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  1. Preparation and photochromic properties of ultra-fine H3PW11MoO40/PVA fibre mats

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    Yang, Guo-Cheng; Gong, Jian; Pan, Yan; Cui, Xiu-Jun; Shao, Chang-Lu; Guo, Yi-Hang; Wen, Shang-Bin; Qu, Lun-Yu

    2004-07-01

    Novel photochromic materials, H3PW11MoO40/Poly (vinyl alcohol) (PVA) ultra-fine fibre mats containing different weight percentages of H3PW11MoO40, have been prepared from different H3PW11MoO40/PVA solutions by an electrospinning technique. IR spectroscopy, wide-angle x-ray diffraction, and scanning electron microscope spectroscopy are used to characterize the fibre mats. Results of viscosity and conductivity measurements of the solutions indicate that lower viscosity and higher conductivity favour the formation of thin fibres without beads. When irradiated with ultraviolet light (313.2 nm), the colour of the fibre mats changes from white to blue, and the mats show reversible photochromism. IR and ESR spectra of the irradiated fibre mats indicate a conceivable photochromic mechanism, i.e. MoVI is reduced under ultraviolet irradiation. Meanwhile, PVA is oxidized to unsaturated ketone or aldehyde.

  2. Combined iron and folic acid supplementation with or without zinc reduces time to walking unassisted among Zanzibari infants 5- to 11-mo old.

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    Olney, Deanna K; Pollitt, Ernesto; Kariger, Patricia K; Khalfan, Sabra S; Ali, Nadra S; Tielsch, James M; Sazawal, Sunil; Black, Robert; Allen, Lindsay H; Stoltzfus, Rebecca J

    2006-09-01

    Iron and zinc deficiencies have been associated with delayed motor development in nutritionally at-risk children, albeit inconsistently. In this community-based, randomized double-blind trial, iron+folic acid (FeFA) (12.5 mg Fe + 50 mug folic acid), zinc (Zn) (10 mg), and iron+folic acid+zinc (FeFA+Zn) supplements or a placebo were given daily for 1 y to nutritionally at-risk children in Pemba, Zanzibar. The effects of these treatments on attaining unassisted walking were evaluated using survival analysis for 354 children aged 5-11 mo at the start of supplementation. Treatment effects on changes in hemoglobin (Hb) and zinc protoporphyrin (ZPP) and height-for-age (HAZ) and weight-for-age (WAZ) Z scores were evaluated using linear regression. Attained motor milestone was recorded every 2 wk for 1 y. Hb, ZPP, HAZ, and WAZ were measured at baseline and after 6 mo of treatment. FeFA with or without Zn reduced the time it took for children to walk assisted. Children who received any iron walked unassisted sooner than those who received no iron [median difference approximately 15 d, P = 0.035, risk ratio (RR) = 1.28, 95% CI = 1.02, 1.61] and this effect was stronger in those who had iron deficiency anemia (IDA) at baseline (median difference was approximately 30 d; P = 0.002; RR = 1.68; 95% CI = 1.21, 2.32). FeFA alone and Zn alone improved Hb and ZPP compared with placebo. There were no significant treatment effects on changes in HAZ or WAZ. The effects of treatment on time to walking may have been mediated by improvements in iron status or hemoglobin, but were not mediated through improvements in growth.

  3. SD46 Facilities and Capabilities

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    Ramachandran, N.; Curreri, Peter A. (Technical Monitor)

    2002-01-01

    The displays for the Materials Conference presents some of the facilities and capabilities in SD46 that can be useful to a prospective researcher from University, Academia or other government labs. Several of these already have associated personnel as principal and co-investigators on NASA peer reviewed science investigations. 1. SCN purification facility 2. ESL facility 3. Static and Dynamic magnetic field facility 4. Microanalysis facility 5. MSG Investigation - PFMI 6. Thermo physical Properties Measurement Capabilities.

  4. NDPC-SD Data Probes Worksheet

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    National Dropout Prevention Center for Students with Disabilities, 2011

    2011-01-01

    This worksheet from the National Dropout Prevention Center for Students with Disabilities (NDPC-SD) is an optional tool to help schools organize multiple years of student and program data for the purpose of identifying school-completion needs that can be addressed through the implementation of research-based interventions. It is designed for use…

  5. Likert Response Alternative Direction: SA to SD or SD to SA: Does It Make a Difference?

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    Barnette, J. Jackson

    A 20-item survey was designed in 4 forms with response set direction as "strongly disagree" (SD) to "strongly agree" (SA) and SA to SD crossed with the absence or presence of negatively worded item stems. The primary research question related to finding a primacy effect when comparing the two response direction formats. Surveys were administered,…

  6. Experimental study of upper sd shell nuclei and evolution of sd-fp shell gap

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    Sarkar, M. Saha

    2012-06-27

    The intruder orbitals from the fp shell play important role in the structure of nuclei around the line of stability in the upper sd shell. Experimentally we have studied {sup 35}Cl, {sup 30}P, {sup 36}Cl, {sup 37}Ar and {sup 34}Cl in this mass region using the INGA setup. Large basis cross-shell shell model calculations have indicated the need for change of the sd-fp energy gap for reliable reproduction of negative parity and high spin positive parity states. Indication of population of states of large deformation has been found in our data. Theoretical interpretation of these states has been discussed.

  7. Understanding nuclei in the upper sd - shell

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    Sarkar, M. Saha; Bisoi, Abhijit; Ray, Sudatta; Kshetri, Ritesh; Sarkar, S.

    2014-08-14

    Nuclei in the upper-sd shell usually exhibit characteristics of spherical single particle excitations. In the recent years, employment of sophisticated techniques of gamma spectroscopy has led to observation of high spin states of several nuclei near A ≃ 40. In a few of them multiparticle, multihole rotational states coexist with states of single particle nature. We have studied a few nuclei in this mass region experimentally, using various campaigns of the Indian National Gamma Array setup. We have compared and combined our empirical observations with the large-scale shell model results to interpret the structure of these nuclei. Indication of population of states of large deformation has been found in our data. This gives us an opportunity to investigate the interplay of single particle and collective degrees of freedom in this mass region.

  8. Final report of the safety assessment of Alcohol Denat., including SD Alcohol 3-A, SD Alcohol 30, SD Alcohol 39, SD Alcohol 39-B, SD Alcohol 39-C, SD Alcohol 40, SD Alcohol 40-B, and SD Alcohol 40-C, and the denaturants, Quassin, Brucine Sulfate/Brucine, and Denatonium Benzoate.

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    2008-01-01

    Alcohol Denat. is the generic term used by the cosmetics industry to describe denatured alcohol. Alcohol Denat. and various specially denatured (SD) alcohols are used as cosmetic ingredients in a wide variety of products. Many denaturants have been previously considered, on an individual basis, as cosmetic ingredients by the Cosmetic Ingredient Review (CIR) Expert Panel, whereas others, including Brucine and Brucine Sulfate, Denatonium Benzoate, and Quassin, have not previously been evaluated. Quassin is a bitter alkaloid obtained from the wood of Quassia amara. Quassin has been used as an insect antifeedant and insecticide and several studies demonstrate its effectiveness. At oral doses up to 1000 mg/kg using rats, Quassin was not toxic in acute and short-term tests, but some reversible piloerection, decrease in motor activity, and a partial loss of righting reflex were found in mice at 500 mg/kg. At 1000 mg/kg given intraperitoneally (i.p.), all mice died within 24 h of receiving treatment. In a cytotoxicity test with brine shrimp, 1 mg/ml of Quassin did not possess any cytotoxic or antiplasmodial activity. Quassin administered to rat Leydig cells in vitro at concentrations of 5-25 ng/ml inhibited both the basal and luteinizing hormone (LH)-stimulated testosterone secretion in a dose-related fashion. Quassin at doses up to 2.0 g/kg in drinking water using rats produced no significant effect on the body weights, but the mean weights of the testes, seminal vesicles, and epididymides were significantly reduced, and the weights of the anterior pituitary glands were significantly increased. The sperm counts and levels of LH, follicle-stimulating hormone (FSH), and testosterone were significantly lower in groups treated with Quassin. Brucine is a derivative of 2-hydroxystrychnine. Swiss-Webster mice given Brucine base, 30 ml/kg, had an acute oral LD(50) of 150 mg/kg, with central nervous system depression followed by convulsions and seizures in some cases. In those

  9. User's Manual for Space Debris Surfaces (SD_SURF)

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    Elfer, N. C.

    1996-01-01

    A unique collection of computer codes, Space Debris Surfaces (SD_SURF), have been developed to assist in the design and analysis of space debris protection systems. SD_SURF calculates and summarizes a vehicle's vulnerability to space debris as a function of impact velocity and obliquity. An SD_SURF analysis will show which velocities and obliquities are the most probable to cause a penetration. This determination can help the analyst select a shield design which is best suited to the predominant penetration mechanism. The analysis also indicates the most suitable parameters for development or verification testing. The SD_SURF programs offer the option of either FORTRAN programs and Microsoft EXCEL spreadsheets and macros. The FORTRAN programs work with BUMPERII version 1.2a or 1.3 (Cosmic released). The EXCEL spreadsheets and macros can be used independently or with selected output from the SD_SURF FORTRAN programs.

  10. Substellar objects around the sdB eclipsing Binaries

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    Zhu, Liying; Qian, Shengbang; Liao, Wenping; Zhao, Ergang; Li, Linjia

    2016-07-01

    The sdB-type eclipsing binary consists a very hot subdwarf B (sdB) type primary and a low mass secondary with short period. They are detached binaries and show very narrow eclipse profiles, which benefits the determination of the precise eclipse times. With the precise times of light minimum, we can detected small mass objects around them by analyzing the observed-calculated (O-C) curve based on the light time effect. For searching the substellar objects orbiting around the binaries, we have monitored sdB-type eclipsing binaries for decades. A group of brown dwarfs and planets have been detected since then. In the present paper, we focus on the target NSVS07826147, which may be another exoplanet host candidate among the group of the sdB-type eclipsing binaries.

  11. Composite particle representation for light sd shell nuclei

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    Collinson, D.F.

    1986-01-01

    The Composite Particle Representation is applied to light sd shell nuclei /sup 20/O, /sup 20/F and /sup 20/Ne. The energy spectrum is found to agree exactly with the shell model in all cases. The CPR theory is then used to examine the possible boson structure of sd shell wavefunctions. Only in the case of /sup 20/O are the wavefunctions found to have a high boson probability.

  12. On the Components of Segregation Distortion in DROSOPHILA MELANOGASTER. III. Nature of Enhancer of Sd

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    Brittnacher, John G.; Ganetzky, Barry

    1984-01-01

    Analysis of X-ray-induced deletions in the Segregation Distorter (SD) chromosome, SD-5, revealed that this chromosome had a gene proximal to lt in the centric heterochromatin of 2L that strongly enhanced the meiotic drive caused by the SD chromosome. This Enhancer of Segregation Distortion [E(SD)] locus had not been characterized in earlier studies of SD chromosomes because it cannot be readily separated by recombination from the Responder (Rsp) locus in the proximal heterochromatin of 2R.—To determine whether E(SD) is a general component of all SD chromosomes and to examine further its effects on distortion, we produced deletions of E(SD) in three additional SD chromosomes. Analysis of these deletions leads to the following conclusions: (1) along with Sd and Rsp, E(SD) is common to all SD chromosomes; (2) the E(SD) allele on each SD chromosome enhances distortion by the same amount, which indicates that allelic variation at the E(SD) locus is not responsible for the different drive strengths seen among SD chromosomes; (3) E(SD) causes very little or no distortion by itself in the absence of Sd; (4) E(SD), like Sd, acts in a dosage-dependent manner; (5) E(SD) exerts its effect in cis or trans to Sd; and (6) if E(SD)+ exists, its function is not related to SD. PMID:6428976

  13. Purification, Characterization, and Optimum Conditions of Fermencin SD11, a Bacteriocin Produced by Human Orally Lactobacillus fermentum SD11.

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    Wannun, Phirawat; Piwat, Supatcharin; Teanpaisan, Rawee

    2016-06-01

    Fermencin SD11, a bacteriocin produced by human orally Lactobacillus fermentum SD11, was purified, characterized, and optimized in conditions for bacterial growth and bacteriocin production. Fermencin SD11 was purified using three steps of ammonium sulfate precipitation, gel filtration chromatography, and reverse-phase high-performance liquid chromatography. The molecular weight was found to be 33,000 Da using SDS-PAGE and confirmed as 33,593.4 Da by liquid chromatography-mass spectrometry. Fermencin SD11 exhibited activity against a wide range of oral pathogens including cariogenic and periodontogenic pathogens and Candida. The active activity was stable between 60 - 80 °C in a pH range of 3.0 to 7.0. It was sensitive to proteolytic enzymes (proteinase K and trypsin), but it was not affected by α-amylase, catalase, lysozyme, and saliva. The optimum conditions for growth and bacteriocin production of L. fermentum SD11 were cultured at acidic with pH of 5.0-6.0 at 37 or 40 °C under aerobic or anaerobic conditions for 12 h. It is promising that L. fermentum SD11 and its bacteriocin may be an alternative approach for promoting oral health or prevention of oral diseases, e.g., dental caries and periodontitis, which would require further clinical trials. PMID:26892008

  14. SD-CAS: Spin Dynamics by Computer Algebra System.

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    Filip, Xenia; Filip, Claudiu

    2010-11-01

    A computer algebra tool for describing the Liouville-space quantum evolution of nuclear 1/2-spins is introduced and implemented within a computational framework named Spin Dynamics by Computer Algebra System (SD-CAS). A distinctive feature compared with numerical and previous computer algebra approaches to solving spin dynamics problems results from the fact that no matrix representation for spin operators is used in SD-CAS, which determines a full symbolic character to the performed computations. Spin correlations are stored in SD-CAS as four-entry nested lists of which size increases linearly with the number of spins into the system and are easily mapped into analytical expressions in terms of spin operator products. For the so defined SD-CAS spin correlations a set of specialized functions and procedures is introduced that are essential for implementing basic spin algebra operations, such as the spin operator products, commutators, and scalar products. They provide results in an abstract algebraic form: specific procedures to quantitatively evaluate such symbolic expressions with respect to the involved spin interaction parameters and experimental conditions are also discussed. Although the main focus in the present work is on laying the foundation for spin dynamics symbolic computation in NMR based on a non-matrix formalism, practical aspects are also considered throughout the theoretical development process. In particular, specific SD-CAS routines have been implemented using the YACAS computer algebra package (http://yacas.sourceforge.net), and their functionality was demonstrated on a few illustrative examples.

  15. SD-CAS: Spin Dynamics by Computer Algebra System

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    Filip, Xenia; Filip, Claudiu

    2010-11-01

    A computer algebra tool for describing the Liouville-space quantum evolution of nuclear 1/2-spins is introduced and implemented within a computational framework named Spin Dynamics by Computer Algebra System (SD-CAS). A distinctive feature compared with numerical and previous computer algebra approaches to solving spin dynamics problems results from the fact that no matrix representation for spin operators is used in SD-CAS, which determines a full symbolic character to the performed computations. Spin correlations are stored in SD-CAS as four-entry nested lists of which size increases linearly with the number of spins into the system and are easily mapped into analytical expressions in terms of spin operator products. For the so defined SD-CAS spin correlations a set of specialized functions and procedures is introduced that are essential for implementing basic spin algebra operations, such as the spin operator products, commutators, and scalar products. They provide results in an abstract algebraic form: specific procedures to quantitatively evaluate such symbolic expressions with respect to the involved spin interaction parameters and experimental conditions are also discussed. Although the main focus in the present work is on laying the foundation for spin dynamics symbolic computation in NMR based on a non-matrix formalism, practical aspects are also considered throughout the theoretical development process. In particular, specific SD-CAS routines have been implemented using the YACAS computer algebra package (http://yacas.sourceforge.net), and their functionality was demonstrated on a few illustrative examples.

  16. Decay out of SD Band in ^192Pb

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    McNabb, D. P.; Cizewski, J. A.; Ding, K. Y.; Fotiades, N.; Archer, D. E.; Becker, J. A.; Bernstein, L. A.; Hauschild, K.; Younes, W.; Clark, R. M.; Fallon, P.; Lee, I. Y.; Macchiavelli, A. O.; MacLeod, R. W.

    1997-04-01

    Gamma-ray transitions linking the yrast SD bands to the known (ND) levels have been found in ^194Pb(M. J. Brinkman, et al., Phys. Rev. C53), R1461 (1996), A. Lopez-Martens, et al., Phys. Lett. B380, 18 (1996) and K. Hauschild, et al., submitted to Phys. Rev. C (1996). and ^194Hg.(T. L. Khoo, et al., Phys. Rev. Lett. 76), 1583 (1996). The spin, parity and excitation energy of these SD bands were established. Linking transitions are understood as arising from ND states nearby in excitation energy which are admixed with the SD states.(E. Vigezzi, et al., Phys. Lett. B249), 163 (1990). We anticipate a smaller phase space for quasicontinuous decay of the SD band in ^192Pb because it is predicted to lie lower in excitation than the SD band in ^194Pb.footnote S. J. Krieger, et al. Nucl. Phys. A542, 43 (1992). To search for linking transitions in ^192Pb we used the Gammasphere array at LBNL and the ^24Mg(^173Yb,5n) reaction at 134 MeV. Candidates for linking transitions and general features of the decay will be discussed.

  17. Fermions in the U(1) Y hypercharge theory

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    Lee, I.-Hsiu

    1991-05-01

    The U(1) Y hypercharge sector of the standard electroweak theory is studied on the lattice. It is shown that, for fermions with both nonsinglet ψL and ψR, the doubler modes can be removed in the continuum limit while the masses of the physical fermions can be tuned appropriately. Data from simulations will be discussed and compared with recent analytic calculations.

  18. 78 FR 48764 - South Dakota Disaster # SD-00061

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  1. 76 FR 35935 - South Dakota Disaster Number SD-00041

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  3. ICHPER-SD Asia Youth Health Related Physical Fitness Test.

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    Journal of the International Council for Health, Physical Education, Recreation, Sport, and Dance, 1994

    1994-01-01

    Presents necessary information for administering the ICHPER-SD Asia Youth Health Related Physical Fitness Test, including descriptions of and scoring for each test item, needed equipment, notes, and suggested preparations for test leaders. The test includes the endurance run, situps in 60 seconds, pullups, sit and reach test, and skinfold…

  4. Insulin resistance in SD rats chronically treated with ethanol

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    We have previously demonstrated that hepatic insulin signaling is disrupted in Sprague-Dawley (SD) rats fed EtOH-containing diets by total enteral nutrition (TEN). To determine if whole body insulin resistance could be demonstrated in the TEN model, we conducted euglycemic-hyperinsulinemic clamp st...

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  6. Reading Performance Correlates with White-Matter Properties in Preterm and Term Children

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    Andrews, James S.; Ben-Shachar, Michal; Yeatman, Jason D.; Flom, Lynda L.; Luna, Beatriz; Feldman, Heidi M.

    2010-01-01

    Aim: We used diffusion tensor imaging to investigate the association between white-matter integrity and reading ability in a cohort of 28 children. Nineteen preterm children (14 males, five females; mean age 11y 11mo [SD 1y 10mo], mean gestational age 30.5wks (SD 3.2), mean birthweight was 1455g [SD 625]); and nine term children (five males, four…

  7. Electroencephalographic Abnormalities during Sleep in Children with Developmental Speech-Language Disorders: A Case-Control Study

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    Parry-Fielder, Bronwyn; Collins, Kevin; Fisher, John; Keir, Eddie; Anderson, Vicki; Jacobs, Rani; Scheffer, Ingrid E.; Nolan, Terry

    2009-01-01

    Earlier research has suggested a link between epileptiform activity in the electroencephalogram (EEG) and developmental speech-language disorder (DSLD). This study investigated the strength of this association by comparing the frequency of EEG abnormalities in 45 language-normal children (29 males, 16 females; mean age 6y 11mo, SD 1y 10mo, range…

  8. Outcome of Children with Hyperventilation-Induced High-Amplitude Rhythmic Slow Activity with Altered Awareness

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    Barker, Alexander; Ng, Joanne; Rittey, Christopher D. C.; Kandler, Rosalind H.; Mordekar, Santosh R.

    2012-01-01

    Hyperventilation-induced high-amplitude rhythmic slow activity with altered awareness (HIHARS) is increasingly being identified in children and is thought to be an age-related non-epileptic electrographic phenomenon. We retrospectively investigated the clinical outcome in 15 children (six males, nine females) with HIHARS (mean age 7y, SD 1y 11mo;…

  9. Effect of Osmotic-Release Oral System Methylphenidate on Different Domains of Attention and Executive Functioning in Children with Attention-Deficit-Hyperactivity Disorder

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    Blum, Nathan J.; Jawad, Abbas F.; Clarke, Angela T.; Power, Thomas J.

    2011-01-01

    Aim: This study investigated whether components of attention and executive functioning improve when children with attention-deficit-hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) are treated with osmotic-release oral system (OROS) methylphenidate. Method: Thirty children (24 males, six females; mean age 8y 6mo, SD 1y 11mo; range 6y 5mo-12y 6mo) with ADHD combined…

  10. Carbon abundances of sdO stars from SPY

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    Hirsch, Heiko; Heber, Uli

    2009-06-01

    Ströer et al. (2007) recently suggested a classification of sdOs according to supersolar and subsolar helium abundances, with only the helium-enriched stars showing signes of carbon and/or nitrogen in their optical spectra. We aim to derive reliable carbon and nitrogen abundances by fitting synthetic spectra to data obtained with the UVES spectrograph at ESO. Here we present our first results of the analysis of carbon abundances in hot subdwarf O stars. By constructing a grid of model atmospheres consisting of hydrogen, helium and carbon we were able to derive atmospheric parameters of nine carbon rich sdOs. We find log(NC/Ntotal) up to ten times higher than the solar value, while the mean value for the effective temperature and the surface gravity is slightly lower than derived by helium-hydrogen models only. Surprisingly, we also find three fast rotators among our program stars.

  11. Gray-shading for the SD-4060 graphics device

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    Gloeckler, C.

    1975-01-01

    Grays, a FORTRAN program, is described which will generate gray shading for the SD-4060 graphics device. The program produces 10 shades of gray ranging from no shading at all to complete coverage of the film frame. The graphing capabilities are summarized and illustrated. The figures displayed are representative of the microfilm output, but the distinction between various intensities is much clearer on the film, especially at the more intense shading.

  12. Shell Model Depiction of Isospin Mixing in sd Shell

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    Lam, Yi Hua; Smirnova, Nadya A.; Caurier, Etienne

    2011-11-30

    We constructed a new empirical isospin-symmetry breaking (ISB) Hamiltonian in the sd(1s{sub 1/2}, 0d{sub 5/2} and 0d{sub 3/2}) shell-model space. In this contribution, we present its application to two important case studies: (i){beta}-delayed proton emission from {sup 22}Al and (ii) isospin-mixing correction to superallowed 0{sup +}{yields}0{sup +}{beta}-decay ft-values.

  13. On the Components of Segregation Distortion in Drosophila Melanogaster. V. Molecular Analysis of the Sd Locus

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    Powers, P. A.; Ganetzky, B.

    1991-01-01

    Segregation Distorter (SD) is a naturally occurring meiotic drive system comprising at least three distinct loci: Sd, Rsp and E(SD). Heterozygous SD/SD(+) males transmit the SD chromosome in vast excess over the normal homolog. The distorted transmission involves the induced dysfunction of the spermatids that receive the SD(+) chromosome. In the 220-kb region of DNA that contains the Sd gene, we identified a 5-kb tandem duplication that is uniquely associated with all SD chromosomes, absent in SD(+) chromosomes, and detectably altered in Sd revertants. On northern blots, genomic probes from the tandem duplication detect an SD-specific 4-kb transcript in addition to several smaller transcripts present in both SD and SD(+). Seven classes of cDNAs derived from these transcripts have been isolated. All of these cDNAs share extensive sequence identity at their 3' ends but differ at their 5' ends. Sequence analysis indicates that these cDNAs potentially encode four distinct, but related, polypeptides. Introduction of the tandem duplication into SD(+) flies by germline transformation did not confer the dominant gain-of-function Sd phenotype. This result, taken together with our analysis of the Sd cDNAs, suggests that the duplication is part of a much larger gene that encodes several different polypeptides. PMID:1936954

  14. Differential binding of human blood group Sd(a+) and Sd(a-) Tamm-Horsfall glycoproteins with Dolichos biflorus and Vicia villosa-B4 agglutinins.

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    Wu, A M; Wu, J H; Watkins, W M; Chen, C P; Song, S C; Chen, Y Y

    1998-06-16

    The binding patterns of human blood group Sd(a+) and Sd(a-) Tamm-Horsfall glycoproteins (THGPs) with respect to four GalNAc specific agglutinins were studied by quantitative precipitin assay (QPA) and enzyme linked lectinosorbent assay (ELLSA). Of the native and asialo Sd(a+) and Sd(a-) THGP tested by QPA and ELLSA, only native and asialo Sd(a+) bound well with Dolichos biflorus (DBA) and Vicia villosa-B4 (VVA-B4), while Sd(a-) THGP reacted poorly with these two lectins. Neither Sd(a+) nor Sd(a-) THGPs reacted with two other GalNAc alpha-anomer specific lectins: Codium fragile subspecies tomentosoides and Artocarpus integrifolia. Furthermore, the binding of asialo Sd(a+)THGP-VVA-B4 and native Sd(a+)THGP-DBA through GalNAc beta--> was confirmed by inhibition assay. These results demonstrate that DBA and VVA-B4 are useful reagents to differentiate between Sd(a+) and Sd(a-) THGP.

  15. Automated Drusen Segmentation and Quantification in SD-OCT Images

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    Chen, Qiang; Leng, Theodore; Zheng, Luoluo; Kutzscher, Lauren; Ma, Jeffrey; de Sisternes, Luis; Rubin, Daniel L.

    2013-01-01

    Spectral domain optical coherence tomography (SD-OCT) is a useful tool for the visualization of drusen, a retinal abnormality seen in patients with age-related macular degeneration (AMD); however, objective assessment of drusen is thwarted by the lack of a method to robustly quantify these lesions on serial OCT images. Here, we describe an automatic drusen segmentation method for SD-OCT retinal images, which leverages a priori knowledge of normal retinal morphology and anatomical features. The highly reflective and locally connected pixels located below the retinal nerve fiber layer (RNFL) are used to generate a segmentation of the retinal pigment epithelium (RPE) layer. The observed and expected contours of the RPE layer are obtained by interpolating and fitting the shape of the segmented RPE layer, respectively. The areas located between the interpolated and fitted RPE shapes (which have nonzero area when drusen occurs) are marked as drusen. To enhance drusen quantification, we also developed a novel method of retinal projection to generate an en face retinal image based on the RPE extraction, which improves the quality of drusen visualization over the current approach to producing retinal projections from SD-OCT images based on a summed-voxel projection (SVP), and it provides a means of obtaining quantitative features of drusen in the en face projection. Visualization of the segmented drusen is refined through several post-processing steps, drusen detection to eliminate false positive detections on consecutive slices, drusen refinement on a projection view of drusen, and drusen smoothing. Experimental evaluation results demonstrate that our method is effective for drusen segmentation. In a preliminary analysis of the potential clinical utility of our methods, quantitative drusen measurements, such as area and volume, can be correlated with the drusen progression in non-exudative AMD, suggesting that our approach may produce useful quantitative imaging biomarkers

  16. FUSE Observations of He-rich sdB Stars

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    Swiegart, A. V.; Lanz, T.; Brown, T. M.; Hubeny, I.; Landsman, W. B.

    2003-01-01

    Most subdwarf B stars are extremely deficient in helium and selected light elements, but a minority are helium-rich. New evolutionary calculations suggest that these helium-rich sdB stars are the result of a delayed helium-core flash on the white dwarf cooling curve, which leads to extensive mixing between the hydrogen envelope and helium core. Such mixed stars should show greatly enhanced helium and carbon with respect to the other heavy elements. We have recently obtained FUSE spectra of two helium-rich sdB stars, PG1544+488 and JL87, revealing huge C Ill lines at 977 and 1176 A. Our analysis shows that PG1544+488 has a surface composition of 97% He, 2% C, and 1% N, in agreement with the new evolutionary scenario. While JL87 also reveals a large enrichment in carbon and nitrogen (1.4% and 0.4%, respectively), there is still a significant amount of hydrogen in its atmosphere.

  17. Biological Parameters and the Segregation Distortion (SD) Phenomenon in DROSOPHILA MELANOGASTER

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    Trippa, G.; Cicchetti, R.; Loverre, A.; Micheli, A.

    1981-01-01

    The relationship between some biological parameters (mortality, longevity, fertility, fecundity and sex ratio) and segregation of second chromosomes in heterozygous and homozygous SD males has been analyzed. The results obtained in SD/SD+ heterozygous males show: (1) their reduced fertility with respect to that of control males, (2) an alteration in the sex ratio in the SD+ progeny only, and (3) inversely related sex-ratio and segregation distortion values. In SDi/SDj combinations: (1) surprisingly, fertility is intermediate between that of SD/SD+ heterozygous males and that of control males, (2) the segregation ratios of the second chromosomes are normal (0.50), and (3) the sex ratio = 0.50 in both classes of SD progeny. The relationship between mortality (and therefore longevity) and fertility of the different genotypes and fecundity per male indicates that the total productivity of heterozygous males is less than that so far claimed. Indeed, their productivity depends not only on the mechanism of nonformation of the SD+ sperm, but also on their reduced longevity. The k = 0.50 and the high fecundity of SDi/SDj combinations indicate that in these males the SD phenomenon is partially suppressed, the SD chromosomes being insensitive to each other, thus implying that particular Rsp alleles are sensitive to given Sd alleles. The complementation pattern for male fertility of SD homozygous males again supports previous evidence that Sd factors from natural populations are, in effect, different Sd genes. PMID:6795081

  18. Open sd-shell nuclei from first principles

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    Jansen, Gustav R.; Signoracci, Angelo J.; Hagen, Gaute; Navratil, Petr

    2016-07-05

    We extend the ab initio coupled-cluster e ective interaction (CCEI) method to open-shell nuclei with protons and neutrons in the valence space, and compute binding energies and excited states of isotopes of neon and magnesium. We employ a nucleon-nucleon and three-nucleon interaction from chiral e ective eld theory evolved to a lower cuto via a similarity renormalization group transformation. We nd good agreement with experiment for binding energies and spectra, while charge radii of neon isotopes are underestimated. For the deformed nuclei 20Ne and 24Mg we reproduce rotational bands and electric quadrupole transitions within uncertainties estimated from an e ectivemore » eld theory for deformed nuclei, thereby demonstrating that collective phenomena in sd-shell nuclei emerge from complex ab initio calculations.« less

  19. Charge radii of neon isotopes across the sd neutron shell

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    Marinova, K.; Geithner, W.; Kappertz, S.; Kloos, S.; Kotrotsios, G.; Neugart, R.; Wilbert, S.; Kowalska, M.; Keim, M.; Blaum, K.; Lievens, P.; Simon, H.

    2011-09-15

    We report on the changes in mean square charge radii of unstable neon nuclei relative to the stable {sup 20}Ne, based on the measurement of optical isotope shifts. The studies were carried out using collinear laser spectroscopy on a fast beam of neutral neon atoms. High sensitivity on short-lived isotopes was achieved thanks to nonoptical detection based on optical pumping and state-selective collisional ionization, which was complemented by an accurate determination of the beam kinetic energy. The new results provide information on the structural changes in the sequence of neon isotopes all across the neutron sd shell, ranging from the proton drip line nucleus and halo candidate {sup 17}Ne up to the neutron-rich {sup 28}Ne in the vicinity of the ''island of inversion.'' Within this range the charge radius is smallest for {sup 24}Ne with N=14 corresponding to the closure of the neutron d{sub 5/2} shell, while it increases toward both neutron shell closures, N=8 and N=20. The general trend of the charge radii correlates well with the deformation effects which are known to be large for several neon isotopes. In the neutron-deficient isotopes, structural changes arise from the onset of proton-halo formation for {sup 17}Ne, shell closure in {sup 18}Ne, and clustering effects in {sup 20,21}Ne. On the neutron-rich side the transition to the island of inversion plays an important role, with the radii in the upper part of the sd shell confirming the weakening of the N=20 magic number. The results add new information to the radii systematics of light nuclei where data are scarce because of the small contribution of nuclear-size effects to the isotope shifts which are dominated by the finite-mass effect.

  20. Identification, expression and phylogenetic analysis of EgG1Y162 from Echinococcus granulosus

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    Zhang, Fengbo; Ma, Xiumin; Zhu, Yuejie; Wang, Hongying; Liu, Xianfei; Zhu, Min; Ma, Haimei; Wen, Hao; Fan, Haining; Ding, Jianbing

    2014-01-01

    Objective: This study was to clone, identify and analyze the characteristics of egG1Y162 gene from Echinococcus granulosus. Methods: Genomic DNA and total RNAs were extracted from four different developmental stages of protoscolex, germinal layer, adult and egg of Echinococcus granulosus, respectively. Fluorescent quantitative PCR was used for analyzing the expression of egG1Y162 gene. Prokaryotic expression plasmid of pET41a-EgG1Y162 was constructed to express recombinant His-EgG1Y162 antigen. Western blot analysis was performed to detect antigenicity of EgG1Y162 antigen. Gene sequence, amino acid alignment and phylogenetic tree of EgG1Y162 were analyzed by BLAST, online Spidey and MEGA4 software, respectively. Results: EgG1Y162 gene was expressed in four developmental stages of Echinococcus granulosus. And, egG1Y162 gene expression was the highest in the adult stage, with the relative value of 19.526, significantly higher than other three stages. Additionally, Western blot analysis revealed that EgG1Y162 recombinant protein had good reaction with serum samples from Echinococcus granulosus infected human and dog. Moreover, EgG1Y162 antigen was phylogenetically closest to EmY162 antigen, with the similarity over 90%. Conclusion: Our study identified EgG1Y162 antigen in Echinococcus granulosus for the first time. EgG1Y162 antigen had a high similarity with EmY162 antigen, with the genetic differences mainly existing in the intron region. And, EgG1Y162 recombinant protein showed good antigenicity. PMID:25337206

  1. Synthesis and characterization of LiAl yCo 1- yO 2 and LiAl yNi 1- yO 2

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    Jang, Young-Il; Huang, Biying; Wang, Haifeng; Maskaly, Garry R.; Ceder, Gerbrand; Sadoway, Donald R.; Chiang, Yet-Ming; Liu, Hui; Tamura, Hirokazu

    Aluminum is of interest as a constituent in Li secondary battery cathodes due to its low cost and low mass. Increased intercalation potential for certain Al-doped intercalation oxides has also been predicted by ab initio calculations. We have synthesized single phase LiAl yCo 1- yO 2 and LiAl yNi 1- yO 2 solid solutions from homogeneous hydroxide precursors. In LiAl yNi 1- yO 2, it was found that the addition of LiAlO 2 helps to stabilize LiNiO 2 in the α-NaFeO 2 structure during air firing, facilitating preparation of the ordered phase. A systematic increase in the open circuit voltage is observed with Al content in both LiAl yCo 1- yO 2 and LiAl yNi 1- yO 2 solid solution, providing additional support for the ab initio calculations.

  2. Elastic-plastic deformations of a beam with the SD-effect

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    Pavilaynen, Galina V.

    2015-03-10

    The results for the bending of a cantilever beam with the SD-effect under a concentrated load are discussed. To solve this problem, the standard Bernoulli-Euler hypotheses for beams and the Ilyushin model of perfect plasticity are used. The problem is solved analytically for structural steel A40X. The SD-effect for elastic-plastic deformations is studied. The solutions for beam made of isotropic material and material with the SD-effect are compared.

  3. How UV photolysis accelerates the biodegradation and mineralization of sulfadiazine (SD).

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    Pan, Shihui; Yan, Ning; Liu, Xinyue; Wang, Wenbing; Zhang, Yongming; Liu, Rui; Rittmann, Bruce E

    2014-11-01

    Sulfadiazine (SD), one of broad-spectrum antibiotics, exhibits limited biodegradation in wastewater treatment due to its chemical structure, which requires initial mono-oxygenation reactions to initiate its biodegradation. Intimately coupling UV photolysis with biodegradation, realized with the internal loop photobiodegradation reactor, accelerated SD biodegradation and mineralization by 35 and 71 %, respectively. The main organic products from photolysis were 2-aminopyrimidine (2-AP), p-aminobenzenesulfonic acid (ABS), and aniline (An), and an SD-photolysis pathway could be identified using C, N, and S balances. Adding An or ABS (but not 2-AP) into the SD solution during biodegradation experiments (no UV photolysis) gave SD removal and mineralization rates similar to intimately coupled photolysis and biodegradation. An SD biodegradation pathway, based on a diverse set of the experimental results, explains how the mineralization of ABS and An (but not 2-AP) provided internal electron carriers that accelerated the initial mono-oxygenation reactions of SD biodegradation. Thus, multiple lines of evidence support that the mechanism by which intimately coupled photolysis and biodegradation accelerated SD removal and mineralization was through producing co-substrates whose oxidation produced electron equivalents that stimulated the initial mono-oxygenation reactions for SD biodegradation.

  4. Cytokeratin 8 in Association with sdLDL and ELISA Development

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    Ashmaig, Mohmed

    2015-01-01

    Background: Cardiovascular disease (CVD) remains the leading cause of morbidity and mortality worldwide. Cytokeratins (CKs) which may also be expressed in vascular smooth muscle cells (SMCs) are generally considered to be markers for the differentiation of epithelial cells. Small, dense, low-density lipoprotein (sdLDL) particles, also termed LDL-IV, independently predict risk of CVD. Aims: The aims of this study were to develop an analytical method, apart from ultracentrifugation capable of isolating sdLDL in order to study any associated proteins. Materials and Methods: Using modified gradient gel electrophoresis (GGE), de-identified sdLDL-enriched plasma was used to physically elute and isolate sdLDL particles. To validate the finding, additional plasma from 77 normal and 48 higher risk subjects were used to measure sdLDL particles and CK8. Sodium dodecyl sulfate-polyacrylamide gel electrophoresis (SDS-PAGE) and immunoblotting method were used to identify the characteristics of proteins associated with sdLDL. An enzyme-linked immunosorbent assay (ELISA) method was developed and validated for the measurement of CK8 in plasma. Results: The validation of the CK8 ELISA method showed good analytical performance. The isolated sdLDL particles were verified with nondenaturing GGE with the apolipoprotein B component confirmed by Western immunoblotting. Confirmed by SDS-PAGE and Western immunoblotting, CK8 was associated with sdLDL. Two-tailed statistical analysis showed that CK8 and sdLDL particles were significantly higher in the high-risk CVD group compared to control group (P < 0.01 and P < 0.01, respectively). Conclusion: This study reports a novel association between CK8 and sdLDL in individuals with CVD who have a predominance of sdLDL. PMID:26713292

  5. Magnetic properties of Li(MnyFe1-y)PO4 and its delithiated phases

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    Yamada, Atsuo; Takei, Yuki; Koizumi, Hiroshi; Sonoyama, Noriyuki; Kanno, Ryoji

    2005-12-01

    A series of synthetic (MnyFe1-y)PO4 (y<0.8) phases with negligible disorder and impurities were obtained by chemical oxidation of crystallized isotypic Li(MnyFe1-y)PO4 under optimized conditions. This enabled us to perform the comparative magnetic study along the two solid-solution lines based on inherent susceptibility data with no parasitic magnetic signals. All samples exhibit antiferromagnetism but the decrease in Néel temperature is more than seven times larger in (MnyFe1-y)PO4 than in Li(MnyFe1-y)PO4. This was discussed in terms of the asymmetric superexchange interaction by an unusual synergetic effect of Jahn-Teller distortion and edge-shared interconnection with PO4 tetrahedra.

  6. On the Components of Segregation Distortion in DROSOPHILA MELANOGASTER. II. Deletion Mapping and Dosage Analysis of the SD Locus

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    Brittnacher, John G.; Ganetzky, Barry

    1983-01-01

    Segregation distorter (SD) chromosomes are preferentially transmitted to offspring from heterozygous SD/SD+ males owing to the induced dysfunction of the SD+-bearing sperm. This phenomenon involves at least two major loci: the Sd locus whose presence is necessary for distortion to occur and the Rsp locus which acts as the site of Sd action. Several additional loci on SD chromosomes enhance distortion.—In a previous study deletions were used to map the Sd locus and to determine some of its properties. We have extended this analysis with the isolation and characterization of 14 new deletions in the Sd region. From our results we conclude (1) SD chromosomes contain a single Sd locus located in region 37D2-6 of the salivary gland chromosome map. Deletion of this locus in any of three SD chromosomes now studied results in complete loss of ability to distort a sensitive chromosome; (2) the reduced male fecundity observed in many homozygous SD or SDi/SDj combinations is due at least in part to the action of the Sd locus. The fecundity of these males can be substantially increased by deletion of one Sd locus. Thus, it is the presence of two doses of Sd rather than the absence of Sd+ that produces the lowered male fecundity in SD homozygotes; (3) Sd behaves as a neomorph, whereas Sd+, if it exists at all, is amorphic with respect to segregation distortion; (4) these results support a model in which the Sd product is made in limiting amounts and the interaction of this product with the Rsp locus causes sperm dysfunction. The Sd product appears to act preferentially at Rsps (sensitive-Responder) but may also act at Rspi (insensitive-Responder). PMID:17246120

  7. Purification and characterization of a novel plantaricin, KL-1Y, from Lactobacillus plantarum KL-1.

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    Rumjuankiat, Kittaporn; Perez, Rodney Horanda; Pilasombut, Komkhae; Keawsompong, Suttipun; Zendo, Takeshi; Sonomoto, Kenji; Nitisinprasert, Sunee

    2015-06-01

    Three bacteriocins from Lactobacillus plantarum KL-1 were successfully purified using ammonium sulfate precipitation, cation-exchange chromatography and reverse-phase HPLC. The bacteriocin peptides KL-1X, -1Y and -1Z had molecular masses of 3053.82, 3498.16 and 3533.16 Da, respectively. All three peptides were stable at pH 2-12 and 25 °C and at high temperatures of 80 and 100 °C for 30 min and 121 °C for 15 min. However, they differed in their susceptibility to proteolytic enzymes and their inhibition spectra. KL-1Y showed broad inhibitory activities against Gram-positive and Gram-negative bacteria, including Salmonella enterica serovar Enteritidis DMST 17368, Pseudomonas aeruginosa ATCC 15442, P. aeruginosa ATCC 9027, Escherichia coli O157:H7 and E. coli ATCC 8739. KL-1X and -1Z inhibited only Gram-positive bacteria. KL-1X, KL-1Y and KL-1Z exhibited synergistic activity. The successful amino acid sequencing of KL-1Y had a hydrophobicity of approximately 30 % and no cysteine residues suggested its novelty, and it was designated "plantaricin KL-1Y". Plantaricin KL-1Y exhibited bactericidal activity against Bacillus cereus JCM 2152(T). Compared to nisin, KL-1Y displayed broad inhibitory activities of 200, 800, 1600, 800, 400 and 400 AU/mL against the growth of Bacillus coagulans JCM 2257(T), B. cereus JCM 2152(T), Listeria innocua ATCC 33090(T), Staphylococcus aureus TISTR 118, E. coli O157:H7 and E. coli ATCC 8739, respectively, whereas nisin had similar activities against only B. coagulans JCM 2257(T) and B. cereus JCM 2152(T). Therefore, the novel plantaricin KL-1Y is a promising antimicrobial substance for food safety uses in the future. PMID:25862353

  8. Occurrence of Spontaneous Tumors in the Central Nervous System (CNS) of F344 and SD Rats

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    Nagatani, Mariko; Kudo, Kayoko; Yamakawa, Seiki; Ohira, Toko; Yamaguchi, Yuko; Ikezaki, Shinichiro; Suzuki, Isamu; Saito, Tsubasa; Hoshiya, Toru; Tamura, Kazutoshi; Uchida, Kazuyuki

    2013-01-01

    In order to accurately assess the carcinogenicity of chemicals with regard to rare tumors such as rat CNS tumors, sufficient information about spontaneous tumors are very important. This paper presents the data on the type, incidence and detected age of CNS tumors in F344/DuCrlCrlj (a total of 1363 males and 1363 females) and Crl:CD(SD) rats (a total of 1650 males and 1705 females) collected from in-house background data-collection studies and control groups of carcinogenicity studies at our laboratory, together with those previously reported in F344 and SD rats. The present data on F344/DuCrlCrlj rats (F344 rats) and Crl:CD(SD) rats (SD rats) clarified the following. (1) The incidences of all CNS tumors observed in F344 rats were less than 1%. (2) The incidences of malignant astrocytoma and granular cell tumor were higher in male SD rats than in female SD rats. (3) The incidences of astrocytoma and granular cell tumor were higher in SD rats than in F344 rats. (4) Among astrocytoma, oligodendroglioma and granular cell tumor, oligodendroglioma was detected at the youngest age, followed by astrocytoma, and ultimately, granular cell tumor developed in both strains. The incidences observed in our study were almost consistent with those previously reported in F344 and SD rats. PMID:24155559

  9. Quantum phase transitional patterns in the SD-pair shell model

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    Luo Yanan; Meng Xiangfei; Zhang Yu; Pan Feng; Draayer, Jerry P.

    2009-07-15

    Patterns of shape-phase transition in the proton-neutron coupled systems are studied within the SD-pair shell model. The results show that some transitional patterns in the SD-pair shell model are similar to the U(5)-SU(3) and U(5)-SO(6) transitions with signatures of the critical point symmetry of the interacting boson model.

  10. 32. DETAIL OF WALL SHOWN IN SD231. BEHIND WALL FRAMING ...

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    32. DETAIL OF WALL SHOWN IN SD-2-31. BEHIND WALL FRAMING IS SAMPLING ROOM WITH WOOD SAMPLING ELEVATOR. CRUSHED OXIDIZED ORE BIN ON LEFT (SOUTH). - Bald Mountain Gold Mill, Nevada Gulch at head of False Bottom Creek, Lead, Lawrence County, SD

  11. Mineralogic variation in drill holes USW NRG-6, NRG-7/7a, SD-7, SD-9, SD-12, and UZ{number_sign}14: New data from 1996--1997 analyses

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    Chipera, S.J.; Vaniman, D.T.; Bish, D.L.; Carey, J.W.

    1997-05-30

    New quantitative X-ray diffraction (QXRD) mineralogic data have been obtained for samples from drill holes NRG-6, NRG-7/7A, SD-7, SD-9, SD- 12, and UZ{number_sign}14. In addition, new QXRD analyses were obtained on samples located in a strategic portion of drill hole USW H-3. These data improve our understanding of the mineral stratigraphy at Yucca Mountain, and they further constrain the 3-D Mineralogic Model of Yucca Mountain. Some of the unexpected findings include the occurrence of the zeolite chabazite in the vitric zone of USW SD-7, broad overlap of vitric and zeolitic horizons (over vertical ranges up to 70 m), and the previously unrecognized importance of the bedded tuft beneath the Calico Hills Formation as a subunit with generally more extensive zeolitization than the Calico Hills Formation in the southern part of the potential repository area. Reassessment of data from drill hole USW H-5 suggests that the zeolitization of this bedded unit occurs in the northwestern part of the repository exploration block as well. Further analyses of the same interval in USW H-3, however, have not permitted the same conclusion to be reached for the southwestern part of the repository block because of the much poorer quality of the cuttings in H-3 compared with those from H-5. X-ray fluorescence (XRF) chemical data for drill holes USW SD-7, 9, and 12 show that the zeolitic horizons provide a >10 million year record of retardation of Sr transport, although the data also show that simplistic models of one-dimensional downward flow in the unsaturated zone (UZ) are inadequate. Complex interstratification of zeolites and glass, with highly variable profiles between drill cores, point to remaining problems in constructing detailed mineral stratigraphies. However, the new data in this report provide important information for constructing bounding models of zeolite stratigraphy for transport calculations.

  12. Motor coordination, empathy, and social behaviour in school-aged children.

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    Cummins, Ariane; Piek, Jan P; Dyck, Murray J

    2005-07-01

    Children with motor coordination problems are known to have emotional difficulties and poor social skills. The current study investigated whether children with poor motor ability have poor emotion recognition skills, and whether these could be linked to problems in social behaviour. It was hypothesized that difficulties in empathic ability might be related to the poor visuo-spatial processing ability identified in children with developmental coordination disorder (as defined by the American Psychiatric Association). The relationship between motor coordination, emotion recognition, and social behaviour was examined in a sample of 234 children (113 males, 121 females; mean age 9y 7mo, [SD 1y 8mo] age range 6y 8mo to 12y 11mo). From this sample two groups of 39 children each (17 females, 22 males), one group with motor difficulties (mean age 9y 11mo [SD 2y], range 6y 11mo to 12y 11mo) and the other of control children (mean age 10y [SD ly 11mo], range 6y 11mo to 12y 11mo), matched for age and sex, were compared using a set of six emotion recognition scales that measured both verbal and perceptual aspects of empathic ability. Children with motor difficulties were found to perform more poorly on scales measuring the ability to recognize static and changing facial expressions of emotion. This difference remained even when visuo-spatial processing was controlled. When controlling for emotion recognition and visuo-spatial organization, a child's motor ability remained a significant predictor of social behaviour.

  13. Cytogenetic Analysis of an SD Chromosome from a Natural Population of DROSOPHILA MELANOGASTER

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    Trippa, G.; Loverre, A.; Cicchetti, R.

    1980-01-01

    The discovery and the cytogenetic characterization of a new SD (Segregation Distorter) chromosome 2 from a natural population in Ranna (Sicily, Italy), SDRa, are reported. The main features of this chromosome are as follows: (a) it contains an SdRa gene with a moderate degree of segregation distortion (k = 0.72), (b) a recessive female sterile gene, fs(2)TLM, responsible for modifications of the morphology and structure of the tests and ovaries is located at 89.7, (c) SDRa/SDRa males and females are viable but sterile, the females due to homozygosis of fs(2)TLM and the males because of homozygosis of a region containing the Sd locus, and (d) SDi/SDj combinations are fertile, thus suggesting that the different Sd factors found in natural populations constitute a multiple allelic series.—These data may indicate that each population containing SD chromosomes has evolved its own genetic architecture for the complex SD system, with specific modifiers and perhaps different Sd genes. The possibility of reconstructing the evolutionary pattern of the SDRa chromosome in the natural Ranna population after the model of Charlesworth and Hartl (1978) and Crow (1979) is considered. PMID:17249043

  14. String Scale Gauge Coupling Unification with Vector-Like Exotics and Noncanonical U(1)Y Normalization

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    Barger, V.; Jiang, Jing; Langacker, Paul; Li, Tianjun

    We use a new approach to study string scale gauge coupling unification systematically, allowing both the possibility of noncanonical U(1)Y normalization and the existence of vector-like particles whose quantum numbers are the same as those of the Standard Model (SM) fermions and their Hermitian conjugates and the SM adjoint particles. We first give all the independent sets (Yi) of particles that can be employed to achieve SU(3)C and SU(2)L string scale gauge coupling unification and calculate their masses. Second, for a noncanonical U(1)Y normalization, we obtain string scale SU(3)C ×SU(2)L ×U(1)Y gauge coupling unification by choosing suitable U(1)Y normalizations for each of the Yi sets. Alternatively, for the canonical U(1)Y normalization, we achieve string scale gauge coupling unification by considering suitable combinations of the Yi sets or by introducing additional independent sets (Zi), that do not affect the SU(3)C ×SU(2)L unification at tree level, and then choosing suitable combinations, one from the Yi sets and one from the Zi sets. We also briefly discuss string scale gauge coupling unification in models with higher Kac-Moody levels for SU(2)L or SU(3)C.

  15. Electrochromism in sputter deposited W1-y MoyO3 thin films

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    Arvizu, M. A.; Granqvist, C. G.; Niklasson, G. A.

    2016-02-01

    Electrochromic (EC) properties of tungsten-molybdenum oxide (W1-y MoyO3) thin films were investigated. The films were deposited on indium tin oxide covered glass by reactive DC sputtering from tungsten and molybdenum targets. Elemental compositions of the W1-y MoyO3 films were determined by Rutherford back scattering. Voltammetric cycling was performed in an electrolyte of 1 M LiClO4 in propylene carbonate. An increase in molybdenum content in the EC films caused both a shift towards higher energies and a lowering of the maximum of the optical absorption band, as compared with WO3 EC films. Durability under electrochemical cycling was diminished for W1-y MoyO3 EC films.

  16. Molecular Characterization of a Novel Bovine Viral Diarrhea Virus Isolate SD-15

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    Zhu, Lisai; Lu, Haibing; Cao, Yufeng; Gai, Xiaochun; Guo, Changming; Liu, Yajing; Liu, Jiaxu; Wang, Xinping

    2016-01-01

    As one of the major pathogens, bovine viral diarrhea virus caused a significant economic loss to the livestock industry worldwide. Although BVDV infections have increasingly been reported in China in recent years, the molecular aspects of those BVDV strains were barely characterized. In this study, we reported the identification and characterization of a novel BVDV isolate designated as SD-15 from cattle, which is associated with an outbreak characterized by severe hemorrhagic and mucous diarrhea with high morbidity and mortality in Shandong, China. SD-15 was revealed to be a noncytopathic BVDV, and has a complete genomic sequence of 12,285 nucleotides that contains a large open reading frame encoding 3900 amino acids. Alignment analysis showed that SD-15 has 93.8% nucleotide sequence identity with BVDV ZM-95 isolate, a previous BVDV strain isolated from pigs manifesting clinical signs and lesions resembling to classical swine fever. Phylogenetic analysis clustered SD-15 to a BVDV-1m subgenotype. Analysis of the deduced amino acid sequence of glycoproteins revealed that E2 has several highly conserved and variable regions within BVDV-1 genotypes. An additional N-glycosylation site (240NTT) was revealed exclusively in SD-15-encoded E2 in addition to four potential glycosylation sites (Asn-X-Ser/Thr) shared by all BVDV-1 genotypes. Furthermore, unique amino acid and linear epitope mutations were revealed in SD-15-encoded Erns glycoprotein compared with known BVDV-1 genotype. In conclusion, we have isolated a noncytopathic BVDV-1m strain that is associated with a disease characterized by high morbidity and mortality, revealed the complete genome sequence of the first BVDV-1m virus originated from cattle, and found a unique glycosylation site in E2 and a linear epitope mutation in Erns encoded by SD-15 strain. Those results will broaden the current understanding of BVDV infection and lay a basis for future investigation on SD-15-related pathogenesis. PMID:27764206

  17. Hypertension during chronic exposure to cold: Comparison between Sprague Dawley (SD) and Long Evans (LE) strains

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    Riesselmann, A.; Baron, A.; Fregly, M.J. )

    1991-03-11

    Hypertension accompanies chronic exposure of SD rats to cold (5-6C), including elevation of systolic, diastolic, and mean blood pressures and cardiac hypertrophy. The renin-angiotensin system may play an important role. Earlier studies suggested that the LE strain may have a decrease in angiotensin I converting enzyme (ACE) activity. Measurement of ACE activity in plasmas of SE and LE strains revealed that basal activity of ACE in the plasma of the LE strain was significantly less than that of the SD strain. A second study was carried out in which both strains were exposed to cold for 7 weeks. There were clear differences between strains. Rats of the SD strain had a significant elevation in their blood pressure; a significantly increased urinary output of norepinephrine (NE) and epinephrine (E); and significant increases in weights of heart, kidneys, adrenals, and brown adipose tissue (IBAT) compared to their controls maintained at 26C. In contrast, rats of the LE strain were less responsive to cold in that blood pressure failed to rise as sharply and to attain as high a level; NE and E outputs, as well as weights of heart and IBAT were significantly less than those of rats of the cold-treated SD strain. Thus, the lower ACE activity in plasma of LE strain, as well as a reduced secretion of catecholamines, may protect these rats against the rise of blood pressure characteristically observed when rats of the SD strain are exposed to cold.

  18. Synthesis and size characterization of silica nanospheres using sedimentation field-flow fractionation (SdFFF).

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    Kim, Woon Jung; Ahn, Se Young; Kim, Jai Hoon; Chun, Jong Han; Yu, Jong Shin; Jung, Euo Chang; Lee, Seungho

    2012-01-01

    Silica nanoparticles were synthesized by a conventional emulsion polymerization by mixing ethanol, ammonium hydroxide, water and tetra ethyl orthosilicate (TEOS). A new reaction apparatus was assembled for a large scale synthesis of silica nanospheres in the laboratory, which was designed for uniform mixing of the reactants. The apparatus was equipped with a disc type agitator with six rectangular propellers. The new apparatus allowed high reproducibility in terms of the mean size and the size distribution of the silica nanoparticles with the relative standard deviation of less than about 6%. Sedimentation field-flow fractionation (SdFFF) was employed for determination of the size distribution of the silica nanoparticles. SdFFF provided size-based separation of the silica nanoparticles, with the retention time increasing with the size. When SdFFF analysis was repeated three times for the same sample, the standard deviation was less than 4%, showing reliability of SdFFF in size measurement. SdFFF seems to provide more accurate size distribution than DLS, particularly for those having broad and multimodal size distributions. Change in the agitation speed resulted in significant change in the mean diameter of the silica nanoparticles. Agitation speed of 400 rpm in 3 L reaction vessel yielded silica particles of about 100 nm in diameter, while at 200 rpm in 1 L vessel yielded those of about 500 nm. PMID:22524028

  19. Characterization of Two Segregation Distorter Revertants: Evidence That the Tandem Duplication Is Necessary for Sd Activity in Drosophila Melanogaster

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    Palopoli, M. F.; Doshi, P.; Wu, C. I.

    1994-01-01

    Segregation Distorter (SD) is a naturally occurring system of meiotic drive in Drosophila melanogaster. Males heterozygous for an SD second chromosome and a normal homolog (SD(+)) transmit predominantly SD-bearing sperm. To accomplish this, the Segregation distorter (Sd) locus induces the dysfunction of those spermatids that receive the SD(+) chromosome. Recently, P. A. Powers and B. Ganetzky isolated overlapping DNA clones spanning the region of DNA known to contain the Sd gene and identified a 5-kb tandem duplication that is present on all SD chromosomes examined, but is apparently absent from wild-type chromosomes. Here we report a molecular analysis of two spontaneous revertants from an Australian SD chromosome (SD-Arm28). Both of these revertants have lost the 5-kb tandem duplication along with the ability to distort transmission; the critical observation, however, is that they retain the DNA haplotype in the flanking regions (both proximally and distally) that is characteristic of the original SD-Arm28. We propose unequal sister chromatid exchange between the tandem repeats as the only plausible explanation for loss of a repeat while retaining flanking markers. This provides direct evidence that the tandem duplication is indeed necessary for the Sd phenotype. Further, we examined testes-specific levels of both RNA and protein for the nearby Topoisomerase 2 gene. Neither revealed a consistent difference between SD and SD(+) strains. We also measured testes-specific levels of RNA using the tandem duplication itself as probe. Our results suggest that there is strong up-regulation of one or several 2.0-2.3-kb transcripts from the duplicated region in the testes of an SD strain. Whether it is this overexpression of transcripts that causes segregation distortion remains to be investigated. PMID:8138158

  20. A New sdO+dM Binary with Extreme Eclipses and Reflection Effect

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    Derekas, A.; Németh, P.; Southworth, J.; Borkovits, T.; Sárneczky, K.; Pál, A.; Csák, B.; Garcia-Alvarez, D.; Maxted, P. F. L.; Kiss, L. L.; Vida, K.; Szabó, Gy. M.; Kriskovics, L.

    2015-08-01

    We report the discovery of a new totally eclipsing binary (R.A. = {06}{{h}}{40}{{m}}{29}{{s}}11; decl. = +38°56‧52″2 J = 2000.0; Rmax = 17.2 mag) with an sdO primary and a strongly irradiated red dwarf companion. It has an orbital period of Porb = 0.187284394(11) day and an optical eclipse depth in excess of 5 mag. We obtained 2 low-resolution classification spectra with GTC/OSIRIS and 10 medium-resolution spectra with WHT/ISIS to constrain the properties of the binary members. The spectra are dominated by H Balmer and He ii absorption lines from the sdO star, and phase-dependent emission lines from the irradiated companion. A combined spectroscopic and light curve analysis implies a hot subdwarf temperature of Teff(spec) = 55,000 ± 3000 K, surface gravity of log g (phot) = 6.2 ± 0.04 (cgs), and a He abundance of {log}(n{He}/n{{H}})=-2.24+/- 0.40. The hot sdO star irradiates the red dwarf companion, heating its substellar point to about 22,500 K. Surface parameters for the companion are difficult to constrain from the currently available data: the most remarkable features are the strong H Balmer and C ii-iii lines in emission. Radial velocity estimates are consistent with the sdO+dM classification. The photometric data do not show any indication of sdO pulsations with amplitudes greater than 7 mmag, and Hα-filter images do not provide evidence for the presence of a planetary nebula associated with the sdO star.

  1. Epoxy encapsulation of the Cernox™ SD thermometer for measuring the temperature of surfaces in liquid helium

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    Dhuley, R. C.; Van Sciver, S. W.

    2016-07-01

    We describe a procedure to pot a Cernox™ thermometer with the SD package in Stycast epoxy. The potting adapts the thermometer for measuring the temperature of a surface immersed in liquid helium (LHe) and other cryogens. The technique thermally insulates the sensor chip from the cryogen while preserving the surface mounting capability of the SD package. The potting introduced <1% shift in the resistance, <0.5% shift in the calibration at 4.2 K and 77 K, and provided repeatable measurements during thermal cycles between room temperature and 4.2 K.

  2. Initial results from the Solar Dynamic (SD) Ground Test Demonstration (GTD) project at NASA Lewis

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    Shaltens, Richard K.; Boyle, Robert V.

    1995-01-01

    A government/industry team designed, built, and tested a 2 kWe solar dynamic space power system in a large thermal/vacuum facility with a simulated sun at the NASA Lewis Research Center. The Lewis facility provides an accurate simulation of temperatures, high vacuum, and solar flux as encountered in low earth orbit. This paper reviews the goals and status of the Solar Dynamic (SD) Ground Test Demonstration (GTD) program and describes the initial testing, including both operational and performance data. This SD technology has the potential as a future power source for the International Space Station Alpha.

  3. Shell-model study for neutron-rich sd-shell nuclei

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    Kaneko, Kazunari; Sun Yang; Mizusaki, Takahiro; Hasegawa, Munetake

    2011-01-15

    The microscopic structure of neutron-rich sd-shell nuclei is investigated by using the spherical-shell model in the sd-pf valence space with the extended pairing plus quadrupole-quadrupole forces accompanied by the monopole interaction (EPQQM). The calculation reproduces systematically the known energy levels for even-even and odd-mass nuclei including the recent data for {sup 43}S, {sup 46}S, and {sup 47}Ar. In particular, the erosion of the N=28 shell closure in {sup 42}Si can be explained. Our EPQQM results are compared with other shell-model calculations with the SDPF-NR and SDPF-U effective interactions.

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  5. Competition between commensurate and incommensurate magnetic ordering in Fe1+yTe

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    Parshall, D.; Chen, G.; Pintschovius, L.; Lamago, D.; Wolf, Th.; Radzihovsky, L.; Reznik, D.

    2012-04-01

    The Fe1+yTe1-xSex compounds belong to the family of iron-based high-temperature superconductors, in which superconductivity often appears upon doping antiferromagnetic parent compounds. Unlike other Fe-based superconductors (in which the antiferromagnetic order is at the Fermi-surface nesting wave vector [(1)/(2),(1)/(2),1]), Fe1+yTe orders at a different wave vector, [(1)/(2),0,(1)/(2)]. Furthermore, the ordering wave vector depends on y, the occupation of interstitial sites with excess iron; the origin of this behavior is controversial. Using inelastic neutron scattering on Fe1.08Te, we find incommensurate magnetic fluctuations above the Néel temperature, even though the ordered state is bicollinear and commensurate with gapped spin waves. This behavior can be understood in terms of a competition between commensurate and incommensurate order, which we explain as a lock-in transition caused by the magnetic anisotropy.

  6. Thermochemical modeling of the U1-yGdyO2 x phase

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    McMurray, Jacob; Shin, Dongwon; Slone, Benjamin W; Besmann, Theodore M

    2013-01-01

    A thermodynamic model for the U1-yGdyO2 x phase was developed using the compound energy formalism (CEF) with a three sublattice approach and is an extension of the already successful CEF representation of the fluorite UO2 x phase. The Gibbs energies for the end-members created by the addition of Gd to the cation sublattice are estimated using the lattice stability of a fictive gadolinium oxide fluorite structure compound from density functional theory. The model interaction parameters are determined from reported oxygen potential-temperature-composition measurements. The calculated results are in good agreement with the experimental data and the trends are consistent. The CEF for the U1-yGdyO2 x solid solution can be combined with other representations of actinide and fission product containing fluorite UO2 phases to develop multi-component models within the CEF framework.

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  8. Cluster aspects of p-shell and sd-shell nuclei

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    Kanada-En'yo, Y.; Kobayashi, F.; Suhara, T.; Kimura, M.; Taniguchi, Y.

    2011-05-06

    We report some topics on cluster structures studied by using a theoretical method of antisymmetrized molecular dynamics(AMD). Cluster features of p-shell and sd-shell nuclei are discussed. In particular, three alpha cluster structures in the excited states of {sup 12}C and {sup 14}C are focused. Dineutron correlations in neutron-rich nuclei are also discussed.

  9. High Production of Squalene Using a Newly Isolated Yeast-like Strain Pseudozyma sp. SD301.

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    Song, Xiaojin; Wang, Xiaolong; Tan, Yanzhen; Feng, Yingang; Li, Wenli; Cui, Qiu

    2015-09-30

    A yeast-like fungus, termed strain SD301, with the ability to produce a high concentration of squalene, was isolated from Shuidong Bay, China. The nucleotide sequence analysis of the internal transcribed spacer (ITS) region of SD301 indicated the strain belonged to Pseudozyma species. The highest biomass and squalene production of SD301 were obtained when glucose and yeast extracts were used as the carbon and nitrogen sources, respectively, with a C/N ratio of 3. The optimal pH and temperature were 6 and 25 °C, with 15 g L(-1) of supplemented sea salt. The maximum squalene productivity reached 0.039 g L(-1) h(-1) in batch fermentation, while the maximum squalene yield of 2.445 g L(-1) was obtained in fed-batch fermentation. According to our knowledge, this is the highest squalene yield produced thus far using fermentation technology, and the newly isolated strain Pseudozyma sp. SD301 is a promising candidate for commercial squalene production.

  10. AmeriFlux US-SdH Nebraska SandHills Dry Valley

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    Arkebauer, Tim J.; Billesbach, Dave

    2016-01-01

    This is the AmeriFlux version of the carbon flux data for the site US-SdH Nebraska SandHills Dry Valley. Site Description - The Nebraska SandHills Dry Valley tower is located on public land owned by the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. The site is on a research cattle ranch where grazing primarily takes place.

  11. Linear in-wavenumber optical spectrum registration in SD-OCT

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    Gelikonov, Grigory V.; Gelikonov, Valentin M.; Shilyagin, Pavel A.

    2012-01-01

    An efficient technique of linear in-wavenumber optical spectrum registration in SD-OCT is proposed. Methods of partial phase correction of registered optical spectrum for in-wavenumber linearization are described and investigated. The decrease sensitivity decay with depth increasing degeneration is presented. The experimental results for sample media are presented.

  12. High Production of Squalene Using a Newly Isolated Yeast-like Strain Pseudozyma sp. SD301.

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    Song, Xiaojin; Wang, Xiaolong; Tan, Yanzhen; Feng, Yingang; Li, Wenli; Cui, Qiu

    2015-09-30

    A yeast-like fungus, termed strain SD301, with the ability to produce a high concentration of squalene, was isolated from Shuidong Bay, China. The nucleotide sequence analysis of the internal transcribed spacer (ITS) region of SD301 indicated the strain belonged to Pseudozyma species. The highest biomass and squalene production of SD301 were obtained when glucose and yeast extracts were used as the carbon and nitrogen sources, respectively, with a C/N ratio of 3. The optimal pH and temperature were 6 and 25 °C, with 15 g L(-1) of supplemented sea salt. The maximum squalene productivity reached 0.039 g L(-1) h(-1) in batch fermentation, while the maximum squalene yield of 2.445 g L(-1) was obtained in fed-batch fermentation. According to our knowledge, this is the highest squalene yield produced thus far using fermentation technology, and the newly isolated strain Pseudozyma sp. SD301 is a promising candidate for commercial squalene production. PMID:26350291

  13. 76 FR 48120 - Black Hills National Forest, Custer, SD-Mountain Pine Beetle Response Project

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  16. Quasicontinuous spectrum of γ rays which feed and depopulate SD in ^194Pb.

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    McNabb, D. P.; Cizewski, J. A.; Ding, K.-Y.; Younes, W.; Khoo, T. L.; Lauritsen, T.; Archer, D. E.; Bauer, R. W.; Becker, J. A.; Bernstein, L. A.; Hauschild, K.; Clark, R. M.; Deleplanque, M. A.; Diamond, R. M.; Fallon, P.; Lee, I. Y.; Macchiavelli, A. O.; Stephens, F. S.; Kelly, W. H.

    1996-10-01

    The mechanism for decay from superdeformed (SD) to ``normal'' (ND) states in ^192Hg results in a large quasicontinuum component which can be fit by a statistical model.(R.G. Henry, et al., Phys. Rev. Lett. 73), 777 (1994). Recent experiments(M.J. Brinkman, et al., Phys. Rev. C53), R1461 (1996); T.L. Khoo, et al., Phys. Rev. Lett. 76, 1583 (1996). have also identified discrete one-step decays from SD to ND states in ^194Pb and ^194Hg which have allowed for the determination of excitation energy and spin of the second wells in these nuclei. We used the ^174Yb(^25Mg,5n) reaction at 130 MeV with a backed target and Gammasphere to study the total spectrum of γ rays in coincidence with the yrast SD band in ^194Pb. The response functions of the detectors were previously determined. The results of the preliminary analysis on the quasicontinuous γ rays which feed and depopulate the yrast SD band will be presented. This work was supported in part by the National Science Foundation and the U.S. Department of Energy.

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  18. Cation and Vacancy Disorder in U1-yNdyO2.00-X Alloys

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    Barabash, Rozaliya I.; Voit, Stewart L.; Aidhy, Dilpuneet S.; Lee, Seung Min; Knight, Travis W.; Sprouster, David J.; Ecker, Lynne E.

    2015-09-14

    In this study, the intermixing and clustering of U/Nd, O, and vacancies were studied by both laboratory and synchrotron-based x-ray diffraction in U1-yNdyO2-X alloys. It was found that an increased holding time at the high experimental temperature during initial alloy preparation results in a lower disorder of the Nd distribution in the alloys. Adjustment of the oxygen concentration in the U1-yNdyO2-X alloys with different Nd concentrations was accompanied by the formation of vacancies on the oxygen sublattice and a nanocrystalline component. The lattice parameters in the U1-yNdyO2-X alloys were also found to deviate significantly from Vegard's law when the Ndmore » concentration was high (53%) and decreased with increasing oxygen concentration. Such changes indicate the formation of large vacancy concentrations during oxygen adjustment at these high temperatures. Finally, the change in the vacancy concentration after the oxygen adjustment was estimated relative to Nd concentration and oxygen stoichiometry.« less

  19. Total synthesis and biological activity of marine alkaloid Eudistomins Y1-Y7 and their analogues.

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    Jin, Huijuan; Zhang, Puyong; Bijian, Krikor; Ren, Sumei; Wan, Shengbiao; Alaoui-Jamali, Moulay A; Jiang, Tao

    2013-05-01

    Eudistomin Y class compounds are a series of β-carbolines which was originally isolated from a marine turnicate or ascidian near the South Korea Sea. These compounds contain bromo-substituted groups, which is one of the typical characters of marine natural products. We report herein the chemical synthesis and biological evaluation of seven new β-carboline-based metabolites, Eudistomins Y1-Y7, and their hydroxyl-methylated phenyl derivatives. Using bromo-substituted tryptamines and bromo-substituted phenylglyoxals as the key intermediates, Eudistomins Y1-Y7 and their derivatives were synthesized via the acid-catalyzed Pictet-Spengler reaction and fully characterized by 1H- and 13C-NMR and mass spectroscopy. Biological studies revealed that all of the compounds showed moderate growth inhibitory activity against breast carcinoma cell line MDA-231 with IC50 of 15-63 μM and the inhibitory activities of hydroxyl-methylated phenyl products were higher than that of the corresponding natural products Eudistomins Y1-Y7.

  20. Differential Susceptibility of SD and CD Rats to a Novel Rat Theilovirus

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    Drake, Michael T; Riley, Lela K; Livingston, Robert S

    2008-01-01

    Antibodies to rat theilovirus (RTV) have been detected in rats for many years because of their serologic crossreactivity with strains of Theiler murine encephalomyelitis virus (TMEV) of mice. Little information exists regarding this pathogen, yet it is among the most common viruses detected in serologic surveys of rats used in research. In the study reported here, a novel isolate of RTV, designated RTV1, was cultured from the feces of infected rats. The RTV1 genome contained 8094 nucleotides and had approximately 95% identity with another rat theilovirus, NSG910, and 73% identity with TMEV strains. In addition, the genome size of RTV1 was similar to those of TMEV strains but larger than that reported for NSG910. Oral inoculation of Sprague–Dawley (SD) and CD male rats (n = 10 each group) with RTV1 revealed that SD rats were more susceptible than CD rats to RTV1 infection. At 14 d postinoculation, 100% of SD rats shed virus in the feces, and 70% were positive for RTV serum antibodies. By 56 d postinoculation 30% of SD rats continued to have detectable virus in the feces, and 90% had seroconverted. In contrast, in inoculated CD rats RTV was detected only in the feces at 14 d postinoculation, at which time 40% of CD rats were fecal positive. By 56 d postinoculation only 20% of CD rats had detectable RTV serum antibodies. Our data provide additional sequence information regarding a rat-specific Cardiovirus and indicate that SD rats are more susceptible than CD rats to RTV1 infection. PMID:19004372

  1. Automated Segmentability Index for Layer Segmentation of Macular SD-OCT Images

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    Lee, Kyungmoo; Buitendijk, Gabriëlle H.S.; Bogunovic, Hrvoje; Springelkamp, Henriët; Hofman, Albert; Wahle, Andreas; Sonka, Milan; Vingerling, Johannes R.; Klaver, Caroline C.W.; Abràmoff, Michael D.

    2016-01-01

    Purpose To automatically identify which spectral-domain optical coherence tomography (SD-OCT) scans will provide reliable automated layer segmentations for more accurate layer thickness analyses in population studies. Methods Six hundred ninety macular SD-OCT image volumes (6.0 × 6.0 × 2.3 mm3) were obtained from one eyes of 690 subjects (74.6 ± 9.7 [mean ± SD] years, 37.8% of males) randomly selected from the population-based Rotterdam Study. The dataset consisted of 420 OCT volumes with successful automated retinal nerve fiber layer (RNFL) segmentations obtained from our previously reported graph-based segmentation method and 270 volumes with failed segmentations. To evaluate the reliability of the layer segmentations, we have developed a new metric, segmentability index SI, which is obtained from a random forest regressor based on 12 features using OCT voxel intensities, edge-based costs, and on-surface costs. The SI was compared with well-known quality indices, quality index (QI), and maximum tissue contrast index (mTCI), using receiver operating characteristic (ROC) analysis. Results The 95% confidence interval (CI) and the area under the curve (AUC) for the QI are 0.621 to 0.805 with AUC 0.713, for the mTCI 0.673 to 0.838 with AUC 0.756, and for the SI 0.784 to 0.920 with AUC 0.852. The SI AUC is significantly larger than either the QI or mTCI AUC (P < 0.01). Conclusions The segmentability index SI is well suited to identify SD-OCT scans for which successful automated intraretinal layer segmentations can be expected. Translational Relevance Interpreting the quantification of SD-OCT images requires the underlying segmentation to be reliable, but standard SD-OCT quality metrics do not predict which segmentations are reliable and which are not. The segmentability index SI presented in this study does allow reliable segmentations to be identified, which is important for more accurate layer thickness analyses in research and population studies. PMID:27066311

  2. Quantification of soil/dust (SD) on the hands of children from Hubei Province, China using hand wipes.

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    Wang, Siyu; Ma, Jin; Pan, Libo; Lin, Chunye; Wang, Beibei; Duan, Xiaoli

    2015-10-01

    A total of 120 children (58 males and 62 females) between the ages of 2 and 17 years were randomly selected from Wuhan City and Wufeng County in Hubei Province, China. We gathered hand SD samples from these children using hand wipes. We determined approximate amounts of hand SD and concentrations of three tracer soil elements (Ce, Y, V) in these samples. The approximate amounts of hand SD ranged from 6.35 to 85.42mg with a median value of 20.62mg. In addition, mean amounts of hand SD estimated using concentrations of Ce, Y, and V in samples were 1.07, 1.00, and 0.92mg, respectively. The amounts of hand SD varied greatly among age groups: primary school children had more hand SD than kindergarten and middle school children, males had more hand SD than females, and children from rural areas had more hand SD than those from urban areas. The rates of daily ingestion of hand SD for kindergarten, primary school, and middle school children were estimated as 1.79, 2.12, and 0.49mg/d, respectively.

  3. Fragmentation-aware service provisioning for advance reservation multicast in SD-EONs.

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    Li, Shengru; Lu, Wei; Liu, Xiahe; Zhu, Zuqing

    2015-10-01

    In this paper, we study the service provisioning schemes for dynamic advance reservation (AR) multicast requests in elastic optical networks (EONs). We first propose several algorithms that can handle the service scheduling and routing and spectrum assignment (RSA) of AR multicast requests jointly, including an integrated two-dimensional fragmentation-aware RSA (2D-FMA) that can alleviate the 2D fragmentation caused by light-tree provisioning. Then, we leverage the idea of software-defined EONs (SD-EONs) that utilizes OpenFlow (OF) in the control plane to demonstrate and evaluate the proposed algorithms. Specifically, we build an SD-EON control plane testbed, implement the algorithms in it, and perform control plane experiments on dynamic AR multicast provisioning. The results indicate that 2D-FMA achieves the best blocking performance and provides the shortest average setup delay.

  4. Correlations of excited states for sd bosons in the presence of random interactions

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    Lei, Y.; Zhao, Y. M.; Yoshida, N.; Arima, A.

    2011-04-15

    In this work we study the yrast states of sd-boson systems in the presence of random interactions. It is found that the yrast states with spin-zero ground states among the random ensemble exhibit strong correlations, characterized by anharmonic vibration, s-boson or d-boson condensation, as well as vibrational and rotational motions. We study these correlations explicitly based on their wave functions and the features of two-body interactions in the random ensemble.

  5. FUV Spectroscopy of the sdOB Primary of the Eclipsing Binary System AA Dor

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    Fleig, J.; Rauch, T.; Werner, K.; Kruk, J. W.

    AADor is an eclipsing, close, post common-envelope binary (PCEB). We present a detailed spectral analysis of its sdOB primary based on observations obtained with the Far Ultraviolet Spectroscopic Explorer (FUSE). Due to a strong contamination by interstellar absorption, we had to model both, the stellar spectrum as well as the interstellar line absorption in order to reproduce the FUV observation well and to determine the photospheric parameters precisely.

  6. Inversion for Eigenvalues and Modes Using Sierra-SD and ROL.

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    Walsh, Timothy; Aquino, Wilkins; Ridzal, Denis; Kouri, Drew Philip

    2015-12-01

    In this report we formulate eigenvalue-based methods for model calibration using a PDE-constrained optimization framework. We derive the abstract optimization operators from first principles and implement these methods using Sierra-SD and the Rapid Optimization Library (ROL). To demon- strate this approach, we use experimental measurements and an inverse solution to compute the joint and elastic foam properties of a low-fidelity unit (LFU) model.

  7. The genome of Shigella dysenteriae strain Sd1617 comparison to representative strains in evaluating pathogenesis

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    Vongsawan, Ajchara A.; Kapatral, Vinayak; Vaisvil, Benjamin; Burd, Henry; Serichantalergs, Oralak; Venkatesan, Malabi M.; Mason, Carl J.

    2015-01-01

    We sequenced and analyzed Shigella dysenteriae strain Sd1617 serotype 1 that is widely used as model strain for vaccine design, trials and research. A combination of next-generation sequencing platforms and assembly yielded two contigs representing a chromosome size of 4.34 Mb and the large virulence plasmid of 177 kb. This genome sequence is compared with other Shigella genomes in order to understand gene complexity and pathogenic factors. PMID:25743074

  8. ARPES Study on the Strongly Correlated Iron Chalcogenides Fe1+ySexTe1-x

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    Liu, Zhongkai

    2014-03-01

    The level of electronic correlation has been one of the key questions in understanding the nature of iron-based superconductivity. Using Angle Resolved Photoemission Spectroscopy (ARPES), we systematically investigated the correlation level in the iron chalcogenide family Fe1+ySexTe1-x. For the parent compound Fe1.02Te, we discovered ``peak-dip-hump'' spectra with heavily renormalized quasiparticles in the low temperature antiferromagnetic (AFM) state, characteristic of coherent polarons seen in other correlated materials with complex electronic and lattice interactions. As the temperature (or Se ratio x) increases and Fe1.02SexTe1-x is in the paramagnetic (PM) phase, we observed dissociation behavior of polarons, suggestive of connection between the weakening electron-phonon coupling and AFM. Further increase of x leads to an incoherent to coherent crossover in the electronic structure, indicating a reduction in the electronic correlation as the superconductivity emerges. Furthermore, the reduction of the electronic correlation in Fe1+ySexTe1-x evolves in an orbital-dependent way, where the dxy orbital is influenced most significantly. At the other end of the phase diagram (FeSe) where the single crystal is not stable, we have studied the MBE-grown thin film which also reveals orbital-dependent strong correlation in the electronic structure. Our findings provide a quantitative comprehension on the correlation level and its evolution on the phase diagram of Fe1+ySexTe1-x. We discuss the physical scenarios leading to strong correlations and its connection to superconductivity.

  9. Scientific Use of the Sampler, Drill and Distribution Subsystem (SD2)

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    Armellin, R.; Di Lizia, P.; Crepaldi, M.; Bernelli-Zazzera, F.; Ercoli Finzi, A.

    Rosetta is the third cornerstone mission of the European Space Agency scientific program "Horizon 2000". Rosetta will be the first spacecraft to orbit around a comet nucleus. It was launched in March 2004 and will reach the comet 67P/ChurymovGerasimenko in 2014. A lander (Philae) will be released and land on the comet surface for in-situ investigation. One of the key subsystems of the lander Philae is the Sampler, Drill and Distribution (SD2) subsystem. SD2 provides in-situ operations devoted to soil drilling, samples collection, and their distribution to two evolved gas analyzers (COSAC and PTOLEMY) and one imaging instrument (ÇIVA). Recent studies have proven the existence of a correlation between the drill behavior during perforation and the mechanical characteristics of the cometary soil. This outlines the possibility of using SD2 not only as a tool to support other instruments, but also as a scientific instrument itself. In this paper the possibility of using the drill as a quasi-static penetrator is presented. Within this approach, laboratory tests on glass-foam specimens of different porosity show that the drill behaviour during penetration can be exploited for cometary soil characterization.

  10. [Inactivation of HIV-1 in human femur heads using a heat disinfection system (Lobator SD-1)].

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    von Garrel, T; Knaepler, H; Gürtler, L

    1997-05-01

    The use of allogenic bone transplants in surgery has been greatly diminished owing to the risk of transmitting infectious diseases. This risk can be reduced by the use of a thermal disinfection system (Lobator SD-1). This is achieved by increasing the temperature to 80 degrees C, inactivating a number of bacterial and viral agents. In this study the decay of HIV at high temperature in the Lobator SD-1 was researched. In the center of human femoral heads 100 microliters of a highly concentrated suspension of free and cell-bound HIV (10(10)) was exposed to the thermal process at intervals of 5, 10, 20, 30, 40, 50 and 62 min. For the recultivation HUT-78 cells were used through titration of the virus suspension in ten-fold dilutions over ten dilution steps and incubation up to a maximum of 21 days. Evidence of the virus was checked through observing giant cell formations and quantitative determination of p24 antigen using an Elisa test. Linear virus inactivation was found based upon the time the virus was exposed to heat. After a treatment of 40 min in the disinfection system, total virus inactivation was achieved. The normal disinfection process time using Lobator SD-1 is 92 min. A temperature of 80 degrees C is reached after approximately 45 min. The results prove that this system totally inactivates HIV in human femoral heads.

  11. Automated segmentation of serous pigment epithelium detachment in SD-OCT images

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    Sun, Zhuli; Shi, Fei; Xiang, Dehui; Chen, Haoyu; Chen, Xinjian

    2015-03-01

    Pigment epithelium detachment (PED) is an important clinical manifestation of multiple chorio-retinal disease processes, which can cause the loss of central vision. A 3-D method is proposed to automatically segment serous PED in SD-OCT images. The proposed method consists of five steps: first, a curvature anisotropic diffusion filter is applied to remove speckle noise. Second, the graph search method is applied for abnormal retinal layer segmentation associated with retinal pigment epithelium (RPE) deformation. During this process, Bruch's membrane, which doesn't show in the SD-OCT images, is estimated with the convex hull algorithm. Third, the foreground and background seeds are automatically obtained from retinal layer segmentation result. Fourth, the serous PED is segmented based on the graph cut method. Finally, a post-processing step is applied to remove false positive regions based on mathematical morphology. The proposed method was tested on 20 SD-OCT volumes from 20 patients diagnosed with serous PED. The average true positive volume fraction (TPVF), false positive volume fraction (FPVF), dice similarity coefficient (DSC) and positive predictive value (PPV) are 97.19%, 0.03%, 96.34% and 95.59%, respectively. Linear regression analysis shows a strong correlation (r = 0.975) comparing the segmented PED volumes with the ground truth labeled by an ophthalmology expert. The proposed method can provide clinicians with accurate quantitative information, including shape, size and position of the PED regions, which can assist diagnose and treatment.

  12. Symmetry of Isoscalar Matrix Elements and Systematics in the sd and beginning of fp shells

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    Orce, J. N.; Petkov, P.; Velázquez, V.; McKay, C. J.; Lesher, S. R.; Choudry, S.; Mynk, M.; Linnemann, A.; Jolie, J.; von Brentano, P.; Werner, V.; Yates, S. W.; McEllistrem, M. T.

    2006-03-01

    A careful determination of the lifetime and measurement of the branching ratio for decay of the first 2T=1+ state in 42Sc has allowed an accurate experimental test of charge independence in the A = 42 isobaric triplet. A lifetime of 69(17) fs was measured at the University of Kentucky, while relative intensities for the 975 keV and 1586 keV transitions depopulating the first 2T=1+ state have been determined at the University of Cologne as 100(1) and 8(1), respectively. Both measurements give an isoscalar matrix element, M0, of 6.4(9) (W.u.)1/2. This result confirms charge independence for the A=42 isobaric triplet. Shell model calculations have been carried out for understanding the global trend of M0 values for A = 4n + 2 isobaric triplets ranging from A = 18 to A = 42. The 21 (T=1)+ → 01 (T=1)+ transition energies, reduced transition probabilities and M0 values are reproduced to a high degree of accuracy. The trend of M0 strength along the sd shell is interpreted in terms of the shell structure. Certain discrepancies arise at the extremes of the sd shell, for the A = 18 and A = 38 isobaric triplets, which might be explained in terms of the low valence space at the extremes of the sd shell.

  13. Metabolomics approach to serum biomarker for loperamide-induced constipation in SD rats.

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    Kim, Ji-Eun; Lee, Young-Ju; Kwak, Moon-Hwa; Jun, Go; Koh, Eun-Kyoung; Song, Sung-Hwa; Seong, Ji-Eun; Kim, Ji Won; Kim, Kyu-Bong; Kim, Suhkmann; Hwang, Dae-Youn

    2014-03-01

    Loperamide has long been known as an opioid-receptor agonist useful as a drug for treatment of diarrhea resulting from gastroenteritis or inflammatory bowel disease as well as to induce constipation. To determine and characterize putative biomarkers that can predict constipation induced by loperamide treatment, alteration of endogenous metabolites was measured in the serum of Sprague Dawley (SD) rats treated with loperamide for 3 days using (1)H nuclear magnetic resonance ((1)H NMR) spectral data. The amounts and weights of stool and urine excretion were significantly lower in the loperamide-treated group than the No-treated group, while the thickness of the villus, crypt layer, and muscle layer was decreased in the transverse colon of the same group. The concentrations of aspartate aminotransferase (AST), lactate dehydrogenase (LDH) and creatinine (Cr) were also slightly changed in the loperamide-treated group, although most of the serum components were maintained at a constant level. Furthermore, pattern recognition of endogenous metabolites showed completely separate clustering of the serum analysis parameters between the No-treated group and loperamide-treated group. Among 35 endogenous metabolites, four amino acids (alanine, glutamate, glutamine and glycine) and six endogenous metabolites (acetate, glucose, glycerol, lactate, succinate and taurine) were dramatically decreased in loperamide-treated SD rats. These results provide the first data pertaining to metabolic changes in SD rats with loperamide-induced constipation. Additionally, these findings correlate the changes in 10 metabolites with constipation. PMID:24707303

  14. Metabolomics approach to serum biomarker for loperamide-induced constipation in SD rats

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    Kim, Ji-Eun; Lee, Young-Ju; Kwak, Moon-Hwa; Jun, Go; Koh, Eun-Kyoung; Song, Sung-Hwa; Seong, Ji-Eun; Kim, Ji Won; Kim, Kyu-Bong; Kim, Suhkmann

    2014-01-01

    Loperamide has long been known as an opioid-receptor agonist useful as a drug for treatment of diarrhea resulting from gastroenteritis or inflammatory bowel disease as well as to induce constipation. To determine and characterize putative biomarkers that can predict constipation induced by loperamide treatment, alteration of endogenous metabolites was measured in the serum of Sprague Dawley (SD) rats treated with loperamide for 3 days using 1H nuclear magnetic resonance (1H NMR) spectral data. The amounts and weights of stool and urine excretion were significantly lower in the loperamide-treated group than the No-treated group, while the thickness of the villus, crypt layer, and muscle layer was decreased in the transverse colon of the same group. The concentrations of aspartate aminotransferase (AST), lactate dehydrogenase (LDH) and creatinine (Cr) were also slightly changed in the loperamide-treated group, although most of the serum components were maintained at a constant level. Furthermore, pattern recognition of endogenous metabolites showed completely separate clustering of the serum analysis parameters between the No-treated group and loperamide-treated group. Among 35 endogenous metabolites, four amino acids (alanine, glutamate, glutamine and glycine) and six endogenous metabolites (acetate, glucose, glycerol, lactate, succinate and taurine) were dramatically decreased in loperamide-treated SD rats. These results provide the first data pertaining to metabolic changes in SD rats with loperamide-induced constipation. Additionally, these findings correlate the changes in 10 metabolites with constipation. PMID:24707303

  15. Multimodal segmentation of optic disc and cup from stereo fundus and SD-OCT images

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    Miri, Mohammad Saleh; Lee, Kyungmoo; Niemeijer, Meindert; Abràmoff, Michael D.; Kwon, Young H.; Garvin, Mona K.

    2013-03-01

    Glaucoma is one of the major causes of blindness worldwide. One important structural parameter for the diagnosis and management of glaucoma is the cup-to-disc ratio (CDR), which tends to become larger as glaucoma progresses. While approaches exist for segmenting the optic disc and cup within fundus photographs, and more recently, within spectral-domain optical coherence tomography (SD-OCT) volumes, no approaches have been reported for the simultaneous segmentation of these structures within both modalities combined. In this work, a multimodal pixel-classification approach for the segmentation of the optic disc and cup within fundus photographs and SD-OCT volumes is presented. In particular, after segmentation of other important structures (such as the retinal layers and retinal blood vessels) and fundus-to-SD-OCT image registration, features are extracted from both modalities and a k-nearest-neighbor classification approach is used to classify each pixel as cup, rim, or background. The approach is evaluated on 70 multimodal image pairs from 35 subjects in a leave-10%-out fashion (by subject). A significant improvement in classification accuracy is obtained using the multimodal approach over that obtained from the corresponding unimodal approach (97.8% versus 95.2%; p < 0:05; paired t-test).

  16. Geology of the USW SD-12 drill hole Yucca Mountain, Nevada

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    Rautman, C.A.; Engstrom, D.A.

    1996-11-01

    Drill hole USW SD-12 is one of several holes drilled under Site Characterization Plan Study 8.3.1.4.3.1, also known as the {open_quotes}Systematic Drilling Program,{close_quotes} as part of the U.S. Department of Energy characterization program at Yucca Mountain, Nevada, which has been proposed as the potential location of a repository for high-level nuclear waste. The SD-12 drill hole is located in the central part of the potential repository area, immediately to the west of the Main Test Level drift of the Exploratory Studies Facility and slightly south of midway between the North Ramp and planned South Ramp declines. Drill hole USW SD-12 is 2166.3 ft (660.26 m) deep, and the core recovered essentially complete sections of ash-flow tuffs belonging to the lower half of the Tiva Canyon Tuff, the Pah Canyon Tuff, and the Topopah Spring Tuff, all of which are part of the Miocene Paintbrush Group. A virtually complete section of the Calico Hills Formation was also recovered, as was core from the entire Prow Pass Tuff formation of the Crater Flat Group.

  17. Quantum Anomalous Hall Effect in Hg_1-yMn_yTe Quantum Wells

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    Liu, Chao-Xing; Qi, Xiao-Liang; Dai, Xi; Fang, Zhong; Zhang, Shou-Cheng; /Stanford U., Phys. Dept.

    2010-03-19

    The quantum Hall effect is usually observed when the two-dimensional electron gas is subjected to an external magnetic field, so that their quantum states form Landau levels. In this work we predict that a new phenomenon, the quantum anomalous Hall effect, can be realized in Hg{sub 1-y}Mn{sub y}Te quantum wells, without the external magnetic field and the associated Landau levels. This effect arises purely from the spin polarization of the Mn atoms, and the quantized Hall conductance is predicted for a range of quantum well thickness and the concentration of the Mn atoms. This effect enables dissipationless charge current in spintronics devices.

  18. Geology of the USW SD-7 drill hole Yucca Mountain, Nevada

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    Rautman, C.A.; Engstrom, D.A.

    1996-09-01

    The USW SD-7 drill hole is one of several holes drilled under Site Characterization Plan Study 8.3.1.4.3.1, also known as the Systematic Drilling Program, as part of the U.S. Department of Energy characterization program at Yucca Mountain, Nevada. The Yucca Mountain site has been proposed as the potential location of a repository for high-level nuclear waste. The SD-7 drill hole is located near the southern end of the potential repository area and immediately to the west of the Main Test Level drift of the Exploratory Studies Facility. The hole is not far from the junction of the Main Test Level drift and the proposed South Ramp decline. Drill hole USW SD-7 is 2675.1 ft (815.3 m) deep, and the core recovered nearly complete sections of ash-flow tuffs belonging to the lower half of the Tiva Canyon Tuff, the Pah Canyon Tuff, and the Topopah Spring Tuff, all of which are part of the Miocene Paintbrush Group. Core was recovered from much of the underlying Calico Hills Formation, and core was virtually continuous in the Prow Pass Tuff and the Bullfrog Tuff. The SD-7 drill hole penetrated the top several tens of feet into the Tram Tuff, which underlies the Prow Pass and Bullfrog Tuffs. These latter three units are all formations of the Crater Flat Group, The drill hole was collared in welded materials assigned to the crystal-poor middle nonlithophysal zone of the Tiva Canyon Tuff; approximately 280 ft (85 m) of this ash-flow sheet was penetrated by the hole. The Yucca Mountain Tuff appears to be missing from the section at the USW SD-7 location, and the Pah Canyon Tuff is only 14.5 ft thick. The Pah Canyon Tuff was not recovered in core because of drilling difficulties, suggesting that the unit is entirely nonwelded. The presence of this unit is inferred through interpretation of down-hole geophysical logs.

  19. Activity in mice of recombinant BCG-EgG1Y162 vaccine for Echinococcus granulosus infection.

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    Ma, Xiumin; Zhao, Hui; Zhang, Fengbo; Zhu, Yuejie; Peng, Shanshan; Ma, Haimei; Cao, Chunbao; Xin, Yan; Yimiti, Delixiati; Wen, Hao; Ding, Jianbing

    2016-01-01

    Cystic hydatid disease is a zoonotic parasitic disease caused by Echinococcus granulosus which is distributed worldwide. The disease is difficult to treat with surgery removal is the only cure treatment. In the high endemic areas, vaccination of humans is believed a way to protect communities from the disease. In this study we vaccinated BALB/c mice with rBCG-EgG1Y162, and then detected the level of IgG and IgE specifically against the recombinant protein by ELISA, rBCG-EgG1Y162 induced strong and specific cellular and humoral immune responses. In vitro study showed that rBCG-EgG1Y162 vaccine not only promote splenocytes proliferation but also active T cell. In addition, the rBCG-EgG1Y162 induced a protection in the mice against secondary infection of Echinococcus granulosus.

  20. Activity in mice of recombinant BCG-EgG1Y162 vaccine for Echinococcus granulosus infection

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    Ma, Xiumin; Zhao, Hui; Zhang, Fengbo; Zhu, Yuejie; Peng, Shanshan; Ma, Haimei; Cao, Chunbao; Xin, Yan; Yimiti, Delixiati; Wen, Hao; Ding, Jianbing

    2016-01-01

    Cystic hydatid disease is a zoonotic parasitic disease caused by Echinococcus granulosus which is distributed worldwide. The disease is difficult to treat with surgery removal is the only cure treatment. In the high endemic areas, vaccination of humans is believed a way to protect communities from the disease. In this study we vaccinated BALB/c mice with rBCG-EgG1Y162, and then detected the level of IgG and IgE specifically against the recombinant protein by ELISA, rBCG-EgG1Y162 induced strong and specific cellular and humoral immune responses. In vitro study showed that rBCG-EgG1Y162 vaccine not only promote splenocytes proliferation but also active T cell. In addition, the rBCG-EgG1Y162 induced a protection in the mice against secondary infection of Echinococcus granulosus. PMID:26266551

  1. Phase separation in the iron chalcogenide superconductor Fe1+yTexSe1-x

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    Hu, Hefei; Zuo, Jian-Min; Wen, Jinsheng; Xu, Zhijun; Lin, Zhiwei; Li, Qiang; Gu, Genda; Park, Wan Kyu; Greene, Laura H.

    2011-05-01

    We present direct evidence for phase separation and chemical inhomogeneity in Fe1+yTexSe1-x single crystals from scanning transmission electron microscopy (STEM) and electron energy-loss spectroscopy (EELS) data. In STEM, images recorded using a high-angle annular dark field (HAADF) detector show characteristic nanometer-scale patterns of phase separation from the Z-dependent image contrast. The separation was observed both in non-superconducting samples with excess iron and in superconducting samples. Using EELS, we determined ~20% (or lower) fluctuation in Te concentration from the average local compositions by integrating the intensity of the Te-M4,5 edge. The energy-loss near-edge structure (ELNES) of the Fe-L2,3 edge changes with varying composition, especially the L3/L2 white-line intensity ratio, which is sensitive to the d-state occupancy of the Fe. The results suggest a miscibility gap in the Fe1+yTexSe1-x system and changes in the d-electron states at the nanometer scale from the separated phases.

  2. Complete Genome Sequence of Geobacter anodireducens SD-1T, a Salt-Tolerant Exoelectrogenic Microbe in Bioelectrochemical Systems.

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    Sun, Dan; Cheng, Shaoan; Wang, Aijie; Huang, Fangliang; Liu, Wenzong; Xia, Xue

    2016-01-01

    Strain SD-1 is the type strain of the species Geobacter anodireducens, which was originally isolated from a microbial fuel cell reactor in the United States. The characteristic of this bacterium is its high electrochemical activity. Here, we report the fully assembled genome and plasmid sequence of G. anodireducens SD-1(T). PMID:27257213

  3. Complete Genome Sequence of Geobacter anodireducens SD-1T, a Salt-Tolerant Exoelectrogenic Microbe in Bioelectrochemical Systems

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    Wang, Aijie; Huang, Fangliang; Liu, Wenzong; Xia, Xue

    2016-01-01

    Strain SD-1 is the type strain of the species Geobacter anodireducens, which was originally isolated from a microbial fuel cell reactor in the United States. The characteristic of this bacterium is its high electrochemical activity. Here, we report the fully assembled genome and plasmid sequence of G. anodireducens SD-1T. PMID:27257213

  4. The Mysterious sdO X-ray Binary BD+37°442

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    Heber, U.; Geier, S.; Irrgang, A.; Schneider, D.; Barbu-Barna, I.; Mereghetti, S.; La Palombara, N.

    2014-04-01

    Pulsed X-ray emission in the luminous, helium-rich sdO BD +37°442 has recently been discovered (La Palombara et al. 2012). It was suggested that the sdO star has a neutron star or white dwarf companion with a spin period of 19.2 s. After HD 49798, which has a massive white dwarf companion spinning at 13.2 s in an 1.55 day orbit, this is only the second O-type subdwarf from which X-ray emission has been detected. We report preliminary results of our ongoing campaign to obtain time-resolved high-resolution spectroscopy using the CAFE instrument at Calar Alto observatory and SARG at the Telescopio Nationale Galileo. Atmospheric parameters were derived via a quantitative NLTE spectral analysis. The line fits hint at an unusually large projected rotation velocity. Therefore it seemed likely that BD +37°442 is a binary similar to HD 49798 and that the orbital period is also similar. The level of X-ray emission from BD +37°442 could be explained by accretion from the sdO wind by a neutron star orbiting at a period of less than ten days. Hence, we embarked on radial velocity monitoring in order to derive the binary parameters of the BD+37°442 system and obtained 41 spectra spread out over several month in 2012. Unlike for HD 49798, no radial velocity variations were found and, hence, there is no dynamical evidence for the existence of a compact companion yet. The origin of the pulsed X-ray emission remains as a mystery.

  5. Correlation between SD-OCT, immunocytochemistry and functional findings in an animal model of retinal degeneration

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    Cuenca, Nicolás; Fernández-Sánchez, Laura; Sauvé, Yves; Segura, Francisco J.; Martínez-Navarrete, Gema; Tamarit, José Manuel; Fuentes-Broto, Lorena; Sanchez-Cano, Ana; Pinilla, Isabel

    2014-01-01

    Purpose: The P23H rhodopsin mutation is an autosomal dominant cause of retinitis pigmentosa (RP). The degeneration can be tracked using different anatomical and functional methods. In our case, we evaluated the anatomical changes using Spectral-Domain Optical Coherence Tomography (SD-OCT) and correlated the findings with retinal thickness values determined by immunocytochemistry.Methods: Pigmented rats heterozygous for the P23H mutation, with ages between P18 and P180 were studied. Function was assessed by means of optomotor testing and ERGs. Retinal thicknesses measurements, autofluorescence and fluorescein angiography were performed using Spectralis OCT. Retinas were studied by means of immunohistochemistry. Results: Between P30 and P180, visual acuity decreased from 0.500 to 0.182 cycles per degree (cyc/deg) and contrast sensitivity decreased from 54.56 to 2.98 for a spatial frequency of 0.089 cyc/deg. Only cone-driven b-wave responses reached developmental maturity. Flicker fusions were also comparable at P29 (42 Hz). Double flash-isolated rod-driven responses were already affected at P29. Photopic responses revealed deterioration after P29.A reduction in retinal thicknesses and morphological modifications were seen in OCT sections. Statistically significant differences were found in all evaluated thicknesses. Autofluorescence was seen in P23H rats as sparse dots. Immunocytochemistry showed a progressive decrease in the outer nuclear layer (ONL), and morphological changes. Although anatomical thickness measures were significantly lower than OCT values, there was a very strong correlation between the values measured by both techniques.Conclusions: In pigmented P23H rats, a progressive deterioration occurs in both retinal function and anatomy. Anatomical changes can be effectively evaluated using SD-OCT and immunocytochemistry, with a good correlation between their values, thus making SD-OCT an important tool for research in retinal degeneration. PMID:25565976

  6. A complex noise reduction method for improving visualization of SD-OCT skin biomedical images

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    Myakinin, Oleg O.; Zakharov, Valery P.; Bratchenko, Ivan A.; Kornilin, Dmitry V.; Khramov, Alexander G.

    2014-05-01

    In this paper we consider the original method of solving noise reduction problem for visualization's quality improvement of SD-OCT skin and tumors biomedical images. The principal advantages of OCT are high resolution and possibility of in vivo analysis. We propose a two-stage algorithm: 1) process of raw one-dimensional A-scans of SD-OCT and 2) remove a noise from the resulting B(C)-scans. The general mathematical methods of SD-OCT are unstable: if the noise of the CCD is 1.6% of the dynamic range then result distortions are already 25-40% of the dynamic range. We use at the first stage a resampling of A-scans and simple linear filters to reduce the amount of data and remove the noise of the CCD camera. The efficiency, improving productivity and conservation of the axial resolution when using this approach are showed. At the second stage we use an effective algorithms based on Hilbert-Huang Transform for more accurately noise peaks removal. The effectiveness of the proposed approach for visualization of malignant and benign skin tumors (melanoma, BCC etc.) and a significant improvement of SNR level for different methods of noise reduction are showed. Also in this study we consider a modification of this method depending of a specific hardware and software features of used OCT setup. The basic version does not require any hardware modifications of existing equipment. The effectiveness of proposed method for 3D visualization of tissues can simplify medical diagnosis in oncology.

  7. Sex differences in the behavioral response to methylphenidate in three adolescent rat strains (WKY, SHR, SD).

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    Chelaru, Mircea I; Yang, Pamela B; Dafny, Nachum

    2012-01-01

    Methylphenidate (MPD) is the most widely used drug in the treatment of attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD). ADHD has a high incidence in children and can persist in adolescence and adulthood. The relation between sex and the effects of acute and chronic MPD treatment was examined using adolescent male and female rats from three genetically different strains: spontaneously hyperactive rat (SHR), Wistar-Kyoto (WKY) and Sprague-Dawley (SD). Rats from each strain and sex were randomly divided into a control group that received saline injections and three MPD groups that received either 0.6 or 2.5 or 10mg/kg MPD injections. All rats received saline on experimental day 1 (ED1). On ED2 to ED7 and ED11, the rats were injected either with saline or MPD and received no treatment on ED8-ED10. The open field assay was used to assess the dose-response of acute and chronic MPD administration. Significant sex differences were found. Female SHR and SD rats were significantly more active after MPD injections than their male counterparts, while the female WKY rats were less active than the male WKY rats. Dose dependent behavioral sensitization or tolerance to MPD treatment was not observed for SHR or SD rats, but tolerance to MPD was found in WKY rats for the 10mg/kg MPD dose. The use of dose-response protocol and evaluating different locomotor indices provides the means to identify differences between the sexes and the genetic strain in adolescent rats. In addition these differences suggest that the differences to MPD treatment between the sexes are not due to the reproductive hormones.

  8. EXOTIME: Searching for planets and measuring \\dot{P} in sdB pulsators

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    Lutz, R.; Schuh, S.; Silvotti, R.

    2012-12-01

    We review the status of the EXOTIME project (EXOplanet search with the TIming MEthod). The two main goals of EXOTIME are to search for sub-stellar companions to sdB stars in wide orbits, and to measure the secular variation of the pulsation periods, which are related to the evolutionary change of the stellar structure. Now, after four years of dense monitoring, we start to see some results and present the brown dwarf and exoplanet candidates V1636 Ori b and DW Lyn b.

  9. Direct gap Ge1-ySny alloys: Fabrication and design of mid-IR photodiodes

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    Senaratne, C. L.; Wallace, P. M.; Gallagher, J. D.; Sims, P. E.; Kouvetakis, J.; Menéndez, J.

    2016-07-01

    Chemical vapor deposition methods were developed, using stoichiometric reactions of specialty Ge3H8 and SnD4 hydrides, to fabricate Ge1-ySny photodiodes with very high Sn concentrations in the 12%-16% range. A unique aspect of this approach is the compatible reactivity of the compounds at ultra-low temperatures, allowing efficient control and systematic tuning of the alloy composition beyond the direct gap threshold. This crucial property allows the formation of thick supersaturated layers with device-quality material properties. Diodes with composition up to 14% Sn were initially produced on Ge-buffered Si(100) featuring previously optimized n-Ge/i-Ge1-ySny/p-Ge1-zSnz type structures with a single defected interface. The devices exhibited sizable electroluminescence and good rectifying behavior as evidenced by the low dark currents in the I-V measurements. The formation of working diodes with higher Sn content up to 16% Sn was implemented by using more advanced n-Ge1-xSnx/i-Ge1-ySny/p-Ge1-zSnz architectures incorporating Ge1-xSnx intermediate layers (x ˜ 12% Sn) that served to mitigate the lattice mismatch with the Ge platform. This yielded fully coherent diode interfaces devoid of strain relaxation defects. The electrical measurements in this case revealed a sharp increase in reverse-bias dark currents by almost two orders of magnitude, in spite of the comparable crystallinity of the active layers. This observation is attributed to the enhancement of band-to-band tunneling when all the diode layers consist of direct gap materials and thus has implications for the design of light emitting diodes and lasers operating at desirable mid-IR wavelengths. Possible ways to engineer these diode characteristics and improve carrier confinement involve the incorporation of new barrier materials, in particular, ternary Ge1-x-ySixSny alloys. The possibility of achieving type-I structures using binary and ternary alloy combinations is discussed in detail, taking into account

  10. Spectroscopic study of metallic magnetism in single-crystalline Nb1 -yFe2 +y

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    Rauch, D.; Kraken, M.; Litterst, F. J.; Süllow, S.; Luetkens, H.; Brando, M.; Förster, T.; Sichelschmidt, J.; Neubauer, A.; Pfleiderer, C.; Duncan, W. J.; Grosche, F. M.

    2015-05-01

    We have investigated single crystals and polycrystals from the series Nb1 -yFe2 +y , -0.004 ≤y ≤0.018 , by electron spin resonance, muon spin relaxation, and Mössbauer spectroscopy. Our data establish that at lowest temperatures all samples exhibit bulk magnetic order. Slight Fe excess induces low-moment ferromagnetism, consistent with bulk magnetometry, while Nb-rich and stoichiometric NbFe2 display spin density wave order with small magnetic moment amplitudes of order ˜0.001 -0.01 μB/Fe . This provides microscopic evidence for a modulated magnetic state on the border of ferromagnetism in NbFe2.

  11. Thermoelectric properties of indium doped PbTe{sub 1-y}Se{sub y} alloys

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    Bali, Ashoka; Mallik, Ramesh Chandra; Wang, Heng; Snyder, G. Jeffrey

    2014-07-21

    Lead telluride and its alloys are well known for their thermoelectric applications. Here, a systematic study of PbTe{sub 1-y}Se{sub y} alloys doped with indium has been done. The powder X-Ray diffraction combined with Rietveld analysis confirmed the polycrystalline single phase nature of the samples, while microstructural analysis with scanning electron microscope results showed densification of samples and presence of micrometer sized particles. The temperature dependent transport properties showed that in these alloys, indium neither pinned the Fermi level as it does in PbTe, nor acted as a resonant dopant as in SnTe. At high temperatures, bipolar effect was observed which restricted the zT to 0.66 at 800 K for the sample with 30% Se content.

  12. A magnetic glassy phase in Fe(1+y)Se(x)Te(1-x) single crystals.

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    Lamura, G; Shiroka, T; Bonfà, P; Sanna, S; Bernardini, F; De Renzi, R; Viennois, R; Giannini, E; Piriou, A; Emery, N; Cimberle, M R; Putti, M

    2013-04-17

    The evolution of magnetic order in Fe1+ySexTe1-x crystals as a function of Se content was investigated by means of ac/dc magnetometry and muon-spin spectroscopy. Experimental results and self-consistent density functional theory calculations both indicate that muons are implanted in vacant iron-excess sites, where they probe a local field mainly of dipolar origin, resulting from an antiferromagnetic (AFM) bicollinear arrangement of iron spins. This long-range AFM phase becomes progressively disordered with increasing Se content. At the same time all the tested samples manifest a marked glassy character that vanishes for high Se contents. The presence of local electronic/compositional inhomogeneities most likely favours the growth of clusters whose magnetic moment 'freezes' at low temperature. This glassy magnetic phase justifies both the coherent muon precession seen at short times in the asymmetry data, as well as the glassy behaviour evidenced by both dc and ac magnetometry.

  13. Nonuniform paramagnetic state in nonstoichiometric lanthanum manganites La1- x Mn1- y O3

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    Arbuzova, T. I.; Naumov, S. V.

    2016-06-01

    The magnetic properties of nonstoichiometric lanthanum manganites La1- x Mn1- y O3 have been studied in the temperature range 80 K < T < 650 K. The Curie temperature T C changes nonmonotonically as the number of Mn4+ ions increases. In the paramagnetic region, there exist isolated Mn ions and magnetic polarons which can be conserved to T ⩽ 4 T C, independent of the lattice symmetry. In the T C < T < T pol region, the temperature dependences of the magnetic susceptibility are nonlinear and can be described by the Curie law with a temperature-dependent Curie constant C. The sample has been prepared having a composition near the O' → O structural transition; the spontaneous magnetization of the sample at T ⩽ 1.6 T C is associated to correlated polarons forming due to the double exchange in chains of the E-type antiferromagnetic phase.

  14. Microscopic spin dephasing and magnetization relaxation in an s-d model

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    Schneider, Hans Christian; Baral, Alexander

    2014-03-01

    We calculate the spin dynamics in a model of itinerant carriers coupled antiferromagnetically to a macrospin (''s-d model''). The dephasing comes in via the coupling to a phonon bath in the presence of spin-orbit coupling, which we take to be of the Bychkov-Rashba type. Using a mean-field approximation for the s-d model with an antiferromagnetic exchange coupling, we derive Boltzmann scattering integrals for itinerant-carrier spin density matrix, i.e., for the distributions and spin coherences. The spin density matrix is needed because of a constant change of the longitudinal and transverse directions during the coupled dynamics of the itinerant spins and the macrospin. Due to the Rashba spin-orbit coupling, the resulting model describes a form of Elliot-Yafet type carrier-spin relaxation due to electron-phonon scattering within an equation-of-motion formalism. We extrapolate dephasing- and magnetization times T1 and T2 and draw a comparison to phenomenological equations such as the Landau-Lifshitz or Landau-Lifshitz Gilbert equations. We then analyze the magnetization precession and relaxation of the coupled carrier spins and macrospin in an anisotropy field, and find a carrier mediated dephasing of the macrospin via mean-field

  15. Complex dynamics of an archetypal self-excited SD oscillator driven by moving belt friction

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    Zhi-Xin, Li; Qing-Jie, Cao; Léger, Alain

    2016-01-01

    We propose an archetypal self-excited system driven by moving belt friction, which is constructed with the smooth and discontinuous (SD) oscillator proposed by the Cao et al. and the classical moving belt. The moving belt friction is modeled as the Coulomb friction to formulate the mathematical model of the proposed self-excited SD oscillator. The equilibrium states of the unperturbed system are obtained to show the complex equilibrium bifurcations. Phase portraits are depicted to present the hyperbolic structure transition, the multiple stick regions, and the friction-induced asymmetry phenomena. The numerical simulations are carried out to demonstrate the friction-induced vibration of multiple stick-slip phenomena and the stick-slip chaos in the perturbed self-excited system. The results presented here provide an opportunity for us to get insight into the mechanism of the complex friction-induced nonlinear dynamics in mechanical engineering and geography. Project supported by the National Natural Science Foundation of China (Grant Nos. 11372082 and 11572096) and the National Basic Research Program of China (Grant No. 2015CB057405).

  16. Narrowing of the neutron sd- pf shell gap in 29Na

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    Hurst, A. M.; Wu, C. Y.; Becker, J. A.; Stoyer, M. A.; Pearson, C. J.; Hackman, G.; Schumaker, M. A.; Svensson, C. E.; Austin, R. A. E.; Ball, G. C.; Bandyopadhyay, D.; Barton, C. J.; Boston, A. J.; Boston, H. C.; Churchman, R.; Cline, D.; Colosimo, S. J.; Cross, D. S.; Demand, G.; Djongolov, M.; Drake, T. E.; Garrett, P. E.; Gray-Jones, C.; Green, K. L.; Grint, A. N.; Hayes, A. B.; Leach, K. G.; Kulp, W. D.; Lee, G.; Lloyd, S.; Maharaj, R.; Martin, J.-P.; Millar, B. A.; Mythili, S.; Nelson, L.; Nolan, P. J.; Oxley, D. C.; Padilla-Rodal, E.; Phillips, A. A.; Porter-Peden, M.; Rigby, S. V.; Sarazin, F.; Sumithrarachchi, C. S.; Triambak, S.; Walker, P. M.; Williams, S. J.; Wong, J.; Wood, J. L.

    2009-04-01

    The wave-function composition for the low-lying states in 29Na was explored by measuring their electromagnetic properties using the Coulomb-excitation technique. A beam of 29Na ions, postaccelerated to 70 MeV, bombarded a 110Pd target with a rate of up to 600 particles per second at the recently commissioned ISAC-II facility at TRIUMF. Six segmented HPGe clover detectors of the TIGRESS γ-ray spectrometer were used to detect deexcitation γ rays in coincidence with scattered or recoiling charged particles in the segmented silicon detector, BAMBINO. The reduced transition matrix element | <5/2 1 + | | E 2 | |3/2 gs + > | in 29Na was derived to be 0.237(21) e b from the measured γ-ray yields for both projectile and target. This first-time measured value is consistent with the most recent Monte Carlo shell-model calculation, indicating a significant admixture of both sd and pf components in the wave function, and also providing evidence for the narrowing of the neutron sd- pf shell gap from ∼ 6 MeV for stable nuclei to ∼ 3 MeV for 29Na.

  17. The role of glutathione detoxification pathway in MCLR-induced hepatotoxicity in SD rats.

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    Li, Shangchun; Chen, Jun; Xie, Ping; Guo, Xiaochun; Fan, Huihui; Yu, Dezhao; Zeng, Cheng; Chen, Liang

    2015-12-01

    In the present study, we investigated the role of glutathione (GSH) and its related enzymes in Sprague Dawley (SD) rats subjected to microcystin-leucine-arginine (MCLR)-induced hepatotoxicity. SD rats were intraperitoneally (i.p.) injected with MCLR after pretreating with or without buthionine-(S,R)-sulfoximine (BSO), an inhibitor of GSH synthesis. The depletion of GSH with BSO enhanced MCLR-induced oxidative stress, resulting in more severe liver damage and higher MCLR accumulation. Similarly, the contents of malondialdehyde (MDA), total GSH (T-GSH), oxidized GSH (GSSG) and GSH were significantly enhanced in BSO pretreated rats following MCLR treatment. The study showed that the transcription of GSH-related enzymes such as glutathione-S-transferase (GST), γ-glutamylcysteine synthetase (γ-GCS), glutathione reductase (GR) varied in different ways (expect for glutathione peroxidase (GPx), whose gene expression was induced in all treated groups) with or without BSO pretreatment before MCLR exposure, suggesting an adaptative response of GSH-related enzymes at transcription level to combat enhancement of oxidative stress induced by MCLR when pretreated with BSO. These data suggested the tissues with low GSH concentration are highly vulnerable to MCLR toxicity and GSH was critical for the detoxification in MCLR-induced hepatotoxicity in vivo.

  18. A framework for classification and segmentation of branch retinal artery occlusion in SD-OCT

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    Guo, Jingyun; Shi, Fei; Zhu, Weifang; Chen, Haoyu; Chen, Xinjian

    2016-03-01

    Branch retinal artery occlusion (BRAO) is an ocular emergency which could lead to blindness. Quantitative analysis of BRAO region in the retina is very needed to assessment of the severity of retinal ischemia. In this paper, a fully automatic framework was proposed to classify and segment BRAO based on 3D spectral-domain optical coherence tomography (SD-OCT) images. To the best of our knowledge, this is the first automatic 3D BRAO segmentation framework. First, a support vector machine (SVM) based classifier is designed to differentiate BRAO into acute phase and chronic phase, and the two types are segmented separately. To segment BRAO in chronic phase, a threshold-based method is proposed based on the thickness of inner retina. While for segmenting BRAO in acute phase, a two-step segmentation is performed, which includes the bayesian posterior probability based initialization and the graph-search-graph-cut based segmentation. The proposed method was tested on SD-OCT images of 23 patients (12 of acute and 11 of chronic phase) using leave-one-out strategy. The overall classification accuracy of SVM classifier was 87.0%, and the TPVF and FPVF for acute phase were 91.1%, 5.5%; for chronic phase were 90.5%, 8.7%, respectively.

  19. FUV, UV, and Optical Observations of the He-sdO Star BD+39 3226

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    Chayer, Pierre; Green, E. M.; Fontaine, G.

    2014-01-01

    Based on observations carried out with the Far Ultraviolet Spectroscopic Explorer, the Space Telescope Imaging Spectrograph, the MMT Observatory, and the Keck telescope HIRES spectrograph, we present a spectral analysis of the He-sdO star BD+39 3226. By fitting the MMT spectrum we obtain a gravity that is 0.7 dex higher than the one reported in the literature. The new atmospheric parameters will have an impact on the measurement of the HI column density toward BD+39 3226, and by this very fact on the deuterium abundance. The high-resolution spectra show stellar absorption lines coming from C, N, O, Si, P, S, Fe, and Ni. The spectra also show lines from heavy elements such as Ge, As, and Sn. On the other hand, neither Zr nor Pb absorption lines are detected. The non-detection of lead in BD+39 3226 indicates that the star does not belong to the newly discovered group of lead-rich He-sdO stars. P.C. is supported by the Canadian Space Agency under a Public Works and Government Services of Canada contract.

  20. Geology of the USW SD-9 drill hole, Yucca Mountain, Nevada

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    Engstrom, D.A.; Rautman, C.A.

    1996-10-01

    Drill hole USW SD-9 is one of several holes drilled under Site Characterization Plan Study as part of the characterization program at Yucca Mountain, Nevada, which has been proposed as the potential location of a repository for high-level nuclear waste. The SD-9 drill hole is located in the northern part of the potential repository area. Quantitative and semiquantitative data are included in this report for cover recovery, rock-quality designation (RQD), lithophysal cavity abundance, and fracturing. These data are spatially variable, both within and among the major formational-level stratigraphic units. Nonwelded intervals in general exhibit higher recoveries and more intact (higher) RQD values than welded intervals. The most intact, highest-RQD materials encountered within the Topopah Spring belong to the lower 33.3 ft of the middle nonlithophysal zone. This report includes quantitative data for the framework material properties of porosity, bulk and particle density, and saturated hydraulic conductivity. Graphical analysis of variations in these laboratory hydrologic properties indicates first-order control of material properties by the degree of welding and the presence of zeolite minerals. Many major lithostratigraphic contacts are not well expressed in the material-property profiles; contacts of material-property units are related more to changes in the intensity of welding. Approximate in-situ saturation data of samples preserved immediately upon recovery from the hole are included in the data tabulation.

  1. Interfacial solid-state reaction at thermally oxidized In1 - xGaxAsyP1 - y alloys

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    Kubo, Minoru; Sasai, Yoichi; Ogura, Mototsugu; Kohiki, Shigemi

    1988-07-01

    The interfacial reaction between thermally oxidized In1-xGaxAsyP1-y and an In1-xGaxAsyP1-y epilayer was studied using Raman and x-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS) analyses. In Raman spectra, it was found that the appearance of the phonon modes, i.e., the first-order longitudinal (LO) and transverse-optical (TO) modes for crystalline arsenic, was due to the In1-xGaxAsyP1-y -oxide interfacial reaction. The XPS analyses showed that this reaction corresponded to the GaAs-oxide interfacial reaction, i.e., As2O3+2GaAs→Ga2O3+4As. Furthermore, the reaction depends on the composition y of In1-xGaxAsyP1-y, which may be due to the enhancement in the initial transient reaction by thermal damage of In1-xGaxAsyP1-y occurring at the interface.

  2. Secondary metabolites from Penicillium pinophilum SD-272, a marine sediment-derived fungus.

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    Wang, Ming-Hui; Li, Xiao-Ming; Li, Chun-Shun; Ji, Nai-Yun; Wang, Bin-Gui

    2013-06-01

    Two new secondary metabolites, namely, pinodiketopiperazine A (1) and 6,7-dihydroxy-3-methoxy-3-methylphthalide (2), along with alternariol 2,4-dimethyl ether (3) and L-5-oxoproline methyl ester (4), which were isolated from a natural source for the first time but have been previously synthesized, were characterized from the marine sediment-derived fungus Penicillium pinophilum SD-272. In addition, six known metabolites (5-10) were also identified. Their structures were elucidated by analysis of the NMR and mass spectroscopic data. The absolute configuration of compound 1 was determined by experimental and calculated ECD spectra. Compound 2 displayed potent brine shrimp (Artemia salina) lethality with LD₅₀ 11.2 μM. PMID:23792827

  3. Absolute density measurement of SD radicals in a supersonic jet at the quantum-noise-limit.

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    Mizouri, Arin; Deng, L Z; Eardley, Jack S; Nahler, N Hendrik; Wrede, Eckart; Carty, David

    2013-12-01

    The absolute density of SD radicals in a supersonic jet has been measured down to (1.1 ± 0.1) × 10(5) cm(-3) in a modestly specified apparatus that uses a cross-correlated combination of cavity ring-down and laser-induced fluorescence detection. Such a density corresponds to 215 ± 21 molecules in the probe volume at any given time. The minimum detectable absorption coefficient was quantum-noise-limited and measured to be (7.9 ± 0.6) × 10(-11) cm(-1), in 200 s of acquisition time, corresponding to a noise-equivalent absorption sensitivity for the apparatus of (1.6 ± 0.1) × 10(-9) cm(-1) Hz(-1/2).

  4. Support vector machine based IS/OS disruption detection from SD-OCT images

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    Wang, Liyun; Zhu, Weifang; Liao, Jianping; Xiang, Dehui; Jin, Chao; Chen, Haoyu; Chen, Xinjian

    2014-03-01

    In this paper, we sought to find a method to detect the Inner Segment /Outer Segment (IS/OS)disruption region automatically. A novel support vector machine (SVM) based method was proposed for IS/OS disruption detection. The method includes two parts: training and testing. During the training phase, 7 features from the region around the fovea are calculated. Support vector machine (SVM) is utilized as the classification method. In the testing phase, the training model derived is utilized to classify the disruption and non-disruption region of the IS/OS, and calculate the accuracy separately. The proposed method was tested on 9 patients' SD-OCT images using leave-one-out strategy. The preliminary results demonstrated the feasibility and efficiency of the proposed method.

  5. Isospin Symmetry Along The N=Z Line In The sd Shell

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    Della Vedova, F.; Lenzi, S. M.; Farnea, E.; Nespolo, M.; Bazzacco, D.; Brandolini, F.; Lunardi, S.; Menegazzo, R.; Rossi Alvarez, C.; Ur, C.A.; Ionescu-Bujor, M.; Bucurescu, D.; Iordachescu, A.; Marginean, N.; De Angelis, G.; Axiotis, M.; Napoli, D. R.; Bizzeti-Sona, A.; Bizzeti, P.G.

    2005-04-05

    Excited states have been studied in sd-shell nuclei following the 16O (70 MeV) + 24Mg (400 {mu}g/cm2) fusion-evaporation reaction. The GASP spectrometer in conjunction with the charged-particle detector ISIS and the Neutron ring allowed the detection of the {gamma}-rays in coincidence with evaporated light particles. New data on the mirror pairs A=31 and A=35 have been obtained. In particular, the comparison between the level schemes of 35Ar and 35Cl has confirmed the importance of the electromagnetic spin-orbit term, which explains the large Mirror Energy Difference values. Evidence of isospin mixing can be deduced from the E1 transitions.

  6. Rate tables for the weak processes of sd-shell nuclei in stellar matter

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    Oda, Takeshi; Hino, Masayuki; Muto, Kazuo ); Takahara, Mariko ); Sato, Katsuhiko )

    1994-03-01

    The weak interaction rates in stellar matter are calculated for the sd-shell nuclei in the full-shell model configurations using the effective interaction of Wildenthal, taking into account the recent extensive compilations of experimental energy levels and Gamow-Teller [beta] decay rates. Based on comparisons between the present calculation and that of Fuller, Fowler, and Newman (FFN), it is pointed out that correct treatment of nuclear structure effects is decisive in attaining reliable weak interaction rates in stellar matter. The weak rates are tabulated at the same grid points of density and temperature as those of FFN, for the ranges 10 [le] pY[sub e] (g[center dot]cm[sup [minus]3]) [le] 10[sup 11] and 0.01 [times] 10[sup 9] [le] T (K) [le] 30 [times] 10[sup 9]. 33 refs., 3 figs., 2 tabs.

  7. Electrical Characterization of the RCA CDP1822SD Random Access Memory, Volume 1, Appendix a

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    Klute, A.

    1979-01-01

    Electrical characteristization tests were performed on 35 RCA CDP1822SD, 256-by-4-bit, CMOS, random access memories. The tests included three functional tests, AC and DC parametric tests, a series of schmoo plots, rise/fall time screening, and a data retention test. All tests were performed on an automated IC test system with temperatures controlled by a thermal airstream unit. All the functional tests, the data retention test, and the AC and DC parametric tests were performed at ambient temperatures of 25 C, -20 C, -55 C, 85 C, and 125 C. The schmoo plots were performed at ambient temperatures of 25 C, -55 C, and 125 C. The data retention test was performed at 25 C. Five devices failed one or more functional tests and four of these devices failed to meet the expected limits of a number of AC parametric tests. Some of the schmoo plots indicated a small degree of interaction between parameters.

  8. Source identification in acoustics and structural mechanics using Sierra/SD.

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    Walsh, Timothy Francis; Aquino, Wilkins; Ross, Michael

    2013-03-01

    In this report we derive both time and frequency-domain methods for inverse identification of sources in elastodynamics and acoustics. The inverse/design problem is cast in a PDE-constrained optimization framework with efficient computation of gradients using the adjoint method. The implementation of source inversion in Sierra/SD is described, and results from both time and frequency domain source inversion are compared to actual experimental data for a weapon store used in captive carry on a military aircraft. The inverse methodology is advantageous in that it provides a method for creating ground based acoustic and vibration tests that can reduce the actual number of flight tests, and thus, saving costs and time for the program.

  9. Lactogenic Activity of an Enzymatic Hydrolysate from Octopus vulgaris and Carica papaya in SD Rats.

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    Cai, Bingna; Chen, Hua; Sun, Han; Sun, Huili; Wan, Peng; Chen, Deke; Pan, Jianyu

    2015-11-01

    The traditional Chinese medicine theory believes that octopus papaya soup can stimulate milk production in lactating women. The objective of this study was to determine whether dietary supplementation with an enzymatic hydrolysate of Octopus vulgaris and Carica papaya (EHOC) could increase milk production and nutritional indexes in Sprague Dawley (SD) rats. Female SD rats (n = 24) were fed a control diet (n = 8), EHOC-supplemented diet, or a positive control diet (Shengruzhi) from day 10 of pregnancy to day 10 of lactation. Maternal serum, mammary gland (day 10 of lactation), milk, and pup weight (daily) were collected for analysis. Results showed that the EHOC diet obviously elevated daily milk yield and pup weight compared to the control group (P < .05). The EHOC diet was found to increase the concentration of prolactin (PRL), progesterone (P), estradiol (E2), and growth hormone (GH) significantly in the circulation and mammary gland. Mammary glands of EHOC-treated dams showed clear lobuloalveolar development and proliferation of myoepithelial cells, but no striking variations were observed among the groups. Furthermore, the nutrition content and immune globulin concentration in the milk of EHOC-supplemented dams were higher than those of the control group, especially the cholesterol, glucose, and IgG were higher by 44.98% (P < .001), 42.76% (P < .01), and 42.23% (P < .01), respectively. In conclusion, this article demonstrates that EHOC administration has beneficial effects on milk production in the dams and on performance of the dam and pup. These results indicate that EHOC could be explored as a potentially lactogenic nutriment for lactating women. PMID:26270883

  10. Lactogenic Activity of an Enzymatic Hydrolysate from Octopus vulgaris and Carica papaya in SD Rats.

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    Cai, Bingna; Chen, Hua; Sun, Han; Sun, Huili; Wan, Peng; Chen, Deke; Pan, Jianyu

    2015-11-01

    The traditional Chinese medicine theory believes that octopus papaya soup can stimulate milk production in lactating women. The objective of this study was to determine whether dietary supplementation with an enzymatic hydrolysate of Octopus vulgaris and Carica papaya (EHOC) could increase milk production and nutritional indexes in Sprague Dawley (SD) rats. Female SD rats (n = 24) were fed a control diet (n = 8), EHOC-supplemented diet, or a positive control diet (Shengruzhi) from day 10 of pregnancy to day 10 of lactation. Maternal serum, mammary gland (day 10 of lactation), milk, and pup weight (daily) were collected for analysis. Results showed that the EHOC diet obviously elevated daily milk yield and pup weight compared to the control group (P < .05). The EHOC diet was found to increase the concentration of prolactin (PRL), progesterone (P), estradiol (E2), and growth hormone (GH) significantly in the circulation and mammary gland. Mammary glands of EHOC-treated dams showed clear lobuloalveolar development and proliferation of myoepithelial cells, but no striking variations were observed among the groups. Furthermore, the nutrition content and immune globulin concentration in the milk of EHOC-supplemented dams were higher than those of the control group, especially the cholesterol, glucose, and IgG were higher by 44.98% (P < .001), 42.76% (P < .01), and 42.23% (P < .01), respectively. In conclusion, this article demonstrates that EHOC administration has beneficial effects on milk production in the dams and on performance of the dam and pup. These results indicate that EHOC could be explored as a potentially lactogenic nutriment for lactating women.

  11. SAMI3/SD-WACCM-X simulations of ionospheric variability during northern winter 2009

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    McDonald, S. E.; Sassi, F.; Mannucci, A. J.

    2015-09-01

    We have performed simulations using the Naval Research Laboratory's physics-based model of the ionosphere, Sami3 is A Model of the Ionosphere (SAMI3), to illustrate how neutral wind dynamics is responsible for day-to-day variability of the ionosphere. We have used neutral winds specified from the extended version of the specified dynamics Whole Atmosphere Community Climate Model (SD-WACCM-X), in which meteorology below 92 km is constrained by atmospheric specifications from an operational weather forecast model and reanalysis. To assess the realism of the simulations against observations, we have carried out a case study during January-February 2009, a dynamically disturbed time characterized by a sudden stratospheric warming (SSW) commencing 24 January 2009. Model results are compared with total electron content (TEC) from Jet Propulsion Laboratory global ionospheric maps. We show that SAMI3/SD-WACCM-X captures longitudinal variability in the equatorial ionization anomaly associated with nonmigrating tides, with strongest contributions coming from the diurnal eastward wave number 2 (DE2) and DE3. Both migrating and nonmigrating tides contribute to significant day-to-day variability, with TEC varying up to 16%. Our simulation during the SSW period reveals that at the Jicamarca longitude (285°E) on 27 January 2009 nonmigrating tides contribute to an enhancement of the electron density in the morning followed by a decrease in the afternoon. An enhancement of the semidiurnal eastward wave number 2 (SE2) and SE3 nonmigrating tides, likely associated with the appearance of the SSW, suggests that these tides increase the longitudinal variability of the SSW impact on the ionosphere. The conclusion is that realistic meteorology propagating upward from the lower atmosphere influences the dynamo region and reproduces aspects of the observed variability in the ionosphere.

  12. Local Variability of Macular Thickness Measurements With SD-OCT and Influencing Factors

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    Miraftabi, Arezoo; Amini, Navid; Gornbein, Jeff; Henry, Sharon; Romero, Pablo; Coleman, Anne L.; Caprioli, Joseph; Nouri-Mahdavi, Kouros

    2016-01-01

    Purpose To compare the intrasession variability of spectral-domain optical coherence tomography (SD-OCT)-derived local macular thickness measures and explore influencing factors. Methods One hundred two glaucomatous eyes (102 patients) and 21 healthy eyes (21 subjects) with three good quality macular images during the same session were enrolled. Thickness measurements were calculated for 3° superpixels for the inner plexiform (IPL), ganglion cell (GCL), or retinal nerve fiber layers (mRNFL), GC/IPL, ganglion cell complex, and full macular thickness. Spatial distribution and magnitude of measurement errors (ME; differences between the 3 individual superpixel values and their mean) and association between MEs and thickness, age, axial length, and image quality were explored. Results MEs had a normal distribution with mostly random noise along with a small fraction of outliers (1.2%–6.6%; highest variability in mRNFL and on the nasal border) based on M-estimation. Boundaries of 95% prediction intervals for variability reached a maximum of 3 μm for all layers and diagnostic groups after exclusion of outliers. Correlation between proportion of outliers and thickness measures varied among various parameters. Age, axial length, or image quality did not influence MEs (P > 0.05 for both groups). Conclusions Local variability of macular SD-OCT measurements is low and uniform across the macula. The relationship between superpixel thickness and outlier proportion varied as a function of the parameter of interest. Translational Relevance Given the low and uniform variability within and across eyes, definition of an individualized ‘variability space' seems unnecessary. The variability measurements from this study could be used for designing algorithms for detection of glaucoma progression. PMID:27486555

  13. Does repetitive Ritalin injection produce long-term effects on SD female adolescent rats?

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    Lee, Min J; Yang, Pamela B; Wilcox, Victor T; Burau, Keith D; Swann, Alan C; Dafny, Nachum

    2009-09-01

    Methylphenidate (MPD), or Ritalin, is a psychostimulant that is prescribed for an extended period of time to children and adolescents with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder. Adolescence is a time of critical brain maturation and development, and the drug exposure during this time could lead to lasting changes in the brain that endure into the adulthood. Circadian rhythms are 24 h rhythms of physiological processes that are synchronized by the master-clock, the suprachiasmatic nucleus, to keep the body stable in a changing environment. The aim of present study is to observe the effect of repeated MPD exposure on the locomotor diurnal rhythm activity patterns of female adolescent Sprague-Dawley (SD) rats using the open field assay. 31 female adolescent SD rats were divided into four groups: control, 0.6 mg/kg, 2.5 mg/kg, and 10 mg/kg MPD group. On experimental day 1, all groups were given an injection of saline. On experimental days 2-7, animals were injected once a day with either saline, 0.6 mg/kg, 2.5 mg/kg, or 10 mg/kg MPD, and experimental days 8-10 were the washout period. A re-challenge injection was given to each animal on experimental day 11 with the similar dose as the experimental days 2-7. The locomotor movements were counted by the computerized animal activity monitoring system. The data were analyzed statistically to find out whether the diurnal rhythm activity patterns were altered. The obtained data showed that repeated administrations of 2.5 mg/kg and 10 mg/kg MPD were able to change the locomotor diurnal rhythm patterns, which suggests that these MPD doses exerts long-term effects.

  14. [Bone bank management using a thermal disinfection system (Lobator SD-1). A critical analysis].

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    Hofmann, C; von Garrel, T; Gotzen, L

    1996-07-01

    In the study presented on 380 allogenic bone donations from living and organ donors, we analyzed the safety of allograft handling bone-band documentation, logistics and costs. For transplant treatment we routinely used a thermal disinfection system (Lobator SD-1). From 380 allograft donors, 400 bone transplants were gained. The rejection rate was 12.2%. After thermal disinfection for 1 h at 80 degrees C, the grafts were cryopreserved at -80 degrees C and released from the bone bank for potential transplantation after 14-16 days. Five of 730 microbiological specimens showed bacterial contamination after thermal graft decontamination. The bacterial species found on the allografts normally have an inactivation temperature under 80 degrees C. Therefore, only secondary contamination can explain the positive bacteriological test results. With reform of the health care system the economical aspects of bone banking have triggered more interest. The cost for one bone transplant released from the bone bank was 424.75 DM: the overall cost for the bone bank in one year was 75,076 DM. Laboratory (58.2%) and material costs (22.5%) were the major factors. Personnel costs and apparatus costs were relatively low (< 20%). With introduction of the thermal disinfection system (Lobator SD-1) into the bone bank, the safety of allogenic bone transplants was greatly improved. Clinical and serological donor screening must be performed according to international bone bank directives. Considering the low rejection rate and the short turnover rate, the economical costs could be reduced. Using an appropriate disinfection system (thermal disinfection at 80 degrees C), laboratory tests covering venereal diseases, malaria and cytomegalia are no longer required. Also, secondary HIV testing of living donors can be omitted without reducing the safety of the transplant.

  15. Important operational parameters of membrane bioreactor-sludge disintegration (MBR-SD) system for zero excess sludge production.

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    Yoon, Seong-Hoon

    2003-04-01

    In order to prevent excess sludge production during wastewater treatment, a membrane bioreactor-sludge disintegration (MBR-SD) system has been introduced, where the disintegrated sludge is recycled to the bioreactor as a feed solution. In this study, a mathematical model was developed by incorporating a sludge disintegration term into the conventional activated sludge model and the relationships among the operational parameters were investigated. A new definition of F/M ratio for the MBR-SD system was suggested to evaluate the actual organic loading rate. The actual F/M ratio was expected to be much higher than the apparent F/M ratio in MBR-SD. The kinetic parameters concerning the biodegradability of organics hardly affect the system performance. Instead, sludge solubilization ratio (alpha) in the SD process and particulate hydrolysis rate constant (k(h)) in biological reaction determine the sludge disintegration number (SDN), which is related with the overall economics of the MBR-SD system. Under reasonable alpha and k(h) values, SDN would range between 3 and 5 which means the amount of sludge required to be disintegrated would be 3-5 times higher for preventing a particular amount of sludge production. Finally, normalized sludge disintegration rate (q/V) which is needed to maintain a certain level of MLSS in the MBR-SD system was calculated as a function of F/V ratio.

  16. Negative Segregation Distortion in the Sd System of Drosophila Melanogaster: A Challenge to the Concept of Differential Sensitivity of Rsp Alleles

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    Hiraizumi, Y.

    1990-01-01

    Current models of segregation distortion based on previous experimental results predict that, in the Sd heterozygous Rsp(i)/Rsp(s) male, the chromosome carrying the sensitive Rsp(s) allele is distorted or transmitted in a frequency smaller than that of the expected Mendelian 0.5 relative to the chromosome carrying the insensitive Rsp(i) allele. The present study presents a case where this does not occur, that is, when the genotype of the males is supp-X(SD)/Y; Sd E(SD)Rsp(i) M(SD)(+)/Sd(+) E(SD)(+) Rsp(s) M(SD)(+) where supp-X(SD) is an X chromosome carrying a strong suppressor or suppressors of SD activity and SD(+) E(SD)(+) Rsp(s) M(SD)(+) is the standard cn bw chromosome. Following the ``inseminated female transfer'' procedure, young males of the above genotype carrying the standard-X instead of the supp-X(SD) chromosome show k values for the SD chromosome (frequencies of the SD chromosome recovered among progeny) of about 0.75, but with the supp-X(SD) chromosome, the k values are reduced to 0.36-0.41. Several possibilities other than the mechanism of segregation distortion to explain the reduced k values are ruled out. The occurrence of ``negative segregation distortion'' is clearly demonstrated, where the chromosome carrying the Rsp(i) allele is distorted, but the chromosome with the Rsp(s) allele is not. This result requires a major modification of the current models or even a new model for the mechanism of segregation distortion to accommodate Rsp allele sensitivity or insensitivity. The present study also shows that males of the genotype, Sd Rsp(ss) M(SD)(+)/Sd(+) Rsp(ss) M(SD), are almost completely sterile, but their fertility is considerably increased when SD activity is suppressed by the presence of the supp-X(SD) chromosome. This result suggests that the amount of the Sd product is not limited with respect to the interacting sites available, that is, the amount is large enough to interact with both of the Rsp(ss) alleles. PMID:2116354

  17. Nanostructure investigation of the layered ternary compound Ni3-x Sn1-y Te2

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    Dankwort, T.; Duppel, V.; Deiseroth, H.-J.; Reiner, C.; Schlosser, M.; Kienle, L.

    2016-09-01

    The structure of Ni3-x Sn1-y Te2 is characterized by layered structural motifs related to an average NiAs/Ni2In-type. Order/disorder phenomena were analyzed via a detailed nanostructure investigation including electron diffraction and high resolution transmission electron microscopy (HRTEM) in conjunction with image simulation. Dependent on the stoichiometry, commensurate and incommensurate satellite reflections with respect to the parent NiAs structure were observed in Fourier transform and electron diffraction pattern as a result of occupational modulation of Te and Sn atoms. For the commensurate case a triplication of the c-lattice parameter is evident as a result of Sn-Te-Te stacking. Further, HRTEM micrographs indicate additional ordering phenomena along the c* direction depending on Ni/vacancy ordering which was rationalized by an alternating filling of van der Waals gaps with Ni. Also morphological defects in bright field images were observed. HRTEM investigations prove that these morphological defects are of structural nature, i.e. they are based on domains shifted relative to each other (antiphase boundaries).

  18. A magnetic glassy phase in Fe1+ySexTe1-x single crystals

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    Lamura, G.; Shiroka, T.; Bonfà, P.; Sanna, S.; Bernardini, F.; De Renzi, R.; Viennois, R.; Giannini, E.; Piriou, A.; Emery, N.; Cimberle, M. R.; Putti, M.

    2013-04-01

    The evolution of magnetic order in Fe1+ySexTe1-x crystals as a function of Se content was investigated by means of ac/dc magnetometry and muon-spin spectroscopy. Experimental results and self-consistent density functional theory calculations both indicate that muons are implanted in vacant iron-excess sites, where they probe a local field mainly of dipolar origin, resulting from an antiferromagnetic (AFM) bicollinear arrangement of iron spins. This long-range AFM phase becomes progressively disordered with increasing Se content. At the same time all the tested samples manifest a marked glassy character that vanishes for high Se contents. The presence of local electronic/compositional inhomogeneities most likely favours the growth of clusters whose magnetic moment ‘freezes’ at low temperature. This glassy magnetic phase justifies both the coherent muon precession seen at short times in the asymmetry data, as well as the glassy behaviour evidenced by both dc and ac magnetometry.

  19. Magnetic orders, excitations, and phase transitions in Fe1+yTe

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    Chen, G.; Choi, S.; Radzihovsky, L.

    2013-10-01

    We study the magnetic properties of Fe1+yTe, a parent compound of the iron-based high-temperature superconductors. Motivated by recent neutron scattering experiments, we show that a spin S=1 exchange model, supplemented by a single-ion spin anisotropy, accounts well for the experimentally observed low-temperature magnetic phase diagram, that exhibits a commensurate bicollinear order at low Fe dopings (y≲0.12) and an incommensurate spin-spiral order at high Fe dopings (y≳0.12). We suggest that the commensurate-incommensurate transition at y≃0.12 is due to the competition between the exchange interaction and the local spin anisotropy. At low Fe dopings, the single-ion spin anisotropy is strong and pins the spins along the easy axis, which, together with the spatially anisotropic exchanges, induces a unusual bicollinear commensurate magnetic order. The low-energy spin-wave excitation is gapped due to the explicit breaking of spin-rotational symmetry by the local spin anisotropy. At high Fe dopings, the single-ion anisotropy is weak, and the exchange favors an incommensurate coplanar state. The incommensurate magnetic wave vector averages out the spin anisotropy so that a gapless low-energy spin-wave excitation is obtained. We also analyze the low-energy hydrodynamic model and use it to describe the magnetostructural transition and the static and dynamical spin structure factors across the magnetic ordering transitions.

  20. Evaluation of SD-208, a TGF-β-RI Kinase Inhibitor, as an Anticancer Agent in Retinoblastoma.

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    Fadakar, Puran; Akbari, Abolfazl; Ghassemi, Fariba; Mobini, Gholam Reza; Mohebi, Masoumeh; Bolhassani, Manzar; Abed Khojasteh, Hoda; Heidari, Mansour

    2016-06-01

    Retinoblastoma is the most common intraocular tumor in children resulting from genetic alterations and transformation of mature retinal cells. The objective of this study was to investigate the effects of SD-208, TGF-β-RI kinase inhibitor, on the expression of some miRNAs including a miR-17/92 cluster in retinoblastoma cells. Prior to initiate this work, the cell proliferation was studied by Methyl Thiazolyl Tetrazolium (MTT) and bromo-2'-deoxyuridine (BrdU) assays. Then, the expression patterns of four miRNAs (18a, 20a, 22, and 34a) were investigated in the treated SD-208 (0.0, 1, 2 and 3 µM) and untreated Y-79 cells. A remarkable inhibition of the cell proliferation was found in Y-79 cells treated with SD-208 versus untreated cells. Also, the expression changes were observed in miRNAs 18a, 20a, 22 and 34a in response to SD-208 treatment (P<0.05). The findings of the present study suggest that the anti-cancer effect of SD-208 may be exerted due to the regulation of specific miRNAs, at least in this particular retinoblastoma cell line. To the best of the researchers' knowledge, this is the first report demonstrating that the SD-208 could alter the expression of tumor suppressive miRNAs as well as oncomiRs in vitro. In conclusion, the present data suggest that SD-208 could be an alternative agent in retinoblastoma treatment. PMID:27306340

  1. Order-Order Transition of C → sdG → sL → S in ABC Triblock Copolymer Thin Film Induced by Solvent Vapor.

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    Luo, Chunxia; Huang, Weihuan; Han, Yanchun

    2009-04-01

    The morphology transition of polystyrene-block-poly(butadiene)-block-poly(2-vinylpyridine) (SBV) triblock thin film induced in benzene vapor showing weak selectivity for PS is investigated. The order-order transitions (OOT) in the sequence of core-shell cylinders (C), sphere in 'diblock gyroid' (sdG), sphere in lamella (sL) and sphere (S) are observed. The projection along (111) direction in Gyroid phase (sdG(111)) is found to epitaxially grow from C(001) in the film. Instead of sdG(111), sdG(110)(0.1875) develops to the phase of sL. Consequently, the film experiences the transition sequence of sdG(111) → sdG(211) → sdG(110)(0.25)  → sdG(110)(0.1875) between C and sL. The mechanism is analyzed from the total surface area of the blocks.

  2. Wurtzite Zn1-y(MgxCd1-x)yO quaternary systems for photodiodes in visible spectral range

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    Nieda, Yoshiaki; Suzuki, Mari; Nakamura, Atsushi; Temmyo, Jiro; Tabares, Gema; Kurtz, Alejandro; Lopez, Manuel; Ulloa, José María; Hierro, Adrian; Muñoz, Elías

    2016-09-01

    We investigated the optical bandgap engineering of ZnO based quaternary alloy films of wurtzite Zn1-y(MgxCd1-x)yO for photodiodes in visible spectral range. Quaternary alloy films were successfully synthesized by remote-plasma enhanced metalorganic chemical vapor deposition (RPE-MOCVD). The wurtzite alloy system has an optical bandgap energy between 2.16 eV and 3.25 eV, which was controlled by the flow ratio of metalorganic sources. The crystal structure and composition was analyzed by X-ray diffraction (XRD) and X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS). This revealed that carrier compensation effects by alloying with MgO in Zn1-xCdxO system decreases carrier concentration. Strong compensation effects were observed in the bandgap range of Zn1-y(MgxCd1-x)yO between 3.0 eV to 3.25 eV and the carrier concentration decreased to 1015-1018 cm-3. Schottky diodes of PEDOT: PSS/Zn1-y(MgxCd1-y)yO with optical bandgaps in the visible spectral range were fabricated to confirm the viability of photovoltaic applications. The diodes performed photovoltaic characteristics under a Xe-Hg lamp illumination through Schottky junctions. The photoresponse spectra showed a photosensitivity with cutoff energy of 2.23 eV and peak energy of 2.90 eV at 0 V biasing.

  3. Refractive Error and Ocular Parameters: Comparison of Two SD-OCT Systems

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    Ostrin, Lisa A.; Yuzuriha, Jill; Wildsoet, Christine F.

    2015-01-01

    Purpose Spectral domain optical coherence tomography (SD-OCT) was used to examine the influence of refractive error (RE) on foveal retinal and choroidal thicknesses and scleral canal width (SCW). The performance of the Cirrus and Bioptigen SD-OCT instruments was compared in the same eyes. Methods Both eyes of forty healthy human subjects, ages 22 to 38 years, were dilated and imaged, with the Cirrus OCT, using 6 mm 5-line rasters collapsed into one line, one centered on the fovea and one bisecting the optic nerve head. Seventy-two of the same eyes were imaged with the Bioptigen OCT, using 6 mm × 6 mm scans, one centered on the fovea and one on the optic nerve head. Subfoveal retinal and choroidal thicknesses and SCW were measured. Axial lengths (AL) and REs were obtained using an IOLMaster and a Grand Seiko autorefractor, respectively. Results Only right eyes were included in analyses. Spherical equivalent REs ranged from −12.18 to +8.12 D (mean: −3.44 ± 4.06 D), and ALs ranged from 20.56 to 29.17 mm (mean: 24.86 ± 1.91 mm). Myopia was associated with relatively thin choroids at the fovea (p<0.05) but normal retinal thickness. SCW was significantly correlated with AL as measured with the Bioptigen OCT (p<0.05). Retinal and choroidal thicknesses recorded with the Bioptigen OCT tended to be smaller than values obtained with the Cirrus OCT (mean difference: 5.63 and 24.76 µm, respectively), while the converse was true for the SCW (mean difference: 25.45 µm). Conclusions The finding that high myopes tend to have a thinner subfoveal choroid is consistent with previous studies. That high myopia was linked to enlarged scleral canals may help to explain the increased risk of glaucoma in myopia. Observed differences obtained with the Cirrus and Bioptigen instruments urge caution in comparing results collected with different instruments. PMID:25785537

  4. Macular SD-OCT Outcome Measures: Comparison of Local Structure-Function Relationships and Dynamic Range

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    Miraftabi, Arezoo; Amini, Navid; Morales, Esteban; Henry, Sharon; Yu, Fei; Afifi, Abdolmonem; Coleman, Anne L.; Caprioli, Joseph; Nouri-Mahdavi, Kouros

    2016-01-01

    Purpose We tested the hypothesis that the macular ganglion cell layer (GCL) thickness demonstrates a stronger structure-function (SF) relationship and extends the useful range of macular measurements compared with combined macular inner layer or full thickness. Methods Ninety-eight glaucomatous eyes and eight normal eyes with macular spectral domain optical coherence tomography (SD-OCT) volume scans and 10-2 visual fields were enrolled. Inner plexiform layer (IPL), GCL, macular retinal nerve fiber layer (mRNFL), ganglion cell-inner plexiform layer (GCIPL), ganglion cell complex (GCC), and full thickness (FT) measurements were calculated for 8 × 8 arrays of 3° superpixels. Main outcome measures were local structure-function relationships between macular superpixels and corresponding sensitivities on 10-2 fields after adjusting for ganglion cell displacement, dynamic range of measurements, and the change point (total deviation value where macular parameters reached measurement floor). Results Median (interquartile range [IQR]) mean deviation was −7.2 (−11.6 to −3.2) dB in glaucoma eyes. Strength of SF relationships was highest for GCIPL, GCL, GCC, and IPL (ρ = 0.635, 0.627, 0.621, and 0.577, respectively; P ≤ 0.046 for comparisons against GCIPL). Highest SF correlations coincided with the peak of GCL thickness, where the dynamic range was widest for FT (81.1 μm), followed by GCC (65.7 μm), GCIPL (54.9 μm), GCL (35.2 μm), mRNFL (27.5 μm), and IPL (20.9 μm). Change points were similar for all macular parameters (−7.8 to −8.9 dB). Conclusions GCIPL, GCL, and GCC demonstrated comparable SF relationships while FT, GCC, and GCIPL had the widest dynamic range. Measurement of GCL did not extend the range of useful structural measurements. Measuring GCL does not provide any advantage for detection of progression with current SD-OCT technology. PMID:27623336

  5. Leveraging master-slave OpenFlow controller arrangement to improve control plane resiliency in SD-EONs.

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    Chen, Xiaoliang; Zhao, Bin; Ma, Shoujiang; Chen, Cen; Hu, Daoyun; Zhou, Wenshuang; Zhu, Zuqing

    2015-03-23

    In this paper, we study how to improve the control plane resiliency of software-defined elastic optical networks (SD-EONs) and design a master-slave OpenFlow (OF) controller arrangement. Specifically, we introduce two OF controllers (OF-Cs), i.e., the master and slave OF-Cs, and make them work in a collaborative way to protect the SD-EON against controller failures. We develop a controller communication protocol (CCP) to facilitate the cooperation of the two OF-Cs. With the CCP, the master OF-C (M-OF-C) can synchronize network status to the slave OF-C (S-OF-C) in real time, while S-OF-C can quickly detect the failure of M-OF-C and take over the network control and management (NC&M) tasks timely to avoid service disruption. We implement the proposed framework in an SD-EON control plane testbed built with high-performance servers, and perform NC&M experiments with different network failure scenarios to demonstrate its effectiveness. Experimental results indicate that the proposed system can restore services in both the data and control planes of SD-EON jointly while maintaining relatively good scalability. To the best of our knowledge, this is the first demonstration that realizes control plane resiliency in SD-EONs.

  6. Spectrum of {gamma} rays from the decay of SD to normal states in {sup 191}Hg

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    Gassmann, D.; Khoo, T.L.; Lauritsen, T.

    1995-08-01

    In B.a.7. we propose that the statistical spectrum emitted from a sharp single excited state serves as a probe of pairing in excited states. A specific test of this proposal is the comparison of the spectra from even-even and odd-even nuclei. Whereas a pair gap exists in an even-even nucleus, it gets filled in an odd-even nucleus. Consequently, low-energy transitions can arise in the latter case, whereas they are calculated to be absent in the former case because very few levels exist in the cold gap region. In addition, transitions between 1.4 - 2.2 MeV, which {open_quotes}jump{close_quotes} across the gap, are predicted to have lower yield in the odd-even nuclei. Serendipitously, decay from a superdeformed state serves as a good initial excited sharp state. We extracted the spectrum pairwise-coincident with SD lines in {sup 191}Hg from Gammasphere data and compared it with the equivalent spectra from the even-even nuclei {sup 192,194}Hg. The differences that are predicted to occur are indeed observed. Thus, the data support our proposal that the reduction of pairing with thermal excitation energy can be probed with statistical decay spectra.

  7. Neutron Skins and Halo Orbits in the sd and pf Shells.

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    Bonnard, J; Lenzi, S M; Zuker, A P

    2016-05-27

    The strong dependence of Coulomb energies on nuclear radii makes it possible to extract the latter from calculations of the former. The resulting estimates of neutron skins indicate that two mechanisms are involved. The first one-isovector monopole polarizability-amounts to noting that when a particle is added to a system it drives the radii of neutrons and protons in different directions, tending to equalize the radii of both fluids independently of the neutron excess. This mechanism is well understood and the Duflo-Zuker (small) neutron skin values derived 14 years ago are consistent with recent measures and estimates. The alternative mechanism involves halo orbits whose huge sizes tend to make the neutron skins larger and have a subtle influence on the radial behavior of sd and pf shell nuclei. In particular, they account for the sudden rise in the isotope shifts of nuclei beyond N=28 and the near constancy of radii in the A=40-56 region. This mechanism, detected here for the first time, is not well understood and may well go beyond the Efimov physics usually associated with halo orbits.

  8. Can chest trauma patients provide breath sample with Lion SD-400 Alcometer?

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    Rathinam, Sridhar; Luke, David; Nanjaiah, Prakash; Kalkat, Maninder S; Steyn, Richard S

    2009-06-01

    Various investigators have addressed the minimum lung function required to activate breathalyzers, and the impact of comorbid respiratory illness. We postulated that subjects with significant chest trauma may have difficulty in providing an adequate breathalyzer sample. A prospective self-controlled study of 20 patients who underwent thoracotomy was conducted between August 2005 and December 2005, using a Lion Alcometer SD-400. The mean age of the patients was 69.3 years (range, 37-83 years). Preoperatively, their mean forced expiratory volume was 1.97 L (range, 1.19-2.46 L), and peak expiratory flow rate was 240 L min(-1) (range, 126-520 L min(-1)). Postoperatively, mean forced expiratory volume was 1.14 L (range, 0.34-2.2 L) and peak expiratory flow rate was 179 L min(-1) (range, 36-492 L min(-1)). These decreases were highly significant. All patients activated the breathalyzer device preoperatively, but only 2 (10%) could activate it postoperatively. Extrapolating this to patients with chest injury, most may find it impossible to activate breathalyzers. PMID:19643853

  9. Risk and Vulnerability Analysis of Satellites Due to MM/SD with PIRAT

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    Kempf, Scott; Schafer, Frank Rudolph, Martin; Welty, Nathan; Donath, Therese; Destefanis, Roberto; Grassi, Lilith; Janovsky, Rolf; Evans, Leanne; Winterboer, Arne

    2013-08-01

    Until recently, the state-of-the-art assessment of the threat posed to spacecraft by micrometeoroids and space debris was limited to the application of ballistic limit equations to the outer hull of a spacecraft. The probability of no penetration (PNP) is acceptable for assessing the risk and vulnerability of manned space mission, however, for unmanned missions, whereby penetrations of the spacecraft exterior do not necessarily constitute satellite or mission failure, these values are overly conservative. The newly developed software tool PIRAT (Particle Impact Risk and Vulnerability Analysis Tool) has been developed based on the Schäfer-Ryan-Lambert (SRL) triple-wall ballistic limit equation (BLE), applicable for various satellite components. As a result, it has become possible to assess the individual failure rates of satellite components. This paper demonstrates the modeling of an example satellite, the performance of a PIRAT analysis and the potential for subsequent design optimizations with respect of micrometeoroid and space debris (MM/SD) impact risk.

  10. Effect and mechanism of Salicornia bigelovii Torr. plant salt on blood pressure in SD rats.

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    Zhang, Shumeng; Wei, Mingqian; Cao, Chunjie; Ju, Yaoyao; Deng, Yanqun; Ye, Tianwen; Xia, Zufeng; Chen, Meizhen

    2015-03-01

    In this paper, the effect and mechanism of Salicornia bigelovii Torr. plant salt (SPS) on blood pressure in Sprague Dawley (SD) rats were investigated. The results showed that the edible salt induced hypertension, but the SPS did not. Organ indices and Hematoxylin-Eosin (HE) staining analysis indicated that SPS had a protective effect on the kidney and liver. In comparison with the edible salt-treated group, nitric oxide (NO) content, angiotensin-II (Ang-II) and endothelin-1 (ET-1) levels in the serum of the SPS-treated group had no obvious changes, but serum creatinine concentration significantly decreased. Moreover, superoxide dismutase (SOD) and Na(+)-K(+)-ATPase activity increased while malondialdehyde (MDA) content decreased in the SPS-treated group. In conclusion, a long-term high salt intake could lead to hypertension. SPS, as a salt substitute, could increase the body's antioxidant ability to protect the kidney and liver from the damage caused by a high salt intake and effectively avoid the occurrence of hypertension. PMID:25631641

  11. Neutron Skins and Halo Orbits in the sd and pf Shells.

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    Bonnard, J; Lenzi, S M; Zuker, A P

    2016-05-27

    The strong dependence of Coulomb energies on nuclear radii makes it possible to extract the latter from calculations of the former. The resulting estimates of neutron skins indicate that two mechanisms are involved. The first one-isovector monopole polarizability-amounts to noting that when a particle is added to a system it drives the radii of neutrons and protons in different directions, tending to equalize the radii of both fluids independently of the neutron excess. This mechanism is well understood and the Duflo-Zuker (small) neutron skin values derived 14 years ago are consistent with recent measures and estimates. The alternative mechanism involves halo orbits whose huge sizes tend to make the neutron skins larger and have a subtle influence on the radial behavior of sd and pf shell nuclei. In particular, they account for the sudden rise in the isotope shifts of nuclei beyond N=28 and the near constancy of radii in the A=40-56 region. This mechanism, detected here for the first time, is not well understood and may well go beyond the Efimov physics usually associated with halo orbits. PMID:27284653

  12. Alleviating anastrozole induced bone toxicity by selenium nanoparticles in SD rats.

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    Vekariya, Kiritkumar K; Kaur, Jasmine; Tikoo, Kulbhushan

    2013-04-15

    Aromatase inhibitors like anastrozole play an undisputed key role in the treatment of breast cancer, but on the other hand, various side effects like osteoporosis and increased risk of bone fracture accompany the chronic administration of these drugs. Here we show for the first time that selenium nanoparticles, when given in conjugation to anastrozole, lower the bone toxicity caused by anastrozole and thus reduce the probable damage to the bone. Selenium nanoparticles at a dose of 5μg/ml significantly reduced the cell death caused by anastrozole (1μM) in HOS (human osteoblast) cells. In addition, our results also highlighted that in female SD rat model, SeNPs (0.25, 0.5, 1mg/kg/day) significantly prevented the decrease in bone density and increase in biochemical markers of bone resorption induced by anastrozole (0.2mg/kg/day) treatment. Histopathological examination of the femurs of SeNP treated group revealed ossification, mineralization, calcified cartilaginous deposits and a marginal osteoclastic activity, all of which indicate a marked restorative action, suggesting the protective action of the SeNPs. Interestingly, SeNPs (1mg/kg/day) also exhibited protective effect in ovariectomized rat model, by preventing osteoporosis, which signifies that bone loss due to estrogen deficiency can be effectively overcome by using SeNPs.

  13. Effect and mechanism of Salicornia bigelovii Torr. plant salt on blood pressure in SD rats.

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    Zhang, Shumeng; Wei, Mingqian; Cao, Chunjie; Ju, Yaoyao; Deng, Yanqun; Ye, Tianwen; Xia, Zufeng; Chen, Meizhen

    2015-03-01

    In this paper, the effect and mechanism of Salicornia bigelovii Torr. plant salt (SPS) on blood pressure in Sprague Dawley (SD) rats were investigated. The results showed that the edible salt induced hypertension, but the SPS did not. Organ indices and Hematoxylin-Eosin (HE) staining analysis indicated that SPS had a protective effect on the kidney and liver. In comparison with the edible salt-treated group, nitric oxide (NO) content, angiotensin-II (Ang-II) and endothelin-1 (ET-1) levels in the serum of the SPS-treated group had no obvious changes, but serum creatinine concentration significantly decreased. Moreover, superoxide dismutase (SOD) and Na(+)-K(+)-ATPase activity increased while malondialdehyde (MDA) content decreased in the SPS-treated group. In conclusion, a long-term high salt intake could lead to hypertension. SPS, as a salt substitute, could increase the body's antioxidant ability to protect the kidney and liver from the damage caused by a high salt intake and effectively avoid the occurrence of hypertension.

  14. Classification of SD-OCT Volumes Using Local Binary Patterns: Experimental Validation for DME Detection.

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    Lemaître, Guillaume; Rastgoo, Mojdeh; Massich, Joan; Cheung, Carol Y; Wong, Tien Y; Lamoureux, Ecosse; Milea, Dan; Mériaudeau, Fabrice; Sidibé, Désiré

    2016-01-01

    This paper addresses the problem of automatic classification of Spectral Domain OCT (SD-OCT) data for automatic identification of patients with DME versus normal subjects. Optical Coherence Tomography (OCT) has been a valuable diagnostic tool for DME, which is among the most common causes of irreversible vision loss in individuals with diabetes. Here, a classification framework with five distinctive steps is proposed and we present an extensive study of each step. Our method considers combination of various preprocessing steps in conjunction with Local Binary Patterns (LBP) features and different mapping strategies. Using linear and nonlinear classifiers, we tested the developed framework on a balanced cohort of 32 patients. Experimental results show that the proposed method outperforms the previous studies by achieving a Sensitivity (SE) and a Specificity (SP) of 81.2% and 93.7%, respectively. Our study concludes that the 3D features and high-level representation of 2D features using patches achieve the best results. However, the effects of preprocessing are inconsistent with different classifiers and feature configurations. PMID:27555965

  15. Optimization of a bioactive exopolysaccharide production from endophytic Fusarium solani SD5.

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    Mahapatra, Subhadip; Banerjee, Debdulal

    2013-09-12

    Endophytic fungi were less investigated for exopolysaccharide production. In this study endophytic Fusarium solani SD5 was used for optimization of exopolysaccharide production. One variable at a time method and response surface methodology were employed to explore the optimum medium compositions and fermentation conditions. The organism produced maximum exopolysaccharide after 13.68 days of incubation at 28 °C in potato dextrose broth supplemented with (g%/l) glucose, 9.8; yeast extract, 0.69; KCl, 0.05; KH₂PO₄, 0.05 with medium pH 6.46. Use of 50 ml medium in 250 ml Erlenmeyer flask gives highest exopolysaccharide production. The organism produced more than two times higher exopolysaccharide (2.276 ± 0.032 g/l EPS) at optimized condition compared to pre-optimized condition (0.96 ± 0.021). In vivo toxicity test established nontoxic nature of the EPS (≤400 mg EPS/Kg of body weight). The EPS slightly altered intestinal indigenous bacteria and influenced the growth of beneficial Lactobacillus spp.

  16. Classification of SD-OCT Volumes Using Local Binary Patterns: Experimental Validation for DME Detection

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    Cheung, Carol Y.; Wong, Tien Y.; Lamoureux, Ecosse; Milea, Dan; Mériaudeau, Fabrice; Sidibé, Désiré

    2016-01-01

    This paper addresses the problem of automatic classification of Spectral Domain OCT (SD-OCT) data for automatic identification of patients with DME versus normal subjects. Optical Coherence Tomography (OCT) has been a valuable diagnostic tool for DME, which is among the most common causes of irreversible vision loss in individuals with diabetes. Here, a classification framework with five distinctive steps is proposed and we present an extensive study of each step. Our method considers combination of various preprocessing steps in conjunction with Local Binary Patterns (LBP) features and different mapping strategies. Using linear and nonlinear classifiers, we tested the developed framework on a balanced cohort of 32 patients. Experimental results show that the proposed method outperforms the previous studies by achieving a Sensitivity (SE) and a Specificity (SP) of 81.2% and 93.7%, respectively. Our study concludes that the 3D features and high-level representation of 2D features using patches achieve the best results. However, the effects of preprocessing are inconsistent with different classifiers and feature configurations. PMID:27555965

  17. Classification of SD-OCT Volumes Using Local Binary Patterns: Experimental Validation for DME Detection.

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    Lemaître, Guillaume; Rastgoo, Mojdeh; Massich, Joan; Cheung, Carol Y; Wong, Tien Y; Lamoureux, Ecosse; Milea, Dan; Mériaudeau, Fabrice; Sidibé, Désiré

    2016-01-01

    This paper addresses the problem of automatic classification of Spectral Domain OCT (SD-OCT) data for automatic identification of patients with DME versus normal subjects. Optical Coherence Tomography (OCT) has been a valuable diagnostic tool for DME, which is among the most common causes of irreversible vision loss in individuals with diabetes. Here, a classification framework with five distinctive steps is proposed and we present an extensive study of each step. Our method considers combination of various preprocessing steps in conjunction with Local Binary Patterns (LBP) features and different mapping strategies. Using linear and nonlinear classifiers, we tested the developed framework on a balanced cohort of 32 patients. Experimental results show that the proposed method outperforms the previous studies by achieving a Sensitivity (SE) and a Specificity (SP) of 81.2% and 93.7%, respectively. Our study concludes that the 3D features and high-level representation of 2D features using patches achieve the best results. However, the effects of preprocessing are inconsistent with different classifiers and feature configurations.

  18. Mercury(II) and methyl mercury speciation on Streptococcus pyogenes loaded Dowex Optipore SD-2.

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    Tuzen, Mustafa; Uluozlu, Ozgur Dogan; Karaman, Isa; Soylak, Mustafa

    2009-09-30

    A solid phase extraction procedure based on speciation of mercury(II) and methyl mercury on Streptococcus pyogenes immobilized on Dowex Optipore SD-2 has been established. Selective and sequential elution with 0.1 mol L(-1) HCl for methyl mercury and 2 mol L(-1) HCl for mercury(II) were performed at pH 8. The determination of mercury levels was performed by cold vapour atomic absorption spectrometry (CVAAS). Optimal analytical conditions including pH, amounts of biosorbent, sample volumes, etc., were investigated. The influences of the some alkaline and earth alkaline ions and some transition metals on the recoveries were also investigated. The capacity of biosorbent for mercury(II) and methyl mercury was 4.8 and 3.4 mg g(-1). The detection limit (3 sigma) of the reagent blank for mercury(II) and methyl mercury was 2.1 and 1.5 ng L(-1). Preconcentration factor was calculated as 25. The relative standard deviations of the procedure were below 7%. The validation of the presented procedure is performed by the analysis of standard reference material (NRCC-DORM 2 Dogfish Muscle). The procedure was successfully applied to the speciation of mercury(II) and methyl mercury in natural water and environmental samples.

  19. Formation and tidal synchronization of sdB stars in binaries an asteroseismic investigation using Kepler Observations

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    Pablo, Herbert William

    Subdwarf B (sdB) stars are low mass (0.5 M sun) helium burning stars with thin hydrogen envelopes and Teff 22000-40000 K. Many of these stars are found in binary systems. One common proposed formation mechanism is common envelope (CE) ejection, where the companion spirals deep into the star's envelope ejecting the outer layers and forming a close binary system. In this dissertation, we use short cadence (tint=58.86 s) Kepler photometric time-series data to study three close sdB binaries with P ≈ 10 hours and g-mode pulsations. Asteroseismic analysis finds that each system has a constant period spacing of ΔP ≈ 250 s consistent with single sdB stars. This analysis also shows the presence of rotational multiplets which we used to find the rotation period. In all three cases the binary system is far from tidal synchronization with a rotation period an order of magnitude longer than the orbital period. These observations agree with predictions using the Zahn formulation of tidal evolution which predicts a synchronization time longer than the sdB lifetime (108 yr). We use this synchronization time to backtrack the sdB's rotation history and find its initial rotation period as it is first exiting the CE. This is one of the only observationally based constraints that has been placed on CE evolution. Preliminary investigations of single sdB stars show similar rotation periods, indicating that the rotation period may be independent of the formation channel.

  20. Discovery, characterization and in vivo activity of pyocin SD2, a protein antibiotic from Pseudomonas aeruginosa

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    McCaughey, Laura C.; Josts, Inokentijs; Grinter, Rhys; White, Paul; Byron, Olwyn; Tucker, Nicholas P.; Matthews, Jacqueline M.; Kleanthous, Colin; Whitchurch, Cynthia B.; Walker, Daniel

    2016-01-01

    Increasing rates of antibiotic resistance among Gram-negative pathogens such as Pseudomonas aeruginosa means alternative approaches to antibiotic development are urgently required. Pyocins, produced by P. aeruginosa for intraspecies competition, are highly potent protein antibiotics known to actively translocate across the outer membrane of P. aeruginosa. Understanding and exploiting the mechanisms by which pyocins target, penetrate and kill P. aeruginosa is a promising approach to antibiotic development. In this work we show the therapeutic potential of a newly identified tRNase pyocin, pyocin SD2, by demonstrating its activity in vivo in a murine model of P. aeruginosa lung infection. In addition, we propose a mechanism of cell targeting and translocation for pyocin SD2 across the P. aeruginosa outer membrane. Pyocin SD2 is concentrated at the cell surface, via binding to the common polysaccharide antigen (CPA) of P. aeruginosa lipopolysaccharide (LPS), from where it can efficiently locate its outer membrane receptor FpvAI. This strategy of utilizing both the CPA and a protein receptor for cell targeting is common among pyocins as we show that pyocins S2, S5 and SD3 also bind to the CPA. Additional data indicate a key role for an unstructured N-terminal region of pyocin SD2 in the subsequent translocation of the pyocin into the cell. These results greatly improve our understanding of how pyocins target and translocate across the outer membrane of P. aeruginosa. This knowledge could be useful for the development of novel anti-pseudomonal therapeutics and will also support the development of pyocin SD2 as a therapeutic in its own right. PMID:27252387

  1. Discovery, characterization and in vivo activity of pyocin SD2, a protein antibiotic from Pseudomonas aeruginosa.

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    McCaughey, Laura C; Josts, Inokentijs; Grinter, Rhys; White, Paul; Byron, Olwyn; Tucker, Nicholas P; Matthews, Jacqueline M; Kleanthous, Colin; Whitchurch, Cynthia B; Walker, Daniel

    2016-08-01

    Increasing rates of antibiotic resistance among Gram-negative pathogens such as Pseudomonas aeruginosa means alternative approaches to antibiotic development are urgently required. Pyocins, produced by P. aeruginosa for intraspecies competition, are highly potent protein antibiotics known to actively translocate across the outer membrane of P. aeruginosa. Understanding and exploiting the mechanisms by which pyocins target, penetrate and kill P. aeruginosa is a promising approach to antibiotic development. In this work we show the therapeutic potential of a newly identified tRNase pyocin, pyocin SD2, by demonstrating its activity in vivo in a murine model of P. aeruginosa lung infection. In addition, we propose a mechanism of cell targeting and translocation for pyocin SD2 across the P. aeruginosa outer membrane. Pyocin SD2 is concentrated at the cell surface, via binding to the common polysaccharide antigen (CPA) of P. aeruginosa lipopolysaccharide (LPS), from where it can efficiently locate its outer membrane receptor FpvAI. This strategy of utilizing both the CPA and a protein receptor for cell targeting is common among pyocins as we show that pyocins S2, S5 and SD3 also bind to the CPA. Additional data indicate a key role for an unstructured N-terminal region of pyocin SD2 in the subsequent translocation of the pyocin into the cell. These results greatly improve our understanding of how pyocins target and translocate across the outer membrane of P. aeruginosa. This knowledge could be useful for the development of novel anti-pseudomonal therapeutics and will also support the development of pyocin SD2 as a therapeutic in its own right. PMID:27252387

  2. Aquaporin 4-specific T cells and NMO-IgG cause primary retinal damage in experimental NMO/SD.

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    Zeka, Bleranda; Hastermann, Maria; Kaufmann, Nathalie; Schanda, Kathrin; Pende, Marko; Misu, Tatsuro; Rommer, Paulus; Fujihara, Kazuo; Nakashima, Ichiro; Dahle, Charlotte; Leutmezer, Fritz; Reindl, Markus; Lassmann, Hans; Bradl, Monika

    2016-01-01

    Neuromyelitis optica/spectrum disorder (NMO/SD) is a severe, inflammatory disease of the central nervous system (CNS). In the majority of patients, it is associated with the presence of pathogenic serum autoantibodies (the so-called NMO-IgGs) directed against the water channel aquaporin 4 (AQP4), and with the formation of large, astrocyte-destructive lesions in spinal cord and optic nerves. A large number of recent studies using optical coherence tomography (OCT) demonstrated that damage to optic nerves in NMO/SD is also associated with retinal injury, as evidenced by retinal nerve fiber layer (RNFL) thinning and microcystic inner nuclear layer abnormalities. These studies concluded that retinal injury in NMO/SD patients results from secondary neurodegeneration triggered by optic neuritis.However, the eye also contains cells expressing AQP4, i.e., Müller cells and astrocytes in the retina, epithelial cells of the ciliary body, and epithelial cells of the iris, which raised the question whether the eye can also be a primary target in NMO/SD. Here, we addressed this point in experimental NMO/SD (ENMO) induced in Lewis rat by transfer of AQP4268-285-specific T cells and NMO-IgG.We show that these animals show retinitis and subsequent dysfunction/damage of retinal axons and neurons, and that this pathology occurs independently of the action of NMO-IgG. We further show that in the retinae of ENMO animals Müller cell side branches lose AQP4 reactivity, while retinal astrocytes and Müller cell processes in the RNFL/ganglionic cell layers are spared. These changes only occur in the presence of both AQP4268-285-specific T cells and NMO-IgG.Cumulatively, our data show that damage to retinal cells can be a primary event in NMO/SD. PMID:27503347

  3. Primordial SdS universe from a 5D vacuum: scalar field fluctuations on Schwarzschild and Hubble horizons

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    Aguilar, José Edgar Madriz; Bellini, Mauricio E-mail: mbellini@mdp.edu.ar

    2010-11-01

    We study scalar field fluctuations of the inflaton field in an early inflationary universe on an effective 4D Schwarzschild-de Sitter (SdS) metric, which is obtained after make a planar coordinate transformation on a 5D Ricci-flat Schwarzschild-de Sitter (SdS) static metric. We obtain the important result that the spectrum of fluctuations at zeroth order is independent of the scalar field mass M on Schwarzschild scales, while on cosmological scales it exhibits a mass dependence. However, in the first-order expansion, the spectrum depends of the inflaton mass and the amplitude is linear with the Black-Hole (BH) mass m.

  4. Role of chalcogen vapor annealing in inducing bulk superconductivity in Fe1+yTe1-xSex [How does annealing in chalcogen vapor induce superconductivity in Fe1+yTe-xSex?

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    Lin, Wenzhi; Ganesh, P.; Gianfrancesco, Anthony; Wang, Jun; Berlijn, Tom; Maier, Thomas A.; Kalinin, Sergei V.; Sales, Brian C.; Pan, Minghu

    2015-02-01

    Recent investigations have shown that Fe1+yTe1-xSex can be made superconducting by annealing it in Se and O vapors. The current lore is that these chalcogen vapors induce superconductivity by removing the magnetic excess Fe atoms. To investigate this phenomenon we performed a combination of magnetic susceptibility, specific heat and transport measurements together with scanning tunneling microscopy and spectroscopy and density functional theory calculations on Fe1+yTe1-xSex treated with Te vapor. We conclude that the main role of the Te vapor is to quench the magnetic moments of the excess Fe atoms by forming FeTem (m ≥ 1) complexes. We show thatmore » the remaining FeTem complexes are still damaging to the superconductivity and therefore that their removal potentially could further improve superconductive properties in these compounds.« less

  5. Heterologous Expression and Characterization of the Manganese-Oxidizing Protein from Erythrobacter sp. Strain SD21

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    Nakama, Katherine; Medina, Michael; Lien, Ahn; Ruggieri, Jordan; Collins, Krystle

    2014-01-01

    The manganese (Mn)-oxidizing protein (MopA) from Erythrobacter sp. strain SD21 is part of a unique enzymatic family that is capable of oxidizing soluble Mn(II). This enzyme contains two domains, an animal heme peroxidase domain, which contains the catalytic site, followed by a C-terminal calcium binding domain. Different from the bacterial Mn-oxidizing multicopper oxidase enzymes, little is known about MopA. To gain a better understanding of MopA and its role in Mn(II) oxidation, the 238-kDa full-length protein and a 105-kDa truncated protein containing only the animal heme peroxidase domain were cloned and heterologously expressed in Escherichia coli. Despite having sequence similarity to a peroxidase, hydrogen peroxide did not stimulate activity, nor was activity significantly decreased in the presence of catalase. Both pyrroloquinoline quinone (PQQ) and hemin increased Mn-oxidizing activity, and calcium was required. The Km for Mn(II) of the full-length protein in cell extract was similar to that of the natively expressed protein, but the Km value for the truncated protein in cell extract was approximately 6-fold higher than that of the full-length protein, suggesting that the calcium binding domain may aid in binding Mn(II). Characterization of the heterologously expressed MopA has provided additional insight into the mechanism of bacterial Mn(II) oxidation, which will aid in understanding the role of MopA and Mn oxidation in bioremediation and biogeochemical cycling. PMID:25172859

  6. Improved determination of the atmospheric parameters of the pulsating sdB star Feige 48

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    Latour, M.; Fontaine, G.; Brassard, P.; Green, E. M.; Chayer, P.

    2014-06-10

    As part of a multifaceted effort to better exploit the asteroseismological potential of the pulsating sdB star Feige 48, we present an improved spectroscopic analysis of that star based on new grids of NLTE, fully line-blanketed model atmospheres. To that end, we gathered four high signal-to-noise ratio time-averaged optical spectra of varying spectral resolutions from 1.0 Å to 8.7 Å, and we made use of the results of four independent studies to fix the abundances of the most important metals in the atmosphere of Feige 48. The mean atmospheric parameters we obtained from our four spectra of Feige 48 are: T {sub eff} = 29,850 ± 60 K, log g = 5.46 ± 0.01, and log N(He)/N(H) = –2.88 ± 0.02. We also modeled, for the first time, the He II line at 1640 Å from the STIS archive spectrum of the star, and with this line we found an effective temperature and a surface gravity that match well with the values obtained with the optical data. With some fine tuning of the abundances of the metals visible in the optical domain, we were able to achieve a very good agreement between our best available spectrum and our best-fitting synthetic one. Our derived atmospheric parameters for Feige 48 are in rather good agreement with previous estimates based on less sophisticated models. This underlines the relatively small effects of the NLTE approach combined with line blanketing in the atmosphere of this particular star, implying that the current estimates of the atmospheric parameters of Feige 48 are reliable and secure.

  7. Purification and Characterization of the Manganese(II) Oxidizing Protein from Erythrobacter sp. SD-21

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    Nakama, K. R.; Lien, A.; Johnson, H. A.

    2013-12-01

    The manganese(II) oxidizing protein (Mop) found in the alpha-proteobacterium Erythrobacter sp. SD-21 catalyzes the formation of insoluble Mn(III/IV) oxides from soluble Mn(II). These Mn(III/IV) oxides formed are one of the strongest naturally occurring oxides, next to oxygen, and can be used to adsorb and oxidize toxic chemicals from the surrounding environment. Because of the beneficial use in the treatment of contaminated sources, the mechanism and biochemical properties of this novel enzyme are being studied. Due to low expression levels in the native host strain, purification of Mop has been problematic. To overcome this problem the gene encoding Mop, mopA, was cloned from the native host into a C-terminal histidine tag vector and expressed in Escherichia coli cells. Affinity chromatography under denaturing conditions have been applied in attempts to purify an active Mop. Western blots have confirmed that the protein is being expressed and is at the expected size of 250 kDa. Preliminary characterization on crude extract containing Mop has shown a Km and vmax value of 2453 uM and 0.025 uM min-1, respectively. Heme and pyrroloquinoline quinone can stimulate Mn(II) oxidizing activity, but hydrogen peroxide does not affect activity, despite the sequence similarity to animal heme peroxidase proteins. Research has been shown that calcium is essential for Mop activity. Purifying an active Mn(II) oxidizing protein will allow for a better understanding behind the enigmatic process of Mn(II) oxidation.

  8. Alleviating anastrozole induced bone toxicity by selenium nanoparticles in SD rats

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    Vekariya, Kiritkumar K.; Kaur, Jasmine; Tikoo, Kulbhushan

    2013-04-15

    Aromatase inhibitors like anastrozole play an undisputed key role in the treatment of breast cancer, but on the other hand, various side effects like osteoporosis and increased risk of bone fracture accompany the chronic administration of these drugs. Here we show for the first time that selenium nanoparticles, when given in conjugation to anastrozole, lower the bone toxicity caused by anastrozole and thus reduce the probable damage to the bone. Selenium nanoparticles at a dose of 5 μg/ml significantly reduced the cell death caused by anastrozole (1 μM) in HOS (human osteoblast) cells. In addition, our results also highlighted that in female SD rat model, SeNPs (0.25, 0.5, 1 mg/kg/day) significantly prevented the decrease in bone density and increase in biochemical markers of bone resorption induced by anastrozole (0.2 mg/kg/day) treatment. Histopathological examination of the femurs of SeNP treated group revealed ossification, mineralization, calcified cartilaginous deposits and a marginal osteoclastic activity, all of which indicate a marked restorative action, suggesting the protective action of the SeNPs. Interestingly, SeNPs (1 mg/kg/day) also exhibited protective effect in ovariectomized rat model, by preventing osteoporosis, which signifies that bone loss due to estrogen deficiency can be effectively overcome by using SeNPs. - Highlights: ► SeNPs significantly reduce bone toxicity in anastrozole treated rats. ► SeNPs successfully prevented osteoporosis in ovariectomized rats. ► SeNP treatment lowered the levels of TRAP and increased the levels of ALKP.

  9. Cloning of the gene encoding the yeast protein BTF1Y, which can substitute for the human TATA box-binding factor.

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    Cavallini, B; Faus, I; Matthes, H; Chipoulet, J M; Winsor, B; Egly, J M; Chambon, P

    1989-01-01

    An activity (designated BTF1Y) in extracts of Saccharomyces cerevisiae can substitute for the human TATA box-binding factor BTF1 in a reconstituted transcription system containing the adenovirus 2 major late promoter, RNA polymerase B (II), and the basic transcription factors BTF2, BTF3, and STF. We have purified BTF1Y to homogeneity, using as assays reconstitution of in vitro transcription and DNase I footprinting on the TATA element. Both activities copurified with a 27-kDa polypeptide as determined by SDS/PAGE. Gel filtration indicated a molecular mass of 28 +/- 5 kDa under nondenaturing conditions, suggesting that the native BTF1Y protein is a monomer. BTF1Y was enzymatically cleaved, several peptides were sequenced, and appropriate oligonucleotide probes were synthesized to clone the BTF1Y gene from a yeast genomic library. The BTF1Y gene contains a 720-base-pair open reading frame encoding a protein of 27,003 Da. The recombinant protein expressed in HeLa cells exhibited the same chromatographic characteristics and in vitro transcriptional activity as BTF1Y prepared from yeast extracts, confirming the identity of the gene. Gene-disruption experiments indicated that the yeast BTF1Y gene is a single-copy essential gene. Images PMID:2690073

  10. Refractive index and dielectric constants of lattice matched and mismatched Cdx Zn1-x Sey Te1-y quaternary alloys

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    Mezrag, F.; Bouarissa, N.; Boucenna, M.; Hannachi, L.

    2010-09-01

    We report on a study of optical properties, namely the refractive index and high-frequency and static dielectric constants of zinc-blende Cdx Zn1-x Sey Te1-y under conditions of lattice matching and lattice mismatching to ZnTe substrates. The calculations are mainly based on the pseudopotential approach under a virtual crystal approximation. Our results show that the Cdx Zn1-x Sey Te1-y lattice matched to ZnTe is a direct band-gap semiconductor for all possible values of x and y (0 <=x<=1, 0<=y<=0.879). The studied features are found to be strongly dependent on the lattice mismatch percentage. The present investigation provides more opportunities to obtain diverse refractive indices and dielectric constants, while still controlling the composition parameters (x and y) and/or the lattice mismatch percentage.

  11. Solitonic Spin-Liquid State Due to the Violation of the Lifshitz Condition in Fe(1+y)Te.

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    Materne, Ph; Koz, C; Rössler, U K; Doerr, M; Goltz, T; Klauss, H H; Schwarz, U; Wirth, S; Rössler, S

    2015-10-23

    A combination of phenomenological analysis and Mössbauer spectroscopy experiments on the tetragonal Fe(1+y)Te system indicates that the magnetic ordering transition in compounds with higher Fe excess, y≥0.11, is unconventional. Experimentally, a liquidlike magnetic precursor with quasistatic spin order is found from significantly broadened Mössbauer spectra at temperatures above the antiferromagnetic transition. The incommensurate spin-density wave order in Fe(1+y)Te is described by a magnetic free energy that violates the weak Lifshitz condition in the Landau theory of second-order transitions. The presence of multiple Lifshitz invariants provides the mechanism to create multidimensional, twisted, and modulated solitonic phases. PMID:26551139

  12. Influence of interstitial Fe to the phase diagram of Fe1+yTe1-xSex single crystals.

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    Sun, Yue; Yamada, Tatsuhiro; Pyon, Sunseng; Tamegai, Tsuyoshi

    2016-01-01

    Superconductivity (SC) with the suppression of long-range antiferromagnetic (AFM) order is observed in the parent compounds of both iron-based and cuprate superconductors. The AFM wave vectors are bicollinear (π, 0) in the parent compound FeTe different from the collinear AFM order (π, π) in most iron pnictides. Study of the phase diagram of Fe1+yTe1-xSex is the most direct way to investigate the competition between bicollinear AFM and SC. However, presence of interstitial Fe affects both magnetism and SC of Fe1+yTe1-xSex, which hinders the establishment of the real phase diagram. Here, we report the comparison of doping-temperature (x-T) phase diagrams for Fe1+yTe1-xSex (0 ≤ x ≤ 0.43) single crystals before and after removing interstitial Fe. Without interstitial Fe, the AFM state survives only for x < 0.05, and bulk SC emerges from x = 0.05, and does not coexist with the AFM state. The previously reported spin glass state, and the coexistence of AFM and SC may be originated from the effect of the interstitial Fe. The phase diagram of Fe1+yTe1-xSex is found to be similar to the case of the "1111" system such as LaFeAsO1-xFx, and is different from that of the "122" system. PMID:27577047

  13. On the Zn-DOPING Induced Effects in La2-xSrx(Cu1-yZny)O4

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    Olejniczak, J.; Zaleski, A. J.; Ciszek, M.

    We have studied the effects of Zn-doping on the transport properties of La2-xSrx(Cu1-yZny)O4. We have observed anomalously strong doping-induced increase of resistivity below 100 K together with “normal-metal” behavior of resistivity at higher temperatures (T>250 K). These data seem to support a model in which Zn impurity influences strongly the properties of the twin boundaries.

  14. Electronic structure-sunlight driven water splitting activity correlation of (Zn1-yGay)(O1-zNz).

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    RajaAmbal, Sivaraman; Yadav, A K; Jha, S N; Bhattacharyya, D; Gopinath, Chinnnakonda S

    2014-11-21

    (Zn1-yGay)(O1-zNz) (y≤ 0.10; z≤ 0.15) solid solutions have been investigated for their electronic structure and visible light photocatalytic activity, and a correlation was found between them. (Zn1-yGay)(O1-zNz) with ZnO as the major component have been synthesized by a solution combustion method in 10 minutes using simple raw materials. The local structures of Zn K edge and Ga K edge, and changes in the chemical environment with the incorporation of Ga and N in ZnO were determined by EXAFS study. EXAFS and XRD results suggested the dissolution of GaN in the ZnO lattice. The homogeneity of the solid solution was demonstrated from HRTEM studies. Photoluminescence studies revealed the creation of a new band at the top of the ZnO valence band (VB), and thus the broadening of the VB of (Zn1-yGay)(O1-zNz) or a decrease in the band gap was attributed to the origin of visible light absorption. UV-Vis spectral studies showed light absorption up to 550 nm, which directly supports the VB broadening. Predominant oxygen vacancies and high photocorrosion observed for ZnO were fully suppressed for (Zn1-yGay)(O1-zNz), indicating the minimization of defects, and thus more sustainability under irradiation conditions. The bare solid solution exhibited reasonable and promising activity for solar hydrogen evolution and photoelectrochemical current generation at 0 V. The present work explained factors such as the preparation method, single phase structure with the stabilization of integral parts, homogeneity in the structure, compensation of oxygen vacancies, and suppression of the density of recombination centres that play a pivotal role in realizing solar energy harvesting.

  15. 76 FR 58241 - Designation for the Aberdeen, SD; Decatur, IL; Hastings, NE; Fulton, IL; the State of Missouri...

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  16. Application of chirally-deuterated (S)-D-(6-2H1)glucose to conformational studies

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    Deuterated sugars are widely used to elucidate mechanisms of biosynthesis and of chemical reactions, and to confirm assignments of complex NMR or mass spectra. To date, however, there are few reported syntheses for regio and stereospecifically deuterated pyranoses. Chirally-deuterated (S)-D-(6-**2...

  17. 40 CFR Table 28 to Subpart G of... - Deck Seam Length Factors a (SD) for Internal Floating Roof Tanks

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  18. Identification of a New Marine Bacterial Strain SD8 and Optimization of Its Culture Conditions for Producing Alkaline Protease.

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    Cui, Hongxia; Yang, Muyang; Wang, Liping; Xian, Cory J

    2015-01-01

    While much attention has been given to marine microorganisms for production of enzymes, which in general are relatively more stable and active compared to those from plants and animals, studies on alkaline protease production from marine microorganisms have been very limited. In the present study, the alkaline protease producing marine bacterial strain SD8 isolated from sea muds in the Geziwo Qinhuangdao sea area of China was characterized and its optimal culture conditions were investigated. Strain SD8 was initially classified to belong to genus Pseudomonas by morphological, physiological and biochemical characterizations, and then through 16S rDNA sequence it was identified to be likely Pseudomonas hibiscicola. In addition, the culture mediums, carbon sources and culture conditions of strain SD8 were optimized for maximum production of alkaline protease. Optimum enzyme production (236U/mL when cultured bacteria being at 0.75 mg dry weight/mL fermentation broth) was obtained when the isolate at a 3% inoculum size was grown in LB medium at 20 mL medium/100mL Erlenmeyer flask for 48h culture at 30°C with an initial of pH 7.5. This was the first report of strain Pseudomonas hibiscicola secreting alkaline protease, and the data for its optimal cultural conditions for alkaline protease production has laid a foundation for future exploration for the potential use of SD8 strain for alkaline protease production.

  19. Effects of Pnictogen Atmosphere Annealing on Fe1+yTe0.6Se0.4

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    Yamada, Tatsuhiro; Sun, Yue; Pyon, Sunseng; Tamegai, Tsuyoshi

    2016-02-01

    It has been clarified that bulk superconductivity in Fe1+yTe0.6Se0.4 can be induced by annealing in an appropriate atmosphere to remove the harmful effects of excess iron. In order to clarify the details of the annealing process, we studied the changes in the physical properties and reaction products of Fe1+yTe0.6Se0.4 annealed in pnictogen (P, As, Sb) atmospheres. Crystals annealed in a pnictogen atmosphere show bulk superconductivity and the values of Tc and Jc are about 14 K and (2-4) × 105 A/cm2 (2 K, self-field), respectively. It is also found that the reaction rate increases with the increase in the saturated vapor pressure of the pnictogen. Unexpectedly, the reaction products of Fe1+yTe0.6Se0.4 after annealing in a P atmosphere mainly consist of FeTe2. In addition, the amount of P required to obtain the optimal Tc is much smaller than the amount of excess iron, which is similar to the case of oxygen annealing. P, oxygen, and to some extent As could serve as catalysts to form FeTe2 to remove excess iron.

  20. Effects of annealing, acid and alcoholic beverages on Fe1+yTe0.6Se0.4

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    Sun, Y.; Taen, T.; Tsuchiya, Y.; Shi, Z. X.; Tamegai, T.

    2013-01-01

    We have systematically investigated and compared different methods to induce superconductivity in the iron chalcogenide Fe1+yTe0.6Se0.4, including annealing in a vacuum, N2, O2 and I2 atmospheres and immersing samples into acid and alcoholic beverages. Vacuum and N2 annealing are proved to be ineffective in inducing superconductivity in a Fe1+yTe0.6Se0.4 single crystal. Annealing in O2 and I2 and immersion in acid and alcoholic beverages can induce superconductivity by oxidizing the excess Fe in the sample. Superconductivity in O2 annealed samples is of a bulk nature, while I2, acid and alcoholic beverages can only induce superconductivity near the surface. By comparing the different effects of O2, I2, acid and alcoholic beverages we propose a scenario to explain how the superconductivity is induced in the non-superconducting as-grown Fe1+yTe0.6Se0.4.

  1. Pseudogap and proximity effect in the Bi2Te3/Fe1+yTe interfacial superconductor

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    He, M. Q.; Shen, J. Y.; Petrović, A. P.; He, Q. L.; Liu, H. C.; Zheng, Y.; Wong, C. H.; Chen, Q. H.; Wang, J. N.; Law, K. T.; Sou, I. K.; Lortz, R.

    2016-01-01

    In the interfacial superconductor Bi2Te3/Fe1+yTe, two dimensional superconductivity occurs in direct vicinity to the surface state of a topological insulator. If this state were to become involved in superconductivity, under certain conditions a topological superconducting state could be formed, which is of high interest due to the possibility of creating Majorana fermionic states. We report directional point-contact spectroscopy data on the novel Bi2Te3/Fe1+yTe interfacial superconductor for a Bi2Te3 thickness of 9 quintuple layers, bonded by van der Waals epitaxy to a Fe1+yTe film at an atomically sharp interface. Our data show highly unconventional superconductivity, which appears as complex as in the cuprate high temperature superconductors. A very large superconducting twin-gap structure is replaced by a pseudogap above ~12 K which persists up to 40 K. While the larger gap shows unconventional order parameter symmetry and is attributed to a thin FeTe layer in proximity to the interface, the smaller gap is associated with superconductivity induced via the proximity effect in the topological insulator Bi2Te3. PMID:27587000

  2. Pseudogap and proximity effect in the Bi2Te3/Fe1+yTe interfacial superconductor.

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    He, M Q; Shen, J Y; Petrović, A P; He, Q L; Liu, H C; Zheng, Y; Wong, C H; Chen, Q H; Wang, J N; Law, K T; Sou, I K; Lortz, R

    2016-01-01

    In the interfacial superconductor Bi2Te3/Fe1+yTe, two dimensional superconductivity occurs in direct vicinity to the surface state of a topological insulator. If this state were to become involved in superconductivity, under certain conditions a topological superconducting state could be formed, which is of high interest due to the possibility of creating Majorana fermionic states. We report directional point-contact spectroscopy data on the novel Bi2Te3/Fe1+yTe interfacial superconductor for a Bi2Te3 thickness of 9 quintuple layers, bonded by van der Waals epitaxy to a Fe1+yTe film at an atomically sharp interface. Our data show highly unconventional superconductivity, which appears as complex as in the cuprate high temperature superconductors. A very large superconducting twin-gap structure is replaced by a pseudogap above ~12 K which persists up to 40 K. While the larger gap shows unconventional order parameter symmetry and is attributed to a thin FeTe layer in proximity to the interface, the smaller gap is associated with superconductivity induced via the proximity effect in the topological insulator Bi2Te3. PMID:27587000

  3. Pseudogap and proximity effect in the Bi2Te3/Fe1+yTe interfacial superconductor.

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    He, M Q; Shen, J Y; Petrović, A P; He, Q L; Liu, H C; Zheng, Y; Wong, C H; Chen, Q H; Wang, J N; Law, K T; Sou, I K; Lortz, R

    2016-01-01

    In the interfacial superconductor Bi2Te3/Fe1+yTe, two dimensional superconductivity occurs in direct vicinity to the surface state of a topological insulator. If this state were to become involved in superconductivity, under certain conditions a topological superconducting state could be formed, which is of high interest due to the possibility of creating Majorana fermionic states. We report directional point-contact spectroscopy data on the novel Bi2Te3/Fe1+yTe interfacial superconductor for a Bi2Te3 thickness of 9 quintuple layers, bonded by van der Waals epitaxy to a Fe1+yTe film at an atomically sharp interface. Our data show highly unconventional superconductivity, which appears as complex as in the cuprate high temperature superconductors. A very large superconducting twin-gap structure is replaced by a pseudogap above ~12 K which persists up to 40 K. While the larger gap shows unconventional order parameter symmetry and is attributed to a thin FeTe layer in proximity to the interface, the smaller gap is associated with superconductivity induced via the proximity effect in the topological insulator Bi2Te3.

  4. TGF-β-RI Kinase Inhibitor SD-208 Reduces the Development and Progression of Melanoma Bone Metastases

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    Mohammad, Khalid S.; Javelaud, Delphine; Fournier, Pierrick G. J.; Niewolna, Maria; McKenna, C. Ryan; Peng, Xiang H.; Duong, Vu; Dunn, Lauren K.; Mauviel, Alain; Guise, Theresa A.

    2010-01-01

    Melanoma often metastasizes to bone where it is exposed to high concentrations of TGF-β. Constitutive Smad signaling occurs in human melanoma. Because TGF-β promotes metastases to bone by several types of solid tumors including breast cancer, we hypothesized that pharmacologic blockade of the TGF-β signaling pathway may interfere with the capacity of melanoma cells to metastasize to bone. In this study, we tested the effect of a small molecule inhibitor of TGF-β receptor I kinase (TβRI), SD-208, on various parameters affecting the development and progression of melanoma, both in vitro and in a mouse model of human melanoma bone metastasis. In melanoma cell lines, SD-208 blocked TGF-β induction of Smad3 phosphorylation, Smad3/4-specific transcription, Matrigel invasion and expression of the TGF-β target genes PTHrP, IL-11, CTGF and RUNX2. To assess effects of SD-208 on melanoma development and metastasis, nude mice were inoculated with 1205Lu melanoma cells into the left cardiac ventricle and drug was administered by oral gavage on prevention or treatment protocols. SD-208 (60mg/kg/day), started 2 days before tumor inoculation prevented the development of osteolytic bone metastases compared with vehicle. In mice with established bone metastases, the size of osteolytic lesions was significantly reduced after 4 weeks treatment with SD-208 compared to vehicle-treated mice. Our results demonstrate that therapeutic targeting of TGF-β may prevent the development of melanoma bone metastases and decrease the progression of established osteolytic lesions. PMID:21084275

  5. Southern galaxies. VIII - Surface photometry of the SD spiral NGC 7793

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    de Vaucouleurs, G.; Davoust, E.

    1980-08-01

    Detailed surface photometry in blue light of the SA(s)d galaxy NGC 7793, the faintest of the five major members of the Sculptor group, is obtained from photoelectrically calibrated Mount Stromlo and McDonald photographs. The luminosity distribution is dominated by an exponential disk of effective radius αe = 2'.11 = 1.92 kpc contributing 98.6% of the total luminosity BT = 9.51 ± 0.06. The corrected face-on magnitude BT0 = 9.13 corresponds to MT0 = -18.35 at the revised distance Δ = 3.1 Mpc (Appendix C). The spheroidal component visible only in the vicinity of the nucleus can be represented by an r1/4 law of effective radius rIe = 6".0 = 91 pc and total magnitude BTI = 14.13 or 1.4% of the total luminosity of the galaxy. The position angle of the major axis is 97°, the mean axis ratio is q = b/a = 0.61, and the inclination = 53°. The concentration indices C21 = 1.68 and C32 = 1.48 are consistent with the Sd classification. The integrated colors from UBV aperture photometry are essentially constant at = 0.56 ± 0.02, = -0.07 ± 0.02, the corrected face-on colors are (B - V)T0 = 0.46, (U - B)T0 = -0.15 in close agreement with the colors of M33 and the mean values for type Scd. A decomposition of the disk into an underlying old component and a young arm component shows that 65.570 of the total luminosity comes from the old component which has a corrected central luminosity μcα(0) = 21.06 and an effective radius re = 1'.76 = 1.60 kpc. The neutral H I mass MH = 0.67 × 109 Msun corresponds to a hydrogen-luminosity ratio MH/LB = 0.14 which is less than half the average for the morphological type and luminosity class of NGC 7793. The large number of H ii regions and the strength of the Hα emission in the disk suggest that a large fraction of the hydrogen is ionized. The integrated magnitude of the brightest superassociation (Hodge Nr 20) B, = 16.0 ± 0.1 is derived in Appendix A. The effect of resolution on the apparent peak brightness is illustrated in Appendix B

  6. Chemical analyses of pore water from boreholes USW SD-6 and USW WT-24, Yucca Mountain, Nevada

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    Yang, I.C.; Peterman, Z.E.; Scofield, K.M.

    2003-01-01

    Analyses of pore water extracted from cores of boreholes USW SD-6 in the central part and USW WT-24 in the northern part of Yucca Mountain, Nevada, show significant vertical and lateral variations in dissolved-ion concentrations. Analyses of samples of only a few milliliters of pore water extracted by uniaxial or triaxial compression and by ultracentrifugation methods from adjacent core samples are generally in agreement, within the analytical error of 10% to 15%. However, the values of silica for water obtained by ultracentrifugation are consistently lower than values for water obtained by compression. The larger concentrations probably are due to localized pressure solution of silicate minerals during compression. The shallower water from core in borehole USW SD-6 was extracted from nonwelded units collectively referred to as the Paintbrush Tuff nonwelded (PTn). The deeper water was from core in both boreholes USW SD-6 and USW WT-24 in the nonwelded units referred to as the Calico Hills nonwelded (CHn). Significant differences in mean dissolved-ion concentrations in pore water between the PTn and CHn are (1) decreases in Ca, Mg, SO4, and NO3 and (2) increases in HCO3 and (Na+K)/(Ca+Mg) ratios. The decrease in NO3 and the increase in HCO3 could be the result of denitrification through the oxidation of organic matter. The decrease in Ca and associated increase in (Na+K)/(Ca+Mg) is the result of ion exchange with zeolites in the CHn in borehole USW WT-24. This effect is not nearly as pronounced in borehole USW SD-6, probably reflecting a smaller amount of zeolitization of the CHn in USW SD-6. Geochemical calculations using the PHREEQC code indicate that the pore water from both boreholes USW SD-6 and USW WT-24 is uniformly undersaturated in anhydrite, gypsum, and amorphous silica, but supersaturated in quartz and chalcedony. The saturation of calcite, aragonite, sepiolite, and dolomite is more variable from sample to sample. ?? 2002 Elsevier Science B.V. All rights

  7. Systematics of band moment of inertia of yrast and excited SD bands of even-even nuclei in A~150 mass region

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    Sharma, Neha; Mittal, H. M.

    2015-07-01

    A four parameter formula has been applied to all the yrast and excited superdeformed (SD) bands of even-even nuclei in the A 150 mass region to obtain band moment of inertia J0. In even-even nuclei, totally three yrast SD bands and 16 excited SD bands have been fitted. The measured Qt values and hence the axes ratios have been used to calculate the rigid body J0 values and compared with the fitted values of J0. It is interesting to look at the yrast SD band 152Dy(1), the doubly magic SD nucleus and the first one to be discovered that the J0 values are quite larger than that extracted from Qt measurement. We found that all the excited SD bands in even-even nuclei are signature partner SD bands because the J0 value of each signature partner SD band is almost identical. Among all these excited SD bands, 150Gd(4) is found to be super-rigid in nature having J0 value larger than that observed from the measured Qt value.

  8. Molecular cytogenetic characterization of Rumex papillaris, a dioecious plant with an XX/XY(1)Y (2) sex chromosome system.

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    Navajas-Pérez, Rafael; Schwarzacher, Trude; Rejón, Manuel Ruiz; Garrido-Ramos, Manuel A

    2009-01-01

    Rumex papillaris Boiss, & Reut., an Iberian endemic, belongs to the section Acetosa of the genus Rumex whose main representative is R. acetosa L., a species intensively studied in relation to sex-chromosome evolution. Here, we characterize cytogenetically the chromosomal complement of R. papillaris in an effort to enhance future comparative genomic approaches and to better our understanding of sex chromosome structure in plants. Rumex papillaris, as is common in this group, is a dioecious species characterized by the presence of a multiple sex chromosome system (with females 2n = 12 + XX and males 2n = 12 + XY(1)Y(2)). Except for the X chromosome both Y chromosomes are the longest in the karyotype and appear heterochromatic due to the accumulation of at least two satellite DNA families, RAE180 and RAYSI. Each chromosome of pair VI has an additional major heterochromatin block at the distal region of the short arm. These supernumerary heterochromatic blocks are occupied by RAE730 satellite DNA family. The Y-related RAE180 family is also present in an additional minor autosomal locus. Our comparative study of the chromosomal organization of the different satellite-DNA sequences in XX/XY and XX/XY(1)Y(2) Rumex species demonstrates that of active mechanisms of heterochromatin amplification occurred and were accompanied by chromosomal rearrangements giving rise to the multiple XX/XY(1)Y(2) chromosome systems observed in Rumex. Additionally, Y(1) and Y(2) chromosomes have undergone further rearrangements leading to differential patterns of Y-heterochromatin distribution between Rumex species with multiple sex chromosome systems.

  9. Evaluation of antitumor activity of a TGF-beta receptor I inhibitor (SD-208) on human colon adenocarcinoma

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    2014-01-01

    Background Transforming growth factor-β (TGF-β) pathway is involved in primary tumor progression and in promoting metastasis in a considerable proportion of human cancers such as colorectal cancer (CRC). Therefore, blockage of TGF-β pathway signaling via an inhibitor could be a valuable tool in CRC treatment. Methods To evaluate the efficacy of systemic targeting of the TGF-β pathway for therapeutic effects on CRC, we investigated the effects of a TGβRI (TGF-β receptor 1) or TβRI kinase inhibitor, SD-208, on SW-48, colon adenocarcinoma cells. In this work, in vitro cell proliferation was studied by methyl thiazolyl tetrazolium (MTT) and bromo-2′-deoxyuridine (BrdU) assays. Also, the histopathological and immunohistochemical evaluations were conducted by hematoxylin and eosin, and Ki-67 and CD34 markers were stained, respectively. Results Our results showed no significant reduction in cell proliferation and vessel formation (170 ± 70 and 165 ± 70, P > 0.05) in treated SW-48 cells with SD-208 compared to controls. Conclusion Our data suggested that SD-208 could not significantly reduce tumor growth and angiogenesis in human colorectal cancer model at least using SW-48 cells. PMID:24902843

  10. Fatty Acid Composition of Adipose Tissues in Obese Mice and SD Rats Fed with Isaria sinclairii Powder

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    Ahn, Mi Young; Seo, Yun Jung; Ji, Sang Deok; Han, Jea Woong; Hwang, Jae Sam; Yun, Eun Young

    2010-01-01

    Isaria sinclairii (Cicada Dongchunghacho) was studied as a potential crude natural food in powdered form. The role of tissue fatty acids in relation to the anti-obesity effects of I. sinclairii (IS) was examined by feeding the powder to SD rats ad libitum at 0, 1.25, 2.5, 5 and 10% (calculated about 8 g/kg) of the feed for a period of 3 months and 6 months. The fatty acid composition profile as indicated GC-MS, showed significantly slight dose-dependent increases in the levels of unsaturated fatty acids, particularly, arachidonic acid (C20: 4n6) , oleic acid, linoleic acid, eicosadienoic acid, eicosapentaenoic acid (EPA) (C20: 5) concentration in the the ad libitum IS-fed groups compared to the control group in SD abdominal fat over 6 month period. Over viewing of the SD and Ob mice treated Isaria sinclairii powder; there were increases in the single (mono) unsaturated fatty acids ratio but decreases in polyunsaturated fatty acid. In IS-fed groups in proportion to the treatment period, this Dongchunghacho also induced an increase in the level of same result of unsaturated fatty acid in C57BL/6 obese (ob/ob) mice over a 6-month period treatment compared to those given 10% dry mulberry leaf powder (ML) or silkworm powder mixed with the standard diet. PMID:24278523

  11. [Glucose transponer type 1 deficiency síndrome (GLUT-1 SD) treated with ketogenic diet. Report of one case].

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    Cornejo, Verónica E; Cabello, Juan Francisco A; Colombo, Marta C; Raimann, Erna B

    2007-05-01

    The glucose transporter type 1 deficiency syndrome (GLUT-1 SD) (OMIM 606777) is an inborn error of metabolism of brain glucose transport. The characteristic clinical manifestations are seizures, hypotonia, developmental delay, microcephaly and hypoglycorrhachia. We report a girl with normal weight and height at birth. At 6 weeks of age she started with convulsions reaching up to 20 myoclonic seizures a day. She was treated with valproate, phenobarbital and carbamazepine without response. Blood analysis including aminoacids and acylcarnitines were all normal. The brain MRI showed frontal atrophy with an increased subarachnoidal space and Electroencephalography was abnormal. Blood glucose was 84 mg/dl and spinal fluid glucose 26 mg/dl with a ratio of 0.31 (Normal Ratio >0.65+/-00.1). These results suggested the diagnosis of GLUT-1 SD, and was confirmed with erythrocyte glucose uptake of 44% (Normal range 80-100%). A molecular study found the mutation 969del, C971T in exon 6 of the gene Glut-1. Treatment with a ketogenic diet was started immediately and after 7 days with this diet seizures ceased. Anticonvulsants were progressively suspended. At present, the patient is 6 years old, she continues on a ketogenic diet and supplements with L-carnitine, lipoic acid, vitamins and minerals. Growth and development are normal with an intelligence quotient of 103. It is concluded that it is necessary to include GLUT-1 SD in the differential diagnosis of children with early seizures that are non responsive to pharmacological treatment.

  12. The effect of doping on magnetic properties of (Fe1-xMnx)2P1-ySiy series

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    Goraus, Jerzy; Hawełek, Lukasz; Włodarczyk, Patryk

    2015-12-01

    In this paper we present results of ab initio calculations for the (Fe1-xMnx)2P1-ySiy series, where we investigate the effect of doping on magnetic properties of these materials. Such compounds, which belong to the Fe2 P class of magnetocaloric materials are now extensively studied, due to their potential applications in magnetic cooling. In the hexagonal Fe2 P-type structure, transition metals occupy two inequivalent Wyckoff positions: 3 f and 3 g. We have shown that the preference of occupation of one site by the particular transition metal leads to different dependence of magnetic properties with respect to the total doping effect.

  13. Characterization of Mn-doped In(1-x)Ga(x)As(y)P(1-y) grown by LPEE

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    Iyer, Shanthi N.; Abul-Fadl, Ali; Collis, Ward J.; Khorrami, Mohammad N.

    1988-01-01

    Mn-doped In(1-x)Ga(x)As(y)P(1-y) epilayers lattice matched to InP substrate have been grown by the liquid phase electroepitaxial (LPEE) technique. The variation of growth velocity of the epilayers with current density and the doping characteristics of Mn in the epilayer has been studied. The temperature dependence of the hole concentration and the mobility has been analyzed to determine the donor and acceptor densities, thermal activation energy of the level associated with Mn and the dominant scattering mechanisms that limit the hole mobility. The photoluminescence spectra of the doped epilayers are examined at 10 K as a function of the excitation level.

  14. Using asymmetry analysis to reduce normal variability of Spectral Domain Optical Coherence Tomography (SD-OCT) macular thickness

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    Alluwimi, Muhammed Saad

    Purpose: To investigate the use of asymmetry analysis to reduce normal between-subject variability of macular thickness measurements using SD-OCT. Methods: 63 volunteers free of eye disease were recruited: 33 young subjects (ages 21 to 35 years with mean and SD of 25 +/- 1.7), and 30 older subjects (ages 45 to 85 years with mean and SD of 66.7 +/- 9.0). All participants passed a comprehensive ophthalmic examination within the past two years. Macular images were gathered with the Spectralis OCT (V 5.4, Heidelberg Engineering, GmbH). The overlay 8x8 grid was manually centered on the fovea and aligned with the foveal-disc axis, then divided into five zones per hemifield following the method of Um et al (2012 IOVS 53:1139); asymmetry was computed as the difference between superior and inferior zone thicknesses. We assumed that the lowest variation and the highest density of ganglion cells will be found ~3° to 6° from the foveal center, corresponding to zones 1 and 2. For each zone and age group, between-subject standard deviations (SDs) were compared for retinal thickness (RT) versus asymmetry using an F-test. To account for repeated measures, a probability of p < 0.0125 was required for statistical significance. Axial length (AL) and corneal curvature (CC) were measured with an IOLMaster by the same operator and during the same imaging session. Results: For OD, asymmetry analysis reduced between-subject variability in zones 1 and 2 in both groups (F > 3.2, p < 0.001). SD for zone 1 dropped from 12.0 to 3.0 mum in the young group and from 11.7 to 2.6 mum in the older group. SD for zone 2 dropped from 13.6 to 5.3 mum (young) and from 11.1 to 5.8 mum (older). Combining all subjects, neither RT nor asymmetry showed a strong correlation with AL or CC (R2 < 0.01). Analysis for OS yielded the same pattern of results, as did asymmetry analyses between eyes (F > 3.8, p < 0.0001). Conclusions: Asymmetry analysis reduced between-subject variability. These findings demonstrate

  15. Coexistence of 3d-ferromagnetism and superconductivity in [(Li1-x Fex )OH](Fe1-y Liy )Se.

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    Pachmayr, Ursula; Nitsche, Fabian; Luetkens, Hubertus; Kamusella, Sirko; Brückner, Felix; Sarkar, Rajib; Klauss, Hans-Henning; Johrendt, Dirk

    2015-01-01

    Superconducting [(Li1-x Fex )OH](Fe1-y Liy )Se (x≈0.2, y≈0.08) was synthesized by hydrothermal methods and characterized by single-crystal and powder X-ray diffraction. The structure contains alternating layers of anti-PbO type (Fe1-y Liy )Se and (Li1-x Fex )OH. Electrical resistivity and magnetic susceptibility measurements reveal superconductivity at 43 K. An anomaly in the diamagnetic shielding indicates ferromagnetic ordering near 10 K while superconductivity is retained. The ferromagnetism is from the iron atoms in the (Li1-x Fex )OH layer. Isothermal magnetization measurements confirm the superposition of ferromagnetic and superconducting hysteresis. The internal ferromagnetic field is larger than the lower, but smaller than the upper critical field of the superconductor. The formation of a spontaneous vortex phase where both orders coexist is supported by (57) Fe-Mössbauer spectra, (7) Li-NMR spectra, and μSR experiments.

  16. Non-Fermi liquid behavior and the undersceened Kondo effect in Fe1-yCoySi

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    Wu, Yan; Fulfer, Brad; Chan, Julia; Young, David; Ditusa, John

    2015-03-01

    Mn or Co substitutions into the narrow band-gap insulator FeSi introduce charge carriers, either holes or electrons, accompanied by an equal density of more localized magnetic moments resulting in an interesting insulator-to-metal transition (IMT). Mn doping of FeSi exhibits an IMT where the nascent metal displays intriguing field sensitive non-Fermi-Liquid (NFL) behavior due to the undercompensation of S = 1 impurity moments by the spin-1/2 hole carriers. Here, we present the results of an investigation of Fe1-yCoySi (0 <= y <= 0.1). Our magnetization and susceptibility measurements indicate that for y<0.03 Co-impurities alsointroduce a S = 1 magnetic moment that have a tendency to form singlets whereas for larger ya ferromagnetic interaction that grows with y. We have discovered a NFLbehavior for y<0.03 that evolves into the standard disordered Fermi-liquid form either by applying a magnetic field or by increasing y. The results of specific heat measurements on Fe1-yCoySi,performed to explore the underlying underscreened Kondo mechanism, to investigate its variation with field and composition,and to compare with our Fe1-xMnxSi data will be presented.

  17. Superconductivity, Magnetism and Stoichiometry of Single Crystals of Fe1+y(Te1−xSx)z

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    Hu, R.; Bozin, E. S.; Warren, J. B.; Petrovic, C.

    2009-12-01

    We report synthesis of high-quality Fe{sub 1+y}(Te{sub 1-x}S{sub x}){sub z} single crystals and a comprehensive study of structural, magnetic, and transport properties. We demonstrate the very small upper critical field anisotropy of Fe{sub 1+y}(Te{sub 1-x}S{sub x}){sub z}, {gamma}{sub H} = H{sub c2} {parallel} c/H{sub c2}{sup {perpendicular}c}. The value of {gamma}{sub H} reaches 1.05 at T = 0.65 T{sub c} for Fe{sup 1.12}Te{sub 0.83}S{sub 0.11} while still maintaining large values of upper critical field. There is high sensitivity to material stoichiometry which includes vacancies on the Te(S) site. Our results reveal competition and coexistence of magnetic order and percolative superconductivity for x {ge} 0.03 while zero resistivity is achieved for x {ge} 0.1.

  18. Phase Separation in the Iron Chalcogenide Superconductor Fe1+yTexSe1−x

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    Hu, H.; Gu, G.; Zuo, J.-M.; Wen, J.; Xu, Z.; Lin Z.; Li, Q.; Park, W.K.; Greene, L.H.

    2011-05-19

    We present direct evidence for phase separation and chemical inhomogeneity in Fe{sub 1+y}Te{sub x}Se{sub 1-x} single crystals from scanning transmission electron microscopy (STEM) and electron energy-loss spectroscopy (EELS) data. In STEM, images recorded using a high-angle annular dark field (HAADF) detector show characteristic nanometer-scale patterns of phase separation from the Z-dependent image contrast. The separation was observed both in non-superconducting samples with excess iron and in superconducting samples. Using EELS, we determined {approx}20% (or lower) fluctuation in Te concentration from the average local compositions by integrating the intensity of the Te-M{sub 4,5} edge. The energy-loss near-edge structure (ELNES) of the Fe-L{sub 2,3} edge changes with varying composition, especially the L{sub 3}/L{sub 2} white-line intensity ratio, which is sensitive to the d-state occupancy of the Fe. The results suggest a miscibility gap in the Fe{sub 1+y}Te{sub x}Se{sub 1-x} system and changes in the d-electron states at the nanometer scale from the separated phases.

  19. Density functional theory calculations of the turbostratically disordered compound [(SnSe )1 +y]m (VSe2)n

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    Rudin, Sven P.; Johnson, David C.

    2015-04-01

    Among composite materials that layer constituent substances of nanoscale thicknesses, [(SnSe) 1 +y]m(VSe2)n emerges as an example where the constituents retain incommensurate lattice structures. Perpendicular to the stacking direction, the system exhibits random translations and random rotations on average, i.e., turbostratic disorder, with local regions showing twelvefold diffraction patterns. Earlier theoretical work on these structures showed that combining density functional theory with an empirical treatment of the van der Waals interaction gave structural parameters in good agreement with experiment, but no attempt was made to examine the relative orientations. Here we approximate the extended system with one extended constituent and one finite constituent, which allows the treatment of all relative orientations on equal footing. The calculations show how the twelvefold periodicity follows from how the ions of the SnSe layer lock in with favored positions relative to the VSe2 layer, and the associated energy scale supports arguments for the overall turbostratic disorder. The success of this approximation in describing the structural parameters of the extended [(SnSe) 1 +y]m(VSe2)n system encourages its use for other properties and for other similar systems with other chemistries.

  20. Nanometer Scale Phase Separation and Chemical Inhomogeneity in the Iron Chalcogenide Superconductor Fe1+y Te x Se 1-x

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    Hu, Hefei; Zuo, Jian-Min; Wen, Jinsheng; Xu, Zhijun; Lin, Zhiwei; Li, Qiang; Gu, Genda; Park, Wan Kyu; Greene, Laura

    2011-03-01

    We report direct evidences of phase separation and chemical inhomogeneity in Fe 1+y Te x Se 1-x single crystals from scanning transmission electron microscopy (STEM) and electron energy loss spectroscopy (EELS). In STEM, images recorded using an annular dark field (ADF) detector show characteristic nanometer scale patterns of phase separation from the Z dependent contrast. The separation was observed in both non-superconducting samples with excess iron as well as superconducting samples. Using the line scan EELS technique, we determined ~ 20 % , or less, fluctuation in Te concentration from the local average compositions by integrating the intensity of the Te-M4 , 5 edge. The energy-loss near-edge structure (ELNES) of the Fe-L2 , 3 edge changes as the composition varies, especially the L3 and L2 ratio, which is sensitive to the d-state occupancy of the Fe atom. The results suggest a miscibility gap in the Fe 1+y Te x Se 1-x system and changes in the d-electron states at the nanometer scale from the separated phases.

  1. MBE growth and structural and magnetic properties of (In 1-yAl y) 1-xMn xAs-diluted magnetic semiconductors

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    Lee, W. N.; Chen, Y. F.; Huang, J. H.; Guo, X. J.; Kuo, C. T.; Ku, H. C.

    2006-04-01

    A series of quaternary-diluted magnetic semiconductors, (In 1-yAl y) 1-xMn xAs, have been successfully grown on InP substrates by low-temperature molecular beam epitaxy. The (In 0.52Al 0.48) 1-xMn xAs with x⩽0.11 were grown on a nearly lattice-matched In 0.52Al 0.48As buffer, while the (In 1-yAl y) 1-xMn xAs with a higher Mn content of 0.11< x⩽0.18 were grown on a graded 3-layer In 1-yAl yAs buffer structure. The results of transmission electron microscopy and double-crystal X-ray diffraction reveal that all (In 1-yAl y) 1-xMn xAs epilayers are single crystal with zincblende structure, and the lattice constant increases with increasing the Mn content. The magnetic measurements show that the (In 1-yAl y) 1-xMn xAs semiconductors exhibit a paramagnetic-like state for x⩽0.05 while a ferromagnetic state for x>0.05, and the Curie temperature of ferromagnetic (In 1-yAl y) 1-xMn xAs increases with increasing Mn content.

  2. Prenylated indolediketopiperazine peroxides and related homologues from the marine sediment-derived fungus Penicillium brefeldianum SD-273.

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    An, Chun-Yan; Li, Xiao-Ming; Li, Chun-Shun; Xu, Gang-Ming; Wang, Bin-Gui

    2014-02-01

    Three new indolediketopiperazine peroxides, namely, 24-hydroxyverruculogen (1), 26-hydroxyverruculogen (2), and 13-O-prenyl-26-hydroxyverruculogen (3), along with four known homologues (4-7), were isolated and identified from the culture extract of the marine sediment-derived fungus Penicillium brefeldianum SD-273. Their structures were determined based on the extensive spectroscopic analysis and compound 1 was confirmed by X-ray crystallographic analysis. The absolute configuration of compounds 1-3 was determined using chiral HPLC analysis of their acidic hydrolysates. Each of the isolated compounds was evaluated for antibacterial and cytotoxic activity as well as brine shrimp (Artemia salina) lethality. PMID:24473173

  3. [Metabolomic approach to evaluating the effect of the mixed decoction of kelp and licorice on system metabolism of SD rats].

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    Sun, Run-bin; Yu, Xiao-yi; Mao, Yong; Ge, Chun; Yang Na; A, Ji-ye; Tang, Yu-ping; Duan, Jin-ao; Ma, Zi-teng; Wu, Xu-tong; Zhu, Xuan-xuan; Wang, Guang-ji

    2015-03-01

    The aim of the study is to evaluate the effects of the single and mixed decoction of Thallus laminariae (kelp) and Glycyrrhiza glabra (licorice) on the metabolism and their difference. The mixed decoction of kelp and licorice and the single decoction were made and intragastrically administered to the SD rats. The effect on system metabolism, the toxicity of liver and kidney were assessed by GC-MS profiling of the endogenous molecules in serum, routine biochemical assays and histographic inspection of tissues from SD rats, separately. The mixed decoction of kelp and licorice induced more obvious pathological abnormalities in SD rats than a single decoction of kelp, while the extracts of licorice did not show any pathological change. Neither the mixed, nor the single decoction showed abnormal histopathology. After intragastric administration of extracts for 5 days, the mixed decoction induced a decrease of ALT (no significant change in the groups of single decoction) and an increase of BUN (so did the single decoction of kelp). Metabolomic profile of the molecules in serum revealed that the metabolic patterns were all obviously affected for the three groups, i.e., the mixed and single decoction of kelp and licorice. The rats given with the single decoction of kelp showed a similar pattern to that of the mixed decoction, indicating that the kelp primarily contributed the perturbation of metabolism for the mixed decoction. All three groups induced a decrease of branched chain amino acids, TCA cycle intermediates and glycolysis intermediates (e.g., pyruvic acid and lactic acid) and an increase of 3-hydroxybutyric acid. Kelp decoction showed stronger potential in reducing TCA cycle intermediates and glycolysis intermediates than the other two groups, while the levels of branched chain amino acids were the lowest after licorice extracts were given. These results suggested that the effect of the mixed decoction on metabolism was closely associated with both kelp and

  4. The NPOESS Preparatory Project Science Data Segment (SDS) Data Depository and Distribution Element (SD3E) System Architecture

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    Ho, Evelyn L.; Schweiss, Robert J.

    2008-01-01

    The National Polar-orbiting Operational Environmental Satellite System (NPOESS) Preparatory Project (NPP) Science Data Segment (SDS) will make daily data requests for approximately six terabytes of NPP science products for each of its six environmental assessment elements from the operational data providers. As a result, issues associated with duplicate data requests, data transfers of large volumes of diverse products, and data transfer failures raised concerns with respect to the network traffic and bandwidth consumption. The NPP SDS Data Depository and Distribution Element (SD3E) was developed to provide a mechanism for efficient data exchange, alleviate duplicate network traffic, and reduce operational costs.

  5. Prenylated Indolediketopiperazine Peroxides and Related Homologues from the Marine Sediment-Derived Fungus Penicillium brefeldianum SD-273

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    An, Chun-Yan; Li, Xiao-Ming; Li, Chun-Shun; Xu, Gang-Ming; Wang, Bin-Gui

    2014-01-01

    Three new indolediketopiperazine peroxides, namely, 24-hydroxyverruculogen (1), 26-hydroxyverruculogen (2), and 13-O-prenyl-26-hydroxyverruculogen (3), along with four known homologues (4–7), were isolated and identified from the culture extract of the marine sediment-derived fungus Penicillium brefeldianum SD-273. Their structures were determined based on the extensive spectroscopic analysis and compound 1 was confirmed by X-ray crystallographic analysis. The absolute configuration of compounds 1–3 was determined using chiral HPLC analysis of their acidic hydrolysates. Each of the isolated compounds was evaluated for antibacterial and cytotoxic activity as well as brine shrimp (Artemia salina) lethality. PMID:24473173

  6. Quaternary Bismide Alloy ByGa1-yAs1-xBix Lattice Matched to GaAs

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    Deaton, D. A.; Ptak, A. J.; Alberi, K.; Mascarenhas, A.

    2012-07-15

    We report on the lattice matched quaternary alloy, B{sub y}Ga{sub 1-y}As{sub 1-x}Bi{sub x} grown by molecular beam epitaxy at conditions conducive to bismuth incorporation. Incorporating a smaller atom (boron) along with the larger atom (bismuth) allows for a reduction of the epi-layer strain and lattice matching to GaAs for compositions of Bi:B{approx_equal}1.3:1. The addition of boron flux does not significantly affect the bismuth incorporation and no change in the band gap energy is observed with increasing boron content. However, excess, non-substitutional boron is incorporated which leads to an increase in hole density, as well as an increase in the density of shallow in-gap states as observed by the loss of localization of photo-excited excitons.

  7. Nonlinear structure-composition relationships in the Ge1-ySny/Si(100) (y<0.15) system

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    Beeler, R.; Roucka, R.; Chizmeshya, A. V. G.; Kouvetakis, J.; Menéndez, J.

    2011-07-26

    The compositional dependence of the cubic lattice parameter in Ge1-ySny alloys has been revisited. Large 1000-atom supercell ab initio simulations confirm earlier theoretical predictions that indicate a positive quadratic deviation from Vegard's law, albeit with a somewhat smaller bowing coefficient, θ = 0.047 Å, than found from 64-atom cell simulations (θ = 0.063 Å). On the other hand, measurements from an extensive set of alloy samples with compositions y < 0.15 reveal a negative deviation from Vegard's law. The discrepancy with earlier experimental data, which supported the theoretical results, is traced back to an unexpected compositional dependence of the residualmore » strain after growth on Si substrates. The experimental bowing parameter for the relaxed lattice constant of the alloys is found to be θ = -0.066 Å. Possible reasons for the disagreement between theory and experiment are discussed in detail.« less

  8. Annealing effects on superconductivity and magnetism in Fe1+yTe1-xSx single crystals

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    Zhang, Z. T.; Yang, Z. R.; Li, L.; Pi, L.; Tan, S.; Zhang, Y. H.

    2012-04-01

    The annealing effects on superconductivity and magnetism in Fe1 + yTe1-xSx single crystals have been investigated. It is found that the superconductivity is improved not only by annealing in air but also by annealing in vacuum or argon. In addition, even for a low S content sample with long-range magnetic order, the superconductivity is also obviously improved by air annealing. These are inconsistent with the previous results of other groups. In the air annealing case, energy dispersive x-ray spectrometer analyses and heat capacity results show that oxygen is incorporated into the system and the long-range magnetic order is partially suppressed. In contrast, for vacuum or argon annealing, no change of composition is detected and no other ions are incorporated, and the enhancement of superconductivity clearly indicates that the modulation of the microstructure plays an important role in the annealing effect on superconductivity and magnetism.

  9. Effects of Iodine Annealing on Fe1+yTe0.6Se0.4

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    Chen, Jingting; Sun, Yue; Yamada, Tatsuhiro; Pyon, Sunseng; Tamegai, Tsuyoshi

    2016-10-01

    Effects of iodine annealing to induce bulk superconductivity in Fe1+yTe0.6Se0.4 have been systematically studied by changing the molar ratio of iodine to the sample and annealing temperature. The optimal condition to induce bulk superconductivity with Tc ˜ 14.5 K and self-field Jc (2 K) ˜ 5 × 105 A/cm2 is found to be a molar ratio of iodine of 5-7% at the annealing temperature of 400 °C. Furthermore, the fact that no compounds containing iodine are detected in the crystal and a significant amount of FeTe2 is produced after the iodine annealing strongly indicate that the excess iron is consumed to form FeTe2 and iodine works as a catalyst in this process.

  10. Observation of multiple superconducting gaps in Fe1+y Se x Te 1-x through Andreev reflection

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    de, Debtanu; Diaz-Pinto, Carlos; Wu, Zheng; Hor, Pei-Herng; Peng, Haibing

    2011-03-01

    Iron-based superconductors have been under intensive study because of the high transition temperature and the intriguing physical mechanisms involving the superconductivity and magnetic orders. Theoretical studies on the role of spin fluctuation suggest unconventional S wave pairing and multiple superconducting (SC) gaps due to the five disjoint Fermi surfaces. However, this multiple SC-gap scenario has yet to be confirmed in experiments. Here we report the experimental observation of five SC gaps in Fe 1+y Se x Te 1-x from Andreev reflection spectra, along with negative differential conductance dips due to the pair breaking related to the largest SC gap. The evolution of the multiple SC gaps is further investigated as a function of both temperature and magnetic field. For the largest SC gap, the Andreev reflection signal persists above bulk Tc, suggesting the existence of phase incoherent Cooper pairs.

  11. High-resolution spectrometer: solution to the axial resolution and ranging depth trade-off of SD-OCT

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    Marvdashti, Tahereh; Lee, Hee Yoon; Ellerbee, Audrey K.

    2013-03-01

    We demonstrate a cross-dispersed spectrometer for Spectral Domain Optical Coherence Tomography (SD-OCT). The resolution of a conventional SD-OCT spectrometer is limited by the available sizes of the linear array detectors. The adverse consequences of this finite resolution is a trade-off between achieving practical field of view (i.e. ranging depth) and maintaining high axial resolution. Inspired by spectrometer designs for astronomy, we take advantage of very high pixel-density 2D CCD arrays to map a single-shot 2D spectrum to an OCT A-scan. The basic system can be implemented using a high-resolution Echelle grating crossed with a prism in a direction orthogonal to the dispersion axis. In this geometry, the interferometric light returning from the OCT system is dispersed in two dimensions; the resulting spectrum can achieve more pixels than a traditional OCT spectrometer (which increases the ranging depth) and maintains impressive axial resolution because of the broad bandwidth of the detected OCT light. To the best of our knowledge, we present the first demonstration of OCT data using an Echelle-based cross-dispersed spectrometer. Potential applications for such a system include high-resolution imaging of the retina or the anterior segment of the eye over extended imaging depths and small animal imaging.

  12. Pattern of inner retinal layers involvement in pigmented paravenous retinochoroidal atrophy as determined by SD-OCT: case report.

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    Junqueira, Daniela Laura Melo; Lopes, Flavio Siqueira Santos; Biteli, Luís Gustavo; Prata, Tiago Santos

    2013-01-01

    Pigmented paravenous retinochoroidal atrophy is an ocular disease characterized by outer retina and choroidal atrophy often with overlying intraretinal bone spicule pigment deposition along the retinal veins. As a rare condition, there is scant information in the literature regarding the pattern of inner retinal layers involvement. We present a case of a 41-year-old white man initially referred for a glaucoma evaluation. Fundoscopy revealed patches of retinochoroidal atrophy and light pigmentation extending from the optic nerve head along the inferior-temporal retinal veins in both eyes. Using different spectral-domain optical coherence tomography (SD-OCT) protocols we identified a significant thinning of the inner retinal layers along the inferior-temporal veins, but with a lucid interval surrounding the optic nerve head. Standard automated perimetry revealed a superior absolute arcuate scotoma sparing the central fixation (good structure-functional correlation). This pattern of inner retinal layers involvement was not previously described. We believe SD-OCT added significantly to the anatomical description of this case. Physicians should consider these new anatomical findings and correlate them with functional status while assessing these patients.

  13. The physical structure of planetary nebulae around sdO stars: Abell 36, DeHt 2, and RWT 152

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    Aller, A.; Miranda, L. F.; Olguín, L.; Vázquez, R.; Guillén, P. F.; Oreiro, R.; Ulla, A.; Solano, E.

    2015-01-01

    We present narrow-band Hα and [O III] images, and high-resolution, long-slit spectra of the planetary nebulae (PNe) Abell 36, DeHt 2, and RWT 152 aimed at studying their morphology and internal kinematics. These data are complemented with intermediate-resolution, long-slit spectra to describe the spectral properties of the central stars and nebulae. The morphokinematical analysis shows that Abell 36 consists of an inner spheroid and two bright point-symmetric arcs; DeHt 2 is elliptical with protruding polar regions and a bright non-equatorial ring; and RWT 152 is bipolar. The formation of Abell 36 and DeHt 2 requires several ejection events including collimated bipolar outflows that probably are younger than and have disrupted the main shell. The nebular spectra of the three PNe show a high excitation and also suggest a possible deficiency in heavy elements in DeHt 2 and RWT 152. The spectra of the central stars strongly suggest an sdO nature and their association with PNe points out that they have most probably evolved through the asymptotic giant branch. We analyse general properties of the few known sdOs associated with PNe and find that most of them are relatively or very evolved PNe, show complex morphologies, host binary central stars, and are located at relatively high Galactic latitudes.

  14. Molecular beam epitaxial growth and optical properties of lattice-matched MgxZn1-xSeyTe1-y alloys on InP substrates

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    Naniwae, Koichi; Iwata, Hiroshi; Yashiki, Kenichiro

    1999-06-01

    Molecular beam epitaxial growth and the optical properties of lattice-matched MgxZn1-xSeyTe1-y alloys on InP were investigated. Two-dimensional growth and high crystalline quality were achieved by forming an InP buffer layer and a Zn0.48Cd0.52Se buffer layer before the MgxZn1-xSeyTe1-y layer growth. The band-gap energy (Eg) of the MgxZn1-xSeyTe1-y films, measured by optical-reflection measurements, increased with the Mg content and is expressed by the quadratic equation Eg=0.90x2+0.83x+2.37. We found that the Stokes shifts of MgxZn1-xSeyTe1-y quaternary alloys, which seemed to originate from deep trap levels related to Te clusters, were larger than those of ZnSeTe ternary alloys. The refractive index of MgxZn1-xSeyTe1-y at a wavelength of 600 nm decreased as the Mg content rose, as expressed by the linear equation n600(x)=-1.09x+2.99.

  15. Activation of c-myb by 5' retrovirus promoter insertion in myeloid neoplasms is dependent upon an intact alternative splice donor site (SD') in gag

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    Ramirez, Jean Marie; Houzet, Laurent; Koller, Richard; Bies, Juraj; Wolff, Linda; Mougel, Marylene . E-mail: mmougel@univ-montp1.fr

    2004-12-20

    Alternative splicing in Mo-MuLV recruits a splice donor site, SD', within the gag that is required for optimal replication in vitro. Remarkably, this SD' site was also found to be utilized for production of oncogenic gag-myb fusion RNA in 100% of murine-induced myeloid leukemia (MML) in pristane-treated BALB/c mice. Therefore, we investigated the influence of silent mutations of SD' in this model. Although there was no decrease in the overall incidence of disease, there was a decrease in the incidence of myeloid leukemia with a concomitant increase in lymphoid leukemia. Importantly, there was a complete lack of myeloid tumors associated with 5' insertional mutagenic activation of c-myb, suggesting the specific requirement of the SD' site in this mechanism.

  16. Continuous imaging of the blood vessels in tumor mouse dorsal skin window chamber model by using SD-OCT

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    Peng, Xiao; Yang, Shaozhuang; Yu, Bin; Wang, Qi; Lin, Danying; Gao, Jian; Zhang, Peiqi; Ma, Yiqun; Qu, Junle; Niu, Hanben

    2016-03-01

    Optical Coherence Tomography (OCT) has been widely applied into microstructure imaging of tissues or blood vessels with a series of advantages, including non-destructiveness, real-time imaging, high resolution and high sensitivity. In this study, a Spectral Domain OCT (SD-OCT) system with higher sensitivity and signal-to-noise ratio (SNR) was built up, which was used to observe the blood vessel distribution and blood flow in the dorsal skin window chamber of the nude mouse tumor model. In order to obtain comparable data, the distribution images of blood vessels were collected from the same mouse before and after tumor injection. In conclusion, in vivo blood vessel distribution images of the tumor mouse model have been continuously obtained during around two weeks.

  17. Theoretical study of structure and production of F19Λ as a gateway to sd-shell hypernuclei

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    Umeya, Atsushi; Motoba, Toshio

    2016-10-01

    Energy level structures of the typical light sd-shell hypernucleus F19Λ, together with 18F, have been studied in detail with the multi-configuration shell model. Both positive-parity and negative-parity nuclear core excitations are fully taken into account by removing the spurious center-of-mass excitation effects. Corresponding to the J-PARC proposal of the 19F (K- ,π- γ) F19Λ experiment, the production cross sections have been estimated extensively, including the angular distributions. Starting with the elementary amplitudes for the K- n → Λπ- process, the microscopic DWIA calculations at high energy kaon momenta up to 1.8 GeV / c have been carried out for the first time. The calculated wave functions are also used to estimate the electromagnetic transition probabilities for both 18F and F19Λ. The detailed γ-decay schemes are presented and discussed.

  18. Chemical profile of the secondary metabolites produced by a deep-sea sediment-derived fungus Penicillium commune SD-118

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    Shang, Zhuo; Li, Xiaoming; Meng, Li; Li, Chunshun; Gao, Shushan; Huang, Caiguo; Wang, Bingui

    2012-03-01

    Bioassay-guided fractionation of the crude extract from Penicillium commune SD-118, a fungus obtained from a deep-sea sediment sample, resulted in the isolation of a known antibacterial compound, xanthocillin X ( 1), and 14 other known compounds comprising three steroids ( 2-4), two ceramides ( 5 and 6), six aromatic compounds ( 7-12), and three alkaloids ( 13-15). Xanthocillin X ( 1) was isolated for the first time from a marine fungus. In the bioassay, xanthocillin X ( 1) displayed remarkable antimicrobial activity against Staphylococcus aureus and Escherichia coli, and significant cytotoxicity against MCF-7, HepG2, H460, Hela, Du145, and MDA-MB-231 cell lines. Meleagrin ( 15) exhibited cytotoxicity against HepG2, Hela, Du145, and MDA-MB-231 cell lines. This is the first report of the cytotoxicity of xanthocillin X ( 1).

  19. Analysis of Genes for Succinoyl Trehalose Lipid Production and Increasing Production in Rhodococcus sp. Strain SD-74

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    Inaba, Tomohiro; Tokumoto, Yuta; Miyazaki, Yusuke; Inoue, Naoyuki; Maseda, Hideaki; Nakajima-Kambe, Toshiaki; Uchiyama, Hiroo

    2013-01-01

    Succinoyl trehalose lipids (STLs) are promising glycolipid biosurfactants produced from n-alkanes that are secreted by Rhodococcus species bacteria. These compounds not only exhibit unique interfacial properties but also demonstrate versatile biochemical actions. In this study, three novel types of genes involved in the biosynthesis of STLs, including a putative acyl coenzyme A (acyl-CoA) transferase (tlsA), fructose-bisphosphate aldolase (fda), and alkane monooxygenase (alkB), were identified. The predicted functions of these genes indicate that alkane metabolism, sugar synthesis, and the addition of acyl groups are important for the biosynthesis of STLs. Based on these results, we propose a biosynthesis pathway for STLs from alkanes in Rhodococcus sp. strain SD-74. By overexpressing tlsA, we achieved a 2-fold increase in the production of STLs. This study advances our understanding of bacterial glycolipid production in Rhodococcus species. PMID:24038682

  20. Toxic Effects of Tetrabromobisphenol A on Thyroid Hormones in SD Rats and the Derived-reference Dose.

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    Yang, Yan; Ni, Wei Wei; Yu, Lin; Cai, Ze; Yu, Yun Jiang

    2016-04-01

    The present study determined the thyroid hormone interference of tetrabromobisphenol A (TBBPA) in Sprague-Dawley (SD) rats, and the derived-reference dose (RfD) of different endpoint effects on mammals based on experimental results and data collection. Based on repeated exposure toxicity tests on mammals and extensive research, the present study used BMDS240 Software to derive a benchmark dose, and analyzed the accuracy and uncertainty, and similarity with other studies. Test results on triiodothyronine (T3), thyroxine (T4), and thyroid stimulating hormone (TSH) demonstrated that all the indicators presented a non-monotonous dose-effect relationship clearly, except TSH in male rats exposed to 0-1000 mg/kg BW per day. Therefore, RfDs were derived from different critical effects. In summary, RfD for mammals in the present study was found to be 0.6 mg/kg per day. PMID:27241741

  1. Supercontinuum generation in nonlinear fibers using high-energy figure-of-eight mode-locked fiber laser for SD-OCT application

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    Xu, Bo; Nagata, Tsubasa; Yamashita, Shinji

    2014-05-01

    Generation of flat and broadband supercontinum is demonstrated in an all fiber system using the high-energy noise-like pulses from a stable figure-of-eight fiber laser and nonlinear fibers. This SC source is successfully applied to the spectral domain optical coherence tomography (SD-OCT). The axial resolution is significantly improved compared with the case of the superluminescent diode source. SD-OCT imaging is also demonstrated.

  2. Expression and purification of a single-chain Type IV restriction enzyme Eco94GmrSD and determination of its substrate preference.

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    He, Xinyi; Hull, Victoria; Thomas, Julie A; Fu, Xiaoqing; Gidwani, Sonal; Gupta, Yogesh K; Black, Lindsay W; Xu, Shuang-yong

    2015-05-19

    The first reported Type IV restriction endonuclease (REase) GmrSD consists of GmrS and GmrD subunits. In most bacteria, however, the gmrS and gmrD genes are fused together to encode a single-chain protein. The fused coding sequence for ECSTEC94C_1402 from E. coli strain STEC_94C was expressed in T7 Express. The protein designated as Eco94GmrSD displays modification-dependent ATP-stimulated REase activity on T4 DNA with glucosyl-5-hydroxymethyl-cytosines (glc-5hmC) and T4gt DNA with 5-hydroxymethyl-cytosines (5hmC). A C-terminal 6xHis-tagged protein was purified by two-column chromatography. The enzyme is active in Mg(2+) and Mn(2+) buffer. It prefers to cleave large glc-5hmC- or 5hmC-modified DNA. In phage restriction assays, Eco94GmrSD weakly restricted T4 and T4gt, whereas T4 IPI*-deficient phage (Δip1) were restricted more than 10(6)-fold, consistent with IPI* protection of E. coli DH10B from lethal expression of the closely homologous E. coli CT596 GmrSD. Eco94GmrSD is proposed to belong to the His-Asn-His (HNH)-nuclease family by the identification of a putative C-terminal REase catalytic site D507-H508-N522. Supporting this, GmrSD variants D507A, H508A, and N522A displayed no endonuclease activity. The presence of a large number of fused GmrSD homologs suggests that GmrSD is an effective phage exclusion protein that provides a mechanism to thwart T-even phage infection.

  3. Complete Genome Sequence of Herbinix luporum SD1D, a New Cellulose-Degrading Bacterium Isolated from a Thermophilic Biogas Reactor

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    Koeck, Daniela E.; Maus, Irena; Wibberg, Daniel; Winkler, Anika; Zverlov, Vladimir V.; Liebl, Wolfgang; Pühler, Alfred; Schwarz, Wolfgang H.

    2016-01-01

    A novel cellulolytic bacterial strain was isolated from an industrial-scale biogas plant. The 16S rRNA gene sequence of the strain SD1D showed 96.4% similarity to Herbinix hemicellulosilytica T3/55T, indicating a novel species within the genus Herbinix (family Lachnospiraceae). Here, the complete genome sequence of Herbinix luporum SD1D is reported. PMID:27445379

  4. Effects of Methane-Rich Saline on the Capability of One-Time Exhaustive Exercise in Male SD Rats

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    Xin, Lei; Sun, Xuejun; Lou, Shujie

    2016-01-01

    Purpose To explore the effects of methane-rich saline (CH4 saline) on the capability of one-time exhaustive exercise in male SD rats. Methods Thirty rats were equally divided into to three groups at random: control group (C), placebo group (P) and methane saline group (M). Rats in M group underwent intraperitoneal injection of CH4 saline, and the other two groups simultaneously underwent intraperitoneal injection of normal saline. Then, the exercise capability of rats was tested through one-time exhaustive treadmill exercise except C group. Exercise time and body weight were recorded before and after one-time exhaustive exercise. After exhaustive exercise, the blood and gastrocnemius samples were collected from all rats to detect biochemical parameters in different methods. Results It was found that the treadmill running time was significantly longer in rats treated with CH4 saline. At the same time, CH4 saline reduced the elevation of LD and UN in blood caused by one-time exhaustive exercise. The low level of blood glucose induced by exhaustive exercise was also normalized by CH4 saline. Also CH4 saline lowered the level of CK in plasma. Furthermore, this research indicated that CH4 saline markedly increased the volume of T-AOC in plasma and alleviated the peak of TNF-α in both plasma and gastrocnemius. From H&E staining, CH4 saline effectively improved exercise-induced structural damage in gastrocnemius. Conclusions CH4 saline could enhance exercise capacity in male SD rats through increase of glucose aerobic oxidation, improvement of metabolic clearance and decrease of exhaustive exercise-induced gastrocnemius injury. PMID:26942576

  5. NLTE spectral analysis of the sdOB primary of the eclipsing binary system LB 3459 (AA Dor)

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    Rauch, T.

    2000-04-01

    We present a spectral analysis of the sdOB primary star of the binary system LB 3459 based on high-resolution high-S/N optical and UV spectra. The metal abundances are determined by means of state-of-the-art NLTE model atmospheres. We determined Teffw42 and log gw{5.2} within very small error limits. The He (1/125 solar), C (1/265), N (1/33), O (1/12), and Si (1/5) abundances appear strongly depleted while that of Fe and Ni are roughly solar and Mg is strongly enriched by a factor of 6. The spectroscopic distance to LB 3459 is d = 396 pc. The mass of the primary component of LB 3459 is 0.330 M_sun derived from comparisons with theoretical models for sdO stars in the log T_eff - \\log g plane. The mass of the secondary is then 0.066 M_sun derived from the mass function. There remains some disagreement between the radius derived from log g and the above mass, and that derived from analysis of the radial-velocity curve and the eclipse curves. LB 3459 is a close binary system which had experienced a common envelope (CE) phase during its evolution. It fits in the ``low mass case B'' scenario of Iben & Livio (1993) and the secondary is a brown dwarf. The spectroscopically determined rotational velocity of the primary is v_rot = 34 ± 10 km* sec-1. Thus even bound rotation (v_rot = 45.7 km* sec-1) cannot be ruled out. Based on observations collected at the European Southern Observatory, La Silla, Chile (proposals 55.D-0319, 56.C-0165) and on data retrieved from the International Ultraviolet Explorer (IUE) Final Archive.

  6. Ectopic expression of Capsicum-specific cell wall protein Capsicum annuum senescence-delaying 1 (CaSD1) delays senescence and induces trichome formation in Nicotiana benthamiana.

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    Seo, Eunyoung; Yeom, Seon-In; Jo, Sunghwan; Jeong, Heejin; Kang, Byoung-Cheorl; Choi, Doil

    2012-04-01

    Secreted proteins are known to have multiple roles in plant development, metabolism, and stress response. In a previous study to understand the roles of secreted proteins, Capsicum annuum secreted proteins (CaS) were isolated by yeast secretion trap. Among the secreted proteins, we further characterized Capsicum annuum senescence-delaying 1 (CaSD1), a gene encoding a novel secreted protein that is present only in the genus Capsicum. The deduced CaSD1 contains multiple repeats of the amino acid sequence KPPIHNHKPTDYDRS. Interestingly, the number of repeats varied among cultivars and species in the Capsicum genus. CaSD1 is constitutively expressed in roots, and Agrobacterium-mediated transient overexpression of CaSD1 in Nicotiana benthamiana leaves resulted in delayed senescence with a dramatically increased number of trichomes and enlarged epidermal cells. Furthermore, senescence- and cell division-related genes were differentially regulated by CaSD1-overexpressing plants. These observations imply that the pepper-specific cell wall protein CaSD1 plays roles in plant growth and development by regulating cell division and differentiation.

  7. Inconsistent pressure effect on superconducting transition temperature and volume in Fe1+yTe1-xSex single crystals

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    Li, L.; Yang, Z. R.; Zhang, Z. T.; Pi, L.; Tan, S.; Zhang, Y. H.

    2010-06-01

    The role of Se in determining the superconductivity of Fe1+yTe1-xSex is still unclear. In this paper, we examine the chemical effect generated by Se substitution by applying external pressure on Fe1+yTe1-xSex single crystals. With increasing pressure, the superconducting volume increases; however, the onset temperature of the superconducting diamagnetic signal, Tcmag, does not change monotonically. The inconsistent pressure effect on superconducting volume and Tcmag is in agreement with Se substitution, which suggests that the chemical pressure effect dominates the superconductivity. Our results also imply that the superconducting and magnetic phases coexist in the form of phase separation.

  8. Quantitative C lattice site distributions in epitaxial Ge{sub 1-y}C{sub y}/Ge(001) layers

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    D'Arcy-Gall, J.; Gall, D.; Petrov, I.; Desjardins, P.; Greene, J. E.

    2001-10-15

    Epitaxial metastable Ge{sub 1-y}C{sub y} alloy layers with y{<=}0.035 were grown on Ge(001) from hyperthermal Ge and C atomic beams at deposition temperatures T{sub s} of 250 and 300 C. The use of hyperthermal beams allows us to controllably vary the concentration of C incorporated as Ge--C split interstitials. Ge{sub 1-y}C{sub y} layers grown with incident Ge-atom energy distributions corresponding to {<=}0.14 lattice displacement per incident atom (dpa) are in a state of in-plane tension and contain significant concentrations of C atoms incorporated in substitutional sites. Increasing the dpa to 0.24 yields layers in compression with C incorporated primarily as Ge--C split interstitials. Ab initio density functional calculations of the formation energies and strain coefficients associated with C atomic arrangements in Ge show that configurations containing multiple C atoms, referred to collectively as C nanoclusters, are energetically more favorable than substitutional C and Ge--C split interstitials and yield a nearly zero average strain. In contrast, substitutional C and Ge--C split interstitials produce large tensile and compressive strains, respectively. Using the calculated strain coefficients, measured layer strains obtained from high-resolution reciprocal lattice maps, and substitutional C concentrations determined by Raman spectroscopy, we obtain the fraction of C atoms incorporated in substitutional, Ge--C split interstitial, and nanocluster sites as a function of the total C concentration y and T{sub s}. We find that at low y and T{sub s} values, all C atoms are incorporated in single-C configurations: substitutional C and Ge--C split interstitials. Their relative concentrations are controlled by the dpa through the production of near-surface Ge self-interstitials which are trapped by substitutional C atoms to form Ge--C split interstitials. Increasing y and T{sub s}, irrespective of the dpa, leads to an increase in the fraction of C nanoclusters, while

  9. Band edge alignment of pseudomorphic GaAs{sub 1-y}Sb{sub y} on GaAs

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    Wang, J.-B.; Johnson, S.R.; Chaparro, S.A.; Ding, D.; Cao, Y.; Sadofyev, Yu.G.; Zhang, Y.-H.; Gupta, J.A.; Guo, C.Z.

    2004-11-15

    Measurements of the transition energies of GaAsSb quantum well samples with different barrier configurations reveal that the conduction band offset of the coherently strained GaAs{sub 1-y}Sb{sub y}/GaAs heterojunction grown on GaAs has a zero crossing at a Sb mole fraction of y=0.43{+-}0.07. A type-I band alignment is formed for lower Sb mole fractions and a type-II band alignment is formed for higher Sb mole fractions. This occurs as a consequence of a considerable amount (58%) of the -1.58 eV bandgap bowing being distributed to the conduction band. As a suitable active material for 1.3 {mu}m emission, pseudomorphic GaAs{sub 0.643}Sb{sub 0.357} grown on GaAs is determined to have a weak, 23{+-}23 meV, type-I conduction band offset and a bandgap energy of 928{+-}4 meV.

  10. Density functional theory calculations of the turbostratically disordered compound [(SnSe)1+y]m(VSe2)n

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    Rudin, Sven P.; Johnson, David C.

    2015-04-30

    Among composite materials that layer constituent substances of nanoscale thicknesses, [(SnSe)1+y ]m(VSe2)n emerges as an example where the constituents retain incommensurate lattice structures. Perpendicular to the stacking direction, the system exhibits random translations and random rotations on average, i.e., turbostratic disorder, with local regions showing twelvefold diffraction patterns. Earlier theoretical work on these structures showed that combining density functional theory with an empirical treatment of the van der Waals interaction gave structural parameters in good agreement with experiment, but no attempt was made to examine the relative orientations. Here we approximate the extended system with one extended constituent and onemore » finite constituent, which allows the treatment of all relative orientations on equal footing. Furthermore, the calculations show how the twelvefold periodicity follows from how the ions of the SnSe layer lock in with favored positions relative to the VSe2 layer, and the associated energy scale supports arguments for the overall turbostratic disorder.« less

  11. Down-regulation of miR-135b in colon adenocarcinoma induced by a TGF-β receptor I kinase inhibitor (SD-208)

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    Akbari, Abolfazl; Ghahremani, Mohammad Hossein; Mobini, Gholam Reza; Abastabar, Mahdi; Akhtari, Javad; Bolhassani, Manzar; Heidari, Mansour

    2015-01-01

    Objective(s): Transforming growth factor-β (TGF-β) is involved in colorectal cancer (CRC). The SD-208 acts as an anti-cancer agent in different malignancies via TGF-β signaling. This work aims to show the effect of manipulation of TGF-β signaling on some miRNAs implicated in CRC. Materials and Methods: We investigated the effects of SD-208 on SW-48, a colon adenocarcinoma cell line. The cell line was treated with 0.5, 1 and 2 μM concentrations of SD-208. Then, the xenograft model of colon cancer was established by subcutaneous inoculation of SW-48 cell line into the nude mice. The animals were treated with SD-208 for three weeks. A quantitative real-time PCR was carried out for expression level analysis of selected oncogenic (miR-21, 31, 20a and 135b) and suppressor-miRNAs (let7-g, miR-133b, 145 and 200c). Data were analyzed using the 2-∆∆CT method through student’s t-test via the GraphPad Prism software. Results: Our results revealed that SD-208 could significantly down-regulate the expression of one key onco-miRNA, miR-135b, in either SW-48 colon cells (P=0.006) or tumors orthotopically implanted in nude mice (P=0.018). Our in silico study also predicted that SD-208 could modulate the expression of potential downstream tumor suppressor targets of the miR135b. Conclusion: Our data provide novel evidence that anticancer effects of SD-208 (and likely other TGF-β inhibitors) may be owing to their ability to regulate miRNAs expression. PMID:26523217

  12. SD-208, a Novel Protein Kinase D Inhibitor, Blocks Prostate Cancer Cell Proliferation and Tumor Growth In Vivo by Inducing G2/M Cell Cycle Arrest

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    Tandon, Manuj; Salamoun, Joseph M.; Carder, Evan J.; Farber, Elisa; Xu, Shuping; Deng, Fan; Tang, Hua; Wipf, Peter; Wang, Q. Jane

    2015-01-01

    Protein kinase D (PKD) has been implicated in many aspects of tumorigenesis and progression, and is an emerging molecular target for the development of anticancer therapy. Despite recent advancement in the development of potent and selective PKD small molecule inhibitors, the availability of in vivo active PKD inhibitors remains sparse. In this study, we describe the discovery of a novel PKD small molecule inhibitor, SD-208, from a targeted kinase inhibitor library screen, and the synthesis of a series of analogs to probe the structure-activity relationship (SAR) vs. PKD1. SD-208 displayed a narrow SAR profile, was an ATP-competitive pan-PKD inhibitor with low nanomolar potency and was cell active. Targeted inhibition of PKD by SD-208 resulted in potent inhibition of cell proliferation, an effect that could be reversed by overexpressed PKD1 or PKD3. SD-208 also blocked prostate cancer cell survival and invasion, and arrested cells in the G2/M phase of the cell cycle. Mechanistically, SD-208-induced G2/M arrest was accompanied by an increase in levels of p21 in DU145 and PC3 cells as well as elevated phosphorylation of Cdc2 and Cdc25C in DU145 cells. Most importantly, SD-208 given orally for 24 days significantly abrogated the growth of PC3 subcutaneous tumor xenografts in nude mice, which was accompanied by reduced proliferation and increased apoptosis and decreased expression of PKD biomarkers including survivin and Bcl-xL. Our study has identified SD-208 as a novel efficacious PKD small molecule inhibitor, demonstrating the therapeutic potential of targeted inhibition of PKD for prostate cancer treatment. PMID:25747583

  13. SD-208, a novel protein kinase D inhibitor, blocks prostate cancer cell proliferation and tumor growth in vivo by inducing G2/M cell cycle arrest.

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    Tandon, Manuj; Salamoun, Joseph M; Carder, Evan J; Farber, Elisa; Xu, Shuping; Deng, Fan; Tang, Hua; Wipf, Peter; Wang, Q Jane

    2015-01-01

    Protein kinase D (PKD) has been implicated in many aspects of tumorigenesis and progression, and is an emerging molecular target for the development of anticancer therapy. Despite recent advancement in the development of potent and selective PKD small molecule inhibitors, the availability of in vivo active PKD inhibitors remains sparse. In this study, we describe the discovery of a novel PKD small molecule inhibitor, SD-208, from a targeted kinase inhibitor library screen, and the synthesis of a series of analogs to probe the structure-activity relationship (SAR) vs. PKD1. SD-208 displayed a narrow SAR profile, was an ATP-competitive pan-PKD inhibitor with low nanomolar potency and was cell active. Targeted inhibition of PKD by SD-208 resulted in potent inhibition of cell proliferation, an effect that could be reversed by overexpressed PKD1 or PKD3. SD-208 also blocked prostate cancer cell survival and invasion, and arrested cells in the G2/M phase of the cell cycle. Mechanistically, SD-208-induced G2/M arrest was accompanied by an increase in levels of p21 in DU145 and PC3 cells as well as elevated phosphorylation of Cdc2 and Cdc25C in DU145 cells. Most importantly, SD-208 given orally for 24 days significantly abrogated the growth of PC3 subcutaneous tumor xenografts in nude mice, which was accompanied by reduced proliferation and increased apoptosis and decreased expression of PKD biomarkers including survivin and Bcl-xL. Our study has identified SD-208 as a novel efficacious PKD small molecule inhibitor, demonstrating the therapeutic potential of targeted inhibition of PKD for prostate cancer treatment. PMID:25747583

  14. Characteristics of cylindrical surrounding-gate GaAs x Sb1-x /In y Ga1-y As heterojunction tunneling field-effect transistors

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    Guan, Yun-He; Li, Zun-Chao; Luo, Dong-Xu; Meng, Qing-Zhi; Zhang, Ye-Fei

    2016-10-01

    A III-V heterojunction tunneling field-effect transistor (TFET) can enhance the on-state current effectively, and GaAs x Sb1-x /In y Ga1-y As heterojunction exhibits better performance with the adjustable band alignment by modulating the alloy composition. In this paper, the performance of the cylindrical surrounding-gate GaAs x Sb1-x /In y Ga1-y As heterojunction TFET with gate-drain underlap is investigated by numerical simulation. We validate that reducing drain doping concentration and increasing gate-drain underlap could be effective ways to reduce the off-state current and subthreshold swing (SS), while increasing source doping concentration and adjusting the composition of GaAs x Sb1-x /In y Ga1-y As can improve the on-state current. In addition, the resonant TFET based on GaAs x Sb1-x /In y Ga1-y As is also studied, and the result shows that the minimum and average of SS reach 11 mV/decade and 20 mV/decade for five decades of drain current, respectively, and is much superior to the conventional TFET. Project supported by the National Natural Science Foundation of China (Grant Nos. 61176038 and 61474093), the Science and Technology Planning Project of Guangdong Province, China (Grant No. 2015A010103002), and the Technology Development Program of Shaanxi Province, China (Grant No. 2016GY-075).

  15. NaxLi0.7-xNi1-yMnyO2 as a new positive electrode material for lithium-ion batteries

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    Chiba, Kazuki; Taguchi, Noboru; Shikano, Masahiro; Sakaebe, Hikari

    2016-04-01

    In this study, a new class of contenders for high-voltage and high-capacity positive electrode materials with the composition NaxLi0.7-xNi1-yMnyO2 (0.03 < x ≤ 0.25, 0.5 ≤ y ≤ 0.8) was synthesized by thermal treatment; these positive electrode materials synthesized by Na+/Li+ exchange using P3sbnd Na0.7Ni1-yMnyO2 (0.5 ≤ y ≤ 0.8) as the precursor exhibited a mixture of layered and spinel structures. The (dis)charge voltage-capacity curve of materials with these compositions significantly varied according to the residual Na and Mn content. Notably, HT-NaxLi0.7-xNi1-yMnyO2 (x = 0.093, y = 0.67) exhibited a maximum discharge capacity of 261 mA h g-1 at an average voltage of 3.36 V at 25 °C (between 2.0 and 4.8 V), which translates to an energy density of 943 W h kg-1. The obtained electrochemical performance is rationalized by the phase fractions of layered and spinel structures, which is triggered by the residual Na and Mn content in NaxLi0.7-xNi1-yMnyO2.

  16. Oliver E. Buckley Condensed Matter Prize Lecture: S-d Exchange, Spin Accumulation, And The Roots Of Spintronics

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    Berger, Luc

    2013-03-01

    The success of spintronics in metals such as nickel, cobalt, Ni-Fe and Ni-Co is based on the existence of high-mobility spin-up 4s electrons at the Fermi level, which carry most of the current. The spin-up Fermi level is located above the top of the 3d band. This basic fact, first recognized by Mott in 1936, was confirmed by the Hall-effect measurements of Pugh et al. (1950-1965), and by data of deviation from Matthiessen's rule by Campbell, Fert and Jaoul (1967-1977). In order to explain giant magnetoresistance and the existence of the spin-transfer torque, an interaction is needed which couples 4s conduction electrons to magnetic 3d electrons. This is the s-d exchange interaction, introduced by Vonsovskii in 1946 and Zener in 1951. Theories of Gilbert damping, based on s-d exchange, were soon developed (Turov (1955), Mitchell (1957)). But a serious problem was caused by the existence of a momentum gap between spin-up and spin-down Fermi surfaces, which prevents spin switching from happening at low T. The problem can be solved if local defects exist which act as extra sources of momentum. One such source is spin-flip scattering (Turov (1961), Heinrich, Freitova and Kambersky (1967)). A second one is the presence of an interface (Slonczewski (1996), Berger (1996)). Spin accumulation is another concept of importance to spintronics. It represents an imbalance between spin-up and spin-down Fermi levels. Introduced by Aronov in 1976, it was developed by Johnson and Silsbee (1985-1993) and by Valet and Fert (1993). It is the hidden agent through which the current ``pumps'' energy into many spintronics devices. In semiconductor lasers, the same role is played by the difference between conduction-band and valence-band Fermi levels. A momentum gap problem also exists in lasers made of indirect-gap semiconductors, and it is solved similarly.

  17. Disilane-based cyclic deposition/etch of Si, Si:P and Si1-yCy:P layers: I. The elementary process steps

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    Hartmann, J. M.; Benevent, V.; Barnes, J. P.; Veillerot, M.; Deguet, C.

    2013-02-01

    We have benchmarked the 550 °C, 20 Torr growth of Si:P and Si1-yCy:P using SiH4 and Si2H6. P segregation has prevented us from reaching P+ ion concentrations in Si higher than a few 1019 cm-3 using SiH4; the resulting surface ‘poisoning’ led to a severe growth rate reduction. Meanwhile, [P+] increased linearly with the phosphine flow when using Si2H6 as the Si precursor; values as high as 1.7 × 1020 cm-3 were obtained. The Si:P growth rate using Si2H6 was initially stable then increased as the PH3 flow increased. Mono-methylsilane flows 6.5-10 times higher were needed with Si2H6 than with SiH4 to reach the same substitutional C concentrations in intrinsic Si1-yCy layers ([C]subst. up to 1.9%). Growth rates were approximately six times higher with Si2H6 than with SiH4, however. 30 nm thick Si1-yCy layers became rough as [C]subst. exceeded 1.6% (formation of increasing numbers of islands). We have also studied the structural and electrical properties of ‘low’ and ‘high’ C content Si1-yCy:P layers (˜ 1.5 and 1.8%, respectively) grown with Si2H6. Adding significant amounts of PH3 led to a reduction of the tensile strain in the films. This was due to the incorporation of P atoms (at the expense of C atoms) in the substitutional sites of the Si matrix. Si1-yCy:P layers otherwise became rough as the PH3 flow increased. Resistivities lower than 1 mΩ cm were nevertheless associated with those Si1-yCy:P layers, with P atomic concentrations at most 3.9 × 1020 cm-3. Finally, we have quantified the beneficial impact of adding GeH4 to HCl for the low-temperature etching of Si. Etch rates 12-36 times higher with HCl + GeH4 than with pure HCl were achieved at 20 Torr. Workable etch rates close to 1 nm min-1 were obtained at 600 °C (versus 750 °C for pure HCl), enabling low-temperature cyclic deposition/etch strategies for the selective epitaxial growth of Si, Si:P and Si1-yCy:P layers on patterned wafers.

  18. Direct bandgap cross-over point of Ge1-ySny grown on Si estimated through temperature-dependent photoluminescence studies

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    Harris, Thomas R.; Ryu, Mee-Yi; Yeo, Yung Kee; Wang, Buguo; Senaratne, C. L.; Kouvetakis, John

    2016-08-01

    Epitaxial Ge1-ySny (y = 0%-7.5%) alloys grown on either Si or Ge-buffered Si substrates by chemical vapor deposition were studied as a function of Sn content using temperature-dependent photoluminescence (PL). PL emission peaks from both the direct bandgap (Γ-valley) and the indirect bandgap (L-valley) to the valence band (denoted by ED and EID, respectively) were clearly observed at 125 and 175 K for most Ge1-ySny samples studied. At 300 K, however, all of the samples exhibited dominant ED emission with either very weak or no measureable EID emission. At 10 K, ED is dominant only for Ge1-ySny with y > 0.052. From the PL spectra taken at 125 and 175 K, the unstrained indirect and direct bandgap energies were calculated and are plotted as a function of Sn concentration, the results of which show that the indirect-to-direct bandgap transition occurs at ˜6.7% Sn. It is believed that the true indirect-to-direct bandgap cross-over of unstrained Ge1-ySny might also take place at about the same Sn content at room temperature. This observation suggests that these Ge1-ySny alloys could become very promising direct bandgap semiconductor materials, which will be very useful for the development of various new novel Si- and Ge-based infrared optoelectronic devices that can be fully integrated with current technology on a single Si chip.

  19. A population of serumdeprivation-induced bone marrow stem cells (SD-BMSC) expresses marker typical for embryonic and neural stem cells

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    Sauerzweig, Steven Munsch, Thomas; Lessmann, Volkmar; Reymann, Klaus G.; Braun, Holger

    2009-01-01

    The bone marrow represents an easy accessible source of adult stem cells suitable for various cell based therapies. Several studies in recent years suggested the existence of pluripotent stem cells within bone marrow stem cells (BMSC) expressing marker proteins of both embryonic and tissue committed stem cells. These subpopulations were referred to as MAPC, MIAMI and VSEL-cells. Here we describe SD-BMSC (serumdeprivation-induced BMSC) which are induced as a distinct subpopulation after complete serumdeprivation. SD-BMSC are generated from small-sized nestin-positive BMSC (S-BMSC) organized as round-shaped cells in the top layer of BMSC-cultures. The generation of SD-BMSC is caused by a selective proliferation of S-BMSC and accompanied by changes in both morphology and gene expression. SD-BMSC up-regulate not only markers typical for neural stem cells like nestin and GFAP, but also proteins characteristic for embryonic cells like Oct4 and SOX2. We hypothesize, that SD-BMSC like MAPC, MIAMI and VSEL-cells represent derivatives from a single pluripotent stem cell fraction within BMSC exhibiting characteristics of embryonic and tissue committed stem cells. The complete removal of serum might offer a simple way to specifically enrich this fraction of pluripotent embryonic like stem cells in BMSC cultures.

  20. Hydride Properties and IRON-57 Mossbauer Effect Studies in TITANIUM(COPPER(1-Y)IRON(Y)) Intermetallic Compounds.

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    Zakaria, Ahmad

    1987-12-01

    The hydrogen absorption properties of the Ti(Cu _{rm 1-y}Fe _{rm y}) (0 <=q y <=q 1) intermetallic compound were systematically investigated. X-ray diffraction data indicated that the intermetallic compound adopted the gammaTiCu structure for 0 <=q y <=q.1 and crystallized in the TiFe structure for.5 <=q y <=q 1. A mixture of these two phases was observed for 0.1 < y <.5. The lattice parameters for the pure intermetallic compounds and hydrided samples were measured. The heat of hydride formation, DeltaH, as a function of Fe content was determined from pressure-composition isotherms and the Van't Hoff relation. In the composition range 0 <=q y <=q.1 the value of DeltaH varied from -74.3 kJ (mole H_{2 })^{-1} to -59.1 kJ (mole H_{2})^{ -1}. For.5 <=q y <=q 1 it went from -49.5 kJ (mole H_{2})^{-1} to -27.3 kJ (mole H_ {2})^{-1}. We have found that DeltaH values derived from a model proposed by Shilov et al. for calculating DeltaH of the multicomponent hydrides were in good agreement with the experimental data by about 3%. Other properties of the hydride such as hydrogen storage capacity and hysteresis effect were also found to be y dependent. Systematic ^{57}Fe Mossbauer effect studies were also carried out in the intermetallic compound and hydride systems with the emphasis on the isomer shift measurements. The total s-electron densities at the Fe nucleus (|psi_{ rm s}({rm o})|^ {2}) increases when the Fe content y decreases in the pure intermetallic compounds. | psi_{rm s}({rm o })|^{2} decreases with the introduction of the hydrogen. In the hydride system |psi_{rm s}({rm o})|^{2 } was found to be y independent. Interpretation of the data was based on the changes in | psi_{rm s}({rm o })|^{2} due to expansion and contraction of the host lattice and the electronic structure differences. The decrease in | psi_{rm s}({rm o })|^{2} due to the hydrogenation in the TiCu-like hydride (0 <=q y <=q.1) could be accounted for by the volume effect only. For TiFe-like hydride

  1. Successful prevention of post-transfusion Rh alloimmunization by intravenous Rho (D) immune globulin (WinRho SD).

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    Anderson, B; Shad, A T; Gootenberg, J E; Sandler, S G

    1999-03-01

    Alloimmunization to the D blood group antigen following the transfusion of D-positive red blood cells to a D-negative recipient may be prevented in most persons by a prompt and adequate dose of Rho (D) immune globulin (RhIG). Until recently, the only RhIG approved by the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for this indication required intramuscular injection, an inconvenient and painful route for the relatively large volume that may be required. We describe the successful prevention of Rh alloimmunization following the unintentional transfusion of D-positive red blood cells to a D-negative infant by the intravenous infusion of WinRho SD, a new RhIG that is FDA-approved for prevention of post-transfusion Rh alloimmunization by intravenous administration. We believe that this more convenient and less painful approach should be the treatment of choice for preventing Rh alloimmunization following the transfusion of D-positive red cells to a D-negative recipient.

  2. Optically deviated focusing method based high-speed SD-OCT for in vivo retinal clinical applications

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    Wijesinghe, Ruchire Eranga; Park, Kibeom; Kim, Pilun; Oh, Jaeryung; Kim, Seong-Woo; Kim, Kwangtae; Kim, Beop-Min; Jeon, Mansik; Kim, Jeehyun

    2016-04-01

    The aim of this study is to provide accurately focused, high-resolution in vivo human retinal depth images using an optically deviated focusing method with spectral-domain optical coherence tomography (SD-OCT) system. The proposed method was applied to increase the retinal diagnosing speed of patients with various values of retinal distances (i.e., the distance between the crystalline eye lens and the retina). The increased diagnosing speed was facilitated through an optical modification in the OCT sample arm configuration. Moreover, the optical path length matching process was compensated using the proposed optically deviated focusing method. The developed system was mounted on a bench-top cradle to overcome the motion artifacts. Further, we demonstrated the capability of the system by carrying out in vivo retinal imaging experiments. The clinical trials confirmed that the system was effective in diagnosing normal and abnormal retinal layers as several retinal abnormalities were identified using non-averaged single-shot OCT images, which demonstrate the feasibility of the method for clinical applications.

  3. Thermoelectric Inhomogeneities in (Ag(sub 1-y)SbTe2)(sub x)(PbTe)(sub 1-x)

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    Snyder, G. Jeffrey; Chen, Nancy; Gascoin, Franck; Mueller, Eckhard; Karpinski, Gabriele; Stiewe, Christian

    2006-01-01

    A document presents a study of why materials of composition (Ag1 ySbTe2)0.05 (PbTe)0.95 [0< or = y < or = 1] were previously reported to have values of the thermoelectric figure of merit [ZT (where Z = alpha(sup 2)/rk, alpha is the Seebeck coefficient, r is electrical resistivity, k is thermal conductivity, and T is absolute temperature)] ranging from <1 to >2. In the study, samples of (AgSbTe2)0.05(PbTe)0.95, (Ag0.67SbTe2)0.05 (PbTe)0.95, and (Ag0.55SbTe2)0.05(PbTe)0.95 were prepared by melting followed, variously, by slow or rapid cooling. Analyses of these samples by x-ray diffraction, electron microscopy, and scanning-microprobe measurements of the Seebeck coefficient led to the conclusion that these materials have a multiphase character on a scale of the order of millimeters, even though they appear homogeneous in x-ray diffraction and electron microscopy. The Seebeck measurements showed significant variations, including both n-type and p-type behavior in the same sample. These variations were found to be consistent with observed variations of ZT. The rapidly quenched samples were found to be less inhomogeneous than were the furnace-cooled ones; hence, rapid quenching was suggested as a basis of research on synthesizing more nearly uniform high-ZT samples.

  4. Defect engineering of complex semiconductor alloys: Cu2-2xMxO1-yXy

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    Lany, Stephan; Stevanovic, Vladan

    2013-03-01

    The electrical properties of semiconductors are generally controlled via doping, i.e., the incorporation of dilute concentrations of aliovalent impurity atoms, whereas the band structure properties (gap, effective masses, optical properties) are manipulated by alloying, i.e., the incorporation of much larger amounts of isovalent elements. Theoretical approaches usually address either doping or alloying, but rarely both problems at the same time. By combining defect supercell calculations, GW quasi-particle energy calculation, and thermodynamic modeling, we study the range of electrical and band structure properties accessible by alloying aliovalent cations (M = Mg, Zn, Cd) and isovalent anions (X = S, Se) in Cu2O. In order to extend dilute defect models to higher concentrations, we take into account the association/dissociation of defect pairs and complexes, as well as the composition dependence of the band gap and the band edge energies. Considering a composition window for the Cu2-2xMxO1-yXy alloys of 0 <= (x,y) <= 0.2, we predict a wide range of possible band gaps from 1.7 to 2.6 eV, and net doping concentrations between p = 1019 cm-3 and n = 1017cm-3, notably achieving type conversion from p- to n-type at Zn or Cd compositions around x = 0.1. This work is supported as part of the SunShot initiative by the U. S. Department of Energy, Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy under Contract No. DE-AC36-08GO28308 to NREL.

  5. Gold effect on chemical bonding in YBa 2(Cu 1- y, Au y) 3O 6+ x

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    Renevier, H.; Hodeau, J. L.; Fournier, T.; Bordet, P.; Marezio, M.

    1990-12-01

    Single crystals of YBa 2(Cu 1- y, Au y) 3O 6+ x were synthesized during the growth of 123 crytals in Au crucibles. The structure of YBa 2(Cu 0.967Au 0.033) 3O 6.50 has been determined by X-ray diffraction data taken with an automatic diffractometer equipped with MoKα radiation. The P/4mmm space group was used in the final refinement. The lattice parameters determined by the Gandolfi technique were: α = 3.842(1) Å, b = 3.878(1) Å, c = 11.765(2) Å. Electron diffraction patterns did not exhibit any superstructure reflections or diffuse scattering. Our results confim of those published earlier by Wong-Ng et al. who showed that the Au cations substitute or Cu(1). The interatomic distances compared to those calculatedfrom the Shannon radii show that the Au cations are in the 3 + valence state and have a square coordination. Since the Au cations are isolated and 3-coordinated Cu cations are unusual, the Au incorporation pins down the chain formation along one axis and the orthorhombicity of the samples occurs at lower oxygen stoichiometry. The most important consequences of the Au-doping at a given oxygen content is the shortening of the Cu(2)-O(1) bond which explains why Au-doping has a small effect on Tc. The Au(1)-O(1) distance being larger than Cu(1)-O(1) one induces a pressure effect on Cu(2)-O(1) bond.

  6. Thermal stability against reduction of LaMn{sub 1-y}Co{sub y}O{sub 3} perovskites

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    Pecchi, Gina Campos, Claudia; Pena, Octavio

    2009-04-02

    Thermal and reduction-oxidation stability of substituted LaMn{sub 1-y}Co{sub y}O{sub 3} perovskite-type oxides (0.0 {<=} y{sub Co} {<=} 1.0) prepared by the citrate route have been studied by means of surface area, X-ray diffraction, FTIR spectroscopy and magnetic properties. The perovskite orthorhombic structure is found for y{sub Co} {<=} 0.5, with the exception of y{sub Co} = 0.1, which corresponds better to rhombohedral LaMnO{sub 3.15}. For y{sub Co} > 0.5 the diffraction profiles are quite similar to the cobaltite's rhombohedral structure. Magnetic iso-field studies (ZFC-FC) reveal that, for y{sub Co} {<=} 0.50, the system presents an antiferromagnetic canted-like ordering of the Mn/Co sublattice, in which the presence of divalent Co ion creates Mn{sup 3+}-Mn{sup 4+} pairs that interact ferromagnetically through the oxygen orbital. This interpretation is confirmed by the magnetization loops, in which the magnetic moment increases when substituting Mn for Co. Therefore, the general trend is: for y{sub Co} {<=} 0.5, the Co ions are inserted in the manganite structure and for y{sub Co} > 0.5, the Mn ions are inserted in cobaltite structure. The enhancement of the ferromagnetic properties and the thermal stability against reduction for y{sub Co} = 0.5 is attributed to optimized Co{sup 2+}-Mn{sup 4+} interactions.

  7. Incorporation of learned shape priors into a graph-theoretic approach with application to the 3D segmentation of intraretinal surfaces in SD-OCT volumes of mice

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    Antony, Bhavna J.; Song, Qi; Abràmoff, Michael D.; Sohn, Eliott; Wu, Xiaodong; Garvin, Mona K.

    2014-03-01

    Spectral-domain optical coherence tomography (SD-OCT) finds widespread use clinically for the detection and management of ocular diseases. This non-invasive imaging modality has also begun to find frequent use in research studies involving animals such as mice. Numerous approaches have been proposed for the segmentation of retinal surfaces in SD-OCT images obtained from human subjects; however, the segmentation of retinal surfaces in mice scans is not as well-studied. In this work, we describe a graph-theoretic segmentation approach for the simultaneous segmentation of 10 retinal surfaces in SD-OCT scans of mice that incorporates learned shape priors. We compared the method to a baseline approach that did not incorporate learned shape priors and observed that the overall unsigned border position errors reduced from 3.58 +/- 1.33 μm to 3.20 +/- 0.56 μm.

  8. Control of grain protein contents through SEMIDWARF1 mutant alleles: sd1 increases the grain protein content in Dee-geo-woo-gen but not in Reimei.

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    Terao, Tomio; Hirose, Tatsuro

    2015-06-01

    A new possibility for genetic control of the protein content of rice grains was suggested by the allele differences of the SEMIDWARF1 (SD1) mutation. Two quantitative trait loci-qPROT1 and qPROT12-were found on chromosomes 1 and 12, respectively, using backcrossed inbred lines of Sasanishiki/Habataki//Sasanishiki///Sasanishiki. One of them, qPROT1, increased almost all grain proteins instead of only certain proteins in the recessive Habataki allele. Fine mapping of qPROT1 revealed that two gene candidates-Os01g0883800 and Os01g0883900-were included in this region. Os01g0883800 encoded Gibberellin 20 oxidase 2 as well as SD1, the dwarf gene used in the so-called 'Green Revolution'. Mutant analyses as well as sequencing analysis using the semi-dwarf mutant cultivars Dee-geo-woo-gen and Calrose 76 revealed that the sd1 mutant showed significantly higher grain protein contents than their corresponding wild-type cultivars, strongly suggesting that the high protein contents were caused by sd1 mutation. However, the sd1 mutant Reimei did not have high grain protein contents. It is possible to control the grain protein content and column length separately by selecting for sd1 alleles. From this finding, the genetic control of grain protein content, as well as the column length of rice cultivars, might be possible. This ability might be useful to improve rice nutrition, particularly in areas where the introduction of semi-dwarf cultivars is not advanced.

  9. Molecular characterization and specific detection of Anaplasma species (AP-sd) in sika deer and its first detection in wild brown bears and rodents in Hokkaido, Japan.

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    Moustafa, Mohamed Abdallah Mohamed; Lee, Kyunglee; Taylor, Kyle; Nakao, Ryo; Sashika, Mariko; Shimozuru, Michito; Tsubota, Toshio

    2015-12-01

    A previously undescribed Anaplasma species (herein referred to as AP-sd) has been detected in sika deer, cattle and ticks in Japan. Despite being highly similar to some strains of A. phagocytophilum, AP-sd has never been detected in humans. Its ambiguous epidemiology and the lack of tools for its specific detection make it difficult to understand and interpret the prevalence of this Anaplasma species. We developed a method for specific detection, and examined AP-sd prevalence in Hokkaido wildlife. Our study included 250 sika deer (Cervus nippon yesoensis), 13 brown bears (Ursus arctos yesoensis) and 252 rodents including 138 (Apodemus speciosus), 45 (Apodemus argenteus), 42 (Myodes rufocanus) and 27 (Myodes rutilus) were collected from Hokkaido island, northern Japan, collected during 2010 to 2015. A 770 bp and 382 bp segment of the 16S rRNA and gltA genes, respectively, were amplified by nested PCR. Results were confirmed by cloning and sequencing of the positive PCR products. A reverse line blot hybridization (RLB) based on the 16S rRNA gene was then developed for the specific detection of AP-sd. The prevalence of AP-sd by nested PCR in sika deer was 51% (128/250). We detected this Anaplasma sp. for the first time in wild brown bears and rodents with a prevalence of 15% (2/13) and 2.4% (6/252), respectively. The sequencing results of the 16S rRNA and gltA gene amplicons were divergent from the selected A. phagocytophilum sequences in GenBank. Using a newly designed AP-sd specific probe for RLB has enabled us to specifically detect this Anaplasma species. Besides sika deer and cattle, wild brown bears and rodents were identified as potential reservoir hosts for AP-sd. This study provided a high throughput molecular method that specifically detects AP-sd, and which can be used to investigate its ecology and its potential as a threat to humans in Japan.

  10. Molecular characterization and specific detection of Anaplasma species (AP-sd) in sika deer and its first detection in wild brown bears and rodents in Hokkaido, Japan.

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    Moustafa, Mohamed Abdallah Mohamed; Lee, Kyunglee; Taylor, Kyle; Nakao, Ryo; Sashika, Mariko; Shimozuru, Michito; Tsubota, Toshio

    2015-12-01

    A previously undescribed Anaplasma species (herein referred to as AP-sd) has been detected in sika deer, cattle and ticks in Japan. Despite being highly similar to some strains of A. phagocytophilum, AP-sd has never been detected in humans. Its ambiguous epidemiology and the lack of tools for its specific detection make it difficult to understand and interpret the prevalence of this Anaplasma species. We developed a method for specific detection, and examined AP-sd prevalence in Hokkaido wildlife. Our study included 250 sika deer (Cervus nippon yesoensis), 13 brown bears (Ursus arctos yesoensis) and 252 rodents including 138 (Apodemus speciosus), 45 (Apodemus argenteus), 42 (Myodes rufocanus) and 27 (Myodes rutilus) were collected from Hokkaido island, northern Japan, collected during 2010 to 2015. A 770 bp and 382 bp segment of the 16S rRNA and gltA genes, respectively, were amplified by nested PCR. Results were confirmed by cloning and sequencing of the positive PCR products. A reverse line blot hybridization (RLB) based on the 16S rRNA gene was then developed for the specific detection of AP-sd. The prevalence of AP-sd by nested PCR in sika deer was 51% (128/250). We detected this Anaplasma sp. for the first time in wild brown bears and rodents with a prevalence of 15% (2/13) and 2.4% (6/252), respectively. The sequencing results of the 16S rRNA and gltA gene amplicons were divergent from the selected A. phagocytophilum sequences in GenBank. Using a newly designed AP-sd specific probe for RLB has enabled us to specifically detect this Anaplasma species. Besides sika deer and cattle, wild brown bears and rodents were identified as potential reservoir hosts for AP-sd. This study provided a high throughput molecular method that specifically detects AP-sd, and which can be used to investigate its ecology and its potential as a threat to humans in Japan. PMID:26431688

  11. Growth, strain relaxation properties and high-κ dielectric integration of mixed-anion GaAs{sub 1-y}Sb{sub y} metamorphic materials

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    Zhu, Y.; Clavel, M.; Goley, P.; Hudait, M. K.

    2014-10-07

    Mixed-anion, GaAs{sub 1-y}Sb{sub y} metamorphic materials with a wide range of antimony (Sb) compositions extending from 15% to 62%, were grown by solid source molecular beam epitaxy (MBE) on GaAs substrates. The impact of different growth parameters on the Sb composition in GaAs{sub 1-y}Sb{sub y} materials was systemically investigated. The Sb composition was well-controlled by carefully optimizing the As/Ga ratio, the Sb/Ga ratio, and the substrate temperature during the MBE growth process. High-resolution x-ray diffraction demonstrated a quasi-complete strain relaxation within each composition of GaAs{sub 1-y}Sb{sub y}. Atomic force microscopy exhibited smooth surface morphologies across the wide range of Sb compositions in the GaAs{sub 1-y}Sb{sub y} structures. Selected high-κ dielectric materials, Al{sub 2}O{sub 3}, HfO{sub 2}, and Ta{sub 2}O{sub 5} were deposited using atomic layer deposition on the GaAs{sub 0.38}Sb{sub 0.62} material, and their respective band alignment properties were investigated by x-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS). Detailed XPS analysis revealed a valence band offset of >2 eV for all three dielectric materials on GaAs{sub 0.38}Sb{sub 0.62}, indicating the potential of utilizing these dielectrics on GaAs{sub 0.38}Sb{sub 0.62} for p-type metal-oxide-semiconductor (MOS) applications. Moreover, both Al{sub 2}O{sub 3} and HfO{sub 2} showed a conduction band offset of >2 eV on GaAs{sub 0.38}Sb{sub 0.62}, suggesting these two dielectrics can also be used for n-type MOS applications. The well-controlled Sb composition in several GaAs{sub 1-y}Sb{sub y} material systems and the detailed band alignment analysis of multiple high-κ dielectric materials on a fixed Sb composition, GaAs{sub 0.38}Sb{sub 0.62}, provides a pathway to utilize GaAs{sub 1-y}Sb{sub y} materials in future microelectronic and optoelectronic applications.

  12. GIT1Y321 phosphorylation is required for ERK1/2- and PDGF-dependent VEGF secretion from osteoblasts to promote angiogenesis and bone healing.

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    Rui, Ze; Li, Xiang; Fan, Jin; Ren, Yongxin; Yuan, Yufeng; Hua, Zhengzhe; Zhang, Ning; Yin, Guoyong

    2012-10-01

    Bone healing depends on vascular endothelial growth factor (VEGF) secretion from osteoblasts to promote angiogenesis. We examined the influence of the tyrosine 321 site of G protein-coupled receptor kinase interacting protein 1 (GIT1) on platelet-derived growth factor (PDGF)-induced VEGF synthesis in vitro and on bone healing in vivo. Cultured osteoblasts were prepared from calvaria of 1-2-day-old rats. The phospho-activation of extracellular signal-regulated kinases 1/2 (ERK1/2), GIT1, the interaction between GIT1 and ERK1/2, and VEGF mRNA expression were measured in response to PDGF. In addition, PDGF was applied following pretreatment with the MEK1/2 inhibitor PD98059 or the Src inhibitor PP2. We mutated tyrosines 293 or 321 of GIT1 individually to phenylalanine (mutants GIT1Y293F and GIT1Y321F) and incorporated these mutants and native GIT1 into lentivirus vectors. The relationship between GIT1 and ERK1/2, and VEGF mRNA expression in cultured osteoblasts were detected after infection with GIT1WT-, GIT1Y293F- and GIT1Y321F-expressing lentivirus in response to PDGF. Bone healing and expression of VEGF and the angiogenic marker PECAM-1 were evaluated after infection at the fracture site. Activation of ERK1/2 by phosphorylation, GIT1 tyrosine phosphorylation, GIT1-ERK1/2 interaction, and VEGF mRNA expression were all significantly increased in osteoblasts after PDGF stimulation, but all responses were dramatically inhibited by pretreatment with PD98059. Tyrosine phosphorylation, GIT1 interaction with ERK1/2, and VEGF mRNA expression were dramatically inhibited by pretreatment with PP2 or infection with GIT1Y321F-expressing lentivirus. Expression of VEGF and PECAM-1 was significantly lower at the fracture sites infected with GIT1Y321F-expressing lentivirus and bone healing was significantly delayed compared to fracture sites infected with GIT1WT. In conclusion, tyrosine 321 of GIT1 is a critical phosphorylation site for GIT1 interaction with ERK1/2, regulation of

  13. Effect of Cage Space on Behavior and Reproduction in Crl:CD(SD) and BN/Crl Laboratory Rats.

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    Gaskill, Brianna N; Pritchett-Corning, Kathleen R

    2015-09-01

    The 2011 Guide for the Care and Use of Laboratory Animals contains recommendations regarding the amount of cage space for mothers with litters. Literature on cage-space use in breeding rats is sparse. We hypothesized that, if present, differences in behavior and reproduction would be detected between the smallest and largest cages tested. BN/Crl and Crl:CD(SD) rats were assigned to a cage treatment (580 cm(2), 758 cm(2), 903 cm(2), or 1355 cm(2)) and breeding configuration (single: male removed after birth of pups; pair: 1 male, 1 female) in a factorial design for 12 wk. All cages received 20 to 25 g of nesting material, and nests were scored weekly. Pups were weaned, sexed, and weighed between postnatal days 18 and 26. Adult behavior and location in the cage were videorecorded by scan-sampling on the litter's postnatal days 0 through 8 and 14 through 21. Press posture in adults and play behavior in pups were recorded according to a 1-0 sampling method. Differences in reproductive parameters were limited to expected differences related to rat genetic background and weaning weight in pups, which was lowest in the pair-bred CD rats in the smallest cages. Press posture in adults in the smaller cages increased as the pups became mobile. Pair-housed outbred rats in the smallest commercially available cage we tested showed behavioral changes and a lower pup weaning weight. Both laboratory animal scientists and caging manufacturers should address the challenge of providing more biologically relevant cage complexity rather than merely increasing floor space.

  14. Thermal expansion of the Paintbrush tuff recovered from borehole USW SD-12 at pressures 30 MPa: Data report

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    Martin, R.J.; Noel, J.S.; Boyd, P.J.; Riggins, M.; Price, R.H.

    1997-09-01

    Experimental results are presented for 24 thermal expansion experiments performed on 5 welded specimens of the Paintbrush tuff recovered from borehole USW SD-12 at Yucca Mountain, Nevada. The thermal expansion experiments were performed at constant confining pressures between 1 and 30 MPa. On three specimens, the highest confining pressure measurements were performed first to inhibit thermally induced damage which might occur at lower confining pressures. At each confining pressure two complete thermal cycles were performed. The specimens were heated (to a nominal temperature of 250 C) and cooled at the nominal rate of 0.319 C per minute. The change in specimen length as a function of temperature was measured with two linear variable displacement transducers mounted on endcaps secured to the specimen. The strain increases with increasing temperature and the strain vs temperature curves are concave upward. On cooling, there is hysteresis at the higher temperatures at all confining pressures. The first heating/cooling cycle is anomalous; hysteresis is pronounced, and a permanent shortening of the specimen is observed at the termination of the cycle. The magnitude of the effect was similar for all five specimens regardless of whether the first cycle was carried out at the highest or lowest confining pressure. For subsequent cycles at all confining pressures, no permanent strain develops, and the strain versus temperature curves re very similar. The mean coefficients of thermal expansion ({alpha}) range from 7.9 to 10.8{sup {minus}6} C{sup {minus}1} at temperatures below 100 C, to 14.2 to 20.6 x 10{sup {minus}6} C{sup {minus}1} at temperatures approaching 250 C. The effect of confining pressure on thermal expansion is small. For temperatures above 175 C, the mean coefficients of thermal expansion decreases by 10--12% as the pressure increases from 1 to 30 MPa.

  15. Scan direction induced charging dynamics and the application for detection of gate to S/D shorts in logic devices

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    Lei, Ming; Tian, Qing; Wu, Kevin; Zhao, Yan

    2016-03-01

    Gate to source/drain (S/D) short is the most common and detrimental failure mechanism for advanced process technology development in Metal-Oxide-Semiconductor-Field-Effect-Transistor (MOSFET) device manufacturing. Especially for sub-1Xnm nodes, MOSFET device is more vulnerable to gate-S/D shorts due to the aggressive scaling. The detection of this kind of electrical short defect is always challenging for in-line electron beam inspection (EBI), especially new shorting mechanisms on atomic scale due to new material/process flow implementation. The second challenge comes from the characterization of the shorts including identification of the exact shorting location. In this paper, we demonstrate unique scan direction induced charging dynamics (SDCD) phenomenon which stems from the transistor level response from EBI scan at post metal contact chemical-mechanical planarization (CMP) layers. We found that SDCD effect is exceptionally useful for gate-S/D short induced voltage contrast (VC) defect detection, especially for identification of shorting locations. The unique SDCD effect signatures of gate-S/D shorts can be used as fingerprint for ground true shorting defect detection. Correlation with other characterization methods on the same defective location from EBI scan shows consistent results from various shorting mechanism. A practical work flow to implement the application of SDCD effect for in-line EBI monitor of critical gate-S/D short defects is also proposed, together with examples of successful application use cases which mostly focus on static random-access memory (SRAM) array regions. Although the capability of gate-S/D short detection as well as expected device response is limited to passing transistors and pull-down transistors due to the design restriction from standard 6-cell SRAM structure, SDCD effect is proven to be very effective for gate-S/D short induced VC defect detection as well as yield learning for advanced technology development.

  16. Quantitative spectral analysis of the sdB star HD 188112: A helium-core white dwarf progenitor

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    Latour, M.; Heber, U.; Irrgang, A.; Schaffenroth, V.; Geier, S.; Hillebrandt, W.; Röpke, F. K.; Taubenberger, S.; Kromer, M.; Fink, M.

    2016-01-01

    Context. HD 188112 is a bright (V = 10.2 mag) hot subdwarf B (sdB) star with a mass too low to ignite core helium burning and is therefore considered a pre-extremely low-mass (ELM) white dwarf (WD). ELM WDs (M ≲ 0.3 M⊙) are He-core objects produced by the evolution of compact binary systems. Aims: We present in this paper a detailed abundance analysis of HD 188112 based on high-resolution Hubble Space Telescope (HST) near- and far-ultraviolet spectroscopy. We also constrain the mass of the star's companion. Methods: We use hybrid non-LTE model atmospheres to fit the observed spectral lines, and to derive the abundances of more than a dozen elements and the rotational broadening of metallic lines. Results: We confirm the previous binary system parameters by combining radial velocities measured in our UV spectra with the previously published values. The system has a period of 0.60658584 days and a WD companion with M ≥ 0.70 M⊙. By assuming a tidally locked rotation combined with the projected rotational velocity (v sin i = 7.9 ± 0.3 km s-1), we constrain the companion mass to be between 0.9 and 1.3 M⊙. We further discuss the future evolution of the system as a potential progenitor of an underluminous type Ia supernova. We measure abundances for Mg, Al, Si, P, S, Ca, Ti, Cr, Mn, Fe, Ni, and Zn, and for the trans-iron elements Ga, Sn, and Pb. In addition, we derive upper limits for the C, N, O elements and find HD 188112 to be strongly depleted in carbon. We find evidence of non-LTE effects on the line strength of some ionic species such as Si ii and Ni ii. The metallic abundances indicate that the star is metal-poor, with an abundance pattern most likely produced by diffusion effects.

  17. Effect of Cage Space on Behavior and Reproduction in Crl:CD(SD) and BN/Crl Laboratory Rats

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    Gaskill, Brianna N; Pritchett-Corning, Kathleen R

    2015-01-01

    The 2011 Guide for the Care and Use of Laboratory Animals contains recommendations regarding the amount of cage space for mothers with litters. Literature on cage-space use in breeding rats is sparse. We hypothesized that, if present, differences in behavior and reproduction would be detected between the smallest and largest cages tested. BN/Crl and Crl:CD(SD) rats were assigned to a cage treatment (580 cm2, 758 cm2, 903 cm2, or 1355 cm2) and breeding configuration (single: male removed after birth of pups; pair: 1 male, 1 female) in a factorial design for 12 wk. All cages received 20 to 25 g of nesting material, and nests were scored weekly. Pups were weaned, sexed, and weighed between postnatal days 18 and 26. Adult behavior and location in the cage were videorecorded by scan-sampling on the litter's postnatal days 0 through 8 and 14 through 21. Press posture in adults and play behavior in pups were recorded according to a 1–0 sampling method. Differences in reproductive parameters were limited to expected differences related to rat genetic background and weaning weight in pups, which was lowest in the pair-bred CD rats in the smallest cages. Press posture in adults in the smaller cages increased as the pups became mobile. Pair-housed outbred rats in the smallest commercially available cage we tested showed behavioral changes and a lower pup weaning weight. Both laboratory animal scientists and caging manufacturers should address the challenge of providing more biologically relevant cage complexity rather than merely increasing floor space. PMID:26424247

  18. Nitrogen-activated bowing of dilute InyGa1-yAs1-xNx based on photoreflectance studies

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    Fahmi, M. M. E.; Khan, Arif; Griffin, J. A.; Harris, G. L.; Robins, Lawrence H.; Birdwell, A. G.; Kang, Youn-Seon; Smith, David J.; Steiner, Todd; Mohammad, S. Noor

    2003-12-01

    The dependence of the fundamental band gap and higher-lying critical-point energies of dilute-nitrogen Ga1-yInyAs1-xNx epilayers on nitrogen mole fraction (x), for x⩽0.0125, and temperature, from 20 to 300 K, was investigated by photoreflectance spectroscopy. The band gap, EG, was found to decrease with increasing x in a highly nonlinear manner. The bowing parameter (the second-order parameter b in a quadratic expression for the dependence of EG on x) was found to become less negative with increasing x; the value of b changed from -50 eV, at very low nitrogen fraction, to -20 eV, at x>0.01. These results strongly suggest that nitrogen-related impurity levels arise within the band gap of dilute-nitrogen Ga1-yInyAs1-xNx alloys.

  19. Effects of an intense, high-frequency laser field on bound states in Ga1 - xInxNyAs1 - y/GaAs double quantum well.

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    Ungan, Fatih; Yesilgul, Unal; Sakiroğlu, Serpil; Kasapoglu, Esin; Erol, Ayse; Arikan, Mehmet Cetin; Sarı, Huseyin; Sökmen, Ismail

    2012-10-31

    Within the envelope function approach and the effective-mass approximation, we have investigated theoretically the effect of an intense, high-frequency laser field on the bound states in a GaxIn1 - xNyAs1 - y/GaAs double quantum well for different nitrogen and indium mole concentrations. The laser-dressed potential, bound states, and squared wave functions related to these bound states in Ga1 - xInxNyAs1 - y/GaAs double quantum well are investigated as a function of the position and laser-dressing parameter. Our numerical results show that both intense laser field and nitrogen (indium) incorporation into the GaInNAs have strong influences on carrier localization.

  20. Friedel-Like Oscillations from Interstitial Iron in Superconducting Fe1+yTe0.62Se0.38

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    Thampy, Vivek; Kang, Jian; Rodriguez-Rivera, J A; Bao, Wei; Savici, Andrei T; Hu, Jin; Liu, Tijiang; Qian, Bin; Fobes, David; Mao, Z Q; Fu, Changbo; Chen, W. C.; Ye, Qiang; Erwin, R; Gentile, T. R.; Tesanovic, Zlatko; Broholm, Collin L

    2012-01-01

    Using polarized and unpolarized neutron scattering we show that interstitial Fe in superconducting Fe$_{1+y}$Te$_{1-x}$Se$_x$ induces a magnetic Friedel-like oscillation that diffracts at ${\\bf Q}_{\\perp}=(\\frac{1}{2}0)$ and involves $>$50 neighboring Fe sites. The interstitial $>2$~$\\mu_B$ moment is surrounded by compensating ferromagnetic four spin clusters that may seed double stripe ordering in Fe$_{1+y}$Te. A semi-metallic 5-band model with $(\\frac{1}{2}\\frac{1}{2})$ Fermi surface nesting and four fold symmetric super-exchange between interstitial Fe and two in-plane nearest neighbors largely accounts for the observed diffraction.

  1. Influence of interstitial Fe to the phase diagram of Fe1+yTe1‑xSex single crystals

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    Sun, Yue; Yamada, Tatsuhiro; Pyon, Sunseng; Tamegai, Tsuyoshi

    2016-08-01

    Superconductivity (SC) with the suppression of long-range antiferromagnetic (AFM) order is observed in the parent compounds of both iron-based and cuprate superconductors. The AFM wave vectors are bicollinear (π, 0) in the parent compound FeTe different from the collinear AFM order (π, π) in most iron pnictides. Study of the phase diagram of Fe1+yTe1‑xSex is the most direct way to investigate the competition between bicollinear AFM and SC. However, presence of interstitial Fe affects both magnetism and SC of Fe1+yTe1‑xSex, which hinders the establishment of the real phase diagram. Here, we report the comparison of doping-temperature (x-T) phase diagrams for Fe1+yTe1‑xSex (0 ≤ x ≤ 0.43) single crystals before and after removing interstitial Fe. Without interstitial Fe, the AFM state survives only for x < 0.05, and bulk SC emerges from x = 0.05, and does not coexist with the AFM state. The previously reported spin glass state, and the coexistence of AFM and SC may be originated from the effect of the interstitial Fe. The phase diagram of Fe1+yTe1‑xSex is found to be similar to the case of the “1111” system such as LaFeAsO1‑xFx, and is different from that of the “122” system.

  2. Impact of crystal structure singularity on transport and electrochemical properties of Lix(LiyFezV1-y-z)O2 — electrode material for lithium batteries

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    Gędziorowski, Bartłomiej; Tobola, Janusz; Braun, Artur; Molenda, Janina

    2016-07-01

    Lithium vanadium oxide (LiVO2) and its substituted derivatives are a distinctive group of materials that may act both, as cathode and anode materials for Li-ion batteries. This paper presents influence of crystal structure singularity of Li(LiyFezV1-y-z)O2 (y=0, 0.03, 0.07, z=0, 0.05, 0.1) on transport and electrochemical properties of the compounds.

  3. Observation of multiple superconducting gaps in Fe1+yTe1-xSex via a nanoscale approach to point-contact spectroscopy

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    Peng, Haibing; De, Debtanu; Wu, Zheng; Diaz-Pinto, Carlos

    2012-11-01

    We report a novel experimental approach to point-contact Andreev reflection spectroscopy with diagnostic capability via a unique design for nanoscale normal metal/superconductor devices with excellent thermomechanical stability, and have employed this method to unveil the existence of two superconducting energy gaps in iron chalcogenide Fe1+yTe1-xSex, which is crucial for understanding its pairing mechanism. This work opens up new opportunities to study gap structures in superconductors and elemental excitations in solids.

  4. Influence of interstitial Fe to the phase diagram of Fe1+yTe1−xSex single crystals

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    Sun, Yue; Yamada, Tatsuhiro; Pyon, Sunseng; Tamegai, Tsuyoshi

    2016-01-01

    Superconductivity (SC) with the suppression of long-range antiferromagnetic (AFM) order is observed in the parent compounds of both iron-based and cuprate superconductors. The AFM wave vectors are bicollinear (π, 0) in the parent compound FeTe different from the collinear AFM order (π, π) in most iron pnictides. Study of the phase diagram of Fe1+yTe1−xSex is the most direct way to investigate the competition between bicollinear AFM and SC. However, presence of interstitial Fe affects both magnetism and SC of Fe1+yTe1−xSex, which hinders the establishment of the real phase diagram. Here, we report the comparison of doping-temperature (x-T) phase diagrams for Fe1+yTe1−xSex (0 ≤ x ≤ 0.43) single crystals before and after removing interstitial Fe. Without interstitial Fe, the AFM state survives only for x < 0.05, and bulk SC emerges from x = 0.05, and does not coexist with the AFM state. The previously reported spin glass state, and the coexistence of AFM and SC may be originated from the effect of the interstitial Fe. The phase diagram of Fe1+yTe1−xSex is found to be similar to the case of the “1111” system such as LaFeAsO1−xFx, and is different from that of the “122” system. PMID:27577047

  5. An Analysis on Teachers' Politeness Strategy and Student's Compliance in Teaching Learning Process at SD Negeri 024184 Binjai Timur Binjai--North Sumatra-Indonesia

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    Manik, Sondang; Hutagaol, Juniati

    2015-01-01

    This study aims to find out the politeness strategies used by the teachers and how the politeness affects to the student's compliance. The focus is on directive and expressive speech acts. The subjects of this study were two teachers and the students of class II-A and II-B at SD 024184 Binjai Timur Binjai. The data was gathered by video audio…

  6. Detailed Morphological Changes of Foveoschisis in Patient with X-Linked Retinoschisis Detected by SD-OCT and Adaptive Optics Fundus Camera

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    Akeo, Keiichiro; Kameya, Shuhei; Gocho, Kiyoko; Kubota, Daiki; Yamaki, Kunihiko; Takahashi, Hiroshi

    2015-01-01

    Purpose. To report the morphological and functional changes associated with a regression of foveoschisis in a patient with X-linked retinoschisis (XLRS). Methods. A 42-year-old man with XLRS underwent genetic analysis and detailed ophthalmic examinations. Functional assessments included best-corrected visual acuity (BCVA), full-field electroretinograms (ERGs), and multifocal ERGs (mfERGs). Morphological assessments included fundus photography, spectral-domain optical coherence tomography (SD-OCT), and adaptive optics (AO) fundus imaging. After the baseline clinical data were obtained, topical dorzolamide was applied to the patient. The patient was followed for 24 months. Results. A reported RS1 gene mutation was found (P203L) in the patient. At the baseline, his decimal BCVA was 0.15 in the right and 0.3 in the left eye. Fundus photographs showed bilateral spoke wheel-appearing maculopathy. SD-OCT confirmed the foveoschisis in the left eye. The AO images of the left eye showed spoke wheel retinal folds, and the folds were thinner than those in fundus photographs. During the follow-up period, the foveal thickness in the SD-OCT images and the number of retinal folds in the AO images were reduced. Conclusions. We have presented the detailed morphological changes of foveoschisis in a patient with XLRS detected by SD-OCT and AO fundus camera. However, the findings do not indicate whether the changes were influenced by topical dorzolamide or the natural history. PMID:26356828

  7. Planning and implementation of the on-comet operations of the instrument SD2 onboard the lander Philae of Rosetta mission

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    Di Lizia, P.; Bernelli-Zazzera, F.; Ercoli-Finzi, A.; Mottola, S.; Fantinati, C.; Remetean, E.; Dolives, B.

    2016-08-01

    The lander Philae of the Rosetta mission landed on the surface of the comet 67 P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko on November 12, 2014. Among the specific subsystems and instruments carried on Philae, the sampling, drilling and distribution (SD2) subsystem had the role of providing in-situ operations devoted to soil drilling, sample collection, and their distribution to three scientific instruments. After landing, a first sequence of scientific activities was carried out, relying mainly on the energy stored in the lander primary battery. Due to the limited duration and the communication delay, these activities had to be carried out automatically, with a limited possibility of developing and uploading commands from the ground. Philae's landing was not nominal and SD2 was operated in unexpected conditions: the lander was not anchored to the soil and leant on the comet surface shakily. Nevertheless, one sampling procedure was attempted. This paper provides an overview of SD2 operation planning and on-comet operations, and analyses SD2 achievements during the first science sequence of Philae's on-comet operations.

  8. GTC/OSIRIS Observations of RWT 152, a Case Study of a Planetary Nebula With an sdO Central Star

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    Aller, A.; Miranda, L. F.; Olguín, L.; Solano, E.; Ulla, A.

    2015-12-01

    RWT 152 is one of the few planetary nebula with an sdO central star. We present subarcsecond red tunable filter imaging and intermediate-resolution, long-slit spectroscopy of RWT 152, obtained with OSIRIS/GTC, which allow us to describe in detail its morphology and to obtain its physical conditions and chemical abundances.

  9. DIAGNOSTIC PERFORMANCE EVALUATION OF THE SD BIOLINE MALARIA ANTIGEN AG PF/PAN TEST (05FK60) IN A MALARIA ENDEMIC AREA OF SOUTHERN ETHIOPIA

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    TADESSE, Endale; WORKALEMAHU, Bereket; SHIMELIS, Techalew

    2016-01-01

    SUMMARY Rapid diagnostic tests (RDTs) capable of detecting and differentiating Plasmodium species are needed in areas in which microscopy is unsuitable. This study was conducted to assess the diagnostic performance of the rapid test kit - SD BIOLINE Malaria Ag Pf/Pan(r) (05FK60) in an endemic area. Microscopy of Giemsa-stained blood films were performed to detect and estimate the Plasmodium density in malaria suspected patients. The performance of the SD BIOLINE Malaria Ag Pf/Pan test was evaluated using 272 Plasmodium-positive and 102 negative blood samples. The overall sensitivity of the SD BIOLINE Malaria Ag Pf/Pan test was 99.5% for P. falciparum and 92.6% for non-P. falciparum malaria infections. The respective specificity, PPV, and NPV of the test were 98.0, 98.4, and 99.0% for the diagnosis of P. falciparum, and 100.0 %, 100.0%, and 94.4% for non-P. falciparum species. The SD BIOLINE Malaria Ag Pf/Pan test showed an excellent performance in diagnosing Plasmodium infections in an endemic setting. Therefore, this point-of-care test could be used as an alternative to microscopy in places where P. falciparum is endemic and microscopy is unsuitable. PMID:27680164

  10. Reexamination of the difference in susceptibility to adjuvant-induced arthritis among LEW/Crj, Slc/Wistar/ST and Slc/SD rats.

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    Banik, Ratan Kumar; Kasai, Masanori; Mizumura, Kazue

    2002-04-01

    The present investigations were performed to assess the differences among rat colonies commonly used for neurophysiological research regarding the development of complete Freund's adjuvant (CFA)-induced arthritis. Inflammatory signs including edema in the paw fluctuated remarkably among individual Wistar (Slc/Wistar/ST) and Sprague-Dawley (Slc/SD) rats, while the inflammatory signs of Lewis (LEW/Crj) rats appeared earlier and was severer and more consistent than Slc/Wistar/ST and Slc/SD rats. Edema in the hind paw developed in 100% of LEW/Crj rats with the lowest dose of CFA (0.6 mg/rat) used as compared with 64% of Slc/Wistar/ST (CFA 1 mg/rat) and 38% of Slc/SD rats (CFA 1.2 mg/rat). Retardation of weight gain was observed in Slc/Wistar/ST and Slc/SD rats in contrast to a severe weight decrease in inflamed LEW/Crj rats after the development of arthritis.

  11. EFFECTS OF 20 WEEK EXPOSURES IN FEMALE SPRAGUE-DAWLEY (S-D) RATS TO THE DRINKING WATER DISINFECTION BY-PRODUCT DIBROMOACETIC ACID

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    Effects of 20 week exposures in female Sprague-Dawley (S-D) rats to the drinking water disinfection by-product dibromoacetic acid. A S Murr and J M Goldman, Endocrinol. Br., RTD, NHEERL, ORD, US EPA, Res. Tri. Pk, NC. Sponsor: Audrey Cummings

    The drinking water disinfect...

  12. EFFECTS OF 20 WEEK EXPOSURES IN FEMALE SPRAGUE-DAWLEY (S-D) RATS TO DIBROMOACETIC ACID, A DRINKING WATER DISINFECTANT BY-PRODUCT

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    Effects of 20 week exposures in female Sprague-Dawley (S-D) rats to the drinking water disinfection by-product dibromoacetic acid. A S Murr and J M Goldman, Endocrinol. Br., RTD, NHEERL, ORD, US EPA, Res. Tri. Pk, NC. Sponsor: Audrey Cummings

    The drinking water disinfect...

  13. Structure, band gap, and Mn-related mid-gap states in epitaxial single crystal (Zn1-xMgx)1-yMnyO thin films

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    Zhu, Dapeng; Liu, Guolei; Xiao, Shuqin; Yan, Shishen; He, Shumin; Cai, Li; Li, Qinghao; Cao, Qiang; Hu, Shujun; Chen, Yanxue; Kang, Shishou; Mei, Liangmo

    2013-05-01

    Epitaxial (Zn1-xMgx)1-yMnyO thin films were grown on c-Al2O3 substrates by radio frequency oxygen plasma assisted molecular beam epitaxy. Single crystal structure of the (Zn1-xMgx)1-yMnyO films was revealed by reflection high energy electron diffraction and X-ray diffraction. The band gap of the films can be tuned dramatically with increasing the Mg concentration, while the onset energy of Mn-related mid-gap absorption band only shows a small blue shift. Photoconductivity measurements indicate the Mn-related mid-gap states in (Zn1-xMgx)1-yMnyO films can create free carriers and contribute to charge transfer transitions. The conduction band offset ΔEC = 0.13 eV and valence band offset ΔEV = 0.1 eV were obtained for ZnO/Zn0.8Mg0.2O heterostructures, which increase to ΔEC = 0.21 eV and ΔEV = 0.14 eV for ZnO/Zn0.7Mg0.3O heterostructures.

  14. Cation and Vacancy Disorder in U1-yNdyO2.00-X Alloys

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    Barabash, Rozaliya I.; Voit, Stewart L.; Aidhy, Dilpuneet S.; Lee, Seung Min; Knight, Travis W.; Sprouster, David J.; Ecker, Lynne E.

    2015-09-14

    In this study, the intermixing and clustering of U/Nd, O, and vacancies were studied by both laboratory and synchrotron-based x-ray diffraction in U1-yNdyO2-X alloys. It was found that an increased holding time at the high experimental temperature during initial alloy preparation results in a lower disorder of the Nd distribution in the alloys. Adjustment of the oxygen concentration in the U1-yNdyO2-X alloys with different Nd concentrations was accompanied by the formation of vacancies on the oxygen sublattice and a nanocrystalline component. The lattice parameters in the U1-yNdyO2-X alloys were also found to deviate significantly from Vegard's law when the Nd concentration was high (53%) and decreased with increasing oxygen concentration. Such changes indicate the formation of large vacancy concentrations during oxygen adjustment at these high temperatures. Finally, the change in the vacancy concentration after the oxygen adjustment was estimated relative to Nd concentration and oxygen stoichiometry.

  15. Local structures and interface morphology of InxGa1-xAs1-yNy thin films grown on GaAs

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    Soo, Y. L.; Huang, S.; Kao, Y. H.; Chen, J. G.; Hulbert, S. L.; Geisz, J. F.; Kurtz, Sarah; Olson, J. M.; Kurtz, Steven R.; Jones, E. D.; Allerman, A. A.

    1999-11-01

    X-ray absorption fine-structure techniques have been utilized to probe the short-range structures around N and In in InxGa1-xAs1-yNy compounds containing about 3% of N and 8% of In. Our results indicate that N impurities most likely substitute for As atoms in the system. The In-As interatomic distance in these compounds remains practically the same as in InAs, while the coordination number of As atoms around In shows possible variations with changes in the material characteristics. The N atoms play an important role in affecting the changes of band gap while also serving as ``strain moderators'' by providing a tensile strain in the film to counteract the compressive strain caused by the In impurities. Further, grazing incidence x-ray scattering measurements of InxGa1-xAs1-yNy/GaAs heterojunctions provide direct evidence that the InxGa1-xAs1-yNy thin films can indeed be lattice matched to GaAs substrates resulting in a reasonably smooth heterointerface.

  16. [Vitamin E prevents the toxic effect of benzo(a)pryene on reproductive system in male SD rats].

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    Li, Wei; Dong, Ting; Yang, Kai; Wu, Mengyun; Tu, Baijie

    2015-11-01

    目的:探讨维生素E(vitamin E,VE)对苯并[a]芘(Benzo(a)pryene,B[a]P)诱导的雄性大鼠的生殖毒性的保护作用及其机制。方法:将60只28 d龄70~90 g Sprague Dawley (SD)大鼠随机分为空白、溶剂对照组、B[a]P组(5 mg/kg)及低(10 mg/kg)、中(50 mg/kg)、高(100 mg/kg)剂量VE联合B[a]P处理组共6组,每组各10只;连续灌胃30 d并检测各组精子质量、睾丸组织中超氧化物歧化酶(superoxide dismutase,SOD)和谷胱甘肽过氧化物酶(glutathione peroxidase,GSH-Px)活性、8-羟基脱氧鸟苷(8-hydroxy-2-deoxyguanosine,8-OHdG)和丙二醛(malondialdehyde,MDA)的含量;HE染色观察睾丸形态,采用彗星实验测定细胞DNA损伤程度。结果:与对照组相比,B[a]P组精子计数明显降低、精子畸形率、8-OHdG及MDA含量明显升高,SOD和GSH-Px活性显著下降(P<0.05);VE联合组SD大鼠的睾丸组织损伤程度明显减轻;上述各项氧化应激和DNA损伤指标也均明显改善;且随着VE剂量的增加,保护效应呈现明显的剂量-反应关系,差异均具有统计学意义(P<0.05)。结论:VE对B[a]P诱导的SD雄性大鼠生殖损害具有保护作用。.

  17. How to predict return to work after lumbar discectomy: answers from the NeuroPoint-SD registry.

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    Than, Khoi D; Curran, Jill N; Resnick, Daniel K; Shaffrey, Christopher I; Ghogawala, Zoher; Mummaneni, Praveen V

    2016-08-01

    OBJECTIVE To date, the factors that predict whether a patient returns to work after lumbar discectomy are poorly understood. Information on postoperative work status is important in analyzing the cost-effectiveness of the procedure. METHODS An observational prospective cohort study was completed at 13 academic and community sites (NeuroPoint-Spinal Disorders [NeuroPoint-SD] registry). Patients undergoing single-level lumbar discectomy were included. Variables assessed included age, sex, body mass index (BMI), SF-36 physical function score, Oswestry Disability Index (ODI) score, presence of diabetes, smoking status, systemic illness, workers' compensation status, and preoperative work status. The primary outcome was working status within 3 months after surgery. Stepwise logistic regression analysis was performed to determine which factors were predictive of return to work at 3 months following discectomy. RESULTS There were 127 patients (of 148 total) with data collected 3 months postoperatively. The patients' average age at the time of surgery was 46 ± 1 years, and 66.9% of patients were working 3 months postoperatively. Statistical analyses demonstrated that the patients more likely to return to work were those of younger age (44.5 years vs 50.5 years, p = 0.008), males (55.3% vs 28.6%, p = 0.005), those with higher preoperative SF-36 physical function scores (44.0 vs 30.3, p = 0.002), those with lower preoperative ODI scores (43.8 vs 52.6, p = 0.01), nonsmokers (83.5% vs 66.7%, p = 0.03), and those who were working preoperatively (91.8% vs 26.2%, p < 0.0001). When controlling for patients who were working preoperatively (105 patients), only age was a statistically significant predictor of postoperative return to work (44.1 years vs 51.1 years, p = 0.049). CONCLUSIONS In this cohort of lumbar discectomy patients, preoperative working status was the strongest predictor of postoperative working status 3 months after surgery. Younger age was also a predictor

  18. Toward a consistent model of the B0.5IVe + sdO binary φ Persei.

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    Bozic, H.; Harmanec, P.; Horn, J.; Koubsky, P.; Scholz, G.; McDavid, D.; Hubert, A.-M.; Hubert, H.

    1995-12-01

    A detailed analysis of a very rich collection of spectroscopic and photometric observations of the bright Be star φ Per is presented. Earlier reports that φ Per is a double-lined spectroscopic binary consisting of two emission-line objects are confirmed. An orbital solution based on the emission-wing radial velocities for both stars has led to a determination of the orbital elements which defines the correct orbital phases. All data since the beginning of this century can be reconciled with a constant orbital period of 126.6731d+/-0.0071d. The new orbital solution gives lower masses than those found by earlier investigators, namely M_1_sin^3^i=16.35Msun_ and M_2_sin^3^i=1.69Msun_. These masses are in agreement with the recently derived spectral classes B0.5IVe and sdO6: for the primary and secondary, respectively. Long-term light variations are positively correlated with the emission strength, and in the U-B vs. B-V diagram the object has changed its apparent photometric type from a B supergiant toward an MS object. Dereddening of the mean seasonal UBV magnitudes from recent years (when spectra show the weakest recorded Balmer emission) leads to a photometric spectral type a bit earlier than B1V. An important and exciting finding is that the emission lines of both stars have been weakening simultaneously in recent years, which seems to indicate some kind of interaction between the binary components. The presence of rapid light variability is confirmed, but its more detailed analysis is postponed for another study. Low-amplitude orbital light variations with rather complicated light and color curves are found after the removal of long-term and rapid changes. The principal maxima and minima of the orbital light curves can be traced in both old and new photometry and can probably be attributed to specific circumstellar structures whose signatures are also seen spectroscopically. Finally, systematic secular changes in the shape and amplitude of the orbital radial

  19. Magnetic Characterization of Synthetic SD-like Pyrrhotite and Its Demagnetization under Hydrostatic Pressure up to 1.8 GPa

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    Bezaeva, N. S.; Chareev, D. A.; Rochette, P.; Kars, M.; Gattacceca, J.

    2014-12-01

    Monoclinic pyrrhotite (Fe7S8) is a common ferrimagnetic mineral in both terrestrial rocks and meteorites (e.g., SNC, Rumuruti chondrites…). It is also recognized as a candidate magnetic mineral for Martian magnetic anomalies. We synthesized SD-like monoclinic pyrrhotite at 245°C using the molten-salt synthesis method [1]. Here we characterize its magnetic properties including its behavior under hydrostatic pressure up to 1.8 GPa. Data were collected in the 10K to 360°C temperature range and include measurements of low-field magnetic susceptibility (χ0), thermomagnetic curves χ0(T), major hysteresis loops, back-field remanence demagnetization curves, first-order reversal curve (FORC), alternating field and pressure demagnetization of saturation isothermal remanent magnetization (SIRM or Mrs), low temperature MPMS datasets (field and frequency dependencies of χ0, field-cooled and zero-field-cooled remanence FC-ZFC and room temperature SIRM heating-cooling cycles) as well as X-ray diffraction (XRD) spectra. χ0(T) indicates a single Curie point at 320°C characteristic of monoclinic pyrrhotite. For application of hydrostatic pressure up to 1.8 GPa we used a nonmagnetic high-pressure cell of piston-cylinder type entirely made of "Russian alloy" (Ni57Cr40Al3) with 8 mm of inner diameter similar to the cell, described in [2]. Application of 1.8 GPa resulted in demagnetization (decrease in SIRM) of the sample by 38%. Repeated cycling from 1.8 GPa to atmospheric pressure and back resulted in further decrease in remanence by 44% (for 3 cycles). The characteristic Besnus transition of pyrrhotite is observed at ~34 K. The observed hysteresis parameters (Mrs/Ms=0.53, Bcr/Bc=1.17, Bcr=41 mT, where Ms is saturation magnetization, Bc and Bcr are coercivity and remanent coercivity, respectively) are consistent with pseudo-single-domain range, previously established in literature [3]. Superparamagnetic (SP) grains are not present in the sample as no frequency dependence of

  20. FUSE spectroscopy of the sdOB primary of the post common-envelope binary LB 3459(AA Doradus)

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    Fleig, J.; Rauch, T.; Werner, K.; Kruk, J. W.

    2008-12-01

    Context: LB 3459(AA Doradus) is an eclipsing, close, post common-envelope binary (PCEB) consisting of an sdOB primary star and an unseen secondary with an extraordinarily low mass (M2 ≈ 0.066 M_⊙) - formally a brown dwarf. A recent NLTE spectral analysis shows a discrepancy with the surface gravity, which is derived from analyses of radial-velocity and lightcurves. Aims: We aim at precisely determining of the photospheric parameters of the primary, especially of the surface gravity, and searching for weak metal lines in the far UV. Methods: We performed a detailed spectral analysis of the far-UV spectrum of LB 3459obtained with FUSE by means of state-of-the-art NLTE model-atmosphere techniques. Results: A strong contamination of the far-UV spectrum of LB 3459by interstellar line absorption hampers a precise determination of the photospheric properties of its primary star. Its effective temperature (T_eff = 42 kK) was confirmed by the evaluation of new ionization equilibria. For the first time, phosphorus and sulfur have been identified in the spectrum of LB 3459. Their photospheric abundances are solar and 0.01 times solar, respectively. From the C III λλ 1174-1177 Å multiplet, we can measure the rotational velocity v_rot = 35 ± 5 km s-1 of the primary of LB 3459and confirm that the rotation is bound. From a re-analysis of optical and UV spectra (analogue to Rauch 2000, A&A, 356, 665), we determine a slightly higher surface gravity log g = 5.3 ± 0.1 compared to Rauch (2000, log g = 5.2 ± 0.1). Conclusions: The rotational velocity of the primary of LB 3459is consistent with a bound rotation. The higher log g reduces the discrepancy in mass determination in comparison to analyses of radial-velocity and lightcurves. However, the problem is not completely solved. Based on observations made with the NASA-CNES-CSA Far Ultraviolet Spectroscopic Explorer. FUSE is operated for NASA by the Johns Hopkins University under NASA contract NAS5-32985.

  1. Automated geographic atrophy segmentation for SD-OCT images using region-based C-V model via local similarity factor

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    Niu, Sijie; de Sisternes, Luis; Chen, Qiang; Leng, Theodore; Rubin, Daniel L.

    2016-01-01

    Age-related macular degeneration (AMD) is the leading cause of blindness among elderly individuals. Geographic atrophy (GA) is a phenotypic manifestation of the advanced stages of non-exudative AMD. Determination of GA extent in SD-OCT scans allows the quantification of GA-related features, such as radius or area, which could be of important value to monitor AMD progression and possibly identify regions of future GA involvement. The purpose of this work is to develop an automated algorithm to segment GA regions in SD-OCT images. An en face GA fundus image is generated by averaging the axial intensity within an automatically detected sub-volume of the three dimensional SD-OCT data, where an initial coarse GA region is estimated by an iterative threshold segmentation method and an intensity profile set, and subsequently refined by a region-based Chan-Vese model with a local similarity factor. Two image data sets, consisting on 55 SD-OCT scans from twelve eyes in eight patients with GA and 56 SD-OCT scans from 56 eyes in 56 patients with GA, respectively, were utilized to quantitatively evaluate the automated segmentation algorithm. We compared results obtained by the proposed algorithm, manual segmentation by graders, a previously proposed method, and experimental commercial software. When compared to a manually determined gold standard, our algorithm presented a mean overlap ratio (OR) of 81.86% and 70% for the first and second data sets, respectively, while the previously proposed method OR was 72.60% and 65.88% for the first and second data sets, respectively, and the experimental commercial software OR was 62.40% for the second data set. PMID:26977364

  2. The qSD12 underlying gene promotes abscisic acid accumulation in early developing seeds to induce primary dormancy in rice.

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    Gu, Xing-You; Liu, Tianlei; Feng, Jiuhuan; Suttle, Jeffrey C; Gibbons, James

    2010-05-01

    Seeds acquire primary dormancy during their development and the phytohormone abscisic acid (ABA) is known to play a role in inducing the dormancy. qSD12 is a major seed dormancy quantitative trait locus (QTL) identified from weedy rice. This research was conducted to identify qSD12 candidate genes, isolate the candidates from weedy rice, and determine the relation of the dormancy gene to ABA. A fine mapping experiment, followed by marker-assisted progeny testing for selected recombinants, narrowed down qSD12 to a genomic region of <75 kb, where there are nine predicted genes including a cluster of six transposon/retrotransposon protein genes and three putative (a PIL5, a hypothetic protein, and a bHLH transcription factor) genes based on the annotated Nipponbare genome sequence. The PIL5 and bHLH genes are more likely to be the QTL candidate genes. A bacterial artificial chromosome (BAC) library equivalent to 8-9 times of the haploid genome size was constructed for the weedy rice. One of the two BAC contigs developed from the library covers the PIL5 to bHLH interval. A pair of lines different only in the QTL-containing region of <200 kb was developed as isogenic lines for the qSD12 dormancy and non-dormancy alleles. The dormant line accumulated much higher ABA in 10-day developing seeds than the non-dormant line. In the QTL-containing region there is no predicted gene that has been assigned to ABA biosynthetic or metabolic pathways. Thus, it is concluded that the qSD12 underlying gene promotes ABA accumulation in early developing seeds to induce primary seed dormancy. PMID:19823935

  3. Lattice distortion-induced phase transformations in La{sub 1-y}Pr{sub y}MnO{sub 3+{delta}} manganites

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    Bukhanko, F. N.

    2013-04-15

    The structural and magnetic phase transformations that occur in the system of self-doped La{sub 1-y}Pr{sub y}MnO{sub 3+{delta}} ({delta} Almost-Equal-To 0.1, 0 {<=} y {<=} 1) manganites in the temperature range 4.2-300 K are studied by X-ray diffraction and measuring the temperature and field dependences of dc magnetization. The low-temperature magnetic phase transformations induced by the substitution of Pr for La correlate well with the structural phase transformations at T = 300 K, which indicates a strong coupling of the electronic and magnetic subsystems of La{sub 1-y}Pr{sub y}MnO{sub 3+{delta}} manganites with the crystal lattice. The anomalies of the magnetic and structural properties detected in this work in the form of peaks and inflection points in the concentration dependences of the magnetization and lattice parameters of the pseudocubic phase of La{sub 1-y}Pr{sub y}MnO{sub 3+{delta}} (0.1 {<=} y {<=} 0.7) in the temperature range 4.2-300 K are explained in terms of the existing concepts of the effect of Fermi surface nesting on the renormalization of the density of states and the hole dispersion near E{sub F} in the presence of a strong coupling of holes with low-frequency optical phonons, which results in their transformation into quasiparticles. The narrow peak in the magnetization curve M(y) of La{sub 1-y}Pr{sub y}MnO{sub 3+{delta}} that is detected near y = 0.3 at T = 4.2 K is assumed to correspond to the peak of coherence of quasiparticles with a low energy of coupling with the crystal lattice near E{sub F}, which was found earlier in the photoelectron emission spectra of manganites. The disappearance of the narrow magnetization peak with increasing Pr concentration is explained by the transition of charge carriers from the mode of 'light' holes weakly coupled to one of the soft phonons to the mode of 'heavy' holes strongly coupled to several phonons. The transition between phases with strongly different effective quasiparticle masses proceeds

  4. On the 300km discontinuity with Conversion Phases SdP in the Tonga-Fiji Region

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    Zhou, Y.; Sui, Y.

    2011-12-01

    Conversion phases SdP are powerful for retrieving information of velocity interfaces of deep structure of Earth's interior. The high sensitivity seismograph network Japan (Hi-net) has about 800 seismometers which can provide digital waveform data from since 2004 through internet. The difference between the focal depths and the depth of 300 km discontinuity determines the sizes of Fresnel zones at the discontinuity for the waveform data from the seismic network, so seismic waveform of six earthquakes with depths from 145 to 220km between 2004 and 2011 beneath Tonga-Fiji region are retrieved from Hi-net (www.hinet.bosai.go.jp). The magnitudes of the events used are Mb 5.0-5.7 which means there are good signal-noise ratios and relatively simple source time functions. In this study, the focal depths determined with pP phases are provided by EHB database for those before 2006 and www.globalcmt.org for those after that year. After filtering with 0.2-1.0Hz (e.g. Castle and Creager, JGR, 2000) and manually selection, waveform data are divided to 5-8 groups related to the regional locations of seismometers and proceeded with N-th root slant-stack method, then we can get the related vespegram in differential time vs slowness. There are 38 vespegrams for 6 events. From the vespegrams, the conversion phases are picked according to the references of the theoretical values of the differential times and slownesses. The parameters read from vespegrams are inverted with IASP91 model to the depths and locations of conversion points. The conversion points related to 300 km discontinuity are distributed from 302 to 328km in the Fuji-Tonga region. For the vespegrams from one certain event but sub-networks, the depth variation are less than 20 km, mostly are less than 11km. Especially, the depth variation of the event 6 are just 8 km. So in the square region with 200 * 300 km, the lateral variation of the depth of the 300 km discontinuity is relatively small. Comparing with the former

  5. An X-Ray, Optical, and Radio Search for Supernova Remnants in the Nearby Sculptor Group Sd Galaxy NGC 7793

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    Pannuti, Thomas G.; Duric, Nebojsa; Lacey, Christina K.; Ferguson, Annette M. N.; Magnor, Marcus A.; Mendelowitz, Caylin

    2002-02-01

    This paper is the second in a series devoted to examining the multiwavelength properties of supernova remnants (SNRs) located in nearby galaxies. We consider here the resident SNRs in the nearby Sculptor group Sd galaxy NGC 7793. Using our own Very Large Array (VLA) radio observations at 6 and 20 cm, as well as archived ROSAT X-ray data, previously published optical results, and our own Hα image, we have searched for X-ray and radio counterparts to previously known optically identified SNRs and for new previously unidentified SNRs at these two wavelength regimes. Consistent with our prior results for NGC 300, only a tiny minority of the optically identified SNRs have been found at another wavelength. The most noteworthy source in our study is N7793-S26, which is the only SNR in this galaxy that is detected at all three wavelengths (X-ray, optical, and radio). It features a long (~450 pc) filamentary morphology that is clearly seen in both the optical and the radio images. N7793-S26's radio luminosity exceeds that of the Galactic SNR Cas A, and based on equipartition calculations we determine that an energy of at least 1052 ergs is required to maintain this source. Such a result argues for the source being created by multiple supernova explosions rather than by a single supernova event. A second optically identified SNR, N7793-S11, has detectable radio emission but no detectable X-ray emission. A radio-selected sample of candidate SNRs has also been prepared by searching for coincidences between nonthermal radio sources and regions of Hα emission in this galaxy. This search has produced five new candidate radio SNRs to be added to the 28 SNRs that have already been detected by optical methods. A complementary search for new candidate X-ray SNRs has also been conducted by searching for soft-spectrum sources (kT<1 keV) that are coincident with regions of Hα emission. That search has yielded a candidate X-ray SNR that is coincident with one (and possibly two) of the

  6. Reading performance correlates with white-matter properties in preterm and term children

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    Andrews, James S; Ben-Shachar, Michal; Yeatman, Jason D; Flom, Lynda L; Luna, Beatriz; Feldman, Heidi M

    2010-01-01

    Aim We used diffusion tensor imaging to investigate the association between white-matter integrity and reading ability in a cohort of 28 children. Nineteen preterm children (14 males, five females; mean age 11y 11mo [SD 1y 10mo], mean gestational age 30.5wks (SD 3.2), mean birthweight was 1455g [SD 625]); and nine term children (five males, four females; mean age 12y 8mo [SD 2y 5mo], mean gestational age 39.6 weeks (SD 1.2), and mean birthweight 3877g [SD 473]). Method We tested whether fractional anisotropy in a left hemisphere temporoparietal region and in the corpus callosum correlates with birthweight and scores on the following three subtests of the Woodcock-Johnson III Tests of Achievement: word identification, word attack, and passage comprehension. Results Preterm children had lower reading scores than a comparison group for all reading subtests (p<0.05). We found significant correlations between birthweight and fractional anisotropy in the whole corpus callosum (p=0.001), and between fractional anisotropy and reading skill in the genu (p=0.001) and body (p=0.001) of the corpus callosum. The correlation between reading skill and fractional anisotropy in a left temporoparietal region previously associated with reading disability was not significant (p=0.095). Interpretation We conclude that perinatal white-matter injury of the central corpus callosum may have long-term developmental implications for reading performance. PMID:19747208

  7. Detailed software design of an ultra-parallel ultra-high speed SD-OCT for real-time 4D display at 12 volume/second

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    Hiro-Oka, H.; Choi, D.; Shimizu, K.; Ohbayashi, K.

    2012-01-01

    We report on the software design of an ultra-parallel ultra-high speed spectral domain optical coherence tomography (SD-OCT) system. In our system, optical de-multiplexers divide an interferogram into 320 light every 18.7 GHz frequency, instead of a refractive grating for spectroscopy so far used in conventional SD-OCT. These optical elements enable to get rid of a re-sampling process and contribute to reduce the load of computing. The fast Fourier transform (FFT) is performed by field-programmable gate array (FPGA) and real-time 3D OCT images are created on graphics processing unit (GPU). Our system achieves a real-time 3D OCT image display (4D display) with an A-scan, B-scan, and volume rate of 10 MHz, 4 kHz, and 12 volumes per second, respectively.

  8. Three-Dimensional Analysis of Retinal Layer Texture: Identification of Fluid-Filled Regions in SD-OCT of the Macula

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    Lee, Kyungmoo; Dolejsi, Martin; Garvin, Mona K.; Abràmoff, Michael D.; Sonka, Milan

    2010-01-01

    Optical coherence tomography (OCT) is becoming one of the most important modalities for the noninvasive assessment of retinal eye diseases. As the number of acquired OCT volumes increases, automating the OCT image analysis is becoming increasingly relevant. In this paper, a method for automated characterization of the normal macular appearance in spectral domain OCT (SD-OCT) volumes is reported together with a general approach for local retinal abnormality detection. Ten intraretinal layers are first automatically segmented and the 3-D image dataset flattened to remove motion-based artifacts. From the flattened OCT data, 23 features are extracted in each layer locally to characterize texture and thickness properties across the macula. The normal ranges of layer-specific feature variations have been derived from 13 SD-OCT volumes depicting normal retinas. Abnormalities are then detected by classifying the local differences between the normal appearance and the retinal measures in question. This approach was applied to determine footprints of fluid-filled regions—SEADs (Symptomatic Exudate-Associated Derangements)—in 78 SD-OCT volumes from 23 repeatedly imaged patients with choroidal neovascularization (CNV), intra-, and sub-retinal fluid and pigment epithelial detachment. The automated SEAD footprint detection method was validated against an independent standard obtained using an interactive 3-D SEAD segmentation approach. An area under the receiver-operating characteristic curve of 0.961 ± 0.012 was obtained for the classification of vertical, cross-layer, macular columns. A study performed on 12 pairs of OCT volumes obtained from the same eye on the same day shows that the repeatability of the automated method is comparable to that of the human experts. This work demonstrates that useful 3-D textural information can be extracted from SD-OCT scans and—together with an anatomical atlas of normal retinas—can be used for clinically important applications

  9. Distribution of impurity states and charge transport in Zr0.25Hf0.75Ni1+xSn1-ySby nanocomposites

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    Liu, Yuanfeng; Makongo, Julien P. A.; Page, Alexander; Sahoo, Pranati; Uher, Ctirad; Stokes, Kevin; Poudeu, Pierre F. P.

    2016-02-01

    Energy filtering of charge carriers in a semiconducting matrix using atomically coherent nanostructures can lead to a significant improvement of the thermoelectric figure of merit of the resulting composite. In this work, several half-Heusler/full-Heusler (HH/FH) nanocomposites with general compositions Zr0.25Hf0.75Ni1+xSn1-ySby (0≤x≤0.15 and y=0.005, 0.01 and 0.025) were synthesized in order to investigate the behavior of extrinsic carriers at the HH/FH interfaces. Electronic transport data showed that energy filtering of carriers at the HH/FH interfaces in Zr0.25Hf0.75Ni1+xSn1-ySby samples strongly depends on the doping level (y value) as well as the energy levels occupied by impurity states in the samples. For example, it was found that carrier filtering at HH/FH interfaces is negligible in Zr0.25Hf0.75Ni1+xSn1-ySby (y=0.01 and 0.025) composites where donor states originating from Sb dopant dominate electronic conduction. However, we observed a drastic decrease in the effective carrier density upon introduction of HH/FH interfaces for the mechanically alloyed Zr0.25Hf0.75Ni1+xSn0.995Sb0.005 samples where donor states from unintentional Fe impurities contribute the largest fraction of conduction electrons. This work demonstrates the ability to synergistically integrate the concepts of doping and energy filtering through nanostructuring for the optimization of electronic transport in semiconductors.

  10. Thermoelectric properties of p-type Ag1-x(Pb1-ySny)mSb1-zTem+2

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    Ahn, Kyunghan; Kong, Huijun; Uher, Ctirad; Kanatzidis, Mercouri G.

    2016-10-01

    The thermoelectric properties of Ag1-x(Pb1-ySny)mSb1-zTem+2 (4≤m≤16, -0.1≤x≤0.3, 1/3≤y≤2/3, 0.2≤z≤0.4; Lead Antimony Silver Tellurium Tin, LASTT-m) compositions were investigated in the temperature range of 300 to ~670 K. All samples crystallize in the average NaCl-type structure without any noticeable second phase and exhibit very narrow bandgaps of <0.1 eV. We studied a range of m values, silver concentrations (x), Pb/Sn ratios (y), and antimony concentrations (z) to determine their effects on the thermoelectric properties. The samples were investigated as melt grown polycrystalline ingots. Varying the Ag contents, the Pb/Sn ratios, and the Sb contents off-stoichiometry allowed us to control the electrical conductivity, the Seebeck coefficient, and the thermal conductivity. The electrical conductivity tends to decrease with decreasing m values. The highest ZT of ~1.1 was achieved at ~660 K for Ag0.9Pb5Sn5Sb0.8Te12 mainly due to the very low lattice thermal conductivity of ~0.4 W/(m K) around 660 K. Also, samples with charge-balanced stoichiometries, Ag(Pb1-ySny)mSbTem+2, were studied and found to exhibit a lower power factor and higher lattice thermal conductivity than the Ag1-x(Pb1-ySny)mSb1-zTem+2 compositions.

  11. Photoluminescence of A- and B-site Eu3+-substituted (SrxBa1-x)2CaWyMo1-yO6 phosphors

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    Sletnes, M.; Lindgren, M.; Valmalette, J. C.; Wagner, N. P.; Grande, T.; Einarsrud, M.-A.

    2016-05-01

    The photoluminescence of two series of A- and B-site Eu3+ substituted (SrxBa1-x)2CaWyMo1-yO6 double perovskite phosphor materials, (SrxBa1-x)1.96Eu0.02K0.02CaWyMo1-yO6 and (SrxBa1-x)2Ca0.96Eu0.02Li0.02WyMo1-yO6 (x and y=0, 0.25, 0.50, 0.75, and 1), were studied systematically as a function of stoichiometry and crystal structure. The Eu3+ lattice sites controlled by co-doping with either K or Li were confirmed by Raman spectroscopy. The variation in integrated emission intensity and emission colour over the experimental matrix was examined using statistical tools, and the observed trends were rationalized based on the physical and electronic structure of the phosphors. Phosphors with Eu on B-site with maximum Sr content had remarkably higher emission intensities than all other materials, but the emission was more orange than red due to domination of the 5D0-7F1 (595 nm) transition of Eu3+. The relative intensities of the 5D0-7F2 (615 nm) and 5D0-7F1 transitions of Eu3+, and thus the red-shift of the emission, decreased linearly with increasing Sr content in the A-site Eu-substituted phosphors, and reached a maximum for Sr1.96Eu0.02K0.02CaW0.25Mo0.75O6. A maximum external quantum efficiency of 17% was obtained for the phosphor Sr2Ca0.7Eu0.15Li0.15W0.5Mo0.5O6 with Eu on B-site.

  12. Urbach rule and disordering processes in Cu6P(S1-xSex)5Br1-yIy superionic conductors

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    Kranjčec, M.; Studenyak, I. P.; Kurik, M. V.

    2006-04-01

    Compositional behavior of Urbach absorption edge is studied as well as the effect of compositional disordering on the parameters of exciton phonon interaction, phase transition temperatures and electric conductivity in Cu6P(S1-xSex)5Br1-yIy superionic solid solutions. The effect of different types of disordering on the optical absorption processes and specific features of compositional changes in the absorption edge spectra under S→Se and Br→I anion substitution in the mixed crystals are investigated. (x, T) phase diagrams for Cu6P(S1-xSex)5X (X=I, Br) solid solutions are studied.

  13. Energy level of the Si-related DX-center in (AlyGa1-y)1-xInxAs

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    Heckelmann, Stefan; Lackner, David; Bett, Andreas W.

    2015-03-01

    For the quaternary material (AlyGa1-y)1-xInxAs, the energy level of the silicon-related deep electron trap known as the DX-center is calculated. In addition, the composition range y(x) is derived, for which the silicon-related DX-center level is below the conduction band minimum and thus electronically active. Eventually, the result of the calculation is compared with available measurement data, revealing good agreement regarding the composition when the DX-center energy level crosses the conduction band minimum.

  14. Experimental oxygen potentials of U1-yPryO2± x and thermodynamic assessment of the U-Pr-O system

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    McMurray, Jake W.; Silva, Chinthaka M.

    2015-12-09

    Thermogravimetric analysis (TGA) was used to determine the oxygen potentials of fluorite urania-praseodymia (U1-yPryO2± x) solid solutions for y = 0.10 and 0.20 between 1000 and 1500 °C. A thermodynamic assessment of U-Pr-O system was performed using the CALPHAD (CALculation of PHAse Diagrams) method. Furthermore, the models well reproduce the TGA measurements and the computed phase relations are in good agreement with those proposed from an X-ray diffraction investigation.

  15. SYNTHESIS AND PIEZOELECTRIC PROPERTIES OF (Ba1-xCax)(Ti1-yZry)O3 BY A NOVEL COMPOSITE-HYDROXIDE-MEDIATED APPROACH

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    Kimura, Takeshi; Yin, Shu; Hashimoto, Takatoshi; Sasaki, Atushi; Tokano, Yuichi; Sato, Tsugio

    2012-06-01

    High purity (Ba1-xCax)(Ti1-yZry)O3((x,y)=(0.00,0.00)-(0.50,0.50)) were synthesized by a composite-hydroxide-mediated approach at 200°C using a sealed tube with a rolling system. The powders with an average size of 50 nm in diameter and narrow size distribution were produced. The highest electromechanical coupling factor kr was 36.1% ((x,y) = (0.05,0.03)) and highest mechanical quality factor Qm was 256 ((x,y) = (0.11,0.13)).

  16. Negative differential conductance in nano-scale normal metal/superconductor/normal metal junctions featuring Fe1 + y Te1 - x Se x

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    De, Debtanu; Diaz-Pinto, Carlos; Wu, Zheng; Peng, Haibing

    2012-11-01

    Iron-based superconductors have been the subject of intensive study due to their high transition temperature and intriguing physical mechanisms. We describe a unique experimental approach to fabricate nano-scale normal metal/superconductor/normal metal junctions involving microcrystals of Fe1 + y Te1 - x Se x , for which we have observed a distinct phenomenon of negative differential conductance (NDC) dips along with multiple plateau features in differential conductance spectra. The evolution of the NDC dips and the plateau features is further explored as a function of both temperature and magnetic field, and their physical origin is discussed.

  17. Crystal structures of RPt{sub 3-x}Si{sub 1-y}(R=Y, Tb, Dy, Ho, Er, Tm, Yb) studied by single crystal X-ray diffraction

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    Gribanov, Alexander; Grytsiv, Andriy; Rogl, Peter; Seropegin, Yurii; Giester, Gerald

    2009-07-15

    The crystal structures of ternary compounds RPt{sub 3-x}Si{sub 1-y}(R=Y, Tb, Dy, Ho, Er, Tm, Yb) have been elucidated from X-ray single crystal CCD data. All compounds are isotypic and crystallize in the tetragonal space group P4/mbm. The general formula RPt{sub 3-x}Si{sub 1-y} arises from defects: x{approx}0.20, y{approx}0.14. The crystal structure of RPt{sub 3-x}Si{sub 1-y} can be considered as a packing of four types of building blocks which derive from the CePt{sub 3}B-type unit cell by various degrees of distortion and Pt, Si-defects. - Graphical Abstract: Electron density in RPt{sub 3-x}Si{sub 1-y} at 0, 1/2 , 0.

  18. Possible nodal superconducting gap in Fe1+y(Te1-xSex) single crystals from ultralow temperature penetration depth measurements

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    Diaconu, Andrei; Martin, Catalin; Hu, Jin; Liu, Tijiang; Qian, Bin; Mao, Zhiqiang; Spinu, Leonard

    2013-09-01

    Using a radio-frequency tunnel diode oscillator technique, we measured the temperature dependence of the in-plane London penetration depth Δλab(T) in Fe1+y(Te1-xSex) single crystals, down to temperatures as low as 50 mK. A significant number of samples, with nominal Se concentrations x=0.36, 0.40, 0.43, and 0.45, respectively, were studied and in many cases we found that Δλab(T) shows an upturn below 0.7 K, indicative of a paramagnetic-type contribution. After subtracting the magnetic background, the low-temperature behavior of penetration depth is best described by a power law with exponent n≈2 and with no systematic dependence on the Se concentration. Most importantly, in the limit of T→0, in some samples we observed a narrow region of linear temperature dependence of penetration depth, suggestive of nodes in the superconducting gap of Fe1+y(Te1-xSex).

  19. Superconductivity, magnetism, and stoichiometry of single crystals of Fe[subscript 1+y](Te[subscript 1−x]S[subscript x])[subscript z

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    Hu, Rongwei; Bozin, Emil S.; Warren, J.B.; Petrovic, C.

    2010-05-25

    We report synthesis of high-quality Fe{sub 1+y}(Te{sub 1-x}S{sub x}){sub z} single crystals and a comprehensive study of structural, magnetic, and transport properties. We demonstrate the very small upper critical field anisotropy of Fe{sub 1+y}(Te{sub 1-x}S{sub x}){sub z}, {gamma}{sub H} = H{sub c2}{sup {parallel}c}/H{sub c2}{sup {perpendicular}c}. The value of {gamma}{sub H} reaches 1.05 at T = 0.65 T{sub c} for Fe{sub 1.12}Te{sub 0.83}S{sub 0.11} while still maintaining large values of upper critical field. There is high sensitivity to material stoichiometry which includes vacancies on the Te(S) site. Our results reveal competition and coexistence of magnetic order and percolative superconductivity for x {ge} 0.03 while zero resistivity is achieved for x {ge} 0.1.

  20. Core-Shell Zn x Cd1- x Se/Zn y Cd1- y Se Quantum Dots for Nonvolatile Memory and Electroluminescent Device Applications

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    Al-Amoody, Fuad; Suarez, Ernesto; Rodriguez, Angel; Heller, E.; Huang, Wenli; Jain, F.

    2011-08-01

    This paper presents a floating quantum dot (QD) gate nonvolatile memory device using high-energy-gap Zn y Cd1- y Se-cladded Zn x Cd1- x Se quantum dots ( y > x) with tunneling layers comprising nearly lattice-matched semiconductors (e.g., ZnS/ZnMgS) on Si channels. Also presented is the fabrication of an electroluminescent (EL) device with embedded cladded ZnCdSe quantum dots. These ZnCdSe quantum dots were embedded between indium tin oxide (ITO) on glass and a top Schottky metal electrode deposited on a thin CsF barrier. These QDs, which were nucleated in a photo-assisted microwave plasma (PMP) metalorganic chemical vapor deposition (MOCVD) reactor, were grown between the source and drain regions on a p-type silicon substrate of the nonvolatile memory device. The composition of QD cladding, which relates to the value of y in Zn y Cd1- y Se, was engineered by the intensity of ultraviolet light, which controlled the incorporation of zinc in ZnCdSe. The QD quality is comparable to those deposited by other methods. Characteristics and modeling of the II-VI quantum dots as well as two diverse types of devices are presented in this paper.

  1. A development of chimeric VEGFR2 TK inhibitor based on two ligand conformers from PDB: 1Y6A complex--medicinal chemistry consequences of a TKs analysis.

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    Lintnerová, Lucia; García-Caballero, Melissa; Gregáň, Fridrich; Melicherčík, Milan; Quesada, Ana R; Dobiaš, Juraj; Lác, Ján; Sališová, Marta; Boháč, Andrej

    2014-01-24

    VEGFR2 is an important mediator of angiogenesis and influences fate of some cancer stem cells. Here we analysed all 34 structures of VEGFR2 TK available from PDB database. From them a complex PDB: 1Y6A has an exceptional AAZ ligand bound to TK in form of two conformers (U- and S-shaped). This observation inspired us to develop three chimeric bispyridyl VEGFR2 inhibitors by combining structural features of both AAZ conformers and/or their relative ligand AAX (PDB: 1Y6B). Our most interesting inhibitor 22SYM has an enzymatic VEGFR2 TK activity (IC50: 15.1 nM) comparable or better to the active compounds from clinical drugs Nexavar and Sutent. 22SYM inhibits growth, migration and tube formation of endothelial cells (EC) and selectively induces EC apoptosis. 22SYM also inhibits in vivo angiogenesis in Zebrafish embryo assay. Additionally to the above results, we proved here that tyrosine kinases in an inactive form possessing Type I inhibitors can adopt both a closed or an opened conformation of kinase A-loop independently on their DFG-out arrangement. We proposed here that an activity of certain Type I inhibitors (e.g. 22SYM-like) in complex with DFG-out TK can be negatively influenced by collisions with a dynamically moving TK A-loop.

  2. Photoluminescence measurements of high Sn-content Ge1-ySny and Ge1 - x - ySixSny grown on Ge-buffered Si

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    Yeo, Yung Kee; Harris, Thomas R.; Wang, Buguo; Ryu, Mee-Yi; Kouvetakis, John

    2015-03-01

    The optical properties of newly developed, high Sn-content Ge1-ySny and Ge1 - x - ySixSny thin films grown on Ge-buffered Si have been characterized using temperature-dependent and laser power-dependent photoluminescence (PL) measurements. The results show two distinct PL peaks related to both the direct (Γ) and indirect (L) bandgap transitions. Furthermore, the measured separation energy between the direct and indirect bandgap related PL peaks for Ge0.948Sn0.052 sample is only about 30 meV compared to the value of 140 meV for bulk Ge. This study shows a very encouraging result toward producing Ge- and Si-based direct bandgap semiconductors, whose predicted indirect-to-direct bandgap crossover could be near 6% Sn. Clear competition between the two transitions is also observed as a function of temperature and laser power. Overall, this work represents an extensive PL characterization of Ge1-ySny and Ge1 - x - ySixSny materials over a wide compositional range and should be useful for the development of next-generation optoelectronic devices. Author to whom correspondence should be addressed. Electronic mail: thomas.harris.ctr@afit.edu

  3. Effects of Soluble Phosphate on Phosphate-Solubilizing Characteristics and Expression of gcd Gene in Pseudomonas frederiksbergensis JW-SD2.

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    Zeng, Qingwei; Wu, Xiaoqin; Wen, Xinyi

    2016-02-01

    Phosphate-solubilizing bacteria have the ability of solubilizing mineral phosphate in soil and promoting growth of plants, but the activity of phosphate solubilization is influenced by exogenous soluble phosphate. In the present study, the effects of soluble phosphate on the activity of phosphate solubilization, acidification of media, growth, and organic acid secretion of phosphate-solubilizing bacterium Pseudomonas frederiksbergensis JW-SD2 were investigated under six levels of soluble phosphate conditions. The activity of phosphate solubilization decreased with the increase of soluble phosphate concentration, accompanying with the increase of media pH. However, the growth was promoted by adding soluble phosphate. Production of gluconic, tartaric, and oxalic acids by the strain was reduced with the increase of concentration of soluble phosphate, while acetic and pyruvic acids showed a remarkable increase. Gluconic acid predominantly produced by the strain at low levels of soluble phosphate showed that this acid was the most efficient organic acid in phosphate solubilization. Pyrroloquinoline quinone-glucose dehydrogenase gene gcd (pg5SD2) was cloned from the strain, and the expressions of pg5SD2 gene were repressed gradually with the increase of concentration of soluble phosphate. The soluble phosphate regulating the transcription of the gcd gene is speculated to underlie the regulation of the secretion of gluconic acid and subsequently the regulation of the activity of phosphate solubilization. Future research needs to consider a molecular engineering strategy to reduce the sensitivity of PSB strain to soluble phosphate via modification of the regulatory mechanism of gcd gene, which could improve the scope of PSB strains' application.

  4. Reliability of manual measurements of corneal thickness obtained from healthy canine eyes using spectral-domain optical coherence tomography (SD-OCT).

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    Alario, Anthony F; Pirie, Christopher G

    2014-07-01

    The purpose of this study was to manually measure corneal thickness in canine eyes using a spectral-domain optical coherence tomography (SD-OCT) device and to assess intra- and inter-observer reliability of this technique. Twenty healthy dogs with a mean age of 4.7 y were examined. A 6-mm corneal pachymetry protocol was carried out by 1 operator using 1 SD-OCT device in both eyes of each animal. Measurements were obtained manually and in duplicate by 2 independent investigators (> 24 h apart), using the built-in caliper function. Measurements included epithelial thickness (ET), non-epithelial thickness (NET), and central corneal thickness (CCT). The overall mean ET, NET, and CCT for all eyes examined were 72.3 ± 4.6 μm, 538.9 ± 42.5 μm, and 611.2 ± 40.3 μm, respectively. There was no significant difference in ET, NET, or CCT based on the eye examined [oculus dexter (OD) versus oculus sinister (OS)], age, or gender of the animal. There was no significant difference in replicate measurements of ET, NET, or CCT done by the same operator, although a small but significant difference was noted between operators for ET measurements only. The mean difference in ET between operators was 0.6 μm (P = 0.03). The coefficient of variation ranged from 0.5% to 9.27% and intraclass correlation coefficient ranged from 0.35 to 0.97. Based on these results, manual measurements of corneal thickness in canine eyes using a portable SD-OCT device provided ET, NET, and CCT measurements with clinically acceptable intra- and inter-observer reliability.

  5. SD 1313-0019: Another Second-generation Star with [Fe/H] = -5.0, Observed with the Magellan Telescope

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    Frebel, Anna; Chiti, Anirudh; Ji, Alexander P.; Jacobson, Heather R.; Placco, Vinicius M.

    2015-09-01

    We present a Magellan/MIKE high-resolution (R ˜ 35,000) spectrum of the ancient star SD 1313-0019, which has an iron abundance of [Fe/H]=-5.0, paired with a carbon enhancement of [C/Fe]˜ 3.0. The star was initially identified by Allende Prieto et al. in the BOSS survey. Its medium-resolution spectrum suggested a higher metallicity of [Fe/H]=-4.3 due to the Ca II K line blending with a CH feature, which is a common issue related to the search for the most iron-poor stars. This star joins several other similar stars with [Fe/H]≲ -5.0 that all display a combination of low-iron and high-carbon abundances. Other elemental abundances of SD 1313-0019 follow that of more metal-rich halo stars. Fitting the abundance pattern with yields of Population III supernovae suggests that SD 1313-0019 had only one massive progenitor star with 20-30 M⊙ that must have undergone a mixing and fallback episode. Overall, there are now five stars known with [Fe/H]≲ -5.0 (1D local thermodynamic equilibrium abundances). This ever-increasing population of carbon-rich, iron-deficient stars can potentially constrain nucleosynthesis in Population III stars and their supernova explosions, the formation mechanisms of the first low-mass stars, and the nature of the first galaxies. This paper includes data gathered with the 6.5 m Magellan Telescopes located at Las Campanas Observatory, Chile.

  6. Development of quercetin-phospholipid complex to improve the bioavailability and protection effects against carbon tetrachloride-induced hepatotoxicity in SD rats.

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    Zhang, Kexia; Zhang, Meiyu; Liu, Ziying; Zhang, Yuanyuan; Gu, Liqiang; Hu, Gaosheng; Chen, Xiaohui; Jia, Jingming

    2016-09-01

    Quercetin (QT) is a natural flavonoid with various biological activities and pharmacological actions. However, the bioavailability of QT is relatively low due to its low solubility which severely limits its use. In this study, we intended to improve the bioavailability of QT by preparing quercetin-phospholipid complex (QT-PC) and investigate the protective effect of QT-PC against carbon tetrachloride (CCl4) induced acute liver damage in Sprague-Dawley (SD) rats. The physicochemical properties of QT-PC were characterized in terms of infrared spectroscopy (FTIR), differential scanning calorimetry (DSC), powder X-ray diffraction (XRPD) and water/n-octanol solubility. FTIR, DSC and XRPD data confirmed the formation of QT-PC. The water solubility of QT was improved significantly in the prepared complex, indicating its increased hydrophilicity. Oral bioavailability of QT and QT-PC was evaluated in SD rats, and the plasma QT was estimated by HPLC-MS. QT-PC exhibited higher Cmax (1.58±0.11 vs. 0.67±0.08μg/mL), increased AUC0-∞ (8.60±1.25 vs. 2.41±0.51mg/Lh) and t1/2z (7.76±1.09 vs. 4.81±0.87h) when compared to free QT. The greater absorption of QT-PC group suggested the improved bioavailability. Moreover, biochemical changes and histopathological observations revealed that QT-PC provided better protection to rat liver than free QT at the same dose. Thus, phospholipid complexation might be one of the suitable approaches to improve the oral bioavailability of QT and obtain better protective effects against CCl4 induced acute liver damage in SD rats than free QT at the same dose level. PMID:27431774

  7. Oncosuppressive suicide gene virotherapy "PVH1-yCD/5-FC" for pancreatic peritoneal carcinomatosis treatment: NFκB and Akt/PI3K involvement.

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    Réjiba, Soukaina; Bigand, Christelle; Parmentier, Celine; Masmoudi, Ahmed; Hajri, Amor

    2013-01-01

    Peritoneal carcinomatosis is common in advanced pancreatic cancer. Despite current standard treatment, patients with this disease until recently were considered incurable. Cancer gene therapy using oncolytic viruses have generated much interest over the past few years. Here, we investigated a new gene directed enzyme prodrug therapy (GDEPT) approach for an oncosuppressive virotherapy strategy using parvovirus H1 (PV-H1) which preferentially replicates and kills malignant cells. Although, PV-H1 is not potent enough to destroy tumors, it represents an attractive vector for cancer gene therapy. We therefore sought to determine whether the suicide gene/prodrug system, yCD/5-FC could be rationally combined to PV-H1 augmenting its intrinsic oncolytic activity for pancreatic cancer prevention and treatment. We showed that the engineered recombinant parvovirus rPVH1-yCD with 5-FC treatment increased significantly the intrinsic cytotoxic effect and resulted in potent induction of apoptosis and tumor growth inhibition in chemosensitive and chemoresistant cells. Additionally, the suicide gene-expressing PV-H1 infection reduced significantly the constitutive activities of NFκB and Akt/PI3K. Combination of their pharmacological inhibitors (MG132 and LY294002) with rPVH1-yCD/5-FC resulted in substantial increase of antitumor activity. In vivo, high and sustained expression of NS1 and yCD was observed in the disseminated tumor nodules and absent in normal tissues. Treatment of mice bearing intraperitoneal pancreatic carcinomatosis with rPVH1-yCD/5-FC resulted in a drastic inhibition of tumor cell spreading and subsequent increase in long-term survival. Together, the presented data show the improved oncolytic activity of wPV-H1 by yCD/5-FC and thus provides valuable effective and promising virotherapy strategy for prevention of tumor recurrence and treatment. In the light of this study, the suicide gene parvovirotherapy approach represents a new weapon in the war against

  8. Oncosuppressive Suicide Gene Virotherapy “PVH1-yCD/5-FC” for Pancreatic Peritoneal Carcinomatosis Treatment: NFκB and Akt/PI3K Involvement

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    Réjiba, Soukaina; Bigand, Christelle; Parmentier, Celine; Masmoudi, Ahmed; Hajri, Amor

    2013-01-01

    Peritoneal carcinomatosis is common in advanced pancreatic cancer. Despite current standard treatment, patients with this disease until recently were considered incurable. Cancer gene therapy using oncolytic viruses have generated much interest over the past few years. Here, we investigated a new gene directed enzyme prodrug therapy (GDEPT) approach for an oncosuppressive virotherapy strategy using parvovirus H1 (PV-H1) which preferentially replicates and kills malignant cells. Although, PV-H1 is not potent enough to destroy tumors, it represents an attractive vector for cancer gene therapy. We therefore sought to determine whether the suicide gene/prodrug system, yCD/5-FC could be rationally combined to PV-H1 augmenting its intrinsic oncolytic activity for pancreatic cancer prevention and treatment. We showed that the engineered recombinant parvovirus rPVH1-yCD with 5-FC treatment increased significantly the intrinsic cytotoxic effect and resulted in potent induction of apoptosis and tumor growth inhibition in chemosensitive and chemoresistant cells. Additionally, the suicide gene-expressing PV-H1 infection reduced significantly the constitutive activities of NFκB and Akt/PI3K. Combination of their pharmacological inhibitors (MG132 and LY294002) with rPVH1-yCD/5-FC resulted in substantial increase of antitumor activity. In vivo, high and sustained expression of NS1 and yCD was observed in the disseminated tumor nodules and absent in normal tissues. Treatment of mice bearing intraperitoneal pancreatic carcinomatosis with rPVH1-yCD/5-FC resulted in a drastic inhibition of tumor cell spreading and subsequent increase in long-term survival. Together, the presented data show the improved oncolytic activity of wPV-H1 by yCD/5-FC and thus provides valuable effective and promising virotherapy strategy for prevention of tumor recurrence and treatment. In the light of this study, the suicide gene parvovirotherapy approach represents a new weapon in the war against

  9. Non-radiative recombination in Ge1-ySny light emitting diodes: The role of strain relaxation in tuned heterostructure designs

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    Gallagher, J. D.; Senaratne, C. L.; Xu, C.; Sims, P.; Aoki, T.; Smith, D. J.; Menéndez, J.; Kouvetakis, J.

    2015-06-01

    This paper describes the properties of Ge1-ySny light emitting diodes with a broad range of Sn concentrations (y = 0.0-0.11). The devices are grown upon Si(100) platforms using ultra-low temperature deposition of highly reactive Ge and Sn hydrides. The device fabrication adopts two new photodiode designs which lead to optimized performance and enables a systematic study of the effects of strain relaxation on emission efficiency. In contrast with n-Ge/i-Ge1-ySny/p-Ge analogs, which in most cases contain two defected interfaces, our designs include a p-layer with composition Ge1-zSnz chosen to be z < y to facilitate light extraction, but with z close enough to y to guarantee no strain relaxation at the i/p interface. In addition, a Ge1-xSnx alloy is also used for the n layer, with compositions in the 0 ≤ x ≤ y range, so that defected and non-defected n/i interfaces can be studied. The electroluminescence spectra vs the Sn content y in the intrinsic layer of the diodes exhibit a monotonic shift in the emission wavelength from 1550 nm to 2500 nm. On the other hand, the emission intensities show a complex dependence that cannot be explained solely on the basis of Sn concentrations. Detailed theoretical modeling of these intensities makes it possible to extract recombination lifetimes that are found to be more than three times longer in samples in which strain relaxation has not occurred at the n-i interface, demonstrating the existence of a large non-radiative contribution from the relaxation defects. This finding is particularly significant for direct gap diodes with y > 0.09, for which it is practically impossible to avoid strain relaxation in n-Ge/i-Ge1-ySny/p-Ge analogs. The new designs introduced here open the door to the fabrication of highly efficient electrically pumped systems for applications in future generations of integrated photonics.

  10. Intrinsic Josephson properties in Pb1-ySr2Y1-xCaxCu2+yO7+δ epitaxial films

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    Komori, Sachio; Kakeya, Itsuhiro

    2014-12-01

    We report the first observation of intrinsic Josephson junction (IJJ) characteristics in the Pb1-ySr2Y1-xCaxCu2+yO7+δ (Pb1212) epitaxial film. Pb1212 epitaxial film has been grown on SrTiO3 (100) substrates by a two-step growth technique. A small mesa structure (S = 4μm2) has been fabricated on a film surface using a standard photolithography and an Ar ion milling technique. The superconducting transition temperature of the IJJ is 43 K. At 4.2 K, the value of Jc (the critical current density) is 2.2 kA/cm2. The depth of the hysteresis defined as α = (Jc+Jr)/ Jc is 0.89, where Jr is the return current density. The temperature dependence of Jc shows good agreement with Ambegaokar-Baratoff theory.

  11. Chemical pressure effect in the heavy fermion compound Ce 1-yLa y(Ru 0.85Rh 0.15) 2Si 2

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    Horii, Tsuyoshi; Shimada, Satomi; Nakano, Tomohito; Murayama, Shigeyuki; Takano, Hideaki; Hedo, Masato; Uwatoko, Yoshiya

    2007-03-01

    We have measured the susceptibility and resistivity on single-crystalline Ce 1-yLa y(Ru 0.85Rh 0.15) 2Si 2 along the tetragonal c-axis. The susceptibility increases with decreasing temperature, and then rapidly decreases, indicating the AF transition in each La concentration y. The resistivity also shows an anomaly in each La concentration y at around the TN. For y⩽0.1, we observe a jump in resistivity just below TN as is seen for Ce(Ru 0.85Rh 0.15) 2Si 2. This is interpreted in terms of the gap opening on the Fermi-surface along the c-axis. However, for y⩾0.2 the resistivity shows a downward bend at TN. These experimental facts suggest that the crossover from the spin density wave (SDW) with the gap opening to the localized AF order occurs at around y=0.1.

  12. MOCVD (Ba{sub x}Sr{sub 1-x})Ti{sub 1+y}O{sub 3+z} (BST) thin films for high frequency tunable devices.

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    Baumann, P. K.; Kaufman, D. Y.; Im, J.; Auciello, O.; Streiffer, S. K.; Erck, R. A.; Giumarra, J.

    2001-01-01

    We have investigated the structural and electrical characteristics of (Ba{sub x}Sr{sub 1-x})Ti{sub 1+y}O{sub 3+z} (BST) thin films synthesized at 650{sup o}C on Pt/SiO{sub 2}/Si substrates using a large area, vertical metalorganic chemical vapor deposition (MOCVD) reactor equipped with a liquid delivery system. Films with a Ba/Sr ratio of 70/30 were studied, as determined using X-ray fluorescence spectroscopy (XRF) and Rutherford backscattering spectrometry (RBS). A substantial reduction of the dielectric loss was achieved when annealing the entire capacitor structure in air at 700{sup o}C. Dielectric tunability as high as 2.3:1 was measured for BST capacitors with the currently optimized processing conditions.

  13. The recombination velocity at III-V compound heterojunctions with applications to Al (x) Ga(1-x)As-GaAs(1-y)Sb(y)

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    Kim, J. S.

    1978-01-01

    Interface recombination velocity in AlxGa1-xAs-GaAs and A10.85 Ga0.15As-GaAs1-ySby heterojunction systems was studied as a function of lattice mismatch. The results are applied to the design of highly efficient III-V heterojunction solar cells. A horizontal liquid-phase epitaxial growth system was used to prepare p-p-p and p-p-n double heterojunction test samples with specified values of x and y. Samples were grown at each composition, with different GaAs and GaAsSb layer thicknesses. A method was developed to obtain the lattice mismatch and lattice constants in mixed single crystals grown on (100) and (111)B oriented GaAs substrates.

  14. Processing & properties La{sub 1-x}A{sub x}Co{sub 1-y}Fe{sub y}O{sub 3}(A = Sr, Ca) perovskites

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    Stevenson, J.W.; Armstrong, T.R.; Pederson, L.R.

    1995-04-01

    Selected compositions within the system La{sub 1-x}A{sub x}Co{sub 1-y}Fe{sub y}O{sub 3-{delta}}(A = Sr, Ca) were prepared by combustion synthesis and characterized by XRD, TGA, electrical conductivity, and oxygen permeation measurements. Substantial weight loss (due to loss of lattice oxygen) was observed in some compositions at high temperatures. For Sr containing materials, this weight loss increased with increasing Sr content. A substantial decrease in electronic conductivity was observed at high temperatures in Sr doped materials; this decrease was related to the decreased oxygen stoichiometry at these temperatures. In Sr doped compositions, oxygen flux increased with increasing Sr content. Calculated values of ionic conductivity were greater than the conductivity of yttria stabilized zirconia. Substitution of Ca for Sr resulted in substantially lower fluxes.

  15. Structural and intrinsic Josephson properties of Bi2Sr2Ca1-yYyCu2O8+δ single crystal

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    Yamaki, K.; Murata, K.; Irie, A.

    2016-10-01

    In this study, Bi2Sr2Ca1-yYyCu2O8+δ (BSCYCO) single crystals with yttrium doping content of y = 0-0.30 were synthesized by a self-flux method. The critical temperature and c-axis lattice constant of BSCYCO were controlled by the substitution of yttrium at the calcium site. A 290 × 90 × 0.4 μm3 mesa structure was fabricated using photolithography and argon-ion milling. A multibranch structure in current-voltage characteristics was successfully observed for mesas of BSCYCO (y = 0-0.10). The critical current of intrinsic Josephson junctions (IJJs) in BSCYCO mesas was systematically investigated.

  16. Giant isotope effect on the itinerant-electron metamagnetism in YFe{sub 2}(H{sub y}D{sub 1-y}){sub 4.2}

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    Paul-Boncour, V.; Guillot, M.; Wiesinger, G.; Andre, G.

    2005-11-01

    The YFe{sub 2}(H{sub y}D{sub 1-y}){sub 4.2} compounds (y=0,0.64,1) crystallize in the same monoclinic structure with a linear increase of the cell volume reaching 0.80% between the hydride and the deuteride. These compounds undergo a first-order magnetovolumic transition from a ferromagnetic to an antiferromagnetic structure, which is related to an itinerant electron metamagnetism (IEM) transition of one of the Fe sites that is surrounded by about 5 (H, D) atoms. A large H/D isotope effect is observed on the magnetic properties: the hydride presents a larger spontaneous magnetization and a 50% higher transition temperature T{sub M0} than the deuteride. This large isotope effect is attributed to the large cell volume difference between the hydride and the deuteride, which plays a dominant role due to the strong interplay between magnetic and elastic energy in IEM compounds.

  17. Evolution of photoinduced effects in phase-separated Sm0.5Sr0.5Mn1-yCryO3 thin films.

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    Chai, Xiaojie; Xing, Hui; Jin, Kexin

    2016-01-01

    Systematic study on electrical transport properties has been performed in Sm0.5Sr0.5Mn1-yCryO3 thin films illuminated by the light. An evolution of persistent and transient photoinduced effects induced by the impurity doping and temperature has been observed, which is closely related to the number of ferromagnetic clusters. The maximum persistent photoinduced effect is observed at y = 0.08 and the corresponding value is about 61.7% at the power density of 13.7 mW/mm(2). The underlying mechanism can be understood by the coexistence and competition of the multiphases in phase-separated manganites induced by Cr-doping. These results would pave the way for practical applications in innovative photoelectric devices of all-oxides. PMID:27001006

  18. Near-edge X-ray absorption fine structure study of disordering in Gd2(Ti1-yZry)2O7 pyrochlores.

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    Nachimuthu, Ponnusamy; Thevuthasan, Suntharampillai; Adams, Evan M; Weber, William J; Begg, Bruce D; Mun, Bongjin S; Shuh, David K; Lindle, Dennis W; Gullikson, Eric M; Perera, Rupert C C

    2005-02-01

    Disorder in Gd2(Ti(1-y)Zry)2O7 pyrochlores, for y = 0.0-1.0, is investigated by Ti 2p and O 1s near-edge X-ray absorption fine structure spectroscopy. Ti(4+) ions are found to occupy octahedral sites in Gd2Ti2O7 with a tetragonal distortion induced by vacant oxygen sites. As Zr substitutes for Ti, the tetragonal distortion decreases, and Zr coordination increases from 6 to 8. The migration of oxygen ions from 48f or 8b sites to vacant 8a sites compensate for the increased Zr coordination, thereby reducing the number of vacant 8a sites, which further reduces the tetragonal distortion and introduces more disorder around Ti. This is evidence for simultaneous cation disorder with anion migration.

  19. Calculation of the Ti(C y N1- y )-Ti4C2S2-MnS-austenite equilibrium in Ti-bearing steels

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    Liu, W. J.; Jonas, J. J.

    1989-08-01

    A thermodynamic model is presented for the equilibria among various precipitates (Ti(C y N1- y ), Ti4C2S2, and MnS) and austenite containing six alloying elements (C, Mn, N, S, Si, and Ti). This model is applied to four microalloyed steels with Ti levels of 0.05, 0.11, 0.18, and 0.25 pct. The calculations show that the Ti in these steels cannot be completely dissolved over the austenite temperature range. However, the compositions of the undissolved Ti carbonitrides differ significantly from pure TiN, as 10 to 40 pct of the nitrogen is replaced by carbon. An expression for the Gibbs energy for the formation of Ti4C2S2 in austenite is estimated. The present predictions are compared with those of the Hudd, Jones, and Kale (HJK) model; considerable differences are observed at temperatures below 1250°C.

  20. Neutron scattering studies of nuclear and magnetic structures of YBa 2(Cu 1-yZn y) 3O 6+x

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    Villenueve, R.; Mirebeau, I.; Collin, G.; Bourée, F.

    1994-12-01

    Elastic neutron diffraction experiments were performed on YBa 2(Cu 1-yZn y) 3O 6+x powders, Nuclear structures have been refined using the Rietveld method on powders of compositions x=1 and y ranging from 0.01 to 0.06. The results suggest a solubility limit of zinc in the coper planes at y≈0.04 and zinc may start to substitute for chain coper sites for higher y values. Magnetic structure of a y=0.02 and x=0.05 powder has been studied by neutron elastic diffraction. The antiferromagnetic structure is not affected by non-magnetic zinc atoms but the ordering temperature is strongly reduced.

  1. Investigation into the evolution of the structure of K1-x LixTa1-y NbyO3 single crystals under variations in temperature

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    Borisov, S. A.; Vakhrushev, S. B.; Koroleva, E. Yu.; Naberezhnov, A. A.; Syrnikov, P. P.; Simkin, V. G.; Kutnjak, Z.; Egami, T.; Dmowski, W.; Piekarz, P.

    2007-05-01

    The evolution of the structure of K1-x LixTa1-y NbyO3 single crystals with x = 0.001, y = 0.026, and 1900 ppm Cu (KLTN277) and with x = 0.0014 and y = 0.024 (KLTN123), which exhibit an extremely high permittivity (up to 4 × 105 in the quasi-static regime for the KLTN277 crystal), is investigated in the range from room temperature to 20 K. It is demonstrated that, upon cooling to the lowest temperatures, both crystals retain their cubic structure, but the lattice parameters pass through a minimum at the temperature of the observed anomalies of the dielectric response (˜50 K). In the neutron diffraction pattern of the KLTN123 sample, satellites appear in the vicinity of the (hhh) reflections at temperatures below ˜50 K. These satellites can be associated with the nucleation of the rhombohedral phase.

  2. Nonlinear structure-composition relationships in the Ge1-ySny/Si(100) (y<0.15) system

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    Beeler, R.; Roucka, R.; Chizmeshya, A. V. G.; Kouvetakis, J.; Menéndez, J.

    2011-07-26

    The compositional dependence of the cubic lattice parameter in Ge1-ySny alloys has been revisited. Large 1000-atom supercell ab initio simulations confirm earlier theoretical predictions that indicate a positive quadratic deviation from Vegard's law, albeit with a somewhat smaller bowing coefficient, θ = 0.047 Å, than found from 64-atom cell simulations (θ = 0.063 Å). On the other hand, measurements from an extensive set of alloy samples with compositions y < 0.15 reveal a negative deviation from Vegard's law. The discrepancy with earlier experimental data, which supported the theoretical results, is traced back to an unexpected compositional dependence of the residual strain after growth on Si substrates. The experimental bowing parameter for the relaxed lattice constant of the alloys is found to be θ = -0.066 Å. Possible reasons for the disagreement between theory and experiment are discussed in detail.

  3. Epitaxial metastable Ge{sub 1-y}C{sub y} (y{<=}0.02) alloys grown on Ge(001) from hyperthermal beams: C incorporation and lattice sites

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    D'Arcy-Gall, J.; Desjardins, P.; Petrov, I.; Greene, J. E.; Paultre, J.-E.; Masut, R. A.; Gujrathi, S. C.; Roorda, S.

    2000-07-01

    Epitaxial metastable Ge{sub 1-y}C{sub y} alloy layers with y{<=}0.02 were grown on Ge(001) at temperatures T{sub s}=200-550 degree sign C using hyperthermal Ge and C beams with average energies of 16 and 24 eV, respectively, in order to investigate C incorporation pathways in the Ge lattice. High-resolution reciprocal lattice maps show that all as-deposited alloy layers are fully coherent with the substrate. Layers grown at T{sub s}{<=}350 degree sign C are in compression due to higher C concentrations in interstitial than in substitutional sites. The compressive strain decreases (i.e., the substitutional C concentration increases) with increasing T{sub s} within this temperature range. At higher growth temperatures, as-deposited alloys are nearly strain free since the majority of the incorporated C is trapped at extended defects. Annealing the Ge{sub 1-y}C{sub y} layers at T{sub a}=450 and 550 degree sign C leads to a significant increase, proportional to the strain in the as-deposited films, in compressive strain. Further annealing at T{sub a}=650 degree sign C results in the formation of dislocation loops which act as sinks for interstitial and substitutional C atoms and thus relieves residual macroscopic strain. Finally, we show that the large compressive strain associated with interstitial C atoms must be accounted for in order to determine the total incorporated C fraction from diffraction analyses. (c) 2000 American Institute of Physics.

  4. Origin of giant piezoelectric effect in lead-free K1-xNaxTa1-yNbyO3 single crystals.

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    Tian, Hao; Meng, Xiangda; Hu, Chengpeng; Tan, Peng; Cao, Xilong; Shi, Guang; Zhou, Zhongxiang; Zhang, Rui

    2016-05-10

    A series of high-quality, large-sized (maximum size of 16 × 16 × 32 mm(3)) K1-xNaxTa1-yNbyO3 (x = 0.61, 0.64, and 0.70 and corresponding y = 0.58, 0.60, and 0.63) single crystals were grown using the top-seed solution growth method. The segregation of the crystals, which allowed for precise control of the individual components of the crystals during growth, was investigated. The obtained crystals exhibited excellent properties without being annealed, including a low dielectric loss (0.006), a saturated hysteresis loop, a giant piezoelectric coefficient d33 (d33 = 416 pC/N, determined by the resonance method and d33(*) = 480 pC/N, measured using a piezo-d33 meter), and a large electromechanical coupling factor, k33 (k33 = 83.6%), which was comparable to that of lead zirconate titanate. The reason the piezoelectric coefficient d33 of K0.39Na0.61Ta0.42Nb0.58O3 was larger than those of the other two crystals grown was elucidated through first-principles calculations. The obtained results indicated that K1-xNaxTa1-yNbyO3 crystals can be used as a high-quality, lead-free piezoelectric material.

  5. Synchrotron X-ray studies of Al(1-y)Ti(y) formation and re-hydriding inhibition in Ti-enhanced NaAlH4.

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    Brinks, Hendrik W; Hauback, Bjørn C; Srinivasan, Sesha S; Jensen, Craig M

    2005-08-25

    NaAlH4 samples with Ti additives (TiCl3, TiF3, and Ti(OBu)4) have been investigated by synchrotron X-ray diffraction in order to unveil the nature of Ti. No crystalline Ti-containing phases were observed after ball milling of NaAlH4 with the additives, neither as a solid solution in NaAlH4 nor as secondary phases. However, after cycling, a high-angle shoulder of Al is observed in the same position with 10% TiCl3 as that with 2% Ti(OBu)4, but with considerably higher intensity, indicating that the shoulder is caused by Ti. After prolonged reabsorption, there is only a small fraction of free Al phase left to react with Na3AlH6, whereas the shoulder caused by Al(1-y)Ti(y) is dominating. The Ti-containing phase causing the shoulder therefore contains less Ti than Al3Ti, and the aluminum in this phase is too strongly bound to react with Na3AlH6 to form NaAlH4. The composition of the Al(1-y)Ti(y) phase is estimated from quantitative phase analysis of powder X-ray diffraction data to be Al(0.85)Ti(0.15). Formation of this phase may explain the reduction of capacity beyond the theoretical reduction from the dead weight of the additive and the reaction between the additive and NaAlH4.

  6. Origin of giant piezoelectric effect in lead-free K1-xNaxTa1-yNbyO3 single crystals.

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    Tian, Hao; Meng, Xiangda; Hu, Chengpeng; Tan, Peng; Cao, Xilong; Shi, Guang; Zhou, Zhongxiang; Zhang, Rui

    2016-01-01

    A series of high-quality, large-sized (maximum size of 16 × 16 × 32 mm(3)) K1-xNaxTa1-yNbyO3 (x = 0.61, 0.64, and 0.70 and corresponding y = 0.58, 0.60, and 0.63) single crystals were grown using the top-seed solution growth method. The segregation of the crystals, which allowed for precise control of the individual components of the crystals during growth, was investigated. The obtained crystals exhibited excellent properties without being annealed, including a low dielectric loss (0.006), a saturated hysteresis loop, a giant piezoelectric coefficient d33 (d33 = 416 pC/N, determined by the resonance method and d33(*) = 480 pC/N, measured using a piezo-d33 meter), and a large electromechanical coupling factor, k33 (k33 = 83.6%), which was comparable to that of lead zirconate titanate. The reason the piezoelectric coefficient d33 of K0.39Na0.61Ta0.42Nb0.58O3 was larger than those of the other two crystals grown was elucidated through first-principles calculations. The obtained results indicated that K1-xNaxTa1-yNbyO3 crystals can be used as a high-quality, lead-free piezoelectric material. PMID:27160075

  7. Vibrational relaxation dynamics of SD molecules in As{sub 2}S{sub 3}: Observation of an anomalous isotope effect

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    Engholm, J.R.; Happek, U.; Rella, C.W.

    1995-12-31

    It is generally assumed that the vibrational relaxation of molecular impurities in crystals and glasses mainly depends on the order of the decay process, with lower order processes leading to more rapid relaxation (a behavior that is known under the term {open_quotes}gap-law{close_quotes}). Here we present measurements that contradict this assumption. Using high intensity psec pulses of the Stanford FEL we measured the relaxation rate of the SD vibrational stretch mode (at a frequency of 1800 cm) by applying a pump-probe technique. We find relaxation rates on the order of 2x10{sup 9} sec{sup -1}, which are a factor of 2 lower than those found for the isotope molecule SH (at a frequency of about 2500 cm{sup - 1}) in the same host{sup 1}. We recall that the relaxation of the SD vibrational stretch mode is controlled by a lower order process as compared to the SH molecule, which is due to the smaller number of host vibrational quanta to match the energy of the stretch mode; a fact we have confirmed experimentally by temperature dependent relaxation measurements. Thus our remits are in marked contrast to the so-called {open_quotes}Gap-Law{close_quotes} and emphasize the importance of the molecule - host coupling in the relaxation dynamics.

  8. The long and the short of it: SD1 polymorphism and the evolution of growth trait divergence in U.S. weedy rice.

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    Reagon, Michael; Thurber, Carrie S; Olsen, Kenneth M; Jia, Yulin; Caicedo, Ana L

    2011-09-01

    Growth-related traits, such as greater height, greater biomass, faster growth rate and early flowering, are thought to enhance competitiveness of agricultural weeds. However, weedy rice, a conspecific weed of cultivated rice (Oryza sativa L.), displays variation for growth traits. In the United States, separately evolved weedy rice groups have been shown to share genomic identity with exotic domesticated cultivars. Through a common garden experiment, we investigated whether growth trait divergence has occurred among U.S. weeds and their putative cultivated progenitors. We also determined polymorphism patterns in the growth candidate gene, SD1, to assess its possible role in the evolution of divergent phenotypes. We found considerable growth trait variation among weed groups, suggesting that growth trait convergence is not evident among weedy populations. Phenotypic divergence of weedy rice from cultivated ancestors is most apparent for flowering time. Introgression of a chromosomal block containing the SD1 allele from tropical japonica, the predominant U.S. rice cultivar, was detected in one weedy rice population and is associated with a change in growth patterns in this group. This study demonstrates the role of introgressive hybridization in evolutionary divergence of an important weed. PMID:21854475

  9. Mn(II) Oxidation Is Catalyzed by Heme Peroxidases in “Aurantimonas manganoxydans” Strain SI85-9A1 and Erythrobacter sp. Strain SD-21▿

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    Anderson, C. R.; Johnson, H. A.; Caputo, N.; Davis, R. E.; Torpey, J. W.; Tebo, B. M.

    2009-01-01

    A new type of manganese-oxidizing enzyme has been identified in two alphaproteobacteria, “Aurantimonas manganoxydans” strain SI85-9A1 and Erythrobacter sp. strain SD-21. These proteins were identified by tandem mass spectrometry of manganese-oxidizing bands visualized by native polyacrylamide gel electrophoresis in-gel activity assays and fast protein liquid chromatography-purified proteins. Proteins of both alphaproteobacteria contain animal heme peroxidase and hemolysin-type calcium binding domains, with the 350-kDa active Mn-oxidizing protein of A. manganoxydans containing stainable heme. The addition of both Ca2+ ions and H2O2 to the enriched protein from Aurantimonas increased manganese oxidation activity 5.9-fold, and the highest activity recorded was 700 μM min−1 mg−1. Mn(II) is oxidized to Mn(IV) via an Mn(III) intermediate, which is consistent with known manganese peroxidase activity in fungi. The Mn-oxidizing protein in Erythrobacter sp. strain SD-21 is 225 kDa and contains only one peroxidase domain with strong homology to the first 2,000 amino acids of the peroxidase protein from A. manganoxydans. The heme peroxidase has tentatively been named MopA (manganese-oxidizing peroxidase) and sheds new light on the molecular mechanism of Mn oxidation in prokaryotes. PMID:19411418

  10. Analysis of helium-rich subdwarf O stars. 1: NLTE models, methods, and fits for 21 Palomar Green survey sdOs

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    Thejll, P.; Bauer, F.; Saffer, R.; Liebert, J.; Kunze, D.; Shipman, H. L.

    1994-01-01

    Atmospheric parameters for 21 helium-rich hot subdwarf O stars from the Palomar Green survey are found from fits of non-local thermodynamic equilibrium (NLTE) models to optical spectra. About 250 new NLTE models in the parameter range T(sub eff) from 35,000 to 65,000 K, log (g) from 4.0 to 6.5, and epsilon(He) from 50% He to 99% He have been calculated. A fit for each object is presented. Estimated distances and luminosities are calculated, assuming a mass of 0.5 solar masses. Large distances above the Galactic plane are found, and this implies that the majority of the sdO stars belong to a different stellar population than the sdB, planetary nebulae and white dwarf stars. Possibilities may include the halo and a 'thick disk.' Kinematical data from the literature are also discussed in view of the found distances. Five of the stars have been observed, modeled, and analyzed by Dreizler et al., and significant differences exist between their results and ours for these stars. The reason for these differences is not yet known, but the problem does not alter the conclusions about population membership that we present.

  11. THE ROMER DELAY AND MASS RATIO OF THE sdB+dM BINARY 2M 1938+4603 FROM KEPLER ECLIPSE TIMINGS

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    Barlow, Brad N.; Wade, Richard A.; Liss, Sandra E.

    2012-07-10

    The eclipsing binary system 2M 1938+4603 consists of a pulsating hot subdwarf B star and a cool M dwarf companion in an effectively circular three-hour orbit. The light curve shows both primary and secondary eclipses, along with a strong reflection effect from the cool companion. Here, we present constraints on the component masses and eccentricity derived from the Romer delay of the secondary eclipse. Using six months of publicly available Kepler photometry obtained in short-cadence mode, we fit model profiles to the primary and secondary eclipses to measure their centroid values. We find that the secondary eclipse arrives on average 2.06 {+-} 0.12 s after the midpoint between primary eclipses. Under the assumption of a circular orbit, we calculate from this time delay a mass ratio of q = 0.2691 {+-} 0.0018 and individual masses of M{sub sd} = 0.372 {+-} 0.024 M{sub Sun} and M{sub c} = 0.1002 {+-} 0.0065 M{sub Sun} for the sdB and M dwarf, respectively. These results differ slightly from those of a previously published light-curve modeling solution; this difference, however, may be reconciled with a very small eccentricity, ecos {omega} Almost-Equal-To 0.00004. We also report a decrease in the orbital period of P-dot = (-1.23 {+-} 0.07) Multiplication-Sign 10{sup -10}.

  12. Synthesis, crystal structure investigation and magnetism of the complex metal-rich boride series Cr{sub x}(Rh{sub 1-y}Ru{sub y}){sub 7-x}B{sub 3} (x=0.88-1; y=0-1) with Th{sub 7}Fe{sub 3}-type structure

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    Misse, Patrick R.N.; Mbarki, Mohammed; Fokwa, Boniface P.T.

    2012-08-15

    Powder samples and single crystals of the new complex boride series Cr{sub x}(Rh{sub 1-y}Ru{sub y}){sub 7-x}B{sub 3} (x=0.88-1; y=0-1) have been synthesized by arc-melting the elements under purified argon atmosphere on a water-cooled copper crucible. The products, which have metallic luster, were structurally characterized by single-crystal and powder X-ray diffraction as well as EDX measurements. Within the whole solid solution range the hexagonal Th{sub 7}Fe{sub 3} structure type (space group P6{sub 3}mc, no. 186, Z=2) was identified. Single-crystal structure refinement results indicate the presence of chromium at two sites (6c and 2b) of the available three metal Wyckoff sites, with a pronounced preference for the 6c site. An unexpected Rh/Ru site preference was found in the Ru-rich region only, leading to two different magnetic behaviors in the solid solution: The Rh-rich region shows a temperature-independent (Pauli) paramagnetism whereas an additional temperature-dependent paramagnetic component is found in the Ru-rich region. - Graphical abstract: The new complex boride series Cr{sub x}(Rh{sub 1-y}Ru{sub y}){sub 7-x}B{sub 3} (x=0.88-1; y=0-1) has been synthesized by arc melting the elements under purified argon atmosphere. Beside the 3d/4d site preference within the whole solid solution, an unexpected Rh/Ru site preference was found in the Ru-rich region only, leading to two different magnetic behaviors: The Rh-rich region shows a temperature-independent (Pauli) paramagnetism whereas an additional temperature-dependent paramagnetic component is found in the Ru-rich region. Highlights: Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer Synthesis of a new boride series fulfilling Vegard Acute-Accent s rule. Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer 3d/4d site preference. Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer Unexpected Ru/Rh site preference. Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer Rh-rich region is Pauli paramagnetic. Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer Ru-rich region is Pauli and temperature-dependent paramagnetic.

  13. B{sub s(d)}-B{sub s(d)} mixing constraints on flavor changing decays of t and b quarks

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    Faessler, Amand; Gutsche, Thomas; Lyubovitskij, Valery E.; Kovalenko, Sergey; Schmidt, Ivan

    2010-10-01

    We study those dimension 6 effective operators which generate flavor-changing quark-gluon transitions of the third generation quarks, with t{yields}g+u(c) and b{yields}g+d(s), and which could be of interest for LHC experiments. We analyze the contribution of these operators to B{sub s(d)}-B{sub s(d)} mixing and derive limits on the corresponding effective couplings from the existing experimental data. The standard model gauge invariance relates these couplings to the couplings controlling t{yields}g+u(c). On this basis we derive upper limits for the branching ratios of these processes. We further show that forthcoming LHC experiments might be able to probe the studied operators and the physics beyond the standard model related to them.

  14. Modified protocol for in vivo imaging of wild-type mouse retina with customized miniature spectral domain optical coherence tomography (SD-OCT) device

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    2012-01-01

    This protocol outlines and evaluates a modified scanning procedure for a customized spectral domain optical coherence tomography (SD-OCT) imaging apparatus within the wild-type C57Bl/6 mouse posterior segment. This modified protocol allows for the capture of a 50 degree field of view spanning 3 mm by 3 mm perimeter with the optic disc as the central point. By utilizing this scanning protocol a more reliable measurement of retinal thickness can be achieved outside the fluctuating region of the optic disc. This protocol, when applied to this high resolution device, enables non-invasive in vivo histological imaging and biometric assessment of the various layers of the rodent posterior segment within a 20 – 30 min procedural time-frame. This protocol could establish a standardized method for evaluating morphological changes, with this commercial SDOCT device, when assessing longitudinal disease pathophysiology and treatment response in mouse models for future vision science research. PMID:23057840

  15. Aspewentins D-H, 20-Nor-isopimarane Derivatives from the Deep Sea Sediment-Derived Fungus Aspergillus wentii SD-310.

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    Li, Xiao-Dong; Li, Xiao-Ming; Li, Xin; Xu, Gang-Ming; Liu, Yang; Wang, Bin-Gui

    2016-05-27

    Five new 20-nor-isopimarane diterpenoids, aspewentins D-H (1-5), along with a related known congener, aspewentin A (6), were isolated from the culture extract of Aspergillus wentii SD-310, a fungal strain obtained from a deep-sea sediment sample. The structures of these compounds were established on the basis of spectroscopic interpretation, and the absolute configurations of compounds 1-5 were determined by X-ray crystallographic analysis and TDDFT-ECD calculations. The isolated compounds were evaluated for antimicrobial activity against nine human and aquatic pathogenic bacteria and four plant pathogenic fungi as well as for lethality against brine shrimp (Artemia salina). 20-Nor-isopimarane derivatives rarely occur in fungi, and only three (aspewentins A-C) have previously been reported from a marine-derived fungus. PMID:27148955

  16. Electron-capture and β-decay Rates for sd-Shell Nuclei in Stellar Environments Relevant to High-density O-Ne-Mg Cores

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    Suzuki, Toshio; Toki, Hiroshi; Nomoto, Ken'ichi

    2016-02-01

    Electron-capture and β-decay rates for nuclear pairs in the sd-shell are evaluated at high densities and high temperatures relevant to the final evolution of electron-degenerate O-Ne-Mg cores of stars with initial masses of 8-10 M⊙. Electron capture induces a rapid contraction of the electron-degenerate O-Ne-Mg core. The outcome of rapid contraction depends on the evolutionary changes in the central density and temperature, which are determined by the competing processes of contraction, cooling, and heating. The fate of the stars is determined by these competitions, whether they end up with electron-capture supernovae or Fe core-collapse supernovae. Since the competing processes are induced by electron capture and β-decay, the accurate weak rates are crucially important. The rates are obtained for pairs with A = 20, 23, 24, 25, and 27 by shell-model calculations in the sd-shell with the USDB Hamiltonian. Effects of Coulomb corrections on the rates are evaluated. The rates for pairs with A = 23 and 25 are important for nuclear Urca processes that determine the cooling rate of the O-Ne-Mg core, while those for pairs with A = 20 and 24 are important for the core contraction and heat generation rates in the core. We provide these nuclear rates at stellar environments in tables with fine enough meshes at various densities and temperatures for studies of astrophysical processes sensitive to the rates. In particular, the accurate rate tables are crucially important for the final fates of not only O-Ne-Mg cores but also a wider range of stars, such as C-O cores of lower-mass stars.

  17. An experimental study on use of 7T MRI for evaluation of myocardial infarction in SD rats transfected with pcDNA 3.1(+)/VEGF121 plasmid

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    Zhang, Yan; Tian, Ruiqing; Shen, Xiangchun; Chen, Yushu; Chen, Wei; Gan, Lu; Shen, Guiquan; Ju, Haiyue; Yang, Li; Gao, Fabao

    2016-01-01

    This study aims to build the myocardial infarction model in SD rats transfected with pcDNA 3.1(+)/VEGF121 plasmid and study the effect of the transfection using 7T MRI. Twenty-four male SD rats were randomly divided into 2 groups, pcDNA 3.1(+)/VEGF121 plasmid transfection group (with improved coronary perfusion delivery) and myocardial infarction model group. Cardiac cine magnetic resonance imaging (Cine-MRI), T2-mapping and late gadolinium enhancement (LGE) cardiac imaging were performed at 24 h, 48 h, 72 h and 7 d after myocardial infarction, respectively. The signal intensity, area at risk (AAR), myocardium infarction core (MIC) and salvageable myocardial zone (SMZ) were compared. The hearts were harvested for anatomic characterization, which was related to pathological examination (TTC staining, HE staining, Masson staining and immunohistochemical staining). The Cine-MRI results showed that pcDNA 3.1(+)/VEGF121 plasmid transfection group had higher end-diastolic volume (EDV) with a reduction in MIC and SMZ, as compared with the myocardial infarction model group. MIC, SMZ and AAR of the plasmid transfection declined over time. At 7 d, the two groups did not differ significantly in AAR and T2 value. According to Western Blotting, VEGF was up-regulated, while CaSR and caspase-3 were downregulated in the plasmid transfection group, as compared with the model group. In conclusion, a good treatment effect was achieved by coronary perfusion of pcDNA 3.1(+)/VEGF121 plasmid. 7T CMR sequences provide a non-invasive quantification of the treatment efficacy. However, the assessment of myocardial injury using T2 value and AAR in the presence of edema is less accurate. The myocardial protection of the plasmid transfection group may be related to the inhibition of myocardial apoptosis, vascular endothelial cell (VEC) proliferation and collagen proliferation. The CaSR signaling pathway may contribute to reversing the apoptosis. PMID:27648128

  18. Rapid, accurate, and non-invasive measurement of zebrafish axial length and other eye dimensions using SD-OCT allows longitudinal analysis of myopia and emmetropization.

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    Collery, Ross F; Veth, Kerry N; Dubis, Adam M; Carroll, Joseph; Link, Brian A

    2014-01-01

    Refractive errors in vision can be caused by aberrant axial length of the eye, irregular corneal shape, or lens abnormalities. Causes of eye length overgrowth include multiple genetic loci, and visual parameters. We evaluate zebrafish as a potential animal model for studies of the genetic, cellular, and signaling basis of emmetropization and myopia. Axial length and other eye dimensions of zebrafish were measured using spectral domain-optical coherence tomography (SD-OCT). We used ocular lens and body metrics to normalize and compare eye size and relative refractive error (difference between observed retinal radial length and controls) in wild-type and lrp2 zebrafish. Zebrafish were dark-reared to assess effects of visual deprivation on eye size. Two relative measurements, ocular axial length to body length and axial length to lens diameter, were found to accurately normalize comparisons of eye sizes between different sized fish (R2=0.9548, R2=0.9921). Ray-traced focal lengths of wild-type zebrafish lenses were equal to their retinal radii, while lrp2 eyes had longer retinal radii than focal lengths. Both genetic mutation (lrp2) and environmental manipulation (dark-rearing) caused elongated eye axes. lrp2 mutants had relative refractive errors of -0.327 compared to wild-types, and dark-reared wild-type fish had relative refractive errors of -0.132 compared to light-reared siblings. Therefore, zebrafish eye anatomy (axial length, lens radius, retinal radius) can be rapidly and accurately measured by SD-OCT, facilitating longitudinal studies of regulated eye growth and emmetropization. Specifically, genes homologous to human myopia candidates may be modified, inactivated or overexpressed in zebrafish, and myopia-sensitizing conditions used to probe gene-environment interactions. Our studies provide foundation for such investigations into genetic contributions that control eye size and impact refractive errors.

  19. Development of a Rat Schematic Eye From In Vivo Biometry and the Correction of Lateral Magnification in SD-OCT Imaging

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    Lozano, Diana C.; Twa, Michael D.

    2013-01-01

    Purpose. Optical magnification in optical coherence tomography (OCT) depends on ocular biometric parameters (e.g., axial length). Biometric differences between eyes will influence scan location. A schematic model eye was developed to compensate for lateral magnification in OCT images of the healthy rat. Methods. Spectral-domain optical coherence tomography images were acquired in 19 eyes of 19 brown Norway rats. Images were scaled using the OCT instrument's built-in scaling function and by calculating the micron per degree from schematic model eyes developed from in vivo biometry (immersion A-scan and videokeratometry). Mean total retinal thickness was measured 500 μm away from the optic nerve head and optic nerve head diameter was measured. Corneal curvature, lens thickness, and axial length were modified to calculate their effects on OCT scan location and total retinal thickness. Results. Mean total retinal thickness increased by 21 μm and the SD doubles when images were scaled with the Built-in scaling (222 ± 13 μm) compared with scaling with individual biometric parameters (201 ± 6 μm). Optic nerve head diameter was three times larger when images were scaled with the Built-in scaling (925 ± 97 μm) than the individual biometric parameters (300 ± 27 μm). Assuming no other change in biometric parameters, total retinal thickness would decrease by 37 μm for every millimeter increase in anterior chamber depth due to changes in ocular lateral magnification and associated change in scan location. Conclusions. Scaling SD-OCT images with schematic model eyes derived from individual biometric data is important. This approach produces estimates of retinal thickness and optic nerve head size that are in good agreement with previously reported measurements. PMID:23989191

  20. Rapid, Accurate, and Non-Invasive Measurement of Zebrafish Axial Length and Other Eye Dimensions Using SD-OCT Allows Longitudinal Analysis of Myopia and Emmetropization

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    Collery, Ross F.; Veth, Kerry N.; Dubis, Adam M.; Carroll, Joseph; Link, Brian A.

    2014-01-01

    Refractive errors in vision can be caused by aberrant axial length of the eye, irregular corneal shape, or lens abnormalities. Causes of eye length overgrowth include multiple genetic loci, and visual parameters. We evaluate zebrafish as a potential animal model for studies of the genetic, cellular, and signaling basis of emmetropization and myopia. Axial length and other eye dimensions of zebrafish were measured using spectral domain-optical coherence tomography (SD-OCT). We used ocular lens and body metrics to normalize and compare eye size and relative refractive error (difference between observed retinal radial length and controls) in wild-type and lrp2 zebrafish. Zebrafish were dark-reared to assess effects of visual deprivation on eye size. Two relative measurements, ocular axial length to body length and axial length to lens diameter, were found to accurately normalize comparisons of eye sizes between different sized fish (R2 = 0.9548, R2 = 0.9921). Ray-traced focal lengths of wild-type zebrafish lenses were equal to their retinal radii, while lrp2 eyes had longer retinal radii than focal lengths. Both genetic mutation (lrp2) and environmental manipulation (dark-rearing) caused elongated eye axes. lrp2 mutants had relative refractive errors of −0.327 compared to wild-types, and dark-reared wild-type fish had relative refractive errors of −0.132 compared to light-reared siblings. Therefore, zebrafish eye anatomy (axial length, lens radius, retinal radius) can be rapidly and accurately measured by SD-OCT, facilitating longitudinal studies of regulated eye growth and emmetropization. Specifically, genes homologous to human myopia candidates may be modified, inactivated or overexpressed in zebrafish, and myopia-sensitizing conditions used to probe gene-environment interactions. Our studies provide foundation for such investigations into genetic contributions that control eye size and impact refractive errors. PMID:25334040

  1. An experimental study on use of 7T MRI for evaluation of myocardial infarction in SD rats transfected with pcDNA 3.1(+)/VEGF121 plasmid.

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    Zhang, Yan; Tian, Ruiqing; Shen, Xiangchun; Chen, Yushu; Chen, Wei; Gan, Lu; Shen, Guiquan; Ju, Haiyue; Yang, Li; Gao, Fabao

    2016-01-01

    This study aims to build the myocardial infarction model in SD rats transfected with pcDNA 3.1(+)/VEGF121 plasmid and study the effect of the transfection using 7T MRI. Twenty-four male SD rats were randomly divided into 2 groups, pcDNA 3.1(+)/VEGF121 plasmid transfection group (with improved coronary perfusion delivery) and myocardial infarction model group. Cardiac cine magnetic resonance imaging (Cine-MRI), T2-mapping and late gadolinium enhancement (LGE) cardiac imaging were performed at 24 h, 48 h, 72 h and 7 d after myocardial infarction, respectively. The signal intensity, area at risk (AAR), myocardium infarction core (MIC) and salvageable myocardial zone (SMZ) were compared. The hearts were harvested for anatomic characterization, which was related to pathological examination (TTC staining, HE staining, Masson staining and immunohistochemical staining). The Cine-MRI results showed that pcDNA 3.1(+)/VEGF121 plasmid transfection group had higher end-diastolic volume (EDV) with a reduction in MIC and SMZ, as compared with the myocardial infarction model group. MIC, SMZ and AAR of the plasmid transfection declined over time. At 7 d, the two groups did not differ significantly in AAR and T2 value. According to Western Blotting, VEGF was up-regulated, while CaSR and caspase-3 were downregulated in the plasmid transfection group, as compared with the model group. In conclusion, a good treatment effect was achieved by coronary perfusion of pcDNA 3.1(+)/VEGF121 plasmid. 7T CMR sequences provide a non-invasive quantification of the treatment efficacy. However, the assessment of myocardial injury using T2 value and AAR in the presence of edema is less accurate. The myocardial protection of the plasmid transfection group may be related to the inhibition of myocardial apoptosis, vascular endothelial cell (VEC) proliferation and collagen proliferation. The CaSR signaling pathway may contribute to reversing the apoptosis. PMID:27648128

  2. An experimental study on use of 7T MRI for evaluation of myocardial infarction in SD rats transfected with pcDNA 3.1(+)/VEGF121 plasmid

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    Zhang, Yan; Tian, Ruiqing; Shen, Xiangchun; Chen, Yushu; Chen, Wei; Gan, Lu; Shen, Guiquan; Ju, Haiyue; Yang, Li; Gao, Fabao

    2016-01-01

    This study aims to build the myocardial infarction model in SD rats transfected with pcDNA 3.1(+)/VEGF121 plasmid and study the effect of the transfection using 7T MRI. Twenty-four male SD rats were randomly divided into 2 groups, pcDNA 3.1(+)/VEGF121 plasmid transfection group (with improved coronary perfusion delivery) and myocardial infarction model group. Cardiac cine magnetic resonance imaging (Cine-MRI), T2-mapping and late gadolinium enhancement (LGE) cardiac imaging were performed at 24 h, 48 h, 72 h and 7 d after myocardial infarction, respectively. The signal intensity, area at risk (AAR), myocardium infarction core (MIC) and salvageable myocardial zone (SMZ) were compared. The hearts were harvested for anatomic characterization, which was related to pathological examination (TTC staining, HE staining, Masson staining and immunohistochemical staining). The Cine-MRI results showed that pcDNA 3.1(+)/VEGF121 plasmid transfection group had higher end-diastolic volume (EDV) with a reduction in MIC and SMZ, as compared with the myocardial infarction model group. MIC, SMZ and AAR of the plasmid transfection declined over time. At 7 d, the two groups did not differ significantly in AAR and T2 value. According to Western Blotting, VEGF was up-regulated, while CaSR and caspase-3 were downregulated in the plasmid transfection group, as compared with the model group. In conclusion, a good treatment effect was achieved by coronary perfusion of pcDNA 3.1(+)/VEGF121 plasmid. 7T CMR sequences provide a non-invasive quantification of the treatment efficacy. However, the assessment of myocardial injury using T2 value and AAR in the presence of edema is less accurate. The myocardial protection of the plasmid transfection group may be related to the inhibition of myocardial apoptosis, vascular endothelial cell (VEC) proliferation and collagen proliferation. The CaSR signaling pathway may contribute to reversing the apoptosis.

  3. Multimodal Segmentation of Optic Disc and Cup From SD-OCT and Color Fundus Photographs Using a Machine-Learning Graph-Based Approach.

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    Miri, Mohammad Saleh; Abràmoff, Michael D; Lee, Kyungmoo; Niemeijer, Meindert; Wang, Jui-Kai; Kwon, Young H; Garvin, Mona K

    2015-09-01

    In this work, a multimodal approach is proposed to use the complementary information from fundus photographs and spectral domain optical coherence tomography (SD-OCT) volumes in order to segment the optic disc and cup boundaries. The problem is formulated as an optimization problem where the optimal solution is obtained using a machine-learning theoretical graph-based method. In particular, first the fundus photograph is registered to the 2D projection of the SD-OCT volume. Three in-region cost functions are designed using a random forest classifier corresponding to three regions of cup, rim, and background. Next, the volumes are resampled to create radial scans in which the Bruch's Membrane Opening (BMO) endpoints are easier to detect. Similar to in-region cost function design, the disc-boundary cost function is designed using a random forest classifier for which the features are created by applying the Haar Stationary Wavelet Transform (SWT) to the radial projection image. A multisurface graph-based approach utilizes the in-region and disc-boundary cost images to segment the boundaries of optic disc and cup under feasibility constraints. The approach is evaluated on 25 multimodal image pairs from 25 subjects in a leave-one-out fashion (by subject). The performances of the graph-theoretic approach using three sets of cost functions are compared: 1) using unimodal (OCT only) in-region costs, 2) using multimodal in-region costs, and 3) using multimodal in-region and disc-boundary costs. Results show that the multimodal approaches outperform the unimodal approach in segmenting the optic disc and cup.

  4. Multimodal Segmentation of Optic Disc and Cup from SD-OCT and Color Fundus Photographs Using a Machine-Learning Graph-Based Approach

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    Miri, Mohammad Saleh; Abràmoff, Michael D.; Lee, Kyungmoo; Niemeijer, Meindert; Wang, Jui-Kai; Kwon, Young H.

    2015-01-01

    In this work, a multimodal approach is proposed to use the complementary information from fundus photographs and spectral domain optical coherence tomography (SD-OCT) volumes in order to segment the optic disc and cup boundaries. The problem is formulated as an optimization problem where the optimal solution is obtained using a machine-learning theoretical graph-based method. In particular, first the fundus photograph is registered to the 2D projection of the SD-OCT volume. Three in-region cost functions are designed using a random forest classifier corresponding to three regions of cup, rim, and background. Next, the volumes are resampled to create radial scans in which the Bruch’s Membrane Opening (BMO) endpoints are easier to detect. Similar to in-region cost function design, the disc-boundary cost function is designed using a random forest classifier for which the features are created by applying the Haar Stationary Wavelet Transform (SWT) to the radial projection image. A multisurface graph-based approach utilizes the in-region and disc-boundary cost images to segment the boundaries of optic disc and cup under feasibility constraints. The approach is evaluated on 25 multimodal image pairs from 25 subjects in a leave-one-out fashion (by subject). The performances of the graph-theoretic approach using three sets of cost functions are compared: 1) using unimodal (OCT only) in-region costs, 2) using multimodal in-region costs, and 3) using multimodal in-region and disc-boundary costs. Results show that the multimodal approaches outperform the unimodal approach in segmenting the optic disc and cup. PMID:25781623

  5. Triple-axis X-ray Reciprocal Space Mapping of In(y)Ga(1-y)As Thermophotovoltaic Diodes Grown on (100) InP Substrates

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    M Dashiell; H Ehsani; P Sander; F Newman; C Wang; Z Shellenbarger; D Donetski; N Gu; S Anikeev

    2006-02-16

    Analysis of the composition, strain-relaxation, layer-tilt, and the crystalline quality of In{sub y}Ga{sub 1-y}As/InP{sub 1-x}As{sub x} thermophotovoltaic (TPV) diodes grown by metal organic vapor phase epitaxy (MOVPE) is demonstrated using triple-axis x-ray reciprocal space mapping techniques. In{sub 0.53}Ga{sub 0.47}As (E{sub gap} = 0.74eV) n/p junction diodes are grown lattice matched (LM) to InP substrates and lattice mismatched (LMM) In{sub 0.67}Ga{sub 0.33}As (E{sub gap} = 0.6eV) TPV diodes are grown on three-step InP{sub 1-x}As{sub x} (0 < x < 0.32) buffer layers on InP substrates. X-ray reciprocal space maps about the symmetric (400) and asymmetric (533) reciprocal lattice points (RELPs) determine the in-plane and out-of-plane lattice parameters and strain of the In{sub y}Ga{sub 1-y}As TPV active layer and underlying InP{sub 1-x}As{sub x} buffers. Triple-axis x-ray rocking curves about the LMM In{sub 0.67}Ga{sub 0.33}As RELP show an order of magnitude increase of its full width at half maximum (FWHM) compared to that from the LM In{sub 0.53}Ga{sub 0.47}As (250asec vs. 30asec). Despite the significant RELP broadening the photovoltaic figure of merits show that the electronic quality of the LMM In{sub 0.67}Ga{sub 0.33}As approaches that of the lattice matched diode material. This indicates that misfit-related crystalline imperfections are not dominating the photovoltaic response of the optimized LMM In{sub 0.67}Ga{sub 0.33}As material compared with the intrinsic recombination processes and/or recombination through native point defects which would be present in both LMM and LM diode material. However, additional RELP broadening in non-optimized LMM In{sub 0.67}Ga{sub 0.33}As n/p junction diodes does correspond to significant degradation of TPV diode open circuit voltage and minority carrier lifetime demonstrating that there is correlation between x-ray FWHM and the electronic performance of the LMM TPV diodes.

  6. Role of chalcogen vapor annealing in inducing bulk superconductivity in Fe1+yTe1-xSex [How does annealing in chalcogen vapor induce superconductivity in Fe1+yTe-xSex?

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    Lin, Wenzhi; Ganesh, P.; Gianfrancesco, Anthony; Berlijn, Tom; Maier, Thomas A.; Kalinin, Sergei V.; Sales, Brian C.; Pan, Minghu

    2015-02-01

    Recent investigations have shown that Fe1+yTe1-xSex can be made superconducting by annealing it in Se and O vapors. The current lore is that these chalcogen vapors induce superconductivity by removing the magnetic excess Fe atoms. To investigate this phenomenon we performed a combination of magnetic susceptibility, specific heat and transport measurements together with scanning tunneling microscopy and spectroscopy and density functional theory calculations on Fe1+yTe1-xSex treated with Te vapor. We conclude that the main role of the Te vapor is to quench the magnetic moments of the excess Fe atoms by forming FeTem (m ≥ 1) complexes. We show that the remaining FeTem complexes are still damaging to the superconductivity and therefore that their removal potentially could further improve superconductive properties in these compounds.

  7. Synthesis, crystal structure investigation and magnetism of the complex metal-rich boride series Crx(Rh1-yRuy)7-xB3 (x=0.88-1; y=0-1) with Th7Fe3-type structure

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    Misse, Patrick R. N.; Mbarki, Mohammed; Fokwa, Boniface P. T.

    2012-08-01

    Powder samples and single crystals of the new complex boride series Crx(Rh1-yRuy)7-xB3 (x=0.88-1; y=0-1) have been synthesized by arc-melting the elements under purified argon atmosphere on a water-cooled copper crucible. The products, which have metallic luster, were structurally characterized by single-crystal and powder X-ray diffraction as well as EDX measurements. Within the whole solid solution range the hexagonal Th7Fe3 structure type (space group P63mc, no. 186, Z=2) was identified. Single-crystal structure refinement results indicate the presence of chromium at two sites (6c and 2b) of the available three metal Wyckoff sites, with a pronounced preference for the 6c site. An unexpected Rh/Ru site preference was found in the Ru-rich region only, leading to two different magnetic behaviors in the solid solution: The Rh-rich region shows a temperature-independent (Pauli) paramagnetism whereas an additional temperature-dependent paramagnetic component is found in the Ru-rich region.

  8. Investigation of the Spin-glass Regime Between the Antiferromagnetic and Superconducting Phases in Fe1+ySexTe1−x

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    Katayama, N.; Wen, J.; Ji, S.; Louca, D.; Lee, S.-H.; Fujita, M.; Sato, T.J.; Wen, J.S.; Xu, Z.J.; Gu, G.D.; Xu, G.; Lin, Z.W.; Enoki, M.; Chang, S.; Yamada, K.; Tranquada, J.M.

    2010-11-01

    Using bulk magnetization along with elastic and inelastic neutron scattering techniques, we have investigated the phase diagram of Fe{sub 1+y}Se{sub x}Te{sub 1-x} and the nature of magnetic correlations in three nonsuperconducting samples of Fe{sub 1.01}Se{sub 0.1}Te{sub 0.9}, Fe{sub 1.01}Se{sub 0.15}Te{sub 0.85}, and Fe{sub 1.02}Se{sub 0.3}Te{sub 0.7}. A cusp and hysteresis in the temperature dependence of the magnetization for the x=0.15 and 0.3 samples indicates spin-glass (SG) ordering below T{sub sg} = 23 K. Neutron scattering measurements indicate that the spin-glass behavior is associated with short-range spin density wave (SDW) ordering characterized by a static component and a low-energy dynamic component with a characteristic incommensurate wave vector of Q{sub m} = (0.46, 0, 0.50) and an anisotropy gap of -2.5 meV. Our high Q-resolution data also show that the systems undergo a glassy structural distortion that coincides with the short-range SDW order.

  9. Determination of the easy axis of magnetization in terbium-yttrium iron garnet Tb1Y2Fe5O12 at low temperatures

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    Lahoubi, Mahieddine; Wang, Wei; Pu, Shengli

    2015-11-01

    Experimental investigations have been carried out on a spherical single crystal of terbium yttrium iron garnet (Tb1Y2Fe5O12) by means of magnetization measurements in strong dc magnetic fields up to 200 kOe applied along the <111>, <110> and <100> crystallographic directions at low temperatures (T<20 K) with a high degree of resolution both in field and temperature. The strong anisotropic magnetic behavior which appears at 4.2 K is due to the competition between <111> and <100> directions to be the easy axis of spontaneous magnetization while the <110> direction remains the more difficult axis. The magnetization measurement at 4.2 K leaving the sample to rotate freely on itself suggests that the easy axis of spontaneous magnetization is along the <100> direction. However, due to the magnetic anisotropy energies associated with both <100> and <111> directions which are close to each other, the phase <111> becomes more stable as soon as the magnetic field exceeds 10 kOe or the temperature is higher than 10 K. The results are compared with previous works.

  10. Effect of Mg doping on the local structure of LiMgyCo1-yO2 cathode material investigated by X-ray absorption spectroscopy

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    Cheng, J. H.; Pan, C. J.; Nithya, C.; Thirunakaran, R.; Gopukumar, S.; Chen, C. H.; Lee, J. F.; Chen, J. M.; Sivashanmugam, A.; Hwang, B. J.

    2014-04-01

    A higher capacity and better cyclability are apparent when magnesium is introduced into the structure of LiCoO2 (y = 0.15). XRD analysis of LiMgyCo1-yO2 (y = 0, 0.1, 0.15), synthesized at 800 °C using a microwave assisted method, shows that the material is in the R-3m space group and to have a slightly expanded unit cell that increases with greater magnesium doping. Structural analysis by X-ray absorption spectroscopy (XAS) at the Co K-edge, L-edge and O K-edge shows that the magnesium is located in the transition metal layer rather than in the lithium layer and the charge balance results from the formation of oxygen vacancies rather than Co4+, while cobalt remains in the 3+ oxidation state. Interestingly, oxygen is found to participate in the charge compensation. Both magnesium, in the transition metal layer, and the Co-defect structure are attributed to the contribution towards structural stabilization of LiCoO2, thereby resulting in its enhanced electrochemical performance.

  11. Doping effects of Co and Cu on superconductivity and magnetism in Fe1+yTe0.6Se0.4 single crystals

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    Zhang, Z. T.; Yang, Z. R.; Li, L.; Ling, L. S.; Zhang, C. J.; Pi, L.; Zhang, Y. H.

    2013-01-01

    We report on the investigation of Co and Cu substitution effects on superconductivity and magnetism in Fe1+yTe0.6Se0.4 single crystals. The parent Fe1.01Te0.59Se0.41 shows a nodeless bulk superconductivity as revealed in heat capacity measurement, which is gradually suppressed by either Co or Cu doping. It is found that the Co or Cu doping mainly serves as scatterers rather than charge carrier doping, which is in agreement with the DFT calculation (2010 Phys. Rev. Lett. 105 157004) reported by Wadati et al. In comparison with Cu doping, Co doping shows a stronger influence on magnetism while a less evident suppression effect on superconductivity. Upon substitution of Co for Fe, a Schottky heat capacity anomaly develops gradually at low temperatures, implying the existence of a paramagnetic moment in the Co-doped samples. In contrast, Cu doping may mainly serve as non-magnetic scatterers, where no Schottky anomaly is observed.

  12. Effect of Transition Metal Ordering on the Electronic Properties of LiNi1 - y - xCoyMnxO2 Cathode Materials for Li-ion Batteries

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    Longo, Roberto; Kong, Fantai; Kc, Santosh; Yeon, Dong-Hee; Yoon, Jaegu; Park, Jin-Hwan; Doo, Seok-Kwang; Cho, Kyeongjae; MSL Team; SAIT Team

    2015-03-01

    Current Li-ion batteries use layered oxides as cathode materials, specially LiCoO2 or LiNi1 - y - xCoyMnxO2(NCM), and graphite as anode. Co layered oxides suffer from the high cost and toxicity of cobalt, together with certain instability at high operational temperatures. To overcome these difficulties, the synthesis of novel materials composed of layered oxides with different sets of Transition Metals (TM) has become the most successful way to solve the particular drawbacks of every single-oxide family. Although layered materials can deliver larger capacity than other families of cathode materials, the energy density has yet to be increased in order to match the expectations deposited on the NCM oxides. To acquire a high capacity, they need to be cycled at high operational voltages, resulting in voltage and capacity fading over a large number of cycles. In this work, we examine the phase diagram of the Li-Ni-Co-Mn-O system and the effect of TM ordering on the electronic properties of NCM cathode materials, using density-functional theory. Our findings will provide conceptual guidance in the experimental search for the mechanisms driving the voltage and capacity fading of the NCM family of cathode materials, in an attempt to solve such structural instability problems and, thus, improving the performance of the NCM cathode materials. This work was supported by Samsung GRO project.

  13. Quaternary phase diagrams of spinel Liy□1-yMnxNi2 -xO4 and composite cathode voltages for concentration gradient materials

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    Hao, Shiqiang; Lu, Zhi; Wolverton, Christopher

    2016-07-01

    Core-shell coating structures and concentration gradient materials may enhance Li-ion battery performance by integrating advantages of core and shell components without introducing unfavorable problems associated with general coatings. The fundamental thermodynamic properties of concentration gradient composite materials are complex due to the multicomponent nature of the problem. We systematically study the thermodynamics of ordering and phase separation in the quaternary spinel Liy□1-yMnxNi2 -xO4 (□ means vacancy) system by density functional theory calculations, together with the coupled cluster expansion method with interactions within and between (Li/□) and (Mn/Ni) sublattices. On the basis of coupled cluster expansion interactions and Monte Carlo simulations, we calculate quaternary phase diagrams as a function of temperature as well as voltage profiles of single ordered phases and multiphase composite structures. The phase diagram and voltage results are in good agreement with available experimental observations. We also predict a stable high-voltage ordered compound LiMnNiO4, with a very high delithiation voltage of 4.76 V. For the composite (Mn-rich+Ni -rich) cathode materials, the voltage profiles show combinations of plateaus from each component compound. The computational strategy of combining quaternary phase diagrams with voltage calculations provides a pathway to understand and design concentration gradient materials.

  14. Dynamics and mechanism of oxygen annealing in Fe1+yTe0.6Se0.4 single crystal.

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    Sun, Yue; Tsuchiya, Yuji; Taen, Toshihiro; Yamada, Tatsuhiro; Pyon, Sunseng; Sugimoto, Akira; Ekino, Toshikazu; Shi, Zhixiang; Tamegai, Tsuyoshi

    2014-01-01

    Iron chalcogenide Fe(Te,Se) attracted much attention due to its simple structure, which is favorable for probing the superconducting mechanism. Its less toxic nature compared with iron arsenides is also advantageous for applications of iron-based superconductors. By intercalating spacer layers, superconducting transition temperature has been raised over 40 K. On the other hand, the presence of excess Fe is almost unavoidable in Fe(Te,Se) single crystals, which hinders the appearance of bulk superconductivity and causes strong controversies over its fundamental properties. Here we report a Systematical study of O2-annealing dynamics in Fe(1+y)Te(1-x)Sex by controlling the amount of O2, annealing temperature, and time. Bulk superconductivity can be gradually induced by increasing the amount of O2 and annealing time at suitable temperatures. The optimally annealed crystals can be easily obtained by annealing with ~1.5% molar ratio of oxygen at 400 °C for more than 1 hour. Superconductivity was witnessed to evolve mainly from the edge of the crystal to the central part. After the optimal annealing, the complete removal of excess Fe was demonstrated via STM measurements. Some fundamental properties were recharacterized and compared with those of as-grown crystals to discuss the influence of excess Fe. PMID:24695095

  15. Chromosome landmarks and autosome-sex chromosome translocations in Rumex hastatulus, a plant with XX/XY1Y2 sex chromosome system.

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    Grabowska-Joachimiak, Aleksandra; Kula, Adam; Książczyk, Tomasz; Chojnicka, Joanna; Sliwinska, Elwira; Joachimiak, Andrzej J

    2015-06-01

    Rumex hastatulus is the North American endemic dioecious plant with heteromorphic sex chromosomes. It is differentiated into two chromosomal races: Texas (T) race characterised by a simple XX/XY sex chromosome system and North Carolina (NC) race with a polymorphic XX/XY1Y2 sex chromosome system. The gross karyotype morphology in NC race resembles the derived type, but chromosomal changes that occurred during its evolution are poorly understood. Our C-banding/DAPI and fluorescence in situ hybridization (FISH) experiments demonstrated that Y chromosomes of both races are enriched in DAPI-positive sequences and that the emergence of polymorphic sex chromosome system was accompanied by the break of ancestral Y chromosome and switch in the localization of 5S rDNA, from autosomes to sex chromosomes (X and Y2). Two contrasting domains were detected within North Carolina Y chromosomes: the older, highly heterochromatinised, inherited from the original Y chromosome and the younger, euchromatic, representing translocated autosomal material. The flow-cytometric DNA estimation showed ∼3.5 % genome downsizing in the North Carolina race. Our results are in contradiction to earlier reports on the lack of heterochromatin within Y chromosomes of this species and enable unambiguous identification of autosomes involved in the autosome-heterosome translocation, providing useful chromosome landmarks for further studies on the karyotype and sex chromosome differentiation in this species.

  16. Control of Co content and SOFC cathode performance in Y1-ySr2+yCu3-xCoxO7+δ

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    Šimo, F.; Payne, J. L.; Demont, A.; Sayers, R.; Li, Ming; Collins, C. M.; Pitcher, M. J.; Claridge, J. B.; Rosseinsky, M. J.

    2014-11-01

    The electrochemical performance of the layered perovskite YSr2Cu3-xCoxO7+δ, a potential solid oxide fuel cell (SOFC) cathode, is improved by increasing the Co content from x = 1.00 to a maximum of x = 1.30. Single phase samples with x > 1.00 are obtained by tuning the Y/Sr ratio, yielding the composition Y1-ySr2+yCu3-xCoxO7+δ (where y ≤ 0.05). The high temperature structure of Y0.95Sr2.05Cu1.7Co1.3O7+δ at 740 °C is characterised by powder neutron diffraction and the potential of this Co-enriched material as a SOFC cathode is investigated by combining AC impedance spectroscopy, four-probe DC conductivity and powder XRD measurements to determine its electrochemical properties along with its thermal stability and compatibility with a range of commercially available electrolytes. The material is shown to be compatible with doped ceria electrolytes at 900 °C.

  17. Influence of In-N Clusters on Band Gap Energy of Dilute Nitride In x Ga1-x N y As1-y

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    Zhao, Chuan-Zhen; Guo, Heng-Fei; Chen, Li-Ying; Tang, Chun-Xiao; Lu, Ke-Qing

    2016-05-01

    The In-N clusters form in the dilute nitride InxGa1-xNyAs1-y alloys after annealing. It is found that the formation of the In-N clusters not only raises the N levels lying above the conduction band minimum (CBM) of InGaAs, but also raises the N levels below the CBM of InGaAs, leading to the variation of the impurity-host interaction. The blueshift of the band gap energy is relative to the variation of the impurity-host interaction. In order to describe the blueshift of the band gap energy due to the formation of the In-N clusters, a model is developed. It is found that the model can describe the blueshift of the band gap energy well. In addition, it is found the blueshift of the band gap energy due to the atom interdiffusion at the interface can be larger than that due to the formation of the In-N clusters. Supported by the National Natural Science Foundation of China under Grant No. 61504094, Tinjin Research Program of Application Foundation and Advanced Technology under No. 15JCYBJC16300, and Tianjin City High School Science and Technology Fund Planning Project No. 20120609

  18. Soft chemical control of superconductivity in lithium iron selenide hydroxides Li(1-x)Fe(x)(OH)Fe(1-y)Se.

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    Sun, Hualei; Woodruff, Daniel N; Cassidy, Simon J; Allcroft, Genevieve M; Sedlmaier, Stefan J; Thompson, Amber L; Bingham, Paul A; Forder, Susan D; Cartenet, Simon; Mary, Nicolas; Ramos, Silvia; Foronda, Francesca R; Williams, Benjamin H; Li, Xiaodong; Blundell, Stephen J; Clarke, Simon J

    2015-02-16

    Hydrothermal synthesis is described of layered lithium iron selenide hydroxides Li(1-x)Fe(x)(OH)Fe(1-y)Se (x ∼ 0.2; 0.02 < y < 0.15) with a wide range of iron site vacancy concentrations in the iron selenide layers. This iron vacancy concentration is revealed as the only significant compositional variable and as the key parameter controlling the crystal structure and the electronic properties. Single crystal X-ray diffraction, neutron powder diffraction, and X-ray absorption spectroscopy measurements are used to demonstrate that superconductivity at temperatures as high as 40 K is observed in the hydrothermally synthesized samples when the iron vacancy concentration is low (y < 0.05) and when the iron oxidation state is reduced slightly below +2, while samples with a higher vacancy concentration and a correspondingly higher iron oxidation state are not superconducting. The importance of combining a low iron oxidation state with a low vacancy concentration in the iron selenide layers is emphasized by the demonstration that reductive postsynthetic lithiation of the samples turns on superconductivity with critical temperatures exceeding 40 K by displacing iron atoms from the Li(1-x)Fe(x)(OH) reservoir layer to fill vacancies in the selenide layer.

  19. Spin resonance in the superconducting state of Li1 -xFexODFe1 -ySe observed by neutron spectroscopy

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    Davies, N. R.; Rahn, M. C.; Walker, H. C.; Ewings, R. A.; Woodruff, D. N.; Clarke, S. J.; Boothroyd, A. T.

    2016-10-01

    We have performed inelastic neutron-scattering measurements on a powder sample of the superconductor lithium iron selenide hydroxide Li1 -xFexODFe1 -ySe (x ≃0.16 ,y ≃0.02 ,Tc=41 K ) . The spectrum shows an enhanced intensity below Tc over an energy range of 0.64 ×2 Δ

  20. In-plane/out-of-plane disorder influence on the magnetic anisotropy of Fe1-yMnyPt-L10 bulk alloy

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    Cuadrado, R.; Liu, Kai; Klemmer, Timothy J.; Chantrell, R. W.

    2016-03-01

    The random substitution of a non-magnetic species instead of Fe atoms in FePt-L10 bulk alloy will permit to tune the magnetic anisotropy energy of this material. We have performed by means of first principles calculations a study of Fe1-yMnyPt-L10 (y = 0.0, 0.08, 0.12, 0.17, 0.22, and 0.25) bulk alloy for a fixed Pt concentration when the Mn species have ferro-/antiferromagnetic (FM,AFM) alignment at the same(different) atomic plane(s). This substitution will promote several in-plane lattice values for a fixed amount of Mn. Charge hybridization will change compared to the FePt-L10 bulk due to this lattice variation leading to a site resolved magnetic moment modification. We demonstrate that this translates into a total magnetic anisotropy reduction for the AFM phase and an enhancement for the FM alignment. Several geometric configurations were taken into account for a fixed Mn concentration because of different possible Mn positions in the simulation cell.

  1. Lasing characteristics of Yb-doped gadolinium yttrium mixed oxyorthosilicate Yb:(Gd0.1Y0.9)2SiO5

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    Chu, Hongwei; Zhao, Shengzhi; Yang, Kejian; Zhao, Jia; Li, Dechun; Li, Guiqiu; Li, Tao; Qiao, Wenchao; Xu, Xiaodong; Zheng, Lihe; Xu, Jun

    2015-07-01

    A continuous wave (CW) tunable laser based on an alloyed oxyorthosilicate Yb:(Gd0.1Y0.9)2SiO5 was demonstrated for the first time. With an output coupler (OC) of T = 10%, a maximum output power of 958 mW was obtained with a slope efficiency of 18.2%. Simultaneous multi-wavelength operation was also observed with an OC of T = 4%. The M2 factor of the CW laser beam was measured to be 1.06. The thermo-optic coefficient was estimated to be 7.1 × 10-6/K. By using a 400 μm-thick GaAs wafer as saturable absorber, a stably Q-switched laser at 1080.4 nm was also firstly realized. A minimum pulse duration of 60.2 ns was obtained with a repetition rate of 47.6 kHz under an absorbed pump power of 11.25 W. The corresponding highest pulse energy and peak power were 5.3 μJ and 88 W, respectively. By using a V-type cavity and an OC of T = 4%, the laser can be tuned in the range from 1021 to 1094 nm.

  2. (Tl0.5Pb0.5)(Sr1-xBax)2(Ca1-yGdy)Cu2Oz 1212 Superconductors

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    Gritzner, G.; Sudra, H.; Eder, M.

    2006-06-01

    Thallium-free precursors for bulk superconductors with the overall composition (Tl0.5Pb0.5)(Sr1-xBax)2(Ca1-yGdy)Cu2Oz (x = 0.0, 0.05, 0.1, 0.15, 0.2, 0.25, y = 0.0, 0.05, 0.1, 0.2, 0.3, 0.4) were prepared via wet chemical gel techniques. The respective amounts of Tl2O3, PbO and Gd2O3 were co-milled to the precursor and the mixture was subjected to a heat treatment first at 850 °C followed by sintering at 925 °C in order to optimize the superconducting properties of the bulk material. X-ray diffraction showed that samples with x and y equal to or smaller than 0.2 were nearly phase-pure. While changes in the x value had little effect on the properties of the materials, a Gd stoichiometry of 0.2 yielded the best results in this series. Critical temperatures around 100 K were obtained for samples with the composition (Tl0.5Pb0.5)(Sr1-xBax)2Ca0.8Gd0.2)Cu2Oz.

  3. Characterization of 08Cr16Ni11Mo3 stainless steel irradiated in the BN-350 reactor

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    Maksimkin, O. P.; Tsai, K. V.; Turubarova, L. G.; Doronina, T.; Garner, F. A.

    2004-08-01

    In several recently published studies conducted on a Soviet analog of AISI 321 stainless steel irradiated in either fast reactors or light water reactors, it was shown that the void swelling phenomenon extended to temperatures as low as ˜300° C, when produced by neutron irradiation at dpa rates in the range 10 -7 to 10 -8 dpa/s. Other studies yielded similar results for AISI 316. In the current study a blanket duct assembly from BN-350, constructed from the Soviet analog of AISI 316, also exhibits swelling at dpa rates on the order of 10 -8 dpa/s, with voids seen as low as 281 °C and only 1.3 dpa. It appears that low-temperature swelling at low dpa rates occurs in 300 series stainless steels in general, and during irradiations conducted in either fast or mixed spectrum reactors.

  4. Near-edge x-ray absorption fine-structure study of ion-beam-induced phase transformation in Gd2(Ti1-yZry)2O7

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    Nachimuthu, P.; Thevuthasan, S.; Shutthanandan, V.; Adams, E. M.; Weber, W. J.; Begg, B. D.; Shuh, D. K.; Lindle, D. W.; Gullikson, E. M.; Perera, R. C. C.

    2005-02-01

    The structural and electronic properties of Gd2(Ti1-yZry)2O7 (y =0-1) pyrochlores following a 2.0-MeV Au2+ ion-beam irradiation (˜5.0×1014Au2+/cm2) have been investigated by Ti2p and O1s near-edge x-ray absorption fine structure (NEXAFS). The irradiation of Gd2(Ti1-yZry)2O7 leads to the phase transformation from the ordered pyrochlore structure (Fd3m) to the defect fluorite structure (Fm3m) regardless of Zr concentration. Irradiated Gd2(Ti1-yZry)2O7 with y ⩽0.5 are amorphous, although significant short-range order is present. Contrasting to this behavior, compositions with y ⩾0.75 retain crystallinity in the defect fluorite structure following irradiation. The local structures of Zr4+ in the irradiated Gd2(Ti1-yZry)2O7 with y ⩾0.75 determined by NEXAFS are the same as in the cubic fluorite-structured yttria-stabilized zirconia (Y -ZrO2), thereby providing conclusive evidence for the phase transformation. The TiO6 octahedra present in Gd2(Ti1-yZry)2O7 are completely modified by ion-beam irradiation to TiOx polyhedra, and the Ti coordination is increased to eight with longer Ti -O bond distances. The similarity between cation sites and the degree of disorder in Gd2Zr2O7 facilitate the rearrangement and relaxation of Gd, Zr, and O ions/defects. This inhibits amorphization during the ion-beam-induced phase transition to the radiation-resistant defect fluorite structure, which is in contrast to the ordered Gd2Ti2O7.

  5. A Combination of CDF and D0 limits on the branching ratio of B0(s)(d) ---> mu+ mu- decays

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    Bernhard, R.; Glenzinski, D.; Herndon, M.; Kamon, T.; Krutelyov, V.; Landsberg, G.; Lehner, F.; Lin, C.J.; Mrenna, S.; /Zurich U. /Fermilab /Wisconsin U., Madison /Texas A-M /Brown U.

    2005-08-01

    The authors combine the results of CDF and D0 searches for the rare decays B{sub s}{sup 0} {yields} {mu}{sup +}{mu}{sup -} and B{sub d}{sup 0} {yields} {mu}{sup +}{mu}{sup -}. The experiments use 364 pb{sup -1} and 300 pb{sup -1} of data respectively. The limits on the branching ratios are obtained by normalizing the estimated sensitivity to the decay B{sup +} {yields} J/{psi}K{sup +} taking into account the fragmentation ratios f{sub u}/f{sub s(d)}. The combined results exclude branching ratios of BR(B{sub s}{sup 0} {yields} {mu}{sup +}{mu}{sup -}) > 1.5 x 10{sup -7} and BR(B{sub d}{sup 0} {yields} {mu}{sup +}{mu}{sup -}) > 4.0 x 10{sup -8} at 95% confidence level. These are the most stringent limits on these decays at the present time.

  6. Non-LTE analysis of extremely helium-rich stars. The hot sdO stars LSE 153, 259 and 263

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    Husfeld, D.; Butler, K.; Heber, U.; Drilling, J. S.

    1989-01-01

    Results of a non-LTE fine analysis based mainly on high-resolution CASPEC spectra for three extremely helium-rich sdO stars are discussed in order to explain hydrogen deficiency in single stars. High temperature (Teff = 70,000 to 75,000 K) and a position in the log Teff - log g diagram were found close to the Eddington limit. Various abundance estimates are derived for hydrogen (upper limits only), carbon, nitrogen, and magnesium. Hydrogen is reduced to less than 10 percent by number in LSE 153 and LSE 263, and to less than 5 percent in LSE 259. The hydrogen deficiency is accompanied by nitrogen- and carbon-enrichment in LSE 153 and LSE 259 only. In LSE 263, carbon is depleted by about 1 dex. Stellar masses obtained by assuming that a core mass-luminosity relation holds for these stars, were found to be in the range 0.6-0.9 solar mass, yielding luminosities log L/L:solar = 3.7-4.5. Two of the program stars (LSE 153 and 259) appear to be possible successors of the R CrB and helium B stars, whereas the third star (LSE 263) displays a much lower carbon content in its photosphere making it an exceptional case among the known hydrogen deficient stars.

  7. The Fourier transform method and the SD-bar approach for the analytical and numerical treatment of multicenter overlap-like quantum similarity integrals

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    Safouhi, Hassan . E-mail: hassan.safouhi@ualberta.ca; Berlu, Lilian

    2006-07-20

    Molecular overlap-like quantum similarity measurements imply the evaluation of overlap integrals of two molecular electronic densities related by Dirac delta function. When the electronic densities are expanded over atomic orbitals using the usual LCAO-MO approach (linear combination of atomic orbitals), overlap-like quantum similarity integrals could be expressed in terms of four-center overlap integrals. It is shown that by introducing the Fourier transform of delta Dirac function in the integrals and using the Fourier transform approach combined with the so-called B functions, one can obtain analytic expressions of the integrals under consideration. These analytic expressions involve highly oscillatory semi-infinite spherical Bessel functions, which are the principal source of severe numerical and computational difficulties. In this work, we present a highly efficient algorithm for a fast and accurate numerical evaluation of these multicenter overlap-like quantum similarity integrals over Slater type functions. This algorithm is based on the SD-bar approach due to Safouhi. Recurrence formulae are used for a better control of the degree of accuracy and for a better stability of the algorithm. The numerical result section shows the efficiency of our algorithm, compared with the alternatives using the one-center two-range expansion method, which led to very complicated analytic expressions, the epsilon algorithm and the nonlinear D-bar transformation.

  8. Investigating the reversibility of structural modifications of LixNiyMnzCo1-y-zO₂ cathode materials during initial charge/discharge, at multiple length scales

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    Hwang, Sooyeon; Bak, Seong -Min; Kim, Seung Min; Chung, Kyung Yoon; Chang, Wonyoung

    2015-08-11

    In this work, we investigate the structural modifications occurring at the bulk, subsurface, and surface scales of LixNiyMnzCo1-y-zO₂ (NMC; y, z = 0.8, 0.1 and 0.4, 0.3, respectively) cathode materials during the initial charge/discharge. Various analytical tools, such as X-ray diffraction, selected-area electron diffraction, electron energy-loss spectroscopy, and high-resolution electron microscopy, are used to examine the structural properties of the NMC cathode materials at the three different scales. Cut-off voltages of 4.3 and 4.8 V are applied during the electrochemical tests as the normal and extreme conditions, respectively. The high-Ni-content NMC cathode materials exhibit unusual behaviors, which is deviate frommore » the general redox reactions during the charge or discharge. The transition metal (TM) ions in the high-Ni-content NMC cathode materials, which are mostly Ni ions, are reduced at 4.8 V, even though TMs are usually oxidized to maintain charge neutrality upon the removal of Li. It was found that any changes in the crystallographic and electronic structures are mostly reversible down to the sub-surface scale, despite the unexpected reduction of Ni ions. However, after the discharge, traces of the phase transitions remain at the edges of the NMC cathode materials at the scale of a few nanometers (i.e., surface scale). This study demonstrates that the structural modifications in NMC cathode materials are induced by charge as well as discharge at multiple length scales. These changes are nearly reversible after the first cycle, except at the edges of the samples, which should be avoided because these highly localized changes can initiate battery degradation.« less

  9. Strain relaxation properties of InAs{sub y}P{sub 1-y} metamorphic materials grown on InP substrates

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    Hudait, Mantu K.; Lin, Y.; Ringel, S. A.

    2009-03-15

    The strain relaxation mechanism and defect properties of compositionally step-graded InAs{sub y}P{sub 1-y} buffers grown by molecular beam epitaxy on InP have been investigated. InAsP layers having lattice misfits ranging from 1% to 1.4% with respect to InP, as well as subsequently grown lattice matched In{sub 0.69}Ga{sub 0.31}As overlayers on the metamorphic buffers were explored on both (100) and 2 deg. offcut (100) InP substrates. The metamorphic graded buffers revealed very efficient relaxation coupled with low threading dislocation densities on the order of (1-2)x10{sup 6} cm{sup -2} for the range of misfit values explored here. A detailed analysis via high resolution x-ray diffraction revealed that the strain relaxed symmetrically, with equivalent numbers of {alpha} and {beta} dislocations, and to greater than 90% for all cases, regardless of substrate offcut. Further analysis showed the relaxation to always be glide limited in these materials when grown on a graded buffer compared to a single step layer. The threading dislocation density was observed by plan-view transmission electron microscopy to be constant for the range of misfit values studied here in the top layer of the graded structures, which is attributed to the very efficient use of residual dislocations and the dominance of dislocation glide over nucleation in these graded anion metamorphic buffers, suggesting great promise for metamorphic devices with lattice constants greater than that of InP to be enabled by InAsP metamorphic structures on InP.

  10. Signs of high-temperature superconductivity in frustrated manganites La1 - y Sm y MnO3 + δ ( y = 0.85, 1)

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    Bukhanko, F. N.; Bukhanko, A. F.

    2016-03-01

    The characteristics signs of the coexistence of nanoscale superconductivity and fluctuating antiferromagnetic state of the spin-liquid type have been revealed for the first time in frustrated manganites La1‒ y Sm y MnO3 + δ (δ ~ 0.1, y = 0.85, 1.0) in the form of macroscopic quantization of magnetic properties in weak magnetic fields. A sharp decrease and oscillations of close-in-magnitude critical temperatures of transitions to fluctuating antiferromagnetic ( T A) and superconducting ( T c0) states with an increase in the external magnetic field strength have been found. Quantum oscillations of the magnetization and magnetic susceptibility near the critical temperatures of fluctuating antiferromagnetic phase transitions of the A- and CE-types have been discovered and investigated in detail. It has been shown that the studied samples exhibit properties of a multicomponent composite in which at temperatures T < 60 K in weak magnetic fields, there coexist fluctuating charge and antiferromagnetic correlations of the A- and CE-types with properties of the spin-liquid state and a small fraction of the superconducting phase in the form of individual and Josephsontunnel- junction-coupled superconducting loops with low critical currents. It has been assumed that, in samples with samarium concentrations y ≥ 0.8 at temperatures below 60 K, there is a new inhomogeneous state of doped manganites of the magneto-electronic liquid crystal type with strong quantum fluctuations of the magnetic and electronic order parameters, which are similar to electronic liquid crystals in lightly doped high-temperature superconducting cuprates.

  11. Contrasting patterns of transposable element and satellite distribution on sex chromosomes (XY1Y2) in the dioecious plant Rumex acetosa.

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    Steflova, Pavlina; Tokan, Viktor; Vogel, Ivan; Lexa, Matej; Macas, Jiri; Novak, Petr; Hobza, Roman; Vyskot, Boris; Kejnovsky, Eduard

    2013-01-01

    Rumex acetosa is a dioecious plant with the XY1Y2 sex chromosome system. Both Y chromosomes are heterochromatic and are thought to be degenerated. We performed low-pass 454 sequencing and similarity-based clustering of male and female genomic 454 reads to identify and characterize major groups of R. acetosa repetitive DNA. We found that Copia and Gypsy retrotransposons dominated, followed by DNA transposons and nonlong terminal repeat retrotransposons. CRM and Tat/Ogre retrotransposons dominated the Gypsy superfamily, whereas Maximus/Sireviruses were most abundant among Copia retrotransposons. Only one Gypsy subfamily had accumulated on Y1 and Y2 chromosomes, whereas many retrotransposons were ubiquitous on autosomes and the X chromosome, but absent on Y1 and Y2 chromosomes, and others were depleted from the X chromosome. One group of CRM Gypsy was specifically localized to centromeres. We also found that majority of previously described satellites (RAYSI, RAYSII, RAYSIII, and RAE180) are accumulated on the Y chromosomes where we identified Y chromosome-specific variant of RAE180. We discovered two novel satellites-RA160 satellite dominating on the X chromosome and RA690 localized mostly on the Y1 chromosome. The expression pattern obtained from Illumina RNA sequencing showed that the expression of transposable elements is similar in leaves of both sexes and that satellites are also expressed. Contrasting patterns of transposable elements (TEs) and satellite localization on sex chromosomes in R. acetosa, where not only accumulation but also depletion of repetitive DNA was observed, suggest that a plethora of evolutionary processes can shape sex chromosomes.

  12. Disorder-dependent superconducting phase diagram at high magnetic fields in Fe1+ySexTe1-x (x˜0.4)

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    Gebre, T.; Li, G.; Whalen, J. B.; Conner, B. S.; Zhou, H. D.; Grissonnanche, G.; Kostov, M. K.; Gurevich, A.; Siegrist, T.; Balicas, L.

    2011-11-01

    We compare the superconducting phase-diagram under high magnetic fields (up to H=45 T) of Fe1+ySe0.4Te0.6 single crystals originally grown by the Bridgman-Stockbarger (BRST) technique, which were annealed to display narrow superconducting transitions and the optimal transition temperature Tc≳14 K, with the diagram for samples of similar stoichiometry grown by the traveling-solvent floating-zone technique as well as with the phase diagram reported for crystals grown by a self-flux method. We find that the so-annealed samples tend to display higher ratios Hc2/Tc, particularly for fields applied along the interplanar direction, where the upper critical field Hc2(T) exhibits a pronounced concave down curvature followed by saturation at lower temperatures T. This last observation is consistent with previous studies indicating that this system is Pauli limited. An analysis of our Hc2(T) data using a multiband theory suggests the emergence of the Fulde-Ferrel-Larkin-Ovchnikov state at low temperatures. A detailed structural x-ray analysis, reveals no impurity phases but an appreciable degree of mosaicity in as-grown BRST single crystals that remains unaffected by the annealing process. Energy-dispersive x-ray analysis showed that the annealed samples have a more homogeneous stoichiometric distribution of both Fe and Se with virtually the same content of interstitial Fe as the nonannealed ones. Thus we conclude that the excess of Fe, in contrast to structural disorder, contributes to the decrease of the superconducting upper-critical fields of this series. Finally, a scaling analysis of the fluctuation conductivity in the superconducting critical regime, suggests that the superconducting fluctuations have a two-dimensional character in this system.

  13. Fully Coupled Modeling of Burnup-Dependent (U1- y , Pu y )O2- x Mixed Oxide Fast Reactor Fuel Performance

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    Liu, Rong; Zhou, Wenzhong; Zhou, Wei

    2016-03-01

    During the fast reactor nuclear fuel fission reaction, fission gases accumulate and form pores with the increase of fuel burnup, which decreases the fuel thermal conductivity, leading to overheating of the fuel element. The diffusion of plutonium and oxygen with high temperature gradient is also one of the important fuel performance concerns as it will affect the fuel material properties, power distribution, and overall performance of the fuel pin. In order to investigate these important issues, the (U1- y Pu y )O2- x fuel pellet is studied by fully coupling thermal transport, deformation, oxygen diffusion, fission gas release and swelling, and plutonium redistribution to evaluate the effects on each other with burnup-dependent models, accounting for the evolution of fuel porosity. The approach was developed using self-defined multiphysics models based on the framework of COMSOL Multiphysics to manage the nonlinearities associated with fast reactor mixed oxide fuel performance analysis. The modeling results showed a consistent fuel performance comparable with the previous results. Burnup degrades the fuel thermal conductivity, resulting in a significant fuel temperature increase. The fission gas release increased rapidly first and then steadily with the burnup increase. The fuel porosity increased dramatically at the beginning of the burnup and then kept constant as the fission gas released to the fuel free volume, causing the fuel temperature to increase. Another important finding is that the deviation from stoichiometry of oxygen affects greatly not only the fuel properties, for example, thermal conductivity, but also the fuel performance, for example, temperature distribution, porosity evolution, grain size growth, fission gas release, deformation, and plutonium redistribution. Special attention needs to be paid to the deviation from stoichiometry of oxygen in fuel fabrication. Plutonium content will also affect the fuel material properties and performance

  14. Laxative effects of Liriope platyphylla are tightly correlated with suppression of endoplasmic reticulum stress in loperamide-induced constipation of SD rats

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    Kim, Ji-Eun; Go, Jun; Sung, Ji-Eun; Lee, Hyun-Ah; Seo, Eun-Ji; Yun, Woo-Bin

    2016-01-01

    A dysfunction of endoplasmic reticulum (ER) stress response can result in various diseases, including cancer, inflammation, diabetes and neurodegenerative disorders. To investigate whether ER stress response can play an essential role in the induction and treatment of chronic constipation, alterations in the key parameters for ER stress were measured in loperamide (Lop) induced constipation Sprague Dawley (SD) rats treated with aqueous extracts of Liriope platyphylla (AEtLP), which has been shown to have a laxative effect. Symptoms of chronic constipation including alteration of stool parameters and the transverse colon's structure were successfully induced by Lop treatment. Laxative effects such as enhancement of stools parameters, recovery of the mucosa thickness, increased muscle thickness and recovery of flat luminal surface were also observed in the Lop+AEtLP treated group. Furthermore, enhancement of eukaryotic initiation factor 2 alpha (eIF2α) phosphorylation and inositol-requiring enzyme 1 beta (IRE1β) expression, key indicators for ER stress, that were observed in the Lop+vehicle treated group were significantly recovered in the Lop+AEtLP treated group, although the phosphorylation level of c-Jun N-terminal protein kinase (JNK) remained constant. Moreover, alterations in the transcription level of the marker genes X-box binding protein 1 (XBP-1) and growth arrest and DNA damage-inducible protein (GADD34) were similar to those of eIF2α and IRE1β. However, their level was slightly or completely recovered after AEtLP treatment. Overall, this study provides the first evidence that ER stress response may be tightly correlated with chronic constipation induced by Lop treatment, as well as the laxative effects of AEtLP. PMID:27051439

  15. Soy milk suppresses cholesterol-induced inflammatory gene expression and improves the fatty acid profile in the skin of SD rats.

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    Lee, Seung-Min; Kim, Yunhye; Choi, Hye jung; Choi, Jina; Yi, Yue; Yoon, Sun

    2013-01-01

    Recently, an elevation in skin cholesterol level has been implicated in skin inflammation. Given the potential therapeutic effects of soy on low grade inflammatory diseases, we hypothesized that a CHOL diet could promote an inflammatory response in skin and that soy milk (SM) or fermented soy milk (F.SM) could prevent this cholesterol-induced skin inflammation. To test this hypothesis, freeze-dried SM or F.SM was provided as a protein replacement for 20% of the casein in the diets of Sprague-Dawley (SD) rats. The animals were divided into the following groups: (1) control group (CTRL), AIN76A diet without cholesterol, (2) high cholesterol (CHOL) group, AIN76A with 1% (w/w) cholesterol, (3) SM group, CHOL diet with freeze-dried SM, and (4) F.SM group, CHOL diet with F.SM. In the CHOL group, the expression levels of pro-inflammatory genes, including IL-1β, IL-1α, iNOS, and COX-2, were elevated. In comparison, the SM and F.SM groups displayed the lowered expression of IL-1β, COX-2, F4/80, and Cd68, an increase of a n-3/n-6 ratio, and a reduction in the estimated desaturase activities of delta 5 desaturase (D5D) and steaoryl CoA desaturase (SCD-1). In particular, F.SM significantly increased the proportion of dihomo-γ-linolenic acid (DGLA) in skin fatty acid (FA) composition compared with the CHOL group. Here we present evidence that SM or F.SM could alleviate the inflammatory response in the skin that is triggered by excess dietary cholesterol by reducing the expression of pro-inflammatory genes. This response could be partly associated with a decreased in macrophages in skin and/or by modulation of the skin's FA composition.

  16. Gallotannin-Enriched Extract Isolated from Galla Rhois May Be a Functional Candidate with Laxative Effects for Treatment of Loperamide-Induced Constipation of SD Rats

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    Kim, Ji Eun; Go, Jun; Koh, Eun Kyoung; Song, Sung Hwa; Sung, Ji Eun; Lee, Hyun Ah; Lee, Young Hee; Hong, Jin Tae; Hwang, Dae Youn

    2016-01-01

    Several natural products containing tannins are used as traditional medicines for treatment of constipation; however, their pharmacological mechanism is not well understood. The laxative effects of gallotannin-enriched extract isolated from Galla Rhois (GEGR) were investigated using a constipation model induced by loperamide (Lop) injection. After analysis for antioxidant activity of GEGR, alterations in the excretion parameters, histological structure, mucin secretion, and related protein levels were measured in the transverse colon of Sprague Dawley (SD) rats with Lop-induced constipation following treatment with 250, 500 and 1,000 mg/ml of GEGR. The number and weight of feces increased significantly by 48–79% and 128–159%, respectively, in the Lop+GEGR treated group relative to the Lop+vehicle treated group, while food intake and water consumption were maintained at a constant level. The thickness of mucosa, muscle and flat luminal surface, as well as the number of goblet cells and crypt of lieberkuhn were enhanced in the Lop+GEGR treated group. Moreover, mucin secretion increased significantly in a dose dependent manner in the Lop+GEGR treated group. Furthermore, the downstream signaling pathway of the muscarinic acetylcholine receptors (mAChR) M2 and M3 was recovered by GEGR treatment, although the expression level varied. The levels of Gα expression and inositol triphosphate (IP3) concentration were also recovered in the Lop+GEGR treated group relative to the Lop+vehicle treated group. The results of the present study provide strong evidence that tannins distributed in various medicinal plants are important candidates for improving chronic constipation induced by Lop treatment in animal models. PMID:27618438

  17. Gallotannin-Enriched Extract Isolated from Galla Rhois May Be a Functional Candidate with Laxative Effects for Treatment of Loperamide-Induced Constipation of SD Rats.

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    Kim, Ji Eun; Go, Jun; Koh, Eun Kyoung; Song, Sung Hwa; Sung, Ji Eun; Lee, Hyun Ah; Lee, Young Hee; Hong, Jin Tae; Hwang, Dae Youn

    2016-01-01

    Several natural products containing tannins are used as traditional medicines for treatment of constipation; however, their pharmacological mechanism is not well understood. The laxative effects of gallotannin-enriched extract isolated from Galla Rhois (GEGR) were investigated using a constipation model induced by loperamide (Lop) injection. After analysis for antioxidant activity of GEGR, alterations in the excretion parameters, histological structure, mucin secretion, and related protein levels were measured in the transverse colon of Sprague Dawley (SD) rats with Lop-induced constipation following treatment with 250, 500 and 1,000 mg/ml of GEGR. The number and weight of feces increased significantly by 48-79% and 128-159%, respectively, in the Lop+GEGR treated group relative to the Lop+vehicle treated group, while food intake and water consumption were maintained at a constant level. The thickness of mucosa, muscle and flat luminal surface, as well as the number of goblet cells and crypt of lieberkuhn were enhanced in the Lop+GEGR treated group. Moreover, mucin secretion increased significantly in a dose dependent manner in the Lop+GEGR treated group. Furthermore, the downstream signaling pathway of the muscarinic acetylcholine receptors (mAChR) M2 and M3 was recovered by GEGR treatment, although the expression level varied. The levels of Gα expression and inositol triphosphate (IP3) concentration were also recovered in the Lop+GEGR treated group relative to the Lop+vehicle treated group. The results of the present study provide strong evidence that tannins distributed in various medicinal plants are important candidates for improving chronic constipation induced by Lop treatment in animal models. PMID:27618438

  18. Characterization of Changes in Global Genes Expression in the Distal Colon of Loperamide-Induced Constipation SD Rats in Response to the Laxative Effects of Liriope platyphylla

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    Kim, Ji Eun; Park, So Hae; Kwak, Moon Hwa; Go, Jun; Koh, Eun Kyoung; Song, Sung Hwa; Sung, Ji Eun; Lee, Hee Seob; Hong, Jin Tae; Hwang, Dae Youn

    2015-01-01

    To characterize the changes in global gene expression in the distal colon of constipated SD rats in response to the laxative effects of aqueous extracts of Liriope platyphylla (AEtLP), including isoflavone, saponin, oligosaccharide, succinic acid and hydroxyproline, the total RNA extracted from the distal colon of AEtLP-treated constipation rats was hybridized to oligonucleotide microarrays. The AEtLP treated rats showed an increase in the number of stools, mucosa thickness, flat luminal surface thickness, mucin secretion, and crypt number. Overall, compared to the controls, 581 genes were up-regulated and 216 genes were down-regulated by the constipation induced by loperamide in the constipated rats. After the AEtLP treatment, 67 genes were up-regulated and 421 genes were down-regulated. Among the transcripts up-regulated by constipation, 89 were significantly down-regulated and 22 were recovered to the normal levels by the AEtLP treatment. The major genes in the down-regulated categories included Slc9a5, klk10, Fgf15, and Alpi, whereas the major genes in the recovered categories were Cyp2b2, Ace, G6pc, and Setbp1. On the other hand, after the AEtLP treatment, ten of these genes down-regulated by constipation were up-regulated significantly and five were recovered to the normal levels. The major genes in the up-regulated categories included Serpina3n, Lcn2 and Slc5a8, whereas the major genes in the recovered categories were Tmem45a, Rerg and Rgc32. These results indicate that several gene functional groups and individual genes as constipation biomarkers respond to an AEtLP treatment in constipated model rats. PMID:26151867

  19. Improved Thermoelectric Performance of p-type Skutterudite YbxFe4-yPtySb12 (0.8 x 1, y = 1 and 0.5)

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    Cho, Jung Y; Ye, Zuxin; Tessema, Misle; Salvador, James R.; Waldo, Richard; Yang, Jiong; Zhang, Weiqing; Yang, Jihui; Cai, Wei; Wang, Hsin

    2013-01-01

    Thermoelectric performance of p-type skutterudites currently lags that of the corresponding n-type materials and improvement of this important class of materials have become the focus of considerable research effort world-wide. Recent calculations find promising band structural features in p-type skutterudite materials of the type AeFe3NiSb12 ( Ae = Ca, Sr, or Ba) which could potentially lead to excellent thermoelectric properties. Recent work on the Yb- filled analog of the these formulations (YbFe3NiSb12) however finds that the onset of intrinsic conduction at lower than expected temperatures deteriorates the performance above 500 K leading to poor performance in the temperature range of interest for automotive waste heat recovery applications. We therefore seek a way to increase the band gap in order to find a way to minimize the deleterious effects of intrinsic conduction. Here we present ab initio band structure calculations and the synthesis and thermoelectric properties of YbxFe4-yPtySb12 (0.8 x 1, y = 1 and 0.5). Ab initio calculations find that the band gap increases for YbFe3PtSb12 as compared to the Ni-containing analog, though no such increase in the band gap energy was found for as compared to YbFe3.5Ni0.5Sb12. The y = 1 samples shows a characteristic transition to intrinsic conduction with a decrease in the Seebeck coefficient at temperatures above 700 K. The increased carrier concentration in y = 0.5 virtually eliminates any evidence of intrinsic conduction and the Seebeck coefficients for these samples increase monotonically up to 750 K, resulting in power factors approaching 27 W/cm K2 at 750 K. These power factors combined with low thermal conductivity result in a ZT = 0.9 at 750 K for Yb0.95Fe3.5Pt0.5Sb12.

  20. Phase separation, ferromagnetism and magnetic irreversibility in La 1- xSr xMn 1- yFe yO 3

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    Zakhvalinskii, V. S.; Laiho, R.; Lashkul, A. V.; Lisunov, K. G.; Lähderanta, E.; Nekrasova, Yu. S.; Petrenko, P. A.

    2011-08-01

    Magnetic susceptibility, χ(T), is investigated in ceramic La1-xSrxMn1-yFeyO3 (LSMFO) samples with x=0.3 and y=0.15-0.25. A ferromagnetic (FM) transition observed in LSMFO is accompanied with an appreciable decrease of the transition temperature with increasing y, which is connected to breaking of the FM double-exchange interaction by doping with Fe. Strong magnetic irreversibility, observed in low (B=10 G) field, gives evidence for frustration of the magnetic state of LSMFO. The FM transition, which is expanded with increasing B, is more pronounced in the samples with y=0.15-0.20 and broadens considerably at y=0.25, where the irreversibility is increased. Well above the transition, χ(T) exhibits a Curie-Weiss asymptotic behavior, yielding very large values of the effective Bohr magneton number per magnetic ion, incompatible with those of Mn or Fe single ions. At y=0.15 and 0.20 a critical behavior of χ-1(T)∼(T/TC-1)γ in the region of the FM transition is characterized by influence of two different magnetic systems, a 3D percolative one with γ=γp≈1.8 and TC=TC(p), and a non-percolative 3D Heisenberg spin system, with γ=γH≈1.4 and TC=TC(H), where TC(p)

  1. Ge{sub 1-y}Sn{sub y} (y = 0.01-0.10) alloys on Ge-buffered Si: Synthesis, microstructure, and optical properties

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    Senaratne, C. L.; Kouvetakis, J.; Gallagher, J. D.; Jiang, Liying; Smith, D. J.; Menéndez, J.; Aoki, Toshihiro

    2014-10-07

    Novel hydride chemistries are employed to deposit light-emitting Ge{sub 1-y}Sn{sub y} alloys with y ≤ 0.1 by Ultra-High Vacuum Chemical Vapor Deposition (UHV-CVD) on Ge-buffered Si wafers. The properties of the resultant materials are systematically compared with similar alloys grown directly on Si wafers. The fundamental difference between the two systems is a fivefold (and higher) decrease in lattice mismatch between film and virtual substrate, allowing direct integration of bulk-like crystals with planar surfaces and relatively low dislocation densities. For y ≤ 0.06, the CVD precursors used were digermane Ge₂H₆ and deuterated stannane SnD₄. For y ≥ 0.06, the Ge precursor was changed to trigermane Ge₃H₈, whose higher reactivity enabled the fabrication of supersaturated samples with the target film parameters. In all cases, the Ge wafers were produced using tetragermane Ge₄H₁₀ as the Ge source. The photoluminescence intensity from Ge{sub 1–y}Sn{sub y}/Ge films is expected to increase relative to Ge{sub 1–y}Sn{sub y}/Si due to the less defected interface with the virtual substrate. However, while Ge{sub 1–y}Sn{sub y}/Si films are largely relaxed, a significant amount of compressive strain may be present in the Ge{sub 1–y}Sn{sub y}/Ge case. This compressive strain can reduce the emission intensity by increasing the separation between the direct and indirect edges. In this context, it is shown here that the proposed CVD approach to Ge{sub 1–y}Sn{sub y}/Ge makes it possible to approach film thicknesses of about 1 μm, for which the strain is mostly relaxed and the photoluminescence intensity increases by one order of magnitude relative to Ge{sub 1–y}Sn{sub y}/Si films. The observed strain relaxation is shown to be consistent with predictions from strain-relaxation models first developed for the Si{sub 1–x}Ge{sub x}/Si system. The defect structure and atomic distributions in the films are studied in detail using advanced electron

  2. Fluorine-ion conductivity of different technological forms of solid electrolytes R 1- y M y F3- y (LaF3 Type ) ( M = Ca, Sr, Ba; R Are Rare Earth Elements)

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    Sorokin, N. I.; Sobolev, B. P.

    2016-05-01

    We have investigated the conductivity of some representatives of different technological forms of fluoride-conducting solid electrolytes R 1- y M y F3- y ( M = Ca, Sr, Ba; R are rare earth elements) with an LaF3 structure: single crystals, cold- and hot-pressing ceramics based on a charge prepared in different ways (mechanochemical synthesis, solid-phase synthesis, and fragmentation of single crystals), polycrystalline alloys, etc. It is shown (by impedance spectroscopy), that different technological forms of identical chemical composition ( R, M, y) exhibit different electrical characteristics. The maximum conductivity is observed for the single-crystal form of R 1- y M y F3- y tysonite phases, which provides (in contrast to other technological forms) the formation of true volume ion-conducting characteristics.

  3. Method for synthesizing fine-grained phosphor powders of the type (RE.sub.1- Ln.sub.x)(P.sub.1-y V.sub.y)O.sub.4

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    Phillips, Mark L. F.

    1998-01-01

    A method for generating well-crystallized photo- and cathodoluminescent oxide phosphor powders. The method of this invention uses hydrothermal synthesis and annealing to produce nearly monosized (RE.sub.1-x Ln.sub.x)(P.sub.1-y V.sub.y)O.sub.4 (Ln.dbd.Ce.fwdarw.Lu) phosphor grains with crystallite sizes from 0.04 to 5 .mu.m. Such phosphors find application in cathode-ray tube, flat-panel, and projection displays.

  4. SD-D2 "Swadana" Upgrading Program [D2 PGSD Swandana]. Summary Preliminary Report, D2-PGSD Program Economic Aspects [and] Report on Study of Economic Aspects. Educational Policy and Planning Project.

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    Cobbe, James; Musa, Ibrahim

    The first of the two reports contained in this document is a preliminary analysis, by Dr. James Cobbe, of the data collected on an extension of a study of the upgrading program for primary school (Sekolah Dasar, or SD) to Diploma Dua (D2) using the Swadana (fully self-financed) delivery system. The extension of the study covers the six current…

  5. Report to the Legislature on Senate Concurrent Resolution 118 SD1 HD1: Improving the Community's Understanding of the Department of Education's Programs and School Expenses Including a Comparison with Other States on Adequacy of Funds

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    Hawaii Educational Policy Center, 2008

    2008-01-01

    The 2007 Hawai'i State Legislature passed Senate Concurrent Resolution 118 S.D.1 HD 1 Improving the Community's Understanding of the Department of Education's Programs and School Expenses Including a Comparison with Other States on Adequacy of Funds. Among the requests contained in the resolution were the following: "Be it further resolved the…

  6. Inoculation with endophytic Bacillus megaterium 1Y31 increases Mn accumulation and induces the growth and energy metabolism-related differentially-expressed proteome in Mn hyperaccumulator hybrid pennisetum.

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    Zhang, Wen-hui; He, Lin-yan; Wang, Qi; Sheng, Xia-Fang

    2015-12-30

    In this study, a hydroponic culture experiment was conducted in a greenhouse to investigate the molecular and microbial mechanisms involved in the endophytic Bacillus megaterium 1Y31-enhanced Mn tolerance and accumulation in Mn hyperaccumulator hybrid pennisetum. Strain 1Y31 significantly increased the dry weights (ranging from 28% to 94%) and total Mn uptake (ranging from 23% to 112%) of hybrid pennisetum treated with 0, 2, and 10mM Mn compared to the control. Total 98 leaf differentially expressed proteins were identified between the live and dead bacterial inoculated hybrid pennisetum. The major leaf differentially expressed proteins were involved in energy generation, photosynthesis, response to stimulus, metabolisms, and unknown function. Furthermore, most of the energy generation and photosynthesis-related proteins were up-regulated, whereas most of the response to stimulus and metabolism-related proteins were down-regulated under Mn stress. Notably, the proportion of indole-3-acetic acid (IAA)-producing endophytic bacteria was significantly higher in the bacterial inoculated plants under Mn stress. The results suggested that strain 1Y31 increased the growth and Mn uptake of hybrid pennisetum through increasing the efficiency of photosynthesis and energy metabolism as well as the proportion of plant growth-promoting endophytic bacteria in the plants. PMID:26241871

  7. Magnetic and chemical order-disorder transformations in Co2Fe(Ga1-xSix) and Co2Fe(Al1-ySiy) Heusler alloys

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    Umetsu, Rie Y.; Okubo, Akinari; Kainuma, Ryosuke

    2012-04-01

    The concentration dependence of the order-disorder phase transformation temperature from the L21 to the B2 phase (TtL21/B2) and magnetic properties of Co2Fe(Ga1-xSix) and Co2Fe(Al1-ySiy) Heusler alloys were investigated. In the phase diagrams, a crossover of the Curie temperature (TC) and TtL21/B2 was confirmed at around y = 0.45 in Co2Fe(Al1-ySiy), whereas the TC and TtL21/B2 monotonically changed with x in Co2Fe (Ga1-xSix). The slopes of the linear concentration dependence of TtL21/B2 for Co2Fe(Al1-ySiy) drastically changed at about y = 0.45, suggesting that the chemical interchange energy between Fe and Al in Co2FeAl alloy is affected by the magnetic ordering.

  8. Inoculation with endophytic Bacillus megaterium 1Y31 increases Mn accumulation and induces the growth and energy metabolism-related differentially-expressed proteome in Mn hyperaccumulator hybrid pennisetum.

    PubMed

    Zhang, Wen-hui; He, Lin-yan; Wang, Qi; Sheng, Xia-Fang

    2015-12-30

    In this study, a hydroponic culture experiment was conducted in a greenhouse to investigate the molecular and microbial mechanisms involved in the endophytic Bacillus megaterium 1Y31-enhanced Mn tolerance and accumulation in Mn hyperaccumulator hybrid pennisetum. Strain 1Y31 significantly increased the dry weights (ranging from 28% to 94%) and total Mn uptake (ranging from 23% to 112%) of hybrid pennisetum treated with 0, 2, and 10mM Mn compared to the control. Total 98 leaf differentially expressed proteins were identified between the live and dead bacterial inoculated hybrid pennisetum. The major leaf differentially expressed proteins were involved in energy generation, photosynthesis, response to stimulus, metabolisms, and unknown function. Furthermore, most of the energy generation and photosynthesis-related proteins were up-regulated, whereas most of the response to stimulus and metabolism-related proteins were down-regulated under Mn stress. Notably, the proportion of indole-3-acetic acid (IAA)-producing endophytic bacteria was significantly higher in the bacterial inoculated plants under Mn stress. The results suggested that strain 1Y31 increased the growth and Mn uptake of hybrid pennisetum through increasing the efficiency of photosynthesis and energy metabolism as well as the proportion of plant growth-promoting endophytic bacteria in the plants.

  9. Observations in variations in the amplitude and depths of the 410 and 520 km discontinuities from PdP and SdS bounce point studies.

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    Darensburg, A.; Ainiwaer, A.; Gurrola, H.

    2015-12-01

    To gain a better understanding of the upper mantle transition zone, we beamform EarthScope Transportable array data of events from the western Pacific ring of fire to produce relatively high frequency (0.75 Hz) PdP functions (underside P reflections from a depth d) of the mantle beneath the central Pacific from the society Islands across the Aleutian trench. Like most PdP studies, we fail to image the 660 km discontinuity so we focus on the 410, and 520. It is believed that the 410 and 520 km discontinuities are the result of exothermic phase changes in the Olivine mineral system at pressure and temperatures consistent with the indicated depths. Because these boundaries are hypothesized to be exothermic, we expect them to be deeper in hot regions and shallow in cool. Modeling of these boundaries by mineral physicists suggest the 410 occurs over a 10 km interval and the 520 over about 30 km. Our observed amplitudes of P410P as a function of frequency compared to waveform modeling indicate that the 410 phase change must occur over less 6 km. Our observations of a strong 520 km discontinuity at 0.75 Hz also suggests that this velocity contrast occurs over less than 10 km rather than the hypothesized 30 km. We found that the average depth to the 410 km discontinuity across our study area to be 420 km to 425km. The 520 km discontinuity appears to be strongest around Hawaii and north of the Aleutian trench. The depths of the P410P and P520P phases appear to be correlated in most areas where they occur together; deepest the north of the Aleutian trench and southwestern Alaska; and shallowest south of the westernmost Aleutian trench. One of the more surprising observations was that the P520P phase appears to be the smallest or not observable in regions with the strongest P410P phase. SdS observations will be added to this study for the AGU meeting.

  10. Transgenerational Effects of Di (2-Ethylhexyl) Phthalate in the Male CRL:CD(SD) Rat: Added Value of Assessing Multiple Offspring per Litter

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    Gray, Leon Earl; Barlow, Norman J.; Howdeshell, Kembra L.; Ostby, Joseph S.; Furr, Johnathan R.; Gray, Clark L.

    2009-01-01

    In the rat, some phthalates alter sexual differentiation at relatively low dosage levels by altering fetal Leydig cell development and hormone synthesis, thereby inducing abnormalities of the testis, gubernacular ligaments, epididymis, and other androgen-dependent tissues. In order to define the dose-response relationship between di(2-ethylhexyl) phthalate (DEHP) and the Phthalate Syndrome of reproductive alterations in F1 male rats, Sprague-Dawley (SD) rat dams were dosed by gavage from gestational day 8 to day 17 of lactation with 0, 11, 33, 100, or 300 mg/kg/day DEHP (71–93 males per dose from 12 to 14 litters per dose). Some of the male offspring continued to be exposed to DEHP via gavage from 18 days of age to necropsy at 63–65 days of age (PUB cohort; 16–20/dose). Remaining males were not exposed after postnatal day 17 (in utero-lactational [IUL] cohort) and were necropsied after reaching full maturity. Anogenital distance, sperm counts and reproductive organ weights were reduced in F1 males in the 300 mg/kg/day group and they displayed retained nipples. In the IUL cohort, seminal vesicle weight also was reduced at 100 mg/kg/day. In contrast, serum testosterone and estradiol levels were unaffected in either the PUB or IUL cohorts at necropsy. A significant percentage of F1 males displayed one or more Phthalate Syndrome lesions at 11 mg/kg/day DEHP and above. We were able to detect effects in the lower dose groups only because we examined all the males in each litter rather than only one male per litter. Power calculations demonstrate how using multiple males versus one male/litter enhances the detection of the effects of DEHP. The results at 11 mg/kg/day confirm those reported from a National Toxicology Program multigenerational study which reported no observed adverse effect levels-lowest observed adverse effect levels of 5 and 10 mg/kg/day DEHP, respectively, via the diet. PMID:19482887

  11. On the temporal variability of the OH* emission layer at the mesopause: a study based on SD-WACCM4 and SABER

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    Kowalewski, S.; von Savigny, C.; Palm, M.; Notholt, J.

    2014-01-01

    Airglow observations are a fundamental tool to study the mesospheric part of the atmosphere. In particular the OH* emission layer is subject of many theoretical and observational studies. The choice of different transition bands of the OH* emission can introduce systematic differences between these studies, hence a profound knowledge of these differences is required for comparison. One systematic difference is given by the vertical displacements between OH* profiles due to different transition bands. A previous study has shown that the vertical displacement is highly sensitive to quenching with atomic oxygen. In this work we follow up this idea by investigating the diurnal as well as the seasonal response of OH* to changes in concentrations of atomic and molecular oxygen, the two most effective quenching species of OH*. For this task we employ a quenching model to calculate vertical OH* concentration profiles from simulations made with the SD-WACCM4 chemistry transport model. From this approach we find that despite the strong impact of O and O2 quenching on the vertical OH* structure, a considerable variability between the vertical displacements of different OH* transition bands is also induced by the natural variability of the O3 and H profiles, which primarily participate in the formation of the mesospheric OH* layer. This in particular applies for the diurnal evolution of the vertical displacements, which cannot be explained by changes in abundances of OH* quenching species only. On the other hand, vertical displacements between OH* transition bands and the amount of effective O and O2 quenching show a coherent semi-annual oscillation at lower latitudes that is in phase with the seasonal variability of the diurnal migrating tide. In particular the role of O2 quenching shows a new aspect of the semi-annual oscillation that, to our knowledge, has not been discussed before. By comparison with limb radiance observations from the SABER/TIMED satellite, we find

  12. On the impact of the temporal variability of the collisional quenching process on the mesospheric OH emission layer: a study based on SD-WACCM4 and SABER

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    Kowalewski, S.; von Savigny, C.; Palm, M.; McDade, I. C.; Notholt, J.

    2014-09-01

    The mesospheric OH Meinel emissions are subject of many theoretical and observational studies devoted to this part of the atmosphere. Depending on the initial vibrational level of excitation the altitude of the considered OH Meinel emission is systematically shifted, which has important implications for the intercomparison of different studies considering different transition bands. Previous model studies suggest that these vertical shifts are essentially caused by the process of collisional quenching with atomic oxygen. Following this hypothesis, a recent study found experimental evidence of a coherent seasonality at tropical latitudes between vertical shifts of different OH Meinel bands and changes in atomic oxygen concentrations. Despite the consistent finding of the above mentioned hypothesis, it cannot be excluded that the actual temporal variability of the vertical shifts between different OH Meinel bands may in addition be controlled or even dominated by other processes. It remains an open question whether the observed temporal evolution is indeed mainly controlled by the modulation of the collisional quenching process with atomic oxygen. By means of a sensitivity study which employs a quenching model to simulations made with the SD-WACCM4 chemistry climate model, we aim at assessing this question. From this study we find that the observed seasonality of vertical OH Meinel shifts is only partially controlled by temporal changes in atomic oxygen concentrations, while molecular oxygen has another noticeable impact on the vertical OH Meinel shifts. This in particular becomes evident for the diurnal variability of vertical OH Meinel shifts, which reveal only a poor correlation with the atomic oxygen species. Furthermore, changes in the H + O3 source gases provide another mechanism that can potentially affect the diurnal variability in addition. By comparison with limb radiance observations from the SABER/TIMED satellite this provides an explanation for the less

  13. Evaluation of ultrasound and glucose synergy effect on the optical clearing and light penetration for human colon tissue using SD-OCT.

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    Zhao, Qingliang; Wei, Huajiang; He, Yonghong; Ren, Qiushi; Zhou, Chuanqing

    2014-11-01

    Topical application optical clearing agents (OCAs) can effectively enhance the tissue optical clearing on the human colon tissue, which has been demonstrated in our previous studies. Nevertheless, the strong light scattering still limits the diffusion rate of OCAs and penetration depth of light into the tissue. In this study, in order to further increase the diffusion of the OCA of glucose into tissue, we employ a method to improve the glucose permeability and light penetration with ultrasound (sonophoretic delivery, SP) and glucose (G) synergy on human normal and cancerous colon tissues in vitro, which was measured and quantified with spectral-domain optical coherence tomography (SD-OCT) technology. To evaluate the effect of ultrasound mediation, the percentages of OCT signal enhancement (PSE) and 1/e light-penetration depth were calculated for G alone and ultrasound-G treatments. The PSE was calculated at approximately 313 μm from the sample tissue surface. For normal and cancerous colon tissues the PSE were about 91.1 ± 10.6% and 65.3% ± 12.3% with 30% G/SP, but for the 30% G alone treatment it was about 78.6 ± 11.2% and 54.5% ± 9.3%, respectively. The max value of 1/e light-penetration depth for normal colon tissue was 0.47 ± 0.02 mm with 30% G alone and 0.60 ± 0.05 mm (p < 0.05)with 30% G/SP synergy. However, for the cancerous colon tissue the max value was 0.45 ± 0.01 mm and 0.57 ± 0.03 mm (p < 0.05), respectively. The obtained permeability coefficients showed a significant enhancement with ultrasound mediation. The mean permeability coefficients of 30% G/SP in normal and cancerous colon tissues were (6.3 ± 0.16) × 10(-6) cm/s and (12.1 ± 0.34) × 10(-6) cm/s (p < 0.05), respectively. These preliminary experiments showed that ultrasound can effectively enhance the tissue optical clearing and glucose diffusion rate as well as increase the light-penetration depth into biotissues.

  14. Sociological-Dysfunctionality(SD) Tyrrany-of-Arrogance((ToA) Versus (So Miscalled) ``Wisdom-of-Crowds'' Fascism; Jargonial-Obfuscation(JO) Egocentrism Enabling Would Be ``Sciences'' to be Alas Mere SEANCES!!!.

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    Bradshaw, John; Martin, Brian; Siegel, Edward Carl-Ludwig; Euclid, Alexandria; Young, Frederic; Clay, London; CarlZimmer/NYTimes/ReedElsevier/YoungsuckChi/Alcatel-Lucent/Thale Group/ThompsonCSF/PhalesGrope/KFAZ Collaboration; artin Correidora./Carlos Perelman Collaboration; Grigory Perelman/Richard Hamilton/Linda Naser/David Gruber Collaboration; Alexander Dewedney/Massimo Pigliucci Collaboration; Orrin Pilkey/Linda Pilkey-Jarvis/Robert Parks/Simon Levay Collaboration

    2013-03-01

    Bradshaw[''Healing Shame That Binds You'']-''Brian Martin'' SD ToA is via constant interminable media-hype spin-doctoring show-biz popularity promotion, witness ubiquitous talking-heads: ''Kuku'' sci.-guy(knows everything about everything), Green,Tyson, Alda,,,, ad infinitum, ad nauseum!!!; worse still ''scientific''-societies&apos seizing conferences/journals agendas, perverted into mere SEANCES:

  15. Identification and Characterization of Sex-Associated Loci in Sockeye Salmon Using Genotyping-by-Sequencing and Comparison with a Sex-Determining Assay Based on the sdY Gene.

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    Larson, Wesley A; McKinney, Garrett J; Seeb, James E; Seeb, Lisa W

    2016-11-01

    Loci that can be used to screen for sex in salmon can provide important information for study of both wild and cultured populations. Here, we tested for associations between sex and genotypes at thousands of loci available from a genotyping-by-sequencing (GBS) dataset to discover sex-associated loci in sockeye salmon (Oncorhynchus nerka). We discovered 7 sex-associated loci, developed high-throughput assays for 2 loci, and tested the utility of these 2 assays in 8 collections of sockeye salmon sampled throughout North America. We also screened an existing assay based on the master sex-determining gene in salmon (sdY) in these collections. The ability of GBS-derived loci to assign fish to their phenotypic sex varied substantially among collections suggesting that recombination between the loci that we discovered and the sex-determining gene has occurred. Assignment accuracy to phenotypic sex was much higher with the sdY assay but was still less than 100%. Alignment of sequences from GBS-derived loci to draft genomes for 2 salmonids provided strong evidence that many of these loci are found on chromosomes orthologous to the known sex chromosome in sockeye salmon. Our study is the first to describe the approximate location of the sex-determining region in sockeye salmon and indicates that sdY is also the master sex-determining gene in this species. However, discordances between sdY genotypes and phenotypic sex and the variable performance of GBS-derived loci warrant more research. PMID:27417855

  16. Identification and Characterization of Sex-Associated Loci in Sockeye Salmon Using Genotyping-by-Sequencing and Comparison with a Sex-Determining Assay Based on the sdY Gene.

    PubMed

    Larson, Wesley A; McKinney, Garrett J; Seeb, James E; Seeb, Lisa W

    2016-11-01

    Loci that can be used to screen for sex in salmon can provide important information for study of both wild and cultured populations. Here, we tested for associations between sex and genotypes at thousands of loci available from a genotyping-by-sequencing (GBS) dataset to discover sex-associated loci in sockeye salmon (Oncorhynchus nerka). We discovered 7 sex-associated loci, developed high-throughput assays for 2 loci, and tested the utility of these 2 assays in 8 collections of sockeye salmon sampled throughout North America. We also screened an existing assay based on the master sex-determining gene in salmon (sdY) in these collections. The ability of GBS-derived loci to assign fish to their phenotypic sex varied substantially among collections suggesting that recombination between the loci that we discovered and the sex-determining gene has occurred. Assignment accuracy to phenotypic sex was much higher with the sdY assay but was still less than 100%. Alignment of sequences from GBS-derived loci to draft genomes for 2 salmonids provided strong evidence that many of these loci are found on chromosomes orthologous to the known sex chromosome in sockeye salmon. Our study is the first to describe the approximate location of the sex-determining region in sockeye salmon and indicates that sdY is also the master sex-determining gene in this species. However, discordances between sdY genotypes and phenotypic sex and the variable performance of GBS-derived loci warrant more research.

  17. Effect of Mg-DOPING on Magnetic and Transport Behaviour of Nd0.7Sr0.3Mn1-yMgyO3 (0 ≤ y ≤ 0.3)

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    van Khiem, Nguyen; Hoai Nam, Dao Nguyen; Phuc, Nguyen Xuan

    2001-04-01

    The ferromagnetic-paramagnetic phase transition temperature, TC, of Nd0.7Sr0.3Mn1-yMgyO3 monotonically decreases from -235 K to -180 K with increasing Mg-doping concentration y from 0 to 0.1. Transport measurements show that Mg-doping does not significantly influence the resistivity in the paramagnetic phase in contrast to that in the ferromagnetic phase below TC. Interestingly, the magnetoresistance ratio near TC, in applied fields up to 5 T, increases from 180% for y = 0 to 480% for.y = 0.1. The compounds become spin-glass-like insulators with y ≥ 0.2.

  18. Determination of carrier saturation velocity in high-performance In(y)Ga(1-y)As/Al(x)Ga(1-x)As modulation-doped field-effect transistors (with y between 0 and 0.2)

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    Henderson, T. S.; Masselink, W. T.; Kopp, W.; Morkoc, H.

    1986-01-01

    The relation between the intrinsic transconductance per unit gate width and the carrier saturation velocity, v(sat), is used to determine v(sat) for several high-performance pseudomorphic MODFET's with different InAs mole fractions (y). Measurements of In(y)Ga(1-y)As/AlGaAs MODFET's grown by MBE were found to give accurate v(sat) values at 77 K. Devices with y between 0 and 0.20 were shown to have higher v(sat) than conventional GaAs/AlGaAs MODFET's. An optimum y value for peak v(sat), which may optimize overall device performance, is expected.

  19. Experimental oxygen potentials of U1-yPryO2± x and thermodynamic assessment of the U-Pr-O system

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    McMurray, Jake W.; Silva, Chinthaka M.

    2015-12-09

    Thermogravimetric analysis (TGA) was used to determine the oxygen potentials of fluorite urania-praseodymia (U1-yPryO2± x) solid solutions for y = 0.10 and 0.20 between 1000 and 1500 °C. A thermodynamic assessment of U-Pr-O system was performed using the CALPHAD (CALculation of PHAse Diagrams) method. Furthermore, the models well reproduce the TGA measurements and the computed phase relations are in good agreement with those proposed from an X-ray diffraction investigation.

  20. In vivo SPECT and ex vivo autoradiographic brain imaging of the novel selective CB1 receptor antagonist radioligand [125I]SD7015 in CB1 knock-out and wildtype mouse

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    Máthé, Domokos; Horváth, Ildikó; Szigeti, Krisztián; Donohue, Sean R.; Pike, Victor W.; Jia, Zisheng; Ledent, Catherine; Palkovits, Miklós; Freund, Tamás F.; Halldin, Christer; Gulyás, Balázs

    2014-01-01

    We aimed to evaluate the novel high-affinity and relatively lipophilic CB1 receptor (CB1R) antagonist radioligand [125I]SD7015 for SPECT imaging of CB1Rs in vivo using the multiplexed multipinhole dedicated small animal SPECT/CT system, NanoSPECT/CTPLUS (Mediso, Budapest, Hungary), in knock-out CB1 receptor knock-out (CB1R-/-) and wildtype mice. In order to exclude possible differences in cerebral blood flow between the two types of animals, HMPAO SPECT scans were performed, whereas in order to confirm the brain uptake differences of the radioligand between knock-out mice and wildtype mice, in vivo scans were complemented with ex vivo autoradiographic measurements using the brains of the same animals. With SPECT/CT imaging, we measured the brain uptake of radioactivity, using %SUV (% standardised uptake values) in CB1R-/- mice (n = 3) and C57BL6 wildtype mice (n = 7) under urethane anaesthesia after injecting [125I]SD7015 intravenously or intraperitoneally. The Brookhaven Laboratory mouse MRI atlas was fused to the SPECT/CT images by using a combination of rigid and non-rigid algorithms in the Mediso Fusion™ (Mediso, Budapest, Hungary) and VivoQuant (inviCRO, Boston, MA, USA) softwares. Phosphor imager plate autoradiography (ARG) was performed on 4 μm-thin cryostat sections of the excised brains. %SUV was 8.6 ± 3.6 (average ± SD) in CB1R-/- mice and 22.1 ± 12.4 in wildtype mice between 2 and 4 h after injection (p < 0.05). ARG of identically taken sections from wildtype mouse brain showed moderate radioactivity uptake when compared with the in vivo images, with a clear difference between grey matter and white matter, whereas ARG in CB1R(-/-) mice showed practically no radioactivity uptake. [125I]SD7015 enters the mouse brain in sufficient amount to enable SPECT imaging. Brain radioactivity distribution largely coincides with that of the known CB1R expression pattern in rodent brain. We conclude that [125I]SD7015 should be a useful SPECT radioligand for

  1. In vivo SPECT and ex vivo autoradiographic brain imaging of the novel selective CB1 receptor antagonist radioligand [125I]SD7015 in CB1 knock-out and wildtype mouse.

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    Máthé, Domokos; Horváth, Ildikó; Szigeti, Krisztián; Donohue, Sean R; Pike, Victor W; Jia, Zisheng; Ledent, Catherine; Palkovits, Miklós; Freund, Tamás F; Halldin, Christer; Gulyás, Balázs

    2013-02-01

    We aimed to evaluate the novel high-affinity and relatively lipophilic CB(1) receptor (CB(1)R) antagonist radioligand [(125)I]SD7015 for SPECT imaging of CB(1)Rs in vivo using the multiplexed multipinhole dedicated small animal SPECT/CT system, NanoSPECT/CT(PLUS) (Mediso, Budapest, Hungary), in knock-out CB(1) receptor knock-out (CB(1)R-/-) and wildtype mice. In order to exclude possible differences in cerebral blood flow between the two types of animals, HMPAO SPECT scans were performed, whereas in order to confirm the brain uptake differences of the radioligand between knock-out mice and wildtype mice, in vivo scans were complemented with ex vivo autoradiographic measurements using the brains of the same animals. With SPECT/CT imaging, we measured the brain uptake of radioactivity, using %SUV (% standardised uptake values) in CB(1)R-/- mice (n=3) and C57BL6 wildtype mice (n=7) under urethane anaesthesia after injecting [(125)I]SD7015 intravenously or intraperitoneally. The Brookhaven Laboratory mouse MRI atlas was fused to the SPECT/CT images by using a combination of rigid and non-rigid algorithms in the Mediso Fusion™ (Mediso, Budapest, Hungary) and VivoQuant (inviCRO, Boston, MA, USA) softwares. Phosphor imager plate autoradiography (ARG) was performed on 4 μm-thin cryostat sections of the excised brains. %SUV was 8.6±3.6 (average±SD) in CB(1)R-/- mice and 22.1±12.4 in wildtype mice between 2 and 4 h after injection (p<0.05). ARG of identically taken sections from wildtype mouse brain showed moderate radioactivity uptake when compared with the in vivo images, with a clear difference between grey matter and white matter, whereas ARG in CB(1)R(-/-) mice showed practically no radioactivity uptake. [(125)I]SD7015 enters the mouse brain in sufficient amount to enable SPECT imaging. Brain radioactivity distribution largely coincides with that of the known CB(1)R expression pattern in rodent brain. We conclude that [(125)I]SD7015 should be a useful SPECT

  2. Theoretical consideration of magnetic phase formation in MnFeAsyP1-y and Mn2-x FexAs0.5P0.5 systems in the collective electron model

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    Valkov, V. I.; Golovchan, A. V.; Varyukhin, D. V.

    2012-05-01

    Experimental magnetic field dependences of magnetization in isostructural systems MnFeAsyP1-y (0.2 ≤ у ≤ 0.66) and Mn2-xFexAs0.5P0.5 (0.5 ≤ x ≤ 1.1) are analyzed by using the results of calculations from the first principles and the model approach. It is shown that the basis of the electronic mechanism of changing the type of magnetic phases in the system Mn2-xFexAs0.5P0.5 with cationic substitution is the change in the filling of the d-band. In the system MnFeAsyP1-y with anionic substitution the destabilization of the ferromagnetic phase and the occurrence of an antiferromagnetic one with decreasing the arsenic concentration can be caused by a change of the width of density of electronic states, owing to a considerable reduction of the unit-cell volume.

  3. Suppression of HPV-16 late L1 5′-splice site SD3632 by binding of hnRNP D proteins and hnRNP A2/B1 to upstream AUAGUA RNA motifs

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    Li, Xiaoze; Johansson, Cecilia; Glahder, Jacob; Mossberg, Ann-Kristin; Schwartz, Stefan

    2013-01-01

    Human papillomavirus type 16 (HPV-16) 5′-splice site SD3632 is used exclusively to produce late L1 mRNAs. We identified a 34-nt splicing inhibitory element located immediately upstream of HPV-16 late 5′-splice site SD3632. Two AUAGUA motifs located in these 34 nt inhibited SD3632. Two nucleotide substitutions in each of the HPV-16 specific AUAGUA motifs alleviated splicing inhibition and induced late L1 mRNA production from episomal forms of the HPV-16 genome in primary human keratinocytes. The AUAGUA motifs bind specifically not only to the heterogeneous nuclear RNP (hnRNP) D family of RNA-binding proteins including hnRNP D/AUF, hnRNP DL and hnRNP AB but also to hnRNP A2/B1. Knock-down of these proteins induced HPV-16 late L1 mRNA expression, and overexpression of hnRNP A2/B1, hnRNP AB, hnRNP DL and the two hnRNP D isoforms hnRNP D37 and hnRNP D40 further suppressed L1 mRNA expression. This inhibition may allow HPV-16 to hide from the immune system and establish long-term persistent infections with enhanced risk at progressing to cancer. There is an inverse correlation between expression of hnRNP D proteins and hnRNP A2/B1 and HPV-16 L1 production in the cervical epithelium, as well as in cervical cancer, supporting the conclusion that hnRNP D proteins and A2/B1 inhibit HPV-16 L1 mRNA production. PMID:24013563

  4. Local structure of Ba(1-x)Sr(x)TiO3 and BaTi(1-y)Zr(y)O3 nanocrystals probed by X-ray absorption and X-ray total scattering.

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    Rabuffetti, Federico A; Brutchey, Richard L

    2013-12-23

    The effect of isovalent chemical substitution on the magnitude and coherence length of local ferroelectric distortions present in sub-20 nm Ba(1-x)Sr(x)TiO3 (x = 0.0, 0.30, 0.50, 1.0) and BaTi(1-y)Zr(y)O3 (y = 0.0, 0.15, 0.50, 1.0) nanocrystals synthesized at room temperature is investigated using X-ray absorption near edge structure (XANES) and pair distribution function analysis of X-ray total scattering data (PDF). Although the average crystal structure of the nanocrystals is adequately described by a centrosymmetric, cubic Pm3m space group, local ferroelectric distortions due to the displacement of the titanium atom from the center of the perovskite lattice are observed for all compositions, except BaZrO3. The symmetry of the ferroelectric distortions is adequately described by a tetragonal P4mm space group. The magnitude of the local displacements of the titanium atom in BaTiO3 nanocrystals is comparable to that observed in single crystals and bulk ceramics, but the coherence length of their ferroelectric coupling is much shorter (≤20 Å). Substitution of Sr(2+) for Ba(2+) and of Zr(4+) for Ti(4+) induces a tetragonal-to-cubic transition of the room temperature local crystal structure, analogous to that observed for single crystals and bulk ceramics at similar compositions. This transition is driven by a reduction of the magnitude of the local displacements of the titanium atom and/or of the coherence length of their ferroelectric coupling. Replacing 50% of Ba(2+) with Sr(2+) slightly reduces the magnitude of the titanium displacement, but the coherence length is not affected. In contrast, replacing 15% of the ferroelectrically active Ti(4+) with Zr(4+) leads to a significant reduction of the coherence length. Deviations from the ideal solid solution behavior are observed in BaTi(1-y)Zr(y)O3 nanocrystals and are attributed to an inhomogeneous distribution of the barium atoms in the nanocrystal. Composition-structure relationships derived for Ba(1-x)Sr(x)TiO3

  5. Isopiestic Investigation of the Osmotic and Activity Coefficients of {yMgCl2 + (1 - y)MgSO4}(aq) and the Osmotic Coefficients of Na2SO4.MgSO4(aq) at 298.15 K

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    Miladinovic, J; Ninkovic, R; Todorovic, M; Rard, J A

    2007-06-06

    Isopiestic vapor pressure measurements were made for {l_brace}yMgCl{sub 2} + (1-y)MgSO{sub 4}{r_brace}(aq) solutions with MgCl{sub 2} ionic strength fractions of y = 0, 0.1997, 0.3989, 0.5992, 0.8008, and (1) at the temperature 298.15 K, using KCl(aq) as the reference standard. These measurements for the mixtures cover the ionic strength range I = 0.9794 to 9.4318 mol {center_dot} kg{sup -1}. In addition, isopiestic measurements were made with NaCl(aq) as reference standard for mixtures of {l_brace}xNa{sub 2}SO{sub 4} + (1-x)MgSO{sub 4}{r_brace}(aq) with the molality fraction x = 0.50000 that correspond to solutions of the evaporite mineral bloedite (astrakanite), Na{sub 2}Mg(SO{sub 4}){sub 2} {center_dot} 4H{sub 2}O(cr). The total molalities, m{sub T} = m(Na{sub 2}SO{sub 4}) + m(MgSO{sub 4}), range from m{sub T} = 1.4479 to 4.4312 mol {center_dot} kg{sup -1} (I = 5.0677 to 15.509 mol {center_dot} kg{sup -1}), where the uppermost concentration is the highest oversaturation molality that could be achieved by isothermal evaporation of the solvent at 298.15 K. The parameters of an extended ion-interaction (Pitzer) model for MgCl2(aq) at 298.15 K, which were required for an analysis of the {l_brace}yMgCl{sub 2} + (1-y)MgSO{sub 4}{r_brace}(aq) mixture results, were evaluated up to I = 12.025 mol {center_dot} kg{sup -1} from published isopiestic data together with the six new osmotic coefficients obtained in this study. Osmotic coefficients of {l_brace}yMgCl{sub 2} + (1-y)MgSO{sub 4}{r_brace}(aq) solutions from the present study, along with critically-assessed values from previous studies, were used to evaluate the mixing parameters of the extended ion-interaction model.

  6. Structural properties and application in lithium cells of Li(Ni0.5Co0.5)1-yFeyO2 (0 ≤ y ≤ 0.25) prepared by sol-gel route: Doping optimization

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    Abdel-Ghany, A. E.; Hashem, A. M.; Elzahany, E. A.; Abuzeid, H. A.; Indris, S.; Nikolowski, K.; Ehrenberg, H.; Zaghib, K.; Mauger, A.; Julien, C. M.

    2016-07-01

    Layered Li(Co0.5Ni0.5)1-yFeyO2 (0.0 ≤ y ≤ 0.25) oxides were prepared by citric-acid assisted sol-gel method. Elemental and structural properties were investigated by energy dispersive X-ray spectroscopy (EDX), X-ray diffraction (XRD), Raman scattering (RS) and Mössbauer spectroscopy, and magnetometry. EDX images show a homogeneous distribution of Fe ions. XRD and RS spectroscopy reveal that the materials crystallize as a LiNiO2sbnd LiCoO2sbnd LiFeO2 solid solution with the typical rhombohedral α-NaFeO2 structure (R 3 bar m S.G.) up to y = 0.2 at which composition a secondary phase was observed. For y > 0.2 the XRD results show the appearance of the α-LiFeO2 phase with the cubic structure (Fm3m S.G.). The degree of cation mixing investigated by XRD analysis and magnetic measurements is z < 0.04, for y < 0.2. Electrochemical tests of Li(Co0.5Ni0.5)1-yFeyO2 (0.0 ≤ y ≤ 0.1) oxides in lithium cells show the influence of iron substitution. The best results have been obtained for the composition y(Fe) = 0.05, where the electrical conductivity is maximum. A specific capacity 32 mAh g-1 is maintained at 8C rate.

  7. Palladium local structure of La(1-x)Sr(x)Co(1-y)Fe(y-0.03)Pd(0.03)O(3-δ) perovskites synthesized using a one pot citrate method.

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    Puleo, Fabrizio; Liotta, Leonarda F; La Parola, Valeria; Banerjee, Dipanjan; Martorana, Antonino; Longo, Alessandro

    2014-11-01

    Nanostructured La1-xSrxCo1-yFey-0.03Pd0.03O3-δ (LSCF-Pd) perovskites with fixed La-Sr composition (x = 0.4) and two different Fe contents (y = 0.2 and 0.8) were successfully synthesized using a one pot citrate method starting from nitrates of the metal cations. Pd-free La1-xSrxCo1-yFeyO3-δ (LSCF) systems were prepared for comparison. LSCF powders were calcined at 1300 °C and characterized by XRD and Rietveld refinement, EXAFS, XPS, TPR analyses. Promotion of La0.6Sr0.4Co0.8Fe0.2O3-δ and of La0.6Sr0.4Co0.2Fe0.8O3-δ by incorporation of palladium was evidenced by solving the local environment of Pd using EXAFS spectroscopy. XPS analyses, in agreement with TPR measurements, demonstrated an increase of superficial oxygen vacancies, the variation being much more pronounced in the La0.6Sr0.4Co0.8Fe0.17Pd0.03O3-δ sample. It is argued that this increase is associated with the introduction of Pd in the B site of LSCF. Moreover, ionic Pd(4+) was detected as the only palladium species on the perovskite surface, whereas Pd metal clusters of about 2 nm, not detectable in the surface, are embedded in the matrix and strongly interact with the bulk. This result has strong consequences in the synthesis and in the design of new perovskite materials that can be used as cathodes in fuel cell application at intermediate operating temperatures.

  8. Crystal structure, magnetic and infrared spectroscopy studies of the LiCr{sub y}Fe{sub 1-y}P{sub 2}O{sub 7} solid solution

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    Bih, Hssain; Saadoune, Ismael; Ehrenberg, Helmut; Fuess, Hartmut

    2009-04-15

    The lithium double diphosphates LiCr{sub y}Fe{sub 1-y}P{sub 2}O{sub 7} have been investigated by X-ray diffraction, SQUID measurements and vibrational spectroscopy. The Rietveld refinements based on the XRD patterns show the existence of a continuous solid solution over the whole composition range (0<=y<=1.0) with a continuous evolution of the monoclinic unit cell parameters (S.G. P2{sub 1}). The transition metal ions connect the diphosphate anions forming a three-dimensional network with channels filled by Li{sup +} cations expected to exhibit high mobility. All compounds order magnetically at low temperatures due the Fe-Fe interactions. The ordering temperature decreases with increasing Cr content. The slope in Curie-Weiss fits to the 1/chi vs T data in the paramagnetic domain clearly shows the existence of Fe{sup 3+} and Cr{sup 3+} in their high spin states, and a ferromagnetic component is clearly detected for y=0, 0.2 and 0.4. IR spectra have been interpreted using factor group analysis. The small shift of the frequencies is due to the influence of the chromium amount. The POP angles were estimated using the Lazarev's relationship. - Graphical abstract: Crystal structure of LiCr{sub y}Fe{sub 1-y}P{sub 2}O{sub 7} diphosphates, view along the 'a' axis. Red circles denote the lithium atoms. For interpretation of this figure legend, the reader is referred to the web version of this article.

  9. Sensitivity of Λ single-particle energies to the ΛN spin-orbit coupling and to nuclear core structure in p-shell and sd-shell hypernuclei

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    Veselý, P.; Hiyama, E.; Hrtánková, J.; Mareš, J.

    2016-10-01

    We introduce a mean field model based on realistic 2-body baryon interactions and calculate spectra of a set of p-shell and sd-shell Λ hypernuclei - 13ΛC, 17ΛO, 21ΛNe, 29ΛSi and 41ΛCa. The hypernuclear spectra are compared with the results of a relativistic mean field (RMF) model and available experimental data. The sensitivity of Λ single-particle energies to the nuclear core structure is explored. Special attention is paid to the effect of spin-orbit ΛN interaction on the energy splitting of the Λ single particle levels 0p3/2 and 0p1/2. In particular, we analyze the contribution of the symmetric (SLS) and the anti-symmetric (ALS) spin-orbit terms to the energy splitting. We give qualitative predictions for the calculated hypernuclei.

  10. Near-IR irradiation of the S2 state of the water oxidizing complex of photosystem II at liquid helium temperatures produces the metalloradical intermediate attributed to S1Y(Z*).

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    Koulougliotis, Dionysios; Shen, Jian-Ren; Ioannidis, Nikolaos; Petrouleas, Vasili

    2003-03-18

    Near-IR (NIR) excitation at liquid He temperatures of photosystem II (PSII) membranes from the cyanobacterium Synechococcus vulcanus or from spinach poised in the S2 state results in the production of a g = 2.035 EPR resonance, reminiscent of metalloradical signals. The signal is smaller in the spinach preparations, but it is significantly enhanced by the addition of exogenous quinones. Ethanol (2-3%, v/v) eliminates the ability to trap the signal. The g = 2.035 signal is identical to the one recently obtained by Nugent et al. by visible-light illumination of the S1 state, and preferably assigned to S1Y(Z*) [Nugent, J. H. A., Muhiuddin, I. P., and Evans, M. C. W. (2002) Biochemistry 41, 4117-4126]. The production of the g = 2.035 signal by liquid He temperature NIR excitation of the S2 state is paralleled by a significant reduction (typically 40-45% in S. vulcanus) of the S2 state multiline signal. This is in part due to the conversion of the Mn cluster to higher spin states, an effect documented by Boussac et al. [Boussac, A., Un, S., Horner, O., and Rutherford, A. W. (1998) Biochemistry 37, 4001-4007], and in part due to the conversion to the g = 2.035 configuration. Following the decay of the g = 2.035 signal at liquid helium temperatures (decay halftimes in the time range of a few to tens of minutes depending on the preparation), annealing at elevated temperatures (-80 degrees C) results in only partial restoration of the S2 state multiline signal. The full size of the signal can be restored by visible-light illumination at -80 degrees C, implying that during the near-IR excitation and subsequent storage at liquid helium temperatures recombination with Q(A-) (and therefore decay of the S2 state to the S1 state) occurred in a fraction of centers. In support of this conclusion, the g = 2.035 signal remains stable for several hours (at 11 K) in centers poised in the S2...Q(A) configuration before the NIR excitation. The extended stability of the signal under these

  11. SD Bioline malaria antigen Pf (HRP-2/pLHD) for assessing efficacy of artemisinin combination therapy against Plasmodium falciparum in pediatric patients in the Democratic Republic of the Congo

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    Kilauzi, Albert Lukuka; Mulumba, Jose Gaby Tshikuka; Magafu, Mgaywa Gilbert Mjungu Damas; Matchaba-Hove, Reginald; Tapera, Roy; Magafu, Naoko Shimizu; Tamfum, Jean Jacques Muyembe

    2015-01-01

    Introduction The emergence of Plasmodium falciparum resistance to artemisinin combination therapy (ACT) is a worrying development. It calls for close surveillance to monitor the efficacy of the drugs. The objectives of this study were to determine the performance of SD Bioline malaria AgPf(HRP-2/pLDH) 3 band Rapid Diagnostic Test (RDT) against Giemsa-stained blood smear and evaluate the suitability of this test in assessing the therapeutic efficacy of ACT in pediatric malaria patients in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC). Methods Five hundred and one patients with malaria symptoms were screened for P. falciparum in Kinshasa, DRC. Of the 166 patients who tested positive for P. falciparum at recruitment (day 0), 103 consented to participate in this study and were followed up and retested for P. falciparum on day 3, day 7, day 14, day 21 and day 28. Results Sensitivity and specificity of the test were significantly high on day 0 and so were their positive and negative predictive values. Higher proportions of false positive cases were observed on the HRP-2 band irrespective of patient parasite densities during the follow up but these were barely seen on the pLDH band. Some patients turned positive during follow up but pLDH readings remained consistent with blood smear readings. Conclusion SD Bioline malaria AgPf(HRP-2/pLDH) RDT demonstrated high performance in DRC. Thus, the test can be employed to assess the efficacy of ACT in pediatric malaria patients and prioritize areas that require the deployment of advanced testing like polymerase chain reaction (PCR). PMID:26966500

  12. Disproportionation and thermochemical sulfate reduction reactions in S-H20-Ch4 and S-D2O-CH4 systems from 200 to 340 °C at elevated pressures

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    Yuan, Shunda; Chou, I-Ming; Burruss, Robert A.

    2013-01-01

    Elemental sulfur, as a transient intermediate compound, by-product, or catalyst, plays significant roles in thermochemical sulfate reduction (TSR) reactions. However, the mechanisms of the reactions in S-H2O-hydrocarbons systems are not clear. To improve our understanding of reaction mechanisms, we conducted a series of experiments between 200 and 340 °C for S-H2O-CH4, S-D2O-CH4, and S-CH4-1m ZnBr2 systems in fused silica capillary capsules (FSCC). After a heating period ranging from 24 to 2160 hours (hrs), the quenched samples were analyzed by Raman spectroscopy. Combined with the in situ Raman spectra collected at high temperatures and pressures in the S-H2O and S-H2O-CH4 systems, our results showed that (1) the disproportionation of sulfur in the S-H2O-CH4 system occurred at temperatures above 200 °C and produced H2S, SO42-, and possibly trace amount of HSO4-; (2) sulfate (and bisulfate), in the presence of sulfur, can be reduced by methane between 250 and 340 °C to produce CO2 and H2S, and these TSR temperatures are much closer to those of the natural system (2O-CH4 system may take place simultaneously, with TSR being favored at higher temperatures; and (4) in the system S-D2O-CH4, both TSR and the competitive disproportionation reactions occurred simultaneously at temperatures above 300 °C, but these reactions were very slow at lower temperatures. Our observation of methane reaction at 250 °C in a laboratory time scale suggests that, in a geologic time scale, methane may be destroyed by TSR reactions at temperatures > 200 °C that can be reached by deep drilling for hydrocarbon resources.

  13. Growth sensitivity in the epiphyseal growth plate, liver and muscle of SD rats is significantly enhanced by treatment with a fermented soybean product (cheonggukjang) through stimulation of growth hormone secretion.

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    Hwang, In Sik; Kim, Ji Eun; Lee, Young Ju; Kwak, Mun Hwa; Lee, Hong Gu; Kim, Hye Sung; Lee, Hee Seob; Hwang, Dae Youn

    2014-01-01

    Cheonggukjang (CKJ), a fermented soybean product, has been reported to have beneficial effects on various chronic diseases, including cardiovascular disease, cancer and immune diseases. To investigate whether CKJ induces growth sensitivity in mammals, alterations of key parameters related to their growth were analyzed. Sprague‑Dawley (SD) rats were treated with a high concentration of CKJ (H‑CKJ) or a low concentration of CKJ (L‑CKJ) for 10 days, and compared with vehicle-treated rats. The CKJ contained a high concentration of total flavonoids, phenolic compounds, daidzein and genistein, compared with the non-fermented soybean product. Body weight was higher in the H‑CKJ‑treated group compared with that in the vehicle‑ and L‑CKJ‑treated groups, whereas the weights of three organs (the brain, liver and kidney) were higher in the L‑CKJ‑treated group compared with the remaining two groups. However, no significant differences in femur length and weight were detected between the CKJ‑ and vehicle‑treated groups. The thickness of the epiphyseal growth plate in proximal femoral epiphysis was broadest in the H‑CKJ‑treated group compared with the vehicle- and L‑CKJ‑treated groups. Furthermore, the level of growth hormone (GH) was highest in the serum of the L‑CKJ‑treated group, although that of the H‑CKJ‑treated group was lower compared with that in the L‑CKJ group. Moreover, the expression levels of the GH receptor increased in the liver tissue, but not in the muscle tissue, of the L‑CKJ‑ and H‑CKJ‑treated groups. In the downstream signaling pathway of the GH receptor, the phosphorylation levels of Akt and Erk were differentially regulated between the liver and muscle. These results suggest that CKJ extract may enhance the sensitivity of the femur, liver and muscle epiphyseal growth plate in SD rats, through the upregulation of GH secretion.

  14. SOYBEAN.DEFOLIATION.1.SD.2011

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    Various chewing insects feed upon soybean plants, and their infestations may be economically significant in some years in the north-central United States. Soybean lines that are resistant to defoliation may be useful for management of chewing insect pests. Levels of defoliation from chewing insec...

  15. SOYBEAN.DEFOLIATION.2.SD.2011

    Technology Transfer Automated Retrieval System (TEKTRAN)

    Several types of chewing insects feed upon soybean plants, and their infestations may be economically significant in some years in the north-central United States. Soybean lines that are resistant to defoliation may be useful in the management of chewing insect pests. Levels of defoliation from c...

  16. Postscript: SD-Squared Revisited Again

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    Woollams, Anna M.; Lambon Ralph, Matthew A.; Plaut, David C.; Patterson, Karalyn

    2010-01-01

    The current authors reply to a postscript by Coltheart, Tree, and Saunders which was in response to the current authors response on a comment by the current authors on the original article. The current authors begin by responding to the final challenge posed by Coltheart, Tree, and Saunders (2010). They believe that both experimental and…

  17. Helping Children Outgrow War. SD Technical Paper.

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    Miller, Vachel W.; Affolter, Friedrich W.

    Helping children outgrow war is an overarching goal of educational reconstruction in post-conflict settings, but responses must be highly adaptive and informed by insights gained from interventions elsewhere. This guidebook offers seven examples of successful interventions in post-conflict settings internationally, situating them within a…

  18. Final Report, SD-265; Project TACT.

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    Air Force Systems Command, L.G. Hanscom Field, MA. Electronic Systems Div.

    The project objective has been to determine what creative thought processes can best take advantage of new technology in computer hardware and software. The plan has been to acquire or develop on-line computer systems of significant mathematical power, and to explore their use in vivo in teaching and research situations. The main product of…

  19. Comparison of the Luminous Efficiencies of Ga- and N-Polar InxGa1 -xN /InyGa1 -yN Quantum Wells Grown by Plasma-Assisted Molecular Beam Epitaxy

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    Fernández-Garrido, Sergio; Lähnemann, Jonas; Hauswald, Christian; Korytov, Maxim; Albrecht, Martin; Chèze, Caroline; Skierbiszewski, Czesław; Brandt, Oliver

    2016-09-01

    We investigate the luminescence of Ga- and N-polar InxGa1 -xN /InyGa1 -yN quantum wells grown by plasma-assisted molecular beam epitaxy on freestanding GaN as well as 6H -SiC substrates. In striking contrast to their Ga-polar counterparts, the N-polar quantum wells prepared on freestanding GaN do not exhibit any detectable photoluminescence even at 10 K. Theoretical simulations of the band profiles combined with resonant excitation of the quantum wells allow us to rule out carrier escape and subsequent surface recombination as the reason for this absence of luminescence. To explore the hypothesis of a high concentration of nonradiative defects at the interfaces between wells and barriers, we analyze the photoluminescence of Ga- and N-polar quantum wells prepared on 6H -SiC as a function of the well width. Intense luminescence is observed for both Ga- and N-polar samples. As expected, the luminescence of the Ga-polar quantum wells quenches and redshifts with increasing well width due to the quantum confined Stark effect. In contrast, both the intensity and the energy of the luminescence from the N-polar samples are essentially independent of the well width. Transmission electron microscopy reveals that the N-polar quantum wells exhibit abrupt interfaces and homogeneous composition, excluding emission from In-rich clusters as the reason for this anomalous behavior. The microscopic origin of the luminescence in the N-polar samples is elucidated using spatially resolved cathodoluminescence spectroscopy. Regardless of well width, the luminescence is found to not originate from the N-polar quantum wells but from the semipolar facets of ∨ -pit defects. These results cast serious doubts on the potential of N-polar InxGa1 -xN /InyGa1 -yN quantum wells grown by plasma-assisted molecular beam epitaxy for the development of long-wavelength light-emitting diodes.

  20. Magnetron sputter-deposited multilayer (Ba{sub x}Sr{sub 1x})Ti{sub 1+y}O{sub 3+z} thin films for passive and active devices.

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    Im, J.; Auciello, O.; Baumann, P. K.; Streiffer, S. K.; Kaufman, D. Y.; Krauss, A. R.

    2001-01-01

    High permittivity (Ba{sub x}Sr{sub 1-x})Ti{sub 1+y}O{sub 3+z}(BST) thin films are being investigated for integration into charge storage dielectrics and electric-field tunable elements for high frequency devices. For the latter application, it is desirable to have BST capacitors with high tunability and low losses. Therefore, we investigated the use of multilayer BST thin films consisting of very low dielectric loss BST/electrode interfacial layers ((Ba+Sr)/Ti = 0.73) sandwiching a high tunability, high permittivity primary BST layer ((Ba+Sr)/Ti = 0.9). BST capacitors with multiple layers of controlled composition can be effectively produced insitu by magnetron sputter deposition, using a single stoichiometric target and controlling the layer composition by changing the total process gas (Ar+O<{sub 2}) pressure. The layered BST film capacitors exhibit simultaneous low loss (tan {Delta} = 0.005), high tunability (76%), high charge storage energy density (34 J/cm{sup 3}), low leakage, and high dielectric breakdown (>2.8 MV/cm).

  1. Effect of pre-aluminization on the properties of ZrO[sub 2]-8 wt. % Y[sub 2]O[sub 3]/Co-29Cr-6Al-1Y

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    Lih, W.; Chang, E. ); Chao, C.H.; Tsai, M.L )

    1992-08-01

    Specimens of investment-cast Mar-M247 superalloy were vacuum-plasma sprayed with Co-29Cr-6Al-1Y bond coat, and part of the specimens were further pre-aluminized at 980C for 2, 4, 6, 8, and 10 hours. All the specimens were then deposited with ZrO[sub 2]-8 wt.% Y[sub 2]O[sub 3] thermal-barrier coatings (TBCs) and thermally cycled at 1,050C to evaluate the effect of time of the pre-aluminizing treatment on the performance and failure mechanism of the modified system. Results showed that TBC specimens with pre-aluminized bond coatings exhibited lower oxidation rates and significantly higher cyclic life when compared with unaluminized specimens. The failure of bond-coat pre-aluminized TBC specimens was observed to propagate mainly along the lamellar splats of the top coat, whereas the failure of conventional TBC specimens occurred mainly along the top-coat/spinel oxides interface.

  2. Microstructures and properties of laser-glazed plasma-sprayed ZrO{sub 2}-YO{sub 1.5}/Ni-22Cr-10Al-1Y thermal barrier coatings

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    Tsai, H.L.; Tsai, P.C.

    1995-12-01

    Thermal barrier coatings (TBCs) consisting of two layers with various yttria contents (ZrO{sub 2}-YO{sub 1.5}/Ni-22Cr-10Al-1Y) were plasma sprayed, and parts of the various specimens were glazed by using a pulsed CO{sub 2} laser. All the specimens were then subjected to furnace thermal cycling tests at 1,100 C; the effect of laser glazing on the durability and failure mechanism of the TBCs was then evaluated. From these results, two models were developed to show the failure mechanism of as-sprayed and laser-glazed TBCs: model A, which is thermal-stress dominant, and model V, which is oxidation-stress dominant. For top coats containing cubic phase, cubic and monoclinic phases, or tetragonal and a relatively larger amount of monoclinic phases, whose degradation is thermal-stress dominant, laser glazing improved the durability of TBCs by a factor of about 2 to 6. Segmented cracks that occurred during glazing proved beneficial for accommodating thermal stress and raising the tolerance to oxidation, which resulted in a higher durability. Thermal barrier coatings with top coats containing tetragonal phase had the highest durability. Degradation of such TBCs resulted mainly from oxidation of the bond coats. For top coats with a greater amount of monoclinic phase, thermal mismatch stress occurred during cooling and detrimentally affected durability.

  3. Luminescent spectroscopy and structural properties of Ce3+-doped low-temperature X1-Y2SiO5 material prepared by polymer-assisted sol-gel method

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    Hamroun, M. S. E.; Guerbous, L.; Bensafi, A.

    2016-04-01

    Cerium (Ce3+)-doped monoclinic X1-Y2SiO5 (YSO)-type oxyorthosilicates powders were prepared by monomer and polymer-assisted sol-gel method. The present work aims to study the influence of ethylene glycol (EG) monomer, polyethylene glycol (PEG) polymer and polyvinyl alcohol (PVA) polymer, as fuels and nucleating agents for the crystallization, on structural and luminescence properties of the Ce3+ (xCe = 0.01)-doped Y2SiO5. The X-ray diffraction technique, field emission scanning electron microscopy, Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy and steady photoluminescence have been used to characterize the samples. It is found that the types of fuels affect the phase purity and luminescent characteristics of phosphors. All samples exhibit intense violet-blue asymmetric emission band in the range of 370-540 nm with a maximum intensity centered at around 420 nm assigned to the 5d → 4f (2F5/2, 2F7/2) interconfigurational transitions of Ce3+ ion in YSO nanomaterial. Finally, the vibronic coupling parameters are estimated and discussed.

  4. Enhanced piezoelectricity in (1 -x)Bi1.05Fe1-yAyO3-xBaTiO3 lead-free ceramics: site engineering and wide phase boundary region.

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    Zheng, Ting; Jiang, Zhenggen; Wu, Jiagang

    2016-07-28

    Site engineering has been employed to modulate the piezoelectric activity of high temperature (1 -x)Bi1.05Fe1-yScyO3-xBaTiO3 lead-free ceramics fabricated by a conventional solid-state method together with a quenching technique. The effects of x and y content on the phase structure, microstructure, and electrical properties have been investigated in detail. A wide rhombohedral (R) to pseudo-cubic (C) phase boundary was formed in the ceramics with x = 0.30 and 0 ≤y≤ 0.07, thus leading to enhanced piezoelectricity (d33 = 120-180 pC N(-1)), ferroelectricity (Pr = 19-22 μC cm(-2)) and a high Curie temperature (TC = 478-520 °C). In addition, the influence of different element substitutions for Fe(3+) on phase structure and electrical behavior was also investigated. Improved piezoelectricity (d33 = 160-180 pC N(-1)) and saturated P-E loops can be simultaneously achieved in the ceramics with A = Sc, Ga, and Al due to the R-C phase boundary. As a result, site engineering may be an efficient way to modulate the piezoelectricity of BiFeO3-BaTiO3 lead-free ceramics. PMID:27357104

  5. Direct Observation of Lattice Aluminum Environments in Li Ion Cathodes LiNi1-y-zCoyAlzO2 and Al-Doped LiNixMnyCozO2 via (27)Al MAS NMR Spectroscopy.

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    Dogan, Fulya; Vaughey, John T; Iddir, Hakim; Key, Baris

    2016-07-01

    Direct observations of local lattice aluminum environments have been a major challenge for aluminum-bearing Li ion battery materials, such as LiNi1-y-zCoyAlzO2 (NCA) and aluminum-doped LiNixMnyCozO2 (NMC). (27)Al magic angle spinning (MAS) nuclear magnetic resonance (NMR) spectroscopy is the only structural probe currently available that can qualitatively and quantitatively characterize lattice and nonlattice (i.e., surface, coatings, segregation, secondary phase etc.) aluminum coordination and provide information that helps discern its effect in the lattice. In the present study, we use NMR to gain new insights into transition metal (TM)-O-Al coordination and evolution of lattice aluminum sites upon cycling. With the aid of first-principles DFT calculations, we show direct evidence of lattice Al sites, nonpreferential Ni/Co-O-Al ordering in NCA, and the lack of bulk lattice aluminum in aluminum-"doped" NMC. Aluminum coordination of the paramagnetic (lattice) and diamagnetic (nonlattice) nature is investigated for Al-doped NMC and NCA. For the latter, the evolution of the lattice site(s) upon cycling is also studied. A clear reordering of lattice aluminum environments due to nickel migration is observed in NCA upon extended cycling.

  6. DFT studies on the interaction of PtxRuyMz (M = Fe, Ni, Cu, Mo, Sn, x + y + z = 4, x ≥ 1, y ≥ 1) alloy clusters with O2

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    Guo, Wenlong; Lian, Xin; Xiao, Peng; Liu, Feila; Yang, Yang; Zhang, Yunhuai; Zhang, Xiaoxing

    2015-04-01

    The reaction mechanism of O2 dissociation on PtxRuyMz (M = Fe, Ni, Cu, Mo, Sn, x + y + z = 4, x ≥ 1, y ≥ 1) alloy catalysts have been investigated with density functional theory calculations in this work. For bare alloy clusters, bimetallic clusters are more stable than the ternary alloy clusters. The geometries of the PtxRuyMz-O2 system, O-O bond stretching frequency and electronic-structure details have been investigated. The energies of O2 adsorption on PtRu clusters are slightly higher than those on PtxRuyMz clusters, and the more charge transfer to O2 from the metal cluster, the higher O2 the adsorption energy obtains. The reaction barriers show that the catalytic performance of trimetallic clusters are better than those of bimetallic clusters, and Pt2RuM clusters exhibit superior catalytic activity for O2 dissociation. The different performance of these alloy clusters for O2 dissociation is scrutinised with aid of molecular orbital and natural bond orbital population analysis.

  7. Large superconducting double-gap, a pronounced pseudogap and evidence for proximity-induced topological superconductivity in the Bi2Te3/Fe1+yTe interfacial superconductor

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    Shen, J. Y.; He, M. Q.; He, Q. L.; Law, K. T.; Sou, I. K.; Lortz, R.; Petrovic, A. P.

    We investigate directional point-contact spectroscopy on a Bi2Te3/ Fe1+yTe heterostructure, fabricated via van der Waals epitaxy, which is interfacial superconducting with an onset TC at 12K and zero resistance below 8K. A large superconducting twin-gap structure is seen down to 0.27K, together with a zero bias conductance peak. The anisotropic smaller gap (Δ1) is around 5 meV at 0.27K and closes at 8K, while the other one (Δ2), as large as 12 meV, is isotropic and eventually evolves into a pseudogap closing at 40K. Both, the two-gap BTK and Dynes models can well reproduce our data, demonstrating Δ1 should be associated with the proximity-induced superconductivity in the topological Bi2Te3 layer, while Δ2 may be attributed to an intrinsically-doped FeTe thin film at the interface. This work was supported by grants from the Research Grants Council of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region, China (603010, SEGHKUST03).

  8. Nano-domain states of strontium ferrites SrFe1-yMyO2.5+x (M=V, Mo; y≤0.1; x≤0.2)

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    Ancharova, Uliana V.; Cherepanova, Svetlana V.

    2015-05-01

    Series of the oxygen-deficient strontium ferrites SrFe1-yMyO2.5+x (M=V, Mo, y<0.1; x<0.2) substituted with high-charged cations have been investigated by HRTEM and synchrotron radiation XRD. For artificial lowering of x, all the compounds were treated and quenched in vacuum from 950 °C, which led to the formation of the vacancy-ordered brownmillerite phase at local order. Depending on y, the substituted strontium ferrites have three differently disordered nano-domain states. At y≤0.03 there are twinned lamellar 1D nano-domain structures. At 0.04≤y≤0.05 and 0.06≤y≤0.08 the intergrown 3D nano-domain structures with two different types of disorder are formed. The higher the y, the lower the domain size. Disordering phenomena of the 3D nano-domain states were examined with local structure simulations followed by the Debye calculation of XRD patterns.

  9. EMR studies of the internal motion of Mn4+ ions in the Sr overdoped (La1-xSrx)(Ga1-yMny)O3 (x/y up to 8) supplemented by magnetic and optical spectroscopy measurements

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    Aleshkevych, Pavlo; Fink-Finowicki, Jan; Zayarnyuk, Tatiana; Radelytskyi, Igor; Berkowski, Marek; Rudowicz, Czeslaw; Gnutek, Pawel

    2015-06-01

    The effect of the Sr doping on electronic structure in single crystals of (La1-xSrx)(Ga1-yMny)O3 solid solutions (LSGM) is investigated by means of electron magnetic resonance (EMR). The EMR results are supplemented by magnetic susceptibility and optical spectroscopy measurements. The compositions with small concentration of Mn doping (y < 1%) and overdoped content of Sr (the ratio x(Sr)/y(Mn) up to 8) are used to maximally enhance the role of divalent doping. The experimental results provide evidence of the holes delocalization in the overdoped compound (x(Sr)/y(Mn) > 1). This delocalization is accompanied by appearance of the new charge transfer transitions in the optical spectrum and dynamical valence change of manganese atoms. Additionally we observe the thermally activated narrowing of resonance EMR lines due to the internal motion, which is characterized by the energy barrier depending strongly on the ratio x(Sr)/y(Mn). The energy barrier is found to be associated with the charge carrier (hole) self-trapped energy. Fitting the EMR spectra in three orthogonal planes to an orthorhombic spin Hamiltonian enables extracting the zero-field splitting (ZFS) parameters and the Zeeman g-factors for Mn4+ (S = 3/2) ions in LSGM. The experimental ZFS parameters are modeled using superposition model analysis based on an orthorhombic symmetry approximation.

  10. Competing effects of Mn and Y doping on the low-energy excitations and phase diagram of La1 -yYyFe1 -xMnxAsO0.89F0.11 iron-based superconductors

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    Moroni, M.; Sanna, S.; Lamura, G.; Shiroka, T.; De Renzi, R.; Kappenberger, R.; Afrassa, M. A.; Wurmehl, S.; Wolter, A. U. B.; Büchner, B.; Carretta, P.

    2016-08-01

    Muon spin rotation (μ SR ) and 19F nuclear magnetic resonance (NMR) measurements were performed to investigate the effect of Mn for Fe substitutions in La1 -yYyFe1 -xMnxAsO0.89F0.11 superconductors. While for y =0 a very low critical concentration of Mn (x =0.2 % ) is needed to quench superconductivity, as y increases the negative chemical pressure introduced by Y for La substitution stabilizes superconductivity and for y =20 % it is suppressed at Mn contents an order of magnitude larger. A magnetic phase arises once superconductivity is suppressed both for y =0 and for y =20 % . Low-energy spin fluctuations give rise to a peak in 19F NMR 1 /T1 with an onset well above the superconducting transition temperature and whose magnitude increases with x . Also the static magnetic correlations probed by 19F NMR linewidth measurements show a marked increase with Mn content. The disruption of superconductivity and the onset of the magnetic ground state are discussed in the light of the proximity of LaFeAsO0.89F0.11 to a quantum critical point.

  11. Formation of infinite-layered (Ca(1-x)Sr(x)) CuO2 and NaCuO2-type (Ca(1-y)Na(y))(0.85)CuO2 in tartrate route

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    Kikkawa, Shinichi; Kato, Namie; Taya, Noriko; Tada, Masakazu; Kanamaru, Fumikazu

    1995-05-01

    Both NaCuO2-type Ca(0.85)CuO2 and infinite-layered (Ca(1 - x)Sr(x))CuO2 could be prepared much more easily by firing the dried solids from mixed acetate aqueous solutions titrated with tartaric acid than by normal calcination. The presence of a narrow solid-solution composition range of 0.10 less than x less than 0.16 was confirmed in infinite-layered (Ca(1 - x)Sr(x))CuO2 in the preparation using the tartrate route. The calcium could also be substituted by sodium in a range of y less than 0.15 in NaCuO2-type (Ca(1 - y)Na(y))(0.85)CuO(2) using the same route. Further substitution of Ca(2+)/ with Y(3+)/ might also be possible in infinite-layered (Ca(1 - x)Sr(x))CuO2, but resulted in the NaCuO2-type compound in the substitution with Na(+).

  12. Growth of Ga0.46In0.54NyAs1-y Single Quantum Wells on InP(100) Substrate by Metalorganic Chemical Vapor Deposition

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    Ubukata, Akinori; Dong, Jie; Matsumoto, Koh; Ishihara, Yoshio

    2000-10-01

    GaInNAs has been demonstrated as a 1 eV material that is lattice-matched to GaAs. Similarly, it is expected that for GaInNAs, which is lattice-matched to InP with an In content of over 50%, a band gap from 0.7 to 0.3 eV should be achievable if a few percent N could be incorporated. A Ga0.46In0.54NyAs1-y/InP single quantum well (SQW) structure grown at a relatively high growth temperature has been attempted. Low AsH3 partial pressure appeared to enhance N incorporation. A strong photoluminescence (PL) emission was observed without post-growth annealing at the growth temperature of 650 to 680°C. For our reactor, the PL properties of GaInNAs appeared to improve for the growth pressure of 120 Torr since a narrow PL linewidth as low as 32 meV was obtained at that pressure. In the low-temperature PL measurement, blue shift was observed.

  13. MOCVD growth and characterization of (Ba{sub x}Sr{sub 1{minus}x})Ti{sub 1+y}O{sub 3+z} thin films for high frequency devices

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    Baumann, P. K.; Streiffer, S. K.; Im, J.; Baldo, P.; McCormick, A.; Auciello, O.; Kaufman, D. Y.; Erck, R. A.; Giumarra, J.; Zebrowski, J.

    2000-01-18

    The authors have investigated the structural and electrical characteristics of (Ba{sub x}Sr{sub 1{minus}x})Ti{sub 1+y}O{sub 3+z} (BST) thin films. The BST thin films were deposited at 650 C on platinized silicon with good thickness and composition uniformity using a large area, vertical liquid-delivery metalorganic chemical vapor deposition (MOCVD) system. The (Ba+Sr)/Ti ratio of the BST films was varied from 0.96 to 1.05 at a fixed Ba/Sr ratio of 70/30, as determined using x-ray fluorescence spectroscopy (XRF) and Rutherford backscattering spectrometry (RBS). Patterned Pt top electrodes were deposited onto the BST films at 350 C through a shadow mask using electron beam evaporation. Annealing the entire capacitor structure in air at 700 C after deposition of top electrodes resulted in a substantial reduction of the dielectric loss. Useful dielectric tunability as high as 2.3:1 was measured.

  14. Pressure effect on the magnetism of the diluted magnetic semiconductor (B a1 -xKx ) (Zn1-yM ny ) 2A s2 with independent spin and charge doping

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    Sun, F.; Li, N. N.; Chen, B. J.; Jia, Y. T.; Zhang, L. J.; Li, W. M.; Zhao, G. Q.; Xing, L. Y.; Fabbris, G.; Wang, Y. G.; Deng, Z.; Uemura, Y. J.; Mao, H. K.; Haskel, D.; Yang, W. G.; Jin, C. Q.

    2016-06-01

    We used x-ray magnetic circular dichroism (XMCD) to probe the ferromagnetic properties of As p -symmetric (4 p ) states in the recently synthesized diluted magnetic semiconductor (B a1 -xKx) (Zn1-yM ny) 2A s2 system under ambient- and high-pressure conditions. The As K -edge XMCD signal scales with the sample magnetization (dominated by Mn) and scales with the ferromagnetic ordering temperature T c , and hence it is representative of the bulk magnetization. The XMCD intensity gradually decreases upon compression and vanishes at around 25 GPa, indicating quenching of ferromagnetism at this pressure. Transport measurements show a concomitant increase in conductivity with pressure, leading to a nearly metallic state at about the same pressure where magnetic order collapses. High-pressure x-ray diffraction shows an absence of structural transitions to 40 GPa. The results indicate that the mobility of doped holes, probed by both transport and x-ray absorption spectroscopy (4 p band broadening), is intimately connected with the mechanism of magnetic ordering in this class of compounds and that its control using external pressure provides an alternative route for tuning the magnetic properties in diluted magnetic semiconductor materials.

  15. Using real-time electron microscopy to explore the effects of transition-metal composition on the local thermal stability in charged LixNiyMnzCo1-y-zO2 cathode materials

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    Hwang, Sooyeon; Kim, Seung Min; Bak, Seong -Min; Kim, Se Young; Cho, Byung -Won; Chung, Kyung Yoon; Lee, Jeong Yong; Stach, Eric A.; Chang, Wonyoung

    2015-05-08

    In this study, we use in-situ transmission electron microcopy (TEM) to investigate the thermal decomposition that occurs at the surface of charged LixNiyMnzCo1-y-zO2 (NMC) cathode materials of different composition (with y, z=0.8, 0.1 and 0.6, 0.2 and 0.4, 0.3), after they have been charged to their practical upper limit voltage (4.3V). By heating these materials inside the TEM, we are able to directly characterize near surface changes in both their electronic structure (using electron energy loss spectroscopy) and crystal structure and morphology (using electron diffraction and bright-field imaging). The most Ni-rich material (y, z = 0.8, 0.1) is found tomore » be thermally unstable at significantly lower temperatures than the other compositions – this is manifested by changes in both the electronic structure and the onset of phase transitions at temperatures as low as 100°C. Electron energy loss spectroscopy indicates that the thermally induced reduction of Ni ions drives these changes, and that this is exacerbated by the presence of an additional redox reaction that occurs at 4.2V in the y, z = 0.8, 0.1 material. Exploration of individual particles shows that there are substantial variations in the onset temperatures and overall extent of these changes. Of the compositions studied, the composition of y, z = 0.6, 0.2 has the optimal combination of high energy density and reasonable thermal stability. The observations herein demonstrate that real time electron microscopy provide direct insight into the changes that occur in cathode materials with temperature, allowing optimization of different alloy concentrations to maximize overall performance.« less

  16. Superconducting Transition Temperatures and Transport Properties of LaFe1-yRuyAsO0.89F0.11 and LaFeAsO0.89-xF0.11+x

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    Satomi, Erika; Lee, Sang Chul; Kobayashi, Yoshiaki; Sato, Masatoshi

    2010-09-01

    The transport behaviors and superconducting transition temperatures Tc of the title systems have been experimentally studied for various x and y values. Together with results reported previously by our group, data are now available for many sets of samples of RFe1-yMyAsO0.89F0.11 with R = La and Nd and M = Co, Mn and Ru and for RFeAsO0.89-xF0.11+x. Dopings of Co and Mn atoms introduce electrons and holes into the FeAs planes, respectively. They also introduce, more or less, randomness effects. Ru atoms introduce scattering centers within the FeAs planes without changing the number of carrier electrons or holes. In contrast, F atoms introduce electron carriers, but not randomness effects or scattering centers into the FeAs planes. From these studies, we can conclude that there are two appreciable mechanisms of Tc suppression by the dopings. The disappearance of or reduction in the area of the hole Fermi surfaces around the Γ point in the reciprocal space has been clearly shown as one of the mechanisms, irrespective of whether or not doped atoms are within the conducting planes. The other mechanism is the electron localization observed for the Mn doping. The rates of the Tc suppression due to the scattering by nonmagnetic Ru and Co atoms have been found to be negligible compared with that expected from the pair breaking theory, indicating that the systems do not have the S± symmetry of the superconducting order parameter.

  17. Magnetic, dielectric, magnetoelectric properties and impedance spectroscopy of multiferroic Bi1-xNdxFe1-yCoyO3 (x=0, 0.10, 0.15, 0.20, y=0, 0.10) nanoceramics

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    Bera, K. P.; Mandal, P. R.; Nath, T. K.

    2015-06-01

    Single phase multiferroic Bi1-xNdxFe1-yCoyO3 (x=0, 0.10, 0.15, 0.20; y = 0, 0.10) nanoparticles (average particle size 20-80 nm) were synthesized by novel chemical sol-gel route. The detailed microstructural analysis has been performed using HRXRD, HRTEM and FESEM techniques. The Rietveld refinement of the XRD data reveals that the samples are well crystalline with distorted rhombohedral structure having R3c space group without having any iron rich impurity phases. A noticeably large value of dielectric constant (880) and low tan δ loss (0.04) are observed for the sample Bi0.9Nd0.1Fe0.9Co0.1O3 at 100 Hz at room temperature. An anomaly near the Neel temperature in dielectric measurement has been observed for the samples with x = 0.10 and y = 0.0, 0.10. This anomaly has also been found in temperature dependent dielectric loss curve. A spectacular enhancement of Ms (7.26 emu/gm) and coercivity Hc (1.75 T) has been observed for Bi0.9Nd0.1Fe0.9Co0.1O3 nanoceramics revealing ferromagnetic ordering at the ground state (5 K). We have also observed well saturated P-E Hystersis loops with a remanent polarization (Pr) of 0.2 µC/ cm2 and coercive field Ec of 5 kV/cm for Bi0.9Nd0.1Fe0.9Co0.1O3 nanoceramics.

  18. Investigating the reversibility of structural modifications of LixNiyMnzCo1-y-zO₂ cathode materials during initial charge/discharge, at multiple length scales

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    Hwang, Sooyeon; Bak, Seong -Min; Kim, Seung Min; Chung, Kyung Yoon; Chang, Wonyoung

    2015-08-11

    In this work, we investigate the structural modifications occurring at the bulk, subsurface, and surface scales of LixNiyMnzCo1-y-zO₂ (NMC; y, z = 0.8, 0.1 and 0.4, 0.3, respectively) cathode materials during the initial charge/discharge. Various analytical tools, such as X-ray diffraction, selected-area electron diffraction, electron energy-loss spectroscopy, and high-resolution electron microscopy, are used to examine the structural properties of the NMC cathode materials at the three different scales. Cut-off voltages of 4.3 and 4.8 V are applied during the electrochemical tests as the normal and extreme conditions, respectively. The high-Ni-content NMC cathode materials exhibit unusual behaviors, which is deviate from the general redox reactions during the charge or discharge. The transition metal (TM) ions in the high-Ni-content NMC cathode materials, which are mostly Ni ions, are reduced at 4.8 V, even though TMs are usually oxidized to maintain charge neutrality upon the removal of Li. It was found that any changes in the crystallographic and electronic structures are mostly reversible down to the sub-surface scale, despite the unexpected reduction of Ni ions. However, after the discharge, traces of the phase transitions remain at the edges of the NMC cathode materials at the scale of a few nanometers (i.e., surface scale). This study demonstrates that the structural modifications in NMC cathode materials are induced by charge as well as discharge at multiple length scales. These changes are nearly reversible after the first cycle, except at the edges of the samples, which should be avoided because these highly localized changes can initiate battery degradation.

  19. Magnetoelectric coupling in lead-free piezoelectric Lix(K0.5Na0.5)1 - xNb1 - yTayO3 and magnetostrictive CoFe2O4 laminated composites

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    Fu, Jiyong; Santa Rosa, Washington; M'Peko, Jean Claude; Algueró, Miguel; Venet, Michel

    2016-04-01

    To replace lead zirconium titanate in magnetoelectric (ME) composites owing to concerns regarding its toxicity, we investigate the ME coupling in bilayer composites comprising lead-free Lix(K0.5Na0.5)1 - xNb1 - yTayO3 (LKNNT) (piezoelectric) and CoFe2O4 (magnetostrictive) phases. We prepare the LKNNT ceramics and measure its piezoelectric coefficient d31, a crucial ingredient determining ME couplings, for several Li (x = 0.03 , 0.035 , 0.04) and Ta (y = 0.15 , 0.2 , 0.25) concentrations, and find that the highest d31 occurs at y = 0.2 for all the values of x studied here. We then evaluate both the transverse (αE,31) and the longitudinal (αE,33) low-frequency ME coupling coefficients of our composites, for each the above composition of (x , y). At x = 0.03, we find the usual scenario of αE,31 and αE,33, i.e., the strongest ME coupling occurs when d31 is maximal, namely at y = 0.2. On the other hand, interestingly, we also obtain the strongest ME coupling when the LKNNT layer has a relatively weaker d31, e.g., at y = 0.25 for x = 0.035 and y = 0.15 for x = 0.04, following from the interplay of d31 and other ingredients (e.g., dielectric constant). Our calculated ME couplings, with αE,31 in magnitude around twice of αE,33, are comparable to those in lead-based composites. The effect of the volume fraction and interface parameter on the ME coupling is also discussed.

  20. FTIR and Raman Study of the LixTiyMn1-yO2 (y = 0, 0.11) Cathodes in Methylpropyl Pyrrolidinium Bis(fluoro-sulfonyl)imide, LiTFSI Electrolyte

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    Hardwick, L.J.; Lucas, I.T.; Doeff, M.M.; Kostecki, R.; Saint, J.A.

    2009-02-02

    This work demonstrates the protective effect of partial titanium substitution in Li{sub x}Ti{sub 0.11}Mn{sub 0.89}O{sub 2} against surface decomposition in room-temperature ionic liquid (RTILs) cells. Raman microscopy and reflectance Fourier transform IR (FTIR) spectroscopy were used to analyze electrodes recovered from cycled Li/Li{sub x}Ti{sub y}Mn{sub 1-y}O{sub 2} (y=0, 0.11) cells containing the 0.5 mol/kg LiTFSI in P{sub 13}FSI RTIL electrolyte. [TFSI=bis(trifluoromethanesulfonyl)imide.] Raman and FTIR spectra of cycled Li{sub x}MnO{sub 2} cathodes showed many distinct bands that can be attributed to both the electrolyte and electrode decomposition products. The thickness of the amorphous porous layer on the Li{sub x}MnO{sub 2} cathode increased during cycling. The surface degradation of Li{sub x}MnO{sub 2} and precipitation of electrolyte decomposition products contributed to the film growth. Improved cycling behavior was observed in cells containing Li{sub x}Ti{sub 0.11}Mn{sub 0.89}O{sub 2}, yet Raman spectroscopy also showed possible surface degradation. The FTIR spectra of cycled Li{sub x}MnO{sub 2} and Li{sub x}Ti{sub 0.11}Mn{sub 0.89}O{sub 2} cathodes displayed bands characteristic for LiSO{sub 3}CF{sub 3} and Li{sub 2}NSO{sub 2}CF{sub 3}, which originate from the reaction of the TFSI anion with traces of water present in the cell.

  1. Tuning of magnetoelectric coupling in (1-y)Bi0.8Dy0.2FeO3-yNi0.5Zn0.5Fe2O4 multiferroic composites

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    Mazumdar, S. C.; Khan, M. N. I.; Islam, Md. Fakhrul; Hossain, A. K. M. Akther

    2016-03-01

    Magnetoelectric composites (1-y)Bi0.8Dy0.2FeO3 (BDFO)-yNi0.5Zn0.5Fe2O4 (NZFO) with y=0.0, 0.1, 0.2, 0.3, 0.4, 0.5 and 1.0 are synthesized by conventional solid state reaction route. The X-ray diffraction analysis confirms the coexistence of orthorhombic perovskite BDFO and spinel NZFO phases with no third phase. Microstructural and surface morphology are studied by Field Emission Scanning Electron Microscopy. Quantitative elemental analysis of the samples is carried out by Energy Dispersive X-ray Spectroscopy. The real part of the initial permeability increases and relative quality peak broadens with the ferrite content in the composites. Dielectric constant, loss tangent, relative quality factor and ac conductivity are measured as a function of frequency at room temperature. The dielectric constant shows usual dielectric dispersion at lower frequencies due to Maxwell-Wagner type interfacial polarization. The complex impedance spectroscopy is used to distinguish between the grain and grain boundary contribution to the total resistance. The modulus study reveals the ease of polaron hopping and negligibly small contribution of electrode effect. The magnetic hysteresis has been studied to know the response of NZFO phase to the applied magnetic field in the composite. The saturation and remanent magnetization are found to increase with increase in NZFO in the composite. The magnetoelectric voltage coefficient, αME is measured as a function of applied dc magnetic field. The tuning of ferrite percentage and dc magnetic field results in highest αME (~66 mV/cm Oe) for the composite with 40% NZFO at 4.7 kOe which is attributed to the enhanced mechanical coupling between the two phases. The incorporation of BDFO and NZFO enhances the multiferroic properties in the present composite which are quite promising from application point of view.

  2. Enhanced multiferroic properties in (1-y)BiFeO3-yNi0.50Cu0.05Zn0.45Fe2O4 composites

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    Mazumdar, S. C.; Khan, M. N. I.; Islam, Md. Fakhrul; Hossain, A. K. M. Akther

    2015-09-01

    Multiferroic composites (1-y)BiFeO3-yNi0.50Cu0.05Zn0.45Fe2O4 (y=0.0, 0.1, 0.2, 0.3 and 0.4) are synthesized by the standard solid state reaction method. The X-ray diffraction analysis affirms the formation of both the component phases and also reveals that there is no chemical reaction between them. From the energy-dispersive X-ray spectroscopy study it is observed that the percentage of the elements in the component phases is well consistent with the nominal composition of the composites. Field Emission Scanning Electron Microscopy analysis shows almost homogeneous mixture of the two phases. The real part of the initial permeability increases (up to 67%) and the loss decreases with the ferrite content in the composites which is important in application point of view. Dielectric constant (ε‧), loss tangent and AC conductivity are measured as a function of frequency at room temperature. The highest ε‧ is obtained for 0.6BiFeO3-0.4Ni0.50Cu0.05Zn0.45Fe2O4 composite. The dielectric dispersion at lower frequency (<105 Hz) is due to the interfacial polarization. The complex impedance spectroscopy is used to correlate between the electrical properties of the studied samples with their microstructures. Two semicircular arcs corresponding to both grain and grain boundary contribution to electrical properties have been observed in all the studied samples. The maximum magnetoelectric voltage coefficient is found to be ∼38 mV cm-1 Oe-1 for the composite with 80% ferroelectric+20% ferrite phases. The present composite might be a promising candidate as multiferroic materials showing effective electric and magnetic properties.

  3. Determination of structural, mechanical and corrosion properties of Nb2O5 and (NbyCu 1-y)Ox thin films deposited on Ti6Al4V alloy substrates for dental implant applications.

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    Mazur, M; Kalisz, M; Wojcieszak, D; Grobelny, M; Mazur, P; Kaczmarek, D; Domaradzki, J

    2015-02-01

    In this paper comparative studies on the structural, mechanical and corrosion properties of Nb2O5/Ti and (NbyCu1-y)Ox/Ti alloy systems have been investigated. Pure layers of niobia and niobia with a copper addition were deposited on a Ti6Al4V titanium alloy surface using the magnetron sputtering method. The physicochemical properties of the prepared thin films were examined with the aid of XRD, XPS SEM and AFM measurements. The mechanical properties (i.e., nanohardness, Young's modulus and abrasion resistance) were performed using nanoindentation and a steel wool test. The corrosion properties of the coatings were determined by analysis of the voltammetric curves. The deposited coatings were crack free, exhibited good adherence to the substrate, no discontinuity of the thin film was observed and the surface morphology was homogeneous. The hardness of pure niobium pentoxide was ca. 8.64GPa. The obtained results showed that the addition of copper into pure niobia resulted in the preparation of a layer with a lower hardness of ca. 7.79 GPa (for niobia with 17 at.% Cu) and 7.75 GPa (for niobia with 25 at.% Cu). The corrosion properties of the tested thin films deposited on the surface of titanium alloy depended on the composition of the thin layer. The addition of copper (i.e. a noble metal) to Nb2O5 film increased the corrosion resistance followed by a significant decrease in the value of corrosion currents and, in case of the highest Cu content, the shift of corrosion potential towards the noble direction. The best corrosion properties were obtained from a sample of Ti6Al4V coated with (Nb0.75Cu0.25)Ox thin film. It seems that the tested materials could be used in the future as protection coatings for Ti alloys in biomedical applications such as implants.

  4. Increased Locomotor Activity and Non-Selective Attention and Impaired Learning Ability in SD Rats after Lentiviral Vector-Mediated RNA Interference of Homer 1a in the Brain

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    Hong, Qin; Yang, Lei; Zhang, Min; Pan, Xiao-Qin; Guo, Mei; Fei, Li; Tong, Mei-Ling; Chen, Rong-Hua; Guo, Xi-Rong; Chi, Xia

    2013-01-01

    Our previous studies found that Homer 1a, a scaffolding protein localized at the post-synaptic density (PSD) of glutamatergic excitatory synapses, is significantly down-regulated in the brain of spontaneous hypertensive rats (SHR), an animal model of attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD). Furthermore, a first-line treatment drug for ADHD, methylphenidate, can up-regulate the expression of Homer 1a. To investigate the possible role of Homer 1a in the etiology and pathogenesis of ADHD, a lentiviral vector containing miRNA specific for Homer 1a was constructed in this study. Intracerebroventricular injection of this vector into the brain of Sprague Dawley (SD) rats significantly decreased Homer 1a mRNA and protein expression levels. Compared to their negative controls, these rats displayed a range of abnormal behaviors, including increased locomotor activity and non-selective attention and impaired learning ability. Our results indicated that Homer 1a down-regulation results in deficits in control over behavioral output and learning similar to ADHD. PMID:23289010

  5. Characterization of Motor Control in Handwriting Difficulties in Children with or without Developmental Coordination Disorder

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    Chang, Shao-Hsia; Yu, Nan-Ying

    2010-01-01

    Aim: The purpose of this study was to characterize handwriting deficits in children with developmental coordination disorder (DCD) using computerized movement analyses. Method: Seventy-two children (40 females, 32 males; mean age 7y, SD 7mo; range 6y 2mo to 7y 11mo) with handwriting deficits (33 with DCD, 39 without DCD); and 22 age- and…

  6. Immediate effect of percutaneous intramuscular stimulation during gait in children with cerebral palsy: a feasibility study.

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    Orlin, Margo N; Pierce, Samuel R; Stackhouse, Carrie Laughton; Smith, Brian T; Johnston, Therese; Shewokis, Patricia A; McCarthy, James J

    2005-10-01

    The feasibility of percutaneous intramuscular functional electrical stimulation (P-FES) in children with cerebral palsy (CP) for immediate improvement of ankle kinematics during gait has not previously been reported. Eight children with CP (six with diplegia, two with hemiplegia; mean age 9 years 1 month [SD 1 y 4 mo; range 7 y 11 mo to 11 y 10 mo]) had percutaneous intramuscular electrodes implanted into the gastrocnemius (GA) and tibialis anterior (TA) muscles of their involved limbs. Stimulation was provided during appropriate phases of the gait cycle in three conditions (GA only, TA only, and GA/TA). immediately after a week of practice for each stimulation condition, a gait analysis was performed with and without stimulation. A significant improvement in peak dorsiflexion in swing for the more affected extremity and dorsiflexion at initial contact for the less affected extremity were found in the GA/TA condition. Clinically meaningful trends were evident for improvements in dorsiflexion kinematics for the more and less affected extremities in the TA only and GA/TA conditions. The results suggest that P-FES might immediately improve ankle kinematics in children with CP.

  7. Motor stereotypies in children with autism and other developmental disorders.

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    Goldman, Sylvie; Wang, Cuiling; Salgado, Miran W; Greene, Paul E; Kim, Mimi; Rapin, Isabelle

    2009-01-01

    The purpose of the study was to count and characterize the range of stereotypies--repetitive rhythmical, apparently purposeless movements--in developmentally impaired children with and without autism, and to determine whether some types are more prevalent and diagnostically useful in children with autism. We described each motor stereotypy recorded during 15 minutes of archived videos of standardized play sessions in 277 children (209 males, 68 females; mean age 4y 6mo [SD 1y 5mo], range 2y 11mo-8y 1mo), 129 with autistic disorder (DSM-III-R), and 148 cognitively-matched non-autistic developmentally disordered (NADD) comparison children divided into developmental language disorder and non-autism, low IQ (NALIQ) sub-groups. The parts of the body involved and characteristics of all stereotypies were scored blind to diagnosis. More children with autism had stereotypies than the NADD comparison children. Autism and, to a lesser degree, nonverbal IQ (NVIQ) <80, especially in females contributed independently to the occurrence, number, and variety of stereotypies, with non-autistic children without cognitive impairment having the least number of stereotypies and children with autism and low NVIQ the most. Autism contributed independently to gait and hand/finger stereotypies and NVIQ <80 to head/trunk stereotypies. Atypical gazing at fingers and objects was rare but virtually limited to autism. Stereotypies are environmentally modulated movement disorders, some highly suggestive, but not pathognomonic, of autism. Their underlying brain basis and genetic correlates need investigation. PMID:19087102

  8. Complete titanium substitution by boron in a tetragonal prism: exploring the complex boride series Ti(3-x)Ru(5-y)Ir(y)B(2+x) (0 ≤ x ≤ 1 and 1 < y < 3) by experiment and theory.

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    Fokwa, Boniface P T; Hermus, Martin

    2011-04-18

    Polycrystalline samples and single crystals of four members of the new complex boride series Ti(3-x)Ru(5-y)Ir(y)B(2+x) (0 ≤ x ≤ 1 and 1 < y < 3) were synthesized by arc-melting the elements in a water-cooled copper crucible under an argon atmosphere. The new silvery phases were structurally characterized by powder and single-crystal X-ray diffraction as well as energy- and wavelength-dispersive X-ray spectroscopy analyses. They crystallize with the tetragonal Ti(3)Co(5)B(2) structure type in space group P4/mbm (No. 127). Tetragonal prisms of Ru/Ir atoms are filled with titanium in the boron-poorest phase (Ti(3)Ru(2.9)Ir(2.1)B(2)). Gradual substitution of titanium by boron then results in the successive filling of this site by a Ti/B mixture en route to the complete boron occupation, leading to the boron-richest phase (Ti(2)Ru(2.8)Ir(2.2)B(3)). Furthermore, both ruthenium and iridium share two sites in these structures, but a clear Ru/Ir site preference is found. First-principles density functional theory calculations (Vienna ab initio simulation package) on appropriate structural models (using a supercell approach) have provided more evidence on the stability of the boron-richest and -poorest phases, and the calculated lattice parameters corroborate very well with the experimentally found ones. Linear muffin-tin orbital atomic sphere approximation calculations further supported these findings through crystal orbital Hamilton population bonding analyses, which also show that the Ru/Ir-B and Ru/Ir-Ti heteroatomic interactions are mainly responsible for the structural stability of these compounds. Furthermore, some stable and unstable phases of this complex series could be predicted using the rigid-band model. According to the density of states analyses, all phases should be metallic conductors, as was expected from these metal-rich borides. PMID:21428308

  9. Structural Origin of the Band Gap Anomaly of Quaternary Alloy Cd(x)Zn(1-x)S(y)Se(1-y) Nanowires, Nanobelts, and Nanosheets in the Visible Spectrum.

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    Kwon, S Joon; Jeong, Hae-Min; Jung, Kinam; Ko, Doo-Hyun; Ko, Hyungduk; Han, Il-Ki; Kim, Gyu Tae; Park, Jae-Gwan

    2015-05-26

    Single-crystalline alloy II-VI semiconductor nanostructures have been used as functional materials to propel photonic and optoelectronic device performance in a broad range of the visible spectrum. Their functionality depends on the stable modulation of the direct band gap (Eg), which can be finely tuned by controlling the properties of alloy composition, crystallinity, and morphology. We report on the structural correlation of the optical band gap anomaly of quaternary alloy CdxZn1-xSySe1-y single-crystalline nanostructures that exhibit different morphologies, such as nanowires (NWs), nanobelts (NBs), and nanosheets (NSs), and cover a wide range of the visible spectrum (Eg = 1.96-2.88 eV). Using pulsed laser deposition, the nanostructures evolve from NWs via NBs to NSs with decreasing growth temperature. The effects of the growth temperature are also reflected in the systematic variation of the composition. The alloy nanostructures firmly maintain single crystallinity of the hexagonal wurtzite and the nanoscale morphology, with no distortion of lattice parameters, satisfying the virtual crystal model. For the optical properties, however, we observed distinct structure-dependent band gap anomalies: the disappearance of bowing for NWs and maximum and slightly reduced bowing for NBs and NSs, respectively. We tried to uncover the underlying mechanism that bridges the structural properties and the optical anomaly using an empirical pseudopotential model calculation of electronic band structures. From the calculations, we found that the optical bowings in NBs and NSs were due to residual strain, by which they are also distinguishable from each other: large for NBs and small for NSs. To explain the origin of the residual strain, we suggest a semiempirical model that considers intrinsic atomic disorder, resulting from the bond length mismatch, combined with the strain relaxation factor as a function of the width-to-thickness ratio of the NBs or NSs. The model agreed well

  10. Enhancement of thermoelectric performance in n-type PbTe1-ySey by doping Cr and tuning Te:Se ratio

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    Chere, Eyob K.; Zhang, Qian; McEnaney, Kenneth; Yao, Mengliang; Cao, Feng; Sun, Jingying; Chen, Shuo; Opeil, Cyril; Chen, Gang; Ren, Zhifeng

    2015-04-01

    Lead telluride and its alloys have been extensively studied for medium temperature thermoelectric applications due to decent figure-of-merit (ZT) at temperature close to 900 K. However, little emphasis has been given to improve the ZT near room temperature. In this investigation, we report a systematic study of Cr doping in PbTe1-ySey with y=0, 0.25, 0.5, 0.75, 0.85, and 1. We found the peak ZT temperature increased with increasing concentration of Se. The highest ZT of ~0.6 at room temperature in Te-rich Cr0.015Pb0.985Te0.75Se0.25 was obtained due to a lowered thermal conductivity and enhanced power factor resulted from high Seebeck coefficient of about -220 µV K-1 and high Hall mobility ~1120 cm2 V-1 s-1 at room temperature. A room temperature ZT of ~0.5 and peak ZT of ~1 at about 573–673 K is shown by Se-rich sample Cr0.01Pb0.99Te0.25Se0.75. This improvement of the room temperature ZTimproved the average ZT over a wide temperature range and could potentially lead to a single leg efficiency of thermoelectric conversion for Te-rich Cr0.015Pb0.985Te0.75Se0.25 up to ~11% and Se-rich Cr0.01Pb0.99Te0.25Se0.75 up to ~13% with cold side and hot side temperature at 300 K and 873 K, respectively, if matched with appropriate p-type legs.

  11. Influence of the Fe Concentration on the Superconducting Properties of Fe $_{1-y}$ 1 - y Se

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    Amigó, M. L.; Ale Crivillero, M. V.; Franco, D. G.; Guimpel, J.; Nieva, G.

    2015-04-01

    We present a comparative study of electrical transport properties in the normal state and in the dissipative superconducting state between pure -FeSe phase and Fe deficient FeSe crystals. We discuss the influence of the intergrowth of the magnetic hexagonal phase (FeSe) in Fe deficient samples when compared to pure -FeSe samples. In the superconducting state, we measured the -plane electrical resistivity with magnetic field up to 16 T and the electrical resistivity as a function of the angle between the axis and the applied field. The angular dependence at fixed temperature below the superconducting critical temperature, , is very different for both sets of crystals. The Fe deficient samples display a vortex pinning-related feature at 57 off the plane while the pure -FeSe phase samples show the persistence of a strong angular-dependent magnetoresistance characteristic of the normal state electronic structure.

  12. In Plane Vortex Dynamic Anisotropy in the Iron Deficient Fe $_{1-y}$ 1 - y Se Superconductor

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    Ale Crivillero, M. V.; Amigó, M. L.; Franco, D. G.; Badía-Majós, A.; Guimpel, J.; Nieva, G.

    2015-04-01

    We present electrical transport measurements in the superconducting dissipative state of crystalline iron deficient FeSe samples. These iron deficient samples were synthesized using NaCl/KCl flux and are characterized by the presence of correlated defects. The dissipation in electrical transport experiments, when the driving current is perpendicular or parallel to the crystal planes, depends strongly on the direction of the applied magnetic field , ( T), within the sample plane. There is a dissipation modulation each due to the presence of the correlated defects. We correlate these angular dependent features with the variation of the critical currents () changing the direction of confined in the crystals planes. was measured from magnetization loops at fixed temperatures and angles of always within the basal planes.

  13. Teacher Education Work Force Research Group (TEWFRG) Interim Report to the Legislature on Senate Concurrent Resolution 56 S.D. 1 Requesting the Hawaii Educational Policy Center to Report on the Retention and Change in Assignment of Teachers within the Department of Education

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    Hawaii Educational Policy Center, 2008

    2008-01-01

    The 2007 Hawai'i State Legislature passed Senate Concurrent Resolution 56 S.D. 1 "Requesting the Hawaii Educational Policy Center to Report on the Retention and Change in Assignment of Teachers Within the Department of Education." The resolution requested a report on the effectiveness and current status of teacher preparation and…

  14. High-pressure synthesis and electrochemical behavior of layered (1-a)LiNi{sub 1-y}Al{sub y}O{sub 2}.aLi[Li{sub 1/3}Ni{sub 2/3}]O{sub 2} oxides

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    Shinova, E.; Zhecheva, E. . E-mail: zhecheva@svr.igic.bas.bg; Stoyanova, R.; Bromiley, G.D.; Alcantara, R.; Tirado, J.L.

    2005-09-15

    Layered (1-a)LiNi{sub 1-y}Al{sub y}O{sub 2}.aLi[Li{sub 1/3}Ni{sub 2/3}]O{sub 2} oxides, 0=1-y}Al{sub y}O{sub 2}-layer starts at a precursor composition Li/(Ni+Al)>1.2. While pure NiO{sub 2}-layers are able to incorporate under high-pressure up to 1/3Li, the appearance of Al in the NiO{sub 2}-layers hinders Li{sup +} dissolution (Li<(1-y)/3). In addition, with increasing Al content there is a strong cationic mixing between the layers. High-frequency EPR of Ni{sup 3+} indicates that the structural interaction of LiAl{sub y}Ni{sub 1-y}O{sub 2} with Li[Li{sub 1/3}Ni{sub 2/3}]O{sub 2} proceeds via the formation of domains comprising different amount of Ni{sup 3+} ions. The use of Li{sub 1.08}Al{sub 0.09}Ni{sub 0.83}O{sub 2} as a cathode material in a lithium ion cells displays a first irreversible Li extraction at 4.8V, after which a reversible lithium insertion/extraction between 3.0 and 4.5V is observed on further cycling.

  15. Dependences of the density of M{sub 1-x}R{sub x}F{sub 2+x} and R{sub 1-y}M{sub y}F{sub 3-y} single crystals (M = Ca, Sr, Ba, Cd, Pb; R means rare earth elements) on composition

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    Sorokin, N. I. Krivandina, E. A.; Zhmurova, Z. I.

    2013-11-15

    The density of single crystals of nonstoichiometric phases Ba{sub 1-x}La{sub x}F{sub 2+x} (0 {<=} x {<=} 0.5) and Sr{sub 0.8}La{sub 0.2-x}Lu{sub x}F{sub 2.2} (0 {<=} x {<=} 0.2) with the fluorite (CaF{sub 2}) structure type and R{sub 1-y}Sr{sub y}F{sub 3-y} (R = Pr, Nd; 0 {<=} y {<=} 0.15) with the tysonite (LaF{sub 3}) structure type has been measured. Single crystals were grown from a melt by the Bridgman method. The measured concentration dependences of single crystal density are linear. The interstitial and vacancy models of defect formation in the fluorite and tysonite phases, respectively, are confirmed. To implement the composition control of single crystals of superionic conductors M{sub 1-x}R{sub x}F{sub 2+x} and R{sub 1-y}M{sub y}F{sub 3-y} in practice, calibration graphs of X-ray density in the MF{sub 2}-RF{sub 3} systems (M = Ca, Sr, Ba, Cd, Pb; R = La-Lu, Y) are plotted.

  16. Relationship between the magnetic moment of Lu and the magnetic behavior of (Y{sub y}Lu{sub 1-y})(Co{sub 1-x}Al{sub x}){sub 2} from x-ray absorption spectroscopy and x-ray magnetic circular dichroism

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    Chaboy, J.; Piquer, C.; Laguna-Marco, M. A.; Kawamura, N.; Suzuki, M.; Takagaki, M.

    2007-02-01

    We present an x-ray magnetic circular dichroism (XMCD) study performed at both the Co K edge and the Lu L{sub 2,3} edges on (Y{sub y}Lu{sub 1-y})(Co{sub 1-x}Al{sub x}){sub 2} systems. The XMCD spectra reflect the different magnetic character of these systems, allowing us to monitor the transition from weak to strong ferromagnetism. The XMCD at the Lu L{sub 2,3} edges indicates the existence of an ordered 5d moment at the lutetium sites that is coupled antiparallel to the Co moment. Estimates of the magnetic moment of Lu have been obtained by applying the XMCD sum rules. Our results show that there is a correlation between the Lu 5d-induced magnetic moment and the magnetic character of the (Y{sub y}Lu{sub 1-y})(Co{sub 1-x}Al{sub x}){sub 2} compounds. These results suggest that the developing of the Lu moment plays an important role in reinforcing the magnetic interactions and favoring the ferromagnetic character of the Lu-rich compounds.

  17. EPR, Mössbauer and magnetic studies of coordination polymers of type [CuxFey(dedb)·2H2O]n (dedb = dianion of 2,5-dichloro-3,6-bis (ethylamino)-1,4-benzoquinone) (x = 0-1, y = 0-1)

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    Singh, Deepshikha; Kòtai, Làszlò; Lazar, Karoly; Prasad, R. L.

    2015-01-01

    Spectroscopic studies of newly synthesized coordination polymers of the type [CuxFey(dedb)·2H2O]n {where dedb = dianion of 2,5-dichloro-3,6-bis(ethylamino)-1,4-benzoquinone (1); x = 1, y = 0 (2); 0, 0.67 (3); 0.5, 0.33 (4); 0.25, 0.5 (5); 0.125, 0.583 (6); 0.0625, 0.625 (7) and n = degree of polymerization} have been carried out by IR, Mössbauer and electron paramagnetic resonance (EPR) spectroscopic techniques. Powder X-ray diffraction studies reveal the crystalline nature of the polymers. Mössbauer and EPR spectroscopic studies and variable temperature susceptibility measurements indicate the presence of high spin Fe(III) (S = 5/2) in the polymers. A rare coexistence of ferromagnetism and electrical conductivity observed is discussed under present communication.

  18. Academic Skills in Children with Early-Onset Type 1 Diabetes: The Effects of Diabetes-Related Risk Factors

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    Hannonen, Riitta; Komulainen, Jorma; Riikonen, Raili; Ahonen, Timo; Eklund, Kenneth; Tolvanen, Asko; Keskinen, Paivi; Nuuja, Anja

    2012-01-01

    Aim: The study aimed to assess the effects of diabetes-related risk factors, especially severe hypoglycaemia, on the academic skills of children with early-onset type 1 diabetes mellitus (T1DM). Method: The study comprised 63 children with T1DM (31 females, 32 males; mean age 9y 11mo, SD 4mo) and 92 comparison children without diabetes (40…

  19. Structure-composition-luminescence correlations in Sr{sub 2.5-3x/2}Ba{sub 0.5}Sm{sub x}Al{sub 1-y}In{sub y}O{sub 4}F (0.001{<=}x, y{<=}0.1) oxyfluorides

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    Park, Sangmoon

    2012-02-15

    Luminescent materials composed of Sr{sub 2.5-3x/2}Ba{sub 0.5}Sm{sub x}Al{sub 1-y}In{sub y}O{sub 4}F (0.001{<=}x, y{<=}0.1) were prepared by the solid-state reaction method. After the replacement of Sr{sup 2+} and Al{sup 3+} ions by Sm{sup 3+} and In{sup 3+} ions in Sr{sub 2.5}Ba{sub 0.5}AlO{sub 4}F host structure, a novel charge-transfer band centered around 304 nm shifted from 240 nm is monitored; moreover, sharp and well-resolved emission peaks in the {sup 4}G{sub 5/2}{yields}{sup 6}H{sub J} transitions of the Sm{sup 3+} activator are observed. The diverse excitation and emission photoluminescence spectra of Sr{sub 2.5-3x/2}Ba{sub 0.5}Sm{sub x}Al{sub 1-y}In{sub y}O{sub 4}-{alpha}F1-{delta} (0.001{<=}x, y{<=}0.1) phosphors originated by the charge-transfer of the host to the Sm{sup 3+} activator, the f-f transitions in the Sm{sup 3+} ions, and the defect-induced self-activation are also introduced. - Graphical abstract: After the replacement of Sr{sup 2+} and Al{sup 3+} ions by Sm{sup 3+} and In{sup 3+} ions in Sr{sub 2.5}Ba{sub 0.5}AlO{sub 4}F host structure, a novel charge-transfer band centered around 304 nm shifted from 240 nm is monitored; moreover, sharp and well-resolved emission peaks in the {sup 4}G{sub 5/2}{yields}{sup 6}H{sub J} transitions of the Sm{sup 3+} activator are observed (Figure, Left). The diverse excitation and emission photoluminescence spectra of Sr{sub 2.5-3x/2}Ba{sub 0.5}Sm{sub x}Al{sub 1-y}In{sub y}O{sub 4}-{alpha}F1-{delta} (0.001{<=}x, y{<=}0.1) phosphors originated by the charge-transfer of the host to the Sm{sup 3+} activator, the f-f transitions in the Sm{sup 3+} ions, and the defect-induced self-activation are also introduced. Highlights: Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer Strong and well-resolved emitting peaks are monitored in Sm{sup 3+}-doped oxyfluoride phosphors. Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer Diverse excitation and emission spectra of the oxyfluoride phosphors originated from Sm{sup 3+} activator and the defect-induced self

  20. 76 FR 67596 - Amendment of Class E Airspace; Spearfish, SD

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    ... additional controlled airspace at Black Hills Airport--Clyde Ice Field (76 FR 43610) Docket No. FAA-2011-0431... ``significant rule'' under DOT Regulatory Policies and Procedures (44 FR 11034; February 26, 1979); and (3) does.... 10854, 24 FR 9565, 3 CFR, 1959-1963 Comp., p. 389. Sec. 71.1 0 2. The incorporation by reference in...

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  5. 76 FR 46349 - South Dakota Disaster Number SD-00041

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  8. Full complex spectrum simultaneous obtaining SD-OCT

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    Gelikonov, Grigory V.; Gelikonov, Valentin M.; Shilyagin, Pavel A.

    2011-03-01

    An efficient technique of simultaneous obtaining of quadrature spectral components of interference signal in spectrometer-based OCT is proposed. The components are obtained in air-spaced non-polarization interferometer by partition of reference beam onto two parts and using an achromatic phase shifter. Several setups of phase sifter are described and compared.

  9. Experimental Status of b -> s(d) gamma Decays

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    Di Lodovico, F

    2004-02-05

    Radiative penguin decays provide an indirect probe for physics beyond the Standard Model and contribute to the determination of the CKM matrix elements. Copious quantities of B mesons produced at the B-Factories permit precision measurements of radiative penguin decays. We review the experimental status of the radiative penguin processes b {yields} s(d){gamma}.

  10. ESCAPE FROM SD ASSOCIATED WITH FIXED-RATIO REINFORCEMENT.

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    THOMPSON, D M

    1964-01-01

    Throughout ascending and descending fixed-ratio (FR) sequences, rats were allowed to terminate the FR stimulus control by pressing a time-out (TO) lever. To minimize chance or accidental responses on this second lever, three presses were required to produce the 30-sec S(Delta) period. As FR performance became more "strained," there was an increased predisposition to escape from the time-in stimulus complex. The generality of this finding was extended by obtaining recoverability (independent of the direction of stimulus change) of the FR-TO function in the descending series. Typically, escapes were produced only during the post-reinforcement pause; however, under a mixed FR FR schedule, their occurrence shifted to a point within the inter-reinforcement interval corresponding to the unreinforced completion of the lower ratio component. It appears that the point where the rat can discriminate the size of the ratio requirement will be the place where TOs are imposed. This inference was supported by a substantial increase in TO frequency accompanying a shift from CRF to extinction on the FR lever. Finally, the escape lever was placed on a progressively increasing FR schedule and later extinguished to demonstrate that the TO condition was in fact reinforcing.

  11. 77 FR 4617 - Environmental Impact Statement: Pennington County, SD

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  12. Viscoelastic material inversion using Sierra-SD and ROL

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    Walsh, Timothy; Aquino, Wilkins; Ridzal, Denis; Kouri, Drew Philip; van Bloemen Waanders, Bart Gustaaf; Urbina, Angel

    2014-11-01

    In this report we derive frequency-domain methods for inverse characterization of the constitutive parameters of viscoelastic materials. The inverse problem is cast in a PDE-constrained optimization framework with efficient computation of gradients and Hessian vector products through matrix free operations. The abstract optimization operators for first and second derivatives are derived from first principles. Various methods from the Rapid Optimization Library (ROL) are tested on the viscoelastic inversion problem. The methods described herein are applied to compute the viscoelastic bulk and shear moduli of a foam block model, which was recently used in experimental testing for viscoelastic property characterization.

  13. ICHPER-SD Asia Youth Health Related Fitness Test.

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    Hua, Zou Da; Fu, Frank H.

    1994-01-01

    Three articles examine the Asia Youth Health Related Fitness Test proposed by the Asia Regional Board of the International Council for Health, Physical Education, Recreation, Sport and Dance. The articles look at test results on fitness levels and knowledge from Japan, China, and Hong Kong. (SM)

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  15. EMR studies of the internal motion of Mn(4+) ions in the Sr overdoped (La(1-x)Sr(x))(Ga(1-y)Mn(y))O3 (x/y up to 8) supplemented by magnetic and optical spectroscopy measurements.

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    Aleshkevych, Pavlo; Fink-Finowicki, Jan; Zayarnyuk, Tatiana; Radelytskyi, Igor; Berkowski, Marek; Rudowicz, Czeslaw; Gnutek, Pawel

    2015-06-01

    The effect of the Sr doping on electronic structure in single crystals of (La(1-x)Sr(x))(Ga(1-y)Mn(y))O3 solid solutions (LSGM) is investigated by means of electron magnetic resonance (EMR). The EMR results are supplemented by magnetic susceptibility and optical spectroscopy measurements. The compositions with small concentration of Mn doping (y<1%) and overdoped content of Sr (the ratio x(Sr)/y(Mn) up to 8) are used to maximally enhance the role of divalent doping. The experimental results provide evidence of the holes delocalization in the overdoped compound (x(Sr)/y(Mn)>1). This delocalization is accompanied by appearance of the new charge transfer transitions in the optical spectrum and dynamical valence change of manganese atoms. Additionally we observe the thermally activated narrowing of resonance EMR lines due to the internal motion, which is characterized by the energy barrier depending strongly on the ratio x(Sr)/y(Mn). The energy barrier is found to be associated with the charge carrier (hole) self-trapped energy. Fitting the EMR spectra in three orthogonal planes to an orthorhombic spin Hamiltonian enables extracting the zero-field splitting (ZFS) parameters and the Zeeman g-factors for Mn(4+) (S=3/2) ions in LSGM. The experimental ZFS parameters are modeled using superposition model analysis based on an orthorhombic symmetry approximation. PMID:25917133

  16. Rietveld fitting of x-ray diffraction spectra for the double phase composites La0.7-xSr0.3Mn1-yO3-1.5(x+y)/(Mn3O4)y/3

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    Liu, S. P.; Tang, G. D.; Hao, P.; Xu, L. Q.; Zhang, Y. G.; Qi, W. H.; Zhao, X.; Hou, D. L.; Chen, W.

    2009-01-01

    The effects of lanthanum deficiency on the structural and magnetic properties of manganites with normal composition La0.7-xSr0.3MnO3 prepared by the sol-gel method with the highest heat treatment temperature at 800 °C have been investigated. X-ray diffraction (XRD) spectra indicate that the materials possess a single phase with the R3¯c perovskite structure for x ≤0.05, and that they possess two phases with the R3¯c perovskite being the dominant phase and Mn3O4 being the second phase for x ≥0.10. Using XRD analysis, these materials can be expressed as La0.7-xSr0.3Mn1-yO3-1.5(x+y)/(Mn3O4)y/3. On the basis of the thermal equilibrium theory of crystal defects, the ion ratios at the A, B, and O sites in the ABO3 perovskite phase were calculated. Those ion ratios were used in Rietveld fitting of the XRD spectra. It was found that the dependence of the Curie temperature TC on the content ratio RM4 of Mn4+ ions at B site is similar to that of the typical perovskite La1-xSrxMnO3.

  17. Structural Underpinnings of the Enhanced Cycling Stability upon Al-Substitution in LiNi0.45Mn0.45Co0.1-yAlyO2 Positive Electrode Materials for Li-ion Batteries

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    Conry, Thomas E; Mehta, Apurva; Cabana, Jordi; Doeff, Marca M

    2012-10-23

    Single-phase LiNi0.45Mn0.45Co0.1-yAlyO2 layered oxide materials with 0 ≤ y ≤ 0.10 were prepared using the glycine-nitrate combustion method. Al-substitution has a minimal effect on the defect concentration and rate capability of the materials, but raises the operating voltage and reduces the capacity fade of the materials during prolonged cycling compared to the unsubstituted system. In situ X-ray diffraction suggests the presence of Al has a significant structural impact during battery operation. It acts to limit the changes in lattice parameters observed during electrochemical charging and cycling of the materials. High-resolution X-ray diffraction reveals structural distortions in the transition metal layers of as-synthesized powders with high Al-contents, as well as a structural evolution seen in all materials after cycling.

  18. Correlations between bond lengths, Tc, and O vibration frequencies: Raman-scattering and infrared-absorption study of the 1:2:1:2 structure (Ca1-yYy)Sr2(Tl0.5Pb0.5)Cu2O7 as a function of doping

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    Mertelj, T.; Mihailović, D.; Matacotta, F. C.; Liu, R. S.; Cooper, J. R.; Gameson, I.; Edwards, P. P.

    1993-05-01

    Raman-scattering and infrared-absorption measurements on optical phonons are used to investigate the doping-induced changes in the electronic structure of (Ca1-yYy)Sr2(Tl0.5Pb0.5)Cu2O7 (Tl/Pb-1:2:1:2). In contrast to YBa2Cu3O7-δ (YBCO), the doping of the CuO2 planes is achieved by direct substitution of Ca2+ for Y3+ in between the CuO2 planes, enabling the effects of the dynamic out-of-plane charge transfer and doping to be separated. In spite of large changes in Cu to apical-O bond lengths as measured by neutron scattering, we observe no corresponding apical O(2) vibration frequency shifts with doping of the type found in YBCO. Instead, the frequencies of the A1g Raman-active apical O(2) phonon and an A2u IR-active out-of-plane phonon are correlated with the Tc curve.

  19. EMR studies of the internal motion of Mn(4+) ions in the Sr overdoped (La(1-x)Sr(x))(Ga(1-y)Mn(y))O3 (x/y up to 8) supplemented by magnetic and optical spectroscopy measurements.

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    Aleshkevych, Pavlo; Fink-Finowicki, Jan; Zayarnyuk, Tatiana; Radelytskyi, Igor; Berkowski, Marek; Rudowicz, Czeslaw; Gnutek, Pawel

    2015-06-01

    The effect of the Sr doping on electronic structure in single crystals of (La(1-x)Sr(x))(Ga(1-y)Mn(y))O3 solid solutions (LSGM) is investigated by means of electron magnetic resonance (EMR). The EMR results are supplemented by magnetic susceptibility and optical spectroscopy measurements. The compositions with small concentration of Mn doping (y<1%) and overdoped content of Sr (the ratio x(Sr)/y(Mn) up to 8) are used to maximally enhance the role of divalent doping. The experimental results provide evidence of the holes delocalization in the overdoped compound (x(Sr)/y(Mn)>1). This delocalization is accompanied by appearance of the new charge transfer transitions in the optical spectrum and dynamical valence change of manganese atoms. Additionally we observe the thermally activated narrowing of resonance EMR lines due to the internal motion, which is characterized by the energy barrier depending strongly on the ratio x(Sr)/y(Mn). The energy barrier is found to be associated with the charge carrier (hole) self-trapped energy. Fitting the EMR spectra in three orthogonal planes to an orthorhombic spin Hamiltonian enables extracting the zero-field splitting (ZFS) parameters and the Zeeman g-factors for Mn(4+) (S=3/2) ions in LSGM. The experimental ZFS parameters are modeled using superposition model analysis based on an orthorhombic symmetry approximation.

  20. Generalized current-voltage analysis and efficiency limitations in non-ideal solar cells: Case of Cu2ZnSn(SxSe1-x)4 and Cu2Zn(SnyGe1-y)(SxSe1-x)4

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    Hages, Charles J.; Carter, Nathaniel J.; Agrawal, Rakesh; Unold, Thomas

    2014-06-01

    Detailed electrical characterization of nanoparticle based Cu2ZnSn(SxSe1-x)4 (CZTSSe) and Cu2Zn(SnyGe1-y)(SxSe1-x)4 (CZTGeSSe) solar cells has been conducted to understand the origin of device limitations in this material system. Specifically, temperature dependent current-voltage analysis has been considered, with particular application to the characterization of solar cells with non-ideal device behavior. Due to the presence of such non-ideal device behavior, typical analysis techniques—commonly applied to kesterite-type solar cells—are found to be insufficient to understand performance limitations, and an analysis methodology is presented to account for the non-idealities. Here, the origin of non-ideal device behavior is chiefly considered in terms of electrostatic and band gap potential fluctuations, low minority carrier lifetimes, temperature dependent band edges, high surface/bulk recombination rates, and tunneling enhanced recombination. For CZTSSe and CZTGeSSe, the main limitations to improved device performance (voltage limitations) are found to be associated with significant EA deficits (EA-EG) at 300 K, large ideality factors, and voltage-dependent carrier collection, which we associate with the bulk material properties of the absorbers. The material origin of these non-ideal electrical properties is considered. Additionally, for CZTGeSSe, the effect of Ge-incorporation on the electrical properties of the solar cells is discussed, with improvements in the electrical properties characterized for the Ge-alloyed devices.

  1. Using real-time electron microscopy to explore the effects of transition-metal composition on the local thermal stability in charged LixNiyMnzCo1-y-zO2 cathode materials

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    Hwang, Sooyeon; Kim, Seung Min; Bak, Seong -Min; Kim, Se Young; Cho, Byung -Won; Chung, Kyung Yoon; Lee, Jeong Yong; Stach, Eric A.; Chang, Wonyoung

    2015-05-08

    In this study, we use in-situ transmission electron microcopy (TEM) to investigate the thermal decomposition that occurs at the surface of charged LixNiyMnzCo1-y-zO2 (NMC) cathode materials of different composition (with y, z=0.8, 0.1 and 0.6, 0.2 and 0.4, 0.3), after they have been charged to their practical upper limit voltage (4.3V). By heating these materials inside the TEM, we are able to directly characterize near surface changes in both their electronic structure (using electron energy loss spectroscopy) and crystal structure and morphology (using electron diffraction and bright-field imaging). The most Ni-rich material (y, z = 0.8, 0.1) is found to be thermally unstable at significantly lower temperatures than the other compositions – this is manifested by changes in both the electronic structure and the onset of phase transitions at temperatures as low as 100°C. Electron energy loss spectroscopy indicates that the thermally induced reduction of Ni ions drives these changes, and that this is exacerbated by the presence of an additional redox reaction that occurs at 4.2V in the y, z = 0.8, 0.1 material. Exploration of individual particles shows that there are substantial variations in the onset temperatures and overall extent of these changes. Of the compositions studied, the composition of y, z = 0.6, 0.2 has the optimal combination of high energy density and reasonable thermal stability. The observations herein demonstrate that real time electron microscopy provide direct insight into the changes that occur in cathode materials with temperature, allowing optimization of different alloy concentrations to maximize overall performance.

  2. Magnetic properties, phase evolution, and microstructure of melt-spun (Sm{sub 1-x}Pr{sub x})Co{sub 7-y}Hf{sub y}C{sub z} (x=0-1; y=0.1-0.3; z=0-0.14) ribbons

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    Chang, H. W.; Chen, I. W.; Chang, C. W.; Fang, Y. K.; Hsieh, C. C.; Chang, W. C.; Sun, A. C.; Yao, Y. D.

    2008-04-01

    Magnetic properties, phase evolution, and microstructure of melt-spun (Sm{sub 1-x}Pr{sub x})Co{sub 7-y}Hf{sub y}C{sub z} ribbons have been investigated. For (Sm{sub 1-x}Pr{sub x})Co{sub 7-y}Hf{sub y} (x=0-1; y=0.1-0.3) ribbons, the magnetization increases, but coercivity decreases, with increasing Pr content. However, the phase constitution and microstructure have not been influenced by modifying Pr content x. The attractive magnetic properties of B{sub r}=6.5 kG, {sub i}H{sub c}=6.1 kOe, and (BH){sub max}=7.2 MG Oe could be obtained for (Sm{sub 0.8}Pr{sub 0.2})Co{sub 6.9}Hf{sub 0.1} ribbons. A slight addition of C in (Sm{sub 0.8}Pr{sub 0.2})Co{sub 6.9}Hf{sub 0.1}C{sub z} (z=0.06-0.14) ribbon not only refines the microstructure, but also induces nanoscale fcc-Co precipitation in the matrix, leading to the stronger exchange-coupling effect between magnetic grains and the enhancement of remanence and magnetic energy product. As a result, the improved magnetic properties of B{sub r}=7.1 kOe, {sub i}H{sub c}=8.5 kOe, and (BH){sub max}=11.2 MG Oe can be achieved for (Sm{sub 0.8}Pr{sub 0.2})Co{sub 6.9}Hf{sub 0.1}C{sub 0.12} ribbons.

  3. Oxygen content variation and cation doping dependence of (La){sub 1.4}(Sr{sub 1-y}Ca{sub y}){sub 1.6}Mn{sub 2}O{sub 7{+-}}{sub {delta}} (y=0,0.25,0.5) bilayered manganites

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    Malavasi, Lorenzo; Tealdi, Cristina; Flor, Giorgio

    2006-08-01

    The results of the synthesis and characterization of the optimally doped (La){sub 1.4}(Sr{sub 1-y}Ca{sub y}){sub 1.6}Mn{sub 2}O{sub 7{+-}}{sub {delta}} solid solution with y=0, 0.25, and 0.5 are reported. By progressively replacing the Sr with the smaller Ca, while keeping fixed the hole concentration due to the divalent dopant, the 'size effect' of the cation itself on the structural, transport, and magnetic properties of the bilayered manganite has been analyzed. Two different annealing treatments of the solid solution, in pure oxygen and in pure argon, allowed us to also study the effect of the oxygen content variation. Structure and electronic properties of the samples have been investigated by means of x-ray powder diffraction and x-ray absorption spectroscopy measurements. Magnetoresistivity and static magnetization measurements have been carried out to complete the samples characterization. Oxygen annealing of the solid solution, which showed a limit for y{approx}0.5, induces an increase of the Mn average valence state and a transition of the crystal structure from tetragonal to orthorhombic while the argon annealing induces an oxygen understoichiometry and, in turn, a reduction of the Mn average valence state. Along with the Ca substitution, the Jahn-Teller distortion of the MnO{sub 6} octahedra is reduced. This has been directly connected to a general enhancement of the transport properties induced by the Ca doping. For the same cation composition, oxygen overstoichiometry leads to higher metal-insulator transition temperatures and lower resistivity values. Curie temperatures (T{sub C}) are reduced by increasing the Ca doping. The lower T{sub C} for all the annealed samples with respect to the as-prepared ones are connected to the strong influence on the magnetic interactions of the point defects due to the {delta}-variation.

  4. The decrease of dopamine D₂/D₃ receptor densities in the putamen and nucleus caudatus goes parallel with maintained levels of CB₁ cannabinoid receptors in Parkinson's disease: a preliminary autoradiographic study with the selective dopamine D₂/D₃ antagonist [³H]raclopride and the novel CB₁ inverse agonist [¹²⁵I]SD7015.

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    Farkas, Szabolcs; Nagy, Katalin; Jia, Zhisheng; Harkany, Tibor; Palkovits, Miklós; Donohou, Sean R; Pike, Victor W; Halldin, Christer; Máthé, Domokos; Csiba, László; Gulyás, Balázs

    2012-04-10

    Cannabinoid type-1 receptors (CB₁Rs) modulate synaptic neurotransmission by participating in retrograde signaling in the adult brain. Increasing evidence suggests that cannabinoids through CB₁Rs play an important role in the regulation of motor activities in the striatum. In the present study, we used human brain samples to examine the relationship between CB₁R and dopamine receptor density in case of Parkinson's disease (PD). Post mortem putamen, nucleus caudatus and medial frontal gyrus samples obtained from PD patients were used for CB₁R and dopamine D₂/D₃ receptor autoradiography. [¹²⁵I]SD7015, a novel selective CB₁R inverse agonist, developed by a number of the present co-authors, and [³H]raclopride, a dopamine D₂/D₃ antagonist, were used as radioligands. Our results demonstrate unchanged CB₁R density in the putamen and nucleus caudatus of deceased PD patients, treated with levodopa (L-DOPA). At the same time dopamine D₂/D₃ receptors displayed significantly decreased density levels in case of PD putamen (control: 47.97 ± 10.00 fmol/g, PD: 3.73 ± 0.07 fmol/g (mean ± SEM), p<0.05) and nucleus caudatus (control: 30.26 ± 2.48 fmol/g, PD: 12.84 ± 5.49 fmol/g, p<0.0005) samples. In contrast to the putamen and the nucleus caudatus, in the medial frontal gyrus neither receptor densities were affected. Our data suggest the presence of an unaltered CB₁R population even in late stages of levodopa treated PD. This further supports the presence of an intact CB₁R population which, in line with the conclusion of earlier publications, may be utilized as a pharmacological target in the treatment of PD. Furthermore we found discrepancy between a maintained CB₁R population and a decreased dopamine D₂/D₃ receptor population in PD striatum. The precise explanation of this conundrum requires further studies with simultaneous examination of the central cannabinoid and dopaminergic systems in PD using higher sample size.

  5. Studies of hot B subdwarfs. Part 2: Energy distributions of three bright sdB/sdOB stars in the 950-5500 angstrom range

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    Wesemael, F.; Holberg, J. B.; Veilleux, S.; Lamontagne, R.; Fontaine, G.

    1985-01-01

    Voyager ultraviolet spectrometer observations of the subdwarf B or OB stars HD 205805, UV 1758+36 and Feige 66 are presented. All three objects display the H I Layman series in absorption. These observations are combined with low dispersion IUE spectrophotometry and with Stroemgren photometry to construct virtually complete energy distributions, which extend over the range 950-5500 angstroms. Effective temperatures based on model atmosphere calculations for high gravity, hydrogen rich stars are determined. Our analyses yield T Sub e 28,200 + or - 1300 K for HD 205805, T sub e 31, 800 + or - 1100 K for UV 1758+36, and T sub e 35,700 + or - 1500 K for Feige 66. The importance of far ultraviolet observations below L sub alpha in reducing the uncertainties associated with the interstellar extinction and the degradation of the IUE sensitivity is emphasized.

  6. Long non-coding RNA Linc-ITGB1 knockdown inhibits cell migration and invasion in GBC-SD/M and GBC-SD gallbladder cancer cell lines.

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    Wang, Lei; Zhang, Yunjiao; Lv, Wenjie; Lu, Jianhua; Mu, Jiasheng; Liu, Yingbin; Dong, Ping

    2015-11-01

    Gallbladder cancer is a highly aggressive malignancy with a low 5-year survival rate. Despite advances in the molecular understanding of the initiation and progression in gallbladder cancer, treatment modalities such as surgery, radiotherapy, or chemotherapy in advanced cases did not yield promising outcomes. Therefore, it is of great importance to uncover new mechanism underlying gallbladder cancer growth and metastasis. In this study, we identified a differentially expressed long intergenic non-coding RNA, linc-ITGB1, in a pair of higher and lower metastatic gallbladder cancer cell sublines. Then, the potential role of linc-ITGB1 in gallbladder cancer cell proliferation, migration, and invasion was explored using a lentivirus-mediated RNA interference system. Functional analysis showed that knockdown of linc-ITGB1 significantly inhibited gallbladder cancer cell proliferation. Moreover, cell migration and invasion were reduced by over twofold in linc-ITGB1 knockdown cells probably due to upregulation of β-catenin and downregulation of vimentin, slug, and TCF8. In conclusion, linc-ITGB1 potentially promoted gallbladder cancer invasion and metastasis by accelerating the process of epithelial-to-mesenchymal transition, and the application of RNA interference targeting linc-ITGB1 might be a potential form of gallbladder cancer treatment in advanced cases.

  7. A computer adaptive testing approach for assessing physical functioning in children and adolescents.

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    Haley, Stephen M; Ni, Pengsheng; Fragala-Pinkham, Maria A; Skrinar, Alison M; Corzo, Deyanira

    2005-02-01

    The purpose of this article is to demonstrate: (1) the accuracy and (2) the reduction in amount of time and effort in assessing physical functioning (self-care and mobility domains) of children and adolescents using computer-adaptive testing (CAT). A CAT algorithm selects questions directly tailored to the child's ability level, based on previous responses. Using a CAT algorithm, a simulation study was used to determine the number of items necessary to approximate the score of a full-length assessment. We built simulated CAT (5-, 10-, 15-, and 20-item versions) for self-care and mobility domains and tested their accuracy in a normative sample (n=373; 190 males, 183 females; mean age 6y 11mo [SD 4y 2m], range 4mo to 14y 11mo) and a sample of children and adolescents with Pompe disease (n=26; 21 males, 5 females; mean age 6y 1mo [SD 3y 10mo], range 5mo to 14y 10mo). Results indicated that comparable score estimates (based on computer simulations) to the full-length tests can be achieved in a 20-item CAT version for all age ranges and for normative and clinical samples. No more than 13 to 16% of the items in the full-length tests were needed for any one administration. These results support further consideration of using CAT programs for accurate and efficient clinical assessments of physical functioning.

  8. Quasi-/SU(3) truncation scheme for even-even sd-shell nuclei

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    Vargas, C. E.; Hirsch, J. G.; Draayer, J. P.

    2001-07-01

    The quasi- SU(3) symmetry was uncovered in full pf and sdg shell-model calculations for both even-even and odd-even nuclei. It manifests itself through a dominance of single-particle and quadrupole-quadrupole terms in a Hamiltonian used to describe well-deformed nuclei. A practical consequence of the quasi- SU(3) symmetry is an efficient basis truncation scheme. In [C.E. Vargas et al., Phys. Rev. C 58 (1998) 1488] it is shown that when this type of Hamiltonian is diagonalized in an SU(3) basis, only a few irreducible representations (irreps) of SU(3) are needed to describe the yrast band, the leading S=0 irrep augmented with the leading S=1 irreps in the proton and neutron subspaces. In the present article the quasi- SU(3) truncation scheme is used, in conjunction with a "realistic but schematic" Hamiltonian that includes the most important multipole terms, to describe the energy spectra and B( E2) transition strengths of 20,22Ne, 24Mg and 28Si. The effect of the size of the Hilbert space on both sets of observables is discussed, as well as the structure of the yrast band and the importance of the various terms in the Hamiltonian. The limitations of the model are explicitly discussed.

  9. 75 FR 46864 - Airworthiness Directives; Short Brothers PLC Model SD3 Airplanes

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  11. A method for selection of restriction enzymes for sdCAPS marker construction

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    Development of PCR-based markers for SNP detection is prerequisite for various genetic analyses. The use of restriction enzymes following PCR amplification is a common and relatively low cost method for SNP detection. Simple and cost-effective methodologies for SNP marker development that would en...

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  13. The sdB+M Eclipsing System HW Virginis and its Circumbinary Planets

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    Lee, Jae Woo; Kim, Seung-Lee; Kim, Chun-Hwey; Koch, Robert H.; Lee, Chung-Uk; Kim, Ho-Il; Park, Jang-Ho

    2009-02-01

    For the very short period subdwarf B eclipsing binary HW Vir, we present new CCD photometry made from 2000 through 2008. In order to obtain consistency of the binary parameters, our new light curves, showing sharp eclipses and a striking reflection effect, were analyzed simultaneously with previously published radial velocity data. The secondary star parameters of M 2 = 0.14 M sun, R 2 = 0.18 R sun, and T 2 = 3084 K are consistent with those of an M6-7 main-sequence star. A credibility issue regarding bolometric corrections is emphasized. More than 250 times of minimum light, including our 41 timings and spanning more than 24 yr, were used for a period study. From a detailed analysis of the O - C diagram, it emerged that the orbital period of HW Vir has varied as a combination of a downward-opening parabola and two sinusoidal variations, with cycle lengths of P 3 = 15.8 yr and P 4 = 9.1 yr and semiamplitudes of K 3 = 77 s and K 4 = 23 s, respectively. The continuous period decrease with a rate of -8.28 × 10-9 days yr-1 may be produced by angular momentum loss due to magnetic stellar wind braking but not by gravitational radiation. Of the possible causes of the cyclical components of the period change, apsidal motion and magnetic period modulation can be ruled out. The most reasonable explanation of both cyclical variations is a pair of light-travel-time effects driven by the presence of two substellar companions with projected masses of M 3sin i 3 = 19.2 M Jup and M 4sin i 4 = 8.5 M Jup. The two objects are the first circumbinary planets known to have been formed in a protoplanetary disk as well the first ones discovered by using the eclipse-timing method. The detection implies that planets could be common around binary stars just as are planets around single stars and demonstrates that planetary systems formed in a circumbinary disk can survive over long timescales. Depending on the thermal inertia of their massive atmospheres, the hemispheres of the planets turned toward the stars can experience substantial reciprocating temperature changes during the minutes-long primary eclipse intervals.

  14. Element partitioning and thermal-compositional patterns in coexisting muscovites and biotites, Black Hills, SD

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    Dahl, P.S.; Feldman, S.G.; Wehn, D.C. . Dept. of Geology)

    1992-01-01

    Twenty-two elements in 50 coexisting muscovites and biotites from pelitic schists of the southern Black Hills have been analyzed by ICP spectrometry. Most elements exhibit highly systematic partitioning between the micas over a wide range of composition. Sillimanite-zone micas are typically enriched in K, Ti, and Li but depleted in Na relative to those from the staurolite zone. Also, sillimanite-zone biotites are relatively depleted in Mg/(Fe+Mg), but enriched in Mn, relative to those of the staurolite zone. Preliminary verification of the muscovite-biotite thermometer (calibration of Hoish (1989)) is indicated from a regional thermal pattern that is strikingly similar to that obtained by Friberg et al. (in prep.) using garnet (rim) - biotite thermometry. The lowest K/(Na+K)[sup mus], X[sub Li] (bio), mica temperatures, and highest X[sub Mg](bio) in the region are observed in staurolite-zone schists between the Grand Junction and Hill City Faults. These regional patterns correlate with: (1) mapped gravity lows (subsurface granitic plutons ), (2) mapped pegmatite density, and (3) proximity to the main mass of Harney Peak Granite. As such, pelitic micas appear to record the T-X signatures of vertically( )-flowing alkali metasomatic fluids that variably overprinted low- to medium-grade regional-metamorphic assemblages during emplacement of the Harney Peak granite-pegmatite complex. The area between the Grand Junction and Hill City faults appears least affected by the metasomatic activity associated with this magmatic event.

  15. Transgenerational Effects of Di(2-ethylhexyl) Phthalate in the SD Male Rat

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    In the rat, some phthalates alter sexual differentiation at relatively low dosage levels by altering fetal Leydig cell development and hormone synthesis, thereby inducing abnormalities of the testis, gubernacular ligaments, epididymis and other androgen-dependent tissues. In ...

  16. Characterization of the hydrogeology and stress state in the vicinity of the homestake mine, Lead, SD

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    Ebenhack, Johnathan Foss

    Underground workings in fractured rock are common worldwide. They have applications in numerous areas and fields of study. These include mining operations, civil engineering projects like tunnels and underground facilities, and research projects that require underground laboratories such as the physics research being conducted by Sanford Laboratory at the former Homestake mine and Fermi Laboratory near Chicago (Bahcall et al. 2001, Elsworth 2009, Sadoulet et al. 2006, bge science DUSEL, fnal.gov). These excavations can reach several kilometers in depth including the 3.9 km deep TauTona mine in South Africa, the 3 km deep LaRonde mine in Quebec and the 2.4 km deep Homestake mine in South Dakota. Large quantities of rock are removed when constructing deep excavations, for example Rahn and Roggenthen (2002) estimated the total volume of rock removed from the Homestake mine to be 2.1x107 m3. Removing large volumes of rock alters the local stress state and ground water flow, potentially increasing risks to workers and the environment (Kaiser et al. 2008, Blodgett et al. 2002, Lucier et al. 2009, Goldbach 2010, Kang et al. 2010). The objective of this research is to develop a better understanding of how deep rock excavations can alter groundwater flow, stress state, and deformation in the rock that envelopes them. The approach is to evaluate how the hydraulic head, flow paths and stress state have been affected by excavation at the Homestake mine in Lead, South Dakota, one of the deepest mines in North America. The Homestake mine was selected as a focus of this research because it has recently been evaluated as the site of a deep underground research laboratory where an understanding of the groundwater flow and stress state was needed to plan underground experiments. The investigation includes poroelastic modeling of the Homestake mine using available geologic and geophysical data and mine records. Results from the analyses indicate that mining and dewatering have changed the hydrology and stress state in the vicinity of the Homestake mine. Dewatering reduces the hydraulic head and changes the flow systems in the vicinity of the mine. Four major hydrogeologic zones are recognized: 1.) a Shallow Flow System in the upper few hundred meters that dominates recharge and discharge to streams, 2.) a Recharge Capture Zone where water that has entered the region as recharge since mining began is captured by the mine, 3.) a Storage Capture Zone where water from storage in the host rock around the mine is captured, and 4.) a Mine Workings Zone where rock has been removed. Water enters the system at the top of the Shallow Flow System and either discharges to the streams or flows downward and becomes recharge to the lower capture zones. The Recharge Capture Zone grows with time as regions of storage are depleted and new recharge enters, and eventually it is assumed that the entire capture zone for the mine will become the Recharge Capture Zone. Fluxes from the Shallow Flow System to the Recharge Capture Zone typically range from 1x10-9 to 4x10-9 m/s. The largest recharge fluxes from the Shallow Flow System to the Recharge Capture Zone occur above the shallowest portions of the mine. Recharge flux also occurs above areas adjacent to the mine, and when projected to the surface the Recharge Capture Zone creates a roughly elliptical shape that is 6 km x 3.6 km. The Storage Capture Zone extends out beyond and below the Recharge Capture Zone and when projected to the surface creates a roughly elliptical region that is approximately 8.3 km x 6.6 km and extends down to depths of almost 5 km. Hydraulic heads and flow paths have been affected beyond the Storage Capture Zone but this water had not reached the mine by 135 years and therefore these regions are not included in the capture zones. The model was calibrated using in-situ stress data at various points in the mine to improve its ability to estimate the stress state and mechanical deformation around the Homestake mine. This was done by varying the rock density, Poisson's ratio, the effective Young's modulus of the workings region, and including initial stresses until predicted stresses best fit in-situ stress data. The changing mechanical properties in the workings and dewatering cause changes to the stress around the mine. The mining process typically causes increased compression laterally around the workings and decreased compression above, below, and within the workings. The greatest changes in total stress are near the base of the mine and reach roughly 40 MPa between the ore bodies and in the lower portions of the West Ore Body. The softening of the mine region because of material removal and decreased fluid pressure in the workings results in deformation in the vicinity of the mine. Subsidence occurs above the mine region and is greatest near the surface and decreases with depth; above the shallowest workings subsidence can reach approximately 0.18 m. There is also uplift along the footwall of the workings in the deeper portions of the mine that can reach up to 0.022 m. Horizontal displacements of as much as several centimeters occur around the mine and with displacement towards the workings region. Deformation in the vicinity of the mine results in tilt that is towards the workings with the greatest tilts near the surface. A fault that intersects the West Ore Body was considered as a location for an experiment into the mechanics of earthquake nucleation, so the stress state in the vicinity of this feature was of particular interest. This simulation shows that mining and dewatering reduce fluid pressure and change stresses along the fault. The shear stress along the fault typically increases along most of the fault and decreases in the region where the fault and West Ore Body intersect. Increased shear is typically on the order of 1 to 2 MPa but can reach as much as 5 MPa in areas around the intersection of the fault and West Ore Body. In the region along the fault intersecting the West Ore Body, the decrease in shear can reach -11 MPa. The total normal stress along the fault becomes more compressive along most of the fault and less compressive in the intersection between the fault and West Ore Body. The increase in total compression is approximately 2 MPa, and the reduction in compression in the intersection is approximately 10 MPa. The critical shear stress along the fault was calculated using Mohr-Coulomb failure criteria presented by Byerlee (1978), and the ratio of the estimated shear stress along the fault and the critical shear stress (ts/tf) was found to approximate the potential for slip along the fault. Mining results in a reduction in slip potential with values of ts/t f ranging from 0.66 to 1.1 before mining and from 0.22 to 0.67 after mining. This reduction in slip potential results from reductions in fluid pressure and increased normal compression caused by mining activities.

  17. 78 FR 73751 - Proposed Amendment of Class E Airspace; Philip, SD

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    2013-12-09

    ... Class E airspace to/from the en route environment. Geographic coordinates would also be updated to...; (2) is not a ``significant rule'' under DOT Regulatory Policies and Procedures (44 FR 11034; February..., 40113, 40120; E.O. 10854, 24 FR 9565, 3 CFR, 1959-1963 Comp., p. 389. Sec. 71.1 0 2. The...

  18. Early Fractions Learning of 3rd Grade Students in SD Laboratorium Unesa

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    Sari, Elisabet Ayunika Permata; Juniati, Dwi; Patahudin, Sitti Maesuri

    2012-01-01

    Fractions varied meanings is one of the causes of difficulties in learning fractions. These students should be given greater opportunities to explore the meaning of fractions before they learn the relationship between fractions and operations on fractions. Although students shading an area represents a fraction, it does not mean they really…

  19. The BioSample Database (BioSD) at the European Bioinformatics Institute

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    Gostev, Mikhail; Faulconbridge, Adam; Brandizi, Marco; Fernandez-Banet, Julio; Sarkans, Ugis; Brazma, Alvis; Parkinson, Helen

    2012-01-01

    The BioSample Database (http://www.ebi.ac.uk/biosamples) is a new database at EBI that stores information about biological samples used in molecular experiments, such as sequencing, gene expression or proteomics. The goals of the BioSample Database include: (i) recording and linking of sample information consistently within EBI databases such as ENA, ArrayExpress and PRIDE; (ii) minimizing data entry efforts for EBI database submitters by enabling submitting sample descriptions once and referencing them later in data submissions to assay databases and (iii) supporting cross database queries by sample characteristics. Each sample in the database is assigned an accession number. The database includes a growing set of reference samples, such as cell lines, which are repeatedly used in experiments and can be easily referenced from any database by their accession numbers. Accession numbers for the reference samples will be exchanged with a similar database at NCBI. The samples in the database can be queried by their attributes, such as sample types, disease names or sample providers. A simple tab-delimited format facilitates submissions of sample information to the database, initially via email to biosamples@ebi.ac.uk PMID:22096232

  20. HW Virginis - A short period eclipsing binary containing an sdB star

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    Wood, Janet H.; Zhang, Er-Ho; Robinson, E. L.

    1993-01-01

    Simultaneous photometry of the binary star HW Vir, a detached system with an orbital period of 2 h 48 min is described. The new UBVR light curves obtained using the Wilson-Devinney code are found to constrain the orbital inclination of the system within the narrow range of 80.6 +/-0.2 deg. The temperature of the primary star is between 29,000 and 36,000 K, and the temperature of the secondary star is near 3,700 K. The possible masses and radii of the two stars are calculated using the published amplitude of the radial velocity curve of the primary star, 87.9 +/-4.8 km/s. It is found that, for the primary star log g1 is greater than 4.8 and less than or equal to 5.8. From the temperature and gravity of the primary star, its distance is found to be in the range between 42 and 151 pc. It is suggested that the system will begin mass transfer when the orbital period has decreased enough to bring the secondary star into contact with its Roche lobe.