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  1. Crystal Structure of An FIV/HIV Chimeric Protease Complexed With the Broad-Based Inhibitor, TL-3

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    Heaslet, H.; Lin, Y.-C.; Tam, K.; Torbett, B.E.; Elder, J.E.; Stout, C.D.; /Pfizer Global Res. Devel. /Scripps Res. Inst.

    2007-07-09

    We have obtained the 1.7 angstrom crystal structure of FIV protease (PR) in which 12 critical residues around the active site have been substituted with the structurally equivalent residues of HIV PR (12X FIV PR). The chimeric PR was crystallized in complex with the broad-based inhibitor TL-3, which inhibits wild type FIV and HIV PRs, as well as 12X FIV PR and several drug-resistant HIV mutants [1-4]. Biochemical analyses have demonstrated that TL-3 inhibits these PRs in the order HIV PR > 12X FIV PR > FIV PR, with Ki values of 1.5 nM, 10 nM, and 41 nM, respectively [2-4]. Comparison of the crystal structures of the TL-3 complexes of 12X FIV and wild-typeFIV PR revealed the formation of additional van der Waals interactions between the enzyme inhibitor in the mutant PR. The 12X FIV PR retained the hydrogen bonding interactions between residues in the flap regions and active site involving the enzyme and the TL-3 inhibitor in comparison to both FIV PR and HIV PR. However, the flap regions of the 12X FIV PR more closely resemble those of HIV PR, having gained several stabilizing intra-flap interactions not present in wild type FIV PR. These findings offer a structural explanation for the observed inhibitor/substrate binding properties of the chimeric PR.

  2. Diagnosing feline immunodeficiency virus (FIV) infection in FIV-vaccinated and FIV-unvaccinated cats using saliva.

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    Westman, Mark E; Malik, Richard; Hall, Evelyn; Norris, Jacqueline M

    2016-06-01

    We recently showed that two immunochromatography point-of-care FIV antibody test kits (Witness FeLV/FIV and Anigen Rapid FIV/FeLV) were able to correctly assign FIV infection status, irrespective of FIV vaccination history, using whole blood as the diagnostic specimen. A third FIV antibody test kit, SNAP FIV/FeLV Combo (an enzyme-linked immunosorbent assay [ELISA]), was unable to differentiate antibodies produced in response to FIV vaccination from those incited by FIV infection. The aim of this study was to determine if saliva is a suitable diagnostic specimen using the same well characterized feline cohort. FIV infection status of these cats had been determined previously using a combination of serology, polymerase chain reaction (PCR) testing and virus isolation. This final assignment was then compared to results obtained using saliva as the diagnostic specimen utilizing the same three point-of-care FIV antibody test kits and commercially available PCR assay (FIV RealPCR). In a population of cats where one third (117/356; 33%) were FIV-vaccinated, both immunochromatography test kits accurately diagnosed FIV infection using saliva via a centrifugation method, irrespective of FIV vaccination history. For FIV diagnosis using saliva, the specificity of Anigen Rapid FIV/FeLV and Witness FeLV/FIV was 100%, while the sensitivity of these kits was 96% and 92% respectively. SNAP FIV/FeLV Combo respectively. SNAP FIV/FeLV Combo had a specificity of 98% and sensitivity of 44%, while FIV RealPCR testing had a specificity of 100% and sensitivity of 72% using saliva. A revised direct method of saliva testing was trialed on a subset of FIV-infected cats (n=14), resulting in 14, 7 and 0 FIV positive results using Anigen Rapid FIV/FeLV, Witness FeLV/FIV and SNAP FIV/FeLV Combo, respectively. These results demonstrate that saliva can be used to diagnose FIV infection, irrespective of FIV vaccination history, using either a centrifugation method (Anigen Rapid FIV/FeLV and Witness

  3. Investigation of superconducting and normal-state properties of the filled-skutterudite system PrPt4Ge12-xSbx

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    Jeon, I.; Huang, K.; Yazici, D.; Kanchanavatee, N.; White, B. D.; Ho, P.-C.; Jang, S.; Pouse, N.; Maple, M. B.

    2016-03-01

    We report a study of the superconducting and normal-state properties of the filled-skutterudite system PrPt4Ge12 -xSbx . Polycrystalline samples with Sb concentrations up to x =5 were synthesized and investigated by means of x-ray diffraction, electrical resistivity, magnetic susceptibility, and specific heat measurements. We observed a suppression of superconductivity with increasing Sb substitution up to x =4 , above which no signature of superconductivity was observed down to 140 mK. The Sommerfeld coefficient, γ , of superconducting specimens decreases with increasing x up to x =3 , suggesting that superconductivity may depend on the density of electronic states in this system. The specific heat for x =0.5 exhibits an exponential temperature dependence in the superconducting state, reminiscent of a nodeless superconducting energy gap. We observed evidence for a weak "rattling" mode associated with the Pr ions, characterized by an Einstein temperature ΘE˜60 K for 0 ≤x ≤5 ; however, the rattling mode may not play any role in suppressing superconductivity.

  4. Structural basis for drug and substrate specificity exhibited by FIV encoding a chimeric FIV/HIV protease

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    Lin, Ying-Chuan; Perryman, Alexander L.; Olson, Arthur J.; Torbett, Bruce E.; Elder, John H.; Stout, C. David

    2011-06-01

    Crystal structures of the 6s-98S FIV protease chimera with darunavir and lopinavir bound have been determined at 1.7 and 1.8 Å resolution, respectively. A chimeric feline immunodeficiency virus (FIV) protease (PR) has been engineered that supports infectivity but confers sensitivity to the human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) PR inhibitors darunavir (DRV) and lopinavir (LPV). The 6s-98S PR has five replacements mimicking homologous residues in HIV PR and a sixth which mutated from Pro to Ser during selection. Crystal structures of the 6s-98S FIV PR chimera with DRV and LPV bound have been determined at 1.7 and 1.8 Å resolution, respectively. The structures reveal the role of a flexible 90s loop and residue 98 in supporting Gag processing and infectivity and the roles of residue 37 in the active site and residues 55, 57 and 59 in the flap in conferring the ability to specifically recognize HIV PR drugs. Specifically, Ile37Val preserves tertiary structure but prevents steric clashes with DRV and LPV. Asn55Met and Val59Ile induce a distinct kink in the flap and a new hydrogen bond to DRV. Ile98Pro→Ser and Pro100Asn increase 90s loop flexibility, Gln99Val contributes hydrophobic contacts to DRV and LPV, and Pro100Asn forms compensatory hydrogen bonds. The chimeric PR exhibits a comparable number of hydrogen bonds, electrostatic interactions and hydrophobic contacts with DRV and LPV as in the corresponding HIV PR complexes, consistent with IC{sub 50} values in the nanomolar range.

  5. Pharmacological Inhibition of Feline Immunodeficiency Virus (FIV)

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    Mohammadi, Hakimeh; Bienzle, Dorothee

    2012-01-01

    Feline immunodeficiency virus (FIV) is a member of the retroviridae family of viruses and causes an acquired immunodeficiency syndrome (AIDS) in domestic and non-domestic cats worldwide. Genome organization of FIV and clinical characteristics of the disease caused by the virus are similar to those of human immunodeficiency virus (HIV). Both viruses infect T lymphocytes, monocytes and macrophages, and their replication cycle in infected cells is analogous. Due to marked similarity in genomic organization, virus structure, virus replication and disease pathogenesis of FIV and HIV, infection of cats with FIV is a useful tool to study and develop novel drugs and vaccines for HIV. Anti-retroviral drugs studied extensively in HIV infection have targeted different steps of the virus replication cycle: (1) inhibition of virus entry into susceptible cells at the level of attachment to host cell surface receptors and co-receptors; (2) inhibition of fusion of the virus membrane with the cell membrane; (3) blockade of reverse transcription of viral genomic RNA; (4) interruption of nuclear translocation and viral DNA integration into host genomes; (5) prevention of viral transcript processing and nuclear export; and (6) inhibition of virion assembly and maturation. Despite much success of anti-retroviral therapy slowing disease progression in people, similar therapy has not been thoroughly investigated in cats. In this article we review current pharmacological approaches and novel targets for anti-lentiviral therapy, and critically assess potentially suitable applications against FIV infection in cats. PMID:22754645

  6. Analysis of the S3 and S3' subsite specificities of feline immunodeficiency virus (FIV) protease: development of a broad-based protease inhibitor efficacious against FIV, SIV, and HIV in vitro and ex vivo.

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    Lee, T; Laco, G S; Torbett, B E; Fox, H S; Lerner, D L; Elder, J H; Wong, C H

    1998-02-01

    The S3 and S3' subsite binding specificities of HIV and feline immunodeficiency virus proteases (FIV) proteases (PRs) have been explored by using C2-symmetric competitive inhibitors. The inhibitors evaluated contained (1S, 2R, 3R, 4S)-1,4-diamino-1, 4-dibenzyl-2,3-diol as P1 and P1' units, Val as P2 and P2' residues, and a variety of amino acids at the P3 and P3' positions. All inhibitors showed very high potency against HIV PR in vitro, and their Ki values ranged between 1.1 and 2.6 nM. In contrast to the low restriction of P3 and P3' residues observed in HIV PR, FIV PR exhibited strong preference for small hydrophobic groups at the S3 and S3' subsites. Within this series, the most effective inhibitor against FIV PR contained Ala at P3 and P3'. Its Ki of 41 nM was 415- and 170-fold lower than those of the inhibitors without the P3 and P3' moieties or with the Phe at these positions, respectively. In addition, these compounds were tested against mutant FIV PRs, which contain amino acid substitutions corresponding to those in native HIV PR at homologous sites, and their efficacy of inhibition progressively increased up to 5-fold. The most potent FIV PR inhibitor was selected for examination of its effectiveness in tissue culture, and it was able to block nearly 100% of virus production in an acute infection at 1 microg/ml (1.1 microM) against HIV, FIV, and simian immunodeficiency virus. Furthermore, it was not toxic to cells, and even after 2 months of culture there was no sign of resistance development by virus. The findings suggest that inhibitors with small P3 residue may be efficacious against a broad range of HIV variants as well as interspecies PRs. PMID:9448264

  7. Feline immunodeficiency virus (FIV) in wild Pallas' cats.

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    Brown, Meredith A; Munkhtsog, Bariushaa; Troyer, Jennifer L; Ross, Steve; Sellers, Rani; Fine, Amanda E; Swanson, William F; Roelke, Melody E; O'Brien, Stephen J

    2010-03-15

    Feline immunodeficiency virus (FIV), a feline lentivirus related to HIV, causes immune dysfunction in domestic and wild cats. The Pallas' cat is the only species from Asia known to harbor a species-specific strain of FIV designated FIV(Oma) in natural populations. Here, a 25% seroprevalence of FIV is reported from 28 wild Mongolian Pallas' cats sampled from 2000 to 2008. Phylogenetic analysis of proviral RT-Pol from eight FIV(Oma) isolates from Mongolia, Russia, China and Kazakhstan reveals a unique monophyletic lineage of the virus within the Pallas' cat population, most closely related to the African cheetah and leopard FIV strains. Histopathological examination of lymph node and spleen from infected and uninfected Pallas' cats suggests that FIV(Oma) causes immune depletion in its' native host. PMID:19926144

  8. Transmission of feline immunodeficiency virus (FIV) among cohabiting cats in two cat rescue shelters.

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    Litster, Annette L

    2014-08-01

    Conflicting accounts have been published in the veterinary literature regarding transmission of feline immunodeficiency virus (FIV) between cohabiting cats in mixed households, and the mechanics of possible casual transmission, if it occurs, are poorly understood. Similarly, there are conflicting reports of vertical transmission of FIV. The aim of the present study was to document the FIV serological status of cats taken into two rescue shelters. At rescue shelter 1 (Rescue 1), cats cohabited in a multi-cat household of FIV-negative and naturally-infected, FIV-positive cats. A study was performed that combined a retrospective review of records of FIV serological status at intake (Test 1) and prospective FIV serological testing (Tests 2 and 3). Retrospective records were analyzed at rescue shelter 2 (Rescue 2), where FIV-positive queens with litters of nursing kittens were taken into the shelter, before being rehomed. FIV serology was performed on all kittens after weaning. Initial test results (Test 1) for 138 cohabiting cats from Rescue 1 showed that there were 130 FIV-negative cats and eight FIV-positive cats (six male neutered and two female spayed). A second test (Test 2), performed in 45 of the FIV-negative and five of the FIV-positive cats at median 28 months after Test 1 (range, 1 month to 8.8 years) showed that results were unchanged. Similarly, a third test (Test 3), performed in four of the original FeLV-negative cats and one remaining FIV-positive cat at median 38 months after Test 1 (range, 4 months to 4 years), also showed that results were unchanged. These results show a lack of evidence of FIV transmission, despite years of exposure to naturally-infected, FIV-positive cats in a mixed household. At Rescue 2, records were available from five FIV-positive queens with 19 kittens. All 19 kittens tested FIV-negative, suggesting that vertical transmission had not occurred. PMID:24698667

  9. A Detailed Phylogenetic Analysis of FIV in the United States

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    Weaver, Eric A.

    2010-01-01

    Background Feline immunodeficiency virus (FIV) is a lentivirus associated with AIDS-like illnesses in cats and has been used as a model for the study of human immunodeficiency virus (HIV). A feature of HIV and FIV infection is the continually increasing divergence among viral isolates between different individuals, as well as within the same individuals. Methodology/Principal Findings The goal of this study was to determine the phylogenetic patterns of viral isolates obtained within the United States (U.S.) by focusing on the variable, V3-V4, region of the FIV envelope gene. Conclusions/Significance Data indicate that FIV, from within the U.S., localize to four viral clades, A, B, C, and F. Also shown is the geographic isolation of strains where clade A and clade B are found predominately on the west coast; however, clade B is also found throughout the U.S. and represents the predominant clade. This study presents a complete and conclusive analysis of FIV isolates from within the U.S. and may be used as the essential basis for the development of an effective multi-clade vaccine. PMID:20711253

  10. Immunomodulator expression in trophoblasts from the feline immunodeficiency virus FIV infected cat

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    FIV infection frequently compromises pregnancy under experimental conditions and is accompanied by aberrant expression of some placental cytokines. Trophoblasts produce numerous immunomodulators that play a role in placental development and pregnancy maintenance. We hypothesized that FIV infection m...

  11. Cortical neuronal cytoskeletal changes associated with FIV infection

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    Jacobson, S.; Henriksen, S. J.; Prospero-Garcia, O.; Phillips, T. R.; Elder, J. H.; Young, W. G.; Bloom, F. E.; Fox, H. S.

    1997-01-01

    HIV-1 infection is often complicated by central nervous system (CNS) dysfunction. Degenerative neuronal changes as well as neuronal loss have been documented in individuals with AIDS. Feline immunodeficiency virus (FIV) infection of cats provides a model for both the immune and the central nervous system manifestations of HIV infection of humans. In this study we have examined neurons in the frontal cortex of feline immunodeficiency virus-infected cats and controls for immunoreactivity with SMI 32, an antibody recognizing a non-phosphorylated epitope on neurofilaments. We noted a significant increase in the number of immunoreactive pyramidal cells in infected animals compared to controls. The changes seen in the neuronal cytoskeleton as a consequence of the inoculation with FIV were similar to those seen in humans undergoing the normal aging process as well as those suffering from neurological diseases, including Alzheimer's and dementia pugilistica. The changes we noted in the feline brain were also similar to that reported in animals with traumatic injuries or with spontaneously occurring or induced motor neuron diseases, suggesting that the increase in reactivity represents a deleterious effect of FIV on the central nervous system.

  12. Identification of three feline immunodeficiency virus (FIV) env gene subtypes and comparison of the FIV and human immunodeficiency virus type 1 evolutionary patterns.

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    Sodora, D L; Shpaer, E G; Kitchell, B E; Dow, S W; Hoover, E A; Mullins, J I

    1994-01-01

    Feline immunodeficiency virus (FIV) is a lentivirus associated with AIDS-like illnesses in cats. As such, FIV appears to be a feline analog of human immunodeficiency virus (HIV). A hallmark of HIV infection is the large degree of viral genetic diversity that can develop within an infected individual and the even greater and continually increasing level of diversity among virus isolates from different individuals. Our goal in this study was to determine patterns of FIV genetic diversity by focusing on a 684-nucleotide region encompassing variable regions V3, V4, and V5 of the FIV env gene in order to establish parallels and distinctions between FIV and HIV type 1 (HIV-1). Our data demonstrate that, like HIV-1, FIV can be separated into distinct envelope sequence subtypes (three are described here). Similar to that found for HIV-1, the pairwise sequence divergence within an FIV subtype ranged from 2.5 to 15.0%, whereas that between subtypes ranged from 17.8 to 26.2%. However, the high number of synonymous nucleotide changes among FIV V3 to V5 env sequences may also include a significant number of back mutations and suggests that the evolutionary distances among FIV subtypes are underestimated. Although only a few subtype B viruses were available for examination, the pattern of diversity between the FIV A and B subtypes was found to be significantly distinct; subtype B sequences had proportionally fewer mutations that changed amino acids, compared with silent changes, suggesting a more advanced state of adaptation to the host. No similar distinction was evident for HIV-1 subtypes. The diversity of FIV genomes within individual infected cats was found to be as high as 3.7% yet twofold lower than that within HIV-1-infected people over a comparable region of the env gene. Despite these differences, significant parallels between patterns of FIV evolution and HIV-1 evolution exist, indicating that a wide array of potentially divergent virus challenges need to be considered

  13. Neutralising antibody response in domestic cats immunised with a commercial feline immunodeficiency virus (FIV) vaccine.

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    Bęczkowski, Paweł M; Harris, Matthew; Techakriengkrai, Navapon; Beatty, Julia A; Willett, Brian J; Hosie, Margaret J

    2015-02-18

    Across human and veterinary medicine, vaccines against only two retroviral infections have been brought to market successfully, the vaccines against feline leukaemia virus (FeLV) and feline immunodeficiency virus (FIV). FeLV vaccines have been a global success story, reducing virus prevalence in countries where uptake is high. In contrast, the more recent FIV vaccine was introduced in 2002 and the degree of protection afforded in the field remains to be established. However, given the similarities between FIV and HIV, field studies of FIV vaccine efficacy are likely to advise and inform the development of future approaches to HIV vaccination. Here we assessed the neutralising antibody response induced by FIV vaccination against a panel of FIV isolates, by testing blood samples collected from client-owned vaccinated Australian cats. We examined the molecular and phenotypic properties of 24 envs isolated from one vaccinated cat that we speculated might have become infected following natural exposure to FIV. Cats vaccinated against FIV did not display broadly neutralising antibodies, suggesting that protection may not extend to some virulent recombinant strains of FIV circulating in Australia. PMID:25613718

  14. Acute phase response to Mycoplasma haemofelis and 'Candidatus Mycoplasma haemominutum' infection in FIV-infected and non-FIV-infected cats.

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    Korman, R M; Cerón, J J; Knowles, T G; Barker, E N; Eckersall, P D; Tasker, S

    2012-08-01

    The pathogenicity of Haemoplasma spp. in cats varies with 'Candidatus Mycoplasma haemominutum' (CMhm) causing subclinical infection while Mycoplasma haemofelis (Mhf) often induces haemolytic anaemia. The aims of this study were to characterise the acute phase response (APR) of the cat to experimental infection with Mhf or CMhm, and to determine whether chronic feline immunodeficiency virus (FIV) infection influences this response. The acute phase proteins serum amyloid A (SAA), haptoglobin (Hp) and α-1-acid glycoprotein (AGP) concentrations were measured pre-infection and every 7-14 days up to day 100 post-infection (pi) in cats infected with either Mhf or CMhm. Half of each group of cats (6/12) were chronically and subclinically infected with FIV. Marbofloxacin treatment was given on days 16-44 pi to half of the Mhf-infected cats, and on days 49-77 pi to half of the CMhm-infected cats. FIV-infected animals had significantly lower AGP concentrations, and significantly greater Hp concentrations than non-FIV-infected cats when infected with CMhm and Mhf, respectively. Both CMhm and Mhf infection were associated with significant increases in SAA concentrations, while AGP concentrations were only significantly increased by Mhf infection. Mhf-infected cats had significantly greater SAA concentrations than CMhm-infected animals. Both Mhf and CMhm infections were associated with an APR, with Mhf infection inducing a greater response. Chronic FIV infection appeared to modify the APR, which varied with the infecting Haemoplasma species. PMID:22763129

  15. Attempt to modify the immune response developed against FIV gp120 protein by preliminary FIV DNA injection.

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    Cuisinier, A M; Meyer, A; Chatrenet, B; Verdier, A S; Aubert, A

    1999-02-01

    Following inactivated virus vaccination trials, the surface glycoprotein gp120 (SU) of the feline immunodeficiency virus (FIV) was considered as one of the determinants for protection. However, several vaccination trials using recombinant Env protein or some Env-derived peptides failed to induce protection. To study the influence of the environment in which the surface protein (SU) is injected. we analyzed the impact of a nucleocapsid (NC) DNA immunization on the presentation of the recSU protein to the immune system. Cats were vaccinated either with the recSU protein alone or with NC DNA followed by the recSU protein. Two routes of nucleocapsid DNA vaccination were tested: intramuscular and mucosal injections. Cats immunized with the recSU protein showed a facilitation of infection, since they presented the earliest and the highest humoral response correlating with the highest proviral load. They also showed an acceleration of the appearance of IL4 mRNA signal. Preliminary injection of the DNA coding for NC protein, regardless the route of inoculation, seemed to inhibit the facilitation induced by vaccination with the recSU protein alone. The previously nucleocapsid DNA immunized cats had infectious status similar to those of the control cats, but with lower proviral load and less developed anti-FIV humoral response. Cat No. 2, belonging to the group vaccinated with NC protein by the mucosal route, had a protected-like status which did not correlate with the humoral response. This cat was the only one to have a persisting IFN mRNA signal after challenge specific for the p10 nucleocapsid and recSU proteins. However, no NC specific cytotoxic cells were observed throughout the experiment in this cat. The role of nucleocapsid DNA vaccination is still unknown nevertheless we did demonstrate that the facilitation observed in vaccination trial with recombinant proteins could be modified and that recombinant proteins could be a component of an effective vaccine. PMID

  16. Treatment of chronically FIV-infected cats with suberoylanilide hydroxamic acid

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    McDonnel, Samantha J; Liepnieks, Molly L.; Murphy, Brian G

    2014-01-01

    Feline immunodeficiency virus (FIV) is a naturally-occurring, large animal model of lentiviral-induced immunodeficiency syndrome, and has been used as a model of HIV pathogenesis and therapeutic interventions. HIV reservoirs in the form of latent virus remain the primary roadblock to viral eradication and cure, and FIV has been previously established an animal model of lentiviral latency. The goal of this study was to determine whether administration of the histone deacetylase inhibitor (HDACi) suberoylanilide hydroxamic acid (SAHA) to aviremic, chronically FIV-infected cats would induce latent viral reactivation in vivo. A proof-of-concept experiment in a Transwell co-culture system demonstrated the ability of SAHA to reactivate latent virus which was replication competent and able to infect naïve cells. Oral SAHA (250 mg/m2) was administered with food to four asymptomatic, experimentally FIV-infected cats and one uninfected control cat, and a limited pharmacokinetic and pharmacodynamic analysis was performed. A statistically significant increase in cell-associated FIV RNA was detected in the cat with the greatest serum SAHA exposure, and cell-free viral RNA was detected at one time point in the three cats that achieved the highest levels of SAHA in serum. Interestingly, there was a significant decrease in viral DNA burden at 2 hours post drug administration in the same three cats. Though the sample size is small and the drug response was modest, this study provides evidence that in vivo treatment of FIV-infected cats with the HDACi SAHA can induce viral transcriptional reactivation, which may be dependent upon the concentration of SAHA achieved in blood. Importantly, alternative putative antilatency therapy drugs, and multimodal drug combinations, could be studied in this in vivo system. The FIV/cat model provides a unique opportunity to test novel therapeutic interventions aimed at eradicating latent virus in vivo. PMID:24954265

  17. Reduced constitutive cytokine transcription in isolated monocytes of clinically healthy cats, infected with an FIV strain of low pathogenicity.

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    Kipar, A; Boretti, F S; Meli, M M; Failing, K; Reinacher, M; Lutz, H

    2004-04-01

    Twenty-five barrier-maintained cats had been experimentally infected for 9.5 months with an FIV strain of low pathogenicity, FIV Zurich 2. Animals were clinically healthy and did not exhibit any haematological changes. FIV proviral DNA was demonstrated in peripheral blood lymphocytes of all cats and in monocytes of most animals, identifying FIV Zurich 2 as a both lympho- and monocytotropic strain. Monocytes were isolated from FIV-infected cats as well as from age-matched uninfected control cats, short-term cultured and examined for cytokine (IL-1beta, IL-6, IL-10, IL-12 p40 and TNF-alpha) transcription by real-time PCR. Constitutive transcription of cytokines in monocytes from FIV-infected cats was restricted to IL-1beta and, in the majority of samples, TNF-alpha. For all cytokines, transcription levels were significantly lower in FIV-infected cats than in control cats. Transcription was often least intense in those samples where FIV infection of the monocyte fraction was not demonstrated. Results show that infection of cats with an FIV strain of low pathogenicity was associated with depression of constitutive cytokine transcription in monocytes even if clinical and haematological changes were not observed. PMID:15010230

  18. Contrasting clinical outcomes in two cohorts of cats naturally infected with feline immunodeficiency virus (FIV)

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    Bęczkowski, Paweł M.; Litster, Annette; Lin, Tsang Long; Mellor, Dominic J.; Willett, Brian J.; Hosie, Margaret J.

    2015-01-01

    Despite over 25 years of feline immunodeficiency virus (FIV) research, relatively little is known about the longitudinal course of FIV infection following natural infection. In contrast to published reports of experimental infections using lethal strains of the virus, clinical signs of naturally acquired FIV infection can be mild or inapparent, rather than life-threatening. In this prospective, longitudinal controlled study, based in Chicago, IL (n = 17) and Memphis, TN (n = 27), we investigated two cohorts of privately owned, naturally infected cats kept under different housing conditions. Cats in the Chicago cohort (Group 1) were kept in households of ≤2 cats, while the Memphis cohort (Group 2) comprised part of a large multi-cat household of over 60 cats kept indoors only, with unrestricted access to one another. The majority of cats from Group 1 did not display clinical signs consistent with immunodeficiency during the 22-month observation period. In contrast, the outcome of infection in Group 2 was dramatically different; 17/27 (63%) of cats lost a median of 51.3% of their bodyweight (P < 0.0005) and died during the study period, with lymphoma being the most common cause of mortality. Although the decrease in CD4+ T cell count between enrolment and terminal disease was significant (P = 0.0017), the CD4:CD8 ratio at the time of enrolment did not reliably distinguish FIV-positive cats classified as ‘healthy’ and ‘not healthy’ at either cohort. FIV load at enrolment was significantly lower in Group 1 than in Group 2 (P < 0.0001), but there were no significant differences at enrolment between healthy and not healthy cats at either group. In conclusion, the results of this study suggest that management and housing conditions impact on disease progression and survival times of FIV-positive cats. PMID:25595267

  19. Expression of CD134 and CXCR4 mRNA in term placentas from FIV-infected and control cats.

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    Scott, Veronica L; Burgess, Shane C; Shack, Leslie A; Lockett, Nikki N; Coats, Karen S

    2008-05-15

    Feline immunodeficiency virus (FIV) causes a natural infection of domestic cats that resembles HIV-1 in pathogenesis and disease progression. Feline AIDS is characterized by depression of the CD4+ T cell population and fatal opportunistic infections. Maternal-fetal transmission of FIV readily occurs under experimental conditions, resulting in infected viable kittens and resorbed or arrested fetal tissues. Although both FIV and HIV use the chemokine receptor CXCR4 as a co-receptor, FIV does not utilize CD4 as the primary receptor. Rather, CD134 (OX40), a T cell activation antigen and co-stimulatory molecule, is the primary receptor for FIV. We hypothesized that placental expression of CD134 and CXCR4 may render the placenta vulnerable to FIV infection, possibly facilitating efficient vertical transmission of FIV, and impact pregnancy outcome. The purpose of this project was to quantify the relative expression of CD134 and CXCR4 mRNA from the term placentas of three groups of cats: uninfected queens producing viable offspring, experimentally-infected queens producing only viable offspring, and experimentally-infected queens producing viable offspring among mostly non-viable fetuses. Total RNA was extracted from term placental tissues from all groups of cats. Real-time one-step reverse transcriptase-PCR was used to measure gene expression. The FIV receptors CD134 and CXCR4 were expressed in all late term feline placental tissues. Placentas from FIV-infected queens producing litters of only viable offspring expressed more CD134 and CXCR4 mRNA than those from uninfected queens, suggesting that infection may cause upregulation of the receptors. On the other hand, placentas from FIV-infected cats with non-successful pregnancies expressed similar levels of CD134 mRNA and slightly less CXCR4 mRNA than those from uninfected queens. Thus, it appears that cells expressing these receptors may play a role in pregnancy maintenance. PMID:18295905

  20. PATHOLOGICAL MANIFESTATIONS OF FELINE IMMUNODEFICIENCY VIRUS (FIV) INFECTION IN WILD AFRICAN LIONS

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    Roelke, Melody E.; Brown, Meredith A.; Troyer, Jennifer L.; Winterbach, Hanlie; Winterbach, Christiaan; Hemson, Graham; Smith, Dahlem; Johnson, Randall C.; Pecon-Slattery, Jill; Roca, Alfred L.; Alexander, Katherine; Klein, Lin; Martinelli, Paulo; Krishnasamu, Karthiuani; O'Brien, Stephen J.

    2009-01-01

    Feline immunodeficiency virus (FIV) causes AIDS in the domestic cat (Felis catus) but has not been explicitly associated with AIDS pathology in any of the eight free-ranging species of Felidae that are endemic with circulating FIV strains. African lion (Panthera leo) populations are infected with lion-specific FIV strains (FIVple), yet there remains uncertainty about the degree to which FIV infection impacts their health. Reported CD4+ T-lymphocyte depletion in FIVple infected lions and anecdotal reports of lion morbidity associated with FIV sero-prevalence emphasize the concern as to whether FIVple is innocuous or pathogenic. Here we monitored clinical, biochemical, histological and serological parameters among FIVple-positive (N=47) as compared to FIVple negative (N=17) lions anesthetized and sampled on multiple occasions between 1999 and 2006 in Botswana. Relative to uninfected lions, FIVple infected lions displayed a significant elevation in the prevalence of AIDS defining conditions: lymphandenopathy, gingivitis, tongue papillomas, dehydration, and poor coat condition, as well as displaying abnormal red blood cell parameters and elevated liver enzymes and serum proteins. Spleen and lymph node laparoscopic biopsies from free-ranging FIVple infected lions (N=8) revealed evidence of lymphoid depletion, the hallmark pathology documented in immunodefieciency virus infections of humans (HIV-1), macaques, and domestic cats. We conclude that over time FIVple infections in free-ranging lions can lead to adverse clinical, immunological, and pathological outcomes in some individuals that parallel sequelae caused by lentivirus infection in humans (HIV), Asian macaques (SIV) and domestic cats (FIVfca). PMID:19464039

  1. Conserved epitopes on HIV-1, FIV and SIV p24 proteins are recognized by HIV-1 infected subjects

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    Roff, Shannon R; Sanou, Missa P; Rathore, Mobeen H; Levy, Jay A; Yamamoto, Janet K

    2015-01-01

    Cross-reactive peptides on HIV-1 and FIV p24 protein sequences were studied using peripheral blood mononuclear cells (PBMC) from untreated HIV-1-infected long-term survivors (LTS; >10 y of infection without antiretroviral therapy, ART), short-term HIV-1 infected subjects not on ART, and ART-treated HIV-1 infected subjects. IFNγ-ELISpot and CFSE-proliferation analyses were performed with PBMC using overlapping HIV-1 and FIV p24 peptides. Over half of the HIV-1 infected subjects tested (22/31 or 71%) responded to one or more FIV p24 peptide pools by either IFNγ or T-cell proliferation analysis. PBMC and T cells from infected subjects in all 3 HIV+ groups predominantly recognized one FIV p24 peptide pool (Fp14) by IFNγ production and one additional FIV p24 peptide pool (Fp9) by T-cell proliferation analysis. Furthermore, evaluation of overlapping SIV p24 peptide sequences identified conserved epitope(s) on the Fp14/Hp15-counterpart of SIV, Sp14, but none on Fp9-counterpart of SIV, Sp9. The responses to these FIV peptide pools were highly reproducible and persisted throughout 2–4 y of monitoring. Intracellular staining analysis for cytotoxins and phenotyping for CD107a determined that peptide epitopes from Fp9 and Fp14 pools induced cytotoxic T lymphocyte-associated molecules including perforin, granzyme B, granzyme A, and/or expression of CD107a. Selected FIV and corresponding SIV epitopes recognized by HIV-1 infected patients indicate that these protein sequences are evolutionarily conserved on both SIV and HIV-1 (e.g., Hp15:Fp14:Sp14). These studies demonstrate that comparative immunogenicity analysis of HIV-1, FIV, and SIV can identify evolutionarily-conserved T cell-associated lentiviral epitopes, which could be used as a vaccine for prophylaxis or immunotherapy. PMID:25844718

  2. FIV, FeLV, and FIPV: interpretation and misinterpretation of serological test results.

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    Barr, M C

    1996-08-01

    Serological testing is a common method of diagnosis of felina viral infections, including feline immunodeficiency virus (FIV), feline leukemia virus (FeLV), and feline infectious peritonitis virus (FIPV). Infections with these viruses can be difficult to diagnose by clinical signs alone and are sometimes clinically inapparent for months after initial exposure. Serological testing to confirm a tentative diagnosis or as a screening tool for infection can be invaluable. However, serological tests must be used only with a thorough understanding of the mechanisms and abilities of the tests, and with recognition of their potential inadequacies and misinterpretations. This report summarizes the assays available for FIV, FeLV, and FIPV, and discusses merits and pitfalls associated with each test. PMID:8942210

  3. Oral Recombinant Feline Interferon-Omega as an alternative immune modulation therapy in FIV positive cats: clinical and laboratory evaluation.

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    Gil, S; Leal, R O; McGahie, D; Sepúlveda, N; Duarte, A; Niza, M M R E; Tavares, L

    2014-02-01

    Recombinant-Feline Interferon-Omega (rFeIFN-ω) is an immune-modulator licensed for use subcutaneously in Feline Immunodeficiency virus (FIV) therapy. Despite oral protocols have been suggested, little is known about such use in FIV-infected cats. This study aimed to evaluate the clinical improvement, laboratory findings, concurrent viral excretion and acute phase proteins (APPs) in naturally FIV-infected cats under oral rFeIFN-ω therapy (0.1 MU/cat rFeIFN-ω PO, SID, 90 days). 11 FIV-positive cats were treated with oral rFeIFN-ω (PO Group). Results were compared to previous data from 7 FIV-positive cats treated with the subcutaneous licensed protocol (SC Group). Initial clinical scores were similar in both groups. Independently of the protocol, rFeIFN-ω induced a significant clinical improvement of treated cats. Concurrent viral excretion and APP's variation were not significant in the PO Group. Oral rFeIFN-ω can be an effective alternative therapy for FIV-infected cats, being also an option for treatment follow-up in cats submitted to the licensed protocol. PMID:24332273

  4. 7. CLOSEUP VIEW OF WASHED UP 12' x 12' DAM ...

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    7. CLOSE-UP VIEW OF WASHED UP 12' x 12' DAM SUPPORT TIMBERS, THREE BEARS LAKE, LOOKING NORTHEAST FROM SOUTH SIDE OF LAKE - Three Bears Lake & Dams, North of Marias Pass, East Glacier Park, Glacier County, MT

  5. DNA vaccination using expression vectors carrying FIV structural genes induces immune response against feline immunodeficiency virus.

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    Cuisinier, A M; Mallet, V; Meyer, A; Caldora, C; Aubert, A

    1997-07-01

    Following inactivated virus vaccination trials, the surface glycoprotein gp120 of the feline immunodeficiency virus (FIV) was considered as one of the determinants for protection. However, several vaccination trials using recombinant Env protein or some peptides failed to induce protection. To understand the role of the gp120 protein in vivo, we vaccinated cats with naked DNA coding for FIV structural proteins gp120 and p10. We analyzed the ability of these vaccinations to induce immune protection and to influence the onset of infection. Injection in cat muscles of expression vectors coding for the FIV gp120 protein induced a humoral response. Cats immunized twice with the gp120 gene showed different patterns after challenge. Two cats were, like the control cats, infected from the second week after infection onwards. The two others maintained a low proviral load with no modification of their antibody pattern. The immune response induced by gp120 DNA injection could control the level of viral replication. This protective-like immune response was not correlated to the humoral response. All the cats immunized with the gp120 gene followed by the p10 gene were infected, like the control cats, from the second week but they developed a complete humoral response against viral proteins after challenge. Furthermore, they showed a sudden but transient drop of the proviral load at 4 weeks after infection. Under these conditions, one injection of the p10 gene after one injection of the gp120 gene was not sufficient to stimulate protection. On the contrary, after a period, it seems to facilitate virus replication. PMID:9269051

  6. Renal alterations in feline immunodeficiency virus (FIV)-infected cats: a natural model of lentivirus-induced renal disease changes.

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    Poli, Alessandro; Tozon, Natasa; Guidi, Grazia; Pistello, Mauro

    2012-09-01

    Human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) is associated with several renal syndromes including acute and chronic renal failures, but the underlying pathogenic mechanisms are unclear. HIV and feline immunodeficiency virus (FIV) share numerous biological and pathological features, including renal alterations. We investigated and compared the morphological changes of renal tissue of 51 experimentally and 21 naturally infected cats. Compared to the latter, the experimentally infected cats exhibited some mesangial widening and glomerulonephritis, milder proteinuria, and lower tubular and interstitial alterations. The numbers of giant protein tubular casts and tubular microcysts were also lower. In contrast, diffuse interstitial infiltrates and glomerular and interstitial amyloidosis were detected only in naturally infected cats. Similar alterations are found in HIV infected patients, thus supporting the idea of a causative role of FIV infection in renal disease, and underlining the relevance of the FIV and its natural host as an animal model for investigating lentivirus-associated nephropathy. PMID:23170163

  7. Renal Alterations in Feline Immunodeficiency Virus (FIV)-Infected Cats: A Natural Model of Lentivirus-Induced Renal Disease Changes

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    Poli, Alessandro; Tozon, Natasa; Guidi, Grazia; Pistello, Mauro

    2012-01-01

    Human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) is associated with several renal syndromes including acute and chronic renal failures, but the underlying pathogenic mechanisms are unclear. HIV and feline immunodeficiency virus (FIV) share numerous biological and pathological features, including renal alterations. We investigated and compared the morphological changes of renal tissue of 51 experimentally and 21 naturally infected cats. Compared to the latter, the experimentally infected cats exhibited some mesangial widening and glomerulonephritis, milder proteinuria, and lower tubular and interstitial alterations. The numbers of giant protein tubular casts and tubular microcysts were also lower. In contrast, diffuse interstitial infiltrates and glomerular and interstitial amyloidosis were detected only in naturally infected cats. Similar alterations are found in HIV infected patients, thus supporting the idea of a causative role of FIV infection in renal disease, and underlining the relevance of the FIV and its natural host as an animal model for investigating lentivirus-associated nephropathy. PMID:23170163

  8. Design, fabrication, and characterization of polymeric bioMEMS for the detection of feline immunodeficiency virus (FIV)

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    Cohen, Brian; Gadre, Anand; Kaloyeros, Alain E.

    2007-02-01

    This project comprises the development of a novel polymeric BioMEMS device capable of rapidly detecting FIV in a minimally invasive manner. FIV severely inhibits the infected feline from mounting an immune response, and causes susceptibility to other types of diseases. Vaccines against FIV do exist, but have some strong limitations to their effectiveness; so early detection is the best method to combat the spread of the disease. Current testing methods look for antibodies to the FIV protein p24 in feline blood using established Enzyme Linked ImmunoSorbent Assay (ELISA) protocols. The focus of this research is to design and construct a device that can detect antibodies to p24 in a salivary sample by non-intrusive electrochemical means. The device is constructed upon a silicon substrate with gold microelectrodes coated with polypyrrole (PPy), an electrically conducting and biocompatible polymer. In the current phase of the research, the PPy deposition process has been optimized with regards to film thickness, uniformity and conductivity. Microfluidic channels have been fabricated using SU-8, an epoxy based polymer that enables the test sample and other solutions to pass freely through the device. The PPy will be coated with anti-FIV p24 antibodies that can capture FIV p24 antigens present in a salivary sample. Future research will involve the analysis of PPy/antibody interaction and its effect on functionality. The capture of such antigens will interfere with a reduction-oxidation (redox) reaction in a subsequently added ionic solution. This interference will change the characteristic resistance of the solution yielding a qualitative test for the presence of the viral antigens in the sample and hence determining the occurrence of infection.

  9. An initial examination of the potential role of T-cell immunity in protection against feline immunodeficiency virus (FIV) infection.

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    Aranyos, Alek M; Roff, Shannon R; Pu, Ruiyu; Owen, Jennifer L; Coleman, James K; Yamamoto, Janet K

    2016-03-14

    The importance of vaccine-induced T-cell immunity in conferring protection with prototype and commercial FIV vaccines is still unclear. Current studies performed adoptive transfer of T cells from prototype FIV-vaccinated cats to partial-to-complete feline leukocyte antigen (FLA)-matched cats a day before either homologous FIVPet or heterologous-subtype pathogenic FIVFC1 challenge. Adoptive-transfer (A-T) conferred a protection rate of 87% (13 of 15, p < 0.001) against FIVPet using the FLA-matched T cells, whereas all 12 control cats were unprotected. Furthermore, A-T conferred protection rate of 50% (6 of 12, p<0.023) against FIVFC1 using FLA-matched T cells, whereas all 8 control cats were unprotected. Transfer of FLA-matched T and B cells demonstrated that T cells are needed to confer A-T protection. In addition, complete FLA-matching and addition of T-cell numbers > 13 × 10(6) cells were required for A-T protection against FIVFC1 strain, reported to be a highly pathogenic virus resistant to vaccine-induced neutralizing-antibodies. The addition of FLA-matched B cells alone was not protective. The poor quality of the anti-FIV T-cell immunity induced by the vaccine likely contributed to the lack of protection in an FLA-matched recipient against FIVFC1. The quality of the immune response was determined by the presence of high mRNA levels of cytolysin (perforin) and cytotoxins (granzymes A, B, and H) and T helper-1 cytokines (interferon-γ [IFNγ] and IL2). Increased cytokine, cytolysin and cytotoxin production was detected in the donors which conferred protection in A-T studies. In addition, the CD4(+) and CD8(+) T-cell proliferation and/or IFNγ responses to FIV p24 and reverse transcriptase increased with each year in cats receiving 1X-3X vaccine boosts over 4 years. These studies demonstrate that anti-FIV T-cell immunity induced by vaccination with a dual-subtype FIV vaccine is essential for prophylactic protection against AIDS lentiviruses such as FIV and

  10. An early defect in primary and secondary T cell responses in asymptomatic cats during acute feline immunodeficiency virus (FIV) infection.

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    Bishop, S A; Williams, N A; Gruffydd-Jones, T J; Harbour, D A; Stokes, C R

    1992-01-01

    As in HIV infection of humans, cats infected with FIV are particularly susceptible to secondary infection by opportunistic pathogens, suggesting an impaired ability to elicit an effective immune response against foreign antigens. In order to investigate the development of immunity in FIV-infected cats, we have used an autologous culture system to directly measure priming of naive CD4+ T cells to soluble protein antigen, in vitro. Using this assay, we showed previously that cats infected with FIV for several months had significantly reduced primary proliferative responses. We have now examined cats before infection, and at varying times after infection with FIV, to determine how soon after infection this defect in T cell priming was evident, compared with other quantitative and qualitative measurements of lymphocyte function. Our results showed a progressive decline in immune function in asymptomatic cats during the acute stage of infection with FIV. Primary T cell responses were most sensitive and a significant reduction in proliferation of naive T cells to foreign antigen occurred 5 weeks after infection, despite normal blastogenesis to T cell mitogens and normal CD4+/CD8+ ratios at these times. Whilst lymphocyte proliferation to T cell mitogens was unaffected throughout, a significant reduction in proliferation to a B cell mitogen occurred from week 8 onwards. CD4+/CD8+ ratios fell significantly from week 13 onwards, and proliferation of the memory T cell population to a recall antigen was significantly impaired later, from week 19 onwards. The defect in the priming of naive T cells to foreign antigen early after infection may be important in determining susceptibility to secondary infections. PMID:1458687

  11. Restrictions to cross-species transmission of lentiviral infection gleaned from studies of FIV.

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    VandeWoude, Sue; Troyer, Jennifer; Poss, Mary

    2010-03-15

    More than 40 species of primates and over 20 species of cats harbor antibodies that sero-react to lentiviral antigens. In nearly all cases where viral genetic analysis has been conducted, each host species is infected with a unique lentivirus. Though lentivirus clades within a species can be substantially divergent, they are typically monophyletic within that species. A notable significant departure from this observation is apparent cross-species transmission of FIV between bobcats (Lynx rufus) and pumas (Puma concolor) in Southern California that has occurred at least three times; evidence from one bobcat sequence suggests this cross-over may have also occurred in Florida between bobcats and the endangered Florida panther. Several other isolated reports demonstrate cross-species transmission of FIV isolates among captive animals housed in close proximity, and it is well established that HIV-1 and HIV-2 arose from human contact with SIV-infected non-human primates. Using an experimental model, we have determined that domestic cats (Felis catus) are susceptible to FIVs originating from pumas or lions. While infections are initially replicative, and animals seroconvert, within a relatively short period of time circulating virus is reduced to nearly undetectable levels in a majority of animals. This diminution of viral load is proportional to initial viral peak. Although viral reservoirs can be identified in gastrointestinal tissues, most viral genomes recovered peripherally are highly mutated, suggesting that the non-adapted host successfully inhibits normal viral replication, leading to replication incompetent viral progeny. Mechanisms possible for such restriction of cross-species infections in natural settings include: (1) Lack of contact conducive to lentiviral transmission between infected and shedding animals of different species; (2) Lack of suitable receptor repertoire to allow viral entry to susceptible cells of a new species; (3) Cellular machinery in the

  12. Using Dynamic Stochastic Modelling to Estimate Population Risk Factors in Infectious Disease: The Example of FIV in 15 Cat Populations

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    Fouchet, David; Leblanc, Guillaume; Sauvage, Frank; Guiserix, Micheline; Poulet, Hervé; Pontier, Dominique

    2009-01-01

    Background In natural cat populations, Feline Immunodeficiency Virus (FIV) is transmitted through bites between individuals. Factors such as the density of cats within the population or the sex-ratio can have potentially strong effects on the frequency of fight between individuals and hence appear as important population risk factors for FIV. Methodology/Principal Findings To study such population risk factors, we present data on FIV prevalence in 15 cat populations in northeastern France. We investigate five key social factors of cat populations; the density of cats, the sex-ratio, the number of males and the mean age of males and females within the population. We overcome the problem of dependence in the infective status data using sexually-structured dynamic stochastic models. Only the age of males and females had an effect (p = 0.043 and p = 0.02, respectively) on the male-to-female transmission rate. Due to multiple tests, it is even likely that these effects are, in reality, not significant. Finally we show that, in our study area, the data can be explained by a very simple model that does not invoke any risk factor. Conclusion Our conclusion is that, in host-parasite systems in general, fluctuations due to stochasticity in the transmission process are naturally very large and may alone explain a larger part of the variability in observed disease prevalence between populations than previously expected. Finally, we determined confidence intervals for the simple model parameters that can be used to further aid in management of the disease. PMID:19888418

  13. Serological survey of Toxoplasma gondii, Dirofilaria immitis, Feline Immunodeficiency Virus (FIV) and Feline Leukemia Virus (FeLV) infections in pet cats in Bangkok and vicinities, Thailand

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    The seroprevalence of Toxoplasma gondii, Dirofilaria immitis (heartworm), feline immunodeficiency virus (FIV) and feline leukemia virus (FeLV) infections was examined using serum or plasma samples from 746 pet cats collected between May and July 2009 from clinics and hospitals located in and around ...

  14. Viral Reservoirs in Lymph Nodes of FIV-Infected Progressor and Long-Term Non-Progressor Cats during the Asymptomatic Phase

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    Eckstrand, C. D.; Hillman, C.; Smith, A. L.; Sparger, E. E.; Murphy, B. G.

    2016-01-01

    Background Examination of a cohort of cats experimentally infected with feline immunodeficiency virus (FIV) for 5.75 years revealed detectable proviral DNA in peripheral blood mononuclear cells (PBMCs) harvested during the asymptomatic phase, undetectable plasma viral RNA (FIV gag), and rarely detectable cell-associated viral RNA. Despite apparent viral latency in peripheral CD4+ T cells, circulating CD4+ T cell numbers progressively declined in progressor animals. The aim of this study was to explore this dichotomy of peripheral blood viral latency in the face of progressive immunopathology. The viral replication status, cellular immunophenotypes, and histopathologic features were compared between popliteal lymph nodes (PLNs) and peripheral blood. Also, we identified and further characterized one of the FIV-infected cats identified as a long-term non-progressor (LTNP). Results PLN-derived leukocytes from FIV-infected cats during the chronic asymptomatic phase demonstrated active viral gag transcription and FIV protein translation as determined by real-time RT-PCR, Western blot and in situ immunohistochemistry, whereas viral RNA in blood leukocytes was either undetectable or intermittently detectable and viral protein was not detected. Active transcription of viral RNA was detectable in PLN-derived CD4+ and CD21+ leukocytes. Replication competent provirus was reactivated ex vivo from PLN-derived leukocytes from three of four FIV-infected cats. Progressor cats showed a persistent and dramatically decreased proportion and absolute count of CD4+ T cells in blood, and a decreased proportion of CD4+ T cells in PLNs. A single long-term non-progressor (LTNP) cat persistently demonstrated an absolute peripheral blood CD4+ T cell count indistinguishable from uninfected animals, a lower proviral load in unfractionated blood and PLN leukocytes, and very low amounts of viral RNA in the PLN. Conclusion Collectively our data indicates that PLNs harbor important reservoirs of

  15. Seroprevalence of feline immunodeficiency virus (FIV) and feline leukemia virus (FeLV) in shelter cats on the island of Newfoundland, Canada.

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    Munro, Hannah J; Berghuis, Lesley; Lang, Andrew S; Rogers, Laura; Whitney, Hugh

    2014-04-01

    Feline immunodeficiency virus (FIV) and feline leukemia virus (FeLV) are retroviruses found within domestic and wild cat populations. These viruses cause severe illnesses that eventually lead to death. Housing cats communally for long periods of time makes shelters at high risk for virus transmission among cats. We tested 548 cats from 5 different sites across the island of Newfoundland for FIV and FeLV. The overall seroprevalence was 2.2% and 6.2% for FIV and FeLV, respectively. Two sites had significantly higher seroprevalence of FeLV infection than the other 3 sites. Analysis of sequences from the FeLV env gene (envelope gene) from 6 positive cats showed that 4 fell within the FeLV subtype-A, while 2 sequences were most closely related to FeLV subtype-B and endogenous feline leukemia virus (en FeLV). Varying seroprevalence and the variation in sequences at different sites demonstrate that some shelters are at greater risk of FeLV infections and recombination can occur at sites of high seroprevalence. PMID:24688176

  16. Structure of FIV capsid C-terminal domain demonstrates lentiviral evasion of genetic fragility by coevolved substitutions

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    Khwaja, Aya; Galilee, Meytal; Marx, Ailie; Alian, Akram

    2016-01-01

    Viruses use a strategy of high mutational rates to adapt to environmental and therapeutic pressures, circumventing the deleterious effects of random single-point mutations by coevolved compensatory mutations, which restore protein fold, function or interactions damaged by initial ones. This mechanism has been identified as contributing to drug resistance in the HIV-1 Gag polyprotein and especially its capsid proteolytic product, which forms the viral capsid core and plays multifaceted roles in the viral life cycle. Here, we determined the X-ray crystal structure of C-terminal domain of the feline immunodeficiency virus (FIV) capsid and through interspecies analysis elucidate the structural basis of co-evolutionarily and spatially correlated substitutions in capsid sequences, which when otherwise uncoupled and individually substituted into HIV-1 capsid impair virion assembly and infectivity. The ability to circumvent the deleterious effects of single amino acid substitutions by cooperative secondary substitutions allows mutational flexibility that may afford viruses an important survival advantage. The potential of such interspecies structural analysis for preempting viral resistance by identifying such alternative but functionally equivalent patterns is discussed. PMID:27102180

  17. Structure of FIV capsid C-terminal domain demonstrates lentiviral evasion of genetic fragility by coevolved substitutions.

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    Khwaja, Aya; Galilee, Meytal; Marx, Ailie; Alian, Akram

    2016-01-01

    Viruses use a strategy of high mutational rates to adapt to environmental and therapeutic pressures, circumventing the deleterious effects of random single-point mutations by coevolved compensatory mutations, which restore protein fold, function or interactions damaged by initial ones. This mechanism has been identified as contributing to drug resistance in the HIV-1 Gag polyprotein and especially its capsid proteolytic product, which forms the viral capsid core and plays multifaceted roles in the viral life cycle. Here, we determined the X-ray crystal structure of C-terminal domain of the feline immunodeficiency virus (FIV) capsid and through interspecies analysis elucidate the structural basis of co-evolutionarily and spatially correlated substitutions in capsid sequences, which when otherwise uncoupled and individually substituted into HIV-1 capsid impair virion assembly and infectivity. The ability to circumvent the deleterious effects of single amino acid substitutions by cooperative secondary substitutions allows mutational flexibility that may afford viruses an important survival advantage. The potential of such interspecies structural analysis for preempting viral resistance by identifying such alternative but functionally equivalent patterns is discussed. PMID:27102180

  18. Protic anions [H(B12X12)]- (X = F, Cl, Br, I) that act as Brønsted acids in the gas phase.

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    Jenne, Carsten; Keßler, Mathias; Warneke, Jonas

    2015-04-01

    The acidity of protic cations and neutral molecules has been studied extensively in the gas phase, and the gas-phase acidity has been established previously as a very useful measure of the intrinsic acidity of neutral and cationic compounds. However, no data for any anionic acids were available prior to this study. The protic anions [H(B12X12)](-) (X = F, Cl, Br, I) are expected to be the most acidic anions known to date. Therefore, they were investigated in this study with respect to their ability to protonate neutral molecules in the gas phase by using a combination of mass spectrometry and quantum-chemical calculations. For the first time it was shown that in the gas phase protic anions are also able to protonate neutral molecules and thus act as Brønsted acids. According to theoretical calculations, [H(B12I12)](-) is the most acidic gas-phase anion, whereas in actual protonation experiments [H(B12Cl12)](-) is the most potent gas-phase acidic anion for the protonation of neutral molecules. This discrepancy is explained by ion pairing and kinetic effects. PMID:25735766

  19. Structural changes and superconducting properties of Gd1-2xPrxCaxBa2Cu3O7-δ HTSCs

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    Udomkan, N.; Winotai, P.; Suryanarayanan, R.; Charoenthai, N.

    2005-10-01

    We report on structural changes and the properties of Gd1-2xPrxCaxBa2Cu3O7-δ (0<=x<=0.3) high temperature superconductors which were prepared and characterized. The transition temperature (Tc) was found to decrease roughly linearly with respect to the Pr and Ca concentration x. 65Cu2+(3d9) and 63Cu2+(3d9) ions from impurity phase BaCuO2 give rise to X-band electron spin resonant (ESR) two-quartet absorption peaks centred at ~310 mT (g~2.020) which are superposed by the broad ESR peak of Gd3+(4f7) at g~2.000 in the undoped Gd123. Both sets of ESR peaks shift towards low fields as the temperature is lowered, which is due to the change in crystal field experienced by the ions. It should be noted here that even at 77 K there still is no magnetic ordering from Gd3+ ions. However, at x = 0.025 doping, a new six-peak hyperfine multiplet ESR signal arising from 141Pr4+ (4f1,S = 1/2,I = 5/2) appears at ~323 mT (g~2.029). Typical simulated ESR parameters of Gd3+ in Gd1-2xPrxCaxBa2Cu3O7-δ at x = 0.025, are gx = 2.4879, gy = 2.3921 and gz = 2.2590, Axx = 12.50, Ayy = 23.50, Azz = 32.00 G and the zero-field splitting parameter (D) of 66.0 G, respectively. This signal arises from some Pr ions entering the Gd site with a valence of four, thus lending support to the hole-filling and pair-breaking models.

  20. Could FIV zoonosis responsible of the breakdown of the pathocenosis which has reduced the European CCR5-Delta32 allele frequencies?

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    Faure, Eric

    2008-01-01

    Background In Europe, the north-south downhill cline frequency of the chemokine receptor CCR5 allele with a 32-bp deletion (CCR5-Δ32) raises interesting questions for evolutionary biologists. We had suggested first that, in the past, the European colonizers, principally Romans, might have been instrumental of a progressively decrease of the frequencies southwards. Indeed, statistical analyses suggested strong negative correlations between the allele frequency and historical parameters including the colonization dates by Mediterranean civilisations. The gene flows from colonizers to native populations were extremely low but colonizers are responsible of the spread of several diseases suggesting that the dissemination of parasites in naive populations could have induced a breakdown rupture of the fragile pathocenosis changing the balance among diseases. The new equilibrium state has been reached through a negative selection of the null allele. Results Most of the human diseases are zoonoses and cat might have been instrumental in the decrease of the allele frequency, because its diffusion through Europe was a gradual process, due principally to Romans; and that several cat zoonoses could be transmitted to man. The possible implication of a feline lentivirus (FIV) which does not use CCR5 as co-receptor is discussed. This virus can infect primate cells in vitro and induces clinical signs in macaque. Moreover, most of the historical regions with null or low frequency of CCR5-Δ32 allele coincide with historical range of the wild felid species which harbor species-specific FIVs. Conclusion We proposed the hypothesis that the actual European CCR5 allelic frequencies are the result of a negative selection due to a disease spreading. A cat zoonosis, could be the most plausible hypothesis. Future studies could provide if CCR5 can play an antimicrobial role in FIV pathogenesis. Moreover, studies of ancient DNA could provide more evidences regarding the implications of

  1. 27. A black & white photograph, 7 1/2" x 10" ...

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    27. A black & white photograph, 7 1/2" x 10" on glossy paper. An aerial oblique of central Terre Haute. This view, taken looking north, shows the gas company building on the bottom margin, slightly right of center. On reverse, in black pencil, "Summer, 1965 Arnold-Damon Studio" and in blue ink cursive script, "Aerial Views 1974". Source: Indiana State University Archives. - John T. Beasley Building, 632 Cherry Street (between Sixth & Seventh Streets), Terre Haute, Vigo County, IN

  2. Halide coordination of perhalocyclohexasilane Si6X12 (X=Cl or Br).

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    Dai, Xuliang; Choi, Seok-Bong; Braun, Christopher W; Vaidya, Pooja; Kilina, Svetlana; Ugrinov, Angel; Schulz, Douglas L; Boudjouk, Philip

    2011-05-01

    The addition of halide anions (X' = Cl(-), Br(-), or I(-)) to perhalocyclohexasilane Si(6)X(12) (X = Cl or Br) led to the formation of complexes comprising [Si(6)X(12)X'(2)](2-) dianions. An upfield shift in the (29)Si NMR spectra was noted upon coordination, and structural determination by X-ray crystallography showed that the dianions adopt an "inverse sandwich" structure where the six cyclic silicon atoms form a planar hexagon with the two halide anions X' located on the 6-fold axis equally disposed above and below the plane of the Si(6) ring. Additionally, these apical X' atoms are within the van der Waals bonding distance to the silicon ring atoms, indicating a strong interaction between X' and silicon atoms. These results detail crystallographic variations within the halogen series providing further insight into the nature of the Lewis acid sites above and below the Si(6)X(12) ring, where interactions with hard Lewis bases such as halide anions are observed. Interestingly, the stereochemistry of the silicon atoms in [Si(6)X(12)X'(2)](2-) is not affected much by the size or electronegativity of the halogen atoms. PMID:21462954

  3. Magnetic hardening of CeFe12-xMox and the effect of nitrogenation

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    Zhou, C; Pinkerton, FE

    2014-01-15

    We report the magnetic hardening of CeFe12-xMox by melt spinning at surface wheel speeds between 10 m/s and 30 m/s. The synthesis range of CeFe12-xMox has been extended to CeFe11Mo, which uses the least amount of Mo substitution to stabilize the ThMn12-type structure. X-ray diffraction indicates that as-spun samples are multi-phased, typically consisting of a primary ThMn12-type phase with impurity phases of Fe-Mo alloy, Ce2Fe17 and CeFe2. However, nearly pure ThMn12-type phase can be obtained either by directly melt spinning at specific wheel speeds or by annealing the over-quenched ribbons at an optimum temperature. The magnetic moment of CeFe12-xMox is found to be affected not only by the number of Fe atoms but also by weakening of the Fe moment from Mo substitution. Nitriding is effective in enhancing the Curie temperature T-c and saturation magnetization 4 pi M-s. Tc was enhanced by at least 151 degrees C after nitrogenation for all compositions. The newly identified CeFe11Mo compound exhibits the best magnetic properties in the alloy series, having T-c = 370 degrees C and 4 pi M-s > 13.0 kG after nitriding and (BH)(max) = 0.3 MGOe after annealing. (C) 2013 Published by Elsevier B.V.

  4. Toxoplasma gondii, Dirofilaria immitis, feline immunodeficiency virus (FIV), and feline leukemia virus (FeLV) infections in stray and pet cats (Felis catus) in northwest China: co-infections and risk factors.

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    Cong, Wei; Meng, Qing-Feng; Blaga, Radu; Villena, Isabelle; Zhu, Xing-Quan; Qian, Ai-Dong

    2016-01-01

    This study was conducted to estimate the prevalence of Toxoplasma gondii, Dirofilaria immitis, feline immunodeficiency virus (FIV), and feline leukemia virus (FeLV) infections among stray and pet cats in Lanzhou, northwest China, and to identify the influence of age, gender, and regions on seropositivity. T. gondii antibodies were examined in cat sera by the modified agglutination test (MAT). The circulating antigens of D. immitis and FeLV and specific antibodies to FIV were examined using kits commercially available. The overall prevalence of T. gondii, FIV, FeLV, and D. immitis was 19.34, 9.12, 11.33, and 3.04 %, respectively. For the genetic characterization of T. gondii genotypes in cats, genomic DNA was extracted from the seropositive cats and the T. gondii B1 gene was amplified using a semi-nested PCR. DNA samples giving positive B1 amplification were then genotyped using multilocus PCR-RFLP. Two T. gondii genotypes (ToxoDB#9 and ToxoDB#1) were identified. Results of the multivariate logistic regression analysis showed that older cats are more likely to be seropositive than juveniles for T. gondii, FIV, FeLV, and D. immitis. This is the first report of T. gondii genotypes in cats in northwest China. Moreover, the present study is the first study of retrovirus and D. immitis seroprevalence in cats in China. The results revealed that T. gondii, FIV, and FeLV infections are common in stray and pet cats in northwest China. PMID:26362646

  5. Therapeutic effects of recombinant feline interferon-omega on feline leukemia virus (FeLV)-infected and FeLV/feline immunodeficiency virus (FIV)-coinfected symptomatic cats.

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    de Mari, Karine; Maynard, Laurence; Sanquer, Annaelle; Lebreux, Bernard; Eun, Hyone-Myong

    2004-01-01

    The clinical efficacy of a recombinant feline interferon, rFeIFN-omega, was evaluated for the treatment of cats presented with clinical signs associated with feline leukemia virus (FeLV) infection and FeLV/feline immunodeficiency virus (FIV) coinfection in the field. In this multicentric, double-blind, placebo-controlled trial, 81 cats meeting the inclusion criteria were randomly placed into 2 groups and treated subcutaneously with rFelFN-omega (1 million [M]U/kg per day) or placebo once daily for 5 consecutive days in 3 series (day 0, 14, 60). The cats were monitored for up to 1 year for clinical signs and mortality. During the initial 4-month period, interferon (IFN)-treated cats (n = 39) had significantly reduced clinical scores compared with placebo (n = 42), with all cats having received concomitant supportive therapies. Compared with the control, the IFN-treated group showed significantly lower rates of mortality: 39% versus 59% (1.7-fold higher risk of death for controls) at the 9-month time point and 47% versus 59% (1.4-fold higher risk of death for controls) at the 12-month time point. The IFN treatment was associated with minor but consistent improvement in abnormal hematologic parameters (red blood cell count, packed cell volume, and white blood cell count), apparently underlying the positive effects of IFN on clinical parameters. These data demonstrate that rFeIFN-omega initially has statistically significant therapeutic effects on clinical signs and later on survival of cats with clinical signs associated with FeLV infection and FeLV/FIV coinfection. PMID:15320583

  6. Atomistic simulation on the site preference and mechanical properties of Th{sub 3}Co{sub 4+x}Al{sub 12-x} and U{sub 3}Co{sub 4+x}Al{sub 12-x}

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    Qian Ping Tian Huijun; Chen Nanxian; Shen Jiang

    2008-04-15

    An atomistic study is presented on the phase stability, site preference and lattice constants of the actinide intermetallic compounds Th{sub 3}Co{sub 4+x}Al{sub 12-x} and U{sub 3}Co{sub 4+x}Al{sub 12-x}. Calculations are based on a series of interatomic pair potentials related to the actinides and transition metals, which are obtained by a strict lattice inversion method. The lattice constants of Th{sub 3}Co{sub 4+x}Al{sub 12-x} and U{sub 3}Co{sub 4+x}Al{sub 12-x} are calculated for different values of x. The site preference of Co atoms at Al sites is also evaluated and the order is given as 6h, 4f, 2b and 12k for Th{sub 3}Co{sub 4+x}Al{sub 12-x}, and 6h, 4f, 12k and 2b for U{sub 3}Co{sub 4+x}Al{sub 12-x}. In addition, some simple mechanical properties such as the elastic constants and bulk modulus are investigated for the actinide compounds with complex structures. - Graphical abstract: It is seen from figure that the substitution of Co for Al at all the four sites 2b, 4f, 6h and 12k decrease the cohesive energy of U{sub 3}Co{sub 4+x}Al{sub 12-x}, which means that the Co atoms can play a role in stabilizing the structure. The Co atoms strongly prefer 6h sites. Display Omitted.

  7. Implicit Large Eddy Simulation of a wingtip vortex at Rec =1.2x106

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    Lombard, Jean-Eloi; Moxey, Dave; Sherwin, Spencer; SherwinLab Team

    2015-11-01

    We present recent developments in numerical methods for performing a Large Eddy Simulation (LES) of the formation and evolution of a wingtip vortex. The development of these vortices in the near wake, in combination with the large Reynolds numbers present in these cases, make these types of test cases particularly challenging to investigate numerically. To demonstrate the method's viability, we present results from numerical simulations of flow over a NACA 0012 profile wingtip at Rec = 1.2 x106 and compare them against experimental data, which is to date the highest Reynolds number achieved for a LES that has been correlated with experiments for this test case. Our model correlates favorably with experiment, both for the characteristic jetting in the primary vortex and pressure distribution on the wing surface. The proposed method is of general interest for the modeling of transitioning vortex dominated flows over complex geometries. McLaren Racing/Royal Academy of Engineering Research Chair.

  8. Analysis of 12 X-chromosomal markers in the population of central Croatia.

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    Crnjac, Josip; Ozretić, Petar; Merkaš, Siniša; Ratko, Martina; Lozančić, Mateja; Rožić, Sara; Špoljarić, Daniel; Korolija, Marina; Popović, Maja; Mršić, Gordan

    2016-07-01

    Investigator® Argus X-12 Kit is a commercially available set that allows simultaneous PCR amplification of 12 X-STR markers belonging to four linkage groups (LG). To assess the forensic efficiency of these markers for the population of central Croatia and consequent applicability in routine forensic casework, DNA from 200 blood samples of unrelated donors (100 female and 100 male) was amplified by Investigator® Argus X-12 Kit and analyzed by capillary electrophoresis. Statistical computations based on allele and haplotype frequencies for LG1 - LG4 were performed using Arlequin 3.5 software and on-line tool available at ChrX-STR.org. In female samples, all X-STR markers were in Hardy-Weinberg equilibrium (HWE). The most informative marker for central Croatia population was DXS10135 with polymorphism information content (PIC) 0.9296. The least polymorphic locus was DXS8378 (PIC=0.6363). Power of discrimination (PD) varied from 0.6968 to 0.9336 in male and from 0.8476 to 0.9916 in female samples. Combined PD exceeded 0.999999999 in both men and women. In male samples, linkage disequilibrium (LD) test revealed significant association (P=0.0000) of one marker pair in LG4 and two marker pairs in LG3. Portion of observed haplotypes in the number of possible haplotypes varied from 2.86% to 7.47% across all LGs. LG1 was the most informative with haplotype diversity (H) 0.9972. High PD of all analyzed markers exhibited for central Croatia population confirms suitability of Investigator® Argus X-12 for forensic pertinence. Moreover, results of this study will be included in establishing a national reference X-STR database based on 12 X-STR loci, which is necessary for the correct interpretation of the forensic casework results. PMID:27497338

  9. The 12x32 Pop-Up Bolometer Array for the SHARC II Camera

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    Dowell, C. Darren; Groseth, Jeffrey E.; Phillips, Thomas G.; Allen, Christine A.; Babu, Sachidananda R.; Jhabvala, Murzy D.; Moseley, S. Harvey, Jr.; Voellmer, George M.

    2002-01-01

    SHARC II is a 350 micron facility camera for the Caltech Submillimeter Observatory (CSO) expected to come on-line in 2002. The key component of SHARC II is a 12x32 array of doped silicon 'pop-up' bolometers developed at NASA/Goddard and delivered to Caltech in March 2002. Each pixel is 1 mm x 1 mm, coated with a 400 Omega/square bismuth film, and located lambda/4 above a reflective backshort to maximize radiation absorption. The pixels cover the focal plane with greater than 95% filling factor. Each doped thermistor occupies nearly the full area of the pixel to minimize 1/f noise. We report some results from the first cold measurements of this array. The bolometers were located inside a dark cover, and 4x32 pixels were read simultaneously. In the best 25% of winter nights on Mauna Kea, SHARC II is expected to have an NEFD at 350 microns of 1 Jy s(sup 1/2) or better.

  10. Rietveld refinement of the crystal structures of Rb2 XSi5O12 (X = Ni, Mn)

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    Bell, Anthony M. T.; Henderson, C. Michael B.

    2016-01-01

    The synthetic leucite silicate framework mineral analogues Rb2 XSi5O12 {X = Ni [dirubidium nickel(II) penta­silicate] and Mn [dirubidium manganese(II) penta­silicate]} have been prepared by high-temperature solid-state synthesis. The results of Rietveld refinements, using X-ray powder diffraction data collected using Cu Kα X-rays, show that the title compounds crystallize in the space group Pbca and adopt the cation-ordered structure of Cs2CdSi5O12 and other leucites. The structures consist of tetra­hedral SiO4 and XO4 units sharing corners to form a partially substituted silicate framework. Extraframework Rb+ cations sit in channels in the framework. All atoms occupy the 8c general position for this space group. In these refined structures, silicon and X atoms are ordered onto separate tetra­hedrally coordinated sites (T-sites). However, the Ni displacement parameter and the Ni—O bond lengths suggest that for the X = Ni sample, there may actually be some T-site cation disorder. PMID:26958399

  11. A study of the properties of SrFe12-xCoxO19 nanoparticles

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    Mousavi Ghahfarokhi, S. E.; Ranjbar, F.; Zargar Shoushtari, M.

    2014-01-01

    In this paper, the nanoparticles of SrFe12-xCoxO19 (x=0-2) were synthesized via the sol-gel technique. The XRD results showed that all samples with x≤0.5 are single-phase. It seems that the Fe3+ ions are substituted by Co2+ ions in the crystallography sites of the SrFe12O19 structure, but for the x>0.5 cases, the phase of CoFe2O4 is materialized in the samples. The DC electrical resistivity decreases with the increase of cobalt content up to level of x=0.5, but it increases on further addition of cobalt. We found that the dielectric constant and the dielectric loss for samples with x=1 and 1.2 into the pure sample (SrFe12O19), decrease as the Co2+ content increases. The variation of AC conductivity (σac) with frequency ranging from 500 Hz to 200 KHz shows that electrical conductivity in these ferrites is mainly due to the electron hopping mechanism.

  12. Genetic variation of 12 X-chromosomal STR loci in an East Timor sample.

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    Moreira, Helena; Costa, Helena; Tavares, Filipa; Souto, Luís

    2015-03-01

    East Timor (República Democrática de Timor Leste) is a country with a population around 1 million inhabitants located in Southeast Asia and composed of 13 districts, including the eastern half of the Timor Island, Ataúro and Jaco islands, and the coastal enclave of Oecusse-Ambeno located in West Timor. Examples of the importance of X-chromosomal short tandem repeats (STRs) analysis include parentage identification, namely in cases involving father/daughter relationships, paternity in close relative deficiency cases without access to the putative father, maternity testing, and in rape or incest cases. In this study, 149 saliva samples were collected from unrelated individuals from East Timor and 12 X-chromosomal STRs genotyped using Investigator® Argus X-12 kit (Qiagen). A total of 13 alleles not included in Investigator Argus X-12 allelic ladder (off-ladder alleles) were found, four of which never reported (alleles 34.1 and 38.1 at DXS10134, allele 17.2 at DXS10074, and allele 28.1 at DXS10146). Allele 27.3 at DXS10101 and alleles 26, 28, and 29 at DXS10148 have already been observed in other populations but their frequencies are considerably higher in East Timor population. Allele frequencies and population statistic parameters were calculated for East Timor population and data contextualized in Southeast Asia/Pacific Region. PMID:25422055

  13. RHIC 12x150A current lead temperature controller: design and implementation

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    Mi, C.; Seberg, S.; Ganetis, Hamdi, K.; Louie, W.; Heppner, G.; Jamilkowski, J.; Bruno, D.; DiLieto, A.; Sirio, C.; Tuozzolo, J.; Sandberg, J.; Unger, K.

    2011-03-28

    There are 60 12 x 150A current leads distributed in six RHIC service buildings; each lead delivers power supply current from room temperature to cryogenic temperature in RHIC. Due to the humid environment, condensation occurs frequently and ice forms quickly during operation, especially during an extensive storage period. These conditions generate warnings and alarms to which personnel must respond and establish temporary solutions to keep the machine operating. In here, we designed a temperature control system to avoid such situations. This paper discusses its design, implementation, and some results. There are six service buildings in the RHIC complex; each building has two valve boxes that transfer room-temperature current cables from the power supplies into superconducting leads, and then transport them into the RHIC tunnel. In there, the transition between the room-temperature lead into superconducting lead is critical and essential; smooth running during the physics store is crucial for the machine's continuing operation. One of the problems that often occurred previously was the icing of these current leads that could result in a potential leakage current onto ground, thereby preventing a continuous supply of physics store. Fig. 1 illustrates a typical example on a power lead. Among the modifications of the design of the valve box, we list below the new requirements for designing the temperature controller to prevent icing occurring: (1) Remotely control, monitor, and record each current lead's temperature in real time. Prevent icing or overheating of a power lead. (2) Include a temperature alarm for the high/low level threshold. In this paper we discuss the design, implementation, upgrades to, and operation of this new system.

  14. Leishmaniosis due to Leishmania infantum in a FIV and FelV positive cat with a squamous cell carcinoma diagnosed with histological, serological and isoenzymatic methods.

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    Grevot, A; Jaussaud Hugues, P; Marty, P; Pratlong, F; Ozon, C; Haas, P; Breton, C; Bourdoiseau, G

    2005-09-01

    Leishmaniosis caused by Leishmania infantum is an endemic zoonosis present in the Mediterranean area. Canidae (dog and fox) constitute the main reservoir hosts for the parasite, whilst wild rodents or the cat can be carriers of the protozoan and are considered as secondary potential reservoirs. This paper describes a case of disseminated feline leishmaniosis with cutaneous (ulcerative), visceral (spleen and lymph nodes) and blood involvement in a FIV-FelV positive cat. The microscopic identification of the Leishmania infection was initially made on a skin biopsy of the temporal area, where a squamous cell carcinoma was diagnosed. The diagnosis of the disease was achieved by several serological techniques (ELISA, IFAT and Western-blot). The strain was obtained by blood culture, characterized by electrophoresis of isoenzymes and identified as Leishmania infantum zymodeme MON-1. Since the infection due to L. infantum is a zoonosis, the potential feline reservoir should be more investigated. Serological analysis by Western blot on domestic cats provides a useful tool. In veterinary practice, feline leishmaniosis should be systematically included in the differential diagnosis when compatible cutaneous lesions are present, especially in the endemic areas of canine leishmaniosis. PMID:16218216

  15. Interplay between competing exchange interactions and magnetocrystalline anisotropies in YFexMn12-x : The magnetic phase diagram

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    Piqué, C.; Abad, E.; Blanco, J. A.; Burriel, R.; Fernández-Díaz, M. T.

    2005-05-01

    The magnetic properties of tetragonal YFexMn12-x compounds, which crystallize in the ThMn12 -type structure, are governed by both strong competing exchange interactions between the magnetic moments on three nonequivalent sites 8i , 8j , and 8f occupied by Mn (Fe) atoms preferentially in 8i (8f) and Mn-planar (Fe-axial) magnetocrystalline anisotropies. Using low field ac magnetic susceptibility versus temperature, zero-field-cooled and field-cooled magnetization versus temperature, and applied magnetic field, specific heat, x-ray-absorption spectroscopy at FeK and MnK edges, and neutron-diffraction experiments, the magnetic phase diagram of YFexMn12-x has been determined. Up to six different phases were found as a function of the Fe concentration x . Some of them have not been thoroughly investigated until now. In particular, the antiferromagnetic ordering of the itinerant YMn12 is different from the phase proposed before, and the spin-glass-like phase observed at low temperatures for 2⩽x⩽6 has been characterized in more detail. Contrary to other intermetallic Mn-based systems, the magnetism in YFexMn12-x cannot be correlated in a straightforward way to 3d-3d distances and it seems to be more sensitive to the electronic density and the localization-delocalization of electronic band states on the three sites 8i , 8j , and 8f .

  16. 77 FR 51842 - Social Security Acquiescence Ruling (AR) 12-X(8); Petersen v. Astrue, 633 F.3d 633 (8th Cir. 2011...

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  17. Diode pumped neodymium doped ASL (Sr1-xLax-yNdyMgxAl12-xO19) laser

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    Zheng, Lihe; Loiseau, Pascal; Aka, Gérard

    2013-07-01

    Blue laser based on Neodymium doped strontium lanthanum magnesium aluminoxide (Sr1-xLax-yNdyMgxAl12-xO19) single crystal were constructed by second harmonic generation. Output power of 1.72 W at 900nm was obtained under 792nm laser diode pump. Intra cavity second harmonic generation were performed with non linear crystal LBO leading to output power of 76.6 mW at 450nm with absorbed power of 13.7 W and average absorption efficiency of 61% in Nd:ASL crystal.

  18. Structure and optical properties of [In1-2xSnxZnx]GaO3(ZnO)m

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    Eichhorn, Simon; Mader, Werner

    2016-01-01

    Compounds of [In1-2xSnxZnx]GaO3(ZnO)1 (x≤0.22) and [In1-2xSnxZnx]GaO3(ZnO)2 (x≤0.42) were prepared by solid state processing proving a substantial solid solution of Sn in the layered compounds InGaO3(ZnO)m (m=1, 2). Single crystal X-ray diffraction of the compounds reveals two In3+ ions to be substituted by one Sn4+ and one Zn2+ at the octahedral layer preserving the average charge of +3 at these sites. The substitution does not lead to an ordering of the ions but proves for the first time that the octahedral site can be occupied by different ions while all characteristics of the layered structures remain unchanged. Consequences of indium substitution are (i) decrease of the a axis compared to InGaO3(ZnO)m according to smaller ionic radii of Sn4+ and Zn2+ compared to In3+ and (ii) shift of the optical band gap to higher energies shown by UV-vis measurements.

  19. Nanostructured H(3+x)PW(12-x)NbxO40 (x = 0-3) Keggin heteropolyacid catalysts.

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    Choi, Jung Ho; Park, Dong Ryul; Park, Sunyoung; Song, In Kyu

    2011-09-01

    Nanostructured H(3+x)PW(12-x)NbxO40 (x = 0, 1, 2, 3) Keggin heteropolyacid (HPA) catalysts were investigated by scanning tunneling microscopy (STM) and tunneling spectroscopy to probe their redox property and oxidation catalysis. STM image showed that the HPAs formed two-dimensional well-ordered monolayer arrays on graphite surface. In tunneling spectra of the HPAs deposited on graphite, they exhibited a distinctive current-voltage behavior referred to as negative differential resistance (NDR). NDR peak voltage measured atop HPA molecule was then correlated with reduction potential and absorption edge energy determined by electrochemical method and UV-visible spectroscopy, respectively. It was revealed that NDR peak voltage of the HPAs appeared at less negative voltage with increasing reduction potential and with decreasing absorption edge energy. In order to correlate NDR peak voltage of H(3+x)PW(12-x)NbxO40 Keggin HPAs with oxidation catalysis, oxidative dehydrogenation of isobutyraldehyde to methacrolein was carried out as a model reaction. NDR peak voltage of the HPAs appeared at less negative voltage with increasing yield for methacrolein. PMID:22097499

  20. Magnetic properties of BaFe 12-( x+y) Sn xCo yO 19 single crystals

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    Solé, R.; Zhang, X. X.; Ruiz, X.; Aguiló, M.; Díaz, F.

    1996-06-01

    Magnetic properties of BaFe 12-( x+y) Sn xCo yO 19 single crystals, with 0 ≤ x ≤ 2 and 0 ≤ y ≤ 2, have been investigated in the temperature range 6 to 320 K with a varying field from - 5 to + 5 T applied parallel and perpendicular to the c-axis. It is found that when Fe 3+ is substituted by Co 2+ and Sn 2+, the anisotropy and saturation magnetization of these materials are reduced. With x + y < 1.5, the sample exhibits long range magnetic ordering with the uniaxial anisotropy in the c-axis. When the substitution was increased to x + y = 2.5, the long distance magnetic coupling is partially destroyed, and the sample behaves as a weakly long-range anisotropy granular material. At x + y ˜ 4, the sample shows reentrant spin glass behavior.

  1. Energy transfer processes in Ca3Tb2-xEuxSi3O12 (x = 0-2)

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    Carrasco, I.; Bartosiewicz, K.; Nikl, M.; Piccinelli, F.; Bettinelli, M.

    2015-10-01

    The luminescent properties of Tb3+ and Eu3+ have been studied in several silicates having a silico-carnotite-type structure. Fast energy migration among Tb3+ ions has been found in Ca3Tb2Si3O12 and Ca3Tb2-xEuxSi3O12 (x = 0-0.1). In the case of Ca3Tb2-xEuxSi3O12, Tb3+-Eu3+ energy transfer is observed upon excitation in the UV bands of Tb3+. The transfer gives rise to strong emission from Eu3+ in the red spectral region at 612 nm. The efficiency of the transfer at room temperature in Ca3Tb1.9Eu0.1Si3O12 has been evaluated. The temperature evolution of the luminescent properties of Ca3Tb2Si3O12 and Ca3Tb1.9Eu0.1Si3O12 has been studied at temperatures ranging from 8 to 330 K.

  2. Structural and magnetic properties of Vanadium Doped M- Type Barium Hexaferrite (BaFe12-xVxO19)

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    Awadallah, Ahmad; Mahmood, Sami H.; Maswadeh, Yazan; Bsoul, Ibrahim; Aloqaily, Aynour

    2015-10-01

    Precursor powders of barium hexaferrite doped with vanadium, BaFe12-xVxO19 with (x = 0.1, 0.2, 0.3, 0.4, 0.5), were prepared using the ball milling technique and then sintered at different temperatures for 2 h. The structural properties of the prepared samples were investigated by X-ray diffraction (XRD) and scanning electron microscopy (SEM), while the magnetic properties were examined by the vibrating sample magnetometry (VSM). XRD and SEM studies of the samples sintered at 1100° C indicated the presence of Ba3V2O8 and α-Fe2O3 non-magnetic oxide phases in addition to BaM hexaferrite phase. The fractions of the nonmagnetic oxide phases were found to increase with increasing x, and sintering the samples at temperatures higher than 1100° C was found to reduce the amounts of these non-magnetic phases only slightly. However, the addition of barium in excess of the stoichiometric ratio was found to remove the α-Fe2O3 oxide, and improve the saturation magnetization of the samples significantly. In addition, washing these samples with HCl was found to improve the saturation magnetization further. The effect of sintering the samples at higher temperatures was also found to reduce the coercivity due to growth of the particle size. However, the coercivity of all samples remained high enough for potential permanent magnet and magnetic recording applications.

  3. PR-PR: Cross-Platform Laboratory Automation System

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    Linshiz, G; Stawski, N; Goyal, G; Bi, CH; Poust, S; Sharma, M; Mutalik, V; Keasling, JD; Hillson, NJ

    2014-08-01

    To enable protocol standardization, sharing, and efficient implementation across laboratory automation platforms, we have further developed the PR-PR open-source high-level biology-friendly robot programming language as a cross-platform laboratory automation system. Beyond liquid-handling robotics, PR-PR now supports microfluidic and microscopy platforms, as well as protocol translation into human languages, such as English. While the same set of basic PR-PR commands and features are available for each supported platform, the underlying optimization and translation modules vary from platform to platform. Here, we describe these further developments to PR-PR, and demonstrate the experimental implementation and validation of PR-PR protocols for combinatorial modified Golden Gate DNA assembly across liquid-handling robotic, microfluidic, and manual platforms. To further test PR-PR cross-platform performance, we then implement and assess PR-PR protocols for Kunkel DNA mutagenesis and hierarchical Gibson DNA assembly for microfluidic and manual platforms.

  4. Photoluminescence of Vanadate Garnet Ca2NaMg(2-x)V3O12:xEu3+ Phosphors Synthesized by Solution Combustion Method.

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    Kim, H; Kim, J; Lim, S; Park, K

    2016-02-01

    In this study, a series of nano-sized Ca2NaMg(2-x)V3O12:xEu3+ (0.06 < or = x < or = 0.18) red phosphors is synthesized by solution combustion method. The microstructure and photoluminescence properties of the Ca2NaMg(2-x)V3O12:xEu3+ phosphors are studied in accordance with the Eu3+ content. Annealed Ca2NaMg(2-x)V3O12:xEu3+ phosphors form a single phase with the cubic garnet structure and Ia3d space group. The emission from (VO4)3- in the Ca2NaMg(2-x)V3O12:xEu3+ phosphors is almost completely quenched due to the efficient energy transfer from the (VO4)3- to the Eu3+ ions. The emission intensity increases sharply with the increased Eu3+ content, reaching a maximum value at x = 0.15, and then decreases with further Eu3+ content. Ca2NaMg1.85V3O12:0.15Eu3+ shows great potential as a red phosphor for white light-emitting diodes. PMID:27433680

  5. Crystal structure and electronic properties of the new compounds U{sub 3}Co{sub 12-x}X{sub 4} with X=Si, Ge

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    Soude, A.; Tougait, O.; Pasturel, M.; Kaczorowski, D.; Noel, H.

    2010-05-15

    The new compounds U{sub 3}Co{sub 12-x}X{sub 4} with X=Si, Ge were prepared by direct solidification of the corresponding liquid phase, followed by subsequent annealing at 1173 K. Single crystal X-ray diffraction carried out at room temperature showed that they crystallize with the hexagonal space group P6{sub 3}/mmc (no.194) and the unit-cell parameters a=8.130(5), c=8.537(5) A and a=8.256(1), c=8.608(1) A for the silicide and germanide, respectively. Their crystal structure derives from the EuMg{sub 5.2} structure type, and is closely related to the Sc{sub 3}Ni{sub 11}Si{sub 4} and Gd{sub 3}Ru{sub 4-x}Al{sub 12+x} types. For the present compounds, no substitution mechanisms have been observed, the partial occupancy of one Co site results from the presence of vacancies, only. The homogeneity ranges, evaluated by energy dispersive spectroscopy analysis, extend from x=0.0(2) to 0.3(2) and from x=0.0(2) to 1.0(2) for U{sub 3}Co{sub 12-x}Si{sub 4} and U{sub 3}Co{sub 12-x}Ge{sub 4}, respectively. The electronic properties of both compounds were investigated by means of DC magnetic susceptibility and DC electrical resistivity measurements. The U{sub 3}Co{sub 12-x}X{sub 4} compounds are both Pauli paramagnets with their electrical resistivity best described as poor metallic or dirty metallic behavior. - Graphical abstract: The crystal structure of the new compounds U{sub 3}Co{sub 12-x}X{sub 4}, X=Si, Ge is a ternary ordered variant of the EuMg{sub 5.2}-type with a site preference for the 4e position.

  6. Development of two multiplex PCR systems for the analysis of 12 X-chromosomal STR loci in a northwestern Italian population sample.

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    Robino, C; Giolitti, A; Gino, S; Torre, C

    2006-09-01

    Two multiplex polymerase chain reaction systems for the automated profiling of 12 X-chromosomal short tandem repeat (STR) markers were developed. Multiplex A consisted of DXS6789, DXS6809, GATA172D05, DXS101, DXS8378, and DXS8377. Multiplex B consisted of DXS7132, DXS6800, DXS6801, DXS7424, HPRTB, and DXS10011. The set of amplified X-STRs was designed to include groups of closely linked markers (DXS101-DXS7424 and DXS6789-DXS6801-DXS6809) to generate highly informative haplotypes for kinship testing. A population genetics study of the 12 X-STRs was conducted in a northwestern Italian population sample (n=160, 80 women and 80 men). A diallelic pattern at locus DXS6789 was observed in one man. PMID:16862443

  7. Structure and dielectric properties of solid solutions Bi7Ti4 + x W x Ta1-2 x O21 ( x = 0-0.5)

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    Zubkov, S. V.; Vlasenko, V. G.; Shuvaeva, V. A.; Shevtsova, S. I.

    2016-01-01

    A number of solid solutions Bi7Ti4 + x W x Ta1-2 x O21 ( x = 0-0.5) have been synthesized from oxides by solid-phase reaction. The crystal structure, the electrophysical characteristics, and the microstructure of the prepared ceramic samples have been studied. According to X-ray powder diffraction, all the compounds are single-phase with the structure of mixed-layer Aurivillius phases ( m = 2.5) with the orthorhombic crystal lattice (space group I2 cm, Z = 2). Temperature dependences of the relative permittivity ɛ( T) of the compound have been measured, from which it has been found that the Curie temperature T C of perovskite-like oxides Bi7Ti4 + x W x Ta1-2 x O21 ( x = 0-0.5) decreases linearly as substitution parameter x decreases. The activation energies of charge carriers have been found in different temperature ranges.

  8. The first-principles study of Al12X (X = Sc-Zn) clusters and their adsorption of H, O and N

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    Zhang, Jingjing; Sun, Jun; Liu, Yanqi; Li, Jiao; Liang, Xiaogang; Duan, Haiming

    2016-07-01

    Started from the four types 13-atom high-symmetric (Ih, Oh, D5h, D3h) close-packed structures and by replacing a 3d transition metal atom in the nonequivalent position, the geometrical and electronic properties of the doped Al12X (X = Sc-Zn) clusters are systematically studied by using the density-functional theory. Close-packed (icosahedral-like) structures are found to be favorable for the ground state geometries and the degenerate isomers of Al12X (X = Sc, Ti, V, Ni, Cu) clusters. The magnetic moments of the doped Al12X (X = Cr, Mn and Fe) are substantially increased as compared with that of the pure Al13, which are mainly derived from the strong spin splitting of the d electrons of the doped atoms. For the absorption of H, O and N on the close-packed Al12X clusters, it is found that H atom tend to occupy the top or bridge site instead of the hollow site, but the adsorption sites of O and N atom are more complex. O and N are always adsorbed around the doped atom of the doped cluster with the doped atom on the surface and the adsorption energies of O and N on the doped clusters are all enhanced as compared with that on pure Al13, but it is quite different for the adsorption of H, which implies that the influences of the d electrons of the doped atoms on O and N are stronger than that on H. All doped clusters exhibit the same selective sequence of adsorption: O > N > H.

  9. Optimization of permanent magnetic properties in melt spun Co82-xHf12+xB6 (x = 0-4) nanocomposites

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    Chang, H. W.; Liao, M. C.; Shih, C. W.; Chang, W. C.; Shaw, C. C.

    2015-05-01

    Magnetic properties of melt spun Co82-xHf12+xB6 ribbons made with various wheel speeds have been studied. The ribbons with x = 0-1 are not easy to crystallize and thus display soft magnetic behavior even at wheel speed of 10 m/s. In contrast, the ribbons with x = 1.5-4 at optimized wheel speed exhibit good permanent magnetic properties of Br = 0.41-0.59 T, iHc = 120-400 kA/m, and (BH)max = 10.6-48.1 kJ/m3. The optimal magnetic properties of Br = 0.59 T, iHc = 384 kA/m, and (BH)max = 48.1 kJ/m3 are achieved for Co80Hf14B6 ribbons at wheel speed of 30 m/s. X-ray diffraction, thermo-magnetic analysis, and transmission electron microscopy results show that good hard magnetic properties of Co82-xHf12+xB6 ribbons (x = 2-4) are originated from the Co11Hf2 phase well coupled with the Co phase. The change of magnetic properties for Co82-xHf12+xB6 ribbons spun at various wheel speeds is correlated to microstructure and phase constitution. The strong exchange-coupling effect between magnetic grains for the ribbons with x = 2-3 at wheel speed = 30 m/s leads to remarkable permanent magnetic properties. The presented results suggest that the optimized Co82-xHf12+xB6 (x = 2-3) ribbons are much suitable than others (x = 0-1.5 and 4) for making rare earth and Pt-free magnets.

  10. Préface

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    Chardonnet, Christian; Millot, Guy

    2006-10-01

    COLOQ, réunion nationale biennale initiée en 1988 par la communauté française des lasers, de l'optique non linéaire et de l'optique quantique atteint sa neuvième édition. Depuis sa création, les objectifs poursuivis sont les suivants : - réunir la communauté française des lasers, de l'optique non linéaire et de l'optique quantique, en dépassant les clivages fondamental/appliqué, recherche publique/industrielle, - faire le point sur les avancées récentes, - permettre aux jeunes chercheurs de se rencontrer, de s'exprimer et de s'aguerrir au plan national. Le but est que tout thésard du domaine de l'optique puisse participer à COLOQ une fois durant sa thèse, présenter son travail et de se confronter à la communauté de l'optique. COLOQ9 s'est tenu, pour sa 9e édition, sur le campus universitaire de Dijon, du 7 au 9 septembre 2005. Il a été une grande réussite : nombre de participants (255) et de présentations scientifiques record (148 affiches), forte représentation des industriels (15) et participation d'environ 200 lycéens aux conférences grand public. Le nombre plus élevé que prévu d'affiches a rendu un peu serrée leur présentation : une attention particulière sera portée à cet aspect lors des prochaines éditions. Ces journées ont été consacrées à des conférences invitées données par des scientifiques de haut niveau et à des présentations sous forme d'affiches. Une plage de temps importante a été réservée pour des discussions autour des affiches. À proximité immédiate de la salle de conférence, l'exposition de matériels spécialisés pour les lasers, l'optique et l'optoélectronique a été une occasion pour les jeunes participants de découvrir et contacter les industriels et les autres grands acteurs de l'optique. L'année 2005 ayant été l'année mondiale de la physique, COLOQ9 a retenu comme thème central ”1905-2005 : à propos d'Einstein". Plusieurs grandes conférences ont été dédiées à ce th

  11. The coercivity mechanism of Pr-Fe-B nanoflakes prepared by surfactant-assisted ball milling

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    Zuo, Wen-Liang; Zhang, Ming; Niu, E.; Shao, Xiao-Ping; Hu, Feng-Xia; Sun, Ji-Rong; Shen, Bao-Gen

    2015-09-01

    The strong (00l) textured Pr12+xFe82-xB6 (x=0, 1, 2, 3, 4) nanoflakes with high coercivity were prepared by surfactant-assisted ball milling (SABM). The thickness and length of the flakes are mainly in the range of 50-200 nm and 0.5-2 μm, respectively. A coercivity of 4.16 kOe for Pr15Fe79B6 nanoflakes was obtained, which is the maximum coercivity of R2Fe14B (R=Pr, Nd) nanoflakes or nanoparticles reported up to now. The results of XRD and SEM for the aligned Pr15Fe79B6 nanoflakes indicate that a strong (00l) texture is obtained and the easy magnetization direction is parallel to the surface of the flakes. The angular dependence of coercivity for aligned sample indicates that the coercivity mechanism of the as-milled nanoflakes is mainly dominated by domain wall pinning. Meanwhile, the field dependence of coercivity, isothermal (IRM) and dc demagnetizing (DCD) remanence curves also indicate that the coercivity is mainly determined by domain wall pinning, and nucleation also has an important effect. In addition, the mainly interaction of flakes is dipolar coupling. The research of coercivity mechanism for Pr15Fe79B6 nanoflakes is important for guidance the further increase its value, and is useful for the future development of the high performance nanocomposite magnets and soft/hard exchange spring magnets.

  12. Mesoporous Li4Ti5O(12-x)/C submicrospheres with comprehensively improved electrochemical performances for high-power lithium-ion batteries.

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    Lin, Chunfu; Lai, Man On; Zhou, Henghui; Lu, Li

    2014-12-01

    To comprehensively improve the performance of Li4Ti5O12 (LTO), a synergistic method combining compositing, crystal structure modification and hierarchical particle structuring is employed in this work. Monodispersed/multidispersed mesoporous Li4Ti5O12-x/C submicrospheres were fabricated using monodispersed/multidispersed TiO2 submicrospheres, lithium hydroxide and sucrose as precursors. The Li4Ti5O12-x/C submicrospheres have a well-crystallized spinel structure, no blockages of Li(+) ion transport pathways, 2.69-3.03% O(2-) vacancy contents (vs. all 32e sites in the spinel structure), and 12.9-14.6% Ti(3+) ion contents (vs. all titanium ions). Thus, the electronic conductivity and Li(+) ion diffusion coefficient of particles can be significantly improved, and the working potential is 4.4-4.7 mV lower than that of LTO. Furthermore, these submicrospheres contain 1.06-1.44 wt% carbon as carbon coatings (2-3 nm in thickness) and carbon nanoparticles (∼20 nm in size), resulting in smaller primary particle sizes (<100 nm), large specific surface areas (12-15 m(2) g(-1)), proper pore sizes (∼4 nm) and enhanced electrical conduction between particles. In addition, the submicrospherical morphology allows large tap densities (1.41-1.71 g cm(-3)). As a result of this desirable structure, these mesoporous Li4Ti5O12-x/C submicrospheres exhibit comprehensively improved electrochemical performances. The optimized sample, with an ideally graded sphere-size distribution ranging from 100 nm to 600 nm, shows the largest tap density of 1.71 g cm(-3), high first cycle Coulombic efficiency of 95.0% and 4.5 mV lower working potential. At 10 C, its capacity is as high as 119 mA h g(-1) with capacity retention of 95.9% over 100 cycles. PMID:25322079

  13. The PR Officer's Survival Kit.

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    Woodrum, Robert L.

    1996-01-01

    A former corporate public relations (PR) professional shares strategies for communicating and cooperating with the chief executive officer, and particularly for coping with differences in perceptions of the public relations officer's role. Basic attributes of a successful PR professional are outlined: good communication skills, an analytical…

  14. Préface

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    Mazière, D.

    2002-04-01

    Faisant suite aux deux précédents colloques "Matériaux pour les machines thermiques" et "Matériaux pour le nucléaire" , le colloque 2001 de l'INSTN intitulé "Matériaux pour les énergies propres" s'est focalisé sur les problèmes de matériaux encore à résoudre dans ce secteur industriel. Le colloque de métallurgie est traditionnellement organisé par des ense ignants du DEA Métallurgie et Matériaux et un comité scientifique choisi chaq ue année en liaison avec le thème traité. Les étudiants de ce DEA, qui est hab ilité entre Paris XI, Paris VI, l'Ecole des Mines de Paris, l'Ecole Centrale de Pari s et l'INSTN, sont invités à participer à ce colloque et aux débats scientifiques qui s'y déroulent. Des conférences invitées à caractère péda gogique permettent d'introduire les différents thèmes abordés qui sont ensuite développés dans des présentations plus novatrices. Cette manifestation a pour ambition de favoriser la rencontre de scientifiques d'horizons divers venant de milieux académiques ou industriels entre eux et avec les étudiants et thésards. Cette 44e édition, dont les comptes rendus sont publiés ici, a fait le point sur les problèmes de matériaux rencontrés lors de la production, du stockage et de la conversion des énergies dites propres en englobant lesprogrès constants des industriels de l'automobile. Ce colloque a réuni, du 26 au 28 juin 2001, 63 participants provenant d'universités ou grandes écoles (18), du CEA (17), du CNRS (10) et de l'industrie ou de centres de recherche associés. L'ensemble des problèmes de matériaux de ce secteur ont été examinés au cours des six sessions ci-dessous : dépollution des gaz d'échappement ; combustion catalytique en production thermique ; nouvelles batteries ; piles à combustibles ; production et stockage d'hydrogène ; production et stockage d'énergie solaire. Vingt huit communications dont vingt deux orales ont illustré les dével oppements en cours. Dix

  15. Microstructure and magnetic property of M-type SrRe(x)Fe(12-x)O19 by sol-gel method.

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    Li, Cong-Ju; Wang, Jiao-Na; Li, Xiu-Yan; Gong, Jian Ru

    2011-05-01

    Magnetoplumbite-type (M-type) SrRE(x)Fe(12-x)O19 (RE = La and Ce, x = 0-1.0) powders were prepared by a citric acid sol-gel technique and subsequent heat treatment. The crystal structure, grain size and magnetic properties were investigated by X-ray Diffraction (XRD), Scanning Electron Microscope (SEM) and vibrating sample magnetometer (VSM). The XRD patterns show that SrRE(x)Fe(12-x)O19 (RE = La and Ce) are mainly hexagonal magnetic plumbite structure, and the average grain size of 30-40 nm was calculated using the Scherer's equation based on the XRD spectrum. Substitution of Fe ion by the rare earth La ion causes a significant decrease in intrinsic coercivity (Hc) and a slight decrease in saturation magnetization (Ms) as shown in the magnetization hysteresis loops. However, the Hc rises gradually in a small wave pattern with the increase of doping content of the rare earth Ce. The relation between the crystal structure and magnetic properties was also studied in this work. PMID:21780383

  16. Ba(Zn1-2xMnxCux)2As2: A Bulk Form Diluted Ferromagnetic Semiconductor with Mn and Cu Codoping at Zn Sites

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    Man, Huiyuan; Guo, Shengli; Sui, Yu; Guo, Yang; Chen, Bin; Wang, Hangdong; Ding, Cui; Ning, F. L.

    2015-10-01

    We report the synthesis and characterization of a bulk form diluted magnetic semiconductor Ba(Zn1-2xMnxCux)2As2 with the crystal structure identical to that of “122” family iron based superconductors and the antiferromagnet BaMn2As2. No ferromagnetic order occurs with (Zn, Mn) or (Zn, Cu) substitution in the parent compound BaZn2As2. Only when Zn is substituted by both Mn and Cu simultaneously, can the system undergo a ferromagnetic transition below TC ~ 70 K, followed by a magnetic glassy transition at Tf  ~ 35 K. AC susceptibility measurements for Ba(Zn0.75Mn0.125Cu0.125)2As2 reveal that Tf strongly depends on the applied frequency with and a DC magnetic field dependence of , demonstrating that a spin glass transition takes place at Tf. As large as -53% negative magnetoresistance has been observed in Ba(Zn1-2xMnxCux)2As2, enabling its possible application in memory devices.

  17. Fabrication of SrFe12- x Ni x O19 nanoparticles and investigation on their structural, magnetic and dielectric properties

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    Mousavi Ghahfarokhi, S. E.; Hosseini, S.; Zargar Shoushtari, M.

    2015-08-01

    SrFe12- x Ni x O19 nanoparticles ( x = 0-1) were synthesized by a combustion sol-gel method. Their structure, dielectric and magnetic properties were investigated by X-ray diffraction (XRD), scanning electron microscopy (SEM), an LCR metry, and vibrating sample magnetometry (VSM).The results reveal that all samples of Ni doped compounds (SrFe12- x Ni x O19) with x < 0.2 are single phase. It appears that the Fe3+ ions are substituted by Ni2+ ions on the crystallographic sites of the SrFe12O19 structure; however, for x ≥ 0.2, the secondary Ni phase ferrite (NiFe2O3) appears, which reduces the saturation magnetization and coercivity. In addition, Ni doping reduces the dielectric constant, dielectric loss, and alternating current (ac) electrical conductivity of the samples. The variation in ac conductivity ( σ ac) with frequency shows that the electrical conductivity in these ferrites is mainly attributed to the electron hopping mechanism.Therefore; all the single-phase Ni doped samples are suitable for use in magnetic recording media and microwave devices.

  18. Dual emissive Sn(1-2x) Cux Cox O2 nanostructures - A correlation study of doping concentration on structural, optical and electrical properties

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    Baraneedharan, P.; Siva, C.; Saranya, A.; Jayavel, R.; Nehru, K.; Sivakumar, M.

    2014-04-01

    A simplistic chemical co-precipitation route was adapted to synthesize Sn(1-2x) Cux Cox O2 (x = 0, 0.01 and 0.03) nanoparticles. The structural studies were carried out using X-ray diffraction pattern and the shift in diffraction peak, lattice constant and particle size with doping concentration was determined. The morphology of nanoparticles with an average size of 13-18 nm was observed using high-resolution transmission electron microscopy. A significant increase in the absorption edge with an increase in doping concentration was observed using ultraviolet-visible absorption spectroscopy. Further, the blue-shifted band gap value was plotted using Tauc's relation. The near-band-edge emission at 3.9 eV and the deep-level-emission at 2.4 eV were systematically examined by photoluminescence spectroscopy. The dependence of doping concentration on temperature-reliant electrical conductivity was examined using DC electrical measurements. A meticulous exploration on diffraction peak shift, the Burstein-Moss shift, the mechanism for dual emission and the decreased electrical conductivity in Sn(1-2x) Cux Cox O2 nanostructures were further discussed.

  19. Préface

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    Aspect, Alain

    2004-11-01

    COLOQ est une conférence regroupant, tous les deux ans, la communauté scientifique et industrielle nationale travaillant dans les domaines des lasers, de l'optique non-linéaire et de l'optique quantique. Elle s'est tenue pour sa huitième édition à Toulouse, du 3 au 5 septembre 2004, sur le campus de I'INSA. Comme il est de tradition tous les quatre ans, COLOQ était couplé avec Horizons de l'optique, avec en particulier une journée commune dont le programme avait été préparé en concertation par les deux comités scientifiques. Depuis sa création, COLOQ a pour but de favoriser les rencontres entre les chercheurs des différents laboratoires nationaux publics ou privés travaillant sur les lasers et l'optique quantique au sens large. C'est un moyen privilégié de resserrer les liens de cette communauté et d'y intégrer les jeunes chercheurs. Ces derniers y trouvent l'occasion de se connaître, de se faire connaître, de découvrir la communauté à laquelle ils appartiennent et d'élargir leurs connaissances des thèmes qui la structurent. La participation de 230 chercheurs et d'une vingtaine d'exposants de matériels spécialisés dans les lasers et l'optoélectronique témoigne de la vitalité de COLOQ et de son audience dans les laboratoires et chez les industriels de l'optique. Le programme de COLOQ 8 comportait d'une vingtaine de conférences générales données par des chercheurs de renom international, et des séances de communications par affiches, occasions privilégiées de rencontres et d'échanges. Les exposés ont porté sur des sujets particulièrement actifs au niveau national et international, avec un accent sur des thèmes importants pour la région toulousaine : contrôle cohérent, optique et nanosciences, optique et astronomie, sans oublier la traditionnelle rubrique phénomènes fondamentaux, éclectique pour ne pas dire hétéroclite, mais si représentative d'une des ambitions de COLOQ qui est d'offrir à ses participants une

  20. Préface

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    Ouerdane, Youcef; Laporte, Pierre

    2005-06-01

    L'objectif de la série de colloques UVX est de réunir, au rythme d'une fois tous les deux ans, les scientifiques et industriels travaillant dans le domaine du développement des sources de photon de grande énergie (UV, VUV, et X) et de leurs applications. En particulier cette manifestation est l'occasion de faire se rencontrer une communauté très pluridisciplinaire (physique, chimie, biologie, sciences de l'univers) liée à des domaines en forte évolution technologique (lasers et rayonnement synchrotron notamment). Le colloque UVX 2004 s'est tenu au Palais des Congrès de Saint-Étienne (42000) du 7 au 11 juin 2004. La période écoulée depuis l'édition précédente (Oléron 2002) a été particulièrement active dans tous les domaines concernés : grands projets de sources, méthodes de diagnostic au sens large. Une nouvelle fois on constate que le bref et l'ultra-bref ont une place privilégiée, qu'il s'agisse du travail sur les accélérateurs ou sur les lasers qui, bien sûr, dans la course aux temps courts remportent la palme avec la présence de spécialistes du domaine attoseconde. La communauté représentée a la chance d'être en prise directe avec de très grands projets en phase active de réalisation comme le Laser Megajoule (LMJ), la source SOLEIL, et un projet d'ampleur plus modeste mais remarquable dans son domaine : la source LASERIX d'Orsay/Palaiseau. On pourra citer aussi le projet Arc en Ciel qui, lui, est encore au stade de sa définition. - SOLEIL, source de nouvelle génération de rayonnement synchrotron (plateau de Saclay) est dans une phase active de réalisation : achèvement de l'infrastructure en 2005 et injection du 1o faisceau dans l'anneau de stockage prévu également en 2005. Cette source devrait être la meilleure au monde dans le domaine VUV/X mous, tout en restant très polyvalente (brillance, accordabilité, structure temporelle, polarisation) et complémentaire de l'ESRF. Au final on disposera de 21 lignes de lumi

  1. Préface

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    Cornet, Alain

    2004-11-01

    Le premier colloque Rayons X et Matière (Rx 95) s'est tenu à Strasbourg en 1995. Il était destiné à célébrer le centenaire de la découverte des rayons X par ROENTGEN et a alors réuni plus de cent trente chercheurs et industriels concernés par les rayons X et les matériaux. Parmi eux se trouvaient les Professeurs André GUINIER et Hans NEFF ainsi que Monsieur Michel BRUNEL qui hélas ne sont plus parmi nous à ce jour. La qualité et la convivialité des échanges entre les participants lors de cette première réunion ne pouvaient que nous inciter à la reconduire et nous avons pris rendez vous pour 1997, puis 1999, puis 2001 et enfin pour 2003, soient cinq colloques, un tous les deux ans pendant dix ans. Au cours des années, nous avons essayé d'adapter les thèmes abordés à l'évolution de la recherche et des techniques. Ces thèmes se sont naturellement ajoutés aux thèmes classiques comme la diffraction et la fluorescence. Les nanomatériaux, les microfaisceaux en sont des exemples. A de très rares exceptions les communications présentées étaient de très bon niveau et nous avons toujours eu beaucoup de plaisir à les publier. Ces colloques ont bien fonctionné en raison de la participation des industriels qui, dans leur grande majorité, nous ont accompagnés régulièrement. Ces colloques présentent l'avantage, par rapport à des colloques spécialisés, de couvrir (presque) tout le champ des applications des rayons X et seulement ce domaine. Toutefois il est clair que les données économiques évoluent et que la situation est chaque aimée plus difficile pour tout le monde, chercheurs et industriels. Temps et moyens sont comptés et maintenant chacun doit faire de plus en plus de choix, rentabilité oblige ! Le maintien du colloque Rayons X et Matière passera obligatoirement par une réflexion globale : redéfinition des objectifs, augmentation de l'ouverture européenne, recherche d'autres formes de participation associant mieux les

  2. Préface

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    Hamieh, Tayssir

    2005-05-01

    Né simultanément à Mulhouse et à Beyrouth en 1996 dans le cadre d'une collaboraiion franco-libanaise sur une initiative personnelle de Monsieur Tayssir HAMIEH. le Colloque Franco-Libanais sur la Science des Matériaux (CSM), qui s'inscrit dans le cadre des relations étroites entre la France et le Liban, est très vite devenu une occasion très importante de rencontre entre scientifiques de haut niveau, non seulement, du contour méditerranéen mais également des pays européens, américains et arabes. La quatrieme édition CSM4 est une véritable réussite grâce à la participation des chercheurs confirmés dans tous les domaines des sciences de matériaux et venant de plusieurs pays tels que la France, I'Algérie, Le Liban, la Syrie, le Maroc, la Tunisie, l'Italie, l'Espagne, le Portugal, le Royaume Uni, les États-Unis, la Russie, l'Allemagne, le Japon et I'Inde ; pour présenter plus de 350 communications orales et par affiche et couvrant presque toutes les disciplines des systèmes des matériaux. Le choix des diffèrents thèmes du colloque sur la science des matériaux a été dicté par l'importance capitale de cette discipline dans notre civilisation moderne. En fait, les matériaux utilisés pour la fabrication artisanale ou industrielle d'objets, de produits et de systèmes ainsi que pour la réalisation de constructions et d'équipements ont de tout temps défini le niveau de notre civilisation technique. La réalisation des objectifs communs de notre monde en plein développement, pour ne pas dire en pleine mutation, est en grande partie tributaire de la mise au point de nouveaux matériaux et de procédés de transformation et d'assemblages nouveaux, présentant des performances et des qualités améliorées. Le colloque a illustré et traduit, de manière remarquables, l'excellente collaboration entre chercheurs libanais et français. Le partenariat est exemplaire par la qualité des laboratoires impliqués et par le niveau scientifique des r

  3. {sup 196}Hg and the 'magical quartet' of the extended U{sub {nu}}(6/12) x U{sub {pi}}(6/4) supersymmetry

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    Bernards, C.; Heinze, S.; Jolie, J.; Albers, M.; Fransen, C.; Radeck, D.

    2010-02-15

    We present the results of a {gamma}{gamma} angular correlation experiment investigating the nucleus {sup 196}Hg and compare these with a theoretical description of {sup 196}Hg within the U{sub {nu}}(6/12) x U{sub {pi}}(6/4) extended supersymmetry. To populate excited {sup 196}Hg states, we used the Cologne FN Tandem accelerator inducing the reaction {sup 194}Pt({alpha},2n){sup 196}Hg and analyzed the {gamma} decays of levels up to an excitation energy of 2.4 MeV with the HORUS cube spectrometer. The new results on this mercury isotope allow a comparison between the experimental data and the supersymmetrical predictions and show good agreement. This way we can add {sup 196}Hg as a fifth supermultiplet member to the so-called magical quartet consisting of {sup 194,195}Pt and {sup 195,196}Au.

  4. Glycerol electrocatalytic oxidation on Pt(1-2x)RuxSnxOy/Ti electrodes prepared by the polymeric precursor method

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    do Valle, Wanderson Ferraz; Junco, Gustavo Garcia; Profeti, Demetrius; Olivi, Paulo; Profeti, Luciene P. R.

    2015-11-01

    This work investigated the behavior of glycerol oxidation on Pt(1-2x)RuxSnxOy/Ti electrodes. Thermal decomposition of polymeric precursors furnished the catalysts at different compositions. Energy dispersive X-ray, scanning electronic microscopy, and cyclic voltammetry aided catalysts characterization. The electrodes presented high surface area and compositions similar to the nominal ones. Cyclic voltammetry and chronoamperometry showed that the glycerol oxidation current densities of mixed electrodes were higher than that of platinum alone at low potential values. The onset potential of glycerol oxidation shifted toward less positive values, showing that these materials facilitated oxidation as compared with platinum. The Pt0.8Ru0.1Sn0.10Oy/Ti electrode presented the highest electroactivity.

  5. Rotational and hyperfine analysis of the E2Π1/2-X2Δ3/2 electronic transition of TaO

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    Christopher, Casey R.; Lee, Stephanie Y.; Gwandu, Francis B.; Matsumoto, Andrew J.; Knurr, Benjamin J.; Mahle, Thomas K.; Morrow, Zachary W.; Varberg, Thomas D.

    2014-07-01

    We have recorded the E2Π1/2-X2Δ3/2 (0, 0) and (1, 0) bands of TaO at sub-Doppler resolution by intermodulated fluorescence spectroscopy. The data were fitted using a Hamiltonian expressed in a Hund's case (c) basis set, leading to accurate values for the rotational, lambda-doubling and hyperfine constants of the upper state, which could be definitively assigned as 2Π1/2 for the first time. The E2Π1/2 state has an energy of T0 = 15876.5764(2) cm-1 and a vibrational interval of ΔG1/2 = 925.3164(3) cm-1.

  6. Préface

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    Jörgen Stevefelt, Henri Bachau Et

    2003-06-01

    UVX 2002, sixième édition du “Colloque sur les Sources Cohérentes et Incohérentes UV, VUV, et X : Applications et Développements Récents" s'est tenu du 11 au 14 juin 2002 au Centre CAES du CNRS “La Vieille, Perrotine", à Saint-Pierre d'Oléron. Le colloque a réunni une centaine de chercheurs et d'industriels et a permis de faire le point sur la production, la caractérisation et l'utilisation de rayonnement dans un domaine spectral s'étendant de l'ultraviolet aux rayons X. Les participants ont pu assister a trente conférences et une table ronde autour des problèmes locaux de pollution, une cinquantaine d'affiches ont été présentées au travers de deux sessions. Une douzaine d'industriels ont exposé leurs produits durant les séances d'affiches.Conformément aux éditions précédentes, les domaines couverts par le colloque UVX 2002 sont très variés et il est impossible de les résumer en quelques lignes. Parmi les activités en développement rapide on notera les lasers femtosecondes dont les applications se multiplient dans les laboratoires (propriétés des molécules, agrégats et solides), dans l'industrie (usinage, ablation...) et en médecine. L'absence de thermalisation ou de diffusion thermique ouvre aussi des perspectives pour la réalisation de films minces par ablation laser, un domaine où les lasers excimères sont traditionnellement utilisés, avec des applications importantes dans le secteur des télécommunications. Dans le domaine de l'extrème UV, des progrès significatifs ont été réalisés par plusieurs groupes dans la gamme de longueur d'onde de 5 à 20 nm, ouvrant ainsi la voie au développement industriel de la lithographie EUV. On note les progrès dans la réalisation des sources UV et X (laser X, génération d'harmoniques, laser a électrons libres) et la nécessité de développer des optiques adaptées. Une perspective intéressante, ouverte par la génération d'harmoniques, est la production d

  7. ESO PR Highlights in 2006

    NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

    2007-01-01

    Last year proved to be another exceptional year for the European organisation for ground-based astronomy. ESO should begin the New Year with two new member states: Spain (PR 05/06) and the Czech Republic (PR 52/06). ESO PR Highlights 2006 2006 was a year of renovation and revolution in the world of planets. A new Earth-like exoplanet has been discovered (PR 03/06) using a network of telescopes from all over the world (including the Danish 1.54-m one at ESO La Silla). It is not the only child of this fruitful year: thanks to the combined use of ESO's Very Large Telescope (VLT) and La Silla instruments, a surprising system of twin giant exoplanets was found (PR 29/06), and a trio of Neptune-like planets hosted by a nearby star were identified (PR 18/06). These results open new perspectives on the search for habitable zones and on the understanding of the mechanism of planet formation. The VISIR instrument on the VLT has been providing unique information to answer this last question, by supplying a high resolution view of a planet-forming disc (PR 36/06). There are not only new members in the planets' register: during the General Assembly of the International Astronomical Union held in Prague (Czech Republic), it was decided that Pluto is not a planet anymore but a 'dwarf planet'. Whatever its status, Pluto still has a satellite, Charon, whose radius and density have been measured more accurately by observing a rare occultation from different sites, including Cerro Paranal (PR 02/06). The scientific community dedicated 2006 to the great physicist James Clerk Maxwell (it was the 175th anniversary of the birth): without his electromagnetic theory of light, none of the astonishing discoveries of modern physics could have been achieved. Nowadays we can look at distant galaxies in great detail: the GIRAFFE spectrograph on the VLT revealed that galaxies 6 billion years ago had the same amount of dark matter relative to stars than nowadays (PR 10/06), while SINFONI gave an

  8. Préface

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    Moncorgé, R.

    2006-12-01

    Cette nouvelle édition du Colloque UVX avait pour objectifs de : - réunir les chercheurs et les industriels intéressés par les applications et les développements les plus récents obtenus sur les sources UV, VUV et X, cohérentes ou incohérentes, et les optiques et matériaux associés ; - dresser un bilan des sources de photons à haute énergie et de leurs applications courantes et futures ; - susciter de nouvelles collaborations ; - ouvrir de nouveaux champs disciplinaires. Elle a été organisée par le laboratoire CIRIL au VVF de Colleville-sur-Mer, dans le département du Calvados, du 6 au 9 juin 2006, la journée du 5 juin ayant été consacrée à une réunion de travail du GDR CNRS SAXO, ce GDR regroupant une majorité de scientifiques concernés par le Colloque UVX. La manifestation a réuni ainsi une centaine de participants dont une dizaine d'exposants industriels. Parmi ces participants, trente étaient invités à donner une conférence orale. Une sélection a été faite également parmi les meilleures communications soumises par affiches pour qu'elles soient présentées oralement. Une trentaine de ces communications ont été préparées sous la forme d'articles de 6 à 12 pages et font l'objet de cet ouvrage. De nombreux travaux récents ont été exposés tant au niveau des sources que des techniques de caractérisation et des applications, ceci dans des domaines très divers allant de la physique des lasers et de la mise en forme spatiale et temporelle des faisceaux au domaine de l'imagerie médicale et biologiques en passant par les techniques de fabrication des cristaux, fibres et films minces organiques et inorganiques. Plusieurs résultats marquants en sont ressortis. Dans le domaine des sources, la mise en forme spatiale du faisceau laser utilisé pour la production d'harmoniques d'ordre élevé dans les gaz, ceci à l'aide de lames de phase peu onéreuses et simples d'utilisation, semble être une bonne solution pour accroître les

  9. ESO PR Highlights in 2005

    NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

    2006-01-01

    2005 was the year of Physics. It was thus also in part the year of astronomy and this is clearly illustrated by the numerous breakthroughs that were achieved, in particular using ESO's telescopes. One of the highlights was without any doubt the confirmation of the first image of an exoplanet , around the star 2M1207 (see ESO PR 12/05). ESO's telescopes also found a Neptune-mass exoplanet around a small star ( PR 30/05) - a discovery that proves crucial in the census of other planetary systems, and imaged a tiny companion in the close vicinity of the star GQ Lupi, a very young object still surrounded by a disc, with an age between 100,000 and 2 million years ( PR 09/05). Moreover, using a new high-contrast adaptive optics camera on the VLT, the NACO Simultaneous Differential Imager, or NACO SDI, astronomers were able for the first time to image a companion 120 times fainter than its star , very near the star AB Doradus A. This companion appears to be almost twice as heavy as theory predicts it to be ( PR 02/05). ESO's telescopes proved very useful in helping to solve a 30-year old puzzle . Astronomers have for the first time observed the visible light from a short gamma-ray burst (GRB). Using the 1.5m Danish telescope at La Silla (Chile), they showed that these short, intense bursts of gamma-ray emission most likely originate from the violent collision of two merging neutron stars ( PR 26/05). Additional evidence came from witnessing another event with the VLT ( PR 32/05). Also in this field, astronomers found the farthest known gamma-ray burst with ESO's VLT, observing an object with a redshift 6.3, i.e. that is seen when the Universe was less than 900 million years old ( PR 22/05). On July 4, NASA's Deep Impact spacecraft plunged onto Comet 9P/Tempel 1 with the aim to create a crater and expose pristine material from beneath the surface. For two days before and six days after, all major ESO telescopes have been observing the comet, in a coordinated fashion and in

  10. Directives préalables

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    O’Sullivan, Rory; Mailo, Kevin; Angeles, Ricardo; Agarwal, Gina

    2015-01-01

    Résumé Objectif Établir la prévalence de patients dotés de directives préalables dans une pratique familiale et décrire les points de vue des patients quant au rôle du médecin de famille dans l’amorce de discussions à propos des directives préalables. Conception Un questionnaire auquel les patients ont répondu eux-mêmes. Contexte Une clinique d’enseignement en médecine familiale achalandée en milieu urbain, à Hamilton, en Ontario. Participants Un échantillon de commodité formé de patients adultes qui se sont présentés à la clinique durant une semaine de travail typique. Principaux paramètres à l’étude La prévalence des directives préalables dans une population de patients a été déterminée et les attentes à l’endroit du rôle de leur médecin de famille ont été sollicitées. Résultats Les répondants au sondage étaient au nombre de 800 (un taux de réponse de 72,5 %) et leurs groupes d’âges étaient bien répartis; 19,7 % d’entre eux avaient rédigé des directives préalables et 43,8 % avaient déjà discuté du sujet des directives préalables, mais seulement 4,3 % de ces discussions avaient eu lieu avec un médecin de famille. Dans 5,7 % des cas, un médecin de famille avait soulevé la question; 72,3 % des répondants croyaient que les patients devraient amorcer la discussion. Les patients qui considéraient les directives préalables d’une importance extrême étaient considérablement plus enclins à vouloir que leur médecin de famille commence la conversation (rapport de cotes de 3,98; p < ,05). Conclusion Les directives préalables n’étaient pas systématiquement abordées dans la pratique familiale. La plupart des patients préféraient amorcer la discussion des directives préalables. Toutefois, les patients qui considéraient le sujet d’une extrême importance voulaient que leur médecin de famille commence la discussion.

  11. Effect of Pr Valence State on Interfacial Structure and Electrical Properties of Pr Oxide/PrON/Ge Gate Stack Structure

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    Kato, Kimihiko; Sakashita, Mitsuo; Takeuchi, Wakana; Kondo, Hiroki; Nakatsuka, Osamu; Zaima, Shigeaki

    2011-04-01

    In this study, we investigated the valence state and chemical bonding state of Pr in a Pr oxide/PrON/Ge structure. We clarified the relationship between the valence state of Pr and the Pr oxide/Ge interfacial reaction using Pr oxide/Ge and Pr oxide/PrON/Ge samples. We found the formation of three Pr oxide phases in Pr oxide films; hexagonal Pr2O3 (h-Pr2O3) (Pr3+), cubic Pr2O3 (c-Pr2O3) (Pr3+), and c-PrO2 (Pr4+). We also investigated the effect of a nitride interlayer on the interfacial reaction in Pr oxide/Ge gate stacks. In a sample with a nitride interlayer (Pr oxide/PrON/Ge), metallic Pr-Pr bonds are also formed in the c-Pr2O3 film. After annealing in H2 ambient, the diffusion of Ge into Pr oxide is not observed in this sample. Pr-Pr bonds probably prevent the interfacial reaction and Ge oxide formation, considering that the oxygen chemical potential of this film is lower than that of a GeO2/Ge system. On the other hand, the rapid thermal oxidation (RTO) treatment terminates the O vacancies and defects in c-Pr2O3. As a result, c-PrO2 with tetravalent Pr is formed in the Pr oxide/PrON/Ge sample with RTO. In this sample, the leakage current density is effectively decreased in comparison with the sample without RTO. Hydrogen termination works effectively in Pr oxide/PrON/Ge samples with and without RTO, and we can achieve an interface state density of as low as 4 ×1011 eV-1·cm-2.

  12. Al doped Ba hexaferrite (BaAlxFe12-xO19) thin films on Pt using metallo-organic decomposition

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    Harward, I.; Nie, Yan; Gardner, A.; Reisman, L.; Celinski, Z.

    2012-04-01

    We grew a series of aluminum-substituted M-type barium hexaferrite (BaAlxFe12-xO19) thin films on a Pt (111) template and Si wafer using metallo-organic decomposition technique. We varied the composition from x = 0 to x = 2 with 0.25 step increments. X-ray diffraction patterns confirm highly textured c-axis polycrystalline films while atomic force microscope measurements allow us to estimate the lateral grain sizes which range from 0.2-1 micron depending on Al content. The microwave properties of these films were studied using a broadband ferromagnetic resonance spectrometer from 35 to 70 GHz. The measured out of plane effective anisotropy field increases in a nearly linear fashion with increasing Al concentration, between 12.8 kOe for x = 0 and 25 kOe for x = 2. The measured ferromagnetic resonance linewidths were relatively low, on the order of 150-300 Oe for compositions below x = 1, increasing significantly up to 800 Oe for x = 2. The easy axis magnetic hysteresis loops exhibit high squareness.

  13. Strong Infrared NLO Tellurides with Multifunction: CsX(II)4In5Te12 (X(II) = Mn, Zn, Cd).

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    Lin, Hua; Liu, Yi; Zhou, Liu-Jiang; Zhao, Hua-Jun; Chen, Ling

    2016-05-01

    Chalcogenides are the most promising mid- and far-infrared materials for nonlinear optical (NLO) applications. Yet, most of them are sulfides and selenides, and tellurides are still rare. Herein, we report three new KCd4Ga5S12-structure type NLO-active tellurides, CsX(II)4In5Te12 (X(II) = Mn, Zn, Cd), synthesized by solid-state reactions. The structure features a 3D diamond-like framework constructed by vertex-sharing asymmetric MTe4 tetrahedra that are stacked along the c-axis. CsCd4In5Te12 exhibits the strongest powder second-harmonic generation (SHG) intensity at 2050 nm (0.61 eV) among tellurides to date, 9 × benchmark AgGaS2 in the range of 46-74 μm particle size. The primary studies reveal the 1.42 eV direct band gap and high absorption coefficient in the visible spectral region for CsCd4In5Te12, suggesting it is a new potential solar cell absorber material. In addition, CsMn4In5Te12 also displays a spin-canted antiferromagnetic property below 50 K. PMID:27070041

  14. ESO PR Highlights in 2000

    NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

    2001-01-01

    At the beginning of the new millennium, ESO and its staff are facing the future with confidence. The four 8.2-m Unit Telescopes of the Very Large Telescope (VLT) are in great shape and the VLT Interferometer (VLTI) will soon have "first fringes". The intercontinental ALMA project is progressing well and concepts for extremely large optical/infrared telescopes are being studied. They can also look back at a fruitful and rewarding past year. Perhaps the most important, single development has been the rapid transition of the Very Large Telescope (VLT). From being a "high-tech project under construction" it has now become a highly proficient, world-class astronomical observatory. This trend is clearly reflected in ESO's Press Releases , as more and more front-line scientific results emerge from rich data obtained at this very efficient facility. There were also exciting news from several of the instruments at La Silla. At the same time, the ESO community may soon grow, as steps towards membership are being taken by various European countries. Throughout 2000, a total of 54 PR communications were made, with a large number of Press Photos and Video Clips, cf. the 2000 PR Index. Some of the ESO PR highlights may be accessed directly via the clickable image on the present page. ESO PR Photo 01/01 is also available in a larger (non-clickable) version [ JPEG: 566 x 566 pix - 112k]. It may be reproduced, if credit is given to the European Southern Observatory.

  15. Void Swelling at Low Displacement Rates in Annealed 12X18H9T Stainless Steel at 4 to 56 dpa and 280-332 degrees C

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    Porollo, S. I.; Konobeev, Yu V.; Dvoraishin, A. M.; Vorobjev, A. N.; Krigan, V M.; Garner, Francis A.

    2002-12-01

    Water-cooled fusion devices most likely will have austenitic components that operate at temperatures below the inlet temperatures characteristic of high flux fast reactors used to generate majority of data on void swelling. Many of these same locations will also experience displacement rates that are also lower than that of most in-core fast reactor experiments, 10-7 to 10-8 dpa/s. One question of particular interest is how to define the lower limit of the temperature range over which void swelling can occur, especially at such lower dpa rates. This question was addressed using a flow restrictor component from the low-flux breeder zone of the BN-350 fast reactor in Kazakhstan. This component was constructed of annealed 12X18H10T, an alloy similar to AISI 321. Extensive sectioning to produce 114 separate specimens, followed by examination of the radiation-induced microstructure showed that void swelling in the range of temperatures and dpa rates of interest occurs down to approximately 300 degrees C. At 330 degrees C the swelling reached approximately 1 percent at 20 dpa. Comparison of these data with other published data on this steel from Russian light water reactors at less than 10 dpa confirms that the lowest temperature that stainless steels can begin swelling also appears to be approximately 300 degrees C. Since fusion and LWR spectra generate similar levels of hydrogen and helium, it is expected that these conclusions are equally applicable to both types of reactors when operating at comparable dpa rates.

  16. Experimental and DFT studies of structure, optical and magnetic properties of (Zn1-2xCexCox)O nanopowders

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    Arul Mary, J.; Judith Vijaya, J.; Dai, J. H.; Bououdina, M.; John Kennedy, L.; Song, Y.

    2015-03-01

    A simple one-step microwave-assisted combustion method using urea as a fuel, was applied to develop the nanophase powders of ((Zn1-2xCexCox) O (x = 0.00, 0.01, 0.02, 0.03, 0.04, and 0.05)). The results emphasize that by changing the codopant concentration it is feasible to fine-tune structural, morphological, optical and magnetic properties. The synthesized nanoparticles gave rise to new microstructures without changing the basic hexagonal wurtzite structure. The substitution of Ce and Co into ZnO lattice was confirmed from the shift in XRD peaks position, changes in peaks intensity, and cell parameters. Energy dispersive X-ray spectra confirmed the presence of Ce and Co within ZnO system; the weight percentage was close to their nominal stoichiometry. Ultraviolet-visible (UV-Vis) spectroscopy analysis indicated that the optical band gap decreased with the increase of Ce and Co codoping concentration. It is clear from SEM images that the average particles size decreased from 50 nm to 25 nm when codoping concentration was increased up to 0.05 M. Photoluminescence spectra exhibited the emission bands in ultra-violet and blue-green regions. Magnetization-Field (M-H) hysteresis loops revealed that the codoped nanopowders exhibited room temperature ferromagnetism (RTFM). Using first principles calculations, based on density functional theory, electronic and magnetic properties of codoped ZnO for different dopants concentration, were predicted. It is found that the observed RTFM is originated mainly from spin polarization of Co-d orbital, Ce-f orbital has partial contribution.

  17. Landau-Ginzburg description of anomalous properties of novel room temperature multiferroics Pb(Fe1/2Ta1/2)x(Zr0.53Ti0.47)1-xO3 and Pb(Fe1/2Nb1/2)x(Zr0.53Ti0.47)1-xO3

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    Glinchuk, Maya D.; Eliseev, Eugene A.; Morozovska, Anna N.

    2016-01-01

    Landau-Ginzburg thermodynamic formalism is used for the description of the anomalous ferroelectric, ferromagnetic, and magnetoelectric properties of Pb(Fe1/2Ta1/2)x(Zr0.53Ti0.47)1-xO3 and Pb(Fe1/2Nb1/2)x(Zr0.53Ti0.47)1-xO3 micro-ceramics. We calculated temperature, composition, and external field dependences of ferroelectric, ferromagnetic, and antiferromagnetic phases transition temperatures, remanent polarization, magnetization, hysteresis loops, dielectric permittivity, and magnetoelectric coupling. Special attention was paid to the comparison of developed theory with experiments. It appeared possible to describe adequately main experimental results including a reasonable agreement between the shape of calculated and measured hysteresis loops and remnant polarization. Since Landau-Ginzburg thermodynamic formalism appertains to single domain properties of a ferroic, we did not aim to describe quantitatively the coercive field under the presence of realistic poly-domain switching. Information about linear and nonlinear magnetoelectric coupling coefficients was extracted from the experimental data. From the fitting of experimental data with theoretical formula, we obtained the composition dependence of Curie-Weiss constant that is known to be inversely proportional to harmonic (linear) dielectric stiffness, as well as the strong nonlinear dependence of anharmonic parameters in free energy. Keeping in mind the essential influence of these parameters on multiferroic properties, the obtained results open the way to govern practically all the material properties with the help of suitable composition choice. A forecast of the strong enough influence of antiferrodistortive order parameter on the transition temperatures and so on the phase diagrams and properties of multiferroics are made on the basis of the developed theory.

  18. Transverse wobbling in ^{135}pr.

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    Matta, J T; Garg, U; Li, W; Frauendorf, S; Ayangeakaa, A D; Patel, D; Schlax, K W; Palit, R; Saha, S; Sethi, J; Trivedi, T; Ghugre, S S; Raut, R; Sinha, A K; Janssens, R V F; Zhu, S; Carpenter, M P; Lauritsen, T; Seweryniak, D; Chiara, C J; Kondev, F G; Hartley, D J; Petrache, C M; Mukhopadhyay, S; Lakshmi, D Vijaya; Raju, M Kumar; Madhusudhana Rao, P V; Tandel, S K; Ray, S; Dönau, F

    2015-02-27

    A pair of transverse wobbling bands is observed in the nucleus ^{135}Pr. The wobbling is characterized by ΔI=1, E2 transitions between the bands, and a decrease in the wobbling energy confirms its transverse nature. Additionally, a transition from transverse wobbling to a three-quasiparticle band comprised of strong magnetic dipole transitions is observed. These observations conform well to results from calculations with the tilted axis cranking model and the quasiparticle rotor model. PMID:25768759

  19. [To FIV or not to FIV: Will gestational surrogacy be an indication for assisted reproductive techniques?].

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    Delaisi de Parseval, G

    2006-09-01

    Gestational surrogacy covers three different and often mixed up situations. In the first case (that of full surrogacy), the surrogate mother carries and has the baby anonymously. The child has been conceived by artificial insemination with her own oocyte and the help of the financing father, who has legally recognised the child before birth. This constitutes surrogacy motherhood practice, which was condemned by a judgment of the French Court of Cassation, in 1991. In the second case (gestational surrogacy), the mother only carries an embryo conceived in vitro by the biological parents to whom she will give back the baby when he is born. The filiation tie between the child and his parents is thereby maintained, the surrogate mother's role being limited to that of gestation. In the third case, the surrogate mother carries an embryo, the result of in vitro fertilization of the oocytes of a donor and the father's sperm. From the moment that surrogacy is not at variance with any of our fundamental rights, we cannot but wish that, with the guarantee of a rigorous frame, it might become a medical indication for IVF, in precise circumstances of female infertility. PMID:16959522

  20. Characterization of thin films of the solid electrolyte Li(x)Mg(1-2x)Al(2+x)O4 (x = 0, 0.05, 0.15, 0.25).

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    Put, Brecht; Vereecken, Philippe M; Mees, Maarten J; Rosciano, Fabio; Radu, Iuliana P; Stesmans, Andre

    2015-11-21

    RF-sputtered thin films of spinel Li(x)Mg(1-2x)Al(2+x)O4 were investigated for use as solid electrolyte. The usage of this material can enable the fabrication of a lattice matched battery stack, which is predicted to lead to superior battery performance. Spinel Li(x)Mg(1-2x)Al(2+x)O4 thin films, with stoichiometry (x) ranging between 0 and 0.25, were formed after a crystallization anneal as shown by X-ray diffraction and transmission electron microscopy. The stoichiometry of the films was evaluated by elastic recoil detection and Rutherford backscattering and found to be slightly aluminum rich. The excellent electronic insulation properties were confirmed by both current-voltage measurements as well as by copper plating tests. The electrochemical stability window of the material was probed using cyclic voltammetry. Lithium plating and stripping was observed together with the formation of a Li-Pt alloy, indicating that Li-ions passed through the film. This observation contradicted with impedance measurements at open circuit potential, which showed no apparent Li-ion conductivity of the film. Impedance spectroscopy as a function of potential showed the occurrence of Li-ion intercalation into the Li(x)Mg(1-2x)Al(2+x)O4 layers. When incorporating Li-ions in the material the ionic conductivity can be increased by 3 orders of magnitude. Therefore it is anticipated that the response of Li(x)Mg(1-2x)Al(2+x)O4 is more adequate for a buffer layer than as the solid electrolyte. PMID:26456552

  1. Structure and magnetic properties of Pr10(Fe,Co,Ni)84B6 nanocomposite alloys

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    Daniil, M.; Minter, L.; Willard, M. A.

    2012-04-01

    Nanocomposite ribbons with composition Pr10(Fe1-2xCoxNix)84B6 (x = 0.0, 0.05, 0.10, and 0.15) were prepared by melt-spinning. All melt-spun ribbons are composed of a fine mixture of 2:14:1 and bcc-(Fe,Co,Ni) phases with an additional soft phase (Pr2Fe23B3-based) for x = 0.10 and 0.15. The room temperature coercivity decreases from 7.4 to 2 kOe with Co and Ni substitutions likely due to the decrease of the magnetocrystalline anisotropy of the 2:14:1 phase and the increase of the amount of the soft phases. Saturation magnetization increases slightly while remanence and (BH)max show a slight decrease for x up to 0.10 and then they drop quickly. The intergranular exchange coupling is strong for x ≤ 0.10 but it is reduced significantly for x = 0.15 due to the substantial increase of the volume and size of the soft phases. Thermomagnetic measurements showed a significant increase of the Curie temperature of the 2:14:1 phase from 290 °C for x = 0 to 485 °C for x = 0.15. High temperature hysteresis loop measurements showed improved temperature dependence of remanence and coercivity for x = 0.05.

  2. The PR status of the originating cell of ER/PR-negative mouse mammary tumors.

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    Dong, J; Zhao, W; Shi, A; Toneff, M; Lydon, J; So, D; Li, Y

    2016-08-01

    Progesterone receptor (PR) is usually co-localized with estrogen receptor (ER) in normal mammary cells. It is not known whether ER/PR-negative human breast cancer arises from an ER/PR-negative cell or from an ER/PR-positive cell that later lost ER/PR. Using intraductal injection of a lentivirus to deliver both an oncogene (ErbB2) and a floxed green fluorescent protein (GFP) in PR(Cre/+)mice, whose Cre gene is under the control of the PR promoter, we were able to trace the PR status of the infected cells as they progressed to cancer. We found that the resulting early lesions stained negative for PR in most of the cells and usually retained GFP. The resulting tumors lacked ER and PR, and 75% (15/20) of them retained the GFP signal in all tumor cells, suggesting PR was never expressed throughout the evolution of a majority of these tumors. In conclusion, our data demonstrate that ErbB2-initiated ER/PR-negative mammary tumors primarily originate from the subset of the mammary epithelium that is negative for PR and probably ER as well. These findings also provide an explanation for why antihormonal therapy fails to prevent ER-negative breast cancers. PMID:26640140

  3. ESO PR Highlights in 2001

    NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

    2002-01-01

    great research possibilities at these sites. And this year will also see further development of Europe's Astrophysical Virtual Observatory, a most powerful research tool of the future. Many of these developments are described in ESO's Press Releases , most with Press Photos and several also with PR Video Clips , cf. the 2001 PR Index. Some of last year's ESO PR highlights may be accessed directly via the clickable image on the present page.

  4. Investigation of the superconducting and normal state properties of the filled-skutterudite system PrPt4Ge12 via chemical substitution

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    Jeon, Inho; Huang, Kevin; Yazici, Duygu; Kanchanavatee, Noravee; White, Benjamin D.; Jang, Sooyoung; Pouse, Naveen; Maple, M. Brian; Ho, Pei-Chun

    We report a systematic chemical substitution study on the unconventional superconductor system PrPt4Ge12, which Sb ions are substituted for Ge. Polycrystalline samples of PrPt4Ge12-x Sbx up to x = 5 were synthesized and investigated by means of x-ray diffraction, electrical resistivity, magnetic susceptibility, and specific heat measurements. We observed a suppression of superconductivity with increasing Sb substitutions and evidence for a weak ``rattling'' mode associated with the Pr ions, characterized by a value of ΘE ~ 60 K. As part of a systematic study of the effect of various elemental substitutions on the properties of PrPt4Ge12, measurements of the superconducting and normal state properties of the Pr1-xEuxPt4Ge12 system are currently being performed. This work was supported by the U. S. Department of Energy, Office of Basic Energy Sciences, Division of Materials Sciences and Engineering under Grant No. DE-FG02-04-ER46105 (characterization and physical properties measurements), and the National Science Foundation under Grant No. DMR 1206553 (low-temperature measurements).

  5. ESO PR Highlights in 2003

    NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

    2004-01-01

    Among the many astronomical highlights of 2003, the Transit of Mercury certainly attracted great attention as shown by the record number of hits the ESO web page received on that day. But this was a mere rehearsal of an even bigger event we will enjoy in 2004: the Venus Transit. ESO, in partnership with several institutions, is organising a major educational event in connection with it. During 2003, the ESO Educational Office was also involved in various other programmes. They included the web-based "Catch a Star!" and the "Physics and Life" projects, organised with EC sponsorship in connection with the 2003 European Science and Technology Week. The ALMA project, an European-North American collaboration to build an array of 64 12-m submillimetre antennas, moved forward with the signature of the agreement between ESO and the NSF and with the Ground-breaking at Chajnantor. Conceptual studies of a 100-m optical/infrared telescope (OWL) also proceeded well. Several new instruments were installed at ESO telescopes, e.g. HARPS . And the VLT Interferometer (VLTI) received a powerful Adaptive Optics System and made the first detection through infrared interferometry of an extragalactic object. A rapidly increasing number of new scientific results were obtained on the basis of data from ESO telescopes, some of which were highlighted in ESO Press Releases. A number of beautiful images were published. Many of these developments are described in ESO's Press Releases, most with Press Photos, cf. the 2003 PR Index. Some of last year's ESO PR highlights may be accessed directly via the clickable image above.

  6. Superconducting behaviours in reduction-treated mixtures of fine Pr124 and Pr123 ceramics

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    Koyama, K.; Nakashima, R.; Magishi, K.; Saito, T.; Shima, T.; Hagiwara, M.

    2011-09-01

    Superconducting behaviours in reduction-treated mixtures of fine Pr124 and Pr123 ceramics synthesized using citrate pyrolysis precursor method are examined by electrical resistivity and magnetic measurements. With increasing the ratio of Pr123, the temperature dependence of ρ(T) changes to be semiconductor-like behaviour hugely, and there exist no broad maximum for as-sintered Pr124/Pr123 (1:1.5) and (1:2) samples contrary with the case of (1:1). By reduction treatment, the ρ(T) curve shows the maximum according to the increase of carrier concentration in the CuO double chain in Pr 124 grains. By subtracting the Pr3+ paramagnetic contribution from the temperature dependence of magnetization, the remnant magnetization shows weak diamagnetism below ~17 K, indicating small Meissner effect. The diamagnetic susceptibility is independent of magnetic field in the measured field range below 20 Oe.

  7. Chiral Properties in ^134Pr

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    Starosta, K.; Chiara, C. J.; Fossan, D. B.; Koike, T.; Beausang, C. W.; Hecht, A. A.; Boston, A. J.; Chantler, H. J.; Paul, E. S.; Scraggs, H. C.; Simons, A.; Wadsworth, R.; Clark, R. M.

    2001-04-01

    The πh_11/2νh_11/2 doublet bands in ^134Pr, which represent the best evidence to date for chiral symmetry breaking in odd-odd nuclei [1], were investigated with the GAMMASPHERE array using the ^116Cd(^23Na,5n) reaction at 115 MeV. From thin-target data, the nearly degenerate ΔI=1 side band was extended from a 9^+ bandhead up to a spin of 24^+ with E2 crossovers, a total of 15 units of spin, while the main yrast band was observed from an 8^+ bandhead to 24^+. Measured γ-ray intensities suggest a staggering of the B(M1)/B(E2) ratios in the main band with the ratio smaller for even-spin initial states; these compare well with those of other N=75 isotones. Relative transition rates for γ-rays linking the doublet bands have also been extracted. Analysis of backed-target data aimed at absolute transition rates is underway. The results will be compared to calculations with particle-hole triaxial-rotor and 3-D TAC models. [1mm] [1] C.M.Petrache, et al., Nucl.Phys.A597(1996)106; V.I.Dimitrov, et al., PRL 84(2000)5732; K. Starosta, et al., PRL 86(2001).

  8. [Functions of prion protein PrPc].

    PubMed

    Cazaubon, Sylvie; Viegas, Pedro; Couraud, Pierre-Olivier

    2007-01-01

    It is now well established that both normal and pathological (or scrapie) isoforms of prion protein, PrPc and PrPsc respectively, are involved in the development and progression of various forms of neurodegenerative diseases, including scrapie in sheep, bovine spongiform encephalopathy (or "mad cow disease") and Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease in human, collectively known as prion diseases. The protein PrPc is highly expressed in the central nervous system in neurons and glial cells, and also present in non-brain cells, such as immune cells or epithelial and endothelial cells. Identification of the physiological functions of PrPc in these different cell types thus appears crucial for understanding the progression of prion diseases. Recent studies highlighted several major roles for PrPc that may be considered in two major domains : (1) cell survival (protection against oxidative stress and apoptosis) and (2) cell adhesion. In association with cell adhesion, distinct functions of PrPc were observed, depending on cell types : neuronal differentiation, epithelial and endothelial barrier integrity, transendothelial migration of monocytes, T cell activation. These observations suggest that PrPc functions may be particularly relevant to cellular stress, as well as inflammatory or infectious situations. PMID:17875293

  9. Making red emitting phosphors with Pr 3+

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    Boutinaud, Philippe; Pinel, Eric; Oubaha, Mohamed; Mahiou, Rachid; Cavalli, Enrico; Bettinelli, Marco

    2006-01-01

    UV-excited red-emitting phosphors are obtained using Pr 3+ as the luminescent activator and host lattices containing closed-shell transition metal ions (especially titanates, vanadates and niobates). In these oxidant lattices, the quenching of the otherwise greenish-blue emitting 3P 0 level is induced by a low-lying Pr-to-metal intervalence charge transfer state (IVCT). A simple criterion based on the optical electronegativities of the d 0 lattice cations (M n+) and average Pr 3+ - M n+ distances is proposed to predict 3P 0 quenching in these lattices.

  10. Optimization of permanent magnetic properties in melt spun Co{sub 82−x}Hf{sub 12+x}B{sub 6} (x = 0–4) nanocomposites

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    Chang, H. W.; Liao, M. C.; Shih, C. W.; Chang, W. C.; Shaw, C. C.

    2015-05-07

    Magnetic properties of melt spun Co{sub 82−x}Hf{sub 12+x}B{sub 6} ribbons made with various wheel speeds have been studied. The ribbons with x = 0–1 are not easy to crystallize and thus display soft magnetic behavior even at wheel speed of 10 m/s. In contrast, the ribbons with x = 1.5–4 at optimized wheel speed exhibit good permanent magnetic properties of B{sub r} = 0.41–0.59 T, {sub i}H{sub c} = 120–400 kA/m, and (BH){sub max} = 10.6–48.1 kJ/m{sup 3}. The optimal magnetic properties of B{sub r} = 0.59 T, {sub i}H{sub c} = 384 kA/m, and (BH){sub max} = 48.1 kJ/m{sup 3} are achieved for Co{sub 80}Hf{sub 14}B{sub 6} ribbons at wheel speed of 30 m/s. X-ray diffraction, thermo-magnetic analysis, and transmission electron microscopy results show that good hard magnetic properties of Co{sub 82−x}Hf{sub 12+x}B{sub 6} ribbons (x = 2–4) are originated from the Co{sub 11}Hf{sub 2} phase well coupled with the Co phase. The change of magnetic properties for Co{sub 82−x}Hf{sub 12+x}B{sub 6} ribbons spun at various wheel speeds is correlated to microstructure and phase constitution. The strong exchange-coupling effect between magnetic grains for the ribbons with x = 2–3 at wheel speed = 30 m/s leads to remarkable permanent magnetic properties. The presented results suggest that the optimized Co{sub 82−x}Hf{sub 12+x}B{sub 6} (x = 2–3) ribbons are much suitable than others (x = 0–1.5 and 4) for making rare earth and Pt-free magnets.

  11. ESO PR Highlights in 2004

    NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

    2005-01-01

    new interesting scientific results on the basis of data from ESO telescopes, including several results from the unmatched interferometer mode of the VLT, the VLTI, some of which were highlighted in ESO Press Releases. Certainly worth noting is the possible first ever bona-fide image of an exoplanet and the discovery of the lightest known exoplanet . At the beginning of the year, Paranal welcomed the first Auxiliary Telescope, while on the instrument side as well, 2004 was a good year: we saw the arrival of SINFONI on the VLT, of AMBER on the VLTI, and the installation at the NACO Adaptive Optics instrument of the " Simultaneous Differential Imager (SDI)" to detect exoplanets. And the first prototype of the Astrophysical Virtual Observatory was able to provide unprecedented results on the existence of Type-2 quasars by discovering an entire population of obscured, powerful supermassive black holes. Many of these developments are described in ESO's Press Releases, most with Press Photos, cf. the 2004 PR Index. Some of last year's ESO PR highlights may be accessed directly via the clickable image above.

  12. Photoheterotrophic growth of Agmenellum quadruplicatum PR-6

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    Lambert, D.H.; Stevens, S.E. Jr.

    1986-02-01

    The unicellular cyanobacterium Agmenellum quadruplicatum PR-6 grows in the presence of light on agar containing 10 ..mu..M 3-(3,4 dichlorophenyl)-1,1-dimethylurea and 1 to 30 mM glycerol. A derivative strain, PR-6G2, was tolerant of 100 mM glycerol. Photoheterotrophic growth conditions had little effect on transformation competence but did decrease the viability of single cells plated onto agar, particularly cells of the parent strain.

  13. Magnetic and microwave absorption properties of BaFe 12-x (Mn 0.5Cu 0.5Zr) x/2O 19 synthesized by sol-gel processing

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    Ghasemi, Ali; Liu, Xiaoxi; Morisako, Akimitsu

    2007-09-01

    BaFe 12-x (Mn 0.5Cu 0.5Zr) x/2O 19 hexaferrites with x=1, 2 and 3 were prepared by sol-gel process. The ferrite powders possess hexagonal shape and are well separated from one another. The powders of these ferrites were mixed with polyvinylchloride (PVC) plasticizer to be converted into a microwave absorbing composite ferrite with a thickness of 1.8 mm. X-ray diffractometer (XRD), scanning electron microscope (SEM), ac susceptometer, vibrating sample magnetometer and vector network analyzer were used to analyze its structure, electromagnetic and microwave absorption properties. The results showed that magnetoplumbite structures for all samples were formed. The sample with higher magnetic susceptibility and coercivity exhibits a larger microwave absorbing ability. Also the present investigation demonstrates that a microwave absorber using BaFe 12-x(Mn 0.5Cu 0.5Zr) x/2O 19 ( x=2 and 3)/PVC with a matching thickness of 1.8 mm can be fabricated for applications over 15 GHz, with reflection loss more than -25 dB for specific frequencies, by controlling the molar ratio of the substituted ions.

  14. Effect of La-CO substitution on the crystal structure and magnetic properties of low temperature sintered Sr1-xLaxFe12-xCoxO19 (x=0-0.5) ferrites

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    Peng, Long; Li, Lezhong; Wang, Rui; Hu, Yun; Tu, Xiaoqiang; Zhong, Xiaoxi

    2015-11-01

    The La-Co substituted Sr1-xLaxFe12-xCoxO19 (x=0-0.5) ferrites with appropriate Bi2O3 additive were prepared at a low sintering temperature of 890 °C compatible with LTCC (low temperature co-fired ceramics) systems, and the effect of La-Co substitution on their crystal structure and magnetic properties was investigated. The results show that the pure M-type phase is successfully obtained when the La-Co substitution amount x does not exceed 0.3. However, the single M-type phase structure transforms to multiphase structure with further increased x, where the α-Fe2O3 phase and La2O3 phase coexist with the M-type phase. Moreover, the saturation magnetization Ms, magnetic anisotropy field Ha, intrinsic coercivity Hci, and Curie temperature TC of the ferrites depend on the La-Co substitution amount strongly, which are suggested to be determined by the partially substitution of La3+-Co2+ ions for Sr2+-Fe3+ ions with x not higher than 0.3. It is found that the obtained Sr1-xLaxFe12-xCoxO19 (x=0.2 and 0.3) ferrites can provide improved magnetic properties (Ms>62 emu/g, Ha>1400 kA/m, and Hci>320 kA/m) as low temperature sintered M-type hexaferrites for microwave LTCC applications.

  15. An orange emitting phosphor Lu2-xCaMg2Si2.9Ti0.1O12:xCe with pure garnet phase for warm white LEDs

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    Chu, Yaoqing; Zhang, Qinghong; Xu, Jiayue; Li, Yaogang; Wang, Hongzhi

    2015-09-01

    A new silicate garnet phosphor, Lu2-xCaMg2Si2.9Ti0.1O12:xCe was synthesized by a high temperature solid-state reaction under reductive atmosphere. X-ray diffraction (XRD) showed that the powder was pure garnet phase. The emission and excitation spectrum indicated that the Lu2-xCaMg2Si2.9Ti0.1O12:xCe phosphors could absorb blue light in the spectral range of 400-550 nm efficiently and exhibit bright yellow-orange emission in the range of 520-750 nm. With the increase of Ce3+ concentration, the emission band of Ce3+ showed a red shift. Interestingly, the concentration quenching occurred when the Ce3+ concentration exceeded 4 mol%. The temperature-dependent luminescent properties of the phosphors were discussed and the Lu1.96CaMg2Si2.9Ti0.1O12:0.04Ce phosphors showed good performances in color temperature (2430 K) and potential applications for warm white LEDs.

  16. Crystal and electronic structure analysis and thermodynamic stabilities for electrochemically or chemically delithiated Li1.2-xMn0.54Ni0.13Co0.13O2

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    Ishida, Naoya; Tamura, Norihide; Kitamura, Naoto; Idemoto, Yasushi

    2016-07-01

    The Li1.2-xMn0.54Ni0.13Co0.13O2 were synthesized by chemical or electrochemical delithiation. The characterization by using the XRD, ICP, synchrotron XRD and thermodynamic measurements were performed for pristine and delithiated compounds. The measured lithium compositions for chemically delithiated Li1.2-xMn0.54Ni0.13Co0.13O2 showed the values of x = 0.31, 0.43, and 0.88, and were nearly the same as the electrochemically delithiated cathodes at 4.3 V, 4.5 V, and 4.8 V, respectively. The crystal and electronic structures for pristine and delithiated samples were analyzed by the Rietveld method using synchrotron X-ray diffraction. As a result, many structural parameters resembled between chemically and electrochemically delithiations up to x ≈ 0.5. Above x ≈ 0.5, the distortion parameters, λ and σ2, and the electronic structures for electrochemically delithiated materials were not coincide with those for corresponding chemically delithiated one. Thermodynamic stabilities of the materials about x ≈ 0.9 were enhanced for electrochemically delithiation. The chemically delithiation of the Li1.2Mn0.54Ni0.13Co0.13O2 enabled the reproduction of the charged active materials up to 4.5 V by using the NO2BF4 oxidizer.

  17. PrP Conformational Transitions Alter Species Preference of a PrP-specific Antibody*

    PubMed Central

    Zou, Wen-Quan; Langeveld, Jan; Xiao, Xiangzhu; Chen, Shugui; McGeer, Patrick L.; Yuan, Jue; Payne, Michael C.; Kang, Hae-Eun; McGeehan, John; Sy, Man-Sun; Greenspan, Neil S.; Kaplan, David; Wang, Gong-Xian; Parchi, Piero; Hoover, Edward; Kneale, Geoff; Telling, Glenn; Surewicz, Witold K.; Kong, Qingzhong; Guo, Jian-Ping

    2010-01-01

    The epitope of the 3F4 antibody most commonly used in human prion disease diagnosis is believed to consist of residues Met-Lys-His-Met (MKHM) corresponding to human PrP-(109–112). This assumption is based mainly on the observation that 3F4 reacts with human and hamster PrP but not with PrP from mouse, sheep, and cervids, in which Met at residue 112 is replaced by Val. Here we report that, by brain histoblotting, 3F4 did not react with PrP of uninfected transgenic mice expressing elk PrP; however, it did show distinct immunoreactivity in transgenic mice infected with chronic wasting disease. Compared with human PrP, the 3F4 reactivity with the recombinant elk PrP was 2 orders of magnitude weaker, as indicated by both Western blotting and surface plasmon resonance. To investigate the molecular basis of these species- and conformer-dependent preferences of 3F4, the epitope was probed by peptide membrane array and antigen competition experiments. Remarkably, the 3F4 antibody did not react with MKHM but reacted strongly with KTNMK (corresponding to human PrP-(106–110)), a sequence that is also present in cervids, sheep, and cattle. 3F4 also reacted with elk PrP peptides containing KTNMKHV. We concluded that the minimal sequence for the 3F4 epitope consists of residues KTNMK, and the species- and conformer-dependent preferences of 3F4 arise largely from the interactions between Met112 (human PrP) or Val115 (cervid PrP) and adjacent residues. PMID:20194495

  18. Nitration is exclusive to defense-related PR-1, PR-3 and PR-5 proteins in tobacco leaves.

    PubMed

    Takahashi, Misa; Shigeto, Jun; Izumi, Shunsuke; Yoshizato, Katsutoshi; Morikawa, Hiromichi

    2016-07-01

    Protein tyrosine nitration is an important post-translational modification. A variety of nitrated proteins are reported in Arabidopsis leaves and seedlings, sunflower hypocotyls, and pea roots. The identities of nitrated proteins are species-/organ-specific, and chloroplast proteins are most nitratable in leaves. However, precise mechanism is unclear. Here, we investigated nitroproteome in tobacco leaves following exposure to nitrogen dioxide. Proteins were extracted, electrophoresed and immunoblotted using an anti-3-nitrotyrosine antibody. Mass spectrometry and FASTA search identified for the first time an exclusive nitration of pathogenesis-related proteins, PR-1, PR-3 and PR-5, which are reportedly located in the apoplast or the vacuole. Furthermore, Tyr(36) of thaumatin-like protein E2 was identfied as a nitration site. The underlying mechanism and physiological relevance are discussed. PMID:27301959

  19. Small molecules and antibodies: a means of distinguishing between PrPC and PrPSc

    Technology Transfer Automated Retrieval System (TEKTRAN)

    PrPSc and PrPC are isoforms, since they possess identical covalent structures and identical post-translational modifications. The same amino acid may react differently with the same chemical reagent in an isoform-dependent manner. The site of covalent modification can be identified by mass spectrom...

  20. Distinguishing between PrPC and PrPSc using small molecule reagents

    Technology Transfer Automated Retrieval System (TEKTRAN)

    Background/Introduction. The structural difference between PrPSc and PrPC is entirely conformational: they are isoforms. Both isoforms possess identical covalent structures and identical post-translational modifications. This means that the same amino acid can react differently with the same chemic...

  1. Distinguishing between PrPC and PrPSc using small molecule reagents(Abstract)

    Technology Transfer Automated Retrieval System (TEKTRAN)

    Background/Introduction. The structural difference between PrPSc and PrPC is entirely conformational: they are isoforms. Both isoforms possess identical covalent structures and identical post-translational modifications. This means that the same amino acid can react differently with the same chemica...

  2. ESO PR Highlights in 2007

    NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

    2008-01-01

    Another great year went by for ESO, the European Organisation for Astronomical Research in the Southern Hemisphere. From 1 January 2007, with the official joining of the Czech Republic, ESO has 13 member states, and since September, ESO has a new Director General, Tim de Zeeuw (ESO 03/07 and 38/07). Many scientific discoveries were made possible with ESO's telescopes. Arguably, the most important is the discovery of the first Earth-like planet in the habitable zone of a low-mass red dwarf (ESO 22/07). If there is water on this planet, then it should be liquid! ESO PR Highlights 2007 This is a clickable map. These are only some of the press releases issued by ESO in 2007. For a full listing, please go to ESO 2007 page. In our own Solar System also, astronomers made stunning breakthroughs with ESO's telescopes, observing the effect of the light from the Sun on an asteroid's rotation (ESO 11/07), describing in unprecedented detail the double asteroid Antiope (ESO 18/07), peering at the rings of Uranus (ESO 37/07), discovering a warm south pole on Neptune (ESO 41/07), showing a widespread and persistent morning drizzle of methane over the western foothills of Titan's major continent (ESO 47/07), and studying in the greatest details the wonderful Comet McNaught (ESO 05/07 and 07/07). In the study of objects slightly more massive than planets, the VLT found that brown dwarfs form in a similar manner to normal stars (ESO 24/07). The VLT made it also possible to measure the age of a fossil star that was clearly born at the dawn of time (ESO 23/07). Other discoveries included reconstructing the site of a flare on a solar-like star (ESO 53/07), catching a star smoking (ESO 34/07), revealing a reservoir of dust around an elderly star (ESO 43/07), uncovering a flat, nearly edge-on disc of silicates in the heart of the magnificent Ant Nebula (ESO 42/07), finding material around a star before it exploded (ESO 31/07), fingerprinting the Milky Way (ESO 15/07), revealing a rich

  3. Microstructure and mechanical properties of austenitic stainless steel 12X18H9T after neutron irradiation in the pressure vessel of BR-10 fast reactor at very low dose rates

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    Porollo, S. I.; Dvoriashin, A. M.; Konobeev, Yu. V.; Ivanov, A. A.; Shulepin, S. V.; Garner, F. A.

    2006-12-01

    Results are presented for void swelling, microstructure and mechanical properties of Russian 12X18H9T (0.12C-18Cr-9Ni-Ti) austenitic stainless steel irradiated as a pressure vessel structural material of the BR-10 fast reactor at ˜350 °C to only 0.64 dpa, produced by many years of exposure at the very low displacement rate of only 1.9 × 10 -9 dpa/s. In agreement with a number of other recent studies it appears that lower dpa rates have a pronounced effect on the microstructure and resultant mechanical properties. In general, lower dpa rates lead to the onset of swelling at much lower doses compared to comparable irradiations conducted at higher dpa rates.

  4. Microstructure and mechanical properties of austenitic stainless steel 12X18H9T after neutron irradiation in the pressure vessel of BR-10 fast reactor at very low dose rates

    SciTech Connect

    Porollo, S. I.; Dvoriashin, Alexander M.; Konobeev, Yury V.; Ivanov, A. A.; Shulepin, S. V.; Garner, Francis A.

    2006-12-01

    Results are presented for void swelling, microstructure andmechanical properties of Russian 12X18H9T (0.12C-18Cr-9Ni-Ti) austenitic stainless steel irradiated as a pressure vessel structure material of the BR-10 fast reactor at ~350C to only 0.64 dpa, produced by many years of exposure at the very low displacement rate of only 1.9x10-9 dpa/s. In agreement with a number of other recent studies it appears that lower dpa rates have a pronounced effect on the microstructure and resultant mechanical properties. In general, loweer dpa rates lead to the onset of swelling at much lower doses compared to comparable irradiations conducted at higher dpa rates.

  5. Investigation of the crystal and magnetic structures of BaFe{sub 12-x}Al{sub x}O{sub 19} solid solutions (x = 0.1‒1.2)

    SciTech Connect

    Turchenko, V. A.; Trukhanov, A. V.; Bobrikov, I. A.; Trukhanov, S. V.; Balagurov, A. M.

    2015-09-15

    The structure of barium ferrite BaFe{sub 12-x}Al{sub x}O{sub 19} solid solutions (x = 0.1‒1.2) with iron partially replaced with diamagnetic aluminum ions has been studied by neutron diffraction. Experimental data have been collected at room temperature on a high-resolution diffractometer, which yielded precise information about the changes in the crystal and magnetic structures and data on the behavior of the sample microstructure. Barium hexaferrite retains a magnetoplumbite structure in the entire range of aluminum concentrations under study, and its magnetic structure is described within the Gorter model, with moments orientated along the hexagonal axis. The total magnetic moment per formula unit decreases while diamagnetic aluminum ions substitute for iron ions. Microstrains in crystallites increase with an increase in the diamagnetic ion concentration, which is related to the difference in the ionic radii of iron and aluminum ions.

  6. K(h)α1,2 x-ray hypersatellite line broadening as a signature of K-shell double photoionization followed by outer-shell ionization and excitation.

    PubMed

    Polasik, M; Słabkowska, K; Rzadkiewicz, J; Kozioł, K; Starosta, J; Wiatrowska-Kozioł, E; Dousse, J-Cl; Hoszowska, J

    2011-08-12

    We propose a novel approach for the theoretical analysis of the photoinduced high-resolution K(h)α(1,2) x-ray hypersatellite spectra, which allows us to obtain reliable values of lifetimes of the doubly K-shell ionized states and fundamental information about the relative role of K-shell double photoionization (DPI) mechanisms. It is demonstrated for the first time that the K(h)α(1,2) hypersatellite natural line broadening observed for selected metal atoms with 20 ≤ Z ≤ 30 can be well reproduced quantitatively by taking into account the influences of the open-shell valence configuration (adopted from predictions of the band-structure method) and the outer-shell ionization and excitation following the DPI process. PMID:21902389

  7. Inorganic materis for anomalous-dispersion phase-matched second harmonic generation: Rubidium titanyl arsenate isomorphs, Rb[Ti{sub 1-2x}Ln{sub x}Nb{sub x}]OAsO{sub 4}

    SciTech Connect

    Anderson, M.T.; Phillips, M.L.F.; Stucky, G.D.

    1993-12-31

    We report the synthesis and optical properties of Rb[Ti{sub 1-2x}Ln{sub x}Nb{sub x}]OAsO{sub 4}. The solid solubility of lanthanide ions in the materials decreases exponentially as the size of the lanthanide ion increases. The materials exhibit absorption spectra characteristic of the particular lanthanide ion in the structure. The spectral regions between absorption peaks are transparent and will allow the transmission of fundamental and second-harmonic radiation. The charge transfer band is red-shifted 0 to 27 nm relative to RbTiOAsO{sub 4} (midpoint 331 nm). Second-harmonic intensities measured at 532 nm decrease exponentially as lanthanide ion concentration increases.

  8. Magnetic domain tuning and the emergence of bubble domains in the bilayer manganite La2–2xSr1+2xMn2O7(x=0.32)

    DOE PAGESBeta

    Jeong, Juyoung; Yang, Ilkyu; Yang, Jinho; Ayala-Valenzuela, Oscar E.; Wulferding, Dirk; Zhou, J. -S.; Goodenough, John B.; de Lozanne, Alex; Mitchell, J. F.; Leon, Neliza; et al

    2015-08-17

    We report a magnetic force microscopy study of the magnetic domain evolution in the layered manganite La2-2xSr1+2xMn2O7 (with x=0.32). This strongly correlated electron compound is known to exhibit a wide range of magnetic phases, including a recently uncovered biskyrmion phase. We observe a continuous transition from dendritic to stripelike domains, followed by the formation of magnetic bubbles due to a field- and temperature-dependent competition between in-plane and out-of-plane spin alignments. The magnetic bubble phase appears at comparable field and temperature ranges as the biskyrmion phase, suggesting a close relation between both phases. Based on our real-space images we construct amore » temperature-field phase diagram for this composition.« less

  9. Synthesis and luminescence properties of (Lu0.95‑xCe0.05)2Ca1+2xMg2Si3O12 silicate garnet phosphors and its applications

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    Xia, Wei; Zhang, Xiyan; Lu, Liping

    2016-06-01

    Silicate garnet phosphors (Lu0.95‑xCe0.05)2Ca1+2xMg2Si3O12 with x=0, 0.05, 0.1, and 0.15 were prepared by high-temperature solid-state reaction in a reducing atmosphere. The crystal structure, photoluminescence and luminescence of the phosphors were investigated. The optimum excitation peak wavelength of the phosphors ranged from 450nm to 490nm, matching the emission spectra of a blue light-emitting diode chip. The phosphors emit orange-red light after excitation that can be tuned from 589nm to 597nm by changing the concentration of calcium ions. In addition, their emission made them suitable for use in warm-white LEDs with a high-color rendering index.

  10. Magnetic domain tuning and the emergence of bubble domains in the bilayer manganite La2-2xSr1+2xMn2O7(x=0.32)

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    Jeong, Juyoung; Yang, Ilkyu; Yang, Jinho; Ayala-Valenzuela, Oscar E.; Wulferding, Dirk; Zhou, J. -S.; Goodenough, John B.; de Lozanne, Alex; Mitchell, J. F.; Leon, Neliza; et al

    2015-08-01

    Here, we report a magnetic force microscopy study of the magnetic domain evolution in the layered manganite La2–2xSr1+2xMn2O7 (with x = 0.32). This strongly correlated electron compound is known to exhibit a wide range of magnetic phases, including a recently uncovered biskyrmion phase. We observe a continuous transition from dendritic to stripelike domains, followed by the formation of magnetic bubbles due to a field- and temperature-dependent competition between in-plane and out-of-plane spin alignments. The magnetic bubble phase appears at comparable field and temperature ranges as the biskyrmion phase, suggesting a close relation between both phases. Based on our real-space imagesmore » we construct a temperature-field phase diagram for this composition.« less

  11. Li {sub x}Pb{sup II} {sub 1-2x}M{sup III} {sub x}O (M = Al, Fe): A new solid solution series related to yellow PbO

    SciTech Connect

    Tripathy, Mamata; Mani, Rohini; Gopalakrishnan, J. . E-mail: gopal@sscu.iisc.ernet.in

    2006-12-14

    New series of oxides, Li {sub x}Pb{sub 1-2x}M {sub x}O (M = Al, Fe), for 0

  12. Two-fermion-four-boson description of {sup 198}Hg within the U{sub {nu}}(6/12) x U{sub {pi}}(6/4) extended nuclear structure supersymmetry

    SciTech Connect

    Bernards, C.; Heinze, S.; Jolie, J.; Fransen, C.; Linnemann, A.; Radeck, D.

    2009-05-15

    Using the U{sub {nu}}(6/12) x U{sub {pi}}(6/4) extended supersymmetry, we constructed the energy spectrum and electromagnetic transition properties of the supermultiplet member {sup 198}Hg with two proton fermions coupled to a neutron boson core. Consistency between the supersymmetric interacting boson fermion fermion approximation (IBFFA) description and the F-spin symmetric interacting boson approximation (IBA-2) description is shown for this two-fermion-N-boson multiplet member. The data of a {gamma}{gamma} angular correlation experiment using the HORUS cube {gamma}-ray spectrometer--determining new multipole mixing ratios, level spins, {gamma} transitions, and energy states--shows quite a good agreement, also for the low-energy part of the spectrum, when comparing theoretical predictions and experimental data. This is contrary to the usual assumption that a two-fermion-N-boson constellation should describe just the excited two-quasiparticle states.

  13. Prion protein (PrP) synthetic peptides induce cellular PrP to acquire properties of the scrapie isoform.

    PubMed Central

    Kaneko, K; Peretz, D; Pan, K M; Blochberger, T C; Wille, H; Gabizon, R; Griffith, O H; Cohen, F E; Baldwin, M A; Prusiner, S B

    1995-01-01

    Conversion of the cellular isoform of prion protein (PrPC) into the scrapie isoform (PrPSc) involves an increase in the beta-sheet content, diminished solubility, and resistance to proteolytic digestion. Transgenetic studies argue that PrPC and PrPSc form a complex during PrPSc formation; thus, synthetic PrP peptides, which mimic the conformational pluralism of PrP, were mixed with PrPC to determine whether its properties were altered. Peptides encompassing two alpha-helical domains of PrP when mixed with PrPC produced a complex that displayed many properties of PrPSc. The PrPC-peptide complex formed fibrous aggregates and up to 65% of complexed PrPC sedimented at 100,000 x g for 1 h, whereas PrPC alone did not. These complexes were resistant to proteolytic digestion and displayed a high beta-sheet content. Unexpectedly, the peptide in a beta-sheet conformation did not form the complex, whereas the random coil did. Addition of 2% Sarkosyl disrupted the complex and rendered PrPC sensitive to protease digestion. While the pathogenic A117V mutation increased the efficacy of complex formation, anti-PrP monoclonal antibody prevented interaction between PrPC and peptides. Our findings in concert with transgenetic investigations argue that PrPC interacts with PrPSc through a domain that contains the first two putative alpha-helices. Whether PrPC-peptide complexes possess prion infectivity as determined by bioassays remains to be established. Images Fig. 1 Fig. 2 Fig. 3 Fig. 4 PMID:7479957

  14. Structural, Raman spectroscopic and microwave dielectric studies on Ni1-x(Zn1/2Zr1/2)xW1-xNbxO4 ceramic compounds with wolframite structure.

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    Ramarao, S D; Murthy, V R K

    2015-02-01

    Ni1-x(Zn1/2Zr1/2)xW1-xNbxO4 (x = 0.0-1.0) compositions were synthesized via conventional solid-state reaction method. Structural and lattice vibrational characteristics of these compositions were studied with the help of powder X-ray diffraction and Raman spectroscopic measurements. Rietveld refinements confirm the formation of all these compositions in monoclinic wolframite structure with P2/c space group. When moving towards Ni(2+)-poor compositions, splitting in the X-ray reflections was observed and is explained with lattice parameter variation. With increasing value of x, Raman spectra show two additional Raman active modes and the possible reasons for observing these modes are discussed in terms of electronegativity difference of the randomly distributed cations in B-site of these compositions. X-ray photoelectron spectroscopic measurements were done to understand the chemical bonding states of different elements in these compositions. Surface morphology studies reveal that the average grain size increases with increasing x. Microwave dielectric properties such as dielectric constant and quality factor were measured using Hakki-Coleman and reflection cavity techniques and enhancement in these values with x is correlated with intrinsic parameters such as polarizability and 3d electrons present in the constituent ions of these compositions. Temperature coefficient of resonant frequency was measured using an invar cavity attached to a programmable hot plate and is explained with B-site octahedral distortion of these compositions. Well dense Ni1-x(Zn1/2Zr1/2)xW1-xNbxO4 (x = 0.0-1.0) compositions possess good microwave dielectric properties. PMID:25534872

  15. Correlations between lithium local structure and electrochemistry of layered LiCo(1-2x)Ni(x)Mn(x)O2 oxides: 7Li MAS NMR and EPR studies.

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    Stoyanova, Radostina; Ivanova, Svetlana; Zhecheva, Ekaterina; Samoson, Ago; Simova, Svetlana; Tzvetkova, Pavleta; Barra, Anne-Laure

    2014-02-14

    Advanced (7)Li MAS NMR technologies and high frequency EPR are combined to identify structural motifs and their relation to electrochemical properties of layered lithium-cobalt-nickel-manganese oxides LiCo1-2xNixMnxO2 (0 < x ≤ 0.5) used as cathode materials in lithium ion batteries. Structural-chemical shift regularities were established by systematic variation of the ratio of diamagnetic Co(3+) to paramagnetic Ni/Mn ions with variable valences. While EPR allows identifying the oxidation state of transition metal ions inside the layers, (7)Li NMR probes the local structure of Li with respect to transition metal ions located in two adjacent layers. For assignment of the lithium chemical shifts, we examine first magnetically diluted LiCo1-2xNixMnxO2 with x = 0.02, where paramagnetic ions are stabilized only in Mn(4+) and Ni(3+) form. Then the studies are extended towards the intermediate compositions with x = 0.10 and 0.33, containing simultaneously paramagnetic Mn(4+), Ni(3+) and Ni(2+) ions and diamagnetic Co(3+) ions. The benefit of using NMR with ultrafast spinning rates is demonstrated for the end composition LiNi0.5Mn0.5O2 having only paramagnetic Ni(2+) and Mn(2+) ions. The local structure of Li is quantified in respect of the number of Ni(2+) and Mn(4+) neighbors. It has been demonstrated that Ni(2+) and Mn(4+) are non-randomly distributed around Li and their distribution depends on the method of synthesis. The extent of local cationic order and its effect on the electrochemical properties of LiNi0.5Mn0.5O2 are discussed. PMID:24356075

  16. Quadrupole scattering in PrAl2

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    Sablik, M. J.; Pureur, P.; Creuzet, G.; Fert, A.; Levy, P. M.

    1983-10-01

    We derive the spontaneous anisotropy of the resistivity of the ferromagnetic compound PrAl2 from magnetoresistance measurements on a single crystal of PrAl2. We ascribe this spontaneous anisotropy of the resistivity to scattering of the conduction electrons by the thermal quadrupole disorder and we account for our experimental results by using the theoretical model previously developed by us. We find that quadrupole scattering gives a very important contribution to the total magnetic disorder (spin and quadrupole) resistivity but that only a small part of this quadrupole contribution is anisotropic.

  17. Experimental Investigation of the Cd-Pr Phase Diagram

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    Reichmann, Thomas L.; Effenberger, Herta S.; Ipser, Herbert

    2014-01-01

    The complete Cd-Pr equilibrium phase diagram was investigated with a combination of powder-XRD, SEM and DTA. All intermetallic compounds within this system, already reported in literature, could be confirmed: CdPr, Cd2Pr, Cd3Pr, Cd45Pr11, Cd58Pr13, Cd6Pr and Cd11Pr. The corresponding phase boundaries were determined at distinct temperatures. The homogeneity range of the high-temperature allotropic modification of Pr could be determined precisely and a limited solubility of 22.1 at.% Cd was derived. Additionally, single-crystal X-ray diffraction was employed to investigate structural details of Cd2Pr; it is isotypic to the AlB2-type structure with a z value of the Cd site of 0.5. DTA results of alloys located in the adjacent two-phase fields of Cd2Pr suggested a phase transformation between 893 and 930°C. For the phase Cd3Pr it was found that the lattice parameter a changes linearly with increasing Cd content, following Vegard’s rule. The corresponding defect mechanism could be evaluated from structural data collected with single-crystal XRD. Introduction of a significant amount of vacancies on the Pr site and the reduction in symmetry of one Cd position (8c to 32f) resulted in a noticeable decrease of all R-values. PMID:24718502

  18. Experimental investigation of the Cd-Pr phase diagram.

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    Reichmann, Thomas L; Effenberger, Herta S; Ipser, Herbert

    2014-01-01

    The complete Cd-Pr equilibrium phase diagram was investigated with a combination of powder-XRD, SEM and DTA. All intermetallic compounds within this system, already reported in literature, could be confirmed: CdPr, Cd2Pr, Cd3Pr, Cd45Pr11, Cd58Pr13, Cd6Pr and Cd11Pr. The corresponding phase boundaries were determined at distinct temperatures. The homogeneity range of the high-temperature allotropic modification of Pr could be determined precisely and a limited solubility of 22.1 at.% Cd was derived. Additionally, single-crystal X-ray diffraction was employed to investigate structural details of Cd2Pr; it is isotypic to the AlB2-type structure with a z value of the Cd site of 0.5. DTA results of alloys located in the adjacent two-phase fields of Cd2Pr suggested a phase transformation between 893 and 930°C. For the phase Cd3Pr it was found that the lattice parameter a changes linearly with increasing Cd content, following Vegard's rule. The corresponding defect mechanism could be evaluated from structural data collected with single-crystal XRD. Introduction of a significant amount of vacancies on the Pr site and the reduction in symmetry of one Cd position (8c to 32f) resulted in a noticeable decrease of all R-values. PMID:24718502

  19. The structure, thermal expansion and phase transition properties of Ho{sub 2}Mo{sub 3−x}W{sub x}O{sub 12} (x = 0, 1.0, 2.0) solid solutions

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    Liu, X.Z.; Hao, L.J.; Wu, M.M.; Ma, X.B.; Chen, D.F.; Liu, Y.T.

    2015-10-15

    Graphical abstract: A polymorph with Gd{sub 2}Mo{sub 3}O{sub 12}-type structure (space group: Pba2) for negative thermal expansion material Ho{sub 2}Mo{sub 3}O{sub 12} is observed above 700 °C, this polymorphism could be effectively supressed by W-substiution for Mo, the give the temperature dependence of Pba2 phase contents for Ho{sub 2}Mo{sub 3−x}W{sub x}O{sub 12} (x = 0.0, 1.0, 2.0). - Highlights: • The solid solution Ho{sub 2}Mo{sub 3−x}W{sub x}O{sub 12} was investigated by in situ X-ray diffraction. • It is found that the substitution slightly influence thermal expansion property. • A polymorph of Ho{sub 2}Mo{sub 3}O{sub 12} with Pba2 space group was observed above 700 °C. • The W-substitution for Mo effectively suppresses this transformation. - Abstract: Three solid solutions of Ho{sub 2}Mo{sub 3−x}W{sub x}O{sub 12}(x = 0, 1.0, 2.0) were prepared by solid state reaction method, the temperature dependent in-situ X-ray diffraction and thermal analysis were performed to investigate their structure and thermal expansion. All samples have orthorhombic structure(space group Pbcn# 60) with negative thermal expansion at the room temperature. the substitution of W for Mo enlarges the lattice constant and slightly influences the negative thermal expansion. An irreversible phase transformation to the Pba2 phase(Tb{sub 2}Mo{sub 3}O{sub 12} structure) was observed at high temperature for Mo-rich samples. This ploymorphism could be effectively suppressed by the W-substitution for Mo, this phenomenon could be explained by the lower electronegativity of W{sup 6+} than Mo{sup 6+}.

  20. Electron Paramagnetic Resonance Study of Pr

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    Tezuka, Keitaro; Hinatsu, Yukio

    2001-01-01

    Electron paramagnetic resonance (EPR) spectra of tetravalent praseodymium ions doped in the cubic perovskite compound BaHfO{sub 3} have been measured at 4.2 K. A very large hyperfine interaction with the {sup 141}Pr nucleus was observed in the spectrum of Pr{sup 4+}/ BaHfO{sub 3}. The results were analyzed based on the weak field approximation, and the g value (|g|=0.619) and a hyperfine coupling constant (A=0.0589 cm{sup {minus}1}) were obtained. The measured g value is much smaller than |-10/7|, which indicates that the crystal field effect on the behavior of a 4f electron is large. These g and A values were compared with the EPR results for other f{sup 1} ions in an octahedral crystal field.

  1. Crystal structure and physical properties of microwave sintered Sr1-xLaxFe12-xCuxO19 (x=0-0.5) ferrites for LTCC applications

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    Peng, Long; Li, Lezhong; Zhong, Xiaoxi; Wang, Rui; Tu, Xiaoqiang

    2016-08-01

    The Sr1-xLaxFe12-xCuxO19 (x=0-0.5) ferrites for use in low temperature co-fired ceramics (LTCC) technology were prepared by improved solid phase method. Dependence of their crystal structure, magnetic, electrical, and dielectric properties on La-Cu substitution amount were investigated. Pure M-type phase is obtained for the ferrites with La-Cu substitution amount x≤0.3. With x further increasing to 0.5, the multiphase structure is formed, where the M-type phase coexists with the LaFeO3 phase and Sr2FeO4-x phase. In single M-type phase region with x≤0.3, the varied magnetic properties can be well explained considering the occupancy effects of La3+ and Cu2+ ions in magnetoplumbite structure. Their electrical transport behavior is found to be correlated with La-Cu substitution amount. Single metal-semiconductor (M-S) transition is clearly observed in the ferrites with a high doping amount as x=0.3. The polarization behavior from 1 kHz to 10 MHz follows the charge polarization mechanism, and the temperature dependence of real permittivity (ε‧-T curves) and dielectric loss (tgδ-T curves) strongly suggests the complicated multiparticle polarization and relaxation.

  2. Tuning static and high frequency magnetic properties of SrFe12-x(Mn0.5Co0.5Ti)x/2O19 nanoparticles and thin films via chemical control

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    Ghasemi, Ali

    2015-03-01

    This study is intended to evaluate the structural, magnetic, and reflection loss of Mn-Co-Ti susbtituted strontium hexaferrite SrFe12-x(Mn0.5Co0.5Ti)x/2O19 nanoparticles with x=0-2.5 synthesized by a sol-gel combustion method. The thin films of ferrite with the same composition were also prepared. These particles were evaluated to characterize the structural, magnetic, and reflection loss properties of prepared samples by use of X-ray diffraction, field-emission scanning electron microscopy, Mössbauer spectroscopy, vibrating-sample magnetometer, and vector network analyzer. The XRD and SEM results confirmed the presence of strontium ferrite phase with magnetoplumbite structure and narrow size distribution in all synthesized samples. The substituted cations were located in 4f1 and 2b sites. According to hysteresis loops, magnetization increased and coercivity decreased. The reflection loss characteristics of this ferrite were investigated in the12-18 GHz range. SEM and AFM micrographs showed that with an increase in substitution content, the grain size increases. Magnetic susceptibility of thin films was characterized and it was found that the real parts of susceptibility were decreased by an increase in substitution content, while imaginary parts enhanced.

  3. Thermal and structural analysis of the LBL 10 x 40 cm long pulse accelerator and the 12 x 48 cm common long pulse accelerator for TFTR, doublet III-D, and MFTF-B

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    Wells, R.P.

    1985-11-01

    Stress and deflection of the grid rails of the existing, Lawrence Berkeley Laboratory (LBL) designed, 10 x 40 cm Long Pulse (neutral beam) Accelerator (40LPA) and the expanded 12 x 48 cm version, Common Long Pulse Source (CLPS), have been computed for a series of assumed heat load distributions. The combined stress from self-constraint of thermal expansion and rail holder reaction forces has been calculated. A simplification of the gradient grid rail holder was analyzed and was found to work as well or better than the original 40LPA design under the most probable operating conditions. Heat flux non-uniformity over the rail surface for both accelerator designs was estimated from 40LPA grid calorimetry data for arc and beam extraction operation. The extrapolated total heat load per rail for the CLPS was less than the 1.2 kW value used in this analysis. Under worst case assumptions, the maximum equivalent stress in any of the molybdenum grid rails was less than 20% of yield. For the anticipated heat load distribution on the gradient grid, the predicted deflection of the grid rail meets the 0.0457 mm position tolerance except under extremely non-uniform heat loads.

  4. Atomic scale studies of La/Sr ordering in colossal magnetoresistant La2-2xSr1+2xMn2O7 single crystals

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    Roldan, Manuel A.; Oxley, Mark P.; Li, Qing'an A.; Zheng, Hong; Gray, Kenneth E.; Mitchell, John F.; Pennycook, Stephen J.; Varela, Maria

    2014-09-29

    In this study, it is unclear whether chemical order (or disorder) is in any way connected to double exchange, electronic phase separation, or charge ordering (CO) in manganites. In this work, we carry out an atomic resolution study of the colossal magnetoresistant manganite La2–2xSr1+2xMn2O7 (LSMO). We combine aberration-corrected electron microscopy and spectroscopy with spectroscopic image simulations, to analyze cation ordering at the atomic scale in real space in a number of LSMO single crystals. We compare three different compositions within the phase diagram: a ferromagnetic metallic material (x=0.36), an insulating, antiferromagnetic charge ordered (AF-CO) compound (x=0.5), which also exhibits orbitalmore » ordering, and an additional AF sample (x=0.56). Detailed image simulations are essential to accurately quantify the degree of chemical ordering of these samples. We find a significant degree of long-range chemical ordering in all cases, which increases in the AF-CO range. However, the degree of ordering is never complete nor can it explain the strongly correlated underlying ordering phenomena. Our results show that chemical ordering over distinct crystallographic sites is not needed for electronic ordering phenomena to appear in manganites, and cannot by itself explain the complex electronic behavior of LSMO.« less

  5. Atomic scale studies of La/Sr ordering in colossal magnetoresistant La2-2xSr1+2xMn2O7 single crystals

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    Roldan, Manuel A.; Oxley, Mark P.; Li, Qing'an A.; Zheng, Hong; Gray, Kenneth E.; Mitchell, John F.; Pennycook, Stephen J.; Varela, Maria

    2014-09-29

    In this study, it is unclear whether chemical order (or disorder) is in any way connected to double exchange, electronic phase separation, or charge ordering (CO) in manganites. In this work, we carry out an atomic resolution study of the colossal magnetoresistant manganite La2–2xSr1+2xMn2O7 (LSMO). We combine aberration-corrected electron microscopy and spectroscopy with spectroscopic image simulations, to analyze cation ordering at the atomic scale in real space in a number of LSMO single crystals. We compare three different compositions within the phase diagram: a ferromagnetic metallic material (x=0.36), an insulating, antiferromagnetic charge ordered (AF-CO) compound (x=0.5), which also exhibits orbital ordering, and an additional AF sample (x=0.56). Detailed image simulations are essential to accurately quantify the degree of chemical ordering of these samples. We find a significant degree of long-range chemical ordering in all cases, which increases in the AF-CO range. However, the degree of ordering is never complete nor can it explain the strongly correlated underlying ordering phenomena. Our results show that chemical ordering over distinct crystallographic sites is not needed for electronic ordering phenomena to appear in manganites, and cannot by itself explain the complex electronic behavior of LSMO.

  6. Charge/orbital ordered phases of La{sub 2-2x}Sr{sub 1+2x}Mn{sub 2}O{sub 7-{delta}}.

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    Zheng, H.; Li, Q.; Gray, K. E.; Mitchell, J. F.; Materials Science Division

    2008-01-01

    Our studies have significantly modified the conventionally held view of the phase diagram of La{sub 2-2x}Sr{sub 1+2x}Mn{sub 2}O{sub 7-{delta}} for two compositions exhibiting charge (and orbital) order (CO), i.e., at hole-doping levels, h = x-{delta}, of {approx}0.5 and {approx}0.6. These CO states are stable over very narrow doping ranges ({Delta}h {+-} 0.005) at the lowest temperatures, but those ranges increase at higher temperatures (to {Delta}h {+-} 0.02) in a manner consistent with simple entropy considerations. Such narrow ranges dictate the crucial need for crystal homogeneity. Attesting to such homogeneity is a conductivity ratio of >10{sup 10} upon crossing the first-order phase boundary from CO at h = 0.60 to A-type antiferromagnetic (AAFM) at h-0.59 or h-0.61 plus two findings that were missed in the existing literature: that these CO phases are the ground state at the lowest temperatures, and for h-0.5, that coexistence of the CO and AAFM phase is absent at any temperature.

  7. Observation of Pr magnetic order in PrBa2Cu3O7

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    Skanthakumar, S.; Lynn, J. W.; Rosov, N.; Cao, G.; Crow, J. E.

    1997-02-01

    Neutron-diffraction experiments have been carried out to investigate the magnetic order in PrBa2Cu3O7. Our neutron data indicate that the Cu spins order above 300 K. This ordering is not significantly affected at low temperatures, where new magnetic Bragg peaks develop below 17 K that must be associated with the antiferromagnetic ordering of Pr spins, with an ordered moment of 0.79(5)μB. This rules out the possibility recently proposed by Nehrke and Pieper [Phys. Rev. Lett. 76, 1936 (1996)] that the new magnetic Bragg peaks arise from a spin reorientation of the Cu spins and that the Pr carries essentially no moment.

  8. Structural phase transformation and microwave dielectric studies of SmNb(1-x)(Si(1/2)Mo(1/2))(x)O(4) compounds with fergusonite structure.

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    Ramarao, S D; Murthy, V R K

    2015-05-21

    Temperature- and composition-induced phase transition in SmNbO4 was studied by differential scanning calorimetry, Raman spectroscopy and high-temperature powder X-ray diffraction measurements. In situ X-ray diffraction studies revealed that SmNbO4 possesses a monoclinic fergusonite crystal structure at ambient temperature and transforms to a tetragonal scheelite structure above the transition temperature (To ≥ 800 °C). The second-order nature of this transition was confirmed by observing a linear relationship between the spontaneous strain (es) of SmNbO4 and the Landau order parameter (η) around the phase transition temperature. We stabilized this high-temperature tetragonal scheelite phase at ambient temperature by substituting Si(4+) and Mo(6+) into the Nb site of SmNbO4. The SmNb1-x(Si1/2Mo1/2)xO4 (x = 0.0-0.69) ceramic compositions were prepared by the conventional solid-state reaction method. Rietveld refinement was carried out on all the compositions to examine the phase purity, and the compositions where x < 0.06 all formed a monoclinic fergusonite structure (I2/a space group, Z = 2). Both the X-ray diffraction and Raman spectroscopy measurements revealed that increasing the concentration of x transformed the structure from monoclinic fergusonite to tetragonal scheelite (I41/a space group, Z = 4) at a critical concentration (xc). Both the monoclinic and tetragonal phases coexisted in the composition range of 0.06 ≤ x < xc. The Hakki-Coleman and reflection cavity techniques were used to measure the dielectric constant and quality factor of these stabilized phases, respectively. The temperature coefficient of the resonant frequency was measured by using an invar cavity attached to a programmable hot plate. The high-density samples possessed good microwave dielectric properties. PMID:25904504

  9. Effect of La-Co substitution on the crystal structure and magnetic properties of hot press sintered Sr1-xLaxFe12-xCoxO19 (x=0-0.5) ferrites for use in LTCC technology

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    Peng, Long; Li, Lezhong; Wang, Rui; Hu, Yun; Tu, Xiaoqiang

    2015-10-01

    The La3+ and Co2+ substituted Sr1-xLaxFe12-xCoxO19 (x=0-0.5) ferrites with Bi2O3 additive were prepared by hot press sintering method at a low sintering temperature of 870 °C compatible with LTCC (low temperature co-fired ceramics) systems, and their crystal structure and magnetic properties were mainly investigated. The results show that the pure M-type crystal phase is successfully obtained for the ferrites with La-Co substitution amount x not higher than 0.3. When the substitution amount further increases to 0.4 and 0.5, the α-Fe2O3 phase and La2O3 phase are found to coexist with the M-type phase, thus the multiphase structure is formed. Besides, the saturation magnetization Ms, intrinsic coercivity Hci, and Curie temperature TC of the ferrites are strongly correlated with the La-Co substitution amount. Enhanced Ms and Hci are obtained when the substitution amount varies from 0.2 to 0.4, which can exceed 3600 Gs and 4000 Oe, respectively. However, the TC decreases rapidly when the substitution amount exceeds 0.3, and a value under 410 °C is observed. It is suggested that the La3+-Co2+ ions can partially substitute the Sr2+-Fe3+ ions for the hot press sintered ferrites at low sintering temperatures, leading to improved Ms and Hci for use in microwave LTCC ferrite devices.

  10. Pr16Mo21O56

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    Gougeon, Patrick; Gall, Philippe

    2011-01-01

    The structure of hexa­deca­praseodymium henicosa­molybden­um hexa­penta­contaoxide, Pr16Mo21O56, is isotypic with other rare earth representatives of formula type RE 16Mo21O56 (RE = La, Ce, Nd). It is characterized by Mo10O18 iO8 a units (where i = inner and a = apical O atoms) containing biocta­hedral Mo10 clusters and octa­hedral MoO6 units that share some of their O atoms to form the Mo–O framework. The two independent Mo10 cluster units are centred at Wyckoff positions 2b and 2c and have point-group symmetry . The Mo atom of the MoO6 unit is likewise situated at an inversion centre (2d). The eight crystallographically different Pr3+ cations occupy irregular voids in the framework with coordination numbers to the O atoms varying between 8 and 11. PMID:21754260

  11. Charge Neutralization of the Central Lysine Cluster in Prion Protein (PrP) Promotes PrPSc-like Folding of Recombinant PrP Amyloids*

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    Groveman, Bradley R.; Kraus, Allison; Raymond, Lynne D.; Dolan, Michael A.; Anson, Kelsie J.; Dorward, David W.; Caughey, Byron

    2015-01-01

    The structure of the infectious form of prion protein, PrPSc, remains unclear. Most pure recombinant prion protein (PrP) amyloids generated in vitro are not infectious and lack the extent of the protease-resistant core and solvent exclusion of infectious PrPSc, especially within residues ∼90–160. Polyanionic cofactors can enhance infectivity and PrPSc-like characteristics of such fibrils, but the mechanism of this enhancement is unknown. In considering structural models of PrPSc multimers, we identified an obstacle to tight packing that might be overcome with polyanionic cofactors, namely, electrostatic repulsion between four closely spaced cationic lysines within a central lysine cluster of residues 101–110. For example, in our parallel in-register intermolecular β-sheet model of PrPSc, not only would these lysines be clustered within the 101–110 region of the primary sequence, but they would have intermolecular spacings of only ∼4.8 Å between stacked β-strands. We have now performed molecular dynamics simulations predicting that neutralization of the charges on these lysine residues would allow more stable parallel in-register packing in this region. We also show empirically that substitution of these clustered lysine residues with alanines or asparagines results in recombinant PrP amyloid fibrils with extended proteinase-K resistant β-sheet cores and infrared spectra that are more reminiscent of bona fide PrPSc. These findings indicate that charge neutralization at the central lysine cluster is critical for the folding and tight packing of N-proximal residues within PrP amyloid fibrils. This charge neutralization may be a key aspect of the mechanism by which anionic cofactors promote PrPSc formation. PMID:25416779

  12. Prion protein (PrP) gene-knockout cell lines: insight into functions of the PrP

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    Sakudo, Akikazu; Onodera, Takashi

    2015-01-01

    Elucidation of prion protein (PrP) functions is crucial to fully understand prion diseases. A major approach to studying PrP functions is the use of PrP gene-knockout (Prnp−/−) mice. So far, six types of Prnp−/− mice have been generated, demonstrating the promiscuous functions of PrP. Recently, other PrP family members, such as Doppel and Shadoo, have been found. However, information obtained from comparative studies of structural and functional analyses of these PrP family proteins do not fully reveal PrP functions. Recently, varieties of Prnp−/− cell lines established from Prnp−/− mice have contributed to the analysis of PrP functions. In this mini-review, we focus on Prnp−/− cell lines and summarize currently available Prnp−/− cell lines and their characterizations. In addition, we introduce the recent advances in the methodology of cell line generation with knockout or knockdown of the PrP gene. We also discuss how these cell lines have provided valuable insights into PrP functions and show future perspectives. PMID:25642423

  13. Salvinorin A analogues PR-37 and PR-38 attenuate compound 48/80-induced itch responses in mice

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    Salaga, M; Polepally, P R; Zielinska, M; Marynowski, M; Fabisiak, A; Murawska, N; Sobczak, K; Sacharczuk, M; Do Rego, J C; Roth, B L; Zjawiony, J K; Fichna, J

    2015-01-01

    Background and Purpose The opioid system plays a crucial role in several physiological processes in the CNS and in the periphery. It has also been shown that selective opioid receptor agonists exert potent inhibitory action on pruritus and pain. In this study we examined whether two analogues of Salvinorin A, PR-37 and PR-38, exhibit antipruritic properties in mice. Experimental Approach To examine the antiscratch effect of PR-37 and PR-38 we used a mouse model of compound 48/80-induced pruritus. In order to elucidate the mechanism of action of tested compounds, specific antagonists of opioid and cannabinoid receptors were used. The effect of PR-37 on the CNS was assessed by measuring motor parameters and exploratory behaviours in mice. Key Results PR-37 and PR-38, jnjected s.c., significantly reduced the number of compound 48/80-induced scratching behaviours in mice in a dose- and time-dependent manner. PR-38 was also active when orally administered. The antiscratch activity of PR-37 was blocked by the selective κ opioid receptor antagonist, nor-binaltorphimine, and that of PR-38 by the selective μ opioid receptor antagonist, β-funaltrexamine. Conclusion and Implications In conclusion, a novel framework for the development of new antipruritic drugs derived from salvinorin A has been validated. PMID:26040667

  14. Prion propagation in cells expressing PrP glycosylation mutants.

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    Salamat, Muhammad K; Dron, Michel; Chapuis, Jérôme; Langevin, Christelle; Laude, Hubert

    2011-04-01

    Infection by prions involves conversion of a host-encoded cell surface protein (PrP(C)) to a disease-related isoform (PrP(Sc)). PrP(C) carries two glycosylation sites variably occupied by complex N-glycans, which have been suggested by previous studies to influence the susceptibility to these diseases and to determine characteristics of prion strains. We used the Rov cell system, which is susceptible to sheep prions, to generate a series of PrP(C) glycosylation mutants with mutations at one or both attachment sites. We examined their subcellular trafficking and ability to convert into PrP(Sc) and to sustain stable prion propagation in the absence of wild-type PrP. The susceptibility to infection of mutants monoglycosylated at either site differed dramatically depending on the amino acid substitution. Aglycosylated double mutants showed overaccumulation in the Golgi compartment and failed to be infected. Introduction of an ectopic glycosylation site near the N terminus fully restored cell surface expression of PrP but not convertibility into PrP(Sc), while PrP(C) with three glycosylation sites conferred cell permissiveness to infection similarly to the wild type. In contrast, predominantly aglycosylated molecules with nonmutated N-glycosylation sequons, produced in cells expressing glycosylphosphatidylinositol-anchorless PrP(C), were able to form infectious PrP(Sc). Together our findings suggest that glycosylation is important for efficient trafficking of anchored PrP to the cell surface and sustained prion propagation. However, properly trafficked glycosylation mutants were not necessarily prone to conversion, thus making it difficult in such studies to discern whether the amino acid changes or glycan chain removal most influences the permissiveness to prion infection. PMID:21248032

  15. Transfer of Excitation Energy from Pr3+ to Gd3+ in YF3:Pr3+,Gd3+

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    Hirai, Takeshi; Yoshida, Hisashi; Sakuragi, Shiro; Hashimoto, Satoshi; Ohno, Nobuhito

    2007-02-01

    Luminescence and excitation spectra for YF3:Gd3+, YF3:Pr3+, and YF3:Pr3+,Gd3+ have been studied in the vacuum ultraviolet (VUV) spectral region at room temperature. In YF3:Gd3+, Gd3+ ions absorb VUV light ranging from 150 to 200 nm due to 4 f-4 f transitions, yielding an ultraviolet (UV) luminescence line at 311 nm originating from the 4 f-4 f transition (6P7/2→8S7/2 state). In YF3:Pr3+,Gd3+, Pr3+ ions absorb the VUV light (150-200 nm) due to 4 f-5d transitions, and the absorption gives rise to the UV luminescence of Gd3+ ions that is much stronger than that of YF3:Gd3+. In this paper, we discuss the energy transfer process from Pr3+ to Gd3+ ions in YF3:Pr3+,Gd3+ excited by VUV light.

  16. High-pressure synthesis and characterization of BiCu{sub 3}(Mn{sub 4−x}Fe{sub x})O{sub 12} (x=0, 1.0, 2.0) complex perovskites

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    Kayser, P.; Martínez-Lope, M.J.; Alonso, J.A.; Sánchez-Benítez, J.; Fernández, M.T.

    2013-08-15

    We have studied the series of nominal composition BiCu{sub 3}(Mn{sub 4−x}Fe{sub x})O{sub 12} (x=0, 1.0, 2.0) where Mn is replaced by Fe cations in the ferrimagnetic perovskite BiCu{sub 3}Mn{sub 4}O{sub 12}. These compounds have been prepared from citrate precursors under moderate pressure conditions (3.5 GPa) and 1000 °C in the presence of KClO{sub 4} as oxidizing agent. All the samples have been studied by x-ray and neutron powder diffraction (NPD) at room temperature and 4 K. The crystal structure has been defined in a cubic Im3{sup ¯} (No. 204) space group with a 2a{sub 0}×2a{sub 0}×2a{sub 0} unit-cell. The doubling of the unit-cell occurs due to the ordering of Bi{sup 3+} and Cu{sup 2+} cations over A sites of the AA′{sub 3}B{sub 4}O{sub 12} structure. The A-site accommodates 12-fold coordinated Bi{sup 3+} ions and, at the A′-site, Jahn–Teller Cu{sup 2+} ions form pseudo-square planar units aligned perpendicular to each other. Mn{sup 4+}/Fe{sup 3+} cations randomly occupy the centre of slightly distorted octahedra. These materials have also been characterized by magnetic and magnetotransport measurements. We found that all the samples are ferrimagnetic and show a progressive decrease of T{sub C} as the Fe content increases, since Fe ions disturb the ferromagnetic interactions within the B magnetic sublattice. In fact, the Curie temperature diminishes from T{sub C}=360 K (x=0) to T{sub C}=219 K (x=2). The magnetic structures, studied by low-temperature NPD data, correspond to an antiferromagnetic arrangement of spins at 8c and 6b sites; the ordered moments are in excellent agreement with those obtained from the saturation magnetization at 4 K. A significant magnetoresistant effect is determined for the x=1.0 oxide, with low-field values as high as 5% at 300 K and 1 T. Highlights: • BiCu{sub 3}(Mn{sub 4−x}Fe{sub x})O{sub 12} perovskites have been prepared under high pressure conditions. • They have been characterized by NPD, magnetic and

  17. Cation Ordering in Li[NixMnxCo(1-2x)]O2-Layered Cathode Materials: A Nuclear Magnetic Resonance (NMR), Pair Distribution Function, X-ray Absorption Spectroscopy, and Electrochemical Study

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    Zeng,D.; Cabana, J.; Breger, J.; Yoon, W.; Grey, C.

    2007-01-01

    Several members of the compositional series Li[NixMnxCo(1-2x)]O2 (0.01 = x = 1/3) were synthesized and characterized. X-ray diffraction results confirm the presence of the layered a-NaFeO2-type structure, while X-ray absorption near-edge spectroscopy experiments verify the presence of Ni2+, Mn4+, and Co3+. Their local environment and short-range ordering were investigated by using a combination of 6Li magic angle spinning (MAS) nuclear magnetic resonance (NMR) spectroscopy and neutron pair distribution function (PDF) analysis, associated with reverse Monte Carlo (RMC) calculations. The 6Li MAS NMR spectra of compounds with low Ni/Mn contents (x = 0.10) show several well-resolved resonances, which start to merge when the amount of Ni and Mn increases, finally forming a broad resonance at high Ni/Mn contents. Analysis of the 6Li MAS NMR 6Li[Ni0.02Mn0.02Co0.96]O2 spectrum, is consistent with the formation of Ni2+ and Mn4+ clusters within the transition-metal layers, even at these low-doping levels. The oxidation state of Ni in this high Co content sample strongly depends upon the Li/transition metal ratio of the starting materials. Neutron PDF analysis of the highest Ni/Mn content sample Li[Ni1/3Mn1/3Co1/3]O2 shows a tendency for Ni cations to be close to Mn cations in the first coordination shell; however, the Co3+ ions are randomly distributed. Analysis of the intensity of the 'LiCoO2' resonance, arising from Li surrounded by Co3+ in its first two cation coordination shells, for the whole series provides further evidence for a nonrandom distribution of the transition-metal cations. The presence of the insulator-to-metal transition seen in the electrochemical profiles of these materials upon charging correlates strongly with the concentration of the 'LiCoO2' resonance.

  18. Self-reported Recent PrEP Dosing and Drug Detection in an Open Label PrEP Study.

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    Amico, K Rivet; Mehrotra, Megha; Avelino-Silva, Vivian I; McMahan, Vanessa; Veloso, Valdilea G; Anderson, Peter; Guanira, Juan; Grant, Robert

    2016-07-01

    Monitoring adherence to pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP) is part of the recommended package for PrEP prescribing, yet ongoing concerns about how to do so confidently are exacerbated by gross discrepancies in reported and actual use in clinical trials. We evaluated concordance between reports of recent PrEP dosing collected via neutral interviewing and drug quantitation in the iPrEx open-label extension, where participants (n = 1172) had the choice to receive or not receive PrEP. Self-report of recent dosing (at least one PrEP dose in the past 3-day) was the most common report (84 % of participants), and among these 83 % did have quantifiable levels of drug. The vast majority of those reporting no doses in the past 3-day (16 % of the sample) did not have quantifiable levels of drug (82 %). Predictors of over-report of dosing included younger age and lower educational attainment. Monitoring recent PrEP use through neutral interviewing may be a productive approach for clinicians to consider in implementation of real-world PrEP. Strategies to capture longer term or prevention-effective PrEP use, particularly for younger cohorts, are needed. PMID:26992393

  19. PR65A Phosphorylation Regulates PP2A Complex Signaling

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    Kotlo, Kumar; Xing, Yongna; Lather, Sonia; Grillon, Jean Michel; Johnson, Keven; Skidgel, Randal A.; Solaro, R. John; Danziger, Robert S.

    2014-01-01

    Serine-threonine Protein phosphatase 2 A (PP2A), a member of the PPP family of phosphatases, regulates a variety of essential cellular processes, including cell-cycling, DNA replication, transcription, translation, and secondary signaling pathways. In the heart, increased PP2A activity/signaling has been linked to cardiac remodeling, contractile dysfunction and, in failure, arrythmogenicity. The core PP2A complex is a hetero-trimeric holoenzyme consisting of a 36 kDa catalytic subunit (PP2Ac); a regulatory scaffold subunit of 65 kDa (PR65A or PP2Aa); and one of at least 18 associated variable regulatory proteins (B subunits) classified into 3 families. In the present study, three in vivo sites of phosphorylation in cardiac PR65A are identified (S303, T268, S314). Using HEK cells transfected with recombinant forms of PR65A with phosphomimetic (P-PR65A) and non-phosphorylated (N-PR65A) amino acid substitutions at these sites, these phosphorylations were shown to inhibit the interaction of PR65A with PP2Ac and PP2A holoenzyme signaling. Forty-seven phospho-proteins were increased in abundance in HEK cells transfected with P-PR65A versus N-PR65A by phospho-protein profiling using 2D-DIGE analysis on phospho-enriched whole cell protein extracts. Among these proteins were elongation factor 1α (EF1A), elongation factor 2, heat shock protein 60 (HSP60), NADPH-dehydrogenase 1 alpha sub complex, annexin A, and PR65A. Compared to controls, failing hearts from the Dahl rat had less phosphorylated PR65A protein abundance and increased PP2A activity. Thus, PR65A phosphorylation is an in vivo mechanism for regulation of the PP2A signaling complex and increased PP2A activity in heart failure. PMID:24465463

  20. Deformed rotational bands in the doubly odd nuclei [sup 134]Pr and [sup 132]Pr

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    Hauschild, K.; Wadsworth, R.; Clark, R.M.; Hibbert, I.M. ); Beausang, C.W.; Forbes, S.A.; Nolan, P.J.; Paul, E.S.; Semple, A.T.; Wilson, J.N. ); Gizon, A.; Gizon, J.; Santos, D. ); Simpson, J. )

    1994-08-01

    The nuclei [sup 132,134]Pr have been investigated using the [sup 100]Mo([sup 37]Cl,[ital xn]) reactions at a beam energy of 155 MeV. Gamma rays were detected with the Eurogam array. Analysis of the data has revealed the presence of two new weakly populated decoupled bands in [sup 134]Pr. One of these bands has been linked into the normal-deformed states and is thought to be built on a [pi]([ital h][sub 11/2])[sup 2][direct product][nu]([ital f][sub 7/2],[ital h][sub 9/2]) configuration. The second band has been interpreted as being based on a [pi]([ital h][sub 11/2])[sup 3][direct product][nu][ital i][sub 13/2] intruder configuration within the second [beta][sub 2][congruent]0.3 prolate minimum. The known decoupled band in [sup 132]Pr (5[ital n] reaction channel) and the highly deformed band in [sup 130]La A([alpha]3[ital n]) have also been extended. The structure of all of these bands is discussed together with similar bands in nieghboring odd-odd nuclei.

  1. Case Studies in e-RPL and e-PR

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    Cameron, Roslyn; Miller, Allison

    2014-01-01

    The use of ePortfolios for recognition of prior learning (e-RPL) and for professional recognition (e-PR) is slowly gaining in popularity in the VET sector however their use is sporadic across educational sectors, disciplines, educational institutions and professions. Added to this is an array of purposes and types of e-RPL and e-PR models and…

  2. PrEP (Pre-Exposure Prophylaxis) 101

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    ... negative and have taken PrEP for up to 5 years, no significant health effects have been seen. Learn more about how to protect yourself and get information tailored to meet your needs from CDC’s HIV Risk Reduction Tool (BETA). Can you start PrEP after you have ...

  3. 33 CFR 110.255 - Ponce Harbor, P.R.

    Code of Federal Regulations, 2011 CFR

    2011-07-01

    ...) Floats for marking anchors in place will be allowed; stakes or mooring piles are prohibited. 33 CFR Ch. I... 33 Navigation and Navigable Waters 1 2011-07-01 2011-07-01 false Ponce Harbor, P.R. 110.255... ANCHORAGE REGULATIONS Anchorage Grounds § 110.255 Ponce Harbor, P.R. (a) Small-craft anchorage. On...

  4. 33 CFR 110.255 - Ponce Harbor, P.R.

    Code of Federal Regulations, 2010 CFR

    2010-07-01

    ...) Floats for marking anchors in place will be allowed; stakes or mooring piles are prohibited. 33 CFR Ch. I... 33 Navigation and Navigable Waters 1 2010-07-01 2010-07-01 false Ponce Harbor, P.R. 110.255... ANCHORAGE REGULATIONS Anchorage Grounds § 110.255 Ponce Harbor, P.R. (a) Small-craft anchorage. On...

  5. Antimicrobial and Immunomodulatory Activities of PR-39 Derived Peptides

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    Veldhuizen, Edwin J. A.; Schneider, Viktoria A. F.; Agustiandari, Herfita; van Dijk, Albert; Tjeerdsma-van Bokhoven, Johanna L. M.; Bikker, Floris J.; Haagsman, Henk P.

    2014-01-01

    The porcine cathelicidin PR-39 is a host defence peptide that plays a pivotal role in the innate immune defence of the pig against infections. Besides direct antimicrobial activity, it is involved in immunomodulation, wound healing and several other biological processes. In this study, the antimicrobial- and immunomodulatory activity of PR-39, and N- and C-terminal derivatives of PR-39 were tested. PR-39 exhibited an unexpected broad antimicrobial spectrum including several Gram positive strains such as Bacillus globigii and Enterococcus faecalis. Of organisms tested, only Staphylococcus aureus was insensitive to PR-39. Truncation of PR-39 down to 15 (N-terminal) amino acids did not lead to major loss of activity, while peptides corresponding to the C-terminal part of PR-39 were hampered in their antimicrobial activity. However, shorter peptides were all much more sensitive to inhibition by salt. Active peptides induced ATP leakage and loss of membrane potential in Bacillus globigii and Escherichia coli, indicating a lytic mechanism of action for these peptides. Finally, only the mature peptide was able to induce IL-8 production in porcine macrophages, but some shorter peptides also had an effect on TNF-α production showing differential regulation of cytokine induction by PR-39 derived peptides. None of the active peptides showed high cytotoxicity highlighting the potential of these peptides for use as an alternative to antibiotics. PMID:24755622

  6. HIV PrEP Trials: The Road to Success

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    Nicol, Melanie R; Adams, Jessica L; Kashuba, Angela DM

    2013-01-01

    Summary The global HIV epidemic cannot be controlled by current treatment or prevention strategies. Pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP) using antiretrovirals is a promising approach to curbing the spread of HIV transmission. Recently, four clinical trials demonstrated favorable results when antiretroviral PrEP was administered topically or orally. However, two additional trials were unable to demonstrate a benefit, indicating that further study is required to define the populations and conditions under which PrEP will be effective. Adherence is highly correlated with protection, yet the exact level of adherence required is unknown. Future studies may require increased drug exposure testing and more objective methods to monitor adherence in real-time. Although the development of drug resistance in the PrEP trials has been low, it remains a concern, as therapeutic options could be compromised for those who seroconvert while on PrEP. PMID:24409341

  7. PrP N-terminal domain triggers PrP{sup Sc}-like aggregation of Dpl

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    Erlich, Paul; Cesbron, Jean-Yves; Lemaire-Vieille, Catherine; Curt, Aurelie; Andrieu, Jean-Pierre; Schoehn, Guy; Jamin, Marc; Gagnon, Jean

    2008-01-18

    Transmissible spongiform encephalopathies are fatal neurodegenerative disorders thought to be transmitted by self-perpetuating conformational conversion of a neuronal membrane glycoprotein (PrP{sup C}, for 'cellular prion protein') into an abnormal state (PrP{sup Sc}, for 'scrapie prion protein'). Doppel (Dpl) is a protein that shares significant biochemical and structural homology with PrP{sup C}. In contrast to its homologue PrP{sup C}, Dpl is unable to participate in prion disease progression or to achieve an abnormal PrP{sup Sc}-like state. We have constructed a chimeric mouse protein, composed of the N-terminal domain of PrP{sup C} (residues 23-125) and the C-terminal part of Dpl (residues 58-157). This chimeric protein displays PrP-like biochemical and structural features; when incubated in presence of NaCl, the {alpha}-helical monomer forms soluble {beta}-sheet-rich oligomers which acquire partial resistance to pepsin proteolysis in vitro, as do PrP oligomers. Moreover, the presence of aggregates akin to protofibrils is observed in soluble oligomeric species by electron microscopy.

  8. PK-sensitive PrPSc is infectious and shares basic structural features with PK-resistant PrPSc

    Technology Transfer Automated Retrieval System (TEKTRAN)

    One of the main characteristics of the transmissible isoform of the prion protein (PrPSc) is its partial resistance to proteinase K (PK) digestion. Diagnosis of prion disease typically relies upon immunodetection of PK-digested PrPSc following Western blot or ELISA. More recently, researchers determ...

  9. Tetracycline affects abnormal properties of synthetic PrP peptides and PrP(Sc) in vitro.

    PubMed

    Tagliavini, F; Forloni, G; Colombo, L; Rossi, G; Girola, L; Canciani, B; Angeretti, N; Giampaolo, L; Peressini, E; Awan, T; De Gioia, L; Ragg, E; Bugiani, O; Salmona, M

    2000-07-28

    Prion diseases are characterized by the accumulation of altered forms of the prion protein (termed PrP(Sc)) in the brain. Unlike the normal protein, PrP(Sc) isoforms have a high content of beta-sheet secondary structure, are protease-resistant, and form insoluble aggregates and amyloid fibrils. Evidence indicates that they are responsible for neuropathological changes (i.e. nerve cell degeneration and glial cell activation) and transmissibility of the disease process. Here, we show that the antibiotic tetracycline: (i) binds to amyloid fibrils generated by synthetic peptides corresponding to residues 106-126 and 82-146 of human PrP; (ii) hinders assembly of these peptides into amyloid fibrils; (iii) reverts the protease resistance of PrP peptide aggregates and PrP(Sc) extracted from brain tissue of patients with Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease; (iv) prevents neuronal death and astrocyte proliferation induced by PrP peptides in vitro. NMR spectroscopy revealed several through-space interactions between aromatic protons of tetracycline and side-chain protons of Ala(117-119), Val(121-122) and Leu(125) of PrP 106-126. These properties make tetracycline a prototype of compounds with the potential of inactivating the pathogenic forms of PrP. PMID:10903871

  10. Modulated magnetism in PrPtAl

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    Abdul-Jabbar, Gino; Sokolov, Dmitry A.; O'Neill, Christopher D.; Stock, Christopher; Wermeille, Didier; Demmel, Franz; Krüger, Frank; Green, Andrew G.; Lévy-Bertrand, Florence; Grenier, Béatrice; Huxley, Andrew D.

    2015-04-01

    The transition between paramagnetism and ferromagnetism is the paradigm for a continuous phase transition at finite temperature. When such a transition is tuned to zero temperature in clean materials, the growth of low-energy zero-point fluctuations potentially drives an array of phenomena, including the formation of novel states such as non-conventional superconductivity. Experimentally, the growth of the fluctuations, however, is curtailed and the transition becomes discontinuous as its temperature is reduced. This is understood to arise from non-analytic corrections to the free energy that always occur. In a recent theory, changes of the excitation spectrum are self-consistently considered alongside the ground state. This analysis reveals that a transition to a new state may be an alternative outcome. As the excitation spectrum (the `disorder’) is pivotal to promoting the new `order’ this mechanism is referred to as `order by disorder’. Here, we report the discovery of modulated order in PrPtAl, consistent with complex spirals, at the boundary between paramagnetism and ferromagnetism, giving the first clear experimental realization of such a state.

  11. 20. SAME VIEW AS PR27A19 WITH MAIN SHAFT AND SPROCKET ...

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

    20. SAME VIEW AS PR-27-A-19 WITH MAIN SHAFT AND SPROCKET AREA SPECIALLY LIT TO SHOW DETAILS - Hacienda Cafetalera Santa Clara, Coffee Mill, KM 19, PR Route 372, Hacienda La Juanita, Yauco Municipio, PR

  12. A proportion of proteinase 3 (PR3)-specific anti-neutrophil cytoplasmic antibodies (ANCA) only react with PR3 after cleavage of its N-terminal activation dipeptide

    PubMed Central

    Sun, J; Fass, D N; Viss, M A; Hummel, A M; Tang, H; Homburger, H A; Specks, U

    1998-01-01

    ANCA directed against PR3 are highly specific for Wegener's granulomatosis and microscopic polyangiitis, and have been implicated in the pathogenesis of small vessel vasculitis. Most PR3-ANCA are directed against conformational epitopes on PR3. This study was designed to determine whether the cleavage of the N-terminal activation dipeptide of PR3 is required for the binding of PR3-ANCA. Recombinant PR3 (rPR3) variants were expressed in the epithelial cell line, 293. As confirmed by radiosequencing, the rPR3 secreted into the 293 cell culture supernatant is N-terminally unprocessed. Two enzymatically inactive rPR3 mutants were expressed in 293 cells: rPR3-S176A and δ-rPR3-S176A. rPR3-S176A contains the N-propetide Ala-2-Glu-1, δ-rPR3-S176A does not. Culture supernatants of rPR3-S176A and δ-rPR3-S176A expressing 293 cells were used as sources of target antigen for PR3-ANCA testing by capture ELISA. Forty unselected consecutive PR3-ANCA+ sera were tested. With δ-rPR3-S176A as antigen all 40 were recognized, compared with only 34 of 40 when rPR3-S176A served as target antigen. The majority of the serum samples contained a mixture of antibodies reacting with epitopes accessible on the mature and on the proform of PR3. In conclusion, the cleavage of the N-terminal activation dipeptide of PR3 is not an absolute requirement for recognition by all PR3-ANCA. However, a substantial proportion of PR3-ANCA recognize (a) target antigen(s) exposed only after the conformational change of PR3 associated with the N-terminal processing. In 15% of sera this PR3-ANCA subset occurred exclusively. PR3-ANCA subtypes can be differentiated using specifically designed rPR3 variants as target antigens, and non-haematopoietic mammalian cells without regulated secretory pathway can be used for their expression. PMID:9822293

  13. Enthalpies of formation of Cd–Pr intermetallic compounds and thermodynamic assessment of the Cd–Pr system

    PubMed Central

    Reichmann, Thomas L.; Richter, Klaus W.; Delsante, Simona; Borzone, Gabriella; Ipser, Herbert

    2014-01-01

    In the present study standard enthalpies of formation were measured by reaction and solution calorimetry at stoichiometric compositions of Cd2Pr, Cd3Pr, Cd58Pr13 and Cd6Pr. The corresponding values were determined to be −46.0, −38.8, −35.2 and −24.7 kJ/mol(at), respectively. These data together with thermodynamic data and phase diagram information from literature served as input data for a CALPHAD-type optimization of the Cd–Pr phase diagram. The complete composition range could be described precisely with the present models, both with respect to phase equilibria as well as to thermodynamic input data. The thermodynamic parameters of all intermetallic compounds were modelled following Neumann–Kopp rule. Temperature dependent contributions to the individual Gibbs energies were used for all compounds. Extended solid solubilities are well described for the low- and high-temperature modifications of Pr and also for the intermetallic compound CdPr. A quite good agreement with all viable data available from literature was found and is presented. PMID:25540475

  14. Infectivity-associated PrPSc and disease duration-associated PrPSc of mouse BSE prions

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    Miyazawa, Kohtaro; Okada, Hiroyuki; Masujin, Kentaro; Iwamaru, Yoshifumi; Yokoyama, Takashi

    2015-01-01

    ABSTRACT Disease-related prion protein (PrPSc), which is a structural isoform of the host-encoded cellular prion protein, is thought to be a causative agent of transmissible spongiform encephalopathies. However, the specific role of PrPSc in prion pathogenesis and its relationship to infectivity remain controversial. A time-course study of prion-affected mice was conducted, which showed that the prion infectivity was not simply proportional to the amount of PrPSc in the brain. Centrifugation (20,000 ×g) of the brain homogenate showed that most of the PrPSc was precipitated into the pellet, and the supernatant contained only a slight amount of PrPSc. Interestingly, mice inoculated with the obtained supernatant showed incubation periods that were approximately 15 d longer than those of mice inoculated with the crude homogenate even though both inocula contained almost the same infectivity. Our results suggest that a small population of fine PrPSc may be responsible for prion infectivity and that large, aggregated PrPSc may contribute to determining prion disease duration. PMID:26555211

  15. Clinician Attitudes Toward CDC Interim Pre-Exposure Prophylaxis (PrEP) Guidance and Operationalizing PrEP for Adolescents

    PubMed Central

    Lally, Michelle; Zimet, Gregory; Kahn, Jessica A.

    2015-01-01

    Abstract Prior to issuing formal HIV pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP) clinical practice guidelines in 2014, the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) had released interim guidance for oral PrEP use among adults. Because oral PrEP may be used off-label for youth and may soon be indicated for minor adolescents, we examined the potential adoption of the interim guidance among clinicians who care for HIV-infected and at-risk youth. Individual, semi-structured interviews were conducted with 15 US clinicians who were recruited through an adolescent HIV research network. The theory-driven interview guide, consisting primarily of open-ended questions, assessed demographics, familiarity with the guidance, attitudes toward the guidance, and attitudes toward the use of the guidance for adult and adolescent patients. Transcripts were analyzed using framework analysis. Most clinicians (11/15) reported that the guidance was compatible with their practice, although several reported that some aspects, particularly frequency of follow-up visits, needed to be tailored to meet their patients' needs. We found variability in clinician reported characteristics of appropriate PrEP candidates (e.g., youth with substance use and mental health issues were noted to be both suitable and unsuitable PrEP candidates) and PrEP use in serodiscordant couples (e.g., whether PrEP would be recommended to a patient whose HIV-infected partner is virally suppressed). Clinician reported steps for initiation, monitoring, and discontinuing PrEP were largely consistent with the guidance. The observed variability in clinician practice with regard to oral PrEP may be reduced through interventions to educate clinicians about the content and rationale for guideline recommendations. PMID:25692683

  16. Thermodynamic assessment of the Pr-O system

    SciTech Connect

    McMurray, Jake W.

    2015-12-24

    We found that the Calphad method was used to perform a thermodynamic assessment of the Pr–O system. Compound energy formalism representations were developed for the fluorite α-PrO 2–x and bixbyite σ-Pr 3 O 5 ± x solid solutions while the two-sublattice liquid model was used to describe the binary melt. The series of phases between Pr 2 O 3 and PrO 2 were taken to be stoichiometric. Moreover, the equilibrium oxygen pressure, phase equilibria, and enthalpy data were used to optimize the adjustable parameters of the models for a self-consistent representation of the thermodynamic behavior of the Pr–O system from 298 K to melting.

  17. Genome Sequencing and Annotation of Mycobacterium tuberculosis PR08 strain.

    PubMed

    Jaafar, Mohammad Maaruf; Halim, Mohd Zakihalani A; Ismail, Mohamad Izwan; Shien, Lee Lian; Kek, Teh Lay; Fong, Ngeow Yun; Nor, Norazmi Mohd; Zainuddin, Zainul Fadziruddin; Hock, Tang Thean; Najimudin, Mohd Nazalan Mohd; Salleh, Mohd Zaki

    2016-03-01

    Mycobacterium tuberculosis is an acid fast bacterial species in the family Mycobacteriaceae and is the causative agent of most cases of tuberculosis. Here, we report the genomic features of Mycobacterium tuberculosis isolated from the cerebrospinal fluid (CSF) of a patient diagnosed with both pulmonary and extrapulmonary tuberculosis (TB). The isolated strain was identified as Mycobacterium tuberculosis PR08 (MTB PR08). Genomic DNA of the MTB PR08 strain was extracted and subjected to whole genome sequencing using MiSeq (Illumina, CA,USA). The draft genome size of MTB PR08 strain is 4,292,364 bp with a G + C content of 65.2%. This strain was annotated to have 4723 genes and 48 RNAs. This whole genome shotgun project has been deposited at DDBJ/EMBL/GenBank under the accession number CP010895. PMID:26981383

  18. Thermodynamic assessment of the Pr-O system

    DOE PAGESBeta

    McMurray, Jake W.

    2015-12-24

    We found that the Calphad method was used to perform a thermodynamic assessment of the Pr–O system. Compound energy formalism representations were developed for the fluorite α-PrO 2–x and bixbyite σ-Pr 3 O 5 ± x solid solutions while the two-sublattice liquid model was used to describe the binary melt. The series of phases between Pr 2 O 3 and PrO 2 were taken to be stoichiometric. Moreover, the equilibrium oxygen pressure, phase equilibria, and enthalpy data were used to optimize the adjustable parameters of the models for a self-consistent representation of the thermodynamic behavior of the Pr–O system frommore » 298 K to melting.« less

  19. Thermodynamic database for the Co-Pr system

    PubMed Central

    Zhou, S.H.; Kramer, M.J.; Meng, F.Q.; McCallum, R.W.; Ott, R.T.

    2016-01-01

    In this article, we describe data on (1) compositions for both as-cast and heat treated specimens were summarized in Table 1; (2) the determined enthalpy of mixing of liquid phase is listed in Table 2; (3) thermodynamic database of the Co-Pr system in TDB format for the research articled entitle Chemical partitioning for the Co-Pr system: First-principles, experiments and energetic calculations to investigate the hard magnetic phase W. PMID:26900594

  20. Thermodynamic database for the Co-Pr system

    DOE PAGESBeta

    Zhou, S. H.; Kramer, M. J.; Meng, F. Q.; McCallum, R. W.; Ott, R. T.

    2016-03-01

    In this article, we describe data on (1) compositions for both as-cast and heat treated specimens were summarized in Table 1; (2) the determined enthalpy of mixing of liquid phase is listed in Table 2; (3) thermodynamic database of the Co-Pr system in TDB format for the research articled entitled ''Chemical partitioning for the Co-Pr system: First-principles, experiments and energetic calculations to investigate the hard magnetic phase W.''

  1. Thermodynamic database for the Co-Pr system.

    PubMed

    Zhou, S H; Kramer, M J; Meng, F Q; McCallum, R W; Ott, R T

    2016-03-01

    In this article, we describe data on (1) compositions for both as-cast and heat treated specimens were summarized in Table 1; (2) the determined enthalpy of mixing of liquid phase is listed in Table 2; (3) thermodynamic database of the Co-Pr system in TDB format for the research articled entitle Chemical partitioning for the Co-Pr system: First-principles, experiments and energetic calculations to investigate the hard magnetic phase W. PMID:26900594

  2. Membranotropic regions of the dengue virus prM protein.

    PubMed

    Nemésio, Henrique; Villalaín, José

    2014-08-19

    The Dengue virus (DENV) prM protein consists of two moieties, the pr and M domains. Apart from preventing the premature fusion activity of the DENV E protein, prM has several other unknown biological roles, displaying both protein-protein and membrane-protein interactions. Although the prM protein is an essential component of the DENV viral cycle, little is known about its biological functions and what regions of this protein are responsible for said functions. By performing an exhaustive study of membrane rupture induced by a prM peptide library on simple and complex model membranes as well as their ability to modulate the phospholipid phase transitions of 1,2-dimyristoyl-sn-glycero-3-phosphatidylcholine and 1,2-dimyristoyl-sn-glycero-3-[phospho-rac-glycerol], we identified six membranotropic regions on the prM protein. Apart from the previously identified two transmembrane segments of the protein, one of these regions probably interacts with the fusion E protein and another one, the stem segment, would interact with the membrane modulating its structure. These data will help us understand the molecular mechanism of viral entry and morphogenesis, allow the identification of new targets for the treatment of Dengue virus infection, and make possible the future development of DENV entry inhibitors. PMID:25076193

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  5. Establishment of procedures for studying mPR-interacting agents and physiological roles of mPR.

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    Tokumoto, Toshinobu; Hossain, Md Babul; Wang, Jun

    2016-07-01

    More than 10years have passed since the discovery of membrane progestin receptors (mPRs). Although the identification of mPR genes in various organisms and mPR expression patterns have been described since then, the precise physiological roles of mPRs are still unclear, except their function as a receptor for maturation-inducing steroid in fish. The wide distribution of mPRs suggests variable actions for progestins through mPRs in the tissues. Information about the physiological roles of mPRs, such as roles in the progression of breast cancer and T-cell proliferation, has gradually accumulated recently. These results suggest that mPRs are possible targets for new pharmaceuticals. We established a cell line that was transformed with cDNAs for mPRα and a recombinant luciferase gene named GloSensor. The cells can be used for monitoring the effects of ligands on mPRα based on intracellular cyclic adenosine monophosphate (cAMP) levels. Studies using these cell lines indicated that the cAMP concentration is decreased by ligands for mPRα. The results provide support for previous results suggesting that mPRα is coupled to inhibitory G protein (Gi). We also established screening methods that make it possible to screen ligands for mPR. Recently, we succeeded in expressing and purifying recombinant mPR protein in the yeast Pichia pastoris. Relatively large amounts of mPR protein with hormonal binding activity can be purified by our method. The recombinant protein will be applicable to establishing a molecular probe to detect mPR-interacting agents. To obtain decisive evidence for the roles of mPRs, we are establishing strains of medaka fish that are deficient in mPRs. In medaka, four subtypes of mPR genes (α, β, γ, and α2) have been identified. By reverse genetic screening, we have selected three to four strains in which a point mutation has been induced in the coding sequence of the mPR subtypes. However, homozygous mutants of each mPR gene showed no phenotype. The

  6. Theory of the metal-insulator transition in Pr Ru4 P12 and Pr Fe4 P12

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    Curnoe, S. H.; Harima, H.; Takegahara, K.; Ueda, K.

    2004-12-01

    All symmetry-allowed couplings between the 4f2 -electron ground state doublet of trivalent praseodymium in PrRu4P12 and PrFe4P12 and displacements of the phosphorus, iron, or ruthenium ions are considered. Two types of displacements can change the crystal lattice from body-centred cubic to simple orthorhombic or to simple cubic. The first type lowers the point group symmetry from tetrahedral to orthorhombic, while the second type leaves it unchanged, with corresponding space group reductions Im3¯→Pmmm and Im3¯→Pm3¯ , respectively. In former case, the lower point group symmetry splits the degeneracy of the 4f2 doublet into states with opposite quadrupole moment, which then leads to antiquadrupolar ordering, as in PrFe4P12 . Either kind of displacement may conspire with nesting of the Fermi surface to cause the metal-insulator or partial metal-insulator transition observed in PrFe4P12 and PrRu4P12 . We investigate this scenario using band-structure calculations, and it is found that displacements of the phosphorus ions in PrRu4P12 (with space-group reduction Im3¯→Pm3¯ ) open a gap everywhere on the Fermi surface.

  7. Optimizing Content for Pre-Exposure Prophylaxis (PrEP) Counseling for Men who have Sex with Men: Perspectives of PrEP Users and High-risk PrEP Naïve Men

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    Taylor, S. Wade; Mayer, Kenneth H.; Elsesser, Steven M.; Mimiaga, Matthew J.; O’Cleirigh, Conall; Safren, Steven A.

    2014-01-01

    Existing trials of antiretroviral (ARV) medication as chemoprophylaxis against HIV reveal that the degree of protection is primarily dependent on product adherence. However, there is a lack of data on targets for behavioral interventions to improve adherence to ARV as prevention. Information from individuals who have used ARV as pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP) can inform behavioral intervention development. Thirty-nine HIV-uninfected MSM at high risk for HIV acquisition participated in one of four semi-structured focus groups. Two of the focus groups consisted of MSM who had been prescribed and used PrEP in the context of a clinical trial; the other two consisted of high-risk MSM who had not previously used PrEP. An in-depth, within-case/across-case content analysis resulted in six descriptive themes potentially salient for a PrEP adherence behavioral intervention: (1) motivations to use PrEP, (2) barriers to PrEP use, (3) facilitators to PrEP use, (4) sexual decision-making in the context of PrEP, (5) prospective PrEP education content, and, (6) perceived effective characteristics of PrEP delivery personnel. Addressing these themes in behavioral interventions in the context of prescribing PrEP may result in the optimal “packaging” public health programs that implement PrEP for high-risk MSM. PMID:24077928

  8. Valence of praseodymium in superconducting Pr(O,F)BiS2 single crystals

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    Ishii, Satoshi; Hongu, Yasuaki; Miura, Akira; Nagao, Masanori

    2016-06-01

    The praseodymium (Pr) valence in superconducting PrO1‑ x F x BiS2 (x = 0.13,0.23) single crystals was evaluated by X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy. The Pr 3d core level is split into 3d3/2 and 3d5/2 levels. Both PrO1‑ x F x BiS2 and Pr2S3, which contain only Pr3+, showed 3d spectra at a lower binding energy than Pr6O11, which contains both Pr3+ and Pr4+. Neither PrO1‑ x F x BiS2 nor Pr2S3 showed the characteristic satellites of Pr4+ in 3d5/2 spectra. The valence fluctuation between the Pr3+ and Pr4+ states was not confirmed, suggesting that Pr3+ is dominant in PrO1‑ x F x BiS2 (x = 0.13,0.23) single crystals.

  9. Understanding the Press Kit and Its Use by the Media: When PR Material Becomes News

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    Weisgerber, Corinne

    2006-01-01

    This activity helps students understand the relationship between public relations (PR) writing and news writing by demonstrating how PR material gets used in the production of news stories. Considering that "more than 70 percent of daily newspaper copy emanates from PR-generated releases," it is important for students to learn how PR professionals…

  10. Tropical precipitation estimated by GPCP and TRMM PR observations

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    Li, Rui; Fu, Yunfei

    2005-11-01

    In this study, tropical monthly mean precipitation estimated by the latest Global Precipitation Climatology Project (GPCP) version 2 dataset and Tropical Rainfall Measurement Mission Precipitation Radar (TRMM PR) are compared in temporal and spatial scales in order to comprehend tropical rainfall climatologically. Reasons for the rainfall differences derived from both datasets are discussed. Results show that GPCP and TRMM PR datasets present similar distribution patterns over the Tropics but with some differences in amplitude and location. Generally, the average difference over the ocean of about 0.5 mm d-1 is larger than that of about 0.1 mm d-1 over land. Results also show that GPCP tends to underestimate the monthly precipitation over the land region with sparse rain gauges in contrast to regions with a higher density of rain gauge stations. A Probability Distribution Function (PDF) analysis indicates that the GPCP rain rate at its maximum PDF is generally consistent with the TRMM PR rain rate as the latter is less than 8 mm d-1. When the TRMM PR rain rate is greater than 8 mm d-1, the GPCP rain rate at its maximum PDF is less by at least 1 mm d-1compared to TRMM PR estimates. Results also show an absolute bias of less than 1 mm d-1 between the two datasets when the rain rate is less than 10 mm d-1. A large relative bias of the two datasets occurs at weak and heavy rain rates.

  11. Probing structural differences between PrPC and PrPSc by surface nitration and acetylation: evidence of conformational change in the C-terminus

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    We used two chemical modifiers, tetranitromethane (TNM) and acetic anhydride, which specifically target accessible tyrosine and lysine residues, respectively, to modify Syrian hamster recombinant PrP(90-231) (rPrP) and PrP27-30, aiming at finding locations of conformational change. Modified proteins...

  12. Role of cell death in the propagation of PrP(Sc) in immune cells.

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    Takahashi, Kenichi; Inoshima, Yasuo; Ishiguro, Naotaka

    2015-03-01

    A number of studies have suggested that macrophages, dendritic cells, and follicular dendritic cells play an important role in the propagation of PrP(Sc). Both accumulation and proteolysis of PrP(Sc) have been demonstrated in peripheral macrophages. Macrophages may act as reservoirs for PrP(Sc) particles if the cells die during transient PrP(Sc) propagation. However, whether cell death plays a role in PrP(Sc) propagation in macrophages remains unclear. In this study, we investigated the possibility of propagation and transmission of PrP(Sc) between dead immune cells and living neural cells. We found that under specific conditions, transient PrP(Sc) propagation occurs in dead cells, indicating that interaction between PrP(C) and PrP(Sc) on plasma membrane lipid rafts might be important for PrP(Sc) propagation. Co-culturing of killed donor PrP(Sc)-infected macrophages with recipient N2a-3 neuroblastoma cells accelerated PrP(Sc) transmission. Our results suggest that cell death may play an important role in PrP(Sc) propagation, whereas transient PrP(Sc) propagation in macrophages has little effect on PrP(Sc) transmission. PMID:25559669

  13. Sialic Acid on the Glycosylphosphatidylinositol Anchor Regulates PrP-mediated Cell Signaling and Prion Formation.

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    Bate, Clive; Nolan, William; Williams, Alun

    2016-01-01

    The prion diseases occur following the conversion of the cellular prion protein (PrP(C)) into disease-related isoforms (PrP(Sc)). In this study, the role of the glycosylphosphatidylinositol (GPI) anchor attached to PrP(C) in prion formation was examined using a cell painting technique. PrP(Sc) formation in two prion-infected neuronal cell lines (ScGT1 and ScN2a cells) and in scrapie-infected primary cortical neurons was increased following the introduction of PrP(C). In contrast, PrP(C) containing a GPI anchor from which the sialic acid had been removed (desialylated PrP(C)) was not converted to PrP(Sc). Furthermore, the presence of desialylated PrP(C) inhibited the production of PrP(Sc) within prion-infected cortical neurons and ScGT1 and ScN2a cells. The membrane rafts surrounding desialylated PrP(C) contained greater amounts of sialylated gangliosides and cholesterol than membrane rafts surrounding PrP(C). Desialylated PrP(C) was less sensitive to cholesterol depletion than PrP(C) and was not released from cells by treatment with glimepiride. The presence of desialylated PrP(C) in neurons caused the dissociation of cytoplasmic phospholipase A2 from PrP-containing membrane rafts and reduced the activation of cytoplasmic phospholipase A2. These findings show that the sialic acid moiety of the GPI attached to PrP(C) modifies local membrane microenvironments that are important in PrP-mediated cell signaling and PrP(Sc) formation. These results suggest that pharmacological modification of GPI glycosylation might constitute a novel therapeutic approach to prion diseases. PMID:26553874

  14. Magnetic phase transitions in Y1-xTbxMn6Sn6, La1-xSmxMn2Si2, Lu2(Fe1-xMnx)17, and La(Fe0.88SixAl0.12-x)13 intermetallic compounds

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    Mushnikov, N. V.; Kuchin, A. G.; Gerasimov, E. G.; Terentev, P. B.; Gaviko, V. S.; Serikov, V. V.; Kleinerman, N. M.; Vershinin, A. V.

    2015-06-01

    Magnetic properties have been measured for the Y1-xTbxMn6Sn6, La1-xSmxMn2Si2, Lu2(Fe1-xMnx)17, and La(Fe0.88SixAl0.12-x)13 systems which show up transitions from antiferromagnetic to ferromagnetic state upon changing concentration of the constituents or application of magnetic field. We determined the concentrations and temperatures of the magnetic phase transitions and plotted magnetic phase diagrams. Near a critical concentration, the AF-F transition can be realized in low magnetic fields, which makes these compounds attractive for magnetothermal applications. Using the data of the magnetization measurement, we determined the isothermal magnetic entropy change in a wide temperature range. All the studied systems have a layered magnetic structure with the positive intralayer exchange interaction and the interlayer exchange integrals of different signs depending on the composition and temperature. For the compounds La(Fe0.88SixAl0.12-x)13 with the cubic crystal structure, the origin of formation of a layered magnetic structure is discussed based on the data of Mössbauer studies which revealed a difference in the local surrounding of resonant atoms in the compounds with different magnetic orders.

  15. Synthesis, structures and magnetic properties of Pr-lean Pr2Fe14B/Fe3B nanocomposite alloys

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    Mingxiang, Pan; Pengyue, Zhang; Hongliang, Ge; Hangfu, Yang; Qiong, Wu

    2012-09-01

    The lean rare-earth Pr4.5Fe77-xTixB18.5 (x=0, 1, 4, 5) nanocomposite alloys were prepared by melt spinning method and subsequent thermal annealing. The effect of Ti content and annealing temperature on the magnetic properties and the microstructure of these magnets were investigated. The enhancing coercivity Hc from 211.4 to 338.2 kA/m has been observed at the optimal annealing temperature of 700 °C by the addition of 5 at% Ti in Pr2Fe14B/Fe3B alloys. It was also found that increasing Ti content leads to marked grain refinement in the annealed alloys, resulting in strong exchange-coupling interaction between the hard and the soft phases in these ribbons. In addition, the magnetization reversal behaviors of Pr2Fe14B/Fe3B nanocomposites were discussed in detail.

  16. Truncated PrP(c) in mammalian brain: interspecies variation and location in membrane rafts.

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    Laffont-Proust, Isabelle; Hässig, Raymonde; Haïk, Stéphane; Simon, Stéphanie; Grassi, Jacques; Fonta, Caroline; Faucheux, Baptiste A; Moya, Kenneth L

    2006-03-01

    A key molecular event in prion diseases is the conversion of cellular prion protein (PrP(c)) into an abnormal misfolded conformer (PrP(sc)). The PrP(c) N-terminal domain plays a central role in PrP(c) functions and in prion propagation. Because mammalian PrP(c) is found as a full-length and N-terminally truncated form, we examined the presence and amount of PrP(c) C-terminal fragment in the brain of different species. We found important variations between primates and rodents. In addition, our data show that the PrP(c) fragment is present in detergent-resistant raft domains, a membrane domain of critical importance for PrP(c) functions and its conversion into PrP(sc). PMID:16542151

  17. O-2p holes in tetravalent oxides of Ce and Pr and the Fehrenbacher-Rice hybrid in PrBa2Cu3O7-δ

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    Hu, Z.; Meier, R.; Schüßler-Langeheine, C.; Weschke, E.; Kaindl, G.; Felner, I.; Merz, M.; Nücker, N.; Schuppler, S.; Erb, A.

    1999-07-01

    We report on an x-ray absorption near-edge structure (XANES) study of O-2p holes induced by Ln-4f/O-2p covalence in LnO2 (Ln=Ce,Pr) and BaLnO3 (Ln=Ce,Pr,Tb). The pre-edge peak in the O-1s XANES spectra, associated with O-2p holes, shifts to lower energy from Ce to Pr, in agreement with theoretical expectation, and its intensity scales with the strength of the 4f/2p covalence. In Pr(IV) oxides, the pre-edge peak is at the energy of the ``Fehrenbacher-Rice'' state in PrBa2Cu3O7-δ , supporting the view that the suppression of superconductivity in PrBa2Cu3O7-δ is due to Pr-4f/O-2p hybridization.

  18. 76 FR 44647 - Puerto Rico Disaster #PR-00013

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  2. Magnetic relaxation behaviour in Pr2NiSi3

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    Pakhira, Santanu; Mazumdar, Chandan; Ranganathan, R.

    2016-05-01

    Time dependent isothemal remanent magnetizatin (IRM) behaviour for polycrystalline compound Pr2NiSi3 have been studied below its characteristic temperature. The compound undergoes slow magnetic relaxation with time. Along with competing interaction, non-magnetic atom disorder plays an important role in formation of non-equilibrium glassy like ground state for this compound.

  3. Selective recognition of Pr3+ based on fluorescence enhancement sensor.

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    Ganjali, M R; Hosseini, M; Ghafarloo, A; Khoobi, M; Faridbod, F; Shafiee, A; Norouzi, P

    2013-10-01

    (E)-2-(1-(4-hydroxy-2-oxo-2H-chromen-3-yl)ethylidene)hydrazinecarbothioamide (L) has been used to detect trace amounts of praseodymium ion in acetonitrile-water solution (MeCN/H2O) by fluorescence spectroscopy. The fluorescent probe undergoes fluorescent emission intensity enhancement upon binding to Pr(3+) ions in MeCN/H2O (9/1:v/v) solution. The fluorescence enhancement of L is attributed to a 1:1 complex formation between L and Pr(3+), which has been utilized as the basis for selective detection of Pr(3+). The sensor can be applied to the quantification of praseodymium ion with a linear range of 1.6×10(-7) to 1.0×10(-5) M. The limit of detection was 8.3×10(-8) M. The sensor exhibits high selectivity toward praseodymium ions in comparison with common metal ions. The proposed fluorescent sensor was successfully used for determination of Pr(3+) in water samples. PMID:23910325

  4. Marketing Your Library Program--More than a PR Campaign.

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    Brown, Gerald R.

    In this workshop, the concept of marketing was applied to school library media programs by examining the relationship between library media programs, the marketing plan, public relations (PR), and promotion. Reachable goals, targeting the audience, advertising, and motivation and commitment of the staff were also considered, and successful…

  5. Commentary: Communications Doesn't Define PR, It Diminishes It.

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    Budd, John, Jr.

    1995-01-01

    Gives the dictionary definition of "communications," and then suggests that communications is the last act in the process of public relations. Presents hypothetical situations to show that PR is the final implementation step in a management process rather than just "communications." Argues that some companies, however, use communication as a…

  6. 77 FR 68102 - Foreign-Trade Zone 163-Ponce, PR; Application for Subzone; Zimmer Manufacturing BV; Ponce, PR

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    2012-11-15

    ... From the Federal Register Online via the Government Publishing Office DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE Foreign-Trade Zones Board Foreign-Trade Zone 163--Ponce, PR; Application for Subzone; Zimmer Manufacturing... Manufacturing BV located in Ponce, Puerto Rico. The application was submitted pursuant to the provisions of...

  7. Nasal Associated Lymphoid Tissue of the Syrian Golden Hamster Expresses High Levels of PrPC

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    Clouse, Melissa D.; Shikiya, Ronald A.; Bartz, Jason C.; Kincaid, Anthony E.

    2015-01-01

    The key event in the pathogenesis of the transmissible spongiform encephalopathies is a template-dependent misfolding event where an infectious isoform of the prion protein (PrPSc) comes into contact with native prion protein (PrPC) and changes its conformation to PrPSc. In many extraneurally inoculated models of prion disease this PrPC misfolding event occurs in lymphoid tissues prior to neuroinvasion. The primary objective of this study was to compare levels of total PrPC in hamster lymphoid tissues involved in the early pathogenesis of prion disease. Lymphoid tissues were collected from golden Syrian hamsters and Western blot analysis was performed to quantify PrPC levels. PrPC immunohistochemistry (IHC) of paraffin embedded tissue sections was performed to identify PrPC distribution in tissues of the lymphoreticular system. Nasal associated lymphoid tissue contained the highest amount of total PrPC followed by Peyer’s patches, mesenteric and submandibular lymph nodes, and spleen. The relative levels of PrPC expression in IHC processed tissue correlated strongly with the Western blot data, with high levels of PrPC corresponding with a higher percentage of PrPC positive B cell follicles. High levels of PrPC in lymphoid tissues closely associated with the nasal cavity could contribute to the relative increased efficiency of the nasal route of entry of prions, compared to other routes of infection. PMID:25642714

  8. When and why women might suspend PrEP use according to perceived seasons of risk: implications for PrEP-specific risk-reduction counselling.

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    Namey, Emily; Agot, Kawango; Ahmed, Khatija; Odhiambo, Jacob; Skhosana, Joseph; Guest, Greg; Corneli, Amy

    2016-09-01

    Oral pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP) using the antiretroviral drug emtricitabine/tenofovir disoproxil fumarate (Truvada) has been shown to dramatically reduce the risk of HIV acquisition for women at higher risk of infection if taken daily. Understanding when and why women would intentionally stop using an efficacious oral PrEP drug within the context of their 'normal' daily lives is essential for delivering effective PrEP risk-reduction counselling. As part of a larger study, we conducted 60 qualitative interviews with women at higher risk of HIV in Bondo, Kenya, and Pretoria, South Africa. Participants charted their sexual contacts over the previous six months, indicated whether they would have taken PrEP if available and discussed whether and why they would have suspended PrEP use. Nearly all participants said they would have used PrEP in the previous six months; half indicated they would have suspended PrEP use at some point. Participants' reasons for an extended break from PrEP were related to partnership dynamics (e.g., perceived low risk of a stable partner) and phases of life (e.g., trying to conceive). Life events (e.g., holidays and travel) could prompt shorter breaks in PrEP use. These circumstances may or may not correspond to actual contexts of lower risk, highlighting the importance of tailored PrEP risk-reduction counselling. PMID:27093238

  9. AQUIFER PROTIST RESPONSE AND THE POTENTIAL FOR TCE BIOREMEDIATION WITH BURKHOLDERIA CEPACIA G4 PR1

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    The introduction of bacteria into the environment for bioremediation purposes (bioaugmentation) requires analysis and monitoring of the persistence and activity of microbial population for efficacy and risk assessment purposes. Burkholderia cepacia G4 PR123 and PR131 constitutive...

  10. Effects of dynamic Jahn-Teller distortions by Raman spectroscopy in the layered CMR manganite La{sub 2{minus}2x}Sr{sub 1+2x}Mn{sub 2}O{sub 7}, x = 0.36

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    Bordallo, H.N.; Argyriou, D.N.; Mitchell, J.F.; Strouse, G.F.

    1998-12-01

    The close interplay among charge, spin, and lattice degrees of freedom in the colossal magnetoresistive (CMR) manganite oxides is believed to play an important role in the transport mechanism in these itinerant ferromagnets. While the work on CMR materials has concentrated on the 3D perovskite manganites, the discovery of the layered compounds La{sub 2{minus}2x}Sr{sub 1+2x}Mn{sub 2}O{sub 7} as another class of CMR oxides provides a rich opportunity to explore the relationship between structure and transport properties on varying length and time scales in reduced dimensions. The crystal structure of the layered CMR compounds La{sub 2{minus}2x}Sr{sub 1+2x}Mn{sub 2}O{sub 7} is comprised of perovskite bilayers of corner-linked MnO{sub 6} octahedra forming infinite sheets. Doping of divalent cations such as Sr{sup 2+} gives rise to a mixed valent system were Jahn-Teller (JT) active Mn{sup 3+} and JT-inactive Mn{sup 4+} co-exist on the lattice. Among the current theoretical models of transport in the three-dimensional perovskite materials is the role of JT. This transport mechanism plays a fundamental role above the Curie temperature (T{sub c}). Indeed, localized lattice distortions have been observed experimentally above T{sub c} in the (La,Ca)MnO{sub 3} perovskite system. In this communication, the authors report resonant Raman spectroscopic measurements on a micro-crystalline sample of La{sub 1.28}Sr{sub 1.72}Mn{sub 2}O{sub 7} (x = 0.36). The measurements suggest discrete phonon modes for the Mn{sup 3+} and Mn{sup 4+} lattice sites, which may arise from either dynamic or static localization and the presence of Mn{sup 2+} defects in the lattice.

  11. Getting the Most PR for Your School. NHSC Occasional Paper Number 8.

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    Welch, Sally R.

    All National Home Study Council (NHSC) schools need public relations (PR) programs that are focused on the success of the school's graduates and the educational rigor and quality of its instruction rather than on the school owner's personal success or the success/size of the school. PR can be handled by schools' marketing departments. PR programs…

  12. Dimerization and protease resistance: new insight into the function of PR-1

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    The group 1 pathogenesis-related (PR-1) proteins have long been considered hallmarks of hypersensitive response/defense pathways in plants, but their biochemical functions are still obscure despite resolution of the NMR/X-ray structures of several PR-1-like proteins, including P14a (the prototype PR...

  13. Heterologous expression and functional analysis of the wheat group 1 pathogenesis-related (PR-1) proteins

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    The group 1 pathogenesis-related (PR-1) proteins have been widely used as hallmarks of plant defense pathways, but their biological functions are still unknown. We report here the functional analysis of two basic PR-1 proteins following the identification of the wheat PR-1 gene family (Lu et al., 20...

  14. Near-yrast structure of {sup 149}Pr

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    Rzaca-Urban, T.; Urban, W.; Pinston, J. A.; Simpson, G. S.; Ahmad, I.

    2010-12-15

    The neutron-rich nucleus {sup 149}Pr has been studied by means of prompt and delayed {gamma}-ray spectroscopy using the EUROGAM2 and Gammasphere arrays of Ge detectors. New spins have been assigned to a previously reported band and it is interpreted as having a h{sub 11/2} proton structure, from a comparison with quasiparticle-rotor model calculations. The strength of octupole correlations in odd-Z nuclei of the region is discussed.

  15. Public Relations: Ketchum brands new product with innovative PR strategy.

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    2006-01-01

    Novartis Pharmaceuticals tapped publis relations (PR) giant Ketchum earlier this year to spearhead a marketing campaign that would make its new U.S. Food and Drug Administration-approved prescription-based medication, Enablex, stand out among the crowd in over active bladder (OAB) treatment. OAB is a disorder that affects an estimated 33 million Americans making this treatment highly in demand with consumers and highly competitive with other pharmaceutical companies. PMID:17048759

  16. Transition Probabilities And Chiral Symmetry In 134Pr

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    Tonev, D.; De Angelis, G.; Gadea, A.; Axiotis, M.; Marginean, N.; Martines, T.; Napoli, D.R.; Prete, G.; Behera, B.R.; Rusu, C.; Petkov, P.; Dewald, A.; Pejovic, P.; Fitzler, A.; Moeller, O.; Zell, K.O.; Balabanski, D.; Bednarczyk, P.; Camera, F.; Paleni, A.

    2005-04-05

    Lifetime measurements in 134Pr were performed by means of the Recoil distance Doppler-shift and Doppler-shift attenuation methods using the multidetector array EUROBALL, in conjunction with the inner BGO ball. The derived B(E2) transition strengths within the two bands candidates for chiral partners behave differently with increasing spin while the corresponding B(M1) values have a similar behaviour within the experimental uncertainties.

  17. Molecular Cloning of HbPR-1 Gene from Rubber Tree, Expression of HbPR-1 Gene in Nicotiana benthamiana and Its Inhibition of Phytophthora palmivora

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    Khunjan, Uraiwan; Ekchaweng, Kitiya; Panrat, Tanate; Tian, Miaoying; Churngchow, Nunta

    2016-01-01

    This is the first report to present a full-length cDNA (designated HbPR-1) encoding a putative basic HbPR-1 protein from rubber tree (Hevea brasiliensis) treated with salicylic acid. It was characterized and also expressed in Nicotiana benthamiana using Agrobacterium-mediated transient gene expression system in order to investigate the role of HbPR-1 gene in rubber tree against its oomycete pathogen Phytopthora palmivora and to produce recombinant HbPR-1 protein for microbial inhibition test. The HbPR-1 cDNA was 647 bp long and contained an open reading frame of 492 nucleotides encoding 163 amino acid residues with a predicted molecular mass of 17,681 Da and an isoelectric point (pI) of 8.56, demonstrating that HbPR-1 protein belongs to the basic PR-1 type. The predicted 3D structure of HbPR-1 was composed of four α-helices, three β-sheets, seven strands, and one junction loop. Expression and purification of recombinant HbPR-1 protein were successful using Agrobacterium-mediated transient expression and one-step of affinity chromatography. Heterologous expression of HbPR-1 in N. benthamiana reduced necrosis areas which were inoculated with P. palmivora zoospores, indicating that the expressed HbPR-1 protein played an important role in plant resistance to pathogens. The purified recombinant HbPR-1 protein was found to inhibit 64% of P. palmivora zoospore germination on a water agar plate compared with control, suggesting that it was an antimicrobial protein against P. palmivora. PMID:27337148

  18. Molecular Cloning of HbPR-1 Gene from Rubber Tree, Expression of HbPR-1 Gene in Nicotiana benthamiana and Its Inhibition of Phytophthora palmivora.

    PubMed

    Khunjan, Uraiwan; Ekchaweng, Kitiya; Panrat, Tanate; Tian, Miaoying; Churngchow, Nunta

    2016-01-01

    This is the first report to present a full-length cDNA (designated HbPR-1) encoding a putative basic HbPR-1 protein from rubber tree (Hevea brasiliensis) treated with salicylic acid. It was characterized and also expressed in Nicotiana benthamiana using Agrobacterium-mediated transient gene expression system in order to investigate the role of HbPR-1 gene in rubber tree against its oomycete pathogen Phytopthora palmivora and to produce recombinant HbPR-1 protein for microbial inhibition test. The HbPR-1 cDNA was 647 bp long and contained an open reading frame of 492 nucleotides encoding 163 amino acid residues with a predicted molecular mass of 17,681 Da and an isoelectric point (pI) of 8.56, demonstrating that HbPR-1 protein belongs to the basic PR-1 type. The predicted 3D structure of HbPR-1 was composed of four α-helices, three β-sheets, seven strands, and one junction loop. Expression and purification of recombinant HbPR-1 protein were successful using Agrobacterium-mediated transient expression and one-step of affinity chromatography. Heterologous expression of HbPR-1 in N. benthamiana reduced necrosis areas which were inoculated with P. palmivora zoospores, indicating that the expressed HbPR-1 protein played an important role in plant resistance to pathogens. The purified recombinant HbPR-1 protein was found to inhibit 64% of P. palmivora zoospore germination on a water agar plate compared with control, suggesting that it was an antimicrobial protein against P. palmivora. PMID:27337148

  19. Intergrain Exchange Coupling in PrCo/Co Films

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    Liu, J. P.; Shan, Z. S.; Sellmyer, D. J.

    1997-03-01

    Magnetic hardening and the intergrain exchange coupling in the PrCo/Co multilayer films have been investigated. The PrCo/Co multilayer thin films with Cr underlayer and cover layer were prepared by sputtering and followed by heat treatment. The as-deposited PrCo layer is amorphous and magnetically soft. Considerable coercivity is developed after the films are annealed at 500(C for 40 minutes. The maximum coercivity is 10 kOe. From the hysteresis loop it can be seen that the ratio Mr/Ms is larger than 0.5, suggesting an intergrain exchange coupling. It is interesting to note that the coercivity of the films with the Co interlayers is as large as that of the single-layer films, if the thickness of Co layers is less than 6 nm. This may be connected to the theoretical prediction that the intergrain exchange coupling remains strong if the dimension of the soft phase is less than the twice of the domain wall thickness in the hard phase (typically 3 nm in the rare earth-transition metal phases). Moreover, the insertion of Co layer enhances the magnetization remarkably. In the best situation, we obtained a maximum energy product of the film of 20 MGOe at room temperature.

  20. Generation IV PR and PP Methods and Applications

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    Bari,R.A.

    2008-10-13

    This paper presents an evaluation methodology for proliferation resistance and physical protection (PR&PP) of Generation IV nuclear energy systems (NESs). For a proposed NES design, the methodology defines a set of challenges, analyzes system response to these challenges, and assesses outcomes. The challenges to the NES are the threats posed by potential actors (proliferant States or sub-national adversaries). The characteristics of Generation IV systems, both technical and institutional, are used to evaluate the response of the system and determine its resistance against proliferation threats and robustness against sabotage and terrorism threats. The outcomes of the system response are expressed in terms of six measures for PR and three measures for PP, which are the high-level PR&PP characteristics of the NES. The methodology is organized to allow evaluations to be performed at the earliest stages of system design and to become more detailed and more representative as design progresses. Uncertainty of results are recognized and incorporated into the evaluation at all stages. The results are intended for three types of users: system designers, program policy makers, and external stakeholders. Particular current relevant activities will be discussed in this regard. The methodology has been illustrated in a series of demonstration and case studies and these will be summarized in the paper.

  1. ER and PR signaling nodes during mammary gland development

    PubMed Central

    2012-01-01

    The ovarian hormones estrogen and progesterone orchestrate postnatal mammary gland development and are implicated in breast cancer. Most of our understanding of the molecular mechanisms of estrogen receptor (ER) and progesterone receptor (PR) signaling stems from in vitro studies with hormone receptor-positive cell lines. They have shown that ER and PR regulate gene transcription either by binding to DNA response elements directly or via other transcription factors and recruiting co-regulators. In addition they cross-talk with other signaling pathways through nongenomic mechanisms. Mouse genetics combined with tissue recombination techniques have provided insights about the action of these two hormones in vivo. It has emerged that hormones act on a subset of mammary epithelial cells and relegate biological functions to paracrine factors. With regards to hormonal signaling in breast carcinomas, global gene expression analyses have led to the identification of gene expression signatures that are characteristic of ERα-positive tumors that have stipulated functional studies of hitherto poorly understood transcription factors. Here, we highlight what has been learned about ER and PR signaling nodes in these different systems and attempt to lay out in which way the insights may converge. PMID:22809143

  2. Predicting the consequences of selecting on PrP genotypes on PrP frequencies, performance and inbreeding in commercial meat sheep populations

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    Man, Wing-Young N; Lewis, Ronald M; Boulton, Kay; Villanueva, Beatriz

    2007-01-01

    Selection programmes based on prion protein (PrP) genotypes are being implemented for increasing resistance to scrapie. Commercial meat sheep populations participating in sire-referencing schemes were simulated to investigate the effect of selection on PrP genotypes on ARR and VRQ allele frequencies, inbreeding and genetic gain in a performance trait under selection. PrP selection strategies modelled included selection against the VRQ allele and in favour of the ARR allele. Assuming realistic initial PrP frequencies, selection against the VRQ allele had a minimal impact on performance and inbreeding. However, when selection was also in favour of the ARR allele and the frequency of this allele was relatively low, there was a loss of up to three to four years of genetic gain over the 15 years of selection. Most loss in gain occurred during the first five years. In general, the rate of inbreeding was reduced when applying PrP selection. Since animals were first selected on their PrP genotype before being selected on the performance trait, the intensity of selection on performance was weaker under PrP selection (compared with no PrP selection). Eradication of the VRQ allele or fixation of the ARR allele within 15 years of selection was possible only with PrP selection targeting all breeding animals. PMID:18053577

  3. [Aspects of progesterone receptor (PR) activity regulation - impact on breast cancer progression].

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    Piasecka, Dominika; Składanowski, Andrzej C; Kordek, Radzisław; Romańska, Hanna M; Sądej, Rafał

    2015-01-01

    Progesterone receptor (PR) and its specific ligand play a key role in development and physiology of mammary gland. The role of PR in initiation and progression of breast carcinoma (BCa) is unquestionable, although molecular mechanism of PR action is complex and not fully understood. It is known that increased risk of breast cancer is associated with progestin-based (synthetic ligands of progesterone) hormonal contraception or hormone replacement therapies. It is estimated that ER/PR-positive tumours represent approximately 50-70% of all BCa cases, and the loss of PR is associated with resistance to hormonal therapy and increased tumour invasiveness. In classical, genomic signalling pathway cytoplasmic PR, following ligand binding, translocates to the nucleus and regulates expression of genes with the PRE sequence. PR is also involved in a large number of alternative, non-genomic signalling cascades, e.g. PR is able to activate MAPK and PI3K/AKT pathways, which leads to regulation of gene expression. The cross-talk between PR and Growth Factors Receptors (GFR) results in progesterone-independent activation of PR as well as PR-regulated GFR expression and activation. Growth factors signalling promotes formation of a pool of hypersensitive PR responsive to even very low ligand concentration. Transcriptional activity of PR as well as its dynamic impact on processes such as cell migration and adhesion are crucial for BCa progression. Further studies of multifaceted mechanisms of PR action may contribute to new PR-targeting therapeutic strategies for breast cancer patients. PMID:26689013

  4. Isolation and characterization of six pathogenesis-related (PR) proteins of Samsun NN tobacco.

    PubMed

    Kauffmann, S; Legrand, M; Fritig, B

    1990-03-01

    The purification to homogeneity of pathogenesis-related (PR) proteins R and S from Nicotiana tabacum cv. Samsun NN leaves has been achieved by using a combination of conventional and high-performance chromatographic supports. The same procedure allowed the purification and the characterization of four other proteins which displayed some properties characteristic of tobacco PR proteins and were shown to accumulate in tobacco leaves in response to virus infection. They can be, therefore, considered as new tobacco PR proteins which we designate as PR-s1, -s2, -r1 and -r2. The relative electrophoretic mobilities (Rf) under non-denaturing conditions were estimated to 0.30 for PR-r1 and -r2, 0.25 for Pr-R, 0.20 for PR-s1 and -s2 and 0.15 for PR-S. On SDS gels PR proteins R and S possessed the same apparent molecular weight (Mr 24,000) as did PR-proteins s1 and r1 (Mr 14,500) and PR-s2 and -r2 (Mr 13,000). However, proteins s1, s2, r1 and r2 had identical electrophoretic mobilities on SDS gels when the loading sample buffer contained no reducing agent. Polyclonal antisera were raised against PR proteins R and S and used in immunoblotting experiments. Proteins R and S were shown to be serologically closely related. No cross-reaction was detected with any of the four new tobacco PR proteins r1, r2, s1 and s2 or with the previously described PR proteins, i.e. PR-1a, -1b, -1c, -2, -N, -O, -P and -Q. PMID:2102821

  5. Biology of PrPsc accumulation in two natural scrapie-infected sheep flocks.

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    Caplazi, Patrick; O'Rourke, Katherine; Wolf, Cynthia; Shaw, Daniel; Baszler, Timothy V

    2004-11-01

    Sheep scrapie is a prion disease that requires interaction of exogenous prions with host prion protein (PrP) supporting prion formation. Disease is associated with deposition of a host-generated conformational variant of PrP, PrPsc, in a variety of tissues, including brain, resulting in fatal spongiform encephalopathy. Efficiency of PrPsc formation is determined by polymorphisms in the PrP-coding sequence. This article adds to previous data of natural sheep scrapie, concentrating on the effect of host genotype and age on PrPsc accumulation patterns during preclinical and clinical disease. Two entire scrapie-infected, predominantly Suffolk-cross, sheep flocks euthanized for regulatory purposes were genotyped and analyzed for PrPsc deposition in various tissues using single- and dual-label immunohistochemistry. Scrapie, as defined by PrPsc deposition, occurred in 13/80 sheep. Preclinical disease was evident in nearly 70% of infected sheep, ranging in age from 14 months to 7 years. PrPsc accumulated systemically in the nervous tissue, various lymphoid tissues, both alimentary tract related and non-alimentary tract related, and the placenta. Clinical neurological illness was always associated with spongiform encephalopathy and PrPsc deposition in the brain. Only 6 of 9 sheep with preclinical scrapie had PrPsc deposition in the brain but widespread PrPsc deposition in peripheral lymphoid tissue, supporting previous data showing peripheral PrPsc accumulation preceding deposition in the brain. PrPsc colocalized with a marker for follicular dendritic cells throughout the lymphoid system. PrPsc also accumulated in the peripheral nervous system, particularly the nervous supply of the gastrointestinal tract. Abundant PrPsc was evident in trophoblast cells of placentomes but not in the endometrium, myometrium, or associated nervous plexus. PrPsc deposits were not observed in the mammary parenchyma or bone marrow. Scrapie susceptibility was defined genetically by PrP codon 171

  6. Metal-insulator transition in the Pr substituted Bi-2212 bulk textured crystals

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    Prabhakaran, D.; Subramanian, C.

    1997-02-01

    Bulk textured crystals of Bi 2.2Sr 1.9Ca 1- xPr xCu 2O 8 (0.0 ≤ x ≤ 0.6) were grown by the platinum strip heater floating zone technique. The effect of Pr on the growth and superconducting properties was studied. From the X-ray diffraction studies, variation of lattice constants, phase purity and texturing quantification with respect to Pr substitution were calculated. Variation in the Sr/Ca ratio upon Pr doping was observed. Metal insulator transition was observed in the higher order Pr substituted crystals.

  7. Ubiquitin ligase gp78 targets unglycosylated prion protein PrP for ubiquitylation and degradation.

    PubMed

    Shao, Jia; Choe, Vitnary; Cheng, Haili; Tsai, Yien Che; Weissman, Allan M; Luo, Shiwen; Rao, Hai

    2014-01-01

    Prion protein PrP is a central player in several devastating neurodegenerative disorders, including mad cow disease and Creutzfeltd-Jacob disease. Conformational alteration of PrP into an aggregation-prone infectious form PrPSc can trigger pathogenic events. How levels of PrP are regulated is poorly understood. Human PrP is known to be degraded by the proteasome, but the specific proteolytic pathway responsible for PrP destruction remains elusive. Here, we demonstrate that the ubiquitin ligase gp78, known for its role in protein quality control, is critical for unglycosylated PrP ubiquitylation and degradation. Furthermore, C-terminal sequences of PrP protein are crucial for its ubiquitylation and degradation. Our study reveals the first ubiquitin ligase specifically involved in prion protein PrP degradation and PrP sequences crucial for its turnover. Our data may lead to a new avenue to control PrP level and pathogenesis. PMID:24714645

  8. Control of interfacial properties of Pr-oxide/Ge gate stack structure by introduction of nitrogen

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    Kato, Kimihiko; Kondo, Hiroki; Sakashita, Mitsuo; Nakatsuka, Osamu; Zaima, Shigeaki

    2011-06-01

    We have demonstrated the control of interfacial properties of Pr-oxide/Ge gate stack structure by the introduction of nitrogen. From C- V characteristics of Al/Pr-oxide/Ge 3N 4/Ge MOS capacitors, the interface state density decreases without the change of the accumulation capacitance after annealing. The TEM and TED measurements reveal that the crystallization of Pr-oxide is enhanced with annealing and the columnar structure of cubic-Pr 2O 3 is formed after annealing. From the depth profiles measured using XPS with Ar sputtering for the Pr-oxide/Ge 3N 4/Ge stack structure, the increase in the Ge component is not observed in a Pr-oxide film and near the interface between a Pr-oxide film and a Ge substrate. In addition, the N component segregates near the interface region, amorphous Pr-oxynitride (PrON) is formed at the interface. As a result, Pr-oxide/PrON/Ge stacked structure without the Ge-oxynitride interlayer is formed.

  9. HIV-negative male couples' attitudes about pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP) and using PrEP with a sexual agreement.

    PubMed

    Mitchell, Jason W; Lee, Ji-Young; Woodyatt, Cory; Bauermeister, José; Sullivan, Patrick; Stephenson, Rob

    2016-08-01

    One efficacious strategy to help prevent HIV is oral pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP), a daily regimen of antiretroviral treatment taken by HIV-negative individuals. Two of the recommendations of Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) guidelines for PrEP pertain to being in a relationship (i.e., male couples). Despite the recognition of how primary partners in male couples' relationships shape HIV risk and CDC's PrEP guidelines, there is a paucity of data that examine HIV-negative male couples' attitudes toward PrEP use and using PrEP with a sexual agreement. A sexual agreement is an explicit agreement made between two individuals about what sex and other related behaviors may occur within and outside of their relationship. In this qualitative study, we examine HIV-negative male couples' attitudes toward PrEP use and whether they thought PrEP could be integrated into a sexual agreement. Data for this study are drawn from couple-level interviews conducted in 2014 with 29 HIV-negative male couples who had a sexual agreement and were from Atlanta or Detroit. Both passive (e.g., flyers) and active (e.g., targeted Facebook advertisements) recruitment methods were used; the sample was stratified by agreement type. Thematic analysis was applied to identify the following themes regarding HIV-negative male couples' attitudes toward PrEP use: (1) PrEP and condom use; (2) concerns about PrEP (e.g., effectiveness, side effects, and promoting sexually risky behavior); and (3) accessibility of PrEP. Some thought PrEP could be a part of couples' agreement because it could help reduce sexual anxiety and sexual risk, and would help keep the couple safe. Others described PrEP use with an agreement as something for "others". Some were also concerned that incorporating PrEP could usurp the need for a sexual agreement in a couples' relationship. These themes highlight the need to improve informational messaging and promotion efforts about PrEP among HIV-negative male couples

  10. PrP{sup C} displays an essential protective role from oxidative stress in an astrocyte cell line derived from PrP{sup C} knockout mice

    SciTech Connect

    Bertuchi, Fernanda R.; Bourgeon, Dominique M.G.; Landemberger, Michele C.; Martins, Vilma R.; Cerchiaro, Giselle

    2012-02-03

    Highlights: Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer PrP{sup C} in solution acts as a radical scavenger. Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer PrP{sup C} reduces hydrogen peroxide toxicity in astrocytes. Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer Increase in ROS disrupted the cell cycle in the PrP{sup C}-knockout astrocytes. Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer PrP{sup C} prevents the cell death independently of an SOD-like activity. -- Abstract: The PrP{sup C} protein, which is especially present in the cellular membrane of nervous system cells, has been extensively studied for its controversial antioxidant activity. In this study, we elucidated the free radical scavenger activity of purified murine PrP{sup C} in solution and its participation as a cell protector in astrocytes that were subjected to treatment with an oxidant. In vitro and using an EPR spin-trapping technique, we observed that PrP{sup C} decreased the oxidation of the DMPO trap in a Fenton reaction system (Cu{sup 2+}/ascorbate/H{sub 2}O{sub 2}), which was demonstrated by approximately 70% less DMPO/OH{sup {center_dot}}. In cultured PrP{sup C}-knockout astrocytes from mice, the absence of PrP{sup C} caused an increase in intracellular ROS (reactive oxygen species) generation during the first 3 h of H{sub 2}O{sub 2} treatment. This rapid increase in ROS disrupted the cell cycle in the PrP{sup C}-knockout astrocytes, which increased the population of cells in the sub-G1 phase when compared with cultured wild-type astrocytes. We conclude that PrP{sup C} in solution acts as a radical scavenger, and in astrocytes, it is essential for protection from oxidative stress caused by an external chemical agent, which is a likely condition in human neurodegenerative CNS disorders and pathological conditions such as ischemia.

  11. PrPC Undergoes Basal to Apical Transcytosis in Polarized Epithelial MDCK Cells

    PubMed Central

    Arkhipenko, Alexander; Syan, Sylvie; Victoria, Guiliana Soraya

    2016-01-01

    The Prion Protein (PrP) is an ubiquitously expressed glycosylated membrane protein attached to the external leaflet of the plasma membrane via a glycosylphosphatidylinositol anchor (GPI). While the misfolded PrPSc scrapie isoform is the infectious agent of prion disease, the cellular isoform (PrPC) is an enigmatic protein with unclear function. Of interest, PrP localization in polarized MDCK cells is controversial and its mechanism of trafficking is not clear. Here we investigated PrP traffic in MDCK cells polarized on filters and in three-dimensional MDCK cysts, a more physiological model of polarized epithelia. We found that, unlike other GPI-anchored proteins (GPI-APs), PrP undergoes basolateral-to-apical transcytosis in fully polarized MDCK cells. Following this event full-length PrP and its cleavage fragments are segregated in different domains of the plasma membrane in polarized cells in both 2D and 3D cultures. PMID:27389581

  12. PrPC Undergoes Basal to Apical Transcytosis in Polarized Epithelial MDCK Cells.

    PubMed

    Arkhipenko, Alexander; Syan, Sylvie; Victoria, Guiliana Soraya; Lebreton, Stéphanie; Zurzolo, Chiara

    2016-01-01

    The Prion Protein (PrP) is an ubiquitously expressed glycosylated membrane protein attached to the external leaflet of the plasma membrane via a glycosylphosphatidylinositol anchor (GPI). While the misfolded PrPSc scrapie isoform is the infectious agent of prion disease, the cellular isoform (PrPC) is an enigmatic protein with unclear function. Of interest, PrP localization in polarized MDCK cells is controversial and its mechanism of trafficking is not clear. Here we investigated PrP traffic in MDCK cells polarized on filters and in three-dimensional MDCK cysts, a more physiological model of polarized epithelia. We found that, unlike other GPI-anchored proteins (GPI-APs), PrP undergoes basolateral-to-apical transcytosis in fully polarized MDCK cells. Following this event full-length PrP and its cleavage fragments are segregated in different domains of the plasma membrane in polarized cells in both 2D and 3D cultures. PMID:27389581

  13. Thermal properties of PrBa 2Cu 4O 8 prepared at ambient oxygen pressure

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    Yang, H. D.; Lin, C. W.; Lin, J.-Y.; Meen, T. H.; Tsay, H. L.; Huang, J. C.; Sheen, S. R.; Wu, M. K.

    1997-08-01

    Polycrystalline PrBa 2Cu 4O 8 (Pr124) has been prepared at ambient oxygen pressure by nitrite pyrolysis method. Powder x-ray-diffraction patterns show a nearly single R124 phase. Thermogravimetric analysis indicates that its thermal stability is distinct from that of Pr123. Specific heat C has been measured from 0.5 to 40 K, and is very similar to that of Pr123. A maximum of C occurs around 17 K which could be due to a magnetic ordering. Entropy difference ΔS has been calculated from ΔC/ T between Pr124 and Y124. The possible origins of ΔS and the related magnetic properties are discussed. Resistivity ϱ( T) of Pr124 shows a nearly metallic behavior similar to what was observed in Pr124 made by the O 2-HIP technique. The metallic ϱ( T) at low temperatures is of interest and will be discussed.

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  16. The ZIP5 ectodomain co-localizes with PrP and may acquire a PrP-like fold that assembles into a dimer.

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    Pocanschi, Cosmin L; Ehsani, Sepehr; Mehrabian, Mohadeseh; Wille, Holger; Reginold, William; Trimble, William S; Wang, Hansen; Yee, Adelinda; Arrowsmith, Cheryl H; Bozóky, Zoltán; Kay, Lewis E; Forman-Kay, Julie D; Rini, James M; Schmitt-Ulms, Gerold

    2013-01-01

    The cellular prion protein (PrP(C)) was recently observed to co-purify with members of the LIV-1 subfamily of ZIP zinc transporters (LZTs), precipitating the surprising discovery that the prion gene family descended from an ancestral LZT gene. Here, we compared the subcellular distribution and biophysical characteristics of LZTs and their PrP-like ectodomains. When expressed in neuroblastoma cells, the ZIP5 member of the LZT subfamily was observed to be largely directed to the same subcellular locations as PrP(C) and both proteins were seen to be endocytosed through vesicles decorated with the Rab5 marker protein. When recombinantly expressed, the PrP-like domain of ZIP5 could be obtained with yields and levels of purity sufficient for structural analyses but it tended to aggregate, thereby precluding attempts to study its structure. These obstacles were overcome by moving to a mammalian cell expression system. The subsequent biophysical characterization of a homogeneous preparation of the ZIP5 PrP-like ectodomain shows that this protein acquires a dimeric, largely globular fold with an α-helical content similar to that of mammalian PrP(C). The use of a mammalian cell expression system also allowed for the expression and purification of stable preparations of Takifugu rubripes PrP-1, thereby overcoming a key hindrance to high-resolution work on a fish PrP(C). PMID:24039764

  17. Registration of PR0806-80 and PR0806-81 white bean germplasm lines with resistance to BGYMV, BCMV, BCMNV and rust

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    PR0806-80 (Reg. No. GP-___, PI ______) and PR0806-81 (Reg. No. GP-___, PI ______) are multiple disease resistant dry bean (Phaseolus vulgaris L.) germplasm lines, adapted to the humid tropics, that were developed and released cooperatively by the University of Puerto Rico Agricultural Experiment Sta...

  18. The ZIP5 Ectodomain Co-Localizes with PrP and May Acquire a PrP-Like Fold That Assembles into a Dimer

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    Pocanschi, Cosmin L.; Ehsani, Sepehr; Mehrabian, Mohadeseh; Wille, Holger; Reginold, William; Trimble, William S.; Wang, Hansen; Yee, Adelinda; Arrowsmith, Cheryl H.; Bozóky, Zoltán; Kay, Lewis E.; Forman-Kay, Julie D.; Rini, James M.; Schmitt-Ulms, Gerold

    2013-01-01

    The cellular prion protein (PrPC) was recently observed to co-purify with members of the LIV-1 subfamily of ZIP zinc transporters (LZTs), precipitating the surprising discovery that the prion gene family descended from an ancestral LZT gene. Here, we compared the subcellular distribution and biophysical characteristics of LZTs and their PrP-like ectodomains. When expressed in neuroblastoma cells, the ZIP5 member of the LZT subfamily was observed to be largely directed to the same subcellular locations as PrPC and both proteins were seen to be endocytosed through vesicles decorated with the Rab5 marker protein. When recombinantly expressed, the PrP-like domain of ZIP5 could be obtained with yields and levels of purity sufficient for structural analyses but it tended to aggregate, thereby precluding attempts to study its structure. These obstacles were overcome by moving to a mammalian cell expression system. The subsequent biophysical characterization of a homogeneous preparation of the ZIP5 PrP-like ectodomain shows that this protein acquires a dimeric, largely globular fold with an α-helical content similar to that of mammalian PrPC. The use of a mammalian cell expression system also allowed for the expression and purification of stable preparations of Takifugu rubripes PrP-1, thereby overcoming a key hindrance to high-resolution work on a fish PrPC. PMID:24039764

  19. Acceptability of Pre-Exposure Prophylaxis (PrEP) as an HIV prevention strategy: Barriers and facilitators to PrEP uptake among at-risk Peruvian populations

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    Galea, Jerome T.; Kinsler, Janni J.; Salazar, Ximena; Lee, Sung-Jae; Giron, Maziel; Sayles, Jennifer N.; Cáceres, Carlos; Cunningham, William E.

    2010-01-01

    This study examined Pre-Exposure Prophylaxis (PrEP) acceptability among female sex workers, male-to-female transgendered persons, and men who have sex with men in Lima, Peru. Focus groups explored social issues associated with PrEP acceptability and conjoint analysis assessed preferences among eight hypothetical PrEP scenarios with varying attribute profiles and their relative impact on acceptability. Conjoint analysis revealed that PrEP acceptability ranged from 19.8 to 82.5 out of a possible score of 100 across the eight hypothetical PrEP scenarios. Out-of-pocket cost had the greatest impact on PrEP acceptability (25.2, p <0.001), followed by efficacy (21.4, p <0.001) and potential side effects (14.7, p <0.001). Focus group data supported these findings, and also revealed that potential sexual risk disinhibition, stigma and discrimination associated with PrEP use, and mistrust of health care professionals were also concerns. These issues will require careful attention when planning for PrEP roll-out if proven efficacious in ongoing clinical trials. PMID:21571973

  20. PrP0\\0 mice show behavioral abnormalities that suggest PrPC has a role in maintaining the cytoskeleton.

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    Background/Introduction. PrPC is highly conserved among mammals, but its natural function is unclear. Prnp ablated mice (PrP0/0) appear to develop normally and are able to reproduce. These observations seem to indicate that the gene is not essential for viability, in spite of it being highly conse...

  1. PR-EDB: Power Reactor Embrittlement Database - Version 3

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    Wang, Jy-An John; Subramani, Ranjit

    2008-03-01

    The aging and degradation of light-water reactor pressure vessels is of particular concern because of their relevance to plant integrity and the magnitude of the expected irradiation embrittlement. The radiation embrittlement of reactor pressure vessel materials depends on many factors, such as neutron fluence, flux, and energy spectrum, irradiation temperature, and preirradiation material history and chemical compositions. These factors must be considered to reliably predict pressure vessel embrittlement and to ensure the safe operation of the reactor. Large amounts of data from surveillance capsules are needed to develop a generally applicable damage prediction model that can be used for industry standards and regulatory guides. Furthermore, the investigations of regulatory issues such as vessel integrity over plant life, vessel failure, and sufficiency of current codes, Standard Review Plans (SRPs), and Guides for license renewal can be greatly expedited by the use of a well-designed computerized database. The Power Reactor Embrittlement Database (PR-EDB) is such a comprehensive collection of data for U.S. designed commercial nuclear reactors. The current version of the PR-EDB lists the test results of 104 heat-affected-zone (HAZ) materials, 115 weld materials, and 141 base materials, including 103 plates, 35 forgings, and 3 correlation monitor materials that were irradiated in 321 capsules from 106 commercial power reactors. The data files are given in dBASE format and can be accessed with any personal computer using the Windows operating system. "User-friendly" utility programs have been written to investigate radiation embrittlement using this database. Utility programs allow the user to retrieve, select and manipulate specific data, display data to the screen or printer, and fit and plot Charpy impact data. The PR-EDB Version 3.0 upgrades Version 2.0. The package was developed based on the Microsoft .NET framework technology and uses Microsoft Access for

  2. An orange emitting phosphor Lu{sub 2−x}CaMg{sub 2}Si{sub 2.9}Ti{sub 0.1}O{sub 12}:xCe with pure garnet phase for warm white LEDs

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    Chu, Yaoqing; Zhang, Qinghong; Xu, Jiayue; Li, Yaogang; Wang, Hongzhi

    2015-09-15

    A new silicate garnet phosphor, Lu{sub 2−x}CaMg{sub 2}Si{sub 2.9}Ti{sub 0.1}O{sub 12}:xCe was synthesized by a high temperature solid-state reaction under reductive atmosphere. X-ray diffraction (XRD) showed that the powder was pure garnet phase. The emission and excitation spectrum indicated that the Lu{sub 2−x}CaMg{sub 2}Si{sub 2.9}Ti{sub 0.1}O{sub 12}:xCe phosphors could absorb blue light in the spectral range of 400–550 nm efficiently and exhibit bright yellow–orange emission in the range of 520–750 nm. With the increase of Ce{sup 3+} concentration, the emission band of Ce{sup 3+} showed a red shift. Interestingly, the concentration quenching occurred when the Ce{sup 3+} concentration exceeded 4 mol%. The temperature-dependent luminescent properties of the phosphors were discussed and the Lu{sub 1.96}CaMg{sub 2}Si{sub 2.9}Ti{sub 0.1}O{sub 12}:0.04Ce phosphors showed good performances in color temperature (2430 K) and potential applications for warm white LEDs. - Graphical Abstract: This image shows that the phosphor of Lu{sub 1.96}CaMg{sub 2}Si{sub 2.9}Ti{sub 0.1}O{sub 12}:0.04Ce can generate a uniform yellow tint under natural light illumination and emit orange–red light when excited by blue light. With a fixed 467 nm emission light, warm white light can be produced by this phosphor, which indicates that the phosphor is potentially applicable in warm white light emitting diodes based on GaN chips. - Highlights: • A new silicate garnet phosphor was synthesized by solid-state method. • Secondary phases can be avoided when a small amount of Si{sup 4+} were replaced by Ti{sup 4+}. • A broad emission band of Ce{sup 3+} in the phosphors was described. • The phosphors are potentially applicable in warm white light emitting diodes.

  3. PrP106-126 peptide disrupts lipid membranes: Influence of C-terminal amidation

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    Zheng Wenfu; Wang Lijun; Hong Yuankai; Sha Yinlin

    2009-02-06

    PrP106-126 is located within the important domain concerning membrane related conformational conversion of human Prion protein (from cellular isoform PrP{sup C} to scrapie isoform PrP{sup Sc}). Recent advances reveal that the pathological and physicochemical properties of PrP106-126 peptide are very sensitive to its N-terminal amidation, however, the detailed mechanism remains unclear. In this work, we studied the interactions of the PrP106-126 isoforms (PrP106-126{sub CONH2} and PrP106-126{sub COOH}) with the neutral lipid bilayers by atomic force microscopy, surface plasmon resonance and fluorescence spectroscopy. The membrane structures were disturbed by the two isoforms in a similarly stepwise process. The distinct morphological changes of the membrane were characterized by formation of semi-penetrated defects and sigmoidal growth of flat high-rise domains on the supported lipid bilayers. However, PrP106-126{sub COOH} displayed a higher peptide-lipid binding affinity than PrP106-126{sub CONH2} ({approx}2.9 times) and facilitated the peptide-lipid interactions by shortening the lag time. These results indicate that the C-terminal amidation may influence the pathological actions of PrP106-126 by lowering the interaction potentials with lipid membranes.

  4. Tenofovir-based Oral PrEP Prevents HIV Infection among Women

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    Thomson, Kerry A.; Baeten, Jared M.; Mugo, Nelly R.; Bekker, Linda-Gail; Celum, Connie L.; Heffron, Renee

    2016-01-01

    Purpose of review Despite tremendous promise as a female-controlled HIV prevention strategy, implementation of pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP) among women has been limited, in part because of disparate efficacy results from randomized trials in this population. This review synthesizes existing evidence regarding PrEP efficacy for preventing HIV infection in women and considerations for delivering PrEP to women. Recent findings In three efficacy trials, conducted among men and women, tenofovir-based oral PrEP reduced HIV acquisition in subgroups of women by 49–79% in intent-to-treat analyses, and by >85% when accounting for PrEP adherence. Two trials did not demonstrate an HIV prevention benefit from PrEP in women, but substantial evidence indicates those results were compromised by very low adherence to the study medication. Qualitative research has identified risk perception, stigma, and aspects of clinical trial participation as influencing adherence to study medication. Pharmacokinetic studies provide supporting evidence that PrEP offers HIV protection in women who are adherent to the medication. Summary Tenofovir-based daily oral PrEP prevents HIV acquisition in women. Offering PrEP as an HIV prevention option for women at high risk of HIV acquisition is a public health imperative and opportunities to evaluate implementation strategies for PrEP for women are needed. PMID:26417954

  5. Substitution of Y for Pr in PrMn2Ge2—The magnetism of Pr0.8Y0.2Mn2Ge2

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    Wang, J. L.; Campbell, S. J.; Hofmann, M.; Kennedy, S. J.; Avdeev, M.; Md Din, M. F.; Zeng, R.; Cheng, Z. X.; Dou, S. X.

    2013-05-01

    Pr0.8Y0.2Mn2Ge2 is found to exhibit four magnetic transitions on decreasing the temperature from the paramagnetic region: (i) paramagnetism to intralayer antiferromagnetism (AFl) at TNintra; (ii) AFl to canted ferromagnetism (Fmc) at TCinter; (iii) Fmc to conical magnetic ordering of the Mn sublattice (Fmi) at Tcc; and (iv) Fmi(Mn) to Fmi(Mn) + F(Pr) at TCPr. These changes in magnetic structure are discussed in terms of changes in the Mn-Mn separation distances caused by the unit cell contraction and by electronic effects due to replacement of 20% of Pr with Y.

  6. Analysis of cleavage site mutations between the NC and PR Gag domains of Rous sarcoma virus.

    PubMed Central

    Schatz, G; Pichova, I; Vogt, V M

    1997-01-01

    In retroviruses, the viral protease (PR) is released as a mature protein by cleavage of Gag, Gag-Pro, or Gag-Pro-Pol precursor polypeptides. In avian sarcoma and leukemia viruses (ASLV), PR forms the C-terminal domain of Gag. Based on the properties of a mutation (cs22) in the cleavage site between the upstream NC domain and the PR domain, the proteolytic liberation of PR previously was inferred to be essential for processing of Gag and Pol proteins. To study this process in more detail, we have analyzed the effects that several mutations at the NC-PR cleavage site have on proteolytic processing in virus-like particles expressed in COS and quail cells. Mutant Gag proteins carrying the same mutations also were synthesized in vitro and tested for processing with purified PR. In both types of studies, N-terminal sequencing of the liberated PR domain was carried out to exactly identify the site of cleavage. Finally, synthetic peptides corresponding to the mutant proteins were assessed for the ability to act as substrates for PR. The results were all consistent and led to the following conclusions. (i) In vivo, if normal processing between NC and PR is prevented by mutations, limited cleavage occurs at a previously unrecognized alternative site three amino acids downstream, i.e., in PR. This N-terminally truncated PR is inactive as an enzyme, as inferred from the global processing defect in cs22 and a similar mutant. (ii) In Gag proteins translated in vitro, purified PR cleaves this alternative site as rapidly as it does the wild-type site. (iii) Contrary to previously accepted rules describing retroviral cleavage sites, an isoleucine residue placed at the P1 position of the NC-PR cleavage site does not hinder normal processing. (iv) A proline residue placed at the P2 position in this cleavage site blocks normal processing. PMID:8985369

  7. Systems genetics analyses predict a transcription role for P2P-R: Molecular confirmation that P2P-R is a transcriptional co-repressor

    PubMed Central

    2010-01-01

    Background The 250 kDa P2P-R protein (also known as PACT and Rbbp6) was cloned over a decade ago and was found to bind both the p53 and Rb1 tumor suppressor proteins. In addition, P2P-R has been associated with multiple biological functions, such as mitosis, mRNA processing, translation and ubiquitination. In the current studies, the online GeneNetwork system was employed to further probe P2P-R biological functions. Molecular studies were then performed to confirm the GeneNetwork evaluations. Results GeneNetwork and associated gene ontology links were used to investigate the coexpression of P2P-R with distinct functional sets of genes in an adipocyte genetic reference panel of HXB/BXH recombinant strains of rats and an eye genetic reference panel of BXD recombinant inbred strains of mice. The results establish that biological networks of 75 and 135 transcription-associated gene products that include P2P-R are co-expressed in a genetically-defined manner in rat adipocytes and in the mouse eye, respectively. Of this large set of transcription-associated genes, >10% are associated with hormone-mediated transcription. Since it has been previously reported that P2P-R can bind the SRC-1 transcription co-regulatory factor (steroid receptor co-activator 1, [Ncoa1]), the possible effects of P2P-R on estrogen-induced transcription were evaluated. Estrogen-induced transcription was repressed 50-70% by the transient transfection of P2P-R plasmid constructs into four different cell types. In addition, knockdown of P2P-R expression using an antisense oligonucleotide increased estrogen-mediated transcription. Co-immunoprecipitation assays confirmed that P2P-R interacts with SRC-1 and also demonstrated that P2P-R interacts with estrogen receptor α. Conclusions The findings presented in this study provide strong support for the value of systems genetics, especially GeneNetwork, in discovering new functions of genes that can be confirmed by molecular analysis. More specifically

  8. Na+/K+-ATPase Is Present in Scrapie-Associated Fibrils, Modulates PrP Misfolding In Vitro and Links PrP Function and Dysfunction

    PubMed Central

    Graham, James F.; Kurian, Dominic; Agarwal, Sonya; Toovey, Lorna; Hunt, Lawrence; Kirby, Louise; Pinheiro, Teresa J. T.; Banner, Steven J.; Gill, Andrew C.

    2011-01-01

    Transmissible spongiform encephalopathies are characterised by widespread deposition of fibrillar and/or plaque-like forms of the prion protein. These aggregated forms are produced by misfolding of the normal prion protein, PrPC, to the disease-associated form, PrPSc, through mechanisms that remain elusive but which require either direct or indirect interaction between PrPC and PrPSc isoforms. A wealth of evidence implicates other non-PrP molecules as active participants in the misfolding process, to catalyse and direct the conformational conversion of PrPC or to provide a scaffold ensuring correct alignment of PrPC and PrPSc during conversion. Such molecules may be specific to different scrapie strains to facilitate differential prion protein misfolding. Since molecular cofactors may become integrated into the growing protein fibril during prion conversion, we have investigated the proteins contained in prion disease-specific deposits by shotgun proteomics of scrapie-associated fibrils (SAF) from mice infected with 3 different strains of mouse-passaged scrapie. Concomitant use of negative control preparations allowed us to identify and discount proteins that are enriched non-specifically by the SAF isolation protocol. We found several proteins that co-purified specifically with SAF from infected brains but none of these were reproducibly and demonstrably specific for particular scrapie strains. The α-chain of Na+/K+-ATPase was common to SAF from all 3 strains and we tested the ability of this protein to modulate in vitro misfolding of recombinant PrP. Na+/K+-ATPase enhanced the efficiency of disease-specific conversion of recombinant PrP suggesting that it may act as a molecular cofactor. Consistent with previous results, the same protein inhibited fibrillisation kinetics of recombinant PrP. Since functional interactions between PrPC and Na+/K+-ATPase have previously been reported in astrocytes, our data highlight this molecule as a key link between PrP function

  9. PR-Box Correlations Have No Classical Limit

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    Rohrlich, Daniel

    One of Yakir Aharonov's endlessly captivating physics ideas is the conjecture that two axioms, namely relativistic causality ("no superluminal signalling") and nonlocality, so nearly contradict each other that a unique theory—quantum mechanics—reconciles them. But superquantum (or "PR-box") correlations imply that quantum mechanics is not the most nonlocal theory (in the sense of nonlocal correlations) consistent with relativistic causality. Let us consider supplementing these two axioms with a minimal third axiom: there exists a classical limit in which macroscopic observables commute. That is, just as quantum mechanics has a classical limit, so must any generalization of quantum mechanics. In this classical limit, PR-box correlations violate relativistic causality. Generalized to all stronger-than-quantum bipartite correlations, this result is a derivation of Tsirelson's bound without assuming quantum mechanics. [Editors note: for a video of the talk given by Dr. Rohrlich at the Aharonov-80 conference in 2012 at Chapman University, see http://quantum.chapman.edu/talk-10.

  10. Antiferromagnetism in Pr3In: Singlet/triplet physics withfrustration

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    Christianson, A.D.; Lawrence, J.M.; Zarestky, J.L.; Suzuki, H.; Thompson, J.D.; Hundley, M.F.; Sarrao, J.L.; Booth, C.H.; Antonio, D.; Cornelius, A.L.

    2004-11-18

    We present neutron diffraction, magnetic susceptibility and specific heat data for a single-crystal sample of the cubic (Cu{sub 3}Au structure) compound Pr{sub 3}In. This compound is believed to have a singlet ({Lambda}{sub 1}) groundstate and a low-lying triplet ({Lambda}{sub 4}) excited state. In addition, nearest-neighbor antiferromagnetic interactions are frustrated in this structure. Antiferromagnetic order occurs below T{sub N} = 12K with propagation vector (0, 0, 0.5 {center_dot}{delta}) where {delta} {approx} 1/12. The neutron diffraction results can be approximated with the following model: ferromagnetic sheets from each of the three Pr sites alternate in sign along the propagation direction with a twelve-unit-cell square-wave modulation. The three moments of the unit cell of 1 {micro}{sub B} magnitude are aligned so as to sum to zero as expected for nearest-neighbor antiferromagnetic interactions on a triangle. The magnetic susceptibility indicates that in addition to the antiferromagnetic transition at 12K, there is a transition near 70K below which there is a small (0.005 {micro}{sub B}) ferromagnetic moment. There is considerable field and sample dependence to these transitions. The specific heat data show almost no anomaly at T{sub N} = 12K. This may be a consequence of the induced moment in the {Lambda}{sub 1} singlet, but may also be a sample-dependent effect.

  11. PrP charge structure encodes interdomain interactions

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    Martínez, Javier; Sánchez, Rosa; Castellanos, Milagros; Makarava, Natallia; Aguzzi, Adriano; Baskakov, Ilia V.; Gasset, María

    2015-01-01

    Almost all proteins contain charged residues, and their chain distribution is tailored to fulfill essential ionic interactions for folding, binding and catalysis. Among proteins, the hinged two-domain chain of the cellular prion protein (PrPC) exhibits a peculiar charge structure with unclear consequences in its structural malleability. To decipher the charge design role, we generated charge-reverted mutants for each domain and analyzed their effect on conformational and metabolic features. We found that charges contain the information for interdomain interactions. Use of dynamic light scattering and thermal denaturation experiments delineates the compaction of the α-fold by an electrostatic compensation between the polybasic 23–30 region and the α3 electronegative surface. This interaction increases stability and disfavors fibrillation. Independently of this structural effect, the N-terminal electropositive clusters regulate the α-cleavage efficiency. In the fibrillar state, use of circular dichroism, atomic-force and fluorescence microscopies reveal that the N-terminal positive clusters and the α3 electronegative surface dictate the secondary structure, the assembly hierarchy and the growth length of the fibril state. These findings show that the PrP charge structure functions as a code set up to ensure function and reduce pathogenic routes. PMID:26323476

  12. Two-dimensional ferromagnetic correlations above Tc in the Naturally layered CMR manganite La{sub 2-2x}Sr{sub 1+2x}Mn{sub 2}O{sub 7} (x = 0.3-0.4).

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    Argyriou, D. N.

    1998-03-23

    Neutron diffuse scattering in the form of rod-like features are observed in single crystals of the layered CMR material La{sub 2{minus}2x}Sr{sub 1+2x}Mn{sub 2}O{sub 7} (x=0.4,0.36), consistent with the presence of 2D ferromagnetic spin correlations. These diffuse features are observed over a wide temperature region, however, their coherence length does not appear to diverge at T{sub c}, although there is evidence of the development of three-dimensional correlations around ferromagnetic reflections of the 3D-ordered magnetic structure close to T{sub c}. Quasi-elastic neutron scattering on a ceramic sample of x = 0.3 shows that the lifetime of these ferromagnetic correlations increases at T {r_arrow} T{sub c}. They exhibit a spin-diffusion constant above T{sub c} of {approximately}5 meV {angstrom}{sup 2}, much lower than that reported for La{sub 2/3}Ca{sub 1/3}MnO{sub 3}. We discuss the relationship of these magnetic correlations to models of the ferromagnetic transition in CMR compounds.

  13. Electronic structure of the metallic ground state of La{sub 2-2x}Sr{sub 1+2x}Mn{sub 2}O{sub 7} for x{approx} 0.59 and comparison with x=0.36, 0.38 compounds as revealed by angle-resolved photoemission.

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    Sun, Z.; Douglas, J. F.; Wang, Q.; Dessau, D. S.; Fedorov, A. V.; Lin, H.; Sahrakorpi, S.; Barbiellini, B.; Markiewicz, R. S.; Bansil, A.; Zheng, H.; Mitchell, J. F.; Materials Science Division; Univ. of Colorado; LBNL; Northeastern Univ.

    2008-01-01

    Using angle-resolved photoemission spectroscopy, we present the electronic structure of the metallic ground state of La{sub 2-2x}Sr{sub 1+2x}Mn{sub 2}O{sub 7} (x {approx} 0.59) and interpret the results in terms of first-principles band-structure computations, of which the generalized gradient approximation yields the best agreement with the experimental data. No bilayer-split bands are found in this compound, indicating the near degeneracy of electronic states in the neighboring MnO{sub 2} layers due to its A-type antiferromagnetic structure. The d{sub 3z{sup 2}-r{sup 2}} states near the zone center were not observed, which is also consistent with its A-type antiferromagnetic structure. Near the Fermi level, a kink in the dispersion reveals an important electron-phonon many-body interaction. The electron-phonon coupling is {approx}1 near the zone boundary and {approx}2 near the zone diagonal, showing strong k dependence.

  14. Neutron diffraction and thermoelectric properties of indium filled In x Co 4 Sb 12 ( x=0.05, 0.2) and indium cerium filled Ce 0.05 In 0.1 Co 4 Sb 12 skutterudites: Neutron diffraction and thermoelectric properties of In/Ce skutterudites

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    Sesselmann, Andreas; Klobes, Benedikt; Dasgupta, Titas; Gourdon, Olivier; Hermann, Raphael; Mueller, Eckhard

    2015-09-25

    The thermoelectric properties on polycrystalline single (In) and double filled (Ce, In) skutterudites are characterized between 300 and 700 K. Powder neutron diffraction measurements of the skutterudite compositions InxCo4Sb12 (x= 0.05, 0.2) and Ce0.05In0.1Co4Sb12 as a function of temperature (12- 300 K) were carried out, which gives more insight into the structural data of single and double-filled skutterudites. Our results show that due to the annealing treatment, a Sb deficiency is detectable and thus verifies defects at the Sb lattice site of the skutterudite. Furthermore, we show by electron microprobe analysis that a considerable amount of indium is lost duringmore » synthesis and post-processing for the single indium filled samples, but not for the double cerium and indium skutterudite sample. The double-filled skutterudite is superior to the single-filled skutterudite composition due to a higher charge carrier density, a comparable lattice thermal resistivity, and a higher density of states effective mass in our experiment. Finally, we obtained a significantly higher Einstein temperature for the double-filled skutterudite composition in comparison to the single-filled species, which reflects the high sensitivity due to filling of the void lattice position within the skutterudite crystal.« less

  15. Structural and magnetic properties of Pr-alloyed MnBi nanostructures

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    Kharel, P; Shah, VR; Li, XZ; Zhang, WY; Skomski, R; Shield, JE; Sellmyer, DJ

    2013-02-05

    The structural and magnetic properties of Pr-alloyed MnBi (short MnBi-Pr) nanostructures with a range of Pr concentrations are investigated. The nanostructures include thin films having Pr concentrations 0, 2, 3, 5 and 9 at.% and melt-spun ribbons having Pr concentrations 0%, 2%, 4% and 6%, respectively. Addition of Pr into the MnBi lattice has produced a significant change in the magnetic properties of these nanostructures including an increase in coercivity and structural phase transition temperature, and a decrease in saturation magnetization and anisotropy energy. The highest value of coercivity measured in the films is 23 kOe and in the ribbons is 5.6 kOe. The observed magnetic properties are explained as the consequences of competing ferromagnetic and antiferromagnetic interactions.

  16. Green and red luminescence in co-precipitation synthesized Pr:LuAG nanophosphor

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    Kumar, S. Arun; Kumar, K. Ashok; Gunaseelan, M.; Asokan, K.; Senthilselvan, J.

    2016-05-01

    Pr:LuAG nanophosphor is an effective candidate in magnetic resonance imaging coupled positron emission tomography (MRI-PET) for medical imaging and scintillator applications. LuAG:Pr (0.05, 0.15 mol%) nanoscale ceramic powders were synthesized by co-precipitation method using urea as precipitant. Effect of antisite defect on structure and luminescence behavior was investigated. Pr:LuAG nanoceramic powders are found crystallized in cubic structure by high temperature calcination at 1400 °C and it shows antisite defect. HR-SEM analysis revealed spherically shaped Pr:LuAG nanoceramic particulate powders with ˜100 nm size. By the excitation at 450 nm, Pr:LuAG nanophosphor exhibit green to red luminescence in the wavelength range of 520 to 680 nm, which is originated from multiplet transition of Pr3+ ions.

  17. Possible octupole correlation in {sup 147}Pr and {pi}h{sub 11/2} bands in {sup 149,151}Pr

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    Hwang, J. K.; Ramayya, A. V.; Hamilton, J. H.; Jones, E. F.; Gore, P. M.; Zhu, S. J.; Beyer, C. J.; Kormicki, J.; Zhang, X. Q.; Peker, L. K.

    2000-10-01

    Neutron-rich {sup 147,149,151}Pr nuclei, produced in the spontaneous fission of {sup 252}Cf, were studied using the Gammasphere array. Possible parity doublets in {sup 147}Pr with N=88 and {pi}h{sub 11/2} bands in {sup 149,151}Pr are proposed. These new data on the level structures of odd Pr isotopes suggest that octupole correlations may also be present in the neutron-rich {sub 59}{sup 147}Pr{sub 88} nucleus such as those observed in {sub 58}{sup 146}Ce{sub 88}, and also that the h{sub 11/2} bands in the {sup 149,151}Pr track in energy the yrast bands in {sup 148,150}Ce. The backbending related to the breaking of the neutron i{sub 13/2} pair is observed at {Dirac_h}{omega}{approx}0.27 (MeV) for the proton h{sub 11/2} band of {sup 149}Pr.

  18. Posttranslational signal peptidase cleavage at the flavivirus C-prM junction in vitro.

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    Stocks, C E; Lobigs, M

    1995-01-01

    We have investigated the cleavages at the flavivirus capsid-prM protein junction in vitro. When expressed in the absence of the flavivirus proteinase, capsid and prM, which are separated by an internal signal sequence, exist as a membrane-spanning precursor protein. Here we show the induction of posttranslational signal peptidase cleavage of prM by trypsin cleavage of a cytoplasmic region of this precursor protein. PMID:7494334

  19. Electro-oxidation of ethanol on ternary non-alloyed Pt-Sn-Pr/C catalysts

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    Corradini, Patricia G.; Antolini, Ermete; Perez, Joelma

    2015-02-01

    Ternary Pt-Sn-Pr/C (70:10:20), (70:15:15) and (45:45:10) electro-catalysts were prepared by a modified formic acid method, and their activity for the ethanol oxidation reaction (EOR) was compared with that of Pt-Pr/C catalysts prepared by the same methods and that of commercial Pt-Sn/C (75:25) and Pt/C catalysts. Among all the catalysts, the Pt-Sn-Pr/C (45:45:10) catalyst presented both the highest mass activity and the highest specific activity. The steady state electrochemical stability of ternary Pt-Sn-Pr catalysts increased with the surface Sn/Pt atomic ratio. Following repetitive potential cycling (RPC), the activity for ethanol oxidation of Pt-Sn-Pr/C catalysts with high surface Sn/Pt atomic ratio was considerably higher than that of the corresponding as-prepared catalysts, and increased with increasing the Sn/Pt ratio. The increase of the EOR mass activity following RPC was ascribed to the increase of either the specific activity (for the Pt-Sn-Pr/C (70:15:15) catalyst) or the electrochemically active surface area (for the Pt-Sn-Pr/C (45:45:10) catalyst). Dissolution of Sn and Pr oxides from Pt-Sn-Pr/C catalyst surface was observed following RPC.

  20. Cellular prion protein (PrPC) and its role in stress responses

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    Zeng, Liang; Zou, Wenquan; Wang, Gongxian

    2015-01-01

    Investigation of the physiological function of cellular prion protein (PrPC) has been developed by the generation of transgenic mice, however, the pathological mechanisms related to PrPC in prion diseases such as transmissible spongiform encephalopathies (TSEs) are still abstruse. Regardless of some differences, most studies describe the neuroprotective role of PrPC in environmental stresses. In this review, we will update the current knowledge on the responses of PrPC to various stresses, especially those correlated with cell signaling and neural degeneration, including ischemia, oxidative stress, inflammation and autophagy. PMID:26221369

  1. Anomalous Schottky specific heat and structural distortion in ferromagnetic PrAl2.

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    Pathak, Arjun K; Paudyal, D; Mudryk, Y; Gschneidner, K A; Pecharsky, V K

    2013-05-01

    Unique from other rare earth dialuminides, PrAl(2) undergoes a cubic to tetragonal distortion below T = 30 K in a zero magnetic field, but the system recovers its cubic symmetry upon the application of an external magnetic field of 10 kOe via a lifting of the 4f crystal field splitting. The nuclear Schottky specific heat in PrAl(2) is anomalously high compared to that of pure Pr metal. First principles calculations reveal that the 4f crystal field splitting in the tetragonally distorted phase of PrAl(2) underpins the observed unusual low temperature phenomena. PMID:23683228

  2. Phase diagram of the Pr-Mn-O system in composition-temperature-oxygen pressure coordinates

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    Vedmid', L. B.; Yankin, A. M.; Fedorova, O. M.; Kozin, V. M.

    2016-05-01

    The phase relations in the Pr-Mn-O system were studied by the static method at lowered oxygen pressure in combination with thermal analysis and high-temperature X-ray diffraction. The equilibrium oxygen pressure in dissociation of PrMn2O5 and PrMnO3 was measured, and the thermodynamic characteristics of formation of these compounds from elements were calculated. The P- T- x phase diagram of the Pr-Mn-O system was constructed in the "composition-oxygen pressure-temperature" coordinates.

  3. Glycan-deficient PrP stimulates VEGFR2 signaling via glycosaminoglycan.

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    Gao, Zhenxing; Zhang, Huixia; Hu, Fei; Yang, Liheng; Yang, Xiaowen; Zhu, Ying; Sy, Man-Sun; Li, Chaoyang

    2016-06-01

    Whether the two N-linked glycans are important in prion, PrP, biology is unresolved. In Chinese hamster ovary (CHO) cells, the two glycans are clearly not important in the cell surface expression of transfected human PrP. Compared to fully-glycosylated PrP, glycan-deficient PrP preferentially partitions to lipid raft. In CHO cells glycan-deficient PrP also interacts with glycosaminoglycan (GAG) and vascular endothelial growth factor receptor 2 (VEGFR2), resulting in VEGFR2 activation and enhanced Akt phosphorylation. Accordingly, CHO cells expressing glycan-deficient PrP lacking the GAG binding motif or cells treated with heparinase to remove GAG show diminished Akt signaling. Being in lipid raft is critical, chimeric glycan-deficient PrP with CD4 transmembrane and cytoplasmic domains is absent in lipid raft and does not activate Akt signaling. CHO cells bearing glycan-deficient PrP also exhibit enhanced cellular adhesion and migration. Based on these findings, we propose a model in which glycan-deficient PrP, GAG, and VEGFR2 interact, activating VEGFR2 and resulting in changes in cellular behavior. PMID:27006333

  4. Neutron studies of crystal-field effects in PrB{sub 6}

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    Nefeodova, E. V.; Tiden, N. N.; Siemensmeyer, K.; Alekseev, P. A.; Lazukov, V. N. Sadikov, I. P.; Shitsevalova, N. Yu.

    2007-07-15

    The roles of various physical mechanisms in the properties of the ground state of the Pr ion in PrB{sub 6} are studied by measuring magnetic excitation spectra in the paramagnetic and magnetically ordered phases of polycrystalline PrB{sub 6}. The ground state of the Pr ion in the paramagnetic phase is experimentally found to be triplet {gamma}{sub 5}. During the transition into the magnetically ordered state, this triplet splits into three singlet levels. The results obtained do not exclude the appearance of an additional contribution to the splitting induced by a decrease in the local symmetry because of structural distortions.

  5. Characterization of PrP(Sc) transmission from immune cells to neuronal cells.

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    Tanaka, Yufuko; Sadaike, Tetsuji; Inoshima, Yasuo; Ishiguro, Naotaka

    2012-10-01

    We investigated PrP(Sc) transmission in neuronal cells, spleen cells and several immune cells using an in vitro cell-to-cell transmission system. The transmission of PrP(Sc) in the supernatant of PrP(Sc)-infected neuronal cells was also investigated. We found that PrP(Sc) transmission was more efficient in the cell-to-cell transmission system than in the supernatant-mediated system. PrP(Sc) was more efficiently transmitted from adherent spleen cells to neuronal cells than from floating spleen cells. The adherent spleen cells were composed of macrophages (80%), dendritic cells (8%) and follicular dendritic cells (3%), indicating that macrophages play an important role in PrP(Sc) transmission from immune cells to neuronal cells. Although PrP(Sc) in the immune cells used as donor cells was gradually degraded, the PrP(Sc) transmitted to neuronal cells was observed by Western blot analysis. Investigation of the mechanism of PrP(Sc) transmission between cells represents an important step towards understanding the pathogenesis of prion diseases. PMID:23246505

  6. Anomalous Schottky Specific Heat and Structural Distortion in Ferromagnetic PrAl2

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    Pathak, Arjun K.; Paudyal, D.; Mudryk, Y.; Gschneidner, K. A., Jr.; Pecharsky, V. K.

    2013-05-01

    Unique from other rare earth dialuminides, PrAl2 undergoes a cubic to tetragonal distortion below T=30K in a zero magnetic field, but the system recovers its cubic symmetry upon the application of an external magnetic field of 10 kOe via a lifting of the 4f crystal field splitting. The nuclear Schottky specific heat in PrAl2 is anomalously high compared to that of pure Pr metal. First principles calculations reveal that the 4f crystal field splitting in the tetragonally distorted phase of PrAl2 underpins the observed unusual low temperature phenomena.

  7. Phosphorothioate Oligonucleotides Reduce PrPSc Levels and Prion Infectivity in Cultured Cells

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    Karpuj, Marcela V; Giles, Kurt; Gelibter-Niv, Sagit; Scott, Michael R; Lingappa, Vishwanath R; Szoka, Francis C; Peretz, David; Denetclaw, Wilfred; Prusiner, Stanley B

    2007-01-01

    Prions are composed solely of the disease-causing prion protein (PrPSc) that is formed from the cellular isoform PrPC by a posttranslational process. Here we report that short phosphorothioate DNA (PS-DNA) oligonucleotides diminished the levels of both PrPC and PrPSc in prion-infected neuroblastoma (ScN2a) cells. The effect of PS-DNA on PrP levels was independent of the nucleotide sequence. The effective concentration (EC50) of PS-DNA required to achieve half-maximal diminution of PrPSc was ~70 nM, whereas the EC50 of PS-DNA for PrPC was more than 50-fold greater. This finding indicated that diminished levels of PrPSc after exposure to PS-DNA are unlikely to be due to decreased PrPC levels. Bioassays in transgenic mice demonstrated a substantial diminution in the prion infectivity after ScN2a cells were exposed to PS-DNAs. Whether PS-DNA will be useful in the treatment of prion disease in people or livestock remains to be established. PMID:17592554

  8. Photoelectron spectrum of PrO{sup −}

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    Kafader, Jared O.; Ray, Manisha; Jarrold, Caroline Chick

    2015-08-14

    The photoelectron (PE) spectrum of PrO{sup −} exhibits a short 835 ± 20 cm{sup −1} vibrational progression of doublets (210 ± 30 cm{sup −1} splitting) assigned to transitions from the 4f{sup 2} [{sup 3}H{sub 4}] σ{sub 6s}{sup 2} Ω = 4 anion ground state to the 4f{sup 2} [{sup 3}H{sub 4}] σ{sub 6s} Ω = 3.5 and 4.5 neutral states. This assignment is analogous to that of the recently reported PE spectrum of CeO{sup −}, though the 82 cm{sup −1} splitting between the 4f [{sup 2}F{sub 2.5}] σ{sub 6s} Ω = 2 and Ω = 3 CeO neutral states could not be resolved [Ray et al., J. Chem. Phys. 142, 064305 (2015)]. The origin of the transition to the Ω = 3.5 neutral ground state is 0.96 ± 0.01 eV, which is the adiabatic electron affinity of PrO. Density functional theory calculations on the anion and neutral molecules support the assignment. The appearance of multiple, irregularly spaced and low-intensity features observed ca. 1 eV above the ground state cannot be reconciled with low-lying electronic states of PrO that are accessible via one-electron detachment. However, neutral states correlated with the 4f{sup 2} [{sup 3}H{sub 4}] 5d superconfiguration are predicted to be approximately 1 eV above the 4f{sup 2} [{sup 3}H{sub 4}] σ{sub 6s} Ω = 3.5 neutral ground state, leading to the assignment of these features to shake-up transitions to the excited neutral states. Based on tentative hot band transition assignments, the term energy of the previously unobserved 4f{sup 2} [{sup 3}H{sub 4}] σ{sub 6s} Ω = 2.5 neutral state is determined to be 1840 ± 110 cm{sup −1}.

  9. Bayesian reconstruction of projection reconstruction NMR (PR-NMR).

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    Yoon, Ji Won

    2014-11-01

    Projection reconstruction nuclear magnetic resonance (PR-NMR) is a technique for generating multidimensional NMR spectra. A small number of projections from lower-dimensional NMR spectra are used to reconstruct the multidimensional NMR spectra. In our previous work, it was shown that multidimensional NMR spectra are efficiently reconstructed using peak-by-peak based reversible jump Markov chain Monte Carlo (RJMCMC) algorithm. We propose an extended and generalized RJMCMC algorithm replacing a simple linear model with a linear mixed model to reconstruct close NMR spectra into true spectra. This statistical method generates samples in a Bayesian scheme. Our proposed algorithm is tested on a set of six projections derived from the three-dimensional 700 MHz HNCO spectrum of a protein HasA. PMID:25218584

  10. A new polymorph of Ln polysulfides (Ln = Pr and Nd)

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    Yanagisawa, Y.; Kume, S.

    1986-04-01

    A new polymorph of rare earth polysulfides was synthesized under high temperature-pressure conditions. Its X-ray diffraction patterns were indexed on an orthorhombic unit cell with the lattice constants of a = 0.8025, b = 1.6152 and c = 0.4062 for PrS/sub 2/ and a = 0.7977, b = 1.6012 and c = 0.4027 nm, for NdS/sub 2/. The calculated densities of the orthorhombic polysulfides are nearly the same as those of the allotropic phases with monoclinic symmetry. To compare the stability of the two polymorphs, the Madelung energies of the structures were calculated and that of the monoclinic phase, which is synthesized without applying pressures, was found to be lower than that of the orthorhombic phase.

  11. [GPI-Pr Deficiency and Apoptosis of PNH Granulocytes

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    Liu, Hai-Li; Xu, Cai-Min; Liu, Fu-Qiang; Lu, Zhao-Jiang; Pan, Hua-Zhen; Zhang, Zhi-Nan

    2001-09-01

    To study the relationship of Glycosyl phosphatidylinositol anchored proteins (GIP-Pr) and apoptosis of paroxysmal nocturnal hemoglobinuria (PNH) cells, we isolated peripheral granulocytes from 10 patients with PNH and 10 normal controls and measured apoptosis induced by serum starvation. The FCM analysis of phosphotidylserine (ps) externalization in granulocytes was determined using Annexin-V-FLUOS labeling. After the cells were induced for apoptosis in serum-free medium for 20 hours, the percentage of externalization was 78.6% in normal control cells but 39.5% in PNH cells. The results of FCM analysis of PI stained granulocytes showed that the PI positive rate was 51.5% in control cells and 30.2% in PNH cells. The gel electrophoresis analysis of DNA fragmentation all indicate that PNH granulocytes were relatively resistant to apoptosis as compared with normal controls. This resistance to apoptosis might not be related to the percentage of CD59 deficient granulocytes. PMID:12578597

  12. Lightning and Precipitation: Observational Analysis of LIS and PR

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    Adamo, C.; Solomon, R.; Goodman, S.; Dietrich, S.; Mugnai, A.

    2003-01-01

    Lightning flash rate can identify areas of convective rainfall when the storms are dominated by ice-phase precipitation. Modeling and observational studies indicate that cloud electrification and microphysics are very closely related and it is of great interest to understand the relationship between lightning and cloud microphysical quantities. Analyzing data from the Lightning Image Sensor (LIS) and the Precipitation Radar (PR), we show a quantitative relationship between microphysical characteristics of thunderclouds and lightning flash rate. We have performed a complete analysis of all data available over the Mediterranean during the TRMM mission and show a range of reflective profiles as a function of lightning activity for both convective and stratiform regimes as well as seasonal variations. Due to the increasing global coverage of lightning detection networks, this kind of study can used to extend the knowledge about thunderstorms and discriminate between different regimes in regions where radar measurements are readilly available.

  13. Distribution of Peripheral PrPSc in Sheep with Naturally Acquired Scrapie

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    Garza, María Carmen; Monzón, Marta; Marín, Belén; Badiola, Juan José; Monleón, Eva

    2014-01-01

    Accumulation of prion protein (PrPSc) in the central nervous system is the hallmark of transmissible spongiform encephalopathies. However, in some of these diseases such as scrapie or chronic wasting disease, the PrPSc can also accumulate in other tissues, particularly in the lymphoreticular system. In recent years, PrPSc in organs other than nervous and lymphoid have been described, suggesting that distribution of this protein in affected individuals may be much larger than previously thought. In the present study, 11 non-nervous/non-lymphoid organs from 16 naturally scrapie infected sheep in advanced stages of the disease were examined for the presence of PrPSc. Fourteen infected sheep were of the ARQ/ARQ PRNP genotype and 2 of the VRQ/VRQ, where the letters A, R, Q, and V represent the codes for amino-acids alanine, arginine, glutamine and valine, respectively. Adrenal gland, pancreas, heart, skin, urinary bladder and mammary gland were positive for PrPSc by immunohistochemistry and IDEXX HerdChek scrapie/BSE Antigen EIA Test in at least one animal. Lung, liver, kidney and skeletal muscle exhibited PrPSc deposits by immunohistochemistry only. To our knowledge, this is the first report regarding the presence of PrPSc in the heart, pancreas and urinary bladder in naturally acquired scrapie infections. In some other organs examined, in which PrPSc had been previously detected, PrPSc immunolabeling was observed to be associated with new structures within those organs. The results of the present study illustrate a wide dissemination of PrPSc in both ARQ/ARQ and VRQ/VRQ infected sheep, even when the involvement of the lymphoreticular system is scarce or absent, thus highlighting the role of the peripheral nervous system in the spread of PrPSc. PMID:24828439

  14. Postdeposition annealing induced transition from hexagonal Pr{sub 2}O{sub 3} to cubic PrO{sub 2} films on Si(111)

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    Weisemoeller, T.; Bertram, F.; Gevers, S.; Greuling, A.; Deiter, C.; Tobergte, H.; Neumann, M.; Wollschlaeger, J.; Giussani, A.; Schroeder, T.

    2009-06-15

    Films of hexagonal praseodymium sesquioxide (h-Pr{sub 2}O{sub 3}) were deposited on Si(111) by molecular beam epitaxy and thereafter annealed in 1 atm oxygen at different temperatures, ranging from 100 to 700 deg. C. The films of the samples annealed at 300 deg. C or more were transformed to PrO{sub 2} with B-oriented Fm3m structure, while films annealed at lower temperatures kept the hexagonal structure. The films are composed of PrO{sub 2} and PrO{sub 2-d}elta species, which coexist laterally and are tetragonally distorted due to the interaction at the interface between oxide film and Si substrate. Compared to PrO{sub 2}, PrO{sub 2-d}elta has the same cubic structure but with oxygen vacancies. The oxygen vacancies are partly ordered and increase the vertical lattice constant of the film, whereas the lateral lattice constant is almost identical for both species and on all samples. The latter lattice constant matches the lattice constant of the originally crystallized hexagonal praseodymium sesquioxide. That means that no long range reordering of the praseodymium atoms takes place during the phase transformation.

  15. Formation of perovskite solid solutions and lithium-ion conductivity in the compositions, Li 2 xSr 1-2 xM III0.5- xTa 0.5+ xO 3 (M = Cr, Fe, Co, Al, Ga, In, Y)

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    Watanabe, Hiroyuki; Kuwano, Jun

    Formation of solid solutions with perovskite structure and ionic conductivity have been investigated in the systems Li 2 xSr 1-2 xM III0.5- xTa 0.5+ xO 3 (M = Cr, Fe, Co, Al, Ga, In, Y). Perovskite solid solutions formed in ranges of x ≤ 0.25 for M = Fe, Cr, x < 0.22 for Ga and x < ˜ 0.16 for M = Co, In. No single-phase samples of perovskite solid solution were prepared for M = Al, Y. The solid solutions Li 0.5Sr 0.5M III0.25Ta 0.75O 3 (M = Fe, Cr; x = 0.25) had high bulk conductivities of 1.0 × 10 -4 S cm -1 and 6.0 × 10 -5 S cm -1 at room temperature, respectively. The former value was the highest of those reported to date for lithium electrolytes based on tantalates. They were simple cubic perovskites (space group: Pm3 m; a = 396.39 pm for Fe, a = 395.03 pm for Cr), indicating that the Li and Sr ions, and the M (Fe or Cr) and Ta ions are randomly distributed over the A-sites and B-sites, respectively. Frame emission analysis for Li in both sintered pellets revealed that the loss of the Li content took place during sintering. The high conductivity is probably attributed to an A-site deficient perovskite phase resulting from the loss. The perovskite solid solutions in the other systems exhibited conductivities as low as 10 -7-10 -8 S cm -1. The Fe- and Cr-containing solid solutions are the first of tantalate-based perovskites with high Li-ion conductivity.

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  17. 33 CFR 110.240 - San Juan Harbor, P.R.

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  19. INSIGHTS ON SCRAPIE PRION PROTEIN (PrPSc) STRUCTURE OBTAINED BY LIMITED PROTEOLYSIS AND MASS SPECTROMETRY

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    Elucidation of the structure of PrPSc, essential to understand the molecular mechanism of prion transmission, continues to be one of the major challenges in prion research, and is hampered by the insolubility and polymeric character of PrPSc. Limited proteolysis is a useful tool to obtain insight on...

  20. Stability of PrP**Sc from cattle inoculated with different BSE strains

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    Prion diseases are a class of transmissible neurodegenerative diseases, caused by an infectious protein, that afflict humans and other mammals. The infectious agent is a host encoded protein known as PrP that has adopted a misfolded conformation termed PrP**Sc. The diseases have been shown to manife...

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    ... Foreign-Trade Zones Board Foreign-Trade Zone 163--Ponce, PR; Notification of Proposed Production Activity; Zimmer Manufacturing BV (Medical Devices); Ponce, PR CODEZOL, C.D., grantee of FTZ 163, submitted a notification of proposed production activity on behalf of Zimmer Manufacturing BV (Zimmer), located in...

  2. Post-translational changes to PrP alter transmissible spongiform encephalopathy strain properties

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    Cancellotti, Enrico; Mahal, Sukhvir P; Somerville, Robert; Diack, Abigail; Brown, Deborah; Piccardo, Pedro; Weissmann, Charles; Manson, Jean C

    2013-01-01

    The agents responsible for transmissible spongiform encephalopathies (TSEs), or prion diseases, contain as a major component PrPSc, an abnormal conformer of the host glycoprotein PrPC. TSE agents are distinguished by differences in phenotypic properties in the host, which nevertheless can contain PrPSc with the same amino-acid sequence. If PrP alone carries information defining strain properties, these must be encoded by post-translational events. Here we investigated whether the glycosylation status of host PrP affects TSE strain characteristics. We inoculated wild-type mice with three TSE strains passaged through transgenic mice with PrP devoid of glycans at the first, second or both N-glycosylation sites. We compared the infectious properties of the emerging isolates with TSE strains passaged in wild-type mice by in vivo strain typing and by the standard scrapie cell assay in vitro. Strain-specific characteristics of the 79A TSE strain changed when PrPSc was devoid of one or both glycans. Thus infectious properties of a TSE strain can be altered by post-translational changes to PrP which we propose result in the selection of mutant TSE strains. PMID:23395905

  3. Dynamic compressive behavior of Pr-Nd alloy at high strain rates and temperatures

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    Wang Huanran; Cai Canyuan; Chen Danian; Ma Dongfang

    2012-07-01

    Based on compressive tests, static on 810 material test system and dynamic on the first compressive loading in split Hopkinson pressure bar (SHPB) tests for Pr-Nd alloy cylinder specimens at high strain rates and temperatures, this study determined a J-C type [G. R. Johnson and W. H. Cook, in Proceedings of Seventh International Symposium on Ballistics (The Hague, The Netherlands, 1983), pp. 541-547] compressive constitutive equation of Pr-Nd alloy. It was recorded by a high speed camera that the Pr-Nd alloy cylinder specimens fractured during the first compressive loading in SHPB tests at high strain rates and temperatures. From high speed camera images, the critical strains of the dynamic shearing instability for Pr-Nd alloy in SHPB tests were determined, which were consistent with that estimated by using Batra and Wei's dynamic shearing instability criterion [R. C. Batra and Z. G. Wei, Int. J. Impact Eng. 34, 448 (2007)] and the determined compressive constitutive equation of Pr-Nd alloy. The transmitted and reflected pulses of SHPB tests for Pr-Nd alloy cylinder specimens computed with the determined compressive constitutive equation of Pr-Nd alloy and Batra and Wei's dynamic shearing instability criterion could be consistent with the experimental data. The fractured Pr-Nd alloy cylinder specimens of compressive tests were investigated by using 3D supper depth digital microscope and scanning electron microscope.

  4. Induction of cellular prion protein (PrPc) under hypoxia inhibits apoptosis caused by TRAIL treatment

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    Lee, Ju-Hee; Moon, Ji-Hong; Kim, Sung-Wook; Lee, You-Jin; Park, Sang-Youel

    2015-01-01

    Hypoxia decreases cytotoxic responses to tumor necrosis factor-related apoptosis-inducing ligand (TRAIL) protein. Cellular prion protein (PrPc) is regulated by HIF-1α in neurons. We hypothesized that PrPc is involved in hypoxia-mediated resistance to TRAIL-induced apoptosis. We found that hypoxia induced PrPc protein and inhibited TRAIL-induced apoptosis. Thus silencing of PrPc increased TRAIL-induced apoptosis under hypoxia. Overexpression of PrPc protein using an adenoviral vector inhibited TRAIL-induced apoptosis. In xenograft model in vivo, shPrPc transfected cells were more sensitive to TRAIL-induced apoptosis than in shMock transfected cells. Molecular chemo-therapy approaches based on the regulation of PrPc expression need to address anti-tumor function of TRAIL under hypoxia. Molecular chemo-therapy approaches based on the regulation of PrPc expression need to address anti-tumor function of TRAIL under hypoxia. PMID:25742790

  5. Studies of two-center three-electron S...S bonds in [n-Pr{sub 2}S...Sn-Pr{sub 2}]{sup +} and [i-Pr{sub 2}S...Si-Pr{sub 2}]{sup +}: Thermochemistry of adduct formation and MS/MS metastable and collision-induced dissociation spectra of the adducts

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    James, M.A.; Illies, A.J.

    1996-09-26

    Gas-phase ion-molecule association reactions of n-propyl sulfide radical cation ([n-Pr{sub 2}S]{sup +}) with n-propyl sulfide (n-Pr{sub 2}S) were studied by equilibrium methods in CO{sub 2} bath gas to investigate the bond energy of the 2c-3e bond. The 2c-3e S...S bond enthalpy in [n-Pr{sub 2}S...Sn-Pr{sub 2}]{sup +} was determined to be 119 kJ/mol at 507 K. This results in a scaled S...S bond energy of 123 kJ/mol. The S...S bond enthalpy in the i-propyl sulfide dimer cation ([i-Pr{sub 2}S...Si-Pr{sub 2}]{sup +}) could not be determined due to a fragmentation reaction, the loss of an i-propyl group. MS/MS metastable and collision-induced dissociation experiments were carried out to determine metastable fragmentation pathways and to aid in structure analysis. The results are consistent with association products containing 2c-3e bonds; statistical unimolecular metastable fragmentation of the association adduct, [i-Pr{sub 2}S...Si-Pr{sub 2}]{sup +}, confirms the loss of the i-propyl group, which prevented the equilibrium experiments. 21 refs., 11 figs., 1 tab.

  6. Identification of the Pr1 gene product completes the anthocyanin biosynthesis pathway of maize

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    In maize, mutations in the pr1 locus lead to the accumulation of pelargonidin (red) rather than cyanidin (purple) pigments in aleurone cells where the anthocyanin biosynthetic pathway is active. We characterized pr1 mutation and isolated a putative F3'H encoding gene (Zmf3'h1), and showed by segrega...

  7. Optical spectroscopy of Pr3+-doped γ-BiB3O6 crystals

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    Yelisseyev, A.; Isaenko, L.; Korolev, V.; Stoyanovsky, V.; Gets, V.; Naumov, D.; Ilyina, O.

    2013-12-01

    Single crystals of Pr3+-doped γ-BiB3O6 of optical quality were grown. Band gap is 4.16 eV at 80 K, which differs only slightly from that for undoped samples. Pr concentration is 2 × 1020 cm-3 and the dopant is distributed uniformly along the crystal. Absorption cross-section for Pr3+ was estimated to be ˜1 × 10-20 cm2. At X-ray and UV, band-to-band excitation the Pr:γ-BiB3O6 crystals demonstrate an intense emission in the 450 nm broad band, which is related mainly to recombination of self-trapped excitons (STE). A part of energy is transferred radiatively to Pr3+ ions. The STE emission quenches as temperature increases to 250 K with simultaneous decrease of the decay time from 11 μs to 17 ns. Intensity and decay time of the Pr3+ intracenter luminescence with τ ˜ 50 μs at 450 nm excitation do not depend on temperature. Intensity of thermoluminescence in the 150-400 K range quenches 2 orders at Pr doping, and parameters of the traps were estimated. As a result of relatively narrow band gap in γ-BiB3O6:Pr3+, there is no cascade luminescence typical of many wide-band-gap matrices.

  8. PrE (Person-Relative-to-Event) Theory of Coping with Threat.

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    Mulilis, John-Paul; Duval, T. Shelley

    The generalizability of Person-Relative-to-Event (PrE) theory, originally applied to disaster-related situations, is investigated in a non-disaster simulation. The PrE theory of coping with threat emphasizes the relationship between level of appraised threat relative to person resources and personal responsibility. This theory has previously been…

  9. Soft x-ray absorption spectroscopy studies of doped Pr-containing cuprates

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    Chen, J. M.; Liu, S. J.; Chang, C. F.; Lin, J.-Y.; Gou, Y. S.; Yang, H. D.

    2003-01-01

    Using high-resolution O K-edge x-ray absorption near-edge-structure (XANES) spectroscopy, unoccupied states of the YxPr1-xBa2Cu3O7 (x=0 1) thin films and polycrystalline Pr1-xCaxBa2Cu3O7 (x=0 0.3) as well as R0.8Pr0.2Ba2Cu3O7 samples (R=Tm, Dy, Gd, and Sm) are investigated. In YxPr1-xBa2Cu3O7, hole numbers in the CuO2 planes decrease significantly with increasing Pr doping level. Hole carriers generated via Ca doping in Pr1-xCaxBa2Cu3O7 are directed predominantly into both the Zhang-Rice and Fehrenbacher-Rice (FR) states, while those in the CuO3 ribbons remain almost unchanged with Ca substitution. In R0.8Pr0.2Ba2Cu3O7, the hole content in the CuO2 planes decreases monotonically with increasing ionic size of the R3+ ions, confirming the hole depletion effect based on the Pr 4f O 2p hybridization. We demonstrate the spectroscopic evidence of the existence of the FR states. The present XANES results provide a deeper understanding of the nature of hybridization and the origin of the ionic size effect.

  10. 33 CFR 110.240 - San Juan Harbor, P.R.

    Code of Federal Regulations, 2010 CFR

    2010-07-01

    ... 33 Navigation and Navigable Waters 1 2010-07-01 2010-07-01 false San Juan Harbor, P.R. 110.240 Section 110.240 Navigation and Navigable Waters COAST GUARD, DEPARTMENT OF HOMELAND SECURITY ANCHORAGES ANCHORAGE REGULATIONS Anchorage Grounds § 110.240 San Juan Harbor, P.R. (a) The anchorage...

  11. 33 CFR 110.240 - San Juan Harbor, P.R.

    Code of Federal Regulations, 2011 CFR

    2011-07-01

    ... 33 Navigation and Navigable Waters 1 2011-07-01 2011-07-01 false San Juan Harbor, P.R. 110.240 Section 110.240 Navigation and Navigable Waters COAST GUARD, DEPARTMENT OF HOMELAND SECURITY ANCHORAGES ANCHORAGE REGULATIONS Anchorage Grounds § 110.240 San Juan Harbor, P.R. (a) The anchorage...

  12. 33 CFR 110.74c - Bahia de San Juan, PR.

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    2010-07-01

    ... 33 Navigation and Navigable Waters 1 2010-07-01 2010-07-01 false Bahia de San Juan, PR. 110.74c... ANCHORAGE REGULATIONS Special Anchorage Areas § 110.74c Bahia de San Juan, PR. The waters of San Antonio Channel, Bahia de San Juan, eastward of longitude 66°05′45″ W....

  13. PrBa{sub 2}Cu{sub 3}O{sub 7}: A new superconductor

    SciTech Connect

    Blackstead, H.A.; Dow, J.D.

    1995-10-01

    PrBa{sub 2}Cu{sub 3}O{sub 7} superconducts, provided Pr is kept off Ba-sites - experimentally confirming the prediction of the oxygen model and indicating that superconductivity originates in the chains, not in the planes.

  14. 33 CFR 110.240 - San Juan Harbor, P.R.

    Code of Federal Regulations, 2012 CFR

    2012-07-01

    ... 33 Navigation and Navigable Waters 1 2012-07-01 2012-07-01 false San Juan Harbor, P.R. 110.240 Section 110.240 Navigation and Navigable Waters COAST GUARD, DEPARTMENT OF HOMELAND SECURITY ANCHORAGES ANCHORAGE REGULATIONS Anchorage Grounds § 110.240 San Juan Harbor, P.R. (a) The anchorage...

  15. 17 CFR Appendix C to Part 4 - Form CTA-PR

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    2014-04-01

    ... 17 Commodity and Securities Exchanges 1 2014-04-01 2014-04-01 false Form CTA-PR C Appendix C to Part 4 Commodity and Securities Exchanges COMMODITY FUTURES TRADING COMMISSION COMMODITY POOL OPERATORS AND COMMODITY TRADING ADVISORS Pt. 4, App. C Appendix C to Part 4—Form CTA-PR ER24FE12.052...

  16. 77 FR 43606 - Preliminary Damage Assessment for Individual Assistance Operations Manual (9327.2-PR)

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    ... Operations Manual (9327.2-PR) AGENCY: Federal Emergency Management Agency, DHS. ACTION: Notice of... Assessment for Individual Assistance Operations Manual (9327.2-PR). The Federal Emergency Management Agency..., 2011. DATES: This manual is effective July 18, 2012. ADDRESSES: This final manual is available...

  17. 76 FR 63628 - Preliminary Damage Assessment for Individual Assistance Operations Manual (9327.2-PR)

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    ... Operations Manual (9327.2-PR) AGENCY: Federal Emergency Management Agency, DHS. ACTION: Notice of... comments on the draft Preliminary Damage Assessment for Individual Assistance Operations Manual (9327.2-PR... proposed manual is not a rulemaking and the Federal Rulemaking Portal is being utilized only as a...

  18. Prolonged CWD incubation time and unique PrP**d profile in Prnp 132LL elk

    Technology Transfer Automated Retrieval System (TEKTRAN)

    The transmissible spongiform encephalopathies including chronic wasting disease (CWD) in deer and elk invariably result in fatal neurodegeneration and accumulation of PrP**d, an abnormal form of the host prion protein PrP**c. In some species, polymorphisms in the open reading frame of the Prnp gene...

  19. Structure and strain relaxation mechanisms of ultrathin epitaxial Pr2O3 films on Si(111)

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    Schroeder, T.; Lee, T.-L.; Libralesso, L.; Joumard, I.; Zegenhagen, J.; Zaumseil, P.; Wenger, C.; Lupina, G.; Lippert, G.; Dabrowski, J.; Müssig, H.-J.

    2005-04-01

    The structure of ultrathin epitaxial Pr2O3 films on Si(111) was studied by synchrotron radiation-grazing incidence x-ray diffraction. The oxide film grows as hexagonal Pr2O3 phase with its (0001) plane attached to the Si(111) substrate. The hexagonal (0001) Pr2O3 plane matches the in-plane symmetry of the hexagonal Si(111) surface unit cell by aligning the ⟨101¯0⟩Pr2O3 along the ⟨112¯⟩ Si directions. The small lattice mismatch of 0.5% results in the growth of pseudomorphic oxide films of high crystalline quality with an average domain size of about 50 nm. The critical thickness tc for pseudomorphic growth amounts to 3.0±0.5nm. The relaxation of the oxide film from pseudomorphism to bulk behavior beyond tc causes the introduction of misfit dislocations, the formation of an in-plane small angle mosaicity structure, and the occurence of a phase transition towards a (111) oriented cubic Pr2O3 film structure. The observed phase transition highlights the influence of the epitaxial interface energy on the stability of Pr2O3 phases on Si(111). A mechanism is proposed which transforms the hexagonal (0001) into the cubic (111) Pr2O3 epilayer structure by rearranging the oxygen network but leaving the Pr sublattice almost unmodified.

  20. Judd Ofelt analysis and energy transfer mechanism in Pr3+ doped Mg2SiO4 nanophosphors

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    Naik, Ramachandra; Prashantha, S. C.; Nagabhushana, H.; Sharma, S. C.; Jnaneshwara, D. M.; Ananthraju, K. S.; Nagaswarupa, H. P.; Premkumar, H. B.; Chandrasekhar, M.

    2016-05-01

    Pr3+ (1-11 mol%) rare earth doped Mg2SiO4 (Forsterite) nanophosphors were analyzed using Judd-Ofelt theory for the electronic transitions of Pr3+ ions to evaluate various intensity parameters (Ω2, Ω4). The variations in radiative transition probability (AT) and calculated radiative lifetime (τrad) have been discussed. Further, energy transfer from the host to Pr3+ ions was studied. The critical energy transfer distance (Rc) between Pr3+ ions in Mg2SiO4:Pr3+ phosphor is calculated to be 16.3 Å. The interaction between the Pr3+ ions is found to be dipole-dipole interaction.

  1. Estradiol Preferentially Induces Progestin Receptor-A (PR-A) Over PR-B in Cells Expressing Nuclear Receptor Coactivators in the Female Mouse Hypothalamus1,2,3

    PubMed Central

    Acharya, Kalpana D.; Finkelstein, Sarah D.; Bless, Elizabeth P.; Nettles, Sabin A.; Mulac-Jericevic, Biserka; Conneely, Orla M.; Mani, Shaila K.

    2015-01-01

    Abstract Estrogens act in brain to profoundly influence neurogenesis, sexual differentiation, neuroprotection, cognition, energy homeostasis, and female reproductive behavior and physiology through a variety of mechanisms, including the induction of progestin receptors (PRs). PRs are expressed as two isoforms, PR-A and PR-B, that have distinct functions in physiology and behavior. Because these PR isoforms cannot be distinguished using cellular resolution techniques, the present study used isoform-specific null mutant mice that lack PR-A or PR-B for the first time to investigate whether 17β-estradiol benzoate (EB) regulates the differential expression of the PR isoforms in the ventromedial nucleus of the hypothalamus (VMN), arcuate nucleus, and medial preoptic area, brain regions that are rich in EB-induced PRs. Interestingly, EB induced more PR-A than PR-B in all three brain regions, suggesting that PR-A is the predominant isoform in these regions. Given that steroid receptor coactivator (SRC)-1 and SRC-2 are important in estrogen receptor (ER)-dependent transcription in brain, including PR induction, we tested whether the expression of these coactivators was correlated with PR isoform expression. The majority of EB-induced PR cells expressed both SRC-1 and SRC-2 in the three brain regions of all genotypes. Interestingly, the intensity of PR-A immunoreactivity correlated with SRC-2 expression in the VMN, providing a potential mechanism for selective ER-mediated transactivation of PR-A over PR-B in a brain region-specific manner. In summary, these novel findings indicate that estrogens differentially regulate PR-A and PR-B expression in the female hypothalamus, and provide a mechanism by which steroid action in brain can selectively modulate behavior and physiology. PMID:26465008

  2. Magnetic phase transitions in Pr(1-x)Lu(x)Mn(2)Ge(2) compounds.

    PubMed

    Wang, J L; Campbell, S J; Studer, A J; Avdeev, M; Zeng, R; Dou, S X

    2009-03-25

    The effects of replacing Pr by Lu on the magnetic behaviour and structures of Pr(1-x)Lu(x)Mn(2)Ge(2) (x = 0.2,x = 0.4) have been investigated using x-ray diffraction, Mössbauer spectroscopy, magnetization and neutron diffraction measurements. The substitution of Lu for Pr leads to a decrease in the lattice constants a, c and the unit cell volume V at room temperature with this contraction of the unit cell resulting in modifications of the Pr(1-x)Lu(x)Mn(2)Ge(2) magnetic structures. Four and five magnetic phase transitions-linked primarily with temperature driven changes in the intralayer Mn-Mn separation distances-have been detected within the temperature range 4.5-550 K for Pr(0.8)Lu(0.2)Mn(2)Ge(2) and Pr(0.6)Lu(0.4)Mn(2)Ge(2), respectively, with re-entrant ferromagnetism being detected around T(C)(Pr)∼31 K for Pr(0.6)Lu(0.4)Mn(2)Ge(2). It was found that T(C)(inter) and T(C)(Pr) increase with increasing applied field while T(N)(inter) decreases for Pr(0.6)Lu(0.4)Mn(2)Ge(2), indicating that the canted antiferromagnetic AFmc region contracts with increasing field. The Debye temperatures for Pr(1-x)Lu(x)Mn(2)Ge(2) with x = 0.2 and 0.4 were evaluated as θ(D) = 320 ± 40 K and θ(D) = 400 ± 20 K respectively from the temperature dependence of the average isomer shift. The magnetic structures of both compounds have been determined by means of neutron diffraction measurements over the temperature range 3-300 K with formation of the Fmi magnetic state below T(c/c) = 192 K for Pr(0.8)Lu(0.2)Mn(2)Ge(2) and the occurrence of re-entrant ferromagnetism below T(C)(Pr) = 31 K for Pr(0.6)Lu(0.4)Mn(2)Ge(2) being confirmed. PMID:21817459

  3. Heterogeneity of anti-PR3 associated disease in Hong Kong.

    PubMed

    Lee, S; Lawton, J W

    2000-05-01

    Thirty seven patients tested positive for antibody against proteinase 3 (anti-PR3) using either one of the two in-house ELISA methods at the Immunology Laboratory, University of Hong Kong. All except three were Chinese. Systemic vasculitis was diagnosed in 13 patients. However, the positive predictive value of anti-PR3 for Wegener's granulomatosus was low (22%). The commonest presenting feature was respiratory (32%). Both respiratory and renal symptoms were commonly reported in anti-PR3 positive patients as in previous studies. In this largely Chinese population, there is marked variability in the spectrum of diseases associated with anti-PR3; though many had vasculitic diseases, some were diagnosed with other conditions such as inflammatory bowel diseases and respiratory infection. In contrast with series in white people, antimyeloperoxidase rather than anti-PR3 associated disease is more prevalent in Chinese patients. PMID:10775281

  4. Inelastic neutron scttering study o fcrystal field levels in PrOs4As12

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    Chi, Songxue; Dai, Pengcheng; Barnes, Ted {F E }; Kang, H. J.; Lynn, J. W.; Ye, Feng; Maple, M. B.

    2008-01-01

    We use neutron scattering to study the Pr$^{3+}$ crystalline electric field (CEF) excitations in the filled skutterudite PrOs$_4$As$_{12}$. By comparing the observed levels and their strengths under neutron excitation with the theoretical spectrum and neutron excitation intensities, we identify the Pr$^{3+}$ CEF levels, and show that the ground state is a magnetic $\\Gamma_4^{(2)}$ triplet, and the excited states $\\Gamma_1$, $\\Gamma_4^{(1)}$ and $\\Gamma_{23}$ are at 0.4, 13 and 23~meV, respectively. A comparison of the observed CEF levels in PrOs$_4$As$_{12}$ with the heavy fermion superconductor PrOs$_4$Sb$_{12}$ reveals the microscopic origin of the differences in the ground states of these two filled skutterudites.

  5. Amphoteric doping of praseodymium Pr3+ in SrTiO3 grain boundaries

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    Yang, H.; Lee, H. S.; Kotula, P. G.; Sato, Y.; Ikuhara, Y.; Browning, N. D.

    2015-03-26

    Charge Compensation in rare-earth Praseodymium (Pr3+) doped SrTiO3 plays an important role in determining the overall photoluminescence properties of the system. Here, the Pr3+ doping behavior in SrTiO3 grain boundaries (GBs) is analyzed using aberration corrected scanning transmission electron microscopy (STEM). The presence of Pr3+ induces structure variations and changes the statistical prevalence of GB structures. In contrast to the assumption that Pr3+ substitutes for A site as expected in the bulk, Pr3+ is found to substitute both Sr and Ti sites inside GBs with the highest concentration in the Ti sites. As a result, this amphoteric doping behavior inmore » the boundary plane is further confirmed by first principles theoretical calculations.« less

  6. Relative Yields of 149-153Pr in Spontaneous Fission of 252Cf

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    Eldridge, Jonathan; Wang, Enhong; Hwang, J. K.; Hamilton, Joe; Ramayya, A. V.; Luo, Y. X.; Rasmussen, J. O.; Zhu, S. J.; Liu, S. H.; Ter-Akopian, G. M.; Oganessian, Yu. Ts.

    2013-10-01

    The relative yields of the fission partners of 149-153Pr, resulting from the spontaneous fission of 252Cf, were studied. This study was done by means of γ - γ - γ , and γ - γ - γ - γ coincidence data taken in 2000 by the multi-HPGe, Compton-suppressed, gamma detector array, Gammasphere, at Lawrence Berkeley National Lab. The coincidence data were analyzed by double- and triple-gating on transitions in 149-153Pr and obtaining the intensities of the 93-101Y transitions. For 150 , 151 , 152 , 153Pr the 3n channel was found to be the strongest. The 149Pr, however, was found to peak at the 4n channel. These results were used to verify the assignments of the level schemes of 151 , 152 , 153Pr. The data are found to be in agreement with Wahl's independent yield tables.

  7. Amphoteric Doping of Praseodymium Pr3+ in SrTiO3 Grain Boundaries

    SciTech Connect

    Yang, Hao; Lee, H. S.; Kotula, Paul G.; Sato, Yukio; Ikuhara, Yuichi; Browning, Nigel D.

    2015-03-23

    Charge Compensation in rare-earth Praseodymium (Pr3+) doped SrTiO3 plays an important role in determining the overall photoluminescence properties of the system. Here, the Pr3+ doping behavior in SrTiO3 grain boundaries (GBs) is analyzed using aberration corrected scanning transmission electron microscopy (STEM). The presence of Pr3+ induces structure variations and changes the statistical prevalence of GB structures. In contrast to the assumption that Pr3+ substitutes for A site as expected in the bulk, Pr3+ is found to substitute both Sr and Ti sites inside GBs with the highest concentration in the Ti sites. This amphoteric doping behavior in the boundary plane is further confirmed by first principles theoretical calculations.

  8. Effect of hydrogenation on magnetic and electronic behaviour of Pr-Ni

    SciTech Connect

    Rana, Pooja Singh, Sanjay K. Verma, U. P.

    2014-04-24

    Magnetic and electronic properties of PrNi and PrNi-H have been investigated by using first principles approach. The ground state of both the compounds is base-centered orthorhombic CrB structure. Calculations are performed using full potential linearized augmented plane wave plus local orbitals (FP-L/APW) method including spin-polarization within the frame work of density functional theory (DFT). The electronic exchange-correlation energy is described by generalized gradient approximation (GGA). The hydrogen stored in PrNi, i.e., PrNi-H has been studied to analyze the effective changes in magnetic moments and electronic structures in comparison to PrNi. A comparative study of the density of states in both the compounds has also been presented.

  9. Amphoteric doping of praseodymium Pr3+ in SrTiO3 grain boundaries

    NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

    Yang, H.; Lee, H. S.; Kotula, P. G.; Sato, Y.; Ikuhara, Y.; Browning, N. D.

    2015-03-01

    Charge compensation in rare-earth Praseodymium (Pr3+) doped SrTiO3 plays an important role in determining the overall photoluminescence properties of the system. Here, the Pr3+ doping behavior in SrTiO3 grain boundaries (GBs) is analyzed using aberration corrected scanning transmission electron microscopy. The presence of Pr3+ induces structural variations and changes the statistical prevalence of the GB structures. In contrast to the assumption that Pr3+ substitutes on the Sr site in the bulk, Pr3+ is found to substitute on both Sr and Ti sites inside the GBs, with the highest concentration at the Ti sites. This amphoteric doping behavior in the boundary plane is further confirmed by first principles theoretical calculations.

  10. Effect of Trace Fe3+ on Luminescent Properties of CaWO4: Pr3+ Phosphors

    NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

    Wang, Ke; Feng, Xu; Feng, Wenlin; Shi, Shasha; Li, Yao; Zhang, Chao

    2016-01-01

    Fe3+ undoped and doped CaWO4: Pr3+ phosphors have been successfully synthesised by using the solid-state reaction method. The products were characterised by powder X-ray diffraction (XRD), photoluminescence (PL) and fluorescence lifetime testing techniques, respectively. The mean crystallite size (50.7 nm) of CaWO4: Pr3+ is obtained from powder XRD data. PL spectra of both Fe3+ undoped and doped CaWO4: Pr3+ phosphors exhibit excitation peaks at 214, 449, 474, and 487 nm under monitor wavelength at 651 nm, and emission peaks at 532, 558, 605, 621, 651, 691, 712, and 736 nm under blue light (λem=487 nm) excitation. The effect of trace Fe3+ on luminescence properties of CaWO4: Pr3+ phosphor is studied by controlling the doping concentration of Fe3+. The results show that radioactive energy transfers from luminescence centre Pr3+ to quenching centre Fe3+ occurred in Fe3+ doped CaWO4: Pr3+ phosphors. With the increasing concentration of Fe3+, the energy transfer from Pr3+ to Fe3+ is enhanced, and the emission intensity of CaWO4: Pr3+ will be lower. The decay times (5.22 and 4.99 μs) are obtained for typical samples Ca0.995WO4: Pr3+0.005 and Ca0.99275WO4: Pr3+0.005, Fe3+0.00225, respectively. This work shows that nonferrous phosphors can improve the luminescent intensity of the phosphors.

  11. A Truncated Progesterone Receptor (PR-M) Localizes to the Mitochondrion and Controls Cellular Respiration

    PubMed Central

    Dai, Qunsheng; Shah, Anish A.; Garde, Rachana V.; Yonish, Bryan A.; Zhang, Li; Medvitz, Neil A.; Miller, Sara E.; Hansen, Elizabeth L.; Dunn, Carrie N.

    2013-01-01

    The cDNA for a novel truncated progesterone receptor (PR-M) was previously cloned from human adipose and aortic cDNA libraries. The predicted protein sequence contains 16 unique N-terminal amino acids, encoded by a sequence in the distal third intron of the progesterone receptor PR gene, followed by the same amino acid sequence encoded by exons 4 through 8 of the nuclear PR. Thus, PR-M lacks the N terminus A/B domains and the C domain for DNA binding, whereas containing the hinge and hormone-binding domains. In this report, we have localized PR-M to mitochondria using immunofluorescent localization of a PR-M-green fluorescent protein (GFP) fusion protein and in Western blot analyses of purified human heart mitochondrial protein. Removal of the putative N-terminal mitochondrial localization signal obviated association of PR-M with mitochondria, whereas addition of the mitochondrial localization signal to green fluorescent protein resulted in mitochondrial localization. Immunoelectron microscopy and Western blot analysis after mitochondrial fractionation identified PR-M in the outer mitochondrial membrane. Antibody specificity was shown by mass spectrometry identification of a PR peptide in a mitochondrial membrane protein isolation. Cell models of overexpression and gene silencing of PR-M demonstrated a progestin-induced increase in mitochondrial membrane potential and an increase in oxygen consumption consistent with an increase in cellular respiration. This is the first example of a truncated steroid receptor, lacking a DNA-binding domain that localizes to the mitochondrion and initiates direct non-nuclear progesterone action. We hypothesize that progesterone may directly affect cellular energy production to meet the increased metabolic demands of pregnancy. PMID:23518922

  12. Pr(III) luminescence enhancement by chelation in solution and in sol-gel glass.

    PubMed

    Zaitoun, M A; El-Qisairi, A K; Momani, K A; Qaseer, H A; Jaradat, Q M

    2014-10-28

    Due to the weak emission of lanthanide ions in solution, it is common practice to form complexes of the lanthanide ions with organic ligands that strongly absorbs light and transfers the energy to the lanthanide ion center via the antenna effect. The organic ligands 2-6-pyridinedicarboxylate (L1) and the polytonic diazine (N-N) ligand L2 (C22H16N12O2) were used to synthesize two Pr(III) complexes, namely: Pr-L1 (Na3[Pr(C7H3NO4)3]) and Pr-L2. The prepared complexes were further encapsulated in an optically transparent sol-gel glass. The synthesized ligands and complexes were characterized by FTIR and (1)H NMR. Room temperature luminescence of Pr-L1 and Pr-L2 complexes in solution and in sol-gel glass were investigated using a spectrofluorometer. Excitation at the maximum absorption wavelength of the ligands (280nm) resulted in the typical visible luminescence (centered at around 600nm) resulting from the (1)D2→(3)H4 transition of the Pr(III) ion, which contributes to the efficient energy transfer from the absorbing ligand L1 to the chelated Pr(III) ion (an antenna effect) while the Pr(III) luminescence is not efficiently sensitized by ligand L2. The obtained emission spectra indicated that the excitation energy level for the central Pr(III) is in a slightly lower location than ligand L1 excitation triplet (T1) level and can accept the energy transfer from T1 efficiently. PMID:25467665

  13. A truncated progesterone receptor (PR-M) localizes to the mitochondrion and controls cellular respiration.

    PubMed

    Dai, Qunsheng; Shah, Anish A; Garde, Rachana V; Yonish, Bryan A; Zhang, Li; Medvitz, Neil A; Miller, Sara E; Hansen, Elizabeth L; Dunn, Carrie N; Price, Thomas M

    2013-05-01

    The cDNA for a novel truncated progesterone receptor (PR-M) was previously cloned from human adipose and aortic cDNA libraries. The predicted protein sequence contains 16 unique N-terminal amino acids, encoded by a sequence in the distal third intron of the progesterone receptor PR gene, followed by the same amino acid sequence encoded by exons 4 through 8 of the nuclear PR. Thus, PR-M lacks the N terminus A/B domains and the C domain for DNA binding, whereas containing the hinge and hormone-binding domains. In this report, we have localized PR-M to mitochondria using immunofluorescent localization of a PR-M-green fluorescent protein (GFP) fusion protein and in Western blot analyses of purified human heart mitochondrial protein. Removal of the putative N-terminal mitochondrial localization signal obviated association of PR-M with mitochondria, whereas addition of the mitochondrial localization signal to green fluorescent protein resulted in mitochondrial localization. Immunoelectron microscopy and Western blot analysis after mitochondrial fractionation identified PR-M in the outer mitochondrial membrane. Antibody specificity was shown by mass spectrometry identification of a PR peptide in a mitochondrial membrane protein isolation. Cell models of overexpression and gene silencing of PR-M demonstrated a progestin-induced increase in mitochondrial membrane potential and an increase in oxygen consumption consistent with an increase in cellular respiration. This is the first example of a truncated steroid receptor, lacking a DNA-binding domain that localizes to the mitochondrion and initiates direct non-nuclear progesterone action. We hypothesize that progesterone may directly affect cellular energy production to meet the increased metabolic demands of pregnancy. PMID:23518922

  14. Pr(III) luminescence enhancement by chelation in solution and in sol-gel glass

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    Zaitoun, M. A.; El-Qisairi, A. K.; Momani, K. A.; Qaseer, H. A.; Jaradat, Q. M.

    2015-02-01

    Due to the weak emission of lanthanide ions in solution, it is common practice to form complexes of the lanthanide ions with organic ligands that strongly absorbs light and transfers the energy to the lanthanide ion center via the antenna effect. The organic ligands 2-6-pyridinedicarboxylate (L1) and the polytonic diazine (N-N) ligand L2 (C22H16N12O2) were used to synthesize two Pr(III) complexes, namely: Pr-L1 (Na3[Pr(C7H3NO4)3]) and Pr-L2. The prepared complexes were further encapsulated in an optically transparent sol-gel glass. The synthesized ligands and complexes were characterized by FTIR and 1H NMR. Room temperature luminescence of Pr-L1 and Pr-L2 complexes in solution and in sol-gel glass were investigated using a spectrofluorometer. Excitation at the maximum absorption wavelength of the ligands (280 nm) resulted in the typical visible luminescence (centered at around 600 nm) resulting from the 1D2 → 3H4 transition of the Pr(III) ion, which contributes to the efficient energy transfer from the absorbing ligand L1 to the chelated Pr(III) ion (an antenna effect) while the Pr(III) luminescence is not efficiently sensitized by ligand L2. The obtained emission spectra indicated that the excitation energy level for the central Pr(III) is in a slightly lower location than ligand L1 excitation triplet (T1) level and can accept the energy transfer from T1 efficiently.

  15. S1PR1-mediated IFNAR1 degradation modulates plasmacytoid dendritic cell interferon-α autoamplification

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    Teijaro, John R.; Studer, Sean; Leaf, Nora; Kiosses, William B.; Nguyen, Nhan; Matsuki, Kosuke; Negishi, Hideo; Taniguchi, Tadatsugu; Oldstone, Michael B. A.; Rosen, Hugh

    2016-01-01

    Blunting immunopathology without abolishing host defense is the foundation for safe and effective modulation of infectious and autoimmune diseases. Sphingosine 1-phosphate receptor 1 (S1PR1) agonists are effective in treating infectious and multiple autoimmune pathologies; however, mechanisms underlying their clinical efficacy are yet to be fully elucidated. Here, we uncover an unexpected mechanism of convergence between S1PR1 and interferon alpha receptor 1 (IFNAR1) signaling pathways. Activation of S1PR1 signaling by pharmacological tools or endogenous ligand sphingosine-1 phosphate (S1P) inhibits type 1 IFN responses that exacerbate numerous pathogenic conditions. Mechanistically, S1PR1 selectively suppresses the type I IFN autoamplification loop in plasmacytoid dendritic cells (pDCs), a specialized DC subset, for robust type I IFN release. S1PR1 agonist suppression is pertussis toxin-resistant, but inhibited by an S1PR1 C-terminal–derived transactivating transcriptional activator (Tat)-fusion peptide that blocks receptor internalization. S1PR1 agonist treatment accelerates turnover of IFNAR1, suppresses signal transducer and activator of transcription 1 (STAT1) phosphorylation, and down-modulates total STAT1 levels, thereby inactivating the autoamplification loop. Inhibition of S1P-S1PR1 signaling in vivo using the selective antagonist Ex26 significantly elevates IFN-α production in response to CpG-A. Thus, multiple lines of evidence demonstrate that S1PR1 signaling sets the sensitivity of pDC amplification of IFN responses, thereby blunting pathogenic immune responses. These data illustrate a lipid G-protein coupled receptor (GPCR)-IFNAR1 regulatory loop that balances effective and detrimental immune responses and elevated endogenous S1PR1 signaling. This mechanism will likely be advantageous in individuals subject to a range of inflammatory conditions. PMID:26787880

  16. Domains of STIP1 responsible for regulating PrPC-dependent amyloid-β oligomer toxicity.

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    Maciejewski, Andrzej; Ostapchenko, Valeriy G; Beraldo, Flavio H; Prado, Vania F; Prado, Marco A M; Choy, Wing-Yiu

    2016-07-15

    Soluble oligomers of amyloid-beta peptide (AβO) transmit neurotoxic signals through the cellular prion protein (PrP(C)) in Alzheimer's disease (AD). Secreted stress-inducible phosphoprotein 1 (STIP1), an Hsp70 and Hsp90 cochaperone, inhibits AβO binding to PrP(C) and protects neurons from AβO-induced cell death. Here, we investigated the molecular interactions between AβO and STIP1 binding to PrP(C) and their effect on neuronal cell death. We showed that residues located in a short region of PrP (90-110) mediate AβO binding and we narrowed the major interaction in this site to amino acids 91-100. In contrast, multiple binding sites on STIP1 (DP1, TPR1 and TPR2A) contribute to PrP binding. DP1 bound the N-terminal of PrP (residues 23-95), whereas TPR1 and TPR2A showed binding to the C-terminal of PrP (residues 90-231). Importantly, only TPR1 and TPR2A directly inhibit both AβO binding to PrP and cell death. Furthermore, our structural studies reveal that TPR1 and TPR2A bind to PrP through distinct regions. The TPR2A interface was shown to be much more extensive and to partially overlap with the Hsp90 binding site. Our data show the possibility of a PrP, STIP1 and Hsp90 ternary complex, which may influence AβO-mediated cell death. PMID:27208175

  17. Oxycodone/Naloxone PR: A Review in Severe Refractory Restless Legs Syndrome.

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    Frampton, James E

    2015-06-01

    An oral, fixed-dose combination of prolonged-release (PR) oxycodone with PR naloxone (Targin(®), Targiniq(®), Targinact(®); hereafter referred to as oxycodone/naloxone PR) is approved in Europe for the second-line symptomatic treatment of patients with severe to very severe idiopathic restless legs syndrome (RLS), after failure of dopaminergic therapy. Coadministration of naloxone represents a targeted approach to counteracting opioid-induced bowel dysfunction without compromising therapeutic efficacy; because of its very low oral bioavailability, naloxone blocks the action of oxycodone at opioid receptors locally in the gut. The efficacy of oxycodone/naloxone PR in patients with severe RLS inadequately controlled by previous (mainly dopaminergic) treatment has been demonstrated in RELOXYN, a 12-week, randomized, double-blind study with a 40-week open-label extension. In this pivotal study, oxycodone/naloxone PR significantly improved RLS symptoms compared with placebo from week 2 onwards; a beneficial effect of oxycodone/naloxone PR was maintained through 1 year of treatment. Furthermore, improvements in RLS symptoms in oxycodone/naloxone PR recipients were accompanied by similarly sustained improvements in disease-specific quality of life and subjective sleep variables. Oxycodone/naloxone PR was generally well tolerated, with a treatment-related adverse event profile (e.g. gastrointestinal disorders, CNS disorders, fatigue and pruritus) that was consistent with that expected for opioid therapy. Notably, there were no confirmed cases of augmentation among oxycodone/naloxone PR recipients throughout the course of the study. Results from the well-designed RELOXYN trial have thus demonstrated the value of oxycodone/naloxone PR as a second-line therapy for severe refractory RLS; further investigation of this combination product as a first-line treatment for severe RLS is now warranted. PMID:26135898

  18. Tracking the Response of Burkholderia cepacia G4 5223-PR1 in Aquifer Microcosms

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    Winkler, J.; Timmis, K. N.; Snyder, R. A.

    1995-01-01

    The introduction of bacteria into the environment for bioremediation purposes (bioaugmentation) requires analysis and monitoring of microbial population dynamics to define persistence and activity from both efficacy and risk assessment perspectives. Burkholderia cepacia G4 5223-PR1 is a Tn5 insertion mutant which constitutively expresses a toluene ortho-monooxygenase that degrades trichloroethylene (TCE). This ability of G4 5223-PR1 to degrade TCE without aromatic induction may be useful for bioremediation of TCE-containing aquifers and groundwater. Thus, a simulated aquifer sediment system and groundwater microcosms were used to monitor the survival of G4 5223-PR1. The fate of G4 5223-PR1 in sediment was monitored by indirect immunofluorescence microscopy, a colony blot assay, and growth on selective medium. G4 5223-PR1 was detected immunologically by using a highly specific monoclonal antibody which reacted against the O-specific polysaccharide chain of the lipopolysaccharides of this organism. G4 5223-PR1 survived well in sterilized groundwater, although in nonsterile groundwater microcosms rapid decreases in the G4 5223-PR1 cell population were observed. Ten days after inoculation no G4 5223-PR1 cells could be detected by selective plating or immunofluorescence. G4 5223-PR1 survival was greater in a nonsterile aquifer sediment microcosm, although after 22 days of elution the number of G4 5223-PR1 cells was low. Our results demonstrate the utility of monoclonal antibody tracking methods and the importance of biotic interactions in determining the persistence of introduced microorganisms. PMID:16534928

  19. Genetic and biochemical studies of the lipid-containing bacteriophage PR4

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    Vanden Boom, T.J.

    1989-01-01

    Bacteriophage PR4 is a lipid-containing bacterial virus able to infect Escherichia coli and Salmonella typhimurium. The icosahedral virion consists of an external protein capsid layer which surrounds a membrane vesicle enclosed ds DNA genome. The author has analyzed the time course of phage PR4 protein synthesis and have identified at least 34 proteins present in phage infected cells not detected in uninfected control cultures. In addition, he has isolated a more extensive set of conditional-lethal nonsense mutants of this virus. This collection of mutants permitted the identification of seven additional phage PR4 gene products, including the terminal genome protein and an accessory lytic factor. The present collection of phage PR4 mutants has been assigned to 19 distinct genetic groups on the basis of genetic complementation tests and sodium dodecyl sulfate polyacrylamide gel electrophoresis analysis of the proteins produced in mutant-infected UV-irradiated cells. A restriction endonuclease map of the phage PR4 genome was constructed which includes 59 sites for ten restriction endonucleases. In addition, he has constructed a collection of recombinant plasmids containing subgenomic DNA fragments of bacteriophage PR4. He has used this collection of plasmids to generate a physical-genetic map of the PR4 genome. The physical-genetic map localizes mutations in 13 phage PR4 genetic groups on the viral DNA molecule. To investigate the role of phosphatidylglycerol (PG) in phage assembly and infectivity, he propagated PR4 on an E. coli mutant defective in PG synthesis. The PG content of phage PR4 grown on the mutant host accounted for 0.4% of the total viral phospholipids, representing a 90-fold decrease in PG relative to the PG content of phage grown on a wild type host.

  20. TRMM/LIS and PR Observations and Thunderstorm Activity

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    Ohita, S.; Morimoto, T.; Kawasaki, Z. I.; Ushio, T.

    2005-12-01

    Thunderstorms observed by TRMM/PR and LIS have been investigating, and Lightning Research Group of Osaka University (LRG-OU) has unveiled several interesting features. Correlation between lightning activities and the snow depth of convective clouds may follow the power-five law. The power five law means that the flash density is a function of the snow-depth to power five. The definition of snow depth is the height of detectable cloud tops by TRMM/PR from the climatological freezing level, and it may be equivalent to the length of the portion where the solid phase precipitation particles exist. This is given by examining more than one million convective clouds, and we conclude that the power five law should be universal from the aspect of the statistic. Three thunderstorm active areas are well known as "Three World Chimneys", and those are the Central Africa, Amazon of the South America, and South East Asia. Thunderstorm activities in these areas are expected to contribute to the distribution of thermal energy around the equator to middle latitude regions. Moreover thunderstorm activity in the tropical region is believed to be related with the average temperature of our planet earth. That is why long term monitoring of lightning activity is required. After launching TRMM we have accumulated seven-year LIS observations, and statistics for three world chimneys are obtained. We have recognized the additional lightning active area, and that is around the Maracaibo lake in Venezuera. We conclude that this is because of geographical features of the Maracaibo lake and the continuous easterly trade wind. Lightning Activity during El Niño period is another interesting subject. LRGOU studies thunderstorm occurrences over west Indonesia and south China, and investigates the influence of El Nino on lightning . We compare the statistics between El Nino and non El Nino periods. We learn that the lightning activity during El Niño period is higher than non El Nino period instead

  1. Molecular Characteristics and Biochemical Functions of VpPR10s from Vitis pseudoreticulata Associated with Biotic and Abiotic Stresses

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    Wang, Lan; Wei, Jinyu; Zou, Ying; Xu, Keyao; Wang, Yuejin; Cui, Lu; Xu, Yan

    2014-01-01

    Grapes are one of the world’s oldest and most important fruit crops. They are of high economic value in many countries, but the susceptibility of the dominant winegrape species Vitis vinifera to fungal disease is a significant problem. The Chinese wild grape species are a rich source of disease-resistance genes and these can be used to discover how disease resistance in V. vinifera grapevines might be enhanced. Pathogenesis-related (PR) 10 proteins are involved in the disease-response. Here, we use the genomic DNA of the Chinese wild species Vitis pseudoreticulata accession “Baihe-35-1” as the template to design specific primers based on VvPR10s sequences. We used overlap extension PCR to obtain the sequences: VpPR10.4, VpPR10.6, VpPR10.7 and VpPR10.9. The coding sequences of the VpPR10s were then cloned into the pGEX-4T-1 vector. The purified proteins VpPR10.4, VpPR10.6, VpPR10.7 and VpPR10.9 were used to analyse nuclease activity. Meanwhile, functional analysis of VpPR10s under different biotic and abiotic stresses was carried out to further clarify the disease-resistance mechanisms of the Chinese wild grapevine VpPR10 genes. The analysis of protein structure indicates that VpPR10.4 and VpPR10.7 had the P-loop domain and the Bet v 1 motif, which are a consistent feature of plant PR10. However, there was no P-loop domain or Bet v 1 motif in VpPR10.9 and we could not find the Bet v 1 motif in VpPR10.6. The results of the nuclease activity assay and of the functional analyses of VpPR10s under different biotic and abiotic stresses also confirm that VpPR10.4 and VpPR10.7 proteins have marked RNase, DNase, anti-fungal activities and respond to abiotic stresses. The VpPR10.6 and VpPR10.9 proteins do not have these activities and functions. PMID:25340981

  2. Type II Secretion-Dependent Degradative and Cytotoxic Activities Mediated by Stenotrophomonas maltophilia Serine Proteases StmPr1 and StmPr2

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    DuMont, Ashley L.; Karaba, Sara M.

    2015-01-01

    Stenotrophomonas maltophilia is an emerging opportunistic pathogen that primarily causes pneumonia and bacteremia in immunocompromised individuals. We recently reported that S. maltophilia strain K279a encodes the Xps type II secretion system and that Xps promotes rounding, actin rearrangement, detachment, and death in the human lung epithelial cell line A549. Here, we show that Xps-dependent cell rounding and detachment occur with multiple human and murine cell lines and that serine protease inhibitors block Xps-mediated rounding and detachment of A549 cells. Using genetic analysis, we determined that the serine proteases StmPr1 and StmPr2, which were confirmed to be Xps substrates, are predominantly responsible for secreted proteolytic activities exhibited by strain K279a, as well as the morphological and cytotoxic effects on A549 cells. Supernatants from strain K279a also promoted the degradation of type I collagen, fibrinogen, and fibronectin in a predominantly Xps- and protease-dependent manner, although some Xps-independent degradation of fibrinogen was observed. Finally, Xps, and predominantly StmPr1, degraded interleukin 8 (IL-8) secreted by A549 cells during coculture with strain K279a. Our findings indicate that while StmPr1 and StmPr2 are predominantly responsible for A549 cell rounding, extracellular matrix protein degradation, and IL-8 degradation, additional Xps substrates also contribute to these activities. Altogether, our data provide new insight into the virulence potential of the S. maltophilia Xps type II secretion system and its StmPr1 and StmPr2 substrates. PMID:26169274

  3. Temperature-dependent segregation of Pr{sup 3+} impurity ions in Y{sub 2}SiO{sub 5}:Pr{sup 3+} and YPO{sub 4}:Pr{sup 3+} nanocrystals

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    Znamenskii, N. V.; Maksimchuk, P. O.; Malyukin, Yu. V.; Masalov, A. A.; Semin'ko, V. V.; Shashkov, A. Yu.

    2013-04-15

    Stationary and time-resolved spectroscopic methods are used to show that the impurity ions in Y{sub 2}SiO{sub 5}:Pr{sup 3+} and YPO{sub 4}:Pr{sup 3+} nanocrystals are distributed nonuniformly. This nonuniform distribution is found to be caused by the temperature-dependent segregation of Pr{sup 3+} ions near the surface of a nanocrystal. The motion of the activator ions from the bulk of a nanocrystal to the near-surface layer is traced when the activator concentration and the heat-treatment parameters are varied over wide ranges, and the main parameters of this effect (impurity redistribution intensity and time, diffusion coefficient) are estimated.

  4. Dielectric relaxation of PrFeO3 nanoparticles

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    Saha, Sujoy; Chanda, Sadhan; Dutta, Alo; Sinha, T. P.

    2016-08-01

    PrFeO3 (PFO) nanoceramic is synthesized by a sol-gel reaction technique. Thermogravimetric study of the as prepared gel is performed to get the lowest possible calcination temperature of PFO nanoparticles. The Rietveld refinement of the powder X-ray diffraction (XRD) pattern shows that the sample crystallizes in the orthorhombic (Pnma) phase at room temperature. The particle size of the sample is determined by scanning electron microscopy. The vibrational properties of the samples are studied by Raman spectroscopy at an excitation wavelength of 488 nm to substantiate the XRD results. Group-theoretical study is performed to assign the different vibrational modes of the sample in accordance with structural symmetry. Dielectric spectroscopy is applied to investigate the ac electrical properties of PFO at various temperatures between 313 and 473 K and in a frequency range of 42 Hz-1.1 MHz. The modified Cole-Cole equation is used to describe the experimental dielectric spectra. The frequency-dependent conductivity spectra are found to follow the power law. The temperature dependent dc conductivity is found to obey the Arrhenius law with an activation energy of 0.280 eV. An analysis of the real and imaginary parts of impedance is performed, assuming a distribution of relaxation times as confirmed by Cole-Cole plot.

  5. PrISM: Mapping Nearby Galaxies with Slit Spectroscopy

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    Sterling Rich, Jeffrey Austin

    2015-08-01

    The information gained from spatially resolved optical spectroscopy has proven crucial to understanding the complete picture of galaxies and their contents. In order to fully understand the interplay between the processes that govern and regulate star formation and galaxy evolution we are building building a sample of the largest, highest spatial resolution, and widest spectral coverage data cubes ever taken for nearby galaxies: the Las Campanas PrISM Survey.I will present recent results and ongoing work using our data cubes to map the ionized ISM and its properties at spatial scales of order 10 pc in nearby galaxies such as M83. The high spatial resolution of our data affords us the opportunity to study the characteristics and total contribution of diffuse ionized gas, a less well-understood component of nearby galaxies, as well as metallicties, star formation rates gas kinematics and more. I will also discuss how resolved spectroscopy can help detect, quantify and distinguish between star formation, shocks, diffuse ionized gas and AGN to help better inform larger, less resolved studies of galaxy properties.

  6. Magnetic and transport properties of PrRhSi3.

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    Anand, V K; Adroja, D T; Hillier, A D

    2013-05-15

    We have investigated the magnetic and transport properties of a noncentrosymmetric compound PrRhSi3 by dc magnetic susceptibility χ(T), isothermal magnetization M(H), thermoremanent magnetization M(t), specific heat Cp(T), electrical resistivity ρ(T,H) and muon spin relaxation (μSR) measurements. At low fields χ(T) shows two anomalies near 15 and 7 K with an irreversibility between ZFC and FC data below 15 K. In contrast, no anomaly is observed in Cp(T) or ρ(T) data. M(H) data at 2 K exhibit very sharp increase below 0.5 T and a weak hysteresis. M(t) exhibits very slow relaxation, typical for a spin-glass system. Even though the absence of any anomaly in Cp(T) is consistent with the spin-glass type behavior, there is no obvious origin of spin-glass behavior in this structurally well ordered compound. The crystal electric field (CEF) analysis of Cp(T) data indicates a CEF-split singlet ground state lying below a doublet at 81(1) K and a quasi-triplet at 152(2) K. The ρ(T) data indicate a metallic behavior, and ρ(H) exhibits a very high positive magnetoresistance, as high as ~300% in 9 T at 2 K. No long range magnetic order or spin-glass behavior was detected in a μSR experiment down to 1.2 K. PMID:23604428

  7. Promiscuous 2-aminothiazoles (PrATs): a frequent hitting scaffold.

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    Devine, Shane M; Mulcair, Mark D; Debono, Cael O; Leung, Eleanor W W; Nissink, J Willem M; Lim, San Sui; Chandrashekaran, Indu R; Vazirani, Mansha; Mohanty, Biswaranjan; Simpson, Jamie S; Baell, Jonathan B; Scammells, Peter J; Norton, Raymond S; Scanlon, Martin J

    2015-02-12

    We have identified a class of molecules, known as 2-aminothiazoles (2-ATs), as frequent-hitting fragments in biophysical binding assays. This was exemplified by 4-phenylthiazol-2-amine being identified as a hit in 14/14 screens against a diverse range of protein targets, suggesting that this scaffold is a poor starting point for fragment-based drug discovery. This prompted us to analyze this scaffold in the context of an academic fragment library used for fragment-based drug discovery (FBDD) and two larger compound libraries used for high-throughput screening (HTS). This analysis revealed that such "promiscuous 2-aminothiazoles" (PrATs) behaved as frequent hitters under both FBDD and HTS settings, although the problem was more pronounced in the fragment-based studies. As 2-ATs are present in known drugs, they cannot necessarily be deemed undesirable, but the combination of their promiscuity and difficulties associated with optimizing them into a lead compound makes them, in our opinion, poor scaffolds for fragment libraries. PMID:25559643

  8. Small is not beautiful: antagonizing functions for the prion protein PrP(C) and its homologue Dpl.

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    Behrens, Axel; Aguzzi, Adriano

    2002-03-01

    A conformational variant of the normal prion protein PrP(C) is believed to be identical to PrP(Sc), the agent that causes prion diseases. Recently, a novel protein, named Doppel (Dpl), was identified that shares significant biochemical and structural homology with PrP(C). In specific strains of PrP(C)-deficient mouse lines, Dpl is overexpressed and causes a neurological disease. Dpl neurotoxicity is counteracted and prevented by PrP(C), but the mechanism of antagonistic PrP(C)-Dpl interaction remains elusive. In contrast to its homologue PrP(C), initial studies suggest that Dpl is dispensable for prion disease progression and for the generation of PrP(Sc). Although we are only beginning to understand its function, the discovery of Dpl has already provided some answers to long-standing questions and is transforming our understanding of prion biology. PMID:11852147

  9. Perturbation on hyperfine-enhanced 141Pr nuclear spin dynamics associated with antiferroquadrupolar order in PrV2Al20

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    Ito, T. U.; Higemoto, W.; Sakai, A.; Tsujimoto, M.; Nakatsuji, S.

    2015-09-01

    The nature of multipolar order and hyperfine-enhanced (HE) 141Pr nuclear spin dynamics in PrV2Al20 was investigated using the muon spin relaxation technique. No explicit sign of time-reversal symmetry breaking was found below the multipolar order temperature TQ˜0.6 K in a zero applied field as anticipated on the basis of the antiferroquadrupolar (AFQ) order picture proposed by Sakai and Nakatsuji [J. Phys. Soc. Jpn. 80, 063701 (2011), 10.1143/JPSJ.80.063701]. Further evidence of the nonmagnetic ground state was obtained from the observation of HE 141Pr nuclear spin fluctuations in the MHz scale. A marked increase in the muon spin-lattice relaxation rate (1 /T1 ,μ) was observed below 1 K with decreasing temperature, which was attributed to the perturbation on the HE 141Pr nuclear spin dynamics associated with the development of AFQ correlations. The longitudinal field dependence of 1 /T1 ,μ revealed that the enhanced 141Pr nuclear spin accidentally has an effective gyromagnetic ratio close to that of the muon.

  10. Radioprotective Effect of Aminothiol PrC-210 on Irradiated Inner Ear of Guinea Pig

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    Choo, Daniel I.; Riazuddin, Saima; Ahmed, Zubair M.

    2015-01-01

    Radiotherapy of individuals suffering with head & neck or brain tumors subserve the risk of sensorineural hearing loss. Here, we evaluated the protective effect of Aminothiol PrC-210 (3-(methyl-amino)-2-((methylamino)methyl)propane-1-thiol) on the irradiated inner ear of guinea pigs. An intra-peritoneal or intra-tympanic dose of PrC-210 was administered prior to receiving a dose of gamma radiation (3000 cGy) to each ear. Auditory Brainstem Responses (ABRs) were recorded one week and two weeks after the radiation and compared with the sham animal group. ABR thresholds of guinea pigs that received an intra-peritoneal dose of PrC-210 were significantly better compared to the non-treated, control animals at one week post-radiation. Morphologic analysis of the inner ear revealed significant inflammation and degeneration of the spiral ganglion in the irradiated animals not treated with PrC-210. In contrast, when treated with PrC-210 the radiation effect and injury to the spiral ganglion was significantly alleviated. PrC-210 had no apparent cytotoxic effect in vivo and did not affect the morphology or count of cochlear hair cells. These findings suggest that aminothiol PrC-210 attenuated radiation-induced cochlea damage for at least one week and protected hearing. PMID:26599238

  11. Acetylcholinesterase triggers the aggregation of PrP 106-126

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    Pera, M.; Roman, S.; Ratia, M.; Camps, P.; Munoz-Torrero, D.; Colombo, L.; Manzoni, C.; Salmona, M.; Badia, A.; Clos, M.V. . E-mail: Victoria.Clos@uab.es

    2006-07-21

    Acetylcholinesterase (AChE), a senile plaque component, promotes amyloid-{beta}-protein (A{beta}) fibril formation in vitro. The presence of prion protein (PrP) in Alzheimer's disease (AD) senile plaques prompted us to assess if AChE could trigger the PrP peptides aggregation as well. Consequently, the efficacy of AChE on the PrP peptide spanning-residues 106-126 aggregation containing a coumarin fluorescence probe (coumarin-PrP 106-126) was studied. Kinetics of coumarin-PrP 106-126 aggregation showed a significant increase of maximum size of aggregates (MSA), which was dependent on AChE concentration. AChE-PrP 106-126 aggregates showed the tinctorial and optical amyloid properties as determined by polarized light and electronic microscopy analysis. A remarkable inhibition of MSA was obtained with propidium iodide, suggesting that AChE triggers PrP 106-126 and A{beta} aggregation through a similar mechanism. Huprines (AChE inhibitors) also significantly decreased MSA induced by AChE as well, unveiling the potential interest for some AChE inhibitors as a novel class of potential anti-prion drugs.

  12. Conformational differences between the Pfr and Pr states in Pseudomonas aeruginosa bacteriophytochrome

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    Yang, Xiaojing; Kuk, Jane; Moffat, Keith

    2009-09-16

    Phytochromes are red-light photoreceptors that regulate light responses in plants, fungi, and bacteria by means of reversible photoconversion between red (Pr) and far-red (Pfr) light-absorbing states. Here, we report the crystal structure of the Q188L mutant of Pseudomonas aeruginosa bacteriophytochrome (PaBphP) photosensory core module, which exhibits altered photoconversion behavior and different crystal packing from wild type. We observe two distinct chromophore conformations in the Q188L crystal structure that we identify with the Pfr and Pr states. The Pr/Pfr compositions, varying from crystal to crystal, seem to correlate with light conditions under which the Q188L crystals are cryoprotected. We also compare all known Pr and Pfr structures. Using site-directed mutagenesis, we identify residues that are involved in stabilizing the 15Ea (Pfr) and 15Za (Pr) configurations of the biliverdin chromophore. Specifically, Ser-261 appears to be essential to form a stable Pr state in PaBphP, possibly by means of its interaction with the propionate group of ring C. We propose a 'flip-and-rotate' model that summarizes the major conformational differences between the Pr and Pfr states of the chromophore and its binding pocket.

  13. The relationship of structure to superconductivity in the Pr-Ba-Cu-O system

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    Minseo, P.

    1994-05-10

    The relation of structure to lack of superconductivity in Pr-Ba-Cu-O was systematically investigated. First, the phase equilibria of this system was studied to find the processing parameters which maximize the cation-site ordering between Pr and Ba ions. Second, a comparative study between superconducting Nd-Ba-Cu-0 and non- superconducting Pr-Ba-Cu-0 was performed by forming solid-solution Nd- Pr-Ba-Cu-0. The relation between structure and superconductivity in Nd{sub 1{minus}x}Pr{sub x}Ba{sub 2}Cu{sub 3}O{sub 7{minus}{delta}} is investigated. {Tc} decreases monotonically with increasing {times} and superconductivity disappears at around x=0.3-0.4. {Tc} is enhanced by 10K when the sample is processed at an oxygen partial pressure (PO{sub 2}) of 0.01 atm, followed by oxygenation at 450C. Depression of {Tc} as a function of {times} and PO {sub 2} is explained in terms of a charge-transfer model. It is suggested that destruction of superconductivity in the RE{sub 1{minus}x}Pr{sub x}Ba{sub 2}CU{sub 3}O{sub 7{minus}{delta}} (RE=rare-earth) system can be viewed as disruption of four-fold planar coordinated Cu ions in the chain-site due to permanent occupation of extra Pr ions on Ba sites.

  14. Enhancement of phagocytotic activity by prion protein in PrP-deficient macrophage cells.

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    Uraki, Ryuta; Sakudo, Akikazu; Ando, Saeko; Kitani, Hiroshi; Onodera, Takashi

    2010-10-01

    Macrophages, especially follicular dendritic cells, contribute to the pathogenesis of prion diseases by accumulating an abnormal isoform of prion protein (PrPSc), which is converted from the cellular isoform of prion protein (PrPC). As information on the function of PrPC in macrophages is limited, we have established a prion protein (PrP) gene (Prnp)-deficient macrophage cell line from the bone marrow of ZrchI Prnp-/- mice. These cells expressed macrophage specific proteins (F4/80 and MOMA-2) and displayed phagocytotic properties. The Prnp-/- macrophage cell line (MplZ) showed shorter pseudopodium extension and less phagocytotic activity than a Prnp+/+ macrophage cell line (MWF). In addition, the MplZ cells were more sensitive to serum deprivation than the MWF cells and underwent apoptotic cell death in these conditions. These findings suggest that PrPC enhances the incorporation of materials possibly including PrPSc and decreases the sensitivity of cells to oxidative stress, which may be induced by PrPSc accumulation. PMID:20818492

  15. PrEP as Peri-conception HIV Prevention for Women and Men.

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    Heffron, Renee; Pintye, Jillian; Matthews, Lynn T; Weber, Shannon; Mugo, Nelly

    2016-06-01

    Daily oral tenofovir (TDF)-based pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP) is an effective HIV prevention strategy and recommended for men and women with substantial risk of HIV acquisition. The peri-conception period, the stage prior to pregnancy when condom use is necessarily reduced, has elevated HIV risk that can be mitigated by PrEP use. Data from a randomized trial suggest that peri-conception PrEP use by HIV-seronegative women does not increase the risk of pregnancy loss, birth defects or congenital anomalies, preterm birth, or infant growth faltering. Women considering PrEP use throughout pregnancy must weigh the known increased risk of HIV acquisition with unknown risks of drug effects on infant growth. PrEP has been used safely by HIV-seronegative men with HIV-seropositive female partners who have become pregnant. As an effective user-controlled HIV prevention strategy, PrEP offers autonomy and empowerment for HIV prevention and can be recommended alongside antiretroviral therapy, fertility screening, vaginal self-insemination, intercourse timed to peak fertility, medically assisted reproduction, and other safer conception strategies to provide multiple options. The integration of PrEP into safer conception programs is warranted and will safely reduce HIV transmission to women, men, and children during the peri-conception period. PMID:26993627

  16. Hypothalamic S1P/S1PR1 axis controls energy homeostasis.

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    Silva, Vagner R R; Micheletti, Thayana O; Pimentel, Gustavo D; Katashima, Carlos K; Lenhare, Luciene; Morari, Joseane; Mendes, Maria Carolina S; Razolli, Daniela S; Rocha, Guilherme Z; de Souza, Claudio T; Ryu, Dongryeol; Prada, Patrícia O; Velloso, Lício A; Carvalheira, José B C; Pauli, José Rodrigo; Cintra, Dennys E; Ropelle, Eduardo R

    2014-01-01

    Sphingosine 1-phosphate receptor 1 (S1PR1) is a G-protein-coupled receptor for sphingosine-1-phosphate (S1P) that has a role in many physiological and pathophysiological processes. Here we show that the S1P/S1PR1 signalling pathway in hypothalamic neurons regulates energy homeostasis in rodents. We demonstrate that S1PR1 protein is highly enriched in hypothalamic POMC neurons of rats. Intracerebroventricular injections of the bioactive lipid, S1P, reduce food consumption and increase rat energy expenditure through persistent activation of STAT3 and the melanocortin system. Similarly, the selective disruption of hypothalamic S1PR1 increases food intake and reduces the respiratory exchange ratio. We further show that STAT3 controls S1PR1 expression in neurons via a positive feedback mechanism. Interestingly, several models of obesity and cancer anorexia display an imbalance of hypothalamic S1P/S1PR1/STAT3 axis, whereas pharmacological intervention ameliorates these phenotypes. Taken together, our data demonstrate that the neuronal S1P/S1PR1/STAT3 signalling axis plays a critical role in the control of energy homeostasis in rats. PMID:25255053

  17. Spectroscopic properties of Pr3+ ions embedded in lithium borate glasses

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    Ramteke, D. D.; Swart, H. C.; Gedam, R. S.

    2016-01-01

    A series of lithium borate glasses with different Pr3+ contents were prepared by the melt quench technique to explore the new material for solid state light applications. We found that the addition of Pr3+ ions in the glass matrix has a profound effect on the properties of the glasses. The presence of Pr3+ ions in the glass matrix created various absorption bands compared to the base glass. These bands were due to the ground state (3H4) of the Pr3+ to the various excited states. Optical energy band gap was calculated by Tauc's method which showed a decreasing trend with an increase in the Pr3+ content. This might be due to structural changes when the glass structure became rigid due to the Pr3+ ions and this was confirmed by the density results. Rigidity of the glass structure was further confirmed by the Fourier transformed infrared results. The excitation spectra showed bands at 3H4→3P2, 3P1 and 3P0 nm. The 3H4→3P2 band was used to study the unresolved 1D2→3H4 and 3P0→3H6 transitions of the Pr3+ ions.

  18. Zinc, copper, and carnosine attenuate neurotoxicity of prion fragment PrP106-126.

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    Kawahara, Masahiro; Koyama, Hironari; Nagata, Tetsuya; Sadakane, Yutaka

    2011-07-01

    Prion diseases are progressive neurodegenerative diseases that are associated with the conversion of normal cellular prion protein (PrP(C)) to abnormal pathogenic prion protein (PrP(SC)) by conformational changes. Prion protein is a metal-binding protein that is suggested to be involved in metal homeostasis. We investigated here the effects of trace elements on the conformational changes and neurotoxicity of synthetic prion peptide (PrP106-126). PrP106-126 exhibited the formation of β-sheet structures and enhanced neurotoxicity during the aging process. The co-existence of Zn(2+) or Cu(2+) during aging inhibited β-sheet formation by PrP106-126 and attenuated its neurotoxicity on primary cultured rat hippocampal neurons. Although PrP106-126 formed amyloid-like fibrils as observed by atomic force microscopy, the height of the fibers was decreased in the presence of Zn(2+) or Cu(2+). Carnosine (β-alanyl histidine) significantly inhibited both the β-sheet formation and the neurotoxicity of PrP106-126. Our results suggested that Zn(2+) and Cu(2+) might be involved in the pathogenesis of prion diseases. It is also possible that carnosine might become a candidate for therapeutic treatments for prion diseases. PMID:21442127

  19. Radioprotective Effect of Aminothiol PrC-210 on Irradiated Inner Ear of Guinea Pig.

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    Giese, Arnaud P J; Guarnaschelli, Jess G; Ward, Jonette A; Choo, Daniel I; Riazuddin, Saima; Ahmed, Zubair M

    2015-01-01

    Radiotherapy of individuals suffering with head & neck or brain tumors subserve the risk of sensorineural hearing loss. Here, we evaluated the protective effect of Aminothiol PrC-210 (3-(methyl-amino)-2-((methylamino)methyl)propane-1-thiol) on the irradiated inner ear of guinea pigs. An intra-peritoneal or intra-tympanic dose of PrC-210 was administered prior to receiving a dose of gamma radiation (3000 cGy) to each ear. Auditory Brainstem Responses (ABRs) were recorded one week and two weeks after the radiation and compared with the sham animal group. ABR thresholds of guinea pigs that received an intra-peritoneal dose of PrC-210 were significantly better compared to the non-treated, control animals at one week post-radiation. Morphologic analysis of the inner ear revealed significant inflammation and degeneration of the spiral ganglion in the irradiated animals not treated with PrC-210. In contrast, when treated with PrC-210 the radiation effect and injury to the spiral ganglion was significantly alleviated. PrC-210 had no apparent cytotoxic effect in vivo and did not affect the morphology or count of cochlear hair cells. These findings suggest that aminothiol PrC-210 attenuated radiation-induced cochlea damage for at least one week and protected hearing. PMID:26599238

  20. Occurrence of Neuroblastoma among TP53 p.R337H Carriers

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    Mastellaro, Maria José; Cardinalli, Izilda Aparecida; Zambaldi, Lilian Girotto; Aguiar, Simone Santos; Yunes, José Andrés

    2015-01-01

    The high incidence of adrenocortical tumors and choroid plexus carcinoma in children from South and Southeastern regions of Brazil is associated with the germline p.R337H mutation of TP53 gene. The concomitant occurrence of neuroblastoma and adrenocortical tumors in pediatric patients harboring the p.R337H mutation at our institution prompted us to investigate the putative association between p.R337H and pediatric neuroblastoma. Genomic DNA samples from 83 neuroblastoma patients referred to a single institution during the period of 2000–2014 were screened for the p.R337H mutation. Available samples from carriers were investigated for both nuclear p53 accumulation and loss of heterozigosity in tumor. Clinical data were obtained from medical records in order to assess the impact of 337H allele on manifestation of the disease. Seven out 83 neuroblastoma patients (8.4%) were carriers of the TP53 p.R337H mutation in our cohort. Immunohistochemical analysis of p.R337H-positive tumors revealed nuclear p53 accumulation. Loss of heterozigosity was not found among available samples. The presence of 337H allele was associated with increased proportion of stage I tumors. Our data indicate that in addition to adrenocortical tumors, choroid plexus carcinoma, breast cancer and osteosarcoma, genetic counseling and clinical surveillance should consider neuroblastoma as a potential neoplasia affecting p.R337H carriers. PMID:26452166

  1. Performing the Union: the Prüm Decision and the European dream.

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    Prainsack, Barbara; Toom, Victor

    2013-03-01

    In 2005, seven European countries signed the so-called Prüm Treaty to increase transnational collaboration in combating international crime, terrorism and illegal immigration. Three years later, the Treaty was adopted into EU law. EU member countries were now obliged to have systems in place to allow authorities of other member states access to nationally held data on DNA, fingerprints, and vehicles by August 2011. In this paper, we discuss the conditions of possibility for the Prüm network to emerge, and argue that rather than a linear ascent towards technological and political convergence and harmonisation, the (hi)story of Prüm is heterogeneous and halting. This is reflected also in the early stages of implementing the Prüm Decision which has proven to be more challenging than it was hoped by the drivers of the Prüm process. In this sense, the Prüm network sits uncomfortably with success stories of forensic science (many of which served the goal of justifying the expansion of technological and surveillance systems). Instead of telling a story of heroic science, the story of Prüm articulates the European dream: one in which goods, services, and people live and travel freely and securely. PMID:23021789

  2. Structure and magnetic properties of PrIn3- x Co x

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    He, Qiang; Guo, Yongquan

    2016-04-01

    The synthesis, crystal structure and magnetic properties of PrIn3- x Co x have been systematically investigated using X-ray diffraction and magnetic measurements. Co doping into PrIn3 causes the presence of satellite peaks, which has been indexed as a hexagonal structure. Rietveld's structural refinement shows this structure is an isomorphic structure of CaIn2 type with a space group of P63/mmc and Z = 2. There are two non-equivalent crystal positions in one unit cell, which are occupied by 2Pr and 4(In, Co), respectively. Doping of Co into PrIn3 induces room temperature ferromagnetic order, and the magnetization increases with increasing Co content. It is suggested that the ferromagnetism in PrIn3- x Co x is caused by the spin-spin interactions between Co and Co or Co and Pr. The magnetic moment increase of PrIn3- x Co x could result from the partial substitution of non-magnetic element In by magnetic element Co in the host material through dilute doping of Co, and thus, a net moment is produced.

  3. Crystal structure and optical study of praseodymium polyphosphate Pr(PO{sub 3}){sub 3}

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    Jouini, Anis; Ferid, Mokhtar; Gacon, Jean-Claude; Grosvalet, Laurent; Thozet, Alain; Trabelsi-Ayadi, Malika

    2003-10-01

    Single crystals of praseodymium polyphosphate Pr(PO{sub 3}){sub 3} were grown for the first time using a flux method and characterized by single-crystal X-ray diffraction. Pr(PO{sub 3}){sub 3} is isostructural with Nd(PO{sub 3}){sub 3} and La(PO{sub 3}){sub 3}. It crystallizes in the orthorhombic system with space group C222{sub 1} (D{sub 2}{sup 5}), with lattice parameters: a=11.234(1) A, b=8.5289(8) A, c=7.3199(8) A. The crystal structure was resolved with final R(F{sup 2})=0.0359 and R{sub w}(F{sup 2})=0.0924 for 402 independent reflections (F{sub 0}{sup 2}{>=}2{sigma}(F{sub 0}{sup 2})). In the Pr(PO{sub 3}){sub 3} structure, oxygen atoms form a PO{sub 4} tetrahedron around each P atom and a PrO{sub 8} polyhedron around each Pr atom. The PO{sub 4} tetrahedra share corners to produce helical chains and the PrO{sub 8} polyhedra share edges to form zigzag chains. The shortest Pr-Pr distance is 4.253 A. The energies of the vibrational modes of the crystal are obtained from the infrared and Raman spectra. Measurements of emission spectra under pulsed laser excitation in the Pr{sup 3+} (4f{sup 2}) {sup 3}P{sub J} (J=0, 1, 2) levels and decay times of the observed emissions are reported both at room and liquid-helium temperatures. X-ray excitation leads to intense ultraviolet 4f{sup 1}5d{sup 1}{yields}4f{sup 2} band emissions in the 200-300 nm spectral range with decay times in the order of 6 ns both at room and low temperatures.

  4. Structure refinements of members in the brownmillerite solid solution series Ca{sub 2}Al{sub x}(Fe{sub 0.5}Mn{sub 0.5}){sub 2-x}O{sub 5+{delta}} with 1/2{<=}x{<=}4/3

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    Stoeber, Stefan; Schorr, Susan; Poellmann, Herbert

    2013-01-15

    Four different brownmillerite solid solutions Ca{sub 2}Al{sub x}(Fe{sub 0.5}Mn{sub 0.5}){sub 2-x}O{sub 5+{delta}} with 1/2{<=}x{<=}4/3 were synthesized by a solid oxide ceramic method. The phases crystallize either in a primitive centered orthorhombic cell with space group Pnma or in a body centered cell with space group I2mb dependent on the aluminum concentration present in the solid solution. Mn{sup 3+} ions occupy exclusively site 4a coordinated by six oxygen anions. Increasing Mn{sup 3+} concentrations cause a remarkable distortion of the octahedron and indirectly of the tetrahedron, resulting in twisted and tilted octahedral layers as well as buckled tetrahedral chains. The influences are discussed on the site 4a of trivalent manganese due to its Jahn-Teller activity, with regard to the occupation of octahedron and tetrahedron with different sized iron and aluminum ions. - Graphical Abstract: The coupled substitution Fe{sup 3+}>Mn{sup 3+}+Fe{sup 3+} <=>2 Al{sup 3+} in brownmillerite phases (Ca{sub 2}(Fe{sub 0.5}Mn{sub 0.5}){sub 2-x}Al{sub x}O{sub 5+{delta}}) changes predominantly their structural properties, which is essential for the hydration performance of the calcium aluminate cement, where brownmillerites occur as clinker phases. Highlights: Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer We present structural data of four Ca-Al-Fe-Mn-brownmillerites. Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer Mn{sup 3+}-ions occupy exclusively the octahedrally coordinated site 0,0,0. Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer Bonds and angles of the octahedrally coordinated site are distorted strongly. Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer Mn{sup 3+}-ions influence indirectly the shape of the tetrahedron. Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer Mn{sup 3+}-ions stabilize Pnma instead of I2mb in Ca-Al-Fe-Mn-brownmillerites.

  5. 76 FR 77479 - Foreign-Trade Zone 7-Mayaguez, PR; Application for Temporary/Interim Manufacturing Authority...

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    2011-12-13

    ... From the Federal Register Online via the Government Publishing Office DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE Foreign-Trade Zones Board Foreign-Trade Zone 7--Mayaguez, PR; Application for Temporary/ Interim Manufacturing Authority; Baxter Healthcare of PR (Pharmaceutical and Nutritional Intravenous Bags and Administration Sets); Aibonito and Jayuya, PR...

  6. A comparison of the structure of the PK-sensitive and PK-resistant forms of PrPSc(Abstract)

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    Background/Introduction. One of the distinctive phenotypes of the infectious isoform of PrP(PrPSc)is its resistance to proteinase K (PK) digestion. The diagnosis of prion diseases is based on this phenotypic observation. More recently, researchers determined that there is a sizeable fraction of PrPS...

  7. Global Gene Expression Profiles of Phytophthora ramorum strain Pr102 in Response to Plant Host and Tissue Differentiation

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    The release of the draft genome sequence of Phytophthora ramorum strain, Pr102, enabled the construction of an oligonucleotide microarray of the entire genome of Pr102. The array contains 344,680 features (oligos) that represent the transcriptome of Pr102. P. ramorum RNA was extracted from mycelium...

  8. Using synthetic small molecule reagents and antibodies to distinguish among PrP conformers: new uses for old antibodies

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    The chemical environment of the amino acids present in PrP is conformation (PrP(Sc) or PrP(c)) dependent. This means that the same amino acid can react differently with the same chemical reagent, depending upon the conformation of that protein. Furthermore, if the site of chemical reaction is the ep...

  9. Local inhomogeneity and filamentary superconductivity in Pr-doped CaFe2As2.

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    Gofryk, Krzysztof; Pan, Minghu; Cantoni, Claudia; Saparov, Bayrammurad; Mitchell, Jonathan E; Sefat, Athena S

    2014-01-31

    We use multiscale techniques to determine the extent of local inhomogeneity and superconductivity in Ca0.86Pr0.14Fe2As2 single crystal. The inhomogeneity is manifested as a spatial variation of the praseodymium concentration, local density of states, and superconducting order parameter. We show that the high-Tc superconductivity emerges from cloverlike defects associated with Pr dopants. The highest Tc is observed in both the tetragonal and collapsed tetragonal phases, and its filamentary nature is a consequence of nonuniform Pr distribution that develops localized, isolated superconducting regions within the crystals. PMID:24580484

  10. Genome sequencing and annotation of multidrug resistant Mycobacterium tuberculosis (MDR-TB) PR10 strain

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    Halim, Mohd Zakihalani A.; Jaafar, Mohammad Maaruf; Teh, Lay Kek; Ismail, Mohamad Izwan; Lee, Lian Shien; Ngeow, Yun Fong; Nor, Norazmi Mohd; Zainuddin, Zainul Fadziruddin; Tang, Thean Hock; Najimudin, Mohd Nazalan Mohd; Salleh, Mohd Zaki

    2016-01-01

    Here, we report the draft genome sequence and annotation of a multidrug resistant Mycobacterium tuberculosis strain PR10 (MDR-TB PR10) isolated from a patient diagnosed with tuberculosis. The size of the draft genome MDR-TB PR10 is 4.34 Mbp with 65.6% of G + C content and consists of 4637 predicted genes. The determinants were categorized by RAST into 400 subsystems with 4286 coding sequences and 50 RNAs. The whole genome shotgun project has been deposited at DDBJ/EMBL/GenBank under the accession number CP010968. PMID:26981419

  11. The ordered double perovskite PrBaCo2O6: Synthesis, structure, and magnetism

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    Motin Seikh, Md.; Pralong, V.; Lebedev, O. I.; Caignaert, V.; Raveau, B.

    2013-07-01

    The stoichiometric layered perovskite cobaltite PrBaCo2O6 has been synthesized using an oxidative reaction of PrBaCo2O5.80 by sodium hypochlorite. The ferromagnetic properties of this oxide, which exhibits the highest TC of 210 K among the "112" layered cobaltites, are interpreted by double exchange mechanism. In contrast, the creation of oxygen vacancies in this framework leads for the oxides PrBaCo2O5+δ (0.80 ≤ δ < 1) to a strong competition between ferromagnetism and antiferromagnetism due to the appearance of superexchange Co3+—O—Co3+ antiferromagnetic interactions.

  12. Age, scrapie status, PrP genotype and follicular dendritic cells in ovine ileal Peyer's patches.

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    Marruchella, Giuseppe; Ligios, Ciriaco; Di Guardo, Giovanni

    2012-10-01

    Follicular dendritic cells (FDCs) residing within ileal Peyer's patches (PPs) are of crucial relevance for sheep scrapie early pathogenesis and subsequent scrapie prion neuroinvasion. In this study, ileal PP follicles were significantly more numerous in lambs than in adult Sarda breed sheep, with significant differences being also found in lymphoid follicle area, perimeter and FDC density. Furthermore, PrPd deposition within ileal PPs and host's PrP genotype did not significantly influence these parameters. We conclude that age significantly affects FDC density in ileal PPs from Sarda breed ovines, independently from host's scrapie status and PrP genotype. PMID:21962485

  13. Migration from a prototype ePR for IA-MISS system to alpha version

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    Documet, Jorge R.; Le, Anh; Liu, Brent J.

    2010-03-01

    Last year we presented a paper that describes the design and clinical implementation of an ePR (Electronic Patient Record) system for Image-Assisted Minimally Invasive Spinal Surgery (IA-MISS). The goal of this ePR is to improve the workflow efficiency by providing all the necessary data of a surgical procedure from the preparation stage until the recovery stage. The mentioned ePR has been implemented and installed clinically and it has been in use for more than 16 months. In this paper, we will describe the migration process from a prototype version of the system to a more stable and easily-to-replicate alpha version.

  14. Genome sequencing and annotation of multidrug resistant Mycobacterium tuberculosis (MDR-TB) PR10 strain.

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    Halim, Mohd Zakihalani A; Jaafar, Mohammad Maaruf; Teh, Lay Kek; Ismail, Mohamad Izwan; Lee, Lian Shien; Ngeow, Yun Fong; Nor, Norazmi Mohd; Zainuddin, Zainul Fadziruddin; Tang, Thean Hock; Najimudin, Mohd Nazalan Mohd; Salleh, Mohd Zaki

    2016-03-01

    Here, we report the draft genome sequence and annotation of a multidrug resistant Mycobacterium tuberculosis strain PR10 (MDR-TB PR10) isolated from a patient diagnosed with tuberculosis. The size of the draft genome MDR-TB PR10 is 4.34 Mbp with 65.6% of G + C content and consists of 4637 predicted genes. The determinants were categorized by RAST into 400 subsystems with 4286 coding sequences and 50 RNAs. The whole genome shotgun project has been deposited at DDBJ/EMBL/GenBank under the accession number CP010968. PMID:26981419

  15. Toxicity of laser irradiated photoactive fluoride PrF3 nanoparticles toward bacteria

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    Pudovkin, M. S.; Korableva, S. L.; Krasheninnicova, A. O.; Nizamutdinov, A. S.; Semashko, V. V.; Zelenihin, P. V.; Alakshin, E. M.; Nevzorova, T. A.

    2014-11-01

    The article is devoted to exploration of biological effects of crystalline PrF3 nanoparticles toward Salmonella typhimurium TA 98 bacteria under the laser irradiation. Obtained results show bactericidal activity of PrF3 nanoparticles and optimal parameters of laser irradiation (power of laser irradiation, wavelength, diameter of the laser spoil, and exposure time) have been found under which the effects of bactericidal activity become the most significant. Survival of bacterial cells under laser irradiation with wavelength 532 nm in colloidal solution of PrF3 nanoparticles was 39%, 34%, 20% for exposure times 5 minutes, 15 minutes and 30 minutes, correspondingly.

  16. CD36 Participates in PrP106–126-Induced Activation of Microglia

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    Tan, Rongrong; Shi, Fushan; Lu, Yun; Zhang, Siming; Yin, Xiaomin; Zhou, Xiangmei; Zhao, Deming

    2012-01-01

    Microglial activation is a characteristic feature of the pathogenesis of prion diseases. The molecular mechanisms that underlie prion-induced microglial activation are not very well understood. In the present study, we investigated the role of the class B scavenger receptor CD36 in microglial activation induced by neurotoxic prion protein (PrP) fragment 106–126 (PrP106–126). We first examined the time course of CD36 mRNA expression upon exposure to PrP106–126 in BV2 microglia. We then analyzed different parameters of microglial activation in PrP106–126-treated cells in the presence or not of anti-CD36 monoclonal antibody (mAb). The cells were first incubated for 1 h with CD36 monoclonal antibody to block the CD36 receptor, and were then treated with neurotoxic prion peptides PrP106–126. The results showed that PrP106–126 treatment led to a rapid yet transitory increase in the mRNA expression of CD36, upregulated mRNA and protein levels of proinflammatory cytokines (IL-1β, IL-6 and TNF-α), increased iNOS expression and nitric oxide (NO) production, stimulated the activation of NF-κB and caspase-1, and elevated Fyn activity. The blockade of CD36 had no effect on PrP106–126-stimulated NF-κB activation and TNF-α protein release, abrogated the PrP106–126-induced iNOS stimulation, downregulated IL-1β and IL-6 expression at both mRNA and protein levels as well as TNF-α mRNA expression, decreased NO production and Fyn phosphorylation, reduced caspase-1 cleavage induced by moderate PrP106–126 –treatment, but had no effect on caspase-1 activation after treatment with a high concentration of PrP106–126. Together, these results suggest that CD36 is involved in PrP106–126-induced microglial activation and that the participation of CD36 in the interaction between PrP106–126 and microglia may be mediated by Src tyrosine kinases. Our findings provide new insights into the mechanisms underlying the activation of microglia by neurotoxic prion

  17. Local Inhomogeneity and Filamentary Superconductivity in Pr-Doped CaFe2As2

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    Gofryk, Krzysztof; Pan, Minghu; Cantoni, Claudia; Saparov, Bayrammurad; Mitchell, Jonathan E.; Sefat, Athena S.

    2014-01-01

    We use multiscale techniques to determine the extent of local inhomogeneity and superconductivity in Ca0.86Pr0.14Fe2As2 single crystal. The inhomogeneity is manifested as a spatial variation of the praseodymium concentration, local density of states, and superconducting order parameter. We show that the high-Tc superconductivity emerges from cloverlike defects associated with Pr dopants. The highest Tc is observed in both the tetragonal and collapsed tetragonal phases, and its filamentary nature is a consequence of nonuniform Pr distribution that develops localized, isolated superconducting regions within the crystals.

  18. Characteristics of the energy bands and the spectroscopic parameters of Pr3+ ions in PrCl3 mixed methanol, iso-propanol and butanol solutions.

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    Jana, Samar; Mitra, Subrata

    2011-12-01

    An investigation on the absorption spectra of the praseodymium chloride (PrCl(3)) in methanol, iso-propanol and butanol is carried out between 190 nm and 1100 nm. We have observed and assigned six energy bands of the 4f(2) electronic configuration of the Pr(3+) ion in the visible to near-infra-red and one due to 4f5d configuration in the ultraviolet region. The 4f5d band has been detected properly for low concentration of PrCl(3). We have also constructed a free-ion Hamiltonian and calculated the energy levels of the 4f(2) configuration theoretically. Hence, the best fit free-ion parameters are deduced. PMID:21840250

  19. L’administration postnatale de corticoïdes pour traiter ou prévenir les affections pulmonaires chroniques chez les prématurés

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    2002-01-01

    Le présent énoncé est conçu à l’intention des professionnels de la santé qui soignent des nouveau-nés et de jeunes nourrissons. Il vise à examiner les effets à court et à long terme de l’administration postnatale de corticoïdes systémiques et par inhalation pour prévenir ou traiter une affection pulmonaire chronique évolutive ou établie et à faire des recommandations quant à l’usage de corticoïdes chez les nourrissons à très faible poids de naissance. Le recours systématique à la dexaméthasone systémique pour prévenir ou traiter une affection pulmonaire chronique n’est pas recommandé chez les nourrissons à très faible poids de naissance.

  20. Meteorologically Driven Simulations of Dengue Epidemics in San Juan, PR

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    Morin, Cory W.; Monaghan, Andrew J.; Hayden, Mary H.; Barrera, Roberto; Ernst, Kacey

    2015-01-01

    Meteorological factors influence dengue virus ecology by modulating vector mosquito population dynamics, viral replication, and transmission. Dynamic modeling techniques can be used to examine how interactions among meteorological variables, vectors and the dengue virus influence transmission. We developed a dengue fever simulation model by coupling a dynamic simulation model for Aedes aegypti, the primary mosquito vector for dengue, with a basic epidemiological Susceptible-Exposed-Infectious-Recovered (SEIR) model. Employing a Monte Carlo approach, we simulated dengue transmission during the period of 2010–2013 in San Juan, PR, where dengue fever is endemic. The results of 9600 simulations using varied model parameters were evaluated by statistical comparison (r2) with surveillance data of dengue cases reported to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. To identify the most influential parameters associated with dengue virus transmission for each period the top 1% of best-fit model simulations were retained and compared. Using the top simulations, dengue cases were simulated well for 2010 (r2 = 0.90, p = 0.03), 2011 (r2 = 0.83, p = 0.05), and 2012 (r2 = 0.94, p = 0.01); however, simulations were weaker for 2013 (r2 = 0.25, p = 0.25) and the entire four-year period (r2 = 0.44, p = 0.002). Analysis of parameter values from retained simulations revealed that rain dependent container habitats were more prevalent in best-fitting simulations during the wetter 2010 and 2011 years, while human managed (i.e. manually filled) container habitats were more prevalent in best-fitting simulations during the drier 2012 and 2013 years. The simulations further indicate that rainfall strongly modulates the timing of dengue (e.g., epidemics occurred earlier during rainy years) while temperature modulates the annual number of dengue fever cases. Our results suggest that meteorological factors have a time-variable influence on dengue transmission relative to other important

  1. Meteorologically Driven Simulations of Dengue Epidemics in San Juan, PR.

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    Morin, Cory W; Monaghan, Andrew J; Hayden, Mary H; Barrera, Roberto; Ernst, Kacey

    2015-08-01

    Meteorological factors influence dengue virus ecology by modulating vector mosquito population dynamics, viral replication, and transmission. Dynamic modeling techniques can be used to examine how interactions among meteorological variables, vectors and the dengue virus influence transmission. We developed a dengue fever simulation model by coupling a dynamic simulation model for Aedes aegypti, the primary mosquito vector for dengue, with a basic epidemiological Susceptible-Exposed-Infectious-Recovered (SEIR) model. Employing a Monte Carlo approach, we simulated dengue transmission during the period of 2010-2013 in San Juan, PR, where dengue fever is endemic. The results of 9600 simulations using varied model parameters were evaluated by statistical comparison (r2) with surveillance data of dengue cases reported to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. To identify the most influential parameters associated with dengue virus transmission for each period the top 1% of best-fit model simulations were retained and compared. Using the top simulations, dengue cases were simulated well for 2010 (r2 = 0.90, p = 0.03), 2011 (r2 = 0.83, p = 0.05), and 2012 (r2 = 0.94, p = 0.01); however, simulations were weaker for 2013 (r2 = 0.25, p = 0.25) and the entire four-year period (r2 = 0.44, p = 0.002). Analysis of parameter values from retained simulations revealed that rain dependent container habitats were more prevalent in best-fitting simulations during the wetter 2010 and 2011 years, while human managed (i.e. manually filled) container habitats were more prevalent in best-fitting simulations during the drier 2012 and 2013 years. The simulations further indicate that rainfall strongly modulates the timing of dengue (e.g., epidemics occurred earlier during rainy years) while temperature modulates the annual number of dengue fever cases. Our results suggest that meteorological factors have a time-variable influence on dengue transmission relative to other important

  2. Optical spectroscopy of PrFe3(BO3)4 : Crystal-field and anisotropic Pr-Fe exchange interactions

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    Popova, M. N.; Stanislavchuk, T. N.; Malkin, B. Z.; Bezmaternykh, L. N.

    2009-11-01

    High-resolution polarized optical absorption spectra of PrFe3(BO3)4 in the paramagnetic and antiferromagnetic phases are reported. The measured energies of the crystal-field (CF) levels within the 4f2 configuration of Pr3+ in the paramagnetic PrFe3(BO3)4 are described by the CF model that involves the 4f2/4f5d and 4f2/4f6p configuration interactions. Ordering of Fe spins along the crystalline c axis below TN=32K is confirmed by the analysis of the spectra of Er3+ introduced as a probe into PrFe3(BO3)4 . To account for the observed changes in the optical spectra of Pr3+ at temperatures below TN , in particular, for the shift of the CF levels, splitting of the CF doublets, and the appearance of forbidden lines, the Pr-Fe exchange Hamiltonian defined by seven parameters is considered. The theoretical approach has been tested by calculating the temperature dependence of the magnetic susceptibility. A good agreement between theory and optical and magnetic experimental data is found demonstrating the validity of the model used. The obtained results confirm that the model of the iron dimers inside the spiral chains of Fe3+(O2-)6 octahedrons introduced by us earlier for NdFe3(BO3)4 and modified in the present work may serve as a basis for analyzing the low-temperature properties of other rare-earth iron borates.

  3. Patterns and Correlates of PrEP Drug Detection among MSM and Transgender Women in the Global iPrEx Study

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    Liu, Albert; Glidden, David V.; Anderson, Peter L.; Amico, K.R.; McMahan, Vanessa; Mehrotra, Megha; Lama, Javier R.; MacRae, John; Hinojosa, Juan Carlos; Montoya, Orlando; Veloso, Valdilea G.; Schechter, Mauro; Kallas, Esper G.; Chariyalerstak, Suwat; Bekker, Linda-Gail; Mayer, Kenneth; Buchbinder, Susan; Grant, Robert

    2014-01-01

    Background Adherence to pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP) is critical for efficacy. Antiretroviral concentrations are an objective measure of PrEP use and correlate with efficacy. Understanding patterns and correlates of drug detection can identify populations at risk for non-adherence and inform design of PrEP adherence interventions. Methods Blood antiretroviral concentrations were assessed among active-arm participants in iPrEx, a randomized, placebo-controlled trial of emtricitabine/tenofovir in men who have sex with men (MSM) and transgender women in 6 countries. We evaluated rates and correlates of drug detection among a random sample of 470 participants at week 8 and a longitudinal cohort of 303 participants through 72 weeks of follow-up. Results Overall, 55% (95% CI 49–60%) of participants tested at week 8 had drug detected. Drug detection was associated with older age and varied by study site. In longitudinal analysis, 31% never had drug detected, 30% always had drug detected, and 39% had an inconsistent pattern. Overall detection rates declined over time. Drug detection at some or all visits was associated with older age; indices of sexual risk, including condomless receptive anal sex; and responding "don't know" to a question about belief of PrEP efficacy (0–10 scale). Conclusions Distinct patterns of study-product use were identified, with a significant proportion demonstrating no drug detection at any visit. Research literacy may explain greater drug detection among populations having greater research experience, such as older MSM in the US. Greater drug detection among those reporting highest-risk sexual practices is expected to increase the impact and cost-effectiveness of PrEP. PMID:25230290

  4. Knockout of the prion protein (PrP)-like Sprn gene does not produce embryonic lethality in combination with PrP(C)-deficiency.

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    Daude, Nathalie; Wohlgemuth, Serene; Brown, Rebecca; Pitstick, Rose; Gapeshina, Hristina; Yang, Jing; Carlson, George A; Westaway, David

    2012-06-01

    The Sprn gene encodes Shadoo (Sho), a glycoprotein with biochemical properties similar to the unstructured region of cellular prion protein (PrP(C)). Sho has been considered a candidate for the hypothetical π protein that supplies a PrP(C)-like function to maintain the viability of Prnp(0/0) mice lacking the PrP(C) protein. To understand these relationships more clearly we probed the cell biology of Sho and created knockout mice. Besides full-length and a "C1" C-terminal fragment, we describe a 6-kDa N-terminal Sho neuropeptide, "N1," which is present in membrane-enriched subcellular fractions of wild-type mice. Sprn null alleles were produced that delete all protein coding sequences yet spare the Mtg1 gene transcription unit that overlaps the Sprn 3' UTR; the resulting mice bred to homozygosity were viable and fertile, although Sprn(0/0) mice maintained in two genetic backgrounds weighed less than wild-type mice. Lack of Sho protein did not affect prion incubation time. Contrasting with lethality reported for knockdown of expression in Prnp(0/0) embryos using lentiviruses targeted against the Sprn 3' UTR, we established that double-knockout mice deficient in both Sho and PrP(C) are fertile and viable up to 690 d of age. Our data reduce the impetus for equating Sho with the notional π protein and are not readily reconciled with hypotheses wherein expression of PrP(C) and Sho are both required for completion of embryogenesis. Alternatively, and in accord with some reports for PrP(C), we infer that Sho's activity will prove germane to the maintenance of neuronal viability in postnatal life. PMID:22619325

  5. Weak decays of H-like {sup 140}Pr{sup 58+} and He-like {sup 140}Pr{sup 57+} ions

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    Ivanov, A. N.; Faber, M.; Reda, R.; Kienle, P.

    2008-08-15

    The nuclear K-shell electron-capture (EC) and positron ({beta}{sup +}) decay constants, {lambda}{sub EC} and {lambda}{sub {beta}{sup +}} of H-like {sup 140}Pr{sup 58+} and He-like {sup 140}Pr{sup 57+} ions, measured recently in the experimental storage ring (ESR) at GSI, were calculated using standard weak interaction theory. The calculated ratios R={lambda}{sub EC}/{lambda}{sub {beta}{sup +}} of the decay constants agree with the experimental values within an accuracy better than 3%.

  6. Microscopic Picture of Atomic Dynamics in the Double Perovskite, PrBaCo2O6

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    Shoko, Elvis; Schwingenschlogl, Udo

    We have used a combination of lattice dynamics and ab initio molecular dynamics to study atomic dynamics in PrBaCo2O6, a prototype material for a large class of layered compounds of both fundamental and technological interest. We find clear signatures of the layered structure of this compound on the overall atomic dynamics. In particular, we find that O atom dynamics in the PrO layer is predominantly in-plane (ab-plane) in contrast to the predominantly out-of-plane dynamics in the CoO2 layer. This suggests that the oxide ionic conductivity is dominated by the O atoms in the PrO layer, a finding of interest in solid-oxide fuel cells. Additionally, our results reveal sharp low-energy vibrational modes below 20 meV for both Ba and Pr atoms leading to the intriguing possibility that this material may be engineered for thermoelectric applications.

  7. 75 FR 63402 - FM Table of Allotments, Culebra, PR, Charlotte Amalie, and Christiansted, VI

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    2010-10-15

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  8. A PR-1-like protein of Fusarium oxysporum functions in virulence on mammalian hosts.

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    Prados-Rosales, Rafael C; Roldán-Rodríguez, Raquel; Serena, Carolina; López-Berges, Manuel S; Guarro, Josep; Martínez-del-Pozo, Álvaro; Di Pietro, Antonio

    2012-06-22

    The pathogenesis-related PR-1-like protein family comprises secreted proteins from the animal, plant, and fungal kingdoms whose biological function remains poorly understood. Here we have characterized a PR-1-like protein, Fpr1, from Fusarium oxysporum, an ubiquitous fungal pathogen that causes vascular wilt disease on a wide range of plant species and can produce life-threatening infections in immunocompromised humans. Fpr1 is secreted and proteolytically processed by the fungus. The fpr1 gene is required for virulence in a disseminated immunodepressed mouse model, and its function depends on the integrity of the proposed active site of PR-1-like proteins. Fpr1 belongs to a gene family that has expanded in plant pathogenic Sordariomycetes. These results suggest that secreted PR-1-like proteins play important roles in fungal pathogenicity. PMID:22553200

  9. Pr-based metallic glass films used as resist for phase-change lithography.

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    Luo, Teng; Li, Zhen; He, Qiang; Miao, Xiangshui

    2016-03-21

    Metallic glass film of Pr60Al10Ni10Cu20 is proposed to be used as a resist of phase-change lithography (PCL). PCL is a mask-less lithography technology by using laser-direct-writing to create the intended nanopatterns. Thermal distribution in the PrAlNiCu film after exposure is calculated by finite element method (FEM). Thin films are exposed by continuous-wave laser and selective etched by nitric-acid solution, and the patterns are discerned by optical and atomic force microscope. The etching rate of as-deposited PrAlNiCu is thus nearly five times of the crystalline film. These results indicate that PrAlNiCu metallic glass film is a promising resist for phase-change lithography. PMID:27136773

  10. Structural and optical properties of Pr doped BiFeO3 multiferroic ceramics

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    Singh, Vikash; Subhash, Dwivedi, R. K.; Kumar, Manoj

    2013-02-01

    Pure and Pr substituted BiFeO3 (BFO) ceramics were synthesized by solid state reaction method. X-ray analysis shows the formation of BFO rhombohedral phase with R3c space group. Photoluminescent spectra of pure BFO showed blue emission corresponding to band gap at 2.67 eV. In Pr doped samples in addition to blue emission (2.67eV), a broad weak yellow emission has also been observed due to electronic transitions of dopant Pr3+ states. FTIR spectra showed two broad absorption peaks due to overlapping of Fe-O and Bi-O groups in the region 700 - 400 cm-1. These interesting optical properties of Pr doped BFO samples in visible region may find potential applications in optoelectronic devices.

  11. Frontobasal gray matter loss is associated with the TREM2 p.R47H variant.

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    Luis, Elkin O; Ortega-Cubero, Sara; Lamet, Isabel; Razquin, Cristina; Cruchaga, Carlos; Benitez, Bruno A; Lorenzo, Elena; Irigoyen, Jaione; Pastor, Maria A; Pastor, Pau

    2014-12-01

    A rare heterozygous TREM2 variant p.R47H (rs75932628) has been associated with an increased risk for Alzheimer's disease (AD). We aimed to investigate the clinical presentation, neuropsychological profile, and regional pattern of gray matter and white matter loss associated with the TREM2 variant p.R47H, and to establish which regions best differentiate p.R47H carriers from noncarriers in 2 sample sets (Spanish and Alzheimer's Disease Neuroimaging Initiative, ADNI1). This was a cross-sectional study including a total number of 16 TREM2 p.R47H carriers diagnosed with AD or mild cognitive impairment, 75 AD p.R47H noncarriers and 75 cognitively intact TREM2 p.R47H noncarriers. Spanish AD TREM2 p.R47H carriers showed apraxia (9 of 9) and psychiatric symptoms such as personality changes, anxiety, paranoia, or fears more frequently than in AD noncarriers (corrected p = 0.039). For gray matter and white matter volumetric brain magnetic resonance imaging voxelwise analyses, we used statistical parametric mapping (SPM8) based on the General Linear Model. We used 3 different design matrices with a full factorial design. Voxel-based morphometry analyses were performed separately in the 2 sample sets. The absence of interset statistical differences allowed us to perform joint and conjunction analyses. Independent voxel-based morphometry analysis of the Spanish set as well as conjunction and joint analyses revealed substantial gray matter loss in orbitofrontal cortex and anterior cingulate cortex with relative preservation of parietal lobes in AD and/or mild cognitive impairment TREM2 p.R47H carriers, suggesting that TREM2 p.R47H variant is associated with certain clinical and neuroimaging AD features in addition to the increased TREM2 p.R47H atrophy in temporal lobes as described previously. The high frequency of pathologic behavioral symptoms, combined with a preferential frontobasal gray matter cortical loss, suggests that frontobasal and temporal regions could be more

  12. Transgenic Rabbits Expressing Ovine PrP Are Susceptible to Scrapie.

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    Sarradin, Pierre; Viglietta, Céline; Limouzin, Claude; Andréoletti, Olivier; Daniel-Carlier, Nathalie; Barc, Céline; Leroux-Coyau, Mathieu; Berthon, Patricia; Chapuis, Jérôme; Rossignol, Christelle; Gatti, Jean-Luc; Belghazi, Maya; Labas, Valérie; Vilotte, Jean-Luc; Béringue, Vincent; Lantier, Frédéric; Laude, Hubert; Houdebine, Louis-Marie

    2015-08-01

    Transmissible spongiform encephalopathies (TSEs) are a group of neurodegenerative diseases affecting a wide range of mammalian species. They are caused by prions, a proteinaceous pathogen essentially composed of PrPSc, an abnormal isoform of the host encoded cellular prion protein PrPC. Constrained steric interactions between PrPSc and PrPC are thought to provide prions with species specificity, and to control cross-species transmission into other host populations, including humans. Transgenetic expression of foreign PrP genes has been successfully and widely used to overcome the recognized resistance of mouse to foreign TSE sources. Rabbit is one of the species that exhibit a pronounced resistance to TSEs. Most attempts to infect experimentally rabbit have failed, except after inoculation with cell-free generated rabbit prions. To gain insights on the molecular determinants of the relative resistance of rabbits to prions, we generated transgenic rabbits expressing the susceptible V136R154Q171 allele of the ovine PRNP gene on a rabbit wild type PRNP New Zealand background and assessed their experimental susceptibility to scrapie prions. All transgenic animals developed a typical TSE 6-8 months after intracerebral inoculation, whereas wild type rabbits remained healthy more than 700 days after inoculation. Despite the endogenous presence of rabbit PrPC, only ovine PrPSc was detectable in the brains of diseased animals. Collectively these data indicate that the low susceptibility of rabbits to prion infection is not enciphered within their non-PrP genetic background. PMID:26248157

  13. Transgenic Rabbits Expressing Ovine PrP Are Susceptible to Scrapie

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    Sarradin, Pierre; Viglietta, Céline; Limouzin, Claude; Andréoletti, Olivier; Daniel-Carlier, Nathalie; Barc, Céline; Leroux-Coyau, Mathieu; Berthon, Patricia; Chapuis, Jérôme; Rossignol, Christelle; Gatti, Jean-Luc; Belghazi, Maya; Labas, Valérie; Vilotte, Jean-Luc; Béringue, Vincent; Lantier, Frédéric; Laude, Hubert; Houdebine, Louis-Marie

    2015-01-01

    Transmissible spongiform encephalopathies (TSEs) are a group of neurodegenerative diseases affecting a wide range of mammalian species. They are caused by prions, a proteinaceous pathogen essentially composed of PrPSc, an abnormal isoform of the host encoded cellular prion protein PrPC. Constrained steric interactions between PrPSc and PrPC are thought to provide prions with species specificity, and to control cross-species transmission into other host populations, including humans. Transgenetic expression of foreign PrP genes has been successfully and widely used to overcome the recognized resistance of mouse to foreign TSE sources. Rabbit is one of the species that exhibit a pronounced resistance to TSEs. Most attempts to infect experimentally rabbit have failed, except after inoculation with cell-free generated rabbit prions. To gain insights on the molecular determinants of the relative resistance of rabbits to prions, we generated transgenic rabbits expressing the susceptible V136R154Q171 allele of the ovine PRNP gene on a rabbit wild type PRNP New Zealand background and assessed their experimental susceptibility to scrapie prions. All transgenic animals developed a typical TSE 6–8 months after intracerebral inoculation, whereas wild type rabbits remained healthy more than 700 days after inoculation. Despite the endogenous presence of rabbit PrPC, only ovine PrPSc was detectable in the brains of diseased animals. Collectively these data indicate that the low susceptibility of rabbits to prion infection is not enciphered within their non-PrP genetic background. PMID:26248157

  14. Evaluation of the Allergenicity Potential of TcPR-10 Protein from Theobroma cacao

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    Cardoso, Thyago Hermylly Santana; Pirovani, Carlos Priminho; Micheli, Fabienne; Noronha, Fátima Soares Motta; Alves, Andréa Catão; Faria, Ana Maria Caetano; da Silva Gesteira, Abelmon

    2012-01-01

    Background The pathogenesis related protein PR10 (TcPR-10), obtained from the Theobroma cacao-Moniliophthora perniciosa interaction library, presents antifungal activity against M. perniciosa and acts in vitro as a ribonuclease. However, despite its biotechnological potential, the TcPR-10 has the P-loop motif similar to those of some allergenic proteins such as Bet v 1 (Betula verrucosa) and Pru av 1 (Prunus avium). The insertion of mutations in this motif can produce proteins with reduced allergenic power. The objective of the present work was to evaluate the allergenic potential of the wild type and mutant recombinant TcPR-10 using bioinformatics tools and immunological assays. Methodology/Principal Findings Mutant substitutions (T10P, I30V, H45S) were inserted in the TcPR-10 gene by site-directed mutagenesis, cloned into pET28a and expressed in Escherichia coli BL21(DE3) cells. Changes in molecular surface caused by the mutant substitutions was evaluated by comparative protein modeling using the three-dimensional structure of the major cherry allergen, Pru av 1 as a template. The immunological assays were carried out in 8–12 week old female BALB/c mice. The mice were sensitized with the proteins (wild type and mutants) via subcutaneous and challenged intranasal for induction of allergic airway inflammation. Conclusions/Significance We showed that the wild TcPR-10 protein has allergenic potential, whereas the insertion of mutations produced proteins with reduced capacity of IgE production and cellular infiltration in the lungs. On the other hand, in vitro assays show that the TcPR-10 mutants still present antifungal and ribonuclease activity against M. perniciosa RNA. In conclusion, the mutant proteins present less allergenic potential than the wild TcPR-10, without the loss of interesting biotechnological properties. PMID:22768037

  15. New oxypnictide superconductors: PrOFe{sub 1-x}Co{sub x}As

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    Prakash, J.; Singh, S.J.; Das, D.; Patnaik, S.; Ganguli, A.K.

    2010-02-15

    Oxypnictides of the type PrOFe{sub 1-x}Co{sub x}As (x<=0.3) were synthesized for the first time by the sealed tube method. All the compounds were found to be monophasic and crystallize in the tetragonal ZrCuSiAs type structure (space group=P4/nmm) and the lattice parameters (a and c) decrease with increase in cobalt content. Moessbauer measurements of the compounds indicate low spin Fe{sup 2+} in tetrahedral coordination. Resistivity and magnetization studies reveal superconducting transitions in compounds with 'x'=0.05, 0.10 and 0.15, with maximum transition temperature (T{sub c}) at {approx}14 K in the compound with 'x'=0.1. The variation of resistivity with temperature under different magnetic field has been studied to estimate the upper critical field (H{sub c2}) ({approx}50.2 T for the 'x'=0.1 composition). The Seebeck and Hall coefficient (R{sub H}) suggests electron type charge carriers in these compound and the charge carrier density increases with increase in Co-doping. - Graphical abstract: Cobalt doping at the iron site in PrOFeAs (semimetal) compound suppresses structural distortion and spin density wave with the evolution of superconductivity. The Seebeck and Hall coefficient (R{sub H}) indicate electron type charge carriers in these compounds and charge carrier density increases with increase in Co-doping. Temperature dependence of resistivity (rho) for (a) PrOFeAs, (b) PrOFe{sub 0.95}Co{sub 0.05}As, (c) PrOFe{sub 0.9}Co{sub 0.1}As, (d) PrOFe{sub 0.85}Co{sub 0.15}As, (e) PrOFe{sub 0.8}Co{sub 0.2}As and (f) PrOFe{sub 0.7}Co{sub 0.3}As.

  16. Live imaging of prions reveals nascent PrPSc in cell-surface, raft-associated amyloid strings and webs

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    Rouvinski, Alexander; Karniely, Sharon; Kounin, Maria; Moussa, Sanaa; Goldberg, Miri D.; Warburg, Gabriela; Lyakhovetsky, Roman; Papy-Garcia, Dulce; Kutzsche, Janine; Korth, Carsten; Carlson, George A.; Godsave, Susan F.; Peters, Peter J.; Luhr, Katarina; Kristensson, Krister

    2014-01-01

    Mammalian prions refold host glycosylphosphatidylinositol-anchored PrPC into β-sheet–rich PrPSc. PrPSc is rapidly truncated into a C-terminal PrP27-30 core that is stable for days in endolysosomes. The nature of cell-associated prions, their attachment to membranes and rafts, and their subcellular locations are poorly understood; live prion visualization has not previously been achieved. A key obstacle has been the inaccessibility of PrP27-30 epitopes. We overcame this hurdle by focusing on nascent full-length PrPSc rather than on its truncated PrP27-30 product. We show that N-terminal PrPSc epitopes are exposed in their physiological context and visualize, for the first time, PrPSc in living cells. PrPSc resides for hours in unexpected cell-surface, slow moving strings and webs, sheltered from endocytosis. Prion strings observed by light and scanning electron microscopy were thin, micrometer-long structures. They were firmly cell associated, resisted phosphatidylinositol-specific phospholipase C, aligned with raft markers, fluoresced with thioflavin, and were rapidly abolished by anti-prion glycans. Prion strings and webs are the first demonstration of membrane-anchored PrPSc amyloids. PMID:24493590

  17. Transcription variants of the prostate-specific PrLZ gene and their interaction with 14-3-3 proteins

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    Wang, Ruoxiang; He, Hui; Sun, Xiaojuan; Xu, Jianchun; Marshall, Fray F.; Zhau, Haiyen; Chung, Leland W.K.; Fu, Haian; He, Dalin

    2009-11-20

    We have reported isolation and characterization of the prostate-specific and androgen-regulated PrLZ gene abnormally expressed in prostate cancer. PrLZ is a potential biomarker for prostate cancer and a candidate oncogene promoting cell proliferation and survival in prostate cancer cells. A full delineation of the PrLZ gene and its gene products may provide clues to the mechanisms regulating its expression and function. In this report, we identified three additional exons in the PrLZ gene and recognized five transcript variants from alternative splicing that could be detected by RT-PCR and Western blotting. Structural comparison demonstrated that the PrLZ proteins are highly conserved among species. PrLZ contains multiple potential sites for interaction with other proteins. We used mammalian two-hybrid assays to demonstrate that PrLZ isoforms interact with 14-3-3 proteins, and multiple sites in the PrLZ may be involved in the interaction. Alternative splicing may contribute to abnormally enhanced PrLZ levels in prostate cancer, and interaction with 14-3-3 proteins may be a mechanism by which PrLZ promotes cell proliferation and survival during prostate cancer development and progression. This information is a valuable addition to the investigation of the oncogenic properties of the PrLZ gene.

  18. Copper induces conformational changes in the N-terminal part of cell-surface PrPC.

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    Leclerc, E; Serban, H; Prusiner, S B; Burton, D R; Williamson, R A

    2006-11-01

    Prion diseases are caused by misfolding of the cellular prion protein, PrPC. In vitro studies have shown that PrP binds copper via the octarepeat region lying within the unstructured N-terminal segment of the protein, but the significance of copper in PrP metabolism remains unclear. Here, six specific antibodies recognizing different epitope regions of PrP were used to measure the effect of copper on the conformation of the molecule at the cell surface. Binding of an antibody, E149, to an epitope within the octarepeat domain of PrP is halved in the presence of copper, whereas binding of antibodies recognizing epitope motifs C-terminal to residue 90 of PrP remain relatively unaltered under equivalent conditions. These experiments strongly suggest that copper induces localized conformational change within the N-terminal portion of cell-surface PrPC. PMID:16791441

  19. Superbroadband near-IR photoluminescence from Pr3+-doped fluorotellurite glasses.

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    Zhou, Bo; Tao, Lili; Tsang, Yuen H; Jin, Wei; Pun, Edwin Yue-Bun

    2012-02-13

    Praseodymium(Pr3+)-doped fluorotellurite glasses were synthesized and broadband photoluminescence (PL) covering a wavelength range from 1.30 to 1.67 μm was observed under both 488 and 590 nm wavelength excitations. The broadband PL emission is mainly due to the radiative transition from the manifolds Pr3+: 1D2 to 1G4. The PL line-shape, band width, and lifetime were modified by the Pr3+ dopant concentration, and a quantum efficiency as high as 73.7% was achieved with Pr3+ dopant in a low concentration of 0.05 mol%. The good spectroscopic properties were also predicted by the Judd-Ofelt analysis, which indicates a stronger asymmetry and covalent bonding between the Pr3+ sites and the matrix lifgand field. The large stimulated emission cross-section, long measured lifetime, and broad emission bandwidth confirm the potential of the Pr3+-singly doped fluorotellurite glass as broadband luminescence sources for the broadband near-infrared optical amplifications and tunable lasers. PMID:22418137

  20. High spin states in {sup 151,153}Pr, {sup 157}Sm, and {sup 93}Kr

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    Hwang, J. K.; Ramayya, A. V.; Hamilton, J. H.; Liu, S. H.; Brewer, N. T.; Luo, Y. X.; Rasmussen, J. O.; Zhu, S. J.; Donangelo, R.

    2010-09-15

    High spin states are observed for the first time in the neutron-rich nuclei {sup 151,153}Pr, {sup 157}Sm, and {sup 93}Kr from the spontaneous fission of {sup 252}Cf. Twenty new transitions in {sup 151}Pr, twelve in {sup 153}Pr, five in {sup 157}Sm, and four in {sup 93}Kr were identified by using x-ray(Pr/Sm)-{gamma}-{gamma} and {gamma}-{gamma}-{gamma} triple coincidences. From the measured total internal conversion coefficients {alpha}{sub T} of four low-energy transitions in {sup 151,153}Pr, we determine that two bands in each nucleus have opposite parity. The interlacing E1 transitions between the bands suggest a form of parity doubling in {sup 151,153}Pr. New bands in {sup 157}Sm and {sup 93}Kr are reported. The half-life of the 354.8 keV state in {sup 93}Kr is measured to be 10(2) ns.

  1. Strong orbital fluctuations in multipolar ordered states of PrV2Al20

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    Matsumoto, Yosuke; Tsujimoto, Masaki; Tomita, Takahiro; Sakai, Akito; Nakatsuji, Satoru

    2016-02-01

    PrT2Al20 (T=Ti, V) are ideal systems to study the quadrupole Kondo effect and quantum criticality arising from orbital degrees of freedom. The both systems have the nonmagnetic cubic Γ3 crystal electric field ground doublet with the well separated excited state. In particular, PrV2Al20 exhibits anomalous metallic behavior above and below the multipolar ordering temperatures, reflecting the even stronger hybridization between f and conduction electrons possibly due to a proximity to an orbital quantum critical point. Here we report the anomalous metallic behaviors found in a pure single crystal of PrV2Al20. Our detailed analyses revealed that the resistivity indicates power law temperature dependence proportional to T3. Furthermore, we pointed out that the 4f electron contribution to the specific heat also exhibits power law behavior proportional to T4. Both observations are in a sharp contrast to the gapped behavior found in PrTi2Al20 and indicate the strong c-f hybridization and strong orbital fluctuations in PrV2Al20. In addition, the 4f electron contribution to the entropy in PrV2Al20 reaches only 50% of R ln 2 at an orbital ordering at T=0.75 K, suggesting another 50% of R ln 2 expected for Γ3 doublet is already released at higher temperature possibly due to quadrupole Kondo effect.

  2. Involvement of PrP(C) in kainate-induced excitotoxicity in several mouse strains.

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    Carulla, Patricia; Llorens, Franc; Matamoros-Angles, Andreu; Aguilar-Calvo, Patricia; Espinosa, Juan Carlos; Gavín, Rosalina; Ferrer, Isidre; Legname, Giuseppe; Torres, Juan Maria; del Río, José A

    2015-01-01

    The cellular prion protein (PrP(C)) has been associated with a plethora of cellular functions ranging from cell cycle to neuroprotection. Mice lacking PrP(C) show an increased susceptibility to epileptic seizures; the protein, then, is neuroprotective. However, lack of experimental reproducibility has led to considering the possibility that other factors besides PrP(C) deletion, such as the genetic background of mice or the presence of so-called "Prnp flanking genes", might contribute to the reported susceptibility. Here, we performed a comparative analysis of seizure-susceptibility using characterized Prnp(+/+) and Prnp(0/0) mice of B6129, B6.129, 129/Ola or FVB/N genetic backgrounds. Our study indicates that PrP(C) plays a role in neuroprotection in KA-treated cells and mice. For this function, PrP(C) should contain the aa32-93 region and needs to be linked to the membrane. In addition, some unidentified "Prnp-flanking genes" play a role parallel to PrP(C) in the KA-mediated responses in B6129 and B6.129 Prnp(0/0) mice. PMID:26155834

  3. The effect of PrPSc accumulation on inflammatory gene expression within sheep peripheral lymphoid tissue

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    Gossner, Anton G.; Hopkins, John

    2015-01-01

    Accumulation of the misfolded prion protein, PrPSc in the central nervous system (CNS) is strongly linked to progressive neurodegenerative disease. For many transmissible spongiform encephalopathies (TSEs), peripheral lymphoid tissue is an important site of PrPSc amplification but without gross immunological consequence. Susceptible VRQ homozygous New Zealand Cheviot sheep were infected with SSBP/1 scrapie by inoculation in the drainage area of the prescapular lymph nodes. The earliest time that PrPSc was consistently detected by immunohistology in these nodes was D50 post infection. This transcriptomic study of lymph node taken before (D10) and after (D50) the detection of PrPSc, aimed to identify the genes and physiological pathways affected by disease progression within the nodes as assessed by PrPSc detection. Affymetrix Ovine Gene arrays identified 75 and 80 genes as differentially-expressed at D10 and D50, respectively, in comparison with control sheep inoculated with uninfected brain homogenate. Approximately 70% of these were repressed at each time point. RT-qPCR analysis of seven genes showed statistically significant correlation with the array data, although the results for IL1RN and TGIF were different between the two technologies. The ingenuity pathway analysis (IPA) and general low level of repression of gene expression in lymphoid tissue, including many inflammatory genes, contrasts with the pro-inflammatory and pro-apoptotic events that occur within the CNS at equivalent stages of disease progression as assessed by PrPSc accumulation. PMID:26507419

  4. Progress towards structural understanding of infectious sheep PrP-amyloid

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    Müller, Henrik; Brener, Oleksandr; Andreoletti, Olivier; Piechatzek, Timo; Willbold, Dieter; Legname, Giuseppe; Heise, Henrike

    2014-01-01

    The still elusive structural difference of non-infectious and infectious amyloid of the mammalian prion protein (PrP) is a major pending milestone in understanding protein-mediated infectivity in neurodegenerative diseases. Preparations of PrP-amyloid proven to be infectious have never been investigated with a high-resolution technique. All available models to date have been based on low-resolution data. Here, we establish protocols for the preparation of infectious samples of full-length recombinant (rec) PrP-amyloid in NMR-sufficient amounts by spontaneous fibrillation and seeded fibril growth from brain extract. We link biological and structural data of infectious recPrP-amyloid, derived from bioassays, atomic force microscopy, and solid-state NMR spectroscopy. Our data indicate a semi-mobile N‑terminus, some residues with secondary chemical shifts typical of α‑helical secondary structure in the middle part between ∼115 to ∼155, and a distinct β‑sheet core C‑terminal of residue ∼155. These findings are not in agreement with all current models for PrP-amyloid. We also provide evidence that samples seeded from brain extract may not differ in the overall arrangement of secondary structure elements, but rather in the flexibility of protein segments outside the β-core region. Taken together, our protocols provide an essential basis for the high-resolution characterization of non-infectious and infectious PrP-amyloid in the near future. PMID:25482596

  5. A hydrothermal synthesis of Pr3+ doped mesoporous TiO2 for UV light photocatalysis.

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    Wang, Yong; Chen, Guihua; Shen, Qianhong; Yang, Hui; Li, Liquan; Song, Yanjiang

    2014-07-01

    Pr3+ doped mesoporous TiO2 photocatalysts with a different molar ratio of Pr to Ti were prepared by a hydrothermal method using triblock copolymer as the template. The as-prepared samples were systematically characterized by X-ray diffraction, N2 adsorption-desorption, X-ray photoelectron spectra, transmission electron microscopy and UV-visible diffuse reflectance spectroscopy. The characterizations indicated all the samples had mesoporous structure and narrow pore size distribution. Pr3+ doping enlarged the surface area and decreased the crystallite size. The surface area of the samples varied from 136 to 170 m2/g, and the average crystallite size ranged between 5.04 and 7.60 nm. The effect of Pr3+ doping amount on the photocatalytic activity of mesoporous TiO2 was evaluated by the degradation of methyl orange under UV light irradiation. The results showed that the suitable amount of Pr3+ doped samples exhibited the higher photocatalytic activity than mesoporous TiO2. Among the samples, 1 at.% Pr3+ doped mesoporous TiO2 showed the highest photocatalytic activity. PMID:24757971

  6. Palmitoylated PrRP analog decreases body weight in DIO rats but not in ZDF rats.

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    Holubová, Martina; Zemenová, Jana; Mikulášková, Barbora; Panajotova, Vladimíra; Stöhr, Jiří; Haluzík, Martin; Kuneš, Jaroslav; Železná, Blanka; Maletínská, Lenka

    2016-05-01

    Anorexigenic neuropeptides produced and acting in the brain have the potential to decrease food intake and ameliorate obesity, but are ineffective after peripheral application, owing to a limited ability to cross the blood-brain barrier. We have designed lipidized analogs of prolactin-releasing peptide (PrRP), which is involved in energy balance regulation as demonstrated by obesity phenotypes of both Prrp-knockout and Prrp receptor-knockout mice. The aim of this study was to characterize the subchronic effect of a palmitoylated PrRP analog in two rat models of obesity and diabetes: diet-induced obese Sprague-Dawley rats and leptin receptor-deficient Zucker diabetic (ZDF) rats. In the rats with diet-induced obesity (DIO), a two-week intraperitoneal treatment with palmitoylated PrRP lowered food intake by 24% and body weight by 8%. This treatment also improved glucose tolerance and tended to decrease leptin levels and adipose tissue masses in a dose-dependent manner. In contrast, in ZDF rats, the same treatment with palmitoylated PrRP lowered food intake but did not significantly affect body weight or glucose tolerance, probably in consequence of severe leptin resistance due to a nonfunctional leptin receptor. Our data indicate a good efficacy of lipidized PrRP in DIO rats. Thus, the strong anorexigenic, body weight-reducing, and glucose tolerance-improving effects make palmitoylated PrRP an attractive candidate for anti-obesity treatment. PMID:26906745

  7. Mechanism of PrP-amyloid formation in mice without transmissible spongiform encephalopathy

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    Jeffrey, Martin; McGovern, Gillian; Chambers, Emily V.; King, Declan; González, Lorenzo; Manson, Jean C.; Ghetti, Bernardino; Piccardo, Pedro; Barron, Rona M.

    2011-01-01

    Gerstmann-Sträussler-Scheinker (GSS) P102L disease is a familial form of a transmissible spongiform encephalopathy (TSE) that can present with or without vacuolation of neuropil. Inefficient disease transmission into 101LL transgenic mice was previously observed from GSS P102L without vacuolation. However several aged, healthy mice had large plaques composed of abnormal prion protein (PrPd). Here we perform the ultrastructural characterisation of such plaques and compare them with PrPd aggregates found in TSE caused by an infectious mechanism. PrPd plaques in 101LL mice varied in maturity with some being composed of deposits without visible amyloid fibrils. PrPd was present on cell membranes in the vicinity of all types of plaques. In contrast to the unicentric plaques seen in infectious murine scrapie the plaques seen in the current model were multi-centric and were initiated by proto-fibrillar forms of PrPd situated on oligodendroglia, astrocytes and neuritic cell membranes. We speculate that the initial conversion process leading to plaque formation begins with membrane-bound PrPC but that subsequent fibrillisation does not require membrane attachment. We also observed that the membrane alterations consistently seen in murine scrapie and other infectious TSEs were not observed in 101LL mice with plaques suggesting differences in the pathogenesis of these conditions. PMID:21645162

  8. PR-CALC: A program for the reconstruction of NMR spectra from projections

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    Coggins, Brian E.; Zhou, Pei

    2013-01-01

    Projection-reconstruction NMR (PR-NMR) has attracted growing attention as a method for collecting multidimensional NMR data rapidly. The PR-NMR procedure involves measuring lower-dimensional projections of a higher-dimensional spectrum, which are then used for the mathematical reconstruction of the full spectrum. We describe here the program PR-CALC, for the reconstruction of NMR spectra from projection data. This program implements a number of reconstruction algorithms, highly optimized to achieve maximal performance, and manages the reconstruction process automatically, producing either full spectra or subsets, such as regions or slices, as requested. The ability to obtain subsets allows large spectra to be analyzed by reconstructing and examining only those subsets containing peaks, offering considerable savings in processing time and storage space. PR-CALC is straightforward to use, and integrates directly into the conventional pipeline for data processing and analysis. It was written in standard C++ and should run on any platform. The organization is flexible, and permits easy extension of capabilities, as well as reuse in new software. PR-CALC should facilitate the widespread utilization of PR-NMR in biomedical research. PMID:16604426

  9. Involvement of PrPC in kainate-induced excitotoxicity in several mouse strains

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    Carulla, Patricia; Llorens, Franc; Matamoros-Angles, Andreu; Aguilar-Calvo, Patricia; Espinosa, Juan Carlos; Gavín, Rosalina; Ferrer, Isidre; Legname, Giuseppe; Torres, Juan Maria; del Río, José A.

    2015-01-01

    The cellular prion protein (PrPC) has been associated with a plethora of cellular functions ranging from cell cycle to neuroprotection. Mice lacking PrPC show an increased susceptibility to epileptic seizures; the protein, then, is neuroprotective. However, lack of experimental reproducibility has led to considering the possibility that other factors besides PrPC deletion, such as the genetic background of mice or the presence of so-called “Prnp flanking genes”, might contribute to the reported susceptibility. Here, we performed a comparative analysis of seizure-susceptibility using characterized Prnp+/+ and Prnp0/0 mice of B6129, B6.129, 129/Ola or FVB/N genetic backgrounds. Our study indicates that PrPC plays a role in neuroprotection in KA-treated cells and mice. For this function, PrPC should contain the aa32–93 region and needs to be linked to the membrane. In addition, some unidentified “Prnp-flanking genes” play a role parallel to PrPC in the KA-mediated responses in B6129 and B6.129 Prnp0/0 mice. PMID:26155834

  10. CO and Soot Oxidation over Ce-Zr-Pr Oxide Catalysts

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    Andana, Tahrizi; Piumetti, Marco; Bensaid, Samir; Russo, Nunzio; Fino, Debora; Pirone, Raffaele

    2016-06-01

    A set of ceria, ceria-zirconia (Ce 80 at.%, Zr 20 at.%), ceria-praseodymia (Ce 80 at.%, Pr 20 at.%) and ceria-zirconia-praseodymia (Ce 80 at.%, Zr 10 at.% and Pr 10 at.%) catalysts has been prepared by the solution combustion synthesis (SCS). The effects of Zr and Pr as dopants on ceria have been studied in CO and soot oxidation reactions. All the prepared catalysts have been characterized by complementary techniques, including XRD, FESEM, N2 physisorption at -196 °C, H2-temperature-programmed reduction, and X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy to investigate the relationships between the structure and composition of materials and their catalytic performance. Better results for CO oxidation have been obtained with mixed oxides (performance scale, Ce80Zr10Pr10 > Ce80Zr20 > Ce80Pr20) rather than pure ceria, thus confirming the beneficial role of multicomponent catalysts for this prototypical reaction. Since CO oxidation occurs via a Mars-van Krevelen (MvK)-type mechanism over ceria-based catalysts, it appears that the presence of both Zr and Pr species into the ceria framework improves the oxidation activity, via collective properties, such as electrical conductivity and surface or bulk oxygen anion mobility. On the other hand, this positive effect becomes less prominent in soot oxidation, since the effect of catalyst morphology prevails.

  11. CO and Soot Oxidation over Ce-Zr-Pr Oxide Catalysts.

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    Andana, Tahrizi; Piumetti, Marco; Bensaid, Samir; Russo, Nunzio; Fino, Debora; Pirone, Raffaele

    2016-12-01

    A set of ceria, ceria-zirconia (Ce 80 at.%, Zr 20 at.%), ceria-praseodymia (Ce 80 at.%, Pr 20 at.%) and ceria-zirconia-praseodymia (Ce 80 at.%, Zr 10 at.% and Pr 10 at.%) catalysts has been prepared by the solution combustion synthesis (SCS). The effects of Zr and Pr as dopants on ceria have been studied in CO and soot oxidation reactions. All the prepared catalysts have been characterized by complementary techniques, including XRD, FESEM, N2 physisorption at -196 °C, H2-temperature-programmed reduction, and X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy to investigate the relationships between the structure and composition of materials and their catalytic performance. Better results for CO oxidation have been obtained with mixed oxides (performance scale, Ce80Zr10Pr10 > Ce80Zr20 > Ce80Pr20) rather than pure ceria, thus confirming the beneficial role of multicomponent catalysts for this prototypical reaction. Since CO oxidation occurs via a Mars-van Krevelen (MvK)-type mechanism over ceria-based catalysts, it appears that the presence of both Zr and Pr species into the ceria framework improves the oxidation activity, via collective properties, such as electrical conductivity and surface or bulk oxygen anion mobility. On the other hand, this positive effect becomes less prominent in soot oxidation, since the effect of catalyst morphology prevails. PMID:27255898

  12. Prion Infections and Anti-PrP Antibodies Trigger Converging Neurotoxic Pathways

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    Herrmann, Uli S.; Sonati, Tiziana; Falsig, Jeppe; Reimann, Regina R.; Dametto, Paolo; O’Connor, Tracy; Li, Bei; Lau, Agnes; Hornemann, Simone; Sorce, Silvia; Wagner, Uli; Sanoudou, Despina; Aguzzi, Adriano

    2015-01-01

    Prions induce lethal neurodegeneration and consist of PrPSc, an aggregated conformer of the cellular prion protein PrPC. Antibody-derived ligands to the globular domain of PrPC (collectively termed GDL) are also neurotoxic. Here we show that GDL and prion infections activate the same pathways. Firstly, both GDL and prion infection of cerebellar organotypic cultured slices (COCS) induced the production of reactive oxygen species (ROS). Accordingly, ROS scavenging, which counteracts GDL toxicity in vitro and in vivo, prolonged the lifespan of prion-infected mice and protected prion-infected COCS from neurodegeneration. Instead, neither glutamate receptor antagonists nor inhibitors of endoplasmic reticulum calcium channels abolished neurotoxicity in either model. Secondly, antibodies against the flexible tail (FT) of PrPC reduced neurotoxicity in both GDL-exposed and prion-infected COCS, suggesting that the FT executes toxicity in both paradigms. Thirdly, the PERK pathway of the unfolded protein response was activated in both models. Finally, 80% of transcriptionally downregulated genes overlapped between prion-infected and GDL-treated COCS. We conclude that GDL mimic the interaction of PrPSc with PrPC, thereby triggering the downstream events characteristic of prion infection. PMID:25710374

  13. Subcellular localization and functional analyses of a PR10 protein gene from Vitis pseudoreticulata in response to Plasmopara viticola infection.

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    He, Mingyang; Xu, Yan; Cao, Jiangling; Zhu, Ziguo; Jiao, Yuntong; Wang, Yuejin; Guan, Xin; Yang, Yazhou; Xu, Weirong; Fu, Zhenfang

    2013-02-01

    Downy mildew, caused by the oomycete Plasmopara viticola, is a serious fungal disease in the cultivated European grapevines (Vitis vinifera L.). The class 10 of pathogenesis-related (PR) genes in grapevine leaves was reported to be accumulated at mRNA level in response to P. viticola infection. To elucidate the functional roles of PR10 genes during plant-pathogen interactions, a PR10 gene from a fungal-resistant accession of Chinese wild Vitis pseudoreticulata (designated VpPR10.2) was isolated and showed high homology to PR10.2 from susceptible V. vinifera (designated VvPR10.2). Comparative analysis displayed that there were significant differences in the patterns of gene expression between the PR10 genes from the two host species. VpPR10.2 was induced with high level in leaves infected by P. viticola, while VvPR10.2 showed a low response to this inoculation. Recombinant VpPR10.2 protein showed DNase activity against host genomic DNA and RNase activity against yeast total RNA in vitro. Meanwhile, recombinant VpPR10.2 protein inhibited the growth of tobacco fungus Alternaria alternata and over-expression of VpPR10.2 in susceptible V. vinifera enhanced the host resistance to P. viticola. The results from subcellular localization analysis showed that VpPR10.2 proteins were distributed dynamically inside or outside of host cell. Moreover, they were found in haustorium of P. viticola and nucleus of host cell which was associated with a nucleus collapse at 10 days post-inoculation. Taken together, these results suggested that VpPR10.2 might play an important role in host plant defense against P. viticola infection. PMID:22327469

  14. Continuous-wave Pr³⁺:BaY₂F₈ and Pr³⁺:LiYF₄ lasers in the cyan-blue spectral region.

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    Metz, P W; Hasse, K; Parisi, D; Hansen, N-O; Kränkel, C; Tonelli, M; Huber, G

    2014-09-01

    We report on the first, to the best of our knowledge, continuous-wave quasi three-level lasers emitting in the cyan-blue spectral range in praseodymium-doped crystalline materials. Applying Pr(3+):BaY2F8 as an active medium, up to 201 mW of output power at 495 nm could be obtained with a slope efficiency of 27% under pumping with an optically pumped semiconductor laser (2ω-OPSL) at 480 nm. In the same pumping scheme using Pr(3+):LiYF4, output powers up to 70 mW were realized at 491 and 500 nm, respectively. With Pr(3+):BaY2F8, diode-pumped laser operation with up to 11% slope efficiency and 44 mW output power was also achieved. In the latter case, detailed investigations on the temperature dependency of the laser output were conducted. Moreover, comparative experiments were carried out for the first time, to the best of our knowledge, with green-emitting Pr(3+):BaY2F8 lasers at 524 and 553 nm both under diode and 2ω-OPSL excitation. PMID:25166098

  15. Electrical PR Interval Variation Predicts New Occurrence of Atrial Fibrillation in Patients With Frequent Premature Atrial Contractions

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    Chun, Kwang Jin; Hwang, Jin Kyung; Park, Seung-Jung; On, Young Keun; Kim, June Soo; Park, Kyoung-Min

    2016-01-01

    Abstract Atrial fibrillation (AF) is associated with the autonomic nervous system (ANS), and fluctuation of autonomic tone is more prominent in patients with AF. As autonomic tone affects the heart rate (HR), and there is an inverse relationship between HR and PR interval, PR interval variation could be greater in patients with AF than in those without AF. The purpose of this study was to investigate the correlation between PR interval variation and new-onset AF in patients with frequent PACs. We retrospectively enrolled 207 patients with frequent PACs who underwent electrocardiographs at least 4 times during the follow-up period. The PR variation was calculated by subtracting the minimum PR interval from the maximum PR interval. The outcomes were new occurrence of AF and all-cause mortality during the follow-up period. During a median follow-up of 8.3 years, 24 patients (11.6%) developed new-onset AF. Univariate analysis showed that prolonged PR interval (PR interval > 200 ms, P = 0.021), long PR variation (PR variation > 36.5 ms, P = 0.018), and PR variation (P = 0.004) as a continuous variable were associated with an increased risk of AF. Cox regression analysis showed that prolonged PR interval (hazard ratio = 3.321, 95% CI 1.064–10.362, P = 0.039) and PR variation (hazard ratio = 1.013, 95% CI 1.002–1.024, P = 0.022) were independent predictors for new-onset AF. However, PR variation and prolonged PR interval were not associated with all-cause mortality (P = 0.465 and 0.774, respectively). PR interval variation and prolonged PR interval are independent risk factors for new-onset AF in patients with frequent PACs. However we were unable to determine a cut-off value of PR interval variation for new-onset AF. PMID:27057868

  16. Electrical PR Interval Variation Predicts New Occurrence of Atrial Fibrillation in Patients With Frequent Premature Atrial Contractions.

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    Chun, Kwang Jin; Hwang, Jin Kyung; Park, Seung-Jung; On, Young Keun; Kim, June Soo; Park, Kyoung-Min

    2016-04-01

    Atrial fibrillation (AF) is associated with the autonomic nervous system (ANS), and fluctuation of autonomic tone is more prominent in patients with AF. As autonomic tone affects the heart rate (HR), and there is an inverse relationship between HR and PR interval, PR interval variation could be greater in patients with AF than in those without AF. The purpose of this study was to investigate the correlation between PR interval variation and new-onset AF in patients with frequent PACs.We retrospectively enrolled 207 patients with frequent PACs who underwent electrocardiographs at least 4 times during the follow-up period. The PR variation was calculated by subtracting the minimum PR interval from the maximum PR interval. The outcomes were new occurrence of AF and all-cause mortality during the follow-up period.During a median follow-up of 8.3 years, 24 patients (11.6%) developed new-onset AF. Univariate analysis showed that prolonged PR interval (PR interval > 200 ms, P = 0.021), long PR variation (PR variation > 36.5 ms, P = 0.018), and PR variation (P = 0.004) as a continuous variable were associated with an increased risk of AF. Cox regression analysis showed that prolonged PR interval (hazard ratio = 3.321, 95% CI 1.064-10.362, P = 0.039) and PR variation (hazard ratio = 1.013, 95% CI 1.002-1.024, P = 0.022) were independent predictors for new-onset AF. However, PR variation and prolonged PR interval were not associated with all-cause mortality (P = 0.465 and 0.774, respectively).PR interval variation and prolonged PR interval are independent risk factors for new-onset AF in patients with frequent PACs. However we were unable to determine a cut-off value of PR interval variation for new-onset AF. PMID:27057868

  17. Synthesis and photoluminescence of novel red-emitting ZnWO4: Pr3 +, Li+ phosphors

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    Wang, Ke; Feng, Wenlin; Feng, Xu; Li, Yao; Mi, Peng; Shi, Shasha

    2016-02-01

    Zn0.997WO4: Pr3 +0.003 and different concentrations (0.1 mol% to 0.9 mol%) of Pr, Li co-doped ZnWO4 red phosphors were prepared by means of solid-state reaction process. The crystalline, surface morphology and luminescent properties of Zn0.997WO4: Pr3 +0.003 and Zn1 - x - yWO4: xPr3 +, yLi+ phosphors were investigated by the X-ray diffraction patterns (XRD), scanning electron microscope (SEM) and fluorescent measurements. From powder XRD analysis, the formation of monoclinic structure with C2/h point-group symmetry and P2/c space group of the as-synthesized samples is confirmed. The SEM image showed that surface morphology of the phosphor powder is irregular cylindricality. The luminescent spectra are dominated by the red emission peaks at 607, 621 and 643 nm, respectively, radiated from the 1D2 → 3H4, 3P0 → 3H6 and 3P0 → 3F2 transitions of Pr3 + ions. The concentrations of the highest luminescent intensity is determined at 0.3 mol% Pr3 + and 0.3 mol% Li co-doped ZnWO4 powder crystal, and the peak intensity is improved more than 3 times in comparison with that of 0.3 mol% Pr3 + single-doped ZnWO4. The enhanced luminescence comes from the improved crystalline and from the charge compensation of Li+ ions. The decay curve and CIE chromaticity coordinates of as-prepared samples are also studied in detail.

  18. Characterization of Coliphage PR772 and Evaluation of Its Use for Virus Filter Performance Testing

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    Lute, Scott; Aranha, Hazel; Tremblay, Denise; Liang, Dehai; Ackermann, Hans-W.; Chu, Benjamin; Moineau, Sylvain; Brorson, Kurt

    2004-01-01

    Virus filtration is a key clearance unit operation in the manufacture of recombinant protein, monoclonal antibody, and plasma-derived biopharmaceuticals. Recently, a consensus has developed among filter manufacturers and end users about the desirability of a common nomenclature and a standardized test for classifying and identifying virus-retentive filters. The Parenteral Drug Association virus filter task force has chosen PR772 as the model bacteriophage to standardize nomenclature for large-pore-size virus-retentive filters (filters designed to retain viruses larger than 50 to 60 nm in size). Previously, the coliphage PR772 (Tectiviridae family) has been used in some filtration studies as a surrogate for mammalian viruses of around 50 to 60 nm. In this report, we describe specific properties of PR772 critical to the support of its use for the standardization of virus filters. The complete genomic sequence of virulent phage PR772 was determined. Its genome contains 14,946 bp with an overall G+C content of 48.3 mol%, and 32 open reading frames of at least 40 codons. Comparison of the PR772 nucleotide sequence with the genome of Tectiviridae family prototype phage PRD1 revealed 97.2% identity at the DNA level. By dynamic light-scattering analysis, its hydrodynamic diameter was measured as 82 ± 6 nm, consistent with use in testing large-virus-retentive filters. Finally, dynamic light-scattering analysis of PR772 preparations purified on CsCl gradients showed that the phage preparations are largely monodispersed. In summary, PR772 appears to be an appropriate model bacteriophage for standardization of nomenclature for larger-pore-size virus-retentive filters. PMID:15294825

  19. Role of the pharmacist in pre-exposure chemoprophylaxis (PrEP) therapy for HIV prevention

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    Clauson, Kevin A.; Polen, Hyla H.; Joseph, Shine A.; Zapantis, Antonia

    2008-01-01

    With a global estimate of 2.5 million new infections of HIV occurring yearly, discovering novel methods to help stem the spread of the virus is critical. The use of antiretroviral chemoprophylaxis for preventing HIV after accidental or occupational exposure and in maternal to fetal transmission has become a widely accepted method to combat HIV. Based on this success, pre-exposure chemoprophylaxis (PrEP) is being explored in at-risk patient populations such as injecting drug users, female sex workers and men who have sex with men. This off-label and unmonitored use has created a need for education and intervention by pharmacists and other healthcare professionals. Pharmacists should educate themselves on PrEP and be prepared to counsel patients about their means of obtaining it (e.g. borrowing or sharing medications and ordering from disreputable Internet pharmacies). They should also be proactive about medication therapy management in these patients due to clinically important drug interactions with PrEP medications. Only one trial exploring the safety and efficacy of tenofovir as PrEP has been completed thus far. However, five ongoing trials are in various stages and two additional studies are scheduled for the near future. Unfortunately, studies in this arena have met with many challenges that have threatened to derail progress. Ethical controversy surrounding post-trial care of participants who seroconvert during studies, as well as concerns over emerging viral resistance and logistical site problems, have already halted several PrEP trials. Information about these early trials has already filtered down to affected individuals who are experimenting with this unproven therapy as an “evening before pill”. The potential for PrEP is promising; however, more extensive trials are necessary to establish its safety and efficacy. Pharmacists are well-positioned to play a key role in helping patients make choices about PrEP, managing their therapy, and developing

  20. Templating Influence of Molecular Precursors on Pr(OH)3 Nanostructures.

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    Hemmer, Eva; Cavelius, Christian; Huch, Volker; Mathur, Sanjay

    2015-07-01

    Four new praseodymium alkoxo and amido compounds ([Pr3(μ3-OtBu)2(μ2-OtBu)3(OtBu)4(HOtBu)2] (1), [Pr{OC(tBu)3}3(THF)] (2), [PrCl{N(SiMe3)2}2(THF)]2 (3), and [PrCl{OC(tBu)3}2(THF)]2 (4)) were synthesized and structurally characterized by single-crystal X-ray diffraction analysis. Application of these compounds in solvothermal synthesis of praseodymium oxide/hydroxide nanostructures showed their templating influence on the morphology and phase composition of the resulting solid-state materials. Differential reactivity of the chosen alkoxide ligands toward water and the different arrangements of metal-oxygen units in the studied precursor compounds strongly influenced the kinetics of hydrolysis and cross-condensation reactions as manifested in the morphological changes and phase composition of the final products. Thermal decomposition studies of 1-4 confirmed their conversion into the corresponding oxide phases. Activation of compounds 1, 2, and 4 by either a base or a stoichiometric amount of water showed the distinct influence of their chemical configuration on the obtained nanopowders: whereas 1 solely produced nanorods of Pr(OH)3, 2 predominantly formed a mixture of rod-shaped and spherical particles. The solvothermal decomposition of 4 resulted in Pr(OH)2Cl or PrOCl due to the presence of Cl ligands in the molecular precursor. The resultant materials were thoroughly characterized to demonstrate the relationship between precursor chemistry and the processing parameters that are clearly manifested in the morphology and phase of the final ceramics. PMID:26068779

  1. Role of the pharmacist in pre-exposure chemoprophylaxis (PrEP) therapy for HIV prevention.

    PubMed

    Clauson, Kevin A; Polen, Hyla H; Joseph, Shine A; Zapantis, Antonia

    2009-01-01

    With a global estimate of 2.5 million new infections of HIV occurring yearly, discovering novel methods to help stem the spread of the virus is critical. The use of antiretroviral chemoprophylaxis for preventing HIV after accidental or occupational exposure and in maternal to fetal transmission has become a widely accepted method to combat HIV. Based on this success, pre-exposure chemoprophylaxis (PrEP) is being explored in at-risk patient populations such as injecting drug users, female sex workers and men who have sex with men. This off-label and unmonitored use has created a need for education and intervention by pharmacists and other healthcare professionals. Pharmacists should educate themselves on PrEP and be prepared to counsel patients about their means of obtaining it (e.g. borrowing or sharing medications and ordering from disreputable Internet pharmacies). They should also be proactive about medication therapy management in these patients due to clinically important drug interactions with PrEP medications. Only one trial exploring the safety and efficacy of tenofovir as PrEP has been completed thus far. However, five ongoing trials are in various stages and two additional studies are scheduled for the near future. Unfortunately, studies in this arena have met with many challenges that have threatened to derail progress. Ethical controversy surrounding post-trial care of participants who seroconvert during studies, as well as concerns over emerging viral resistance and logistical site problems, have already halted several PrEP trials. Information about these early trials has already filtered down to affected individuals who are experimenting with this unproven therapy as an "evening before pill". The potential for PrEP is promising; however, more extensive trials are necessary to establish its safety and efficacy. Pharmacists are well-positioned to play a key role in helping patients make choices about PrEP, managing their therapy, and developing policy

  2. Autosomal-Recessive Hearing Impairment Due to Rare Missense Variants within S1PR2.

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    Santos-Cortez, Regie Lyn P; Faridi, Rabia; Rehman, Atteeq U; Lee, Kwanghyuk; Ansar, Muhammad; Wang, Xin; Morell, Robert J; Isaacson, Rivka; Belyantseva, Inna A; Dai, Hang; Acharya, Anushree; Qaiser, Tanveer A; Muhammad, Dost; Ali, Rana Amjad; Shams, Sulaiman; Hassan, Muhammad Jawad; Shahzad, Shaheen; Raza, Syed Irfan; Bashir, Zil-E-Huma; Smith, Joshua D; Nickerson, Deborah A; Bamshad, Michael J; Riazuddin, Sheikh; Ahmad, Wasim; Friedman, Thomas B; Leal, Suzanne M

    2016-02-01

    The sphingosine-1-phosphate receptors (S1PRs) are a well-studied class of transmembrane G protein-coupled sphingolipid receptors that mediate multiple cellular processes. However, S1PRs have not been previously reported to be involved in the genetic etiology of human traits. S1PR2 lies within the autosomal-recessive nonsyndromic hearing impairment (ARNSHI) locus DFNB68 on 19p13.2. From exome sequence data we identified two pathogenic S1PR2 variants, c.323G>C (p.Arg108Pro) and c.419A>G (p.Tyr140Cys). Each of these variants co-segregates with congenital profound hearing impairment in consanguineous Pakistani families with maximum LOD scores of 6.4 for family DEM4154 and 3.3 for family PKDF1400. Neither S1PR2 missense variant was reported among ∼120,000 chromosomes in the Exome Aggregation Consortium database, in 76 unrelated Pakistani exomes, or in 720 Pakistani control chromosomes. Both DNA variants affect highly conserved residues of S1PR2 and are predicted to be damaging by multiple bioinformatics tools. Molecular modeling predicts that these variants affect binding of sphingosine-1-phosphate (p.Arg108Pro) and G protein docking (p.Tyr140Cys). In the previously reported S1pr2(-/-) mice, stria vascularis abnormalities, organ of Corti degeneration, and profound hearing loss were observed. Additionally, hair cell defects were seen in both knockout mice and morphant zebrafish. Family PKDF1400 presents with ARNSHI, which is consistent with the lack of gross malformations in S1pr2(-/-) mice, whereas family DEM4154 has lower limb malformations in addition to hearing loss. Our findings suggest the possibility of developing therapies against hair cell damage (e.g., from ototoxic drugs) through targeted stimulation of S1PR2. PMID:26805784

  3. Autosomal-Recessive Hearing Impairment Due to Rare Missense Variants within S1PR2

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    Santos-Cortez, Regie Lyn P.; Faridi, Rabia; Rehman, Atteeq U.; Lee, Kwanghyuk; Ansar, Muhammad; Wang, Xin; Morell, Robert J.; Isaacson, Rivka; Belyantseva, Inna A.; Dai, Hang; Acharya, Anushree; Qaiser, Tanveer A.; Muhammad, Dost; Ali, Rana Amjad; Shams, Sulaiman; Hassan, Muhammad Jawad; Shahzad, Shaheen; Raza, Syed Irfan; Bashir, Zil-e-Huma; Smith, Joshua D.; Nickerson, Deborah A.; Bamshad, Michael J.; Riazuddin, Sheikh; Ahmad, Wasim; Friedman, Thomas B.; Leal, Suzanne M.

    2016-01-01

    The sphingosine-1-phosphate receptors (S1PRs) are a well-studied class of transmembrane G protein-coupled sphingolipid receptors that mediate multiple cellular processes. However, S1PRs have not been previously reported to be involved in the genetic etiology of human traits. S1PR2 lies within the autosomal-recessive nonsyndromic hearing impairment (ARNSHI) locus DFNB68 on 19p13.2. From exome sequence data we identified two pathogenic S1PR2 variants, c.323G>C (p.Arg108Pro) and c.419A>G (p.Tyr140Cys). Each of these variants co-segregates with congenital profound hearing impairment in consanguineous Pakistani families with maximum LOD scores of 6.4 for family DEM4154 and 3.3 for family PKDF1400. Neither S1PR2 missense variant was reported among ∼120,000 chromosomes in the Exome Aggregation Consortium database, in 76 unrelated Pakistani exomes, or in 720 Pakistani control chromosomes. Both DNA variants affect highly conserved residues of S1PR2 and are predicted to be damaging by multiple bioinformatics tools. Molecular modeling predicts that these variants affect binding of sphingosine-1-phosphate (p.Arg108Pro) and G protein docking (p.Tyr140Cys). In the previously reported S1pr2−/− mice, stria vascularis abnormalities, organ of Corti degeneration, and profound hearing loss were observed. Additionally, hair cell defects were seen in both knockout mice and morphant zebrafish. Family PKDF1400 presents with ARNSHI, which is consistent with the lack of gross malformations in S1pr2−/− mice, whereas family DEM4154 has lower limb malformations in addition to hearing loss. Our findings suggest the possibility of developing therapies against hair cell damage (e.g., from ototoxic drugs) through targeted stimulation of S1PR2. PMID:26805784

  4. Transduction of the cellular src gene and 3' adjacent sequences in avian sarcoma virus PR2257.

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    Geryk, J; Dezélée, P; Barnier, J V; Svoboda, J; Nehyba, J; Karakoz, I; Rynditch, A V; Yatsula, B A; Calothy, G

    1989-01-01

    When injected into chickens, a transformation-defective mutant of the Prague C strain of Rous sarcoma virus induced tumors at low incidence and after a long latency. One such tumor released a replication-defective virus designated PR2257. We molecularly cloned and sequenced the proviral DNA from quail fibroblasts transformed by PR2257. Comparison of PR2257 sequence with that of Prague C, cellular src, and 3' adjacent cellular DNA showed that the spliced version of the c-src gene and about 950 base pairs (bp) of 3'-flanking cellular DNA were transduced into PR2257. This transduction eliminated nearly all replicative genes, since the gag gene splice donor site was linked to the splice acceptor site of the src gene and, on the 3' side, recombination occurred in the end of env gene. Insertion of two extra cytosines 23 bp before and 19 bp after the c-src stop codon resulted in an extension of the coding portion up to 587 amino acids, divergence of sequences after Pro-525 and replacement of Tyr-527 by a valine residue. In addition, it appears that the 5' and 3' untranslated regions of PR2257 result from multiple recombinations between exogenous and endogenous virus genomes. Limited digestion of p66src encoded by PR2257 with Staphylococcus aureus V8 protease yielded a V2 peptide (C-terminal moiety) with an apparent molecular mass of 31 kilodaltons, consistent with the 5.7-kilodalton increase expected from the DNA sequence. The structure of PR2257 suggests that the first step in the capture of c-src gene by avian lymphomatosis viruses is the trans splicing of the viral leader mRNA to exon 1 of c-src. Images PMID:2463376

  5. Magnetic and electromagnetic properties of Pr doped strontium ferrite/polyaniline composite film

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    Huang, Ying; Li, Yuqing; Wang, Yan

    2014-11-01

    This paper reported three acid (including hydrochloric acid HCl, p-toluenesulfonic acid PTS and D-camphor-10-acid CSA) doped SrPr0.2Fe11.8O19/PANI composite film and the HCl-PANI film prepared by a sol-gel method and in-situ oxidative polymerization. The characteristics of the film phase structure, surface morphology, conductivity and magnetic and electromagnetic properties were studied by using XRD, XPS, FESEM, four-probe tester, VSM and Vector Network Analyzer. The resistivity of organic acid doped composite films is higher than that of the HCl doped one. The saturation and remanent magnetization of PTS and HCl doped composite films are greater than the CSA-doped one; however, the coercivity of the three acid doped composite films is basically 5546 Oe. The saturation magnetization, remanent magnetization and coercivity of SrPr0.2Fe11.8O19 film are greater than those of the SrPr0.2Fe11.8O19-PANI composite film. In the frequency range of 8-12 GHz, the dielectric loss of HCl-PANI film is the maximum, and the dielectric loss of SrPr0.2Fe11.8O19 film is the minimum; the magnetic loss of the four films is in descending order as SrPr0.2Fe11.8O19 film, PrSrM/(HCl-PANI) composite film, PrSrM/(CSA-PANI) and HCl-PANI film.

  6. Novel epitopes identified by Anti-PrP monoclonal antibodies produced following immunization of Prnp0/0 Balb/cJ mice with purified scrapie prions

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    Prions, or infectious proteins, cause a class of uniformly fatal neurodegenerative diseases. Prions are composed solely of an aberrantly folded isoform(PrPSc)of a normal cellular protein (PrPC). Shared sequence identity of PrPSc with PrPC has limited the detection sensitivity of immunochemical assay...

  7. Phylogenetic analysis of PR genes in some pome fruit species with the emphasis on transcriptional analysis and ROS response under Erwinia amylovora inoculation in apple.

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    Hassani, Maryam; Salami, Seyed Alireza; Nasiri, Jaber; Abdollahi, Hamid; Ghahremani, Zahra

    2016-02-01

    Attempts were made to identify eight pathogenesis related (PR) genes (i.e., PR-1a, PR3-ch1, PR3-Ch2, PR3-Ch3, PR3-Ch4, PR3-Ch5, PR-5 and PR-8) from 27 genotypes of apple, quince and pear, which are induced in response to inoculation with the pathogen Erwinia amylovora, the causal agent of fire blight. Totally, 32 PR genes of different families were obtained, excepting PR3-Ch2 (amplified only in apple) and PR3-Ch4 (amplified only in apple and pear), the others were successfully amplified in all the genotypes of apple, quince and pear. Evolutionary, the genes of each family exhibited significant homology with each other, as the corresponded phylogenetic neighbor-joining-based dendrograms were taken into consideration. Meanwhile, according to the expression assay, it was deduced that the pathogen activity can significantly affect the expression levels of some selected PR genes of PR3-Ch2, PR3-Ch4, PR3-Ch5 and particularly Cat I in both resistant (MM-111) and semi-susceptible (MM-106) apple rootstocks. Lastly, it was concluded that the pathogen E. amylovora is able to stimulate ROS response, particularly using generation of hydrogen peroxide (H2O2) in both aforementioned apple rootstock. PMID:26589211

  8. Signatures of spin-glass behaviour in PrIr2B2 and heavy fermion behaviour in PrIr2B2C.

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    Anupam; Anand, V K; Hossain, Z; Adroja, D T; Geibel, C

    2011-09-21

    The magnetic and transport properties of PrIr(2)B(2) and PrIr(2)B(2)C have been investigated by dc and ac magnetic susceptibility, specific heat, electrical resistivity and magnetoresistance measurements. PrIr(2)B(2) forms in CaRh(2)B(2)-type orthorhombic crystal structure (space group Fddd). At low fields the dc magnetic susceptibility of PrIr(2)B(2) exhibits a sharp anomaly near 46 K which is followed by an abrupt increase below 10 K with a peak at 6 K, and split-up in ZFC and FC data below 46 K. In contrast, the specific heat exhibits only a broad Schottky type hump near 9 K which indicates that there is no long range magnetic order in this compound. The thermo-remanent magnetization is found to decay very slowly with a mean relaxation time τ = 3917 s. An ac magnetic susceptibility measurement also observes two sharp anomalies; the peak positions strongly depend on the frequency and shift towards high temperature with an increase in frequency, obeying the Vogel-Fulcher law as expected for a canonical spin-glass system. The two spin-glass transitions occur at freezing temperatures T(f1) = 36 K and T(f2) = 3.5 K with shifts in the freezing temperatures per decade of frequency δT(f1) = 0.044 and δT(f2) = 0.09. An analysis of the frequency dependence of the transition temperature with critical slowing down, τ(max)/τ(0) = [(T(f)-T(SG))/T(SG)](-zν), gives τ(0) = 10(-7) s and exponent zν = 8, and the Vogel-Fulcher law gives an activation energy of 84 K for T(f1) and 27.5 K for T(f2). While zν = 8 is typical for spin-glass system, the characteristic relaxation time τ(0) = 10(-7) s is very large and comparable to that of superspin-glass systems. An addition of C in PrIr(2)B(2) leads to PrIr(2)B(2)C which forms in LuNi(2)B(2)C-type tetragonal structure (space group I4/mmm) and remains paramagnetic down to 2 K. The specific heat data show a broad Schottky type anomaly, which could be fairly reproduced with CEF analysis which suggests that the ground state is a

  9. Rethinking HIV prevention to prepare for oral PrEP implementation for young African women

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    Celum, Connie L; Delany-Moretlwe, Sinead; McConnell, Margaret; van Rooyen, Heidi; Bekker, Linda-Gail; Kurth, Ann; Bukusi, Elizabeth; Desmond, Chris; Morton, Jennifer; Baeten, Jared M

    2015-01-01

    Introduction HIV incidence remains high among young women in sub-Saharan Africa in spite of scale-up of HIV testing, behavioural interventions, antiretroviral treatment and medical male circumcision. There is a critical need to critique past approaches and learn about the most effective implementation of evidence-based HIV prevention strategies, particularly emerging interventions such as pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP). Discussion Women in sub-Saharan Africa are at increased risk of HIV during adolescence and into their 20s, in part due to contextual factors including gender norms and relationship dynamics, and limited access to reproductive and sexual health services. We reviewed behavioural, behavioural economic and biomedical approaches to HIV prevention for young African women, with a particular focus on the barriers, opportunities and implications for implementing PrEP in this group. Behavioural interventions have had limited impact in part due to not effectively addressing the context, broader sexual norms and expectations, and structural factors that increase risk and vulnerability. Of biomedical HIV prevention strategies that have been tested, daily oral PrEP has the greatest evidence for protection, although adherence was low in two placebo-controlled trials in young African women. Given high efficacy and effectiveness in other populations, demonstration projects of open-label PrEP in young African women are needed to determine the most effective delivery models and whether women at substantial risk are motivated and able to use oral PrEP with sufficient adherence to achieve HIV prevention benefits. Conclusions Social marketing, adherence support and behavioural economic interventions should be evaluated as part of PrEP demonstration projects among young African women in terms of their effectiveness in increasing demand and optimizing uptake and effective use of PrEP. Lessons learned through evaluations of implementation strategies for delivering oral Pr

  10. Estrogen and progesterone receptors have distinct roles in the establishment of the hyperplastic phenotype in PR-A transgenic mice

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    Simian, Marina; Bissell, Mina J.; Barcellos-Hoff, Mary Helen; Shyamala, Gopalan

    2009-05-11

    Expression of the A and B forms of progesterone receptor (PR) in an appropriate ratio is critical for mammary development. Mammary glands of PR-A transgenic mice, carrying an additional A form of PR as a transgene, exhibit morphological features associated with the development of mammary tumors. Our objective was to determine the roles of estrogen (E) and progesterone (P) in the genesis of mammary hyperplasias/preneoplasias in PR-A transgenics. We subjected PR-A mice to hormonal treatments and analyzed mammary glands for the presence of hyperplasias and used BrdU incorporation to measure proliferation. Quantitative image analysis was carried out to compare levels of latency-associated peptide and transforming growth factor beta 1 (TGF{beta}1) between PR-A and PR-B transgenics. Basement membrane disruption was examined by immunofluorescence and proteolytic activity by zymography. The hyperplastic phenotype of PR-A transgenics is inhibited by ovariectomy, and is reversed by treatment with E + P. Studies using the antiestrogen ICI 182,780 or antiprogestins RU486 or ZK 98,299 show that the increase in proliferation requires signaling through E/estrogen receptor alpha but is not sufficient to give rise to hyperplasias, whereas signaling through P/PR has little impact on proliferation but is essential for the manifestation of hyperplasias. Increased proliferation is correlated with decreased TGF{beta}1 activation in the PR-A transgenics. Analysis of basement membrane integrity showed loss of laminin-5, collagen III and collagen IV in mammary glands of PR-A mice, which is restored by ovariectomy. Examination of matrix metalloproteases (MMPs) showed that total levels of MMP-2 correlate with the steady-state levels of PR, and that areas of laminin-5 loss coincide with those of activation of MMP-2 in PR-A transgenics. Activation of MMP-2 is dependent on treatment with E and P in ovariectomized wild-type mice, but is achieved only by treatment with P in PR-A mice. These data

  11. Microstructure and optical properties of Pr3+-doped hafnium silicate films

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    2013-01-01

    In this study, we report on the evolution of the microstructure and photoluminescence properties of Pr3+-doped hafnium silicate thin films as a function of annealing temperature (TA). The composition and microstructure of the films were characterized by means of Rutherford backscattering spectrometry, spectroscopic ellipsometry, Fourier transform infrared absorption, and X-ray diffraction, while the emission properties have been studied by means of photoluminescence (PL) and PL excitation (PLE) spectroscopies. It was observed that a post-annealing treatment favors the phase separation in hafnium silicate matrix being more evident at 950°C. The HfO2 phase demonstrates a pronounced crystallization in tetragonal phase upon 950°C annealing. Pr3+ emission appeared at TA = 950°C, and the highest efficiency of Pr3+ ion emission was detected upon a thermal treatment at 1,000°C. Analysis of the PLE spectra reveals an efficient energy transfer from matrix defects towards Pr3+ ions. It is considered that oxygen vacancies act as effective Pr3+ sensitizer. Finally, a PL study of undoped HfO2 and HfSiOx matrices is performed to evidence the energy transfer. PMID:23336520

  12. Effects of Pr on Optimal Heat Transport in Rayleigh-Bénard Convection

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    Sondak, David; Budišić, Marko; Waleffe, Fabian; Smith, Leslie

    2015-11-01

    Steady flows that optimize heat transport are obtained for two-dimensional Rayleigh-Bénard convection with no-slip horizontal walls for a variety of Prandtl numbers Pr and Rayleigh number up to Ra ~109 . The presence of two local maxima of Nu with different horizontal wavenumbers at the same Ra leads to the emergence of two different flow structures as candidates for optimizing the heat transport where the Nusselt number Nu is a non-dimensional measure of the vertical heat transport. For Pr <= 7 , optimal transport is achieved at the smaller maximal wavenumber whereas for Pr > 7 at high-enough Ra the optimal structure occurs at the larger maximal wavenumber. Three regions are observed in the optimal mean temperature profiles, T y : 1.) d T / dy < 0 in the boundary layers, 2.) d T / dy > 0 (Pr <= 7) or d T / dy < 0 (Pr > 7) in the central region, and 3.) d T / dy > 0 between the boundary layers and central region. We also search for a signature of these optimal structures in a fully-developed turbulent flow by employing modal decompositions such as the proper orthogonal decomposition and the Koopman mode decomposition. Partial support from NSF-DMS grant 1147523 is gratefully acknowledged.

  13. La prévention de l’infection par le virus respiratoire syncytial

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    Samson, L

    2009-01-01

    L’infection par le virus respiratoire syncytial (VRS) est la principale cause d’infection des voies respiratoires inférieures chez les jeunes enfants et pour cette raison, bon nombre des prématurés et des enfants présentant d’autres facteurs de risque doivent être hospitalisés chaque année au Canada. Le palivizumab, un anticorps monoclonal anti-VRS, peut réduire le taux d’hospitalisation et la gravité de la maladie d’un petit groupe de prématurés ou de nourrissons à haut risque pendant leur première saison de VRS. Le présent document de principes contient une analyse des publications ainsi que des recommandations à l’intention des médecins canadiens au sujet de son utilisation chez les prématurés et les autres nourrissons à risque.

  14. Biological implications of somatic DDX41 p.R525H mutation in acute myeloid leukemia.

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    Kadono, Moe; Kanai, Akinori; Nagamachi, Akiko; Shinriki, Satoru; Kawata, Jin; Iwato, Koji; Kyo, Taiichi; Oshima, Kumi; Yokoyama, Akihiko; Kawamura, Takeshi; Nagase, Reina; Inoue, Daichi; Kitamura, Toshio; Inaba, Toshiya; Ichinohe, Tatsuo; Matsui, Hirotaka

    2016-08-01

    The DDX41 gene, encoding a DEAD-box type ATP-dependent RNA helicase, is rarely but reproducibly mutated in myeloid diseases. The acquired mutation in DDX41 is highly concentrated at c.G1574A (p.R525H) in the conserved motif VI located at the C-terminus of the helicase core domain where ATP interacts and is hydrolyzed. Therefore, it is likely that the p.R525H mutation perturbs ATPase activity in a dominant-negative manner. In this study, we screened for the DDX41 mutation of CD34-positive tumor cells based on mRNA sequencing and identified the p.R525H mutation in three cases among 23 patients. Intriguingly, these patients commonly exhibited acute myeloid leukemia (AML) with peripheral blood cytopenias and low blast counts, suggesting that the mutation inhibits the growth and differentiation of hematopoietic cells. Data from cord blood cells and leukemia cell lines suggest a role for DDX41 in preribosomal RNA processing, in which the expression of the p.R525H mutant causes a certain ribosomopathy phenotype in hematopoietic cells by suppressing MDM2-mediated RB degradation, thus triggering the inhibition of E2F activity. This study uncovered a pathogenic role of p.R525H DDX41 in the slow growth rate of tumor cells. Age-dependent epigenetic alterations or other somatic changes might collaborate with the mutation to cause AML. PMID:27174803

  15. Synthesis and crystal structure of triphosphate RbPrHP{sub 3}O{sub 10}

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    Horchani-Naifer, K.; Ferid, M. . E-mail: mokhtar.ferid@inrst.rnrt.tn; Trabelsi-Ayadi, M.

    2005-02-15

    Crystals of RbPrHP{sub 3}O{sub 10} have been grown by the flux technique and characterized by single-crystal X-ray diffraction. RbPrHP{sub 3}O{sub 10} crystallizes in the triclinic P1-bar space group with lattice parameters: a=7.0655(5), b=7.7791(4), c=8.6828(6) A, {alpha}=74.074(3), {beta}=74.270(3), {gamma}=82.865(2){sup o}, V=441.09(5) A{sup 3}, Z=2. The crystal structure has been solved yielding a final R(F{sup 2})=0.0443 and R{sub w}(F{sup 2})=0.1426 for 1955 independent reflections (F{sub o}{sup 2}>=2{sigma}(F{sub o}{sup 2})). The structure of RbPrHP{sub 3}O{sub 10} consists of PrO{sub 8} polyhedra and P{sub 3}O{sub 10}{sup 5-} groups sharing oxygen atoms to form a two-dimensional framework; the PrO{sub 8} polyhedra form infinite chains by edge-sharing. Each Rb{sup +} ion is bonded to 10 oxygen atoms, these ions are located between chains formed of (HP{sub 3}O{sub 10}){sup 4-}. The energies of the vibrational modes of the crystal were obtained from measurements of the infrared spectrum.

  16. Structural Studies of Truncated Forms of the Prion Protein PrP

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    Wan, William; Wille, Holger; Stöhr, Jan; Kendall, Amy; Bian, Wen; McDonald, Michele; Tiggelaar, Sarah; Watts, Joel C.; Prusiner, Stanley B.; Stubbs, Gerald

    2015-01-01

    Prions are proteins that adopt self-propagating aberrant folds. The self-propagating properties of prions are a direct consequence of their distinct structures, making the understanding of these structures and their biophysical interactions fundamental to understanding prions and their related diseases. The insolubility and inherent disorder of prions have made their structures difficult to study, particularly in the case of the infectious form of the mammalian prion protein PrP. Many investigators have therefore preferred to work with peptide fragments of PrP, suggesting that these peptides might serve as structural and functional models for biologically active prions. We have used x-ray fiber diffraction to compare a series of different-sized fragments of PrP, to determine the structural commonalities among the fragments and the biologically active, self-propagating prions. Although all of the peptides studied adopted amyloid conformations, only the larger fragments demonstrated a degree of structural complexity approaching that of PrP. Even these larger fragments did not adopt the prion structure itself with detailed fidelity, and in some cases their structures were radically different from that of pathogenic PrPSc. PMID:25809267

  17. Developmental expression of PrP in the post-implantation embryo

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    Tremblay, Patrick; Bouzamondo-Bernstein, Essia; Heinrich, Cornelia; Prusiner, Stanley B.; DeArmond, Stephen J.

    2009-01-01

    Since prion protein (PrP) mRNA and PrPC expression levels in transgenic (Tg) mice using the CosSHa.tet vector correlate well with the PrP transgene copy, we constructed Prnp-LacZ Tg animals expressing β-galactosidase that was inserted into the CosSHa.tet vector. The CosSHa.tet vector was created from a large PrP cosmid clone in which the PrP open reading frame was deleted. In the developing nervous system, the β-galactosidase marker was not expressed in the neural progenitors of the mitotically active ventricular zone. It is first expressed in cells that have ceased proliferating, migrated radially from the ventricular zone, and differentiated into neurons in the intermediate layer. At E11.5 p.c., motor neurons in the ventral neural tube clearly express the marker transgene. Expression in dorsal neural tube neurons is observed at later stages, after their differentiation. These results indicate that Prnp gene expression in the nervous system begins in post-mitotic neural cells that have undergone neuronal differentiation. This pattern of Prnp expression in the nervous system appears to persist throughout the adult life of mammals. PMID:17292334

  18. Grain boundary dependency of nonlinear current-voltage characteristics in Pr and Co Doped ZnO Bicrystals

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    Sato, Yukio; Oba, Fumiyasu; Yodogawa, Masatada; Yamamoto, Takahisa; Ikuhara, Yuichi

    2004-02-01

    Pr and Co doped ZnO bicrystals with various types of grain boundaries were fabricated to investigate their current-voltage characteristics. In addition, their grain boundary structures and chemical compositions were investigated using high-resolution transmission electron microscopy and energy-dispersive x-ray spectroscopy. It was found that all the boundaries are atomically joined, but have some precipitates of Pr6O11. Co dopants are distributed over the grain interiors and boundaries, while Pr dopants segregate at the fabricated grain boundaries except for a highly coherent Σ1 boundary. The Σ1 boundary with no Pr segregation shows an almost Ohmic characteristic, and coincidence-site lattice and random boundaries with clear Pr segregations show nonlinear characteristics. The change in the nonlinearity is attributed to the difference of the Pr concentration that is associated with the grain boundary structure.

  19. C-Terminal Helical Domains of Dengue Virus Type 4 E Protein Affect the Expression/Stability of prM Protein and Conformation of prM and E Proteins

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    Tsai, Wen-Yang; Hsieh, Szu-Chia; Lai, Chih-Yun; Lin, Hong-En; Nerurkar, Vivek R.; Wang, Wei-Kung

    2012-01-01

    Background The envelope (E) protein of dengue virus (DENV) is the major immunogen for dengue vaccine development. At the C-terminus are two α-helices (EH1 and EH2) and two transmembrane domains (ET1 and ET2). After synthesis, E protein forms a heterodimer with the precursor membrane (prM) protein, which has been shown as a chaperone for E protein and could prevent premature fusion of E protein during maturation. Recent reports of enhancement of DENV infectivity by anti-prM monoclonal antibodies (mAbs) suggest the presence of prM protein in dengue vaccine is potentially harmful. A better understanding of prM-E interaction and its effect on recognition of E and prM proteins by different antibodies would provide important information for future design of safe and effective subunit dengue vaccines. Methodology/Principal Findings In this study, we examined a series of C-terminal truncation constructs of DENV4 prME, E and prM. In the absence of E protein, prM protein expressed poorly. In the presence of E protein, the expression of prM protein increased in a dose-dependent manner. Radioimmunoprecipitation, sucrose gradient sedimentation and pulse-chase experiments revealed ET1 and EH2 were involved in prM-E interaction and EH2 in maintaining the stability of prM protein. Dot blot assay revealed E protein affected the recognition of prM protein by an anti-prM mAb; truncation of EH2 or EH1 affected the recognition of E protein by several anti-E mAbs, which was further verified by capture ELISA. The E protein ectodomain alone can be recognized well by all anti-E mAbs tested. Conclusions/Significance A C-terminal domain (EH2) of DENV E protein can affect the expression and stability of its chaperone prM protein. These findings not only add to our understanding of the interaction between prM and E proteins, but also suggest the ectodomain of E protein alone could be a potential subunit immunogen without inducing anti-prM response. PMID:23300717

  20. Pathogenesis-related PR-1 proteins are antifungal. Isolation and characterization of three 14-kilodalton proteins of tomato and of a basic PR-1 of tobacco with inhibitory activity against Phytophthora infestans.

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    Niderman, T; Genetet, I; Bruyère, T; Gees, R; Stintzi, A; Legrand, M; Fritig, B; Mösinger, E

    1995-01-01

    Three distinct basic 14-kD proteins, P14a, P14b, and P14c, were isolated from tomato (Lycopersicon esculentum Mill. cv Baby) leaves infected with Phytophthora infestans. They exhibited antifungal activity against P. infestans both in vitro (inhibition of zoospore germination) and in vivo with a tomato leaf disc assay (decrease in infected leaf surface). Serological cross-reactions and amino acid sequence comparisons showed that the three proteins are members of the PR-1 group of pathogenesis-related (PR) proteins. P14a and P14b showed high similarity to a previously characterized P14, whereas P14c was found to be very similar to a putative basic-type PR-1 from tobacco predicted from isolated DNA clones. This protein, named PR-1 g, was purified from virus-infected tobacco (Nicotiana tabacum Samsun NN) leaves and characterized by amino acid microsequencing, along with the well-known acidic tobacco PR-1a, PR-1b, and PR-1c. The various tomato and tobacco PR-1 proteins were compared for their biological activity and found to display differential fungicidal activity against P. infestans in both the in vitro and in vivo assays, the most efficient being the newly characterized tomato P14c and tobacco PR-1g. PMID:7784503

  1. Silver nanoparticles enhanced multichannel transition luminescence of Pr3+ in heavy metal germanium tellurite glasses

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    Du, Y. Y.; Chen, B. J.; Pun, E. Y. B.; Wang, Z. Q.; Zhao, X.; Lin, H.

    2015-01-01

    Enhanced luminescence of Pr3+ was observed in heavy metal germanium tellurite (NZPGT) glasses containing silver nanoparticles. Long-time annealing at 300 °C yield spherical and well-dispersed Ag nanoparticles with ~4 nm diameter as evidenced by transmission electron microscope (TEM). Multichannel transition luminescence intensity of Pr3+ in Ag nanoparticles embedded glasses grows by ~36% in comparison with the glasses without silver doping, which provides a new approach to improve energy conversion efficiency of GaAsAl solar cells. Hypersensitive probe Eu3+ reveals that electric field around rare-earth ions is remarkably enhanced due to the presence of Ag nanoparticles in the glass matrix, resulting in the luminescence intensification of Pr3+ in NZPGT glasses embedded with Ag nanoparticles.

  2. Structural and magnetic properties of intermediate oxygen stoichiometry PrBa 2Cu 2O x

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    Malik, S. K.; Yelon, W. B.; Rhyne, J. J.; James, W. J.; Prasad, Ram; Adhikary, K.; Soni, N. C.

    1994-01-01

    The compound PrBa 2Cu 3O x ( χ ˜ 7) is non superconducting and exhibits antiferromagnetic ordering of the Pr moments at a relatively high temperature of about 17 K. We have investigated the structural and magnetic behavior of PrBa 2Cu 3O x for two different oxygen contents ( x = 6.9 and 6.4). Magnetic susceptibility measurements show that both these compounds are ordered antiferromagnetically with Néel temperatures of 15.7 and 12.5 K and effective paramagnetic moments of 2.85 μ B and 2.94 μ B for x = 6.9 and x = 6.4 samples, respectively. The susceptibility (χ) of the x = 6.4 sample shows a pronounced peak typical of antiferromagnetic systems unlike the x = 6.9 sample where χ shows only a slight break and continues to rise even below TN.

  3. PR Domain-containing Protein 7 (PRDM7) Is a Histone 3 Lysine 4 Trimethyltransferase*

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    Blazer, Levi L.; Lima-Fernandes, Evelyne; Gibson, Elisa; Eram, Mohammad S.; Loppnau, Peter; Arrowsmith, Cheryl H.; Schapira, Matthieu; Vedadi, Masoud

    2016-01-01

    PR domain-containing protein 7 (PRDM7) is a primate-specific histone methyltransferase that is the result of a recent gene duplication of PRDM9. The two proteins are highly homologous, especially in the catalytic PR/SET domain, where they differ by only three amino acid residues. Here we report that PRDM7 is an efficient methyltransferase that selectively catalyzes the trimethylation of H3 lysine 4 (H3K4) both in vitro and in cells. Through selective mutagenesis we have dissected the functional roles of each of the three divergent residues between the PR domains of PRDM7 and PRDM9. These studies indicate that after a single serine to tyrosine mutation at residue 357 (S357Y), PRDM7 regains the substrate specificities and catalytic activities similar to its evolutionary predecessor, including the ability to efficiently methylate H3K36. PMID:27129774

  4. The role of PR in the formation of psychological readiness for a rogue wave events.

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    Chaykovskaya, N.; Rodin, A.

    2012-04-01

    In recent years the study of psychological foundations of human behavior when dealing with rogue waves has received increasing attention. However, this problem is only in the interest of a narrow circle of specialists, while the task is to explain the rules of behavior when dealing with the phenomenon to anyone who can get into this situation. This problem can only be solved by media and PR-specialists working in this field. PR- specialists are required to convey to people the need of correct action stereotype for assault element, because, as it is known, a fact only becomes a fact when it is written about in a newspaper or is made a story about in a summary of radio or TV news. This publication is devoted to the developing of forms and methods of PR-specialists activity in this area.

  5. The prejudiced personality, racism, and anti-Semitism: the PR scale forty years later.

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    Dunbar, E

    1995-10-01

    The relationship of prejudiced personality traits with racism and anti-Semitism was examined with 150 Asian American and White university students. The Prejudice (PR) scale, composed of 32 items from the Minnesota Multiphasic Personality Inventory, was administered along with the McConahay racism scale and the Selznick and Steinberg Anti-Semitism scale. Results indicated that for Whites, the PR scale was significantly correlated with old-fashioned and modern racism and anti-Semitism, replicating Gough's 1951 study (Gough, 1951b) with the PR scale. However, no such relationship was observed for the Asian American group. This suggests that personality traits of prejudicial attitudes may be relatively stable for Whites but may not be related to outgroup bias for other racial or ethnic groups. PMID:8656327

  6. Ground-state measurement of Pr3+ in Y2O3 by photoconductivity

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    Jia, Dongdong; Wang, Xiao-Jun; Yen, W. M.

    2008-09-01

    1 at % Pr3+-doped Y2O3 single-crystal fibers were prepared using a laser-heated pedestal growth method. The emission and excitation spectra of the fibers were measured. The emissions of 4 f-4 f transitions from 1 D 2 to the 3 H 4 and 3 H 5 states are found at 620 and 720 nm, respectively. The 3 P 2, 3 P 1, 1 I 6, and 3 P 0 4 f-4 f absorptions are observed at 456, 472, 482, and 492 nm, respectively. A 4 f-5 d absorption band is detected at 288 nm. Photoconductivity measurements show that the 4 f-5 f transition of Pr3+ around 285 nm produces a direct photocurrent. Taking the onset of photocurrent to be at 320 nm, the ground state of Pr3+ is determined at 1.7 eV above the valence band of the host.

  7. High Pressure Synthesis and properties of (Ca,Pr)Fe2As2

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    Drye, Tyler; Taufour, Valentin; Kaluarachchi, Udhara; Ran, Sheng; Canfield, Paul; Paglione, Johnpierre

    2014-03-01

    Despite impressively high superconducting transition temperatures approaching 50 K, superconductivity in rare earth-doped CaFe2As2 appears to only involve a small volume fraction as determined by shielding fraction. In addition, the amount of Pr that can be doped into the system via ambient pressure flux synthesis is limited to <15%, due to a width of formation limitation. We report a study using high-pressure flux growth to substitute higher levels of Pr approaching 40% concentration. The superconducting properties of the resultant crystals are presented, including chemical composition, resistivity, and magnetization measurements. The final result is a complete phase diagram for the Pr-doped CaFe2As2 system. Work supported by an ICAM Junior Scientist Travel Award and an AFOSR MURI grant.

  8. Photoacoustic Study on the Structural Variation of Titania Nanomaterials Using the Pr (III) Ion as a Spectral Probe

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    Zhang, H. X.; Liu, R. Y.; Yang, Y. T.; Wu, X. W.; Zhang, S. Y.; Liu, X. J.

    2016-06-01

    In this work, Pr^{3+}-doped titania nanomaterials were prepared by a sol-gel method. The structural variations of the samples during the phase transitions were studied by using the Pr^{3+} ion as a photoacoustic spectral probe. The result shows that for the gel sample heated at 80°C, the coordination environment of Pr^{3+} is similar to that of its aqueous ion. The f-f transitions of Pr^{3+} exhibit a continuous red shift along with the gel-to-anatase transition, indicating an increase of the `degree of covalency' for the Pr^{3+} bonding. For the sample calcined at 1100°C, however, the f-f transitions of Pr^{3+} show obvious blue shift. This can be attributed to the segregation of Pr^{3+} ions to the external surface during the anatase-to-rutile transition, forming Pr4Ti9O_{24}. The stabilization effect of the doped Pr^{3+ }ions on the anatase phase of the samples is also discussed.

  9. Removal of the glycosylphosphatidylinositol anchor from PrP(Sc) by cathepsin D does not reduce prion infectivity.

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    Lewis, Patrick A; Properzi, Francesca; Prodromidou, Kanella; Clarke, Anthony R; Collinge, John; Jackson, Graham S

    2006-04-15

    According to the protein-only hypothesis of prion propagation, prions are composed principally of PrP(Sc), an abnormal conformational isoform of the prion protein, which, like its normal cellular precursor (PrP(C)), has a GPI (glycosylphosphatidylinositol) anchor at the C-terminus. To date, elucidating the role of this anchor on the infectivity of prion preparations has not been possible because of the resistance of PrP(Sc) to the activity of PI-PLC (phosphoinositide-specific phospholipase C), an enzyme which removes the GPI moiety from PrP(C). Removal of the GPI anchor from PrP(Sc) requires denaturation before treatment with PI-PLC, a process that also abolishes infectivity. To circumvent this problem, we have removed the GPI anchor from PrP(Sc) in RML (Rocky Mountain Laboratory)-prion-infected murine brain homogenate using the aspartic endoprotease cathepsin D. This enzyme eliminates a short sequence at the C-terminal end of PrP to which the GPI anchor is attached. We found that this modification has no effect (i) on an in vitro amplification model of PrP(Sc), (ii) on the prion titre as determined by a highly sensitive N2a-cell based bioassay, or (iii) in a mouse bioassay. These results show that the GPI anchor has little or no role in either the propagation of PrP(Sc) or on prion infectivity. PMID:16441239

  10. Removal of the glycosylphosphatidylinositol anchor from PrPSc by cathepsin D does not reduce prion infectivity

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    Lewis, Patrick A.; Properzi, Francesca; Prodromidou, Kanella; Clarke, Anthony R.; Collinge, John; Jackson, Graham S.

    2006-01-01

    According to the protein-only hypothesis of prion propagation, prions are composed principally of PrPSc, an abnormal conformational isoform of the prion protein, which, like its normal cellular precursor (PrPC), has a GPI (glycosylphosphatidylinositol) anchor at the C-terminus. To date, elucidating the role of this anchor on the infectivity of prion preparations has not been possible because of the resistance of PrPSc to the activity of PI-PLC (phosphoinositide-specific phospholipase C), an enzyme which removes the GPI moiety from PrPC. Removal of the GPI anchor from PrPSc requires denaturation before treatment with PI-PLC, a process that also abolishes infectivity. To circumvent this problem, we have removed the GPI anchor from PrPSc in RML (Rocky Mountain Laboratory)-prion-infected murine brain homogenate using the aspartic endoprotease cathepsin D. This enzyme eliminates a short sequence at the C-terminal end of PrP to which the GPI anchor is attached. We found that this modification has no effect (i) on an in vitro amplification model of PrPSc, (ii) on the prion titre as determined by a highly sensitive N2a-cell based bioassay, or (iii) in a mouse bioassay. These results show that the GPI anchor has little or no role in either the propagation of PrPSc or on prion infectivity. PMID:16441239

  11. Magnetic ordering and crystal field effects in quasi-caged structure compound PrFe2Al8

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    Nair, Harikrishnan S.; Ghosh, Sarit K.; Ramesh Kumar, K.; Strydom, André M.

    2016-04-01

    The compound PrFe2Al8 possesses a three-dimensional network structure resulting from the packing of Al polyhedra centered at the transition metal element Fe and the rare earth Pr. Along the c-axis, Fe and Pr form chains which are separated from each other by the Al-network. In this paper, the magnetism and crystalline electric field effects in PrFe2Al8 are investigated through the analysis of magnetization and specific heat data. A magnetic phase transition in the Pr lattice is identified at TNPr ≈ 4 K in dc magnetization and ac susceptibility data. At 2 K, the magnetization isotherm presents a ferromagnetic saturation, however, failing to reach full spin-only ferromagnetic moment of Pr3+. Metamagnetic step-like low-field features are present in the magnetization curve at 2 K which is shown to shift upon field-cooling the material. Arrott plots centered around TPrN display "S"-like features suggestive of an inhomogeneous magnetic state. The magnetic entropy, Sm, estimated from specific heat outputs a value of R ln(2) at TN2 suggesting a doublet state for Pr3+. The magnetic specific heat is modeled by using a 9-level Schottky equation pertinent to the Pr3+ ion with J=4. Given the crystalline electric field situation of Pr3+, the inference of a doublet state from specific heat and consequent long-range magnetic order is an unexpected result.

  12. The Carbonic Anhydrase Inhibitor Ethoxzolamide Inhibits the Mycobacterium tuberculosis PhoPR Regulon and Esx-1 Secretion and Attenuates Virulence

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    Johnson, Benjamin K.; Colvin, Christopher J.; Needle, David B.; Mba Medie, Felix; Champion, Patricia A. DiGiuseppe

    2015-01-01

    Mycobacterium tuberculosis must sense and adapt to host environmental cues to establish and maintain an infection. The two-component regulatory system PhoPR plays a central role in sensing and responding to acidic pH within the macrophage and is required for M. tuberculosis intracellular replication and growth in vivo. Therefore, the isolation of compounds that inhibit PhoPR-dependent adaptation may identify new antivirulence therapies to treat tuberculosis. Here, we report that the carbonic anhydrase inhibitor ethoxzolamide inhibits the PhoPR regulon and reduces pathogen virulence. We show that treatment of M. tuberculosis with ethoxzolamide recapitulates phoPR mutant phenotypes, including downregulation of the core PhoPR regulon, altered accumulation of virulence-associated lipids, and inhibition of Esx-1 protein secretion. Quantitative single-cell imaging of a PhoPR-dependent fluorescent reporter strain demonstrates that ethoxzolamide inhibits PhoPR-regulated genes in infected macrophages and mouse lungs. Moreover, ethoxzolamide reduces M. tuberculosis growth in both macrophages and infected mice. Ethoxzolamide inhibits M. tuberculosis carbonic anhydrase activity, supporting a previously unrecognized link between carbonic anhydrase activity and PhoPR signaling. We propose that ethoxzolamide may be pursued as a new class of antivirulence therapy that functions by modulating expression of the PhoPR regulon and Esx-1-dependent virulence. PMID:25987613

  13. Correlates of PrEP Indication in a Multi-Site Cohort of Young HIV-Uninfected Transgender Women.

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    Kuhns, Lisa M; Reisner, Sari L; Mimiaga, Matthew J; Gayles, Travis; Shelendich, Michael; Garofalo, Robert

    2016-07-01

    Transgender women are at high risk of HIV infection, with younger transgender women (YTW) particularly vulnerable. Pre-Exposure Prophylaxis (PrEP) has shown efficacy in reducing HIV acquisition, but little is known about PrEP indication or initiation among YTW. Baseline data from 180 YTW age 18-29 years enrolled in Project LifeSkills, an on-going HIV prevention intervention for YTW, were analyzed to examine factors associated with PrEP indication. The sample (mean age = 23.4, SD = 3.2) was comprised largely of women of color (69 %) and of low socioeconomic status (71 % unemployed). Overall, 62 % met criteria for PrEP indication, but only 5 % reported ever taking PrEP. Factors associated with increased odds of PrEP indication were: PrEP interest (aOR 3.24; 95 % CI 1.44, 7.33), number of recent anal sex partners (aOR 1.23; 95 % CI 1.04, 1.46), and lower collective self-esteem scores (aOR 0.67; 95 % CI 0.47, 0.94). Despite high levels of PrEP indication, there remain low levels of PrEP awareness and uptake among YTW. PMID:26336946

  14. The Carbonic Anhydrase Inhibitor Ethoxzolamide Inhibits the Mycobacterium tuberculosis PhoPR Regulon and Esx-1 Secretion and Attenuates Virulence.

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    Johnson, Benjamin K; Colvin, Christopher J; Needle, David B; Mba Medie, Felix; Champion, Patricia A DiGiuseppe; Abramovitch, Robert B

    2015-08-01

    Mycobacterium tuberculosis must sense and adapt to host environmental cues to establish and maintain an infection. The two-component regulatory system PhoPR plays a central role in sensing and responding to acidic pH within the macrophage and is required for M. tuberculosis intracellular replication and growth in vivo. Therefore, the isolation of compounds that inhibit PhoPR-dependent adaptation may identify new antivirulence therapies to treat tuberculosis. Here, we report that the carbonic anhydrase inhibitor ethoxzolamide inhibits the PhoPR regulon and reduces pathogen virulence. We show that treatment of M. tuberculosis with ethoxzolamide recapitulates phoPR mutant phenotypes, including downregulation of the core PhoPR regulon, altered accumulation of virulence-associated lipids, and inhibition of Esx-1 protein secretion. Quantitative single-cell imaging of a PhoPR-dependent fluorescent reporter strain demonstrates that ethoxzolamide inhibits PhoPR-regulated genes in infected macrophages and mouse lungs. Moreover, ethoxzolamide reduces M. tuberculosis growth in both macrophages and infected mice. Ethoxzolamide inhibits M. tuberculosis carbonic anhydrase activity, supporting a previously unrecognized link between carbonic anhydrase activity and PhoPR signaling. We propose that ethoxzolamide may be pursued as a new class of antivirulence therapy that functions by modulating expression of the PhoPR regulon and Esx-1-dependent virulence. PMID:25987613

  15. Structural effects of PrP polymorphisms on intra- and interspecies prion transmission

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    Angers, Rachel; Christiansen, Jeffrey; Nalls, Amy V.; Kang, Hae-Eun; Hunter, Nora; Hoover, Edward; Mathiason, Candace K.; Sheetz, Michael; Telling, Glenn C.

    2014-01-01

    Understanding the molecular parameters governing prion propagation is crucial for controlling these lethal, proteinaceous, and infectious neurodegenerative diseases. To explore the effects of prion protein (PrP) sequence and structural variations on intra- and interspecies transmission, we integrated studies in deer, a species naturally susceptible to chronic wasting disease (CWD), a burgeoning, contagious epidemic of uncertain origin and zoonotic potential, with structural and transgenic (Tg) mouse modeling and cell-free prion amplification. CWD properties were faithfully maintained in deer following passage through Tg mice expressing cognate PrP, and the influences of naturally occurring PrP polymorphisms on CWD susceptibility were accurately reproduced in Tg mice or cell-free systems. Although Tg mice also recapitulated susceptibility of deer to sheep prions, polymorphisms that provided protection against CWD had distinct and varied influences. Whereas substitutions at residues 95 and 96 in the unstructured region affected CWD propagation, their protective effects were overridden during replication of sheep prions in Tg mice and, in the case of residue 96, deer. The inhibitory effects on sheep prions of glutamate at residue 226 in elk PrP, compared with glutamine in deer PrP, and the protective effects of the phenylalanine for serine substitution at the adjacent residue 225, coincided with structural rearrangements in the globular domain affecting interaction between α-helix 3 and the loop between β2 and α-helix 2. These structure–function analyses are consistent with previous structural investigations and confirm a role for plasticity of this tertiary structural epitope in the control of PrP conversion and strain propagation. PMID:25034251

  16. Characterization of Pr:LuAG scintillating crystals for X-ray spectroscopy

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    Bertoni, R.; Bonesini, M.; Cervi, T.; Clemenza, M.; De Bari, A.; Falcone, A.; Mazza, R.; Menegolli, A.; Nastasi, M.; Rossella, M.

    2016-07-01

    The main features of the Pr doped Lu3Al5O12 (Pr:LuAG) scintillating crystals for X-ray spectroscopy applications have been studied using different radioactive sources and photo-detectors. Pr:LuAG is cheaper, compared to a Germanium detector, but with remarkable properties which make it useful for many applications, from fundamental physics measurements to the PET imaging for medical purposes: high density, elevate light yield, fast response, high energy resolution, no hygroscopicity. A sample of Pr:LuAG crystals with 14 mm×14 mm surface area and 13 mm thickness and a NaI crystal of the same surface and 26 mm thickness used as a reference have been characterized with several radioactive sources, emitting photons in the range 100-1000keV. Different light detectors were adopted for the Pr:LuAG studies, sensitive to its UV emission (peak at 310 nm): a 3 in. PMT (Hamamatsu R11065) and new arrays of Hamamatsu SiPM S13361, with siliconic resin as a window. Preliminary results are presented on the performance of the Pr:LuAG crystals, to be mounted in a 2 × 2 array to be tested in the 2015 run of the FAMU experiment at RIKEN-RAL muon facility. The goal is the detection of the X-rays (around 130 keV) emitted during the de-excitation processes of the muonic hydrogen after the excitation with an IR laser with wavelength set at the resonance of the hyperfine splitting, to measure the muonic atom proton radius with unprecedented precision.

  17. Evolutionary history of tuberculosis shaped by conserved mutations in the PhoPR virulence regulator

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    Gonzalo-Asensio, Jesús; Malaga, Wladimir; Pawlik, Alexandre; Astarie-Dequeker, Catherine; Passemar, Charlotte; Moreau, Flavie; Laval, Françoise; Daffé, Mamadou; Martin, Carlos; Brosch, Roland; Guilhot, Christophe

    2014-01-01

    Although the bovine tuberculosis (TB) agent, Mycobacterium bovis, may infect humans and cause disease, long-term epidemiological data indicate that humans represent a spill-over host in which infection with M. bovis is not self-maintaining. Indeed, human-to-human transmission of M. bovis strains and other members of the animal lineage of the tubercle bacilli is very rare. Here, we report on three mutations affecting the two-component virulence regulation system PhoP/PhoR (PhoPR) in M. bovis and in the closely linked Mycobacterium africanum lineage 6 (L6) that likely account for this discrepancy. Genetic transfer of these mutations into the human TB agent, Mycobacterium tuberculosis, resulted in down-regulation of the PhoP regulon, with loss of biologically active lipids, reduced secretion of the 6-kDa early antigenic target (ESAT-6), and lower virulence. Remarkably, the deleterious effects of the phoPR mutations were partly compensated by a deletion, specific to the animal-adapted and M. africanum L6 lineages, that restores ESAT-6 secretion by a PhoPR-independent mechanism. Similarly, we also observed that insertion of an IS6110 element upstream of the phoPR locus may completely revert the phoPR-bovis–associated fitness loss, which is the case for an exceptional M. bovis human outbreak strain from Spain. Our findings ultimately explain the long-term epidemiological data, suggesting that M. bovis and related phoPR-mutated strains pose a lower risk for progression to overt human TB, with major impact on the evolutionary history of TB. PMID:25049399

  18. Evolutionary history of tuberculosis shaped by conserved mutations in the PhoPR virulence regulator.

    PubMed

    Gonzalo-Asensio, Jesús; Malaga, Wladimir; Pawlik, Alexandre; Astarie-Dequeker, Catherine; Passemar, Charlotte; Moreau, Flavie; Laval, Françoise; Daffé, Mamadou; Martin, Carlos; Brosch, Roland; Guilhot, Christophe

    2014-08-01

    Although the bovine tuberculosis (TB) agent, Mycobacterium bovis, may infect humans and cause disease, long-term epidemiological data indicate that humans represent a spill-over host in which infection with M. bovis is not self-maintaining. Indeed, human-to-human transmission of M. bovis strains and other members of the animal lineage of the tubercle bacilli is very rare. Here, we report on three mutations affecting the two-component virulence regulation system PhoP/PhoR (PhoPR) in M. bovis and in the closely linked Mycobacterium africanum lineage 6 (L6) that likely account for this discrepancy. Genetic transfer of these mutations into the human TB agent, Mycobacterium tuberculosis, resulted in down-regulation of the PhoP regulon, with loss of biologically active lipids, reduced secretion of the 6-kDa early antigenic target (ESAT-6), and lower virulence. Remarkably, the deleterious effects of the phoPR mutations were partly compensated by a deletion, specific to the animal-adapted and M. africanum L6 lineages, that restores ESAT-6 secretion by a PhoPR-independent mechanism. Similarly, we also observed that insertion of an IS6110 element upstream of the phoPR locus may completely revert the phoPR-bovis-associated fitness loss, which is the case for an exceptional M. bovis human outbreak strain from Spain. Our findings ultimately explain the long-term epidemiological data, suggesting that M. bovis and related phoPR-mutated strains pose a lower risk for progression to overt human TB, with major impact on the evolutionary history of TB. PMID:25049399

  19. Molecular cloning and functional characterization of an antifungal PR-5 protein from Ocimum basilicum.

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    Rather, Irshad Ahmad; Awasthi, Praveen; Mahajan, Vidushi; Bedi, Yashbir S; Vishwakarma, Ram A; Gandhi, Sumit G

    2015-03-01

    Pathogenesis-related (PR) proteins are involved in biotic and abiotic stress responses of plants and are grouped into 17 families (PR-1 to PR-17). PR-5 family includes proteins related to thaumatin and osmotin, with several members possessing antimicrobial properties. In this study, a PR-5 gene showing a high degree of homology with osmotin-like protein was isolated from sweet basil (Ocimum basilicum L.). A complete open reading frame consisting of 675 nucleotides, coding for a precursor protein, was obtained by PCR amplification. Based on sequence comparisons with tobacco osmotin and other osmotin-like proteins (OLPs), this protein was named ObOLP. The predicted mature protein is 225 amino acids in length and contains 16 cysteine residues that may potentially form eight disulfide bonds, a signature common to most PR-5 proteins. Among the various abiotic stress treatments tested, including high salt, mechanical wounding and exogenous phytohormone/elicitor treatments; methyl jasmonate (MeJA) and mechanical wounding significantly induced the expression of ObOLP gene. The coding sequence of ObOLP was cloned and expressed in a bacterial host resulting in a 25kDa recombinant-HIS tagged protein, displaying antifungal activity. The ObOLP protein sequence appears to contain an N-terminal signal peptide with signatures of secretory pathway. Further, our experimental data shows that ObOLP expression is regulated transcriptionally and in silico analysis suggests that it may be post-transcriptionally and post-translationally regulated through microRNAs and post-translational protein modifications, respectively. This study appears to be the first report of isolation and characterization of osmotin-like protein gene from O. basilicum. PMID:25550044

  20. The Promise and Peril of Pre-Exposure Prophylaxis (PrEP): Using Social Science to Inform PrEP Interventions among Female Sex Workers

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    Syvertsen, Jennifer L.; Bazzi, Angela M. Robertson; Scheibe, Andrew; Adebajo, Sylvia; Strathdee, Steffanie A.; Wechsberg, Wendee M.

    2015-01-01

    Advances in biomedical interventions to prevent HIV offer great promise in reducing the number of new infections across sub-Saharan Africa, particularly among vulnerable populations such as female sex workers. Several recent trials testing pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP) have demonstrated efficacy, although others have been stopped early for futility. Given the importance and complexities of social and behavioural factors that influence biomedical approaches to prevention, we discuss several key areas of consideration moving forward, including trial participation, adherence strategies, social relationships, and the structural factors that shape PrEP interest, use, and potential effectiveness among female sex workers in sub-Saharan Africa. Our review highlights the importance of involving social scientists in clinical and community-based research on PrEP. We advocate for a shift away from a singular “re-medicalization” of the HIV epidemic to that of a “reintegration” of interdisciplinary approaches to prevention that could benefit female sex workers and other key populations at risk of acquiring HIV. PMID:26050379

  1. Significant enhancement in thermoelectric properties of polycrystalline Pr-doped SrTiO{sub 3−δ} ceramics originating from nonuniform distribution of Pr dopants

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    Dehkordi, Arash Mehdizadeh; Bhattacharya, Sriparna; He, Jian; Alshareef, Husam N.; Tritt, Terry M.

    2014-05-12

    Recently, we have reported a significant enhancement (>70% at 500 °C) in the thermoelectric power factor (PF) of bulk polycrystalline Pr-doped SrTiO{sub 3} ceramics employing a novel synthesis strategy which led to the highest ever reported values of PF among doped polycrystalline SrTiO{sub 3}. It was found that the formation of Pr-rich grain boundary regions gives rise to an enhancement in carrier mobility. In this Letter, we investigate the electronic and thermal transport in Sr{sub 1−x}Pr{sub x}TiO{sub 3} ceramics in order to determine the optimum doping concentration and to evaluate the overall thermoelectric performance. Simultaneous enhancement in the thermoelectric power factor and reduction in thermal conductivity in these samples resulted in more than 30% improvement in the dimensionless thermoelectric figure of merit (ZT) for the whole temperature range over all previously reported maximum values. Maximum ZT value of 0.35 was obtained at 500 °C.

  2. Reduced response of splenocytes after mitogen-stimulation in the prion protein (PrP) gene-deficient mouse: PrPLP/Doppel production and cerebral degeneration

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    Kim, Chi-Kyeong; Hirose, Yuko; Sakudo, Akikazu; Takeyama, Natsumi; Kang, Chung-Boo; Taniuchi, Yojiro; Matsumoto, Yoshitsugu; Itohara, Shigeyoshi; Sakaguchi, Suehiro; Onodera, Takashi . E-mail: aonoder@mail.ecc.u-tokyo.ac.jp

    2007-06-29

    Splenocytes of wild-type (Prnp {sup +/+}) and prion protein gene-deficient (Prnp {sup -/-}) mice were treated with various activation stimuli such as T cell mitogen concanavalin A (ConA), phorbol 12-myristate 13-acetate (PMA) + ionomycin (Io), or B cell mitogen lipopolysaccharide (LPS). Cellular prion protein (PrP{sup C}) expression was enhanced following ConA stimulation, but not PMA + Io or LPS in Prnp {sup +/+} splenocytes. Rikn Prnp {sup -/-} splenocytes elicited lower cell proliferations than Prnp {sup +/+} or Zrch I Prnp {sup -/-} splenocytes after LPS stimulation and showed sporadic nerve cells in the cerebral cortex and deeper structure. Around the degenerated nerve cells, mild vacuolation in the neuropil was observed. This neural alteration correlated well to the suppressed response of B cells in the spleen. The finding that discrete lesions within the central nervous systems induced marked modulation of immune function probably indicates the existence of a delicately balanced neural-endocrine network by PrP{sup C} and PrPLP/Doppel.

  3. Study of Sb substitution for Pr in the Pr 0.67Ba 0.33MnO 3 system

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    Garg, K. B.; Nordblad, P.; Heinonen, M.; Panwar, N.; Sen, V.; Bondino, F.; Magnano, E.; Carleschi, E.; Parmigiani, F.; Agarwal, S. K.

    2009-02-01

    We study the effect of Sb substitution for Pr in the hole-doped system Pr 0.67Ba 0.33MnO 3 (PBMO) for different doping levels of Sb. The two electrical resistivity transitions observed in the pristine sample PBMO shift to low temperatures on Sb doping with an overall increase in the electrical resistivity. The significant local lattice distortion and the grain boundary effects caused by the large cation size mismatch between Pr 3+ and Sb 3+ suppresses the double-exchange (DE) interaction and enhances the super-exchange (SE) interaction. The compounds show a significant and increasing value of magnetoresistance at temperatures below the Curie temperature, not expected from the DE model. The Curie temperature decreases with increase in Sb content but the saturation magnetization is little affected by the substitution. The spins, however, stay well aligned in the low-temperature regime. Our X-ray near-edge absorption spectra (XANES) and core level photoemission (XPS) data clearly show the Sb cation to be in +3 state and rule out any possibility of e-doping in our compounds.

  4. PrEP implementation: moving from trials to policy and practice

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    Cáceres, Carlos F; O'Reilly, Kevin R; Mayer, Kenneth H; Baggaley, Rachel

    2015-01-01

    Introduction It is increasingly clear that the HIV response will not be sustainable if the number of infections is not significantly reduced. Discussion For two decades, research has been ongoing to identify new behavioural and biomedical strategies to prevent HIV infection. In the past few years, the efficacy of several new strategies has been demonstrated, including oral pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP; i.e. daily use of tenofovir/emtricitabine). Because several social, political and logistic barriers remain, however, optimal PrEP implementation will require a better dissemination of new evidence in a number of areas and additional implementation research from various disciplinary perspectives (i.e. social science, policy and ethics; health systems; and economics, including cost-effectiveness studies). Discussion of new evidence on those topics, as well as case studies of potential PrEP implementation in diverse environments, can improve the understanding of the role that PrEP may play in addressing the global HIV/AIDS epidemic. In light of these needs, the Network for Multidisciplinary Studies in ARV-based HIV Prevention (NEMUS) and the World Health Organization (WHO) were honoured to co-organize a special issue of JIAS aimed at contributing to a scholarly discussion of current conditions surrounding PrEP implementation, potential impact and efficiency, social science concerns and the study of PrEP implementation in specific country cases. The papers included in this monograph identify and cover many of the main aspects of the complex yet promising discussions around PrEP implementation today. Conclusions This is a collection of timely contributions from global leaders in HIV research and policy that addresses geographic diversity, uses a trans-disciplinary approach and covers a variety of the complex issues raised by PrEP. As this publication will become accessible to all, we hope that it will remain a valuable resource for policy makers, programme managers

  5. PR notice 86-1. Notice to manufacturers, formulators, producers and registrants of pesticides

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    1986-02-01

    The document is one in the series of Pesticide Regulatory Notices, usually called PR Notices, which supplement the laws and regulations governing pesticide regulation in the US. These notices clarify, interpret and explain regulatory requirements and policies. They are directed at pesticide registrants and other parties interested in detailed procedures of regulation. Under Section 408 of the Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act (FFDCA), fees may be charged to cover the cost of processing tolerance petitions. The purpose of this PR Notice is to announce new Agency procedures regarding the submission of fees associated with tolerance petitions.

  6. Study on the Pr:KYF ultraviolet laser at 305 nm pumped by blue laser

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    Ni, Tian-yi; Li, Yong-liang; Zhang, Tian-yi; Ruan, Ren-qiu

    2012-09-01

    An all-solid-state Pr:KY3F10 (Pr:KYF) laser pumped by blue laser (471 nm) has been demonstrated. With the incident pump power of 2.6 W, the maximum output power at 610 nm is 213 mW. Moreover, the intracavity second-harmonic generation (SHG) is also achieved with the maximum ultraviolet (UV) power at 305 nm of 11 mW by using a β-BaB2O4 (BBO) nonlinear crystal.

  7. Diode pumped Pr3+:LiYF4-BBO ultraviolet laser at 320 nm

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    Li, J. H.; Liu, X. H.; Wu, J. B.; Zhang, X.; Li, Y. L.

    2012-03-01

    A diode pumped Pr3+:LiYF4 laser at 639.5 nm has been demonstrated. With an incident pump power of 920 mW, the maximum red output power was 272 mW. Moreover, intracavity second-harmonic generation (SHG) has also been achieved with a maximum ultraviolet power of 23 mW by using a β-BaB2O4 (BBO) nonlinear crystal. To the best of our knowledge, this is the first report on continuous-wave ultraviolet generation by intracavity frequency doubling Pr3+:LiYF4 laser.

  8. SFTPC gene mutation p.R167Q in a premature infant.

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    Jon, Cindy; Nolan, Paul K; Ekong, Mfon; Mosquera, Ricardo A; Stark, James M

    2014-03-01

    We present an infant who was born premature at 23 weeks gestation with bronchopulmonary dysplasia and a SFTPC gene mutation, p.R167Q, who had a complicated neonatal course requiring 4 months of mechanical ventilation. Over time, his clinical course has improved, and he only requires oxygen by nasal cannula and low dose hydroxychloroquine, suggesting that p.R167Q mutation contributed to his clinical course and may manifest with a variable disease pattern making long-term prognostication difficult in the immediate newborn period. PMID:23775869

  9. Toluene 2-Monooxygenase-Dependent Growth of Burkholderia cepacia G4/PR1 on Diethyl Ether

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    Hur, H.; Newman, L. M.; Wackett, L. P.; Sadowsky, M. J.

    1997-01-01

    Aerobic bacterial growth on aromatic hydrocarbons typically requires oxygenase enzymes, which are known to fortuitously oxidize nongrowth substrates. In this study, we found that oxidation of diethyl ether by toluene 2-monooxygenase supported more rapid growth of Burkholderia cepacia G4/PR1 than did the aromatic substrates n-propylbenzene and o-xylene. The wild-type Burkholderia cepacia G4 failed to grow on diethyl ether. Purified toluene 2-monooxygenase protein components oxidized diethyl ether stoichiometrically to ethanol and acetaldehyde. Butyl methyl ether, diethyl sulfide, and 2-chloroethyl ethyl ether were oxidized by B. cepacia G4/PR1. PMID:16535583

  10. The effect of oxygen doping on the magnetism of Tb and Pr clusters

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    van Dijk, C. N.; Rasing, Th.; Kirilyuk, A.; Bowlan, J.; Liang, A.; de Heer, W. A.

    2010-05-01

    The magnetic moments and electric dipoles of Tb and Pr clusters are investigated using the Stern-Gerlach deflection technique. The addition of a single oxygen atom induces an increase in the electric dipole of TbN clusters, however the magnetic moment is largely not affected. In Pr neither the magnetic moment nor the electric dipole is affected. This raises questions as to the role of conduction electrons in the exchange interaction of rare earth clusters, and puts into doubt the validity of the Ruderman-Kittel-Kasuya-Yosida (RKKY) exchange mechanism in small systems.

  11. The Puerto Rico Component of the National Tsunami Hazard and Mitigation Program (PR-NTHMP)

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    Vanacore, E. A.; Huerfano Moreno, V. A.; Lopez, A. M.

    2015-12-01

    The Caribbean region has a documented history of damaging tsunamis that have affected coastal areas. Of particular interest is the Puerto Rico - Virgin Islands (PRVI) region, where the proximity of the coast to prominent tectonic faults would result in near-field tsunamis. Tsunami hazard assessment, detection capabilities, warning, education and outreach efforts are common tools intended to reduce loss of life and property. It is for these reasons that the PRSN is participating in an effort with local and federal agencies to develop tsunami hazard risk reduction strategies under the NTHMP. This grant supports the TsunamiReady program, which is the base of the tsunami preparedness and mitigation in PR. In order to recognize threatened communities in PR as TsunamiReady by the US NWS, the PR Component of the NTHMP have identified and modeled sources for local, regional and tele-tsunamis and the results of simulations have been used to develop tsunami response plans. The main goal of the PR-NTHMP is to strengthen resilient coastal communities that are prepared for tsunami hazards, and recognize PR as TsunamiReady. Evacuation maps were generated in three phases: First, hypothetical tsunami scenarios of potential underwater earthquakes were developed, and these scenarios were then modeled through during the second phase. The third phase consisted in determining the worst-case scenario based on the Maximum of Maximums (MOM). Inundation and evacuation zones were drawn on GIS referenced maps and aerial photographs. These products are being used by emergency managers to educate the public and develop mitigation strategies. Maps and related evacuation products, like evacuation times, can be accessed online via the PR Tsunami Decision Support Tool. Based on these evacuation maps, tsunami signs were installed, vulnerability profiles were created, communication systems to receive and disseminate tsunami messages were installed in each TWFP, and tsunami response plans were

  12. Specific heat of new perovskite-type cobaltates Pr1-xNdxCoO3

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    Thakur, Rasna; Srivastava, Archana; Thakur, Rajesh K.; Gaur, N. K.

    2016-05-01

    Specific heat and Bulk modulus (B) of new perovskite-type cobaltates Pr1-xNdxCoO3 has been studied by means of a Modified Rigid Ion Model (MRIM) and Atoms in Molecules (AIM) theory in a wide temperature range (1K ≤ T ≤1000K). The effect of Nd doping on the elastic, cohesive and thermal properties of PrCoO3 have been studied probably for the first time by an atomistic approach. The computed results are in good agreement with the available experimental data.

  13. The Puerto Rico Component of the National Tsunami Hazard and Mitigation Program Pr-Nthmp

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    Huerfano Moreno, V. A.; Hincapie-Cardenas, C. M.

    2014-12-01

    Tsunami hazard assessment, detection, warning, education and outreach efforts are intended to reduce losses to life and property. The Puerto Rico Seismic Network (PRSN) is participating in an effort with local and federal agencies, to developing tsunami hazard risk reduction strategies under the National Tsunami Hazards and Mitigation Program (NTHMP). This grant supports the TsunamiReady program which is the base of the tsunami preparedness and mitigation in PR. The Caribbean region has a documented history of damaging tsunamis that have affected coastal areas. The seismic water waves originating in the prominent fault systems around PR are considered to be a near-field hazard for Puerto Rico and the Virgin islands (PR/VI) because they can reach coastal areas within a few minutes after the earthquake. Sources for local, regional and tele tsunamis have been identified and modeled and tsunami evacuation maps were prepared for PR. These maps were generated in three phases: First, hypothetical tsunami scenarios on the basis of the parameters of potential underwater earthquakes were developed. Secondly, each of these scenarios was simulated. The third step was to determine the worst case scenario (MOM). The run-ups were drawn on GIS referenced maps and aerial photographs. These products are being used by emergency managers to educate the public and develop mitigation strategies. Online maps and related evacuation products are available to the public via the PR-TDST (PR Tsunami Decision Support Tool). Currently all the 44 coastal municipalities were recognized as TsunamiReady by the US NWS. The main goal of the program is to declare Puerto Rico as TsunamiReady, including two cities that are not coastal but could be affected by tsunamis. Based on these evacuation maps, tsunami signs were installed, vulnerability profiles were created, communication systems to receive and disseminate tsunami messages were installed in each TWFP, and tsunami response plans were approved

  14. Low temperature specific heat of Pr1-xLaxVO3(0<=x<=1)

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    Gaur, N. K.; Parveen, Atahar; Nigam, Arun K.

    2013-06-01

    We present the low temperature specific heat of the rare earth orthovanadate Pr1-xLaxVO3 computed by the means of a Modified Rigid Ion Model (MRIM) in a wide doping range (0 ≤ x ≤ 1). Also, the effect of La doping and the impact of lattice distortions on the elastic, cohesive and thermal properties of PrVO3 have been studied by an atomistic approach. The computed results are in good agreement with the available experimental data. The results can further be improved by incorporating the spin and orbital ordering contributions to the specific heat.

  15. Anisotropic transport properties of PrBa 2Cu 3O 7

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    Goto, M.; Takenaka, K.; Eisaki, H.; Uchida, S.

    1997-08-01

    The in-plane resitivity is measured on the twin-free PrBa 2Cu 3O 7 crystals. The observal anisotropy indicates that dominant carrier conduction takes place in the CuO one-dimensional chain. By applying the pressure, ϱa, containing CuO 2 plane contribution increases more rapidly than ϱa, containing both and plane contributions. This is considered to be due to the increased the hybridization between Pr4f and O2p orbital at the plane site, consistent with the scenario proposed by Fehrenbacher and Rice.

  16. Study of the time response of a LuAG(Pr) crystal for fast timing applications

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    Fraile, L. M.; Mach, H.; Picado, E.; Vedia, V.; Udías, J. M.

    2013-06-01

    The recently developed praseodymium-doped lutetium aluminum garnet, LuAG(Pr), holds a strong potential for fast timing applications. In this study we report on the time response of LuAG(Pr) at 22Na and 60Co photon energies. The measurements were performed using a small crystal cube of 1 cm3 coupled to a Hamamatsu R5320 photomultiplier tube. The full width at half maximum (FWHM) time resolution is found to be 147±2 ps at 60Co energies, and 238±2 ps at 22Na.

  17. Luminescence properties of Pr3+-doped Cs4PbBr6 single crystals

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    Velázquez, Matias; Ferrier, Alban; Péchev, Stanislas; Gravereau, Pierre; Chaminade, Jean-Pierre; Portier, Xavier; Moncorgé, Richard

    2009-08-01

    Centimeter-sized single crystals of pure and Pr3+-doped Cs4PbBr6 were successfully grown using a high-temperature solution (HTS)-based vertical Bridgman-Stockbarger method in silica ampoules sealed under Ar gas. The single crystals are bright orange transparent, non hygroscopic, with a low phonon energy and a wide transparency in the middle infrared (MIR) region. Pr3+ ions can be dissolved into Cs4PbBr6 crystals, resulting in broad MIR absorption bands. We present the characterization of the single crystals by means of Raman, visible, Fourier-transform infrared (FT IR) and emission spectroscopies.

  18. Radiochemical separations by the ring-oven technique-IV The system (144)Ce/(144)Pr.

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    Klockow, D; Böhmer, R G

    1969-08-01

    By using filter papers impregnated with a manganese oxide hydrate having an average oxidation number of + 3, it is possible to separate (144)Pr from (144)Ce rapidly by the ring-oven technique. With 0.06-0.07M trichloracetic acid as wash-solution, the daughter nuclide can be concentrated in the ring zone with 80-90% yield and decontamination factors > 10(3). The half-life of the separated (144)Pr was found to be 17.60 +/- 0.05 min. The behaviour of other fission nuclides under the same conditions was also investigated. PMID:18960624

  19. Purification, characterization and preliminary crystallographic studies of a PR-10 protein from Pachyrrhizus erosus seeds.

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    Wu, Fang; Li, Yikun; Chang, Shaojie; Zhou, Zhaocai; Wang, Fang; Song, Xiaomin; Lin, Yujuan; Gong, Weimin

    2002-12-01

    A 16 kDa protein SPE16 was purified from the seeds of Pachyrrhizus erosus. Its N-terminal amino-acid sequence showed significant sequence homology to pathogenesis-related proteins from the PR-10 family. An activity assay indicated that SPE16 possesses ribonuclease activity as do some other PR-10 proteins. SPE16 crystals were obtained by the hanging-drop vapour-diffusion method. The space group is P2(1)2(1)2(1), with unit-cell parameters a = 53.36, b = 63.70, c = 72.96 A. PMID:12454488

  20. Solution structure of Syrian hamster prion protein rPrP(90-231).

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    Liu, H; Farr-Jones, S; Ulyanov, N B; Llinas, M; Marqusee, S; Groth, D; Cohen, F E; Prusiner, S B; James, T L

    1999-04-27

    NMR has been used to refine the structure of Syrian hamster (SHa) prion protein rPrP(90-231), which is commensurate with the infectious protease-resistant core of the scrapie prion protein PrPSc. The structure of rPrP(90-231), refolded to resemble the normal cellular isoform PrPC spectroscopically and immunologically, has been studied using multidimensional NMR; initial results were published [James et al. (1997) Proc. Natl. Acad. Sci. U.S.A. 94, 10086-10091]. We now report refinement with better definition revealing important structural and dynamic features which can be related to biological observations pertinent to prion diseases. Structure refinement was based on 2778 unambiguously assigned nuclear Overhauser effect (NOE) connectivities, 297 ambiguous NOE restraints, and 63 scalar coupling constants (3JHNHa). The structure is represented by an ensemble of 25 best-scoring structures from 100 structures calculated using ARIA/X-PLOR and further refined with restrained molecular dynamics using the AMBER 4.1 force field with an explicit shell of water molecules. The rPrP(90-231) structure features a core domain (residues 125-228), with a backbone atomic root-mean-square deviation (RMSD) of 0.67 A, consisting of three alpha-helices (residues 144-154, 172-193, and 200-227) and two short antiparallel beta-strands (residues 129-131 and 161-163). The N-terminus (residues 90-119) is largely unstructured despite some sparse and weak medium-range NOEs implying the existence of bends or turns. The transition region between the core domain and flexible N-terminus, i.e., residues 113-128, consists of hydrophobic residues or glycines and does not adopt any regular secondary structure in aqueous solution. There are about 30 medium- and long-range NOEs within this hydrophobic cluster, so it clearly manifests structure. Multiple discrete conformations are evident, implying the possible existence of one or more metastable states, which may feature in conversion of PrPC to PrPSc. To

  1. P2P-R protein localizes to the nucleolus of interphase cells and the periphery of chromosomes in mitotic cells which show maximum P2P-R immunoreactivity.

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    Gao, Sizhi; Witte, Michael M; Scott, Robert E

    2002-05-01

    P2P-R is a nuclear protein that can bind both p53 and Rb1. Its functions include roles in the control of RNA metabolism, apoptosis, and p53-dependent transcription. The expression of P2P-R also is repressed in G1 arrested terminally differentiated cells. The current studies therefore evaluated if P2P-R undergoes cell cycle-associated changes in its abundance and/or localization. Western blots show that relative to G0 quiescent cells, P2P-R protein levels are higher in populations of G2/M cells prepared by the physiological parasynchronization technique of serum deprivation followed by serum stimulation. More striking is the > 10-fold enrichment of P2P-R protein in specimens of highly purified mitotic cells prepared by the mitotic shake-select technique, or by synchrony with the mitotic spindle disruption agents nocodazole or vinblastine. These changes in P2P-R protein occur without a concomitant change in P2P-R mRNA expression suggesting that P2P-R immunoreactivity increases during mitosis. Confocal microscopy next established the localization of P2P-R to nucleoli in interphase cells and at the periphery of chromosomes in mitotic cells that lack nucleoli. The high levels of P2P-R localized to the periphery of chromosomes in mitotic cells suggest that P2P-R shares characteristics with other nucleolar proteins that associate with the periphery of chromosomes during mitosis. These include: nucleolin, B23, Ki67, and fibrillarin. PMID:12064457

  2. Transmission Properties of Human PrP 102L Prions Challenge the Relevance of Mouse Models of GSS

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    Asante, Emmanuel A.; Grimshaw, Andrew; Smidak, Michelle; Jakubcova, Tatiana; Tomlinson, Andrew; Jeelani, Asif; Hamdan, Shyma; Powell, Caroline; Joiner, Susan; Linehan, Jacqueline M.; Brandner, Sebastian; Wadsworth, Jonathan D. F.; Collinge, John

    2015-01-01

    Inherited prion disease (IPD) is caused by autosomal-dominant pathogenic mutations in the human prion protein (PrP) gene (PRNP). A proline to leucine substitution at PrP residue 102 (P102L) is classically associated with Gerstmann-Sträussler-Scheinker (GSS) disease but shows marked clinical and neuropathological variability within kindreds that may be caused by variable propagation of distinct prion strains generated from either PrP 102L or wild type PrP. To-date the transmission properties of prions propagated in P102L patients remain ill-defined. Multiple mouse models of GSS have focused on mutating the corresponding residue of murine PrP (P101L), however murine PrP 101L, a novel PrP primary structure, may not have the repertoire of pathogenic prion conformations necessary to accurately model the human disease. Here we describe the transmission properties of prions generated in human PrP 102L expressing transgenic mice that were generated after primary challenge with ex vivo human GSS P102L or classical CJD prions. We show that distinct strains of prions were generated in these mice dependent upon source of the inoculum (either GSS P102L or CJD brain) and have designated these GSS-102L and CJD-102L prions, respectively. GSS-102L prions have transmission properties distinct from all prion strains seen in sporadic and acquired human prion disease. Significantly, GSS-102L prions appear incapable of transmitting disease to conventional mice expressing wild type mouse PrP, which contrasts strikingly with the reported transmission properties of prions generated in GSS P102L-challenged mice expressing mouse PrP 101L. We conclude that future transgenic modeling of IPDs should focus exclusively on expression of mutant human PrP, as other approaches may generate novel experimental prion strains that are unrelated to human disease. PMID:26135918

  3. When the science fails and the ethics works: 'Fail-safe' ethics in the FEM-PrEP study.

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    Kingori, Patricia

    2015-12-01

    This paper will explore the concept of 'fail safe' ethics in the FEM PrEP trial, and the practice of research and ethics on the ground. FEM-PrEP examined the efficacy of PrEP in African women after promising outcomes in research conducted with MSM. This was a hugely optimistic time and FEM-PrEP was mobilised using rights-based ethical arguments that women should have access to PrEP. This paper will present data collected during an ethnographic study of frontline research workers involved in FEM-PrEP. During our discussions, 'fail-safe' ethics emerged as concept that encapsulated their confidence that their ethics could not fail. However, in 2011, FEM-PrEP was halted and deemed a failure. The women involved in the study were held responsible because contrary to researcher's expectations they were not taking the oral PrEP being researched. This examination of FEM-PrEP will show that ethical arguments are increasingly deployed to mobilise, maintain and in some cases stop trials in ways which, at times, are superseded or co-opted by other interests. While promoting the interests of women, rights-based approaches are argued to indirectly justify the continuation of individualised, biomedical interventions which have been problematic in other women-centred trials. In this examination of FEM-PrEP, the rights-based approach obscured: ethical concerns beyond access to PrEP; the complexities of power relationships between donor and host countries; the operations of the HIV industry in research-saturated areas and the cumulative effect of unfilled expectations in HIV research and how this has shaped ideas of research and ethics. PMID:26484946

  4. Willingness to Take PrEP and Potential for Risk Compensation Among Highly Sexually Active Gay and Bisexual Men.

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    Grov, Christian; Whitfield, Thomas H F; Rendina, H Jonathon; Ventuneac, Ana; Parsons, Jeffrey T

    2015-12-01

    Once-daily Truvada (Emtricitabine/Tenofovir) as a method of pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP) is one of the most promising biomedical interventions to eliminate new HIV infections; however, uptake among gay, bisexual, and other men who have sex with men has been slow amidst growing concern in popular/social media that PrEP use will result in reduced condom use (i.e., risk compensation). We investigated demographic, behavioral, and psychosocial differences in willingness to use PrEP as well as the perceived impact of PrEP on participants' condom use in a sample of 206 highly sexually active HIV-negative gay and bisexual men. Nearly half (46.1 %) said they would be willing to take PrEP if it were provided at no cost. Although men willing to take PrEP (vs. others) reported similar numbers of recent casual male partners (<6 weeks), they had higher odds of recent receptive condomless anal sex (CAS)-i.e., those already at high risk of contracting HIV were more willing to take PrEP. Neither age, race/ethnicity, nor income were associated with willingness to take PrEP, suggesting equal acceptability among subpopulations that are experiencing disparities in HIV incidence. There was limited evidence to suggest men would risk compensate. Only 10 % of men who had not engaged in recent CAS felt that PrEP would result in them starting to have CAS. Men who had not tested for HIV recently were also significantly more likely than others to indicate willingness to take PrEP. Offering PrEP to men who test infrequently may serve to engage them more in routine HIV/STI testing and create a continued dialogue around sexual health between patient and provider in order to prevent HIV infection. PMID:25735243

  5. Synthesis, floating zone crystal growth and characterization of the quantum spin ice Pr2Zr2O7 pyrochlore

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    Koohpayeh, S. M.; Wen, J.-J.; Trump, B. A.; Broholm, C. L.; McQueen, T. M.

    2014-09-01

    Pyrochlore Pr3+2+xZr4+2-xO7-x/2 samples in the form of both powders (-0.02≤x≤0.02) and bulk single crystals have been studied to elucidate the dependence of their magnetic, compositional and structural properties on synthesis and growth conditions. All samples were characterized using X-ray diffraction, specific heat, and DC magnetization measurements. The crystals were also studied using the X-ray Laue technique and scanning electron microscopy. Increasing the Pr content for the Pr2+xZr2-xO7-x/2 powders enlarged the lattice parameter, and resulted in systematic changes in magnetic susceptibility and specific heat. Stoichiometric and high quality single crystals of Pr2Zr2O7 were grown using the optical floating zone technique under a high purity static argon atmosphere, to avoid inclusions of Pr4+ and limit Pr vaporization. Increasing the growth speed was found to significantly reduce Pr vaporization for better control of stoichiometry. Scanning electron microscopy provided direct evidence of spinodal decomposition during growth that is controllable via rotation rate. An intermediate rotation rate of 3-6 rpm was found to produce the best microstructure. The magnetic susceptibility of crystals grown at rates from 1 to 20 mm/h revealed changes that were consistent with Pr vaporization. Further, we report indications of local off-centering of Pr3+ ions from the ideal pyrochlore sites, similar to what is known for the trivalent cation in Bi2Ti2O7 and La2Zr2O7. The effect varies with Pr content and radically modulates the low temperature specific heat. Overall, the results clearly demonstrate important correlations between the growth conditions and physical properties of Pr2Zr2O7 crystals.

  6. Thermoelectric Properties of p-Type La1- z Pr z Fe4- x Co x Sb12 Skutterudites

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    Song, Kwon-Min; Shin, Dong-Kil; Kim, Il-Ho

    2016-03-01

    p-Type La1- z Pr z Fe4- x Co x Sb12 skutterudites were prepared by encapsulated melting, quenching, annealing, and hot pressing. The skutterudite phase was successfully synthesized but small amounts of FeSb2 and (La,Pr)Sb2 secondary phases were also observed, especially for the Co-substituted specimens. Carrier concentration decreased with increasing Pr and Co content. Electrical conductivity decreased with increasing temperature, showing that all specimens were heavily-doped semiconductors. Electrical conductivity also decreased with increasing Pr and Co content. The Hall and the Seebeck coefficients revealed that all specimens had p-type characteristics. Seebeck coefficients increased with increasing temperature, with maximum values occurring between 723 and 823 K. The maximum power factor ( PF) was 3.1 m Wm-1 K-2, at 823 K and 723 K for La0.75Pr0.25Fe4Sb12 and La0.75Pr0.25 Fe3.75Co0.25Sb12, respectively. Thermal conductivity decreased with increasing Pr and Co content, and increased because of bipolar conduction at temperatures above 723 K. For a fixed Co content, lattice thermal conductivity decreased with increasing Pr content; this may be attributed to a larger contribution from Pr than from La to the decrease in lattice thermal conductivity. The dimensionless figure of merit ( ZT) had maximum values of 0.83 at 823 K for La0.75Pr0.25Fe4Sb12 and 0.81 at 723 K for La0.75Pr0.25Fe3.75Co0.25Sb12.

  7. L-Arginine ethylester enhances in vitro amplification of PrP(Sc) in macaques with atypical L-type bovine spongiform encephalopathy and enables presymptomatic detection of PrP(Sc) in the bodily fluids.

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    Murayama, Y; Ono, F; Shimozaki, N; Shibata, H

    2016-02-12

    Protease-resistant, misfolded isoforms (PrP(Sc)) of a normal cellular prion protein (PrP(C)) in the bodily fluids, including blood, urine, and saliva, are expected to be useful diagnostic markers of prion diseases, and nonhuman primate models are suited for performing valid diagnostic tests for human Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease (CJD). We developed an effective amplification method for PrP(Sc) derived from macaques infected with the atypical L-type bovine spongiform encephalopathy (L-BSE) prion by using mouse brain homogenate as a substrate in the presence of polyanions and L-arginine ethylester. This method was highly sensitive and detected PrP(Sc) in infected brain homogenate diluted up to 10(10) by sequential amplification. This method in combination with PrP(Sc) precipitation by sodium phosphotungstic acid is capable of amplifying very small amounts of PrP(Sc) contained in the cerebrospinal fluid (CSF), saliva, urine, and plasma of macaques that have been intracerebrally inoculated with the L-BSE prion. Furthermore, PrP(Sc) was detectable in the saliva or urine samples as well as CSF samples obtained at the preclinical phases of the disease. Thus, our novel method may be useful for furthering the understanding of bodily fluid leakage of PrP(Sc) in nonhuman primate models. PMID:26802462

  8. Rare-earth energy levels in Nd2CuO4, Pr2CuO4, and the electron superconductor Pr1.85Ce0.15CuO4

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    Loong, C.-K.; Soderholm, L.

    1993-11-01

    The magnetic excitation spectra of the electron superconductor Pr1.85Ce0.15CuO4 and related parent compounds Pr2CuO4 and Nd2CuO4 have been determined by inelastic neutron scattering. We observe crystal-field transitions up to about 100 meV within the Pr3+ 3H4 and Nd3+ 4I9/2 Russell-Saunders ground multiplets in these materials. We find that a crystal-field treatment of the Pr3+ and Nd3+ ions can adequately explain the observed excitation spectra for both Pr2CuO4 and Nd2CuO4. The obtained crystal-field parameters are close to values estimated from a superposition-model calculation and Mössbauer data. The Pr3+ and Nd3+ wave functions are found to have significant (~=20%) admixture of some states belonging to higher J multiplets. The calculated contributions to the susceptibility of Pr2CuO4 and Nd2CuO4 from the crystal-field states agree well with experiments. The observed crystal-field transitions in the superconductor Pr1.85Ce0.15CuO4 shift to slightly lower energies and are broadened significantly relative to the present compound due to chemical disorder from Ce doping.

  9. Preparing for the Rollout of Pre-Exposure Prophylaxis (PrEP): A Vignette Survey to Identify Intended Sexual Behaviors among Women in Kenya and South Africa if Using PrEP

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    Corneli, Amy; Field, Samuel; Namey, Emily; Agot, Kawango; Ahmed, Khatija; Odhiambo, Jacob; Skhosana, Joseph; Guest, Greg

    2015-01-01

    Introduction Several clinical trials have demonstrated the efficacy of pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP) in reducing HIV risk. One concern with introducing PrEP is whether users will engage in riskier sexual behaviors. Methods We assessed the effect that PrEP may have on sexual risk behaviors by administering a survey to 799 women in Bondo, Kenya, and Pretoria, South Africa. Participants were asked about their sexual behavior intentions twice — once as if they were taking PrEP and once as if they were not taking PrEP — within four risk situations (vignettes). They responded using a 5-point ordinal scale. We used a series of linear mixed effects models with an unstructured residual covariance matrix to estimate the between- and within-subject differences in the mean likelihood of engaging in risky sexual behavior across the PrEP and non-PrEP contexts. We also calculated the total percentage of participants who reported a greater likelihood of engaging in risky sexual behavior if taking PrEP than if not taking PrEP, by vignette. Results We found statistically significant differences in the mean likelihood of engaging in risky sexual behavior with the between-subject comparison (-0.17, p < 0.01) and with the within-subject comparison (-0.31, p < 0.001). Depending on the vignette, 27% to 40% of participants reported a greater likelihood of engaging in risky sexual behavior if taking PrEP than if not taking PrEP. Conclusions Our findings indicate that modest increases in risky sexual behavior could occur with PrEP. Although responses from the majority of participants suggest they would not be more likely to engage in risky sexual behavior if they took PrEP, a substantial proportion might. Programs rolling out PrEP should be prepared to assist similar women in making informed choices about reducing their risk of HIV and about their sexual health beyond HIV prevention. PMID:26056842

  10. Evidence for Retarded Pr ƒ; Hybridization and Tc Suppression in Y 1- xPr xSr 2Cu 2.85Re 0.15O 7

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    Das, A.; Castro, L. F.; Zelenay, I.; Suryanarayanan, R.

    1995-08-01

    We report on the preparation, X-ray diffraction, ac susceptibility, resistivity, and thermopower of Y 1- xPr xSr 2Cu 2.85Re 0.15O 7. We find that superconductivity is sustained up to a Pr concentration of 70%, which is greater than the 55% normally found in the Y 1- xPr xBa 2Cu 3O 7 system. It is proposed that the presence of Sr retards the Pr ƒ hybridization and the Tc suppression. It is pointed out that a better knowledge of structural and defect chemistry of Pr-containing cuprates is essential before applying any definite model to account for the data, as was also proposed earlier by R. Fehrenbacher and T. M. Rice ( Phys. Rev. Lett. 70, 3471, 1993).

  11. Multiple drug resistant mechanisms against darunavir, amprenavir, and nelfinavir of HIV-1 PR

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    Liu, Xiaoqing; Dai, Qi; Xiu, Zhilong

    2013-02-01

    Acquired immune deficiency syndrome (AIDS) is a disease of the human immune system caused by the human immunodeficiency virus (HIV), which is infecting more humans and is expanding faster in the world. The illness interferes with the immune system, making people with AIDS much more likely to get infections, including opportunistic infections and tumors that do not affect people with working immune systems. HIV-1 PR is one of the major targets of anti-AIDS drug discovery. It is, therefore, necessary to develop some inhibitors against HIV-1 PR. In this work, we executed molecular dynamics (MDs) simulation of HIV-1 PR with drugs darunavir (DRV), amprenavir (APV), nelfinavir (NFV), and examined the resistant mechanism of L10I, G48V, I54V, and L90M mutations of this PR, aiming at designing promising drugs. The comparative analysis suggests that the existences of dodecahydroisoquinoline ring at P1' subsite, 4-aminophenylsulfonamide at P2' subsite, and bis-tetrahydrofuranylurethane at P2 subsite are helpful for maintaining the high affinity of the inhibitor for the protease and exhibiting high potency against multiple drug resistance (MDR) mutant protease.

  12. 78 FR 51205 - Culebra National Wildlife Refuge, PR; Final Comprehensive Conservation Plan and Finding of No...

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    ... invasive species control and eradication and pursue habitat restoration on offshore cays. Within 5 years of... Fish and Wildlife Service Culebra National Wildlife Refuge, PR; Final Comprehensive Conservation Plan and Finding of No Significant Impact for the Environmental Assessment AGENCY: Fish and...

  13. PR notice 87-8. Notice to manufacturers, formulators, distributors, and registrants of pesticides

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    1987-06-01

    The document is one in the series of 'Pesticide Regulatory Notices', usually called 'PR Notices', which supplement the laws and regulations governing pesticide regulation in the US. These notices clarify, interpret and explain regulatory requirements and policies. They are directed at pesticide registrants and other parties interested in detailed procedures of regulation.

  14. PR notice 87-10. Notice to pesticide applicants, registrants and petitioners

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    1987-10-01

    The document is one in the series of Pesticide Regulatory Notices, usually called PR Notices, which supplement the laws and regulations governing pesticide regulation in the US. These notices clarify, interpret and explain regulatory requirements and policies. They are directed at pesticide registrants and other parties interested in detailed procedures of regulation.

  15. PR notice 87-9. Notice to pesticide applicants, registrants and petitioners

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    1987-08-01

    The document is one in the series of Pesticide Regulatory Notices, usually called PR Notices, which supplement the laws and regulations governing pesticide regulation in the US. These notices clarify, interpret and explain regulatory requirements and policies. They are directed at pesticide registrants and other parties interested in detailed procedures of regulation.

  16. Socialization and the Acquisition of Professional Discourse: A Case Study in the PR Industry

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    Bremner, Stephen

    2012-01-01

    This article tracks the socialization of a Chinese intern into a Hong Kong PR company and considers the factors that enabled her to move toward acquiring the discourse of the profession. Taking a case study approach, the research is based on a detailed daily journal written by the intern during her internship, and two interviews. Over the 3-month…

  17. 78 FR 4124 - Approval of Subzone Status, Coamo Property & Investments, LLC, Coamo, PR

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    ... Regulations, including notice in the Federal Register inviting public comment (77 FR 63289-63290, 10/16/12... Foreign-Trade Zones Board Approval of Subzone Status, Coamo Property & Investments, LLC, Coamo, PR On... the existing activation limit of FTZ 61 on behalf of the proposed operator, Coamo...

  18. Proteinase K and the structure of PrPse: the good, the bad, and the ugly

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    Infectious proteins (prions) are, ironically, defined by their resistance to proteolytic digestion. A defining characteristic of the transmissible isoform of the prion protein (PrPSc) is its partial resistance to proteinase K (PK) digestion. Diagnosis of prion disease typically relies upon immunod...

  19. Propagation of Information About Preexposure Prophylaxis (PrEP) for HIV Prevention Through Twitter.

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    McLaughlin, Margaret L; Hou, Jinghui; Meng, Jingbo; Hu, Chih-Wei; An, Zheng; Park, Mina; Nam, Yujung

    2016-08-01

    Previous literature has suggested that examining Twitter messages can be productive for studying how the public shares and spreads health information on social media. Preexposure prophylaxis (PrEP) is a promising approach to HIV prevention, yet there are many issues that may influence its effective implementation. This study examined social representations of PrEP on Twitter. One thousand four hundred and thirty-five Tweets were collected and 774 English Tweets were content-analyzed to explore propagation of various issues around daily oral PrEP, as well as characteristics of the sources of those Tweets. We also examined how Twitter message content influenced information propagation. Our findings revealed that PrEP-related information on Twitter covered a wide range of issues, and individual users constituted the majority of the Tweet creators among all the sources, including news media, nonprofit and academic groups, and commercial entities. Using Poisson regression, we also found that a Tweet's affective tone was a significant predictor of message propagation frequency. Implications for health practitioners are discussed. PMID:26756069

  20. Draft Genome Sequence and Gene Annotation of the Uropathogenic Bacterium Proteus mirabilis Pr2921

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    Giorello, F. M.; Romero, V.; Farias, J.; Scavone, P.; Umpiérrez, A.; Zunino, P.

    2016-01-01

    Here, we report the genome sequence of Proteus mirabilis Pr2921, a uropathogenic bacterium that can cause severe complicated urinary tract infections. After gene annotation, we identified two additional copies of ucaA, one of the most studied fimbrial protein genes, and other fimbriae related-proteins that are not present in P. mirabilis HI4320. PMID:27340058