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  1. 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

  2. Feline immunodeficiency virus (FIV) vaccine efficacy and FIV neutralizing antibodies

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    Coleman, James K.; Pu, Ruiyu; Martin, Marcus M.; Noon-Song, Ezra N.; Zwijnenberg, Raphael; Yamamoto, Janet K.

    2013-01-01

    A HIV-1 tier system has been developed to categorize the various subtype viruses based on their sensitivity to vaccine-induced neutralizing antibodies (NAbs): tier 1 with greatest sensitivity, tier 2 being moderately sensitive, and tier 3 being the least sensitive to NAbs (Mascola et al., J Virol 2005; 79:10103-7). Here, we define an FIV tier system using two related FIV dual-subtype (A+D) vaccines: the commercially available inactivated infected-cell vaccine (Fel-O-Vax® FIV) and its prototype vaccine solely composed of inactivated whole viruses. Both vaccines afforded combined protection rates of 100% against subtype-A tier-1 FIVPet, 89% against subtype-B tier-3 FIVFC1, 61% against recombinant subtype-A/B tier-2 FIVBang, 62% against recombinant subtype-F′/C tier-3 FIVNZ1, and 40% against subtype-A tier-2 FIVUK8 in short-duration (37–41 weeks) studies. In long-duration (76–80 weeks) studies, the commercial vaccine afforded a combined protection rate of at least 46% against the tier-2 and tier-3 viruses. Notably, protection rates observed here are far better than recently reported HIV-1 vaccine trials (Sanou et al., The Open AIDS 2012; 6:246-60). Prototype vaccine protection against two tier-3 and one tier-2 viruses was more effective than commercial vaccine. Such protection did not correlate with the presence of vaccine-induced NAbs to challenge viruses. This is the first large-scale (228 laboratory cats) study characterizing short- and long-duration efficacies of dual-subtype FIV vaccines against heterologous subtype and recombinant viruses, as well as FIV tiers based on in vitro NAb analysis and in vivo passive-transfer studies. These studies demonstrate that not all vaccine protection is mediated by vaccine-induced NAbs. PMID:23800540

  3. 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.

  4. Determining the feline immunodeficiency virus (FIV) status of FIV-vaccinated cats using point-of-care antibody kits.

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

    2015-10-01

    This study challenges the commonly held view that the feline immunodeficiency virus (FIV) infection status of FIV-vaccinated cats cannot be determined using point-of-care antibody test kits due to indistinguishable antibody production in FIV-vaccinated and naturally FIV-infected cats. The performance of three commercially available point-of-care antibody test kits was compared in a mixed population of FIV-vaccinated (n=119) and FIV-unvaccinated (n=239) cats in Australia. FIV infection status was assigned by considering the results of all antibody kits in concert with results from a commercially available PCR assay (FIV RealPCR™). Two lateral flow immunochromatography test kits (Witness FeLV/FIV; Anigen Rapid FIV/FeLV) had excellent overall sensitivity (100%; 100%) and specificity (98%; 100%) and could discern the true FIV infection status of cats, irrespective of FIV vaccination history. The lateral flow ELISA test kit (SNAP FIV/FeLV Combo) could not determine if antibodies detected were due to previous FIV vaccination, natural FIV infection, or both. The sensitivity and specificity of FIV RealPCR™ for detection of viral and proviral nucleic acid was 92% and 99%, respectively. These results will potentially change the way veterinary practitioners screen for FIV in jurisdictions where FIV vaccination is practiced, especially in shelter scenarios where the feasibility of mass screening is impacted by the cost of testing.

  5. Determination of parameters of a system of charge carriers in Y1-2 x Ca x Pr x Ba2Cu3O y within a combined analysis of temperature dependences of thermoelectric power and Nernst-Ettingshausen coefficients

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    Gasumyants, V. E.; Martynova, O. A.; Dubrovin, R. M.

    2015-12-01

    The temperature dependences of thermoelectric power S and transverse Nernst-Ettingshausen effect Q in high-temperature superconductors of the Y1-2 x Ca x Pr x Ba2Cu3O y system with different concentrations of dopants have been investigated experimentally. It has been shown that all the specific features revealed in the behavior of the two kinetic coefficients under investigation can be described using the narrowband model with a single concept of the structure of an energy spectrum and a common set of model parameters that characterize the structure of the spectrum and properties of a system of charge carriers. Based on the quantitative analysis of the dependences S( T) and Q( T), the values of these parameters for samples of the studied composition have been determined and the character of their changes with an increase in the impurity content has been analyzed. It has been demonstrated that, for the explanation of the obtained results, it is necessary to take into account the interaction of calcium and praseodymium ions upon their simultaneous introduction into the lattice. It has been found that the mobility of charge carriers has extremely low values and almost does not depend on the level of doping, which is associated with the character of changes in the structure of the energy spectrum of Y1-2 x Ca x Pr x Ba2Cu3O y upon doping. It has been concluded that the structure of the energy spectrum of high-temperature superconductors in the yttrium system is characterized by an asymmetry of the dispersion curve.

  6. FIV diversity: FIV Ple subtype composition may influence disease outcome in African lions.

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    Troyer, Jennifer L; Roelke, Melody E; Jespersen, Jillian M; Baggett, Natalie; Buckley-Beason, Valerie; MacNulty, Dan; Craft, Meggan; Packer, Craig; Pecon-Slattery, Jill; O'Brien, Stephen J

    2011-10-15

    Feline immunodeficiency virus (FIV) infects domestic cats and at least 20 additional species of non-domestic felids throughout the world. Strains specific to domestic cat (FIV(Fca)) produce AIDS-like disease progression, sequelae and pathology providing an informative model for HIV infection in humans. Less is known about the immunological and pathological influence of FIV in other felid species although multiple distinct strains of FIV circulate in natural populations. As in HIV-1 and HIV-2, multiple diverse cross-species infections may have occurred. In the Serengeti National Park, Tanzania, three divergent subtypes of lion FIV (FIV(Ple)) are endemic, whereby 100% of adult lions are infected with one or more of these strains. Herein, the relative distribution of these subtypes in the population are surveyed and, combined with observed differences in lion mortality due to secondary infections based on FIV(Ple) subtypes, the data suggest that FIV(Ple) subtypes may have different patterns of pathogenicity and transmissibility among wild lion populations.

  7. 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

  8. Characterization of regionally associated feline immunodeficiency virus (FIV) in bobcats (Lynx rufus).

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    Lagana, Danielle M; Lee, Justin S; Lewis, Jesse S; Bevins, Sarah N; Carver, Scott; Sweanor, Linda L; McBride, Roy; McBride, Caleb; Crooks, Kevin R; VandeWoude, Sue

    2013-07-01

    Feline immunodeficiency virus (FIV) classically infects felid species with highly divergent species-specific FIVs. However, recent studies have detected an FIV strain infecting both bobcats (Lynx rufus) and pumas (Puma concolor) in California and Florida. To further investigate this observation, we evaluated FIV from bobcats in Florida (n=25) and Colorado (n=80) between 2008 and 2011. Partial viral sequences from five Florida bobcats cluster with previously published sequences from Florida panthers. We did not detect FIV in Colorado bobcats.

  9. 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.

  10. Construction and testing of orfA +/- FIV reporter viruses.

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    Fadel, Hind J; Saenz, Dyana T; Poeschla, Eric M

    2012-01-01

    Single cycle reporter viruses that preserve the majority of the HIV-1 genome, long terminal repeat-promoted transcription and Rev-dependent structural protein expression are useful for investigating the viral life cycle. Reporter viruses that encode the viral proteins in cis in this way have been lacking for feline immunodeficiency virus (FIV), where the field has used genetically minimized transfer vectors with viral proteins supplied in trans. Here we report construction and use of a panel of single cycle FIV reporter viruses that express fluorescent protein markers. The viruses can be produced to high titer using human cell transfection and can transduce diverse target cells. To illustrate utility, we tested versions that are (+) and (-) for OrfA, an FIV accessory protein required for replication in primary lymphocytes and previously implicated in down-regulation of the primary FIV entry receptor CD134. We observed CD134 down-regulation after infection with or without OrfA, and equivalent virion production as well. These results suggest a role for FIV proteins besides Env or OrfA in CD134 down-regulation.

  11. 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...

  12. An updated nation-wide epidemiological survey of feline immunodeficiency virus (FIV) infection in Japan.

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    Nakamura, Yuki; Nakamura, Yuichi; Ura, Asami; Hirata, Momoko; Sakuma, Masato; Sakata, Yoshimi; Nishigaki, Kazuo; Tsujimoto, Hajime; Setoguchi, Asuka; Endo, Yasuyuki

    2010-08-01

    An updated nation-wide epidemiological survey of feline immunodeficiency virus (FIV) infection was conducted in Japan. Blood samples were collected from 1,770 outdoor accessing cats from March to October 2008. Serologically, 410 cats (23.2%) were positive for anti-FIV antibody. Proviral DNA of the FIV env V3-V5 region isolated from 348 cases could be phylogenetically analyzed. The present study disclosed a geographic distribution of four subtypes (A, B, C and D) of FIV in Japan. Even though an FIV vaccine was introduced in Japan, we do not currently know whether this vaccine is effective against all strains of FIV in Japan or not. Therefore, close attention still has to be paid to epidemic and genotypic trends of FIV.

  13. 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.

  14. 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

  15. 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.

    2015-01-01

    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

  16. Disseminated Mycobacterium genavense infection in a FIV-positive cat.

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    Hughes, M S; Ball, N W; Love, D N; Canfield, P J; Wigney, D I; Dawson, D; Davis, P E; Malik, R

    1999-03-01

    An 8-year-old FIV-positive Australian cat was presented with coughing, periocular alopecia, pyrexia and inappetence. Skin scrapings demonstrated Demodex cati mites. Antibiotics were administered and it was treated successfully for periocular demodectic mange, but the cat continued to exhibit respiratory signs and lose weight. Further investigation revealed an ascarid infection and active chronic inflammation of undetected cause affecting the lower airways. Repetitive treatment with pyrantel failed to eradicate the ascarid infection. The cat became cachectic and developed moist ulcerative dermatitis of the neck, severe non-regenerative anaemia, leucopenia and thrombocytopenia. Necropsy and histopathology revealed mycobacteriosis affecting skin, lungs, spleen, lymph nodes, liver and kidney. Attempted culture of frozen tissues at a mycobacteria reference laboratory was unsuccessful. Paraffin-embedded, formalin-fixed tissue was retrieved and examined using PCR to amplify part of the 16S rRNA gene. A diagnosis of disseminated Mycobacterium genavense infection was made based on the presence of acid fast bacteria in many tissues and partial sequence of the 16S rRNA gene. Although M genavense has been identified previously as a cause of disseminated disease in AIDS patients, this is the first report of infection in a cat. It was suspected that the demodecosis, recurrent ascarid infections and disseminated M genavense infection resulted from an immune deficiency syndrome consequent to longstanding FIV infection.

  17. T-lymphocyte profiles in FIV-infected wild lions and pumas reveal CD4 depletion.

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    Roelke, M E; Pecon-Slattery, J; Taylor, S; Citino, S; Brown, E; Packer, C; Vandewoude, S; O'Brien, S J

    2006-04-01

    Feline immunodeficiency virus (FIV) is a lentivirus related to human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) that causes feline AIDS in the domestic cat (Felis catus). Serological surveys indicate that at least 25 other species of cat possess antibodies that cross-react with domestic cat FIV. Most infected nondomestic cat species are without major symptoms of disease. Long-term studies of FIV genome variation and pathogenesis reveal patterns consistent with coadaptation of virus and host in free-ranging FIV-Ple-infected African lions (Panthera leo) and FIV-Pco-infected pumas (Puma concolor) populations. This report examined correlates of immunodeficiency in wild and captive lions and pumas by quantifying CD5(+), CD4(+), and CD8(+) T-cell subsets. Free-ranging FIV-Ple-infected lions had immunofluorescence flow cytometry (IFC) profiles marked by a dramatic decline in CD4(+) subsets, a reduction of the CD4(+)/CD8(+) ratio, reduction of CD8(+)beta(high) cells, and expansion of the CD8(+)beta(low) subset relative to uninfected lions. An overall significant depletion in CD5(+) T-cells in seropositive lions was linked with a compensatory increase in total CD5(-) lymphocytes. The IFC profiles were altered significantly in 50% of the seropositive individuals examined. The FIV-Pco-infected pumas had a more generalized response of lymphopenia expressed as a significant decline in total lymphocytes, CD5(+) T-cells, and CD5(-) lymphocytes as well as a significant reduction in CD4(+) T-cells. Like lions, seropositive pumas had a significant decline in CD8(+)beta(high) cells but differed by not having compensatory expansion of CD8(+)beta(low) cells relative to controls. Results from FIV-infected lions and pumas parallel human and Asian monkey CD4(+) diminution in HIV and SIV infection, respectively, and suggest there may be unrecognized immunological consequences of FIV infection in these two species of large cats.

  18. Single aromatic residue location alters nucleic acid binding and chaperone function of FIV nucleocapsid protein

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    Wu, Hao; Wang, Wei; Naiyer, Nada; Fichtenbaum, Eric; Qualley, Dominic F.; McCauley, Micah J.; Gorelick, Robert J.; Rouzina, Ioulia; Musier-Forsyth, Karin; Williams, Mark C.

    2014-01-01

    Feline immunodeficiency virus (FIV) is a retrovirus that infects domestic cats, and is an excellent animal model for human immunodeficiency virus type 1 (HIV-1) pathogenesis. The nucleocapsid (NC) protein is critical for replication in both retroviruses. FIV NC has several structural features that differ from HIV-1 NC. While both NC proteins have a single conserved aromatic residue in each of the two zinc fingers, the aromatic residue on the second finger of FIV NC is located on the opposite C-terminal side relative to its location in HIV-1 NC. In addition, whereas HIV-1 NC has a highly charged cationic N-terminal tail and a relatively short C-terminal extension, the opposite is true for FIV NC. To probe the impact of these differences on the nucleic acid (NA) binding and chaperone properties of FIV NC, we carried out ensemble and single-molecule assays with wild-type (WT) and mutant proteins. The ensemble studies show that FIV NC binding to DNA is strongly electrostatic, with a higher effective charge than that observed for HIV-1 NC. The C-terminal basic domain contributes significantly to the NA binding capability of FIV NC. In addition, the non-electrostatic component of DNA binding is much weaker for FIV NC than for HIV-1 NC. Mutation of both aromatic residues in the zinc fingers to Ala (F12A/W44A) further increases the effective charge of FIV NC and reduces its non-electrostatic binding affinity. Interestingly, switching the location of the C-terminal aromatic residue to mimic the HIV-1 NC sequence (N31W/W44A) reduces the effective charge of FIV NC and increases its non-electrostatic binding affinity to values similar to HIV-1 NC. Consistent with the results of these ensemble studies, single-molecule DNA stretching studies show that while WT FIV NC has reduced stacking capability relative to HIV-1 NC, the aromatic switch mutant recovers the ability to intercalate between the DNA bases. Our results demonstrate that altering the position of a single aromatic

  19. 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.

  20. Immunomodulator expression in trophoblasts from the feline immunodeficiency virus (FIV)-infected cat

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    2011-01-01

    Background 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 may cause dysregulation of trophoblast immunomodulator expression, and aberrant expression of these molecules may potentiate inflammation and compromise pregnancy. The purpose of this project was to evaluate the expression of representative pro-(TNF-α, IFN-γ, IL-1β, IL-2, IL-6, IL-12p35, IL-12p40, IL-18, and GM-CSF) and anti-inflammatory cytokines (IL-4, IL-5, and IL-10); CD134, a secondary co-stimulatory molecule expressed on activated T cells (FIV primary receptor); the chemokine receptor CXCR4 (FIV co-receptor); SDF-1α, the chemokine ligand to CXCR4; and FIV gag in trophoblasts from early-and late-term pregnancy. Methods We used an anti-cytokeratin antibody in immunohistochemistry to identify trophoblasts selectively, collected these cells using laser capture microdissection, and extracted total RNA from the captured cell populations. Real time, reverse transcription-PCR was used to quantify gene expression. Results We detected IL-4, IL-5, IL-6, IL-1β, IL-12p35, IL-12p40, and CXCR4 in trophoblasts from early-and late-term pregnancy. Expression of cytokines increased from early to late pregnancy in normal tissues. A clear, pro-inflammatory microenvironment was not evident in trophoblasts from FIV-infected queens at either stage of pregnancy. Reproductive failure was accompanied by down-regulation of both pro-and anti-inflammatory cytokines. CD134 was not detected in trophoblasts, and FIV gag was detected in only one of ten trophoblast specimens collected from FIV-infected queens. Conclusion Feline trophoblasts express an array of pro-and anti-inflammatory immunomodulators whose expression increases from early to late pregnancy in normal tissues. Non

  1. Placental immunopathology and pregnancy failure in the FIV-infected cat.

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    Weaver, C C; Burgess, S C; Nelson, P D; Wilkinson, M; Ryan, P L; Nail, C A; Kelly-Quagliana, K A; May, M L; Reeves, R K; Boyle, C R; Coats, K S

    2005-01-01

    Placental HIV infections frequently result in infected babies or miscarriage. Aberrant placental cytokine expression during HIV infections may facilitate transplacental viral transmission or pregnancy perturbation. The feline immunodeficiency virus (FIV)-infected cat is a model for HIV infections due to similarities in biology and clinical disease. The purpose of this study was to evaluate placental immunomodulator expression and reproductive outcome using the FIV-infected cat model. Kittens were cesarean delivered from FIV-B-2542-infected and control queens near term; placental and fetal tissues were collected. Real-time RT-PCR was used to measure expression of representative placental Th1 cytokines, interleukin-1beta (IL-1beta) and interferon-gamma (IFN-gamma), a Th2 cytokine, IL-10, and chemokine receptor CXCR4. On average, control queens delivered 3.8 kittens/litter; 1 of 31 kittens (3.2%) was non-viable. FIV-infected queens produced 2.7 kittens/litter; 15 of 25 concepti (60%) were non-viable. FIV was detected in 14 of 15 placentas (93%) and 21 of 22 fetuses (95%) using PCR. Placental immunomodulator expression did not differ significantly when placentas from infected cats were compared to those of control cats. However, elevated expression of Th1 cytokines and increased Th1/Th2 ratios (IL-1beta/IL-10) occurred in placentas from resorptions. Therefore, increased placental Th1 cytokine expression was associated with pregnancy failure in the FIV-infected cat.

  2. Does coinfection of Bartonella henselae and FIV induce clinical disorders in cats?

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    Ueno, H; Hohdatsu, T; Muramatsu, Y; Koyama, H; Morita, C

    1996-01-01

    It was found that Bartonella henselae (B. henselae) may induce clinical disorders in cats in natural conditions from a comparison of the serological status for B. henselae with the serostatus for feline immunodeficiency virus (FIV) and several clinical characteristics in 170 domestic cats. Seropositivity for B. henselae was not significantly different between FIV antibody-positive and -negative cats (18.4% vs 16.0%). The incidence of clinical characteristics were compared among four cat groups distinguished by the reactivity of sera against B. henselae and FIV. The incidence of lymph node swelling was lower in only FIV antibody-positive cats (3.0%), but higher in B. henselae antibody-positive cats (13.6%) and significantly higher in both B. henselae and FIV antibody-positive cats (42.9%) compared with the incidence of lymph node swelling in cats which were negative for both antibodies (5.5%). The same relation was also observed for the incidence of gingivitis among the 4 cat groups, suggesting that coinfection of B. henselae and FIV may be associated with gingivitis and lymphadenopathy in cats.

  3. The virus–receptor interaction in the replication of feline immunodeficiency virus (FIV)☆

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    Willett, Brian J; Hosie, Margaret J

    2013-01-01

    The feline and human immunodeficiency viruses (FIV and HIV) target helper T cells selectively, and in doing so they induce a profound immune dysfunction. The primary determinant of HIV cell tropism is the expression pattern of the primary viral receptor CD4 and co-receptor(s), such as CXCR4 and CCR5. FIV employs a distinct strategy to target helper T cells; a high affinity interaction with CD134 (OX40) is followed by binding of the virus to its sole co-receptor, CXCR4. Recent studies have demonstrated that the way in which FIV interacts with its primary receptor, CD134, alters as infection progresses, changing the cell tropism of the virus. This review examines the contribution of the virus–receptor interaction to replication in vivo as well as the significance of these findings to the development of vaccines and therapeutics. PMID:23992667

  4. 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

  5. 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

  6. Prevalence of feline calicivirus, feline leukaemia virus and antibodies to FIV in cats with chronic stomatitis.

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    Knowles, J O; Gaskell, R M; Gaskell, C J; Harvey, C E; Lutz, H

    1989-04-01

    The prevalence of feline calicivirus (FCV), feline leukaemia virus (FeLV) and feline immunodeficiency virus (FIV) antibodies were assessed in 78 British and 18 North American household cats with chronic stomatitis and in appropriate controls. In British cats, FCV was significantly (P less than 0.005) more prevalent in both hospital (92 per cent) and general practice (79 per cent) cases compared to their controls (19 per cent in both cases). A similar difference in prevalence of FCV was noted in North American cats where 50 per cent of cases were positive compared to 0 per cent of controls (P less than 0.01). FeLV prevalence was low in all chronic stomatitis populations. A significantly higher prevalence of antibody to FIV was found in British hospital cases (81 per cent) compared with time-matched controls (16 per cent) (P less than 0.001): a similar rate was found in the general practice cases (75 per cent) for which no controls were available. In the North American sample, FIV antibody status was similar in cases (54 per cent positive) and their age, sex and breed matched controls (50 per cent). The possible role of FCV and FIV in the pathogenesis of feline chronic stomatitis is discussed.

  7. 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

  8. 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, Kathleen A; Klein, Lin; Martelli, Paolo; Krishnasamy, Karthiyani; O'Brien, Stephen J

    2009-07-20

    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 seroprevalence 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: lymphadenopathy, gingivitis, tongue papillomas, dehydration, and poor coat condition, as well as displaying abnormal red blood cell parameters, depressed serum albumin, and elevated liver enzymes and gamma globulin. Spleen and lymph node biopsies from free-ranging FIVple-infected lions (N=9) revealed evidence of lymphoid depletion, the hallmark pathology documented in immunodeficiency 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).

  9. Eight-year observation and comparative study of specific pathogen-free cats experimentally infected with feline immunodeficiency virus (FIV) subtypes A and B: terminal acquired immunodeficiency syndrome in a cat infected with FIV petaluma strain.

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    Kohmoto, M; Uetsuka, K; Ikeda, Y; Inoshima, Y; Shimojima, M; Sato, E; Inada, G; Toyosaki, T; Miyazawa, T; Doi, K; Mikami, T

    1998-03-01

    Three specific pathogen-free cats experimentally infected with feline immunodeficiency virus (FIV) strains Petaluma, TM1 and TM2, respectively were observed for over 8 years. Without showing any significant clinical signs of immunodeficiency syndrome (AIDS) for 8 years and 4 months of asymptomatic phase, the Petaluma-infected cat exhibited severe stomatitis/gingivitis, anorexia, emaciation, hematological and immunological disorders such as severe anemia, lymphopenia, thrombocytopenia, and decrease of CD4/CD8 ratio to 0.075, and finally died with hemoperitoneum at 8 years and 8 months post-infection. Histopathological studies revealed that the cat had systemic lymphoid atrophy and bone marrow disorders indicating acute myelocytic leukemia (aleukemic type). Plasma viral titer of the cat at AIDS phase was considerably high and anti-FIV antibody titer was slightly low as compared with the other FIV-infected cats. In addition, immunoblotting analysis using serially collected serum/plasma samples of these cats revealed that antibodies against FIV proteins were induced in all the infected cats, however in the Petaluma-infected cat anti-Gag antibodies disappeared during the asymptomatic period. These results suggested that plasma viral load and anti-FIV Gag antibody response correlated with disease progression, and supported FIV-infected cats as a suitable animal model of human AIDS.

  10. 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.

  11. 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

  12. 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.

  13. Pulmonary cryptococcosis and Capillaria aerophila infection in an FIV-positive cat.

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    Barrs, V R; Martin, P; Nicoll, R G; Beatty, J A; Malik, R

    2000-03-01

    A 12-year-old, FIV-positive, domestic longhair cat was presented with a history of sneezing and coughing during the previous seven months. On thoracic radiographs, a prominent bronchial pattern and three focal, opacified nodules were seen. Cytology of bronchoalveolar lavage fluid demonstrated spherical, capsulate, narrow-necked, budding yeasts within macrophages. Culture of the fluid yielded a heavy growth of Cryptococcus neoformans var neoformans. The serum latex cryptococcal antigen agglutination test titre was 158. The cat was treated with itraconazole and the cough resolved over a 5-month period but then recurred. Repeat thoracic radiographs showed resolution of the pulmonary nodules but a persistent bronchial pattern. Adult nematodes and ova with morphology characteristic of Capillaria aerophila were seen in bronchoalveolar lavage fluid and no yeasts were cultured from the fluid. The cryptococcal titre was zero. The lungworm infection was treated successfully with abamectin and the cough resolved. Immunosuppression related to FIV infection may have predisposed this cat to sequential respiratory tract infections.

  14. 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, Riuyu; Owen, Jennifer L.; Coleman, James K.; Yamamoto, Janet K.

    2016-01-01

    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 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 >13×106 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 potentially HIV-1

  15. 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

  16. Evaluation of a novel nested PCR for the routine diagnosis of feline leukemia virus (FeLV) and feline immunodeficiency virus (FIV).

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    Arjona, Alvaro; Barquero, Nuria; Doménech, Ana; Tejerizo, German; Collado, Victorio M; Toural, Cristina; Martín, Daniel; Gomez-Lucia, Esperanza

    2007-02-01

    Laboratory diagnosis of feline leukemia virus (FeLV) and feline immunodeficiency virus (FIV) usually involves both viruses, as the clinical signs are similar and coinfection may occur. Serological methods may not represent an accurate diagnosis: maternal antibodies or cross-reactions may give false positive results to FIV, and false negative results may occur in latent FeLV status, or in certain FIV infection stages. A nested polymerase chain reaction (PCR) technique was designed to detect FeLV, FIV and feline endogenous retrovirus simultaneously. The detection of endogenous sequences was considered indicative of successful DNA extraction. The technique was used to diagnose FIV and FeLV in the blood cells of 179 cats. The kappa value with the serological data was 0.69 for FeLV and 0.87 for FIV. The joint detection of FeLV and FIV by this novel nested PCR is sensitive, specific, fast and convenient, and its applicability for clinical diagnosis is promising, as the direct evidence of the presence of the virus is more realistic than the indirect data provided by the serological detection.

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

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    Troyer, Jennifer; Poss, Mary

    2009-01-01

    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 nonhuman 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 new

  18. 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

  19. A diffusive SI model with Allee effect and application to FIV.

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    Hilker, Frank M; Langlais, Michel; Petrovskii, Sergei V; Malchow, Horst

    2007-03-01

    A minimal reaction-diffusion model for the spatiotemporal spread of an infectious disease is considered. The model is motivated by the Feline Immunodeficiency Virus (FIV) which causes AIDS in cat populations. Because the infected period is long compared with the lifespan, the model incorporates the host population growth. Two different types are considered: logistic growth and growth with a strong Allee effect. In the model with logistic growth, the introduced disease propagates in form of a travelling infection wave with a constant asymptotic rate of spread. In the model with Allee effect the spatiotemporal dynamics are more complicated and the disease has considerable impact on the host population spread. Most importantly, there are waves of extinction, which arise when the disease is introduced in the wake of the invading host population. These waves of extinction destabilize locally stable endemic coexistence states. Moreover, spatially restricted epidemics are possible as well as travelling infection pulses that correspond either to fatal epidemics with succeeding host population extinction or to epidemics with recovery of the host population. Generally, the Allee effect induces minimum viable population sizes and critical spatial lengths of the initial distribution. The local stability analysis yields bistability and the phenomenon of transient epidemics within the regime of disease-induced extinction. Sustained oscillations do not exist.

  20. 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

  1. 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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    Sukhumavasi, Woraporn; Bellosa, Mary L; Lucio-Forster, Araceli; Liotta, Janice L; Lee, Alice C Y; Pornmingmas, Pitcha; Chungpivat, Sudchit; Mohammed, Hussni O; Lorentzen, Leif; Dubey, J P; Bowman, Dwight D

    2012-08-13

    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 Bangkok, Thailand. The samples were tested for heartworm, FIV, and FeLV using a commercial ELISA. Of the 746 samples, 4.6% (34/746) were positive for heartworm antigen, 24.5% (183/746) had circulating FeLV antigen, and 20.1% (150/746) had antibodies against FIV. In addition, the first 348 submitted samples were tested for T. gondii antibodies using a modified agglutination test (MAT, cut off 1:25); 10.1% (35/348) were seropositive. Of the 348 cats sampled for all four pathogens, 11, 10, and 1 were positive for T. gondii antibodies and FIV antibodies, FeLV antigen, or D. immitis antigen, respectively. Of the 35 T. gondii-seropositive cats, 42.9% (15/35) were co-infected with at least one of the other three pathogens. The presence of antibodies to FIV was significantly associated with both age and gender, while FeLV antigen presence was only associated with age. In the case of FIV, males were twice as likely to be infected as females, and cats over 10 years of age were 13.5 times more likely to be infected than cats less than 1 year of age. FeLV antigen was more common in younger cats, with cats over 10 years of age being 10 times less likely to be FeLV positive than cats under 1 year of age. This is the first survey for these four pathogens affecting feline health in Thailand.

  2. Coinfection of Leishmania chagasi with Toxoplasma gondii, Feline Immunodeficiency Virus (FIV) and Feline Leukemia Virus (FeLV) in cats from an endemic area of zoonotic visceral leishmaniasis.

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    Sobrinho, Ludmila Silva Vicente; Rossi, Cláudio Nazaretian; Vides, Juliana Peloi; Braga, Eveline Tozzi; Gomes, Ana Amélia Domingues; de Lima, Valéria Marçal Félix; Perri, Sílvia Helena Venturoli; Generoso, Diego; Langoni, Hélio; Leutenegger, Christian; Biondo, Alexander Welker; Laurenti, Márcia Dalastra; Marcondes, Mary

    2012-06-08

    The aim of the present study was to determine the coinfection of Leishmania sp. with Toxoplasma gondii, Feline Immunodeficiency Virus (FIV) and Feline Leukemia Virus (FeLV) in a population of cats from an endemic area for zoonotic visceral leishmaniasis. An overall 66/302 (21.85%) cats were found positive for Leishmania sp., with infection determined by direct parasitological examination in 30/302 (9.93%), by serology in 46/302 (15.23%) and by both in 10/302 (3.31%) cats. Real time PCR followed by amplicon sequencing successfully confirmed Leishmania infantum (syn Leishmania chagasi) infection. Out of the Leishmania infected cats, coinfection with FIV was observed in 12/66 (18.18%), with T. gondii in 17/66 (25.75%) and with both agents in 5/66 (7.58%) cats. FeLV was found only in a single adult cat with no Leishmania infection. A positive association was observed in coinfection of Leishmania and FIV (p<0.0001), but not with T. gondii (p>0.05). In conclusion, cats living in endemic areas of visceral leishmaniasis are significantly more likely to be coinfected with FIV, which may present confounding clinical signs and therefore cats in such areas should be always carefully screened for coinfections.

  3. 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 ...

  4. 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

  5. Chemical pressure induced change in multiferroicity of Bi1+2xGd2x/2Fe1-2xO3 bulk ceramics

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    Pradhan, S. K.; Sahu, D. R.; Rout, P. P.; Das, S. K.; Pradhan, A. K.; Srinivasu, V. V.; Roul, B. K.

    2017-04-01

    We have optimized Gd ion substitution in BiFeO3 (BFO) and observed prominently change in structural, electrical and magnetic behavior of Bi1+2xGd2x/2Fe1-2xO3 ceramics synthesized through slow step sintering schedule. It is observed that with the increase in concentration of Gd (x=0.1), original structure of BFO is transformed from rhombohedral R3c space group to orthorhombic Pn21a space group. Surprisingly, unit cell volume is drastically contracted (35% for x=0.2) and the sintered specimen showed enhanced room temperature ferromagnetic behavior although the original BFO is normally G-type antiferromagnetic in nature at 643 K. It is expected that intrinsic chemical pressure within the bulk body built by the substitution of Gd in presence of excess bismuth greatly supported through unidirectional movement of electrical dipole moment with in each individual domain as a result of which suppression of leakage current with enhanced dielectric and ferroelectric hysteresis is observed.

  6. CD4(+)CD25(+) T regulatory cells inhibit CD8(+) IFN-gamma production during acute and chronic FIV infection utilizing a membrane TGF-beta-dependent mechanism.

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    Fogle, Jonathan E; Mexas, Angela M; Tompkins, Wayne A; Tompkins, Mary B

    2010-02-01

    CD8(+) lymphocytes are critical to the control and elimination of viral pathogens. Impaired CD8(+) responses are well recognized in lentiviral infections; however, the mechanisms underlying CD8(+) impairment remain elusive. Using the feline immunodeficiency virus (FIV) model for human AIDS, we reported previously that CD4(+)CD25(+) Treg cells in both the acute and long-term, asymptomatic phase of infection are constitutively activated and suppress CD4(+)CD25(-) T cell responses. In the current study, we have demonstrated that CD4(+)CD25(+) Treg cells suppress CD8(+) responses to immune stimulation during both the acute and chronic, asymptomatic phase of FIV infection and that the mechanism of suppression may be mediated by membrane-associated TGF-beta (mTGF-beta) on CD4(+)CD25(+) lymphocytes. Depletion of CD4(+)CD25(+) lymphocytes from lymph node suspensions significantly enhanced production of IFN-gamma during the acute phase of infection and coculture of CD8(+) lymphocytes with CD4(+)CD25(+) lymphocytes resulted in suppression of CD8(+) IFN-gamma during both the acute and chronic stages of infection. FACS analysis indicated that there was TGF-betaRII upregulation on CD8(+) cells from FIV(+) cats during the acute and chronic stage of infection. In addition, there was upregulation of mTGF-beta on the CD4(+)CD25(+) subset in chronically infected cats. In support of activation of the TGF-beta signaling pathway, Western blotting showed Smad 2 phosphorylation in CD8(+) targets following CD4(+)CD25(+)/CD8(+) coculture. These results demonstrate the suppressive effect CD4(+)CD25(+) Treg cells have on the CD8(+) immune response during the acute and chronic stages of FIV infection and suggest that the mechanism of suppression may be mediated by mTGF-beta.

  7. CD4+CD25+ T Regulatory Cells Inhibit CD8+ IFN-γ Production During Acute and Chronic FIV Infection Utilizing a Membrane TGF-β-Dependent Mechanism

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    Fogle, Jonathan E.; Mexas, Angela M.; Tompkins, Wayne A.

    2010-01-01

    Abstract CD8+ lymphocytes are critical to the control and elimination of viral pathogens. Impaired CD8+ responses are well recognized in lentiviral infections; however, the mechanisms underlying CD8+ impairment remain elusive. Using the feline immunodeficiency virus (FIV) model for human AIDS, we reported previously that CD4+CD25+ Treg cells in both the acute and long-term, asymptomatic phase of infection are constitutively activated and suppress CD4+CD25– T cell responses. In the current study, we have demonstrated that CD4+CD25+ Treg cells suppress CD8+ responses to immune stimulation during both the acute and chronic, asymptomatic phase of FIV infection and that the mechanism of suppression may be mediated by membrane-associated TGF-β (mTGF-β) on CD4+CD25+ lymphocytes. Depletion of CD4+CD25+ lymphocytes from lymph node suspensions significantly enhanced production of IFN-γ during the acute phase of infection and coculture of CD8+ lymphocytes with CD4+CD25+ lymphocytes resulted in suppression of CD8+ IFN-γ during both the acute and chronic stages of infection. FACS analysis indicated that there was TGF-βRII upregulation on CD8+ cells from FIV+ cats during the acute and chronic stage of infection. In addition, there was upregulation of mTGF-β on the CD4+CD25+ subset in chronically infected cats. In support of activation of the TGF-β signaling pathway, Western blotting showed Smad 2 phosphorylation in CD8+ targets following CD4+CD25+/CD8+ coculture. These results demonstrate the suppressive effect CD4+CD25+ Treg cells have on the CD8+ immune response during the acute and chronic stages of FIV infection and suggest that the mechanism of suppression may be mediated by mTGF-β. PMID:20156102

  8. Adsorption of carbon dioxide on Al12X clusters studied by density functional theory: effect of charge and doping.

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    Zhao, Jian-Ying; Zhang, Yu; Zhao, Feng-Qi; Ju, Xue-Hai

    2013-11-27

    The adsorption of a CO2 molecule on neutral and charged X-centered icosahedron Al12X(±z) clusters (X = Al, Be, Zn, Ni, Cu, B, P; z = 0, 1) was investigated by the density functional PW91 and PWC methods. Optimized configurations corresponding to physisorption and chemisorption of CO2 were identified. The adsorption energies, activation barriers, and binding energies involving both the physisorption (Al12X(±z)·CO2-I) and chemisorption (Al12X(±z)·CO2-II) for CO2 were determined. The chemisorption of a CO2 molecule on the Al12X clusters (X is a metallic doping element) requires relatively low activation barriers. The lowest barrier was found to be with the Al12Be cluster. For the Al12X(-) clusters, the barriers are all higher than those of the neutral analogues. For the Al12X(+) clusters, two corresponding configurations are linked by a low-energy barrier, and CO2 molecule chemisorption on the Al12Be(+) cluster has the lowest barrier. The adsorption energies are larger than the energy barriers, which facilitates the chemisorption. The results show that carbon dioxide adsorbed on the Al12X(±z) clusters can be tuned by controllable X doping and the total number of valence electrons and suggest the potential application of Al12X(±z) nanostructures for carbon dioxide capture and activation.

  9. 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.

  10. An investigation into the seroprevalence of Toxoplasma gondii, Bartonella spp., feline immunodeficiency virus (FIV), and feline leukaemia virus (FeLV) in cats in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.

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    Tiao, N; Darrington, C; Molla, B; Saville, W J A; Tilahun, G; Kwok, O C H; Gebreyes, W A; Lappin, M R; Jones, J L; Dubey, J P

    2013-05-01

    Toxoplasma gondii and Bartonella spp. are zoonotic pathogens of cats. Feline immunodeficiency virus (FIV), and feline leukaemia virus (FeLV) are immunosuppressive viruses of cats that can affect T. gondii oocyst shedding. In this study, the prevalence of antibodies to T. gondii, Bartonella spp., FIV, as well as FeLV antigens were determined in sera from feral cats (Felis catus) from Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. Using the modified agglutination test, IgG antibodies to T. gondii were found in 41 (85.4%) of the 48 cats with titres of 1:25 in one, 1:50 in one, 1:200 in six, 1:400 in six, 1:800 in six, 1:1600 in eight, and 1:3200 in 13 cats. Toxoplasma gondii IgM antibodies were found in 11/46 cats tested by ELISA, suggesting recent infection. Antibodies to Bartonella spp. were found in five (11%) of 46 cats tested. Antibodies to FIV or FeLV antigen were not detected in any of the 41 cats tested. The results indicate a high prevalence of T. gondii and a low prevalence of Bartonella spp. infection in cats in Ethiopia.

  11. 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

  12. 26. A sepia photograph, 7 1/2" x 8 1/2" oh ...

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    26. A sepia photograph, 7 1/2" x 8 1/2" oh semi-matte paper, aerial oblique of central Terre Haute with negative inscribed letters (prints on positive as white) along the bottom margin, "(02105-631K-118) (3-10-37. 10:30A) (R-1000) (State Normal College, Terre Haute, Ind.)" This view taken looking east shows the gas building in the near foreground right. On the reverse in red pencil, "Campus Scenes 10" and in black pencil, "1937". Source: Indiana State University Archives. - John T. Beasley Building, 632 Cherry Street (between Sixth & Seventh Streets), Terre Haute, Vigo County, IN

  13. 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.

  14. 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

  15. Ferrimagnetism in GdCo(12-x)Fe(x)B6.

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    Diop, L V B; Isnard, O; Lee-Hone, N R; Ryan, D H; Cadogan, J M

    2013-08-07

    The effects of iron substitution on the structural and magnetic properties of the GdCo(12-x)Fe(x)B6 (0 ≤ x ≤ 3) series of compounds have been studied. All of the compounds form in the rhombohedral SrNi12B6-type structure and exhibit ferrimagnetic behaviour below room temperature: T(C) decreases from 158 K for x = 0 to 93 K for x = 3. (155)Gd Mössbauer spectroscopy indicates that the easy magnetization axis changes from axial to basal-plane upon substitution of Fe for Co. This observation has been confirmed using neutron powder diffraction. The axial to basal-plane transition is remarkably sensitive to the Fe content and comparison with earlier (57)Fe-doping studies suggests that the boundary lies below x = 0.1.

  16. 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.

  17. 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.

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

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    Bell, Anthony M T; Henderson, C Michael B

    2016-02-01

    The synthetic leucite silicate framework mineral analogues Rb2 XSi5O12 {X = Ni [dirubidium nickel(II) penta-silicate] and Mn [dirubidium manganese(II) penta-silicate]} 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 tetra-hedral 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 tetra-hedrally 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.

  19. 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

  20. 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.

  1. 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.

  2. 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.

  3. Modulation of the virus-receptor interaction by mutations in the V5 loop of feline immunodeficiency virus (FIV) following in vivo escape from neutralising antibody

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    2010-01-01

    Background In the acute phase of infection with feline immunodeficiency virus (FIV), the virus targets activated CD4+ T cells by utilising CD134 (OX40) as a primary attachment receptor and CXCR4 as a co-receptor. The nature of the virus-receptor interaction varies between isolates; strains such as GL8 and CPGammer recognise a "complex" determinant on CD134 formed by cysteine-rich domains (CRDs) 1 and 2 of the molecule while strains such as PPR and B2542 require a more "simple" determinant comprising CRD1 only for infection. These differences in receptor recognition manifest as variations in sensitivity to receptor antagonists. In this study, we ask whether the nature of the virus-receptor interaction evolves in vivo. Results Following infection with a homogeneous viral population derived from a pathogenic molecular clone, a quasispecies emerged comprising variants with distinct sensitivities to neutralising antibody and displaying evidence of conversion from a "complex" to a "simple" interaction with CD134. Escape from neutralising antibody was mediated primarily by length and sequence polymorphisms in the V5 region of Env, and these alterations in V5 modulated the virus-receptor interaction as indicated by altered sensitivities to antagonism by both anti-CD134 antibody and soluble CD134. Conclusions The FIV-receptor interaction evolves under the selective pressure of the host humoral immune response, and the V5 loop contributes to the virus-receptor interaction. Our data are consistent with a model whereby viruses with distinct biological properties are present in early versus late infection and with a shift from a "complex" to a "simple" interaction with CD134 with time post-infection. PMID:20420700

  4. 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.

  5. Quantum chemical calculations of anion complex [B12Hx(CF3)12-x]2-, x = 9 - 12

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    Koblova, Elena A.; Saldin, Vitaly I.; Ustinov, Alexander Yu.

    2016-12-01

    The geometric, energetic, spectral and electronic properties of the most stable isomers of B12Hx(CF3)12-X2- anion complex with x = 9 - 12 have been studied using Density Functional Theory (B3LYP/6-311++G**). It was shown that these isomers are characterized by the preference to form the most symmetric structures with uniformly distributed charge densities. However, when replacing a hydrogen atom with fluoromethyl group, an inductive effect occurs. Blue shifts in the IR spectrum compared to the vibrations of the free CF3 molecule are in the range of 2 - 69 cm-1 and points to the stability of B12Hx(CF3)12-x2- anions.

  6. 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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  7. Genetic diversity study on 12 X-STR loci of investigator® Argus X STR kit in Bangladeshi population.

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    Sufian, Abu; Hosen, Md Ismail; Fatema, Kaniz; Hossain, Tania; Hasan, Md Mahamud; Mazumder, Ashish Kumar; Akhteruzzaman, Sharif

    2016-12-08

    The X-chromosome short tandem repeat (STR) loci are of particular interest for solving complex kinship and paternity cases. Here, we report the genetic data from 209 unrelated Bangladeshi individuals (102 males and 107 females) that were genotyped using the 12 X-chromosomal STR markers included in the Investigator® Argus X-12 kit (Qiagen). The 12 X-STR markers are located in four linkage groups (linkage group I: DXS10135, DXS10148, and DXS8378; linkage group II: DXS7132, DXS10079, and DXS10074; linkage group III: DXS10103, HPRTB, and DXS10101; and linkage group IV: DXS10146, DXS10134, and DXS7423). Allelic frequencies of the 12 X-STR loci and haplotype frequencies of the four linkage groups were investigated. No significant difference was observed in the allele frequencies of males and females. Distributions of heterozygosity were observed from 64.5 to 92.5% among the studied 12 X STR loci. DXS10135 and DXS10101 loci were found to be most polymorphic. For all the four linkage groups, the haplotype diversity was found to be greater than 0.986. A total of 95, 73, 66, and 74 haplotypes were observed in linkage groups I, II, III, and IV, respectively. Hardy-Weinberg equilibrium tests showed no significant deviation from expected values for all 12 loci (p > 0.05). The exact test for pairwise linkage disequilibrium for the 12 loci in the male samples did not show any significant linkage disequilibrium except the DXS10103 and DXS10101 loci after the p values were corrected by Bonferroni's correction for multiple testing (p > 0.05/66). A combined power of discrimination in male and female individuals were 0.999999998159791 and 0.999999999999993, respectively. The combined mean exclusion chance were 0.999997635 in deficiency cases, 0.999999996 in normal trio cases, and 0.999999178 in duo cases. The currently investigated Bangladeshi population showed significant differences when compared with previously reported X-STR data from other 12 populations. The results of the

  8. Three Oxidation States of Manganese in the Barium Hexaferrite BaFe12-xMnxO19.

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    Nemrava, Sandra; Vinnik, Denis A; Hu, Zhiwei; Valldor, Martin; Kuo, Chang-Yang; Zherebtsov, Dmitry A; Gudkova, Svetlana A; Chen, Chien-Te; Tjeng, Liu Hao; Niewa, Rainer

    2017-04-03

    The coexistence of three valence states of Mn ions, namely, +2, +3, and +4, in substituted magnetoplumbite-type BaFe12-xMnxO19 was observed by soft X-ray absorption spectroscopy at the Mn-L2,3 edge. We infer that the occurrence of multiple valence states of Mn situated in the pristine purely iron(III) compound BaFe12O19 is made possible by the fact that the charge disproportionation of Mn(3+) into Mn(2+) and Mn(4+) requires less energy than that of Fe(3+) into Fe(2+) and Fe(4+), related to the smaller effective Coulomb interaction of Mn(3+) (d(4)) compared to Fe(3+) (d(5)). The different chemical environments determine the location of the differently charged ions: with Mn(3+) occupying positions with (distorted) octahedral local symmetry, Mn(4+) ions prefer octahedrally coordinated sites in order to optimize their covalent bonding. Larger and more ionic bonded Mn(2+) ions with a spherical charge distribution accumulate at tetrahedrally coordinated sites. Simulations of the experimental Mn-L2,3 XAS spectra of two different samples with x = 1.5 and x = 1.7 led to Mn(2+):Mn(3+):Mn(4+) atomic ratios of 0.16:0.51:0.33 and 0.19:0.57:0.24.

  9. Enhancement of Thermoelectric Behavior of La0.5Co4Sb12-x Te x Skutterudite Materials

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    Said, Suhana Mohd; Bashir, Mohamed Bashir Ali; Sabri, Mohd Faizul Mohd; Miyazaki, Yuzuru; Shnawah, Dhafer Abdul Ameer; Hakeem, Abbas Saeed; Shimada, Masanori; Bakare, Akolade Idris; Ghazali, Nik Nazri Nik; Elsheikh, Mohamed Hamid

    2017-03-01

    In this work, the effects of Te doping on the microstructure and thermoelectric properties of the partially filled skutterudite La0.5Co4Sb12 compounds have been examined. La0.5Co4Sb12-x Te x skutterudite compounds were synthesized by a combination of the mechanical alloying technique and spark plasma sintering processing, which resulted in partial substitution of Te atoms in Sb sites. The XRD results showed that all the Te-doped bulk samples were composed of a major phase of the Co4Sb12 skutterudite with a small amount of CoSb2 and Sb as the secondary phases. Thermoelectric measurements of the consolidated samples were examined in a temperature range of 300 K to 800 K (27 °C to 527 °C). With the La0.5Co4Sb11.7Te0.3 sample, the highest absolute Seebeck coefficient of 300 μV/K was obtained at 404 K (131 °C) and the lowest lattice thermal conductivity of 2 W/mK was achieved at 501 K (228 °C). Moreover, the minimum electrical resistivity of 19.7 μΩm was recorded at 501 K (228 °C) for La0.5Co4Sb11.5Te0.5 sample. The effect of the secondary phases was negligible for the electrical resistivity, and between 0.5 to 1.6 pct for the thermal conductivity. Thus, the highest figure of merit, ZT = 0.47, was obtained at 792 K (519 °C) for La0.5Co4Sb11.5Te0.5 sample due to a significant reduction in electrical resistivity and a moderate increase in the absolute Seebeck coefficient.

  10. Fabrication and magnetic property of BaSm(x)Fe(12-x)O19 (x < or = 0.4) nanofibers.

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    Xian-Feng, Meng; Li-Ju, Guo

    2012-03-01

    BaSm(x)Fe(12-x)O19 (x < or = 0.4) ferrite nanofibers were prepared by sol-gel method from starting reagents of metal salts and citric acid. These nanofibers were characterized by TG-DTA, FTIR, SEM, XRD and VSM. These results show that the BaSm(x)Fe(12-x)O19 (x < or = 0.4) ferrite nanofibers were obtained subsequently from calcination at 750 degrees C for 1 h. The BaSm(x)Fe(12-x)O19 (x < or = 0.4) microstructure and magnetic property are mainly influenced by chemical composition and heat-treatment temperature. The grain sizes of BaSm0.3Fe11.7O19 ferrite nanofibers are in a nanoscale from 40 nm to 62 nm corresponding to the calcination temperature from 750 degrees C to 1050 derees C. The saturation magnetization of BaSm(x)Fe(12-x)O19 ferrite nanofiber calcined at 950 degrees C for 1 h initially decreases with the Sm content from 0 to 0.3 and then increases with a further Sm content, while the coercivity exhibits a continuous increase from 348 kA x m(-1) (x = 0) to 427 kA x m(-1) (x = 0.4). The differences of magnetic properties are attributed to lattice distortion and enhancement for the anisotropy energy.

  11. CsBxGe6-xO12 (x = 1): A Zeolite Sodalite-Type Borogermanate with a High Ge/B Ratio by Partial Boron Substitution.

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    Pan, Rui; Cheng, Jian-Wen; Yang, Bai-Feng; Yang, Guo-Yu

    2017-03-06

    The partial replacement of Ge atoms in tetrahedral positions by a small number of B atoms leads to a new microporous borogermanate, CsBxGe6-xO12 (x = 1), under solvothermal conditions. Its framework shows the highest atomic ratios of Ge/B in reported borogermanates and leads to a new type of zeolite sodalite-type net.

  12. Magnetic properties of the iron sublattice in the YFe12-xMx compounds (M = Ti, Mo or V; x = 1-3.5)

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    Isnard, O.; Pop, V.

    2009-10-01

    The magnetic properties of the YFe12-xMx compounds (M = Ti, Mo or V; x = 1-3.5) have been determined in the ordered ferromagnetic state as well as in the paramagnetic state. The iron magnetic moment has been determined from 4 K up to the Curie temperature whereas the analysis of the paramagnetic region has led to the determination of the effective iron magnetic moment. The number of spins has been calculated below and above the Curie temperature in order to discuss the degree of itinerancy of the Fe magnetic behavior in the YFe12-xMx compounds. All the YFe12-xMx compounds (M = Ti, Mo or V; x = 1-3.5) have very similar crystalline properties: they crystallize in the same crystal structure and all the M elements used here are known to substitute for iron on the same crystal site. In contrast, they exhibit a wide range of magnetic behavior; the Curie temperature varies from 63 to 539 K and the mean magnetic moment per iron atom is also very dependent upon the M element used and its concentration. Furthermore the degree of itinerancy of the iron is not preserved along YFe12-xMx compounds but is found to depend significantly upon the nature of the substituting element M and its concentration. The results are discussed and compared to earlier published results obtained on binary R-Fe and ternary R-Fe-B compounds.

  13. 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.

  14. 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.

  15. 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.

  16. Genetic study of 12 X-STRs in Malay population living in and around Kuala Lumpur using Investigator Argus X-12 kit.

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    Samejima, Michinaga; Nakamura, Yasutaka; Nambiar, Phrabhakaran; Minaguchi, Kiyoshi

    2012-07-01

    We investigated 12 X-chromosomal short tandem repeat (STR) polymorphisms in 283 unrelated Malay individuals (160 males and 123 females) living in and around Kuala Lumpur using the Investigator Argus X-12 kit. Heterozygosity among the present 12 X-STRs showed a distribution of from 55.3 to 93.5 %. The diversity values of the haplotypes constructed using four closely linked groups were all higher than 0.9865. A comparison of allelic frequency in each system and haplotype variation indicated that the nature of these X-STRs in the Malay population differed from that in East Asian, European, or African populations. Several microvariant alleles found in the Malay population were characterized and compared with known sequence data. The present data may be helpful in forensic casework such as personal identification and kinship testing in the Malay population in Malaysia.

  17. Genetic polymorphism study on 12 X STR loci of investigator Argus X STR kit in Bhil tribal population of Madhya Pradesh, India.

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    Shrivastava, Pankaj; Jain, Toshi; Gupta, Umang; Trivedi, Veena Ben

    2015-05-01

    The analysis of 12 X STR loci (DXS10103, DXS8378, DXS7132, DXS10134, DXS10074, DXS10101, DXS10135, DXS7423, DXS10146, DXS10079, HPRTB and DXS10148) belonging to four linkage group was done in 183 (100 males and 83 females) unrelated members of Bhil population. Heterozygosity among the studied 12 X STR loci showed a distribution of from 59.7% to 92.8%. No significant difference was recorded in the allele frequencies of males and females. The loci DXS10135 and DXS10101 were found to be most polymorphic. Haplotype diversity was found to be higher than 0.990 for all the four linkage groups. A total of 86, 69, 71 and 71 haplotypes were observed for linkage group I, II, III and IV, respectively. The results showed departure from Hardy-Weinberg equilibrium with respect to three loci DXS10079, DXS10135 and DXS10101. This is first report on these 12 X STR markers from India. All the loci in the Argus X 12 kit were fairly informative in the Bhil population and the population showed significant genetic variation with all the compared populations from other parts of the world.

  18. HT-solution growth and characterisation of InxNaxMn1-2xWO4 (0

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    Gattermann, U.; Park, S.-H.; Paulmann, C.; Benka, G.; Pfleiderer, C.

    2016-12-01

    A new solid solution system, InxNaxMn1-2xWO4 (0

  19. 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

  20. Application of FORC distributions to the study of magnetic interactions in ferrites of composition Ba1-xLaFe12-xCoxO19

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    Oliva, M. I.; Bercoff, P. G.; Bertorello, H. R.

    Magnetic interactions in hexaferrite samples of Ba1-xLaFe12-xCoxO19 composition were studied. The precursor powders—barium carbonate (BaCO3), lanthanum oxide (La 2O 3), hematite (Fe 2O 3) and cobalt acetate—were milled for 100 h in air atmosphere and heat-treated for 1 h at 1000C. The structural characterization was performed by X-ray diffraction. The FORC distributions show a single peak at high switching fields, indicating that the substituted systems are formed by weakly interacting particles. La excess induces the decoupling of the particles.

  1. Photoconductivity of amorphous GexAsxSe1-2x and (As4S3Se3)1-xSnx thin films

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    Iaseniuc, O. V.; Iovu, M. S.

    2016-12-01

    Arsenic selenide glasses are well known as high photosensitive materials with a wide range of application in optoelectronics and information storage systems. Besides, it was found that the impurities influence the electrical and photoelectrical characteristics of the amorphous material, due to the changes in the density of localized states. Introduction of the elements of IV group of periodic table in selenide and sulphide glasses, such as Sn and Ge, conduct to the appearance of tetrahedral structural units in the base glass, which change the coordination number. These particularities lead on non-monotonous dependence of physical properties on the glass composition. Besides that, recently it was established, that in the disordered network of glassy system GexAsxSe1-2x exists three distinct phases, floppy, intermediate and stressed rigid, and the dependence of physical properties of the average coordination number Z. In the present paper the experimental results on steady-state photoconductivity of amorphous GexAsxSe1-2x and (As4S3Se3)1-xSnx thin films are presented and discusses. It was shown, that the spectral distribution of the stationary photoconductivity for both glass systems depends on the composition and polarity on the illuminated electrode. The experimental results are discussed in terms of multiple trapping model for amorphous materials, with exponential distribution of localized states in the band gap.

  2. 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

  3. 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.

  4. 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

  5. Préface

    NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

    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

  6. Angle-resolved photoemission studies on bi-layer colossal magnetoresistive oxides lanthanum(2-2x)strontium(1+2x)manganese(2)oxide(7)

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    Sun, Zhe

    In recent years the studies of manganites have flourished initially because of their Colossal Magnetoresistance (CMR) effect. However the scientific community quickly realized that the fundamental physics is abundant, exotic and challenging. Strong correlations of charge, lattice, spin and orbital degrees of freedom have been found to be responsible for many interesting physical phenomena. Of manganites, La2-2xSr 1+2xMn2O 7 has naturally layered crystal structure. The reduced two-dimensional character amplifies fluctuations of electronic, magnetic, and orbital degrees of freedom and interactions of them, which provides good opportunities for an understanding of the rich physics in manganites. In crystals, electrons have intrinsic charge, spin and orbital degrees of freedom, and the electron-phonon interaction has been an active topic for many decades, thus studies of electrons will definitely shed light on important physics in manganites. Angle-resolved photoemission spectroscopy (ARPES) is an ideal probe of electrons, and so by performing ARPES measurements on La2-2 xSr1+2xMn2 O7 we have obtained abundant knowledge of the physics of strong correlations of various degrees of freedom. We have made many new discoveries by exploring the physics in this com-pound. For the first time we resolved bi-layer split band structure of the prototype of bi-layer manganites, which was predicted by theoretical calculations long time ago. We observed minority-spin states in La2-2 xSr1+2xMn 2O7 (x = 0.36--0.39), which gives direct evidence that this system is not a half-metal in this doping iv range. We gave the first direct measurement of electron-phonon coupling strength in manganites and identified the phonon branches to which electrons couple. In addition to band insulator and Mott insulator there is another type of insulator, in which metallic domains and insulating domains coexist and phase separation and percolation effect play important roles in the metal-insulator transition. We provided the first direct investigation of electronic properties in this type of metal-insulator transition. We found a quantum phase transition in this system, which points out the failure of band structure calculations and calls for more intense theoretical attention. We found there exists a strong correlation between the Fermi surface nesting in metallic states and the charge ordering in insulating states, suggesting there might be important but unnoticed properties of charge dynamics in correlated electron systems. We explored the electronic structure in x = 0.6 samples and found that the bi-layer split bands degenerate at this doping level. We also found that the metal-insulator transition in these samples is a Mott-like transition and driven by electron correlation effects. These are important supplementary discoveries for our comprehensive understanding of the physics and novel properties in manganites. Our investigation on La2-2xSr1+2 xMn2O7 has important implications to the physics of other strongly correlated electron systems, such as cuprate superconductors, and may boost our understanding of these novel systems.

  7. Anomalous magnetism of Pr in PrCoAsO

    SciTech Connect

    Tiwari, Brajesh; Awana, V. P. S.; Pal, Anand

    2014-01-15

    Detailed magnetization and magneto-transport measurements studies are carried out to unearth the anomalous magnetism of Pr in PrCoAsO compound. The studied PrCoAsO sample is single phase and crystallized in the tetragonal structure with space group P4/nmm in analogy of ZrCuSiAs type compounds. Detailed magnetization measurements showed that Co moments in PrCoAsO exhibit weakly itinerant ferromagnetic Co spins ordering at below 80 K with a small magnetic moments of ∼ 0.12 μ{sub B}/f.u. High temperatures Curie-Weiss fit, resulted in effective paramagnetic moment μ{sub eff} (exp) of 5.91 μ{sub B}/f.u., which can be theoretically assigned to 3d Co (3.88 μ{sub B}) and 4f Pr (3.58 μ{sub B}). Further, a positive Curie-Weiss temperature (Θ) of 136 K is seen, indicating predominant ferromagnetic interactions in PrCoAsO. Detailed transport measurements showed that PrCoAsO exhibit metallic behavior and negative magneto-resistance below ferro-magnetically (FM) ordered state. Surprisingly, the situation of PrCoAsO is similar to non magnetic La containing LaCoAsO and strikingly different than that as reported for magnetic Nd, Sm and Gd i.e., (Nd/Sm/Gd)CoAsO. The magnetic behavior of PrCoAsO being closed to LaCoAsO and strikingly different to that of (Nd/Sm/Gd)CoAsO is unusual.

  8. Préface

    NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

    Schober, Helmut; Fischer, Henry; Leclercq-Hugeux, Françoise

    2003-09-01

    L'École Thématique “Structure et Dynamique des Systèmes Désordonnés” [1] s'inscrit dans le cadre des écoles organisées sous l'impulsion de la Société Française de la Neutronique (SFN). Elle s'est deroulée en mai 2002 sur la Presqu'île de Giens (Var) en première partie des 11émes Journées de la Diffusion Neutronique. L'Édition de ces cours constitue ainsi le cinquième ouvrage introduisant les techniques neutroniques et leurs apports à differentes thématiques [2]. Le désordre est un facteur déterminant pour pratiquement toutes les propriétés des matériaux. Il est inhérent dans les matériaux amorphes ou liquides, mais il détermine également les propriétés mécaniques et électroniques d'autres composés d'importance technologique comme les matériaux métalliques, dont l'aspect “désordonné” est moins évident. Le désordre enfin joue un rôle essentiel dans tout ce que touche à la vie. En fait, il est difficile d'imaginer des systèmes, à part quelques exceptions rares comme l'hélium ou le silicium de haute pureté, où il n'y ait pas de désordre. En dehors de cet aspect pratique, la description scientifique du désordre atomique pose toujours des problèmes fondamentaux faute de concepts pertinents. Une des tâches importantes du scientifique ou de l'ingenieur est de préciser quel genre de désordre existe à une échelle d'espace et de temps donnée. Un materiau peut très bien être homogène à l'échelle atomique et présenter des défauts ou des hétrogéneité visibles à l'œil et inversement. De même, un système désordonné à un instant donné, peut apparaître ordonné si on moyenne dans le temps. Les techniques de diffusion des neutrons sont idéales pour aborder ces questions. Les neutrons sondent directement les noyaux et ont à la fois des longueurs d'ondes proches des distances inter atomiques et des énergies avoisinant celles des excitations élémentaires de la matière condensée. Ils permettent ainsi

  9. Préface

    NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

    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

  10. Préface

    NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

    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

  11. 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

  12. Préface

    NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

    Paulus, Werner; Meinnel, Jean

    2003-02-01

    de vue européen, si les sources de l'ILL et d'ISIS peuvent encore être considérées comme des leaders au point de vue mondial, il est évidemment souhaitable que la nouvelle source neutronique à spallation (European Spallation Source : ESS) soit rapidement réalisée. Aujourd'hui ce projet est bien avancé, cette source devrait dépasser le flux des sources actuelles par près de deux ordres de grandeur et ainsi de maintenir au meilleur niveau les compétences Européennes. Il est évident qu'une utilisation efficace et intelligente des sources existantes, mais aussi de celles de la nouvelle génération, implique une certaine infrastructure nationale tant au niveau de la conception, de la réalisation que du fonctionnement des différents spectromètres. Ceci implique un très fort engagement des universités dans les différents projets de recherche. Le devoir des universités qui en résulte est donc d'intégrer l'utilisation des “grands instruments" dans leur programme d'enseignement. Dans ce sens, nous souhaitons que ce cours, entièrement rédigé en français, contribue à la fois à aider les chercheurs “non spécialistes” à accéder plus facilement au domaine neutronique, mais aussi à servir de base aux enseignants pour l'organisation et la préparation de leurs cours.Nous tenons à remercier tous les collègues qui ont accepté de rédiger de façon détaillée les cours qu'ils avaient présentés oralement dans la grande salle du VVF de Trégastel, ainsi que toutes les personnes qui ont contribué à la réussite du séjour ou à la réalisation de ce fascicule. Nous gardons un excellent souvenir de l'atmosphère de l'École qui a eu lieu à Trégastel, en plein centre de la côte de granite rose en Bretagne, en mai 2001 et était jumelée avec les Journées de la diffusion neutronique, elles aussi organisées sous l'égide de la SFN.Nous souhaitons que la lecture de cet ouvrage soit utile à un maximum de chercheurs.

  13. Préface

    NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

    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

  14. Remarkable magnetization with ultra-low loss BaGdxFe12-xO19 nanohexaferrites for applications up to C-band

    NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

    Singh, Virender Pratap; Kumar, Gagan; Kotnala, R. K.; Shah, Jyoti; Sharma, Sucheta; Daya, K. S.; Batoo, Khalid M.; Singh, M.

    2015-03-01

    Sol-gel synthesized BaGdxFe12-xO19, (x=0.0, 0.1, 0.2, 0.3) nanohexaferrites, have been explored for magnetic and microwave properties. X-ray diffraction studies revealed the hexagonal structure of the synthesized ferrites. The particle size was observed to be in the range 90-84 nm. The dc resistivity was found to be increasing with an increase in Gd3+ content and the variation of dc resistivity with temperature confirmed the semiconducting behavior of all nanohexaferrites. The observed values of saturation magnetization and coercivity, at room temperature, are 81.34 emu/g and 6020 Oe respectively which are very high as compared to the values ever reported till date. Additionally, we observed ultra-low magnetic loss (0.004-0.01) and dielectric loss (0.004-0.06) over the GHz frequency region. The obtained results make these nanohexaferrites a competent material for antenna applications up to C-band.

  15. Determination of the intersublattice exchange interactions in GdCo12-xFexB6 (x = 0-3) intermetallic compounds by high field magnetization measurements

    NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

    Diop, L. V. B.; Isnard, O.; Skourski, Y.; Ballon, G.

    2013-05-01

    High field magnetization measurements up to 60 T on free powder samples from GdCo12-xFexB6 (x = 0-3) compounds are reported. The data were used to evaluate the microscopic exchange interaction integral, JGd-3d, between Gd and 3d (Co,Fe) spins. The systems are ferrimagnets; they order magnetically between TC = 95 K for x = 3 and TC = 165 K for x = 0. The low temperature magnetization curves as well as the temperature dependence of intrinsic magnetic parameters are determined by magnetic measurements in pulsed magnetic field. The average magnetic moment ⟨μCo+Fe⟩ per mean transition metal atom (Co + Fe) is small and increases with increasing Fe concentration from 0.44 μΒ for x = 0 to 0.51 μΒ for x = 3 at T = 4 K. From high field magnetization curves, a value of JGd-3d/kB = -4.65 K is derived for x = 0, whereas mean field approximation yields a much larger 3d-3d exchange integral of JCo-Co/kB = 105 K. The obtained results reveal an increase of -JGd-3d/kB with Fe concentration. For x = 0.5, the intersublattice coefficient nGd-3d is found to keep an almost constant value of 5.87 ± 0.13 T*f.u.*μB-1 whatever the temperature in the 2 to 60 K range.

  16. High magnetic ordering temperature in the perovskites Sr4-xLaxFe3ReO12 (x= 0.0, 1.0, 2.0)

    SciTech Connect

    Hodges, Jason P; Retuerto, Maria; Greenblatt, Martha; Li, Man-Rong; Croft, Mark; Ramanujachary, Kandalam V.; Go, Yong Bok; Nowik, Israel; Hadermann, Joke; Herber, R. H.; Ignatov, Alexander Y

    2012-01-01

    A series of perovskites Sr4-xLaxFe3ReO12 (x = 0.0, 1.0, 2.0) has been prepared by wet chemistry methods. The structure analyses by powder x-ray, neutron diffraction and electron microscopy show that these compounds adopt simple perovskite structures without cation ordering over the B sites: tetragonal (I4/mcm) for x = 0.0 and 1.0 and orthorhombic (Pbmn) for x = 2.0. The oxidation state of the cations in the compound with x = 0.0 appear to be Fe3+/4+ and Re7+ and decrease for both with La substitution as evidenced by x-ray absorption spectroscopy. All the compounds are antiferromagnetically ordered above room temperature, as demonstrated by M ssbauer spectroscopy and the magnetic structures, which were determined by powder neutron diffraction. The substitution of Sr by La strongly affects the magnetic properties with an increase of TN up to ~ 750 K.

  17. Computational and Experimental Investigation of Ti Substitution in Li1(NixMnxCo1-2x-yTiy)O2 for Lithium Ion Batteries.

    PubMed

    Markus, Isaac M; Lin, Feng; Kam, Kinson C; Asta, Mark; Doeff, Marca M

    2014-11-06

    Aliovalent substitutions in layered transition-metal cathode materials has been demonstrated to improve the energy densities of lithium ion batteries, with the mechanisms underlying such effects incompletely understood. Performance enhancement associated with Ti substitution of Co in the cathode material Li1(NixMnxCo1-2x)O2 were investigated using density functional theory calculations, including Hubbard-U corrections. An examination of the structural and electronic modifications revealed that Ti substitution reduces the structural distortions occurring during delithiation due to the larger cation radius of Ti(4+) relative to Co(3+) and the presence of an electron polaron on Mn cations induced by aliovalent Ti substitution. The structural differences were found to correlate with a decrease in the lithium intercalation voltage at lower lithium concentrations, which is consistent with quasi-equilibrium voltages obtained by integrating data from stepped potential experiments. Further, Ti is found to suppress the formation of a secondary rock salt phase at high voltage. Our results provide insights into how selective substitutions can enhance the performance of cathodes, maximizing the energy density and lifetime of current Li ion batteries.

  18. 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

  19. Directives préalables

    PubMed Central

    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.

  20. Specific features of the electronic structure and optical properties of skutterudites LaFe4X12 (X = P, As and Sb)

    NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

    Reshak, A. H.

    2015-09-01

    We have reported comprehensive calculation for electronic band structure, density of states, Fermi surface and the optical properties of LaFe4X12 (X = P, As and Sb) compounds. The experimental lattice constant a and the two internal free parameters u and v were optimized by minimizing the total energy using the full potential linear augmented plane wave (FPLAPW + lo) method within the local density approximation (LDA). The experimental atomic positions were optimized using the FPLAPW + lo method within Perdew, Burke and Ernzerhof generalized gradient approximation (PBE-GGA). From the obtained relaxed geometry the electronic band structure, the chemical bonding, electronic charge density and the optical properties have been determined using FPLAPW + lo within the recently modified Becke-Johnson potential (mBJ). It has been found that substituting P → As → Sb show significant influence on the bands/states dispersions. The calculated values of the density of the states at Fermi level N(EF) and the associated electronic specific heat coefficient (γ) are increases with substituting P → As → Sb that is attributed to the fact that below Fermi level (EF) there exists several bands with less dispersion moves close to EF when we substitute P → As → Sb. The bonds nature and the interactions between the atoms were investigated in two crystallographic planes namely (1 0 0) and (1 0 1). The Fermi surface is formed by two bands which are mainly consist of Fe-d states and X-p states. The observed Fermi surface consists of empty areas that represent the holes and shaded areas corresponding to the electrons. The calculated optical properties exhibit that there exists two lossless regions also it shows that the spectral structure shift toward lower energies when we replace P by As and As by Sb.

  1. Magnetic and absorbing properties of M-type substituted hexaferrites BaFe12- x Ga x O19 (0.1 < x < 1.2)

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    Trukhanov, S. V.; Trukhanov, A. V.; Kostishin, V. G.; Panina, L. V.; Kazakevich, I. S.; Turchenko, V. A.; Oleinik, V. V.; Yakovenko, E. S.; Matsui, L. Yu.

    2016-09-01

    X-ray powder diffraction is used to determine the unit cell parameters and to refine the crystal structure of the solid solutions of M-type hexagonal barium ferrite BaFe12- x Ga x O19 ( x = 0.1-1.2) with isostructural diamagnetic cation Ga3+ substitution at T = 300 K. As the level of substitution increases, the unit cell parameters are shown to decrease monotonically. The temperature (300 K ≤ T ≤ 750 K, H = 8.6 kOe) and field ( T = 300 K,-20 kOe ≤ H ≤ 20 kOe) dependences of the saturation magnetization of these solid solutions are studied with a vibrating-sample magnetometer. The concentration dependences of the Curie temperature T C, the specific spontaneous magnetization, and the coercive force are plotted. The magnetic parameters are found to decrease with increasing substitution. The microwave properties of the solid solutions are analyzed in an external magnetic field (0 ≤ H ≤ 4 kOe). As the cation Ga3+ concentration increases from x = 0.1 to 0.6, the natural ferromagnetic resonance (NFMR) frequency decreases; as the concentration increases further to x = 1.2, this frequency again increases. As the cation Ga3+ concentration increases, the NFMR line width increases, which indicates a widening of the frequency range where electromagnetic radiation is intensely absorbed. Here, the resonance curve peak amplitude changes insignificantly. The shift of the NFMR frequency in an applied magnetic field is more pronounced for samples with low cation Ga3+ concentrations. The role of diamagnetic substitution is revealed, and the prospects and advantages of Ga-substituted beryllium hexaferrite as the material absorbing high-frequency electromagnetic radiation are demonstrated.

  2. 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.

  3. Direct formation of new, phase-stable, and photoactive anatase-type Ti{sub 1-2X}Nb{sub X}Sc{sub X}O{sub 2} solid solution nanoparticles by hydrothermal method

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    Hirano, Masanori Ito, Takaharu

    2008-08-04

    A new anatase phase of photoactive Ti{sub 1-2X}Nb{sub X}Sc{sub X}O{sub 2} (X = 0-0.2) solid solutions was directly formed as nanoparticles from precursor solutions of TiOSO{sub 4}, NbCl{sub 5}, and Sc(NO{sub 3}){sub 3} under mild hydrothermal conditions at 180 deg. C for 5 h using the hydrolysis of urea. With the increase of the content of niobium and scandium from X = 0 to 0.2, the lattice parameters a{sub 0} and c{sub 0}, the crystallite size, and the optical band gap of anatase gradually increased. Their photocatalytic activity and adsorptivity were evaluated separately by the measurement of the concentration of methylene blue (MB) remained in the solution in the dark or under UV-light irradiation. The anatase-type Ti{sub 1-2X}Nb{sub X}Sc{sub X}O{sub 2} (X = 0.05) showed approximately two times and three times as high photocatalytic activity as those of the hydrothermal anatase-type pure TiO{sub 2} and commercially available reference pure TiO{sub 2} (ST-01), respectively. The anatase phase of Ti{sub 1-2X}Nb{sub X}Sc{sub X}O{sub 2} (X = 0-0.2) existed stably up to 900 deg. C during heat treatment in air. New rutile-type Ti{sub 1-2X}Nb{sub X}Sc{sub X}O{sub 2} solid solutions are formed through the phase transformation. The starting temperature of anatase-to-rutile phase transformation for Ti{sub 1-2X}Nb{sub X}Sc{sub X}O{sub 2} (X = 0-0.2) solid solutions was delayed but its completing temperature was accelerated.

  4. Minority-spin t2g states and the degree of spin polarization in ferromagnetic metallic La2-2xSr1+2xMn2O7 (x = 0.38)

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    Sun, Z.; Wang, Q.; Douglas, J. F.; Lin, H.; Sahrakorpi, S.; Barbiellini, B.; Markiewicz, R. S.; Bansil, A.; Fedorov, A. V.; Rotenberg, E.; Zheng, H.; Mitchell, J. F.; Dessau, D. S.

    2013-11-01

    A half-metal is a material with conductive electrons of one spin orientation. This type of substance has been extensively searched for due to the fascinating physics as well as the potential applications for spintronics. Ferromagnetic manganites are considered to be good candidates, though there is no conclusive evidence for this notion. Here we show that the ferromagnet La2-2xSr1+2xMn2O7 (x = 0.38) possesses minority-spin states, challenging whether any of the manganites may be true half-metals. However, when electron transport properties are taken into account on the basis of the electronic band structure, we found that the La2-2xSr1+2xMn2O7 (x = 0.38) can essentially behave like a complete half metal.

  5. Minority-spin t(2g) states and the degree of spin polarization in ferromagnetic metallic La(2-2x)Sr(1+2x)Mn(2)O(7) (x = 0.38).

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    Sun, Z; Wang, Q; Douglas, J F; Lin, H; Sahrakorpi, S; Barbiellini, B; Markiewicz, R S; Bansil, A; Fedorov, A V; Rotenberg, E; Zheng, H; Mitchell, J F; Dessau, D S

    2013-11-07

    A half-metal is a material with conductive electrons of one spin orientation. This type of substance has been extensively searched for due to the fascinating physics as well as the potential applications for spintronics. Ferromagnetic manganites are considered to be good candidates, though there is no conclusive evidence for this notion. Here we show that the ferromagnet La2-2xSr1+2xMn2O7 (x = 0.38) possesses minority-spin states, challenging whether any of the manganites may be true half-metals. However, when electron transport properties are taken into account on the basis of the electronic band structure, we found that the La2-2xSr1+2xMn2O7 (x = 0.38) can essentially behave like a complete half metal.

  6. Minority-spin t2g states and the degree of spin polarization in ferromagnetic metallic La2−2xSr1+2xMn2O7 (x = 0.38)

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    Sun, Z.; Wang, Q.; Douglas, J. F.; Lin, H.; Sahrakorpi, S.; Barbiellini, B.; Markiewicz, R. S.; Bansil, A.; Fedorov, A. V.; Rotenberg, E.; Zheng, H.; Mitchell, J. F.; Dessau, D. S.

    2013-01-01

    A half-metal is a material with conductive electrons of one spin orientation. This type of substance has been extensively searched for due to the fascinating physics as well as the potential applications for spintronics. Ferromagnetic manganites are considered to be good candidates, though there is no conclusive evidence for this notion. Here we show that the ferromagnet La2−2xSr1+2xMn2O7 (x = 0.38) possesses minority-spin states, challenging whether any of the manganites may be true half-metals. However, when electron transport properties are taken into account on the basis of the electronic band structure, we found that the La2−2xSr1+2xMn2O7 (x = 0.38) can essentially behave like a complete half metal. PMID:24196704

  7. Current Concepts for PrEP Adherence

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    Haberer, Jessica E.

    2016-01-01

    Purpose of review This review describes 1) the current understanding of adherence to oral PrEP, 2) methods for adherence measurement, 3) approaches to supporting PrEP adherence, and 4) guidance for defining PrEP adherence goals within the larger context of HIV prevention. Recent findings PrEP adherence has generally been higher in recent trials, open-label extensions, and demonstration projects compared to the initial clinical trials; potential explanations include known PrEP efficacy and different motivations to take PrEP. Recent studies have explored adherence monitoring through electronic pill containers, short message service (SMS), and drug concentrations in hair and dried blood spots. The few PrEP adherence interventions developed to date include combinations of enhanced counseling, feedback of objective adherence measurement, and SMS. Conceptualization of PrEP adherence is evolving. The goal is not 100% adherence indefinitely, as it was in clinical trials. PrEP adherence should be defined with respect to HIV exposure, which varies over time by sexual behavior and use of other prevention strategies. Summary PrEP adherence beyond clinical trials has generally been high enough to achieve reliable HIV prevention. Future efforts to measure and support PrEP adherence should focus on the context of risk for HIV acquisition, accounting for dynamic behaviors and choices among HIV prevention options. PMID:26633638

  8. 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.

  9. Mechanistic and energetic aspects of the thermal and photochemical redox chemistry of the octanuclear cubane complexes, Fe(III)(8)(mu(4)-O(4))(mu-pyrazolate)(12)X(4) (X = Cl or Br).

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    Ferraudi, Guillermo; Piñero, Dalice; Chakraborty, Indranil; Raptis, Raphael G; Lappin, A Graham; Berlin, Nicholas

    2010-05-13

    The mechanisms of the thermal and photochemical redox reactions of clusters [Fe(III)(8)(mu(4)-O(4))(mu-Pz)(12)X(4)] (Pz = pyrazolate anion, X = Cl or Br) were investigated in this work. Reactions of the complexes with e(-)(sol), C(*)H(2)OH, and several powerful reducing transition metal complexes were investigated using the pulse radiolysis technique. Reaction rates of the outer-sphere electron transfer reactions with transition metal complexes had to be rationalized by invoking the formation of a [Fe(III)(7)Fe(II) '(mu(4)-O(4))(mu-Pz)(12)X(4)](-) intermediate or excited state. A transient species observed in the reaction of the e(-)(sol) with the cubanes can be either an excited state or a reaction intermediate mediating the formation of the stable product, [Fe(III)(7)Fe(II)(mu(4)-O(4))(mu-Pz)(12)X(4)](-). Photoredox reactions, characteristic of the ligand X(-) to Fe(III) charge transfer excited sates, were observed in the 350 nm steady state and 351 nm laser flash irradiations of the cubanes. Quantum yields are limited by the rapid recombination of the photofragments. The charge transfer spectroscopy of the products was rationalized on the basis of parameters derived from the thermal electron transfer reactions.

  10. 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.

  11. Permeability and permittivity spectra of substituted barium Ferrites BaFe12-x(Ti0.5Co0.5)xO19(x=0 to 5)

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    Tsutaoka, Takanori; Tsurunaga, Aiko; Koga, Nobuyoshi

    2016-02-01

    Relative complex permeability and permittivity spectra of a series of Ti, Co-substituted sintered M-type barium hexaferrite BaFe12-x(Ti0.5Co0.5)xO19 (x=0-5) have been studied from RF to microwave range. As a phenomenological treatment, contribution of the domain wall vibration and the gyromagnetic spin rotation to the permeability spectrum was evaluated by the numerical curve fitting using the two types of permeability resonance formulae. In the low composition range of x=0 and 1, the frequency dispersion of permeability in RF range can be originated by the domain wall resonance where the gyromagnetic spin resonance gives small susceptibility and takes place in several tens GHz due to high uniaxial magnetic anisotropy. Low frequency permeability of BaFe12-x(Ti0.5Co0.5)xO19 increases with x and has a maximum at around x=3; the spin resonance frequency is considered to be decreased by the reduction of the uniaxial anisotropy. However, contribution of the spin susceptibility is not so large in the high permeability composition range; the domain wall susceptibility may be still dominant in the reduced magnetic anisotropy state at x=3. Complex permittivity spectra of BaFe12-x(Ti0.5Co0.5)xO19 indicate a relaxation type behavior in RF frequency range; permittivity increases with increasing (Ti0.5Co0.5) composition up to x=5.

  12. 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).

  13. THERMOELECTRIC PROPERTIES OF p-TYPE SKUTTERUDITES (Pr0.25Nd0.75)xFe3CoSb12 BY LEVITATION MELTING AND SPARK PLASMA SINTERING

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    Xu, Jingshu; Fu, Chenguang; Xie, Jian; Zhao, Xinbing; Zhu, Tiejun

    2013-07-01

    The p-type skutterudite compounds of (Pr0.25Nd0.75)xFe3CoSb12 (x = 0.67-0.78) have been successfully synthesized by levitation melting followed by annealing and spark plasma sintering. The thermoelectric properties have been characterized by the measurements of Seebeck coefficient, electrical conductivity and thermal conductivity in the temperature range from 300 K to 850 K. The improvement in the thermoelectric properties was realized due to the reduction in the lattice thermal conductivity when the voids were partially filled by Pr0.25Nd0.75. The maximum ZT value of 0.83 for (Pr0.25Nd0.75)0.76Fe3CoSb12 was obtained at 700 K.

  14. Superior Na-Storage Performance of Low-Temperature-Synthesized Na3(VO(1-x)PO4)2F(1+2x) (0≤x≤1) Nanoparticles for Na-Ion Batteries.

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    Qi, Yuruo; Mu, Linqin; Zhao, Junmei; Hu, Yong-Sheng; Liu, Huizhou; Dai, Sheng

    2015-08-17

    Na-ion batteries are becoming comparable to Li-ion batteries because of their similar chemical characteristics and abundant sources of sodium. However, the materials production should be cost-effective in order to meet the demand for large-scale application. Here, a series of nanosized high-performance cathode materials, Na3(VO(1-x)PO4)2F(1+2x) (0≤x≤1), has been synthesized by a solvothermal low-temperature (60-120 °C) strategy without the use of organic ligands or surfactants. The as-synthesized Na3(VOPO4)2F nanoparticles show the best Na-storage performance reported so far in terms of both high rate capability (up to 10 C rate) and long cycle stability over 1200 cycles. To the best of our knowledge, the current developed synthetic strategy for Na3(VO(1-x)PO4)2F(1+2x) is by far one of the least expensive and energy-consuming methods, much superior to the conventional high-temperature solid-state method.

  15. ESO PR Highlights in 2004

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    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.

  16. Pre-Exposure Prophylaxis (PrEP)

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    ... Sites Podcasts QR Codes RSS Feeds Social Bookmarking Social Network Sites Text Messaging Twitter Video Games Video Sharing ... PrEP be considered for people who are HIV-negative and at very high risk for HIV infection . ...

  17. PrEP: controversy, agency and ownership

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    Cairns, Gus P; Race, Kane; Goicochea, Pedro

    2016-01-01

    Pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP) has been and continues to be an intervention that causes controversy and debate between stakeholders involved in providing or advocating for it, and within communities in need of it. These controversies extend beyond the intrinsically complex issues of making it available. In this commentary, some of the possible roots of the air of dissent and drama that accompanies PrEP are explored. The similarities between the controversies that dogged the earliest human trials of PrEP and the ones we see today in the era of licensing and implementation are explored. We outline five mediating principles or cultural norms that may influence arguments about PrEP differently. Three areas of specific concern are identified: medical risk versus benefit, distrust and fear of healthcare interventions, and fears for individual responsibility and community cohesion. The fear that PrEP may somehow represent a loss of control over one or more of these domains is suggested as an underlying factor. The development of countervailing measures, to institute greater community “ownership” of PrEP, and concomitant improvements in the sense of individual agency over sexual risk are outlined and recommended. PMID:27760689

  18. 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}

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    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.

  19. Minority-spin t2g states and the degree of spin polarization in ferromagnetic metallic La2-2xSr1+2xMn2O7 (x =0.38)

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    Sun, Zhe; Wang, Q.; Douglas, J. F.; Lin, H.; Sahrakorpi, S.; Barbiellini, B.; Markiewicz, R. S.; Bansil, A.; Fedorov, A. V.; Rotenberg, E.; Zheng, H.; Mitchell, J. F.; Dessau, D. S.

    2013-03-01

    Using angle-resolved photoemission spectroscopy (ARPES), we investigate the electronic band structure and Fermi surface of ferromagnetic La2-2xSr1+2xMn2O7 (x =0.38). Besides the expected two hole pockets and one electron pocket of majority-spin eg electrons, we show an extra electron pocket around the Γ point. A comparison with first-principles spin-polarized band-structure calculations shows that the extra electron pocket arises from t2g electrons of minority-spin character, indicating this compound is not a complete half-metallic ferromagnet, with similar expectations for lightly-doped cubic manganites. However, our data suggest that a complete half-metallic state is likely to be reached as long as the bandwidth is mildly reduced. Moreover, the band-resolved capability of ARPES enables us to investigate the band structure effects on spin polarization for different experimental conditions.

  20. Calculated properties of the La2-2xSr1+2xMn2O7 bilayer manganites, 0.30<=x<=0.50

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    Saniz, Rolando; Freeman, Arthur; Norman, Michael

    2008-03-01

    The low temperature properties of the La2-2xSr1+2xMn2O7, 0.30<=x<=0.50 bilayer manganites have been studied in the past using a host of experimental techniques in order to understand the outstanding phenomena they exhibit. To complement these investigations, we present a systematic study of their calculated ground state properties as a function of doping level, using the highly precise full-potential linearized augmented plane wave (FLAPW) method,ootnotetextWimmer, Krakauer, Weinert, Freeman, Phys.Rev.B, 24, 864 (1981). and focusing on magnetic order and optical and transport properties. Our results, which are in very good agreement with experiment in several respects, underline the correlation between the structural and orbital degrees of freedom and also shed light on many of the unexpected observations at low temperature in angle-resolved photoemission spectroscopy, optical conductivity, and resistivity measurements.

  1. 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)

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    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.

  2. 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; ...

    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

  3. 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

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    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.

  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

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    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. Khα1,2 X-Ray Hypersatellite Line Broadening as a Signature of K-Shell Double Photoionization Followed by Outer-Shell Ionization and Excitation

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

    2011-08-01

    We propose a novel approach for the theoretical analysis of the photoinduced high-resolution Khα1,2 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 Khα1,2 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.

  6. Obstacles toward unity efficiency of LiNi1-2xCoxMnxO2 (x = 0 ∼ 1/3) (NCM) cathode materials: Insights from ab initio calculations

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    Liang, Chaoping; Longo, Roberto C.; Kong, Fantai; Zhang, Chenxi; Nie, Yifan; Zheng, Yongping; Kim, Jeom-Soo; Jeon, Sanghoon; Choi, SuAn; Cho, Kyeongjae

    2017-02-01

    In this work, we perform a comprehensive study of five phenomena of LiNi1-2xCoxMnxO2 (NCM) (x = 0-1/3) cathodes at the end of charge (phase reaction, crack propagation, Li-Ni exchange, phase transition, and oxygen evolution), using first-principle calculations within the DFT + U framework. Based on our results, we have located the obstacles toward unity efficiency and revealed that the degradation strongly depends on the Ni concentration and the depth of charge. The threshold capacities for degradation of LiyNi1-2xCoxMnxO2 are 130-140 mA·hg-1 (y < 0.5) for 1/4 ≤ x = 1/3 (33.33-50% of Ni), and 200-210 mA·hg-1 (y < 0.25) for 0 ≤ x = 1/4 (50-100% of Ni), respectively. For 1/4 ≤ x = 1/3, our results show that the origin of the degradation is the oxidation of O2-, which is the result of the pining of O-p and Ni-d bands at the valence band edge. For 0 ≤ x = 1/4, lattice distortion and Li-Ni exchange are the mechanisms responsible for the degradation of the cathode material, leading to severe structural instabilities in the Ni-rich region (x = 0.1). Our findings will help to rationally design NCM cathode materials with high-energy density, also providing possible solution mechanisms to the degradation factors, such as doping, coating or novel nanostructures, like core-shell or concentration gradient cathodes.

  7. Preparation of substituted barium ferrite BaFe 12-x(Ti 0.5Co 0.5) xO 19 by citrate precursor method and compositional dependence of their magnetic properties

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    Koga, Nobuyoshi; Tsutaoka, Takanori

    2007-06-01

    As a possible candidate for the left-handed metamaterial with negative permeability, a series of Ti, Co-substituted M-type barium hexaferrite BaFe 12-x(Ti 0.5Co 0.5) xO 19 ( x=0, 1, 2, 3, 4 and 5) was prepared by citrate precursor method. The formation processes of the substituted barium hexaferrite compounds from the precursors were followed by the measurements of powder X-ray diffraction (XRD), Infrared absorption spectra (FT-IR), and thermogravimetry and differential thermal analysis (TG/DTA) coupled with mass spectroscopy (MS). In the case of the non-substituted sample, the formation of the barium hexaferrite is regulated by the thermal decomposition of BaCO 3 and the solid-state reactions of BaO and Fe 2O 3 in the temperature range from 800 to 1100 K. The formation temperature of the substituted BaFe 12-x(Ti 0.5Co 0.5) xO 19 is higher than that for the non-substituted sample and increases with the value of x, due to the effects of carbonate ions incorporated by the partial substitution of Fe 3+ by (Ti 0.5Co 0.5) 3+. On heating up to ca. 1200 K, all the substituted samples transform into the magenetoplumbite phase as is the non-substituted sample. The compositional dependence of the magnetic properties of the substituted barium hexaferrite was investigated by the magnetization measurement. The decrease in the magnetic anisotropy was confirmed by the change in the magnetization curve and coercivity HC with the composition x. A negative permeability spectrum was observed in the BaFe 9(Ti 0.5Co 0.5) 3O 19 in the frequency range from 2 to 4 GHz.

  8. ESO PR Highlights in 2007

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    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

  9. Longitudinal studies of patients with ANCA vasculitis demonstrate concurrent reactivity to complementary PR3 protein segments cPR3m and cPR3C and with no reactivity to cPR3N

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    Hewins, Peter; Belmonte, Frances; Jennette, J Charles; Falk, Ronald J; Preston, Gloria A

    2010-01-01

    Antibodies recognizing the complement of the middle of PR3 (cPR3m) occur in ~30% of PR3-ANCA-vasculitis patients and immunization of animals with a peptide complementary to the middle of PR3 (cPR3m) induces not only anti-complementary PR3 antibodies, but also anti-PR3 antibodies derived through an anti-idiotypic response. PR3 epitopes recognized by patient ANCA however, are not restricted to the middle of PR3. This prompted us to test for antibodies that react with proteins complementary to the terminal regions of PR3 (cPR3C and cPR3N) in PR3-ANCA patients. Anti-cPR3C reactivity was detected in 28% of patients but anti-cPR3N reactivity in only 15%. Ranked anti-cPR3C and anti-cPR3m reactivity correlated in the cohort, whereas there was no significant relationship between cPR3C and cPR3N reactivity. Serial samples from three patients’ revealed that anti-cPR3C and anti-cPR3m reactivity followed a similar pattern over time. Serial samples from a fourth patient demonstrated an anti-cPR3N response without concurrent cPR3m or cPR3C reactivity. Epitope determination by mass spectrometry identified a thirteen amino acid sequence on cPR3C that contained a common binding site recognized by antibodies from three patients. This peptide sequence contains a “PHQ” motif which was reported to be the basis for cross-reactivity of anti-cPR3m antibodies with plasminogen. Why these antibodies are detected in only ~30% of the patients remains unclear. The data reveal it is not due to lack of inclusion of flanking regions of complementary PR3 during screening. Instead, quite unexpectedly, the data demonstrate that patients’ antibodies react with a restricted epitope that exists in both cPR3m and cPR3C. PMID:20712431

  10. Penicillium roqueforti PR toxin gene cluster characterization.

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    Hidalgo, Pedro I; Poirier, Elisabeth; Ullán, Ricardo V; Piqueras, Justine; Meslet-Cladière, Laurence; Coton, Emmanuel; Coton, Monika

    2017-03-01

    PR toxin is a well-known isoprenoid mycotoxin almost solely produced by Penicillium roqueforti after growth on food or animal feed. This mycotoxin has been described as the most toxic produced by this species. In this study, an in silico analysis allowed identifying for the first time a 22.4-kb biosynthetic gene cluster involved in PR toxin biosynthesis in P. roqueforti. The pathway contains 11 open reading frames encoding for ten putative proteins including the major fungal terpene cyclase, aristolochene synthase, involved in the first farnesyl-diphosphate cyclization step as well as an oxidoreductase, an oxidase, two P450 monooxygenases, a transferase, and two dehydrogenase enzymes. Gene silencing was used to study three genes (ORF5, ORF6, and ORF8 encoding for an acetyltransferase and two P450 monooxygenases, respectively) and resulted in 20 to 40% PR toxin production reductions in all transformants proving the involvement of these genes and the corresponding enzyme activities in PR toxin biosynthesis. According to the considered silenced gene target, eremofortin A and B productions were also affected suggesting their involvement as biosynthetic intermediates in this pathway. A PR toxin biosynthesis pathway is proposed based on the most recent and available data.

  11. Distinguishing between PrPC and PrPSc using small molecule reagents

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    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...

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

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    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...

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

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    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...

  14. Binding of bovine T194A PrPC by PrPSc-specific antibodies

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    Madampage, Claudia A; Määttänen, Pekka; Marciniuk, Kristen; Brownlie, Robert; Andrievskaia, Olga; Potter, Andrew; Cashman, Neil R; Lee, Jeremy S; Napper, Scott

    2013-01-01

    Transmissible spongiform encephalopathies (TSEs) are fatal neurodegenerative diseases that are based on the misfolding of a cellular prion protein (PrPC) into an infectious, pathological conformation (PrPSc). There is proof-of-principle evidence that a prion vaccine is possible but this is tempered with concerns of the potential dangers associated with induction of immune responses to a widely-expressed self-protein. By targeting epitopes that are specifically exposed upon protein misfolding, our group developed a vaccine that induces PrPSc-specific antibody responses. Here we consider the ability of this polyclonal antibody (SN6b) to bind to a mutant of PrPC associated with spontaneous prion disease. Polyclonal antibodies were selected to mimic the vaccination outcome and also explore all possible protein conformations of the recombinant bovine prion protein with mutation T194A [bPrP(T194A)]. This mutant is a homolog of the human T183A mutation of PrPC that is associated with early onset of familial dementia. With nanopore analysis, under non-denaturing conditions, we observed binding of the SN6b antibody to bPrP(T194A). This interaction was confirmed through ELISAs as well as immunoprecipitation of the recombinant and cellularly expressed forms of bPrP(T194A). This interaction did not promote formation of a protease resistant conformation of PrP in vitro. Collectively, these findings support the disease-specific approach for immunotherapy of prion diseases but also suggest that the concept of conformation-specific immunotherapy may be complicated in individuals who are genetically predisposed to PrPC misfolding. PMID:23787697

  15. 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+}.

  16. The isomeric structure of 132Pr

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    Alharshan, G. A.; Cullen, D. M.; Taylor, M. J.; Procter, M. G.; Lumley, N. M.; Grahn, T.; Greenless, P. T.; Hauschild, K.; Herzon, A.; Jakobsson, U.; Jones, P. M.; Julin, R.; Juutinen, S.; Ketelhut, S.; Leino, M.; Lopez-Martens, A.; Nieminen, P.; Pantanen, J.; Peura, P.; Rahkila, P.; Rinta-Antilla, S.; Ruatsalainen, P.; Sandzelius, H. M.; Saren, J.; Scholey, C.; Sorri, J.; Stolze, S.; Uusitalo, J.

    2012-09-01

    The isomeric structure of the neutron deficient nucleus 132Pr, located in the rare-earth region of the nuclear chart, has been studied with the 98Mo(40Ar,5pn)132Pr reaction at beam energies of 150, 158 and 165 MeV. The experiment was performed at the University of Jyväskylä, Finland where the 40Ar beam was accelerated onto the target by the K130 cyclotron. The JUROGAM II HPGe detector array was employed in conjunction with the RITU gas-filled recoil separator. The focal-plane chamber housed a multi wire proportional counter and a position-sensitive silicon strip detector used for the implantation and identification of recoiling nuclei. The recoil-isomer tagging technique was used to correlate the delayed decays, measured in the Planar and Clover detectors of the GREAT spectrometer, with the known prompt transitions in 132Pr. Two new delayed transitions have been observed at energies of 102 and 118 keV. The corresponding X ray peaks are consistent with Pr Kα and Kβ X rays with energies of 35.63 and 40.91 keV, respectively. The half-life of the newly established isomeric state, from which the 102 and 118-keV transitions proceed, has been measured to be 2.5(3) μs.

  17. 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.

  18. 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.; ...

    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

  19. K1+2x Ni1-x Fe2(AsO4)3 (x = 0,125): un nouvel arséniate à structure de type α-CrPO4.

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    Ben Smail, Ridha; Zid, Mohamed Faouzi

    2017-02-01

    A new arsenate K1+2x Ni1-x Fe2(AsO4)3 (x = 1/8) {potassium nickel diiron(III) tris-[arsenate(V)]} was synthesized using a flux method and its crystal structure was determined from single-crystal X-ray diffraction data. This material was also characterized by qualitative energy dispersive X-ray spectroscopy (EDS) analysis. The crystal structure belongs to the α-CrPO4-structure type, space group Imma. It consists of a three-dimensional-framework built up from FeO6 and Ni0.875□1.25O6-octa-hedra and AsO4-tetra-hedra that are sharing corners and/or edges, generating tunnels running along the [010] and [001] directions in which the potassium cations are located. The proposed structural model was validated by bond-valence-sum calculations, charge-distribution (CHARDI) and Madelung energy analyses.

  20. K1+2xNi1−xFe2(AsO4)3 (x = 0,125): un nouvel arséniate à structure de type α-CrPO4

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    Zid, Mohamed Faouzi

    2017-01-01

    A new arsenate K1+2xNi1−xFe2(AsO4)3 (x = 1/8) {potassium nickel diiron(III) tris­[arsenate(V)]} was synthesized using a flux method and its crystal structure was determined from single-crystal X-ray diffraction data. This material was also characterized by qualitative energy dispersive X-ray spectroscopy (EDS) analysis. The crystal structure belongs to the α-CrPO4-structure type, space group Imma. It consists of a three-dimensional-framework built up from FeO6 and Ni0.875□1.25O6-octa­hedra and AsO4-tetra­hedra that are sharing corners and/or edges, generating tunnels running along the [010] and [001] directions in which the potassium cations are located. The proposed structural model was validated by bond-valence-sum calculations, charge-distribution (CHARDI) and Madelung energy analyses. PMID:28217351

  1. Localization of electrons due to orbitally ordered bi-stripes in the bilayer manganite La(2-2x)Sr(1+2x)Mn2O7 (x ~ 0.59).

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    Sun, Z; Wang, Q; Fedorov, A V; Zheng, H; Mitchell, J F; Dessau, D S

    2011-07-19

    Electronic phases with stripe patterns have been intensively investigated for their vital roles in unique properties of correlated electronic materials. How these real-space patterns affect the conductivity and other properties of materials (which are usually described in momentum space) is one of the major challenges of modern condensed matter physics. By studying the electronic structure of La(2-2x)Sr(1+2x)Mn(2)O(7) (x ∼ 0.59) and in combination with earlier scattering measurements, we demonstrate the variation of electronic properties accompanying the melting of so-called bi-stripes in this material. The static bi-stripes can strongly localize the electrons in the insulating phase above T(c) ∼ 160 K, while the fraction of mobile electrons grows, coexisting with a significant portion of localized electrons when the static bi-stripes melt below T(c). The presence of localized electrons below T(c) suggests that the melting bi-stripes exist as a disordered or fluctuating counterpart. From static to melting, the bi-stripes act as an atomic-scale electronic valve, leading to a "colossal" metal-insulator transition in this material.

  2. Molten salt synthesis and characterization of Li4Ti5-xMnxO12 (x = 0.0, 0.05 and 0.1) as anodes for Li-ion batteries

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    Nithya, V. D.; Kalai Selvan, R.; Vediappan, Kumaran; Sharmila, S.; Lee, Chang Woo

    2012-11-01

    Sub-micrometer sized Li4Ti5-xMnxO12 (x = 0.0, 0.05 and 0.1) particles were synthesized by a single step molten salt method using LiCl-KCl as a flux. The synthesized material was structurally characterized by X-ray diffraction (XRD) and Fourier transform infrared (FTIR) spectra. The XRD analysis revealed the particles to be highly crystalline and have a face-centered cubic spinel structure. The presence of possible functional group was confirmed through FTIR analysis. The FE-SEM images showed the particles to be polyhedral in shape with uniform size distribution. It was also revealed that there was a particle size reduction with the effect of Mn4+ dopant ions. The electrochemical studies performed using cyclic voltammogram (CV), charge-discharge, and electrochemical impedance analysis (EIS) indicate that Li4Ti4.9Mn0.1O4 possesses a better discharge capacity (305 mAh/g), cycling stability, and charge carrier conductivity than both Li4Ti4.95Mn0.05O12 (265 mAh/g) and Li4Ti5O12 (240 mAh/g). The cycling stability reveals that the acceptable capacity fading was observed even after 20th cycle. The results of electrochemical studies infer that Li4Ti4.9Mn0.1O4 could be utilized as a suitable anode material for Li-ion batteries.

  3. 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.

  4. {sup 55}Mn nuclear magnetic resonance study of highly Sr-doped La{sub 2-2x}Sr{sub 1+2x}Mn{sub 2}O{sub 7} (x = 0.5-0.8).

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    Rybicki, D.; Kapusta, Cz.; Tokarz, W.; Stepankova, H.; Prochazka, V.; Haase, J.; Jirak, Z.; Adroja, D. T.; Mitchell, J. F.; AGH-Univ. of Science and Technology; Leipzig Univ.; Charles Univ.; Inst. Physics; Rutherford Appleton Lab.

    2008-01-01

    The {sup 55}Mn nuclear magnetic resonance (NMR) study of bilayered perovskites La{sub 2-2x}Sr{sub 1+2x}Mn{sub 2}O{sub 7} with 0.5 {le} x {le} 1 is presented. The {sup 55}Mn spin-echo spectra were measured at 4.2 K at zero applied magnetic field and at fields up to 2.5 T. Recent neutron-diffraction studies report that all the compounds studied are antiferromagnetically ordered (except x=0.68 in which no long-range magnetic order was found) [Mitchell et al., J. Phys. Chem. B 105, 10731 (2001)]. However, within the doping range 0.62 {le} x {le} 0.68, apart from NMR signal from antiferromagnetic insulating (AFI) phase, also lines from ferromagnetic insulating (FMI) and ferromagnetic metallic (FMM) phases are observed. This indicates that phase separation occurs in high Sr-doped bilayered manganites. The amount of the FMI and FMM regions decreases with the Sr doping level and for compounds with x=0.75 and x=0.8; only the line originating from nuclei in Mn{sup 4+} cations in AFI regions is observed.

  5. Localization of electrons due to orbitally ordered bi-stripes in the bilayer manganite La2-2xSr1+2xMn2O7 (x ∼ 0.59)

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    Sun, Z.; Wang, Q.; Fedorov, A. V.; Zheng, H.; Mitchell, J. F.; Dessau, D. S.

    2011-01-01

    Electronic phases with stripe patterns have been intensively investigated for their vital roles in unique properties of correlated electronic materials. How these real-space patterns affect the conductivity and other properties of materials (which are usually described in momentum space) is one of the major challenges of modern condensed matter physics. By studying the electronic structure of La2-2xSr1+2xMn2O7 (x ∼ 0.59) and in combination with earlier scattering measurements, we demonstrate the variation of electronic properties accompanying the melting of so-called bi-stripes in this material. The static bi-stripes can strongly localize the electrons in the insulating phase above Tc ∼ 160 K, while the fraction of mobile electrons grows, coexisting with a significant portion of localized electrons when the static bi-stripes melt below Tc. The presence of localized electrons below Tc suggests that the melting bi-stripes exist as a disordered or fluctuating counterpart. From static to melting, the bi-stripes act as an atomic-scale electronic valve, leading to a “colossal” metal-insulator transition in this material. PMID:21715662

  6. Diploid/polyploid syntenic shuttle mapping and haplotype-specific chromosome walking toward a rust resistance gene (Bru1) in highly polyploid sugarcane (2n approximately 12x approximately 115).

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    Le Cunff, Loïc; Garsmeur, Olivier; Raboin, Louis Marie; Pauquet, Jérome; Telismart, Hugues; Selvi, Athiappan; Grivet, Laurent; Philippe, Romain; Begum, Dilara; Deu, Monique; Costet, Laurent; Wing, Rod; Glaszmann, Jean Christophe; D'Hont, Angélique

    2008-09-01

    The genome of modern sugarcane cultivars is highly polyploid (approximately 12x), aneuploid, of interspecific origin, and contains 10 Gb of DNA. Its size and complexity represent a major challenge for the isolation of agronomically important genes. Here we report on the first attempt to isolate a gene from sugarcane by map-based cloning, targeting a durable major rust resistance gene (Bru1). We describe the genomic strategies that we have developed to overcome constraints associated with high polyploidy in the successive steps of map-based cloning approaches, including diploid/polyploid syntenic shuttle mapping with two model diploid species (sorghum and rice) and haplotype-specific chromosome walking. Their applications allowed us (i) to develop a high-resolution map including markers at 0.28 and 0.14 cM on both sides and 13 markers cosegregating with Bru1 and (ii) to develop a physical map of the target haplotype that still includes two gaps at this stage due to the discovery of an insertion specific to this haplotype. These approaches will pave the way for the development of future map-based cloning approaches for sugarcane and other complex polyploid species.

  7. The effect of Bi substitution on the microstructure and magnetic properties of the Sr0.4Ba0.3La0.3Fe12-xBixO19 hexagonal ferrites

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    Yang, Yujie; Wang, Fanhou; Liu, Xiansong; Shao, Juxiang; Feng, Shuangjiu; Huang, Duohui; Li, Mingling

    2017-01-01

    Bi3+ ions doped M-type hexaferrites, Sr0.4Ba0.3La0.3Fe12-xBixO19 (0≤x≤0.7), were prepared by the ceramic process. The phase components of the magnetic powders were investigated by X-ray diffraction. The results show that a single magnetoplumbite phase is obtained for the magnetic powders with x from 0 to 0.2, and BiFeO3 as a second phase appears when Bi content (x)≥0.3. The micrographs of the sintered magnets were observed by a field emission scanning electron microscopy. The sintered magnets are formed of hexagonal-shaped crystals. The magnetic properties of the sintered magnets were measured at room temperature by a permanent magnetic measuring system. The remanence (Br) first increases with x from 0 to 0.2, and then decreases when Bi content (x)≥0.2. The intrinsic coercivity (Hcj) and magnetic induction coercivity (Hcb) firstly decrease quickly with x from 0 to 0.1, and then increase linearly when Bi content (x)≥0.1. The maximum energy product [(BH)max] increases with x from 0 to 0.3, and then decreases when Bi content (x)≥0.3. The ratio Hk/Hcj ratio first increases with Bi content (x) from 0 to 0.4. And the Hk/Hcj ratio decreases when x≥0.4.

  8. 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.

  9. Magnetic properties of Pr ions in perovskite-type oxides

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    Sekizawa, K.; Kitagawa, M.; Takano, Y.

    1998-01-01

    Magnetic properties of Pr ions with the controlled valence on the A and B sites of perovskite-type oxides (ABO 3) were investigated for two systems, PrSc 1 - xMg xO 3 and BaPr 1 - xBi xO 3. From the magnetic susceptibility χ versus temperature T curves of PrSc 1 - xMg xO 3, the χ-T curve for molar Pr 3+ ions on the A site and that of Pr 4+ ions were obtained. The 1/χ-T curves for both ions exhibit the crystalline electric field (CEF) effect and the effective magnetic moment μ eff above 100 K is 3.41 μ B for Pr 3+ and 2.58 μ B for Pr 4+, respectively. The χ-T curve of PrSc 0.8Mg 0.2O 3 is similar to that of PrBa 2Cu 3O y. In the BaPr 1 - xBi xO 3 system, only one intermediate phase BaPr 0.5Bi 0.5O 3 exists, in which Pr and Bi take an ordered arrangement on the B site. The magnetic susceptibility χ for Pr 4+ and that of Pr 3- in the ordered arrangement with Bi 5+ on the B site are much smaller than those for the A site, reflecting the strong CEF effect on the B site. Experimental χ-T curves can be well reproduced by the numerical calculation for Pr 3+ or Pr 4+ ions in the molecular field and the CEF with proper respective parameters.

  10. 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

  11. 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.

  12. 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.

  13. Levels in doubly odd 138Pr

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    Gangopadhyay, G.; Bhowal, Samit; Bhowmik, R. K.; Datta Pramanik, U.; Ghosh, P.; Goswami, A.; Petrache, C.; Mukherjee, A.; Muralithar, S.; Raut, Rajarshi; Saha Sarkar, M.; Singh, A. K.; Singh, R. P.; Bhattacharya, S.

    2005-05-01

    The band structures of the doubly odd 138Pr nucleus have been investigated using the 128Te(14N, 4n)138Pr reaction at a beam energy of 55-65 MeV. Altogether six distinct structures have been established, of which the lower part of the yrast band and two side bands were known from earlier works. The observed level properties of the members of the yrast band have been compared with theoretical calculations performed within the Particle Rotor Model (PRM) with axially symmetric core. The experimental branching ratios and B(M1)/B(E2) values when compared with the theoretical results of the PRM, suggest an oblate core.

  14. Infrared spectroscopy of [XFeC24H12]+ (X = C5H5, C5(CH3)5) complexes in the gas phase: experimental and computational studies of astrophysical interest.

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    Simon, Aude; Joblin, Christine; Polfer, Nick; Oomens, Jos

    2008-09-18

    We report the first experimental mid-infrared (700-1600 cm (-1)) multiple-photon dissociation (IRMPD) spectra of [XFeC 24H 12] (+) (X = C 5H 5 or Cp, C 5(CH 3) 5 or Cp*) complexes in the gas phase obtained using the free electron laser for infrared experiments. The experimental results are complemented with theoretical infrared (IR) absorption spectra calculated with methods based on density functional theory. The isomers in which the XFe unit is coordinated to an outer ring of C 24H 12 (+) (Out isomers) were calculated to be the most stable ones. From the comparison between the experimental and calculated spectra, we could derive that, (i) for [CpFeC 24H 12] (+) complexes, the (1)A Out isomer appears to be the best candidate to be formed in the experiment but the presence of the (1)A In higher energy isomer in minor abundance is also plausible; and (ii) for [Cp*FeC 24H 12] (+) complexes, the three calculated Out isomers of similar energy are likely to be present simultaneously, in qualitative agreement with the observed dissociation patterns. This study also emphasizes the threshold effect in the IRMPD spectrum below which IR bands cannot be observed and evidence strong mode coupling effects in the [XFeC 24H 12] (+) species. The effect of the coordination of Fe in weakening the bands of C 24H 12 (+) in the 1000-1600 cm (-1) region is confirmed, which is of interest to search for such complexes in interstellar environments.

  15. Influence of Structure and Oxidation State on Magnetic Properties of Sr1-x La x Fe12-x Co x O19 Nanoparticles Prepared by Sol-Gel Combustion Method

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    Loan, To Thanh; Nga, Tran Thi Viet; Duong, Nguyen Phuc; Soontaranon, Siriwat; Hien, Than Duc

    2017-02-01

    Nanoparticles of Sr1-x La x Fe12-x Co x O19 (x = 0 to 0.2) hexagonal ferrite have been synthesized by the sol-gel method using citric acid to complex the ions, followed by an autocombustion reaction after annealing at 900°C for 2 h in air. The crystal structure, valence state, and morphology of the samples were studied by x-ray diffraction (XRD) analysis, synchrotron x-ray diffraction (SXRD), x-ray absorption near-edge spectroscopy (XANES), and scanning electron microscopy. Rietveld refinement of XRD and SXRD patterns revealed that single-phase SrFe12O19 was obtained for all samples; the La3+ ion preferentially occupies the 2d site, whereas the Co2+ ion preferentially occupies the 2a and 4f2 sites. XANES analysis results indicated presence of Fe2+ ion in the samples with x = 0.1, 0.15, and 0.2. The particles were single domain with size in the range from 50 nm to 80 nm. The magnetic properties of the hexaferrite samples (SrFe12O19) were significantly improved as a result of the appropriate La/Co substitution. The coercivity values at room temperature increased from 6.7 kOe to 8 kOe with increasing La/Co concentration from 0 to 0.2. Maximum saturation magnetization of 73 emu/g was achieved at La/Co concentration of x = 0.1.

  16. Structural, Magnetic, and Microwave Properties of SrFe12- x (Ni0.5Co0.5Sn) x/2O19 Particles Synthesized by Sol-Gel Combustion Method

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    Mousavinia, Mohammad; Ghasemi, Ali; Paimozd, Ebrahim

    2013-09-01

    This study is intended to evaluate the structural, magnetic, and microwave properties of Ni-Co-Sn-doped strontium hexaferrite SrFe12- x (Ni0.5Co0.5Sn) x/2 O19 particles with x = 0 to 2.5 synthesized by a sol-gel combustion method. These particles were evaluated to characterize the structural, magnetic, and reflection loss properties of prepared samples by use of x-ray diffraction (XRD), field-emission scanning electron microscopy (FE-SEM), Fourier-transform infrared (FTIR) spectroscopy, vibrating-sample magnetometer (VSM), and vector network analyzer. The XRD results confirmed the presence of strontium ferrite phase with magnetoplumbite structure in all synthesized samples. The results of FTIR analysis indicated the formation of functional groups such as metal-oxygen (Sr-O and Fe-O) and carboxylic groups during the sol-gel process. In addition, FE-SEM micrographs indicated that submicron particles with different morphologies such as spherical, pyramidal, irregular, and hexagonal platelet shapes appeared in the structure. According to hysteresis loops, magnetization and coercivity decreased due to occupation of Ni-Co-Sn cations at low levels of substitutions. The microwave absorption characteristics of this ferrite were investigated in the 8 GHz to 12 GHz frequency range. The sample with 80 wt.% ferrite content showed a maximum reflection loss of -29 dB at 9.6 GHz with 4 GHz bandwidth through the entire frequency range of 8 GHz to 12 GHz for absorber thickness of 1.5 mm. Based on microwave measurements of reflectivity, this material with the expressed chemical composition could be proposed as a good choice for electromagnetic compatibility and other practical applications such as microwave absorption at high frequencies.

  17. Quantification of PrPC in bovine peripheral tissues: Analysis in wild-type and PrPC-deficient cattle.

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    Kobayashi, Shin-Ichi; Ano, Yasuhisa; Sakudo, Akikazu; Yukawa, Masayoshi; Sigiura, Katsuaki; Manabe, Noboru; Nakayama, Hiroyuki; Onodera, Takashi

    2009-01-01

    Cellular PrP (PrPC) is necessary for bovine spongiform encephalopathy (BSE) infection. The purpose of the present experiment was the quantification of PrPC in peripheral tissues to assess the risk of BSE infection from these tissues. The tissue distribution of PrPC was examined by a sandwich enzyme-linked immunosorbent assay (sELISA) and histochemical analysis. PrPC-deficient cows were used as a negative control. The sELISA revealed that the brain contained the highest PrPC content (10.7 µg/g tissue), while other organs/tissues harbored lower amounts, in decreasing order as follows: longissimus capitis muscle, iliocostalis thoracis muscle, splenius muscle, biceps femoris muscle, triceps brachii muscle, longissimus thoracis muscle, ileum, jejunum, duodenum, colon, cecum, apex linguae, omotransversarius muscle, posterior part of the corpus linguae, anterior part of the corpus linguae and radix linguae (5.2- to 31-fold less PrPC than the brain). In the tissue/organs of PrP-deficient cows, PrPC levels were under the limit of detection. Histochemical analysis showed that PrPC was expressed in nerve cells in intestinal tissues. The presence of PrPC in the bovine tongue, skeletal muscles and intestines raises the possibility of PrPSc accumulation in these tissues, indicating that these organs/tissues may serve as potential sources of BSE infection.

  18. 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.

  19. PrPC from stem cells to cancer

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    Martin-Lannerée, Séverine; Hirsch, Théo Z.; Hernandez-Rapp, Julia; Halliez, Sophie; Vilotte, Jean-Luc; Launay, Jean-Marie; Mouillet-Richard, Sophie

    2014-01-01

    The cellular prion protein PrPC was initially discovered as the normal counterpart of the pathological scrapie prion protein PrPSc, the main component of the infectious agent of Transmissible Spongiform Encephalopathies. While clues as to the physiological function of this ubiquitous protein were greatly anticipated from the development of knockout animals, PrP-null mice turned out to be viable and to develop without major phenotypic abnormalities. Notwithstanding, the discovery that hematopoietic stem cells from PrP-null mice have impaired long-term repopulating potential has set the stage for investigating into the role of PrPC in stem cell biology. A wealth of data have now exemplified that PrPC is expressed in distinct types of stem cells and regulates their self-renewal as well as their differentiation potential. A role for PrPC in the fate restriction of embryonic stem cells has further been proposed. Paralleling these observations, an overexpression of PrPC has been documented in various types of tumors. In line with the contribution of PrPC to stemness and to the proliferation of cancer cells, PrPC was recently found to be enriched in subpopulations of tumor-initiating cells. In the present review, we summarize the current knowledge of the role played by PrPC in stem cell biology and discuss how the subversion of its function may contribute to cancer progression. PMID:25364760

  20. Modulation of Glycosaminoglycans Affects PrPSc Metabolism but Does Not Block PrPSc Uptake

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    Wolf, Hanna; Graßmann, Andrea; Bester, Romina; Hossinger, André; Möhl, Christoph; Paulsen, Lydia; Groschup, Martin H.; Schätzl, Hermann

    2015-01-01

    ABSTRACT Mammalian prions are unconventional infectious agents composed primarily of the misfolded aggregated host prion protein PrP, termed PrPSc. Prions propagate by the recruitment and conformational conversion of cellular prion protein into abnormal prion aggregates on the cell surface or along the endocytic pathway. Cellular glycosaminoglycans have been implicated as the first attachment sites for prions and cofactors for cellular prion replication. Glycosaminoglycan mimetics and obstruction of glycosaminoglycan sulfation affect prion replication, but the inhibitory effects on different strains and different stages of the cell infection have not been thoroughly addressed. We examined the effects of a glycosaminoglycan mimetic and undersulfation on cellular prion protein metabolism, prion uptake, and the establishment of productive infections in L929 cells by two mouse-adapted prion strains. Surprisingly, both treatments reduced endogenous sulfated glycosaminoglycans but had divergent effects on cellular PrP levels. Chemical or genetic manipulation of glycosaminoglycans did not prevent PrPSc uptake, arguing against their roles as essential prion attachment sites. However, both treatments effectively antagonized de novo prion infection independently of the prion strain and reduced PrPSc formation in chronically infected cells. Our results demonstrate that sulfated glycosaminoglycans are dispensable for prion internalization but play a pivotal role in persistently maintained PrPSc formation independent of the prion strain. IMPORTANCE Recently, glycosaminoglycans (GAGs) became the focus of neurodegenerative disease research as general attachment sites for cell invasion by pathogenic protein aggregates. GAGs influence amyloid formation in vitro. GAGs are also found in intra- and extracellular amyloid deposits. In light of the essential role GAGs play in proteinopathies, understanding the effects of GAGs on protein aggregation and aggregate dissemination is crucial

  1. Comprehensive mapping infection-enhancing epitopes of dengue pr protein using polyclonal antibody against prM.

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    Luo, Yayan; Guo, Xiaolan; Yan, Huijun; Fang, Danyun; Zeng, Gucheng; Zhou, Junmei; Jiang, Lifang

    2015-07-01

    Dengue vaccine development is considered a global public health priority, but the antibody-dependent enhancement (ADE) issues have critically restricted vaccine development. Recent findings have demonstrated that pre-membrane (prM) protein was involved in dengue virus (DENV) infection enhancement. Although the importance of prM antibodies have been well characterized, only a few epitopes in DENV prM protein have ever been identified. In this study, we screened five potential linear epitopes located at positions pr1 (1-16aa), pr3 (13-28aa), pr4 (19-34aa), pr9 (49-64aa), and pr10 (55-70aa) in pr protein using peptide scanning and comprehensive bioinformatics analysis. Then, we found that only pr4 (19-34aa) could elicit high-titer antibodies in Balb/c mice, and this epitope could react with sera from DENV2-infected patients, suggesting that specific antibodies against epitope peptide pr4 were elicited in both DENV-infected mice and human. In addition, our data demonstrated that anti-pr4 sera showed limited neutralizing activity but significant ADE activity toward standard DENV serotypes and imDENV. Hence, it seems responsible to hypothesize that anti-pr4 serum was infection-enhancing antibody and pr4 was infection-enhancing epitope. In conclusion, we characterized a novel infection-enhancing epitope on dengue pr protein, a finding that may provide new insight into the pathogenesis of DENV infection and contribute to dengue vaccine design.

  2. Photoelectron spectrum of PrO-

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

    2015-08-01

    The photoelectron (PE) spectrum of PrO- exhibits a short 835 ± 20 cm-1 vibrational progression of doublets (210 ± 30 cm-1 splitting) assigned to transitions from the 4f2 [3H4] σ6s2 Ω = 4 anion ground state to the 4f2 [3H4] σ6s Ω = 3.5 and 4.5 neutral states. This assignment is analogous to that of the recently reported PE spectrum of CeO-, though the 82 cm-1 splitting between the 4f [2F2.5] σ6s 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 4f2 [3H4] 5d superconfiguration are predicted to be approximately 1 eV above the 4f2 [3H4] σ6s 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 4f2 [3H4] σ6s Ω = 2.5 neutral state is determined to be 1840 ± 110 cm-1.

  3. 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

  4. PR-13/Thionin but not PR-1 mediates bacterial resistance in Nicotiana attenuata in nature, and neither influences herbivore resistance.

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    Rayapuram, Cbgowda; Wu, Jianqiang; Haas, Christiane; Baldwin, Ian T

    2008-07-01

    Increases in pathogenesis-related (PR) transcripts are commonly interpreted as evidence of plants' resistance responses to pathogens; however, few studies have examined whether increases in PR proteins protect plants growing under natural conditions. Pseudomonas syringae pv. tomato DC3,000, which is virulent and causes disease in Arabidopsis, is also pathogenic to the native tobacco Nicotiana attenuata. N. attenuata responds to P. syringae pv. tomato DC3,000's challenges with increases in salicylic acid and transcripts of at least two PR genes, PR-1 and PR13/Thionin. To determine if either of these PR proteins functions in bacterial resistance, we independently silenced both genes by RNAi and found that only PR-13/Thionin mediates resistance to P. syringae pv. tomato DC3,000 in glasshouse experiments. When NaPR-1- and NaThionin-silenced plants were transplanted into the plant's native habitat in the Great Basin Desert of Utah, opportunistic Pseudomonas spp. performed better on NaThionin-silenced plants compared with NaPR-1-silenced and wild-type (WT) plants, and accounted for increased plant mortality. The native herbivore community of N. attenuata attacked both NaPR-1- and PR-13/NaThionin-silenced plants to the same degree as it did in WT plants, indicating that neither PR protein provides resistance to herbivores. Although PR-1 is generally considered a marker gene of disease resistance, we found no evidence that it has an antimicrobial function. In contrast, PR-13/NaThionin is clearly an ecologically relevant defense protein involved in resisting pathogens in N. attenuata.

  5. Species and Strain Glycosylation Patterns of PrPSc

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    Xanthopoulos, Konstantinos; Polymenidou, Magdalini; Bellworthy, Sue J.; Benestad, Sylvie L.; Sklaviadis, Theodoros

    2009-01-01

    Background A key event in transmissible spongiform encephalopathies (TSEs) is the conversion of the soluble, protease-sensitive glycosylated prion protein (PrPC) to an abnormally structured, aggregated and partially protease-resistant isoform (PrPSc). Both PrP isoforms bear two potential glycosylation sites and thus in a typical western blot with an anti-PrP antibody three distinct bands appear, corresponding to the di-, mono- or unglycosylated forms of the protein. The relative intensity and electrophoretic mobility of the three bands are characteristic of each TSE strain and have been used to discriminate between them. Methodology/Principal Findings In the present study we used lectin-based western blotting to evaluate possible variations in composition within sugar chains carried by PrPSc purified from subjects affected with different TSEs. Our findings indicate that in addition to the already well-documented differences in electrophoretic mobility and amounts of the glycosylated PrPSc forms, TSE strains also vary in the abundance of specific N-linked sugars of the PrPSc protein. Conclusions/Significance These results imply that PrP glycosylation might fine-tune the conversion of PrPC to PrPSc and could play an accessory role in the appearance of some of the characteristic features of TSE strains. The differences in sugar composition could also be used as an additional tool for discrimination between the various TSEs. PMID:19461968

  6. 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

  7. Pr-Zr-Co precipitation-hardened magnet

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    Gabay, A. M.; Zhang, Yong; Hadjipanayis, G. C.

    2000-06-01

    Hard magnetic properties have been found in homogenized and subsequently aged Pr-Zr-Co alloys. Transmission electron microscopy reveals a microstructure consisting of a Pr2(Co, Zr)17 matrix with (Pr, Zr)Co5 precipitates formed after aging the homogenized alloys with the (Pr, Zr)Co5+δ structure. This microstructure is similar to that of the Sm-Co-Cu-Zr precipitation-hardened magnets. However, unlike Sm2Co17, the easy magnetization direction (EMD) of Pr2Co17 lies in a basal plane. The coexistence of the 2:17 matrix phase with EMD∥(001) and the 1:5 cell-boundary phase with EMD∥[001] results in unusual alignment effects. Anisotropic Pr11.5Zr4Co85 powders with coercivity of 4.1 kOe and energy product of 7.2 MGOe were obtained.

  8. 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.

  9. Toward the Atomic Structure of PrPSc.

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    Rodriguez, Jose A; Jiang, Lin; Eisenberg, David S

    2017-01-17

    In this review, we detail our current knowledge of PrP(Sc) structure on the basis of structural and computational studies. We discuss the progress toward an atomic resolution description of PrP(Sc) and results from the broader field of amyloid studies that may further inform our knowledge of this structure. Moreover, we summarize work that investigates the role of PrP(Sc) structure in its toxicity, transmissibility, and species specificity. We look forward to an atomic model of PrP(Sc), which is expected to bring diagnostics and/or therapeutics to the field of prion disease.

  10. Enhanced Pr3+ photoluminescence by energy transfer in SrF2 : Eu2+, Pr3+ phosphor

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    Yagoub, M. Y. A.; Swart, H. C.; Bergman, P.; Coetsee, E.

    2016-02-01

    Efficient energy transfer was demonstrated in the SrF2 : Eu2+, Pr3+ phosphor synthesized by the co-precipitation method. Results obtained with X-ray diffraction (XRD), scanning electron microscopy (SEM), x-ray spectroscopy (XPS), photoluminescence (PL) and decay curves proposed the UV-Vis energy transfer process. The energy transfer process between the Eu2+ and Pr3+ ions in SrF2 was investigated to evaluate the potential of the Eu2+ ion as a sensitizer for the Pr3+ ion. The results proposed that Eu2+ could be a good sensitizer for absorbing the UV photons and efficiently enhancing the Pr3+ emission intensity. The energy transfer process was effective until concentration quenching for the Pr3+ ions occurred. The concentration quenching was attributed to cross-relaxation between the Pr3+ ions.

  11. Plant pathogenesis-related proteins PR-10 and PR-14 as components of innate immunity system and ubiquitous allergens.

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    Ovchinnikova, Tatiana V; Finkina, Ekaterina I; Melnikova, Daria N; Bogdanov, Ivan V

    2016-10-26

    Pathogenesis-related (PR) proteins are components of innate immunity system in plants. They play an important role in plant defense against pathogens. Lipid transfer proteins (LTPs) and Bet v 1 homologues comprise two separate families of PR-proteins. Both LTPs (PR-14) and Bet v 1 homologues (PR-10) are multifunctional small proteins involving in plant response to abiotic and biotic stress conditions. The representatives of these PR-protein families do not show any sequence similarity but have other common biochemical features such as low molecular masses, the presence of hydrophobic cavities, ligand binding properties, and antimicrobial activities. Besides, many members of PR-10 and PR-14 families are ubiquitous plant panallergens which are able to cause sensitization of human immune system and cross-reactive allergic reactions to plant food and pollen. This review is aimed at comparative analysis of structure-functional and allergenic properties of the PR-10 and PR-14 families, as well as prospects for their medicinal application.

  12. 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.

  13. Structure of a positive-parity band in 130Pr

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    Ma, K. Y.; Lu, J. B.; Xu, X.; Liu, Y. M.; Zhang, Z.; Li, X. Y.; Yang, D.; Liu, Y. Z.; Wu, X. G.; He, C. Y.; Zheng, Y.; Li, C. B.

    2017-01-01

    High-spin states of 130Pr have been populated using the 99Ru(35Cl, 2n2p)130Pr reaction at a beam energy of 151 MeV. A new positive-parity side band has been identified and possible interpretations on the origin of the side band have been discussed.

  14. 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…

  15. 33 CFR 110.255 - Ponce Harbor, P.R.

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    2010-07-01

    ... 33 Navigation and Navigable Waters 1 2010-07-01 2010-07-01 false Ponce Harbor, P.R. 110.255 Section 110.255 Navigation and Navigable Waters COAST GUARD, DEPARTMENT OF HOMELAND SECURITY ANCHORAGES ANCHORAGE REGULATIONS Anchorage Grounds § 110.255 Ponce Harbor, P.R. (a) Small-craft anchorage. On...

  16. 33 CFR 110.255 - Ponce Harbor, P.R.

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    2013-07-01

    ... 33 Navigation and Navigable Waters 1 2013-07-01 2013-07-01 false Ponce Harbor, P.R. 110.255 Section 110.255 Navigation and Navigable Waters COAST GUARD, DEPARTMENT OF HOMELAND SECURITY ANCHORAGES ANCHORAGE REGULATIONS Anchorage Grounds § 110.255 Ponce Harbor, P.R. (a) Small-craft anchorage. On...

  17. 33 CFR 110.255 - Ponce Harbor, P.R.

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    2011-07-01

    ... 33 Navigation and Navigable Waters 1 2011-07-01 2011-07-01 false Ponce Harbor, P.R. 110.255 Section 110.255 Navigation and Navigable Waters COAST GUARD, DEPARTMENT OF HOMELAND SECURITY ANCHORAGES ANCHORAGE REGULATIONS Anchorage Grounds § 110.255 Ponce Harbor, P.R. (a) Small-craft anchorage. On...

  18. 33 CFR 110.255 - Ponce Harbor, P.R.

    Code of Federal Regulations, 2014 CFR

    2014-07-01

    ... 33 Navigation and Navigable Waters 1 2014-07-01 2014-07-01 false Ponce Harbor, P.R. 110.255 Section 110.255 Navigation and Navigable Waters COAST GUARD, DEPARTMENT OF HOMELAND SECURITY ANCHORAGES ANCHORAGE REGULATIONS Anchorage Grounds § 110.255 Ponce Harbor, P.R. (a) Small-craft anchorage. On...

  19. 33 CFR 110.255 - Ponce 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 Ponce Harbor, P.R. 110.255 Section 110.255 Navigation and Navigable Waters COAST GUARD, DEPARTMENT OF HOMELAND SECURITY ANCHORAGES ANCHORAGE REGULATIONS Anchorage Grounds § 110.255 Ponce Harbor, P.R. (a) Small-craft anchorage. On...

  20. Praseodymium(III) sulfate hydroxide, Pr(SO(4))(OH).

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    Wang, Xiao-Juan; Cheng, Jian-Wen

    2011-01-15

    The title compound, Pr(SO(4))(OH), obtained under hydro-thermal conditions, consists of Pr(III) ions coordinated by nine O atoms from six sulfate groups and three hydroxide anions. The bridging mode of the O atoms results in the formation of a three-dimensional framework, stabilized by two O-H⋯O hydrogen-bonding inter-actions.

  1. PR: Essentially Essential...the MISD Communication Team Training Handbook.

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    Moore, Edward H.; Banach, William J., Ed.

    The suggestions, discussions, examples, and tips presented in this handbook are intended to help educators improve their public relations (PR) and communications skills. The first of the book's six chapters introduces the need for a written communications policy, good PR, regular communications, and feedback from audiences. The chapter's…

  2. Recombinant proteinase 3 produced in different expression systems: recognition by anti-PR3 antibodies.

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    van der Geld, Y M; Oost-Kort, W; Limburg, P C; Specks, U; Kallenberg, C G

    2000-10-20

    Anti-neutrophil cytoplasm autoantibodies (ANCA) directed against proteinase 3 (PR3) are highly sensitive and specific markers for Wegener's granulomatosis (WG). Consequently, antigen-specific assays for detection of PR3-ANCA are helpful for the diagnosis and follow-up of patients with WG. Purification of PR3 is laborious and requires large amounts of granulocytes. Therefore, several attempts have been made to produce recombinant PR3 that is recognized by PR3-ANCA. The purpose of this study was to compare the recognition of different recombinant forms of PR3 (rPR3) by anti-PR3 antibodies. Recombinant PR3 produced in E. coli (rcPR3), P. pastoris (rpPR3), insect cells using the baculovirus system (rbPR3), the human mast cell line, HMC-1 (HMC-1/PR3-S176A), or the human epithelial cell line, 293 (Delta-rPR3-S176A) as well as purified neutrophil PR3 (nPR3) were used. Recognition of these rPR3s by anti-PR3 antibodies was determined by direct and capture ELISA with 19 PR3-ANCA sera, 13 anti-PR3 mAbs and a rabbit serum raised against human PR3. In the capture ELISA rabbit anti-PR3 strongly bound nPR3 and all rPR3 products. By capture ELISA rcPR3 and rpPR3 were recognized by 11 (57%) and 13 (68%) of the 19 PR3-ANCA sera, respectively, whereas rbPR3, HMC-1/PR3-S176A, Delta-rPR3-S176A and nPR3 were recognized by all PR3-ANCA sera. By direct ELISA rabbit anti-PR3 strongly bound nPR3 and all tested rPR3 products. Using the direct ELISA none of the PR3-ANCA sera recognized rcPR3, whereas rpPR3 and rbPR3 were recognized by two (11%) and 17 (89%) of the 19 PR3-ANCA sera, respectively. All 13 anti-PR3 mAbs recognized nPR3 in the direct as well as in the capture ELISA. The rcPR3 was recognized by two mAbs in the capture ELISA but by none of the mAbs in the direct ELISA. The rpPR3 was recognized by seven mAbs in the capture ELISA and only by two mAbs in the direct ELISA. All but one of the anti-PR3 mAbs recognized rbPR3, whereas HMC-1/PR3-S176A and Delta-rPR3-S176A were recognized by

  3. 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...

  4. 75 FR 44847 - Proposed Collection; Comment Request for Forms 943, 943-PR, 943-A, and 943A-PR

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    2010-07-29

    ... Contribucion Federal Del Patrono De Empleados Agricolas, 943-A, Agricultural Employer's Record of Federal Tax Liability, and 943A-PR, Registro De La Obligacion Contributiva Del Patrono Agricola. DATES: Written comments... Agricolas (Form 943-PR), Agricultural Employer's Record of Federal Tax Liability (Form 943-A), and...

  5. 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.

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

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    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

  7. 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

  8. Infectivity-associated PrP(Sc) and disease duration-associated PrP(Sc) of mouse BSE prions.

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

    2015-01-01

    Disease-related prion protein (PrP(Sc)), 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 PrP(Sc) 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 PrP(Sc) in the brain. Centrifugation (20,000 ×g) of the brain homogenate showed that most of the PrP(Sc) was precipitated into the pellet, and the supernatant contained only a slight amount of PrP(Sc). 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 PrP(Sc) may be responsible for prion infectivity and that large, aggregated PrP(Sc) may contribute to determining prion disease duration.

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

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    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

  10. RadNet Air Data From San Juan, PR

    EPA Pesticide Factsheets

    This page presents radiation air monitoring and air filter analysis data for San Juan, PR from EPA's RadNet system. RadNet is a nationwide network of monitoring stations that measure radiation in air, drinking water and precipitation.

  11. Thermodynamic assessment of the Pr-O system

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    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.

  12. Thermodynamic assessment of the Pr-O system

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    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

  13. A monomer-dimer equilibrium of a cellular prion protein (PrPC) not observed with recombinant PrP.

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    Meyer, R K; Lustig, A; Oesch, B; Fatzer, R; Zurbriggen, A; Vandevelde, M

    2000-12-01

    Both the purified normal (protease-sensitive) isoform of the prion protein (PrP(C)) (Pergami, P., Jaffe, H., and Safar, J. (1996) Anal. Biochem. 236, 63-73) and recombinant prion protein (PrP) have been found to be in monomeric form (Mehlhorn, I., Groth, D., Stockel, J., Moffat, B., Reilly, D., Yansura, D., Willet, W. S., Baldwin, M., Fletterick, R., Cohen, F. E., Vandlen, R., Henner, D., and Prusiner, S. B. (1996) Biochemistry 35, 5528-5537; and this paper), and therefore PrP(C)-PrP(C) interactions were previously unknown. In this report we confirm recombinant PrP to be a monomer by analytical ultracentrifugation. However, by three lines of evidence (enzyme-linked immunosorbent assay (ELISA), cross-linking experiments, and size exclusion chromatography) we could also demonstrate that, under native conditions, at least part of the native bovine PrP(C) exists as a monomer-dimer equilibrium. A bovine PrP(C)-specific immuno-sandwich ELISA was developed and calibrated with recombinant PrP (Meyer, R. K., Oesch, B., Fatzer, R., Zurbriggen, A., and Vandevelde, M. (1999) J. Virol. 73, 9386-9392). By this ELISA we identified a distinct PrP(C) fraction and partially purified this protein. When serial dilutions of brain homogenate or partially purified PrP(C) were measured, using the peptide antibody C15S, a nonlinear dose-response curve was obtained. This nonlinearity was shown not to be due to an artifact of the procedure but to a monomer-dimer equilibrium of PrP(C) with preferential binding of the antibody to the dimer. From the curvature we could deduce the association constant (3.9 x 10(8) M(-1) at 37 degrees C). Accordingly, DeltaG degrees of the reaction was calculated (-48.6 kJ M(-1)), and DeltaH degrees (9.5 kJ M(-1)) as well as DeltaS degrees (0.2 kJ K(-1) M(-1)) were extrapolated from the van't Hoff plot. When serial dilutions of monomeric recombinant PrP were tested, only a straight line was obtained, supporting our hypothesis. Additional evidence of dimer

  14. PrEP implementation research in Africa: what is new?

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    Cowan, Frances M; Delany-Moretlwe, Sinead; Sanders, Eduard J; Mugo, Nelly R; Guedou, Fernand A; Alary, Michel; Behanzin, Luc; Mugurungi, Owen; Bekker, Linda-Gail

    2016-01-01

    Introduction Of the two million new HIV infections in adults in 2014, 70% occurred in sub-Saharan Africa. Several African countries have already approved guidelines for pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP) for individuals at substantial risk of HIV as part of combination HIV prevention but key questions remain about how to identify and deliver PrEP to those at greatest need. Throughout the continent, individuals in sero-discordant relationships, and members of key populations (sex workers, men who have sex with men (MSM), transgender women and injection drug users) are likely to benefit from the availability of PrEP. In addition, adolescent girls and young women (AGYW) are at substantial risk in some parts of the continent. It has been estimated that at least three million individuals in Africa are likely to be eligible for PrEP according to WHO's criteria. Tens of demonstration projects are planned or underway across the continent among a range of countries, populations and delivery settings. Discussion In each of the target populations, there are overarching issues related to (i) creating demand for PrEP, (ii) addressing supply-side issues and (iii) providing appropriate and tailored adherence support. Critical for creating demand for PrEP is the normalization of HIV prevention. Community-level interventions which engage opinion leaders as well as empowerment interventions for those at highest risk will be key. Critical to supply of PrEP is that services are accessible for all, including for stigmatized populations. Establishing accessible integrated services provides the opportunity to address other public health priorities including the unmet need for HIV testing, contraception and sexually transmitted infections treatment. National policies need to include minimum standards for training and quality assurance for PrEP implementation and to address supply chain issues. Adherence support needs to recognize that social and structural factors are likely to have an

  15. Characterization of monoclonal antibodies to proteinase 3 (PR3) as candidate tools for epitope mapping of human anti-PR3 autoantibodies.

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    Van Der Geld, Y M; Limburg, P C; Kallenberg, C G

    1999-12-01

    Anti-neutrophil cytoplasmic antibodies directed against PR3 (PR3-ANCA) in patients with Wegener's granulomatosis are supposedly involved in the pathophysiology of this disease as different functional characteristics of the autoantibodies correlate with disease activity. However, little is known about the epitopes of PR3 that are recognized by PR3-ANCA and how epitope specificity may relate to functional characteristics of PR3-ANCA. As candidate tools for epitope mapping we studied 13 anti-PR3 MoAbs, including nine widely used and four newly raised MoAbs, for their mutual binding characteristics to PR3 using biosensor technology. Antigen specificity was confirmed by indirect immunofluorescence, immunoblotting, FACS analysis and antigen-specific ELISA. Competition between anti-PR3 MoAbs in binding to PR3 was investigated in a capture system set up in a BIAcore. In this system grouping of 12 of the 13 anti-PR3 MoAbs based on their mutual recognition patterns was achieved. Four MoAbs, from different research groups, namely 12.8, PR3G-2, 6A6 and Hz1F12, recognized comparable epitopes (group 1). Group 2 MoAbs including PR3G-4 and PR3G-6 bound to overlapping regions on PR3. The MoAbs PR3G-3, 4A5 and WGM2 recognized similar epitopes as they inhibited binding of each other (group 3). The fourth group of related MoAbs consisted of MC-PR3-2, 4A3 and WGM3. Because of its binding characteristics MoAb WGM1 could not be grouped. These results demonstrate that eight well-established anti-PR3 MoAbs produced by different research groups and four newly produced anti-PR3 MoAbs recognize four separate epitope areas on PR3, including one area detected with newly raised MoAbs only.

  16. Unraveling the neuroprotective mechanisms of PrPC in excitotoxicity

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    Llorens, Franc; del Río, José Antonio

    2012-01-01

    Knowledge of the natural roles of cellular prion protein (PrPC) is essential to an understanding of the molecular basis of prion pathologies. This GPI-anchored protein has been described in synaptic contacts, and loss of its synaptic function in complex systems may contribute to the synaptic loss and neuronal degeneration observed in prionopathy. In addition, Prnp knockout mice show enhanced susceptibility to several excitotoxic insults, GABAA receptor-mediated fast inhibition was weakened, LTP was modified and cellular stress increased. Although little is known about how PrPC exerts its function at the synapse or the downstream events leading to PrPC-mediated neuroprotection against excitotoxic insults, PrPC has recently been reported to interact with two glutamate receptor subunits (NR2D and GluR6/7). In both cases the presence of PrPC blocks the neurotoxicity induced by NMDA and Kainate respectively. Furthermore, signals for seizure and neuronal cell death in response to Kainate in Prnp knockout mouse are associated with JNK3 activity, through enhancing the interaction of GluR6 with PSD-95. In combination with previous data, these results shed light on the molecular mechanisms behind the role of PrPC in excitotoxicity. Future experimental approaches are suggested and discussed. PMID:22437735

  17. Deletion of Pr130 Interrupts Cardiac Development in Zebrafish

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    Yang, Jie; Li, Zuhua; Gan, Xuedong; Zhai, Gang; Gao, Jiajia; Xiong, Chenling; Qiu, Xueping; Wang, Xuebin; Yin, Zhan; Zheng, Fang

    2016-01-01

    Protein phosphatase 2 regulatory subunit B, alpha (PPP2R3A), a regulatory subunit of protein phosphatase 2A (PP2A), is a major serine/threonine phosphatase that regulates crucial function in development and growth. Previous research has implied that PPP2R3A was involved in heart failure, and PR130, the largest transcription of PPP2R3A, functioning in the calcium release of sarcoplasmic reticulum (SR), plays an important role in the excitation-contraction (EC) coupling. To obtain a better understanding of PR130 functions in myocardium and cardiac development, two pr130-deletion zebrafish lines were generated using clustered regularly interspaced short palindromic repeats (CRISPR)/CRISPR-associated proteins (Cas) system. Pr130-knockout zebrafish exhibited cardiac looping defects and decreased cardiac function (decreased fractional area and fractional shortening). Hematoxylin and eosin (H&E) staining demonstrated reduced cardiomyocytes. Subsequent transmission electron microscopy revealed that the bright and dark bands were narrowed and blurred, the Z- and M-lines were fogged, and the gaps between longitudinal myocardial fibers were increased. Additionally, increased apoptosis was observed in cardiomyocyte in pr130-knockout zebrafish compared to wild-type (WT). Taken together, our results suggest that pr130 is required for normal myocardium formation and efficient cardiac contractile function. PMID:27845735

  18. [Spectroscopic properties of Pr3+ doped transparent oxyfluoride vitroceramics].

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    Chen, Ying; Chen, Xiao-bo; Chen, Luan; Yang, Xiao-dong; Hu, Li-li; Wu, Zheng-long; Yu, Chun-lei; Wang, Ya-fei; Liu, Da-he; Tian, Qiang

    2011-12-01

    In the present paper, the room-temperature absorption spectrum of Pr+ -doped transparent oxyfluoride vitroceramics (Pr(0.2):FOV) was studied systematically. The optical characterisation of Pr(0.2):FOV was performed. The standard and modified Judd-Ofelt theories were used to determine the J-O intensity parameters. The problems with standard Judd-Ofelt theorie for Pr3+ were discussed. Based on the intensity parameters, some predicted optical parameters, such as the spontaneous radiative transition probabilities, radiative lifetimes, branching ratios and integrated emission cross section were calculated. And the application of Pr:FOV was analyzed. Especially there are large oscillator strength and large integrated emission cross section in the transitions of (3)P0-->(3)H4, (3)P1-->(3)H5 and (3)P0-->(3)H6, (3)P0-->(3)F2. So, they are more worthy of attention. The obtained spectroscopic results show the potential application of the Pr3+ -doped oxyfluoride vitroceramics for solid-state lasers.

  19. Membranotropic regions of the dengue virus prM protein.

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    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.

  20. 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

  1. 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.

  2. Identification of the I - → Pr 3+ charge transfer transition in the excitation spectrum of LuI 3:Pr 3+

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    Srivastava, A. M.

    2008-06-01

    The excitation spectrum of LuI3:Pr3+ is dominated by a strong ultraviolet band centered at 320 nm. This band is identified as the I- → Pr3+ charge transfer transition. The Pr3+ 4f2 → 4f15d1 interconfiguration optical transitions are located within the host lattice absorption band. The luminescence of LuI3:Pr3+ under charge transfer excitation is dominated by the Pr3+ 4f2 → 4f2 intraconfiguration optical transitions. The absence of luminescence from the charge transfer state is due fast (nonradiative) relaxation of the charge transfer state into the Pr3+ 4f2 states.

  3. Vitamin D 2 interacts with Human PrP(c) (90-231) and breaks PrP(c) oligomerization in vitro.

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    Suenaga, Midori; Hiramoto, Yusuke; Matsunaga, Yoichi

    2013-01-01

    PrP(sc), the pathogenic isoform of PrP(c), can convert PrP(c) into PrP(sc) through direct interactions. PrP(c) oligomerization is a required processing step before PrP(sc) formation, and soluble oligomers appear to be the toxic species in amyloid-related disorders. In the current study, direct interactions between vitamin D 2 and human recombinant PrP(c) (90-231) were observed by Biacore assay, and 3F4 antibody, specific for amino acid fragment 109-112 of PrP(c), inhibited this interaction. An ELISA study using3F4 antibody showed that PrP(c) (101-130), corresponding sequence to human PrP, was affected by vitamin D 2, supporting the results of Biacore studies and suggesting that the PrP(c) sequence around the 3F4 epitope was responsible for the interaction with vitamin D 2. Furthermore, the effects of vitamin D 2 on disruption of PrP(c) (90-231) oligomerization were elucidated by dot blot analysis and differential protease k susceptibilities. While many chemical compounds have been proposed as potential therapeutic agents for the treatment of scrapie, most of these are toxic. However, given the safety and blood brain barrier permeability of vitamin D 2, we propose that vitamin D 2 may be a suitable agent to target PrP(c) in the brain and therefore is a potential therapeutic candidate for prion disease.

  4. NEXT GENERATION ORAL PrEP: BEYOND TENOFOVIR

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    Abraham, Bisrat K.; Gulick, Roy

    2013-01-01

    Purpose Clinical trials of oral pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP) have focused testing on regimens of tenofovir (TDF) with or without emtricitabine (FTC). However, TDF may be associated with toxicities (renal, bone) and FTC may select for drug resistance. In this review, we discuss agents that might serve as alternatives to TDF/FTC for HIV prevention. Recent Findings Several drug characteristics are important to consider when selecting agents for PrEP with the most critical being safety, tolerability, adequate penetration into target tissues, prevention of HIV infection, and long lasting activity with convenient dosing. With these factors in mind, we review several potentially useful agents for PrEP. The first group includes drugs that are already FDA-approved (maraviroc, raltegravir) with attributes that make them attractive for PrEP. The second groups of drugs include investigational agents with long-lasting activities that are being developed in parenteral form (rilpivirine-long acting, S/GSK 1265744, ibalizumab). Summary Current research suggests there will be a broader array of PrEP drugs to choose from in the near future, thereby giving clinicians the flexibility to select agents that best suit the needs of their patient population. PMID:23032733

  5. 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.

  6. Novel receptor-like kinases in cacao contain PR-1 extracellular domains.

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    Teixeira, Paulo José Pereira Lima; Costa, Gustavo Gilson Lacerda; Fiorin, Gabriel Lorencini; Pereira, Gonçalo Amarante Guimarães; Mondego, Jorge Maurício Costa

    2013-08-01

    Members of the pathogenesis-related protein 1 (PR-1) family are well-known markers of plant defence responses, forming part of the arsenal of the secreted proteins produced on pathogen recognition. Here, we report the identification of two cacao (Theobroma cacao L.) PR-1s that are fused to transmembrane regions and serine/threonine kinase domains, in a manner characteristic of receptor-like kinases (RLKs). These proteins (TcPR-1f and TcPR-1g) were named PR-1 receptor kinases (PR-1RKs). Phylogenetic analysis of RLKs and PR-1 proteins from cacao indicated that PR-1RKs originated from a fusion between sequences encoding PR-1 and the kinase domain of a LecRLK (Lectin Receptor-Like Kinase). Retrotransposition marks surround TcPR-1f, suggesting that retrotransposition was involved in the origin of PR-1RKs. Genes with a similar domain architecture to cacao PR-1RKs were found in rice (Oryza sativa), barrel medic (Medicago truncatula) and a nonphototrophic bacterium (Herpetosiphon aurantiacus). However, their kinase domains differed from those found in LecRLKs, indicating the occurrence of convergent evolution. TcPR-1g expression was up-regulated in the biotrophic stage of witches' broom disease, suggesting a role for PR-1RKs during cacao defence responses. We hypothesize that PR-1RKs transduce a defence signal by interacting with a PR-1 ligand.

  7. Nuclear structure and high-spin states of 137Pr

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    Dragulescu, E.; Ivascu, M.; Petrache, C.; Popescu, D.; Semenescu, G.; Gurgu, I.; Ionescu-Bujor, M.; Iordachescu, A.; Pascovici, G.; Meyer, R. A.; Lopac, V.; Brant, S.; Paar, V.; Vorkapić, D.; Vretenar, D.

    1992-10-01

    Levels in 137Pr were populated in the 126Te( 14N, 3n) and 122Sn( 19F, 4n) reactions and the subsequent radiation was studied using in-beam γ-ray spectroscopy methods including γ-ray excitation-function, angular-distribution, γγ( t) coincidence and γ( t) measurements. A level scheme with new states up to spin {35}/{2} belonging to 137Pr is given. The lifetime of the {11}/{21} state at 563.4 keV has been determined as T {1}/{2} = 2.66±0.07 μ s. The calculation of low-lying levels in 137Pr performed in IBFM has been compared to experimental data.

  8. Ferroquadrupolar ordering in PrTi2Al20

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    Sato, Taku J.; Ibuka, Soshi; Nambu, Yusuke; Yamazaki, Teruo; Hong, Tao; Sakai, Akito; Nakatsuji, Satoru

    2012-11-01

    The origin of the nonmagnetic phase transition in PrTi2Al20, reported earlier in a macroscopic study, has been asserted microscopically using elastic and inelastic neutron scattering techniques. It has been shown spectroscopically that the crystalline-electric-field ground state is a nonmagnetic Γ3 doublet, whereas the excited states are two triplets (Γ4 and Γ5) and a singlet (Γ1). The diffraction experiment under external magnetic field shows that the nonmagnetic transition is indeed ferroquadrupolar ordering, which takes place as a consequence of cooperative removal of the ground-state-doublet degeneracy. It is therefore concluded that PrTi2Al20 is another rare example of Pr compounds exhibiting nonmagnetic quadrupolar order.

  9. Prion Protein (PrP) Knock-Out Mice Show Altered Iron Metabolism: A Functional Role for PrP in Iron Uptake and Transport

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    Singh, Ajay; Kong, Qingzhong; Luo, Xiu; Petersen, Robert B.; Meyerson, Howard; Singh, Neena

    2009-01-01

    Despite overwhelming evidence implicating the prion protein (PrP) in prion disease pathogenesis, the normal function of this cell surface glycoprotein remains unclear. In previous reports we demonstrated that PrP mediates cellular iron uptake and transport, and aggregation of PrP to the disease causing PrP-scrapie (PrPSc) form results in imbalance of iron homeostasis in prion disease affected human and animal brains. Here, we show that selective deletion of PrP in transgenic mice (PrPKO) alters systemic iron homeostasis as reflected in hematological parameters and levels of total iron and iron regulatory proteins in the plasma, liver, spleen, and brain of PrPKO mice relative to matched wild type controls. Introduction of radiolabeled iron (59FeCl3) to Wt and PrPKO mice by gastric gavage reveals inefficient transport of 59Fe from the duodenum to the blood stream, an early abortive spike of erythropoiesis in the long bones and spleen, and eventual decreased 59Fe content in red blood cells and all major organs of PrPKO mice relative to Wt controls. The iron deficient phenotype of PrPKO mice is reversed by expressing Wt PrP in the PrPKO background, demonstrating a functional role for PrP in iron uptake and transport. Since iron is required for essential metabolic processes and is also potentially toxic if mismanaged, these results suggest that loss of normal function of PrP due to aggregation to the PrPSc form induces imbalance of brain iron homeostasis, resulting in disease associated neurotoxicity. PMID:19568430

  10. 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...

  11. 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.

  12. Structure and crystal fields of PrBr3 and PrCl3: A neutron study

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    Schmid, B.; Hälg, B.; Furrer, A.; Urland, W.; Kremer, R.

    1987-04-01

    The crystal structures of PrX3 (X=Br, Cl) and particularly the detailed coordination of the halides X have been studied by neutron diffraction on polycrystalline samples in the temperature range between 4.2 and 293 K. Furthermore, the crystalline electric fields (CEF) in the two compounds have been investigated by inelastic neutron scattering experiments on single-crystal samples. The observed CEF transitions have been identified according to the transition matrix elements and the polarization factor in the neutron cross section, which allowed an unambiguous determination of the four CEF parameters for hexagonal symmetry. The energetic ordering of the CEF levels in PrBr3 and PrCl3 are considerably different which can be understood in terms of the different geometric coordination of the halides determined from the diffraction results.

  13. Synthesis of praseodymium hydroxide (Pr(OH)3) and praseodymium oxide (Pr6O11) nanorods via room temperature aging.

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    Dodd, Aaron

    2013-02-15

    In this study, room-temperature aging has been investigated as an alternative to high-temperature hydrothermal processing for manufacturing Pr(OH)(3) nanorods. It was found that a simple process consisting of precipitation, washing, and room-temperature aging results in the formation of Pr(OH)(3) nanorods that are structurally different to those synthesized by hydrothermal processing. Rather than single crystals, the nanorods were found to consist of crystals viewed down the [12¯10] and [11¯00] axes sharing a common [0001] growth direction. Subsequent calcination yielded Pr(6)O(11) nanorods consisting of cubic crystals viewed down the [11¯0] and [11¯2¯] directions. The constituent crystals shared a common [110] direction parallel with the longitudinal rod axis.

  14. Anti-prion drug mPPIg5 inhibits PrP(C) conversion to PrP(Sc).

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    McCarthy, James M; Franke, Markus; Resenberger, Ulrike K; Waldron, Sibeal; Simpson, Jeremy C; Tatzelt, Jörg; Appelhans, Dietmar; Rogers, Mark S

    2013-01-01

    Prion diseases, also known as transmissible spongiform encephalopathies, are a group of fatal neurodegenerative diseases that include scrapie in sheep, bovine spongiform encephalopathy (BSE) in cattle and Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease (CJD) in humans. The 'protein only hypothesis' advocates that PrP(Sc), an abnormal isoform of the cellular protein PrP(C), is the main and possibly sole component of prion infectious agents. Currently, no effective therapy exists for these diseases at the symptomatic phase for either humans or animals, though a number of compounds have demonstrated the ability to eliminate PrPSc in cell culture models. Of particular interest are synthetic polymers known as dendrimers which possess the unique ability to eliminate PrP(Sc) in both an intracellular and in vitro setting. The efficacy and mode of action of the novel anti-prion dendrimer mPPIg5 was investigated through the creation of a number of innovative bio-assays based upon the scrapie cell assay. These assays were used to demonstrate that mPPIg5 is a highly effective anti-prion drug which acts, at least in part, through the inhibition of PrP(C) to PrP(Sc) conversion. Understanding how a drug works is a vital component in maximising its performance. By establishing the efficacy and method of action of mPPIg5, this study will help determine which drugs are most likely to enhance this effect and also aid the design of dendrimers with anti-prion capabilities for the future.

  15. Anti-Prion Drug mPPIg5 Inhibits PrPC Conversion to PrPSc

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    McCarthy, James M.; Franke, Markus; Resenberger, Ulrike K.; Waldron, Sibeal; Simpson, Jeremy C.; Tatzelt, Jörg; Appelhans, Dietmar; Rogers, Mark S.

    2013-01-01

    Prion diseases, also known as transmissible spongiform encephalopathies, are a group of fatal neurodegenerative diseases that include scrapie in sheep, bovine spongiform encephalopathy (BSE) in cattle and Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease (CJD) in humans. The ‘protein only hypothesis’ advocates that PrPSc, an abnormal isoform of the cellular protein PrPC, is the main and possibly sole component of prion infectious agents. Currently, no effective therapy exists for these diseases at the symptomatic phase for either humans or animals, though a number of compounds have demonstrated the ability to eliminate PrPSc in cell culture models. Of particular interest are synthetic polymers known as dendrimers which possess the unique ability to eliminate PrPSc in both an intracellular and in vitro setting. The efficacy and mode of action of the novel anti-prion dendrimer mPPIg5 was investigated through the creation of a number of innovative bio-assays based upon the scrapie cell assay. These assays were used to demonstrate that mPPIg5 is a highly effective anti-prion drug which acts, at least in part, through the inhibition of PrPC to PrPSc conversion. Understanding how a drug works is a vital component in maximising its performance. By establishing the efficacy and method of action of mPPIg5, this study will help determine which drugs are most likely to enhance this effect and also aid the design of dendrimers with anti-prion capabilities for the future. PMID:23383136

  16. Interference of PR3-ANCA with the enzymatic activity of PR3: differences in patients during active disease or remission of Wegener's granulomatosis.

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    van der Geld, Y M; Tool, A T J; Videler, J; de Haas, M; Tervaert, J W Cohen; Stegeman, C A; Limburg, P C; Kallenberg, C G M; Roos, D

    2002-09-01

    Anti-neutrophil cytoplasmic antibodies (ANCA) against proteinase 3 (PR3) are strongly associated with Wegener's granulomatosis (WG) and are thought to be involved in its pathogenesis. Levels of PR3-ANCA do not always correspond to clinical disease activity. To investigate the relationship between functional effects of PR3-ANCA and disease activity, we tested the effect of IgG samples from sera of 43 WG patients, taken during active disease or remission, for their capacity to interfere with the proteolytic activity of PR3. Furthermore, longitudinal sera of seven WG patients were included. The enzymatic activity of PR3 was determined (1) with casein or with a small synthetic substrate and (2) by complexation of PR3 with alpha1-antitrypsin (alpha1-AT). With a fixed concentration (100 microg/ml) of IgG, PR3-ANCA from patients during an active phase of WG had a higher inhibitory capacity towards the proteolytic activity of PR3 and complexation of PR3 with alpha1-AT than did PR3-ANCA from WG patients during remission. However, the number of PR3-ANCA units that gave 50% inhibition of the PR3 enzymatic activity and its complexation with alpha1-AT was lower for patients during remission than for patients during an active phase of WG, indicating a stronger inhibitory capacity at a molar base. In conclusion, PR3-ANCA from patients during remission had a relatively higher inhibitory capacity towards the enzymatic activity of PR3 than PR3-ANCA from patients during an active phase. This may indicate that during active disease the ANCA titre is increased, but the number of active ANCA molecules that recognize the enzyme-inhibiting epitopes is not increased.

  17. 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 (PrPC) into disease-related isoforms (PrPSc). In this study, the role of the glycosylphosphatidylinositol (GPI) anchor attached to PrPC in prion formation was examined using a cell painting technique. PrPSc 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 PrPC. In contrast, PrPC containing a GPI anchor from which the sialic acid had been removed (desialylated PrPC) was not converted to PrPSc. Furthermore, the presence of desialylated PrPC inhibited the production of PrPSc within prion-infected cortical neurons and ScGT1 and ScN2a cells. The membrane rafts surrounding desialylated PrPC contained greater amounts of sialylated gangliosides and cholesterol than membrane rafts surrounding PrPC. Desialylated PrPC was less sensitive to cholesterol depletion than PrPC and was not released from cells by treatment with glimepiride. The presence of desialylated PrPC 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 PrPC modifies local membrane microenvironments that are important in PrP-mediated cell signaling and PrPSc formation. These results suggest that pharmacological modification of GPI glycosylation might constitute a novel therapeutic approach to prion diseases. PMID:26553874

  18. PR genes of apple: identification and expression in response to elicitors and inoculation with Erwinia amylovora

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    Bonasera, Jean M; Kim, Jihyun F; Beer, Steven V

    2006-01-01

    Background In the past decade, much work has been done to dissect the molecular basis of the defence signalling pathway in plants known as Systemic Acquired Resistance (SAR). Most of the work has been carried out in model species such as Arabidopsis, with little attention paid to woody plants. However within the range of species examined, components of the pathway seem to be highly conserved. In this study, we attempted to identify downstream components of the SAR pathway in apple to serve as markers for its activation. Results We identified three pathogenesis related (PR) genes from apple, PR-2, PR-5 and PR-8, which are induced in response to inoculation with the apple pathogen, Erwinia amylovora, but they are not induced in young apple shoots by treatment with known elicitors of SAR in herbaceous plants. We also identified three PR-1-like genes from apple, PR-1a, PR-1b and PR-1c, based solely on sequence similarity to known PR-1 genes of model (intensively researched) herbaceous plants. The PR-1-like genes were not induced in response to inoculation with E. amylovora or by treatment with elicitors; however, each showed a distinct pattern of expression. Conclusion Four PR genes from apple were partially characterized. PR-1a, PR-2, PR-5 and PR-8 from apple are not markers for SAR in young apple shoots. Two additional PR-1-like genes were identified through in-silico analysis of apple ESTs deposited in GenBank. PR-1a, PR-1b and PR-1c are not involved in defence response or SAR in young apple shoots; this conclusion differs from that reported previously for young apple seedlings. PMID:17029637

  19. 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…

  20. 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.

  1. 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.

  2. PR Her — a WZ Sge-type cataclysmic variable

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    Shugarov, S.; Katysheva, N.; Gladilina, N.

    2015-12-01

    Analysis of the photometric behavior of the WZ Sge-type object PR Herculis during the 2011 outburst was carried out. The periods of "early" (0.05424d) and "ordinary" (0.054990d) superhumps were determined. The value of Pdot=4.7 10-5, showing the rate of change of the period of "ordinary" superhumps during the superoutburst, was found.

  3. In vitro neutralization of prions with PrP(Sc)-specific antibodies.

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    Taschuk, Ryan; Van der Merwe, Jacques; Marciniuk, Kristen; Potter, Andrew; Cashman, Neil; Griebel, Philip; Napper, Scott

    2015-01-01

    Prion diseases reflect the misfolding of a self-protein (PrP(C)) into an infectious, pathological isomer (PrP(Sc)). By targeting epitopes uniquely exposed by misfolding, our group developed PrP(Sc)-specific vaccines to 3 disease specific epitopes (DSEs). Here, antibodies induced by individual DSE vaccines are evaluated for their capacity to neutralize prions in vitro. For both purified antibodies and immunoreactive sera, the PrP(Sc)-specific antibodies were equally effective in neutralizing prions. Further, there was no significant increase in neutralizing activity when multiple DSEs were targeted within an assay. At a low antibody concentration, the PrP(Sc)-specific antibodies matched the neutralization achieved by an antibody that may act via both PrP(C) and PrP(Sc). At higher doses, however, this pan-specific antibody was more effective, potentially due to a combined deactivation of PrP(Sc) and depletion of PrP(C).

  4. In vitro neutralization of prions with PrPSc-specific antibodies

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    Taschuk, Ryan; Van der Merwe, Jacques; Marciniuk, Kristen; Potter, Andrew; Cashman, Neil; Griebel, Philip; Napper, Scott

    2015-01-01

    Abstract Prion diseases reflect the misfolding of a self-protein (PrPC) into an infectious, pathological isomer (PrPSc). By targeting epitopes uniquely exposed by misfolding, our group developed PrPSc-specific vaccines to 3 disease specific epitopes (DSEs). Here, antibodies induced by individual DSE vaccines are evaluated for their capacity to neutralize prions in vitro. For both purified antibodies and immunoreactive sera, the PrPSc-specific antibodies were equally effective in neutralizing prions. Further, there was no significant increase in neutralizing activity when multiple DSEs were targeted within an assay. At a low antibody concentration, the PrPSc-specific antibodies matched the neutralization achieved by an antibody that may act via both PrPC and PrPSc. At higher doses, however, this pan-specific antibody was more effective, potentially due to a combined deactivation of PrPSc and depletion of PrPC. PMID:26284508

  5. Convection-Enhanced Delivery of AAV2-PrPshRNA in Prion-Infected Mice

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    Ahn, Misol; Bajsarowicz, Krystyna; Oehler, Abby; Lemus, Azucena; Bankiewicz, Krystof; DeArmond, Stephen J.

    2014-01-01

    Prion disease is caused by a single pathogenic protein (PrPSc), an abnormal conformer of the normal cellular prion protein PrPC. Depletion of PrPC in prion knockout mice makes them resistant to prion disease. Thus, gene silencing of the Prnp gene is a promising effective therapeutic approach. Here, we examined adeno-associated virus vector type 2 encoding a short hairpin RNA targeting Prnp mRNA (AAV2-PrP-shRNA) to suppress PrPC expression both in vitro and in vivo. AAV2-PrP-shRNA treatment suppressed PrP levels and prevented dendritic degeneration in RML-infected brain aggregate cultures. Infusion of AAV2-PrP-shRNA-eGFP into the thalamus of CD-1 mice showed that eGFP was transported to the cerebral cortex via anterograde transport and the overall PrPC levels were reduced by ∼70% within 4 weeks. For therapeutic purposes, we treated RML-infected CD-1 mice with AAV2-PrP-shRNA beginning at 50 days post inoculation. Although AAV2-PrP-shRNA focally suppressed PrPSc formation in the thalamic infusion site by ∼75%, it did not suppress PrPSc formation efficiently in other regions of the brain. Survival of mice was not extended compared to the untreated controls. Global suppression of PrPC in the brain is required for successful therapy of prion diseases. PMID:24866748

  6. 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.

  7. Optical isomers of a new 2-nitroimidazole nucleoside analog (PR-350 series): Radiosensitization efficiency and toxicity

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    Oya, Natsuo; Sasai, Keisuke; Shibata, Toru

    1995-08-30

    A new 2-nitroimidazole nucleoside radiosensitizer, PR-350 (1-[1{prime},3{prime},4{prime}-trihydroxy-2{prime}-butoxy]-methyl-2-nitroimidazole), has been reported to be as efficient as and less toxic than etanidazole. This compound is racemic, and it was recently optically resolved into two isomers, PR-68 (2{prime}R,3{prime}S type) and PR-69 (2{prime}S,3{prime}R type). The other two isomers, PR-28 (2{prime}S,3{prime}S type) and PR-44 (2{prime}R,3{prime}R type), were asymmetrically synthesized. In the present study, we investigated the properties, sensitizing activity, and toxicity of PR-350 and the four optical isomers in comparison with those of other 2-nitroimidazole hypoxic cell radiosensitizers, etanidazole, KU-2285, KIN-804, and RP-170. Because PR-350 and PR-28 can be industrially synthesized, we evaluated whether either of these two drugs are suitable for further investigation. In vivo radiosensitizing activity differed among the four optical isomers, which appeared to be due, at least in part, to differences in lipophilicity. Although PR-28 was the least toxic, its low sensitization efficiency does not warrant clinical trials. Among the PR compounds, PR-68 appears to be most efficient, but optical resolution of PR-68 from PR-350 is expensive, and asymmetrical synthesis of PR-68 is not established. Therefore, PR-350 seems to be most suitable for further investigation among the PR-350 series compounds, considering its higher efficiency compared with PR-28 and PR-44, and established synthesis. 28 refs., 7 figs., 1 tab.

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  10. Heterogeneity of the Abnormal Prion Protein (PrPSc) of the Chandler Scrapie Strain

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    Kasai, Kazuo; Iwamaru, Yoshifumi; Masujin, Kentaro; Imamura, Morikazu; Mohri, Shirou; Yokoyama, Takashi

    2013-01-01

    The pathological prion protein, PrPSc, displays various sizes of aggregates. In this study, we investigated the conformation, aggregation stability and proteinase K (PK)-sensitivity of small and large PrPSc aggregates of mouse-adapted prion strains. We showed that small PrPSc aggregates, previously thought to be PK-sensitive, are resistant to PK digestion. Furthermore, we showed that small PrPSc aggregates of the Chandler scrapie strain have greater resistance to PK digestion and aggregation-denaturation than large PrPSc aggregates of this strain. We conclude that this strain consists of heterogeneous PrPSc. PMID:25436883

  11. PrEP in Europe – expectations, opportunities and barriers

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    McCormack, Sheena Mary; Noseda, Veronica; Molina, Jean-Michel

    2016-01-01

    Introduction In contrast to the global trend showing a decline in new HIV infections, the number reported in the World Health Organization (WHO) region of Europe is increasing. Health systems are disparate, but even countries with free access to screening and treatment observe continuing high rates of new infections in key populations, notably men who have sex with men (MSM). Pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP) is only available in France. This commentary describes the European epidemics and healthcare settings where PrEP could be delivered, how need might be estimated for MSM and the residual barriers to access. Discussion Health systems and government commitment to HIV prevention and care, both financial and political, differ considerably between the countries that make up Europe. A common feature is that funds for prevention are a small fraction of funds for care. Although care is generally good, access is limited in the middle-income countries of Eastern Europe and central Asia, and only 19% of people living with HIV received antiretroviral therapy in 2014. It is challenging to motivate governments or civil society to implement PrEP in the context of this unmet treatment need, which is driven by limited national health budgets and diminishing assistance from foreign aid. The high-income countries of Western Europe have hesitated to embrace PrEP for different reasons, initially due to key gaps in the evidence. Now that PrEP has been shown to be highly effective in European MSM in two randomized controlled trials, it is clear that the major barrier is the cost of the drug which is still on patent, although inadequate health systems and diminishing investment in civil society are also key challenges to overcome. Conclusions The momentum to implement PrEP in European countries is increasing and provides a welcome opportunity to expand and improve clinical services and civil society support focused on HIV and related infections including other sexually transmitted and

  12. PrPSc-Specific Antibody Reveals C-Terminal Conformational Differences between Prion Strains

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    Saijo, Eri; Hughson, Andrew G.; Raymond, Gregory J.; Suzuki, Akio; Horiuchi, Motohiro

    2016-01-01

    ABSTRACT Understanding the structure of PrPSc and its strain variation has been one of the major challenges in prion disease biology. To study the strain-dependent conformations of PrPSc, we purified proteinase-resistant PrPSc (PrPRES) from mouse brains with three different murine-adapted scrapie strains (Chandler, 22L, and Me7) and systematically tested the accessibility of epitopes of a wide range of anti-PrP and anti-PrPSc specific antibodies by indirect enzyme-linked immunosorbent assay (ELISA). We found that epitopes of most anti-PrP antibodies were hidden in the folded structure of PrPRES, even though these epitopes are revealed with guanidine denaturation. However, reactivities to a PrPSc-specific conformational C-terminal antibody showed significant differences among the three different prion strains. Our results provide evidence for strain-dependent conformational variation near the C termini of molecules within PrPSc multimers. IMPORTANCE It has long been apparent that prion strains can have different conformations near the N terminus of the PrPSc protease-resistant core. Here, we show that a C-terminal conformational PrPSc-specific antibody reacts differently to three murine-adapted scrapie strains. These results suggest, in turn, that conformational differences in the C terminus of PrPSc also contribute to the phenotypic distinction between prion strains. PMID:26937029

  13. Structural phase transitions and the effect on Pr anomalous ordering for the PrBa 2- xLa xCu 3O 7+ y system

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    Ku, H. C.; Luo, H. M.; Chi, Y. P.; Lin, B. N.; Hsu, Y. Y.; Lin, C. H.; Kao, H.-C. I.

    2000-06-01

    Complex crystal symmetry variation is observed for the oxygenated PrBa 2- xLa xCu 3O 7+ y system (0⩽ x⩽1, -0.12⩽ y⩽0.39). Powder X-ray Rietveld analysis indicates that the crystal structure changes from the PrBa 2Cu 3O 7 or CuBa 2PrCu 2O 7 1212C-type (C for chain) orthorhombic O(I)-phase (space group Pmmm) to 1212-type tetragonal T-phase (P4/mmm) around x=0.45, and then to a new 1212-type of orthorhombic O(II)-phase (Cmmm) around x=0.65. However, regardless of the structural change, anomalous Pr ordering temperature TN(Pr) decreases monotonically from 18 K for PrBa 2Cu 3O 6.88 to 2.8 K for PrBa 1.3La 0.7Cu 3O 7.24. The increasing Pr-O bond length with decreasing TN indicates that Pr ordering is closely correlated with the wave function overlap between Pr-4f orbital and O-2p π orbital in the CuO 2 bi-layers.

  14. Molecular insights on analogs of HIV PR inhibitors toward HTLV-1 PR through QM/MM interactions and molecular dynamics studies: comparative structure analysis of wild and mutant HTLV-1 PR.

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    Selvaraj, Chandrabose; Singh, Poonam; Singh, Sanjeev Kumar

    2014-12-01

    Retroviruses HTLV-1 and HIV-1 are the primary causative agents of fatal adult T-cell leukemia and acquired immune deficiency syndrome (AIDS) disease. Both retroviruses are similar in characteristics mechanism, and it encodes for protease that mainly involved in the viral replication process. On the basis of the therapeutic success of HIV-1 PR inhibitors, the protease of HTLV-1 is mainly considered as a potential target for chemotherapy. At the same time, structural similarities in both enzymes that originate HIV PR inhibitors can also be an HTLV-1 PR inhibitor. But the expectations failed because of rejection of HIV PR inhibitors from the HTLV-1 PR binding pocket. In this present study, the reason for the HIV PR inhibitor rejection from the HTLV-1 binding site was identified through sequence analysis and molecular dynamics simulation method. Functional analysis of M37A mutation in HTLV PR clearly shows that the MET37 specificity and screening of potential inhibitors targeting MET37 is performed by using approved 90% similar HIV PR inhibitor compounds. From this approach, we report few compounds with a tendency to accept/donate electron specifically to an important site residue MET37 in HTLV-1 PR binding pocket.

  15. In vitro T lymphocyte responses to proteinase 3 (PR3) and linear peptides of PR3 in patients with Wegener's granulomatosis (WG).

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    van der Geld, Y M; Huitema, M G; Franssen, C F; van der Zee, R; Limburg, P C; Kallenberg, C G

    2000-12-01

    T cell-mediated immunity is thought to play an important role in the pathogenesis of WG. In previous studies a minority of WG patients as well as some healthy controls showed in vitro proliferation of their peripheral blood mononuclear cells (PBMC) to PR3, the main autoantigen in WG. The relevant peptides responsible for this in vitro proliferation have not been identified. In order to define immunogenic peptides, PBMC of 13 WG patients in remission and 10 healthy controls were tested for proliferation to linear peptides of PR3 and to whole PR3. Fifty overlapping peptides spanning the whole PR3 sequence were synthesized. Peptides were tested in pools of five peptides and as single peptide. PBMC of two WG patients and one healthy control proliferated to whole PR3 and to peptide pools. In addition, 10 WG patients and eight healthy controls that did not proliferate to whole PR3 did proliferate to pools of PR3 peptides. Although more WG patients tended to react to particular peptide pools, no significant difference was seen between lymphocyte proliferation to PR3 peptides of WG patients and that of healthy controls. The pools of peptides recognized were mainly located at the N- and C-terminus of PR3. No correlation was observed between HLA type and proliferation on particular peptide pools. No proliferation of PBMC was observed to single peptides. In conclusion, T cells of WG patients proliferate in vitro more frequently to PR3 peptides than to the whole PR3 protein. Peptides derived from the signal sequence, the propeptide or peptides located at the C-terminus of PR3 induce highest levels of proliferation. No specific PR3 sequence could be identified that was preferentially recognized by PBMC of WG patients compared with controls.

  16. Conversion of raft associated prion protein to the protease-resistant state requires insertion of PrP-res (PrP(Sc)) into contiguous membranes.

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    Baron, Gerald S; Wehrly, Kathy; Dorward, David W; Chesebro, Bruce; Caughey, Byron

    2002-03-01

    Prion protein (PrP) is usually attached to membranes by a glycosylphosphatidylinositol-anchor that associates with detergent-resistant membranes (DRMs), or rafts. To model the molecular processes that might occur during the initial infection of cells with exogenous transmissible spongiform encephalopathy (TSE) agents, we examined the effect of membrane association on the conversion of the normal protease-sensitive PrP isoform (PrP-sen) to the protease-resistant isoform (PrP-res). A cell-free conversion reaction approximating physiological conditions was used, which contained purified DRMs as a source of PrP-sen and brain microsomes from scrapie-infected mice as a source of PrP-res. Interestingly, DRM-associated PrP-sen was not converted to PrP-res until the PrP-sen was either released from DRMs by treatment with phosphatidylinositol-specific phospholipase C (PI-PLC), or the combined membrane fractions were treated with the membrane-fusing agent polyethylene glycol (PEG). PEG-assisted conversion was optimal at pH 6--7, and acid pre-treating the DRMs was not sufficient to permit conversion without PI-PLC or PEG, arguing against late endosomes/lysosomes as primary compartments for PrP conversion. These observations raise the possibility that generation of new PrP-res during TSE infection requires (i) removal of PrP-sen from target cells; (ii) an exchange of membranes between cells; or (iii) insertion of incoming PrP-res into the raft domains of recipient cells.

  17. Differential modulation of prM cleavage, extracellular particle distribution, and virus infectivity by conserved residues at nonfurin consensus positions of the dengue virus pr-M junction.

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    Junjhon, Jiraphan; Lausumpao, Matthawee; Supasa, Sunpetchuda; Noisakran, Sansanee; Songjaeng, Adisak; Saraithong, Prakaimuk; Chaichoun, Kridsada; Utaipat, Utaiwan; Keelapang, Poonsook; Kanjanahaluethai, Amornrat; Puttikhunt, Chunya; Kasinrerk, Watchara; Malasit, Prida; Sittisombut, Nopporn

    2008-11-01

    In the generation of flavivirus particles, an internal cleavage of the envelope glycoprotein prM by furin is required for the acquisition of infectivity. Unlike cleavage of the prM of other flaviviruses, cleavage of dengue virus prM is incomplete in many cell lines; the partial cleavage reflects the influence of residues at furin nonconsensus positions of the pr-M junction, as flaviviruses share basic residues at positions P1, P2, and P4, recognized by furin. In this study, viruses harboring the alanine-scanning and other multiple-point mutations of the pr-M junction were generated, employing a dengue virus background that exhibited 60 to 70% prM cleavage and a preponderance of virion-sized extracellular particles. Analysis of prM and its cleavage products in viable mutants revealed a cleavage-suppressive effect at the conserved P3 Glu residue, as well as the cleavage-augmenting effects at the P5 Arg and P6 His residues, indicating an interplay between opposing modulatory influences mediated by these residues on the cleavage of the pr-M junction. Changes in the prM cleavage level were associated with altered proportions of extracellular virions and subviral particles; mutants with reduced cleavage were enriched with subviral particles and prM-containing virions, whereas the mutant with enhanced cleavage was deprived of these particles. Alterations of virus multiplication were detected in mutants with reduced prM cleavage and were correlated with their low specific infectivities. These findings define the functional roles of charged residues located adjacent to the furin consensus sequence in the cleavage of dengue virus prM and provide plausible mechanisms by which the reduction in the pr-M junction cleavability may affect virus replication.

  18. Wobbling motion in 135Pr within a collective Hamiltonian

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    Chen, Q. B.; Zhang, S. Q.; Meng, J.

    2016-11-01

    The recently reported wobbling bands in 135Pr are investigated by the collective Hamiltonian, in which the collective parameters, including the collective potential and the mass parameter, are respectively determined from the tilted axis cranking (TAC) model and the harmonic frozen alignment (HFA) formula. It is shown that the experimental energy spectra of both yrast and wobbling bands are well reproduced by the collective Hamiltonian. It is confirmed that the wobbling mode in 135Pr changes from transverse to longitudinal with the rotational frequency. The mechanism of this transition is revealed by analyzing the effective moments of inertia of the three principal axes, and the corresponding variation trend of the wobbling frequency is determined by the softness and shapes of the collective potential.

  19. Specific Heat Study of PrNi4Si

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    Procházková, K.; Daniš, S.; Svoboda, P.

    2008-01-01

    Here we present the results of pilot polycrystalline study of PrNi4Si. The X-ray study did not confirm the expected CaCu5-type structure. Instead of this, the orthorhombic structure with the space group Cmmm was found. The zero-field specific heat was measured in the temperature range 2-300 K. The data were analyzed using the sum of the phonon, electronic, and magnetic contributions to specific heat, respectively. The magnetic part of the specific heat can be well described using the Schottky formula for the 9 crystal-field singlet levels of the pz3 H4 ground-state multiplet of the Pr3+ ion.

  20. 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...

  1. 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.

  2. Progress and limits of PrP gene selection policy.

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    Dawson, Michael; Moore, Richard C; Bishop, Stephen C

    2008-01-01

    Classical scrapie has proved to be a notoriously difficult disease to control due to a poor understanding of its natural history. The recognition of disease risk linkage to PrP genotype has offered the prospect of a disease control strategy, viz. genotyping and selective breeding, novel to veterinary medicine when first considered in the 1990s. The UK Spongiform Encephalopathy Advisory Committee recommended the exploitation of this approach in a voluntary, national programme to control classical scrapie and protect the public against food-borne exposure to bovine spongiform encephalopathy, should the national flock have been exposed via contaminated feed. The National Scrapie Plan for Great Britain was launched in 2001 and uptake has been widespread throughout the purebreeding sector of the sheep industry, with membership peaking at over 12 000 flocks in 2006. A total of 700 000 rams from 90 breeds have been genotyped. A comparison of ram lambs born in 2002 with those in 2006 shows evident changes in PrP genotype frequencies which are predicted to be associated with a reduction in disease risk. Various concerns have been raised regarding possible unintended consequences of widespread selection on PrP genotype, including impacts on other performance traits and possible effects on inbreeding and genetic diversity. To date, these concerns appear to be unfounded, as no consistent associations have been found with performance traits, nor are there likely to be any detectable impacts on inbreeding in mainstream breeds. Currently, semen banks have been implemented in Great Britain to store samples from animals of all common PrP genotypes, should these genotypes be required in the future. Various strategies to minimise future disease risks are discussed in the paper.

  3. Pr77 and L1TcRz

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    Sánchez-Luque, Francisco; López, Manuel C.; Macias, Francisco; Alonso, Carlos; Thomas, M. Carmen

    2012-01-01

    The sequence corresponding to the first 77 nucleotides of the L1Tc and NARTc non-LTR retrotransposons from Trypanosoma cruzi is an internal promoter (Pr77) that generates abundant, although poorly translatable, un-spliced transcripts. It has been recently described that L1TcRz, an HDV-like ribozyme, resides within the 5′-end of the RNA from the L1Tc and NARTc retrotransposons. Remarkably, the same first 77 nucleotides of L1Tc/NARTc elements comprise both the Pr77 internal promoter and the HDV-like L1TcRz. The L1TcRz cleaves on the 5′-side of the +1 nucleotide of the L1Tc element insuring that the promoter and the ribozyme functions travel with the transposon during retrotransposition. The ribozyme activity would prevent the mobilization of upstream sequences and insure the individuality of the L1Tc/NARTc copies transcribed from associated tandems. The Pr77/L1TcRz sequence is also found in other trypanosomatid’s non-LTR retrotransposons and degenerated retroposons. The possible conservation of the ribozyme activity in a widely degenerated retrotransposon, as the Leishmania SIDERs, could indicate that the presence of this element and the catalytic activity could play some favorable genetic regulation. The functional implications of the Pr77/L1TcRz dual system in the regulation of the L1Tc/NARTc retrotransposons and in the gene expression of trypanosomatids are also discussed in this paper. PMID:22754746

  4. Implications of HIV PrEP Trials Results

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    Anton, Peter; Fletcher, Courtney V.; DeGruttola, Victor; McGowan, Ian; Becker, Stephen; Zwerski, Sheryl; Burns, David

    2011-01-01

    Abstract Six randomized clinical trials have been implemented to examine the efficacy of tenofovir disoproxil fumarate (TDF) and/or TDF/emtricitabine (TDF/FTC) as preexposure prophylaxis for HIV-1 infection (PrEP). Although largely complementary, the six trials have many similar features. As the earliest results become available, an urgent question may arise regarding whether changes should be made in the conduct of the other trials. To consider this in advance, a Consultation on the Implications of HIV Pre-Exposure Prophylaxis (PrEP) Trials Results sponsored by the Division of AIDS (DAIDS) of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID), National Institutes of Health (NIH), and the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation (BMGF) was held on January 29, 2010, at the Natcher Conference Center, NIH, Bethesda, MD. Participants included basic scientists, clinical researchers (including investigators performing the current PrEP trials), and representatives from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and the agencies sponsoring the trials: the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID), the BMGF, and the U.S. NIH. We report here a summary of the presentations and highlights of salient discussion topics from this workshop. PMID:20969483

  5. 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.

  6. Implications of HIV PrEP trials results.

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    Veronese, Fulvia; Anton, Peter; Fletcher, Courtney V; DeGruttola, Victor; McGowan, Ian; Becker, Stephen; Zwerski, Sheryl; Burns, David

    2011-01-01

    Abstract Six randomized clinical trials have been implemented to examine the efficacy of tenofovir disoproxil fumarate (TDF) and/or TDF/emtricitabine (TDF/FTC) as preexposure prophylaxis for HIV-1 infection (PrEP). Although largely complementary, the six trials have many similar features. As the earliest results become available, an urgent question may arise regarding whether changes should be made in the conduct of the other trials. To consider this in advance, a Consultation on the Implications of HIV Pre-Exposure Prophylaxis (PrEP) Trials Results sponsored by the Division of AIDS (DAIDS) of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID), National Institutes of Health (NIH), and the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation (BMGF) was held on January 29, 2010, at the Natcher Conference Center, NIH, Bethesda, MD. Participants included basic scientists, clinical researchers (including investigators performing the current PrEP trials), and representatives from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and the agencies sponsoring the trials: the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID), the BMGF, and the U.S. NIH. We report here a summary of the presentations and highlights of salient discussion topics from this workshop.

  7. PrEP-selected Drug Resistance Decays Rapidly After Drug Cessation

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    Weis, Julie F.; Baeten, Jared M.; Mccoy, Connor O.; Warth, Chris; Donnell, Deborah; Thomas, Katherine K.; Hendrix, Craig W.; Marzinke, Mark A.; Mugo, Nelly; Matsen, Frederick A.; Celum, Connie; Lehman, Dara A.

    2015-01-01

    Objective Resistance to emtricitabine plus tenofovir disoproxil fumarate (FTC/TDF) or TDF alone used as pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP) has been detected in individuals who initiated PrEP during unrecognized acute HIV infection and, rarely, in PrEP breakthrough infections. PrEP-selected resistance could alter future treatment options, and therefore we sought to determine how long resistance persisted after PrEP cessation. Methods The Partners PrEP Study was a randomized placebo-controlled trial of FTC/TDF or TDF as PrEP for HIV prevention. We previously reported that PrEP-related mutations (K65R, K70E or M184IV) were detected by 454 sequencing following seroconversion in 9 individuals who acquired HIV during the Partners PrEP Study. In the current study, we used 454 sequencing to detect and quantify PrEP-related mutations in HIV RNA-positive plasma samples prior to seroconversion, as well as in plasma from 6, 12, and 24 months after PrEP cessation from these 9 individuals. Results HIV RNA-positive, antibody-negative samples were available prior to seroconversion for 4 of 9 individuals with resistance detected at seroconversion. In all 4 cases, K65R, K70E and M184IV were not detected prior to seroconversion, suggesting PrEP-related resistance was selected and not transmitted. All PrEP-selected mutations were no longer detectable by 6 months after PrEP cessation and remained undetectable at 12 and 24 months in the absence of antiretroviral therapy. Conclusion Using highly sensitive assays, PrEP-selected resistance in plasma decays below detection by six months following drug cessation and remains undetectable for ≥24 months. Even high levels of resistance mutations during acute infection decay rapidly in the absence of ongoing PrEP exposure. PMID:26731753

  8. Fluorescent Immunoassay Development for PrPSc Detection and Antemortem Diagnosis of TSEs

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    2005-10-01

    development of an immunological method to isolate blood PrP from normal and scrapie -infected animals and the assembly of an optical fiber-based...fluorescence detection system. By using magnetic beds-based immunocapture protocols, plasma PrP from normal and scrapie -infected animals was successfully...PrP from normal and scrapie -infected animals, (2) discrimination of purified PrPs from the blood of normal and scrapie -infected animals by

  9. Anti-PrP antibodies detected at terminal stage of prion-affected mouse.

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    Sassa, Yukiko; Kataoka, Natsumi; Inoshima, Yasuo; Ishiguro, Naotaka

    2010-01-01

    The causative agent of prion diseases is the pathological isoform (PrPSc) of the host-encoded cellular prion protein (PrPC). PrPSc has an identical amino acid sequence to PrPC; thus, it has been assumed that an immune response against PrPSc could not be found in prion-affected animals. In this study, we found the anti-prion protein (PrP) antibody at the terminal stage of mouse scrapie. Several sera from mice in the terminal stage of scrapie reacted to the recombinant mouse PrP (rMPrP) molecules and brain homogenates of mouse prion diseases. These results indicate that mouse could recognize PrPC or PrPSc as antigens by the host immune system. Furthermore, immunization with rMPrP generates high titers of anti-PrP antibodies in wild-type mice. Some anti-PrP antibodies immunized with rMPrP prevent PrPSc replication in vitro. The mouse sera from terminal prion disease have several wide epitopes, although mouse sera immunized with rMPrP possess narrow epitopes.

  10. 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...

  11. Quantitating PrP polymorphisms present in prions from heterozygous scrapie-infected sheep

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    Scrapie is a prion (PrPSc) disease of sheep. The incubation period of sheep scrapie is strongly influenced by polymorphisms at positions 136, 154, and 171 of a sheep’s normal cellular prion protein (PrPC). Chymotrypsin was used to digest sheep recombinant PrP to identify a set of characteristic pept...

  12. The Role of Healthcare Providers in the Roll-Out of PrEP

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    Krakower, Douglas S.; Mayer, Kenneth H.

    2015-01-01

    Purpose of Review To review the most recent studies assessing the preparedness of healthcare practitioners to provide anti-HIV pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP) and to suggest areas for future implementation research. Recent Findings As PrEP is a bio-behavioral intervention, healthcare providers are likely to play a critical role in implementing PrEP in care settings. Studies suggest that many specialized providers are aware of PrEP and support its provision as a public health intervention, though knowledge and acceptance are less among generalists. Therefore, utilization of PrEP by clinicians has been limited to a few early adopters. Concerns about the efficacy and long-term safety of PrEP, and perceived barriers to prescribing PrEP, could limit prescribing behaviors and intentions. Resistance to performing routine HIV risk assessments by clinicians is an additional barrier to implementing PrEP, though innovative tools to help clinicians routinely perform risk assessments are being developed. Summary Interventions are needed to engage a broader array of healthcare providers in PrEP provision. Utilizing a framework based on diffusion of innovation theory, this review proposes strategies that can be implemented and evaluated to increase PrEP prescribing by healthcare providers. If resources are invested in training clinicians to provide PrEP, then these stakeholders could enhance the use of PrEP as part of a prevention package by primary providers. PMID:26417953

  13. Quantitating PrP Polymorphisms Present in Prions from Heterozygous Scrapie-Infected Sheep.

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    Silva, Christopher J; Erickson-Beltran, Melissa L; Hui, Colleen; Badiola, Juan José; Nicholson, Eric M; Requena, Jesús R; Bolea, Rosa

    2017-01-03

    Scrapie is a prion (PrP(Sc)) disease of sheep. The incubation period of sheep scrapie is strongly influenced by polymorphisms at positions 136, 154, and 171 of a sheep's normal cellular prion protein (PrP(C)). Chymotrypsin was used to digest sheep recombinant PrP to identify a set of characteristic peptides [M132LGSXMSRPL141 (X = A or V), Y153XENMY158 (X,= H or R), and Y166RPVDXY172 (X = H, K, Q, or R)] that could be used to detect and quantitate polymorphisms at positions 136, 154, and 171 of sheep PrP(C) or PrP(Sc). These peptides were used to develop a multiple reaction monitoring method (MRM) to detect the amounts of a particular polymorphism in a sample of PrP(Sc) isolated from sheep heterozygous for their PrP(C) proteins. The limit of detection for these peptides was less than 50 attomole. Spinal cord tissue from heterozygous (ARQ/VRQ or ARH/ARQ) scrapie-infected Rasa Aragonesa sheep was analyzed using this MRM method. Both sets of heterozygotes show the presence of both polymorphisms in PrP(Sc). This was true for samples containing both proteinase K (PK)-sensitive and PK-resistant PrP(Sc) and samples containing only the PK-resistant PrP(Sc). These results show that heterozygous animals contain PrP(Sc) that is composed of significant amounts of both PrP polymorphisms.

  14. 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

  15. 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.

  16. 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.

  17. ANCA patients have T cells responsive to complementary PR-3 antigen

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    Yang, Jiajin; Bautz, David J.; Lionaki, Sofia; Hogan, Susan L.; Chin, Hyunsook; Tisch, Roland M.; Schmitz, John L.; Pressler, Barrak M.; Jennette, J. Charles; Falk, Ronald J.; Preston, Gloria A.

    2009-01-01

    Some patients with proteinase 3 specific anti-neutrophil cytoplasmic autoantibodies (PR3-ANCA) also have antibodies that react to complementary-PR3 (cPR3), a protein encoded by the antisense RNA of the PR3 gene. To study whether patients with anti-cPR3 antibodies have cPR3-responsive memory T cells we selected conditions that allowed cultivation of memory cells but not naïve cells. About half of the patients were found to have CD4+TH1 memory cells responsive to the cPR3138-169-peptide; while only a third of the patients had HI-PR3 protein responsive T cells. A significant number of T cells from patients responded to cPR3138-169 peptide and to HI-PR3 protein by proliferation and/or secretion of IFN-γ, compared to healthy controls while there was no response to scrambled peptide. Cells responsive to cPR3138-169-peptide were not detected in MPO-ANCA patients suggesting that this response is specific. The HLADRB1* 15 allele was significantly overrepresented in our patient group and is predicted to bind cPR3138-169 peptide with high affinity. Regression analysis showed a significant likelihood that anti-cPR3 antibodies and cPR3-specific T cells coexist in individuals, consistent with an immunological history of encounter with a PR3-complementary protein. We suggest that the presence of cells reacting to potential complementary protein pairs might provide an alternative mechanism for auto-immune diseases. PMID:18596726

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

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    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

  19. PrP mRNA and protein expression in brain and PrP(c) in CSF in Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease MM1 and VV2.

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    Llorens, Franc; Ansoleaga, Belén; Garcia-Esparcia, Paula; Zafar, Saima; Grau-Rivera, Oriol; López-González, Irene; Blanco, Rosi; Carmona, Margarita; Yagüe, Jordi; Nos, Carlos; Del Río, José Antonio; Gelpí, Ellen; Zerr, Inga; Ferrer, Isidre

    2013-01-01

    Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease (CJD) is a heterogenic neurodegenerative disorder associated with abnormal post-translational processing of cellular prion protein (PrP(c)). CJD displays distinctive clinical and pathological features which correlate with the genotype at the codon 129 (methionine or valine: M or V respectively) in the prion protein gene and with size of the protease-resistant core of the abnormal prion protein PrP(sc) (type 1: 20/21 kDa and type 2: 19 kDa). MM1 and VV2 are the most common sporadic CJD (sCJD) subtypes. PrP mRNA expression levels in the frontal cortex and cerebellum are reduced in sCJD in a form subtype-dependent. Total PrP protein levels and PrP(sc) levels in the frontal cortex and cerebellum accumulate differentially in sCJD MM1 and sCJD VV2 with no relation between PrP(sc) deposition and spongiform degeneration and neuron loss, but with microgliosis, and IL6 and TNF-α response. In the CSF, reduced PrP(c), the only form present in this compartment, occurs in sCJD MM1 and VV2. PrP mRNA expression is also reduced in the frontal cortex in advanced stages of Alzheimer disease, Lewy body disease, progressive supranuclear palsy, and frontotemporal lobe degeneration, but PrP(c) levels in brain varies from one disease to another. Reduced PrP(c) levels in CSF correlate with PrP mRNA expression in brain, which in turn reflects severity of degeneration in sCJD.

  20. PrP mRNA and protein expression in brain and PrPc in CSF in Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease MM1 and VV2

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    Llorens, Franc; Ansoleaga, Belén; Garcia-Esparcia, Paula; Zafar, Saima; Grau-Rivera, Oriol; López-González, Irene; Blanco, Rosi; Carmona, Margarita; Yagüe, Jordi; Nos, Carlos; del Río, José Antonio; Gelpí, Ellen; Zerr, Inga; Ferrer, Isidre

    2013-01-01

    Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease (CJD) is a heterogenic neurodegenerative disorder associated with abnormal post-translational processing of cellular prion protein (PrPc). CJD displays distinctive clinical and pathological features which correlate with the genotype at the codon 129 (methionine or valine: M or V respectively) in the prion protein gene and with size of the protease-resistant core of the abnormal prion protein PrPsc (type 1: 20/21 kDa and type 2: 19 kDa). MM1 and VV2 are the most common sporadic CJD (sCJD) subtypes. PrP mRNA expression levels in the frontal cortex and cerebellum are reduced in sCJD in a form subtype-dependent. Total PrP protein levels and PrPsc levels in the frontal cortex and cerebellum accumulate differentially in sCJD MM1 and sCJD VV2 with no relation between PrPsc deposition and spongiform degeneration and neuron loss, but with microgliosis, and IL6 and TNF-α response. In the CSF, reduced PrPc, the only form present in this compartment, occurs in sCJD MM1 and VV2. PrP mRNA expression is also reduced in the frontal cortex in advanced stages of Alzheimer disease, Lewy body disease, progressive supranuclear palsy, and frontotemporal lobe degeneration, but PrPc levels in brain varies from one disease to another. Reduced PrPc levels in CSF correlate with PrP mRNA expression in brain, which in turn reflects severity of degeneration in sCJD. PMID:24047819

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

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    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.

  2. PrP-C1 fragment in cattle brains reveals features of the transmissible spongiform encephalopathy associated PrP(sc).

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    Serra, Fabienne; Müller, Joachim; Gray, John; Lüthi, Ramona; Dudas, Sandor; Czub, Stefanie; Seuberlich, Torsten

    2017-03-15

    Three different types of bovine spongiform encephalopathy (BSE) are known and supposedly caused by distinct prion strains: the classical (C-) BSE type that was typically found during the BSE epidemic, and two relatively rare atypical BSE types, termed H-BSE and L-BSE. The three BSE types differ in the molecular phenotype of the disease associated prion protein, namely the N-terminally truncated proteinase K (PK) resistant prion protein fragment (PrP(res)). In this study, we report and analyze yet another PrP(res) type (PrP(res-2011)), which was found in severely autolytic brain samples of two cows in the framework of disease surveillance in Switzerland in 2011. Analysis of brain tissues from these animals by PK titration and PK inhibitor assays ruled out the process of autolysis as the cause for the aberrant PrP(res) profile. Immunochemical characterization of the PrP fragments present in the 2011 cases by epitope mapping indicated that PrP(res-2011) corresponds in its primary sequence to the physiologically occurring PrP-C1 fragment. However, high speed centrifugation, sucrose gradient assay and NaPTA precipitation revealed biochemical similarities between PrP(res-2011) and the disease-associated prion protein found in BSE affected cattle in terms of detergent insolubility, PK resistance and PrP aggregation. Although it remains to be established whether PrP(res-2011) is associated with a transmissible disease, our results point out the need of further research on the role the PrP-C1 aggregation and misfolding in health and disease.

  3. Suppression of superconductivity with Pr substitution in Nd 1- xPr xBaCaCu 3O 7 system

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    Awana, V. P. S.; Cardoso, Claudio A.; de Lima, O. F.; Singh, Rajvir; Narlikar, A. V.; Yelon, W. B.; Malik, S. K.

    1999-05-01

    The structural, superconducting and magnetic properties of Nd 1- xPr xBaCaCu 3O 7 system with x=0.0, 0.10, 0.25, 0.35, 0.50, 0.75 and 1.0 have been investigated. X-ray diffraction results reveal that Pr substitutes isostructurally in NdBaCaCu 3O 7 (Nd:1113) superconductor with complete solubility. The superconducting transition temperature ( Tc), measured by ac susceptibility technique, decreases with increasing x. However, suppression of Tc with increasing Pr substitution is less in Nd:1113 superconductor compared to that reported for Nd 1- xPr xBa 2Cu 3O 7 system. Interestingly, in the fully Pr substituted compounds of the above series, i.e., in PrBaCaCu 3O 7 and PrBa 2Cu 3O 7, the Pr moments order antiferromagnetically with TN of 10 and 17 K, respectively. The present results along those reported earlier [V.P.S. Awana, J. Horvat, S.X. Dou, A. Sedky, A.V. Narlikar, J. Magn. Magn. Mater., 182 (1998) L280; V.P.S. Awana, S.X. Dou, S.K. Malik, Rajvir Singh, A.V. Narlikar, D.A. Landinez Tellez, J.M. Ferreira, J. Albino Aguiar, S. Uma, E. Gmelin, W.B. Yelon, J. Magn. Magn. Mater., 187 (1998) 192], clearly suggest that there is a correlation between the Tc suppression due to Pr and the magnetic ordering temperature of the fully substituted Pr moments in these systems. The TN may be taken to be a measure of the strength of hybridization between the Pr-4f electrons with Cu-O conduction band, and hence a lower TN may imply a less deleterious effect on superconductivity.

  4. Hyphenated techniques in speciation analysis of polyoxometalates: identification of individual [PMo12-xVxO40](-3-x) (x = 1-3) in the reaction mixtures by high performance liquid chromatography and atomic emission spectrometry with inductively coupled plasma.

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    Shuvaeva, O V; Zhdanov, A A; Romanova, T E; Abramov, P A; Sokolov, M N

    2017-03-14

    Unambiguous identification of polyoxometalate (POM) species generated in self-assembly reactions in solution is rather problematic due to close similarity of their properties such as solubility and spectral characteristics. The situation is made more complex by protonation equilibria (which can change their analytical signals) and the lack of individual compounds to serve as standards for individual members of these mixtures. In the present work a new approach to the study of such POMs has been suggested, taking molybdovanadates [PMo12-xVxO40](-3-x) as a model. The key feature of this approach consists of generation of so-called "conditional model systems" that include most of the expected components of a mixture formed by self-assembly, tracked down by reliable detection techniques, e.g., (51)V NMR-spectroscopy in this particular case. Then the proposed composition of the mixture is verified and corrected by means of high-performance liquid chromatography coupled with inductively coupled plasma atomic emission spectrometry (HPLC-ICP-AES).

  5. 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; ...

    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

  6. Relaxor ferroelectric properties of the (1-2 x)BiScO3 · xPbTiO3 · xPbMg1/3Nb2/3O3 (0.30 ≤ x ≤ 0.46) system

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    Bush, A. A.; Kamentsev, K. E.; Bekhtin, M. A.; Segalla, A. G.

    2017-01-01

    X-ray diffraction, dielectric, piezoelectric, and pyroelectric studies have been performed on ceramic samples of (1-2 x)BiScO3 · xPbTiO3 · xPbMg1/3Nb2/3O3 (0.30 ≤ x ≤ 0.46) perovskite-like solid solutions. The solid solution symmetry was found to vary from the rhombohedral ( x ≤ 0.38) to tetragonal ( x ≥ 0.42) as x increases. The samples with 0.30 < x ≤ 0.42 have properties characteristic of relaxor ferroelectrics, namely the existence of a wide peak in the temperature dependence of the dielectric permittivity at T mɛ = 390-440 K that shifts to higher temperatures as the frequency increases, narrow unsaturated dielectric hysteresis loops, and an electric field-induced transition to the ferroelectric state at 318 K. The observed features of the dielectric, piezo-, and pyroelectric properties of these solid solutions are explained by the fact that they are relaxor ferroelectrics.

  7. Divergent prion strain evolution driven by PrPC expression level in transgenic mice

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    Le Dur, Annick; Laï, Thanh Lan; Stinnakre, Marie-George; Laisné, Aude; Chenais, Nathalie; Rakotobe, Sabine; Passet, Bruno; Reine, Fabienne; Soulier, Solange; Herzog, Laetitia; Tilly, Gaëlle; Rézaei, Human; Béringue, Vincent; Vilotte, Jean-Luc; Laude, Hubert

    2017-01-01

    Prions induce a fatal neurodegenerative disease in infected host brain based on the refolding and aggregation of the host-encoded prion protein PrPC into PrPSc. Structurally distinct PrPSc conformers can give rise to multiple prion strains. Constrained interactions between PrPC and different PrPSc strains can in turn lead to certain PrPSc (sub)populations being selected for cross-species transmission, or even produce mutation-like events. By contrast, prion strains are generally conserved when transmitted within the same species, or to transgenic mice expressing homologous PrPC. Here, we compare the strain properties of a representative sheep scrapie isolate transmitted to a panel of transgenic mouse lines expressing varying levels of homologous PrPC. While breeding true in mice expressing PrPC at near physiological levels, scrapie prions evolve consistently towards different strain components in mice beyond a certain threshold of PrPC overexpression. Our results support the view that PrPC gene dosage can influence prion evolution on homotypic transmission. PMID:28112164

  8. Comparative analysis of the prion protein (PrP) gene in cetacean species.

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    Acutis, Pier Luigi; Peletto, Simone; Grego, Elena; Colussi, Silvia; Riina, Maria Vittoria; Rosati, Sergio; Mignone, Walter; Caramelli, Maria

    2007-05-01

    The partial PrP gene sequence and the deduced protein of eight cetacean species, seven of which have never been reported so far, have been determined in order to extend knowledge of sequence variability of the PrP genes in different species and to aid in speculation on cetacean susceptibility to prions. Both the nucleotide and the deduced amino acid sequences have been analysed in comparison with some of the known mammalian PrPs. Cetacean PrPs present typical features of eutherian PrPs. The PrP gene from the species of the family Delphinidae gave identical nucleic acid sequences, while differences in the PrP gene were found in Balaenopteridae and Ziphidae. The phylogenetic tree resulting from analysis of the cetacean PrP gene sequences, together with reported sequences of some ungulates, carnivores and primates, showed that the PrP gene phylogenesis mirrors the species phylogenesis. The PrP gene of cetaceans is very close to species where natural forms of TSEs are known. From an analysis of the sequences and the phylogenesis of the PrP gene, susceptibility to or occurrence of prion diseases in cetaceans can not be excluded.

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

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    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

  10. Shape change and shape coexistence in134Pr

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    Petrache, C. M.; de Angelis, G.; Bucurescu, D.; Ivascu, M.; Bazzacco, D.; Lunardi, S.

    1992-06-01

    The band structure of doubly odd nucleus134Pr has been studied by means of the reaction119Sn(19F,4n) at 87 MeV bombarding energy. Rotational bands built on πh11/2⊗vh11/2 and πh7/2⊗vh11/2 configurations has been observed. A band consisting of quadrupole transitions, probably involving the vi13/2[600]1/2+ orbital was also weakly populated.

  11. 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

  12. The thermodynamics of Pr55Gag-RNA interaction regulate the assembly of HIV.

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    Tanwar, Hanumant S; Khoo, Keith K; Garvey, Megan; Waddington, Lynne; Leis, Andrew; Hijnen, Marcel; Velkov, Tony; Dumsday, Geoff J; McKinstry, William J; Mak, Johnson

    2017-02-01

    The interactions that occur during HIV Pr55Gag oligomerization and genomic RNA packaging are essential elements that facilitate HIV assembly. However, mechanistic details of these interactions are not clearly defined. Here, we overcome previous limitations in producing large quantities of full-length recombinant Pr55Gag that is required for isothermal titration calorimetry (ITC) studies, and we have revealed the thermodynamic properties of HIV assembly for the first time. Thermodynamic analysis showed that the binding between RNA and HIV Pr55Gag is an energetically favourable reaction (ΔG<0) that is further enhanced by the oligomerization of Pr55Gag. The change in enthalpy (ΔH) widens sequentially from: (1) Pr55Gag-Psi RNA binding during HIV genome selection; to (2) Pr55Gag-Guanosine Uridine (GU)-containing RNA binding in cytoplasm/plasma membrane; and then to (3) Pr55Gag-Adenosine(A)-containing RNA binding in immature HIV. These data imply the stepwise increments of heat being released during HIV biogenesis may help to facilitate the process of viral assembly. By mimicking the interactions between A-containing RNA and oligomeric Pr55Gag in immature HIV, it was noted that a p6 domain truncated Pr50Gag Δp6 is less efficient than full-length Pr55Gag in this thermodynamic process. These data suggest a potential unknown role of p6 in Pr55Gag-Pr55Gag oligomerization and/or Pr55Gag-RNA interaction during HIV assembly. Our data provide direct evidence on how nucleic acid sequences and the oligomeric state of Pr55Gag regulate HIV assembly.

  13. The thermodynamics of Pr55Gag-RNA interaction regulate the assembly of HIV

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    Waddington, Lynne; Hijnen, Marcel; Velkov, Tony; McKinstry, William J.

    2017-01-01

    The interactions that occur during HIV Pr55Gag oligomerization and genomic RNA packaging are essential elements that facilitate HIV assembly. However, mechanistic details of these interactions are not clearly defined. Here, we overcome previous limitations in producing large quantities of full-length recombinant Pr55Gag that is required for isothermal titration calorimetry (ITC) studies, and we have revealed the thermodynamic properties of HIV assembly for the first time. Thermodynamic analysis showed that the binding between RNA and HIV Pr55Gag is an energetically favourable reaction (ΔG<0) that is further enhanced by the oligomerization of Pr55Gag. The change in enthalpy (ΔH) widens sequentially from: (1) Pr55Gag-Psi RNA binding during HIV genome selection; to (2) Pr55Gag-Guanosine Uridine (GU)-containing RNA binding in cytoplasm/plasma membrane; and then to (3) Pr55Gag-Adenosine(A)-containing RNA binding in immature HIV. These data imply the stepwise increments of heat being released during HIV biogenesis may help to facilitate the process of viral assembly. By mimicking the interactions between A-containing RNA and oligomeric Pr55Gag in immature HIV, it was noted that a p6 domain truncated Pr50Gag Δp6 is less efficient than full-length Pr55Gag in this thermodynamic process. These data suggest a potential unknown role of p6 in Pr55Gag-Pr55Gag oligomerization and/or Pr55Gag-RNA interaction during HIV assembly. Our data provide direct evidence on how nucleic acid sequences and the oligomeric state of Pr55Gag regulate HIV assembly. PMID:28222188

  14. 78 FR 47056 - Proposed Collection; Comment Request for Forms 941, 941-PR, 941-SS, 941-X, 941-X(PR), Schedule B...

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  15. Oxygen nonstoichiometry, structural phase transitions and anomalous Pr ordering for PrBa2- xLaxCu3Oz solid solution

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    Luo, H. M.; Ding, S. Y.; Lu, G. X.; Lin, B. N.; Ku, H. C.; Lin, C. H.; Kao, H.-C. I.; Ho, J. C.

    2001-06-01

    The oxygen nonstoichiometry, structure, magnetic and calorimetric data for La doped Ba-site PrBa2-xLaxCu3Oz systems (0≤x≤1 and 6.881≤z≤ 7392) are reported. The x-dependence of the oxygen content increases monotonically and two structural phase transitions are observed, confirmed by powder x-ray Rietveld analysis, from the orthorhombic 1212C-phase (space group: Pmmm) to tetragonal 1212 (P4/mmm) at x = 0.45, and then to another orthorhombic (Cmmm) phase around x = 0.7. Magnetic susceptibility and heat capacity measurements show that the anomalous Néel temperature TN(Pr) decreases monotonically from 18 K for x = 0 to 2.8 K for PrBa1.3La0.7Cu3O7.236 and to below 2 K for x≥0.8 for samples prepared under the same conditions, while TN(Pr) increases with an increase of oxygen content for the same compound. The increasing Pr-O bond length observed with decreasing TN(Pr) indicates that this unusual Pr magnetic ordering is closely related to the wave-function overlap between the Pr-4f orbital and eight O-2pπ orbital in the CuO2 bi-layer. No superconductivity has been detected for these insulating cuprates.

  16. 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...

  17. 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...

  18. The magnetic properties of Pr in the Pb{sub 2}Sr{sub 2}PrCu{sub 3}O{sub 8+delta} cuprate.

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    Staub, U.; Soderholm, L.; Skanthakumar, S.; Osborn, R.; Fauth, F.; Ritter, C.; Paul Scherrer Inst.; Lab. for Neutron Scattering; Inst. Laue Langevin

    2000-01-01

    Inelastic and elastic neutron scattering data on Pb{sub 2}Sr{sub 2}PrCu{sub 3}O{sub 8+{delta}} are presented. Magnetic ordering of the Pr moments is found to be analogous to the Tb analogue, interpreted with two different wave vectors k = 0 0 0 and 0 0 1/2. A molecular field-induced shift is observed in the low-energy inelastic neutron scattering (INS) data when going through the Neel temperature. This shift is quantitatively accounted for by the magnetic order of the Pr sublattice. The crystalline-electric-field (CEF) potential has been determined from the observed magnetic excitations and is compared with those of Pr in other cuprates. These results underline the relevance of the quasi-triplet ground state splitting for T{sub c} suppression by Pr in the cuprate superconductors.

  19. Sulfated Dextrans Enhance In Vitro Amplification of Bovine Spongiform Encephalopathy PrPSc and Enable Ultrasensitive Detection of Bovine PrPSc

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    Murayama, Yuichi; Yoshioka, Miyako; Masujin, Kentaro; Okada, Hiroyuki; Iwamaru, Yoshifumi; Imamura, Morikazu; Matsuura, Yuichi; Fukuda, Shigeo; Onoe, Sadao; Yokoyama, Takashi; Mohri, Shirou

    2010-01-01

    Background Prions, infectious agents associated with prion diseases such as Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease in humans, bovine spongiform encephalopathy (BSE) in cattle, and scrapie in sheep and goats, are primarily comprised of PrPSc, a protease-resistant misfolded isoform of the cellular prion protein PrPC. Protein misfolding cyclic amplification (PMCA) is a highly sensitive technique used to detect minute amounts of scrapie PrPSc. However, the current PMCA technique has been unsuccessful in achieving good amplification in cattle. The detailed distribution of PrPSc in BSE-affected cattle therefore remains unknown. Methodology/Principal Findings We report here that PrPSc derived from BSE-affected cattle can be amplified ultra-efficiently by PMCA in the presence of sulfated dextran compounds. This method is capable of amplifying very small amounts of PrPSc from the saliva, palatine tonsils, lymph nodes, ileocecal region, and muscular tissues of BSE-affected cattle. Individual differences in the distribution of PrPSc in spleen and cerebrospinal fluid samples were observed in terminal-stage animals. However, the presence of PrPSc in blood was not substantiated in the BSE-affected cattle examined. Conclusions/Significance The distribution of PrPSc is not restricted to the nervous system and can spread to peripheral tissues in the terminal disease stage. The finding that PrPSc could be amplified in the saliva of an asymptomatic animal suggests a potential usefulness of this technique for BSE diagnosis. This highly sensitive method also has other practical applications, including safety evaluation or safety assurance of products and byproducts manufactured from bovine source materials. PMID:20957174

  20. 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

  1. Modulated crystal structure of Pr2SbO2.

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    Magdysyuk, Oxana V; Nuss, Jürgen; Jansen, Martin

    2013-12-01

    The crystal structure of commensurately modulated Pr2SbO2 was solved in the orthorhombic superspace group Immm(0β0)000, q = 3/4b*, a = 13.5790 (15), b = 3.9818 (18), c = 4.0041 (18) Å (T = 40 K) from a crystal twinned by reticular pseudomerohedry applying the twin law (1 0 0, 0 0 1, 0 -1 0), corresponding to a rotation by 90° along the reciprocal a axis. The formation of Zintl-type Sb(2-)-Sb(2-) dumbbells in Pr2(3+)Sb(2-)O2(2-) is considered to be accountable for its semiconducting properties, as observed previously. The space group for the three-dimensional commensurate supercell a = 13.5790 (15), b = 15.9272 (18), c = 4.0041 (18) Å (T = 40 K) is Pmnm.

  2. Bandcrossing of magnetic rotation bands in Pr137

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    Agarwal, Priyanka; Kumar, Suresh; Singh, Sukhjeet; Sinha, Rishi Kumar; Dhal, Anukul; Muralithar, S.; Singh, R. P.; Madhavan, N.; Kumar, Rakesh; Bhowmik, R. K.; Malik, S. S.; Pancholi, S. C.; Chaturvedi, L.; Jain, H. C.; Jain, A. K.

    2007-08-01

    The odd mass nucleus Pr137 has been studied to high spins in order to investigate the magnetic rotation phenomenon in mass 130 region using the Sn122(F19,4n)Pr137 reaction at a beam energy of 80 MeV. A known ΔI=1 band has been extended to Jπ=47/2- with the addition of three new transitions. Directional Correlation of Oriented Nuclei (DCO) ratios and linear polarization measurements have been performed to assign the multipolarities of gamma transitions and the spins and parities of the energy levels in this band, now established as the M1 band. The combination of M1 transitions along with cross over E2 transitions have been observed in this band for the first time. The experimentally deduced B(M1)/B(E2) ratios show a decrease with increasing spin after band-crossing suggesting magnetic rotation. TAC calculations for the 3qp: πh11/2⊗ν(h11/2)-2 configuration reproduce the experimental observations in the lower spin part of the ΔI=1 band and the 5qp: πh11/2(g7/2)2⊗ν(h11/2)-2 configuration reproduces the ΔI=1 band at higher spins; the crossing of the bands based on the two configuration leads to a back-bending also. Theoretical calculations also support a magnetic rotation nature for both the configurations.

  3. Ba 2Pr .34+Pr .73+Cu .73+Cu 2.32+O 7 : Crystal growth, structure and magnetic properties

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    Moran, E.; Amador, U.; Barahona, M.; Alario-Franco, M. A.; Vegas, A.; Rodriguez-Carvajal, J.

    1988-06-01

    Non-twinned, single crystals of Ba 2PrCu 3O 7 have been grown by a novel procedure. They are isostructural with the very well known Ba 2YCu 3O 7, but tetragonal and not superconducting down to 4.2 K, S.G. P4/mmm, a=3.8918(2)A,c=11.6484 (8)A. From crstaallochemical considerations and magnetic measurements their composition can be established as in the title. This appears to be the first case of a tetragonal member of the series with such a high oxygen contents.

  4. 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.

  5. Prion protein amyloid: separation of scrapie infectivity from PrP polymers.

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    Wille, H; Baldwin, M A; Cohen, F E; DeArmond, S J; Prusiner, S B

    1996-01-01

    The prion protein (PrP) undergoes a profound conformational change when the cellular isoform (PrPc) is converted into the scrapie form (PrPSc). Limited proteolysis of PrPSc produces PrP27-30 which readily polymerizes into amyloid. To study the structure of PrP amyloid, we employed organic solvents that perturb protein conformation. 1,1,1,3,3,3-Hexafluoro-2-propanol (HFIP), which promotes alpha-helix formation, modified the ultrastructure of rod-shaped PrP amyloids, producing flattened ribbons with a more regular substructure. As the concentration of HFIP was increased, the beta-sheet content and proteinase K resistance of PrP27-30 as well as prion infectivity diminished. HFIP reversibly decreased the binding of Congo red dye to the rods, whereas inactivation of prion infectivity was irreversible. In contrast to 10% HFIP, 1,1,1-trifluoro-2-propanol (TFIP) did not inactivate prion infectivity but, similarly to HFIP, TFIP did alter the morphology of the rods and abolished Congo red binding. Our studies separate prion infectivity from the amyloid properties of PrP27-30 and underscore the dependence of prion infectivity on PrPSc conformation. Our results also demonstrate that the specific beta-sheet-rich structures required for prion infectivity are different from those needed for amyloid formation.

  6. Separation of scrapie prion infectivity from PrP amyloid polymers.

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    Wille, H; Zhang, G F; Baldwin, M A; Cohen, F E; Prusiner, S B

    1996-06-21

    The prion protein (PrP) undergoes a profound conformational change when the cellular isoform (PrPC) is converted into the scrapie form (PrPSc). Limited proteolysis of PrPsc produces PrP 27-30 which readily polymerizes into amyloid. To study the structure of PrP amyloid, we employed organic solvents that perturb protein conformation. Hexafluoro-2-propanol (HFIP), which promotes alpha-helix formation, modified the ultrastructure of rod-shaped PrP amyloids; flattened ribbons with a more regular substructure were found. As the concentration of HFIP was increased, the beta-sheet content and proteinase K resistance of PrP 27-30 as well as prion infectivity diminished. HFIP reversibly decreased the binding of Congo red dye to the rods while inactivation of prion infectivity was irreversible. In contrast to 10% HFIP, 1,1,1-trifluoro-2-propanol (TFIP) did not inactivate prion infectivity but like HFIP, TFIP did alter the morphology of the rods and abolish Congo red binding. This study separates prion infectivity from the amyloid properties of PrP 27-30 and underscores the dependence of prion infectivity on PrPSc conformation. The results also demonstrate that the specific beta-sheet-rich structures required for prion infectivity can be differentiated from those needed for amyloid formation as determined by Congo red binding.

  7. Promoter hypermethylation of progesterone receptor isoform B (PR-B) in endometriosis.

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    Wu, Yan; Strawn, Estil; Basir, Zainab; Halverson, Gloria; Guo, Sun-Wei

    2006-01-01

    The physiological effects of progesterone (P) are mediated by two isoforms of progesterone receptors (PRs): PR-A and PR-B. Progestins have long been used in the treatment of endometriosis but unfortunately the relief of pain is relatively short-term. In addition, about nine percent of women with endometriosis simply do not respond to progestin therapy due to unknown reasons. In fact, a general tendency for relative progesterone resistance within eutopic and ectopic endometrium of women with endometriosis and also the downregulation of PR-B, but not PR-A, in endometriosis have been noted. Since promoter hypermethylation is well-documented to be associated with transcriptional silencing, we sought to determine the methylation status of the PR-A and PR-B promoter regions in the epithelial component of endometriotic implants using a combination of laser capture microdissection (LCM), methylation specific PCR, and bisulfite sequencing. We found that the promoter region of PR-B, but not PR-A, is hypermethylated in endometriosis as compared with controls. In addition, the PR-B expression was significantly reduced in the ectopic endometrium. Our finding suggests that progesterone resistance in endometriosis in general and the down regulation of PR-B, but not PR-A, in particular, are a result of promoter hypermethylation of PR-B, but not PR-A. This, in conjunction with our reported aberrant methylation of HOXA10 in the eutopic endometrium of women with endometriosis, strongly suggests that endometriosis is an epigenetic disease. This perspective should potentially open up new avenues for the delineation of pathogenesis of endometriosis, and might also lead to novel ways to treat the disease through reversing aberrant methylation via pharmacological means.

  8. Methionine sulfoxides on PrPSc: a prion-specific covalent signature.

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    Canello, Tamar; Engelstein, Roni; Moshel, Ofra; Xanthopoulos, Konstantinos; Juanes, María E; Langeveld, Jan; Sklaviadis, Theodoros; Gasset, Maria; Gabizon, Ruth

    2008-08-26

    Prion diseases are fatal neurodegenerative disorders believed to be transmitted by PrP (Sc), an aberrant form of the membrane protein PrP (C). In the absence of an established form-specific covalent difference, the infectious properties of PrP (Sc) were uniquely ascribed to the self-perpetuation properties of its aberrant fold. Previous sequencing of the PrP chain isolated from PrP(27-30) showed the oxidation of some methionine residues; however, at that time, these findings were ascribed to experimental limitations. Using the unique recognition properties of alphaPrP mAb IPC2, protein chemistry, and state of the art mass spectrometry, we now show that while a large fraction of the methionine residues in brain PrP (Sc) are present as methionine sulfoxides this modification could not be found on brain PrP (C) as well as on its recombinant models. In particular, the pattern of oxidation of M213 with respect to the glycosylation at N181 of PrP (Sc) differs both within and between species, adding another diversity factor to the structure of PrP (Sc) molecules. Our results pave the way for the production of prion-specific reagents in the form of antibodies against oxidized PrP chains which can serve in the development of both diagnostic and therapeutic strategies. In addition, we hypothesize that the accumulation of PrP (Sc) and thereafter the pathogenesis of prion disease may result from the poor degradation of oxidized aberrantly folded PrP.

  9. Understanding HIV Care Provider Attitudes Regarding Intentions to Prescribe PrEP

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    Castel, Amanda D.; Feaster, Daniel J.; Tang, Wenze; Willis, Sarah; Jordan, Heather; Villamizar, Kira; Kharfen, Michael; Kolber, Michael A.; Rodriguez, Allan; Metsch, Lisa

    2015-01-01

    Introduction Pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP) is a promising approach to reducing HIV incidence. Thus garnering the support of HIV providers, who are most familiar with antiretrovirals and likely to encounter patients in HIV serodiscordant relationships, to scale-up PrEP implementation is essential. We sought to determine whether certain subgroups of HIV providers were more likely to intend to prescribe PrEP. Methods Surveys were administered to HIV providers in Miami, Florida and Washington, DC. Composite scores were developed to measure PrEP knowledge, experience, and likelihood of prescribing. Latent class analysis (LCA) was used to stratify provider attitudes toward PrEP. Results Among 142 HIV providers, 73.2% had cared for more than 20 HIV-infected patients in the prior 3 months; 17% had ever prescribed PrEP. LCA identified two classes of providers (entropy 0.904); Class 1 (n=95) found PrEP less effective and perceived barriers to prescribing it; Class 2 (n=47) perceived PrEP as moderately effective and perceived fewer barriers to prescribing it. Compared to Class 2, Class 1 had significantly less experience with PrEP delivery (t(22.7)=2.88, p=0.009) and was significantly less likely to intend to prescribe to patients with multiple sex partners (20% vs. 43%, p=0.04) and those with a drug use history (7% vs. 24%, p=0.001). Conclusions While most HIV providers found PrEP to be effective, those considering it less effective had limited knowledge and experience with PrEP and had lesser intentions to prescribe. Provider training regarding whom should receive PrEP and addressing potential barriers to PrEP provision are needed if this HIV prevention method is to be optimized. PMID:26247895

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

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    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

  11. Immunolocalisation of PrPSc in scrapie-infected N2a mouse neuroblastoma cells by light and electron microscopy.

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    Veith, Nathalie M; Plattner, Helmut; Stuermer, Claudia A O; Schulz-Schaeffer, Walter J; Bürkle, Alexander

    2009-01-01

    The causative agent of transmissible spongiform encephalopathies (TSE) is PrPSc, an infectious, misfolded isoform of the cellular prion protein (PrPC). The localisation and trafficking of PrPSc and sites of conversion from PrPC to PrPSc are under debate, particularly since most published work did not discriminate between PrPC and PrPSc. Here we describe the localisation of PrPC and PrPSc in a scrapie-infected neuroblastoma cell line, ScN2a, by light and electron microscopic immunolocalisation. After eliminating PrPC with proteinase K, PrPSc was detected at the plasma membrane, endocytosed via clathrin-coated pits and delivered to early endosomes. Finally, PrPSc was detected in late endosomes/lysosomes. As we detected PrPSc at the cell surface, in early endosomes and in late endosomes/lysosomes, i.e. locations where PrPC is also present, our data imply that the conversion process could take place at the plasma membrane and/or along the endocytic pathway. Finally, we observed the release of PrPC/PrPSc via exocytotic pathways, i.e. via exosomes and as an opaque electron-dense mass which may represent a mechanism of intercellular spreading of infectious prions.

  12. Quantifying the relative amounts of PrP polymorphisms present in prions isolated from heterozygous prion-infected animals

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    Prions cause protein misfolding diseases, such as transmissible spongiform encephalopathy. They propagate infections by converting a normal cellular prion protein into a prion (PrPSc). PrPC and PrPSc are isosequential and differ only in their respective conformations. PrPC is monomeric and sensit...

  13. PrEP implementation in the Asia-Pacific region: opportunities, implementation and barriers

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    Zablotska, Iryna; Grulich, Andrew E; Phanuphak, Nittaya; Anand, Tarandeep; Janyam, Surang; Poonkasetwattana, Midnight; Baggaley, Rachel; van Griensven, Frits; Lo, Ying-Ru

    2016-01-01

    Introduction HIV epidemics in the Asia-Pacific region are concentrated among men who have sex with men (MSM) and other key populations. Pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP) is an effective HIV prevention intervention and could be a potential game changer in the region. We discuss the progress towards PrEP implementation in the Asia-Pacific region, including opportunities and barriers. Discussion Awareness about PrEP in the Asia-Pacific is still low and so are its levels of use. A high proportion of MSM who are aware of PrEP are willing to use it. Key PrEP implementation barriers include poor knowledge about PrEP, limited access to PrEP, weak or non-existent HIV prevention programmes for MSM and other key populations, high cost of PrEP, stigma and discrimination against key populations and restrictive laws in some countries. Only several clinical trials, demonstration projects and a few larger-scale implementation studies have been implemented so far in Thailand and Australia. However, novel approaches to PrEP implementation have emerged: researcher-, facility- and community-led models of care, with PrEP services for fee and for free. The WHO consolidated guidelines on HIV testing, treatment and prevention call for an expanded access to PrEP worldwide and have provided guidance on PrEP implementation in the region. Some countries like Australia have released national PrEP guidelines. There are growing community leadership and consultation processes to initiate PrEP implementation in Asia and the Pacific. Conclusions Countries of the Asia-Pacific region will benefit from adding PrEP to their HIV prevention packages, but for many this is a critical step that requires resourcing. Having an impact on the HIV epidemic requires investment. The next years should see the region transitioning from limited PrEP implementation projects to growing access to PrEP and expansion of HIV prevention programmes. PMID:27760688

  14. 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}.

  15. The matlockite-type praseodymium(III) oxide bromide PrOBr.

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    Talmon-Gros, Pia; Schurz, Christian M; Schleid, Thomas

    2011-12-01

    The crystal structure of the praseodymium(III) oxide bromide, PrOBr, can be best described with layers of agglomerated square anti-prisms [PrO(4)Br(4)](9-). These slabs are stacked along the c axis and linked via two different secondary contacts between Pr(3+) and Br(-). The Pr(3+) cations occupy the Wyckoff site 2c with 4mm symmetry and carry four O(2-) anions as well as four primary Br(-) anions, yielding a coordination number of 8. While the Br(-) anions exhibit the same site symmetry as the Pr(3+) cations, the oxide anions are located at the Wyckoff position 2a with site symmetry [Formula: see text]m2 and have four Pr(3+) cations as neighbours, defining a tetra-hedron.

  16. Virulence testing and extracellular subtilisin-like (Pr1) and trypsin-like (Pr2) activity during propagule production of Paecilomyces fumosoroseus isolates from whiteflies (Homoptera: Aleyrodidae).

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    Castellanos-Moguel, Judith; González-Barajas, Margarita; Mier, Teresa; Reyes-Montes, María Del Rocío; Aranda, Eduardo; Toriello, Conchita

    2007-03-01

    To properly characterize several isolates of Paecilomyces fumosoroseus, a fungal entomopathogen of whiteflies (Homoptera: Aleyrodidae) and other insect pests for biocontrol purposes, virulence towards Trialeurodes vaporariorum, and subtilisin-like (Pr1) and trypsin-like (Pr2) protease activity during propagule production were investigated in monospore cultures (MCs). The virulence of three MCs towards second instar whiteflies was measured and expressed as lethal median concentration (LC50). Number and widthlength ratio of propagules (blastospores, hyphal bodies, short hyphae, submerged conidia) and extracellular proteolytic activity was determined simultaneously in liquid medium. Total protease activity was assayed with azocasein, Pr1 and Pr2 activity was determined with the substrates N-Succinyl-Ala-Ala-Pro-Phe-p-nitroanilide and N-Benzoyl-Phe-Val-Arg-pnitroanilide, respectively. Natural variability in virulence, propagule production and cuticle-degrading proteases among isolates was observed. Bioassays showed a LC50 of 1.1 x 1,000, 2.5 x 10,000 and 7.6 x 10,000 conidia/ml for MCs EH-506/3, EH-503/3 and EH-520/3, respectively, EH-506/3 being the most virulent isolate. Isolate EH-503/3 produced the highest yield of propagules (7.7 x 10000000 propagules/ml), followed by EH-520/3 with 6.4 x 10000000 and EH-506/3 with 1.0 x 10000000 propagules/ml. Subtilisin-like (Pr1) and trypsin-like (Pr2) activity was present in the three MCs. Subtilisin-like (Pr1) activity was highest (745.7 UPr1/ml at 120 h) in the most virulent isolate, EH-506/3, pointing at Pr1 as a phenotypic marker of virulence for P. fumosoroseus. EH-506/3 appears to be a good candidate for whitefly biocontrol due to its high virulence, Pr1 concentration and rapid transition to blastospores in submerged liquid medium.

  17. Variation of anomalous Pr ordering and crystal symmetry for the oxygenated Pr1+xBa2-xCu3O7+y system

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    Luo, H. M.; Lin, B. N.; Lin, Y. H.; Chiang, H. C.; Hsu, Y. Y.; Hsu, T. I.; Lee, T. J.; Ku, H. C.; Lin, C. H.; Kao, H.-C. I.; Shi, J. B.; Ho, J. C.; Chang, C. H.; Hwang, S. R.; Li, W.-H.

    2000-06-01

    Structural, transport, magnetic, calorimetric, and neutron data were reported for the oxygen-annealed Pr1+xBa2-xCu3O7+y or 1212-type Cu(Ba2-xPrx)PrCu2O7+y system (0<=x<=1, -0.11<=y<=0.31). Powder x-ray Rietveld analysis indicates that due to subtle oxygen distribution in the CuO1+y plane for these oxygenated cuprates, two structural symmetry transitions were observed, from orthorhombic 1212C (CuO chain) O(I) phase (space group Pmmm) for 0<=x<=0.4, to tetragonal 1212 T phase (P4/mmm) for 0.4<=x<=0.65, and then to a different type of orthorhombic 1212 O(II) phase (Cmmm) for 0.65Pr-in-Ba is not favorable for metallic state and no superconductivity can be detected for these insulating cuprates. Magnetic-susceptibility, heat-capacity, and neutron-diffraction data show that, regardless of the structural transitions, the anomalous Néel temperature TN(Pr) decreases monotonically and smoothly from 18 K for x=0 to 2.5 K for x=0.8, with the same c-axis antiferromagnetic Pr spin alignment. The increasing Pr-O bond length observed with decreasing TN(Pr) indicates that this unusual Pr magnetic ordering is closely correlated with the wave-function overlap between Pr-4f orbital and eight O-2pπ orbital in the CuO2 bilayer.

  18. Epidemiology of Chronic Wasting Disease: PrPres Detection, Shedding and Environmental Contamination

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    2005-08-01

    scrapie for use in preliminary PrPCWD detection method development. Approximately 1 mg of 263K PrPs’ was obtained from the purification. The yield of PrPsc...10 REFERENCES Bolton, D. C., M. P. McKinley, and S. B. Prusiner. 1982. Identification of a protein that purifies with the scrapie prion. Science 218...2000. High yield purification and physico-chemical properties of full-length recombinant allelic variants of sheep prion protein linked to scrapie

  19. Polythiophenes Inhibit Prion Propagation by Stabilizing Prion Protein (PrP) Aggregates*

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    Margalith, Ilan; Suter, Carlo; Ballmer, Boris; Schwarz, Petra; Tiberi, Cinzia; Sonati, Tiziana; Falsig, Jeppe; Nyström, Sofie; Hammarström, Per; Åslund, Andreas; Nilsson, K. Peter R.; Yam, Alice; Whitters, Eric; Hornemann, Simone; Aguzzi, Adriano

    2012-01-01

    Luminescent conjugated polymers (LCPs) interact with ordered protein aggregates and sensitively detect amyloids of many different proteins, suggesting that they may possess antiprion properties. Here, we show that a variety of anionic, cationic, and zwitterionic LCPs reduced the infectivity of prion-containing brain homogenates and of prion-infected cerebellar organotypic cultured slices and decreased the amount of scrapie isoform of PrPC (PrPSc) oligomers that could be captured in an avidity assay. Paradoxically, treatment enhanced the resistance of PrPSc to proteolysis, triggered the compaction, and enhanced the resistance to proteolysis of recombinant mouse PrP(23–231) fibers. These results suggest that LCPs act as antiprion agents by transitioning PrP aggregates into structures with reduced frangibility. Moreover, ELISA on cerebellar organotypic cultured slices and in vitro conversion assays with mouse PrP(23–231) indicated that poly(thiophene-3-acetic acid) may additionally interfere with the generation of PrPSc by stabilizing the conformation of PrPC or of a transition intermediate. Therefore, LCPs represent a novel class of antiprion agents whose mode of action appears to rely on hyperstabilization, rather than destabilization, of PrPSc deposits. PMID:22493452

  20. High field (14 T) magneto transport of Sm/PrFeAsO

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    Meena, R. S.; Singh, Shiva Kumar; Pal, Anand; Kumar, Anuj; Jha, R.; Rao, K. V. R.; Du, Y.; Wang, X. L.; Awana, V. P. S.

    2012-04-01

    We report high field magneto transport of Sm/PrFeAsO. Below spin density wave transition (TSDW), the magneto-resistance (MR) of Sm/PrFeAsO is positive and increasing with decreasing temperature. The MR of SmFeAsO is found to be 16%, whereas it is 21.5% in the case of PrFeAsO, at 2.5 K under applied magnetic field of 14 Tesla (T). In the case of SmFeAsO, the variation of isothermal MR with field below 20 K is nonlinear at lower magnetic fields (<2 T) and it is linear at moderately higher magnetic fields (H ≥ 3.5 T). On the other hand, PrFeAsO shows almost linear MR at all temperatures below 20 K. The anomalous behavior of MR being exhibited in PrFeAsO is originated from Dirac cone states. The stronger interplay of Fe and Pr ordered moments is responsible for this distinct behavior. PrFeAsO also shows a hump in resistivity (R-T) with a possible conduction band (FeAs) mediated ordering of Pr moments at around 12 K. However, the same is absent in SmFeAsO even down to 2 K. Our results of high field magneto-transport of up to 14 T brings about clear distinction between ground states of SmFeAsO and PrFeAsO.

  1. 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.

  2. Spectroscopic analysis of Pr^3+ (4f^2) absorption intensities in a plastic host (HEMA).

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    Stonestreet, David; Nash, Kelly; Dee, Doug; Yow, Raylon; Gruber, John; Sardar, Dhiraj

    2006-10-01

    A spectroscopic investigation has been performed on the Pr^3+ ions embedded in 2-hydroxyethyl methacrylate (HEMA) solid plastic host. The standard Judd-Ofelt analysis was applied to the room temperature absorption intensities of Pr^3+ transitions to determine three phenomenological intensity parameters: φ2, φ4 and φ6. Values of the intensity parameters were subsequently used to determine the decay rates (emission probabilities), radiative lifetimes, and branching ratios of the principal intermanifold transitions of Pr^3+ from the ^3P2, ^1D2, and ^3P0 manifold states to the lower-lying manifolds. The spectroscopic properties Pr^3+ in HEMA will be compared with those in glasses.

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    ...; (Pharmaceutical and Nutritional Intravenous Bags and Administration Sets); Aibonito and Jayuya, PR The Puerto Rico... Jayuya, Puerto Rico. The facilities are used for the manufacture of pharmaceutical and...

  4. 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.

  5. Effects of Pr3+-deficiency on structure and properties of PrBaCo2O5+δ cathode material-A comparison with Ba2+-deficiency case

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    Jiang, Xuening; Shi, Yuchao; Zhou, Wenlong; Li, Xiangnan; Su, Zhixian; Pang, Shengli; Jiang, Lei

    2014-12-01

    Double-layered perovskite oxides of Pr1-yBaCo2O5+δ (P1-yBCO) with A-site Pr3+-deficiency contents of y = 0.00-0.10 have been studied with respect to phase structures, oxygen content, high-temperature chemical stabilities as well as electrical and electrochemical properties as cathode materials of intermediate-temperature solid oxide fuel cells (IT-SOFCs). The Pr3+-deficiency content in P1-yBCO is limited by ∼8 mol%, and the Pr3+-deficiency hardly changes lattice parameters of P1-yBCO. Content of oxygen vacancies increases while that of Co4+ decreases with the higher Pr3+-deficiency content. P1-yBCO is chemically stable with the Gd0.1Ce0.9O1.95 (GDC) electrolyte at 1100 °C and below in air. Introduction of Pr3+-deficiency decreases electrical conductivities and significantly improves electrochemical performance of P1-yBCO. Among the studied oxides, P0.95BCO with 5 mol% Pr3+-deficiency shows the best electrochemical performance with low ASR values of 0.113 Ω cm2 at 600 °C, 0.054 Ω cm2 at 650 °C and 0.028 Ω cm2 at 700 °C respectively, demonstrating it a promising cathode material of IT-SOFCs. The results of P1-yBCO have also been compared with those of Ba2+-deficient PrBa1-xCo2O5+δ (PB1-xCO, x = 0.00-0.10) oxides and major differences have been found in lattice parameters, oxygen content, chemical defects, electrical conductivities and ASR results. Factors contributing to these differences have been discussed.

  6. Effects of FlAsH/Tetracysteine (TC) tag on PrP proteolysis and PrPres formation by TC-scanning

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    Taguchi, Yuzuru; Hohsfield, Lindsay A.; Hollister, Jason R.

    2014-01-01

    The FlAsH/tetracysteine (FlAsH/TC) tag is a powerful tool for fluorescent labeling of proteins. However, even small tags such as FlAsH/TC could alter the behavior of the tagged proteins, especially if the insertion occurs at internal sites. Defining the influence of FlAsH/TC on nearby protein-protein interactions might aid in selecting appropriate positions for internal TC insertions and allow the exploitation of serial FlAsH/TC insertions (TC-scanning) as a probe to characterize sites of protein-protein interaction. To explore this application in the context of substrate-protease interactions, we analyzed the effect of FlAsH/TC insertions on proteolysis of cellular prion protein (PrPsen) in in vitro reactions and generation of the C1 metabolic fragment of PrPsen in live neuroblastoma cells. The influence of FlAsH/TC insertion was evaluated by TC-scanning across the cleavage sites of each protease. The results showed that FlAsH/TC inhibited protease cleavage only within limited ranges of the cleavage sites that varied from about 1 to 6 residues-wide depending on the protease, providing an estimate of the PrP residues interacting with each protease. TC-scanning was also used to probe a different type of protein-protein interaction, the conformational conversion of FlAsH-PrPsen to the prion disease-associated isoform, PrPres. PrP constructs with FlAsH/TC insertions at residues 90–96 but not 97–101 were converted to FlAsH-PrPres, identifying a boundary separating loosely versus compactly folded regions of PrPres. Our observations demonstrate that TC-scanning with the FlAsH/TC tag can be a versatile method for probing protein-protein interactions and folding processes. PMID:23943295

  7. Distribution of peripheral PrP(Sc) 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.

  8. 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

  9. Diode-pumped LiY0.3Lu0.7F4:Pr and LiYF4:Pr red lasers

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    Lyapin, A. A.; Gorieva, V. G.; Korableva, S. L.; Artemov, S. A.; Ryabochkina, P. A.; Semashko, V. V.

    2016-12-01

    The laser quality LiY0.3Lu0.7F4:Pr and LiYF4:Pr fluoride single crystals were grown in Kazan University by the Bridgeman technique. Spectral-kinetic properties of LiY0.3Lu0.7F4:Pr and LiYF4:Pr crystals have been investigated. For the first time, laser oscillations of LiY0.3Lu0.7F4:Pr crystal have been obtained on 3P0  →  3F2 transitions (λ  =  640 nm) under multimode diode pumping at 442 nm, with a slope efficiency of 9 %. Also, continuous-wave lasing has been obtained for LiYF4:Pr crystal at 640 nm under the same pumping condition with a slope efficiency of 8.5%. The maximum output power of 340 mW has been achieved for both crystals.

  10. 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.

  11. Enhanced Pr{sup 3+} photoluminescence by energy transfer in SrF{sub 2} : Eu{sup 2+}, Pr{sup 3+} phosphor

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    Yagoub, M. Y. A.; Swart, H. C.; Coetsee, E.; Bergman, P.

    2016-02-15

    Efficient energy transfer was demonstrated in the SrF{sub 2} : Eu{sup 2+}, Pr{sup 3+} phosphor synthesized by the co-precipitation method. Results obtained with X-ray diffraction (XRD), scanning electron microscopy (SEM), x-ray spectroscopy (XPS), photoluminescence (PL) and decay curves proposed the UV-Vis energy transfer process. The energy transfer process between the Eu{sup 2+} and Pr{sup 3+} ions in SrF{sub 2} was investigated to evaluate the potential of the Eu{sup 2+} ion as a sensitizer for the Pr{sup 3+} ion. The results proposed that Eu{sup 2+} could be a good sensitizer for absorbing the UV photons and efficiently enhancing the Pr{sup 3+} emission intensity. The energy transfer process was effective until concentration quenching for the Pr{sup 3+} ions occurred. The concentration quenching was attributed to cross-relaxation between the Pr{sup 3+} ions.

  12. Rats and mice immunised with chimeric human/mouse proteinase 3 produce autoantibodies to mouse Pr3 and rat granulocytes

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    van der Geld, Ymke M; Hellmark, Thomas; Selga, Daina; Heeringa, Peter; Huitema, Minke G; Limburg, Pieter C; Kallenberg, Cees G M

    2007-01-01

    Aim In this study, we employed chimeric human/mouse Proteinase 3 (PR3) proteins as tools to induce an autoantibody response to PR3 in rats and mice. Method Rats and mice were immunised with recombinant human PR3 (HPR3), recombinant murine PR3 (mPR3), single chimeric human/mouse PR3 (HHm, HmH, mHH, mmH, mHm, Hmm) or pools of chimeric proteins. Antibodies to mPR3 and HPR3 were measured by ELISA. Antibodies to rat PR3 were determined by indirect immunofluorescence (IIF) on rat white blood cells. Urinalysis was performed by dipstick analysis. Kidney and lung tissue was obtained for pathological examination. Results In mice, immunisation with the chimeric human/mouse PR3 Hmm led to an autoantibody response to mPR3. Rats immunised with the chimeric human/mouse PR3 Hmm, HmH and mmH, or a pool of the chimeric human/mouse PR3 proteins, produced antibodies selectively binding to rat granulocytes as detected by IIF. No gross pathological abnormalities could be detected in kidney or lungs of mice or rats immunised with chimeric human/mouse PR3. Conclusion Immunisation with chimeric human/mouse proteins induces autoantibodies to PR3 in rats and mice. Chimeric proteins can be instrumental in developing experimental models for autoimmune diseases. PMID:17644551

  13. The PR5K receptor protein kinase from Arabidopsis thaliana is structurally related to a family of plant defense proteins.

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    Wang, X; Zafian, P; Choudhary, M; Lawton, M

    1996-01-01

    We have isolated an Arabidopsis thaliana gene that codes for a receptor related to antifungal pathogenesis-related (PR) proteins. The PR5K gene codes for a predicted 665-amino acid polypeptide that comprises an extracellular domain related to the PR5 proteins, a central transmembrane-spanning domain, and an intracellular protein-serine/threonine kinase. The extracellular domain of PR5K (PR5-like receptor kinase) is most highly related to acidic PR5 proteins that accumulate in the extracellular spaces of plants challenged with pathogenic microorganisms. The kinase domain of PR5K is related to a family of protein-serine/threonine kinases that are involved in the expression of self-incompatibility and disease resistance. PR5K transcripts accumulate at low levels in all tissues examined, although particularly high levels are present in roots and inflorescence stems. Treatments that induce authentic PR5 proteins had no effect on the level of PR5K transcripts, suggesting that the receptor forms part of a preexisting surveillance system. When the kinase domain of PR5K was expressed in Escherichia coli, the resulting polypeptide underwent autophosphorylation, consistent with its predicted enzyme activity. These results are consistent with PR5K encoding a functional receptor kinase. Moreover, the structural similarity between the extracellular domain of PR5K and the antimicrobial PR5- proteins suggests a possible interaction with common or related microbial targets. Images Fig. 2 Fig. 3 Fig. 4 PMID:8637920

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

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    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...

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

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    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.

  16. PrP antibody binding-induced epitope modulation evokes immunocooperativity.

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    Chang, Binggong; Miller, Michael W; Bulgin, Marie S; Sorenson-Melson, Sharon; Balachandran, Aru; Chiu, Allen; Rubenstein, Richard

    2008-12-15

    We have characterized the antibody-antigen binding events of the prion protein (PrP) utilizing three new PrP-specific monoclonal antibodies (Mabs). The degree of immunoreactivity was dependent on the denaturation treatment with the combination of heat and SDS resulting in the highest levels of epitope accessibility and antibody binding. Interestingly however, this harsh denaturation treatment was not sufficient to completely and irreversibly abolish protein conformation. The Mabs differed in their PrP epitopes with Mab 08-1/11F12 binding in the region of PrP(93-122), Mab 08-1/8E9 reacting to PrP(155-200) and Mab 08-1/5D6 directed to an undefined conformational epitope. Using normal and infected brains from hamsters, sheep and deer, we demonstrate that the binding of PrP to one Mab triggers PrP epitope unmasking, which enhances the binding of a second Mab. This phenomenon, termed positive immunocooperativity, is specific regarding epitope and the sequence of binding events. Positive immunocooperativity will likely increase immunoassay sensitivity since assay conditions for PrP(Sc) detection does not require protease digestion.

  17. Polymorphisms at Amino Acid Residues 141 and 154 Influence Conformational Variation in Ovine PrP

    PubMed Central

    Yang, Sujeong; Thackray, Alana M.; Hopkins, Lee; Monie, Tom P.; Burke, David F.; Bujdoso, Raymond

    2014-01-01

    Polymorphisms in ovine PrP at amino acid residues 141 and 154 are associated with susceptibility to ovine prion disease: Leu141Arg154 with classical scrapie and Phe141Arg154 and Leu141His154 with atypical scrapie. Classical scrapie is naturally transmissible between sheep, whereas this may not be the case with atypical scrapie. Critical amino acid residues will determine the range or stability of structural changes within the ovine prion protein or its functional interaction with potential cofactors, during conversion of PrPC to PrPSc in these different forms of scrapie disease. Here we computationally identified that regions of ovine PrP, including those near amino acid residues 141 and 154, displayed more conservation than expected based on local structural environment. Molecular dynamics simulations showed these conserved regions of ovine PrP displayed genotypic differences in conformational repertoire and amino acid side-chain interactions. Significantly, Leu141Arg154 PrP adopted an extended beta sheet arrangement in the N-terminal palindromic region more frequently than the Phe141Arg154 and Leu141His154 variants. We supported these computational observations experimentally using circular dichroism spectroscopy and immunobiochemical studies on ovine recombinant PrP. Collectively, our observations show amino acid residues 141 and 154 influence secondary structure and conformational change in ovine PrP that may correlate with different forms of scrapie. PMID:25126555

  18. 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...

  19. 33 CFR 110.240 - San Juan Harbor, P.R.

    Code of Federal Regulations, 2014 CFR

    2014-07-01

    ... 33 Navigation and Navigable Waters 1 2014-07-01 2014-07-01 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...

  20. 33 CFR 110.240 - San Juan Harbor, P.R.

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    2013-07-01

    ... 33 Navigation and Navigable Waters 1 2013-07-01 2013-07-01 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...

  1. 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...

  2. Making PR Macho: Reversing the Sex Gap in Undergraduate Public Relations Programs.

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    Hunt, Todd; Thompson, David W.

    The sharp decline in the number of male undergraduates registering for public relations (PR) courses has created concern that public relations is becoming a "woman's field" and will experience a concomitant drop in salaries and prestige. Studies indicate that male undergraduates perceive PR as being not well respected, as offering little…

  3. 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.

  4. Transgenic Rabbits Expressing Ovine PrP Are Susceptible to Scrapie.

    PubMed

    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.

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

    PubMed Central

    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

  6. Synthetic scrapie infectivity: interaction between recombinant PrP and scrapie brain-derived RNA.

    PubMed

    Simoneau, Steve; Thomzig, Achim; Ruchoux, Marie-Madeleine; Vignier, Nicolas; Daus, Martin L; Poleggi, Anna; Lebon, Pierre; Freire, Sophie; Durand, Valerie; Graziano, Silvia; Galeno, Roberta; Cardone, Franco; Comoy, Emmanuel; Pocchiari, Maurizio; Beekes, Michael; Deslys, Jean-Philippe; Fournier, Jean-Guy

    2015-01-01

    The key molecular event in human cerebral proteinopathies, which include Alzheimer's, Parkinson's and Huntington's diseases, is the structural conversion of a specific host protein into a β-sheet-rich conformer. With regards to this common mechanism, it appears difficult to explain the outstanding infectious properties attributed to PrP(Sc), the hallmark of another intriguing family of cerebral proteinopathies known as transmissible spongiform encephalopathies (TSE) or prion diseases. The infectious PrP(Sc) or "prion" is thought to be composed solely of a misfolded form of the otherwise harmless cellular prion protein (PrP(c)). To gain insight into this unique situation, we used the 263K scrapie hamster model to search for a putative PrP(Sc)-associated factor that contributes to the infectivity of PrP(Sc) amyloid. In a rigorously controlled set of experiments that included several bioassays, we showed that originally innocuous recombinant prion protein (recPrP) equivalent to PrP(c) is capable of initiating prion disease in hamsters when it is converted to a prion-like conformation (β-sheet-rich) in the presence of RNA purified from scrapie-associated fibril (SAF) preparations. Analysis of the recPrP-RNA infectious mixture reveals the presence of 2 populations of small RNAs of approximately 27 and 55 nucleotides. These unprecedented findings are discussed in light of the distinct relationship that may exist between this RNA material and the 2 biological properties, infectivity and strain features, attributed to prion amyloid.

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

    NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

    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.

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

    Code of Federal Regulations, 2011 CFR

    2011-07-01

    ... 33 Navigation and Navigable Waters 1 2011-07-01 2011-07-01 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....

  10. 33 CFR 110.74c - Bahia de San Juan, PR.

    Code of Federal Regulations, 2013 CFR

    2013-07-01

    ... 33 Navigation and Navigable Waters 1 2013-07-01 2013-07-01 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....

  11. 33 CFR 110.74c - Bahia de San Juan, PR.

    Code of Federal Regulations, 2012 CFR

    2012-07-01

    ... 33 Navigation and Navigable Waters 1 2012-07-01 2012-07-01 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....

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

    Code of Federal Regulations, 2014 CFR

    2014-07-01

    ... 33 Navigation and Navigable Waters 1 2014-07-01 2014-07-01 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. PrP Antibody Binding-Induced Epitope Modulation Evokes Immunocooperativity

    PubMed Central

    Chang, Binggong; Miller, Michael W.; Bulgin, Marie S.; Sorenson-Melson, Sharon; Balachandran, Aru; Chiu, Allen; Rubenstein, Richard

    2008-01-01

    We have characterized the antibody-antigen binding events of the prion protein (PrP) utilizing three new PrP-specific monoclonal antibodies (Mabs). The degree of immunoreactivity was dependent on the denaturation treatment with the combination of heat and SDS resulting in the highest levels of epitope accessibility and antibody binding. Interestingly however, this harsh denaturation treatment was not sufficient to completely and irreversibly abolish protein conformation. The Mabs differed in their PrP epitopes with Mab 08-1/11F12 binding in the region of PrP93–122, Mab 08-1/8E9 reacting to PrP155–200 and Mab 08-1/5D6 directed to an undefined conformational epitope. Using normal and infected brains from hamsters, sheep and deer, we demonstrate that the binding of PrP to one Mab triggers PrP epitope unmasking, which enhances the binding of a second Mab. This phenomenon, termed positive immunocooperativity, is specific regarding epitope and the sequence of binding events. Positive immunocooperativity will likely increase immunoassay sensitivity since assay conditions for PrPSc detection does not require protease digestion. PMID:18977037

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

    Technology Transfer Automated Retrieval System (TEKTRAN)

    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...

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

    Code of Federal Regulations, 2012 CFR

    2012-04-01

    ... 17 Commodity and Securities Exchanges 1 2012-04-01 2012-04-01 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. 17 CFR Appendix C to Part 4 - Form CTA-PR

    Code of Federal Regulations, 2014 CFR

    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...

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

    Code of Federal Regulations, 2013 CFR

    2013-04-01

    ... 17 Commodity and Securities Exchanges 1 2013-04-01 2013-04-01 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...

  18. Monoclonal Antibodies for Dengue Virus prM Glycoprotein Protect Mice against Lethal Dengue Infection

    DTIC Science & Technology

    1989-09-15

    Nile virus and a prelysozomal endosome prM glycoprotein of dengue virus can also be required for viral replication . PrM Mabs 2H2 protective against...tech- bodies can prevent lethal alphavirus encepha- niques to preserve immunogenicity, to deter- litis. Nature 297: 70-72. UI:82173237 mine whether

  19. 76 FR 34296 - Proposed Collection; Comment Request for Forms 1040-PR and 1040-SS

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    2011-06-13

    .... Form Number: Form 1040-PR. Abstract: Form 1040-PR, is used by self-employed individuals to figure and...-employed individuals to figure and report self-employment tax under IRC chapter 2 of Subtitle A, and.... Self- Employment Tax Return (Including the Additional Child Tax Credit for Bona Fide Residents...

  20. How to Make Big Improvements in the Small PR Shop. Revised.

    ERIC Educational Resources Information Center

    Moore, R. Keith, Comp.; Hunt, Susan, Ed.

    This guide for small public relations (PR) offices at colleges and universities includes sample job descriptions, information on PR duties and priorities, sample policy statements and operating guidelines, sample publicity materials, questionnaires, and internal forms for organization. Twenty-six tips on time management are provided in an article…

  1. Kinetic and mechanistic investigation of the sequential hydrogenation of phenylacetylene catalyzed by OsHCl(CO)(PR sub 3 ) sub 2 (PR sub 3 = PMe-t-Bu sub 2 and P-i-Pr sub 3 )

    SciTech Connect

    Esteruelas, M.A.; Oro, L.A.; Sola, E.; Valero, C. ); Meyer, U.; Werner, H. ); Andriollo, A.; Sanchez-Delgado, R.A.

    1989-09-13

    The reactivities of the hydrido carbonyl complexes OsHCl(CO)(PR{sub 3}){sub 2} (PR{sub 3} = PMe-t-Bu{sub 2} (1), P-i-Pr{sub 3} (2)) toward hydrogen, alkynes, and oxygen have been studied. The solutions of 1 and 2 are rapidly decolorized upon contact with H{sub 2} under ambient conditions; the decolorized solution of 2 shows in benzene-d{sub 6} a {sup 1}H NMR spectrum that is consistent with the formation of the dihydrogen compound OsHCl({eta}{sup 2}-H{sub 2})(CO)(P-i-Pr{sub 3}){sub 2} (3). The reactivity of 1 and 2 toward alkynes depends on the type of alkyne used. The title complexes react with acetylene, propyne, and phenylacetylene by insertion to give the five-coordinate vinylosmium compounds Os(CH=CHR)Cl(CO)(Pr{sub 3}){sub 2} (7 and 8); the same starting materials in the presence of t-BuC{triple bond}CH and PhC{triple bond}CPh are completely inert. The kinetic investigation of this reaction provides evidence that indicates that the formation of styryl derivatives is the step that determines the selectivity for the hydrogenation to the alkene.

  2. PrP-dependent cell adhesion in N2a neuroblastoma cells.

    PubMed

    Mangé, Alain; Milhavet, Ollivier; Umlauf, David; Harris, David; Lehmann, Sylvain

    2002-03-13

    The cellular isoform of prion protein (PrP(C)) is a ubiquitous glycoprotein expressed by most tissues and with a biological function yet to be determined. Here, we have used a neuroblastoma cell model to investigate the involvement of PrP in cell adhesion. Incubation of single cell suspension induced cell-cell adhesion and formation of cell aggregates. Interestingly, cells overexpressing PrP exhibit increased cation-independent aggregation. Aggregation was reduced after phosphatidylinositol-specific phospholipase C release of the protein and by pre-incubation of cells with an antibody raised against the N-terminal part of PrP(C). Our paradigm allows the study of the function of PrP as an intercellular adhesion molecule and a cell surface ligand or receptor.

  3. Transition Probabilities in {sup 134}Pr: A Test for Chirality in Nuclear Systems

    SciTech Connect

    Tonev, D.; De Angelis, G.; Gadea, A.; Marginean, N.; Napoli, D.R.; Prete, G.; Petkov, P.; Dewald, A.; Pejovic, P.; Fitzler, A.; Moeller, O.; Zell, K.O.; Brant, S.; Frauendorf, S.; Balabanski, D.L.; Bazzacco, D.; Lenzi, S.; Lunardi, S.; Bednarczyk, P.; Curien, D.

    2006-02-10

    Exited states in {sup 134}Pr were populated in the fusion-evaporation reaction {sup 119}Sn({sup 19}F,4n){sup 134}Pr. Recoil distance Doppler-shift and Doppler-shift attenuation measurements using the Euroball spectrometer, in conjunction with the inner Bismuth Germanate ball and the Cologne plunger, were performed at beam energies of 87 MeV and 83 MeV, respectively. Reduced transition probabilities in {sup 134}Pr are compared to the predictions of the two quasiparticle+triaxial rotor and interacting boson fermion-fermion models. The experimental results do not support the presence of static chirality in {sup 134}Pr underlying the importance of shape fluctuations. Only within a dynamical context the presence of intrinsic chirality in {sup 134}Pr can be supported.

  4. Transition probabilities in 134Pr: a test for chirality in nuclear systems.

    PubMed

    Tonev, D; de Angelis, G; Petkov, P; Dewald, A; Brant, S; Frauendorf, S; Balabanski, D L; Pejovic, P; Bazzacco, D; Bednarczyk, P; Camera, F; Fitzler, A; Gadea, A; Lenzi, S; Lunardi, S; Marginean, N; Möller, O; Napoli, D R; Paleni, A; Petrache, C M; Prete, G; Zell, K O; Zhang, Y H; Zhang, Jing-Ye; Zhong, Q; Curien, D

    2006-02-10

    Exited states in 134Pr were populated in the fusion-evaporation reaction 119Sn(19F,4n)134Pr. Recoil distance Doppler-shift and Doppler-shift attenuation measurements using the Euroball spectrometer, in conjunction with the inner Bismuth Germanate ball and the Cologne plunger, were performed at beam energies of 87 MeV and 83 MeV, respectively. Reduced transition probabilities in 134Pr are compared to the predictions of the two quasiparticle + triaxial rotor and interacting boson fermion-fermion models. The experimental results do not support the presence of static chirality in 134Pr underlying the importance of shape fluctuations. Only within a dynamical context the presence of intrinsic chirality in 134Pr can be supported.

  5. 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.

  6. Synthesis and thermoluminescence of LaAlO3:Pr(3+) to UVC radiation dosimetry.

    PubMed

    Morales-Hernández, A; Zarate-Medina, J; Contreras-García, M E; Azorín-Nieto, J; Rivera-Montalvo, T

    2016-12-01

    Thermoluminescent (TL) response of trivalent praseodymium ion doped lanthanum aluminate (LaAlO3:Pr(3+)) obtained by Pechini method and Spray Dryer was studied. TL response of LaAlO3:Pr(3+) powders submitted at 1600°C exhibited one peak centered at 157°C. Sensitivity of LaAlO3:Pr(3+) was improved in around 90 times compared with undoped LaAlO3. TL response as a function of wavelength showed a maximum in 230nm. Dosimetric characteristics of LaAlO3:Pr(3+) under UVR radiation effects were analyzed. Evaluation of activation energy was obtained by Glow Fit v.1.3 software. Experimental results about thermoluminescent characteristics of LaAlO3:Pr(3+) suggest as good candidate to be employed as a complementary thermoluminescent device with other TL phosphors as aluminum oxide.

  7. Pr 3+-substituted W-type barium ferrite: Preparation and electromagnetic properties

    NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

    Wu, Yanfei; Huang, Ying; Niu, Lei; Zhang, Yinling; Li, Yuqing; Wang, Xiaoya

    2012-02-01

    The W-type ferrites doped with Pr3+, BaCoNiPrxFe16-xO27 (x=0-0.20), were prepared by a sol-gel method. The structure and electromagnetic properties of the samples are studied using powder X-ray diffraction, field emission scanning electron microscope, vibrating sample magnetometer and vector network analyzer. All the samples are hexagonal platelet-like W-type barium ferrite. These synthesized samples exhibit paramagnetism and strong magnetism. The saturation magnetization (Ms) increases with the increase of Pr3+ content. The real part of complex permittivity (ε‧) decreases and the imaginary part (ε″) increases with Fe3+ replaced by Pr3+. The imaginary part of complex permittivity (μ″) increases and the real part (μ‧) decreases after Pr3+ is doped. Furthermore, the doped Pr3+ improves the microwave absorbency.

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

    DOE PAGES

    Yang, H.; Lee, H. S.; Kotula, P. G.; ...

    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

  9. 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.

  10. Magnetic and transport properties of PrRhSi3.

    PubMed

    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.

  11. Dielectric relaxation of PrFeO3 nanoparticles

    NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

    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.

  12. Bioassay of prion-infected blood plasma in PrP transgenic Drosophila.

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    Thackray, Alana M; Andreoletti, Olivier; Bujdoso, Raymond

    2016-12-01

    In pursuit of a tractable bioassay to assess blood prion infectivity, we have generated prion protein (PrP) transgenic Drosophila, which show a neurotoxic phenotype in adulthood after exposure to exogenous prions at the larval stage. Here, we determined the sensitivity of ovine PrP transgenic Drosophila to ovine prion infectivity by exposure of these flies to a dilution series of scrapie-infected sheep brain homogenate. Ovine PrP transgenic Drosophila showed a significant neurotoxic response to dilutions of 10(-2) to 10(-10) of the original scrapie-infected sheep brain homogenate. Significantly, we determined that this prion-induced neurotoxic response in ovine PrP transgenic Drosophila was transmissible to ovine PrP transgenic mice, which is indicative of authentic mammalian prion detection by these flies. As a consequence, we considered that PrP transgenic Drosophila were sufficiently sensitive to exogenous mammalian prions to be capable of detecting prion infectivity in the blood of scrapie-infected sheep. To test this hypothesis, we exposed ovine PrP transgenic Drosophila to scrapie-infected plasma, a blood fraction notoriously difficult to assess by conventional prion bioassays. Notably, pre-clinical plasma from scrapie-infected sheep induced neurotoxicity in PrP transgenic Drosophila and this effect was more pronounced after exposure to samples collected at the clinical phase of disease. The neurotoxic phenotype in ovine PrP transgenic Drosophila induced by plasma from scrapie-infected sheep was transmissible since head homogenate from these flies caused neurotoxicity in recipient flies during fly-to-fly transmission. Our data show that PrP transgenic Drosophila can be used successfully to bioassay prion infectivity in blood from a prion-diseased mammalian host.

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

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

    1995-02-01

    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.

  14. Moesin Controls Clathrin-Mediated S1PR1 Internalization in T Cells

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    Nomachi, Akira; Yoshinaga, Masanori; Liu, Jaron; Kanchanawong, Pakorn; Tohyama, Kiyoshi; Thumkeo, Dean; Watanabe, Takeshi; Narumiya, Shuh; Hirata, Takako

    2013-01-01

    The lipid mediator sphingosine 1-phosphate (S1P) regulates a wide range of cellular activities, including vascular maturation, angiogenesis, and immune-cell trafficking. Among the five known receptors for S1P (S1PR1-S1PR5), S1PR1 is a critical regulator of lymphocyte trafficking: its signaling is required for lymphocyte egress from lymphoid organs, while its down-modulation by agonist-induced internalization is a prerequisite for lymphocyte entry into lymphoid organs from the bloodstream. Despite the importance of S1PR1 down-regulation in determining lymphocyte behavior, the molecular mechanism of its internalization in lymphocytes has not been defined. Here we show that agonist-induced S1PR1 internalization in T cells occurs via clathrin-mediated endocytosis and is regulated by moesin, an ezrin-radixin-moesin (ERM) family member. In S1P-stimulated T cells, S1PR1 relocalized within clathrin-coated vesicles (CCVs) and early endosomes, and S1PR1 internalization was blocked when clathrin was pharmacologically inhibited. Stimulating moesin-deficient T cells with S1P failed to induce S1PR1 internalization and CCV formation. Furthermore, treating moesin-deficient mice with FTY720, an S1P receptor agonist known to internalize S1PR1, caused delayed lymphopenia, and lymphocytes isolated from FTY720-treated moesin-deficient mice still responded to S1P ex vivo in chemotaxis assays. These results reveal a novel role for moesin in regulating clathrin-dependent S1PR1 internalization through CCV formation. PMID:24358210

  15. 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.

  16. 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.

  17. Molecular cloning and characterization of two novel genes from hexaploid wheat that encode double PR-1 domains coupled with a receptor-like protein kinase

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    Hexaploid wheat (Triticum aestivum L.) contains at least 23 TaPr-1 genes encoding the group 1 pathogenesis-related (PR-1) proteins as identified in our previous work. Here we report the cloning and characterization of TaPr-1-rk1 and TaPr-1-rk2, two novel genes closely related to the wheat PR-1 famil...

  18. Histidine at residue 99 and the transmembrane region of the precursor membrane prM protein are important for the prM-E heterodimeric complex formation of Japanese encephalitis virus.

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    Lin, Ying-Ju; Wu, Suh-Chin

    2005-07-01

    The formation of the flavivirus prM-E complex is an important step for the biogenesis of immature virions, which is followed by a subsequent cleavage of prM to M protein through cellular protease to result in the production and release of mature virions. In this study, the intracellular formation of the prM-E complex of Japanese encephalitis virus was investigated by baculovirus coexpression of prM and E in trans in Sf9 insect cells as analyzed by anti-E antibody immunoprecipitation and sucrose gradient sedimentation analysis. A series of carboxyl-terminally truncated prM mutant baculoviruses was constructed to demonstrate that the truncations of the transmembrane (TM) region resulted in a reduction of the formation of the stable prM-E complex by approximately 40% for the TM1 (at residues 130 to 147 [prM130-147]) truncation and 20% for TM2 (at prM153-167) truncation. Alanine-scanning site-directed mutagenesis on the prM99-103 region indicated that the His99 residue was the critical prM binding element for stable prM-E heterodimeric complex formation. The single amino acid mutation at the His99 residue of prM abolishing the prM-E interaction was not due to reduced expression or different subcellular location of the mutant prM protein involved in prM-E interactions as characterized by pulse-chase labeling and confocal scanning microscopic analysis. Recombinant subviral particles were detected in the Sf9 cell culture supernatants by baculovirus coexpression of prM and E proteins but not with the prM H99A mutant. Sequence alignment analysis was further conducted with different groups of flaviviruses to show that the prM H99 residues are generally conserved. Our findings are the first report to characterize the minimum binding elements of the prM protein that are involved in prM-E interactions of flaviviruses. This information, concerning a molecular framework for the prM protein, is considered to elucidate the structure/function relationship of the prM-E complex

  19. Magnetic ordering of the Pr sublattice with the substitution of Cu for Mn in PrMn2Si2 intermetallics

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    Elmali, A.; Dincer, I.; Elerman, Y.; Ehrenberg, H.; Fuess, H.

    2004-12-01

    The magnetic properties of PrMn2-xCuxSi2 (0 \\le x \\le 1 ) were studied by field-cooled and zero-field-cooled magnetization measurements in the temperature range 5 K \\le T \\le 350 K in low external fields (5 mT) and by magnetic-field-dependent magnetization measurements in fields up to 5.5 T. Substitution of Cu for Mn leads to a linear decrease in the lattice constant c and the unit cell volume V and a linear increase in the lattice constant a. Earlier neutron diffraction experiments showed that Pr does not order down to 1.6 K in PrMn2Si2 while the ferromagnetic Mn planes are ordered antiparallel along the c axis. With the increasing Cu content, the magnetization increases rapidly at low temperatures for the samples with 0.4 \\le x \\le 1 . Cu substitution strongly changes the magnetic properties and leads to the magnetic ordering of the Pr sublattice. This is mainly deduced from the discussion of the values of the magnetic moments at low temperatures. Below the Curie temperatures TC, the spins in the Mn sublattice are arranged parallel to the Pr sublattice. With increasing Cu, TC(x) has a maximum value of 155 K at x = 0.6 and decreases for samples with x \\ge 0.7 .

  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. Comparison of the luminescent properties of LuAG:Pr nanopowders, crystals and films using synchrotron radiation

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    Gorbenko, V.; Zych, E.; Voznyak, T.; Nizankovskiy, S.; Zorenko, T.; Zorenko, Yu.

    2017-04-01

    Comparison of the luminescent properties of nanopowder, single crystal and single crystalline film of Pr3+ doped Pr-doped Lu3Al5O12 garnet (LuAG:Pr) prepared by the different technological methods is performed in this work using the time-resolved emission spectroscopy under excitation by synchrotron radiation with an energy of 3.7-25 eV at 300 K and 10 K. The notable differences in the properties of the Pr3+ luminescence are observed in LuAG:Pr crystals and films caused by involving the LuAl antisite defects and oxygen vacancies in crystals and Pb2+ flux related dopant in films in the excitation processes of the Pr3+ luminescence. At the same time, we have also found that the influence of host defects on the Pr3+ luminescence is significantly smaller in the LuAG:Pr nanopowders.

  3. PRN 93-11: Supplemental Guidance for PR Notice 93-7 - Labeling Revisions Required by the WPS

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    This pesticide registration notice augments the guidance provided by PR notice 97-3 to provide options that you may choose to allow efficient production and distribution of products that comply with PR Notice 93-7.

  4. Aged PrP null mice show defective processing of neuregulins in the peripheral nervous system.

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    Benvegnù, Stefano; Gasperini, Lisa; Legname, Giuseppe

    2011-05-01

    A prion, a protease-resistant conformer of the cellular prion protein (PrP(C)), is the causative agent of transmissible spongiform encephalopathies or prion diseases. While this property is well established for the aberrantly folded protein, the physiological function of PrP(C) remains elusive. Among different putative functions, the non-pathogenic protein isoform PrP(C) is involved in several cellular processes. Here, we show that PrP(C) regulates the cleavage of neuregulin-1 proteins (NRG1). Neuregulins provide key axonal signals that regulate several processes, including glial cells proliferation, survival and myelination. Interestingly, mice devoid of PrP(C) (Prnp⁰/⁰) were recently shown to have a late-onset demyelinating disease in the peripheral nervous system (PNS) but not in the central nervous system (CNS). We found that NRG1 processing is developmentally regulated in the PNS and, by comparing wildtype and Prnp⁰/⁰ mice, that PrP(C) influences NRG1 processing in old, but not in young, animals. In addition, we found that also the processing of neuregulin-3, another neuregulin family member, is altered in the PNS of Prnp⁰/⁰ mice. These differences in neuregulin proteins processing are not paralleled in the CNS, thus suggesting a different cellular function for PrP(C) between the CNS and the PNS.

  5. 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.

  6. Diversity of PR3-ANCA epitope specificity in Wegener's granulomatosis. Analysis using the biosensor technology.

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    Rarok, Agnieszka A; van der Geld, Ymke M; Stegeman, Coen A; Limburg, Pieter C; Kallenberg, Cees G M

    2003-11-01

    Wegener's granulomatosis is a systemic disease characterized by the presence of antineutrophil cytoplasm autoantibodies specific for proteinase 3 (PR3-ANCA). The functional characteristics of PR3-ANCA differ between quiescent and active disease, suggesting changes in the properties of the autoantibodies in time. Using biosensor technology, we found that PR3-ANCA of different patients (n = 8) recognize a limited number of overlapping regions on PR3 at the time of diagnosis of Wegener's granulomatosis. This area might cover an immunodominant epitope, common for PR3-ANCA from all patients, irrespective of the size of the total area recognized by an individual autoantibody. Experiments with sera (n = 4) collected at the moment of diagnosis and at the time of relapse showed that the individual epitope specificities of PR3-ANCA change during the course of the disease. These changes in epitope specificity of PR3-ANCA may be responsible for the differences in functional properties of these autoantibodies between various stages of the disease.

  7. Identification of the Pr1 Gene Product Completes the Anthocyanin Biosynthesis Pathway of Maize

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    Sharma, Mandeep; Cortes-Cruz, Moises; Ahern, Kevin R.; McMullen, Michael; Brutnell, Thomas P.; Chopra, Surinder

    2011-01-01

    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 segregation analysis that the red kernel phenotype is linked to this gene. Genetic mapping using SNP markers confirms its position on chromosome 5L. Furthermore, genetic complementation experiments using a CaMV 35S::ZmF3′H1 promoter–gene construct established that the encoded protein product was sufficient to perform a 3′-hydroxylation reaction. The Zmf3′h1-specific transcripts were detected in floral and vegetative tissues of Pr1 plants and were absent in pr1. Four pr1 alleles were characterized: two carry a 24 TA dinucleotide repeat insertion in the 5′-upstream promoter region, a third has a 17-bp deletion near the TATA box, and a fourth contains a Ds insertion in exon1. Genetic and transcription assays demonstrated that the pr1 gene is under the regulatory control of anthocyanin transcription factors red1 and colorless1. The cloning and characterization of pr1 completes the molecular identification of all genes encoding structural enzymes of the anthocyanin pathway of maize. PMID:21385724

  8. UV-B-Induced PR-1 Accumulation Is Mediated by Active Oxygen Species.

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    Green, R.; Fluhr, R.

    1995-02-01

    Depletion of the stratospheric ozone layer may result in an increase in the levels of potentially harmful UV-B radiation reaching the surface of the earth. We have found that UV-B is a potent inducer of the plant pathogenesis-related protein PR-1 in tobacco leaves. UV-B fluences required for PR-1 accumulation are similar to those of other UV-B-induced responses. The UV-B-induced PR-1 accumulation was confined precisely to the irradiated area of the leaf but displayed no leaf tissue specificity. A study of some of the possible components of the signal transduction pathway between UV-B and PR-1 induction showed that photosynthetic processes are not essential, and photoreversible DNA damage is not involved. Antioxidants and cycloheximide were able to block the induction of PR-1 by UV-B, and treatment of leaves with a generator of reactive oxygen resulted in the accumulation of PR-1 protein. These results demonstrate an absolute requirement for active oxygen species and protein synthesis in this UV-B signal transduction pathway. In contrast, we also show that other elicitors, notably salicylic acid, are able to elicit PR-1 via nonreactive oxygen species-requiring pathways.

  9. S1PR1 expression correlates with inflammatory responses to Newcastle disease virus infection.

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    Li, Yaling; Xie, Peng; Sun, Minhua; Xiang, Bin; Kang, Yinfeng; Gao, Pei; Zhu, Wenxian; Ning, Zhangyong; Ren, Tao

    2016-01-01

    Newcastle disease virus (NDV) is the causative agent of Newcastle disease, which is characterized by inflammatory pathological changes in the organs of chickens. The inflammatory response to this disease has not been well characterized. Previous reports showed that the sphingosine-1-phosphate-1 receptor (S1PR1), a G protein-coupled receptor, is important to the activation of inflammatory responses. To understand better the viral pathogenesis and host inflammatory response, we analyzed S1PR1 expression during NDV infection. We observed a direct correlation between chicken embryo fibroblast (CEF) cellular inflammatory responses and S1PR1 expression. Virulent NDV-infected CEF cells also had elevated levels of pro-inflammatory cytokines (IL-1β, IL-6 and IL-18). When S1PR1 was inhibited by using the specific antagonist W146, pro-inflammatory cytokine production declined. Overexpression of S1PR1 resulted in increased virus-induced IL-1β production. S1PR1 expression levels did not impact significantly NDV replication. These findings highlight the important role of S1PR1 in inflammatory responses in NDV infection.

  10. 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.

  11. Transgenetic studies implicate interactions between homologous PrP isoforms in scrapie prion replication.

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    Prusiner, S B; Scott, M; Foster, D; Pan, K M; Groth, D; Mirenda, C; Torchia, M; Yang, S L; Serban, D; Carlson, G A

    1990-11-16

    Transgenic (Tg) mice expressing both Syrian hamster (Ha) and mouse (Mo) prion protein (PrP) genes were used to probe the mechanism of scrapie prion replication. Four Tg lines expressing HaPrP exhibited distinct incubation times ranging from 48 to 277 days, which correlated inversely with HaPrP mRNA and HaPrPC. Bioassays of Tg brain extracts showed that the prion inoculum dictates which prions are synthesized de novo. Tg mice inoculated with Ha prions had approximately 10(9) ID50 units of Ha prions per gram of brain and less than 10 units of Mo prions. Conversely, Tg mice inoculated with Mo prions synthesized Mo prions but not Ha prions. Similarly, Tg mice inoculated with Ha prions exhibited neuropathologic changes characteristic of hamsters with scrapie, while Mo prions produced changes similar to those in non-Tg mice. Our results argue that species specificity of scrapie prions resides in the PrP sequence and prion synthesis is initiated by a species-specific interaction between PrPSc in the inoculum and homologous PrPC.

  12. Manipulation of PrPres production in scrapie-infected neuroblastoma cells.

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    Bate, Clive; Langeveld, Jan; Williams, Alun

    2004-09-30

    In the present study the accumulation of protease resistant prion protein (PrPres) in scrapie-infected neuroblastoma cells (ScN2a cells) was shown to be dependent on culture conditions. The highest levels of PrPres were found in slow growing cells. Further increases in PrPres accumulation were observed in ScN2a cells treated with retinoic acid, a compound that is associated with neuronal differentiation. The effects of retinoic acid were dose-dependent with a maximal effect at 200 ng/ml. A similar increase in PrPres was observed in another prion-infected cell line, scrapie-mouse brain (SMB) cells, treated with retinoic acid while retinoic acid increased the amount of PrPC in non-infected cells. Other drugs reported to cause neuronal differentiation, such as phorbol esters, did not increase the PrPres content of ScN2a cells. The survival of retinoic acid-treated ScN2a cells co-cultured with microglia was significantly reduced when compared to untreated ScN2a cells and an inverse correlation was demonstrated between the PrPres content of cells and their survival when co-cultured with microglia. The production of interleukin-6 by microglia cultured with retinoic acid-treated ScN2a cells was significantly higher than that of microglia cultured with untreated ScN2a cells.

  13. 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

  14. 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.

  15. Generation and characterization of a monoclonal antibody against prM protein of West Nile virus.

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    Guo, Li-Ping; Huo, Hong; Wang, Xiao-Lei; Bu, Zhi-Gao; Hua, Rong-Hong

    2014-12-01

    West Nile virus (WNV), which is an emerging pathogenic flavivirus with increasing distribution worldwide, is the cause of major human and animal health concerns. The pre-membrane (prM) protein of WNV is cleaved during maturation by the furin protease into the structural protein M and a pr-segment. In this study we generated and characterized a monoclonal antibody (MAb) against the WNV prM protein. Western blot analysis showed that the MAb reacted with WNV prM specifically. Immunohistochemistry assays demonstrated that the MAb recognized native prM protein in transfected BHK-21 cells. Preliminary studies were performed to identify the epitope recognized by the MAb using a set of synthesized overlapping peptides spanning the whole length of the prM protein. The MAb reported here may provide a valuable tool for the further exploration of the biological properties and functions of the prM protein and may also be developed for potential clinical applications.

  16. A monoclonal antibody against PrM/M protein of Japanese encephalitis virus.

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    Hua, Rong-Hong; Bu, Zhi-Gao

    2011-10-01

    Japanese encephalitis virus (JEV) is a major public health threat in the Asia-Pacific region. The pre-membrane (PrM) protein of Japanese encephalitis virus is cleaved during maturation by the cellular protease into the structural protein M and a pr-segment. Here, we describe a procedure to generate monoclonal antibody (MAb) against JEV PrM/M protein and investigate its characteristics. Western blot analysis showed that the MAbs produced in this study were against JEV PrM/M specifically. Indirect immunofluorescence assay demonstrated that they could recognize native PrM/M protein in JEV-infected BHK-21 cells. Preliminary studies identified the epitope of the MAb with a set of synthesized overlapping peptides covering the whole length of PrM protein of JEV. The MAbs reported here may provide valuable tools for the further exploration of biological properties and functions of PrM/M protein and may also be developed for potential clinical applications.

  17. The prM-independent packaging of pseudotyped Japanese encephalitis virus.

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    Lee, Hee Jung; Min, Kyung-Il; Lee, Jungeun; Kang, Sin-Hyung; Jeon, Wonkyung; Nam, Jae Hwan; Ju, Young Ran; Kim, Young Bong

    2009-07-30

    As noted in other flaviviruses, the envelope (E) protein of Japanese encephalitis virus (JEV) interacts with a cellular receptor and mediates membrane fusion to allow viral entry into target cells, thus eliciting neutralizing antibody response. The formation of the flavivirus prM/E complex is followed by the cleavage of precursor membrane (prM) and membrane (M) protein by a cellular signalase. To test the effect of prM in JEV biology, we constructed JEV-MuLV pseudotyped viruses that express the prM/E protein or E only. The infectivity and titers of JEV pseudotyped viruses were examined in several cell lines. We also analyzed the neutralizing capacities with anti-JEV sera from JEV-immunized mice. Even though prM is crucial for multiple stages of JEV biology, the JEV-pseudotyped viruses produced with prM/E or with E only showed similar infectivity and titers in several cell lines and similar neutralizing sensitivity. These results showed that JEV-MuLV pseudotyped viruses did not require prM for production of infectious pseudotyped viruses.

  18. PrPCWD in rectal lymphoid tissue of deer (Odocoileus spp.).

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    Wolfe, Lisa L; Spraker, Terry R; González, Lorenzo; Dagleish, Mark P; Sirochman, Tracey M; Brown, Jeremy C; Jeffrey, Martin; Miller, Michael W

    2007-07-01

    The utility of rectal lymphoid tissue sampling for the diagnosis of chronic wasting disease (CWD) infections in mule deer (Odocoileus hemionus) and white-tailed deer (Odocoileus virginianus) was evaluated. CWD-associated prion protein (PrP(CWD)) deposits were observed in the rectal mucosa from 19 orally inoculated mule deer by 381 days post-inoculation (p.i.); similarly, 45 out of 50 naturally infected mule deer had PrP(CWD) in their rectal mucosa. In orally inoculated white-tailed deer, the presence of glycine (G) or serine (S) at codon 96 of the native PrP (denoted 96GG, 96GS or 96SS) appeared to influence the temporal patterns of PrP(CWD) deposition: nine out of 11 infected 96GG individuals had PrP(CWD) in their rectal mucosa by 342 days p.i., whereas only three out of seven infected 96GS individuals had PrP(CWD) in their rectal mucosa by 381 days p.i. and none of three 96SS individuals had PrP(CWD) in their rectal mucosa by 751 days p.i. These findings support further evaluation of rectal mucosa sampling in CWD surveillance.

  19. Copper binding to the neurotoxic peptide PrP106-126: thermodynamic and structural studies.

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    Belosi, Barbara; Gaggelli, Elena; Guerrini, Remo; Kozłowski, Henryk; Łuczkowski, Marek; Mancini, Francesca M; Remelli, Maurizio; Valensin, Daniela; Valensin, Gianni

    2004-03-05

    The human prion protein fragment PrP(106-126) is a highly fibrillogenic peptide, resistant to proteinases and toxic to neurons; it derives from the normal prion protein (PrP(C)), with which it can interact, thus inhibiting its superoxide dismutase-like activity. The same properties are also shown by the abnormal isoform of the prion protein (PrP(Sc)), and this similarity makes PrP(106-126) an interesting model for the neurotoxic action of PrP(Sc). A role for copper in PrP(106-126) aggregation and toxicity has recently been evidenced, and the interaction of terminal Lys, His and Met residues with the copper ion at neutral pH has been suggested. In order to shed more light on the complex-formation equilibria of PrP(106-126) with the copper ion, a thorough investigation has been carried out by means of several experimental techniques: potentiometry, solution calorimetry, VIS spectrophotometry, circular dichroism, EPR and NMR spectroscopy. A shorter and more soluble fragment-PrP(106-113), which lacks the hydrophobic C-terminal domain of PrP(106-126) but contains all the potential donor groups-has also been considered for the sake of comparison. The involvement of terminal amino, imidazolic and amido nitrogens in complex formation has been confirmed, while no evidence was found for the interaction of side chains of Met and Lys residues with the copper ion. Solution structures for the main complexes are suggested.

  20. 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.

  1. Pr Substitution at Y and Ba sites in YBCO (123) System

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    Sharma, P. K.; Kumar, Sudhish; Dolia, S. N.; Singhal, R. K.

    2011-07-01

    We present structural, transport, and iodometric study of YBa2Cu3O7-δ system with Pr3+ substituting both the Y3+ and the Ba2+sites. The rate of the Tc depression in the case when with Pr3+ substitutes the Ba2+ is much higher than the case when Pr3+ is substituted at the Y3+ site. This is explained due to a composite effect of the depletion of itinerant holes due to the progressive depletion of the oxygen content, and the loss of orthorhombicity. Further studies on electronic structure and itinerant holes and their relation with superconductivity are underway.

  2. Investigation of High-Energetic Transitions in Some Pr3+-Doped Fluoride and Oxide Crystals

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    2001-01-01

    3 ÷ (YAP) and LiYF4:Pr 3÷ ( YLF ) crystals investigated in this work were grown by the Czochralski method and contained 0.75at% and 3at% Pr...DISCUSSION The optical properties of Pr3÷ ions in the investigated YAP, YLF and KPLF crystals were previously investigated in spectral ranges of typical...the lower-lying multiplets is observed in the blue, green and red spectral ranges. The lifetimes of the luminescent 3p0 multiplet for YAP, YLF and KPLF

  3. 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.

  4. 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.

  5. prM-antibody renders immature West Nile virus infectious in vivo.

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    Colpitts, Tonya M; Rodenhuis-Zybert, Izabela; Moesker, Bastiaan; Wang, Penghua; Fikrig, Erol; Smit, Jolanda M

    2011-10-01

    West Nile virus (WNV) is a member of the family Flaviviridae and is a neurotropic pathogen responsible for severe human disease. Flavivirus-infected cells release virus particles that contain variable numbers of precursor membrane (prM) protein molecules at the viral surface. Consequently, antibodies are produced against the prM protein. These antibodies have been shown to activate the infectious potential of fully immature flavivirus particles in vitro. Here, we provide in vivo proof that prM antibodies render immature WNV infectious. Infection with antibody-opsonized immature WNV particles caused disease and death of mice, and infectious WNV was found in the brains and sera.

  6. Magnetic properties of Pr1-xGdxMn2Ge2

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    Elerman, Y.; Dincer, I.; Elmali, A.; Ehrenberg, H.; Fuess, H.; Duman, E.; Acet, M.

    2004-01-01

    The structural and magnetic properties of Pr1-xGdxMn2Ge2 were studied by x-ray diffraction and magnetization measurements. The substitution of Gd for Pr leads to a linear decrease in the lattice constants and the magnetic interactions in the Mn sublattice cross over from a ferromagnetic character to an antiferromagnetic one. At low temperatures, the rare-earth sublattice also orders and reconfigures the ordering in the Mn sublattice. The spins in the Mn sublattice are arranged parallel to the Pr sublattice and antiparallel to the Gd sublattice. The results are collected in a phase diagram.

  7. 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.

  8. Anomalous thermoelectric power behaviour in PrSn 3 and NdSn 3

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    Kletowski, Z.

    2006-03-01

    Results of the thermoelectric power (TEP) measurements done on monocrystalline samples of RESn 3 compounds (RE=La, Pr, Nd, and Gd) are presented for the temperature range of 5.5-300 K. It was found that the TEP is positive and weakly temperature dependent at temperatures T>100 K. For T<100 K pronounced anomalies have been observed for the PrSn 3 and the NdSn 3 compounds in the vicinity of 10 K.We argue that the Kondo and crystal field effects cause these anomalies. A shape of the TEP anomaly found for PrSn 3 resembles very much that observed in the electrical resistivity.

  9. 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.

  10. 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.

  11. 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...

  12. 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...

  13. 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

  14. Insulator-metal transition by the substitution of Ho, Y or Ca for Pr in PrBa 2Cu 3O 7- δ

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    Tomkowicz, Z.; Lunkenheimer, P.; Knebel, G.; Bałanda, M.; Pacyna, A. W.; Zaleski, A. J.

    Comparative studies of electrical transport in the non-superconducting part of the R 1- xPr xBa 2Cu 3O 7- δ system (R=Ho, Y; x>0.60) and in the Pr 1- xCa xBa 2Cu 3O 7- δ system ( x≤0.5) have been carried out for ceramic samples. Electrical conduction of all samples at low temperatures can be described by the formula σ= σ0+ axTn, where n≅1 for the Ho- and Y-systems and 1≤ n≤1.88 for the Ca-system. For Ho 1- xPr xBa 2Cu 3O 7- δσ0≠0 and σ0→0 as x→1, but for Pr 1- xCa xBa 2Cu 3O 7- δσ0=0. Selected samples of the Ho 1- xPr xBa 2Cu 3O 7- δ system were substituted with gold, which blocks the conduction of chains. For gold substituted Ho 1- xPr xBa 2Cu 2.92Au 0.08O 7- δ samples σ0=0. We conclude that the suppression of superconductivity in the Ho 1- xPr xBa 2Cu 3O 7- δ system is connected with a metal-insulator (M-I) transition in planes (at x≈0.6), but chains are still conducting and become insulating only in the limit x=1. The electrical conduction of chains is dominated by tunneling, being possible due to the pronounced texture of samples. To get further insight into the mechanism of suppression, we studied also Sr- and Ca-substituted, oxygenated and deoxygenated samples. No superconductivity was obtained although it is known that Pr loses its anomalous properties in deoxygenated samples and Ca induces superconductivity in the deoxygenated Y 1- xCa xBa 2Cu 3O 7- δ system.

  15. Autogenic synthesis of green- and red-emitting single-phase Pr(2)O(2)CO(3) and PrO(1.833) luminescent nanopowders.

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    Calderon Moreno, Jose M; Pol, Vilas G; Suh, Soong-Hyuck; Popa, Monica

    2010-11-01

    This Article reveals a rare synthesis of pure Pr(2)O(2)CO(3) (POC) nanopowder by thermolysis (700 °C) of a single chemical precursor in an autogenic reaction. The autogenic thermolysis of praseodymium acetate is a solvent-free, efficient, and straightforward approach yielding luminescent POC nanoparticles. The as-prepared POC nanopowder converted to PrO(1.833) (PO) powder via combustion. Methodical morphological, structural, and compositional characterizations of POC and PO powders are carried out, supported by mechanistic elucidation and the photoluminescent properties.

  16. S1P in HDL promotes interaction between SR-BI and S1PR1 and activates S1PR1-mediated biological functions: calcium flux and S1PR1 internalization.

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    Lee, Mi-Hye; Appleton, Kathryn M; El-Shewy, Hesham M; Sorci-Thomas, Mary G; Thomas, Michael J; Lopes-Virella, Maria F; Luttrell, Louis M; Hammad, Samar M; Klein, Richard L

    2017-02-01

    HDL normally transports about 50-70% of plasma sphingosine 1-phosphate (S1P), and the S1P in HDL reportedly mediates several HDL-associated biological effects and signaling pathways. The HDL receptor, SR-BI, as well as the cell surface receptors for S1P (S1PRs) may be involved partially and/or completely in these HDL-induced processes. Here we investigate the nature of the HDL-stimulated interaction between the HDL receptor, SR-BI, and S1PR1 using a protein-fragment complementation assay and confocal microscopy. In both primary rat aortic vascular smooth muscle cells and HEK293 cells, the S1P content in HDL particles increased intracellular calcium concentration, which was mediated by S1PR1. Mechanistic studies performed in HEK293 cells showed that incubation of cells with HDL led to an increase in the physical interaction between the SR-BI and S1PR1 receptors that mainly occurred on the plasma membrane. Model recombinant HDL (rHDL) particles formed in vitro with S1P incorporated into the particle initiated the internalization of S1PR1, whereas rHDL without supplemented S1P did not, suggesting that S1P transported in HDL can selectively activate S1PR1. In conclusion, these data suggest that S1P in HDL stimulates the transient interaction between SR-BI and S1PRs that can activate S1PRs and induce an elevation in intracellular calcium concentration.

  17. Présentation générale

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    Volino, F.

    Le travail faisant l'objet de cette série d'articles de titre général "Théorie visco-élastique non-extensive", numérotée de (I) à (VI), a été initialement motivé par l'analyse de mesures de Résonance Magnétique Nucléaire (RMN) sur des polymères nématogènes dans les phases nématique et isotrope [1,2,3,4,5,6,7,8]. Sans entrer dans le détail de ces mesures, rappelons que les mouvements des molécules rétrécissent les raies RMN, mais que, avec des molécules aussi grosses que ces polymères, on est en dehors du régime de rétrécissement extrême, donc dans un régime ou la forme de raie dépend du détail des mouvements [9]. La théorie des modes élastiques des nématiques fournissait le cadre conceptuel naturel pour décrire de tels mouvements. L'application de cette théorie, qui, dans une version simplifiée, mais suffisante en pratique, ne fait intervenir que deux paramètres ajustables, le paramètre d'ordre nématique et une viscosité moyenne, a effectivement permis de reproduire dans le détail des formes de raie RMN de polymères en phase nématique, avec des valeurs des deux paramètres en accord avec celles qui avaient pu être estimées par des mesures directes. La théorie des modes élastiques était donc testée avec succès par l'analyse de formes de raies RMN. L'analyse en phase nématique apparaissait bien auto-cohérente [5]. Une incohérence logique est cependant apparue dans les études qui ont suivi. Les ajustements précédents avaient été faits pour des spectres obtenus au milieu de la phase nématique, ou l'ordre orientationnel est relativement élevé. Cependant, l'ordre diminue en chauffant, et on a trouvé qu'il est toujours possible de simuler les formes de raies avec le même modèle, en changeant les valeurs du paramètre d'ordre et de la viscosité. - la transition nématique-isotrope, l'expérience montre que l'allure générale des spectres RMN du polymère change peu, et le calcul montre qu'ils peuvent être

  18. Synthesis, NMR characterisation and X-ray structures of mixed chalcogenido PNP ligands containing tellurium: crystal structures of SeiPr2PNP(H)iPr2 and [NaN(EPiPr2)2]infinity (E = Se, Te).

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    Robertson, Stuart D; Chivers, Tristram

    2008-04-07

    Reaction of HN(PiPr2)2 with one equivalent of selenium in hexane at room temperature yields the monoselenide as the P-H tautomer Se=PiPr2-N=P(H)iPr2 (2b). Deprotonation of 2b with n butyllithium in the presence of TMEDA at -78 degrees C followed by addition of tellurium produces the air-sensitive, mixed chalcogenido complex [(TMEDA)Li(SePiPr2)(TePiPr2)N] (8Li) in >97% purity after recrystallisation. Similarly, deprotonation of Te=PiPr2-N=P(H)iPr2 (2c), followed by addition of sulfur, gives the sulfur analogue [(TMEDA)Li(SPiPr2)(TePiPr2)N] (7Li) in >99% purity. The symmetrical complexes [(TMEDA)Li(SePiPr2)2N] (4Li) and [(TMEDA)Li(TePiPr2)2N] (5Li) are produced by similar methods. Compounds 2b, 4Li, 5Li, 7Li and 8Li were characterised in solution by multinuclear (1H, 31P, 77Se and 125Te) NMR spectroscopy and their solid-state structures were determined by X-ray crystallography. The X-ray crystal structures of the polymeric chains [NaN(EPiPr2)2]infinity (4Na, E = Se and 5Na, E = Te) are also reported.

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    ... (Biotechnology and Healthcare Products), Juncos, PR An application has been submitted to the Foreign-Trade Zones... inputs and finished biotechnology and healthcare products that Amgen may produce under FTZ procedures...

  20. Colossal dielectric constant and relaxation behaviors in Pr:SrTiO{sub 3} ceramics

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    Liu Cheng; Liu Peng; Zhou Jianping; Su Lina; Cao Lei; He Ying; Zhang Huaiwu

    2010-05-15

    Sr{sub 1-x}Pr{sub x}TiO{sub 3} ceramics (0.00{<=}x{<=}0.03) were prepared by a traditional solid-state reaction method. Two relaxation processes (marked as A and B) of the Sr{sub 0.09}Pr{sub 0.01}TiO{sub 3} ceramics were investigated by analyzing the E{sub a} values obtained from the Arrhenius law. Colossal dielectric constant (CDC) was first obtained in Sr{sub 0.09}Pr{sub 0.01}TiO{sub 3} ceramics, whose permittivity was up to 3000 (1 kHz, room temperature), greater than that of pure SrTiO{sub 3} ceramics and samples with more Pr addition (x=0.02 and 0.03). This CDC behavior was related to the internal barrier layer capacitance mechanism.

  1. The crystal structure and magnetic properties of Pr117Co56.7Ge112

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    Liu, J.; Smetana, V.; Gschneidner, K. A.; Miller, G. J.; Pecharsky, V. K.

    2013-05-01

    The ternary intermetallic compound Pr117Co56.7Ge112 adopts the cubic Tb117Fe52Ge112-type related structure with the lattice parameter a = 29.330(3) Å. The compound exhibits one prominent magnetic transition at ˜10 K and two additional weak magnetic anomalies are observed at ˜26 K and ˜46 K in a 1 kOe applied field. At a higher field of 10 kOe, only one broad ferromagnetic-like transition remains at 12 K. The inverse magnetic susceptibility of Pr117Co56.7Ge112 obeys the Curie-Weiss law with a positive value of the paramagnetic Curie temperature (θP = 24 K), indicating that ferromagnetic interactions are dominant. The effective magnetic moment is 3.49 μB/Pr, which is close to the theoretical effective paramagnetic moment of 3.58 μB for the Pr3+ ion.

  2. PRN 97-8: Time Extension of PR Notice 96-7 - Termiticide Labeling

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    EPA intends to grant a 90-day extension to permit the distribution or sale of products not bearing labeling consistent with PR Notice 96-7. View the reasons for this extension and what products are affected.

  3. Close Vicinity of PrP Expressing Cells (FDC) with Noradrenergic Fibers in Healthy Sheep Spleen

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    Lezmi, S.; Hunsmann, G.; Baron, T.

    2001-01-01

    In naturally and experimentally occurring scrapie in sheep, prions invade the immune system and replicate in lymphoid organs. Here we analysed immunohistochemically, in seven spleens of 6-month-old healthy sheep, the nature of the cells expressing prion protein (PrP) potentially supporting prion replication, as well as their relationship with autonomic innervation. PrP was identified using either RB1 rabbit antiserum or 4F2 monoclonal antibody directed against AA 108–123 portion of the bovine and AA 79–92 of human prion protein respectively. Using double labelling analysis, we demonstrated that PrPc is expressed by follicular dendritic cells using a specific monoclonal antibody (CNA42). We also showed the close vicinity of these PrP expressing cells with noradrenergic fibers, using a polyclonal tyrosine hydroxylase antibody. Our results may help the study of the cellular requirements for the possible neuroinvasion from the spleen. PMID:11785673

  4. Visible laser operation of Pr3+-doped fluoride crystals pumped by a 469 nm blue laser.

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    Xu, Bin; Camy, Patrice; Doualan, Jean-Louis; Cai, Zhiping; Moncorgé, Richard

    2011-01-17

    We report continuous-wave (CW) laser operation of Pr3+-doped LiLuY4, LiYF4 and KY3F10 single crystals in the Red, Orange and Green spectral regions by using a new pumping scheme. The pump source is an especially developed compact, slightly tunable and intracavity frequency-doubled diode-pumped Nd:YAG laser delivering a CW output power of 0.9W at 469.12 nm. At this pump wavelength, efficient room temperature laser emissions corresponding to the 3P0→3F2, 3P0→3H6 and 3P1→3H5 Pr3+ transitions are observed. While a maximum slope efficiency of 45% is obtained in the red with Pr:LiYF4, the demonstration is made for the first time of the orange laser operation of Pr:KY3F10 at about 610 nm.

  5. Novel nanostructures in microalloyed Pr-Fe-B nanocomposite permanent magnets

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    Shield, J. E.; Liu, Y.; Marr, R.

    2004-12-01

    Microalloying of Pr-Fe-B nanocomposite permanent magnets with refractory metals have resulted in the development of very fine two-phase nanostructures. Energy-filtered transmission electron microscopy has been used to characterize the phase and chemistry distributions in the nanostructures. With Hf and Ti additions, α -Fe and Pr2Fe14B form as discrete phases, forming a granular nanocomposite. However, with Nb additions grains with a discrete chemical segregation pattern were formed. The grain interiors were found to be poor in Fe and rich in Pr, while the grain shells were found to be poor in Pr and rich in Fe, Co and B. An increased coercivity was attributed to this unique structure.

  6. Pr,Ce:YAlO3 crystal properties under UV-radiation exposure

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    Fibrich, Martin; Jelínková, Helena; Sulc, Jan; Nejezchleb, Karel; Skoda, Václav

    2012-06-01

    As came out in one of our past experiments concerning the Pr:YAlO3 (Pr:YAP) active material, UV-radiation had an adverse effect for lasing action due to the crystal solarization. So, co-doping of this material by Ce3+-ions having broad absorption-bands in the UV-region has been proposed for crystal property improvement in terms of color-center formation. The Pr,Ce:YAP absorption-spectrum investigation under UV-radiation exposure, in comparison to the Pr:YAP one, is reported in this contribution. Moreover, lasing properties of these two materials under the GaN-diode pumping are summarized.

  7. Science, technology, power and sex: PrEP and HIV-positive gay men in Paris.

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    Brisson, Julien; Nguyen, Vinh-Kim

    2017-02-21

    The pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP) drug Truvada is a new HIV prevention technology that is predominantly promoted as relevant to HIV-negative gay men. This paper explores what PrEP represents for HIV-positive gay men living in Paris, based upon data collected through interviews and ethnographic research. While HIV-positive gay men do not directly consume Truvada through PrEP, they nonetheless hold opinions and understandings of this drug, specifically as it relates to their own sexuality. This paper expands the representations and meanings of this new technology in a different light through the voices of gay men living with HIV in Paris. The main argument of this article is that PrEP as an additional HIV prevention tool blurs the lines between science, technologies and human sexuality.

  8. Optical temperature sensing based on the luminescence from YAG:Pr transparent ceramics

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    Hu, Song; Lu, Chunhua; Liu, Xiaoxia; Xu, Zhongzi

    2016-10-01

    The YAG:Pr transparent ceramic was fabricated using a conventional solid-state reactive method to explore its possible application in optical thermometry. Photoluminescence and temperature-dependent luminescence were elaborately investigated under 452 nm excitation. The ceramic showed two intrinsic emission bands at 488 and 594 nm, which were attributed to characteristic Pr3+: 3P0 → 3H4 and 3P1 → 3H6 transitions, respectively. Down-conversion emissions from the two thermally coupled excited states of Pr3+ were recorded in the temperature range of 293-593 K. The Boltzmann distribution theory was adopted to interpret the temperature-dependent luminescence of Pr3+. The temperature sensitivity exhibited an increasing trend with the increase of temperature, typically, 0.0025 K-1 at 593 K. The results indicated that the present ceramic was a promising candidate for optical temperature sensor.

  9. Frontobasal gray matter loss is associated with the TREM2 p.R47H variant

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    Luis, E.O.; Ortega-Cubero, S.; Lamet, I.; Razquin, C.; Cruchaga, C.; Benitez, B.A.; Lorenzo, E.; Irigoyen, J.; Pastor, M.A.; Pastor, P.

    2014-01-01

    A rare heterozygous TREM2 variant p.R47H (rs75932628) has been associated with an increased risk for Alzheimer 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 two sample sets (Spanish and ADNI1). This was a cross-sectional study including a total number of 16 TREM2 p.R47H carriers diagnosed with AD or mild cognitive impairment (MCI), 75 AD p.R47H noncarriers and 75 cognitively intact TREM2 p.R47H noncarriers. Spanish AD TREM2 p.R47H carriers showed apraxia (9 out of 9) and psychiatric symptoms such as personality changes, anxiety, paranoia or fears more frequently than in AD noncarriers (corrected p< 0.05). For gray matter and white matter volumetric brain magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) voxel-wise 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 (VBM) analyses were performed separately in the two sample sets. The absence of inter-set statistical differences allowed us to perform joint and conjunction analyses. Independent VBM 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/mild cognitive impairment (MCI) 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 described previously. The high frequency of pathological behavioural symptoms, combined with a preferential fronto-basal gray matter cortical loss, suggests that frontobasal and temporal regions could be more susceptible to the deleterious biological

  10. Hyperfine specific heats of PrX 2 ( X = Ir, Pt, Rh, Ru) laves phase compounds

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    Greidanus, F. J. A. M.; de Jongh, L. J.; Huiskamp, W. J.; Buschow, K. H. J.

    1980-01-01

    Specific heat data below 1 K for the C-15 compounds PrX 2 (X = Ir, Pt, Rh, Ru) reveal Schottky-type anomalies, ascribed to hyperfine interactions. Apparently the 4f-moments are magnetically ordered. The values deduced for these moments are only ≈ 70% of that for J = 4, indicating that the Pr 3+ moment is partially quenched by the crystal field.

  11. Elevated PrPC expression predisposes to increased HSV-1 pathogenicity.

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    Thackray, Alana M; Bujdoso, Raymond

    2006-01-01

    PrPC is a ubiquitously expressed glycophos-phatidylinositol-linked cell-surface glycoprotein found primarily in neural tissue. Although its normal function has not been established, there is evidence suggesting that PrPC is involved in cell signalling and cellular homeostasis. This suggests that variation in neuronal expression levels of this protein contributes towards pathogenicity induced by neurotropic agents. We have investigated the pathological response to infection with herpes simplex virus type-1 (HSV-1) in strains of mice that express different levels of PrPC. Prnp-/- mice fail to express PrPC due to an interruption in the open reading frame of the Prnp gene, whilst tg19 and tga20 mice express approximately 5 and 10 times more PrPC protein, respectively, than wild-type animals. Mice that express normal or increased levels of PrPC protein were more susceptible to acute HSV-1 infection than Prnp-/- mice. Following ear pinna inoculation with HSV-1 SC16, the order of susceptibility was tga20>tg19>wild-type>Prnp-/-. This trend was reversed when latent virus was assessed. Prnp-/- mice expressed significantly higher levels of latency-associated transcript-positive neurons in various tissues when compared with wild-type, tg19 and tga20 mice. Collectively, our data show that acute HSV-1 replication proceeds more efficiently in neuronal tissue that expresses PrPC protein and lends support to the view that this protein is involved in regulation of neurotropic viral pathogenesis. This suggests that interference of PrPC expression, or possible biochemical pathways associated with its function, may serve as an effective means of limiting the pathogenesis of acute HSV-1 infection.

  12. PrPSc-Specific Antibodies with the Ability to Immunodetect Prion Oligomers

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    Tayebi, Mourad; Jones, Daryl Rhys; Taylor, William Alexander; Stileman, Benjamin Frederick; Chapman, Charlotte; Zhao, Deming; David, Monique

    2011-01-01

    The development of antibodies with binding capacity towards soluble oligomeric forms of PrPSc recognised in the aggregation process in early stage of the disease would be of paramount importance in diagnosing prion diseases before extensive neuropathology has ensued. As blood transfusion appears to be efficient in the transmission of the infectious prion agent, there is an urgent need to develop reagents that would specifically recognize oligomeric forms of the abnormally folded prion protein, PrPSc. To that end, we show that anti-PrP monoclonal antibodies (called PRIOC mAbs) derived from mice immunised with native PrP-coated microbeads are able to immunodetect oligomers/multimers of PrPSc. Oligomer-specific immunoreactivity displayed by these PRIOC mAbs was demonstrated as large aggregates of immunoreactive deposits in prion-permissive neuroblastoma cell lines but not in equivalent non-infected or prn-p0/0 cell lines. In contrast, an anti-monomer PrP antibody displayed diffuse immunoreactivity restricted to the cell membrane. Furthermore, our PRIOC mAbs did not display any binding with monomeric recombinant and cellular prion proteins but strongly detected PrPSc oligomers as shown by a newly developed sensitive and specific ELISA. Finally, PrioC antibodies were also able to bind soluble oligomers formed of Aβ and α-synuclein. These findings demonstrate the potential use of anti-prion antibodies that bind PrPSc oligomers, recognised in early stage of the disease, for the diagnosis of prion diseases in blood and other body fluids. PMID:21625515

  13. Truncated prion protein PrP226* - A structural view on its role in amyloid disease.

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    Kovač, Valerija; Zupančič, Blaž; Ilc, Gregor; Plavec, Janez; Čurin Šerbec, Vladka

    2017-02-26

    In the brain of patients with transmissible spongiform encephalopathies, besides PrP(Sc) aggregates, deposition of truncated PrP molecules was described. Jansen et al. reported two clinical cases with deposition of C-terminally truncated PrP, one of them ending with Tyr226. We have previously described the discovery of monoclonal antibody V5B2 that selectively recognizes this version of the prion protein, which we called PrP226*. Using monoclonal antibody V5B2 we showed that accumulation of PrP226* is characteristic for most types of human and animal TSEs. Its distribution correlates to the distribution of PrP(Sc) aggregates. To gain insight into the structural basis of its presence and distribution in PrP aggregates, we have determined the NMR structure of recombinant PrP226*. The structure of the protein consists of a disordered N-terminal part (residues 90-125) and a structured C-terminal part (residues 126-226). The C-terminal segment consists of four α-helices and a short antiparallel β-sheet. Our model predicts a break in the C-terminal helix and reorganized hydrophobic interactions between helix α3 and β2-α2 loop due to the shorter C-terminus. The structural model gives information on the possible role of the protein in the development of amyloid disease and can serve as a foundation to develop tools for prevention and treatment of prion diseases.

  14. 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 Section 110.74c Navigation and Navigable Waters COAST GUARD, DEPARTMENT OF HOMELAND SECURITY ANCHORAGES ANCHORAGE REGULATIONS Special Anchorage Areas § 110.74c Bahia de San Juan, PR. The waters of San Antonio Channel, Bahia de San Juan, eastward...

  15. 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

  16. Wheat PR-1 proteins are targeted by necrotrophic pathogen effector proteins.

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    Breen, Susan; Williams, Simon J; Winterberg, Britta; Kobe, Bostjan; Solomon, Peter S

    2016-10-01

    Recent studies have identified that proteinaceous effectors secreted by Parastagonospora nodorum are required to cause disease on wheat. These effectors interact in a gene-for-gene manner with host-dominant susceptibilty loci, resulting in disease. However, whilst the requirement of these effectors for infection is clear, their mechanisms of action remain poorly understood. A yeast-two-hybrid library approach was used to search for wheat proteins that interacted with the necrotrophic effector SnTox3. Using this strategy we indentified an interaction between SnTox3 and the wheat pathogenicity-related protein TaPR-1-1, and confirmed it by in-planta co-immunprecipitation. PR-1 proteins represent a large family (23 in wheat) of proteins that are upregulated early in the defence response; however, their function remains ellusive. Interestingly, the P. nodorum effector SnToxA has recently been shown to interact specifically with TaPR-1-5. Our analysis of the SnTox3-TaPR-1 interaction demonstrated that SnTox3 can interact with a broader range of TaPR-1 proteins. Based on these data we utilised homology modeling to predict, and validate, regions on TaPR-1 proteins that are likely to be involved in the SnTox3 interaction. Precipitating from this work, we identified that a PR-1-derived defence signalling peptide from the C-terminus of TaPR-1-1, known as CAPE1, enhanced the infection of wheat by P. nodorum in an SnTox3-dependent manner, but played no role in ToxA-mediated disease. Collectively, our data suggest that P. nodorum has evolved unique effectors that target a common host-protein involved in host defence, albeit with different mechanisms and potentially outcomes.

  17. 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

  18. [Immunochemical properties of West Nile virus protein prM and protein M C-end].

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    Bogachek, M V; Protopopova, E V; Ternovoĭ, V A; Kachko, A V; Ivanova, A V; Ivanisenko, V A; Shvalov, A N; Loktev, V B

    2007-01-01

    Complementary DNA fragments (nucleotides 466-966 and 878-1088) encoding prM protein and polypeptide M31-75-E1-30 of West Nile virus (WNV), strain LEIV-Vlg99-27889-human, were obtained and cloned. Recombinant polypeptides prM and M3175-E1-30 having amino acid sequences corresponding to the cloned cDNA fragments were purified by affinity chromatography. According to ELISA and Western blotting prM protein interacted with polyclonal antibodies against WNV. This is indicative the immunochemical similarity of WNV recombinant and native protein prM. 6 types of species-specific monoclonal antibodies (MAbs) raised against recombinant polypeptide prM recognized at least four epitopes within recombinant polypeptides prM and M31-75-E1-30. MAbs 7D11 were active in the virus - neutralization assay. Analysis of interaction of the MAbs with recombinant polypeptides prM, M31-75-EI-30, E1-180, E260-466 revealed cross-reactive epitopes within 260-466 amino acid residues (aa) of WNV protein E, 31-75 aa of polypeptide M31-75-E1-30 and protein prM. Proposed spatial model of proteins E and M C-end fragments shown similarity of their three-dimensional structures confirming results of immunochemical assay. Neutralization of viral infectivity by MAbs 7D11 raised against epitope within 31-75 aa t of protein M is evidence of important function of C-end region in the process of flaviviral penetration into host cell.

  19. Crystal structure and cyclic hydrogenation property of Pr4MgNi19.

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    Iwase, Kenji; Terashita, Naoyoshi; Mori, Kazuhiro; Yokota, Hitoshi; Suzuki, Tetsuya

    2013-12-16

    The hydrogen absorption-desorption property and the crystal structure of Pr4MgNi19 was investigated by pressure-composition isotherm measurement and X-ray diffraction (XRD). Pr4MgNi19 consisted of two phases: 52.9% Ce5Co19-type structure (3R) and 47.0% Gd2Co7-type structure (3R). Sm5Co19-type structure (2H) and Ce2Ni7-type structure (2H) were not observed in the XRD profile. The Mg atoms substituted at the Pr sites in a MgZn2-type cell. The maximum hydrogen capacity reached 1.14 H/M (1.6 mass%) at 2 MPa. The hysteresis factor, Hf = ln(Pabs/Pdes), was 1.50. The cyclic hydrogenation property of Pr4MgNi19 was investigated up to 1000 absorption-desorption cycles. After 250, 500, 750, and 1000 cycles, the retention rates of hydrogen were reduced to 94%, 92%, 91%, and 90%, respectively. These properties were superior to those of Pr2MgNi9 and Pr3MgNi14.

  20. Detergents modify proteinase K resistance of PrPSc in different transmissible spongiform encephalopathies (TSEs)

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    Breyer, Johanna; Wemheuer, Wiebke M.; Wrede, Arne; Graham, Catherine; Benestad, Sylvie L.; Brenig, Bertram; Richt, Jürgen A.; Schulz-Schaeffer, Walter J.

    2012-01-01

    Prion diseases are diagnosed by the detection of their proteinase K-resistant prion protein fragment (PrPSc). Various biochemical protocols use different detergents for the tissue preparation. We found that the resistance of PrPSc against proteinase K may vary strongly with the detergent used. In our study, we investigated the influence of the most commonly used detergents on eight different TSE agents derived from different species and distinct prion disease forms. For a high throughput we used a membrane adsorbtion assay to detect small amounts of prion aggregates, as well as Western blotting. Tissue lysates were prepared using DOC, SLS, SDS or Triton X-100 in different concentrations and these were digested with various amounts of proteinase K. Detergents are able to enhance or diminish the detectability of PrPSc after proteinase K digestion. Depending on the kind of detergent, its concentration - but also on the host species that developed the TSE and the disease form or prion type - the detectability of PrPSc can be very different. The results obtained here may be helpful during the development or improvement of a PrPSc detection method and they point towards a detergent effect that can be additionally used for decontamination purposes. A plausible explanation for the detergent effects described in this article could be an interaction with the lipids associated with PrPSc that may stabilize the aggregates. PMID:22226540

  1. Effect of cobalt on the oxidation resistance of Pr(Nd)-Dy-Fe-Co-B materials

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    Kablov, E. N.; Ospennikova, O. G.; Rezchikova, I. I.; Valeev, R. A.; Piskorskii, V. P.; Sul'yanova, E. A.

    2016-07-01

    The effect of cobalt on the oxidation resistance of (Nd0.85Dy0.15)16.4(Fe0.89Co0.11)74.4Ti1.3B7.9 and (Pr0.56Dy0.39Sm0.05)14.5(Fe0.75Co0.25)78.8B6.7 alloys has been studied. The storage of magnet blanks made from these alloy in air for 200 h does not affect the magnetic properties of the sintered magnets owing to the presence of the phases (Pr, Dy)(Fe, Co)2, (Pr, Dy)(Fe, Co)2B2, (Pr, Dy)(Fe, Co)4B, (Pr, Dy)(Fe, Co)3B2, and (Pr, Dy)(Fe, Co)3, which are resistant to oxidation and ensure liquid-phase sintering of magnets. After 200-h exposure to air, oxidation of the blanks takes place, the rate of which decreases by more than two times at the expense of an increase in the cobalt content in the alloy.

  2. Structure and microwave absorption properties of (Pr,Dy)Ni4Fe alloy

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    Xiong, Jilei; Pan, Shunkang; Qiao, Ziqiang

    2017-03-01

    The DyxPr1-xNi4Fe (x=0.0, 0.1, 0.2, 0.3, 0.4) alloys were synthesized by arc-smelting and high energy ball milling method. The structure, morphology, particle size and electromagnetic parameters of the powder were characterized by X-ray diffraction (XRD), scanning electron microscopy (SEM), laser diffraction-based particle size analyzer and vector network analyzer (VNA), respectively. The results reveal that the DyxPr1-xNi4Fe compounds are crystallized in PrNi4Fe structure. The minimum absorption peak frequency of DyxPr1-xNi4Fe shifts towards higher frequency region upon the Fe content. The minimum reflection loss of the DyxPr1-xNi4Fe alloys increases first and then decreases with increasing Dy substitution. The Dy0.3Pr0.7Ni4Fe alloy possess the best absorbing properties: the minimum reflection loss is -31.65 dB at 15.28 GHz with the best matching thickness d =1.0 mm and the reflection loss with the thickness ranging of 1.0-4.0 mm could reach -10 dB.

  3. Brief Report: PrEP Uptake, Adherence, and Discontinuation Among California YMSM Using Geosocial Networking Applications.

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    Holloway, Ian W; Dougherty, Ryan; Gildner, Jennifer; Beougher, Sean C; Pulsipher, Craig; Montoya, Jorge A; Plant, Aaron; Leibowitz, Arleen

    2017-01-01

    We investigated pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP) uptake, adherence, and discontinuation among young app-using men who have sex with men in California (N = 761). Approximately, 9.7% of participants had ever used PrEP; 87% of those deemed good candidates for screening (indicated by a Centers for Disease Control and Prevention risk index score ≥10) were not current or past users. PrEP use was associated with higher income [adjusted odds ratio (aOR): 4.13; confidence interval (CI): 1.87 to 9.12], receptive condomless anal sex (aOR: 3.41; CI: 1.71 to 6.78), HIV-positive sex partners (aOR: 2.87; CI: 1.53 to 5.38), popper use (aOR: 3.47; CI: 1.96 to 6.13), and recent sexually transmitted infection diagnosis (aOR: 2.90; CI: 1.64 to 5.13). Some users (41.5%) wanted help remembering to take PrEP. The top reason for discontinuation was concern about long-term side effects (33.0%). Young men who have sex with men app users are prime candidates for PrEP, despite low uptake. Apps may be useful tools for PrEP information dissemination, adherence monitoring, and support.

  4. High pressure luminescence spectra of CaMoO4:Ln3+ (Ln = Pr, Tb).

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    Mahlik, S; Behrendt, M; Grinberg, M; Cavalli, E; Bettinelli, M

    2013-03-13

    Photoluminescence spectra and luminescence kinetics of pure CaMoO(4) and CaMoO(4) doped with Ln(3+) (Ln = Pr or Tb) are presented. The spectra were obtained at high hydrostatic pressure up to 240 kbar applied in a diamond anvil cell. At ambient pressure undoped and doped samples exhibit a broad band emission extending between 380 and 700 nm with a maximum at 520 nm attributed to the MoO(4)(2-) luminescence. CaMoO(4) doped with Pr(3+) or Tb(3+) additionally yields narrow emission lines related to f-f transitions. The undoped CaMoO(4) crystal was characterized by a strong MoO(4)(2-) emission up to 240 kbar. In the cases of CaMoO(4):Pr(3+) and CaMoO(4):Tb(3+), high hydrostatic pressure caused quenching of Pr(3+) and Tb(3+) emission, and this effect was accompanied by a strong shortening of the luminescence lifetime. In doped samples, CaMoO(4):Pr(3+) and CaMoO(4):Tb(3+), quenching of the emission band attributed to MoO(4)(2-) was also observed, and at pressure above 130 kbar this luminescence was totally quenched. The effects mentioned above were related to the influence of the praseodymium (terbium) trapped exciton PTE (ITE-impurity trapped exciton) on the efficiency of the Pr(3+) (Tb(3+)) and MoO(4)(2-) emissions.

  5. Detergents modify proteinase K resistance of PrP Sc in different transmissible spongiform encephalopathies (TSEs).

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    Breyer, Johanna; Wemheuer, Wiebke M; Wrede, Arne; Graham, Catherine; Benestad, Sylvie L; Brenig, Bertram; Richt, Jürgen A; Schulz-Schaeffer, Walter J

    2012-05-25

    Prion diseases are diagnosed by the detection of their proteinase K-resistant prion protein fragment (PrP(Sc)). Various biochemical protocols use different detergents for the tissue preparation. We found that the resistance of PrP(Sc) against proteinase K may vary strongly with the detergent used. In our study, we investigated the influence of the most commonly used detergents on eight different TSE agents derived from different species and distinct prion disease forms. For a high throughput we used a membrane adsorption assay to detect small amounts of prion aggregates, as well as Western blotting. Tissue lysates were prepared using DOC, SLS, SDS or Triton X-100 in different concentrations and these were digested with various amounts of proteinase K. Detergents are able to enhance or diminish the detectability of PrP(Sc) after proteinase K digestion. Depending on the kind of detergent, its concentration - but also on the host species that developed the TSE and the disease form or prion type - the detectability of PrP(Sc) can be very different. The results obtained here may be helpful during the development or improvement of a PrP(Sc) detection method and they point towards a detergent effect that can be additionally used for decontamination purposes. A plausible explanation for the detergent effects described in this article could be an interaction with the lipids associated with PrP(Sc) that may stabilize the aggregates.

  6. 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

  7. 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.

  8. Magnetic and XMCD studies of Pr1-xSrxMnO3 manganite films

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    Samoshkina, Yu. E.; Edelman, I. S.; Stepanova, E. A.; Neznakhin, D. S.; Ollefs, K.; Andreev, N. V.; Chichkov, V. I.

    2017-04-01

    Magnetic properties of the Pr0.8Sr0.2MnO3 and Pr0.6Sr0.4MnO3 polycrystalline films have been studied using temperature and magnetic field dependences of the static magnetization and X-ray magnetic circular dichroism (XMCD) spectroscopy. For the both compositions, the difference between the temperature dependences of magnetization obtained in the zero fields cooling (ZFC) and field cooling (FC) modes has been revealed. The ZFC curves demonstrate a pronounced maximum at temperature Tm. It is shown that the Tm value dependence on the magnetic field follows the Almeida-Thouless line typical for the classic spin glass, what allows us to assume the possible spin-glass behavior of the films. Effect of the disorder in a direction of the crystallites easy-axis on the difference between FC and ZFC curves has been discussed also. Magnetic field dependences of the sample magnetization are presented by the hysteresis loops with the shape changing upon temperature variation. This behavior has been attributed to the effect of crystallographic anisotropy and Pr ions. The spectra and magnetic field dependences of XMCD at the Pr L2- and Mn K-edges have been studied at 90 K. The magnetic field dependences of the XMCD at the Pr L2-edge had shown Van Vleck paramagnetism from Pr3+ ions.

  9. 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.

  10. PR1 peptide vaccine induces specific immunity with clinical responses in myeloid malignancies.

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    Qazilbash, M H; Wieder, E; Thall, P F; Wang, X; Rios, R; Lu, S; Kanodia, S; Ruisaard, K E; Giralt, S A; Estey, E H; Cortes, J; Komanduri, K V; Clise-Dwyer, K; Alatrash, G; Ma, Q; Champlin, R E; Molldrem, J J

    2017-03-01

    PR1, an HLA-A2-restricted peptide derived from both proteinase 3 and neutrophil elastase, is recognized on myeloid leukemia cells by cytotoxic T lymphocytes (CTLs) that preferentially kill leukemia and contribute to cytogenetic remission. To evaluate safety, immunogenicity and clinical activity of PR1 vaccination, a phase I/II trial was conducted. Sixty-six HLA-A2+ patients with acute myeloid leukemia (AML: 42), chronic myeloid leukemia (CML: 13) or myelodysplastic syndrome (MDS: 11) received three to six PR1 peptide vaccinations, administered subcutaneously every 3 weeks at dose levels of 0.25, 0.5 or 1.0 mg. Patients were randomized to the three dose levels after establishing the safety of the highest dose level. Primary end points were safety and immune response, assessed by doubling of PR1/HLA-A2 tetramer-specific CTL, and the secondary end point was clinical response. Immune responses were noted in 35 of 66 (53%) patients. Of the 53 evaluable patients with active disease, 12 (24%) had objective clinical responses (complete: 8; partial: 1 and hematological improvement: 3). PR1-specific immune response was seen in 9 of 25 clinical responders versus 3 of 28 clinical non-responders (P=0.03). In conclusion, PR1 peptide vaccine induces specific immunity that correlates with clinical responses, including molecular remission, in AML, CML and MDS patients.

  11. Dengue patients exhibit higher levels of PrM and E antibodies than their asymptomatic counterparts.

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    Yeo, Adeline Syin Lian; Rathakrishnan, Anusyah; Wang, Seok Mui; Ponnampalavanar, Sasheela; Manikam, Rishya; Sathar, Jameela; Kumari Natkunam, Santha; Sekaran, Shamala Devi

    2015-01-01

    Dengue virus infection is a common tropical disease which often occurs without being detected. These asymptomatic cases provide information in relation to the manifestation of immunological aspects. In this study, we developed an ELISA method to compare neutralizing effects of dengue prM and E antibodies between dengue patients and their asymptomatic household members. Recombinant D2 premembrane (prM) was constructed, cloned, and tested for antigenicity. The recombinant protein was purified and tested with controls by using an indirect ELISA method. Positive dengue serum samples with their asymptomatic pair were then carried out onto the developed ELISA. In addition, commercially available recombinant envelope (E) protein was used to develop an ELISA which was tested with the same set of serum samples in the prM ELISA. Asymptomatic individuals showed preexisting heterotypic neutralizing antibodies. The recombinant prM was antigenically reactive in the developed ELISA. Dengue patients had higher prM and E antibodies compared to their household members. Our study highlights the neutralizing antibodies levels with respect to dengue prM and E between dengue patients and asymptomatic individuals.

  12. 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.

  13. 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.

  14. 75 FR 51531 - Proposed Collection; Comment Request for Forms 941, 941-PR, 941-SS, 941-X, 941-X(PR), Schedule B...

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    2010-08-20

    ... Seguro Social Y Al Seguro Medicare), 941-SS (Employer's Quarterly Federal Tax Return-American Samoa, Guam... made to employees subject to income and Social Security/Medicare taxes and the amounts of these taxes. Form 941-PR is used by employers in Puerto Rico to report Social Security and Medicare taxes only....

  15. 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.

  16. Generation and preclinical evaluation of a DENV-1/2 prM+E chimeric live attenuated vaccine candidate with enhanced prM cleavage.

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    Keelapang, Poonsook; Nitatpattana, Narong; Suphatrakul, Amporn; Punyahathaikul, Surat; Sriburi, Rungtawan; Pulmanausahakul, Rojjanaporn; Pichyangkul, Sathit; Malasit, Prida; Yoksan, Sutee; Sittisombut, Nopporn

    2013-10-17

    In the absence of a vaccine or sustainable vector control measures, illnesses caused by dengue virus infection remain an important public health problem in many tropical countries. During the export of dengue virus particles, furin-mediated cleavage of the prM envelope protein is usually incomplete, thus generating a mixture of immature, partially mature and mature extracellular particles. Variations in the arrangement and conformation of the envelope proteins among these particles may be associated with their different roles in shaping the antibody response. In an attempt to improve upon live, attenuated dengue vaccine approaches, a mutant chimeric virus, with enhanced prM cleavage, was generated by introducing a cleavage-enhancing substitution into a chimeric DENV-1/2 virus genome, encoding the prM+E sequence of a recent DENV-1 isolate under an attenuated DENV-2 genetic background. A modest increase in virus specific infectivity observed in the mutant chimeric virus affected neither the attenuation phenotype, when assessed in the suckling mouse neurovirulence model, nor multiplication in mosquitoes. The two chimeric viruses induced similar levels of anti-DENV-1 neutralizing antibody response in mice and rhesus macaques, but more efficient control of viremia during viral challenge was observed in macaques immunized with the mutant chimeric virus. These results indicate that the DENV-1/2 chimeric virus, with enhanced prM cleavage, could be useful as an alternative live, attenuated vaccine candidate for further tests in humans.

  17. Evaluation of the bactericidal effect of five products for surgical hand disinfection according to prEN 12054 and prEN 12791.

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    Marchetti, M G; Kampf, G; Finzi, G; Salvatorelli, G

    2003-05-01

    Surgical hand disinfection (with an alcohol-based hand rub) and surgical handwash (with an antiseptic-based liquid soap) are accepted measures to reduce the risk for surgical site infections. The new European Standards allow a comparison of their antimicrobial efficacy. The bactericidal activity of surgical hand rubs [Sterillium and Softaman, (active ingredient=alcohols)] and handwashes [Derman plus (triclosan), Hibiscrub (chlorhexidine) and Betadine (PVP-iodine)] was tested according to the prEN 12054 suspension test using Escherichia coli, Pseudomonas aeruginosa, Staphylococcus aureus and Enterococcus hirae, and to prEN 12791 for the effect on resident skin flora in comparison with 1-propanol, 60% (v/v). All five products achieved a reduction of test bacteria within 3 min of >10(5)-fold so fulfilling prEN 12054. However, only Hibiscrub, Sterillium and Softa Man met the requirements of prEN 12791, giving a mean reduction of resident micro-organisms (immediate and sustained effect) which was not significantly lower than the reference alcohol (P>0.1; Wilcoxon matched-pairs signed-rank test). Sterillium was significantly more effective than the reference alcohol (immediate and sustained affect). Products for surgical hand disinfection may have equal antimicrobial activity in suspension tests but show large differences under practical conditions. Healthcare workers should not rely on results from suspension tests when deciding on a product for surgical hand disinfection.

  18. 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.

  19. 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

  20. Detection of bovine spongiform encephalopathy-specific PrP(Sc) by treatment with heat and guanidine thiocyanate.

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    Meyer, R K; Oesch, B; Fatzer, R; Zurbriggen, A; Vandevelde, M

    1999-11-01

    The conversion of a ubiquitous cellular protein (PrP(C)), an isoform of the prion protein (PrP), to the pathology-associated isoform PrP(Sc) is one of the hallmarks of transmissible spongiform encephalopathies such as bovine spongiform encephalopathy (BSE). Accumulation of PrP(Sc) has been used to diagnose BSE. Here we describe a quantitative enzyme-linked immunosorbent assay (ELISA) that involves antibodies against epitopes within the protease-resistant core of the PrP molecule to measure the amount of PrP in brain tissues from animals with BSE and normal controls. In native tissue preparations, little difference was found between the two groups. However, following treatment of the tissue with heat and guanidine thiocyanate (Gh treatment), the ELISA discriminated BSE-specific PrP(Sc) from PrP(C) in bovine brain homogenates. PrP(Sc) was identified by Western blot, centrifugation, and protease digestion experiments. It was thought that folding or complexing of PrP(Sc) is most probably reversed by the Gh treatment, making hidden antigenic sites accessible. The digestion experiments also showed that protease-resistant PrP in BSE is more difficult to detect than that in hamster scrapie. While the concentration of PrP(C) in cattle is similar to that in hamsters, PrP(Sc) sparse in comparison. The detection of PrP(Sc) by a simple physicochemical treatment without the need for protease digestion, as described in this study, could be applied to develop a diagnostic assay to screen large numbers of samples.

  1. Social, structural, behavioral and clinical factors influencing retention in Pre-Exposure Prophylaxis (PrEP) care in Mississippi

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    Arnold, Trisha; Brinkley-Rubinstein, Lauren; Chan, Philip A.; Perez-Brumer, Amaya; Bologna, Estefany S.; Beauchamps, Laura; Johnson, Kendra; Mena, Leandro; Nunn, Amy

    2017-01-01

    Pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP) is a biomedical intervention that can reduce rates of HIV transmission when taken once daily by HIV-negative individuals. Little is understood about PrEP uptake and retention in care among the populations most heavily impacted by the HIV epidemic, particularly among young men who have sex with men (YMSM) in the Deep South. Therefore, this study explored the structural, social, behavioral, and clinical factors that affect PrEP use and retention in care among YMSM in Jackson, Mississippi. Thirty MSM who were prescribed PrEP at an outpatient primary care clinic were interviewed and included 23 men who had been retained in PrEP care and seven who had not been retained. The mean age of participants was 26.6 years. Most (23) participants were African American. Major factors affecting PrEP use and retention in PrEP care included 1) structural factors such as cost and access to financial assistance for medications and clinical services; 2) social factors such as stigma and relationship status; 3) behavioral factors including sexual risk behaviors; and 4) clinical factors such as perceived and actual side effects. Many participants also discussed the positive spillover effects of PrEP use and reported that PrEP had a positive impact on their health. Four of the seven individuals who had not been retained re-enrolled in PrEP care after completing their interviews, suggesting that case management and ongoing outreach can enhance retention in PrEP care. Interventions to enhance retention in PrEP care among MSM in the Deep South will be most effective if they address the complex structural, social, clinical, and behavioral factors that influence PrEP uptake and retention in PrEP care. PMID:28222118

  2. The Charge Structure of Helix 1 in the Prion Protein Regulates Conversion to Pathogenic PrPSc

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    Norstrom, Eric M.; Mastrianni, James A.

    2006-01-01

    The prion diseases are transmissible neurodegenerative disorders linked to a pathogenic conformer (PrPSc) of the normal prion protein (PrPC). Accumulation of PrPSc occurs via a poorly defined process in which PrPSc complexes with and converts endogenous PrPC to nascent PrPSc. Recent experiments have focused on the highly charged first alpha helix (H1) of PrP. It has been proposed that two putative asparagine-to-arginine intrahelical salt bridges stabilize H1 in PrPC yet form intermolecular ionic bonds with adjacent PrP molecules during conversion of PrPC to PrPSc (M. P. Morrissey and E. I. Shakhnovich, Proc. Natl. Acad. Sci. USA 96:11293-11298, 1999). Subsequent work (J. O. Speare et al., J. Biol. Chem. 278:12522-12529, 2003 using a cell-free assay of PrPSc conversion suggested that rather than promoting conversion, the salt bridges stabilize PrPC against it. However, the role of individual H1 charges in PrPSc generation has not yet been investigated. To approach this question, we systematically reversed or neutralized each charged residue in H1 and tested the effect on conversion to PrPSc in scrapie-infected murine neuroblastoma (ScN2a) cells. We find that replacements of charged H1 residues with like charges permit conversion, while charge reversals hinder it. Neutralization of charges in the N-terminal (amino acids 143 to 146) but not the C-terminal (amino acids 147 to 151) half of H1 permits conversion, while complete reversal of charge orientation of the putative salt bridges produces a nonconvertible PrP. Circular dichroism spectroscopy studies and confocal microscopy immunofluorescence localization studies indicated that charge substitutions did not alter the secondary structure or cell surface expression of PrPC. These data support the necessity of specific charge orientations in H1 for a productive PrPSc-PrPC complex. PMID:16912302

  3. Effects of nutrition and genotype on prion protein (PrPC) gene expression in the fetal and maternal sheep placenta.

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    Evoniuk, J M; Johnson, M L; Borowicz, P P; Caton, J S; Vonnahme, K A; Reynolds, L P; Taylor, J B; Stoltenow, C L; O'Rourke, K I; Redmer, D A

    2008-05-01

    For placental transmission of scrapie to occur, the normal cellular prion protein (PrPC) must be converted to an abnormal infectious form known as PrPSc. PrPC genotype influences susceptibility to contracting scrapie, but we still do not understand whether genotype or expression levels of PrPC are important in transmission of scrapie. Some evidence exists that nutrition affects expression levels of PrPC. Thus, we evaluated the effects of genotype and nutrition on PrPC mRNA and protein expression in adolescent ewes fed at control (100% of National Research Council [NRC] requirements) or restricted (60% of NRC) levels of diet intake during two periods of pregnancy (days 50-90 and days 90-130)]. Gravid uteri (n=50) from singleton pregnancies were collected at day 130, and placentomes were either separated into caruncular (CAR; maternal) or cotyledonary (COT; fetal) placenta and snap-frozen for PrPC mRNA expression or perfusion fixed for PrPC protein expression. PrPC genotypes were determined (codons 136 and 171) using SNP assay. There were no genotype effects on PrPC mRNA expression in CAR or on PrPC protein expression in either CAR or COT, but PrPC mRNA expression in COT was greater (P<0.02) when codon 136 was homozygous for alanine. Some PrPC protein-positive cells were found in the epithelium of CAR, but most were found in trophoblast binucleate and mononucleate cells of COT. In CAR, from days 90 to 130, PrPC protein abundance was greater (P=0.003) in diet-restricted ewes than in control ewes, but was less uniformly distributed (P<0.007). Additionally, in COT, from days 90 to 130, PrPC protein was less uniformly distributed (P<0.01) in diet-restricted ewes. The localized increase in PrPC protein expression, found in ewes diet-restricted late in pregnancy, may suggest a protective role for PrPC in placental biology. Further study is needed to evaluate whether nutrition, PrPC genotype, and PrPC expression levels influence placental transmission of scrapie.

  4. An antibody to the aggregated synthetic prion protein peptide (PrP106-126) selectively recognizes disease-associated prion protein (PrP) from human brain specimens.

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    Jones, Michael; Wight, Darren; McLoughlin, Victoria; Norrby, Katherine; Ironside, James W; Connolly, John G; Farquhar, Christine F; MacGregor, Ian R; Head, Mark W

    2009-04-01

    Human prion diseases are characterized by the conversion of the normal host cellular prion protein (PrP(C)) into an abnormal misfolded form [disease-associated prion protein (PrP(Sc))]. Antibodies that are capable of distinguishing between PrP(C) and PrP(Sc) may prove to be useful, not only for the diagnosis of these diseases, but also for a better understanding of the molecular mechanisms involved in disease pathogenesis. In an attempt to produce such antibodies, we immunized mice with an aggregated peptide spanning amino acid residues 106 to 126 of human PrP (PrP106-126). We were able to isolate and single cell clone a hybridoma cell line (P1:1) which secreted an IgM isotype antibody [monoclonal antibody (mAb P1:1)] that recognized the aggregated, but not the monomeric form of the immunogen. When used in immunoprecipitation assays, the antibody did not recognize normal PrP(C) from non-prion disease brain specimens, but did selectively immunoprecipitate full-length PrP(Sc) from cases of variant and sporadic Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease and Gerstmann-Straussler-Scheinker disease. These results suggest that P1:1 recognizes an epitope formed during the structural rearrangement or aggregation of the PrP that is common to the major PrP(Sc) types found in the most common forms of human prion disease.

  5. Impact of pr-10a overexpression on the cryopreservation success of Solanum tuberosum suspension cultures.

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    Vaas, Lea A I; Marheine, Maja; Seufert, Stephanie; Schumacher, Heinz Martin; Kiesecker, Heiko; Heine-Dobbernack, Elke

    2012-06-01

    Although many genes are supposed to be a part of plant cell tolerance mechanisms against osmotic or salt stress, their influence on tolerance towards stress during cryopreservation procedures has rarely been investigated. For instance, the overexpression of the pathogenesis-related gene 10a (pr-10a) leads to improved osmotic tolerance in a transgenic cell culture of Solanum tuberosum cv. Désirée. In this study, a cryopreservation method, consisting of osmotic pretreatment, cryoprotection with DMSO and controlled-rate freezing, was used to characterize the relation between cryopreservation success and pr-10a expression in suspension cultures of S. tuberosum wild-type cells and cells overexpressing pathogenesis-related protein 10a (Pr-10a). By varying the sorbitol concentration, thus modifying the strength of the osmotic stress during the pretreatment phase, it can be shown that the wild type can successfully be cryopreserved only in a relatively narrow range of sorbitol concentrations, while the pr-10a overexpression leads to an enhanced cryopreservation success over the whole range of applied sorbitol concentrations. Together with transcription data we show that the pr-10a overexpression causes an enhanced osmotic tolerance, which in turn leads to enhanced cryopreservability, but also indicates a role of pr-10a in signal transduction. An increased cryopreservability of the transgenic cell line occurs for pretreatments longer than 24 h. Since both genotypes, characterized by distinct baseline levels of expression, exhibited similar patterns of expression induction, the induction of pr-10a appears to be a key step in the stress signal transduction of plant cells under osmotic stress.

  6. The relationship of structure to superconductivity in the Pr-Ba-Cu-O system

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    Minseo, Park

    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 Ndb1-xPrxBa2Cu3O7-δ is investigated. Tc decreases monotonically with increasing x 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 (PO2) of 0.01 atm, followed by oxygenation at 450C. Depression of (Tc) as a function of x and PO 2 is explained in terms of a charge-transfer model. It is suggested that destruction of superconductivity in the RE1-xPrxBa2CU3O7-δ (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.

  7. 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

  8. HIV-1 Pr55(Gag) binds genomic and spliced RNAs with different affinity and stoichiometry.

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    Bernacchi, Serena; Abd El-Wahab, Ekram W; Dubois, Noé; Hijnen, Marcel; Smyth, Redmond P; Mak, Johnson; Marquet, Roland; Paillart, Jean-Christophe

    2017-01-02

    The HIV-1 Pr55(Gag) precursor specifically selects genomic RNA (gRNA) from a large variety of cellular and spliced viral RNAs (svRNAs), however the molecular mechanisms of this selective recognition remains poorly understood. To gain better understanding of this process, we analyzed the interactions between Pr55(Gag) and a large panel of viral RNA (vRNA) fragments encompassing the main packaging signal (Psi) and its flanking regions by fluorescence spectroscopy. We showed that the gRNA harbors a high affinity binding site which is absent from svRNA species, suggesting that this site might be crucial for selecting the HIV-1 genome. Our stoichiometry analysis of protein/RNA complexes revealed that few copies of Pr55(Gag) specifically associate with the 5' region of the gRNA. Besides, we found that gRNA dimerization significantly impacts Pr55(Gag) binding, and we confirmed that the internal loop of stem-loop 1 (SL1) in Psi is crucial for specific interaction with Pr55(Gag). Our analysis of gRNA fragments of different length supports the existence of a long-range tertiary interaction involving sequences upstream and downstream of the Psi region. This long-range interaction might promote optimal exposure of SL1 for efficient Pr55(Gag) recognition. Altogether, our results shed light on the molecular mechanisms allowing the specific selection of gRNA by Pr55(Gag) among a variety of svRNAs, all harboring SL1 in their first common exon.

  9. 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

  10. 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

    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

  11. 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

  12. Interaction between the cellular prion (PrPC) and the 2P domain K+ channel TREK-1 protein.

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    Azzalin, Alberto; Ferrara, Valentina; Arias, Agustina; Cerri, Silvia; Avella, Debora; Pisu, Maria Bonaria; Nano, Rosanna; Bernocchi, Graziella; Ferretti, Luca; Comincini, Sergio

    2006-07-21

    The cellular prion protein (PrP(C)) is a highly conserved protein throughout the evolution of mammals and therefore is thought to play important cellular functions. Despite decades of intensive researches, the physiological function of PrP(C) remains enigmatic. Differently, in particular pathological contexts, generally referred as transmissible spongiform encephalopathies, a conformational isoform of PrP(C), i.e., PrP(Sc), is considered the causative agent of these diseases. In this study, we investigated putative PrP(C) cellular functions through the identification of PrP(C) protein interactants. Using a bacterial two-hybrid approach, we identified a novel interaction between PrP(C) and a two-pore potassium channel protein, TREK-1. This interaction was further verified in transfected eukaryotic cells using co-immunoprecipitation and confocal microscopic analysis of the fluorescent transfected proteins. Importantly, in the cerebellar cortex, the endogenous PrP(C) and TREK-1 proteins exhibited co-localization signals in correspondence of the Purkinje cells. Furthermore, a deletion mapping study defined the carboxyl-terminal regions of the two proteins as the possible determinants of the PrP(C)-TREK-1 interaction. Our results indicated a novel PrP(C) interacting protein and suggested that this complex might be relevant in modulating a variety of electrophysiological-dependent cellular responses.

  13. Pre-exposure Prophylaxis (PrEP) for HIV Infection: How Antiretroviral Pharmacology helps to Monitor and Improve Adherence

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    Blumenthal, Jill; Haubrich, Richard

    2014-01-01

    Pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP) with antiretroviral drugs is a novel biomedical intervention that can prevent HIV transmission among high-risk populations. As findings from multiple PrEP studies have suggested that adherence is vital to achieve the full prevention benefits of PrEP, it is important to understand the clinical pharmacology and pharmacokinetic (PK) properties of PrEP antiretrovirals, the association of PK and PrEP efficacy and the potential for drug concentration measurement to be used as a tool to monitor PrEP adherence. In this review, we examine studies related to PrEP adherence with attention to the clinical pharmacology and pharmacokinetics of current and novel PrEP agents. Studies of animal models, pharmacokinetics and clinical trials related to PrEP and adherence were reviewed. In summary, when combined as part of a comprehensive prevention strategy that includes use of condoms and risk reduction counseling, PrEP has tremendous promise as a adjunctive biomedical HIV prevention intervention, providing that adherence is maintained. PMID:23800167

  14. Novel anti-dengue monoclonal antibody recognizing conformational structure of the prM-E heterodimeric complex of dengue virus.

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    Puttikhunt, Chunya; Keelapang, Poonsook; Khemnu, Nuanpan; Sittisombut, Nopporn; Kasinrerk, Watchara; Malasit, Prida

    2008-01-01

    An interaction between the premembrane (prM) and envelope (E) glycoproteins as prM-E heterodimer is required for proper folding and transport of E during the formation and release of new flaviviral progeny. More evidence, however, is needed to confirm this interaction of prM and E during dengue virus replication. In this study, 2E11, a mouse monoclonal antibody (Mab) that specifically recognizes dengue prM-E heterodimeric complex in either intracellular or secreted dengue virions, was generated and characterized. In immunofluorescence and immuno-pull down assays, the Mab 2E11 recognized an epitope present in 293T transfectants that co-expressed prM and the full-length form of E in cis and in trans, but it failed to react with prM or E protein expressed individually. The reactivity of Mab 2E11 was diminished in transfected cells that co-express prM together with a truncated form of E lacking the 84-residue stretch at the C-terminal transmembrane region, presumably essential for prM and E interaction. The Mab 2E11 described in this study is a novel Mab with a unique capability in detecting the conformational structure of prM-E heterodimeric complex of dengue virus. It will be a new biological tool for identification and characterization of dengue prM-E heterodimer as well as virus maturation and export.

  15. Evaluation of critical distances for energy transfer between Pr3+ and Ce3+ in yttrium aluminium garnet

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    Zeng, Peng; Wei, Xiantao; Zhou, Shaoshuai; Yin, Min; Chen, Yonghu

    2016-09-01

    A series of Pr3+/Ce3+ doped yttrium aluminium garnet (Y3Al5O12 or simply YAG) phosphors were synthesized to investigate the energy transfer between Pr3+ and Ce3+ for their potential application in a white light-emitting diode and quantum information storage and processing. The excitation and emission spectra of YAG:Pr3+/Ce3+ were measured and analyzed, and it revealed that the reabsorption between Pr3+ and Ce3+ was so weak that it can be ignored, and the energy transfer from Pr3+ (5d) to Ce3+ (5d) and Ce3+ (5d) to Pr3+ (1D2) did occur. By analyzing the excitation and the emission spectra, the energy transfer from Pr3+ (5d) to Ce3+ (5d) and Ce3+ (5d) to Pr3+ (1D2) was examined in detail with an original strategy deduced from fluorescence dynamics and the Dexter energy transfer theory, and the critical distances of energy transfer were derived to be 7.9 Å and 4.0 Å for Pr3+ (5d) to Ce3+ (5d) and Ce3+ (5d) to Pr3+ (1D2), respectively. The energy transfer rates of the two processes of various concentrations were discussed and evaluated. Furthermore, for the purpose of sensing a single Pr3+ state with a Ce3+ ion, the optimal distance of Ce3+ from Pr3+ was evaluated as 5.60 Å, where the probability of success reaches its maximum value of 78.66%, and meanwhile the probabilities were evaluated for a series of Y3+ sites in a YAG lattice. These results will be of valuable reference for achievement of the optimal energy transfer efficiency in Pr3+/Ce3+ doped YAG and other similar systems.

  16. DNA Adduct Profiles Predict in Vitro Cell Viability after Treatment with the Experimental Anticancer Prodrug PR104A

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    2017-01-01

    PR104A is an experimental DNA-alkylating hypoxia-activated prodrug that can also be activated in an oxygen-independent manner by the two-electron aldo-keto reductase 1C3. Nitroreduction leads to the formation of cytotoxic hydroxylamine (PR104H) and amine (PR104M) metabolites, which induce DNA mono and cross-linked adducts in cells. PR104A-derived DNA adducts can be utilized as drug-specific biomarkers of efficacy and as a mechanistic tool to elucidate the cellular and molecular effects of PR104A. Toward this goal, a mass spectrometric bioanalysis approach based on a stable isotope-labeled adduct mixture (SILAM) and selected reaction monitoring (SRM) data acquisition for relative quantitation of PR104A-derived DNA adducts in cells was developed. Use of this SILAM-based approach supported simultaneous relative quantitation of 33 PR104A-derived DNA adducts in the same sample, which allowed testing of the hypothesis that the enhanced cytotoxicity, observed by preconditioning cells with the transcription-activating isothiocyanate sulforaphane, is induced by an increased level of DNA adducts induced by PR104H and PR104M, but not PR104A. By applying the new SILAM-SRM approach, we found a 2.4-fold increase in the level of DNA adducts induced by PR104H and PR104M in HT-29 cells preconditioned with sulforaphane and a corresponding 2.6-fold increase in cytotoxicity. These results suggest that DNA adduct levels correlate with drug potency and underly the possibility of monitoring PR104A-derived DNA adducts as biomarkers of efficacy. PMID:28140568

  17. 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

  18. Thermal stability of Pr2O3 films grown on Si(100) substrate

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    Goryachko, A.; Liu, J. P.; Krüger, D.; Osten, H. J.; Bugiel, E.; Kurps, R.; Melnik, V.

    2002-11-01

    We have investigated the effect of thermal annealing on uncapped and Si-capped Pr2O3 films deposited on Si(100) substrate by Auger electron spectroscopy, x-ray photoelectron spectroscopy, and transmission electron microscopy. A rapid diffusion of Si out of the substrate was found for uncapped films at temperatures starting from 700 °C. The diffused Si is oxidized, forming a Pr2O3-Prx- Oy- Siz mixture. The excess Si diffuses through the film, forming a SiO2 rich layer on the surface. Annealing of uncapped films in vacuum has qualitatively similar effects as annealing in N2, which is not the case for Si-capped films. The latter were transformed into a Pr2O3-Prx- Oy- Siz mixture when annealed in N2 starting from 900 °C and into PrSix when annealed in vacuum starting from 700 °C. Two distinct PrSix phases were found, with Si-richer phases corresponding to higher annealing temperature.

  19. Common themes in PrP signaling: the Src remains the same.

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    Ochs, Katharina; Málaga-Trillo, Edward

    2014-01-01

    The ability of the cellular prion protein (PrP(C)) to trigger intracellular signals appears central to neurodegeneration pathways, yet the physiological significance of such signals is rather puzzling. For instance, PrP(C) deregulation disrupts phenomena as diverse as synaptic transmission in mammals and cell adhesion in zebrafish. Although unrelated, the key proteins in these events -the NMDA receptor (NMDAR) and E-cadherin, respectively- are similarly modulated by the Src family kinase (SFK) Fyn. These observations highlight the importance of PrP(C)-mediated Fyn activation, a finding reported nearly two decades ago. Given their complex functions and regulation, SFKs may hold the key to intriguing aspects of PrP biology such as its seemingly promiscuous functions and the lack of strong phenotypes in knockout mice. Here we provide a mechanistic perspective on how SFKs might contribute to the uncertain molecular basis of neuronal PrP phenotypes affecting ion channel activity, axon myelination and olfactory function. In particular, we discuss SFK target proteins involved in these processes and the role of tyrosine phosphorylation in the regulation of their activity and cell surface expression.

  20. Origin of the Volume Collapse under Pressure in Elemental Pr and Gd

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    Lim, Jinhyuk; Matsuoka, Takahiro; Fabbris, Gilberto; Shimizu, Katsuya; Haskel, Daniel; Schilling, James

    2013-06-01

    Most lanthanide metals exhibit a volume collapse at a critical pressure Pc. The primary mechanism responsible for this collapse is a matter of debate and may involve the 4 f electrons themselves or be the result of simple s - d transfer in the conduction electrons. Possible pressure-induced changes in the 4 f electron system include: (i) valence increase, (ii) 4 fband formation, and (iii) increased 4 f-conduction electron hybridization leading to Kondo volume collapse. The results of published synchrotron spectroscopic studies at pressures near Pc (21 GPa for Pr and 59 GPa for Gd) will be critically examined. Recent high-pressure experiments on the dilute magnetic alloys Y(Pr) and Y(Gd) shed light on the appropriateness of the Kondo volume collapse model for elemental Pr and Gd. In Y(Pr) or Y(Gd) the superconductivity of the Y host is seriously weakened if Kondo pair-breaking is strong. We conclude that pressure-enhanced Kondo binding is indeed responsible for the volume collapse in Pr, whereas in Gd simple s - d electron transfer is the appropriate mechanism. Work at Washington University is supported by NSF grant DMR-1104742 and CDAC through NNSA/DOE grant DE-FC52-08NA28554. Work at the Argonne Labs is supported by DOE contract DE-AC-02-06CH11357.

  1. Common themes in PrP signaling: the Src remains the same

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    Ochs, Katharina; Málaga-Trillo, Edward

    2014-01-01

    The ability of the cellular prion protein (PrPC) to trigger intracellular signals appears central to neurodegeneration pathways, yet the physiological significance of such signals is rather puzzling. For instance, PrPC deregulation disrupts phenomena as diverse as synaptic transmission in mammals and cell adhesion in zebrafish. Although unrelated, the key proteins in these events -the NMDA receptor (NMDAR) and E-cadherin, respectively- are similarly modulated by the Src family kinase (SFK) Fyn. These observations highlight the importance of PrPC-mediated Fyn activation, a finding reported nearly two decades ago. Given their complex functions and regulation, SFKs may hold the key to intriguing aspects of PrP biology such as its seemingly promiscuous functions and the lack of strong phenotypes in knockout mice. Here we provide a mechanistic perspective on how SFKs might contribute to the uncertain molecular basis of neuronal PrP phenotypes affecting ion channel activity, axon myelination and olfactory function. In particular, we discuss SFK target proteins involved in these processes and the role of tyrosine phosphorylation in the regulation of their activity and cell surface expression. PMID:25364767

  2. 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

  3. SAXS structural study of PrPSc reveals ~11 nm diameter of basic double intertwined fibers

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    Amenitsch, Heinz; Benetti, Federico; Ramos, Adriana; Legname, Giuseppe; Requena, Jesús R

    2013-01-01

    A sample of purified Syrian hamster PrP27–30 prion fibers was analyzed by synchrotron small-angle X-ray scattering (SAXS). The SAXS pattern obtained was fitted to a model based on infinitely long cylinders with a log-normal intensity distribution, a hard-sphere structure factor and a general Porod term for larger aggregates. The diameter calculated for the cylinders determined from the fit was 11.0 ± 0.2 nm. This measurement offers an estimation of the diameter of PrPSc fibers in suspension, i.e., free of errors derived from estimations based on 2D projections in transmission electron microscopy images, subjected to further possible distortions from the negative stain. This diameter, which corresponds to a maximum diameter of approximately 5.5 nm for each of the two intertwined protofilaments making up the fibers, rules out the possibility that PrPSc conforms to a stack of in-register, single-rung flat PrPSc monomers; rather, PrPSc subunits must necessarily coil, most likely several times, into themselves. PMID:24247356

  4. Mutations in the West Nile prM protein affect VLP and virion secretion in vitro.

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    Calvert, Amanda E; Huang, Claire Y-H; Blair, Carol D; Roehrig, John T

    2012-11-10

    Mutation of the West Nile virus-like particle (WN VLP) prM protein (T20D, K31A, K31V, or K31T) results in undetectable VLP secretion from transformed COS-1 cells. K31 mutants formed intracellular prM-E heterodimers; however these proteins remained in the ER and ER-Golgi intermediary compartments of transfected cells. The T20D mutation affected glycosylation, heterodimer formation, and WN VLP secretion. When infectious viruses bearing the same mutations were used to infect COS-1 cells, K31 mutant viruses exhibited delayed growth and reduced infectivity compared to WT virus. Epitope maps of WN VLP and WNV prM were also different. These results suggest that while mutations in the prM protein can reduce or eliminate secretion of WN VLPs, they have less effect on virus. This difference may be due to the quantity of prM in WN VLPs compared to WNV or to differences in maturation, structure, and symmetry of these particles.

  5. Wavelength dependence of Verdet constant of Pr doped terbium gallium garnet crystal

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    Chen, Zhe; Yang, Lei; Wang, Xiangyong; Hang, Yin

    2016-12-01

    Samples of the magneto-active material - Pr3+: Tb3Ga5O12 crystals with Pr3+ ion concentration of 1%, 2%, 3% and 5%. The Verdet constant measurement has been carried out at room temperature in the 400-1500 nm range for all crystal samples and was compared with a pure Tb3Ga5O12 material. A high value of the Verdet constant for 5% Pr3+: Tb3Ga5O12 crystal was obtained at room temperature - namely, 324.5, 200.1 and 68.7 rad/(T·m) for 532, 632.8 and 1064 nm, respectively. The Verdet constant of Pr doped TGG crystal at 1064 nm is much more higher than that of TGG. The superior performance of the materials indicates that Pr3+: Tb3Ga5O12 crystals have great potential to meet the increasing demand for magneto-optical devices in the VIS-NIR wavelength.

  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.

  8. 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

  9. Magnetic excitations and c-f hybridization effect in PrTi2Al20 and PrV2Al20

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    Tokunaga, Yo; Sakai, Hironori; Kambe, Shinsaku; Sakai, Akito; Nakatsuji, Satoru; Harima, Hisatomo

    2013-08-01

    By means of 27Al NMR studies, we have investigated magnetic excitations and the hybridization effect between Pr 4f and conduction electrons in a pair of cubic compounds PrTr2Al20 (Tr=Ti, V). From Knight shift measurements we have evaluated comparative strengths for the c-f hybridization effect in these compounds and confirm a definite increase of hybridization on replacing Ti with V. Analysis of the spin-lattice relaxation rate 1/T1 reveals that the spectral width of magnetic fluctuations in crystalline electric field excited states is strongly temperature dependent. This result indicates that magnetic fluctuations are dominated by strong c-f exchange coupling at high temperatures and thus is nicely consistent with the Kondo picture that features lnT dependence of resistivity over the same temperature region.

  10. Aborder les soins préventifs chez les aînés

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    Tazkarji, Bachir; Lam, Robert; Lee, Shawn; Meiyappan, Soumia

    2016-01-01

    Résumé Objectif Guider les médecins de famille dans l’élaboration de plans de dépistage et de traitements préventifs à l’intention de leurs patients âgés. Sources de l’information Une recension a été effectuée dans la base de données MEDLINE pour trouver des lignes directrices canadiennes sur les soins de santé primaires et les personnes âgées; des lignes directrices, des méta-analyses, des guides de pratique clinique ou des révisions systématiques portant sur le dépistage de masse chez les 80 ans et plus et les aînés fragiles, se limitant à ceux publiés entre 2006 et juillet 2016; et des articles sur les services de santé préventifs à l’intention des aînés et présentant un intérêt pour la pratique familiale ou les médecins de famille, limités à ceux publiés en anglais entre 2012 et juillet 2016. Message principal L’estimation de l’espérance de vie n’est pas une science facile ou précise, mais la fragilité est un concept émergent susceptible d’être utile à cet égard. Le Groupe d’étude canadien sur les soins de santé préventifs propose des lignes directrices sur le dépistage du cancer, mais elles sont moins précises en ce qui concerne les patients de plus de 74 ans et il faut donc individualiser les plans de prise en charge. L’estimation des années de vie qui restent aide à orienter vos recommandations concernant les plans de dépistage et de traitements préventifs. Les risques augmentent souvent proportionnellement avec la fragilité et la comorbidité. D’autre part, les bienfaits diminuent souvent à mesure que l’espérance de vie raccourcit. Les plans de prise en charge préventive devraient tenir compte des points de vue du patient et être convenus d’un commun accord. Un moyen mnémonique pour se rappeler des principaux domaines de prévention en soins primaires – CCMF, abréviation pour cancer, cardiovasculaire, mauvais équilibre, chute et ostéoporose, fiche de vaccinations pr

  11. Geometrical spin frustration in Pr5Ni2Si3 composed of triangular crystal lattices

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    Min, B. H.; Hong, J. I.; Kwon, Y. S.

    2014-08-01

    We have studied the transport, magnetic and thermal properties of Pr5Ni2Si3 with complex triangular lattices under various magnetic fields. The ferromagnetic transitions in the basal plane were observed at TC1 = 52 K and TC2 = 65 K. A decrease in magnetization below 30 K and the reduced paramagnetic Curie temperature θP are indicative of the development of antiferromagnetic correlation. These features are well understood by the frustration effect of the magnetic moments of Pr ions which constitute the triangular structural unit. The frustration caused the rapid rise of electrical resistivity below 30 K and an enormous entropy in low-temperature regions. The antiferromagnetic correlation acting between the frustrated Pr ions never causes any long-range order down to 0.6 K.

  12. Metabolism of phenanthrene by the marine cyanobacterium Agmenellum quadruplicatum PR-6

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    Narro, M.L.; Baalen, C. van ); Cerniglia, C.E. ); Gibson, D.T. )

    1992-04-01

    Under photoautotrophic growth conditions, the marine cyanobacterium Agmenellum quadruplicatum PR-6 metabolized phenanthrene to form trans-9,10-dihydrophenanthrene (phenanthrene trans-9,10-dihydrodiol) and 1-methoxyphenanthrene as the major ethyl acetate-extractable metabolites. Small amounts of phenanthrols were also formed. The metabolites were purified by high-pressure liquid chromatography and identified from their UV, infrared, mass and proton magnetic resonance spectral properties. A. quadruplicatum PR-6 formed phenanthrene trans-9,10-dihydrodiol with a 22% enantiomeric excess of the ({minus})-9S,10S-enantiomer. Incorporation experiments with {sup 18}O{sub 2} showed that one atom of oxygen from O{sub 2} was incorporated into the dihydrodiol. Toxicity studies, using an algal lawn bioassay, indicated that 9-phenanthrol and 9,10-phenanthrenequinone inhibit the growth of A. quadruplicatum PR-6.

  13. 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.

  14. 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.

  15. PrP-associated resistance to scrapie in five highly infected goat herds.

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    Corbière, Fabien; Perrin-Chauvineau, Cécile; Lacroux, Caroline; Costes, Pierrette; Thomas, Myriam; Brémaud, Isabelle; Martin, Samuel; Lugan, Séverine; Chartier, Christophe; Schelcher, François; Barillet, Francis; Andreoletti, Olivier

    2013-01-01

    The PrP gene polymorphisms at codons 142 (I/M), 154 (R/H), 211 (R/Q), 222 (Q/K) and 240 (S/P) and their association with susceptibility to classical scrapie infection were investigated in five French goat herds displaying a high disease prevalence (>10%). On the basis of PrP(Sc) detection in the central nervous system and in various lymphoid tissues, 301 of 1343 goats were found to be scrapie infected. The statistical analyses indicated that while P(240) mutation had no direct impact on scrapie infection risk, the H(154), Q(211) and K(222) mutations were associated with high resistance to scrapie. The M(142) mutated allele was associated with a limited protection level against the disease. These results further reinforce the view that, like in sheep, the control and eradication of classical scrapie through the selection of certain PrP alleles could be envisaged in commercial goat population.

  16. 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

    2016-06-24

    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.

  17. 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

  18. 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

  19. 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.

  20. Finding the “PR-fect” solution: What is the best tool to measure fetal cardiac PR intervals for the detection and possible treatment of early conduction disease?

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    Phoon, Colin K.L.; Kim, Mimi Y.; Buyon, Jill P.; Friedman, Deborah M.

    2012-01-01

    In the absence of structural heart disease, the great majority of cases with complete congenital heart block will be associated with the maternal autoantibodies directed to components of the SSA/Ro – SSB/La ribonucleoprotein complex. Usually presenting in fetal life before 26 weeks’ gestation, once third-degree (complete) heart block develops, it is irreversible. Therefore, investigators over the past several years have attempted to predict which fetuses will be at risk for advanced conduction abnormalities by identifying a biomarker for less-severe or incomplete disease, in this case PR interval prolongation or first-degree atrioventricular block. In this state-of-the-art review, we critically analyze the various approaches to defining PR interval prolongation in the fetus, and then analyze several clinical trials that have attempted to address the question of whether complete heart block can be predicted and/or prevented. We find that, first and foremost, definitions of first-degree atrioventricular block vary, but that the techniques themselves are all similarly valid and reliable. Nevertheless, the task of predicting those fetuses at risk, and who are therefore candidates for treatment, remains challenging. Of concern, despite anecdotal evidence, there is currently no conclusive proof that a prolonged PR interval predicts complete heart block. PMID:22494551

  1. Mass-Analyzed Threshold Ionization of M_2O_2 ( M = ce and Pr)

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    Wu, Lu; Dangi, Beni; Rounjane, Mourad; Yang, Dong-Sheng

    2012-06-01

    M_2O_2 ( M = Ce and Pr) is produced in a pulsed laser-vaporization metal-cluster source and studied by mass-analyzed threshold ionization (MATI) spectroscopy. From the MATI spectra, the adiabatic ionization energy is determined to be 37300(5) cm-1 for Ce2O2, and 37885 (5) cm-1 for Pr2O2. Like group 3 transition metal M2O2 (M=Sc, Y, and La) clusters we reported previously, these lanthanide clusters have a D2h planer structure and the vibrational modes observed are from the in-plane motions. However, the ground and other low-energy electronic states of the lanthanide oxides have a much higher electron spin multiplicity due to the existence of 4f electrons in the Ce and Pr atoms. The 4f electron of Ce atom has significantly lower energies than the 5d or 6s electrons and remain uncoupled in Ce2O2. On the other hand, the energy differences between the 4f and 5d/6s electrons of Pr atom are relatively small, and a 4f → 5d electron promotion is required in the formation of Pr2O2. The electronic transitions responsible for the observed MATI spectra are tentatively determined to be ^4B1u ← ^5Ag for Ce2O2 and ^6B1u ← ^7B2g and ^6B1u ← ^5B1u for Pr2O2.

  2. 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.

  3. Magnetic and microstructural properties of nanocrystalline exchange coupled PrFeB permanent magnets

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    Goll, D.; Seeger, M.; Kronmüller, H.

    1998-05-01

    Nanocrystalline exchange coupled Pr 2Fe 14B single-phase and Pr 2Fe 14B+α-Fe two-phase magnets with grain sizes of about 20 nm were produced using the melt-spinning procedure. In the stoichiometric Pr 2Fe 14B composition a significantly enhanced remanence of JR=0.95 T was achieved in comparison with conventional Pr-rich and therefore decoupled isotropic PrFeB magnets ( JR⩽0.5 JS=0.78 T). In the composite magnets with overstoichiometric Fe a further enhancement of the remanence is possible. Values up to JR=1.42 T and ( BH) max=180.7 kJ/m 3 were obtained. As there exists no spin reorientation in PrFeB magnets, our attention was not only directed to the magnetic behaviour at room temperature but also to the magnetic properties in the whole ferromagnetic temperature range. The microstructural parameters Neff, αK and αex describing the influence of the non-ideal microstructure and the effect of the exchange coupling on the coercive field were determined within the framework of the nucleation model from the temperature dependence of the coercive field. Furthermore, reversibility measurements of the demagnetization curves in the second quadrant give important information about the magnetization processes in exchange coupled magnets. Moreover, we have investigated the law of approach to ferromagnetic saturation of the single-phase magnet in comparison with the decoupled one. The magnetic results are correlated with TEM investigations of the real microstructure.

  4. 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.

  5. Racial Differences and Correlates of Potential Adoption of Pre-exposure Prophylaxis (PrEP): Results of a National Survey

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    Wingood, Gina M.; Dunkle, Kristin; Camp, Christina; Patel, Shilpa; Painter, Julia E.; Rubtsova, Anna; DiClemente, Ralph J.

    2013-01-01

    Objective To examine the association between sociodemographic factors, sexual behaviors, and social factors on potential uptake of PrEP among African-American and White adult women in the United States. Methods Participants were recruited through a nationally representative random-digit dial telephone household survey. Participants comprised a nationally representative random sample of unmarried African-American (N=1068) and White women (N=441) aged 20–44. Interviews were conducted using computer-assisted telephone interviewing technology. Bivariate and multivariate analyses examined the relationship between sociodemographics, sexual behaviors, and social influences on women’s potential uptake of PrEP. Results In multivariate analyses, women with lower educational status, greater lifetime sexual partners, provider recommendations supportive of PrEP, and peer norms supportive of PrEP use were more likely to report potential PrEP uptake. Racial analyses revealed that compared to White women, African-American women were significantly more likely to report potential use of PrEP (aOR=1.76; p ≤ 0.001), more likely to report use PrEP if recommended by a healthcare provider (aOR=1.65; p≤0.001), less likely to report that they would be embarrassed to ask a healthcare provider for PrEP (aOR=0.59; p ≤ 0.05) and more likely to report use of PrEP if their female friends also used PrEP (aOR=2.2; p ≤ 0.001). The potential cost for PrEP was identified as a barrier to adoption by both African-American and White women. Conclusions Findings suggest that women at increased risk for HIV, including those with less education and greater number of sexual partners, may be more likely to use PrEP, although cost may serve as a barrier. PMID:23673895

  6. Ground state proton radioactivity from 121Pr: when was this exotic nuclear decay mode first discovered?

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    Robinson, A P; Woods, P J; Seweryniak, D; Davids, C N; Carpenter, M P; Hecht, A A; Peterson, D; Sinha, S; Walters, W B; Zhu, S

    2005-07-15

    Ground-state proton radioactivity has been identified from 121Pr. A transition with a proton energy of E(p)=882(10) keV [Q(p)=900(10) keV] and half-life t(1/2)=10(+6)(-3) ms has been observed and is assigned to the decay of a highly prolate deformed 3/2(+) or 3/2(-) Nilsson state. The present result is found to be incompatible with a previously reported observation of ground-state proton radioactivity from 121Pr, which would have represented the discovery of this phenomenon.

  7. 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.

  8. UVC upconversion material under sunlight excitation: LiYF(4): Pr(3+).

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    Wu, Jianhong; Zheng, Haolin; Liu, Xinghua; Han, Boning; Wei, Jun; Yang, Yanmin

    2016-02-15

    UVC upconversion emission is observed in a LiYF4:Pr3+ microcrystal under sunlight excitation. The dependence of UVC UC emission intensity on the excitation density of a 488 nm laser and sunlight is investigated. The obtained data indicates that two-photon processes play an important role in UVC UC emission. The UVC UC mechanisms of Pr3+ under the excitation of a laser and sunlight are presented and discussed. The UVC emission under sunlight excitation has broad prospects for application.

  9. 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.

  10. Hydrothermal in situ ligand synthesis and chiral self-assembly with Pr(III)

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    Lin, Ling; Zhang, Xin; Zhang, Jian; Yao, Yuan-Gen

    2011-12-01

    P-4mo-BDCME (5-(pyridine-4-ylmethoxy)-isophthalic acid dimethyl ester) is undergoing hydrolysis, C-O ether bond cleavage and simultaneous self-assembly with Pr(III) to produce a new chiral compound, [Pr 2(HO-BDC) 3(H 2O) 2] ( 1 HO-BDC = 5-hydroisophthalic acid), which features a three-dimensional (3D) framework with right-handed helices. Moreover, the magnetic behavior of 1 was investigated in the temperature range of 2-300 K.

  11. Pre-Activation Negativity (PrAN) in Brain Potentials to Unfolding Words

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    Söderström, Pelle; Horne, Merle; Frid, Johan; Roll, Mikael

    2016-01-01

    We describe an event-related potential (ERP) effect termed the “pre-activation negativity” (PrAN), which is proposed to index the degree of pre-activation of upcoming word-internal morphemes in speech processing. Using lexical competition measures based on word-initial speech fragments (WIFs), as well as statistical analyses of ERP data from three experiments, it is shown that the PrAN is sensitive to lexical competition and that it reflects the degree of predictive certainty: the negativity is larger when there are fewer upcoming lexical competitors. PMID:27777558

  12. 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.

  13. A Case of Concurrent MPO-/PR3-Negative ANCA-Associated Glomerulonephritis and Membranous Glomerulopathy

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    Nakada, Yasuyuki; Tsuboi, Nobuo; Takahashi, Yasuto; Yoshida, Hiraku; Hara, Yoriko; Okonogi, Hideo; Kawamura, Tetsuya; Arimura, Yoshihiro; Yokoo, Takashi

    2015-01-01

    We report a case in which antineutrophil cytoplasmic antibody- (ANCA-) associated glomerulonephritis and membranous glomerulopathy (MGN) were detected concurrently. The patient showed rapidly progressive renal deterioration. A renal biopsy showed crescentic glomerulonephritis, together with marked thickening and spike and bubbling formations in the glomerular basement membranes. Indirect immunofluorescence examination of the patient's neutrophils showed a perinuclear pattern. Enzyme-linked immunosorbent assays revealed that the ANCA in this case did not target myeloperoxidase (MPO) or proteinase 3 (PR3) but bactericidal-/permeability-increasing protein, elastase, and lysosome. The relationship between these two etiologically distinct entities, MPO-/PR3-negative ANCA-associated glomerulonephritis and MGN, remains unclear. PMID:25648906

  14. Electrical resistivity and AC-calorimetric measurements of PrRu 4P 12 under pressure

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    Miyake, A.; Holmes, A. T.; Kagayama, T.; Shimizu, K.; Sekine, C.; Shirotani, I.; Kikuchi, D.; Sugawara, H.; Sato, H.

    2008-04-01

    We have studied the effect of pressure in the filled skutterudite PrRu 4P 12, which shows a metal-insulator (MI) transition at TMI=63 K, via simultaneous measurements of electrical resistivity ( ρ) and AC-calorimetry ( CAC). Schottky-like anomalies in CAC disappear under pressure, suggesting a change of the ground state. The resistivity below TMI is strongly suppressed with increasing pressure, in contrast to the weak pressure dependence of TMI. Above 10 GPa, ρ(T) shows metallic behavior with small anomalies at TMI. We discuss the likely change of ground state in PrRu 4P 12 with pressure from triplet to singlet.

  15. The Puerto Rico Component of the National Tsunami Hazard and Mitigation Program Pr-Nthmp

    NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

    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

  16. The Puerto Rico Component of the National Tsunami Hazard and Mitigation Program (PR-NTHMP)

    NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

    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