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  1. Defective feedback regulation of NF-kappaB underlies Sjogren's syndrome in mice with mutated kappaB enhancers of the IkappaBalpha promoter.

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    Peng, Bailu; Ling, Jianhua; Lee, Andrew Joon; Wang, Zilai; Chang, Zhe; Jin, Wei; Kang, Ya'an; Zhang, Richard; Shim, David; Wang, Huamin; Fleming, Jason B; Zheng, Hui; Sun, Shao-Cong; Chiao, Paul J

    2010-08-24

    Feedback regulation of transcription factor NF-kappaB by its inhibitor IkappaBalpha plays an essential role in control of NF-kappaB activity. To understand the biological significance of IkappaBalpha-mediated feedback regulation of NF-kappaB, we generated mice harboring mutated kappaB enhancers in the promoter of the IkappaBalpha gene (IkappaBalpha(M/M)) to inhibit NF-kappaB-regulated IkappaBalpha expression. Here, we report that these mutant mice are defective in NF-kappaB-induced expression of IkappaBalpha. This defective feedback regulation of NF-kappaB by IkappaBalpha not only altered activity of NF-kappaB, but also the expression of NF-kappaB-regulated genes. As a result, IkappaBalpha(M/M), the homozygous knock-in mice with mutated kappaB enhancers in the IkappaBalpha promoter, acquire shorten life span, hypersensitivity to septic shock, abnormal T-cell development and activation, and Sjgren's Syndrome. These findings therefore demonstrate that the IkappaBalpha-mediated feedback regulation of NF-kappaB has an essential role in controlling T-cell development and functions, provide mechanistic insight into the development of Sjgren's Syndrome, and suggest the potential of NF-kappaB signaling as a therapeutic target for Sjgren's Syndrome and other autoimmune diseases. PMID:20696914

  2. Tandem shock waves to enhance genetic transformation of Aspergillus niger.

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    Loske, Achim M; Fernndez, Francisco; Magaa-Ortz, Denis; Coconi-Linares, Nancy; Ortz-Vzquez, Elizabeth; Gmez-Lim, Miguel A

    2014-08-01

    Filamentous fungi are used in several industries and in academia to produce antibiotics, metabolites, proteins and pharmaceutical compounds. The development of valuable strains usually requires the insertion of recombinant deoxyribonucleic acid; however, the protocols to transfer DNA to fungal cells are highly inefficient. Recently, underwater shock waves were successfully used to genetically transform filamentous fungi. The purpose of this research was to demonstrate that the efficiency of transformation can be improved significantly by enhancing acoustic cavitation using tandem (dual-pulse) shock waves. Results revealed that tandem pressure pulses, generated at a delay of 300 ?s, increased the transformation efficiency of Aspergillus niger up to 84% in comparison with conventional (single-pulse) shock waves. This methodology may also be useful to obtain new strains required in basic research and biotechnology. PMID:24680880

  3. Kappa-B like DNA-binding activity is enhanced after spaced training that induces long-term memory in the crab Chasmagnathus.

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    Freudenthal, R; Locatelli, F; Hermitte, G; Maldonado, H; Lafourcade, C; Delorenzi, A; Romano, A

    1998-02-20

    Regulation of gene expression has been involved in long-term memory consolidation. Present results support the role of Rel/ NFkappa-B like activation in this process. In the crab Chasmagnathus, the spaced presentation of 15 or more danger stimuli induces long-term habituation (LTH), while no LTH is observed after a massed training of 600 trials. When a group trained with 30 spaced trials was compared with a passive control group and massed trained groups, a higher level of specific Rel/kappa-B like DNA-binding activity was found in brain nuclear extracts. These results strongly suggest that the enhancement of Rel/kappa-B like DNA-binding activity in the brain is specifically related to LTH formation. PMID:9530926

  4. Hybrid tandem solar cell enhanced by a metallic hole-array as the intermediate electrode.

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    Zhang, Xuanru; Huang, Qiuping; Hu, Jigang; Knize, Randy J; Lu, Yalin

    2014-10-20

    A metallic hole-array structure was inserted into a tandem solar cell structure as an intermediate electrode, which allows a further fabrication of a novel and efficient hybrid organic-inorganic tandem solar cell. The inserted hole-array layer reflects the higher-energy photons back to the top cell, and transmits lower-energy photons to the bottom cell via the extraordinary optical transmission (EOT) effect. In this case light absorption in both top and bottom subcells can be simultaneously enhanced via both structural and material optimizations. Importantly, this new design could remove the constraints of requiring lattice-matching and current-matching between the used two cascaded subcells in a conventional tandem cell structure, and therefore, the tunnel junction could be no longer required. As an example, a novel PCBM/CIGS tandem cell was designed and investigated. A systematic modeling study was made on the structural parameter tuning, with the period ranging from a few hundreds nanometers to over one micrometer. Surface plasmon polaritons, magnetic plasmon polaritons, localized surface plasmons, and optical waveguide modes were found to participate in the EOT and the light absorption enhancement. Impressively, more than 40% integrated power enhancement can be achieved in a variable structural parameter range. PMID:25607297

  5. Ozone enhances diesel exhaust particles (DEP)-induced interleukin-8 (IL-8) gene expression in human airway epithelial cells through activation of nuclear factors- kappaB (NF-kappaB) and IL-6 (NF-IL6).

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    Kafoury, Ramzi M; Kelley, James

    2005-12-01

    Ozone, a highly reactive oxidant gas is a major component of photochemical smog. As an inhaled toxicant, ozone induces its adverse effects mainly on the lung. Inhalation of particulate matter has been reported to cause airway inflammation in humans and animals. Furthermore, epidemiological evidence has indicated that exposure to particulate matter (PM[2.5-10]), including diesel exhaust particles (DEP) has been correlated with increased acute and chronic respiratory morbidity and exacerbation of asthma. Previously, exposure to ozone or particulate matter and their effect on the lung have been addressed as separate environmental problems. Ozone and particulate matter may be chemically coupled in the ambient air. In the present study we determined whether ozone exposure enhances DEP effect on interleukin-8 (IL-8) gene expression in human airway epithelial cells. We report that ozone exposure (0.5 ppm x 1 hr) significantly increased DEP-induced IL-8 gene expression in A549 cells (117 +/- 19 pg/ml, n = 6, p < 0.05) as compared to cultures treated with DEP (100 microg/ml x 4 hr) alone (31 +/- 3 pg/ml, n = 6), or cultures exposed to purified air (24 +/- 6 pg/ml, n = 6). The increased DEP-induced IL-8 gene expression following ozone exposure was attributed to ozone-induced increase in the activity of the transcription factors NF-kappaB and NF-IL6. The results of the present study indicate that ozone exposure enhances the toxicity of DEP in human airway epithelial cells by augmenting IL-8 gene expression, a potent chemoattractant of neutrophils in the lung. PMID:16819095

  6. Plasmon enhancement of organic photovoltaic efficiency in tandem cells of pentacene/C 60

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    Pan, Shanlin; Rothberg, Lewis J.

    2007-09-01

    The effects of thin silver films embedded in a tandem pentacene/C 60 photovoltaic cell are investigated. A 2 nm Ag film improves the device's power efficiency under white light illumination from 0.32% to 1.11% by almost doubling its open circuit voltage and enhancing its short circuit current density. The doubled open circuit voltage is due to the formation of two separated photovoltaic pentacene/C 60 cells in series where discontinuous silver clusters provide carrier recombination centers. The increased photocurrent density is partly ascribed to improved charge separation and transport associated with the silver layer. In addition, wavelength dependent measurements suggest that plasmon-enhanced light absorption by pentacene due to surface plasmon resonance of silver nanoparticles contributes as much as a factor of 4 to the power efficiency near the plasmon resonance around 450 nm.

  7. Thrust Enhancement of Flapping Wings in Tandem and Biplane Configurations by Pure Plunging Motion

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    Yilmaz, S. Banu; Sahin, Mehmet; Unal, M. Fevzi

    2012-11-01

    The propulsion performance of flapping NACA0012 airfoils undergoing harmonic plunging motion in tandem and biplane wing configurations is investigated numerically. An unstructured finite volume solver based on Arbitrary Lagrangian-Eulerian formulation is utilized in order to solve the incompressible unsteady Navier-Stokes equations. Four different tandem and four different biplane wing combinations are considered. Various instantaneous and time-averaged aerodynamic parameters including lift and drag coefficients, vorticity contours and streamlines are calculated for each case and compared with each other. As a reference the single wing case corresponding to the deflected jet phenomenon in Jones and Platzer (Exp. Fluids 46:799-810, 2009) is also studied. In these simulations, the Reynolds number is chosen as 252, the reduced frequency of plunging motion (k = 2 ?f /U?) is 12.3 and the plunge amplitude non-dimensionalized with respect to chord is 0.12. The solutions of the single wing case indicate dependence on the location of start-up vortices. Meanwhile the multiple wing configurations indicate that the highest thrust enhancement is obtained in one of the biplane cases where the two wings closely moving towards each other namely biplane asynchronous-closer case.

  8. Enhancement of efficiencies for tandem green phosphorescent organic light-emitting devices with a p-type charge generation layer

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    Yoo, Byung Soo; Jeon, Young Pyo; Lee, Dae Uk; Kim, Tae Whan

    2014-10-15

    The operating voltage of the tandem green phosphorescent organic light-emitting device with a 1,4,5,8,9,11-hexaazatriphenylene-hexacarbonitrile layer was improved by 3% over that of the organic light-emitting device with a molybdenum trioxide layer. The maximum brightness of the tandem green phosphorescent organic light-emitting device at 21.9 V was 26,540 cd/m{sup 2}. The dominant peak of the electroluminescence spectra for the devices was related to the fac-tris(2-phenylpyridine) iridium emission. - Highlights: • Tandem OLEDs with CGL were fabricated to enhance their efficiency. • The operating voltage of the tandem OLED with a HAT-CN layer was improved by 3%. • The efficiency and brightness of the tandem OLED were 13.9 cd/A and 26,540 cd/m{sup 2}. • Efficiency of the OLED with a HAT-CN layer was lower than that with a MoO{sub 3} layer. - Abstract: Tandem green phosphorescent organic light-emitting devices with a 1,4,5,8,9,11-hexaazatriphenylene-hexacarbonitrile or a molybdenum trioxide charge generation layer were fabricated to enhance their efficiency. Current density–voltage curves showed that the operating voltage of the tandem green phosphorescent organic light-emitting device with a 1,4,5,8,9,11-hexaazatriphenylene-hexacarbonitrile layer was improved by 3% over that of the corresponding organic light-emitting device with a molybdenum trioxide layer. The efficiency and the brightness of the tandem green phosphorescent organic light-emitting device were 13.9 cd/A and 26,540 cd/m{sup 2}, respectively. The current efficiency of the tandem green phosphorescent organic light-emitting device with a 1,4,5,8,9,11-hexaazatriphenylene-hexacarbonitrile layer was lower by 1.1 times compared to that of the corresponding organic light-emitting device with molybdenum trioxide layer due to the decreased charge generation and transport in the 1,4,5,8,9,11-hexaazatriphenylene-hexacarbonitrile layer resulting from triplet–triplet exciton annihilation.

  9. Performance enhancement of existing two-stage sounding rocket vehicles through the use of tandem booster systems

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    Flores, C. C.; Gurkin, L. W.

    1982-01-01

    The three-stage Taurus-Nike-Tomahawk launch vehicle is being considered for performance enhancement of the existing Taurus-Tomahawk flight system. In addition, performance enhancement of other existing two-stage launch vehicles is being considered through the use of tandem booster systems. Aeroballistic characteristics of the proposed Taurus-Nike-Tomahawk vehicle are presented, as are overall performance capabilities of other potential three-stage flight systems.

  10. Two structurally distinct {kappa}B sequence motifs cooperatively control LPS-induced KC gene transcription in mouse macrophages

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    Ohmori, Y.; Fukumoto, S.; Hamilton, T.A.

    1995-10-01

    The mouse KC gene is an {alpha}-chemokine gene whose transcription is induced in mononuclear phagocytes by LPS. DNA sequences necessary for transcriptional control of KC by LPS were identified in the region flanking the transcription start site. Transient transfection analysis in macrophages using deletion mutants of a 1.5-kb sequence placed in front of the chloramphenicol acetyl transferase (CAT) gene identified an LPS-responsive region between residues -104 and +30. This region contained two {kappa}B sequence motifs. The first motif (position -70 to -59, {kappa}B1) is highly conserved in all three human GRO genes and in the mouse macrophage inflammatory protein-2 (MIP-2) gene. The second {kappa}B motif (position -89 to -78, {kappa}B2) was conserved only between the mouse and the rat KC genes. Consistent with previous reports, the highly conserved {kappa}B site ({kappa}B1) was essential for LPS inducibility. Surprisingly, the distal {kappa}B site ({kappa}B2) was also necessary for optimal response; mutation of either {kappa}B site markedly reduced sensitivity to LPS in RAW264.7 cells and to TNF-{alpha} in NIH 3T3 fibroblasts. Although both {kappa}B1 and {kappa}B2 sequences were able to bind members of the Rel homology family, including NF{kappa}B1 (P50), RelA (65), and c-Rel, the {kappa}B1 site bound these factors with higher affinity and functioned more effectively than the {kappa}B2 site in a heterologous promoter. These findings demonstrate that transcriptional control of the KC gene requires cooperation between two {kappa}B sites and is thus distinct from that of the three human GRO genes and the mouse MIP-2 gene. 71 refs., 8 figs.

  11. Microcavity-enhanced light-trapping for highly efficient organic parallel tandem solar cells.

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    Zuo, Lijian; Chueh, Chu-Chen; Xu, Yun-Xiang; Chen, Kung-Shih; Zang, Yue; Li, Chang-Zhi; Chen, Hongzheng; Jen, Alex K-Y

    2014-10-22

    A high-performance parallel tandem solar cell employing ultra-thin Ag as the intermediate anode is demonstrated, which comprises a semitransparent front sub-cell and a microcavity assisted back sub-cell. In addition to the extended optical field as a result of the tandem architecture, the prominent microcavity resonance formed in the back sub-cell enables such a parallel tandem configuration to possess high light utilization efficiency (the peak EQE value is over 80%) and a high photovoltaic performance of 9.2%. This study establishes an effective architecture that can be generally applicable to all organic materials for improving their performance. PMID:25168104

  12. MEASUREMENT OF PYRETHROID RESIDUES IN ENVIRONMENTAL AND FOOD SAMPLES BY ENHANCED SOLVENT EXTRACTION/SUPERCRITICAL FLUID EXTRACTION COUPLED WITH GAS CHROMATOGRAPHY-TANDEM MASS SPECTROMETRY

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    The abstract summarizes pyrethorid methods development research. It provides a summary of sample preparation and analytical techniques such as supercritical fluid extraction, enhance solvent extraction, gas chromatography and tandem mass spectrometry.

  13. Performance enhancement in a-Si:H/?c-Si:H tandem solar cells with periodic microstructured surfaces.

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    Shen, Xiangqian; Wang, Qingkang; Wangyang, Peihua; Huang, Kun; Chen, Le; Liu, Daiming

    2015-04-01

    Here we report on an efficient light-coupling scheme with a periodic microstructured surface to enhance the performance of thin film silicon solar cells. The centerpiece of the surface structure is the hemispherical pit arrays (HPAs), which are fabricated using an inexpensive and scalable process. The integration of HPAs into micromorph tandem thin film silicon solar cells leads to superior broadband reflection suppression properties. With this design, the reflection losses of the tandem cell are reduced to only 1.5%. We demonstrate an efficiency increase from 11.67% to 12.23% compared to a conventional cell with a flat surface, with a 4.6% increase in short circuit current density. The surface microstructures reported here can be applied to a variety of photovoltaic devices to further improve their performance. PMID:25831315

  14. Engineering tandem single-chain Fv as cell surface reporters with enhanced properties of fluorescence detection.

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    Gallo, Eugenio; Snyder, Avin C; Jarvik, Jonathan W

    2015-10-01

    A recently described fluorescence biosensor platform utilizes single-chain Fv (scFvs) that selectively bind and activate fluorogen molecules. In this report we investigated the display of tandem scFv biosensors at the surface of mammalian cells with the aim of advancing current fluorescence detection strategies. We initially screened different peptide linkers to separate each scFv unit, and discovered that tandem proteins joined by either flexible or ?-helical linkers properly fold and display at the surface of mammalian cells. Accordingly, we performed a combinatorial scFv-dimer study and identified that fluorescence activation correlated with the cellular location (membrane distal versus proximal) and selections of the different scFvs. Furthermore, in vitro measurements showed that the stability of each scFv monomer unit influenced the folding and cell surface activities of tandem scFvs. Additionally, we investigated the absence or poor signals from some scFv-dimer combinations and discovered that intramolecular and intermolecular scFv chain mispairings led to protein misfolding and/or secretory-pathway-mediated degradation. Furthermore, when tandem scFvs were utilized as fluorescence reporter tags with surface receptors, the biosensor unit and target protein showed independent activities. Thus, the live cell application of tandem scFvs permitted advanced detection of target proteins via fluorescence signal amplification, Frster resonance energy transfer resulting in the increase of Stokes shift and multi-color vesicular traffic of surface receptors. PMID:25843939

  15. Ion Mobility Tandem Mass Spectrometry Enhances Performance of Bottom-up Proteomics

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    Helm, Dominic; Vissers, Johannes P. C.; Hughes, Christopher J.; Hahne, Hannes; Ruprecht, Benjamin; Pachl, Fiona; Grzyb, Arkadiusz; Richardson, Keith; Wildgoose, Jason; Maier, Stefan K.; Marx, Harald; Wilhelm, Mathias; Becher, Isabelle; Lemeer, Simone; Bantscheff, Marcus; Langridge, James I.; Kuster, Bernhard

    2014-01-01

    One of the limiting factors in determining the sensitivity of tandem mass spectrometry using hybrid quadrupole orthogonal acceleration time-of-flight instruments is the duty cycle of the orthogonal ion injection system. As a consequence, only a fraction of the generated fragment ion beam is collected by the time-of-flight analyzer. Here we describe a method utilizing postfragmentation ion mobility spectrometry of peptide fragment ions in conjunction with mobility time synchronized orthogonal ion injection leading to a substantially improved duty cycle and a concomitant improvement in sensitivity of up to 10-fold for bottom-up proteomic experiments. This enabled the identification of 7500 human proteins within 1 day and 8600 phosphorylation sites within 5 h of LC-MS/MS time. The method also proved powerful for multiplexed quantification experiments using tandem mass tags exemplified by the chemoproteomic interaction analysis of histone deacetylases with Trichostatin A. PMID:25106551

  16. Ion mobility tandem mass spectrometry enhances performance of bottom-up proteomics.

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    Helm, Dominic; Vissers, Johannes P C; Hughes, Christopher J; Hahne, Hannes; Ruprecht, Benjamin; Pachl, Fiona; Grzyb, Arkadiusz; Richardson, Keith; Wildgoose, Jason; Maier, Stefan K; Marx, Harald; Wilhelm, Mathias; Becher, Isabelle; Lemeer, Simone; Bantscheff, Marcus; Langridge, James I; Kuster, Bernhard

    2014-12-01

    One of the limiting factors in determining the sensitivity of tandem mass spectrometry using hybrid quadrupole orthogonal acceleration time-of-flight instruments is the duty cycle of the orthogonal ion injection system. As a consequence, only a fraction of the generated fragment ion beam is collected by the time-of-flight analyzer. Here we describe a method utilizing postfragmentation ion mobility spectrometry of peptide fragment ions in conjunction with mobility time synchronized orthogonal ion injection leading to a substantially improved duty cycle and a concomitant improvement in sensitivity of up to 10-fold for bottom-up proteomic experiments. This enabled the identification of 7500 human proteins within 1 day and 8600 phosphorylation sites within 5 h of LC-MS/MS time. The method also proved powerful for multiplexed quantification experiments using tandem mass tags exemplified by the chemoproteomic interaction analysis of histone deacetylases with Trichostatin A. PMID:25106551

  17. Enhanced absorption in tandem solar cells by applying hydrogenated In2O3 as electrode

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    Yin, Guanchao; Steigert, Alexander; Manley, Phillip; Klenk, Reiner; Schmid, Martina

    2015-11-01

    To realize the high efficiency potential of perovskite/chalcopyrite tandem solar cells in modules, hydrogenated In2O3 (IO:H) as electrode is investigated. IO:H with an electron mobility of 100 cm2 V-1 s-1 is demonstrated. Compared to the conventional Sn doped In2O3 (ITO), IO:H exhibits a decreased electron concentration and leads to almost no sub-bandgap absorption up to the wavelength of 1200 nm. Without a trade-off between transparency and lateral resistance in the IO:H electrode, the tandem cell keeps increasing in efficiency as the IO:H thickness increases and efficiencies above 22% are calculated. In contrast, the cells with ITO as electrode perform much worse due to the severe parasitic absorption in ITO. This indicates that IO:H has the potential to lead to high efficiencies, which is otherwise constrained by the parasitic absorption in conventional transparent conductive oxide electrode for tandem solar cells in modules.

  18. Tandem repeated application of organic solvents and sodium lauryl sulphate enhances cumulative skin irritation.

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    Schliemann, Sibylle; Schmidt, Christina; Elsner, Peter

    2014-01-01

    The objective of our study was to investigate the tandem irritation potential of two organic solvents with concurrent exposure to the hydrophilic detergent irritant sodium lauryl sulphate (SLS). A tandem repeated irritation test was performed with two undiluted organic solvents, cumene (C) and octane (O), with either alternating application with SLS 0.5% or twice daily application of each irritant alone in 27 volunteers on the skin of the back. The cumulative irritation induced over 4 days was quantified using visual scoring and non-invasive bioengineering measurements (skin colour reflectance, skin hydration and transepidermal water loss). Repeated application of C/SLS and O/SLS induced more decline of stratum corneum hydration and higher degrees of clinical irritation and erythema compared to each irritant alone. Our results demonstrate a further example of additive harmful skin effects induced by particular skin irritants and indicate that exposure to organic solvents together with detergents may increase the risk of acquiring occupational contact dermatitis. PMID:24457469

  19. Efficiency Enhancement Mechanisms in Tandem Organic Light-Emitting Devices Fabricated Utilizing a Mixed LCV: HAT-CN Layer Embedded Into a Charge Generation Layer.

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    Koh, Eun Im; Kim, Dae Hun; Kim, Tae Whan

    2015-10-01

    Tandem organic light-emitting devices (OLEDs) with a mixed organic n-type 4,4',4"-methylidynetris (N,N-dimethylaniline) and organic p-type 1,4,5,8,9,11-hexaazatriphenylenehexacarbonitrile layer embedded into a charge generation layer (CGL) were fabricated to enhance their current efficiency. The operating voltage of the tandem OLEDs with a mixed layer at 10 mA/cm2 was 1 V lower than that of the tandem OLEDs without a mixed layer due to the electrons generated from the mixed layer. The matrix-assisted laser desorption-ionization-time-of-flight mass spectrometer spectra clarified the charge generation behaviors of the mixed layer into the CGL. The current efficiency of the tandem OLEDs with a mixed layer at 10 mA/cm2 was 48.2 cd/A, which was much larger than that without a mixed layer. The increase in the current efficiency for the tandem OLEDs was attributed to the enhancement of the electron injection efficiency in a CGL resulting from the insertion of the mixed layer. PMID:26726486

  20. Role of nuclear factor kappaB in liver health and disease.

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    Robinson, Stuart M; Mann, Derek A

    2010-06-01

    NF-kappaB (nuclear factor kappaB) is a heterodimeric transcription factor that is constitutively expressed in all cell types and has a central role as a transcriptional regulator in response to cellular stress. In the present review, we discuss the role of NF-kappaB signalling in the maintenance of liver homoeostasis as well as in the pathogenesis of a wide variety of conditions affecting the liver, including viral hepatitis, steatohepatitis, cirrhosis and hepatocellular carcinoma. Much of the current knowledge of NF-kappaB signalling in the liver relates to the canonical pathway, the IKK [IkappaB (inhibitor of kappaB) kinase] complex and the RelA subunit. We explore the weaknesses of the experimental approaches to date and suggest that further work is needed to investigate in detail the discreet functions of each of the Rel subunits in liver physiology and disease. PMID:20350292

  1. Correction of errors in tandem mass spectrum extraction enhances phosphopeptide identification.

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    Hao, Piliang; Ren, Yan; Tam, James P; Sze, Siu Kwan

    2013-12-01

    The tandem mass spectrum extraction of phosphopeptides is more difficult and error-prone than that of unmodified peptides due to their lower abundance, lower ionization efficiency, the cofragmentation with other high-abundance peptides, and the use of MS(3) on MS(2) fragments with neutral losses. However, there are still no established methods to evaluate its correctness. Here we propose to identify and correct these errors via the combinatorial use of multiple spectrum extraction tools. We evaluated five free and two commercial extraction tools using Mascot and phosphoproteomics raw data from LTQ FT Ultra, in which RawXtract 1.9.9.2 identified the highest number of unique phosphopeptides (peptide expectation value <0.05). Surprisingly, ProteoWizzard (v. 3.0.3476) extracted wrong precursor mass for most MS(3) spectra. Comparison of the top three free extraction tools showed that only 54% of the identified spectra were identified consistently from all three tools, indicating that some errors might happen during spectrum extraction. Manual check of 258 spectra not identified from all three tools revealed 405 errors of spectrum extraction with 7.4% in selecting wrong precursor charge, 50.6% in selecting wrong precursor mass, and 42.1% in exporting MS/MS fragments. We then corrected the errors by selecting the best extracted MGF file for each spectrum among the three tools for another database search. With the errors corrected, it results in the 22.4 and 12.2% increase in spectrum matches and unique peptide identification, respectively, compared with the best single method. Correction of errors in spectrum extraction improves both the sensitivity and confidence of phosphopeptide identification. Data analysis on nonphosphopeptide spectra indicates that this strategy applies to unmodified peptides as well. The identification of errors in spectrum extraction will promote the improvement of spectrum extraction tools in future. PMID:24147958

  2. The nuclear factor kappa-B pathway in airway epithelium regulates neutrophil recruitment and host defence following Pseudomonas aeruginosa infection

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    Chen, S M; Cheng, D-S; Williams, B J; Sherrill, T P; Han, W; Chont, M; Saint-Jean, L; Christman, J W; Sadikot, R T; Yull, F E; Blackwell, T S

    2008-01-01

    Pseudomonas aeruginosa pneumonia usually results from a deficit of the innate immune system. To investigate whether inflammatory signalling by airway epithelial cells provides a pivotal line of defence against P. aeruginosa infection, we utilized two separate lines of inducible transgenic mice that express a constitutive activator of the nuclear factor kappa-B (NF-?B) pathway (IKTA) or a dominant inhibitor of NF-?B (DNTA) in airway epithelial cells. Compared with control mice, IKTA mice showed an enhanced host response to P. aeruginosa infection with greater neutrophil influx into the lungs, increased expression of Glu-Leu-Arg-positive (ELR+) CXC chemokines macrophage inflammatory protein-2 and keratinocyte chemoattractant (KC), superior bacterial clearance and improved survival at 24 h after infection. Neutrophil depletion abrogated the improvement in host defence identified in IKTA mice. In contrast, DNTA mice showed impaired responses to P. aeruginosa infection with higher bacterial colony counts in the lungs, decreased neutrophilic lung inflammation and lower levels of KC in lung lavage fluid. DNTA mice given recombinant KC at the time of P. aeruginosa infection demonstrated improved neutrophil recruitment to the lungs and enhanced bacterial clearance. Our data indicate that the NF-?B pathway in airway epithelial cells plays an essential role in defence against P. aeruginosa through generation of CXC chemokines and recruitment of neutrophils. PMID:18647324

  3. Pulsed Multiple Reaction Monitoring Approach to Enhancing Sensitivity of a Tandem Quadrupole Mass Spectrometer

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    Belov, Mikhail E.; Prasad, Satendra; Prior, David C.; Danielson, William F.; Weitz, Karl K.; Ibrahim, Yehia M.; Smith, Richard D.

    2011-02-23

    Liquid chromatography (LC)-triple quadrupole mass spectrometers operating in a Multiple Reaction Monitoring (MRM) mode are increasingly used for quantitative analysis of low abundance analytes in highly complex biochemical matrices. After development and selection of optimum MRM transition, sensitivity and data quality limitations are largely related to mass spectral peak interferences from sample or matrix constituents and statistical limitations at low number of ions reaching the detector. Herein, we report a new approach to enhancing MRM sensitivity by converting the continuous stream of ions from the ion source into a pulsed ion beam through the use of an Ion Funnel Trap (IFT). Evaluation of the pulsed MRM approach was performed with a tryptic digest of Shewanella oneidensis strain MR-1 spiked with several reference peptides. The sensitivity improvement observed with the IFT coupled to the triple quadrupole instrument is based on several unique features. First, ion accumulation in the radio frequency (RF) ion trap facilitates improved droplet desolvation, which is manifested in the reduced background ion noise at the detector. Second, signal amplitude for a given transition is enhanced because of an order-of-magnitude increase in the ion charge density per unit time compared to a continuous mode of operation. Third, signal detection at the full duty cycle is obtained, as the trap use eliminates dead times between transitions, which are inevitable with continuous ion streams. In comparison with the conventional approach, the pulsed MRM signals showed up to 5-fold enhanced peak amplitude and 2-3 fold reduced chemical background, resulting in an improvement in the limit of detection (LOD) by a factor of ~ 4 to ~ 8.

  4. Pulsed Multiple Reaction Monitoring Approach to Enhancing Sensitivity of a Tandem Quadrupole Mass Spectrometer

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    Belov, Mikhail E.; Prasad, Satendra; Prior, David C.; Danielson, William F.; Weitz, Karl; Ibrahim, Yehia M.; Smith, Richard D.

    2011-01-01

    Liquid chromatography (LC)–triple quadrupole mass spectrometers operating in a multiple reaction monitoring (MRM) mode are increasingly used for quantitative analysis of low-abundance analytes in highly complex biochemical matrixes. After development and selection of optimum MRM transitions, sensitivity and data quality limitations are largely related to mass spectral peak interferences from sample or matrix constituents and statistical limitations at low number of ions reaching the detector. Herein, we report on a new approach to enhancing MRM sensitivity by converting the continuous stream of ions from the ion source into a pulsed ion beam through the use of an ion funnel trap (IFT). Evaluation of the pulsed MRM approach was performed with a tryptic digest of Shewanella oneidensis strain MR-1 spiked with several model peptides. The sensitivity improvement observed with the IFT coupled in to the triple quadrupole instrument is based on several unique features. First, ion accumulation radio frequency (rf) ion trap facilitates improved droplet desolvation, which is manifested in the reduced background ion noise at the detector. Second, signal amplitude for a given transition is enhanced because of an order-of-magnitude increase in the ion charge density compared to a continuous mode of operation. Third, signal detection at the full duty cycle is obtained, as the trap use eliminates dead times between transitions, which are inevitable with continuous ion streams. In comparison with the conventional approach, the pulsed MRM signals showed 5-fold enhanced peak amplitude and 2–3-fold reduced chemical background, resulting in an improvement in the limit of detection (LOD) by a factor of ~4–8. PMID:21344863

  5. Derivatization of estrogens enhances specificity and sensitivity of analysis of human plasma and serum by liquid chromatography tandem mass spectrometry.

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    Faqehi, Abdullah M M; Cobice, Diego F; Naredo, Gregorio; Mak, Tracy C S; Upreti, Rita; Gibb, Fraser W; Beckett, Geoffrey J; Walker, Brian R; Homer, Natalie Z M; Andrew, Ruth

    2016-05-01

    Estrogens circulate at concentrations less than 20pg/mL in men and postmenopausal women, presenting analytical challenges. Quantitation by immunoassay is unreliable at these low concentrations. Liquid chromatography tandem mass spectrometry (LC-MS/MS) offers greater specificity and sometimes greater sensitivity, but ionization of estrogens is inefficient. Introduction of charged moieties may enhance ionization, but many such derivatives of estrogens generate non-specific product ions originating from the "reagent" group. Therefore an approach generating derivatives with product ions specific to individual estrogens was sought. Estrogens were extracted from human plasma and serum using solid phase extraction and derivatized using 2-fluoro-1-methylpyridinium-p-toluenesulfonate (FMP-TS). Electrospray in positive mode with multiple reaction monitoring using a QTrap 5500 mass spectrometer was used to quantify "FMP" derivatives of estrogens, following LC separation. Transitions for the FMP derivatives of estrone (E1) and estradiol (E2) were compound specific (m/z 362→238 and m/z 364→128, respectively). The limits of detection and quantitation were 0.2pg on-column and the method was linear from 1-400pg/sample. Measures of intra- and inter-assay variability, precision and accuracy were acceptable (<20%). The derivatives were stable over 24h at 10°C (7-9% degradation). Using this approach, E1 and E2, respectively were detected in human plasma and serum: pre-menopausal female serum (0.5mL) 135-473, 193-722pmol/L; male plasma (1mL) 25-111, 60-180pmol/L and post-menopausal female plasma (2mL), 22-78, 29-50pmol/L. Thus FMP derivatization, in conjunction with LC-MS/MS, is suitable for quantitative analysis of estrogens in low abundance in plasma and serum, offering advantages in specificity over immunoassay and existing MS techniques. PMID:26946022

  6. Tandem tracking

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    Biologist Sabrina Davenport tandem tracks the Lower Missouri River during high water on June 2, 2011.  Two boats (note boat out window) tracking in tandem can detect fish effectively across a wider river and can turn to search behind wing dikes and sandbars where sturgeon can hide during h...

  7. Identification of nuclear factor kappaB (NF-?B) binding motifs in Biomphalaria glabrata.

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    Humphries, Judith; Harter, Briana

    2015-12-01

    Biomphalaria glabrata acts as the intermediate host to the parasite, Schistosoma mansoni, and for this reason, the immune system of B. glabrata has been researched extensively. Several studies have demonstrated that the transcriptome profile of B. glabrata changes following exposure to a variety of pathogens, yet very little is known regarding the regulation of gene expression in this species. Nuclear factor kappaB (NF-?B) homologues have recently been identified in B. glabrata but few functional studies have been carried out on this family of transcription factors. The aims of this study therefore were to identify NF-?B binding sites (?B motifs) in B. glabrata and examine them via functional assays. Two different ?B motifs were predicted. Furthermore, the Rel homology domain (RHD) of a B. glabrata NF-?B was able to bind these ?B motifs in EMSAs, as well as a vertebrate ?B motif. PMID:26277107

  8. Efficient enhancement of hydrogen production by Ag/Cu2O/ZnO tandem triple-junction photoelectrochemical cell

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    Liu, Ying; Ren, Feng; Shen, Shaohua; Fu, Yanming; Chen, Chao; Liu, Chang; Xing, Zhuo; Liu, Dan; Xiao, Xiangheng; Wu, Wei; Zheng, Xudong; Liu, Yichao; Jiang, Changzhong

    2015-03-01

    Highly efficient semiconductor photoelectrodes for solar hydrogen production through photocatalytic water splitting are a promising and challenge solution to solve the energy problems. In this work, Ag/Cu2O/ZnO tandem triple-junction photoelectrode was designed and prepared. An increase of 11 times of photocurrent is achieved in the Ag/Cu2O/ZnO photoelectrode comparing to that of the Cu2O film. The high performance of the Ag/Cu2O/ZnO film is due to the optimized design of the tandem triple-junction structure, where the localized surface Plasmon resonance of Ag and the hetero-junctions efficiently absorb solar energy, produce, and separate electron-hole pairs in the photocathode.

  9. Calcium-sensing receptor gene transcription is up-regulated by the proinflammatory cytokine, interleukin-1beta. Role of the NF-kappaB PATHWAY and kappaB elements.

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    Canaff, Lucie; Hendy, Geoffrey N

    2005-04-01

    The calcium-sensing receptor (CASR) in parathyroid, thyroid, and kidney is essential for calcium homeostasis. Hypocalcemia is common in critically ill patients having increased circulating proinflammatory cytokines, although the causes are unknown. We hypothesized that the cytokines increase CASR expression and reduce the set point for parathyroid hormone suppression by extracellular calcium, leading to hypocalcemia and hypoparathyroidism. Here, we show in vivo in the rat that parathyroid, thyroid, and kidney CASR mRNA and protein increased after injection of interleukin-1beta. This was associated with decreased circulating parathyroid hormone, calcium, and 1,25-dihydroxyvitamin D levels. Interleukin-1beta stimulated endogenous CASR gene transcripts and transfected promoter reporter activity in human thyroid C-cells (TT cells) and kidney proximal tubule (HKC) cells. Cotransfection of NF-kappaB proteins enhanced activity of the reporter constructs, whereas cotransfection with inhibitor-kappaB or application of an NF-kappaB nuclear localization sequence peptide abrogated responsiveness to cytokine or NF-kappaB proteins. Mutagenesis of some, but not all, of the potential kappaB elements in the 5' part of the CASR gene led to loss of responsiveness to cytokine. These elements conferred cytokine responsiveness to a heterologous promoter, and in electrophoretic mobility shift assays, NF-kappaB complexes formed on the same three kappaB elements. In summary, the CASR gene has several functional kappaB elements that mediate its upregulation by proinflammatory cytokines and probably contribute to altered extracellular calcium homeostasis in the critically ill. PMID:15684428

  10. Systemic targeting inhibitor of kappaB kinase inhibits melanoma tumor growth.

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    Yang, Jinming; Pan, Wei-Hua; Clawson, Gary A; Richmond, Ann

    2007-04-01

    Constitutive activation of nuclear factor-kappaB (NF-kappaB) has been directly implicated in tumorigenesis of various cancer types, including melanoma. Inhibitor of kappaB kinase (IKK) functions as a major mediator of NF-kappaB activation. Thus, development of an IKK-specific inhibitor has been a high priority, although it remains unclear whether systemic inhibition of IKK will provide therapeutic benefit. In this study, we show that inhibition of NF-kappaB activity in melanocytes that are persistently expressing an active H-Ras(V12) gene and are deficient in the tumor suppressors inhibitor A of cyclin-dependent kinase 4/alternative reading frame results in reduction of melanoma tumor growth in vivo. This effect is, at least in part, via regulation of NF-kappaB nuclear activation and RelA phosphorylation. Based on this result, we developed a double hammerhead ribozyme long-term expression system to silence either IKKalpha or IKKbeta. The ribozymes were placed in an EBV construct and delivered i.v. to nude mice bearing melanoma lesions, which developed after i.v. injection of H-Ras-transformed melanoma cells. Our in vivo data show that knockdown of endogenous IKKbeta significantly reduces the growth of the melanoma lesions and knockdown of either IKKalpha or IKKbeta prolongs the life span of immunocompetent mice. PMID:17409419

  11. Absence of nuclear factor kappaB inhibition by NSAIDs in hepatocytes.

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    Callejas, Nuria A; Casado, Marta; Bosc, Lisardo; Martn-Sanz, Paloma

    2002-02-01

    Stimulation of fetal hepatocytes with proinflammatory cytokines and lipopolysaccharide promotes the expression of cyclooxygenase-2 (COX-2) and nitric oxide synthase-2 (NOS-2), whereas the hepatoma cell line HepG2 exhibits a behavior similar to that described for adult hepatocytes and only expresses NOS-2. The effect of nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) on the inflammatory onset was analyzed in these cells since in addition to the inhibition of cyclooxygenase activity, these drugs interfere with other signaling pathways related with the inflammatory response. Inhibition of nuclear factor kappaB (NF-kappaB) activation by aspirin and salicylate has been described in many cells. However, incubation of hepatic cells with salicylate, aspirin, indomethacin, ibuprofen, or 5,5-dimethyl-3(3-fluorophenyl)-4-(4-methylsulfonyl)phenyl-2(5H)-furanone (DFU), a fluorinated derivative of rofecoxib, failed to impair IkappaB kinase activity, the processing of NF-kappaB, and the expression of NF-kappaB-dependent genes, such as NOS-2. Moreover, selective COX-2 inhibitors did not promote apoptosis in hepatocytes under inflammatory conditions, suggesting that prostaglandins are not required to maintain cell viability. In conclusion, these data indicate that hepatocytes are not sensitive to NF-kappaB inhibition by NSAIDs and that these drugs, especially the COX-2 selective inhibitors, do not alter cell viability. PMID:11826407

  12. Vortex-assisted surfactant-enhanced emulsification liquid-liquid microextraction for the determination of carbamates in juices by micellar electrokinetic chromatography tandem mass spectrometry.

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    Moreno-Gonzlez, David; Huertas-Prez, Jos F; Garca-Campaa, Ana M; Gmiz-Gracia, Laura

    2015-07-01

    A new method based on vortex-assisted surfactant-enhanced-emulsification liquid-liquid microextraction has been developed for the extraction of carbamate pesticides in juice samples prior to their determination by micellar electrokinetic chromatography coupled to tandem mass spectrometry. This sample treatment allowed the satisfactory extraction and the extract clean-up of 25 carbamates from different fruit and vegetal juices (banana, tomato, and peach). In this study, the addition of ammonium perfluorooctanoate in the aqueous sample in combination with vortex agitation, provided very clean extracts with short extraction times. Under optimized conditions, recoveries of the proposed method for these pesticides from fortified juice samples ranged from 81% to 104%, with relative standard deviations lower than 15%. Limits of quantification were between 2.3gkg(-)(1) and 4.7gkg(-)(1), showing the high sensitivity of this fast and simple method. PMID:25882424

  13. Increased expression of nuclear factor kappa-B p65 subunit in adenomyosis

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    Park, Hana; Cho, Yoo Mi; Ihm, Hyo Jin; Oh, Young Sang; Hong, Seung Hwa; Chae, Hee Dong; Kim, Chung-Hoon; Kang, Byung Moon

    2016-01-01

    Objective Nuclear factor kappa-B (NF-κB) is a critical proinflammatory regulator that has been suggested to play a pivotal role in the pathogenesis and pathophysiology of endometriosis. In the present study, we aimed to evaluate whether the expression of NF-κB p65 subunit is increased in the eutopic endometrium and/or in the adenomyosis nodule of women with adenomyosis. Methods Thirty-three women with histologically confirmed adenomyosis after laparoscopic or transabdominal hysterectomy were recruited. Women with carcinoma in situ of uterine cervix without evidence of adenomyosis or endometriosis (n=32) served as controls. Formalin-fixed, paraffin-embedded archival tissues were sectioned and immunostained utilizing a monoclonal anti-human NF-κB p65 subunit antibody, and the immunoreactivity of NF-κB p65 subunit was compared between women with and without adenomyosis. Results The immunoreactivities of both the nuclear and the cytoplasmic NF-κB p65 subunit were significantly increased in the stromal cells in the eutopic endometrium as well as in the adenomyosis nodule of women with adenomyosis compared with controls, respectively. The nuclear expression of NF-κB p65 subunit was significantly higher in the glandular cells in the eutopic endometrium as well as the adenomyosis nodule of women with adenomyosis compared with controls, respectively. Conclusion The expression of NF-κB p65 is increased in the eutopic endometrium and adenomyosis nodule of women with adenomyosis, which strongly suggest that NF-κB plays a critical role in the pathogenesis and/or pathophysiology of adenomyosis. PMID:27004203

  14. Enhanced separation and characterization of deamidated peptides with RP-ERLIC-based multidimensional chromatography coupled with tandem mass spectrometry.

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    Hao, Piliang; Qian, Jingru; Dutta, Bamaprasad; Cheow, Esther Sok Hwee; Sim, Kae Hwan; Meng, Wei; Adav, Sunil S; Alpert, Andrew; Sze, Siu Kwan

    2012-03-01

    Deamidation of asparaginyl residues in proteins produces a mixture of asparaginyl, n-aspartyl, and isoaspartyl residues, which affects the proteins' structure, function, and stability. Thus, it is important to identify and quantify the products to evaluate the effects in biological systems. It is still a challenging task to distinguish between the n-Asp and isoAsp deamidation products in a proteome-wide analysis because of their similar physicochemical properties. The quantification of the isomeric deamidated peptides is also rather difficult because of their coelution/poor separation in reverse-phase liquid chromatography (RPLC). We here propose a RP-ERLIC-MS/MS approach for separating and quantifying on a proteome-wide scale the three products related to deamidation of the same peptide. The key to the method is the use of RPLC in the first dimensional separation and ERLIC (electrostatic repulsion-hydrophilic interaction chromatography) in the second, with direct online coupling to tandem MS. The coelution of the three deamidation-related peptides in RPLC is then an asset, as they are collected in the same fraction. They are then separated and identified in the second dimension with ERLIC, which separates peptides on the basis of both pI and GRAVY values. The coelution of the three products in RPLC and their efficient separation in ERLIC were validated using synthetic peptides, and the performance of ERLIC-MS/MS was tested using peptide mixtures from two proteins. Applying this sequence to rat liver tissue, we identified 302 unique N-deamidated peptides, of which 20 were identified via all three deamidation-related products and 70 of which were identified via two of them. PMID:22239700

  15. Fluoroquinolone residues in compost by green enhanced microwave-assisted extraction followed by ultra performance liquid chromatography tandem mass spectrometry.

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    Speltini, Andrea; Sturini, Michela; Maraschi, Federica; Viti, Simona; Sbarbada, Davide; Profumo, Antonella

    2015-09-01

    A novel, simple and straightforward method for determination of fluoroquinolones (FQs) in compost has been developed. The procedure entails a low-pressurized microwave-assisted extraction (MAE) carried out by a high performance instrument, in alkaline aqueous solution containing magnesium ions as FQs complexing agent, followed by ultra performance liquid chromatography tandem mass spectrometry (UPLC-MS). Ciprofloxacin (CIP), Enrofloxacin (ENR), Levofloxacin (LEV) and Norfloxacin (NOR), four widely used FQ antibiotics, were simultaneously extracted from compost by a single MAE cycle (20min, 135°C). The method was validated in terms of linearity, selectivity, sensitivity and accuracy. Quantitative absolute recovery (70-112%, n=3) and suitable precision (RSD<15%, n=3) were observed, at concentration levels ranging from 25 ng g(-1) to 2500 ng g(-1). Analytes were separated in a 10min chromatographic run and quantified/confirmed in single reaction monitoring (SRM) mode. UPLC coupled to SRM-MS detection allowed to achieve improved sensitivity, and selective detection. Method detection and quantification limits, MDLs and MQLs, were in the range 2.2-3.0 ng g(-1) and 6.6-9.0 ng g(-1), respectively. The high-performance microwave system here used strongly improved the extraction efficiency with respect to a conventional apparatus. The procedure proved to be simpler, less expensive, faster, and more green with respect to the few methods currently described in literature, providing at the same time suitable recovery and reproducibility. The analytical method has been applied to the analysis of actual compost samples, wherein FQs have been quantified at concentrations up to 88 ng g(-1). PMID:26250963

  16. Tandem betatron

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    Keinigs, Rhonald K. (Santa Fe, NM)

    1992-01-01

    Two betatrons are provided in tandem for alternately accelerating an electron beam to avoid the single flux swing limitation of conventional betatrons and to accelerate the electron beam to high energies. The electron beam is accelerated in a first betatron during a period of increasing magnetic flux. The eletron beam is extracted from the first betatron as a peak magnetic flux is reached and then injected into a second betatron at a time of minimum magnetic flux in the second betatron. The cycle may be repeated until the desired electron beam energy is obtained. In one embodiment, the second betatron is axially offset from the first betatron to provide for electron beam injection directly at the axial location of the beam orbit in the second betatron.

  17. Inhibition of nuclear factor kappa-B signaling reduces growth in medulloblastoma in vivo

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    2011-01-01

    Background Medulloblastoma is a highly malignant pediatric brain tumor that requires surgery, whole brain and spine irradiation, and intense chemotherapy for treatment. A more sophisticated understanding of the pathophysiology of medulloblastoma is needed to successfully reduce the intensity of treatment and improve outcomes. Nuclear factor kappa-B (NF?B) is a signaling pathway that controls transcriptional activation of genes important for tight regulation of many cellular processes and is aberrantly expressed in many types of cancer. Methods To test the importance of NF?B to medulloblastoma cell growth, the effects of multiple drugs that inhibit NF?B, pyrrolidine dithiocarbamate, diethyldithiocarbamate, sulfasalazine, curcumin and bortezomib, were studied in medulloblastoma cell lines compared to a malignant glioma cell line and normal neurons. Expression of endogenous NF?B was investigated in cultured cells, xenograft flank tumors, and primary human tumor samples. A dominant negative construct for the endogenous inhibitor of NF?B, I?B, was prepared from medulloblastoma cell lines and flank tumors were established to allow specific pathway inhibition. Results We report high constitutive activity of the canonical NF?B pathway, as seen by Western analysis of the NF?B subunit p65, in medulloblastoma tumors compared to normal brain. The p65 subunit of NF?B is extremely highly expressed in xenograft tumors from human medulloblastoma cell lines; though, conversely, the same cells in culture have minimal expression without specific stimulation. We demonstrate that pharmacological inhibition of NF?B in cell lines halts proliferation and leads to apoptosis. We show by immunohistochemical stain that phosphorylated p65 is found in the majority of primary tumor cells examined. Finally, expression of a dominant negative form of the endogenous inhibitor of NF?B, dnI?B, resulted in poor xenograft tumor growth, with average tumor volumes 40% smaller than controls. Conclusions These data collectively demonstrate that NF?B signaling is important for medulloblastoma tumor growth, and that inhibition can reduce tumor size and viability in vivo. We discuss the implications of NF?B signaling on the approach to managing patients with medulloblastoma in order to improve clinical outcomes. PMID:21492457

  18. Determination of Androgen Receptor Degradation Enhancer ASC-J9® in Mouse Sera and Organs with Liquid Chromatography Tandem Mass Spectrometry

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    Soh, Shu Fang; Huang, Chiung-Kuei; Lee, Soo Ok; Xu, Defeng; Yeh, Shuyuan; Li, Jun; Yong, Eu Leong; Gong, Yinhan; Chang, Chawnshang

    2013-01-01

    A novel androgen receptor (AR) degradation enhancer ASC-J9® has displayed beneficial effects during the in vitro and in vivo studies for treatment of prostate cancer, liver cancer, bladder cancer and spinal and bulbar muscular atrophy (SBMA). It works mainly by inducing the degradation of AR with minimal side effects on the tested mice. Here we developed a fast, robust and more sensitive method for the quantification of ASC-J9® in 100 μL of mouse serum by using liquid chromatography tandem mass spectrometry (LC-MS/MS). The limit of quantification (LOQ) was found to be 5nM for ASCJ9®. This method was successfully applied to investigate the pharmacokinetics of ASC-J9® in mice serum samples and also the distribution of the drug in various mice organs after single dose injection with results showing that ASC-J9® could be quickly absorbed in vivo and had a relatively slow elimination half-life of 5.45 h. The ASC-J9® also exhibited a higher tendency to accumulate in organs such as liver, testes and prostate. PMID:24042123

  19. Cytotoxic enhancement of a bispecific diabody by format conversion to tandem single-chain variable fragment (taFv): the case of the hEx3 diabody.

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    Asano, Ryutaro; Ikoma, Keiko; Shimomura, Ippei; Taki, Shintaro; Nakanishi, Takeshi; Umetsu, Mitsuo; Kumagai, Izumi

    2011-01-21

    Diabodies (Dbs) and tandem single-chain variable fragments (taFv) are the most widely used recombinant formats for constructing small bispecific antibodies. However, only a few studies have compared these formats, and none have discussed their binding kinetics and cross-linking ability. We previously reported the usefulness for cancer immunotherapy of a humanized bispecific Db (hEx3-Db) and its single-chain format (hEx3-scDb) that target epidermal growth factor receptor and CD3. Here, we converted hEx3-Db into a taFv format to investigate how format affects the function of a small bispecific antibody; our investigation included a cytotoxicity assay, surface plasmon resonance spectroscopy, thermodynamic analysis, and flow cytometry. The prepared taFv (hEx3-taFv) showed an enhanced cytotoxicity, which may be attributable to a structural superiority to the diabody format in cross-linking target cells but not to differences in the binding affinities of the formats. Comparable cross-linking ability for soluble antigens was observed among hEx3-Db, hEx3-scDb, and hEx3-taFv with surface plasmon resonance spectroscopy. Furthermore, drastic increases in cytotoxicity were found in the dimeric form of hEx3-taFv, especially when the two hEx3-taFv were covalently linked. Our results show that converting the format of small bispecific antibodies can improve their function. In particular, for small bispecific antibodies that target tumor and immune cells, a functional orientation that avoids steric hindrance in cross-linking two target cells may be important in enhancing the growth inhibition effect. PMID:21097496

  20. Enhanced SDC-assisted digestion coupled with lipid chromatography-tandem mass spectrometry for shotgun analysis of membrane proteome.

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    Lin, Yong; Wang, Kunbo; Liu, Zhonghua; Lin, Haiyan; Yu, Lijun

    2015-10-01

    Despite the biological importance of membrane proteins, their analysis has lagged behind that of soluble proteins and still presents a great challenge mainly because of their highly hydrophobic nature and low abundance. Sodium deoxycholate (SDC)-assisted digestion strategy has been introduced in our previous papers, which cleverly circumvents many of the challenges in shotgun membrane proteomics. However, it is associated with significant sample loss due to the slightly weaker extraction/solubilization ability of 1% SDC. In this study, an enhanced SDC-assisted digestion method (ESDC method) was developed that incorporates the almost strongest ability of SDC with a high concentration (5%) to lyse membrane and extract/solubilize hydrophobic membrane proteins, and then dilution to 1% for more efficient digestion. The comparative study using rat liver membrane-enriched sample showed that, compared with previous SDC-assisted method and the "universal" filter-aided sample preparation (FASP) method, the ESDC method not only increased the identified number of total proteins, membrane proteins, hydrophobic proteins, integral membrane proteins (IMPs) and IMPs with more than 5 transmembrane domains (TMDs) by an average of 10.8%, 13.2%, 17.8%, 17.9% and 52.9%, respectively, but also enhanced the identified number of total peptides and hydrophobic peptides by averagely 12.5% and 14.2%. These results demonstrated that the ESDC method provides a substantial improvement in the recovery and identification of membrane proteins, especially those with high hydrophobicity and multiple TMDs, and thereby displaying more potential for shotgun membrane proteomics. PMID:26319803

  1. Tandem assays of protein and glucose with functionalized core/shell particles based on magnetic separation and surface-enhanced Raman scattering.

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    Kong, Xianming; Yu, Qian; Lv, Zhongpeng; Du, Xuezhong

    2013-10-11

    Tandem assays of protein and glucose in combination with mannose-functionalized Fe3 O4 @SiO2 and Ag@SiO2 tag particles have promising potential in effective magnetic separation and highly sensitive and selective SERS assays of biomaterials. It is for the first time that tandem assay of glucose is developed using SERS based on the Con A-sandwiched microstructures between the functionalized magnetic and tag particles. PMID:23585333

  2. Tandem Fusion of Hepatitis B Core Antigen Allows Assembly of Virus-Like Particles in Bacteria and Plants with Enhanced Capacity to Accommodate Foreign Proteins

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    Peyret, Hadrien; Gehin, Annick; Thuenemann, Eva C.; Blond, Donatienne; El Turabi, Aadil; Beales, Lucy; Clarke, Dean; Gilbert, Robert J. C.; Fry, Elizabeth E.; Stuart, David I.; Holmes, Kris; Stonehouse, Nicola J.; Whelan, Mike; Rosenberg, William; Lomonossoff, George P.; Rowlands, David J.

    2015-01-01

    The core protein of the hepatitis B virus, HBcAg, assembles into highly immunogenic virus-like particles (HBc VLPs) when expressed in a variety of heterologous systems. Specifically, the major insertion region (MIR) on the HBcAg protein allows the insertion of foreign sequences, which are then exposed on the tips of surface spike structures on the outside of the assembled particle. Here, we present a novel strategy which aids the display of whole proteins on the surface of HBc particles. This strategy, named tandem core, is based on the production of the HBcAg dimer as a single polypeptide chain by tandem fusion of two HBcAg open reading frames. This allows the insertion of large heterologous sequences in only one of the two MIRs in each spike, without compromising VLP formation. We present the use of tandem core technology in both plant and bacterial expression systems. The results show that tandem core particles can be produced with unmodified MIRs, or with one MIR in each tandem dimer modified to contain the entire sequence of GFP or of a camelid nanobody. Both inserted proteins are correctly folded and the nanobody fused to the surface of the tandem core particle (which we name tandibody) retains the ability to bind to its cognate antigen. This technology paves the way for the display of natively folded proteins on the surface of HBc particles either through direct fusion or through non-covalent attachment via a nanobody. PMID:25830365

  3. Tandem fusion of hepatitis B core antigen allows assembly of virus-like particles in bacteria and plants with enhanced capacity to accommodate foreign proteins.

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    Peyret, Hadrien; Gehin, Annick; Thuenemann, Eva C; Blond, Donatienne; El Turabi, Aadil; Beales, Lucy; Clarke, Dean; Gilbert, Robert J C; Fry, Elizabeth E; Stuart, David I; Holmes, Kris; Stonehouse, Nicola J; Whelan, Mike; Rosenberg, William; Lomonossoff, George P; Rowlands, David J

    2015-01-01

    The core protein of the hepatitis B virus, HBcAg, assembles into highly immunogenic virus-like particles (HBc VLPs) when expressed in a variety of heterologous systems. Specifically, the major insertion region (MIR) on the HBcAg protein allows the insertion of foreign sequences, which are then exposed on the tips of surface spike structures on the outside of the assembled particle. Here, we present a novel strategy which aids the display of whole proteins on the surface of HBc particles. This strategy, named tandem core, is based on the production of the HBcAg dimer as a single polypeptide chain by tandem fusion of two HBcAg open reading frames. This allows the insertion of large heterologous sequences in only one of the two MIRs in each spike, without compromising VLP formation. We present the use of tandem core technology in both plant and bacterial expression systems. The results show that tandem core particles can be produced with unmodified MIRs, or with one MIR in each tandem dimer modified to contain the entire sequence of GFP or of a camelid nanobody. Both inserted proteins are correctly folded and the nanobody fused to the surface of the tandem core particle (which we name tandibody) retains the ability to bind to its cognate antigen. This technology paves the way for the display of natively folded proteins on the surface of HBc particles either through direct fusion or through non-covalent attachment via a nanobody. PMID:25830365

  4. Enhanced Methamphetamine Metabolism in Rhesus Macaque as Compared with Human: An Analysis Using a Novel Method of Liquid Chromatography with Tandem Mass Spectrometry, Kinetic Study, and Substrate Docking

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    Wang, Lei; Bosinger, Steven; Li, Junhao; Shah, Ankit; Gangwani, Mohitkumar; Nookala, Anantha; Liu, Xun; Cao, Lu; Jackson, Austin; Silverstein, Peter S.; Fox, Howard S.; Li, Weihua; Kumar, Anil

    2014-01-01

    Methamphetamine (MA), which remains one of the widely used drugs of abuse, is metabolized by the cytochrome P450 (P450) family of enzymes in humans. However, metabolism of methamphetamine in macaques is poorly understood. Therefore, we first developed and validated a very sensitive liquid chromatography with tandem mass spectrometry (LC-MS/MS) method using solid phase extraction of rhesus plasma with a lower limit of quantitation at 1.09 ng/ml for MA and its metabolites, 4-hydroxy methamphetamine (4-OH MA), amphetamine (AM), 4-OH amphetamine (4-OH AM), and norephedrine. We then analyzed plasma samples of MA-treated rhesus, which showed >10-fold higher concentrations of AM (∼29 ng/ml) and 4-OH AM (∼28 ng/ml) than MA (∼2 ng/ml). Because the plasma levels of MA metabolites in rhesus were much higher than in human samples, we examined MA metabolism in human and rhesus microsomes. Interestingly, the results showed that AM and 4-OH AM were formed more rapidly and that the catalytic efficiency (Vmax/Km) for the formation of AM was ∼8-fold higher in rhesus than in human microsomes. We further examined the differences in these kinetic characteristics using three selective inhibitors of each human CYP2D6 and CYP3A4 enzymes. The results showed that each of these inhibitors inhibited both d- and l-MA metabolism by 20%–60% in human microsomes but not in rhesus microsomes. The differences between human and rhesus CYP2D6 and CYP3A4 enzymes were further assessed by docking studies for both d and l-MA. In conclusion, our results demonstrated an enhanced MA metabolism in rhesus compared with humans, which is likely to be caused by differences in MA-metabolizing P450 enzymes between these species. PMID:25301936

  5. A Y-short tandem repeat specific DNA enhancement strategy to aid the analysis of late reported (? 6 days) sexual assault cases.

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    Hanson, Ek; Ballantyne, J

    2014-10-01

    The ability to obtain an autosomal short tandem repeat (STR) profile of the semen donor from the reproductive tract of a living victim rapidly diminishes as the post-coital interval increases. This is of concern where victims of sexual assault provide vaginal samples several days after the incident. In order to overcome the technological impediments inherent in autosomal DNA typing with extended interval samples, we previously employed the use of Y chromosome STR profiling which, by targeting only male DNA, can eliminate masking of the male profile (by the victim's alleles) or critical polymerase chain reaction reagent titration (due to excessive female DNA). Thus employing Y-STR profiling and additional enhancement strategies, we reported the ability to recover Y-STR profiles from samples collected 5 to 6 days after intercourse. However, the reproductive biology literature indicates that spermatozoa are found in the human cervix up to 7 to 10 days post coitus. Thus, even with improved extraction and profiling techniques, we failed to routinely recover profiles from samples collected ? 6 days after intercourse. The aim of the present work was to develop additional strategies to permit the recovery of male donor DNA profiles from ? 6 post-coital samples. Using nested polymerase chain reaction and DNA concentration procedures that together maximize the recovery and targeting of male DNA, we demonstrate the ability to obtain semen donor Y-STR profiles in extended interval post-coital samples collected 6 to 9 days after intercourse. This approaches the recognized time limits of sperm residence in the cervico-vaginal canal as described in the clinical literature. PMID:24526669

  6. Efficient enhancement of hydrogen production by Ag/Cu{sub 2}O/ZnO tandem triple-junction photoelectrochemical cell

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    Liu, Ying; Ren, Feng Chen, Chao; Liu, Chang; Xing, Zhuo; Liu, Dan; Xiao, Xiangheng; Wu, Wei; Zheng, Xudong; Liu, Yichao; Jiang, Changzhong; Shen, Shaohua; Fu, Yanming

    2015-03-23

    Highly efficient semiconductor photoelectrodes for solar hydrogen production through photocatalytic water splitting are a promising and challenge solution to solve the energy problems. In this work, Ag/Cu{sub 2}O/ZnO tandem triple-junction photoelectrode was designed and prepared. An increase of 11 times of photocurrent is achieved in the Ag/Cu{sub 2}O/ZnO photoelectrode comparing to that of the Cu{sub 2}O film. The high performance of the Ag/Cu{sub 2}O/ZnO film is due to the optimized design of the tandem triple-junction structure, where the localized surface Plasmon resonance of Ag and the hetero-junctions efficiently absorb solar energy, produce, and separate electron-hole pairs in the photocathode.

  7. Nuphar lutea thioalkaloids inhibit the nuclear factor kappaB pathway, potentiate apoptosis and are synergistic with cisplatin and etoposide.

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    Ozer, Janet; Eisner, Nadav; Ostrozhenkova, Elena; Bacher, Adelbert; Eisenreich, Wolfgang; Benharroch, Daniel; Golan-Goldhirsh, Avi; Gopas, Jacob

    2009-10-01

    We screened thirty-four methanolic plant extracts for inhibition of the constitutive nuclear factor kappaB (NFkappaB) activity by a NFkappaB-luciferase reporter gene assay. Strong inhibition of NFkappaB activity was found in extracts of leaf and rhizome from Nuphar lutea L. SM. (Nuphar). The inhibitory action was narrowed down to a mixture of thionupharidines and/or thionuphlutidines that were identified in chromatography fractions by one- and two-dimensional NMR analysis. Dimeric sesquiterpene thioalkaloids were identified as the major components of the mixture. The Nuphar alkaloids mixture (NUP) showed a dose dependent inhibition of NFkappaB activity in a luciferase reporter gene assay as well as reduction of nuclear NFkappaB subunits expression as tested by western blots and immunohistochemistry. Decreased DNA binding was demonstrated in electro mobility shift assays. NUP inhibited both inducible and constitutive NFkappaB activation and affected the canonical and alternative pathways. Suppression of NFkappaB was not cell type specific. Induction of apoptosis by the alkaloid mixture was demonstrated by time-dependent and dose-dependent cleavage of procaspase-9 and PARP. Synergistic cytotoxicity of the active mixture with cisplatin and etoposide was demonstrated. Overall, our results show that NUP inhibits the NFkappaB pathway and acts as a sensitizer to conventional chemotherapy, enabling the search for its specific target and application against cancer and inflammation. PMID:19713755

  8. Interference with nuclear factor kappaB signaling pathway by pathogen-encoded proteases: global and selective inhibition.

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    Hodgson, Andrea; Wan, Fengyi

    2016-02-01

    Pathogens have evolved a myriad of ways to abrogate and manipulate the host response to infections. Of the various mechanisms involved, pathogen-encoded and sometimes host-encoded proteases are an important category of virulence factors that cause robust changes on the host response by targeting key proteins along signaling cascades. The nuclear factor kappaB (NF-?B) signaling pathway is a crucial regulatory mechanism for the cell, controlling the expression of survival, immune and proliferation genes. Proteases from pathogens of almost all types have been demonstrated to target and cleave members of the NF-?B signaling pathway at nearly every level. This review provides discussion of proteases targeting the most abundant NF-?B subunit, p65, and the impact of protease-mediated p65 cleavage on the immune responses and survival of the infected host cell. After examining various examples of protease interference, it becomes evident that the cleavage fragments produced by pathogen-driven proteolytic processing should be further characterized to determine whether they have novel and unique functions within the cell. The selective targeting of p65 and its effect on gene transcription reveals unique mechanisms by which pathogens acutely alter their microenvironment, and further research may open new opportunities for novel therapeutics to combat pathogens. PMID:26449378

  9. Thermal-barrier production and indentification in a tandem mirror

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    Grubb, D.P.; Allen, S.L.; Casper, T.A.; Clauser, J.F.; Coensgen, F.H.; Correll, D.L.; Cummins, W.F.; Damm, C.C.; Foote, J.H.; Goodman, R.K.; Hill, D.N.; Hooper,Jr., E.B.; Hornady, R.S.; Hunt, A.L.; Kerr, R.G.; Leppelmeier, G.W.; Marilleau, J.; Moller, J.M.; Molvik, A.W.; Nexsen, W.E.; Pickles, W.L.; Porter, G.D.; Poulsen, P.; Silver, E.H.; Simonen, T.C.; Stallard, B.W.; Turner, W.C.; Hsu, W.L.; Yu, T.L.; Barter, J.D.; Christensen, T.; Dimonte, G.; Romesser, T.W.; Ellis, R.F.; James, R.A.; Lasnier, C.J.; Berzins, L.V.; Carter, M.R.; Clower, C.A.; Failor, B.H.; Falabella, S.; Flammer, M.; Nash, T.

    1984-08-20

    In thermal-barrier experiments in the tandem mirror experiment upgrade axial confinement times of 50 to 100 ms have been achieved. During enhanced confinement we measured the thermal-barrier potential profile using a neutral-particle-beam probe. The experimental data agree qualitatively and quantitatively with the theory of thermal-barrier formation in a tandem mirror.

  10. Activation of nuclear factor kappaB by polyamines in breast cancer cells.

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    Shah, N; Thomas, T; Shirahata, A; Sigal, L H; Thomas, T J

    1999-11-01

    Polyamines-putrescine, spermidine, and spermine-are involved in the growth of breast cancer cells. A possible target of polyamine action is at the site of interaction of transcription factors with their response elements. NF-kappaB is a member of the rel family of transcription factors that regulate transcription of genes in the proliferative/anti-apoptotic pathways. We performed electrophoretic mobility shift assays to study the role of polyamines in NF-kappaB binding to NF-kappaB response elements (NREs), the consensus sequence of which is GGGGAATTCCCC. Using cellular extract from MCF-7 breast cancer cells, we found very little binding of NF-kappaB to NRE in the absence of polyamines. Addition of 1 mM spermidine or spermine caused a 4- and 6-fold increase in NF-kappaB-NRE binding, respectively. Putrescine induced a 2-fold increase in the binding at 2 mM concentration. Using antibody supershift assays, we identified the p50 subunit of NF-kappaB to be a major component in NF-kappaB-NRE complex formation in the presence of polyamines. However, the decreased intensity of the band corresponding to NF-kappaB-NRE complex in the presence of anti-p65, c-rel, relB and p52 antibodies suggested the participation of these subunits also. Spermine also stimulated NF-kappaB-NRE binding using cellular extracts from other breast cancer cell lines and a normal breast epithelial cell line. A differential effect of spermine analogues on NF-kappaB-NRE binding was observed, with spermine exerting the maximal effect. CD spectra of NRE containing oligonucleotides was asymmetric and distinct from that of a typical B-DNA CD spectrum. A concentration-dependent increase in T(m) of the duplex NRE was seen in the presence of polyamines. In transient transfection experiments using an NF-kappaB driven secreted alkaline phosphatase (SEAP) reporter, spermine induced NF-kappaB activity by approximately 2-fold as compared to controls. Spermine induced activation of NF-kappaB was also confirmed using an NF-kappaB-EGFP (enhanced green fluorescent protein) vector in transient transfections in which expression of the green fluorescent protein was visualized by fluorescence microscopy. These data show a gene regulatory function of polyamines involving enhanced binding of NF-kappaB to NRE and a possible mechanism for the action of polyamines in breast cancer cell proliferation. PMID:10555958

  11. Tandem mobile robot system

    DOEpatents

    Buttz, James H.; Shirey, David L.; Hayward, David R.

    2003-01-01

    A robotic vehicle system for terrain navigation mobility provides a way to climb stairs, cross crevices, and navigate across difficult terrain by coupling two or more mobile robots with a coupling device and controlling the robots cooperatively in tandem.

  12. Orthogonal tandem catalysis

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    Lohr, Tracy L.; Marks, Tobin J.

    2015-06-01

    Tandem catalysis is a growing field that is beginning to yield important scientific and technological advances toward new and more efficient catalytic processes. 'One-pot' tandem reactions, where multiple catalysts and reagents, combined in a single reaction vessel undergo a sequence of precisely staged catalytic steps, are highly attractive from the standpoint of reducing both waste and time. Orthogonal tandem catalysis is a subset of one-pot reactions in which more than one catalyst is used to promote two or more mechanistically distinct reaction steps. This Perspective summarizes and analyses some of the recent developments and successes in orthogonal tandem catalysis, with particular focus on recent strategies to address catalyst incompatibility. We also highlight the concept of thermodynamic leveraging by coupling multiple catalyst cycles to effect challenging transformations not observed in single-step processes, and to encourage application of this technique to energetically unfavourable or demanding reactions.

  13. Thyrotropin modifies activation of nuclear factor kappaB by tumour necrosis factor alpha in rat thyroid cell line.

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    Kikumori, T; Kambe, F; Nagaya, T; Funahashi, H; Seo, H

    2001-01-01

    We have recently demonstrated that nuclear factor kappaB (NF-kappaB) mediates the tumour necrosis factor alpha (TNF-alpha)-dependent expression of the gene encoding interleukin 6 (IL-6) in rat thyroid FRTL-5 cells cultured in the presence of thyrotropin (TSH). In the present study we investigated how TSH is involved in the activation of NF-kappaB by TNF-alpha in the cells. Electrophoretic mobility-shift assay revealed that, in the absence of TSH, TNF-alpha activated a single protein-DNA complex containing the p50 subunit but not other NF-kappaB subunits such as p65. In contrast, two distinct protein-DNA complexes were activated in the presence of TSH: the faster-migrating complex contained only p50 subunit; the slower-migrating complex consisted of p65-p50 heterodimer. This TSH effect was mimicked by forskolin and thyroid-stimulating antibodies obtained from patients with Graves's disease, suggesting that an increase in intracellular cAMP is responsible for the induction of different NF-kappaBs by TNF-alpha. A transient transfection study with a luciferase reporter gene driven by multimerized NF-kappaB sites demonstrated that TNF-alpha increased the luciferase activities only in the presence of TSH, and that this increase was inhibited by the co-transfection of mutant p65, which prevented the function of wild-type p65 in a dominant-negative manner. Accordingly, TNF-alpha activated the expression of the IL-6 gene in the presence of TSH but not in its absence. Although the expression of the p105 gene, another known target for NF-kappaB, was increased by TNF-alpha in the absence of TSH, the presence of TSH further increased the mRNA level. Taken together, these observations indicate that the presence of TSH is crucial for the NF-kappaB-mediated actions of TNF-alpha on thyroid follicular cells. PMID:11237861

  14. Mutagenesis of 8-oxoguanine adjacent to an abasic site in simian kidney cells: tandem mutations and enhancement of G-->T transversions.

    PubMed

    Kalam, M Abul; Basu, Ashis K

    2005-08-01

    Clustered DNA damages are well-established characteristics of ionizing radiation. As a model clustered lesion in the same strand of DNA, we have evaluated the mutagenic potential of 8-oxoguanine (8-oxoG) adjacent to a uracil in simian kidney cells using a phagemid vector. The uracil residue would be excised by the enzyme uracil DNA glycosylase in vivo generating an abasic site (AP site). A solitary uracil in either GUGTC or GTGUC sequence context provided >60% progeny containing GTGTC indicating that dAMP incorporation opposite the AP site or uracil occurred, but a >30% population showed replacement of U by A, C, or G, which suggests that dTMP, dGMP, or dCMP incorporation also occurred, respectively, opposite the AP site. While the preference for targeted base substitutions at the GUG site was T > C > A > G, the same at the GUC site was T > A > C > G. We conclude that base incorporation opposite an AP site is sequence-dependent. For 8-oxoG, as compared to 23-24% G-->T mutants from a single 8-oxoG in a TG(8-oxo)T sequence context, the tandem lesions UG(8-oxo)T and TG(8-oxo)U generated approximately 60 and >85% progeny, respectively, that did not contain the TGT sequence. A significant fraction of tandem mutations were detected when uracil was adjacent to 8-oxoG. What we found most interesting is that the total targeted G(8-oxo)-->T transversions that included both single and tandem mutations at the TG(8-oxo)U site was nearly 60% relative to about 30% at the UG(8-oxo)T site. A higher mutational frequency at the TG(8-oxo)U sequence may arise from a change in DNA polymerase that is more error prone. Thermal melting experiments showed that the Tm for the 8-oxoG:C pair in the TG(8-oxo)(AP*) sequence in a 12-mer was lower than the same in a (AP*)G(8-oxo)T 12-mer with deltadeltaG 0.8 kcal/mol (where AP* represents tetrahydrofuran, the model abasic site). When the 8-oxoG:C pair in each sequence was compared with a 8-oxoG:A pair, the former was found to be more stable than the latter. The preference for C over A opposite 8-oxoG for the (AP*)G(8-oxo)T 12-mer duplex with a deltadeltaG of 1.6 kcal/mol dropped to 0.4 kcal/mol in the TG(8-oxo)(AP*) 12-mer duplex. This suggests that the polymerase discrimination to incorporate dCMP over dAMP would be less efficient in the TG(8-oxo)(AP*) sequence relative to (AP*)G(8-oxo)T. Additionally, the efficiency of recognition and excision of A opposite 8-oxoG by a mismatch repair protein may be impaired in the TG(8-oxo)(AP*) sequence context. PMID:16097791

  15. Supplemented vaccination with tandem repeat M2e virus-like particles enhances protection against homologous and heterologous HPAI H5 viruses in chickens.

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    Song, Byung-Min; Kang, Hyun-Mi; Lee, Eun-Kyoung; Jung, Suk Chan; Kim, Min-Chul; Lee, Yu-Na; Kang, Sang-Moo; Lee, Youn-Jeong

    2016-01-27

    Highly pathogenic avian influenza (HPAI) H5 viruses derived from A/Goose/Guangdong/1/96 have been continuously circulating globally, severely affecting the public health and poultry industries. The matrix 2 protein ectodomain (M2e) is considered a promising candidate for a universal cross-protective influenza vaccine that provides more effective control over HPAI H5 viruses harboring variant hemagglutinin (HA)-antigens. Here, we evaluated the protective efficacy of a tandem repeat construct of heterologous M2e presented on virus-like particles (M2e5x VLPs) either alone or as a supplement against HPAI H5 viruses in a chicken model. Chickens immunized with M2e5x VLPs alone induced M2e-specific antibodies but were not protected against HPAI H5. The homo- and cross-protective efficacy of M2e5x VLP-supplemented vaccination of chickens was also examined. Importantly, supplementation with M2e5x VLPs induced significantly higher levels of antibodies specific for M2e and different viruses as well as provided improved protection against homologous and heterologous HPAI H5 viruses. Considering the limited efficacy of inactivated vaccines, supplement vaccination with M2e5x VLPs may be an effective measure for preventing outbreaks of HPAI viruses that have the ability to constantly change their antigenic properties in poultry. PMID:26691568

  16. Possible involvement of IkappaB kinase 2 and MKK7 in osteoclastogenesis induced by receptor activator of nuclear factor kappaB ligand.

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    Yamamoto, Aiichiro; Miyazaki, Tsuyoshi; Kadono, Yuho; Takayanagi, Hiroshi; Miura, Toshiki; Nishina, Hiroshi; Katada, Toshiaki; Wakabayashi, Kenji; Oda, Hiromi; Nakamura, Kozo; Tanaka, Sakae

    2002-04-01

    Recent studies have revealed the essential role of the receptor activator of nuclear factor kappaB (NF-kappaB) ligand (RANKL) in osteoclast differentiation and activation. Adenovirus vector could efficiently transduce genes into RAW264.7 cells, which differentiate into osteoclast-like multinucleated cells in the presence of RANKL. The role of NF-kappaB and c-jun N-terminal kinase (JNK) activation in RANKL-induced osteoclast differentiation was investigated using an adenovirus vector carrying the dominant negative 1kappaB kinase 2 gene (AxIKK2DN) or dominant negative MKK7 gene (AxMKK7DN). IKK2DN and MKK7DN overexpression in RAW cells specifically suppressed the NF-kappaB activation and JNK activation in response to RANKL, respectively, without affecting other signaling pathways. Either inhibition of NF-kappaB or JNK pathways dose-dependently inhibited osteoclast formation induced by RANKL. These results suggest that both NF-kappaB and JNK activation are independently required for osteoclast differentiation. PMID:11918218

  17. Tandem mirror fusion research

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    Baldwin, D.E.

    1983-12-02

    The tandem mirror program has evolved considerably in the last decade. Of significance is the viable reactor concept embodied in the MARS design. An aggressive experimental program, culminating in the operation of MFTF-B in late 1986, will provide a firm basis for refining the MARS design as necessary for constructing a reactor prototype in the 1990s.

  18. Optimization of Recombinant Adeno-Associated Virus-Mediated Expression for Large Transgenes, Using a Synthetic Promoter and Tandem Array Enhancers.

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    Yan, Ziying; Sun, Xingshen; Feng, Zehua; Li, Guiying; Fisher, John T; Stewart, Zoe A; Engelhardt, John F

    2015-06-01

    The packaging capacity of recombinant adeno-associated viral (rAAV) vectors limits the size of the promoter that can be used to express the 4.43-kb cystic fibrosis transmembrane conductance regulator (CFTR) cDNA. To circumvent this limitation, we screened a set of 100-mer synthetic enhancer elements, composed of ten 10-bp repeats, for their ability to augment CFTR transgene expression from a short 83-bp synthetic promoter in the context of an rAAV vector designed for use in the cystic fibrosis (CF) ferret model. Our initial studies assessing transcriptional activity in monolayer (nonpolarized) cultures of human airway cell lines and primary ferret airway cells revealed that three of these synthetic enhancers (F1, F5, and F10) significantly promoted transcription of a luciferase transgene in the context of plasmid transfection. Further analysis in polarized cultures of human and ferret airway epithelia at an air-liquid interface (ALI), as well as in the ferret airway in vivo, demonstrated that the F5 enhancer produced the highest level of transgene expression in the context of an AAV vector. Furthermore, we demonstrated that increasing the size of the viral genome from 4.94 to 5.04 kb did not significantly affect particle yield of the vectors, but dramatically reduced the functionality of rAAV-CFTR vectors because of small terminal deletions that extended into the CFTR expression cassette of the 5.04-kb oversized genome. Because rAAV-CFTR vectors greater than 5 kb in size are dramatically impaired with respect to vector efficacy, we used a shortened ferret CFTR minigene with a 159-bp deletion in the R domain to construct an rAAV vector (AV2/2.F5tg83-fCFTR?R). This vector yielded an ?17-fold increase in expression of CFTR and significantly improved Cl(-) currents in CF ALI cultures. Our study has identified a small enhancer/promoter combination that may have broad usefulness for rAAV-mediated CF gene therapy to the airway. PMID:25763813

  19. Tandem resonator reflectance modulator

    DOEpatents

    Fritz, Ian J. (Albuquerque, NM); Wendt, Joel R. (Albuquerque, NM)

    1994-01-01

    A wide band optical modulator is grown on a substrate as tandem Fabry-Perot resonators including three mirrors spaced by two cavities. The absorption of one cavity is changed relative to the absorption of the other cavity by an applied electric field, to cause a change in total reflected light, as light reflecting from the outer mirrors is in phase and light reflecting from the inner mirror is out of phase with light from the outer mirrors.

  20. Tandem resonator reflectance modulator

    DOEpatents

    Fritz, I.J.; Wendt, J.R.

    1994-09-06

    A wide band optical modulator is grown on a substrate as tandem Fabry-Perot resonators including three mirrors spaced by two cavities. The absorption of one cavity is changed relative to the absorption of the other cavity by an applied electric field, to cause a change in total reflected light, as light reflecting from the outer mirrors is in phase and light reflecting from the inner mirror is out of phase with light from the outer mirrors. 8 figs.

  1. Insulin-like growth factor-I protects colon cancer cells from death factor-induced apoptosis by potentiating tumor necrosis factor alpha-induced mitogen-activated protein kinase and nuclear factor kappaB signaling pathways.

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    Remacle-Bonnet, M M; Garrouste, F L; Heller, S; André, F; Marvaldi, J L; Pommier, G J

    2000-04-01

    Resistance of cancer cells against apoptosis induced by death factors contributes to the limited efficiency of immune- and drug-induced destruction of tumors. We report here that insulin and insulin-like growth factor-I (IGF-I) fully protect HT29-D4 colon carcinoma cells from IFN-gamma/tumor necrosis factor-alpha (TNF) induced apoptosis. Survival signaling initiated by IGF-I was not dependent on the canonical survival pathway involving phosphatidylinositol 3'-kinase. In addition, neither pp70(S6K) nor protein kinase C conveyed IGF-I antiapoptotic function. Inhibition of mitogen-activated protein kinase (MAPK)/extracellular signal-regulated kinase (ERK) with the MAPK/ERK kinase inhibitor PD098059 and MAPK/p38 with the specific inhibitor SB203580 partially reversed, in a nonadditive manner, the IGF-I survival effect. Inhibition of nuclear factor kappaB (NF-kappaB) activity by preventing degradation of the inhibitor of NF-kappaB (IkappaB-alpha) with BAY 11-7082 also blocked in part the IGF-I antiapoptotic effect. However, the complete reversal of the IGF-I effect was obtained only when NF-kappaB and either MAPK/ERK or MAPK/p38 were inhibited together. Because these pathways are also those used by TNF to signal inflammation and survival, these data point to a cross talk between IGF-I- and TNF-induced signaling. We further report that TNF-induced IL-8 production was indeed strongly enhanced upon IGF-I addition, and this effect was totally abrogated by both MAPK and NF-kappaB inhibitors. The IGF-I antiapoptotic function was stimulus-dependent because Fas- and IFN/Fas-induced apoptosis was not efficiently inhibited by IGF-I. This was correlated with the weak ability of Fas ligation to enhance IL-8 production in the presence or absence of IGF-I. These findings indicate that the antiapoptotic function of IGF-I in HT29-D4 cells is based on the enhancement of the survival pathways initiated by TNF, but not Fas, and mediated by MAPK/p38, MAPK/ERK, and NF-kappaB, which act in concert to suppress the proapoptotic signals. In agreement with this model, we show that it was possible to render HT29-D4 cells resistant to Fas-induced apoptosis provided that IGF-I and TNF receptors were activated simultaneously. PMID:10766192

  2. Current results of the tandem mirror experiment

    SciTech Connect

    Drake, R.P.

    1980-04-09

    The basic operating characteristics of the Tandem Mirror Experiment, (TMX) at the Lawrence Livermore Laboratory in the USA have been established. Tandem-mirror plasmas have been produced using neutral-beam-fueled end plugs and a gas-fueled center cell. An axial potential well between the end plugs has been measured. There is direct evidence that this potential well enhances the axial confinement of the center-cell ions. The observed densities and loss currents are consistent with preliminary studies of the particle sources and losses near the magnetic axis. The observed confinement is consistent with theory when plasma fluctuations are low. When the requirement of drift-cyclotron loss-cone mode stability is violated, the plasma fluctuations degrade the center-cell confinement.

  3. Monolithic tandem solar cell

    DOEpatents

    Wanlass, Mark W. (Golden, CO)

    1994-01-01

    A single-crystal, monolithic, tandem, photovoltaic solar cell is described which includes (a) an InP substrate having upper and lower surfaces, (b) a first photoactive subcell on the upper surface of the InP substrate, (c) a second photoactive subcell on the first subcell; and (d) an optically transparent prismatic cover layer over the second subcell. The first photoactive subcell is GaInAsP of defined composition. The second subcell is InP. The two subcells are lattice matched.

  4. Monolithic tandem solar cell

    DOEpatents

    Wanlass, Mark W.

    1991-01-01

    A single-crystal, monolithic, tandem, photovoltaic solar cell is described which includes (a) an InP substrate having upper and lower surfaces, (b) a first photoactive subcell on the upper surface of the InP substrate, and (c) a second photoactive subcell on the first subcell. The first photoactive subcell is GaInAsP of defined composition. The second subcell is InP. The two subcells are lattice matched. The solar cell can be provided as a two-terminal device or a three-terminal device.

  5. Monolithic tandem solar cell

    DOEpatents

    Wanlass, M.W.

    1994-06-21

    A single-crystal, monolithic, tandem, photovoltaic solar cell is described which includes (a) an InP substrate having upper and lower surfaces, (b) a first photoactive subcell on the upper surface of the InP substrate, (c) a second photoactive subcell on the first subcell; and (d) an optically transparent prismatic cover layer over the second subcell. The first photoactive subcell is GaInAsP of defined composition. The second subcell is InP. The two subcells are lattice matched. 9 figs.

  6. Organic Tandem Solar Cells: Design and Formation

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    Chen, Chun-Chao

    In the past decade, research on organic solar cells has gone through an important development stage leading to major enhancements in power conversion efficiency, from 4% to 9% in single-junction devices. During this period, there are many novel processing techniques and device designs that have been proposed and adapted in organic solar-cell devices. One well-known device architecture that helps maximize the solar cell efficiency is the multi-junction tandem solar-cell design. Given this design, multiple photoactive absorbers as subcells are stacked in a monolithic fashion and assembled via series connection into one complete device, known as the tandem solar cell. Since multiple absorbers with different optical energy bandgaps are being applied in one tandem solar-cell device, the corresponding solar cell efficiency is maximized through expanded absorption spectrum and reduced carrier thermalization loss. In Chapter 3, the architecture of solution-processible, visibly transparent solar cells is introduced. Unlike conventional organic solar-cell devices with opaque electrodes (such as silver, aluminum, gold and etc.), the semi-transparent solar cells rely on highly transparent electrodes and visibly transparent photoactive absorbers. Given these two criteria, we first demonstrated the visibly transparent single-junction solar cells via the polymer absorber with near-infrared absorption and the top electrode based on solution-processible silver nanowire conductor. The highest visible transparency (400 ˜ 700 nm) of 65% was achieved for the complete device structure. More importantly, power conversion efficiency of 4% was also demonstrated. In Chapter 4, we stacked two semi-transparent photoactive absorbers in the tandem architecture in order to realize the semi-transparent tandem solar cells. A noticeable performance improvement from 4% to 7% was observed. More importantly, we modified the interconnecting layers with the incorporation of a thin conjugated polyelectrolyte layer functioning as the surface dipole formation layer to provide better electrical contact with the photoactive layer. Due to the effectiveness of the conjugated polyelectrolyte layer, performance improvement was also observed. Furthermore, other issues regarding the semi-transparent tandem solar cells (e.g., photocurrent matching, exterior color tuning, and transparency tuning) are all explored to optimize best performance. In Chapter 5 and 6, the architectures of double- and triple-junction tandem solar cells are explored. Theoretically, triple-junction tandem solar cells with three photoactive absorbers with cascaded energy bandgaps have the potential to achieve higher performance, in comparison with double-junction tandem solar cells. Such expectations can be ascribed to the minimized carrier thermalization loss and further improved light absorption. However, the design of triple-junction solar cells often involves sophisticated multiple layer deposition as well as substantial optimization. Therefore, there is a lack of successful demonstrations of triple-junction solar cells outperforming the double-junction counterparts. To solve the incompatible issues related to the layer deposition in the fabrication, we proposed a novel architecture of inverted-structure tandem solar cells with newly designed interconnecting layers. Our design of interconnecting layers does not only focus on maintaining the orthogonal solution processing advantages, but also provides an excellent compatibility in the energy level alignment to allow different absorber materials to be used. Furthermore, we also explored the light management inside the double- and triple-junction tandem solar cells. The study of light management was carried out through optical simulation method based transfer matrix formalism. The intention is to obtain a balanced photocurrent output from each subcells inside the tandem solar cell, thus the minimal recombination loss at the contact of interconnecting layers and the optimal efficiency can be expected. With help from simulations, we were able to calibrate the thickness of each photoactive layer as well as the thickness of interconnecting layers to achieve the optimized processing conditions. With the highest power conversion efficiency, 11.5%, triple-junction tandem solar cells outperform the double-junction tandem solar cells at 10.5%. In summary, this dissertation has provided practical solutions to the current demand of high-performance and easily manufactured organic solar cells from the solar cell industry. Particularly, triple-junction tandem solar cells with efficiencies over 11% should have great potential to contribute to high-efficiency solar-cell applications, whereas semi-transparent tandem solar cells with efficiency at 7% should be applicable to building-integrated applications.

  7. Tandems as injectors for synchrotrons

    SciTech Connect

    Ruggiero, A.G.

    1992-01-01

    This is a review on the use of Tandem electrostatic accelerators for injection and filling of synchrotrons to accelerate intense beams of heavy-ions to relativistic energies. The paper emphasizes the need of operating the Tandems in pulsed mode for this application. It has been experimentally demonstrated that at the present this type of accelerators still provides the most reliable and best performance.

  8. Tandems as injectors for synchrotrons

    SciTech Connect

    Ruggiero, A.G.

    1992-08-01

    This is a review on the use of Tandem electrostatic accelerators for injection and filling of synchrotrons to accelerate intense beams of heavy-ions to relativistic energies. The paper emphasizes the need of operating the Tandems in pulsed mode for this application. It has been experimentally demonstrated that at the present this type of accelerators still provides the most reliable and best performance.

  9. Collective Flow Enhancement by Tandem Flapping Wings

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    Gravish, Nick; Peters, Jacob M.; Combes, Stacey A.; Wood, Robert J.

    2015-10-01

    We examine the fluid-mechanical interactions that occur between arrays of flapping wings when operating in close proximity at a moderate Reynolds number (Re ?100 - 1000 ). Pairs of flapping wings are oscillated sinusoidally at frequency f , amplitude ?M, phase offset ? , and wing separation distance D*, and outflow speed v* is measured. At a fixed separation distance, v* is sensitive to both f and ? , and we observe both constructive and destructive interference in airspeed. v* is maximized at an optimum phase offset, ?max, which varies with wing separation distance, D*. We propose a model of collective flow interactions between flapping wings based on vortex advection, which reproduces our experimental data.

  10. Potential role of nuclear factor kappaB and reactive oxygen species in cAMP and cytokine regulation of surfactant protein-A gene expression in lung type II cells.

    PubMed

    Islam, Kazi Nazrul; Mendelson, Carole R

    2002-06-01

    The human surfactant protein-A2 (hSP-A2) gene is developmentally regulated, expressed in type II pneumonocytes, and induced by cAMP. cAMP induction of hSP-A2 expression is O2 dependent and mediated by increased phosphorylation, DNA binding, and transcriptional activation of thyroid transcription factor-1 (TTF-1). The TTF-1-binding element (TBE) at -175 bp contains a reverse-oriented nuclear factor-kappaB (NF-kappaB) binding site. IL-1 increased SP-A expression in lung type II cells and had additive stimulatory effects with cAMP. Nuclear extracts from cAMP- or IL-1-treated type II cells manifested increased binding to NF-kappaB consensus and TBE probes; cAMP and IL-1 had additive effects. Competitive and antibody supershift EMSA revealed that NF-kappaB and TTF-1 interact with TBE. IL-1 treatment of type II cells caused rapid (1 h) increases in nuclear levels of NF-kappaB (p50 and p65) and in binding to NF-kappaB and TBE probes; nuclear levels of TTF-1 were unaffected. Bt2cAMP increased binding to NF-kappaB and TBE probes more slowly; no changes in nuclear levels of p50, p65, or TTF-1 were evident, suggesting that IL-1 and cAMP act by different mechanisms. A role for endogenous NF-kappaB in cAMP and IL-1 regulation of SP-A was suggested by findings that dominant-negative forms of inhibitor of kappaB reduced binding of type II cell nuclear proteins to TBE and inhibited SP-A expression. In cotransfection assays, NF-kappaB and TTF-1 cooperatively interacted at TBE to stimulate SP-A promoter activity; this was further enhanced by IL-1. In coimmunoprecipitation assays using type II cell nuclear extracts, TTF-1 was found to interact with p65 in vivo. Finally, antioxidant inhibitors of NF-kappaB reduced type II cell nuclear protein binding to TBE and blocked stimulatory effects of cAMP on SP-A expression. This provides intriguing evidence that permissive effects of O2/reactive oxygen species on cAMP regulation of SP-A expression may be mediated by cooperative interactions of TTF-1 and NF-kappaB at the TBE. PMID:12040027

  11. Select paramyxoviral V proteins inhibit IRF3 activation by acting as alternative substrates for inhibitor of kappaB kinase epsilon (IKKe)/TBK1.

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    Lu, Lenette L; Puri, Mamta; Horvath, Curt M; Sen, Ganes C

    2008-05-23

    V accessory proteins from Paramyxoviruses are important in viral evasion of the innate immune response. Here, using a cell survival assay that identifies both inhibitors and activators of interferon regulatory factor 3 (IRF3)-mediated gene induction, we identified select paramyxoviral V proteins that inhibited double-stranded RNA-mediated signaling; these are encoded by mumps virus (MuV), human parainfluenza virus 2 (hPIV2), and parainfluenza virus 5 (PIV5), all members of the genus Rubulavirus. We showed that interaction between V and the IRF3/7 kinases, TRAF family member-associated NFkappaB activator (TANK)-binding kinase 1 (TBK1)/inhibitor of kappaB kinase epsilon (IKKe), was essential for this inhibition. Indeed, V proteins were phosphorylated directly by TBK1/IKKe, and this, intriguingly, resulted in lowering of the cellular level of V. Thus, it appears that V mimics IRF3 in both its phosphorylation by TBK1/IKKe and its subsequent degradation. Finally, a PIV5 mutant encoding a V protein that could not inhibit IKKe was much more susceptible to the antiviral effects of double-stranded RNA than the wild-type virus. Because many innate immune response signaling pathways, including those initiated by TLR3, TLR4, RIG-I, MDA5, and DNA-dependent activator of IRFs (DAI), use TBK1/IKKe as the terminal kinases to activate IRFs, rubulaviral V proteins have the potential to inhibit all of them. PMID:18362155

  12. Isoliquiritigenin Inhibits Metastatic Breast Cancer Cell-induced Receptor Activator of Nuclear Factor Kappa-B Ligand/Osteoprotegerin Ratio in Human Osteoblastic Cells

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    Lee, Sun Kyoung; Park, Kwang-Kyun; Kim, Ki Rim; Kim, Hyun-Jeong; Chung, Won-Yoon

    2015-01-01

    Bone destruction induced by the metastasis of breast cancer cells is a frequent complication that is caused by the interaction between cancer cells and bone cells. Receptor activator of nuclear factor kappa-B ligand (RANKL) and the endogenous soluble RANKL inhibitor, osteoprotegerin (OPG), directly play critical roles in the differentiation, activity, and survival of osteoclasts. In patients with bone metastases, osteoclastic bone resorption promotes the majority of skeletal-related events and propagates bone metastases. Therefore, blocking osteoclast activity and differentiation via RANKL inhibition can be a promising therapeutic approach for cancer-associated bone diseases. We investigated the potential of isoliquiritigenin (ISL), which has anti-proliferative, anti-angiogenic, and anti-invasive effects, as a preventive and therapeutic agent for breast cancer cell-induced bone destruction. ISL at non-toxicity concentrations significantly inhibited the RANKL/OPG ratio by reducing the production of RANKL and restoring OPG production to control levels in hFOB1.19 cells stimulated with conditioned medium (CM) of MDA-MB-231 cells. In addition, ISL reduced the expression of cyclooxygenase-2 in hFOB1.19 cells stimulated by CM of MDA-MB-231 cells. Therefore, ISL may have inhibitory potential on breast cancer-induced bone destruction. PMID:26734591

  13. Fueling of tandem mirror reactors

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    Gorker, G.E.; Logan, B.G.

    1985-01-01

    This paper summarizes the fueling requirements for experimental and demonstration tandem mirror reactors (TMRs), reviews the status of conventional pellet injectors, and identifies some candidate accelerators that may be needed for fueling tandem mirror reactors. Characteristics and limitations of three types of accelerators are described; neutral beam injectors, electromagnetic rail guns, and laser beam drivers. Based on these characteristics and limitations, a computer module was developed for the Tandem Mirror Reactor Systems Code (TMRSC) to select the pellet injector/accelerator combination which most nearly satisfies the fueling requirements for a given machine design.

  14. 47 CFR 69.111 - Tandem-switched transport and tandem charge.

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    2011-10-01

    ... 47 Telecommunication 3 2011-10-01 2011-10-01 false Tandem-switched transport and tandem charge. 69... SERVICES (CONTINUED) ACCESS CHARGES Computation of Charges § 69.111 Tandem-switched transport and tandem...-switched transport shall consist of two rate elements, a transmission charge and a tandem switching...

  15. Ten tandem repeats of {beta}-hCG 109-118 enhance immunogenicity and anti-tumor effects of {beta}-hCG C-terminal peptide carried by mycobacterial heat-shock protein HSP65

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    Zhang Yankai; Yan Rong; He Yi; Liu Wentao; Cao Rongyue; Yan Ming; Li Taiming; Liu Jingjing; Wu Jie . E-mail: wu_jie97@yahoo.com.cn

    2006-07-14

    The {beta}-subunit of human chorionic gonadotropin ({beta}-hCG) is secreted by many kinds of tumors and it has been used as an ideal target antigen to develop vaccines against tumors. In view of the low immunogenicity of this self-peptide,we designed a method based on isocaudamer technique to repeat tandemly the 10-residue sequence X of {beta}-hCG (109-118), then 10 tandemly repeated copies of the 10-residue sequence combined with {beta}-hCG C-terminal 37 peptides were fused to mycobacterial heat-shock protein 65 to construct a fusion protein HSP65-X10-{beta}hCGCTP37 as an immunogen. In this study, we examined the effect of the tandem repeats of this 10-residue sequence in eliciting an immune by comparing the immunogenicity and anti-tumor effects of the two immunogens, HSP65-X10-{beta}hCGCTP37 and HSP65-{beta}hCGCTP37 (without the 10 tandem repeats). Immunization of mice with the fusion protein HSP65-X10-{beta}hCGCTP37 elicited much higher levels of specific anti-{beta}-hCG antibodies and more effectively inhibited the growth of Lewis lung carcinoma (LLC) in vivo than with HSP65-{beta}hCGCTP37, which should suggest that HSP65-X10-{beta}hCGCTP37 may be an effective protein vaccine for the treatment of {beta}-hCG-dependent tumors and multiple tandem repeats of a certain epitope are an efficient method to overcome the low immunogenicity of self-peptide antigens.

  16. Microstability of the TMX tandem mirror experiments

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    Casper, T.A.; Berzins, L.V.

    1987-08-01

    In the tandem mirror device, an efficient source of warm ions, the central cell, is available for stabilization of ion loss-cone instabilities. These instabilities previously limited ion confinement in single-cell mirror experiments. In the simple tandem mirror device, TMX, the drift cyclotron loss-cone (DCLC) mode was stabilized by plasma flow from the central cell into the end cell. However, to enhance the central-cell confinement and provide MHD stability, neutral beams were injected perpendicular to the magnetic field, which resulted in the excitation in the end cell of the Alfven ion-cyclotron (AIC) instability driven by plasma pressure and velocity distribution anisotropy. In the thermal-barrier experiment, TMX-U, the end-cell beams were injected at a 45/sup 0/ angle to the magnetic field to produce a sloshing-ion distribution, which is required to form the thermal barrier and the plugging potential. Ion distributions created by oblique injection were stable to the AIC mode and to the midplane (minimum magnetic field location) DCLC mode. However, an ion loss-cone instability remained at an axial location just outside the outboard peak of the sloshing-ion axial density profile, which is the density peak closest to the end wall. This mode can enhance the sloshing-ion loss rate, particularly at the lower levels of electron-cyclotron resonance heating (ECRH) used to form the thermal barrier. The stability to ion-cyclotron modes is critical to the performance of tandem mirrors and to designs for a mirror-based, high-fluence neutron source.

  17. Tandem Terminal Ion Source

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    2000-10-23

    OAK-B135 Tandem Terminal Ion Source. The terminal ion source (TIS) was used in several experiments during this reporting period, all for the {sup 7}Be({gamma}){sup 8}B experiment. Most of the runs used {sup 1}H{sup +} at terminal voltages from 0.3 MV to 1.5 MV. One of the runs used {sup 2}H{sup +} at terminal voltage of 1.4 MV. The other run used {sup 4}He{sup +} at a terminal voltage of 1.37 MV. The list of experiments run with the TIS to date is given in table 1 below. The tank was opened four times for unscheduled source repairs. On one occasion the tank was opened to replace the einzel lens power supply which had failed. The 10 kV unit was replaced with a 15 kV unit. The second time the tank was opened to repair the extractor supply which was damaged by a tank spark. On the next occasion the tank was opened to replace a source canal which had sputtered away. Finally, the tank was opened to replace the discharge bottle which had been coated with aluminum sputtered from the exit canal.

  18. Osteopontin is associated with nuclear factor {kappa}B gene expression during tail-suspension-induced bone loss

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    Ishijima, Muneaki; Ezura, Yoichi . E-mail: ezura.mph@mril.tmd.ac.jp; Tsuji, Kunikazu

    2006-10-01

    Osteoporosis due to unloading-induced bone loss is a critical issue in the modern aging society. Although the mechanisms underlying this phenomenon are largely unknown, osteopontin (OPN) is one of the critical mediators required for unloading-induced bone loss [M. Ishijima, S.R. Rittling, T. Yamashita, K. Tsuji, H. Kurosawa, A. Nifuji, D.T. Denhardt, and M. Noda, Enhancement of osteoclastic bone resorption and suppression of osteoblastic bone formation in response to reduced mechanical stress do not occur in the absence of osteopontin, J Exp Med, 193 (2001) 399-404]. To clarify the molecular bases for OPN actions, we carried out microarray analyses on the genes expressed in the femoral bone marrow cells in wild type and OPN-/- mice. The removal of the mechanical load induced bone loss in wild type, but not in OPN-/- mice, as previously reported. Expression analysis of 9586 cDNAs on a microarray system revealed that OPN deficiency blocked tail-suspension-induced expression of ten genes (group A). This observation was confirmed based on semi-quantitative RT-PCR analyses. On the other hand, expression of four genes (group B) was not altered by tail suspension in wild type but was enhanced in OPN-deficient mice. NF-{kappa}B p105 subunit gene (Nfkb1) was found in group A and Bax in group B. p53 gene expression was upregulated by tail suspension in wild type mice, but it was no longer observed in OPN-/- mice. These data indicate that OPN acts to mediate mechanical stress signaling upstream to the genes encoding apoptosis-related molecules, and its action is associated with alteration of the genes.

  19. Pharmacological benefit of I(1)-imidazoline receptors activation and nuclear factor kappa-B (NF-?B) modulation in experimental Huntington's disease.

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    Gupta, Surbhi; Sharma, Bhupesh

    2014-03-01

    Huntington's disease (HD), a neurodegenerative disorder, is characterized by progressive motor dysfunction, emotional disturbances, dementia, weight loss and anxiety. The tremendous amount of research work is required to identify new pharmacological agents of therapeutic utility to combat this condition. This study investigates the effect of selective modulator of I1-imidazoline receptor (moxonidine) as well as nuclear factor kappa-B (NF-?B) (natrium diethyl dithio carbamate trihydrate-NDDCT) on 3-nitropropionic acid (3-NPA) induced experimental HD condition. 3-NPA was used to induce mitochondrial damage and associated HD symptoms in rats. Anxiety was assessed using Elevated plus maze-EPM and learning-memory was assessed using EPM and Morris water maze-MWM. Different biochemical estimations were used to assess brain striatum oxidative stress (lipid peroxide, superoxide dismutase and catalase), nitric oxide levels (nitrite/nitrate), cholinergic activity (brain striatum acetyl cholinesterase activity), and mitochondrial enzyme complex (I, II and IV) activities. 3-NPA has induced anxiety, impaired learning-memory with a reduction in body weight, locomotor activity, grip strength. It has increased brain striatum acetylcholinesterase-AChE activity, oxidative stress (lipid peroxide, nitrite/nitrate, superoxide dismutase and catalase) and impaired mitochondrial complex enzyme (I, II and IV) activities. Tetrabenazine-TBZ (monoamine storage inhibitor) was used as positive control. Treatment with moxonidine, NDDCT and TBZ significantly attenuated 3-NPA induced reduction in body weight, locomotor activity, grip strength, anxiety as well as impaired learning and memory. Administration of these agents attenuated 3-NPA induced various biochemical impairments. Therefore, modulation of I1-imidazoline receptor as well as NF-?B may be considered as potential pharmacological agents for the management of 3-NPA induced HD. PMID:24582883

  20. Tandem Cylinder Noise Predictions

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    Lockhard, David P.; Khorrami, Mehdi R.; CHoudhari, Meelan M.; Hutcheson, Florence V.; Brooks, Thomas F.; Stead, Daniel J.

    2007-01-01

    In an effort to better understand landing-gear noise sources, we have been examining a simplified configuration that still maintains some of the salient features of landing-gear flow fields. In particular, tandem cylinders have been studied because they model a variety of component level interactions. The present effort is directed at the case of two identical cylinders spatially separated in the streamwise direction by 3.7 diameters. Experimental measurements from the Basic Aerodynamic Research Tunnel (BART) and Quiet Flow Facility (QFF) at NASA Langley Research Center (LaRC) have provided steady surface pressures, detailed off-surface measurements of the flow field using Particle Image Velocimetry (PIV), hot-wire measurements in the wake of the rear cylinder, unsteady surface pressure data, and the radiated noise. The experiments were conducted at a Reynolds number of 166 105 based on the cylinder diameter. A trip was used on the upstream cylinder to insure a fully turbulent shedding process and simulate the effects of a high Reynolds number flow. The parallel computational effort uses the three-dimensional Navier-Stokes solver CFL3D with a hybrid, zonal turbulence model that turns off the turbulence production term everywhere except in a narrow ring surrounding solid surfaces. The current calculations further explore the influence of the grid resolution and spanwise extent on the flow and associated radiated noise. Extensive comparisons with the experimental data are used to assess the ability of the computations to simulate the details of the flow. The results show that the pressure fluctuations on the upstream cylinder, caused by vortex shedding, are smaller than those generated on the downstream cylinder by wake interaction. Consequently, the downstream cylinder dominates the noise radiation, producing an overall directivity pattern that is similar to that of an isolated cylinder. Only calculations based on the full length of the model span were able to capture the complete decay in the spanwise correlation, thereby producing reasonable noise radiation levels.

  1. High-Efficiency Polycrystalline Thin Film Tandem Solar Cells.

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    Kranz, Lukas; Abate, Antonio; Feurer, Thomas; Fu, Fan; Avancini, Enrico; Lckinger, Johannes; Reinhard, Patrick; Zakeeruddin, Shaik M; Grtzel, Michael; Buecheler, Stephan; Tiwari, Ayodhya N

    2015-07-16

    A promising way to enhance the efficiency of CIGS solar cells is by combining them with perovskite solar cells in tandem devices. However, so far, such tandem devices had limited efficiency due to challenges in developing NIR-transparent perovskite top cells, which allow photons with energy below the perovskite band gap to be transmitted to the bottom cell. Here, a process for the fabrication of NIR-transparent perovskite solar cells is presented, which enables power conversion efficiencies up to 12.1% combined with an average sub-band gap transmission of 71% for photons with wavelength between 800 and 1000 nm. The combination of a NIR-transparent perovskite top cell with a CIGS bottom cell enabled a tandem device with 19.5% efficiency, which is the highest reported efficiency for a polycrystalline thin film tandem solar cell. Future developments of perovskite/CIGS tandem devices are discussed and prospects for devices with efficiency toward and above 27% are given. PMID:26266847

  2. Flow through cascades in tandem

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    Spraglin, William E

    1951-01-01

    An exact treatment of the problem of finding the incompressible, inviscid two-dimensional flow around two cascades in tandem is presented. The analysis includes solutions of both the direct and the inverse problems. These problems are solved by conformally mapping the tandem cascade onto the region between two concentric circles in which region there are suitably placed flow singularities. Formulas for the velocity and the potential in the annular region are presented in a closed form by means of elliptic functions. The equations are presented in a form suitable for computation.

  3. Phytochemicals of Aristolochia tagala and Curcuma caesia exert anticancer effect by tumor necrosis factor-α-mediated decrease in nuclear factor kappaB binding activity

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    Hadem, Khetbadei Lysinia Hynniewta; Sharan, Rajeshwar Nath; Kma, Lakhan

    2015-01-01

    Rationale: The active compounds or metabolites of herbal plants exert a definite physiological action on the human body and thus are widely used in human therapy for various diseases including cancer. Previous studies by our group have reported the anticarcinogenic properties of the two herbal plants extracts (HPE) of Aristolochia tagala (AT) Cham. and Curcuma caesia (CC) Roxb. in diethylnitrosamine-induced mouse liver cancer in vivo. The anticarcinogenic properties of these extracts may be due to the active compounds present in them. Objectives: Our objective was to analyze the phytochemical constituents present in AT and CC, to assay their antioxidant properties and to determine their role in a possible intervention on tumor progression. Materials and Methods: Qualitative and quantitative analysis of constituent with anticancer properties present in the crude methanol extract of the two plants CC and AT was carried out following standard methods. Separation of the phytochemical compounds was done by open column chromatography. The extracts were eluted out with gradients of chloroform-methanol solvents. Ultraviolet-visible spectra of individual fractions were recorded, and the fractions were combined based on their λmax. The free radical scavenging activity of crude extracts and fractions obtained was also determined; the radical scavenging activity was expressed as IC50. High-performance thin layer chromatography (HPTLC) analysis of fractionated compounds was carried out to identify partially the phytochemical compounds. The anti-inflammatory and anticancer activity of AT and CC extracts was studied in DEN induced BALB/c mice by analyzing the tumor necrosis factor-α (TNF-α) levels in serum and the nuclear factor kappaB (NF-κB) binding activity in nuclear extracts of the liver. Results: It was observed that both AT and CC contained compounds such as phenolics, tannins, flavonoids, terpenoids, etc., and both extracts exhibited antioxidant capacity. HPTLC analysis revealed the presence of phenolic compounds in CC and indicated the presence of anthocynidin 3-glycosides, 6-hydroxylated flavonols, some flavones and chalcone glycosides in AT and also confirmed the presence of compounds such as terpenes, phenols, steroids, and other organic compounds in CC and presence of flavonoids in AT. In vivo studies carried out in BALB/c mice showed that exposure to DEN caused an increase in TNF-α and NF-κB binding activity. The HPE (CC or AT) was seen to revert this effect. Conclusions: The current paper documents the antioxidant, anti-inflammatory, and anticancer activity of the two extracts probably through TNF-α-mediated decrease in NF-κB binding activity. The active components of AT and CC may act as the potential anticancer agents in hepatocellular carcinoma and warrants further investigation. PMID:26792956

  4. Asymmetric tandem organic solar cells

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    Howells, Thomas J.

    Organic photovoltaics (OPVs) is an area that has attracted much attention recently as a potential low cost, sustainable source of energy with a good potential for full-scale commercialisation. Understanding the factors that determine the efficiency of such cells is therefore a high priority, as well as developing ways to boost efficiency to commercially-useful levels. In addition to an intensive search for new materials, significant effort has been spent on ways to squeeze more performance out of existing materials, such as multijunction cells. This thesis investigates double junction tandem cells in the context of small molecule organic materials. . Two different organic electron donor materials, boron subphthalocyanine chloride (SubPc) and aluminium phthalocyanine chloride (ClAlPc) were used as donors in heterojunctions with C60 to create tandem cells for this thesis. These materials have been previously used for solar cells and the absorption spectra of the donor materials complement each other, making them good candidates for tandem cell architectures. The design of the recombination layer between the cells is considered first, with silver nanoparticles demonstrated to work well as recombination centres for charges from the front and back sub-cells, necessary to avoid a charge build-up at the interface. The growth conditions for the nanoparticles are optimised, with the tandem cells outperforming the single heterojunction architecture. Optical modelling is considered as a method to improve the understanding of thin film solar cells, where interference effects from the reflective aluminium electrode are important in determining the magnitude of absorption a cell can achieve. The use of such modelling is first demonstrated in hybrid solar cells based on a SubPc donor with a titanium oxide (TiOx) acceptor; this system is ideal for observing the effects of interference as only the SubPc layer has significant absorption. The modelling is then applied to tandem cells where it is used to predict the short-circuit current (Jsc) generation of the sub-cells, which is not accessible experimentally. Current-matching is then used to predict the Jsc of the complete tandem device. . As a support to the optical modelling, ellipsometry measurements of thin films of ClAlPc are presented. These films of known thickness are analysed to extract the complex refractive index for use in optical modelling calculations. A dependence of the complex refractive index on film thickness and substrate is also noted. Finally, the external quantum efficiency (EQE) technique is considered as applied to solar cells, and an additional method is proposed to characterise current balancing in asymmetric tandem cells under illumination. This technique is verified experimentally by two separate sets of data..

  5. Tandem-structured, hot electron based photovoltaic cell with double Schottky barriers

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    Lee, Young Keun; Lee, Hyosun; Park, Jeong Young

    2014-01-01

    We demonstrate a tandem-structured, hot electron based photovoltaic cell with double Schottky barriers. The tandem-structured, hot electron based photovoltaic cell is composed of two metal/semiconductor interfaces. Two types of tandem cells were fabricated using TiO2/Au/Si and TiO2/Au/TiO2, and photocurrent enhancement was detected. The double Schottky barriers lead to an additional pathway for harvesting hot electrons, which is enhanced through multiple reflections between the two barriers with different energy ranges. In addition, light absorption is improved by the band-to-band excitation of both semiconductors with different band gaps. Short-circuit current and energy conversion efficiency of the tandem-structured TiO2/Au/Si increased by 86% and 70%, respectively, compared with Au/Si metal/semiconductor nanodiodes, showing an overall solar energy conversion efficiency of 5.3%. PMID:24694838

  6. Polymer homo-tandem solar cells with best efficiency of 11.3%.

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    Zhou, Huiqiong; Zhang, Yuan; Mai, Cheng-Kang; Collins, Samuel D; Bazan, Guillermo C; Nguyen, Thuc-Quyen; Heeger, Alan J

    2015-03-11

    Rational materials design and interface engineering are both essential to realize a high performance for tandem cells. Two identical bulk heterojunctions are connected in series using novel interconnection layers combining pH-neutral conjugated polyelectrolytes and a thin film of ZnO nanoparticles by a solution process. The best performing tandem cells achieve a power conversion efficiency of 11.3%, with 25% enhancement in efficiency compared with single cells, which arises primarily from the increased light absorption. PMID:25645197

  7. MR-Tandem: parallel X!Tandem using Hadoop MapReduce on Amazon Web Services

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    Pratt, Brian; Howbert, J. Jeffry; Tasman, Natalie I.; Nilsson, Erik J.

    2012-01-01

    Summary: MR-Tandem adapts the popular X!Tandem peptide search engine to work with Hadoop MapReduce for reliable parallel execution of large searches. MR-Tandem runs on any Hadoop cluster but offers special support for Amazon Web Services for creating inexpensive on-demand Hadoop clusters, enabling search volumes that might not otherwise be feasible with the compute resources a researcher has at hand. MR-Tandem is designed to drop in wherever X!Tandem is already in use and requires no modification to existing X!Tandem parameter files, and only minimal modification to X!Tandem-based workflows. Availability and implementation: MR-Tandem is implemented as a lightly modified X!Tandem C++ executable and a Python script that drives Hadoop clusters including Amazon Web Services (AWS) Elastic Map Reduce (EMR), using the modified X!Tandem program as a Hadoop Streaming mapper and reducer. The modified X!Tandem C++ source code is Artistic licensed, supports pluggable scoring, and is available as part of the Sashimi project at http://sashimi.svn.sourceforge.net/viewvc/sashimi/trunk/trans_proteomic_pipeline/extern/xtandem/. The MR-Tandem Python script is Apache licensed and available as part of the Insilicos Cloud Army project at http://ica.svn.sourceforge.net/viewvc/ica/trunk/mr-tandem/. Full documentation and a windows installer that configures MR-Tandem, Python and all necessary packages are available at this same URL. Contact: brian.pratt@insilicos.com PMID:22072385

  8. Nanocrystal assembly for tandem catalysis

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    Yang, Peidong; Somorjai, Gabor; Yamada, Yusuke; Tsung, Chia-Kuang; Huang, Wenyu

    2014-10-14

    The present invention provides a nanocrystal tandem catalyst comprising at least two metal-metal oxide interfaces for the catalysis of sequential reactions. One embodiment utilizes a nanocrystal bilayer structure formed by assembling sub-10 nm platinum and cerium oxide nanocube monolayers on a silica substrate. The two distinct metal-metal oxide interfaces, CeO.sub.2--Pt and Pt--SiO.sub.2, can be used to catalyze two distinct sequential reactions. The CeO.sub.2--Pt interface catalyzed methanol decomposition to produce CO and H.sub.2, which were then subsequently used for ethylene hydroformylation catalyzed by the nearby Pt--SiO.sub.2 interface. Consequently, propanal was selectively produced on this nanocrystal bilayer tandem catalyst.

  9. ''Flute'' instability in tandem mirrors

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    Timofeev, A.V.

    1983-05-01

    This analysis is based on the circumstance that flute-like waves in the end mirror systems of a tandem mirror convert into Alfven waves in the central solenoid. The effect of the end regions on the Alfven waves can be taken into account through boundary conditions at the ends of the central mirror system. A two-dimensional differential wave equation describing the plasma oscillations in a tandem mirror is reduced to a one-dimensional integral equation which determines the radial structure of the flutes in the end regions. If the growth rate is sufficiently high, this integral equation transforms into a differential equation. If the flute waves are stabilized by finite-Larmor-radius effects, the energy transfer into the central mirror system through the excitation of Alfven waves drives an instability of negative-energy waves.

  10. "Nanocrystal bilayer for tandem catalysis"

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    Yamada, Yusuke; Tsung, Chia Kuang; Huang, Wenyu; Huo, Ziyang; E.Habas, Susan E; Soejima, Tetsuro; Aliaga, Cesar E; Samorjai, Gabor A; Yang, Peidong

    2011-01-24

    Supported catalysts are widely used in industry and can be optimized by tuning the composition and interface of the metal nanoparticles and oxide supports. Rational design of metal-metal oxide interfaces in nanostructured catalysts is critical to achieve better reaction activities and selectivities. We introduce here a new class of nanocrystal tandem catalysts that have multiple metal-metal oxide interfaces for the catalysis of sequential reactions. We utilized a nanocrystal bilayer structure formed by assembling platinum and cerium oxide nanocube monolayers of less than 10 nm on a silica substrate. The two distinct metal-metal oxide interfaces, CeO2-Pt and Pt-SiO2, can be used to catalyse two distinct sequential reactions. The CeO2-Pt interface catalysed methanol decomposition to produce CO and H2, which were subsequently used for ethylene hydroformylation catalysed by the nearby Pt-SiO2 interface. Consequently, propanal was produced selectively from methanol and ethylene on the nanocrystal bilayer tandem catalyst. This new concept of nanocrystal tandem catalysis represents a powerful approach towards designing high-performance, multifunctional nanostructured catalysts

  11. Tandem Filter Development for Thermophotovoltaic Energy Conversion from January 2003 to February 2006

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    Fourspring PM

    2007-03-19

    The intent of this report is to summarize the tandem filter development for spectral control of thermophotovoltaic energy conversion from January 2003 to the termination of the program in February 2006 and to closeout tandem filter development in order to capture the knowledge gained from the development effort. Over the last three years, the goals of the tandem filter development have been the following: (1) Study the limits of the design of the interference optical coatings component of a tandem filter in order to develop higher performance designs; (2) Enhance the fabrication process of the optical interference coatings to increase the fidelity with the intended design and allow more complex, higher performing designs; (3) Support TPV module testing by providing tandem filters and assembly assistance; (4) Identify and develop materials for optical interference coatings that are stable at higher temperatures than current materials; and (5) Improve the understanding of the directional and spectral reflectance and transmittance characterization of the completed tandem filters to insure the veracity of the characterization data and to provide useful feedback to the tandem filter development process. This development effort has been a collaboration between KAPL and its contracted development partner, Rugate Technologies Inc.

  12. Short Tandem Repeat DNA Internet Database

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    SRD 130 Short Tandem Repeat DNA Internet Database (Web, free access)   Short Tandem Repeat DNA Internet Database is intended to benefit research and application of short tandem repeat DNA markers for human identity testing. Facts and sequence information on each STR system, population data, commonly used multiplex STR systems, PCR primers and conditions, and a review of various technologies for analysis of STR alleles have been included.

  13. B-cell antigen receptor activates transcription factors NFAT (nuclear factor of activated T-cells) and NF-kappaB (nuclear factor kappaB) via a mechanism that involves diacylglycerol.

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    Antony, P; Petro, J B; Carlesso, G; Shinners, N P; Lowe, J; Khan, W N

    2004-02-01

    Engagement of the B-cell antigen receptor (BCR) induces the activation of various transcription factors, including NFAT (nuclear factor of activated T-cells) and NF-kappaB (nuclear factor kappaB), which participate in long-term biological responses such as proliferation, survival and differentiation of B-lymphocytes. We addressed the biochemical basis of this process using the DT40 chicken B-cell lymphoma. We discovered that Bruton's tyrosine kinase (BTK) and phospholipase C-gamma2 (PLC-gamma2) are required to activate NFAT and NF-kappaB, and to produce the lipid second messenger diacylglycerol in response to BCR cross-linking. Therefore the functional integrity of the BTK/PLC-gamma2/diacylglycerol signalling axis is crucial for BCR-directed activation of both transcription factors NFAT and NF-kappaB. PMID:14748726

  14. Detecting long tandem duplications in genomic sequences

    PubMed Central

    2012-01-01

    Background Detecting duplication segments within completely sequenced genomes provides valuable information to address genome evolution and in particular the important question of the emergence of novel functions. The usual approach to gene duplication detection, based on all-pairs protein gene comparisons, provides only a restricted view of duplication. Results In this paper, we introduce ReD Tandem, a software using a flow based chaining algorithm targeted at detecting tandem duplication arrays of moderate to longer length regions, with possibly locally weak similarities, directly at the DNA level. On the A. thaliana genome, using a reference set of tandem duplicated genes built using TAIR,a we show that ReD Tandem is able to predict a large fraction of recently duplicated genes (dS < 1) and that it is also able to predict tandem duplications involving non coding elements such as pseudo-genes or RNA genes. Conclusions ReD Tandem allows to identify large tandem duplications without any annotation, leading to agnostic identification of tandem duplications. This approach nicely complements the usual protein gene based which ignores duplications involving non coding regions. It is however inherently restricted to relatively recent duplications. By recovering otherwise ignored events, ReD Tandem gives a more comprehensive view of existing evolutionary processes and may also allow to improve existing annotations. PMID:22568762

  15. Tandem mirror technology demonstration facility

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    Not Available

    1983-10-01

    This report describes a facility for generating engineering data on the nuclear technologies needed to build an engineering test reactor (ETR). The facility, based on a tandem mirror operating in the Kelley mode, could be used to produce a high neutron flux (1.4 MW/M/sup 2/) on an 8-m/sup 2/ test area for testing fusion blankets. Runs of more than 100 h, with an average availability of 30%, would produce a fluence of 5 mW/yr/m/sup 2/ and give the necessary experience for successful operation of an ETR.

  16. Tandem junction amorphous silicon solar cells

    DOEpatents

    Hanak, Joseph J. (Lawrenceville, NJ)

    1981-01-01

    An amorphous silicon solar cell has an active body with two or a series of layers of hydrogenated amorphous silicon arranged in a tandem stacked configuration with one optical path and electrically interconnected by a tunnel junction. The layers of hydrogenated amorphous silicon arranged in tandem configuration can have the same bandgap or differing bandgaps.

  17. The construction of tandem dye-sensitized solar cells from chemically-derived nanoporous photoelectrodes

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    Choi, Hongsik; Hwang, Taehyun; Lee, Sangheon; Nam, Seunghoon; Kang, Joonhyeon; Lee, Byungho; Park, Byungwoo

    2015-01-01

    A tandem dye-sensitized solar cell (tandem-DSSC) was synthesized on the basis of thin-film semiconductor electrodes. The nanoporous p-type NiO films were successfully obtained by simultaneous deposition of Al and Ni, followed by selective etching of Al and oxidation. Likewise, the n-type photoanode was made where Ag was etched in nitric acid after the initial formation of Ag/TiO2 nanocomposites. Such dye-sensitized photoelectrodes were combined to construct a tandem solar cell which exhibited an enhanced open-circuit voltage. Also, the tandem devices were subjected to various light fluxes to correlate the experimental cell parameters (open-circuit voltage, short-circuit current, fill factor, recombination shunt resistance, etc.) with the ideal one-diode model. Interestingly, impedance spectra of the tandem cell was well matched with the parameters from each of the n-type or p-type DSSC, indicative of successfully-designed tandem structure.

  18. Tandem mass spectrometry: analysis of complex mixtures

    SciTech Connect

    Singleton, K.E.

    1985-01-01

    Applications of tandem mass spectrometry (MS/MS) for the analysis of complex mixtures results in increased specificity and selectivity by using a variety of reagent gases in both negative and positive ion modes. Natural isotopic abundance ratios were examined in both simple and complex mixtures using parent, daughter and neutral loss scans. MS/MS was also used to discover new compounds. Daughter scans were used to identify seven new alkaloids in a cactus species. Three of these alkaloids were novel compounds, and included the first simple, fully aromatic isoquinoline alkaloids reported in Cactaceae. MS/MS was used to characterize the chemical reaction products of coal in studies designed to probe its macromolecular structure. Negative ion chemical ionization was utilized to study reaction products resulting from the oxidation of coal. Possible structural units in the precursor coal were predicted based on the reaction products identified, aliphatic and aromatic acids and their anhydrides. The MS/MS method was also used to characterize reaction products resulting from coal liquefaction and/or extraction. These studies illustrate the types of problems for which MS/MS is useful. Emphasis has been placed on characterization of complex mixtures by selecting experimental parameters which enhance the information obtained. The value of using MS/MS in conjunction with other analytical techniques as well as the chemical pretreatment is demonstrated.

  19. Software dependability in the Tandem GUARDIAN system

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    Lee, Inhwan; Iyer, Ravishankar K.

    1995-01-01

    Based on extensive field failure data for Tandem's GUARDIAN operating system this paper discusses evaluation of the dependability of operational software. Software faults considered are major defects that result in processor failures and invoke backup processes to take over. The paper categorizes the underlying causes of software failures and evaluates the effectiveness of the process pair technique in tolerating software faults. A model to describe the impact of software faults on the reliability of an overall system is proposed. The model is used to evaluate the significance of key factors that determine software dependability and to identify areas for improvement. An analysis of the data shows that about 77% of processor failures that are initially considered due to software are confirmed as software problems. The analysis shows that the use of process pairs to provide checkpointing and restart (originally intended for tolerating hardware faults) allows the system to tolerate about 75% of reported software faults that result in processor failures. The loose coupling between processors, which results in the backup execution (the processor state and the sequence of events) being different from the original execution, is a major reason for the measured software fault tolerance. Over two-thirds (72%) of measured software failures are recurrences of previously reported faults. Modeling, based on the data, shows that, in addition to reducing the number of software faults, software dependability can be enhanced by reducing the recurrence rate.

  20. Diffractive intermediate layer enables broadband light trapping for high efficiency ultrathin c-Si tandem cells

    SciTech Connect

    Li, Guijun Ho, Jacob Y. L.; Li, He; Kwok, Hoi-Sing

    2014-06-09

    Light management through the intermediate reflector in the tandem cell configuration is of great practical importance for achieving high stable efficiency and also low cost production. So far, however, the intermediate reflectors employed currently are mainly focused on the light absorption enhancement of the top cell. Here, we present a diffractive intermediate layer that allows for light trapping over a broadband wavelength for the ultrathin c-Si tandem solar cell. Compared with the standard intermediate reflector, this nanoscale architectural intermediate layer results in a 35% and 21% remarkable enhancement of the light absorption in the top (400800?nm) and bottom (8001100?nm) cells simultaneously, and ultrathin c-Si tandem cells with impressive conversion efficiency of 13.3% are made on the glass substrate.

  1. Tandem Mirror Reactor Systems Code (Version I)

    SciTech Connect

    Reid, R.L.; Finn, P.A.; Gohar, M.Y.; Barrett, R.J.; Gorker, G.E.; Spampinaton, P.T.; Bulmer, R.H.; Dorn, D.W.; Perkins, L.J.; Ghose, S.

    1985-09-01

    A computer code was developed to model a Tandem Mirror Reactor. Ths is the first Tandem Mirror Reactor model to couple, in detail, the highly linked physics, magnetics, and neutronic analysis into a single code. This report describes the code architecture, provides a summary description of the modules comprising the code, and includes an example execution of the Tandem Mirror Reactor Systems Code. Results from this code for two sensitivity studies are also included. These studies are: (1) to determine the impact of center cell plasma radius, length, and ion temperature on reactor cost and performance at constant fusion power; and (2) to determine the impact of reactor power level on cost.

  2. Fractalkine (CX3CL1) stimulated by nuclear factor kappaB (NF-kappaB)-dependent inflammatory signals induces aortic smooth muscle cell proliferation through an autocrine pathway.

    PubMed Central

    Chandrasekar, Bysani; Mummidi, Srinivas; Perla, Rao P; Bysani, Sailaja; Dulin, Nickolai O; Liu, Feng; Melby, Peter C

    2003-01-01

    Fractalkine (also known as CX3CL1), a CX3C chemokine, activates and attracts monocytes/macrophages to the site of injury/inflammation. It binds to CX3C receptor 1 (CX3CR1), a pertussis toxin-sensitive G-protein-coupled receptor. In smooth muscle cells (SMCs), fractalkine is induced by proinflammatory cytokines [tumour necrosis factor-alpha (TNF-alpha) and interferon-gamma (IFN-gamma)], which may mediate monocyte adhesion to SMCs. However, the mechanisms underlying its induction are unknown. In addition, it is unlear whether SMCs express CX3CR1. TNF-alpha activated nuclear factor kappaB (NF-kappaB) and induced fractalkine and CX3CR1 expression in a time-dependent manner in rat aortic SMCs. Transient transfections with dominant-negative (dn) inhibitory kappaB (IkappaB)-alpha, dnIkappaB-beta, dnIkappaB kinase (IKK)-gamma, kinase-dead (kd) NF-kappaB-inducing kinase (NIK) and kdIKK-beta, or pretreatment with wortmannin, Akt inhibitor, pyrrolidinecarbodithioc acid ammonium salt ('PDTC') or MG-132, significantly attenuated TNF-alpha-induced fractalkine and CX3CR1 expression. Furthermore, expression of dn TNF-alpha-receptor-associated factor 2 (TRAF2), but not dnTRAF6, inhibited TNF-alpha signal transduction. Pretreatment with pertussis toxin or neutralizing anti-CX3CR1 antibodies attenuated TNF-alpha-induced fractalkine expression, indicating that fractalkine autoregulation plays a role in TNF-alpha-induced sustained fractalkine expression. Fractalkine induced its own expression, via pertussis toxin-sensitive G-proteins, phosphoinositide 3-kinase (PI 3-kinase), phosphoinositide-dependent kinase 1 (PDK1), Akt, NIK, IKK and NF-kappaB activation, and induced SMC cell-cell adhesion and cellular proliferation. Taken together, our results demonstrate that TNF-alpha induces the expression of fractalkine and CX3CR1 in rat aortic SMCs and that this induction is mediated by NF-kappaB activation. We also show that fractalkine induces its own expression, which is mediated by the PI 3-kinase/PDK1/Akt/NIK/IKK/NF-kappaB signalling pathway. More importantly, fractalkine increased cell-cell adhesion and aortic SMC proliferation, indicating a role in initiation and progression of atherosclerotic vascular disease. PMID:12729461

  3. Initial operation of ORIC with tandem injection

    SciTech Connect

    Ludemann, C.A.; Ball, J.B.; Beckers, R.M.; Cleary, T.P.; Hudson, E.D.; Lord, R.S.; Martin, J.A.; Milner, W.T.; Mosko, S.W.; Ziegler, N.F.

    1981-01-01

    Coupled operation of the 25 MV tandem and ORIC was achieved on January 27, 1981. The initial beam was 324 MeV /sup 16/O/sup 8 +/ followed shortly by oxygen at 400 MeV-the maximum design energy. Following additional installation and testing of the tandem, coupled operation for a nuclear physics experiment began in August. Performance of the system was in close agreement with that predicted from calculations.

  4. Small GTPase Rho signaling is involved in {beta}1 integrin-mediated up-regulation of intercellular adhesion molecule 1 and receptor activator of nuclear factor {kappa}B ligand on osteoblasts and osteoclast maturation

    SciTech Connect

    Hirai, Fumihiko; Nakayamada, Shingo; Okada, Yosuke; Saito, Kazuyoshi; Kurose, Hitoshi; Mogami, Akira; Tanaka, Yoshiya . E-mail: tanaka@med.uoeh-u.ac.jp

    2007-04-27

    We assessed the characteristics of human osteoblasts, focusing on small GTPase Rho signaling. {beta}1 Integrin were highly expressed on osteoblasts. Engagement of {beta}1 integrins by type I collagen augmented expression of intercellular adhesion molecule 1 (ICAM-1) and receptor activator of nuclear factor {kappa}B ligand (RANKL) on osteoblasts. Rho was activated by {beta}1 stimulation in osteoblasts. {beta}1 Integrin-induced up-regulation of ICAM-1 and RANKL was inhibited by transfection with adenoviruses encoding C3 transferase or pretreated with Y-27632, specific Rho and Rho-kinase inhibitors. Engagement of {beta}1 integrin on osteoblasts induced formation of tartrate-resistant acid phosphatase (TRAP)-positive multinuclear cells (MNC) in a coculture system of osteoblasts and peripheral monocytes, but this action was completely abrogated by transfection of C3 transferase. Our results indicate the direct involvement of Rho-mediated signaling in {beta}1 integrin-induced up-regulation of ICAM-1 and RANKL and RANKL-dependent osteoclast maturation. Thus, Rho-mediated signaling in osteoblasts seems to introduce major biases to bone resorption.

  5. Dendrobium moniliforme Exerts Inhibitory Effects on Both Receptor Activator of Nuclear Factor Kappa-B Ligand-Mediated Osteoclast Differentiation in Vitro and Lipopolysaccharide-Induced Bone Erosion in Vivo.

    PubMed

    Baek, Jong Min; Kim, Ju-Young; Ahn, Sung-Jun; Cheon, Yoon-Hee; Yang, Miyoung; Oh, Jaemin; Choi, Min Kyu

    2016-01-01

    Dendrobium moniliforme (DM) is a well-known plant-derived extract that is widely used in Oriental medicine. DM and its chemical constituents have been reported to have a variety of pharmacological effects, including anti-oxidative, anti-inflammatory, and anti-tumor activities; however, no reports discuss the beneficial effects of DM on bone diseases such as osteoporosis. Thus, we investigated the relationship between DM and osteoclasts, cells that function in bone resorption. We found that DM significantly reduced receptor activator of nuclear factor kappa-B ligand (RANKL)-induced tartrate-resistant acid phosphatase (TRAP)-positive osteoclast formation; DM directly induced the down-regulation of c-Fos and nuclear factor of activated T cells c1 (NFATc1) without affecting other RANKL-dependent transduction pathways. In the later stages of osteoclast maturation, DM negatively regulated the organization of filamentous actin (F-actin), resulting in impaired bone-resorbing activity by the mature osteoclasts. In addition, micro-computed tomography (μ-CT) analysis of the murine model revealed that DM had a beneficial effect on lipopolysaccharide (LPS)-mediated bone erosion. Histological analysis showed that DM attenuated the degradation of trabecular bone matrix and formation of TRAP-positive osteoclasts in bone tissues. These results suggest that DM is a potential candidate for the treatment of metabolic bone disorders such as osteoporosis. PMID:26938522

  6. 47 CFR 69.111 - Tandem-switched transport and tandem charge.

    Code of Federal Regulations, 2013 CFR

    2013-10-01

    ... 47 Telecommunication 3 2013-10-01 2013-10-01 false Tandem-switched transport and tandem charge. 69... 69.123, per-minute common transport charges described in paragraph (a)(1) of this section shall be... pricing zones as described in section 69.123, per-minute common transport charges described in...

  7. 47 CFR 69.111 - Tandem-switched transport and tandem charge.

    Code of Federal Regulations, 2012 CFR

    2012-10-01

    ... 47 Telecommunication 3 2012-10-01 2012-10-01 false Tandem-switched transport and tandem charge. 69... 69.123, per-minute common transport charges described in paragraph (a)(1) of this section shall be... pricing zones as described in section 69.123, per-minute common transport charges described in...

  8. 47 CFR 69.111 - Tandem-switched transport and tandem charge.

    Code of Federal Regulations, 2014 CFR

    2014-10-01

    ... 47 Telecommunication 3 2014-10-01 2014-10-01 false Tandem-switched transport and tandem charge. 69... 69.123, per-minute common transport charges described in paragraph (a)(1) of this section shall be... pricing zones as described in section 69.123, per-minute common transport charges described in...

  9. 47 CFR 69.111 - Tandem-switched transport and tandem charge.

    Code of Federal Regulations, 2010 CFR

    2010-10-01

    ... SERVICES (CONTINUED) ACCESS CHARGES Computation of Charges § 69.111 Tandem-switched transport and tandem... transport transmission charges may be distance-sensitive. Distance shall be measured as airline distance... section may be distance-sensitive. Distance shall be measured as airline distance between the...

  10. Development of a rapid capture-cum-detection method for Escherichia coli O157 from apple juice comprising nano-immunomagnetic separation in tandem with surface enhanced Raman scattering.

    PubMed

    Najafi, Roya; Mukherjee, Shubhasish; Hudson, Jim; Sharma, Anup; Banerjee, Pratik

    2014-10-17

    A combined capture and detection method comprising of nano-immunomagnetic separation (NIMS) and surface enhanced Raman spectroscopy (SERS) was developed to detect Escherichia coli O157 from liquid media including apple juice. The capture antibodies (cAbs) were immobilized on magnetite-gold (Fe3O4/Au) magnetic nanoparticles (MNPs) which were used for separation and concentration of the E. coli O157 cells from model liquid food matrix. The capture efficiency (CE) for E. coli O157 using MNP was found to be approximately 84-94%. No cross reactivity was observed with background non-target organisms. There was a significant difference in the mean CE of bacteria captured by MNP and commercially sourced immunomagnetic microbeads (p<0.05). For the detection of target pathogen, SERS labels were prepared by conjugating gold nanoparticles with Raman reporter molecules and the detector antibody (dAb). Au-Raman label-dAb was interacted with gold coated MNP-cAb-E. coli O157 complex. The ability of this immunoassay to detect E. coli O157 in apple juice was investigated. We have successfully applied the synthesized Fe3O4/Au nanoclusters to E. coli O157 detection in apple juice using the SERS method. The lowest detectable bacterial cell concentration in apple juice was 10(2)CFU/mL with a total analysis time of less than an hour. This method presents a convenient way of preconcentration, separation, and detection of low levels of target pathogen from liquid food matrix. PMID:25133877

  11. Microevolution of Cryptococcus neoformans driven by massive tandem gene amplification.

    TOXLINE Toxicology Bibliographic Information

    Chow EW; Morrow CA; Djordjevic JT; Wood IA; Fraser JA

    2012-08-01

    The subtelomeric regions of organisms ranging from protists to fungi undergo a much higher rate of rearrangement than is observed in the rest of the genome. While characterizing these ~40-kb regions of the human fungal pathogen Cryptococcus neoformans, we have identified a recent gene amplification event near the right telomere of chromosome 3 that involves a gene encoding an arsenite efflux transporter (ARR3). The 3,177-bp amplicon exists in a tandem array of 2-15 copies and is present exclusively in strains with the C. neoformans var. grubii subclade VNI A5 MLST profile. Strains bearing the amplification display dramatically enhanced resistance to arsenite that correlates with the copy number of the repeat; the origin of increased resistance was verified as transport-related by functional complementation of an arsenite transporter mutant of Saccharomyces cerevisiae. Subsequent experimental evolution in the presence of increasing concentrations of arsenite yielded highly resistant strains with the ARR3 amplicon further amplified to over 50 copies, accounting for up to ~1% of the whole genome and making the copy number of this repeat as high as that seen for the ribosomal DNA. The example described here therefore represents a rare evolutionary intermediate-an array that is currently in a state of dynamic flux, in dramatic contrast to relatively common, static relics of past tandem duplications that are unable to further amplify due to nucleotide divergence. Beyond identifying and engineering fungal isolates that are highly resistant to arsenite and describing the first reported instance of microevolution via massive gene amplification in C. neoformans, these results suggest that adaptation through gene amplification may be an important mechanism that C. neoformans employs in response to environmental stresses, perhaps including those encountered during infection. More importantly, the ARR3 array will serve as an ideal model for further molecular genetic analyses of how tandem gene duplications arise and expand.

  12. Microevolution of Cryptococcus neoformans driven by massive tandem gene amplification.

    PubMed

    Chow, Eve W L; Morrow, Carl A; Djordjevic, Julianne T; Wood, Ian A; Fraser, James A

    2012-08-01

    The subtelomeric regions of organisms ranging from protists to fungi undergo a much higher rate of rearrangement than is observed in the rest of the genome. While characterizing these ~40-kb regions of the human fungal pathogen Cryptococcus neoformans, we have identified a recent gene amplification event near the right telomere of chromosome 3 that involves a gene encoding an arsenite efflux transporter (ARR3). The 3,177-bp amplicon exists in a tandem array of 2-15 copies and is present exclusively in strains with the C. neoformans var. grubii subclade VNI A5 MLST profile. Strains bearing the amplification display dramatically enhanced resistance to arsenite that correlates with the copy number of the repeat; the origin of increased resistance was verified as transport-related by functional complementation of an arsenite transporter mutant of Saccharomyces cerevisiae. Subsequent experimental evolution in the presence of increasing concentrations of arsenite yielded highly resistant strains with the ARR3 amplicon further amplified to over 50 copies, accounting for up to ~1% of the whole genome and making the copy number of this repeat as high as that seen for the ribosomal DNA. The example described here therefore represents a rare evolutionary intermediate-an array that is currently in a state of dynamic flux, in dramatic contrast to relatively common, static relics of past tandem duplications that are unable to further amplify due to nucleotide divergence. Beyond identifying and engineering fungal isolates that are highly resistant to arsenite and describing the first reported instance of microevolution via massive gene amplification in C. neoformans, these results suggest that adaptation through gene amplification may be an important mechanism that C. neoformans employs in response to environmental stresses, perhaps including those encountered during infection. More importantly, the ARR3 array will serve as an ideal model for further molecular genetic analyses of how tandem gene duplications arise and expand. PMID:22334577

  13. Alpha particle confinement in tandem mirrors

    SciTech Connect

    Devoto, R.S.; Ohnishi, M.; Kerns, J.; Woo, J.T.

    1980-10-10

    Mechanisms leading to loss of alpha particles from non-axisymmetric tandem mirrors are considered. Stochastic diffusion due to bounce-drift resonances, which can cause rapid radial losses of high-energy alpha particles, can be suppressed by imposing a 20% rise in axisymmetric fields before the quadrupole transition sections. Alpha particles should then be well-confined until thermal energies when they enter the resonant plateau require. A fast code for computation of drift behavior in reactors is described. Sample calculations are presented for resonant particles in a proposed coil set for the Tandem Mirror Next Step.

  14. Experimental study on tandem pumped fiber amplifier

    NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

    Xiao, Hu; Xu, Jiangming; Wu, Wuming; Zhou, Pu; Xu, Xiaojun

    2012-07-01

    We present the experimental results of a 1083 nm fiber amplifier tandem pumped by 1030 nm fiber laser. The output characteristics of the tandem pumped amplifier with cladding-pump and core-pump schemes are both investigated. The 1083 nm signal laser has not been efficiently amplified when cladding-pumped by 1030 nm laser for the weak absorption of the gain fiber. The core-pump scheme works well with the amplifier. The output properties with different gain fiber length are experimentally investigated. The maximum output power is 2.4 W with power conversion efficiency of 60%.

  15. High performance polymer tandem solar cell.

    PubMed

    da Silva, Wilson Jose; Schneider, Fabio Kurt; Mohd Yusoff, Abd Rashid Bin; Jang, Jin

    2015-01-01

    A power conversion efficiency of 9.02% is obtained for a fully solution-processed polymer tandem solar cell, based on the diketopyrrolopyrrole unit polymer as a low bandgap photoactive material in the rear subcell, in conjunction with a new robust interconnecting layer. This interconnecting layer is optically transparent, electrically conductive, and physically strong, thus, the charges can be collected and recombined in the interconnecting layer under illumination, while the charge is generated and extracted under dark conditions. This indicates that careful interface engineering of the charge-carrier transport layer is a useful approach to further improve the performance of polymer tandem solar cells. PMID:26669577

  16. Tandem mirror thermal barrier experimental program plan

    SciTech Connect

    Coensgen, F.H.; Drake, R.P.; Simonen, T.C.

    1980-01-02

    This report describes an experimental plan for the development of the Tandem Mirror Thermal Barrier. Included is: (1) a description of thermal barrier related physics experiments; (2) thermal barrier related experiments in the existing TMX and Phaedrus experiments; (3) a thermal barrier TMX upgrade; and (4) initiation of investigations of axisymmetric magnetic geometry. Experimental studies of the first two items are presently underway. Results are expected from the TMX upgrade by the close of 1981 and from axisymmetric tandem mirror experiments at the end of 1983. Plans for Phaedrus upgrades are developing for the same period.

  17. Tandem-mirror program: status and projection

    SciTech Connect

    Van Atta, C.M.

    1981-03-12

    Construction of MFTF-B is scheduled for completion in 1985. Results of experiments in TMX-U and MFTF-B will permit the design of the D-T burning tandem-mirror next-step facility (TMNS) in which physics issues will not be at issue. TMNS will be a facility for engineering research and development. The end cells of TMNS are expected to be appropriate for a tandem-mirror demonstration fusion reactor (TMR), construction of which should begin about 1986 for operation in the 1990's.

  18. High performance polymer tandem solar cell

    PubMed Central

    da Silva, Wilson Jose; Schneider, Fabio Kurt; Mohd Yusoff, Abd. Rashid bin; Jang, Jin

    2015-01-01

    A power conversion efficiency of 9.02% is obtained for a fully solution-processed polymer tandem solar cell, based on the diketopyrrolopyrrole unit polymer as a low bandgap photoactive material in the rear subcell, in conjunction with a new robust interconnecting layer. This interconnecting layer is optically transparent, electrically conductive, and physically strong, thus, the charges can be collected and recombined in the interconnecting layer under illumination, while the charge is generated and extracted under dark conditions. This indicates that careful interface engineering of the charge-carrier transport layer is a useful approach to further improve the performance of polymer tandem solar cells. PMID:26669577

  19. High performance polymer tandem solar cell

    NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

    da Silva, Wilson Jose; Schneider, Fabio Kurt; Mohd Yusoff, Abd. Rashid Bin; Jang, Jin

    2015-12-01

    A power conversion efficiency of 9.02% is obtained for a fully solution-processed polymer tandem solar cell, based on the diketopyrrolopyrrole unit polymer as a low bandgap photoactive material in the rear subcell, in conjunction with a new robust interconnecting layer. This interconnecting layer is optically transparent, electrically conductive, and physically strong, thus, the charges can be collected and recombined in the interconnecting layer under illumination, while the charge is generated and extracted under dark conditions. This indicates that careful interface engineering of the charge-carrier transport layer is a useful approach to further improve the performance of polymer tandem solar cells.

  20. Ebselen Is a Potential Anti-Osteoporosis Agent by Suppressing Receptor Activator of Nuclear Factor Kappa-B Ligand-Induced Osteoclast Differentiation In vitro and Lipopolysaccharide-Induced Inflammatory Bone Destruction In vivo

    PubMed Central

    Baek, Jong Min; Kim, Ju-Young; Yoon, Kwon-Ha; Oh, Jaemin; Lee, Myeung Su

    2016-01-01

    Ebselen is a non-toxic seleno-organic drug with anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties that is currently being examined in clinical trials to prevent and treat various diseases, including atherosclerosis, stroke, and cancer. However, no reports are available for verifying the pharmacological effects of ebselen on major metabolic bone diseases such as osteoporosis. In this study, we observed that ebselen suppressed the formation of tartrate-resistant acid phosphatase (TRAP)-positive multinucleated cells in an osteoblast/osteoclast co-culture by regulating the ratio of receptor activator of nuclear factor kappa-B ligand (RANKL)/osteoprotegerin secreted by osteoblasts. In addition, ebselen treatment in the early stage of osteoclast differentiation inhibited RANKL-dependent osteoclastogenesis by decreasing the phosphorylation of IκB, PI3K, and Akt in early signaling pathways and by subsequently inducing c-Fos and nuclear factor of activated T-cells c1. Further, ebselen induced apoptosis of osteoclasts in the late stage of osteoclast differentiation. In addition, ebselen treatment suppressed filamentous actin ring formation and bone resorption activity of mature osteoclasts. Reflecting these in vitro effects, administration of ebselen recovered bone loss and its µ-CT parameters in lipopolysaccharide-mediated mouse model. Histological analysis confirmed that ebselen prevented trabecular bone matrix degradation and osteoclast formation in the bone tissues. Finally, it was proved that the anti-osteoclastogenic action of ebselen is achieved through targeting N-methyl-D-aspartate (NMDA) receptor. These results indicate that ebselen is a potentially safe drug for treating metabolic bone diseases such as osteoporosis.

  1. A mechanistic insight into a proteasome-independent constitutive inhibitor kappaBalpha (IkappaBalpha) degradation and nuclear factor kappaB (NF-kappaB) activation pathway in WEHI-231 B-cells.

    PubMed Central

    Shumway, Stuart D; Miyamoto, Shigeki

    2004-01-01

    Inducible activation of the transcription factor NF-kappaB (nuclear factor kappaB) is classically mediated by proteasomal degradation of its associated inhibitors, IkappaBalpha (inhibitory kappaBalpha) and IkappaBbeta. However, certain B-lymphocytes maintain constitutively nuclear NF-kappaB activity (a p50-c-Rel heterodimer) which is resistant to inhibition by proteasome inhibitors. This activity in the WEHI-231 B-cell line is associated with continual and preferential degradation of IkappaBalpha, which is also unaffected by proteasome inhibitors. Pharmacological studies indicated that there was a correlation between inhibition of IkappaBalpha degradation and constitutive p50-c-Rel activity. Domain analysis of IkappaBalpha by deletion mutagenesis demonstrated that an N-terminal 36-amino-acid sequence of IkappaBalpha represented an instability determinant for constitutive degradation. Moreover, domain grafting studies indicated that this sequence was sufficient to cause IkappaBbeta, but not chloramphenicol acetyltransferase, to be rapidly degraded in WEHI-231 B-cells. However, this sequence was insufficient to target IkappaBbeta to the non-proteasome degradation pathway, suggesting that there was an additional cis-element(s) in IkappaBalpha that was required for complete targeting. Nevertheless, the NF-kappaB pool associated with IkappaBbeta now became constitutively active by virtue of IkappaBbeta instability in these cells. These findings further support the notion that IkappaB instability governs the maintenance of constitutive p50-c-Rel activity in certain B-cells via a unique degradation pathway. PMID:14763901

  2. Lack of p53 Decreases Basal Oxidative Stress Levels in the Brain Through Upregulation of Thioredoxin-1, Biliverdin Reductase-A, Manganese Superoxide Dismutase, and Nuclear Factor Kappa-B

    PubMed Central

    Barone, Eugenio; Cenini, Giovanna; Sultana, Rukhsana; Di Domenico, Fabio; Fiorini, Ada; Perluigi, Marzia; Noel, Teresa; Wang, Chi; Mancuso, Cesare; St. Clair, Daret K.

    2012-01-01

    Abstract Aims: The basal oxidative and nitrosative stress levels measured in cytosol, mitochondria, and nuclei as well as in the whole homogenate obtained from the brain of wild type (wt) and p53 knockout [p53(−/−)] mice were evaluated. We hypothesized that the loss of p53 could trigger the activation of several protective mechanisms such as those involving thioredoxin-1 (Thio-1), the heme-oxygenase-1/biliverdin reductase-A (HO-1/BVR-A) system, manganese superoxide dismutase (MnSOD), the IkB kinase type β (IKKβ)/nuclear factor kappa-B (NF-kB), and the nuclear factor-erythroid 2 (NF-E2) related factor 2 (Nrf-2). Results: A decrease of protein carbonyls, protein-bound 4-hydroxy-2-nonenal (HNE), and 3-nitrotyrosine (3-NT) was observed in the brain from p53(−/−) mice compared with wt. Furthermore, we observed a significant increase of the expression levels of Thio-1, BVR-A, MnSOD, IKKβ, and NF-kB. Conversely a significant decrease of Nrf-2 protein levels was observed in the nuclear fraction isolated from p53(−/−) mice. No changes were found for HO-1. Innovation: This is the first study of basal oxidative/nitrosative stress in in vivo conditions of brain obtained from p53(−/−) mice. New insights into the role of p53 in oxidative stress have been gained. Conclusion: We demonstrated, for the first time, that the lack of p53 reduces basal oxidative stress levels in mice brain. Due to the pivotal role that p53 plays during cellular stress response our results provide new insights into novel therapeutic strategies to modulate protein oxidation and lipid peroxidation having p53 as a target. The implications of this work are profound, particularly for neurodegenerative disorders. Antioxid. Redox Signal. 16, 1407–1420. PMID:22229939

  3. Structural basis for tandem L27 domain-mediated polymerization

    SciTech Connect

    Yang, Xue; Xie, Xingqiao; Chen, Liu; Zhou, Hao; Wang, Zheng; Zhao, Weijing; Tian, Ran; Zhang, Rongguang; Tian, Changlin; Long, Jiafu; Shen, Yuequan

    2010-12-01

    The establishment of epithelial cell polarity requires the assembly of multiprotein complexes and is crucial during epithelial morphogenesis. Three scaffolding proteins, Dlg1, MPP7, and Mals3, can be assembled to form a complex that functions in the establishment and maintenance of apicobasal polarity in epithelial tissues through their L27 domains. Here we report the crystal structure of a 4-L27-domain complex derived from the human tripartite complex Dlg1-MPP7-Mals3 in combination with paramagnetic relaxation enhancement measurements. The heterotrimer consists of 2 pairs of heterodimeric L27 domains. These 2 dimers are asymmetric due to the large difference between the N- and C-terminal tandem L27 domain of MPP7. Structural analysis combined with biochemical experiments further reveals that the loop {alpha}A-{alpha}B and helix {alpha}B of the C-terminal L27 domain of MPP7 play a critical role in assembling the entire tripartite complex, suggesting a synergistic tandem L27-mediated assembling event.

  4. Tandem gene amplification mediates copper resistance in yeast.

    PubMed Central

    Fogel, S; Welch, J W

    1982-01-01

    Resistance to copper's toxicity in yeast is controlled by the CUP1r locus. This gene was cloned by transforming sensitive recipients (cup1(8)) with a collection of hybrid DNA molecules, consisting of random yeast DNA fragments inserted into the vector YRp7. Four resistant transformants were studied in detail. Autonomously replicating or integrated by homologous recombination into chromosomal sites, the corresponding plasmids and several subclones confer resistance on sensitive recipients carrying the natural variant allele, cup1(8). Tetrad analysis and genetic mapping established that integration occurs typically at the cup1(8) site located 28 centimorgans distal to thr1, a chromosome VIII marker. Restriction endonuclease cleavage and electrophoretic mobility studies revealed that the CUP1r locus consists of a tandem array of repetitive units. Each unit is 1.95 kilobases in length and contains single sites for Kpn I and Xba I and two Sau3A sites. The sensitive allele represents one repeat and the resistant allele embraces 15 tandemly arrayed repeat units. Progressive selections in higher copper concentrations establish strains with markedly enhanced resistance. Resistance, we propose, is mediated by a gene amplification mechanism based on unequal sister chromatid exchange. Images PMID:6291039

  5. LLNL tandem mirror experiment (TMX) upgrade vacuum system

    SciTech Connect

    Pickles, W.L.; Chargin, A.K.; Drake, R.P.; Hunt, A.L.; Lang, D.D.; Murphy, J.J.; Poulsen, P.; Simonen, T.C.; Batzer, T.H.; Stack, T.P.; Wong, R.L.

    1982-04-01

    The tandem mirror experiment (TMX) upgrade is a large, tandem, magnetic-mirror fusion experiment with stringent requirements on base pressure (10/sup -8/ Torr), low H reflux from the first walls, and peak gas pressure (5 x 10/sup -7/ Torr) due to neutral beam gas during plasma operation. The 225 m/sup 3/ vacuum vessel is initially evacuated by turbopumps. Cryopumps provide a continuous sink for gases other than helium, deuterium, and hydrogen. The neutral beam system introduces up to 480 l/s of H or D. The hydrogen isotopes are pumped at very high speed by titanium sublimed onto two cylindrical radially separated stainless steel quilted liners with a total surface area of 540 m/sup 2/. These surfaces (when cooled to about 80 K) provide a pumping speed of 6 x 10/sup 7/ l/s for hydrogen. The titanium getter system is programmable and is used for heating as well as gettering. The inner plasma liner can be operated at elevated temperatures to enhance migration of gases away from the surfaces close to the plasma. Glow discharge cleaning is part of the pumpdown procedure. The design features are discussed in conjunction with the operating procedures developed to manage the dynamic vacuum conditions.

  6. Recent ``tandem puff-on-wire`` experiments on ACE-4

    SciTech Connect

    Coleman, P.L.; Rauch, J.; Rix, W.; Thompson, J.; Wessel, F.J.

    1996-12-31

    The tandem-puff configuration is a variant on a plasma opening switch z-pinch, driven by a microsecond timescale Marx bank. Current flows in an annular-plasma column for about a microsecond and is then commutated to a central, annular-gas puff. The gas puff subsequently implodes near maximum generator current. Previously reported tandem puff experiments were configured with a single, co-axial, 25--50 micron diameter copper wire on the pinch axis. The data showed enhanced yield in the soft x-ray energy range of {approximately}1 keV which included significant Cu L-shell thermal emission. This paper will present recent results using neon gas injected by a fast valve and 11-centimeter diameter annular nozzle, imploded onto one or more central aluminum wires using load currents of over 2 megamps and implosion times in the range of 300--400 nanoseconds. The radiated spectrum is predominantly thermal K-shell radiation from both atomic species. The authors will attempt to characterize the energy transfer mechanisms relative to existing data.

  7. High voltage series connected tandem junction solar battery

    DOEpatents

    Hanak, Joseph J. (Lawrenceville, NJ)

    1982-01-01

    A high voltage series connected tandem junction solar battery which comprises a plurality of strips of tandem junction solar cells of hydrogenated amorphous silicon having one optical path and electrically interconnected by a tunnel junction. The layers of hydrogenated amorphous silicon, arranged in a tandem configuration, can have the same bandgap or differing bandgaps. The tandem junction strip solar cells are series connected to produce a solar battery of any desired voltage.

  8. Antiosteoclastogenesis activity of a CO2 laser antagonizing receptor activator for nuclear factor kappaB ligand-induced osteoclast differentiation of murine macrophages

    NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

    Kuo, Chun-Liang; Kao, Chia-Tze; Fang, Hsin-Yuan; Huang, Tsui-Hsien; Chen, Yi-Wen; Shie, Ming-You

    2015-03-01

    Macrophage cells are the important effector cells in the immune reaction which are indispensable for osteoclastogenesis; their heterogeneity and plasticity renders macrophages a primer target for immune system modulation. In recent years, there have been very few studies about the effects of macrophage cells on laser treatment-regulated osteoclastogenesis. In this study, RAW 264.7 macrophage cells were treated with RANKL to regulate osteoclastogenesis. We used a CO2 laser as a model biostimulation to investigate the role of osteoclastogenic. We also evaluated cell viability, cell death and cathepsin K expression. The CO2 laser inhibited a receptor activator of the NF-ĸB ligand (RANKL)-induced formation of osteoclasts during the osteoclast differentiation process. It was also found that irradiation for two times reduced RANKL-enhanced TRAP activity in a dose-dependent manner. Furthermore, CO2 laser-treatment diminished the expression and secretion of cathepsin K elevated by RANKL and was concurrent with the inhibition of TRAF6 induction and NF-ĸB activation. The current report demonstrates that CO2 laser abrogated RANKL-induced osteoclastogenesis by retarding osteoclast differentiation. The CO2 laser can modulate every cell through dose-dependent in vitro RANKL-mediated osteoclastogenesis, such as the proliferation and fusion of preosteoclasts and the maturation of osteoclasts. Therefore, the current results serve as an improved explanation of the cellular roles of macrophage cell populations in osteoclastogenesis as well as in alveolar bone remodeling by CO2 laser-treatment.

  9. 14 CFR 23.302 - Canard or tandem wing configurations.

    Code of Federal Regulations, 2013 CFR

    2013-01-01

    ... 14 Aeronautics and Space 1 2013-01-01 2013-01-01 false Canard or tandem wing configurations. 23... General § 23.302 Canard or tandem wing configurations. The forward structure of a canard or tandem wing configuration must: (a) Meet all requirements of subpart C and subpart D of this part applicable to a wing;...

  10. 14 CFR 23.302 - Canard or tandem wing configurations.

    Code of Federal Regulations, 2012 CFR

    2012-01-01

    ... 14 Aeronautics and Space 1 2012-01-01 2012-01-01 false Canard or tandem wing configurations. 23... General § 23.302 Canard or tandem wing configurations. The forward structure of a canard or tandem wing configuration must: (a) Meet all requirements of subpart C and subpart D of this part applicable to a wing;...

  11. 14 CFR 23.302 - Canard or tandem wing configurations.

    Code of Federal Regulations, 2010 CFR

    2010-01-01

    ... 14 Aeronautics and Space 1 2010-01-01 2010-01-01 false Canard or tandem wing configurations. 23... General § 23.302 Canard or tandem wing configurations. The forward structure of a canard or tandem wing configuration must: (a) Meet all requirements of subpart C and subpart D of this part applicable to a wing;...

  12. 14 CFR 23.302 - Canard or tandem wing configurations.

    Code of Federal Regulations, 2011 CFR

    2011-01-01

    ... 14 Aeronautics and Space 1 2011-01-01 2011-01-01 false Canard or tandem wing configurations. 23... General § 23.302 Canard or tandem wing configurations. The forward structure of a canard or tandem wing configuration must: (a) Meet all requirements of subpart C and subpart D of this part applicable to a wing;...

  13. 14 CFR 23.302 - Canard or tandem wing configurations.

    Code of Federal Regulations, 2014 CFR

    2014-01-01

    ... 14 Aeronautics and Space 1 2014-01-01 2014-01-01 false Canard or tandem wing configurations. 23... General § 23.302 Canard or tandem wing configurations. The forward structure of a canard or tandem wing configuration must: (a) Meet all requirements of subpart C and subpart D of this part applicable to a wing;...

  14. 47 CFR 69.129 - Signalling for tandem switching.

    Code of Federal Regulations, 2011 CFR

    2011-10-01

    ... 47 Telecommunication 3 2011-10-01 2011-10-01 false Signalling for tandem switching. 69.129 Section... (CONTINUED) ACCESS CHARGES Computation of Charges 69.129 Signalling for tandem switching. A charge that is... provision of signalling for tandem switching....

  15. 47 CFR 69.129 - Signalling for tandem switching.

    Code of Federal Regulations, 2010 CFR

    2010-10-01

    ... 47 Telecommunication 3 2010-10-01 2010-10-01 false Signalling for tandem switching. 69.129 Section... (CONTINUED) ACCESS CHARGES Computation of Charges 69.129 Signalling for tandem switching. A charge that is... provision of signalling for tandem switching....

  16. Swept Inducer Blades With Tandem Radial Slots

    NASA Technical Reports Server (NTRS)

    Meng, Sen Y.

    1995-01-01

    Slanted radial slots at tandem positions along approximate streamlines incorporated into swept inducer blades in turbopump, according to proposal. With suitable design, slots suppress low-frequency oscillations induced by cavitation, without causing excessive loss of inducer head. Slots cut into solid blades by wire electrical-discharge machining.

  17. Note on Hovering Turns with Tandem Helicopters

    NASA Technical Reports Server (NTRS)

    Reeder, John P; Tapscott, Robert J

    1955-01-01

    The source of an appreciable pitching-moment difference between left and right hovering turns for a tandem helicopter is described. The difference in pitching moment results from the difference in rotational speed of the counter rotating rotors with respect to the air while the helicopter is turning.

  18. Technology for large tandem mirror experiments

    SciTech Connect

    Thomassen, K.I.

    1980-09-04

    Construction of a large tandem mirror (MFTF-B) will soon begin at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL). Designed to reach break-even plasma conditions, the facility will significantly advance the physics and technology of magnetic-mirror-based fusion reactors. This paper describes the objectives and the design of the facility.

  19. Tandem oligonucleotide synthesis using linker phosphoramidites.

    PubMed

    Pon, Richard T; Yu, Shuyuan

    2005-01-01

    Multiple oligonucleotides of the same or different sequence, linked end-to-end in tandem can be synthesized in a single automated synthesis. A linker phosphoramidite [R. T. Pon and S. Yu (2004) Nucleic Acids Res., 32, 623-631] is added to the 5'-terminal OH end of a support-bound oligonucleotide to introduce a cleavable linkage (succinic acid plus sulfonyldiethanol) and the 3'-terminal base of the new sequence. Conventional phosphoramidites are then used for the rest of the sequence. After synthesis, treatment with ammonium hydroxide releases the oligonucleotides from the support and cleaves the linkages between each sequence. Mixtures of one oligonucleotide with both 5'- and 3'-terminal OH ends and other oligonucleotides with 5'-phosphorylated and 3'-OH ends are produced, which are deprotected and worked up as a single product. Tandem synthesis can be used to make pairs of PCR primers, sets of cooperative oligonucleotides or multiple copies of the same sequence. When tandem synthesis is used to make two self-complementary sequences, double-stranded structures spontaneously form after deprotection. Tandem synthesis of oligonucleotide chains containing up to six consecutive 20mer (120 bases total), various trinucleotide codons and primer pairs for PCR, or self-complementary strands for in situ formation of double-stranded DNA fragments has been demonstrated. PMID:15814811

  20. The Tandem Mirror Fusion Test Facility

    NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

    1980-07-01

    The Tandem Mirror Fusion Test Facility (MFTF-B) proposed to take the place of the Mirror Fusion Test Facility (MFTF) under construction since 1978 and scheduled for completion in 1982 is presented. The tandem configuration, inspired by the success of the Tandem Mirror Experiment, is expected to represent an increase in confinement time from 10 msec to several seconds and in power from 1/30 to almost equal to breakeven over the original MFTF, while using essentially all of the equipment currently under construction. The tandem mirror cell planned would employ a combination of the simple mirror solenoid and the minimum-B single cell which counteracts the limitations of each cell alone, making possible high values of the power input/output ratio. A thermal barrier is proposed to create a potential difference between plasma at the center and plugs of the cell without requiring high neutral beam energy and magnetic fields. MFTF-B represents an expansion of the original systems, including the vacuum vessel, vacuum and cryogenic systems, magnet system, neutral beam source, microwave power system, and operating system. MFTF-B can be completed by 1984 and represents a significant advance in the physics and technology of mirror reactors.

  1. Advances in Tandem Mirror fusion power reactors

    SciTech Connect

    Perkins, L.J.; Logan, B.G.

    1986-05-20

    The Tandem Mirror exhibits several distinctive features which make the reactor embodiment of the principle very attractive: Simple low-technology linear central cell; steady-state operation; high-..beta.. operation; no driven current or disruptions; divertorless operation; direction conversion of end-loss power; low-surface heat loads; and advanced fusion fuel capability. In this paper, we examine these features in connection with two tandem mirror reactor designs, MARS and MINIMARS, and several advanced reactor concepts including the wall-stabilized reactor and the field-reversed mirror. With a novel compact end plug scheme employing octopole stabilization, MINIMARS is expressly designed for short construction times, factory-built modules, and a small (600 MWe) but economic reactor size. We have also configured the design for low radioactive afterheat and inherent/passive safety under LOCA/LOFA conditions, thereby obviating the need for expensive engineered safety systems. In contrast to the complex and expensive double-quadrupole end-cell of the MARS reactor, the compact octopole end-cell of MINIMARS enables ignition to be achieved with much shorter central cell lengths and considerably improves the economy of scale for small (approx.250 to 600 MWe) tandem mirror reactors. Finally, we examine the prospects for realizing the ultimate potential of the tandem mirror with regard to both innovative configurations and novel neutron energy conversion schemes, and stress that advanced fuel applications could exploit its unique reactor features.

  2. Tandem mirror next step conceptual design

    SciTech Connect

    Doggett, J.N.; Damm, C.C.; Bulmer, R.H.

    1980-10-14

    A study was made to define the features of the experimental mirror fusion device - The Tandem Mirror Next Step, or TMNS - that will bridge the gap between present mirror confinement experiments and a power-producing reactor. We outline the project goals, describe some initial device parameters, and relate the technological requirements to ongoing development programs.

  3. The Tandem Mirror Fusion Test Facility

    SciTech Connect

    Not Available

    1980-01-01

    The Tandem Mirror Fusion Test Facility (MFTF-B) proposed to take the place of the Mirror Fusion Test Facility (MFTF) under construction since 1978 and scheduled for completion in 1982 is presented. The tandem configuration, inspired by the success of the Tandem Mirror Experiment, is expected to represent an increase in confinement time from 10 msec to several seconds and in power from 1/30 to almost equal to breakeven over the original MFTF, while using essentially all of the equipment currently under construction. The tandem mirror cell planned would employ a combination of the simple mirror solenoid and the minimum-B single cell which counteracts the limitations of each cell alone, making possible high values of the power input/output ratio. A thermal barrier is proposed to create a potential difference between plasma at the center and plugs of the cell without requiring high neutral beam energy and magnetic fields. MFTF-B represents an expansion of the original systems, including the vacuum vessel, vacuum and cryogenic systems, magnet system, neutral beam source, microwave power system, and operating system. MFTF-B can be completed by 1984 and represents a significant advance in the physics and technology of mirror reactors.

  4. Inverted Three-Junction Tandem Thermophotovoltaic Modules

    NASA Technical Reports Server (NTRS)

    Wojtczuk, Steven

    2012-01-01

    An InGaAs-based three-junction (3J) tandem thermophotovoltaic (TPV) cell has been investigated to utilize more of the blackbody spectrum (from a 1,100 C general purpose heat source GPHS) efficiently. The tandem consists of three vertically stacked subcells, a 0.74-eV InGaAs cell, a 0.6- eV InGaAs cell, and a 0.55-eV InGaAs cell, as well as two interconnecting tunnel junctions. A greater than 20% TPV system efficiency was achieved by another group with a 1,040 C blackbody using a single-bandgap 0.6- eV InGaAs cell MIM (monolithic interconnected module) (30 lateral junctions) that delivered about 12 V/30 or 0.4 V/junction. It is expected that a three-bandgap tandem MIM will eventually have about 3 this voltage (1.15 V) and about half the current. A 4 A/cm2 would be generated by a single-bandgap 0.6-V InGaAs MIM, as opposed to the 2 A/cm2 available from the same spectrum when split among the three series-connected junctions in the tandem stack. This would then be about a 50% increase (3xVoc, 0.5xIsc) in output power if the proposed tandem replaced the single- bandgap MIM. The advantage of the innovation, if successful, would be a 50% increase in power conversion efficiency from radioisotope heat sources using existing thermophotovoltaics. Up to 50% more power would be generated for radioisotope GPHS deep space missions. This type of InGaAs multijunction stack could be used with terrestrial concentrator solar cells to increase efficiency from 41 to 45% or more.

  5. In situ detection of tandem DNA repeat length

    SciTech Connect

    Yaar, R.; Szafranski, P.; Cantor, C.R.; Smith, C.L.

    1996-11-01

    A simple method for scoring short tandem DNA repeats is presented. An oligonucleotide target, containing tandem repeats embedded in a unique sequence, was hybridized to a set of complementary probes, containing tandem repeats of known lengths. Single-stranded loop structures formed on duplexes containing a mismatched (different) number of tandem repeats. No loop structure formed on duplexes containing a matched (identical) number of tandem repeats. The matched and mismatched loop structures were enzymatically distinguished and differentially labeled by treatment with S1 nuclease and the Klenow fragment of DNA polymerase. 7 refs., 4 figs.

  6. Dye Sensitized Tandem Photovoltaic Cells

    SciTech Connect

    Barber, Greg D.

    2009-12-21

    This work provided a new way to look at photoelectrochemical cells and their performance. Although thought of as low efficiency, a the internal efficiency of a 9% global efficiency dye sensitized solar cell is approximately equal to an 18% efficient silicon cell when each is compared to their useful spectral range. Other work undertaken with this contract also reported the first growth oriented titania and perovskite columns on a transparent conducting oxide. Other work has shown than significant performance enhancement in the performance of dye sensitized solar cells can be obtained through the use of coupling inverse opal photonic crystals to the nanocrystalline dye sensitized solar cell. Lastly, a quick efficient method was developed to bond titanium foils to transparent conducting oxide substrates for anodization.

  7. MASPIC: Intensity-Based Tandem Mass Spectrometry Scoring Scheme That Improves Peptide Identification at High Confidence

    SciTech Connect

    Narasimhan, Chandrasegaran NMN; Tabb, Dave L; Verberkmoes, Nathan C; Thompson, Melissa R; Hettich, Robert {Bob} L; Uberbacher, Edward C

    2005-01-01

    Algorithmic search engines bridge the gap between large tandem mass spectrometry data sets and the identification of proteins associated with biological samples. Improvements in these tools can greatly enhance biological discovery. We present a new scoring scheme for comparing tandem mass spectra with a protein sequence database. The MASPIC (Multinomial Algorithm for Spectral Profile-based Intensity Comparison) scorer converts an experimental tandem mass spectrum into a m/z profile of probability and then scores peak lists from potential candidate peptides using a multinomial distribution model. The MASPIC scoring scheme incorporates intensity, spectral peak density variations, and m/z error distribution associated with peak matches into a multinomial distribution. The scoring scheme was validated on two standard protein mixtures and an additional set of spectra collected on a complex ribosomal protein mixture from Rhodopseudomonas palustris. The results indicate a 5-15% improvement over Sequest for high-confidence identifications. The performance gap grows as sequence database size increases. Additional tests on spectra from proteinase-K digest data showed similar performance improvements demonstrating the advantages in using MASPIC for studying proteins digested with less specific proteases. All these investigations show MASPIC to be a versatile and reliable system for peptide tandem mass spectral identification.

  8. Tandem microwave waste remediation and decontamination system

    DOEpatents

    Wicks, George G. (North Aiken, SC); Clark, David E. (Gainesville, FL); Schulz, Rebecca L. (Gainesville, FL)

    1999-01-01

    The invention discloses a tandem microwave system consisting of a primary chamber in which microwave energy is used for the controlled combustion of materials. A second chamber is used to further treat the off-gases from the primary chamber by passage through a susceptor matrix subjected to additional microwave energy. The direct microwave radiation and elevated temperatures provide for significant reductions in the qualitative and quantitative emissions of the treated off gases. The tandem microwave system can be utilized for disinfecting wastes, sterilizing materials, and/or modifying the form of wastes to solidify organic or inorganic materials. The simple design allows on-site treatment of waste by small volume waste generators.

  9. Brookhaven National Laboratory Tandem accelerator upgrading program

    SciTech Connect

    Thieberger, P.; Manni, M.A.; Lindgren, R.; McKeown, M.; Carlson, C.; Wegner, H.E.

    1981-01-01

    The three-stage Tandem Van de Graaff accelerator facility at Brookhaven National Laboratory has undergone various upgrading programs since the early 1970's. The original 10 MV waranteed MP Van de Graaff accelerator of 1970 now operates in excess of 14 MV because of many improvements over the years: the purpose of this paper is to report on the most recent improvements which have been completed and also on those that are presently under construction and being implemented.

  10. Cold Climate Heat Pumps Using Tandem Compressors

    SciTech Connect

    Shen, Bo; Abdelaziz, Omar; Rice, C Keith; Baxter, Van D

    2016-01-01

    In cold climate zones, e.g. ASHRAE climate regions IV and V, conventional electric air-source heat pumps (ASHP) do not work well, due to high compressor discharge temperatures, large pressure ratios and inadequate heating capacities at low ambient temperatures. Consequently, significant use of auxiliary strip heating is required to meet the building heating load. We introduce innovative ASHP technologies as part of continuing efforts to eliminate auxiliary strip heat use and maximize heating COP with acceptable cost-effectiveness and reliability. These innovative ASHP were developed using tandem compressors, which are capable of augmenting heating capacity at low temperatures and maintain superior part-load operation efficiency at moderate temperatures. Two options of tandem compressors were studied; the first employs two identical, single-speed compressors, and the second employs two identical, vapor-injection compressors. The investigations were based on system modeling and laboratory evaluation. Both designs have successfully met the performance criteria. Laboratory evaluation showed that the tandem, single-speed compressor ASHP system is able to achieve heating COP = 4.2 at 47 F (8.3 C), COP = 2.9 at 17 F (-8.3 C), and 76% rated capacity and COP = 1.9 at -13 F (-25 C). This yields a HSPF = 11.0 (per AHRI 210/240). The tandem, vapor-injection ASHP is able to reach heating COP = 4.4 at 47 F, COP = 3.1 at 17 F, and 88% rated capacity and COP = 2.0 at -13 F. This yields a HSPF = 12.0. The system modeling and further laboratory evaluation are presented in the paper.

  11. Current and lattice matched tandem solar cell

    DOEpatents

    Olson, Jerry M. (Lakewood, CO)

    1987-01-01

    A multijunction (cascade) tandem photovoltaic solar cell device is fabricated of a Ga.sub.x In.sub.1-x P (0.505.ltoreq.X.ltoreq.0.515) top cell semiconductor lattice matched to a GaAs bottom cell semiconductor at a low-resistance heterojunction, preferably a p+/n+ heterojunction between the cells. The top and bottom cells are both lattice matched and current matched for high efficiency solar radiation conversion to electrical energy.

  12. DDES and IDDES of tandem cylinders.

    SciTech Connect

    Balakrishnan, R.; Garbaruk, A.; Shur, M.; Strelets, M.; Spalart, P.; New Technologies and Services - Russia; St.-Peterburg State Polytechnic Univ.; Boeing Commercial Airplanes

    2010-09-09

    The paper presents an overview of the authors contribution to the BANC-I Workshop on the flow past tandem cylinders (Category 2). It includes an outline of the simulation approaches, numerics, and grid used, the major results of the simulations, their comparison with available experimental data, and some preliminary conclusions. The effect of varying the spanwise period in the simulations is strong for some quantities, and not others.

  13. Tandem mirror next step: remote maintenance

    SciTech Connect

    Doggett, J.N.; Damm, C.C.; Hanson, C.L.

    1980-10-27

    This study of the next proposed experiment in the Mirror Fusion Program, the Tandem Mirror Next Step (TMNS), has included serious consideration of the maintenance requirements of such a large source of high energy neutrons with its attendant throughput of tritium. Although maintenance will be costly in time and money, our conclusion is that with careful attention to a design for maintenance plan such a device can be reliably operated.

  14. TandEM: Titan and Enceladus mission

    USGS Publications Warehouse

    Coustenis, A.; Atreya, S.K.; Balint, T.; Brown, R.H.; Dougherty, M.K.; Ferri, F.; Fulchignoni, M.; Gautier, D.; Gowen, R.A.; Griffith, C.A.; Gurvits, L.I.; Jaumann, R.; Langevin, Y.; Leese, M.R.; Lunine, J.I.; McKay, C.P.; Moussas, X.; Muller-Wodarg, I.; Neubauer, F.; Owen, T.C.; Raulin, F.; Sittler, E.C.; Sohl, F.; Sotin, C.; Tobie, G.; Tokano, T.; Turtle, E.P.; Wahlund, J.-E.; Waite, J.H.; Baines, K.H.; Blamont, J.; Coates, A.J.; Dandouras, I.; Krimigis, T.; Lellouch, E.; Lorenz, R.D.; Morse, A.; Porco, C.C.; Hirtzig, M.; Saur, J.; Spilker, T.; Zarnecki, J.C.; Choi, E.; Achilleos, N.; Amils, R.; Annan, P.; Atkinson, D.H.; Benilan, Y.; Bertucci, C.; Bezard, B.; Bjoraker, G.L.; Blanc, M.; Boireau, L.; Bouman, J.; Cabane, M.; Capria, M.T.; Chassefiere, E.; Coll, P.; Combes, M.; Cooper, J.F.; Coradini, A.; Crary, F.; Cravens, T.; Daglis, I.A.; de Angelis, E.; De Bergh, C.; de Pater, I.; Dunford, C.; Durry, G.; Dutuit, O.; Fairbrother, D.; Flasar, F.M.; Fortes, A.D.; Frampton, R.; Fujimoto, M.; Galand, M.; Grasset, O.; Grott, M.; Haltigin, T.; Herique, A.; Hersant, F.; Hussmann, H.; Ip, W.; Johnson, R.; Kallio, E.; Kempf, S.; Knapmeyer, M.; Kofman, W.; Koop, R.; Kostiuk, T.; Krupp, N.; Kuppers, M.; Lammer, H.; Lara, L.-M.; Lavvas, P.; Le, Mouelic S.; Lebonnois, S.; Ledvina, S.; Li, J.; Livengood, T.A.; Lopes, R.M.; Lopez-Moreno, J. -J.; Luz, D.; Mahaffy, P.R.; Mall, U.; Martinez-Frias, J.; Marty, B.; McCord, T.; Salvan, C.M.; Milillo, A.; Mitchell, D.G.; Modolo, R.; Mousis, O.; Nakamura, M.; Neish, C.D.; Nixon, C.A.; Mvondo, D.N.; Orton, G.; Paetzold, M.; Pitman, J.; Pogrebenko, S.; Pollard, W.; Prieto-Ballesteros, O.; Rannou, P.; Reh, K.; Richter, L.; Robb, F.T.; Rodrigo, R.; Rodriguez, S.; Romani, P.; Bermejo, M.R.; Sarris, E.T.; Schenk, P.; Schmitt, B.; Schmitz, N.; Schulze-Makuch, D.; Schwingenschuh, K.; Selig, A.; Sicardy, B.; Soderblom, L.; Spilker, L.J.; Stam, D.; Steele, A.; Stephan, K.; Strobel, D.F.; Szego, K.; Szopa

    2009-01-01

    TandEM was proposed as an L-class (large) mission in response to ESA's Cosmic Vision 2015-2025 Call, and accepted for further studies, with the goal of exploring Titan and Enceladus. The mission concept is to perform in situ investigations of two worlds tied together by location and properties, whose remarkable natures have been partly revealed by the ongoing Cassini-Huygens mission. These bodies still hold mysteries requiring a complete exploration using a variety of vehicles and instruments. TandEM is an ambitious mission because its targets are two of the most exciting and challenging bodies in the Solar System. It is designed to build on but exceed the scientific and technological accomplishments of the Cassini-Huygens mission, exploring Titan and Enceladus in ways that are not currently possible (full close-up and in situ coverage over long periods of time). In the current mission architecture, TandEM proposes to deliver two medium-sized spacecraft to the Saturnian system. One spacecraft would be an orbiter with a large host of instruments which would perform several Enceladus flybys and deliver penetrators to its surface before going into a dedicated orbit around Titan alone, while the other spacecraft would carry the Titan in situ investigation components, i.e. a hot-air balloon (Montgolfi??re) and possibly several landing probes to be delivered through the atmosphere. ?? Springer Science + Business Media B.V. 2008.

  15. Optimization of open circuit voltage in parallel solar cell tandems

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    Kuznetsov, Alexander; Zakhidov, Anvar

    2011-03-01

    Significant improvement of the solar cell efficiency is achieved by combining solar cells into tandems. Matching of the open circuit voltages (Voc) of individual cells is required in order to maximize the efficiency of the parallel tandem. However practically it is hard to achieve because usually individual cells of the tandem absorb light at different wavelengths and produce very different Voc . Mismatch of open circuit voltages results in deteriorated performance of a parallel tandem. In this work we use circuit analysis to determine parameters of parallel tandem's individual cells that guarantee its most efficient operation. The results of our calculations can be used for optimization of individual solar cells when designing a parallel tandem. This work is supported by Robert A. Welch Foundation Grant AT-1617, AFRL/Rice grant via CONTACT consortium.

  16. Critical elements of the immunoglobulin heavy chain gene enhancers for deregulated expression of bcl-2.

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    Heckman, Caroline A; Cao, Thai; Somsouk, Lina; Duan, Hong; Mehew, John W; Zhang, Chun-yi; Boxer, Linda M

    2003-10-15

    Translocation of the bcl-2 gene to the immunoglobulin heavy chain gene is the most common alteration in follicular lymphoma. The result is the deregulated expression of bcl-2 and increased resistance to cell death. Regulation of the immunoglobulin heavy chain gene is controlled in part by four DNase I-hypersensitive regions located 3' of the gene. Here, we show that these four enhancer regions also contribute to bcl-2 up-regulation in t(14;18) cells. The enhancers are able to individually or in combination activate bcl-2 promoter activity. The HS4 enhancer region was found to impart the largest positive effect on the bcl-2 promoter, activating it by 6-fold, whereas addition of the HS1,2 region with HS4 increased promoter activity by approximately 9-fold. Nuclear factor kappaB binding sites were shown to be primarily responsible for the positive activity contributed by the HS1,2 and HS4 regions, and we observed the in vivo interaction of these factors with the human immunoglobulin heavy chain gene enhancer regions in t(14;18) cells. In addition, two Sp1 binding sites in HS4 were also found to positively influence bcl-2 activity, and Sp1 was observed to interact with the human HS4 enhancer in vivo. These results suggest that the interactions of the nuclear factor kappaB and Sp1 transcription factors with the immunoglobulin heavy chain enhancer region are important for bcl-2 deregulation in t(14;18) cells. PMID:14583460

  17. Versatile Tandem Ring-Opening/Ring-Closing Metathesis Polymerization: Strategies for Successful Polymerization of Challenging Monomers and Their Mechanistic Studies.

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    Park, Hyeon; Kang, Eun-Hye; Mller, Laura; Choi, Tae-Lim

    2016-02-24

    Tandem ring-opening/ring-closing metathesis (RO/RCM) results in extremely fast living polymerization; however, according to previous reports, only monomers containing certain combinations of cycloalkenes, terminal alkynes, and nitrogen linkers successfully underwent tandem polymerization. After examining the polymerization pathways, we proposed that the relatively slow intramolecular cyclization might lead to competing side reactions such as intermolecular cross metathesis reactions to form inactive propagating species. Thus, we developed two strategies to enhance tandem polymerization efficiency. First, we modified monomer structures to accelerate tandem RO/RCM cyclization by enhancing the Thorpe-Ingold effect. This strategy increased the polymerization rate and suppressed the chain transfer reaction to achieve controlled polymerization, even for challenging syntheses of dendronized polymers. Alternatively, reducing the reaction concentration facilitated tandem polymerization, suggesting that the slow tandem RO/RCM cyclization step was the main reason for the previous failure. To broaden the monomer scope, we used monomers containing internal alkynes and observed that two different polymer units with different ring sizes were produced as a result of nonselective ?-addition and ?-addition on the internal alkynes. Thorough experiments with various monomers with internal alkynes suggested that steric and electronic effects of the alkyne substituents influenced alkyne addition selectivity and the polymerization reactivity. Further polymerization kinetics studies revealed that the rate-determining step of monomers containing certain internal alkynes was the six-membered cyclization step via ?-addition, whereas that for other monomers was the conventional intermolecular propagation step, as observed in other chain-growth polymerizations. This conclusion agrees well with all those polymerization results and thus validates our strategies. PMID:26878670

  18. Flexible and fragmentable tandem photosensitive nanocrystal skins

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    Akhavan, S.; Uran, C.; Bozok, B.; Gungor, K.; Kelestemur, Y.; Lesnyak, V.; Gaponik, N.; Eychmüller, A.; Demir, H. V.

    2016-02-01

    We proposed and demonstrated the first account of large-area, semi-transparent, tandem photosensitive nanocrystal skins (PNSs) constructed on flexible substrates operating on the principle of photogenerated potential buildup, which avoid the need for applying an external bias and circumvent the current-matching limitation between junctions. We successfully fabricated and operated the tandem PNSs composed of single monolayers of colloidal water-soluble CdTe and CdHgTe nanocrystals (NCs) in adjacent junctions on a Kapton polymer tape. Owing to the usage of a single NC layer in each junction, noise generation was significantly reduced while keeping the resulting PNS films considerably transparent. In each junction, photogenerated excitons are dissociated at the interface of the semi-transparent Al electrode and the NC layer, with holes migrating to the contact electrode and electrons trapped in the NCs. As a result, the tandem PNSs lead to an open-circuit photovoltage buildup equal to the sum of those of the two single junctions, exhibiting a total voltage buildup of 128.4 mV at an excitation intensity of 75.8 μW cm-2 at 350 nm. Furthermore, we showed that these flexible PNSs could be bent over 3.5 mm radius of curvature and cut out in arbitrary shapes without damaging the operation of individual parts and without introducing any significant loss in the total sensitivity. These findings indicate that the NC skins are promising as building blocks to make low-cost, flexible, large-area UV/visible sensing platforms with highly efficient full-spectrum conversion.We proposed and demonstrated the first account of large-area, semi-transparent, tandem photosensitive nanocrystal skins (PNSs) constructed on flexible substrates operating on the principle of photogenerated potential buildup, which avoid the need for applying an external bias and circumvent the current-matching limitation between junctions. We successfully fabricated and operated the tandem PNSs composed of single monolayers of colloidal water-soluble CdTe and CdHgTe nanocrystals (NCs) in adjacent junctions on a Kapton polymer tape. Owing to the usage of a single NC layer in each junction, noise generation was significantly reduced while keeping the resulting PNS films considerably transparent. In each junction, photogenerated excitons are dissociated at the interface of the semi-transparent Al electrode and the NC layer, with holes migrating to the contact electrode and electrons trapped in the NCs. As a result, the tandem PNSs lead to an open-circuit photovoltage buildup equal to the sum of those of the two single junctions, exhibiting a total voltage buildup of 128.4 mV at an excitation intensity of 75.8 μW cm-2 at 350 nm. Furthermore, we showed that these flexible PNSs could be bent over 3.5 mm radius of curvature and cut out in arbitrary shapes without damaging the operation of individual parts and without introducing any significant loss in the total sensitivity. These findings indicate that the NC skins are promising as building blocks to make low-cost, flexible, large-area UV/visible sensing platforms with highly efficient full-spectrum conversion. Electronic supplementary information (ESI) available. See DOI: 10.1039/c5nr05063d

  19. Effective optical path length for tandem diffuse cubic cavities as gas absorption cell

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    Yu, J.; Gao, Q.; Zhang, Y. G.; Zhang, Z. G.; Wu, S. H.

    2014-12-01

    Tandem diffuse cubic cavities designed by connecting two single diffuse cubic-shaped cavities, A and B, with an aperture (port fraction fap) in the middle of the connecting baffle was developed as a gas absorption cell. The effective optical path length (EOPL) was evaluated by comparing the oxygen absorption signal in the cavity and in air based on tunable diode laser absorption spectroscopy (TDLAS). Experimental results manifested an enhancement of EOPL for the tandem diffuse cubic cavities as the decrease of fap and can be expressed as the sum of EOPL of two single cubic cavities at fap < 0.01, which coincided well with theoretical analysis. The simulating EOPL was smaller than experimental results at fap > 0.01, which indicated that back scattering light from cavity B to cavity A cannot be ignored at this condition.

  20. Flexible and fragmentable tandem photosensitive nanocrystal skins.

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    Akhavan, S; Uran, C; Bozok, B; Gungor, K; Kelestemur, Y; Lesnyak, V; Gaponik, N; Eychmller, A; Demir, H V

    2016-02-18

    We proposed and demonstrated the first account of large-area, semi-transparent, tandem photosensitive nanocrystal skins (PNSs) constructed on flexible substrates operating on the principle of photogenerated potential buildup, which avoid the need for applying an external bias and circumvent the current-matching limitation between junctions. We successfully fabricated and operated the tandem PNSs composed of single monolayers of colloidal water-soluble CdTe and CdHgTe nanocrystals (NCs) in adjacent junctions on a Kapton polymer tape. Owing to the usage of a single NC layer in each junction, noise generation was significantly reduced while keeping the resulting PNS films considerably transparent. In each junction, photogenerated excitons are dissociated at the interface of the semi-transparent Al electrode and the NC layer, with holes migrating to the contact electrode and electrons trapped in the NCs. As a result, the tandem PNSs lead to an open-circuit photovoltage buildup equal to the sum of those of the two single junctions, exhibiting a total voltage buildup of 128.4 mV at an excitation intensity of 75.8 ?W cm(-2) at 350 nm. Furthermore, we showed that these flexible PNSs could be bent over 3.5 mm radius of curvature and cut out in arbitrary shapes without damaging the operation of individual parts and without introducing any significant loss in the total sensitivity. These findings indicate that the NC skins are promising as building blocks to make low-cost, flexible, large-area UV/visible sensing platforms with highly efficient full-spectrum conversion. PMID:26498487

  1. Tandem robot control system and method for controlling mobile robots in tandem

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    Hayward, David R.; Buttz, James H.; Shirey, David L.

    2002-01-01

    A control system for controlling mobile robots provides a way to control mobile robots, connected in tandem with coupling devices, to navigate across difficult terrain or in closed spaces. The mobile robots can be controlled cooperatively as a coupled system in linked mode or controlled individually as separate robots.

  2. Kinetically Stabilized Axisymmetric Tandem Mirrors: Summary of Studies

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    Post, R F

    2005-02-08

    The path to practical fusion power through plasma confinement in magnetic fields, if it is solely based on the present front-runner, the tokamak, is clearly long, expensive, and arduous. The root causes for this situation lie in the effects of endemic plasma turbulence and in the complexity the tokamak's ''closed'' field geometry. The studies carried out in the investigations described in the attached reports are aimed at finding an approach that does not suffer from these problems. This goal is to be achieved by employing an axisymmetric ''open'' magnetic field geometry, i.e. one generated by a linear array of circular magnet coils, and employing the magnetic mirror effect in accomplishing the plugging of end leakage. More specifically, the studies were aimed at utilizing the tandem-mirror concept in an axisymmetric configuration to achieve performance superior to the tokamak, and in a far simpler system, one for which the cost and development time could be much lower than that for the tokamak, as exemplified by ITER and its follow-ons. An important stimulus for investigating axisymmetric versions of the tandem mirror is the fact that, beginning from early days in fusion research there have been examples of axisymmetric mirror experiments where the plasma exhibited crossfield transport far below the turbulence-enhanced rates characteristic of tokamaks, in specific cases approaching the ''classical'' rate. From the standpoint of theory, axisymmetric mirror-based systems have special characteristics that help explain the low levels of turbulence that have been observed. Among these are the facts that there are no parallel currents in the equilibrium state, and that the drift surfaces of all of the trapped particles are closed surfaces, as shown early on by Teller and Northrop. In addition, in such systems it is possible to arrange that the radial boundary of the confined plasma terminates without contact with the chamber wall. This possibility reduces the probability of so-called ''temperature-gradient'' instabilities, known to be endemic to closed systems. Finally, the open-ended nature of the field readily allows the control of the radial potential distribution, a circumstance that has been shown, for example in the Gamma 10 tandem-mirror experiment at Tsukuba Japan, to suppress drift-type instability modes. Standing against all of these attractive properties of axisymmetric mirror-based systems is the fact, shown early on, that such systems are prone to MHD ''interchange'' instabilities, one in which the plasma column drifts transversely, at a rate far above classical transport. Observed early on, the ''cure'' that was universally adopted, as first demonstrated in the famous ''Ioffe experiment'', was to abandon axisymmetry and employ so-called ''magnetic-well'' fields, ones in which the field increases radially and axially from its interior, strongly suppressing the MHD interchange mode, up to plasma ''beta'' values approaching unity, observed in the 2X2B experiment. When the tandem mirror concept was introduced in 1976 every experiment that was constructed employed various combinations of non-axisymmetric coil configurations (''Baseball,'' and ''Yin-Yang'' coils) to create the magnetic fields. But it came at a heavy price: non-axisymmetric fields gave rise to new non-classical loss channels, and the complexity of the fields introduced difficult engineering problems. It was well recognized at the time that it would be highly advantageous to preserve axisymmetry of the tandem mirror coils, but there was no apparent way to stabilize the ubiquitous MHD interchange mode. A decade later a way to accomplish this end was analyzed theoretically, and, a few years later successfully demonstrated experimentally, in the Gas Dynamic Trap (GDT) experiment at Novosibirsk. The concept: the presence of a sufficient amount of plasma on the expanding field lines outside the end mirrors of a mirror machine can act as an ''anchor,'' MHD stabilizing the interior, confined, plasma. Moreover, Ryutov's theory showed that the pressure of this anchor plasma could be orders of magnitude smaller than that of the confined plasma, and still be able to stabilize it. In the GDT, which operates in a collision-dominated region (as opposed to the near-collisionless mode of a tandem mirror), the effluent plasma, though much lower in density than that of the confined plasma, is sufficient to stabilize the central plasma, up to plasma beta values of 40 percent. Furthermore, once MHD stabilized, the confined plasma in the GDT exhibited no signs of plasma turbulence or enhanced cross-field transport, even in the presence of a substantial population of high energy ions produced by neutral-beam injection.

  3. Some new ideas for Tandem Mirror blankets

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    Neef, W.S. Jr.

    1981-10-12

    The Tandem Mirror Reactor, with its cylindrical central cell, has led to numerous blanket designs taking advantage of the simple geometry. Also many new applications for fusion neutrons are now being considered. To the pure fusion electricity producers and hybrids producing fissile fuel, we are adding studies of synthetic fuel producers and fission-suppressed hybrids. The three blanket concepts presented are new ideas and should be considered illustrative of the breadth of Livermore's application studies. They are not meant to imply fully analyzed designs.

  4. Flute waves in a tandem mirror

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    Mikhailovskaya, L.V.

    1984-03-01

    Stability conditions are derived for flute waves in a short tandem mirror stabilized by end cells with a min B. The frequency spectrum of the flute waves is analyzed. Those conditions under which the resonant excitation of waves by ions and electrons must be taken into account are found. When end cells without a min B are added to a central mirror system, the system becomes destabilized as the result of resonant excitation of waves at a frequency near the precession frequency of ions having a finite energy distribution.

  5. Method of fabricating bifacial tandem solar cells

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    Wojtczuk, Steven J; Chiu, Philip T; Zhang, Xuebing; Gagnon, Edward; Timmons, Michael

    2014-10-07

    A method of fabricating on a semiconductor substrate bifacial tandem solar cells with semiconductor subcells having a lower bandgap than the substrate bandgap on one side of the substrate and with subcells having a higher bandgap than the substrate on the other including, first, growing a lower bandgap subcell on one substrate side that uses only the same periodic table group V material in the dislocation-reducing grading layers and bottom subcells as is present in the substrate and after the initial growth is complete and then flipping the substrate and growing the higher bandgap subcells on the opposite substrate side which can be of different group V material.

  6. HRIBF Tandem Accelerator Radiation Safety System Upgrade

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    Blankenship, J.L.; Juras, R.C.

    1998-11-04

    The HRIBF Tandem Accelerator Radiation Safety System was designed to permit experimenters and operations staff controlled access to beam transport and experiment areas with accelerated beam present. Neutron-Gamma detectors are mounted in eaeh area at points of maximum dose rate and the resulting signals are integrated by redundan~ circuitry; beam is stopped if dose rate or integrated dose exceeds established limits. This paper will describe the system, in use for several vears at the HRIBF, and discuss changes recently made to modernize the system and to make the system compliant with DOE Order 5480.25 and related ORNL updated safety rules.

  7. The Naples University 3 MV tandem accelerator

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    Campajola, L.; Brondi, A.

    2013-07-18

    The 3 MV tandem accelerator of the Naples University is used for research activities and applications in many fields. At the beginning of operation (1977) the main utilization was in the field of nuclear physics. Later, the realization of new beam lines allowed the development of applied activities as radiocarbon dating, ion beam analysis, biophysics, ion implantation etc. At present, the availability of different ion sources and many improvements on the accelerator allow to run experiments in a wide range of subjects. An overview of the characteristics and major activities of the laboratory is presented.

  8. A Hybrid Approach To Tandem Cylinder Noise

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    Lockard, David P.

    2004-01-01

    Aeolian tone generation from tandem cylinders is predicted using a hybrid approach. A standard computational fluid dynamics (CFD) code is used to compute the unsteady flow around the cylinders, and the acoustics are calculated using the acoustic analogy. The CFD code is nominally second order in space and time and includes several turbulence models, but the SST k - omega model is used for most of the calculations. Significant variation is observed between laminar and turbulent cases, and with changes in the turbulence model. A two-dimensional implementation of the Ffowcs Williams-Hawkings (FW-H) equation is used to predict the far-field noise.

  9. Tandem-mirror technology demonstration facility

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    Fowler, T. K.; Logan, B. G.

    1981-09-01

    Preliminary calculations for a technology demonstration facility consisting of a tandem mirror machine are reported. This machine produces 12 MW of DT neutrons in steady state from a plasma column 0.08 m in radius and 8 m in length. Allowing space for neutral beam injectors at each end of the column, this permits testing of blanket modules and components at 1 MW/sq m neutron wall load over a cylindrical surface 8 sq m in area at a radius o 0.25 m; or irradiation of thousands of small samples at 2 MW/sq m at r = 0.125 m (4 sq m area).

  10. Ion activation methods for tandem mass spectrometry.

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    Sleno, Lekha; Volmer, Dietrich A

    2004-10-01

    This tutorial presents the most common ion activation techniques employed in tandem mass spectrometry. In-source fragmentation and metastable ion decompositions, as well as the general theory of unimolecular dissociations of ions, are initially discussed. This is followed by tandem mass spectrometry, which implies that the activation of ions is distinct from the ionization step, and that the precursor and product ions are both characterized independently by their mass/charge ratios. In collision-induced dissociation (CID), activation of the selected ions occurs by collision(s) with neutral gas molecules in a collision cell. This experiment can be done at high (keV) collision energies, using tandem sector and time-of-flight instruments, or at low (eV range) energies, in tandem quadrupole and ion trapping instruments. It can be performed using either single or multiple collisions with a selected gas and each of these factors influences the distribution of internal energy that the activated ion will possess. While CID remains the most common ion activation technique employed in analytical laboratories today, several new methods have become increasingly useful for specific applications. More recent techniques are examined and their differences, advantages and disadvantages are described in comparison with CID. Collisional activation upon impact of precursor ions on solid surfaces, surface-induced dissociation (SID), is gaining importance as an alternative to gas targets and has been implemented in several different types of mass spectrometers. Furthermore, unique fragmentation mechanisms of multiply-charged species can be studied by electron-capture dissociation (ECD). The ECD technique has been recognized as an efficient means to study non-covalent interactions and to gain sequence information in proteomics applications. Trapping instruments, such as quadrupole ion traps and Fourier transform ion cyclotron resonance instruments, are particularly useful for the photoactivation of ions, specifically for fragmentation of precursor ions by infrared multiphoton dissociation (IRMPD). IRMPD is a non-selective activation method and usually yields rich fragmentation spectra. Lastly, blackbody infrared radiative dissociation is presented with a focus on determining activation energies and other important parameters for the characterization of fragmentation pathways. The individual methods are presented so as to facilitate the understanding of each mechanism of activation and their particular advantages and representative applications. PMID:15481084

  11. Stereoscopic images in confocal (tandem scanning) microscopy.

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    Boyde, A

    1985-12-13

    Stereoscopic pair images with parallel projection geometry are obtained by through-focusing along two inclined axes while recording two (summed and stacked) images with a microscope with a very shallow depth of field. The two stack images sample the same depth slice of translucent or reflective specimens. The method will work most conveniently with a tandem scanning microscope (a direct-view, confocal scanning optical microscope). This is a direct method for recording stereo images that can be used to the limit of resolution in optical microscopy. It demonstrates a previously unrealized advantage of confocal optical microscopy. PMID:4071051

  12. Protein sequencing by tandem mass spectrometry.

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    Hunt, D F; Yates, J R; Shabanowitz, J; Winston, S; Hauer, C R

    1986-01-01

    Methodology for determining amino acid sequences of proteins by tandem mass spectrometry is described. The approach involves enzymatic and/or chemical degradation of the protein to a collection of peptides which are then fractionated by high-performance liquid chromatography. Each fraction, containing as many as 10-15 peptides, is then analyzed directly, without further purification, by a combination of liquid secondary-ion/collision-activated dissociation mass spectrometry on a multianalyzer instrument. Interpretation of collision-activated dissociation mass spectra is described, and results are presented from a study of soluble peptides produced by treatment of apolipoprotein B with cyanogen bromide and trypsin. PMID:3462691

  13. Theoretical studies in tandem mirror physics

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    Cohen, R.H.; Auerbach, S.P.; Baldwin, D.E.; Byers, J.A.; Chen, Y.J.; Cohen, B.I.; Freis, R.P.; Gilmore, J.M.; Hammer, J.H.; Kaiser, T.B.

    1984-07-17

    Recent developments in six areas of tandem-mirror theory are explored. Specifically, FLR terms (including electric-field drift) have been added to our 3-D paraxial MHD equilibrium code. Our low-frequency MHD stability analysis with FLR, which previously included only m/sub theta/ = 1 rigid perturbations, has been extended to incorporate moderate m/sub theta/, rotational drive, finite-beta effects on wall stabilization, and the well-digging effect of energetic electrons by using three computational techniques. In addition, we have examined the microstability of relativistic electrons with a loss-cone distribution, emphasizing the whistler and cyclotron-maser instabilities. We have also studied techniques for controlling radial transport, including the floating of segmented end plates and the tuning of transition-region coils, and have quantified the residual transport in a tandem mirror with axisymmetric throttle coils. Earlier work on the effect of ECRH on potentials in thermal-barrier cells has been extended. The transition between the weak- and strong-heating regimes has been examined using Fokker-Planck and Monte Carlo codes; an analytic model for the potentials relative to the end wall has been developed. Finally, our investigation of drift-frequency pumping of thermal-barrier ions has demonstrated that pumping is optimized when the magnetic fluctuation is perpendicular to both the unperturbed field and the thin fan, and that an adequate pumping rate is obtainable in future machines.

  14. Progress in the tandem mirror program

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    Fowler, T.K.; Borchers, R.R.

    1981-09-13

    Experimental results in TMX have confirmed the basic principles of the tandem-mirror concept. A center-cell particle confinement parameter eta tau approx. 10/sup 11/ cm/sup -3/ s has been obtained at ion temperatures around 100 eV, which is a hundred-fold improvement over single mirrors at the same temperatures. For TMX these results have been obtained at peak beta values in the center cell in the range 10 to 40%, not yet limited by MHD activity; and ion-cyclotron resonant heating (ICRH) in the Phaedrus tandem-mirror experiment has produced beta values approx. 25%, which is several times the ideal MHD limit for that device. In addition, it has been demonstrated that the end fan chambers of TMX simultaneously isolate the hot electrons from the end walls, provide adequate pumping and conveniently dispose of the exhaust plasma energy either by thermal deposition on the end wall or by direct conversion to electricity (at 48% efficiency in agreement with calculations). Also, evidence was obtained for inherent divertor action in TMX, presumably in part responsible for the observed low impurity level (<0.5% low-Z ions in the center cell).

  15. Speckle-phase measurement in a tandem-vortex coronagraph.

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    Serabyn, Eugene; Wallace, J Kent; Mawet, Dimitri

    2011-10-01

    A tandem-vortex coronagraph can in theory enable high-contrast imaging behind a classical on-axis telescope. Here we point out that a tandem-vortex coronagraph configuration can also directly enable the measurement of the phases of focal-plane speckles, thereby allowing for their suppression in the resultant high-contrast image. PMID:22016212

  16. Tandem-type pulse tube refrigerator without reservoir

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    Ki, Taekyung; Jeong, Sangkwon; Ko, Junseok; Park, Jiho

    2015-12-01

    In this paper, a tandem-type pulse tube refrigerator without a reservoir is discussed and investigated. For its practical application a tandem-type compressor is designed to generate two pulsating pressure waves with opposite phases, simultaneously. A tandem-type pulse tube refrigerator consists of a tandem-type compressor and two identical pulse tube refrigerators. The two identical pulse tube refrigerators share the same heat exchangers and one can be connected with the other by an inertance tube without a reservoir. In this proposed configuration, the mechanical vibration and temperature oscillations in the cold-end heat exchanger can be internally suppressed due to its intrinsic opposite-characteristic operation. To examine the quantitative evaluation of the tandem feature which does not require a reservoir in the pulse tube, an evolutionary approach has been attempted. A general structure of a pulse tube refrigerator is modified into tandem Stirling-type and GM-type machines and the transformed configuration has been simulated for tandem operation. The simulation results clearly demonstrate that a properly designed tandem-type pulse tube refrigerator without a reservoir can function favorably.

  17. Monitoring Bilingualism: Pedagogical Implications of the Bilingual Tandem Analyser

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    Schwienhorst, Klaus; Borgia, Alexandre

    2006-01-01

    Tandem learning is the collaborative learning partnership of two language learners with complementary language combinations, for example an Irish student learning German and a German student learning English. One of the major principles in tandem learning, apart from reciprocity and learner autonomy, is balanced bilingualism. While learners may

  18. High-sensitivity mass spectrometry with a tandem accelerator

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    Henning, W.

    1983-01-01

    The characteristic features of accelerator mass spectrometry are discussed. A short overview is given of the current status of mass spectrometry with high-energy (MeV/nucleon) heavy-ion accelerators. Emphasis is placed on studies with tandem accelerators and on future mass spectrometry of heavier isotopes with the new generation of higher-voltage tandems.

  19. Form-Focused Interaction in Online Tandem Learning

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    O'Rourke, Breffni

    2005-01-01

    Tandem language learning--a configuration involving pairs of learners with complementary target/native languages--is an underexploited but potentially very powerful use of computer-mediated communication (CMC) in second-language pedagogy. Tandem offers the benefits of authentic, culturally grounded interaction, while also promoting a pedagogical

  20. A tandem-based compact dual-energy gamma generator

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    Persaud, A.; Kwan, J.W.; Leitner, M.; Leung, K.N.; Ludewigt, B.; Tanaka, N.; Waldron, W.; Wilde, S.; Antolak, A.J.; Morse, D.H.; Raber, T.

    2009-11-11

    A dual-energy tandem-type gamma generator has been developed at E.O. Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory and Sandia National Laboratories. The tandem accelerator geometry allows higher energy nuclear reactions to be reached, thereby allowing more flexible generation of MeV-energy gammas for active interrogation applications.

  1. Summary of the tandem energy focusing explosive warhead technologies

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    Zhou, T.S.

    1996-09-26

    In this paper, on the basis of a great amount of the analysis of the tandem energy focusing explosive warhead in our country and other countries, we summarize the design demand of the tandem warhead, the delayed ignition controlling technique between the explosives, the isolating explosion protection technique and the detonator technique.

  2. Electronic Tandem Language Learning (eTandem): A Third Approach to Second Language Learning for the 21st Century

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    Cziko, Gary A.

    2004-01-01

    Tandem language learning occurs when two learners of different native languages work together to help each other learn the other language. First used in face-to-face contexts, Tandem is now increasingly being used by language-learning partners located in different countries who are linked via various forms of electronic communication, a context

  3. High efficiency tandem organic light-emitting devices with Al /WO3/Au interconnecting layer

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    Zhang, Hongmei; Dai, Yanfeng; Ma, Dongge; Zhang, Hongmei

    2007-09-01

    An interconnecting layer of Al (2nm)/WO3 (3nm)/Au (16nm) was studied for application in tandem organic light-emitting devices. It can be seen that the Al /WO3/Au structure plays the role of an excellent interconnecting layer. The introduction of WO3 in the connection unit significantly improves the device efficiency as compared to the case of Al /Au. Thus, the current efficiency of the two-unit tandem devices is enhanced by two factors with respect to the one-unit devices. The green two-unit tandem device of indium tin oxide/MoO3/4,4'-N ,N'-bis[N-(1-naphthyl)-N-phenyl-amino]biphenyl(NPB)/tris(8-hydroxylquinoline) aluminum (Alq3):10-(2-benzothiazolyl)-1,1,7,7-tetramethyl-2,3,6,7-tetrahydro-1H,5H,11H-[1]benzopyrano[6,7,8-ij]quinolizin-11-one (C545T)/Alq3/LiF/Al/WO3/Au/MoO3/NPB/Alq3:C545T/Alq3/LiF/Al showed a maximum current efficiency of 33.9cd/A and a power efficiency of 12.0lm/W.

  4. Identification of GABAC Receptor Protein Homeostasis Network Components from Three Tandem Mass Spectrometry Proteomics Approaches

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    Wang, Ya-Juan; Han, Dong-Yun; Tabib, Tracy; Yates, John R.; Mu, Ting-Wei

    2013-01-01

    Gamma-amino butyric acid type C (GABAC) receptors inhibit neuronal firing primarily in retina. Maintenance of GABAC receptor protein homeostasis in cells is essential for its function. However, a systematic study of GABAC receptor protein homeostasis (proteostasis) network components is absent. Here, co-immunoprecipitation of human GABAC-?1 receptor complexes was performed in HEK293 cells overexpressing ?1 receptors. To enhance the coverage and reliability of identified proteins, immunoisolated ?1 receptor complexes were subjected to three tandem mass spectrometry (MS)-based proteomic analyses: namely, gel-based tandem MS (GeLC-MS/MS), solution-based tandem MS (SoLC-MS/MS), and multidimensional protein identification technology (MudPIT). From the 107 identified proteins, we assembled GABAC-?1 receptor proteostasis network components, including proteins with protein folding, degradation, and trafficking functions. We studied representative individual ?1 receptor interacting proteins, including calnexin, a lectin chaperone that facilitates glycoprotein folding, and LMAN1, a glycoprotein trafficking receptor, and global effectors that regulate protein folding in cells based on bioinformatics analysis, including HSF1, a master regulator of the heat shock response, and XBP1, a key transcription factor of the unfolded protein response. Manipulating selected GABAC receptor proteostasis network components is a promising strategy to regulate GABAC receptor folding, trafficking, degradation and thus function to ameliorate related retinal diseases. PMID:24079818

  5. Inverted Polymeric Photovoltaic Cells and Parallel Tandems with Transparent Single Wall Carbon Nanotubes Interlayer

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    Mielczarek, Kamil; Cook, Alex; Zakhidov, Anvar; Kaskela, Antti; Nasibulin, Albert; Kauppinen, Esko

    2011-03-01

    We demonstrate an organic photovoltaic (OPV) monolithic multi junction cell in a parallel electrical configuration utilizing polymers with complementary absorption spectra and transparent single wall CNT (SWCNT) as an interlayer electrode (IE). Parallel tandem cells are of importance because they can append to the limited spectral coverage of available polymers and because there is no need balance current as is the case with in-series configurations. Devices comprise of polymeric sub cells where one is inverted using ZnO nanoparticles and a Mo O3 buffer layers, this inverted structure allows for the SWCNT IE to function as a cathode. Each sub cell is characterized independently and the short circuit current of the tandem device is shown to increase. Overall increase in efficiency is observed and attributed to enhanced spectral coverage by spectrally complimentary polymers and the effective use of parallel tandem architecture. We also demonstrate a semi transparent inverted OPV structure with a SWCNT electrode and a efficiency of over 3%. Supported by AFRL/Rice and Welch AT 16-17 grants.

  6. Negative deuterium ions for tandem mirror next step and tandem mirror reactors

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    Hamilton, G.W.

    1980-09-25

    Recent designs for mirror fusion reactors with good power balance include ambipolar potential plugs to reduce end losses and thermal barriers to maintain a difference in electron temperature between the large-volume central cell plasma and the confining end plugs. These designs led to several new requirements for D/sup 0/ neutral beams derived from negative ions at energies of 150 to 200 keV and possibly higher. Such beams are required for injection of fat ions into the plugs and the barrier and for charge-exchange pumping of thermal ions diffusing into the barrier. Negative ions are preferred for these purposes because of their relatively high efficiency of neutralization and their high purity of single-energy D/sup -/. Examples of injector designs for Tandem Mirror Next Step (TMNS) and Tandem Mirror Reactors (TMR) are presented.

  7. LLNL Tandem Mirror Experiment (TMX) upgrade vacuum system

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    Pickles, W.L.; Chargin, A.K.; Drake, R.P.

    1981-09-15

    TMX Upgrade is a large, tandem, magnetic-mirror fusion experiment with stringent requirements on base pressure (10/sup -8/ torr), low H reflux from the first walls, and peak gas pressure (5 x 10/sup -7/ torr) due to neutral beam gas during plasma operation. The 225 m/sup 3/ vacuum vessel is initially evacuated by turbopumps. Cryopumps provide a continuous sink for gases other than helium, deuterium, and hydrogen. The neutral beam system introduces up to 480 l/s of H or D. The hydrogen isotopes are pumped at very high speed by titanium sublimed onto two cylindrical radially separated stainless steel quilted liners with a total surface area of 540 m/sup 2/. These surfaces (when cooled to about 80/sup 0/K) provide a pumping speed of 6 x 10/sup 7/ l/s for hydrogen. The titanium getter system is programmable and is used for heating as well as gettering. The inner plasma liner can be operated at elevated temperatures to enhance migration of gases away from the surfaces close to the plasma. Glow discharge cleaning is part of the pumpdown procedure. The design features are discussed in conjunction with the operating procedures developed to manage the dynamic vacuum conditions.

  8. Tandem cyclopropanation with dibromomethane under Grignard conditions.

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    Brunner, Gerhard; Eberhard, Laura; Oetiker, Jrg; Schrder, Fridtjof

    2008-10-01

    Tertiary Grignard reagents and dibromomethane efficiently cyclopropanate allylic (and certain homoallylic) magnesium and lithium alcoholates at ambient temperature in ether solvents. Lithium (homo)allyl alcoholates are directly cyclopropanated with magnesium and CH2Br2 under Barbier conditions at higher temperatures. The reaction rates depend on the substitution pattern of the (homo)allylic alcoholates and on the counterion with lithium giving best results. Good to excellent syn-selectivities are obtained from alpha-substituted substrates, which are in accord with a staggered Houk model. In tandem reactions, cyclopropyl carbinols are obtained from allyloxylithium or -magnesium intermediates, generated in situ by alkylation of conjugated aldehydes, ketones, and esters as well as from allyl carboxylates or vinyloxiranes. Using this methodology, numerous fragrance ingredients and their precursors were efficiently converted to the corresponding cyclopropyl carbinols. PMID:18783276

  9. Status of tandem-mirror confinement

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    Baldwin, D.E.

    1983-08-30

    Recent end-stopping experiments in TMX-Upgrade show strong plugging of the central cell by lower-density plugs, requiring both electron-cyclotron heating (ECRH) and 47/sup 0/ neutral-beam injection, consistent with the thermal-barrier concept. These experiments have low density (n < 10/sup 12/ cm/sup -3/) due to inefficient ECRH power coupling. Hot-ion and hot-electron buildup are consistent with Fokker-Planck calculations. No ion-cyclotron activity is observed in the plugs; occasional electron-cyclotron activity is observed. With plugging, axial lifetimes (tau/sub parallel/ > 40 ms) are larger than radial (tau/sub perpendicular/ = 5 to 10 ms) due to observed non-ambipolar ion transport. Recent tandem-mirror theoretical activities are also surveyed.

  10. Protein Sequencing with Tandem Mass Spectrometry

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    Ziady, Assem G.; Kinter, Michael

    The recent introduction of electrospray ionization techniques that are suitable for peptides and whole proteins has allowed for the design of mass spectrometric protocols that provide accurate sequence information for proteins. The advantages gained by these approaches over traditional Edman Degradation sequencing include faster analysis and femtomole, sometimes attomole, sensitivity. The ability to efficiently identify proteins has allowed investigators to conduct studies on their differential expression or modification in response to various treatments or disease states. In this chapter, we discuss the use of electrospray tandem mass spectrometry, a technique whereby protein-derived peptides are subjected to fragmentation in the gas phase, revealing sequence information for the protein. This powerful technique has been instrumental for the study of proteins and markers associated with various disorders, including heart disease, cancer, and cystic fibrosis. We use the study of protein expression in cystic fibrosis as an example.

  11. Parametric systems analysis for tandem mirror hybrids

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    Lee, J.D.; Chapin, D.L.; Chi, J.W.H.

    1980-09-01

    Fusion fission systems, consisting of fissile producing fusion hybrids combining a tandem mirror fusion driver with various blanket types and net fissile consuming LWR's, have been modeled and analyzed parametrically. Analysis to date indicates that hybrids can be competitive with mined uranium when U/sub 3/O/sub 8/ cost is about 100 $/lb., adding less than 25% to present day cost of power from LWR's. Of the three blanket types considered, uranium fast fission (UFF), thorium fast fission (ThFF), and thorium fission supressed (ThFS), the ThFS blanket has a modest economic advantage under most conditions but has higher support ratios and potential safety advantages under all conditions.

  12. The tandem affinity purification technology: an overview.

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    Li, Yifeng

    2011-08-01

    Tandem affinity purification (TAP) is a methodology for the isolation of protein complexes from endogenous sources. It involves incorporation of a dual-affinity tag into the protein of interest and introduction of the construct into desired cell lines or organisms. Using the two affinity handles, the protein complex assembled under physiological conditions, which contains the tagged target protein and its interacting partners, can be isolated by a sequential purification scheme. Compared with single-step purification, TAP greatly reduces non-specific background and isolates protein complexes with higher purity. TAP-based protein retrieval plus mass spectrometry-based analysis has become a standard approach for identification and characterization of multi-protein complexes. The present article gives an overview of the TAP method, with a focus on its key feature-the dual-affinity tag. In addition, the application of this technology in various systems is briefly discussed. PMID:21424840

  13. A new tandem mass spectrometer for photofragment spectroscopy of cold, gas-phase molecular ions

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    Svendsen, Annette; Lorenz, Ulrich J.; Boyarkin, Oleg V.; Rizzo, Thomas R.

    2010-07-15

    We present here the design of a new tandem mass spectrometer that combines an electrospray ion source with a cryogenically cooled ion trap for spectroscopic studies of cold, gas-phase ions. The ability to generate large ions in the gas phase without fragmentation, cool them to {approx}10 K in an ion trap, and perform photofragment spectroscopy opens up new possibilities for spectroscopic characterization of large biomolecular ions. The incorporation of an ion funnel, together with a number of small enhancements, significantly improves the sensitivity, signal stability, and ease of use compared with the previous instrument built in our laboratory.

  14. A tandem-based compact dual-energy gamma generator.

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    Persaud, A; Kwan, J W; Leitner, M; Leung, K-N; Ludewigt, B; Tanaka, N; Waldron, W; Wilde, S; Antolak, A J; Morse, D H; Raber, T

    2010-02-01

    A dual-energy tandem-type gamma generator has been developed at E. O. Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory and Sandia National Laboratories. The tandem accelerator geometry allows higher energy nuclear reactions to be reached, thereby allowing more flexible generation of MeV-energy gammas for active interrogation applications. Both positively charged ions and atoms of hydrogen are created from negative ions via a gas stripper. In this paper, we show first results of the working tandem-based gamma generator and that a gas stripper can be utilized in a compact source design. Preliminary results of monoenergetic gamma production are shown. PMID:20192470

  15. Ultra-sensitive tandem colloidal quantum-dot photodetectors.

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    Jiang, Zhenyu; Hu, Wenjia; Mo, Chen; Liu, Yan; Zhang, Wenjun; You, Guanjun; Wang, Li; Atalla, Mahmoud R M; Zhang, Yu; Liu, Jie; Kurhade, Kandhar K; Xu, Jian

    2015-10-21

    The solution-processed PbSe colloidal quantum-dot (CQD) infrared photodetector with tandem architecture is proposed to address the high dark current issue. The electrical transport mechanism in tandem has been fundamentally changed in which the recombination of carriers at an intermediate layer becomes dominant rather than carriers hopping between nearest neighbors in CQD materials. As a result, the tandem photodetector exhibits ultra-high detectivities of 4.7 10(13) Jones and 8.1 10(13) Jones under 34 ?W cm(-2) illumination at 1100 nm, at 275 K and 100 K, respectively. PMID:26388137

  16. Ultra-sensitive tandem colloidal quantum-dot photodetectors

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    Jiang, Zhenyu; Hu, Wenjia; Mo, Chen; Liu, Yan; Zhang, Wenjun; You, Guanjun; Wang, Li; Atalla, Mahmoud R. M.; Zhang, Yu; Liu, Jie; Kurhade, Kandhar K.; Xu, Jian

    2015-10-01

    The solution-processed PbSe colloidal quantum-dot (CQD) infrared photodetector with tandem architecture is proposed to address the high dark current issue. The electrical transport mechanism in tandem has been fundamentally changed in which the recombination of carriers at an intermediate layer becomes dominant rather than carriers hopping between nearest neighbors in CQD materials. As a result, the tandem photodetector exhibits ultra-high detectivities of 4.7 1013 Jones and 8.1 1013 Jones under 34 ?W cm-2 illumination at 1100 nm, at 275 K and 100 K, respectively.

  17. Classroom Tandem--Outlining a Model for Language Learning and Instruction

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    Karjalainen, Katri; Prn, Michaela; Rusk, Fredrik; Bjrkskog, Linda

    2013-01-01

    The aim of this paper is to outline classroom tandem by comparing it with informal tandem learning contexts and other language instruction methods. Classroom tandem is used for second language instruction in mixed language groups in the subjects of Finnish and Swedish as L2. Tandem learning entails that two persons with different mother tongues

  18. Routine approach to qualitatively screen for 300 pesticides and quantify those frequently detected in fruits and vegetables using liquid chromatography tandem mass spectrometry

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    This paper describes an efficient and effective analytical scheme to first screen for 300 pesticides in fruit and vegetables samples using liquid chromatography tandem mass spectrometry (LC-MS/MS) with a commercial enhanced product ion method. Then, the presumed positive extracts were analyzed using...

  19. Heavy-ion injection from tandems into an isochronous cyclotron

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    LeVine, M.J.; Chasman, C.

    1981-01-01

    A design has been realized for the injection of heavy ion beams generated by the BNL 3-stage tandem facility into a proposed isochronous cyclotron. The tandem beams are bunched into +- 1/sup 0/ R.F. phase (less than or equal to 0.5 nsec) in two stages. The beam is then injected into the cyclotron through a valley, past a hill, and into the next valley on to a stripper foil. Only a single steerer is required to make trajectory corrections for the different beams. Two achromats are used to regulate the tandem potential and to provide phase control. A final section of the injection optics provides matching of transverse phase space to the acceptance of the cyclotron. The calculations use realistic tandem emittances and magnetic fields for the cyclotron based on measurements with a model magnet.

  20. D STAND DELIVERY END OF #44 TANDEM BREAKDOWN MILL WITH ...

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    D STAND DELIVERY END OF #44 TANDEM BREAKDOWN MILL WITH UPCOILER. BACKUP ROLLS, 40 TONS. WORK ROLLS, 20 TONS., C. 1900. OPERATING SPEED, 600'/MINUTE. AUTOMATIC GAUGE CONTROL. - American Brass Foundry, 70 Sayre Street, Buffalo, Erie County, NY

  1. Solar-to-Chemical Energy Conversion with Photoelectrochemical Tandem Cells.

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    Sivula, Kevin

    2013-01-01

    Efficiently and inexpensively converting solar energy into chemical fuels is an important goal towards a sustainable energy economy. An integrated tandem cell approach could reasonably convert over 20% of the sun's energy directly into chemical fuels like H2 via water splitting. Many different systems have been investigated using various combinations of photovoltaic cells and photoelectrodes, but in order to be economically competitive with the production of H2 from fossil fuels, a practical water splitting tandem cell must optimize cost, longevity and performance. In this short review, the practical aspects of solar fuel production are considered from the perspective of a semiconductor-based tandem cell and the latest advances with a very promising technology - metal oxide photoelectrochemical tandem cells - are presented. PMID:23574955

  2. 5. GENERAL VIEW OF UNITEDTOD TWIN TANDEM STEAM ENGINE. ...

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    5. GENERAL VIEW OF UNITED-TOD TWIN TANDEM STEAM ENGINE. - Republic Iron & Steel Company, Youngstown Works, Blooming Mill & Blooming Mill Engines, North of Poland Avenue, Youngstown, Mahoning County, OH

  3. Design of tandem mirror reactors with thermal barriers

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    Carlson, G.A.

    1980-01-01

    End-plug technologies for tandem mirror reactors include high-field superconducting magnets, neutral beam injectors, and gyrotrons for electron cyclotron resonant heating (ECRH). In addition to their normal use for sustenance of the end-plug plasmas, neutral beam injectors are used for ''pumping'' trapped ions from the thermal barrier regions by charge exchange. An extra function of the axially directed pump beams is the removal of thermalized alpha particles from the reactor. The principles of tandem mirror operation with thermal barriers will be demonstrated in the upgrade of the Tandem Mirror Experiment (TMX-U) in 1981 and the tandem configuration of the Mirror fusion Test Facility (MFTF-B) in 1984.

  4. Plasma-wall interactions in tandem mirror machines

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    Allen, S.L.

    1984-11-01

    A description is presented of the plasma-surface interactions in thermal-barrier tandem-mirror machines. The thermal-barrier mode of axial confinement is an integral part of a tandem mirror, and it dictates the required plasma conditions, particularly at the surface of the plasma. For this reason, a qualitative discussion of the thermal barrier is presented first in Section 2. A brief description of the experimental configuration used in tandem mirrors to create the thermal barrier is then examined in detail in Section 3; the TMX-U and MFTF-B machines are used as specific examples. In Section 4, the relevant plasma-surface interaction issues are addressed, and experimental results from currently operating tandom mirror machines are included. Section 5 is both a summary and a discussion of future work concerned with plasma-surface interactions in tandem mirrors.

  5. Follower ants in a tandem pair are not always nave

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    Schultheiss, Patrick; Raderschall, Chlo A; Narendra, Ajay

    2015-01-01

    In addition to foraging individually several species of ants guide nestmates to a goal by tandem running. We found that the Australian ant, Camponotus consobrinus, forages both individually and by tandem running to head to the same goal, nest-specific native Australian trees on which they forage. While paths of solitary foragers and initial paths of tandem followers showed no differences in heading directions or straightness, tandem followers moved at about half the speed of solitary runs. When leaders were experimentally removed, follower ants initially engaged in a systematic search around the point of interruption, following which they either (a) headed directly towards and successfully reached the foraging trees, or (b) continued searching or (c) returned to the nest. The high incidence of followers that successfully navigated towards the foraging trees on their own provides strong evidence that many tandem followers are in fact experienced foragers. Detailed analysis of the searching behaviour revealed that even seemingly lost followers displayed a directional bias towards the foraging trees in their search path. Our results show that in a foraging context follower ants in a tandem pair are not always nave. PMID:26021611

  6. Engineering problems of tandem-mirror reactors

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    Moir, R.W.; Barr, W.L.; Boghosian, B.M.

    1981-10-22

    We have completed a comparative evaluation of several end plug configurations for tandem mirror fusion reactors with thermal barriers. The axi-cell configuration has been selected for further study and will be the basis for a detailed conceptual design study to be carried out over the next two years. The axi-cell end plug has a simple mirror cell produced by two circular coils followed by a transition coil and a yin-yang pair, which provides for MHD stability. This paper discusses some of the many engineering problems facing the designer. We estimated the direct cost to be 2$/W/sub e/. Assuming total (direct and indirect) costs to be twice this number, we need to reduce total costs by factors between 1.7 and 2.3 to compete with future LWRs levelized cost of electricity. These reductions may be possible by designing magnets producing over 20T made possible by use of combinations of superconducting and normal conducting coils as well as improvements in performance and cost of neutral beam and microwave power systems. Scientific and technological understanding and innovation are needed in the area of thermal barrier pumping - a process by which unwanted particles are removed (pumped) from certain regions of velocity and real space in the end plug. Removal of exhaust fuel ions, fusion ash and impurities by action of a halo plasma and plasma dump in the mirror end region is another challenging engineering problem discussed in this paper.

  7. Tandem-mirror technology demonstration facility

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    Fowler, T.K.; Logan, B.G.

    1981-09-18

    Preliminary calculations at LLNL indicate that a Technology Demonstration Facility (TDF) consisting of a tandem mirror machine about the size of TMX could begin providing fusion nuclear engineering data as early as 1988. With high density operation based on physics already demonstrated in TMX, this machine would produce 12 MW of DT neutrons in steady-state from a plasma column 0.08 m in radius and 8 m in length. Allowing space for neutral beam injectors at each end of the column, this would permit testing of blanket modules and components at 1 MW/m/sup 2/ neutron wall load over a cylindrical surface 8 m/sup 2/ in area at a radius of 0.25 m; or one could irradiate thousands of small samples at 2 MW/m/sup 2/ at r = 0.125 m (4 m/sup 2/ area). With improved end-plug physics to be tested in TMX-Upgrade in 1982-83, the wall load at 0.25 m could be increased to 2 MW/m/sup 2/ (4 MW/m/sup 2/ at r = 0.125 m). Construction of the TDF could begin in FY84 and be completed in 4 to 5 years, at a cost roughly estimated as $700M in '81 dollars including engineering and 30% contingency.

  8. Analysis of tandem mirror reactor performance

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    Wu, K.F.; Campbell, R.B.; Peng, Y.K.M.

    1984-11-01

    Parametric studies are performed using a tandem mirror plasma point model to evaluate the wall loading GAMMA and the physics figure of merit, Q (fusion power/injected power). We explore the relationship among several dominant parameters and determine the impact on the plasma performance of electron cyclotron resonance heating in the plug region. These global particle and energy balance studies were carried out under the constraints of magnetohydrodynamic (MHD) equilibrium and stability and constant magnetic flux, assuming a fixed end-cell geometry. We found that the higher the choke coil fields, the higher the Q, wall loading, and fusion power due to the combination of the increased central-cell field B/sub c/ and density n/sub c/ and the reduced central-cell beta ..beta../sub c/. The MHD stability requirement of constant B/sub c//sup 2/..beta../sub c/ causes the reduction in ..beta../sub c/. In addition, a higher value of fusion power can also be obtained, at a fixed central-cell length, by operating at a lower value of B/sub c/ and a higher value of ..beta../sub c/.

  9. Small, octopole-stabilized tandem mirror reactor

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    Devoto, R.S.; Baldwin, D.E.; Logan, B.G.; Hamilton, G.W.; Johnston, B.W.

    1984-10-03

    It is shown that the use of octopole stabilization in a tandem mirror allows a large reduction in end-cell length. A novel feature of the method proposed in this report is the placement of the minimum IBI region coonsiderably off axis, thus rendering the core plasma more axisymmetric. The region from the core to the field minimum is bridged by a mirror-confined hot-electron mantle. Low ..beta.., ideal magnetohydrodynamic stability, as evaluated with the interchange criterion, yields an upper limit to the required mantle peak ..beta.. of 78% for a center-cell peak ..beta.. of 75% and barrier peak ..beta.. of 30%. Estimates for the worst type of classical radial diffusion - with stochastic displacements per bounce - show that such radial losses are negligible for this configuration. First estimates of power balance indicate Q approx. 10 for a reactor producing 500 MW of fusion power and Q approx. 25 for one producing 1000 MW, using conservative assumptions regarding mantle ..beta.. requirements and synchrotron radiation losses.

  10. Transcriptome annotation using tandem SAGE tags

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    Rivals, Eric; Boureux, Anthony; Lejeune, Mireille; Ottones, Florence; Pecharromàn Pérez, Oscar; Tarhio, Jorma; Pierrat, Fabien; Ruffle, Florence; Commes, Thérèse; Marti, Jacques

    2007-01-01

    Analysis of several million expressed gene signatures (tags) revealed an increasing number of different sequences, largely exceeding that of annotated genes in mammalian genomes. Serial analysis of gene expression (SAGE) can reveal new Poly(A) RNAs transcribed from previously unrecognized chromosomal regions. However, conventional SAGE tags are too short to identify unambiguously unique sites in large genomes. Here, we design a novel strategy with tags anchored on two different restrictions sites of cDNAs. New transcripts are then tentatively defined by the two SAGE tags in tandem and by the spanning sequence read on the genome between these tagged sites. Having developed a new algorithm to locate these tag-delimited genomic sequences (TDGS), we first validated its capacity to recognize known genes and its ability to reveal new transcripts with two SAGE libraries built in parallel from a single RNA sample. Our algorithm proves fast enough to experiment this strategy at a large scale. We then collected and processed the complete sets of human SAGE tags to predict yet unknown transcripts. A cross-validation with tiling arrays data shows that 47% of these TDGS overlap transcriptional active regions. Our method provides a new and complementary approach for complex transcriptome annotation. PMID:17709346

  11. Global design optimization for an axial-flow tandem pump based on surrogate method

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    Li, D. H.; Zhao, Y.; Y Wang, G.

    2013-12-01

    Tandem pump, compared with multistage pump, goes without guide vanes between impellers. Better cavitation performance and significant reduction of the axial geometry scale is important for high-speed propulsion. This study presents a global design optimization method based on surrogated method for an axial-flow tandem pump to enhance trade-off performances: energy and cavitation performances. At the same time, interactions between impellers and impacts on the performances are analyzed. Fixed angle of blades in impellers and phase angle are performed as design variables. Efficiency and minimum average pressure coefficient (MAPC) on axial sectional surface in front impeller are the objective function, which can represent energy and cavitation performances well. Different surrogate models are constructed, and Global Sensitivity Analysis and Pareto Front method are used. The results show that, 1) Influence from phase angle on performances can be neglected compared with other two design variables, 2) Impact ratio of fixed angle of blades in two impellers on efficiency are the same as their designed loading distributions, which is 4:6, 3) The optimization results can enhance the trade-off performances well: efficiency is improved by 0.6%, and the MAPC is improved by 4.5%.

  12. Tandem shock waves in medicine and biology: a review of potential applications and successes

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    Lukes, P.; Fernndez, F.; Gutirrez-Aceves, J.; Fernndez, E.; Alvarez, U. M.; Sunka, P.; Loske, A. M.

    2015-07-01

    Shock waves have been established as a safe and effective treatment for a wide range of diseases. Research groups worldwide are working on improving shock wave technology and developing new applications of shock waves to medicine and biology. The passage of a shock wave through soft tissue, fluids, and suspensions containing cells may result in acoustic cavitation i.e., the expansion and violent collapse of microbubbles, which generates secondary shock waves and the emission of microjets of fluid. Cavitation has been recognized as a significant phenomenon that produces both desirable and undesirable biomedical effects. Several studies have shown that cavitation can be controlled by emitting two shock waves that can be delayed by tenths or hundreds of microseconds. These dual-pulse pressure pulses, which are known as tandem shock waves, have been shown to enhance in vitro and in vivo urinary stone fragmentation, cause significant cytotoxic effects in tumor cells, delay tumor growth, enhance the bactericidal effect of shock waves and significantly increase the efficiency of genetic transformations in bacteria and fungi. This article provides an overview of the basic physical principles, methodologies, achievements and potential uses of tandem shock waves to improve biomedical applications.

  13. Tandem shock waves in medicine and biology: a review of potential applications and successes

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    Lukes, P.; Fernández, F.; Gutiérrez-Aceves, J.; Fernández, E.; Alvarez, U. M.; Sunka, P.; Loske, A. M.

    2016-01-01

    Shock waves have been established as a safe and effective treatment for a wide range of diseases. Research groups worldwide are working on improving shock wave technology and developing new applications of shock waves to medicine and biology. The passage of a shock wave through soft tissue, fluids, and suspensions containing cells may result in acoustic cavitation i.e., the expansion and violent collapse of microbubbles, which generates secondary shock waves and the emission of microjets of fluid. Cavitation has been recognized as a significant phenomenon that produces both desirable and undesirable biomedical effects. Several studies have shown that cavitation can be controlled by emitting two shock waves that can be delayed by tenths or hundreds of microseconds. These dual-pulse pressure pulses, which are known as tandem shock waves, have been shown to enhance in vitro and in vivo urinary stone fragmentation, cause significant cytotoxic effects in tumor cells, delay tumor growth, enhance the bactericidal effect of shock waves and significantly increase the efficiency of genetic transformations in bacteria and fungi. This article provides an overview of the basic physical principles, methodologies, achievements and potential uses of tandem shock waves to improve biomedical applications.

  14. Analysis of flavonoids: tandem mass spectrometry, computational methods, and NMR.

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    March, Raymond; Brodbelt, Jennifer

    2008-12-01

    Due to the increasing understanding of the health benefits and chemopreventive properties of flavonoids, there continues to be significant effort dedicated to improved analytical methods for characterizing the structures of flavonoids and monitoring their levels in fruits and vegetables, as well as developing new approaches for mapping the interactions of flavonoids with biological molecules. Tandem mass spectrometry (MS/MS), particularly in conjunction with liquid chromatography (LC), is the dominant technique that has been pursued for elucidation of flavonoids. Metal complexation strategies have proven to be especially promising for enhancing the ionization of flavonoids and yielding key diagnostic product ions for differentiation of isomers. Of particular value is the addition of a chromophoric ligand to allow the application of infrared (IR) multiphoton dissociation as an alternative to collision-induced dissociation (CID) for the differentiation of isomers. CID, including energy-resolved methods, and nuclear magnetic resonance (NMR) have also been utilized widely for structural characterization of numerous classes of flavonoids and development of structure/activity relationships.The gas-phase ion chemistry of flavonoids is an active area of research particularly when combined with accurate mass measurement for distinguishing between isobaric ions. Applications of a variety of ab initio and chemical computation methods to the study of flavonoids have been reported, and the results of computations of ion and molecular structures have been shown together with computations of atomic charges and ion fragmentation. Unambiguous ion structures are obtained rarely using MS alone. Thus, it is necessary to combine MS with spectroscopic techniques such as ultraviolet (UV) and NMR to achieve this objective. The application of NMR data to the mass spectrometric examination of flavonoids is discussed. PMID:18855332

  15. Landmarks and ant search strategies after interrupted tandem runs.

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    Basari, Norasmah; Bruendl, Aisha C; Hemingway, Charlotte E; Roberts, Nicholas W; Sendova-Franks, Ana B; Franks, Nigel R

    2014-03-15

    During a tandem run, a single leading ant recruits a single follower to an important resource such as a new nest. To examine this process, we used a motorized gantry, which has not previously been used in ant studies, to track tandem running ants accurately in a large arena and we compared their performance in the presence of different types of landmark. We interrupted tandem runs by taking away the leader and moved a large distant landmark behind the new nest just at the time of this separation. Our aim was to determine what information followers might have obtained from the incomplete tandem run they had followed, and how they behaved after the tandem run had been interrupted. Our results show that former followers search by using composite random strategies with elements of sub-diffusive and diffusive movements. Furthermore, when we provided more landmarks former followers searched for longer. However, when all landmarks were removed completely from the arena, the ants' search duration lasted up to four times longer. Hence, their search strategy changes in the presence or absence of landmarks. Even after extensive search of this kind, former followers headed back to their old nest but did not return along the path of the tandem run they had followed. The combination of the position to which the large distant landmark behind the new nest was moved and the presence or absence of additional landmarks influenced the orientation of the former followers' paths back to the old nest. We also found that these ants exhibit behavioural lateralization in which they possibly use their right eye more than their left eye to recognize landmarks for navigation. Our results suggest that former follower ants learn landmarks during tandem running and use this information to make strategic decisions. PMID:24198259

  16. Enhancer complexes located downstream of both human immunoglobulin Calpha genes.

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    Mills, F C; Harindranath, N; Mitchell, M; Max, E E

    1997-09-15

    To investigate regulation of human immunoglobulin heavy chain expression, we have cloned DNA downstream from the two human Calpha genes, corresponding to the position in the mouse IgH cluster of a locus control region (LCR) that includes an enhancer which regulates isotype switching. Within 25 kb downstream of both the human immunoglobulin Calpha1 and Calpha2 genes we identified several segments of DNA which display B lymphoid-specific DNase I hypersensitivity as well as enhancer activity in transient transfections. The corresponding sequences downstream from each of the two human Calpha genes are nearly identical to each other. These enhancers are also homologous to three regions which lie in similar positions downstream from the murine Calpha gene and form the murine LCR. The strongest enhancers in both mouse and human have been designated HS12. Within a 135-bp core homology region, the human HS12 enhancers are approximately 90% identical to the murine homolog and include several motifs previously demonstrated to be important for function of the murine enhancer; additional segments of high sequence conservation suggest the possibility of previously unrecognized functional motifs. On the other hand, certain functional elements in the murine enhancer, including a B cell-specific activator protein site, do not appear to be conserved in human HS12. The human homologs of the murine enhancers designated HS3 and HS4 show lower overall sequence conservation, but for at least two of the functional motifs in the murine HS4 (a kappaB site and an octamer motif ) the human HS4 homologs are exactly conserved. An additional hypersensitivity site between human HS3 and HS12 in each human locus displays no enhancer activity on its own, but includes a region of high sequence conservation with mouse, suggesting the possibility of another novel functional element. PMID:9294139

  17. Discrete elements within the SV40 enhancer region display different cell-specific enhancer activities.

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    Ondek, B; Shepard, A; Herr, W

    1987-01-01

    The SV40 enhancer contains three genetically defined elements, called A, B and C, that can functionally compensate for one another. By using short, synthetic DNA oligonucleotides, we show that each of these elements can act autonomously as an enhancer when present as multiple tandem copies. Analysis of a progressive series of B element oligomers shows a single element is ineffective as an enhancer and that the activity of two or more elements increases with copy number. Assay in five different cell lines of two separate enhancers containing six tandem copies of either the B or C element shows that these elements possess different cell-specific activities. Parallel oligomer enhancer constructs containing closely spaced double point mutations display no enhancer activity in any of the cell lines tested, indicating that these elements represent single units of enhancer function. These elements contain either a 'core' or 'octamer' consensus sequence but these consensus sequences alone are not sufficient for enhancer activity. The different cell-specific activities of the B and C elements are consistent with functional interactions with different trans-acting factors. We discuss how tandem duplication of such dissimilar elements, as in the wild-type SV40 72-bp repeats, can serve to expand the conditions under which an enhancer can function. Images Fig. 2. Fig. 3. Fig. 4. PMID:3036487

  18. The Tandem-ALPI-PIAVE accelerator complex of LNL

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    Ur, C. A.

    2013-07-18

    Heavy ion beams are delivered at the Laboratori Nazionali di Legnaro by the accelerator complex Tandem-ALPI-PIAVE. The Tandem XTU is a Van de Graaff accelerator normally operated at terminal voltages of up to about 15 MV. The Tandem accelerator can be operated in stand-alone mode or as an injector for the linac booster ALPI. The linear accelerator ALPI is built of superconducting resonant cavities and consists of a low-beta branch, particularly important for the acceleration of the heavier mass ions, a medium-beta branch, and a high-beta branch. ALPI can be operated also with the PIAVE injector that consists of a superconducting linac and an ECR source. The PIAVE source was mainly used for the acceleration of intense noble gas beams but most recently also a first metallic beam was delivered to the users. The accelerator complex delivers beams of ions from protons to gold in three experimental areas on 11 different beam lines. A rich scientific activity is ongoing at the Tandem-ALPI-PIAVE accelerator complex, beam time being shared between nuclear physics research and applied and interdisciplinary physics research. An overview of the present status and perspectives of the Tandem-ALPI-PIAVE complex and its physics program is given in the present paper.

  19. Dynamic analysis of FPSO with a tandem offloading system

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    Nishimoto, K.; Brinati, H.L.; Fucatu, C.H.

    1996-12-31

    Turret-moored tankers have been conceived by the oil industry as a Floating Production Storage and Offloading system (FPSO). The oil stored in ship hull may be offloaded by a shuttle ship connected to the FPSO by a hawser, in a so called tandem system configuration. The problem of dynamic instability, that arises with other ship mooring systems, like single point mooring and spread mooring systems subjected to the environment forces, may also be present with the tandem system. The present paper is concerned with the dynamic analysis of the tandem system. It is an extension of the research that the authors had carried out with the application of a new mathematical model to deal with the SPM dynamics. This formulation is a manoeuvering model specially developed to represent low speed ship motion. Initially presented is the mathematical model that represents the dynamics of the tandem system. Particular emphasis is given to the description of the slow ship dynamics for the two vessels. Simulation of the mathematical model is used to analyze the dynamical behavior of the tandem system. The effects of hawser length, wind and current speeds and wave angle of incidence are investigated.

  20. Dynamic landscape of tandem 3? UTRs during zebrafish development

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    Li, Yuxin; Sun, Yu; Fu, Yonggui; Li, Mengzhen; Huang, Guangrui; Zhang, Chenxu; Liang, Jiahui; Huang, Shengfeng; Shen, Gaoyang; Yuan, Shaochun; Chen, Liangfu; Chen, Shangwu; Xu, Anlong

    2012-01-01

    Tandem 3? untranslated regions (UTRs), produced by alternative polyadenylation (APA) in the terminal exon of a gene, could have critical roles in regulating gene networks. Here we profiled tandem poly(A) events on a genome-wide scale during the embryonic development of zebrafish (Danio rerio) using a recently developed SAPAS method. We showed that 43% of the expressed protein-coding genes have tandem 3? UTRs. The average 3? UTR length follows a V-shaped dynamic pattern during early embryogenesis, in which the 3? UTRs are first shortened at zygotic genome activation, and then quickly lengthened during gastrulation. Over 4000 genes are found to switch tandem APA sites, and the distinct functional roles of these genes are indicated by Gene Ontology analysis. Three families of cis-elements, including miR-430 seed, U-rich element, and canonical poly(A) signal, are enriched in 3? UTR-shortened/lengthened genes in a stage-specific manner, suggesting temporal regulation coordinated by APA and trans-acting factors. Our results highlight the regulatory role of tandem 3? UTR control in early embryogenesis and suggest that APA may represent a new epigenetic paradigm of physiological regulations. PMID:22955139

  1. Tandemly repeated pentanucleotides in DNA sequences of eucaryotes.

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    Borstnik, B; Pumpernik, D; Lukman, D; Ugarkovi?, D; Plohl, M

    1994-01-01

    Genetic sequence data banks were scanned in order to retrieve tandemly repeated pentanucleotides (pnts). It was found that among 102 (=(1024-4)/2/5) possible distinct pnts roughly each fourth is involved in tandem repeats. It is shown that tandemly repeated pnts are composed of frequently occurring di- and trinucleotides and that those pnts which occur frequently in the form of mono- or di-pnts form also tandem repeats either in the form of satellites or in the form of shorter tandem repeats. Human satellite III is taken as a specific example. It is shown that the first guanine within GG-AAT pnt exhibits the highest mutability. Sequential distribution of base changes gives evidence that the mutations do not occur at random positions but in a correlated fashion so that long stretches of original pnts remain intact. It is found that pnts related to the satellite III are present in introns and flanking regions of some structural genes, but are not preserved between orthologous genes of related species. The results corroborate the most plausible mechanism of their evolution--rapid amplification followed by successive divergence of repeat units by various mutational processes. PMID:8078778

  2. N, N-Dimethyl Leucines as Novel Isobaric Tandem Mass Tags for Quantitative Proteomics and Peptidomics

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    Xiang, Feng; Ye, Hui; Chen, Ruibing; Fu, Qiang; Li, Lingjun

    2010-01-01

    Herein we describe the development and application of a set of novel N, N-dimethyl leucine (DiLeu) 4-plex isobaric tandem mass (MS2) tagging reagents with high quantitation efficacy and greatly reduced cost for neuropeptide and protein analysis. DiLeu reagents serve as attractive alternatives for isobaric tag for relative and absolute quantitation (iTRAQ) and tandem mass tags (TMTs) due to their synthetic simplicity, labeling efficiency and improved fragmentation efficiency. DiLeu reagent resembles the general structure of a tandem mass tag in that it contains an amine reactive group (triazine ester) targeting the N-terminus and ?-amino group of the lysine side-chain of a peptide, a balance group, and a reporter group. A mass shift of m/z 145.1 is observed for each incorporated label. Intense a1 reporter ions at m/z 115.1, 116.1, 117.1, and 118.1 are observed for all pooled samples upon MS2. All labeling reagents are readily synthesized from commercially available chemicals with greatly reduced cost. Labels 117 and 118 can be synthesized in one step and labels 115 and 116 can be synthesized in two steps. Both DiLeu and iTRAQ reagents show comparable protein sequence coverage (~43%) and quantitation accuracy (<15%) for tryptically digested protein samples. Furthermore, enhanced fragmentation of DiLeu labeling reagents offers greater confidence in protein identification and neuropeptide sequencing from complex neuroendocrine tissue extracts from a marine model organism, Callinectes sapidus. PMID:20218596

  3. Development of a silver/polymer nanocomposite interconnection layer for organic tandem solar cells

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    Torabi, Naeimeh; Behjat, Abbas; Shahpari, Mahboobeh; Edalati, Shadi

    2015-01-01

    Interconnecting layers (ICL) play an important role in regulating the performance of tandem devices. We report the design of a solution-processed ICL that consists of a silver/polymer nanocomposite deposited on the top of a TiO2 layer. This nanocomposite contains modified poly (3,4-ethylenedioxythiophene) polystyrene sulfonic acid (PEDOT:PSS), and silver nanoparticles (Ag NPs) synthesized by the chemical reduction of silver nitrate in the presence of PEDOT:PSS. Formation of Ag NPs was confirmed by monitoring the plasmon absorption peak characteristics in the UV-visible spectrum of the synthesized nanocomposite. Transmission electron microscopy analysis indicated the presence of spherical silver NPs in a polymer matrix with a mean size of around 20 nm. The sheet resistance of PEDOT:PSS was found to be 2474±35 Ω/sq. It was changed to 445±28 Ω/sq after solvent modification and decreased to 53.31±3.59 Ω/sq after synthesizing silver NPs in the polymer medium. Meanwhile, the transparency of the nanocomposite film deposited on TiO2 was 89.6%, which is considered appropriate for an interconnecting electrode. We demonstrated that by incorporating a silver/polymer nanocomposite as a hole-transporting layer in contact with TiO2 as an electron-transporting layer, the ohmic behavior of ICL is enhanced with respect to pristine PEDOT:PSS. P3HT:PCBM-based tandem solar cells based on this solution-processed intermediate electrode represent significantly increased open-circuit voltage (Voc), reaching close to the sum of the single cells. By incorporating the nanocomposite in the tandem structure, a Voc of 1.1 V was obtained. This value was almost the sum of the Voc of two single cells, which was 1.18 V.

  4. Hot-electron plasma formation and confinement in the tandem mirror experiment-upgrade

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    Ress, D.B.

    1988-06-01

    The tandem mirror experiment-upgrade (TMX-U) at the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL) is the first experiment to investigate the thermal-barrier tandem-mirror concept. One attractive feature of the tandem magnetic mirror as a commercial power reactor is that the fusion reactions occur in an easily accessible center-cell. On the other hand, complicated end-cells are necessary to provide magnetohydrodynamic (MHD) stability and improved particle confinement of the center-cell plasma. In these end-cells, enhanced confinement is achieved with a particular axial potential profile that is formed with electron-cyclotron range-of-frequency heating (ECRF heating, ECRH). By modifying the loss rates of electrons at spatially distinct locations within the end-cells, the ECRH can tailor the plasma potential profile in the desired fashion. Specifically, the thermal-barrier concept requires generation of a population of energetic electrons near the midplane of each end-cell. To be effective, the transverse (to the magnetic field) spatial structure of the hot-electron plasma must be fairly uniform. In this dissertation we characterize the spatial structure of the ECRH-generated plasma, and determine how the structure builds up in time. Furthermore, the plasma should efficiently absorb the ECRF power, and a large fraction of the electrons must be well confined near the end-cell midplane. Therefore, we also examine in detail the ECRH power balance, determining how the ECRF power is absorbed by the plasma, and the processes through which that power is confined and lost. 43 refs., 69 figs., 6 tabs.

  5. The query execution engine in Tandem`s new ServerWare SQL product

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    Celis, P.; Zeller, H.

    1996-12-31

    Tandem has re-written its SQL compiler and its query execution engine into a new product that will be available on multiple operating systems. The new product uses a novel query execution engine and we will highlight the unique aspects of the new engine. ServerWare SQL uses a data flow and scheduler driven task model to execute queries. Tasks communicate either via in-memory queues or via interprocess communication. Partitioned, pipelined, or independent operations are executed in parallel. By adding new task types the model can be easily extended. Parallelism in a distributed memory environment is implemented as a special {open_quotes}Exchange{close_quotes} task type, as in the Volcano research prototype. Scheduling and load balancing are performed by separate scheduler tasks.

  6. Counter-Rotating Tandem Motor Drilling System

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    Kent Perry

    2009-04-30

    Gas Technology Institute (GTI), in partnership with Dennis Tool Company (DTC), has worked to develop an advanced drill bit system to be used with microhole drilling assemblies. One of the main objectives of this project was to utilize new and existing coiled tubing and slimhole drilling technologies to develop Microhole Technology (MHT) so as to make significant reductions in the cost of E&P down to 5000 feet in wellbores as small as 3.5 inches in diameter. This new technology was developed to work toward the DOE's goal of enabling domestic shallow oil and gas wells to be drilled inexpensively compared to wells drilled utilizing conventional drilling practices. Overall drilling costs can be lowered by drilling a well as quickly as possible. For this reason, a high drilling rate of penetration is always desired. In general, high drilling rates of penetration (ROP) can be achieved by increasing the weight on bit and increasing the rotary speed of the bit. As the weight on bit is increased, the cutting inserts penetrate deeper into the rock, resulting in a deeper depth of cut. As the depth of cut increases, the amount of torque required to turn the bit also increases. The Counter-Rotating Tandem Motor Drilling System (CRTMDS) was planned to achieve high rate of penetration (ROP) resulting in the reduction of the drilling cost. The system includes two counter-rotating cutter systems to reduce or eliminate the reactive torque the drillpipe or coiled tubing must resist. This would allow the application of maximum weight-on-bit and rotational velocities that a coiled tubing drilling unit is capable of delivering. Several variations of the CRTDMS were designed, manufactured and tested. The original tests failed leading to design modifications. Two versions of the modified system were tested and showed that the concept is both positive and practical; however, the tests showed that for the system to be robust and durable, borehole diameter should be substantially larger than that of slim holes. As a result, the research team decided to complete the project, document the tested designs and seek further support for the concept outside of the DOE.

  7. Dosimetric Comparison of Tandem and Ovoids vs. Tandem and Ring for Intracavitary Gynecologic Applications

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    Levin, Daphne Menhel, Janna; Rabin, Tanya; Pfeffer, M. Raphael; Symon, Zvi

    2008-01-01

    We evaluated dosimetric differences in tandem and ovoid (TO) and tandem and ring (TR) gynecologic brachytherapy applicators. Seventeen patients with cervical cancer (Stages II-IV) receiving 3 high-dose-rate (HDR) brachytherapy applications (both TO and TR) were studied. Patients underwent computed tomography (CT) scans with contrast in bladder, and were prescribed 8 Gy to ICRU points A, with additional optimization goals of maintaining the pear-shaped dose distribution and minimizing bladder and rectum doses. Bladder and rectum point doses, mean, and maximum doses were calculated. Total treatment time and volumes treated to 95%, 85%, 50%, and 20% or the prescription dose were compared. There were no significant differences between TO and TR applicators in doses to prescription points or critical organs. However, there were significant differences (p < 0.001) between the applicators in treated volumes and total treatment time. The TO treated larger volumes over a longer time. Within each patient, when the applicators were compared, treated volumes were also found to be significantly different (p < 0.01, {chi}{sup 2}). Our results demonstrate that the 2 applicators, while delivering the prescribed dose to points A and keeping critical organ doses below tolerance, treat significantly different volumes. It is unclear if this difference is clinically meaningful. TO applicators may be treating surrounding healthy tissue unnecessarily, or TR applicators may be underdosing tumor tissue. Further investigation with appropriate imaging modalities is required for accurate delineation of target volumes. Clearly, the TO and TR are not identical, and should not be used interchangeably without further study.

  8. Tandem photovoltaic solar cells and increased solar energy conversion efficiency

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    Loferski, J. J.

    1976-01-01

    Tandem photovoltaic cells, as proposed by Jackson (1955) to increase the efficiency of solar energy conversion, involve the construction of a system of stacked p/n homojunction photovoltaic cells composed of different semiconductors. It had been pointed out by critics, however, that the total power which could be extracted from the cells in the stack placed side by side was substantially greater than the power obtained from the stacked cells. A reexamination of the tandem cell concept in view of the development of the past few years is conducted. It is concluded that the use of tandem cell systems in flat plate collectors, as originally envisioned by Jackson, may yet become feasible as a result of the development of economically acceptable solar cells for large scale terrestrial power generation.

  9. Highly Loaded Fan by Using Tandem Cascade Rotor Blade

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    Hasegawa, Hiroaki; Suga, Shinya; Matsuoka, Akinori

    For axial flow compressors and fans in the aircraft engines higher pressure ratio is required in order to attain the high thrust engines. In this study, the fan with the tandem cascades was introduced to increase the fan pressure ratio. The use of tandem cascades in the fan allows savings in length and weight and therefore a compact fan could be built. The design of fan with tandem cascades and the fan testing were carried out to develop the high pressure ratio fan for the Air Turbo Ramjet (ATR) propulsion system. The ATR is a combined cycle engine which performs like a turbojet engine at subsonic speeds and a ramjet at supersonic speeds. In particular, high fan pressure ratio contributes to increase the engine thrust during subsonic flight at which the engine does not make use of ram effect. The results of the fan testing indicate that the pressure ratio of 2.2 is achieved in single stage fan.

  10. A tandem mirror plasma source for hybrid plume plasma studies

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    Yang, T. F.; Chang, F. R.; Miller, R. H.; Wenzel, K. W.; Krueger, W. A.

    1985-01-01

    A tandem mirror device to be considered as a hot plasma source for the hybrid plume rocket concept is discussed. The hot plamsa from this device is injected into an exhaust duct, which will interact with an annular hypersonic layer of neutral gas. The device can be used to study the dynamics of the hybrid plume, and to verify the numerical predictions obtained with computer codes. The basic system design is also geared towards low weight and compactness, and high power density at the exhaust. The basic structure of the device consists of four major subsystems: (1) an electric power supply; (2) a low temperature, high density plasma gun, such as a stream gun, an MPD source or gas cell; (3) a power booster in the form of a tandem mirror machine; and (4) an exhaust nozzle arrangement. The configuration of the tandem mirror section is shown.

  11. Advancing tandem solar cells by spectrally selective multilayer intermediate reflectors.

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    Hoffmann, Andre; Paetzold, Ulrich W; Zhang, Chao; Merdzhanova, Tsvetelina; Lambertz, Andreas; Ulbrich, Carolin; Bittkau, Karsten; Rau, Uwe

    2014-08-25

    Thin-film silicon tandem solar cells are composed of an amorphous silicon top cell and a microcrystalline silicon bottom cell, stacked and connected in series. In order to match the photocurrents of the top cell and the bottom cell, a proper photon management is required. Up to date, single-layer intermediate reflectors of limited spectral selectivity are applied to match the photocurrents of the top and the bottom cell. In this paper, we design and prototype multilayer intermediate reflectors based on aluminum doped zinc oxide and doped microcrystalline silicon oxide with a spectrally selective reflectance allowing for improved current matching and an overall increase of the charge carrier generation. The intermediate reflectors are successfully integrated into state-of-the-art tandem solar cells resulting in an increase of overall short-circuit current density by 0.7 mA/cm(2) in comparison to a tandem solar cell with the standard single-layer intermediate reflector. PMID:25322181

  12. Overall Photoelectrochemical Water Splitting using Tandem Cell under Simulated Sunlight.

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    Kim, Jin Hyun; Kaneko, Hiroyuki; Minegishi, Tsutomu; Kubota, Jun; Domen, Kazunari; Lee, Jae Sung

    2016-01-01

    A stand-alone photoelectrochemical (PEC) water-splitting system driven only by sunlight was demonstrated with a tandem-scheme of Pt/CdS/CuGa3 Se5 /(Ag,Cu)GaSe2 photocathode and NiOOH/FeOOH/Mo:BiVO4 photoanode in a neutral phosphate buffer solution as an electrolyte. The as-prepared semi-transparent Mo:BiVO4 layer allows sunlight to pass through the top photoanode and reach the bottom photocathode. Consequently, the tandem cell showed stoichiometric hydrogen and oxygen evolution with a solar-to-hydrogen (STH) conversion efficiency of 0.67?% over 2?h without degradation. The stability and STH efficiency are the highest among similar configuration of PEC tandem cells. PMID:26668101

  13. UPGRADE AND OPERATION OF THE BNL TANDEMS FOR RHIC INJECTION.

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    STESKI,D.B.; ALESSI,J.; BENJAMIN,J.; CARLSON,C.; MANNI,M.; THIEBERGER,P.; WIPLICH,M.

    2001-06-18

    One of the tandem Van de Graaffs (MP7) at Brookhaven National Laboratory (BNL) has successfully completed its first year as an injector for the Relativistic Heavy Ion Collider (RHIC). The tandem provided pulsed beam of Au{sup +32} (peak intensity 80 e{mu}A, 500{micro}s) with only 17 hours of downtime during a 5 month run. Improvements are being made to further increase the intensity of the gold beam for the experimental run starting in 2001. A second tandem Van de Graaff (MP6) has been extensively upgraded and can now reach a terminal voltage of over 14MV. A beamline has been constructed to transport the MP6 beam around MP7 and then connect to the existing MP7 beamlines. This has allowed MP6 to deliver beam to local target rooms for an outside user program, while MP7 has simultaneously injected RHIC. MP6 can also be used as an injector for RHIC.

  14. Numerical simulations of the current-matching effect and operation mechanisms on the performance of InGaN/Si tandem cells

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    2014-01-01

    Numerical simulations are conducted to study the current-matching effect and operation mechanisms in and to design the optimized device structure of InGaN/Si tandem cells. The characteristics of short circuit current density (Jsc), open circuit voltage (Voc), fill factor (FF), and conversion efficiency (η) of InGaN/Si tandem cells are determined by the current-matching effect. The similar trend of η to that of Jsc shows that Jsc is a dominant factor in determining the performance of InGaN/Si tandem cells. In addition, the combined effects of the Jsc, Voc, and FF lead to an optimized η in the medium-indium, xpn-InGaNInGaN‒to‒Si, InGaN/Si tandem cell. At xpn-InGaNInGaN‒to‒Si, the Jsc of the InGaN subcell is equal to that of the Si subcell such that an InGaN/Si tandem cell reaches the current matching condition to operate at the maximum power point. Similar to the Jsc and FF, the η for low- xpn-InGaNxpn-InGaNInGaN‒to‒Si InGaN/Si tandem cells are InGaN- and Si subcell-limited, respectively. Furthermore, the p- and n-layer thicknesses, indium content, and position of depletion region of InGaN subcell should be adjusted to reapportion the light between the two subcells and to achieve the maximum conversion efficiency. With appropriate thicknesses of p- and n-InGaN, In0.5–0.6Ga0.5–0.4 N/Si tandem cells can exhibit as high as approximately 34% to 36.5% conversion efficiency, demonstrating that a medium-indium InGaN/Si tandem cell results in a high-efficiency solar cell. Simulation results determine that the current-matching effect and operation mechanisms of InGaN/Si tandem cells can be utilized for efficiency enhancement through the optimized device structures. PMID:25520599

  15. The innervation of tandem muscle spindles in the cat neck.

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    Richmond, F J; Bakker, G J; Bakker, D A; Stacey, M J

    1986-03-22

    Patterns of innervation were examined in tandem muscle spindles teased from silver-stained muscles of the cat neck. Each tandem spindle was composed of two or more encapsulated receptors linked in series by a shared bag2 fiber. In most tandem spindles, two different types of encapsulation were identified according to differences in their intrafusal fiber content. One type, the b1b2c unit, contained typical bag1, bag2, and chain fibers and was structurally similar to single spindles described in other cat muscles. Each b1b2c unit contained a single primary sensory ending and 1-6 secondary endings. Fusimotor innervation was supplied by many axons. Some fusimotor axons ended in trail ramifications on bag2 and chain fibers, others ended in plates on the bag1 or long chain fiber. The other type of tandem encapsulation, the b2c unit, had only bag2 and chain fibers in its intrafusal fiber bundle. The b2c unit was usually supplied by only one sensory axon that ended on the nucleated part of the intrafusal fiber bundle. This single ending had a more variable terminal morphology than the primary ending in b1b2c units. A few b2c units (3/49) were also supplied by a secondary ending. The fusimotor innervation of the b2c unit was relatively simple. A single pole of the b2c unit was usually supplied by only one to three axons, all ending in trail ramifications. No plate endings were found in b2c units. These morphological specializations suggest that b1b2c and b2c units in tandem spindles differ in both their transductive and fusimotor mechanisms. Thus, the tandem spindle is a specialized structure that may provide additional proprioceptive information beyond that available from single muscle spindles. PMID:2422225

  16. Tandem junction amorphous semiconductor photovoltaic cell

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    Dalal, Vikram L. (Newark, DE)

    1983-01-01

    A photovoltaic stack comprising at least two p.sup.+ i n.sup.+ cells in optical series, said cells separated by a transparent ohmic contact layer(s), provides a long optical path for the absorption of photons while preserving the advantageous field-enhanced minority carrier collection arrangement characteristic of p.sup.+ i n.sup.+ cells.

  17. Tandem junction amorphous semiconductor photovoltaic cell

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    Dalal, V.L.

    1983-06-07

    A photovoltaic stack comprising at least two p[sup +]i n[sup +] cells in optical series, said cells separated by a transparent ohmic contact layer(s), provides a long optical path for the absorption of photons while preserving the advantageous field-enhanced minority carrier collection arrangement characteristic of p[sup +]i n[sup +] cells. 3 figs.

  18. Tandem reactions of 1,2,4-oxadiazoles with allylamines.

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    Palumbo Piccionello, Antonio; Pace, Andrea; Buscemi, Silvestre

    2011-09-01

    A reaction of 3-chloro-1,2,4-oxadiazoles with allylamine and diallylamine has been investigated. 3,3a,4,5-Tetrahydroisoxazolo[3,4-d]pyrimidines are produced through a tandem ANRORC/[3 + 2]cycloaddition pathway consisting of the addition of allylamine to the 1,2,4-oxadiazole, followed by ring opening, nitrone formation, and finally cycloaddition. 3-N-Allylamino-1,2,4-oxadiazoles were also obtained as minor products through a classical SNAr. Conversely, a reaction with diallylamine produces 3-N,N-diallylamino-1,2,4-oxadiazole and imidazoline through tandem SNAr/aziridination and nucleophilic ring opening. PMID:21827137

  19. Summary of the MARS tandem-mirror reactor design

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    Logan, B.G.

    1983-09-01

    A recently completed two-year study of a commercial tandem-mirror reactor design (Mirror Advanced Reactor Study (MARS)) is briefly reviewed. The end plugs are designed for trapped-particle stability, MHD ballooning, balanced geodesic curvature, and small radial electric fields in the central cell. New technologies such as lithium-lead blankets, 24 T hybrid coils, gridless direct converters and plasma halo vacuum pumps are highlighted. General characteristics of the MARS tandem mirror and STARFIRE tokamak reactor design are compared. A design of an upgrade of MFTF-B incorporating many of the MARS features is discussed.

  20. Overview and direction in the tandem mirror program

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    Thomassen, K.I.

    1983-04-01

    There are two main thrusts to the tandem mirror program at the present time. One is to gather the experimental data base to verify the axicell thermal-barrier concept and the other to improve the end plugs for tandems. With such improvements one might approach the ideal fusion reactor, a simple solenoid of modular elements whose ends are but a modest perturbation on the configuration from both a cost and technological viewpoint. Progress toward these two goals is discussed here, and the directions to be taken in the immediate future are described.

  1. Tandem immunoprecipitation approach to identify HIV-1 Gag associated host factors.

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    Gao, Wei; Li, Min; Zhang, Jingxin

    2014-07-01

    HIV-1 Gag by itself is able to assemble and release from host cells and thus serves as a simplified model to identify host factors involved in this stage of the HIV-1 life cycle. In this study, a tandem immunoprecipitation approach is taken to immunoprecipitate Gag-interacting host proteins from transfected 293T cells. It is demonstrated that with the tandem immunoprecipitation method Gag-interacting host factors can be precipitated more efficiently than by single-step immunoprecipitation. Gag proteins are found to interact with multiple RNA-binding proteins such as hnRNPs, nucleolin, EF1a and ribosomal proteins. Such interactions are mediated by cellular RNAs and the Gag Nuclear Capsid (NC) domain. Deletion of the NC domain results in removal of most of the RNA-binding proteins, as well as a reduction of the Gag releasing capability, which can be restored by replacing the deleted NC domain with another multimerization motif. Importantly, interactions between Gag and host factors are relevant functionally, as evidenced by significantly increased nucleolin protein in the cytoplasm where it is recruited into the Gag complex, and enhanced Gag release when nucleolin is over-expressed. PMID:24690621

  2. Tandem-yeast expression system for engineering and producing unspecific peroxygenase.

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    Molina-Espeja, Patricia; Ma, Su; Mate, Diana M; Ludwig, Roland; Alcalde, Miguel

    2015-06-01

    Unspecific peroxygenase (UPO) is a highly efficient biocatalyst with a peroxide dependent monooxygenase activity and many biotechnological applications, but the absence of suitable heterologous expression systems has precluded its use in different industrial settings. Recently, the UPO from Agrocybe aegerita was evolved for secretion and activity in Saccharomyces cerevisiae [8]. In the current work, we describe a tandem-yeast expression system for UPO engineering and large scale production. By harnessing the directed evolution process in S. cerevisiae, the beneficial mutations for secretion enabled Pichia pastoris to express the evolved UPO under the control of the methanol inducible alcohol oxidase 1 promoter. Whilst secretion levels were found similar for both yeasts in flask fermentation (∼8mg/L), the recombinant UPO from P. pastoris showed a 27-fold enhanced production in fed-batch fermentation (217mg/L). The P. pastoris UPO variant maintained similar biochemical properties of the S. cerevisiae counterpart in terms of catalytic constants, pH activity profiles and thermostability. Thus, this tandem-yeast expression system ensures the engineering of UPOs to use them in future industrial applications as well as large scale production. PMID:26002501

  3. Performance of a tandem-rotor/tandem-stator conical-flow compressor designed for a pressure ratio of 3

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    Wood, J. R.; Owen, A. K.; Schumann, L. F.

    1982-01-01

    A conical-flow compressor stage with a large radius change through the rotor was tested at three values of rotor tip clearance. The stage had a tandem rotor and a tandem stator. Peak efficiency at design speed was 0.774 at a pressure ratio of 2.613. The rotor was tested without the stator, and detailed survey data were obtained for each rotor blade row. Overall peak rotor efficiency was 0.871 at a pressure ratio of 2.952.

  4. Development of high band gap materials for tandem solar cells and simulation studies on mechanical tandem solar cells

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    Vijayakumar, Vishnuvardhanan

    Development of low cost, high efficiency tandem solar cells is essential for large scale adoption of solar energy especially in densely populated regions of the world. In this thesis four-terminal mechanical (stack like) tandem solar cells were evaluated using detailed simulation models and design criteria for selecting candidate materials were established. Since silicon solar cells are low cost and have a multi-giga watt global manufacturing and supply chain capacity already in place then only tandem stacks incorporating silicon as one of the layers in the device was investigated. Two candidate materials which have high band gaps that could be used as top cells in the mechanical tandem device were explored as part of the thesis. Dye-sensitized solar cells (DSSC) sensitized with N719 dye (one of the candidates for the top cell) were fabricated with the goal of enabling a flexible processing path to lower cost. Stainless steel (SS) mesh substrates were used to fabricate anodes for flexible DSSC in order to evaluate them as replacements for more expensive Transparent Conducting Oxides (TCO's). Loss mechanisms in DSSC's due to SS mesh oxidation were quantified and protective coatings to prevent oxidation of SS mesh were developed. The second material which was evaluated for use as the top cell was copper zinc tin sulfide (CZTS). CZTS was deposited through a solution deposition route. Detailed investigations were done on the deposited films to understand the chemistry, crystal structure and its opto-electronic properties. Deposited CZTS films were found to be highly crystalline in <112> direction. The films had a direct band gap of 1.5 eV with absorption coefficient greater than 104 cm -1 in agreement with published values. In the second part of the thesis detailed electrical and optical simulation models of the mechanical tandem solar cells were developed based on the most up-to-date materials physical constants available for each layer. The modeling was used to quantify the various theoretical and practical loss mechanisms in tandem devices. Two configurations were evaluated, first was silicon / germanium tandem cell and the second was gallium arsenide / silicon tandem cell. The simulation models were validated by their close match to the performance of experimental standalone solar cells devices reported in the literature. Finally the efficiency limits of the present generation of high band gap solar cells were discussed. Voltage and current loss of the high band gap solar cells were compared with present generation silicon solar cells and challenges in improving their efficiencies were described.

  5. Mesoscale modeling of photoelectrochemical devices: light absorption and carrier collection in monolithic, tandem, Si|WO3 microwires.

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    Fountaine, Katherine T; Atwater, Harry A

    2014-10-20

    We analyze mesoscale light absorption and carrier collection in a tandem junction photoelectrochemical device using electromagnetic simulations. The tandem device consists of silicon (E(g,Si) = 1.1 eV) and tungsten oxide (E(g,WO3) = 2.6 eV) as photocathode and photoanode materials, respectively. Specifically, we investigated Si microwires with lengths of 100 m, and diameters of 2 m, with a 7 m pitch, covered vertically with 50 m of WO3 with a thickness of 1 m. Many geometrical variants of this prototypical tandem device were explored. For conditions of illumination with the AM 1.5G spectra, the nominal design resulted in a short circuit current density, J(SC), of 1 mA/cm(2), which is limited by the WO3 absorption. Geometrical optimization of photoanode and photocathode shape and contact material selection, enabled a three-fold increase in short circuit current density relative to the initial design via enhanced WO3 light absorption. These findings validate the usefulness of a mesoscale analysis for ascertaining optimum optoelectronic performance in photoelectrochemical devices. PMID:25607302

  6. Identification of proteins in laser-microdissected small cell numbers by SELDI-TOF and Tandem MS

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    Kwapiszewska, Grazyna; Meyer, Markus; Bogumil, Ralf; Bohle, Rainer M; Seeger, Werner; Weissmann, Norbert; Fink, Ludger

    2004-01-01

    Background Laser microdissection allows precise isolation of specific cell types and compartments from complex tissues. To analyse proteins from small cell numbers, we combine laser-microdissection and manipulation (LMM) with mass spectrometry techniques. Results Hemalaun stained mouse lung sections were used to isolate 5002,000 cells, enough material for complex protein profiles by SELDI-TOF MS (surface enhanced laser desorption and ionization/time of flight mass spectrometry), employing different chromatographic ProteinChip Arrays. Initially, to establish the principle, we identified specific protein peaks from 20,000 laser-microdissected cells, combining column chromatography, SDS-PAGE, tryptic digestion, SELDI technology and Tandem MS/MS using a ProteinChip Tandem MS Interface. Secondly, our aim was to reduce the labour requirements of microdissecting several thousand cells. Therefore, we first defined target proteins in a few microdissected cells, then recovered in whole tissue section homogenates from the same lung and applied to these analytical techniques. Both approaches resulted in a successful identification of the selected peaks. Conclusion Laser-microdissection may thus be combined with SELDI-TOF MS for generation of protein marker profiles in a cell-type- or compartment-specific manner in complex tissues, linked with mass fingerprinting and peptide sequencing by Tandem MS/MS for definite characterization. PMID:15579198

  7. Characterization of Conserved Tandem Donor Sites and Intronic Motifs Required for Alternative Splicing in Corticosteroid Receptor Genes

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    Qian, Xiaoxiao; Matthews, Laura; Lightman, Stafford; Ray, David; Norman, Michael

    2015-01-01

    Alternative splicing events from tandem donor sites result in mRNA variants coding for additional amino acids in the DNA binding domain of both the glucocorticoid (GR) and mineralocorticoid (MR) receptors. We now show that expression of both splice variants is extensively conserved in mammalian species, providing strong evidence for their functional significance. An exception to the conservation of the MR tandem splice site (an A at position +5 of the MR+12 donor site in the mouse) was predicted to decrease U1 small nuclear RNA binding. In accord with this prediction, we were unable to detect the MR+12 variant in this species. The one exception to the conservation of the GR tandem splice site, an A at position +3 of the platypus GRγ donor site that was predicted to enhance binding of U1 snRNA, was unexpectedly associated with decreased expression of the variant from the endogenous gene as well as a minigene. An intronic pyrimidine motif present in both GR and MR genes was found to be critical for usage of the downstream donor site, and overexpression of TIA1/TIAL1 RNA binding proteins, which are known to bind such motifs, led to a marked increase in the proportion of GRγ and MR+12. These results provide striking evidence for conservation of a complex splicing mechanism that involves processes other than stochastic spliceosome binding and identify a mechanism that would allow regulation of variant expression. PMID:19819975

  8. Dynamics of tandem bubble interaction in a microfluidic channel.

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    Yuan, Fang; Sankin, Georgy; Zhong, Pei

    2011-11-01

    The dynamics of tandem bubble interaction in a microfluidic channel (800  ×  21 μm, W × H) have been investigated using high-speed photography, with resultant fluid motion characterized by particle imaging velocimetry. A single or tandem bubble is produced reliably via laser absorption by micron-sized gold dots (6 μm in diameter with 40 μm in separation distance) coated on a glass surface of the microfluidic channel. Using two pulsed Nd:YAG lasers at λ = 1064 nm and ∼10 μJ/pulse, the dynamics of tandem bubble interaction (individual maximum bubble diameter of 50 μm with a corresponding collapse time of 5.7 μs) are examined at different phase delays. In close proximity (i.e., interbubble distance = 40 μm or γ = 0.8), the tandem bubbles interact strongly with each other, leading to asymmetric deformation of the bubble walls and jet formation, as well as the production of two pairs of vortices in the surrounding fluid rotating in opposite directions. The direction and speed of the jet (up to 95 m/s), as well as the orientation and strength of the vortices can be varied by adjusting the phase delay. PMID:22088007

  9. Accelerator mass spectrometry with a coupled tandem-linac system

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    Kutschera, W.

    1984-01-01

    A coupled system provides higher energies, which allows one to extend AMS to hitherto untouched mass regions. Another important argument is that the complexity, although bothersome for the operation, increases the selectivity of detecting a particular isotope. The higher-energy argument holds for any heavy-ion accelerator which is capable of delivering higher energy than a tandem. The present use of tandem-linac combinations for AMS, rather than cyclotrons, linacs or combinations of these machines, has mainly to do with the fact that this technique was almost exclusively developed around tandem accelerators. Therefore the tandem-linac combination is a natural extension to higher energies. The use of negative ions has some particular advantages in suppressing background from unwanted elements that do not form stable negative ions (e.g., N, Mg, Ar). On the other hand, this limits the detection of isotopes to elements which do form negative ions. For particular problems it may therefore be advantageous to use a positive-ion machine. What really matters most for choosing one or the other machine is to what extent the entire accelerator system can be operated in a truly quantiative way from the ion source to the detection system. 20 references, 4 figures.

  10. Simple tandem DNA repeats and human genetic disease.

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    Sutherland, G R; Richards, R I

    1995-01-01

    The human genome contains many repeated DNA sequences that vary in complexity of repeating unit from a single nucleotide to a whole gene. The repeat sequences can be widely dispersed or in simple tandem arrays. Arrays of up to 5 or 6 nt are known as simple tandem repeats, and these are widely dispersed and highly polymorphic. Members of one group of the simple tandem repeats, the trinucleotide repeats, can undergo an increase in copy number by a process of dynamic mutation. Dynamic mutations of the CCG trinucleotide give rise to one group of fragile sites on human chromosomes, the rare folate-sensitive group. One member of this group, the fragile X (FRAXA) is responsible for the most common familial form of mental retardation. Another member of the group FRAXE is responsible for a rarer mild form of mental retardation. Similar mutations of AGC repeats give rise to a number of neurological disorders. The expanded repeats are unstable between generations and somatically. The intergenerational instability gives rise to unusual patterns of inheritance--particularly anticipation, the increasing severity and/or earlier age of onset of the disorder in successive generations. Dynamic mutations have been found only in the human species, and possible reasons for this are considered. The mechanism of dynamic mutation is discussed, and a number of observations of simple tandem repeat mutation that could assist in understanding this phenomenon are commented on. PMID:7731957

  11. High power tandem-pumped thulium-doped fiber laser.

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    Wang, Yao; Yang, Jianlong; Huang, Chongyuan; Luo, Yongfeng; Wang, Shiwei; Tang, Yulong; Xu, Jianqiu

    2015-02-01

    We propose a cascaded tandem pumping technique and show its high power and high efficient operation in the 2-?m wavelength region, opening up a new way to scale the output power of the 2-?m fiber laser to new levels (e.g. 10 kW). Using a 1942 nm Tm(3+) fiber laser as the pump source with the co- (counter-) propagating configuration, the 2020 nm Tm(3+) fiber laser generates 34.68 W (35.15W) of output power with 84.4% (86.3%) optical-to-optical efficiency and 91.7% (92.4%) slope efficiency, with respect to launched pump power. It provides the highest slope efficiency reported for 2-?m Tm(3+)-doped fiber lasers, and the highest output power for all-fiber tandem-pumped 2-?m fiber oscillators. This system fulfills the complete structure of the proposed cascaded tandem pumping technique in the 2-?m wavelength region (~1900 nm ? ~1940 nm ? ~2020 nm). Numerical analysis is also carried out to show the power scaling capability and efficiency of the cascaded tandem pumping technique. PMID:25836159

  12. Dynamics of tandem bubble interaction in a microfluidic channel

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    Yuan, Fang; Sankin, Georgy; Zhong, Pei

    2011-01-01

    The dynamics of tandem bubble interaction in a microfluidic channel (800??21 ?m, W??H) have been investigated using high-speed photography, with resultant fluid motion characterized by particle imaging velocimetry. A single or tandem bubble is produced reliably via laser absorption by micron-sized gold dots (6 ?m in diameter with 40 ?m in separation distance) coated on a glass surface of the microfluidic channel. Using two pulsed Nd:YAG lasers at ??=?1064 nm and ?10 ?J/pulse, the dynamics of tandem bubble interaction (individual maximum bubble diameter of 50 ?m with a corresponding collapse time of 5.7 ?s) are examined at different phase delays. In close proximity (i.e., interbubble distance?=?40 ?m or ??=?0.8), the tandem bubbles interact strongly with each other, leading to asymmetric deformation of the bubble walls and jet formation, as well as the production of two pairs of vortices in the surrounding fluid rotating in opposite directions. The direction and speed of the jet (up to 95 m/s), as well as the orientation and strength of the vortices can be varied by adjusting the phase delay. PMID:22088007

  13. High efficiency GaAs/Ge monolithic tandem solar cells

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    Tobin, S. P.; Vernon, S. M.; Bajgar, C.; Haven, V. E.; Geoffroy, L. M.; Sanfacon, M. M.; Lillington, D. R.; Hart, R. E., Jr.

    1988-01-01

    Two-terminal monolithic tandem cells consisting of a GaAs solar cell grown epitaxially on a Ge solar cell substrate are very attractive for space applications. Tandem cells of GaAs grown by metal-organic chemical vapor deposition on thin Ge were investigated to address both higher efficiency and reduced weight. Two materials growth issues associated with this heteroepitaxial system, autodoping of the GaAs layers by Ge and diffusion of Ga and As into the Ge substrate, were addressed. The latter appears to result in information of an unintentional p-n junction in the Ge. Early simulator measurements gave efficiencies as high as 21.7 percent for 4 cm2 GaAs/Ge cells, but recent high-altitude testing has given efficiencies of 18 percent. Sources of errors in simulator measurements of two-terminal tandem cells are discussed. A limiting efficiency of about 36 percent for the tandem cell at AMO was calculated. Ways to improve the performance of present cells, primarily by increasing the Isc and Voc of the Ge cell, are proposed.

  14. 14 CFR 105.45 - Use of tandem parachute systems.

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    2012-01-01

    ...) Has completed a minimum of 500 freefall parachute jumps using a ram-air parachute, and (iii) Holds a... parachute jump with a tandem parachute system unless (1) The main parachute has been packed by a certificated parachute rigger, the parachutist in command making the next jump with that parachute, or a...

  15. 14 CFR 105.45 - Use of tandem parachute systems.

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    2014-01-01

    ...) Has completed a minimum of 500 freefall parachute jumps using a ram-air parachute, and (iii) Holds a... parachute jump with a tandem parachute system unless (1) The main parachute has been packed by a certificated parachute rigger, the parachutist in command making the next jump with that parachute, or a...

  16. 14 CFR 105.45 - Use of tandem parachute systems.

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    2011-01-01

    ...) Has completed a minimum of 500 freefall parachute jumps using a ram-air parachute, and (iii) Holds a... parachute jump with a tandem parachute system unless (1) The main parachute has been packed by a certificated parachute rigger, the parachutist in command making the next jump with that parachute, or a...

  17. 14 CFR 105.45 - Use of tandem parachute systems.

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    2013-01-01

    ...) Has completed a minimum of 500 freefall parachute jumps using a ram-air parachute, and (iii) Holds a... parachute jump with a tandem parachute system unless (1) The main parachute has been packed by a certificated parachute rigger, the parachutist in command making the next jump with that parachute, or a...

  18. Bio-olefins from unsaturated fatty acids via tandem catalysis

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    A new catalytic route to bio-olefins from unsaturated fatty acids will be described. At the heart of the process, the catalyst apparently functions in a tandem mode by both dynamically isomerizing the positions of double bonds in an aliphatic chain and, subsequently, decarboxylating specific isomers...

  19. 14 CFR 105.45 - Use of tandem parachute systems.

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    2010-01-01

    ...) Has completed a minimum of 500 freefall parachute jumps using a ram-air parachute, and (iii) Holds a... parachute jump with a tandem parachute system unless (1) The main parachute has been packed by a certificated parachute rigger, the parachutist in command making the next jump with that parachute, or a...

  20. Production of Arq+ ions with a tandem linear Paul trap

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    Higaki, H.; Nagayasu, K.; Iwai, T.; Ito, K.; Okamoto, H.

    2015-06-01

    A tandem linear Paul trap was used to create highly charged Argon ions by electron impact ionizations. By improving the operation scheme, the production of Ar4+ ions was confirmed. Possible improvements for the future experiments with laser cooled Ca+ ions are suggested.

  1. Tandem Fan Applications in Advanced STOVL Fighter Configurations

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    Zola, Charlse L.; Wilson, Samuel B., III; Eskey, Megan A.

    1984-01-01

    The series/parallel tandem fan engine is evaluated for application in advanced STOVL supersonic fighter aircraft. Options in engine cycle parameters and design of the front fan flow diverter are examined for their effects on engine weight, dimensions, and other factors in integration of the engine with the aircraft. Operation of the engine in high-bypass flow mode during cruise and loiter flight is considered as a means of minimizizng fuel consumption. Engine thrust augmentation by burning in the front fan exhaust is discussed. Achievement of very sort takeoff with vectored thrust in briefly reviewed for tandem fan engine configurations with vectorable front fan nozzles. Examples are given of two aircraft configuration planforms, a delta-canard, and a forward-swept wing, to illustrate the major features. design considerations, and potential performance of the tandem fan installation in each. Full realization of the advantages of tandem fan propulsion are found to depend on careful selection of the aircraft configuration, since integration requirements can strongly influence the engine performance.

  2. Robust Decentralized Detection and Social Learning in Tandem Networks

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    Ho, Jack; Tay, Wee Peng; Quek, Tony Q. S.; Chong, Edwin K. P.

    2015-10-01

    We study a tandem of agents who make decisions about an underlying binary hypothesis, where the distribution of the agent observations under each hypothesis comes from an uncertainty class. We investigate both decentralized detection rules, where agents collaborate to minimize the error probability of the final agent, and social learning rules, where each agent minimizes its own local minimax error probability. We then extend our results to the infinite tandem network, and derive necessary and sufficient conditions on the uncertainty classes for the minimax error probability to converge to zero when agents know their positions in the tandem. On the other hand, when agents do not know their positions in the network, we study the cases where agents collaborate to minimize the asymptotic minimax error probability, and where agents seek to minimize their worst-case minimax error probability (over all possible positions in the tandem). We show that asymptotic learning of the true hypothesis is no longer possible in these cases, and derive characterizations for the minimax error performance.

  3. Development of an advanced spacecraft tandem mass spectrometer

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    Drew, Russell C.

    1992-01-01

    The purpose of this research was to apply current advanced technology in electronics and materials to the development of a miniaturized Tandem Mass Spectrometer that would have the potential for future development into a package suitable for spacecraft use. The mass spectrometer to be used as a basis for the tandem instrument would be a magnetic sector instrument, of Nier-Johnson configuration, as used on the Viking Mars Lander mission. This instrument configuration would then be matched with a suitable second stage MS to provide the benefits of tandem MS operation for rapid identification of unknown organic compounds. This tandem instrument is configured with a newly designed GC system to aid in separation of complex mixtures prior to MS analysis. A number of important results were achieved in the course of this project. Among them were the development of a miniaturized GC subsystem, with a unique desorber-injector, fully temperature feedback controlled oven with powered cooling for rapid reset to ambient conditions, a unique combination inlet system to the MS that provides for both membrane sampling and direct capillary column sample transfer, a compact and ruggedized alignment configuration for the MS, an improved ion source design for increased sensitivity, and a simple, rugged tandem MS configuration that is particularly adaptable to spacecraft use because of its low power and low vacuum pumping requirements. The potential applications of this research include use in manned spacecraft like the space station as a real-time detection and warning device for the presence of potentially harmful trace contaminants of the spacecraft atmosphere, use as an analytical device for evaluating samples collected on the Moon or a planetary surface, or even use in connection with monitoring potentially hazardous conditions that may exist in terrestrial locations such as launch pads, environmental test chambers or other sensitive areas. Commercial development of the technology could lead to a new family of environmental test instruments that would be small and portable, yet would give quick analyses of complex samples.

  4. Development of an advanced spacecraft tandem mass spectrometer

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    Drew, Russell C.

    1992-03-01

    The purpose of this research was to apply current advanced technology in electronics and materials to the development of a miniaturized Tandem Mass Spectrometer that would have the potential for future development into a package suitable for spacecraft use. The mass spectrometer to be used as a basis for the tandem instrument would be a magnetic sector instrument, of Nier-Johnson configuration, as used on the Viking Mars Lander mission. This instrument configuration would then be matched with a suitable second stage MS to provide the benefits of tandem MS operation for rapid identification of unknown organic compounds. This tandem instrument is configured with a newly designed GC system to aid in separation of complex mixtures prior to MS analysis. A number of important results were achieved in the course of this project. Among them were the development of a miniaturized GC subsystem, with a unique desorber-injector, fully temperature feedback controlled oven with powered cooling for rapid reset to ambient conditions, a unique combination inlet system to the MS that provides for both membrane sampling and direct capillary column sample transfer, a compact and ruggedized alignment configuration for the MS, an improved ion source design for increased sensitivity, and a simple, rugged tandem MS configuration that is particularly adaptable to spacecraft use because of its low power and low vacuum pumping requirements. The potential applications of this research include use in manned spacecraft like the space station as a real-time detection and warning device for the presence of potentially harmful trace contaminants of the spacecraft atmosphere, use as an analytical device for evaluating samples collected on the Moon or a planetary surface, or even use in connection with monitoring potentially hazardous conditions that may exist in terrestrial locations such as launch pads, environmental test chambers or other sensitive areas. Commercial development of the technology could lead to a new family of environmental test instruments that would be small and portable, yet would give quick analyses of complex samples.

  5. Index versus tandem selection after repeated generations of selection.

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    Villanueva, B; Kennedy, B W

    1993-02-01

    A theoretical comparison between two multiple-trait selection methods, index and tandem selection, after several generations of selection was carried out. An infinite number of loci determining the traits, directional and truncation selection, discrete generations and infinite population size were assumed. Under these assumptions, changes in genetic parameters over generations are due to linkage disequilibrium generated by selection. Changes continue for several generations until equilibrium is approached. Algebraic expressions for asymptotic responses from index selection can be derived if index weights are maintained constant across generations. Expressions at equilibrium for genetic parameters and responses are given for the index and its component traits. The loss in response by using initial index weights throughout all generations, instead of updating them to account for changes in genetic parameters, was analyzed. The benefit of using optimum weights was very small ranging from 0% to about 1.5% for all cases studied. Recurrence formulae to predict genetic parameters and responses at each generation of selection are given for both index and tandem selection. A comparison between expected response in the aggregate genotype at equilibrium from index and tandem selection is made considering two traits of economic importance. The results indicate that although index selection is more efficient for improving the aggregate breeding value, its relative efficiency with respect to tandem selection decreases after repeated cycles of selection. The reduction in relative efficiency is highest with the highest selection intensity and heritabilities and with negative correlations between the two traits. The advantage of index over tandem selection might be further reduced if changes in genetic parameters due to gene frequency changes produced by selection, random fluctuations due to the finite size of the population, and errors in estimation of parameters, were also considered. PMID:24196040

  6. Transport of a high brightness proton beam through the Munich tandem accelerator

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    Moser, M.; Greubel, C.; Carli, W.; Peeper, K.; Reichart, P.; Urban, B.; Vallentin, T.; Dollinger, G.

    2015-04-01

    Basic requirement for ion microprobes with sub-μm beam focus is a high brightness beam to fill the small phase space usually accepted by the ion microprobe with enough ion current for the desired application. We performed beam transport simulations to optimize beam brightness transported through the Munich tandem accelerator. This was done under the constraint of a maximum ion current of 10 μA that is allowed to be injected due to radiation safety regulations and beam power constrains. The main influence of the stripper foil in conjunction with intrinsic astigmatism in the beam transport on beam brightness is discussed. The calculations show possibilities for brightness enhancement by using astigmatism corrections and asymmetric filling of the phase space volume in the x- and y-direction.

  7. Flute instability and the associated radial transport in the tandem mirror with a divertor mirror cell

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    Katanuma, I.; Yagi, K.; Haraguchi, Y.; Ichioka, N.; Masaki, S.; Ichimura, M.; Imai, T.

    2010-11-15

    The flute instability and the associated radial transport are investigated in the tandem mirror with a divertor mirror cell (the GAMMA10 A-divertor) with help of computer simulation, where GAMMA10 is introduced [Inutake et al., Phys. Rev. Lett. 55, 939 (1985)]. The basic equations used in the simulation were derived on the assumption of an axisymmetric magnetic field. So the high plasma pressure in a nonaxisymmetric minimum-B anchor mirror cell, which is important for the flute mode stability, is taken into account by redefining the specific volume of a magnetic field line. It is found that the flute modes are stabilized by the minimum-B magnetic field even with a divertor mirror although its stabilizing effects are weaker than that without the divertor mirror. The flute instability enhances the radial transport by intermittently repeating the growing up and down of the Fourier amplitude of the flute instability in time.

  8. Ultrafast amplification of DNA on plastic microdevices for forensic short tandem repeat analysis.

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    Lounsbury, Jenny A; Landers, James P

    2013-07-01

    The majority of microfluidic devices used as a platform for low-cost, rapid DNA analysis are glass devices; however, microchip fabrication in glass is costly and laborious, enhancing the interest in polymeric substrates, such as poly (methyl methacrylate) (PMMA), as an inexpensive alternative. Here, we report amplification in PMMA polymerase chain reaction (PCR) microchips providing full short tandem repeat profiles (16 of 16 loci) in 30-40 min, with peak height ratios and stutter percentages that meet literature threshold requirements. In addition, partial profiles (15 of 16 loci) were generated using an ultrafast PCR method in 17.1 min, representing a ~10-fold reduction in reaction time as compared to current amplification methods. Finally, a multichamber device was demonstrated to simultaneously amplify one positive, one negative, and five individual samples in 39 min. Although there were instances of loci dropout, this device represents a first step toward a microfluidic system capable of amplifying more than one sample simultaneously. PMID:23692541

  9. Analysis of an "off-ladder" allele at the Penta D short tandem repeat locus.

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    Yang, Y L; Wang, J G; Wang, D X; Zhang, W Y; Liu, X J; Cao, J; Yang, S L

    2015-01-01

    Kinship testing of a father and his son from Guangxi, China, the location of the Zhuang minority people, was performed using the PowerPlex 18D System with a short tandem repeat typing kit. The results indicated that both the father and his son had an off-ladder allele at the Penta D locus, with a genetic size larger than that of the maximal standard allelic ladder. To further identify this locus, monogenic amplification, gene cloning, and genetic sequencing were performed. Sequencing analysis demonstrated that the fragment size of the Penta D-OL locus was 469 bp and the core sequence was [AAAGA]21, also called Penta D-21. The rare Penta D-21 allele was found to be distributed among the Zhuang population from the Guangxi Zhuang Autonomous Region of China; therefore, this study improved the range of DNA data available for this locus and enhanced our ability for individual identification of gene loci. PMID:26634472

  10. Energy-harvesting potential of multiple elastic structures in tandem arrangement

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    Yin, Bo; Luo, Haoxiang

    2011-11-01

    Vortex-induced flapping vibrations of elastic structures attached with piezoelectric materials, i.e., ``piezo-leaves'', have recently been explored for its potential application in wind energy harvesting (e.g., Li, Yuan, and Lipson, J. Appl. Phys., 2011). In this work, we explore the possibility of enhancing the structural vibration and energy harvesting performance of the generator by putting the leaves in tandem arrangement and within close range of hydrodynamic interaction. A two-dimensional model is developed, where two or more elastic plates are mounted in a cross flow. In the case of two plates, the numerical simulation shows that at a particular distance, the vibration of the downstream plate is greatly increased, and so is the energy level of the entire system. For multiple plates, we observed both synchronized and apparently chaotic vibration modes. The characteristics of the vortex interaction, plate deformation, and energetics will be presented for those coupling modes.

  11. Flute instability and the associated radial transport in the tandem mirror with a divertor mirror cell

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    Katanuma, I.; Yagi, K.; Haraguchi, Y.; Ichioka, N.; Masaki, S.; Ichimura, M.; Imai, T.

    2010-11-01

    The flute instability and the associated radial transport are investigated in the tandem mirror with a divertor mirror cell (the GAMMA10 A-divertor) with help of computer simulation, where GAMMA10 is introduced [Inutake et al., Phys. Rev. Lett. 55, 939 (1985)]. The basic equations used in the simulation were derived on the assumption of an axisymmetric magnetic field. So the high plasma pressure in a nonaxisymmetric minimum-B anchor mirror cell, which is important for the flute mode stability, is taken into account by redefining the specific volume of a magnetic field line. It is found that the flute modes are stabilized by the minimum-B magnetic field even with a divertor mirror although its stabilizing effects are weaker than that without the divertor mirror. The flute instability enhances the radial transport by intermittently repeating the growing up and down of the Fourier amplitude of the flute instability in time.

  12. Monolithic Parallel Tandem Organic Photovoltaic Cell with Transparent Carbon Nanotube Interlayer

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    Tanaka, S.; Mielczarek, K.; Ovalle-Robles, R.; Wang, B.; Hsu, D.; Zakhidov, A. A.

    2009-01-01

    We demonstrate an organic photovoltaic cell with a monolithic tandem structure in parallel connection. Transparent multiwalled carbon nanotube sheets are used as an interlayer anode electrode for this parallel tandem. The characteristics of front and back cells are measured independently. The short circuit current density of the parallel tandem cell is larger than the currents of each individual cell. The wavelength dependence of photocurrent for the parallel tandem cell shows the superposition spectrum of the two spectral sensitivities of the front and back cells. The monolithic three-electrode photovoltaic cell indeed operates as a parallel tandem with improved efficiency.

  13. Improved performance of GaAs tunnel diode by embedding InAs quantum dot layer for tandem solar cells

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    Park, Kwang Wook; Kang, Seok Jin; Ravindran, Sooraj; Min, Jung Wook; Lee, Soo Kyung; Park, Min Su; Tak Lee, Yong

    2015-06-01

    GaAs tunnel diodes (TDs) embedded with an InAs quantum dot (QD) layer were grown and their performance was compared with that of TDs without a QD layer. The TDs embedded with a QD layer showed enhanced peak tunnel current density and lower differential resistivity at zero bias compared with the TDs without a QD layer. The samples were then annealed to mimic the overlayer growth process. It was found that the performance degradation after annealing was smaller for the QD-layer-embedded TDs. The improved characteristics of the QD-layer-embedded GaAs TDs make them advantageous for interconnecting unit cells in tandem solar cells.

  14. Fully integrated, fully automated generation of short tandem repeat profiles

    PubMed Central

    2013-01-01

    Background The generation of short tandem repeat profiles, also referred to as ‘DNA typing,’ is not currently performed outside the laboratory because the process requires highly skilled technical operators and a controlled laboratory environment and infrastructure with several specialized instruments. The goal of this work was to develop a fully integrated system for the automated generation of short tandem repeat profiles from buccal swab samples, to improve forensic laboratory process flow as well as to enable short tandem repeat profile generation to be performed in police stations and in field-forward military, intelligence, and homeland security settings. Results An integrated system was developed consisting of an injection-molded microfluidic BioChipSet cassette, a ruggedized instrument, and expert system software. For each of five buccal swabs, the system purifies DNA using guanidinium-based lysis and silica binding, amplifies 15 short tandem repeat loci and the amelogenin locus, electrophoretically separates the resulting amplicons, and generates a profile. No operator processing of the samples is required, and the time from swab insertion to profile generation is 84 minutes. All required reagents are contained within the BioChipSet cassette; these consist of a lyophilized polymerase chain reaction mix and liquids for purification and electrophoretic separation. Profiles obtained from fully automated runs demonstrate that the integrated system generates concordant short tandem repeat profiles. The system exhibits single-base resolution from 100 to greater than 500 bases, with inter-run precision with a standard deviation of ±0.05 - 0.10 bases for most alleles. The reagents are stable for at least 6 months at 22°C, and the instrument has been designed and tested to Military Standard 810F for shock and vibration ruggedization. A nontechnical user can operate the system within or outside the laboratory. Conclusions The integrated system represents the first generation of a turnkey approach to short tandem repeat profiling and has the potential for use in both the field (for example, police booking stations, the battlefield, borders and ports) and the forensic laboratory. PMID:23915594

  15. Versatile communication strategies among tandem WW domain repeats

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    Dodson, Emma Joy; Fishbain-Yoskovitz, Vered; Rotem-Bamberger, Shahar

    2015-01-01

    Interactions mediated by short linear motifs in proteins play major roles in regulation of cellular homeostasis since their transient nature allows for easy modulation. We are still far from a full understanding and appreciation of the complex regulation patterns that can be, and are, achieved by this type of interaction. The fact that many linear-motif-binding domains occur in tandem repeats in proteins indicates that their mutual communication is used extensively to obtain complex integration of information toward regulatory decisions. This review is an attempt to overview, and classify, different ways by which two and more tandem repeats cooperate in binding to their targets, in the well-characterized family of WW domains and their corresponding polyproline ligands. PMID:25710931

  16. Summary of results from the Tandem Mirror Experiment (TMX)

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    Simonen, T.C.

    1981-02-26

    This report summarizes results from the successful experimental operation of the Tandem Mirror Experiment (TMX) over the period October 1978 through September 1980. The experimental program, summarized by the DOE milestones given in Table 1-1, had three basic phases: (1) an 8-month checkout period, October 1978 through May 1979; (2) a 6-month initial period of operation, June through November 1979, during which the basic principles of the tandem configuration were demonstrated (i.e., plasma confinement was improved over that of a single-cell mirror); and (3) a 10-month period, December 1979 through September 1980, during which the initial TMX results were corroborated by additional diagnostic measurements and many detailed physics investigations were carried out. This report summarizes the early results, presents results of recent data analysis, and outlines areas of ongoing research and data analysis which will be reported in future journal publications.

  17. Major maintenance of the Munich MP-tandem

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    Mnzer, H.; Carli, W.; Hartung, P.; Jakob, H.; Nocker, H.; Rohrer, L.; Schnitter, H.; Assmann, W.; Maier, H. J.; Machlitt, N.; Steffens, H.

    1988-05-01

    Several measures have been taken to restore the voltage performance of the Munich tandem. 1. All accelerator tubes were reconditioned by sandblasting, new electrodes and diaphragms were inserted and preassembled groups of tubes were baked in high vacuum. 2. All other vacuum components were cleaned, baked in high vacuum and partly pressure leak tested outside the tandem. 3. High voltage tests were performed with tubes. Without portico voltages up to 16 MV were obtained, with portico up to 17.5 MV. 4. Some modifications (e.g. infrared light links) were introduced. The shutdown lasted 6 months. In March 1987 beam operation was resumed at moderate terminal voltages, interrupted by intervals of soft conditioning.

  18. The TESS (Tandem Experiment Simulation Studies) computer code user's manual

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    Procassini, R.J. . Dept. of Nuclear Engineering); Cohen, B.I. )

    1990-06-01

    TESS (Tandem Experiment Simulation Studies) is a one-dimensional, bounded particle-in-cell (PIC) simulation code designed to investigate the confinement and transport of plasma in a magnetic mirror device, including tandem mirror configurations. Mirror plasmas may be modeled in a system which includes an applied magnetic field and/or a self-consistent or applied electrostatic potential. The PIC code TESS is similar to the PIC code DIPSI (Direct Implicit Plasma Surface Interactions) which is designed to study plasma transport to and interaction with a solid surface. The codes TESS and DIPSI are direct descendants of the PIC code ES1 that was created by A. B. Langdon. This document provides the user with a brief description of the methods used in the code and a tutorial on the use of the code. 10 refs., 2 tabs.

  19. Single P-N junction tandem photovoltaic device

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    Walukiewicz, Wladyslaw (Kensington, CA); Ager, III, Joel W. (Berkeley, CA); Yu, Kin Man (Lafayette, CA)

    2012-03-06

    A single P-N junction solar cell is provided having two depletion regions for charge separation while allowing the electrons and holes to recombine such that the voltages associated with both depletion regions of the solar cell will add together. The single p-n junction solar cell includes an alloy of either InGaN or InAlN formed on one side of the P-N junction with Si formed on the other side in order to produce characteristics of a two junction (2J) tandem solar cell through only a single P-N junction. A single P-N junction solar cell having tandem solar cell characteristics will achieve power conversion efficiencies exceeding 30%.

  20. Single P-N junction tandem photovoltaic device

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    Walukiewicz, Wladyslaw (Kensington, CA); Ager, III, Joel W. (Berkeley, CA); Yu, Kin Man (Lafayette, CA)

    2011-10-18

    A single P-N junction solar cell is provided having two depletion regions for charge separation while allowing the electrons and holes to recombine such that the voltages associated with both depletion regions of the solar cell will add together. The single p-n junction solar cell includes an alloy of either InGaN or InAlN formed on one side of the P-N junction with Si formed on the other side in order to produce characteristics of a two junction (2J) tandem solar cell through only a single P-N junction. A single P-N junction solar cell having tandem solar cell characteristics will achieve power conversion efficiencies exceeding 30%.

  1. Magnet system for a thermal barrier Tandem Mirror Reactor

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    Kim, N.S.; Conn, R.W.

    1981-01-01

    The magnet system for a thermal barrier D-D tandem mirror reactor has been studied as part of the UCLA tandem mirror reactor design study SATYR. Three main considerations in designing the SATYR magnet system are to obtain the desired field strength variation throughout the system, to have proper space for plasma and neutron shielding, and to satisfy the MHD stability to achieve maximum central cell /beta/. Due to the importance and the complexity, the 'internal' field reversal magnet is the main concern in the entire magnet system for SATYR. Two different magnet designs, a non-uniform current density solenoid and a higher-order solenoid, are discussed. Coil levitation for the internal field reversal magnet has been analyzed.

  2. Tandem Repeats in Proteins: Prediction Algorithms and Biological Role

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    Pellegrini, Marco

    2015-01-01

    Tandem repetitions in protein sequence and structure is a fascinating subject of research which has been a focus of study since the late 1990s. In this survey, we give an overview on the multi-faceted aspects of research on protein tandem repeats (PTR for short), including prediction algorithms, databases, early classification efforts, mechanisms of PTR formation and evolution, and synthetic PTR design. We also touch on the rather open issue of the relationship between PTR and flexibility (or disorder) in proteins. Detection of PTR either from protein sequence or structure data is challenging due to inherent high (biological) signal-to-noise ratio that is a key feature of this problem. As early in silico analytic tools have been key enablers for starting this field of study, we expect that current and future algorithmic and statistical breakthroughs will have a high impact on the investigations of the biological role of PTR. PMID:26442257

  3. Crux: rapid open source protein tandem mass spectrometry analysis.

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    McIlwain, Sean; Tamura, Kaipo; Kertesz-Farkas, Attila; Grant, Charles E; Diament, Benjamin; Frewen, Barbara; Howbert, J Jeffry; Hoopmann, Michael R; Kll, Lukas; Eng, Jimmy K; MacCoss, Michael J; Noble, William Stafford

    2014-10-01

    Efficiently and accurately analyzing big protein tandem mass spectrometry data sets requires robust software that incorporates state-of-the-art computational, machine learning, and statistical methods. The Crux mass spectrometry analysis software toolkit ( http://cruxtoolkit.sourceforge.net ) is an open source project that aims to provide users with a cross-platform suite of analysis tools for interpreting protein mass spectrometry data. PMID:25182276

  4. Production of bispecific antibodies: diabodies and tandem scFv.

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    Hornig, Nora; Frber-Schwarz, Aline

    2012-01-01

    Recombinant bispecific antibodies have many different applications; especially promising is their therapeutic potential due to their ability to retarget an effector molecule or a cell to a disease-related target structure. In the last years, many formats have been developed: two commonly used are the bispecific diabody and the tandem scFv. In this chapter, the cloning, bacterial production, purification, and characterization of the two antibody formats are described in detail. PMID:22907382

  5. Application of Tandem Ring-Closing Enyne Metathesis

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    Mukherjee, Sumit; Lee, Daesung

    2009-01-01

    A tandem ring-closing metathesis of a silaketal-based dienyne substrate proceeded efficiently to provide a bicyclic siloxane, which upon removal of the silicon tether afforded an (E,Z)-1,3-dienediol. Further manipulation of this key functional motif rendered synthesis of the entire C1-C19 linear skeleton of ()-cochleamycin A, a late stage intermediate employed in the previous total synthesis of (+)-cochleamycin A by Roush and coworkers. PMID:19507873

  6. Co-Teaching ELLs: Riding a Tandem Bike

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    Honigsfeld, Andrea; Dove, Maria G.

    2016-01-01

    Imagine getting on the tandem bike of co-teaching. You have a lot to decide. Who sits in the front and takes the lead? Who takes the backseat? The fact is, neither classroom teachers nor secondary content-area teachers have proven eager to give up leading their lesson when they have a co-teacher present, whether to support ELLs or students with…

  7. Co-Teaching ELLs: Riding a Tandem Bike

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    Honigsfeld, Andrea; Dove, Maria G.

    2016-01-01

    Imagine getting on the tandem bike of co-teaching. You have a lot to decide. Who sits in the front and takes the lead? Who takes the backseat? The fact is, neither classroom teachers nor secondary content-area teachers have proven eager to give up leading their lesson when they have a co-teacher present, whether to support ELLs or students with

  8. Crux: Rapid Open Source Protein Tandem Mass Spectrometry Analysis

    PubMed Central

    2015-01-01

    Efficiently and accurately analyzing big protein tandem mass spectrometry data sets requires robust software that incorporates state-of-the-art computational, machine learning, and statistical methods. The Crux mass spectrometry analysis software toolkit (http://cruxtoolkit.sourceforge.net) is an open source project that aims to provide users with a cross-platform suite of analysis tools for interpreting protein mass spectrometry data. PMID:25182276

  9. TMX-U Tandem-Mirror thermal-barrier experiments

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    Simonen, T.C.; Allen, S.L.; Baldwin, D.E.; Barter, J.D.; Berzins, L.V.; Carter, M.R.; Casper, T.A.; Clauser, J.F.; Coensgen, F.H.; Correll, D.L.

    1986-10-29

    Thermal-barrier experiments have been carried out in the Tandem Mirror Experiment-Upgrade (TMX-U). Measurements of nonambipolar and ambipolar radial transport show that these transport processes, as well as end losses, can be controlled at modest densities and durations. Central-cell heating methods using ion-cyclotron heating (ICH) and neutral-beam injection have been demonstrated. Potential measurements with recently developed methods indicate that deep thermal barriers can be established.

  10. Rational design of ?-helical tandem repeat proteins with closed architectures.

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    Doyle, Lindsey; Hallinan, Jazmine; Bolduc, Jill; Parmeggiani, Fabio; Baker, David; Stoddard, Barry L; Bradley, Philip

    2015-12-24

    Tandem repeat proteins, which are formed by repetition of modular units of protein sequence and structure, play important biological roles as macromolecular binding and scaffolding domains, enzymes, and building blocks for the assembly of fibrous materials. The modular nature of repeat proteins enables the rapid construction and diversification of extended binding surfaces by duplication and recombination of simple building blocks. The overall architecture of tandem repeat protein structures--which is dictated by the internal geometry and local packing of the repeat building blocks--is highly diverse, ranging from extended, super-helical folds that bind peptide, DNA, and RNA partners, to closed and compact conformations with internal cavities suitable for small molecule binding and catalysis. Here we report the development and validation of computational methods for de novo design of tandem repeat protein architectures driven purely by geometric criteria defining the inter-repeat geometry, without reference to the sequences and structures of existing repeat protein families. We have applied these methods to design a series of closed ?-solenoid repeat structures (?-toroids) in which the inter-repeat packing geometry is constrained so as to juxtapose the amino (N) and carboxy (C) termini; several of these designed structures have been validated by X-ray crystallography. Unlike previous approaches to tandem repeat protein engineering, our design procedure does not rely on template sequence or structural information taken from natural repeat proteins and hence can produce structures unlike those seen in nature. As an example, we have successfully designed and validated closed ?-solenoid repeats with a left-handed helical architecture that--to our knowledge--is not yet present in the protein structure database. PMID:26675735

  11. Interior of elevator tower, Block 31, looking northeast. Otis Tandem ...

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

    Interior of elevator tower, Block 31, looking northeast. Otis Tandem Gearless Elevator Hoist (1941); floor selector (far left), in foreground is the motor generator set which includes exciter (left), AC motor (center), DC generator (right); beyond is the passenger motor (right), hoist cable and drum (center), freight motor (left). - Columbia Basin Project, Grand Coulee Dam & Franklin D. Roosevelt Lake, Across Columbia River, Southeast of Town of Grand Coulee, Grand Coulee, Grant County, WA

  12. 27. Bollinger twinchain tandem, pigcasting machine, located at the north ...

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    27. Bollinger twin-chain tandem, pig-casting machine, located at the north end of the plant. Prior to closing, approximately 40 percent of the plant's: iron production was cast into pigs and sold to foundry customers. The pig-casting machine employed a controller, lime man, trough man, and crane operator. - Central Furnaces, 2650 Broadway, east bank of Cuyahoga River, Cleveland, Cuyahoga County, OH

  13. Total synthesis of (+)-monocerin via tandem dihydroxylation-S(N)2 cyclization and a copper mediated tandem cyanation-lactonization approach.

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    Nookaraju, U; Begari, Eeshwaraiah; Kumar, Pradeep

    2014-08-21

    A simple and novel synthesis of (+)-monocerin was achieved in 15 steps and 15.5% overall yield from 3-buten-1-ol employing hydrolytic kinetic resolution, Julia olefination, intramolecular tandem Sharpless asymmetric dihydroxylation-SN2 cyclization and a novel copper mediated tandem cyanation-cyclization as the key steps. PMID:24988536

  14. Tandem cylinder aerodynamic sound control using porous coating

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    Liu, Hanru; Azarpeyvand, Mahdi; Wei, Jinjia; Qu, Zhiguo

    2015-01-01

    This study is concerned with the application of porous coatings as a passive flow control method for reducing the aerodynamic sound from tandem cylinders. The aim here is to perform a parametric proof-of-concept study to investigate the effectiveness of porous treatment on bare tandem cylinders to control and regularize the vortex shedding and flow within the gap region between the two bluff bodies, and thereby control the aerodynamic sound generation mechanism. The aerodynamic simulations are performed using 2D transient RANS approach with k - ? turbulence model, and the acoustic computations are carried out using the standard Ffowcs Williams-Hawkings (FW-H) acoustic analogy. Numerical flow and acoustic results are presented for bare tandem cylinders and porous-covered cylinders, with different porosities and thicknesses. Experimental flow and acoustic data are also provided for comparison. Results show that the proper use of porous coatings can lead to stabilization of the vortex shedding within the gap region, reduction of the vortex shedding interaction with the downstream body, and therefore the generation of tonal and broadband noise. It has also been observed that the magnitude and the frequency of the primary tone reduce significantly as a result of the flow regularization. The proposed passive flow-induced noise and vibration control method can potentially be used for other problems involving flow interaction with bluff bodies.

  15. Highly efficient photocathodes for dye-sensitized tandem solar cells.

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    Nattestad, A; Mozer, A J; Fischer, M K R; Cheng, Y-B; Mishra, A; Bäuerle, P; Bach, U

    2010-01-01

    Thin-film dye-sensitized solar cells (DSCs) based on mesoporous semiconductor electrodes are low-cost alternatives to conventional silicon devices. High-efficiency DSCs typically operate as photoanodes (n-DSCs), where photocurrents result from dye-sensitized electron injection into n-type semiconductors. Dye-sensitized photocathodes (p-DSCs) operate in an inverse mode, where dye-excitation is followed by rapid electron transfer from a p-type semiconductor to the dye (dye-sensitized hole injection). Such p-DSCs and n-DSCs can be combined to construct tandem solar cells (pn-DSCs) with a theoretical efficiency limitation well beyond that of single-junction DSCs (ref. 4). Nevertheless, the efficiencies of such tandem pn-DSCs have so far been hampered by the poor performance of the available p-DSCs (refs 3, 5-15). Here we show for the first time that p-DSCs can convert absorbed photons to electrons with yields of up to 96%, resulting in a sevenfold increase in energy conversion efficiency compared with previously reported photocathodes. The donor-acceptor dyes, studied as photocathodic sensitizers, comprise a variable-length oligothiophene bridge, which provides control over the spatial separation of the photogenerated charge carriers. As a result, charge recombination is decelerated by several orders of magnitude and tandem pn-DSCs can be constructed that exceed the efficiency of their individual components. PMID:19946281

  16. Thermodynamic limit of bifacial double-junction tandem solar cells

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    Ryyan Khan, M.; Alam, Muhammad A.

    2015-11-01

    A traditional single-junction solar panel cannot harness ground-scattered light (albedo reflectance, RA ), and also suffers from the fundamental sub-band-gap and the thermalization losses. In this paper, we explain how a "bifacial tandem" panel would dramatically reduce these losses, with corresponding improvement in thermodynamic performance. Our study predicts (i) the optimum combination of the band-gaps, empirically given by Eg(t ) o p t≈Eg(b ) o p t(2 +RA)/3 +(1 -RA) and the (ii) corresponding optimum normalized output power given by ηT(op t ) *≈RA (2 ηSJ (o p t ) ) +(1 -RA ) ηDJ (o p t ) . Empirically, ηT(op t ) * interpolates between the thermodynamic efficiency limit of classical double-junction tandem cell ( ηDJ ) and twice that of a single-junction cell ( ηSJ ). We conclude by explaining how the fundamental loss mechanisms evolve with RA in a bifacial tandem cell.

  17. Oak Ridge 25URC tandem accelerator 1994 SNEAP lab report

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    Alton, G.D.; Dinehart, M.R.; Dowling, D.T.

    1994-12-31

    The 25URC tandem accelerator is still in shut-down mode until the facility is reconfigured to produce radioactive ion beams (RIBs). Again, the authors have operated approximately 200 hours for ion implantation studies in support of RIB development. Operation of the accelerator has been generally very reliable with most problems being associated with power supplies and components located outside the accelerator. The major operational problem this year was the development of internal shorts in the coils of the energy-analyzing magnet which caused beam instability. The major development activity for the tandem accelerator was the replacement of the corona-point voltage-grading system with resistors. Several milestones for the RIB project have been met since SNEAP 1993. The high-voltage platforms have been built and tested at the required 300 kV. Most equipment has been installed on the platforms so that the first beam can be developed using the Mark I target-ion source. This ion source was characterized on the ion source test facility before moving it to the platform. The second-stage mass-separator magnets have been specified and the contract has been awarded to Sigma Phi. The final optics design for the beam line from the second-stage separator to the tandem accelerator is being completed and equipment and controls are being procured.

  18. Transcription of subtelomere tandemly repetitive DNA in chicken embryogenesis.

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    Trofimova, Irina; Chervyakova, Darya; Krasikova, Alla

    2015-09-01

    Transcription of tandemly repetitive DNA in embryogenesis seems to be of special interest due to a crucial role of non-coding RNAs in many aspects of development. However, only a few data are available on tandem repeats transcription at subtelomere regions of chromosomes during vertebrate embryogenesis. To reduce this gap, we examined stage and tissue-specific pattern of subtelomeric PO41 (pattern of 41bp) tandem repeat transcription during embryogenesis of chicken (Gallus gallus domesticus). Using whole-mount RNA fluorescent in situ hybridization and reverse transcription PCR with specific primers, we demonstrated that both strands of PO41 repeat are transcribed at each of the studied stages of chicken embryo development: from 7-8 HH to 20 HH stages. Subtelomere-derived transcripts localize in the nuclei of all cell types and throughout the all embryonic bodies: head, somites, tail, wings and buds. In embryo-dividing cells and cultured embryonic fibroblasts, PO41 RNAs envelop terminal regions of chromosomes. PO41-containing RNAs are predominantly single-stranded and can be polyadenylated, indicating appearance of non-nascent form of subtelomeric transcripts. PO41 repeat RNAs represent a rare example of ubiquitously transcribed non-coding RNAs, such as Xist/XIST RNA or telomere repeat-containing RNA. Distribution of PO41 repeat transcripts at different stages of embryo development and among cell types has extremely uniform pattern, indicating on possible universal functions of PO41 non-coding RNAs. PMID:26363798

  19. Tandem Repeat-Containing MITEs in the Clam Donax trunculus

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    atovi?, Eva; Plohl, Miroslav

    2013-01-01

    Two distinct classes of repetitive sequences, interspersed mobile elements and satellite DNAs, shape eukaryotic genomes and drive their evolution. Short arrays of tandem repeats can also be present within nonautonomous miniature inverted repeat transposable elements (MITEs). In the clam Donax trunculus, we characterized a composite, high copy number MITE, named DTC84. It is composed of a central region built of up to five core repeats linked to a microsatellite segment at one array end and flanked by sequences holding short inverted repeats. The modular composition and the conserved putative target site duplication sequence AA at the element termini are equivalent to the composition of several elements found in the cupped oyster Crassostrea virginica and in some insects. A unique feature of D. trunculus element is ordered array of core repeat variants, distinctive by diagnostic changes. Position of variants in the array is fixed, regardless of alterations in the core repeat copy number. Each repeat harbors a palindrome near the junction with the following unit, being a potential hotspot responsible for array length variations. As a consequence, variations in number of tandem repeats and variations in flanking sequences make every sequenced element unique. Core repeats may be thus considered as individual units within the MITE, with flanking sequences representing a cassette for internal repeats. Our results demonstrate that onset and spread of tandem repeats can be more intimately linked to processes of transposition than previously thought and suggest that genomes are shaped by interplays within a complex network of repetitive sequences. PMID:24317975

  20. Preliminary design of a Tandem-Mirror-Next-Step facility

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    Damm, C.C.; Doggett, J.N.; Bulmer, R.H.

    1980-12-18

    The Tandem-Mirror-Next-Step (TMNS) facility is designed to demonstrate the engineering feasibility of a tandem-mirror reactor. The facility is based on a deuterium-tritium (D-T) burning, tandem-mirror device with a fusion power output of 245 MW. The fusion power density in the central cell is 2.1 MW/m/sup 3/, with a resultant neutron wall loading of 0.5 MW/m/sup 2/. Overall machine length is 116 m, and the effective central-cell length is 50.9 m. The magnet system includes end cells with yin-yang magnets to provide magnetohydrodynamic (MHD) stability and thermal-barrier cells to help achieve a plasma Q of 4.7 (where Q = fusion power/injected power). Neutral beams at energies up to 200 keV are used for plasma heating, fueling, and barrier pumping. Electron cyclotron resonant heating at 50 and 100 GHz is used to control the electron temperature in the barriers. Based on the resulting engineering design, the overall cost of the facility is estimated to be just under $1 billion. Unresolved physics issues include central-cell ..beta..-limits against MHD ballooning modes (the assumed reference value of ..beta.. exceeds the current theory-derived limit), and the removal of thermalized ..cap alpha..-particles from the plasma.

  1. Sticky interconnect for solution-processed tandem solar cells.

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    Tung, Vincent C; Kim, Jaemyung; Cote, Laura J; Huang, Jiaxing

    2011-06-22

    Graphene oxide (GO) can be viewed as a two-dimensional, random diblock copolymer with distributed nanosize graphitic patches and highly oxidized domains, thus capable of guiding the assembly of other materials through both ?-? stacking and hydrogen bonding. Upon mixing GO and conducting polymer poly(3,4-ethylenedioxythiophene):poly(styrenesulfonate) (PEDOT:PSS) in water, a dispersion with dramatically increased viscosity is obtained, which turns into sticky thin films upon casting. Surprisingly, the insulating GO makes PEDOT much more conductive by altering its chain conformation and morphology. The GO/PEDOT gel can function as a metal-free solder for creating mechanical and electrical connections in organic optoelectronic devices. As a proof-of-concept, polymer tandem solar cells have been fabricated by a direct adhesive lamination process enabled by the sticky GO/PEDOT film. The sticky interconnect can greatly simplify the fabrication of organic tandem architectures, which has been quite challenging via solution processing. Thus, it could facilitate the construction of high-efficiency tandem solar cells with different combinations of solution-processable materials. PMID:21615169

  2. Tandem repeat-containing MITEs in the clam Donax trunculus.

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    Satovic, Eva; Plohl, Miroslav

    2013-01-01

    Two distinct classes of repetitive sequences, interspersed mobile elements and satellite DNAs, shape eukaryotic genomes and drive their evolution. Short arrays of tandem repeats can also be present within nonautonomous miniature inverted repeat transposable elements (MITEs). In the clam Donax trunculus, we characterized a composite, high copy number MITE, named DTC84. It is composed of a central region built of up to five core repeats linked to a microsatellite segment at one array end and flanked by sequences holding short inverted repeats. The modular composition and the conserved putative target site duplication sequence AA at the element termini are equivalent to the composition of several elements found in the cupped oyster Crassostrea virginica and in some insects. A unique feature of D. trunculus element is ordered array of core repeat variants, distinctive by diagnostic changes. Position of variants in the array is fixed, regardless of alterations in the core repeat copy number. Each repeat harbors a palindrome near the junction with the following unit, being a potential hotspot responsible for array length variations. As a consequence, variations in number of tandem repeats and variations in flanking sequences make every sequenced element unique. Core repeats may be thus considered as individual units within the MITE, with flanking sequences representing a "cassette" for internal repeats. Our results demonstrate that onset and spread of tandem repeats can be more intimately linked to processes of transposition than previously thought and suggest that genomes are shaped by interplays within a complex network of repetitive sequences. PMID:24317975

  3. Trail laying during tandem-running recruitment in the ant Temnothorax albipennis.

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    Basari, Norasmah; Laird-Hopkins, Benita C; Sendova-Franks, Ana B; Franks, Nigel R

    2014-07-01

    Tandem running is a recruitment strategy whereby one ant leads a single nave nest mate to a resource. While tandem running progresses towards the goal, the leader ant and the follower ant maintain contact mainly by tactile signals. In this paper, we investigated whether they also deposit chemical signals on the ground during tandem running. We filmed tandem-running ants and analysed the position of the gasters of leaders and followers. Our results show that leader ants are more likely to press their gasters down to the substrate compared to follower ants, single ants and transporter ants. Forward tandem-run leaders (those moving towards a new nest site) performed such trail-marking procedures three times more often than reverse tandem leaders (those moving towards an old nest site). That leader ants marked the trails more often during forward tandem runs may suggest that it is more important to maintain the bond with the follower ant on forward tandem runs than on reverse tandem runs. Marked trails on the ground may serve as a safety line that improves both the efficiency of tandem runs and their completion rates. PMID:24903681

  4. Trail laying during tandem-running recruitment in the ant Temnothorax albipennis

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    Basari, Norasmah; Laird-Hopkins, Benita C.; Sendova-Franks, Ana B.; Franks, Nigel R.

    2014-07-01

    Tandem running is a recruitment strategy whereby one ant leads a single nave nest mate to a resource. While tandem running progresses towards the goal, the leader ant and the follower ant maintain contact mainly by tactile signals. In this paper, we investigated whether they also deposit chemical signals on the ground during tandem running. We filmed tandem-running ants and analysed the position of the gasters of leaders and followers. Our results show that leader ants are more likely to press their gasters down to the substrate compared to follower ants, single ants and transporter ants. Forward tandem-run leaders (those moving towards a new nest site) performed such trail-marking procedures three times more often than reverse tandem leaders (those moving towards an old nest site). That leader ants marked the trails more often during forward tandem runs may suggest that it is more important to maintain the bond with the follower ant on forward tandem runs than on reverse tandem runs. Marked trails on the ground may serve as a safety line that improves both the efficiency of tandem runs and their completion rates.

  5. Enhanced oil recovery system

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    Goldsberry, Fred L. (Spring, TX)

    1989-01-01

    All energy resources available from a geopressured geothermal reservoir are used for the production of pipeline quality gas using a high pressure separator/heat exchanger and a membrane separator, and recovering waste gas from both the membrane separator and a low pressure separator in tandem with the high pressure separator for use in enhanced oil recovery, or in powering a gas engine and turbine set. Liquid hydrocarbons are skimmed off the top of geothermal brine in the low pressure separator. High pressure brine from the geothermal well is used to drive a turbine/generator set before recovering waste gas in the first separator. Another turbine/generator set is provided in a supercritical binary power plant that uses propane as a working fluid in a closed cycle, and uses exhaust heat from the combustion engine and geothermal energy of the brine in the separator/heat exchanger to heat the propane.

  6. LipidBlast - in-silico tandem mass spectrometry database for lipid identification

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    Kind, Tobias; Liu, Kwang-Hyeon; Yup Lee, Do; DeFelice, Brian; Meissen, John K.; Fiehn, Oliver

    2013-01-01

    Current tandem mass spectral libraries for lipid annotations in metabolomics are limited in size and diversity. We provide a freely available computer generated in-silico tandem mass spectral library of 212,516 MS/MS spectra covering 119,200 compounds from 26 lipid compound classes, including phospholipids, glycerolipids, bacterial lipoglycans and plant glycolipids. Platform independence is shown by using tandem mass spectra from 40 different mass spectrometer types including low-resolution and high-resolution instruments. PMID:23817071

  7. Tandem mirror reactor studies at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory, FY 1980

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    Carlson, G.A.; Neef, W.S. Jr.

    1981-03-20

    The principles of tandem mirror operation with thermal barriers will be demonstrated in the upgrade of the Tandem Mirror Experiment (TMX-U) in 1981 and the tandem configuration of the Mirror Fusion Test Facility (MFTF-B) in 1984. Continued analysis and conceptual design over this period will evolve the optimal configuration and parameters for a power-producing reactor. In this article we describe the progress we have made in this reactor design study effort during 1980.

  8. Optical simulation and optimization of weak-microcavity tandem white organic light-emitting diodes

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    Yue, Shouzhen; Guo, Runda; Wu, YuKun; Yan, Pingrui; Zhang, Shiming; Zhang, Zhensong; Qu, Dalong; Zhao, Yi

    2014-10-01

    We systematically studied the influence of weak microcavity effects on the optical properties of tandem white organic light-emitting diodes (WOLEDs) using optical simulation. Based on the simulation results, an image processing method is developed and verified for rational design of high-performance tandem WOLEDs. The results indicate that low operating voltage, good color rendering index, and angular emission properties can be simultaneously obtained in tandem WOLEDs by engineering the device structure. This study provides promising direction for the development of high-performance tandem WOLEDs.

  9. PTGBase: an integrated database to study tandem duplicated genes in plants.

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    Yu, Jingyin; Ke, Tao; Tehrim, Sadia; Sun, Fengming; Liao, Boshou; Hua, Wei

    2015-01-01

    Tandem duplication is a wide-spread phenomenon in plant genomes and plays significant roles in evolution and adaptation to changing environments. Tandem duplicated genes related to certain functions will lead to the expansion of gene families and bring increase of gene dosage in the form of gene cluster arrays. Many tandem duplication events have been studied in plant genomes; yet, there is a surprising shortage of efforts to systematically present the integration of large amounts of information about publicly deposited tandem duplicated gene data across the plant kingdom. To address this shortcoming, we developed the first plant tandem duplicated genes database, PTGBase. It delivers the most comprehensive resource available to date, spanning 39 plant genomes, including model species and newly sequenced species alike. Across these genomes, 54?130 tandem duplicated gene clusters (129?652 genes) are presented in the database. Each tandem array, as well as its member genes, is characterized in complete detail. Tandem duplicated genes in PTGBase can be explored through browsing or searching by identifiers or keywords of functional annotation and sequence similarity. Users can download tandem duplicated gene arrays easily to any scale, up to the complete annotation data set for an entire plant genome. PTGBase will be updated regularly with newly sequenced plant species as they become available. PMID:25797062

  10. PTGBase: an integrated database to study tandem duplicated genes in plants

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    Yu, Jingyin; Ke, Tao; Tehrim, Sadia; Sun, Fengming; Liao, Boshou; Hua, Wei

    2015-01-01

    Tandem duplication is a wide-spread phenomenon in plant genomes and plays significant roles in evolution and adaptation to changing environments. Tandem duplicated genes related to certain functions will lead to the expansion of gene families and bring increase of gene dosage in the form of gene cluster arrays. Many tandem duplication events have been studied in plant genomes; yet, there is a surprising shortage of efforts to systematically present the integration of large amounts of information about publicly deposited tandem duplicated gene data across the plant kingdom. To address this shortcoming, we developed the first plant tandem duplicated genes database, PTGBase. It delivers the most comprehensive resource available to date, spanning 39 plant genomes, including model species and newly sequenced species alike. Across these genomes, 54?130 tandem duplicated gene clusters (129?652 genes) are presented in the database. Each tandem array, as well as its member genes, is characterized in complete detail. Tandem duplicated genes in PTGBase can be explored through browsing or searching by identifiers or keywords of functional annotation and sequence similarity. Users can download tandem duplicated gene arrays easily to any scale, up to the complete annotation data set for an entire plant genome. PTGBase will be updated regularly with newly sequenced plant species as they become available. Database URL: http://ocri-genomics.org/PTGBase/. PMID:25797062

  11. A T-cell specific transcriptional enhancer element 3 prime of C sub. alpha. in the human T-cell receptor. alpha. locus

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    Ho, Icheng; Yang, Lihsuan; Morle, G.; Leiden, J.M. )

    1989-09-01

    A transcriptional enhancer element has been identified 4.5 kilobases 3{prime} of C{sub {alpha}} (constant region {alpha} chain) in the human T-cell receptor (TCR) {alpha}-chain locus. This enhancer is active on both a TCR V{sub {alpha}} (variable region {alpha} chain) promoter and the minimal simian virus 40 promoter in TCR {alpha}/{beta} Jurkat and EL4 cells but is inactive on a V{sub {alpha}} promoter TCR {gamma}/{delta} PEER and Molt-13 cells, clone 13 B cells, and HeLa fibroblasts. The enhancer has been localized to a 116-base-pair BstXI/Dra I restriction enzyme fragment, which lacks immunoglobulin octamer and {kappa}B enhancer motifs but does contain a consensus cAMP-response element (CRE). DNase I footprint analyses demonstrated that the minimal enhancer contains two binding sites for Jurkat nuclear proteins. One of these sites corresponds to the CRE, while the other does not correspond to a known transcriptional enhancer motif. These data support a model in which TCR {alpha} gene transcription is regulated by a unique set of cis-acting sequences and trans-acting factors, which are differentially active in cells of the TCR {alpha}/{beta} lineage. In addition, the TCR {alpha} enhancer may play a role in activating oncogene expression in T-lymphoblastoid tumors that have previously been shown to display chromosomal translocations into the human TCR {alpha} locus.

  12. Quantification of endogenous brassinosteroids in sub-gram plant tissues by in-line matrix solid-phase dispersion-tandem solid phase extraction coupled with high performance liquid chromatography-tandem mass spectrometry.

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    Wang, Lu; Duan, Chunfeng; Wu, Dapeng; Guan, Yafeng

    2014-09-12

    A matrix solid-phase dispersion (MSPD)-tandem mixed mode anion exchange (MAX)-mixed mode cation exchange (MCX) solid phase extraction-high performance liquid chromatography coupled with tandem mass spectrometry (HPLC-MS/MS) method was developed for quantification of six endogenous brassinosteroids (BRs) (24-epibrassinolide, 24-epicastasterone, 6-deoxo-24-epicastasterone, dolichosterone, teasterone and typhasterol) in rice plant tissues. Non-polar interferences were removed effectively by C8 dispersant used in MSPD, while the following tandem MAX-MCX process facilitated the elimination of polar and ionizable compounds. The weak reversed-phase retention feature of MAX-MCX leaded to good compatibility of the elution solvents in the in-line coupled MSPD-MAX-MCX system. This system was optimized for extraction and purification of BRs in plant samples. The effects of the type of solid phase, the elution solvent, the extraction temperature and the clean-up material were studied. Before HPLC separation, BRs purified were derivatized by m-aminophenylboronic acid to enhance the sensitivity of MS/MS to BRs. Compared with traditional liquid-liquid extraction and solid phase extraction (LLE-SPE), the proposed MSPD-MAX-MCX method showed higher extraction efficiency, lower matrix effect, and advantages of easy manipulation and time-saving. The in-line MSPD-MAX-MCX coupled with HPLC-MS/MS method provided a linear response over two orders of magnitude of BRs concentration with correlation coefficients above 0.9982, limits of detection between 0.008 and 0.04ngmL(-1), relative standard deviations (RSDs) below 29.4%, and recoveries above 77.8%. The proposed method has been successfully applied to analysis of endogenous BRs in rice plant at booting stage and maturity stage. PMID:25092597

  13. Multiple-locus variable-number tandem repeat analysis of Salmonella Enteritidis isolates from human and non-human sources using a single multiplex PCR

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    Cho, Seongbeom; Boxrud, David J; Bartkus, Joanne M; Whittam, Thomas S; Saeed, Mahdi

    2007-01-01

    Simplified multiple-locus variable-number tandem repeat analysis (MLVA) was developed using one-shot multiplex PCR for seven variable-number tandem repeats (VNTR) markers with high diversity capacity. MLVA, phage typing, and PFGE methods were applied on 34 diverse Salmonella Enteritidis isolates from human and non-human sources. MLVA detected allelic variations that helped to classify the S. Enteritidis isolates into more evenly distributed subtypes than other methods. MLVA-based S. Enteritidis clonal groups were largely associated with sources of the isolates. Nei's diversity indices for polymorphism ranged from 0.25 to 0.70 for seven VNTR loci markers. Based on Simpson's and Shannon's diversity indices, MLVA had a higher discriminatory power than pulsed field gel electrophoresis (PFGE), phage typing, or multilocus enzyme electrophoresis. Therefore, MLVA may be used along with PFGE to enhance the effectiveness of the molecular epidemiologic investigation of S. Enteritidis infections. PMID:17692097

  14. Interpretation of tandem mass spectra obtained from cyclic nonribosomal peptides.

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    Liu, Wei-Ting; Ng, Julio; Meluzzi, Dario; Bandeira, Nuno; Gutierrez, Marcelino; Simmons, Thomas L; Schultz, Andrew W; Linington, Roger G; Moore, Bradley S; Gerwick, William H; Pevzner, Pavel A; Dorrestein, Pieter C

    2009-06-01

    Natural and non-natural cyclic peptides are a crucial component in drug discovery programs because of their considerable pharmaceutical properties. Cyclosporin, microcystins, and nodularins are all notable pharmacologically important cyclic peptides. Because these biologically active peptides are often biosynthesized nonribosomally, they often contain nonstandard amino acids, thus increasing the complexity of the resulting tandem mass spectrometry data. In addition, because of the cyclic nature, the fragmentation patterns of many of these peptides showed much higher complexity when compared to related counterparts. Therefore, at the present time it is still difficult to annotate cyclic peptides MS/MS spectra. In this current work, an annotation program was developed for the annotation and characterization of tandem mass spectra obtained from cyclic peptides. This program, which we call MS-CPA is available as a web tool (http://lol.ucsd.edu/ms-cpa_v1/Input.py). Using this program, we have successfully annotated the sequence of representative cyclic peptides, such as seglitide, tyrothricin, desmethoxymajusculamide C, dudawalamide A, and cyclomarins, in a rapid manner and also were able to provide the first-pass structure evidence of a newly discovered natural product based on predicted sequence. This compound is not available in sufficient quantities for structural elucidation by other means such as NMR. In addition to the development of this cyclic annotation program, it was observed that some cyclic peptides fragmented in unexpected ways resulting in the scrambling of sequences. In summary, MS-CPA not only provides a platform for rapid confirmation and annotation of tandem mass spectrometry data obtained with cyclic peptides but also enables quantitative analysis of the ion intensities. This program facilitates cyclic peptide analysis, sequencing, and also acts as a useful tool to investigate the uncommon fragmentation phenomena of cyclic peptides and aids the characterization of newly discovered cyclic peptides encountered in drug discovery programs. PMID:19413302

  15. Tandem-repeat protein domains across the tree of life

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    Jernigan, Kristin K.

    2015-01-01

    Tandem-repeat protein domains, composed of repeated units of conserved stretches of 2040 amino acids, are required for a wide array of biological functions. Despite their diverse and fundamental functions, there has been no comprehensive assessment of their taxonomic distribution, incidence, and associations with organismal lifestyle and phylogeny. In this study, we assess for the first time the abundance of armadillo (ARM) and tetratricopeptide (TPR) repeat domains across all three domains in the tree of life and compare the results to our previous analysis on ankyrin (ANK) repeat domains in this journal. All eukaryotes and a majority of the bacterial and archaeal genomes analyzed have a minimum of one TPR and ARM repeat. In eukaryotes, the fraction of ARM-containing proteins is approximately double that of TPR and ANK-containing proteins, whereas bacteria and archaea are enriched in TPR-containing proteins relative to ARM- and ANK-containing proteins. We show in bacteria that phylogenetic history, rather than lifestyle or pathogenicity, is a predictor of TPR repeat domain abundance, while neither phylogenetic history nor lifestyle predicts ARM repeat domain abundance. Surprisingly, pathogenic bacteria were not enriched in TPR-containing proteins, which have been associated within virulence factors in certain species. Taken together, this comparative analysis provides a newly appreciated view of the prevalence and diversity of multiple types of tandem-repeat protein domains across the tree of life. A central finding of this analysis is that tandem repeat domain-containing proteins are prevalent not just in eukaryotes, but also in bacterial and archaeal species. PMID:25653910

  16. 'Top down' protein characterization via tandem mass spectrometry.

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    Reid, Gavin E; McLuckey, Scott A

    2002-07-01

    Technological and scientific advances over the past decade have enabled protein identification and characterization strategies to be developed that are based on subjecting intact protein ions and large protein fragments directly to tandem mass spectrometry. These approaches are referred to collectively as 'top down' to contrast them with 'bottom up' approaches whereby protein identification is based on mass spectrometric analysis of peptides derived from proteolytic digestion, usually with trypsin. A key step in enabling top down approaches has been the ability to assign tandem mass spectrometer product ion identities, which can be done either via high resolving power or through product ion charge state manipulation. The ability to determine product ion charge states has permitted studies of the reactions, including dissociation, ion-molecule reactions, ion-electron reactions and ion-ion reactions of high-mass, multiply charged protein ions. Electrospray ionization combined with high magnetic field strength Fourier transform ion cyclotron resonance has proven to be particularly powerful for detailed protein characterization owing to its high mass resolution and mass accuracy and its ability to effect electron capture-induced dissociation. Other types of tandem mass spectrometers are also beginning to find increasing use in top down protein identification/characterization studies. Charge state manipulation via ion-ion reactions in electrodynamic ion traps, for example, enables top down strategies to be considered using instruments with relatively modest mass resolution capabilities. Precursor ion charge state manipulation techniques have also recently been demonstrated to be capable of concentrating and charge-state purifying proteins in the gas phase. Advances in technologies applied to the structural analysis of whole protein ions and in understanding their reactions, such as those described here, are providing new options for the study of complex protein mixtures. PMID:12124999

  17. Large mirror ratio tandem mirror magnetic design studies

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    Francis, G.L.; Myra, J.R.; D'lppolito, D.A.; Catto, P.J.; Aamodt, R.E.

    1986-04-01

    A systematic study of magnetic designs has been carried out for three-cell quadrupole-stabilized tandem mirror reactors comparable in size to the (octupole) mini-MARS design. In these designs, a single mirror cell at each end of the device serves as end plug, thermal barrier and MHD anchor. The multiple functions of the end plugs make it difficult to simultaneously optimize the physics properties of the plasma (stability, radial confinement, and good particle drift orbits). Two different design approaches have been studied using recently developed magnetic optimization techniques. Typical physics figures of merit are given and critical issues discussed for each design.

  18. Tandem Friedel–Crafts Annulation to Novel Perylene Analogues

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    Penick, Mark A.; Mahindaratne, Mathew P. D.; Gutierrez, Robert D.; Smith, Terrill D.; Tiekink, Edward R. T.

    2014-01-01

    Novel dialkyloxy- and dihydroxyoctahydroperylenes are regioselectively available via a new tandem Friedel–Crafts alkylation of tetrahydronaphthalene precursors followed by oxidative aromatization. Heating of 5-alkyloxy-1-tetralol with p-toluenesulfonic acid in sulfolane gave the corresponding octahydroperylenes in moderate yields. Studies with Lewis acids and tetralin-1,5-diol in acetonitrile at room temperature provided the 4,10-dihydroxy analogue cleanly, albeit in reduced yields. Examples of these new series of perylene analogues were partially oxidized to the corresponding contiguously aromatic, anthracene core products or fully aromatized to 3,9-dialkyloxyperylenes in good yields. PMID:18630879

  19. Tandem isomerization/telomerization of long chain dienes

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    Torrente-Murciano, Laura; Nielsen, David J.; Cavell, Kingsley J.; Lapkin, Alexei A.

    2014-01-01

    The first example of a tandem reaction involving double-bond migration in combination with telomerization is reported. Homogeneous and heterogeneous Ru catalysts were employed as isomerization catalysts, and telomerization was realized using a homogeneous Pd(0) precursor complex with a N-heterocyclic carbene (IMes) ligand. Overall conversions approaching 60% were achieved with the best selectivity to telomerization products of 91% attained at 11% conversion. Conversion was markedly higher in the presence of longer-chain alcohol (1-butanol) as the nucleophile (telogen). PMID:24982855

  20. Search for the optimal linker in tandem hairpin polyamides.

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    Kers, Inger; Dervan, Peter B

    2002-10-01

    In order to target specific DNA sequences >or=10 base pairs in size by minor groove binding ligands, a search for the optimal linker in dimers of hairpin polyamides was initiated. Two series of tandem polyamides ImPyIm-(R)[ImPyIm-(R)(H2N)gamma-PyPyPy-L](HN)gamma-PyPyPy-beta-Dp (1a-e), where L represents a series of 4-8 carbon long aliphatic amino acid linkers, and ImPyIm-(R)[ImPyIm-(R)(H2N)gamma-PyPyPyIm-L](HN)gamma-PyPyPy-beta-Dp (2a-e), where L represents a series of 2-6 carbon long aliphatic amino acid linkers, were synthesized and characterized by quantitative DNase I footprinting. beta, gamma and Dp represents beta-alanine, gamma-aminobutyric acid, and 3-(dimethylamino)propylamine, respectively. It was found that the five-carbon 5-aminovaleric acid (delta), is suitable to span one base-pair (bp) of DNA when incorporated into a tandem polyamide. ImPyIm-(R)[ImPyIm-(R)(H2N)gamma-PyPyPy-delta](HN)gamma-PyPyPy-beta-Dp (1b) binds the 10 bp binding-site 5'-AGTGAAGTGA-3' with equilibrium association constant K(a)=3.2 x 10(10) M(-1) and ImPyIm-(R)[ImPyIm-(R)(H2N)gamma-PyPyPyIm-delta](HN)gamma-PyPyPy-beta-Dp (2d) binds the 11 bp binding-site 5'-AGTGATAGTGA-3' with K(a)=9.7 x 10(9) M(-1). Tandem 1b also bind the 11 bp site but with lower affinity affording a 15-fold specificity for the shorter binding site. Replacing a methylene group in the amino acid linker with an oxygen atom to form tandem polyamide ImPyIm-(R)[ImPyIm-(R)(H2N)gamma-PyPyPy-E](HN)gamma-PyPyPy-beta-Dp (4) where E represents the ether linker, resulted in that an 80-fold specificity for the 10 bp binding site over the 11 bp site. PMID:12150881

  1. Current- and lattice-matched tandem solar cell

    DOEpatents

    Olson, J.M.

    1985-10-21

    A multijunction (cascade) tandem photovoltaic solar cell device is fabricated of a Ga/sub x/In/sub 1-x/P (0.505 equal to or less than x equal to or less than 0.515) top cell semiconductor lattice-matched to a GaAs bottom cell semiconductor at a low resistance heterojunction, preferably a p/sup +//n/sup +/ heterojunction between the cells. The top and bottom cells are both lattice-matched and current-matched for high efficiency solar radiation conversion to electrical energy.

  2. Forensic analysis of printing inks using tandem Laser Induced Breakdown Spectroscopy and Laser Ablation Inductively Coupled Plasma Mass Spectrometry

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    Subedi, Kiran; Trejos, Tatiana; Almirall, José

    2015-01-01

    Elemental analysis, using either LA-ICP-MS or LIBS, can be used for the chemical characterization of materials of forensic interest to discriminate between source materials originating from different sources and also for the association of materials known to originate from the same source. In this study, a tandem LIBS/LA-ICP-MS system that combines the benefits of both LIBS and LA-ICP-MS was evaluated for the characterization of samples of printing inks (toners, inkjets, intaglio and offset.). The performance of both laser sampling methods is presented. A subset of 9 black laser toners, 10 colored (CMYK) inkjet samples, 12 colored (CMYK) offset samples and 12 intaglio inks originating from different manufacturing sources were analyzed to evaluate the discrimination capability of the tandem method. These samples were selected because they presented a very similar elemental profile by LA-ICP-MS. Although typical discrimination between different ink sources is found to be > 99% for a variety of inks when only LA-ICP-MS was used for the analysis, additional discrimination was achieved by combining the elemental results from the LIBS analysis to the LA-ICP-MS analysis in the tandem technique, enhancing the overall discrimination capability of the individual laser ablation methods. The LIBS measurements of the Ca, Fe, K and Si signals, in particular, improved the discrimination for this specific set of different ink samples previously shown to exhibit very similar LA-ICP-MS elemental profiles. The combination of these two techniques in a single setup resulted in better discrimination of the printing inks with two distinct fingerprint spectra, providing information from atomic/ionic emissions and isotopic composition (m/z) for each ink sample.

  3. 25-hydroxycholesterol enhances cytokine release and toll-like receptor 3 response in airway epithelial cells

    PubMed Central

    2012-01-01

    Background 25-hydroxycholesterol (25-HC) is one of the oxysterols, which are oxidized derivatives of cholesterol, and has been reported to be involved in the pathogenesis of atherosclerosis and Alzheimers disease. In lung, the possible involvement of 25-HC in airway diseases has been revealed. In the present study, we examined whether 25-HC affects the release of cytokines and also modulates the responses of toll-like receptor 3 (TLR3) in airway epithelial cells. Methods The effect of 25-HC on the release of cytokines from primary human bronchial epithelial cells after stimulation with or without polyinosine-polycytidylic acid [poly(I:C)], a ligand for TLR3, and the signal transduction were examined. Results 25-HC significantly potentiated the release of interleukin-8 (IL-8) and IL-6 from the cells. This effect was more potent compared with that of other oxysterols, 22-HC and 27-HC. GW3965 and TO901317, synthetic agonists of liver X receptors that are receptors for oxysterols, did not augment the IL-8 release. 25-HC enhanced the nuclear factor-kappa B (NF-?B) DNA binding activity and translocation of phosphorylated c-Jun into the nucleus. The release of IL-8 was inhibited by the NF-?B inhibitor, caffeic acid phenethyl ester (CAPE), an inhibitor of nuclear factor kappa-B alpha (I?B?) inhibitor, BAY 117085, and an inhibitor of nuclear factor kappa-B kinase-2 (IKK-2) inhibitor, SC-514, but not by a c-Jun N-terminal kinase (JNK) inhibitory peptide, L-JNKi1. 25-HC significantly potentiated IL-8 release in poly(I:C)-treated cells and the augmentation was inhibited by CAPE, BAY 117085, and SC-514. Furthermore, 25-HC potentiated the translocation of interferon regulatory factor 3 into the nucleus and the release of interferon-beta (IFN-?) in poly(I:C)-treated cells. Conclusions These data demonstrated that 25-HC augments the release of IL-8 and IL-6 via NF-?B signalling pathway and enhances the release of IL-8 and IFN-? after stimulation of TLR3 in airway epithelial cells. 25-HC may be involved in the neutrophilic airway inflammation through the stimulant effect of IL-8 and IL-6 release and also potentiate the TLR3-mediated innate immunity in airway diseases. PMID:22849850

  4. A numerical parametric study on hydrofoil interaction in tandem

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    Kemal, Omer

    2015-01-01

    Understanding the effects of the parameters affecting the interaction of tandem hydrofoil system is a crucial subject in order to fully comprehend the aero/hydrodynamics of any vehicle moving inside a fluid. This study covers a parametric study on tandem hydrofoil interaction in both potential and viscous fluids using iterative Boundary Element Method (BEM) and RANSE. BEM allows a quick estimation of the flow around bodies and may be used for practical purposes to assess the interaction inside the fluid. The produced results are verified by conformal mapping and Finite Volume Method (FVM). RANSE is used for viscous flow conditions to assess the effects of viscosity compared to the inviscid solutions proposed by BEM. Six different parameters are investigated and they are the effects of distance, thickness, angle of attack, chord length, aspect ratio and tapered wings. A generalized 2-D code is developed implementing the iterative procedure and is adapted to generate results. Effects of free surface and cavitation are ignored. It is believed that the present work will provide insight into the parametric interference between hydrofoils inside the fluid

  5. Relation between Radial and Axial Losses in Tandem Mirrors

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    Pratt, J.; Horton, W.; Berk, H. L.

    2006-04-01

    The tandem mirror still remains a potentially attractive magnetic confinement geometry. The absence of toroidal curvature and internal plasma parallel current gives the system strongly favorable stability. Additionally, GAMMA-10 experimental results demonstrate that sheared rotation can suppress turbulent radial losses. For an MHD stable system, we investigate the interplay between drift wave (ITG, ETG and Bohm) radial transport and axial losses. Using empirical energy confinement scaling laws from large ITER and ISS databases as upper bounds on the radial loss rates, we simulate radial transport using a transport barrier dynamics (TBD) code. Simulations are carried out for a machine of volume 212 m^3 (central cell length/radius 30 m/1.5 m) with central cell field 3 T. ITER stores 7022 MJ of energy in the toroidal magnetic field; in our tandem mirror design this energy is reduced to 954 MJ. Our simulations show that high core temperatures result in long Pastukhov loss times; drift wave radial transport dominates, except at the plasma edge, where pitch angle scattering causes losses.

  6. Compartmentalization of Incompatible Catalytic Transformations for Tandem Catalysis.

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    Lu, Jie; Dimroth, Jonas; Weck, Marcus

    2015-10-14

    In Nature, incompatible catalytic transformations are being carried out simultaneously through compartmentalization that allows for the combination of incompatible catalysts in tandem reactions. Herein, we take the compartmentalization concept to the synthetic realm and present an approach that allows two incompatible transition metal catalyzed transformations to proceed in one pot in tandem. The key is the site isolation of both catalysts through compartmentalization using a core-shell micellar support in an aqueous environment. The support is based on amphiphilic triblock copolymers of poly(2-oxazoline)s with orthogonal functional groups on the side chain that can be used to cross-link covalently the micelle and to conjugate two metal catalysts in different domains of the micelle. The micelle core and shell provide different microenvironments for the transformations: Co-catalyzed hydration of an alkyne proceeds in the hydrophobic core, while the Rh-catalyzed asymmetric transfer hydrogenation of the intermediate ketone into a chiral alcohol occurs in the hydrophilic shell. PMID:26426145

  7. The First Tandem, All-exciplex-based WOLED

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    Hung, Wen-Yi; Fang, Guan-Cheng; Lin, Shih-Wei; Cheng, Shuo-Hsien; Wong, Ken-Tsung; Kuo, Ting-Yi; Chou, Pi-Tai

    2014-01-01

    Exploiting our recently developed bilayer interface methodology, together with a new wide energy-gap, low LUMO acceptor (A) and the designated donor (D) layers, we succeeded in fabricating an exciplex-based organic light-emitting diode (OLED) systematically tuned from blue to red. Further optimization rendered a record-high blue exciplex OLED with ?ext of 8%. We then constructed a device structure configured by two parallel blend layers of mCP/PO-T2T and DTAF/PO-T2T, generating blue and yellow exciplex emission, respectively. The resulting device demonstrates for the first time a tandem, all-exciplex-based white-light OLED (WOLED) with excellent efficiencies ?ext: 11.6%, ?c: 27.7?cd A?1, and ?p: 15.8?ml W?1 with CIE(0.29, 0.35) and CRI 70.6 that are nearly independent of EL intensity. The tandem architecture and blend-layer D/A (1:1) configuration are two key elements that fully utilize the exciplex delay fluorescence, providing a paragon for the use of low-cost, abundant organic compounds en route to commercial WOLEDs. PMID:24895098

  8. The First Tandem, All-exciplex-based WOLED

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    Hung, Wen-Yi; Fang, Guan-Cheng; Lin, Shih-Wei; Cheng, Shuo-Hsien; Wong, Ken-Tsung; Kuo, Ting-Yi; Chou, Pi-Tai

    2014-06-01

    Exploiting our recently developed bilayer interface methodology, together with a new wide energy-gap, low LUMO acceptor (A) and the designated donor (D) layers, we succeeded in fabricating an exciplex-based organic light-emitting diode (OLED) systematically tuned from blue to red. Further optimization rendered a record-high blue exciplex OLED with ?ext of 8%. We then constructed a device structure configured by two parallel blend layers of mCP/PO-T2T and DTAF/PO-T2T, generating blue and yellow exciplex emission, respectively. The resulting device demonstrates for the first time a tandem, all-exciplex-based white-light OLED (WOLED) with excellent efficiencies ?ext: 11.6%, ?c: 27.7 cd A-1, and ?p: 15.8 ml W-1 with CIE(0.29, 0.35) and CRI 70.6 that are nearly independent of EL intensity. The tandem architecture and blend-layer D/A (1:1) configuration are two key elements that fully utilize the exciplex delay fluorescence, providing a paragon for the use of low-cost, abundant organic compounds en route to commercial WOLEDs.

  9. The first tandem, all-exciplex-based WOLED.

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    Hung, Wen-Yi; Fang, Guan-Cheng; Lin, Shih-Wei; Cheng, Shuo-Hsien; Wong, Ken-Tsung; Kuo, Ting-Yi; Chou, Pi-Tai

    2014-01-01

    Exploiting our recently developed bilayer interface methodology, together with a new wide energy-gap, low LUMO acceptor (A) and the designated donor (D) layers, we succeeded in fabricating an exciplex-based organic light-emitting diode (OLED) systematically tuned from blue to red. Further optimization rendered a record-high blue exciplex OLED with ?(ext) of 8%. We then constructed a device structure configured by two parallel blend layers of mCP/PO-T2T and DTAF/PO-T2T, generating blue and yellow exciplex emission, respectively. The resulting device demonstrates for the first time a tandem, all-exciplex-based white-light OLED (WOLED) with excellent efficiencies ?(ext): 11.6%, ?(c): 27.7?cd A(-1), and ?(p): 15.8?ml W(-1) with CIE(0.29, 0.35) and CRI 70.6 that are nearly independent of EL intensity. The tandem architecture and blend-layer D/A (1:1) configuration are two key elements that fully utilize the exciplex delay fluorescence, providing a paragon for the use of low-cost, abundant organic compounds en route to commercial WOLEDs. PMID:24895098

  10. An unprecedented, tandem Aldol-Grob reaction sequence

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    Kabalka, G.W.; Tejedor, D.; Li, N.S.; Malladi, R.R.; Trotman, S.

    1998-09-18

    The authors report an unprecedented, tandem Aldol-Grob sequence involving the reaction of ketones with aromatic aldehydes in nonnucleophilic solvents in the presence of boron trifluoride. Although a detailed study of the reaction mechanism has not yet been completed, the consistent formation of (E)-alkene products, as well as the fact that aromatic aldehydes appear to be required, would point toward the intermediacy of a carbocation derivative. A reasonable mechanism would involve the formation of the mixed aldol followed by the formation and subsequent nonsynchronous ring opening of a lactol. The proposed fragmentation is reminiscent of two-step Grob fragmentations that have been reported for N-halo-{alpha}-amino acids and cyclobutane hemiacetals as well as the acid-catalyzed fragmentation of {beta}-hydroxy acetals. The authors examined the effect of various acids on the reaction sequence in order to ascertain which would be most efficient. They conclude that boron trifluoride is the most effective of the acids studied in achieving the new tandem condensation-cleavage sequence.

  11. Opportunities and limits of AMS with 3-MV tandem accelerators

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    Steier, Peter; Golser, Robin; Liechtenstein, Vitaly; Kutschera, Walter; Priller, Alfred; Vockenhuber, Christof; Wallner, Anton

    2005-10-01

    With the Vienna Environmental Research Accelerator (VERA, based on a 3-MV tandem accelerator) we have systematically explored the limitations due to terminal voltage, both by modelling and by experiments. If no stable atomic isobars exist, e.g. for 236U or 244Pu, the same detection limits as for large machines have been achieved. In cases where isobar separation is required, the achievable energy is the limitation. To study isobar separation experimentally, we use a new method called ?TOF: the different energy loss in a foil is measured with a time-of-flight (TOF) detector. Separation of 36Cl from 36S is possible. With diamond like carbon (DLC) stripper foils (0.6 ?g/cm2) and by pushing our Pelletron tandem to 3.6 MV, we achieved a significant increase in energy compared to gas stripping at 3 MV: e.g. 36Cl7+ at 28.8 MeV instead of 36Cl5+ at 18 MeV can be used.

  12. RepeatsDB: a database of tandem repeat protein structures

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    Di Domenico, Toms; Potenza, Emilio; Walsh, Ian; Gonzalo Parra, R.; Giollo, Manuel; Minervini, Giovanni; Piovesan, Damiano; Ihsan, Awais; Ferrari, Carlo; Kajava, Andrey V.; Tosatto, Silvio C.E.

    2014-01-01

    RepeatsDB (http://repeatsdb.bio.unipd.it/) is a database of annotated tandem repeat protein structures. Tandem repeats pose a difficult problem for the analysis of protein structures, as the underlying sequence can be highly degenerate. Several repeat types haven been studied over the years, but their annotation was done in a case-by-case basis, thus making large-scale analysis difficult. We developed RepeatsDB to fill this gap. Using state-of-the-art repeat detection methods and manual curation, we systematically annotated the Protein Data Bank, predicting 10 745 repeat structures. In all, 2797 structures were classified according to a recently proposed classification schema, which was expanded to accommodate new findings. In addition, detailed annotations were performed in a subset of 321 proteins. These annotations feature information on start and end positions for the repeat regions and units. RepeatsDB is an ongoing effort to systematically classify and annotate structural protein repeats in a consistent way. It provides users with the possibility to access and download high-quality datasets either interactively or programmatically through web services. PMID:24311564

  13. The Alto Tandem and Isol Facility at IPN Orsay

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    Franchoo, Serge

    Alto is an infrastructure for experimental nuclear physics in France that comprises both an on-line isotope-separation facility based on the photofission of uranium and a stable-ion beam facility based on a 14.5-MV tandem accelerator. The isotope-separation on-line section of Alto is dedicated to the production of neutron-rich radioactive ion beams (RIB) from the interaction of the ?-flux induced by a 50-MeV 10-A electron beam in a uranium-carbide target. It is dimensioned for 1011 fissions per second. The RIB facility is exploited in alternating mode with the tandem-based section of Alto, capable of accelerating both light ions for nuclear astrophysics and heavy ions for ?-spectroscopy. The facility thereby offers the opportunity to deliver beams to a large range of physics programmes from nuclear to interdisciplinary physics. In this article, we present the Alto facility as well as some of the highlights and prospects of the experimental programme.

  14. A Tandem-electrostatic-quadrupole for accelerator-based BNCT

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    Kreiner, A. J.; Kwan, J. W.; Burln, A. A.; Di Paolo, H.; Henestroza, E.; Minsky, D. M.; Valda, A. A.; Debray, M. E.; Somacal, H.

    2007-08-01

    A project to develop a Tandem-electrostatic-quadrupole (TESQ) accelerator for accelerator-based boron neutron capture therapy (AB-BNCT) is described. A folded Tandem, with 1.25 MV terminal voltage, combined with an electrostatic quadrupole (ESQ) chain is being proposed. The project goal is a machine capable of delivering 30 mA of 2.5 MeV protons to be used in conjunction with a neutron production target based on the 7Li(p, n)7Be reaction slightly beyond its resonance at 2.25 MeV. This machine is conceptually shown to be capable of accelerating a 30 mA proton beam to 2.5 MeV. These are the specifications needed to produce sufficiently intense and clean epithermal neutron beams, based on the 7Li(p, n)7Be reaction, to perform BNCT treatment for deep-seated tumors in less than an hour. This electrostatic machine is the technologically simplest and cheapest solution for optimized AB-BNCT.

  15. Glycoproteomics based on tandem mass spectrometry of glycopeptides.

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    Wuhrer, Manfred; Catalina, M Isabel; Deelder, Andr M; Hokke, Cornelis H

    2007-04-15

    Next to the identification of proteins and the determination of their expression levels, the analysis of post-translational modifications (PTM) is becoming an increasingly important aspect in proteomics. Here, we review mass spectrometric (MS) techniques for the study of protein glycosylation at the glycopeptide level. Enrichment and separation techniques for glycoproteins and glycopeptides from complex (glyco-)protein mixtures and digests are summarized. Various tandem MS (MS/MS) techniques for the analysis of glycopeptides are described and compared with respect to the information they provide on peptide sequence, glycan attachment site and glycan structure. Approaches using electrospray ionization and matrix-assisted laser desorption/ionization (MALDI) of glycopeptides are presented and the following fragmentation techniques in glycopeptide analysis are compared: collision-induced fragmentation on different types of instruments, metastable fragmentation after MALDI ionization, infrared multi-photon dissociation, electron-capture dissociation and electron-transfer dissociation. This review discusses the potential and limitations of tandem mass spectrometry of glycopeptides as a tool in structural glycoproteomics. PMID:17049937

  16. Cloud parallel processing of tandem mass spectrometry based proteomics data.

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    Mohammed, Yassene; Mostovenko, Ekaterina; Henneman, Alex A; Marissen, Rob J; Deelder, Andr M; Palmblad, Magnus

    2012-10-01

    Data analysis in mass spectrometry based proteomics struggles to keep pace with the advances in instrumentation and the increasing rate of data acquisition. Analyzing this data involves multiple steps requiring diverse software, using different algorithms and data formats. Speed and performance of the mass spectral search engines are continuously improving, although not necessarily as needed to face the challenges of acquired big data. Improving and parallelizing the search algorithms is one possibility; data decomposition presents another, simpler strategy for introducing parallelism. We describe a general method for parallelizing identification of tandem mass spectra using data decomposition that keeps the search engine intact and wraps the parallelization around it. We introduce two algorithms for decomposing mzXML files and recomposing resulting pepXML files. This makes the approach applicable to different search engines, including those relying on sequence databases and those searching spectral libraries. We use cloud computing to deliver the computational power and scientific workflow engines to interface and automate the different processing steps. We show how to leverage these technologies to achieve faster data analysis in proteomics and present three scientific workflows for parallel database as well as spectral library search using our data decomposition programs, X!Tandem and SpectraST. PMID:22916831

  17. Negotiation of Meaning and Corrective Feedback in Japanese/English eTandem

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    Bower, Jack; Kawaguchi, Satomi

    2011-01-01

    This paper presents a comparative analysis of corrective feedback provided by participants in an eTandem interaction between university students in Japan and Australia who were learning each other's language. Corrective feedback provided to tandem partners during interaction via text-based Synchronous Computer Mediated Communication (SCMC) is…

  18. Comparative analysis of tandem repeats from hundreds of species reveals unique insights into centromere evolution

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    2013-01-01

    Background Centromeres are essential for chromosome segregation, yet their DNA sequences evolve rapidly. In most animals and plants that have been studied, centromeres contain megabase-scale arrays of tandem repeats. Despite their importance, very little is known about the degree to which centromere tandem repeats share common properties between different species across different phyla. We used bioinformatic methods to identify high-copy tandem repeats from 282 species using publicly available genomic sequence and our own data. Results Our methods are compatible with all current sequencing technologies. Long Pacific Biosciences sequence reads allowed us to find tandem repeat monomers up to 1,419 bp. We assumed that the most abundant tandem repeat is the centromere DNA, which was true for most species whose centromeres have been previously characterized, suggesting this is a general property of genomes. High-copy centromere tandem repeats were found in almost all animal and plant genomes, but repeat monomers were highly variable in sequence composition and length. Furthermore, phylogenetic analysis of sequence homology showed little evidence of sequence conservation beyond approximately 50 million years of divergence. We find that despite an overall lack of sequence conservation, centromere tandem repeats from diverse species showed similar modes of evolution. Conclusions While centromere position in most eukaryotes is epigenetically determined, our results indicate that tandem repeats are highly prevalent at centromeres of both animal and plant genomes. This suggests a functional role for such repeats, perhaps in promoting concerted evolution of centromere DNA across chromosomes. PMID:23363705

  19. Comparative analysis of tandem repeats from hundreds of species reveals unique insights into centromere evolution

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    Centromeres are essential for chromosome segregation, yet their DNA sequences evolve rapidly. In most animals and plants that have been studied, centromeres contain megabase-scale arrays of tandem repeats. Despite their importance, very little is known about the degree to which centromere tandem r...

  20. Simulation of Two Dimensional Electrophoresis and Tandem Mass Spectrometry for Teaching Proteomics

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    Fisher, Amanda; Sekera, Emily; Payne, Jill; Craig, Paul

    2012-01-01

    In proteomics, complex mixtures of proteins are separated (usually by chromatography or electrophoresis) and identified by mass spectrometry. We have created 2DE Tandem MS, a computer program designed for use in the biochemistry, proteomics, or bioinformatics classroom. It contains two simulations--2D electrophoresis and tandem mass spectrometry.

  1. Negotiation of Meaning and Corrective Feedback in Japanese/English eTandem

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    Bower, Jack; Kawaguchi, Satomi

    2011-01-01

    This paper presents a comparative analysis of corrective feedback provided by participants in an eTandem interaction between university students in Japan and Australia who were learning each other's language. Corrective feedback provided to tandem partners during interaction via text-based Synchronous Computer Mediated Communication (SCMC) is

  2. Effects of Environmental Stress on Stability of Tandem Repeat in Escherichia coli O157:H7

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    Multilocus variable-number tandem-repeat analysis (MLVA) is used for source tracking Escherichia coli O157:H7 in agricultural environments. Tandem repeats were stable after limited replication but changed after exposure to irradiation, elevated temperatures, and starvation conditions. The pO157 plas...

  3. Tandem Repeat Stability in Escherichia coli O157:H7 is Dependent on Environmental Stress

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    Multilocus variable number tandem repeat analysis (MLVA) is used for source tracking Escherichia coli O157:H7 in agricultural environments. Tandem repeats were stable after limited replication, but changed after irradiation, elevated temperatures and starvation conditions. Plasmid, pO157, was lost ...

  4. 47 CFR 69.713 - Common line, traffic-sensitive, and tandem-switched transport services.

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    2011-10-01

    ...-switched transport services. 69.713 Section 69.713 Telecommunication FEDERAL COMMUNICATIONS COMMISSION..., traffic-sensitive, and tandem-switched transport services. (a) Scope. This paragraph governs requests for...)(2) of this chapter. (3) The traffic-sensitive components of tandem-switched transport services,...

  5. Simulation of Two Dimensional Electrophoresis and Tandem Mass Spectrometry for Teaching Proteomics

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    Fisher, Amanda; Sekera, Emily; Payne, Jill; Craig, Paul

    2012-01-01

    In proteomics, complex mixtures of proteins are separated (usually by chromatography or electrophoresis) and identified by mass spectrometry. We have created 2DE Tandem MS, a computer program designed for use in the biochemistry, proteomics, or bioinformatics classroom. It contains two simulations--2D electrophoresis and tandem mass spectrometry.…

  6. 47 CFR 69.713 - Common line, traffic-sensitive, and tandem-switched transport services.

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    2010-10-01

    ..., traffic-sensitive, and tandem-switched transport services. (a) Scope. This paragraph governs requests for... §§ 69.152, 69.153, and 69.154. (2) Services in the traffic-sensitive basket, as described in § 61.42(d)(2) of this chapter. (3) The traffic-sensitive components of tandem-switched transport services,...

  7. Characterization of oncogene-induced metabolic alterations in hepatic cells by using ultrahigh performance liquid chromatography-tandem mass spectrometry.

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    Tang, Zhi; Cao, Tingting; Lin, Shuhai; Fu, Li; Li, Shangfu; Guan, Xin-Yuan; Cai, Zongwei

    2016-05-15

    Elucidation of altered metabolic pathways by using metabolomics may open new avenues for basic research on disease mechanisms and facilitate the development of novel therapeutic strategies. Here, we report the development of ultrahigh performance liquid chromatography-tandem mass spectrometry-based metabolomics platform with capability of measuring both cationic and anionic intermediates in cellular metabolism. The platform was established based on the hydrophobic ion-pairing interaction chromatography coupled with tandem mass spectrometry in multiple reaction monitoring (MRM) mode. The MRM transitions were created and optimized via energy-resolved collision-induced dissociation experiments, serving as an essential reference point for the quantification and identification. For chromatographic separation, application of hydrophobic ion-pairing interaction led to dramatic enhancement on retention of water-soluble metabolites and provision of good peak shapes. Two volatile ion-pairing reagents, namely heptafluorobutyric acid and tributylamine, were used with dedicated C18 columns as complementary separation systems coupled with the MRM analysis, allowing measurement of the metabolites of interest at nanomolar levels. The developed platform was successfully applied to investigate the altered metabolism in hepatic cells with over-expression of an oncogene, thus can provide important information on the rewired metabolism. PMID:26992502

  8. Low-temperature-processed efficient semi-transparent planar perovskite solar cells for bifacial and tandem applications

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    Fu, Fan; Feurer, Thomas; Jger, Timo; Avancini, Enrico; Bissig, Benjamin; Yoon, Songhak; Buecheler, Stephan; Tiwari, Ayodhya N.

    2015-11-01

    Semi-transparent perovskite solar cells are highly attractive for a wide range of applications, such as bifacial and tandem solar cells; however, the power conversion efficiency of semi-transparent devices still lags behind due to missing suitable transparent rear electrode or deposition process. Here we report a low-temperature process for efficient semi-transparent planar perovskite solar cells. A hybrid thermal evaporation-spin coating technique is developed to allow the introduction of PCBM in regular device configuration, which facilitates the growth of high-quality absorber, resulting in hysteresis-free devices. We employ high-mobility hydrogenated indium oxide as transparent rear electrode by room-temperature radio-frequency magnetron sputtering, yielding a semi-transparent solar cell with steady-state efficiency of 14.2% along with 72% average transmittance in the near-infrared region. With such semi-transparent devices, we show a substantial power enhancement when operating as bifacial solar cell, and in combination with low-bandgap copper indium gallium diselenide we further demonstrate 20.5% efficiency in four-terminal tandem configuration.

  9. Low-temperature-processed efficient semi-transparent planar perovskite solar cells for bifacial and tandem applications

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    Fu, Fan; Feurer, Thomas; Jäger, Timo; Avancini, Enrico; Bissig, Benjamin; Yoon, Songhak; Buecheler, Stephan; Tiwari, Ayodhya N.

    2015-01-01

    Semi-transparent perovskite solar cells are highly attractive for a wide range of applications, such as bifacial and tandem solar cells; however, the power conversion efficiency of semi-transparent devices still lags behind due to missing suitable transparent rear electrode or deposition process. Here we report a low-temperature process for efficient semi-transparent planar perovskite solar cells. A hybrid thermal evaporation–spin coating technique is developed to allow the introduction of PCBM in regular device configuration, which facilitates the growth of high-quality absorber, resulting in hysteresis-free devices. We employ high-mobility hydrogenated indium oxide as transparent rear electrode by room-temperature radio-frequency magnetron sputtering, yielding a semi-transparent solar cell with steady-state efficiency of 14.2% along with 72% average transmittance in the near-infrared region. With such semi-transparent devices, we show a substantial power enhancement when operating as bifacial solar cell, and in combination with low-bandgap copper indium gallium diselenide we further demonstrate 20.5% efficiency in four-terminal tandem configuration. PMID:26576667

  10. Charge generation layers for all-solution processed organic tandem light emitting diodes with regular device architecture

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    Höfle, Stefan; Bernhard, Christoph; Bruns, Michael; Kübel, Christian; Scherer, Torsten; Colsmann, Alexander

    2015-10-01

    We present multi-photon OLEDs where enhanced light emission was achieved by stacking two OLEDs utilizing a regular device architecture (top cathode) and an intermediate charge carrier generation layer (CGL) for monolithic device interconnection. With respect to future printing processes for organic optoelectronic devices, all functional layers were deposited from solution. The CGL comprises a low-work function zinc oxide layer that was applied from solution under ambient conditions and at moderate processing temperatures and a high-work function interlayer that was realized from various solution processable precursor-based metal oxides, like molybdenum-, vanadium- and tungsten-oxide. Since every injected electron-hole pair generates two photons, the luminance and the current efficiency of the tandem OLED at a given device current are doubled while the power efficiency remains constant. At a given luminance, the lower operating current in the tandem device reduces electrical stress and improves the device life-time. ToF-SIMS, TEM/FIB and EDX analyses provided evidence of a distinct layer sequence without intermixing upon solution deposition.

  11. Four-Terminal Tandem Solar Cells Using CH3NH3PbBr3 by Spectrum Splitting.

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    Sheng, Rui; Ho-Baillie, Anita W Y; Huang, Shujuan; Keevers, Mark; Hao, Xiaojing; Jiang, Liangcong; Cheng, Yi-Bing; Green, Martin A

    2015-10-01

    In this work, the use of a high bandgap perovskite solar cell in a spectrum splitting system is demonstrated. A remarkable energy conversion efficiency of 23.4% is achieved when a CH3NH3PbBr3 solar cell is coupled with a 22.7% efficient silicon passivated emitter rear locally diffused solar cell. Relative enhancements of >10% are demonstrated by CH3NH3PbBr3/CH3NH3PbI3 and CH3NH3PbBr3/multicrystalline-screen-printed-Si spectral splitting systems with tandem efficiencies of 13.4% and 18.8%, respectively. The former is the first demonstration of an all perovskite split spectrum system. The CH3NH3PbBr3 cell on a mesoporous structure was fabricated by the vapor-assisted method while the planar CH3NH3PbI3 cell was fabricated by the gas-assisted method. This work demonstrates the advantage of the higher voltage output from the high bandgap CH3NH3PbBr3 cell and its suitability in a tandem system. PMID:26722894

  12. Low-temperature-processed efficient semi-transparent planar perovskite solar cells for bifacial and tandem applications.

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    Fu, Fan; Feurer, Thomas; Jäger, Timo; Avancini, Enrico; Bissig, Benjamin; Yoon, Songhak; Buecheler, Stephan; Tiwari, Ayodhya N

    2015-01-01

    Semi-transparent perovskite solar cells are highly attractive for a wide range of applications, such as bifacial and tandem solar cells; however, the power conversion efficiency of semi-transparent devices still lags behind due to missing suitable transparent rear electrode or deposition process. Here we report a low-temperature process for efficient semi-transparent planar perovskite solar cells. A hybrid thermal evaporation-spin coating technique is developed to allow the introduction of PCBM in regular device configuration, which facilitates the growth of high-quality absorber, resulting in hysteresis-free devices. We employ high-mobility hydrogenated indium oxide as transparent rear electrode by room-temperature radio-frequency magnetron sputtering, yielding a semi-transparent solar cell with steady-state efficiency of 14.2% along with 72% average transmittance in the near-infrared region. With such semi-transparent devices, we show a substantial power enhancement when operating as bifacial solar cell, and in combination with low-bandgap copper indium gallium diselenide we further demonstrate 20.5% efficiency in four-terminal tandem configuration. PMID:26576667

  13. [Polymorphic loci and polymorphism analysis of short tandem repeats within XNP gene].

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    Liu, Qi-Ji; Gong, Yao-Qin; Guo, Chen-Hong; Chen, Bing-Xi; Li, Jiang-Xia; Guo, Yi-Shou

    2002-01-01

    To select polymorphic short tandem repeat markers within X-linked nuclear protein (XNP) gene, genomic clones which contain XNP gene were recognized by homologous analysis with XNP cDNA. By comparing the cDNA with genomic DNA, non-exonic sequences were identified, and short tandem repeats were selected from non-exonic sequences by using BCM search Launcher. Polymorphisms of the short tandem repeats in Chinese population were evaluated by PCR amplification and PAGE. Five short tandem repeats were identified from XNP gene, two of which were polymorphic. Four and 11 alleles were observed in Chinese population for XNPSTR1 and XNPSTR4, respectively. Heterozygosities were 47% for XNPSTR1 and 70% for XNPSTR4. XNPSTR1 and XNPSTR4 localized within 3' end and intron 10, respectively. Two polymorphic short tandem repeats have been identified within XNP gene and will be useful for linkage analysis and gene diagnosis of XNP gene. PMID:12182071

  14. Tandem repeat knockout utilizing the CRISPR/Cas9 system in human cells.

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    Lv, Qingyan; Lai, Liangxue; Yuan, Lin; Song, Yuning; Sui, Tingting; Li, Zhanjun

    2016-05-15

    Tandem repeats have been shown to cause human genetic diseases and contribute significantly to genome variation and instability. Although multi-sgRNAs mediated CRISPR/Cas9 system have used to generate regional deletions previously, in this study we explored a method of generating regional deletions of tandem repeats by taking advantage of the off-target effects of CRISPR/Cas9 in 293FT cells. Our results revealed that generation of large-fragment deletions of tandem repeats located in the MAGEL2 and XIST gene was possible. In summary, we have demonstrated that large-fragment deletions of tandem repeats can be achieved using a sgRNA-directed CRISPR/Cas9 system, facilitating the functional study of tandem repeats in future studies. PMID:26873114

  15. Condensin Promotes Position Effects within Tandem DNA Repeats via the RITS complex

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    He, Haijin; Zhang, Shu; Wang, Danni; Hochwagen, Andreas; Li, Fei

    2016-01-01

    Summary Tandem repetitive DNA is highly abundant in eukaryotic genomes, and contributes to transcription control and genome stability. However, how the individual sequences within tandem repeats behave remains largely unknown. Here we develop a collection of fission yeast strains with a reporter gene inserted at different units in a tandem repeat array. We show that, contrary to what is usually assumed, transcriptional silencing and replication timing among the individual repeats differ significantly. RNAi-mediated H3K9 methylation is essential for the silencing position effect. A short hairpin RNA of ura4+ induces silencing in trans within the tandem array in a position-dependent manner. Importantly, the position effect depends on the condensin subunit, cut3+. Cut3 promotes the position effect via interaction with the RNA-induced transcriptional silencing (RITS) complex. This study reveals variations in silencing within tandem DNA repeats and provides mechanistic insights into how DNA repeats at the individual level are regulated. PMID:26832414

  16. Numerical investigation & comparison of a tandem-bladed turbocharger centrifugal compressor stage with conventional design

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    Danish, Syed Noman; Qureshi, Shafiq Rehman; EL-Leathy, Abdelrahman; Khan, Salah Ud-Din; Umer, Usama; Ma, Chaochen

    2014-12-01

    Extensive numerical investigations of the performance and flow structure in an unshrouded tandem-bladed centrifugal compressor are presented in comparison to a conventional compressor. Stage characteristics are explored for various tip clearance levels, axial spacings and circumferential clockings. Conventional impeller was modified to tandem-bladed design with no modifications in backsweep angle, meridional gas passage and camber distributions in order to have a true comparison with conventional design. Performance degradation is observed for both the conventional and tandem designs with increase in tip clearance. Linear-equation models for correlating stage characteristics with tip clearance are proposed. Comparing two designs, it is clearly evident that the conventional design shows better performance at moderate flow rates. However; near choke flow, tandem design gives better results primarily because of the increase in throat area. Surge point flow rate also seems to drop for tandem compressor resulting in increased range of operation.

  17. Segregated tandem filter for enhanced conversion efficiency in a thermophotovoltaic energy conversion system

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    Brown, E.J.; Baldasaro, P.F.; Dziendziel, R.J.

    1997-12-23

    A filter system to transmit short wavelength radiation and reflect long wavelength radiation for a thermophotovoltaic energy conversion cell comprises an optically transparent substrate segregation layer with at least one coherent wavelength in optical thickness; a dielectric interference filter deposited on one side of the substrate segregation layer, the interference filter being disposed toward the source of radiation, the interference filter including a plurality of alternating layers of high and low optical index materials adapted to change from transmitting to reflecting at a nominal wavelength {lambda}{sub IF} approximately equal to the bandgap wavelength {lambda}{sub g} of the thermophotovoltaic cell, the interference filter being adapted to transmit incident radiation from about 0.5{lambda}{sub IF} to {lambda}{sub IF} and reflect from {lambda}{sub IF} to about 2{lambda}{sub IF}; and a high mobility plasma filter deposited on the opposite side of the substrate segregation layer, the plasma filter being adapted to start to become reflecting at a wavelength of about 1.5{lambda}{sub IF}. 10 figs.

  18. Segregated tandem filter for enhanced conversion efficiency in a thermophotovoltaic energy conversion system

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    Brown, Edward J. (Clifton Park, NY); Baldasaro, Paul F. (Clifton Park, NY); Dziendziel, Randolph J. (Middlegrove, NY)

    1997-01-01

    A filter system to transmit short wavelength radiation and reflect long wavelength radiation for a thermophotovoltaic energy conversion cell comprises an optically transparent substrate segregation layer with at least one coherent wavelength in optical thickness; a dielectric interference filter deposited on one side of the substrate segregation layer, the interference filter being disposed toward the source of radiation, the interference filter including a plurality of alternating layers of high and low optical index materials adapted to change from transmitting to reflecting at a nominal wavelength .lambda..sub.IF approximately equal to the bandgap wavelength .lambda..sub.g of the thermophotovoltaic cell, the interference filter being adapted to transmit incident radiation from about 0.5.lambda..sub.IF to .lambda..sub.IF and reflect from .lambda..sub.IF to about 2.lambda..sub.IF ; and a high mobility plasma filter deposited on the opposite side of the substrate segregation layer, the plasma filter being adapted to start to become reflecting at a wavelength of about 1.5.lambda..sub.IF.

  19. Tandem filters using frequency selective surfaces for enhanced conversion efficiency in a thermophotovoltaic energy conversion system

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    Dziendziel, Randolph J.; DePoy, David Moore; Baldasaro, Paul Francis

    2007-01-23

    This invention relates to the field of thermophotovoltaic (TPV) direct energy conversion. In particular, TPV systems use filters to minimize parasitic absorption of below bandgap energy. This invention constitutes a novel combination of front surface filters to increase TPV conversion efficiency by reflecting useless below bandgap energy while transmitting a very high percentage of the useful above bandgap energy. In particular, a frequency selective surface is used in combination with an interference filter. The frequency selective surface provides high transmission of above bandgap energy and high reflection of long wavelength below bandgap energy. The interference filter maintains high transmission of above bandgap energy and provides high reflection of short wavelength below bandgap energy and a sharp transition from high transmission to high reflection.

  20. Tandem filters using frequency selective surfaces for enhanced conversion efficiency in a thermophotovoltaic energy conversion system

    DOEpatents

    Dziendziel, Randolph J.; Baldasaro, Paul F.; DePoy, David M.

    2010-09-07

    This invention relates to the field of thermophotovoltaic (TPV) direct energy conversion. In particular, TPV systems use filters to minimize parasitic absorption of below bandgap energy. This invention constitutes a novel combination of front surface filters to increase TPV conversion efficiency by reflecting useless below bandgap energy while transmitting a very high percentage of the useful above bandgap energy. In particular, a frequency selective surface is used in combination with an interference filter. The frequency selective surface provides high transmission of above bandgap energy and high reflection of long wavelength below bandgap energy. The interference filter maintains high transmission of above bandgap energy and provides high reflection of short wavelength below bandgap energy and a sharp transition from high transmission to high reflection.

  1. Tandem ion trap design with enhanced mass analysis capabilities for large populations of ions.

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    Guna, Mircea; Londry, Frank A

    2011-08-15

    A new arrangement consisting of two separate radio frequency (rf) quadrupole ion traps is used to analyze large populations of ions over a wide mass-to-charge (m/z) range. The setup consists of an "accumulation" trap that is maintained at a higher pressure than the second high-performance "analyzer" trap. The two traps are scanned simultaneously, with a mass difference between that determines the residence time and mass range of ions in the analytical trap. Initially, all ions are trapped in the accumulation trap and then mass-selectively ejected into the analyzer trap. As ions arrive in the analyzer trap, they cool through collisions with the buffer gas and then are mass selectively ejected toward the detector. This concurrent linked mass scanning reduces the total number of ions present in the analyzer trap during mass analysis, thereby reducing space charge effects and leading to improved resolution and mass accuracy of analytical spectra. PMID:21736379

  2. Evaluating Tandem Language Learning by E-Mail: Report on a Bilateral Project. CLCS Occasional Paper No. 55.

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    Little, David; Ushioda, Ema; Appel, Marie Christine; Moran, John; O'Rourke, Breffni; Schwienhorst, Klaus

    The report details the Irish portion of an experiment in tandem language learning by electronic mail (e-mail). The partners were Trinity College, Dublin (Ireland) and Ruhr University, Bochum (Germany), funded by the European Union within the International E-Mail Tandem Network as part of a two-year project. Tandem language learning is a form of

  3. Calcium channel blocker verapamil enhances endoplasmic reticulum stress and cell death induced by proteasome inhibition in myeloma cells.

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    Meister, Silke; Frey, Benjamin; Lang, Veronika R; Gaipl, Udo S; Schett, Georg; Schltzer-Schrehardt, Ursula; Voll, Reinhard E

    2010-07-01

    The proteasome inhibitor bortezomib is clinically approved for the treatment of multiple myeloma. However, long-term remissions are difficult to achieve, and myeloma cells often develop secondary resistance to proteasome inhibitors. We recently demonstrated that the extraordinary sensitivity of myeloma cells toward bortezomib is dependent on their extensive immunoglobulin synthesis, thereby triggering the terminal unfolded protein response (UPR). Here, we investigated whether verapamil, an inhibitor of the multidrug resistance (MDR) gene product, can enhance the cytotoxicity of bortezomib. The combination of bortezomib and verapamil synergistically decreased the viability of myeloma cells by inducing cell death. Importantly, bortezomib-mediated activation of major UPR components was enhanced by verapamil. The combination of bortezomib and verapamil resulted in caspase activation followed by poly(ADP-ribose) polymerase cleavage, whereas nuclear factor kappaB (NF-kappaB) activity declined in myeloma cells. Also, we found reduced immunoglobulin G secretion along with increased amounts of ubiquitinylated proteins within insoluble fractions of myeloma cells when using the combination treatment. Verapamil markedly induced reactive oxygen species production and autophagic-like processes. Furthermore, verapamil decreased MDR1 expression. We conclude that verapamil increased the antimyeloma effect of bortezomib by enhancing ER stress signals along with NF-kappaB inhibition, leading to cell death. Thus, the combination of bortezomib with verapamil may improve the efficacy of proteasome inhibitory therapy. PMID:20651984

  4. Tandem Spinach Array for mRNA Imaging in Living Bacterial Cells.

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    Zhang, Jichuan; Fei, Jingyi; Leslie, Benjamin J; Han, Kyu Young; Kuhlman, Thomas E; Ha, Taekjip

    2015-01-01

    Live cell RNA imaging using genetically encoded fluorescent labels is an important tool for monitoring RNA activities. A recently reported RNA aptamer-fluorogen system, the Spinach, in which an RNA aptamer binds and induces the fluorescence of a GFP-like 3,5-difluoro-4-hydroxybenzylidene imidazolinone (DFHBI) ligand, can be readily tagged to the RNA of interest. Although the aptamer-fluorogen system is sufficient for imaging highly abundant non-coding RNAs (tRNAs, rRNAs, etc.), it performs poorly for mRNA imaging due to low brightness. In addition, whether the aptamer-fluorogen system may perturb the native RNA characteristics has not been systematically characterized at the levels of RNA transcription, translation and degradation. To increase the brightness of these aptamer-fluorogen systems, we constructed and tested tandem arrays containing multiple Spinach aptamers (8-64 aptamer repeats). Such arrays enhanced the brightness of the tagged mRNA molecules by up to ~17 fold in living cells. Strong laser excitation with pulsed illumination further increased the imaging sensitivity of Spinach array-tagged RNAs. Moreover, transcriptional fusion to the Spinach array did not affect mRNA transcription, translation or degradation, indicating that aptamer arrays might be a generalizable labeling method for high-performance and low-perturbation live cell RNA imaging. PMID:26612428

  5. TOPEX/Poseidon and Jason-1 Formation Flying; Applications of the Tandem Mission Data

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    Srinivasan, M.; Fu, L.

    2001-12-01

    Jason-1 will join a suite of oceanographic satellites in Earth orbit following its planned December 2001 launch from Vandenburg Air Force Base in California. Jason-1 will be positioned along the same groundtrack that TOPEX/Poseidon has faithfully flown for over nine years. After a brief period of Jason-1 measurement calibration and validation, TOPEX/Poseidon will be maneuvered to an interleaved groundtrack, half-way between the tracks of its former path. TOPEX/Poseidon will continue collecting its valuable data in this new orbital position, thereby increasing the altimetry dataset by a factor of two. Jason-1 will remain on the original TOPEX/Poseidon groundtrack and assume its role as the primary source for many researchers and operational entities utilizing this valued oceanographic data. Jason-1 has a primary mission phase of three years, with a projected five year extended life. As long as TOPEX/Poseidon remains operational, this enhanced dual dataset can provide an unprecedented opportunity for improved resolution in ocean surface topography measurement that may never again be possible. The Tandem Mission phase, as this formation-flying period is described, will be a unique and valuable opportunity for many potentially new scientific discoveries and practical applications. These include, but may not be limited to, ocean eddy velocity and interaction with mean currents, Rossby wave dynamics, coastal currents and tides, oceanic internal tides, fisheries management, ship routing, ocean debris tracking, and offshore operations.

  6. Focused tandem shock waves in water and their potential application in cancer treatment

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    Lukes, P.; Sunka, P.; Hoffer, P.; Stelmashuk, V.; Pouckova, P.; Zadinova, M.; Zeman, J.; Dibdiak, L.; Kolarova, H.; Tomankova, K.; Binder, S.; Benes, J.

    2014-01-01

    The generator of two focused successive (tandem) shock waves (FTSW) in water produced by underwater multichannel electrical discharges at two composite electrodes, with a time delay between the first and second shock waves of 10 s, was developed. It produces, at the focus, a strong shock wave with a peak positive pressure of up to 80 MPa, followed by a tensile wave with a peak negative pressure of up to MPa, thus generating at the focus a large amount of cavitation. Biological effects of FTSW were demonstrated in vitro on hemolysis of erythrocytes and cell viability of human acute lymphoblastic leukemia cells as well as on tumor growth delay ex vivo and in vivo experiments performed with B16 melanoma, T-lymphoma, and R5-28 sarcoma cell lines. It was demonstrated in vivo that FTSW can enhance antitumor effects of chemotherapeutic drugs, such as cisplatin, most likely due to increased permeability of the membrane of cancer cells induced by FTSW. Synergetic cytotoxicity of FTSW with sonosensitive porphyrin-based drug Photosan on tumor growth was observed, possibly due to the cavitation-induced sonodynamic effect of FTSW.

  7. Behavior of the plasma in the anchor cell of the GAMMA 10 tandem mirror

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    Islam, Md. Khairul; Nakashima, Yousuke; Higashizono, Yuta; Cho, Teruji

    2006-08-01

    Anchor cells of the GAMMA 10 tandem mirror are composed of minimum-B magnetic field configuration. Behavior of the plasma in the anchor cell is studied using puffing gas flow rate (PGFR) modulation and by covering some parts of the flux tube of each anchor cell by conducting plates (APs). Ambient neutral pressure is decreased by PGFR modulation during axial/potential confinement in both cases without and with APs and it is found that both line density (nl{sub EA}) and diamagnetism (dm{sub EA}) of the anchor cell plasma increase. Lower neutral pressure in the minimum-B region is investigated during the floated APs and significant improvement of the GAMMA 10 plasma parameters is observed. Possible explanations of the experimental results are given from the viewpoint of ambient neutral pressure oriented anchor plasma behavior. Probable reasons of enhanced ambient neutral pressure in the anchor cell and adverse effects of these neutrals on GAMMA 10 plasma parameters are also pointed out.

  8. Analysis of cholesteryl esters and diacylglycerols using lithiated adducts and electrospray ionization-tandem mass spectrometry.

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    Bowden, John A; Albert, Carolyn J; Barnaby, Omar S; Ford, David A

    2011-10-15

    Cholesteryl ester (CE) and diacylglycerol (DAG) molecular species are important lipid storage and signaling molecules. Mass spectrometric analyses of these lipids are complicated by the presence of isobaric molecular ions shared by these lipid classes and by relatively poor electrospray ionization, which is a consequence of an inherently weak dipole moment in these lipid classes. The current study demonstrates that lithiated adducts of CE and DAG molecular ions have enhanced ionization and lipid class-specific fragmentation in tandem mass spectrometry (MS/MS) scan modes, thereby allowing the implementation of strategies capable of lipid class-specific detection. Using neutral loss (NL) mode for the loss of cholestane from cholesterol esters (NL 368.5) and specific selected reaction monitoring for DAG molecular species, the response of specific molecular species to that of internal standards was determined. CE and DAG molecular species were quantified in human coronary artery endothelial cells (HCAECs) incubated with both palmitic acid and oleic acid. Furthermore, NL 368.5 spectra revealed the oxidation of the aliphatic fatty acid residues of CE molecular species. Taken together, these studies demonstrate a new analytical approach to assessing CE and DAG molecular species that exploits the utility of lithiated adducts in conjunction with MS/MS approaches. PMID:21741949

  9. Tandem Spinach Array for mRNA Imaging in Living Bacterial Cells

    PubMed Central

    Zhang, Jichuan; Fei, Jingyi; Leslie, Benjamin J.; Han, Kyu Young; Kuhlman, Thomas E.; Ha, Taekjip

    2015-01-01

    Live cell RNA imaging using genetically encoded fluorescent labels is an important tool for monitoring RNA activities. A recently reported RNA aptamer-fluorogen system, the Spinach, in which an RNA aptamer binds and induces the fluorescence of a GFP-like 3,5-difluoro-4-hydroxybenzylidene imidazolinone (DFHBI) ligand, can be readily tagged to the RNA of interest. Although the aptamerfluorogen system is sufficient for imaging highly abundant non-coding RNAs (tRNAs, rRNAs, etc.), it performs poorly for mRNA imaging due to low brightness. In addition, whether the aptamer-fluorogen system may perturb the native RNA characteristics has not been systematically characterized at the levels of RNA transcription, translation and degradation. To increase the brightness of these aptamer-fluorogen systems, we constructed and tested tandem arrays containing multiple Spinach aptamers (864 aptamer repeats). Such arrays enhanced the brightness of the tagged mRNA molecules by up to ~17 fold in living cells. Strong laser excitation with pulsed illumination further increased the imaging sensitivity of Spinach array-tagged RNAs. Moreover, transcriptional fusion to the Spinach array did not affect mRNA transcription, translation or degradation, indicating that aptamer arrays might be a generalizable labeling method for high-performance and low-perturbation live cell RNA imaging. PMID:26612428

  10. Confirmation and quantification of clenbuterol in horse urine using liquid chromatography tandem mass spectrometry triple quadrupole.

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    Bishop, Jennifer; Heffron, Brendan; Taddei, Lisa; Benoit, Marc; Hurt, Laura; Costello, Sara; Gross, Melissa; Negrusz, Adam

    2015-03-01

    Clenbuterol (CLE) is used in horses as a bronchodilator and for its anabolic steroid-like effects. CLE is a Class 3 drug according to current Association of Racing Commissioners International (ARCI) Uniform Classification Guidelines. The Racing Medication and Testing Consortium recommended a urine CLE threshold of 140 pg/mL after careful scientific review of the results of studies describing the disposition of CLE in the horse and this threshold was adopted by the ARCI. Enzyme-linked immunosorbent assay was previously used to screen samples for CLE in Illinois, but could not detect such low concentrations in urine. Thus, a liquid-liquid extraction of CLE from urine followed by quantification by liquid chromatography-tandem mass spectrometry was developed and validated. Method validation included testing stability, ion suppression and enhancement, precision, accuracy and uncertainty. Intra-, interday and total precision and accuracy were calculated for each control and found to be within the ±15% acceptance range. The Guide to the Expression of Uncertainty in Measurement approach was used to calculate uncertainty, which was 11% at the 95% confidence level. In the past 5 years, only 15 samples were reported as positive for CLE in Illinois. This new method was used in a pilot program to screen and confirm samples received from thoroughbred and harness horses. PMID:25505053

  11. Variation of intragenic tandem repeat tract of tolA modulates Escherichia coli stress tolerance.

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    Zhou, Kai; Michiels, Chris W; Aertsen, Abram

    2012-01-01

    In recent work we discovered that the intragenic tandem repeat (TR) region of the tolA gene is highly variable among different Escherichia coli strains. The aim of this study was therefore to investigate the biological function and dynamics of TR variation in E. coli tolA. The biological impact of TR variation was examined by comparing the ability of a set of synthetic tolA variants with in frame repeat copies varying from 2 to 39 to rescue the altered susceptibility of an E. coli ?tolA mutant to deoxycholic acid, sodium dodecyl sulfate, hyperosmolarity, and infection with filamentous bacteriophage. Interestingly, although each of the TolA variants was able to at least partly rescue the ?tolA mutant, the extent was clearly dependent on both the repeat number and the type of stress imposed, indicating the existence of opposing selective forces with regard to the optimal TR copy number. Subsequently, TR dynamics in a clonal population were assayed, and we could demonstrate that TR contractions are RecA dependent and enhanced in a DNA repair deficient uvrD background, and can occur at a frequency of 6.910(-5). PMID:23094082

  12. The tandem repeats enabling reversible switching between the two phases of ?-lactamase substrate spectrum.

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    Yi, Hyojeong; Song, Han; Hwang, Junghyun; Kim, Karan; Nierman, William C; Kim, Heenam Stanley

    2014-09-01

    Expansion or shrinkage of existing tandem repeats (TRs) associated with various biological processes has been actively studied in both prokaryotic and eukaryotic genomes, while their origin and biological implications remain mostly unknown. Here we describe various duplications (de novo TRs) that occurred in the coding region of a ?-lactamase gene, where a conserved structure called the omega loop is encoded. These duplications that occurred under selection using ceftazidime conferred substrate spectrum extension to include the antibiotic. Under selective pressure with one of the original substrates (amoxicillin), a high level of reversion occurred in the mutant ?-lactamase genes completing a cycle back to the original substrate spectrum. The de novo TRs coupled with reversion makes a genetic toggling mechanism enabling reversible switching between the two phases of the substrate spectrum of ?-lactamases. This toggle exemplifies the effective adaptation of de novo TRs for enhanced bacterial survival. We found pairs of direct repeats that mediated the DNA duplication (TR formation). In addition, we found different duos of sequences that mediated the DNA duplication. These novel elements-that we named SCSs (same-strand complementary sequences)-were also found associated with ?-lactamase TR mutations from clinical isolates. Both direct repeats and SCSs had a high correlation with TRs in diverse bacterial genomes throughout the major phylogenetic lineages, suggesting that they comprise a fundamental mechanism shaping the bacterial evolution. PMID:25233343

  13. Sulphur hexafluoride as a stripper gas for tandem accelerators

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    Hotchkis, M. A. C.; Child, D.; Fink, D.; Garton, D.; Levchenko, V.; Wilcken, K.

    2013-05-01

    We have investigated sulphur hexafluoride as a stripper gas in tandem accelerators by using the ANTARES accelerator system at ANSTO to measure charge state distributions for this gas. Results are reported at 4 MV terminal voltage for injected negative ions ranging from carbon to uranium oxide. For iodine and thorium the distributions are extended across a range of energies of practical use for accelerator mass spectrometry, ion beam analysis and other accelerator applications. Charge state distributions using sulphur hexafluoride are found to have mean charge states up to 1 charge unit higher than, and to be broader than, corresponding distributions for argon gas, except in the case of carbon beams. As a result, SF6 is shown to provide significantly higher yields for charge states of heavy ions above the mean charge state. We now perform actinide AMS measurements with 9% yield to the 5+ charge state, compared to 4-5% achieved previously with argon gas.

  14. Magnetohydrodynamic stability of hot-electron stabilized tandem mirrors

    SciTech Connect

    Dobrott, D.; Kendrick, S.; Freis, R.P.; Cohen, B.I.

    1987-07-01

    The influence of energetic electron rings, or disks, on the magnetohydrodynamic stability of an axisymmetric tandem mirror configuration is studied. Linear stability equations describing interchange and ballooning modes are solved both analytically and numerically using a two-dimensional stability code for axisymmetric mirrors. Finite-ion-Larmor-radius effects and the presence of a lateral wall are included in the calculations. Stable configurations can be obtained with either sufficiently high hot-electron pressure or with sufficiently high center-cell pressure if a lateral conducting wall is close enough to the plasma. In particular, hot electrons might be used to stabilize transiently the plasma during buildup to a high-beta, wall-stabilized configuration.

  15. A new control system for an old tandem

    SciTech Connect

    Jones, N.L.

    1996-11-01

    In an effort to maintain the most flexible environment for accelerator-based atomic physics research at ORNL EN Tandem facility, a recirculating terminal stripper project has been in development. In the early stages of planning for this upgrade, the necessity for monitoring and control of various parameters in the accelerator terminal was considered. To provide proper flexibility and accuracy, telemetry via computer seemed to be the obvious route. Since the development of a robust system not prone to upset from sparks was necessary, a phased development approach was taken. This involves first converting the accelerator`s ground potential systems, then ion source ({similar_to}100 kV) systems that can be easily accessed by merely running down high voltage supplies, and finally terminal potential systems operating in high pressure gas at potentials over 7 MV. Progress to date, including hardware arrangement and software development, is discussed.

  16. Modification of the argon stripping target of the tandem accelerator.

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    Makarov, A; Ostreinov, Yu; Taskaev, S; Vobly, P

    2015-12-01

    The tandem accelerator with vacuum insulation has been proposed and developed in Budker Institute of Nuclear Physics. Negative hydrogen ions are accelerated by the positive 1MV potential of the high-voltage electrode, converted into protons in the gas stripping target inside the electrode, and then protons are accelerated again by the same potential. A stationary proton beam with 2MeV energy, 1.6mA current, 0.1% energy monochromaticity, and 0.5% current stability is obtained now. To conduct Boron Neutron Capture Therapy it is planned to increase the proton beam current to at least 3mA. The paper presents the results of experimental studies clarifying the reasons for limiting the current, and gives suggestions for modifying the gas stripping target in order to increase the proton beam current along with the stability of the accelerator. PMID:26242555

  17. Direct statistical modeling of transport in a tandem mirror system

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    Lysyanskii, P.B.; Tiunov, M.A.; Fomel', B.M.

    1982-07-01

    The plasma in an open magnetic confinement system is modeled by an ensemble of test particles. The transverse drift of the particles of the nonaxiasymmetric magnetic fields is described by the finite transformation method. The effects of collisions are simulated by random changes in the velocity vectors of the test particles, to correspond to their scattering by the background plasma. The longitudinal and transverse loss and also the injection of atomic beams are taken into account. This model yields the magnitudes and characteristics of the longitudinal- and transverse-loss fluxes, the ion temperature, and the radial profile of the plasma density in the central region of the AMBAL ambipolar confinement (tandem mirror) system.

  18. Synthesis and tandem mass spectrometry of chlorinated triacylglycerols.

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    Lefsay, Abir M; Guy, Robert D; Chatt, Amares; White, Robert L

    2013-09-01

    The incorporation of 9,10-dichlorooctadecanoyl groups using enzyme-catalyzed acylation and protecting group strategies yielded specific regioisomers of di- and tetrachlorinated triacylglycerols. Hexachloro- and hexabromotriacylglycerols were synthesized by addition of chlorine or bromine to tri-(cis-9-octadecenoyl)glycerol. Upon electrospray ionization and tandem mass spectrometry, the sodium adduct ions of all compounds containing a 9,10-dichlorooctadecanoyl group readily lost two molecules of HCl when subjected to collision-induced dissociation. A mechanism describing sequential HCl losses and the formation of a conjugated diene is proposed for the loss of both vicinal chlorine atoms from an alkyl chain. This characteristic fragmentation behavior and the availability of characterized standards will facilitate the development of quantitative analytical methods for the determination of chlorinated triacylglycerols in lipid mixtures isolated from marine and other biological sources. PMID:23872189

  19. Acoustics and Surface Pressure Measurements from Tandem Cylinder Configurations

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    Hutcheson, Florence V.; Brooks, Thomas F.; Lockard, David P.; Choudhari, Meelan M.; Stead, Daniel J.

    2014-01-01

    Acoustic and unsteady surface pressure measurements from two cylinders in tandem configurations were acquired to study the effect of spacing, surface trip and freestream velocity on the radiated noise. The Reynolds number ranged from 1.15x10(exp 5) to 2.17x10(exp 5), and the cylinder spacing varied between 1.435 and 3.7 cylinder diameters. The acoustic and surface pressure spectral characteristics associated with the different flow regimes produced by the cylinders' wake interference were identified. The dependence of the Strouhal number, peak Sound Pressure Level and spanwise coherence on cylinder spacing and flow velocity was examined. Directivity measurements were performed to determine how well the dipole assumption for the radiation of vortex shedding noise holds for the largest and smallest cylinder spacing tested.

  20. Tandem synthesis of alternating polyesters from renewable resources

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    Robert, Carine; de Montigny, Frdric; Thomas, Christophe M.

    2011-01-01

    The vast majority of commodity materials are obtained from petrochemical feedstocks. These resources will plausibly be depleted within the next 100 years, and the peak in global oil production is estimated to occur within the next few decades. In this regard, biomass represents an abundant carbon-neutral renewable resource for the production of polymers. Here we report a new strategy, based on tandem catalysis, to obtain renewable materials. Commercially available complexes are found to be efficient catalysts for alternating polyesters from the cyclization of dicarboxylic acids followed by alternating copolymerization of the resulting anhydrides with epoxides. This operationally simple method is an attractive strategy for the production of new biodegradable polyesters. PMID:22158441

  1. Orbit averaged radial buildup code for tandem mirror geometry

    SciTech Connect

    Campbell, M.; Futch, A.H.

    1981-01-22

    The radial Fokker-Planck (RFP) model of A. Futch was modified to treat plasma buildup in the tandem mirror plug and center cell with a self-consistent model (TOARBUC). Two major changes have been made to the original version of this code. First, the center cell is treated as having separate electron and ion confining potentials with the ion potential having the opposite sign of that in a conventional mirror. Second, a two-electron-temperature treatment derived by R. Cohen was included in the present model to allow the plug and center cell to have different T/sub e/'s as observed in the experiment. The following sections explain these changes in greater detail.

  2. Physics-magnetics trade studies for tandem mirror reactors

    SciTech Connect

    Campbell, R.B.; Perkins, L.J.; Blackfield, D.T.

    1985-03-01

    We describe and present results obtained from the optimization package of the Tandem Mirror Reactor Systems Code. We have found it to be very useful in searching through multidimensional parameter space, and have applied it here to study the effect of choke coil field strength and net electric power on cost of electricity (COE) and mass utilization factor (MUF) for MINIMARS type reactors. We have found that a broad optimum occurs at B/sub choke/ = 26 T for both COE and MUF. The COE economy of scale approaches saturation at quite low powers, around 600 MW(e). The saturation is mainly due to longer construction times for large plants, and the associated time related costs. The MUF economy of scale does not saturate, at least for powers up to 2400 MW(e).

  3. ``Moderate-m'' ballooning modes in quadrapole stabilized tandem mirrors

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    Nevins, W. M.; Pearlstein, L. D.

    1988-07-01

    The beta limits on the central cells of nonaxisymmetric tandem mirrors due to moderate-m ballooning modes are studied. Both finite Larmor radius (FLR) effects and corrections associated with the finite extent of the ballooning modes in the plane perpendicular to B are retained. The assumption of short perpendicular wavelength together with the large ellipticity of the flux surfaces near the magnetohydrodynamic (MHD) anchor cells allows a reduction of the three-dimensional problem into a sequence of three one-dimensional problems. The marginal stable boundary for the Mirror Fusion Test Facility (MFTF-B) (National Technical Information Service Document Nos. 82020108 and UCID-19359) is calculated and compared with that obtained from a low mode number calculation.

  4. Configuration and layout of the tandem mirror Fusion Power Demonstrator

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    Clarkson, I.R.; Neef, W.S.

    1983-11-30

    Studies have been performed during the past year to determine the configuration of a tandem mirror Fusion Power Demonstrator (FPD) machine capable of producing 1750 MW of fusion power. The FPD is seen as the next logical step after the Mirror Fusion Test Facility-B (MFTF-B) toward operation of a power reactor. The design of the FPD machine allows a phased construction: Phase I, a hydrogen or deuterium checkout machine; Phase 2, a DT breakeven machine; Phase 3, development of the Phase 2 machine to provide net power and act as a reactor demonstrator. These phases are essential to the development of remote handling equipment and the design of components that will ultimately be remotely handled. Phasing also permits more modes funding early in the program with some costs committed only after reaching major milestones.

  5. Tandem mirror magnet system for the mirror fusion test facility

    SciTech Connect

    Bulmer, R.H.; Van Sant, J.H.

    1980-10-14

    The Tandem Mirror Fusion Test Facility (MFTF-B) will be a large magnetic fusion experimental facility containing 22 supercounducting magnets including solenoids and C-coils. State-of-the-art technology will be used extensively to complete this facility before 1985. Niobium titanium superconductor and stainless steel structural cases will be the principle materials of construction. Cooling will be pool boiling and thermosiphon flow of 4.5 K liquid helium. Combined weight of the magnets will be over 1500 tonnes and the stored energy will be over 1600 MJ. Magnetic field strength in some coils will be more than 8 T. Detail design of the magnet system will begin early 1981. Basic requirements and conceptual design are disclosed in this paper.

  6. ''Moderate-m'' ballooning modes in quadrapole stabilized tandem mirrors

    SciTech Connect

    Nevins, W.M.; Pearlstein, L.D.

    1988-07-01

    The beta limits on the central cells of nonaxisymmetric tandem mirrors due to moderate-m ballooning modes are studied. Both finite Larmor radius (FLR) effects and corrections associated with the finite extent of the ballooning modes in the plane perpendicular to B are retained. The assumption of short perpendicular wavelength together with the large ellipticity of the flux surfaces near the magnetohydrodynamic (MHD) anchor cells allows a reduction of the three-dimensional problem into a sequence of three one-dimensional problems. The marginal stable boundary for the Mirror Fusion Test Facility (MFTF-B) (National Technical Information Service Document Nos. 82020108 and UCID-19359) is calculated and compared with that obtained from a low mode number calculation.

  7. Calculation of density profiles in tandem mirrors fueled by pellets

    SciTech Connect

    Campbell, R.B.; Gilmore, J.M.

    1983-12-02

    We have modified the LLNL radial transport code TMT to model reactor regime plasmas, fueled by pellets. The source profiles arising from pellet fueling are obtained from existing pellet ablation models. Because inward radial diffusion due to inverted profiles must compete with trapping of central cell ions in the transition region for tandem mirrors, pellets must penetrate fairly far into the plasma. In fact, based on our radial calculations, a pellet with a velocity of 10 km/sec cannot sustain the central flux tubes; a velocity more like 100 km/sec will be necessary. We also find that the central cell radial diffusion must exceed classical by about a factor of 100.

  8. Detection of protein-protein interactions using tandem affinity purification.

    PubMed

    Goodfellow, Ian; Bailey, Dalan

    2014-01-01

    Tandem affinity purification (TAP) is an invaluable technique for identifying interaction partners for an affinity tagged bait protein. The approach relies on the fusion of dual tags to the bait before separate rounds of affinity purification and precipitation. Frequently two specific elution steps are also performed to increase the specificity of the overall technique. In the method detailed here, the two tags used are protein G and a short streptavidin binding peptide; however, many variations can be employed. In our example the tags are separated by a cleavable tobacco etch virus protease target sequence, allowing for specific elution after the first round of affinity purification. Proteins isolated after the final elution step in this process are concentrated before being identified by mass spectrometry. The use of dual affinity tags and specific elution in this technique dramatically increases both the specificity and stringency of the pull-downs, ensuring a low level of background nonspecific interactions. PMID:24943319

  9. Structural Characterization of Carbohydrates by Fourier Transform Tandem Mass Spectrometry.

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    Zhou, Wen; Hkansson, Kristina

    2011-12-01

    Fourier transform tandem mass spectrometry (MS/MS) provides high mass accuracy, high sensitivity, and analytical versatility and has therefore emerged as an indispensable tool for structural elucidation of biomolecules. Glycosylation is one of the most common posttranslational modifications, occurring in ~50% of proteins. However, due to the structural diversity of carbohydrates, arising from non-template driven biosynthesis, achievement of detailed structural insight is highly challenging. This review briefly discusses carbohydrate sample preparation and ionization methods, and highlights recent developments in alternative high-resolution MS/MS strategies, including infrared multiphoton dissociation (IRMPD), electron capture dissociation (ECD), and electron detachment dissociation (EDD), for carbohydrates with a focus on glycans and proteoglycans from mammalian glycoproteins. PMID:22389641

  10. Physics issues in mirror and tandem mirror systems

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    Post, R.F.

    1984-06-15

    Over the years the study of the confinement of high temperature plasma in magnetic mirror systems has presented researchers with many unusual physics problems. Many of these issues are by now understood theoretically and documented experimentally. With the advent of the tandem mirror idea, some new issues have emerged and are now under intensive study. These include: (1) the generation and control of ambipolar confining potentials and their effect on axial confinement and, (2) the combined influence of nonaxisymmetric magnetic fields (used to ensure MHD stability) and electric magnetic particle drifts on radial transport. Physics considerations associated with these two categories of issues will be reviewed, including concepts for the control of radial transport, under study or proposed.

  11. The overdue promise of short tandem repeat variation for heritability

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    Press, Maximilian O.; Carlson, Keisha D.; Queitsch, Christine

    2014-01-01

    Short tandem repeat (STR) variation has been proposed as a major explanatory factor in the heritability of complex traits in humans and model organisms. However, we still struggle to incorporate STR variation into genotype-phenotype maps. Here, we review the promise of STRs in contributing to complex trait heritability, and highlight the challenges that STRs pose due to their repetitive nature. We argue that STR variants are more likely than single nucleotide variants to have epistatic interactions, reiterate the need for targeted assays to accurately genotype STRs, and call for more appropriate statistical methods in detecting STR-phenotype associations. Lastly, we suggest that somatic STR variation within individuals may serve as a read-out of disease susceptibility, and is thus potentially a valuable covariate for future association studies. PMID:25182195

  12. Design and testing of a tandem row pump inducer

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    Etter, R. J.

    1974-01-01

    The design and testing of a tandem row pump inducer having a supercavitating first stage with a 0.60 hub ratio is presented. The second stage tested was a helical impeller with a 0.70 hub ratio. A cubic arc transition was utilized to accomplish the hub change. The first stage had two blades and the free-vortex design approach was empirically modified based on previous experience. The recommended second stage design having four blades and using cambered blade section is presented but the model was not built or tested. The more simple helix was built instead to reduce cost. Data taken included head generation, cavitation observations and unsteady head fluctuations over the 0-100Hz range.

  13. Assay for Glycosaminoglycans by Tandem Mass Spectrometry and its Applications

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    Tomatsu, Shunji; Shimada, Tsutomu; Mason, Robert W; Kelly, Joan; LaMarr, William A; Yasuda, Eriko; Shibata, Yuniko; Futatsumori, Hideyuki; Montao, Adriana M; Yamaguchi, Seiji; Suzuki, Yasuyuki; Orii, Tadao

    2014-01-01

    Glycosaminoglycans (GAGs) are distributed in the whole body and play a variety of important physiological roles associated with inflammation, growth, coagulation, fibrinolysis, lipolysis, and cell-matrix biology. Accumulation of undegraded GAGs in lysosomes gives rise to a distinct clinical syndrome, mucopolysaccharidoses. Measurement of each specific GAG in a variety of specimens is urgently required to understand GAG interaction with other molecules, physiological status of patients, and prognosis and pathogenesis of the disease. We established a highly sensitive and accurate tandem mass spectrometry (LC-MS/MS) method for measurements of disaccharides derived from four specific GAGs [dermatan sulfate (DS), heparan sulfate (HS), keratan sulfate (KS), and chondroitin sulfate (CS)]. Disaccharides were produced by specific enzyme digestion of each GAG, and quantified by negative ion mode of multiple reaction monitoring. Subclasses of HS and GAGs with identical molecular weights can be separated using a Hypercarbcolumn (2.0 mm50 mm, 5 ?m) with an aectonitrile gradient in ammonium acetate (pH 11.0). We also developed a GAG assay by RapidFire with tandem mass spectrometry (RF-MS/MS). The RF system consists of an integrated solid phase extraction robot that binds and de-salts samples from assay plates and directly injects them into a MS/MS detector, reducing sample processing time to ten seconds. RF-MS/MS consequently yields much faster throughput than conventional LC-MS/MS-based methods. However, the RF system does not have a chromatographic step, and therefore, cannot distinguish GAGs that have identical molecular weights. Both methods can be applied to analysis of dried blood spots, blood, and urine specimens. In this article, we compare the assay methods for GAGs and describe their potential applications. PMID:25068074

  14. Radical-driven peptide backbone dissociation tandem mass spectrometry.

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    Oh, Han Bin; Moon, Bongjin

    2015-01-01

    In recent years, a number of novel tandem mass spectrometry approaches utilizing radical-driven peptide gas-phase fragmentation chemistry have been developed. These approaches show a peptide fragmentation pattern quite different from that of collision-induced dissociation (CID). The peptide fragmentation features of these approaches share some in common with electron capture dissociation (ECD) or electron transfer dissociation (ETD) without the use of sophisticated equipment such as a Fourier-transform mass spectrometer. For example, Siu and coworkers showed that CID of transition metal (ligand)-peptide ternary complexes led to the formation of peptide radical ions through dissociative electron transfer (Chu et al., 2000. J Phys Chem B 104:3393-3397). The subsequent collisional activation of the generated radical ions resulted in a number of characteristic product ions, including a, c, x, z-type fragments and notable side-chain losses. Another example is the free radical initiated peptide sequencing (FRIPS) approach, in which Porter et al. and Beauchamp et al. independently introduced a free radical initiator to the primary amine group of the lysine side chain or N-terminus of peptides (Masterson et al., 2004. J Am Chem Soc 126:720-721; Hodyss et al., 2005 J Am Chem Soc 127: 12436-12437). Photodetachment of gaseous multiply charged peptide anions (Joly et al., 2008. J Am Chem Soc 130:13832-13833) and UV photodissociation of photolabile radical precursors including a C-I bond (Ly & Julian, 2008. J Am Chem Soc 130:351-358; Ly & Julian, 2009. J Am Soc Mass Spectrom 20:1148-1158) also provide another route to generate radical ions. In this review, we provide a brief summary of recent results obtained through the radical-driven peptide backbone dissociation tandem mass spectrometry approach. PMID:24863492

  15. Tunable color parallel tandem organic light emitting devices with carbon nanotube and metallic sheet interlayers

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    Oliva, Jorge; Papadimitratos, Alexios; Desirena, Haggeo; De la Rosa, Elder; Zakhidov, Anvar A.

    2015-11-01

    Parallel tandem organic light emitting devices (OLEDs) were fabricated with transparent multiwall carbon nanotube sheets (MWCNT) and thin metal films (Al, Ag) as interlayers. In parallel monolithic tandem architecture, the MWCNT (or metallic films) interlayers are an active electrode which injects similar charges into subunits. In the case of parallel tandems with common anode (C.A.) of this study, holes are injected into top and bottom subunits from the common interlayer electrode; whereas in the configuration of common cathode (C.C.), electrons are injected into the top and bottom subunits. Both subunits of the tandem can thus be monolithically connected functionally in an active structure in which each subunit can be electrically addressed separately. Our tandem OLEDs have a polymer as emitter in the bottom subunit and a small molecule emitter in the top subunit. We also compared the performance of the parallel tandem with that of in series and the additional advantages of the parallel architecture over the in-series were: tunable chromaticity, lower voltage operation, and higher brightness. Finally, we demonstrate that processing of the MWCNT sheets as a common anode in parallel tandems is an easy and low cost process, since their integration as electrodes in OLEDs is achieved by simple dry lamination process.

  16. DNA Damage by Ionizing Radiation: Tandem Double Lesions by Charged Particles

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    Huo, Winifred M.; Chaban, Galina M.; Wang, Dunyou; Dateo, Christopher E.

    2005-01-01

    Oxidative damages by ionizing radiation are the source of radiation-induced carcinogenesis, damage to the central nervous system, lowering of the immune response, as well as other radiation-induced damages to human health. Monte Carlo track simulations and kinetic modeling of radiation damages to the DNA employ available molecular and cellular data to simulate the biological effect of high and low LET radiation io the DNA. While the simulations predict single and double strand breaks and base damages, so far all complex lesions are the result of stochastic coincidence from independent processes. Tandem double lesions have not yet been taken into account. Unlike the standard double lesions that are produced by two separate attacks by charged particles or radicals, tandem double lesions are produced by one single attack. The standard double lesions dominate at the high dosage regime. On the other hand, tandem double lesions do not depend on stochastic coincidences and become important at the low dosage regime of particular interest to NASA. Tandem double lesions by hydroxyl radical attack of guanine in isolated DNA have been reported at a dosage of radiation as low as 10 Gy. The formation of two tandem base lesions was found to be linear with the applied doses, a characteristic of tandem lesions. However, tandem double lesions from attack by a charged particle have not been reported.

  17. Tandem gene arrays in Trypanosoma brucei: Comparative phylogenomic analysis of duplicate sequence variation

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    Jackson, Andrew P

    2007-01-01

    Background The genome sequence of the protistan parasite Trypanosoma brucei contains many tandem gene arrays. Gene duplicates are created through tandem duplication and are expressed through polycistronic transcription, suggesting that the primary purpose of long, tandem arrays is to increase gene dosage in an environment where individual gene promoters are absent. This report presents the first account of the tandem gene arrays in the T. brucei genome, employing several related genome sequences to establish how variation is created and removed. Results A systematic survey of tandem gene arrays showed that substantial sequence variation existed across the genome; variation from different regions of an array often produced inconsistent phylogenetic affinities. Phylogenetic relationships of gene duplicates were consistent with concerted evolution being a widespread homogenising force. However, tandem duplicates were not usually identical; therefore, any homogenising effect was coincident with divergence among duplicates. Allelic gene conversion was detected using various criteria and was apparently able to both remove and introduce sequence variation. Tandem arrays containing structural heterogeneity demonstrated how sequence homogenisation and differentiation can occur within a single locus. Conclusion The use of multiple genome sequences in a comparative analysis of tandem gene arrays identified substantial sequence variation among gene duplicates. The distribution of sequence variation is determined by a dynamic balance of conservative and innovative evolutionary forces. Gene trees from various species showed that intraspecific duplicates evolve in concert, perhaps through frequent gene conversion, although this does not prevent sequence divergence, especially where structural heterogeneity physically separates a duplicate from its neighbours. In describing dynamics of sequence variation that have consequences beyond gene dosage, this survey provides a basis for uncovering the hidden functionality within tandem gene arrays in trypanosomatids. PMID:17408475

  18. Short-term clinical outcome and dosimetric comparison of tandem and ring versus tandem and ovoids intracavitary applicators

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    Mourad, Waleed F.; Allbright, Robert; Packianathan, Satyaseelan; Harrell, Leslie M.; Chinchar, Edmund; Nguyen, Alex; Vijayakumar, Srinivasan

    2015-01-01

    Purpose To compare the short-term toxicity and dosimetry of tandem and ring (TR), and tandem and ovoid (TO) applicators in treatment of gynecologic malignancy. Material and methods Following pelvic external beam radiation therapy (EBRT), a total of 52 computed tomography-based plans from 13 patients with cervical cancer (FIGO IB2-IIIB) were evaluated for HDR brachytherapy. Prescription was 7 Gy to the ICRU point A for four weekly fractions. Gastrointestinal and genitourinary toxicities were evaluated. Clinical target volume (CTV) and organs at risk were delineated on CT scans. Bladder, rectum, and sigmoid mean doses and D2cc were calculated. Treatment time and irradiated tissue volume were compared. Percent of CTV receiving 100% (CTV100%) of the prescribed dose as well as the percent of the prescription dose covering 90% of the CTV (D90) were evaluated. Results Gastrointestinal and genitourinary toxicities were not different between TO and TR applicators. No significant differences in the dose to the right and left point A, or the left point B were observed. TO delivered a higher dose to right point B. Organs at risk doses were similar between the two applicators, except mean rectal dose was lower for TO applicator. Overall, TO treats a larger tissue volume than TR. Mean treatment time was shorter for TR. Tumor coverage (D90 and CTV100%) was equivalent between TO and TR applicators. Conclusion Although TO treats a larger tissue volume than TR, short-term toxicities and tumor coverage are similar. Long-term clinical outcomes will be elucidated with longer follow up period. PMID:26207110

  19. Modified tandem gratings anastigmatic imaging spectrometer with oblique incidence for spectral broadband

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    Cui, Chengguang; Wang, Shurong; Huang, Yu; Xue, Qingsheng; Li, Bo; Yu, Lei

    2015-09-01

    A modified spectrometer with tandem gratings that exhibits high spectral resolution and imaging quality for solar observation, monitoring, and understanding of coastal ocean processes is presented in this study. Spectral broadband anastigmatic imaging condition, spectral resolution, and initial optical structure are obtained based on geometric aberration theory. Compared with conventional tandem gratings spectrometers, this modified design permits flexibility in selecting gratings. A detailed discussion of the optical design and optical performance of an ultraviolet spectrometer with tandem gratings is also included to explain the advantage of oblique incidence for spectral broadband.

  20. An approach for configuring space photovoltaic tandem arrays based on cell layer performance

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    Flora, C. S.; Dillard, P. A.

    1991-01-01

    Meeting solar array performance goals of 300 W/Kg requires use of solar cells with orbital efficiencies greater than 20 percent. Only multijunction cells and cell layers operating in tandem produce this required efficiency. An approach for defining solar array design concepts that use tandem cell layers involve the following: transforming cell layer performance at standard test conditions to on-orbit performance; optimizing circuit configuration with tandem cell layers; evaluating circuit sensitivity to cell current mismatch; developing array electrical design around selected circuit; and predicting array orbital performance including seasonal variations.

  1. A Hafnium-Based Metal-Organic Framework as a Nature-Inspired Tandem Reaction Catalyst.

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    Beyzavi, M Hassan; Vermeulen, Nicolaas A; Howarth, Ashlee J; Tussupbayev, Samat; League, Aaron B; Schweitzer, Neil M; Gallagher, James R; Platero-Prats, Ana E; Hafezi, Nema; Sarjeant, Amy A; Miller, Jeffrey T; Chapman, Karena W; Stoddart, J Fraser; Cramer, Christopher J; Hupp, Joseph T; Farha, Omar K

    2015-10-28

    Tandem catalytic systems, often inspired by biological systems, offer many advantages in the formation of highly functionalized small molecules. Herein, a new metal-organic framework (MOF) with porphyrinic struts and Hf6 nodes is reported. This MOF demonstrates catalytic efficacy in the tandem oxidation and functionalization of styrene utilizing molecular oxygen as a terminal oxidant. The product, a protected 1,2-aminoalcohol, is formed selectively and with high efficiency using this recyclable heterogeneous catalyst. Significantly, the unusual regioselective transformation occurs only when an Fe-decorated Hf6 node and the Fe-porphyrin strut work in concert. This report is an example of concurrent orthogonal tandem catalysis. PMID:26434603

  2. Moral Enhancement

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    Douglas, Thomas

    2008-01-01

    Opponents of biomedical enhancement often claim that, even if such enhancement would benefit the enhanced, it would harm others. But this objection looks unpersuasive when the enhancement in question is a moral enhancement an enhancement that will expectably leave the enhanced person with morally better motives than she had previously. In this article I (1) describe one type of psychological alteration that would plausibly qualify as a moral enhancement, (2) argue that we will, in the medium-term future, probably be able to induce such alterations via biomedical intervention, and (3) defend future engagement in such moral enhancements against possible objections. My aim is to present this kind of moral enhancement as a counter-example to the view that biomedical enhancement is always morally impermissible. PMID:19132138

  3. Identification of protein interacting partners using tandem affinity purification.

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    Bailey, Dalan; Urena, Luis; Thorne, Lucy; Goodfellow, Ian

    2012-01-01

    A critical and often limiting step in understanding the function of host and viral proteins is the identification of interacting cellular or viral protein partners. There are many approaches that allow the identification of interacting partners, including the yeast two hybrid system, as well as pull down assays using recombinant proteins and immunoprecipitation of endogenous proteins followed by mass spectrometry identification(1). Recent studies have highlighted the utility of double-affinity tag mediated purification, coupled with two specific elution steps in the identification of interacting proteins. This approach, termed Tandem Affinity Purification (TAP), was initially used in yeast(2,3) but more recently has been adapted to use in mammalian cells(4-8). As proof-of-concept we have established a tandem affinity purification (TAP) method using the well-characterized eukaryotic translation initiation factor eIF4E(9,10).The cellular translation factor eIF4E is a critical component of the cellular eIF4F complex involved in cap-dependent translation initiation(10). The TAP tag used in the current study is composed of two Protein G units and a streptavidin binding peptide separated by a Tobacco Etch Virus (TEV) protease cleavage sequence. The TAP tag used in the current study is composed of two Protein G units and a streptavidin binding peptide separated by a Tobacco Etch Virus (TEV) protease cleavage sequence(8). To forgo the need for the generation of clonal cell lines, we developed a rapid system that relies on the expression of the TAP-tagged bait protein from an episomally maintained plasmid based on pMEP4 (Invitrogen). Expression of tagged murine eIF4E from this plasmid was controlled using the cadmium chloride inducible metallothionein promoter. Lysis of the expressing cells and subsequent affinity purification via binding to rabbit IgG agarose, TEV protease cleavage, binding to streptavidin linked agarose and subsequent biotin elution identified numerous proteins apparently specific to the eIF4E pull-down (when compared to control cell lines expressing the TAP tag alone). The identities of the proteins were obtained by excision of the bands from 1D SDS-PAGE and subsequent tandem mass spectrometry. The identified components included the known eIF4E binding proteins eIF4G and 4EBP-1. In addition, other components of the eIF4F complex, of which eIF4E is a component were identified, namely eIF4A and Poly-A binding protein. The ability to identify not only known direct binding partners as well as secondary interacting proteins, further highlights the utility of this approach in the characterization of proteins of unknown function. PMID:22395237

  4. Fuel properties of heptadecene isomers prepared via tandem isomerization-decarboxylation of oleic acid

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    Heptadecene isomers were prepared via tandem isomerization-decarboxylation of oleic acid using catalytic triruthenium dodecacarbonyl [Ru3(CO)12]. Chromatographic and spectroscopic characterization of the isolated heptadecene mixture indicated that it consisted of 96% internal isomers and 4% aromatic...

  5. Design and long-term monitoring of DSC/CIGS tandem solar module

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    Vildanova, M. F.; Nikolskaia, A. B.; Kozlov, S. S.; Shevaleevskiy, O. I.

    2015-11-01

    This paper describes the design and development of tandem dye-sensitized/Cu(In, Ga)Se (DSC/CIGS) PV modules. The tandem PV module comprised of the top DSC module and a bottom commercial 0,8 m2 CIGS module. The top DSC module was made of 10 DSC mini-modules with the field size of 20 × 20 cm2 each. Tandem DSC/CIGS PV modules were used for providing the long-term monitoring of energy yield and electrical parameters in comparison with standalone CIGS modules under outdoor conditions. The outdoor test facility, containing solar modules of both types and a measurement unit, was located on the roof of the Institute of Biochemical Physics in Moscow. The data obtained during monitoring within the 2014 year period has shown the advantages of the designed tandem DSC/CIGS PV-modules over the conventional CIGS modules, especially for cloudy weather and low-intensity irradiation conditions.

  6. Ultrasound used for assessing the in situ position of intrauterine tandems.

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    Granai, C O; Allee, P; Doherty, F; Madoc-Jones, H; Curry, S L

    1984-07-01

    Intracavitary radiation is an integral part of the treatment in many gynecologic cancers. The intrauterine tandem has a well-established role in treating both cervical and endometrial malignancies. The effectiveness of this therapy and its complications are directly related to the proper intracavitary position of the tandem. To date, there has been no objective technique appropriate for routine use in assessing the precise in situ location of these devices, apart from plain abdominal films. As such, little is known about the incidence or types of procedural complications and the sequelae associated with improper tandem placement. Here it is reported that ultrasound is an effective tool for evaluating the in situ position of the intrauterine tandem. Two cases are presented demonstrating important applications of this method. PMID:6745732

  7. Semi-transparent perovskite solar cells for tandems with silicon and CIGS

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    Bailie, Colin D.; Christoforo, M. Greyson; Mailoa, Jonathan P.; Bowring, Andrea R.; Unger, Eva L.; Nguyen, William H.; Burschka, Julian; Pellet, Norman; Lee, Jungwoo Z.; Grätzel, Michael; et al

    2014-12-23

    A promising approach for upgrading the performance of an established low-bandgap solar technology without adding much cost is to deposit a high bandgap polycrystalline semiconductor on top to make a tandem solar cell. We use a transparent silver nanowire electrode on perovskite solar cells to achieve a semi-transparent device. We place the semi-transparent cell in a mechanically-stacked tandem configuration onto copper indium gallium diselenide (CIGS) and low-quality multicrystalline silicon (Si) to achieve solid-state polycrystalline tandem solar cells with a net improvement in efficiency over the bottom cell alone. Furthermore, this work paves the way for integrating perovskites into a low-costmore » and high-efficiency (>25%) tandem cell.« less

  8. Semi-transparent perovskite solar cells for tandems with silicon and CIGS

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    Bailie, Colin D.; Christoforo, M. Greyson; Mailoa, Jonathan P.; Bowring, Andrea R.; Unger, Eva L.; Nguyen, William H.; Burschka, Julian; Pellet, Norman; Lee, Jungwoo Z.; Grätzel, Michael; Noufi, Rommel; Buonassisi, Tonio; Salleo, Alberto; McGehee, Michael D.

    2014-12-23

    A promising approach for upgrading the performance of an established low-bandgap solar technology without adding much cost is to deposit a high bandgap polycrystalline semiconductor on top to make a tandem solar cell. We use a transparent silver nanowire electrode on perovskite solar cells to achieve a semi-transparent device. We place the semi-transparent cell in a mechanically-stacked tandem configuration onto copper indium gallium diselenide (CIGS) and low-quality multicrystalline silicon (Si) to achieve solid-state polycrystalline tandem solar cells with a net improvement in efficiency over the bottom cell alone. Furthermore, this work paves the way for integrating perovskites into a low-cost and high-efficiency (>25%) tandem cell.

  9. Studies of the Lateral-Directional Flying Qualities of a Tandem Helicopter in Forward Flight

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    Amer, Kenneth B; Tapscott, Robert J

    1954-01-01

    An investigation of the lateral-directional flying qualities of a tandem-rotor helicopter in forward flight was undertaken to determine desirable goals for helicopter lateral-directional flying qualities and possible methods of achieving these goals in the tandem-rotor helicopter. Comparison between directional stability as measured in flight and rotor-off model tests in a wind tunnel shows qualitative agreement and, hence, indicates such wind-tunnel test, despite the absence of the rotors, to be one effective method of studying means of improving the directional stability of the tandem helicopter. Flight-test measurements of turns and oscillations, in conjunction with analytical studies, suggest possible practical methods of achieving the goals of satisfactory turn and oscillatory characteristics in the tandem helicopter.

  10. Progress in radiocarbon dating with the Chalk River MP tandem accelerator

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    Andrews, H.R.; Ball, G.C.; Brown, R.M.; Davies, W.G.; Imahori, Y.; Milton, J.C.D.

    1980-01-01

    The evolution of a tandem accelerator /sup 14/C dating system at Chalk River is recounted. Background problems and sources of instability are discussed and solutions are described. Details of sample chemistry and source preparation are presented.

  11. Synfuels from fusion: producing hydrogen with the Tandem Mirror Reactor and thermochemical cycles

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    Werner, R.W.; Ribe, F.L.

    1981-01-21

    This volume contains the following sections: (1) the Tandem Mirror fusion driver, (2) the Cauldron blanket module, (3) the flowing microsphere, (4) coupling the reactor to the process, (5) the thermochemical cycles, and (6) chemical reactors and process units. (MOW)

  12. Tandem bis-aza-Michael addition reaction of amines in aqueous medium promoted by polystyrenesulfonic Acid

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    An efficient and environmentally benign tandem bis-aza-Michael addition of amines catalyzed by polystyrene sulfonic acid (PSSA) is described. This operationally simple high yielding microwave assisted synthetic protocol proceeded in water in the absence of any organic solvent.

  13. Expansion of stochastic expression repertoire by tandem duplication in mouse Protocadherin-? cluster

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    Kaneko, Ryosuke; Abe, Manabu; Hirabayashi, Takahiro; Uchimura, Arikuni; Sakimura, Kenji; Yanagawa, Yuchio; Yagi, Takeshi

    2014-01-01

    Tandem duplications are concentrated within the Pcdh cluster throughout vertebrate evolution and as copy number variations (CNVs) in human populations, but the effects of tandem duplication in the Pcdh cluster remain elusive. To investigate the effects of tandem duplication in the Pcdh cluster, here we generated and analyzed a new line of the Pcdh cluster mutant mice. In the mutant allele, a 218-kb region containing the Pcdh-?2 to Pcdh-?c2 variable exons with their promoters was duplicated and the individual duplicated Pcdh isoforms can be disctinguished. The individual duplicated Pcdh-? isoforms showed diverse expression level with stochastic expression manner, even though those have an identical promoter sequence. Interestingly, the 5?-located duplicated Pcdh-?c2, which is constitutively expressed in the wild-type brain, shifted to stochastic expression accompanied by increased DNA methylation. These results demonstrate that tandem duplication in the Pcdh cluster expands the stochastic expression repertoire irrespective of sequence divergence. PMID:25179445

  14. Tandem Polymer Solar Cells Featuring a Spectrally Matched Low-Bandgap Polymer

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    Dou, L.; You, J.; Yang, J.; Chen, C. C.; He, Y.; Murase, S.; Moriarty, T.; Emery, K.; Li, G.; Yang, Y.

    2012-03-01

    Tandem solar cells provide an effective way to harvest a broader spectrum of solar radiation by combining two or more solar cells with different absorption bands. However, for polymer solar cells, the performance of tandem devices lags behind single-layer solar cells mainly due to the lack of a suitable low-bandgap polymer. Here, we demonstrate highly efficient single and tandem polymer solar cells featuring a low-bandgap conjugated polymer (PBDTT-DPP: bandgap, {approx}1.44 eV). A single-layer device based on the polymer provides a power conversion efficiency of {approx}6%. When the polymer is applied to tandem solar cells, a power conversion efficiency of 8.62% is achieved, which is, to the best of our knowledge, the highest certified efficiency for a polymer solar cell to date.

  15. Partners in crime: The role of tandem modules in gene transcription.

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    Sharma, Rajal; Zhou, Ming-Ming

    2015-09-01

    Histones and their modifications play an important role in the regulation of gene transcription. Numerous modifications, such as acetylation, phosphorylation, methylation, ubiquitination, and SUMOylation, have been described. These modifications almost always co-occur and thereby increase the combinatorial complexity of post-translational modification detection. The domains that recognize these histone modifications often occur in tandem in the context of larger proteins and complexes. The presence of multiple modifications can positively or negatively regulate the binding of these tandem domains, influencing downstream cellular function. Alternatively, these tandem domains can have novel functions from their independent parts. Here we summarize structural and functional information known about major tandem domains and their histone binding properties. An understanding of these interactions is key for the development of epigenetic therapy. PMID:26059070

  16. Fluconazole bioequivalence study: quantification by tandem mass spectrometry.

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    Moraes, L A; Lerner, F E; Moraes, M E; Moraes, M O; Corso, G; De Nucci, G

    1999-04-01

    To develop a new method for quantifying fluoconazole in human plasma and to compare the bioavailability of two fluconazole capsule formulations, an open, randomized, two-period crossover study with a one-week washout interval was conducted in 24 healthy volunteers. Plasma samples were obtained up to 168 hours after drug administration and the serum fluconazole concentrations were analyzed using electrospray tandem mass spectrometry coupled to liquid chromatography using multiple reaction monitoring mode. The pharmacokinetic parameters obtained for fluconazole after the administration of each formulation included the Area under the curve (AUC)(0-168h), AUC(0-infinity), Cmax, Cmax/AUC(0-168h), Tmax, elimination rate constant (Ke), and half-life (T1/2). Within- and between-run imprecision was less than 2.3% and 8.2%, respectively. Inaccuracy within and between runs was -1.5% and -9.7%, respectively. The pharmacokinetic parameters for bioequivalence showed a normal distribution, and the variance of AUC(0-168h), AUC(0-infinity), and Cmax were homoscedastic. The geometric mean for the Fluconal/Zoltec (Fluconal; Libbs Farmacêutica Ltda, São Paulo, Brazil; Zoltec; Laboratórios Pfizer Ltda., São Paulo, Brazil) individual percent ratio was 94.9% for AUC(0-168h), 94.7% for AUC(0-infinity), 80.1% for Cmax, 102.6% for Ke, 97.5% for T1/2, and 0.93 for Tmax (arithmetic mean of individual differences). We have developed a method in which liquid chromatography is coupled with electrospray tandem mass spectrometry to improve the pharmacokinetic analysis of fluconazole. Because the 90% CI AUC is within the interval proposed for the Food and Drug Administration, we concluded that Fluconal is bioequivalent to Zoltec in terms of absorption. The CV was 27.5% for the Cmax parameter, indicating that fluconazole's absorption rate is highly variable. The European Union Regulatory Agency accepts an interval of 70-143%, and because the 90% CI for Cmax is within the interval proposed for the European Union agency, we conclude that Fluconal is bioequivalent to Zoltec for the rate of absorption. PMID:10217340

  17. Solution-processed white phosphorescent tandem organic light-emitting devices.

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    Chiba, Takayuki; Pu, Yong-Jin; Kido, Junji

    2015-08-26

    Solution-processed phosphorescent tandem organic light-emitting devices (OLEDs) exhibit extremely high efficiencies (94 cd A(-1) ) and 26% external quantum efficiency (EQE) at 5000 cd m(-2) for green phosphorescent devices and 69 cd A(-1) and 28% EQE at 5000 cd m(-2) for white phosphorescent devices. Development of these highly efficient solution-processed tandem-OLEDs with inverted device structure paves the way to printable, low-cost, and large-area white lighting. PMID:26212355

  18. Tandem solar cells made from amorphous silicon and polymer bulk heterojunction sub-cells.

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    Park, Sung Heum; Shin, Insoo; Kim, Kwang Ho; Street, Robert; Roy, Anshuman; Heeger, Alan J

    2015-01-14

    A tandem solar cell based on a combination of an amorphous silicon (a-Si) and polymer solar cell (PSC) is demonstrated. As these tandem devices can be readily fabricated by low-cost methods, they require only a minor increase in the total manufacturing cost. Therefore, a combination of a-Si and PSC provides a compelling solution to reduce the cost of electricity produced by photovoltaics. PMID:25410395

  19. Hybrid de novo tandem repeat detection using short and long reads

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    2015-01-01

    Background As one of the most studied genome rearrangements, tandem repeats have a considerable impact on genetic backgrounds of inherited diseases. Many methods designed for tandem repeat detection on reference sequences obtain high quality results. However, in the case of a de novo context, where no reference sequence is available, tandem repeat detection remains a difficult problem. The short reads obtained with the second-generation sequencing methods are not long enough to span regions that contain long repeats. This length limitation was tackled by the long reads obtained with the third-generation sequencing platforms such as Pacific Biosciences technologies. Nevertheless, the gain on the read length came with a significant increase of the error rate. The main objective of nowadays studies on long reads is to handle the high error rate up to 16%. Methods In this paper we present MixTaR, the first de novo method for tandem repeat detection that combines the high-quality of short reads and the large length of long reads. Our hybrid algorithm uses the set of short reads for tandem repeat pattern detection based on a de Bruijn graph. These patterns are then validated using the long reads, and the tandem repeat sequences are constructed using local greedy assemblies. Results MixTaR is tested with both simulated and real reads from complex organisms. For a complete analysis of its robustness to errors, we use short and long reads with different error rates. The results are then analysed in terms of number of tandem repeats detected and the length of their patterns. Conclusions Our method shows high precision and sensitivity. With low false positive rates even for highly erroneous reads, MixTaR is able to detect accurate tandem repeats with pattern lengths varying within a significant interval. PMID:26399998

  20. Vacuum measurements on the Tandem Mirror Experiment Upgrade (TMX-U) fusion experiment

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    Calderon, M.O.; Hunt, A.L.; Lang, D.D.; Nexsen, W.E.; Pickles, W.L.; Turner, W.C.

    1983-08-12

    The gas inventory of the Tandem Mirror Experiment Upgrade (TMX-U) must be carefully controlled, if it is to successfully create various plasma configurations for thermal-barrier experiments designed to provide an improved performance for tandem-mirror experiments. This paper is a progress report on the calibration methods and pressure measurements of machine conditions deriving from recently improved neutral-beam gas control, and changes to the internal baffling geometry and the gettering system.

  1. A palladium-catalyzed tandem reaction of 2-(2-bromobenzylidene)cyclobutanone with 2-alkynylphenol.

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    Pan, Xiaolin; Luo, Yong; Xia, Hong-Guang; Wu, Jie

    2015-11-28

    An efficient approach for the generation of benzo[b]naphtho[2,3-d]oxocin-6-ones through a palladium-catalyzed tandem reaction of 2-alkynylphenol with 2-(2-bromobenzylidene)cyclobutanone is described. This tandem process afforded the fused polycycles easily, with the formation of three bonds with high efficiency, starting from easily available materials. Good functional group tolerance as well as excellent selectivity was displayed. PMID:26414750

  2. Synthesis of Pyrrolidines and Pyrroles via Tandem Amination/Cyanation/Alkylation and Amination/Oxidation Sequences

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    Han, Junbin; Lu, Zhichao; Hammond, Gerald B.; Xu, Bo

    2014-01-01

    Starting from a primary amine-tethered alkyne 1, a copper-catalyzed three-component tandem amination/cyanation/alkylation sequence gives ?-CN pyrrolidine 6 in good yield and regioselectivity. Also, a silver mediated tandem amination/oxidation of a secondary amine-tethered alkyne 7 produces functionalized pyrrole 8 in good yield. All reactions were conducted in one pot without any protection/deprotection steps. PMID:25386099

  3. [The surgical treatment of patients with tandem atherosclerotic stenosis of the internal carotid artery].

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    Dobzhanski?, N V; Vereshchagin, N V; Peresedov, V V; Dzhibladze, D N

    1994-01-01

    The paper specifies indications and contraindications for brain microrevascularization and carotid endarterectomy in patients with atherosclerotic tandem stenosis of the internal carotid (IC) and provides strong evidence for the succession of their implementation. It also notes the role of tandem lesion as a factor predisposing to IC occlusion after carotid endarterectomy. It is shown that brain microrevascularization serves as the method of choice, when other correcting measures for cerebral blood flow disorders fail, and aims largely at preventing local cerebral ischemia. PMID:8036853

  4. Genome-wide computational prediction of tandem gene arrays: application in yeasts

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    2010-01-01

    Background This paper describes an efficient in silico method for detecting tandem gene arrays (TGAs) in fully sequenced and compact genomes such as those of prokaryotes or unicellular eukaryotes. The originality of this method lies in the search of protein sequence similarities in the vicinity of each coding sequence, which allows the prediction of tandem duplicated gene copies independently of their functionality. Results Applied to nine hemiascomycete yeast genomes, this method predicts that 2% of the genes are involved in TGAs and gene relics are present in 11% of TGAs. The frequency of TGAs with degenerated gene copies means that a significant fraction of tandem duplicated genes follows the birth-and-death model of evolution. A comparison of sequence identity distributions between sets of homologous gene pairs shows that the different copies of tandem arrayed paralogs are less divergent than copies of dispersed paralogs in yeast genomes. It suggests that paralogs included in tandem structures are more recent or more subject to the gene conversion mechanism than other paralogs. Conclusion The method reported here is a useful computational tool to provide a database of TGAs composed of functional or nonfunctional gene copies. Such a database has obvious applications in the fields of structural and comparative genomics. Notably, a detailed study of the TGA catalog will make it possible to tackle the fundamental questions of the origin and evolution of tandem gene clusters. PMID:20092627

  5. Single and Tandem Stents in Sheep Iliac Arteries: Is There a Difference in Patency?

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    Schuermann, Karl; Vorwerk, Dierk; Buecker, Arno; Grosskortenhaus, Stefanie; Guenther, Rolf W.

    1998-09-15

    Purpose: To compare patency and neointima formation of single and tandem arterial stents. Methods: In each of six sheep, two Memotherm nitinol stents (tandem stents) were inserted into the external iliac artery on one side and a single stent into the artery on the opposite side. The size of the iliac lumen was assessed in the proximal, middle, and distal segments of the stents by intravascular ultrasound (IVUS) before, immediately after, and 1 month after implantation when the sheep were killed. Neointimal thickness was determined in the proximal, middle, and distal segments of each stent by light microscopy. Results: All stents remained patent. There was no significant difference in lumen and neointimal thickness between single and tandem stents. Cranial tandem stents showed a significantly wider lumen and smaller neointimal thickness than caudal tandem stents. In the proximal and distal segments, the lumen of the stents was significantly smaller and the neointimal thickness greater than in the middle segment; differences in neointimal thickness were significant only between the proximal and the middle segment. Conclusion: In an experimental setting, tandem stents did not interfere with one another with regard to patency and neointima formation when compared with a single contralateral stent. Neointimal thickening after stent insertion seems to be inversely related to the original arterial diameter.

  6. Assessing the Role of Tandem Repeats in Shaping the Genomic Architecture of Great Apes

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    Farr, Marta; Bosch, Montserrat; Lpez-Girldez, Francesc; Pons, Montserrat; Ruiz-Herrera, Aurora

    2011-01-01

    Background Ancestral reconstructions of mammalian genomes have revealed that evolutionary breakpoint regions are clustered in regions that are more prone to break and reorganize. What is still unclear to evolutionary biologists is whether these regions are physically unstable due solely to sequence composition and/or genome organization, or do they represent genomic areas where the selection against breakpoints is minimal. Methodology and Principal Findings Here we present a comprehensive study of the distribution of tandem repeats in great apes. We analyzed the distribution of tandem repeats in relation to the localization of evolutionary breakpoint regions in the human, chimpanzee, orangutan and macaque genomes. We observed an accumulation of tandem repeats in the genomic regions implicated in chromosomal reorganizations. In the case of the human genome our analyses revealed that evolutionary breakpoint regions contained more base pairs implicated in tandem repeats compared to synteny blocks, being the AAAT motif the most frequently involved in evolutionary regions. We found that those AAAT repeats located in evolutionary regions were preferentially associated with Alu elements. Significance Our observations provide evidence for the role of tandem repeats in shaping mammalian genome architecture. We hypothesize that an accumulation of specific tandem repeats in evolutionary regions can promote genome instability by altering the state of the chromatin conformation or by promoting the insertion of transposable elements. PMID:22076140

  7. Numerical analysis of the s1020 airfoils in tandem under different flapping configurations

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    Lim, K. B.; Tay, W. B.

    2010-05-01

    The objective of this project is to improve the performance of the efficiency, thrust and lift of flapping wings in tandem arrangement. This research investigates the effect of the arrangement of the airfoils in tandem on the performance of the airfoils by varying the phase difference and distance between the airfoils. Three flapping configurations from an earlier phase of a research which gives high efficiency, thrust and lift are used in the tandem simulation. It is found all the different flapping configurations show improvement in the efficiency, thrust or lift when the distance between the two airfoils and the phase angle between the heaving positions of the two airfoils are optimal. The average thrust coefficient of the tandem arrangement managed to attain more than twice that of the single one (4.84 vs. 2.05). On the other hand, the average lift coefficient of the tandem arrangement also increased to 4.59, as compared to the original single airfoil value of 3.04. All these results obtained will aid in the design of a better ornithopter with tandem wing arrangement.

  8. On the trajectory scaling of tandem twin jets in cross-flow in close proximity

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    New, T. H.; Zang, B.

    2015-11-01

    An experimental study has been conducted on tandem twin jets in cross-flow (JICF) in close proximity to investigate the relationships between their trajectories, separation distances and velocity ratios. Results show that the front and rear jets, each with initially distinct jet trajectory, merge into a single trajectory shortly after they exhaust into the cross-flow. Furthermore, the merged tandem JICF attains deeper cross-flow penetration than that of a single JICF at the same velocity ratio. The front jet is also observed to provide `shielding' for the rear jet such that the latter penetrates relatively deeper into the cross-flow, which corroborates observations made by earlier studies. In particular, the present study demonstrates that it is possible to collapse the tandem JICF merged trajectories by ` rD'-scaling, where A and B coefficients show slight reductions and increments, respectively, with increasing separation distance. Collapsing the merged trajectories by using single JICF A and B coefficients leads to the notion of effective velocity ratio for tandem JICF, which enable the authors to propose a modification in the ` rD'-scaling law for tandem JICF. Lastly, the modified ` rD'-scaling law is applied to trajectory data from an earlier tandem JICF study, and its validity is demonstrated by the resulting good collapse.

  9. Liquid chromatography tandem mass spectrometry in the clinical laboratory.

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    Adaway, Joanne E; Keevil, Brian G; Owen, Laura J

    2015-01-01

    Clinical laboratory medicine has seen the introduction and evolution of liquid chromatography tandem mass spectrometry in routine clinical laboratories over the last 10-15 years. There still exists a wide diversity of assays from very esoteric and highly specialist manual assays to more simplified kit-based assays. The technology is not static as manufacturers are continually making improvements. Mass spectrometry is now commonly used in several areas of diagnostics including therapeutic drug monitoring, toxicology, endocrinology, paediatrics and microbiology. Some of the most high throughput analyses or common analytes include vitamin D, immunosuppressant monitoring, androgen measurement and newborn screening. It also offers flexibility for the measurement of analytes in a variety of different matrices which would prove difficult with immunoassays. Unlike immunoassays or high-pressure liquid chromatography assays using ultraviolet or fluorescence detection, mass spectrometry offers better specificity and reduced interferences if attention is paid to potential isobaric compounds. Furthermore, multiplexing, which enables multiple analytes to be measured with the same volume of serum is advantageous, and the requirement for large sample volumes is decreasing as instrument sensitivity increases. There are many emerging applications in the literature. Using mass spectrometry to identify novel isoforms or modified peptides is possible as is quantification of proteins and peptides, with or without protein digests. Future developments by the manufacturers may also include mechanisms to improve the throughput of samples and strategies to decrease the level of skill required by the operators. PMID:25313226

  10. Vortex evolution behind tandem cylinders under forced vibration

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    Yang, Yingchen; Aydin, Tayfun; Ekmekci, Alis

    2012-11-01

    Flow past two circular cylinders in tandem arrangement has been studied experimentally employing the hydrogen bubble visualization technique. The two cylinders had the same diameter (D = 6.35 mm), and were subjected to forced in-phase vibration in the cross-flow direction. The Reynolds number based on the cylinder diameter was Re = 250. Both the vibration frequency (fe) and center-to-center pitch ratio (P / D) were varied in certain ranges, whereas the vibration amplitude (A) was fixed at A / D = 0.25. The flow visualization resulted diverse and highly-repetitive vortex patterns. They were classified into two typical modes: a low-frequency mode and a high-frequency mode. The difference between the two modes is on the number of vortices formed per vibration cycle. For the low-frequency mode, the number is four; for the high-frequency model, it is two. In both modes, the vortex formation is phase-locked to the cylinder motion. For a specified mode with a fixed vortex number per cycle, the way the vortices evolve in the wake can be somewhat different by changing the vibration frequency and pitch ratio. These affecting factors have been examined in this work, and the associated vortex patterns have been characterized and compared.

  11. Spectropolarimetric Imaging of Aerosols Using Tandem Photoelastic Modulators

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    Davis, A.; Diner, D. J.; Gutt, G.; Hancock, B.; Wang, Y.; Chipman, R.; Hirschy, L.

    2006-12-01

    Passive multiangular, multispectral, and polarimetric sensing approaches each have unique strengths for the measurement of tropospheric aerosol column abundances and microphysical properties. Current spaceborne multispectral and multiangular aerosol sensors (e.g., MISR and MODIS) operate at spatial resolutions of ~1 km. Under NASA's Instrument Incubator Program, we are developing an electro-optic imaging approach that will supplement such observations with high-accuracy imaging polarimetry. Polarization adds sensitivity to particle real refractive index and size distribution. To achieve a degree of linear polarization (DOLP) uncertainty of 0.5%, our approach temporally modulates the linear-polarization component of incoming light at a rapid rate, enabling each detector within a focal-plane array, combined with polarization analyzers, to measure the relative proportions of the linear Stokes components Q or U to the total intensity. This results in a "self- calibrating" approach that is independent of detector gain variations or changes in optical transmittance. Our system uses tandem photoelastic modulators (PEMs) within a reflective camera design. The two PEMs vibrate at slightly different resonant frequencies, leading to modulation of the polarized light at a heterodyne frequency of ~25 Hz. High-speed (1 kHz) readout of the detector arrays samples the output waveforms from which Q/I and U/I are derived. We report on experimental and theoretical analyses of PEM and optical system performance, along with plans for developing ruggedized PEMs capable of withstanding launch and on-orbit stresses.

  12. Learning Peptide-Spectrum Alignment Models for Tandem Mass Spectrometry.

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    Halloran, John T; Bilmes, Jeff A; Noble, William S

    2014-01-01

    We present a peptide-spectrum alignment strategy that employs a dynamic Bayesian network (DBN) for the identification of spectra produced by tandem mass spectrometry (MS/MS). Our method is fundamentally generative in that it models peptide fragmentation in MS/MS as a physical process. The model traverses an observed MS/MS spectrum and a peptide-based theoretical spectrum to calculate the best alignment between the two spectra. Unlike all existing state-of-the-art methods for spectrum identification that we are aware of, our method can learn alignment probabilities given a dataset of high-quality peptide-spectrum pairs. The method, moreover, accounts for noise peaks and absent theoretical peaks in the observed spectrum. We demonstrate that our method outperforms, on a majority of datasets, several widely used, state-of-the-art database search tools for spectrum identification. Furthermore, the proposed approach provides an extensible framework for MS/MS analysis and provides useful information that is not produced by other methods, thanks to its generative structure. PMID:25298752

  13. Learning Peptide-Spectrum Alignment Models for Tandem Mass Spectrometry

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    Halloran, John T.; Bilmes, Jeff A.; Noble, William S.

    2014-01-01

    We present a peptide-spectrum alignment strategy that employs a dynamic Bayesian network (DBN) for the identification of spectra produced by tandem mass spectrometry (MS/MS). Our method is fundamentally generative in that it models peptide fragmentation in MS/MS as a physical process. The model traverses an observed MS/MS spectrum and a peptide-based theoretical spectrum to calculate the best alignment between the two spectra. Unlike all existing state-of-the-art methods for spectrum identification that we are aware of, our method can learn alignment probabilities given a dataset of high-quality peptide-spectrum pairs. The method, moreover, accounts for noise peaks and absent theoretical peaks in the observed spectrum. We demonstrate that our method outperforms, on a majority of datasets, several widely used, state-of-the-art database search tools for spectrum identification. Furthermore, the proposed approach provides an extensible framework for MS/MS analysis and provides useful information that is not produced by other methods, thanks to its generative structure. PMID:25298752

  14. Fast atom bombardment tandem mass spectrometry of carotenoids

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    van Breeman, R.B.; Schmitz, H.H.; Schwartz, S.J.

    1995-02-01

    Positive ion fast atom bombardment (FAB) tandem mass spectrometry (MS-MS) using a double-focusing mass spectrometer with linked scanning at constant B/E and high-energy collisionally activated dissociation (CAD) was used to differentiate 17 different cartenoids, including {beta}-apo-8{prime}- carotenal, astaxanthin, {alpha}-carotene, {beta}-carotene, {gamma}-carotene, {zeta}-carotene, canthaxanthin, {beta}-cryptoxanthin, isozeaxanthin bis (pelargonate), neoxanthin, neurosporene, nonaprene, lutein, lycopene, phytoene, phytofluene, and zeaxanthin. The carotenoids were either synthetic or isolated from plant tissues. The use of FAB ionization minimized degradation or rearrangement of the carotenoid structures due to the inherent thermal instability generally ascribed to these compounds. Instead of protonated molecules, both polar xanthophylls and nonpolar carotenes formed molecular ions, M{sup {center_dot}+}, during FAB ionization. Following collisionally activated dissociation, fragment ions of selected molecular ion precursors showed structural features indicative of the presence of hydroxyl groups, ring systems, ester groups, and aldehyde groups and the extent of aliphatic polyene conjugation. The fragmentation patterns observed in the mass spectra herein may be used as a reference for the structural determination of carotenoids isolated from plant and animal tissues. 18 refs., 4 figs.

  15. Tandem ion mobility spectrometry coupled to laser excitation

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    Simon, Anne-Laure; Chirot, Fabien; Choi, Chang Min; Clavier, Christian; Barbaire, Marc; Maurelli, Jacques; Dagany, Xavier; MacAleese, Luke; Dugourd, Philippe

    2015-09-01

    This manuscript describes a new experimental setup that allows to perform tandem ion mobility spectrometry (IMS) measurements and which is coupled to a high resolution time-of-flight mass spectrometer. It consists of two 79 cm long drift tubes connected by a dual ion funnel assembly. The setup was built to permit laser irradiation of the ions in the transfer region between the two drift tubes. This geometry allows selecting ions according to their ion mobility in the first drift tube, to irradiate selected ions, and examine the ion mobility of the product ions in the second drift tube. Activation by collision is possible in the same region (between the two tubes) and between the second tube and the time-of-flight. IMS-IMS experiments on Ubiquitin are reported. We selected a given isomer of charge state +7 and explored its structural rearrangement following collisional activation between the two drift tubes. An example of IMS-laser-IMS experiment is reported on eosin Y, where laser irradiation was used to produce radical ions by electron photodetachment starting from doubly deprotonated species. This allowed measuring the collision cross section of the radical photo-product, which cannot be directly produced with an electrospray source.

  16. Probabilistic consensus scoring improves tandem mass spectrometry peptide identification.

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    Nahnsen, Sven; Bertsch, Andreas; Rahnenfhrer, Jrg; Nordheim, Alfred; Kohlbacher, Oliver

    2011-08-01

    Database search is a standard technique for identifying peptides from their tandem mass spectra. To increase the number of correctly identified peptides, we suggest a probabilistic framework that allows the combination of scores from different search engines into a joint consensus score. Central to the approach is a novel method to estimate scores for peptides not found by an individual search engine. This approach allows the estimation of p-values for each candidate peptide and their combination across all search engines. The consensus approach works better than any single search engine across all different instrument types considered in this study. Improvements vary strongly from platform to platform and from search engine to search engine. Compared to the industry standard MASCOT, our approach can identify up to 60% more peptides. The software for consensus predictions is implemented in C++ as part of OpenMS, a software framework for mass spectrometry. The source code is available in the current development version of OpenMS and can easily be used as a command line application or via a graphical pipeline designer TOPPAS. PMID:21644507

  17. Silicon wafer-based tandem cells: The ultimate photovoltaic solution?

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    Green, Martin A.

    2014-03-01

    Recent large price reductions with wafer-based cells have increased the difficulty of dislodging silicon solar cell technology from its dominant market position. With market leaders expected to be manufacturing modules above 16% efficiency at 0.36/Watt by 2017, even the cost per unit area (60-70/m2) will be difficult for any thin-film photovoltaic technology to significantly undercut. This may make dislodgement likely only by appreciably higher energy conversion efficiency approaches. A silicon wafer-based cell able to capitalize on on-going cost reductions within the mainstream industry, but with an appreciably higher than present efficiency, might therefore provide the ultimate PV solution. With average selling prices of 156 mm quasi-square monocrystalline Si photovoltaic wafers recently approaching 1 (per wafer), wafers now provide clean, low cost templates for overgrowth of thin, wider bandgap high performance cells, nearly doubling silicon's ultimate efficiency potential. The range of possible Si-based tandem approaches is reviewed together with recent results and ultimate prospects.

  18. A new concept of a vacuum insulation tandem accelerator.

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    Sorokin, I; Taskaev, S

    2015-12-01

    A tandem accelerator with vacuum insulation has been proposed and developed in the Budker Institute of Nuclear Physics. Negative hydrogen ions are accelerated by the positive 1 MV potential of the high voltage electrode, converted into protons in the gas stripping target inside the electrode, and then the protons are accelerated again by the same potential. The potential for high voltage and intermediate electrodes is supplied by the sectioned rectifier through a sectioned bushing insulator with a resistive divider. In this work, we propose a radical improvement of the accelerator concept. It is proposed to abandon the separate placement of the accelerator and the power supply and connect them through the bushing insulator. The source of high voltage is proposed to be located inside the accelerator insulator with high voltage and intermediate electrodes mounted on it. This will reduce the facility height from 7 m to 3m and make it really compact and attractive for placing in a clinic. This will significantly increase the stability of the accelerator because the potential for intermediate electrodes can be fed directly from the relevant sections of the rectifier. PMID:26122976

  19. Measurements of the Flowfield Interaction Between Tandem Cylinders

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    Neuhart, Dan H.; Jenkins, Luther N.; Choudhari, Meelan M.; Khorrami, Mehdi R.

    2009-01-01

    This paper presents the most recent measurements from an ongoing investigation of the unsteady wake interference between a pair of circular cylinders in tandem. The purpose of this investigation is to help build an in-depth experimental database for this canonical flow configuration that embodies the effects of component interaction in landing gear noise. This new set of measurements augments the previous database at the primary Reynolds number (based on tunnel speed and cylinder diameter) of 1.66 105 in four important respects. First, better circumferential resolution of surface pressure fluctuations is obtained via cylinder "clocking". Second, higher resolution particle image velocimetry measurements of the shear layer separating from the cylinders are achieved. Third, the effects of simultaneous boundary layer trips along both the front and rear cylinders, versus front cylinder alone in the previous measurements, are studied. Lastly, on-surface and off-surface characteristics of unsteady flow near the "critical" cylinder spacing, wherein the flow switches intermittently between two states that are characteristic of lower and higher spacings, are examined. This critical spacing occurs in the middle of a relatively sudden change in the drag of either cylinder and is characterized by a loud intermittent noise and a flow behavior that randomly transitions between shear layer attachment to the rear cylinder and constant shedding and rollup in front of it. Analysis of this bistable flow state reveals much larger spanwise correlation lengths of surface pressure fluctuations than those at larger and smaller values of the cylinder spacing.

  20. Identification of degradation products of indigoids by tandem mass spectrometry.

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    Witkoś, Katarzyna; Lech, Katarzyna; Jarosz, Maciej

    2015-11-01

    The study concerns identification of photodegradation products of indigotin, indirubin and isoindigo. Experimental methodology consists of degradation of standard solutions of indigoids in a solar box and analysis of samples taken at different aging time by using capillary high-performance liquid chromatography coupled with electrospray ionization tandem mass spectrometric and spectrophotometric detectors. Identification of the formed compounds was based on careful interpretation of the electrospray ionization MS/MS spectra. Apart from the well-known degradation products of indigoids: isatin, isatoic anhydride and anthranilic acid, another seven species were also identified, and their proposed structures were confirmed by high-resolution molecular masses measurements; according to the best knowledge of authors, they have not been reported so far. The obtained results formed the basis for postulating mechanism of the process. Moreover, the MRM (Multiple Reaction Monitoring) method was developed for the identification of natural dyes and their degradation products in textiles of historical value. Apart from such colorants as indigotin and flavonoids, also presence of degradation products of indigoids was confirmed. PMID:26505769

  1. Trienamines in asymmetric organocatalysis: Diels-Alder and tandem reactions.

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    Jia, Zhi-Jun; Jiang, Hao; Li, Jun-Long; Gschwend, Björn; Li, Qing-Zhu; Yin, Xiang; Grouleff, Julie; Chen, Ying-Chun; Jørgensen, Karl Anker

    2011-04-01

    The discovery of a novel activation mode provided by organocatalysis is presented. It is demonstrated that the merger of optically active secondary amines and polyenals generates reactive trienamine intermediates, which readily participate in Diels-Alder reactions with different classes of dienophiles, hence, providing a facile entry to highly complex molecular frameworks with excellent stereocontrol. For the Diels-Alder reactions with 3-olefinic oxindoles, spirocyclic oxidoles are formed in high yields, and with enantioselectivities in the range of 94-98% ee. It is demonstrated, that some of these products can be transformed into the hexahydrofuro[2,3-b]indole fragment. The organocatalytic trienamine concept has been extended to also include Diels-Alder reactions of olefins substituted with cyanoacetates providing multifunctional cyclohexenes with three contiguous stereocenters in high yield and good stereocontrol. The novelty of this activation strategy lies within the perfect chirality relay over a distance of up to eight bonds. Moreover, we also present the first trienamine tandem reaction by combining trienamine catalysis with enamine activation. In addition to the experimental results, a detailed mechanistic survey is also provided including NMR spectroscopic studies and calculations of the reactive trienamine intermediates, rationalizing the origin of stereochemistry. PMID:21405125

  2. Evolutionary Footprints of Short Tandem Repeats in Avian Promoters.

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    Abe, Hideaki; Gemmell, Neil J

    2016-01-01

    Short tandem repeats (STRs) or microsatellites are well-known sequence elements that may change the spacing between transcription factor binding sites (TFBSs) in promoter regions by expansion or contraction of repetitive units. Some of these mutations have the potential to contribute to phenotypic diversity by altering patterns of gene expression. To explore how repetitive sequence motifs within promoters have evolved in avian lineages under mutation-selection balance, more than 400 evolutionary conserved STRs (ecSTRs) were identified in this study by comparing the 2?kb upstream promoter sequences of chicken against those of other birds (turkey, duck, zebra finch, and flycatcher). The rate of conservation was significantly higher in AG dinucleotide repeats than in AC or AT repeats, with the expansion of AG motifs being noticeably constrained in passerines. Analysis of the relative distance between ecSTRs and TFBSs revealed a significantly higher rate of conserved TFBSs in the vicinity of ecSTRs in both chicken-duck and chicken-passerine comparisons. Our comparative study provides a novel insight into which intrinsic factors have influenced the degree of constraint on repeat expansion/contraction during avian promoter evolution. PMID:26766026

  3. Evolutionary Footprints of Short Tandem Repeats in Avian Promoters

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    Abe, Hideaki; Gemmell, Neil J.

    2016-01-01

    Short tandem repeats (STRs) or microsatellites are well-known sequence elements that may change the spacing between transcription factor binding sites (TFBSs) in promoter regions by expansion or contraction of repetitive units. Some of these mutations have the potential to contribute to phenotypic diversity by altering patterns of gene expression. To explore how repetitive sequence motifs within promoters have evolved in avian lineages under mutation-selection balance, more than 400 evolutionary conserved STRs (ecSTRs) were identified in this study by comparing the 2?kb upstream promoter sequences of chicken against those of other birds (turkey, duck, zebra finch, and flycatcher). The rate of conservation was significantly higher in AG dinucleotide repeats than in AC or AT repeats, with the expansion of AG motifs being noticeably constrained in passerines. Analysis of the relative distance between ecSTRs and TFBSs revealed a significantly higher rate of conserved TFBSs in the vicinity of ecSTRs in both chicken-duck and chicken-passerine comparisons. Our comparative study provides a novel insight into which intrinsic factors have influenced the degree of constraint on repeat expansion/contraction during avian promoter evolution. PMID:26766026

  4. A tandem mirror hybrid plume plasma propulsion facility

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    Chang-Diaz, F. R.; Yang, T. F.; Krueger, W. A.; Peng, S.; Urbahn, J.; Yao, X.; Griffin, D.

    1988-01-01

    A concept in electrodeless plasma propulsion, which is also capable of delivering a variable Isp, is presented. The concept involves a three-stage system of plasma injection, heating, and subsequent ejection through a magnetic nozzle. The nozzle produces the hybrid plume by the coaxial injection of hypersonic neutral gas. The gas layer, thus formed, protects the material walls from the hot plasma and, through increased collisions, helps detach it from the diverging magnetic field. The physics of this concept is evaluated numerically through full spatial and temporal simulations; these explore the operating characteristics of such a device over a wide region of parameter space. An experimental facility to study the plasma dynamics in the hybrid plume was built. The device consists of a tandem mirror operating in an asymmetric mode. A later upgrade of this system will incorporate a cold plasma injector at one end of the machine. Initial experiments involve the full characterization of the operating envelope, as well as extensive measurements of plasma properties at the exhaust. The results of the numerical simulations are described.

  5. Transport Analysis of the Kinetically Stabilized Tandem Mirror

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    Pratt, J.; Kim, J.-H.; Horton, W.; Wong, H. V.; Fowler, T. K.

    2004-11-01

    We undertake a transport study for the Kinetically Stabilized Tandem Mirror (KSTM), an attractive magnetic confinement device for achieving a steady-state fusion burning experiment. For an MHD stable system, we investigate three different radial transport models with Bohm, gyroBohm, and ETG scaling. Numerical coefficients in the models are consistent with tokamak and stellarator databases, thus providing a conservative transport estimate. The well-known confinement improvement at high ? and steep ?-gradient is taken into account. The plug mirrors create an ambipolar potential that controls end losses, whereas radial losses are driven by drift wave turbulence, which also lowers the electron temperature via the ETG effect. We solve the radial transport equations using Pastukhov-type power and particle losses, with mirror ratio R=9 and with large density ratio between plug and central cell regions in order to achieve an ion potential ?i ? 2.3 Te = 6 Ti for high axial confinement. Profiles and total energy confinement times are calculated for a proof-of-principle experiment (L=7 m,B=0.28 T, R=1 m) and for a test reactor facility (L = 30 m to 80 m, B=3 T, R= 1 m). Work supported by DOE grant DE-FG02-04ER5474.

  6. Mechanical design of the Tandem Mirror Experiment Upgrade vacuum system

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    Lang, D.D.; Calderon, M.O.; Thomas, S.R.; Garner, D.R.

    1981-09-24

    The Tandem Mirror Experiment Upgrade (TMX Upgrade) vacuum system uses most of the vacuum system from the original TMX and substantially increases its capabilities. The vacuum system provides the main structure for the experimental apparatus, as well as providing and maintaining the vacuum environment. The vacuum vessel provides the structure supporting all magnets, as they are contained inside the vacuum vessel, all of the neutral-beam injectors, and the various diagnostics. The vessel provides the main vacuum enclosure and the various access ports required by the magnet system, injector system, internal vacuum system, and plasma diagnostics. The vacuum environment is created and maintained by two systems, the external vacuum system and the internal vacuum system. The external system consists of mechanical pumps, turbopumps, and cryopumps, and creates a vacuum inside the vessel down to a minimum pressure of 10/sup -6/ Torr. The internal vacuum system further reduces the pressure into the 10/sup -8/ Torr range and provides the fast pumping required to handle the excess gas from the neutral-beam injector system during a plasma shot. The internal vacuum system consists of titanium sublimators and liquid nitrogen (LN) liners that separate the vacuum vessel into various pumping regions.

  7. Vacuum vessel for the tandem Mirror Fusion Test Facility

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    Gerich, J.W.

    1986-03-10

    In 1980, the US Department of Energy gave the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory approval to design and build a tandem Mirror Fusion Test Facility (MFTF-B) to support the goals of the National Mirror Program. We designed the MFTF-B vacuum vessel both to maintain the required ultrahigh vacuum environment and to structurally support the 42 superconducting magnets plus auxiliary internal and external equipment. During our design work, we made extensive use of both simple and complex computer models to arrive at a cost-effective final configuration. As part of this work, we conducted a unique dynamic analysis to study the interaction of the 32,000-tonne concrete-shielding vault with the 2850-tonne vacuum vessel system. To maintain a vacuum of 2 x 10/sup -8/ torr during the physics experiments inside the vessel, we designed a vacuum pumping system of enormous capacity. The vacuum vessel (4200-m/sup 3/ internal volume) has been fabricated and erected, and acceptance tests have been completed at the Livermore site. The rest of the machine has been assembled, and individual systems have been successfully checked. On October 1, 1985, we began a series of integrated engineering tests to verify the operation of all components as a complete system.

  8. Tandem Affinity Purification in Drosophila Heads and Ovaries

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    Pepper, Anita; Bhogal, Balpreet; Jongens, Thomas

    2016-01-01

    Tandem affinity purification (TAP) (Pugi et al., 2001; Rigaut et al., 1999) is a method that uses a tagging approach of a target protein of interest for a two-step purification scheme in order to pull down protein complexes under native conditions and expression levels. The TAP tag consists of three components: a calmodulin-binding peptide, a Tobacco etch virus (TEV) protease cleavage site and Protein A which is an immunoglobulin G (IgG)-binding domain. This protocol was modified from the original methodology used in yeast cells (Pugi et al., 2001; Rigaut et al., 1999) for isolation of protein complexes from Drosophila heads and ovaries expressing a TAP tagged protein of interest. To determine in vivo binding partners of the Drosophila fragile X protein (dFMR1), we developed a transgenic strain of flies expressing a recombinant form of dFMR1 with a carboxy-terminal TAP tag (Tsai and Carstens, 2006). To ensure that the construct was expressed at wild-type levels, we engineered this form of the tagged protein in the context of a genomic rescue construct that rescued a mutant sterility phenotype. The purification process was performed using mild conditions to maintain native protein interactions. For TAP methods in Drosophila S2 cell culture, we have successfully used a protocol previously published by Tsai and Carstens (Tsai and Carstens, 2006; Bhogal et al., 2011).

  9. Tandem ion mobility spectrometry coupled to laser excitation.

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    Simon, Anne-Laure; Chirot, Fabien; Choi, Chang Min; Clavier, Christian; Barbaire, Marc; Maurelli, Jacques; Dagany, Xavier; MacAleese, Luke; Dugourd, Philippe

    2015-09-01

    This manuscript describes a new experimental setup that allows to perform tandem ion mobility spectrometry (IMS) measurements and which is coupled to a high resolution time-of-flight mass spectrometer. It consists of two 79 cm long drift tubes connected by a dual ion funnel assembly. The setup was built to permit laser irradiation of the ions in the transfer region between the two drift tubes. This geometry allows selecting ions according to their ion mobility in the first drift tube, to irradiate selected ions, and examine the ion mobility of the product ions in the second drift tube. Activation by collision is possible in the same region (between the two tubes) and between the second tube and the time-of-flight. IMS-IMS experiments on Ubiquitin are reported. We selected a given isomer of charge state +7 and explored its structural rearrangement following collisional activation between the two drift tubes. An example of IMS-laser-IMS experiment is reported on eosin Y, where laser irradiation was used to produce radical ions by electron photodetachment starting from doubly deprotonated species. This allowed measuring the collision cross section of the radical photo-product, which cannot be directly produced with an electrospray source. PMID:26429458

  10. Commonly used tag combinations for tandem affinity purification.

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    Li, Yifeng

    2010-02-01

    TAP (tandem affinity purification) allows rapid and clean isolation of a tagged protein along with its interacting partners from cell lysates. Initially developed in yeast, the TAP method has subsequently been adapted to other cells and organisms. In combination with MS analysis, this method has become an indispensable tool for systematic identification of target-associated protein complexes. The key feature of TAP is the use of a dual-affinity tag, which is fused to the protein of interest. The original TAP tag consisted of two IgG-binding units of Protein A of Staphylococcus aureus and the calmodulin-binding peptide. As the technique has been widely exploited, a number of alternative TAP tags based on other affinity handles have been developed. The present review gives an overview of the various tag combinations for TAP with a highlight on those alternatives that result in improved yields or unique features. The information provided should assist in the selection and development of TAP tags for specific applications. PMID:20156193

  11. Measurements of Unsteady Wake Interference Between Tandem Cylinders

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    Jenkins, Luther N.; Neuhart, Dan H.; McGinley, Cahterine B.; Choudhari, Meelan M.; Khorrami, Mehdi R.

    2006-01-01

    A multi-phase, experimental study in the Basic Aerodynamics Research Tunnel at the NASA Langley Research Center has provided new insight into the unsteady flow interaction around cylinders in tandem arrangement. Phase 1 of the study characterized the mean and unsteady near-field flow around two cylinders of equal diameter using 2-D Particle Image Velocimetry (PIV) and hot-wire anemometry. These measurements were performed at a Reynolds number of 1.66 x 10(exp 5), based on cylinder diameter, and spacing-to-diameter ratios, L/D, of 1.435 and 3.7. The current phase, Phase 2, augments this dataset by characterizing the surface flow on the same configurations using steady and unsteady pressure measurements and surface flow visualization. Transition strips were applied to the front cylinder during both phases to produce a turbulent boundary layer upstream of the flow separation. For these flow conditions and L/D ratios, surface pressures on both the front and rear cylinders show the effects of L/D on flow symmetry, pressure recovery, and the location of flow separation and attachment. Mean streamlines and instantaneous vorticity obtained from the PIV data are used to explain the flow structure in the gap and near-wake regions and its relationship to the unsteady surface pressures. The combination of off-body and surface measurements provides a comprehensive dataset to develop and validate computational techniques for predicting the unsteady flow field at higher Reynolds numbers.

  12. Tandem Differential Mobility Analyzer/Aerodynamic Particle Sizer (APS) Handbook

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    Collins, D

    2010-06-18

    The tandem differential mobility analyzer (TDMA) is a single instrument that cycles through a series of complementary measurements of the physical properties of size-resolved submicron particles. In 2008, the TDMA was augmented through the addition of an aerodynamic particle sizer (APS), which extends the upper limit of the measured size distribution into the supermicron range. These two instruments are operated in parallel, but because they are controlled by a common computer and because the size distributions measured by the two are integrated in the produced datastreams, they are described together here. Throughout the day, the TDMA sequentially measures submicron aerosol size distributions and size-resolved hygroscopic growth distributions. More specifically, the instrument is operated as a scanning DMA to measure size distributions and as a TDMA to measure size-resolved hygroscopicity. A typical measurement sequence requires roughly 45 minutes. Each morning additional measurements are made of the relative humidity (RH) dependent hygroscopicity and temperature-dependent volatility of size-resolved particles. When the outside temperature and RH are within acceptable ranges, the hydration state of size-resolved particles is also characterized. The measured aerosol distributions complement the array of aerosol instruments in the Aerosol Observing System (AOS) and provide additional details of the light-scattering and cloud-nucleating characteristics of the aerosol.

  13. Tandem cathode for proton exchange membrane fuel cells.

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    Siahrostami, Samira; Bjrketun, Mrten E; Strasser, Peter; Greeley, Jeff; Rossmeisl, Jan

    2013-06-21

    The efficiency of proton exchange membrane fuel cells is limited mainly by the oxygen reduction reaction at the cathode. The large cathodic overpotential is caused by correlations between binding energies of reaction intermediates in the reduction of oxygen to water. This work introduces a novel tandem cathode design where the full oxygen reduction, involving four electron-transfer steps, is divided into formation (equilibrium potential 0.70 V) followed by reduction (equilibrium potential 1.76 V) of hydrogen peroxide. The two part reactions contain only two electron-transfer steps and one reaction intermediate each, and they occur on different catalyst surfaces. As a result they can be optimized independently and the fundamental problem associated with the four-electron catalysis is avoided. A combination of density functional theory calculations and published experimental data is used to identify potentially active and selective materials for both catalysts. Co-porphyrin is recommended for the first step, formation of hydrogen peroxide, and three different metal oxides - SrTiO3(100), CaTiO3(100) and WO3(100) - are suggested for the subsequent reduction step. PMID:23661187

  14. Aerodynamics of biplane and tandem wings at low Reynolds numbers

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    Jones, R.; Cleaver, D. J.; Gursul, I.

    2015-06-01

    Experiments were performed to investigate the aerodynamic characteristics of two-wing configurations at a low Reynolds number of 100,000. The wing models were rectangular flat plates with a semi-aspect ratio of two. The stagger between the wings was varied from ? X/c = 0 to 1.5; the gap was varied from ? Y/c = 0 to 2 and ? Y/c = -1.5 to 1.5 for biplane and tandem configurations, respectively, with the decalage angle fixed at 0. Lift, drag, aerodynamic efficiency and power efficiency ratios show that for small incidence angles, performance compared with the single wing is degraded. However, for single-wing post-stall angles of attack, lift performance improves and stall is delayed significantly for many configurations with nonzero gap, i.e., ? Y/c ? 0. For a fixed angle of attack, there are optimal gaps between the wings for which total lift becomes maximum. Particle image velocimetry measurements show that performance improvement relies heavily on the strength of the inter-wing flow and the interaction of the separated shear layers from the leading edge and trailing edge of the leading wing with the trailing wing. Unsteady forces are found to intensify for certain two-wing configurations. A switching between the stalled and unstalled states for the trailing wing as well as a switching between the merged and distinct wakes is shown to have high flow unsteadiness and large lift fluctuations.

  15. Comparative analysis of sequence features involved in the recognition of tandem splice sites

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    Bortfeldt, Ralf; Schindler, Stefanie; Szafranski, Karol; Schuster, Stefan; Holste, Dirk

    2008-01-01

    Background The splicing of pre-mRNAs is conspicuously often variable and produces multiple alternatively spliced (AS) isoforms that encode different messages from one gene locus. Computational studies uncovered a class of highly similar isoforms, which were related to tandem 5'-splice sites (5'ss) and 3'-splice sites (3'ss), yet with very sparse anecdotal evidence in experimental studies. To compare the types and levels of alternative tandem splice site exons occurring in different human organ systems and cell types, and to study known sequence features involved in the recognition and distinction of neighboring splice sites, we performed large-scale, stringent alignments of cDNA sequences and ESTs to the human and mouse genomes, followed by experimental validation. Results We analyzed alternative 5'ss exons (A5Es) and alternative 3'ss exons (A3Es), derived from transcript sequences that were aligned to assembled genome sequences to infer patterns of AS occurring in several thousands of genes. Comparing the levels of overlapping (tandem) and non-overlapping (competitive) A5Es and A3Es, a clear preference of isoforms was seen for tandem acceptors and donors, with four nucleotides and three to six nucleotides long exon extensions, respectively. A subset of inferred A5E tandem exons was selected and experimentally validated. With the focus on A5Es, we investigated their transcript coverage, sequence conservation and base-paring to U1 snRNA, proximal and distal splice site classification, candidate motifs for cis-regulatory activity, and compared A5Es with A3Es, constitutive and pseudo-exons, in H. sapiens and M. musculus. The results reveal a small but authentic enriched set of tandem splice site preference, with specific distances between proximal and distal 5'ss (3'ss), which showed a marked dichotomy between the levels of in- and out-of-frame splicing for A5Es and A3Es, respectively, identified a number of candidate NMD targets, and allowed a rough estimation of a number of undetected tandem donors based on splice site information. Conclusion This comparative study distinguishes tandem 5'ss and 3'ss, with three to six nucleotides long extensions, as having unusually high proportions of AS, experimentally validates tandem donors in a panel of different human tissues, highlights the dichotomy in the types of AS occurring at tandem splice sites, and elucidates that human alternative exons spliced at overlapping 5'ss posses features of typical splice variants that could well be beneficial for the cell. PMID:18447903

  16. High Fractional Occupancy of a Tandem Maf Recognition Element and Its Role in Long-Range β-Globin Gene Regulation.

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    Stees, Jared R; Hossain, Mir A; Sunose, Tomoki; Kudo, Yasushi; Pardo, Carolina E; Nabilsi, Nancy H; Darst, Russell P; Poudyal, Rosha; Igarashi, Kazuhiko; Huang, Suming; Kladde, Michael P; Bungert, Jörg

    2015-01-01

    Enhancers and promoters assemble protein complexes that ultimately regulate the recruitment and activity of RNA polymerases. Previous work has shown that at least some enhancers form stable protein complexes, leading to the formation of enhanceosomes. We analyzed protein-DNA interactions in the murine β-globin gene locus using the methyltransferase accessibility protocol for individual templates (MAPit). The data show that a tandem Maf recognition element (MARE) in locus control region (LCR) hypersensitive site 2 (HS2) reveals a remarkably high degree of occupancy during differentiation of mouse erythroleukemia cells. Most of the other transcription factor binding sites in LCR HS2 or in the adult β-globin gene promoter regions exhibit low fractional occupancy, suggesting highly dynamic protein-DNA interactions. Targeting of an artificial zinc finger DNA-binding domain (ZF-DBD) to the HS2 tandem MARE caused a reduction in the association of MARE-binding proteins and transcription complexes at LCR HS2 and the adult βmajor-globin gene promoter but did not affect expression of the βminor-globin gene. The data demonstrate that a stable MARE-associated footprint in LCR HS2 is important for the recruitment of transcription complexes to the adult βmajor-globin gene promoter during erythroid cell differentiation. PMID:26503787

  17. Simultaneous quantification of atenolol and chlorthalidone in human plasma by ultra-performance liquid chromatography-tandem mass spectrometry.

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    Shah, Jaivik V; Patel, Daxesh P; Shah, Priyanka A; Sanyal, Mallika; Shrivastav, Pranav S

    2016-02-01

    A simple, sensitive and reproducible ultra-performance liquid chromatography-tandem mass spectrometry method has been developed for the simultaneous determination of atenolol, a ?-adrenergic receptor-blocker and chlorthalidone, a monosulfonamyl diuretic in human plasma, using atenolol-d7 and chlorthalidone-d4 as the internal standards (ISs). Following solid-phase extraction on Phenomenex Strata-X cartridges using 100??L human plasma sample, the analytes and ISs were separated on an Acquity UPLC BEH C18 (50?mm??2.1?mm, 1.7?m) column using a mobile phase consisting of 0.1% formic acid-acetonitrile (25:75, v/v). A tandem mass spectrometer equipped with electrospray ionization was used as a detector in the positive ionization mode for both analytes. The linear concentration range was established as 0.50-500?ng/mL for atenolol and 0.25-150?ng/mL for chlorthalidone. Extraction recoveries were within 95-103% and ion suppression/enhancement, expressed as IS-normalized matrix factors, ranged from 0.95 to 1.06 for both the analytes. Intra-batch and inter-batch precision (CV) and accuracy values were 2.37-5.91 and 96.1-103.2%, respectively. Stability of analytes in plasma was evaluated under different conditions, such as bench-top, freeze-thaw, dry and wet extract and long-term. The developed method was superior to the existing methods for the simultaneous determination of atenolol and chlorthalidone in human plasma with respect to the sensitivity, chromatographic analysis time and plasma volume for processing. Further, it was successfully applied to support a bioequivalence study of 50?mg atenolol?+?12.5?mg chlorthalidone in 28 healthy Indian subjects. Copyright 2015 John Wiley & Sons, Ltd. PMID:26096961

  18. Determination of triapine, a ribonucleotide reductase inhibitor, in human plasma by liquid chromatography tandem mass spectrometry.

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    Feng, Ye; Kunos, Charles A; Xu, Yan

    2015-09-01

    Triapine is an inhibitor of ribonucleotide reductase (RNR). Studies have shown that triapine significantly decreases the activity of RNR and enhanced the radiation-mediated cytotoxicity in cervical and colon cancer. In this work, we have developed and validated a selective and sensitive LC-MS/MS method for the determination of triapine in human plasma. In this method, 2-[(3-fluoro-2-pyridinyl)methylene] hydrazinecarbothioamide (NSC 266749) was used as the internal standard (IS); plasma samples were prepared by deproteinization with acetonitrile; tripaine and the IS were separated on a Waters Xbridge Shield RP18 column (3.5 m; 2.1 50 mm) using a mobile phase containing 25.0% methanol and 75.0% ammonium bicarbonate buffer (10.0 mM, pH 8.50; v/v); column eluate was monitored by positive turbo-ionspray tandem mass spectrometry; and quantitation of triapine was carried out in multiple-reaction-monitoring mode. The method developed had a linear calibration range of 0.250-50.0 ng/mL with correlation coefficient of 0.999 for triapine in human plasma. The IS-normalized recovery and the IS-normalized matrix factor of triapine were 101-104% and 0.89-1.05, respectively. The accuracy expressed as percentage error and precision expressed as coefficient of variation were ?6 and ?8%, respectively. The validated LC-MS/MS method was applied to the measurement of triapine in patient samples from a phase I clinical trial. PMID:25677991

  19. Analysis of Steroidal Estrogens as Pyridine-3-sulfonyl Derivatives by Liquid Chromatography Electrospray Tandem Mass Spectrometry

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    Xu, Li; Spink, David C.

    2008-01-01

    Sulfonyl chlorides substituted with functional groups having high proton affinity can serve as derivatization reagents to enhance the sensitivity for steroidal estrogens in liquid chromatography electrospray ionization tandem mass spectrometry (LC-ESI-MS/MS). The most commonly used reagent for derivatization of estrogens for LC-ESI-MS/MS is dansyl chloride. In this study, we compared dansyl chloride, 1,2-dimethylimidazole-4-sulfonyl (DMIS) chloride, pyridine-3-sulfonyl (PS) chloride, and 4-(1H-pyrazol-1-yl)benzenesulfonyl (PBS) chloride for derivatization of 17?-estradiol (E2) prior to LC-ESI-MS/MS. The product ion spectra of the dansyl and DMIS derivatives were dominated by ions representing derivatization reagent moieties. In contrast, the product ion spectrum of the PS derivative of E2 and, to a lesser extent, the PBS derivative, showed analyte-specific fragment ions. Derivatization with PS chloride was therefore chosen for further investigation. The product ion spectrum of the PS derivative of E2 showed intense ions at m/z 272, assigned to the radical E2 cation, and at m/z 350, attributed to the loss of SO2 from the [M+H]+ ion. Third-stage mass spectrometry of the PS derivative of E2 with isolation and collisional activation of the m/z 272 ion resulted in steroid C and D ring cleavages analogous to those observed in electron ionization mass spectrometry. The product ion spectra of the PS derivatives of estrone, 17?-ethinylestradiol, equilin, and equilenin showed similar estrogen-specific ions. Using derivatization with PS chloride, we developed an LC-ESI-MS/MS method with multiple reaction monitoring of primary and confirmatory precursor-to-product ion transitions for the determination of E2 in serum. PMID:18162162

  20. Experimental study on instantaneous thrust and lift of two plunging wings in tandem

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    Gong, Wu Qi; Jia, Bo Bo; Xi, Guang

    2016-01-01

    Two tandem wings undergoing a two-dimensional sinusoidal plunging motion are studied in a low Reynolds number water tunnel. The influence of the phase angle and leading-edge vortex (LEV) on the peak value of the instantaneous thrust and lift is studied. The instantaneous lift and thrust are measured by a force sensor; the velocity and vorticity fields are captured by digital particle image velocimetry. For the forewing, noticeable differences at various phase angles are found in the peak value of the instantaneous lift and thrust rather than in their minimum value. The LEV of the hindwing increased the maximum effective angle of attack of the forewing and enhanced the jet-like flow behind the forewing, which accounts for the increase in peak value. For the hindwing, the phase angle determines the sign of the forewing-shed LEV when the hindwing encounters this LEV. If the forewing-shed LEV before the leading edge of the hindwing has the opposite sense of rotation as the LEV of the hindwing, the velocity of the flow on the windward side of the hindwing increases, resulting in high instantaneous thrust and lift. If the two LEVs have the same sense of rotation, the forewing-shed LEV hinders the growth of the hindwing LEV because of the small effective angle of attack, leading to low instantaneous thrust and lift. Non-circulatory forces on the wings are calculated according to a potential flow model. Results show that the non-circulatory force has important effects on the peak value and symmetry of the instantaneous lift and thrust curves.

  1. Applicability of ultra-performance liquid chromatography-tandem mass spectrometry for heroin profiling.

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    Lurie, Ira S; Toske, Steven G

    2008-04-25

    The applicability of ultra- performance liquid chromatography tandem-mass spectrometry (UPLC-MS/MS) for heroin profiling is described. The coupling of the high separation power of UPLC with the highly selective and sensitive detection of MS/MS is well suited for heroin profiling. An Acquity UPLC BEH C18 1.7 microm particle column (100 mm x 2.1mm) with binary gradients containing 1% formic acid (pH 2.0) or 10 mM ammonium bicarbonate (pH 10.0)/acetonitrile mixtures was investigated for the profiling. For MS/MS detection, an atmospheric pressure positive electrospray source was employed with multiple reaction monitoring (MRM). MRMs for individual basic impurities were generated for heroin profiling using low and high pH mobile phases, while MRMs for neutral impurities were generated using a high pH mobile phase. Compared to a pH 2.2 mobile phase, the use of a pH 10 mobile phase allowed for significantly greater sample loading, major selectivity differences, and lower MRM sensitivity. UPLC-MS/MS allowed for the highly selective and sensitive detection of many of the targeted solutes in seized heroin exhibits. Basic impurities detected included morphine, codeine, noscapine, papaverine and the previously unreported solutes reticuline, reticuline monoacetate (2 products), reticuline diacetate, narceine, codamine, laudanidine, cryptopine, laudanosine, and norlaudanosine. Neutral impurities found included N,3,6-triacetylnormorphine, N-acetylnorcodeine, N-acetylnornarcotine, 3,6-dimethoxy-4-acetyloxy-5-[2-(N-methylacetamido)]-ethylphenanthrene, and cis-n-acetylanhydronornarceine. The detection of these impurities, at levels as low as 10(-6)% w/w should allow for greatly enhanced heroin profiles. PMID:18374345

  2. Tandem Benzophenone Amino Pyridines, Potent and Selective Inhibitors of Human Leukotriene C4 Synthase.

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    Kleinschmidt, Thea K; Haraldsson, Martin; Basavarajappa, Devaraj; Lundeberg, Erik; Thulasingam, Madhuranayaki; Ekoff, Maria; Fauland, Alexander; Lehmann, Christoph; Kahnt, Astrid S; Lindbom, Lennart; Haeggstrm, Jesper Z

    2015-10-01

    Cysteinyl leukotrienes (cys-LTs) are lipid mediators of inflammation. The enzyme catalyzing synthesis of cys-LTs, leukotriene C4 synthase (LTC4S), is considered an important drug target. Here we report the synthesis and characterization of three tandem benzophenone amino pyridines as inhibitors of LTC4S in vitro and in vivo. The inhibitors were characterized in vitro using recombinant human LTC4S, MonoMac 6 cells, and a panel of peripheral human immune cells. In vivo, the compounds were tested in the Zymosan A-induced peritonitis mouse model. The molecules, denoted TK04, TK04a, and TK05, were potent and selective inhibitors of LTC4S with IC50 values of 116, 124, and 95 nM, respectively. Molecular docking revealed binding in a hydrophobic crevice between two enzyme monomers and interaction with two catalytic residues, Arg104 and Arg31. The TK compounds potently inhibited cys-LT biosynthesis in immune cells. In coincubations of platelets and polymorphonuclear leukocytes, inhibition of LTC4S led to shunting of LTA4 toward anti-inflammatory lipoxin A4, which was significantly enhanced by simultaneous inhibition of LTA4H. Finally, we found that TK05 (6 mg?kg(-1)?body weight) reduces LTE4 levels in peritoneal lavage fluid by 88% and significantly decreases vascular permeability in vivo. Our findings indicate that the TK compounds are valuable experimental tools in eicosanoid research in vitro and in vivo. Their chemical structures may serve as leads for further inhibitor design. Novel drugs depleting cys-LT production could be beneficial for treatment of inflammatory diseases associated with overexpression of LTC4S. PMID:26283693

  3. 10.2% power conversion efficiency polymer tandem solar cells consisting of two identical sub-cells.

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    You, Jingbi; Chen, Chun-Chao; Hong, Ziruo; Yoshimura, Ken; Ohya, Kenichiro; Xu, Run; Ye, Shenglin; Gao, Jing; Li, Gang; Yang, Yang

    2013-08-01

    Polymer tandem solar cells with 10.2% power conversion efficiency are demonstrated via stacking two PDTP-DFBT:PC?? BM bulk heterojunctions, connected by MoO?/PEDOT:PSS/ZnO as an interconnecting layer. The tandem solar cells increase the power conversion efficiency of the PDTP-DFBT:PC?? BM system from 8.1% to 10.2%, successfully demonstrating polymer tandem solar cells with identical sub-cells of double-digit efficiency. PMID:23716123

  4. Deep Conservation of Human Protein Tandem Repeats within the Eukaryotes

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    Schaper, Elke; Gascuel, Olivier; Anisimova, Maria

    2014-01-01

    Tandem repeats (TRs) are a major element of protein sequences in all domains of life. They are particularly abundant in mammals, where by conservative estimates one in three proteins contain a TR. High generation-scale duplication and deletion rates were reported for nucleic TR units. However, it is not known whether protein TR units can also be frequently lost or gained providing a source of variation for rapid adaptation of protein function, or alternatively, tend to have conserved TR unit configurations over long evolutionary times. To obtain a systematic picture, we performed a proteome-wide analysis of the mode of evolution for human protein TRs. For this purpose, we propose a novel method for the detection of orthologous TRs based on circular profile hidden Markov models. For all detected TRs, we reconstructed bispecies TR unit phylogenies across 61 eukaryotes ranging from human to yeast. Moreover, we performed additional analyses to correlate functional and structural annotations of human TRs with their mode of evolution. Surprisingly, we find that the vast majority of human TRs are ancient, with TR unit number and order preserved intact since distant speciation events. For example, ≥61% of all human TRs have been strongly conserved at least since the root of all mammals, approximately 300 Ma. Further, we find no human protein TR that shows evidence for strong recent duplications and deletions. The results are in contrast to the high generation-scale mutability of nucleic TRs. Presumably, most protein TRs fold into stable and conserved structures that are indispensable for the function of the TR-containing protein. All of our data and results are available for download from http://www.atgc-montpellier.fr/TRE. PMID:24497029

  5. Tandem Mass Spectrometry of Modified and Platinated Oligoribonucleotides

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    Nyakas, Adrien; Stucki, Silvan R.; Schrch, Stefan

    2011-05-01

    Therapeutic approaches for treatment of various diseases aim at the interruption of transcription or translation. Modified oligonucleotides, such as 2'- O-methyl- and methylphosphonate-derivatives, exhibit high resistance against cellular nucleases, thus rendering application for, e.g., antigene or antisense purposes possible. Other approaches are based on administration of cross-linking agents, such as cis-diamminedichloroplatinum(II) (cisplatin, DDP), which is still the most widely used anticancer drug worldwide. Due to the formation of 1,2-intrastrand cross links at adjacent guanines, replication of the double-strand is disturbed, thus resulting in significant cytotoxicity. Evidence for the gas-phase dissociation mechanism of platinated RNA is given, based on nano-electrospray ionization high-resolution multistage tandem mass spectrometry (MS n ). Confirmation was found by investigating the fragmentation pattern of platinated and unplatinated 2'-methoxy oligoribonucleotide hexamers and their corresponding methylphosphonate derivatives. Platinated 2'-methoxy oligoribonucleotides exhibit a similar gas-phase dissociation behavior as the corresponding DNA and RNA sequences, with the 3'-C-O bond adjacent to the vicinal guanines being cleaved preferentially, leading to wx-ion formation. By examination of the corresponding platinated methylphosphonate derivatives of the 2'-methoxy oligoribonucleotides, the key role of the negatively charged phosphate oxygen atoms in direct proximity to the guanines was proven. The significant alteration of fragmentation due to platination is demonstrated by comparison of the fragment ion patterns of unplatinated and platinated 2'- O-methyl- and 2'- O-methyl methylphosphonate oligoribonucleotides, and the results obtained by H/D exchange experiments.

  6. Flow and noise predictions for the tandem cylinder aeroacoustic benchmarka)

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    Brs, Guillaume A.; Freed, David; Wessels, Michael; Noelting, Swen; Prot, Franck

    2012-03-01

    Flow and noise predictions for the tandem cylinder benchmark are performed using lattice Boltzmann and Ffowcs Williams-Hawkings methods. The numerical results are compared to experimental measurements from the Basic Aerodynamic Research Tunnel and Quiet Flow Facility (QFF) at NASA Langley Research Center. The present study focuses on two configurations: the first configuration corresponds to the typical setup with uniform inflow and spanwise periodic boundary condition. To investigate installation effects, the second configuration matches the QFF setup and geometry, including the rectangular open jet nozzle, and the two vertical side plates mounted in the span to support the test models. For both simulations, the full span of 16 cylinder diameters is simulated, matching the experimental dimensions. Overall, good agreement is obtained with the experimental surface data, flow field, and radiated noise measurements. In particular, the presence of the side plates significantly reduces the excessive spanwise coherence observed with periodic boundary conditions and improves the predictions of the tonal peak amplitude in the far-field noise spectra. Inclusion of the contributions from the side plates in the calculation of the radiated noise shows an overall increase in the predicted spectra and directivity, leading to a better match with the experimental measurements. The measured increase is about 1 to 2 dB at the main shedding frequency and harmonics, and is likely caused by reflections on the spanwise side plates. The broadband levels are also slightly higher by about 2 to 3 dB, likely due to the shear layers from the nozzle exit impacting the side plates.

  7. Familial Lymphoproliferative Malignancies and Tandem Duplication of NF1 Gene

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    Fernandes, Gustavo; Souto, Mirela; Costa, Frederico; Oliveira, Edite; Garicochea, Bernardo

    2014-01-01

    Background. Neurofibromatosis type 1 is a genetic disorder caused by loss-of-function mutations in a tumor suppressor gene (NF1) which codifies the protein neurofibromin. The frequent genetic alterations that modify neurofibromin function are deletions and insertions. Duplications are rare and phenotype in patients bearing duplication of NF1 gene is thought to be restricted to developmental abnormalities, with no reference to cancer susceptibility in these patients. We evaluated a patient who presented with few clinical signs of neurofibromatosis type 1 and a conspicuous personal and familiar history of different types of cancer, especially lymphoproliferative malignancies. The coding region of the NF-1 gene was analyzed by real-time polymerase chain reaction and direct sequencing. Multiplex ligation-dependent probe amplification was performed to detect the number of mutant copies. The NF1 gene analysis showed the following alterations: mosaic duplication of NF1, TRAF4, and MYO1D. Fluorescence in situ hybridization using probes (RP5-1002G3 and RP5-92689) flanking NF1 gene in 17q11.2 and CEP17 for 17q11.11.1 was performed. There were three signals (RP5-1002G3conRP5-92689) in the interphases analyzed and two signals (RP5-1002G3conRP5-92689) in 93% of cells. These findings show a tandem duplication of 17q11.2. Conclusion. The case suggests the possibility that NF1 gene duplication may be associated with a phenotype characterized by lymphoproliferative disorders. PMID:25580325

  8. Ion-molecule adduct formation in tandem mass spectrometry.

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    Alechaga, lida; Moyano, Encarnacin; Galceran, Maria Teresa

    2016-02-01

    Nowadays most LC-MS methods rely on tandem mass spectrometry not only for quantitation and confirmation of compounds by multiple reaction monitoring (MRM), but also for the identification of unknowns from their product ion spectra. However, gas-phase reactions between charged and neutral species inside the mass analyzer can occur, yielding product ions at m/z values higher than that of the precursor ion, or at m/z values difficult to explain by logical losses, which complicate mass spectral interpretation. In this work, the formation of adduct ions in the mass analyzer was studied using several mass spectrometers with different mass analyzers (ion trap, triple quadrupole, and quadrupole-Orbitrap). Heterocyclic amines (A?C, MeA?C, Trp-P-1, and Trp-P-2), photo-initiators (BP and THBP), and pharmaceuticals (phenacetin and levamisole) were selected as model compounds and infused in LCQ Classic, TSQ Quantum Ultra AM, and Q-Exactive Orbitrap (ThermoFisher Scientific) mass spectrometers using electrospray as ionization method. The generation of ion-molecule adducts depended on the compound and also on the instrument employed. Adducts with neutral organic solvents (methanol and acetonitrile) were only observed in the ion trap instrument (LCQ Classic), because of the ionization source on-axis configuration and the lack of gas-phase barriers, which allowed inertial entrance of the neutrals into the analyzer. Adduct formation (only with water) in the triple quadrupole instruments was less abundant than in the ion trap and quadrupole-Orbitrap mass spectrometers, because of the lower residence time of the reactive product ions in the mass analyzer. The moisture level of the CID and/or damper gas had a great effect in beam-like mass analyzers such as triple quadrupole, but not in trap-like mass analyzers, probably because of the long residence time that allowed adduct formation even with very low concentrations of water inside the mass spectrometer. Graphical abstract ?. PMID:26700446

  9. Flow around two tandem square cylinders near a plane wall

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    Wang, X. K.; Hao, Z.; Zhang, J.-X.; Tan, S. K.

    2014-10-01

    An experimental study has been conducted to investigate the flow around two identical square cylinders in tandem arrangement and placed near a plane wall at a Reynolds number of 6,300. The inter-cylinder spacing ratio was varied from S * = 0.5 to 6, and the cylinder-to-wall gap ratio from G * = 0.25 to 2. Totally, 42 cases were considered to systematically examine the effects of wall proximity and the mutual interference between the two cylinders in the normalized gap-spacing ( G *- S *) plane. The flow fields were captured using digital particle image velocimetry, in conjunction with measurements of the fluid forces (drag and lift) acting on the downstream cylinder using a piezoelectric load cell. The results show that the flow is highly dependent on the combined values of G * and S *. Categories relating to G * could be broadly classified as small-gap regime ( G * < 0.5) at which periodic vortex shedding from the cylinders is suppressed, intermediate-gap regime (0.5 < G * < 1) where vortex shedding occurs but is under the influence of the wall proximity, and large-gap regime ( G * > 1) where the wall effects become negligible. Similarly, the flow interference between the two cylinders can be divided into three basic categories as a function of S *, namely, shielding regime at S * < 1, reattachment regime at 1 < S * < 3, and impinging regime at S * > 3. Variations of force coefficients, amplitude spectra, Strouhal numbers, and Reynolds shear stress with G * and S * are presented to characterize the different flow regimes.

  10. Performance-improved thin-film a-Si:H/μc-Si:H tandem solar cells by two-dimensionally nanopatterning photoactive layer

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    2014-01-01

    Tandem solar cells consisting of amorphous and microcrystalline silicon junctions with the top junction nanopatterned as a two-dimensional photonic crystal are studied. Broadband light trapping, detailed electron/hole transport, and photocurrent matching modulation are considered. It is found that the absorptances of both junctions can be significantly increased by properly engineering the duty cycles and pitches of the photonic crystal; however, the photocurrent enhancement is always unevenly distributed in the junctions, leading to a relatively high photocurrent mismatch. Further considering an optimized intermediate layer and device resistances, the optimally matched photocurrent approximately 12.74 mA/cm2 is achieved with a light-conversion efficiency predicted to be 12.67%, exhibiting an enhancement of over 27.72% compared to conventional planar configuration. PMID:24521244

  11. Performance-improved thin-film a-Si:H/?c-Si:H tandem solar cells by two-dimensionally nanopatterning photoactive layer.

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    Zhang, Cheng; Li, Xiaofeng; Shang, Aixue; Zhan, Yaohui; Yang, Zhenhai; Wu, Shaolong

    2014-01-01

    Tandem solar cells consisting of amorphous and microcrystalline silicon junctions with the top junction nanopatterned as a two-dimensional photonic crystal are studied. Broadband light trapping, detailed electron/hole transport, and photocurrent matching modulation are considered. It is found that the absorptances of both junctions can be significantly increased by properly engineering the duty cycles and pitches of the photonic crystal; however, the photocurrent enhancement is always unevenly distributed in the junctions, leading to a relatively high photocurrent mismatch. Further considering an optimized intermediate layer and device resistances, the optimally matched photocurrent approximately 12.74mA/cm2 is achieved with a light-conversion efficiency predicted to be 12.67%, exhibiting an enhancement of over 27.72% compared to conventional planar configuration. PMID:24521244

  12. Fixed-wavelength R2PI/tandem mass spectrometry for mixture analysis in the quadrupole ion trap

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    Goeringer, D.E.; Glish, G.L.; McLuckey, S.A.

    1991-01-01

    Many aromatic molecules have strong absorption bands in the uv which are rather broad at room temperature; the ionization potentials for many such polyatomics are also often less than 9 eV. Therefore, they can be ionized with high efficiency by resonance enhanced two-photon ionization (R2PI) using the frequency-quadrupled output of the Nd:YAG laser at 266 nm (4.7 eV). Because the degree of fragmentation accompanying R2PI is a function of laser power, mass spectrometric analysis of such fragments also can often improve the specificity of the overall analysis. However, in the case of organic mixture analysis, the complexity of R2PI/fragmentation mass spectra may compromise compound identification tandem mass spectrometry (MS/MS) can also enhance the specificity of analysis over that provided by a single stage of mass spectrometry. Although R2PI/fragmentation and MS/MS can yield complementary data, situations may often occur in which the spectra reveal no unique structural information. Nevertheless, the combination of R2PI and MS/MS can still provide an advantage over the use of R2PI alone.

  13. Organic-inorganic halide perovskite/crystalline silicon four-terminal tandem solar cells.

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    Lper, Philipp; Moon, Soo-Jin; de Nicolas, Slvia Martn; Niesen, Bjoern; Ledinsky, Martin; Nicolay, Sylvain; Bailat, Julien; Yum, Jun-Ho; De Wolf, Stefaan; Ballif, Christophe

    2015-01-21

    Tandem solar cells constructed from a crystalline silicon (c-Si) bottom cell and a low-cost top cell offer a promising way to ensure long-term price reductions of photovoltaic modules. We present a four-terminal tandem solar cell consisting of a methyl ammonium lead triiodide (CH3NH3PbI3) top cell and a c-Si heterojunction bottom cell. The CH3NH3PbI3 top cell exhibits broad-band transparency owing to its design free of metallic components and yields a transmittance of >55% in the near-infrared spectral region. This allows the generation of a short-circuit current density of 13.7 mA cm(-2) in the bottom cell. The four-terminal tandem solar cell yields an efficiency of 13.4% (top cell: 6.2%, bottom cell: 7.2%), which is a gain of 1.8%abs with respect to the reference single-junction CH3NH3PbI3 solar cell with metal back contact. We employ the four-terminal tandem solar cell for a detailed investigation of the optical losses and to derive guidelines for further efficiency improvements. Based on a power loss analysis, we estimate that tandem efficiencies of ?28% are attainable using an optically optimized system based on current technology, whereas a fully optimized, ultimate device with matched current could yield up to 31.6%. PMID:25437303

  14. Generation of Tandem Direct Duplications by Reversed-Ends Transposition of Maize Ac Elements

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    Peterson, Thomas

    2013-01-01

    Tandem direct duplications are a common feature of the genomes of eukaryotes ranging from yeast to human, where they comprise a significant fraction of copy number variations. The prevailing model for the formation of tandem direct duplications is non-allelic homologous recombination (NAHR). Here we report the isolation of a series of duplications and reciprocal deletions isolated de novo from a maize allele containing two Class II Ac/Ds transposons. The duplication/deletion structures suggest that they were generated by alternative transposition reactions involving the termini of two nearby transposable elements. The deletion/duplication breakpoint junctions contain 8 bp target site duplications characteristic of Ac/Ds transposition events, confirming their formation directly by an alternative transposition mechanism. Tandem direct duplications and reciprocal deletions were generated at a relatively high frequency (∼0.5 to 1%) in the materials examined here in which transposons are positioned nearby each other in appropriate orientation; frequencies would likely be much lower in other genotypes. To test whether this mechanism may have contributed to maize genome evolution, we analyzed sequences flanking Ac/Ds and other hAT family transposons and identified three small tandem direct duplications with the structural features predicted by the alternative transposition mechanism. Together these results show that some class II transposons are capable of directly inducing tandem sequence duplications, and that this activity has contributed to the evolution of the maize genome. PMID:23966872

  15. Ab initio detection of fuzzy amino acid tandem repeats in protein sequences

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    2012-01-01

    Background Tandem repetitions within protein amino acid sequences often correspond to regular secondary structures and form multi-repeat 3D assemblies of varied size and function. Developing internal repetitions is one of the evolutionary mechanisms that proteins employ to adapt their structure and function under evolutionary pressure. While there is keen interest in understanding such phenomena, detection of repeating structures based only on sequence analysis is considered an arduous task, since structure and function is often preserved even under considerable sequence divergence (fuzzy tandem repeats). Results In this paper we present PTRStalker, a new algorithm for ab-initio detection of fuzzy tandem repeats in protein amino acid sequences. In the reported results we show that by feeding PTRStalker with amino acid sequences from the UniProtKB/Swiss-Prot database we detect novel tandemly repeated structures not captured by other state-of-the-art tools. Experiments with membrane proteins indicate that PTRStalker can detect global symmetries in the primary structure which are then reflected in the tertiary structure. Conclusions PTRStalker is able to detect fuzzy tandem repeating structures in protein sequences, with performance beyond the current state-of-the art. Such a tool may be a valuable support to investigating protein structural properties when tertiary X-ray data is not available. PMID:22536906

  16. Efficient Monolithic Perovskite/Silicon Tandem Solar Cell with Cell Area >1 cm(2).

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    Werner, Jrmie; Weng, Ching-Hsun; Walter, Arnaud; Fesquet, Luc; Seif, Johannes Peter; De Wolf, Stefaan; Niesen, Bjoern; Ballif, Christophe

    2016-01-01

    Monolithic perovskite/crystalline silicon tandem solar cells hold great promise for further performance improvement of well-established silicon photovoltaics; however, monolithic tandem integration is challenging, evidenced by the modest performances and small-area devices reported so far. Here we present first a low-temperature process for semitransparent perovskite solar cells, yielding efficiencies of up to 14.5%. Then, we implement this process to fabricate monolithic perovskite/silicon heterojunction tandem solar cells yielding efficiencies of up to 21.2 and 19.2% for cell areas of 0.17 and 1.22 cm(2), respectively. Both efficiencies are well above those of the involved subcells. These single-junction perovskite and tandem solar cells are hysteresis-free and demonstrate steady performance under maximum power point tracking for several minutes. Finally, we present the effects of varying the intermediate recombination layer and hole transport layer thicknesses on tandem cell photocurrent generation, experimentally and by transfer matrix simulations. PMID:26687850

  17. Performance Characteristics of Tandem-Structure Fans for Redundant Cooling of Electronic Equipment

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    Matsushima, Hitoshi; Fukuda, Hiroshi

    We have measured the fan performance characteristics and sound pressure level of tandem fans suitable for redundant cooling systems of electronic equipment. Maximum static pressure of tandem fans without flow-regulate-plate is 1.5 time of single fan at no fan spacing. It increases with fan spacing and reaches 1.9 time at fan spacing of 400 mm. Maximum static pressure of tandem fans with flow-regulate-plate which is symmetrical to the axis of fans is about 1.9 to 2.0 times of single fan, and it dose not affected by fan spacing. Improvement of performance characteristics is larger with longer flow-regulate-plate that is slightly shorter than fan spacing. For example, the plate length of 75 mm is found to be almost optimum for fan spacing of 100 mm. When one of the tandem fans is stopped, performance characteristics is about 80 to 90 % of single fan, and rotational speed of stopped fan is almost proportional to the volume flow rate of operating fan. Sound pressure level of tandem fans without load at normal operating condition is reduced by nearly 8 dB at maximum by changing fan spacing from 0 mm to 300 mm.

  18. Tandem solar cells deposited using hot-wire chemical vapor deposition

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    van Veen, M. K.

    2003-05-01

    In this thesis, the application of the hot-wire chemical vapor deposition (HWCVD) technique for the deposition of silicon thin films is described. The HWCVD technique is based on the dissociation of silicon-containing gasses at the catalytic surface of a hot filament. Advantages of this technique are the high deposition rate, the low equipment costs, and the scalability. The main goal of this thesis is the optimization of the material properties of both hydrogenated amorphous silicon and microcrystalline silicon, so that these materials can be incorporated as the absorbing layers in tandem solar cells. Firstly, the influence of specific deposition parameters on the material quality of hydrogenated amorphous silicon was investigated. With the use of tantalum filaments, the deposition temperature could be decreased to moderate temperatures, while the (electronic) properties of the amorphous silicon were improved. However, at these low filament temperatures the silicide formation at the filaments was enhanced, resulting in a decrease in the deposition rate and a deterioration of the material quality over time. For extensive silicide formation, even epitaxial growth on crystalline wafers was observed. By preheating the filaments at elevated temperature before deposition, the influence of silicide formation could be minimized, which resulted in an improvement in the reproducibility of the material quality. Solar cells, in which the absorbing layer was made at moderate temperature, had high open-circuit voltages and high fill factors. The best n-i-p structured cell on plain stainless steel had an initial efficiency of 7.2 %. The incorporation of amorphous silicon in p-i-n structured cells with a textured front contact resulted in a higher short-circuit current density and a higher efficiency. Occasionally, many n-i-p structured cells showed shunting problems. The number of working cells was directly correlated to the age of the filaments. The presence of silicides on the wires resulted in a deterioration of the material quality and in the formation of shunting paths. By annealing the filaments before deposition, most silicon was evaporated from the filaments, and its influence was minimized. Furthermore, the incorporation of a buffer layer between the n- and i-layer resulted in a change of the sticking probability of adverse radicals and a reduced formation of shunting paths. Next, the influence of the hydrogen dilution of the silane gas on the material properties of microcrystalline silicon was investigated. Crystalline growth occurred at high hydrogen dilutions. Different microcrystalline layers were incorporated as the absorbing layer in n-i-p structured solar cells. The best cells were made with material that was deposited at the edge of the transition from the microcrystalline to the amorphous regime. The best cell had an initial efficiency of 4.8 %. Furthermore, the applicability of the HWCVD technique for the deposition of microcrystalline n-doped layers was investigated. The material with the highest conductivity was deposited at moderate temperature, using a high hydrogen dilution. Application of these n-layers in n-i-p structured solar cells resulted in similar open- circuit voltages, but lower short-circuit current densities compared to solar cells with a plasma-enhanced deposited n-layer. Further optimization of the hot-wire n-layers is necessary. Finally, the different intrinsic layers were incorporated in tandem solar cells. It was possible to obtain high open-circuit voltages and high fill factors. Spectral response measurements of n-i-p/n-i-p structured solar cells indicated that a low photocurrent easily leaked through the bottom cell, which did not occur in p-i-n/p-i-n cells. Apparently, the order in which the p- and n-layer in the tunnel-recombination junction were deposited influenced this small leakage effect. This junction needs further optimization in n-i-p structured tandem solar cells. Based on the achieved efficiencies for amorphous and microcrystalline solar cells on untextured stainless steel, effic

  19. Genetic enhancers.

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    Herman, Robert K; Yochem, John

    2005-01-01

    A genetic enhancer is a mutation in one gene that intensifies the phenotype caused by a mutation in another gene. The phenotype of the double mutant is much stronger than the summation of the single mutant phenotypes. The isolation of enhancers can lead to the identification of interacting genes, including genes that act redundantly with respect to each other. Examples in Caenorhabditis elegans of dominant enhancers are presented first, followed by a review of recessive enhancers of null mutations. In some of these cases, the interacting genes are related in structure and function, but in other cases, the interacting genes are nonhomologous. Recessive enhancers of non-null mutations can also be useful. A powerful advance for the identification of recessive enhancers is genome-wide screening based on RNA interference. PMID:18023119

  20. Alkane metathesis by tandem alkane-dehydrogenation-olefin-metathesis catalysis and related chemistry.

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    Haibach, Michael C; Kundu, Sabuj; Brookhart, Maurice; Goldman, Alan S

    2012-06-19

    Methods for the conversion of both renewable and non-petroleum fossil carbon sources to transportation fuels that are both efficient and economically viable could greatly enhance global security and prosperity. Currently, the major route to convert natural gas and coal to liquids is Fischer-Tropsch catalysis, which is potentially applicable to any source of synthesis gas including biomass and nonconventional fossil carbon sources. The major desired products of Fischer-Tropsch catalysis are n-alkanes that contain 9-19 carbons; they comprise a clean-burning and high combustion quality diesel, jet, and marine fuel. However, Fischer-Tropsch catalysis also results in significant yields of the much less valuable C(3) to C(8)n-alkanes; these are also present in large quantities in oil and gas reserves (natural gas liquids) and can be produced from the direct reduction of carbohydrates. Therefore, methods that could disproportionate medium-weight (C(3)-C(8)) n-alkanes into heavy and light n-alkanes offer great potential value as global demand for fuel increases and petroleum reserves decrease. This Account describes systems that we have developed for alkane metathesis based on the tandem operation of catalysts for alkane dehydrogenation and olefin metathesis. As dehydrogenation catalysts, we used pincer-ligated iridium complexes, and we initially investigated Schrock-type Mo or W alkylidene complexes as olefin metathesis catalysts. The interoperability of the catalysts typically represents a major challenge in tandem catalysis. In our systems, the rate of alkane dehydrogenation generally limits the overall reaction rate, whereas the lifetime of the alkylidene complexes at the relatively high temperatures required to obtain practical dehydrogenation rates (ca. 125 -200 °C) limits the total turnover numbers. Accordingly, we have focused on the development and use of more active dehydrogenation catalysts and more stable olefin-metathesis catalysts. We have used thermally stable solid metal oxides as the olefin-metathesis catalysts. Both the pincer complexes and the alkylidene complexes have been supported on alumina via adsorption through basic para-substituents. This process does not significantly affect catalyst activity, and in some cases it increases both the catalyst lifetime and the compatibility of the co-catalysts. These molecular catalysts are the first systems that effect alkane metathesis with molecular-weight selectivity, particularly for the conversion of C(n)n-alkanes to C(2n-2)n-alkanes plus ethane. This molecular-weight selectivity offers a critical advantage over the few previously reported alkane metathesis systems. We have studied the factors that determine molecular-weight selectivity in depth, including the isomerization of the olefinic intermediates and the regioselectivity of the pincer-iridium catalyst for dehydrogenation at the terminal position of the n-alkane. Our continuing work centers on the development of co-catalysts with improved interoperability, particularly olefin-metathesis catalysts that are more robust at high temperature and dehydrogenation catalysts that are more active at low temperature. We are also designing dehydrogenation catalysts based on metals other than iridium. Our ongoing mechanistic studies are focused on the apparently complex combination of factors that determine molecular-weight selectivity. PMID:22584036

  1. Analysis of isoaspartate in peptides by electrospray tandem mass spectrometry.

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    Lehmann, W D; Schlosser, A; Erben, G; Pipkorn, R; Bossemeyer, D; Kinzel, V

    2000-11-01

    In view of the significance of Asn deamidation and Asp isomerization to isoAsp at certain sites for protein aging and turnover, it was desirable to challenge the extreme analytical power of electrospray tandem mass spectrometry (ESI-MS/MS) for the possibility of a site-specific detection of this posttranslational modification. For this purpose, synthetic L-Asp/L-isoAsp containing oligopeptide pairs were investigated by ESI-MS/MS and low-energy collision-induced dissociation (CID). Replacement of L-Asp by L-isoAsp resulted in the same kind of shifts for all 15 peptide pairs investigated: (1) the b/y intensity ratio of complementary b and y ions generated by cleavage of the (L-Asp/L-isoAsp)-X bond and of the X-(L-Asp/L-isoAsp) bond was decreased, and (2) the Asp immonium ion abundance at m/z 88 was also decreased. It is proposed that the isoAsp structure hampers the accepted mechanism of b-ion formation on both its N- and C-terminal side. The b/y ion intensity ratio and the relative immonium ion intensity vary considerably, depending on the peptide sequence, but the corresponding values are reproducible when recorded on the same instrument under identical instrumental settings. Thus, once the reference product ion spectra have been documented for a pair of synthetic peptides containing either L-Asp or L-isoAsp, these identify one or the other form. Characterization and relative quantification of L-Asp/L-isoAsp peptide mixtures are also possible as demonstrated for two sequences for which isoAsp formation has been described, namely myrG-D/isoD-AAAAK (deamidated peptide 1-7 of protein kinase A catalytic subunit) and VQ-D/isoD-GLR (deamidated peptide 41-46 of human procollagen alpha 1). Thus, the analytical procedures described may be helpful for the identification of suspected Asn deamidation and Asp isomerization sites in proteolytic digests of proteins. PMID:11152137

  2. Aeroacoustic Simulations of Tandem Cylinders with Subcritical Spacing

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    Lockard, David P.; Choudhari, Meelan M.; Khorrami, Mehdi R.; Neuhart, Dan H.; Hutcheson, Florence V.; Brooks, Thomas F.; Stead, Daniel J.

    2008-01-01

    Tandem cylinders are being studied because they model a variety of component level interactions of landing gear. The present effort is directed at the case of two identical cylinders with their centroids separated in the streamwise direction by 1.435 diameters. Experiments in the Basic Aerodynamic Research Tunnel and Quiet Flow Facility at NASA Langley Research Center have provided an extensive experimental database of the nearfield flow and radiated noise. The measurements were conducted at a Mach number of 0.1285 and Reynolds number of 1.66x10(exp 5) based on the cylinder diameter. A trip was used on the upstream cylinder to insure a fully turbulent flow separation and, hence, to simulate a major aspect of high Reynolds number flow. The parallel computational effort uses the three-dimensional Navier-Stokes solver CFL3D with a hybrid, zonal turbulence model that turns off the turbulence production term everywhere except in a narrow ring surrounding solid surfaces. The experiments exhibited an asymmetry in the surface pressure that was persistent despite attempts to eliminate it through small changes in the configuration. To model the asymmetry, the simulations were run with the cylinder configuration at a nonzero but small angle of attack. The computed results and experiments are in general agreement that vortex shedding for the spacing studied herein is weak relative to that observed at supercritical spacings. Although the shedding was subdued in the simulations, it was still more prominent than in the experiments. Overall, the simulation comparisons with measured near-field data and the radiated acoustics are reasonable, especially if one is concerned with capturing the trends relative to larger cylinder spacings. However, the flow details of the 1.435 diameter spacing have not been captured in full even though very fine grid computations have been performed. Some of the discrepancy may be associated with the simulation s inexact representation of the experimental configuration, but numerical and flow modeling errors are also likely contributors to the observed differences.

  3. US forensic Y-chromosome short tandem repeats database.

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    Ge, Jianye; Budowle, Bruce; Planz, John V; Eisenberg, Arthur J; Ballantyne, Jack; Chakraborty, Ranajit

    2010-11-01

    A forensic Y-STR database generated in the US was compiled with profiles containing a portion or complete typing of 16 STR markers DYS19, DYS385, DYS389I, DYS389II, DYS390, DYS391, DYS392, DYS393, DYS437, DYS438, DYS439, DYS456, DYS458, DYS635, DYS448, and Y GATA H4. There were 17,447 samples in the version of database in which 77% and 20% were collected in North America and Asia, respectively. The database was separated into six general populations, African American, Asian, Caucasian, Hispanic, Indian, and Native American. Each population was further classified into subgroups according to geographic regions. Some subgroups were tested, found to be homogenous and merged together. Allele and haplotype frequencies, as well as sample sizes were summarized. Of the full haplotypes (i.e., 16 STRs without missing data), 93.7% in total population were distinct, 92.9% were population specific, and 89.3% were only observed once. The majority of shared haplotypes were found among North American populations as a result of admixture lasting the past few hundred years. The power of discrimination (PD), coancestry coefficient (F(st)), and coefficient of gene differentiation (G(st)) at locus and haplotype levels were also calculated. The most polymorphic marker was DYS385; this marker contains a tandem duplication and actually is composed of two loci. Both G(st) and F(st) estimates were very small with haplotypes composed of a high number of STRs haplotypes (e.g., 10-16 markers), although G(st) is slightly more conservative for these extended haplotypes. With Native American removed from the total population data set, the G(st) and F(st) estimates reduce further. PD was 0.9998 for the total population dataset for all 16 Y-STR markers. Three measures of Y-STR profile frequency were calculated: (1) unconditional haplotype frequency, (2) population substructure adjusted frequency, and (3) binomial upper bound of the haplotype frequency. The binomial upper bound is the most conservative estimate for most forensic applications. Estimates of the weight of a Y-STR haplotype can be estimated using population specific or total population databases. PMID:20817529

  4. Gold-catalyzed tandem reactions of methylenecyclopropanes and vinylidenecyclopropanes.

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    Zhang, Di-Han; Tang, Xiang-Ying; Shi, Min

    2014-03-18

    Gold catalysis is often the key step in the synthesis of natural products, and is a powerful tool for tandem or domino reaction processes. Both gold salts and complexes are among the most powerful soft Lewis acids for electrophilic activation of carbon-carbon multiple bonds toward a variety of nucleophiles. The core of these reactions relies on the interaction between gold catalysts and ?-bonds of alkenes, alkynes, and allenes. Activation of functional groups by gold complexes provides a useful and important method for facilitating many different organic transformations with high atom efficiency. Although they are highly strained, methylenecyclopropanes (MCPs) and vinylidenecyclopropanes (VDCPs) are readily accessible molecules that have served as useful building blocks in organic synthesis. Because of their unique structural and electronic properties, significant developments have been made in the presence of transition metal catalysts such as nickel, rhodium, palladium, and ruthenium during the past decades. However, less attention has been paid to the gold-catalyzed chemistry of MCPs and VDCPs. In this Account, we describe gold-catalyzed chemical transformations of MCPs and VDCPs developed both in our laboratory and by other researchers. Chemists have demonstrated that MCPs and VDCPs have amphiphilic properties. When MCPs or VDCPs are activated by a gold catalyst, subsequent nucleophilic attack by other reagents or ring-opening (ring-expansion) of the cyclopropane moiety will occur. However, the C-C double bonds of MCPs and VDCPs can also serve as nucleophilic reagents while more electrophilic reagents are present and activated by gold catalyst, and then further cascade reactions take place as triggered by the release of ring strain of cyclopropane. Based on this strategy, both our group and others have found some interesting gold-catalyzed transformations in recent years. These transformations of MCPs and VDCPs can produce a variety of polycyclic and heterocyclic structures, containing different sized skeletons. Moreover, we have carried out some isotopic labeling experiments and computational studies for mechanistic investigation. These reactions always give the desired products with high level control of chemo-, regio-, and diastereoselectivities, making them highly valuable for the synthesis of natural products and to the pharmaceutical industry and medicine in general. PMID:24168021

  5. Perovskite Solar Cells with Large-Area CVD-Graphene for Tandem Solar Cells.

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    Lang, Felix; Gluba, Marc A; Albrecht, Steve; Rappich, Jrg; Korte, Lars; Rech, Bernd; Nickel, Norbert H

    2015-07-16

    Perovskite solar cells with transparent contacts may be used to compensate for thermalization losses of silicon solar cells in tandem devices. This offers a way to outreach stagnating efficiencies. However, perovskite top cells in tandem structures require contact layers with high electrical conductivity and optimal transparency. We address this challenge by implementing large-area graphene grown by chemical vapor deposition as a highly transparent electrode in perovskite solar cells, leading to identical charge collection efficiencies. Electrical performance of solar cells with a graphene-based contact reached those of solar cells with standard gold contacts. The optical transmission by far exceeds that of reference devices and amounts to 64.3% below the perovskite band gap. Finally, we demonstrate a four-terminal tandem device combining a high band gap graphene-contacted perovskite top solar cell (Eg = 1.6 eV) with an amorphous/crystalline silicon bottom solar cell (Eg = 1.12 eV). PMID:26266857

  6. Producing multicharged fullerene ion beam extracted from the second stage of tandem-type ECRIS

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    Nagaya, Tomoki; Nishiokada, Takuya; Hagino, Shogo; Uchida, Takashi; Muramatsu, Masayuki; Otsuka, Takuro; Sato, Fuminobu; Kitagawa, Atsushi; Kato, Yushi; Yoshida, Yoshikazu

    2016-02-01

    We have been constructing the tandem-type electron cyclotron resonance ion source (ECRIS). Two ion sources of the tandem-type ECRIS are possible to generate plasma individually, and they also confined individual ion species by each different plasma parameter. Hence, it is considered to be suitable for new materials production. As the first step, we try to produce and extract multicharged C60 ions by supplying pure C60 vapor in the second stage plasma because our main target is producing the endohedral fullerenes. We developed a new evaporator to supply fullerene vapor, and we succeeded in observation about multicharged C60 ion beam in tandem-type ECRIS for the first time.

  7. Hybrid inorganic-organic tandem solar cells for broad absorption of the solar spectrum.

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    Speirs, M J; Groeneveld, B G H M; Protesescu, L; Piliego, C; Kovalenko, M V; Loi, M A

    2014-05-01

    We report the first hybrid tandem solar cell with solution processable active layers using colloidal PbS quantum dots (QDs) as the front subcell in combination with a polymer-fullerene rear subcell. Al/WO3 is introduced as an interlayer, yielding an open circuit voltage (VOC) equal to about 92% of the sum of the VOC of the subcells. The device exhibits a power conversion efficiency of 1.8%. Optical simulations of various tandem configurations show that combining PbS QDs with small-bandgap polymers is a promising strategy to obtain tandem solar cells with a very broad absorption range and a high short circuit current. PMID:24652186

  8. Highly efficient p-i-n white organic light emitting devices with tandem structure

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    Ho, Meng-Huan; Chen, Teng-Ming; Yeh, Pu-Cheng; Hwang, Shiao-Wen; Chen, Chin H.

    2007-12-01

    Highly efficient tandem p-i-n white organic light emitting devices have been fabricated. Utilizing an optical transparent bilayer with doped organic p-n junction that consists of 4,7-diphenyl-1,10-phenanthroline: 2% cesium carbonate (Cs2CO3)/N ,N'-bis(1-naphthyl)-N ,N'-diphenyl-1,1'-biphenyl-4,4'-diamine: 50% v/v tungsten oxide (WO3) as the connecting layer, the tandem p-i-n white device achieved an electroluminescence efficiency of 23.9cd /A and a power efficiency of 7.8lm/W at 20mA/cm2 with a Commission Internationale de l'Eclairage coordinates of (0.30, 0.43). The electroluminescent color of this tandem p-i-n white organic light-emitting diode device will not change significantly with respect to drive current variation and forward viewing angle.

  9. Using the SERV Applet to Detect Tandem Repeats in DNA Sequences and to Predict Their Variability.

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    Legendre, Matthieu; Verstrepen, Kevin J

    2008-01-01

    INTRODUCTIONTandem repeats (satellite repeats) are short stretches of DNA that are repeated head-to-tail. Tandem repeats mutate at rates that are between 100- and 10,000-fold greater than normal (point) mutation rates in the rest of the genome. As a consequence of these frequent mutation events, "homologous" tandem repeats in closely related species, strains, or even individuals in the same population often contain a different number of repeat units. This heterogeneity is extensively used in today's molecular forensics and genotyping research. However, while all repeats are unstable, precise mutation rates vary greatly between different repeat loci. This implies that not all tandem repeats are suited as markers for forensics, genotyping, or putative hypervariable functional modules. The SERV ("Sequence-Based Estimation of Repeats Variability") applet enables finding repeats in DNA sequences and estimating their variability. Hence, it can be used to select repeats that are suitable markers for genotyping or interesting candidates for functional studies. PMID:21356663

  10. Tandem white organic light-emitting diodes adopting a C60:rubrene charge generation layer

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    Bi, Wen-Tao; Wu, Xiao-Ming; Hua, Yu-Lin; Sun, Jin-E.; Xiao, Zhi-Hui; Wang, Li; Yin, Shou-Gen

    2014-01-01

    Organic bulk heterojunction fullerence (C60) doped 5, 6, 11, 12-tetraphenylnaphthacene (rubrene) as the high quality charge generation layer (CGL) with high transparency and superior charge generating capability for tandem organic light emitting diodes (OLEDs) is developed. This CGL shows excellent optical transparency about 90%, which can reduce the optical interference effect formed in tandem OLEDs. There is a stable white light emission including 468 nm and 500 nm peaks from the blue emitting layer and 620 nm peak from the red emitting layer in tandem white OLEDs. A high efficiency of about 17.4 cd/A and CIE coordinates of (0.40, 0.35) at 100 cd/m2 and (0.36, 0.34) at 1000 cd/m2 have been demonstrated by employing the developed CGL, respectively.

  11. Pulsating Tandem Microbubble for Localized and Directional Single Cell Membrane Poration

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    Sankin, G.N.; Yuan, F.; Zhong, P.

    2013-01-01

    The interaction of laser-generated tandem microbubble (maximum diameter about 50 ?m) with single (rat mammary carcinoma) cells is investigated in a 25-?m liquid layer. Anti-phase and coupled oscillation of the tandem microbubble leads to the formation of alternating, directional microjets (with max. microstreaming velocity of 10 m/s) and vortices (max. vorticity of 350,000 s?1) in opposite directions. Localized and directional membrane poration (200 nm to 2 ?m in pore size) can be produced by the tandem microbubble in an orientation and proximity dependent manner, which is absence from a single oscillating microbubble of comparable size and at the same stand-off distance. PMID:20868077

  12. Construction and operational experience of the Tandem Mirror Experiment-Upgrade (TMX-U)

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    Chargin, A.K.; Calderon, M.O.; Moore, T.L.

    1983-07-01

    The Tandem Mirror Experiment-Upgrade (TMX-U) incorporates two new features at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL) tandem mirror program, thermal barriers in the end plugs and injection of the neutral beams at several oblique angles. The thermal barriers isolate the electrons in the end plugs from those in the central cell, making it possible to heat them independently with microwaves. In addition, this innovation produces a large potential gradient in the end plugs with lower magnetic fields and lower neutral-beam energies than would be possible in a conventional tandem mirror device. The TMX-U is also designed to test neutral-beam-injection angles as an experimental parameter. We use angles other than 90/sup 0/ to produce a plasma with improved microstability.

  13. Two-terminal monolithic InP-based tandem solar cells with tunneling intercell ohmic connections

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    Shen, C. C.; Chang, P. T.; Emery, K. A.

    1991-01-01

    A monolithic two-terminal InP/InGaAsP tandem solar cell was successfully fabricated. This tandem solar cell consists of a p/n InP homojunction top subcell and a 0.95 eV p/n InGaAsP homojunction bottom subcell. A patterned 0.95 eV n(+)/p(+) InGaAsP tunnel diode was employed as an intercell ohmic connection. The solar cell structure was prepared by two-step liquid phase epitaxial growth. Under one sun, AM1.5 global illumination, the best tandem cell delivered a conversion efficiency of 14.8 pct.

  14. Rapidly convergent algorithms for 3-D tandem and stellarator equilibria in the paraxial approximation

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    McNamara, B.

    1984-04-01

    Tandem and stellarator equilibria at high ..beta.. have proved hard to compute and the relaxation methods of Bauer et al., Chodura and Schluter, Hirshman, Strauss, and Pearlstein et al. have been slow to converge. This paper reports an extension of the low-..beta.. analytic method of Pearlstein, Kaiser, and Newcomb to arbitrary ..beta.. for tandem mirrors which converges in 10 to 20 iterations. Extensions of the method to stellarator equilibria are proposed and are very close to the analytic method of Johnson and Greene - the stellarator expansion. Most of the results of all these calculations can be adequately described by low-..beta.. approximations since the MHD stability limits occur at low ..beta... The tandem mirror, having weak curvature and a long central cell, allows finite Larmor radius effects to eliminate most ballooning modes and offers the possibility of really high average ..beta... This is the interest in developing such three-dimensional numerical algorithms.

  15. Production of multicharged metal ion beams on the first stage of tandem-type ECRIS

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    Hagino, Shogo; Nagaya, Tomoki; Nishiokada, Takuya; Otsuka, Takuro; Muramatsu, Masayuki; Kitagawa, Atsushi; Sato, Fuminobu; Kato, Yushi

    2016-02-01

    Multicharged metal ion beams are required to be applied in a wide range of fields. We aim at synthesizing iron-endohedral fullerene by transporting iron ion beams from the first stage into the fullerene plasma in the second stage of the tandem-type electron cyclotron resonance ion source (ECRIS). We developed new evaporators by using a direct ohmic heating method and a radiation heating method from solid state pure metal materials. We investigate their properties in the test chamber and produce iron ions on the first stage of the tandem-type ECRIS. As a result, we were successful in extracting Fe+ ion beams from the first stage and introducing Fe+ ion beams to the second stage. We will try synthesizing iron-endohedral fullerene on the tandem-type ECRIS by using these evaporators.

  16. Optimizing Algorithm Choice for Metaproteomics: Comparing X!Tandem and Proteome Discoverer for Soil Proteomes

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    Diaz, K. S.; Kim, E. H.; Jones, R. M.; de Leon, K. C.; Woodcroft, B. J.; Tyson, G. W.; Rich, V. I.

    2014-12-01

    The growing field of metaproteomics links microbial communities to their expressed functions by using mass spectrometry methods to characterize community proteins. Comparison of mass spectrometry protein search algorithms and their biases is crucial for maximizing the quality and amount of protein identifications in mass spectral data. Available algorithms employ different approaches when mapping mass spectra to peptides against a database. We compared mass spectra from four microbial proteomes derived from high-organic content soils searched with two search algorithms: 1) Sequest HT as packaged within Proteome Discoverer (v.1.4) and 2) X!Tandem as packaged in TransProteomicPipeline (v.4.7.1). Searches used matched metagenomes, and results were filtered to allow identification of high probability proteins. There was little overlap in proteins identified by both algorithms, on average just ~24% of the total. However, when adjusted for spectral abundance, the overlap improved to ~70%. Proteome Discoverer generally outperformed X!Tandem, identifying an average of 12.5% more proteins than X!Tandem, with X!Tandem identifying more proteins only in the first two proteomes. For spectrally-adjusted results, the algorithms were similar, with X!Tandem marginally outperforming Proteome Discoverer by an average of ~4%. We then assessed differences in heat shock proteins (HSP) identification by the two algorithms by BLASTing identified proteins against the Heat Shock Protein Information Resource, because HSP hits typically account for the majority signal in proteomes, due to extraction protocols. Total HSP identifications for each of the 4 proteomes were approximately ~15%, ~11%, ~17%, and ~19%, with ~14% for total HSPs with redundancies removed. Of the ~15% average of proteins from the 4 proteomes identified as HSPs, ~10% of proteins and spectra were identified by both algorithms. On average, Proteome Discoverer identified ~9% more HSPs than X!Tandem.

  17. Desymmetrization of 7-azabicycloalkenes by tandem olefin metathesis for the preparation of natural product scaffolds

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    Maison, Wolfgang; Bchert, Marina; Deppermann, Nina

    2007-01-01

    Background Tandem olefin metathesis sequences are known to be versatile for the generation of natural product scaffolds and have also been used for ring opening of strained carbo- and heterocycles. In this paper we demonstrate the potential of these reactions for the desymmetrization of 7-azabicycloalkenes. Results We have established efficient protocols for the desymmetrization of different 7-azabicycloalkenes by intra- and intermolecular tandem metathesis sequences with ruthenium based catalysts. Conclusion Desymmetrization of 7-azabicycloalkenes by olefin metathesis is an efficient process for the preparation of common natural product scaffolds such as pyrrolidines, indolizidines and isoindoles. PMID:18088413

  18. Employment of tandem mass spectrometry for the accurate and specific identification of oligosaccharide structures.

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    Wu, Shuai; Salcedo, Juli; Tang, Ning; Waddell, Keith; Grimm, Rudolf; German, J Bruce; Lebrilla, Carlito B

    2012-09-01

    A method is described for the rapid identification of oligosaccharides employing a library of tandem MS spectra. Identification is aided by software that compares the sample tandem MS to those in the library. The method incorporates quadrupole time-of-flight mass spectrometry along with an annotated oligosaccharide (OS) structure library and the MassHunter Personal Compound Database and Library (PCDL) software. With an automated spectra search, OS structures in different samples are readily identified. This method is shown to be useful in the study of milk oligosaccharides but can be readily applied to oligosaccharide pools in other biological tissues. PMID:22867103

  19. Photoelectrochemical and photovoltaic characteristics of amorphous-silicon-based tandem cells as photocathodes for water splitting.

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    Ziegler, Jrgen; Kaiser, Bernhard; Jaegermann, Wolfram; Urbain, Flix; Becker, Jan-Philipp; Smirnov, Vladimir; Finger, Friedhelm

    2014-12-15

    In this study amorphous silicon tandem solar cells are successfully utilized as photoelectrodes in a photoelectrochemical cell for water electrolysis. The tandem cells are modified with various amounts of platinum and are combined with a ruthenium oxide counter electrode. In a two-electrode arrangement this system is capable of splitting water without external bias with a short-circuit current of 4.50 mA?cm(-2). On the assumption that no faradaic losses occur, a solar-to-hydrogen efficiency of 5.54% is achieved. In order to identify the relevant loss processes, additional three-electrode measurements were performed for each involved half-cell. PMID:25335095

  20. Synthesis of Highly Substituted Quinolines via a Tandem Ynamide Benzannulation/Iodocyclization Strategy.

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    Willumstad, Thomas P; Boudreau, Paul D; Danheiser, Rick L

    2015-12-01

    A two-stage "tandem strategy" for the regiocontrolled synthesis of very highly substituted quinolines is described. Benzannulation based on the reaction of cyclobutenones or diazo ketones with N-propargyl-substituted ynamides proceeds via a cascade of several pericyclic reactions to generate multiply substituted aniline derivatives. In the second stage of the tandem strategy, triflate derivatives of the phenolic benzannulation products undergo Larock cyclization upon exposure to iodine to form products that are further elaborated by methods such as palladium-catalyzed coupling to generate quinolines that can be substituted at every position of the bicyclic system. PMID:26259034