ligand binding. Although large energetic effects occur when several residues in the RNA are altered, mutations at the most conserved positions, rather than at positions that base pair with c-di-GMP, have the most detrimental effects on binding. Many mutants retain sufficient c-di-GMP affinity for the RNA to remain biologically relevant, which suggests that this motif is quite resilient to mutation.

  1. Nuclease-resistant c-di-AMP derivatives that differentially recognize RNA and protein receptors

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    Meehan, Robert E.; Torgerson, Chad D.; Gaffney, Barbara L.; Jones, Roger A.; Strobel, Scott A.

    2016-01-01

    The ability of bacteria to sense environmental cues and adapt is essential for their survival. The use of second-messenger signaling molecules to translate these cues into a physiological response is a common mechanism employed by bacteria. The second messenger 3’-5’-cyclic diadenosine monophosphate (c-di-AMP) has been linked to a diverse set of biological processes involved in maintaining cell viability and homeostasis, as well as pathogenicity. A complex network of both protein and RNA receptors inside the cell activate specific pathways and mediate phenotypic outputs in response to c-di-AMP. Structural analysis of these RNA and protein receptors has revealed the different recognition elements employed by these effectors to bind the same small molecule. Herein, using a series of c-di-AMP analogs, we probed the interactions made with a riboswitch and a phosphodiesterase protein to identify the features important for c-di-AMP binding and recognition. We found that the ydaO riboswitch binds c-di-AMP in two discrete sites with near identical affinity and a Hill coefficient of 1.6. The ydaO riboswitch distinguishes between c-di-AMP and structurally related second messengers by discriminating against an amine at the C2 position, more than a carbonyl at the C6 position. We also identified phosphate-modified analogs that bind both the ydaO RNA and GdpP protein with high affinity, while symmetrically-modified ribose analogs exhibited a substantial decrease in ydaO affinity, but retained high affinity for GdpP. These ligand modifications resulted in increased resistance to enzyme-catalyzed hydrolysis by the GdpP enzyme. Together, these data suggest that these c-di-AMP analogs could be useful as chemical tools to specifically target subsections of the second-messenger signaling pathways. PMID:26789423

  2. Boosted di-boson from a mixed heavy stop

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    Ghosh, Diptimoy

    2013-12-01

    The lighter mass eigenstate ($\\widetilde{t}_1$) of the two top squarks, the scalar superpartners of the top quark, is extremely difficult to discover if it is almost degenerate with the lightest neutralino ($\\widetilde{\\chi}_1^0$), the lightest and stable supersymmetric particle in the R-parity conserving supersymmetry. The current experimental bound on $\\widetilde{t}_1$ mass in this scenario stands only around 200 GeV. For such a light $\\widetilde{t}_1$, the heavier top squark ($\\widetilde{t}_2$) can also be around the TeV scale. Moreover, the high value of the higgs ($h$) mass prefers the left and right handed top squarks to be highly mixed allowing the possibility of a considerable branching ratio for $\\widetilde{t}_2 \\to \\widetilde{t}_1 h$ and $\\widetilde{t}_2 \\to \\widetilde{t}_1 Z$. In this paper, we explore the above possibility together with the pair production of $\\widetilde{t}_2$ $\\widetilde{t}_2^*$ giving rise to the spectacular di-boson + missing transverse energy final state. For an approximately 1 TeV $\\widetilde{t}_2$ and a few hundred GeV $\\widetilde{t}_1$ the final state particles can be moderately boosted which encourages us to propose a novel search strategy employing the jet substructure technique to tag the boosted $h$ and $Z$. The reconstruction of the $h$ and $Z$ momenta also allows us to construct the stransverse mass $M_{T2}$ providing an additional efficient handle to fight the backgrounds. We show that a 4--5$\\sigma$ signal can be observed at the 14 TeV LHC for $\\sim$ 1 TeV $\\widetilde{t}_2$ with 100 fb$^{-1}$ integrated luminosity.

  3. A minimalist biosensor: Quantitation of cyclic di-GMP using the conformational change of a riboswitch aptamer.

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    Kellenberger, Colleen A; Sales-Lee, Jade; Pan, Yuchen; Gassaway, Madalee M; Herr, Amy E; Hammond, Ming C

    2015-11-01

    Cyclic di-GMP (c-di-GMP) is a second messenger that is important in regulating bacterial physiology and behavior, including motility and virulence. Many questions remain about the role and regulation of this signaling molecule, but current methods of detection are limited by either modest sensitivity or requirements for extensive sample purification. We have taken advantage of a natural, high affinity receptor of c-di-GMP, the Vc2 riboswitch aptamer, to develop a sensitive and rapid electrophoretic mobility shift assay (EMSA) for c-di-GMP quantitation that required minimal engineering of the RNA. PMID:26114964

  4. Di-(2-ethylhexyl) adipate and 20 phthalates in composite food samples from the 2013 Canadian Total Diet Study.

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    Cao, Xu-Liang; Zhao, Wendy; Dabeka, Robert

    2015-01-01

    A sensitive and selective GC-MS method was developed and used for simultaneous analysis of di-(2-ethylhexyl) adipate (DEHA) and 20 selected phthalates in the food samples from the 2013 Canadian Total Diet Study. At least one of the 21 target chemicals was detected in 141 of the 159 different food composite samples analysed. However, only seven of the 21 target chemicals were detected, with di-(2-ethylhexyl) phthalate (DEHP) and DEHA being detected most frequently, in 111 and 91 different food composite samples, respectively, followed by di-n-butyl phthalate (DBP) (n = 44), n-butyl benzyl phthalate (BBzP) (32), di-iso-butyl phthalate (DiBP) (27), di-ethyl phthalate (DEP) (3), and di-cyclohexyl phthalate (DCHP) (1). Levels of DEP (di-ethyl phthalate), DiBP, DBP, BBzP and DCHP were low, in general, with average concentrations of 9.63, 8.26, 23.2, 12.4 and 64.9ngg(-1), respectively. Levels of DEHA and DEHP varied widely, ranging from 1.4 to 6010ngg(-1) and from 14.4 to 714ngg(-1), respectively. High levels of DEHA were found mainly in the composite samples where the individual food items used to prepare the composite were likely packaged in polyvinyl chloride (PVC) wrapping film, while the highest DEHP levels were found in the vegetable and fruit samples. PMID:26359692

  5. Liposomes loaded with a STING pathway ligand, cyclic di-GMP, enhance cancer immunotherapy against metastatic melanoma.

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    Nakamura, Takashi; Miyabe, Hiroko; Hyodo, Mamoru; Sato, Yusuke; Hayakawa, Yoshihiro; Harashima, Hideyoshi

    2015-10-28

    Malignant melanomas escape immunosurveillance via the loss/down-regulation of MHC-I expression. Natural killer (NK) cells have the potential to function as essential effector cells for eliminating melanomas. Cyclic di-GMP (c-di-GMP), a ligand of the stimulator of interferon genes (STING) signal pathway, can be thought of as a new class of adjuvant against cancer. However, it is yet to be tested, because technologies for delivering c-di-GMP to the cytosol are required. Herein, we report that c-di-GMP efficiently activates NK cells and induces antitumor effects against malignant melanomas when loaded in YSK05 lipid containing liposomes, by assisting in the efficient delivery of c-di-GMP to the cytosol. The intravenous administration of c-di-GMP encapsulated within YSK05-liposomes (c-di-GMP/YSK05-Lip) into mice efficiently induced the production of type I interferon (IFN) as well as the activation of NK cells, resulting in a significant antitumor effect in a lung metastasis mouse model using B16-F10. This antitumor effect was dominated by NK cells. The infiltration of NK cells was observed in the lungs with B16-F10 melanomas. These findings indicate that the c-di-GMP/YSK05-Lip induces MHC-I non-restricted antitumor immunity mediated by NK cells. Consequently, c-di-GMP/YSK05-Lip represents a potentially new adjuvant system for use in immunotherapy against malignant melanomas. PMID:26282097

  6. Bilaterally Symmetric Populations of Chicken dI1 (Commissural) Axons Cross the Floor Plate Independently of Each Other

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    Phan, Keith D.; Butler, Samantha J.

    2013-01-01

    Axons use temporal and directional guidance cues at intermediate targets to set the rate and direction of growth towards their synaptic targets. Our recent studies have shown that disrupting the temporal guidance process, by unilaterally accelerating the rate at which spinal dI1 (commissural) axons grow, resulted in turning errors both in the ventral spinal cord and after crossing the floor plate. Here we investigate a mechanistic explanation for these defects: the accelerated dI1 axons arrive in the ventral spinal cord before necessary fasciculation cues from incoming dI1 axons from the opposite side of the spinal cord. The identification of such an interaction would support a model of selective fasciculation whereby the pioneering dI1 axons serve as guides for the processes of the bilaterally symmetrical population of dI1 neurons. To test this model, we first developed the ability to “double” in ovo electroporate the embryonic chicken spinal cord to independently manipulate the rate of growth of the two bilateral populations of dI1 axons. Second, we examined the requirement for a putative bilateral interaction by unilaterally ablating the dI1 population in cultured explants of chicken embryonic spinal cord. Surprisingly, we find no evidence for a bilateral dI1 axon interaction, rather dI1 axons appear to project independently of each other. PMID:23646165

  7. Systematic Identification of Cyclic-di-GMP Binding Proteins in Vibrio cholerae Reveals a Novel Class of Cyclic-di-GMP-Binding ATPases Associated with Type II Secretion Systems.

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    Roelofs, Kevin G; Jones, Christopher J; Helman, Sarah R; Shang, Xiaoran; Orr, Mona W; Goodson, Jonathan R; Galperin, Michael Y; Yildiz, Fitnat H; Lee, Vincent T

    2015-10-01

    Cyclic-di-GMP (c-di-GMP) is a ubiquitous bacterial signaling molecule that regulates a variety of complex processes through a diverse set of c-di-GMP receptor proteins. We have utilized a systematic approach to identify c-di-GMP receptors from the pathogen Vibrio cholerae using the Differential Radial Capillary Action of Ligand Assay (DRaCALA). The DRaCALA screen identified a majority of known c-di-GMP binding proteins in V. cholerae and revealed a novel c-di-GMP binding protein, MshE (VC0405), an ATPase associated with the mannose sensitive hemagglutinin (MSHA) type IV pilus. The known c-di-GMP binding proteins identified by DRaCALA include diguanylate cyclases, phosphodiesterases, PilZ domain proteins and transcription factors VpsT and VpsR, indicating that the DRaCALA-based screen of open reading frame libraries is a feasible approach to uncover novel receptors of small molecule ligands. Since MshE lacks the canonical c-di-GMP-binding motifs, a truncation analysis was utilized to locate the c-di-GMP binding activity to the N-terminal T2SSE_N domain. Alignment of MshE homologs revealed candidate conserved residues responsible for c-di-GMP binding. Site-directed mutagenesis of these candidate residues revealed that the Arg9 residue is required for c-di-GMP binding. The ability of c-di-GMP binding to MshE to regulate MSHA dependent processes was evaluated. The R9A allele, in contrast to the wild type MshE, was unable to complement the ΔmshE mutant for the production of extracellular MshA to the cell surface, reduction in flagella swimming motility, attachment to surfaces and formation of biofilms. Testing homologs of MshE for binding to c-di-GMP identified the type II secretion ATPase of Pseudomonas aeruginosa (PA14_29490) as a c-di-GMP receptor, indicating that type II secretion and type IV pili are both regulated by c-di-GMP. PMID:26506097

  8. Systematic Identification of Cyclic-di-GMP Binding Proteins in Vibrio cholerae Reveals a Novel Class of Cyclic-di-GMP-Binding ATPases Associated with Type II Secretion Systems

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    Shang, Xiaoran; Orr, Mona W.; Goodson, Jonathan R.; Galperin, Michael Y.; Yildiz, Fitnat H.; Lee, Vincent T.

    2015-01-01

    Cyclic-di-GMP (c-di-GMP) is a ubiquitous bacterial signaling molecule that regulates a variety of complex processes through a diverse set of c-di-GMP receptor proteins. We have utilized a systematic approach to identify c-di-GMP receptors from the pathogen Vibrio cholerae using the Differential Radial Capillary Action of Ligand Assay (DRaCALA). The DRaCALA screen identified a majority of known c-di-GMP binding proteins in V. cholerae and revealed a novel c-di-GMP binding protein, MshE (VC0405), an ATPase associated with the mannose sensitive hemagglutinin (MSHA) type IV pilus. The known c-di-GMP binding proteins identified by DRaCALA include diguanylate cyclases, phosphodiesterases, PilZ domain proteins and transcription factors VpsT and VpsR, indicating that the DRaCALA-based screen of open reading frame libraries is a feasible approach to uncover novel receptors of small molecule ligands. Since MshE lacks the canonical c-di-GMP-binding motifs, a truncation analysis was utilized to locate the c-di-GMP binding activity to the N-terminal T2SSE_N domain. Alignment of MshE homologs revealed candidate conserved residues responsible for c-di-GMP binding. Site-directed mutagenesis of these candidate residues revealed that the Arg9 residue is required for c-di-GMP binding. The ability of c-di-GMP binding to MshE to regulate MSHA dependent processes was evaluated. The R9A allele, in contrast to the wild type MshE, was unable to complement the ΔmshE mutant for the production of extracellular MshA to the cell surface, reduction in flagella swimming motility, attachment to surfaces and formation of biofilms. Testing homologs of MshE for binding to c-di-GMP identified the type II secretion ATPase of Pseudomonas aeruginosa (PA14_29490) as a c-di-GMP receptor, indicating that type II secretion and type IV pili are both regulated by c-di-GMP. PMID:26506097

  9. Mechanism of activation of bacterial cellulose synthase by cyclic-di-GMP

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    Morgan, Jacob L. W.; McNamara, Joshua T.; Zimmer, Jochen

    2014-01-01

    The bacterial signaling molecule cyclic-di-GMP stimulates the synthesis of bacterial cellulose, frequently found in biofilms. Bacterial cellulose is synthesized and translocated across the inner membrane by a complex of the cellulose synthase BcsA and BcsB subunits. Here we present crystal structures of the cyclic-di-GMP-activated BcsAB complex. The structures reveal that cyclic-di-GMP releases an auto-inhibited state of the enzyme by breaking a salt bridge which otherwise tethers a conserved gating loop that controls access to and substrate coordination at the active site. Disrupting the salt bridge by mutagenesis generates a constitutively active cellulose synthase. Additionally, the cyclic-di-GMP activated BcsAB complex contains a nascent cellulose polymer whose terminal glucose unit rests at a novel location above BcsAs active site where it is positioned for catalysis. Our mechanistic insights are the first examples of how cyclic-di-GMP allosterically modulates enzymatic functions. PMID:24704788

  10. Cyclic di-GMP Sensing via the Innate Immune Signaling Protein STING

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    Yin, Qian; Tian, Yuan; Kabaleeswaran, Venkataraman; Jiang, Xiaomo; Tu, Daqi; Eck, Michael J.; Chen, Zhijian J.; Wu, Hao

    2013-01-01

    SUMMARY Detection of foreign materials is the first step of successful immune responses. Stimulator of interferon genes (STING) was shown to directly bind cyclic diguanylate monophosphate (c-di-GMP), a bacterial second messenger, and to elicit strong interferon responses. Here we elucidate the structural features of the cytosolic c-di-GMP binding domain (CBD) of STING and its complex with c-di-GMP. The CBD exhibits an α + β fold and is a dimer in the crystal and in solution. Surprisingly, one c-di-GMP molecule binds to the central crevice of a STING dimer, using a series of stacking and hydrogen bonding interactions. We show that STING is autoinhibited by an intramolecular interaction between the CBD and the C-terminal tail (CTT) and that c-di-GMP releases STING from this autoinhibition by displacing the CTT. The structures provide a remarkable example of pathogen-host interactions in which a unique microbial molecule directly engages the innate immune system. PMID:22705373

  11. Structural Insight into the Mechanism of c-di-GMP hydrolysis by EAL domain phosphodiesterases.

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    Tchigvintsev, A.; Xu, X.; Singer, A.; Chang, C.; Brown, G.; Proudfoot, M.; Cui, H.; Flick, R.; Anderson, W.; Joachimiak, A.; Galperin, M.; Savchenko, A.; Yakunin, A.; Biosciences Division; Univ. of Toronto; Northwestern Univ.; NIH

    2010-08-01

    Cyclic diguanylate (or bis-(3'-5') cyclic dimeric guanosine monophosphate; c-di-GMP) is a ubiquitous second messenger that regulates diverse cellular functions, including motility, biofilm formation, cell cycle progression, and virulence in bacteria. In the cell, degradation of c-di-GMP is catalyzed by highly specific EAL domain phosphodiesterases whose catalytic mechanism is still unclear. Here, we purified 13 EAL domain proteins from various organisms and demonstrated that their catalytic activity is associated with the presence of 10 conserved EAL domain residues. The crystal structure of the TBD1265 EAL domain was determined in free state (1.8 {angstrom}) and in complex with c-di-GMP (2.35 {angstrom}), and unveiled the role of conserved residues in substrate binding and catalysis. The structure revealed the presence of two metal ions directly coordinated by six conserved residues, two oxygens of c-di-GMP phosphate, and potential catalytic water molecule. Our results support a two-metal-ion catalytic mechanism of c-di-GMP hydrolysis by EAL domain phosphodiesterases.

  12. Tetrameric c-di-GMP Mediates Effective Transcription Factor Dimerization to Control Streptomyces Development

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    Tschowri, Natalia; Schumacher, MariaA.; Schlimpert, Susan; Chinnam, Nagababu; Findlay, KimC.; Brennan, RichardG.; Buttner, MarkJ.

    2014-01-01

    Summary The cyclic dinucleotide c-di-GMP is a signaling molecule with diverse functions in cellular physiology. Here, we report that c-di-GMP can assemble into a tetramer that mediates the effective dimerization of a transcription factor, BldD, which controls the progression of multicellular differentiation in sporulating actinomycete bacteria. BldD represses expression ofsporulation genes during vegetative growth in a manner that depends on c-di-GMP-mediated dimerization. Structural and biochemical analyses show that tetrameric c-di-GMP links two subunits of BldD through their C-terminal domains, which are otherwise separated by ?10 and thus cannot effect dimerization directly. Binding of the c-di-GMP tetramer by BldD is selective and requires a bipartite RXD-X8-RXXD signature. The findings indicate a unique mechanism of protein dimerization and the ability of nucleotide signaling molecules to assume alternative oligomeric states to effect different functions. PMID:25171413

  13. ANALYSIS OF SPIN-ORBIT MISALIGNMENT IN THE ECLIPSING BINARY DI HERCULIS

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    Philippov, Alexander A.; Rafikov, Roman R.

    2013-05-10

    The eclipsing binary DI Herculis (DI Her) is known to exhibit anomalously slow apsidal precession below the rate predicted by general relativity. Recent measurements of the Rossiter-McLaughlin effect indicate that stellar spins in DI Her are almost orthogonal to the orbital angular momentum, which explains the anomalous precession in agreement with the earlier theoretical suggestion by Shakura. However, these measurements yield only projections of the spin-orbit angles onto the sky plane, leaving the spin projection onto our line of sight unconstrained. Here we describe a method for determining the full three-dimensional spin orientation of the binary components relying on the use of the gravity-darkening effect, which is significant for the rapidly rotating stars in DI Her. Gravity darkening gives rise to a nonuniform brightness distribution over the stellar surface, the pattern of which depends on the stellar spin orientation. Using archival photometric data obtained during multiple eclipses over several decades, we are able to constrain the unknown spin angles in DI Her with this method, finding that the spin axes of both stars lie close to the plane of the sky. Our procedure fully accounts for the precession of stellar spins over the long time span of observations.

  14. Temperature affects c-di-GMP signalling and biofilm formation in Vibrio cholerae.

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    Townsley, Loni; Yildiz, Fitnat H

    2015-11-01

    Biofilm formation is crucial to the environmental survival and transmission of Vibrio cholerae, the facultative human pathogen responsible for the disease cholera. During its infectious cycle, V.?cholerae experiences fluctuations in temperature within the aquatic environment and during the transition between human host and aquatic reservoirs. In this study, we report that biofilm formation is induced at low temperatures through increased levels of the signalling molecule, cyclic diguanylate (c-di-GMP). Strains harbouring in frame deletions of all V.?cholerae genes that are predicted to encode diguanylate cyclases (DGCs) or phosphodiesterases (PDEs) were screened for their involvement in low-temperature-induced biofilm formation and Vibrio polysaccharide gene expression. Of the 52 mutants tested, deletions of six DGCs and three PDEs were found to affect these phenotypes at low temperatures. Unlike wild type, a strain lacking all six DGCs did not exhibit a low-temperature-dependent increase in c-di-GMP, indicating that these DGCs are required for temperature modulation of c-di-GMP levels. We also show that temperature modulates c-di-GMP levels in a similar fashion in the Gram-negative pathogen Pseudomonas aeruginosa but not in the Gram-positive pathogen Listeria monocytogenes. This study uncovers the role of temperature in environmental regulation of biofilm formation and c-di-GMP signalling. PMID:25684220

  15. Engineering a Novel c-di-GMP-Binding Protein for Biofilm Dispersal

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    Ma, Qun; Yang, Zhonghua; Pu, Mingming; Peti, Wolfgang; Wood, Thomas K.

    2010-01-01

    SUMMARY Bacteria prefer to grow attached to themselves or an interface, and it is important for an array of applications to make biofilms disperse. Here we report simultaneously the discovery and protein engineering of BdcA (formerly YjgI) for biofilm dispersal using the universal signal 3,5-cyclic diguanylic acid (c-di-GMP). The bdcA deletion reduced biofilm dispersal, and production of BdcA increased biofilm dispersal to wild-type levels. Since BdcA increases motility and extracellular DNA production while decreasing exopolysaccharide, cell length, and aggregation, we reasoned that BdcA decreases the concentration of c-di-GMP, the intracellular messenger that controls cell motility through flagellar rotation and biofilm formation through synthesis of curli and cellulose. Consistently, c-di-GMP levels increase upon deleting bdcA, and purified BdcA binds c-di-GMP but does not act as a phosphodiesterase. Additionally, BdcR (formerly YjgJ) is a negative regulator of bdcA. To increase biofilm dispersal, we used protein engineering to evolve BdcA for greater c-di-GMP binding and found that the single amino acid change E50Q causes nearly complete removal of biofilms via dispersal without affecting initial biofilm formation. PMID:21059164

  16. GIL, a new c-di-GMP binding protein domain involved in regulation of cellulose synthesis in enterobacteria

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    Fang, Xin; Ahmad, Irfan; Blanka, Andrea; Schottkowski, Marco; Cimdins, Annika; Galperin, Michael Y.; Römling, Ute; Gomelsky, Mark

    2014-01-01

    Summary In contrast to numerous enzymes involved in c-di-GMP synthesis and degradation in enterobacteria, only a handful of c-di-GMP receptors/effectors have been identified. In search of new c-di-GMP receptors, we screened the Escherichia coli ASKA overexpression gene library using the Differential Radial Capillary Action of Ligand Assay (DRaCALA) with fluorescently and radioisotope-labeled c-di-GMP. We uncovered three new candidate c-di-GMP receptors in E. coli and characterized one of them, BcsE. The bcsE gene is encoded in cellulose synthase operons in representatives of Gammaproteobacteria and Betaproteobacteria. The purified BcsE proteins from E. coli, Salmonella enterica and Klebsiella pneumoniae bind c-di-GMP via the domain of unknown function, DUF2819, which is hereby designated GIL, GGDEF I-site like domain. The RxGD motif of the GIL domain is required for c-di-GMP binding, similar to the c-di-GMP-binding I-site of the diguanylate cyclase GGDEF domain. Thus, GIL is the second protein domain, after PilZ, dedicated to c-di-GMP-binding. We show that in S. enterica, BcsE is not essential for cellulose synthesis but is required for maximal cellulose production, and that c-di-GMP binding is critical for BcsE function. It appears that cellulose production in enterobacteria is controlled by a two-tiered c-di-GMP-dependent system involving BcsE and the PilZ domain containing glycosyltransferase BcsA. PMID:24942809

  17. Correction to storm, Tressoldi, and di Risio (2010).

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    2015-03-01

    Reports an error in "Meta-analysis of free-response studies, 1992-2008: Assessing the noise reduction model in parapsychology" by Lance Storm, Patrizio E. Tressoldi and Lorenzo Di Risio (Psychological Bulletin, 2010[Jul], Vol 136[4], 471-485). In the article, the sentence giving the formula in the second paragraph on p. 479 was stated incorrectly. The corrected sentence is included. (The following abstract of the original article appeared in record 2010-12718-001.) [Correction Notice: An erratum for this article was reported in Vol 136(5) of Psychological Bulletin (see record 2010-17510-009). In the article, the second to last sentence of the abstract (p. 471) was stated incorrectly. The sentence should read as follows: "The mean effect size value of the ganzfeld database was significantly higher than the mean effect size of the standard free-response database but was not higher than the effect size of the nonganzfeld noise reduction database."] We report the results of meta-analyses on 3 types of free-response study: (a) ganzfeld (a technique that enhances a communication anomaly referred to as "psi"); (b) nonganzfeld noise reduction using alleged psi-enhancing techniques such as dream psi, meditation, relaxation, or hypnosis; and (c) standard free response (nonganzfeld, no noise reduction). For the period 1997-2008, a homogeneous data set of 29 ganzfeld studies yielded a mean effect size of 0.142 (Stouffer Z = 5.48, p = 2.13 × 10-8). A homogeneous nonganzfeld noise reduction data set of 16 studies yielded a mean effect size of 0.110 (Stouffer Z = 3.35, p = 2.08 × 10-4), and a homogeneous data set of 14 standard free-response studies produced a weak negative mean effect size of -0.029 (Stouffer Z = -2.29, p = .989). The mean effect size value of the ganzfeld database were significantly higher than the mean effect size of the nonganzfeld noise reduction and the standard free-response databases. We also found that selected participants (believers in the paranormal, meditators, etc.) had a performance advantage over unselected participants, but only if they were in the ganzfeld condition. PMID:25730257

  18. Synthesis and characterization of ?-cyclodextrin inclusion complex containing di(8-hydroxyquinoline)magnesium

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    He, Jiang; Deng, Li; Yang, Shanshan

    2008-09-01

    The ?-cyclodextrin (?-CD) inclusion complex containing di(8-hydroxyquinoline)magnesium was prepared. The product was characterized by NMR, IR, differential thermal thermogravimetric analysis (DT-TGA), spectrofluorimetry, and elemental analysis, indicating the formation of inclusion complex in which the quinoline rings of the guest were encapsulated within the ?-CD cavities. The Job's method provided 2:1 stoichiometry for the inclusion complex between ?-CD and di(8-hydroxyquinoline)magnesium. The association constant calculated with the modified Benesi-Hildebrand equation at 25 C was determined. And the mean association constant was 3577 (L/mol) 2, R.S.D. was 2.58%. The thermal stability and solubility of di(8-hydroxyquinoline)magnesium were improved when forming inclusion complex.

  19. diArk – the database for eukaryotic genome and transcriptome assemblies in 2014

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    Kollmar, Martin; Kollmar, Lotte; Hammesfahr, Björn; Simm, Dominic

    2015-01-01

    Eukaryotic genomes are the basis for understanding the complexity of life from populations to the molecular level. Recent technological innovations have revolutionized the speed of data generation enabling the sequencing of eukaryotic genomes and transcriptomes within days. The database diArk (http://www.diark.org) has been developed with the aim to provide access to all available assembled genomes and transcriptomes. In September 2014, diArk contains about 2600 eukaryotes with 6000 genome and transcriptome assemblies, of which 22% are not available via NCBI/ENA/DDBJ. Several indicators for the quality of the assemblies are provided to facilitate their comparison for selecting the most appropriate dataset for further studies. diArk has a user-friendly web interface with extensive options for filtering and browsing the sequenced eukaryotes. In this new version of the database we have also integrated species, for which transcriptome assemblies are available, and we provide more analyses of assemblies. PMID:25378341

  20. Agar hydrogel with silver nanoparticles to prolong the shelf life of Fior di Latte cheese.

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    Incoronato, A L; Conte, A; Buonocore, G G; Del Nobile, M A

    2011-04-01

    The objective of this work was to evaluate the effectiveness of an antimicrobial packaging system containing active nanoparticles on the quality deterioration of Fior di Latte cheese. To this aim, 3 concentrations of silver montmorillonite embedded in agar were used. The cell loads of spoilage and useful microorganisms were monitored during a refrigerated storage period. Moreover, cheese sensory quality (i.e., odor, color, consistency, and overall quality) was evaluated by means of a panel test. Results showed that the active packaging system markedly increased the shelf life of Fior di Latte cheese, due to the ability of silver cations to control microbial proliferation, without affecting the functional dairy microbiota and the sensory characteristics of the product. The active packaging system developed in this work could be used to prolong the shelf life of Fior di Latte and boost its distribution beyond local market borders. PMID:21426957

  1. Aqueous phase oxidation of methane with hydrogen peroxide catalyzed by di-iron-substituted silicotungstate

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    Mizuno, Noritaka; Seki, Yasuhiro; Nishiyama, Yoshiyuki; Kiyoto, Ikuro; Misono, Makoto

    1999-06-10

    The active site of methane monooxygenase has been shown to have a {mu}-hydroxo di-iron structure. Among alkanes, the activation and functionalization of methane have attracted much attention because of its abundance and low reactivity. Recently, there has been a renewed interest in the direct conversion of methane into oxygenates with environmentally clean oxidants such as molecular oxygen and hydrogen peroxide. The use of water as a solvent in homogeneous transition-metal catalysis has been of growing importance because of its environmentally friendly nature. In these aspects, catalytic oxygenation of methane with hydrogen peroxide in water by model complex catalysts with di-iron centers is of great interest but has been unsuccessful due to the catalyst instability (particularly organic ligands) towards hydrogen peroxide and insolubility in water. In this paper, the authors attempt to demonstrate catalytic oxidation of methane with hydrogen peroxide in water by di-iron-substituted silicotungstate.

  2. The First Case Report in Italy of Di George Syndrome Detected by Noninvasive Prenatal Testing

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    Rapacchia, Giuseppina; Lapucci, Cristina; Pittalis, Maria Carla; Youssef, Aly; Farina, Antonio

    2015-01-01

    Panorama Plus (Natera), a single-nucleotide polymorphism- (SNP-) based approach that relies on the identification of maternal and fetal allele distributions, allows the detection of common aneuploidies and also incorporates a panel of 5 microdeletions including Di George syndrome. We report here the first case of Di George syndrome detected by NIPT in Italy; blood was drawn at 12 weeks' gestation. The patient had an amniocentesis to confirm the diagnosis by MLPA (multiplex ligation-dependent probe amplification) and an ultrasound aimed to detect the features associated with the syndrome. A right aortic arch and suspect of thymus atrophy were detected, but not other severe malformations typical of the disease. The patient terminated the pregnancy at 17 weeks. NIPT allowed an early screening of Di George syndrome. As the patient was at low risk, it is likely that an ultrasound would have missed the condition. PMID:26346617

  3. Propulsion Diagnostic Method Evaluation Strategy (ProDiMES) User's Guide

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    Simon, Donald L.

    2010-01-01

    This report is a User's Guide for the Propulsion Diagnostic Method Evaluation Strategy (ProDiMES). ProDiMES is a standard benchmarking problem and a set of evaluation metrics to enable the comparison of candidate aircraft engine gas path diagnostic methods. This Matlab (The Mathworks, Inc.) based software tool enables users to independently develop and evaluate diagnostic methods. Additionally, a set of blind test case data is also distributed as part of the software. This will enable the side-by-side comparison of diagnostic approaches developed by multiple users. The Users Guide describes the various components of ProDiMES, and provides instructions for the installation and operation of the tool.

  4. First results with Mercedes-Benz DI diesel engines running on monoesters of vegetable oils

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    Ventura, L.M.; Nascimento, A.C.; Bandel, W.

    1982-01-01

    In their pure form the vegetable oils are not suitable for the use in modern DI diesel engines, due to the excessive carbon deposit on the injection nozzles and in the combustion chamber. Nevertheless, these oils are promising candidates as raw materials for alternative diesel fuels. Processes are being developed to transform the long vegetable oil molecules into smaller molecules in order to fulfill the fuel requirements of DI diesel engines. Methyl and ethyl esters of fatty acids e.g. obtained by transesterification of vegetable oils through their catalytic reaction with methanol and ethanol, have shown a typical diesel fuel behaviour in conventional DI engines without excessive deposit formation. Problems concerning lubricating oil contamiation, and possibile remedial measures to avoid it, are being examined. There are also problems to be solved in relation to white smoke formation and the odor of exhaust gases. 10 figures.

  5. Novel c-di-GMP recognition modes of the mouse innate immune adaptor protein STING.

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    Chin, Ko-Hsin; Tu, Zhi-Le; Su, Yi-Che; Yu, Yu-Jen; Chen, Hui-Chen; Lo, Yuan-Chao; Chen, Chin-Pan; Barber, Glen N; Chuah, Mary Lay-Cheng; Liang, Zhao-Xun; Chou, Shan-Ho

    2013-03-01

    The mammalian ER protein STING (stimulator of interferon genes; also known as MITA, ERIS, MPYS or TMEM173) is an adaptor protein that links the detection of cytosolic dsDNA to the activation of TANK-binding kinase 1 (TBK1) and its downstream transcription factor interferon regulatory factor 3 (IFN3). Recently, STING itself has been found to be the direct receptor of bacterial c-di-GMP, and crystal structures of several human STING C-terminal domain (STING-CTD) dimers in the apo form or in complex with c-di-GMP have been published. Here, a novel set of structures of mouse STING-CTD (mSTING(137-344)) in apo and complex forms determined from crystals obtained under different crystallization conditions are reported. These novel closed-form structures exhibited considerable differences from previously reported open-form human STING-CTD structures. The novel mSTING structures feature extensive interactions between the two monomers, a unique asymmetric c-di-GMP molecule with one guanine base in an unusual syn conformation that is well accommodated in the dimeric interface with many direct specific interactions and two unexpected equivalent secondary peripheral c-di-GMP binding sites. Replacement of the amino acids crucial for specific c-di-GMP binding in mSTING significantly changes the ITC titration profiles and reduces the IFN-? reporter luciferase activity. Taken together, these results reveal a more stable c-di-GMP binding mode of STING proteins that could serve as a template for rational drug design to stimulate interferon production by mammalian cells. PMID:23519410

  6. Synthesis, conformational and theoretical studies of 1,n-di(2-formyl-4-phenylazophenoxy)alkanes

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    Balachander, R.; Manimekalai, A.

    2016-01-01

    1,n-di(2-Formyl-4-phenylazophenoxy)alkanes 1 and 2 and 1,3-di(2-formyl-4-phenylazophenoxymethyl)benzene 3 were synthesis and characterized by FT-IR, UV-Vis, 1H, 13C NMR and mass spectral studies. The stable conformations of 1-3 were predicted theoretically and selected geometrical parameters were derived from optimized structures. The molecular parameters of HOMO-LUMO energies, polarizability, hyperpolarizability, natural bond orbital (NBO), atom in molecule (AIM) analysis and molecular electrostatic potential (MEP) surfaces were determined by the density functional theory (DFT) method and analysed.

  7. Visible Light-Promoted Decarboxylative Di- and Trifluoromethylthiolation of Alkyl Carboxylic Acids.

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    Candish, Lisa; Pitzer, Lena; Gómez-Suárez, Adrián; Glorius, Frank

    2016-03-24

    Described herein is a new and straightforward decarboxylative di- and trifluoromethylthiolation of alkyl carboxylic acids promoted by visible light. This approach enables the synthesis of biologically relevant alkyl SCF2 H and SCF3 compounds from cheap and abundant carboxylic acids. The method is operationally simple, using irradiation from household light sources, and its mild reaction conditions make it tolerant of a range of functional groups. The strategy employs electrophilic phthalimide-derived di- and trifluoromethylthiolation reagents and exploits the ability of the imidyl radical to carry a radical chain. PMID:26840376

  8. (2-tert-Butyl-3-phenyl-2,3-dihydroisoxazole-4,5-diyl)bis(phenylmethanone)

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    Sandhya, R.; Sithambaresan, M.; Prathapan, S.; Kurup, M. R. Prathapachandra

    2013-01-01

    The phenyl and tert-butyl groups of the title compound, C27H25NO3, exhibit a trans configuration in agreement with the stereochemistry of the Z phenyl-N-tert-butylnitrone starting material. The attached carbonyl groups are not coplanar with the neighboring dihydroisoxazole ring and the phenyl rings they are bonded to, with torsion angles of 59.26?(8), 17.53?(11), 16.52?(12) and 52.86?(7). The dihedral angle between the dihydroisoxazole ring and the directly attached phenyl group is 86.86?(8). There are two nonclassical intermolecular CH?O hydrogen-bonding interactions that operate together with an intermolecular CH?? interaction to form a supramolecular architecture in the crystal system. PMID:24109366

  9. Crystal structure of bis-[?-1,2-bis-(di-phenyl-phosphan-yl)ethane-?(2) P:P']bis[(N,N'-di-ethyl-thio-urea-?S)iodidocopper(I)].

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    Khongsichan, Ladawan; Nimthong-Roldn, Arunpatcha; Pakawatchai, Chaveng; Wongnawa, Sumpun

    2015-09-01

    The binuclear title complex, [Cu2I2(C26H24P2)2(C5H12N2S)2], lies about an inversion centre. The Cu(I) atom displays a distorted tetra-hedral coordination geometry defined by one S atom of an N,N'-di-ethyl-thio-urea ligand, two P atoms derived from two bridging 1,2-bis-(di-phenyl-phosphan-yl)ethane (dppe) ligands and one iodide ion. The dppe ligand bridges two symmetry-related Cu(I) ions, forming a 10-membered Cu2P4C4 ring. An intra-molecular N-H?I hydrogen bond is noted. In the crystal, N-H?I hydrogen bonds link complex mol-ecules into layers parallel to (-101). PMID:26396862

  10. Crystal structure of bis[?-1,2-bis(diphenylphosphanyl)ethane-?2 P:P?]bis[(N,N?-diethylthiourea-?S)iodidocopper(I)

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    Khongsichan, Ladawan; Nimthong-Roldn, Arunpatcha; Pakawatchai, Chaveng; Wongnawa, Sumpun

    2015-01-01

    The binuclear title complex, [Cu2I2(C26H24P2)2(C5H12N2S)2], lies about an inversion centre. The CuI atom displays a distorted tetrahedral coordination geometry defined by one S atom of an N,N?-diethylthiourea ligand, two P atoms derived from two bridging 1,2-bis(diphenylphosphanyl)ethane (dppe) ligands and one iodide ion. The dppe ligand bridges two symmetry-related CuI ions, forming a 10-membered Cu2P4C4 ring. An intramolecular NH?I hydrogen bond is noted. In the crystal, NH?I hydrogen bonds link complex molecules into layers parallel to (-101). PMID:26396862

  11. Analysis of a Borrelia burgdorferi phosphodiesterase demonstrates a role for cyclic-di-GMP in motility and virulence

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    Sultan, Syed Z.; Pitzer, Joshua E.; Miller, Michael R.; Motaleb, Md. A.

    2010-01-01

    Summary The genome of Borrelia burgdorferi encodes a set of genes putatively involved in cyclic-di-GMP metabolism. Although BB0419 was shown to be a diguanylate cyclase, the extent to which bb0419 or any of the putative cyclic-di-GMP metabolizing genes impact B. burgdorferi motility and pathogenesis has not yet been reported. Here we identify and characterize a phosphodiesterase (BB0363). BB0363 specifically hydrolyzed cyclic-di-GMP with a Km of 0.054 ?M, confirming it is a functional cyclic-di-GMP phosphodiesterase. A targeted mutation in bb0363 was constructed using a newly developed promoterless antibiotic cassette that does not affect downstream gene expression. The mutant cells exhibited an altered swimming pattern, indicating a function for cyclic-di-GMP in regulating B. burgdorferi motility. Furthermore, the bb0363 mutant cells were not infectious in mice, demonstrating an important role for cyclic-di-GMP in B. burgdorferi infection. The mutant cells were able to survive within Ixodes scapularis ticks after a blood meal from nave mice; however, ticks infected with the mutant cells were not able to infect nave mice. Both motility and infection phenotypes were restored upon genetic complementation. These results reveal an important connection between cyclic-di-GMP, B. burgdorferi motility and Lyme disease pathogenesis. A mechanism by which cyclic-di-GMP influences motility and infection is proposed. PMID:20444101

  12. PERIPUBERTAL DI (2-ETHYLHEXYL) PHTHALATE EXPOSURE INHIBITS ANDROGEN SENSITIVE TISSUE DEVELOPMENT AND DELAYS PUBERTY IN MALE SPRAGUE-DAWLEY RATS

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    PERIPUBERTAL DI (2-ETHYLHEXYL) PHTHALATE EXPOSURE INHIBITS ANDROGEN SENSITIVE TISSUE DEVELOPMENT AND DELAYS PUBERTY IN MALE SPRAGUE-DAWLEY RATS

    Nigel Noriega, Jonathan Furr, Christy Lambright, Vickie Wilson, L. Earl Gray Jr.

    The plasticizer Di (2-ethylhexyl) phtha...

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  18. Morphology Control of Cadmium Selenide Nanocrystals: Insights into the Roles of Di-n-octylphosphine Oxide (DOPO) and Di-n-octylphosphinic Acid (DOPA)

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    2012-01-01

    Di-n-octylphosphine oxide (DOPO) and di-n-octylphosphinic acid (DOPA), as two of impurities found in commercial tri-n-octylphosphine oxide (TOPO), generate significant differences in the outcomes of CdSe-nanocrystal (NC) syntheses. Using n-tetradecylphosphonic acid (TDPA) as the primary acid additive, quantum dots (QDs) are grown with DOPO added, whereas quantum rods (QRs) are grown in the presence of DOPA. While using oleic acid (OA) as the primary acid additive, QDs are generated and the QDs produced with DOPA exhibit larger sizes and size distributions than those produced with DOPO. 31P NMR analyses of the reaction mixtures reveal that the majority of the DOPO has been converted into DOPA and di-n-octylphosphine (DOP) with DOP being removed via evacuation over the course of Cd-precursor preparation. The origin of the puzzling differences in the shape control of CdSe NCs in the presence of DOPO and DOPA is elucidated to be the small quantity of DOPO present, which liberates DOP during NC synthesis. In the presence of DOP, regardless of DOPA, the precursor-conversion kinetics and thus the nucleation kinetics are dramatically accelerated, generating a large number of nuclei by consuming a significant amount of CdSe nutrients, favoring QD growth. Similarly, QD growth is favored by the fast nucleation kinetics in the presence of OA, and the broader size distributions of QDs with DOPA are due to a second nucleation event initiated by the more stable Cd-di-n-octylphosphinate component. In contrast, a slow nucleation event results in the growth of QRs in the case of using DOPA and TDPA, where no DOPO or DOP is present. The results thus demonstrate the important role of precursor-conversion kinetics in the control of NC morphologies. PMID:22369500

  19. Systematic analysis of cyclic di-GMP signaling enzymes and their role in biofilm formation and virulence in Yersinia pestis

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    Bobrov, Alexander G.; Kirillina, Olga; Ryjenkov, Dmitri A.; Waters, Christopher M.; Price, Paul A.; Fetherston, Jacqueline D.; Mack, Dietrich; Goldman, William E.; Gomelsky, Mark; Perry, Robert D.

    2011-01-01

    Cyclic di-GMP (c-di-GMP) is a signaling molecule that governs the transition between planktonic and biofilm states. Previously we showed that the diguanylate cyclase HmsT and the putative c-di-GMP phosphodiesterase HmsP inversely regulate biofilm formation through control of HmsHFRS-dependent poly-?-1,6-N-acetylglucosamine synthesis. Here, we systematically examine the functionality of the genes encoding putative c-di-GMP metabolic enzymes in Yersinia pestis. We determine that, in addition to hmsT and hmsP, only the gene y3730 encodes a functional enzyme capable of synthesizing c-di-GMP. The seven remaining genes are pseudogenes or encode proteins that do not function catalytically or are not expressed. Furthermore, we show that HmsP has c-di-GMP-specific phosphodiesterase activity. We report that a mutant incapable of c-di-GMP synthesis is unaffected in virulence in plague mouse models. Conversely, an hmsP mutant, unable to degrade c-di-GMP, is defective in virulence by a subcutaneous route of infection due to poly-?-1,6-N-acetylglucosamine overproduction. This suggests that c-di-GMP signaling is not only dispensable but deleterious for Y. pestis virulence. Our results show that a key event in the evolution of Y. pestis from the ancestral Yersinia pseudotuberculosis was a significant reduction in the complexity of its c-di-GMP signaling network likely resulting from the different disease cycles of these human pathogens. PMID:21219468

  20. Regulation of biofilm formation and cellular buoyancy through modulating intracellular cyclic di-GMP levels in engineered cyanobacteria.

    PubMed

    Agostoni, Marco; Waters, Christopher M; Montgomery, Beronda L

    2016-02-01

    The second messenger cyclic dimeric (3'?5') GMP (cyclic di-GMP or c-di-GMP) has been implicated in the transition between motile and sessile lifestyles in bacteria. In this study, we demonstrate that biofilm formation, cellular aggregation or flocculation, and cellular buoyancy are under the control of c-di-GMP in Synechocystis sp. PCC 6803 (Synechocystis) and Fremyella diplosiphon. Synechocystis is a unicellular cyanobacterium and displays lower levels of c-di-GMP; F. diplosiphon is filamentous and displays higher intracellular c-di-GMP levels. We transformed Synechocystis and F. diplosiphon with a plasmid for constitutive expression of genes encoding diguanylate cylase (DGC) and phosphodiesterase (PDE) proteins from Vibrio cholerae or Escherichia coli, respectively. These engineered strains allowed us to modulate intracellular c-di-GMP levels. Biofilm formation and cellular deposition were induced in the DGC-expressing Synechocystis strain which exhibited high intracellular levels of c-di-GMP; whereas strains expressing PDE in Synechocystis and F. diplosiphon to drive low intracellular levels of c-di-GMP exhibited enhanced cellular buoyancy. In addition, the PDE-expressing F. diplosiphon strain showed elevated chlorophyll levels. These results imply roles for coordinating c-di-GMP homeostasis in regulating native cyanobacterial phenotypes. Engineering exogenous DGC or PDE proteins to regulate intracellular c-di-GMP levels represents an effective tool for uncovering cryptic phenotypes or modulating phenotypes in cyanobacteria for practical applications in biotechnology applicable in photobioreactors and in green biotechnologies, such as energy-efficient harvesting of cellular biomass or the treatment of metal-containing wastewaters. Biotechnol. Bioeng. 2016;113: 311-319. 2015 Wiley Periodicals, Inc. PMID:26192200

  1. c-di-GMP can form remarkably stable G-quadruplexes at physiological conditions in the presence of some planar intercalators.

    PubMed

    Nakayama, Shizuka; Kelsey, Ilana; Wang, Jingxin; Sintim, Herman O

    2011-04-28

    The ubiquitous bacterial biofilm regulator, c-di-GMP can form G-quadruplexes at physiological conditions in the presence of some aromatic compounds, such as acriflavine and proflavine. The fluorescence of these compounds is quenched upon c-di-GMP binding and some of the formed c-di-GMP G-quadruplexes are stable even at 75 C. PMID:21399808

  2. Bi-modal Distribution of the Second Messenger c-di-GMP Controls Cell Fate and Asymmetry during the Caulobacter Cell Cycle

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    Abel, Sren; Hug, Isabelle; Kaever, Volkhard; Abel zur Wiesch, Pia; Jenal, Urs

    2013-01-01

    Many bacteria mediate important life-style decisions by varying levels of the second messenger c-di-GMP. Behavioral transitions result from the coordination of complex cellular processes such as motility, surface adherence or the production of virulence factors and toxins. While the regulatory mechanisms responsible for these processes have been elucidated in some cases, the global pleiotropic effects of c-di-GMP are poorly understood, primarily because c-di-GMP networks are inherently complex in most bacteria. Moreover, the quantitative relationships between cellular c-di-GMP levels and c-di-GMP dependent phenotypes are largely unknown. Here, we dissect the c-di-GMP network of Caulobacter crescentus to establish a global and quantitative view of c-di-GMP dependent processes in this organism. A genetic approach that gradually reduced the number of diguanylate cyclases identified novel c-di-GMP dependent cellular processes and unraveled c-di-GMP as an essential component of C. crescentus cell polarity and its bimodal life cycle. By varying cellular c-di-GMP concentrations, we determined dose response curves for individual c-di-GMP-dependent processes. Relating these values to c-di-GMP levels modeled for single cells progressing through the cell cycle sets a quantitative frame for the successive activation of c-di-GMP dependent processes during the C. crescentus life cycle. By reconstructing a simplified c-di-GMP network in a strain devoid of c-di-GMP we defined the minimal requirements for the oscillation of c-di-GMP levels during the C. crescentus cell cycle. Finally, we show that although all c-di-GMP dependent cellular processes were qualitatively restored by artificially adjusting c-di-GMP levels with a heterologous diguanylate cyclase, much higher levels of the second messenger are required under these conditions as compared to the contribution of homologous c-di-GMP metabolizing enzymes. These experiments suggest that a common c-di-GMP pool cannot fully explain spatiotemporal regulation by c-di-GMP in C. crescentus and that individual enzymes preferentially regulate specific phenotypes during the cell cycle. PMID:24039597

  3. Dose Reconstruction of Di-2-Ethylhexyl Phthalate Using a Simple Pharmacokinetic Model [Manuscript

    EPA Science Inventory

    Background In 2005, eight adults provided full volumes and times of urine voids during one normal work week. These samples were analyzed for four di-2-ethylhexyl phthalate (DEHP) metabolites. Participants also provided diary information on their diet, driving, and out¬door a...

  4. MALDI-TOF Mass Spectrometry of Naturally-Occurring Mixtures of Mono- and Di-rhamnolipids

    Technology Transfer Automated Retrieval System (TEKTRAN)

    Matrix-assisted laser desorption/ionization time-of-flight mass spectrometry (MALDI-TOF MS) has been developed for high-throughput screening of naturally-occurring mixtures of rhamnolipids from Pseudomonas spp. Mono- and di-rhamnolipids are readily distinguished by characteristic molecular adduct i...

  5. D.O.P. and D.I. secured room (room 215), looking west towards ...

    Library of Congress Historic Buildings Survey, Historic Engineering Record, Historic Landscapes Survey

    D.O.P. and D.I. secured room (room 215), looking west towards murals. Sliding map tracks are visible on the floor next to the wall at left. Also note original fluorescent lights - March Air Force Base, Strategic Air Command, Combat Operations Center, 5220 Riverside Drive, Moreno Valley, Riverside County, CA

  6. The Instructional Instrument SL-EDGE Student Library-Educational DiGital Environment.

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    Kyriakopoulou, Antonia; Kalamboukis, Theodore

    An educational digital environment that will provide appropriate methods and techniques for the support and enhancement of the educational and learning process is a valuable tool for both educators and learners. In the context of such a mission, the educational tool SL-EDGE (Student Library-Educational DiGital Environment) has been developed. The

  7. Effect of temperature and calcium on transneuronal diffusion of DiI in fixed brain preparations.

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    Hofmann, M H; Bleckmann, H

    1999-04-01

    The lipophilic tracer 1,1'-dioctadecyl-3,3,3',3'-tetramethylindocarbocyanine perchlorate (DiI) was used to label neuronal pathways in fixed goldfish brains. The normal procedure involving 4% paraformaldehyde as a fixative, applying DiI and storing the brain in the fixative at 40 degrees C resulted in many cases in a rather diffuse labeling of fiber pathways and the occurrence of transneuronally labeled cells and fibers. We found that calcium and heat both facilitate the diffusion of DiI out of membranes in vibratome sections. We modified the protocol by adding the calcium binding substance ethylenediamine tetraacetate to all solutions and incubated at room temperature. This improved the sharpness of labeled structures and eliminated the transneuronal labeling in our material. Although transneuronal transport of the tracer may still occur under certain circumstances, the present modification of the DiI staining procedure substantially increased the staining quality and reproducibility and decreased the occurrence of transneuronal labeling. PMID:10379576

  8. [The origin of Chinese animal drug "hu-di-long" (Shanghai pheretima)].

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    Shun, Q; Bao, X

    1999-01-01

    Results of identification showed that the origin of the Chinese animal drug "Hu-Di-Long" is the dried body of Pheretima vulgaris Chen, P. guillelmi (Michaelsen) or P. pectinifera Michaelsen. The results have been specified in the Pharmacopoeia of the People's Republic of China (1995). PMID:12575056

  9. VITELLOGENIN GENE EXPRESSION IN MALE FATHEAD MINNOWS EXPOSED TO DI(2-ETHYLHEXYL)PHTHALATE

    EPA Science Inventory

    Di(2-ethylhexyl) phthalate (DEHP) is a plasticizer used extensively in the plastics industry. DEHP has been shown to be ubiquitous in the environment and has been detected in ground and surface waters, sediment sludge and at several Superfund sites. Previous studies using rats ...

  10. Dose Reconstruction of Di-2-Ethylhexyl Phthalate Using a Simple Pharmacokinetic Model [Manuscript

    EPA Science Inventory

    Background In 2005, eight adults provided full volumes and times of urine voids during one normal work week. These samples were analyzed for four di-2-ethylhexyl phthalate (DEHP) metabolites. Participants also provided diary information on their diet, driving, and outdoor a...

  11. Active coating to prolong the shelf life of Fior di latte cheese.

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    Alessandro Del Nobile, Matteo; Gammariello, Daniela; Di Giulio, Stefania; Conte, Amalia

    2010-02-01

    This study explains how active coating can serve to prolong the shelf life of Fior di latte cheese. The active coating was prepared by dissolving, in two sodium alginic acid solutions (5 and 8% w/v), different concentrations of lysozyme (0.25, 0.50 and 1.00 mg ml-1)+50 mm of Ethylene-Diamine Tetraacetic Acid (EDTA). Samples of Fior di latte cheese packaged in brine and active brine (lysozyme+EDTA, at the above concentrations) were also used as controls. The quality decay of the Fior di latte cheese stored at 10 degrees C was assessed by monitoring the viable cell concentration of the main spoilage microorganism, as well as its sensory quality (i.e., external appearance, consistency, colour and flavour). The concentration of rod-or coccus-shaped Lactic Acid Bacteria (LAB) was also monitored to assess the effect of the proposed packaging strategies on the flora type of Fior di latte cheese. The results show that an increase in the shelf life equal to 104% was recorded for the coated samples, compared with controls packaged in brine without active compounds. This shelf life increase is slightly lower than that recorded with samples packaged in the active brine (151%), as a result of a more pronounced microbial proliferation; however, the coating could be a better packaging solution for the reduced weight of tray. PMID:19889250

  12. Difference gel electrophoresis (DiGE) identifies differentially expressed proteins in endoscopically-collected pancreatic fluid

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    Paulo, Joao A.; Lee, Linda S.; Banks, Peter A.; Steen, Hanno; Conwell, Darwin L.

    2012-01-01

    Alterations in the pancreatic fluid proteome of individuals with chronic pancreatitis may offer insights into the development and progression of the disease. The endoscopic pancreas function test (ePFT) can safely collect large volumes of pancreatic fluid that are potentially amenable to proteomic analyses using difference gel electrophoresis (DiGE) coupled with liquid chromatography-tandem mass spectrometry (LC-MS/MS). Pancreatic fluid was collected endoscopically using the ePFT method following secretin stimulation from three individuals with severe chronic pancreatitis and three chronic abdominal pain controls. The fluid was processed to minimize protein degradation and the protein profiles of each cohort, as determined by DiGE and LC-MS/MS, were compared. This DiGE-LC-MS/MS analysis reveals proteins that are differentially expressed in chronic pancreatitis compared to chronic abdominal pain controls. Proteins with higher abundance in pancreatic fluid from chronic pancreatitis individuals include: actin, desmoplankin, alpha-1-antitrypsin, SNC73, and serotransferrin. Those of relatively lower abundance include carboxypeptidase B, lipase, alpha-1-antichymotrypsin, alpha-2-macroglobulin, Arp2/3 subunit 4, glyceraldehyde-3-phosphate dehydrogenase, and protein disulfide isomerase. Endoscopic collection (ePFT) in tandem with DiGE-LC-MS/MS is a suitable approach for pancreatic fluid proteome analysis, however, further optimization of our protocol, as outlined herein, may improve proteome coverage in future analyses. PMID:21792986

  13. Three new di-O-glycosyl-C-glucosyl flavones from the leaves of Caesalpinia ferrea Mart..

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    Nawwar, Mahmoud; El-Mousallami, Amani; Hussein, Sahar; Hashem, Amani; Mousa, Mona; Lindequist, Ulrike; Linscheid, Michael

    2014-01-01

    Three hitherto unknown di-O-xylosyl-C-glycosyl flavones were isolated from the leaves of Caesalpinia ferrea. The structures of all isolated compounds were elucidated by conventional methods and spectroscopic analysis, including 1D and 2D NMR, as well as by HRESIMS. PMID:25711035

  14. DEVELOPMENTAL EXPOSURE TO DI-N-BUTYLTIN DICHLORIDE (DBTC): IMMUNOTOXIC AND NEUROTOXIC EVALUATION

    EPA Science Inventory

    Organotins are incorporated as stabilizers in PVC water supply pipe. Particularly when new, mono- and di-substituted methyl- and butyltins leach from the pipe and are thus of regulatory concern to EPA. These contaminants have adverse effects on both the immune and nervous systems...

  15. Circuits for grasping: spinal dI3 interneurons mediate cutaneous control of motor behavior.

    PubMed

    Bui, Tuan V; Akay, Turgay; Loubani, Osama; Hnasko, Thomas S; Jessell, Thomas M; Brownstone, Robert M

    2013-04-10

    Accurate motor performance depends on the integration in spinal microcircuits of sensory feedback information. Hand grasp is a skilled motor behavior known to require cutaneous sensory feedback, but spinal microcircuits that process and relay this feedback to the motor system have not been defined. We sought to define classes of spinal interneurons involved in the cutaneous control of hand grasp in mice and to show that dI3 interneurons, a class of dorsal spinal interneurons marked by the expression of Isl1, convey input from low threshold cutaneous afferents to motoneurons. Mice in which the output of dI3 interneurons has been inactivated exhibit deficits in motor tasks that rely on cutaneous afferent input. Most strikingly, the ability to maintain grip strength in response to increasing load is lost following genetic silencing of dI3 interneuron output. Thus, spinal microcircuits that integrate cutaneous feedback crucial for paw grip rely on the intermediary role of dI3 interneurons. PMID:23583114

  16. Di(phenylpropylamino)gossypol: a derivative of the dimeric natural product gossypol

    Technology Transfer Automated Retrieval System (TEKTRAN)

    Di(phenylpropylamino)gossypol [2,2'-bis(1,6-dihydroxy,-5-isopropyl,-8-methineaminopropylbenzene-3-methyl)-naphthylene-7-one, C48H52N2O6] is formed by reaction of the dimeric natural product gossypol with 3-phenyl-1-propylamine. When crystallized from diethyl ether, the compound has monoclinic (P21/c...

  17. Draft Genome Sequence of the Xylella fastidiosa CoDiRO Strain

    PubMed Central

    Chiumenti, Michela; Saponari, Maria; Donvito, Giacinto; Italiano, Alessandro; Loconsole, Giuliana; Boscia, Donato; Cariddi, Corrado; Martelli, Giovanni Paolo; Saldarelli, Pasquale

    2015-01-01

    We determined the draft genome sequence of the Xylella fastidiosa CoDiRO strain, which has been isolated from olive plants in southern Italy (Apulia). It is associated with olive quick decline syndrome (OQDS) and characterized by extensive scorching and desiccation of leaves and twigs. PMID:25676759

  18. Production technology and characterization of Fior di latte cheeses made from sheep and goat milks.

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    Faccia, M; Trani, A; Gambacorta, G; Loizzo, P; Cassone, A; Caponio, F

    2015-03-01

    Innovation in the small ruminant dairy sector faces structural challenges because dairies are often involved in breeding and produce cheeses that appeal essentially to local markets using traditional technologies and facilities. An investigation was carried out to produce Fior di latte, a traditional, soft pasta filata cheese, from sheep and goat milks at the farm level. Fior di latte is an Italian high-moisture, round mozzarella currently produced from cow and water buffalo milks; it is very popular in Europe. Cheesemaking trials were performed and the most appropriate technology proved to be a combination of direct acidification and lactic fermentation, with some modifications to the milk coagulation phase. The gross composition of the experimental cheeses was similar to that of bovine Fior di latte, and the overall hygienic quality was satisfactory even though the milk had not been pasteurized. The new cheeses were similar in appearance to the bovine type, but some specific features were detected. Besides the typical "goaty" and "sheepy" flavors, some novel and distinctive descriptors of odor, flavor, and texture were noted. Our experiment showed that good quality Fior di latte cheese that complies with microbiological requirements of the European legislation can be obtained from sheep and goat milks by appropriately modifying the cheesemaking technology. PMID:25547300

  19. Method of dissolving metal oxides with di- or polyphosphonic acid and a redundant

    DOEpatents

    Horwitz, Earl P. (Argonne, IL); Chiarizia, Renato (Argonne, IL)

    1996-01-01

    A method of dissolving metal oxides using a mixture of a di- or polyphosphonic acid and a reductant wherein each is present in a sufficient amount to provide a synergistic effect with respect to the dissolution of metal oxides and optionally containing corrosion inhibitors and pH adjusting agents.

  20. Partial attenuation of Marek's disease virus by manipulation of Di-codon bias

    Technology Transfer Automated Retrieval System (TEKTRAN)

    All species studied to date demonstrate a preference for certain codons over other synonymous codons (codon bias), a preference which is also observed for pairs of codons (di-codon bias). Previous studies using poliovirus and influenza virus as models have demonstrated the ability to cause attenuat...

  1. MONO-(3-CARBOXYPROPYL) PHTHALATE, A METABOLITE OF DI-N-OCTYL PHTHALATE

    EPA Science Inventory

    Di-n-octyl phthalate (DnOP) is found as a component of mixed C6C10 linear-chain phthalates used as plasticizers in various polyvinyl chloride applications, including flooring and carpet tiles. Following exposure and absorption, DnOP is metabolized to its hydrolytic monoester, mo...

  2. MODULATION OF RAT LEYDIG CELL STEROIDOGENIC FUNCTION BY DI(2-ETHYLHEXYL)PHTHALATE

    EPA Science Inventory

    Modulation of rat Leydig cell steroidogenic function by di(2-ethylhexyl)phthalate.

    Akingbemi BT, Youker RT, Sottas CM, Ge R, Katz E, Klinefelter GR, Zirkin BR, Hardy MP.

    Center for Biomedical Research, Population Council, New York, New York 10021, USA. benson@popcbr...

  3. Crystal structure of 1,2-di-benzoyl-ace-naphthyl-ene.

    PubMed

    Greenberg, Fred H; Nazarenko, Alexander Y

    2015-07-01

    The title mol-ecule, C26H16O2, crystallizes as a mol-ecular crystal with no strong inter-molecular inter-actions (the shortest C-H?O contact is longer than 3.4?). Two flat ace-naphthyl-ene groups of neigboring 1,2-di-benzoyl-ace-naphthyl-ene mol-ecules are related by a crystallographic center of symmetry and are stacked with the distance between their mean planes of 3.37?(1)?, apparently making an optimal close packing for these bulky aromatic moieties. Both carbonyl groups are oriented towards the same side of the planar ace-naphthyl-ene. The angles between the flat ace-naphthyl-ene group and the benzoyl groups are 62.6?(1) and 57.8?(1). Because rotation of the benzoyl groups is sterically hindered, we expect that the mol-ecules will remain locked in this 'pseudo-cis' orientation in solution. As a result, reduction of 1,2-di-benzoyl-ace-naphthyl-ene at low temperature with sodium di-thio-nite yields the cis-isomer of 1,2-dibenzoyl-1,2-di-hydro-ace-naphthyl-ene, which is sterically favorable. This isomer is thermodynamically less favorable than the trans isomer, but it converts to the more stable isomer only on long-term heating (Greenberg & Schenendorf (1980 ?). PMID:26279922

  4. EFFECTS OF SEWAGE SLUDGE ON DI-(2-ETHYLHEXYL) PHTHALATE UPTAKE BY PLANTS

    EPA Science Inventory

    Di-(2-ethylhexyl) phthalate (DEHP) is a priority organic pollutant frequently found in municipal sludges. reenhouse study was conducted to determine the effects of sludge on plant uptake of 14 C-DEHP (carbonyl labeled). lants grown included three food chain crops, lettuce (Lactuc...

  5. Genetic Modifiers of the Physical Malformations in Velo-Cardio-Facial Syndrome/DiGeorge Syndrome

    ERIC Educational Resources Information Center

    Aggarwal, Vimla S.; Morrow, Bernice E.

    2008-01-01

    Velo-cardio-facial syndrome/DiGeorge syndrome (VCFS/DGS), the most common micro-deletion disorder in humans, is characterized by craniofacial, parathyroid, and thymic defects as well as cardiac outflow tract malformations. Most patients have a similar hemizygous 3 million base pair deletion on 22q11.2. Studies in mouse have shown that "Tbx1", a

  6. Yield and economics of shallow subsurface drip irrigation (S3DI) and furrow diking

    Technology Transfer Automated Retrieval System (TEKTRAN)

    A shallow subsurface drip irrigation (S3DI) was installed yearly in conjunction with furrow diking to document yield and economic benefit of these techniques on peanut (Arachis hypogaea L.), cotton (Gossypium hirsutum L.), and corn (Zea mays L.). This research was conducted for three years from 2005...

  7. Synthesis and characterization of DI-[3-(trimethylsilyl)-1-propylene] alkylenediphosphonic acids.

    SciTech Connect

    Griffith-Dzielawa, J. A.; Barrans, R. E., Jr.; McAlister, D. R.; Dietz, M. L.; Herlinger, A. W.; Chemistry; Loyola Univ. of Chicago

    2000-01-01

    A homologous series of alkylenediphosphonic acids was successfully esterified with 3-(trimethylsilyl)-1-propanol to the symmetrically-substituted diesters. The procedure, which has general applicability for incorporating silicon heteroatoms into diphosphonic acids, utilizes the esterification reagent dicyclohexyl-carbodiimide (DCC) to activate the acid. The aggregation properties of the di-[3-(trimethylsilyl)-1-propylene] alkylenediphosphonic acids were measured in toluene and 1-decanol.

  8. Circuits for grasping: spinal dI3 interneurons mediate cutaneous control of motor behavior

    PubMed Central

    Bui, Tuan V.; Akay, Turgay; Loubani, Osama; Hnasko, Thomas S.; Jessell, Thomas M.; Brownstone, Robert M.

    2013-01-01

    SUMMARY Accurate motor performance depends on the integration in spinal microcircuits of sensory feedback information. Hand grasp is a skilled motor behavior known to require cutaneous sensory feedback, but spinal microcircuits that process and relay this feedback to the motor system have not been defined. We sought to define classes of spinal interneurons involved in the cutaneous control of hand grasp in mice, and show that dI3 interneurons, a class of dorsal spinal interneurons marked by expression of Isl1, convey input from low threshold cutaneous afferents to motoneurons. Mice in which the output of dI3 interneurons has been inactivated exhibit deficits in motor tasks that rely on cutaneous afferent input. Most strikingly, the ability to maintain grip strength in response to increasing load is lost following genetic silencing of dI3 interneuron output. Thus, spinal microcircuits that integrate cutaneous feedback crucial for paw grip rely on the intermediary role of dI3 interneurons. PMID:23583114

  9. Shallow subsurface drip irrigation (S3DI) for small irregular-shaped fields in the southeast

    Technology Transfer Automated Retrieval System (TEKTRAN)

    Field tests were conducted using S3DI on cotton (Gossypium hirsutum, L.), corn (Zea mays, L.), and peanut (Arachis hypogeae, L.) rotations to investigate yield potential and economic sustainability of this irrigation system. Drip tubing was installed in alternate row middles, strip tillage was used ...

  10. Draft Genome Sequence of the Xylella fastidiosa CoDiRO Strain.

    PubMed

    Giampetruzzi, Annalisa; Chiumenti, Michela; Saponari, Maria; Donvito, Giacinto; Italiano, Alessandro; Loconsole, Giuliana; Boscia, Donato; Cariddi, Corrado; Martelli, Giovanni Paolo; Saldarelli, Pasquale

    2015-01-01

    We determined the draft genome sequence of the Xylella fastidiosa CoDiRO strain, which has been isolated from olive plants in southern Italy (Apulia). It is associated with olive quick decline syndrome (OQDS) and characterized by extensive scorching and desiccation of leaves and twigs. PMID:25676759

  11. MECHANISTIC CONSIDERATIONS FOR HUMAN RELEVANCE OF CANCER HAZARD OF DI(2-ETHYLHEXYL) PHTHALATE

    EPA Science Inventory

    Di(2-ethylhexyl) phthalate (DEHP) is a peroxisome proliferator agent that is widely used as a plasticizer to soften polyvinylchloride plastics and non-polymers. Both occupational (e.g., by inhalation during its manufacture and use as a plasticizer of polyvinylchloride) and enviro...

  12. Di-Ras2 Protein Forms a Complex with SmgGDS Protein in Brain Cytosol in Order to Be in a Low Affinity State for Guanine Nucleotides.

    PubMed

    Ogita, Yoshitaka; Egami, Sachiko; Ebihara, Arisa; Ueda, Nami; Katada, Toshiaki; Kontani, Kenji

    2015-08-14

    The Ras family of small GTPases function in a wide variety of biological processes as "molecular switches" by cycling between inactive GDP-bound and active GTP-bound forms. Di-Ras1 and Di-Ras2 were originally identified as small GTPases forming a distinct subgroup of the Ras family. Di-Ras1/Di-Ras2 mRNAs are detected predominantly in brain and heart tissues. Biochemical analysis of Di-Ras1/Di-Ras2 has revealed that they have little GTPase activity and that their intrinsic guanine-nucleotide exchange rates are much faster than that of H-Ras. Yet little is known about the biological role(s) of Di-Ras1/Di-Ras2 or of how their activities are regulated. In the present study we found that endogenous Di-Ras2 co-purifies with SmgGDS from rat brain cytosol. Size-exclusion chromatography of purified recombinant proteins showed that Di-Ras2 forms a high affinity complex with SmgGDS. SmgGDS is a guanine nucleotide exchange factor with multiple armadillo repeats and has recently been shown to specifically activate RhoA and RhoC. In contrast to the effect on RhoA, SmgGDS does not act as a guanine nucleotide exchange factor for Di-Ras2 but instead tightly associates with Di-Ras2 to reduce its binding affinity for guanine nucleotides. Finally, pulse-chase analysis revealed that Di-Ras2 binds, in a C-terminal CAAX motif-dependent manner, to SmgGDS immediately after its synthesis. This leads to increased Di-Ras2 stability. We thus propose that isoprenylated Di-Ras2 forms a tight complex with SmgGDS in cytosol immediately after its synthesis, which lowers its affinity for guanine nucleotides. PMID:26149690

  13. In vitro binding of 3,5-di-iodo-L-thyronine to rat liver mitochondria.

    PubMed

    Goglia, F; Lanni, A; Horst, C; Moreno, M; Thoma, R

    1994-12-01

    In this study we have demonstrated that specific binding sites for 3,5-di-iodo-L-thyronine (3,5-T2) can be detected in rat liver mitochondria. After incubation with the homogenate, liver mitochondria bound only a small portion of [3,5-125I]T2. The addition of a 100-fold excess of unlabelled 3,5-T2 caused the displacement of on average 50-60% of the [3,5-125I]T2 bound. Specific binding of 3,5-T2 to rat liver mitochondria occurred rapidly; a maximum was achieved after 5 min. Maximal binding was obtained at 37 degrees C, while at 0 degrees C and 20 degrees C the values were only slightly lower. Binding was maximal at pH 7.0; mean (+/- S.E.M.) values for the apparent association constant and the binding capacity (calculated at pH 7.0, 0 degrees C and after 30 min of incubation) were 0.5 +/- 0.04 x 10(8) M-1 and 0.4 +/- 0.04 pmol/mg mitochondrial protein respectively. The specificity of binding, examined in competition studies, followed the order: 3,5-T2 > 3,3'-di-iodo-L-thyronine > 3',3,5-tri-iodo-L-thyronine > thyroxine. Other iodothyronines (3',5'-di-iodo-L-thyronine, 3,5-di-iodo-D-thyronine, 3,3',5'-tri-iodo-L-thyronine, 3-iodo-L-thyronine and 3,5-di-iodothyroacetic acid) showed little or no competition. This suggests that the specific 3,5-T2 binding sites could be of biological relevance with respect to the understanding of the mechanism of physiological action of thyroid hormones at the cellular level. PMID:7893345

  14. [Le disfunzioni sessuali in pazienti con primo esordio psicotico valutati secondo una prospettiva di genere].

    PubMed

    Ciocca, Giacomo; Usall, Judith; Dolz, Montse; Limoncin, Erika; Gravina, Giovanni L; Carosa, Eleonora; Snchez, Bernardo; Barajas, Ana; Baos, Iris; Huerta, Elena; Farreny, Aida; Franchi, Camilla; Group, Genipe; Ochoa, Susana

    2015-01-01

    RIASSUNTO. Scopo. I pazienti con un disturbo mentale cronico spesso possono soffrire di disfunzioni sessuali. La funzione sessuale dei nuovi pazienti con primo esordio psicotico stata poco studiata. L'obiettivo di questo studio quello di indagare le differenze di genere nella funzione sessuale in persone con primo episodio psicotico. Metodi. Hanno partecipato alla ricerca un gruppo di 40 uomini e 37 donne con primo episodio psicotico, a cui stato somministrato un protocollo psichiatrico composto dalla PANSS, dall'UKU, e dalla SCID-DSM-IV per effettuare la diagnosi. Risultati. Nel gruppo maschile, il 42,5% dei pazienti aveva disfunzioni sessuali, mentre la percentuale nelle gruppo femminile stata del 37,8%. Non c' stata nessuna correlazione tra disfunzioni sessuali e psicopatologia negli uomini. Invece, nelle donne la psicopatologia generale e i sintomi positivi sono risultati associati all'alterazione della lubrificazione vaginale (r=0,547; p=0,003) and (r=0,485; p=0,011), sebbene anche l'alterazione nella risposta orgasmica risultata correlare con la psicopatologia generale (r=0,500; p=0,013). Inoltre, stata trovata un'associazione tra l'alterazione della lubrificazione vaginale con la depressione (r=0,627; p<0,0001) e il disturbo della volont (r=0,600; p<0,001). Discussione e conclusioni. Questi dati suggeriscono che l'associazione tra disfunzioni sessuali e psicopatologia ha riguardato esclusivamente le donne. Pertanto, durante la presa in carico dei pazienti fondamentale considerare l'associazione genere-specifica tra psicopatologia e problemi sessuali. PMID:26489073

  15. Analysis of tomographic mineralogical data using YaDiVOverview and practical case study

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    Friese, Karl-Ingo; Cichy, Sarah B.; Wolter, Franz-Erich; Botcharnikov, Roman E.

    2013-07-01

    We introduce the 3D-segmentation and -visualization software YaDiV to the mineralogical application of rock texture analysis. YaDiV has been originally designed to process medical DICOM datasets. But due to software advancements and additional plugins, this open-source software can now be easily used for the fast quantitative morphological characterization of geological objects from tomographic datasets. In this paper, we give a summary of YaDiV's features and demonstrate the advantages of 3D-stereographic visualization and the accuracy of 3D-segmentation for the analysis of geological samples. For this purpose, we present a virtual and a real use case (here: experimentally crystallized and vesiculated magmatic rocks, corresponding to the composition of the 1991-1995 Unzen eruption, Japan). Especially the spacial representation of structures in YaDiV allows an immediate, intuitive understanding of the 3D-structures, which may not become clear by only looking on 2D-images. We compare our results of object number density calculations with the established classical stereological 3D-correction methods for 2D-images and show that it was possible to achieve a seriously higher quality and accuracy. The methods described in this paper are not dependent on the nature of the object. The fact, that YaDiV is open-source and users with programming skills can create new plugins themselves, may allow this platform to become applicable to a variety of geological scenarios from the analysis of textures in tiny rock samples to the interpretation of global geophysical data, as long as the data are provided in tomographic form.

  16. Atomistic simulation of lipid and DiI dynamics in membrane bilayers under tension

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    Muddana, Hari S.; Gullapalli, Ramachandra R.; Manias, Evangelos; Butler, Peter J.

    2011-01-01

    Membrane tension modulates cellular processes by initiating changes in the dynamics of its molecular constituents. To quantify the precise relationship between tension, structural properties of the membrane, and the dynamics of lipids and a lipophilic reporter dye, we performed atomistic molecular dynamics (MD) simulations of DiI-labeled dipalmitoylphosphatidylcholine (DPPC) lipid bilayers under physiological lateral tensions ranging from ?2.6 mN m?1 to 15.9 mN m?1. Simulations showed that the bilayer thickness decreased linearly with tension consistent with volume-incompressibility, and this thinning was facilitated by a significant increase in acyl chain interdigitation at the bilayer midplane and spreading of the acyl chains. Tension caused a significant drop in the bilayer's peak electrostatic potential, which correlated with the strong reordering of water and lipid dipoles. For the low tension regime, the DPPC lateral diffusion coefficient increased with increasing tension in accordance with free-area theory. For larger tensions, free area theory broke down due to tension-induced changes in molecular shape and friction. Simulated DiI rotational and lateral diffusion coefficients were lower than those of DPPC but increased with tension in a manner similar to DPPC. Direct correlation of membrane order and viscosity near the DiI chromophore, which was just under the DPPC headgroup, indicated that measured DiI fluorescence lifetime, which is reported to decrease with decreasing lipid order, is likely to be a good reporter of tension-induced decreases in lipid headgroup viscosity. Together, these results offer new molecular-level insights into membrane tension-related mechanotransduction and into the utility of DiI in characterizing tension-induced changes in lipid packing. PMID:21152516

  17. Atomistic simulation of lipid and DiI dynamics in membrane bilayers under tension.

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    Muddana, Hari S; Gullapalli, Ramachandra R; Manias, Evangelos; Butler, Peter J

    2011-01-28

    Membrane tension modulates cellular processes by initiating changes in the dynamics of its molecular constituents. To quantify the precise relationship between tension, structural properties of the membrane, and the dynamics of lipids and a lipophilic reporter dye, we performed atomistic molecular dynamics (MD) simulations of DiI-labeled dipalmitoylphosphatidylcholine (DPPC) lipid bilayers under physiological lateral tensions ranging from -2.6 mN m(-1) to 15.9 mN m(-1). Simulations showed that the bilayer thickness decreased linearly with tension consistent with volume-incompressibility, and this thinning was facilitated by a significant increase in acyl chain interdigitation at the bilayer midplane and spreading of the acyl chains. Tension caused a significant drop in the bilayer's peak electrostatic potential, which correlated with the strong reordering of water and lipid dipoles. For the low tension regime, the DPPC lateral diffusion coefficient increased with increasing tension in accordance with free-area theory. For larger tensions, free area theory broke down due to tension-induced changes in molecular shape and friction. Simulated DiI rotational and lateral diffusion coefficients were lower than those of DPPC but increased with tension in a manner similar to DPPC. Direct correlation of membrane order and viscosity near the DiI chromophore, which was just under the DPPC headgroup, indicated that measured DiI fluorescence lifetime, which is reported to decrease with decreasing lipid order, is likely to be a good reporter of tension-induced decreases in lipid headgroup viscosity. Together, these results offer new molecular-level insights into membrane tension-related mechanotransduction and into the utility of DiI in characterizing tension-induced changes in lipid packing. PMID:21152516

  18. Ultraviolet stimulated melanogenesis by human melanocytes is augmented by di-acyl glycerol but not TPA

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    Friedmann, P.S.; Wren, F.E.; Matthews, J.N. )

    1990-02-01

    Epidermal melanocytes (MC) synthesize melanin in response to ultraviolet radiation (UVR). The mechanisms mediating the UV-induced activation of melanogenesis are unknown but since UVR induces turnover of membrane phospholipids generating prostaglandins (PGs) and other products, it is possible that one of these might provide the activating signal. We have examined the effects of prostaglandins (PGs) E1, E2, D2, F2 alpha, and di-acyl glycerol upon the UV-induced responses of cultured human MC and the Cloudman S91 melanoma cell line. The PGs had little effect on unirradiated cells and did not alter the response to UVR in either human MC or S91 melanoma cells. However, a synthetic analogue of di-acyl glycerol, 1-oleyl 2-acetyl glycerol (OAG), caused a significant (P less than 0.0001), dose-related augmentation of melanin content both in human MC (seven-fold) and S91 cells (three-fold). UVR caused a significant augmentation of the OAG-induced melanogenesis of both human MC and S91 cells. Since OAG is known to activate protein kinase C, it was possible that the observed modulation of the UVR signal could be via that pathway. Di-octanoyl glycerol, another di-acyl glycerol, which activates kinase C, caused a small (70%) increase in melanogenesis in MC which was not altered by UVR. However, 12-0 tetradecanoyl phorbol 13-acetate (TPA), a potent activator of protein kinase C, had no significant effect on either basal or UV-induced melanin synthesis in either cell type. These data suggest that the UV-induced signal activating melanogenesis could be mediated by di-acyl glycerol. Furthermore, they imply that the signal is transduced via an alternative, pathway that might be independent of protein kinase C.

  19. Dimeric c-di-GMP is required for post-translational regulation of alginate production in Pseudomonas aeruginosa

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    Whitney, John C.; Robinson, Howard; Whitfield, Gregory B.; Marmont, Lindsey S.; Yip, Patrick; Neculai, A. Mirela; Lobsanov, Yuri D.; Ohman, Dennis E.; Howell, P. Lynne

    2015-05-15

    Pseudomonas aeruginosa is an opportunistic human pathogen that secretes the exopolysaccharide alginate during infection of the respiratory tract of individuals afflicted with cystic fibrosis and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease. Among the proteins required for alginate production, Alg44 has been identified as an inner membrane protein whose bis-(3',5')-cyclic dimeric guanosine monophosphate (c-di-GMP) binding activity post-translationally regulates alginate secretion. In this study, we report the 1.8 Å crystal structure of the cytoplasmic region of Alg44 in complex with dimeric self-intercalated c-di-GMP and characterize its dinucleotide-binding site using mutational analysis. The structure shows that the c-di-GMP binding region of Alg44 adopts a PilZ domain fold with a dimerization mode not previously observed for this family of proteins. Moreover, calorimetric binding analysis of residues in the c-di-GMP binding site demonstrate that mutation of Arg-17 and Arg-95 alters the binding stoichiometry between c-di-GMP and Alg44 from 2:1 to 1:1. Introduction of these mutant alleles on the P. aeruginosa chromosome show that the residues required for binding of dimeric c-di-GMP in vitro are also required for efficient alginate production in vivo. Our results suggest that the dimeric form of c-di-GMP represents the biologically active signaling molecule needed for the secretion of an important virulence factor produced by P. aeruginosa.

  20. STING-Dependent Recognition of Cyclic di-AMP Mediates Type I Interferon Responses during Chlamydia trachomatis Infection

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    Barker, Jeffrey R.; Koestler, Benjamin J.; Carpenter, Victoria K.; Burdette, Dara L.; Waters, Christopher M.; Vance, Russell E.; Valdivia, Raphael H.

    2013-01-01

    ABSTRACT STING (stimulator of interferon [IFN] genes) initiates type I IFN responses in mammalian cells through the detection of microbial nucleic acids. The membrane-bound obligate intracellular bacterium Chlamydia trachomatis induces a STING-dependent type I IFN response in infected cells, yet the IFN-inducing ligand remains unknown. In this report, we provide evidence that Chlamydia synthesizes cyclic di-AMP (c-di-AMP), a nucleic acid metabolite not previously identified in Gram-negative bacteria, and that this metabolite is a prominent ligand for STING-mediated activation of IFN responses during infection. We used primary mouse lung fibroblasts and HEK293T cells to compare IFN-β responses to Chlamydia infection, c-di-AMP, and other type I IFN-inducing stimuli. Chlamydia infection and c-di-AMP treatment induced type I IFN responses in cells expressing STING but not in cells expressing STING variants that cannot sense cyclic dinucleotides but still respond to cytoplasmic DNA. The failure to induce a type I IFN response to Chlamydia and c-di-AMP correlated with the inability of STING to relocalize from the endoplasmic reticulum to cytoplasmic punctate signaling complexes required for IFN activation. We conclude that Chlamydia induces STING-mediated IFN responses through the detection of c-di-AMP in the host cell cytosol and propose that c-di-AMP is the ligand predominantly responsible for inducing such a response in Chlamydia-infected cells. PMID:23631912

  1. Dimeric c-di-GMP is required for post-translational regulation of alginate production in Pseudomonas aeruginosa

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    Whitney, John C.; Robinson, Howard; Whitfield, Gregory B.; Marmont, Lindsey S.; Yip, Patrick; Neculai, A. Mirela; Lobsanov, Yuri D.; Ohman, Dennis E.; Howell, P. Lynne

    2015-05-15

    Pseudomonas aeruginosa is an opportunistic human pathogen that secretes the exopolysaccharide alginate during infection of the respiratory tract of individuals afflicted with cystic fibrosis and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease. Among the proteins required for alginate production, Alg44 has been identified as an inner membrane protein whose bis-(3',5')-cyclic dimeric guanosine monophosphate (c-di-GMP) binding activity post-translationally regulates alginate secretion. In this study, we report the 1.8 Å crystal structure of the cytoplasmic region of Alg44 in complex with dimeric self-intercalated c-di-GMP and characterize its dinucleotide-binding site using mutational analysis. The structure shows that the c-di-GMP binding region of Alg44 adopts a PilZmore » domain fold with a dimerization mode not previously observed for this family of proteins. Moreover, calorimetric binding analysis of residues in the c-di-GMP binding site demonstrate that mutation of Arg-17 and Arg-95 alters the binding stoichiometry between c-di-GMP and Alg44 from 2:1 to 1:1. Introduction of these mutant alleles on the P. aeruginosa chromosome show that the residues required for binding of dimeric c-di-GMP in vitro are also required for efficient alginate production in vivo. Our results suggest that the dimeric form of c-di-GMP represents the biologically active signaling molecule needed for the secretion of an important virulence factor produced by P. aeruginosa.« less

  2. Intestinal GPS: bile and bicarbonate control cyclic di-GMP to provide Vibrio cholerae spatial cues within the small intestine

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    Koestler, Benjamin J; Waters, Christopher M

    2014-01-01

    The second messenger cyclic di-GMP (c-di-GMP) regulates numerous phenotypes in response to environmental stimuli to enable bacteria to transition between different lifestyles. Here we discuss our recent findings that the human pathogen Vibrio cholerae recognizes 2 host-specific signals, bile and bicarbonate, to regulate intracellular c-di-GMP. We have demonstrated that bile acids increase intracellular c-di-GMP to promote biofilm formation. We have also shown that this bile-mediated increase of intracellular c-di-GMP is negated by bicarbonate, and that this interaction is dependent on pH, suggesting that V. cholerae uses these 2 environmental cues to sense and adapt to its relative location in the small intestine. Increased intracellular c-di-GMP by bile is attributed to increased c-di-GMP synthesis by 3 diguanylate cyclases (DGCs) and decreased expression of one phosphodiesterase (PDE) in the presence of bile. The molecular mechanisms by which bile controls the activity of the 3 DGCs and the regulators of bile-mediated transcriptional repression of the PDE are not yet known. Moreover, the impact of varying concentrations of bile and bicarbonate at different locations within the small intestine and the response of V. cholerae to these cues remains unclear. The native microbiome and pharmaceuticals, such as omeprazole, can impact bile and pH within the small intestine, suggesting these are potential unappreciated factors that may alter V. cholerae pathogenesis. PMID:25621620

  3. Structural Analysis of the GGDEF-EAL Domain-Containing c-di-GMP Receptor FimX

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    Navarro, M.; De, N; Bae, N; Wang, Q; Sondermann, H

    2009-01-01

    Bacterial pathogenesis involves social behavior including biofilm formation and swarming, processes that are regulated by the bacterially unique second messenger cyclic di-GMP (c-di-GMP). Diguanylate cyclases containing GGDEF and phosphodiesterases containing EAL domains have been identified as the enzymes controlling cellular c-di-GMP levels, yet less is known regarding signal transmission and the targets of c-di-GMP. FimX, a protein from Pseudomonas aeruginosa that governs twitching motility, belongs to a large subfamily containing both GGDEF and EAL domains. Biochemical and structural analyses reveals its function as a high-affinity receptor for c-di-GMP. A model for full-length FimX was generated combining solution scattering data and crystal structures of the degenerate GGDEF and EAL domains. Although FimX forms a dimer in solution via the N-terminal domains, a crystallographic EAL domain dimer suggests modes for the regulation of FimX by c-di-GMP binding. The results provide the structural basis for c-di-GMP sensing via degenerate phosphodiesterases.

  4. Dimeric c-di-GMP is required for post-translational regulation of alginate production in Pseudomonas aeruginosa.

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    Whitney, John C; Whitfield, Gregory B; Marmont, Lindsey S; Yip, Patrick; Neculai, A Mirela; Lobsanov, Yuri D; Robinson, Howard; Ohman, Dennis E; Howell, P Lynne

    2015-05-15

    Pseudomonas aeruginosa is an opportunistic human pathogen that secretes the exopolysaccharide alginate during infection of the respiratory tract of individuals afflicted with cystic fibrosis and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease. Among the proteins required for alginate production, Alg44 has been identified as an inner membrane protein whose bis-(3',5')-cyclic dimeric guanosine monophosphate (c-di-GMP) binding activity post-translationally regulates alginate secretion. In this study, we report the 1.8 crystal structure of the cytoplasmic region of Alg44 in complex with dimeric self-intercalated c-di-GMP and characterize its dinucleotide-binding site using mutational analysis. The structure shows that the c-di-GMP binding region of Alg44 adopts a PilZ domain fold with a dimerization mode not previously observed for this family of proteins. Calorimetric binding analysis of residues in the c-di-GMP binding site demonstrate that mutation of Arg-17 and Arg-95 alters the binding stoichiometry between c-di-GMP and Alg44 from 2:1 to 1:1. Introduction of these mutant alleles on the P. aeruginosa chromosome show that the residues required for binding of dimeric c-di-GMP in vitro are also required for efficient alginate production in vivo. These results suggest that the dimeric form of c-di-GMP represents the biologically active signaling molecule needed for the secretion of an important virulence factor produced by P. aeruginosa. PMID:25817996

  5. Cyclic di-AMP Is Critical for Listeria monocytogenes Growth, Cell Wall Homeostasis, and Establishment of Infection

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    Witte, Chelsea E.; Whiteley, Aaron T.; Burke, Thomas P.; Sauer, John-Demian; Portnoy, Daniel A.; Woodward, Joshua J.

    2013-01-01

    ABSTRACT Listeria monocytogenes infection leads to robust induction of an innate immune signaling pathway referred to as the cytosolic surveillance pathway (CSP), characterized by expression of beta interferon (IFN-β) and coregulated genes. We previously identified the IFN-β stimulatory ligand as secreted cyclic di-AMP. Synthesis of c-di-AMP in L. monocytogenes is catalyzed by the diadenylate cyclase DacA, and multidrug resistance transporters are necessary for secretion. To identify additional bacterial factors involved in L. monocytogenes detection by the CSP, we performed a forward genetic screen for mutants that induced altered levels of IFN-β. One mutant that stimulated elevated levels of IFN-β harbored a transposon insertion in the gene lmo0052. Lmo0052, renamed here PdeA, has homology to a cyclic di-AMP phosphodiesterase, GdpP (formerly YybT), of Bacillus subtilis and is able to degrade c-di-AMP to the linear dinucleotide pApA. Reduction of c-di-AMP levels by conditional depletion of the di-adenylate cyclase DacA or overexpression of PdeA led to marked decreases in growth rates, both in vitro and in macrophages. Additionally, mutants with altered levels of c-di-AMP had different susceptibilities to peptidoglycan-targeting antibiotics, suggesting that the molecule may be involved in regulating cell wall homeostasis. During intracellular infection, increases in c-di-AMP production led to hyperactivation of the CSP. Conditional depletion of dacA also led to increased IFN-β expression and a concomitant increase in host cell pyroptosis, a result of increased bacteriolysis and subsequent bacterial DNA release. These data suggest that c-di-AMP coordinates bacterial growth, cell wall stability, and responses to stress and plays a crucial role in the establishment of bacterial infection. PMID:23716572

  6. Identification of a cyclic-di-GMP-modulating response regulator that impacts biofilm formation in a model sulfate reducing bacterium

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    Rajeev, Lara; Luning, Eric G.; Altenburg, Sara; Zane, Grant M.; Baidoo, Edward E. K.; Catena, Michela; Keasling, Jay D.; Wall, Judy D.; Fields, Matthew W.; Mukhopadhyay, Aindrila

    2014-01-01

    We surveyed the eight putative cyclic-di-GMP-modulating response regulators (RRs) in Desulfovibrio vulgaris Hildenborough that are predicted to function via two-component signaling. Using purified proteins, we examined cyclic-di-GMP (c-di-GMP) production or turnover in vitro of all eight proteins. The two RRs containing only GGDEF domains (DVU2067, DVU0636) demonstrated c-di-GMP production activity in vitro. Of the remaining proteins, three RRs with HD-GYP domains (DVU0722, DVUA0086, and DVU2933) were confirmed to be Mn2+-dependent phosphodiesterases (PDEs) in vitro and converted c-di-GMP to its linear form, pGpG. DVU0408, containing both c-di-GMP production (GGDEF) and degradation domains (EAL), showed c-di-GMP turnover activity in vitro also with production of pGpG. No c-di-GMP related activity could be assigned to the RR DVU0330, containing a metal-dependent phosphohydrolase HD-OD domain, or to the HD-GYP domain RR, DVU1181. Studies included examining the impact of overexpressed cyclic-di-GMP-modulating RRs in the heterologous host E. coli and led to the identification of one RR, DVU0636, with increased cellulose production. Evaluation of a transposon mutant in DVU0636 indicated that the strain was impaired in biofilm formation and demonstrated an altered carbohydrate:protein ratio relative to the D. vulgaris wild type biofilms. However, grown in liquid lactate/sulfate medium, the DVU0636 transposon mutant showed no growth impairment relative to the wild-type strain. Among the eight candidates, only the transposon disruption mutant in the DVU2067 RR presented a growth defect in liquid culture. Our results indicate that, of the two diguanylate cyclases (DGCs) that function as part of two-component signaling, DVU0636 plays an important role in biofilm formation while the function of DVU2067 has pertinence in planktonic growth. PMID:25120537

  7. Structural Studies of Potassium Transport Protein KtrA Regulator of Conductance of K+ (RCK) C Domain in Complex with Cyclic Diadenosine Monophosphate (c-di-AMP).

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    Kim, Henna; Youn, Suk-Jun; Kim, Seong Ok; Ko, Junsang; Lee, Jie-Oh; Choi, Byong-Seok

    2015-06-26

    Although it was only recently identified as a second messenger, c-di-AMP was found to have fundamental importance in numerous bacterial functions such as ion transport. The potassium transporter protein, KtrA, was identified as a c-di-AMP receptor. However, the co-crystallization of c-di-AMP with the protein has not been studied. Here, we determined the crystal structure of the KtrA RCK_C domain in complex with c-di-AMP. The c-di-AMP nucleotide, which adopts a U-shaped conformation, is bound at the dimer interface of RCK_C close to helices ?3 and ?4. c-di-AMP interacts with KtrA RCK_C mainly by forming hydrogen bonds and hydrophobic interactions. c-di-AMP binding induces the contraction of the dimer, bringing the two monomers of KtrA RCK_C into close proximity. The KtrA RCK_C was able to interact with only c-di-AMP, but not with c-di-GMP, 3',3-cGAMP, ATP, and ADP. The structure of the KtrA RCK_C domain and c-di-AMP complex would expand our understanding about the mechanism of inactivation in Ktr transporters governed by c-di-AMP. PMID:25957408

  8. The soybean GmDi19-5 interacts with GmLEA3.1 and increases sensitivity of transgenic plants to abiotic stresses

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    Feng, Zhi-Juan; Cui, Xiao-Yu; Cui, Xi-Yan; Chen, Ming; Yang, Guang-Xiao; Ma, You-Zhi; He, Guang-Yuan; Xu, Zhao-Shi

    2015-01-01

    Drought-induced (Di19) proteins played important roles in plant growth, development, and abiotic stress responses. In the present study, a total of seven Di19 genes were identified in soybean. Each soybean Di19 gene showed specific responses to salt, drought, oxidative, and ABA stresses based on expression profiles. With a relatively higher transcript level among Di19 members under four stress treatments, GmDi19-5 was selected for detailed analysis. Inhibitor assays revealed that ABA inhibitor (Fluridone) or H2O2 inhibitor (DMTU) was involved in the drought- or salt-induced transcription of GmDi19-5. The GUS activity driven by the GmDi19-5 promoter was induced by salt, PEG, ABA, and MV treatments and tended to be accumulated in the vascular bundles and young leaves. A subcellular localization assay showed that GmDi19-5 protein localized in the nucleus. Further investigation showed that GmDi19-5 protein was involved in the interaction with GmLEA3.1. Overexpression of GmDi19-5 increased sensitivity of transgenic Arabidopsis plants to salt, drought, oxidative, and ABA stresses and regulated expression of several ABA/stress-associated genes. This present investigation showed that GmDi19-5 functioned as a negative factor under abiotic stresses and was involved in ABA and SOS signaling pathway by altering transcription of stress-associated genes. PMID:25852726

  9. A cytotoxic principle of Tamarindus indica, di-n-butyl malate and the structure-activity relationship of its analogues.

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    Kobayashi, A; Adenan, M I; Kajiyama, S; Kanzaki, H; Kawazu, K

    1996-01-01

    Bioassay-guided fractionation of the methanolic extract of Tamarindus indica fruits led to the isolation of L-(-)-di-n-butyl malate which exhibited a pronounced cytotoxic activity against sea urchin embryo cells. In order to study structure-activity relationships, close-structure relatives of di-n-butyl malate were synthesized using D-(+)- and L-(-)-malic acid as starting materials, and their cytotoxic activities were examined for the sea urchin embryo assay. L-(-)-Di-n-pentyl malate was the most effective inhibitor to the development of the fertilized eggs. Significant inhibitory activity was not seen in the esters of D-(-)-isomer. PMID:8639230

  10. Utero-vaginal aplasia (Mayer-Rokitansky-Küster-Hauser syndrome) associated with deletions in known DiGeorge or DiGeorge-like loci

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    2011-01-01

    Background Mayer-Rokitansky-Küster-Hauser (MRKH) syndrome is characterized by congenital aplasia of the uterus and the upper part of the vagina in women showing normal development of secondary sexual characteristics and a normal 46, XX karyotype. The uterovaginal aplasia is either isolated (type I) or more frequently associated with other malformations (type II or Müllerian Renal Cervico-thoracic Somite (MURCS) association), some of which belong to the malformation spectrum of DiGeorge phenotype (DGS). Its etiology remains poorly understood. Thus the phenotypic manifestations of MRKH and DGS overlap suggesting a possible genetic link. This would potentially have clinical consequences. Methods We searched DiGeorge critical chromosomal regions for chromosomal anomalies in a cohort of 57 subjects with uterovaginal aplasia (55 women and 2 aborted fetuses). For this candidate locus approach, we used a multiplex ligation-dependent probe amplification (MLPA) assay based on a kit designed for investigation of the chromosomal regions known to be involved in DGS. The deletions detected were validated by Duplex PCR/liquid chromatography (DP/LC) and/or array-CGH analysis. Results We found deletions in four probands within the four chromosomal loci 4q34-qter, 8p23.1, 10p14 and 22q11.2 implicated in almost all cases of DGS syndrome. Conclusion Uterovaginal aplasia appears to be an additional feature of the broad spectrum of the DGS phenotype. The DiGeorge critical chromosomal regions may be candidate loci for a subset of MRKH syndrome (MURCS association) individuals. However, the genes mapping at the sites of these deletions involved in uterovaginal anomalies remain to be determined. These findings have consequences for clinical investigations, the care of patients and their relatives, and genetic counseling. PMID:21406098

  11. THE STATE OF MANGANESE IN THE PHOTOSYNTHETIC APPARATUS. I. EXAFS STUDIES ON CHLOROPLASTS AND di-u-oxo BRIDGED di-MANGANESE MODEL COMPOUNDS

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    Kirby, J.A.; Robertson, A.S.; Smith, J.P.; Thompson, A.C.; Thompson, A.C.; Klein, M.P.

    1980-11-01

    Extended X-ray Absorption Fine Structure (EXAFS) studies on the manganese contained in spinach chloroplasts and on certain di-u-oxo bridged manganese dimers of the form (X{sub 2}Mn)O{sub 2}(MnX{sub 2} (X=2,2'-bypyridine and 1,10-phenanthroline) are reported. From these studies, the manganese associated with photosynthetic oxygen evolution is suggested to occur as a bridged transition metal dimer with most likely another manganese. Extensive details on the analysis are included.

  12. Cellular Levels and Binding of c-di-GMP Control Subcellular Localization and Activity of the Vibrio cholerae Transcriptional Regulator VpsT

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    Shikuma, Nicholas J.; Fong, Jiunn C. N.; Yildiz, Fitnat H.

    2012-01-01

    The second messenger, cyclic diguanylate (c-di-GMP), regulates diverse cellular processes in bacteria. C-di-GMP is produced by diguanylate cyclases (DGCs), degraded by phosphodiesterases (PDEs), and receptors couple c-di-GMP production to cellular responses. In many bacteria, including Vibrio cholerae, multiple DGCs and PDEs contribute to c-di-GMP signaling, and it is currently unclear whether the compartmentalization of c-di-GMP signaling components is required to mediate c-di-GMP signal transduction. In this study we show that the transcriptional regulator, VpsT, requires c-di-GMP binding for subcellular localization and activity. Only the additive deletion of five DGCs markedly decreases the localization of VpsT, while single deletions of each DGC do not impact VpsT localization. Moreover, mutations in residues required for c-di-GMP binding, c-di-GMP-stabilized dimerization and DNA binding of VpsT abrogate wild type localization and activity. VpsT does not co-localize or interact with DGCs suggesting that c-di-GMP from these DGCs diffuses to VpsT, supporting a model in which c-di-GMP acts at a distance. Furthermore, VpsT localization in a heterologous host, Escherichia coli, requires a catalytically active DGC and is enhanced by the presence of VpsT-target sequences. Our data show that c-di-GMP signaling can be executed through an additive cellular c-di-GMP level from multiple DGCs affecting the localization and activity of a c-di-GMP receptor and furthers our understanding of the mechanisms of second messenger signaling. PMID:22654664

  13. Crystal structure of tri-aqua-(2,6-di-methyl-pyrazine-?N (4))bis-(thio-cyanato-?N)manganese(II) 2,5-di-methyl-pyrazine disolvate.

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    Suckert, Stefan; Whlert, Susanne; Jess, Inke; Nther, Christian

    2015-12-01

    In the crystal structure of the title complex, [Mn(NCS)2(C6H8N2)(H2O)3]2C6H8N2, the Mn(II) cation is coordinated by two terminally N-bonded thio-cyanate anions, three water mol-ecules and one 2,6-di-methyl-pyrazine ligand within a slightly distorted N3O3 octa-hedral geometry; the entire complex mol-ecule is generated by the application of a twofold rotation axis. The asymmetric unit also contains an uncoordinating 2,5-di-methyl-pyrazine ligand in a general position. Obviously, the coordination to the 2,6-di-methyl-pyrazine ligand is preferred because coordination to the 2,5-di-methyl-pyrazine is hindered due to the bulky methyl group proximate to the N atom. The discrete complexes are linked by water-O-H?N(2,6-di-methyl-pyzazine/2,5-di-methyl-pyza-zine) hydrogen bonding, forming a three-dimensional network. In the crystal, mol-ecules are arranged in a way that cavities are formed in which unspecified, disordered solvent molecules reside. These were modelled employing the SQUEEZE routine in PLATON [Spek (2015 ?). Acta Cryst. C71, 9-18]. The composition of the unit cell does not take into account the presence of the unspecified solvent. PMID:26870435

  14. Crystal structure of triaqua(2,6-dimethylpyrazine-?N 4)bis(thiocyanato-?N)manganese(II) 2,5-dimethylpyrazine disolvate

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    Suckert, Stefan; Whlert, Susanne; Jess, Inke; Nther, Christian

    2015-01-01

    In the crystal structure of the title complex, [Mn(NCS)2(C6H8N2)(H2O)3]2C6H8N2, the MnII cation is coordinated by two terminally N-bonded thiocyanate anions, three water molecules and one 2,6-dimethylpyrazine ligand within a slightly distorted N3O3 octahedral geometry; the entire complex molecule is generated by the application of a twofold rotation axis. The asymmetric unit also contains an uncoordinating 2,5-dimethylpyrazine ligand in a general position. Obviously, the coordination to the 2,6-dimethylpyrazine ligand is preferred because coordination to the 2,5-dimethylpyrazine is hindered due to the bulky methyl group proximate to the N atom. The discrete complexes are linked by water-OH?N(2,6-dimethylpyzazine/2,5-dimethylpyzazine) hydrogen bonding, forming a three-dimensional network. In the crystal, molecules are arranged in a way that cavities are formed in which unspecified, disordered solvent molecules reside. These were modelled employing the SQUEEZE routine in PLATON [Spek (2015 ?). Acta Cryst. C71, 918]. The composition of the unit cell does not take into account the presence of the unspecified solvent. PMID:26870435

  15. Vibrio cholerae VpsT Regulates Matrix Production and Motility by Directly Sensing Cyclic di-GMP

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    Krasteva, P.; Fong, J; Shikuma, N; Beyhan, S; Navarro, M; Yildiz, F; Sondermann, H

    2010-01-01

    Microorganisms can switch from a planktonic, free-swimming life-style to a sessile, colonial state, called a biofilm, which confers resistance to environmental stress. Conversion between the motile and biofilm life-styles has been attributed to increased levels of the prokaryotic second messenger cyclic di-guanosine monophosphate (c-di-GMP), yet the signaling mechanisms mediating such a global switch are poorly understood. Here we show that the transcriptional regulator VpsT from Vibrio cholerae directly senses c-di-GMP to inversely control extracellular matrix production and motility, which identifies VpsT as a master regulator for biofilm formation. Rather than being regulated by phosphorylation, VpsT undergoes a change in oligomerization on c-di-GMP binding.

  16. Bromine Incorporation in Regulated and Emerging DBPs and the Relative Predominance of Mono, Di and Trihalogenated DBPs - SLIDES

    EPA Science Inventory

    Examination of bromine incorporation in emerging DBPs vs that of regulated DBPs Study of predominance of di- vs trihalogenated species in different DBP classes Better understand and characterize exposure to DBPs of health concern

  17. Oxidation of 2,6-di-tert-butyl-4-methylphenol. The structure of C14H22O3

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    Yohe, G.R.; Dunbar, J.E.; Lansford, M.W.; Pedrotti, R.L.; Scheidt, F.M.; Lee, F.G.H.; Smith, E.C.

    1959-01-01

    The acidic compound C14H22O3, previously reported without assignment of structure as an oxidation product of 2,6-di-tert-butyl-4-methylphenol, is now believed to be DL-trans-5,6-di-tert-butyl-2-hydroxy-1,4-diketo-2-cyclohexene (I). Chemical properties are described and infrared spectra are presented in support of this structure. This structure is of interest in relation to the problem of the existence of o-di-tert-alkylbenzene derivatives. The relatively easy racemization of optically active I suggests that its completely enolized form, 5,6-di-tert-butyl-1,2,4-trihydroxybenzene, is capable of transitory existence.

  18. Vibrio cholerae VpsT regulates matrix production and motility by directly sensing cyclic di-GMP*

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    Krasteva, Petya V.; Fong, Jiunn C.N.; Shikuma, Nicholas J.; Beyhan, Sinem; Navarro, Marcos V.A.S.; Yildiz, Fitnat H.; Sondermann, Holger

    2010-01-01

    Microorganisms can switch from a planktonic, free-swimming life style to a sessile, colonial state, called a biofilm, conferring resistance to environmental stress. Conversion between the motile and biofilm life style has been attributed to increased levels of the prokaryotic second messenger cyclic di-guanosine monophosphate (c-di-GMP), yet the signaling mechanisms mediating such a global switch are poorly understood. Here we show that the transcriptional regulator VpsT from Vibrio cholerae directly senses c-di-GMP to inversely control extracellular matrix production and motility, identifying VpsT as a master regulator for biofilm formation. Rather than being regulated by phosphorylation, VpsT undergoes a change in oligomerization upon c-di-GMP binding. PMID:20150502

  19. 2,6-Di(arylamino)-3-fluoropyridine Derivatives as HIV Non-Nucleoside Reverse Transcriptase Inhibitors.

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    Sergeyev, Sergey; Yadav, Ashok Kumar; Franck, Philippe; Michiels, Johan; Lewi, Paul; Heeres, Jan; Vanham, Guido; Arin, Kevin K; Vande Velde, Christophe M L; De Winter, Hans; Maes, Bert U W

    2016-03-10

    New non-nucleoside reverse transcriptase inhibitors (NNRTI), which are similar in structure to earlier described di(arylamino)pyrimidines but featuring a 2,6-di(arylamino)-3-fluoropyridine, 2,4-di(arylamino)-5-fluoropyrimidine, or 1,3-di(arylamino)-4-fluorobenzene moiety instead of a 2,4-disubstituted pyrimidine moiety, are reported. The short and practical synthesis of novel NNRTI relies on two sequential Pd-catalyzed aminations as the key steps. It is demonstrated through direct comparison with reference compounds that the presence of a fluorine atom increases the in vitro anti-HIV activity, both against the wild type virus and drug-resistant mutant strains. PMID:26785139

  20. Properties of the material of interphase formations based on lanthanide Di-(2-ethylhexyl)phosphate

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    Golubina, E. N.; Kizim, N. F.; Chekmarev, A. M.

    2014-09-01

    The structural, optical, and electrical properties of the material of interphase formations arising spontaneously in the interface region of an extraction system consisting of an aqueous solution of a rare-earth element (REE) salt (a solution of di-(2-ethylhexyl)phosphoric acid (D2EHPA) in an organic solvent) are investigated. The structure of lanthanide di-(2-ethylhexyl)phosphate is determined and its lattice constants are estimated. It is shown that the electric conductivity and optical density of the material of interphase formations transferred onto a glass plate correlate with the accumulation of REEs in the interfacial layer of the extraction system. The difference between the properties of the material of interphase formations based on REEs of the yttrium and cerium subgroups is established.

  1. Crystal structure of 3,5-dimethylphenyl 2-nitrobenzenesulfonate

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    Atanasova, Tsvetelina P.; Riley, Sean; Biros, Shannon M.; Staples, Richard J.; Ngassa, Felix N.

    2015-01-01

    The title compound, C14H13NO5S, was synthesized via a nucleophilic substitution reaction between 3,5-dimethylphenol and 2-nitrobenzenesulfonyl chloride. The aromatic rings attached to the SO3 group are oriented in a gauche fashion around the ester SO bond, with a CSOC torsion angle of 84.68?(11). The molecules form centrosymmetric dimers via ?? stacking interactions between 3,5-dimethylphenyl groups (centroidcentroid distance = 3.709?). An intermolecular S=O?N interaction between the sulfonyl and nitro groups, with an O?N distance of 2.9840?(18)?, organizes the dimers into columns extending along [011]. These columns are further assembled into (111) layers through CH?O interactions. PMID:26396844

  2. Preliminary experimental results from a dichoptic vision system (DiVS)

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    Browne, Michael P.; Moffitt, Kirk; Hopper, Darrel G.; Fath, Bridget

    2011-06-01

    A dichoptic HMD vision system can provide an expansive and highly detailed visual experience by presenting a large FOV, lower quality image to one eye and a small FOV, higher quality image to the other. We compared a benchtop dichoptic vision system (DiVS) to a reference binocular system (RBS) using both subjective ratings and a performance test. Subjective ratings were directed at questions involving image quality, viewing comfort and presence or immersion. The performance test required observers to scan the scene to locate a target and then make an identification. Response times were collected for each component of this task. Target acquisition times were found to be much shorter for the DiVS condition while target identification times were longer. Total time to acquire and identify a target was found to be significantly shorter for a dichoptic system.

  3. MeDiA: Mean Distance Association and Its Applications in Nonlinear Gene Set Analysis

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    Peng, Hesen; Ma, Junjie; Bai, Yun; Lu, Jianwei; Yu, Tianwei

    2015-01-01

    Probabilistic association discovery aims at identifying the association between random vectors, regardless of number of variables involved or linear/nonlinear functional forms. Recently, applications in high-dimensional data have generated rising interest in probabilistic association discovery. We developed a framework based on functions on the observation graph, named MeDiA (Mean Distance Association). We generalize its property to a group of functions on the observation graph. The group of functions encapsulates major existing methods in association discovery, e.g. mutual information and Brownian Covariance, and can be expanded to more complicated forms. We conducted numerical comparison of the statistical power of related methods under multiple scenarios. We further demonstrated the application of MeDiA as a method of gene set analysis that captures a broader range of responses than traditional gene set analysis methods. PMID:25915206

  4. Carbon Nanofiber Incorporated Silica Based Aerogels with Di-Isocyanate Cross-Linking

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    Vivod, Stephanie L.; Meador, Mary Ann B.; Capadona, Lynn A.; Sullivan, Roy M.; Ghosn, Louis J.; Clark, Nicholas; McCorkle, Linda

    2008-01-01

    Lightweight materials with excellent thermal insulating properties are highly sought after for a variety of aerospace and aeronautic applications. (1) Silica based aerogels with their high surface area and low relative densities are ideal for applications in extreme environments such as insulators for the Mars Rover battery. (2) However, the fragile nature of aerogel monoliths prevents their widespread use in more down to earth applications. We have shown that the fragile aerogel network can be cross-linked with a di-isocyanate via amine decorated surfaces to form a conformal coating. (3) This coating reinforces the neck regions between secondary silica particles and significantly strengthens the aerogels with only a small effect on density or porosity. Scheme 1 depicts the cross-linking reaction with the di-isocyanate and exhibits the stages that result in polymer cross-linked aerogel monoliths.

  5. On-line process analysis innovation: DiComp (tm) shunting dielectric sensor technology

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    Davis, Craig R.; Waldman, Frank A.

    1993-01-01

    The DiComp Shunting Dielectric Sensor (SDS) is a new patent-pending technology developed under the Small Business Innovation Research Program (SBIR) for NASA's Kennedy Space Center. The incorporation of a shunt electrode into a conventional fringing field dielectric sensor makes the SDS uniquely sensitive to changes in material dielectric properties in the KHz to MHz range which were previously detectable only at GHz measurement frequencies. The initial NASA application of the SDS for Nutrient Delivery Control has demonstrated SDS capabilities for thickness and concentration measurement of Hoagland nutrient solutions. The commercial introduction of DiComp SDS technology for concentration and percent solids measurements in dispersions, emulsions and solutions represents a new technology for process measurements for liquids in a variety of industries.

  6. Contribution of di-SIA to mass transport in Fe-Cr alloys

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    Ryabov, V. A.; Pechenkin, V. A.; Molodtsov, V. L.; Terentyev, D.

    2016-04-01

    Molecular dynamics simulations have been performed to study the diffusion characteristics of di-self interstitial atom (di-SIA) in BCC Fe-Cr alloys and corresponding mass transport of Fe and Cratoms in the temperature range 600-1000 K in the alloys with Cr content 5-25 at%, which is relevant for ferritic/martensitic steels. An original treatment is proposed in this work to account for a mixed migration mode composed of the diffusion of the cluster itself and break-up into a pair of independent SIAs. The ratio of self-diffusion coefficients of Cr and Fe is found to exceed unity in Fe-5Cr and Fe-10Cr alloys, which implies that under cascade-producing damage, 3D-migrating small SIA clusters will effectively contribute to the segregation of Cr to neutral and SIA-preferential sinks, eventually causing radiation induced segregation.

  7. LUMINESCENCE SPECTRA OF THE URANYL ION IN TWO GEOMETRICALLY SIMILAR COORDINATION ENVIRONMENTS: URANYL NITRATE HEXAHYDRATE AND DI-{mu}-AQUO-BIS (DIOXODINITRA-TOURANIUM(VI) DI-IMIDAZOLE

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    Brittain, Harry G.; Perry, Dale L.

    1980-02-01

    The luminescence spectra of the uranyl ion have been obtained at room and liquid nitrogen temperatures in the crystal hosts of uranyl nitrate hexahydrate (UNH) and di~~-aquo-bis(dioxodinitratouranium(VI)) di-imidazole (UNI). In both coordination spheres, the uranyl ion lies at the center of similar, distorted coordination hexagons consisting of two bidentate nitrate groups and two water molecules; the only difference in the coordination geometries is that the water molecules are terminal in the UNH complex and bridging in the UNI complex. The uranium-uranium "bond" distance in the UNI complex is 3.93 A. At room temperature, the emission spectra of the two compounds are essentially identical, but significant differences appear upon cooling to 77K. Vibronic structure is observed in the crystal of the UNI complex b4t not in the crystal of uranyl nitrate hexahydrate; this implies that the geom~try of the uranyl ion in the two excited states is somewhat different. An energy level sequence is presented in which the various emission lines arise from a slightly split excited state (splitting approximately 80-85 cm-1) to several vibrational levels of the ground electronic manifold. The energy spacing of the ground vibrational levels (approximately 860 cm-1) was found to vary when changing crystal systems.

  8. Chamber studies on mass-transfer of di(2-ethylhexyl)phthalate (DEHP) and di- n-butylphthalate (DnBP) from emission sources into house dust

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    Schripp, Tobias; Fauck, Christian; Salthammer, Tunga

    2010-08-01

    For a number of phthalates and especially for di(2-ethylhexyl)phthalate (DEHP), surprisingly high house dust concentrations are reported in the literature. Therefore, the uptake of the most prominent compounds DEHP and di- n-butylphthalate (DnBP) from plasticized indoor materials into house dust samples of different organic content has been experimentally determined. The experiments have been performed within 45 days which is sufficient for the more volatile phthalate (DnBP) to reach equilibrium conditions. DnBP reaches considerably higher concentrations in the chamber air compared to real room measurements and, thus, also elevated dust concentrations. In contrast, the mass transfer of DEHP in the dust via the gas phase was significantly lower. However, small chamber experiments showed elevated mass transfer of DEHP in case of direct contact between emission source and sink. This aspect is experimentally determined using an plasticized PVC polymer with and without direct contact to house dust. A transfer into the dust could be observed in dependence of the initial concentration in the material. However, the results do not allow the differentiation between the two uptake mechanisms via capillary forces and contact to the material's boundary layer. The results illustrate that the reasons for elevated DEHP concentrations in dust indoors can be traced back to direct contact of source and sink, abrasion from the source, and transport via airborne particles.

  9. Pharmacokinetic Study of Di-Phenyl-Di-(2,4-Difluobenzohydroxamato)Tin(IV): Novel Metal-Based Complex with Promising Antitumor Potential.

    PubMed

    Li, Yunlan; Gao, Zhuyan; Guo, Pu; Li, Qingshan

    2012-01-01

    Di-phenyl-di-(2,4-difluobenzohydroxamato)tin(IV)(DPDFT), a new metal-based arylhydroxamate antitumor complex, showed high in vivo and in vitro antitumor activity with relative low toxicity, but no data was reported regarding its pharmacokinetics and dependent toxicity. In this paper, a rapid, sensitive, and reproducible HPLC method in vivo using Diamonsil ODS column with a mixture of methanol and phosphoric acid in water (30 : 70, V/V, pH 3.0) as mobile phase was developed and validated for the determination of DPDFT. The plasma was deproteinized with methanol that contained acetanilide as the internal standard (I.S.). The photodiode array detector was set at a wavelength of 228 nm at room temperature and a linear curve over the concentration range 0.1~25 μg·mL(-1) (r = 0.9993) was obtained. The method was used to determine the concentration-time profiles for DPDFT in the plasma after single intravenous administration with doses of 5, 10, 15 mg·kg(-1) to rats. The pharmacokinetics parameter calculations and modeling were carried out using the 3p97 software. The results showed that the concentration-time curves of DPDFT in rat plasma could be fitted to two-compartment model. PMID:22400014

  10. Assessing differences in toxicity and teratogenicity of three phthalates, Diethyl phthalate, Di-n-propyl phthalate, and Di-n-butyl phthalate, using Xenopus laevis embryos.

    PubMed

    Gardner, Steven T; Wood, Andrew T; Lester, Rachel; Onkst, Paitra E; Burnham, Nathaniel; Perygin, Donna H; Rayburn, James

    2016-01-01

    Phthalates, compounds used to add flexibility to plastics, are ubiquitous in the environment. In particular, the diethyl (DEP), di-n-propyl (DnPP), and di-n-butyl (DBP) phthalates were found to exert detrimental effects in both mammalian and non-mammalian studies, with toxic effects varying according to alkyl chain length. Embryos of Xenopus laevis, the African clawed frog, have been used to assess toxicity and teratogenicity of several compounds and serves as a model for assessing adverse and teratogenic effects of ortho-phthalate esters. The purpose of this study was to develop a model for comparison of developmentally toxic effects of ortho-phthalate esters using Xenopus embryos. In this study developing Xenopus laevis embryos were exposed to increasing concentrations of DEP, DnPP, and DBP using the 96-h Frog Embryo Teratogenesis Assay-Xenopus (FETAX), with 96-h lethal concentrations, effective concentrations to induce malformations, teratogenic indices, and concentrations to inhibit growth determined. DEP, DnPP, and DBP showed enhanced toxicity with increasing ester length. Developing Xenopus laevis exposed to DEP, DnPP, and DBP showed similar malformations that also occurred at lower concentrations with increasing alkyl chain length. Teratogenic risk did not change markedly with alkyl chain length, with data showing only DBP to be teratogenic. PMID:26730679

  11. Pharmacokinetic Study of Di-Phenyl-Di-(2,4-Difluobenzohydroxamato)Tin(IV): Novel Metal-Based Complex with Promising Antitumor Potential

    PubMed Central

    Li, Yunlan; Gao, Zhuyan; Guo, Pu; Li, Qingshan

    2012-01-01

    Di-phenyl-di-(2,4-difluobenzohydroxamato)tin(IV)(DPDFT), a new metal-based arylhydroxamate antitumor complex, showed high in vivo and in vitro antitumor activity with relative low toxicity, but no data was reported regarding its pharmacokinetics and dependent toxicity. In this paper, a rapid, sensitive, and reproducible HPLC method in vivo using Diamonsil ODS column with a mixture of methanol and phosphoric acid in water (30 : 70, V/V, pH 3.0) as mobile phase was developed and validated for the determination of DPDFT. The plasma was deproteinized with methanol that contained acetanilide as the internal standard (I.S.). The photodiode array detector was set at a wavelength of 228 nm at room temperature and a linear curve over the concentration range 0.1~25 μg·mL−1 (r = 0.9993) was obtained. The method was used to determine the concentration-time profiles for DPDFT in the plasma after single intravenous administration with doses of 5, 10, 15 mg·kg−1 to rats. The pharmacokinetics parameter calculations and modeling were carried out using the 3p97 software. The results showed that the concentration-time curves of DPDFT in rat plasma could be fitted to two-compartment model. PMID:22400014

  12. Synthesis and DFT calculation of a novel 5,17-di(2-antracenylazo)-25,27-di(ethoxycarbonylmethoxy)-26,28-dihydroxycalix[4]arene.

    PubMed

    Bayrakdar, A; Kart, H H; Elcin, S; Deligoz, H; Karabacak, M

    2015-02-01

    In this study, 5,17-di(2-antracenylazo)-25,27-di(ethoxycarbonylmethoxy)-26,28-dihydroxycalix[4]arene has been synthesized from 2-aminoantracene and 25,27-dihydroxy-26,28-diethylacetate calix[4]arene. In order to identify the molecular structure and vibrational features of the prepared azocalix[4]arene, FT-IR and (1)H NMR spectral data have been used. FT-IR spectrum of the studied molecule is recorded in the region 4000-400 cm(-1). (1)H NMR spectrum is recorded for 0.1-0.2 M solutions in DMSO-d6 solution. The molecular geometry, infrared spectrum are calculated by the density functional method employing B3LYP level with different basis sets, including 6-31G(d) and LanL2DZ. The chemical shifts calculation for (1)H NMR of the title molecule is calculated by using by Gauge-Invariant Atomic Orbital method by utilizing the same basis sets. The total density of state, the partial density of state and the overlap population density of state diagram analysis are done via GaussSum 3.0 program. Frontier molecular orbital (HOMO-LUMO) and molecular electrostatic potential surface on the title molecule are carried out for various intramolecular interactions that are responsible for the stabilization of the molecule. The experimental results and theoretical calculations have been compared, and they are found to be in good agreement. PMID:25448961

  13. Mechanistic insights into c-di-GMP-dependent control of the biofilm regulator FleQ from Pseudomonas aeruginosa.

    PubMed

    Matsuyama, Bruno Y; Krasteva, Petya V; Baraquet, Claudine; Harwood, Caroline S; Sondermann, Holger; Navarro, Marcos V A S

    2016-01-12

    Bacterial biofilm formation during chronic infections confers increased fitness, antibiotic tolerance, and cytotoxicity. In many pathogens, the transition from a planktonic lifestyle to collaborative, sessile biofilms represents a regulated process orchestrated by the intracellular second-messenger c-di-GMP. A main effector for c-di-GMP signaling in the opportunistic pathogen Pseudomonas aeruginosa is the transcription regulator FleQ. FleQ is a bacterial enhancer-binding protein (bEBP) with a central AAA+ ATPase ?(54)-interaction domain, flanked by a C-terminal helix-turn-helix DNA-binding motif and a divergent N-terminal receiver domain. Together with a second ATPase, FleN, FleQ regulates the expression of flagellar and exopolysaccharide biosynthesis genes in response to cellular c-di-GMP. Here we report structural and functional data that reveal an unexpected mode of c-di-GMP recognition that is associated with major conformational rearrangements in FleQ. Crystal structures of FleQ's AAA+ ATPase domain in its apo-state or bound to ADP or ATP-?-S show conformations reminiscent of the activated ring-shaped assemblies of other bEBPs. As revealed by the structure of c-di-GMP-complexed FleQ, the second messenger interacts with the AAA+ ATPase domain at a site distinct from the ATP binding pocket. c-di-GMP interaction leads to active site obstruction, hexameric ring destabilization, and discrete quaternary structure transitions. Solution and cell-based studies confirm coupling of the ATPase active site and c-di-GMP binding, as well as the functional significance of crystallographic interprotomer interfaces. Taken together, our data offer unprecedented insight into conserved regulatory mechanisms of gene expression under direct c-di-GMP control via FleQ and FleQ-like bEBPs. PMID:26712005

  14. The Cyclic AMP-Vfr Signaling Pathway in Pseudomonas aeruginosa Is Inhibited by Cyclic Di-GMP

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    Almblad, Henrik; Harrison, Joe J.; Rybtke, Morten; Groizeleau, Julie; Givskov, Michael; Parsek, Matthew R.

    2015-01-01

    ABSTRACT The opportunistic human pathogen Pseudomonas aeruginosa expresses numerous acute virulence factors in the initial phase of infection, and during long-term colonization it undergoes adaptations that optimize survival in the human host. Adaptive changes that often occur during chronic infection give rise to rugose small colony variants (RSCVs), which are hyper-biofilm-forming mutants that commonly possess mutations that increase production of the biofilm-promoting secondary messenger cyclic di-GMP (c-di-GMP). We show that RSCVs display a decreased production of acute virulence factors as a direct result of elevated c-di-GMP content. Overproduction of c-di-GMP causes a decrease in the transcription of virulence factor genes that are regulated by the global virulence regulator Vfr. The low level of Vfr-dependent transcription is caused by a low level of its coactivator, cyclic AMP (cAMP), which is decreased in response to a high level of c-di-GMP. Mutations that cause reversion of the RSCV phenotype concomitantly reactivate Vfr-cAMP signaling. Attempts to uncover the mechanism underlying the observed c-di-GMP-mediated lowering of cAMP content provided evidence that it is not caused by inhibition of adenylate cyclase production or activity and that it is not caused by activation of cAMP phosphodiesterase activity. In addition to the studies of the RSCVs, we present evidence that the deeper layers of wild-type P. aeruginosa biofilms have high c-di-GMP levels and low cAMP levels. IMPORTANCE Our work suggests that cross talk between c-di-GMP and cAMP signaling pathways results in downregulation of acute virulence factors in P. aeruginosa biofilm infections. Knowledge about this cross-regulation adds to our understanding of virulence traits and immune evasion by P. aeruginosa in chronic infections and may provide new approaches to eradicate biofilm infections. PMID:25897033

  15. Type IV pilus assembly in Pseudomonas aeruginosa over a broad range of cyclic di-GMP concentrations.

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    Jain, Ruchi; Behrens, Anna-Janina; Kaever, Volkhard; Kazmierczak, Barbara I

    2012-08-01

    Pseudomonas aeruginosa is a Gram-negative, opportunistic pathogen that utilizes polar type IV pili (T4P) for twitching motility and adhesion in the environment and during infection. Pilus assembly requires FimX, a GGDEF/EAL domain protein that binds and hydrolyzes cyclic di-GMP (c-di-GMP). Bacteria lacking FimX are deficient in twitching motility and microcolony formation. We carried out an extragenic suppressor screen in PA103ΔfimX bacteria to identify additional regulators of pilus assembly. Multiple suppressor mutations were mapped to PA0171, PA1121 (yfiR), and PA3703 (wspF), three genes previously associated with small-colony-variant phenotypes. Multiple independent techniques confirmed that suppressors assembled functional surface pili, though at both polar and nonpolar sites. Whole-cell c-di-GMP levels were elevated in suppressor strains, in agreement with previous studies that had shown that the disrupted genes encoded negative regulators of diguanylate cyclases. Overexpression of the regulated diguanylate cyclases was sufficient to suppress the ΔfimX pilus assembly defect, as was overexpression of an unrelated diguanylate cyclase from Caulobacter crescentus. Furthermore, under natural conditions of high c-di-GMP, PA103ΔfimX formed robust biofilms that showed T4P staining and were structurally distinct from those formed by nonpiliated bacteria. These results are the first demonstration that P. aeruginosa assembles a surface organelle, type IV pili, over a broad range of c-di-GMP concentrations. Assembly of pili at low c-di-GMP concentrations requires a polarly localized c-di-GMP binding protein and phosphodiesterase, FimX; this requirement for FimX is bypassed at high c-di-GMP concentrations. Thus, P. aeruginosa can assemble the same surface organelle in distinct ways for motility or adhesion under very different environmental conditions. PMID:22685276

  16. Mechanistic insights into c-di-GMP–dependent control of the biofilm regulator FleQ from Pseudomonas aeruginosa

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    Matsuyama, Bruno Y.; Krasteva, Petya V.; Baraquet, Claudine; Harwood, Caroline S.; Sondermann, Holger; Navarro, Marcos V. A. S.

    2016-01-01

    Bacterial biofilm formation during chronic infections confers increased fitness, antibiotic tolerance, and cytotoxicity. In many pathogens, the transition from a planktonic lifestyle to collaborative, sessile biofilms represents a regulated process orchestrated by the intracellular second-messenger c-di-GMP. A main effector for c-di-GMP signaling in the opportunistic pathogen Pseudomonas aeruginosa is the transcription regulator FleQ. FleQ is a bacterial enhancer-binding protein (bEBP) with a central AAA+ ATPase σ54-interaction domain, flanked by a C-terminal helix-turn-helix DNA-binding motif and a divergent N-terminal receiver domain. Together with a second ATPase, FleN, FleQ regulates the expression of flagellar and exopolysaccharide biosynthesis genes in response to cellular c-di-GMP. Here we report structural and functional data that reveal an unexpected mode of c-di-GMP recognition that is associated with major conformational rearrangements in FleQ. Crystal structures of FleQ’s AAA+ ATPase domain in its apo-state or bound to ADP or ATP-γ-S show conformations reminiscent of the activated ring-shaped assemblies of other bEBPs. As revealed by the structure of c-di-GMP–complexed FleQ, the second messenger interacts with the AAA+ ATPase domain at a site distinct from the ATP binding pocket. c-di-GMP interaction leads to active site obstruction, hexameric ring destabilization, and discrete quaternary structure transitions. Solution and cell-based studies confirm coupling of the ATPase active site and c-di-GMP binding, as well as the functional significance of crystallographic interprotomer interfaces. Taken together, our data offer unprecedented insight into conserved regulatory mechanisms of gene expression under direct c-di-GMP control via FleQ and FleQ-like bEBPs. PMID:26712005

  17. Copper-catalyzed thiolation of the di- or trimethoxybenzene arene C-H bond with disulfides.

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    Zhang, Shouhui; Qian, Pengcheng; Zhang, Manli; Hu, Maolin; Cheng, Jiang

    2010-10-01

    A CuI-catalyzed direct access to sulfides from disulfides via C-H bond cleavage of di- or trimethoxybenzene is described. The procedure utilizes O(2) as a clean and cheap oxidant. Direct selenation of the C-H bond also took place under this procedure. Furthermore, the system enables the use of two RS in (RS)(2). Thus, it represents an atom-economical procedure for the synthesis of sulfides and selenides. PMID:20822119

  18. Development and evaluation of systems for controlling parallel high di/dt thyratrons

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    Litton. A.; McDuff, G.

    1982-01-01

    Increasing numbers of high power, high repetition rate applications dictate the use or thyratrons in multiple of hard parallel configurations to achieve the required rate of current rise, di/dt. This in turn demands the development of systems to control parallel thyratron commutation with nanosecond accuracy. Such systems must be capable of real-time, fully-automated control in multi-kilohertz applications while still remaining cost effective. This paper describes the evolution of such a control methodology and system.

  19. DiAs User Interface: A Patient-Centric Interface for Mobile Artificial Pancreas Systems

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    Keith-Hynes, Patrick; Guerlain, Stephanie; Mize, Benton; Hughes-Karvetski, Colleen; Khan, Momin; McElwee-Malloy, Molly; Kovatchev, Boris P.

    2013-01-01

    Background Recent in-hospital studies of artificial pancreas (AP) systems have shown promising results in improving glycemic control in patients with type 1 diabetes mellitus. The next logical step in AP development is to conduct transitional outpatient clinical trials with a mobile system that is controlled by the patient. In this article, we present the user interface (UI) of the Diabetes Assistant (DiAs), an experimental smartphone-based mobile AP system, and describe the reactions of a round of focus groups to the UI. This work is an initial inquiry involving a relatively small number of potential users, many of whom had never seen an AP system before, and the results should be understood in that light. Methods We began by considering how the UI of an AP system could be designed to make use of the familiar touch-based graphical UI of a consumer smartphone. After developing a working prototype UI, we enlisted a human factors specialist to perform a heuristic expert analysis. Next we conducted a formative evaluation of the UI through a series of three focus groups with N = 13 potential end users as participants. The UI was modified based upon the results of these studies, and the resulting DiAs system was used in transitional outpatient AP studies of adults in the United States and Europe. Results The DiAs UI was modified based on focus group feedback from potential users. The DiAs was subsequently used in JDRF- and AP@Home-sponsored transitional outpatient AP studies in the United States and Europe by 40 subjects for 2400 h with no adverse events. Conclusions Adult patients with type 1 diabetes mellitus are able to control an AP system successfully using a patient-centric UI on a commercial smartphone in a transitional outpatient environment. PMID:24351168

  20. USSAERO version D computer program development using ANSI standard FORTRAN 77 and DI-3000 graphics

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    Wiese, M. R.

    1986-01-01

    The D version of the Unified Subsonic Supersonic Aerodynamic Analysis (USSAERO) program is the result of numerous modifications and enhancements to the B01 version. These changes include conversion to ANSI standard FORTRAN 77; use of the DI-3000 graphics package; removal of the overlay structure; a revised input format; the addition of an input data analysis routine; and increasing the number of aeronautical components allowed.

  1. Conformational pseudo-polymorphs and hydrogen bonding of m-di-(pyrrole-2-carboxamide)-xylylene

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    Yin, Zhenming; Li, Zucheng

    2006-08-01

    Two conformational pseudo-polymorphs of m-di-(pyrrole-2-carboxamide)-xylylene, anhydrous formcrystal I and 0.5 EtOAc solvate-crystal II, were obtained and characterized by X-ray crystallography. Two hydrogen bonding motifs of pyrrolic amide, having graph-set notation R21(7) were observed. The energies of the three types of hydrogen bonding motifs that normally present in the crystal structures of pyrrolic amides were calculated by DFT.

  2. Strength and nature of hydrogen bonding interactions in mono- and di-hydrated formamide complexes.

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    Angelina, Emilio L; Peruchena, Nlida M

    2011-05-12

    In this work, mono- and di-hydrated complexes of the formamide were studied. The calculations were performed at the MP2/6-311++G(d,p) level of approximation. The atoms in molecules theory (AIM), based on the topological properties of the electronic density distribution, was used to characterize the different types of bonds. The analysis of the hydrogen bonds (H-bonds) in the most stable mono- and di-hydrated formamide complexes shows a mutual reinforcement of the interactions, and some of these complexes can be considered as "bifunctional hydrogen bonding hydration complexes". In addition, we analyzed how the strength and the nature of the interactions, in mono-hydrated complexes, are modified by the presence of a second water molecule in di-hydrated formamide complexes. Structural changes, cooperativity, and electron density redistributions demonstrate that the H-bonds are stronger in the di-hydrated complexes than in the corresponding mono-hydrated complexes, wherein the ?- and ?-electron delocalization were found. To explain the nature of such interactions, we carried out the atoms in molecules theory in conjunction with reduced variational space self-consistent field (RVS) decomposition analysis. On the basis of the local Virial theorem, the characteristics of the local electron energy density components at the bond critical points (BCPs) (the 1/4? (2)?(b) component of electron energy density and the kinetic energy density) were analyzed. These parameters were used in conjunction with the electron density and the Laplacian of the electron density to analyze the characteristics of the interactions. The analysis of the interaction energy components for the systems considered indicates that the strengthening of the hydrogen bonds is manifested by an increased contribution of the electrostatic energy component represented by the kinetic energy density at the BCP. PMID:21506592

  3. Characterization and biological effects of di-hydroxylated compounds deriving from the lipoxygenation of ALA

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    Liu, Miao; Chen, Ping; Véricel, Evelyne; Lelli, Moreno; Béguin, Laetitia; Lagarde, Michel; Guichardant, Michel

    2013-01-01

    We have recently described a di-hydroxylated compound called protectin DX (PDX) which derives from docosahexaenoic acid (DHA) by double lipoxygenation. PDX exhibits anti-aggregatory and anti-inflammatory properties, that are also exhibited by similar molecules, called poxytrins, which possess the same E,Z,E conjugated triene geometry, and are synthesized from other polyunsaturated fatty acids with 22 or 20 carbons. Here we present new biological activities of di-hydroxylated metabolites deriving from α-linolenic acid (18:3n-3) treated by soybean 15-lipoxygenase (sLOX). We show that 18:3n-3 is converted by sLOX into mainly 13(S)-OH-18:3 after reduction of the hydroperoxide product. But surprisingly, and in contrast to DHA which is metabolized into only one di-hydroxylated compound, 18:3n-3 leads to four di-hydroxylated fatty acid isomers. We report here the complete characterization of these compounds using high field NMR and GC-MS techniques, and some of their biological activities. These compounds are: 9(R),16(S)-dihydroxy-10E,12E,14E-octadecatrienoic acid, 9(S),16(S)-dihydroxy-10E,12E,14E-octadecatrienoic acid, 9(S),16(S)-dihydroxy-10E,12Z,14E-octadecatrienoic acid, and 9(R),16(S)-dihydroxy-10E,12Z,14E-octadecatrienoic acid. They can also be synthesized by the human recombinant 15-lipoxygenase (type 2). Their inhibitory effect on blood platelet and anti-inflammatory properties were compared with those already reported for PDX. PMID:23740966

  4. A di- and tripeptide transport system can supply Listeria monocytogenes Scott A with amino acids essential for growth.

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    Verheul, A; Hagting, A; Amezaga, M R; Booth, I R; Rombouts, F M; Abee, T

    1995-01-01

    Listeria monocytogenes takes up di- and tripeptides via a proton motive force-dependent carrier protein. This peptide transport system resembles the recently cloned and sequenced secondary di- and tripeptide transport system of Lactococcus lactis (A. Hagting, E. R. S. Kunji, K. J. Leenhouts, B. Poolman, and W. N. Konings, J. Biol. Chem. 269:11391-11399, 1994). The peptide permease of L. monocytogenes has a broad substrate specificity and allows transport of the nonpeptide substrate 5-aminolevulinic acid, the toxic di- and tripeptide analogs, alanyl-beta-chloroalanine and alanyl-alanyl-beta-chloroalanine, and various di- and tripeptides. No extracellular peptide hydrolysis was detected, indicating that peptides are hydrolyzed after being transported into the cell. Indeed, peptidase activities in response to various synthetic substrates were detected in cell extracts obtained from L. monocytogenes cells grown in brain heart infusion broth or defined medium. The di- and tripeptide permease can supply L. monocytogenes with essential amino acids for growth and might contribute to growth of this pathogen in various foods where peptides are supplied by proteolytic activity of other microorganisms present in these foods. Possible roles of this di- and tripeptide transport system in the osmoregulation and virulence of L. monocytogenes are discussed. PMID:7887604

  5. Highly efficient enzymatic preparation of c-di-AMP using the diadenylate cyclase DisA from Bacillus thuringiensis.

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    Zheng, Cao; Wang, Jieping; Luo, Yunchao; Fu, Yang; Su, Jianmei; He, Jin

    2013-05-10

    Cyclic 3',5'-diadenosine monophosphate (c-di-AMP) is a newly recognized bacterial nucleotide second messenger molecule. In addition, it has been shown to be a potential vaccine adjuvant. Although multiple methods are available for c-di-AMP synthesis, the yields are low and the purification procedures are laborious. Here, we report an enzymatic method for more efficient and economical c-di-AMP synthesis using a diadenylate cyclase DisA from Bacillus thuringiensis BMB 171 (btDisA). After overexpression and purification of btDisA, the enzyme-catalyzed reaction conditions were further investigated. Under the optimum conditions, in which 100mM CHES (pH 9.5) containing 2μM btDisA, 10mM ATP, and 10mM MgCl2 was incubated at 50°C for 4h, a high conversion rate of c-di-AMP was obtained. Coupling this process with HPLC purification and lyophilization yielded 100mg of highly pure c-di-AMP that was harvested in white powder form from a 50mL enzyme-catalyzed reaction system. The protocol is not only directly applicable for preparing abundant amounts of c-di-AMP for extensive biochemical and immunological use, but can also be scaled up to meet the requirements for medical applications. PMID:23608499

  6. C-di-GMP regulates Pseudomonas aeruginosa stress response to tellurite during both planktonic and biofilm modes of growth

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    Chua, Song Lin; Sivakumar, Krishnakumar; Rybtke, Morten; Yuan, Mingjun; Andersen, Jens Bo; Nielsen, Thomas E.; Givskov, Michael; Tolker-Nielsen, Tim; Cao, Bin; Kjelleberg, Staffan; Yang, Liang

    2015-01-01

    Stress response plays an important role on microbial adaptation under hostile environmental conditions. It is generally unclear how the signaling transduction pathway mediates a stress response in planktonic and biofilm modes of microbial communities simultaneously. Here, we showed that metalloid tellurite (TeO32–) exposure induced the intracellular content of the secondary messenger cyclic di-GMP (c-di-GMP) of Pseudomonas aeruginosa. Two diguanylate cyclases (DGCs), SadC and SiaD, were responsible for the increased intracellular content of c-di-GMP. Enhanced c-di-GMP levels by TeO32– further increased P. aeruginosa biofilm formation and resistance to TeO32–. P. aeruginosa ΔsadCΔsiaD and PAO1/plac-yhjH mutants with low intracellular c-di-GMP content were more sensitive to TeO32– exposure and had low relative fitness compared to the wild-type PAO1 planktonic and biofilm cultures exposed to TeO32–. Our study provided evidence that c-di-GMP level can play an important role in mediating stress response in microbial communities during both planktonic and biofilm modes of growth. PMID:25992876

  7. "Pecorino di Filiano" cheese as a selective habitat for the yeast species, Debaryomyces hansenii.

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    Capece, A; Romano, P

    2009-06-30

    The composition of yeast microflora in artisanal "Pecorino di Filiano" cheese, a typical product of the Basilicata region of Southern Italy, was studied during ripening. The isolates were identified by restriction analysis of the 18S rDNA amplified region with the combined use of Hinf I and Cfo I enzymes. The majority of the isolates were identified as Debaryomyces hansenii, whereas two yeasts were identified as Kluyveromyces lactis and one as Dekkera anomala. To evaluate natural biodiversity, D. hansenii "Pecorino di Filiano" isolates were submitted to genetic and technological characterization. RAPD-PCR analysis with P80 (5CGCGTGCCCA3) primer revealed significant polymorphism among D. hansenii isolates. About 30% of the isolates showed single molecular profiles, whereas the other D. hansenii yeasts were separated into three main patterns, differing for both the ripening time and the isolation source. Furthermore, the yeasts showed significant variability in their, "proteolytic activity". This work demonstrated the high predominance of D. hansenii among the yeast population of "Pecorino di Filiano" cheese, probably in consequence of the traditional salting process, which was selected for this salt tolerant species. This preliminary study allowed us to isolate autochthonous D. hansenii yeasts potentially useful as starters for the production of this artisanal cheese. PMID:19411124

  8. A Basic Behavior of CNG DI Combustion in a Spark-Ignited Rapid Compression Machine

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    Huang, Zuohua; Shiga, Seiichi; Ueda, Takamasa; Jingu, Nobuhisa; Nakamura, Hisao; Ishima, Tsuneaki; Obokata, Tomio; Tsue, Mitsuhiro; Kono, Michikata

    A basic characteristics of compressed natural gas direct-injection (CNG DI) combustion was studied by using a rapid compression machine. Results show that comparing with homogeneous mixture, CNG DI has short combustion duration, high pressure rise due to combustion, and high rate of heat release, which are considered to come from the charge stratification and the gas flow generated by the fuel injection. CNG DI can realize extremely lean combustion which reaches 0.03 equivalence ratio, φ. Combustion duration, maximum pressure rise due to combustion and combustion efficiency are found to be insensitive to the injection modes. Unburned methane showed almost the same level as that of homogeneous mixture combustion. CO increased steeply with the increase in φ when φ was greater than 0.8 due to the excessive stratification, and NOx peak value shifted to the region of lower φ. Combustion inefficiency maintains less than 0.08 in the range of φ from 0.1 to 0.9 and increases at very low φ due to bulk quenching and at higher φ due to excessive stratification. The combustion efficiency estimated from combustion products shows good agreement with that of heat release analysis.

  9. Biodegradation of Di-n-Butyl Phthalate by a Newly Isolated Halotolerant Sphingobium sp.

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    Jin, Decai; Kong, Xiao; Cui, Bingjian; Bai, Zhihui; Zhang, Hongxun

    2013-01-01

    A Gram-negative strain (TJ) capable of growing aerobically on mixed phthalate esters (PAEs) as the sole carbon and energy source was isolated from the Haihe estuary, Tianjin, China. It was identified as belonging to the Sphingobium genus on the basis of morphological and physiological characteristics and 16S rRNA and gyrb gene sequencing. The batch tests for biodegradation of di-n-butyl phthalate (DBP) by the Sphingobium sp. TJ showed that the optimum conditions were 30 C, pH 7.0, and the absence of NaCl. Stain TJ could tolerate up to 4% NaCl in minimal salt medium supplemented with DBP, although the DBP degradation rates slowed as NaCl concentration increased. In addition, substrate tests showed that strain TJ could utilize shorter side-chained PAEs, such as dimethyl phthalate and diethyl phthalate, but could not metabolize long-chained PAEs, such as di-n-octyl phthalate, diisooctyl phthalate, and di-(2-ethyl-hexyl) phthalate. To our knowledge, this is the first report on the biodegradation characteristics of DBP by a member of the Sphingobium genus. PMID:24336064

  10. Di-rhamnolipid is a mosquito pupicidal metabolite from Pseudomonas fluorescens (VCRC B426).

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    Prabakaran, G; Hoti, S L; Rao, H Surya Prakash; Vijjapu, Satish

    2015-08-01

    Pseudomonas fluorescens Migula (VCRC B426) produces a secondary metabolite, which was found to be active against pupae of vector mosquitoes namely Culex quinquefasciatus, Anopheles stephensi and Aedes aegypti. The mosquito pupicidal metabolite from P. fluoescens was mass produced and separated by ethyl acetate extraction and purified further by silica gel column chromatography, FPLC, HPLC and TLC. The purified metabolite was characterized by NMR, FT-IR, LC-MS and MALDI-TOF. The FT-IR, (1)H and (13)C NMR results showed that it is a rhamnolipid (di-rhamnolipid). The matrix assisted laser desorption and ionization-time-of-flight spectrum of the sample showed predominant pupicidal component produced by P. fluorescens was the molecule mass of 673.40 Da. Owing to its high toxicity to mosquito pupae, especially Anopheles sp., and Aedes sp., the di-rhamnolipd has potential in the control of the vectors of dengue, chikungunya, yellow fever and malaria. This is the first report of mosquito pupicidal di-rhamnolipid from P. fluorescens. PMID:25912083

  11. Di- or polysulphide-bound biomarkers in sulphur-rich geomacromolecules as revealed by selective chemolysis

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    Kohnen, Math E. l.; Sinninghe Damst, Jaap S.; Kock-van Dalen, A. c.; Jan, W. De Leeuw

    1991-05-01

    Three types of sulphur-rich high-molecular-weight material in the alkylsulphide, the polar, and the asphaltene fractions isolated from the bitumen of an immature bituminous shale from the Vena del Gesso basin (Italy) were desulphurised using Raney Ni and were treated with MeLi/MeI, a chemical degradation method which cleaves selectively and quantitatively di- or polysulphide linkages. The products formed were characterised by gas chromatography-mass spectrometry. Raney Ni desulphurisation revealed that these S-rich macromolecules are in substantial part composed of sulphur-linked biomarkers with linear, branched, isoprenoid, steroid, hopanoid, and carotenoid carbon skeletons. MeLi/Mel treatment provided evidence that a major part of the total amount of macromolecularly bound biomarkers are linked via di- or polysulphide moieties to the macromolecular network. Since the di- or polysulphide linkages are attached at specific positions of the bound biomarkers it is proposed that they are formed by intermolecular incorporation reactions of HS x- into low-molecular-weight functionalised biological lipids during early diagenesis. The different properties (solubility and molecular weight) of the sulphur-rich macromolecules in the alkylsulphide, the resin, and the asphaltene fractions can be explained simply by differences in degree of sulphur cross-linking.

  12. The bradykinin B1 receptor regulates A? deposition and neuroinflammation in Tg-SwDI mice.

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    Passos, Giselle F; Medeiros, Rodrigo; Cheng, David; Vasilevko, Vitaly; Laferla, Frank M; Cribbs, David H

    2013-05-01

    The deposition of amyloid-? peptides (A?) in the cerebral vasculature, a condition known as cerebral amyloid angiopathy, is increasingly recognized as an important component leading to intracerebral hemorrhage, neuroinflammation, and cognitive impairment in Alzheimer disease (AD) and related disorders. Recent studies demonstrated a role for the bradykinin B1 receptor (B1R) in cognitive deficits induced by A? in mice; however, its involvement in AD and cerebral amyloid angiopathy is poorly understood. Herein, we investigated the effect of B1R inhibition on AD-like neuroinflammation and amyloidosis using the transgenic mouse model (Tg-SwDI). B1R expression was found to be up-regulated in brains of Tg-SwDI mice, specifically in the vasculature, neurons, and astrocytes. Notably, administration of the B1R antagonist, R715, to 8-month-old Tg-SwDI mice for 8 weeks resulted in higher A?40 levels and increased thioflavin S-positive fibrillar A? deposition. Moreover, blockage of B1R inhibited neuroinflammation, as evidenced by the decreased accumulation of activated microglia and reactive astrocytes, diminished NF-?B activation, and reduced cytokine and chemokine levels. Together, our results indicate that B1R activation plays an important role in limiting the accumulation of A? in AD-like brain, likely through the regulation of activated glial cell accumulation and release of pro-inflammatory mediators. Therefore, the modulation of the receptor may represent a novel therapeutic approach for AD. PMID:23470163

  13. Synthesis of a Smoothened Cholesterol: 18,19-Di-nor-cholesterol

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    2015-01-01

    Herein, we report the first synthesis of a demethylated form of cholesterol (18,19-di-nor-cholesterol), in which the C18 and C19 methyl groups of the β-face were eliminated. Recent molecular simulations modeling 18,19-di-nor-cholesterol have suggested that cholesterol’s opposing rough β-face and smooth α-face play necessary roles in cholesterol’s membrane condensing abilities and, additionally, that specific facial preferences are displayed as cholesterol interacts with different neighboring lipids and transmembrane proteins. Inspired by these poorly characterized biochemical interactions, an extensive 18-step synthesis was completed as part of a collaborative effort, wherein synthesizing a “smoothened” cholesterol analogue would provide a direct way to experimentally measure the significance of the β-face methyl groups. Starting from known perhydrochrysenone A, the synthesis of 18,19-di-nor-cholesterol was accomplished with an excellent overall yield of 3.5%. The use of the highly stereoselective Dieckmann condensation and the employment of Evans’ chiral auxiliary were both key to ensuring the success of this synthesis. PMID:24823889

  14. Azimuthal angle dependence of di-jet production in unpolarized hadron scattering

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    Lu Zhun; Schmidt, Ivan

    2009-08-04

    We study the azimuthal asymmetry of back-to-back di-jet production in unpolarized hadron scattering, arising from the product of two Boer-Mulders functions, which describe the transverse spin distribution of quarks inside an unpolarized hadron. We find that there is a cos {delta}{phi} angular dependence of the di-jet, with {delta}{phi} the difference of the azimuthal angle of tow jets respectively. In the case of J{sub q}+J{sub q} production, we find that there is a color factor enhancement in the gluonic cross-section due to the multiple initial-/final-state interactions, compared with the result from the standard generalized parton model. We estimate the cos {delta}{phi} asymmetry of the total di-jet production at RHIC, showing that the color factor enhancement in the azimuthal asymmetric cross section of J{sub q}+J{sub q} production will reverse the sign of the asymmetry.

  15. Novel mono-, di-, and trimethylornithine membrane lipids in northern wetland planctomycetes.

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    Moore, Eli K; Hopmans, Ellen C; Rijpstra, W Irene C; Villanueva, Laura; Dedysh, Svetlana N; Kulichevskaya, Irina S; Wienk, Hans; Schoutsen, Frans; Sinninghe Damsté, Jaap S

    2013-11-01

    Northern peatlands represent a significant global carbon store and commonly originate from Sphagnum moss-dominated wetlands. These ombrotrophic ecosystems are rain fed, resulting in nutrient-poor, acidic conditions. Members of the bacterial phylum Planctomycetes are highly abundant and appear to play an important role in the decomposition of Sphagnum-derived litter in these ecosystems. High-performance liquid chromatography coupled to high-resolution accurate-mass mass spectrometry (HPLC-HRAM/MS) analysis of lipid extracts of four isolated planctomycetes from wetlands of European north Russia revealed novel ornithine membrane lipids (OLs) that are mono-, di-, and trimethylated at the ε-nitrogen position of the ornithine head group. Nuclear magnetic resonance (NMR) analysis of the isolated trimethylornithine lipid confirmed the structural identification. Similar fatty acid distributions between mono-, di-, and trimethylornithine lipids suggest that the three lipid classes are biosynthetically linked, as in the sequential methylation of the terminal nitrogen in phosphatidylethanolamine to produce phosphatidylcholine. The mono-, di-, and trimethylornithine lipids described here represent the first report of methylation of the ornithine head groups in biological membranes. Various bacteria are known to produce OLs under phosphorus limitation or fatty-acid-hydroxylated OLs under thermal or acid stress. The sequential methylation of OLs, leading to a charged choline-like moiety in the trimethylornithine lipid head group, may be an adaptation to provide membrane stability under acidic conditions without the use of scarce phosphate in nutrient-poor ombrotrophic wetlands. PMID:23995937

  16. Ab-initio study of germanium di-interstitial using a hybrid functional (HSE)

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    Igumbor, E.; Ouma, C. N. M.; Webb, G.; Meyer, W. E.

    2016-01-01

    In this work, we present ab-initio calculation results of Ge di-interstitials (I2(Ge)) in the framework of the density functional theory (DFT) using the Heyd, Scuseria, and Ernzerhof (HSE) hybrid functional. The formation energy, transition levels and minimum energy configurations were obtained for I2(Ge) -2, -1, 0, +1 and +2 charge states. The calculated formation energies show that for all charge states of I2(Ge), the double tetrahedral (T) configuration formed the most stable defect with a binding energy of 1.24 eV in the neutral state. We found the (+2/+1) charge state transition level for the T lying below the conduction band minimum and (+2/+1) for the split[110]-tetrahedral configuration lying deep at 0.41 eV above the valence band maximum. The di-interstitials in Ge exhibited the properties of both shallow and deep donor levels at (+2/+1) within the band gap and depending on the configurations. I2(Ge) gave rise to negative-U, with effective-U values of -0.61 and -1.6 eV in different configurations. We have compared our results with calculations of di-interstitials in silicon and available experimental data.

  17. Fluorescent labeling of dendritic spines in cell cultures with the carbocyanine dye “DiI”

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    Cheng, Connie; Trzcinski, Olivia; Doering, Laurie C.

    2014-01-01

    Analyzing cell morphology is a key component to understand neuronal function. Several staining techniques have been developed to facilitate the morphological analysis of neurons, including the use of fluorescent markers, such as DiI (1,1′-dioctadecyl-3,3,3′,3′-tetramethylindocarbocyanine perchlorate). DiI is a carbocyanine membrane dye that exhibits enhanced fluorescence upon insertion of its lipophilic hydrocarbon chains into the lipid membrane of cells. The high photostability and prominent fluorescence of the dye serves as an effective means of illuminating cellular architecture in individual neurons, including detailed dendritic arborizations and spines in cell culture and tissue sections. Here, we specifically optimized a simple and reliable method to fluorescently label and visualize dissociated hippocampal neurons using DiI and high-resolution confocal microscopic imaging. With high efficacy, this method accurately labels neuronal and synaptic morphology to permit quantitative analysis of dendritic spines. Accurate imaging techniques of these fine neuronal specializations are vital to the study of their morphology and can help delineate structure-function relationships in the central nervous system. PMID:24847216

  18. Microcrystals engineering using assemblies of di-protonated meso-tetraphenylporphine dimers under Zundel cations operation

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    Udal'tsov, Alexander V.

    2015-03-01

    New approach based on the usage of self-organized assemblies of di-protonated meso-tetraphenylporphine (TPP) dimers under Zundel cations action is suggested for the microcrystals engineering. Properties of the assemblies consisting of water and the protonated dimers, as produced in aqueous HCl in the presence of a small concentration of water-soluble organic solvent were investigated by UV-Vis and infrared spectroscopy and atomic force microscopy (AFM) in thin films. The self-organized assemblies consisting of water and di-protonated TPP dimers looked like long rods produced green crystals. These crystals were found by light microscopy. The ordered assembled structures crystallized into thin layers at open air at relative humidity of least 60%. Three acts of the microcrystals engineering actions are needed to obtain the green crystals that are (i) self-assembling of protonated TPP dimers under Zundel cations operation; (ii) generation of pure rod precursor in the di-protonated state and (iii) application of gaseous water to initiate the crystallization in order to Zundel cations action in the surface layer could occur. The size of the green crystals produced by the self-organized assemblies varies within 30-35 ?m.

  19. High-Resolution Enabled 12-Plex DiLeu Isobaric Tags for Quantitative Proteomics

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    2015-01-01

    Multiplex isobaric tags (e.g., tandem mass tags (TMT) and isobaric tags for relative and absolute quantification (iTRAQ)) are a valuable tool for high-throughput mass spectrometry based quantitative proteomics. We have developed our own multiplex isobaric tags, DiLeu, that feature quantitative performance on par with commercial offerings but can be readily synthesized in-house as a cost-effective alternative. In this work, we achieve a 3-fold increase in the multiplexing capacity of the DiLeu reagent without increasing structural complexity by exploiting mass defects that arise from selective incorporation of 13C, 15N, and 2H stable isotopes in the reporter group. The inclusion of eight new reporter isotopologues that differ in mass from the existing four reporters by intervals of 6 mDa yields a 12-plex isobaric set that preserves the synthetic simplicity and quantitative performance of the original implementation. We show that the new reporter variants can be baseline-resolved in high-resolution higher-energy C-trap dissociation (HCD) spectra, and we demonstrate accurate 12-plex quantitation of a DiLeu-labeled Saccharomyces cerevisiae lysate digest via high-resolution nano liquid chromatographytandem mass spectrometry (nanoLCMS2) analysis on an Orbitrap Elite mass spectrometer. PMID:25405479

  20. Novel Mono-, Di-, and Trimethylornithine Membrane Lipids in Northern Wetland Planctomycetes

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    Hopmans, Ellen C.; Rijpstra, W. Irene C.; Villanueva, Laura; Dedysh, Svetlana N.; Kulichevskaya, Irina S.; Wienk, Hans; Schoutsen, Frans; Sinninghe Damsté, Jaap S.

    2013-01-01

    Northern peatlands represent a significant global carbon store and commonly originate from Sphagnum moss-dominated wetlands. These ombrotrophic ecosystems are rain fed, resulting in nutrient-poor, acidic conditions. Members of the bacterial phylum Planctomycetes are highly abundant and appear to play an important role in the decomposition of Sphagnum-derived litter in these ecosystems. High-performance liquid chromatography coupled to high-resolution accurate-mass mass spectrometry (HPLC-HRAM/MS) analysis of lipid extracts of four isolated planctomycetes from wetlands of European north Russia revealed novel ornithine membrane lipids (OLs) that are mono-, di-, and trimethylated at the ε-nitrogen position of the ornithine head group. Nuclear magnetic resonance (NMR) analysis of the isolated trimethylornithine lipid confirmed the structural identification. Similar fatty acid distributions between mono-, di-, and trimethylornithine lipids suggest that the three lipid classes are biosynthetically linked, as in the sequential methylation of the terminal nitrogen in phosphatidylethanolamine to produce phosphatidylcholine. The mono-, di-, and trimethylornithine lipids described here represent the first report of methylation of the ornithine head groups in biological membranes. Various bacteria are known to produce OLs under phosphorus limitation or fatty-acid-hydroxylated OLs under thermal or acid stress. The sequential methylation of OLs, leading to a charged choline-like moiety in the trimethylornithine lipid head group, may be an adaptation to provide membrane stability under acidic conditions without the use of scarce phosphate in nutrient-poor ombrotrophic wetlands. PMID:23995937

  1. Two DHH Subfamily 1 Proteins in Streptococcus pneumoniae Possess Cyclic Di-AMP Phosphodiesterase Activity and Affect Bacterial Growth and Virulence

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    Bai, Yinlan; Yang, Jun; Eisele, Leslie E.; Underwood, Adam J.; Koestler, Benjamin J.; Waters, Christopher M.; Metzger, Dennis W.

    2013-01-01

    Cyclic di-AMP (c-di-AMP) and cyclic di-GMP (c-di-GMP) are signaling molecules that play important roles in bacterial biology and pathogenesis. However, these nucleotides have not been explored in Streptococcus pneumoniae, an important bacterial pathogen. In this study, we characterized the c-di-AMP-associated genes of S. pneumoniae. The results showed that SPD_1392 (DacA) is a diadenylate cyclase that converts ATP to c-di-AMP. Both SPD_2032 (Pde1) and SPD_1153 (Pde2), which belong to the DHH subfamily 1 proteins, displayed c-di-AMP phosphodiesterase activity. Pde1 cleaved c-di-AMP into phosphoadenylyl adenosine (pApA), whereas Pde2 directly hydrolyzed c-di-AMP into AMP. Additionally, Pde2, but not Pde1, degraded pApA into AMP. Our results also demonstrated that both Pde1 and Pde2 played roles in bacterial growth, resistance to UV treatment, and virulence in a mouse pneumonia model. These results indicate that c-di-AMP homeostasis is essential for pneumococcal biology and disease. PMID:24013631

  2. Crystal structures of 2,5-di-azido-1,4-phenyl-ene di-acetate and 2,5-di-azido-1,4-phenyl-ene dibutyrate.

    PubMed

    Glcklhofer, Florian; Frhlich, Johannes; Stger, Berthold; Weil, Matthias

    2014-07-01

    The asymmetric units of the title compounds, C10H8N6O4, (I), and C14H16N6O4, (II), each contain half of the respective mol-ecule which is completed by inversion symmetry. The two molecules differ in the ester moiety (acetate versus butyrate) and the crystal symmetry is different, i.e. triclinic for (I) and monoclinic for (II). The di-azido-phenyl-ene moieties are essentially planar [maximum deviation of 0.0216?(7)? for (I) and 0.0330?(14)? for (II)], and the ester functionalities are almost perpendicular to these planes, making dihedral angles of 79.93?(3) for (I) and 79.42?(6) for (II). In the crystals of both (I) and (II), there are no significant inter-molecular inter-actions present. PMID:25161502

  3. Identification, Activity and Disulfide Connectivity of C-di-GMP Regulating Proteins in Mycobacterium tuberculosis

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    Gupta, Kajal; Kumar, Prasun; Chatterji, Dipankar

    2010-01-01

    C-di-GMP, a bacterial second messenger plays a key role in survival and adaptation of bacteria under different environmental conditions. The level of c-di-GMP is regulated by two opposing activities, namely diguanylate cyclase (DGC) and phosphodiesterase (PDE-A) exhibited by GGDEF and EAL domain, respectively in the same protein. Previously, we reported a bifunctional GGDEFEAL domain protein, MSDGC-1 from Mycobacterium smegmatis showing both these activities (Kumar and Chatterji, 2008). In this current report, we have identified and characterized the homologous protein from Mycobacterium tuberculosis (Rv 1354c) named as MtbDGC. MtbDGC is also a bifunctional protein, which can synthesize and degrade c-di-GMP in vitro. Further we expressed Mtbdgc in M. smegmatis and it was able to complement the MSDGC-1 knock out strain by restoring the long term survival of M. smegmatis. Another protein Rv 1357c, named as MtbPDE, is an EAL domain protein and degrades c-di-GMP to pGpG in vitro. Rv1354c and 1357c have seven cysteine amino acids in their sequence, distributed along the full length of the protein. Disulfide bonds play an important role in stabilizing protein structure and regulating protein function. By proteolytic digestion and mass spectrometric analysis of MtbDGC, connectivity between cysteine pairs Cys94-Cys584, Cys2-Cys479 and Cys429-Cys614 was determined, whereas the third cysteine (Cys406) from N terminal was found to be free in MtbDGC protein, which was further confirmed by alkylation with iodoacetamide labeling. Bioinformatics modeling investigations also supported the pattern of disulfide connectivity obtained by Mass spectrometric analysis. Cys406 was mutated to serine by site directed mutagenesis and the mutant MtbC406S was not found to be active and was not able to synthesize or degrade c-di-GMP. The disulfide connectivity established here would help further in understanding the structure function relationship in MtbDGC. PMID:21151497

  4. Extraction of Palladium from Nitric Acid by Diamides of Di-picolinic Acid

    SciTech Connect

    Alyapyshev, M.Yu.; Babain, V.A.; Pokhitonov, Yu.A.; Esimantovskiy, V.M.

    2007-07-01

    The most complicated and urgent problem of atomic industry consists in the safe isolation and storage of radioactive wastes. The long-lived radionuclides presented in high-level liquid wastes (HLLW) pose a potential threat to environment for hundreds and thousands of years. One of the possible ways to reduce the danger of HLLW storages is concerned with treatment of HLLW intended to recovery of long-lived radionuclides and their partitioning into separate fractions. The separation of the most hazardous radionuclides (like transplutonium elements (TPE)) to the individual fraction of low volume leads to decrease of the total volume of HLLW and therefore to decrease of solidified waste storage costs. It should be noted that only in the case of reprocessing it can be possible to recover individual radionuclides (or their fractions) into separate flows with further special approach to each of them. Partitioning of different HLLW is under investigation in many countries now. Numerous processes for recovery of Cs, Sr, TPE and REE have been already developed and tested. At the same time partitioning is only the first step on the road to the following synthesis of materials providing the safe storage of long-lived radionuclides over many thousands of years. The metallic palladium contained in HLLW seems to be a promising material for producing of matrices for incorporation of radioactive wastes. Different methods for palladium recovery have been investigated: reductive precipitation, electrochemical precipitation, sorption and extraction. Of prime importance are extraction methods. Phosphine oxides, carbamoyl-phosphine oxides, crown-ethers, oximes, sulfides and some other compounds were proposed as extractants towards palladium from nitric acid media. It is reasonable to recover palladium into individual fraction during waste partitioning. Diamides of malonic, di-glycolic and pyridine-dicarboxylic (di-picolinic) acids are intensively investigated as extractants for HLLW partitioning. The data on palladium extraction by amides of pyridinecarboxylic acids from HCl medium are contradictory. It was shown that ethers of pyridine-3,5-dicarboxylic acid effectively recover palladium; at the same time the data given testify that palladium is effectively extracted by diamides of malonic and di-glycolic acids, while amides of di-picolinic acid (solution of N,N'-dimethyl-N,N'-diphenyl diamide of di-picolinic acid in chloroform) do not practically extract palladium from HCl solutions. It was found in our previous works that the use of polar fluorinated diluents instead of chloroform increases the extraction ability of diamides of di-picolinic acid towards americium and europium. The main goal of the present work was to investigate the palladium extraction from nitric acid by solutions of diamides of di-picolinic acid in meta-nitro-benzo-trifluoride (F-3) under conditions that were optimal for Am recovery from HLLW. (authors)

  5. NMR structure and binding studies confirm that PA4608 from Pseudomonas aeruginosa is a PilZ domain and a c-di-GMP binding protein

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    Ramelot, Theresa A.; Yee, Adelinda; Cort, John R.; Semesi, Anthony; Arrowsmith, Cheryl H.; Kennedy, Michael A.

    2007-02-01

    PA4608 is a 125 residue protein with a proposed identification as a PilZ domain and c-di-GMP adaptor protein that plays a role in bacterial second-messenger regulated processes. The NMR structure of PA4608 has been determined and c-di-GMP binding has been confirmed by NMR titration studies. The monomeric structure of PA4608 contains a six-stranded anti-parallel ? barrel flanked by three helices. Conserved surface residues among PA4608 homologs suggest the the c-di-GMP binding site is at one end of the barrel and includes residues in the helices as well as in the unstructured N-terminus. Chemical shift changes upon binding to c-di-GMP confirm that PA4608 binds to c-di-GMP. This evidence supports the hypothesis that proteins containing PilZ domains are the long-sought c-di-GMP adaptor proteins.

  6. Analysis of the selective advantage conferred by a C-E1 fusion protein synthesized by rubella virus DI RNAs

    SciTech Connect

    Claus, Claudia; Tzeng, W.-P.; Liebert, Uwe Gerd; Frey, Teryl K.

    2007-12-05

    During serial passaging of rubella virus (RUB) in cell culture, the dominant species of defective-interfering RNA (DI) generated contains an in-frame deletion between the capsid protein (C) gene and E1 glycoprotein gene resulting in production of a C-E1 fusion protein that is necessary for the maintenance of the DI [Tzeng, W.P., Frey, T.K. (2006). C-E1 fusion protein synthesized by rubella virus DI RNAs maintained during serial passage. Virology 356 198-207.]. A BHK cell line stably expressing the RUB structural proteins was established which was used to package DIs into virus particles following transfection with in vitro transcripts from DI infectious cDNA constructs. Packaging of a DI encoding an in-frame C-GFP-E1 reporter fusion protein corresponding to the C-E1 fusion protein expressed in a native DI was only marginally more efficient than packaging of a DI encoding GFP, indicating that the C-E1 fusion protein did not function by enhancing packaging. However, infection with the DI encoding the C-GFP-E1 fusion protein (in the absence of wt RUB helper virus) resulted in formation of clusters of GFP-positive cells and the percentage of GFP-positive cells in the culture following infection remained relatively constant. In contrast, a DI encoding GFP did not form GFP-positive clusters and the percentage of GFP-positive cells declined by roughly half from 2 to 4 days post-infection. Cluster formation and sustaining the percentage of infected (GFP-positive) cells required the C part of the fusion protein, including the downstream but not the upstream of two arginine clusters (both of which are associated with RNA binding and association with mitochondrial p32 protein) and the E1 part through the transmembrane sequence, but not the C-terminal cytoplasmic tail. Among a collection of mutant DI constructs, cluster formation and sustaining infected cell percentage correlated with maintenance during serial passage with wt RUB. We hypothesize that cluster formation and sustaining infected cell percentage increase the likelihood of co-infection by a DI and wt RUB during serial passage thus enhancing maintenance of the DI. Cluster formation and sustaining infected cell percentage were found to be due to a combination of attenuated cytopathogenicity of DIs that express the C-E1 fusion protein and cell-to-cell movement of the DI. In infected cells, the C-GFP-E1 fusion protein was localized to potentially novel vesicular structures that appear to originate from ER-Golgi transport vacuoles. This species of DI expressing a C-E1 fusion protein that exhibits attenuated cytopathogenicity and the ability to increase the number of infected cells through cell-to-cell movement could be the basis for development of an attractive vaccine vector.

  7. Central radio galaxies in groups: cavities, bubbles and the history of AGN heating

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    Giacintucci, S.; Venturi, T.; Raychaudhury, S.; Vrtilek, J.

    2008-10-01

    E' noto che le regioni centrali degli ammassi e gruppi di galassie costituiscono un ambiente in cui gas caldo e plasma radioemittente proveniente dalle galassie dominanti interagiscono tra loro. In particolare, si pensa che la radioemissione dell'AGN centrale ed i suoi possibili cicli di attivita', siano strettamente legati alla presenza di cavita' e "bubbles" nel gas intergalattico. Si presentera' lo status di un progetto osservativo effettuato con il Giant Metrewave Radio Telescope (GMRT, India) su di un campione di 18 gruppi di galassie, osservati a tre frequenze radio (235 MHz, 325 MHz e 610 MHz). Lo studio della morfologia radio degli AGN centrali e la relativa analisi spettrale permettono di ottenere stime sull'eta' di questi oggetti, e sulla loro energia totale, che a loro volta sono in relazione con le proprieta' X dei gruppi stessi. Per tutti gli oggetti del campione sono disponibili osservazioni Chandra di proprieta'. Per due oggetti del campione, 4C+24.36 (al centro di AWM04) e NGC741 (al centro di RSOG17) verra' presentato uno studio dettagliato.

  8. 40 CFR 721.9730 - 1,3,5-Triazin-2-amine, 4-di-meth-yl-a-mino-6-substituted-.

    Code of Federal Regulations, 2010 CFR

    2010-07-01

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  9. 40 CFR 721.10442 - 1,2-Benzenedicarboxylic acid, di-C6-14-branched and linear alkyl esters.

    Code of Federal Regulations, 2014 CFR

    2014-07-01

    ... 40 Protection of Environment 31 2014-07-01 2014-07-01 false 1,2-Benzenedicarboxylic acid, di-C6-14... Significant New Uses for Specific Chemical Substances 721.10442 1,2-Benzenedicarboxylic acid, di-C6-14...) The chemical substance identified as 1,2-benzenedicarboxylic acid, di-C6-14-branched and linear......

  10. 40 CFR 721.10441 - 1,2-Benzenedicarboxylic acid, di-C7-14-branched and linear alkyl esters.

    Code of Federal Regulations, 2013 CFR

    2013-07-01

    ... 40 Protection of Environment 32 2013-07-01 2013-07-01 false 1,2-Benzenedicarboxylic acid, di-C7-14... Significant New Uses for Specific Chemical Substances 721.10441 1,2-Benzenedicarboxylic acid, di-C7-14...) The chemical substance identified as 1,2-benzenedicarboxylic acid, di-C7-14-branched and linear......

  11. 40 CFR 721.10442 - 1,2-Benzenedicarboxylic acid, di-C6-14-branched and linear alkyl esters.

    Code of Federal Regulations, 2013 CFR

    2013-07-01

    ... 40 Protection of Environment 32 2013-07-01 2013-07-01 false 1,2-Benzenedicarboxylic acid, di-C6-14... Significant New Uses for Specific Chemical Substances 721.10442 1,2-Benzenedicarboxylic acid, di-C6-14...) The chemical substance identified as 1,2-benzenedicarboxylic acid, di-C6-14-branched and linear......

  12. 40 CFR 721.10441 - 1,2-Benzenedicarboxylic acid, di-C7-14-branched and linear alkyl esters.

    Code of Federal Regulations, 2014 CFR

    2014-07-01

    ... 40 Protection of Environment 31 2014-07-01 2014-07-01 false 1,2-Benzenedicarboxylic acid, di-C7-14... Significant New Uses for Specific Chemical Substances 721.10441 1,2-Benzenedicarboxylic acid, di-C7-14...) The chemical substance identified as 1,2-benzenedicarboxylic acid, di-C7-14-branched and linear......

  13. Cyclic di-GMP-mediated repression of swarming motility by Pseudomonas aeruginosa PA14 requires the MotAB stator.

    PubMed

    Kuchma, S L; Delalez, N J; Filkins, L M; Snavely, E A; Armitage, J P; O'Toole, G A

    2015-02-01

    The second messenger cyclic diguanylate (c-di-GMP) plays a critical role in the regulation of motility. In Pseudomonas aeruginosa PA14, c-di-GMP inversely controls biofilm formation and surface swarming motility, with high levels of this dinucleotide signal stimulating biofilm formation and repressing swarming. P. aeruginosa encodes two stator complexes, MotAB and MotCD, that participate in the function of its single polar flagellum. Here we show that the repression of swarming motility requires a functional MotAB stator complex. Mutating the motAB genes restores swarming motility to a strain with artificially elevated levels of c-di-GMP as well as stimulates swarming in the wild-type strain, while overexpression of MotA from a plasmid represses swarming motility. Using point mutations in MotA and the FliG rotor protein of the motor supports the conclusion that MotA-FliG interactions are critical for c-di-GMP-mediated swarming inhibition. Finally, we show that high c-di-GMP levels affect the localization of a green fluorescent protein (GFP)-MotD fusion, indicating a mechanism whereby this second messenger has an impact on MotCD function. We propose that when c-di-GMP level is high, the MotAB stator can displace MotCD from the motor, thereby affecting motor function. Our data suggest a newly identified means of c-di-GMP-mediated control of surface motility, perhaps conserved among Pseudomonas, Xanthomonas, and other organisms that encode two stator systems. PMID:25349157

  14. Study on the influence of temperature, storage time and packaging type on di-n-butylphthalate and di(2-ethylhexyl)phthalate release into packed meals.

    PubMed

    Cirillo, Teresa; Fasano, Evelina; Esposito, Francesco; Del Prete, Ernesto; Cocchieri, Renata Amodio

    2013-01-01

    Ready-to-eat meals packed in polyethylene terephthalate (PET) and aluminium dishes, supplied to patients in two hospitals in the Campania region (Italy), were studied to evaluate the probable migration of di-n-butylphthalate (DBP) and di(2-ethylhexyl)phthalate (DEHP) from the packaging into the food. The influence of temperature, storage time and type of package on the migration process was considered, analysing the meals according to three time ranges, before the packaging (T(0)) and after 60 min (T(1)) and 120 min (T(2)) from packaging during the storage in thermostatic delivery carts. At T(0) in the meals sampled before packaging in PET dishes, mean levels of DBP and DEHP were 0.023 0.002 g/g and 0.069 0.041 g/g, respectively; the DBP level increased 230% and that of DEHP increased 208% by time T(0) versus T(2). In the meals sampled before packaging (T(0)) in aluminium dishes, the mean levels of DBP and DEHP were 0.030 0.001 g/g and 0.057 0.015 g/g, respectively. The significant increase in contaminant levels over storage times for meals packed in PET dishes demonstrates that from packages made of plastic materials the migration of phthalic acid esters into foods is possible. In meals packed in PET dishes, the highest DBP and DEHP increases were observed in the T(0) to T(1) range, which represented the time interval over which meals were kept hot, and mainly in the first ones, where the highest temperatures have been recorded. PMID:23185971

  15. Aerobic biodegradation of toluene-2,4-di(8:2 fluorotelomer urethane) and hexamethylene-1,6-di(8:2 fluorotelomer urethane) monomers in soils.

    PubMed

    Dasu, Kavitha; Lee, Linda S

    2016-02-01

    Aerobic soil biodegradation of toluene-2,4-di(8:2 fluorotelomer urethane) (FTU) and hexamethylene-1,6-di(8:2 fluorotelomer urethane) (HMU) in a forest soil and FTU in an agricultural silty clay loam soil was monitored for up to 6 months. Fluorotelomer alcohols were measured in headspace and parent monomers and all metabolites in soil extracts. Negligible degradation of FTU biodegradation occurred in the agricultural soil with 94 ± 15% recovered at day 180. However, in the forest soil, both FTU and HMU degradation was evident with significant losses of 24% (117 d) and 27% (180 day), respectively, and concomitant increases in the terminal metabolite, perfluorooctanoic acid (PFOA) concentrations were well above what could result from residual 8:2 FTOH. Kinetic modeling estimated half-lives for FTU (aromatic backbone) and HMU (aliphatic backbone) in the forest soil to be 3-5 months and 15.9-22.2 months, respectively. The addition of a structurally similar non-fluorinated FTU analog, toluene-2,4-dicarbamic acid diethyl ester (TDAEE) enhanced production of terminal end products from 8:2 FTOH degradation. However, there was no clear evidence that TDAEE enhanced cleavage of the urethane bond, thus TDAEE appeared to just serve as an additional carbon source. TDAEE's half-life was ∼ one week. A second addition of TDAEE appeared to retard subsequent degradation of FTU exemplifying the microbial dynamics and diversity impacting degradation of polyfluoroalkyl substances. Enhanced degradation of HMU was observed upon re-aeration indicating oxygen may have been limiting during some periods although degradation of intermediate metabolites to terminal metabolites was still occurring, albeit at slower rates. PMID:26624955

  16. Effects of di-n-butyl phthalate and di (2-ethylhexyl) phthalate on the growth, photosynthesis, and chlorophyll fluorescence of wheat seedlings.

    PubMed

    Gao, Minling; Qi, Yun; Song, Wenhua; Xu, Haoran

    2016-05-01

    Phthalates are commonly used man-made chemicals that can be released into soil, water, and the atmosphere. The potential toxicity of phthalates on wheat seedlings has not been well studied. To better understand the deleterious effects of di-n-butyl phthalate (DBP) and di (2-ethylhexyl) phthalate (DEHP) on wheat seedlings, their influences on the following were investigated: plant growth, net photosynthetic rate (Pn), stomatal conductance (Gs), transpiration rate (Tr), intercellular CO2 concentration (Ci), chlorophyll content, initial fluorescence (F0), maximal photochemical efficiency (Fv/Fm), photochemical quenching (qP), non-photochemical quenching (qN), effective quantum yield of photosystem II (ΦPSII), and photosynthetic electron transport rate (ETR). Compared with the control, the growth indices (plant height, fresh and dry weights of shoots, fresh and dry weights of roots), Pn, Gs, Tr, Ci, chlorophyll content, Fv/Fm, qP, ΦPSII, and ETR decreased in the 5 μg mL(-1) and 10 μg mL(-1) DBP and DEHP treatments, whereas F0 and qN increased. When wheat seedlings were treated with 20 μg mL(-1) of DBP and DEHP, the growth indices, Pn, Gs, Tr, chlorophyll content, Fv/Fm, qP, qN, ΦPSII, and ETR decreased significantly, whereas Ci and F0 increased. A decrease in the Pn of wheat seedlings was mainly caused by stomatal limitation in the 5 μg mL(-1) and 10 μg mL(-1) DBP and DEHP treatments. However, stomatal and non-stomatal limitations may have caused the reduction in Pn in the 20 μg mL(-1) DBP and DEHP treatments. Notably, the noxious effect of DBP on the wheat seedlings was significantly greater than that of DEHP. PMID:26928333

  17. Di-Leucine Signals Mediate Targeting of Tyrosinase and Synaptotagmin to Synaptic-like Microvesicles within PC12 Cells

    PubMed Central

    Blagoveshchenskaya, Anastasiya D.; Hewitt, Eric W.; Cutler, Daniel F.

    1999-01-01

    One pathway in forming synaptic-like microvesicles (SLMV) involves direct budding from the plasma membrane, requires adaptor protein 2 (AP2) and is brefeldin A (BFA) resistant. A second route leads from the plasma membrane to an endosomal intermediate from which SLMV bud in a BFA-sensitive, AP3-dependent manner. Because AP3 has been shown to bind to a di-leucine targeting signal in vitro, we have investigated whether this major class of targeting signals is capable of directing protein traffic to SLMV in vivo. We have found that a di-leucine signal within the cytoplasmic tail of human tyrosinase is responsible for the majority of the targeting of HRP-tyrosinase chimeras to SLMV in PC12 cells. Furthermore, we have discovered that a Met-Leu di-hydrophobic motif within the extreme C terminus of synaptotagmin I supports 20% of the SLMV targeting of a CD4-synaptotagmin chimera. All of the traffic to the SLMV mediated by either di-Leu or Met-Leu is BFA sensitive, strongly suggesting a role for AP3 and possibly for an endosomal intermediate in this process. The differential reduction in SLMV targeting for HRP-tyrosinase and CD4-synaptotagmin chimeras by di-alanine substitutions or BFA treatment implies that different proteins use the two routes to the SLMV to differing extents. PMID:10564285

  18. ChIP-seq reveals the global regulator AlgR mediating cyclic di-GMP synthesis in Pseudomonas aeruginosa

    PubMed Central

    Kong, Weina; Zhao, Jingru; Kang, Huaping; Zhu, Miao; Zhou, Tianhong; Deng, Xin; Liang, Haihua

    2015-01-01

    AlgR is a key transcriptional regulator required for the expression of multiple virulence factors, including type IV pili and alginate in Pseudomonas aeruginosa. However, the regulon and molecular regulatory mechanism of AlgR have yet to be fully elucidated. Here, among 157 loci that were identified by a ChIP-seq assay, we characterized a gene, mucR, which encodes an enzyme that synthesizes the intracellular second messenger cyclic diguanylate (c-di-GMP). A ΔalgR strain produced lesser biofilm than did the wild-type strain, which is consistent with a phenotype controlled by c-di-GMP. AlgR positively regulates mucR via direct binding to its promoter. A ΔalgRΔmucR double mutant produced lesser biofilm than did the single ΔalgR mutant, demonstrating that c-di-GMP is a positive regulator of biofilm formation. AlgR controls the levels of c-di-GMP synthesis via direct regulation of mucR. In addition, the cognate sensor of AlgR, FimS/AlgZ, also plays an important role in P. aeruginosa virulence. Taken together, this study provides new insights into the AlgR regulon and reveals the involvement of c-di-GMP in the mechanism underlying AlgR regulation. PMID:26206672

  19. ChIP-seq reveals the global regulator AlgR mediating cyclic di-GMP synthesis in Pseudomonas aeruginosa.

    PubMed

    Kong, Weina; Zhao, Jingru; Kang, Huaping; Zhu, Miao; Zhou, Tianhong; Deng, Xin; Liang, Haihua

    2015-09-30

    AlgR is a key transcriptional regulator required for the expression of multiple virulence factors, including type IV pili and alginate in Pseudomonas aeruginosa. However, the regulon and molecular regulatory mechanism of AlgR have yet to be fully elucidated. Here, among 157 loci that were identified by a ChIP-seq assay, we characterized a gene, mucR, which encodes an enzyme that synthesizes the intracellular second messenger cyclic diguanylate (c-di-GMP). A ΔalgR strain produced lesser biofilm than did the wild-type strain, which is consistent with a phenotype controlled by c-di-GMP. AlgR positively regulates mucR via direct binding to its promoter. A ΔalgRΔmucR double mutant produced lesser biofilm than did the single ΔalgR mutant, demonstrating that c-di-GMP is a positive regulator of biofilm formation. AlgR controls the levels of c-di-GMP synthesis via direct regulation of mucR. In addition, the cognate sensor of AlgR, FimS/AlgZ, also plays an important role in P. aeruginosa virulence. Taken together, this study provides new insights into the AlgR regulon and reveals the involvement of c-di-GMP in the mechanism underlying AlgR regulation. PMID:26206672

  20. Magnetocaloric properties of manganese(III) porphyrins bearing 2,6-di-tert-butylphenol groups

    NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

    Korolev, V. V.; Lomova, T. N.; Maslennikova, A. N.; Korolev, D. V.; Shpakovsky, D. B.; Zhang, Jianwei; Milaeva, E. R.

    2016-03-01

    Magnetocaloric effect (MCE) and heat capacity during the magnetization of (5,10,15,20-tetrakis(3,5-di-tert-butyl-4-hydroxyphenyl)porphynato) manganese (III) chloride (1), (5-(4-hydroxyphenyl)-10,15,20-tris(3,5-di-tert-butyl-4-hydroxyphenyl)porphynato) manganese (III) chloride (2), and (5-(4-palmitoyloxyphenyl)-10,15,20-tris(3,5-di-tert-butyl-4-hydroxyphenyl)porphynato) manganese (III) chloride (3) in their aqueous suspensions were determined by the microcalorimetric method over the temperature range of 278-320 K and in magnetic fields from 0 to 1 T. MCE was positive for all complexes studied, i.e. the magnetic field impression under adiabatic conditions led to an increase in temperature of the complexes suspensions. MCE increased with an increase in the magnetic field induction at all temperatures studied. Dependences of MCE on temperature had weak maxima at 298 K at all magnetic induction values. The disturbance of the intermolecular hydrogen-bonding of hydroxyl groups is one of probable reasons for such dependences type. MCE values increased under the palmitoyl substituent incorporation into one of the phenol groups at all temperatures. The heat capacity of the studied complexes rose slightly with temperature growth. Dependences of the heat capacity on temperature showed that the magnetic component of the heat capacity did not appear due to the presence of the manganese atom acting as a paramagnetic center in complexes 1, 2, and 3. The relation between the complexes structure and their magnetothermal properties was analyzed. It was justified that the changes of magnetothermal properties were caused by electronic substitution effects and, to an even greater degree, by the conditions of intermolecular hydrogen bonds formation in the paramagnetic materials.

  1. Effects of Injector Conditions on the Flame Lift-Off Length of DI Diesel Sprays

    SciTech Connect

    D. L. Siebers; B. S. Higgins

    2000-07-01

    The effects of injection pressure and orifice diameter on the lift-off length of a direct-injection (DI) diesel spray (defined as the farthest upstream location of high temperature combustion) were investigated using a natural light emission imaging technique. The lift-off length experiments were conducted in a constant-volume combustion vessel under quiescent, heavy-duty DI diesel engine conditions using a Phillips research grade No.2 diesel fuel. The results show that natural light emission at 310 nm provides an excellent marker of the lift-off length. At this location, natural light emission at 310 nm is dominated by OH chemiluminescence generated by high-temperature combustion chemistry. Lift-off lengths determined from images of natural light emission at 310 nm show that as either injection pressure (i.e., injection velocity) or orifice diameter increase, the lift-off length increases. The observed lift-off length increase was linearly dependent on injection velocity, the same dependency as previously noted for gas jets. The lift-off length increase with increasing orifice diameter, however, is different than the independence of lift-off length on orifice diameter noted for gas jets An important overall observation was made by considering the lift-off length data in conjunction with data from recent investigations of liquid-phase fuel penetration and spray development. The combined data suggests that a systematic evolution of the relationship and interaction between various processes in a DI diesel spray has been occurring over time, as injection pressures have been increased and orifice diameters reduced as part of efforts to meet emissions regulations. The trends observed may eventually help explain effects of parameters such as injection pressure and orifice diameter on emissions.

  2. Three-dimensional cell culture of chondrocytes on modified di-phenylalanine scaffolds.

    PubMed

    Jayawarna, V; Smith, A; Gough, J E; Ulijn, R V

    2007-06-01

    The design of self-assembled peptide-based structures for three-dimensional cell culture and tissue repair has been a key objective in biomaterials science for decades. In search of the simplest possible peptide system that can self-assemble, we discovered that combinations of di-peptides that are modified with aromatic stacking ligands could form nanometre-sized fibres when exposed to physiological conditions. For example, we demonstrated that a number of Fmoc (fluoren-9-ylmethyloxycarbonyl) modified di- and tri-peptides form highly ordered hydrogels via hydrogen-bonding and pi-pi interactions from the fluorenyl rings. These highly hydrated gels allowed for cell proliferation of chondrocytes in three dimensions [Jayawarna, Ali, Jowitt, Miller, Saiani, Gough and Ulijn (2006) Adv. Mater. 18, 611-614]. We demonstrated that fibrous architecture and physical properties of the resulting materials were dictated by the nature of the amino acid building blocks. Here, we report the self-assembly process of three di-phenylalanine analogues, Fmoc-Phe-Phe-OH, Nap (naphthalene)-Phe-Phe-OH and Cbz (benzyloxycarbonyl)-Phe-Phe-OH, to compare and contrast the self-assembly properties and cell culture conditions attributable to their protecting group difference. Fibre morphology analysis of the three structures using cryo-SEM (scanning electron microscopy) and TEM (transmission electron microscopy) suggested fibrous structures with dramatically varying fibril dimensions, depending on the aromatic ligand used. CD and FTIR (Fourier-transform IR) data confirmed beta-sheet arrangements in all three samples in the gel state. The ability of these three new hydrogels to support cell proliferation of chondrocytes was confirmed for all three materials. PMID:17511646

  3. DiFX: A Software Correlator for Very Long Baseline Interferometry Using Multiprocessor Computing Environments

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    Deller, A. T.; Tingay, S. J.; Bailes, M.; West, C.

    2007-03-01

    We describe the development of an FX-style correlator for very long baseline interferometry (VLBI), implemented in software and intended to run in multiprocessor computing environments, such as large clusters of commodity machines (Beowulf clusters) or computers specifically designed for high-performance computing, such as multiprocessor shared-memory machines. We outline the scientific and practical benefits for VLBI correlation, these chiefly being due to the inherent flexibility of software and the fact that the highly parallel and scalable nature of the correlation task is well suited to a multiprocessor computing environment. We suggest scientific applications where such an approach to VLBI correlation is most suited and will give the best returns. We report detailed results from the Distributed FX (DiFX) software correlator running on the Swinburne supercomputer (a Beowulf cluster of ~300 commodity processors), including measures of the performance of the system. For example, to correlate all Stokes products for a 10 antenna array with an aggregate bandwidth of 64 MHz per station, and using typical time and frequency resolution, currently requires an order of 100 desktop-class compute nodes. Due to the effect of Moore's law on commodity computing performance, the total number and cost of compute nodes required to meet a given correlation task continues to decrease rapidly with time. We show detailed comparisons between DiFX and two existing hardware-based correlators: the Australian Long Baseline Array S2 correlator and the NRAO Very Long Baseline Array correlator. In both cases, excellent agreement was found between the correlators. Finally, we describe plans for the future operation of DiFX on the Swinburne supercomputer for both astrophysical and geodetic science.

  4. Crystal structures of three lead(II) acetate-bridged diaminobenzene coordination polymers

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    Geiger, David K.; Parsons, Dylan E.; Zick, Patricia L.

    2014-01-01

    Poly[tris(acetato-?2 O,O?)(?2-acetato-?3 O,O?:O)tetrakis(?3-acetato-?4 O,O?:O:O?)bis(benzene-1,2-diamine-?N)tetralead(II)], [Pb4(CH3COO)8(C6H8N2)2]n, (I), poly[(acetato-?2 O,O?)(?3-acetato-?4 O,O?:O:O?)(4-chlorobenzene-1,2-diamine-?N)lead(II)], [Pb(CH3COO)2(C6H7ClN2)]n, (II), and poly[(?2 O,O?)(?3-acetato-?4 O,O?:O:O?)(3,4-diaminobenzonitrile-?N)lead(II)], [Pb(CH3COO)2(C7H7N3)]n, (III), have polymeric structures in which monomeric units are joined by bridging acetate ligands. All of the PbII ions exhibit hemidirected coordination. The repeating unit in (I) is composed of four PbII ions having O6, O6N, O7 and O6N coordination spheres, respectively, where N represents a monodentate benzene-1,2-diamine ligand and O acetate O atoms. Chains along [010] are joined by bridging acetate ligands to form planes parallel to (10-1). (II) and (III) are isotypic and have one PbII ion in the asymmetric unit that has an O6N coordination sphere. Pb2O2 units result from a symmetry-imposed inversion center. Polymeric chains parallel to [100] exhibit hydrogen bonding between the amine and acetate ligands. In (III), additional hydrogen bonds between cyano groups and non-coordinating amines join the chains by forming R 2 2(14) rings. PMID:25552994

  5. Di-J/psi Studies, Level 3 Tracking and the D0 Run IIb Upgrade

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    Vint, Philip John; /Imperial Coll., London

    2009-10-01

    The D0 detector underwent an upgrade to its silicon vertex detector and triggering systems during the transition from Run IIa to Run IIb to maximize its ability to fully exploit Run II at the Fermilab Tevatron. This thesis describes improvements made to the tracking and vertexing algorithms used by the high level trigger in both Run IIa and Run IIb, as well as a search for resonant di-J/{psi} states using both Run IIa and Run IIb data. Improvements made to the tracking and vertexing algorithms during Run IIa included the optimization of the existing tracking software to reduce overall processing time and the certification and testing of a new software release. Upgrades made to the high level trigger for Run IIb included the development of a new tracking algorithm and the inclusion of the new Layer 0 silicon detector into the existing software. The integration of Layer 0 into the high level trigger has led to an improvement in the overall impact parameter resolution for tracks of {approx}50%. The development of a new parameterization method for finding the error associated to the impact parameter of tracks returned by the high level tracking algorithm, in association with the inclusion of Layer 0, has led to improvements in vertex resolution of {approx}4.5 {micro}m. A previous search in the di-J/{psi} channel revealed a unpredicted resonance at {approx}13.7 GeV/c{sup 2}. A confirmation analysis is presented using 2.8 fb{sup -1} of data and two different approaches to cuts. No significant excess is seen in the di-J/{psi} mass spectrum.

  6. Chemical dynamics and reverse saturable absorption in di-furfuryl ether solutions

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    Mendonça, C. R.; Batista, P. S.; de Souza, M. F.; Zilio, S. C.

    2001-08-01

    We report on the chemical dynamics and nonlinear optical absorption of di-furfuryl ether (DFE) solutions. DFE molecules were derivatized from the room temperature furfuryl alcohol self-reaction, whose reaction kinetics was investigated with the Z-scan technique and laser-induced fluorescence. These molecules are shown to exhibit a pronounced reverse saturable absorption process. The magnitude of the excited-state absorption cross-sections and the intersystem crossing lifetime have been evaluated with 8 ns pulses at 532 nm.

  7. Mono-, di- and tri-valent ion induced protein gelation: Small-angle neutron scattering study

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    Kundu, Sarathi; Chinchalikar, Akshay J.; Das, Kaushik; Aswal, V. K.; Kohlbrecher, Joachim

    2014-02-01

    Cold gelation behavior of BSA protein has been studied mixing with mono-, di- and tri-valent ions at pD ? 7.0. Small angle neutron scattering (SANS) studies show that for the heat treated BSA fractal structure grows with the addition of salts. Heat treated BSA without salt shows intermediate range electrostatic repulsion and long range attraction. However, in presence of salts, cold gelation occurs but the fractal dimension depends upon the salt type and salt concentration. Variation of fractal dimension with salt concentration is nearly similar for Cu2+ and Fe3+ ions however similarity exists between Na+ and Ca2+ ions.

  8. Transfert radiatif entre une petite particule et un diélectrique: application au chauffage local

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    Mulet, J.-P.; Joulain, K.; Carminati, R.; Greffet, J. J.

    2002-06-01

    nous montrons dans cette étude que le transfert radiatif entre une particule de taille nanométrique et un diélectrique petit être très important lorsque les distances mises en jeu sont petites devant la longueur d'onde caractéristique du rayonnement thermique. Ce transfert peut devenir dominant lorsque les matériaux utilisés sont polaires. Nous discuterons de la possibilité d'appliquer ces résultats au chauffage local dans les nano-structures.

  9. N,N?-(Propane-1,3-diyl)bis(2-aminobenzamide)

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    Sreedasyam, Jagannatha Swamy; Sunkari, Jyothi; Kundha, Shashank; Gundapaneni, Raghava Rao

    2013-01-01

    The title compound, C17H20N4O2, was prepared by the reaction between 1,3-diaminopropane and isatoic anhydride in water. The carbonyl O atoms are involved in intramolecular hydrogen bonding with the amine group and intermolecular hydrogen bonding with an amide H atom of an adjacent molecule. In the crystal, pairs of NH?O hydrogen bonds link molecules into inversion dimers and further NH?O hydrogen bonds link the dimers into ladder-like chains along the a axis. PMID:23723834

  10. Unprecedented Phthalocyanines Bearing Eight Di-butylamino Peripheral Substituents: Synthesis, Spectroscopy, and Structure.

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    Chen, Yuxiang; Cao, Wei; Wang, Kang; Jiang, Jianzhuang

    2015-10-19

    Unprecedented 2,3,9,10,16,17,23,24-octakis(di-butylamino)phthalocyanine compounds M{Pc[N(C4H9)2]8} (M = 2H, Mg, Cu, Zn) (1-4) were prepared and structurally characterized on the basis of single-crystal X-ray diffraction analysis, representing the first structurally characterized alkylamino-substituted phthalocyanine examples. These novel phthalocyanine derivatives have also been characterized by a wide range of spectroscopic methods including MALDI-TOF mass spectra, NMR, electronic absorption, and IR spectroscopy in addition to elemental analysis. Their electrochemistry was also studied by cyclic voltammetry. PMID:26436994

  11. Structural and spectroscopic investigation on a new potentially bioactive di-hydrazone containing thiophene heterocyclic rings

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    Nogueira, Vanessa de S.; Ramalho Freitas, Maria Clara; Cruz, Wellington S.; Ribeiro, Tatiana S.; Resende, Jackson A. L. C.; Rey, Nicolás A.

    2016-02-01

    Hydrazones and several substituted hydrazones are associated with a broad spectrum of biological activities, as well as compounds containing the thiophene ring. In this context, a novel di-hydrazone derived from 2-thiophenecarboxylic acid hydrazide was synthesized and completely characterized by elemental analysis, XRD, FT-IR, Raman and UV-Vis spectroscopies, thermogravimetry, 1H NMR, 1H-1H COSY and 1H-1H ROESY. A preliminary in silico pharmacological evaluation was also performed in order to assess the performance of the new compound regarding some molecular properties relevant for a drug's pharmacokinetics in the human body.

  12. Crystal structure of 3-(di­ethyl­amino)­phenol

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    Golen, James A.; McDonald, Kyle J.; Manke, David R.

    2015-01-01

    The title compound, C10H15NO, has two mol­ecules in the asymmetric unit. Each mol­ecule has a near-planar C8NO unit excluding H atoms and the terminal methyl groups on the di­ethyl­amino groups, with mean deviations from planarity of 0.036 and 0.063 Å. In the crystal, hydrogen bonding leads to four-membered O—H⋯O—H⋯O—H·· rings. No π–π inter­actions were observed in the structure. PMID:26870505

  13. Molecular dynamics in supercooled di-isobutyl phthalate close to the glass transition

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    Suchanski, W.; Jurga, S.; Pakula, T.; Paluch, M.; Ziolo, J.

    2000-11-01

    The dynamics of the ?-relaxation in a glass-forming low-molecular-weight system, di-isobutyl phthalate (DIBP), has been studied by means of dielectric, nuclear magnetic and mechanical spectroscopies. By using these techniques we have covered a wide timescale ranging from 10-11 to 102 s. Vogel-Fulcher correlation time behaviour and the Davidson-Cole distribution function make possible a simultaneous fitting of T1, the nuclear Overhauser enhancement (NOE) factor and dielectric data over the temperature range (Tg-4 K)

  14. CURious Variables Experiment (CURVE): CCD photometry of active dwarf nova DI Ursae Majoris

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    Rutkowski, A.; Olech, A.; Wiśniewski, M.; Pietrukowicz, P.; Pala, J.; Poleski, R.

    2009-04-01

    Context: We report an analysis of photometric behaviour of DI UMa, an extremely active dwarf nova. The observational campaign (completed in 2007) covers five superoutbursts and four normal outbursts. Aims: We examined principal parameters of the system to understand peculiarities of DI UMa, and other active cataclysmic variables. Methods: Based on precise photometric measurements, temporal light curve behaviour, O-C analysis, and power spectrum analysis, we investigated physical parameters of the system. Results: We found that the period of the supercycle now equals 31.45 ± 0.3 days. Observations during superoutbursts infer that the period of superhumps equals P_sh = 0.055318(11) days (79.66± 0.02 min). During quiescence, the light curve reveals a modulation of period P_orb = 0.054579(6) days (78.59 ± 0.01 min), which we interpret as the orbital period of the binary system. The values obtained allowed us to determine a fractional period excess of 1.35% ± 0.02%, which is surprisingly small compared to the usual value for dwarf novae (2%-5%). A detailed O-C analysis was performed for two superoutbursts with the most comprehensive coverage. In both cases, we detected an increase in the superhump period with a mean rate of dot P/P_sh = 4.4(1.0)× 10-5. Conclusions: Based on these measurements, we confirm that DI UMa is probably a period bouncer, an old system that reached its period minimum a long time ago, has a secondary that became a degenerate brown dwarf, the entire system evolving now toward longer periods. DI UMa is an extremely interesting object because we know only one more active ER UMa star with similar characteristics (IX Dra). Photometric data are only available in electronic form at the CDS via anonymous ftp to cdsarc.u-strasbg.fr (130.79.128.5) or via http://cdsweb.u-strasbg.fr/cgi-bin/qcat?J/A+A/497/437

  15. Pharmacokinetic profile evaluation of di-?-hydroxo-bis(quercetinatooxovanadium(IV)) complex

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    VELESCU, B.S.; UIVAROSI, VALENTINA; BUZESCU, ANCA; SARBU, I; IONESCU, ECATERINA; ANUTA, VALENTINA

    2014-01-01

    The present study was designed to evaluate the pharmacokinetic (PK) properties of di-?-hydroxo-bis(quercetinatooxovanadium(IV) (HOBQOV) complex, with hypoglycemic and hypolipidemic properties, in rats after a single i.p. dose of 100 mg/kg b.w. The HOBQOV complex pharmacokinetics is described by a bicompartmental model and the plasma concentration decrease is described by two phases that might be correlated to the distribution and elimination processes. The obtained results suggest a PK profile of the complex suitable for a profound distribution in the animal organism with possibility of interaction with the cytosolic enzymes.

  16. Psychoanalytic and musical perspectives on shame in Donizetti's Lucia Di Lammermoor.

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    Nagel, Julie Jaffee

    2008-06-01

    Two disciplines, psychoanalysis and music, are synthesized here with an eye to the origins and vicissitudes of shame and guilt as seen in the emotional disintegration of the eponymous heroine of Donizetti's opera Lucia di Lammermoor. Lucia's affects and her intrapsychic and interpersonal dynamics are heard in the music itself. A psychoanalytic and musical analysis of the opera, taking Lucia's dynamics as a quasi-substitute for clinical material, illuminates the intersections between certain theoretical aspects of the two disciplines. Both manifest and latent themes are expressed through the music of Donizetti's score. PMID:18515706

  17. The iodosulfonamidation of peracetylated glycals revisited: access to 1,2-di-nitrogenated sugars.

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    Gautier, François-Moana; Djedaïni-Pilard, Florence; Grandjean, Cyrille

    2011-04-01

    Iodosulfonamidation of peracetylated glycals was investigated using either a combination of N-iodosuccinimide/iodine or iodine chloride as a source of iodonium ion. 1,2-trans- and 1,2-cis-2-deoxy-2-iodo-1-sulfonamido hexoses were, respectively, obtained depending on the reagent system used. Both series of isomers were successfully converted to 1,2-di-nitrogenated compounds, for example, 1-azido-1,2-dideoxy-2-sulfonamido sugars, which are useful intermediates for the synthesis of N-linked glycoproteins or glycoconjugates. PMID:21333277

  18. Behavior of transplutonium elements on thin-layer silica gel using di-2-ethylhexylphosphoric acid

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    Molochnikova, N.P.; Myasoedov, B.F.

    1995-03-01

    The behavior of transplutonium elements (TPE) on thin-layer silica gel on domestic sorbphil thin-layer chromatography (TLC) plates is investigated using di-2-ethylhexylphosphoric acid (D2EHPA) solutions in HNO{sub 3} of various concentrations. Conditions are found for separating Bk(IV) from other TPE in solutions with [HNO{sub 3}] > 5 M and also for separating Bk(III) and Ce. Solutions of D2EHPA as the mobile phase are recommended for TLC identification of tracer amounts of different oxidation states Am in HNO{sub 3}.

  19. Uptake of di-(2-ethylhexyl) phthalate of vegetables from plastic film greenhouses.

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    Fu, Xiaowei; Du, Qizhen

    2011-11-01

    Uptake of di-(2-ethylhexyl) phthalate (DEHP) of nine vegetables including potherb mustard, bok choy, celery, spinach, cabbage, leaf of tube, lettuce, garlic, and edible amaranth in plastic film greenhouses with different plastic films, film thickness, greenhouse age, and greenhouse height was studied. The results showed that the higher the DEHP content of film, the thicker the film, the lower the height of the greenhouse, and the younger the age of the greenhouse were, the higher the DEHP concentration of vegetables was. The results afford significant information for production of safe vegetables with low level DEHP contamination. PMID:21958198

  20. An elegant microwave assisted one-pot synthesis of di(α-aminophosphonate) pesticides.

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    Chandra Sekhar Reddy, Gangireddy; Radha Rani, Chinthaparthi; Veera Narayana Reddy, Mudumala; Suresh Reddy, Cirandur

    2014-11-01

    A new class of di(α-aminophosphonate) pesticides were prepared by the Kabachnik-Fields reaction under solvent- and catalyst-free conditions with microwave irradiation, and the products were obtained in good-to-excellent yields at shorter reaction time. These compounds were characterized by IR, (1)H, (13)C, (31)P NMR, and mass spectral data. Among them, compounds 4f, 4c, and 4h showed good pesticidal activity against Spodoptera litura, with 92.6, 91.3, and 89.3% mortality. PMID:25142415

  1. Crystal structure of (μ-1,4-di-carb-oxy-butane-1,4-di-carboxyl-ato)bis-[bis-(tri-phenyl-phosphane)silver(I)] di-chloro-methane tris-olvate.

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    Frenzel, Peter; Korb, Marcus; Lang, Heinrich

    2016-02-01

    The mol-ecular structure of the tetra-kis(tri-phenyl-phosphan-yl)disilver salt of butane-1,1,4,4-tetra-carb-oxy-lic acid, [Ag2(C8H8O8)(C18H15P)4]·3CH2Cl2, crystallizes with one and a half mol-ecules of di-chloro-methane in the asymmetric unit. The coordination complex exhibits an inversion centre through the central CH2-CH2 bond. The Ag(I) atom has a distorted trigonal-planar P2O coordination environment. The packing is characterized by inter-molecular T-shaped π-π inter-actions between the phenyl rings of the PPh3 substituents in neighbouring mol-ecules, forming a ladder-type superstructure parallel to [010]. These ladders are arranged in layers parallel to (101). Intra-molecular hydrogen bonds between the OH group and one O atom of the Ag-bonded carboxyl-ate group results in an asymmetric bidendate coordination of the carboxyl-ate moiety to the Ag(I) ion. PMID:26958391

  2. High-Throughput Quantitative Proteomics Enabled by Mass Defect-Based 12-Plex DiLeu Isobaric Tags.

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    Frost, Dustin C; Li, Lingjun

    2016-01-01

    Isobaric labeling has become a popular technique for high-throughput, mass spectrometry (MS)-based relative quantification of peptides and proteins. However, widespread use of the approach for large-scale proteomics applications has been limited by the high cost of commercial isobaric tags. To address this, we have developed our own N,N-dimethyl leucine (DiLeu) multiplex isobaric tags as a cost-effective alternative that can be synthesized with ease using readily available isotopic reagents. When paired with high-resolution tandem mass (MS (n) ) acquisition, mass defect-based DiLeu isobaric tags allow relative quantification of up to twelve samples in a single liquid chromatography (LC)-MS(2) experiment. Herein, we present detailed methods for synthesis of 12-plex DiLeu isobaric tags, labeling of complex protein digest samples, analysis by high-resolution nanoLC-MS (n) , and processing of acquired data. PMID:26867744

  3. A novel combined WDM-PON with a single shared DI using downlink DPSK and uplink remodulated OOK signals

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    Zhang, Hongguang; Cheng, Xiaofei; Xu, Zhaowen; Yeo, Yong-Kee

    2012-03-01

    We propose a novel downlink optical carrier remodulated wavelength-division-multiplexed passive optical network (WDM-PON) architecture, in which two WDM-PONs whose wavelength locate in different wavebands share a single delay interferometer (DI) in remote node (RN) to demodulate the downlink data simultaneously. 10-Gb/s downlink differential phase-shift-keying (DPSK) signal and 1.25-Gb/s remodulated uplink On-Off keying (OOK) signal are generated and measured. Experiment results show that crosstalk between the two WDM-PONs is negligible even though the two PONs share a single DI. With our novel scheme, the single DI can be shared by more users in different PONs, which can reduce the cost of optical network unit (ONU). Meanwhile, Rayleigh backscattering noise is eliminated by combining these two PONs with different wavebands.

  4. Effects of natural compounds on microbial safety and sensory quality of Fior di Latte cheese, a typical Italian cheese.

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    Gammariello, D; Di Giulio, S; Conte, A; Del Nobile, M A

    2008-11-01

    This work presents a preliminary study to assess the efficiency of plant essential oils as natural food preservatives in Fior di Latte cheese. Selected compounds were directly dissolved into Fior di Latte brine. Packaged Fior di Latte samples were stored at 10 degrees C for about 6 d. The cell loads of spoilage and useful microorganisms were monitored to calculate the microbial acceptability limit. Results show that some tested compounds were not acceptable by the panel from a sensorial point of view. Most compounds did not affect the microbial acceptability limit value to a great extent, and only a few such as lemon, sage, and thyme markedly prolonged the microbial acceptability limit of the investigated fresh cheese. Moreover, the above active agents exerted an inhibitory effect on the microorganisms responsible for spoilage without affecting the dairy microflora. PMID:18946117

  5. 6,7-Di-chloro-2,3-bis(pyridin-2-yl)quinox-aline.

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    Crundwell, Guy; Glagovich, Neil M; King, Melissa E

    2015-02-01

    The title compound, C18H10Cl2N4, synthesized by the condensation reaction between 4,5-di-chloro-benzene-1,2-di-amine and 1,2-di(pyridin-2-yl)ethane-1,2-dione in boiling acetic acid, has a nearly planar quinoxaline moiety [maximum deviation = 0.070?(1)?] whose mean plane makes dihedral angles of 40.51?(2) and 39.29?(3) with the pyridine rings. Within the unit cell, there are no classical hydrogen bonds. Molecules in the structure pack with ?-? stacking contacts between the quinoxaline units and nearby pyridine rings with an intercentroid distance of 3.7676?(9)?. PMID:25878854

  6. Degradation pathway of 2,5-di-tert-butyl-1,4-dimethoxybenzene at high potential.

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    Chen, Z.; Amine, K.; Chemical Engineering

    2007-01-01

    2,5-Di-tert-butyl-1,4-dimethoxybenzene is a redox shuttle for overcharge protection of LiFePO{sub 4}-based lithium-ion batteries with a working potential lower than 4.2 V versus Li{sup +}/Li. However, an irreversible decomposition occurs when the working potential is higher than 4.2 V versus Li{sup +}/Li. 2,3,5,6-Tetrafluoro-1,4-di-tert-butoxybenzene was also investigated as a model molecule to further understand the possible degradation pathway of 2,5-di-tert-butyl-1,4-dimethxybenzene. The experimental results strongly suggest that the irreversible reaction be related to the decomposition of OC bond in alkoxy substitution groups.

  7. Charge-transfer complexations of 1, n-di(9-ethylcarbazol-3-yl)alkanes with tetracyanoethylene and tetranitromethane

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    Asker, Erol; Masnovi, John

    2009-01-01

    1, n-Di(9-ethylcarbazol-3-yl)alkanes, where n = 1-5, as the dichromophoric model compounds of poly-3-vinylcarbazoles were synthesized to examine their complexation behaviors with the electron acceptors tetracyanoethylene (TCNE) and tetranitromethane (TNM). 9,9'-Diethyl-3,3'-dicarbazolyl, di(3-ethylcarbazol-9-yl)methane, and three monomeric analogues were also included for comparison. In dichloromethane solution, the dicarbazoles formed stable 1:1 electron donor-acceptor complexes with TCNE having formation enthalpies around -3.5 kcal/mol. With TNM they formed more weakly bound complexes that showed little dependence on concentration and almost zero dependence on temperature changes having nearly 0 kcal/mol enthalpies of formation. The smaller gap between the two carbazole groups in 1, n-di(9-ethylcarbazol-3-yl)alkanes with n ? 2 affected complexation adversely, while such an effect was not observed in the dicarbazoles with n ? 3.

  8. Halimeda dominance in the coastal wedge of Pietra di Finale (Ligurian Alps, Italy): The role of trophic conditions

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    Brandano, Marco; Tomassetti, Laura; Frezza, Virgilio

    2015-05-01

    The Middle to Late Miocene mixed carbonate-siliciclastic coastal wedge of the Pietra di Finale, unconformably overlying the Ligurian Alps succession, displays a carbonate portion dominated by Halimeda and Porites fragments that fall in the photozoan assemblages. Photozoan assemblages typically develop under tropical and oligotrophic conditions, while hetorozoan assemblages tend to thrive in high-nutrient settings. The Pietra di Finale Formation shows, however, that high weathering and an increase of nutrient inputs related to Alpine uplift and humid climatic conditions promoted Halimeda over the seagrass carbonate factory in the photic zone. The successful Halimeda proliferation was due to its efficient competition for nutrients, especially nitrogen. Thus, the Pietra di Finale Formation represents an interesting, counter-intuitive example in which increased nutrient concentrations promoted, instead of inhibited, a photozoan over a seagrass-related heterozoan carbonate production.

  9. Draxin is involved in the proper development of the dI3 interneuron in chick spinal cord.

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    Su, Yuhong; Zhang, Sanbing; Islam, Shahidul M; Shinmyo, Yohei; Naser, Iftekhar Bin; Ahmed, Giasuddin; Tanaka, Hideaki

    2010-06-01

    Generation of the appropriate types, numbers and distribution of neurons during the development of the nervous system requires the careful coordination of proliferation, differentiation, and patterning. In this work, we analyzed the roles of a repulsive axon guidance protein, draxin, on the development of chick spinal cord dI3 interneuron. draxin mRNA and/or protein were detected in the roof plate at first and then the boundary region between the ventricular and the mantle zones in chick spinal cord and dorsal basement membrane of the chick spinal cord. Overexpression of draxin caused the decreased and delayed migration of the dI3 interneuron, the reduction of progenitor cell proliferation, and abnormal localization of some ectopic progenitor-like cells in the mantle zone of the spinal cord. Our data reveal that draxin may be involved in the proper development of the dI3 interneuron in chick spinal cord. PMID:20503362

  10. The synthetic cationic lipid diC14 activates a sector of the Arabidopsis defence network requiring endogenous signalling components.

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    Cambiagno, Damián Alejandro; Lonez, Caroline; Ruysschaert, Jean-Marie; Alvarez, María Elena

    2015-12-01

    Natural and synthetic elicitors have contributed significantly to the study of plant immunity. Pathogen-derived proteins and carbohydrates that bind to immune receptors, allow the fine dissection of certain defence pathways. Lipids of a different nature that act as defence elicitors, have also been studied, but their specific effects have been less well characterized, and their receptors have not been identified. In animal cells, nanoliposomes of the synthetic cationic lipid 3-tetradecylamino-tert-butyl-N-tetradecylpropionamidine (diC14) activate the TLR4-dependent immune cascade. Here, we have investigated whether this lipid induces Arabidopsis defence responses. At the local level, diC14 activated early and late defence gene markers (FRK1, WRKY29, ICS1 and PR1), acting in a dose-dependent manner. This lipid induced the salicylic acid (SA)-dependent, but not jasmonic acid (JA)-dependent, pathway and protected plants against Pseudomonas syringae pv. tomato (Pst), but not Botrytis cinerea. diC14 was not toxic to plant or pathogen, and potentiated pathogen-induced callose deposition. At the systemic level, diC14 induced PR1 expression and conferred resistance against Pst. diC14-induced defence responses required the signalling protein EDS1, but not NDR1. Curiously, the lipid-induced defence gene expression was lower in the fls2/efr/cerk1 triple mutant, but still unchanged in the single mutants. The amidine headgroup and chain length were important for its activity. Given the robustness of the responses triggered by diC14, its specific action on a defence pathway and the requirement for well-known defence components, this synthetic lipid is emerging as a useful tool to investigate the initial events involved in plant innate immunity. PMID:25727690

  11. Effects of maternal exposure to di(2-ethylhexyl)phthalate (DEHP) during pregnancy on susceptibility to neonatal asthma

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    Shin, In-Sik; Lee, Mee-Young; Cho, Eun-Sang; Choi, Eun-young; Son, Hwa-Young; Lee, Kyoung-Youl

    2014-02-01

    Di(2-ethylhexyl) phthalate (DEHP) is used as a plasticizer and is widely dispersed in the environment. In this study, we investigated the effects of maternal exposure to DEHP during pregnancy on neonatal asthma susceptibility using a murine model of asthma induced by ovalbumin (OVA). Pregnant BALB/c mice received DEHP from gestation day 13 to lactation day 21. Their offspring were sensitized on postnatal days (PNDs) 9 and 15 by intraperitoneal injection of 0.5 μg OVA with 200 μg aluminum hydroxide. On PNDs 22, 23 and 24, live pups received an airway challenge of OVA for 30 min. Offspring from pregnant mice that received DEHP showed reductions in inflammatory cell count, interleukin (IL)-4, IL-13, and eotaxin in their bronchoalveolar lavage fluid and in total immunoglobulin E and OVA-specific IgE in their plasma compared with offspring from pregnant mice that did not receive DEHP treatment. These results were consistent with histological analysis and immunoblotting. Maternal exposure to DEHP reduces airway inflammation and mucus production in offspring, with a decrease in inducible nitric oxide synthase (iNOS) in the lung tissue. This study suggests that maternal exposure to DEHP during pregnancy reduces asthmatic responses induced by OVA challenge in offspring. These effects were considered to be closely related to the suppression of Th2 immune responses and iNOS expression. - Highlights: • Maternal exposure to di(2-ethylhexyl)phthalate reduces asthmatic response in pups. • Di(2-ethylhexyl)phthalate reduces eosinophilia induced by ovalbumin exposure. • Di(2-ethylhexyl)phthalate reduces T-helper type 2 cytokine production. • Di(2-ethylhexyl)phthalate attenuates airway inflammation and mucus production. • Di(2-ethylhexyl)phthalate suppresses inducible nitric oxide synthase in lung tissue.

  12. Mutation in the C-Di-AMP Cyclase dacA Affects Fitness and Resistance of Methicillin Resistant Staphylococcus aureus

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    Dengler, Vanina; McCallum, Nadine; Kiefer, Patrick; Christen, Philipp; Patrignani, Andrea; Vorholt, Julia A.; Berger-Bächi, Brigitte; Senn, Maria M.

    2013-01-01

    Faster growing and more virulent strains of methicillin resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) are increasingly displacing highly resistant MRSA. Elevated fitness in these MRSA is often accompanied by decreased and heterogeneous levels of methicillin resistance; however, the mechanisms for this phenomenon are not yet fully understood. Whole genome sequencing was used to investigate the genetic basis of this apparent correlation, in an isogenic MRSA strain pair that differed in methicillin resistance levels and fitness, with respect to growth rate. Sequencing revealed only one single nucleotide polymorphism (SNP) in the diadenylate cyclase gene dacA in the faster growing but less resistant strain. Diadenylate cyclases were recently discovered to synthesize the new second messenger cyclic diadenosine monophosphate (c-di-AMP). Introduction of this mutation into the highly resistant but slower growing strain reduced resistance and increased its growth rate, suggesting a direct connection between the dacA mutation and the phenotypic differences of these strains. Quantification of cellular c-di-AMP revealed that the dacA mutation decreased c-di-AMP levels resulting in reduced autolysis, increased salt tolerance and a reduction in the basal expression of the cell wall stress stimulon. These results indicate that c-di-AMP affects cell envelope-related signalling in S. aureus. The influence of c-di-AMP on growth rate and methicillin resistance in MRSA indicate that altering c-di-AMP levels could be a mechanism by which MRSA strains can increase their fitness levels by reducing their methicillin resistance levels. PMID:24013956

  13. Biogenic amine content and microbiological profile of Pecorino di Farindola cheese.

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    Schirone, Maria; Tofalo, Rosanna; Mazzone, Giampiero; Corsetti, Aldo; Suzzi, Giovanna

    2011-02-01

    "Pecorino di Farindola" is a traditional ewes' milk cheese produced in the Abruzzo region (Italy) and ripened for a minimum of 90 days. The main objective of this research was to characterize the microbiological and chemical composition of this cheese, manufactured in ten dairy farms during the winter cheese-making season (December through March). By using classical enumeration system on specific media variability was observed in the viable numbers of aerobic mesophilic bacteria, enterobacteria, coagulase-negative staphylococci, yeasts, enterococci, mesophilic and thermophilic lactobacilli, lactococci and thermophilic streptococci. Salmonella spp., Listeria monocytogenes and Escherichia coli O157:H7 resulted to be absent in all the samples. Among compounds possibly impacting on human health, the isomer cis-9, trans-11 conjugated linoleic acid (CLA), was determined in high levels in all samples, ranging from 9.2 to 12.7 mg/g fat. Great diversity was also found in biogenic amine contents with a relevant presence of tyramine in all the cheeses. This work represents the first study on Pecorino di Farindola cheese and could contribute to deepen the knowledge on its microbiological and biochemical features, focusing on hygiene and consumer health aspects. PMID:21056784

  14. Distribution of di(2-ethylhexyl) phthalate and products in blood and blood components.

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    Rock, G; Labow, R S; Tocchi, M

    1986-01-01

    In order to impart flexibility, plastic medical devices incorporate liquid plasticizers into their structure. Data from several laboratories, including ours, have shown that these compounds leach from blood bags and tubing during collection of blood, storage of various blood components and during kidney dialysis and cell and plasma apheresis procedures. After the plasticizer di(2-ethylhexyl) phthalate leaches from poly(vinyl chloride) blood packs, it is converted by a plasma enzyme to a more toxic metabolite, mono(2-ethylhexyl) phthalate. Blood fractionation products from outdated plasma contain mono(2-ethylhexyl) phthalate, the highest level being found in normal serum albumin. Recently, we have reported that di(2-ethylhexyl) phthalate actually binds to the red blood cell membrane and reduces its osmotic fragility. Current methods of red cells storage, which permit utilization up to 35 days after collection, are not possible without this membrane stabilization. Platelets are now stored for 5 days in the Fenwal PL 732 polyolefin bag. Although stated to be essentially free of liquid plasticizers, a significant level of leaching from this bag into the extracts of stored platelet concentrates was observed. PMID:3709456

  15. Bio-based nanocomposite coating to preserve quality of Fior di latte cheese.

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    Gammariello, D; Conte, A; Buonocore, G G; Del Nobile, M A

    2011-11-01

    The aim of this study was to evaluate the effects of a bio-based coating containing silver-montmorillonite nanoparticles combined with modified-atmosphere packaging (MAP) on microbial and sensory quality decay of Fior di latte cheese. Different concentrations of silver nanoparticles (0.25, 0.50, and 1.00 mg/mL) were dispersed in a sodium alginic acid solution (8% wt/vol) before coating the cheese. Modified-atmosphere packaging was made up of 30% CO(2), 5% O(2), and 65% N(2). The combination of silver-based nanocomposite coating and MAP enhanced Fior di latte cheese shelf life. In particular, product stored in the traditional packaging showed a shelf life of about 3 d, whereas coated cheese stored under MAP reached a shelf life of more than 5 d, regardless of the concentration of silver nanoparticles. The synergistic effects between antimicrobial nanoparticles and initial headspace conditions in the package could allow diffusion of dairy products beyond the local area. PMID:22032352

  16. Ionic environment and hydrogen bonding in di-ureasil ormolytes doped with lithium triflate

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    Nunes, S. C.; Bermudez, V. de Zea; Ostrovskii, D.; Carlos, L. D.

    2004-09-01

    Di-urea cross-linked sol-gel derived poly(oxyethylene) (POE)/siloxane hybrids (di-ureasils) doped with a wide concentration range of lithium triflate (LiCF 3SO 3) were studied by infrared and Raman spectroscopies with the primary objective of examining in detail the Li +/cross-link and hydrogen bonding interactions. Another goal of this work was to find additional data that confirmed previous conclusions regarding the Li +/polymer and Li +/anion bonding. Xerogels with ?> n?1 (where n, called salt composition, is the molar ratio OCH 2CH 2/Li +) were analyzed. The analysis of the 'amide I' and 'amide II' regions provided solid evidences that the Li + ions bond to the urea carbonyl oxygen atoms in the entire range of salt concentration studied. The changes detected in the CH 2 rocking region indicate that the alkali metal cations are also coordinated to the ether oxygen atoms of the POE chains at n?20. Proofs of the formation of a POE/LiCF 3SO 3 crystalline compound at n?10 were also found. The anionic configurations detected in the FT-IR SO 3 symmetric stretching region are in perfect agreement with those deduced from the FT-Raman spectra.

  17. Surface microbiota analysis of Taleggio, Gorgonzola, Casera, Scimudin and Formaggio di Fossa Italian cheeses.

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    Fontana, Cecilia; Cappa, Fabrizio; Rebecchi, Annalisa; Cocconcelli, Pier Sandro

    2010-04-15

    The composition of the bacterial consortia of the smear Italian cheeses and their role on quality and safety is still poorly understood. The objective of this study was to identify and characterize the bacterial communities present on the surface of five traditional Italian cheeses, Casera Valtellina, Scimudin, Formaggio di Fossa, Gorgonzola and Taleggio. DGGE analysis performed using total DNA obtained from cheese surfaces enabled us to identify the dominant bacterial populations. Bands showing different intensity and identified as Staphylococcus, Micrococcus, Psychrobacter, Enterococcus and Brevibacterium species were detected on the surface of cheeses. The cluster analysis showed that Gorgonzola, Taleggio and Formaggio di Fossa cheeses present high similarity in their surface bacterial composition while major differences in the DGGE profiles were observed in Scimudin and Casera. The molecular taxonomical identification among the Gram positive isolates, reveals the presence of the following bacterial genera: Staphylococcus, Micrococcus, Macrococcus, Enterococcus, Lactobacillus, Carnobacterium, Leuconostoc, Brevibacterium, Corynebacterium, Brochothrix, Bacillus. The combination of culture dependent and independent techniques allowed us to obtain information about the bacterial species covering the surface of five different traditional Italian cheeses. PMID:20167385

  18. Crystal structure of the thermochromic bis-(di-ethyl-ammonium) tetra-chlorido-cuprate(II) complex.

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    Aldrich, Emily P; Bussey, Katherine A; Connell, Jennifer R; Reinhart, Erin F; Oshin, Kayode D; Mercado, Brandon Q; Oliver, Allen G

    2016-01-01

    In the structure of the title complex salt, (Et2NH2)2[CuCl4], the asymmetric unit consists of four unique di-ethyl-ammonium cations and three unique tetra-chlorido-cuprate anions. Two of the three anions are located with their copper atoms on independent crystallographic twofold axes, while the remaining tetra-chlorido-cuprate is located at a general position of the ortho-rhom-bic space group P21212. Two of the three Cu atoms adopt a distorted square-planar/disphenoidal geometry and the third Cu atom has a regular square-planar coordination environment. The di-ethyl-ammonium cations form an extensive hydrogen-bonded network through N-H⋯Cl inter-actions with the tetra-chlorido-cuprate anions, resulting in a two-dimensional sheet-like hydrogen-bonded network parallel to the ab direction. The complex was observed to undergo a color shift from deep green at room temperature to pale yellow at temperatures above 328 K. PMID:26870581

  19. Di-hydrogen contact induced lattice instabilities and structural dynamics in complex hydride perovskites

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    Schouwink, P.; Hagemann, H.; Embs, J. P.; D'Anna, V.; ?ern, R.

    2015-07-01

    The structural phase transitions occurring in a series of perovskite-type complex hydrides based on the tetrahydroborate anion \\text{BH}4- are investigated by means of in situ synchrotron x-ray powder diffraction, vibrational spectroscopy, thermal methods and ab initio calculations in the solid state. Structural dynamics of the \\text{B}{{\\text{H}}4} anion are followed with quasi-elastic neutron scattering. We show that unexpected temperature-induced lattice instabilities in perovskite-type ACa(\\text{B}{{\\text{H}}4} )3 (A = K, Rb, Cs) have their origin in close hydridic di-hydrogen contacts. The rich lattice dynamics lead to coupling between internal B-H vibrations and phonons, resulting in distortions in the high-temperature polymorph that are identical in symmetry to well-known instabilities in oxide perovskites, generally condensing at lower temperatures. It is found that anion-substitution \\text{BH}4- ?ftrightarrow {{X}-} (X = Halide) can relax distortions in ACa(\\text{B}{{\\text{H}}4} )3 by eliminating coulomb repulsive {{\\text{H}}-}\\cdot \\cdot \\cdot {{\\text{H}}-} effects. The interesting nature of phase transition in ACa(\\text{B}{{\\text{H}}4} )3 enters an unexplored field of weak interactions in ceramic-like host lattices and is the principal motivation for this study. Close di-hydrogen contacts suggest new concepts to tailor crystal symmetries in complex hydride perovskites in the future.

  20. A Conserved Di-Basic Motif of Drosophila Crumbs Contributes to Efficient ER Export.

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    Kumichel, Alexandra; Kapp, Katja; Knust, Elisabeth

    2015-06-01

    The Drosophila type I transmembrane protein Crumbs is an apical determinant required for the maintenance of apico-basal epithelial cell polarity. The level of Crumbs at the plasma membrane is crucial, but how it is regulated is poorly understood. In a genetic screen for regulators of Crumbs protein trafficking we identified Sar1, the core component of the coat protein complex II transport vesicles. sar1 mutant embryos show a reduced plasma membrane localization of Crumbs, a defect similar to that observed in haunted and ghost mutant embryos, which lack Sec23 and Sec24CD, respectively. By pulse-chase assays in Drosophila Schneider cells and analysis of protein transport kinetics based on Endoglycosidase H resistance we identified an RNKR motif in Crumbs, which contributes to efficient ER export. The motif identified fits the highly conserved di-basic RxKR motif and mediates interaction with Sar1. The RNKR motif is also required for plasma membrane delivery of transgene-encoded Crumbs in epithelial cells of Drosophila embryos. Our data are the first to show that a di-basic motif acts as a signal for ER exit of a type I plasma membrane protein in a metazoan organism. PMID:25753515

  1. Probing a light CP-odd scalar in di-top-associated production at the LHC

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    Casolino, Mirkoantonio; Farooque, Trisha; Juste, Aurelio; Liu, Tao; Spannowsky, Michael

    2015-10-01

    CP-odd scalars are an integral part of many extensions of the Standard Model. Recently, electroweak-scale pseudoscalars have received increased attention in explaining the diffuse gamma-ray excess from the Galactic Centre. Elusive due to absence of direct couplings to gauge bosons, these particles receive only weak constraints from direct searches at LEP or searches performed during the first LHC runs. We investigate the LHC's sensitivity in probing a CP-odd scalar in the mass range 20 ? m_A ? 100 GeV via di-top-associated production using jet-substructure-based reconstruction techniques. We parameterise the scalar's interactions using a simplified model approach and relate the obtained upper limits to couplings within type-I and type-II 2HDMs as well as the NMSSM. We find that in di-top-associated production, experiments at the LHC can set tight limits on CP-odd scalars that fit the Galactic Centre excess. However, direct sensitivity to light CP-odd scalars from the NMSSM remains challenging.

  2. Di-hydrogen contact induced lattice instabilities and structural dynamics in complex hydride perovskites.

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    Schouwink, P; Hagemann, H; Embs, J P; D'Anna, V; ?ern, R

    2015-07-01

    The structural phase transitions occurring in a series of perovskite-type complex hydrides based on the tetrahydroborate anion BH4(-) are investigated by means of in situ synchrotron x-ray powder diffraction, vibrational spectroscopy, thermal methods and ab initio calculations in the solid state. Structural dynamics of the BH4 anion are followed with quasi-elastic neutron scattering. We show that unexpected temperature-induced lattice instabilities in perovskite-type ACa(BH4)3 (A = K, Rb, Cs) have their origin in close hydridic di-hydrogen contacts. The rich lattice dynamics lead to coupling between internal B-H vibrations and phonons, resulting in distortions in the high-temperature polymorph that are identical in symmetry to well-known instabilities in oxide perovskites, generally condensing at lower temperatures. It is found that anion-substitution BH4(-) <-> (X = Halide) can relax distortions in ACa(BH4)3 by eliminating coulomb repulsive H(-)H(-) effects. The interesting nature of phase transition in ACa(BH4)3 enters an unexplored field of weak interactions in ceramic-like host lattices and is the principal motivation for this study. Close di-hydrogen contacts suggest new concepts to tailor crystal symmetries in complex hydride perovskites in the future. PMID:26076047

  3. Electromagnetic methods to characterize the Savoia di Lucania waste dump (Southern Italy)

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    Bavusi, M.; Rizzo, E.; Lapenna, V.

    2006-11-01

    The aim of this work is the joint application and integration of non-invasive geoelectrical methods for studying the landfill of Savoia di Lucania (Southern Italy). This landfill for its engineering features and small dimensions (70 m × 30 m × 6 m) represents an optimal test site to assess a geophysical survey protocol for municipal solid waste landfills investigation and monitoring. The landfill of Savoia di Lucania has been built with a reinforced concrete material and coated with a high-density polyethylene (HDPE) liner. Three electrical resistivity tomographies (ERT), two self-potential (SP) map surveys and one induced polarization (IP) section have been performed, both in the surrounding area and inside the waste landfill. The geophysical investigations have well defined some buried boundaries of the landfill basin and localized the leachate accumulation zones inside the dumpsite. Comparison of our results with other engineering and geological investigations could be the key for evaluating the integrity of the HDPE liner. Finally, the joint use of the ERT, IP and SP methods seems to be a promising tool for studying and designing new monitoring systems able to perform a time-lapse analysis of waste landfill geometry and integrity.

  4. Revision Surgery in Permanent Patellar Dislocation in DiGeorge Syndrome

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    Berruto, Massimo; Parente, Andrea; Ferrua, Paolo; Pasqualotto, Stefano; Uboldi, Francesco; Usellini, Eva

    2015-01-01

    A 29-year-old patient, suffering from DiGeorge syndrome, came to our attention with a history of persistent pain and patellar instability in the left knee after failure of arthroscopic lateral release and Elmslie-Trillat procedure. The patient was unable to walk without crutches and severely limited in daily living activities. Because of arthritic changes of the patellofemoral joint and the failure of previous surgeries it was decided to perform only an open lateral release and medial patellofemoral ligament (MPFL) reconstruction using a biosynthetic ligament in order to obtain patellofemoral stability. At one year post-op range of motion (ROM) was 0120 with a firm end point at medial patellar mobilization; patella was stable throughout the entire ROM. All the scores improved and she could be able to perform daily activity without sensation of instability. Bilateral patellar subluxation and systemic hyperlaxity are characteristics of syndromic patients and according to literature can be also present in DiGeorge syndrome. MPFL reconstruction with lateral release was demonstrated to be the correct solution in the treatment of patellar instability in this complex case. The choice of an artificial ligament to reconstruct the MPFL was useful in this specific patient with important tissue laxity due to her congenital syndrome. PMID:26783479

  5. The explosion of the bolide over Lugo DI Romagna (Italy) on 19 January 1993

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    Cevolani, G.

    1994-09-01

    A spectacular fireball was observed crossing Northern Italy from SE to NW on 19 January 1993, at about 00.33 h UT, ending with an explosion approximately over the city of Lugo di Romagna. Calculations on the fragmentation of the body were performed for an entry velocity of 25 km/s, a low-inclination of about 14-15 deg, and a material strength S = 10-50 MPa (Bronshten, V. A., 1983) valid for stony (and carbonaceous) chondrites, with heights of first fragmentation hbreak is less than or = 35-40 km. For estimated visual magnitudes Mv = -22 to -25 at the peak of the light-curve corresponding to values of an initial radius of 1.5-3 m (Hills, J. K. and Goda, 1993), a meteor luminosity ranging between 300 and 4000 GW is obtained, consistent with the radiant flux values obtained by the Stefan-Boltzmann law for a black-body temperature of tens of thousands degrees. The explosion of the bolide produced low-frequency (1.5-2 Hz) infrasonic waves which were monitored by a microseismic network of three stations near Ferrara and by regional seismic stations of the ING (Istituto Nazionale di Geofisica) at 20-60 km horizontal distances from the epicentre located in the stratosphere. Micronanalysis of recovered particles in the explosion zone, in the form of spherules of vaporized and recondensed material, reveals the relative importance of light chemical elements typical of soft structures.

  6. Listeria monocytogenes exopolysaccharide: origin, structure, biosynthetic machinery and c-di-GMP-dependent regulation.

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    Kseo?lu, Volkan K; Heiss, Christian; Azadi, Parastoo; Topchiy, Elena; Gvener, Zehra T; Lehmann, Teresa E; Miller, Kurt W; Gomelsky, Mark

    2015-05-01

    Elevated levels of the second messenger c-di-GMP activate biosynthesis of an unknown exopolysaccharide (EPS) in the food-borne pathogen Listeria monocytogenes. This EPS strongly protects cells against disinfectants and desiccation, indicating its potential significance for listerial persistence in the environment and for food safety. We analyzed the potential phylogenetic origin of this EPS, determined its complete structure, characterized genes involved in its biosynthesis and hydrolysis and identified diguanylate cyclases activating its synthesis. Phylogenetic analysis of EPS biosynthesis proteins suggests that they have evolved within monoderms. Scanning electron microscopy revealed that L.?monocytogenes?EPS is cell surface-bound. Secreted carbohydrates represent exclusively cell-wall debris. Based on carbohydrate composition, linkage and NMR analysis, the structure of the purified EPS is identified as a ?-1,4-linked N-acetylmannosamine chain decorated with terminal ?-1,6-linked galactose. All genes of the pssA-E operon are required for EPS production and so is a separately located pssZ gene. We show that PssZ has an EPS-specific glycosylhydrolase activity. Exogenously added PssZ prevents EPS-mediated cell aggregation and disperses preformed aggregates, whereas an E72Q mutant in the presumed catalytic residue is much less active. The diguanylate cyclases DgcA and DgcB, whose genes are located next to pssZ, are primarily responsible for c-di-GMP-dependent EPS production. PMID:25662512

  7. Measurements of di-hadron correlations and azimuthal anisotropies in the BES at RHIC by STAR

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    Song, Liao; STAR Collaboration

    2015-04-01

    The Beam Energy Scan (BES) program at the Relativistic Heavy Ion Collider (RHIC) aims to vary the temperature and baryon-chemical potential of the medium formed from heavy-ion collisions, by colliding Au nuclei at energies from 7.7 GeV to 200 GeV (center of mass energy per nucleon). In doing so, it hopes to create a map of the Quantum ChromoDynamical (QCD) phase diagram of nuclear matter, and determine at which temperature Quark Gluon Plasma (QGP) formation occurs. Spatial inhomogeneities in the initial state of the collision can create pressure gradients in the QGP, which induce anisotropies among produced particles, known as azimuthal anisotropy. These anisotropies manifest themselves as the ridge in di-hadron correlations, which has been extensively studied at the top the RHIC energies and the LHC. We will present some preliminary measurements of di-hadron correlations from?{sNN} = 7.7, 11.5, 19.6, 27 and 39 GeV BES data, and the azimuthal anisotropy parameters v2 { 2 } and v3 { 2 } obtained from the ???? correlation function, and compare with previous STAR results at top (or higher) RHIC energies. We will also look at the ?? gap dependence and the energy dependence of these anisotropy parameters.

  8. Characterisation and cytomodulatory properties of peptides from Mozzarella di Bufala Campana cheese whey.

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    De Simone, Carmela; Picariello, Gianluca; Mamone, Gianfranco; Stiuso, Paola; Dicitore, Alessandra; Vanacore, Daniela; Chianese, Lina; Addeo, Francesco; Ferranti, Pasquale

    2009-03-01

    Bioactive peptides are present in a latent state, encrypted within the amino acid sequence of milk proteins, requiring enzymatic proteolysis for their release. They can be produced by gastrointestinal digestion or food processing, thus they can be present in fermented milks, cheese and also in the by-products of dairy industry such as waste whey. The spectrum of biological activity covered by milk-derived peptides is extremely wide, including antibacterial, immunostimulating, antihypertensive, antithrombotic and opioid actions. However, the characterisation of milk-derived peptides with classical analytical methodologies is severely challenged by the complexity of the milk protein fraction and by the wide dynamic range of relative peptide abundance in both dairy products and by-products. Here we report the characterisation of the peptide fraction released in the whey during the different production stages of Mozzarella di Bufala Campana cheese. The peptide extracts were separated by RP HPLC and analysed by MS in order to identify the peptides produced and to trace the pathway of formation of potential bioactive peptides. The antioxidant properties and the modulatory effect on the cell cycle exerted by the peptide extracts were also studied in CaCo2 cell line. We found that a significant antiproliferative effect on CaCo2 was exerted by Mozzarella di Bufala waste whey peptides. PMID:19035578

  9. Syntheses and cellular investigations of di-aspartate and aspartate-lysine chlorin e6 conjugates.

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    Jinadasa, R G Waruna; Zhou, Zehua; Vicente, M Graa H; Smith, Kevin M

    2016-01-21

    Chlorin e6 is a tricarboxylic acid degradation product of chlorophyll a. Four chlorin e6 bis(amino acid) conjugates were regioselectively synthesized bearing two aspartate conjugates in the 13(1),17(3)- and 15(2),17(3)-positions, or at the 13(1),15(2)via an ethylene diamine linker. One additional conjugate bearing two different amino acids, lysine at 13(1)via an ethylene diamine linker and an aspartate at 15(2)via a ?-alanine linker was also synthesized. The cytotoxicity and uptake of four di(amino acid) chlorin e6 conjugates were investigated in human HEp2 cells, and compared with chlorin e6. The most cytotoxic and most taken up conjugates were the zwitterionic 13(1),15(2)-disubstituted conjugates 28 and 33; these also localized in multiple organelles. In contrast, the anionic 13(1),17(3)- and 15(2),17(3)-di-aspartyl chlorin e6 conjugates 12 and 13 showed low dark cytoxicity and lower phototoxicity compared with chlorin e6. PMID:26633562

  10. Long-term Simulation In Coastal Lagoons: Sacca Di Goro (1989-1998)

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    Zaldivar, J. M.; Cattaneo, E.; Murray, C. N.; Giordani, G.; Viaroli, P.

    A biogeochemical model for the Sacca di Goro Lagoon has been developed and par- tially validated with field data from 1989 to 1998. The model considers the nutrient cycles in the water column as well as in the sediments. Furthermore, phytoplankton, zooplankton, and Ulva sp. dynamics, as well as shellfish farming, are taken into ac- count. Due to the recent anoxic crises in the lagoon, the dynamic of oxygen has been also simulated. The actual version of the model is a 0D with input fluxes from the watershed and exchange with the Northern Adriatic Sea. Nutrients from the water- shed, wet and dry deposition, temperature, light intensity, wind speed and shellfish production are considered as forcing functions. The results show that the model is able to capture the essential dynamics of the lagoon, with values in the same order of magnitude with the measurements from experimental campaigns. The model has been used to assess the effects of two possible measures aiming at reducing the lagoon's eutrophisation level: reduction of nutrients from the watershed and Ulva's mechanical removal. The coupling with a 3D hydrodynamical model of the Sacca di Goro, as well as with the watershed model is presently under development.

  11. DiFX-2: A More Flexible, Efficient, Robust, and Powerful Software Correlator

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    Deller, A. T.; Brisken, W. F.; Phillips, C. J.; Morgan, J.; Alef, W.; Cappallo, R.; Middelberg, E.; Romney, J.; Rottmann, H.; Tingay, S. J.; Wayth, R.

    2011-03-01

    Software correlation, where a correlation algorithm written in a high-level language such as C++ is run on commodity computer hardware, has become increasingly attractive for small- to medium-sized and/or bandwidth-constrained radio interferometers. In particular, many long-baseline arrays (which typically have fewer than 20 elements and are restricted in observing bandwidth by costly recording hardware and media) have utilized software correlators for rapid, cost-effective, correlator upgrades to allow compatibility with new, wider-bandwidth, recording systems and to improve correlator flexibility. The DiFX correlator, made publicly available in 2007, has been a popular choice in such upgrades and is now used for production correlation by a number of observatories and research groups worldwide. Here, we describe the evolution in the capabilities of the DiFX correlator over the past three years, including a number of new capabilities, substantial performance improvements, and a large amount of supporting infrastructure to ease use of the code. New capabilities include the ability to correlate a large number of phase centers in a single correlation pass, the extraction of phase-calibration tones, correlation of disparate but overlapping sub-bands, the production of rapidly sampled filter-bank and kurtosis data at minimal cost, and many more. The latest version of the code is at least 15% faster than the original (and in certain situations, many times this value). Finally, we also present detailed test results validating the correctness of the new code.

  12. Dynamic vapour pressure measurements of di-tertiarybutyl sulphide using an ultrasonic monitor

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    Stockton, L. D.; Ng, T. L.; Maung, N.; Poole, I. B.; Williams, J. O.; Wright, A. C.; Foster, D. F.; Cole-Hamilton, D. J.

    1998-01-01

    Di-tertiarybutyl sulphide is an attractive precursor for the growth, using metal-organic vapour-phase epitaxy (MOVPE), of sulphur-based wide band-gap II-VI compounds due to its lower volatility compared to other more commonly used sulphur sources and likely suppression of unwanted gas-phase pre-reactions. The vapour pressure of MOVPE precursors is a key parameter and needs to be precisely known in order to control the concentration of source materials entering the reactor. Only scattered and incomplete vapour pressure data exist for di-tertiarybutyl sulphide. The concentration under dynamic conditions was measured with an Epison concentration monitor and used to predict the saturated vapour pressures. The vapour pressure equation (log 10p=8.559(0.082)-(2338(23)/ T) was obtained and the measured vapour pressures were found to be consistently smaller than the reported literature values. The saturated vapour pressure for tertiarybutyl thiol under dynamic conditions has also been measured and new data are reported.

  13. DiFX2: A more flexible, efficient, robust and powerful software correlator

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    Deller, A. T.; Brisken, W. F.; Phillips, C. J.; Morgan, J.; Alef, W.; Cappallo, R.; Middelberg, E.; Romney, J.; Rottmann, H.; Tingay, S. J.; Wayth, R.

    2011-02-01

    Software correlation, where a correlation algorithm written in a high-level language such as C++ is run on commodity computer hardware, has become increasingly attractive for small to medium sized and/or bandwidth constrained radio interferometers. In particular, many long baseline arrays (which typically have fewer than 20 elements and are restricted in observing bandwidth by costly recording hardware and media) have utilized software correlators for rapid, cost-effective correlator upgrades to allow compatibility with new, wider bandwidth recording systems and improve correlator flexibility. The DiFX correlator, made publicly available in 2007, has been a popular choice in such upgrades and is now used for production correlation by a number of observatories and research groups worldwide. Here we describe the evolution in the capabilities of the DiFX correlator over the past three years, including a number of new capabilities, substantial performance improvements, and a large amount of supporting infrastructure to ease use of the code. New capabilities include the ability to correlate a large number of phase centers in a single correlation pass, the extraction of phase calibration tones, correlation of disparate but overlapping sub-bands, the production of rapidly sampled filterbank and kurtosis data at minimal cost, and many more. The latest version of the code is at least 15% faster than the original, and in certain situations many times this value. Finally, we also present detailed test results validating the correctness of the new code.

  14. The DiViSA's Predictive Validity by Age: An Objective Online Test of Attention.

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    Santacreu, J; Quiroga, M A

    2015-01-01

    The purpose of this study was to analyze the DiViSA's predictive validity in school-age children. To do so, two groups of school-age children were compared: one with low school achievement (N = 1,174), and one with typical development (N = 1,426). The obtained results show that: (1) in all grades, children with poor school performance exhibited lower levels of attention and task organization, greater hastiness, and made more commission errors; (2) the combination of variables that best differentiated between groups was not the same in all grades; (3) level of organization improved with age in the low-school-achievement group, and did not in the typical-development group; (4) the data regarding sensitivity (81% to 93%) and specificity (79% to 90%), for the first time computed for each grade separately, support the test's predictive validity in the grades we evaluated. The discussion focuses on the DiViSA test's usefulness in diagnosing attention problems. It is the first computerized test to include separate scores for: (a) how children complete the task (organization) and (2) the source of their errors (distraction or hastiness). PMID:26646471

  15. Di-Isocyanate Crosslinked Aerogels with 1, 6-Bis (Trimethoxysilyl) Hexane Incorporated in Silica Backbone

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    Vivod, Stephanie L.; Meador, Mary Ann B.; Nguyen, Baochau N.; Quade, Derek; Randall, Jason; Perry, Renee

    2008-01-01

    Silica aerogels are desirable materials for many applications that take advantage of their light weight and low thermal conductivity. Addition of a conformal polymer coating which bonds with the amine decorated surface of the silica network improves the strength of the aerogels by as much as 200 times. Even with vast improvement in strength they still tend to undergo brittle failure due to the rigid silica backbone. We hope to increase the flexibility and elastic recovery of the silica based aerogel by altering the silica back-bone by incorporation of more flexible hexane links. To this end, we investigated the use of 1,6-bis(trimethoxysilyl)hexane (BTMSH), a polysilsesquioxane precursor3, as an additional co-reactant to prepare silica gels which were subsequently cross-linked with di-isocyanate. Previously, this approach of adding flexibility by BTMSH incorporation was demonstrated with styrene cross-linked aerogels. In our study, we varied silane concentration, mol % of silicon from BTMSH and di-isocyanate concentration by weight percent to attempt to optimize both the flexibility and the strength of the aerogels.

  16. Effects of triangular flow on di-hadron azimuthal correlations in relativistic heavy ion collisions

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    Xu Jun; Ko, Che Ming

    2011-02-15

    Using the AMPT model for relativistic heavy ion collisions, we have studied the di-hadron azimuthal angular correlations triggered by emitted jets in Au+Au collisions at center-of-mass energy {radical}(s{sub NN})=200 GeV and impact parameter b=8 fm. A double-peak structure for the associated particles at the away side of trigger particles is obtained after subtracting background correlations due to the elliptic flow. Both the near-side peak and the away-side double peaks in the azimuthal angular correlations are, however, significantly suppressed (enhanced) in events of small (large) triangular flow or triangularity in the initial collision geometry as a result of fluctuations. After subtraction of background correlations due to the triangular flow, the away-side double peaks change into a single peak with broad shoulders on both sides. The away side of the di-hadron correlations becomes essentially a single peak after further subtraction of higher-order flows.

  17. Crystal structure of 2,6-di­amino­pyridinium chloride

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    Mastalir, Matthias; Schroffenegger, Martina; Stöger, Berthold; Weil, Matthias; Kirchner, Karl

    2016-01-01

    The asymmetric unit of the title salt, C5H8N3 +·Cl−, comprises one half of the 2,6-di­amino­pyridinium cation (the other half being completed by the application of mirror symmetry) and one Cl− counter-anion, also located on the mirror plane. The amino N atom shows a significant pyramidalization, with a dihedral angle of 30.4 (14)° between the least-squares planes of the amino group and the non-H atoms of the 2,6-di­amino­pyridinium moiety. In the crystal, the cationic mol­ecules and Cl− counter-anions are arranged in sheets parallel to (001) consisting of alternating polar and non-polar parts associated with the the Cl− anions, pyridinium and amino moieties, and the pyridine rings, respectively. N—H⋯Cl inter­actions within the polar part, as well as slipped π–π inter­actions in the non-polar part, help to establish the three-dimensional network. PMID:27006800

  18. Synthesis of 3,3'-di-O-methyl ardimerin and exploration of its DNA binding properties.

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    Mavlan, Miran; Ng, Kevin; Panesar, Harmanpreet; Yepremyan, Akop; Minehan, Thomas G

    2014-04-18

    The 3,3'-di-O-methyl derivative (15) of the bis-C-aryl glycoside natural product ardimerin (1) has been synthesized in 11 steps from 2,3,4,6-tetrabenzylglucose (2) and 1,2,3-trimethoxybenzene (3). Key steps in the synthesis involve a Lewis acid mediated Friedel-Crafts type glycosylation and a Yamaguchi lactonization under Yonemitsu conditions. 3,3'-Di-O-methyl ardimerin aggregates in aqueous solutions at concentrations greater than 1 ?M, and both UV and fluorescence binding studies indicate that 15 has a low affinity for duplex DNA. PMID:24712737

  19. Synthesis of 3,3?-Di-O-methyl Ardimerin and Exploration of Its DNA Binding Properties

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    2015-01-01

    The 3,3?-di-O-methyl derivative (15) of the bis-C-aryl glycoside natural product ardimerin (1) has been synthesized in 11 steps from 2,3,4,6-tetrabenzylglucose (2) and 1,2,3-trimethoxybenzene (3). Key steps in the synthesis involve a Lewis acid mediated FriedelCrafts type glycosylation and a Yamaguchi lactonization under Yonemitsu conditions. 3,3?-Di-O-methyl ardimerin aggregates in aqueous solutions at concentrations greater than 1 ?M, and both UV and fluorescence binding studies indicate that 15 has a low affinity for duplex DNA. PMID:24712737

  20. Binding thermodynamics of paromomycin, neomycin, neomycin-dinucleotide and -diPNA conjugates to bacterial and human rRNA.

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    Alguacil, Javier; Robles, Jordi; Ràfols, Clara; Bosch, Elisabeth

    2016-04-01

    Isothermal titration calorimetry (ITC) is a powerful technique able to evaluate the energetics of target-drug binding within the context of drug discovery. In this work, the interactions of RNAs reproducing bacterial and human ribosomal A-site, with two well-known antibiotic aminoglycosides, Paromomycin and Neomycin, as well as several Neomycin-dinucleotide and -diPNA conjugates, have been evaluated by ITC and the corresponding thermodynamic quantities determined. The comparison of the thermodynamic data of aminoglycosides and their chemical analogues allowed to select Neomycin-diPNA conjugates as the best candidates for antimicrobial activity. Copyright © 2015 John Wiley & Sons, Ltd. PMID:26530431

  1. Comparison of stabilization by Vitamin E and 2,6-di-tert-butylphenols during polyethylene radio-thermal-oxidation

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    Richaud, Emmanuel

    2014-10-01

    This paper reports a compilation of data for PE+Vitamin E and 2,6-di-tert-butylphenols oxidation in radio-thermal ageing. Data unambiguously show that Vitamin E reacts with Prad and POOrad whereas 2,6-di-tert-butyl phenols only react with POOrad . Kinetic parameters of the stabilization reactions for both kinds of antioxidants were tentatively extracted from phenol depletion curves, and discussed regarding the structure of the stabilizer. They were also used for completing an existing kinetic model used for predicting the stabilization by antioxidants. This one permits to compare the efficiency of stabilizer with dose rate or sample thickness.

  2. Crystal structure of 1,3-bis(2,3-dimethylquinoxalin-6-yl)benzene

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    Diesendruck, Charles E.; Rubin, Gabrielle; Bertke, Jeffery A.; Gray, Danielle L.; Moore, Jeffrey S.

    2015-01-01

    The title compound, C26H22N4 (I), was synthesized by CH iridium-catalyzed borylation followed by Suzuki coupling. The molecular structure of (I) consists of a central benzene ring with 3-dimethylquinoxalin-6-yl groups at the 1 and 3 positions. These 2,3-dimethylquinoxalin-6-yl groups twist significantly out of the plane of the benzene ring. There are intermolecular ?? interactions which result in a two-dimensional extended structure. The layers extend parallel to the ab plane and stack along the c axis. PMID:26870397

  3. Microbiota and metabolome of un-started and started Greek-type fermentation of Bella di Cerignola table olives.

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    De Angelis, Maria; Campanella, Daniela; Cosmai, Lucrezia; Summo, Carmine; Rizzello, Carlo Giuseppe; Caponio, Francesco

    2015-12-01

    This study aimed to utilize an "omics" approach to evaluate the ability of selected lactobacilli and yeasts to improve the fermentation process of Bella di Cerignola table olives. Four types of fermentations were performed at the pilot-plant scale: un-started fermented olives used as a control (Ctrl); olives started with a commercial Lactobacillus plantarum strain (S); commercial L. plantarum strain and autochthonous yeast Wickeramomyces anomalus DiSSPA73 (SY); and L. plantarum, W. anomalus DiSSPA73, autochthonous L. plantarum DiSSPA1A7 and Lactobacillus pentosus DiSSPA7 (SYL). Compared to Ctrl, S, SY, SYL showed a higher acidification (P < 0.05) of the brine, which reached a pH value of 4.49 after one day of fermentation. The microbiota of unfermented olives and brine after one day of fermentation was primarily composed of Enterobacteria that belonged to Hafnia alvei and Methylobacterium. However, L. plantarum and L. pentosus dominated the total and metabolically active microbiota of the Ctrl brines and olives at the end of the fermentation. The use of lactobacilli and W. anomalus DiSSPA73 as a starter culture markedly affected the microbiota of the brines after one day of fermentation. The number of species (OTU) and the results of an alpha diversity analysis indicated that the microbial diversity of the brines was markedly simplified by the S, SY and, in particular, SYL fermentations. According to the lowest biodiversity, S, SY and SYL samples showed the lowest abundance of Proteobacteria, including Enterobacteriacea, Lactococcus lactis, Propionibacterium acidipropionici and Clostridium. The lactobacilli and W. anomalus DiSSPA73 used in this study markedly affected the amounts of free amino acids, phenolic and volatile organic compounds. Both a texture profile analysis and a sensory evaluation showed the highest appreciation for all of the started table olives. As shown through microbiological, biochemical, and sensory analyses, an accelerated fermentation of Bella di Cerignola table olives was achieved using the selected lactobacilli and yeast strains. PMID:26338113

  4. A c-di-GMP Effector System Controls Cell Adhesion by Inside-Out Signaling and Surface Protein Cleavage

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    Newell, Peter D.; Boyd, Chelsea D.; Sondermann, Holger; O'Toole, George A.

    2011-01-01

    In Pseudomonas fluorescens Pf0-1 the availability of inorganic phosphate (Pi) is an environmental signal that controls biofilm formation through a cyclic dimeric GMP (c-di-GMP) signaling pathway. In low Pi conditions, a c-di-GMP phosphodiesterase (PDE) RapA is expressed, depleting cellular c-di-GMP and causing the loss of a critical outer-membrane adhesin LapA from the cell surface. This response involves an inner membrane protein LapD, which binds c-di-GMP in the cytoplasm and exerts a periplasmic output promoting LapA maintenance on the cell surface. Here we report how LapD differentially controls maintenance and release of LapA: c-di-GMP binding to LapD promotes interaction with and inhibition of the periplasmic protease LapG, which targets the N-terminus of LapA. We identify conserved amino acids in LapA required for cleavage by LapG. Mutating these residues in chromosomal lapA inhibits LapG activity in vivo, leading to retention of the adhesin on the cell surface. Mutations with defined effects on LapD's ability to control LapA localization in vivo show concomitant effects on c-di-GMP-dependent LapG inhibition in vitro. To establish the physiological importance of the LapD-LapG effector system, we track cell attachment and LapA protein localization during Pi starvation. Under this condition, the LapA adhesin is released from the surface of cells and biofilms detach from the substratum. This response requires c-di-GMP depletion by RapA, signaling through LapD, and proteolytic cleavage of LapA by LapG. These data, in combination with the companion study by Navarro et al. presenting a structural analysis of LapD's signaling mechanism, give a detailed description of a complete c-di-GMP control circuitfrom environmental signal to molecular output. They describe a novel paradigm in bacterial signal transduction: regulation of a periplasmic enzyme by an inner membrane signaling protein that binds a cytoplasmic second messenger. PMID:21304920

  5. 40 CFR 721.6900 - Polymer of bisphenol A di-glyc-i-dal ether, substituted al-kenes, and but-a-diene.

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  9. Deletion of the cyclic di-AMP phosphodiesterase gene (cnpB) in Mycobacterium tuberculosis leads to reduced virulence in a mouse model of infection

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    Yang, Jun; Bai, Yinlan; Zhang, Yang; Gabrielle, Vincent D.; Jin, Lei; Bai, Guangchun

    2014-01-01

    Summary Tuberculosis (TB) remains a major cause of morbidity and mortality worldwide. The pathogenesis by the causative agent, Mycobacterium tuberculosis, is still not fully understood. We have previously reported that M. tuberculosis Rv3586 (disA) encodes a diadenylate cyclase, which converts ATP to cyclic di-AMP (c-di-AMP). In this study, we demonstrated that a protein encoded by Rv2837c (cnpB) possesses c-di-AMP phosphodiesterase activity and cleaves c-di-AMP exclusively to AMP. Our results showed that in M. tuberculosis, deletion of disA abolished bacterial c-di-AMP production, whereas deletion of cnpB significantly enhanced the bacterial c-di-AMP accumulation and secretion. The c-di-AMP levels in both mutants could be corrected by expressing the respective gene. We also found that macrophages infected with ΔcnpB secreted much higher levels of IFN-β than those infected with the wildtype (WT) or the complemented mutant. Interestingly, mice infected with M. tuberculosis ΔcnpB displayed significantly reduced inflammation, less bacterial burden in the lungs and spleens, and extended survival compared to those infected with the WT or the complemented mutant. These results indicate that deletion of cnpB results in attenuated virulence, which is correlated with elevated c-di-AMP levels. PMID:24806618

  10. Structural and Biochemical Insight into the Mechanism of Rv2837c from Mycobacterium tuberculosis as a c-di-NMP Phosphodiesterase.

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    He, Qing; Wang, Feng; Liu, Shiheng; Zhu, Deyu; Cong, Hengjiang; Gao, Fei; Li, Bingqing; Wang, Hongwei; Lin, Zong; Liao, Jun; Gu, Lichuan

    2016-02-12

    The intracellular infections of Mycobacterium tuberculosis, which is the causative agent of tuberculosis, are regulated by many cyclic dinucleotide signaling. Rv2837c from M. tuberculosis is a soluble, stand-alone DHH-DHHA1 domain phosphodiesterase that down-regulates c-di-AMP through catalytic degradation and plays an important role in M. tuberculosis infections. Here, we report the crystal structure of Rv2837c (2.0 ), and its complex with hydrolysis intermediate 5'-pApA (2.35 ). Our structures indicate that both DHH and DHHA1 domains are essential for c-di-AMP degradation. Further structural analysis shows that Rv2837c does not distinguish adenine from guanine, which explains why Rv2837c hydrolyzes all linear dinucleotides with almost the same efficiency. We observed that Rv2837c degraded other c-di-NMPs at a lower rate than it did on c-di-AMP. Nevertheless, our data also showed that Rv2837c significantly decreases concentrations of both c-di-AMP and c-di-GMP in vivo. Our results suggest that beside its major role in c-di-AMP degradation Rv2837c could also regulate c-di-GMP signaling pathways in bacterial cell. PMID:26668313

  11. The Screening Accuracy of the Parent and Teacher-Reported Social Responsiveness Scale (SRS): Comparison with the 3Di and ADOS

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    Duvekot, Jorieke; van der Ende, Jan; Verhulst, Frank C.; Greaves-Lord, Kirstin

    2015-01-01

    The screening accuracy of the parent and teacher-reported Social Responsiveness Scale (SRS) was compared with an autism spectrum disorder (ASD) classification according to (1) the Developmental, Dimensional, and Diagnostic Interview (3Di), (2) the Autism Diagnostic Observation Schedule (ADOS), (3) both the 3Di and ADOS, in 186 children referred to

  12. 40 CFR 721.9516 - Siloxanes and silicones, 3-[(2-aminoethyl) amino]propyl Me, di-Me, reaction products with...

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  19. Listeria monocytogenes Multidrug Resistance Transporters and Cyclic Di-AMP, Which Contribute to Type I Interferon Induction, Play a Role in Cell Wall Stress

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    Kaplan Zeevi, Millie; Shafir, Nirit S.; Shaham, Shira; Friedman, Sivan; Sigal, Nadejda; Nir Paz, Ran; Boneca, Ivo G.

    2013-01-01

    The intracellular bacterial pathogen Listeria monocytogenes activates a robust type I interferon response upon infection. This response is partially dependent on the multidrug resistance (MDR) transporter MdrM and relies on cyclic-di-AMP (c-di-AMP) secretion, yet the functions of MdrM and cyclic-di-AMP that lead to this response are unknown. Here we report that it is not MdrM alone but a cohort of MDR transporters that together contribute to type I interferon induction during infection. In a search for a physiological function of these transporters, we revealed that they play a role in cell wall stress responses. A mutant with deletion of four transporter genes (ΔmdrMTAC) was found to be sensitive to sublethal concentrations of vancomycin due to an inability to produce and shed peptidoglycan under this stress. Remarkably, c-di-AMP is involved in this phenotype, as overexpression of the c-di-AMP phosphodiesterase (PdeA) resulted in increased susceptibility of the ΔmdrMTAC mutant to vancomycin, whereas overexpression of the c-di-AMP diadenylate cyclase (DacA) reduced susceptibility to this drug. These observations suggest a physiological association between c-di-AMP and the MDR transporters and support the model that MDR transporters mediate c-di-AMP secretion to regulate peptidoglycan synthesis in response to cell wall stress. PMID:24056102

  20. Crystal structure of di­aqua­bis­(2,6-di­methyl­pyrazine-κN)bis­(thio­cyanato-κN)cobalt(II) 2,5-di­methyl­pyrazine tris­olvate

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    Suckert, Stefan; Wöhlert, Susanne; Jess, Inke; Näther, Christian

    2015-01-01

    In the crystal structure of the title compound, [Co(NCS)2(C6H8N2)2(H2O)2]·3C6H8N2, the CoII cation is coordinated by two terminally N-bound thio­cyanate anions, two water mol­ecules and two 2,6-di­methyl­pyrazine ligands, forming a discrete complex with a slightly distorted octa­hedral N4O2 coordination environment. The asymmetric unit contains one CoII cation and three halves of 2,5-di­methyl­pyrazine solvate mol­ecules, all entities being completed by inversion symmetry, as well as one thio­cyanate anion, an aqua ligand and a 2,6-di­methyl­pyrazine ligand, all in general positions. In the crystal, discrete complexes are arranged in a way that cavities are formed where the noncoordinating 2,5-di­methyl­pyrazine mol­ecules are located. The coordination of the latter to the metal is prevented due to the bulky methyl groups in vicinal positions to the N atoms, leading to a preferential coordination through the 2,6-di­methyl­pyrazine ligands. The complex mol­ecules are linked by O—H⋯N hydrogen bonds between the water H atoms and the N atoms of 2,5-di­methyl­pyrazine solvent mol­ecules, leading to a layered structure extending parallel to (100). PMID:26870459

  1. Intracellular Concentrations of Borrelia burgdorferi Cyclic Di-AMP Are Not Changed by Altered Expression of the CdaA Synthase

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    Savage, Christina R.; Arnold, William K.; Gjevre-Nail, Alexandra; Koestler, Benjamin J.; Bruger, Eric L.; Barker, Jeffrey R.; Waters, Christopher M.; Stevenson, Brian

    2015-01-01

    The second messenger nucleotide cyclic diadenylate monophosphate (c-di-AMP) has been identified in several species of Gram positive bacteria and Chlamydia trachomatis. This molecule has been associated with bacterial cell division, cell wall biosynthesis and phosphate metabolism, and with induction of type I interferon responses by host cells. We demonstrate that B. burgdorferi produces a c-di-AMP synthase, which we designated CdaA. Both CdaA and c-di-AMP levels are very low in cultured B. burgdorferi, and no conditions were identified under which cdaA mRNA was differentially expressed. A mutant B. burgdorferi was produced that expresses high levels of CdaA, yet steady state borrelial c-di-AMP levels did not change, apparently due to degradation by the native DhhP phosphodiesterase. The function(s) of c-di-AMP in the Lyme disease spirochete remains enigmatic. PMID:25906393

  2. Design and synthesis of bis-carbamate analogs of cyclic bis-(3'-5')-diguanylic acid (c-di-GMP) and the acyclic dimer PGPG.

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    Kline, Toni; Jackson, Stona R; Deng, Wei; Verlinde, Christophe L M J; Miller, Samuel I

    2008-12-01

    The bacterial second messenger cyclic bis-(3'-5')-diguanylic acid (c-di-GMP) regulates diverse Gram-negative bacterial virulence functions. The pathways that control, or are controlled by, c-di-GMP suggest that c-di-GMP signaling systems may encompass potential drug targets. It is presently undetermined, however, whether up- or down-modulation of c-di-GMP signaling would be the desired therapeutic state. We addressed potential drug target validation by synthesizing nonhydrolysable carbamate analogs of both the cyclic dinucleotide and the acyclic (seco) dinucleotide. A molecular docking simulation of the carbamate isostere suggests that this analog is capable of assuming the correct conformation and pose at a c-di-GMP binding site. PMID:19003573

  3. Crystal structure of N?-[(E)-3,5-dichloro-2-hydroxybenzylidene]-4-nitrobenzohydrazide dimethylformamide monosolvate

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    Joseph, Bibitha; Sajitha, N. R.; Sithambaresan, M.; Seena, E. B.; Kurup, M. R. Prathapachandra

    2015-01-01

    In the title compound, C14H9Cl2N3O4C3H7NO, the hydrazone molecule adopts an E conformation with respect to azomethine bond, and the dihedral angle between the two aromatic rings [8.96?(11)] shows that the rings are almost co-planar. The planar conformation of the molecule is stabilized by the intramolecular OH?N hydrogen bond involving the OH group and azomethine N atom. The azomethine and keto bond distances [1.269?(2) and 1.210?(2)?, respectively] are very close to the formal C=N and C=O bond lengths. The dimethylformamide solvent molecule is connected to the hydrazone NH group via an NH?O hydrogen bond. In the crystal, non-classical CH?O and CH?Cl hydrogen bonds link the molecules into chains along [322]. A supramolecular three-dimensional architecture is created by weak CCl?? [4.163?(3)?, 83.26?(9)] and ?? [centroidcentroid distance = 4.0395?(14)?] interactions. PMID:26594548

  4. Crystal structure of 2-amino-1,3-di-bromo-6-oxo-5,6-di-hydro-pyrido[1,2-a]quinoxalin-11-ium bromide monohydrate.

    PubMed

    Faizi, Md Serajul Haque; Parashchenko, Yuliia

    2015-11-01

    In the title hydrated salt, C12H8Br2N3O(+)·Br(-)·H2O, which was synthesized by the reaction of the pyridine derivative Schiff base N (1),N (4)-bis-(pyridine-2-yl-methyl-ene)benzene-1,4-di-amine with bromine, the asymmetric unit contains a 2-amino-1,3-di-bromo-6-oxo-5,6-di-hydro-pyrido[1,2-a]quinoxalin-11-ium cation, with a protonated pyridine moiety, a bromide anion and a water mol-ecule of solvation. The cation is non-planar with the di-bromo-substituted benzene ring, forming dihedral angles of 24.3 (4) and 11.5 (4)° with the fused pyridine and pyrazine ring moieties, respectively. In the crystal, the cations are linked through a centrosymmetric hydrogen-bonded cyclic R 4 (2)(8) Br2(H2O)2 unit by N-H⋯Br, N-H⋯O and O-H⋯Br hydrogen bonds, forming one-dimensional ribbons extending along b, with the planes of the cations lying parallel to (100). PMID:26594504

  5. Crystal structure of 2-amino-1,3-dibromo-6-oxo-5,6-dihydropyrido[1,2-a]quinoxalin-11-ium bromide monohydrate

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    Faizi, Md. Serajul Haque; Parashchenko, Yuliia

    2015-01-01

    In the title hydrated salt, C12H8Br2N3O+Br?H2O, which was synthesized by the reaction of the pyridine derivative Schiff base N 1,N 4-bis(pyridine-2-ylmethylene)benzene-1,4-diamine with bromine, the asymmetric unit contains a 2-amino-1,3-dibromo-6-oxo-5,6-dihydropyrido[1,2-a]quinoxalin-11-ium cation, with a protonated pyridine moiety, a bromide anion and a water molecule of solvation. The cation is non-planar with the dibromo-substituted benzene ring, forming dihedral angles of 24.3?(4) and 11.5?(4) with the fused pyridine and pyrazine ring moieties, respectively. In the crystal, the cations are linked through a centrosymmetric hydrogen-bonded cyclic R 4 2(8) Br2(H2O)2 unit by NH?Br, NH?O and OH?Br hydrogen bonds, forming one-dimensional ribbons extending along b, with the planes of the cations lying parallel to (100). PMID:26594504

  6. The Eclipsing Binary Di Herculis: One Mystery Solved, But Another Takes Its Place

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    Zimmerman, Nicole; Guinan, E.; Maloney, F.

    2010-01-01

    The 8th-mag eclipsing binary DI Herculis has perplexed scientists for the past few decades due to its anomalously slow apsidal motion rate. DI Her consists of two main-sequence stars (B5V, B6V), with P(orb) = 10.55 days, and eccentricity(e= 0.489). Since the apsidal motion is dominated by General Relativity, the system is one of the few tests available for verifying the theory. Combining the expected classical (1.93/100 yr) and relativistic (2.34/100 yr) effects, the predicted apsidal motion rate is 4.27/100 yr. Our recent determination of the apsidal motion yields 1.33+/-0.25 /100 yr, based on eclipse timings from 1936-2008. Recently, Albrecht et al (2009, Nature 461) have apparently solved the apsidal motion anomaly of DI Her, finding that the axes of both stars are significantly inclined from the normal to the orbital plane. This was determined from the radial velocity curves and observing the Rossiter-McLaughlin effect during primary and secondary eclipses. Having significantly misaligned axes of rotation produces a perturbation that greatly reduces the classical apsidal motion effect, thus explaining the observed small apsidal motion rate. Even though this discovery apparently solves the problem, it raises new questions as to how the axes are so tilted. Additionally, tilted axes are expected to contribute to other orbital effects, such as changes in orbital inclination, which have not yet observed from the apparent constancy in eclipse depths over time. We have also searched for evidence of small periodic oscillations in the eclipse timings and found no evidence of a light travel time effect arising from a possible tertiary component. Further, we find evidence that the projected rotation axes of the stars may be precessing, since it appears that the value of V(rot)sini has increased over the past 30 years. This research was supported by NSF/RUI Grants AST05-07536/42.

  7. Di-, tri-, and tetranuclear copper(I) complexes of phenanthroline-linked dicarbene ligands.

    PubMed

    Liu, Bo; Pan, Shanfei; Liu, Bin; Chen, Wanzhi

    2014-10-01

    A family of 2,9-di(3-R-1H-imidazolium-1-yl)-1,10-phenanthroline iodides and hexafluorophosphates (R = allyl, benzyl, mesityl, picolyl) were synthesized from 2,9-diiodophenanthroline and imidazole or N-substituted imidazoles. Simple reactions of these diimidazolium salts with copper powder at room temperature have afforded a series of multinuclear copper(I)-NHC complexes in good yields. The structures vary depending on the N substituents and counterions. [Cu4(L1)2(MeCN)4](PF6)4 (R = allyl) exhibits a zigzag Cu4 chain with two terminal [Cu(NHC)(MeCN)2] and two internal [Cu(phen)(NHC)] moieties. [Cu3(L2)2](PF6)3 (R = benzyl) contains a strictly linear Cu3 framework with two [Cu(NHC)2] units and a [Cu(phen)2] located at the center. Both complexes [Cu3(L4)2](PF6)3 (R = mesityl) and [Cu3(L5)2](PF6)3 (R = picolyl) consist of a triangular Cu3 core in which two copper(I) ions are surrounded by a phen and a NHC group and the third copper(I) is coordinated by two NHC groups. [Cu3(L3)2](PF6)3 derived from 2,9-di(3-benzyl-1H-benzimidazolium-1-yl)-1,10-phenanthroline hexafluorophosphate can undergo transannulation of the benzimidazolylidene ring giving [Cu2(L3')2](PF6)2. The decomposition process might involve solvent-induced rearrangement of the ligand and hydrolysis of carbene moieties. Treatment of 2,9-di(3-mesityl-1H-benzimidazolium-1-yl)-1,10-phenanthroline iodide with copper powder generated dinuclear complex [Cu2(L4)2][Cu2(μ-I)2I2] (R = mesityl) possessing a macrocyclic cation and [Cu2(μ-I)2I2](2-) anion. Tetranuclear complex [Cu4(L5)2(μ-I)2](CuI3) (R = picolyl) has been obtained from its diimidazolium iodide and copper powder. All Cu(I) complexes have been characterized by X-ray single diffraction analysis, elemental analysis, and NMR spectra. Their redox behavior and fluorescent properties have also been studied. PMID:25216090

  8. 40 CFR 721.1725 - Benzoic acid, 3,3′-methyl-enebis [6 amino-, di-2-propenyl ester.

    Code of Federal Regulations, 2010 CFR

    2010-07-01

    ... 40 Protection of Environment 30 2010-07-01 2010-07-01 false Benzoic acid, 3,3â²-methyl-enebis [6 amino-, di-2-propenyl ester. 721.1725 Section 721.1725 Protection of Environment ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION AGENCY (CONTINUED) TOXIC SUBSTANCES CONTROL ACT SIGNIFICANT NEW USES OF CHEMICAL SUBSTANCES Significant New Uses for Specific Chemical...

  9. 40 CFR 721.1725 - Benzoic acid, 3,3′-methyl-enebis [6 amino-, di-2-propenyl ester.

    Code of Federal Regulations, 2014 CFR

    2014-07-01

    ... 40 Protection of Environment 31 2014-07-01 2014-07-01 false Benzoic acid, 3,3â²-methyl-enebis [6 amino-, di-2-propenyl ester. 721.1725 Section 721.1725 Protection of Environment ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION AGENCY (CONTINUED) TOXIC SUBSTANCES CONTROL ACT SIGNIFICANT NEW USES OF CHEMICAL SUBSTANCES Significant New Uses for Specific Chemical...

  10. Synthesis of Triazole-Linked Analogues of c-di-GMP and Their Interactions with Diguanylate Cyclase.

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    Fernicola, Silvia; Torquati, Ilaria; Paiardini, Alessandro; Giardina, Giorgio; Rampioni, Giordano; Messina, Marco; Leoni, Livia; Del Bello, Fabio; Petrelli, Riccardo; Rinaldo, Serena; Cappellacci, Loredana; Cutruzzol, Francesca

    2015-10-22

    Cyclic di-GMP (c-di-GMP) is a widespread second messenger that plays a key role in bacterial biofilm formation. The compound's ability to assume multiple conformations allows it to interact with a diverse set of target macromolecules. Here, we analyzed the binding mode of c-di-GMP to the allosteric inhibitory site (I-site) of diguanylate cyclases (DGCs) and compared it to the conformation adopted in the catalytic site of the EAL phosphodiesterases (PDEs). An array of novel molecules has been designed and synthesized by simplifying the native c-di-GMP structure and replacing the charged phosphodiester backbone with an isosteric nonhydrolyzable 1,2,3-triazole moiety. We developed the first neutral small molecule able to selectively target DGCs discriminating between the I-site of DGCs and the active site of PDEs; this molecule represents a novel tool for mechanistic studies, particularly on those proteins bearing both DGC and PDE modules, and for future optimization studies to target DGCs in vivo. PMID:26426545

  11. ProDiGe: Prioritization Of Disease Genes with multitask machine learning from positive and unlabeled examples

    PubMed Central

    2011-01-01

    Background Elucidating the genetic basis of human diseases is a central goal of genetics and molecular biology. While traditional linkage analysis and modern high-throughput techniques often provide long lists of tens or hundreds of disease gene candidates, the identification of disease genes among the candidates remains time-consuming and expensive. Efficient computational methods are therefore needed to prioritize genes within the list of candidates, by exploiting the wealth of information available about the genes in various databases. Results We propose ProDiGe, a novel algorithm for Prioritization of Disease Genes. ProDiGe implements a novel machine learning strategy based on learning from positive and unlabeled examples, which allows to integrate various sources of information about the genes, to share information about known disease genes across diseases, and to perform genome-wide searches for new disease genes. Experiments on real data show that ProDiGe outperforms state-of-the-art methods for the prioritization of genes in human diseases. Conclusions ProDiGe implements a new machine learning paradigm for gene prioritization, which could help the identification of new disease genes. It is freely available at http://cbio.ensmp.fr/prodige. PMID:21977986

  12. SOURCES OF ERROR IN ANALYSIS OF MUNICIPAL SLUDGES AND SLUDGE-AMENDED SOILS FOR DI(2-ETHYLHEXYL) PHTHALATE

    EPA Science Inventory

    Rapid quantitative determination of di-(2ethylhexyl) phthalate (DEHP) in municipal sludge is described for capillary gas chromatography/mass spectrometry (GC/MS) using selected ion monitoring with isotope dilution techniques. ropagation of error through a four-step technique is m...

  13. Genome sequence of Ensifer medicae Di28; an effective N2-fixing microsymbiont of Medicago murex and M. polymorpha

    PubMed Central

    2014-01-01

    Ensifer medicae Di28 is an aerobic, motile, Gram-negative, non-spore-forming rod that can exist as a soil saprophyte or as a legume microsymbiont of Medicago spp. Di28 was isolated in 1998 from a nodule recovered from the roots of M. polymorpha growing in the south east of Sardinia (Italy). Di28 is an effective microsymbiont of the annual forage legumes M. polymorpha and M. murex and is capable of establishing a partially effective symbiotic association with the perennial M. sativa. Here we describe the features of E. medicae Di28, together with genome sequence information and its annotation. The 6,553,624bp standard draft genome is arranged into 104 scaffolds of 104 contigs containing 6,394 protein-coding genes and 75 RNA-only encoding genes. This rhizobial genome is one of 100 sequenced as part of the DOE Joint Genome Institute 2010 Genomic Encyclopedia for Bacteria and Archaea-Root Nodule Bacteria (GEBA-RNB) project. PMID:25780497

  14. A Bayes Factor Meta-Analysis of Recent Extrasensory Perception Experiments: Comment on Storm, Tressoldi, and Di Risio (2010)

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    Rouder, Jeffrey N.; Morey, Richard D.; Province, Jordan M.

    2013-01-01

    Psi phenomena, such as mental telepathy, precognition, and clairvoyance, have garnered much recent attention. We reassess the evidence for psi effects from Storm, Tressoldi, and Di Risio's (2010) meta-analysis. Our analysis differs from Storm et al.'s in that we rely on Bayes factors, a Bayesian approach for stating the evidence from data for…

  15. Thermal Ageing Effect on the Strength Properties of Polypropylene With 0,0-Di-P-Cresyldithiophosphoric Acid Aminocomplex Addition

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    Abasov, S. A.; Ragimov, Ya. G.; Efendieva, Z. Ch.; Tagieva, A. M.; Markova, E. I.; Janibekovi, N. F.

    1996-12-01

    The changes of mechanical and electrical strengths of polypropylene with 0.25% by mas addition of 0,0-di-p-cresyl-dithiophosphoric acid aminocomplex versus the time of thermal ageing have been investigated in the present paper. The above addition is shown to stabilize the strength properties of polypropylene with thermal ageing.

  16. Achromobactor denitrificans SP1 produces pharmaceutically active 25C prodigiosin upon utilizing hazardous di(2-ethylhexyl)phthalate

    Technology Transfer Automated Retrieval System (TEKTRAN)

    Achromobacter denitrificans SP1 isolated from soil sludge heavily contaminated with plastic waste produced a novel pharmaceutically-active 25C prodigiosin analog during growth in a simple mineral salt medium supplemented with hazardous di(2-ethylhexyl)phthalate (DEHP) blended PVC plastics (in situ) ...

  17. A Bayes Factor Meta-Analysis of Recent Extrasensory Perception Experiments: Comment on Storm, Tressoldi, and Di Risio (2010)

    ERIC Educational Resources Information Center

    Rouder, Jeffrey N.; Morey, Richard D.; Province, Jordan M.

    2013-01-01

    Psi phenomena, such as mental telepathy, precognition, and clairvoyance, have garnered much recent attention. We reassess the evidence for psi effects from Storm, Tressoldi, and Di Risio's (2010) meta-analysis. Our analysis differs from Storm et al.'s in that we rely on Bayes factors, a Bayesian approach for stating the evidence from data for

  18. 40 CFR 721.10483 - Siloxanes and Silicones, di-Me, Me vinyl, hydroxy-terminated, reaction products with...

    Code of Federal Regulations, 2014 CFR

    2014-07-01

    ... vinyl, hydroxy-terminated, reaction products with -modified silica. 721.10483 Section 721.10483... SIGNIFICANT NEW USES OF CHEMICAL SUBSTANCES Significant New Uses for Specific Chemical Substances § 721.10483 Siloxanes and Silicones, di-Me, Me vinyl, hydroxy-terminated, reaction products with -modified silica....

  19. 40 CFR 721.10482 - Siloxanes and Silicones, di-Me, Me vinyl, hydroxy-terminated, reaction products with silica.

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    2014-07-01

    ... CHEMICAL SUBSTANCES Significant New Uses for Specific Chemical Substances § 721.10482 Siloxanes and Silicones, di-Me, Me vinyl, hydroxy-terminated, reaction products with silica. (a) Chemical substance and... vinyl, hydroxy-terminated, reaction products with silica. 721.10482 Section 721.10482 Protection...

  20. 40 CFR 721.10482 - Siloxanes and Silicones, di-Me, Me vinyl, hydroxy-terminated, reaction products with silica.

    Code of Federal Regulations, 2013 CFR

    2013-07-01

    ... CHEMICAL SUBSTANCES Significant New Uses for Specific Chemical Substances § 721.10482 Siloxanes and Silicones, di-Me, Me vinyl, hydroxy-terminated, reaction products with silica. (a) Chemical substance and... vinyl, hydroxy-terminated, reaction products with silica. 721.10482 Section 721.10482 Protection...

  1. 40 CFR 721.10483 - Siloxanes and Silicones, di-Me, Me vinyl, hydroxy-terminated, reaction products with...

    Code of Federal Regulations, 2013 CFR

    2013-07-01

    ... vinyl, hydroxy-terminated, reaction products with -modified silica. 721.10483 Section 721.10483... SIGNIFICANT NEW USES OF CHEMICAL SUBSTANCES Significant New Uses for Specific Chemical Substances § 721.10483 Siloxanes and Silicones, di-Me, Me vinyl, hydroxy-terminated, reaction products with -modified silica....

  2. The hmsT 3' untranslated region mediates c-di-GMP metabolism and biofilm formation in Yersinia pestis.

    PubMed

    Zhu, Hui; Mao, Xu-Jian; Guo, Xiao-Peng; Sun, Yi-Cheng

    2016-03-01

    Yersinia pestis, the cause of plague, forms a biofilm in the proventriculus of its flea vector to enhance transmission. Biofilm formation in Y. pestis is regulated by the intracellular levels of cyclic diguanylate (c-di-GMP). In this study, we investigated the role of the 3' untranslated region (3'UTR) in hmsT mRNA, a transcript that encodes a diguanylate cyclase that stimulates biofilm formation in Y. pestis by synthesizing the second messenger c-di-GMP. Deletion of the 3'UTR increased the half-life of hmsT mRNA, thereby upregulating c-di-GMP levels and biofilm formation. Our findings indicate that multiple regulatory sequences might be present in the hmsT 3'UTR that function together to mediate mRNA turnover. We also found that polynucleotide phosphorylase is partially responsible for hmsT 3'UTR-mediated mRNA decay. In addition, the hmsT 3'UTR strongly repressed gene expression at 37°C and 26°C, but affected gene expression only slightly at 21°C. Our findings suggest that the 3'UTR might be involved in precise and rapid regulation of hmsT expression, allowing Y. pestis to fine-tune c-di-GMP synthesis and consequently regulate biofilm production to adapt to the changing host environment. PMID:26711808

  3. Genome sequence of Ensifer medicae Di28; an effective N2-fixing microsymbiont of Medicago murex and M. polymorpha.

    PubMed

    Garau, Giovanni; Terpolilli, Jason; Hill, Yvette; Tian, Rui; Howieson, John; Bru, Lambert; Goodwin, Lynne; Han, James; Reddy, Tbk; Huntemann, Marcel; Pati, Amrita; Woyke, Tanja; Mavromatis, Konstantinos; Markowitz, Victor; Ivanova, Natalia; Kyrpides, Nikos; Reeve, Wayne

    2014-01-01

    Ensifer medicae Di28 is an aerobic, motile, Gram-negative, non-spore-forming rod that can exist as a soil saprophyte or as a legume microsymbiont of Medicago spp. Di28 was isolated in 1998 from a nodule recovered from the roots of M. polymorpha growing in the south east of Sardinia (Italy). Di28 is an effective microsymbiont of the annual forage legumes M. polymorpha and M. murex and is capable of establishing a partially effective symbiotic association with the perennial M. sativa. Here we describe the features of E. medicae Di28, together with genome sequence information and its annotation. The 6,553,624bp standard draft genome is arranged into 104 scaffolds of 104 contigs containing 6,394 protein-coding genes and 75 RNA-only encoding genes. This rhizobial genome is one of 100 sequenced as part of the DOE Joint Genome Institute 2010 Genomic Encyclopedia for Bacteria and Archaea-Root Nodule Bacteria (GEBA-RNB) project. PMID:25780497

  4. Impact of Age on the Cerebrovascular Proteomes of Wild-Type and Tg-SwDI Mice

    PubMed Central

    Searcy, James L.; Le Bihan, Thierry; Salvadores, Natalia; McCulloch, James; Horsburgh, Karen

    2014-01-01

    The structural integrity of cerebral vessels is compromised during ageing. Abnormal amyloid (Aβ) deposition in the vasculature can accelerate age-related pathologies. The cerebrovascular response associated with ageing and microvascular Aβ deposition was defined using quantitative label-free shotgun proteomic analysis. Over 650 proteins were quantified in vessel-enriched fractions from the brains of 3 and 9 month-old wild-type (WT) and Tg-SwDI mice. Sixty-five proteins were significantly increased in older WT animals and included several basement membrane proteins (nidogen-1, basement membrane-specific heparan sulfate proteoglycan core protein, laminin subunit gamma-1 precursor and collagen alpha-2(IV) chain preproprotein). Twenty-four proteins were increased and twenty-one decreased in older Tg-SwDI mice. Of these, increases in Apolipoprotein E (APOE) and high temperature requirement serine protease-1 (HTRA1) and decreases in spliceosome and RNA-binding proteins were the most prominent. Only six shared proteins were altered in both 9-month old WT and Tg-SwDI animals. The age-related proteomic response in the cerebrovasculature was distinctly different in the presence of microvascular Aβ deposition. Proteins found differentially expressed within the WT and Tg-SwDI animals give greater insight to the mechanisms behind age-related cerebrovascular dysfunction and pathologies and may provide novel therapeutic targets. PMID:24587158

  5. Resonance Raman study of the A-band short-time photodissociation dynamics of 2,5-di-iodothiophene

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    Ruan Caibin; Zhu Hailin; Wang Huigang; Zheng Xuming; Phillips, David Lee

    2008-12-07

    Resonance Raman spectra were obtained for 2,5-di-iodothiophene in cyclohexane solution with excitation wavelengths in resonance with its A-band absorption. These spectra indicate that the Franck-Condon region photodissociation dynamics have multidimensional character with motion mostly along the nominal symmetric C{sub 2}C{sub 3}/C{sub 4}C{sub 5} stretch {nu}{sub 2} (1388 cm{sup -1}) of the thienyl ring and this is accompanied by motions along the nominal symmetric CSC stretch {nu}{sub 6} (640 cm{sup -1}), the nominal symmetric C-I stretch {nu}{sub 7} (187 cm{sup -1}), the nominal antisymmetric CSC stretch {nu}{sub 19} (728 cm{sup -1}), the nominal antisymmetric C{sub 2}C{sub 3}/C{sub 4}C{sub 5} stretch {nu}{sub 16} (1497 cm{sup -1}), the nominal C{sub 3}C{sub 4} stretch {nu}{sub 3} (1286 cm{sup -1}) and four other vibrational modes. A preliminary resonance Raman intensity analysis was done and the results for 2,5-di-iodothiophene were compared to previous results for 2-iodothiophene and di-iodomethane to discuss the mechanism of the symmetric breaking in the initial A-band photodissociation dynamics of 2,5-di-iodothiophene and 2-iodothiophene.

  6. An unexpected transmetalation intermediate: isolation and structural characterization of a solely CH3 bridged di-copper(i) complex.

    PubMed

    Molteni, Roberto; Bertermann, Rüdiger; Edkins, Katharina; Steffen, Andreas

    2016-04-11

    Structural characterization of unsupported, two metal centres bridging methyl groups is rare. They have been proposed as transmetalation intermediates in cuprate chemistry, but as yet no structural evidence has been presented. We have isolated a di-copper(i) complex with solely a methyl ligand bridging two Cu(i) atoms, representing a new bonding mode of CH3. PMID:26983362

  7. Preparation and Characterization of Di-, Tri-, and Tetranuclear Schiff Base Complexes Derived from Diamines and 3,4-Dihydroxybenzaldehyde

    PubMed Central

    Abdulghani, Ahlam Jameel; Khaleel, Asmaa Mohammed Noori

    2013-01-01

    A series of new di-, tri-, and tetranuclear Co(II) and Cu(II) complexes of three new diSchiff base ligands were synthesized by two different methods. The first method involved the synthesis of the three ligands from condensation reaction of 3,4-dihydroxybenzaldehyde (L?H2) with ethylenediamine (en), o-phenylenediamine (o-PD), or 4,5-dimethyl-1,2-phenylendiamine (DMPD) in a mole ratio of 2?:?1 followed by the reaction of the resulting Schiff bases ligands with Cu(II) or Co(II) ions in the presence of 2,2?-bipyridyl (L) to form the di- and trinuclear metal complexes. The second method involved the condensation of the copper complex LCu(II)L? (L = 2,2?-bipyridyl, L? = 4-formylbenzene-1,2-bis(olate)) with en, o-PD, or DMPD in a mole ratio of 2?:?1, respectively, followed by reaction with CuCl2 or Cu(ClO4)2 to form di-, tri-, and tetranuclear copper (II) complexes, respectively. The structures of the ligands and metal complexes were characterized by elemental analyses, NMR, and FTIR spectra. The geometries of metal complexes were suggested according to elemental analysis, electronic spectra, thermal analyses, atomic absorption, and magnetic moments and conductivity measurements. PMID:24453995

  8. The Shell Seeker: What Is the Quantity of Shell in the Lido di Venezia Sand? A Calibration DRIFTS Experiment

    ERIC Educational Resources Information Center

    Pezzolo, Alessandra De Lorenzi

    2011-01-01

    In this experiment, students are given a fanciful application of the standard addition method to evaluate the approximate quantity of the shell component in a sample of sand collected on the Lido di Venezia seashore. Several diffuse reflectance infrared Fourier transform (DRIFT) spectra are recorded from a sand sample before and after addition of

  9. 40 CFR 721.1450 - 1,3-Benzenediamine, 4-(1,1-di-methylethyl)-ar-methyl.

    Code of Federal Regulations, 2010 CFR

    2010-07-01

    ... 40 Protection of Environment 30 2010-07-01 2010-07-01 false 1,3-Benzenediamine, 4-(1,1-di-methylethyl)-ar-methyl. 721.1450 Section 721.1450 Protection of Environment ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION AGENCY (CONTINUED) TOXIC SUBSTANCES CONTROL ACT SIGNIFICANT NEW USES OF CHEMICAL SUBSTANCES Significant New Uses for Specific Chemical Substances §...

  10. Differential inhibition of cellular and viral pp60src kinase by P1,P4-di(adenosine-5')tetraphosphate.

    PubMed Central

    Levy, B T; Sorge, L K; Drum, C C; Maness, P F

    1983-01-01

    We contrasted the protein kinase activities of pp60v-src, the transforming protein of Rous sarcoma virus, and its normal cellular homolog pp60c-src with respect to inhibition by P1,P4-di(adenosine-5')tetraphosphate by using the immune complex protein kinase assay. The concentration of P1,P4-di(adenosine-5')tetraphosphate required for 50% inhibition of pp60v-src kinase (1 microM) was found to be significantly lower than that required for inhibition of pp60c-src kinase (46 microM). Viral and cellular pp60src kinases differed to a lesser extent with respect to inhibition by adenosine-5'-tetraphosphate, di(guanosine-5')tetraphosphate, and ADP. No significant differences were found in the ATP Km values of pp60v-src (0.108 +/- 0.048 microM) and pp60c-src kinases (0.056 +/- 0.012 microM). These results demonstrate that the protein kinase activities of viral and cellular pp60src are functionally distinguishable, particularly on the basis of enhanced sensitivity of the viral enzyme to inhibition by P1,P4-di(adenosine-5')tetraphosphate. These functional differences are likely to be due to differences in the conformation of the active site and may be important for determining transformation potential. PMID:6196614

  11. 76 FR 51980 - Atlantic Shipping Company, Inc. v. Di Nos Shipping, Inc.; Notice of Filing of Complaint and...

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    2011-08-19

    ... From the Federal Register Online via the Government Publishing Office ] FEDERAL MARITIME COMMISSION Atlantic Shipping Company, Inc. v. Di Nos Shipping, Inc.; Notice of Filing of Complaint and Assignment Notice is given that a complaint has been filed with the Federal Maritime Commission...

  12. Di-22:6-bis(monoacylglycerol)phosphate: A clinical biomarker of drug-induced phospholipidosis for drug development and safety assessment

    SciTech Connect

    Liu, Nanjun; Tengstrand, Elizabeth A.; Chourb, Lisa; Hsieh, Frank Y.

    2014-09-15

    The inability to routinely monitor drug-induced phospholipidosis (DIPL) presents a challenge in pharmaceutical drug development and in the clinic. Several nonclinical studies have shown di-docosahexaenoyl (22:6) bis(monoacylglycerol) phosphate (di-22:6-BMP) to be a reliable biomarker of tissue DIPL that can be monitored in the plasma/serum and urine. The aim of this study was to show the relevance of di-22:6-BMP as a DIPL biomarker for drug development and safety assessment in humans. DIPL shares many similarities with the inherited lysosomal storage disorder Niemann–Pick type C (NPC) disease. DIPL and NPC result in similar changes in lysosomal function and cholesterol status that lead to the accumulation of multi-lamellar bodies (myeloid bodies) in cells and tissues. To validate di-22:6-BMP as a biomarker of DIPL for clinical studies, NPC patients and healthy donors were classified by receiver operator curve analysis based on urinary di-22:6-BMP concentrations. By showing 96.7-specificity and 100-sensitivity to identify NPC disease, di-22:6-BMP can be used to assess DIPL in human studies. The mean concentration of di-22:6-BMP in the urine of NPC patients was 51.4-fold (p ≤ 0.05) above the healthy baseline range. Additionally, baseline levels of di-22:6-BMP were assessed in healthy non-medicated laboratory animals (rats, mice, dogs, and monkeys) and human subjects to define normal reference ranges for nonclinical/clinical studies. The baseline ranges of di-22:6-BMP in the plasma, serum, and urine of humans and laboratory animals were species dependent. The results of this study support the role of di-22:6-BMP as a biomarker of DIPL for pharmaceutical drug development and health care settings. - Highlights: • A reliable biomarker of drug-induced phospholipidosis (DIPL) is needed for humans. • Di-22:6-BMP is specific/sensitive for DIPL in animals as published in literatures. • The di-22:6-BMP biomarker can be validated for humans via NPC patients. • DIPL shares morphologic/mechanistic similarities with Niemann–Pick type C disease. • Di-22:6-BMP is an effective DIPL biomarker in humans via NPC patient validation.

  13. Di-jet production in γ γ collisions at LEP2

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    Abdallah, J.; Abreu, P.; Adam, W.; Adzic, P.; Albrecht, T.; Alemany-Fernandez, R.; Allmendinger, T.; Allport, P. P.; Amaldi, U.; Amapane, N.; Amato, S.; Anashkin, E.; Andreazza, A.; Andringa, S.; Anjos, N.; Antilogus, P.; Apel, W.-D.; Arnoud, Y.; Ask, S.; Asman, B.; Augustin, J. E.; Augustinus, A.; Baillon, P.; Ballestrero, A.; Bambade, P.; Barbier, R.; Bardin, D.; Barker, G. J.; Baroncelli, A.; Battaglia, M.; Baubillier, M.; Becks, K.-H.; Begalli, M.; Behrmann, A.; Ben-Haim, E.; Benekos, N.; Benvenuti, A.; Berat, C.; Berggren, M.; Bertrand, D.; Besancon, M.; Besson, N.; Bloch, D.; Blom, M.; Bluj, M.; Bonesini, M.; Boonekamp, M.; Booth, P. S. L.; Borisov, G.; Botner, O.; Bouquet, B.; Bowcock, T. J. V.; Boyko, I.; Bracko, M.; Brenner, R.; Brodet, E.; Bruckman, P.; Brunet, J. M.; Buschbeck, B.; Buschmann, P.; Calvi, M.; Camporesi, T.; Canale, V.; Carena, F.; Castro, N.; Cavallo, F.; Chapkin, M.; Charpentier, Ph.; Checchia, P.; Chierici, R.; Chliapnikov, P.; Chudoba, J.; Chung, S. U.; Cieslik, K.; Collins, P.; Contri, R.; Cosme, G.; Cossutti, F.; Costa, M. J.; Crennell, D.; Cuevas, J.; D'Hondt, J.; da Silva, T.; da Silva, W.; Della Ricca, G.; de Angelis, A.; de Boer, W.; de Clercq, C.; de Lotto, B.; de Maria, N.; de Min, A.; de Paula, L.; di Ciaccio, L.; di Simone, A.; Doroba, K.; Drees, J.; Eigen, G.; Ekelof, T.; Ellert, M.; Elsing, M.; Espirito Santo, M. C.; Fanourakis, G.; Fassouliotis, D.; Feindt, M.; Fernandez, J.; Ferrer, A.; Ferro, F.; Flagmeyer, U.; Foeth, H.; Fokitis, E.; Fulda-Quenzer, F.; Fuster, J.; Gandelman, M.; Garcia, C.; Gavillet, Ph.; Gazis, E.; Gokieli, R.; Golob, B.; Gomez-Ceballos, G.; Goncalves, P.; Graziani, E.; Grosdidier, G.; Grzelak, K.; Guy, J.; Haag, C.; Hallgren, A.; Hamacher, K.; Hamilton, K.; Haug, S.; Hauler, F.; Hedberg, V.; Hennecke, M.; Hoffman, J.; Holmgren, S.-O.; Holt, P. J.; Houlden, M. A.; Jackson, J. N.; Jarlskog, G.; Jarry, P.; Jeans, D.; Johansson, E. K.; Jonsson, P.; Joram, C.; Jungermann, L.; Kapusta, F.; Katsanevas, S.; Katsoufis, E.; Kernel, G.; Kersevan, B. P.; Kerzel, U.; King, B. T.; Kjaer, N. J.; Kluit, P.; Kokkinias, P.; Kourkoumelis, C.; Kouznetsov, O.; Krumstein, Z.; Kucharczyk, M.; Lamsa, J.; Leder, G.; Ledroit, F.; Leinonen, L.; Leitner, R.; Lemonne, J.; Lepeltier, V.; Lesiak, T.; Liebig, W.; Liko, D.; Lipniacka, A.; Lopes, J. H.; Lopez, J. M.; Loukas, D.; Lutz, P.; Lyons, L.; MacNaughton, J.; Malek, A.; Maltezos, S.; Mandl, F.; Marco, J.; Marco, R.; Marechal, B.; Margoni, M.; Marin, J.-C.; Mariotti, C.; Markou, A.; Martinez-Rivero, C.; Masik, J.; Mastroyiannopoulos, N.; Matorras, F.; Matteuzzi, C.; Mazzucato, F.; Mazzucato, M.; Mc Nulty, R.; Meroni, C.; Migliore, E.; Mitaroff, W.; Mjoernmark, U.; Moa, T.; Moch, M.; Moenig, K.; Monge, R.; Montenegro, J.; Moraes, D.; Moreno, S.; Morettini, P.; Mueller, U.; Muenich, K.; Mulders, M.; Mundim, L.; Murray, W.; Muryn, B.; Myatt, G.; Myklebust, T.; Nassiakou, M.; Navarria, F.; Nawrocki, K.; Nemecek, S.; Nicolaidou, R.; Nikolenko, M.; Oblakowska-Mucha, A.; Obraztsov, V.; Olshevski, A.; Onofre, A.; Orava, R.; Osterberg, K.; Ouraou, A.; Oyanguren, A.; Paganoni, M.; Paiano, S.; Palacios, J. P.; Palka, H.; Papadopoulou, Th. D.; Pape, L.; Parkes, C.; Parodi, F.; Parzefall, U.; Passeri, A.; Passon, O.; Peralta, L.; Perepelitsa, V.; Perrotta, A.; Petrolini, A.; Piedra, J.; Pieri, L.; Pierre, F.; Pimenta, M.; Piotto, E.; Podobnik, T.; Poireau, V.; Pol, M. E.; Polok, G.; Pozdniakov, V.; Pukhaeva, N.; Pullia, A.; Radojicic, D.; Rebecchi, P.; Rehn, J.; Reid, D.; Reinhardt, R.; Renton, P.; Richard, F.; Ridky, J.; Rivero, M.; Rodriguez, D.; Romero, A.; Ronchese, P.; Roudeau, P.; Rovelli, T.; Ruhlmann-Kleider, V.; Ryabtchikov, D.; Sadovsky, A.; Salmi, L.; Salt, J.; Sander, C.; Savoy-Navarro, A.; Schwickerath, U.; Sekulin, R.; Siebel, M.; Sisakian, A.; Smadja, G.; Smirnova, O.; Sokolov, A.; Sopczak, A.; Sosnowski, R.; Spassov, T.; Stanitzki, M.; Stocchi, A.; Strauss, J.; Stugu, B.; Szczekowski, M.; Szeptycka, M.; Szumlak, T.; Tabarelli, T.; Tegenfeldt, F.; Timmermans, J.; Tkatchev, L.; Tobin, M.; Todorovova, S.; Tome, B.; Tonazzo, A.; Tortosa, P.; Travnicek, P.; Treille, D.; Tristram, G.; Trochimczuk, M.; Troncon, C.; Turluer, M.-L.; Tyapkin, I. A.; Tzamarias, S.; Uvarov, V.; Valenti, G.; van Dam, P.; van Eldik, J.; van Remortel, N.; van Vulpen, I.; Vegni, G.; Veloso, F.; Venus, W.; Verdier, P.; Vertogradova, Yu. L.; Verzi, V.; Vilanova, D.; Vitale, L.; Vrba, V.; Wahlen, H.; Washbrook, A. J.; Weiser, C.; Wicke, D.; Wickens, J.; Wilkinson, G.; Winter, M.; Witek, M.; Yushchenko, O.; Zalewska, A.; Zalewski, P.; Zavrtanik, D.; Zhuravlov, V.; Zimin, N. I.; Zintchenko, A.; Zupan, M.

    2008-12-01

    The production of two high- p T jets in the interactions of quasi-real photons in e + e - collisions at sqrt{s_{ee}} from 189 GeV to 209 GeV is studied with data corresponding to an integrated e + e - luminosity of 550 pb-1. The jets reconstructed by the k ⊥ -cluster algorithm are defined within the pseudo-rapidity range -1< η<1 and with jet transverse momentum, p T , above 3 GeV/c. The differential di-jet cross-section is measured as a function of the mean transverse momentum overline{pT} of the jets and is compared to perturbative QCD calculations.

  14. The adverse cardiac effects of Di(2-ethylhexyl)phthalate and Bisphenol A.

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    Posnack, Nikki Gillum

    2014-12-01

    The ubiquitous nature of plastics has raised concerns pertaining to continuous exposure to plastic polymers and human health risks. Of particular concern is the use of endocrine-disrupting chemicals in plastic production, including di(2-ethylhexyl)phthalate (DEHP) and bisphenol A (BPA). Widespread and continuous exposure to DEHP and BPA occurs through dietary intake, inhalation, dermal and intravenous exposure via consumer products and medical devices. This article reviews the literature examining the relationship between DEHP and BPA exposure and cardiac toxicity. In vitro and in vivo experimental reports are outlined, as well as epidemiological studies which examine the association between these chemicals and cardiovascular outcomes. Gaps in our current knowledge are also discussed, along with future investigative endeavors that may help resolve whether DEHP and/or BPA exposure has a negative impact on cardiovascular physiology. PMID:24811950

  15. Characterization of digital signal processing in the DiDAC data acquisition system

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    Parson, J.D.; Olivier, T.L.; Habbersett, R.C.; Martin, J.C.; Wilder, M.E.; Jett, J.H. )

    1993-01-01

    A new generation data acquisition system for flow cytometers has been constructed. This Digital Data Acquisition and Control (DiDAC) system is based on the VME architecture and uses both the standard VME bus and a private bus for system communication and data transfer. At the front end of the system is a free running 20 MHz ADC. The output of a detector preamp provides the signal for digitization. The digitized waveform is passed to a custom built digital signal processing circuit that extracts the height, width, and integral of the waveform. Calculation of these parameters is started (and stopped) when the waveform exceeds (and falls below) a preset threshold value. The free running ADC is specified to have 10 bit accuracy at 25 MHZ. The authors have characterized it to the results obtained with conventional analog signal processing followed by digitization. Comparisons are made between the two approaches in terms of measurement CV, linearity and in other aspects.

  16. Pulsed laser thin film growth of di-octyl substituted polyfluorene and its co-polymers

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    Gupta, R. K.; Ghosh, K.; Kahol, P. K.; Yoon, J.; Guha, S.

    2008-08-01

    Matrix-assisted pulsed laser deposition (PLD) allows a controlled layer-by-layer growth of polymer films. Di-octyl substituted polyfluorene (PF8) and its copolymers were deposited as thin films using matrix-assisted PLD by employing a KrF excimer laser with a fluence of 125 mJ/pulses. The optical and structural properties of these films are compared with spincoated films via Raman spectroscopy, absorption and photoluminescence. The Raman spectra of both PLD and spincoated films are similar indicating that the polymer films deposited via PLD maintain their molecular structure. Both the spincoated and the PLD grown PF8 films that were cast from toluene show the presence of the ? phase. Benzothiadiazole substituted PF8 (F8BT) and butyl phenyl-substituted PF8 (PFB) PLD grown films show a slightly broader emission compared to the spincoated films, which is attributed to an enhanced intermolecular interaction in the PLD grown thin films.

  17. Bio-Source of di-n-butyl phthalate production by filamentous fungi.

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    Tian, Congkui; Ni, Jinren; Chang, Fang; Liu, Sitong; Xu, Nan; Sun, Weiling; Xie, Yuan; Guo, Yongzhao; Ma, Yanrong; Yang, Zhenxing; Dang, Chenyuan; Huang, Yuefei; Tian, Zhexian; Wang, Yiping

    2016-01-01

    Although DBP (di-n-butyl phthalate) is commonly encountered as an artificially-synthesized plasticizer with potential to impair fertility, we confirm that it can also be biosynthesized as microbial secondary metabolites from naturally occurring filamentous fungi strains cultured either in an artificial medium or natural water. Using the excreted crude enzyme from the fungi for catalyzing a variety of substrates, we found that the fungal generation of DBP was largely through shikimic acid pathway, which was assembled by phthalic acid with butyl alcohol through esterification. The DBP production ability of the fungi was primarily influenced by fungal spore density and incubation temperature. This study indicates an important alternative natural waterborne source of DBP in addition to artificial synthesis, which implied fungal contribution must be highlighted for future source control and risk management of DBP. PMID:26857605

  18. (Di-2-pyridyl-amine-κ(2)N(2),N(2'))diiodidopalladium(II).

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    Ha, Kwang

    2012-09-01

    The Pd(II) ion in the title complex, [PdI(2)(C(10)H(9)N(3))], is four-coordinated in a distorted square-planar environment defined by the two pyridine N atoms of the chelating di-2-pyridyl-amine (dpa) ligand and two I(-) anions. The dpa ligand is not planar, the dihedral angle between the pyridine rings being 51.2 (2)°. In the crystal, pairs of complex mol-ecules are assembled through inter-molecular N-H⋯I hydrogen bonds into dimeric species. The complexes are stacked in columns along the b axis and display several inter-molecular π-π inter-actions between the pyridine rings, with a shortest ring centroid-centroid distance of 3.957 (3) Å. PMID:22969447

  19. (2,3-Di-2-pyridyl-pyrazine-κN,N)diiodidopalladium(II).

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    Ha, Kwang

    2011-11-01

    The Pd(II) ion in the title complex, [PdI(2)(C(14)H(10)N(4))], is four-coordinated in a slightly distorted square-planar environment by the two pyridine N atoms of the chelating 2,3-di-2-pyridyl-pyrazine (dpp) ligand and two iodide anions. In the crystal, the pyridine rings are considerably inclined to the least-squares plane of the PdI(2)N(2) unit [maximum deviation = 0.090 (2) Å], making dihedral angles of 65.0 (2) and 66.6 (2)°. The pyrazine ring is perpendicular to the unit plane, with a dihedral angle of 89.9 (2)°. The complex mol-ecules are connected by C-H⋯I hydrogen bonds, forming a helical chain along the b axis. PMID:22219851

  20. Sorption of mono-, di-, and trimethylamine on ZK-5 and Y zeolites studied by deuterium NMR

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    Kustanovich, I.; Luz, Z.; Vega, S. ); Vega, A.J. )

    1990-04-05

    Deuterium NMR is used to study the sorption complexes formed by (methyl-deuterated) mono-, di-, and trimethylamine (MMA-d{sub 3}, DMA-d{sub 6}, and TMA-d{sub 9}) in the acid forms of the zeolites HZK-5 and HY, as well as in dehydroxylated HY and DHY, obtained by high-temperature calcination of HY. The measurements were made in the range {minus}140 to 160{degree}C on samples loaded up to twice the equivalent of the number of Al atoms per unit cell. For HZK-5 the uptake of MMA and DMA is rapid at room temperature, but sorption of TMA requires thermal activation. In HY and DHY all amine gases are readily absorbed upon exposure at room temperature.

  1. Di(2-ethylhexyl) phthalate biodegradation and denitrification by a Pseudoxanthomonas sp. strain.

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    Meng, Xuezheng; Niu, Guilong; Yang, Weiming; Cao, Xiangsheng

    2015-03-01

    A bacterial strain (designated as N4) of Pseudoxanthomonas was isolated from a denitrification biofilter reactor. This study examined its degradation capability of di(2-ethylhexyl) phthalate (DEHP) and its denitrification ability. All results showed that, strain N4 could use DEHP as a carbon and energy source. Strain N4 demonstrated good DEHP degradation ability over a broad pH and temperature range. The optimal temperature and pH for DEHP degradation were 32°C and 6.0, respectively. The kinetics of DEHP degradation by strain N4 were exponential in nature. Strain N4 showed denitrification ability and could reduce nitrate and nitrite but not with DEHP as its carbon source. PMID:25596917

  2. Introspection on improper seismic retrofit of Basilica Santa Maria di Collemaggio after 2009 Italian earthquake

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    Cimellaro, Gian Paolo; Reinhorn, Andrei M.; de Stefano, Alessandro

    2011-03-01

    The 2009 L'Aquila, Italy earthquake highlighted the seismic vulnerability of historic masonry building structures due to improper "strengthening" retrofit work that has been done in the last 50 years. Italian seismic standards recommend the use of traditional reinforcement techniques such as replacing the original wooden roof structure with new reinforced concrete (RC) or steel elements, inserting RC tie-beams in the masonry and new RC floors, and using RC jacketing on the shear walls. The L'Aquila earthquake revealed the numerous limitations of these interventions, because they led to increased seismic forces (due to greater additional weight) and to deformation incompatibilities of the incorporated elements with the existing masonry walls. This paper provides a discussion of technical issues pertaining to the seismic retrofit of the Santa Maria di Collemaggio Basilica and in particular, the limitations of the last (2000) retrofit intervention. Considerable damage was caused to the church because of questionable actions and incorrect and improper technical choices.

  3. Immunodeficiency in DiGeorge Syndrome and Options for Treating Cases with Complete Athymia

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    Davies, E. Graham

    2013-01-01

    The commonest association of thymic stromal deficiency resulting in T-cell immunodeficiency is the DiGeorge syndrome (DGS). This results from abnormal development of the third and fourth pharyngeal arches and is most commonly associated with a microdeletion at chromosome 22q11 though other genetic and non-genetic causes have been described. The immunological competence of affected individuals is highly variable, ranging from normal to a severe combined immunodeficiency when there is complete athymia. In the most severe group, correction of the immunodeficiency can be achieved using thymus allografts which can support thymopoiesis even in the absence of donor-recipient matching at the major histocompatibility loci. This review focuses on the causes of DGS, the immunological features of the disorder, and the approaches to correction of the immunodeficiency including the use of thymus transplantation. PMID:24198816

  4. Crystal structure of 2,3-dimethylmaleic anhydride: continuous chains of electrostatic attraction

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    Wiscons, Ren A.; Zeller, Matthias; Rowsell, Jesse L. C.

    2015-01-01

    In the crystal structure of 2,3-dimethylmaleic anhydride, C6H6O3, the closest non-bonding intermolecular distances, between the carbonyl C and O atoms of neighboring molecules, were measured as 2.9054?(11) and 3.0509?(11)?, which are well below the sum of the van der Waals radii for these atoms. These close contacts, as well as packing motifs similar to that of the title compound, were also found in the crystal structure of maleic anhydride itself and other 2,3-disubstituted maleic anhydrides. Computational modeling suggests that this close contact is caused by strong electrostatic interactions between the carbonyl C and O atoms. PMID:26396764

  5. The schistosomicidal and toxic effects of some ??-di(p-aminophenoxy)alkanes and related monoamines

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    Collins, R. F.; Davis, M.; Edge, N. D.; Hill, J.

    1958-01-01

    An account is given of the results obtained with a number of p-aminophenoxyalkanes which were examined for activity against Schistosoma mansoni in mice and for the presence of retinotoxicity in cats. The first compound to be found active, 1:5-di(p-aminophenoxy)-pentane dihydrochloride (M & B 968A), was modified in a variety of ways in an attempt to increase its activity and to eliminate its ocular effects. It was found that a p-aminophenoxyalkyl group was common to all the active compounds, but that the rest of the molecule could be any of several different groups, including alkoxy, phenoxy, and phenyl groups, without diminishing the activity. Although at least one p-aminophenoxyalkyl group was essential for schistosomicidal activity, ocular toxicity was also shown by a p-aminophenylalkyl derivative in which the ether linkage was absent. PMID:13584723

  6. Mono-, Di-, and Trifluoroalkyl Substituent Effects on the Torquoselectivities of Cyclobutene and Oxetene Electrocyclic Ring Openings.

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    Honda, Kazuya; Lopez, Steven A; Houk, K N; Mikami, Koichi

    2015-12-01

    The reactivities and torquoselectivities of electrocyclic ring opening reactions of fluoromethyl-substituted cyclobutenes and oxetenes were studied with M06-2X density functional theory. The torquoselectivities of a series of mono-, di-, and trifluoromethylcyclobutenes and oxetenes result from the interplay of favorable orbital interactions and closed-shell repulsions. When the substituent rotates inward, there can be a favorable interaction between the breaking ?CO bond and the ?CF* orbital (?CO ? ?CF*) of the fluoromethyl group in fluoromethyloxetenes. The preference for rotation of a fluoromethyl group is decreased in trifluoromethyloxetenes because closed-shell repulsions between the breaking ?CO bond and trifluoromethyl substituent orbitals compete with the ?CO ? ?CF* interaction. PMID:26301819

  7. Study on the combined effects of essential oils on microbiological quality of Fior di Latte cheese.

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    Gammariello, Daniela; Conte, Amalia; Attanasio, Massimiliano; Alessandro Del Nobile, Matteo

    2010-05-01

    The effectiveness of three natural compounds in slowing down the deterioration of microbial quality of Fior di latte cheese is addressed. In particular, the control of the growth of spoilage microorganisms and the determination of the Microbiological Stability Limit (MAL) were the main goals. A Central Composite Design (CCD) strategy was adopted to highlight possible combined effects between three essential oils: sage and two types of lemon. Results showed an increase in the MAL value for all cheese samples packaged with the antimicrobial compounds, compared with the control cheese. Moreover, the combinations of the three essential oils indicated that the substances can act in a synergistic or antagonistic way, depending on their concentrations. In particular, a synergistic effect was evident when the three compounds were used at about 3000 ppm. PMID:20053318

  8. Bis[(dimethylphosphoryl)methanaminium] tetrachloridopalladate(II)

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    Reiss, Guido J.

    2013-01-01

    In the crystal structure of the title compound, (C3H11NOP)2[PdCl4], (dimethylphosphoryl)methanaminium (dpmaH+) cations are connected head-to-tail by strong NH?O hydrogen bonds, forming inversion-related cyclic dimers. The square-planar [PdCl4]2? counter-dianion is located about a center of inversion. The dications and the [PdCl4]2? dianions are connected by mediumstrong NH?Cl hydrogen bonds, forming zigzag chains parallel to [001]. Somewhat weaker NH?Cl hydrogen bonds connect the chains into a three-dimensional network. PMID:24454042

  9. Bis[(di-methyl-phosphor-yl)methan-amin-ium] tetra-chlorido-palladate(II).

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    Reiss, Guido J

    2013-10-19

    In the crystal structure of the title compound, (C3H11NOP)2[PdCl4], (di-methyl-phosphor-yl)methanaminium (dpmaH(+)) cations are connected head-to-tail by strong N-H?O hydrogen bonds, forming inversion-related cyclic dimers. The square-planar [PdCl4](2-) counter-dianion is located about a center of inversion. The dications and the [PdCl4](2-) dianions are connected by medium-strong N-H?Cl hydrogen bonds, forming zigzag chains parallel to [001]. Somewhat weaker N-H?Cl hydrogen bonds connect the chains into a three-dimensional network. PMID:24454042

  10. The apsidal motion of the eccentric eclipsing binary DI Herculis - An apparent discrepancy with general relativity

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    Guinan, E. F.; Maloney, F. P.

    1985-01-01

    The apsidal motion of the eccentric eclipsing binary DI Herculis (HD 175227) is determined from an analysis of the available observations and eclipse timings from 1959 to 1984. Least squares solutions to the primary and secondary minima extending over an 84-yr interval yielded a small advance of periastron omega dot of 0.65 deg/100 yr + or - 0.18/100 yr. The observed advance of the periastron is about one seventh of the theoretical value of 4.27 deg/100 yr that is expected from the combined relativistic and classical effects. The discrepancy is about -3.62 deg/100 yr, or a magnitude of about 20 sigma. Classical mechanisms which explain the discrepancy are discussed, together with the possibility that there may be problems with general relativity itself.

  11. ViDI: Virtual Diagnostics Interface. Volume 1; The Future of Wind Tunnel Testing

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    Fleming, Gary A. (Technical Monitor); Schwartz, Richard J.

    2004-01-01

    The quality of data acquired in a given test facility ultimately resides within the fidelity and implementation of the instrumentation systems. Over the last decade, the emergence of robust optical techniques has vastly expanded the envelope of measurement possibilities. At the same time the capabilities for data processing, data archiving and data visualization required to extract the highest level of knowledge from these global, on and off body measurement techniques have equally expanded. Yet today, while the instrumentation has matured to the production stage, an optimized solution for gaining knowledge from the gigabytes of data acquired per test (or even per test point) is lacking. A technological void has to be filled in order to possess a mechanism for near-real time knowledge extraction during wind tunnel experiments. Under these auspices, the Virtual Diagnostics Interface, or ViDI, was developed.

  12. Perfect DiViSy technology for video network in medicine (Moscow Information Network for Teleoncology).

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    Vorozhtcov, G; Chissov, V; Danilov, A; Kazinov, V; Sokolov, V; Frank, G

    1999-01-01

    A large telemedicine project is now under development in Moscow. The general task of the project is to link oncology research centres and hospitals meeting the project profile, and to provide on-line (using real-time video conferences) and off-line (via distributed database of medical information) information exchange. There was no existing technology available for use at the project's base which was ready to meet all requirements, so we are using specially created technology for video networks (DiViSy V.97). We suppose this technology to be more applicable for use in telemedicine networks than are business video conference technologies and classical Internet/Intranet technologies. We affirm in our conclusion that now is the time for developing special telemedicine standards, recommendations of compatibility, etc., and that we are ready to take part in this process. PMID:10747529

  13. 3-Anilino-5,5-di­methyl­cyclo­hex-2-enone

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    Boulebd, Houssem; Bouraiou, Abdelmalek; Bouacida, Sofiane; Merazig, Hocine; Belfaitah, Ali

    2014-01-01

    In the title mol­ecule, C14H17NO, the 5,5-di­methyl­cyclo­hex-2-enone moiety is attached to an aniline group, the dihedral angle subtended [54.43 (3)°] indicating a significant twist. The hexaneone ring has a half-chair conformation with the C atom bearing two methyl groups lying 0.6384 (8) Å above the plane of the five remaining atoms (r.m.s. deviation = 0.0107 Å). The crystal packing can be described as alternating layers parallel to (-101), which are consolidated by N—H⋯O hydrogen bonds and C—H⋯π inter­actions. PMID:24764957

  14. Erosion results from DiMES and design implications to ITER and Starlite

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    Wong, C.P.C.; West, W.P.; Bastaz, R.J.; Whyte, D.G.; Wampler, W.R.

    1996-07-01

    Using the DiMES mechanism at DIII-D, erosion rates of graphite, and metallic coatings of Be, V, Mo, and W have been measured under different plasma operating conditions. The measured net erosion rate for C is substantial (16 nm/s) during ELMing H-mode at a heat flux of 2 MW/m{sup 2}. Measured gross erosion rates of the metals are lower than expected from sputtering yields, most likely due to heavy surface contamination by carbon. The measured erosion of W is substantially lower than the other materials, and when account is taken for redeposition, it is shown to be a viable candidate for the Starlite reactor`s divertor.

  15. Presystemic branchial metabolism limits di-2-ethylhexyl phthalate accumulation in fish

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    Barron, M.G.; Schultz, I.R.; Hayton, W.L.

    1989-03-15

    Despite the high lipophilicity of di-2-ethylhexyl phthalate (DEHP), fish do not extensively accumulate this ubiquitous environmental contaminant. Experiments with rainbow trout (Salmo gairdneri) fitted with an indwelling cannula showed that the majority of (/sup 14/C)DEHP did not reach the systemic circulation of the fish, but was present in the exposure water as metabolites. Pharmacokinetic analysis, using a compartmental model that included the gill as a separate metabolic compartment, indicated that DEHP was extensively metabolized as it diffused from water to blood. Isolated perfused gill arches of trout metabolized DEHP in the exposure bath to monoethylhexyl phthalate, demonstrating the ability of the gill to prevent DEHP entry into the fish. The relationship between metabolic clearance and tissue perfusion further suggests that metabolism in the gill can play an important role in determining the accumulation and toxicity of organic chemical pollutants in fish.

  16. Bio-Source of di-n-butyl phthalate production by filamentous fungi

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    Tian, Congkui; Ni, Jinren; Chang, Fang; Liu, Sitong; Xu, Nan; Sun, Weiling; Xie, Yuan; Guo, Yongzhao; Ma, Yanrong; Yang, Zhenxing; Dang, Chenyuan; Huang, Yuefei; Tian, Zhexian; Wang, Yiping

    2016-02-01

    Although DBP (di-n-butyl phthalate) is commonly encountered as an artificially-synthesized plasticizer with potential to impair fertility, we confirm that it can also be biosynthesized as microbial secondary metabolites from naturally occurring filamentous fungi strains cultured either in an artificial medium or natural water. Using the excreted crude enzyme from the fungi for catalyzing a variety of substrates, we found that the fungal generation of DBP was largely through shikimic acid pathway, which was assembled by phthalic acid with butyl alcohol through esterification. The DBP production ability of the fungi was primarily influenced by fungal spore density and incubation temperature. This study indicates an important alternative natural waterborne source of DBP in addition to artificial synthesis, which implied fungal contribution must be highlighted for future source control and risk management of DBP.

  17. 4,5-Bis(2,4-di-tert-butyl­phen­oxy)phthalonitrile

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    van Tonder, Johannes H.; Muller, Theunis J.; Bezuidenhoudt, Barend C. B.

    2011-01-01

    In the title compound, C36H44N2O2, the dihedral angles between the phthalonitrile ring and the two di-tert-butyl­benzene rings are 68.134 (8) and 70.637 (11)°. The two nitrile groups are almost coplanar with the phthalonitrile ring except for one of the N atoms which deviates from the plane by 0.125 (4) Å. One of the tert-butyl groups is disordered over two orientations, with refined occupancies of 0.814 (6) and 0.186 (6). Intra­molecular C—H⋯O inter­actions stabilize the molecular structure. The crystal packing is stabilized by inter­molecular C—H⋯N inter­actions. PMID:21522449

  18. Crystal structure of 2,5-di-methyl-anilinium hydrogen maleate.

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    Mathlouthi, Maha; Janzen, Daron E; Rzaigui, Mohamed; Smirani Sta, Wajda

    2014-11-01

    The crystal structure of the title salt, C8H12N(+)·C4H3O4 (-), consists of a 2,5-di-methyl-anilinium cation and an hydrogen maleate anion. In the anion, a strong intra-molecular O-H⋯O hydrogen bond is observed, leading to an S(7) graph-set motif. In the crystal, the cations and anions pack in alternating layers parallel to (001). The ammonium group undergoes inter-molecular N-H⋯O hydrogen-bonding inter-actions with the O atoms of three different hydrogen maleate anions. This results in the formation of ribbons extending parallel to [010] with hydrogen-bonding motifs of the types R (4) 4(12) and R (4) 4(18). PMID:25484819

  19. Crystal structure of 2,3-di-methyl-maleic anhydride: continuous chains of electrostatic attraction.

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    Wiscons, Ren A; Zeller, Matthias; Rowsell, Jesse L C

    2015-08-01

    In the crystal structure of 2,3-di-methyl-maleic anhydride, C6H6O3, the closest non-bonding inter-molecular distances, between the carbonyl C and O atoms of neighboring mol-ecules, were measured as 2.9054?(11) and 3.0509?(11)?, which are well below the sum of the van der Waals radii for these atoms. These close contacts, as well as packing motifs similar to that of the title compound, were also found in the crystal structure of maleic anhydride itself and other 2,3-disubstituted maleic anhydrides. Computational modeling suggests that this close contact is caused by strong electrostatic inter-actions between the carbonyl C and O atoms. PMID:26396764

  20. Estimation of air motion kinetic energy dissipation rates in a D.I. diesel combustion system

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    Smith, W.J.

    1996-09-01

    This paper sets out to investigate the relationship between air-motion kinetic energy and mixing rates in D.I. diesel engines, without resort to computational fluid dynamics (CFD). Particular attention is focused on the rate at which bulk flow kinetic energy decays into turbulence. A relatively simple phenomenological model of in-cylinder air motion is used. Turbulence production and decay associated with intake flows, with compression with inward and outward squish, and with decay of swirl are considered. In the latter case, the effects of wall friction and of the braking or drag caused by radially-injected fuel sprays are considered. The results of these calculations are compared with heat release rates derived from experimental cylinder pressure data, and provide some modest theoretical support for a novel interpretation of the observed trends.

  1. N,N?-{[Bis(trifluoromethyl)methylene]di-p-phenylene}diphthalimide

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    Li, Yitao; Wang, Zhiguo

    2008-01-01

    The molecule of the title compound, C31H16F6N2O4, consists of two phthalimide units linked by a [bis(trifluoromethyl)methylene]di-p-phenylene bridge, with the two halves of the molecule related to each other by a twofold rotation axis. The dihedral angle between the planes of the two central benzene rings is 70.5?(3). The terminal isoindole groups are approximately planar, with a maximum r.m.s. deviation of 0.006? from the mean plane, and they form dihedral angles of 46.03?(3) to the attached benzene rings. Intermolecular CH?O hydrogen bonds link neighboring molecules into chains along the c axis. PMID:21201418

  2. Performance and emissions characteristics of aqueous alcohol fumes in a DI diesel engine

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    Heisey, J. B.; Lestz, S. S.

    1981-01-01

    A single cylinder DI Diesel engine was fumigated with ethanol and methanol in amounts up to 55% of the total fuel energy. The effects of aqueous alcohol fumigation on engine thermal efficiency, combustion intensity and gaseous exhaust emissions were determined. Assessment of changes in the biological activity of raw particulate and its soluble organic fraction were also made using the Salmonella typhimurium test. Alcohol fumigation improved thermal efficiency slightly at moderate and heavy loads, but increased ignition delay at all operating conditions. Carbon monoxide and unburned hydrocarbon emission generally increased with alcohol fumigation and showed no dependence on alcohol type or quality. Oxide of nitrogen emission showed a strong dependence on alcohol quality; relative emission levels decreased with increasing water content of the fumigant. Particulate mass loading rates were lower for ethanol fueled conditions. However, the biological activity of both the raw particulate and its soluble organic fraction was enhanced by ethanol fumigation at most operating conditions.

  3. Crystal structure of bis(cyclohexylammonium) diphenyldioxalatostannate(IV)

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    Sarr, Modou; Diasse-Sarr, Aminata; Diop, Libasse; Plasseraud, Laurent; Cattey, Hlne

    2015-01-01

    Reaction of oxalic acid and diphenyltin dichloride in the presence of cyclohexylamine led to the formation of the title salt, (C6H14N)2[Sn(C6H5)2(C2O4)2]. The dianion is made up from an Sn(C6H5)2 moiety cis-coordinated by two chelating oxalate anions, leading to an overall distorted octahedral coordination geometry of the SnIV atom. The negative charges are compensated by two surrounding cyclohexylammonium cations adopting chair conformations each. In the crystal, anions and cations are linked via a network of NH?O hydrogen bonds into a layered arrangement parallel to (101). PMID:25878805

  4. The Adverse Cardiac Effects of Di(2-ethylhexyl) phthalate and Bisphenol A

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    Posnack, Nikki Gillum

    2014-01-01

    The ubiquitous nature of plastics has raised concerns pertaining to continuous exposure to plastic polymers and human health risks. Of particular concern is the use of endocrine-disrupting chemicals (EDCs) in plastic production, including Di(2-ethylhexyl) phthalate (DEHP) and Bisphenol A (BPA). Widespread and continuous exposure to DEHP and BPA occurs through dietary intake, inhalation, dermal and intravenous exposure via consumer products and medical devices. This article reviews the literature examining the relationship between DEHP and BPA exposure and cardiac toxicity. In vitro and in vivo experimental reports are outlined, as well as epidemiological studies which examine the association between these chemicals and cardiovascular outcomes. Gaps in our current knowledge are also discussed, along with future investigative endeavors that may help resolve whether DEHP and/or BPA exposure has a negative impact on cardiovascular physiology. PMID:24811950

  5. Bio-Source of di-n-butyl phthalate production by filamentous fungi

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    Tian, Congkui; Ni, Jinren; Chang, Fang; Liu, Sitong; Xu, Nan; Sun, Weiling; Xie, Yuan; Guo, Yongzhao; Ma, Yanrong; Yang, Zhenxing; Dang, Chenyuan; Huang, Yuefei; Tian, Zhexian; Wang, Yiping

    2016-01-01

    Although DBP (di-n-butyl phthalate) is commonly encountered as an artificially-synthesized plasticizer with potential to impair fertility, we confirm that it can also be biosynthesized as microbial secondary metabolites from naturally occurring filamentous fungi strains cultured either in an artificial medium or natural water. Using the excreted crude enzyme from the fungi for catalyzing a variety of substrates, we found that the fungal generation of DBP was largely through shikimic acid pathway, which was assembled by phthalic acid with butyl alcohol through esterification. The DBP production ability of the fungi was primarily influenced by fungal spore density and incubation temperature. This study indicates an important alternative natural waterborne source of DBP in addition to artificial synthesis, which implied fungal contribution must be highlighted for future source control and risk management of DBP. PMID:26857605

  6. Crystal structure of ammonium (3,5-di-chloro-phen-oxy)acetate hemihydrate.

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    Smith, Graham

    2015-10-01

    In the structure of the title hydrated salt, NH4 (+)C8H5Cl2O3 (-)0.5H2O, where the anion derives from (3,5-di-chloro-phen-oxy)acetic acid, the ammonium cation is involved in extensive N-H?O hydrogen bonding with both carboxyl-ate and ether O-atom acceptors giving sheet structures lying parallel to (100). The water mol-ecule of solvation lies on a crystallographic twofold rotation axis and is involved in intra-sheet O-H?Ocarboxyl-ate hydrogen-bonding inter-actions. In the anion, the oxoacetate side chain assumes an antiperiplanar conformation with the defining C-O-C-C torsion angle = -171.33?(15). PMID:26594440

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

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

    1986-03-01

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

  8. Features of DiGeorge syndrome and CHARGE association in five patients.

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    de Lonlay-Debeney, P; Cormier-Daire, V; Amiel, J; Abadie, V; Odent, S; Paupe, A; Couderc, S; Tellier, A L; Bonnet, D; Prieur, M; Vekemans, M; Munnich, A; Lyonnet, S

    1997-01-01

    We report on five patients presenting with features of two congenital disorders, DiGeorge syndrome (DGS) and CHARGE association. CHARGE association is usually sporadic and its origin is as yet unknown. Conversely, more than 90% of DGS patients are monosomic for the 22q11.2 chromosomal region. In each of the five patients, both cytogenetic and molecular analysis for the 22q11.2 region were normal. In view of the broad clinical spectrum and the likely genetic heterogeneity of both disorders, these cases are consistent with the extended phenotype of either DGS without 22q11.2 deletion or CHARGE association, especially as several features of CHARGE association have been reported in rare patients with 22q11.2 deletion association phenotypes. On the other hand, these could be novel cases of an independent association involving a complex defect of neural crest cells originating from the pharyngeal pouches. Images PMID:9429139

  9. Biochar reduces the bioavailability of di-(2-ethylhexyl) phthalate in soil.

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    He, Lizhi; Fan, Shiliang; Mller, Karin; Hu, Guotao; Huang, Huagang; Zhang, Xiaokai; Lin, Xiaoming; Che, Lei; Wang, Hailong

    2016-01-01

    A pot experiment was conducted to evaluate the effect of biochars on the bioavailability of di-(2-ethylhexyl) phthalate (DEHP) in two soils using Brassica chinensis L. as an indicator plant. The residual concentrations of DEHP tended to be higher in the biochar-amended soils than in the control soils. They were lower (p<0.05) in the high organic carbon content soil (HOC; 2.2%C) than in the low organic carbon content soil (LOC; 0.35%C). The DEHP concentrations in plant shoots grown in the HOC soils were lower than those in the LOC soils (p<0.05). Compared to the control, the biochar addition decreased the DEHP concentrations in shoots grown in the LOC soils; whereas there was no significant difference in the HOC soils. Our results showed that soil OC content as well as biochar properties are the key factors influencing the bioavailability of DEHP in soils. PMID:26037111

  10. Structure and conformation of meso-2,4-di(N-carbazolyl)pentane

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    Agrahari, Aditya; Wagers, Patrick; Schildcrout, Steven M.; Youngs, Wiley J.; Masnovi, John

    2014-11-01

    The stereochemistry of the title compound is established as meso. The carbazole groups have no parallel planar close contacts (π-type interactions), which differs from the packing found previously for terminal 1,n-di(N-carbazolyl)alkanes. Bond distances, bond angles, and torsion angles are compared with those calculated for the isolated molecule using M06-2X density functional theory, which is designed to model intramolecular dispersion effects. The results indicate that dispersion effects have a significant influence on the molecular conformation, although packing effects likely determine the magnitude of the puckering about one of the nitrogens (N1) and give a crystal conformation closer to a theoretical local minimum than to the global minimum potential energy, which are calculated to differ by only 6.7 kJ/mol at 298 K.

  11. Elevated levels of the second messenger c-di-GMP contribute to antimicrobial resistance of Pseudomonas aeruginosa

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    Gupta, Kajal; Liao, Julie; Petrova, Olga E.; Cherny, K. E.; Sauer, Karin

    2014-01-01

    Biofilms are highly structured, surface-associated communities. A hallmark of biofilms is their extraordinary resistance to antimicrobial agents that is activated during early biofilm development of Pseudomonas aeruginosa and requires the regulatory hybrid SagS and BrlR, a member of the MerR family of multidrug efflux pump activators. However, little is known about the mechanism by which SagS contributes to BrlR activation or drug resistance. Here, we demonstrate that ΔsagS biofilm cells harbor the secondary messenger c-di-GMP at reduced levels similar to those observed in wild-type cells grown planktonically rather than as biofilms. Restoring c-di-GMP levels to wild-type biofilm-like levels restored brlR expression, DNA binding by BrlR, and recalcitrance to killing by antimicrobial agents of ΔsagS biofilm cells. We likewise found that increasing c-di-GMP levels present in planktonic cells to biofilm-like levels (≥55 pmol/mg) resulted in planktonic cells being significantly more resistant to antimicrobial agents, with increased resistance correlating with increased brlR, mexA, and mexE expression and BrlR production. In contrast, reducing cellular c-di-GMP levels of biofilm cells to ≤40 pmol/mg correlated with increased susceptibility and reduced brlR expression. Our findings suggest that a signaling pathway involving a specific c-di-GMP pool regulated by SagS contributes to the resistance of P. aeruginosa biofilms. PMID:24655293

  12. Tetralogy of Fallot associated with deletion in the DiGeorge region of chromosome 22 (22q11)

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    D`Angelo, J.A.; Pillers, D.M.; Jett, P.L.

    1994-09-01

    Cardiac conotruncal defects, such as Tetralogy of Fallot (TOF), are associated with DiGeorge syndrome which has been mapped to the q11 region of chromosome 22 and includes abnormalities of neural crest and branchial arch development. Patients with conotruncal defects and velo-cardio-facial syndrome may have defects in the 22q11 region but not show the complete DiGeorge phenotype consisting of cardiac, thymus, and parathyroid abnormalities. We report two neonates with TOF and small deletions in the DiGeorge region of chromosome 22 (46,XX,del(22)(q11.21q11.23) and 46,XY,del(22)(q11.2q11.2)) using both high-resolution cytogenetics and fluorescence in situ hybridization (FISH). The first patient is a female with TOF and a family history of congenital heart disease. The mother has pulmonic stenosis and a right-sided aortic arch, one brother has TOF, and a second brother has a large VSD. The patient had intrauterine growth retardation and had thrombocytopenia due to maternal IgG platelet-directed autoantibody. Lymphocyte populations, both T and B cells, were reduced in number but responded normally to stimulation. The findings were not attributed to a DiGeorge phenotype. Although she had transient neonatal hypocalcemia, her parathyroid hormone level was normal. The patient was not dysmorphic in the newborn period but her mother had features consistent with velo-cardio-facial syndrome. The second patient was a male with TOF who was not dysmorphic and had no other significant clinical findings and no family history of heart disease. Lymphocyte testing did not reveal a specific immunodeficiency. No significant postnatal hypocalcemia was noted. These cases illustrate that there is a wide spectrum of clinical features associated with defects of the 22q11 region. We recommend karyotype analysis, including FISH probes specific to the DiGeorge region, in any patient with conotruncal cardiac defects.

  13. Distance informed Track-Weighted Imaging (diTWI): a framework for sensitising streamline information to neuropathology.

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    Bell, Christopher; Pannek, Kerstin; Fay, Michael; Thomas, Paul; Bourgeat, Pierrick; Salvado, Olivier; Gal, Yaniv; Coulthard, Alan; Crozier, Stuart; Rose, Stephen

    2014-02-01

    Track-Weighted Imaging (TWI), where voxel intensity is based on image metrics encoded along streamline trajectories, provides a mechanism to study white matter disease. However, with generalised streamline weighting, it is difficult to localise the precise anatomical source and spread of injury or neuropathology. This limitation can be overcome by modulating the voxel weight based on the distance of the voxel from a given anatomical location along the tract, which we term diTWI: distance informed Track-Weighted Imaging. The location of known neuropathology can be delineated on any given imaging modality (e.g. MRI or PET). To demonstrate the clinical utility of this approach, we measured tumour cell infiltration along WM fibre tracts in 13 patients with newly diagnosed glioblastoma and 1 patient with Anaplastic Astrocytoma. TWI and diTWI maps were generated using information obtained from dynamic contrast enhanced MRI (area under the curve, AUC) and diffusivity maps (ADC and FA) with tumour boundaries automatically extracted using a logistic regression classifier. The accuracy of the derived tumour volumes was compared to those generated using 3,4-dihydroxy-6-[(18)F]-fluoro-l-phenylalanine (FDOPA) PET imaging. The accuracy of the tumour volumes generated from the diTWI maps was superior to volumes derived from the TWI, geometric distance or baseline AUC, FA and ADC maps. The relative overlap and relative dissimilarity rates for the diTWI generated tumour volumes after classification were found to be 82.3±15.3% (range 69.1-91.9) and 16.9±8.8% (range 7.9-37.5), respectively. These findings show that diTWI maps provide a useful framework for localising neuropathological processes occurring along WM pathways. PMID:23921097

  14. Novel mixed-linkage β-glucan activated by c-di-GMP in Sinorhizobium meliloti

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    Pérez-Mendoza, Daniel; Rodríguez-Carvajal, Miguel Ángel; Romero-Jiménez, Lorena; Farias, Gabriela de Araujo; Lloret, Javier; Gallegos, María Trinidad; Sanjuán, Juan

    2015-01-01

    An artificial increase of cyclic diguanylate (c-di-GMP) levels in Sinorhizobium meliloti 8530, a bacterium that does not carry known cellulose synthesis genes, leads to overproduction of a substance that binds the dyes Congo red and calcofluor. Sugar composition and methylation analyses and NMR studies identified this compound as a linear mixed-linkage (1→3)(1→4)-β-d-glucan (ML β-glucan), not previously described in bacteria but resembling ML β-glucans found in plants and lichens. This unique polymer is hydrolyzed by the specific endoglucanase lichenase, but, unlike lichenan and barley glucan, it generates a disaccharidic →4)-β-d-Glcp-(1→3)-β-d-Glcp-(1→ repeating unit. A two-gene operon bgsBA required for production of this ML β-glucan is conserved among several genera within the order Rhizobiales, where bgsA encodes a glycosyl transferase with domain resemblance and phylogenetic relationship to curdlan synthases and to bacterial cellulose synthases. ML β-glucan synthesis is subjected to both transcriptional and posttranslational regulation. bgsBA transcription is dependent on the exopolysaccharide/quorum sensing ExpR/SinI regulatory system, and posttranslational regulation seems to involve allosteric activation of the ML β-glucan synthase BgsA by c-di-GMP binding to its C-terminal domain. To our knowledge, this is the first report on a linear mixed-linkage (1→3)(1→4)-β-glucan produced by a bacterium. The S. meliloti ML β-glucan participates in bacterial aggregation and biofilm formation and is required for efficient attachment to the roots of a host plant, resembling the biological role of cellulose in other bacteria. PMID:25650430

  15. Flory Model of Polymer Crystallization, Kauzmann Paradox and Gibbs-DiMarzio Theory of Glass Transition

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    Corsi, A.; Gujrati, P. D.

    2000-03-01

    The Flory model of crystallization of polymers is well known and forms the cornerstone of the Gibbs-DiMarzio theory of glass transition. The model has no known exact solution and the original calculation [1] was shown to be incorrect [2]. Still it is interesting to know the order of the phase transition, if it has one. We have studied the thermodynamics of the model in the limit of infinite molecular weight. We have solved it exactly on a recursive lattice with coordination number q=4, relevant for a tetrahedral lattice. Our results show that there is a continuous, i.e. a second-order, transition at which the entropy of the system is continuous. It is finite at all temperatures and approaches 0 as T goes to 0 so that the system is never completely ordered except at T=0. As the temperature is raised above T=0 the system begins to disorder with a degree of disorder that depends on T, which is in accordance with the analysis of Gujrati and Goldstein [2]. Since there is no first order transition there is no Kauzmann paradox. Similarly there is no possible metastable extension in the model which is central to the Gibbs-DiMarzio conjecture for an ideal glass transition. Thus, our solution does not justify their conjecture. [1] P.J. Flory, Proc. R. Soc. London Ser., A234, 60 (1956) [2] P.D. Gujrati, J. Phys. A: Math. Gen., 13, L437 (1980), P.D. Gujrati, M. Goldstein, J. Chem. Phys., 74(4), 2596 (1981)

  16. Late Neolithic vegetation history at the pile-dwelling site of Pal di Livenza (northeastern Italy

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    Pini, Roberta

    2004-12-01

    The Late Neolithic pile-dwelling of Pal di Livenza yielded archaeological remains typical of the Square Mouth Pottery and Lagozza Cultures. A palynological investigation reveals important changes in the vegetation due to anthropogenic pressure. Between ca. 6590 and 5960 cal. yr BP, dense oak wood forests with deciduous Quercus, Fagus and Corylus extended around the mire, with no signs of human impact. The establishment of the pile-dwelling, dated to ca. 5960 cal. yr BP, led to a strong reduction of forests, reclamation of wetlands, and expansion of herbaceous communities, with cultivated species, infestant weeds, nitrophilous and ruderal herbs, pastures and meadows. According to AMS dates and previous archaeological chronologies, the pile-dwelling persisted for about 700 years (from ca. 5960 to 5260 cal. yr BP). The history of the pile-dwelling after ca. 5260 cal. yr BP cannot be reconstructed because of recent contamination of the top part of the section. Rarefaction analysis was applied to estimate changes of palynological richness through time: the highest E(Tn) (between 56 and 69 taxa) are contemporaneous with the local development of the pile-dwelling. The comparison of pollen data with archaeobotanical evidence indicates that Fragaria vesca, Malus sylvestris, Papaver somniferum and Physalis alkekengi were gathered at some distance from the site and that Linum usitatissimum is strongly under-represented in pollen samples. Crop cultivation can be estimated for a radius of several hundred metres around the mire. Pal di Livenza is significant in the context of Neolithic archaeobotany of northern Italy and neighbouring countries. Copyright

  17. Novel mixed-linkage β-glucan activated by c-di-GMP in Sinorhizobium meliloti.

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    Pérez-Mendoza, Daniel; Rodríguez-Carvajal, Miguel Ángel; Romero-Jiménez, Lorena; Farias, Gabriela de Araujo; Lloret, Javier; Gallegos, María Trinidad; Sanjuán, Juan

    2015-02-17

    An artificial increase of cyclic diguanylate (c-di-GMP) levels in Sinorhizobium meliloti 8530, a bacterium that does not carry known cellulose synthesis genes, leads to overproduction of a substance that binds the dyes Congo red and calcofluor. Sugar composition and methylation analyses and NMR studies identified this compound as a linear mixed-linkage (1 → 3)(1 → 4)-β-D-glucan (ML β-glucan), not previously described in bacteria but resembling ML β-glucans found in plants and lichens. This unique polymer is hydrolyzed by the specific endoglucanase lichenase, but, unlike lichenan and barley glucan, it generates a disaccharidic → 4)-β-D-Glcp-(1 → 3)-β-D-Glcp-(1 → repeating unit. A two-gene operon bgsBA required for production of this ML β-glucan is conserved among several genera within the order Rhizobiales, where bgsA encodes a glycosyl transferase with domain resemblance and phylogenetic relationship to curdlan synthases and to bacterial cellulose synthases. ML β-glucan synthesis is subjected to both transcriptional and posttranslational regulation. bgsBA transcription is dependent on the exopolysaccharide/quorum sensing ExpR/SinI regulatory system, and posttranslational regulation seems to involve allosteric activation of the ML β-glucan synthase BgsA by c-di-GMP binding to its C-terminal domain. To our knowledge, this is the first report on a linear mixed-linkage (1 → 3)(1 → 4)-β-glucan produced by a bacterium. The S. meliloti ML β-glucan participates in bacterial aggregation and biofilm formation and is required for efficient attachment to the roots of a host plant, resembling the biological role of cellulose in other bacteria. PMID:25650430

  18. Development of the Global Disability Scale (Glo.Di.S): preliminary results

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    2012-01-01

    Background The assessment of functioning and disability is an important part of the clinical evaluation, since it measures disease burden and reflects the effectiveness of therapeutic planning and interventions. The aim of the current study was to develop such a self-report instrument on the basis of a review of the literature, and compatible with the WHO approach. Material and methods The review of the literature led to the development of the Global Disability Scale (Glo.Di.S) with 25 items assessing different aspects of disability. The study sample included 728 persons from vulnerable populations (homeless, jobless, very low income, single parent families etc.; (29.12% males and 70.88% females; aged 55.96??15.22?years). The protocol included also the STAI and the CES-D. The statistical analysis included factor analysis item analysis and ANCOVA. Results The factor analysis revealed the presence of 4 factors explaining 71% of total variance (Everyday functioning, Social and interpersonal functioning, Severity and Mental disability). Chronbachs alpha for the whole scale was 0.95 and for subscales were 0.740.94. Discussion The results of the current study suggest that the Glo.Di.S. has the potential to serve as a reliable and valid tool for assessing functioning and disability. Further research is needed to prove that it could be useful across countries, populations and diseases, and whether it provides data that are culturally meaningful and comparable. It can be used in surveys and in clinical research settings and it can generate information of use in evaluating health needs and the effectiveness of interventions to reduce disability and improve health. PMID:22594786

  19. Visualization of Caenorhabditis elegans cuticular structures using the lipophilic vital dye DiI.

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    Schultz, Robbie D; Gumienny, Tina L

    2012-01-01

    The cuticle of C. elegans is a highly resistant structure that surrounds the exterior of the animal(1-4). The cuticle not only protects the animal from the environment, but also determines body shape and plays a role in motility(4-6). Several layers secreted by epidermal cells comprise the cuticle, including an outermost lipid layer(7). Circumferential ridges in the cuticle called annuli pattern the length of the animal and are present during all stages of development(8). Alae are longitudinal ridges that are present during specific stages of development, including L1, dauer, and adult stages(2,9). Mutations in genes that affect cuticular collagen organization can alter cuticular structure and animal body morphology(5,6,10,11). While cuticular imaging using compound microscopy with DIC optics is possible, current methods that highlight cuticular structures include fluorescent transgene expression(12), antibody staining(13), and electron microscopy(1). Labeled wheat germ agglutinin (WGA) has also been used to visualize cuticular glycoproteins, but is limited in resolving finer cuticular structures(14). Staining of cuticular surface using fluorescent dye has been observed, but never characterized in detail(15). We present a method to visualize cuticle in live C. elegans using the red fluorescent lipophilic dye DiI (1,1'-dioctadecyl-3,3,3',3'-tetramethylindocarbocyanine perchlorate), which is commonly used in C. elegans to visualize environmentally exposed neurons. This optimized protocol for DiI staining is a simple, robust method for high resolution fluorescent visualization of annuli, alae, vulva, male tail, and hermaphrodite tail spike in C. elegans. PMID:22314613

  20. Cerreto di Spoleto (Umbria-Italy): Seismic amplification at the ENEA local array stations.

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    Rinaldis, Dario

    2008-07-01

    The Nerina valley, where Borgo Cerreto is located, is surrounded by the Apennine mount chain at the top of which lies the historical centre of Cerreto di Spoleto. The study is part of a research project aiming at analysing natural disasters and their impact on the Italian cultural heritage. Within the framework of this research project, local seismic records were analysed for both the carbonate ridge and the bordering alluvial valley. The choice of Cerreto di Spoleto as a test site derives from the analysis of Italian seismic hazard maps, obtained in terms of peak ground velocity and taking into account regional geology. The maps highlight the considerable seismic hazard which characterises the Apennine belt and its possible increase due to the effect of alluvial deposits. To this aim, ENEA installed in the 80's an accelerometric array (CODISMA up to 2000 and, in the following years, ETNA; for more detailed description see [1]. The 14 October event, was recorded both at the roof of CSM and at BCT stations. This is important to check the features observed comparing the FAS of acceleration at CSM and BCT during the 26 September events. Unfortunately the station at CSM basement did not record the above mentioned events but several aftershocks were recorded at each array station. Velocimetric records of both ambient noise and small-magnitude earthquakes were analysed in order to identify amplification conditions. The analysis was carried out in the time domain, through directional energy evaluation, and in the frequency domain, through H/V spectral ratios and spectral ratios with respect to a reference station.