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  1. Labeling of ceftriaxone for infective inflammation imaging using 99mTc eluted from 99Mo/99mTc generator based on zirconium molybdate.

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    Mostafa, M; Motaleb, M A; Sakr, T M

    2010-10-01

    Zirconium molybdate gel was prepared by mixing (99)Mo, produced from (98)Mo(n,gamma) reaction and Zr solutions in nitrate media with excess H(2)O(2), and used as the base material for (99)Mo/(99m)Tc generator. The prepared generator showed a good performance. (99m)Tc eluted from the prepared generator passed the quality control tests with specifications meeting the requirements of European and US Pharmacopeias. The (99m)Tc eluate was used for labeling of cephalosporin analogue, ceftriaxone, which was then assessed for infection imaging in a mouse model. (99m)Tc-ceftriaxone was prepared at pH 9 with a radiochemical yield of 95+/-2% by adding (99m)Tc to 30 mg ceftriaxone in the presence of 50 microg SnCl(2).2H(2)O. Biodistribution studies in mice were carried out using experimentally induced infection in the left thigh using E. coli. Both thighs of the mice were dissected and counted to evaluate the ratio of bacterial infected thigh/contralateral thigh. (99m)Tc-ceftriaxone showed high uptake in the infectious lesion (T/NT =5.6+/-0.6 at 4h post injection). The abscess to normal muscle ratio indicated that (99m)Tc-ceftriaxone could be used for infection imaging. Besides, in vitro studies showed that (99m)Tc-ceftriaxone can differentiate between bacterial infection and sterile inflammation. PMID:20627741

  2. Bromine-82 contamination in fission product 99mTc-generator eluate.

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    McAuley, R; Lull, R; Ice, R

    1985-01-01

    Following receipt of fission product 99mTc-generators, results of radionuclide purity analysis, performed within 30 min after the first elution, demonstrated detectable levels of a contaminate radionuclide not previously reported. Gamma spectroscopy and half-life determinations confirmed the presence of 82Br. Bromine-82 activity, in eluates from the first elution of 30 generators, received weekly during a 7-month period, ranged from 0.22 microCi (8.235 kBq) to 0.67 microCi (24.68 kBq) per eluate. The ratio of 99Mo to 99mTc ranged from 0.13 nCi to 0.39 nCi per mCi 99mTc. The presence of 82Br in 99mTc-generator eluate resulted in falsely elevated 99Mo assay determinations using whole vial 99Mo assay procedures. For every 0.1 microCi 82Br present in 99mTc eluate the 99Mo assay results were elevated by 1 microCi. Gamma spectroscopy of eluates from additional elutions of these generators failed to detect the presence of 82Br demonstrating the displacement of monovalent bromine anions from the alumina column during the first elution. PMID:3979411

  3. Hydroxyapatite Based 99Mo - 99Tc and 188W - 188Re Generator Systems

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    Knapp Jr, Russ F; Monroy-Guzman, F.; Badillo, V. E.; Cosgrove, John M; De La Torre, J.A. Flores

    2006-01-01

    This paper describes studies evaluating the use of hydroxyapatite as the adsorbent material for both {sup 99}Mo-{sup 99m}Tc and {sup 188}W-{sup 188}Re generator systems. Hydroxyapatite is an insoluble solid with anion exchange properties. A study of the sorption behaviour of {sup 99}Mo, {sup 99m}Tc, {sup 188}W and {sup 188}Re on hydroxyapatite in NaCl medium was evaluated by batch experiments. The results demonstrated that while {sup 99}Mo, {sup 99m}Tc and {sup 188}Re are not adsorbed by the hydroxyapatite in NaCl solutions (Kd <5), {sup 188}W is strongly adsorbed (Kd >500). On the basis of these measurements, hydroxyapatite {sup 188}W-{sup 188}Re generator systems were then constructed and eluted in NaCl solutions. The hydroxyapatite based {sup 188}W-{sup 188}Re generator performances are presented.

  4. Magnesium-Molybate Compounds as Matrix for 99Mo/99mTc Generators

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    Monroy-Guzman, Fabiola; Jimenez Martinez, Thania Susana; Arriola, Humberto; Longoria Gandara, Luis Carlos

    2011-01-01

    This work reports the preparation of a 99mTc generator based on conversion of 99Mo produced by neutron irradiation, into insoluble magnesium 99Mo-molybdates compounds as matrix. The effect of magnesium salt types and concentration, Mg:Mo molar ratios, pH of molybdate solutions, eluate volume as well as the addition order of molybdate and magnesium solutions' influences on the final 99mTc were evaluated. Polymetalates and polymolybdates salts either crystallized or amorphous were obtained depending on the magnesium salt and Mg:Mo molar ratio used in matrix preparation. 99Mo/99mTc generator production based on magnesium-99Mo molybdate compounds allow reduction of preparation time and eliminates the use of specialized installations. The best generator performances were attained using matrices prepared from 0.1 mol/L MgCl26H2O solutions, ammonium molybdate solutions at pH 7 and at a Mg:Mo molar ratio of 1:1.

  5. Fission 99Mo/99mTc Generators--a study of their quality.

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    Reich, E; Bgl, K W

    1989-10-01

    Quality was controlled of seven different 99Mo/99mTc generators sold in the Federal Republic of Germany, which were all loaded with fission molybdenum. Aim of the work was to test the 99mTc eluates for their radionuclidic and radiochemical purity. Furthermore, the 99Mo content of the aluminium oxide column was measured. Determination of the elution efficiency, measurement of the pH-value of the eluate as well as a test to detect soluble aluminium in the eluate were also performed. In addition to the chemical and physical examinations, application, quality of accessories and their practicability were tested at all generators. The methods of analysis chosen were, among others, gamma spectrometry and thin-layer chromatography; the measuring methods were a site-sensitive proportional counter (measurement of the distribution of radioactivity of the chromatograms) and atomic absorption spectrometry (Al content of the eluates). The quality control of the 99mTc eluates had satisfying results. The eluates showed - with one exception - high and sufficient radionuclidic purity and very good radiochemical purity. A considerable overload of the columns with 99Mo at the time of reference was not found. The elution yields with values between 85 and 122% were in good agreement with the requirements. All eluates had pH-values between 5.0 and 6.5, and an aluminium content below 1 microgram/ml. The generators had good performance and proved generally to be a reliable source of 99mTc-pertechnetate. The application was safe and, with some exceptions, fulfilled the requirements. PMID:2813084

  6. Computed tomography image using sub-terahertz waves generated from a high-Tc superconducting intrinsic Josephson junction oscillator

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    Kashiwagi, T.; Nakade, K.; Saiwai, Y.; Minami, H.; Kitamura, T.; Watanabe, C.; Ishida, K.; Sekimoto, S.; Asanuma, K.; Yasui, T.; Shibano, Y.; Tsujimoto, M.; Yamamoto, T.; Marković, B.; Mirković, J.; Klemm, R. A.; Kadowaki, K.

    2014-02-01

    A computed tomography (CT) imaging system using monochromatic sub-terahertz coherent electromagnetic waves generated from a device constructed from the intrinsic Josephson junctions in a single crystalline mesa structure of the high-Tc superconductor Bi2Sr2CaCu2O8+δ was developed and tested on three samples: Standing metallic rods supported by styrofoam, a dried plant (heart pea) containing seeds, and a plastic doll inside an egg shell. The images obtained strongly suggest that this CT imaging system may be useful for a variety of practical applications.

  7. Method for generating a crystalline .sup.99 MoO.sub.3 product and the isolation .sup.99m Tc compositions therefrom

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    Bennett, Ralph G. (Idaho Falls, ID); Christian, Jerry D. (Idaho Falls, ID); Kirkham, Robert J. (Blackfoot, ID); Tranter, Troy J. (Idaho Falls, ID)

    1998-01-01

    An improved method for producing .sup.99m Tc compositions. .sup.100 Mo metal is irradiated with photons in a particle (electron) accelerator to produce .sup.99 Mo metal which is dissolved in a solvent. A solvated .sup.99 Mo product is then dried to generate a supply of .sup.99 MoO.sub.3 crystals. The crystals are thereafter heated at a temperature which will sublimate the crystals and form a gaseous mixture containing vaporized .sup.99m TcO.sub.3 and vaporized .sup.99m TcO.sub.2 but will not cause the production of vaporized .sup.99 MoO.sub.3. The mixture is then combined with an oxidizing gas to generate a gaseous stream containing vaporized .sup.99m Tc.sub.2 O.sub.7. Next, the gaseous stream is cooled to a temperature sufficient to convert the vaporized .sup.99m Tc.sub.2 O.sub.7 into a condensed .sup.99m Tc-containing product. The product has high purity levels resulting from the use of reduced temperature conditions and ultrafine crystalline .sup.99 MoO.sub.3 starting materials with segregated .sup.99m Tc compositions therein which avoid the production of vaporized .sup.99 MoO.sub.3 contaminants.

  8. Method for generating a crystalline {sup 99}MoO{sub 3} product and the isolation {sup 99m}Tc compositions therefrom

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    Bennett, R.G.; Christian, J.D.; Kirkham, R.J.; Tranter, T.J.

    1998-09-01

    An improved method is described for producing {sup 99m}Tc compositions. {sup 100}Mo metal is irradiated with photons in a particle (electron) accelerator to produce {sup 99}Mo metal which is dissolved in a solvent. A solvated {sup 99}Mo product is then dried to generate a supply of {sup 99}MoO{sub 3} crystals. The crystals are thereafter heated at a temperature which will sublimate the crystals and form a gaseous mixture containing vaporized {sup 99m}TcO{sub 3} and vaporized {sup 99m}TcO{sub 2} but will not cause the production of vaporized {sup 99}MoO{sub 3}. The mixture is then combined with an oxidizing gas to generate a gaseous stream containing vaporized {sup 99m}Tc{sub 2}O{sub 7}. Next, the gaseous stream is cooled to a temperature sufficient to convert the vaporized {sup 99m}Tc{sub 2}O{sub 7} into a condensed {sup 99m}Tc-containing product. The product has high purity levels resulting from the use of reduced temperature conditions and ultrafine crystalline {sup 99}MoO{sub 3} starting materials with segregated {sup 99m}Tc compositions therein which avoid the production of vaporized {sup 99}MoO{sub 3} contaminants. 1 fig.

  9. Can Based, Decentralised Payload TM/TC Architecture for Next Generation Satcoms

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    Gunes-Lasnet, Sev; Furano, Gianluca; Wagner, Arnaud; Vidaud, Olivier; Notebaert, Olivier

    2010-08-01

    This paper addresses the optimisation of telecom satellites payload through the use of efficient standard serial buses, together with decentralised and highly integrated units interfacing payload and local telemetry and telecommands. Such an upgraded architecture is under study and assessment through an extensive breadboarding activity including the prototyping of a CAN solution for telecom satellites. Enablers for such upgrade are available building blocks (CAN IP) and building blocks such as mixed ASIC which relevance is shared by numerous actors, allowing access to TM/TC optimised implementation in the near future.

  10. Indigenous technology development and standardization of the process for obtaining ready to use sterile sodium pertechnetate-Tc-99m solution from Geltech generator

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    Sarkar, Sishir Kumar; Kothalkar, Chetan; Naskar, Prabhakar; Joshi, Sangeeta; Saraswathy, Padmanabhan; Dey, Arun Chandra; Vispute, Gunvant Leeladhar; Murhekar, Vishwas Vinayak; Pilkhwal, Neelam

    2013-01-01

    Purpose of the Study: The indigenous design and technology development for processing large scale zirconium molybdate-Mo-99 (ZrMo-99) Geltech generator was successfully commissioned in Board of Radiation and Isotope Technology (BRIT), India, in 2006. The generator production facility comprises of four shielded plant facilities equipped with tongs and special process gadgets amenable for remote operations for radiochemical processing of ZrMo-99 gel. Results: Over 2800 Geltech generators have been processed and supplied to user hospitals during the period 2006-2013. Geltech generator supplied by BRIT was initially not sterile. Simple elution of Tc-99m is performed by a sterile evacuated vial with sterile and pyrogen free 0.9% NaCl solution to obtain sodium (Tc-99m) pertechnetate solution. A special type online 0.22 ?m membrane filter has been identified and adapted in Geltech generator. Conclusions: The online filtration of Tc-99m from Geltech generator; thus, provided sterile Tc-99m sodium pertechnetate solution. Generators assembled with modified filter assembly were supplied to local hospital in Mumbai Radiation Medicine Centre (RMC) and S.G.S. Medical College and KEM Hospital) and excellent performances were reported by users. PMID:24163509

  11. Study of the radiation effect of (99)Mo/(99m)Tc generator on Bacillus subtilis and Bacillus pumilus species.

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    Fukumori, Neuza T O; Endo, Erica M M; Felgueiras, Carlos F; Matsuda, Margareth M N; Osso Junior, Joo A

    2016-01-01

    In this work, molybdenum-99 loaded columns were challenged with Bacillus subtilis vegetative cells and Bacillus pumilus spores inside and outside the alumina column, and microbial recovery and radiation effect were assessed. Alumina was a barrier for the passage of microorganisms regardless the species, whilst spores were more retained than vegetative cells with a lower microbial recovery, without significant differences between 9.25 and 74GBq generators. Bacillus pumilus biological indicator showed lower recoveries, suggesting a radiation inactivating effect on microorganisms. PMID:26408912

  12. Detection of optical second harmonic generation from high Tc YBa2Cu3O7 epitaxial thin films

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    Lo, Kuang Yao; Lue, Juh Tzeng

    1994-11-01

    We have attempted to measure the second harmonic generation (SHG) of YBa2Cu3O(7-delta) (YBCO) epitaxial films grown on (001) MgO substrates by laser ablation. Since the structure of the film has inversion symmetry, the possibly SHG susceptibility can only be attributed to the antiferromagnetic dipoles and electric quadrupoles. The delicate and meticulous experiment shows that the angular dependence of the second harmonic susceptibility of the superconducting films can be fitted successfully by the time-dependent density functional approach.

  13. Development and production of second generation high Tc superconducting tapes at SuperOx and first tests of model cables

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    Lee, S.; Petrykin, V.; Molodyk, A.; Samoilenkov, S.; Kaul, A.; Vavilov, A.; Vysotsky, V.; Fetisov, S.

    2014-04-01

    The SuperOx and SuperOx Japan LLC companies were founded with the goal of developing a cost-effective technology for second generation HTS (2G HTS) tapes by utilizing a combination of the most advanced chemical and physical deposition techniques, together with implementing original tape architectures. In this paper we present a brief overview of our production and experimental facilities and recent results of 2G HTS tape fabrication, and describe the first tests of the tapes in model cables for AC and DC power application.

  14. {sup 99m}Tc generators for clinical use based on zirconium molybdate gel and (n, gamma) produced {sup 99}Mo: Indian experience in the development and deployment of indigenous technology and processing facilities

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    Saraswathy, P.; Dey, A.C.; Sarkar, S.K.; Kothalkar, C.; Naskar, P.; Arjun, G.; Arora, S.S.; Kohli, A.K.; Meera, V.; Venugopal, V.; Ramamoorthy, N.

    2008-07-15

    The Indian pursuit of gel generator technology for {sup 99m}Tc was driven mainly by three considerations, namely, (i) well-established and ease of reliable production of (n, gamma)-based {sup 99}Mo in several tens of GBq quantities in the research reactors in Trombay/Mumbai, India, (ii) need for relatively low-cost alternate technology to replace the solvent (MEK) extraction generator system in use in India since 1970s and (iii) minimize dependency on weekly import of fission-produced {sup 99}Mo raw material required for alumina column generator. Extensive investigations on process standardisation for zirconium molybdate gel (ZMG) led to a steady progress, achieved both in terms of process technology and final performance of {sup 99m}Tc gel generators. The {sup 99m}Tc final product purity from the Indian gel system was comparable to that obtained from the gold-standard alumina column generators. Based on the feasibility established for reliable small-scale production, as well as satisfactory clinical experience with a number of gel generators used in collaborating hospital radiopharmacies, full-fledged mechanised processing facilities for handling up to 150 g of ZMG were set up. The indigenous design and development included setting up of shielded plant facilities with pneumatic-driven as well as manual controls and special gadgets such as, microwave heating of the zirconium molybdate cake, dispenser for gel granules, loading of gel columns into pre-assembled generator housing etc. Formal review of the safety features was carried out by the regulatory body and stage-wise clearance for processing low and medium level {sup 99}Mo activity was granted. Starting from around 70 GBq {sup 99}Mo handling, the processing facilities have since been successfully operated at a level of 740 GBq {sup 99}Mo, twice a month. In all 18 batches of gel have been processed and 156 generators produced. The individual generator capacity was 15 to 30 GBq with an elution yield of nearly 75%. 129 generators were supplied to 11 user hospitals and the estimated number of clinical studies done is well over 5000. The salient aspects of the Indian experience have been reported in many a forum and shared with the IAEA through the on-going CRP. The detailed process know-how is available for technology transfer from BRIT, India. (author)

  15. Nanoparticulas basadas en complejos de Fe(II) con transicion de espin: sintesis, caracterizacion y aplicaciones en electronica molecular

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    Monrabal Capilla, Maria

    Esta tesis doctoral esta organizada en 5 capitulos y esta destinada al estudio de sistemas de Fe (II) que presentan el fenomeno de la transicion de espin a escala nanometrica. El capitulo 1 contiene una introduccion general sobre materiales moleculares multifuncionales, destacando aquellos ejemplos mas importantes. Por otro lado, se explicara el fenomeno de la transicion de espin, tratando aspectos conceptuales, los antecedentes mas importantes y la situacion actual. En el capitulo 2 se describen los diferentes procesos existentes para la obtencion de diferentes tipos de nanoparticulas. Ademas, se presenta la sintesis y caracterizacion de nanoparticulas del polimero de coordinacion unidimensional [Fe(Htrz)2(trz)]BF4, obtenidas mediante el metodo de micelas inversas. Estas nanoparticulas, con una estrecha distribucion de tamanos centrada alrededor de los 11 nm, presentan una transicion de espin muy abrupta, con un ancho ciclo de histeresis termica de unos 40K. En el capitulo 3 se describe el proceso de modificacion del tamano de las nanoparticulas descritas en el capitulo anterior, llevado a cabo variando la proporcion de surfactante/H2O en el medio. Ademas, con el objetivo de modificar las propiedades magneticas de las nanoparticulas obtenidas en el capitulo 2, se lleva a cabo la sintesis de nanoparticulas de polimeros de la misma familia del [Fe(Htrz)2(trz)]BF4. En concreto se sintetizaron 3 nuevos tipos de nanoparticulas basadas en el polimero [Fe(Htrz)1-x(NH2trz)x](ClO4)2, siendo x = 0.05, 0.15 y 0.3, en cada caso. Estas nanoparticulas siguen presentando una estrecha distribucion de tamanos y una transicion de espin muy abrupta y con un ancho ciclo de histeresis. Ademas, se observa que este ciclo se desplaza a temperaturas mas proximas a la temperatura ambiente a medida que se aumenta el porcentaje de 4-amino-1, 2, 4- triazol en la muestra. Pero al mismo tiempo se produce una disminucion de la anchura de este ciclo. Por ultimo, en este capitulo se presenta la sintesis de otro nuevo tipo de nanoparticulas, obtenidas a partir de otro polimero de la misma familia, el [FeO8ZnO2(Htrz)3](BF4). Estas nanoparticulas se sintetizaron con el objetivo de estudiar el efecto de la dilucion del metal en la muestra. Como resultado se obtuvieron nanoparticulas que tambien presentan una estrecha distribucion de tamanos pero en este caso la transicion de espin no es tan abrupta como en los casos anteriores. Aunque sigue presentando un ciclo de histeresis termica bastante ancho y a temperaturas proximas a la temperatura ambiente. En el capitulo 4 se describiran las estrategias que se han seguido para mejorar la estabilidad y afinidad sobre diferentes sustratos de las nanoparticulas sintetizadas en el capitulo 2. Tambien se hablara de los intentos realizados parar depositarlas en superficies y embeberlas en diferentes matrices organicas e inorganicas. En el capitulo 5 presentaremos la obtencion de un interruptor molecular realizado poniendo en contacto nanoparticulas individuales sintetizadas en el capitulo 2, con unos electrodos separados varios nanometros. Este dispositivo exhibe "switching" y efecto memoria a temperaturas proximas a la temperatura ambiente como consecuencia de la biestabilidad intrinseca de las nanoparticulas. Ademas demostraremos que el estado magnetico de estas nanoparticulas puede ser controlado electricamente, ya que la transicion de espin en este nanodispositivo molecular puede ser inducida simplemente aplicando un voltaje, lo que puede ser de gran interes para la electronica molecular.

  16. What Tc tells

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    Geballe, Theodore H.; Hammond, Robert H.; Wu, Phillip M.

    2015-07-01

    Superconductivity has continued to be a fascinating phenomenon ever since its discovery in 1911. The magnitude of the transition temperature, Tc, provides valuable insight into the underlying physics. Here we provide select examples of the extensive research that has been done towards understanding Tc, and some cases where further investigation is called for. We believe that searching for new and enhanced Tc's remains a fertile frontier.

  17. The chemistry of sup 99m Tc-labeled radiopharmaceuticals

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    Dewanjee, M.K. )

    1990-01-01

    The subject of the chemistry of 99mTc-radiopharmaceuticals consists of a collection of bits and pieces of information without a unifying theme. Since the initial impetus to the field of organ imaging was provided by radiochemists, nuclear chemists, and clinician-investigators, using easily prepared 99mTc-compounds from available off-the-shelf ligands, complete chemical characterization was not carried for the 99mTc-radiopharmaceuticals and their metabolites. The influx of coordination, organic, and analytic chemists and their systematic studies clarified some of the structures of these tracers, and promoted the general synthetic methods of a variety of ligands and the corresponding 99mTc-chelates as well as understanding of the nature of their metabolites. Although major developments for organ-imaging radiopharmaceuticals had been made, future studies will result in the simplified methodology of protein-labeling, fine-tuning of the currently available radiopharmaceuticals for higher organ-extraction, and replacement of expensive 123I-labeled tracers with the corresponding 99mTc-tracers. In general, the Tc-complexes are thermodynamically less stable and kinetically more labile than the corresponding Re-complexes. The well established chemistry of Re-compounds, the similarity of Tc-chemistry to that of Re compounds, and structure-activity relationships of a few classes of 99mTc-labeled compounds, may promote the development of new generation of 99mTc-labeled radiopharmaceuticals.69 references.

  18. Sustained availability of 99mTc: possible paths forward.

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    Pillai, Maroor Raghavan Ambikalmajan; Dash, Ashutosh; Knapp, F F Russ

    2013-02-01

    The availability of (99m)Tc for single-photon imaging in diagnostic nuclear medicine is crucial, and current availability is based on the (99)Mo/(99m)Tc generator fabricated from fission-based molybdenum (F (99)Mo) produced using high enriched uranium (HEU) targets. Because of risks related to nuclear material proliferation, the use of HEU targets is being phased out and alternative strategies for production of both (99)Mo and (99m)Tc are being evaluated intensely. There are evidently no plans for replacement of the limited number of reactors that have primarily provided most of the (99)Mo. The uninterrupted, dependable availability of (99m)Tc is a crucial issue. For these reasons, new options being pursued include both reactor- and accelerator-based strategies to sustain the continued availability of (99m)Tc without the use of HEU. In this paper, the scientific and economic issues for transitioning from HEU to non-HEU are also discussed. In addition, the comparative advantages, disadvantages, technical challenges, present status, future prospects, security concerns, economic viability, and regulatory obstacles are reviewed. The international actions in progress toward evolving possible alternative strategies to produce (99)Mo or (99m)Tc are analyzed as well. The breadth of technologies and new strategies under development to provide (99)Mo and (99m)Tc reflects both the broad interest in and the importance of the pivotal role of (99m)Tc in diagnostic nuclear medicine. PMID:23255729

  19. Allospecific CD8+ Tc1 and Tc2 populations in graft-versus-leukemia effect and graft-versus-host disease.

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    Fowler, D H; Breglio, J; Nagel, G; Eckhaus, M A; Gress, R E

    1996-12-01

    Allogeneic CD8+ T cells mediate both a graft-vs-leukemia (GVL) effect and graft-vs-host disease (GVHD). To evaluate whether CD8 cells of defined cytokine phenotype differentially mediate these processes, alloreactive donor CD8+ T cells preferentially secreting type I or type II cytokines were generated by alloantigenic priming in vitro in the presence of IL-12 or IL-4, respectively. Both cytokine-secreting subsets lysed allogeneic tumor targets in vitro ("Tc1" and "Tc2" subsets). A transplantation model was established (B6 into B6C3F1, 1050 cGy host irradiation) using the 32Dp210 myeloid line (bcr/abl transfected, H-2k; 1 x 10(4) tumor cells/recipient). Compared with leukemia controls (death at 12.9 days post-bone marrow transplantation), both Tc1 and Tc2 recipients were conferred a survival advantage. At cell doses of 2 to 2.5 x 10(7), the Tc1-mediated GVL effect (mean survival of 34.2 days) was more potent than the Tc2-mediated GVL effect (mean survival of 20.5 days; Tc1 > Tc2, p = 0.009). On day 15, histologic examination showed that Tc1 recipients had undetectable tumor burdens, whereas Tc2 recipients had extensive leukemic infiltrates. However, Tc2 recipients had essentially no histologic evidence of GVHD, whereas Tc1 recipients had mild to moderate GVHD (average GVHD scores of 1/40 and 9.3/40, respectively). In contrast, recipients of uncultured CD8+ donor T cells developed severe GVHD (average GVHD score of 26.7/40). Because in vitro-generated, alloreactive Tc1 and Tc2 populations mediated GVL with reduced GVHD, we conclude that both subsets may improve the therapeutic outcome of allogeneic T cell transfers in patients with leukemia. PMID:8943383

  20. The Tribolium castaneum cell line TcA: a new tool kit for cell biology

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    Silver, Kristopher; Jiang, Hongbo; Fu, Jinping; Phillips, Thomas W.; Beeman, Richard W.; Park, Yoonseong

    2014-01-01

    The red flour beetle, Tribolium castaneum, is an agriculturally important insect pest that has been widely used as a model organism. Recently, an adherent cell line (BCIRL-TcA-CLG1 or TcA) was developed from late pupae of the red flour beetle. Next generation transcriptome sequencing of TcA cells demonstrated expression of a wide variety of genes associated with specialized functions in chitin metabolism, immune responses and cellular and systemic RNAi pathways. Accordingly, we evaluated the sensitivity of TcA cells to dsRNA to initiate an RNAi response. TcA cells were highly sensitive to minute amounts of dsRNA, with a minimum effective dose of 100 pg/mL resulting in significant suppression of gene expression. We have also developed a plasmid containing two TcA-specific promoters, the promoter from the 40S ribosomal protein subunit (TC006550) and a bi-directional heat shock promoter (TcHS70) from the intergenic space between heat shock proteins 68a and b. These promoters have been employed to provide high levels of either constitutive (TC006550) or inducible (TcHS70) gene expression of the reporter proteins. Our results show that the TcA cell line, with its sensitivity to RNAi and functional TcA-specific promoters, is an invaluable resource for studying basic molecular and physiological questions. PMID:25354547

  1. The Tribolium castaneum cell line TcA: a new tool kit for cell biology.

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    Silver, Kristopher; Jiang, Hongbo; Fu, Jinping; Phillips, Thomas W; Beeman, Richard W; Park, Yoonseong

    2014-01-01

    The red flour beetle, Tribolium castaneum, is an agriculturally important insect pest that has been widely used as a model organism. Recently, an adherent cell line (BCIRL-TcA-CLG1 or TcA) was developed from late pupae of the red flour beetle. Next generation transcriptome sequencing of TcA cells demonstrated expression of a wide variety of genes associated with specialized functions in chitin metabolism, immune responses and cellular and systemic RNAi pathways. Accordingly, we evaluated the sensitivity of TcA cells to dsRNA to initiate an RNAi response. TcA cells were highly sensitive to minute amounts of dsRNA, with a minimum effective dose of 100 pg/mL resulting in significant suppression of gene expression. We have also developed a plasmid containing two TcA-specific promoters, the promoter from the 40S ribosomal protein subunit (TC006550) and a bi-directional heat shock promoter (TcHS70) from the intergenic space between heat shock proteins 68a and b. These promoters have been employed to provide high levels of either constitutive (TC006550) or inducible (TcHS70) gene expression of the reporter proteins. Our results show that the TcA cell line, with its sensitivity to RNAi and functional TcA-specific promoters, is an invaluable resource for studying basic molecular and physiological questions. PMID:25354547

  2. INFLUENCE OF NATURAL AND SYNTHETIC ORGANIC LIGANDS ON THE STABILITY AND MOBILITY OF REDUCED TC(IV)

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    Nathalie A. Wall; Baohua Gu

    2012-12-20

    The primary objectives were (1) to quantify the interactions of organic ligands with Tc(IV) through the generation of thermodynamic (complexation) and kinetic parameters needed to assess and predict the mobility of reduced Tc(IV) at DOE contaminated sites; and (2) to determine the impact of organic ligands on the mobility and fate of reduced Tc(IV) under field geochemical conditions.

  3. GASIFICATION TEST RUN TC06

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    Southern Company Services, Inc.

    2003-08-01

    This report discusses test campaign TC06 of the Kellogg Brown & Root, Inc. (KBR) Transport Reactor train with a Siemens Westinghouse Power Corporation (Siemens Westinghouse) particle filter system at the Power Systems Development Facility (PSDF) located in Wilsonville, Alabama. The Transport Reactor is an advanced circulating fluidized-bed reactor designed to operate as either a combustor or a gasifier using a particulate control device (PCD). The Transport Reactor was operated as a pressurized gasifier during TC06. Test run TC06 was started on July 4, 2001, and completed on September 24, 2001, with an interruption in service between July 25, 2001, and August 19, 2001, due to a filter element failure in the PCD caused by abnormal operating conditions while tuning the main air compressor. The reactor temperature was varied between 1,725 and 1,825 F at pressures from 190 to 230 psig. In TC06, 1,214 hours of solid circulation and 1,025 hours of coal feed were attained with 797 hours of coal feed after the filter element failure. Both reactor and PCD operations were stable during the test run with a stable baseline pressure drop. Due to its length and stability, the TC06 test run provided valuable data necessary to analyze long-term reactor operations and to identify necessary modifications to improve equipment and process performance as well as progressing the goal of many thousands of hours of filter element exposure.

  4. Power Systems Development Facility Gasification Test Campaign TC25

    SciTech Connect

    Southern Company Services

    2008-12-01

    In support of technology development to utilize coal for efficient, affordable, and environmentally clean power generation, the Power Systems Development Facility (PSDF), located in Wilsonville, Alabama, routinely demonstrates gasification technologies using various types of coals. The PSDF is an engineering scale demonstration of key features of advanced coal-fired power systems, including a KBR Transport Gasifier, a hot gas particulate control device, advanced syngas cleanup systems, and high-pressure solids handling systems. This report summarizes the results of TC25, the second test campaign using a high moisture lignite coal from the Red Hills mine in Mississippi as the feedstock in the modified Transport Gasifier configuration. TC25 was conducted from July 4, 2008, through August 12, 2008. During TC25, the PSDF gasification process operated for 742 hours in air-blown gasification mode. Operation with the Mississippi lignite was significantly improved in TC25 compared to the previous test (TC22) with this fuel due to the addition of a fluid bed coal dryer. The new dryer was installed to dry coals with very high moisture contents for reliable coal feeding. The TC25 test campaign demonstrated steady operation with high carbon conversion and optimized performance of the coal handling and gasifier systems. Operation during TC25 provided the opportunity for further testing of instrumentation enhancements, hot gas filter materials, and advanced syngas cleanup technologies. The PSDF site was also made available for testing of the National Energy Technology Laboratory's fuel cell module and Media Process Technology's hydrogen selective membrane with syngas from the Transport Gasifier.

  5. PREFACE: 13th IMEKO TC17-TC7 Joint Symposium

    NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

    Khan, Sanowar

    2010-04-01

    'Without Measurement No Science, Without Science No Measurement' The 13th IMEKO (International Measurement Confederation) TC1-TC7 Joint Symposium was held at City University London, UK from 1-3 September 2010. For the first time this Symposium also included the involvement of IMEKO Technical Committee 13 (TC13) - Measurements in Biology and Medicine. This brings an added dimension to the Symposium in London since the area of measurement science and technology in biology and medicine is an important and a fast growing one. The Symposium was organized by the City University London (www.city.ac.uk) in collaboration with the Institute of Physics (IOP), UK (www.iop.org). The work of this Symposium is reported in this volume. The scope of the Symposium included the main topics covered by the above Technical Committees - education and training in measurement and instrumentation (TC1), measurement science (TC7) and measurements in biology and medicine. These themes underpinned the strap line of the Symposium, 'Without Measurement No Science, Without Science No Measurement' with the highest number of contributions from the measurement science area. The thematic areas were led by invited presentations from each of the areas by eminent speakers. The Symposium provided a useful forum for experts working in these areas for sharing and exchanging their work and ideas. The Symposium attracted participants from many countries of the world including the United States, Japan, Russia and Ukraine. In total over sixty papers are included in the volume and they are presented under the above three key thematic areas. Each paper was independently peer-reviewed by two reviewers from a distinguished international panel. The organizers of the Symposium, City University London have pioneered the establishment of measurement and instrumentation as an academic discipline in the UK through the work of Professor Ludwik Finkelstein who was for many years Chairman of TC1 and a founding member of TC7. We would like to take this opportunity to thank the members of the Symposium Organizing Committee and the Instrument Science and Technology Group of the Institute of Physics for their support and encouragement. Our thanks also go to the members of the Symposium Steering and International Programme Committees many of whom acted as reviewers of the papers presented here under a very short timescale. Special thanks go to Claire Garland and Dawn Stewart of the Meetings and Conferences Department of the IOP and to the events team at City University London for their hard work in the organization of various activities associated with the Symposium. Finally, we would like to thank our sponsors, the Institute of Measurement and Control and the Worshipful Company of Scientific Instrument Makers for their active support. The co-editors Kenneth Grattan, Ludwik Finkelstein, Panicos Kyriacou, and I hope that this volume is a useful contribution to enhancing the science, technology, education, and training in measurement and instrumentation. Editors Sanowar Khan (Conference Chairman) Kenneth Grattan Ludwik Finkelstein Panicos Kyriacou City University London School of Engineering and Mathematical Sciences Northampton Square London EC1V 0HB UK

  6. Hopping in high {Tc} cuprates

    SciTech Connect

    Forro, L.

    1994-03-30

    High temperature superconductors based on copper oxide are fascinating materials not only because of their high transition temperatures which reach values as high as 130K, but also because of the possibility of studying other phenomena such as low dimensional magnetism, two dimensional localization, weak localization and hopping. Many oxide families are now known with different maximum {Tc} values. All these systems have CuO{sub 2} planes as conducting units. At low carrier density the system is electrically insulating with a long range antiferromagnetic order below a Neel temperature of the order of 300 K, which falls strongly with increased carrier concentration. Above a critical carrier density superconductivity appears, {Tc} reaches maximum at an optimal carrier density and decreases on further doping. For the superconducting compositions the system is generally metallic above {Tc} but there is a common opinion that it is an unusual metal with strong electron-electron correlations. Studies of hopping can be made in the low carrier density range, where the samples are non-metallic and one hopes to gain insight into the density of states, electron correlations, dimensionality of the charge transport etc. by resistivity measurements. It is less commonly known that there is also hopping-like transport even for higher carrier concentrations. Namely this is the case for the transverse charge transport between the CuO{sub 2} planes in the metallic phase.

  7. Mo-99/Tc-99m Separation: An Assessment of Technical Options

    SciTech Connect

    Dash, A; Pillai, M R A; Knapp Jr, Russ F

    2013-01-01

    Several strategies for the effective separation of 99mTc from 99Mo have been developed and validated. Due to the success of column chromatographic separation using acidic alumina coupled with high specific activity fission 99Mo (F 99Mo) for production of 99Mo/99mTc generators, however, most technologies until recently have generated little interest. The reduced availability of F 99Mo and consequently the shortage of 99Mo/99mTc column generators in the recent past have resurrected interest in the production of 99Mo as well as 99mTc by alternate routes. Most of these alternative production processes require separation techniques capable of providing clinical grade 99mTc from low specific activity 99Mo or irradiated Mo targets. For this reason there has been renewed interest in alternate separation routes. This paper reviews the reported separation technologies which include column chromatography, solvent extraction, sublimation and gel systems that have been traditionally used for the fabrication of 99Mo/99mTc generator systems. The comparative advantage, disadvantage, and technical challenges toward adapting the emerging requirements are discussed. New developments such as solid-phase column extraction, electrochemical separation, extraction chromatography, supported liquid membrane (SLM) and thermochromatographic techniques are also being evaluated for their potential application in the changed scenario of providing 99mTc from alternate routes. Based on the analysis provided in this review, it appears that some proven separation technologies can be quickly resurrected for the separation of clinical grade 99mTc from macroscopic levels of reactor or cyclotron irradiated molybdenum targets. Furthermore, emerging technologies can be developed further to respond to the expected changing modes of 99mTc production.

  8. 99Mo/(99m)Tc separation: an assessment of technology options.

    PubMed

    Dash, Ashutosh; Knapp, F F Russ; Pillai, M R A

    2013-02-01

    Several strategies for the effective separation of (99m)Tc from (99)Mo have been developed and validated. Due to the success of column chromatographic separation using acidic alumina coupled with high specific activity fission (99)Mo (F (99)Mo) for production of (99)Mo/(99m)Tc generators, however, most technologies until recently have generated little interest. The reduced availability of F (99)Mo and consequently the shortage of (99)Mo/(99m)Tc column generators in the recent past have resurrected interest in the production of (99)Mo as well as (99m)Tc by alternate routes. Most of these alternative production processes require separation techniques capable of providing clinical grade (99m)Tc from low specific activity (99)Mo or irradiated Mo targets. For this reason there has been renewed interest in alternate separation routes. This paper reviews the reported separation technologies which include column chromatography, solvent extraction, sublimation and gel systems that have been traditionally used for the fabrication of (99)Mo/(99m)Tc generator systems. The comparative advantage, disadvantage, and technical challenges toward adapting the emerging requirements are discussed. New developments such as solid-phase column extraction, electrochemical separation, extraction chromatography, supported liquid membrane (SLM) and thermochromatographic techniques are also being evaluated for their potential application in the changed scenario of providing (99m)Tc from alternate routes. Based on the analysis provided in this review, it appears that some proven separation technologies can be quickly resurrected for the separation of clinical grade (99m)Tc from macroscopic levels of reactor or cyclotron irradiated molybdenum targets. Furthermore, emerging technologies can be developed further to respond to the expected changing modes of (99m)Tc production. PMID:23142410

  9. Tc and Re behavior in borosilicate waste glass vapor hydration tests.

    PubMed

    McKeown, David A; Buechele, Andrew C; Lukens, Wayne W; Shuh, David K; Pegg, Ian L

    2007-01-15

    Technetium, found in some nuclear wastes (such as those generated from spent fuel reprocessing), is of particular concern with regard to long-term waste storage because of its long half-life (2.13 x 10(5) years) and high mobility in the environment. One method of stabilization of such waste is through vitrification to produce a durable borosilicate glass matrix. The fate of Tc under hydrothermal conditions in the vapor hydration test (VHT) was studied to assess and possibly predict the long-term rate of release of Tc from borosilicate waste glass. For comparison, the fate of rhenium, the preferred nonradioactive surrogate for Tc, was similarly studied. X-ray absorption spectroscopy (XAS) and scanning electron microscopy (SEM) measurements were made on each original borosilicate glass and the corresponding sample after the VHT. Tc K-edge XAS indicates that, despite starting with different Tc(IV) and Tc(VII) distributions in each glass, both corresponding VHT samples contain 100% Tc(IV). The Tc reduction within the VHT samples may be driven by the low-oxygen atmosphere compounded by oxygen depletion from corrosion of the surrounding stainless steel vessel. From SEM analyses, both of the Tc-containing VHT samples show complete alteration of the original glass, significant Tc enrichment near the sample surface, and nearly complete depletion of Tc toward the sample center. XAS indicates Tc(IV)O6 octahedra, possibly within gel-like amorphous silicates in both VHT samples, where Tc-Tc correlations are observed in the higher Tc-content VHT sample. Re L(II)-edge XAS and SEM indicate quite different behavior for Re under VHT conditions. The Re oxidation state appears to be invariant with respect to the VHT treatment, where perrhenate (Re(VII)) species are dominant in all Re-containing samples investigated; Re2O7 concentrations are low near the sample surface and increase to approach that of the unreacted glass toward the sample center. PMID:17310703

  10. Interdecadal changes in summer TC activity in East China Sea

    NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

    Choi, Ki-Seon; Cha, Yu-Mi; Kang, Sung-Dae; Kim, Hae-Dong

    2015-04-01

    The study analyzed the time series of the tropical cyclone (TC) frequencies which passed through the East China Sea between July and September from 1963 to 2012. The result of applying the statistical change-point analysis to this time series shows that a climate regime shift occurred in 1983 when the TC frequencies which pass the East China Sea area started increasing. The study then analyzed the average difference after 1983 (1984-2012) and before 1983 (1963-1983). The TC genesis frequency shows a tendency in mainly appearing in the tropical and subtropical Northwestern Pacific between 1963 and 1983 and the southern part between 1984 and 2012. The TC passage frequency shows a pattern that the TCs move from the far northeast sea of Philippines and change direction to Korea and Japan, passing through the East China Sea between 1984 and 2012. Meanwhile, the TC passage frequency shows a pattern which moves from the far southeast sea of the Philippines to southern China in the west direction in the previous period (1963-1983). These TC movement patterns coincide with the development status of the subtropical western North Pacific high (SWNPH) which averages for each period. It shows that the SWNPH in the second period stays away from the SWNPH in the second period from the northeast direction, but that the SWNPH in the first period expands to western Taiwan. This study analyzes the difference between the two periods in the 500-hPa streamline to understand the changes in such TC activities in the two groups. The anomalous anticyclonic circulations centered in the southern part of Japan are fortified in most of the subtropical Northwestern Pacific. The anomalous southerlies from the anomalous circulations are outstanding in the East China Sea area, Korea, and Japan. Therefore, the TCs generated in the tropical and subtropical Northwestern Pacific move along with the anomalous steering flow (anomalous southwesterlies) and up toward the East China Sea area, Korea, and Japan. The anomalous anticyclonic circulations are fortified in most of the subtropical Northwestern Pacific areas, but the anomalous cyclonic circulations are strengthened in the tropical Northwestern Pacific below 15° N, causing the generation of TCs mainly in the northwestern part of the tropical and subtropical Northwestern Pacific between 1963 and 1983, and in the southeastern part between 1984 and 2012.

  11. Technetium-99m generator system

    DOEpatents

    Mirzadeh, Saed (Knoxville, TN); Knapp, Jr., Furn F. (Oak Ridge, TN); Collins, Emory D. (Knoxville, TN)

    1998-01-01

    A .sup.99 Mo/.sup.99m Tc generator system includes a sorbent column loaded with a composition containing .sup.99 Mo. The sorbent column has an effluent end in fluid communication with an anion-exchange column for concentrating .sup.99m Tc eluted from the sorbent column. A method of preparing a concentrated solution of .sup.99m Tc includes the general steps of: a. providing a sorbent column loaded with a composition containing .sup.99 Mo, the sorbent column having an effluent end in fluid communication with an anion-exchange column; b. eluting the sorbent column with a salt solution to elute .sup.99m Tc from the sorbent and to trap and concentrate the eluted .sup.99m Tc on the ion-exchange column; and c. eluting the concentrated .sup.99m Tc from the ion-exchange column with a solution comprising a reductive complexing agent.

  12. Technetium-99m generator system

    DOEpatents

    Mirzadeh, S.; Knapp, F.F. Jr.; Collins, E.D.

    1998-06-30

    A {sup 99}Mo/{sup 99m}Tc generator system includes a sorbent column loaded with a composition containing {sup 99}Mo. The sorbent column has an effluent end in fluid communication with an anion-exchange column for concentrating {sup 99m}Tc eluted from the sorbent column. A method of preparing a concentrated solution of {sup 99m}Tc includes the general steps of: (a) providing a sorbent column loaded with a composition containing {sup 99}Mo, the sorbent column having an effluent end in fluid communication with an anion-exchange column; (b) eluting the sorbent column with a salt solution to elute {sup 99m}Tc from the sorbent and to trap and concentrate the eluted {sup 99m}Tc on the ion-exchange column; and (c) eluting the concentrated {sup 99m}Tc from the ion-exchange column with a solution comprising a reductive complexing agent. 1 fig.

  13. Development of a Luminex Bead Based Assay for Diagnosis of Toxocariasis Using Recombinant Antigens Tc-CTL-1 and Tc-TES-26.

    PubMed

    Anderson, John P; Rascoe, Lisa N; Levert, Keith; Chastain, Holly M; Reed, Matthew S; Rivera, Hilda N; McAuliffe, Isabel; Zhan, Bin; Wiegand, Ryan E; Hotez, Peter J; Wilkins, Patricia P; Pohl, Jan; Handali, Sukwan

    2015-10-01

    The clinical spectrum of human disease caused by the roundworms Toxocara canis and Toxocara cati ranges from visceral and ocular larva migrans to covert toxocariasis. The parasite is not typically recovered in affected tissues, so detection of parasite-specific antibodies is usually necessary for establishing a diagnosis. The most reliable immunodiagnostic methods use the Toxocara excretory-secretory antigens (TES-Ag) in ELISA formats to detect Toxocara-specific antibodies. To eliminate the need for native parasite materials, we identified and purified immunodiagnostic antigens using 2D gel electrophoresis followed by electrospray ionization mass spectrometry. Three predominant immunoreactive proteins were found in the TES; all three had been previously described in the literature: Tc-CTL-1, Tc-TES-26, and Tc-MUC-3. We generated Escherichia coli expressed recombinant proteins for evaluation in Luminex based immunoassays. We were unable to produce a functional assay with the Tc-MUC-3 recombinant protein. Tc-CTL-1 and Tc-TES-26 were successfully coupled and tested using defined serum batteries. The use of both proteins together generated better results than if the proteins were used individually. The sensitivity and specificity of the assay for detecting visceral larval migrans using Tc-CTL-1 plus Tc-TES-26 was 99% and 94%, respectively; the sensitivity for detecting ocular larval migrans was 64%. The combined performance of the new assay was superior to the currently available EIA and could potentially be employed to replace current assays that rely on native TES-Ag. PMID:26485145

  14. Development of a Luminex Bead Based Assay for Diagnosis of Toxocariasis Using Recombinant Antigens Tc-CTL-1 and Tc-TES-26

    PubMed Central

    Anderson, John P.; Rascoe, Lisa N.; Levert, Keith; Chastain, Holly M.; Reed, Matthew S.; Rivera, Hilda N.; McAuliffe, Isabel; Zhan, Bin; Wiegand, Ryan E.; Hotez, Peter J.; Wilkins, Patricia P.; Pohl, Jan; Handali, Sukwan

    2015-01-01

    The clinical spectrum of human disease caused by the roundworms Toxocara canis and Toxocara cati ranges from visceral and ocular larva migrans to covert toxocariasis. The parasite is not typically recovered in affected tissues, so detection of parasite-specific antibodies is usually necessary for establishing a diagnosis. The most reliable immunodiagnostic methods use the Toxocara excretory-secretory antigens (TES-Ag) in ELISA formats to detect Toxocara-specific antibodies. To eliminate the need for native parasite materials, we identified and purified immunodiagnostic antigens using 2D gel electrophoresis followed by electrospray ionization mass spectrometry. Three predominant immunoreactive proteins were found in the TES; all three had been previously described in the literature: Tc-CTL-1, Tc-TES-26, and Tc-MUC-3. We generated Escherichia coli expressed recombinant proteins for evaluation in Luminex based immunoassays. We were unable to produce a functional assay with the Tc-MUC-3 recombinant protein. Tc-CTL-1 and Tc-TES-26 were successfully coupled and tested using defined serum batteries. The use of both proteins together generated better results than if the proteins were used individually. The sensitivity and specificity of the assay for detecting visceral larval migrans using Tc-CTL-1 plus Tc-TES-26 was 99% and 94%, respectively; the sensitivity for detecting ocular larval migrans was 64%. The combined performance of the new assay was superior to the currently available EIA and could potentially be employed to replace current assays that rely on native TES-Ag. PMID:26485145

  15. Cyclotron production of ??mTc: recycling of enriched ??Mo metal targets.

    PubMed

    Gagnon, K; Wilson, J S; Holt, C M B; Abrams, D N; McEwan, A J B; Mitlin, D; McQuarrie, S A

    2012-08-01

    There is growing interest in the large scale cyclotron production of (99m)Tc via the (100)Mo(p,2n)(99m)Tc reaction. While the use and recycling of cyclotron-irradiated enriched molybdenum targets has been reported previously in the context of (94m)Tc production, to the best of our knowledge, previous recycling studies have been limited to the use of oxide targets. To facilitate reuse of high-power enriched (100)Mo targets, this work presents and evaluates a strategy for recycling of enriched metallic molybdenum. For the irradiated (100)Mo targets in this study, an overall metal to metal recovery of 87% is reported. Evaluation of "new" and "recycled" (100)Mo revealed no changes in the molybdenum isotopic composition (as measured via ICP-MS). For similar irradiation conditions of "new" and "recycled" (100)Mo, (i.e. target thicknesses, irradiation time, and energy), comparable levels of (94g)Tc, (95g)Tc, and (96g)Tc contaminants were observed. Comparable QC specifications (i.e. aluminum ion concentration, pH, and radiochemical purity) were also reported. We finally note that [(99m)Tc]-MDP images obtained by comparing MDP labelled with generator-based (99m)Tc vs. (99m)Tc obtained following the irradiation of recycled (100)Mo demonstrated comparable biodistribution. With the goal of producing large quantities of (99m)Tc, the proposed methodology demonstrates that efficient recycling of enriched metallic (100)Mo targets is feasible and effective. PMID:22750197

  16. Giant electrocaloric effect around Tc.

    PubMed

    Rose, Maimon C; Cohen, R E

    2012-11-01

    We use molecular dynamics with a first-principles-based shell model potential to study the electrocaloric effect (ECE) in lithium niobate, LiNbO(3), and find a giant electrocaloric effect along a line passing through the ferroelectric transition. With an applied electric field, a line of maximum ECE passes through the zero field ferroelectric transition, continuing along a Widom line at high temperatures with increasing fields, and along the instability that leads to homogeneous ferroelectric switching below T(c) with an applied field antiparallel to the spontaneous polarization. This line is defined as the minimum in the inverse capacitance under an applied electric field. We investigate the effects of pressure, temperature and an applied electric field on the ECE. The behavior we observe in LiNbO(3) should generally apply to ferroelectrics; we therefore suggest that the operating temperature for refrigeration and energy scavenging applications should be above the ferroelectric transition region to obtain a large electrocaloric response. The relationship between T(c), the Widom line, and homogeneous switching should be universal among ferroelectrics, relaxors, multiferroics, and the same behavior should be found under applied magnetic fields in ferromagnets. PMID:23215332

  17. Tc-99 Ion Exchange Resin Testing

    SciTech Connect

    Valenta, Michelle M.; Parker, Kent E.; Pierce, Eric M.

    2010-08-01

    Pacific Northwest National Laboratory was contracted by CHPRC to evaluate the release of 99Tc from spent resin used to treat water from well 299-W15-765 and stored for several years. The key questions to be answered are: 1) does 99Tc readily release from the spent ion exchange resin after being in storage for several years; 2) if hot water stripping is used to remove the co-contaminant carbon tetrachloride, will 99Tc that has been sequestered by the resin be released; and 3) can spent resin be encapsulated into a cementitious waste form; if so, how much 99Tc would be released from the weathering of the monolith waste form? The results from the long term stability leach test results confirm that the resin is not releasing a significant amount of the sequestered 99Tc, evident by the less than 0.02% of the total 99Tc loaded being identified in the solution. Furthermore, it is possible that the measured 99Tc concentration is the result of 99Tc contained in the pore spaces of the resin. In addition to these results, analyses conducted to examine the impact of hot water on the release of 99Tc suggest that only a small percentage of the total is being released. This suggest that hot water stripping to remove carbon tetrachloride will not have a significant affect on the resin’s ability to hold-on to sequestered 99Tc. Finally, encapsulation of spent resin in a cementitious material may be a viable disposal option, but additional tests are needed to examine the extent of physical degradation caused by moisture loss and the effect this degradation process can have on the release of 99Tc.

  18. Tc-99m Labeled carrier for imaging

    DOEpatents

    Henze, Eberhard (Santa Monica, CA)

    1984-01-01

    Novel radionuclide imaging agents, having particular application for lymphangiography are provided by non-covalently binding Tc-99m to a pharmaceutically acceptable cross-linked polysaccharide. Upon injection of the Tc-99m labeled polysaccharide into the blood stream, optimum contrast can be obtained within one hour.

  19. Quantitative simultaneous In-111/Tc-99m planar imaging in a long-bone infection phantom

    NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

    Zhu, Xuping; Park, Mi-Ae; Gerbaudo, Victor H.; Moore, Stephen C.

    2007-12-01

    In-111-white-blood-cell and Tc-99m-sulfur-colloid dual-radionuclide imaging are frequently utilized in the evaluation of patients with suspected osteomyelitis. We have developed a quantitative planar imaging method in which Tc-99m and In-111 scans are acquired simultaneously in accurate spatial registration. Long, thin tubes containing only In-111 or Tc-99m were first imaged in a list mode within a water bath inclined with respect to the water surface; from these, 12 energy spectra corresponding to different Tc/In ratios were synthesized. Triple-energy-window (TEW) parameters for scatter and radionuclide crosstalk correction, including scatter windows and weights, were optimized using 100 noise realizations of each of the spectra (1200 total). A long-bone phantom containing a simulated infection site was then imaged in water with five In/Tc ratios; 100 noise realizations of two conjugate-view images were generated from each acquisition (500 total). Two regions of interest (ROIs) were defined, and the ratio of In/Tc count ratios in these two ROIs was evaluated with and without the TEW scatter correction and geometric mean attenuation compensation. The average bias improved from 17.2% to 5.3%, with comparable precision. TEW corrections with non-optimized but practical energy windows also improved the bias to 6.4%. Compared with subjective visual assessment, quantitation of In-111/Tc-99m ratios may improve diagnostic accuracy and could eventually permit grading of osteomyelitis.

  20. Scintillating 99Tc Selective Ion Exchange Resins

    SciTech Connect

    Mitchell Greenhalgh; Richard D. Tillotson

    2012-07-01

    Scintillating technetium (99Tc) selective ion exchange resins have been developed and evaluated for equilibrium capacities and detection efficiencies. These resins can be utilized for the in-situ concentration and detection of low levels of pertechnetate anions (99TcO4-) in natural waters. Three different polystyrene type resin support materials were impregnated with varying amounts of tricaprylmethylammonium chloride (Aliquat 336) extractant, several different scintillating fluors and wavelength shifters. The prepared resins were contacted batch-wise to equilibrium over a wide range of 99TcO4- concentrations in natural water. The measured capacities were used to develop Langmuir adsorption isotherms for each resin. 99Tc detection efficiencies were determined and up to 71.4 ± 2.6% was achieved with some resins. The results demonstrate that a low level detection limit for 99TcO4- in natural waters can be realized.

  1. Power Systems Development Facility Gasification Test Campaing TC14

    SciTech Connect

    Southern Company Services

    2004-02-28

    In support of technology development to utilize coal for efficient, affordable, and environmentally clean power generation, the Power Systems Development Facility (PSDF) located in Wilsonville, Alabama, routinely demonstrates gasification technologies using various types of coals. The PSDF is an engineering scale demonstration of key features of advanced coal-fired power systems, including a KBR Transport Gasifier, a hot gas particulate control device (PCD), advanced syngas cleanup systems, and high pressure solids handling systems. This report details test campaign TC14 of the PSDF gasification process. TC14 began on February 16, 2004, and lasted until February 28, 2004, accumulating 214 hours of operation using Powder River Basin (PRB) subbituminous coal. The gasifier operating temperatures varied from 1760 to 1810 F at pressures from 188 to 212 psig during steady air blown operations and approximately 160 psig during oxygen blown operations.

  2. Oxidative Dissolution Potential of Biogenic and Abiogenic TcO2 in Subsurface Sediments

    SciTech Connect

    Fredrickson, Jim K.; Zachara, John M.; Plymale, Andrew E.; Heald, Steve M.; McKinley, James P.; Kennedy, David W.; Liu, Chongxuan; Nachimuthu, Ponnusamy

    2009-04-15

    Technetium-99 (Tc) is an important fission product contaminant associated with sites of nuclear fuels reprocessing and geologic nuclear waste disposal. Exhibiting an intermediate redox potential, Tc is highly mobile in its anionic, oxidized state [Tc(VII)O4-]; and less mobile as a poorly soluble oxyhydroxide precipitate [Tc(IV)O2nH2O] in its reduced state. Here we investigate the potential for oxidation of Tc(IV) that was heterogeneously reduced by reaction with biogenic Fe(II) in two sediments differing in mineralogy and aggregation state (FRC, RG). Both sediments contained Fe(III) and Mn(III/IV) as redox active phases, but FRC also contained mass-dominant Fe-phyllosilicates of different types. Biogenic Tc(IV)O2nH2O was oxidized in anoxic, but unreduced RG and FRC sediments through redox interaction with Mn(III/IV) oxides. Bioreduction by Shewanella putrefaciens CN32 dissolved Mn(III/IV) oxides and generated biogenic Fe(II) that was reactive with Tc(VII) in heat-killed, bioreduced sediment. Biogenic Fe(II) in the FRC exceeded that in RG by a factor of two. More rapid reduction rates were observed in the RG that had lower biogenic Fe(II), and less particle aggregation. EXAFS measurements indicated that the primary reduction product was a TcO2-like phase in both sediments. Redox product Tc(IV) oxidized rapidly and completely in RG when contacted with air. Oxidation, in contrast, was slow and incomplete in the FRC, in spite of similar molecular speciation to RG. X-ray microprobe, electron microprobe, x-ray absorption spectroscopy, and micro x-ray diffraction were applied to the whole sediment and isolated Tc-contained particles. These analyses revealed that non-oxidizable Tc(IV) in the FRC existed as complexes with octahedral Fe(III) within intra-grain domains of 50-100 m-sized, Fe-containing micas presumptively identified as celadonite. The markedly slower oxidation rates in FRC as compared to RG were attributed to mass-transfer-limited migration of O2 into intra-aggregate and intraparticle domains where Tc(IV) existed; and the formation of unique, oxidation-resistant, intragrain Tc(IV)-Fe(III) molecular species.

  3. Oxidative dissolution potential of biogenic and abiogenic TcO{sub 2} in subsurface sediments.

    SciTech Connect

    Fredrickson, J. K.; Zachara, J. M.; Plymale, A. E.; Heald, S. M.; McKinley, J. P.; Kennedy, D. W.; Liu, C.; Nachimuthu, P.

    2009-04-01

    Technetium-99 (Tc) is an important fission product contaminant associated with sites of nuclear fuels reprocessing and geologic nuclear waste disposal. Tc is highly mobile in its most oxidized state [Tc(VII)O{sub 4}{sup -}] and less mobile in the reduced form [Tc(IV)O{sub 2} {center_dot} nH{sub 2}O]. Here we investigate the potential for oxidation of Tc(IV) that was heterogeneously reduced by reaction with biogenic Fe(II) in two sediments differing in mineralogy and aggregation state; unconsolidated Pliocene-age fluvial sediment from the upper Ringold (RG) Formation at the Hanford Site and a clay-rich saprolite from the Field Research Center (FRC) background site on the Oak Ridge Site. Both sediments contained Fe(III) and Mn(III/IV) as redox active phases, but FRC also contained mass-dominant Fe-phyllosilicates of different types. Shewanella putrefaciens CN32 reduced Mn(III/IV) oxides and generated Fe(II) that was reactive with Tc(VII) in heat-killed, bioreduced sediment. After bioreduction and heat-killing, biogenic Fe(II) in the FRC exceeded that in RG by a factor of two. More rapid reduction rates were observed in the RG that had lower biogenic Fe(II), and less particle aggregation. EXAFS measurements indicated that the primary reduction product was a TcO{sub 2}-like phase in both sediments. The biogenic redox product Tc(IV) oxidized rapidly and completely in RG when contacted with air. Oxidation, in contrast, was slow and incomplete in the FRC, in spite of similar molecular scale speciation of Tc compared to RG. X-ray microprobe, electron microprobe, X-ray absorption spectroscopy, and micro X-ray diffraction were applied to the whole sediment and isolated Tc-containing particles. These analyses revealed that non-oxidizable Tc(IV) in the FRC existed as complexes with octahedral Fe(III) within intra-grain domains of 50-100 {micro}m-sized, Fe-containing micas presumptively identified as celadonite. The markedly slower oxidation rates in FRC as compared to RG were attributed to mass-transfer-limited migration of O{sub 2} into intra-aggregate and intraparticle domains where Tc(IV) existed; and the formation of unique, oxidation-resistant, intragrain Tc(IV)-Fe(III) molecular species.

  4. Oxidative dissolution potential of biogenic and abiogenic TcO 2 in subsurface sediments

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    Fredrickson, James K.; Zachara, John M.; Plymale, Andrew E.; Heald, Steve M.; McKinley, James P.; Kennedy, David W.; Liu, Chongxuan; Nachimuthu, Ponnusamy

    2009-04-01

    Technetium-99 (Tc) is an important fission product contaminant associated with sites of nuclear fuels reprocessing and geologic nuclear waste disposal. Tc is highly mobile in its most oxidized state [Tc(VII)O4-] and less mobile in the reduced form [Tc(IV)O 2· nH 2O]. Here we investigate the potential for oxidation of Tc(IV) that was heterogeneously reduced by reaction with biogenic Fe(II) in two sediments differing in mineralogy and aggregation state; unconsolidated Pliocene-age fluvial sediment from the upper Ringold (RG) Formation at the Hanford Site and a clay-rich saprolite from the Field Research Center (FRC) background site on the Oak Ridge Site. Both sediments contained Fe(III) and Mn(III/IV) as redox active phases, but FRC also contained mass-dominant Fe-phyllosilicates of different types. Shewanella putrefaciens CN32 reduced Mn(III/IV) oxides and generated Fe(II) that was reactive with Tc(VII) in heat-killed, bioreduced sediment. After bioreduction and heat-killing, biogenic Fe(II) in the FRC exceeded that in RG by a factor of two. More rapid reduction rates were observed in the RG that had lower biogenic Fe(II), and less particle aggregation. EXAFS measurements indicated that the primary reduction product was a TcO 2-like phase in both sediments. The biogenic redox product Tc(IV) oxidized rapidly and completely in RG when contacted with air. Oxidation, in contrast, was slow and incomplete in the FRC, in spite of similar molecular scale speciation of Tc compared to RG. X-ray microprobe, electron microprobe, X-ray absorption spectroscopy, and micro X-ray diffraction were applied to the whole sediment and isolated Tc-containing particles. These analyses revealed that non-oxidizable Tc(IV) in the FRC existed as complexes with octahedral Fe(III) within intra-grain domains of 50-100 μm-sized, Fe-containing micas presumptively identified as celadonite. The markedly slower oxidation rates in FRC as compared to RG were attributed to mass-transfer-limited migration of O 2 into intra-aggregate and intraparticle domains where Tc(IV) existed; and the formation of unique, oxidation-resistant, intragrain Tc(IV)-Fe(III) molecular species.

  5. A fast and simple dose-calibrator-based quality control test for the radionuclidic purity of cyclotron-produced 99mTc

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    Tanguay, J.; Hou, X.; Esquinas, P.; Vuckovic, M.; Buckley, K.; Schaffer, P.; Bénard, F.; Ruth, T. J.; Celler, A.

    2015-11-01

    Cyclotron production of {{}99\\text{m}} Tc through the 100Mo(p,2n){{}99\\text{m}} Tc reaction channel is actively being investigated as an alternative to reactor-based 99Mo generation by nuclear fission of 235U. Like most radioisotope production methods, cyclotron production of {{}99\\text{m}} Tc will result in creation of unwanted impurities, including Tc and non-Tc isotopes. It is important to measure the amounts of these impurities for release of cyclotron-produced {{}99\\text{m}} Tc (CPTc) for clinical use. Detection of radioactive impurities will rely on measurements of their gamma (γ) emissions. Gamma spectroscopy is not suitable for this purpose because the overwhelming presence of {{}99\\text{m}} Tc and the count-rate limitations of γ spectroscopy systems preclude fast and accurate measurement of small amounts of impurities. In this article we describe a simple and fast method for measuring γ emission rates from radioactive impurities in CPTc. The proposed method is similar to that used to identify 99Mo breakthrough in generator-produced {{}99\\text{m}} Tc: one dose calibrator (DC) reading of a CPTc source placed in a lead shield is followed by a second reading of the same source in air. Our experimental and theoretical analysis show that the ratio of DC readings in lead to those in air are linearly related to γ emission rates from impurities per MBq of {{}99\\text{m}} Tc over a large range of clinically-relevant production conditions. We show that estimates of the γ emission rates from Tc impurities per MBq of {{}99\\text{m}} Tc can be used to estimate increases in radiation dose (relative to pure {{}99\\text{m}} Tc) to patients injected with CPTc-based radiopharmaceuticals. This enables establishing dosimetry-based clinical-release criteria that can be tested using commercially-available dose calibrators. We show that our approach is highly sensitive to the presence of {{}93\\text{g}} Tc, {{}93\\text{m}} Tc, {{}94\\text{g}} Tc, {{}94\\text{m}} Tc, {{}95\\text{m}} Tc, {{}95\\text{g}} Tc, and {{}96\\text{g}} Tc, in addition to a number of non-Tc impurities.

  6. A fast and simple dose-calibrator-based quality control test for the radionuclidic purity of cyclotron-produced (99m)Tc.

    PubMed

    Tanguay, J; Hou, X; Esquinas, P; Vuckovic, M; Buckley, K; Schaffer, P; Bnard, F; Ruth, T J; Celler, A

    2015-11-01

    Cyclotron production of 99mTc through the (100)Mo(p,2n)99mTc reaction channel is actively being investigated as an alternative to reactor-based (99)Mo generation by nuclear fission of (235)U. Like most radioisotope production methods, cyclotron production of 99mTc will result in creation of unwanted impurities, including Tc and non-Tc isotopes. It is important to measure the amounts of these impurities for release of cyclotron-produced 99mTc (CPTc) for clinical use. Detection of radioactive impurities will rely on measurements of their gamma (?) emissions. Gamma spectroscopy is not suitable for this purpose because the overwhelming presence of 99mTc and the count-rate limitations of ? spectroscopy systems preclude fast and accurate measurement of small amounts of impurities. In this article we describe a simple and fast method for measuring ? emission rates from radioactive impurities in CPTc. The proposed method is similar to that used to identify (99)Mo breakthrough in generator-produced 99mTc: one dose calibrator (DC) reading of a CPTc source placed in a lead shield is followed by a second reading of the same source in air. Our experimental and theoretical analysis show that the ratio of DC readings in lead to those in air are linearly related to ? emission rates from impurities per MBq of 99mTc over a large range of clinically-relevant production conditions. We show that estimates of the ? emission rates from Tc impurities per MBq of 99mTc can be used to estimate increases in radiation dose (relative to pure 99mTc) to patients injected with CPTc-based radiopharmaceuticals. This enables establishing dosimetry-based clinical-release criteria that can be tested using commercially-available dose calibrators. We show that our approach is highly sensitive to the presence of 93gTc, 93mTc, 94gTc, 94mTc, 95mTc, 95gTc, and 96gTc, in addition to a number of non-Tc impurities. PMID:26449791

  7. Reexamination of cross sections of the 100Mo(p,2n)99mTc reaction

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    Takács, S.; Hermanne, A.; Ditrói, F.; Tárkányi, F.; Aikawa, M.

    2015-03-01

    The nuclear medicine community has been expressing concerns world wide regarding shortages of 99mTc supply based on fission production of 99Mo from highly enriched uranium (HEU) to prepare 99Mo/99mTc generators. As an alternative to reactor produced 99Mo/99mTc generator technology, the direct production of 99mTc on accelerators is considered. There are a number of methods of using accelerators to produce 99mTc and/or 99Mo. Direct production of 99mTc on highly enriched 100Mo target using cyclotrons is interesting for energies up to 20 MeV, so as to minimize the impurities from additional open reaction channels. To estimate the quality of the accelerator produced 99mTc all the possible reaction routes should be mapped which could be potentially involved in this technology. However, a well defined excitation function for the 100Mo(p,2n)99mTc primary reaction is needed, in order to achieve acceptable good results in assessing the quality of the accelerator-produced 99mTc by theoretical calculations. Most of the available experimental cross section data series for the 100Mo(p,2n)99mTc reaction have the same general shape while their amplitudes are different. A large difference more than a factor of two may, indeed, be observed between the lowest and the highest datasets values. The aim of this study was therefore to get a new evaluation for the 100Mo(p,2n)99mTc cross section, through three independent experiments, aiming at a more confident estimation about the amplitude of the excitation function.

  8. Behavior of reduced 99/Tc and 99/Tc organic complexes on Hanford soil

    SciTech Connect

    Franz, J.A.; Martin, L.Y.; Wiggins, D.J.

    1982-02-01

    Both synthetically and naturally derived organic complexing agents in soil have been found in other studies to accelerate the rate of migration of specific radionuclides. In an effort to aid in the development of comprehensive plans for the disposal of low-level waste, the effect of organic complexing agents on the transport properties of /sup 99/Tc, a long-lived constituent of radioactive waste, was examined. The effect of ethylenediaminetetraacetic acid (EDTA), diethylenetriaminepentaacetic acid (DTPA), and sodium citrate on the mobility of reduced Tc species was examined from two aspects: first, by techniques of desorption from soil in which reduced, sorbed Tc was exposed to solutions of organic ligands; and second, by exposure of synthetic Tc-organic complexes to soils. Only a slight desorption of reduced Tc from Hanford soil by EDTA was found to occur in 10-day desorption tests. However, when synthetic EDTA and DTPA complexes of reduced Tc were exposed to soil under similar conditions, only a slight amount of Tc was sorbed by the soil. This comparison clearly shows that at least one type of test did not reach equilibrium in the 10-day time period allowed. Although the effects of these complexants at equilibrium cannot be quantified from these data, it is obvious that they can have large effects on the mobility of reduced Tc. Desorption tests of reduced Tc from Hanford soil by citrate solutions showed definite indications of desorption only at a relatively high (0.01 M) citrate concentrations. Results with synthetic Tc(IV) and Tc(V) citrate complexes indicate the Tc(V) citrate complex to be strongly sorbed, while the Tc(IV) citrate complex was sorbed only slightly.

  9. 99mTC-Methylene diphosphonate uptake at injury site correlates with osteoblast differentiation and mineralization during bone healing in mice

    PubMed Central

    Zhong, Zhendong A; Peck, Anderson; Li, Shihong; VanOss, Jeff; Snider, John; Droscha, Casey J; Chang, Tingtung A; Williams, Bart O

    2015-01-01

    99mTc-Methylene diphosphonate (99mTc-MDP) is widely used in clinical settings to detect bone abnormalities. However, the mechanism of 99mTc-MDP uptake in bone is not well elucidated. In this study, we utilized a mouse tibia injury model, single-photon emission computed tomography (gamma scintigraphy or SPECT), ex vivo micro-computed tomography, and histology to monitor 99mTc-MDP uptake in injury sites during skeletal healing. In an ex vivo culture system, calvarial cells were differentiated into osteoblasts with osteogenic medium, pulsed with 99mTc-MDP at different time points, and quantitated for 99mTc-MDP uptake with a gamma counter. We demonstrated that 99mTc-MDP uptake in the injury sites corresponded to osteoblast generation in those sites throughout the healing process. The 99mTc-MDP uptake within the injury sites peaked on day 7 post-injury, while the injury sites were occupied by mature osteoblasts also starting from day 7. 99mTc-MDP uptake started to decrease 14 days post-surgery, when we observed the highest level of bony tissue in the injury sites. We also found that 99mTc-MDP uptake was associated with osteoblast maturation and mineralization in vitro. This study provides direct and biological evidence for 99mTc-MDP uptake in osteoblasts during bone healing in vivo and in vitro. PMID:26273540

  10. Power Systems Development Facility Gasification Test Campaing TC18

    SciTech Connect

    Southern Company Services

    2005-08-31

    In support of technology development to utilize coal for efficient, affordable, and environmentally clean power generation, the Power Systems Development Facility (PSDF) located in Wilsonville, Alabama, routinely demonstrates gasification technologies using various types of coals. The PSDF is an engineering scale demonstration of key features of advanced coal-fired power systems, including a KBR Transport Gasifier, a hot gas particulate control device (PCD), advanced syngas cleanup systems, and high pressure solids handling systems. This report details Test Campaign TC18 of the PSDF gasification process. Test campaign TC18 began on June 23, 2005, and ended on August 22, 2005, with the gasifier train accumulating 1,342 hours of operation using Powder River Basin (PRB) subbituminous coal. Some of the testing conducted included commissioning of a new recycle syngas compressor for gasifier aeration, evaluation of PCD filter elements and failsafes, testing of gas cleanup technologies, and further evaluation of solids handling equipment. At the conclusion of TC18, the PSDF gasification process had been operated for more than 7,750 hours.

  11. Power Systems Development Facility Gasification Test Campaign TC24

    SciTech Connect

    Southern Company Services

    2008-03-30

    In support of technology development to utilize coal for efficient, affordable, and environmentally clean power generation, the Power Systems Development Facility (PSDF), located in Wilsonville, Alabama, routinely demonstrates gasification technologies using various types of coals. The PSDF is an engineering scale demonstration of key features of advanced coal-fired power systems, including a KBR Transport Gasifier, a hot gas particulate control device, advanced syngas cleanup systems, and high-pressure solids handling systems. This report summarizes the results of TC24, the first test campaign using a bituminous coal as the feedstock in the modified Transport Gasifier configuration. TC24 was conducted from February 16, 2008, through March 19, 2008. The PSDF gasification process operated for about 230 hours in air-blown gasification mode with about 225 tons of Utah bituminous coal feed. Operational challenges in gasifier operation were related to particle agglomeration, a large percentage of oversize coal particles, low overall gasifier solids collection efficiency, and refractory degradation in the gasifier solids collection unit. The carbon conversion and syngas heating values varied widely, with low values obtained during periods of low gasifier operating temperature. Despite the operating difficulties, several periods of steady state operation were achieved, which provided useful data for future testing. TC24 operation afforded the opportunity for testing of various types of technologies, including dry coal feeding with a developmental feeder, the Pressure Decoupled Advanced Coal (PDAC) feeder; evaluating a new hot gas filter element media configuration; and enhancing syngas cleanup with water-gas shift catalysts. During TC24, the PSDF site was also made available for testing of the National Energy Technology Laboratory's fuel cell module and Media Process Technology's hydrogen selective membrane.

  12. Renal uptakes of 99mTc-MAG3, 99mTc-DTPA, and 99mTc-DMSA in rabbits with unilateral ureteral obstruction.

    PubMed

    Lee, Won Guk; Kim, Joong-Hyun; Kim, Jong Min; Shim, Kyung Mi; Kang, Seong Soo; Chae, Hong In; Choi, Seok Hwa

    2010-01-01

    Renal function measurements using (99m)Tc-DTPA and (99m)Tc-MAG(3) dynamic scintigraphs were compared to those obtained using (99m)Tc-DMSA static scintigraphy. Eighteen experimental rabbits were randomly divided into (99m)Tc-DTPA-, (99m)Tc-MAG(3)-, and (99m) Tc-DMSA-injected groups. Experimental unilateral renal damage was induced by ligating a unilateral right ureter in 18 rabbits. Scintigraphic images were obtained at 2 and 5 h after intravenous injection of (99m)Tc-DMSA, or immediately after administration of (99m)Tc-DTPA or (99m)Tc-MAG(3). For the dynamic images using (99m)Tc-DTPA and (99m)Tc-MAG(3), rapid sequential images were obtained every 2 s for 30 images up to 1 min. The three groups presented different relative renal functions between the left normal and the right abnormal kidneys at 1, 2, 3, and 4 weeks post-ligation (p<0.05). However, the between-group comparisons showed no significant differences at any time. These results suggest that dynamic images of (99m)Tc-DTPA and (99m)Tc-MAG(3) can be used to measure the relative renal function in place of the static image of (99m)Tc-DMSA. PMID:20363984

  13. Technetium Removal Using Tc-Goethite Coprecipitation

    SciTech Connect

    Um, Wooyong; Wang, Guohui; Jung, Hun Bok; Peterson, Reid A.

    2013-11-18

    This report describes the results from laboratory tests performed at Pacific Northwest National Laboratory for the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) EM-31 Support Program (EMSP) subtask, “Low temperature waste forms coupled with technetium removal using an alternative immobilization process such as Fe(II) treated-goethite precipitation” to increase our understanding of 99Tc long-term stability in goethite mineral form and the process that controls the 99Tc(VII) reduction and removal by the final Fe (oxy)hydroxide forms. The overall objectives of this task were to 1) evaluate the transformation process of Fe (oxy)hydroxide solids to the more crystalline goethite (α-FeOOH) mineral for 99Tc removal and 2) determine the mechanism that limits 99Tc(IV) reoxidation in Fe(II)-treated 99Tc-goethite mineral and 3) evaluate whether there is a long-term 99Tcoxidation state change for Tc sequestered in the iron solids.

  14. Tc-99m pyrophosphate myocardial imaging in perimyocarditis

    SciTech Connect

    Ahmad, M.; Dubiel, J.P.

    1981-05-01

    A focal or diffuse pattern of Tc-99m pyrophosphate (Tc-99m PPi) myocardial uptake may occur in patients with acute myocardial necrosis from various causes. A recent study has shown intense Tc-99m PPi myocardial uptake in experimental viral perimyocarditis in mice. This report describes a patient with perimyocarditis, with intense, persistent, and generalized myocardial uptake of Tc99m PPi.

  15. Secrets of Soil Survival Revealed by the Genome Sequence of Arthrobacter aurescens TC1

    PubMed Central

    Daugherty, Sean C; DeBoy, Robert T; Emerson, Joanne B; Shvartzbeyn, Alla; Radune, Diana; Vamathevan, Jessica; Riggs, Florenta; Grinberg, Viktoria; Khouri, Hoda; Wackett, Lawrence P; Nelson, Karen E; Sadowsky, Michael J

    2006-01-01

    Arthrobacter sp. strains are among the most frequently isolated, indigenous, aerobic bacterial genera found in soils. Member of the genus are metabolically and ecologically diverse and have the ability to survive in environmentally harsh conditions for extended periods of time. The genome of Arthrobacter aurescens strain TC1, which was originally isolated from soil at an atrazine spill site, is composed of a single 4,597,686 basepair (bp) circular chromosome and two circular plasmids, pTC1 and pTC2, which are 408,237 bp and 300,725 bp, respectively. Over 66% of the 4,702 open reading frames (ORFs) present in the TC1 genome could be assigned a putative function, and 13.2% (623 genes) appear to be unique to this bacterium, suggesting niche specialization. The genome of TC1 is most similar to that of Tropheryma, Leifsonia, Streptomyces, and Corynebacterium glutamicum, and analyses suggest that A. aurescens TC1 has expanded its metabolic abilities by relying on the duplication of catabolic genes and by funneling metabolic intermediates generated by plasmid-borne genes to chromosomally encoded pathways. The data presented here suggest that Arthrobacter's environmental prevalence may be due to its ability to survive under stressful conditions induced by starvation, ionizing radiation, oxygen radicals, and toxic chemicals. PMID:17194220

  16. PREFACE: 2014 Joint IMEKO TC1-TC7-TC13 Symposium: Measurement Science Behind Safety and Security

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    Sousa, João A.; Ribeiro, Álvaro S.; Filipe, Eduarda

    2015-02-01

    The 2014 Joint IMEKO (International Measurement Confederation) TC1-TC7-TC13 Symposium was organized by RELACRE - Portuguese Association of Accredited Laboratories and the Portuguese Society for Metrology, on 3-5 September 2014. The work of this symposium is reported in this volume. The scope of the symposium includes the main topics covered by the above Technical Committees: - TC1 Education and Training in measurement and Instrumentation - TC7 Measurement Science - TC13 Measurements in Biology and Medicine The effort towards excellence of previous events, in this well established series, is maintained. There has been a special focus on measurement science behind safety and security, with the aim of highlighting the interdisciplinary character of measurement science and the importance of metrology in our daily lives. The discussion was introduced by keynote lectures on measurement challenges in biometrics, health monitoring and social sciences, to promote useful interactions with scientists from different disciplines. The Symposium was attended by experts working in these areas from 18 countries, including USA, Japan and China, and provided a useful forum for them to share and exchange their work and ideas. In total over fifty papers are included in the volume, organized according to the presentation sessions. Each paper was independently peer-reviewed by two reviewers from a distinguished international panel. The Symposium was held in Funchal, capital of Madeira Islands, known as the Atlantic Pearl. This wonderful Atlantic archipelago, formed by Madeira and Porto Santo islands, discovered in the 14th century, was chosen to host the 2014 IMEKO TC1-TC7-TC13 Joint Symposium ''Measurement Science behind Safety and Security''. It was the first territory discovered by the Portuguese sailors, when set out to discover a new world, in an epic journey where instrumentation and quality of measurement played a central role in the success of the enterprise, and gave an important technological edge to those men. A fortunate analogy to the advances sought by the research undertaken in the areas covered by this event. We would like to take this opportunity to thank the members of the Symposium Steering and International Programme Committees, many of whom acted as reviewers of the papers presented here under a very short timescale, as well as our partner, SPMet - Portuguese Society for Metrology. The editors hope that this volume will provide a useful contribution to enhancing the science, technology, education, and training in measurement and instrumentation. João A. Sousa, Álvaro S. Ribeiro and Eduarda Filipe Editors

  17. Insights into Stabilization of the 99TcVO Core for Synthesis of 99TcVO Compounds

    SciTech Connect

    McGregor, Donna; Burton-Pye, Benjamin P.; Lukens, Wayne W.; Howell, Robertha C.; Francesconi, Lynn C.

    2014-01-01

    Synthesis of technetium-99 (99Tc; t1/2: 2.1 105 years, max: 253 keV) materials is of importance in studies of the nuclear fuel cycle where Tc is a major fission product (6percent thermal yield from 235U and 239Pu), in understanding radioactive tank waste composition, and in identifying 99mTc compounds for nuclear medicine imaging. One of the most useful synthetic starting materials, (NBu4)TcOCl4, is susceptible to disproportionation in water to form TcO4 and TcIV species, especially TcO2 2H2O. This unwanted reaction is especially problematic when working with ligands bearing hard donor atoms, such as oxygen, where the stability with the soft TcV=O3+ core may be low. Polyoxometalates (POMs) are such ligands. They possess defect sites with four hard oxygen atoms and show low (ca. 108) stability constants with transition metals. Tc complexes of POMs are molecular-level models for Tc metal oxide solid-state materials and can provide information on coordination and redox environments of metal oxides that stabilize low-valent Tc. In order to synthesize pure Tc POM complexes [TcVO(1-P2W17O61)]7 (TcVO-1) and [TcVO(2-P2W17O61)]7 (TcVO-2) from (NBu4)TcOCl4, we have identified strategies that minimize formation of TcIV species and optimize the formation of pure TcV species. The parameters that we consider are the amount of ethylene glycol, which is employed as a transfer ligand to prevent hydrolysis of (NBu4)TcOCl4, and the precipitating agent. The TcIV species that contaminates the non-optimized syntheses is likely a TcIV -oxido-bridged dimer [TcIV-(-O)2-TcIV]. We also employ a novel procedure where the 2 ligand is photoactivated and reduced (in the presence of a sacrificial electron donor) to subsequently reduce TcVIIO4 to an isolatable TcVO-2 product that is remarkably free of TcIV.

  18. High-frequency excision of transposable element Tc 1 in the nematode Caenorhabditis elegans is limited to somatic cells.

    PubMed

    Emmons, S W; Yesner, L

    1984-03-01

    Tc 1 transposable elements in the nematode Caenorhabditis elegans undergo excision at high frequency. We show here that this excision occurs primarily or entirely in the somatic tissues of the organism. Absence of germ-line excision is demonstrated by showing that Tc 1 elements are genetically stable; elements at particular genomic sites, as well as the overall number of elements in the genome, were stably maintained during a year of continuous, nonselective propagation. Somatic excision is demonstrated by showing that empty Tc 1 sites arise during a single generation of growth of a synchronous population and are not inherited by the next generation. These results suggest that excision of Tc 1 elements is under the control of tissue-specific factors. PMID:6321037

  19. Specific activity effect in the metabolism of Tc

    SciTech Connect

    Ennis, M.E. Jr.; Johnson, J.E.; Ward, G.M.; Voigt, G.M.

    1988-02-01

    A study of transfer to milk of three isotopes of Tc indicated different results for /sup 99m/TcO/sub 4/-, /sup 95m/TcO/sub 4/-, and /sup 99/TcO/sub 4/-. When the three isotopes were given orally to lactating goats in separate experiments, the milk transfer coefficients increased with decreasing specific activity. Gut absorption of Tc administered as pertechnetate (TcO/sub 4/-) was decreased by reduction of TcO/sub 4/- in the rumen. The rate of reduction of TcO/sub 4/- in the rumen was greater for higher specific activity doses of Tc. These results suggest that the specific activity of a radioisotope may significantly influence the estimated dose to humans from contaminated milk and, probably, other food products.

  20. Monitoring Tc dynamics in a bioreduced sediment: an investigation with gamma camera imaging of (99m)Tc-pertechnetate and (99m)Tc-DTPA.

    PubMed

    Vandehey, Nicholas T; O'Neil, James P; Slowey, Aaron J; Boutchko, Rostyslav; Druhan, Jennifer L; Moses, William W; Nico, Peter S

    2012-11-20

    We demonstrate the utility of nuclear medical imaging technologies and a readily available radiotracer, [(99m)Tc]TcO(4)(-), for the noninvasive monitoring of Fe(II) production in acetate-stimulated sediments from Old Rifle, CO, USA. Microcosms consisting of sediment in artificial groundwater media amended with acetate were probed by repeated injection of radiotracer over three weeks. Gamma camera imaging was used to noninvasively quantify the rate and extent of [(99m)Tc]TcO(4)(-) partitioning from solution to sediment. Aqueous Fe(II) and sediment-associated Fe(II) were also measured and correlated with the observed tracer behavior. For each injection of tracer, curves of (99m)Tc concentration in solution vs time were fitted to an analytic function that accounts for both the observed rate of sedimentation as well as the rate of (99m)Tc association with the sediment. The rate and extent of (99m)Tc association with the biostimulated sediment correlated well with the production of Fe(II), and a mechanism of [(99m)Tc]TcO(4)(-) reduction via reaction with surface-bound Fe(II) to form an immobile Tc(IV) species was inferred. After three weeks of bioreduction, a subset of microcosms was aerated in order to reoxidize the Fe(II) to Fe(III), which also destroyed the affinity of the [(99m)Tc]TcO(4)(-) for the sediments. However, within 3 days postoxidation, the rate of Tc(VII) reduction was faster than immediately before oxidation implying a rapid return to more extensive bioreduction. Furthermore, aeration soon after a tracer injection showed that sediment-bound Tc(IV) is rapidly resolubilized to Tc(VII). In contrast to the [(99m)Tc]TcO(4)(-), a second commercially available tracer, (99m)Tc-DTPA (diethylenetriaminepentaacetic acid), had minimal association with sediment in both controls and biostimulated sediments. These experiments show the promise of [(99m)Tc]TcO(4)(-) and (99m)Tc-DTPA as noninvasive imaging probes for a redox-sensitive radiotracer and a conservative flow tracer, respectively. PMID:23078357

  1. 99mTc: Labeling Chemistry and Labeled Compounds

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    Alberto, R.; Abram, U.

    This chapter reviews the radiopharmaceutical chemistry of technetium related to the synthesis of perfusion agents and to the labeling of receptor-binding biomolecules. To understand the limitations of technetium chemistry imposed by future application of the complexes in nuclear medicine, an introductory section analyzes the compulsory requirements to be considered when facing the incentive of introducing a novel radiopharmaceutical into the market. Requirements from chemistry, routine application, and market are discussed. In a subsequent section, commercially available 99mTc-based radiopharmaceuticals are treated. It covers the complexes in use for imaging the most important target organs such as heart, brain, or kidney. The commercially available radiopharmaceuticals fulfill the requirements outlined earlier and are discussed with this background. In a following section, the properties and perspectives of the different generations of radiopharmaceuticals are described in a general way, covering characteristics for perfusion agents and for receptor-specific molecules. Technetium chemistry for the synthesis of perfusion agents and the different labeling approaches for target-specific biomolecules are summarized. The review comprises a general introduction to the common approaches currently in use, employing the N x S4-x , [3+1] and 2-hydrazino-nicotinicacid (HYNIC) method as well as more recent strategies such as the carbonyl and the TcN approach. Direct labeling without the need of a bifunctional chelator is briefly reviewed as well. More particularly, recent developments in the labeling of concrete targeting molecules, the second generation of radiopharmaceuticals, is then discussed and prominent examples with antibodies/peptides, neuroreceptor targeting small molecules, myocardial imaging agents, vitamins, thymidine, and complexes relevant to multidrug resistance are given. In addition, a new approach toward peptide drug development is described. The section has a focus on coordination and labeling chemistry, but biological results are briefly summarized as well. The last (and shortest) section finally intends to give a (subjective) outlook for the future role of 99mTc-based radiopharmaceuticals. Critical comments are spread over the whole article but are concentrated in this section. Despite the increasing competition of diagnostic radiopharmacy by other commonly applied methods in medicine such as magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) or ultrasound, the authors are convinced that 99mTc will play a key role also in future if novel approaches are added and the requirements from chemistry biology and the market considered in research to a stronger extent.

  2. Comparison of Tc-99m pyrophosphate and Tc-99m hydroxymethylene diphosphonate in acute myocardial infarction: concise communication

    SciTech Connect

    Wakat, M.A.; Chilton, H.M.; Hackshaw, B.T.; Cowan, R.J.; Ball, J.D.; Watson, N.E. Jr.

    1980-03-01

    A clinical comparison between a new bone seeking radiopharmaceutical, Tc-99m hydroxymethylene diphosphonate (TcHMDP) and the standard agent, Tc-99m pyrophosphate (TcPPi), was performed in 18 patients with acute myocardial infarction. Each patient was imaged initially with either TcHMDP or TcPPi, and imaged 24 h later with the other tracer. All 18 patients had images positive for acute myocardial infarction with TcPPi, whereas 16 or 18 patients (89%) had positive studies with TcHMDP. The TcPPi images were graded significantly superior to those obtained with TcHMDP in 61% of the patients, and they were equal in 33%. In only one patient (6%) was TcHMDP better. The results indicate that compared with TcHMDP, TcPPi not only has a superior sensitivity for acute myocardial infarction but also has a significantly increased intensity of uptake in positive areas. TcPPi remains the agent of choice for myocardial infarct imaging.

  3. Tumor-specific IL-9–producing CD8+ Tc9 cells are superior effector than type-I cytotoxic Tc1 cells for adoptive immunotherapy of cancers

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    Lu, Yong; Hong, Bangxing; Li, Haiyan; Zheng, Yuhuan; Zhang, Mingjun; Wang, Siqing; Qian, Jianfei; Yi, Qing

    2014-01-01

    Because cytokine-priming signals direct CD8+ T cells to acquire unique profiles that affect their ability to mediate specific immune responses, here we generated IL-9–skewed CD8+ T (Tc9) cells by priming with Th9-polarized condition. Compared with type-I CD8+ cytotoxic T (Tc1) cells, Tc9 secreted different cytokines and were less cytolytic in vitro but surprisingly elicited greater antitumor responses against advanced tumors in OT-I/B16-OVA and Pmel-1/B16 melanoma models. After adoptive transfer, Tc9 cells persisted longer and differentiated into IFN-γ– and granzyme-B (GrzB)–producing cytolytic Tc1-like effector cells. Phenotypic analysis revealed that adoptively transferred Tc9 cells secreted IL-2 and were KLRG-1low and IL-7Rαhigh, suggesting that they acquired a signature of “younger” phenotype or became long-term lived cells with capacity of self-renewal. Our results also revealed that Tc9-mediated therapeutic effect critically depended on IL-9 production in vivo. These findings have clinical implications for the improvement of CD8+ T-cell-based adoptive immunotherapy of cancers. PMID:24469818

  4. Half Life of {sup 101}Mo and {sup 101}Tc {beta}{sup -}-decay

    SciTech Connect

    Silva, Antonio Carlos O. da; Genezini, Frederico A.; Zamboni, Cibele B.; Zahn, Guilherme S.; Cruz, Manoel Tiago F. da

    2009-06-03

    In this work, the half-lives of the beta-unstable nuclei {sup 101}Mo and {sup 101}Tc were studied using neutron-irradiated samples of {sup 100}Mo to produce {sup 101}Mo which in its turn generates {sup 101}Tc by beta decay. The gamma activity of each sample was followed for 5 consecutive half-lives in steps of 5 minutes. A total of 22 sources were measured and checked for dead-time influence, and the half-lives were obtained by weighted average. The results are statistically incompatible with the tabulated values.

  5. New technique for measuring the microwave penetration depth in high- Tc superconducting thin films

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    Durusoy, H. Z.; Akta?, B.; Yilgin, R.; Terada, N.; Ichikawa, M.; Kaneda, T.; Tagirov, L. R.

    2000-07-01

    The ferromagnetic resonance (FMR) technique has been used to obtain the microwave (MW) penetration depth in high-temperature superconductor (HTSC) thin film. An FMR-signal-generating thin permalloy film was sandwiched in between of two YBa 2Cu 3O 7 films to probe the MW field penetrating through the films. Below the superconducting transition temperature Tc the HTSC films started to screen the marker inside the sandwich. The low-temperature saturation value ? ab?1250 at 25 K has been deduced for our c-axis films from the temperature dependence of the FMR signal intensity below Tc.

  6. Adoptive transfer of Tc1 or Tc17 cells elicits antitumor immunity against established melanoma through distinct mechanisms.

    PubMed

    Yu, Yu; Cho, Hyun-Ii; Wang, Dapeng; Kaosaard, Kane; Anasetti, Claudio; Celis, Esteban; Yu, Xue-Zhong

    2013-02-15

    Adoptive cell transfer (ACT) of ex vivo-activated autologous tumor-reactive T cells is currently one of the most promising approaches for cancer immunotherapy. Recent studies provided some evidence that IL-17-producing CD8(+) (Tc17) cells may exhibit potent antitumor activity, but the specific mechanisms have not been completely defined. In this study, we used a murine melanoma lung-metastasis model and tested the therapeutic effects of gp100-specific polarized type I CD8(+) cytotoxic T (Tc1) or Tc17 cells combined with autologous bone marrow transplantation after total body irradiation. Bone marrow transplantation combined with ACT of antitumor (gp100-specific) Tc17 cells significantly suppressed the growth of established melanoma, whereas Tc1 cells induced long-term tumor regression. After ACT, Tc1 cells maintained their phenotype to produce IFN-γ, but not IL-17. However, although Tc17 cells largely preserved their ability to produce IL-17, a subset secreted IFN-γ or both IFN-γ and IL-17, indicating the plasticity of Tc17 cells in vivo. Furthermore, after ACT, the Tc17 cells had a long-lived effector T cell phenotype (CD127(hi)/KLRG-1(low)) as compared with Tc1 cells. Mechanistically, Tc1 cells mediated antitumor immunity primarily through the direct effect of IFN-γ on tumor cells. In contrast, despite the fact that some Tc17 cells also secreted IFN-γ, Tc17-mediated antitumor immunity was independent of the direct effects of IFN-γ on the tumor. Nevertheless, IFN-γ played a critical role by creating a microenvironment that promoted Tc17-mediated antitumor activity. Taken together, these studies demonstrate that both Tc1 and Tc17 cells can mediate effective antitumor immunity through distinct effector mechanisms, but Tc1 cells are superior to Tc17 cells in mediating tumor regression. PMID:23315072

  7. Telecom 2-B and 2-C (TC2B and TC2C)

    NASA Technical Reports Server (NTRS)

    Dulac, J.; Alvarez, H.

    1991-01-01

    The DSN (Deep Space Network) mission support requirements for Telecom 2-B and 2-C (TC2B and TC2C) are summarized. These Telecom missions will provide high-speed data link applications, telephone, and television service between France and overseas territories as a follow-on to TC2A. Mission objectives are outlined and the DSN support requirements are defined through the presentation of tables and narratives describing the spacecraft flight profile; DSN support coverage; frequency assignments; support parameters for telemetry, command and support systems; and tracking support responsibility.

  8. Amyloidosis of heart and liver: comparison of Tc-99m pyrophosphate and Tc-99m methylene diphosphonate for detection

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    Lee, V.W.; Caldarone, A.G.; Falk, R.H.; Rubinow, A.; Cohen, A.S.

    1983-07-01

    A prospective, comparative study was made of the efficacy of technetium-99m pyrophosphate (Tc PYP) and technetium-99m methylene diphosphonate (Tc MDP) in detecting soft-tissue amyloidois. Tc PYP and Tc MDP scans were obtained within ten-day intervals in seven patients with histologically proven amyloidosis. Tc PYP was a better scanning agent for soft-tissue amyloidosis in all patients. Cardiac and hepatic involvement were proved by autopsy in one patient. Involvement of the heart was confirmed by echocardiography in five patients. The potential use of tc PYP scannning as a screening test for soft-tissue amyloidosis is discussed.

  9. Women, Family Systems & the TC. Chapter 8.

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    Acampora, Alfonso P., Ed.; Nebelkopf, Ethan, Ed.

    This document contains 11 papers from the ninth World Conference of Therapeutic Communities (TCs) that deal with women's issues, family systems, and the TC. Papers include: (1) "Families in the Eighties" (Cecil Williams); (2) "Women, Work & Substance Abuse" (Lois Morris); (3) "The National Federation of Parents" (Shirley Colletti); (4) "The

  10. Adolescent Services & the TC. Chapter 6.

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    Acampora, Alfonso P., Ed.; Nebelkopf, Ethan, Ed.

    This document contains seven papers from the ninth World Conference of Therapeutic Communities (TCs) that deal with adolescent clients and TCs. Papers include: (1) Preliminary Consideration on "Adolescence and the TC" (David Deitch); (2) "Daytop's Full Service Adolescent Treatment Program" (Charles Devlin and Lois Morris); (3) "Adolescent…

  11. Relative lesion detection ability of Tc-99m HMDP and Tc-99m MDP: concise communication

    SciTech Connect

    Van Duzee, B.F.; Schaefer, J.A.; Ball, J.D.; Chilton, H.M.; Cowan, R.J.; Kuni, C.; Trow, R.; Watson, N.E.

    1984-02-01

    To compare the efficacy of Tc-99m HMDP and Tc-99m MDP to define skeletal lesions, 28 adult patients were examined in a double-blind, randomized, crossover study. Each patient was imaged with both agents over a period of 7-14 days. Both quantitative and qualitative evaluations were performed on the resulting images. Both agents detected the same number of skeletal lesions, and the number of lesions detected was the same whether the imaging was performed 2 or 4 hr after injection. Relative uptake of the tracer in the lesion relative to normal bone was also the same for both agents. Lesions were easier to see at 4 hr after injection than at 2 hr, presumably because soft-tissue levels were lower. Retention of tracer in bone compared with soft tissue was greater, and image quality was judged to be better, with Tc-99m HMDP than with Tc-99m MDP.

  12. Tc-99m PYP localization in calf muscle necrosis

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    Virupannavar, S.; Shirazi, P.H.; Khedkar, N.V.; Kaplan, E.

    1984-05-01

    Tc-99m pyrophosphate (PYP) can localize in an acute myocardial infarct and other extraosseous lesions, including soft tissue necrosis and severe cellular injury A case of Tc-99m PYP uptake in calf muscle necrosis following transfemoral cardiac catheterization is presented. This was incidentally detected on Tc-99m PYP imaging performed for an acute myocardial infarction. Repeat Tc-99m PYP imaging one month later was normal, implying resolution of the ischemic muscle necrosis.

  13. Co-Culture of ? TC-6 Cells and ? TC-1 Cells: Morphology and Function

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    Kim, Sung Man; Lee, Eun Ju; Jung, Hye Sook; Han, Na; Kim, You Jeong; Kim, Tae Kyoon; Kim, Tae Nyun; Kwon, Min Jeong; Lee, Soon Hee; Park, Jeong Hyun; Rhee, Byoung Doo

    2015-01-01

    Background In vitro experiments using only ?-cell lines instead of islets are limited because pancreatic islets are composed of four different types of endocrine cells. Several recent studies have focused on cellular interactions among these cell types, especially ?- and ?-cells. Because islet isolation needs time and experience, we tested a simple co-culture system with ?- and ?-cells. Their morphology and function were assessed by comparison to each single cell culture and pancreatic islets. Methods ? TC-6 cells and ? TC-1 cells were maintained in Dulbecco's Minimal Essential Medium containing 5 mM glucose and 10% fetal bovine serum. Cells were mixed at a 1:1 ratio (5105) in 6-well plates and cultured for 24, 48, and 72 hours. After culture, cells were used for insulin and glucagon immunoassays and tested for glucose-stimulated insulin secretion (GSIS). Results ? TC-6 and ? TC-1 cells became condensed by 24 hours and were more strongly compacted after 48 hours. ? TC-1 cells showed both ?-? and ?-? cell contacts. GSIS increased with increasing glucose concentration in co-cultured cells, which showed lower secreted insulin levels than ? TC-1 cells alone. The increase in the secreted insulin/insulin content ratio was significantly lower for co-cultured cells than for ?-cells alone (P=0.04). Compared to islets, the ?-/?-cell co-culture showed a higher ratio of GSIS to insulin content, but the difference was not statistically significant (P=0.09). Conclusion ? TC-6 and ? TC-1 cells in the co-culture system showed cell-to-cell contacts and a similar stimulated insulin secretion pattern to islets. The co-culture system may be used to better mimic pancreatic islets in in vitro assessments. PMID:25325280

  14. Inverse correlation between quasiparticle mass and Tc in a cuprate high-Tc superconductor

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    Putzke, Carsten; Malone, Liam; Badoux, Sven; Vignolle, Baptiste; Vignolles, David; Tabis, Wojciech; Walmsley, Philip; Bird, Matthew; Hussey, Nigel E.; Proust, Cyril; Carrington, Antony

    2016-01-01

    Close to a zero-temperature transition between ordered and disordered electronic phases, quantum fluctuations can lead to a strong enhancement of electron mass and to the emergence of competing phases such as superconductivity. A correlation between the existence of such a quantum phase transition and superconductivity is quite well established in some heavy fermion and iron-based superconductors, and there have been suggestions that high-temperature superconductivity in copper-oxide materials (cuprates) may also be driven by the same mechanism. Close to optimal doping, where the superconducting transition temperature Tc is maximal in cuprates, two different phases are known to compete with superconductivity: a poorly understood pseudogap phase and a charge-ordered phase. Recent experiments have shown a strong increase in quasiparticle mass m* in the cuprate YBa2Cu3O7-δ as optimal doping is approached, suggesting that quantum fluctuations of the charge-ordered phase may be responsible for the high-Tc superconductivity. We have tested the robustness of this correlation between m* and Tc by performing quantum oscillation studies on the stoichiometric compound YBa2Cu4O8 under hydrostatic pressure. In contrast to the results for YBa2Cu3O7-δ, we find that in YBa2Cu4O8, the mass decreases as Tc increases under pressure. This inverse correlation between m* and Tc suggests that quantum fluctuations of the charge order enhance m* but do not enhance Tc.

  15. Power Systems Development Facility Gasification Test Campaign TC22

    SciTech Connect

    Southern Company Services

    2008-11-01

    In support of technology development to utilize coal for efficient, affordable, and environmentally clean power generation, the Power Systems Development Facility (PSDF), located in Wilsonville, Alabama, routinely demonstrates gasification technologies using various types of coals. The PSDF is an engineering scale demonstration of key features of advanced coal-fired power systems, including a KBR Transport Gasifier, a hot gas particulate control device, advanced syngas cleanup systems, and high-pressure solids handling systems. This report summarizes the results of TC22, the first test campaign using a high moisture lignite from Mississippi as the feedstock in the modified Transport Gasifier configuration. TC22 was conducted from March 24 to April 17, 2007. The gasification process was operated for 543 hours, increasing the total gasification operation at the PSDF to over 10,000 hours. The PSDF gasification process was operated in air-blown mode with a total of about 1,080 tons of coal. Coal feeder operation was challenging due to the high as-received moisture content of the lignite, but adjustments to the feeder operating parameters reduced the frequency of coal feeder trips. Gasifier operation was stable, and carbon conversions as high as 98.9 percent were demonstrated. Operation of the PCD and other support equipment such as the recycle gas compressor and ash removal systems operated reliably.

  16. Power Systems Development Facility Gasification Test Campaign TC16

    SciTech Connect

    Southern Company Services

    2004-08-24

    In support of technology development to utilize coal for efficient, affordable, and environmentally clean power generation, the Power Systems Development Facility (PSDF) located in Wilsonville, Alabama, routinely demonstrates gasification technologies using various types of coals. The PSDF is an engineering scale demonstration of key features of advanced coal-fired power systems, including a KBR (formerly Kellogg Brown & Root) Transport Gasifier, a hot gas particulate control device, advanced syngas cleanup systems, and high-pressure solids handling systems. This report discusses Test Campaign TC16 of the PSDF gasification process. TC16 began on July 14, 2004, lasting until August 24, 2004, for a total of 835 hours of gasification operation. The test campaign consisted of operation using Powder River Basin (PRB) subbituminous coal and high sodium lignite from the North Dakota Freedom mine. The highest gasifier operating temperature mostly varied from 1,760 to 1,850 F with PRB and 1,500 to 1,600 F with lignite. Typically, during PRB operations, the gasifier exit pressure was maintained between 215 and 225 psig using air as the gasification oxidant and between 145 and 190 psig while using oxygen as the oxidant. With lignite, the gasifier operated only in air-blown mode, and the gasifier outlet pressure ranged from 150 to 160 psig.

  17. TC Research: State of the Art. Chapter 3.

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    Acampora, Alfonso P., Ed.; Nebelkopf, Ethan, Ed.

    This document contains six papers from the ninth World Conference of Therapeutic Communities that highlight research on therapeutic communities (TC) and discuss how to apply research findings in practical ways. Papers include: (1) "TC Research: Overview & Implications" (George De Leon); (2) "Emerging Cross-Cultural TC Research" (D. Vincent Biase…

  18. An evolutionarily mobile antigen receptor variable region gene: Doubly rearranging NAR-TcR genes in sharks

    PubMed Central

    Criscitiello, Michael F.; Saltis, Mark; Flajnik, Martin F.

    2006-01-01

    Distinctive Ig and T cell receptor (TcR) chains define the two major lineages of vertebrate lymphocyte yet similarly recognize antigen with a single, membrane-distal variable (V) domain. Here we describe the first antigen receptor chain that employs two V domains, which are generated by separate VDJ gene rearrangement events. These molecules have specialized supportive TcR?V domains membrane-proximal to domains with most similarity to IgNAR V. The ancestral NAR V gene encoding this domain is hypothesized to have recombined with the TRD locus in a cartilaginous fish ancestor >200 million years ago and encodes the first V domain shown to be used in both Igs and TcRs. Furthermore, these data support the view that ?/? TcRs have for long used structural conformations recognizing free antigen. PMID:16549799

  19. Myocardial infarct imaging with 99mTc-pyrophosphate and 99mTc-methylene diphosphonate: lack of correlation.

    PubMed

    Makler, P T; Lederman, S; Charkes, N D; Malmud, L S; Warner, H; Reilley, J J

    1979-03-01

    A prospective study of eight patients with recent transmural myocardial infarction was performed using 99mTc-Sn-pyrophosphate and 99mTc-Sn-methylene diphosphonate in each patient. All pyrophosphate scans were strongly positive whereas the diphosphonate scan was strongly positive in only one case. We conclude that 99mTc-Sn-pyrophosphate is preferable to 99mTc-Sn-methylene diphosphonate for myocardial imaging. PMID:218770

  20. Tc17, a Unique Subset of CD8 T Cells That Can Protect against Lethal Influenza Challenge1

    PubMed Central

    Hamada, Hiromasa; de la Luz Garcia-Hernandez, Maria; Reome, Joyce B.; Misra, Sara K.; Strutt, Tara M.; McKinstry, Kai K.; Cooper, Andrea M.; Swain, Susan L.; Dutton, Richard W.

    2009-01-01

    We show here that IL-17-secreting CD4 T (Th)17 and CD8 T (Tc)17 effector cells are found in the lung following primary challenge with influenza A and that blocking Ab to IL-17 increases weight loss and reduces survival. Tc17 effectors can be generated in vitro using naive CD8 T cells from OT-I TCR-transgenic mice. T cell numbers expand 20-fold and a majority secretes IL-17, but little IFN-?. Many of the IL-17-secreting cells also secrete TNF and some secrete IL-2. Tc17 are negative for granzyme B, perforin message, and cytolytic activity, in contrast to Tc1 effectors. Tc17 populations express message for orphan nuclear receptor ?t and FoxP3, but are negative for T-bet and GATA-3 transcription factors. The FoxP3-positive, IL-17-secreting and IFN-?-secreting cells represent three separate populations. The IFN-?-, granzyme B-, FoxP3-positive cells and cells positive for IL-22 come mainly from memory cells and decrease in number when generated from CD44low rather than unselected CD8 T cells. Cells of this unique subset of CD8 effector T cells expand greatly after transfer to naive recipients following challenge and can protect them against lethal influenza infection. Tc17 protection is accompanied by greater neutrophil influx into the lung than in Tc1-injected mice, and the protection afforded by Tc17 effectors is less perforin but more IFN-? dependent, implying that different mechanisms are involved. PMID:19265125

  1. Reactivity of Tc at the Groundwater-Surface Water Interface

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    Zachara, J. M.; Fredrickson, J.; McKinley, J.

    2014-12-01

    Technetium-99 (t1/2 =211,000y) is environmentally mobile as the pertechnetate oxyanion [99Tc(VII)O4-(aq)]. Tc(VII) may react to less soluble Tc(IV) at intermediate redox potentials (Eo = -0.36 V) through heterogeneous reduction with solid-phase biogenic reaction products. 99Tc is forecast to migrate through groundwater to the Columbia River at the U.S. DOE Hanford site in Washington State. Discharge to surface water will occur through a groundwater-surface water interaction zone with complex hydrogeology and biogeochemistry that is stimulated by the overlapping nutrient regimes of groundwater and surface water. The reactivity of pertechnetate in reduced sediments from this zone was investigated to determine effects of biogenic ferrous-Fe and sulfide-S on Tc(VII) reduction rate; and the resulting speciation, mineral association, and physical location of Tc(IV). 99Tc(VII) was reduced to near detection (<10-9 Mol/L) over periods of days to months. Tc(VII) reduction rate was first order in [Tc(VII)]aq and sediment mass, but correlations with specific biogenic reductant concentrations [(Fe(II), ferrous mono-sulfide] were not found. Tc(IV) was isolated to fine-grained aggregates (0.1 to 0.5 mm) of "mud", consisting of primary mineral material embedded within a phyllosilicate or clay matrix. EXAFS revealed that product Tc(IV) existed as combinations of a Tc(IV)O2-like phase ,Tc(IV)-Fe surface clusters, and/or TcSx. Ferrous mono-sulfide was implicated as a more selective reductant. Migration of Tc(VII) through the interaction zone will be controlled by water residence time and the density and spatial distribution of fine-grained aggregates that host reductive biogeochemical processes in otherwise coarse-textured, partially oxygenated sediments.

  2. Development of more efficacious TC-99M organ imaging agents for use in nuclear medicine by analytical characterization of radiopharmaceutical mixtures. Progress report, May 1, 1983-April 1, 1984

    SciTech Connect

    Heineman, W.R.

    1984-01-01

    It has been demonstrated that formulation variables (pH, TcO/sub 4//sup -/ concentration, and ligand-to-metal ratio) influence the chromatographic distribution of the components of a Tc-hydroxyethylidene diphosphonate (HEDP) mixture prepared by the NaBH/sub 4/ reduction of TcO/sub 4//sup -/ in the presence of HEDP. The use of alternate reductants for TcO/sub 4//sup -/ (i.e., SnCl/sub 2/, and electrode) not only alters the relative proportion of the Tc-HEDP components formed, but produces new complexes not previously seen (based on chromatographic retention time data). Thus, a systematic evaluation has been undertaken of the SnCl/sub 2/ and electrochemical reduction preparations that is similar to that conducted for Tc(NaBH/sub 4/)-HEDP mixtures. High performance liquid chromatography with electrochemical detection has been utilized to separate components of a Tc(NaBH4)-methylene diphosphonate mixture. All Tc components of the mixture are reducible at a mercury electrode and hydrodynamic voltammetric data is being generated. Stripping chronocoulometry has been developed as a novel variation of anodic stripping voltammetry in order to increase precision in the analytical determination of TcO/sub 4//sup -/ in aqueous solution. Pilot studies to evaluate the operating parameters of /sup 99/Mo//sup 99m/Tc/ generators and to investigate two new diphosphonate ligands in the preparation of technetium skeletal imaging radiopharmaceutical analogs have been initiated.

  3. PREFACE: 2013 Joint IMEKO (International Measurement Confederation) TC1-TC7-TC13 Symposium: Measurement Across Physical and Behavioural Sciences

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    Battista Rossi, Giovanni; Crenna, Francesco; Belotti, Vittorio

    2013-09-01

    The 2013 Joint IMEKO (International Measurement Confederation) TC1-C7-TC13 was organised by the University of Genova - DIME/MEC, Measurement Laboratory, Italy, on 4-6 September 2013. The work of this symposium is reported in this volume. The scope of the symposium includes the main topics covered by the above Technical Committees: TC1 Education and Training in Measurement and Instrumentation TC7 Measurement Science TC13 Measurements in Biology and Medicine This is in keeping with the tradition set by the previous events of this well established series. There has been a special focus on measurement across physical and behavioural sciences, with the aim of highlighting the interdisciplinary character of measurement science and of promoting constructive interactions with scientists in other disciplines. The discussion was introduced by keynote lectures on measurement challenges in psychophysics, psychometrics and quantum physics. The symposium was attended by experts working in these areas from 18 countries, including USA, Australia and Japan, and provided a useful forum for them to share and exchange their work and ideas. In total over sixty papers are included in the volume, organised according to the presentation sessions. Each paper was independently peer-reviewed by two reviewers from a distinguished international panel. The Symposium was held in Genova, which was the European Capital of Culture in 2004, and took place in Palazzo Ducale, an important historical building whose construction started in the 13th century, and that has been the house of the Duke of Genova from the 14th century. Genova, whose name comes from the Latin word 'Janua' (meaning 'door', as January is the door month of the year), has been regarded over the centuries as a door connecting Europe with the different countries and cultures of the Mediterranean basin and thus was an appropriate site for an international symposium involving different and new scientific visions and approaches to measurement, focused on a common objective: the human being. We would like to take this opportunity to thank the members of the Symposium Steering and International Programme Committees, many of whom acted as reviewers of the papers presented here under a very short timescale, as well as our sponsor, National Instruments. The editors hope that this volume will provide a useful contribution to enhancing the science, technology, education, and training in measurement and instrumentation. Giovanni Battista Rossi, Francesco Crenna and Vittorio Belotti Editors Università degli Studi di Genova - DIME/MEC Laboratorio di Misure Via all'Opera Pia 15 a I - 16145 Genova Italy LogoLogoLogo

  4. Shock compaction of high- Tc superconductors

    SciTech Connect

    Weir, S.T.; Nellis, W.J.; McCandless, P.C.; Brocious, W.F. ); Seaman, C.L.; Early, E.A.; Maple, M.B. . Dept. of Physics); Kramer, M.J. ); Syono, Y.; Kikuchi, M. )

    1990-09-01

    We present the results of shock compaction experiments on high-{Tc} superconductors and describe the way in which shock consolidation addresses critical problems concerning the fabrication of high J{sub c} bulk superconductors. In particular, shock compaction experiments on YBa{sub 2}Cu{sub 3}O{sub 7} show that shock-induced defects can greatly increase intragranular critical current densities. The fabrication of crystallographically aligned Bi{sub 2}Sr{sub 2}CaCu{sub 2}O{sub 8} samples by shock-compaction is also described. These experiments demonstrate the potential of the shock consolidation method as a means for fabricating bulk high-{Tc} superconductors having high critical current densities.

  5. Synthesis of trevorite to capture Tc

    SciTech Connect

    Tsui, Colin

    2011-09-02

    Spinel containing technetium can be used to prevent Tc volatilization during vitrification of radioactive waste. Spinel dissolves in glass at elevated temperatures. This study focuses on the synthesis of spinel and the retention of rhenium, a nonradioactive surrogate for Tc in the crystals. To produce trevorite, a nickel-iron spinel (NiFe2O4), Fe and Ni nitrates were mixed with alkali nitrates along with Al(OH)3 and heated to 500 to 800°C. The trevorite content in samples (up to 40 mass%) was measured with x-ray diffraction. Viable samples were rerun with KReO4. Scanning electron microscopy-energy dispersive spectroscopy detected that Re became partly immobilized in spinel-forming crystals.

  6. Telecom 2-A (TC2A)

    NASA Technical Reports Server (NTRS)

    Dulac, J.; Latour, J.

    1991-01-01

    The DSN (Deep Space Network) mission support requirements for Telecom 2-A (TC2A) are summarized. The Telecom 2-A will provide high-speed data link applications, telephone, and television service between France and overseas territories. The mission objectives are outlined and the DSN support requirements are defined through the presentation of tables and narratives describing the spacecraft flight profile; DSN support coverage; frequency assignments; support parameters for telemetry, command and support systems; and tracking support responsibility.

  7. Photometric Observations of Asteroid 2008 TC3

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    Kozubal, Marek; Dantowitz, R.

    2009-09-01

    The asteroid 2008 TC3 was photometrically imaged using the 0.64m telescope at the Clay Center Observatory in Brookline, Massachusetts, at f/3.2. Data were obtained at 4-second intervals from after sunset until the object entered Earth shadow about 2 hours later. From this data a light curve, absolute magnitude, images, and a time-lapse movie were obtained.

  8. New Tc-99m brain imaging agents

    SciTech Connect

    Kung, H.F.; Yu, C.C.; Billings, J.; Molnar, M.; Wicks, R.; Blau, M.

    1984-01-01

    In developing new Tc-99m brain perfusion imaging agents for SPECT, a series of BAT (bis-aminoethanethiol) derivatives was prepared. These N/sub 2/S/sub 2/ ligands formed stable and neutral complexes with reduced Tc-99m, either by Sn(II)-PPi or sodium borohydride reduction. The purity of the Tc-99m complexes was >95% (HPLC reverse-phase column, acetonitrile: pH 7.0 buffer, 85:15). The biodistribution in rats was evaluated using I-125 iodoantipyrine (IAP), a free diffusible tracer, as the internal reference. Compounds with a free hydroxyl group (I and IV) showed lower brain uptake, inspite of high P.C.; this may be related to in vivo instability of the complexes. High initial brain uptake was observed for three compounds (II, III and V), however, only compound V (P.C.=384) showed significant brain retention. Planar imaging with compound V in a monkey demonstrated that the compound localized in brain and the retention time was T/sub 1/2/=35 min. Compounds of this type may be useful as brain imaging agent in themself or as a basis for further structural modification to improve brain uptake and retention.

  9. Mechanisms of conventional and high Tc superconductivity

    SciTech Connect

    Kresin, V.L.; Morawitz, H.; Wolf, S.A.

    1993-12-31

    This book gives a careful and objective review of theories of superconductivity in traditional superconductors, organics, and high Tc cuprates. Of course, the authors do still present their own theories of cuprate superconductivity, but only in the final chapter after other possibilities have been discussed. The book should be especially useful for researchers entering the field of high Tc superconductivity. The reviews of photon mediated pairing and strong coupling theory are very welcome, since much of this material has not been reviewed since the classic 1969 volume edited by Parks. In particular the authors dispel the various myths that phonon mediated pairing leads to upper bounds on Tc. In addition to phonon mediated pairing the book discussed in detail pairing due to exchange of acoustic (demon) plasmons, excitons, or magnetic fluctuations. There have been so many diverse mechanisms based on strong correlation and large U Hubbard models that a book like this can only discuss a limited selection of the main contenders. In particular here the emphasis on Fermi liquid based models no doubt reflects the authors` own point of view. A whole chapter discusses the concepts of induced superconductivity, in the proximity effect, and its application to materials with several different electronic subsystems.

  10. Pretreatment of Tc-Containing Waste and Its Effect on Tc-99 Leaching From Grouts

    SciTech Connect

    Aloy, Albert; Kovarskaya, Elena N.; Harbour, John R.; Langton, Christine A.; Holtzscheiter, E. William

    2007-07-01

    A salt solution (doped with Tc-99), that simulates the salt waste stream to be processed at the Saltstone Production Facility, was immobilized in grout waste forms with and without (1) ground granulated blast furnace slag and (2) pretreatment with iron salts. The degree of immobilization of Tc-99 was measured through monolithic and crushed grout leaching tests. Although Fe (+2) was shown to be effective in reducing Tc-99 to the +4 state, the strong reducing nature of the blast furnace slag present in the grout formulation dominated the reduction of Tc-99 in the cured grouts. An effective diffusion coefficient of 4.75 x 10{sup -12} (Leach Index of 11.4) was measured using the ANSI/ANS-16.1 protocol. The leaching results show that, even in the presence of a concentrated salt solution, blast furnace slag can effectively reduce pertechnetate to the immobile +4 oxidation state. The measured diffusivity was introduced into a flow and transport model (PORFLOW) to calculate the release of Tc-99 from a Saltstone Vault as a function of hydraulic conductivity of the matrix. (authors)

  11. PRETREATMENT OF TC CONTAINING WASTE AND ITS EFFECT ON 99 TC LEACHING FROM GROUTS

    SciTech Connect

    Harbour, J

    2006-12-11

    A salt solution (doped with Tc-99), that simulates the salt waste stream to be processed at the Saltstone Production Facility, was immobilized in grout waste forms with and without (1) ground granulated blast furnace slag and (2) pretreatment with iron salts. The degree of immobilization of Tc-99 was measured through monolithic and crushed grout leaching tests. Although Fe (+2) was shown to be effective in reducing Tc-99 to the +4 state, the strong reducing nature of the blast furnace slag present in the grout formulation dominated the reduction of Tc-99 in the cured grouts. An effective diffusion coefficient of 4.75 x 10{sup -12} (Leach Index of 11.4) was measured using the ANSI/ANS-16.1 protocol. The leaching results show that, even in the presence of a concentrated salt solution, blast furnace slag can effectively reduce pertechnetate to the immobile +4 oxidation state. The measured diffusivity was introduced into a flow and transport model (PORFLOW) to calculate the release of Tc-99 from a Saltstone Vault as a function of hydraulic conductivity of the matrix.

  12. Interdecadal variation of TC frequency in Japan

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    Choi, Ki-Seon; Cha, Yu-Mi; Kang, Sung-Dae; Kim, Hae-Dong

    2015-07-01

    This study analyzed the climate regime shift using statistical change-point analysis on the time-series tropical cyclone (TC) frequency that affected Japan in July to September. The result showed that there was a significant change in 1995, and since then, it showed a trend of rapidly decreasing frequency. To determine the reason for this, differences between 1995 to 2012 (9512) period and 1978 to 1994 (7894) period were analyzed. First, regarding TC genesis, TCs during the 9512 period showed a characteristic of genesis from the southeast quadrant of the tropical and subtropical western North Pacific and TCs during the 7894 period showed their genesis from the northwest quadrant. Regarding a TC track, TCs in the 7894 period had a strong trend of moving from the far east sea of the Philippines via the East China Sea to the mid-latitude region in East Asia while TCs in the 9512 period showed a trend of moving from the Philippines toward the southern part of China westward. Thus, TC intensity in the 7894 period, which can absorb sufficient energy from the sea as they moved a long distance over the sea, was stronger than that of 9512. Large-scale environments were analyzed to determine the cause of such difference in TC activity occurred between two periods. During the 9512 period, anomalous cold and dry anticyclones were developed strongly in the East Asia continent. As a result, Korea and Japan were affected by the anomalous northerlies thereby preventing TCs in this period from moving toward the mid-latitude region in East Asia. Instead, anomalous easterlies (anomalous trade wind) were developed in the tropical western Pacific so that a high passage frequency from the Philippines to the south China region along the anomalous steering flows was revealed. The characteristics of the anomalous cold and dry anticyclone developed in the East Asia continent were also confirmed by the analysis of air temperature, relative humidity, and sensible heat net flux showing that most regions in East Asia had negative values.

  13. Biogeochemical Coupling of Fe and Tc Speciation in Subsurface Sediments: Implications to Long-Term Tc Immobilization

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    Jim K. Fredrickson; C. I. Steefel; R. K. Kukkadapu; S. M. Heald

    2006-06-01

    The project has been focused on biochemical processes in subsurface sediments involving Fe that control the valence state, solubility, and effective mobility of 99Tc. Our goal has been to understand the Tc biogeochemistry as it may occur in suboxic and biostimulated subsurface environments. Two objectives have been pursued: (1) To determine the relative reaction rates of 99Tc(VII)O2(aq) with metal reducing bacteria and biogenic Fe(II); and to characterize the identity, structure, and molecular speciation of Tc(IV) products formed through reaction with both biotic and abiotic reductants. (2) To quantify the biogeochemical factors controlling the reaction rate of O2 with Tc(IV)O2?nH2O in sediment resulting from the direct enzymatic reduction of Tc(VII) by DIRB and/or the reaction of Tc(VII) with the various types of biogenic Fe(II) produced by DIRB.

  14. The new 99mTc myocardial perfusion imaging agents: 99mTc-sestamibi and 99mTc-teboroxime

    SciTech Connect

    Berman, D.S.; Kiat, H.; Maddahi, J. , Cedars-Sinai Medical Center, Los Angeles, CA )

    1991-09-01

    The two new 99m (99mTc) labeled myocardial perfusion agents, 99mTc-Sestamibi and 99mTc-Teboroxime, are now available for routine clinical application. Both agents allow assessment of ejection fraction by the first-pass technique at rest or during exercise, thus providing additional information not available with thallium-201. 99mTc-Sestamibi has long myocardial residence time, as well as adequate myocardial extraction, providing images of higher count density and superior quality compared with thallium-201. 99mTc-Teboroxime has excellent myocardial uptake characteristics but is cleared very rapidly from the myocardium. Both tracers have shown results similar to those obtained with thallium-201 for detection of coronary artery disease and the assessment of defect reversibility. 99mTc-Sestamibi studies using the rest/stress imaging sequence can be accomplished in approximately 5 hours; studies using dual-isotope imaging (rest thallium-201 and stress 99mTc-Sestamibi injection) can be completed in 1 to 2 hours. Gated stress images can be performed with 99mTc-Sestamibi, providing simultaneous information of myocardial perfusion at stress and resting wall motion or thickening and allowing rapid differentiation of ischemic from infarcted tissue. Because of its slow myocardial clearance and absence of redistribution, 99mTc-Sestamibi allows uncoupling of the time of injection from the time of imaging and thus can be valuable in the evaluation of acute myocardial infarction and outcome of thrombolytic therapy. With 99mTc-Teboroxime, rapid serial studies are feasible. Pharmacologic stress and rest studies with 99mTc-Teboroxime single photon emission computed tomography potentially can be completed in under 30 minutes. 73 references.

  15. Method for the production of {sup 99m}Tc compositions from {sup 99}Mo-containing materials

    DOEpatents

    Bennett, R.G.; Christian, J.D.; Grover, S.B.; Petti, D.A.; Terry, W.K.; Yoon, W.Y.

    1998-09-01

    An improved method is described for producing {sup 99m}Tc compositions from {sup 99}Mo compounds. {sup 100}Mo metal or {sup 100}MoO{sub 3} is irradiated with photons in a particle (electron) accelerator to ultimately produce {sup 99}MoO{sub 3}. This composition is then heated in a reaction chamber to form a pool of molten {sup 99}MoO{sub 3} with an optimum depth of 0.5--5 mm. A gaseous mixture thereafter evolves from the molten {sup 99}MoO{sub 3} which contains vaporized {sup 99}MoO{sub 3}, vaporized {sup 99m}TcO{sub 3}, and vaporized {sup 99m}TcO{sub 2}. This mixture is then combined with an oxidizing gas (O{sub 2(g)}) to generate a gaseous stream containing vaporized {sup 99m}Tc{sub 2}O{sub 7} and vaporized {sup 99}MoO{sub 3}. Next, the gaseous stream is cooled in a primary condensation stage in the reaction chamber to remove vaporized {sup 99}MoO{sub 3}. Cooling is undertaken at a specially-controlled rate to achieve maximum separation efficiency. The gaseous stream is then cooled in a sequential secondary condensation stage to convert vaporized {sup 99m}Tc{sub 2}O{sub 7} into a condensed {sup 99m}Tc-containing reaction product which is collected. 1 fig.

  16. Method for the production of .sup.99m Tc compositions from .sup.99 Mo-containing materials

    DOEpatents

    Bennett, Ralph G. (Idaho Falls, ID); Christian, Jerry D. (Idaho Falls, ID); Grover, S. Blaine (Idaho Falls, ID); Petti, David A. (Idaho Falls, ID); Terry, William K. (Idaho Falls, ID); Yoon, Woo Y. (Idaho Falls, ID)

    1998-01-01

    An improved method for producing .sup.99m Tc compositions from .sup.99 Mo compounds. .sup.100 Mo metal or .sup.100 MoO.sub.3 is irradiated with photons in a particle (electron) accelerator to ultimately produce .sup.99 MoO.sub.3. This composition is then heated in a reaction chamber to form a pool of molten .sup.99 MoO.sub.3 with an optimum depth of 0.5-5 mm. A gaseous mixture thereafter evolves from the molten .sup.99 MoO.sub.3 which contains vaporized .sup.99 MoO.sub.3, vaporized .sup.99m TcO.sub.3, and vaporized .sup.99m TcO.sub.2. This mixture is then combined with an oxidizing gas (O.sub.2(g)) to generate a gaseous stream containing vaporized .sup.99m Tc.sub.2 O.sub.7 and vaporized .sup.99 MoO.sub.3. Next, the gaseous stream is cooled in a primary condensation stage in the reaction chamber to remove vaporized .sup.99 MoO.sub.3. Cooling is undertaken at a specially-controlled rate to achieve maximum separation efficiency. The gaseous stream is then cooled in a sequential secondary condensation stage to convert vaporized .sup.99m Tc.sub.2 O.sub.7 into a condensed .sup.99m Tc-containing reaction product which is collected.

  17. Retention of 99mTc-DMSA(III) and 99mTc-nanocolloid in different syringes affects imaging quality.

    PubMed

    Bauwens, Matthias; Pooters, Ivo; van der Pol, Jochen; Mottaghy, Felix M; van Kroonenburgh, Marinus

    2014-04-01

    (99m)Tc-dimercaptosuccinic acid [DMSA(III)] and colloidal human serum albumin ((99m)Tc-nanocolloid) are widely used radiopharmaceuticals. Recently, in our institution we encountered image quality problems in DMSA scans after changing the brand of syringes we were using, which triggered us to look into the adsorption properties of syringes from different brands for (99m)Tc-DMSA(III) and (99m)Tc-nanocolloid. We also describe a clinical case in which adsorption of (99m)Tc-DMSA(III) caused inferior imaging quality. DMSA and nanocolloid were labeled with (99m)Tc following manufacturer guidelines. After synthesis, syringes with (99m)Tc-DMSA(III) and (99m)Tc-nanocolloid were stored for 15, 30, 60, and 120 min. We evaluated Luer Lock syringes manufactured by different brands such as Artsana, Henke-Sass-Wolf, B. Braun Medical N.V., CODAN Medizinische Geräte GmbH & Co KG, Becton Dickinson and Company, and Terumo Europe. Adsorption of (99m)Tc-DMSA(III) and (99m)Tc-nanocolloid was acceptably low for all syringes (<13%), except for two brands with (99m)Tc-DMSA(III) adsorption rates of 36 and 30%, respectively, and for one brand with a (99m)Tc-nanocolloid adsorption rate of 27%. Adsorption of (99m)Tc-DMSA(III) and (99m)Tc-nanocolloid reaches critical levels in syringes produced by two brands, potentially causing poor image quality--for example, in DMSA scans using pediatric radiopharmaceutical doses. It is advised to check the compatibility of any radiopharmaceutical with syringes as an integral part of the quality assurance program. PMID:24569706

  18. Physicochemical studies of the reaction of (99m)Tc with 5,5'-diethyl barbituric acid, adenine, d-glucose and thiobarbituric acid at different temperatures.

    PubMed

    Masoud, M S; El-Shahat, M F; Elkholany, A S

    2014-06-01

    The reaction of (99m)Tc pertechnetate with 5,5'-diethyl barbituric acid, adenine, d-glucose and thiobarbituric acid at different temperatures was studied. The solvent effect on the electronic absorption spectra of the reactions was recorded. The reaction mixtures have been analyzed at different times using TLC and a radiodetctor to show the peaks at the plates. (99m)Tc pertechnetate is obtained from the Mo generators. It is difficult to separate the complexes in the solid state. The percentage of (99m)Tc involved in the complexes can be determined. Characterization of the (99m)Tc complexes as well as the determination of the extent of radiolabeling was done by thin layer chromatography using 0.9% NaCl solution as a solvent. The Rf value of (99m)TcO4(-) is (?1). The solvatochromism for the reaction of (99m)Tc with d-glucose was mainly affected by solute permanent dipole-solvent permanent dipole interaction, the dipolar interaction for the reaction of (99m)Tc with of 5,5'-diethyl barbituric acid and for the reaction of (99m)Tc with adenine and thiobarbituric was solute-solvent hydrogen bonding. PMID:24632174

  19. Physicochemical studies of the reaction of 99mTc with 5,5?-diethyl barbituric acid, adenine, D-glucose and thiobarbituric acid at different temperatures

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    Masoud, M. S.; El-Shahat, M. F.; Elkholany, A. S.

    2014-06-01

    The reaction of 99mTc pertechnetate with 5,5?-diethyl barbituric acid, adenine, D-glucose and thiobarbituric acid at different temperatures was studied. The solvent effect on the electronic absorption spectra of the reactions was recorded. The reaction mixtures have been analyzed at different times using TLC and a radiodetctor to show the peaks at the plates. 99mTc pertechnetate is obtained from the Mo generators. It is difficult to separate the complexes in the solid state. The percentage of 99mTc involved in the complexes can be determined. Characterization of the 99mTc complexes as well as the determination of the extent of radiolabeling was done by thin layer chromatography using 0.9% NaCl solution as a solvent. The Rf value of 99TcO4- is (?1). The solvatochromism for the reaction of 99mTc with D-glucose was mainly affected by solute permanent dipole-solvent permanent dipole interaction, the dipolar interaction for the reaction of 99mTc with of 5,5?-diethyl barbituric acid and for the reaction of 99mTc with adenine and thiobarbituric was solute-solvent hydrogen bonding.

  20. Fe(II)- and Sulfide-Facilitated Reduction of 99Tc(VII)O4- in Microbially Reduced Hyporheic Zone Sediments

    SciTech Connect

    Lee, Ji-Hoon; Zachara, John M.; Fredrickson, Jim K.; Heald, Steve M.; McKinley, James P.; Plymale, Andrew E.; Resch, Charles T.; Moore, Dean A.

    2014-07-01

    Redox-reactive, biogeochemical phases generated by reductive microbial activity in hyporheic zone sediments from a dynamic groundwater-river interaction zone were evaluated for their ability to reduce soluble pertechnetate [99Tc(VII)O4-] to less soluble Tc(IV). The sediments were bioreduced by indigenous microorganisms that were stimulated by organic substrate addition in synthetic groundwater with or without sulfate. In most treatments, 20 mol L-1 initial aqueous Tc(VII) was reduced to near or below detection (3.8210-9 mol L-1) over periods of days to months in suspensions of variable solids concentrations. Native sediments containing significant lithogenic Fe(II) in various phases were, in contrast, unreactive with Tc(VII). The reduction rates in the bioreduced sediments increased with increases in sediment mass, in proportion to weak acid-extractable Fe(II) and sediment-associated sulfide (AVS). The rate of Tc(VII) reduction was first order with respect to both aqueous Tc(VII) concentration and sediment mass, but correlations between specific reductant concentrations and reaction rate were not found. X-ray microprobe measurements revealed a strong correlation between Tc hot spots and Fe-containing mineral particles in the sediment. However, only a portion of Fe-containing particles were Tc-hosts. The Tc-hot spots displayed a chemical signature (by EDXRF) similar to pyroxene. The application of autoradiography and electron microprobe allowed further isolation of Tc-containing particles that were invariably found to be ca 100 m aggregates of primary mineral material embedded within a fine-grained phyllosilicate matrix. EXAFS spectroscopy revealed that the Tc(IV) within these were a combination of a Tc(IV)O2-like phase and Tc(IV)-Fe surface clusters, with a significant fraction of a TcSx-like phase in sediments incubated with SO42-. AVS was implicated as a more selective reductant at low solids concentration even though its concentration was below that required for stoichiometric reduction of Tc(VII). These results demonstrate that composite mineral aggregates may be redox reaction centers in coarse-textured hyporheic zone sediments regardless of the dominant anoxic biogeochemical processes.

  1. Fe(II)- and sulfide-facilitated reduction of 99Tc(VII)O4- in microbially reduced hyporheic zone sediments

    NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

    Lee, Ji-Hoon; Zachara, John M.; Fredrickson, James K.; Heald, Steve M.; McKinley, James P.; Plymale, Andrew E.; Resch, Charles T.; Moore, Dean A.

    2014-07-01

    Redox-reactive, biogeochemical phases generated by reductive microbial activity in hyporheic zone sediments from a dynamic groundwater-river interaction zone were evaluated for their ability to reduce soluble pertechnetate [99Tc(VII)O4-] to less soluble Tc(IV). The sediments were bioreduced by indigenous microorganisms that were stimulated by organic substrate addition in synthetic groundwater with or without sulfate. In most treatments, 20 ?mol L-1 initial aqueous Tc(VII) was reduced to near or below detection (3.82 10-9 mol L-1) over periods of days to months in suspensions of variable solids concentrations. Native sediments containing significant lithogenic Fe(II) in various phases were, in contrast, unreactive with Tc(VII). The reduction rates in the bioreduced sediments increased with increases in sediment mass, in proportion to weak acid-extractable Fe(II) and sediment-associated sulfide (AVS). The rate of Tc(VII) reduction was first order with respect to both aqueous Tc(VII) concentration and sediment mass, but correlations between specific reductant concentrations and reaction rate were not found. X-ray microprobe measurements revealed a strong correlation between Tc hot spots and Fe-containing mineral particles in the sediment. However, only a portion of Fe-containing particles were Tc-hosts. The Tc-hot spots displayed a chemical signature (by EDXRF) similar to pyroxene. The application of autoradiography and electron microprobe allowed further isolation of Tc-containing particles that were invariably found to be ca 100 ?m aggregates of primary mineral material embedded within a fine-grained phyllosilicate matrix. EXAFS spectroscopy revealed that the Tc(IV) within these were a combination of a Tc(IV)O2-like phase and Tc(IV)-Fe surface clusters, with a significant fraction of a TcSx-like phase in sediments incubated with SO42-. AVS was implicated as a more selective reductant at low solids concentration even though its concentration was below that required for stoichiometric reduction of Tc(VII). These results demonstrate that composite mineral aggregates may be redox reaction centers in coarse-textured hyporheic zone sediments regardless of the dominant anoxic biogeochemical processes.

  2. Quantitative simultaneous 111In/99mTc SPECT-CT of osteomyelitis

    PubMed Central

    Cervo, Morgan; Gerbaudo, Victor H.; Park, Mi-Ae; Moore, Stephen C.

    2013-01-01

    Purpose: A well-established approach for diagnostic imaging of osteomyelitis (OM), a bone infection, is simultaneous SPECT-CT of 99mTc sulfur colloid (SC) and 111In white blood cells (WBC). This method provides essentially perfect spatial registration of the tracers within anatomic sites of interest. Currently, diagnosis is based purely on a visual assessment—where relative discordance between 99mTc and 111In uptake in bone, i.e., high 111In and low 99mTc, suggests OM. To achieve more quantitative images, noise, scatter, and crosstalk between radionuclides must be addressed through reconstruction. Here the authors compare their Monte Carlo-based joint OSEM (MC-JOSEM) algorithm, which reconstructs both radionuclides simultaneously, to a more conventional triple-energy window-based reconstruction (TEW-OSEM), and to iterative reconstruction with no compensation for scatter (NC-OSEM). Methods: The authors created numerical phantoms of the foot and torso. Multiple bone-infection sites were modeled using high-count Monte Carlo simulation. Counts per voxel were then scaled to values appropriate for 111In WBC and 99mTc SC imaging. Ten independent noisy projection image sets were generated by drawing random Poisson deviates from these very low-noise images. Data were reconstructed using the two iterative scatter-compensation methods, TEW-OSEM and MC-JOSEM, as well as the uncorrected method (NC-OSEM). Mean counts in volumes of interest (VOIs) were used to evaluate the bias and precision of each method. Data were also acquired using a phantom, approximately the size of an adult ankle, consisting of regions representing infected and normal bone marrow, within a bone-like attenuator and surrounding soft tissue; each compartment contained a mixture of 111In and 99mTc. Low-noise data were acquired during multiple short scans over 29 h on a Siemens Symbia T6 SPECT-CT with medium-energy collimators. Pure 99mTc and 111In projection datasets were derived by fitting the acquired projections to the sum of 99mTc and 111In contributions, using the known half-lives. Uncontaminated data were scaled and recombined into six datasets with different activity ratios; ten Poisson noise realizations were then generated for each ratio. VOIs in each of the compartments were used to evaluate the bias and precision of each method with respect to reconstructions of uncontaminated datasets. In addition to the simulated and acquired phantom images, the authors reconstructed patient images with MC-JOSEM and TEW-OSEM. Patient reconstructions were assessed qualitatively for lesion contrast, spatial definition, and scatter. Results: For all simulated and acquired infection phantoms, the root-mean squared-error of measured 99mTc activity was significantly improved with MC-JOSEM and TEW-OSEM in comparison to NC-OSEM reconstructions. While MC-JOSEM trended toward outperforming TEW-OSEM, the improvement was only found to be significant (p < 0.001) for the acquired bone phantom in which a wide range of 111In/99mTc concentration ratios were tested. In all cases, scatter correction did not significantly improve 111In quantitation. Conclusions: Compensation for scatter and crosstalk is useful for improving quality, bias, and precision of 99mTc activity estimates in simultaneous dual-radionuclide imaging of OM. The use of the more rigorous MC-based estimates provided marginal improvements over TEW. While the phantom results were encouraging, more subjects are needed to evaluate the usefulness of quantitative 111In/99mTc SPECT-CT in the clinic. PMID:23927346

  3. Quantitative analysis of relationships between irradiation parameters and the reproducibility of cyclotron-produced (99m)Tc yields.

    PubMed

    Tanguay, J; Hou, X; Buckley, K; Schaffer, P; Bénard, F; Ruth, T J; Celler, A

    2015-05-21

    Cyclotron production of (99m)Tc through the (100)Mo(p,2n) (99m)Tc reaction channel is actively being investigated as an alternative to reactor-based (99)Mo generation by nuclear fission of (235)U. An exciting aspect of this approach is that it can be implemented using currently-existing cyclotron infrastructure to supplement, or potentially replace, conventional (99m)Tc production methods that are based on aging and increasingly unreliable nuclear reactors. Successful implementation will require consistent production of large quantities of high-radionuclidic-purity (99m)Tc. However, variations in proton beam currents and the thickness and isotopic composition of enriched (100)Mo targets, in addition to other irradiation parameters, may degrade reproducibility of both radionuclidic purity and absolute (99m)Tc yields. The purpose of this article is to present a method for quantifying relationships between random variations in production parameters, including (100)Mo target thicknesses and proton beam currents, and reproducibility of absolute (99m)Tc yields (defined as the end of bombardment (EOB) (99m)Tc activity). Using the concepts of linear error propagation and the theory of stochastic point processes, we derive a mathematical expression that quantifies the influence of variations in various irradiation parameters on yield reproducibility, quantified in terms of the coefficient of variation of the EOB (99m)Tc activity. The utility of the developed formalism is demonstrated with an example. We show that achieving less than 20% variability in (99m)Tc yields will require highly-reproducible target thicknesses and proton currents. These results are related to the service rate which is defined as the percentage of (99m)Tc production runs that meet the minimum daily requirement of one (or many) nuclear medicine departments. For example, we show that achieving service rates of 84.0%, 97.5% and 99.9% with 20% variations in target thicknesses requires producing on average 1.2, 1.5 and 1.9 times the minimum daily activity requirement. The irradiation parameters that would be required to achieve these service rates are described. We believe the developed formalism will aid in the development of quality-control criteria required to ensure consistent supply of large quantities of high-radionuclidic-purity cyclotron-produced (99m)Tc. PMID:25909462

  4. Quantitative analysis of relationships between irradiation parameters and the reproducibility of cyclotron-produced 99mTc yields

    NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

    Tanguay, J.; Hou, X.; Buckley, K.; Schaffer, P.; Bénard, F.; Ruth, T. J.; Celler, A.

    2015-05-01

    Cyclotron production of 99mTc through the 100Mo(p,2n) 99mTc reaction channel is actively being investigated as an alternative to reactor-based 99Mo generation by nuclear fission of 235U. An exciting aspect of this approach is that it can be implemented using currently-existing cyclotron infrastructure to supplement, or potentially replace, conventional 99mTc production methods that are based on aging and increasingly unreliable nuclear reactors. Successful implementation will require consistent production of large quantities of high-radionuclidic-purity 99mTc. However, variations in proton beam currents and the thickness and isotopic composition of enriched 100Mo targets, in addition to other irradiation parameters, may degrade reproducibility of both radionuclidic purity and absolute 99mTc yields. The purpose of this article is to present a method for quantifying relationships between random variations in production parameters, including 100Mo target thicknesses and proton beam currents, and reproducibility of absolute 99mTc yields (defined as the end of bombardment (EOB) 99mTc activity). Using the concepts of linear error propagation and the theory of stochastic point processes, we derive a mathematical expression that quantifies the influence of variations in various irradiation parameters on yield reproducibility, quantified in terms of the coefficient of variation of the EOB 99mTc activity. The utility of the developed formalism is demonstrated with an example. We show that achieving less than 20% variability in 99mTc yields will require highly-reproducible target thicknesses and proton currents. These results are related to the service rate which is defined as the percentage of 99mTc production runs that meet the minimum daily requirement of one (or many) nuclear medicine departments. For example, we show that achieving service rates of 84.0%, 97.5% and 99.9% with 20% variations in target thicknesses requires producing on average 1.2, 1.5 and 1.9 times the minimum daily activity requirement. The irradiation parameters that would be required to achieve these service rates are described. We believe the developed formalism will aid in the development of quality-control criteria required to ensure consistent supply of large quantities of high-radionuclidic-purity cyclotron-produced 99mTc.

  5. Pharmacokinetics of the phosphatidylserine tracers 99mTc-lactadherin and 99mTc-annexin V in pigs

    PubMed Central

    2013-01-01

    Background Phosphatidylserine (PS) is a phospholipid normally located in the inner leaflet of the cell membrane. PS is translocated from the inner to the outer leaflet of the plasma membrane during the early stages of apoptosis and in necrosis. In cell and animal studies, reversible PS externalisation to the outer membrane leaflet has been observed in viable cells. Hence, PS markers have been proposed as markers of both reversibly and irreversibly damaged cells. The purpose of this experimental study in pigs was to investigate the kinetics of the newly introduced PS marker technetium-99m-labelled lactadherin (99mTc-lactadherin) in comparison with the well-known PS tracer 99mTc-annexin V with special reference to the renal handling of the tracers. The effective dose for humans was estimated from the biodistribution in 24 mice. Methods Nine anaesthetised pigs randomly allocated into two treatment groups were administered a single injection of either 99mTc-lactadherin or 99mTc-annexin V. Renal perfusion was assessed by simultaneous injection of 51Cr-EDTA. Throughout the examinations, planar, dynamic scintigraphy of the trunk was performed, urine was collected and arterial and renal vein blood was sampled. The effective dose was estimated using the adult male phantom from the RADAR website. Results 99mTc-lactadherin was cleared four times faster from plasma than 99mTc-annexin V, 57??13ml/min (mean??SD) versus 14??2ml/min. 99mTc-lactadherin had a predominant uptake in the liver, whereas 99mTc-annexin V was primarily taken up by the kidneys. The estimated effective human dose after single injection of 99mTc-lactadherin and 99mTc-annexin V was 5.8 and 11?Sv/MBq, respectively. Conclusions The high hepatic uptake of 99mTc-lactadherin compromises the use of 99mTc-lactadherin for imaging PS externalisation in the liver. Due to scatter from the liver, the use of in vivo visualisation of PS externalisation in the lower thorax and upper abdomen by 99mTc-lactadherin is challenged, but not precluded. In contrast to 99mTc-annexin, 99mTc-lactadherin has a low renal uptake and may be the preferred tracer for imaging PS externalisation in the kidneys. The effective dose after injection of 99mTc-lactadherin and 99mTc-annexin was low. Recommendations regarding the clinical use of 99mTc-lactadherin must await tracer kinetic studies in patients. PMID:23497537

  6. Diversification in the Supply Chain of (99)Mo Ensures a Future for (99m)Tc.

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    Cutler, Cathy S; Schwarz, Sally W

    2014-07-01

    The uncertain availability of (99m)Tc has become a concern for nuclear medicine departments across the globe. An issue for the United States is that currently it is dependent on a supply of (99m)Tc (from (99)Mo) that is derived solely by production outside the United States. Since the United States uses half the world's (99)Mo production, the U.S. (99)Mo supply chain would be greatly enhanced if a producer were located within the United States. The fragility of the old (99)Mo supply chain is being addressed as new facilities are constructed and new processes are developed to produce (99)Mo without highly enriched uranium. The conversion to low-enriched uranium is necessary to minimize the potential misuse of highly enriched uranium in the world for nonpeaceful means. New production facilities, new methods for the production of (99)Mo, and a new generator elution system for the supply of (99m)Tc are currently being pursued. The progress made in all these areas will be discussed, as they all highlight the need to embrace diversity to ensure that we have a robust and reliable supply of (99m)Tc in the future. PMID:24854794

  7. High Tc superconducting materials and devices

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    Haertling, Gene H.

    1990-01-01

    The high Tc Y1Ba2Cu3O(7-x) ceramic materials, initially developed in 1987, are now being extensively investigated for a variety of engineering applications. The superconductor applications which are presently identified as of most interest to NASA-LaRC are low-noise, low thermal conductivity grounding links; large-area linear Meissner-effect bearings; and sensitive, low-noise sensors and leads. Devices designed for these applications require the development of a number of processing and fabrication technologies. Included among the technologies most specific to the present needs are tapecasting, melt texturing, magnetic field grain alignment, superconductor/polymer composite fabrication, thin film MOD (metal-organic decomposition) processing, screen printing of thick films, and photolithography of thin films. The overall objective of the program was to establish a high Tc superconductivity laboratory capability at NASA-LaRC and demonstrate this capability by fabricating superconducting 123 material via bulk and thin film processes. Specific objectives include: order equipment and set up laboratory; prepare 1 kg batches of 123 material via oxide raw material; construct tapecaster and tapecaster 123 material; fabricate 123 grounding link; fabricate 123 composite for Meissner linear bearing; develop 123 thin film processes (nitrates, acetates); establish Tc and Jc measurement capability; and set up a commercial use of space program in superconductivity at LaRC. In general, most of the objectives of the program were met. Finally, efforts to implement a commercial use of space program in superconductivity at LaRC were completed and at least two industrial companies have indicated their interest in participating.

  8. A Meteorological Overview of the TC4 Mission

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    Pfister, L.; Selkirk, H. B.; Starr, D. O.; Rosenlof, K.; Newman, P. F.

    2010-01-01

    The TC4 mission in Central America during summer 2007 examined convective transport into the tropical Upper Troposphere/Lower Stratosphere (UTLS) and the evolution of cirrus clouds. The tropical tropopause layer (TTL) circulation is dominated by the Asian monsoon anticyclone and westward winds that stretch from the western Pacific into the Atlantic. During TC4, TTL westward flow over Central America was stronger than normal. Incidence of cold clouds over the Central American region was the third lowest out of 34 years sampled. The major factor was an incipient La Nina, specifically anomalously cold temperatures off the Pacific Coast of South America. Weakness in the low level Caribbean jet caused a shift in the coldest clouds from the Caribbean to the Pacific side of Central America. The character of tropopause temperature variability was that of upward propagating waves generated by local and nonlocal convection. These waves produced tropopause temperature variations of 3 K, with peak-to-peak variations of 8 K. At low levels in Central America, flow from the Sahara desert predominated; further south, the air came from the Amazon region. Convectively influenced air in the upper troposphere came from Central America, the northern Amazon region, the Atlantic ITCZ, and the North American monsoon. In the TTL, Asian and African convection affected the observed air masses. North of 10N in the Central American TTL, African and Asian convection may have contributed as much to the air masses as Central and South American convection. South of 8N, Asian and African convection had far less impact.

  9. Radioactive equilibrium: 99Mo/99mTc decay characteristics.

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    Chechev, Valery P; B, Marie-Martine

    2014-05-01

    Within the Decay Data Evaluation Project, as an example of a radioactive equilibrium with isomer, the (99)Mo/(99m)Tc equilibrium mixture decay characteristics are examined. The results of a new decay data evaluation are presented for (99)Mo/(99m)Tc decay to nuclear levels in (99)Tc. These evaluated data have been obtained using information published up to 2013. PMID:24309009

  10. Tc-99m HMDP (hydroxymethylene diphosphonate): a radiopharmaceutical for skeletal and acute myocardial infarct imaging. II. comparison of Tc-99m hydroxymethylene diphosphonate (HMDP) with other technetium-labeled bone-imaging agents in a canine model

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    Bevan, J.A.; Tofe, A.J.; Benedict, J.J.; Francis, M.D.; Barnett, B.L.

    1980-10-01

    Technetium-99m hydroxymethylene diphosphonate (Tc-HMDP) was compared with the two other diphosphonates (Tc-MDP and Tc-HEDP) and Tc-99m pyrophosphate (Tc-PPi) in a canine model of acute myocardial infarction. The Tc-HMDP showed higher uptake in infarcted myocardium than the other two diphosphonates, and uptake equivalent to that of Tc-PPi.

  11. The tc genes of Photorhabdus: a growing family.

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    Waterfield, N R; Bowen, D J; Fetherston, J D; Perry, R D; ffrench-Constant, R H

    2001-04-01

    The toxin complex (tc) genes of Photorhabdus encode insecticidal, high molecular weight Tc toxins. These toxins have been suggested as useful alternatives to those derived from Bacillus thuringiensis for expression in insect-resistant transgenic plants. Although Photorhabdus luminescens is symbiotic with nematodes that kill insects, tc genes have recently been described from other insect-associated bacteria such as Serratia entomophila, an insect pathogen, and Yersinia pestis, the causative agent of bubonic plague, which has a flea vector. Here, recent advances in our understanding of the tc gene family are reviewed in view of their potential development as insect-control agents. PMID:11286884

  12. 99mTc-ciprofloxacin for diagnosis of bacterial infection

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    Aungurarat, A.; Ngamprayad, T.; Dangprasert, M.; Phumkem, S.; Jowanaridhi, B.

    2015-05-01

    Preparation of 99mTc-ciprofloxacin for diagnosis of bacterial infection was investigated by varying factors which affected this compound. The optimum conditions for preparation of 99mTc-ciprofloxacin and a lyophilized kit for Tc-99m labelling were studied. The results from biodistribution study showed that the percentages of the injected dose per gram tissues of infected area at 1 and 3 hours after injection were around 0.25-0.56. 99mTc-ciprofloxacin was found sterile, pyrogen-free and non-toxic. Radiochemical purity was greater than 90% with greater than 6 hours of stability.

  13. Peak Effect in High-Tc Superconductors

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    Ling, Xinsheng

    1996-03-01

    Like many low-Tc superconductors, high-quality YBCO single crystals are found(X.S. Ling and J.I. Budnick, in Magnetic Susceptibility of Superconductors and Other Spin Systems), edited by R.A. Hein, T.L. Francavilla, and D.H. Liebenberg (Plenum Press, New York, 1991), p.377. to exhibit a striking peak effect. In a magnetic field, the temperature dependence of the critical current has a pronounced peak below T_c(H). Pippard(A.B. Pippard, Phil. Mag. 19), 217 (1969)., and subsequently Larkin and Ovchinnikov(A.I. Larkin and Yu.N. Ovchinnikov, J. Low Temp. Phys. 34), 409 (1979)., attributed the onset of the peak effect to a softening of the vortex lattice. In this talk, the experimental discovery^1 of the peak effect in high-Tc superconductors will be described, followed by a brief historical perspective of the understanding of this phenomenon and a discussion of a new model(X.S. Ling, C. Tang, S. Bhattacharya, and P.M. Chaikin, cond-mat/9504109, (NEC Preprint 1995).) for the peak effect. In this model, the peak effect is an interesting manifestation of the vortex-lattice melting in the presence of weak random pinning potentials. The rise of critical current with increasing temperature is a signature of the ``melting'' of the Larkin domains. This work is done in collaboration with Joe Budnick, Chao Tang, Shobo Bhattacharya, Paul Chaikin, and Boyd Veal.

  14. Development of more efficacious Tc-99m organ imaging agents for use in nuclear medicine by analytical characterization of radiopharmaceutical mixtures. Progress report, May 1, 1981-April 30, 1982

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    Heineman, W.R.; Deutsch, E.A.

    1981-12-01

    The objectives of this year's research were to develop a method for rapidly determining TcO/sub 4//sup -/ in /sup 99/Mo//sup 99m/Tc generator eluates, to improve the ability to chromatographically determine individual Tc-HEDP complexes in radiopharmaceuticals, and to investigate the effects of TcO/sub 4//sup -/ concentration and electrochemical reduction on the types and relative amounts of Tc-HEDP complexes present in a radiopharmaceutical formulation. A rapid and sensitive high performance liquid chromatographic (HPLC) method for the quantitative determination of pertechnetate (TcO/sub 4//sup -/) was developed. This HPLC-based analysis may be of considerable utility in assessing the history and function of /sup 99/MO/sup 99m/Tc generators as well as in the routine analysis of reduced technetium radiopharmaceuticals for the presence of undesired TcO/sub 4//sup -/. Encouraging results were obtained on a dimethyl amine column using aqueous (NH/sub 4/)/sub 2/SO/sub 4/ as the mobile phase. The preparation of Tc(NaBH/sub 4/) HEDP radiopharmaceutical analogues using varying concentrations of total TcO/sub 4//sup -/ shows a dramatic effect in the number and distribution of Tc-HEDP complexes over a TcO/sub 4//sup -/ concentration range of 10/sup -2/ to 10/sup -8/M. These results suggest that total TcO/sub 4//sup -/ concentration is an important parameter to be considered in the preparation of a specific Tc-HEDP complex to improve skeletal imaging. The preparation of Tc(electrode) HEDP radiopharmaceutical analogues by using electrochemical reduction was explored. The resulting solutions contain Tc-HEDP complexes that are tentatively identified as being the same complexes formed by NaBH/sub 4/ reduction, although the relative concentrations of these complexes are quite different with the two modes of reduction. Thus, electrochemical reduction shows promise as a viable route to the preparation of specific Tc-HEDP complexes for improved skeletal imaging.

  15. Imaging of irradiated liver with Tc-99m-sulfur colloid and Tc-99m-IDA

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    Gelfand, M.J.; Saha, S.; Aron, B.S.

    1981-09-01

    In three cases, irradiated regions of liver failed to concentrate Tc-99m-sulfur colloid. In two of these three, imaging with Tc-99m-acetanilide iminodiacetic acid (IDA) agents within five days showed near normal hepatic uptake of this hepatobiliary imaging agent. The hepatic parenchymal cells may be imaged with Tc-99m-IDA in some irradiated regions of liver, despite loss of reticuloendothelial cell function.

  16. 99Tc Process Monitoring System In-Lab Performance Characterization

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    O'Hara, Matthew J.; Niver, Cynthia M.

    2014-01-01

    Executive Summary A 99Tc Process Monitoring (Tc-Mon) System has been designed and built for deployment at the recently constructed 200 West Pump & Treat (200W P&T) Plant in the 200 West Area ZP-1 Operable Unit of the Hanford Site. The plant is operated by CH2M Hill Plateau Remediation Company (CHPRC). The Tc-Mon system was created through collaboration between Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL) and Burge Environmental, Inc. The new system’s design has been optimized based on experience from an earlier field test (2011) of a prototype system at the 200W-ZP-1 Interim Pump & Treat Plant. A portion of the new 200W P&T Plant is dedicated to removal of 99Tc from contaminated groundwater in the 200 West Area. 99Tc, as the pertechnetate anion (99TcO4-), is remediated through delivery of water into two trains (Trains A and B) of three tandem extraction columns filled with Purolite A530E resin. The resin columns cannot be regenerated; therefore, once they have reached their maximum useful capacity, the columns must be disposed of as radioactive waste. The Tc-Mon system’s primary duty will be to periodically sample and analyze the effluents from each of the two primary extraction columns to determine 99Tc breakthrough. The Tc-Mon system will enable the CH2M Hill Plateau Remediation Company (CHPRC) to measure primary extraction column breakthrough on demand. In this manner, CHPRC will be able to utilize each extraction column to its maximum capacity. This will significantly reduce column disposal and replacement costs over the life of the plant. The Tc-Mon system was constructed by Burge Environmental, Inc. and was delivered to PNNL in June 2013 for setup and initial hardware and software performance testing in the 325 Building. By early July, PNNL had initiated an in-laboratory performance characterization study on the system. The objective was to fully calibrate the system and then evaluate the quality of the analytical outputs 1) against a series of clean groundwater samples prepared as 99Tc standards, and 2) on actual 200W P&T Plant grab samples containing 99Tc (and other radioactive and non-radioactive contaminants) at levels reported by the Waste Sampling and Characterization Facility. These grab samples included pre-treated (Pre-Resin) and post-treated (Post-Resin) 200W P&T Plant waters for May through August 2013. This report contains the following information: • The genesis of the 99Tc sensor and the Tc-Mon analytical system. • A description of the Tc-Mon system’s major hardware and software components. • A description of the operational principles behind the 99Tc sensor. • Results from the calibration of three components within the Tc-Mon system. The three systems requiring calibration are: 1. Sampling Chamber 2. Conductivity Sensor 3. 99Tc Sensor • Presentation of analytical results obtained on the fully calibrated Tc-Mon system. This includes a determination of the precision and accuracy of each system defined above. • Estimation of the 99Tc sensor’s minimum detectable activity and limit of quantification. • A brief discussion of potential chemical and radiological influences on the 99Tc sensor based on known contaminants in 200W P&T Plant water. • Observations regarding 99Tc sensor longevity.

  17. Expanding the Knowledge of the Geographic Distribution of Trypanosoma cruzi TcII and TcV/TcVI Genotypes in the Brazilian Amazon

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    Lima, Valdirene dos Santos; Xavier, Samanta Cristina das Chagas; Maldonado, Irene Fabíola Roman; Roque, André Luiz Rodrigues; Vicente, Ana Carolina Paulo; Jansen, Ana Maria

    2014-01-01

    Trypanosoma cruzi infection is a complex sylvatic enzooty involving a wide range of animal species. Six discrete typing units (DTUs) of T. cruzi, named TcI to TcVI, are currently recognized. One unanswered question concerning the epidemiology of T. cruzi is the distribution pattern of TcII and hybrid DTUs in nature, including their virtual absence in the Brazilian Amazon, the current endemic area of Chagas disease in Brazil. Herein, we characterized biological samples that were collected in previous epizootiological studies carried out in the Amazon Basin in Brazil. We performed T. cruzi genotyping using four polymorphic genes to identify T. cruzi DTUs: mini-exon, 1f8, histone 3 and gp72. This analysis was conducted in the following biological samples: (i) two T. cruzi isolates obtained by culturing of stools from the triatomine species Rhodnius picttipes and (ii) five serum samples from dogs in which trypomastigotes were observed during fresh blood examination. We report for the first time the presence of TcII and hybrid DTUs (TcV/TcVI) in the Amazon region in mixed infections with TcI. Furthermore, sequencing of the constitutive gene, gp72, demonstrated diversity in TcII even within the same forest fragment. These data show that TcII is distributed in the five main Brazilian biomes and is likely more prevalent than currently described. It is very probable that there is no biological or ecological barrier to the transmission and establishment of any DTU in any biome in Brazil. PMID:25551227

  18. Transplant renography: 99m-Tc-DTPA versus 99m-Tc-MAG3. A preliminary note.

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    Fraile, M; Castell, J; Buxeda, M; Cuartero, A; Cantarell, C; Domenech-Torn, F M

    1989-01-01

    99mTc-MAG3 has been proposed as a replacement for both 131I-hippuran and 99mTc-DTPA on clinical grounds. We undertook a prospective preliminary study to ascertain whether 99mTc-MAG3 works better than 99mTc-DTPA in the follow up of renal transplant recipients. Seventeen patients (21 renograms each MAG3 and DTPA) were studied, together, with a reference group of 10 patients in whom MAG3 and Hippuran clearance rates were determined simultaneously. As expected, 99mTc-MAG3 analog images were excellent and 99mTcMAG3 clearance correlated very well with 131I-hippuran clearance (r = 0.978). MAG3 values were 60% of hippuran values. However, when the corresponding renographic and perfusion findings were faced with different diagnostic challenges, such as post transplant renal failure and rejection, 99mTc MAG3 did not differ from 99mTc-DTPA in a significant way. 99mTc-DTPA was superior to 99mtc-MAG3 in one case of rejection. PMID:2533892

  19. High-Tc superconducting quantum interference device recordings of spontaneous brain activity: Towards high-Tc magnetoencephalography

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    isjen, F.; Schneiderman, J. F.; Figueras, G. A.; Chukharkin, M. L.; Kalabukhov, A.; Hedstrm, A.; Elam, M.; Winkler, D.

    2012-03-01

    We have performed single- and two-channel high transition temperature (high-Tc) superconducting quantum interference device (SQUID) magnetoencephalography (MEG) recordings of spontaneous brain activity in two healthy human subjects. We demonstrate modulation of two well-known brain rhythms: the occipital alpha rhythm and the mu rhythm found in the motor cortex. We further show that despite higher noise-levels compared to their low-Tc counterparts, high-Tc SQUIDs can be used to detect and record physiologically relevant brain rhythms with comparable signal-to-noise ratios. These results indicate the utility of high-Tc technology in MEG recordings of a broader range of brain activity.

  20. The role of Tc-99m IDA hepatobiliary and Tc-99m colloid hepatic imaging in primary biliary cirrhosis

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    Aburano, T.; Yokoyama, K.; Shuke, N.; Kinuya, S.; Takayama, T.; Tonami, N.; Hisada, K. )

    1991-01-01

    To assess the presence of primary biliary cirrhosis, 15 patients at various histopathologic stages were studied by Tc-99m IDA hepatobiliary and/or Tc-99m colloid hepatic imaging. In the earlier stages (I and II), seven of eight patients (88%) showed uniform hepatic retention of Tc-99m IDA. Of seven patients in the same stage, however, four (57%) showed no abnormality on Tc-99m colliod imaging. In three of these four negative patients (75%), uniform hepatic retention of Tc-99m IDA was noted. In the later stages (III and IV), all seven patients showed decreased clearance with or without delayed tracer appearance in the intestine and prominent hepatic retention on Tc-99m IDA imaging; with Tc-99m colloid imaging there was enlargement of the spleen and increased activity in the spleen and bone marrow. Thus, Tc-99m IDA imaging is considered to be more useful in revealing this functional disorder at the earlier stage of primary biliary cirrhosis and in evaluating progression from an earlier to a later stage of disease. Tc-99m colloid imaging also effectively evaluated progression.

  1. CD73-mediated adenosine production promotes stem cell-like properties in mouse Tc17 cells.

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    Flores-Santibáñez, Felipe; Fernández, Dominique; Meza, Daniel; Tejón, Gabriela; Vargas, Leonardo; Varela-Nallar, Lorena; Arredondo, Sebastián; Guixé, Victoria; Rosemblatt, Mario; Bono, María Rosa; Sauma, Daniela

    2015-12-01

    The CD73 ectonucleotidase catalyses the hydrolysis of AMP to adenosine, an immunosuppressive molecule. Recent evidence has demonstrated that this ectonucleotidase is up-regulated in T helper type 17 cells when generated in the presence of transforming growth factor-β (TGF-β), and hence CD73 expression is related to the acquisition of immunosuppressive potential by these cells. TGF-β is also able to induce CD73 expression in CD8(+) T cells but the function of this ectonucleotidase in CD8(+) T cells is still unknown. Here, we show that Tc17 cells present high levels of the CD73 ectonucleotidase and produce adenosine; however, they do not suppress the proliferation of CD4(+) T cells. Interestingly, we report that adenosine signalling through A2A receptor favours interleukin-17 production and the expression of stem cell-associated transcription factors such as tcf-7 and lef-1 but restrains the acquisition of Tc1-related effector molecules such as interferon-γ and Granzyme B by Tc17 cells. Within the tumour microenvironment, CD73 is highly expressed in CD62L(+) CD127(+) CD8(+) T cells (memory T cells) and is down-regulated in GZMB(+) KLRG1(+) CD8(+) T cells (terminally differentiated T cells), demonstrating that CD73 is expressed in memory/naive cells and is down-regulated during differentiation. These data reveal a novel function of CD73 ectonucleotidase in arresting CD8(+) T-cell differentiation and support the idea that CD73-driven adenosine production by Tc17 cells may promote stem cell-like properties in Tc17 cells. PMID:26331349

  2. Assessment of renal function in mice with unilateral ureteral obstruction using 99mTc-MAG3 dynamic scintigraphy

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    2012-01-01

    Background Renal scintigraphy using 99mTc-mercaptoacetyltriglycine (99mTc-MAG3) is widely used for the assessment of renal function in humans. However, the application of this method to animal models of renal disease is currently limited, especially in rodents. Here, we have applied 99mTc-MAG3 renal scintigraphy to a mouse model of unilateral ureteral obstruction (UUO) and evaluated its utility in studying obstructive renal disease. Methods UUO mice were generated by complete ligation of the left ureter. Sham-operated mice were used as a control. Renal function was investigated on days 0, 1, 3, and 6 post-surgery using dynamic planar imaging of 99mTc-MAG3 activity following retro-orbital injection. Time-activity curves (TACs) were produced for individual kidneys and renal function was assessed by 1) the slope of initial 99mTc-MAG3 uptake (SIU), which is related to renal perfusion; 2) peak activity; and 3) the time-to-peak (TTP). The parameters of tubular excretion were not evaluated in this study as 99mTc-MAG3 is not excreted from UUO kidneys. Results Compared to sham-operated mice, SIU was remarkably (>60%) reduced in UUO kidneys at day 1 post surgery and the TACs plateaued, indicating that 99mTc-MAG3 is not excreted in these kidneys. The plateau activity in UUO kidneys was relatively low (~40% of sham kidneys peak activity) as early as day1 post surgery, demonstrating that uptake of 99mTc-MAG3 is rapidly reduced in UUO kidneys. The time to plateau in UUO kidneys exceeded 200 sec, suggesting that 99mTc-MAG3 is slowly up-taken in these kidneys. These changes advanced as the disease progressed. SIU, peak activity and TTPs were minimally changed in contra-lateral kidneys during the study period. Conclusions Our data demonstrate that renal uptake of 99mTc-MAG3 is remarkably and rapidly reduced in UUO kidneys, while the changes are minimal in contra-lateral kidneys. The parametric analysis of TACs suggested that renal perfusion as well as tubular uptake is reduced in UUO kidneys. This imaging technique should allow non-invasive assessments of UUO renal injury and enable a more rapid interrogation of novel therapeutic agents and protocols. PMID:23228112

  3. Correlation bag and high-Tc superconductivity

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    Goodenough, J. B.; Zhou, J.

    1990-09-01

    From an analysis of the normal-state properties of the high-Tc copper oxide superconductors the following features can be established on the basis of single-particle theories: (1) a bandwidth W~=U>Ep, where U is the on-site correlation energy and Ep is the pair binding energy; (2) a W~=8??R at the narrow-band limit for small-polaron versus itinerant-electron conduction in a mixed-valent system; (3) a W~=???2?, where the covalent mixing parameter ?? varies sensitively with the hole concentration and consequently with any local charge fluctuations in a mixed-valent system; (4) on-site and near-neighbor correlation energies that vary sensitively with the bandwidth in the region W~=U. From the superconductor properties, a ?~=10 signals an energy range of perturbed states ??<~W, and superconductive pairs constrained to a small volume in real space which makes necessary the introduction of a nonretarded potential. These features lead us to consider charge fluctuations, induced by strong electron-lattice interactions, where U>~W~=8??R, in which ``bags'' rich in charge carriers coexist with regions poor in charge carriers together with an important modulation of the bandwidth-and hence the correlation energies-on moving from outside to inside a bag. The problems with the Alexandrov model that have been raised by De Jongh are resolved by the modulation of the correlation energies, which adds a new term to the Hamiltonian that gives an additional component to the binding energy. A bag model allows use of the spin-bag formalism but with a renormalization of the charge channel rather than the spin channel to obtain a possible solution of the new Hamiltonian. The model allows interpretation of the variation of Tc with hole concentration in the p-type copper oxides as well as the pressure dependence of Tc as a function of hole concentration. A bending of the Cu-O-Cu bond angles from 180 and the degree of freedom of the Cu-O bond length normal to the CuO2 sheets allows identification of possible vibrational modes involved in bag formation.

  4. Iron Oxide Waste Form for Stabilizing 99Tc

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    Um, Wooyong; Chang, Hyun-Shik; Icenhower, Jonathan P.; Lukens, Wayne W.; Serne, R. Jeffrey; Qafoku, Nikolla; Kukkadapu, Ravi K.; Westsik, Joseph H.

    2012-06-09

    Crystals of goethite were synthesized with reduced technetium [{sup 99}Tc(IV)] incorporated within the solid lattice. The presence of {sup 99}Tc(IV) as a substituting cation in the matrix and 'armoring' by an additional layer of precipitated goethite isolated the reduced {sup 99}Tc(IV) from oxidizing agents. These products were used to make monolithic pellets to quantify an effective diffusion coefficient for {sup 99}Tc from goethite waste form contacted with a synthetic Hanford IDF (integrated disposal facility) pore water solution (pH = 7.2, I = 0.05 M) at room temperature for up to 120 days in static reactors. XANES analysis of the goethite solids recovered post-run demonstrated that the {sup 99}Tc in the goethite crystals remains in the reduced {sup 99}Tc(IV) state. The slow release of pertechnetate concentration with time in the static experiments with the monolith followed a square root of time dependence, consistent with diffusion control for {sup 99}Tc release. An apparent diffusion coefficient of 6.15 x 10{sup -11} cm{sup 2}/s was calculated for the {sup 99}Tc-goethite pellet sample and the corresponding leaching index (LI) was 10.2. The results of this study indicate that technetium can be immobilized in a stable, low-cost Fe oxide matrix that is easy to fabricate and these findings can be useful in designing long-term solutions for nuclear waste disposal.

  5. Importance of markers in Tc-99m pyrophosphate myocardial images

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    Vasavada, P.J.; Micklos, T.J.; Nishiyama, H.

    1985-02-01

    A false-positive Tc-99m PYP myocardial scan may result due to gastric activity from the breakdown of radiopharmaceuticals and accumulation of Tc-99m pertechnetate in gastric cells. Importance of anatomic landmarks during early blood pool images is emphasized to prevent this error.

  6. Tc17 Cells in Patients with Uterine Cervical Cancer

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    Zhang, Yan; Hou, Fei; Liu, Xin; Ma, Daoxin; Zhang, Youzhong; Kong, Beihua; Cui, Baoxia

    2014-01-01

    Background The existence of Tc17 cells was recently shown in several types of infectious and autoimmune diseases, but their distribution and functions in uterine cervical cancer (UCC) have not been fully elucidated. Methods The frequency of Tc17 cells in peripheral blood samples obtained from UCC patients, cervical intraepithelial neoplasia (CIN) patients and healthy controls was determined by flow cytometry. Besides, the prevalence of Tc17 cells and their relationships to Th17 cells and Foxp3-expressing T cells as well as microvessels in tissue samples of the patients were assessed by immunohistochemistry staining. Results Compared to controls, patients with UCC or CIN had a higher proportion of Tc17 cells in both peripheral blood and cervical tissues, but the level of Tc17 cells in UCC tissues was significantly higher than that in CIN tissues. Besides, the increased level of Tc17 in UCC patients was associated with the status of pelvic lymph node metastases and increased microvessel density. Finally, significant correlations of infiltration between Tc17 cells and Th17 cells or Foxp3-expressing T cells were observed in UCC and CIN tissues. Conclusions This study indicates that Tc17 cell infiltration in cervical cancers is associated with cancer progression accompanied by increased infiltrations of Th17 cells and regulatory T cells as well as promoted tumor vasculogenesis. PMID:24523865

  7. 2 ?(0)/ Tc ratio in d-wave superconductors

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    Tifrea, I.; Grosu, I.; Crisan, M.

    1999-01-01

    We derive the 2 ?(0)/ Tc ratio in a d-wave superconductor with the normal state described by a non-Fermi liquid model, where the Green's function is assumed to have the Anderson-Balatsky form G 0( k, ?)=? c-?/( i?-? k) 1-?. We showed how a nonzero value for ? influences the value of the ratio 2 ?(0)/ Tc.

  8. Electronic structure of vortices in high {Tc} superconductors

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    Barnes, S.E.

    1999-12-20

    The formation of a pseudo gap and superconductivity are described in terms of a Kondo band formed at the chemical potential. Pre-existing spin triplet bosons condense at {Tc}. For T > {Tc} or at the center of a vortex the condensate is absent and these bosons lead to a pseudo gap. Numerical comparison is made with STM results.

  9. RILEM TC ISR Summer 2015 Activity Report

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    Le Pape, Yann

    2015-08-01

    With aging infrastructures, instances of Alkali Silica Reaction (ASR) and Delayed Ettringite Formation (DEF), broadly covered under the term Internal Swelling Reaction (ISR), are increasingly being detected. They have been observed in bridges, dams, and most recently in nuclear power plants. Concrete swelling may result in bridge partial failure, dams with structural cracks and misaligned turbine shafts, and locked slice gates. For nuclear reactors micro-cracks may cause increased gas permeability which will jeopardize the containment integrity and may decrease the residual structural resistance under accidental loading. This TC, which limits its activity to structures with known expansive concrete, seeks to address two complementary but fundamental questions: a) What is the kinetics of the reaction and b) How would it affect the integrity of the structure (serviceability and strength) and thus establish a science based prognostic to the structure owner.

  10. Irradiated damage in high- Tc superconductor

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    Sasase, M.; Okayasu, S.; Kurata, H.; Hojou, K.

    2001-09-01

    The columnar defects produced by high-energy heavy ions in the high- Tc superconductor have been observed with transmission electron microscopy (TEM) in order to clarify the governing factors for columnar defects formations. The Bi 2Sr 2CaCu 2O 8 (Bi-2212) single crystals were irradiated by various ions (Au +, I +, Br + and Ni +) in the energy range of 60-600 MeV with the fluence of 2.0×10 10 ions/cm 2 at the room temperature by using Tandem accelerator. From the results of TEM observation, we have found that the columnar defects formation depends not only on the electronic stopping power ( Se) but also on the ion-velocity.

  11. The recovery of asteroid 2008 TC3

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    Shaddad, Muawia H.; Jenniskens, Peter; Numan, Diyaa; Kudoda, Ayman M.; Elsir, Saadia; Riyad, Ihab F.; Ali, Awad Elkareem; Alameen, Mohammed; Alameen, Nada M.; Eid, Omer; Osman, Ahmed T.; Abubaker, Mohamed I.; Yousif, Mohamed; Chesley, Steven R.; Chodas, Paul W.; Albers, Jim; Edwards, Wayne N.; Brown, Peter G.; Kuiper, Jacob; Friedrich, Jon M.

    2010-10-01

    On October 7, 2008, asteroid 2008 TC3 impacted Earth and fragmented at 37 km altitude above the Nubian Desert in northern Sudan. The area surrounding the asteroid's approach path was searched, resulting in the first recovery of meteorites from an asteroid observed in space. This was also the first recovery of remains from a fragile "cometary" PE = IIIa/b type fireball. In subsequent searches, over 600 mostly small 0.2-379 g meteorites (named "Almahata Sitta") with a total mass 10.7 kg were recovered from a 30 7 km area. Meteorites fell along the track at 1.3 kg km-1, nearly independent of mass between 1 and 400 g, with a total fallen mass of 39 6 kg. The strewn field was shifted nearly 1.8 km south from the calculated approach path. The influence of winds on the distribution of the meteorites, and on the motion of the dust train, is investigated. The majority of meteorites are ureilites with densities around 2.8 g cm-3, some of an anomalous (porous, high in carbon) polymict ureilite variety with densities as low as 1.5 g cm-3. In addition, an estimated 20-30% (in mass) of recovered meteorites were ordinary, enstatite, and carbonaceous chondrites. Their fresh look and matching distribution of fragments in the strewn field imply that they were part of 2008 TC3. For that reason, they are all referred to as "Almahata Sitta." No ureilite meteorites were found that still held foreign clasts, suggesting that the asteroid's clasts were only loosely bound.

  12. Feasibility studies towards future self-sufficient supply of the 99Mo-99mTc isotopes with Japanese accelerators

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    NAKAI, Kozi; TAKAHASHI, Naruto; HATAZAWA, Jun; SHINOHARA, Atsushi; HAYASHI, Yoshihiko; IKEDA, Hayato; KANAI, Yasukazu; WATABE, Tadashi; FUKUDA, Mitsuhiro; HATANAKA, Kichiji

    2014-01-01

    In order to establish a self-sufficient supply of 99mTc, we studied feasibilities to produce its parent nucleus, 99Mo, using Japanese accelerators. The daughter nucleus, 99mTc, is indispensable for medical diagnosis. 99Mo has so far been imported from abroad, which is separated from fission products generated in nuclear reactors using enriched 235U fuel. We investigated 99mTc production possibilities based on the following three scenarios: (1) 99Mo production by the (n, 2n) reaction by spallation neutrons at the J-PARC injector, LINAC; (2) 99Mo production by the (p, pn) reaction at Ep = 5080 MeV proton at the RCNP cyclotron; (3) 99mTc direct production with a 20 MeV proton beam from the PET cyclotron. Among these three scenarios, scenario (1) is for a scheme on a global scale, scenario (2) works in a local area, and both cases take a long time for negotiations. Scenario (3) is attractive because we can use nearly 50 PET cyclotrons in Japan for 99mTc production. We here consider both the advantages and disadvantages among the three scenarios by taking account of the Japanese accelerator situation. PMID:25504230

  13. Feasibility studies towards future self-sufficient supply of the (99)Mo-(99m)Tc isotopes with Japanese accelerators.

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    Nakai, Kozi; Takahashi, Naruto; Hatazawa, Jun; Shinohara, Atsushi; Hayashi, Yoshihiko; Ikeda, Hayato; Kanai, Yasukazu; Watabe, Tadashi; Fukuda, Mitsuhiro; Hatanaka, Kichiji

    2014-01-01

    In order to establish a self-sufficient supply of (99m)Tc, we studied feasibilities to produce its parent nucleus, (99)Mo, using Japanese accelerators. The daughter nucleus, (99m)Tc, is indispensable for medical diagnosis. (99)Mo has so far been imported from abroad, which is separated from fission products generated in nuclear reactors using enriched (235)U fuel. We investigated (99m)Tc production possibilities based on the following three scenarios: (1) (99)Mo production by the (n, 2n) reaction by spallation neutrons at the J-PARC injector, LINAC; (2) (99)Mo production by the (p, pn) reaction at Ep = 50-80 MeV proton at the RCNP cyclotron; (3) (99m)Tc direct production with a 20 MeV proton beam from the PET cyclotron. Among these three scenarios, scenario (1) is for a scheme on a global scale, scenario (2) works in a local area, and both cases take a long time for negotiations. Scenario (3) is attractive because we can use nearly 50 PET cyclotrons in Japan for (99m)Tc production. We here consider both the advantages and disadvantages among the three scenarios by taking account of the Japanese accelerator situation. PMID:25504230

  14. Analysis of a Mutator Activity Necessary for Germline Transposition and Excision of Tc1 Transposable Elements in Caenorhabditis Elegans

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    Mori, I.; Moerman, D. G.; Waterston, R. H.

    1988-01-01

    The Tc1 transposable element family of the nematode Caenorhabditis elegans consists primarily of 1.6-kb size elements. This uniformity of size is in contrast to P in Drosophila and Ac/Ds in maize. Germline transposition and excision of Tc1 are detectable in the Bergerac (BO) strain, but not in the commonly used Bristol (N2) strain. A previous study suggested that multiple genetic components are responsible for the germline Tc1 activity of the BO strain. To analyze further this mutator activity, we derived hybrid strains between the BO strain and the N2 strain. One of the hybrid strains exhibits a single locus of mutator activity, designated mut-4, which maps to LGI. Two additional mutators, mut-5 II and mut-6 IV, arose spontaneously in mut-4 harboring strains. This spontaneous appearance of mutator activity at new sites suggests that the mutator itself transposes. The single mutator-harboring strains with low Tc1 copy number generated in this study should be useful in investigations of the molecular basis of mutator activity. As a first step toward this goal, we examined the Tc1 elements in these low copy number strains for elements consistently co-segregating with mutator activity. Three possible candidates were identified: none was larger than 1.6 kb. PMID:2848746

  15. Measuring functioning hepatocytes using Tc-99m galactosylneoglycoalbumin (Tc-NGA)

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    Stadalnik, R.C.; Vera, D.R.; Quadro, R.E.; Krohn, K.A.; Scheibe, P.O.; O'Grady, L.F.

    1984-01-01

    Tc-NGA is a synthetic ligand which binds only to hepatic binding protein (HBP), a receptor found only in the liver. It exhibits the properties of high tissue specificity, affinity-dependent uptake, and dose-dependent uptake. Tc-NGA provides an opportunity to study the functioning hepatocyte. The authors evaluated the usefulness of this technique in patients with hepatitis and hepatoma. After intravenous administration of 5 mCi Tc-NGA, dynamic images were acquired for 30 minutes followed by static views. Estimates of HBP concentrations were obtained by kinetic analysis of blood and liver time-activity curves. Kinetic estimates (reduced chi-squares < 3.0) of HBP correlated well with the clinical course and histology. For example, a patient with hepatoma whose calculated receptor population (functioning hepatocytes) was 3.0 +- 0.9 x 10/sup -7/ mole, which is the normal range, is doing well undergoing chemotherapy. Liver biopsy demonstrated normal liver tissue except for the hepatoma. Another patient with hepatoma who had a severely depressed receptor population, 1.2 +- 0.2 x 10/sup -8/ mole, expired one week after the study. Liver biopsy demonstrated practically no normal tissue. Thus, by means of a complementary, receptor radiopharmaceutical and mathematical model, one should be able to quantitatively follow hepatocyte function and predict response to a therapeutic regimen.

  16. Photoreduction of 99Tc Pertechnetate by Nanometer-Sized Metal Oxides: New Strategies for Formation and Sequestration of Low-Valent Technetium

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    Burton-Pye, Benjamin P.; Radivojevic, Ivana; McGregor, Donna; Mbomekalle, Israel M.; Lukens, Wayne W.; Francesconi, Lynn C.

    2011-11-23

    Technetium-99 (99Tc)(β-max: 293.7 keV; t1/2: 2.1 x 105 years) is a byproduct of uranium-235 fission and comprises a large component of radioactive waste. Under aerobic conditions and in a neutral- basic environment, the pertechnetate anion (99TcO4-) is stable. 99TcO4- is very soluble, migrates easily through the environment and does not sorb well onto mineral surfaces, soils or sediments. This study moves forward a new strategy for the reduction of TcO4- and chemical incorporation of the reduced 99Tc into a metal oxide material. This strategy employs a single material, a polyoxometalate (POM), α2-[P2W17O61]10-, that can be photoactivated in the presence of 2-propanol to transfer electrons to TcO4- and incorporate the reduced 99Tc covalently into the α2- framework to form the TcVO species, TcVO(α2-P2W17O61)7-. This occurs via the formation of an intermediate species that slowly converts to TcVO(α2-P2W17O61)7-. EXAFS and XANES analysis and preliminary EPR analysis, suggests that the intermediate consists of a Tc(IV) α2- species where the 99Tc is likely bound to only 2 of the 4 W-O oxygen atoms in the α2-[P2W17O61]10- defect. This intermediate then oxidizes and converts to the 99TcVO(α2-P2W17O61)7- product. The reduction and incorporation of 99TcO4- was accomplished in a ''one pot'' reaction using both sunlight and UV irradiation, and monitored as a function of time using multinuclear NMR and radio TLC. The process was further probed by the ''step-wise'' generation of reduced α2-P2W17O6112- through bulk electrolysis followed by the addition of TcO4-. The reduction and incorporation of ReO4-, as a non-radioactive surrogate for 99Tc, does not proceed through the intermediate species, and ReVO is incorporated quickly into the α2-[P2W17O61]10- defect. These observations are consistent with the periodic trends of 99Tc and Re. Specifically, 99Tc is more easily reduced compared to Re. In addition to serving as models for metal oxides, POMs may also provide a suitable platform to study the molecular level dynamics and mechanisms of the reduction and incorporation of Tc into a material.

  17. Tc and Re behavior in borosilicate waste glass vapor hydration tests II

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    Buechele, Andrew C.; McKeown, David A.; Lukens, Wayne W.; Shuh, David K.; Pegg, Ian L.

    2012-10-01

    Technetium (99Tc) is a significant environmental risk factor to consider for nuclear waste disposal repositories. Rhenium (Re), in the same column of the periodic table as Tc, is often used as a non-radioactive surrogate for Tc. Six waste glasses containing both Tc and Re were synthesized under a variety of redox conditions to produce different distributions of Tc and Re oxidation states. These glasses were exposed to vapor hydration tests (VHT) at 200 °C for 23 to 30 days; and the Tc and Re oxidation state, coordination environment, and spatial distribution within the altered coupons were determined. Compared with the original glasses, the corresponding VHT samples showed substantial reduction of Tc species, except where the original glass contained only reduced Tc (Tc4+). Similar to earlier findings, Tc is more sensitive to redox conditions than Re with respect to both glass synthesis conditions and VHT alteration processes. Glasses that originally contained more oxidized Tc (near 100% Tc7+) showed the most Tc enrichment in the altered VHT sample layers, where Tc was largely reduced to Tc4+. Re is generally more oxidized than Tc in the samples measured and has similar spatial distributions as Tc in some VHT samples, while having very different spatial distributions compared with Tc in others. Glasses that originally had a distribution of Tc oxidation states (approximately 1:1 Tc4+ to Tc7+), had Tc concentrations in the VHT altered layers that were approximately equal to or less than those found in the unaltered glass. However, in the same samples, Re concentrations were highest in the altered layers. Overall, with regard to spatial distributions within the altered VHT layers, the behavior of Re was not a good predictor of Tc behavior. Therefore, at least under VHT conditions, using Re as a non-radioactive surrogate for Tc in borosilicate waste glasses can provide misleading results.

  18. Gauge bosons masses in a SU(2){sub TC} x SU(3){sub L} x U(1){sub X} extension of the standard model

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    Doff, A.

    2010-06-01

    In this brief report we explore the full realization of the dynamical symmetry breaking of an 3-3-1 model to U(1){sub em} considering a model based on SU(2){sub TC} x SU(3){sub L} x U(1){sub X}. We compute the mass generated for the charged and neutral gauge bosons of the model that result from the symmetry breaking, and verify the equivalence between a 3-3-1 model with a scalar content formed by the set of the fundamental scalar bosons {chi},{rho} and {eta} with a 3-3-1 model where the dynamical symmetry breaking is implanted by the system formed by the set of composite bosons {Phi}{sub T},{Phi}{sub TC(1)} and {Phi}{sub TC(2)}. In this model the minimal composite scalar content is fixed by the condition of the cancellation of triangular anomaly in the technicolor (TC) sector.

  19. Tc1-like transposable elements in plant genomes

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    2014-01-01

    Background The Tc1/mariner superfamily of transposable elements (TEs) is widespread in animal genomes. Mariner-like elements, which bear a DDD triad catalytic motif, have been identified in a wide range of flowering plant species. However, as the founding member of the superfamily, Tc1-like elements that bear a DD34E triad catalytic motif are only known to unikonts (animals, fungi, and Entamoeba). Results Here we report the identification of Tc1-like elements (TLEs) in plant genomes. These elements bear the four terminal nucleotides and the characteristic DD34E triad motif of Tc1 element. The two TLE families (PpTc1, PpTc2) identified in the moss (Physcomitrella patens) genome contain highly similar copies. Multiple copies of PpTc1 are actively transcribed and the transcripts encode intact full length transposase coding sequences. TLEs are also found in angiosperm genome sequence databases of rice (Oryza sativa), dwarf birch (Betula nana), cabbage (Brassica rapa), hemp (Cannabis sativa), barley (Hordium valgare), lettuce (Lactuta sativa), poplar (Populus trichocarpa), pear (Pyrus x bretschneideri), and wheat (Triticum urartu). Conclusions This study extends the occurrence of TLEs to the plant phylum. The elements in the moss genome have amplified recently and may still be capable of transposition. The TLEs are also present in angiosperm genomes, but apparently much less abundant than in moss. PMID:24926322

  20. Interactions of Tc(IV) with humic substances

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    Boggs, M. A.; Minton, Travis; Lomasney, Samuel; Islam, Mohammed; Dong, Wenming; Gu, Baohua; Wall, Nathalie

    2011-01-01

    To understand the key processes affecting 99Tc mobility in the subsurface and help with the remediation of contaminated sites, the binding constants of several humic substances (humic and fulvic acids) with Tc(IV) were determined, using a solvent extraction technique. The novelty of this paper lies in the determination of the binding constants of the complexes formed with the individual species TcO(OH)+ and TcO(OH)20. Binding constants were found to be 6.8 and between 3.9 and 4.3, for log 1, 1,1 and log 1,-2,1, respectively; these values were little modified by a change of ionic strength, in most cases, between 0.1 M to 1.0 M, nor were they by the nature and origin of the humic substances. Modeling calculations based on these show TcO(OH)-HA to be the predominant complex in a system containing 20 ppm HA and in the 4-6 pH range, while TcO(OH)20 and TcO(OH)2-HA are the major species, in the pH 6-8 range.

  1. Power Systems Development Facility Gasification Test Campaign TC21

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    Southern Company Services

    2007-01-30

    In support of technology development to utilize coal for efficient, affordable, and environmentally clean power generation, the Power Systems Development Facility (PSDF), located in Wilsonville, Alabama, routinely demonstrates gasification technologies using various types of coal. The PSDF is an engineering scale demonstration of key features of advanced coal-fired power systems, including a Transport Gasifier, a hot gas particulate control device (PCD), advanced syngas cleanup systems, and high-pressure solids handling systems. This report summarizes the results of the first demonstration of gasification operation with lignite coal following the 2006 gasifier configuration modifications. This demonstration took place during test campaign TC21, occurring from November 7, 2006, through January 26, 2007. The test campaign began with low sodium lignite fuel, and after 304 hours of operation, the fuel was changed to high sodium lignite, for 34 additional hours of operation. Both fuels were from the North Dakota Freedom mine. Stable operation with low sodium lignite was maintained for extended periods, although operation with high sodium lignite was problematic due to agglomeration formation in the gasifier restricting solids circulation.

  2. Power Systems Development Facility Gasification Test Campaign TC17

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    Southern Company Services

    2004-11-30

    In support of technology development to utilize coal for efficient, affordable, and environmentally clean power generation, the Power Systems Development Facility (PSDF) located in Wilsonville, Alabama, routinely demonstrates gasification technologies using various types of coals. The PSDF is an engineering scale demonstration of key features of advanced coal-fired power systems, including a KBR (formerly Kellogg Brown & Root) Transport Gasifier, a hot gas particulate control device, advanced syngas cleanup systems, and high-pressure solids handling systems. This report summarizes the results gasification operation with Illinois Basin bituminous coal in PSDF test campaign TC17. The test campaign was completed from October 25, 2004, to November 18, 2004. System startup and initial operation was accomplished with Powder River Basin (PRB) subbituminous coal, and then the system was transitioned to Illinois Basin coal operation. The major objective for this test was to evaluate the PSDF gasification process operational stability and performance using the Illinois Basin coal. The Transport Gasifier train was operated for 92 hours using PRB coal and for 221 hours using Illinois Basin coal.

  3. Power Systems Development Facility Gasification Test Campaign TC20

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    Southern Company Services

    2006-09-30

    In support of technology development to utilize coal for efficient, affordable, and environmentally clean power generation, the Power Systems Development Facility (PSDF), located in Wilsonville, Alabama, routinely demonstrates gasification technologies using various types of coal. The PSDF is an engineering scale demonstration of key features of advanced coal-fired power systems, including a Transport Gasifier, a hot gas particulate control device (PCD), advanced syngas cleanup systems, and high-pressure solids handling systems. This report summarizes the results of the first demonstration of the Transport Gasifier following significant modifications of the gasifier configuration. This demonstration took place during test campaign TC20, occurring from August 8 to September 23, 2006. The modifications proved successful in increasing gasifier residence time and particulate collection efficiency, two parameters critical in broadening of the fuel operating envelope and advancing gasification technology. The gasification process operated for over 870 hours, providing the opportunity for additional testing of various gasification technologies, such as PCD failsafe evaluation and sensor development.

  4. High Tc Superconducting Magnet Excited by a Semiconductor Thermoelectric Element

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    Kuriyama, T.; Ono, M.; Tabe, S.; Oguchi, A.; Okamura, T.

    2006-04-01

    A high Tc superconducting (HTS) magnet excited by a thermal electromotive force of a thermoelectric element is studied. This HTS magnet has the advantages of compactness, lightweight and continuous excitation in comparison with conventional HTS magnets, because this HTS magnet does not need a large external power source. In this system, a heat input into the cryogenic environment is necessary to excite the thermoelectric element for constant operation. This heat generation, however, causes a rise in temperature of an HTS coil and reduces the system performance. In this paper, a newly designed magnet system which adopted a two-stage GM cryocooler was investigated. It enabled us to control the temperature of a thermoelectric element and that of an HTS coil independently. The temperature of the HTS coil could be kept at 10-20 K at the second stage of the GM cryocooler, while the thermoelectric element could be excited at higher temperature in the range of 50-70 K at the first stage, where the performance of the thermoelectric element was higher. The experimental results on this HTS magnet are shown and the possibility of the thermoelectric element as a main power source of the HTS magnets is discussed.

  5. Lymphoscintigraphy in melanoma patients using Tc-99m dextran

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    Marciano, D.; Padgett, H.; Henze, E.; Carlson, C.; Bennett, L.R.

    1984-01-01

    Surgical removal of regional lymph nodes draining the site of a melanoma is a generally practiced procedure. It is often difficult in many cases of truncal melanomas near the midline or near the waistline to determine which group or groups of nodes to remove. Colloidal Au-198, Tc-99m sulfur colloid, and Tc-99m antimony sulfur colloid have all been used and have given useful clinical information. Objections, however, have been raised to the local radiation dose with these compounds. To reduce this problem while obtaining greater information on lymph flow, the authors have studied dextran, a macromolecule commonly used as plasma substitute. Dextran (average mol. wt. 72,000) labeled with Tc-99m has been used to study lymph drainage from the site of truncal melanoma in 29 patients. Serial images in the first hour following intradermal injection clearly demonstrate tracer in efferent lymphatics within 5 to 10 minutes, and brief pooling in the regional lymph nodes between 20 and 60 minutes. When compared with particulate tracers such as micro Tc-99m sulfur colloid, the Tc-99m dextran appears to move much faster through the lymphatics. Overall distribution of the Tc-99m dextran to lymph nodes is very similar to previous findings with micro Tc-99m sulfur colloid. Dextran drainage to more than one group of regional nodes was seen in 12/29 patients as compared with 17/50 patients using micro Tc-99m sulfur colloid. The superior images with Tc-99m dextran appear to make it the agent of choice.

  6. High -Tc superlight bipolarons in novel superconductors

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    Alexandrov, Sasha

    2003-03-01

    Over the last decade, several competing models of high-temperature superconductivity (HTSC) have been proposed, none of which have succeeded to explain high values of the superconducting critical temperature Tc without adjustable parameters. Most of the proposed models are based on the short-range electron-electron correlations or/and on a short-range electron-phonon interaction. However, in the cuprates the screening is poor due to the low carrier density, layered crystal structure, and high ionicity of the lattice. Here we develop further a model of HTSC, which explicitly takes into account the long-range origin of both types of interaction [1]. The long-range electron-phonon (Froehlich) interaction binds carriers into real space pairs-small bipolarons with surprisingly low mass but sufficient binding energy, while the long-range Coulomb repulsion keeps them from forming larger clusters. We analytically solve this multi-polaron "Froelich-Coulomb" model of oxides for a zigzag ladder and a perovskite layer [2]. The model numerically explains high Tc values in the cuprates without any fitting parameters. It describes other key features of the cuprates such as the isotope effect on the effective mass, pseudogap, the normal state diamagnetism, anomalous upper critical field, and spectral functions measured in tunnelling and photoemission. We argue that strong coupling of carriers with high-frequency phonons and low Fermi energies is the cause of high critical temperatures of novel superconductors. [1] A.S. Alexandrov, in Models and Phenomenology for Conventional and High-temperature Superconductivity (Course CXXXVI of the International School of Physics`Enrico Fermi'), eds. G. Iadonisi, J.R. Schrieffer and M.L. Chiofalo, (IOS Press, Amsterdam), p. 309 (1998). [2] A.S. Alexandrov and P.E. Kornilovitch, J. Phys.: Condens. Matter 14 (2002) 5337. * Mailing address: Department of Physics, Loughborough University, Loughborough LE11 3TU, United Kingdom; E-mail: a.s.alexandrov@lboro.ac.uk; Phone: (44) 1509 223303; Fax: (44) 1509 223986.

  7. Re-Search for Extinct 99Tc and 98Tc in the Early Solar System

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    Yin, Q.; Jagoutz, E.; Wanke, H.

    1992-07-01

    The recent advances in negative thermal ionization mass spectrometry (N-TIMS) of Re and Os (Creaser et al., 1991) offer a new chance to search for isotopic anomalies of ruthenium (Ru) (and possibly Mo) in meteorites. The Ru isotopes are particularly important since they contain two daughter decay products of technicium, ^98Tc (tau(sub)1/2=4.2x10^6 yr) and ^99Tc (tau(sub)1/2=2.1x10^5 yr). Natural Tc is now extinct on Earth due to their short half-life, but may have been present in the early solar system; Ru isotopes might also bear witness of the various processes of nucleosynthesis and of the imperfect mixing of their products in the pre-solar nebula; Ru isotopic composition in fission is drastically different from natural; ^99Tc is crucial because of its very short half-life and is observed directly for several half-lives in s-process-enriched stars during the thermally pulsing, AGB (asymptotic giant branch) phase of evolution. The probability of detecting ^99Tc in this type of stars is typically 70% (Smith and Lambert, 1988). The chemical similarities between Ru and Os yield correspondingly high ionization efficiency for Ru with N-TIMS. Ru is obtained as a byproduct of Os chemistry, as Ru co-distills with Os. This unique combination conveniently enables a survey for extinct Tc by determining isotopic composition of Ru on a wide range of samples together with extensive studies of Re-Os system in geochemical community in the years to come. These arguments prompted us to carry out a systematic re-search for Ru isotopic anomalies initiated by Herr and coworkers more than 30 years ago (Herr et al., 1958). We have measured Ru isotopic composition in one bulk sample and a magnetic fraction of Maralinga carbonaceous chondrite and one bulk sample of the iron meteorite Gibeon. The bulk sample of Maralinga is found to be isotopically indistinguishable from the terrestrial values within analytical uncertainties. In the magnetic fraction, however, a positive deviation (0.89+- 0.24epsilon) of the ^99Ru/^101Ru ratio from the terrestrial mean is observed, a first indication that ^99Tc was alive in the early solar system. With the production ratio of ^99Tc/^99Ru=0.75 (Kappeler et al., 1989), a 2.9+-0.2 m.y. time interval (delta) between the nucleosynthetic process and formation of Maralinga is calculated, assuming there is no significant Tc/Ru fractionation since their production. This time interval is consistent with delta>=1.8 m.y. set by ^41Ca (tau(sub)1/2=1.03x10^5 yr) result (Hutcheon et al., 1984) and delta<=~3 m.y. inferred from ^26Al (tau(sub)1/2=7.16x10^5 yr) result (Lee et al., 1977), and gives the most stringent control on delta for the related nucleosynthetic process. The ^99Ru/^101Ru ratio in Gibeon is within error of the laboratory standard value. Since the nucleosynthetic origins of ^107Pd and ^99Tc are similar, the absence of ^99Ru anomaly (^99Ru*) and the presence of ^107Ag* in Gibeon (Chen and Wasserburg, 1990) indicate that core-mantle differentiation in the parent body of Gibeon happened between 2 and 10 m.y. after the nucleosynthetic sources produced these two parent nuclides. In this time span ^26Al was still alive and thus supports the model of ^26Al being a heat source for early planetary differentiation. Chen, J. H. and Wasserburg, G. J. , Geochim. Cosmochim. Acta. (1990) 54, 1729-1743. Creaser, R. A., Papanastassiou, D. A. and Wasserburg, G. J. (1991) Geochim. Cosmochim. Acta. 55, 397-401. Herr, W., Merz, E., Eberhardt, P., Geiss, J., Lang, C. and Signer, P. (1958) Geochim. Cosmochim. Acta. 14, 158. Hutcheon, I. D., Armstrong, J. T., and Wasserburg, G. J. (1984) LPSC XV, 387-388 (abstract). Kappeler, F., Beer, H., and Wisshak, K. (1989) Rep. Prog. Phys. 52. 945-1013. Lee, T., Papanastassiou, D. A. and Wasserburg, G. J. (1977) Astrophys. J. (Letters) 211, L107-L110. Smith, V. V. and Lambert, D. L. (1988)t. Astrophys. J., 333, 219- 226.

  8. High Tc superconducting levitation motor with a laser commutator

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    Weeks, David E.

    1990-01-01

    A high Tc superconducting levitation bearing driven by an optically switched solenoid is described. The bearing uses flux pinning in the new high Tc superconductors for stability. A simple liquid nitrogen supply system is described that greatly improves the ease with which high Tc superconductors can be maintained at 77 K for extended periods of time in small styrofoam dishes. A force versus height curve is given and is used to determine the design limits of the levitation bearing. Alternate motor designs are discussed.

  9. Dilepton production spectrum above Tc with a lattice quark propagator

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    Kim, Taekwang; Asakawa, Masayuki; Kitazawa, Masakiyo

    2015-12-01

    The dilepton production rate from the deconfined medium is analyzed with the photon self-energies constructed from quark propagators obtained by lattice numerical simulation for two values of temperature, T =1.5 Tc and 3 Tc, above the critical temperature Tc. The photon self-energy is calculated by the Schwinger-Dyson equation with the lattice quark propagtor and a vertex function determined so as to satisfy the Ward-Takahashi identity. The obtained dilepton production rate at zero momentum exhibits divergences reflecting van Hove singularity and is significantly enhanced around ? ?T compared with the rate obtained by the perturbative analysis.

  10. Quantitative simultaneous 99mTc/123I cardiac SPECT using MC-JOSEM.

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    Ouyang, Jinsong; Zhu, Xuping; Trott, Cathryn M; El Fakhri, Georges

    2009-02-01

    Simultaneous rest 99mTc-Sestamibi/ 123I-BMIPP cardiac SPECT imaging has the potential to replace current clinical 99mTc-Sestamibi rest/stress imaging and therefore has great potential in the case of patients with chest pain presenting to the emergency department. Separation of images of these two radionuclides is difficult, however, because their emission energies are close. The authors previously developed a fast Monte Carlo (MC)-based joint ordered-subset expectation maximization (JOSEM) iterative reconstruction algorithm (MC-JOSEM), which simultaneously compensates for scatter and cross talk as well as detector response within the reconstruction algorithm. In this work, the authors evaluated the performance of MC-JOSEM in a realistic population of 99mTc/123I studies using cardiac phantom data on a Siemens e.cam system using a standard cardiac protocol. The authors also compared the performance of MC-JOSEM for estimation tasks to that of two other methods: standard OSEM using photopeak energy windows without scatter correction (NSC-OSEM) and standard OSEM using a Compton-scatter energy window for scatter correction (SC-OSEM). For each radionuclide the authors separately acquired high-count projections of radioactivity in the myocardium wall, liver, and soft tissue background compartments of a water-filled torso phantom, and they generated synthetic projections of various dual-radionuclide activity distributions. Images of different combinations of myocardium wall/background activity concentration ratios for each radionuclide were reconstructed by NSC-OSEM, SC-OSEM, and MC-JOSEM. For activity estimation in the myocardium wall, MC-JOSEM always produced the best relative bias and relative standard deviation compared with NSC-OSEM and SC-OSEM for all the activity combinations. On average, the relative biases after 100 iterations were 8.1% for 99mTc and 3.7% for 123I with MC-JOSEM, 39.4% for 99mTc and 23.7% for 123I with NSC-OSEM, and 20.9% for 99mTc with SC-OSEM. The relative standard deviations after 30 iterations were 0.7% for 99mTc and 1.0% for 123I with MC-JOSEM, as compared to 1.1% for 99mTc and 1.2% for 123I with NSC-OSEM and 1.3% for 99mTc with SC-OSEM. Finally, the authors compared the relative standard deviation after 30 iterations with the minimum theoretical variance on activity estimation, the Cramer-Rao lower bound (CRB), and with the biased CRB. The measured precision was larger than the biased bound values by factors of 2-4, suggesting that further improvement could be made to the method. PMID:19292000

  11. Applicability of plasmid calibrant pTC1507 in quantification of TC1507 maize: an interlaboratory study.

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    Meng, Yanan; Liu, Xin; Wang, Shu; Zhang, Dabing; Yang, Litao

    2012-01-11

    To enforce the labeling regulations of genetically modified organisms (GMOs), the application of DNA plasmids as calibrants is becoming essential for the practical quantification of GMOs. This study reports the construction of plasmid pTC1507 for a quantification assay of genetically modified (GM) maize TC1507 and the collaborative ring trial in international validation of its applicability as a plasmid calibrant. pTC1507 includes one event-specific sequence of TC1507 maize and one unique sequence of maize endogenous gene zSSIIb. A total of eight GMO detection laboratories worldwide were invited to join the validation process, and test results were returned from all eight participants. Statistical analysis of the returned results showed that real-time PCR assays using pTC1507 as calibrant in both GM event-specific and endogenous gene quantifications had high PCR efficiency (ranging from 0.80 to 1.15) and good linearity (ranging from 0.9921 to 0.9998). In a quantification assay of five blind samples, the bias between the test values and true values ranged from 2.6 to 24.9%. All results indicated that the developed pTC1507 plasmid is applicable for the quantitative analysis of TC1507 maize and can be used as a suitable substitute for dried powder certified reference materials (CRMs). PMID:22148678

  12. Research on high Tc superconducting compounds

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    Oliver, Frederick W. (Principal Investigator)

    1996-01-01

    Mossbauer research using the 21.54 kev resonance radiation of Eu-151 on the high temperature superconductors Bi(2)Ca(0.5)Eu(0.5)Sr(2)CU2O(x), and EuBa(2)CU(3)O(7-x) is performed. For the Bismuth compound the Mossbauer measurements gave a weak signal at room temperature but improved at lower temperatures. Experimental data indicated that europium is located at only one crystallographic site. Isomer shift measurements were .69 + 0.02 mm/s with respect to EuF(3). The linewidth at room temperature was found to be 2.54 mm/s. This value falls within the values observed by other researchers on Eu based 1,2,3 high-Tc compounds. Our results also show the Eu to be trivalent with no trace of divalent europium present. Superconducting europium based 1,2,3 compounds were prepared and measurements completed. Our results show the Eu to be trivalent with no trace of divalent europium present. These compounds had an average isomer shift of .73 mm/s +/- O.02 for all samples made. One of these was irradiated with 3.5 X 10(exp 16) neutrons and a comparison made of the Mossbauer parameters for the irradiated and non-irradiated samples. Experimental results showed no difference between linewidths but a measurable effect was seen for the isomer shift.

  13. NMR of high-[Tc] superconductors

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    Asayama, K.; Kitaoka, Y.; Zheng, G.Q.; Ishida, K.; Magishi, K.; Tokunaga, Y.; Yoshida, K. . Dept. of Material Physics)

    1998-12-20

    Recent NMR measurements on high-[Tc] materials by the authors' group are reviewed. Study of YBa[sub 2]Cu[sub 3]O[sub 7] + Ni has revealed that the attractive force is spin in origin. Analysis of T[sub 1], the Knight shift K and T[sub 2G] in Tl[sub 2]Ba[sub 2]CuO[sub 10] (Tl2223), HgBa[sub 2]Ca[sub 2]Cu[sub 3]O[sub 8] (Hg1223), HgBa[sub 2]Ca[sub 3]Cu[sub 4]O[sub 10] (Hg1234) and YBa[sub 2]Cu[sub 4]O[sub 8] (Y1248) supports the antiferromagnetic spin fluctuation (AFSF)-mediated-superconductivity-model. The temperatures at which a pseudogap starts to open obtained by 1/T[sub 1]T, dK/dT, photoemission, resistivity and STM all agree with each other in Bi[sub 2]Sr[sub 2]CaCu[sub 2]O[sub 8] (Bi2212). The origin of the pseudogap is discussed.

  14. Biogeochemical Coupling of Fe and Tc Speciation in Subsurface Sediments: Implications to Long-Term Tc Immobilization

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    Zachara, John M.; Kukkadapu, Ravi K.; Heald, Steve M.; McKinley, James P.; Dohnalkova, Alice C.; Fredrickson, James K.; Byong-Hun Jeon

    2006-04-05

    The overall project has been investigating the reactivity of pertechnetate [Tc(VII)] with Fe(II) forms in model mineral and mineral-microbe systems, and with sediments from the Oak Ridge FRC and the Hanford site. Past project results with Hanford and Oak Ridge sediments have been published in Fredrickson et al., (2004) and Kukkadapu et al., (2006). This poster summarizes a series of model system experiments that investigates whether microbes or biogenic Fe(II) were more important in the reduction of Tc(VII) in an anoxic suspension of ferrihydrite, Shewanella oneidensis MR-1, Tc(VII), and electron donor. Ferrihydrite is used to represent a bioavailable Fe(III) oxide present in small amounts in Oak Ridge and Hanford sediments. In order to address this overall goal, Tc(VII) reduction rates and redox products were studied in less complex systems where individual abiotic and biotic reactions were isolated for rigorous characterization. The specific objectives of the individual experiments in the series were as follows: (1) Identify the rates and products of the reaction of Tc(VII) with aqueous Fe(II) at circumneutral pH values (homogeneous reduction). (2) Identify the rates and products of the reaction of Tc(VII) with surface complexed Fe(II) on goethite and hematite in the circumneutral pH range (heterogeneous reduction). (3) Identify the rates and products of the reaction of Tc(VII) with MR-1 under anoxic conditions individually with hydrogen and lactate as electron donors (biologic reduction). (4) Use insights from the above experiments to determine which of the three above, potentially parallel reactions determine the final speciation of Tc in a mixture of ferrihydrite, respiring MR-1, and Tc(VII).

  15. Thermodynamic considerations and prediction of the primary coolant activity of 99Tc

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    Lewis, B. J.; Thompson, W. T.; Akbari, F.; Morrison, C.; Husain, A.

    2005-04-01

    A physical model has been developed to describe the coolant activity behaviour of 99Tc, during constant and reactor shutdown operations. This analysis accounts for the fission production of technetium and molybdenum, in which their chemical form and volatility is determined by a thermodynamic treatment using Gibbs-energy minimization. The release kinetics are calculated according to the rate-controlling step of diffusional transport in the fuel matrix and vaporization from the fuel-grain surface. Based on several in-reactor tests with defective fuel elements, and as supported by the thermodynamic analysis, the model accounts for the washout of molybdenum from the defective fuel on reactor shutdown. The model also considers the recoil release of both 99Mo and 99Tc from uranium contamination, as well as a corrosion source due to activation of 98Mo. The model has provided an estimate of the activity ratio 99Tc/ 137Cs in the ion-exchange columns of the Darlington Nuclear Generating Station, i.e., 6 × 10 -6 (following ˜200 days of steady reactor operation) and 4 × 10 -6 (with reactor shutdown). These results are consistent with that measured by the Battelle Pacific Northwest Laboratories with a mixed-bed resin-sampling device installed in a number of Pressurized Water Reactor and Boiling Water Reactor plants.

  16. 99mTc-UBI Biokinetics: A Specific Peptide for Infection Detection

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    Rodríguez-Cortés, J.; Meléndez-Alafort, L.; Herrera-Rodríguez, R.; Ferro-Flores, G.; Mitsoura, E.; Martínez-Duncker, C.

    2003-09-01

    Recently, antimicrobial peptides have been proposed as new agents to distinguish between bacterial infections and sterile inflammatory processes. Based on these considerations, Ubiquicidin peptide 29-41 (UBI) has been labeled with 99mTc using a new direct method showing a radiochemical purity > 97 %, high stability in human serum, and low protein binding. In addition 99mTc-UBI showed a specific in vitro and in vivo binding to bacteria. However its biokinetic parameters have not been evaluated since it is one of the new generation radiopharmaceuticals based on peptide structures. Therefore the aim of this project was to establish the biokinetic model for 99mTc-UBI. An activity from 74 to 148 MBq was injected to patients with bone infection and 5 whole body scans were taken at 1, 30, 120, 240 min and 24 h after radiopharmaceutical administration, with a dual head scanner. Urine was collected for 24 h. An antropomorphic phantom was previously used to calculate the effect of attenuation and scattered radiation on the gamma camera acquisition images. ROIs of the selected organs in patients (kidney, liver, heart, bone, soft tissue and lesion) were drawn, and attenuation and scatter corrected. The % urine elimination at 24 h and time integrated ROIs (cpm/pixel/ROIs) were used to obtain the residence time (τ) in each tissue and to establish the biokinetic model. Pharmacokinetic data show that blood clearance is biexponential with a mean residence time in the central compartment of 0.52 h. The images showed non-accumulation in metabolic organs. More than 75 % of the injected activity was eliminated by renal clearance 4 h after 99mTc-UBI administration. The mean radiation dose calculated according to the MIRD formalism was 0.130 mGy/MBq for kidney and the effective dose was 4.29 × 10-3 mSv/MBq.

  17. [Diagnosis of achalasia using 99m-Tc pertechnetate scintigraphy].

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    Mikosch, P; Gallowitsch, H J; Kresnik, E; Lind, P

    1997-06-01

    A 73-year-old patient presented a 99mTc scintiscan with a focal tracer accumulation left and caudal of the thyroid gland. Further investigations with sonography, CT, esophagoscopy and barium swallow provided the diagnosis of achalasia as the reason for focal 99mTc retention caudal of the thyroid gland. Explanation for 99mTc accumulation within the esophagus may be the nonspecific accumulation of 99mTc not only in the thyroid gland but also in the salivary glands. Excretion of the tracer follows with the saliva. Structural and motor disorders of the esophagus can thus lead to focal tracer retention within the esophagus simulating thyroid tissue. PMID:9395425

  18. Point nodes persisting far beyond Tc in Bi2212

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    Kondo, Takeshi; Malaeb, W.; Ishida, Y.; Sasagawa, T.; Sakamoto, H.; Takeuchi, Tsunehiro; Tohyama, T.; Shin, S.

    2015-01-01

    In contrast to a complex feature of antinodal state, suffering from competing orders, the pairing gap of cuprates is obtained in the nodal region, which therefore holds the key to the superconducting mechanism. One of the biggest question is whether the point nodal state as a hallmark of d-wave pairing collapses at Tc like the BCS-type superconductors, or it instead survives above Tc turning into the preformed pair state. A difficulty in this issue comes from the small magnitude of the nodal gap, which has been preventing experimentalists from solving it. Here we use a laser ARPES capable of ultrahigh-energy resolution, and detect the point nodes surviving far beyond Tc in Bi2212. By tracking the temperature evolution of spectra, we reveal that the superconductivity occurs when the pair-breaking rate is suppressed smaller than the single-particle scattering rate on cooling, which governs the value of Tc in cuprates. PMID:26158431

  19. Strongly Correlated Electron Systems & HIGH-Tc Superconductivity

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    Zipper, E.; Mańka, R.; Maśka, M.

    1991-11-01

    The Table of Contents for the book is as follows: * Preface * On the Nature of Quasi-Particle Spectra of High-Tc Systems * Metallic Magnetism: How Efficient are Spin Fluctuation Theories? * Electromagnetic Response of High Tc Superconductors * Two-fluid Interpretation of the Infrared Reflectivity of Superconducting Y1Ba2Cu3O7-x * Anyon Superconductivity in Generalized t-J Model * Large Bipolarons and Superconductivity * Flux Trapping and Flux Quantization in Mesoscopic Systems * Flux Phase States in Mesoscopic Metallic Rings * A Short-range Electronic Instability in High-Tc Superconductors * Quasiparticle Tunneling and Josephson Effect with High Temperature Superconductors * High-Tc Experiments * Superconductivity by Bose-condensation of Local Pairs in the Metal Oxide Superconductors

  20. Point nodes persisting far beyond Tc in Bi2212.

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    Kondo, Takeshi; Malaeb, W; Ishida, Y; Sasagawa, T; Sakamoto, H; Takeuchi, Tsunehiro; Tohyama, T; Shin, S

    2015-01-01

    In contrast to a complex feature of antinodal state, suffering from competing orders, the pairing gap of cuprates is obtained in the nodal region, which therefore holds the key to the superconducting mechanism. One of the biggest question is whether the point nodal state as a hallmark of d-wave pairing collapses at Tc like the BCS-type superconductors, or it instead survives above Tc turning into the preformed pair state. A difficulty in this issue comes from the small magnitude of the nodal gap, which has been preventing experimentalists from solving it. Here we use a laser ARPES capable of ultrahigh-energy resolution, and detect the point nodes surviving far beyond Tc in Bi2212. By tracking the temperature evolution of spectra, we reveal that the superconductivity occurs when the pair-breaking rate is suppressed smaller than the single-particle scattering rate on cooling, which governs the value of Tc in cuprates. PMID:26158431

  1. Separation of tc from Uranium and development of metallic Technetium waste forms

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    Mausolf, Edward John

    The isotope Technetium-99 (99Tc) is a major fission product of the nuclear industry. In the last decade, approximately 20 tons of 99Tc have been produced by the US nuclear industry. Due to its long half-life (t1/2 = 214,000 yr), beta radiotoxicity, and high mobility as pertechnetate [TcO4]-, Tc represents long-term concern to the biosphere. Various options have been considered to manage 99Tc. One of them is its separation from spent fuel, conversion to the metal and incorporation into a metallic waste form for long-term disposal. After dissolution of spent fuel in nitric acid and extraction of U and Tc in organic media, previously developed methods can be used to separate Tc from U, convert the separate Tc stream to the metal and reuse the uranium component of the fuel. A variety of metallic waste forms, ranging from pure Tc metal to ternary Tc alloys combined with stainless steel (SS) and Zr are proposed. The goal of this work was to examine three major questions: What is the optimal method to separate Tc from U? After separation, what is the most efficient method to convert the Tc stream to Tc metal? Finally, what is the corrosion behavior of Tc metal, Tc-SS alloys and Tc-Zr-SS alloys in 0.01M NaCl? The goal is to predict the long term behavior of Tc metallic waste in a hypothetical storage environment. In this work, three methods have been used to separate Tc from U: anionic exchange resin, liquid-liquid extraction and precipitation. Of the three methods studied, anionic exchange resins is the most selective. After separation of Tc from U, three different methods were studied to convert the Tc stream to the metal: thermal treatment under hydrogen atmosphere, electrochemical and chemical reduction of pertechnetate in aqueous media. The thermal treatment of the Tc stream under hydrogen atmosphere is the preferred method to produce Tc metal. After Tc metal is isolated, it will be incorporated into a metal host phase. Three different waste forms were produced for corrosion studies in this work: Pure Tc metal, SS(Tc 2 wt%)Zr and SS(Tc 1.34 wt%) alloys. Corrosion rate measurements indicate that both SS(Tc 2 wt%)Zr and SS(Tc 1.34 wt%) alloys corrode more slowly than metallic Tc in the solutions tested.

  2. A search for technetium (Tc II) in barium stars

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    Little-Marenin, Irene R.; Little, Stephen J.

    1987-01-01

    The authors searched without success for the lines of Tc II at 2647.02, 2610.00 and 2543.24 A in IUE spectra of the barium stars HR 5058, Omicron Vir, and Zeta Cap. The lack of Tc II implies that the observed s-process enhancements were produced more than half a million years ago and supports the suggestion that the spectral peculiarities of barium stars are probably related to the binary nature of the stars.

  3. Low-spin excitations in the 109Tc nucleus

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    Kurpeta, J.; Urban, W.; P?ochocki, A.; Rissanen, J.; Pinston, J. A.; Elomaa, V.-V.; Eronen, T.; Hakala, J.; Jokinen, A.; Kankainen, A.; Moore, I. D.; Penttil, H.; Saastamoinen, A.; Weber, C.; yst, J.

    2012-10-01

    Monoisotopic samples of 109Mo nuclei, produced in the deuteron-induced fission of 238U and separated using the IGISOL mass separator coupled to a Penning trap, were used to perform ?- and ?-coincidence spectroscopy of 109Tc. Spin and parity 5/2+ for the ground state of 109Mo, proposed earlier, are supported in the present work. Three new low-energy levels observed in 109Tc are interpreted as bandheads of the ?3/2-[301], ?5/2-[303], and ?1/2+[431] configurations, respectively. A further three levels observed around 0.4 MeV are interpreted as K=1/2 triaxial excitations. A similar interpretation is proposed for an analogous set of three levels observed in 107Tc in another ?- decay work. The systematics of these excitations breaks down in 111Tc, most likely due to a transition from prolate to oblate deformation. An excitation at 745.0 keV in 109Tc and 850.7 keV in 107Tc is interpreted as the ?7/2+[413] configuration. Quasiparticle-rotor model calculations support the proposed interpretations.

  4. Electron Microscopy Characterization of Tc-Bearing Metallic Waste Forms- Final Report FY10

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    Buck, Edgar C.; Neiner, Doinita

    2010-09-30

    The DOE Fuel Cycle Research & Development (FCR&D) Program is developing aqueous and electrochemical approaches to the processing of used nuclear fuel that will generate technetium-bearing waste streams. This final report presents Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL) research in FY10 to evaluate an iron-based alloy waste form for Tc that provides high waste loading within waste form processing limitations, meets waste form performance requirements for durability and the long-term retention of radionuclides and can be produced with consistent physical, chemical, and radiological properties that meet regulatory acceptance requirements for disposal.

  5. Power Systems Development Facility Gasification Test Run TC07

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    Southern Company Services

    2002-04-05

    This report discusses Test Campaign TC07 of the Kellogg Brown & Root, Inc. (KBR) Transport Reactor train with a Siemens Westinghouse Power Corporation (Siemens Westinghouse) particle filter system at the Power Systems Development Facility (PSDF) located in Wilsonville, Alabama. The Transport Reactor is an advanced circulating fluidized-bed reactor designed to operate as either a combustor or a gasifier using a particulate control device (PCD). The Transport Reactor was operated as a pressurized gasifier during TC07. Prior to TC07, the Transport Reactor was modified to allow operations as an oxygen-blown gasifier. Test Run TC07 was started on December 11, 2001, and the sand circulation tests (TC07A) were completed on December 14, 2001. The coal-feed tests (TC07B-D) were started on January 17, 2002 and completed on April 5, 2002. Due to operational difficulties with the reactor, the unit was taken offline several times. The reactor temperature was varied between 1,700 and 1,780 F at pressures from 200 to 240 psig. In TC07, 679 hours of solid circulation and 442 hours of coal feed, 398 hours with PRB coal and 44 hours with coal from the Calumet mine, and 33 hours of coke breeze feed were attained. Reactor operations were problematic due to instrumentation problems in the LMZ resulting in much higher than desired operating temperatures in the reactor. Both reactor and PCD operations were stable and the modifications to the lower part of the gasifier performed well while testing the gasifier with PRB coal feed.

  6. Quaternary borocarbides: Relatively high Tc intermetallic superconductors and magnetic superconductors

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    Mazumdar, Chandan; Nagarajan, R.

    2015-07-01

    Discovery of superconductivity in Y-Ni-B-C (Tc ? 13 K) gave rise to the class of quaternary rare earth transition metal borocarbide superconductors. Before the discovery of Fe-based arsenide superconductors, this was the only class of materials containing a magnetic element, viz., Ni, yet exhibiting Tcs > 5 K. Many members of this class have high Tc (>10 K). Tc of ?23 K in Y-Pd-B-C system equaled the record Tc known then, for intermetallics. Another feature that sets this class apart, is the occurrence of the exotic phenomenon of coexistence of superconductivity and magnetism at temperatures >5 K. Availability of large and electronically 'clean' single crystals and large Ginzburg-Landau (G-L) parameter, ?, have enabled detailed investigation of nonlocal effects of superconductivity. Intermediate value of upper critical field Hc2, has enabled detailed investigation of superconductivity in this class, over the complete H-T plane. This has revealed details of anisotropy of superconductivity (e.g., a fourfold symmetry in the square a-b plane is found) and raised questions on the symmetry of order parameter. After a brief outline of the discovery, this article gives a summary of the materials and highlights of superconducting properties of this class of materials. Interesting results from studies, using various techniques, on YNi2B2C (Tc ? 15 K) and LuNi2B2C (Tc ? 16 K) are presented, including observation of unusual square vortex lattice and its structural transformation with H and T. With conduction electrons involved in the magnetic order of this class of superconductors, the interplay of superconductivity and magnetism is intimate in these magnetic superconductors. With Tc (?11 K) > TN (?6 K) in ErNi2B2C, Tc (?8 K) = TN (?8 K) in HoNi2B2C and Tc (?6 K) < TN (?11 K) in DyNi2B2C, and with other parameters being favorable as mentioned earlier, this class of magnetic superconductors have become ideal materials to investigate the coexistence phenomenon. A few major results on these are presented.

  7. Iron phosphate glass for immobilization of 99Tc

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    Xu, Kai; Hrma, Pavel R.; Um, Wooyong; Heo, Jong

    2013-06-15

    Technetium-99 (99Tc) can bring serious environmental threats because of its long half-life (t1/2 = ~2.1 x 105 years), high fission yield (~6%), and high solubility and mobility in the ground water. The high volatility makes it difficult to immobilize 99Tc in continuous melters vitrifying 99Tc-containing nuclear wastes in borosilicate glasses. This work explores a possibility of incorporating a high concentration of 99Tc, surrogated by the non-radioactive Re, in an iron phosphate glass by melting mixtures of iron phosphate glass frits with 1.5-6 mass% KReO4 at ~1000 C. The retention of Re achieved was ~1.1 mass%. The normalized Re release by the 7-day Product Consistency Test was <10*2 g/m2. Surprisingly, the Re escaped from the melt within a short time of heating, especially when the temperature was increased. Therefore, 99Tc volatilization would still be a challenging task for its immobilization in iron phosphate glasses.

  8. Detection of 99Tc by accelerator mass spectrometry: preliminary investigations

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    McAninch, J. E., LLNL

    1997-04-01

    Accelerator mass spectrometry is an established technique for the detection of long-lived radionuclides at environmental levels. At LLNL, planned facility upgrades and advances in detection techniques are allowing us to explore the applicability of AMS to isotopes not previously pursued. One such isotope is technetium-99. We have performed a number of preliminary tests to examine the technical feasibility of AMS for the detection of {sup 99}Tc. The questions addressed were negative ion production in the cesium sputter source, transport efficiency for the ions through the spectrometer, and detection efficiency for {sup 99}Tc ions after the spectrometer. Based on the positive results of these tests, we have begun to develop a measurement protocol. Technetium is co-precipitated with rhodium, added as a carrier, which provides a sample form appropriate for sputtering and an isotope for AMS normalization. The {sup 99}Tc is determined from the measured {sup 99}Tc/{sup 103}Rh ratio. To reduce interference from the isobar {sup 99}Ru, an oxidation/distillation method was employed to lower ruthenium in the rhodium stock solution. Characteristic projectile L x-rays are used for ion detection to allow further subtraction of {sup 99}Ru. Results for a series of standards demonstrated linearity and reproducibility. A sensitivity of {approx}500 fg {sup 99}Tc was obtained in this preliminary work, and indications are that a sensitivity in the low femtogram range should be achievable.

  9. Development of Tc-99m Imaging Agents for Abeta Plaques

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    Zhi-Ping, Zhuang; Mei-Ping Kung; Catherihne Hou; Hank F. Kung

    2008-09-26

    Development of SPECT imaging agents based on Tc-99m targeting Aβ plaques is useful for diagnosis of Alzheimer’s disease (AD). A stilbene derivative, [11C]SB-13, showing promise in detecting senile plaques present in AD patients has been reported previously1,2. Based on the 4’-amino-stilbene core structure we have added substituted groups through which a chelating group, N2S2, was conjugated. We report herein a series of Tc-99m labeled stilbene derivative conjugated with a TcO[N2S2] core. The syntheses of stilbenes containing a N2S2 chelating ligand are achieved by a scheme shown. Lipophilic 99mTc stilbene complexes were successfully prepared and purified through HPLC. Preliminary results of in vitro labeling of brain sections from transgenic mice showed very promising plaque labeling. These 99mTc stilbene derivatives are warranted for further evaluations as potential imaging agents targeting amyloid plaques.

  10. Iron phosphate glass for immobilization of 99Tc

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    Xu, Kai; Hrma, Pavel; Um, Wooyong; Heo, Jong

    2013-10-01

    Technetium-99 (99Tc) can bring serious environmental threats because of its long half-life (?1/2 = ?2.1 105 years), high fission yield (?6%), and high solubility and mobility in the ground water. The high volatility makes it difficult to immobilize 99Tc in continuous melters vitrifying 99Tc-containing nuclear wastes in borosilicate glasses. This work explores a possibility of incorporating a high concentration of 99Tc, surrogated by the non-radioactive Re, in an iron phosphate glass by melting mixtures of iron phosphate glass frits with 1.5-6 mass% KReO4 at ?1000 C. The retention of Re achieved was ?1.1 mass%. The normalized Re release by the 7-day Product Consistency Test was <10-2 g/m2. Surprisingly, the Re escaped from the melt within a short time of heating, especially when the temperature was increased. Therefore, 99Tc volatilization would still be a challenging task for its immobilization in iron phosphate glasses.

  11. Tc Reductant Chemistry and Crucible Melting Studies with Simulated Hanford Low-Activity Waste

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    Kim, Dong-Sang; Soderquist, Chuck Z.; Icenhower, Jonathan P.; McGrail, B PETER.; Scheele, Randall D.; McNamara, Bruce K.; Bagaasen, Larry M.; Schweiger, Michael J.; Crum, Jarrod V.; Yeager, John D.; Matyas, Josef; Darnell, Lori P.; Schaef, Herbert T.; Owen, Antionette T.; Kozelisky, Anne E.; Snow, Lanee A.; Steele, Marilyn J.

    2005-03-30

    The FY 2003 risk assessment (RA) of bulk vitrification (BV) waste packages used 0.3 wt% of the technetium (Tc) inventory as a leachable salt and found it sufficient to create a significant peak in the groundwater concentration in a 100-meter down-gradient well. Although this peak met regulatory limits, considering uncertainty in the actual Tc salt fraction, peak concentrations could exceed the maximum concentration limit (MCL) under some scenarios so reducing the leachable salt inventory is desirable. The main objective of this study was to reduce the mobile Tc species available within a BV disposal package by reducing the oxidation state of the Tc in the waste feed and/or during melting because Tc in its reduced form of Tc(IV) has a much lower volatility than Tc(VII). Reduced Tc volatility has a secondary benefit of increasing the Tc retention in glass.

  12. Topological susceptibility near Tc in SU(3) gauge theory

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    Xiong, Guang-Yi; Zhang, Jian-Bo; Chen, Ying; Liu, Chuan; Liu, Yu-Bin; Ma, Jian-Ping

    2016-01-01

    Topological charge susceptibility ?t for pure gauge SU(3) theory at finite temperature is studied using anisotropic lattices. The over-improved stout-link smoothing method is utilized to calculate the topological charge. Near the phase transition point we find a rapid declining behavior for ?t with values decreasing from (188 (1)MeV) 4 to (67 (3)MeV) 4 as the temperature increased from zero temperature to 1.9Tc which demonstrates the existence of topological excitations far above Tc. The 4th order cumulant c4 of topological charge, as well as the ratio c4 /?t is also investigated. Results of c4 show step-like behavior near Tc while the ratio at high temperature agrees with the value as predicted by the diluted instanton gas model.

  13. trans-K3[TcO2(CN)4

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    Chatterjee, Sayandev; Del Negro, Andrew S.; Edwards, Matthew K.; Twamley, Brendan; Krause, Jeanette A.; Bryan, Samuel A.

    2010-01-01

    The structure of the title compound, tripotassium trans-tetracyanidodioxidotechnetate(V), is isotypic with its Re analogue. The [TcO2(CN)4]3? trans-tetracyanidodioxidotechnetate anion has a slightly distorted octahedral configuration. The Tc atom is located on a center of inversion and is bound to two O atoms in axial and to four cyanide ligands in equatorial positions. The TcO distance is consistent with a double-bond character. The two potassium cations, one located on a center of inversion and one in a general position, reside in octahedral or tetrahedral environments, respectively. K?O and K?N interactions occur in the 2.7877?(19)2.8598?(15)? range. PMID:21588082

  14. The extreme walking behavior in a 331-TC model

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    Doff, A.

    2016-01-01

    It is quite possible that the technicolor problems are related to the poorly known self-energy expression, or the way chiral symmetry breaking (CSB) is realized in non-abelian gauge theories. Actually, the only known laboratory to test the CSB mechanism is QCD. The TC dynamics may be quite different from the QCD, this fact has led to the walking TC proposal making the new strong interaction almost conformal and changing appreciably its dynamical behavior. There are different ways to obtain extreme walking (or quasi-conformal) technicolor theories, in this paper we propose a scheme to obtain this behavior based on an extension of the electroweak sector of the standard model, in the context of so-called 331-TC model.

  15. Superfluid amplitude fluctuations above Tc in a unitary Fermi gas

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    Li, Hua; Jackiewicz, Jason; Bedell, Kevin S.

    2015-02-01

    We study the transport properties of a Fermi gas with strong attractive interactions close to the unitary limit. In particular, we compute the spin diffusion lifetime of the Fermi gas due to superfluid fluctuations above the BCS transition temperature Tc. To calculate the spin diffusion lifetime we need the scattering amplitudes. The scattering amplitudes are dominated by the superfluid fluctuations at temperatures just above Tc. The normal scattering amplitudes are calculated from the Landau parameters. These Landau parameters are obtained from the local version of the induced interaction model for computing Landau parameters. We also calculate the leading order finite temperature correction to the diffusion lifetime. A calculation of the spin diffusion coefficient is presented in the end. Upon choosing a proper value of F0a, we are able to present a good match between the theoretical result and the experimental measurement, which indicates the presence of the superfluid fluctuations near Tc.

  16. Preservation of Long-Term Memory and Synaptic Plasticity Despite Short-Term Impairments in the Tc1 Mouse Model of Down Syndrome

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    Morice, Elise; Andreae, Laura C.; Cooke, Sam F.; Vanes, Lesley; Fisher, Elizabeth M. C.; Tybulewicz, Victor L. J.; Bliss, Timothy V. P.

    2008-01-01

    Down syndrome (DS) is a genetic disorder arising from the presence of a third copy of the human chromosome 21 (Hsa21). Recently, O'Doherty and colleagues in an earlier study generated a new genetic mouse model of DS (Tc1) that carries an almost complete Hsa21. Since DS is the most common genetic cause of mental retardation, we have undertaken a

  17. Preservation of Long-Term Memory and Synaptic Plasticity Despite Short-Term Impairments in the Tc1 Mouse Model of Down Syndrome

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    Morice, Elise; Andreae, Laura C.; Cooke, Sam F.; Vanes, Lesley; Fisher, Elizabeth M. C.; Tybulewicz, Victor L. J.; Bliss, Timothy V. P.

    2008-01-01

    Down syndrome (DS) is a genetic disorder arising from the presence of a third copy of the human chromosome 21 (Hsa21). Recently, O'Doherty and colleagues in an earlier study generated a new genetic mouse model of DS (Tc1) that carries an almost complete Hsa21. Since DS is the most common genetic cause of mental retardation, we have undertaken a…

  18. Leukocyte labeling with isonitrile complexes of Tc-99m

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    Van den Abbeele, A.D.; Solorzano, C.; Jones, A.G.; Beardsley, D.S.; Treves, S.; Davison, A.

    1985-05-01

    Leukocyte labelling with Tc-99m may result in a useful method for the detection and localization of active inflammatory processes in patients, particularly in the pediatric population. Previous studies qin this laboratory have shown that hexakis(alkylisonitrile)technetium(I) complexes readily label V79 lung fibroblasts in vitro, and this work is now being extended to isolated human white blood cells (WBC). Two lipophilic water-soluble technetium cations, the t-butyl (Tc-99m(TBI)) and cyclohexyl (Tc-99m(CHI)) analogs, were prepared essentially ligand-free at no-carrier-added levels in aqueous media and introduced in 10% propylene glycol/90% normal saline solution to WBC at room temperature. The cells were isolated from whole blood via sedimentation, centrifugation, and hypotonic hemolysis of the red blood cells. The labeling yield was studied as a function of incubation time (10-45 min), amount of activity (0.35-8.0 mCi), and total WBC (2.5 x 10/sup 7/-1.3 x 10/sup 8/). After 10 min incubation using 10/sup 8/ cells, the initial uptake of Tc-99m(TBI) was 40%, of which 50% remained bound after one saline wash. By contrast, the labeling efficiency with Tc-99m(CHI) was 85%, with 90% of the label still bound after washing. The labeling yield was unrelated to activity levels of incubation time, but was proportional to the number of WBC present. The entire process could be complemented in approximately one hour. The labeling yields with Tc-99m-(CHI) are comparable to those now obtained with the clinically available In-111 oxine.

  19. Superfluid Stiffness and Tc Enhancement in Cuprate Heterostructures

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    Goren, Lilach

    The basic electronic correlations underlying the effect of high Tc superconductivity in cuprates, still elude a complete and unified theoretical description. This thesis deals with several central open questions regarding the crucial aspects that determine superconductivity in cuprates. A key question concerns the nature of the phase which is formed when superconductivity is destroyed. The origin of the 'pseudogap' in the density of states above Tc is not clear to this day. We address this question by investigating the destruction of superconductivity at T = 0 as current is applied. We design novel Gutzwiller projected variational states, that incorporate supercurrent in a d-wave BCS wave-function. We identify two different mechanisms which determine the critical current at which superconductivity is destroyed: at high hole doping [special characters omitted] it occurs when quasiparticle pockets completely destroy the gap in a BCS-like mechanism. In the underdoped regime the mechanism is bosonic, whereby the critical current is set by a maximal phase twist which destroys the superfluid stiffness with pairing still intact. This result is indicative of a pseudogapped 'normal' state which retains pairing correlations. Moreover, we find a dome shaped critical current as a function of doping, similar to Tc. A second question concerns the determination of Tc and in particular possible ways to increase it in cuprate heterostructures. We investigate two possible scenarios that are aimed at profiting from proximity between a largegap underdoped and a large carrier density overdoped cuprate material. In the first scenario we consider an underdoped-overdoped bilayer and find a possible Tc enhancement, assuming a relatively high interlayer coupling. In the second case, we investigate underdoped-overdoped in-plane inhomogeneity. There, the coupling is naturally high, and the proximity effect can be strong. For a microscopic doping inhomogeneity we find an enhancement of Tc beyond its maximal value in the uniform superconductors.

  20. Radionuclide imaging of myocardial infarction using Tc-99m TBI

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    Holman, B.L.; Campbell, S.; Kirshenbaum, J.M.; Lister-James, J.; Jones, A.G.; Davison, A.; Antman, E.

    1985-05-01

    The cationic complex Tc-99m t-butylisonitrile (TBI) concentrates in the myocardial tissue of several animal species. Its myocardial distribution is proportional to blood flow both in zones of ischemia and in normal myocardium at rest. Planar, tomographic, and gated myocardial images have been obtained using Tc-99m TBI in the human. The authors investigated the potential application of Tc-99m TBI imaging to detect and localize myocardial infarction. Four subjects without clinical evidence of cardiovascular disease and five patients with ECG evidence of previous myocardial infarction were studied. Tc-99m TBI (10mCi) was injected intravenously with the patient in a resting state with planar imaging in the anterior, 30 and 70 degree LAO projections beginning one hr after injection. The distribution of the tracer was homogeneous throughout the left ventricular wall in the normal subjects. Regional perfusion defects were present in 4/5 of the patients with myocardial infarction. Location of the defects corresponded to the location of the infarct using ECG criteria (2 inferoposterior and 2 anterior). The patient in whom the Tc-99m TBI image appeared normal had sustained a subendocardial myocardial infarct which could not be localized by ECG; the other 4 pts had transmural infarcts. Anterior and 30 degree LAO images were of excellent quality in all cases; there was overlap of the liver on the inferior wall of the left ventricle on the 70 degree LAO views. The authors conclude that accurate perfusion imaging may be possible using Tc-99m TBI in patients with transmural myocardial infarction.

  1. Rugged Low-Resistance Contacts To High-Tc Superconductors

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    Caton, Randall; Selim, Raouf; Byvik, Charles E.; Buoncristiani, A. Martin

    1992-01-01

    Newly developed technique involving use of gold makes possible to fabricate low-resistance contacts with rugged connections to high-Tc superconductors. Gold diffused into specimen of superconducting material by melting gold beads onto surface of specimen, making strong mechanical contacts. Shear strength of gold bead contacts greater than epoxy or silver paste. Practical use in high-current-carrying applications of new high-Tc materials, including superconducting magnets, long-wavelength sensors, electrical ground planes at low temperatures, and efficient transmission of power.

  2. High Tc superconducting films from metallo-organic precursors

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    Davison, W. W.; Shyu, S. G.; Buchanan, R. C.

    High Tc superconducting films of heavy metal soaps (derived from carboxylic acid precursors) have been prepared on Si and other substrates. The precursors were synthesized and mixed in appropriate molar ratios to form the high Tc compound YBa2Cu3O(7-x), using a high boiling point common solvent base. The precursor solution was deposited by a spin casting technique on the substrates. Film thicknesses of 0.1-1.0 micron were achieved after heat treatment at 550-850 C at not longer than 4 hours. Films were analyzed as to orientation, appropriate phase, interfacial reaction, and superconducting properties.

  3. High Tc superconducting bolometric and nonbolometric infrared (IR) detectors

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    Lakeou, Samuel

    1994-01-01

    The original workplan for the first year of the project includes the following: establishment of a pilot superconductivity application laboratory at UDC to support the research component of the project; research on the source of electrical noise in High Tc superconducting films in order to optimize the film microstructure and lower the NEP; and lay the foundation of an academic support for exposing UDC students to the theory and application of High Tc superconductivity. Attached to this status report are abstracts and the course description for Introduction to Applications of Superconductivity.

  4. 99mTcO4?-, Auger-Mediated Thyroid Stunning: Dosimetric Requirements and Associated Molecular Events

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    Cambien, Batrice; Franken, Philippe R.; Lamit, Audrey; Mauxion, Thibault; Richard-Fiardo, Peggy; Guglielmi, Julien; Crescence, Lydie; Mari, Bernard; Pourcher, Thierry; Darcourt, Jacques; Bardis, Manuel; Vassaux, Georges

    2014-01-01

    Low-energy Auger and conversion electrons deposit their energy in a very small volume (a few nm3) around the site of emission. From a radiotoxicological point of view the effects of low-energy electrons on normal tissues are largely unknown, understudied, and generally assumed to be negligible. In this context, the discovery that the low-energy electron emitter, 99mTc, can induce stunning on primary thyrocytes in vitro, at low absorbed doses, is intriguing. Extrapolated in vivo, this observation suggests that a radioisotope as commonly used in nuclear medicine as 99mTc may significantly influence thyroid physiology. The aims of this study were to determine whether 99mTc pertechnetate (99mTcO4?) is capable of inducing thyroid stunning in vivo, to evaluate the absorbed dose of 99mTcO4? required to induce this stunning, and to analyze the biological events associated/concomitant with this effect. Our results show that 99mTcO4?mediated thyroid stunning can be observed in vivo in mouse thyroid. The threshold of the absorbed dose in the thyroid required to obtain a significant stunning effect is in the range of 20 Gy. This effect is associated with a reduced level of functional Na/I symporter (NIS) protein, with no significant cell death. It is reversible within a few days. At the cellular and molecular levels, a decrease in NIS mRNA, the generation of double-strand DNA breaks, and the activation of the p53 pathway are observed. Low-energy electrons emitted by 99mTc can, therefore, induce thyroid stunning in vivo in mice, if it is exposed to an absorbed dose of at least 20 Gy, a level unlikely to be encountered in clinical practice. Nevertheless this report presents an unexpected effect of low-energy electrons on a normal tissue in vivo, and provides a unique experimental setup to understand the fine molecular mechanisms involved in their biological effects. PMID:24663284

  5. Molecular and biochemical characterisation of two aspartic proteinases TcAP1 and TcAP2 from Theobroma cacao seeds.

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    Laloi, Maryse; McCarthy, James; Morandi, Olivia; Gysler, Christof; Bucheli, Peter

    2002-09-01

    Aspartic proteinase (EC 3.4.23) activity plays a pivotal role in the degradation of Theobroma cacao L. seed proteins during the fermentation step of cacao bean processing. Therefore, this enzyme is believed to be critical for the formation of the peptide and amino acid cocoa flavor precursors that occurs during fermentation. Using cDNA cloning and northern blot analysis, we show here that there are at least two distinct aspartic proteinase genes ( TcAP1 and TcAP2) expressed during cacao seed development. Both genes are expressed early during seed development and their mRNA levels decrease towards the end of seed maturation. TcAP2 is expressed at a much higher level than TcAP1, although the expression of TcAP1 increases slightly during germination. The proteins encoded by TcAP1 and TcAP2 are relatively different from each other (73% identity). This, and the fact that the two corresponding genes have different expression patterns, suggests that the TcAP1 and TcAP2 proteins may have different functions in the maturing seeds and during germination. Because the TcAP2 gene is expressed at a much higher level during seed development than TcAP1, it is likely that the TcAP2 protein is primarily responsible for the majority of the industrially important protein hydrolysis that occurs during cacao bean fermentation. Finally, TcAP2 has been functionally expressed in the yeast Yarrowia lipolytica. The secreted recombinant protein is able to hydrolyse bovine haemoglobin at acidic pH and is sensitive to pepstatin A, confirming that TcAP2 encodes an aspartic proteinase, and strongly suggests that this gene encodes the well-characterized aspartic proteinase of mature cacao seeds. PMID:12244440

  6. Tc-99 Adsorption on Selected Activated Carbons - Batch Testing Results

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    Mattigod, Shas V.; Wellman, Dawn M.; Golovich, Elizabeth C.; Cordova, Elsa A.; Smith, Ronald M.

    2010-12-01

    CH2M HILL Plateau Remediation Company (CHPRC) is currently developing a 200-West Area groundwater pump-and-treat system as the remedial action selected under the Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation, and Liability Act Record of Decision for Operable Unit (OU) 200-ZP-1. This report documents the results of treatability tests Pacific Northwest National Laboratory researchers conducted to quantify the ability of selected activated carbon products (or carbons) to adsorb technetium-99 (Tc-99) from 200-West Area groundwater. The Tc-99 adsorption performance of seven activated carbons (J177601 Calgon Fitrasorb 400, J177606 Siemens AC1230AWC, J177609 Carbon Resources CR-1240-AW, J177611 General Carbon GC20X50, J177612 Norit GAC830, J177613 Norit GAC830, and J177617 Nucon LW1230) were evaluated using water from well 299-W19-36. Four of the best performing carbons (J177606 Siemens AC1230AWC, J177609 Carbon Resources CR-1240-AW, J177611 General Carbon GC20X50, and J177613 Norit GAC830) were selected for batch isotherm testing. The batch isotherm tests on four of the selected carbons indicated that under lower nitrate concentration conditions (382 mg/L), Kd values ranged from 6,000 to 20,000 mL/g. In comparison. Under higher nitrate (750 mg/L) conditions, there was a measureable decrease in Tc-99 adsorption with Kd values ranging from 3,000 to 7,000 mL/g. The adsorption data fit both the Langmuir and the Freundlich equations. Supplemental tests were conducted using the two carbons that demonstrated the highest adsorption capacity to resolve the issue of the best fit isotherm. These tests indicated that Langmuir isotherms provided the best fit for Tc-99 adsorption under low nitrate concentration conditions. At the design basis concentration of Tc 0.865 µg/L(14,700 pCi/L), the predicted Kd values from using Langmuir isotherm constants were 5,980 mL/g and 6,870 mL/g for for the two carbons. These Kd values did not meet the target Kd value of 9,000 mL/g. Tests conducted to ascertain the effects of changing pH showed that at pH values of 6.5 and 7.5, no significant differences existed in Tc-adsorption performance for three of the carbons, but the fourth carbon performed better at pH 7.5. When the pH was increased to 8.5, a slight decline in performance was observed for all carbons. Tests conducted to ascertain the temperature effect on Tc-99 adsorption indicated that at 21 ºC, 27 ºC, and 32 ºC there were no significant differences in Tc-99 adsorption for three of the carbons. The fourth carbon showed a noticeable decline in Tc-99 adsorption performance with increasing temperature. The presence of volatile organic compounds (VOCs) in the source water did not significantly affect Tc-99 adsorption on either of two carbons tested. Technetium-99 adsorption differed by less than 15% with or without VOCs present in the test water, indicating that Tc-99 adsorption would not be significantly affected if VOCs were removed from the water prior to contact with carbon.

  7. Reduction of Tc(VII) by Fe(II) sorbed on Al (hydr) oxides.

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    Peretyazhko, T.; Zachara, J. M.; Heald, S. M.; Kukkadapu, R. K.; Liu, C.; Plymale, A. E.; Resch, C. T.; X-Ray Science Division; PNNL

    2008-08-01

    Under oxic conditions, Tc exists as the soluble, weakly sorbing pertechnetate [TcO{sub 4}{sup -}] anion. The reduced form of technetium, Tc(IV), is stable in anoxic environments and is sparingly soluble as TcO{sub 2} {center_dot} nH{sub 2}O{sub (S)}. Here we investigate the heterogeneous reduction of Tc(VII) by Fe(II) adsorbed on Al (hydr)oxides [diaspore ({alpha}-AlOOH) and corundum ({alpha}-Al{sub 2}O{sub 3})]. Experiments were performed to study the kinetics of Tc(VII) reduction, examine changes in Fe surface speciation during Tc(VII) reduction (Moessbauer spectroscopy), and identify the nature of Tc(IV)-containing reaction products (X-ray absorption spectroscopy). We found that Tc(VII) was completely reduced by adsorbed Fe(II) within 11 (diaspore suspension) and 4 days (corundum suspension). Moessbauer measurements revealed that the Fe(II) signal became less intense with Tc(VII) reduction and was accompanied by an increase in the intensity of the Fe(III) doublet and magnetically ordered Fe(III) sextet signals. Tc-EXAFS spectroscopy revealed that the final heterogeneous redox product on corundum was similar to Tc(IV) oxyhydroxide, TcO{sub 2} {center_dot} nH{sub 2}O.

  8. Poor Tc-99m dimercaptosuccinic acid uptake, re-evaluation with Tc-99m MAG3 scintigraphy in Lowe syndrome

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    Koca, Gokhan; Atilgan, Hasan Ikbal; Demirel, Koray; Diri, Akif; Korkmaz, Meliha

    2011-01-01

    Tc-99m dimercaptosuccinic acid (DMSA) is filtered through the glomeruli and reabsorbed by the proximal tubules as low molecular weight proteins. In Lowe syndrome this mechanism is impaired and so poor DMSA uptake is seen. Poor DMSA uptake was shown in very few studies, but none mentioned normal Tc-99m MAG3 uptake. In this case, the patient had poor DMSA uptake, normal MAG3 uptake and a neurogenic bladder in anterior to the left kidney that attenuates left kidney. PMID:23559713

  9. Measurement of levitation forces of high- Tc superconductors

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    Becker, M.; Koblischka, M. R.; Hartmann, U.

    2010-01-01

    We show the construction of a so-called levitation balance which is capable of measuring the levitation forces between a permanent magnet and a superconducting high- Tc thin film sample. The underlying theoretical basis is discussed in detail. The experiment is performed as an introductory physics experiment for school students as well as in practical courses for university students.

  10. Power Systems Development Facility Gasification Test Run TC09

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    Southern Company Services

    2002-09-30

    This report discusses Test Campaign TC09 of the Kellogg Brown & Root, Inc. (KBR) Transport Gasifier train with a Siemens Westinghouse Power Corporation (Siemens Westinghouse) particle filter system at the Power Systems Development Facility (PSDF) located in Wilsonville, Alabama. The Transport Gasifier is an advanced circulating fluidized-bed gasifier designed to operate as either a combustor or a gasifier in air- or oxygen-blown mode of operation using a particulate control device (PCD). The Transport Gasifier was operated as a pressurized gasifier during TC09 in air- and oxygen-blown modes. Test Run TC09 was started on September 3, 2002, and completed on September 26, 2002. Both gasifier and PCD operations were stable during the test run, with a stable baseline pressure drop. The oxygen feed supply system worked well and the transition from air to oxygen was smooth. The gasifier temperature varied between 1,725 and 1,825 F at pressures from 125 to 270 psig. The gasifier operates at lower pressure during oxygen-blown mode due to the supply pressure of the oxygen system. In TC09, 414 hours of solid circulation and over 300 hours of coal feed were attained with almost 80 hours of pure oxygen feed.

  11. Tc-99m HMPAO brain SPECT scanning in Munchausen syndrome.

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    Mountz, J M; Parker, P E; Liu, H G; Bentley, T W; Lill, D W; Deutsch, G

    1996-01-01

    Regional cerebral blood flow was studied in a patient with Munchausen syndrome using high resolution Tc-99m HMPAO SPECT. The scan demonstrated marked hyperperfusion of the right hemithalamus. The cranial CT scan was normal. The abnormal right hemithalamic blood flow is discussed in relation to the hypothesized neuropathy of this disorder. Images Figure 1 Figure 2 Figure 3 PMID:8580117

  12. Mathematics and Science: Female Students and LEGO TC Logo.

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    Hutchinson, Elaine J.; Whalen, Mary T.

    1995-01-01

    Describes a three-week workshop involving 20 teachers and 40 female students, grades 3 through 8, who worked in small groups to use the LEGO TC logo program, an approach that integrates mathematics and science instruction. Discussion includes the impact of single-sex, small group work on student attitudes toward mathematics and science. (six

  13. /sup 99m/Tc-MDP uptake in nonsseous lesions

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    Desai, A.; Eymontt, M.; Alavi, A.; Schaffer, B.; Dalinka, M.K.

    1980-04-01

    A strikingly similar, massive, soft-tissue localization of /sup 99m/Tc-MDP is described in three patients who had tumoral calcinosis, milk-alkali syndrome, and chronic renal failure, respectively. Although the basic mechanism for this phenomenon is unknown, some derangement of calcium and phosphate metabolism was present in all three cases.

  14. Nuclear quadrupole interaction at99Tc in molybdenum compounds

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    Butz, T.; Lerf, A.; Vogdt, C.; Eid, A. M. M.

    1983-12-01

    The nuclear quadrupole interaction (NQI) at99Tc on molybdenum sites in a series of molybdenum compounds was investigated by time differential perturbed angular correlation. The NQI is rather small for compounds with isolated oxygen/sulfur tetrahedra and fairly large for all compounds with condensed coordination polyhedra.

  15. Lymphoscintigraphy with Tc-99m-labeled dextran

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    Henze, E.; Schelbert, H.R.; Collins, J.D.; Najafi, A.; Barrio, J.R.; Bennett, L.R.

    1982-10-01

    Current agents for lymphoscintigraphy have limitations because of slow migration of the colloidal tracers from the injection site and the unknown effect of phagocytosis on the removal of the labeled particles. The usefulness of Tc-99m dextran (TcDx) with a molecular weight of 110,000 has been tested for lymphoscintigraphy. Computer-assisted dynamic imaging and serial blood sampling in 13 dog experiments demonstrated that the tracer cleared only by lymph drainage from an interstitial injection site. Following interdigital injection of 1.0 ml (0.5-5.0 mCi), TcDx reached the knee or elbow lymph nodes in 12.4 +/- 6.5 (1 s.d.) sec, and the inguinal or axillary lymph nodes in 98.0 +/- 42.3 sec. It cleared from the injection site with a half-time of 31.5 min. In a dog with surgically induced lymphedema, tracer migration was markedly delayed in the edematous leg and the radionuclide lymphoscintigram resembled the contrast lymphangiogram. Initial studies in man yielded high-quality radionuclide lymphograms of the leg, and the pelvic and paraaortic lymph nodes. We conclude that TcDx is very promising for lymphoscintigraphy.

  16. Lymphoscintigraphy with Tc-99m-labeled dextran

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    Henze, E.; Schelbert, H.R.; Collins, J.D.; Najafi, A.; Barrio, J.R.; Bennett, L.R.

    1982-10-01

    Current agents for lymphoscintigraphy have limitations because of slow migration of the colloidal tracer from the injection site and the unknown effect of phagocytosis on the removal of the labelled particles. The usefulness of Tc-99m dextran (TcDx) with a molecular weight of 110,000 has been tested for lymphoscintigraphy. Computer-assisted dynamic imaging and serial blood sampling in 13 dog experiments demonstrated that the tracer cleared only by lymph drainage from an interstitial injection site. Following interdigital injection of 1.0 ml (0.5-5.0 mCi), TcDx reached the knee or elbow lymph nodes in 12.4 +/- 6.5 (1 s.d.) sec, and the inguinal or axillary lymph nodes in 98.0 +/- 42.3 sec. It cleared from the injection site with a half-time of 31.5 min. In a dog with surgically induced lymphedema, tracer migration was markedly delayed in the edematous leg and the radionuclide lymphoscintigram resembled the contrast lymphangiogram. Initial studies in man yielded high-quality radionuclide lymphograms of the leg, and the pelvic and paraaortic lymph nodes. We concluded that TcDx is very promising for lymphoscintigraphy.

  17. Immunization of protein HPV16 E7 in fusion with mouse HSP70 inhibits the growth of TC-1 cells in tumor bearing mice.

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    Li, Yan-Li; Liu, Jie; Liu, Jian-Ning; Zhang, Jing

    2011-08-11

    Human papillomavirus (HPV) 16 is the primary etiologic agent of cervical cancer. Most HPV16 therapeutic vaccines target E7 protein which is consistently expressed in tumor cells. In this study, we cloned mouse autologous heat shock protein 70 (mHSP70) gene from mouse liver cells and then expressed mHSP70 and fused HPV16 E7-mHSP70 (E7 at the N-terminus and mHSP70 at the C-terminus) proteins in E. coli. Then we investigated the inhibition of TC-1 cell growth by using the E7-expressing murine tumor cell line, TC-1, as a model of cervical cancer. In this model, mice were immunized with the fusion protein of E7-mHSP70 without any adjuvant. The results showed that prophylactic immunization of E7-mHSP70 protected mice against challenge with TC-1 cells. In addition, therapeutic immunization with E7-mHSP70 could inhibit TC-1 tumor growth on lungs. Our study demonstrated that immunization with E7-mHSP70 protein without any adjuvant could generate anti-tumor effect in mice challenged with TC-1 cells. PMID:21722685

  18. Light Dependent Reduction of Pertechnetate (99TcO4−) by Broken Chloroplasts 1

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    Lembrechts, Johan F.; Desmet, Gilbert M.

    1986-01-01

    Arguments are given for a ferredoxin-mediated reduction of TcO4−, preponderantly into extractable Tc(V) complexes, by illuminated, broken chloroplasts. Photosynthetic O2- and NADP-reduction competitively inhibit Tc incorporation. As for O2, the reaction can be stimulated by the auto-oxidizable electron acceptor methyl viologen. Furthermore TcO4− can function as terminal acceptor in the diaphorase reaction, with NADPH as electron donor. PMID:16664933

  19. Tc and Re Behavior in Borosilicate Waste Glass Vapor HydrationTests

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    McKeown, David A.; Buechele, Andrew C.; Lukens, Wayne W.; Shuh,David K.; Pegg, Ian L.

    2006-11-01

    Technetium (Tc), found in nuclear waste, is of particularconcern with regard to long-term waste storage because of its longhalf-life and high mobility in the environment. One method ofstabilization of such waste is through vitrification to produce a durableborosilicate glass matrix. The fate of Tc under hydrothermal conditionsin the Vapor Hydration Test (VHT) was studied to assess and possiblypredict the long-term rate of release of Tc from borosilicate wasteglass. For comparison, the fate of rhenium (Re), the preferrednon-radioactive surrogate for Tc, was similarly studied. X-ray absorptionspectroscopy (XAS) and scanning electron microscopy (SEM) measurementswere made on each original borosilicate glass and the correspondingsample after the VHT. Tc K-edge XAS indicates that, despite starting withdifferent Tc(IV) and Tc(VII) distributions in each glass, bothcorresponding VHT samples contain 100 percent Tc(IV). The Tc reductionwithin the VHT samples may be driven by simultaneous oxygen depletionfrom corrosion of the surrounding stainless steel vessel. From SEManalyses, both of the Tc-containing VHT samples show complete alterationof the original glass, significant Tc enrichment near the sample surface,and nearly complete depletion of Tc toward the sample center. XASindicates Tc(IV)O6 octahedra, possibly within gel-like amorphoussilicates in both VHT samples, where Tc-Tc correlations are observed inthe higher Tc-content VHT sample. Re LII-edge XAS and SEM indicate quitedifferent behavior for Re under VHT conditions. Re oxidation stateappears to be invariant with respect to the VHT treatment, whereperrhenate (Re(VII)) species are dominant in all Re-containing samplesinvestigated; Re2O7 concentrations are low NEAR the sample surface andincrease to approach the concentration of the un-reacted glass toward thesample center.

  20. Vibration reduction using autoparametric resonance in a high-Tc superconducting levitation system

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    Yamasaki, Hiroshi; Takazakura, Toyoki; Sakaguchi, Ryunosuke; Sugiura, Toshihiko

    2014-05-01

    High-Tc superconducting levitation systems have very small damping and enable stable levitation without control. Therefore, they can be applied to various kinds of application. However, there are some problems that small damping produces large vibration and nonlinearity of magnetic force can generate complicated phenomena. Accordingly, analysis of these phenomena and reduction of vibration occurring in the system are important. In this study, we examined reduction of vibration without using any absorbers, but utilizing autoparametric resonance caused by nonlinear coupling between vertical oscillation and horizontal oscillation. We conducted numerical analysis and experiments in order to investigate motions of a rigid bar levitated by the electromagnetic force from high-Tc superconductors. As a result, if the ratio of the natural frequency of vertical oscillation and that of horizontal oscillation is two to one, the vertical oscillation decreases while the horizontal oscillation is excited. Thus, it was confirmed that the amplitude of a primary resonance can be reduced by occurrence of autoparametric resonance without using any absorbers.

  1. (Theory of exotic superconducting and normal states of heavy electron and high Tc materials)

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    Not Available

    1990-01-01

    This paper discusses: quadrupole Kondo effect; heavy electron transport properties; quadrupolar fluctuation mechanism for high-{Tc} superconductors; research accomplishments for the t--J model of high-{Tc} superconductors; interpretation of high-{Tc} superconductors experimental data; and dynamics of strongly correlated systems. (LSP)

  2. Can Tc 99m DTPA be Used in Adult Patients in Evaluation of Relative Renal Function Measurement as the Reference Tc 99m DMSA Method?

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    Yalçın, Hülya; Özen, Aynur; Günay, Emel Ceylan; Özaslan, İnci Aliç; Özer, Cahit

    2011-01-01

    Objective: In the literature, there are many reports comparing relative renal function calculated with Tc 99m DTPA and Tc 99m DMSA in adults and children. However, there is no consensus about the results. As there is indeterminacy in the reliability of Tc 99m DTPA for the calculation of the relative renal functions, we retrospectively designed a study to compare the relative renal functions measured with Tc 99m DMSA and Tc 99m DTPA in adult patients with renal diseases Material and Methods: We retrospectively analyzed the data of 144 patients who applied to Nuclear Medicine Department of three hospitals between 2009 and 2010 and who had both dynamic and static renal imaging. Renal dynamic scintigraphies were compared to the relative function measured using Tc 99m DMSA static scintigraphy. Comparison of relative renal function measurements using dynamic and static renal scintigraphies was performed using Pearson correlation test. The comparison results were expressed with Bland-Altman analysis. Results: The study was conducted with 144 patients and 288 kidneys. Fifty six of patients were male. Mean age was 39.9±15.2 years. Thirty four patients had hydronephrosis, 28 pyelonephritis, 53 renal calculi, 3 chronic renal failure, 2 acute renal failure, 1 benign renal neoplasia, 15 renal atrophy, 8 ureteropelvic junction stenosis. Relative renal function was calculated in Tc 99m DMSA and 99m Tc-DTPA studies. The mean relative renal functions measured with Tc 99m DTPA was 52.54±23.09% and 47.25±23.09, with Tc 99m DMSA 52.85±21.80% and 47.07±21.77% for right and left kidneys, respectively. In bivariate correlation analysis (Pearson) a significant positive correlation was found between the relative renal functions calculated with Tc 99m DTPA and Tc 99m DMSA (r =0.937, p< 0.001). In Bland-Altman plots, the mean difference between two methods was 0.3 and the correlation limits were between 16.2 to -15.5. Conclusion: As a result, we concluded that Tc 99m DTPA is also a good method for the relative renal function evaluation when compared to Tc 99m DMSA scan. Although Tc 99m DMSA is the most reliable method for the calculation of relative renal function, Tc 99m DTPA can be another choice for the calculation of relative renal function without a complementary DMSA scan particularly in patients who require renogram curve and GFR calculations. Conflict of interest:None declared. PMID:23486843

  3. Near constancy of the pressure dependence of Tc across families of organic and fullerene superconductors

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    Crespi, Vincent H.; Cohen, Marvin L.

    1996-01-01

    Pressure strongly depresses the superconducting transition temperature Tc of both the doped fullerenes and the β-ET[(BEDT-TTF)nXm, (BEDT-TTF)=bis(ethylenedithio)tetrathiofulvalene)] organic superconductors. An outstanding puzzle in these materials is the weak variation dTc/dP across families of compounds with large variations in Tc. This property has been used to argue against phonon-induced pairing. However, closer examination of the volume dependence of Tc reveals that the weak variation of dTc/dP is consistent with moderate (but not weak) electron-phonon coupling.

  4. A possible explanation of pressure dependence of critical temperature Tc of alkali doped C60 superconductors

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    Pandey, Rajiv Kumar

    2015-10-01

    The pressure dependent changes in transition temperature (Tc) of alkali doped C60 superconductor has been studied theoretically considering the combination of phonon mediated mechanism and high energy electronic interaction mechanism. The latter mechanism involves bond polarization in interaction with conduction electrons. The expression for Tc, isotope effect coefficient (α) and (dTc/dP)P has been obtained to explain the observed experimental results of alkali doped C60. A good agreement has been found in experimental (Tc) and (dTc/dP)P = 0 values and calculated values.

  5. The production of patient dose level 99mTc medical radioisotope using laser-driven proton beams

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    Clarke, R.; Dorkings, S.; Neely, D.; Musgrave, I.

    2013-05-01

    The medical isotope 99mTc (technetium) is used in over 30 million nuclear medical procedures annually, accounting for over 80% of the worldwide medical isotope usage. Its supply is critical to the medical community and a worldwide shortage is expected within the next few decades as current fission reactors used for its generation reach their end of life. The cost of build and operation of replacement reactors is high and as such, alternative production mechanisms are of high interest. Laser-accelerated proton beams have been widely discussed as being able to produce Positron Emission Tomography (PET) isotopes once laser architecture evolved to high repetition rates and energies. Recent experimental results performed on the Vulcan Laser Facility in the production of 99mTc through 100Mo (p,2n) 99mTc demonstrate the ability to produce this critical isotope at the scales required for patient doses using diode pumped laser architecture currently under construction. The production technique, laser and target requirements are discussed alongside a timeline and cost for a prototype production facility.

  6. Studies of skeletal tracer kinetics. IV. Optimum time delay for Tc-99m(Sn) methylene disphosphonate bone imaging.

    PubMed

    Makler, P T; Charkes, N D

    1980-07-01

    The kinetics of the skeletal tracer Tc-99m(Sn)methylene diphosphonate (Tc-MDP) were studied in four older patients without significant bony disease by means of compartmental analysis. Solution of the model was obtained by digital computer techniques. Tracer concentrations for "target" and "background" areas (to reflect "bone" and "soft-tissue" regions) as time functions were generated for three different imaging criteria: counting rate, a figure of merit, and contrast. The figure of merit reached a maximum early in the second hour after dose administration, but contrast was found to attain a plateau at 6 hr. Either of these criteria is in accord with recommendations in the literature for optimal imaging delay time with Tc-MDP. Bone biopsy in one patient was in good agreement with the model's prediction. Compartmental analysis provides an objective method for determining the optimal imaging delay time, depending on the criterion chosen. The method can be used for any radiopharmaceutical if the compartmental model is known and can be solved. PMID:7391837

  7. Studies of skeletal tracer kinetics IV. Optimum time delay for Tc-99m(Sn) methylene disphosphonate bone imaging

    SciTech Connect

    Makler, P.T. Jr.; Charkes, N.D.

    1980-07-01

    The kinetics of the skeletal tracer Tc-99m(Sn)methylene diphosphonate (Tc-MDP) were studied in four older patients without significant bony disease by means of compartmental analysis. Solution of the model was obtained by digital computer techniques. Tracer concentrations for target and background areas (to reflect bone and soft-tissue regions) as time functions were generated for three different imaging criteria: counting rate, a figure of merit, and contrast. The figure of merit reached a maximum early in the second hour after dose administration, but contrast was found to attain a plateau at 6 h. Either of these criteria is in accord with recommendations in the literature for otpimal imaging delay time with Tc-MDP. Bone biopsy in one patient was in good agreement with the model's prediction. Compartmental analysis provides an objective method for determining the optimal imaging delay time, depending on the criterion chosen. The method can be used for any radiopharmaceutical if the compartmental model is known and can be solved.

  8. Decay study of {sup 114}Tc with a Penning trap

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    Rissanen, J.; Elomaa, V.-V.; Eronen, T.; Hakala, J.; Jokinen, A.; Moore, I. D.; Karvonen, P.; Penttilae, H.; Rahaman, S.; Reponen, M.; Saastamoinen, A.; Weber, C.; Aeystoe, J.; Kurpeta, J.; Plochocki, A.; Prochniak, L.; Szerypo, J.; Urban, W.

    2011-01-15

    The level structure of {sup 114}Ru has been investigated via the {beta} decay of very neutron-rich {sup 114}Tc by means of Penning-trap-assisted {gamma} spectroscopy. The deduced {beta}-decay scheme suggests the existence of two {beta}-decaying states in {sup 114}Tc with I{sup {pi}}=1{sup +} and I{>=} 4, with half-lives of t{sub 1/2}(1{sup +})=90(20) ms and t{sub 1/2}(I{>=}4)=100(20) ms, respectively. The Q{sub {beta}} value, which covers a possible mixture of two states, has been determined to be Q{sub {beta}}=11 785(12) keV. The level energies in {sup 114}Ru are compared with theory by using a microscopic Bohr Hamiltonian approach with the Sly4 version of the Skyrme interaction.

  9. Pharmacokinetics of intravenously injected Tc-99m labeled ferrite nanobeads

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    Fu, Chao-Ming; Wang, Yuh-Feng; Guo, Yu-Feng; Wang, Li-Shin; Chuang, May-Haw; Cham, Thau-Ming

    2009-04-01

    We study the time varying biodistribution of ferrite (Fe3O4) nanoparticles upon in vivo injection. For this purpose, a novel process of directly labeling radioactive Tc-99m with ferrite nanoparticles was developed. The radiobeads serve as a tracer to provide information on the uptake of injected particles by organs. In the course of our study, Tc-99m labeled ferrite beads were intravenously injected into the tail vein of rats. The time course of changes in the radio-intensity of heart, lung, and liver could be achieved by real-time scintigraphic images. It was observed that the particle uptake by organs is very fast and completed within the first few minutes after intravenous injection. The pharmacokinetic behavior of the radiobead uptake was quantitatively described by a two-compartment model.

  10. Highly Oxidizing Excited States of Re and Tc Complexes

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    Del Negro, Andy S.; Seliskar, Carl J.; Heineman, William R.; Hightower, Sean E.; Bryan, Samuel A.; Sullivan, Brian P.

    2006-12-27

    Like the Re analog, the ligand-to-metal charge transfer (LMCT) excited state of [Tc(dmpe)3]2+* (dmpe is bis-1,2-(dimethylphosphino)ethane) is luminescent in solution at room temperature. Surprisingly, both [M(dmpe)3]2+* species have extremely oxidizing excited state potentials (ESPs)-the highest for any simple coordination complex of a transition metal. Furthermore, this potential is available using a photon of visible light (calculated for M=Re(Tc); E1/2*=+2.61(2.52)V vs. SCE; ?max =526(585) nm). Using a Rehm-Weller analysis with a series of aromatic hydrocarbons as electron transfer quenchers, E1/2(Re2+*/Re+) has been determined to be 2.58 V, in good agreement with the calculated value. Both [M(dmpe)3]2+* species are quenched by chloride ion and both can function as excited state oxidants in water solution.

  11. NMR/MRI with hyperpolarized gas and high Tc SQUID

    DOEpatents

    Schlenga, Klaus (Eggenstein, DE); de Souza, Ricardo E. (Recife, BR); Wong-Foy, Annjoe (Berkeley, CA); Clarke, John (Berkeley, CA); Pines, Alexander (Berkeley, CA)

    2000-01-01

    A method and apparatus for the detection of nuclear magnetic resonance (NMR) signals and production of magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) from samples combines the use of hyperpolarized inert gases to enhance the NMR signals from target nuclei in a sample and a high critical temperature (Tc) superconducting quantum interference device (SQUID) to detect the NMR signals. The system operates in static magnetic fields of 3 mT or less (down to 0.1 mT), and at temperatures from liquid nitrogen (77K) to room temperature. Sample size is limited only by the size of the magnetic field coils and not by the detector. The detector is a high Tc SQUID magnetometer designed so that the SQUID detector can be very close to the sample, which can be at room temperature.

  12. Technical issues of a high-Tc superconducting bulk magnet

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    Fujimoto, Hiroyuki

    2000-06-01

    Superconducting magnets made of high-Tc superconductors are promising for industrial applications. It is well known that REBa2Cu3O7-x superconductors prepared by melt processes have a high critical current density, Jc, at 77 K and high magnetic fields. The materials are very promising for high magnetic field applications as a superconducting permanent/bulk magnet with liquid-nitrogen refrigeration. Light rare-earth (LRE) BaCuO bulks, compared with REBaCuO bulks, exhibit a larger Jc in high magnetic fields and a much improved irreversibility field, Hirr, at 77 K. In this study, we discuss technical issues of a high-Tc superconducting bulk magnet, namely the aspects of the melt processing for bulk superconductors, their characteristic superconducting properties and mechanical properties, and trapped field properties of a superconducting bulk magnet. One of the possible applications is a superconducting bulk magnet for the magnetically levitated (Maglev) train in the future.

  13. High-Tc/high-coupling relaxed PZT-based single crystal thin films

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    Wasa, K.; Matsushima, T.; Adachi, H.; Matsunaga, T.; Yanagitani, T.; Yamamoto, T.

    2015-03-01

    Pb(Zr,Ti)O3 (PZT)-based ferroelectric ceramics exhibit high piezoelectricity, however, their Curie temperature (Tc) values are not so high, i.e., Tc < 400 °C. PZT-based piezoelectric thin films with higher Tc would be beneficial for improved micro actuators, sensors, memories, and piezoelectric micro-electro mechanical systems. In-plane biaxial strained PZT thin films in a laminated composite structure are known to exhibit enhanced Tc; however, the thickness of PZT-based thin films is limited to below a critical thickness typically <50 nm. The Tc of relaxed PZT-based thin films with thicknesses greater than the critical thickness is the same as bulk Tc. However, a sort of relaxed PZT-based single-crystal thin films exhibit extraordinary high Tc, Tc = ˜600 °C. In addition, the films show extremely low dielectric constant, ɛ/ɛo ˜ 100 with high coupling factor, kt ˜ 0.7, and large remnant polarization, Pr ˜ 100 μC/cm2. These exotic properties would result from the single-domain/single-crystal structure. The enhanced Tc is possibly caused by the highly stable interface between the PZT-based thin films and substrates. Their ferroelectric performances are beyond those of conventional PZT. The high-Tc/high-coupling performances are demonstrated, and the possible mechanisms of the high Tc behavior in relaxed PZT-based single-crystal thin films are discussed.

  14. First Evaluation of a 99mTc Tricarbonyl Complex, 99mTc(CO)3(LAN), As a New Renal Radiopharmaceutical in Humans

    PubMed Central

    Lipowska, Malgorzata; He, Haiyang; Malveaux, Eugene; Xu, Xiaolong; Marzilli, Luigi G.; Taylor, Andrew

    2014-01-01

    99mTc-mercaptoacetyltriglycine (99mTc-MAG3), 99mTc-dd- and ll-ethylene-di-cysteine (99mTc-EC) and 99mTc-mercaptoacetamide-ethylene-cysteine (99mTc-MAEC) contain N3S or N2S2 ligands designed to accommodate the four ligating sites of the {99mTcO}3+ core; they are all excellent renal imaging agents but have renal clearances less than that of 131I-orthoiodohippurate (131I-OIH). To explore the potential of the newly accessible but less polar {99mTc(CO)3}+ core having three ligating sites, we decided to build on the success of 99mTc-EC with its N2S2 ligand and two dangling carboxylates and have chosen an N2S ligand that also has two dangling carboxyls, lanthionine (LANH2), to form 99mTc(CO)3(LAN), a new renal radiopharmaceutical. Methods Biodistribution studies were performed on Sprague-Dawley rats by using 99mTc(CO)3(LAN) isomers, meso-LAN and dd,ll-LAN (an enantiomeric mixture), coinjected with 131I-OIH. Human studies were also performed by coinjecting each 99mTc product (~74 MBq [~2 mCi]) and 131I-OIH (~ 7.4 MBq [~ 0.2 mCi]) into 3 normal volunteers with dual-isotope imaging performed by using a camera system fitted with a high-energy collimator. Blood samples were obtained from 3 to 90 min after injection, and urine samples were obtained at 30, 90 and 180 min. Results Biodistribution studies in rats revealed a rapid blood clearance as well as rapid renal extraction for both preparations, with the dose in urine at 60 min averaging 88% that of 131I-OIH. In humans, both agents provided excellent renal images, with the plasma clearance averaging 228 mL/min for 99mTc(CO)3(meso-LAN) and 176 mL/min for 99mTc(CO)3(dd,ll-LAN), respectively. At 3 hours, both 99mTc(CO)3(meso-LAN) and 99mTc(CO)3(dd,ll-LAN), showed good renal excretion, averaging 85% and 77% that of 131I-OIH, respectively. Plasma protein binding was minimal (10% and 2%), and red cell uptake was similar (24% and 21%) for 99mTc(CO)3(meso-LAN) and 99mTc(CO)3(dd,ll-LAN), respectively. Conclusion Although the plasma clearance and the rate of renal excretion of the 99mTc(CO)3(LAN) complexes are still less than those of 131I-OIH, the results of this first application of a 99mTc tricarbonyl complex as a renal radiopharmaceutical in humans demonstrate that 99mTc(CO)3(LAN) complexes are excellent renal imaging agents and support continued renal radiopharmaceutical development based on the 99mTc tricarbonyl core. PMID:16741314

  15. Decomposition of Tc-99m pyrophosphate by peroxides in pertechnetate used in preparation

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    Der, M.; Ballinger, J.R.; Bowen, B.M.

    1981-07-01

    We describe an investigation of the stability of Tc-99m pyrophosphate (Tc-99m PPi). We have shown that addition of exogenous hydrogen peroxide to Tc-99m PPi can initiate the oxidation of the complex, giving rise to 95% unbound pertechnetate. The presence of endogenous hydrogen peroxide in the sodium pertechnetate used in the preparation of Tc-99m PPi has been thought to influence its stability. We have prepared it using pertechnetate solutions of different specific activities. After preparation, an alumina column was used to detect free /sup 99m/TcO/sub 4//sup -/. The Tc-99m PPi and Na/sup 99m/TcO/sub 4/ solutions were then assayed by iodometric titration for hydrogen peroxide, which was detected in the pertechnetate solutions. The higher the specific activity of the solution used for the tracer preparation, the faster was the production of free pertechnetate.

  16. Decomposition of Tc-99m pyrophosphate by peroxides in pertechnetate used in preparation

    SciTech Connect

    Der, M.; Ballinger, J.R.; Bowen, B.M.

    1981-07-01

    We describe an investigation of the stability of Tc-99m pyrophosphate (Tc-99m PPi). We hve shown that addition of exogenous hydrogen peroxide to Tc-99m PPi can initiate the oxidation of the complex, giving rise to 95% unbound pertechnetate. The presence of endogenous hydrogen peroxide in the sodium pertechnetate used in the preparation of Tc-99m PPi has been thought to influence its stability. We have prepared it using pertechnetate solutions of different specific activities. After preparation, an alumina column was used to detect free /sup 99m/Tc/sub 4/-. The Tc-99m PPi and Na/sup 99m/TcO/sub 4/ solutions were then assayed by iodometric titration for hydrogen peroxide, which was detected in the pertechnetate solutions. The higher the specific activity of the solution used for the tracer preparation, the faster was the production of free pertechnetate.

  17. Tc-99m HIDA scintigraphy in segmental biliary obstruction

    SciTech Connect

    Zeman, R.K.; Gold, J.A.; Gluck, L.; Caride, V.J.; Burrell, M.; Hoffer, P.B.

    1981-05-01

    Segmental biliary obstruction as a result of primary or secondary hepatic malignancy has been reported with increasing frequency. For two representative patients, the clinical and Tc-99m HIDA scintigraphic findings in segmetal biliary obstruction are described. The presence of photon-deficient dilated bile ducts in one segment of the biliary tree is highly suggestive of localized biliary obstruction and should be considered in the patient with suspected or proven hepatic malignancy despite the absence of jaundice.

  18. Tc-99m HIDA scintigraphy in segmental biliary obstruction

    SciTech Connect

    Zeman, R.K.; Gold, J.A.; Gluck, L.; Caride, V.J.; Burrell, M.; Hoffer, P.B.

    1981-05-01

    Segmental biliary obstruction as a result of primary or secondary hepatic malignancy has been reported with increasing frequency. For two representative patients, the clinical and Tc-99m HIDA scintigraphic findings in segmental biliary obstruction are described. The presence of photon-deficient dilated bile ducts in one segment of the biliary tree is highly suggestive of localized biliary obstruction and should be considered in the patient with suspected or proven hepatic malignancy despite the absence of jaundice.

  19. Power Systems Development Facility Gasification Test Run TC08

    SciTech Connect

    Southern Company Services

    2002-06-30

    This report discusses Test Campaign TC08 of the Kellogg Brown & Root, Inc. (KBR) Transport Gasifier train with a Siemens Westinghouse Power Corporation (Siemens Westinghouse) particle filter system at the Power Systems Development Facility (PSDF) located in Wilsonville, Alabama. The Transport Gasifier is an advanced circulating fluidized-bed gasifier designed to operate as either a combustor or a gasifier in air- or oxygen-blown mode using a particulate control device (PCD). The Transport Gasifier was operated as a pressurized gasifier in air- and oxygen-blown modes during TC08. Test Run TC08 was started on June 9, 2002 and completed on June 29. Both gasifier and PCD operations were stable during the test run with a stable baseline pressure drop. The oxygen feed supply system worked well and the transition from air to oxygen blown was smooth. The gasifier temperature was varied between 1,710 and 1,770 F at pressures from 125 to 240 psig. The gasifier operates at lower pressure during oxygen-blown mode due to the supply pressure of the oxygen system. In TC08, 476 hours of solid circulation and 364 hours of coal feed were attained with 153 hours of pure oxygen feed. The gasifier and PCD operations were stable in both enriched air and 100 percent oxygen blown modes. The oxygen concentration was slowly increased during the first transition to full oxygen-blown operations. Subsequent transitions from air to oxygen blown could be completed in less than 15 minutes. Oxygen-blown operations produced the highest synthesis gas heating value to date, with a projected synthesis gas heating value averaging 175 Btu/scf. Carbon conversions averaged 93 percent, slightly lower than carbon conversions achieved during air-blown gasification.

  20. Rhenium Uptake as Analogue 96Tc by Steel Corrosion Products

    SciTech Connect

    K.M. Krupka, C.F. Brown, H. Todd Schaef, S. M. Heald, M. M. Valenta, B. W. Arey

    2006-04-30

    Static batch experiments were used to examine the sorption of dissolved perrhenate [Re(VII)], as a surrogate for pertechnetate [Tc(VII)], on corrosion products of A-516 carbon steel coupons contacted with synthetic groundwater or dilute water. After 109 days of contact time, the concentration of dissolved Re(VII) in the synthetic groundwater matrix decreased by approximately 26%; the dilute water matrix experienced a 99% decrease in dissolved Re(VII) over the same time period. Bulk x-ray diffraction (XRD) results for the corroded steel coupons showed that the corrosion products consisted primarily of maghemite, lepidocrocite, and goethite. Analyses of the coupons by scanning electron microscopy/energy dispersive spectroscopy (SEM/EDS) indicated that Re was present with the morphologically complex assemblages of Fe oxide/hydroxide corrosion products for samples spiked with the highest dissolved Re(VII) concentration (1.0 mmol/L) used for these experiments. Analyses of corroded steel coupons contacted with solutions containing 1.0 mmol/L Re(VII) by synchrotron-based methods confirmed the presence of Re sorbed with the corrosion product on the steel coupons. Analyses showed that the Re sorbed on these corroded coupons was in the +7 oxidation state, suggesting that the Re(VII) uptake mechanism did not involve reduction of Re to a lower oxidation state, such as +4. The results of our studies using Re(VII) as an analogue for {sup 99}Tc(VII) suggest that {sup 99}Tc(VII) would also be sorbed with steel corrosion products and that the inventory of {sup 99}Tc(VII) released from breached waste packages would be lower than what is now conservatively estimated.

  1. ''Hot'' spleen on Tc-99m sulfur colloid images

    SciTech Connect

    Lin, D.S.

    1983-06-01

    In routine Tc-99m sulfur colloid (SC) liver-spleen imaging, relatively increased splenic uptake when compared with liver uptake is frequently seen. Commonly this is due to decreased hepatic uptake secondary to liver disease, but often it is because of increased uptake in the hyperfunctioning spleen. Reported is a case of lymphoma of the tonsil, with a ''hot'' spleen which was free of tumor. Possible etiology of the ''hot'' spleen is discussed and the known causes listed according to their prevalence.

  2. Tc-99m pyrophosphate myocardial scanning in Chagas' disease

    SciTech Connect

    Goncalves da Rocha, A.F.; Meguerian, B.A.; Harbert, J.C.

    1981-04-01

    Chagas' disease is a serious protozoan infection affecting up to 20% of populations in some endemic areas. Myocarditis and cardiomyopathy occur in 50% of patients who go on to develop chronic Chagas's disease. We have studied a patient with no overt cardiac symptoms who revealed intense myocardial uptake of Tc-99m pyrophosphate. The significance of this finding in relation to early detection and progress of therapy is explored.

  3. Tc-99m pyrophosphate myocardial scanning in Chagas' disease

    SciTech Connect

    da Rocha, A.F.; Meguerian, B.A.; Harbert, J.C.

    1981-04-01

    Chagas' disease is a serious protozoan infection affecting up to 20% of populations in some endemic areas. Myocarditis and cardiomyopathy occur in 50% of patients who go on to develop chronic Chagas' disease. We have studied a patient with no overt cardiac symptoms who revealed intense myocardial uptake of Tc-99m pyrophosphate. The significance of this finding in relation to early detection and progress of therapy is explored.

  4. Tc-99m radioaerosol clearance as an index of pulmonary epithelial permeability

    SciTech Connect

    Waldman, D.L.

    1988-01-01

    This investigation examines radiopharmaceutical clearance as an index of alveolar-capillary membrane permeability and as an indicator of disease. Specific objectives include: evaluation of radiopharmaceutical chemical purity following aerosolization, investigation of a chemically related family of compounds to develop new radiopharmaceuticals with improved chemical properties, determination of reproducibility of the radiopharmaceutical clearance technique and the evaluation of the sensitivity of aerosolized solute clearance as an indicator of lung injury. The integrity of the radiopharmaceutical was examined prior to and following aerosol generation. The in vivo pharmacokinetics of a family of aerosolized solutes was evaluated in the beagle dog. The reproducibility of the biological response to radiopharmaceutical deposition was evaluated using dynamic functional imaging in humans and in the beagle. The sensitivity of the technique was evaluated using Tc-99m DTPA and an animal model for lung injury.

  5. A Study of Cirrus Ice Particle Size Distribution Using TC4 Observations

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    Tian, Lin; Heymsfield, Gerald M.; Li, Lihua; Heymsfield, Andrew J.; Bansemer, Aaron; Twohy, Cynthia H.; Srivastava, Ramesh C.

    2010-01-01

    An analysis of two days of in situ observations of ice particle size spectra, in convectively generated cirrus, obtained during NASA s Tropical Composition, Cloud, and Climate Coupling (TC4) mission is presented. The observed spectra are examined for their fit to the exponential, gamma, and lognormal function distributions. Characteristic particle size and concentration density scales are determined using two (for the exponential) or three (for the gamma and lognormal functions) moments of the spectra. It is shown that transformed exponential, gamma, and lognormal distributions should collapse onto standard curves. An examination of the transformed spectra, and of deviations of the transformed spectra from the standard curves, shows that the lognormal function provides a better fit to the observed spectra.

  6. High-energy anomalies in covalent high-Tc cuprates with large Hubbard Ud on copper

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    Barii?, O. S.; Barii?, S.

    2015-03-01

    A large Ud theory is constructed for the metallic state of high-Tc cuprates. The Emery three-band model, extended with Ox-Oy hopping tpp, and with Ud ? ?, is mapped on slave fermions. The Dyson time-dependent diagrammatic theory in terms of the Cu-O hopping tpd, starting from the nondegenerate unperturbed ground state, is translationally and asymptotically locally gauge invariant. The small parameter of the theory is the average hole occupation of Cu sites nd. The lowest order of the theory generates the single particle propagators of the hybridized pdp- and dpd-fermions with the exact covalent three band structure. The leading many-body effect is band narrowing, accompanied by Landau-like damping of the single particle propagation, due to incoherent local charge Cu-O fluctuations. The corresponding continuum is found below and above the Fermi level.

  7. A high-flux atomic oxygen source for the deposition of high Tc superconducting films

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    Yu-Jahnes, L. S.; Brogan, W. T.; Anderson, Alfredo C.; Cima, M. J.

    1992-09-01

    A high-flux atomic oxygen source has been developed for the deposition of in situ superconducting high Tc films under conditions that require low chamber pressures (?10-4 Torr). The source uses a remote microwave plasma to generate the atomic species and is capable of producing an atomic oxygen flux greater than 21016 cm-2 s-1. The O2 dissociation efficiency of the atomic oxygen source is measured to be approximately 25%-30% for an O2 flow of 5 sccm. This high efficiency is achieved by the combined effects of a boric acid surface treatment to minimize recombination on the quartz tube and the addition of N2 to the oxygen plasma to increase the atomic oxygen yield. We have developed a treatment for the quartz surface that gives reproducible atomic oxygen flux with no degradation of the surface coating with repeated usage.

  8. Collective band structures in the 99Tc nucleus

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    Li, H. J.; Xiao, Z. G.; Zhu, S. J.; Patial, M.; Qi, C.; Cederwall, B.; Zhang, Z.; Wang, R. S.; Yi, H.; Yan, W. H.; Cheng, W. J.; Huang, Y.; Lyu, L. M.; Zhang, Y.; Wu, X. G.; He, C. Y.; Zheng, Y.; Li, G. S.; Li, C. B.; Li, H. W.; Liu, J. J.; Luo, P. W.; Hu, S. P.; Wang, J. L.; Wu, Y. H.

    2015-05-01

    Excited states in 99Tc with energies up to 6 MeV have been populated using the 96Zr(7Li,4 n )99Tc reaction with a laboratory beam energy of 35 MeV. Coincident ? rays from excited nuclei produced in the reactions were detected using an array of coaxial, planar, and clover-type high-purity germanium detectors. A total of 60 new ? -ray transitions and 21 new levels are identified and placed into a new level scheme. Two collective bands assigned to be built on the ? g9 /2 [422 ]5 /2 + and ? p1 /2 [301 ]1 /2 - Nilsson configurations have been extended with spins up to 35/2 and 33 /2 ? , respectively. Backbending and signature inversion have been observed in the yrast band. The large signature splitting of the positive-parity band in 99Tc may be caused by a triaxial deformation, which agrees well with the electromagnetic properties, theoretical calculations based on total Routhian surface, and triaxial particle-rotor model calculations.

  9. New routes for production of proton-rich Tc isotopes

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    Maiti, Moumita; Lahiri, Susanta

    2010-02-15

    Proton-rich Tc radionuclides have been identified as potential candidates for specific clinical and biological applications in the last decade. So far, these radionuclides have been produced either by proton-induced reaction on Mo targets or {alpha}-particle-induced reaction on Nb targets. This article lightens two heavy-ion-induced production routes of {sup 93,94,95,96}Tc radionuclides through {sup 7}Li+{sup nat}Zr and {sup 9}Be+{sup nat}Y reactions and provides important cross-sectional information in the projectile energy ranges 37-45 MeV and 30-48 MeV, respectively. Excitation functions of those reactions have been measured using the stacked-foil technique followed by the off-line {gamma}-spectrometric studies. Measured cross-sectional data have been interpreted comparing theoretical predictions of the two nuclear reaction model codes PACE-II and ALICE91. Experimental cross sections agreed with the theory. Measured production cross sections of {sup 94,95}Tc have been compared with those produced from the {alpha}+{sup 93}Nb reaction.

  10. Metal-metal multiply bonded complexes of technetium. 1. Synthesis and structural characterization of phosphine complexes that contain a Tc-Tc multiple bond

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    Burns, C.J.; Burrell, A.K.; Cotton, F.A.

    1994-05-11

    A series of triply metal-metal bonded ditechnetium(II) phosphine complexes with the general formula Tc{sub 2}Cl{sub 4}(PR{sub 3}){sub 4} (PR{sub 3} = PEt{sub 3}, PPr{sup n}{sub 3}, PMePh{sub 2}, PMe{sub 2}Ph) have been prepared from mononuclear Tc(IV) precursors and fully characterized. Two-electron reduction of the Tc(IV) bis(phosphine) complexes TcCl{sub 4}(PR{sub 3}){sub 2} (PR{sub 3} = PEt{sub 3}, PPr{sup n}{sub 3}, PMePh{sub 2}, PMe{sub 2}Ph) with finely divided zinc in aromatic solvents or tetrahydrofuran results in the formation of the corresponding electron-rich triply bonded compounds Tc{sub 2}Cl{sub 4}(PR{sub 3}){sub 4} in high yield. These are the first phosphine complexes of technetium that possess a metal-metal bond. The solid-state structures of the PEt{sub 3}, PMe{sub 2}Ph, and PMePh{sub 2} derivatives have been investigated by X-ray crystallography and are described in detail. Similar to the analogous dirhenium(II) complexes, the molecules adopt an eclipsed M{sub 2}L{sub 8} conformation with approximate D{sub 2d} symmetry. The Tc-Tc bond lengths are 2.133(3), 2.127(1), and 2.1384(5) {angstrom} for Tc{sub 2}Cl{sub 4}(PEt{sub 3}){sub 4}, Tc{sub 2}Cl{sub 4}(PEt{sub 3}){sub 4}, Tc{sub 2}Cl{sub 4}(PMe{sub 2}Ph){sub 4}, and Tc{sub 2}Cl{sub 4}(PMePh{sub 2}){sub 4}, respectively. Structural and spectroscopic evidence indicates that these dimers contain an electron-rich Tc-Tc triple bond with a {sigma}{sup 2}-{pi}-{sup 4}{delta}{sup 2}{delta}*{sup 2} ground-state electronic configuration. Electrochemical studies reveal that each compound undergoes two reversible one-electron oxidation processes, which presumably produce the corresponding Tc{sub 2}{sup 5+} and Tc{sub 2}{sup 6+} dinuclear species. {sup 1}H HMR, {sup 31}P({sup 1}H) NMR, and UV-vis spectroscopic data are presented for each compound.

  11. Myocardial kinetics of hexakis (trimethylphosphite) technetium-99m (I) chloride (Tc-TMP) in rats, rabbits, dogs, cats and pigs

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    Robbins, M.S.; Adams, M.D.

    1984-01-01

    Tc-TMP is readily taken up by the myocardium following intravenous administration to rats and dogs. In order to assess its potential as a myocardial perfusion imaging agent, the biodistribution and pharmacokinetics of Tc-TMP were evaluated following intravenous administration to rats, rabbits, dogs, cats and miniature pigs. Rats and rabbits were killed at several time points within a 24 hr period after treatment and tissue samples were assayed for radioactivity. In rats, estimated heart, liver and lung half-lives were 14.4 hr, 24 min and 40 min, respectively. In rabbits, 0.6% dose/g was observed in the heart at 30 min. Corresponding heart/blood, heart/liver and heart/lung ratios were 39.1, 10.7 and 5.1. Gamma camera imaging experiments were conducted in rabbits, dogs, cats and pigs over a 1-2 hr period following administration of Tc-TMP. All species exhibited myocardial uptake resulting in sustained visualization, although myocardial image intensity was less pronounced in the pig compared to the other species. Regions of interest were selected over the heart, liver and background, and time-activity curves were generated. Minimal myocardial clearance was observed in all species during the imaging time course. Hepatic activity was rapidly cleared in rabbits and pigs (t1/2 < 1.0 hr) resulting in improved heart/liver ratios at later time intervals. The myocardial accumulation and retention of Tc-TMP, demonstrated in five species, supports clinical evaluation as a myocardial imaging agent.

  12. TIMP-3 -1296 T>C and TIMP-4 -55 T>C gene polymorphisms play a role in the susceptibility of hepatocellular carcinoma among women.

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    Tsai, Hsiu-Ting; Hsieh, Ming-Ju; Chiou, Hui-Ling; Lee, Hsiang-Lin; Hsin, Min-Chieh; Liou, Yi-Sheng; Yang, Chen-Chieh; Yang, Shun-Fa; Kuo, Wu-Hsien

    2014-09-01

    The purpose of this study was to investigate genetic impact of TIMP-3 -1296 T>C (rs9619311) and TIMP-4 -55 T>C (rs3755724) gene polymorphisms on the susceptibility and clinicopathological characteristics of hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC). A total of 759 subjects, including 530 healthy controls and 229 patients with hepatocellular carcinoma, were recruited in this study. Allelic discrimination of TIMP-3 -1296 T>C (rs9619311) and TIMP-4 -55 T>C (rs3755724) polymorphisms was assessed with the ABI StepOne Real-Time PCR System. Among women group, individuals with TC or CC alleles of TIMP-3 -1296 T>C gene polymorphism protected against HCC (AOR?=?0.35, 95% confidence interval (CI)?=?0.12-0.97; p?=?0.04) compared to individuals with TT alleles, after adjusting for other confounders. Also, women with TC alleles and with TC or CC alleles of TIMP-4 -55 T>C polymorphisms had a 2.52-fold risk (95%CI?=?1.23-5.13; p?=?0.01) and 2.47-fold risk (95%CI?=?1.26-4.87; p?=?0.008) of developing HCC compared to individuals with TT alleles, after adjusting for other confounders. There was no synergistic effect between gene polymorphism and environmental risk factors, including tobacco and alcohol consumptions and clinical statuses of HCC as well as serum expression of liver-related clinicopathological markers. In conclusion, gene polymorphisms of TIMP-3 -1296 T>C (rs9619311) and TIMP-4 -55 T>C (rs3755724) play a role in the susceptibility of HCC among Taiwan women. PMID:24903383

  13. Biokinetic behavior of Tc in the red abalone, Haliotis rufescens: a reassessment. [/sup 95m/Tc

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    Beasley, T.M.; Lorz, H.V.; Gonor, J.J.

    1981-01-01

    The biokinetic behavior of /sup 95m/Tc in the red abalone, Haliotis rufescens, is reviewed in light of recent experiments on other molluscs. Additional experimentation has confirmed that, when uptake is directly from labeled seawater, abalone exhibit concentration factors in excess of 100. Bivalve molluscs under the same experimental conditions have concentration factors that do not exceed 2. However, uptake and loss kinetics cannot be described by a single compartment model as had been previously advanced. Assimilation of /sup 95m/Tc by the abalone following a single feeding of labeled macroalga, Nereocystis pyrifera, is high (approx. 45%) and loss kinetics are similar to those observed following direct uptake from seawater.

  14. Infection with Trypanosoma cruzi TcII and TcI in free-ranging population of lion tamarins (Leontopithecus spp): an 11-year follow-up.

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    Lisboa, Cristiane Varella; Monteiro, Rafael Verssimo; Martins, Andreia Fonseca; Xavier, Samantha Cristina das Chagas; Lima, Valdirene Dos Santos; Jansen, Ana Maria

    2015-05-01

    Here, we present a review of the dataset resulting from the 11-years follow-up of Trypanosoma cruzi infection in free-ranging populations of Leontopithecus rosalia (golden lion tamarin) and Leontopithecus chrysomelas (golden-headed lion tamarin) from distinct forest fragments in Atlantic Coastal Rainforest. Additionally, we present new data regarding T. cruzi infection of small mammals (rodents and marsupials) that live in the same areas as golden lion tamarins and characterisation at discrete typing unit (DTU) level of 77 of these isolates. DTU TcII was found to exclusively infect primates, while TcI infected Didelphis aurita and lion tamarins. The majority of T. cruzi isolates derived from L. rosalia were shown to be TcII (33 out 42) Nine T. cruzi isolates displayed a TcI profile. Golden-headed lion tamarins demonstrated to be excellent reservoirs of TcII, as 24 of 26 T. cruzi isolates exhibited the TcII profile. We concluded the following: (i) the transmission cycle of T. cruzi in a same host species and forest fragment is modified over time, (ii) the infectivity competence of the golden lion tamarin population fluctuates in waves that peak every other year and (iii) both golden and golden-headed lion tamarins are able to maintain long-lasting infections by TcII and TcI. PMID:25946156

  15. Infection with Trypanosoma cruzi TcII and TcI in free-ranging population of lion tamarins (Leontopithecus spp): an 11-year follow-up

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    Lisboa, Cristiane Varella; Monteiro, Rafael Veríssimo; Martins, Andreia Fonseca; Xavier, Samantha Cristina das Chagas; Lima, Valdirene dos Santos; Jansen, Ana Maria

    2015-01-01

    Here, we present a review of the dataset resulting from the 11-years follow-up of Trypanosoma cruzi infection in free-ranging populations of Leontopithecus rosalia (golden lion tamarin) and Leontopithecus chrysomelas (golden-headed lion tamarin) from distinct forest fragments in Atlantic Coastal Rainforest. Additionally, we present new data regarding T. cruzi infection of small mammals (rodents and marsupials) that live in the same areas as golden lion tamarins and characterisation at discrete typing unit (DTU) level of 77 of these isolates. DTU TcII was found to exclusively infect primates, while TcI infected Didelphis aurita and lion tamarins. The majority of T. cruzi isolates derived from L. rosalia were shown to be TcII (33 out 42) Nine T. cruzi isolates displayed a TcI profile. Golden-headed lion tamarins demonstrated to be excellent reservoirs of TcII, as 24 of 26 T. cruzi isolates exhibited the TcII profile. We concluded the following: (i) the transmission cycle of T. cruzi in a same host species and forest fragment is modified over time, (ii) the infectivity competence of the golden lion tamarin population fluctuates in waves that peak every other year and (iii) both golden and golden-headed lion tamarins are able to maintain long-lasting infections by TcII and TcI. PMID:25946156

  16. Fiscal Year 2010 Summary Report on the Epsilon-Metal Phase as a Waste Form for 99 Tc

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    Strachan, Denis M.; Crum, Jarrod V.; Buck, Edgar C.; Riley, Brian J.; Zumhoff, Mac R.

    2010-09-30

    Epsilon metal (ε-metal) is generated in nuclear fuel during irradiation. This metal consists of Pd, Ru, Rh, Mo, and some Te. These accumulate at the UO2 grain boundaries as small (ca 5 µm) particles. These metals have limited solubility in the acid used to dissolve fuel during reprocessing and in typical borosilicate glass. These must be treated separately to improve overall waste loading in glass. This low solubility and their survival in 2 Gy-old natural reactors led us to investigate them as a waste form for the immobilization of 99Tc and 107Pd, two very long-lived isotopes.

  17. Tc and Re Behavior in Borosilicate Waste Glass Vapor Hydration Tests

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    McKeown, David A.; Buechele, Andrew C.; Pegg, Ian L.; Lukens, Wayne W.; Shuh, David K.

    2007-07-01

    Technetium (Tc), found in some nuclear wastes, is of particular concern with regard to long-term storage, because of its long-lived radioactivity and high mobility in the environment. Tc and rhenium (Re), commonly used as a non-radioactive surrogate for Tc, were studied to assess their behavior in borosilicate glass under hydrothermal conditions in the Vapor Hydration Test (VHT). X-ray absorption spectroscopy (XAS) and scanning electron microscopy (SEM) measurements were made on the original Tc- and Re-containing glasses and their corresponding VHT samples, and show different behavior for Tc and Re under VHT conditions. XAS indicates that, despite starting with different Tc(IV) and Tc(VII) distributions in each glass, the VHT samples have 100% Tc(IV)O{sub 6} environments. SEM shows complete alteration of the original glass, Tc enrichment near the sample surface, and Tc depletion in the center. Perrhenate (Re(VII)O{sub 4}{sup -}) is dominant in both Re-containing samples before and after the VHT, where Re is depleted near the VHT sample surface and more concentrated toward the center. (authors)

  18. Isostructural Re(I)/(99m)Tc(I) tricarbonyl complexes for cancer theranostics.

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    Nunes, Patrique; Morais, Goreti Ribeiro; Palma, Elisa; Silva, Francisco; Oliveira, Maria Cristina; Ferreira, Vera F C; Mendes, Filipa; Gano, Lurdes; Vicente Miranda, Hugo; Outeiro, Tiago F; Santos, Isabel; Paulo, Antnio

    2015-05-14

    Merging classical organic anticancer drugs with metal-based compounds in one single molecule offers the possibility of exploring new approaches for cancer theranostics, i.e. the combination of diagnostic and therapeutic modalities. For this purpose, we have synthesized and biologically evaluated a series of Re(I)/(99m)Tc(I) tricarbonyl complexes (Re1Re4 and Tc1Tc4, respectively) stabilized by a cysteamine-based (N,S,O) chelator and containing 2-(4?-aminophenyl)benzothiazole pharmacophores. With the exception of Re1, all the Re complexes have shown a moderate cytotoxicity in MCF7 and PC3 cancer cells (IC50 values in the 15.932.1 ?M range after 72 h of incubation). The cytotoxic activity of the Re complexes is well correlated with cellular uptake that was quantified using the isostructural (99m)Tc congeners. There is an augmented cytotoxic effect for Re3 and Re4 (versusRe1 and Re2), and the highest cellular uptake for Tc3 and Tc4, which display a long ether-containing linker to couple the pharmacophore to the (N,S,O)-chelator framework. Moreover, fluorescence microscopy clearly confirmed the cytosolic accumulation of the most cytotoxic compound (Re3). Biodistribution studies of Tc1Tc4 in mice confirmed that these moderately lipophilic complexes (logDo/w = 1.952.32) have a favorable bioavailability. Tc3 and Tc4 presented a faster excretion, as they undergo metabolic transformations, in contrast to complexes Tc1 and Tc2. In summary, our results show that benzothiazole-containing Re(I)/(99m)Tc(I) tricarbonyl complexes stabilized by cysteamine-based (N,S,O)-chelators have potential to be further applied in the design of new tools for cancer theranostics. PMID:25849043

  19. Lightning-Generated NO(x) Seen By OMI during NASA's TC-4 Experiment: First Results

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    Bucsela, Eric; Pickering, Kenneth E.; Huntemann, Tabitha; Cohen, Ronald; Perring, Anne; Gleason, James; Blakeslee, Richard; Navarro, Dylana Vargas; Segura, Ileana Mora; Hernandez, Alexia Pacheco; Laporte-Molina, Sadi

    2009-01-01

    We present here case studies identifying upper-tropospheric NO2 produced in convective storms during NASA's Tropical Composition, Cloud and Climate Coupling Experiment (TCi)n July and August 2007. DC8 aircraft missions, flown from the mission base in Costa Rica, recorded in situ NO2 profiles near active storms and in relatively quiet areas. We combine these data with measurements from the Ozone Monitoring Instrument (OMI) on the Aura satellite to estimate the amount of NO2 produced by lightning (LN02) above background levels in the regions influenced by storms. In our analysis, improved off-line processing techniques are employed to minimize known artifacts in the OM1 data. Information on lightning flashes (primarily CG) observed by the surface network operated by the Instituto Costarricense de Electricidad are examined upwind of regions where OM1 indicates enhanced LNO2. Comparisons of the observed flash data with measurements by the TRMM/LIS satellite instrument are used to obtain the lightning detection efficiency for total flashes. Finally, using the NO/NO2 ratio estimated from DC-8 observations, we estimate the average NO(x) production per lightning flash for each case in this study. The magnitudes of the measured NO(x) enhancements are compared with those observed by the DC-8 and with similar OM1 measurements analyzed in mid-latitude experiments.

  20. The reinvestigation of the kinetics of the metathesis reactions t-C4H9 + HBr (HI) ? i-C4H10 + Br (I) and of the t-C4H9 free radical thermochemistry.

    PubMed

    Leplat, N; Rossi, M J

    2014-07-17

    A reinvestigation of the absolute rate constant of the metathesis reactions t-C4H9 + HBr ? i-C4H10 + Br (1) and t-C4H9 + HI ? i-C4H10 + I (2) was performed thanks to a recently developed apparatus consisting of a Knudsen reactor coupled to detection based on single-photon (VUV) photoionization mass spectrometry (SPIMS). It enables the generation of thermalized hydrocarbon free radicals owing to a source upstream of and external to the Knudsen reactor. The following Arrhenius expressions were obtained: k1 = 5.6(1.4) 10(12) exp(?6.76(0.94)/(RT)) and k2 = 2.0(0.6) 10(11) exp(?8.48(0.94)/(RT)) with R = 8.314 J mol(1) K(1) over the range 293 to 623 K. The mass balance of the reaction system based on closed shell product detection (CSPD) was checked in order to ensure the accuracy of the used reaction mechanism and as an independent check of k1 and k2. The wall-loss rate constants of the t-butyl free radical, kw(C4H9), were measured and found to be low compared with the corresponding escape rate constant, ke(C4H9), for effusion of t-C4H9 out of the Knudsen reactor. On the basis of the present results, the free radical standard heat of formation ?fH298(t-C4H9) = 44.3 1.7 kJ mol(1) was obtained when combined with the kinetics of the inverse halogenation reaction taken from the literature and using S298(t-C4H9) = 322.2 J K(1) mol(1) following a Third Law evaluation method. The standard enthalpy for t-butyl free radical is consistent for both the bromination and iodination reactions within the stated uncertainties. PMID:24942181

  1. Reduction of Tc(VII) by Fe(II) Sorbed on Al (hydr)oxides

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    Peretyazhko, Tetyana; Zachara, John M.; Heald, Steve M.; Kukkadapu, Ravi K.; Liu, Chongxuan; Plymale, Andrew E.; Resch, Charles T.

    2008-08-01

    Technetium speciation, solubility and sorption behavior is strongly dependent on its valence state. Under oxic conditions, Tc exists as the soluble, weakly-sorbing pertechnetate [TcO4-] anion. The reduced form of technetium, Tc(IV), is stable in anoxic environments and is sparingly soluble as TcO2xH2O(s). Here we investigate the heterogeneous reduction of Tc(VII) by Fe(II) sorbed on Al (hydr)oxides [diaspore (?-AlOOH) and corundum (?-Al2O3)]. Experiments were performed to study the kinetics of Tc(VII) reduction, examine changes in Fe surface speciation during Tc(VII) reduction (Mssbauer spectroscopy), and identify the nature of Tc(IV)-containing reaction products (X-ray absorption spectroscopy). We found that Tc(VII) was completely reduced by adsorbed Fe(II) within 11d (diaspore suspension) and 4d (corundum suspension). Mssbauer measurements revealed that the Fe(II) signal became less intense with Tc(VII) reduction, and was accompanied by increase in Fe(III) doublet and magnetically-ordered Fe(III) sextet signals, with latter parameters close to those for hematite. Formation of magnetically ordered Fe(III) did not depend on the oxidant nature, as both Tc(VII) or O2 lead to the formation of a virtually identical hematite-like phase. The Fe(II) doublet displayed no differences in Mssbauer parameters before and after Tc(VII) reduction, likely due to Fe(II) adsorption to similar sites and no Fe(II) sorption to or precipitation within solid phases formed. Tc-EXAFS spectroscopy revealed that the final heterogeneous redox product on corundum was similar to Tc(IV) oxyhydroxide, TcO2?xH2O. The formation of precursor polymeric TcnOy (4n-2y)+ chains prior to TcO2?xH2O precipitation might explain the formation of the separate TcO2-like phase on corundum without coprecipitated Fe.

  2. Synthesis and characterization of fac-[M(CO)3(P)(OO)] and cis-trans-[M(CO)2(P)2(OO)] complexes (M = Re, (99m)Tc) with acetylacetone and curcumin as OO donor bidentate ligands.

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    Triantis, Charalampos; Tsotakos, Theodoros; Tsoukalas, Charalampos; Sagnou, Marina; Raptopoulou, Catherine; Terzis, Aris; Psycharis, Vassilis; Pelecanou, Maria; Pirmettis, Ioannis; Papadopoulos, Minas

    2013-11-18

    The synthesis and characterization of neutral mixed ligand complexes fac-[M(CO)3(P)(OO)] and cis-trans-[M(CO)2(P)2(OO)] (M = Re, (99m)Tc), with deprotonated acetylacetone or curcumin as the OO donor bidentate ligands and a phosphine (triphenylphosphine or methyldiphenylphosphine) as the monodentate P ligand, is described. The complexes were synthesized through the corresponding fac-[M(CO)3(H2O)(OO)] (M = Re, (99m)Tc) intermediate aqua complex. In the presence of phosphine, replacement of the H2O molecule of the intermediate complex at room temperature generates the neutral tricarbonyl monophosphine fac-[Re(CO)3(P)(OO)] complex, while under reflux conditions further replacement of the trans to the phosphine carbonyl generates the new stable dicarbonyl bisphosphine complex cis-trans-[Re(CO)2(P)2(OO)]. The Re complexes were fully characterized by elemental analysis, spectroscopic methods, and X-ray crystallography showing a distorted octahedral geometry around Re. Both the monophosphine and the bisphosphine complexes of curcumin show selective binding to β-amyloid plaques of Alzheimer's disease. At the (99m)Tc tracer level, the same type of complexes, fac-[(99m)Tc(CO)3(P)(OO)] and cis-trans-[(99m)Tc(CO)2(P)2(OO)], are formed introducing new donor combinations for (99m)Tc(I). Overall, β-diketonate and phosphine constitute a versatile ligand combination for Re(I) and (99m)Tc(I), and the successful employment of the multipotent curcumin as β-diketone provides a solid example of the pharmacological potential of this system. PMID:24199833

  3. Development of more efficacious Tc-99m organ imaging agents for use in nuclear medicine by analytical characterization of radiopharmaceutical mixtures

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    Heineman, W.R.

    1992-01-24

    The long-range objective of this research program is the development of more efficacious technetium-99m radiopharmaceuticals for use as imaging agents in diagnostic nuclear medicine. We seek to isolate and develop distinct site imaging agents, each of which has properties optimized to provide diagnostic information concerning a given pathological condition. The specific objectives during the period (9/1/89 to 8/31/92) include: (1) Development of strategies for improving yields of specific Tc-diphosphonate complexes with optimum imaging properties; (2) Development of electrodes for rapid in situ electrochemical generation of skeletal imaging agents; (3) Development of electrochemical sensors for {Tc} and Re imaging agents; (4) Characterization of stable {Tc}- and Re-diphosphonate complexes obtainable in high yield by structural studies with techniques such as NMR, EXAFS, and Raman spectroscopy; (5) Development of improved separation techniques for the characterization of diphosphonate skeletal imaging agents; (6) Evaluation of the effect of the biological milieu on {Tc}-diphosphonate complexes; and (7) Electrochemical studies of technetium and rhenium complexes synthesized by Professor Deutsch's research group for heart and brain imaging.

  4. High-Tc superconductivity at the interface between the CaCuO2 and SrTiO3 insulating oxides

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    Di Castro, D.; Cantoni, C.; Ridolfi, F.; Aruta, C.; Tebano, A.; Yang, N.; Balestrino, G.

    2015-09-28

    At interfaces between complex oxides it is possible to generate electronic systems with unusual electronic properties, which are not present in the isolated oxides. One important example is the appearance of superconductivity at the interface between insulating oxides, although, until now, with very low Tc. We report the occurrence of high Tc superconductivity in the bilayer CaCuO2/SrTiO3, where both the constituent oxides are insulating. In order to obtain a superconducting state, the CaCuO2/SrTiO3 interface must be realized between the Ca plane of CaCuO2 and the TiO2 plane of SrTiO3. Only in this case can oxygen ions be incorporated in themore » interface Ca plane, acting as apical oxygen for Cu and providing holes to the CuO2 planes. In addition, a detailed hole doping spatial profile can be obtained by scanning transmission electron microscopy and electron-energy-loss spectroscopy at the O K edge, clearly showing that the (super)conductivity is confined to about 1–2 CaCuO2 unit cells close to the interface with SrTiO3. The results obtained for the CaCuO2/SrTiO3 interface can be extended to multilayered high Tc cuprates, contributing to explaining the dependence of Tc on the number of CuO2 planes in these systems.« less

  5. High-Tc Superconductivity at the Interface between the CaCuO2 and SrTiO3 Insulating Oxides

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    Di Castro, D.; Cantoni, C.; Ridolfi, F.; Aruta, C.; Tebano, A.; Yang, N.; Balestrino, G.

    2015-10-01

    At interfaces between complex oxides it is possible to generate electronic systems with unusual electronic properties, which are not present in the isolated oxides. One important example is the appearance of superconductivity at the interface between insulating oxides, although, until now, with very low Tc . We report the occurrence of high Tc superconductivity in the bilayer CaCuO2/SrTiO3 , where both the constituent oxides are insulating. In order to obtain a superconducting state, the CaCuO2/SrTiO3 interface must be realized between the Ca plane of CaCuO2 and the TiO2 plane of SrTiO3 . Only in this case can oxygen ions be incorporated in the interface Ca plane, acting as apical oxygen for Cu and providing holes to the CuO2 planes. A detailed hole doping spatial profile can be obtained by scanning transmission electron microscopy and electron-energy-loss spectroscopy at the O K edge, clearly showing that the (super)conductivity is confined to about 1-2 CaCuO2 unit cells close to the interface with SrTiO3 . The results obtained for the CaCuO2/SrTiO3 interface can be extended to multilayered high Tc cuprates, contributing to explaining the dependence of Tc on the number of CuO2 planes in these systems.

  6. Is there still a need for Tc-99m DMSA renal imaging?

    PubMed

    Bair, H J; Becker, W; Schott, G; Kühn, R H; Wolf, F

    1995-01-01

    Scintigraphy with Tc-99m MAG3 is, to date, the most commonly used technique for evaluating separate renal function (SRF). In this study, the performance of this technique is compared to Tc-99m DMSA. A total of 37 patients with various kidney disorders (12 children and 25 adults) underwent both Tc-99m DMSA and Tc-99m MAG 3 scintigraphy. In children and adults of normal weight the correlation coefficient between the two methods was 0.99 (P < 0.001), whereas in individuals who were more than 10% overweight according to Broca, or who had abnormal anatomical positions of the kidneys, the correlation coefficient was 0.82 (P < 0.05). Scintigraphy with Tc-99m DMSA was more accurate in renal parenchyma lesions. These results indicate that Tc-99m DMSA scintigraphy is preferable for the evaluation of SRF in patients who are more than 10% overweight, or have abnormal positions of the kidneys. PMID:7895429

  7. TC-Investigator: A Matlab Program to Explore Pseudosections

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    Pearce, Mark; Gazley, Michael; White, Alistair

    2014-05-01

    Forward modelling of bulk rock compositions to constrain pressures and temperatures of metamorphism based on mineral assemblage is a commonly used technique. The pseudosections produced contain a wealth of information about predicted mineral compositions and abundances that goes far beyond variations in mineral assemblage. A grid of these variations can be contoured using Gibbs free energy minimisation software (such as Theriak-Domino) or precise isopleths calculated for specific quantities in THERMOCALC. We have produced a new piece of software called TC-Investigator that amalgamates these approaches to provide a relatively quick and user friendly way to contour all compositional parameters and mineral modes across a THERMOCALC pseudosection. TC-Investigator takes the postscript pseudosection diagram and creates a grid of points at a user-specified resolution. THERMOCALC is then used to calculate the equilibrium mineral assemblage at each point using an initial starting guess provided by the user (this can be calculated during initial pseudosection calculation). Once all points have been tried, any that failed to calculate are re-tried using interpolated starting guess values from the surrounding points. This procedure is iterated until no more solutions are found. Any remaining unsolved points are then interpolated numerically from surrounding solutions to produce a fully quantified set of mineral modes and compositions. Following calculation, the dataset can be contoured and output as figures, output as a Matlab readable binary structure or selected compositions written to an ASCII text file. Compositional maps created by TC-Investigator have the power to inform the user about compositional variables that are not conventionally considered. The automated calculation method makes it easy to investigate all variables in one go. For example, in metapelitic rocks, garnet shows the variations in composition that are usually contoured, however, these couple to variations in composition within many other minerals all of which can be seen using TC-Investigator. Plots of water content reveal zones in P-T space where there is extremely rapid water production as hydrous minerals breakdown. As new P-T conditions and bulk compositions are explored using improved thermodynamic datasets this software will provide a quick and simple way to identify key compositional and modal variations in the newly modelled mineral systems.

  8. First-principles studies for understanding diverse high- Tc

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    Cheng, Hai-Ping

    2011-03-01

    In this talk, I survey results and insights gained from first-principles calculations on materials that exhibit superconducting behavior at temperatures higher than those characteristic of conventional BCS superconductors. These range from highly correlated cuprate Mott insulators as represented by the bismuth-strontium-calcium-copper-oxides (BSCCOs) to border-line itinerant-Mott systems such as the recently discovered 1111 and 122 pnictides. ultimate goal of our studies is to correlate Tc with specific material composition using detailed first-principles calculations in conjunction with many-body physics techniques via the critical step of constructing real-materials model Hamiltonians. By manipulating impurity doping, which plays a crucial role in the phase diagrams of high Tc materials, we hope to find guidance for designing candidate systems with Tc higher than ones currently known. BSCCO material, density functional calculations using a good generalized-gradient approximation (GGA) yield structural information that is correlated to the experimentally observed (STM) super-modulation and impurity peak in the high energy regime (~ 1 eV), even though the Kohn-Sham bands from such functionals fail to have a band gap. For FeAs-based high-Tc systems, DFT band-structure calculations provide a very good starting point for constructing model Hamiltonians for studies of spin fluctuation and electron pairing mechanisms. Fermi sheets that have been constructed using Wannier transformed Kohn-Sham states have provided critical information for understanding this family of superconducting materials. Analysis of the details of magnetic ordering, density of states, and 2D vs. 3D features in both the 1111 and 122 materials have been valuable in understanding sometimes perplexing experimental findings. Effects of Co impurities have been studied and fully analyzed as well., I will discuss persistent challenges related to calculations on the structure of the non-magnetic state Ba 1 Fe 2 As 2 system. Both further examination of the underlying physics and development of new approximate functionals are needed. Supported by DOE/BES and NSF/DMR, computed at NERSC and UF/HPC.

  9. Applications using high-Tc superconducting terahertz emitters

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    Nakade, Kurama; Kashiwagi, Takanari; Saiwai, Yoshihiko; Minami, Hidetoshi; Yamamoto, Takashi; Klemm, Richard A.; Kadowaki, Kazuo

    2016-01-01

    Using recently-developed THz emitters constructed from single crystals of the high-Tc superconductor Bi2Sr2CaCu2O8+δ, we performed three prototype tests of the devices to demonstrate their unique characteristic properties for various practical applications. The first is a compact and simple transmission type of THz imaging system using a Stirling cryocooler. The second is a high-resolution Michelson interferometer used as a phase-sensitive reflection-type imaging system. The third is a system with precise temperature control to measure the liquid absorption coefficient. The detailed characteristics of these systems are discussed. PMID:26983905

  10. Power Systems Development Facility Gasification Test Run TC10

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    Southern Company Services

    2002-12-30

    This report discusses Test Campaign TC10 of the Kellogg Brown & Root, Inc. (KBR) Transport Gasifier train with a Siemens Westinghouse Power Corporation (Siemens Westinghouse) particle filter system at the Power Systems Development Facility (PSDF) located in Wilsonville, Alabama. The Transport Gasifier is an advanced circulating fluidized-bed gasifier designed to operate as either a combustor or a gasifier in air- or oxygen-blown mode of operation using a particulate control device (PCD). The Transport Gasifier was operated as a pressurized gasifier during TC10 in air- (mainly for transitions and problematic operations) and oxygen-blown mode. Test Run TC10 was started on November 16, 2002, and completed on December 18, 2002. During oxygen-blown operations, gasifier temperatures varied between 1,675 and 1,825 F at pressures from 150 to 180 psig. After initial adjustments were made to reduce the feed rate, operations with the new fluidized coal feeder were stable with about half of the total coalfeed rate through the new feeder. However, the new fluidized-bed coal feeder proved to be difficult to control at low feed rates. Later the coal mills and original coal feeder experienced difficulties due to a high moisture content in the coal from heavy rains. Additional operational difficulties were experienced when several of the pressure sensing taps in the gasifier plugged. As the run progressed, modifications to the mills (to address processing the wet coal) resulted in a much larger feed size. This eventually resulted in the accumulation of large particles in the circulating solids causing operational instabilities in the standpipe and loop seal. Despite problems with the coal mills, coal feeder, pressure tap nozzles and the standpipe, the gasifier did experience short periods of stability during oxygenblown operations. During these periods, the syngas quality was high. During TC10, the gasifier gasified over 609 tons of Powder River Basin subbituminous coal and accumulated a total of 416 hours of coal feed, over 293 hours of which were in oxygen-blown operation. No sorbent was used during the run.

  11. Applications using high-Tc superconducting terahertz emitters.

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    Nakade, Kurama; Kashiwagi, Takanari; Saiwai, Yoshihiko; Minami, Hidetoshi; Yamamoto, Takashi; Klemm, Richard A; Kadowaki, Kazuo

    2016-01-01

    Using recently-developed THz emitters constructed from single crystals of the high-Tc superconductor Bi2Sr2CaCu2O8+δ, we performed three prototype tests of the devices to demonstrate their unique characteristic properties for various practical applications. The first is a compact and simple transmission type of THz imaging system using a Stirling cryocooler. The second is a high-resolution Michelson interferometer used as a phase-sensitive reflection-type imaging system. The third is a system with precise temperature control to measure the liquid absorption coefficient. The detailed characteristics of these systems are discussed. PMID:26983905

  12. Sclerosing cholangitis: cholescintigraphy with Tc-99m-labeled DISIDA

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    Ament, A.E.; Bick, R.J.; Miraldi, F.D.; Haaga, J.R.; Wiedenmann, S.D.

    1984-04-01

    Four patients with primary sclerosing cholangitis (PCS) were examined with the hepatobiliary agent Tc-99m-labeled DISIDA (diisopropylphenylcarbamoyl iminodiacetic acid), and the results correlated with those of invasive cholangiography. Cholescintigraphy is superior to cholangiography in cases of suspected PSC where there is nonfilling of biliary radicals due to high-grade stenosis. The finding of delayed hepatic parenchymal clearance can allow estimation of the degree of obstruction of the various branches of the major bile ducts. Cholescintigraphy offers a noninvasive method of investigating patients with suspected sclerosing chloangitis, leading to earlier diagnosis. Confirmation with invasive cholangiographic procedures is recommended.

  13. Ultrafast IR detector response in high Tc superconducting thin films

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    Lindgren, Mikael; Ahlberg, Henrik; Danerud, Martin; Larsson, Anders; Eng, Sverre T.

    1991-01-01

    The response from a high Tc superconducting multielement optical detector made of a laser deposited Y-Ba-Cu-O thin film has been evaluated. Several microscopic and spectroscopic techniques were used to establish the presence of the correct phase of the thin film. Optical pulses from a laser diode at 830 nm and from a Q-switched CO2-laser at 10.6 microns were used. The detector responded to 50 ps (FWHM) pulses. A comparison between dR/dT of the film and the response amplitude as a function of temperature indicated a bolometric response.

  14. trans-K3[TcO2(CN)4

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    Chatterjee, Sayandev; Del Negro, Andrew S.; Edwards, Matthew K.; Twamley, Brendan; Krause, Jeanette A.; Bryan, Samuel A.

    2010-07-14

    The dioxotetracyanotechnetate anion, [TcO2(CN)4]3-, of the title complex has octahedral symmetry. The technetium is located on a center of inversion and is bound by two oxygen atoms and four cyano ligands. The Tc═O bond distance of 1.7721 (12) Å is consistent with double bond character. The potassium cations [located on special (1/2,0,1) and general positions] reside in octahedral or tetrahedral environments; interionic K···O and K···N interactions occur in the 2.7877 (19)-2.8598 (15) Å range.

  15. Isospin symmetry breaking in 93Tc and statistical properties

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    berg, S.; Heine, A.; Mitchell, G. E.; Richter, A.

    2004-09-01

    We present a statistical analysis of proton resonances in the compound nucleus 93Tc in terms of random matrix theory (RMT). The fluctuation properties of energy levels and reduced widths from data measured by Bilpuch et al. [Phys. Rev. C 9 (1974) 1589] are studied. We conclude that one T> = 9 / 2 isobaric analog state does not affect the spectral correlations of a sequence of 124 T< = 7 / 2 states, and that the observed deviations from RMT are due to unobserved levels. For the reduced widths, however, certain deviations from Porter-Thomas statistics are attributed to the effect of isospin mixing.

  16. Primary activity standardization of ??Tc by three different absolute methods.

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    da Cruz, Paulo A L; da Silva, Carlos J; Moreira, Denise S; Iwahara, Akira; Tauhata, Luiz; Lopes, Ricardo T

    2014-05-01

    The activity concentration of a solution of (99)Tc was absolutely determined by liquid scintillation measurements based on the triple-to double-coincidence ratio method (TDCR) and compared with the results given by 4??(LS)-?(NaI) live-timed anticoincidence (with extending dead-time) and classical 4??(PC)-?(NaI) coincidence counting systems based on using (60)Co as the efficiency-tracing radionuclide. The results of anticoincidence and coincidence counting are, respectively, 0.18% and 0.66% higher than the result from TDCR measurements, but they are consistent within uncertainties. PMID:24365467

  17. Scanning high-Tc SQUID imaging system for magnetocardiography

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    Yang, Hong-Chang; Wu, Tsung-Yeh; Horng, Herng-Er; Wu, Chau-Chung; Yang, S. Y.; Liao, Shu-Hsien; Wu, Chiu-Hsien; Jeng, J. T.; Chen, J. C.; Chen, Kuen-Lin; Chen, M. J.

    2006-05-01

    A scanning magnetocardiography (MCG) system constructed from SQUID sensors offers potential to basic or clinical research in biomagnetism. In this work, we study a first order scanning electronic high-Tc (HTS) SQUID MCG system for biomagnetic signals. The scanning MCG system was equipped with an x-y translation bed powered by step motors. Using noise cancellation and ?-metal shielding, we reduced the noise level substantially. The established scanning HTS MCG system was used to study the magnetophysiology of hypercholesterolaemic (HC) rabbits. The MCG data of HC rabbits were analysed. The MCG contour map of HC rabbits provides experimental models for the interpretation of human cardiac patterns.

  18. A secular technetium-molybdenum generator

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    Araujo, Wagner L.; Campos, Tarcisio P. R.

    2015-05-01

    A compact secular molybdenium generator is subject of this paper. This generator represents a nuclear system that comprises a hydrogen-isotopes fusor, moderator, reflector and shield. Deuterium fusion reactions in a tritiated or deuterated target provide the neutron source. A moderation fluid slowdown the neutron energy which increases 98Mo(n,γ)99Mo capture reaction rates. Neutron reflection minimizes the neutron escape and the radiation shield encloses the device. The neutron yield calculation along with electromagnetic and nuclear simulations were addressed. Results revealed the accelerator equipotential surfaces ranging from -30 to 150 kV, the ion trajectories and the energy beam profile define a deuteron current of 1 A with energy of 180 keV at the target, the spatial distribution of the neutron flux, and the 99Mo and 99mTc activities in function of transmuter operation time. The kinetics of the 99mTc correlated to its precursor activity demonstrates a secular equilibrium providing 2 Ci in a operational time of 150 h. As conclusion, the investigated nuclear and electromagnetic features have demonstrated that such generator shall have a notable potential for feeding the 99mTc clinical application.

  19. Justification of administered dose level in brain perfusion imaging with 99mTc-HMPAO

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    Stefanoyiannis, A. P.; Gerogiannis, I.; Geronikola-Trapali, X.; Armeniakos, I.; Prentakis, A.; Soultanis, S.; Chatziioannou, S. N.

    2011-09-01

    Brain perfusion imaging by means of 99mTc-HMPAO is widely used in the diagnosis of Alzheimer's disease. The administered dose range recommended by the manufacturer and reported in bibliography is rather wide (~ 9.5 - 27 mCi), necessitating further quantitative analysis. In the framework of this study, a quantitative evaluation of the radiopharmaceutical performance for different values of administered dose was carried out, based on image quality indicators. Evaluation of image quality was based on wavelet-generated contrast, noise, and contrast-to-noise ratio indicators, denoted as CI, NI and CNR respectively. Subsequently, a generic image quality index was correlated with the administered dose, to produce an overall performance indicator (denoted as PI). Application of appropriate statistical tests (analysis of variance for normal and Kruskal-Wallis test for non-normal distributions) showed that there is a statistically significant difference in CI (p < 0.01), NI (p < 0.001) and CNR (p < 0.05), but not in PI (p > 0.05) values. Application of Tukey test for CI and NI normal distributions demonstrated that CI (10 mCi) = CI (20 mCi) < CI (15 mCi) and NI (10 mCi) > NI (20 mCi), while NI (15 mCi) could not be characterised. Finally, application of non-parametric multiple comparisons showed that CNR (20 mCi) < CNR (10 mCi), while CNR (15 mCi) could not be characterised. Consequently, brain perfusion imaging, by means of 99mTc-HMPAO utilising an administered dose of 20 mCi, results in improved image quality on the basis of the estimated indicators. Additionally, this image quality improvement is sufficient to justify the increased patient radiation burden.

  20. A torsion balance to measure hysteretic levitation forces in high Tc superconductors

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    Weeks, David E.

    1990-01-01

    A simple torsion balance is described which is used to measure the levitation force on a magnet as a function of height above bulk samples of new high-Tc superconductors. Results are presented for the YBa2Cu3O(x) (Tc about 90 K) and the Tl-Ba-Ca-Cu-O (Tc about 120 K) superconducting systems. Possible uses for the balance are discussed.

  1. Development of 99mTc-N4-NIM for Molecular Imaging of Tumor Hypoxia

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    Ali, Mohammad S.; Kong, Fan-Lin; Rollo, Alex; Mendez, Richard; Kohanim, Saady; Smith, Daniel Lee; Yang, David J.

    2012-01-01

    The nitro group of 2-nitroimidazole (NIM) enters the tumor cells and is bioreductively activated and fixed in the hypoxia cells. 1,4,8,11-tetraazacyclotetradecane (N4) has shown to be a stable chelator for 99mTc. The present study was aimed to develop 99mTc-cyclam-2-nitroimidazole (99mTc-N4-NIM) for tumor hypoxia imaging. N4-NIM precursor was synthesized by reacting N4-oxalate and 1,3-dibromopropane-NIM, yielded 14% (total synthesis). Cell uptake of 99mTc-N4-NIM and 99mTc-N4 was obtained in 13762 rat mammary tumor cells and mesothelioma cells in 6-well plates. Tissue distribution of 99mTc-N4-NIM was evaluated in breast-tumor-bearing rats at 0.54?hrs. Tumor oxygen tension was measured using an oxygen probe. Planar imaging was performed in the tumor-bearing rat and rabbit models. Radiochemical purity of 99mTc-N4-NIM was >96% by HPLC. Cell uptake of 99mTc-N4-NIM was higher than 99mTc-N4 in both cell lines. Biodistribution of 99mTc-N4-NIM showed increased tumor-to-blood and tumor-to-muscle count density ratios as a function of time. Oxygen tension in tumor tissue was 610?mmHg compared to 4050?mmHg in normal muscle tissue. Planar imaging studies confirmed that the tumors could be visualized clearly with 99mTc-N4-NIM in animal models. Efficient synthesis of N4-NIM was achieved. 99mTc-N4-NIM is a novel hypoxic probe and may be useful in evaluating cancer therapy. PMID:22719210

  2. First 13 years of high-{Tc}: Brief review and open questions

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    Pavuna, D.

    1999-12-20

    Exactly 13 years ago, in April 1986, appeared the famous paper by Bednorz and Mueller, that announced a striking discovery of high-{Tc} superconductivity in cuprates. Some 40,000 papers later, scientists are still struggling to understand the high-{Tc} superconductivity. Here the author summarizes some of the most relevant recent results and open questions by discussing the observed phenomena in a rather complex electronic phase diagram of high-{Tc} oxides.

  3. Incidental detection of intracranial tuberculomas on (99m)Tc-TRODAT-1 SPECT/CT.

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    Tripathi, Madhavi; Arora, Geetanjali; Das, Chandan J; Grover, Tripti; Gupta, Ranjan; Bal, Chandrasekhar

    2015-06-01

    Tc-TRODAT-1 has high affinity and specificity for dopamine transporters and is useful for the evaluation of presynaptic dopaminergic function, especially in parkinsonism. There have been a few reports of extrastriatal pathological accumulation of Tc-TRODAT-1. We report a patient with intracranial tuberculomas that were incidentally detected when he underwent Tc-TRODAT-1 scintigraphy for an unrelated indication. PMID:25608162

  4. APOA5 -1131T>C and APOC3 -455T>C polymorphisms are associated with an increased risk of coronary heart disease.

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    Sun, Y; Zhou, R B; Chen, D M

    2015-01-01

    The aim of this study was to investigate correlations between apolipoprotein A-V (APOA5) -1131T>C and apolipoprotein C-III (APOC3) -455T>C polymorphisms and coronary heart disease (CHD). PubMed, Ovid, Cochrane Library, Embase, China National Knowledge Infrastructure, and Wanfang databases were searched using combinations of keywords relating to these polymorphisms and CHD. Studies retrieved from database searches were screened using our stringent inclusion and exclusion criteria, and Comprehensive Meta-Analysis Version 2.0 software was used for statistical analyses. In total, 115 studies were initially retrieved and after further selection, 11 were included in the meta-analysis. These 11 articles comprised 4840 patients with CHD in the case group and 4913 healthy participants in the control group. Meta-analysis revealed that APOA5 -1131T>C and APOC3 -455T>C polymorphisms increased CHD risk. In addition, subgroup analysis by ethnicity showed that while the -1131T>C polymorphism elevated the risk of CHD in the Caucasian population under both allelic and dominant models, this increased risk was observed only under a dominant model in the Asian population. The results of our meta-analysis point to a strong link between both APOA5 -1131T>C and APOC3 -455T>C polymorphisms and an increased risk of CHD. Thus, these polymorphisms constitute important predictive indicators of CHD susceptibility. PMID:26782469

  5. Analysis of accumulation of 99mTc-octreotide and 99mTc-EDDA/HYNIC-Tyr3-octreotide in the rat kidneys.

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    Kopecky, Martin; Semecky, Vladimir; Trejtnar, Frantisek; Laznicek, Milan; Laznickova, Alice; Nachtigal, Petr; Decristoforo, Clemens; Mather, Stephen J; Mcke, Helmut R

    2004-02-01

    The aim of this study was to compare renal handling and distribution of (99m)Tc-octreotide and (99m)Tc-EDDA/HYNIC-Tyr(3)-octreotide (HYNIC-TOC) in rats. In kidney perfusion experiments, the renal clearance value of (99m)Tc-octreotide was three times lower than that of (99m)Tc-EDDA/HYNIC-TOC. The predominant renal excretion of (99m)Tc-EDDA/HYNIC-TOC was associated with a high and long-term renal accumulation up to 48 hrs. Microautoradiographic results indicated that (99m)Tc-EDDA/HYNIC-TOC was retained mainly in the renal medulla within the cells of the collecting ducts and in the surrounding tissue. Lower positivity was found in the proximal and distal tubular cells. We conclude that the mechanism of renal accumulation of somatostatin analogues renal accumulation is complex and that proximal tubular reabsorption is probably not the main mechanism for uptake of (99m)Tc-EDDA/HYNIC-TOC in the kidneys. The presence of the somatostatin receptors, differences in the tonicity level within kidneys and other possible mechanisms could participate in their renal accumulation. PMID:15013489

  6. Congenital renal anomaly: evaluation with 99mTc-dimercaptosuccinic acid renal scintigraphy

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    Hosokawa, S.; Kawamura, J.; Tomoyoshi, T.; Yoshida, O.

    1983-05-01

    Technetium 99m-2,3, dimercaptosuccinic acid (99mTc-DMSA) preferentially accumulates in the renal cortex, demonstrating functioning cortical mass. We used 99mTc-DMSA renal scintigraphy in ten patients with horseshoe kidneys and five patients with unilateral fused kidneys. The results show that 99mTc-DMSA renal scintigraphy reliably establishes the diagnosis of horseshoe kidney and clearly shows the isthmus, which is very essential for proper management. The technique also aids in the definitive assessment of separate kidney function and of total radionuclide uptake is possible using 99mTc-DMSA scintigraphy.

  7. Toxicity of sup 99 Tc: Can it represent a risk to man

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    Gerber, G.B.; Hegela, M.; Vankerkom, J.; Kirchmann, R.; Maisin, J.R.; Lambiet-Collier, M. )

    1989-08-01

    The movement through the environment and the toxicity to plants of {sup 99}Tc have been studied. However, information is scanty on {sup 99}Tc toxicity to mammals even though this is the decisive criterion for assessing the consequences of releases of Tc. A critical tissue could be the thyroid because of its preferential accumulation of Tc and the developing organism because of its greater radiosensitivity; moreover, this toxicity might be enhanced under conditions of a low iodine (I) diet. These questions were studied in rats given large amounts of {sup 99}Tc in either a normal or an I-deficient diet for several months starting 2 wk before mating. Newborns were continued on these diets after weaning. The parameters determined were: occurrence of pregnancy and litter size, triiodothyronine and thyroxin in serum, uptake of {sup 131}I by the thyroid 24 h after injection, histology of the thyroid and concentration of Tc in tissues of the mothers and their decendants. Thyroid damage, as well as the effects on pregnancy, could be observed after amounts of 10 micrograms Tc g-1 food. Iodine deficiency only slightly influences the {sup 99}Tc toxicity. The chemical and radiological toxicity of {sup 99}Tc to rats is small. Consequently, it seems unlikely that contamination levels in the environment would ever reach levels that could lead to serious non-stochastic effects, even in the developing organism.

  8. Pentachlorooxotechnetate(VI) anion, (TcOCl/sub 5/): an EPR study

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    Kirmse, R.; Stach, J.; Abram, U.

    1985-07-03

    The anion pentachlorooxotechnetate(VI), TcOCl/sub 5//sup -/, has been prepared by reduction of TcO/sub 4//sup -/ with HCl in concentrated H/sub 2/SO/sub 4/ and investigated by means of the EPR technique. The axial symmetric spectrum suggests an in-plane ..pi..-type ground state of the MO of the unpaired electron. The Tc-Cl/sub eq/ bonding properties have been discussed in terms of MO theory, and a comparison has been given to the bonding properties in likely complexes of neighboring elements of Tc.

  9. Theory for underdoped high-{Tc} superconductors: Effects of phase fluctuations

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    Schaefer, F.; Timm, C.; Manske, D.; Bennemann, K.H.

    1999-11-01

    In underdoped cuprates, {Tc} is thought to be determined by Cooper pair phase fluctuations because of the small superfluid density n{sub s}.Experimentally, {Tc} is found to scale with n{sub s}. The fluctuation-exchange approximation (FLEX) in its standard form fails to predict this behavior of {Tc} since it does not include phase fluctuations. The authors therefore extend the FLEX to include them self consistently. They present results for {Tc}[n{sub s},x], where x is the doping.

  10. Preparation of (99m)Tc labeled vitamin C (ascorbic acid) and biodistribution in rats.

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    Yigit, Ugur Sezai; Lambrecht, Fatma Yurt; Unak, Perihan; Biber, Fazilet Zmrt; Medine, Emin Ilker; Cetinkaya, Berkan

    2006-01-01

    The aim of this study was to label ascorbic acid with (99m)Tc and to investigate its radiopharmaceutical potential in rats. Ascorbic acid was labeled with (99m)Tc using the stannous chloride method. The radiochemical purity of [(99m)Tc]ascorbic acid ((99m)Tc-AA) was determined by RTLC, paper electrophoresis, and RHPLC methods. The labeling yield was found to be 93+/-5.0%. The maximum labeling yield of (99m)Tc-AA was determined at pH 5 and 25 degrees C. The biodistribution studies related to (99m)Tc-AA were done in male albino Wistar rats. (99m)Tc-AA, which has a specific activity of 13.02 GBq/mmol, was administered into the tail vein of the rats. The rats were sacrificed at 15, 30, 60, and 120 min after the injection by heart puncture under ether anaesthesia. The organs were weighed after removal. Their activities were counted using a Cd(Te) detector equipped with a RAD 501 count system. The %ID/g (% of injected dose per gram of tissue weight) in each organ and in blood was calculated. Maximum uptake of (99m)Tc-AA was observed in prostate and kidneys at the 60th min. (99m)Tc-AA may be a promising radiopharmaceutical for the imaging of prostate and kidneys. PMID:16394539

  11. Differential uptake of Tc-99m DMSA and Tc-99m EC in renal tubular disorders: Report of two cases and review of the literature.

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    Reddy Gorla, Arun Kumar; Agrawal, Kanhaiyalal; Sood, Ashwani; Bhattacharya, Anish; Mittal, Bhagwant Rai

    2014-07-01

    Tc-99m DMSA and Tc-99m EC studies are invaluable functional imaging modalities for renal structural and functional assessment. Normally, the relative renal function estimated by the two methods correlates well with each other. We here present two patients with renal tubular acidosis who showed impaired/altered DMSA uptake with normal EC renal dynamic study depicting the pitfall of DMSA imaging in tubular disorders. The two presented cases also depict distinct pattern of Tc-99m DMSA scintigraphic findings in patients with proximal and distal renal tubular acidosis, thus highlighting the factors affecting DMSA kinetics. PMID:25210282

  12. Structural investigations of recently discovered high Tc superconductors.

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    van Tendeloo, G; Krekels, T; Amelinckx, S; Babu, T G; Greaves, C; Hervieu, M; Michel, C; Raveau, B

    1995-02-01

    A short overview is given of the possibilities of electron microscopy in the determination of the local, atomic scale structure of high Tc superconducting materials. Examples include the detection of weak oxygen ordering, description and characterization of deformation modulations in layered superconductors, and analysis of very long period superstructures. The ordering principles for tetrahedral chains in Ga-, Co-, or Al-substituted YBCO are discussed and their complex defect structures are described. The incommensurate modulation in YBCO-based materials containing SO4-tetrahedra, centered on the Cu(1) sites of the CuO-chain plane, is attributed to the ordering of b-oriented SO4-rich chains in the Cu(1)-S-O layer; the structure is described in terms of an SO4-concentration wave. As examples of the new mercury-based superconducting family we discuss Y0.6Ca0.4Ba2Hg1-xMxCu2O6+y, which crystallizes in the space group P4/mmm with a = 0.3870(1) nm, c = 1.2537(1) nm. This cuprate belongs to the 1212 series; susceptibility measurements show a Tc (onset) of 90K, with a diamagnetic volume fraction of 27% at 4.2K to be reached. A second example is related to the compound Tl2HgBa4Cu2O10+y, in which ordering between single Hg layers and double Tl layers is observed. PMID:7711324

  13. Nonlinear vibration of a coupled high- Tc superconducting levitation system

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    Sugiura, T.; Inoue, T.; Ura, H.

    2004-10-01

    High- Tc superconducting levitation can be applied to electro-mechanical systems, such as flywheel energy storage and linear-drive transportation. Such a system can be modeled as a magnetically coupled system of many permanent magnets and high- Tc superconducting bulks. It is a multi-degree-of-freedom dynamical system coupled by nonlinear interaction between levitated magnets and superconducting bulks. This nonlinearly coupled system, with small damping due to no contact support, can easily show complicated phenomena of nonlinear dynamics. In mechanical design, it is important to evaluate this nonlinear dynamics, though it has not been well studied so far. This research deals with forced vibration of a coupled superconducting levitation system. As a simple modeling of a coupled system, a permanent magnet levitated above a superconducting bulk is placed between two fixed permanent magnets without contact. Frequency response of the levitated magnet under excitation of one of the fixed magnets was examined theoretically. The results show typical nonlinear vibration, such as jump, hysteresis, and parametric resonance, which were confirmed in our numerical analyses and experiments.

  14. Power Systems Development Facility Gasification Test Run TC11

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    Southern Company Services

    2003-04-30

    This report discusses Test Campaign TC11 of the Kellogg Brown & Root, Inc. (KBR) Transport Gasifier train with a Siemens Westinghouse Power Corporation (Siemens Westinghouse) particle filter system at the Power Systems Development Facility (PSDF) located in Wilsonville, Alabama. The Transport Gasifier is an advanced circulating fluidized-bed gasifier designed to operate as either a combustor or a gasifier in air- or oxygen-blown mode of operation using a particulate control device (PCD). Test run TC11 began on April 7, 2003, with startup of the main air compressor and the lighting of the gasifier start-up burner. The Transport Gasifier operated until April 18, 2003, when a gasifier upset forced the termination of the test run. Over the course of the entire test run, gasifier temperatures varied between 1,650 and 1,800 F at pressures from 160 to 200 psig during air-blown operations and around 135 psig during enriched-air operations. Due to a restriction in the oxygen-fed lower mixing zone (LMZ), the majority of the test run featured air-blown operations.

  15. High-Tc Layered Ferrielectric Crystals by Coherent Spinodal Decomposition.

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    Susner, Michael A; Belianinov, Alex; Borisevich, Albina; He, Qian; Chyasnavichyus, Marius; Demir, Hakan; Sholl, David S; Ganesh, Panchapakesan; Abernathy, Douglas L; McGuire, Michael A; Maksymovych, Petro

    2015-12-22

    Research in the rapidly developing field of 2D electronic materials has thus far been focused on metallic and semiconducting materials. However, complementary dielectric materials such as nonlinear dielectrics are needed to enable realistic device architectures. Candidate materials require tunable dielectric properties and pathways for heterostructure assembly. Here we report on a family of cation-deficient transition metal thiophosphates whose unique chemistry makes them a viable prospect for these applications. In these materials, naturally occurring ferrielectric heterostructures composed of centrosymmetric In4/3P2S6 and ferrielectrically active CuInP2S6 are realized by controllable chemical phase separation in van der Waals bonded single crystals. CuInP2S6 by itself is a layered ferrielectric with a ferrielectric transition temperature (Tc) just over room temperature, which rapidly decreases with homogeneous doping. Surprisingly, in our composite materials, the ferrielectric Tc of the polar CuInP2S6 phase increases. This effect is enabled by unique spinodal decomposition that retains the overall van der Waals layered morphology of the crystal, but chemically separates CuInP2S6 and In4/3P2S6 within each layer. The average spatial periodicity of the distinct chemical phases can be finely controlled by altering the composition and/or synthesis conditions. One intriguing prospect for such layered spinodal alloys is large volume synthesis of 2D in-plane heterostructures with periodically alternating polar and nonpolar phases. PMID:26566107

  16. Estimate of the polaron mass in high- Tc superconductors

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    Zoli, Marco

    1999-04-01

    I study the motion of polarons as a function of temperature in the context of a molecular crystal model in which the discreteness of the lattice is accounted for. The model is based on a non linear Schrdinger equation which can be solved perturbatively if the conditions for the existence of small polarons are assumed. The polaron bandwidth and the site jump hopping probability have been calculated versus temperature and dimensionality. The crossover temperature T d? between band-like and hopping motion is reduced in low-dimensional systems due to the enhanced importance of the off-diagonal scattering processes. An Einstein phonon spectrum leads to wrong estimates of the polaron bandwidths. The first and second neighbors intermolecular force constants which parametrize the pair interactions strongly affect the values of the ground state polaron bandwidth and of the hopping probability. We discuss the relevance of the model to high- Tc superconductors in which polaronic features in the transport properties have been pointed out [1]. The estimated effective polaron masses are consistent with Tc values of order ?100 K.

  17. Nuclear shape and structure in neutron-rich 110,111Tc

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    Luo, Y.X.; Hamilton, J.H.; Rasmussen, J.O.; Ramayya, A.V.; Stefanescu, I.; Hwang, J.K.; Zhu, S.J.; Gore, P.M.; Jones, E.F.; Fong,D.; Wu, S.C.; Lee, I.Y.; Ginter, T.N.; Ter-Akopian, G.M.; Daniel, A.V.; Stoyer, M.A.; Donangelo, R.; Gelberg, A.

    2006-02-02

    The structure of Tc nuclei is extended to the moreneutron-rich regions based on measurements of prompt gamma rays from thespontaneous fission of 252Cf at Gammasphere. The level scheme of N=67neutron-rich (Z=43) 110Tc is established for the first time and that of111Tc is expanded. The ground-state band of 111Tc reaches theband-crossing region and the new observation of the weakly populatedalpha = -1/2 member of the band provides important information ofsignature splitting. The systematics of band crossings in the isotopicand isotonic chains and a CSM calculation suggest that the band crossingof the gs band of 111Tc is due to alignment of a pair of h11/2 neutrons.The best fit to signature splitting, branching ratios, and excitations ofthe ground-state band of 111Tc by RTRP model calculations result in ashape of epsilon2 = 0.32 and gamma = -26 deg. for this nucleus. Itstriaxiality is larger than that of 107Tc, to indicate increasingtriaxiality with increasing neutron number. The identification of theweakly-populated "K+2 satellite" band provides strong evidence for thelarge triaxiality of 111Tc. In 110Tc the four lowest-lying levelsobserved are very similar to those in 108Tc. At an excitation of 478.9keV above the lowest state observed, ten states of a delta I = 1 band areobserved. This band is very analogous to the delta I = 1 bands in106,108Tc, but it has greater signature splitting at higherspins.

  18. Radiation-dosimetry and chemical-toxicity considerations for /sup 99/Tc

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    Coffey, J.L.; Hayes, R.L.; Rafter, J.J.; Watson, E.E.; Carlton, J.E.

    1982-01-01

    Technetium-99 (T/sub 1/2/ = 2.13 x 10/sup 5/ y) is produced in the fission of /sup 235/U and /sup 239/Pu. Technitium-99 has been found to contaminate some areas of the uranium re-enrichment process. ICRP-30 Part 2 gives the Annual Limit on Intake (ALI) for /sup 99/Tc as 2 x 10/sup 8/ Bq (5.4 mCi) for class D inhaled material (IC80). The ICRP states clearly that ALIs are based on radiation risk only and that chemical toxicity is not considered (IC79). No data wer found on the chemical toxicity of /sup 99/Tc, possibly because there are no stable isotopes of technetium with which to study the toxicity, although, because of its long T/sub 1/2/, /sup 99/Tc can, for all practical purposes, be considered stable. The ALI values for /sup 99/Tc are based on data obtained using high specific activity /sup 99m/Tc (T/sub 1/2/ = 6 h) and /sup 95m/Tc (T/sub 1/2/ = 61 days). Since the specific activities of /sup 99/Tc and Na/sup 99/TcO/sub 4/ are quite low (17 mCi/g and 9 mCi/g, respectively) and /sup 99/Tc is available in abundant supply, we have attempted to assess the relative radiation and chemical hazards that are associated with this radionuclide. The approach in this study was (1) to study the effect of chemical dose on the whole body retention of /sup 99/Tc sodium pertechnetate in rats and to relate these effects to the radiation dose and the ALI and (2) to compare the chemical toxicity of /sup 99/Tc sodium pertechnetate with the ALI at different chemical dose levels.

  19. Synthesis, Structure Elucidation, and Redox Properties of [superscript 99]Tc Complexes of Lacunary Wells-Dawson Polyoxometalates: Insights into Molecular [superscript 99]Tc-Metal Oxide Interactions

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    McGregor, Donna; Burton-Pye, Benjamin P.; Howell, Robertha C.; Mbomekalle, Israel M.; Lukens, Jr., Wayne W.; Bian, Fang; Mausolf, Edward; Poineau, Frederic; Czerwinski, Kenneth R.; Francesconi, Lynn C.

    2011-11-17

    The isotope {sup 99}Tc ({beta}{sub max}, 293.7; half-life, 2.1 x 10{sup 5} years) is an abundant product of uranium-235 fission in nuclear reactors and is present throughout the radioactive waste stored in underground tanks at the Hanford and Savannah River sites. Understanding and controlling the extensive redox chemistry of {sup 99}Tc is important in identifying tunable strategies to separate {sup 99}Tc from spent fuel and from waste tanks and, once separated, to identify and develop an appropriately stable waste form for {sup 99}Tc. Polyoxometalates (POMs), nanometer-sized models for metal oxide solid-state materials, are used in this study to provide a molecular level understanding of the speciation and redox chemistry of incorporated {sup 99}Tc. In this study, {sup 99}Tc complexes of the ({alpha}{sub 2}-P{sub 2}W{sub 17}O{sub 61}){sup 10-} and ({alpha}{sub 1}-P{sub 2}W{sub 17}O{sub 61}){sup 10-} isomers were prepared. Ethylene glycol was used as a 'transfer ligand' to minimize the formation of TcO{sub 2} {center_dot} xH{sub 2}O. The solution structures, formulations, and purity of TcVO({alpha}{sub 1}/{alpha}{sub 2}-P{sub 2}W{sub 17}O{sub 61}){sup 7-} were determined by multinuclear NMR. X-ray absorption spectroscopy of the complexes is in agreement with the formulation and structures determined from {sup 31}P and {sup 183}W NMR. Preliminary electrochemistry results are consistent with the EXAFS results, showing a facile reduction of the TcVO({alpha}{sub 1}-P{sub 2}W{sub 17}O{sub 61}){sup 7-} species compared to the TcVO({alpha}{sub 2}-P{sub 2}W{sub 17}O{sub 61}){sup 7-} analog. The {alpha}{sub 1} defect is unique in that a basic oxygen atom is positioned toward the {alpha}{sub 1} site, and the Tc{sup V}O center appears to form a dative metal-metal bond with a framework W site. These attributes may lead to the assistance of protonation events that facilitate reduction. Electrochemistry comparison shows that the ReV analogs are about 200 mV more difficult to reduce in accordance with periodic trends.

  20. Synthesis, structure elucidation, and redox properties of 99Tc complexes of lacunary Wells-Dawson polyoxometalates: insights into molecular 99Tc-metal oxide interactions.

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    McGregor, Donna; Burton-Pye, Benjamin P; Howell, Robertha C; Mbomekalle, Israel M; Lukens, Wayne W; Bian, Fang; Mausolf, Edward; Poineau, Frederic; Czerwinski, Kenneth R; Francesconi, Lynn C

    2011-03-01

    The isotope (99)Tc (?(max), 293.7; half-life, 2.1 10(5) years) is an abundant product of uranium-235 fission in nuclear reactors and is present throughout the radioactive waste stored in underground tanks at the Hanford and Savannah River sites. Understanding and controlling the extensive redox chemistry of (99)Tc is important in identifying tunable strategies to separate (99)Tc from spent fuel and from waste tanks and, once separated, to identify and develop an appropriately stable waste form for (99)Tc. Polyoxometalates (POMs), nanometer-sized models for metal oxide solid-state materials, are used in this study to provide a molecular level understanding of the speciation and redox chemistry of incorporated (99)Tc. In this study, (99)Tc complexes of the (?(2)-P(2)W(17)O(61))(10-) and (?(1)-P(2)W(17)O(61))(10-) isomers were prepared. Ethylene glycol was used as a "transfer ligand" to minimize the formation of TcO(2)xH(2)O. The solution structures, formulations, and purity of Tc(V)O(?(1)/?(2)-P(2)W(17)O(61))(7-) were determined by multinuclear NMR. X-ray absorption spectroscopy of the complexes is in agreement with the formulation and structures determined from (31)P and (183)W NMR. Preliminary electrochemistry results are consistent with the EXAFS results, showing a facile reduction of the Tc(V)O(?(1)-P(2)W(17)O(61))(7-) species compared to the Tc(V)O(?(2)-P(2)W(17)O(61))(7-) analog. The ?(1) defect is unique in that a basic oxygen atom is positioned toward the ?(1) site, and the Tc(V)O center appears to form a dative metal-metal bond with a framework W site. These attributes may lead to the assistance of protonation events that facilitate reduction. Electrochemistry comparison shows that the Re(V) analogs are about 200 mV more difficult to reduce in accordance with periodic trends. PMID:21268605

  1. Synthesis, structure elucidation and redox properties of 99Tc complexes of lacunary Wells Dawson polyoxometalates: insights into molecular 99Tc - metal oxide interactions

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    McGregor, Donna; Burton-Pye, Benjamin P.; Howell, Robertha C.; Mbomekalle, Israel M.; Lukens Jr, Wayne W.; Bian, Fang; Mausolf, Edward; Poineau, Frederic; Czerwinski, Kenneth R; Francesconi, Lynn C.

    2011-01-10

    The isotope 99Tc (beta max: 250 keV, half-life: 2 x 105 year) is an abundant product of uranium-235 fission in nuclear reactors and is present throughout the radioactive waste stored in underground tanks at Hanford and Savannah River. Understanding and controlling the extensive redox chemistry of 99Tc is important to identify tunable strategies to separate 99Tc from spent fuel and from waste tanks and once separated, to identify and develop an appropriately stable waste-form for 99Tc. Polyoxometalates (POMs), nanometer sized models for metal oxide solid-state materials, are used in this study to provide a molecular level understanding of the speciation and redox chemistry of incorporated 99Tc. In this study, 99Tc complexes of the (alpha 2-P2W17O61)10- and (alpha 1-P2W17O61)10- isomers were prepared. Ethylene glycol was used as a"transfer ligand" to minimize the formation of TcO2 cdot xH2O. The solution structures, formulations, and purity of TcVO(alpha 1/alpha 2-P2W17O61)7- were determined by multinuclear NMR. X-ray Absorption Spectroscopy of the complexes are in agreement with the formulation and structures determined from 31P and 183W NMR. Preliminary electrochemistry results are consistent with the EXAFS results, showing a facile reduction of the TcVO(alpha 1-P2W17O61)7- species compared to the TcVO(alpha 2-P2W17O61)7- analog. The alpha1- defect is unique in that a basic oxygen atom is positioned toward the alpha1- site and the TcVO center appears to form a dative metal-metal bond with a framework W site. These attributes may lead to the assistance of protonation events that facilitate reduction. Electrochemistry comparison shows that the ReV analogs are about 200 mV more difficult to reduce in accordance with periodic trends.

  2. Magnetic and thermal properties of high Tc superconductors

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    Lee, Wonchoon.

    1990-09-21

    Measurements of the normal state magnetic susceptibility {chi}(T) of YBa{sub 2}Cu{sub 3}O{sub 7}, Bi{sub 1.8}Pb{sub 0.2}Sr{sub 2}CaCu{sub 2}O{sub 8+{delta}}, and Bi{sub 2{minus}x}Pb{sub x}Sr{sub 2}Ca{sub 2}Cu{sub 3}O{sub 10+{delta}} (x = 0.2 and 0.25) were carried out. All {chi}(T) data show negative curvature below {approximately}2{Tc}. The data for YBa{sub 2}Cu{sub 3}O{sub 7} are in excellent agreement with a new calculation of the superconducting fluctuation diamagnetism. From the analysis, we infer s-wave pairing and microscopic parameters are obtained. For {chi}(T) of YBa{sub 2}Cu{sub 3}O{sub 7}, part of the negative curvature is inferred to arise from the normal state background. We find a strong temperature dependent anisotropy {delta}{chi} {equivalent to} {chi}{sub c} {minus} {chi}{sub ab} and estimate the normal state spin contributions to {chi}(T). The heat capacity C(T) of YBa{sub 2}Cu{sub 3}O{sub 7} is reported for 0.4 K < T < 400 K in zero and 70 kG magnetic fields. In addition to the feature associated with the onset of the superconductivity at {Tc}, two anomalies in C(T) were observed near 74 K and 330 K, with another possible anomaly near 102 K; the temperatures at which they occur correlate with anomalies in {chi}(T) and ultransonic measurements. The occurrence of the anomaly at {approx equal} 330 K is found to be sample-dependent. The influences of a magnetic field and the thermal and/or magnetic field treatment history dependence of a pellet sample on C(T), the entropy and the influence of superconducting fluctuations on C(T) near {Tc}, and the possible source of the observed intrinsic nonzero {gamma}(0) at low T are discussed.

  3. TcCYPR04, a Cacao Papain-Like Cysteine-Protease Detected in Senescent and Necrotic Tissues Interacts with a Cystatin TcCYS4

    PubMed Central

    Cardoso, Thyago Hermylly Santana; Freitas, Ana Camila Oliveira; Andrade, Bruno Silva; de Sousa, Aurizangela Oliveira; Santiago, André da Silva; Koop, Daniela Martins; Gramacho, Karina Peres; Alvim, Fátima Cerqueira; Micheli, Fabienne; Pirovani, Carlos Priminho

    2015-01-01

    The interaction amongst papain-like cysteine-proteases (PLCP) and their substrates and inhibitors, such as cystatins, can be perceived as part of the molecular battlefield in plant-pathogen interaction. In cacao, four cystatins were identified and characterized by our group. We identified 448 proteases in cacao genome, whereof 134 were cysteine-proteases. We expressed in Escherichia coli a PLCP from cacao, named TcCYSPR04. Immunoblottings with anti-TcCYSPR04 exhibited protein increases during leaf development. Additional isoforms of TcCYSPR04 appeared in senescent leaves and cacao tissues infected by Moniliophthora perniciosa during the transition from the biotrophic to the saprophytic phase. TcCYSPR04 was induced in the apoplastic fluid of Catongo and TSH1188 cacao genotypes, susceptible and resistant to M. perniciosa, respectively, but greater intensity and additional isoforms were observed in TSH1188. The fungal protein MpNEP induced PLCP isoform expression in tobacco leaves, according to the cross reaction with anti-TcCYSPR04. Several protein isoforms were detected at 72 hours after treatment with MpNEP. We captured an active PLCP from cacao tissues, using a recombinant cacao cystatin immobilized in CNBr-Sepharose. Mass spectrometry showed that this protein corresponds to TcCYSPR04. A homology modeling was obtained for both proteins. In order to become active, TcCYSPR04 needs to lose its inhibitory domain. Molecular docking showed the physical-chemical complementarities of the interaction between the cacao enzyme and its inhibitor. We propose that TcCYSPR04 and its interactions with cacao cystatins are involved in the senescence and necrosis events related to witches’ broom symptoms. This molecular interaction may be the target for future interventions to control witches' broom disease. PMID:26641247

  4. Examination of the peak in dICO/dlnt in weak-linked high Tc superconductors caused by trapped flux

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    Rezeq, Moh'd.; LeBlanc, M. A. R.

    2007-04-01

    Altshuler et al discovered that dICO/dlnt, the rate of increase of the critical current IC with time in polycrystalline high TC samples, traced a peak when measured versus HM, the amplitude of the sweep of the flux trapping magnetic field. We show that the sharp peak in dICO/dlnt which their model generates arises from a special feature of the formulae they use to describe IC versus HM. Pursuing an extension of these formulae, and exploiting a Brandt-Indenbom formula for the return field of the magnetized grains, we (i) reproduce observations of Altshuler et al, Batista-Leyva et al and a family of curves of dICO/dlnt reported by Cobas et al, and (ii) estimate the return fields. We also explore the peak structure of dICO/dlnt versus HM generated by using two well known empirical expressions for IC(H), and the Brandt-Indenbom formula.

  5. Reductive Sequestration Of Pertechnetate (99TcO4) By Nano Zerovalent Iron (nZVI) Transformed By Abiotic Sulfide

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    Fan, Dimin; Anitori, Roberto; Tebo, Bradley M.; Tratnyek, Paul G.; Lezama Pacheco, Juan S.; Kukkadapu, Ravi K.; Engelhard, Mark H.; Bowden, Mark E.; Kovarik, Libor; Arey, Bruce W.

    2013-04-24

    Under anoxic conditions, soluble 99TcO4 can be reduced to less soluble TcO2nH2O, but the oxide is highly susceptible to reoxidation. Here we investigate an alternative strategy for remediation of Tc-contaminated groundwater whereby sequestration as Tc sulfide is favored by sulfidic conditions stimulated by nano zero-valent iron (nZVI). nZVI was pre-exposed to increasing concentrations of sulfide in simulated Hanford groundwater for 24 hrs to mimic the stages of aquifer sulfate reduction and onset of biotic sulfidogenesis. Solid-phase characterizations of the sulfidated nZVI confirmed the formation of nanocrystalline FeS phases, but higher S/Fe ratios (>0.112) did not result in the formation of significantly more FeS. The kinetics of Tc sequestration by these materials showed faster Tc removal rates with increasing S/Fe between S/Fe = 00.056, but decreasing Tc removal rates with S/Fe > 0.224. The more favorable Tc removal kinetics at low S/Fe could be due to a higher affinity of TcO4 for FeS (over iron oxides), and electron microscopy confirmed that the majority of the Tc was associated with FeS phases. The inhibition of Tc removal at high S/Fe appears to have been caused by excess HS. X-ray absorption spectroscopy revealed that as S/Fe increased, Tc speciation shifted from TcO2nH2O to TcS2. The most substantial change of Tc speciation occurred at low S/Fe, coinciding with the rapid increase of Tc removal rate. This agreement further confirms the importance of FeS in Tc sequestration.

  6. (99)Tc(VII) Retardation, Reduction, and Redox Rate Scaling in Naturally Reduced Sediments.

    PubMed

    Liu, Yuanyuan; Liu, Chongxuan; Kukkadapu, Ravi K; McKinley, James P; Zachara, John; Plymale, Andrew E; Miller, Micah D; Varga, Tamas; Resch, Charles T

    2015-11-17

    An experimental and modeling study was conducted to investigate pertechnetate (Tc(VII)O4(-)) retardation, reduction, and rate scaling in three sediments from Ringold formation at U.S. Department of Energy's Hanford site, where (99)Tc is a major contaminant in groundwater. Tc(VII) was reduced in all the sediments in both batch reactors and diffusion columns, with a faster rate in a sediment containing a higher concentration of HCl-extractable Fe(II). Tc(VII) migration in the diffusion columns was reductively retarded with retardation degrees correlated with Tc(VII) reduction rates. The reduction rates were faster in the diffusion columns than those in the batch reactors, apparently influenced by the spatial distribution of redox-reactive minerals along transport paths that supplied Tc(VII). X-ray computed tomography and autoradiography were performed to identify the spatial locations of Tc(VII) reduction and transport paths in the sediments, and results generally confirmed the newly found behavior of reaction rate changes from batch to column. The results from this study implied that Tc(VII) migration can be reductively retarded at Hanford site with a retardation degree dependent on reactive Fe(II) content and its distribution in sediments. This study also demonstrated that an effective reaction rate may be faster in transport systems than that in well-mixed reactors. PMID:26469942

  7. 99Tc(VII) Retardation, Reduction, and Redox Rate Scaling in Naturally Reduced Sediments

    SciTech Connect

    Liu, Yuanyuan; Liu, Chongxuan; Kukkadapu, Ravi K.; McKinley, James P.; Zachara, John M.; Plymale, Andrew E.; Miller, Micah D.; Varga, Tamas; Resch, Charles T.

    2015-11-17

    Abstract: An experimental and modeling study was conducted to investigate pertechnetate (Tc(VII)) retardation, reduction, and rate scaling in three sediments from Ringold formation at U.S. Department of Energy’s Hanford site, where 99Tc is a major contaminant in groundwater. Tc(VII) was reduced in all the sediments in both batch reactors and diffusion columns, with a faster rate in a sediment containing a higher concentration of HCl-extractable Fe(II). Tc(VII) migration in the diffusion columns was reductively retarded with retardation degrees correlated with Tc(VII) reduction rates. The reduction rates were faster in the diffusion columns than those in the batch reactors, apparently influenced by the spatial distribution of redox-reactive minerals along transport paths that supplied Tc(VII). X-ray computed tomography and autoradiography were performed to identify the spatial locations of Tc(VII) reduction and transport paths in the sediments, and results generally confirmed the newly found behavior of reaction rate changes from batch to column. The results from this study implied that Tc(VII) migration can be reductively retarded at Hanford site with a retardation degree dependent on reactive Fe(II) content and its distribution in sediments. This study also demonstrated that an effective reaction rate may be faster in transport systems than that in well-mixed reactors.

  8. Abnormal focal 99mTc-DMSA uptake in the lung--report of two cases.

    PubMed

    Pirayesh, Elahe; Amoui, Mahasti; Halimi Asl, Ali Asghar; Assadi, Majid

    2014-01-01

    Extrarenal uptake of 99mTc-DMSA is a rare finding, which has been described in some unusual conditions as bone metastasis, aortic aneurysm and hemangioma. The purpose of this report is to present two cases of abnormal 99mTc-DMSA uptake in the lungs, which remained unexplained even after radiologic assessment. PMID:24610651

  9. Imaging endocarditis with Tc-99m-labeled antibody--an experimental study: concise communication

    SciTech Connect

    Wong, D.W.; Dhawan, V.K.; Tanaka, T.; Mishkin, F.S.; Reese, I.C.; Thadepalli, H.

    1982-03-01

    The sensitivity and specificity of Tc-99m-labeled antibacterial antibody (Tc-99m Ab) for detecting bacterial endocarditis were evaluated in an experimental model. Rabbit-produced antistaphylococcal antibody was extracted using Rivanol and chemically labeled with Tc-99m. This Tc-99m Ab was injected intravenously in New Zealand rabbits 24 hr after producing Staphylococcus aureus endocarditis of the aortic valve. Imaging and tissue analyses were performed on the following day. All 11 animals developed S. aureus aortic-valve vegetations and showed increased uptake of Tc-99m Ab at the aortic valve, 118 times higher than at the uninfected tricuspid valve. Although high hepatic radioactivity and anatomic uncertainties interfered with in vivo delineation of these lesions, images of the excised hearts showed all affected valves. Two rabbits inoculated with Escherichia coli did not develop endocarditis and had little uptake of Tc-99m Ab, while six rabbits with enterococcal endocarditis had no uptake of the Tc-99m Ab in their vegetations. The findings suggest potential value of Tc-99m Ab on the rapid diagnosis of endocarditis.

  10. The inducible costimulator augments Tc17 cell responses to self and tumor tissue

    PubMed Central

    Nelson, Michelle H.; Kundimi, Sreenath; Bowers, Jacob S.; Rogers, Carolyn E.; Huff, Logan W.; Schwartz, Kristina M.; Thyagarajan, Krishnamurthy; Little, Elizabeth C.; Mehrotra, Shikhar; Cole, David J.; Rubinstein, Mark P.; Paulos, Chrystal M.

    2014-01-01

    The inducible costimulator (ICOS) plays a key role in CD4+ Th17 cell development, but its role in CD8+ Tc17 cell development and self/tumor immunity remains unknown. We found that ICOS co-stimulation was important for the functional maintenance but not differentiation of Tc17 cells in vitro. Blocking the ICOS pathway using an antagonist antibody or by using mice genetically deficient in the ICOS ligand (ICOSL) reduced the antitumor activity of adoptively transferred Tc17 cells. Conversely, activating Tc17 cells with an ICOS agonist in vitro enhanced their capacity to eradicate melanoma and induce autoimmune vitiligo when infused into mice. However, ICOS stimulation did not augment the antitumor activity of IL-2 expanded T cells. Additional investigation revealed that ICOS stimulation not only increased IL-2Rα, CXCR3 and IL-23R expression on Tc17 cells, but also dampened their expression of suppressive molecule CD39. Although Tc17 cells activated with an ICOS agonist co-secreted heightened IL-17A, IL-9 and IFN-γ, their therapeutic effectiveness was critically dependent on IFN-γ production. Depletion of IL-17A and IL-9 had little impact of antitumor Tc17 cells activated with an ICOS agonist. Collectively, our work reveals that the ICOS pathway potentiates the antitumor activity of adoptively transferred Tc17 cells. This work has major implications for the design of vaccine, antibody and cell-based therapies for autoimmunity, infectious disease and cancer. PMID:25576595

  11. Comparison of the Relative Renal Function Calculated with 99mTc-Diethylenetriaminepentaacetic Acid and 99mTc-Dimercaptosuccinic Acid in Children

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    Çelik, Tanju; Yalçin, Hülya; Günay, Emel Ceylan; Özen, Aynur; Özer, Cahit

    2014-01-01

    The aim was to compare the relative renal functions measured with technetium-99m dimercaptosuccinic acid (99mTc-DMSA) and technetium-99m diethylenetriaminepentaacetic acid (99mTc-DTPA) in children with renal diseases. Relative renal function of 128 children who applied to three hospitals from 2009 to 2011 were analyzed retrospectively. The mean value measured with 99mTc-DTPA and 99mTc-DMSA were 51.58 ± 14.95 and 51.96 ± 14.99 for the right kidney, 47.87 ± 15.27 and 47.94 ± 15.17 for the left kidney, respectively. A significant positive correlation was found between the relative renal functions (r = 0.963, P < 0.001). In Bland-Altman plots, the mean difference between two methods was 0.7 and the correlation limits were between 10.1 and-10.8. As a result, although 99mTc-DMSA is accepted as the most reliable method for the determination of relative renal function, 99mTc-DTPA can be another choice for the calculation of relative renal function without a complementary DMSA scan particularly in pediatric patients who require renogram curve and GFR calculations. PMID:25538484

  12. Comparison of the Relative Renal Function Calculated with 99mTc-Diethylenetriaminepentaacetic Acid and 99mTc-Dimercaptosuccinic Acid in Children.

    PubMed

    Çelik, Tanju; Yalçin, Hülya; Günay, Emel Ceylan; Özen, Aynur; Özer, Cahit

    2014-09-01

    The aim was to compare the relative renal functions measured with technetium-99m dimercaptosuccinic acid (99mTc-DMSA) and technetium-99m diethylenetriaminepentaacetic acid (99mTc-DTPA) in children with renal diseases. Relative renal function of 128 children who applied to three hospitals from 2009 to 2011 were analyzed retrospectively. The mean value measured with 99mTc-DTPA and 99mTc-DMSA were 51.58 ± 14.95 and 51.96 ± 14.99 for the right kidney, 47.87 ± 15.27 and 47.94 ± 15.17 for the left kidney, respectively. A significant positive correlation was found between the relative renal functions (r = 0.963, P < 0.001). In Bland-Altman plots, the mean difference between two methods was 0.7 and the correlation limits were between 10.1 and-10.8. As a result, although 99mTc-DMSA is accepted as the most reliable method for the determination of relative renal function, 99mTc-DTPA can be another choice for the calculation of relative renal function without a complementary DMSA scan particularly in pediatric patients who require renogram curve and GFR calculations. PMID:25538484

  13. GPER-targeted, 99mTc-labeled, nonsteroidal ligands demonstrate selective tumor imaging and in vivo estrogen binding

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    Nayak, Tapan K.; Ramesh, Chinnasamy; Hathaway, Helen J.; Norenberg, Jeffrey P.; Arterburn, Jeffrey B.; Prossnitz, Eric R.

    2014-01-01

    Our understanding of estrogen (E2) receptor biology has evolved in recent years with the discovery and characterization of a 7-transmembrane-spanning G protein-coupled estrogen receptor (GPER1/GPER/GPR30) and the development of GPER-selective functional chemical probes. GPER is highly expressed in certain breast, endometrial and ovarian cancers, establishing the importance of non-invasive methods to evaluate GPER expression in vivo. Herein, we developed 99mTc-labeled GPER ligands to demonstrate the in vivo status of GPER as an estrogen receptor and for GPER visualization in whole animals. A series of 99mTc(I)-labeled non-steroidal tetrahydro-3H-cyclopenta[c]quinolone derivatives was synthesized utilizing pyridin-2-yl hydrazine and picolylamine chelates. Radioligand receptor binding studies revealed binding affinities in the 1030 nM range. Cell signaling assays previously demonstrated that derivatives retaining a ketone functionality displayed agonist properties whereas those lacking such a hydrogen bond acceptor were antagonists. In vivo biodistribution and imaging studies performed on mice bearing human endometrial and breast cancer cell xenografts yielded significant tumor uptake (0.41.1 %ID/g). Blocking studies revealed specific uptake in multiple organs (adrenals, uterus, mammary tissue) as well as tumor uptake with similar levels of competition by E2 and G-1, a GPER-selective agonist. In conclusion, we synthesized and evaluated a series of first generation 99mTc-labeled GPER-specific radioligands, demonstrating GPER as an estrogen-binding receptor for the first time in vivo using competitive binding principles, and establishing the utility of such ligands as tumor imaging agents. These results warrant further investigation into the role of GPER in estrogen-mediated carcinogenesis and as a target for diagnostic/therapeutic/ image-guided drug delivery. PMID:25030373

  14. Doping dependence of fluctuation diamagnetism in high Tc superconductors

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    Sarkar, Kingshuk; Banerjee, Sumilan; Mukerjee, Subroto; Ramakrishnan, T. V.

    2016-02-01

    Using a recently proposed Ginzburg-Landau-like lattice free energy functional due to Banerjee etal. (2011) we calculate the fluctuation diamagnetism of high-Tc superconductors as a function of doping, magnetic field and temperature. We analyse the pairing fluctuations above the superconducting transition temperature in the cuprates, ranging from the strong phase fluctuation dominated underdoped limit to the more conventional amplitude fluctuation dominated overdoped regime. We show that a model where the pairing scale increases and the superfluid density decreases with underdoping produces features of the observed magnetization in the pseudogap region, in good qualitative and reasonable quantitative agreement with the experimental data. In particular, we explicitly show that even when the pseudogap has a pairing origin the magnetization actually tracks the superconducting dome instead of the pseudogap temperature, as seen in experiment. We discuss the doping dependence of the 'onset' temperature for fluctuation diamagnetism and comment on the role of vortex core-energy in our model.

  15. GM=tc^3 in The Year of Light

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    Riofrio, Louise

    2015-08-01

    2015 is the International Year of Light. With the lack of evidence for primordial gravitational waves, light is an alternative to the darkness of untestable ideas. We may test a hypothesis GM=tc^3, where G is Newton's constant and M, t represent mass and age in the universe. This provides a precise fit to redshifts of Type Ia supernovae and explains the "Faint Young Sun" paradox of astrophysics. A 12-sigma anomaly in laser measurements of lunar orbital evolution can be predicted to 1/10 of a standard deviation, a precise test of theory. Starting in 2016, the Atomic Clock Ensemble in Space (ACES) aboard the International Space Station will search for anisotropies in the speed of light. Growing evidence may indicate a "c change" in physics.

  16. Doping dependence of fluctuation diamganetism in High Tc superconductors

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    Mukerjee, Subroto; Sarkar, Kingshuk; Banerjee, Sumilan; Ramakrishnan, T. V.

    2015-03-01

    Using a recently proposed Ginzburg-Landau-like energy functional due to, we calculate the fluctuation diamagnetism of high-Tc su- perconductors as a function of doping x in addition to the magnetic field H and temperature T by employing classical Monte-Carlo simulations. We explicitly show that the doping dependence of our diamagnetism results are in good qualitative agreement and reasonable quantitative agreement with experimental data. Our calculations show that a model where the pairing scale increases and superfluid density decreases with underdoping produces features of the observed magnetization in the pseudogap region. In particular we show that the magnetization tracks the superconducting dome instead of the pseudogap temperature as seen in experiment and also comment on the determination of doping dependence of the upper-critical field.

  17. Buffer layers for high-Tc thin films on sapphire

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    Wu, X. D.; Foltyn, S. R.; Muenchausen, R. E.; Cooke, D. W.; Pique, A.; Kalokitis, D.; Pendrick, V.; Belohoubek, E.

    1992-01-01

    Buffer layers of various oxides including CeO2 and yttrium-stabilized zirconia (YSZ) have been deposited on R-plane sapphire. The orientation and crystallinity of the layers were optimized to promote epitaxial growth of YBa2Cu3O(7-delta) (YBCO) thin films. An ion beam channeling minimum yield of about 3 percent was obtained in the CeO2 layer on sapphire, indicating excellent crystallinity of the buffer layer. Among the buffer materials used, CeO2 was found to be the best one for YBCO thin films on R-plane sapphire. High Tc and Jc were obtained in YBCO thin films on sapphire with buffer layers. Surface resistances of the YBCO films were about 4 mOmega at 77 K and 25 GHz.

  18. Dynamic lattice distortions in high-Tc cuprates

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    Sakai, T.; Poilblanc, D.

    2001-02-01

    The effect of the dynamic vibrations of the in-plane oxygen atoms on the hole pairing and charge ordering in the high-Tc cuprates is investigated based on generalized 2D t-J Holstein models. In-plane (breathing) and out-of-plane (buckling) vibrational modes are considered. The exact diagonalization of the finite clusters revealed that the buckling vibrations stabilize the d-wave hole pairing, while the breathing ones suppress it. It is also found that the breathing modes possibly play an important role in some static order formations, while the buckling ones yield no effect. In addition we discuss on the polaron states with some phonon-dressed hole operators.

  19. Modified gradiometer technique applied to Double Star (TC-1)

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    Georgescu, E.; Auster, H. U.; Takada, T.; Gloag, J.; Eichelberger, H.; Fornaon, K.-H.; Brown, P.; Carr, C. M.; Zhang, T. L.

    On TC-1 (Tan Ce 1), the equatorial spacecraft of the Double Star mission, a strong spin-synchronized magnetic interference from the solar panels was observed. In-flight correction techniques for spinning spacecraft that are based on minimizing spin tones in the spin-aligned component and in the magnitude of the ambient magnetic field are therefore not possible in this case. However, due to the fortunate situation that the spacecraft carries two flux-gate magnetometers on the same boom (at 0.5 m distance from each other), the spacecraft field effects could be removed from the spin-averaged data to achieve 0.2 nT relative accuracy, by using a gradiometer technique. Methodology and results are presented. The obtained accuracy allows the use of the data in multi-spacecraft studies together with the Cluster satellites.

  20. Superfluid and normal fluid density in high- Tc superconductors

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    Tanner, D. B.; Liu, H. L.; Quijada, M. A.; Zibold, A. M.; Berger, H.; Kelley, R. J.; Onellion, M.; Chou, F. C.; Johnston, D. C.; Rice, J. P.; Ginsberg, D. M.; Markert, J. T.

    1998-01-01

    The electronic properties of the cuprate superconductors have been studied by measuring the reflectance over the frequency range from the far-infrared to the near-ultraviolet(roughly, 10 meV-5 eV). There is an interesting behavior in both the normal state and the superconducting state. In the normal state, there is the well-known non-Drude distribution of the doping-induced spectral weight. In the superconducting state, the spectral weight of the superconducting condensate correlates with Tc in a variety of materials. Remarkably, in optimally doped superconductors, only about 20% of the doping-induced carriers joins the superfluid; the rest of the spectral weight remains at finite frequencies.

  1. High Tc superfluids in the vicinity of a Feshbach resonance

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    Avdeenkov, Alexander; Bohn, John L.

    2004-05-01

    We investigate two-component trapped Fermi gases in the superfluid phase. Experimental achievement of resonance condensation of fermionic pairs [1] implies a BCS-BEC crossover regime for such superfluids. In analogy with high Tc superconductors the coherence length should be the natural variable for describing evolution from weak- to strong- coupling superfluidity [2]. We therefore analyze the dependence of the crossover regime on the product kF ksi of the Fermi wave vector and the coherence length. We calculate the momentum distribution for different trap aspect ratios and at differnt temperatutes. We estimate the number of fermionic pairs and their dependence on detuning from the Feshbach resonance. [1] C.A.Regal, M.Greiner and D.S.Jin 2004 Phys.Rev.Lett.92, 040403 [2]F.Pistolesi, G.C.Strinati 1994 Phys.Rev.B 49, 6356

  2. Heterogeneous Reduction of Tc(VII) by Fe(II) at the Solid-Water Interface

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    Peretyazhko, Tetyana; Zachara, John M.; Heald, Steve M.; Jeon, Byong Hun; Kukkadapu, Ravi K.; Liu, Chongxuan; Moore, Dean A.; Resch, Charles T.

    2008-03-15

    Technetium-99 is a byproduct of uranium fission. It exists in two stable valence states (IV/VII) and exhibits a half-cell potential of intermediate value (Eo = 0.748 V). The oxidized form of 99Tc [pertechnetate, TcO4-] is an oxyanion that sorbs poorly to amphoteric surfaces and forms few solid phases with geochemically relevant cations. It is consequently highly mobile in oxic water-rock systems. The reduced valence state [Tc(IV)] is relatively insoluble (<10-8 mol L-1), and, hence immobile as an oxyhydroxide precipitate [TcO2•nH2O(s)]. In spite of favorable thermodynamics, Tc(VII) reacts slowly with Fe2+(aq) under anoxic conditions. Experiments were performed herein to investigate the rates and products of heterogeneous reduction of Tc(VII) by Fe(II) sorbed to hematite and goethite, and by structural Fe(II) in a dithionite-citrate-bicarbonate (DCB) reduced natural phyllosilicate mixture containing vermiculite, illite, and muscovite. The heterogeneous reduction of Tc(VII) by Fe(II) sorbed to the Fe(III) oxides increased with increasing pH and was coincident with a second event of Fe2+(aq) adsorption. The reaction was almost instantaneous above pH 7. In contrast, the reduction rates of Tc(VII) by structural Fe(II) in the DCB-reduced phyllollsilicates, were not sensitive to pH or the concentration of ion-exchangeable Fe(II), and were orders of magnitude slower than observed for the Fe(III) oxides. Tc-EXAFS spectroscopy revealed that the reduction products were virtually identical on hematite and goethite that were comprised primarily of sorbed octahedral TcO2 monomers and dimers with significant Fe(III) in the second coordination shell. The nature of heterogeneous Fe(III) resulting from the redox reaction was ambiguous as probed by Tc-EXAFS spectroscopy, although Mössbauer spectroscopy applied to an experiment with 56Fe-goethite with adsorbed 57Fe(II) implied that redox product Fe(III) was goethite-like. The Tc(IV) reduction product formed on the DCB-reduced phyllosilicates was different from the Fe(III) oxides, and was more similar to Tc(IV) oxyhydroxide in its second coordination shell. The heterogeneous reduction of Tc(VII) to less soluble forms by sorbed and structural Fe(II) in anoxic environments may be a very important geochemical process that will proceed at very different rates and that will yield different surface species depending subsurface pH and mineralogy.

  3. The uptake of TcO-4 by plants: A mathematical description

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    Van Loon, L.R.; Desmet, G.M.; Cremers, A. )

    1989-08-01

    A model describing the uptake of TcO-4 by spinach plants was developed. The equation relates both plant and soil parameters (e.g., growth, metabolism, concentration of TcO-4 and composition of the growth medium) to the concentration of Tc in the shoot of the plant. As the soil solution is the medium from which plants obtain nutrients and non-nutrients, the modeling parameters have been obtained from uptake experiments using nutrient solutions (= simulated soil solutions) as the growth medium. Two important model assumptions are: (1) that an equilibrium exists between TcO-4 in the plant and the growth medium and (2) that the leaf TcO-4 metabolism is a pseudofirst order reaction occurring in a non-constant volume.

  4. Passport, a native Tc1 transposon from flatfish, is functionally active in vertebrate cells

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    Clark, Karl J.; Carlson, Daniel F.; Leaver, Michael J.; Foster, Linda K.; Fahrenkrug, Scott C.

    2009-01-01

    The Tc1/mariner family of DNA transposons is widespread across fungal, plant and animal kingdoms, and thought to contribute to the evolution of their host genomes. To date, an active Tc1 transposon has not been identified within the native genome of a vertebrate. We demonstrate that Passport, a native transposon isolated from a fish (Pleuronectes platessa), is active in a variety of vertebrate cells. In transposition assays, we found that the Passport transposon system improved stable cellular transgenesis by 40-fold, has an apparent preference for insertion into genes, and is subject to overproduction inhibition like other Tc1 elements. Passport represents the first vertebrate Tc1 element described as both natively intact and functionally active, and given its restricted phylogenetic distribution, may be contemporaneously active. The Passport transposon system thus complements the available genetic tools for the manipulation of vertebrate genomes, and may provide a unique system for studying the infiltration of vertebrate genomes by Tc1 elements. PMID:19136468

  5. Clearance of Tc-99m DTPA in hemodialysis and peritoneal dialysis: concise communication

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    Wainer, E.; Boner, G.; Lubin, E.; Rosenfeld, J.B.

    1981-09-01

    The clearance of Tc-99m DTPA was studied in 14 patients undergoing hemodialysis (HD) or peritoneal dialysis (PD). Mean Tc-99m DTPA clearance during HD was 37.8% +/- 10.1 of creatinine clearance. Mean Tc-99m DTPA clearance in PD was 65.1% +/- 10.3 of creatinine clearance. Tc-99m DTPA, with a larger molecular weight than that of creatinine, is cleared relatively better during PD than during HD. Thus Tc-99m DTPA may be used in the assessment of the effectiveness of different dialytic treatments for substances of similar molecular weight. In addition, our study shows that clearance of DTPA both in HD and PD is sufficiently high to allow the removal of this chelating agent in patients with renal failure.

  6. Dynamics of an Ising ferromagnet at T<= Tc from the droplet model approach

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    Shneidman, Vitaly A.

    1992-11-01

    We consider a Fokker-Planck type kinetic equation for the cluster distribution, similar to the one used in nucleation theory. From the asymptotic solution of this equation at T < Tc we show that transition to equilibrium takes place through propagation of a shock-wave in the space of cluster sizes. This leads to a stretched-exponential magnetization time-dependence. At T = Tc an exact solution to the kinetic equation is derived. The results are compared to simulation data by Stauffer and Kertesz for cluster population in a 2D Ising ferromagnet driven by Glauber dynamics. While for T < Tc analytic and computer results correspond to each other with very few matching parameters, at T = Tc a strong deviation is observed which could mean the necessity of generalization of the kinetic equation. Inherent limitations of the droplet model which may be important even below Tc are also discussed.

  7. Temperature evolution of correlation strength in the superconducting state of high-Tc cuprates

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    Kudo, S.; Yoshida, T.; Ideta, S.; Takashima, K.; Anzai, H.; Fujita, T.; Nakashima, Y.; Ino, A.; Arita, M.; Namatame, H.; Taniguchi, M.; Kojima, K. M.; Uchida, S.; Fujimori, A.

    2015-11-01

    We have performed an angle-resolved photoemission study of the nodal quasiparticle spectra of the high-Tc cuprate trilayer Bi2Sr2Ca2Cu3O10 +? (Tc110 K). The spectral weight Z of the nodal quasiparticle increases with decreasing temperature across Tc. Such a temperature dependence is qualitatively similar to that of the coherence peak intensity in the antinodal region of various high-Tc cuprates, although the nodal spectral weight remains finite and large above Tc. We attribute this observation to the reduction of electron correlation strength in going from the normal metallic state to the superconducting state, a characteristic behavior of a superconductor with strong electron correlation.

  8. The recovery of asteroid 2008 TC[subscript 3

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    Shaddad, Muawia H.; Jenniskens, Peter; Numan, Diyaa; Kudoda, Ayman M.; Elsir, Saadia; Riyad, Ihab F.; Ali, Awad Elkareem; Alameen, Mohammed; Alameen, Nada M.; Eid, Omer; Osman, Ahmed T.; AbuBaker, Mohamed I.; Yousif, Mohamed; Chesley, Steven R.; Chodas, Paul W.; Albers, Jim; Edwards, Wayne N.; Brown, Peter G.; Kuiper, Jacob; Friedrich, Jon M.

    2011-09-06

    On October 7, 2008, asteroid 2008 TC{sub 3} impacted Earth and fragmented at 37 km altitude above the Nubian Desert in northern Sudan. The area surrounding the asteroid's approach path was searched, resulting in the first recovery of meteorites from an asteroid observed in space. This was also the first recovery of remains from a fragile 'cometary' PE = IIIa/b type fireball. In subsequent searches, over 600 mostly small 0.2-379 g meteorites (named 'Almahata Sitta') with a total mass 10.7 kg were recovered from a 30 x 7 km area. Meteorites fell along the track at 1.3 kg km{sup -1}, nearly independent of mass between 1 and 400 g, with a total fallen mass of 39 {+-} 6 kg. The strewn field was shifted nearly 1.8 km south from the calculated approach path. The influence of winds on the distribution of the meteorites, and on the motion of the dust train, is investigated. The majority of meteorites are ureilites with densities around 2.8 g cm{sup -3}, some of an anomalous (porous, high in carbon) polymict ureilite variety with densities as low as 1.5 g cm{sup -3}. In addition, an estimated 20-30% (in mass) of recovered meteorites were ordinary, enstatite, and carbonaceous chondrites. Their fresh look and matching distribution of fragments in the strewn field imply that they were part of 2008 TC{sub 3}. For that reason, they are all referred to as 'Almahata Sitta.' No ureilite meteorites were found that still held foreign clasts, suggesting that the asteroid's clasts were only loosely bound.

  9. Submillimeter residual losses in high-{Tc} superconductors

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    Miller, D.

    1993-09-01

    Bolometry was used obtain accurate submillimeter residual loss data for epitaxial films of YBa{sub 2}Cu{sub 3}O{sub 7} (YBCO), Tl{sub 2}Ca{sub 2}Ba{sub 2}Cu{sub 3}O{sub 10}, Tl{sub 2}CaBa{sub 2}Cu{sub 2}O{sub 8} (TCBCO), and Ba{sub 0.6}K{sub 0.4}BiO{sub 3} (BKBO). We were able to fit the absorptivity measured for Nb films to an Eliashberg strong coupling calculation; excellent agreement resulted between parameters from best fits and measured Residual Resistivity Ratio. Microwave surface resistance measurements made on the same YBCO and TCBCO films are in excellent agreement with submillimeter measurements. Absorptivities for all YBCO films studied are qualitatively similar, increasing smoothly with frequency, with no gap-like features below the well known absorption edge at 450 cm{sup {minus}1}. Losses in YBCO films were fit to a weakly coupled grain model for the a-b plane conductivity. Strong phonon structure was observed in TCBCO films between 60 and 700 cm{sup {minus}1} (2 THz and 23 THz); these losses could not be fitted to the simple weakly coupled grain model, in contrast to the case for other high-{Tc} superconductors where phonon structure observed in ceramics are is absent in epitaxial oriented films and crystals because of electronic screening due to high conductivity of a-b planes. Absorptivity data for the BKBO films all show a strong absorption onset near the BCS tunneling gap of 3.5 k{sub B}{Tc}. Comparison with strong coupling Eliashberg predictions and of a Kramers-Kronig analysis indicate that the absorption onset is consistent with a superconducting energy gap. Effects of magnetic field on residual losses in YBCO films show a resonant absorption feature in vicinity of predicted

  10. ESR studies on high- Tc superconductor MgB 2

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    Kseo?lu, Y.; Akta?, B.; Yildiz, F.; Kim, D. K.; Toprak, M.; Muhammed, M.

    2003-07-01

    MgB 2, a high- Tc superconductor, has been studied by electron spin resonance (ESR) techniques at the temperature range of 7-300 K. Polycrystalline powders consisting of MgB 2, MgO and MgB 4 phases were diluted and oriented in paraffin by applying an external magnetic field of 15 kG. A very narrow (2.5 G), strong, and isotropic signal that corresponded to almost free electron g-values was observed at all temperatures. Both the signal intensity and line width were observed to exhibit strong temperature dependence below Tc. The intensity of the ESR spectra, which corresponds to dc susceptibility, generally obeys the Curie law in this temperature range. However, some critical temperatures (approximately 215, 190, 150, and 39 K) were evident from both intensity and line width curves. While the ESR line is strongly broadened, the signal intensity significantly start to increase just below T=39 K (corresponding to a transition temperature from normal to superconducting state), passes through a broad maximum around 30 K and then shows a sharp decrease as the temperature is decreased further. The origins of the minor changes both in the intensity and the line width curves at other (higher) critical temperatures are not clear yet. In fact, the change at 215 K was observed to be meta-stable. These minor changes might be taken as signs for changes of local crystalline field symmetry around weakly localized conduction electrons or holes, which are the sources of the ESR signal.

  11. Use of diethyl-IDA Tc 99m clearance curves in the differentiation of biliary atresia from other forms of neonatal jaundice

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    Leonard, J.C.; Hitch, D.C.; Manion, C.V.

    1982-03-01

    A family of isotope elimination curves that reflects changes in the biodistribution of diethyl-IDA Tc 99m in neonatal cholestatic jaundice and biliary atresia is defined. Time/activity curves generated from equal areas over the heart and liver were evaluated separately and in conjunction with the scintigraphic data. Patients without scintigraphic evidence of significant hepatic uptake and with hepatic curve that resembled the cardiac curve were found to have neonatal hepatitis. Good hepatic uptake and a hepatic curve with a terminal portion that appeared to be parallel to or divergent from the cardiac curve were associated with biliary atresia. Apparently converging hepatic and cardiac curves were associated with biliary patency. Although preliminary, these results provide further documentation that diethyl-IDA Tc 99m is useful in discriminating biliary atresia from other causes of cholestatic jaundic, while reducing radiation exposure and the need for pharmacologic intervention.

  12. The use of diethyl-IDA Tc 99m clearance curves in the differentiation of biliary atresia from other forms of neonatal jaundice

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    Leonard, J.C.; Hitch, D.C.; Manion, C.V.

    1982-03-01

    A family of isotope elimination curves that reflects changes in the biodistribution of diethyl-IDA Tc 99m in neonatal cholestatic jaundice and biliary atresia is defined. Time/activity curves generated from equal areas over the heart and liver were evaluated separately and in conjunction with the scintigraphic data. Patients without scintigraphic evidence of significant hepatic uptake and with a hepatic curve that resembled the cardiac curve were found to have neonatal hepatitis. Good hepatic uptake and a hepatic curve with a terminal portion that appeared to be parallel to or divergent from the cardiac curve were associated with biliary atresia. Apparently converging hepatic and cardiac curves were associated with biliary patency. Although preliminary, these results provide further documentation that diethyl-IDA Tc 99m is useful in discriminating biliary atresia from other causes of cholestatic jaundice, while reducing radiation exposure and the need for pharmacologic intervention.

  13. Relationship between SST in the equatorial Eastern Pacific and TC frequency that affects Korea

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    Choi, Ki-Seon; Cha, Yu-Mi; Kang, Sung-Dae; Kim, Hae-Dong

    2015-07-01

    This study analyzed that there was a strong negative correlation between sea surface temperature (SST) in the equatorial Eastern Pacific and tropical cyclone (TC) frequency that affects Korea in summer season in 1951 to 2012. Then, 12 years that had the highest region-averaged SST values in the equatorial Eastern Pacific (warm SST years) and 12 years that had the lowest SST values (cold SST years) were selected, followed by analyzing average difference between two groups to identify any causes of possible correlation between SST in the equatorial Eastern Pacific and TC frequency. In the warm SST years, not only TC frequency that affected Korea but also TC genesis frequency was low, as well as TC intensity. A difference of 500 and 850 hPa streamlines between two groups showed that anomalous northwesterlies were strengthened in Korea due to anomalous cyclonic circulations developed in the mid-latitude region in East Asia, so that such anomalous steering flows played a role in preventing TCs from moving to Korea. Furthermore, anomalous anticyclonic circulations were strengthened in the east of Taiwan, which was related to weakening of the monsoon trough, thereby causing lowering TC genesis frequency in the warm SST years. In addition, as anomalous cyclonic circulations were strengthened in the southeast quadrant of the tropical and subtropical western North Pacific, it created high TC genesis frequency in the sea in the warm SST years. Low TC frequency, low TC genesis frequency, and low TC intensity that affected Korea in the warm SST years were clearly seen by the analysis of differences between two groups with respect to 500 and 850 hPa air temperature, 600 hPa relative humidity, precipitable water, 200-850 hPa vertical wind shear, and sea surface temperature.

  14. Synthesis, characterization, and biological evaluation of new biotinylated (99m) Tc/Re-tricarbonyl complexes.

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    Makris, George; Papagiannopoulou, Dionysia

    2016-03-01

    The synthesis and biological evaluation of three new biotinylated fac-[(99m) Tc/Re(CO)3 ](+) complexes with the tridentate ligands L1, L2, and L3 are reported. L1-L3 contain the chelators 2-((5-aminopentyl)(pyridin-2-ylmethyl)amino)acetic acid, 2-(2-aminoethylthio)-3-(1H-imidazol-4-yl)propanoic acid, and 2-amino-3-(1-carboxy-2-(1H-imidazol-4-yl)ethylthio)propanoic acid, respectively, which are conjugated to biotin's carboxylate via their amine group. The fac-[Re(CO)3 (L1-L3)] complexes were synthesized and characterized by NMR and IR, where the (N,N,O) coordination for ReL1 and the (N,S,O) coordination for ReL2 and ReL3 were confirmed. The tracer complexes fac-[(99m) Tc(CO)3 (L1-L3)] were synthesized in high yield and were found highly stable in 10(-3)  M l-histidine and l-cysteine over 24 h. Furthermore, they exhibited high binding affinity (>90%) for avidin. Rat plasma studies showed complete cleavage of biotin from (99m) TcL1 after 1 h and a low percentage of intact (99m) TcL2 and (99m) TcL3 with no biotin cleavage metabolites present, over 24 h. Similarly, rat urine analysis showed the presence of intact (99m) TcL2 and (99m) TcL3, while (99m) TcL1 was cleaved. Biodistribution studies of (99m) TcL2 and (99m) TcL3 revealed fast blood and tissue clearance. PMID:26817576

  15. Synopsis of French experimental and in situ research on the terrestrial and marine behavior of Tc

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    Masson, M.; Patti, F.; Colle, C.; Roucoux, P.; Grauby, A.; Saas, A. )

    1989-08-01

    Terrestrial environment studies have been essentially concerned with the evolution of soil deposition and soil-plant transfers. Experimentally determined coefficients of distribution in soils are low: 60-80% of Tc remains hydrosoluble during the first months. Technetium emissions resulting from microbiological activity have been quantified. Antagonistic effects on Mo and Tc retention by soils are dependent on their respective concentrations. Four areas of soil-plant transfers have been studied: (1) root absorption kinetics relative to deposition of Tc, (2) interaction of stable Mo (environmental parameter) with the transfer of Tc to plants, (3) interaction of some long-lived radioisotopes (effluent parameters) with the transfer of Tc to plants, and (4) long-term soil-plant transfer and aging of deposited material. Of aquatic systems, only the marine environment has been studied. Under anoxic conditions in the presence of reducing sediments, the distribution coefficients (Kd) were very high (10(3)). Concentration factors (CF) from water to organisms were generally very low (1 to 10); however, CF greater than 1000 have been observed for some biota such as macrophytic brown algae, worms and lobsters. Biochemical analysis showed that Tc was essentially free and partially bonded to proteins. The transfer factors between sediments and species were very low (TF less than 0.5). The biological half-time was determined in some marine organisms that had accumulated Tc from water, food or sediments; the loss is biphasic. Uptake in edible parts was low. The physiochemical form affects the accumulation and loss of Tc. Analyses have quantified 99Tc in marine fauna and biota in the English Channel in relation with releases of the reprocessing plant of La Hague. Brown algae are the best bioindicators for following 99Tc dispersion in marine ecosystems. 24 references.

  16. Synopsis of French experimental and in situ research on the terrestrial and marine behavior of Tc.

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    Masson, M; Patti, F; Colle, C; Roucoux, P; Grauby, A; Saas, A

    1989-08-01

    Terrestrial environment studies have been essentially concerned with the evolution of soil deposition and soil-plant transfers. Experimentally determined coefficients of distribution in soils are low: 60-80% of Tc remains hydrosoluble during the first months. Technetium emissions resulting from microbiological activity have been quantified. Antagonistic effects on Mo and Tc retention by soils are dependent on their respective concentrations. Four areas of soil-plant transfers have been studied: 1) root absorption kinetics relative to deposition of Tc, 2) interaction of stable Mo (environmental parameter) with the transfer of Tc to plants, 3) interaction of some long-lived radioisotopes (effluent parameters) with the transfer of Tc to plants, and 4) long-term soil-plant transfer and aging of deposited material. Of aquatic systems, only the marine environment has been studied. Under anoxic conditions in the presence of reducing sediments, the distribution coefficients (Kd) were very high (10(3)). Concentration factors (CF) from water to organisms were generally very low (1 to 10); however, CF greater than 1000 have been observed for some biota such as macrophytic brown algae, worms and lobsters. Biochemical analysis showed that Tc was essentially free and partially bonded to proteins. The transfer factors between sediments and species were very low (TF less than 0.5). The biological half-time was determined in some marine organisms that had accumulated Tc from water, food or sediments; the loss is biphasic. Uptake in edible parts was low. The physiochemical form affects the accumulation and loss of Tc. Analyses have quantified 99Tc in marine fauna and biota in the English Channel in relation with releases of the reprocessing plant of La Hague. Brown algae are the best bioindicators for following 99Tc dispersion in marine ecosystems. PMID:2668233

  17. Bioaccumulation and distribution of /sup 95m/Tc in an experimental freshwater pond

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    Blaylock, B.G.; Frank, M.L.

    1981-01-01

    An acute release of /sup 95m/Tc was made to a small experimental freshwater pond to determine the behavior of technetium in a freshwater ecosystem. The objectives of the study were (1) to determine the distribution of /sup 95m/Tc in the components of the ecosystem and (2) to determine the concentration in freshwater biota. Prior to the release of /sup 95m/Tc, the pond was stocked with aquatic macrophytes, fish, and invertebrates. All components of the pond were sampled for a period of 37 d. Analyses of filtered and unfiltered water samples showed that /sup 95m/Tc did not sorb significantly to particulates suspended in the water but remained dissolved. Sediments accumulated /sup 95m/Tc slowly as the experiment progressed. In the biota, periphyton accumulated /sup 95m/Tc rapidly, reaching the highest concentration (3482 dpm/g dry wt) 4 h after the release and maintaining a relatively high concentration throughout the experiment. Fish and invertebrates accumulated /sup 95m/Tc gradually. Elimination studies and tissue analyses showed that a large percentage of the body burden was in the digestive system of all fish, suggesting that fish were accumulating /sup 95m/Tc through the food chain. Biological half-lives determined from elimination studies for carp (Cyprinus carpio), mosquitofish (Gambusia affinis), and snails (Helisoma sp.) were 2.5, 4.3, and 21.3 d, respectively. Calculated concentration factors for the same species were 11 for carp, 75 for mosquito fish, and 121 for snails. The estimated size of the biomass components in the ecosystem in descending order were: periphyton, macrophytes, invertebrates, fish, and algae. Based on biomass estimates and concentrations of the /sup 95m/Tc in the aquatic biota, approximately 1% of the /sup 95m/Tc accumulated in the biota.

  18. Noninvasive imaging of radiolabeled exosome-mimetic nanovesicle using 99mTc-HMPAO

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    Hwang, Do Won; Choi, Hongyoon; Jang, Su Chul; Yoo, Min Young; Park, Ji Yong; Choi, Na Eun; Oh, Hyun Jeong; Ha, Seunggyun; Lee, Yun-Sang; Jeong, Jae Min; Gho, Yong Song; Lee, Dong Soo

    2015-01-01

    Exosomes known as nano-sized extracellular vesicles attracted recent interests due to their potential usefulness in drug delivery. Amid remarkable advances in biomedical applications of exosomes, it is crucial to understand in vivo distribution and behavior of exosomes. Here, we developed a simple method for radiolabeling of macrophage-derived exosome-mimetic nanovesicles (ENVs) with 99mTc-HMPAO under physiologic conditions and monitored in vivo distribution of 99mTc-HMPAO-ENVs using SPECT/CT in living mice. ENVs were produced from the mouse RAW264.7 macrophage cell line and labeled with 99mTc-HMPAO for 1 hr incubation, followed by removal of free 99mTc-HMPAO. SPECT/CT images were serially acquired after intravenous injection to BALB/c mouse. When ENVs were labeled with 99mTc-HMPAO, the radiochemical purity of 99mTc-HMPAO-ENVs was higher than 90% and the expression of exosome specific protein (CD63) did not change in 99mTc-HMPAO-ENVs. 99mTc-HMPAO-ENVs showed high serum stability (90%) which was similar to that in phosphate buffered saline until 5 hr. SPECT/CT images of the mice injected with 99mTc-HMPAO-ENVs exhibited higher uptake in liver and no uptake in brain, whereas mice injected with 99mTc-HMPAO showed high brain uptake until 5 hr. Our noninvasive imaging of radiolabeled-ENVs promises better understanding of the in vivo behavior of exosomes for upcoming biomedical application. PMID:26497063

  19. Incorporation and retention of 99-Tc(IV) in magnetite under high pH conditions.

    PubMed

    Marshall, Timothy A; Morris, Katherine; Law, Gareth T W; Mosselmans, J Frederick W; Bots, Pieter; Parry, Stephen A; Shaw, Samuel

    2014-10-21

    Technetium incorporation into magnetite and its behavior during subsequent oxidation has been investigated at high pH to determine the technetium retention mechanism(s) on formation and oxidative perturbation of magnetite in systems relevant to radioactive waste disposal. Ferrihydrite was exposed to Tc(VII)(aq) containing cement leachates (pH 10.5-13.1), and crystallization of magnetite was induced via addition of Fe(II)aq. A combination of X-ray diffraction (XRD), chemical extraction, and X-ray absorption spectroscopy (XAS) techniques provided direct evidence that Tc(VII) was reduced and incorporated into the magnetite structure. Subsequent air oxidation of the magnetite particles for up to 152 days resulted in only limited remobilization of the incorporated Tc(IV). Analysis of both X-ray absorption near edge structure (XANES) and extended X-ray absorption fine structure (EXAFS) data indicated that the Tc(IV) was predominantly incorporated into the magnetite octahedral site in all systems studied. On reoxidation in air, the incorporated Tc(IV) was recalcitrant to oxidative dissolution with less than 40% remobilization to solution despite significant oxidation of the magnetite to maghemite/goethite: All solid associated Tc remained as Tc(IV). The results of this study provide the first direct evidence for significant Tc(IV) incorporation into the magnetite structure and confirm that magnetite incorporated Tc(IV) is recalcitrant to oxidative dissolution. Immobilization of Tc(VII) by reduction and incorporation into magnetite at high pH and with significant stability upon reoxidation has clear and important implications for limiting technetium migration under conditions where magnetite is formed including in geological disposal of radioactive wastes. PMID:25236360

  20. Reverse discordant behavior and progressive filling of a cold nodule on Tc-99m pertechnetate thyroid imaging

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    Huot, D.; Ton-That, Q.T.; Le Bel, L.; Carrier, L.; Picard, M. )

    1990-01-01

    The authors report on a patient with reverse discordant behavior between Tc-99m pertechnetate and I-131 associated with progressive filling of a cold nodule on the Tc-99m pertechnetate thyroid scan. Possible mechanisms are discussed.

  1. Jasmonate-responsive expression of paclitaxel biosynthesis genes in Taxus cuspidata cultured cells is negatively regulated by the bHLH transcription factors TcJAMYC1, TcJAMYC2, and TcJAMYC4

    PubMed Central

    Lenka, Sangram K.; Nims, N. Ezekiel; Vongpaseuth, Kham; Boshar, Rosemary A.; Roberts, Susan C.; Walker, Elsbeth L.

    2015-01-01

    Taxus cell suspension culture is a sustainable technology for the industrial production of paclitaxel (Taxol®), a highly modified diterpene anti-cancer agent. The methyl jasmonate (MJ)-mediated paclitaxel biosynthetic pathway is not fully characterized, making metabolic engineering efforts difficult. Here, promoters of seven genes (TASY, T5αH, DBAT, DBBT, PAM, BAPT, and DBTNBT), encoding enzymes of the paclitaxel biosynthetic pathway were isolated and used to drive MJ-inducible expression of a GUS reporter construct in transiently transformed Taxus cells, showing that elicitation of paclitaxel production by MJ is regulated at least in part at the level of transcription. The paclitaxel biosynthetic pathway promoters contained a large number of E-box sites (CANNTG), similar to the binding sites for the key MJ-inducible transcription factor AtMYC2 from Arabidopsis thaliana. Three MJ-inducible MYC transcription factors similar to AtMYC2 (TcJAMYC1, TcJAMYC2, and TcJAMYC4) were identified in Taxus. Transcriptional regulation of paclitaxel biosynthetic pathway promoters by transient over expression of TcJAMYC transcription factors indicated a negative rather than positive regulatory role of TcJAMYCs on paclitaxel biosynthetic gene expression. PMID:25767476

  2. Technegas: A medical application of {sup 99m}Tc for the study of buckyballs, blood clots, lung disease and AIDS

    SciTech Connect

    Willett, G.D.; Dance, I.G.; Fisher, K.J.; Burch, W.M.; Dasaklis, C.; Mackey, D.W.J.

    1994-12-31

    Radionuclide studies of lung disease have been greatly enhanced by the introduction of an Australian invention; the Technegas generator. The properties of the {open_quotes}dry radio-aerosols{close_quotes} produced by this device ensure lung images superior to those from true radio-gases such as {sup 133}Xe with the additional advantage of employing {sup 99m}Tc, the most widespread radionuclide agent. A Technegas lung scan can enable identification of pulmonary mebolism (an immediately life threatening condition) emphysema and chronic obstructive lung disease. A simple modification to the generator gas mixture produces Pertechnegas an agent useful in studies of the integrity of the alveolar epithelial membrane in immunosuppressed patients such as transplants and AIDS. Although these agents are now common in Australia and Europe, little has been proven of their chemical composites. Technegas is formed by the initial evaporation of ({sup 99m}Tc) sodium pertechnetate with the subsequent sublimation of carbon from a disposable graphite crucible at {approximately}2500{degrees}C in an atmosphere of 100% argon. {sup 99m}Tc atoms are lifted off with the crystalline layers of graphite during the vaporization. Technegas then possibly consists of {sup 99m}Tc based metallo-fullerenes and fullerenes. Technegas has an effective half life in the lung very similar to the physical half life of Technetium (6 hours) regardless of clinical condition; a result which suggests that Technegas contains endohedral fullerenes. Pertechnegas is created in an atmosphere of 97% Ar 3% O{sub 2} and has an effective half life in the lung of less than 15 minutes.

  3. Massively Parallel Sequencing Reveals the Complex Structure of an Irradiated Human Chromosome on a Mouse Background in the Tc1 Model of Down Syndrome

    PubMed Central

    Clayton, Stephen; Prigmore, Elena; Langley, Elizabeth; Yang, Fengtang; Maguire, Sean; Fu, Beiyuan; Rajan, Diana; Sheppard, Olivia; Scott, Carol; Hauser, Heidi; Stephens, Philip J.; Stebbings, Lucy A.; Ng, Bee Ling; Fitzgerald, Tomas; Quail, Michael A.; Banerjee, Ruby; Rothkamm, Kai; Tybulewicz, Victor L. J.; Fisher, Elizabeth M. C.; Carter, Nigel P.

    2013-01-01

    Down syndrome (DS) is caused by trisomy of chromosome 21 (Hsa21) and presents a complex phenotype that arises from abnormal dosage of genes on this chromosome. However, the individual dosage-sensitive genes underlying each phenotype remain largely unknown. To help dissect genotype – phenotype correlations in this complex syndrome, the first fully transchromosomic mouse model, the Tc1 mouse, which carries a copy of human chromosome 21 was produced in 2005. The Tc1 strain is trisomic for the majority of genes that cause phenotypes associated with DS, and this freely available mouse strain has become used widely to study DS, the effects of gene dosage abnormalities, and the effect on the basic biology of cells when a mouse carries a freely segregating human chromosome. Tc1 mice were created by a process that included irradiation microcell-mediated chromosome transfer of Hsa21 into recipient mouse embryonic stem cells. Here, the combination of next generation sequencing, array-CGH and fluorescence in situ hybridization technologies has enabled us to identify unsuspected rearrangements of Hsa21 in this mouse model; revealing one deletion, six duplications and more than 25 de novo structural rearrangements. Our study is not only essential for informing functional studies of the Tc1 mouse but also (1) presents for the first time a detailed sequence analysis of the effects of gamma radiation on an entire human chromosome, which gives some mechanistic insight into the effects of radiation damage on DNA, and (2) overcomes specific technical difficulties of assaying a human chromosome on a mouse background where highly conserved sequences may confound the analysis. Sequence data generated in this study is deposited in the ENA database, Study Accession number: ERP000439. PMID:23596509

  4. Infected knee prosthesis: diagnosis with In-111 leukocyte, Tc-99m sulfur colloid, and Tc-99m MDP imaging

    SciTech Connect

    Palestro, C.J.; Swyer, A.J.; Kim, C.K.; Goldsmith, S.J. )

    1991-06-01

    Forty-one possible cases of infected total knee prostheses studied with indium-111-labeled leukocyte scintigraphy were retrospectively reviewed. Twenty-four of the prostheses were studied with technetium-99m methylene diphosphonate bone scintigraphy and 19 with Tc-99m sulfur colloid marrow scintigraphy. Nine prostheses were infected, and 32 were uninfected. The accuracy of combined labeled leukocyte and sulfur colloid marrow imaging (95%) was higher than that of labeled leukocyte scintigraphy alone (78%), bone scintigraphy alone (74%), or combined labeled leukocyte and bone scintigraphy (75%). The authors conclude that combined labeled leukocyte and sulfur colloid imaging is an accurate method for diagnosis of infected knee prostheses. In this series, this technique was superior to labeled leukocyte and bone imaging, alone or in combination.

  5. Competitive Reduction of Pertechnetate (99TcO4?) by Dissimilatory Metal Reducing Bacteria and Biogenic Fe(II)

    SciTech Connect

    Plymale, Andrew E.; Fredrickson, Jim K.; Zachara, John M.; Dohnalkova, Alice; Heald, Steve M.; Moore, Dean A.; Kennedy, David W.; Marshall, Matthew J.; Wang, Chong M.; Resch, Charles T.; Nachimuthu, Ponnusamy

    2011-02-01

    The fate of pertechnetate (99Tc(VII)O4 -) during bioreduction was investigated in the presence of 2-line ferrihydrite (Fh) and various dissimilatory metal reducing bacteria (DMRB) (Geobacter, Anaeromyxobacter, Shewanella) in comparison with TcO4 - bioreduction in the absence of Fh. In the presence of Fh, Tc was present primarily as a fine-grained Tc(IV)/Fe precipitate that was distinct from the Tc(IV)O2 nH2O solids produced by direct biological Tc(VII) reduction. Aqueous Tc concentrations (<0.2 ?m) in the bioreduced Fh suspensions (1.7 to 3.2 10-9 mol L-1) were over 1 order of magnitude lower than when TcO4 - was biologically reduced in the absence of Fh (4.0 10-8 to 1.0 10-7 mol L-1). EXAFS analyses of the bioreduced Fh-Tc products were consistent with variable chain length Tc-O octahedra bonded to Fe-O octahedra associated with the surface of the residual or secondary Fe(III) oxide. In contrast, biogenic TcO2 nH2O had significantly more Tc-Tc second neighbors and a distinct long-range order consistent with small particle polymers of TcO2. In Fe-rich subsurface sediments, the reduction of Tc(VII) by Fe(II) may predominate over direct microbial pathways, potentially leading to lower concentrations of aqueous 99Tc(IV).

  6. Radionuclide imaging in myocardial sarcoidosis. Demonstration of myocardial uptake of /sup 99m/Tc pyrophosphate and gallium

    SciTech Connect

    Forman, M.B.; Sandler, M.P.; Sacks, G.A.; Kronenberg, M.W.; Powers, T.A.

    1983-03-01

    A patient had severe congestive cardiomyopathy secondary to myocardial sarcoidosis. The clinical diagnosis was confirmed by radionuclide ventriculography, /sup 201/Tl, /sup 67/Ga, and /sup 99m/Tc pyrophosphate (TcPYP) scintigraphy. Myocardial TcPYP uptake has not been reported previously in sarcoidosis. In this patient, TcPYP was as useful as gallium scanning and thallium imaging in documenting the myocardial process.

  7. Cationic lipophilic complexes of /sup 99/ /SUP m/ Tc and their use for myocardial and hepatobiliary imaging

    SciTech Connect

    Deutsch, E. A.; Glavan, K. A.

    1984-12-18

    A method of imaging organs with /sup 99/ /SUP m/ Tc radiopharmaceuticals, especially of hepatobiliary imaging and negative myocardial infarct imaging in a mammal which comprises administering to the mammal a hepatobiliary or myocardial imaging amount of a cationic lipophilic complex of Tc-99m and detecting the Tc-99m complex in the mammal. A method for the preparation of cationic lipophilic complexes of Tc-99m.

  8. Tc-99m Glu-Cys-Gly-His-Gly-Lys (ECG-HGK), a novel Tc-99m labeled hexapeptide for molecular tumor imaging.

    PubMed

    Kim, Dae-Weung; Kim, Myoung Hyoun; Kim, Chang Guhn

    2016-03-01

    Domain 5 of kinin-free high molecular weight kininogen inhibits the adhesion of many tumor cell lines, and it has been reported that the histidine-glycine-lysine (HGK)-rich region might be responsible for inhibition of cell adhesion. The authors developed HGK-containing hexapeptide, glutamic acid-cysteine-glycine (ECG)-HGK, and evaluated the utility of Tc-99m ECG-HGK for tumor imaging. Hexapeptide, ECG-HGK was synthesized using Fmoc solid-phase peptide synthesis. Radiolabeling efficiency was evaluated. The uptake of Tc-99m ECG-HGK within HT-1080 cells was evaluated in vitro. In HT-1080 tumor-bearing mice, gamma imaging and biodistribution studies were performed. The complexes Tc-99m ECG-HGK was prepared in high yield. The uptake of Tc-99m ECG-HGK within the HT-1080 tumor cells had been demonstrated by in vitro studies. The gamma camera imaging in the murine model showed that Tc-99m ECG-HGK was accumulated substantially in the HT-1080 tumor (tumor-to-muscle ratio = 5.7 ± 1.4 at 4 h), and the tumoral uptake was blocked by the co-injection of excess HGK (tumor-to-muscle ratio = 2.8 ± 0.6 at 4 h). In the present study, Tc-99m ECG-HGK was developed as a new tumor imaging agents. Our in vitro and in vivo studies revealed specific function of Tc-99m ECG-HGK for tumor imaging. PMID:26856188

  9. Sorption coefficients and molecular mechanisms of Pu, U, Np, Am and Tc to Fe (hydr)oxides: a review.

    PubMed

    Li, Dien; Kaplan, Daniel I

    2012-12-01

    Pu, U, Np, Am and Tc are among the major risk drivers at nuclear waste management facilities throughout the world. Furthermore, uranium mining and milling operations have generated an enormous legacy of radioactively contaminated soils and groundwater. The sorption process of radionulcides onto ubiquitous Fe (hydr)oxides (FHOs; hematite, magnetite, goethite and ferrihydrite) is one of the most vital geochemical processes controlling the transport and fate of radionuclides and nuclear wastes in the subsurface zones. Meanwhile, understanding molecular-level chemical speciation of radionuclides onto FHOs is crucial to model their behavior in subsurface environments, and to develop new technologies for nuclear waste treatment and long-term remediation strategies for contaminated soils and groundwater. This review article aims (1) to provide risk or performance assessment modelers with macroscopic distribution coefficient (K(d)) data of Pu, U, Np, Am and Tc onto FHOs under different conditions (pH, radionuclide concentration, solution ion strength, sorbent loading, partial pressure of CO(2) (P CO(2)), equilibrium time) pertinent to environmental and engineered systems, and (2) to provide a microscopic or molecular-level understanding of the chemical speciation and sorption processes of these radionuclides to FHOs. PMID:23141377

  10. Focal 99mTc-DMSA Uptake in Lung Parenchyma Without Structural Alterations on SPECT/CT.

    PubMed

    Nursal, Gül Nihal; Reyhan, Mehmet; Yapar, Ali Fuat

    2015-11-01

    Static renal scintigraphy with Tc-DMSA is commonly used for the evaluation of renal morphology and function. Extrarenal uptake of Tc-DMSA is a rare finding described previously on sites such as bone metastasis, hemangioma, and splenic amyloidosis. We report a case with Tc-DMSA activity in the lungs. PMID:26053717

  11. Identification and Characterization of the Trypanosoma cruzi B-cell Superantigen Tc24.

    PubMed

    Gunter, Sarah M; Jones, Kathryn M; Zhan, Bin; Essigmann, Heather T; Murray, Kristy O; Garcia, Melissa N; Gorchakov, Rodion; Bottazzi, Maria Elena; Hotez, Peter J; Brown, Eric L

    2016-01-01

    Trypanosoma cruzi causes life-long disease after infection and leads to cardiac disease in 30% of infected individuals. After infection, the parasites are readily detectable in the blood during the first few days before disseminating to infect numerous cell types. Preliminary data suggested that the Tc24 protein that localizes to the T. cruzi membrane during all life stages possesses B-cell superantigenic properties. These antigens facilitate immune escape by interfering with antibody-mediated responses, particularly the avoidance of catalytic antibodies. These antibodies are an innate host defense mechanism present in the naive repertoire, and catalytic antibody-antigen binding results in hydrolysis of the target. We tested the B-cell superantigenic properties of Tc24 by comparing the degree of Tc24 hydrolysis by IgM purified from either Tc24 unexposed or exposed mice and humans. Respective samples were subjected to sodium dodecyl sulfate polyacrylamide gel electrophoresis, silver stained, and the degree of hydrolysis was measured. Data presented in this report suggest that the T. cruzi Tc24 is a B-cell superantigen based on the observations that 1) Tc24 was hydrolyzed by IgM present in serum of unexposed mice and humans and 2) exposure to Tc24 eliminated catalytic activity as early as 4 days after T. cruzi infection. PMID:26598565

  12. Optical imaging of Tc-99m-based tracers: in vitro and in vivo results

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    Spinelli, Antonello E.; Meo, Sergio Lo; Calandrino, Riccardo; Sbarbati, Andrea; Boschi, Federico

    2011-11-01

    It has been recently shown that optical imaging (OI) methods can be used to image the in vivo biodistribution of several radiopharmaceuticals labeled with beta or alpha emitters. In this work particular attention has been focused on investigating the weaker optical signal induced by an almost pure gamma emitter like Tc-99m. Visible light emission measurements of a water solution containing Tc-99m were performed using a small animal OI system. A sequence of images was acquired for 24 h in order to study the decay of the luminescence signal. The difference between the luminescence decay half life and well-known Tc-99m half life was equal to 1%. in vivo imaging was performed by injecting one control nude mice with Tc-99m-MDP. Optical images obtained with equipment designed for bioluminescence imaging showed that a visible light emission was distinguishable and correctly localized in the bladder region where a higher concentration of Tc-99m-MDP was expected. The bladder to background ratio was always greater than 1. We conclude that the experimental data presented in this paper show that it is possible to detect in vivo luminescence optical photons induced by Tc-99m. This is important especially considering the large number of Tc-99m-based radiopharmaceutical currently available.

  13. Imaging of primary and regionally metastatic lung cancer with Tc-99m SESTAMIBI

    SciTech Connect

    Akansel, G.; Liu, Y.; Uygur, G.A.

    1994-05-01

    The significance of pulmonary, hilar, and mediastinal uptake of Tc-99m SESTAMIBI in patients undergoing myocardial perfusion imaging was retrospectively investigated. SPECT myocardial perfusion images for 34 adult patients (ages: 52-to-82 years) with known lung cancer undergoing preoperative assessment of cardiac status and 29 {open_quotes}control{close_quotes} patients with normal chest radiographs and no history of lung cancer were reviewed. For the 29 patients without lung cancer there was no abnormal pulmonary, hilar, or mediastinal uptake of Tc-99m SESTAMIBI. For the 34 patients with histologically proven lung cancer, Tc-99m SESTAMIBI uptake was detected in 27 of 34 primary pulmonary lesions (79% sensitivity), 2 of 4 surgically proven hilar metastases, and 1 of 4 mediastinal metastases. The smallest lesion detected was 1.0 cm in diameter and the largest lesion not detected was 5.5 cm in diameter. For squamous cell carcinoma, 20 of 22 primary lesions were detected (91% sensitivity). Tc-99m SESTAMIBI detected 5 of 34 primary pulmonary lesions, 2 of 4 hilar metasteses, and 1 of 4 mediastinal metastases not identified by conventional chest radiographs. CT was superior to Tc-99m SESTAMIBI for detection of primary pulmonary lesions and was similar to Tc-99m SESTAMIBI in the limited number of cases with hilar and mediastinal metastatic involvement. We conclude that abnormal pulmonary, hilar, or mediastinal uptake of Tc-99m SESTAMIBI may be a clinically significant finding which should be correlated with chest radiography or CT.

  14. 99mTc-d-penicillamine-glucuronide: synthesis, radiolabeling, in vitro and in vivo evaluation.

    PubMed

    Teksz, Serap; Ihedef, Ci?dem Acar; Ozync, Seniha; Mftler, Fazilet Zmrt Biber; Unak, Perihan; Medine, Ilker Emin; Ertay, Trkan; Eren, Mine ?encan

    2011-10-01

    The current study was aimed at synthesizing a glucuronide derivative of D-penicillamine (D-PA) to be used for imaging purposes. First of all, D-PA-glucuronide (D-PA-Glu) was synthesized by experimental treatments starting with uridine 5'-diphospho-glucuronosyltransferase enzyme rich microsome preparate. Then, the synthesized compound was labeled with technetium ((99m)Tc) by using a reduction method with stannous chloride. Quality controls were performed by using high-performance liquid chromatography and thin-layer radio chromatography (TLRC). Radiolabeling yield of (99m)Tc-D-PA-Glu was more than 98% according to TLRC results. In vitro evaluations of radiolabeled complexes were investigated on PC-3 human prostate cancer cells. (99m)Tc-D-PA-Glu exhibited more accumulation on PC-3 cells versus (99m)Tc-D-PA at 240 minutes. In order to determine its radiopharmaceutical potential, biodistribution studies were carried out in male Albino Wistar rats. The biodistribution results of (99m)Tc-D-PA-Glu, showed the highest uptake in prostate at 120 minutes postinjection with the main excretion route being through kidneys and bladder. (99m)Tc-D-PA-Glu and (99m)Tc-D-PA have exhibited different biodistribution results. PMID:21950558

  15. Somatostatin with 99mTc and biodistribution studies in rats.

    PubMed

    Acar, Cigdem; Teksz, Serap; Unak, Perihan; Mftler, F Zmrt Biber; Medine, E Ilker

    2007-12-01

    Somatostatin (SST) is a short-lived peptide hormone that regulates the endocrine system. The main use of the derivatives of SST is to diagnose diseases related to growth hormone and to use against some forms of cancer that involve growth hormone. Also, SST suppresses gastric acid secretion, gallbladder contractions, and pancreatic enzyme secretion. In this study, two different bifunctional chelating agents were used to examine the changes in the biologic half-life of SST. For this purpose, first D-penicillamine (D-PA) and diethylene triaminepentaacetic acid (DTPA) were used to label SST with (99m)Tc and then radiopharmaceutical potential of three (99m)Tc-labeled complexes, (99m)Tc-D-PA, (99m)Tc-D-PA-SST, and (99m)Tc-DTPA-SST, were compared with each other. Quality control for each labeled complex was established by using radiochromatographic methods. The radiolabeled complexes maintained their stabilities for 5 hours. Then, biodistribution studies were performed on Albino Wistar rats independently for three complexes. The results demonstrated that (99m)Tc-D-PA-SST exhibited long-term uptake in organs, and its clearance took longer than the (99m)Tc-DTPA-SST complex. PMID:18158765

  16. Identification and Characterization of the Trypanosoma cruzi B-cell Superantigen Tc24

    PubMed Central

    Gunter, Sarah M.; Jones, Kathryn M.; Zhan, Bin; Essigmann, Heather T.; Murray, Kristy O.; Garcia, Melissa N.; Gorchakov, Rodion; Bottazzi, Maria Elena; Hotez, Peter J.; Brown, Eric L.

    2016-01-01

    Trypanosoma cruzi causes life-long disease after infection and leads to cardiac disease in 30% of infected individuals. After infection, the parasites are readily detectable in the blood during the first few days before disseminating to infect numerous cell types. Preliminary data suggested that the Tc24 protein that localizes to the T. cruzi membrane during all life stages possesses B-cell superantigenic properties. These antigens facilitate immune escape by interfering with antibody-mediated responses, particularly the avoidance of catalytic antibodies. These antibodies are an innate host defense mechanism present in the naive repertoire, and catalytic antibody–antigen binding results in hydrolysis of the target. We tested the B-cell superantigenic properties of Tc24 by comparing the degree of Tc24 hydrolysis by IgM purified from either Tc24 unexposed or exposed mice and humans. Respective samples were subjected to sodium dodecyl sulfate polyacrylamide gel electrophoresis, silver stained, and the degree of hydrolysis was measured. Data presented in this report suggest that the T. cruzi Tc24 is a B-cell superantigen based on the observations that 1) Tc24 was hydrolyzed by IgM present in serum of unexposed mice and humans and 2) exposure to Tc24 eliminated catalytic activity as early as 4 days after T. cruzi infection. PMID:26598565

  17. Demonstrating alcoholic cirrhosis of the liver by Tc-99m BIDA scintigram

    SciTech Connect

    Shih, W.J.; DeLand, F.H.; Domstad, P.A.

    1984-08-01

    Six patients with decompensated cirrhosis of the liver underwent Tc-99m BIDA studies. All demonstrated 1) persistently high blood pool activity in the heart, lung, and soft tissue, 2) slow hepatic tracer uptake, 3) prolonged liver-to-bowel transit time, and 4) visualization of an enlarged spleen. Four of the six patients demonstrated evidence of ascites and in one patient there were visible collateral veins of the abdomen. These findings are due primarily to hepatic dysfunction and retaining Tc-99m BIDA in blood pool because of Tc-99m BIDA exclusively hepatic excretion and little or no alternative renal excretion. All six Tc-99m sulfur colloid studies were performed concomitantly. Except for bone marrow uptake and reversal of the normal liver-spleen ratio of radioactivity, the imaging abnormalities observed with Tc-99m BIDA were similar to those seen by Tc-99m SC. It is concluded that with Tc-99m BIDA studies, three of six abnormal findings, as described, suggest a decompensated stage of cirrhosis of the liver.

  18. Interdecadal changes in TC activities that affect Korea

    NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

    Choi, Ki-Seon; Cha, Yu-Mi; Kang, Sung-Dae; Kim, Hae-Dong

    2014-05-01

    The present study elucidated the fact that remarkable interdecadal variation exists in the time series of the tropical cyclone (TC) frequency that affects Korea during June-October. These variations were identified through statistical change-point analysis, and the results showed that significant variation existed in 1983 and 2004. Therefore, data in 2005 and thereafter were excluded and differences in TC activities during the period after 1983 (1984-2004) and a period before 1983 (1968-1983), as well as differences in large-scale environments were analyzed. During the period of 1984-2004, TCs mainly occurred in the northwest quadrant of the subtropical western North Pacific (SWNP). The TCs move from the east sea of Philippines, pass the East China Sea, recurved, and moved to Korea and Japan. During the period of 1968-1983, TCs occurred in the southeast quadrant of the SWNP and showed a characteristic westward movement from the southeast of Philippines toward the southern coast of China and the Indochina Peninsula. Therefore, the intensity of TCs during the former period, which were supplied with greater heat and water vapor from the sea, were stronger, while TCs during the latter period quickly dissipated after landing in the southern coast of China and the Indochina Peninsula due to the effects of topography. Thus, the lifetimes of the TCs were short and their intensities were weak. The cause of these differences in TC activities between the two periods was identified through differences in stream flows between the 850 hPa level and the 500 hPa level. At the 850 hPa level, anomalous cyclonic (anticyclonic) circulations are reinforced in most waters north (south) to 10° N, and thus, more (fewer) TCs occur in the northwest (southeast) quadrant of the SWNP during the period of 1984-2004 (1968-2003). At the 500 hPa level, since the center of anomalous cyclonic circulation is located in the southeastern region of China southeast to the east sea of the Philippines, anomalous southerlies from the east sea of Philippines to Korea and Japan are predominant. Due to the anomalous steering flows of these anomalous southerlies, the TCs during the period of 1984-2004 show the aforementioned paths. On the other hand, anomalous northerlies or northeasterlies are reinforced in regions in the west of the center of these anomalous cyclonic circulations, and thus, these anomalous steering flows serve the role of preventing TCs from moving toward the southern coast of China the Indochina Peninsula during the period of 1984-2004. During the period of 1984-2004, vertical wind shears and sea surface temperatures are high and low, respectively, in most waters of the SWNP. Therefore, more TCs occur and are reinforced during this period.

  19. Hydrogen Isotope Measurements of Organic Acids and Alcohols by Pyrolysis-GC-MS-TC-IRMS

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    Socki, Richard A.; Fu, Qi; Niles, Paul B.

    2011-01-01

    One possible process responsible for methane generation on Mars is abiotic formation by Fischer-Tropsch-type (FTT) synthesis during serpentinization reactions. Measurement of carbon and hydrogen isotopes of intermediary organic compounds can help constrain the origin of this methane by tracing the geochemical pathway during formation. Of particular interest within the context of this work is the isotopic composition of organic intermediaries produced on the surfaces of mineral catalysts (i.e. magnetite) during hydrothermal experiments, and the ability to make meaningful and reproducible hydrogen isotope measurements. Reported here are results of experiments to characterize the hydrogen isotope composition of low molecular weight organic acids and alcohols. The presence of these organic compounds has been suggested by others as intermeadiary products made during mineral surface catalyzed reactions. This work compliments our previous study characterizing the carbon isotope composition of similar low molecular weight intermediary organic compounds (Socki, et al, American Geophysical Union Fall meeting, Abstr. #V51B-2189, Dec., 2010). Our hydrogen isotope measurements utilize a unique analytical technique combining Pyrolysis-Gas Chromatograph-Mass Spectrometry-High Temperature Conversion-Isotope Ratio Mass Spectrometry (Py-GC-MS-TC-IRMS). Our technique is unique in that it carries a split of the pyrolyzed GC-separated product to a Thermo DSQ-II? quadrupole mass spectrometer as a means of making qualitative and semi-quantitative compositional measurements of separated organic compounds, therefore both chemical and isotopic measurements can be carried out simultaneously on the same sample.

  20. Is Brown Adipose Tissue Visualization Reliable on 99mTc-Methoxyisobutylisonitrile Diagnostic SPECT Scintigraphy?

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    Haghighatafshar, Mahdi; Farhoudi, Farinaz

    2016-01-01

    Abstract The 99mTc-MIBI has been used with great value as a diagnostic technique in patients with primary hyperparathyroidism. False-positive scans may occur due to misinterpretation of the physiologic distribution of the 99mTc-MIBI. Reviewing consecutive SPECT scans, we evaluated this possibility and assessed how frequently brown adipose tissue (BAT) is seen on 99mTc-MIBI scintigraphy. Here, we retrospectively reviewed scans of consecutive patients who were evaluated for parathyroid adenomas from March 2015 to June 2015, using dual-phase (early and delayed) planar imaging and SPECT. We identified 60 patients (48 female and 12 male; mean age, 52.25 ± 15.20 years; range, 22–86 years). We detected the presence of 99mTc-MIBI uptake in BAT in 20 of 60 patients (33.33%) in the neck. Although the patients with 99mTc-MIBI uptake in BAT were younger (mean age, 48.85 ± 15.27 years, range, 26–73 years) than the patients with no 99mTc-MIBI uptake (mean age, 53.95 ± 15.07 years, range, 22–86 years), this difference was not statistically significant (P = 0.224). The percentage of female patients with BAT detection was higher (17/48 patients; 37.5%) than that of the male population (3/12 patients; 25%), this difference was not also statistically significant (P = 0.85). In patient population referred to 99mTc MIBI scintigraphy of the parathyroid glands, uptake of 99mTc-MIBI in BAT should not be misinterpreted with 99mTc-MIBI-avid-tumors. Fused SPECT/CT images (not SPECT-only) are necessary to distinguish BAT from bone, muscle, thyroid, myocardium, parathyroids, and other structures in the neck and chest. PMID:26765463

  1. Is Brown Adipose Tissue Visualization Reliable on 99mTc-Methoxyisobutylisonitrile Diagnostic SPECT Scintigraphy?

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    Haghighatafshar, Mahdi; Farhoudi, Farinaz

    2016-01-01

    The Tc-MIBI has been used with great value as a diagnostic technique in patients with primary hyperparathyroidism. False-positive scans may occur due to misinterpretation of the physiologic distribution of the Tc-MIBI. Reviewing consecutive SPECT scans, we evaluated this possibility and assessed how frequently brown adipose tissue (BAT) is seen on Tc-MIBI scintigraphy.Here, we retrospectively reviewed scans of consecutive patients who were evaluated for parathyroid adenomas from March 2015 to June 2015, using dual-phase (early and delayed) planar imaging and SPECT. We identified 60 patients (48 female and 12 male; mean age, 52.25 ± 15.20 years; range, 22-86 years).We detected the presence of Tc-MIBI uptake in BAT in 20 of 60 patients (33.33%) in the neck. Although the patients with Tc-MIBI uptake in BAT were younger (mean age, 48.85 ± 15.27 years, range, 26-73 years) than the patients with no Tc-MIBI uptake (mean age, 53.95 ± 15.07 years, range, 22-86 years), this difference was not statistically significant (P = 0.224). The percentage of female patients with BAT detection was higher (17/48 patients; 37.5%) than that of the male population (3/12 patients; 25%), this difference was not also statistically significant (P = 0.85).In patient population referred to Tc MIBI scintigraphy of the parathyroid glands, uptake of Tc-MIBI in BAT should not be misinterpreted with Tc-MIBI-avid-tumors. Fused SPECT/CT images (not SPECT-only) are necessary to distinguish BAT from bone, muscle, thyroid, myocardium, parathyroids, and other structures in the neck and chest. PMID:26765463

  2. A 99mTc(CO)3 -labeled benzylguanidine with persistent heart uptake.

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    Oliveira, Bruno L; Morais, Maurcio; Gano, Lurdes; Santos, Isabel; Correia, Joo D G

    2014-05-15

    We describe the synthesis and biological evaluation of the cationic (99m)Tc-tricarbonyl complex fac-[(99m)Tc(CO)3 (?(3) -L1)](+) (Tc1) anchored by a pyrazole-diamine-methylbenzylguanidine-based ligand (L1), as potentially useful for myocardial imaging. The rhenium complex fac-[Re(CO)3 (?(3)-L1)](+) (Re1) was prepared and characterized as a 'cold' surrogate of the radioactive complex. Cell uptake studies in a neuroblastoma cell line suggest that Tc1 uptake mechanism is related to the norepinephrine transporter (NET). Tissue distribution studies in CD1 mice showed that Tc1 presents high initial heart uptake and a slow washout from the heart (7.8??1.3% injected dose per gram (ID/g), 30-min post-injection (p.i.); 6.3??1.3% ID/g, 60-min p.i.), with heart to blood ratios of 11.8 and 9.0 at 30- and 60-min p.i., respectively. The uptake mechanism of Tc1 appears to be similar to that of metaiodobenzylguanidine (MIBG), as it can be reduced by coinjection with nonradioactive MIBG. The biodistribution profile of Tc2, where the benzylguanidine pharmacophore is absent, corroborates the fact that Tc1 does not accumulate in the heart by a simple diffusion mechanism but rather by a NET-mediated mechanism. The results confirm those obtained in the cell assays. Despite the persistent heart uptake found for Tc1, the high hepatic and renal uptake remains to be improved. PMID:24861983

  3. Labeling, Stability and Biodistribution Studies of 99mTc-cyclized Tyr3-octreotate Derivatives

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    Bigott-Hennkens, Heather M.; Dannoon, Shorouk F.; Noll, Samantha M.; Ruthengael, Varyanna C.; Jurisson, Silvia S.; Lewis, Michael R.

    2010-01-01

    Introduction To probe the interplay between radiotracer stability and somatostatin receptor affinity, Tyr3-octreotate and six variations of its peptide sequence, for which the Re-cyclized products were previously reported, were radiolabeled with 99mTc and investigated for their in vitro stability. Methods Radiolabeling of the peptides was effected by ligand exchange from 99mTc-glucoheptonate, and the desired products were purified by radio-RP-HPLC. The in vitro stability in phosphate-buffered saline, mouse serum, and cysteine solutions at physiological temperature and pH for all seven 99mTc-cyclized peptides was determined by radio-RP-HPLC and radio-TLC. Normal CF-1 mouse biodistribution studies were performed for three of the 99mTc-cyclized peptides. Results Based on the fully characterized Re-cyclized peptide analogues, four 99mTc-coordination motifs were proposed for the 99mTc-cyclized peptides. Technetium-99m-cyclized Tyr3-octreotate derivatives with N2S2 metal coordination modes and large metal ring sizes were susceptible to oxidation and loss of 99mTc in the form of 99mTcO4?, as evidenced by their instability in the various solutions under physiological conditions (1558% intact at 24 h). As anticipated, the addition of a third cysteine to the sequence stabilized the 99mTc metal coordination, and peptides with NS3 coordination modes remained >85% intact out to 24 h. No significant differences were observed in the biodistribution studies performed with three peptides of varying stabilities. Conclusions Improvements in stability were not sufficient to outweigh the low somatostatin receptor affinity for the peptides in this study. Further improvements in the peptide sequence and/or metal coordination are needed to result in a radiodiagnostic/radiotherapeutic pair for targeting the somatostatin receptor. PMID:21531292

  4. Tracheal blood flow and luminal clearance of [sup 99m][Tc]-DTPA in sheep

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    Hanafi, Z.; Corfield, D.R.; Webber, S.E.; Widdicombe, J.G. )

    1992-10-01

    Tracheal blood flow and [sup 99m][Tc]-labeled diethylenetriamine pentaacetic acid (DTPA) clearance were measured in the sheep trachea in vivo. The tracheal arteries were isolated and perfused. An isolated segment of tracheal lumen was filled with Krebs-Henseleit solution containing [sup 99m][Tc]-DTPA, and radioactivity was measured in blood from a catheterized tracheal vein. Infusions at constant pressure of methacholine (n=5), albuterol (n=6), and histamine (n=5) increased arterial inflow and venous outflow but decreased [sup 99m][Tc]-DTPA output and concentration. Phenylephrine (n=9) decreased arterial inflow and venous outflow but increased [sup 99m][Tc]-DTPA output and concentration. When the tracheal arteries were initially perfused at constant flow and the flow rate was then changed, 50% increases in flow (n=5) increased perfusion pressure and venous outflow but decreased [sup 99m][Tc]-DTPA output and concentration. Decreases in flow of 50% (n=3) and 100% (n=10) decreased perfusion pressure and venous outflow but increased [sup 99m][Tc]-DTPA output and concentration. Infusion of the same drugs at constant flow produced significant changes in perfusion pressure but no significant changes in venous outflow or, except for histamine, in [sup 99m][Tc]-DTPA output. Thus [sup 99m][Tc]-DTPA output was inversely related to both mechanically and drug-induced changes in tracheal blood flow but, except for histamine, was not directly affected by the drugs. The results may be due to redistribution of blood between collateral circuits and altered interstitial fluid volume affecting [sup 99m][Tc]-DTPA transport across the interstitium. 24 refs., 6 figs., 3 tabs.

  5. Infrared Two-Color Multicycle Laser Field Synthesis for Generating an Intense Attosecond Pulse

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    Takahashi, Eiji J.; Lan Pengfei; Nabekawa, Yasuo; Midorikawa, Katsumi; Muecke, Oliver D.

    2010-06-11

    We propose and demonstrate the generation of a continuum high-order harmonic spectrum by mixing multicycle two-color (TC) laser fields with the aim of obtaining an intense isolated attosecond pulse. By optimizing the wavelength of a supplementary infrared pulse in a TC field, a continuum harmonic spectrum was created around the cutoff region without carrier-envelope phase stabilization. The obtained harmonic spectra clearly show the possibility of generating isolated attosecond pulses from a multicycle TC laser field, which is generated by an 800 nm, 30 fs pulse mixed with a 1300 nm, 40 fs pulse. Our proposed method enables us not only to relax the requirements for the pump pulse duration but also to reduce ionization of the harmonic medium. This concept opens the door to create an intense isolated attosecond pulse using a conventional femtosecond laser system.

  6. Data modeling of the next generation GPS information system

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    Lu, Wenlong; Liu, Xiaojun; Jiang, Xiangqian; Xu, Zhengao

    2006-11-01

    The next generation GPS (Geometrical Product Specification and Verification) is a very important basic technique standard system for manufacturing. It has been developing by ISO/TC 213 since 1996. But it is an intricate and abundant information system for engineering application and causes the problem of popularized usage. An integrated information system of the next generation GPS is proposed in this paper. For data modeling of next generation GPS information system, a new modeling method based on category theory is put forward and called GDM (Geometrical Data Model) in the paper. An important advantage of the method lies in its configurable semantics which can make the structure relationship clearly amongst the meta knowledge of standards issued or revised by the ISO/TC213, and by this method, features such as null values, uncertainty and temporal behavior can be added easily by selecting appropriate instance categories.

  7. Trypanosoma cruzi DTU TcII presents higher blood parasitism than DTU TcI in an experimental model of mixed infection.

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    Sales-Campos, Helioswilton; Kappel, Henrique Borges; Andrade, Cristiane Pontes; Lima, Tiago Pereira; de Castilho, Alessandra; Giraldo, Luis Eduardo Ramirez; Lages-Silva, Eliane

    2015-09-01

    Trypanosoma cruzi (Tc), the causative agent of Chagas disease, affects millions of people worldwide. One of the major characteristics of T. cruzi is related to its heterogeneity due to the variability of its biological properties, parasite growth rates, infectivity, tissue tropism, morbidity and virulence among different isolates observed during experimental or human infection. Moreover, presence of mixed infections in the same host in endemic areas is a matter of study due to its impact on clinical manifestations and disease progression. In this study, we evaluated the biological behavior of two Tc I strains AQ1-7 (AQ) and MUTUM (MT) and one Tc II strain (JG) during the acute phase of infection, in unique and mixed infections. A patent blood parasitism was detected only in mice inoculated with JG strain . In addition blood parasitism parameters (peak and average blood parasitism) were positively associated when JG and AQ strains were combined. In contrast, a negative association was observed in the JG+MUTUM group. The predominance of TcII strain over TcI strains was highlighted using the LSSP-PCR technique, which was performed in samples from hemoculture. Thus, this study showed important biological differences between different T. cruzi strains and discrete typing units (DTUs) in acute phase. Finally, we observed that blood parasitism during early period of infection seems to be more related to DTU than to a specific strain. PMID:26204180

  8. Diversification of 99Mo/99mTc separation: nonfission reactor production of 99Mo as a strategy for enhancing 99mTc availability.

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    Pillai, Maroor R A; Dash, Ashutosh; Knapp, Furn F Russ

    2015-01-01

    This paper discusses the benefits of obtaining (99m)Tc from non-fission reactor-produced low-specific-activity (99)Mo. This scenario is based on establishing a diversified chain of facilities for the distribution of (99m)Tc separated from reactor-produced (99)Mo by (n,?) activation of natural or enriched Mo. Such facilities have expected lower investments than required for the proposed chain of cyclotrons for the production of (99m)Tc. Facilities can receive and process reactor-irradiated Mo targets then used for extraction of (99m)Tc over a period of 2 wk, with 3 extractions on the same day. Estimates suggest that a center receiving 1.85 TBq (50 Ci) of (99)Mo once every 4 d can provide 1.48-3.33 TBq (40-90 Ci) of (99m)Tc daily. This model can use research reactors operating in the United States to supply current (99)Mo needs by applying natural (nat)Mo targets. (99)Mo production capacity can be enhanced by using (98)Mo-enriched targets. The proposed model reduces the loss of (99)Mo by decay and avoids proliferation as well as waste management issues associated with fission-produced (99)Mo. PMID:25537991

  9. Predicting Single-Layer Technetium Dichalcogenides (TcX2, X = S, Se) with Promising Applications in Photovoltaics and Photocatalysis.

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    Jiao, Yalong; Zhou, Liujiang; Ma, Fengxian; Gao, Guoping; Kou, Liangzhi; Bell, John; Sanvito, Stefano; Du, Aijun

    2016-03-01

    One of the least known compounds among transition metal dichalcogenides (TMDCs) is the layered triclinic technetium dichalcogenides (TcX2, X = S, Se). In this work, we systematically study the structural, mechanical, electronic, and optical properties of TcS2 and TcSe2 monolayers based on density functional theory (DFT). We find that TcS2 and TcSe2 can be easily exfoliated in a monolayer form because their formation and cleavage energy are analogous to those of other experimentally realized TMDCs monolayer. By using a hybrid DFT functional, the TcS2 and TcSe2 monolayers are calculated to be indirect semiconductors with band gaps of 1.91 and 1.69 eV, respectively. However, bilayer TcS2 exhibits direct-bandgap character, and both TcS2 and TcSe2 monolayers can be tuned from semiconductor to metal under effective tensile/compressive strains. Calculations of visible light absorption indicate that 2D TcS2 and TcSe2 generally possess better capability of harvesting sunlight compared to single-layer MoS2 and ReSe2, implying their potential as excellent light-absorbers. Most interestingly, we have discovered that the TcSe2 monolayer is an excellent photocatalyst for splitting water into hydrogen due to the perfect fit of band edge positions with respect to the water reduction and oxidation potentials. Our predictions expand the two-dimensional (2D) family of TMDCs, and the remarkable electronic/optical properties of monolayer TcS2 and TcSe2 will place them among the most promising 2D TMDCs for renewable energy application in the future. PMID:26859697

  10. A conveniently prepared Tc-99m resin for semisolid gastric emptying studies

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    Wirth, N.; Swanson, D.; Shapiro, B.; Nakajo, M.; Coffey, J.L.; Eckhauser, F.; Owyang, C.

    1983-06-01

    A polystyrene resin, suitable for semi-solid gastric emptying studies, was rapidly (less than 20 min) and conveniently prepared using commercially available reagents. Using the outlined procedure, Chelex-100 resin bound Tc-99m with greater than 98% labeling efficiency. The resulting Tc-99m Chelex-100 resin demonstrated excellent in vitro and in vivo stability. The clinical application of Tc-99m Chelex-100 resin, mixed with oatmeal, was tested in normal subjects and in various patient groups, including diabetic autonomic neuropathy, pyloric obstruction, postoperative dumping syndrome, and morbidly obese patients before and after gastroplasty.

  11. Conveniently prepared Tc-99m resin for semisolid gastric emptying studies

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    Wirth, N.; Shapiro, B.; Nakajo, M.; Coffey, J.L.; Eckhauser, F.; Owyang, C.

    1983-06-01

    A polystyrene resin, suitable for semi-solid gastric emptying studies, was rapidly (<20 min) and coveniently prepared using commercially available reagents. Using the outlined procedure, Chelex-100 resin bound Tc-99m with greater than 98% labeling efficiency. The resulting Tc-99m Chelex-100 resin demonstrated excellent in vitro and in vivo stability. The clinical application of Tc-99m Chelex-100 resin, mixed with oatmeal, was tested in normal subjects and in various patient groups, including diabetic autonomic neuropathy, pyloric obstruction, postoperative dumping syndrome, and morbidly obese patients before and after gastroplasty.

  12. Enhanced Tc in a High Temperature Superconductor, Proximate to an Antiferromagnetic Insulator

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    Park, S.

    2005-03-01

    Placing a high Tc superconductor physically close to an antiferromagnetic insulator brings fundamental scientific interests. Not only the non-superconducting component of the heterostructure plays the role of an artificially created barrier for a Josephson junction network, but also the heterostructure-interface may highlight the magnetic proximity effect or the strain-induced pressure effect on the superconductivity. Electrical transport and percolation behavior of a polycrystalline high Tc superconductor-antiferromagnetic insulator composite has been studied by resistivity, magnetic susceptibility, x-ray diffraction and the polarized optical microscopic experiment. We discovered that Tc can be significantly enhanced in a particular choice of an antiferromagnetic insulator.

  13. Assessment of Using 99Mo and 99mTc Isotopes in Kuwait Medical Sector.

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    Ali, Naser

    2016-04-01

    The Ministry of Health (MOH) in the state of Kuwait currently depends on importing the radioisotope molybdenum (Mo) in its isotopic form (Mo) to fulfill its demands. The present study was conducted on all nuclear medicine departments in the state of Kuwait. Daily, weekly, and monthly data were analyzed to statistically determine the current and future demands for the isotope Tc. This analysis was performed by collecting and analyzing data on MOH consumption of Tc for different diagnostic applications. The overall results indicate a partial decrease of 1.012% in the overall total demand for Tc up to the year 2018 for the state of Kuwait. PMID:26910031

  14. /sup 99m/Tc-aprotinin: A new tracer for kidney morphology and function

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    Bianchi, C.; Donadio, C.; Tramonti, G.; Lorusso, P.; Bellitto, L.; Lunghi, F.

    1984-01-01

    Aprotinin (Ap), a low molecular weight polyeptide (6500 dalton), is a protease inhibitor which is electively and stably accumulated in the kidney. In 112 adult patients, with either uni- or bilateral renal disease with different degrees of renal impairment (from normal GFR to advanced renal failure), renal scans were performed by means of Ap labelled with /sup 99m/Tc. Highly satisfactory renal scans were obtained in all patients. In 20 patients with renal failure (serum creatinine 1.8 - 8.5 mg/dl, mean 4.7) a comparison was made of the renal scans obtained with /sup 99m/Tc-Ap and with /sup 99m/Tc-DMSA. /sup 99m/Tc-Ap was slightly better than /sup 99m/Tc-DMSA, especially in patients with far advanced renal failure. Some aspects of the pharmacokinetics of /sup 99m/Tc-Ap were studied in 72 cases. In 22 of these patients plasma clearance of /sup 99m/Tc-Ap was determined by the single injection method using a two-compartment model. In patients with GFR>90 ml/min plasma cl of /sup 99m/Tc-Ap was 67.6 +- 8.4 SD ml/min. A good correlation was observed between plasma clearance of /sup 99m/Tc-Ap and GFR (r = 0.74). After i.v. injection /sup 99m/Tc-Ap was stably fixed by the kidney. Renal radioactivity remained stable between the 2nd and the 8th hour after the injection. Urinary excretion of radioactivity measured in 35 patients in the first and in the second 2-hour interval after i.v. injection of /sup 99m/Tc-Ap was negligible in all patients (2.7 +- 1.5 SD percent of the dose in the fist 2 hours; 2.8 +- 1.4 SD between the 2nd and the 4th hour). Conclusions. /sup 99m/Tc-Ap is an excellent agent for renal imaging. It also seems promising for renal function studies.

  15. Popliteal cysts and deep venous thrombosis: Tc-99m red blood cell venography

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    Littlejohn, G.O.; Brand, C.A.; Ada, A.; Wong, C.

    1985-04-01

    Thirty-four patients who clinically were suspected of having deep venous thrombosis (DVT) underwent Tc-99m red blood cell (RBC) venography followed by contrast venography. The sensitivity (88%) and specificity (94%) of Tc-99m RBC venography of DVT confirmed findings of previous studies. Twenty-four patients who had proved popliteal cysts and swollen calves also were examined using Tc-99m RBC venography. Large cysts showed lack of DVT features, photon deficient cold areas in the popliteal fossa, and diversion of venous flow around the photon deficient area. These features were seen in 25% of the study population (six patients), and assisted in the distinction between the two conditions.

  16. Separation technique for the determination of ??Tc in milk and dairy products in case of emergency.

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    Kabai, E; Beyermann, M; Seeger, J; Savkin, B T; Stanglmaier, S; Hiersche, L

    2013-11-01

    A method for the determination of (99)Tc (T1/2: 2.1 10(5)a) in milk and dairy products is presented in detail. The method includes the separation of fat and proteins from milk, the separation of Tc by anion exchange from other metals and the purification of Tc by extraction chromatography with subsequent measurement using LSC. A recommendation is given on how to use rhenium as a carrier for this particular matrix. The full analysis is done in 24h. The detection limit for milk is 0.2 Bq/l. PMID:23623761

  17. Evidence for Short-Range Magnetic Order in Ni above Tc

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    Maetz, C. J.; Gerhardt, U.; Dietz, E.; Ziegler, A.; Jelitto, R. J.

    1982-06-01

    A three-peak analysis of Ni(111) photoelectron spectra, taken with high angular and energy resolution at 7.7 eV for 300 K<=T<=1.25Tc, is performed with the assumption of a temperature-independent exchange splitting and a many-body line shape. The intensity of the nonmagnetic peak between the two magnetic ones increases but its width decreases as Tc is approached from below, while the intensity of the magnetic peaks decreases but remains finite. This strongly supports the notion that short-range magnetic order persists well above Tc.

  18. Preparation and evaluation of three mucoadhesive dosage forms using (99m)Tc-Ofloxacin.

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    Mukherjee, Archana; Sahoo, Subhashree; Sarma, Haladhar Dev; Chakraborti, Chandra Kanti; Samuel, Grace

    2014-07-01

    Preparation of three mucoadhesive formulations was optimized and pharmaceutically evaluated. Ofloxacin was radiolabeled with (99m)Tc and radiolabeled complex was characterized by HPLC. (99m)Tc-Ofloxacin was added as a tracer to the formulations namely Oflox C934, Oflox C940 and Oflox HPMC and the formulations were fed orally to rats. Imaging studies were carried out to assess the prolonged gastric retention of the formulations. (99m)Tc-Ofloxacin served as a good tracer for studying the pharmacokinetics of three controlled release mucoadhesive dosage forms by gamma scintigraphy studies. PMID:24681624

  19. Multi-institutional in vitro evaluation of commercial /sup 99m/Tc macroaggregated albumin kits

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    Callahan, R.J.; Swanson, D.P.; Petry, N.A.; Beightol, R.W.; Vaillancourt, J.; Dragotakes, S.C.

    1986-12-01

    Quality control testing of /sup 99m/Tc macroaggregated albumin injection, USP (Tc-MAA) should include determination of radiochemical purity and particle size. The authors evaluated the variability in these parameters in vitro among products from five manufacturers of /sup 99m/Tc-MAA kits. Radiochemical purity, as determined by supernatant activity determinations, varied from 0.5% to 16.0%. Although mean particle size was similar for all products tested, actual particle size distribution varied considerably among products tested.

  20. Wind Generators

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    1989-01-01

    When Enerpro, Inc. president, Frank J. Bourbeau, attempted to file a patent on a system for synchronizing a wind generator to the electric utility grid, he discovered Marshall Space Flight Center's Frank Nola's power factor controller. Bourbeau advanced the technology and received a NASA license and a patent for his Auto Synchronous Controller (ASC). The ASC reduces generator "inrush current," which occurs when large generators are abruptly brought on line. It controls voltage so the generator is smoothly connected to the utility grid when it reaches its synchronous speed, protecting the components from inrush current damage. Generator efficiency is also increased in light winds by applying lower than rated voltage. Wind energy is utilized to drive turbines to generate electricity for utility companies.

  1. Foam as a Delivery Vehicle in Vadose Zone Remediation: Transport; Amendment Distribution; and Tc-99 Immobilization

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    Zhong, L.; Szecsody, J.; Wellman, D. M.; Zhang, Z. F.; Mattigod, S.; Pierce, E. M.

    2009-12-01

    Foam is a promising low water content advection technology for the distribution of remedial amendments to the deep vadose zone for metals and radionuclides remediation. Foam flow in the vadose zone can be directed by manipulating the pressure field, therefore the foam delivery technology allows more even distribution of remedial amendments under vadose zone conditions than water-based delivery. With minimal water content in foam flow, foam delivery minimizes the potential for contaminant mobilization and spreading. Laboratory scale experiments were conducted to investigate the physical aspects of foam transport in sediments under vadose zone conditions, to study the (poly)phosphate amendment foam-delivery; and to evaluate technetium-99 immobilization by foam-delivered calcium polysulfide. Foam quality (percentage of gas volume in total foam volume) between 95% and 99% was tested to study its influence on foam injection pressure. It was observed that the injection pressure increased inversely as a function of foam quality. The effect of sediment permeability on foam injection pressure was evaluated in sediments with a range of permeabilities. Results suggested that when the foam injection rate was low, the injection pressure increased with sediment permeability; but when the foam injection rate was high, the injection pressure versus permeability relationship was reversed. Foam bubbles rupture at the foam-flow-front in the unsaturated sediments. The front of the gas injected with foam traveled significantly faster (~ 8 times) than the foam front observed in the sediment. The liquid carried by foam was left behind the foam front. In addition a water accumulation front developed in sediment ahead of the foam-flow-front, i.e. sediment not swept by foam flow, as native pore water was displaced by the foam front. The water content in this liquid accumulation front increased with the increasing of initial water content in the sediment. However, the water content in the sediment swept by foam flow was negligibly affected by the initial water content. Very low surfactant concentration was observed in the accumulated liquid ahead of the foam front, indicating the initial moisture in the sediment was pushed forward by foam flow. In the foam-delivery of (poly)phosphate column tests, the delivery of phosphate was retarded slightly compare to the foam front and the distribution of surfactant in the sediment. The profile of pore water electric conductivity was similar to the phosphate distribution profile. Immobilization of Tc-99 by foam-delivered calcium polysulfide (CPS) in sediments under vadose zone conditions was evaluated. Foams generated from 0.5 wt% STEOL CS-330 surfactant solution at quality of 98% was used to deliver CPS sediment in columns for reductive immobilization of Tc-99. The foaming solution contained 5 wt% of calcium polysulfide. Using the foam-delivered calcium polysulfide, 66% of the total Tc-99 in the contaminated sediment was immobilized in the sediment. No technetium remobilization was observed when up to 6 pore volume of synthetic ground water was flushed through the treated sediment column.

  2. Terahertz imaging system using high-Tc superconducting oscillation devices

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    Tsujimoto, M.; Minami, H.; Delfanazari, K.; Sawamura, M.; Nakayama, R.; Kitamura, T.; Yamamoto, T.; Kashiwagi, T.; Hattori, T.; Kadowaki, K.

    2012-06-01

    Microwatt power oscillation devices at sub-terahertz frequency region between 0.3 and 1.0 terahertz (THz) were fabricated from high-Tc superconducting single crystalline Bi2Sr2CaCu2O8+δ and used as a source of the transmission terahertz imaging system. As test examples, terahertz images of coins and a razor blade placed inside the brownish paper envelopes with the spatial resolution of 1 mm are presented. The signal-to-noise ratio exceeds 130 in these images. Using a simple wedge-shaped interferometer and analysing the interference fringe pattern, the wavelength of the terahertz wave is calibrated within 0.1% accuracy. This interferometer also provides a simple method to measure the absorption coefficient of the liquid sample. Two test measurements for distilled water and ethanol are demonstrated and their absorption coefficients are obtained with 99.2% accuracy. This suggests that our terahertz imaging system can be applied to many practical applications, such as biological and biomedical imaging, environmental monitoring, microanalysis of impurities, structure and dynamical analyses of large molecules and ions in solution.

  3. Antiferromagnetism in Superconducting Tl2223 well below Tc

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    Imam, T.; Launspach, B.; Chikhani, V.; Silveira, M.; Robledo, L.; Lee, J.; Boekema, C.

    2006-03-01

    We examine transverse field (TF; 5 kOe) Tl2223 muon-spin-rotation (muSR) data to search for antiferromagnetism (AF) near and in the vortex cores. [1] The vortex frequency signals are fitted by Gaussian and Lorentzian curves. For T < 0.4Tc, Lorentzians fit much better, indicating AF. Since this is especially true for the high-field side, AF appears to exist near and in the vortex cores. [1] Zero field (ZF) muSR data of flux trapping in Tl2223 recorded at 10 K are also studied. We examine signals arising from the initial vortex core, critical field, and remnants of the initial mixed state at five kOe. Three signals at 1.5 MHz, 9-10 MHz (0.7 kOe; Bc1)and 24-25 MHz (1.8 kOe; a 2D-3D transition) are observed. The 110-Oe flux arises from magnetism initially present in the vortex state [1] before the flux trapping. Its ZF fit values are consistent with the AF-vortex TF-fit parameters. Both TF and ZF-muSR evidence suggests AF exists in the Tl2223 superconductor, supporting theories that predict a magnetic origin for cuprate superconductivity. [1] J. Lee et al, J Applied Physics 95 (2004) 6906; Virtual J Applications of Superconductivity, June 2004 V6 Issue 11; www.jyi.org/volumes/volume10/issue6/articles/prudchenko.html

  4. Design and examination of the high- TC superconducting multiplexer

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    Takezawa, M.; Sekiya, N.; Aita, F.; Aizawa, K.; Saito, A.; Hirano, S.; Ohshima, S.

    2005-10-01

    We evaluated a microwave high-TC superconducting multiplexer using YBa2Cu3O7-? thin films on r-plane sapphire substrates. The multiplexer consists of two-resonator Chebyshev-type band pass filters and a power divider designed by means of an electromagnetic simulator and a circuit simulator. Generally, in order to reduce the reflection of input power, directional couplers are inserted between a power divider and a bandpass filter. However, the conventional directional coupler has relatively large insertion loss. Therefore, we have examined a multiplexer without using a directional coupler. Design frequencies of the multiplexer are 1.95 GHz and 2.14 GHz with a 20 MHz bandwidth based on IMT-2000 guidelines. It was found from circuit simulation that the return power S11 of the multiplexer was depended on the microstrip line length of power dividers. The optimal length was half of a transmission microwave ?g in the filter. The measured response of the HTS multiplexer was almost equal to the simulated results.

  5. High-Tc superconducting microbolometer for terahertz applications

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    Ulysse, C.; Gaugue, A.; Adam, A.; Kreisler, A. J.; Villgier, J.-C.; Thomassin, J.-L.

    2002-05-01

    Superconducting hot electron bolometer mixers are now a competitive alternative to Schottky diode mixers in the terahertz frequency range because of their ultra wideband (from millimeter waves to visible light), high conversion gain, and low intrinsic noise level. High Tc superconductor materials can be used to make hot electron bolometers and present some advantage in term of operating temperature and cooling. In this paper, we present first a model for the study of superconducting hot electron bolometers responsivity in direct detection mode, in order to establish a firm basis for the design of future THz mixers. Secondly, an original process to realize YBaCuO hot electron bolometer mixers will be described. Submicron YBaCuO superconducting structures are expitaxially sputter deposited on MgO substrates and patterned by using electron beam lithography in combination with optical lithography. Metal masks achieved by electron beam lithography are insuring a good bridge definition and protection during ion etching. Finally, detection experiments are being performed with a laser at 850 nm wavelength, in homodyne mode in order to prove the feasibility and potential performances of these devices.

  6. Immobilized rennin in TC/SG composite in cheese production.

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    Barouni, Eleftheria; Petsi, Theano; Kolliopoulos, Dionysios; Vasileiou, Dimitrios; Panas, Panagiotis; Bekatorou, Argyro; Kanellaki, Maria; Koutinas, Athanasios A

    2016-06-01

    The object of the current study was to develop a new process for continuous Feta-type cheese production using a biocatalyst consisting of immobilized rennin on a tubular cellulose/starch gel (TC/SG) composite, which has been proven to be an appropriate carrier for enzyme immobilization. Different methodologies were used in order to prepare four biocatalysts. The most effective was selected for cheese production in a 1L continuous system, providing two economically useful results for the dairy industries: (i) increase of productivity by the continuous coagulation of milk, and (ii) saving of the rennin enzyme expenses of the batch coagulation of milk. The criteria used to choose the appropriate biocatalyst was based on the time of coagulation in successive batches, the concentration of immobilized rennin combined with the filter efficiency and its application in the continuous system. Physicochemical analyses of the cheeses at various stages of the ripening were performed. No significant differences compared to cheeses prepared with the traditional method were found. Aroma compounds were determined by SPME GC-MS. PMID:26830563

  7. Experimental constraints on the theory of high-tc superconductivity.

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    Anderson, P W

    1992-06-12

    Analysis of the many experiments on high-temperature superconductivity indicate several essential aspects of any theory. The conductivity and other transport properties as a function of disorder, temperature, and frequency point to a non-Fermi liquid-like behavior, whereas photoemission experiments and magnetic properties indicate the presence of a Fermi surface in momentum space. To reconcile this apparent contradiction, a new type of electron liquid, called a Luttinger liquid, has been postulated, and the present article aims to show the need for this postulate. Theory and experiment indicate that the suitable phenomenological electronic structure model of the CuO layers is that of the one-band Hubbard model. It is also argued that experiment clearly indicates that interlayer interactions strongly affect the superconducting transition temperature, T(c), consistent with the fact that no theoretical calculations on two-dimensional Hubbard models have resulted in the prediction of high transition temperatures, and that anyon models are not favored by experiment. PMID:17836318

  8. Lunar Orbit Anomaly and GM=tc^3 Cosmology

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    Riofrio, Louise

    2011-03-01

    Studies of the Moon at Johnson Space Center have confirmed a large anomaly in lunar orbital distance, with possible applications to Relativity. Our Lunar Laser Ranging Experiment has reported the Moon's semimajor axis increasing at 3.82 ± .07 cm/yr, anomalously high. If the Moon were gaining angular momentum at this rate, it would have coincided with Earth less than 2 Gyr ago. The Mansfield sediment (Bills, Ray 2000) measures lunar recession at 2.9 ± 0.6 cm/yr. Additional observations independently measure a recession rate of 2.82 ± .08 cm/yr. LLRE differs from independent experiments by 10 sigma. A cosmology where speed of light c is related to time t by GM=tc^3 has been suggested to predict the redshifts of Type Ia supernovae, and a 4.507034% proportion of baryonic matter (Riofrio 2004). If c were changing in the amount predicted, lunar orbital distance would appear to increase by an additional 0.935 cm/yr. An anomaly in the lunar orbit may be precisely accounted for, shedding light on puzzles of "dark energy." In Planck units this may be summarised as M=R=t.

  9. Simulations of high-Tc superconductors using the DCA+ algorithm

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    Staar, Peter

    2015-03-01

    For over three decades, the high Tc-cuprates have been a gigantic challenge for condensed matter theory. Even the simplest representation of these materials, i.e. the single band Hubbard model, is hard to solve quantitatively and its phase-diagram is therefore elusive. In this talk, we present the recent algorithmic and implementation advances to the Dynamical Cluster Approximation (DCA). The algorithmic advances allow us to determine self-consistently a continuous self-energy in momentum space, which in turn reduces the cluster-shape dependency of the superconducting transition temperature and thus accelerates the convergence of the latter versus cluster-size. Furthermore, the introduction of the smooth self-energy suppresses artificial correlations and thus reduces the fermionic sign-problem, allowing us to simulate larger clusters at much lower temperatures. By combining these algorithmic improvements with a very efficient GPU accelerated QMC-solver, we are now able to determine the superconducting transition temperature accurately and show that the Cooper-pairs have indeed a d-wave structure, as was predicted by Zhang and Rice.

  10. The impact and recovery of asteroid 2008 TC(3).

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    Jenniskens, P; Shaddad, M H; Numan, D; Elsir, S; Kudoda, A M; Zolensky, M E; Le, L; Robinson, G A; Friedrich, J M; Rumble, D; Steele, A; Chesley, S R; Fitzsimmons, A; Duddy, S; Hsieh, H H; Ramsay, G; Brown, P G; Edwards, W N; Tagliaferri, E; Boslough, M B; Spalding, R E; Dantowitz, R; Kozubal, M; Pravec, P; Borovicka, J; Charvat, Z; Vaubaillon, J; Kuiper, J; Albers, J; Bishop, J L; Mancinelli, R L; Sandford, S A; Milam, S N; Nuevo, M; Worden, S P

    2009-03-26

    In the absence of a firm link between individual meteorites and their asteroidal parent bodies, asteroids are typically characterized only by their light reflection properties, and grouped accordingly into classes. On 6 October 2008, a small asteroid was discovered with a flat reflectance spectrum in the 554-995 nm wavelength range, and designated 2008 TC(3) (refs 4-6). It subsequently hit the Earth. Because it exploded at 37 km altitude, no macroscopic fragments were expected to survive. Here we report that a dedicated search along the approach trajectory recovered 47 meteorites, fragments of a single body named Almahata Sitta, with a total mass of 3.95 kg. Analysis of one of these meteorites shows it to be an achondrite, a polymict ureilite, anomalous in its class: ultra-fine-grained and porous, with large carbonaceous grains. The combined asteroid and meteorite reflectance spectra identify the asteroid as F class, now firmly linked to dark carbon-rich anomalous ureilites, a material so fragile it was not previously represented in meteorite collections. PMID:19325630

  11. Dynamic resistance of a high-Tc superconducting flux pump

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    Jiang, Zhenan; Hamilton, K.; Amemiya, Naoyuki; Badcock, R. A.; Bumby, C. W.

    2014-09-01

    Superconducting flux pumps enable large currents to be injected into a superconducting circuit, without the requirement for thermally conducting current leads which bridge between the cryogenic environment and room temperature. In this work, we have built and studied a mechanically rotating flux pump which employs a coated conductor high-Tc superconducting (HTS) stator. This flux pump has been used to excite an HTS double pancake coil at 77 K. Operation of the flux pump causes the current within the superconducting circuit to increase over time, before saturating at a limiting value. Interestingly, the superconducting flux pump is found to possess an effective internal resistance, Reff, which varies linearly with frequency, and is two orders of magnitude larger than the measured series resistance of the soldered contacts within the circuit. This internal resistance sets a limit for the maximum achievable output current from the flux pump, which is independent of the operating frequency. We attribute this effect to dynamic resistance within the superconducting stator wire which is caused by the interaction between the DC transport current and the imposed alternating magnetic field. We provide an analytical expression describing the output characteristics of our rotating flux pump in the high frequency limit, and demonstrate that it describes the time-dependent behavior of our experimental circuit. Dynamic resistance is highlighted as a generic issue that must be considered when optimizing the design of an HTS flux pump.

  12. Photometric observations of Earth-impacting asteroid 2008 TC3

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    Kozubal, Marek J.; Gasdia, Forrest W.; Dantowitz, Ronald F.; Scheirich, Peter; Harris, Alan W.

    2011-04-01

    A calibrated lightcurve is presented of the near-Earth asteroid 2008 TC3, obtained before it impacted Earth on October 7, 2008. The asteroid was observed in unfiltered images from the end of astronomical twilight until the object entered Earth's shadow about 2 h later. The observations covered a wide range of phase angles from 14.79 to 2.93, during which the asteroid ranged from 82,000 km to 29,000 km distance from the observer. A method is presented for obtaining photometrically filtered brightness values for the asteroid using unfiltered imaging techniques. Over 1,700 images of the asteroid produce a lightcurve with a peak-to-peak variation in V of 0.76 magnitude. Analysis of the lightcurve yields values for H = 30.86 0.01 and G = 0.33 0.03. Combined with other constraints on the kinetic energy and diameter of the asteroid, which suggest a low 1.8 g cm-3 density and albedo 0.05 0.01, the value of H implies an asteroid of about 4.1 m in diameter, 28 m3 in volume, and 51,000 kg in mass. The determined value of G is out of range for normal, larger asteroids of albedo 0.05-0.15.

  13. Study of the influence of laser of low potency to label red blood cells and plasmatic protein with 99mTc in vitro

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    Rolim, Ricardo Q.; Carvalho, Elaine F.; Nascimento, Edgar V.; Souza, Grace M.; Magnata, Simey S.; Bernardo-Filho, Mario; Catanho, Maria T.

    2004-09-01

    This work aims to verify the effect of laser of low potency to label red blood cells and plasmatic protein with 99mTc in vitro. The experiments were carried out by incubating of anticoagulant whole blood. Differents doses of gallium arsenide laser with energy density of 3j/cm2, 6j/cm2, 9 j/cm2, 18 j/cm2 and 804nm wavelength was applied. A stannous chloride solution of 1,2?g/mL was added the incubation for 60 minutes. After this the 99mTc was added and the incubation was continued for another 10 minutes. Those were centrifuged, precipitated with thrichoroacetic acid 5% and mensured in a counter. The results shows that there is a significant decrease in the fixation of 99mTc in red blood cells when the concentration of 3j/ cm2 and (from 93 to 32.2%) and in occurs an increase %ATI from 12 to 54,6% of plasma protein. The laser promote modification on some properties of the red blood cellular membrane, probably, due to the metabolization of cellular that could be capable to generation the active metabolites.

  14. Fast Monte Carlo based joint iterative reconstruction for simultaneous {sup 99m}Tc/{sup 123}I SPECT imaging

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    Ouyang Jinsong; El Fakhri, Georges; Moore, Stephen C.

    2007-08-15

    Simultaneous {sup 99m}Tc/{sup 123}I SPECT allows the assessment of two physiological functions under identical conditions. The separation of these radionuclides is difficult, however, because their energies are close. Most energy-window-based scatter correction methods do not fully model either physical factors or patient-specific activity and attenuation distributions. We have developed a fast Monte Carlo (MC) simulation-based multiple-radionuclide and multiple-energy joint ordered-subset expectation-maximization (JOSEM) iterative reconstruction algorithm, MC-JOSEM. MC-JOSEM simultaneously corrects for scatter and cross talk as well as detector response within the reconstruction algorithm. We evaluated MC-JOSEM for simultaneous brain profusion ({sup 99m}Tc-HMPAO) and neurotransmission ({sup 123}I-altropane) SPECT. MC simulations of {sup 99m}Tc and {sup 123}I studies were generated separately and then combined to mimic simultaneous {sup 99m}Tc/{sup 123}I SPECT. All the details of photon transport through the brain, the collimator, and detector, including Compton and coherent scatter, septal penetration, and backscatter from components behind the crystal, were modeled. We reconstructed images from simultaneous dual-radionuclide projections in three ways. First, we reconstructed the photopeak-energy-window projections (with an asymmetric energy window for {sup 123}I) using the standard ordered-subsets expectation-maximization algorithm (NSC-OSEM). Second, we used standard OSEM to reconstruct {sup 99m}Tc photopeak-energy-window projections, while including an estimate of scatter from a Compton-scatter energy window (SC-OSEM). Third, we jointly reconstructed both {sup 99m}Tc and {sup 123}I images using projection data associated with two photopeak energy windows and an intermediate-energy window using MC-JOSEM. For 15 iterations of reconstruction, the bias and standard deviation of {sup 99m}Tc activity estimates in several brain structures were calculated for NSC-OSEM, SC-OSEM, and MC-JOSEM, using images reconstructed from primary (unscattered) photons as a reference. Similar calculations were performed for {sup 123}I images for NSC-OSEM and MC-JOSEM. For {sup 123}I images, dopamine binding potential (BP) at equilibrium and its signal-to-noise ratio (SNR) were also calculated. Our results demonstrate that MC-JOSEM performs better than NSC- and SC-OSEM for quantitation tasks. After 15 iterations of reconstruction, the relative bias of {sup 99m}Tc activity estimates in the thalamus, striata, white matter, and gray matter volumes from MC-JOSEM ranged from -2.4% to 1.2%, while the same estimates for NSC-OSEM (SC-OSEM) ranged from 20.8% to 103.6% (7.2% to 41.9%). Similarly, the relative bias of {sup 123}I activity estimates from 15 iterations of MC-JOSEM in the striata and background ranged from -1.4% to 2.9%, while the same estimates for NSC-OSEM ranged from 1.6% to 10.0%. The relative standard deviation of {sup 99m}Tc activity estimates from MC-JOSEM ranged from 1.1% to 4.8% versus 1.2% to 6.7% (1.2% to 5.9%) for NSC-OSEM (SC-OSEM). The relative standard deviation of {sup 123}I activity estimates using MC-JOSEM ranged from 1.1% to 1.9% versus 1.5% to 2.7% for NSC-OSEM. Using the {sup 123}I dopamine BP obtained from the reconstruction produced by primary photons as a reference, the result for MC-JOSEM was 50.5% closer to the reference than that of NSC-OSEM after 15 iterations. The SNR for dopamine BP was 23.6 for MC-JOSEM as compared to 18.3 for NSC-OSEM.

  15. Effect of Co-Ligands on Chemical and Biological Properties of 99mTc(III) Complexes [99mTc(L)(CDO)(CDOH)2BMe] (L = Cl, F, SCN and N3; CDOH2 = Cyclohexanedione Dioxime)

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    Zheng, Yumin; Ji, Shundong; Tomaselli, Elena; Ernest, Carley; Freiji, Tom; Liu, Shuang

    2015-01-01

    Introduction 99mTc-Teboroxime ([99mTcCl(CDO)(CDOH)2BMe]) is a member of the BATO (boronic acid adducts of technetium dioximes) class of 99mTc(III) complexes. This study sought to explore the impact of co-ligands on solution stability, heart uptake and myocardial retention of [99mTc(L)(CDO)(CDOH)2BMe] (99mTc-Teboroxime: L = Cl; 99mTc-Teboroxime(F): L = F; 99mTc-Teboroxime(SCN): L = SCN; and 99mTc-Teboroxime(N3): L = N3). Methods Radiotracers 99mTc-Teboroxime(L) (L = F, SCN and N3) were prepared by reacting 99mTc-Teboroxime with NaF, NaSCN and NaN3, respectively. Biodistribution and imaging studies were carried out in Sprague-Dawley rats. Image quantification was performed to compare their heart retention and liver clearance kinetics. Results Complexes 99mTc-Teboroxime(L) (L = F, SCN and N3) were prepared in high yield with high radiochemical purity. All new radiotracers were stable for >6 h in the kit matrix. In its HPLC chromatogram, 99mTc-Teboroxime showed one peak at ~15.5 min, which was shorter than that of 99mTc-Teboroxime(F) (~16.4 min). There were two peaks for 99mTc-Teboroxime(SCN) at 16.5 and 18.3 min. 99mTc-Teboroxime(N3) appeared as a single peak at 18.4 min. Their heart retention and liver clearance curves were best fitted to the bi-exponential decay function. The half-times of fast/slow components were 1.6 0.4/60.78.9 min for 99mTc-Teboroxime, 0.80.2/101.720.7 min for 99mTc-Teboroxime(F), 1.20.3/84.816.6 min for 99mTc-Teboroxime(SCN), and 2.90.9/51.65.0 min for 99mTc-Teboroxime(N3). The 2-min heart uptake followed the order of 99mTc-Teboroxime (3.000.37%ID/g) > 99mTc-Teboroxime(N3) (2.660.01 %ID/g) ? 99mTc-Sestamibi (2.550.46 %ID/g) > 99mTcN-MPO (2.380.15 %ID/g). 99mTc-Teboroxime remains the best in first-pass extraction. The best image acquisition window is 0 5 min for 99mTc-Teboroximine and 0 15 min for 99mTc-Teboroximine(N3). Conclusion Co-ligands had significant impact on the heart uptake and myocardial retention of complexes [99mTc(L)(CDO)(CDOH)2BMe] (L = Cl, F, SCN and N3). Future studies should be directed towards minimizing the liver uptake and radioactivity accumulation in the blood vessels while maintaining their high heart uptake. PMID:25169135

  16. Intrinsic MyD88-Akt1-mTOR Signaling Coordinates Disparate Tc17 and Tc1 Responses during Vaccine Immunity against Fungal Pneumonia

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    Nanjappa, Som Gowda; Hernndez-Santos, Nydiaris; Galles, Kevin; Wthrich, Marcel; Suresh, M.; Klein, Bruce S.

    2015-01-01

    Fungal infections have skyrocketed in immune-compromised patients lacking CD4+ T cells, underscoring the need for vaccine prevention. An understanding of the elements that promote vaccine immunity in this setting is essential. We previously demonstrated that vaccine-induced IL-17A+ CD8+ T cells (Tc17) are required for resistance against lethal fungal pneumonia in CD4+ T cell-deficient hosts, whereas the individual type I cytokines IFN-?, TNF-? and GM-CSF, are dispensable. Here, we report that T cell-intrinsic MyD88 signals are crucial for these Tc17 cell responses and vaccine immunity against lethal fungal pneumonia in mice. In contrast, IFN-?+ CD8+ cell (Tc1) responses are largely normal in the absence of intrinsic MyD88 signaling in CD8+ T cells. The poor accumulation of MyD88-deficient Tc17 cells was not linked to an early onset of contraction, nor to accelerated cell death or diminished expression of anti-apoptotic molecules Bcl-2 or Bcl-xL. Instead, intrinsic MyD88 was required to sustain the proliferation of Tc17 cells through the activation of mTOR via Akt1. Moreover, intrinsic IL-1R and TLR2, but not IL-18R, were required for MyD88 dependent Tc17 responses. Our data identify unappreciated targets for augmenting adaptive immunity against fungi. Our findings have implications for designing fungal vaccines and immune-based therapies in immune-compromised patients. PMID:26367276

  17. Piezoelectrostatic Generator

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    Robertson, Glen A.

    1989-01-01

    High voltage generated by compact, lightweight equipment. Improved variable-capacitance electrostatic generator relies on piezoelectric effort to convert mechanical energy directly into electrical energy and contains neither transformers nor bulky high-voltage rectifiers. Requires neither external power supply to charge, nor vacuum to insulate electrodes.

  18. Generative Semantics.

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    King, Margaret

    The first section of this paper deals with the attempts within the framework of transformational grammar to make semantics a systematic part of linguistic description, and outlines the characteristics of the generative semantics position. The second section takes a critical look at generative semantics in its later manifestations, and makes a case

  19. Generative Semantics

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    Bagha, Karim Nazari

    2011-01-01

    Generative semantics is (or perhaps was) a research program within linguistics, initiated by the work of George Lakoff, John R. Ross, Paul Postal and later McCawley. The approach developed out of transformational generative grammar in the mid 1960s, but stood largely in opposition to work by Noam Chomsky and his students. The nature and genesis of…

  20. The transposable element Uhu from Hawaiian Drosophila--member of the widely dispersed class of Tc1-like transposons.

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    Brezinsky, L; Wang, G V; Humphreys, T; Hunt, J

    1990-01-01

    We report the complete nucleotide sequence of the transposable element Uhu from the vicinity of the alcohol dehydrogenase (Adh) gene of Drosophila heteroneura (an endemic Hawaiian Drosophila). The complete element is about 1650 base-pairs (bp) long, has 46-50 base-pair inverse imperfect repeats at it's ends, and contains a large open reading frame potentially encoding a 192 amino acid protein. We demonstrate that Uhu belongs to a class of transposable elements which includes Tc1 from Caenorhabditis elegans, Barney from Caenorhabditis briggsae, and HB1 from Drosophila melanogaster. All of these elements share significant sequence similarity, are approximately 1600 base pairs long, have short inverse terminal repeats (ITRs), contain open reading frames (ORFs) with significant sequence identity, and appear to insert specifically at TA sequences generating target site duplications. PMID:2159635

  1. Forward scattering from phonons as a pathway to increasing Tc in quasi-two-dimensional unconventional superconductors

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    Johnston, Steven

    2015-03-01

    One of the primary goals of superconductivity research is engineering materials that become superconducting at high temperatures. To this end, I will examine forward scattering from phonons as a general means to increase Tc in unconventional superconductors. First I will introduce the mechanisms for generating electron-lattice interactions in quasi-two-dimensional correlated systems that are peaked in the forward scattering direction. Then I will present case studies comparing theory to angle-resolved photoemission spectroscopy data for the Bi-family of cuprate superconductors and the recently discovered FeSe monolayer in SrTiO3 substrates [2]. These studies demonstrate the general principle of using particular electron-phonon interactions for enhancing superconductivity in unconventional pairing channels.

  2. Synthesis and characterization of technetium(III) complexes with nitrogen heterocycles by O atom transfer from oxotechnetium(V) cores. Crystal structures of mer-(Cl sub 3 (pic) sub 3 Tc) and mer-(Cl sub 3 (pic)(PMe sub 2 Ph) sub 2 Tc) (pic = 4-picoline). Electrochemical parameters fore the reduction of Tc sup II , Tc sup III , and Tc sup IV

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    Lu, Jun; Yamano, Akahito; Clarke, M.J. )

    1990-09-05

    The combination of pyridine ligands, (OCl{sub 4}Tc){sup {minus}}, and O atom acceptors of different cone angles, such as PMe{sub 2}Ph or PPh{sub 3}, results in Tc{sup III} complexes that vary in the coordination of the phosphine ligand. The compounds mer(Cl{sub 3}(4-picoline){sub 3}Tc) and mer-(Cl{sub 3}(4-picoline)(PMe{sub 2}Ph){sub 2}Tc) have been obtained in good yield and have been characterized spectroscopically and by single-crystal x-ray diffraction. The crystal structure data are reported. Linear correlations of technetium reduction potentials in DMF with electrochemical ligand additivity parameters (E{sub L}'s) have been obtained for the Tc{sup II,I}, Tc{sup III,II}, and Tc{sup IV,III} couples. The slope and intercept (S{sub M}, I{sub M}) pairs for each technetium oxidation-reduction couple, respectively, are (1.39, {minus}2.07), (1.29, {minus}0.91), and (1.00, 0.65). 32 refs., 3 figs., 6 tabs.

  3. 99mTc Pyrene Derivative Complex Causes Double-Strand Breaks in dsDNA Mainly through Cluster-Mediated Indirect Effect in Aqueous Solution

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    Chung, Wei-Ju; Cui, Yujia; Huang, Feng-Yun J.; Tu, Tzu-Hui; Yang, Tzu-Sen; Lo, Jem-Mau; Chiang, Chi-Shiun; Hsu, Ian C.

    2014-01-01

    Radiation therapy for cancer patients works by ionizing damage to nuclear DNA, primarily by creating double-strand breaks (DSB). A major shortcoming of traditional radiation therapy is the set of side effect associated with its long-range interaction with nearby tissues. Low-energy Auger electrons have the advantage of an extremely short effective range, minimizing damage to healthy tissue. Consequently, the isotope 99mTc, an Auger electron source, is currently being studied for its beneficial potential in cancer treatment. We examined the dose effect of a pyrene derivative 99mTc complex on plasmid DNA by using gel electrophoresis in both aqueous and methanol solutions. In aqueous solutions, the average yield per decay for double-strand breaks is 0.011±0.005 at low dose range, decreasing to 0.0005±0.0003 in the presence of 1 M dimethyl sulfoxide (DMSO). The apparent yield per decay for single-strand breaks (SSB) is 0.04±0.02, decreasing to approximately a fifth with 1 M DMSO. In methanol, the average yield per decay of DSB is 0.54±0.06 and drops to undetectable levels in 2 M DMSO. The SSB yield per decay is 7.2±0.2, changing to 0.4±0.2 in the presence of 2 M DMSO. The 95% decrease in the yield of DSB in DMSO indicates that the main mechanism for DSB formation is through indirect effect, possibly by cooperative binding or clustering of intercalators. In the presence of non-radioactive ligands at a near saturation concentration, where radioactive Tc compounds do not form large clusters, the yield of SSB stays the same while the yield of DSB decreases to the value in DMSO. DSBs generated by 99mTc conjugated to intercalators are primarily caused by indirect effects through clustering. PMID:25244160

  4. Bioreduction of Fe-bearing clay minerals and their reactivity toward pertechnetate (Tc-99)

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    Bishop, Michael E.; Dong, Hailiang; Kukkadapu, Ravi K.; Liu, Chongxuan; Edelmann, Richard E.

    2011-09-01

    99Technetium ( 99Tc) is a fission product of uranium-235 and plutonium-239 and poses a high environmental hazard due to its long half-life ( t1/2 = 2.13 10 5 y), abundance in nuclear wastes, and environmental mobility under oxidizing conditions [i.e., Tc(VII)]. Under reducing conditions, Tc(VII) can be reduced to insoluble Tc(IV). Ferrous iron, either in aqueous form (Fe 2+) or in mineral form [Fe(II)], has been used to reduce Tc(VII) to Tc(IV). However, the reactivity of Fe(II) from clay minerals, other than nontronite, toward immobilization of Tc(VII) and its role in retention of reduced Tc(IV) has not been investigated. In this study the reactivity of a suite of clay minerals toward Tc(VII) reduction and immobilization was evaluated. The clay minerals chosen for this study included five members in the smectite-illite (S-I) series, (montmorillonite, nontronite, rectorite, mixed layered I-S, and illite), chlorite, and palygorskite. Surface Fe-oxides were removed from these minerals with a modified dithionite-citrate-bicarbonate (DCB) procedure. The total structural Fe content of these clay minerals, after surface Fe-oxide removal, ranged from 0.7% to 30.4% by weight, and the structural Fe(III)/Fe(total) ratio ranged from 45% to 98%. X-ray diffraction (XRD) and Mssbauer spectroscopy results showed that after Fe oxide removal the clay minerals were free of Fe-oxides. Scanning electron microscopy (SEM) revealed that little dissolution occurred during the DCB treatment. Bioreduction experiments were performed in bicarbonate buffer (pH-7) with structural Fe(III) in the clay minerals as the sole electron acceptor, lactate as the sole electron donor, and Shewanella putrefaciens CN32 cells as a mediator. In select tubes, anthraquinone-2,6-disulfate (AQDS) was added as electron shuttle to facilitate electron transfer. In the S-I series, smectite (montmorillonite) was the most reducible (18% and 41% without and with AQDS, respectively) and illite the least (1% for both without and with AQDS). The extent and initial rate of bioreduction were positively correlated with the percent smectite in the S-I series (i.e., layer expandability). Fe(II) in the bioreduced clay minerals subsequently was used to reduce Tc(VII) to Tc(IV) in PIPES buffer. Similar to the trend of bioreduction, in the S-I series, reduced NAu-2 showed the highest reactivity toward Tc(VII), and reduced illite exhibited the least. The initial rate of Tc(VII) reduction, after normalization to clay and Fe(II) concentrations, was positively correlated with the percent smectite in the S-I series. Fe(II) in chlorite and palygorskite was also reactive toward Tc(VII) reduction. These data demonstrate that crystal chemical parameters (layer expandability, Fe and Fe(II) contents, and surface area, etc.) play important roles in controlling the extent and rate of bioreduction and the reactivity toward Tc(VII) reduction. Reduced Tc(IV) resides within clay mineral matrix, and this association could minimize any potential of reoxidation over long term.

  5. Identification of the non-pertechnetate species in Hanford waste tanks, Tc(I) carbonyl complexes

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    Lukens, Wayne W.; Shuh, David K.; Schroeder, Norman C.; Ashley, Kenneth R.

    2003-10-16

    Immobilization of the high-level nuclear waste stored at the Hanford Reservation has been complicated by the presence of soluble, lower-valent technetium species. Previous work by Schroeder and Blanchard has shown that these species cannot be removed by ion-exchange and are difficult to oxidize. The Tc-K edge XANES spectra of the species in Tanks SY-101 and SY-103 were reported by Blanchard, but they could not be assigned to any known technetium complex. We report that the XANES spectra are most likely those of Tc(I) carbonyl species, especially fac-Tc(CO){sub 3}(gluconate){sup 2-}. This is further supported by EXAFS and {sup 99}Tc-NMR studies in nonradioactive simulants of these tank wastes.

  6. Visualization of cutaneous hemangioma with Tc-99m tagged red blood cells

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    Gordon, L.; Vujic, I.; Spicer, K.M.

    1981-10-01

    Scintigraphy with Tc-99m labeled red blood cells (RBCs) was used to evaluate a patient with a large cutaneous hemangioma. The usefulness of this procedure when combined with arteriography is discussed.

  7. Preparation and evaluation of (99m)Tc-DMSA lyophilized kit for renal imaging.

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    Jan, Syed Umer; Abbass, Hafiz Ghulam

    2013-05-01

    Dimercaptosuccinic acid (DMSA) has been evaluated and used with technetium 99m ((99m)Tc) in imaging of kidneys. DMSA lyophilized kits were prepared and radiolabelled with (99m)Tc. Paper and thin-layer chromatography have been employed using various eluent systems for the radiochemical analysis, percentage labeling and binding capacity of (99m)Tc-DMSA. Female albino rabbits were used for this study. Biological data obtained after intravenous injection of radiolabelled DMSA to female albino rabbits revealed 32.42% uptake and long retention time in the kidneys. On the basis of animal biodistribution data, it is suggested that DMSA when labeled with (99m)Tc is useful complex for renal imaging and can be successfully applied as a diagnostic tool in nuclear medicine. Clinical biodistribution and radiation dosimetry studies are planned in future. PMID:23625428

  8. Bioreduction of Fe-bearing clay minerals and their reactivity toward pertechnetate (Tc-99)

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    Bishop, Michael E.; Dong, Hailiang; Kukkadapu, Ravi K.; Liu, Chongxuan; Edelmann, Richard E.

    2011-07-01

    99Technetium (99Tc) is a fission product of uranium-235 and plutonium-239 and poses a high environmental hazard due to its long half-life (t1/2 = 2.13 x 105 y), abundance in nuclear wastes, and environmental mobility under oxidizing conditions [i.e., Tc(VII)]. Under reducing conditions, Tc(VII) can be reduced to insoluble Tc(IV). Ferrous iron [Fe(II)], either in aqueous form or in mineral form, has been used to reduce Tc(VII) to Tc(IV). However, the reactivity of Fe(II) from clay minerals, other than nontronite, toward immobilization of Tc(VII) and its role in retention of reduced Tc(IV) have not been investigated. In this study the reactivity of a suite of clay minerals toward Tc(VII) reduction and immobilization was evaluated. The clay minerals chosen for this study included five members in the smectite-illite (S-I) series, (montmorillonite, nontronite, rectorite, mixed layered I-S, and illite), chlorite, and palygorskite. Fe-oxides were removed from these minerals with a modified dithionite-citrate-bicarbonate (DCB) procedure. The total Fe content of these clay minerals, after Fe-oxide removal, ranged from 0.7 to 30.4% by weight, and the Fe(III)/Fe(total) ratio ranged from 44.9 to 98.5%. X-ray diffraction (XRD) and Mssbauer spectroscopy results showed that after Fe oxide removal the clay minerals were free of Fe-oxides. Scanning electron microscopy (SEM) revealed that little dissolution occurred during the DCB treatment. Bioreduction experiments were performed in bicarbonate buffer (pH-7) with Fe(III) in the clay minerals as the sole electron acceptor, lactate as the sole electron donor, and Shewanella Putrifaciens CN32 cells as mediators. In select tubes, anthraquinone-2,6-disulfate (AQDS) was added as electron shuttle to facilitate electron transfer. The extent of Fe(III) bioreduction was the highest for chlorite (~43 wt%) and the lowest for palygorskite (~4.17 wt%). In the S-I series, NAu-2 was the most reducible (~31 %) and illite the least (~0.4 %). The extent and initial rate of bioreduction were positively correlated with the percent smectite in the S-I series (i.e., layer expandability). Fe(II) in the bioreduced clay minerals subsequently was used to reduce Tc(VII) to Tc(IV) in PIPES buffer. Similar to the trend of bioreduction, in the S-I series, reduced smectite showed the highest reactivity toward Tc(VII), and reduced illite exhibited the least. The initial rate of Tc(VII) reduction, after normalization to clay and Fe(II) concentrations, was positively correlated with the percent smectite in the S-I series. Fe(II) in chlorite and palygorskite was also reactive toward Tc(VII) reduction. These data demonstrate that crystal chemical parameters (layer expandability, Fe and Fe(II) contents, and surface area etc.) play important roles in controlling the extent and rate of bioreduction and the reactivity toward Tc(VII) reduction. Reduced Tc(IV) resides within clay mineral matrix, and this association could minimize any potential of reoxidation over long term.

  9. Copper oxycarbonates and mercury-based cuprates. Promising high-Tc superconductors

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    Raveau, B.; Michel, C.; Hervieu, M.; Martin, C.; Maignan, A. Univ. of Caen ); Van Tendeloo, G. Univ. of Caen Univ. of Antwerp )

    1994-02-01

    A short overview of two recently discovered series of high-Tc superconductors is given. The first one deals with copper oxycarbonates which exhibit Tc's up to 82 K. Their structural principle is based on the fact that rows of CO[sub 3] groups can assure the connection between either octahedral or pyramidal copper layers forming new intergrowths with Tc's superior to those of the mother structures. The second family concerns the mercury-based cuprates, characterized by Tc's ranging from 27 to 132 K. The structure of the mercury compounds is closely related to those of the thallium cuprates TlBa[sub 2]Ca[sub m[minus]1]Cu[sub m]O[sub 2m+3] which exhibit thallium monolayers: they differ from the Tl cuprates by a high oxygen deficiency at the level of the mercury layers due to the preference of this cation for two-fold coordination. 33 refs., 20 figs.

  10. Qualitative Picture of a New Mechanism for High-Tc Superconductors

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    Hu, Chia-Ren

    Xu et al. observed enhanced Nernst effect and Iguchi et al. observed patched diamagnetism, both well above Tc in underdoped high-Tc superconductors (HTSCs). A new mechanism is proposed here, which seems to naturally explain, at least qualitatively, these observations, as well as the d-wave nature and continuity of pseudogap and pairing gap, the tunneling conductance above Tc, as well as T*(x), T?(x), Tc(x), etc. This mechanism combines features of dynamic charged stripes, preformed pairs, and spin-bags: At appropriete doping levels, the doped holes (and perhaps also electrons) will promote the formation of anti-phase islands in short-range anti-ferromagnetic order. On the boundary of each such island reside two doped carriers; the unscreened Coulomb repulsion between them stabilizes the island's size. Superconductivity results when such "pre-formed pairs" Bose-condense.

  11. Trypanosoma cruzi nucleoside diphosphate kinase 1 ( TcNDPK1) has a broad nuclease activity.

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    Miranda, M R; Canepa, G E; Bouvier, L A; Pereira, C A

    2008-12-01

    Here, we present the characterization of a trypanosomatid nucleoside diphosphate kinase (TcNDPK1) exhibiting nuclease activity. This is the first identification of a NDPK with this property in trypanosomatid organisms. The recombinant TcNDPK1 protein cleaves not only linear DNA, but also supercoiled plasmid DNA. Additionally, TcNDPK1 is capable of degrading Trypanosoma cruzi genomic DNA. ATP or ADP did not affect the nuclease activity, while the absence of Mg2+ completely inhibits this activity. NDPK and nuclease activities were inhibited at the same temperature, suggesting the presence of related catalytic sites. Furthermore, phenogram analysis showed that TcNDPK1 is close to Drosophila melanogaster and human NDPKs. The unspecific nuclease activity could suggest a participation in cellular processes such as programmed cell death. PMID:18980701

  12. Study of irradiated bone. Part II. Changes in Tc-99m pyrophosphate bone imaging

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    King, M.A.; Weber, D.A.; Casarett, G.W.; Burgener, F.A.; Corriveau, O.

    1980-01-01

    Quantitative Tc-99m pyrophosphate bone imaging was carried out in locally irradiated and control areas of New Zealand albino rabbits to determine the potential role of bone imaging in assessing the time course of radiation effects in bone and surrounding tissues. In vitro Tc-99m tissue assays, and serial radiographs, from the irradiated and contralateral limbs were obtained at regular intervals over the first 12 mo following irradiation for comparison with quantitative results from the camera studies. The autoradiographic localization of TcPPi was also studied in the x-irradiated and contralateral bones of the rabbits. The results show that TcPPi bone imaging is a sensitive in vivo indicator of early radiation effects upon vasculature and bone remodeling. The findings suggest that the quantitative bone-imaging technique may be useful in the evaluation of the effects of treatment modalities on the skeleton.

  13. Autoradiography of lymph nodes with 99mTc-dextran in rabbits.

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    Ercan, M T; Kriegel, H

    1992-01-01

    99mTc-dextran (D) was further evaluated in the present study as a lymphoscintigraphic agent compared to radiocolloids. It was injected intra-dermally into the web space between the second and third toes in both hind feet of two rabbits. 99mTc-nanocolloid (NC) was injected subcutaneously in both hind feet of two other rabbits. Popliteal lymph nodes were taken out and frozen in liquid nitrogen after the animals were sacrificed at 2 h post-injection. Three frozen sections in 10 microns thickness were prepared from each node for autoradiographic studies. The lymph node slices were exposed for 18 h using Ilford G 5 emulsion. The obtained autoradiographs showed that the distribution of 99mTc-D radioactivity within lymph nodes was more uniform indicating better tissue penetration compared to 99mTc-NC which remained mostly in the lymph canaliculi. PMID:1374371

  14. Vertebral Hemangiolymphangioma Mimics Bone Metastases on 99mTc-MDP SPECT/CT.

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    Zhang, Yiqiu; Li, Beilei; Shi, Hongcheng; Cai, Liang; Hou, Jun

    2016-01-01

    Hemangiolymphangioma is a very rare, congenital malformation of both lymphatic and blood vessels. In the present study, we report a case of vertebral hemangiolymphangioma that was misdiagnosed as bone metastasis on Tc-MDP SPECT/CT. PMID:26359559

  15. Crossed Fused Renal Ectopia: Presentations on 99mTc-MAG3 Scan, 99mTc-DMSA SPECT, and Multidetector CT.

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    Moon, Eun Ha; Kim, Min-Woo; Kim, Young Jun; Sun, In O

    2015-10-01

    Crossed renal ectopia is an uncommon developmental anomaly in which both kidneys are located on the same side of the body. The present case describes a 20-year-old man who underwent the military entrance physical examination. The ultrasound showed the right kidney in normal site with slightly increased size, but the left kidney was not identified. Tc-MAG3 scan showed a single kidney with 2 ureters, and the orifices of the ureters were connected at both sides of bladder. Tc-DMSA SPECT and contrast-enhanced multidetector CT were performed and revealed crossed fused renal ectopia. PMID:26252333

  16. Ibogaine labeling with 99mTc-tricarbonyl: synthesis and transport at the mouse blood-brain barrier.

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    Tournier, Nicolas; André, Pascal; Blondeel, Sandy; Rizzo-Padoin, Nathalie; du Moulinet d'Hardemarre, Amaury; Declèves, Xavier; Scherrmann, Jean-Michel; Cisternino, Salvatore

    2009-12-01

    The (99m)Tc-tricarbonyl core may be used as an ideal tool for gamma-labeling ligands in noninvasive SPECT imaging. However, most (99m)Tc-tricarbonyl-labeled agents have difficulty crossing the blood-brain barrier (BBB). We radiolabeled the neuroactive indole ibogaine with (99m)Tc-tricarbonyl and measured its transport into the mouse brain by in situ brain perfusion. We measured the interactions of [(99m)Tc(CO)(3)-ibogaine](+) and (99m)Tc-tricarbonyl with the main BBB efflux transporters P-gp and BCRP in vitro and in vivo. Ibogaine was radiolabeled (yield: over 95%). [(99m)Tc(CO)(3)-ibogaine](+) entered the brain (K(in)) poorly (0.18 microL/g/s), at about the same rate as (99m)Tc-tricarbonyl (0.16 microL/g/s) and [(99m)Tc-sestamibi](+) (0.10 microL/g/s). The CNS tracer [(99m)Tc-HMPAO](0) entered the brain approximately 70-times higher than [(99m)Tc(CO)(3)-ibogaine](+). In vitro studies revealed that neither [(99m)Tc(CO)(3)-ibogaine](+) nor (99m)Tc-tricarbonyl ion were substrates for P-gp or BCRP. But lowering the membrane dipole potential barrier with phloretin enhanced the brain transport of [(99m)Tc(OH(2))(3)(CO)(3)](+) approximately 3-fold. Thus, ibogaine directly labeled with (99m)Tc-tricarbonyl is not suitable for CNS imaging because of its poor uptake. Brain transport is not restricted by efflux transporters but is reduced by its lipophilicity and interaction with the membrane-positive dipole potential. PMID:19492342

  17. Dose calibrator linearity test: 99mTc versus 18F radioisotopes*

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    Willegaignon, Jos; Sapienza, Marcelo Tatit; Coura-Filho, George Barberio; Garcez, Alexandre Teles; Alves, Carlos Eduardo Gonzalez Ribeiro; Cardona, Marissa Anabel Rivera; Gutterres, Ricardo Fraga; Buchpiguel, Carlos Alberto

    2015-01-01

    Objective The present study was aimed at evaluating the viability of replacing 18F with 99mTc in dose calibrator linearity testing. Materials and Methods The test was performed with sources of 99mTc (62 GBq) and 18F (12 GBq) whose activities were measured up to values lower than 1 MBq. Ratios and deviations between experimental and theoretical 99mTc and 18F sources activities were calculated and subsequently compared. Results Mean deviations between experimental and theoretical 99mTc and 18F sources activities were 0.56 ( 1.79)% and 0.92 ( 1.19)%, respectively. The mean ratio between activities indicated by the device for the 99mTc source as measured with the equipment pre-calibrated to measure 99mTc and 18F was 3.42 ( 0.06), and for the 18F source this ratio was 3.39 ( 0.05), values considered constant over the measurement time. Conclusion The results of the linearity test using 99mTc were compatible with those obtained with the 18F source, indicating the viability of utilizing both radioisotopes in dose calibrator linearity testing. Such information in association with the high potential of radiation exposure and costs involved in 18F acquisition suggest 99mTc as the element of choice to perform dose calibrator linearity tests in centers that use 18F, without any detriment to the procedure as well as to the quality of the nuclear medicine service. PMID:25798005

  18. Three-Component Spectroelectrochemical Sensor Module for the Detection of Pertechnetate (TcO4-)

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    Chatterjee, Sayandev; Bryan, Samuel A.; Seliskar, Carl J.; Heineman, William R.

    2013-07-01

    This review looks at the advancements in the development of a sensor for technetium (Tc) that is applicable to characterizing and monitoring the vadose zone and associated subsurface water. Subsurface contamination by Tc is of particular concern for two reasons: the extremely long lifetime of its most common isotope 99Tc (half-life = 2 x 105 years) and the fast migration in soils of pertechnetate (TcO4–) which is considered to be the dominant 99Tc species in ground water. TcO4– does not have a characteristic spectral signature which prevents its rapid, sensitive, and economic in-situ detection. To address this problem, a novel spectroelectrochemical sensor has been designed that combines three modes of selectivity (electrochemistry, spectroscopy, and selective partitioning) into a single sensor to substantially improve specificity which is critical in the specific detection of an analyte in the presence of potential interfering species. The sensor consists of a basic spectroelectrochemical configuration: a waveguide with an optically transparent electrode (OTE) that is coated with a thin chemically-selective film that preconcnetrates the analyte. The key to adapting this generic sensor to detect TcO4– and Tc complexes lies in the development of chemically-selective films that preconcentrate the analyte and, when necessary, chemically convert it into a complex with electrochemical and spectroscopic properties appropriate for sensing. This review focuses on the general concept of the sensor and the rationale for the selection of the specific components of choice, the development and characterization of the sensor for the different detection modules, the synthesis and characterization of complexes relevant in the detection of technetium, and the progress in the utilization of the sensor module for the effective detection of these complexes.

  19. Water-stable fac-{TcO?}? complexes - a new field of technetium chemistry.

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    Braband, Henrik

    2011-01-01

    The development of technetium chemistry has been lagging behind that of its heavier congener rhenium, primarily because the inherent radioactivity of all Tc isotopes has limited the number of laboratories that can study the chemistry of this fascinating element. Although technetium is an artificial element, it is not rare. Significant amounts of the isotope (99)Tc are produced every day as a fission byproduct in nuclear power plants. Therefore, a fundamental understanding of the chemistry of (99)Tc is essential to avoid its release into the environment. In this article the chemistry of technetium at its highest oxidation state (+VII) is reviewed with a special focus on recent developments which make water-stable complexes of the general type [TcO(3)(tacn-R)](+) (tacn-R = 1,4,7-triazacyclononane or derivatives) accessible. Complexes containing the fac-{TcO(3)}(+) core display a unique reactivity. In analogy to [OsO(4)] and [RuO(4)], complexes containing the fac-{TcO(3)}(+) core undergo with alkenes metal-mediated, vicinal cis-dihydroxylation reactions (alkene-glycol interconversion) in water via a (3+2)-cycloaddition reaction. Therefore, water-stable fac-{(99m)TcO(3)}(+) complexes pave the way for a new labeling strategy for radiopharmaceutical applications, based on (3+2)-cycloaddition reactions. This new concept for the labeling of biomolecules with small [(99m)TcO(3)(tacn-R)](+)-type complexes by way of a (3+2)-cycloaddition with alkenes is discussed in detail. The herein reported developments in high-valent technetium chemistry create a new field of research with this artificial element. This demonstrates the potential of fundamental research to provide new impetus of innovation for the development of new methods for radiopharmaceutical applications. PMID:22054130

  20. TcVac3 Induced Control of Trypanosoma cruzi Infection and Chronic Myocarditis in Mice

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    Gupta, Shivali; Garg, Nisha Jain

    2013-01-01

    We characterized the immune responses elicited by a DNA-prime/MVA-boost vaccine (TcVac3) constituted of antigenic candidates (TcG2 and TcG4), shown to be recognized by B and T cell responses in Trypanosoma cruzi (Tc) infected multiple hosts. C57BL/6 mice immunized with TcVac3 elicited a strong antigen-specific, high-avidity, trypanolytic antibody response (IgG2b>IgG1); and a robust antigen- and Tc-specific CD8+T cell response with type-1 cytokine (IFN-?+TNF-?>IL-4+IL-10) and cytolytic effector (CD8+CD107a+IFN-?+Perforin+) phenotype. The vaccine-induced effector T cells significantly expanded upon challenge infection and provided >92% control of T. cruzi. Co-delivery of IL-12 and GMCSF cytokine adjuvants didnt enhance the TcVac3-induced resistance to T. cruzi. In chronic phase, vaccinated/infected mice exhibited a significant decline (up to 70%) in IFN-?+CD8+T cells, a predominance of immunoregulatory IL-10+/CD4+T and IL10+/CD8+T cells, and presented undetectable tissue parasitism, inflammatory infiltrate, and fibrosis in vaccinated/infected mice. In comparison, control mice responded to challenge infection by a low antibody response, mixed cytokine profile, and consistent activation of pro-inflammatory CD8+T cells associated with parasite persistence and pathologic damage in the heart. We conclude that TcVac3 elicited type-1 effector T cell immunity that effectively controlled T. cruzi infection, and subsequently, predominance of anti-inflammatory responses prevented chronic inflammation and myocarditis in chagasic mice. PMID:23555672

  1. Technetium-99 ((99)Tc) in annual growth segments of knotted wrack (Ascophyllum nodosum).

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    Heldal, Hilde Elise; Sjøtun, Kjersti

    2010-10-15

    The distribution of technetium-99 ((99)Tc) in annual growth segments of the brown seaweed Ascophyllum nodosum (Fucales, Phaeophyceae) from the southwestern coast of Norway is examined in samples collected from January to November 2006. A twenty-fold increase in the (99)Tc-concentration from the youngest to the oldest growth segments was found. The concentrations ranged from 42 to 98Bq/kg dry weight (d.w.) and from 964 to 1000Bq/kg d.w. in growth segments formed in 2006 and 1996, respectively. In addition, a seasonal variation in the (99)Tc concentration was observed in the actively growing 2006-segments: concentrations decreased from 98Bq/kg d.w. in April to 54Bq/kg d.w. in June; there was a further reduction from June to August (42Bq/kg d.w.); and, finally there was an increase from August to November (93Bq/kg d.w.). In most of the segments formed between 2000 and 2005, there was a tendency of slightly decreasing (99)Tc-concentrations between June and November but this pattern was not observed for the older growth segments. In order to find an explanation for the non-homogenous distribution of (99)Tc within thalli of A. nodosum, different hypotheses are discussed. Uptake and elimination of (99)Tc appears to be most pronounced in the actively growing segments. To date, such non-homogenous distribution of (99)Tc within thalli of A. nodosum has not been taken into consideration, neither in connection with sample collection nor analysis. This paper shows that special protocols must be followed if A. nodosum is going to be used as a bioindicator for (99)Tc in the marine environment. A sampling strategy is proposed. PMID:20801489

  2. Structural, electronic, superconducting and mechanical properties of ReC and TcC

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    Kavitha, M.; Priyanga, G. Sudha; Rajeswarapalanichamy, R.; Santhosh, M.

    2015-06-01

    The structural, electronic, superconducting and mechanical properties of ReC and TcC are investigated using density functional theory calculations. The lattice constants, bulk modulus, and the density of states are obtained. The calculated lattice parameters are in good agreement with the available results. The density of states reveals that ReC and TcC exhibit metallic behavior at ambient condition. A pressure-induced structural phase transition is observed in both materials.

  3. Limitations of Tc99m-MIBI-SPECT Imaging Scans in Persistent Primary Hyperparathyroidism

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    Witteveen, Janneke E.; Kievit, Job; Stokkel, Marcel P. M.; Morreau, Hans; Romijn, Johannes A.

    2010-01-01

    Background In primary hyperparathyroidism (PHPT) the predictive value of technetium 99m sestamibi single emission computed tomography (Tc99m-MIBI-SPECT) for localizing pathological parathyroid glands before a first parathyroidectomy (PTx) is 83100%. Data are scarce in patients undergoing reoperative parathyroidectomy for persistent hyperparathyroidism. The aim of the present study was to determine the value of Tc99m-MIBI-SPECT in localizing residual hyperactive parathyroid tissue in patients with persistent primary hyperparathyroidism (PHPT) after initial excision of one or more pathological glands. Method We retrospectively evaluated the localizing accuracy of Tc99m-MIBI-SPECT scans in 19 consecutive patients with persistent PHPT who had a scan before reoperative parathyroidectomy. We used as controls 23 patients with sporadic PHPT who had a scan before initial surgery. Results In patients with persistent PHPT, Tc99m-MIBI-SPECT accurately localized a pathological parathyroid gland in 33% of cases before reoperative parathyroidectomy, compared to 61% before first PTx for sporadic PHPT. The Tc99m-MIBI-SPECT scan accurately localized intra-thyroidal glands in 2 of 7 cases and a mediastinal gland in 1 of 3 cases either before initial or reoperative parathyroidectomy. Conclusions Our data suggest that the accuracy of Tc99m-MIBI-SPECT in localizing residual hyperactive glands is significantly lower before reoperative parathyroidectomy for persistent PHPT than before initial surgery for sporadic PHPT. These findings should be taken in consideration in the preoperative workup of patients with persistent primary hyperparathyroidism. PMID:20957360

  4. Oxygen concentration effect on Tc of the Bi-Ca-Sr-Cu-O superconductor

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    Morris, D. E.; Hultgren, C. T.; Markelz, A. M.; Wei, J. Y. T.; Asmar, N. G.; Nickel, J. H.

    1989-04-01

    The Tc of Bi2-Ca-Sr2-Cu2-O8-x can be shifted reversibly over a rangel of at least 15 K by changing the oxygen concentration. Tc shifts downward for increased oxygen content. This is opposite to the shift seen in YBa2Cu3O7-? and may be caused by reduction in the Fermi level reducing conductivity in the Bi-O layers. Oxygen concentration is varied by treatment in O2 at appropriate pressures. The highest Tc=78.5 K of the ``80-K'' phase is obtained by treating at 600 C in 10-2-bar oxygen. Tc shifts down to 65.4 K after treatment at 137 bars. The transitions remain sharp, with no evidence of significant structural change by x-ray powder diffraction. The original Tc is restored upon retreatment in O2 at low partial pressure. The 110-K phase showed a much smaller shift (?Tc~=4 K) after treatment in O2 at 134 bar.

  5. Kinetics of reactions of technetium. VII. Reduction of Tc(VII) by hydrazine in HCl solution

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    Koltunov, V.S.; Gomonova, T.V.

    1986-09-01

    The reaction between Tc(VII) and hydrazine at high temperatures and high concentrations of N/sub 2/H/sub 5/ proceeds with the formation of Tc/sub 2/Cl/sup 2 -//sub 6/ cluster. The reaction rate is given by the equation -d(Tc(VII)/dt=k(Tc(VII) N/sub 2/H/sub 5/) /SUP 0.85/ (H/sup +/) /SUP 1.4/ , where k=0.114 equal to 0.008 liter /SUP 2.25/mole/ >2.25. min at 80/sup 0/C with an ionic strength of 2.1. The activation energy E = 21.8 + or - 1.2 kJ/mole, the entropy ..delta..S = -73 + or - 3 J/mole K. The reaction is limited by the slow stages of interaction of the N/sub 2/H/sup +//sub 5/ ions with TcO/sub 4/ and TcO/sup +//sub 3/ ions.

  6. Investigation of Tc Migration Mechanism During Bulk Vitrification Process Using Re Surrogate

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    Kim, Dong-Sang; Bagaasen, Larry M.; Crum, Jarrod V.; Fluegel, Alex; Gallegos, Autumn B.; Martinez, Baudelio; Matyas, Josef; Meyer, Perry A.; Paulsen, Dan; Riley, Brian J.; Schweiger, Michael J.; Stewart, Charles W.; Swoboda, Robert G.; Yeager, John D.

    2006-12-04

    As a part of Bulk vitrification (BV) performance enhancement tasks, Laboratory scoping tests were performed in FY 2004-2005 to explore possible ways to reduce the amount of soluble Tc in the BV waste package. Theses scoping tests helped identify which mechanisms play an important role in the migration of Tc in the BV process (Hrma et al. 2005 and Kim et al. 2005). Based on the results from these scoping tests, additional tests were identified that will improve the understanding of Tc migration and to clearly identify the dominant mechanisms. The additional activities identified from previous studies were evaluated and prioritized for planning for Tasks 29 and 30 conducted in FY2006. Task 29 focused on the improved understanding of Tc migration mechanisms, and Task 30 focused on identifying the potential process changes that might reduce Tc/Re migration into the castable refractory block (CRB). This report summarizes the results from the laboratory- and crucible-scale tests in the lab for improved Tc migration mechanism understanding utilizing Re as a surrogate performed in Task 29.

  7. SOLVENT EXTRACTION OF 99Tc FROM RADIOACTIVE INTERMEDIATE LIQUID WASTE BY DIBENZO-18-CROWN-6

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    Paviet-Hartmann, P.

    2002-02-25

    Technetium is one of the most prominent problems since its most stable specie in the environment, the pertechnetate ion, is highly mobile and considered as a long-term hazard in nuclear waste disposal. Because of the small activities of 99Tc relative to other fission products 137Cs or 90Sr, and its long half-life time (t1/2 = 2.1 x 105 yrs), 99Tc is one of the key isotopes that should always be analyzed in the radioactive liquid waste streams from the reprocessing industry where the largest concentrations are to be expected. Furthermore, as a pure beta-emitter, 99Tc has to be isolated from the intermediate level waste (ILW) stream prior to any measurement in such complex media. We have developed a method for 99Tc extraction providing recommendations that will be useful for extracting it from acid and basic ILW. The extraction of 99Tc from ILW by dibenzo-18-crown-6 (DB18C6) has been investigated and a simplex optimization of key parameters involved in the procedure has allowed us to set u p their best values. Experiments have been carried out on synthetic and real effluents from La Hague reprocessing plant, France, and results show that DB18C6 is highly selective towards 99Tc. The application of this procedure has been successfully demonstrated through the analysis of actual waste streams coming from two reprocessing plants at La Hague and Marcoule, France.

  8. Molybdenum target specifications for cyclotron production of 99mTc based on patient dose estimates

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    Hou, X.; Tanguay, J.; Buckley, K.; Schaffer, P.; Bénard, F.; Ruth, T. J.; Celler, A.

    2016-01-01

    In response to the recognized fragility of reactor-produced 99Mo supply, direct production of 99mTc via 100Mo(p,2n)99mTc reaction using medical cyclotrons has been investigated. However, due to the existence of other Molybdenum (Mo) isotopes in the target, in parallel with 99mTc, other technetium (Tc) radioactive isotopes (impurities) will be produced. They will be incorporated into the labeled radiopharmaceuticals and result in increased patient dose. The isotopic composition of the target and beam energy are main factors that determine production of impurities, thus also dose increases. Therefore, they both must be considered when selecting targets for clinical 99mTc production. Although for any given Mo target, the patient dose can be predicted based on complicated calculations of production yields for each Tc radioisotope, it would be very difficult to reverse these calculations to specify target composition based on dosimetry considerations. In this article, a relationship between patient dosimetry and Mo target composition is studied. A simple and easy algorithm for dose estimation, based solely on the knowledge of target composition and beam energy, is described. Using this algorithm, the patient dose increase due to every Mo isotope that could be present in the target is estimated. Most importantly, a technique to determine Mo target composition thresholds that would meet any given dosimetry requirement is proposed.

  9. Molybdenum target specifications for cyclotron production of (99m)Tc based on patient dose estimates.

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    Hou, X; Tanguay, J; Buckley, K; Schaffer, P; Bénard, F; Ruth, T J; Celler, A

    2016-01-21

    In response to the recognized fragility of reactor-produced (99)Mo supply, direct production of (99m)Tc via (100)Mo(p,2n)(99m)Tc reaction using medical cyclotrons has been investigated. However, due to the existence of other Molybdenum (Mo) isotopes in the target, in parallel with (99m)Tc, other technetium (Tc) radioactive isotopes (impurities) will be produced. They will be incorporated into the labeled radiopharmaceuticals and result in increased patient dose. The isotopic composition of the target and beam energy are main factors that determine production of impurities, thus also dose increases. Therefore, they both must be considered when selecting targets for clinical (99m)Tc production. Although for any given Mo target, the patient dose can be predicted based on complicated calculations of production yields for each Tc radioisotope, it would be very difficult to reverse these calculations to specify target composition based on dosimetry considerations. In this article, a relationship between patient dosimetry and Mo target composition is studied. A simple and easy algorithm for dose estimation, based solely on the knowledge of target composition and beam energy, is described. Using this algorithm, the patient dose increase due to every Mo isotope that could be present in the target is estimated. Most importantly, a technique to determine Mo target composition thresholds that would meet any given dosimetry requirement is proposed. PMID:26683410

  10. Energy generator

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    Krisko, P.

    1989-08-01

    The patent describes a power booster. It comprises: at least one pendulum means suspended at one end to oscillate about the point of suspension; power generating means; mass means connected to one end of the pendulum means; spring means disposed in operative cooperation with the mass means to impart energy into the pendulum means and assist the pendulum means in oscillating about the point of suspension; and energy transfer linkage means between the pendulum means and the power generating means for transferring energy between the pendulum means and the power generating means.

  11. Fermi surface reconstruction in high-Tc superconductors

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    Taillefer, Louis

    2009-03-01

    The recent observation of quantum oscillations in underdoped high-Tc superconductors (1), combined with their negative Hall coefficient at low temperature (2), reveals that the Fermi surface of hole-doped cuprates includes a small electron pocket. This strongly suggests that the large hole Fermi surface characteristic of the overdoped regime undergoes a reconstruction caused by the onset of some order which breaks translational symmetry. Here we consider the possibility that this order is ``stripe'' order, a form of combined charge / spin modulation observed most clearly in materials like Eu- doped and Nd-doped LSCO. In these materials, the onset of stripe order coincides with major changes in transport properties (3), providing strong evidence that stripe order is indeed the cause of Fermi-surface reconstruction. We identify the critical doping where this reconstruction occurs and show that the temperature dependence of transport coefficients at that doping is typical of metals at a quantum critical point (4). We discuss an interpretation of the pseudogap as a fluctuating precursor of the stripe-ordered phase.This work was performed in collaboration with L. Balicas, D.A. Bonn, J. Chang, O. Cyr-Choinire, R. Daou, N. Doiron- Leyraud, W.N. Hardy, N.E. Hussey, F. Lalibert'e, D. LeBoeuf, S.Y. Li, R. Liang, C. Proust, H. Takagi, and J.S. Zhou.(1) N. Doiron-Leyraud et al., Nature 447, 565 (2007).(2) D. LeBoeuf et al., Nature 450, 533 (2007).(3) R. Daou et al., Nature Physics, in press (DOI 10.1038/nphys1109); http://arXiv.org/abs/0806.2881.(4) R. Daou et al., to be published; http://arXiv.org/abs/0810.4280.

  12. Generation Wrecked.

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    Watson, Noshua

    2002-01-01

    Young adults in Generation X are facing financial problems. Because of their college and credit card debt, many in worse financial shape than anyone since the Depression and have little or no retirement savings. (JOW)

  13. Possible influence of western North Pacific monsoon on TC activity in mid-latitudes of East Asia

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    Choi, Ki-Seon; Cha, Yumi; Kim, Hae-Dong; Kang, Sung-Dae

    2016-01-01

    This study analyzed the correlation between tropical cyclone (TC) frequency and the Western North Pacific monsoon index (WNPMI), which have both been influential in East Asia's mid-latitude regions during the summer season over the past 37 years (1977-2013). A high positive correlation existed between these two variables, which was not reduced even if El Niño-Southern Oscillation (ENSO) years were excluded. To determine the cause of this positive correlation, the highest (positive WNPMI phase) and lowest WNPMIs (negative WNPMI phase) during a nine-year period were selected to analyze the mean difference between them, excluding ENSO years. In the positive WNPMI phase, TCs were mainly generated in the eastern seas of the tropical and subtropical western North Pacific, passing through the East China Sea and moving northward toward Korea and Japan. In the negative phase, TCs were mainly generated in the western seas of the tropical and subtropical western North Pacific, passing through the South China Sea and moving westward toward China's southern regions. Therefore, TC intensity in the positive phase was stronger due to the acquisition of sufficient energy from the sea while moving a long distance up to East Asia's mid-latitude. Additionally, TCs occurred more in the positive phase. Regarding the difference of the two phases between the 850 and 500-hPa streamlines, anomalous cyclones were strengthened in the tropical and subtropical western North Pacific, whereas anomalous anticyclones were strengthened in East Asia's mid-latitude regions. Due to these two anomalous pressure systems, anomalous southeasterlies developed in East Asia's mid-latitude regions, which played a role in the anomalous steering flows that moved TCs into these regions. Furthermore, due to the anomalous cyclones that developed in the tropical and subtropical western North Pacific, more TCs could be generated in the positive phase. Both the lower and upper tropospheric layers had warm anomalies in most regions of the Western North Pacific, while relative humidity in the middle tropospheric layer showed a positive anomaly in the tropical and subtropical western North Pacific, which provided a better environment to strengthen TC intensity in the positive WNPMI phase. Furthermore, a negative anomaly was manifested not only in the tropical and subtropical western North Pacific, but also in East Asia's mid-latitude regions, with 200-850-hPa vertical wind shear, while a warm sea surface temperature anomaly was shown in East Asia's mid-latitude seas, which further strengthened TC intensity in the positive phase. The analysis on the global-scale atmospheric circulations showed that converged air in the lower layer of the subtropical western Pacific during the positive phase diverged in the upper layer, which moved westward and converged in the upper layer of the equatorial Indian Ocean and then diverged in its lower layer.

  14. Methane generator

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    Whiteside, C.H.

    1984-03-27

    A biogas generator is disclosed which includes a medium conducive to the growing of plants that are floating and of the family that includes water hyacinths, lily pads, and elodea; a conveyor for transferring the free floating plants from the growing area to a decomposition area including a canopy adapted to entrain therewithin biogas given off by decomposing plants constrained thereunder, and an instrumentality for scavenging the biogas generated therein to a remote area for subsequent use and or compression.

  15. Hydrogen Generator

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    1983-01-01

    A unit for producing hydrogen on site is used by a New Jersey Electric Company. The hydrogen is used as a coolant for the station's large generator; on-site production eliminates the need for weekly hydrogen deliveries. High purity hydrogen is generated by water electrolysis. The electrolyte is solid plastic and the control system is electronic. The technology was originally developed for the Gemini spacecraft.

  16. Window generator

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    Johnson, William K.; May, Roger A.

    1989-03-01

    The present invention relates generally to video target recognition systems and more specifically to a window generator which receives a field of video data and applies an identification code to rectangular subregions to identify distinct target areas within a given background area. The present invention comprises a window generator which provides a 6 bit target identification number for up to 63 target areas and one background area in a frame of serially scanned data. The window generator receives a field of video data from an image data source. This video data consists of digitized frames of serially scanned data similar to a conventional television screen image, which is divided horizontally in pixels, and vertically in lines. The window generator permits any given frame to be subdivided into specific rectangular subregions, which may be located anywhere on the video picture. By allowing statistics to be collected on the individual subregions (or target areas) the window generator permits local processing of video data within the specified target areas as opposed to processing of video data over the entire video field. One embodiment of the window generator is composed of: a microprocessor, a random access memory (RAM), a comparator, a line memory, two counters, an OR gate, a frame initialization circuit, and a buffer. These elements function as described below.

  17. Overexpression of Cytoplasmic TcSIR2RP1 and Mitochondrial TcSIR2RP3 Impacts on Trypanosoma cruzi Growth and Cell Invasion

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    Ritagliati, Carla; Alonso, Victoria L.; Manarin, Romina; Cribb, Pamela; Serra, Esteban C.

    2015-01-01

    Background Trypanosoma cruzi is a protozoan pathogen responsible for Chagas disease. Current therapies are inadequate because of their severe host toxicity and numerous side effects. The identification of new biotargets is essential for the development of more efficient therapeutic alternatives. Inhibition of sirtuins from Trypanosoma brucei and Leishmania ssp. showed promising results, indicating that these enzymes may be considered as targets for drug discovery in parasite infection. Here, we report the first characterization of the two sirtuins present in T. cruzi. Methodology Dm28c epimastigotes that inducibly overexpress TcSIR2RP1 and TcSIR2RP3 were constructed and used to determine their localizations and functions. These transfected lines were tested regarding their acetylation levels, proliferation and metacyclogenesis rate, viability when treated with sirtuin inhibitors and in vitro infectivity. Conclusion TcSIR2RP1 and TcSIR2RP3 are cytosolic and mitochondrial proteins respectively. Our data suggest that sirtuin activity is important for the proliferation of T. cruzi replicative forms, for the host cell-parasite interplay, and for differentiation among life-cycle stages; but each one performs different roles in most of these processes. Our results increase the knowledge on the localization and function of these enzymes, and the overexpressing T. cruzi strains we obtained can be useful tools for experimental screening of trypanosomatid sirtuin inhibitors. PMID:25875650

  18. Lassen's equation is a good approximation of permeability-surface model: new α values for 99mTc-HMPAO and 99mTc-ECD

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    Kameyama, Masashi

    2014-01-01

    Brain perfusion tracers like [99mTc] d,l-hexamethyl-propyeneamine oxime (99mTc-HMPAO) and [99mTc] ethyl-cysteinate dimer (99mTc-ECD) underestimate regional cerebral blood flow (rCBF) at high flow values. To improve linearity between tracer accumulation and rCBF, two different models have been proposed. One is Lassen's correction algorithm for back-diffusion of tracer, and the other is based on the permeability-surface (PS) model for correction of low first-pass extraction. Although both these models have the same goal, they have completely different forms of equation. It was demonstrated that mathematical approximation of the PS model equation leads to Lassen's equation. In this process, the relationship between PS, CBF values and Lassen's parameter was acquired, and how to correct both the back-diffusion and low first-pass extraction was also demonstrated. A computer simulation confirmed that the two models provided similar consequences when the parameter value is chosen according to the relationship found. Lassen's equation can be used to correct not only back-diffusion but also low first-pass extraction. To perform overall correction, the parameter value we have been using for decades may be too weak. I estimated that the parameter value for overall correction of HMPAO would be around 0.5, and that of ECD would be around 0.65. PMID:24736892

  19. Quantitative analysis by digital computer of Tc-99m N-pyridoxyl-5-methyltryptophan (Tc-99m PMT) hepatogram in diffuse parenchymal liver diseases

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    Narabayashi, I.; Ishido, N.; Sugimura, K.; Nabeshima, K.; Sugimura, C.; Matsuo, M.; Kimura, S.; Kajita, A.

    1984-01-01

    Tc-99m N-pyridoxyl-5 methyltryptophan (Tc-99m PMT) hepatograms were analyzed to provide information about the liver and bile duct. Calculations were based on a 4 compartmental model and included corrections for blood, tissue, liver and bile backgrounds. The time-activity curves for Tc-99m PMT in the cardiac region were described as the sum of 2 exponential functions, while curves for the hepatic region were described as the sum of 3 exponential components. The measured hepatograms were compared with simulated hepatograms and good agreement between the two curves showed that the compartmental model adequately described the blood and bile activities in vivo. Hepatic excretion rates were 0.179 +- 0.028 in 3 normal subjects. 0.102 +- 0.012 in 4 patients of chronic hepatitis and 0.116 +- 0.061 in 6 patients of liver cirrhosis. In the cases of diffuse parenchyal liver diseases, there were lower rate constants for the excretion from the liver to the bile ducts than in normals and the relative distribution values also larger than normal. Prior to the development of this compartmental model, no useful kinetic model had been found which could satisfactorily explain the time-activity curves. Experience in human studies proves this method to be accurate in determining the rate constants for hepatobiliary transport of Tc-99m PMT.

  20. Biogeochemistry of Fe and Tc Reduction and Oxidation in FRC Sediment

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    John M. Zachara; James K. Fredrickson; Ravi K. Kukkadapu; Steven C. Smith; David W. Kennedy

    2004-03-17

    The objectives are: (1) To rigorously characterize the distribution of Fe(II) and Fe(III) in FRC sediment. (2) To identify changes to Fe(II)/Fe(III) distribution and concentration resulting from DIRB activity. (3) To determine the dependence of Tc(VII) reduction rate on biogenic Fe(II) and it's forms. (4) To establish tendency of Tc(IV) and biogenic Fe(II) to oxidize and their effects on Tc immobilization. The mineralogic and chemical properties of the pristine, bioreduced, and chemically extracted FRC sediments were characterized by X-ray fluorescence (XRF), X-ray diffraction (XRD), X-ray microscopy (XRM, at the PNC-CAT beamline at APS), Moessbauer spectroscopy, and scanning and transmission electron microscopy with lattice fringe imaging. Chemical extraction included dithionite-citrate-bicarbonate (DCB), acid ammonium oxalate (AAO), and hydroxylamine hydrochloride (HAH). The FRC sediment was incubated under anoxic conditions with the facultative dissimilatory metal-reducing bacterium Shewanella putrefaciens, strain CN32 in defined aqueous solutions/media with bicarbonate and PIPES buffers for time periods exceeding 75 d. Lactate was used as the electron donor. Aqueous and sorbed Fe(II) (ferrozine assay and 0.5 N HCl extraction) and Mn(II) (ICP-MS and 10 mM CuSO{sub 4} extraction), and pH were monitored to define the reduction progress and extent. The bioreduced materials were characterized using the abovementioned techniques. Bioreduced (pasteurized) sediment or chemically extracted/reduced sediment spiked with Fe(II) was washed with a PIPES buffer/electrolyte solution, and spiked with NaTc(VII)O{sub 4} to yield a concentration of 20 {micro}M. The Tc(VII)-spiked samples were agitated and equilibrated at 25 C and sampled over time to assess the Tc(VII) reduction rate. Selected sediment samples containing 20 {micro}M of reduced Tc [Tc(IV)] were subjected to oxidation by: (1) successive headspace replacements of air, and (2) open system equilibration with air. Removed aqueous samples were filtered (< 2 {micro}m) and counted to determine the Tc(VII) concentration. Thin sections of the bioreduced/chemically reduced Tc(VII) reacted/oxidized sediments were analyzed by backscattered electron microscopy and X-ray microspectroscopy.

  1. Solubility Control of Technetium Release from Saltstone by Tc02•xH20

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    Cantrell, Kirk J.; Williams, Benjamin D.

    2013-11-12

    Saltstone leaching experiments were conducted using a modified single-pass flow-through method under anoxic conditions. The analytical results of leachates collected from these experiments were evaluated using thermodynamic modeling to determine if the data were consistent with potential solubility controlling phases. The results demonstrate that technetium concentrations in water in contact with Saltstone under anoxic conditions is controlled by the solubility of TcO2•xH2O (likely TcO2•1.6H2O). In our system equilibrium solubility appears to have been reached within two weeks at a concentration of approximately 1.5 x 10-6 M. This concentration is likely to vary as the composition of Saltstone pore fluid evolves over time. As the pH goes from the initial high values (~12.5-13) to lower values, the solubility of technetium will decrease significantly. The thermodynamic data used to determine the solubility of TcO2•1.6H2O were taken from the tabulation of critically selected thermodynamic data determined by the Nuclear Energy Agency. Solid phase characterization to demonstrate the presence of TcO2•xH2O was not possible due to the low concentrations of technetium in our samples. Previous solid phase characterization studies with cementitious waste forms that were very similar to our Saltstone samples as well as reaction products derived from reductive immobilization of TcO4- by amorphous FeS clearly indicate the presence of TcO2 with varying degrees of hydration. Although, the presence of TcSx or other reduced technetium sulfide phases in our samples cannot be ruled out, release of technetium from Saltstone will be controlled by TcO2•1.6H2O because of its higher solubility. Our results clearly demonstrate that the release mechanism of technetium from Saltstone under reducing conditions is solubility controlled by TcO2•xH2O (likely TcO2•1.6H2O); however, distribution coefficients (Kds), that describe sorption and not solubility, were calculated for comparison with past literature values. After 84 days of reaction under anoxic conditions, the average Kd value for technetium was determined to be 610 mL/g. This value is similar to a value determined previously for a similar saltstone sample under reducing conditions at 56 days (712 ± 81 mL/g).

  2. Exact calculation of the time convolutionless master equation generator: Application to the nonequilibrium resonant level model

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    Kidon, Lyran; Wilner, Eli Y.; Rabani, Eran

    2015-12-01

    The generalized quantum master equation provides a powerful tool to describe the dynamics in quantum impurity models driven away from equilibrium. Two complementary approaches, one based on Nakajima-Zwanzig-Mori time-convolution (TC) and the other on the Tokuyama-Mori time-convolutionless (TCL) formulations provide a starting point to describe the time-evolution of the reduced density matrix. A key in both approaches is to obtain the so called "memory kernel" or "generator," going beyond second or fourth order perturbation techniques. While numerically converged techniques are available for the TC memory kernel, the canonical approach to obtain the TCL generator is based on inverting a super-operator in the full Hilbert space, which is difficult to perform and thus, nearly all applications of the TCL approach rely on a perturbative scheme of some sort. Here, the TCL generator is expressed using a reduced system propagator which can be obtained from system observables alone and requires the calculation of super-operators and their inverse in the reduced Hilbert space rather than the full one. This makes the formulation amenable to quantum impurity solvers or to diagrammatic techniques, such as the nonequilibrium Green's function. We implement the TCL approach for the resonant level model driven away from equilibrium and compare the time scales for the decay of the generator with that of the memory kernel in the TC approach. Furthermore, the effects of temperature, source-drain bias, and gate potential on the TCL/TC generators are discussed.

  3. Exact calculation of the time convolutionless master equation generator: Application to the nonequilibrium resonant level model.

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    Kidon, Lyran; Wilner, Eli Y; Rabani, Eran

    2015-12-21

    The generalized quantum master equation provides a powerful tool to describe the dynamics in quantum impurity models driven away from equilibrium. Two complementary approaches, one based on Nakajima-Zwanzig-Mori time-convolution (TC) and the other on the Tokuyama-Mori time-convolutionless (TCL) formulations provide a starting point to describe the time-evolution of the reduced density matrix. A key in both approaches is to obtain the so called "memory kernel" or "generator," going beyond second or fourth order perturbation techniques. While numerically converged techniques are available for the TC memory kernel, the canonical approach to obtain the TCL generator is based on inverting a super-operator in the full Hilbert space, which is difficult to perform and thus, nearly all applications of the TCL approach rely on a perturbative scheme of some sort. Here, the TCL generator is expressed using a reduced system propagator which can be obtained from system observables alone and requires the calculation of super-operators and their inverse in the reduced Hilbert space rather than the full one. This makes the formulation amenable to quantum impurity solvers or to diagrammatic techniques, such as the nonequilibrium Green's function. We implement the TCL approach for the resonant level model driven away from equilibrium and compare the time scales for the decay of the generator with that of the memory kernel in the TC approach. Furthermore, the effects of temperature, source-drain bias, and gate potential on the TCL/TC generators are discussed. PMID:26696049

  4. Evaluation of Tc-99m (V) DMSA binding to human plasma proteins.

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    Lee, Bi-Fang; Yeh, Jwu-Lai; Chiu, Nan-Tsing; Liu, Gin-Chung; Yu, Hsin-Su; Wang, Mei-Hui; Shen, Lie-Hang

    2008-01-01

    As a critical step toward elucidating the mechanism of localization of Tc-99m (V) dimercaptosuccinic acid (DMSA), we investigated its binding and transport in blood in comparison with Ga-67 citrate. The studies were performed in vitro by incubating Tc-99m (V) DMSA with blood (one sample at 4 degrees Celcius and another at 37 degrees Celcius) to assess its binding to plasma proteins using ultrafiltration, dialysis, electrophoresis, gel filtration chromatography and affinity chromatography. A parallel experiment for determining the blood binding of Ga-67 citrate was performed using the same procedures. Using ultrafiltration, dialysis, electrophoresis and gel filtration chromatography, labeled plasma samples showed that protein binding for Tc-99m (V) DMSA was 45-54% at 37 degrees Celcius and 73-80% at 4 degrees Celcius. The figures for Ga-67 citrate were 43-53% at 37 degrees Celcius and 75-81% at 4 degrees Celcius. Electrophoresis showed that Tc-99m (V) DMSA was mostly bound to plasma albumin (36.05 +/- 2.48% at 37 degrees Celcius and 60.04 +/- 1.87% at 4 degrees Celcius), and that the proportion of Ga-67 radioactivity associated with beta-globulin was 34.23 +/- 1.37% at 37 degrees Celcius and 55.71 +/- 3.69% at 4 degrees Celcius. In affinity chromatography experiments, Tc-99m (V) DMSA did not bind to transferrin, unlike Ga-67 citrate. This study demonstrates that, at the radiopharmaceutical tracer level, most Tc-99m (V) DMSA in blood is protein-bound, primarily to albumin, but not to transferrin. In contrast, Ga-67 citrate was bound primarily to transferrin. The knowledge that albumin is the main transport protein of Tc-99m (V) DMSA may contribute to a better understanding of its biodistribution and pharmacokinetics. PMID:18218563

  5. Protein profiles in Tc1 mice implicate novel pathway perturbations in the Down syndrome brain

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    Ahmed, Md. Mahiuddin; Dhanasekaran, A. Ranjitha; Tong, Suhong; Wiseman, Frances K.; Fisher, Elizabeth M.C.; Tybulewicz, Victor L.J.; Gardiner, Katheleen J.

    2013-01-01

    Tc1 mouse model of Down syndrome (DS) is functionally trisomic for ?120 human chromosome 21 (HSA21) classical protein-coding genes. Tc1 mice display features relevant to the DS phenotype, including abnormalities in learning and memory and synaptic plasticity. To determine the molecular basis for the phenotypic features, the levels of 90 phosphorylation-specific and phosphorylation-independent proteins were measured by Reverse Phase Protein Arrays in hippocampus and cortex, and 64 in cerebellum, of Tc1 mice and littermate controls. Abnormal levels of proteins involved in MAP kinase, mTOR, GSK3B and neuregulin signaling were identified in trisomic mice. In addition, altered correlations among the levels of N-methyl-D-aspartate (NMDA) receptor subunits and the HSA21 proteins amyloid beta (A4) precursor protein (APP) and TIAM1, and between immediate early gene (IEG) proteins and the HSA21 protein superoxide dismutase-1 (SOD1) were found in the hippocampus of Tc1 mice, suggesting altered stoichiometry among these sets of functionally interacting proteins. Protein abnormalities in Tc1 mice were compared with the results of a similar analysis of Ts65Dn mice, a DS mouse model that is trisomic for orthologs of 50 genes trisomic in the Tc1 plus an additional 38 HSA21 orthologs. While there are similarities, abnormalities unique to the Tc1 include increased levels of the S100B calcium-binding protein, mTOR proteins RAPTOR and P70S6, the AMP-kinase catalytic subunit AMPKA, the IEG proteins FBJ murine osteosarcoma viral oncogene homolog (CFOS) and activity-regulated cytoskeleton-associated protein (ARC), and the neuregulin 1 receptor ERBB4. These data identify novel perturbations, relevant to neurological function and to some seen in Alzheimer's disease, that may occur in the DS brain, potentially contributing to phenotypic features and influencing drug responses. PMID:23349361

  6. An evaluation of /sup 99m/Tc-TMP as a myocardial imaging agent

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    Jehangir, M.; Subramanian, G.; McAfee, J.G.; Thomas, F.D.; Gagne, G.; Zapf-Longo, C.; Ritter-Hrncirik, C.

    1985-05-01

    Based on the recent report (JNM 25:P15,'84) that cationic /sup 99m/Tc-TMP localized well in animal myocardium, the authors evaluated it for possible clinical use. It was prepared by heating dry /sup 99m/TcO/sub 4/ with 50 mg of TMP in <0.5 ml of methanol or DMSO at 98/sup 0/C for 30'. This reaction also produced 6-10% of an anionic complex impurity (RPTLC, KC/sub 18/F plate, 2% dimethyl phosphite in methanol). This impurity and unreacted TMP were removed by passing the complex through 3x1cm BIOSIL A column and washing with saline. Carrier free /sup 99m/Tc-TMP was eluted with 0.5 ml ethanol, diluted with saline and injected intravenously to rats, rabbits, cats, dogs and rhesus monkey for gamma camera imaging. Excellent myocardial localization was seen in all animals. The quantitative myocardial uptake of /sup 99m/Tc-TMP in rats was comparable to that of /sup 201/Tl. A normal male volunteer was injected with 6.6 mCi of /sup 99m/Tc TMP and gamma camera images were obtained. By 24 hrs, 16% of the injected dose was recovered in the urine. The /sup 99m/Tc-TMP in plasma was not protein bound as determined by gel chromatography and electrophoresis. There seems to be a wide species difference between man and animals in the pharmacokinetics and localization of /sup 99m/Tc-TMP.

  7. Evaluating {sup 99m}Tc Auger electrons for targeted tumor radiotherapy by computational methods

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    Tavares, Adriana Alexandre S.; Tavares, Joao Manuel R. S.

    2010-07-15

    Purpose: Technetium-99m ({sup 99m}Tc) has been widely used as an imaging agent but only recently has been considered for therapeutic applications. This study aims to analyze the potential use of {sup 99m}Tc Auger electrons for targeted tumor radiotherapy by evaluating the DNA damage and its probability of correct repair and by studying the cellular kinetics, following {sup 99m}Tc Auger electron irradiation in comparison to iodine-131 ({sup 131}I) beta minus particles and astatine-211 ({sup 211}At) alpha particle irradiation. Methods: Computational models were used to estimate the yield of DNA damage (fast Monte Carlo damage algorithm), the probability of correct repair (Monte Carlo excision repair algorithm), and cell kinetic effects (virtual cell radiobiology algorithm) after irradiation with the selected particles. Results: The results obtained with the algorithms used suggested that {sup 99m}Tc CKMMX (all M-shell Coster-Kroning--CK--and super-CK transitions) electrons and Auger MXY (all M-shell Auger transitions) have a therapeutic potential comparable to high linear energy transfer {sup 211}At alpha particles and higher than {sup 131}I beta minus particles. All the other {sup 99m}Tc electrons had a therapeutic potential similar to {sup 131}I beta minus particles. Conclusions: {sup 99m}Tc CKMMX electrons and Auger MXY presented a higher probability to induce apoptosis than {sup 131}I beta minus particles and a probability similar to {sup 211}At alpha particles. Based on the results here, {sup 99m}Tc CKMMX electrons and Auger MXY are useful electrons for targeted tumor radiotherapy.

  8. Expression of an endoglucanase from Tribolium castaneum (TcEG1) in Saccharomyces cerevisiae.

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    Shirley, Derek; Oppert, Cris; Reynolds, Todd B; Miracle, Bethany; Oppert, Brenda; Klingeman, William E; Jurat-Fuentes, Juan Luis

    2014-10-01

    Insects are a largely unexploited resource in prospecting for novel cellulolytic enzymes to improve the production of ethanol fuel from lignocellulosic biomass. The cost of lignocellulosic ethanol production is expected to decrease by the combination of cellulose degradation (saccharification) and fermentation of the resulting glucose to ethanol in a single process, catalyzed by the yeast Saccharomyces cerevisiae transformed to express efficient cellulases. While S. cerevisiae is an established heterologous expression system, there are no available data on the functional expression of insect cellulolytic enzymes for this species. To address this knowledge gap, S. cerevisiae was transformed to express the full-length cDNA encoding an endoglucanase from the red flour beetle, Tribolium castaneum (TcEG1), and evaluated the activity of the transgenic product (rTcEG1). Expression of the TcEG1 cDNA in S. cerevisiae was under control of the strong glyceraldehyde-3 phosphate dehydrogenase promoter. Cultured transformed yeast secreted rTcEG1 protein as a functional β-1,4-endoglucanase, which allowed transformants to survive on selective media containing cellulose as the only available carbon source. Evaluation of substrate specificity for secreted rTcEG1 demonstrated endoglucanase activity, although some activity was also detected against complex cellulose substrates. Potentially relevant to uses in biofuel production rTcEG1 activity increased with pH conditions, with the highest activity detected at pH 12. Our results demonstrate the potential for functional production of an insect cellulase in S. cerevisiae and confirm the stability of rTcEG1 activity in strong alkaline environments. PMID:24318365

  9. Transgenic maize event TC1507: Global status of food, feed, and environmental safety.

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    Baktavachalam, Gajendra B; Delaney, Bryan; Fisher, Tracey L; Ladics, Gregory S; Layton, Raymond J; Locke, Mary Eh; Schmidt, Jean; Anderson, Jennifer A; Weber, Natalie N; Herman, Rod A; Evans, Steven L

    2015-01-01

    Maize (Zea mays) is a widely cultivated cereal that has been safely consumed by humans and animals for centuries. Transgenic or genetically engineered insect-resistant and herbicide-tolerant maize, are commercially grown on a broad scale. Event TC1507 (OECD unique identifier: DAS-Ø15Ø7-1) or the Herculex®(#) I trait, an insect-resistant and herbicide-tolerant maize expressing Cry1F and PAT proteins, has been registered for commercial cultivation in the US since 2001. A science-based safety assessment was conducted on TC1507 prior to commercialization. The safety assessment addressed allergenicity; acute oral toxicity; subchronic toxicity; substantial equivalence with conventional comparators, as well as environmental impact. Results from biochemical, physicochemical, and in silico investigations supported the conclusion that Cry1F and PAT proteins are unlikely to be either allergenic or toxic to humans. Also, findings from toxicological and animal feeding studies supported that maize with TC1507 is as safe and nutritious as conventional maize. Maize with TC1507 is not expected to behave differently than conventional maize in terms of its potential for invasiveness, gene flow to wild and weedy relatives, or impact on non-target organisms. These safety conclusions regarding TC1507 were acknowledged by over 20 regulatory agencies including United States Environment Protection Agency (US EPA), US Department of Agriculture (USDA), Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA), and European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) before authorizing cultivation and/or food and feed uses. A comprehensive review of the safety studies on TC1507, as well as some benefits, are presented here to serve as a reference for regulatory agencies and decision makers in other countries where authorization of TC1507 is or will be pursued. PMID:26018138

  10. Central role of Th2/Tc2 lymphocytes in pattern II multiple sclerosis lesions

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    Planas, Raquel; Metz, Imke; Ortiz, Yaneth; Vilarrasa, Nuria; Jelčić, Ilijas; Salinas-Riester, Gabriela; Heesen, Christoph; Brück, Wolfgang; Martin, Roland; Sospedra, Mireia

    2015-01-01

    Objective Multiple sclerosis (MS) is a disease of the central nervous system with marked heterogeneity in several aspects including pathological processes. Based on infiltrating immune cells, deposition of humoral factors and loss of oligodendrocytes and/or myelin proteins, four lesion patterns have been described. Pattern II is characterized by antibody and complement deposition in addition to T-cell infiltration. MS is considered a T-cell-mediated disease, but until now the study of pathogenic T cells has encountered major challenges, most importantly the limited access of brain-infiltrating T cells. Our objective was to identify, isolate, and characterize brain-infiltrating clonally expanded T cells in pattern II MS lesions. Methods We used next-generation sequencing to identify clonally expanded T cells in demyelinating pattern II brain autopsy lesions, subsequently isolated these as T-cell clones from autologous cerebrospinal fluid and functionally characterized them. Results We identified clonally expanded CD8+ but also CD4+ T cells in demyelinating pattern II lesions and for the first time were able to isolate these as live T-cell clones. The functional characterization shows that T cells releasing Th2 cytokines and able to provide B cell help dominate the T-cell infiltrate in pattern II brain lesions. Interpretation Our data provide the first functional evidence for a putative role of Th2/Tc2 cells in pattern II MS supporting the existence of this pathogenic phenotype and questioning the protective role that is generally ascribed to Th2 cells. Our observations are important to consider for future treatments of pattern II MS patients. PMID:26401510

  11. Microwave generator

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    Kwan, T.J.T.; Snell, C.M.

    1987-03-31

    A microwave generator is provided for generating microwaves substantially from virtual cathode oscillation. Electrons are emitted from a cathode and accelerated to an anode which is spaced apart from the cathode. The anode has an annular slit there through effective to form the virtual cathode. The anode is at least one range thickness relative to electrons reflecting from the virtual cathode. A magnet is provided to produce an optimum magnetic field having the field strength effective to form an annular beam from the emitted electrons in substantial alignment with the annular anode slit. The magnetic field, however, does permit the reflected electrons to axially diverge from the annular beam. The reflected electrons are absorbed by the anode in returning to the real cathode, such that substantially no reflexing electrons occur. The resulting microwaves are produced with a single dominant mode and are substantially monochromatic relative to conventional virtual cathode microwave generators. 6 figs.

  12. ISO TC211 standards on Provenance for Earth science

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    Di, L.; Deng, M.

    2014-12-01

    Data provenance, also called lineage, records the derivation history of a data product. The history could include the algorithms used, the process steps taken, the computing environment run, data sources input to the processes, the organization/person responsible for the product, etc. Provenance provides important information to data users for them to determine the usability and reliability of the product. In the science domain, the data provenance is especially important since scientists need to use the information to determine the scientific validity of a data product and to decide if such a product can be used as the basis for further scientific analysis. Provenance is a kind of metadata. In Earth science domain, the International Organization for Standardization (ISO) Technical Committee 211 (ISO TC 211) have set geospatial metadata standards for geospatial data, including ISO 19115:2003-Metadata, ISO 19115-2:2009-Metadata-Part 2: Extensions for imagery and gridded data, and ISO 19115-1:2014 - Metadata -- Part 1: Fundamentals. ISO 19115 and ISO 19115-1 define the fundamental metadata for documenting geospatial data products, and ISO 19115-2 provides additional metadata classes for imagery and gridded data. ISO 19115-1:2014 is the revised version of ISO 19115:2003. ISO 19115 and ISO 19115-1 define fundamental lineage information classes and subclasses. They miss some key information classes needed for documenting the provenance in the Web service environment, such as the running environment, the algorithms, and software executables. However, ISO 19115-2 extends the lineage model in ISO 19115 and provides additional metadata classes needed for documenting provenance information. The combination of lineage models in ISO 19115 and ISO 19115-2 provides a comprehensive provenance information model needed for the web service environment. Currently the ISO Provence standard is not compatible with W3C Prov standard. The revision of ISO 19115-2 will be started in November 2014. The revision process will provide the opportunity for harmonizing the ISO provenance model with the W3C Prov standard and for the Earth science community to provide inputs for improving the ISO provenance model.

  13. Development of more efficacious Tc-99m organ imaging agents for use in nuclear medicine by analytical characterization of radiopharmaceutical mixtures. Progress report, September 1, 1989--January 31, 1992

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    Heineman, W.R.

    1992-01-24

    The long-range objective of this research program is the development of more efficacious technetium-99m radiopharmaceuticals for use as imaging agents in diagnostic nuclear medicine. We seek to isolate and develop distinct site imaging agents, each of which has properties optimized to provide diagnostic information concerning a given pathological condition. The specific objectives during the period (9/1/89 to 8/31/92) include: (1) Development of strategies for improving yields of specific Tc-diphosphonate complexes with optimum imaging properties; (2) Development of electrodes for rapid in situ electrochemical generation of skeletal imaging agents; (3) Development of electrochemical sensors for {Tc} and Re imaging agents; (4) Characterization of stable {Tc}- and Re-diphosphonate complexes obtainable in high yield by structural studies with techniques such as NMR, EXAFS, and Raman spectroscopy; (5) Development of improved separation techniques for the characterization of diphosphonate skeletal imaging agents; (6) Evaluation of the effect of the biological milieu on {Tc}-diphosphonate complexes; and (7) Electrochemical studies of technetium and rhenium complexes synthesized by Professor Deutsch`s research group for heart and brain imaging.

  14. Solar Generator

    NASA Technical Reports Server (NTRS)

    1985-01-01

    The Vanguard I dish-Stirling module program, initiated in 1982, produced the Vanguard I module, a commercial prototype erected by the Advanco Corporation. The module, which automatically tracks the sun, combines JPL mirrored concentrator technology, an advanced Stirling Solar II engine/generator, a low cost microprocessor-controlled parabolic dish. Vanguard I has a 28% sunlight to electricity conversion efficiency. If tests continue to prove the system effective, Advanco will construct a generating plant to sell electricity to local utilities. An agreement has also been signed with McDonnell Douglas to manufacture a similar module.

  15. Heat generation in lithium-thionyl chloride and lithium-SO2 cells

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    Cohen, R.; Melman, A.; Livne, N.; Peled, E.

    1992-09-01

    The effects of current density, temperature, depth of discharge (DOD), and storage on the heat generation rate and faradaic efficiency of Li/Tc and Li/SO2 cells have been determined. Several C-size commercial cells from different manufacturers have been tested. The faradaic efficiency for both systems was found to be very high, typically 96-100 percent even at high current density and high temperatures (55 C). It does not change much with DOD and decreases only slightly with the increase of current density and high temperature (tested up to 4.5 mA/sq cm at 50 percent DOD and 55 C). A performance degradation problem was found for some Li/TC cells. The heat factor, the ratio between the useful electric power and the thermal power generated by the cell, is about the same for fresh Li/TC cells and Li/SO2 cells. However, some Li/TC cells stored for 3 years showed a poor heat factor. It was confirmed that the maximum thermoneutral voltage for the Li/TC and Li/SO2 cells is 3.80 and 3.22 V, respectively.

  16. ECT imaging with Tc(V)-99m dimercaptosuccinic acid useful to detect lung metastases of osteosarcoma

    SciTech Connect

    Ohta, H.; Ishii, M.; Yoshizumi, M.; Endo, K.; Fujita, T.; Nakajima, T.; Sakahara, H.; Torizuka, K.; Kotoura, Y.; Yokoyama, A.

    1985-01-01

    ECT imaging, using Tc(V)-99m dimercaptosuccinic acid (Tc(V)-DMS) was performed in two patients with lung metastasis of osteosarcoma, and the results were compared with those of CT scan. Clear accumulation of Tc(V)-DMS was recognized in all cases in the same area that CT scans demonstrated. Tc(V)-DMS was labeled under optimal pH 8, had very low SnCl/sub 2/ concentrations, an equilibrium between a stable form and a dissociated form of anion TcO/sub 4/(3-) structurally similar to PO/sub 4/(3-), and was postulated for tumor uptake. Considering this proposed mechanism for Tc(V)-DMS uptake by tumor cells, ECT imaging using this tracer could be of use in the early detection of lung metastasis of osteosarcoma.

  17. Pressure effects on Tc in superconducting (Tl, Cs)1-xFe2-ySe2

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    Chen, S. C.; Syu, K. J.; Sung, H. H.; Lee, W. H.; Li, C. C.; Chen, Y. Y.

    2013-04-01

    Hydrostatic-pressure (up to 0.96 GPa) dependence of Tc in a newly discovered Fe-based superconductor (Tl0.59Cs0.26)Fe1.9Se2 (Tc = 28 K, at ambient pressure) is reported. Static magnetization measurements under pressure indicate that the linear increase in Tc is initially rapid (dTc/dP ˜ 9.9 K . GPa-1) but slows down to dTc/dP ˜ 2.5 K . GPa-1 for P ≧ 0.18 GPa. The Tc of the superconducting phase is 32 K at pressure P = 0.96 GPa. The simple rigid band model or the Bardeen, Cooper, Schrieffer theory may not be sufficient to account for our observations, if one assumes that the lattice parameters would be linearly decreased with pressure.

  18. Technetium-99m generators--the available options.

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    Boyd, R E

    1982-10-01

    The review describes the three most commonly used methods of separating 99mTc from 99Mo, namely chromatography, sublimation and solvent extraction. General comparisons are made between the various generator systems and their respective advantages and weaknesses. The method of producing the parent radionuclide 99Mo often dictates which of the generator options is more appropriate to a particular 99mTc user. Although the use of fission-produced 99Mo is widespread, this technique is not ideal since it requires considerable capital investment and gives rise to large quantities of long-lived radioactive waste. In certain countries such resources cannot be presumed and as a result alternative methods of producing 99mTc from neutron-activation-produced 99Mo are attractive. Recent advances in generator technology indicate that neutron-activation-produced 99Mo may eventually replace the need for fission-produced 99Mo. The review mentions one method of achieving this goal. PMID:7152707

  19. Generation Next

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    Hawkins, B. Denise

    2010-01-01

    There is a shortage of accounting professors with Ph.D.s who can prepare the next generation. To help reverse the faculty deficit, the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants (CPAs) has created the new Accounting Doctoral Scholars program by pooling more than $17 million and soliciting commitments from more than 70 of the nation's…

  20. Generation Next

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    Hawkins, B. Denise

    2010-01-01

    There is a shortage of accounting professors with Ph.D.s who can prepare the next generation. To help reverse the faculty deficit, the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants (CPAs) has created the new Accounting Doctoral Scholars program by pooling more than $17 million and soliciting commitments from more than 70 of the nation's

  1. Ascophyllan purified from Ascophyllum nodosum induces Th1 and Tc1 immune responses by promoting dendritic cell maturation.

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    Zhang, Wei; Du, Jiang-Yuan; Jiang, Zedong; Okimura, Takasi; Oda, Tatsuya; Yu, Qing; Jin, Jun-O

    2014-07-01

    Marine-derived sulfated polysaccharides have been shown to possess certain anti-virus, anti-tumor, anti-inflammatory and anti-coagulant activities. However, the in vivo immunomodulatory effects of marine-derived pure compounds have been less well characterized. In this study, we investigated the effect of ascophyllan, a sulfated polysaccharide purified from Ascophyllum nodosum, on the maturation of mouse dendritic cells (DCs) in vitro and in vivo. Ascophyllan induced up-regulation of co-stimulatory molecules and production of pro-inflammatory cytokines in bone marrow-derived DCs (BMDCs). Moreover, in vivo administration of ascophyllan promotes up-regulation of CD40, CD80, CD86, MHC class I and MHC class II and production of IL-6, IL-12 and TNF-α in spleen cDCs. Interestingly, ascophyllan induced a higher degree of co-stimulatory molecule up-regulation and pro-inflammatory cytokine production than fucoidan, a marine-derived polysaccharide with well-defined effect for promoting DC maturation. Ascophyllan also promoted the generation of IFN-γ-producing Th1 and Tc1 cells in the presence of DCs in an IL-12-dependent manner. Finally, myeloid differentiation primary response 88 (MyD88) signaling pathway was essential for DC maturation induced by ascophyllan. Taken together, these results demonstrate that ascophyllan induces DC maturation, and consequently enhances Th1 and Tc1 responses in vivo. This knowledge could facilitate the development of novel therapeutic strategies to combat infectious diseases and cancer. PMID:25026264

  2. Ascophyllan Purified from Ascophyllum nodosum Induces Th1 and Tc1 Immune Responses by Promoting Dendritic Cell Maturation

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    Zhang, Wei; Du, Jiang-Yuan; Jiang, Zedong; Okimura, Takasi; Oda, Tatsuya; Yu, Qing; Jin, Jun-O

    2014-01-01

    Marine-derived sulfated polysaccharides have been shown to possess certain anti-virus, anti-tumor, anti-inflammatory and anti-coagulant activities. However, the in vivo immunomodulatory effects of marine-derived pure compounds have been less well characterized. In this study, we investigated the effect of ascophyllan, a sulfated polysaccharide purified from Ascophyllum nodosum, on the maturation of mouse dendritic cells (DCs) in vitro and in vivo. Ascophyllan induced up-regulation of co-stimulatory molecules and production of pro-inflammatory cytokines in bone marrow-derived DCs (BMDCs). Moreover, in vivo administration of ascophyllan promotes up-regulation of CD40, CD80, CD86, MHC class I and MHC class II and production of IL-6, IL-12 and TNF-α in spleen cDCs. Interestingly, ascophyllan induced a higher degree of co-stimulatory molecule up-regulation and pro-inflammatory cytokine production than fucoidan, a marine-derived polysaccharide with well-defined effect for promoting DC maturation. Ascophyllan also promoted the generation of IFN-γ-producing Th1 and Tc1 cells in the presence of DCs in an IL-12-dependent manner. Finally, myeloid differentiation primary response 88 (MyD88) signaling pathway was essential for DC maturation induced by ascophyllan. Taken together, these results demonstrate that ascophyllan induces DC maturation, and consequently enhances Th1 and Tc1 responses in vivo. This knowledge could facilitate the development of novel therapeutic strategies to combat infectious diseases and cancer. PMID:25026264

  3. Uptake and kinetics of Tc-99m hexakis 2-methoxy isobutyl isonitrile in benign and malignant lesions in the lungs

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    Hassan, I.M.; Sahweil, A.; Constantinides, C.; Mahmoud, A.; Nair, M.; Omar, Y.T.; Abdel-Dayem, H.M.

    1989-05-01

    Kinetics of Tc-99m MIBI uptake was studied in 19 patients with lung lesions (6 benign, 13 malignant). Two dynamic studies were acquired after the I.V. injection of 10-15mCi (370-550 MBq); the first was every second for 60 seconds, followed by a second one every minute for 30 minutes. Delayed images were acquired at two and three hours. By assigning regions of interest (ROI) over the lung lesions (TR), contralateral normal lung (NL) and the heart (Ht), time activity curves (TAC) were generated and time to peak activity was calculated as well as the ratios of TR/NL, Ht/TR and Ht/NL. The Ht/NL ratio was also assessed in five patients referred with diagnosis of ischemic heart disease (IHD) for myocardial imaging. There was a localized increase of Tc-99m MIBI uptake in ten patients with untreated malignant tumors of the lung. No localized uptake was found in one patient with untreated poorly differentiated squamous cell carcinoma, two treated lung cancer and four patients with non-malignant lesions of the lungs. Two patients with fibrosing alveolitis showed diffuse increase lung uptake. In all positive studies peak tumor was reached within the first minute. There was no statistical difference in the ratio of Ht/NL between all groups except in patients with fibrosing alveolitis. There was no significant difference between the ratios TR/NL, Ht/TR and Ht/NL at 5-10 minutes and 25-30 minutes. The ratio of TR/NL at 25-30 minutes was 1.58 +/- 0.36 in the positive cases versus 1 +/- 0.22 in the negative ones.

  4. Serum-Mediated Activation of Macrophages Reflects TcVac2 Vaccine Efficacy against Chagas Disease

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    Gupta, Shivali; Silva, Trevor S.; Osizugbo, Jessica E.; Tucker, Laura; Spratt, Heidi M.

    2014-01-01

    Chagas disease is endemic in Latin America and an emerging infectious disease in the United States. No effective treatments are available. The TcG1, TcG2, and TcG4 antigens are highly conserved in clinically relevant Trypanosoma cruzi isolates and are recognized by B and T cells in infected hosts. Delivery of these antigens as a DNA prime/protein boost vaccine (TcVac2) elicited lytic antibodies and type 1 CD8+ T cells that expanded upon challenge infection and provided >90% control of parasite burden and myocarditis in chagasic mice. Here we determined if peripheral blood can be utilized to capture the TcVac2-induced protection from Chagas disease. We evaluated the serum levels of T. cruzi kinetoplast DNA (TckDNA), T. cruzi 18S ribosomal DNA (Tc18SrDNA), and murine mitochondrial DNA (mtDNA) as indicators of parasite persistence and tissue damage and monitored the effect of sera on macrophage phenotype. Circulating TckDNA/Tc18SrDNA and mtDNA were decreased by >3- to 5-fold and 2-fold, respectively, in vaccinated infected mice compared to nonvaccinated infected mice. Macrophages incubated with sera from vaccinated infected mice exhibited M2 surface markers (CD16, CD32, CD200, and CD206), moderate proliferation, a low oxidative/nitrosative burst, and a regulatory/anti-inflammatory cytokine response (interleukin-4 [IL-4] plus IL-10 > tumor necrosis factor alpha [TNF-α]). In comparison, macrophages incubated with sera from nonvaccinated infected mice exhibited M1 surface markers, vigorous proliferation, a substantial oxidative/nitrosative burst, and a proinflammatory cytokine response (TNF-α ≫ IL-4 plus IL-10). Cardiac infiltration of macrophages and TNF-α and oxidant levels were significantly reduced in TcVac2-immunized chagasic mice. We conclude that circulating TcDNA and mtDNA levels and macrophage phenotype mediated by serum constituents reflect in vivo levels of parasite persistence, tissue damage, and inflammatory/anti-inflammatory state and have potential utility in evaluating disease severity and efficacy of vaccines and drug therapies. PMID:24421046

  5. Immune Protection against Trypanosoma cruzi Induced by TcVac4 in a Canine Model

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    Aparicio-Burgos, José E.; Zepeda-Escobar, José A.; de Oca-Jimenez, Roberto Montes; Estrada-Franco, José G.; Barbabosa-Pliego, Alberto; Ochoa-García, Laucel; Alejandre-Aguilar, Ricardo; Rivas, Nancy; Peñuelas-Rivas, Giovanna; Val-Arreola, Margarita; Gupta, Shivali; Salazar-García, Felix; Garg, Nisha J.; Vázquez-Chagoyán, Juan C.

    2015-01-01

    Chagas disease, caused by Trypanosoma cruzi, is endemic in southern parts of the American continent. Herein, we have tested the protective efficacy of a DNA-prime/T. rangeli-boost (TcVac4) vaccine in a dog (Canis familiaris) model. Dogs were immunized with two-doses of DNA vaccine (pcDNA3.1 encoding TcG1, TcG2, and TcG4 antigens plus IL-12- and GM-CSF-encoding plasmids) followed by two doses of glutaraldehyde-inactivated T. rangeli epimastigotes (TrIE); and challenged with highly pathogenic T. cruzi (SylvioX10/4) isolate. Dogs given TrIE or empty pcDNA3.1 were used as controls. We monitored post-vaccination and post-challenge infection antibody response by an ELISA, parasitemia by blood analysis and xenodiagnosis, and heart function by electrocardiography. Post-mortem anatomic and pathologic evaluation of the heart was conducted. TcVac4 induced a strong IgG response (IgG2>IgG1) that was significantly expanded post-infection, and moved to a nearly balanced IgG2/IgG1 response in chronic phase. In comparison, dogs given TrIE or empty plasmid DNA only developed high IgG titers with IgG2 predominance in response to T. cruzi infection. Blood parasitemia, tissue parasite foci, parasite transmission to triatomines, electrocardiographic abnormalities were significantly lower in TcVac4-vaccinated dogs than was observed in dogs given TrIE or empty plasmid DNA only. Macroscopic and microscopic alterations, the hallmarks of chronic Chagas disease, were significantly decreased in the myocardium of TcVac4-vaccinated dogs. We conclude that TcVac4 induced immunity was beneficial in providing resistance to T. cruzi infection, evidenced by control of chronic pathology of the heart and preservation of cardiac function in dogs. Additionally, TcVac4 vaccination decreased the transmission of parasites from vaccinated/infected animals to triatomines. PMID:25853654

  6. Phonon anomalies predict superconducting T(c) for AlB2-type structures.

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    Alarco, Jose A; Talbot, Peter C; Mackinnon, Ian D R

    2015-10-14

    We show that the well-known Kohn anomaly predicts Tc for ordered AlB2-type structures. We use ab initio density functional theory to calculate phonon dispersions for Mg1-xAlxB2 compositions and identify a phonon anomaly with magnitude that predicts experimental values of Tc for all x. Key features of these anomalies correlate with the electronic structure of Mg1-xAlxB2. This approach predicts Tc for other known AlB2-type structures as well as new compositions. We predict that Mg0.5Ba0.5B2 will show Tc = 63.6 6.6 K. Other forms of the Mg1-xBaxB2 series will also be superconductors when successfully synthesised. Our calculations predict that the end-member composition, BaB2, is likely to show a Tc significantly higher than currently achieved by other diborides although an applied pressure ?16 GPa may be required to stabilise the structure. PMID:26348839

  7. Characteristic two-dimensional Fermi surface topology of high-Tc iron-based superconductors

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    Sunagawa, Masanori; Ishiga, Toshihiko; Tsubota, Koji; Jabuchi, Taihei; Sonoyama, Junki; Iba, Keita; Kudo, Kazutaka; Nohara, Minoru; Ono, Kanta; Kumigashira, Hiroshi; Matsushita, Tomohiro; Arita, Masashi; Shimada, Kenya; Namatame, Hirofumi; Taniguchi, Masaki; Wakita, Takanori; Muraoka, Yuji; Yokoya, Takayoshi

    2014-01-01

    Unconventional Cooper pairing originating from spin or orbital fluctuations has been proposed for iron-based superconductors. Such pairing may be enhanced by quasi-nesting of two-dimensional electron and hole-like Fermi surfaces (FS), which is considered an important ingredient for superconductivity at high critical temperatures (high-Tc). However, the dimensionality of the FS varies for hole and electron-doped systems, so the precise importance of this feature for high-Tc materials remains unclear. Here we demonstrate a phase of electron-doped CaFe2As2 (La and P co-doped CaFe2As2) with Tc = 45 K, which is the highest Tc found for the AEFe2As2 bulk superconductors (122-type; AE = Alkaline Earth), possesses only cylindrical hole- and electron-like FSs. This result indicates that FS topology consisting only of two-dimensional sheets is characteristic of both hole- and electron-doped 122-type high-Tc superconductors. PMID:24625746

  8. Family of Tc1-like elements from fish genomes and horizontal transfer.

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    Pocwierz-Kotus, Anita; Burzynski, Artur; Wenne, Roman

    2007-04-01

    The involvement of horizontal transfer (HT) in the evolution of vertebrate transposable elements (TEs) is a matter of an ongoing debate. The phylogenetic relationships between Tc1 TEs, based on limited dataset have been previously used to infer a case of Tc1 HT between the genomes of fish and frogs. Here this hypothesis has been critically evaluated by the experimental approach including comparative data on the range of fish species available today. The distribution of a Tc1 subfamily of TE in selected fish species was investigated by PCR with a single primer complementary to ITRs and showed that they are widespread in the studied 17 fish species. They belong to five different subfamilies of Tc1 TEs, as revealed by the comparison with current genomic data for fish and amphibians. The original hypothesis would get much weaker support from the current data, although at least one novel potential and more convincing case of HT was identified between genomes of Perciformes fish. An interesting case of recombination-driven mobilisation of a degenerated TE by distantly related TE from different subfamily was discovered in the genome of pike. The occurrence of such cases widens the range of TE elements identifiable with the employed experimental approach. Further similar studies would help to explain the evolution of the multiple Tc1 lineages including species for which full genome sequences will not be available soon. PMID:17166673

  9. Valence effects on solubility and sorption: the solubility of Tc(IV) oxides

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    Meyer, R.E.; Arnold, W.D.; Case, F.I.

    1986-03-01

    The solubilities of technetium (IV) oxides have been determined in solutions of NaCl, HCl, and synthetic groundwaters in the pH range 0 to 10. Oxides were prepared either by electroreduction from Tc(VII) solutions onto platinum electrodes or by precipitation of Tc from Tc(VII) solutions using hydrazine. In some of the determinations, the oxide was precipitated onto purified sand by use of hydrazine. The oxide-covered sand was then placed into a column and the test solution continuously recirculated through the column. The oxide plated on platinum was placed into a small cell and the test solution stirred. Solubilities were determined by measuring the beta radiation of /sup 99/Tc in the stirred or circulated solution in contact with the oxide. In the pH range 4 to 10, solubilities were in the range 7.5 x 10/sup -9/ to 5 x 10/sup -8/ mol/L, and most of the determinations were in the range 1 x 10/sup -8/ to 2 x 10/sup -8/ mol/L. In acid solutions the solubilities were generally higher for hydrazine-precipitated oxide than for the electrodeposited oxide, and they increased as the pH was lowered. Solubilities of Tc(IV) oxides will be useful for calculation of transport rates of technetium for the case of solubility-limited transport in nuclear waste repository environments.

  10. Enhancement of Tc by impurity scattering in underdoped iron-arsenide superconductors

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    Vavilov, Maxim G.; Fernandes, Rafael M.; Chubukov, Andrey V.

    2013-03-01

    When analyzing the effects of disorder on the superconducting transition temperature Tc of the iron pnictides, the conventional wisdom is that inter-band impurity scattering is quite harmful to the s+/- state. In this talk, we show that this is the case only in the overdoped region of the phase diagram. In the underdoped region, impurity scattering gives rise to two opposite effects due to the competition between superconductivity and a pre-existing magnetic state. The first effect is the direct reduction of Tc due to the pair-breaking contribution coming from inter-band impurity scattering. The second effect is an indirect increase in Tc due to the suppression of long-range magnetic order by both intra-band and inter-band impurity scattering. We show that for a wide range of parameters the second effect overcomes the first, leading to an overall enhancement of Tc by disorder. Our results explain recent puzzling experimental observations on the impact of disorder on Tc of the iron pnictides, providing further evidence in favor of an s+/- pairing state. Research funded by: NSF-PIRE Program No. OISE-0968226, ICAM and NSF-DMR 0645461, NSF-DMR 0955500, and NSF-DMR 0906953

  11. Modelling 99Tc concentrations in Fucus vesiculosus from the north-east Irish Sea.

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    Nawakowski, Claire; Nicholson, Michael D; Kershaw, Peter John; Leonard, Kinson S

    2004-01-01

    In 1994 there were substantial increases in the quantity of 99Tc discharged into the north-east Irish Sea from BNFL Sellafield (UK), concomitant with improvements in waste treatment procedures. As a consequence, the concentration of 99Tc observed in seawater and biota samples, taken from the Irish Sea coastline, increased significantly. Elevated concentrations were also reported in Dutch, Danish, Norwegian, Swedish and Arctic waters in subsequent years. In the present study a simple numerical model was developed and applied to time-series data of 99Tc concentrations in the brown seaweed Fucus vesiculosus, collected from three UK sites in the vicinity of Sellafield (St. Bees, Heysham, Port William). The model considered site-specific scaling effects, lag times, previous discharge history and potential seasonal variation in uptake. In general, there was a good fit between predicted and observed concentrations, but the degree of uncertainty varied inversely with the frequency of sampling. We did not observe a significant seasonal variation. The modelled lag times to the three sites were consistent with transport times based on observations of the water column distribution of 99Tc. The model was applied to a variety of discharge scenarios, reflecting current discussion on the future management of 99Tc releases. Concentrations in Fucus reached asymptotic values in 3-10 years, depending on the scenario and sampling site under consideration. PMID:15312701

  12. Near-yrast, medium-spin structure of the {sup 109}Tc nucleus

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    Urban, W.; Pinston, J. A.; Smith, A. G.; Ahmad, I.

    2010-12-15

    Excited levels in the {sup 109}Tc nucleus, populated in the spontaneous fission of {sup 248}Cm, have been studied using the EUROGAM2 array. In {sup 109}Tc we have found a new band corresponding to the {pi}5/2{sup -}[303] configuration and a three-quasiparticle band with I{sup {pi}}=(15/2{sup -}) band-head level at 1749.5 keV. The structure of the 1749.5-keV level probably involves the {l_brace}{pi}5/2{sup +}[422]{nu}(5/2{sup -}[532],5/2{sup +}[413]){r_brace}{sub 15/2}{sup -} prolate configuration. The quasiparticle-rotor model calculations performed in this work show that the odd-proton configurations observed in {sup 107}Tc and {sup 109}Tc are consistent with the scheme of proton excitations in a prolate triaxial potential. Significant differences between the degree of triaxiality observed for positive- and negative-parity excitations may be due to blocking of the triaxial shape by the odd proton populating negative-parity orbitals. The properties of the new 494.5-, 1440.7-, and 1748.8-keV levels found in {sup 109}Tc may indicate a change toward an oblate shape in this nucleus.

  13. Blood flow and bone uptake of /sup 99m/Tc-labeled methylene diphosphonate

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    Riggs, S.A.; Wood, M.B.; Cooney, W.P.; Kelly, P.J.

    1984-01-01

    In mature dogs with comparable levels of bone remodeling, we produced either increased (with adenosine triphosphate) or decreased (with epinephrine) blood flow to one hindlimb. In 13 dogs (five control, four with increased flow, and four with decreased flow), we compared uptake, at 3 h after injection of radiolabeled diphosphonate in the mid-tibia, with blood flow as determined by microspheres. Blood flow was determined with /sup 85/Sr-labeled microspheres, and determination of uptake of /sup 99m/Tc methylene diphosphonate (/sup 99m/Tc-MDP) was by a gamma detector. There was a linear relationship between changes in diphosphonate uptake and changes in blood flow at decreased and normal flows; however, at high flows the relationship was nonproportional, indicating a disproportionately slower increase in /sup 99m/Tc-MDP uptake with increasing blood flow. In six dogs an initial 1-h uptake curve of /sup 99m/Tc-MDP was determined in both control and experimental limbs under states of increased and decreased blood flow. The 30-min uptake value, 60-min uptake value, area under the curve, and the slope of the curve were related to flow as determined by microspheres. The data are consistent with the hypothesis that deposition of bone-concentrating isotopes such as /sup 99m/Tc-MDP is partly controlled by blood flow; at supranormal and normal flows tracer uptake is closely related to blood flow, but at supranormal flow rates it is not and appears to be diffusion limited.

  14. High Tc phase of (H2S)2H2 at high pressures

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    Cui, Tian

    2015-03-01

    Hydrogen was predicted to metalize at high pressures and believed to be a room-temperature superconductor. However, metallization of hydrogen is still under debates. As an alternative, hydrogen dominated materials were extensively explored because of their lower metallization pressure. Here I present the high-pressure studies on structures, metallization, and superconductivity of (H2S)2H2 from ab initio calculations. At lower pressures, two phases containing H2 units are stable with P1 (<37 GPa) and Cccm (37-111 GPa) symmetries, which are still insulators. Upon further compression, H2 units disappear and two intriguing metallic structures with R3m and Im-3 m symmetries are reconstructive above 111 GPa and 180 GPa, respectively. Remarkably, the estimated Tc of Im-3 m phase at 200 GPa achieves a very high value of 191 ~ 204 K. Moreover, Tc decreases with pressure at an approximate rate (dTc/dP) of -0.12 K/GPa. Our predicted high Tc and its pressure dependence in Im-3 m phase are subsequently verified by recent experiments. Our findings support the conjecture that hydrogen-rich materials are a way to achieve a metallic phase with high Tc at accessibly experimental pressures and represent a significant step toward the understanding of high-pressure behavior of metallic hydrogen.

  15. Collybistin activation by GTP-TC10 enhances postsynaptic gephyrin clustering and hippocampal GABAergic neurotransmission

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    Mayer, Simone; Kumar, Rohit; Jaiswal, Mamta; Soykan, Tolga; Ahmadian, Mohammad Reza; Brose, Nils; Betz, Heinrich; Rhee, Jeong-Seop; Papadopoulos, Theofilos

    2013-01-01

    In many brain regions, gephyrin and GABAA receptor clustering at developing inhibitory synapses depends on the guanine nucleotide exchange factor collybistin (Cb). The vast majority of Cb splice variants contain an autoinhibitory src homology 3 domain, and several synaptic proteins are known to bind to this SH3 domain and to thereby activate gephyrin clustering. However, many functional GABAergic synapses form independently of the known Cb-activating proteins, indicating that additional Cb activators must exist. Here we show that the small Rho-like GTPase TC10 stimulates Cb-dependent gephyrin clustering by binding in its active, GTP-bound state to the pleckstrin homology domain of Cb. Overexpression of a constitutively active TC10 variant in neurons causes an increase in the density of synaptic gephyrin clusters and mean miniature inhibitory postsynaptic current amplitudes, whereas a dominant negative TC10 variant has opposite effects. The enhancement of Cb-induced gephyrin clustering by GTP-TC10 does not depend on the guanine nucleotide exchange activity of Cb but involves an interaction that resembles reported interactions of other small GTPases with their effectors. Our data indicate that GTP-TC10 activates the major src homology 3 domain-containing Cb variants by relieving autoinhibition and thus define an alternative GTPase-driven signaling pathway in the genesis of inhibitory synapses. PMID:24297911

  16. Chemical aspects of labeling sucralfate with /sup 99m/TcO/sub 4/

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    Billinghurst, M.W.; Abrams, D.N.; Lawson, M.S.

    1989-04-01

    Two formulations of (/sup 99m/Tc)sucralfate have been used to image gastric and duodenal ulcers and inflammatory bowel disease. One formulation is a complexation of (/sup 99m/Tc)HSA with sucralfate. The second is prepared by directly labeling sucralfate with (/sup 99m/Tc)pertechnetate in the presence of stannous ion. An in vitro study of the factors affecting the production and stability of these labeled sucralfate preparations was conducted. Both formulations were stable at the acidic pH likely encountered in the stomach. However, at pH greater than 6 the albumin-sucralfate complex began to dissociate while directly labeled sucralfate was stable to a pH of 9. Conversely it was shown that directly labeled sucralfate was more susceptible to loss of /sup 99m/Tc to other chelating species. Sucralfate complexed with (/sup 99m/Tc)HSA was radiochemically stable up to a specific activity of 26 GBq (700 mCi) per gram while directly labeled sucralfate showed decreased 24-hr stability at specific activities greater than 837 mCi (31 GBq) per gram.

  17. Solvent extraction of [sup 99]Tc from radioactive intermediate liquid waste by dibenzo-18-crown-6.

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    Paviet-Hartmann, P.

    2001-01-01

    Technetium is one of the most prominent problems since its most stable specie in the environment, the pertechnetate ion, is highly mobile and considered as a long-term hazard in nuclear waste disposal. Because of the small activities of 99Tc relative to other fission products 137Cso r 90Sr,a nd its long half-life time (t1/2 = 2.1{center_dot}10{sup 5} yrs), 99Tci s one of the key isotopes that should always be analyzed in the radioactive liquid waste streams from the reprocessing industry where the largest concentrations are to be expected. Furthermore, as a pure beta-emitter, Tc has to be isolated from the intermediate level waste (ILW) stream prior to any measurement in such complex media. We have developed a method for 99Tc extraction providing recommendations that will be useful for extracting it from acid and basic ILW. The extraction of 99Tc from L W by dibenzo-18-crown-6 (DB18C6) has been investigated and a simplex optimization of key parameters involved in the procedure has allowed us to set up their best values. Experiments have been carried out on synthetic and real effluents from La Hague reprocessing plant, France, and results show that DB18C6 is highly selective towards 99Tc. The application of this procedure has been successfully demonstrated through the analysis of actual waste streams coming from two reprocessing plants at La Hague and Marcoule, France.

  18. Tumor targeting with a (99m)Tc-labeled AS1411 aptamer in prostate tumor cells.

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    Noaparast, Zohreh; Hosseinimehr, Seyed Jalal; Piramoon, Majid; Abedi, Seyed Mohammad

    2015-01-01

    AS1411, a 26-base guanine-rich oligonucleotide aptamer, has high affinity to nucleolin, mainly on tumor cell surfaces. In this study, a modified AS1411 was labeled with (99m)Tc and evaluated as a potential tumor-targeting agent for imaging. The AS1411 aptamer was conjugated with HYNIC and labeled with (99m)Tc in the presence a co-ligand. Radiochemical purity and stability testing of the (99m)Tc-HYNIC-AS1411 aptamer were carried out with thin layer chromatography and a size-exclusion column in normal saline and human serum. Cellular nucleolin-specific binding, cellular internalization in DU-145 cells, as high levels of nucleolin expression, were performed. Additionally, biodistribution in normal mice and DU-145 tumour-bearing mice was assessed. Radiolabeling of the aptamer resulted in a reasonable yield and radiochemical purity after purification. The aptamer was stable in normal saline and human serum, and cellular experiments demonstrated specific binding of the AS1411 aptamer to the nucleolin protein. Based on biodistribution assessment of (99m)Tc-HYNIC-AS1411, rapid blood clearance was seen after injection and it appears that the excretion route was via the urinary system at 1?h post-injection. Tumours also showed a higher accumulation of radioactivity with this labeled aptamer. (99m)Tc-AS1411 can be a potential tool for the molecular imaging of nucleolin-overexpressing cancers. PMID:25673264

  19. Tc-99m macro aggregated albumin scintigraphy indications other than pulmonary embolism: A pictorial essay

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    Gandhi, Sunny J; Babu, Sanjay; Subramanyam, Padma; Shanmuga Sundaram, Palaniswamy

    2013-01-01

    Introduction: Tc-99m macro aggregated albumin (MAA) is synonymous for lung perfusion scintigraphy and is part of the study in the evaluation of pulmonary thromboembolism. We wanted to highlight the utilities of Tc-99m MAA other than pulmonary embolism as a pictorial assay. Materials and Methods: Patients referred for Tc-99m MAA scintigraphy under various indications were included in this pictorial essay. Commercially available TechneScan LyoMAA cold kit from Mallinckrodt Medical B.V., Holland was used. Acquisition protocols for different indications are described in this article. Different clinical indications (e.g., pulmonary artery stenosis, hepatopulmonary syndrome, FEV1 calculation in lung surgery planning, selective internal radiation therapy planning, venography for deep venous thrombosis, left to right cardiac shunts, etc.) where Tc-99m MAA scintigraphy was asked for; how it helped in different clinical scenarios and how it can be used clinically is explained with unique and interesting case examples and images. We also reviewed the literature to look for certain remote indications of MAA imaging for the sake of completion like (shunt scintigraphy, peritoneopleural communication, etc.) Conclusion: Tc-99m MAA is a very useful radiopharmaceutical, which can be used for many other indications apart from the commonly used indication of lung perfusion scan in pulmonary embolism. It can provide useful clinical information in other indications, which we try to highlight in this article. PMID:24250023

  20. Tc-99m-labeled red blood cells for the measurement of red cell mass in newborn infants: concise communication

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    Linderkamp, O.; Betke, K.; Fendel, H.; Klemm, J.; Lorenzen, K.; Riegel, K.P.

    1980-07-01

    In vitro and in vivo investigations were performed to examine the binding of Tc-99m to neonatal red blood cells (RBC). Labeling efficiency was about 90%, and unbound Tc-99m less than 3% after one washing, in premature and full-term newborns and in children. Thus presence of high percentages of fetal hemoglobin (Hb F) did not influence the labeling of RBCs with Tc-99m. RBCs of 11 newborns were hemolysed and the distribution of Tc-99m on RBC components was analyzed. Although Hb F percentage averaged (60.0 +- 8.10)% (s.d.), only (11.9 +- 3.7)% of Tc-99m was bound by Hb F, whereas (45.0 +- 6.1)% was associated with Hb A. RBC membranes bound (13.7 +- 4.3)% and (29.3 +- 4.0)% were found unbound in hemolysates. These results indicate that Tc-99m preferentially binds to beta chains. In vivo equilibration of Tc-99m RBCs and of albumin labeled with Evans blue was investigated in five newborn infants. Tc-99m RBCs were stable in each case during the first hour after injection. Elution of Tc-99m from RBCs was (3.4 +- 1.5)% per h. Body-to-venous hematocrit ratio averaged 0.86 +- 0.03.

  1. New conformationally restricted 99mTc N2S2 complexes as myocardial perfusion imaging agents.

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    Ohmomo, Y; Francesconi, L; Kung, M P; Kung, H F

    1992-01-01

    In developing 99mTc complexes as potential myocardial imaging agents, a new series of ligands based on a conformationally restricted N2S2 system were investigated. Using piperazine or homopiperazine as the starting material, two N2S2 ligands (4a and 4b) with additional conformation restriction between the two nitrogen donor atoms were synthesized. The 99mTc complexes were prepared by a direct labeling method with tin(II) tartrate as the reducing agent for [99mTc]pertechnetate. The resulting 99mTc complexes were purified through a sulfonpropyl Sephadex column and further purified by HPLC with a reverse-phase column eluting with a solvent system of acetonitrile/buffer. Biodistribution studies in rats showed initial uptake in the heart (0.21%, 0.42% dose/order for [99mTc]4a and 4b at 2 min postinjection). Carrier-added preparation of [99mTc]4b was successful. NMR, IR, UV, crystallographic, and elemental analysis of the [99Tc]4b complex suggest that it contains a TcVO3+ center core and is 1+ charged. The results suggest that this series of 1+ charged 99mTc complexes may have potential as myocardial imaging agents, and further study of the complexes is warranted. PMID:1732524

  2. Measuring Thermal Diffusivity Of A High-Tc Superconductor

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    Powers, Charles E.; Oh, Gloria; Leidecker, Henning

    1992-01-01

    Technique for measuring thermal diffusivity of superconductor of high critical temperature based on Angstrom's temperature-wave method. Peltier junction generates temperature oscillations, which propagate with attenuation up specimen. Thermal diffusivity of specimen calculated from distance between thermocouples and amplitudes and phases of oscillatory components of thermocouple readings.

  3. Magnetocumulative generator

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    Pettibone, J.S.; Wheeler, P.C.

    1981-06-08

    An improved magnetocumulative generator is described that is useful for producing magnetic fields of very high energy content over large spatial volumes. The polar directed pleated magnetocumulative generator has a housing providing a housing chamber with an electrically conducting surface. The chamber forms a coaxial system having a small radius portion and a large radius portion. When a magnetic field is injected into the chamber, from an external source, most of the magnetic flux associated therewith positions itself in the small radius portion. The propagation of an explosive detonation through high-explosive layers disposed adjacent to the housing causes a phased closure of the chamber which sweeps most of the magnetic flux into the large radius portion of the coaxial system. The energy content of the magnetic field is greatly increased by flux stretching as well as by flux compression. The energy enhanced magnetic field is utilized within the housing chamber itself.

  4. Thermodynamic Model for the Solubility of TcO2•xH2O(am) in the Aqueous Tc(IV) - Na+ - Cl- - H+ - OH- - H2O System

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    Hess, Nancy J.; Xia, Yuanxian; Rai, Dhanpat; Conradson, Steven D.

    2004-02-01

    Solubility studies of TcO2•xH2O(am) have been conducted as a function of H+ concentration from 1 x 10-5 to 6 M HCl and as function of chloride concentration from 1 x 10-3 to 5 M NaCl. These experiments were conducted under carefully controlled reducing conditions such that the preponderance of Tc is present in solution is in the reduced oxidation state and was determined to be Tc(IV) by XANES analysis. The aqueous species and solid phases were characterized using a combination of techniques including thermodynamic analyses of solubility data, XRD, and XANES, EXAFS, and UV-Vis spectroscopies. Chloride was found to significantly affect Tc(IV) concentrations through 1) the formation of Tc(IV) chloro complexes [i.e., TcCl4(aq) and TcCl62-] and a stable compound [data suggests this compound to be TcCl4(am)] in highly acidic and relatively concentrated chloride solutions, and 2) its interactions with the positively charged hydrolyzed Tc(IV) species in solutions of relatively low acidity and high chloride concentrations. A thermodynamic model was developed, which included hitherto unavailable chemical potentials of Tc(IV)-chloro species and Pitzer ion-interaction parameters for Tc(IV) hydrolyzed species with bulk electrolyte ions used in this study. The thermodynamic model presented in this paper is consistent with the extensive data reported in this study and with the reliable literature data, and is applicable to a wide range in H+ and Cl- concentrations and ionic strengths.

  5. PLASMA GENERATOR

    DOEpatents

    Foster, J.S. Jr.

    1958-03-11

    This patent describes apparatus for producing an electricity neutral ionized gas discharge, termed a plasma, substantially free from contamination with neutral gas particles. The plasma generator of the present invention comprises a plasma chamber wherein gas introduced into the chamber is ionized by a radiofrequency source. A magnetic field is used to focus the plasma in line with an exit. This magnetic field cooperates with a differential pressure created across the exit to draw a uniform and uncontaminated plasma from the plasma chamber.

  6. Cluster generator

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    Donchev, Todor I.; Petrov, Ivan G.

    2011-05-31

    Described herein is an apparatus and a method for producing atom clusters based on a gas discharge within a hollow cathode. The hollow cathode includes one or more walls. The one or more walls define a sputtering chamber within the hollow cathode and include a material to be sputtered. A hollow anode is positioned at an end of the sputtering chamber, and atom clusters are formed when a gas discharge is generated between the hollow anode and the hollow cathode.

  7. Photon generator

    DOEpatents

    Srinivasan-Rao, Triveni (Shoreham, NY)

    2002-01-01

    A photon generator includes an electron gun for emitting an electron beam, a laser for emitting a laser beam, and an interaction ring wherein the laser beam repetitively collides with the electron beam for emitting a high energy photon beam therefrom in the exemplary form of x-rays. The interaction ring is a closed loop, sized and configured for circulating the electron beam with a period substantially equal to the period of the laser beam pulses for effecting repetitive collisions.

  8. Thermoelectric generator

    DOEpatents

    Pryslak, N.E.

    1974-02-26

    A thermoelectric generator having a rigid coupling or stack'' between the heat source and the hot strap joining the thermoelements is described. The stack includes a member of an insulating material, such as ceramic, for electrically isolating the thermoelements from the heat source, and a pair of members of a ductile material, such as gold, one each on each side of the insulating member, to absorb thermal differential expansion stresses in the stack. (Official Gazette)

  9. Electric generator

    DOEpatents

    Foster, Jr., John S. (Pleasanton, CA); Wilson, James R. (Livermore, CA); McDonald, Jr., Charles A. (Danville, CA)

    1983-01-01

    1. In an electrical energy generator, the combination comprising a first elongated annular electrical current conductor having at least one bare surface extending longitudinally and facing radially inwards therein, a second elongated annular electrical current conductor disposed coaxially within said first conductor and having an outer bare surface area extending longitudinally and facing said bare surface of said first conductor, the contiguous coaxial areas of said first and second conductors defining an inductive element, means for applying an electrical current to at least one of said conductors for generating a magnetic field encompassing said inductive element, and explosive charge means disposed concentrically with respect to said conductors including at least the area of said inductive element, said explosive charge means including means disposed to initiate an explosive wave front in said explosive advancing longitudinally along said inductive element, said wave front being effective to progressively deform at least one of said conductors to bring said bare surfaces thereof into electrically conductive contact to progressively reduce the inductance of the inductive element defined by said conductors and transferring explosive energy to said magnetic field effective to generate an electrical potential between undeformed portions of said conductors ahead of said explosive wave front.

  10. Tc-99m glucoheptonate estimation of glomerular filtration rate. Correlation with endogenous creatinine clearance

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    Long, S.E.; Thompson, W.L.; Sonnemaker, R.E.; Pounds, B.K.; Burdine, J.A.

    1984-05-01

    Estimation of glomerular filtration rate (GFR) using radioisotope techniques has been successfully accomplished with I-125 iothalamate, Cr-51 EDTA, and Tc-99m DTPA. However, the techniques have required up to several hours to complete with blood and/or urine sampling. A method introduced by Schlegel and modified by Gates provides a simple and rapid technique of GFR quantitation that obviates the need for blood and urine sampling. In the present study an evaluation of Tc-99m GHA was undertaken to assess its ability to reflect GRF using a modification of Gates technique. When the GFR determinations were compared with a current 24-hour CrC1, a correlation coefficient of 0.91 was obtained. Tc-99m GHA-derived GFR appears to closely correlate with endogenous CrC1 over a wide range of renal function.

  11. Signature of high Tc above 25?K in high quality superconducting diamond

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    Okazaki, Hiroyuki; Wakita, Takanori; Muro, Takayuki; Muraoka, Yuji; Yokoya, Takayoshi; Kurihara, Shin-ichiro; Kawarada, Hiroshi; Takano, Yoshihiko

    2015-01-01

    We have observed zero resistivity above 10?K and an onset of resistivity reduction at 25.2?K in a heavily B-doped diamond film. However, the effective carrier concentration is similar to that of superconducting diamond with a lower Tc. We found that the carrier has a longer mean free path and lifetime than in the previous report, indicating that this highest Tc diamond has better crystallinity compared to that of other superconducting diamond films. In addition, the susceptibility shows a small transition above 20?K in the high quality diamond, suggesting a signature of superconductivity above 20?K. These results strongly suggest that heavier carrier doped defect-free crystalline diamond could give rise to high Tc diamond. PMID:25713469

  12. SPECT measurements with /sup 99m/Tc-HM-PAO in focal epilepsy

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    Ryding, E.; Rosen, I.; Elmqvist, D.; Ingvar, D.H.

    1988-12-01

    The ability of SPECT measurements with (/sup 99m/Tc)-HM-PAO (Ceretec) to find the location of the epileptic focus was studied in patients under consideration for neurosurgical treatment for therapy-resistant focal epilepsy. The location of low (/sup 99m/Tc)-HM-PAO uptake regions found at interictal measurements, and of high (/sup 99m/Tc)-HM-PAO uptake regions found at ictal measurements, was compared to the findings of extensive ictal and interictal EEG examinations, and to the results of CT and MRT. While EEG revealed focal epileptic activity in all of the 14 patients, SPECT showed regional abnormalities in 13 (93%). CT and MRT showed abnormal findings in 30%.

  13. Abdominal and hepatic uptake of /sup 99m/Tc-pyrophosphate in neonatal necrotizing enterocolitis

    SciTech Connect

    Caride, V.J.; Touloukian, R.J.; Ablow, R.C.; Lange, R.C.; Matthews, T.

    1981-04-01

    Abdominal /sup 99m/Tc-pyrophosphate (/sup 99m/Tc-PYP) scans were obtained in 15 neonates: 12 with neonatal necrotizing enterocolitis (NEC), two with osteomyelitis, and one with myocarditis. Ten of the babies with NEC had at least one positive scan; of these 10 studies, seven (Group A) showed both diffuse abdominal uptake and localized hepatic activity, two (Group B) showed abdominal uptake and questionable hepatic uptake, and one (Group C) demonstrated diffuse abdominal uptake only. The other two babies with NEC had normal scans (Group D). All NEC patients had normal scans. A patient with myocarditis had hepatic uptake of /sup 99m/Tc-PYP while the abdominal scan in the two infants with osteomyelitis was normal. These preliminary observations suggest that further study of a relationship between abdominal scan findings and the course of NEC is warranted.

  14. Mesoscopic d-Wave Qubits: Can High-Tc Cuprates Play a Role in Quantum Computing?

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    Zagoskin, Alexandre M.

    2003-09-01

    Due to nontrivial orbital pairing symmetry, surfaces and interfaces of high-Tc superconductors support states which violate time-reversal (T-) symmetry. Such naturally degenerate states, useful as working states of a qubit, are standard for atomic or molecular-size qubit prototypes (e.g. based on nuclear spins), but exceptional for mesoscopic qubits. (In particular, they hold promise of a better scalability.) In these lectures I review the physics of T-breaking on surfaces and interfaces of high-Tc superconductors; then describe existing proposals for high-Tc based qubits and the current state of experiments; finally, I discuss the decoherence sources in the system, open questions, and future research directions.

  15. Scintigraphy with 99mTc(V)-DMSA in monitoring patients with inflammatory bowel disease.

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    Javadi, Hamid; Amiriani, Taghi; Mirkarimi, HoneySadat; Besharat, Sima; Semnani, Shahriar; Abedi, Jamshid; Seyedabadi, Mohammad; Assadi, Majid

    2013-01-01

    The clinical significance of pentavalent technetium-99m dimercaptosuccinic acid (99mTc(V)-DMSA) scintigraphy in diagnosing inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) has not yet been fully elucidated. The aim of this prospective paper was to study the above. This study included 54 patients, 22 females and 32 males (mean age: 36.68±11.49; range: 18-63 years) with IBD who came to our clinics for follow-up and were examined clinically by colonoscopy and 99mTc(V)-DMSA scintigraphy. On the follow-up studies, five patients (9.25%) relapsed, and 49 (90.74%) remained at a steady condition. There was a good correlation between the scintigraphic results and the clinical and colonoscopy data of the patients (P<0.05). In conclusion, our results indicated that 99mTc(V)DMSA scintigraphy can be complementary to colonoscopy for the diagnostic evaluation of IBD. PMID:24251309

  16. Debye temperature, thermal expansion, and heat capacity of TcC up to 100 GPa

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    Song, T.; Ma, Q.; Tian, J.H.; Liu, X.B.; Ouyang, Y.H.; Zhang, C.L.; Su, W.F.

    2015-01-15

    Highlights: • A number of thermodynamic properties of rocksalt TcC are investigated for the first time. • The quasi-harmonic Debye model is applied to take into account the thermal effect. • The pressure and temperature up to about 100 GPa and 3000 K, respectively. - Abstract: Debye temperature, thermal expansion coefficient, and heat capacity of ideal stoichiometric TcC in the rocksalt structure have been studied systematically by using ab initio plane-wave pseudopotential density functional theory method within the generalized gradient approximation. Through the quasi-harmonic Debye model, in which the phononic effects are considered, the dependences of Debye temperature, thermal expansion coefficient, constant-volume heat capacity, and constant-pressure heat capacity on pressure and temperature are successfully predicted. All the thermodynamic properties of TcC with rocksalt phase have been predicted in the entire temperature range from 300 to 3000 K and pressure up to 100 GPa.

  17. 99Tc and Re incorporated into metal oxide polyoxometalates: oxidation state stability elucidated by electrochemistry and theory.

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    McGregor, Donna; Burton-Pye, Benjamin P; Mbomekalle, Israel M; Aparicio, Pablo A; Romo, Susanna; Lpez, Xavier; Poblet, Josep M; Francesconi, Lynn C

    2012-08-20

    The radioactive element technetium-99 ((99)Tc, half-life = 2.1 10(5) years, ?(-) of 253 keV), is a major byproduct of (235)U fission in the nuclear fuel cycle. (99)Tc is also found in radioactive waste tanks and in the environment at National Lab sites and fuel reprocessing centers. Separation and storage of the long-lived (99)Tc in an appropriate and stable waste-form is an important issue that needs to be addressed. Considering metal oxide solid-state materials as potential storage matrixes for Tc, we are examining the redox speciation of Tc on the molecular level using polyoxometalates (POMs) as models. In this study we investigate the electrochemistry of Tc complexes of the monovacant Wells-Dawson isomers, ?(1)-P(2)W(17)O(61)(10-) (?1) and ?(2)-P(2)W(17)O(61)(10-) (?2) to identify features of metal oxide materials that can stabilize the immobile Tc(IV) oxidation state accessed from the synthesized Tc(V)O species and to interrogate other possible oxidation states available to Tc within these materials. The experimental results are consistent with density functional theory (DFT) calculations. Electrochemistry of K(7-n)H(n)[Tc(V)O(?(1)-P(2)W(17)O(61))] (Tc(V)O-?1), K(7-n)H(n)[Tc(V)O(?(2)-P(2)W(17)O(61))] (Tc(V)O-?2) and their rhenium analogues as a function of pH show that the Tc-containing derivatives are always more readily reduced than their Re analogues. Both Tc and Re are reduced more readily in the lacunary ?1 site as compared to the ?2 site. The DFT calculations elucidate that the highest oxidation state attainable for Re is VII while, under the same electrochemistry conditions, the highest oxidation state for Tc is VI. The M(V)? M(IV) reduction processes for Tc(V)O-?1 are not pH dependent or only slightly pH dependent suggesting that protonation does not accompany reduction of this species unlike the M(V)O-?2 (M = (99)Tc, Re) and Re(V)O-?1 where M(V/IV) reduction process must occur hand in hand with protonation of the terminal M?O to make the ?*(M?O) orbitals accessible to the addition of electrons. This result is consistent with previous extended X-ray absorption fine structure (EXAFS) and X-ray absorption near edge structure (XANES) data that reveal that the Tc(V) is "pulled" into the -?1 framework and that may facilitate the reduction of Tc(V)O-?1 and stabilize lower Tc oxidation states. This study highlights the inequivalency of the two sites, and their impact on the chemical properties of the Tc substituted in these positions. PMID:22839965

  18. 99Tc and Re incorporated into metal oxide polyoxometalates: oxidation state stability elucidated by electrochemistry and theory.

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    McGregor D; Burton-Pye BP; Mbomekalle IM; Aparicio PA; Romo S; Lpez X; Poblet JM; Francesconi LC

    2012-08-20

    The radioactive element technetium-99 ((99)Tc, half-life = 2.1 10(5) years, ?(-) of 253 keV), is a major byproduct of (235)U fission in the nuclear fuel cycle. (99)Tc is also found in radioactive waste tanks and in the environment at National Lab sites and fuel reprocessing centers. Separation and storage of the long-lived (99)Tc in an appropriate and stable waste-form is an important issue that needs to be addressed. Considering metal oxide solid-state materials as potential storage matrixes for Tc, we are examining the redox speciation of Tc on the molecular level using polyoxometalates (POMs) as models. In this study we investigate the electrochemistry of Tc complexes of the monovacant Wells-Dawson isomers, ?(1)-P(2)W(17)O(61)(10-) (?1) and ?(2)-P(2)W(17)O(61)(10-) (?2) to identify features of metal oxide materials that can stabilize the immobile Tc(IV) oxidation state accessed from the synthesized Tc(V)O species and to interrogate other possible oxidation states available to Tc within these materials. The experimental results are consistent with density functional theory (DFT) calculations. Electrochemistry of K(7-n)H(n)[Tc(V)O(?(1)-P(2)W(17)O(61))] (Tc(V)O-?1), K(7-n)H(n)[Tc(V)O(?(2)-P(2)W(17)O(61))] (Tc(V)O-?2) and their rhenium analogues as a function of pH show that the Tc-containing derivatives are always more readily reduced than their Re analogues. Both Tc and Re are reduced more readily in the lacunary ?1 site as compared to the ?2 site. The DFT calculations elucidate that the highest oxidation state attainable for Re is VII while, under the same electrochemistry conditions, the highest oxidation state for Tc is VI. The M(V)? M(IV) reduction processes for Tc(V)O-?1 are not pH dependent or only slightly pH dependent suggesting that protonation does not accompany reduction of this species unlike the M(V)O-?2 (M = (99)Tc, Re) and Re(V)O-?1 where M(V/IV) reduction process must occur hand in hand with protonation of the terminal M?O to make the ?*(M?O) orbitals accessible to the addition of electrons. This result is consistent with previous extended X-ray absorption fine structure (EXAFS) and X-ray absorption near edge structure (XANES) data that reveal that the Tc(V) is "pulled" into the -?1 framework and that may facilitate the reduction of Tc(V)O-?1 and stabilize lower Tc oxidation states. This study highlights the inequivalency of the two sites, and their impact on the chemical properties of the Tc substituted in these positions.

  19. CGRP 4218T/C polymorphism correlated with postoperative analgesic effect of fentanyl

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    Yi, Yusheng; Zhao, Mingqiang; Xu, Fenghe; Liu, Chuansheng; Yin, Yanwei; Yu, Junmin

    2015-01-01

    Purpose: Our study aimed at evaluating the association between ?-calcitonin gene-related peptide (CGRP) 4218T/C polymorphism and the patient-controlled analgesic (PCA) effect of fentanyl on Chinese Han population. Methods: 98 patients were involved in the experiment, but only 92 patients completed the experiment. 0.1 mg/kg fentanyl was given to the patients through intravenous injection ten minutes before the ending of surgery. The patients achieved PCA by controlling the fentanyl infusion pump and a single dose was 1 mg. The CGRP 4218T/C polymorphism was genotyped with polymerase chain reaction restriction fragment length polymorphism (PCR-RFLP) method. The fentanyl consumption within the 72 hours after the surgery was recorded and the pain was assessed with numeric rating scale (NRS) method. Results: The patients were divided into three groups of wild homozygote (T/T), heterozygote (T/C), and mutant homozygote (C/C). At the 6th hour and the 12th hour after the surgery, the fentanyl consumption for PCA of the T/C group was significantly higher than the T/T group (P<0.05). Meanwhile, the fentanyl consumption of the C/C group was much higher than the T/T group (P<0.05) at the 12th hour and the 24th hour. Besides, the fentanyl consumption of the C/C group was more than the T/C group (P<0.05) at the 24th hour. The differences in NRS scores, Ramsey scores, and postoperative adverse reactions between each group at all time points were not statistically significant. Conclusions: CGRP 4218T/C polymorphism may be associated with the postoperative fentanyl consumption for analgesia. PMID:26191294

  20. Tc(VII) Reduction Kinetics by Titanomagnetite (Fe3-xTixO4) Nanoparticles

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    Liu, Juan; Pearce, Carolyn I.; Qafoku, Odeta; Arenholz, Elke; Heald, Steve M.; Rosso, Kevin M.

    2012-09-01

    Technetium contamination remains a major environmental problem at nuclear reprocessing sites, such as at the Hanford nuclear reservation, Washington, U.S.A. Here we investigate the heterogeneous reduction of the highly soluble pertechnetate anion [Tc(VII)O4-] to sparingly soluble Tc(IV)-bearing solids by a novel and well-characterized set of mixed-valent titanium-doped magnetite nanoparticles, structurally and chemically analogous to titanomagnetites naturally present in Hanford sediments. Titanomagnetite (Fe3 xTixO4) nanoparticles (10-12 nm) with varying Ti content (0 ? x ? 0.53) were synthesized in aqueous suspension. Reaction with 10 and 30 ?M Tc(VII) solution yielded fast exponentially decaying reduction kinetics with rates that increased with increasing solid-state Fe(II)/Fe(III) ratio in the nanoparticles, a characteristic systematically controlled by the Ti-content. Nanoparticles before and after reduction experiments and surface-associated products of Tc(VII) reduction were characterized using transmission electron microscopy (TEM), X-ray absorption nearedge spectroscopy (XANES), extended X-ray absorption fine structure spectroscopy (EXAFS), micro Xray diffraction (?-XRD), X-ray absorption (XA) and X-ray magnetic circular dichroism (XMCD). A mechanistic reaction model was developed involving reduction of Tc(VII) to form Tc(IV)/Fe(III) solids by structural Fe(II) enriched at the nanoparticle surface, a reactive Fe(II) pool that during reaction is resupplied and sustained by outward migration of Fe(II) from the particle interior with concurrent inward migration of charge-balancing cationic vacancies in a ratio of 3:1. The reaction process was quantitatively linked to mass and electron balanced changes in the Fe3-xTixO4 nanoparticles, and the accessibility of structural Fe(II) from these phases was determined.

  1. A novel approach to infection imaging using a synthetic Tc-99m-labeled leukotactic peptide

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    Som, P.; Oster, Z.H.; Sharma, S. ||

    1996-05-01

    RMT1, a synthetic peptide binding to PMN and macrophage receptors was labeled with Tc-99m and investigated as a potential imaging agent for abscess and inflammation. Experimental abscesses were induced in rabbits and dogs by turpentine and E.coli injection. After injection of Tc-99m-RMT1 two and twelve day old abscesses were visualized within 20 min. In initial studies, a dose of 30 {mu}g of peptide/3 mCi was used. This amount was subsequently reduced to 1.5 {mu}g peptide with same amount of Tc-99m yielding similar imaging results. Technetium-99m-IgG and Tc-99m-MAG-3 were used as positive and negative controls, respectively. After injection of IgG abscesses were visualized but activity in blood was always higher than in abscess. When using Tc-99m RMT1 rapid abscess visualization and faster blood clearance was observed. The accumulation of RMT1 was monophasic, i.e., following the initial visualization, activity continued to build up continuously for 1{1/2} hr. Tc-99m-MAG3 accumulated initially in abscess, but activity washed out. In dogs, RMT1 blood clearance showed three components: a fast component with t{1/2}=1.9 min, 73%, intermediate t{1/2}=22 min, 24.5% and slow component, t{1/2}=115, 9.5% with 3 hours cumulative urine excretion of 40-51%. RMT1 appears to be more advantageous than currently available methods because of rapidity of imaging, simpler preparation before injection and will probably be less expensive and time consuming compared to labeled WBC. These results indicate that clinical experiments are warranted.

  2. Permeability of the bronchial mucosa to /sup 99m/Tc-DTPA in asthma

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    Ilowite, J.S.; Bennett, W.D.; Sheetz, M.S.; Groth, M.L.; Nierman, D.M.

    1989-05-01

    Previous investigators, using 99mTc-DTPA aerosol as a marker to assess epithelial permeability in asthma, did not find an increased permeability in this group. However, they either failed to deliver the aerosol to the optimal site (bronchial mucosa, not alveoli) or failed to account for mucociliary clearance in analyzing their results. We studied 10 asthmatics and eight age-matched control subjects using a dosimeter (Spira-Elektra 2) and a carefully controlled breathing pattern to deliver aerosol to the subjects' airways. Two aerosols were delivered on separate days in each patient; 99mTc-DTPA aerosol, and 99mTc-HSA (human serum albumin), using similar breathing patterns to ensure reproducibility of the deposition pattern with the two aerosols. From measurements of retention versus time over a 1-h period, rate constants Ktot and Km were determined for the clearance of 99mTc-DTPA and 99mTc-HSA, respectively. By modelling the airways as a single compartment with two possible routes of clearance, we determined the permeability rate constant, Kp, as Ktot minus Km. There was no significant difference between Ktot in normal subjects and asthmatics; however, because of the slower mucociliary clearance in the asthmatic group, and the relative importance of mucociliary clearance in determining the washout of 99mTc-DTPA aerosol, there was a significant difference in airway permeability between the normal subjects and the asthmatics (t1/2 = 296 min +/- 141 SD and 126 min +/- 58, p less than 0.01, in normal subjects and asthmatics, respectively).

  3. Unusual isotope effects on the pseudogap in high-Tc cuprate superconductors as support for the BCS-like pairing theory of large polarons above Tc

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    Dzhumanov, S.; Baimatov, P. J.; Djumanov, Sh. S.

    2015-06-01

    The BCS-like pairing theory is extended to the intermediate coupling regime and to the cases of exotic cuprate superconductors with large and small Fermi surfaces, so as to describe the pairing correlations above Tc , the opening of a pseudogap (PG) at a mean-field temperature T? >Tc and the unusual isotope effects on the PG in these materials within the large polaron model and two different BCS-like approaches. We argue that unconventional electron-phonon interactions are responsible for the polaron formation and the separation between temperatures T? (the onset of precursor Cooper pairing) and Tc (the onset of the superconducting transition) in exotic cuprate superconductors. Using the extended BCS-like approaches, we calculate the PG formation temperature T? , isotope shifts ?T? , oxygen and copper isotope exponents and show that isotope effects on the PG basically depend on strengths of Coulomb and electron-phonon interactions, doping levels and dielectric constants of the cuprates. The new BCS-like pairing theory of polaronic carriers predicts the existence of small and sizable positive oxygen isotope effect and very large negative oxygen and copper isotope effects on the PG in the cuprates with large Fermi surfaces. The calculated results for T? , isotope shifts and exponents are compared with experimental data on various cuprate superconductors. For all the considered cases, a good quantitative agreement was found between theory and experimental data. We also predict the existence of small and sizable negative isotope effects on T? in deeply underdoped cuprates with small Fermi surfaces. Further, we find that the isotope effects on T? (=Tc) in heavily overdoped cuprates just like in some metals are relatively small positive or become even negative.

  4. Evaluation of 99mTc-LDL for studying lipoprotein metabolism and imaging atherosclerotic lesions in vivo

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    Vallabhajosula, S.; Ginsberg, H.N.; Badimon, J.J.; Brown, C.; Lipszyc, H.; Fuster, V.; Goldsmith, S.J.

    1985-05-01

    Radioiodinated low density lipoprotein (LDL) used for studying LDL kinetics is not suitable for nuclear scintigraphy. /sup 99m/Tc-LDL, (Tc-LDL) with ideal physical imaging characteristics is being evaluated for the noninvasive identification of atherosclerotic lesions. LDL was labeled with Tc-99m and purified by gel chromatography (labeling efficiency 28 +- 8%). Human LDL labeled with Tc-99m and I-131 were injected simultaneously into a normal cynomolgus monkey. The plasma decay curves of the two tracers were identical (T1/2:4.5hrs) indicating that Tc-LDL is stable in plasma and is similar to /sup 131/I-LDL. Gamma camera images obtained at 30 min post injection showed that 40% of the activity of both tracers was in the liver. Over the next 4-8 hours, I-131 activity in the liver diminished and appeared in the lower abdomen and thyroid (representing deiodination) while Tc-99m activity in the liver remained stable indicating higher stability of Tc-LDL within hepatocytes. Tc-LDL (rabbit) was injected into normal rabbits and rabbits fed on an atherogenic 0.5% cholesterol diet for 3 months (ATR). 24 hour images showed significant uptake of Tc-LDL in the aorta of ART only. The isolated aorta from ATR showed Tc-LDL uptake in the lesions identified as ''fatty streaks'' by Sudan IV staining. These results suggest that Tc-LDL is stable in vivo and appears to be an efficient agent to identify sites of normal catabolism of LDL as well as uptake of LDL by fatty vascular lesions.

  5. Unusual Tc-99m MDP and I-123 MIBG images in focal pyelonephritis

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    Jacobs, A.; Lenoir, P.; Delree, M.; Ramet, J.; Piepsz, A. )

    1990-11-01

    A 6-year-old boy presented with an inflammatory syndrome. Because Tc-99m MDP bone scintigraphy revealed increased tracer uptake at the upper pole of the right kidney, further studies were oriented towards a diagnosis of renal or adrenal pathology. I-123 metaiodobenzylguanidine (MIBG) accumulated at the site of the abnormal MDP uptake. The diagnosis of neuroblastoma or allied disorder was excluded on the basis of other investigations and further evaluation, suggesting that the MIBG uptake was a false-positive. Findings on clinical imaging, laboratory findings, Tc-99m DMSA imaging, sonography, and CT scanning were highly suggestive of acute focal pyelonephritis.

  6. Extrarenal abnormalities in Tc-99m-DTPA renal blood flow studies

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    Shih, W.J.; Domstad, P.A.; DeLand, F.H.

    1985-01-01

    The authors observed extrarenal abnormalities during renal flow scintigraphy and retrospectively reviewed 90 patient studies to determine the types and frequencies of such abnormal findings. For each routine Tc-99m-DTPA renal flow study, they obtained nine 2-second sequential images, which included the heart, abdominal aorta, spleen and kidneys. Eighty abnormalities, observed in 62 patients, were divided into three categories: aortic, 37 cases; splenic, 40 cases; and miscellaneous, 3 cases. Other correlative studies including Tc-99m sulfur colloid-spleen scintigraphy, ultrasonography (US), CT, aortography, and surgical and/or autopsy findings were available for corroboration in 56 of 80 lesions.

  7. [Differential expression of DTSsa4 Tc1-like transposons in closely related populations of Baikal ciscoes].

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    Bychenko, O S; Sukhanova, L V; Azhikina, T L; Sverdlov, E D

    2009-01-01

    Two representatives of Baikal ciscoes - lake cisco and omul - diverged from a common ancestor as recently as 10-20 thousand years ago. We have found an increasing expression level of DTSsa4 Tc1-like DNA transposons in cisco and omul brains. The mapping of the sequences of these transposons from Salmo salar and Danio rerio genomes has shown that in some cases, these transposons are located in the 5' and 3' regions, as well as in the promoter regions of various genes. Probably, Tc1-like transposons affect the activity of neighboring genes, providing the adaptive divergence of the cisco population. PMID:20208586

  8. Mechanical resonance characteristics of a high-{Tc} superconducting levitation system

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    Sugiura, Toshihiko; Fujimori, Hideki

    1996-05-01

    This research deals with dynamic response of a permanent magnet freely levitated above an excited high-{Tc} superconductor. Evaluation of dynamic characteristics is required in mechanical design of high-{Tc} superconducting levitation systems. Their dynamics is coupled with Type-II superconducting phenomena. By a numerical approach based on some macroscopic models they evaluate mechanical resonance characteristics of a superconducting levitation system. Numerical results show some nonlinear properties and effect of the flux flow in Type-II superconductor, which are observed in experiments or predicted by analyses.

  9. Numerical analyses of levitation force and flux creep on high [Tc] superconductor

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    Tsuchimoto, M.; Kojima, T.; Takeuchi, H.; Honma, T. . Dept. of Electrical Engineering)

    1993-11-01

    Large levitation force and a stable equilibrium are obtained with a permanent magnet and a bulk high [Tc] superconductor (HTSC). Evaluation of the levitation force is important for many applications, such as magnetically levitated vehicles, magnetic bearing, flywheel and linear drive. Levitation force between a permanent magnet and a high [Tc] superconductor is examined by using two numerical methods. The levitation force to vertical direction is calculated by using the critical state model. Stiffness of restoring force to horizontal direction is calculated by using a frozen-in field model. Numerical solutions agree well with experimental results. Dynamic properties of the levitation force are also analyzed by combining the two methods.

  10. First-principles prediction of the equation of state for TcC with rocksalt structure

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    Sun, Xiao-Wei; Chu, Yan-Dong; Liu, Zi-Jiang; Song, Ting; Tian, Jun-Hong; Wei, Xiao-Ping

    2014-10-01

    The equation of state of TcC with rocksalt structure is investigated by means of first-principles density functional theory calculations combined with the quasi-harmonic Debye model in which the phononic effects are considered. Particular attention is paid to the predictions of the compressibility, the isothermal bulk modulus and its first pressure derivative which play a central role in the formulation of approximate equations of state for the first time. The properties of TcC with rocksalt structure are summarized in the pressure range of 0-80 GPa and the temperature up to 2500 K.

  11. A Very High-Cycle Fatigue Test and Fatigue Properties of TC17 Titanium Alloy

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    Jiao, Shengbo; Gao, Chao; Cheng, Li; Li, Xiaowei; Feng, Yu

    2016-02-01

    The present work studied the very high-cycle fatigue (VHCF) test and fatigue properties of TC17 titanium alloy. The specimens for bending vibration were designed using the finite element method and the VHCF tests were conducted by using the ultrasonic fatigue testing system. The results indicated that there is no the fatigue limit for TC17 titanium alloy, and the S-N curve shows a continuously descending trend. The fatigue crack initiates at the specimen surface within the range of VHCF and the VHCF lives follow the log-normal distribution more closely.

  12. Magnetic study in high-Tc superconducting oxides by AC-complex magnetic susceptibility

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    Okuda, K.; Noguchi, S.; Yoshikawa, M.; Imanaka, N.; Imai, H.; Adachi, G.

    1990-08-01

    Magnetic properties of high-Tc superconducting oxides were investigated by ac-complex magnetic susceptibility ? = ?? - j?. The magnetic penetration depth ?(T) obtained f om ?? was analyzed by the term of BCS gap parameter. A strong correlation between Tc and ?(O) -2 was found. The loss peak of ??(T) in the bulk sample of Bi(Pb)SrCaCuO-Au composites system was measured as a function of field amplitude and frequency. The activation energy of flux was obtained as a function of field amplitude by applying the flux-creep model.

  13. Increased 99mTc-MDP Activity in a Partially Calcified Malignant Mediastinal Teratoma.

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    Li, Wei; Zhang, Linqi; Zhang, Rusen

    2016-02-01

    A 41-year-old woman presented with cough and shortness of breath for 3 weeks. Chest x-ray and CT showed a large, partially calcified soft tissue mass adjacent to the right side of the heart. Whole-body bone was acquired to evaluate possible metastases, which showed abnormal accumulation of Tc-MDP in the right chest. Further SPECT/CT imaging that demonstrated intense Tc-MDP activity was mainly in the calcification portion of mass. Histopathological examination from biopsy specimen of the lesion was consistent with malignant teratoma. PMID:26562576

  14. Role of Pressure and Magnetic Scattering on the Tc of the Cuprates

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    Wolf, Stuart; Kresin, Vladimir; Ovchinnikov, Yurii

    1996-03-01

    We can show that the large pressure effects on the transition temperature in the superconducting cuprates are caused by an unusual interplay between carrier doping and pair-breaking scattering. This pair-breaking scattering leads to a depression of Tc relative to its intrinsic value which we find to be in the range of 160K. Using these ideas we can explain the relative transition temperature in the one, two, and three layer cuprates as well as estimate the maximum Tc for the cuprate family of superconductors.

  15. Temperature Dependence of Quasiparticle Spectral Weight and Coherence in High Tc Superconductors

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    He, Yang; Zhang, Jessie; Hoffman, Jennifer; Hoffman Lab Team

    2014-03-01

    Superconductivity arises from the Cooper pairing of quasiparticles on the Fermi surface. Understanding the formation of Cooper pairs is an essential step towards unveiling the mechanism of high Tc superconductivity. We compare scanning tunneling microscope investigations of the temperature dependence of quasiparticle spectral weight and quasiparticle interference in several families of high Tc materials. We calculate the coherent spectral weight related to superconductivity, despite the coexistence of competing orders. The relation between pairing temperature and coherent spectral weight is discussed. We acknowledge support by the New York Community Trust-George Merck Fund.

  16. Neurofibromas: location by scanning with Tc-99m DTPA. Work in progress

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    Mandell, G.A.; Herrick, W.C.; Harcke, H.T.; Sharkey, C.; Brooks, K.M.; MacEwen, G.D.

    1985-12-01

    The accumulation of technetium-99m diethylenetriamine pentaacetic acid (Tc-99m DTPA) in benign soft-tissue neurofibromatosis tumors is reported. In a series of 16 patients with clinical stigmata of neurofibromatosis, 28 sites of abnormal soft-tissue localization of the isotope observed scintigraphically were documented to be sites of soft-tissue tumor by clinical and/or radiographic (predominantly computed tomographic) correlations. The smallest lesion detected was a 1.5-cm subcutaneous neurofibroma. Normal physiologic nonrenal distribution of the Tc-99m DTPA was established by scintigraphic imaging of a control population.

  17. Tc-99m HMDP (Hydroxymethylene diphosphonate): a radiopharmaceutical for skeletal and acute myocardial infarct imaging. I. synthesis and distribution in animals. [Rats, dogs

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    Bevan, J.A.; Tofe, A.J.; Benedict, J.J.; Francis, M.D.; Barnett, B.L.

    1980-10-01

    Technetium-99m hydroxymethylene diphosphonate (Tc-99m HMDP) is a new diphosphonate skeletal imaging agent. Animal studies show that Tc-99m HMDP has a higher uptake on bone and a more rapid clearance from the blood than any of the three technetium-labeled bone imaging agents in current use: Tc-99m methylene diphosphonate (MDP), Tc-99m (1-hydroxyethylidene) diphosphonate (HEDP), and Tc-99m pyrophosphate (PPi). On the basis of these animal studies, Tc-99m HMDP is a highly promising candidate for skeletal imaging.

  18. Trypanosoma cruzi TcI and TcII transmission among wild carnivores, small mammals and dogs in a conservation unit and surrounding areas, Brazil.

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    Rocha, Fabiana Lopes; Roque, Andr Luiz Rodrigues; Arrais, Ricardo Corassa; Santos, Jean Pierre; Lima, Valdirene dos Santos; Xavier, Samanta Cristina das Chagas; Cordeir-Estrela, Pedro; D'Andrea, Paulo Srgio; Jansen, Ana Maria

    2013-02-01

    Aiming to better understand the ecological aspects of Trypanosoma cruzi transmission cycles, wild carnivores, small mammals and dogs were examined for T. cruzi infection in the Serra da Canastra National Park region, Brazil. Isolates were genotyped using mini-exon gene and PCR-RFLP (1f8 and H3) genomic targets. Trypanosoma cruzi transmission was well established in the area and occurred in both wild and peridomestic environments. Dog seroprevalence was 294% (63/214) and TcI and TcII genotypes, besides mixed infections were observed. Only TcI was detected in wild mammals. Marsupials displayed lower relative abundance, but a high prevalence of positive haemocultures (4/22), whereas rodents displayed positive haemocultures (9/113) mainly in the abundant Akodon montensis and Cerradomys subflavus species. The felid Leopardus pardalis was the only carnivore to display positive haemoculture and was captured in the same region where the small mammal prevalence of T. cruzi infection was high. Two canid species, Chrysocyon brachyurus and Cerdocyon thous, were serologically positive for T. cruzi infection (4/8 and 8/39, respectively), probably related to their capacity to exploit different ecological niches. Herein, dog infection not only signals T. cruzi transmission but also the genotypes present. Distinct transmission strategies of the T. cruzi genotypes are discussed. PMID:23062278

  19. High Occurrence Rate of Tetracycline (TC)-Resistant Bacteria and TC Resistance Genes Relates to Microbial Diversity in Sediment of Mekong River Main Waterway.

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    Suzuki, Satoru; Kobayashi, Takeshi; Suehiro, Fujiyo; Tuyen, Bui Cach; Tana, Touch Seang

    2008-01-01

    Spatial monitoring of tetracycline (TC)-resistant bacteria in sediments of the Mekong River watershed revealed that the main waterway showed a high occurrence rate of TC-resistant bacteria, whereas Tonle Sap Lake and the Sai Gon estuary did not. The Shannon index (H'), an indicator of ecological diversity, was calculated from denaturing gradient gel electrophoresis (DGGE) profiles, which indicated that the main waterway of the Mekong River had high microbial diversity (high H') compared to Tonle Sap Lake and the Sai Gon estuary; this diversity was positively correlated with the occurrence rate of TC-resistant bacteria. Analysis of ribosomal protection protein (RPP) genes tet(M), tet(S) and tet(W) in the same area also revealed that high diversity was positively correlated with the occurrence rate of RPP genes, suggesting that RPP genes are well conserved across various bacterial species. Further evidence of different genotypes of tet(M) suggests that the drug resistance genes likely have various origins, and are mixed in the sediment. Sediments in this area are therefore potential reservoirs of drug resistance genes. PMID:21558701

  20. 99mTc-N4-[Tyr3]Octreotate Versus 99mTc-EDDA/HYNIC-[Tyr3]Octreotide: an intrapatient comparison of two novel Technetium-99m labeled tracers for somatostatin receptor scintigraphy.

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    Gabriel, Michael; Decristoforo, Clemens; Maina, Theodosia; Nock, Berthold; vonGuggenberg, Elisabeth; Cordopatis, Paul; Moncayo, Roy

    2004-02-01

    Tetraamine-[Tyr3]octreotate (Demotate) is a somatostatin (SST) analogue that can be easily labeled with 99mTc at high specific activities and showed promising preclinical properties for SST receptor scintigraphy. This study reports on the first intra-patient comparison of 99mTc-Demotate and another 99mTc-labeled SST analogue, 99mTc-EDDA/HYNIC-TOC (HYNIC-TOC). Five patients with carcinoid tumors (n = 2) and endocrine pancreatic tumors (n = 3) were investigated with both radiopharmaceuticals. 99mTc-Demotate rapidly visualized somatostatin receptor positive tumors as early as 15 minutes post-injection (p.i.) with maximum tumor uptake and tumor/organ ratios already 1 hour p.i. Organs of predominant physiological uptake were the spleen and the kidneys with no intestinal excretion detectable up to 24 hours. 99mTc-Demotate exhibited faster pharmacokinetic properties compared to HYNIC-TOC. Tumor/organ ratios at equivalent time points were higher or comparable for 99mTc-Demotate in three patients with a matching scan result. Equivocal findings were observed in two patients, i.e. comparable uptake behavior in larger lesions with differences in smaller ones. 99mTc-Demotate is a promising agent for somatostatin receptor scintigraphy providing images of excellent quality as early as 1 hour after injection. PMID:15068614