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  1. Interaction of 11Li with 208Pb

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    Vinodkumar, A. M.; Loveland, W.; Yanez, R.; Leonard, M.; Yao, L.; Bricault, P.; Dombsky, M.; Kunz, P.; Lassen, J.; Morton, A. C.; Ottewell, D.; Preddy, D.; Trinczek, M.

    2013-04-01

    Background: 11Li is one of the most studied halo nuclei. The fusion of 11Li with 208Pb is the subject of a number of theoretical studies with widely differing predictions, ranging over four orders of magnitude, for the fusion excitation function.Purpose: The purpose was to measure the excitation function for the 11Li + 208Pb reaction.Methods: A stacked foil and degrader assembly of 208Pb targets was irradiated with a 11Li beam producing center-of-target beam energies from above-barrier to near-barrier energies (40-29 MeV). The intensity of the 11Li beam (chopped) was 1250 particles/s and the beam on-target time was 34 h. The α decay of the stopped evaporation residues (EVRs) was detected in an α-detector array at each beam energy in the beam-off period (the beam was on for ≤5 ns and then off for 170 ns).Results: The observed nuclidic yields of 212/215At and 214At are consistent with being produced in the complete fusion of 11Li with 208Pb. The observed yields of 213At appear to be the result of the breakup of 11Li into 9Li+2n, with the 9Li fusing with 208Pb. The magnitudes of the total fusion cross sections are substantially less than most theoretical predictions.Conclusions: It is possible to measure the EVR production cross sections resulting from the interaction of 11Li with 208Pb using current-generation radioactive beam facilities. Both complete fusion and breakup fusion processes occur in the interaction of 11Li with 208Pb. An important breakup process leads to the fusion of the 9Li fragment with 208Pb.

  2. Nuclear polarization in muonic 208Pb

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    Haga, Akihiro; Horikawa, Yataro; Tanaka, Yasutoshi

    2002-09-01

    We calculate nuclear-polarization energy shifts in muonic 208Pb. We employ a relativistic field-theoretical calculation and evaluate the ladder, cross, and seagull terms of the two-photon exchange diagrams in both the Feynman and Coulomb gauges. Gauge independence is very well satisfied with the calculated nuclear-polarization energies. Using these results, we analyze fine-structure splitting energies of muonic 208Pb because of the presence of the persisting discrepancies between experiment and calculation. The present nuclear-polarization energies explain about half of the anomaly in the Δ2p fine-structure splitting energy, and only one-fourth of the anomaly in the Δ3p fine-structure splitting energy.

  3. Particle Production in 158.A GeV 208Pb+208Pb Collisions

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    Awes, T.C.

    1999-01-09

    The production of neutral pions in 158A GeV {sup 208}Pb+{sup 208}Pb collisions has been studied in the WA98 experiment. The centrality dependence of the neutral pion production is investigated. An invariance of the spectral shape and a simple scaling of the yield with the number of participating nucleons is observed for centralities with more than about 50 participants. The transverse mass spectrum is analyzed in terms of a thermal model with hydrodynamic expansion. The high accuracy and large kinematic coverage of the measurement constrains the extracted freeze-out parameters, and provides information on the freeze-out velocity profile.

  4. Gamow-teller states in 208Pb

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    Fiebig, H. R.; Wambach, J.

    1982-10-01

    We investigate coherent spin-isospin excitations of nucleons and isobars in 208Pb in the long-wavelength limit (spin-isospin zero sound). Both NN - and ΔN - particle-hole channels are considered within a coupled RPA calculation using a Landau-Migdal type ph residual interaction. We obtain energy and strength of the giant isobaric Gamow-Teller (GT) state and discuss its influence on the nucleonic GT excitation. The coupling of this mode to 2p-2h states is also discussed. We emphasize the role of surface vibrational modes as dominant decay channels.

  5. Partial Photoneutron Cross Sections for 207,208Pb

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    Kondo, T.; Utsunomiya, H.; Goriely, S.; Iwamoto, C.; Akimune, H.; Yamagata, T.; Toyokawa, H.; Harada, H.; Kitatani, F.; Lui, Y.-W.; Hilaire, S.; Koning, A. J.

    2014-05-01

    Using linearly-polarized laser-Compton scattering γ-rays, partial E1 and M1 photoneutron cross sections along with total cross sections were determined for 207,208Pb at four energies near neutron threshold by measuring anisotropies in photoneutron emission. Separately, total photoneutron cross sections were measured for 207,208Pb with a high-efficiency 4π neutron detector. The partial cross section measurement provides direct evidence for the presence of pygmy dipole resonance (PDR) in 207,208Pb in the vicinity of neutron threshold. The strength of PDR amounts to 0.32%-0.42% of the Thomas-Reiche-Kuhn sum rule. Several μN2 units of B(M1)↑ strength were observed in 207,208Pb just above neutron threshold, which correspond to M1 cross sections less than 10% of the total photoneutron cross sections.

  6. Fusion of {sup 9}Li with {sup 208}Pb

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    Vinodkumar, A. M.; Loveland, W.; Sprunger, P. H.; Prisbrey, L.; Trinczek, M.; Dombsky, M.; Machule, P.; Kolata, J. J.; Roberts, A.

    2009-11-15

    We have measured the fusion excitation function for the {sup 9}Li+{sup 208}Pb reaction for near-barrier projectile center-of-mass energies of 23.9 to 43.0 MeV using the ISAC2 facility at TRIUMF. The {alpha}-emitting evaporation residues ({sup 211-214}At) were stopped in the {sup 208}Pb target, and their decay was measured. The isotopic yields at each energy were in good agreement with the predictions of a statistical model code (HIVAP). The measured fusion excitation function shows evidence for substantial sub-barrier fusion enhancement not predicted by current theoretical models. There is a suppression of the above barrier cross sections relative to these model predictions. The implications of this measurement for studying the fusion of {sup 11}Li with {sup 208}Pb are discussed.

  7. The 208Pb(n,γ) cross section

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    Beer, H.; Rochow, W.; Käppeler, F.; Rauscher, T.

    2003-05-01

    The Maxwellian average neutron capture (MAC) cross section of 208Pb has been reinvestigated. With the activation technique cross section measurements were performed at 25, 30, 52, 104, 149, and 215 keV. At 30 keV we succeeded to measure the direct p-wave capture part of the 208Pb capture cross section. The s-process at the termination of the synthesis has been analyzed. Independent calculations of s- and r-process yield a consistent decomposition for the Pb and Bi isotopic s- and r-contributions.

  8. Complete Electric Dipole Strength and Neutron Skin in 208Pb

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    von Neumann-Cosel, P.; Poltoraska, I.; Tamii, A.

    2013-03-01

    Small-angle polarized proton scattering including 0° on 208Pb has been studied at the RCNP cyclotron with high energy resolution of the order 25 -- 30 keV (FWHM). The complete E1 strength distribution from 5 to 20 MeV could be extracted from the data. The total E1 polarizability as well as the properties of the pygmy dipole resonance can be extracted with high precision providing important experimental constraints on the neutron skin thickness in 208Pb and the symmetry energy of neutron matter.

  9. Multinucleon transfer reactions in the 40Ar+208Pb system

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    Mijatović, T.; Szilner, S.; Corradi, L.; Montanari, D.; Pollarolo, G.; Fioretto, E.; Gadea, A.; Goasduff, A.; Malenica, D. Jelavić; Mǎrginean, N.; Milin, M.; Montagnoli, G.; Scarlassara, F.; Soić, N.; Stefanini, A. M.; Ur, C. A.; Valiente-Dobón, J. J.

    2016-12-01

    We measured multinucleon transfer reactions in the 40Ar+208Pb system at an energy close to the Coulomb barrier, by employing the PRISMA magnetic spectrometer. We extracted differential and total cross sections of the different transfer channels, with a careful investigation of the total kinetic energy loss distributions. Comparisons between different systems having the same 208Pb target and with projectiles going from neutron-poor to neutron-rich nuclei, i.e., 40Ca, 58Ni, and 40Ar, as well as between the data and GRAZING calculations have been carried out. The neutron-rich (stable) 40Ar beam allowed us to get access to the channels involving proton pickup, whose behavior in connection with the production of neutron-rich heavy partner has been outlined.

  10. Compton scattering by mesons in nuclei: Experiment on 208Pb

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    Fuhrberg, K.; Martin, G.; Häger, D.; Ludwig, M.; Schumacher, M.; Andersson, B.-E.; Blomqvist, K. I.; Ruijter, H.; Sandell, A.; Schröder, B.; Hayward, E.; Nilsson, L.; Zorro, R.

    1992-10-01

    Using 58 and 73 MeV tagged photons and scattering angles from 60° to 150°, it is shown that it is possible to observe Compton scattering by "mesons in nuclei" through an incomplete cancellation of the mesonic (exchange-current) seagull amplitude by parts of the nuclear resonance amplitude related to the giant-dipole resonance of 208Pb. This phenomenon is a property of an extended nucleus and, therefore, cannot be studied on the deuteron. Predictions of the exchange from factor which determines the angular distribution of the exchange seagull amplitude are compared with experimental data.

  11. Neutron skin of (208)pb from coherent pion photoproduction.

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    Tarbert, C M; Watts, D P; Glazier, D I; Aguar, P; Ahrens, J; Annand, J R M; Arends, H J; Beck, R; Bekrenev, V; Boillat, B; Braghieri, A; Branford, D; Briscoe, W J; Brudvik, J; Cherepnya, S; Codling, R; Downie, E J; Foehl, K; Grabmayr, P; Gregor, R; Heid, E; Hornidge, D; Jahn, O; Kashevarov, V L; Knezevic, A; Kondratiev, R; Korolija, M; Kotulla, M; Krambrich, D; Krusche, B; Lang, M; Lisin, V; Livingston, K; Lugert, S; MacGregor, I J D; Manley, D M; Martinez, M; McGeorge, J C; Mekterovic, D; Metag, V; Nefkens, B M K; Nikolaev, A; Novotny, R; Owens, R O; Pedroni, P; Polonski, A; Prakhov, S N; Price, J W; Rosner, G; Rost, M; Rostomyan, T; Schadmand, S; Schumann, S; Sober, D; Starostin, A; Supek, I; Thomas, A; Unverzagt, M; Walcher, Th; Zana, L; Zehr, F

    2014-06-20

    Information on the size and shape of the neutron skin on (208)Pb is extracted from coherent pion photoproduction cross sections measured using the Crystal Ball detector together with the Glasgow tagger at the MAMI electron beam facility. On exploitation of an interpolated fit of a theoretical model to the measured cross sections, the half-height radius and diffuseness of the neutron distribution are found to be c(n)=6.70±0.03(stat.)  fm and a(n)=0.55±0.01(stat.)(-0.03)(+0.02)(sys.)  fm, respectively, corresponding to a neutron skin thickness Δr(np)=0.15±0.03(stat.)(-0.03)(+0.01)(sys.)  fm. The results give the first successful extraction of a neutron skin thickness with an electromagnetic probe and indicate that the skin of (208)Pb has a halo character. The measurement provides valuable new constraints on both the structure of nuclei and the equation of state for neutron-rich matter.

  12. Distribution of M1 transitions in /sup 208/Pb

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    Laszewski, R.M.; Alarcon, R.; Dale, D.S.; Hoblit, S.D.

    1988-10-10

    The distribution of M1 strength in /sup 208/Pb has been measured between 5.8 and 7.4 MeV with highly polarized tagged photons. ..sigma..GAMMA/sup 2//sub 0/(M/sup 1/)/GAMMA = 14.6 +- /sup +1.5//sub -1.3/ eV corresponding to ..sigma..B(M1up-arrow) = 10.7 +- /sup +1.1//sub -0.9/..mu../sup 2//sub N/ was found, and can fully account for the much discussed ''missing'' M1 in /sup 208/Pb. When the present result is combined with known 1/sup 1/ transitions above neutron threshold, an M1 giant resonance emerges at 7.3 MeV, 1 MeV wide, with ..sigma..B(M1up-arrow)approx. =15.6..mu../sup 2//sub N/. Smaller 1/sup +/ resonances are also seen in both 5.85 and 6.24 MeV. The total M1 strength below 6.4 MeV amounts to ..sigma..B(M) = (1.9/sup +0.7//sub -0.4/)..mu../sup 2//sub N/.

  13. Proton particle-hole states in 208Pb

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    Grabmayr, P.; Mairle, G.; Schmidt-Rohr, U.; Berg, G. P. A.; Meissburger, J.; von Rossen, P.; Tain, J. L.

    1987-07-01

    Differential cross sections for the 209Bi(d, 3He) 208Pb transitions to the proton particle-proton hole states in 208Pb were obtained with the 45 MeV analyzed deuteron beam from the JULIC cyclotron and the high resolution spectrograph BIG KARL. 72 states up to 6.6 MeV were studied with an overall resolution of 12 to 15keV. Spectroscopic factors were extracted relative to the simultaneously measured calibration reaction 208Pb(d, 3He) 207Tl. For 26 states new parity assignments were possible on the basis of the measured angular distributions. The deduced inclusion into one of the four multiplets put limits on the possible spins of the states in question. With the help of sum rule arguments the spins of 12 states were assigned. The comparison with shell model calculations give only rough agreement as they predict the energies of the respective states about 300 keV too high. The magnetic dipole state at 5.846 MeV was observed with a Spectroscopic factor C2S = 0.17. From this, together with the transition probability B(M1↑) = (1.6 ± 0.5) μN2 from a ( overlineγ, γ') experiment we derived size and relative sign of the dominant neutron and proton spin-flip amplitudes. The result gives clear evidence for the isoscalar character of this state in accordance wtih TDA and RPA predictions. The matrix elements of the two-body residual interaction were derived unambiguously for the h{9}/{2} ∗ s{1}/{2}and h{9}/{2} ∗ d{3}/{2} multiplets. For the h{9}/{2}∗ h{11}/{2} and h{9}/{2} ∗ d{5}/{2} multiplets uncertainties are larger because of assumptions of some of the spins for the states of high excitation energy. The four monopole terms are found close to the average of -308 keV. They are dominated by the Coulomb contributions of ≈ - 216 keV. The deduced J-dependence of the matrix elements differs from those found in other systematic investigations indicating more complicated underlying nuclear forces must contribute.

  14. New Neutron Rich Nuclei Near {sup 208}Pb

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    Aeystoe, J.; Andreyev, A.; Evensen, A.-H.; Hoff, P.; Huhta, M.; Huyse, M.; ISOLDE Collaboration; Jokinen, A.; Karny, M.; Kugler, E.; Kurpeta, J.; Lettry, J.; Nieminen, A.; Plochocki, A.; Ramdhane, M.; Ravn, H.; Rykaczewski, K.; Szerypo, J.; VanDuppen, P.; Walter, G.; Woehr, A.

    1998-11-13

    The level properties near the stable doubly-magic nuclei formed the experimental grounds for the theoretical description of nuclear structure. However with a departure from the beta-stability line, the classical well-established shell structure might be modified. In particular, it may even vanish for extremely exotic neutron-rich nuclei near the neutron-drip line. Presently, it is impossible to verify such predictions by a direct experimental studies of these exotic objects. However, one may try to observe and understand the evolution of the nuclear structure while departing in the experiment as far as possible from the stable nuclei. An extension of experimental nuclear structure studies towards the nuclei characterized by high neutron excess is crucial for such verifications as well as for the {tau}-process nucleosynthesis scenario. Heavy neutron-rich nuclei, south-east of doubly-magic {sup 208}Pb, were always very difficult to produce and investigate. The nuclei like {sup 218}Po and {sup 214}Pb or {sup 210}Tl marked the border line of known nuclei from the beginning of the radioactivity era for over ninety years. To illustrate the difficulties, one can refer to the experiments employing the on-line mass separator technique. A spallation of heavy targets like {sup 232}Th and {sup 238}U by high-energy protons was proven as a source of heavy neutron-rich nuclei. The isotopes near and beyond doubly-magic {sup 208}Pb were produced too. However, such studies often suffered from an isobaric contamination of much more strongly produced and efficiently released elements like francium or radon and their decay products. A new experimental technique, based on the pulsed release element selective method recently developed at the PS Booster-ISOLDE at CERN [7,8,9] greatly reduces the contamination of these very short-lived {alpha}-emitters (Z {ge} 84) for the isobaric mass chains A=215 to A=218.

  15. Search for the two-phonon octupole vibrational state in {sup 208}Pb

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    Blumenthal, D.J.; Henning, W.; Janssens, R.V.F.

    1995-08-01

    We performed an experiment to search for the two-phonon octupole vibrational state in {sup 208}Pb. Thick targets of {sup 208}Pb, {sup 209}Bi, {sup 58,64}Ni, and {sup 160}Gd were bombarded with 1305 MeV beams of were bombard {sup 208}Pb supplied by ATLAS. Gamma rays were detected using the Argonne-Notre Dame BGO gamma-ray facility, consisting of 12 Compton-suppressed germanium detectors surrounding an array of 50 BGO scintillators. We identified some 30 known gamma rays from {sup 208}Pb in the spectra gated by the 5{sup -} {yields} 3{sup -} and 3{sup -} {yields} 0{sup +} transitions in {sup 208}Pb. In addition, after unfolding these spectra for Compton response, we observed broad coincident structures in the energy region expected for the 2-phonon states. Furthermore, we confirmed the placement of a 2485 keV line observed previously in {sup 207}Pb and find no evidence consistent with the placement of this line in {sup 208}Pb. We are currently in the process of investigating the origin of the broadened lines observed in the spectra, extracting the excitation probability of states in {sup 208}Pb, and determining the relative probability of mutual excitation and neutron transfer in this reaction. An additional experiment is also being performed to collect much higher statistics germanium-germanium coincidence data for the thick {sup 208}Pb target.

  16. Electric dipole excitation of 208Pb by polarized electron impact

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    Jakubassa-Amundsen, D. H.; Ponomarev, V. Yu.

    2016-03-01

    The cross sections and spin asymmetries for the excitation of 1- states in 208Pb by transversely polarized electrons with collision energy of 30-180MeV have been examined within the DWBA scattering formalism. As examples, we have considered a low-lying 1- state and also states belonging to the pygmy dipole and giant dipole resonances. The structure of these states and their corresponding transition charge and current densities have been taken from an RPA calculation within the quasiparticle phonon model. The complex-plane rotation method has been applied to achieve the convergence of the radial DWBA integrals for backward scattering. We have studied the behaviour of the cross sections and spin asymmetries as a function of electron energy and scattering angle. The role of the longitudinal and transversal contributions to the excitation has been thoroughly studied. We conclude that the spin asymmetry S, related to unpolarized outgoing electrons, is mostly well below 1% even at the backward scattering angles and its measurement provides a challenge for future experiments with polarized electrons.

  17. Has a thick neutron skin in 208Pb been ruled out?

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    Fattoyev, F J; Piekarewicz, J

    2013-10-18

    The Lead Radius Experiment has provided the first model-independent evidence in favor of a neutron-rich skin in 208Pb. Although the error bars are large, the reported large central value of 0.33 fm is particularly intriguing. To test whether such a thick neutron skin in 208Pb is already incompatible with laboratory experiments or astrophysical observations, we employ relativistic models with neutron-skin thickness in 208Pb ranging from 0.16 to 0.33 fm to compute ground-state properties of finite nuclei, their collective monopole and dipole response, and mass-versus-radius relations for neutron stars. No compelling reason was found to rule out models with large neutron skins in 208Pb from the set of observables considered in this Letter.

  18. Δ-isobar effects on M2 strength in 208Pb

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    Cha, D.; Septh, J.

    1984-02-01

    The strength distribution of the 2- states in 208Pb is calculated including the Δ-isobar quenching effects. The theoretical B (M2) values up to 8 MeV are dominated by the orbital angular momentum part of the M2 operator. Therefore we find only little quenching in this energy region owing to the Δ-particle nucleon-hole admixtures. [NUCLEAR STRUCTURE 208Pb; Δ-isobar effects on M2 strength.

  19. The influence of projectile neutron number in the 208Pb(48Ti, n)255Rf and 208Pb(50Ti, n)257Rf reactions

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    Dragojevic, Irena; Dragojevic, I.; Gregorich, K.E.; Dullmann, Ch.E.; Garcia, M.A.; Gates, J.M.; Nelson, S.L.; Stavsetra, L.; Sudowe, R.; Nitsche, H.

    2008-07-11

    Four isotopes of rutherfordium,254-257Rf, were produced by the 208Pb(48Ti, xn)256-xRf and 208Pb(50Ti, xn)258-xRf reactions (x = 1, 2) at the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory 88-Inch Cyclotron. Excitation functions were measured for the 1n and 2n exit channels. A maximum likelihood technique, which correctly accounts for the changing cross section at all energies subtended by the targets, was used to fit the 1n data to allow a more direct comparison between excitation functions obtained under different experimental conditions. The maximum 1n crosssections of the 208Pb(48Ti, n)255Rf and 208Pb(50Ti, n)257Rf reactions obtained from fits to the experimental data are 0.38 +/- 0.07 nb and 40 +/-5 nb, respectively. Excitation functions for the 2n exit channel were also measured, with maximum cross sections of nb for the 48Ti induced reaction, and 15.7 +/- 0.2 nb for the 50Ti induced reaction. The impact of the two neutron difference in the projectile on the 1n cross section is discussed. The results are compared to the Fusion by Diffusion model developed by Swiatecki, Wilczynska, and Wilczynski.

  20. Chaos and Regularity in the Doubly Magic Nucleus 208Pb

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    Dietz, B.; Heusler, A.; Maier, K. H.; Richter, A.; Brown, B. A.

    2017-01-01

    High-resolution experiments have recently lead to a complete identification (energy, spin, and parity) of 151 nuclear levels up to an excitation energy of Ex=6.20 MeV in 208Pb [Heusler et al., Phys. Rev. C 93, 054321 (2016), 10.1103/PhysRevC.93.054321]. We present a thorough study of the fluctuation properties in the energy spectra of the unprecedented set of nuclear bound states. In a first approach, we group states with the same spin and parity into 14 subspectra, analyze standard statistical measures for short- and long-range correlations, i.e., the nearest-neighbor spacing distribution, the number variance Σ2, the Dyson-Mehta Δ3 statistics, and the novel distribution of the ratios of consecutive spacings of adjacent energy levels in each energy sequence, and then compute their ensemble average. Their comparison with a random matrix ensemble which interpolates between Poisson statistics expected for regular systems and the Gaussian orthogonal ensemble (GOE) predicted for chaotic systems shows that the data are well described by the GOE. In a second approach, following an idea of Rosenzweig and Porter [Phys. Rev. 120, 1698 (1960), 10.1103/PhysRev.120.1698], we consider the complete spectrum composed of the independent subspectra. We analyze their fluctuation properties using the method of Bayesian inference involving a quantitative measure, called the chaoticity parameter f , which also interpolates between Poisson (f =0 ) and GOE statistics (f =1 ). It turns out to be f ≈0.9 . This is so far the closest agreement with a GOE observed in the spectra of bound states in a nucleus. The same analysis is also performed with spectra computed on the basis of shell model calculations with different interactions (surface-delta interaction, Kuo-Brown, Michigan-three-Yukawa). While the simple surface-delta interaction exhibits features typical for nuclear many-body systems with regular dynamics, the other, more realistic interactions yield chaoticity parameters f close

  1. Measurements of neutron capture cross section for {sup 207,208}Pb

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    Segawa, M.; Toh, Y.; Harada, H.; Kitatani, F.; Koizumi, M.; Fukahori, T.; Iwamoto, N.; Iwamoto, O.; Oshima, M.; Hatsukawa, Y.; Nagai, Y.; Igashira, M.; Kamada, S.; Tajika, M.

    2014-05-02

    The neutron capture cross sections for {sup 207,208}Pb have been measured in the neutron energy region from 10 to 110 keV. The γ-rays cascaded from a capture state to the ground state or low-lying states of {sup 208,209}Pb were observed for the first time, using an anti-Compton Nal(Tl) spectrometer and a TOF method. The observed discrete γ-ray energy spectra enabled us to determine neutron capture cross sections for {sup 207,208}Pb with small systematic errors, since we could distinguish γ-ray of {sup 207,208}Pb(n,γ) reactions from background γ-ray with use of the γ-ray spectra. The obtained cross sections include both contributions of resonance and direct capture components different from the previous TOF measurements.

  2. Development of an odd-Z-projectile reaction for heavy element synthesis: 208Pb(64Ni, n)271Ds and 208Pb(65Cu, n)272111

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    Folden III, C.M.; Gregorich, K.E.; Dullmann, Ch.E.; Mahmud, H.; Pang, G.K.; Schwantes, J.M.; Sudowe, R.; Zielinski, P.M.; Nitsche, H.; Hoffman, D.C.

    2004-08-16

    Seven {sup 271}Ds decay chains were identified in the bombardment of {sup 208}Pb targets with 311.5- and 314.3-MeV {sup 64}Ni projectiles using the Berkeley Gas-filled Separator. These data, combined with previous results, provide an excitation function for this reaction. From these results, an optimum energy of 321 MeV was estimated for the production of {sup 272}111 in the reaction {sup 208}Pb({sup 65}Cu, n). One decay chain was observed, resulting in a cross section of 1.7{sub -1.4}{sup +3.9} pb. This experiment confirms the discovery of element 111 by the Darmstadt group who used the {sup 209}Bi({sup 64}Ni, n){sup 272}111 reaction.

  3. Sensitivity of the electric dipole polarizability to the neutron skin thickness in {sup 208}Pb

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    Roca-Maza, X.; Agrawal, B. K.; Colo, G.; Nazarewicz, W.; Paar, N.; Piekarewicz, J.; Reinhard, P.-G.; Vretenar, D.

    2012-10-20

    The static dipole polarizability, {alpha}{sub D}, in {sup 208}Pb has been recently measured with highresolution via proton inelastic scattering at the Research Center for Nuclear Physics (RCNP) [1]. This observable is thought to be intimately connected with the neutron skin thickness, r{sub skin}, of the same nucleus and, more fundamentally, it is believed to be associated with the density dependence of the nuclear symmetry energy. The impact of r{sub skin} on {alpha}{sub D} in {sup 208}Pb is investigated and discussed on the basis of a large and representative set of relativistic and non-relativistic nuclear energy density functionals (EDF) [2].

  4. Polarization potentials for the 208Pb(7Li,6Li)209Pb transfer

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    Keeley, N.; Rusek, K.

    1997-12-01

    Recent optical model analyses of near-barrier 7Li+208Pb elastic scattering data found a peak in the energy dependence of WOM, the strength of the imaginary part of the optical model potential at the strong absorption radius. It was speculated that this might be due to the polarization potentials produced by couplings to the 208Pb(7Li,6Li)209Pb transfer channels. In this Brief Report we show explicitly that such couplings do indeed produce polarization potentials with the same energy dependence as that observed for the empirical optical potentials.

  5. Two-parameter Fermi function fits to experimental charge and point-proton densities for 208Pb

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    Jones, Adam B.; Brown, B. Alex

    2014-12-01

    We use the model-independent experimental charge density for 208Pb to determine a model-independent point-proton density. An improved two-parameter Fermi function representation for the this point-proton density provides input for the analysis of experiments for the neutron density interpreted in terms of neutron skin and halo properties of 208Pb.

  6. Elastic scattering of 17O+208Pb at energies near the Coulomb barrier

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    Torresi, D.; Strano, E.; Mazzocco, M.; Boiano, A.; Boiano, C.; Di Meo, P.; La Commara, M.; Manea, C.; Nicoletto, M.; Grebosz, J.; Guglielmetti, A.; Molini, P.; Parascandolo, C.; Pierroutsakou, D.; Signorini, C.; Soramel, F.; Toniolo, N.; Filipescu, D.; Gheorghe, A.; Glodariu, T.; Jeong, S.; Kim, Y. H.; Lay, J. A.; Miyatake, H.; Pakou, A.; Sgouros, O.; Soukeras, V.; Stroe, L.; Vitturi, A.; Watanabe, Y.; Zerva, K.

    2016-05-01

    Within the frame of the commissioning of a new experimental apparatus EXPADES we undertook the measurement of the elastic scattering angular distribution for the system 17O+208Pb at energy around the Coulomb barrier. The reaction dynamics induced by loosely bound Radioactive Ion Beams is currently being extensively studied [4]. In particular the study of the elastic scattering process allows to obtain direct information on the total reaction cross section of the exotic nuclei. In order to understand the effect of the low binding energy on the reaction mechanism it is important to compare radioactive weakly bound nuclei with stable strongly-bound nuclei. In this framework the study of the 17O+208Pb elastic scattering can be considered to be complementary to a previous measurement of the total reaction cross section for the system 17F+208Pb at energies of 86, 90.4 MeV [5, 6]. The data will be compared with those obtained for the neighboring systems 16,18O+208Pb and others available in literature.

  7. Production and identification of new, neutron-rich nuclei in the {sup 208}Pb region

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    Rykaczewski, K.; Kurpeta, J.; Plochocki, A.; Karny, M.; Szerypo, J.; Evensen, A.-H.; Kugler, E.; Lettry, J.; Ravn, H.; Duppen, P. van; Andreyev, A.; Huyse, M.; Woehr, A.; Jokinen, A.; Aeystoe, J.; Nieminen, A.; Huhta, M.; Ramdhane, M.; Walter, G.; Hoff, P.

    1998-12-21

    The recently developed methods allowing the experimental studies on new neutron-rich nuclei beyond doubly-magic {sup 208}Pb are briefly described. An identification of new neutron-rich isotopes {sup 215}Pb and {sup 217}Bi, and new decay properties of {sup 216}Bi studied by means of a pulsed release element selective technique at PS Booster-ISOLDE are reported.

  8. Enhanced E1 transitions and {alpha}+{sup 208}Pb(3{sup -}) clustering in {sup 212}Po

    SciTech Connect

    Suzuki, Y.; Ohkubo, S.

    2010-10-15

    We formulate a model for {sup 212}Po, based on the coupled-channels of {alpha}+{sup 208}Pb(0{sup +}) and {alpha}+{sup 208}Pb(3{sup -}) in which the {alpha}-Pb interaction contains scalar, quadrupole, and octupole terms. The model reproduces the recently observed enhanced E1 transitions from the several new negative-parity levels to the yrast states. Because these data are hard to understand in the shell model, this success gives a strong support for a unique role of {alpha}+{sup 208}Pb(3{sup -}) clustering in {sup 212}Po.

  9. Excitation energy dependence of the level density parameter close to the doubly magic 208Pb

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    Roy, Pratap; Banerjee, K.; Bhattacharya, C.; Pandey, R.; Sen, A.; Manna, S.; Kundu, S.; Rana, T. K.; Ghosh, T. K.; Mukherjee, G.; Roy, T.; Dhal, A.; Dey, A.; Meena, J. K.; Saha, A. K.; Pandit, Deepak; Mukhopadhyay, S.; Bhattacharya, S.

    2016-12-01

    Neutron evaporation spectra have been measured from 4He+208Pb and 4He+209Bi reactions by using 4He-ion beams of several bombarding energies. Excitation-energy dependence of the level density parameter has been studied for the two systems in the excitation energy range of ˜18 -50 MeV. For both the reactions an overall reduction of the asymptotic level density parameter with increasing excitation energy (temperature) is observed. The trend of the data was compared with the Thomas-Fermi model predictions and found to be in reasonable agreement. The value of the shell damping parameter has been extracted from the lowest-energy data in the case of Po,211210 and At,212211 nuclei close to the Z =82 and N =126 shell closure, and it was found to be consistent with the recent measurement in the vicinity of doubly magic 208Pb nucleus.

  10. Theoretical study on neutron distribution of 208Pb by parity-violating electron scattering

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    Liu, Jian; Zhang, Cun; Ren, Zhong-Zhou; Xu, Chang

    2016-03-01

    The precise determination of neutron distribution has important implications for both nuclear structure and nuclear astrophysics. The purpose of this paper is to study the characteristics of neutron distribution of 208Pb by parity-violating electron scattering (PVS). Parity-violating asymmetries of 208Pb with different types of neutron skins are systematically calculated and compared with the experimental data of PREx. The results indicate that the PVS experiments are very sensitive to the nuclear neutron distributions. From further PVS measurements, detailed information on nuclear neutron distributions can be extracted. Supported by the National Natural Science Foundation of China (11505292, 11175085, 11235001, 11447226), by the Shandong Provincial Natural Science Foundation, China (BS2014SF007), by the Fundamental Research Funds for the Central Universities (15CX02072A, 15CX02070A, 15CX05026A, 13CX10022A, 14CX02157A).

  11. Reanalysis of muonic {sup 90}Zr and {sup 208}Pb atoms

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    Haga, Akihiro; Toki, Hiroshi; Horikawa, Yataro

    2007-04-15

    Muonic transition energies in lowlying {mu}{sup -}-{sup 90}Zr and {mu}{sup -}-{sup 208}Pb states are reanalyzed by using nuclear polarization with the full-electromagnetic nuclear response. The possibility of the observed enhancement of the energy-weighted sum rule is also considered in the analysis. The transverse part of the nuclear polarization and the enhancement effect play an important role in improving the fine structure splitting of muonic p-states in both nuclei. Furthermore, introducing a pygmy dipole resonance in the excitation spectrum, the final fit drastically improves in {sup 208}Pb. However, there remains a discrepancy in {sup 90}Zr, for which the structure of the nuclear excitation spectrum is insensitive to the nuclear-polarization energy shift. Therefore, the remaining discrepancy might be caused by effects other than the nuclear polarization.

  12. Measurement of the 208Pb(52Cr, n)259Sg Excitation Function

    SciTech Connect

    Folden III, C.M.; Dragojevic, I.; Dullmann, Ch.E.; Eichler, R.; Garcia, M.A.; Gates, J.M.; Nelson, S.L.; Sudowe, R.; Gregorich, K.E.; Hoffman, D.C.; Nitsche, H.

    2010-03-19

    The excitation function for the 208Pb(52Cr, n)259Sg reaction has been measured using the Berkeley Gas-filled Separator at the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory 88-Inch Cyclotron. The maximum cross section of pb is observed at a center-of-target laboratory-frame energy of 253.0 MeV. In total, 25 decay chains originating from 259Sg were observed and the measured decay properties are in good agreement with previous reports. In addition, a partial excitation function for the 208Pb(52Cr, 2n)258Sg reaction was obtained, and an improved 258Sg half-life of ms was calculated by combining all available experimental data.

  13. Isoscalar giant dipole resonance in {sup 90}Zr, {sup 116}Sn, and {sup 208}Pb

    SciTech Connect

    Clark, H. L.; Lui, Y.-W.; Youngblood, D. H.

    2001-03-01

    Strength functions for isoscalar dipole excitations in {sup 90}Zr, {sup 116}Sn, and {sup 208}Pb have been measured with inelastic scattering of 240 MeV {alpha} particles at small angles. The isoscalar E1 strength distribution in each nucleus is found to consist of a broad component at E{sub x}{approx}114/A{sup 1/3}MeV containing approximately 100% of the E1 EWSR and a narrower one at E{sub x}{approx}72/A{sup 1/3}MeV containing 15--28% of the total isoscalar E1 strength. The higher component is the compression mode E1 strength previously reported only in {sup 208}Pb, whereas the lower component may be a new mode not reported previously, but suggested by recent RPA-HF and relativistic mean field calculations.

  14. Coulomb barrier penetrability in the 11Be + 208Pb breakup reaction

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    Mukeru, B.; Lekala, M. L.; Rampho, G. J.

    2015-08-01

    We use the continuum discretized coupled channels method to study the 11Be+208Pb breakup reaction. We investigate the effects of the continuum-continuum couplings (ccc) on the breakup cross sections. We find that high partial waves strengthen the ccc. Using the breakup cross sections of this reaction, we analyze the penetrability of the Coulomb barrier and show that this penetrability is reduced when the ccc are included.

  15. Scattering of {sup 8}He on {sup 208}Pb at 22 MeV

    SciTech Connect

    Marquinez-Duran, G.; Sanchez-Benitez, A. M.; Martel, I.; Berjillos, R.; Duenas, J. A.; Parkar, V. V.; Acosta, L.; Rusek, K.; Alvarez, M. A. G.; Gomez-Camacho, J.; Borge, M. J. G.; Cruz, C.; Cubero, M.; Pesudo, V.; Tengblad, O.; Chbihi, A.; Fernandez-Garcia, J. P.; Moro, A. M.; Fernandez-Martinez, B.; Labrador, J. A.; and others

    2013-06-10

    The skin nucleus {sup 8}He is investigated by measuring the angular distribution of the elasticly scattered {sup 8}He and the {sup 6,4}He fragments produced in the collision with a {sup 208}Pb target at 22 MeV, just above the Coulomb barrier. The experiment was carried out at SPIRAL/GANIL in 2010. Here we present preliminary results for the elastic scattering.

  16. Production and identification of new, neutron-rich nuclei in the [sup 208]Pb region

    SciTech Connect

    Rykaczewski, K. ); Szerypo, J.; Evensen, A.-H.; Kugler, E.; Lettry, J.; Ravn, H. ); Kurpeta, J.; Pkochocki, A.; Karny, M.; Szerypo, J. ); Szerypo, J. ); Andreyev, H.; Huyse, M.; Wo uml; hr, A. ); Aystuml, J.; Nieminen, A.; Huhta, M. ); Walter, G. ) Hoff, P. )

    1998-12-01

    The recently developed methods allowing the experimental studies on new neutron-rich nuclei beyond doubly-magic [sup 208]Pb are briefly described. An identification of new neutron-rich isotopes [sup 215]Pb and [sup 217]Bi, and new decay properties of [sup 216]Bi studied by means of a pulsed release element selective technique at PS Booster-ISOLDE are reported. [copyright] [ital 1998 American Institute of Physics.

  17. Production and identification of new, neutron-rich nuclei in the {sup 208}Pb region

    SciTech Connect

    Rykaczewski, K.; Szerypo, J.; Evensen, A.-H.; Kugler, E.; Lettry, J.; Ravn, H.; Kurpeta, J.; Pkochocki, A.; Karny, M.; Szerypo, J.; Szerypo, J.; Andreyev, H.; Huyse, M.; Wo¨ hr, A.; Aystuml, J.; Nieminen, A.; Huhta, M.; Walter, G. Hoff, P.

    1998-12-01

    The recently developed methods allowing the experimental studies on new neutron-rich nuclei beyond doubly-magic {sup 208}Pb are briefly described. An identification of new neutron-rich isotopes {sup 215}Pb and {sup 217}Bi, and new decay properties of {sup 216}Bi studied by means of a pulsed release element selective technique at PS Booster-ISOLDE are reported. {copyright} {ital 1998 American Institute of Physics.}

  18. Neutron skin of (208)Pb, nuclear symmetry energy, and the parity radius experiment.

    PubMed

    Roca-Maza, X; Centelles, M; Viñas, X; Warda, M

    2011-06-24

    A precise determination of the neutron skin Δr(np) of a heavy nucleus sets a basic constraint on the nuclear symmetry energy (Δr(np) is the difference of the neutron and proton rms radii of the nucleus). The parity radius experiment (PREX) may achieve it by electroweak parity-violating electron scattering (PVES) on (208)Pb. We investigate PVES in nuclear mean field approach to allow the accurate extraction of Δr(np) of (208)Pb from the parity-violating asymmetry A(PV) probed in the experiment. We demonstrate a high linear correlation between A(PV) and Δr(np) in successful mean field forces as the best means to constrain the neutron skin of (208)Pb from PREX, without assumptions on the neutron density shape. Continuation of the experiment with higher precision in A(PV) is motivated since the present method can support it to constrain the density slope of the nuclear symmetry energy to new accuracy.

  19. Precise measurement of near-barrier 8He+208Pb elastic scattering: Comparison with 6He

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    Marquínez-Durán, G.; Martel, I.; Sánchez-Benítez, A. M.; Acosta, L.; Berjillos, R.; Dueñas, J.; Rusek, K.; Keeley, N.; Álvarez, M. A. G.; Borge, M. J. G.; Chbihi, A.; Cruz, C.; Cubero, M.; Fernández-García, J. P.; Fernández-Martínez, B.; Flores, J. L.; Gómez-Camacho, J.; Kemper, K. W.; Labrador, J. A.; Marqués, M.; Moro, A. M.; Mazzocco, M.; Pakou, A.; Parkar, V. V.; Patronis, N.; Pesudo, V.; Pierroutsakou, D.; Raabe, R.; Silvestri, R.; Soic, N.; Standyło, Ł.; Strojek, I.; Tengblad, O.; Wolski, R.; Abou-Haidar, Z.

    2016-12-01

    Dramatic differences in the elastic scattering of the neutron rich nuclei 6He and 8He are found when new high quality data for the 8He+208Pb system are compared with previously published 6He+208Pb data at the same laboratory frame incident energy. The new 8He data are of the same level of detail as for stable beams. When comparing them with those previously obtained for 6He+208Pb at the same energy, it is possible to determine from the data alone that 6He has a much longer range absorption than 8He. However, both nuclei show significant absorption beyond their strong absorption radii. While it has been known for a long time that elastic scattering at energies around the barrier only determines the optical potential over a small distance in radial space, typically ±0.5 fm or so, both the 6He and the 8He imaginary potentials obtained from various optical model fits to these data are the same over a much wider range of ±1.5 fm.

  20. Influence of single-neutron stripping on near-barrier 6He+208Pb and 8He+208Pb elastic scattering

    NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

    Marquínez-Durán, G.; Keeley, N.; Kemper, K. W.; Mackintosh, R. S.; Martel, I.; Rusek, K.; Sánchez-Benítez, A. M.

    2017-02-01

    The influence of single-neutron stripping on the near-barrier elastic scattering angular distributions for the He,86+208Pb systems is investigated through coupled reaction channels (CRC) calculations fitting recently published data to explore the differences in the absorptive potential found in the scattering of these two neutron-rich nuclei. The inclusion of the coupling reduces the elastic cross section in the Coulomb-nuclear interference region for 8He scattering, whereas for 6He its major impact is on the large-angle elastic scattering. The real and imaginary dynamic polarization potentials are obtained by inverting the CRC elastic scattering S -matrix elements. These show that the main absorptive features occur between 11 and 12 fm for both projectiles, while the attractive features are separated by about 1 fm, with their main structures occurring at 10.5 fm for 6He and 11.5 fm for 8He.

  1. Dynamical Cluster-decay Model (DCM) applied to 9Li+208Pb reaction

    NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

    Kaur, Arshdeep; Hemdeep; Kaushal, Pooja; Behera, Bivash R.; Gupta, Raj K.

    2017-10-01

    The decay mechanism of 217At* formed in 9Li+208Pb reaction is studied within the dynamical cluster-decay model (DCM) at various center-of-mass energies. The aim is to see the behavior of a light neutron-rich radioactive beam on a doubly-magic target nucleus for the (total) fusion cross section σfus and the individual decay channel cross sections. Experimentally, only the isotopic yield of heavy mass residues 211-214At * [equivalently, the light-particles (LPs) evaporation residue cross sections σxn for x = 3- 6 neutrons emission] are measured, with the fusion-fission (ff) component σff taken zero. For a fixed neck-length parameter ΔR, the only parameter in the DCM, we are able to fit σfus =∑x=16σxn almost exactly for 9Li on 208Pb at all E c . m .'s. However, the observed individual decay channels (3n-6n) are very poorly fitted, with unobserved channels (1n, 2n) and σff strongly over-estimated. Different ΔR values, meaning thereby different reaction time scales, are required to fit individually both the observed and unobserved evaporation residue channels (1n-6n) and σff, but then the compound nucleus (CN) contribution σCN is very small (< 1%), and the non-compound nucleus (nCN) decay cross section σnCN contributes the most towards total σfus (=σCN +σnCN). Thus, the 9Li induced reaction on doubly-magic 208Pb is more of a quasi-fission-like nCN decay, which is further analyzed in terms of the statistical CN formation probability PCN and CN survival probability Psurv. For the reaction under study, PCN < < 1 and Psurv → 1, in particular at above barrier energies.

  2. Radiogenic lead with dominant content of {sup 208}Pb: New coolant and neutron moderator for innovative nuclear reactors

    SciTech Connect

    Shmelev, A. N.; Kulikov, G. G.; Kryuchkov, E. F.; Apse, V. A.; Kulikov, E. G.

    2012-07-01

    The advantages of radiogenic lead with dominant content of {sup 208}Pb as a reactor coolant with respect to natural lead are caused by unique nuclear properties of {sup 208}Pb which is a double-magic nucleus with closed proton and neutron shells. This results in significantly lower micro cross section and resonance integral of radiative neutron capture by {sup 208}Pb than those for numerous light neutron moderators. The extremely weak ability of {sup 208}Pb to absorb neutrons results in the following effects. Firstly, neutron moderating factor (ratio of scattering to capture cross sections) is larger than that for graphite and light water. Secondly, age and diffusion length of thermal neutrons are larger than those for graphite, light and heavy water. Thirdly, neutron lifetime in {sup 208}Pb is comparable with that for graphite, beryllium and heavy water what could be important for safe reactor operation. The paper presents some results obtained in neutronics and thermal-hydraulics evaluations of the benefits from the use of radiogenic lead with dominant content of {sup 208}Pb instead of natural lead as a coolant of fast breeder reactors. The paper demonstrates that substitution of radiogenic lead for natural lead can offer the following benefits for operation of fast breeder reactors. Firstly, improvement of the reactor safety thanks to the better values of coolant temperature reactivity coefficient and, secondly, improvement of some thermal-hydraulic reactor parameters. Radiogenic lead can be extracted from thorium sludge without isotope separation as {sup 208}Pb is a final isotope in the decay chain of {sup 232}Th. (authors)

  3. The pairing correlation study in the {sup 40}Ar+{sup 208}Pb reaction

    SciTech Connect

    Mijatović, T. Szilner, S.; Malenica, D. Jelavić; Prepolec, L.; Soić, N.; Tokić, V.; Corradi, L.; Fioretto, E.; Goasduff, A.; Stefanini, A. M.; Dobón, J. J. Valiente; Montanari, D.; Courtin, S.; Haas, F.; Montagnoli, G.; Scarlassara, F.; Ur, C. A.; Pollarolo, G.

    2015-10-15

    The multinucleon transfer reaction {sup 40}Ar+{sup 208}Pb has been measured at E{sub lab} = 260 MeV with the large solid angle magnetic spectrometer PRISMA. Mass and charge yields, differential and total cross sections, total kinetic energy loss distributions of different channels were simultaneously studied. Angular distributions were measured in a wide angular range by matching three different angular settings of the spectrometer. Absolute cross sections were obtained after the response function of the spectrometer was evaluated. These cross sections for different transfer channels allow the discussion of the role played by nucleon-nucleon correlations.

  4. Sub-Barrier Fusion in the HI + 208Pb Systems and Nuclear Potentials for Cluster Decay

    SciTech Connect

    Sagaidak, R.N.; Tretyakova, S.P.; Khlebnikov, S.V.; Ogloblin, A.A.; Rowley, N.

    2005-11-21

    Near-barrier fusion excitation functions for the 12,14C, 16,18O + 208Pb reactions have been analyzed in the framework of the barrier-passing model using different forms of the nuclear potential and the phenomenology of a fluctuating barrier. The best-fit fusion potentials were used to estimate cluster decay probabilities from the corresponding ground states of Ra and Th, i.e., for the inverse decay process. The analysis supports the 'alpha-decay-like' scenario for carbon and oxygen emission from these nuclei.

  5. Multinucleon transfer processes in {sup 40}Ca+{sup 208}Pb

    SciTech Connect

    Szilner, S.; Corradi, L.; Behera, B.R.; Fioretto, E.; Gadea, A.; Latina, A.; Stefanini, A.M.; Trotta, M.; Vinodkumar, A.M.; Wu, Y.; Pollarolo, G.; Beghini, S.; Montagnoli, G.; Scarlassara, F.; Haas, F.

    2005-04-01

    Multinucleon transfer reactions in {sup 40}Ca+{sup 208}Pb have been studied at bombarding energies close to the Coulomb barrier. Projectilelike fragments have been identified in nuclear mass and charge with a time-of-flight spectrometer. Angular and total kinetic energy loss distributions and inclusive cross sections have been compared with those of semiclassical models. The analysis shows that a successive transfer mechanism of single nucleons does not account for the data, and a direct nucleon pair transfer has to be included in the description. Nucleon evaporation effects are taken into account.

  6. Uncertainty analysis of 208Pb neutron skin predictions with chiral interactions

    DOE PAGES

    Sammarruca, Francesca

    2015-09-14

    Here, we report predictions for the neutron skin in 208Pb using chiral two- and three-body interactions at increasing orders of chiral effective field theory and varying resolution scales. Closely related quantities, such as the slope of the symmetry energy, are also discussed. As a result, the sensitivity of the skin to just pure neutron matter pressure when going from order 2 to order 4 of chiral effective theory is singled out in a set of calculations that employ an empirical equation of state for symmetric nuclear matter.

  7. Elastic scattering of {sup 9}Li on {sup 208}Pb at energies around the Coulomb barrier

    SciTech Connect

    Cubero, M.; Fernandez-Garcia, J. P.; Alvarez, M. A. G.; Lay, J. A.; Moro, A. M.; Acosta, L.; Martel, I.; Sanchez-Benitez, A. M.; Alcorta, M.; Borge, M. J. G.; Tengblad, O.; Buchmann, L.; Shotter, A.; Walden, P.; Diget, D. G.; Fulton, B.; Fynbo, H. O. U.; Galaviz, D.; Gomez-Camacho, J.; Mukha, I.

    2011-10-28

    We have studied the dynamical effects of the halo structure of {sup 11}Li on the scattering on heavy targets at energies around the Coulomb barrier. This experiment was performed at ISAC-II at TRIUMF with a world record in production of the post-accelerated {sup 11}Li beam. As part of this study we report here on the first measurement of the elastic cross section of the core nucleus, i.e. {sup 9}Li on {sup 208}Pb, at energies around the Coulomb barrier. A preliminary optical model analysis has been performed in order to extract a global optical potential to describe the measured angular distributions.

  8. Measurement of the Neutron Radius of 208Pb Through Parity-Violation in Electron Scattering

    DOE PAGES

    Abrahamyan, Sergey; Albataineh, Hisham; Aniol, Konrad; ...

    2012-03-15

    We report the first measurement of the parity-violating asymmetry APV in the elastic scattering of polarized electrons from 208Pb. APV is sensitive to the radius of the neutron distribution (Rn). The result APV = 0.656 ± 0.060 (stat) ± 0.013 (syst) corresponds to a difference between the radii of the neutron and proton distributions Rn-Rp = 0.33-0.18+0.16 fm and provides the first electroweak observation of the neutron skin which is expected in a heavy, neutron-rich nucleus.

  9. Neutron skins of 208Pb and 48Ca from pionic probes

    NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

    Friedman, E.

    2012-12-01

    The neutron skin of 208Pb has received considerable attention in recent years. A variety of strongly-interacting probes depict a rather consistent picture but pionic probes have not been referred to in this context. We present here neutron-skin values from pionic atoms and from total reaction cross sections of π+ between 0.7 and 2 GeV/c which fit well into the picture. In addition we show that a neutron-skin for 48Ca can be obtained from existing data on pionic atoms and the result agrees with pion scattering experiments and with the scattering of α particles.

  10. Diversity of neutron star properties at the fixed neutron-skin thickness of 208Pb

    NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

    Alam, N.; Sulaksono, A.; Agrawal, B. K.

    2015-07-01

    We study the diversities in the properties of the neutron stars arising due to the different choices for the cross coupling between various mesons, which governs the density dependence of the nuclear symmetry energy in the extended relativistic mean-field (RMF) model. For this purpose, we obtain two different families of the extended RMF model corresponding to different nonlinear cross-coupling terms in the isovector part of the effective Lagrangian density. The lowest-order contributions for the δ mesons are also included. The different models within the same family yield wide variation in the value of neutron-skin thickness in the 208Pb nucleus. These models are employed to compute the neutron-star properties such as core-crust transition density, radius and red shift at canonical mass ( 1.4 M⊙) , tidal polarizability parameter, and threshold mass required for the enhanced cooling through the direct Urca process. Most of the neutron-star properties considered are significantly different(10-40%) for the different families of models at a smaller neutron-skin thickness (˜0.15 fm ) in the 208Pb nucleus.

  11. Examination of experimental evidence of chaos in the bound states of 208Pb

    NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

    Muñoz, L.; Molina, R. A.; Gómez, J. M. G.; Heusler, A.

    2017-01-01

    We study the spectral fluctuations of the 208Pb nucleus using the complete experimental spectrum of 151 states up to excitation energies of 6.20 MeV recently identified at the Maier-Leibnitz Laboratorium at Garching, Germany. For natural parity states the results are very close to the predictions of random matrix theory (RMT) for the nearest-neighbor spacing distribution. A quantitative estimate of the agreement is given by the Brody parameter ω , which takes the value ω =0 for regular systems and ω ≃1 for chaotic systems. We obtain ω =0.85 which is, to our knowledge, the closest value to chaos ever observed in experimental bound states of nuclei. By contrast, the results for unnatural parity states are far from RMT behavior. We interpret these results as a consequence of the strength of the residual interaction in 208Pb, which, according to experimental data, is much stronger for natural than for unnatural parity states. In addition, our results show that chaotic and nonchaotic nuclear states coexist in the same energy region of the spectrum.

  12. The pygmy dipole strength, the neutron radius of 208Pb and the symmetry energy

    NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

    Roca-Maza, X.; Brenna, M.; Centelles, M.; Colò, G.; Mizuyama, K.; Pozzi, G.; Viñas, X.; Warda, M.

    2012-02-01

    The accurate characterization of the nuclear symmetry energy and its density dependence is one of the outstanding open problems in nuclear physics. A promising nuclear observable in order to constrain the density dependence of the symmetry energy at saturation is the neutron skin thickness of medium and heavy nuclei. Recently, a low-energy peak in the isovector dipole response of neutron-rich nuclei has been discovered that may be correlated with the neutron skin thickness. The existence of this correlation is currently under debate due to our limited experimental knowledge on the microscopic structure of such a peak. We present a detailed analysis of Skyrme Hartree-Fock (HF) plus random phase approximation (RPA) predictions for the dipole response in several neutron-rich nuclei and try to elucidate whether models of common use in nuclear physics confirm or dismiss its possible connection with the neutron skin thickness. Finally, we briefly present theoretical results for parity violating electron scattering on 208Pb at the conditions of the PREx experiment and discuss the implications for the neutron skin thickness of 208Pb and the slope of the symmetry energy.

  13. Measurement of 208Pb(n ,γ )209Pb Maxwellian averaged neutron capture cross section

    NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

    Weissman, L.; Tessler, M.; Arenshtam, A.; Eliyahu, I.; Halfon, S.; Guerrero, C.; Kaizer, B.; Kijel, D.; Kreisel, A.; Palchan, T.; Paul, M.; Perry, A.; Schimel, G.; Silverman, I.; Shor, A.; Tamim, N.; Vaintraub, S.

    2017-07-01

    The doubly magic 208Pb nucleus is a bottleneck at the termination of the s -process path due to its very low neutron capture cross section. This cross section is also important for the decomposition of s , r processes and U/Th radiogenic decay contributions to the Pb-Bi solar abundances. The 208Pb(n ,γ )209Pb cross section was measured at the Soreq Applied Research Accelerator Facility Phase I using an intense quasi-Maxwellian neutron source produced by irradiation of the liquid-lithium target with a 1.5-mA continuous-wave proton beam at 1.94 MeV. The cross section was measured by counting the β activity from the irradiated lead target. The measurement allowed us to evaluate the Maxwellian averaged cross section (MACS) at 30 keV obtaining a value of 0.33(2) mb. This has been compared with the earlier activation and time-of-flight measurements found in the literature. The MACS cross-sectional value of the 63Cu(n ,γ )64Cu reaction was determined in the same experiment and is compared to a recent published value.

  14. Constraining the density slope of nuclear symmetry energy at subsaturation densities using electric dipole polarizability in 208Pb

    NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

    Zhang, Zhen; Chen, Lie-Wen

    2014-12-01

    Nuclear structure observables usually most effectively probe the properties of nuclear matter at subsaturation densities rather than at saturation density. We demonstrate that the electric dipole polarizibility αD in 208Pb is sensitive to both the magnitude Esym(ρc) and density slope L (ρc) of the symmetry energy at the subsaturation cross density ρc=0.11 fm-3. Using the experimental data of αD in 208Pb from RCNP (Research Center for Nuclear Physics, Osaka University) and the recent accurate constraint of Esym(ρc) from the binding energy difference of heavy isotope pairs, we extract a value of L (ρc)=47.3 ±7.8 MeV. The implication of the present constraint of L (ρc) to the symmetry energy at saturation density, the neutron skin thickness of 208Pb and the core-crust transition density in neutron stars is discussed.

  15. Challenging nuclear structure models through a microscopic description of proton inelastic scattering off 208Pb

    NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

    Dupuis, M.; Karataglidis, S.; Bauge, E.; Delaroche, J.-P.; Gogny, D.

    2008-07-01

    Differential cross sections from fully microscopic calculations of inelastic proton scattering off 208Pb are compared to experimental scattering data for incident proton energies between 65 and 201 MeV. The required nucleon-nucleus interactions were formed by folding nuclear structure information with a reliable nucleon-nucleon effective interaction that has no adjustable parameter. The absence of phenomenological normalisation in our approach offers the possibility to interpret with confidence the calculated results in terms of the quality of the underlying nuclear structure description: a feature that had been reserved, until recently, to the electron probe. We have used this method to investigate the effect of long range correlations embedded in excited states on calculated inelastic observables and demonstrate the sensitivity of nucleon scattering predictions to details of the nuclear structure.

  16. Concerning advantages in using 208Pb as such a FR coolant

    NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

    Khorasanov, G.; Zemskov, E.; Blokhin, A.

    2017-01-01

    In the paper cores of two fast reactors with heavy liquid metal coolant are considered. The first object, RBETS-M, is a project of a medium power, 900 MW, reactor cooled with lead-bismuth. The second object, BRUTS, is a project of an ultra-small power, 0.5 MW, reactor cooled with lead. The results of replacement of their standard coolants with the lead coolant enriched up to 100% with 208Pb are presented. In the RBETS-M core having a large coolant volume share this replacement results in sufficient increasing the share of 238U involved in the fission process and respective decreasing the share of 239Pu and 241Pu burning.

  17. Observation of Superheavy Nuclei Produced in the Reaction of 86Kr with 208Pb

    NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

    Ninov, V.; Gregorich, K. E.; Loveland, W.; Ghiorso, A.; Hoffman, D. C.; Lee, D. M.; Nitsche, H.; Swiatecki, W. J.; Kirbach, U. W.; Laue, C. A.; Adams, J. L.; Patin, J. B.; Shaughnessy, D. A.; Strellis, D. A.; Wilk, P. A.

    1999-08-01

    Following a prediction by Smolan´czuk [Phys. Rev. C 59, 2634 (1999)], we searched for superheavy element formation in the bombardment of 208Pb with 449-MeV 86Kr ions. We have observed three decay chains, each consisting of an implanted heavy atom and six subsequent α decays, correlated in time and position. In these decay chains, a rapid (ms) sequence of high energy α particles ( Eα>=10 MeV) indicates the decay of a new high- Z element. The observed chains are consistent with the formation of 293118 and its decay by sequential α-particle emission to 289116, 285114, 281112, 277110, 273Hs ( Z = 108) and 269Sg ( Z = 106). The production cross section is 2.2+2.6-0.8 pb.

  18. Fluctuation properties of the strength function associated with the giant quadrupole resonance in {sup 208}Pb

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    Aiba, Hirokazu; Matsuo, Masayuki; Nishizaki, Shigeru; Suzuki, Toru

    2011-02-15

    We performed fluctuation analysis by means of the local scaling dimension for the strength function of the isoscalar (IS) giant quadrupole resonance (GQR) in {sup 208}Pb where the strength function is obtained by the shell model calculation including 1p1h and 2p2h configurations. It is found that at almost all energy scales, fluctuation of the strength function obeys the Gaussian orthogonal ensemble (GOE) random matrix theory limit. This is contrasted with the results for the GQR in {sup 40}Ca, where at the intermediate energy scale of about 1.7 MeV, a deviation from the GOE limit was detected. It is found that the physical origin for this different behavior of the local scaling dimension is ascribed to the difference in the properties of the damping process.

  19. Analysis of Elastic Scattering of 8He+208Pb System at around the Coulomb Barrier Energies

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    Direkci, M.; Kucuk, Y.; Boztosun, I.

    2015-04-01

    The elastic scattering angular distribution of 8He+208Pb system is investigated at Elab = 22.0 MeV within the framework of Optical Model by using phenomenological and microscopic potentials. For the phenomenological Optical Model calculations, both real and imaginary parts of the complex nuclear potential have been chosen to have the Wood-Saxon shape. In the microscopic Optical Model calculations, we have used double folding procedure to calculate the real part of optical potential for different kinds of density distributions of 8He. A comparative study of this system has been conducted for the fist time by using phenomenological and microscopic potentials. It is observed that large imaginary radius value due to the existence of long-range absorption mechanism acting at large distances provides a very good agreement between theoretical results and experimental data with small χ2/N values.

  20. New high-spin stretched states in 208Pb observed by the (p,p') reaction

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    Fujita, Y.; Yanagihara, T.; Fujiwara, M.; Katayama, I.; Hosono, K.; Morinobu, S.; Yamazaki, T.; Hayakawa, S. I.; Katori, K.; Muto, K.; Ikegami, H.

    1990-09-01

    High-spin states have been newly observed at 7.83 MeV and 8.37 MeV in 208Pb by the (p,p') reaction at Ep = 80 MeV. The analysis of the angular distributions peaked at large angles and the results of shell-model calculations suggest that these are the stretched states with neutron configurations v(i {11}/{2},h {9}/{2}-1) 10- and v(j {15}/{2},h {9}/{2}-1) 12+, respectively. Candidates for the v(j {15}/{2},f {7}/{2}-1), 11 + and v(g {7}/{2},i {13}/{2}-) , 10 + states have also been observed at 7.46 MeV and 7.66 MeV, respectively.

  1. A Clean Measurement of the Neutron Skin of 208Pb Through Parity Violating Electron Scattering

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    Riad Suleiman

    2003-07-01

    The difference between the neutron radius Rn of a heavy nucleus and the proton radius Rp is believed to be on the order of several percent. This qualitative feature of nuclei, which is essentially a neutron skin, has proven to be elusive to pin down experimentally in a rigorous fashion. A new Jefferson Lab experiment will measure the parity-violating electroweak asymmetry in the elastic scattering of polarized electrons from 208Pb. Since the Z-boson couples mainly to neutrons, this asymmetry provides a measure of the size of Rn that can be interpreted with as much confidence as the traditional electron scattering data. The projected experimental precision corresponds to a 1% determination of Rn, which will have a big impact on nuclear theory and its application to neutron rich matter such as neutron stars.

  2. Random matrix analysis of the monopole strength distribution in {sup 208}Pb

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    Severyukhin, A. P.; Åberg, S.; Arsenyev, N. N.; Nazmitdinov, R. G.; Pichugin, K. N.

    2016-11-15

    We study statistical properties of the 0{sup +} spectrum of {sup 208}Pb in the energy region E{sub x} ≤ 20 MeV. We use the Skyrme interaction SLy4 as our model Hamiltonian to create a single-particle spectrum and to analyze excited states. The finite-rank separable approximation for the particle–hole interaction enables us to perform the calculations in large configuration spaces. We show that while the position of the monopole resonance centroid is determined by one-phonon excitations of 0{sup +}, the phonon–phonon coupling is crucial for the description of the strength distribution of the 0{sup +} spectrum. In fact, this coupling has an impact on the spectral rigidity Δ{sub 3}(L) which is shifted towards the random matrix limit of the Gaussian orthogonal ensembles.

  3. Light charged particles emitted in fission reactions induced by protons on 208Pb

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    Rodríguez-Sánchez, J. L.; Benlliure, J.; Paradela, C.; Ayyad, Y.; Casarejos, E.; Alvarez-Pol, H.; Audouin, L.; Bélier, G.; Boutoux, G.; Chatillon, A.; Cortina-Gil, D.; Gorbinet, T.; Heinz, A.; Kelić-Heil, A.; Laurent, B.; Martin, J.-F.; Pellereau, E.; Pietras, B.; Ramos, D.; Rodríguez-Tajes, C.; Rossi, D. M.; Simon, H.; Taïeb, J.; Vargas, J.; Voss, B.

    2016-09-01

    Light charged particles emitted in proton-induced fission reactions on 208Pb have been measured at different kinetic energies: 370 A ,500 A , and 650 A MeV. The experiment was performed by the SOFIA Collaboration at the GSI facilities in Darmstadt (Germany). The inverse kinematics technique was combined with a setup especially designed to measure light charged particles in coincidence with fission fragments. This measurement allowed us, for the first time, to obtain correlations between the light charged particles emitted during the fission process and the charge distributions of the fission fragments. These correlations were compared with different model calculations to assess the ground-to-saddle dynamics. The results confirm that transient and dissipative effects are required for an accurate description of the fission observables.

  4. Search for deeply bound pionic states in 208Pb via radiative atomic capture of negative pions

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    Raywood, K. J.; Lange, J. B.; Jones, G.; Pavan, M.; Sevior, M. E.; Hutcheon, D. A.; Olin, A.; Ottewell, D.; Yen, S.; Lee, S. J.; Sim, K. S.; Altman, A.; Friedman, E.; Trudel, A.

    1997-05-01

    A search for narrow, deeply bound pionic atom states via atomic radiative capture of negative pions in a target of 208Pb was carried out for pion kinetic energies of 20 and 25 MeV. Although no clear signature of any such gamma ray emission could be observed in the data, fits of the gamma ray spectra between the energies of 12 and 42 MeV involving a quadratic background together with a pair of peaks (1s, 2p) whose relative intensity was taken from theory yielded an overall strength for the peaks which are consistent (to a 67% confidence level) with radiative capture whose integrated cross section is 20.0 +/- 10.0 μb/sr at 90° for 20 MeV incident pions. A lower probability (40% confidence level) result was obtained when the fit was carried out without the peaks included, just the continuum background.

  5. Power of two: Assessing the impact of a second measurement of the weak-charge form factor of 208Pb

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    Piekarewicz, J.; Linero, A. R.; Giuliani, P.; Chicken, E.

    2016-09-01

    Background: Besides its intrinsic value as a fundamental nuclear-structure observable, the weak-charge density of 208Pb—a quantity that is closely related to its neutron distribution—is of fundamental importance in constraining the equation of state of neutron-rich matter. Purpose: To assess the impact that a second electroweak measurement of the weak-charge form factor of 208Pb may have on the determination of its overall weak-charge density. Methods: Using the two putative experimental values of the form factor, together with a simple implementation of Bayes' theorem, we calibrate a theoretically sound—yet surprisingly little known—symmetrized Fermi function, that is characterized by a density and form factor that are both known exactly in closed form. Results: Using the charge form factor of 208Pb as a proxy for its weak-charge form factor, we demonstrate that using only two experimental points to calibrate the symmetrized Fermi function is sufficient to accurately reproduce the experimental charge form factor over a significant range of momentum transfers. Conclusions: It is demonstrated that a second measurement of the weak-charge form factor of 208Pb supplemented by a robust theoretical input in the form of the symmetrized Fermi function would place significant constraints on the neutron distribution of 208Pb. In turn, such constraints will become vital in the interpretation of hadronic experiments that will probe the neutron-rich skin of exotic nuclei at future radioactive beam facilities.

  6. Complete dipole response in {sup 208}Pb from high-resolution polarized proton scattering at 0 deg

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    Neumann-Cosel, P. von; Kalmykov, Y.; Poltoratska, I.; Ponomarev, V. Yu.; Richter, A.; Wambach, J.; Adachi, T.; Fujita, Y.; Matsubara, H.; Sakemi, Y.; Shimizu, Y.; Tameshige, Y.; Yosoi, M.; Bertulani, C. A.; Carter, J.; Fujita, H.; Dozono, M.; Fujita, K.; Hashimoto, H.; Hatanaka, K.

    2009-01-28

    The structure of electric and magnetic dipole modes in {sup 208}Pb is investigated in a high-resolution measurement of the (p-vector,p-vector') reaction under 0 deg. First results on the E1 strength in the region of the pygmy dipole resonance are reported.

  7. The 136 Xe + 208 Pb reaction: A test of models of multi-nucleon transfer reactions

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    Barrett, Spencer; Yanez, Ricardo; Loveland, Walter; Zhu, Shaofei; Janssens, Robert; Carpenter, Mike; Lauritsen, Torben; Greene, John; Albers, Michael; Ayangeakaa, Akaa; Sonzogni, Alejandro; McCutchan, Elizabeth; Chiara, Christopher; Harker, Jessica; Walters, William

    2015-04-01

    The yields of over 200 projectile-like and target-like fragments from the interaction of 136 Xe (Ec.m. = 450 MeV) with a thick target of 208 Pb were measured using Gammasphere and off-line γ-ray spectroscopy, giving a comprehensive picture of the production cross sections in this reaction. The measured yields were compared to predictions of the GRAZING model (with fission competition) and those of Zagrebaev and Greiner. There is good agreement between the measurements and the predictions of Zagrebaev and Greiner for nuclei near or below the target (Z = 74, 76, 78, 80, 82). However, the measured cross sections exceed the predicted values by up to an order of magnitude for neutron-rich trans-target nuclei (Z = 84, 86, 88). The GRAZING model predictions are adequate for nuclei near the target (Z = 81-83) but grossly underestimate the yields of all other products. This work was supported by the U.S. Department of Energy under Grant No. DE-FG06-97ER41026 and DE-FG02-94ER40834 as well as Contract No. DE-AC02-06CH11357 and DE-AC02-98CH10886.

  8. 136Xe+208Pb reaction: A test of models of multinucleon transfer reactions

    NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

    Barrett, J. S.; Loveland, W.; Yanez, R.; Zhu, S.; Ayangeakaa, A. D.; Carpenter, M. P.; Greene, J. P.; Janssens, R. V. F.; Lauritsen, T.; McCutchan, E. A.; Sonzogni, A. A.; Chiara, C. J.; Harker, J. L.; Walters, W. B.

    2015-06-01

    The yields of over 200 projectile-like fragments (PLFs) and target-like fragments (TLFs) from the interaction of (Ec .m .=450 MeV) 136Xe with a thick target of 208Pb were measured using Gammasphere and off-line γ -ray spectroscopy, giving a comprehensive picture of the production cross sections in this reaction. The measured yields were compared to predictions of the grazing model and the predictions of Zagrebaev and Greiner using a quantitative metric, the theory evaluation factor t e f . The grazing model predictions are adequate for describing the yields of nuclei near the target or projectile but they grossly underestimate the yields of all other products. The predictions of Zagrebaev and Greiner correctly describe the magnitude and maxima of the observed TLF transfer cross sections for a wide range of transfers (Δ Z =-8 to Δ Z =+2 ). However, for Δ Z =+4 , the observed position of the maximum in the distribution is four neutrons richer than the predicted maximum. The predicted yields of the neutron-rich N =126 nuclei exceed the measured values by two orders of magnitude. Correlations between TLF and PLF yields are discussed.

  9. Neutron-Rich Isotopes from 208Pb at 86 MeV/u

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    Tarasov, O. B.; Portillo, M.; Amthor, A. M.; Baumann, T.; Bazin, D.; Folden, C.; Ginter, T.; Hausmann, M.; Morrissey, D. J.; Pereira, J.; Sherrill, B. M.; Thoennessen, M.; Nociforo, C.

    2008-10-01

    An experiment to measure production yields from a beam of ^208Pb (86 MeV/u) on Be and Ni-targets has recently been performed. The A1900 fragment-separator [1] was used to analyze products from projectile fragmentation and abrasion-fission [2]. Isotopic identification of nuclides having A˜200 has been achieved, demonstrating that adequate A,Z,Q resolution at this energy region is possible when using silicon detectors. The verification of PID is done via detection of multiple charge state distributions of the primary beam, as well as γ-decay of known isomers with half-lives in the microsecond range. The results demonstrate that experiments with heavy nuclei are possible at the NSCL using beams of A>200. Production cross-sections have been extracted from the data that can help improve the accuracy of production models such as Abrasion-Ablation and Abrasion-Fission used in the LISE++ code [3]. The data reveal the existence of previously unreported isomeric transitions and further analysis is ongoing that may also lead to the observation of new isotopes. References: [1] D.J.Morrissey et al., Nucl. Instrum. Meth. B204 (2003) 90--96. [2] O.B. Tarasov, Tech. Rep. MSUCL1300, NSCL, Michigan St.Univ., 2005. [3] O.B. Tarasov, D. Bazin, Nucl. Phys. A 746 (2004) 411; www.nscl.msu.edu/lise .

  10. New high spin states and isomers in the {sup 208}Pb and {sup 207}Pb nuclei

    SciTech Connect

    Broda, R.; Wrzesinski, J.; Pawlat, T.

    1996-12-31

    The two most prominent examples of the heavy doubly closed shell (DCS) nuclei, {sup 208}Pb and {sup 132}Sn, are not accessible by conventional heavy-ion fusion processes populating high-spin states. This experimental difficulty obscured for a long time the investigation of yrast high-spin states in both DCS and neighboring nuclei and consequently restricted the study of the shell model in its most attractive regions. Recent technical development of multidetector gamma arrays opened new ways to exploit more complex nuclear processes which populate the nuclei of interest with suitable yields for gamma spectroscopy and involve population of moderately high spin states. This new possibility extended the range of accessible spin values and is a promising way to reach new yrast states. Some of these states are expected to be of high configurational purity and can be a source of important shell model parameters which possibly can be used later to check the validity of the spherical shell model description at yet higher spin and higher excitation energy. The nuclei in the closest vicinity of {sup 132}Sn are produced in spontaneous fission and states with spin values up to I=14 can be reached in fission gamma spectroscopy studies with the presently achieved sensitivity of gamma arrays. New results on yrast states in the {sup 134}Te and {sup 135}I nuclei populated in fission of the {sup 248}Cm presented at this conference illustrate such application of the resolving power offered by modern gamma techniques.

  11. γ -ray spectroscopy of fission fragments produced in 208Pb(18O ,f )

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    Banerjee, P.; Ganguly, S.; Pradhan, M. K.; Moin Shaikh, Md.; Sharma, H. P.; Chakraborty, S.; Palit, R.; Pillay, R. G.; Nanal, V.; Saha, S.; Sethi, J.; Biswas, D. C.

    2015-08-01

    Prompt gamma-ray spectroscopy of fission fragments produced in the heavy-ion induced fusion-fission reaction 208Pb(18O,f ) at E =90 MeV has been performed. The relative isotopic yields of the fission fragments and the fragment mass distribution have been studied. Structures in the mass distribution have been discussed in the light of earlier results. Relative yields of several odd-A isotopes of Mo, Ru, Pd, and Cd and the odd-A isotones with N =62 and 64 have been studied along with the yields of the neighboring even-Z , even-N fragments and correlated to nuclear structural effects. The average total neutron multiplicity during fission has been measured to be 5.48 ±0.59 . The level schemes of the two neutron-rich nuclei 110Pd and 116Cd have been studied from γ -ray triple coincidence data. A large number of transitions, previously reported only from β -decay studies, have been observed in 110Pd for the first time. The yrast band in 116Cd has been extended up to spin (16+). In addition, a rotational sequence built upon an excited 5- state in 116Cd has been observed up to (13-). The level schemes have been discussed in the context of existing results, both experimental and theoretical, in the literature.

  12. Hindrance of complete fusion in the {sup 8}Li+{sup 208}Pb system at above-barrier energies

    SciTech Connect

    Aguilera, E. F.; Martinez-Quiroz, E.; Rosales, P.; Kolata, J. J.; DeYoung, P. A.; Peaslee, G. F.; Mears, P.; Guess, C.; Becchetti, F. D.; Lupton, J. H.; Chen, Yu

    2009-10-15

    The {sup 211,212}At yields resulting from the interaction of the radioactive projectile {sup 8}Li with a {sup 208}Pb target have been measured at energies between 3 and 8.5 MeV above the Coulomb barrier. They are signatures for fusion of the whole charge but not necessarily the whole mass of the projectile, so they are included in a corresponding operational definition of complete fusion. Within this definition, a fusion suppression factor of 0.70{+-}0.02 (stat.) {+-}0.04 (syst.) is deduced from a comparison to a one-dimensional barrier-penetration-model calculation using parameters extrapolated from values for {sup 6,7}Li+{sup 209}Bi and {sup 9}Be+{sup 208}Pb taken from the literature. Possible incomplete fusion processes are discussed and the results are fitted with a phenomenological model assuming breakup prior to fusion followed by capture of a {sup 7}Li fragment.

  13. Isospin character of low-lying pygmy dipole states in 208Pb via inelastic scattering of 17O ions.

    PubMed

    Crespi, F C L; Bracco, A; Nicolini, R; Mengoni, D; Pellegri, L; Lanza, E G; Leoni, S; Maj, A; Kmiecik, M; Avigo, R; Benzoni, G; Blasi, N; Boiano, C; Bottoni, S; Brambilla, S; Camera, F; Ceruti, S; Giaz, A; Million, B; Morales, A I; Vandone, V; Wieland, O; Bednarczyk, P; Ciemała, M; Grebosz, J; Krzysiek, M; Mazurek, K; Zieblinski, M; Bazzacco, D; Bellato, M; Birkenbach, B; Bortolato, D; Calore, E; Cederwall, B; Charles, L; de Angelis, G; Désesquelles, P; Eberth, J; Farnea, E; Gadea, A; Görgen, A; Gottardo, A; Isocrate, R; Jolie, J; Jungclaus, A; Karkour, N; Korten, W; Menegazzo, R; Michelagnoli, C; Molini, P; Napoli, D R; Pullia, A; Recchia, F; Reiter, P; Rosso, D; Sahin, E; Salsac, M D; Siebeck, B; Siem, S; Simpson, J; Söderström, P-A; Stezowski, O; Theisen, Ch; Ur, C; Valiente-Dobón, J J

    2014-07-04

    The properties of pygmy dipole states in 208Pb were investigated using the 208Pb(17O, 17O'γ) reaction at 340 MeV and measuring the γ decay with high resolution with the AGATA demonstrator array. Cross sections and angular distributions of the emitted γ rays and of the scattered particles were measured. The results are compared with (γ, γ') and (p, p') data. The data analysis with the distorted wave Born approximation approach gives a good description of the elastic scattering and of the inelastic excitation of the 2+ and 3- states. For the dipole transitions a form factor obtained by folding a microscopically calculated transition density was used for the first time. This has allowed us to extract the isoscalar component of the 1- excited states from 4 to 8 MeV.

  14. Neutron-skin thickness of 208Pb from the energy of the anti-analogue giant dipole resonance

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    Krasznahorkay, A.; Paar, N.; Vretenar, D.; Harakeh, M. N.

    2013-05-01

    The energy of the charge-exchange anti-analogue giant dipole resonance (AGDR) has been calculated for the 208Pb isotope using the state-of-the-art fully self-consistent relativistic proton-neutron quasiparticle random-phase approximation based on the relativistic Hartree-Bogoliubov model. It is shown that the AGDR centroid energy is very sensitively related to the corresponding neutron-skin thickness. The neutron-skin thickness of 208Pb has been determined very precisely by comparing the theoretical results with the available experimental data on E(AGDR). The result ΔRpn = 0.161 ± 0.042 agrees nicely with the previous experimental results.

  15. Measurement of the {sup 208}Pb({sup 52}Cr,n){sup 259}Sg excitation function

    SciTech Connect

    Folden III, C. M.; Dragojevic, I.; Garcia, M. A.; Gates, J. M.; Nelson, S. L.; Hoffman, D. C.; Nitsche, H.; Duellmann, Ch. E.; Sudowe, R.; Gregorich, K. E.; Eichler, R.

    2009-02-15

    The excitation function for the {sup 208}Pb({sup 52}Cr,n){sup 259}Sg reaction has been measured using the Berkeley Gas-filled Separator at the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory 88-Inch Cyclotron. The maximum cross section of 320{sub -100}{sup +110} pb is observed at a center-of-target laboratory-frame energy of 253.0 MeV. In total, 25 decay chains originating from {sup 259}Sg were observed and the measured decay properties are in good agreement with previous reports. In addition, a partial excitation function for the {sup 208}Pb({sup 52}Cr,2n){sup 258}Sg reaction was obtained, and an improved {sup 258}Sg half-life of 2.6{sub -0.4}{sup +0.6} ms was calculated by combining all available experimental data.

  16. Complete dipole strength distributions in 208Pb from high-resolution polarized proton scattering at 0°

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    von Neumann-Cosel, Peter

    2012-02-01

    Small-angle polarized proton scattering including 0° at incident energies of a few 100 MeV/nucleon is established as a new spectrospcopic tool for the study of E1 and M1 strength distributions. Experiments of this type have been realized recently at RCNP, Osaka, Japan with high energy resolution of the order 25 - 30 keV (FWHM). Using 208Pb as an example, the physics potential of such data is discussed. It includes information on the properties of the Pygmy Dipole Resonance but also on complete E1 and M1 strength distributions and thus the gamma strength function. The E1 polarizability can be extracted with a precision of about 4% providing important experimental constraints on the neutron skin thickness in 208Pb.

  17. Total fission cross section of {sup 181}Ta and {sup 208}Pb induced by protons at relativistic energies

    SciTech Connect

    Ayyad, Y.; Benlliure, J.; Casarejos, E.; Schmidt, K. H.; Jurado, B.; Pol, H. A.; Ricciardi, M. V.; Pleskac, R.; Enqvist, T.; Rejmund, F.; Giot, L.; Henzl, V.; Lukic, S.; Ngoc, S. N.; Boudard, A.; Leray, S.; Kurtukian, T.; Schmitt, C.; Henzlova, D.; Paradela, C.; Bacquias, A.; Loureiro, D. P.; Foehr, V.; Tarrio, D.; Kezzar, K.

    2011-07-01

    Total fission cross section induced by protons in {sup 181}Ta and {sup 208}Pb at energies in the range of 300 to 1000 A MeV have been measured at GSI (Germany) using the inverse kinematics technique. A dedicated setup with high efficiency made it possible to determine these cross sections with high accuracy. The new data seed light in the controversial results obtained so far and contribute to the understanding of the fission process at high excitation energies. (authors)

  18. Isobar-hole and two-particle-two-hole effects in the spin response of 90Zr and 208Pb

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    Cha, D.; Schwesinger, B.; Wambach, J.; Speth, J.

    1984-11-01

    We give a microscopic description of low-energy unnatural-parity excitations in 90Zr and 208Pb in a restricted Hilbert space spanned by one-particle-one-hole, two-particle-two-hole as well as one-isobar-one-hole excitations. In this model space it seems possible to reduce the effective two-body interaction to correlated one-pion and one-rho-meson exchange and yet get a good description of measured strength functions.

  19. Weak charge form factor and radius of 208Pb through parity violation in electron scattering

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    Horowitz, C. J.; Ahmed, Z.; Jen, C. -M.; ...

    2012-03-26

    We use distorted wave electron scattering calculations to extract the weak charge form factor FW(more » $$\\bar{q}$$), the weak charge radius RW, and the point neutron radius Rn, of 208Pb from the PREX parity violating asymmetry measurement. The form factor is the Fourier transform of the weak charge density at the average momentum transfer $$\\bar{q}$$ = 0.475 fm-1. We find FW($$\\bar{q}$$) = 0.204 ± 0.028(exp) ± 0.001(model). We use the Helm model to infer the weak radius from FW($$\\bar{q}$$). We find RW = 5.826 ± 0.181(exp) ± 0.027(model) fm. Here the exp error includes PREX statistical and systematic errors, while the model error describes the uncertainty in RW from uncertainties in the surface thickness σ of the weak charge density. The weak radius is larger than the charge radius, implying a 'weak charge skin' where the surface region is relatively enriched in weak charges compared to (electromagnetic) charges. We extract the point neutron radius Rn = 5.751 ± 0.175 (exp) ± 0.026(model) ± 0.005(strange) fm, from RW. Here there is only a very small error (strange) from possible strange quark contributions. We find Rn to be slightly smaller than RW because of the nucleon's size. As a result, we find a neutron skin thickness of Rn-Rp = 0.302 ± 0.175 (exp) ± 0.026 (model) ± 0.005 (strange) fm, where Rp is the point proton radius.« less

  20. Dipole response in 208Pb within a self-consistent multiphonon approach

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    Knapp, F.; Lo Iudice, N.; Veselý, P.; Andreozzi, F.; De Gregorio, G.; Porrino, A.

    2015-11-01

    Background: The electric dipole strength detected around the particle threshold and commonly associated with the pygmy dipole resonance offers unique information on neutron skin and symmetry energy, and is of astrophysical interest. The nature of such a resonance is still under debate. Purpose: We intend to describe the giant and pygmy resonances in 208Pb by enhancing their fragmentation with respect to the random-phase approximation. Method: We adopt the equation of motion phonon method to perform a fully self-consistent calculation in a space spanned by one-phonon and two-phonon basis states using an optimized chiral two-body potential. A phenomenological density-dependent term, derived from a contact three-body force, is added to get single-particle spectra more realistic than the ones obtained by using the chiral potential only. The calculation takes into full account the Pauli principle and is free of spurious center-of-mass admixtures. Results: We obtain a fair description of the giant resonance and obtain a dense low-lying spectrum in qualitative agreement with the experimental data. The transition densities as well as the phonon and particle-hole composition of the most strongly excited states support the pygmy nature of the low-lying resonance. Finally, we obtain realistic values for the dipole polarizability and the neutron skin radius. Conclusions: The results emphasize the role of the two-phonon states in enhancing the fragmentation of the strength in the giant resonance region and at low energy, consistently with experiments. For a more detailed agreement with the data, the calculation suggests the inclusion of the three-phonon states as well as a fine tuning of the single-particle spectrum to be obtained by a refinement of the nuclear potential.

  1. γ strength function and level density of 208Pb from forward-angle proton scattering at 295 MeV

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    Bassauer, S.; von Neumann-Cosel, P.; Tamii, A.

    2016-11-01

    Background: γ strength functions (GSFs) and level densities (LDs) are essential ingredients of statistical nuclear reaction theory with many applications in astrophysics, reactor design, and waste transmutation. Purpose: The aim of the present work is a test of systematic parametrizations of the GSF recommended by the RIPL-3 database for the case of 208Pb. The upward GSF and LD in 208Pb are compared to γ decay data from an Oslo-type experiment to examine the validity of the Brink-Axel (BA) hypothesis. Methods: The E 1 and M1 parts of the total GSF are determined from high-resolution forward angle inelastic proton scattering data taken at 295 MeV at the Research Center for Nuclear Physics (RCNP), Osaka, Japan. The total LD in 208Pb is derived from the 1- LD extracted with a fluctuation analysis in the energy region of the isovector giant dipole resonance. Results: The E 1 GSF is compared to parametrizations recommended by the RIPL-3 database showing systematic deficiencies of all models in the energy region around neutron threshold. The new data for the poorly known spin-flip M 1 resonance call for a substantial revision of the model suggested in RIPL-3. The total GSF derived from the present data is larger in the PDR energy region than the Oslo data but the strong fluctuations due to the low LD resulting from the double shell closure of 208Pb prevent a conclusion on a possible violation of the BA hypothesis. Using the parameters suggested by RIPL-3 for a description of the LD in 208Pb with the back-shifted Fermi gas model, remarkable agreement between the two experiments spanning a wide excitation energy range is obtained. Conclusions: Systematic parametrizations of the E 1 and M 1 GSF parts need to be reconsidered at low excitation energies. The good agreement of the LD provides an independent confirmation of the approach underlying the decomposition of GSF and LD in Oslo-type experiments.

  2. Nuclear spectroscopy study of the isotopes populated via multinucleon transfer in the 90Zr + 208Pb reaction

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    Ur, C. A.; Corradi, L.; Stefanini, A. M.; Behera, B. R.; Fioretto, E.; Gadea, A.; Latina, A.; Szilner, S.; Beghini, S.; Farnea, E.; Montagnoli, G.; Scarlassara, F.; Haas, F.; Pollarolo, G.

    2006-08-14

    The present work takes advantage of the multinucleon transfer mechanism between heavy reaction partners to study the population pattern of excited nuclear states in near spherical Zirconium isotopes following the 90Zr + 208Pb reaction at an energy closed to the Coulomb barrier. Both the projectile and the target are well known closed shell nuclei offering an optimum situation for clean experimental and theoretical conditions. Total kinetic energy loss (TKEL) distributions were compared with calculations performed with the GRAZING code. The ability to use the TKEL as a selection tool for the states at different excitation energies was shown.

  3. Response function of the magnetic spectrometer PRISMA for the multinucleon transfer reaction {sup 40}Ar+{sup 208}Pb

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    Mijatovic, T.; Szilner, S.; Corradi, L.; Courtin, S.; Farnea, E.; Fioretto, E.; Gadea, A.; Goasduff, A.; Haas, F.; Jelavic-Malenica, D.; Lunardi, S.; Mengoni, D.; Montagnoli, G.; Montanari, D.; Pollarolo, G.; Recchia, F.; Sahin, E.; Scarlassara, F.; Soic, N.; Stefanini, A. M.; and others

    2012-10-20

    Multinucleon transfer reaction {sup 40}Ar+{sup 208}Pb has been investigated with the PRISMA-CLARA experimental setup in LNL, INFN, Italy. The experimental differential cross sections have been obtained for different transfer channels by measuring more than {Delta}{theta}{sub lab} = 20 Degree-Sign covered by three angular settings of PRISMA. Results have been compared with the semiclassical calculation GRAZING. Since the understanding of the reaction mechanism depends strongly on the determination of absolute cross section, effect of transport of ions through PRISMA has been studied via a Monte Carlo simulation code.

  4. Pionic fusion near threshold using the /sup 208/Pb(/sup 3/He,. pi. /sup -/)/sup 211/At reaction

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    Ward, T.E.

    1987-12-01

    The coherent production of pions in the /sup 208/Pb(/sup 3/He,..pi../sup -/)/sup 211/At reaction was measured radiochemically using activation techniques near the physical pion threshold at energies of 158--270 MeV. Above threshold, the total cross sections were measured in the 1--10 nb range. A theoretical fit of the summed total cross section into all particle bound states was made using the two-nucleon model of Dillig with appropriate two-body scaling of the momentum transfer.

  5. Study of the γ decay of high-lying states in 208Pb via inelastic scattering of 17O ions

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    Crespi, F. C. L.; Kmiecik, M.; Bracco, A.; Leoni, S.; Maj, A.; Benzoni, G.; Blasi, N.; Boiano, C.; Bottoni, S.; Brambilla, S.; Camera, F.; Ceruti, S.; Giaz, A.; Million, B.; Morales, A. I.; Nicolini, R.; Pellegri, L.; Riboldi, S.; Vandone, V.; Wieland, O.; Bednarczyk, P.; Ciemala, M.; Grebosz, J.; Krzysiek, M.; Mazurek, K.; Zieblinski, M.; Bazzacco, D.; Bellato, M.; Birkenbach, B.; Bortolato, D.; Calore, E.; De Angelis, G.; Farnea, E.; Gadea, A.; Görgen, A.; Gottardo, A.; Isocrate, R.; Lenzi, S.; Lunardi, S.; Mengoni, D.; Michelagnoli, C.; Molini, P.; Napoli, D. R.; Recchia, F.; Sahin, E.; Siebeck, B.; Siem, S.; Ur, C.; Valiente Dobon, J. J.

    2014-03-01

    A measurement of the high-lying states in 208Pb has been made using 17O beams at 20 MeV/u. The gamma decay following inelastic excitation was measured with the detector system AGATA Demonstrator based on segmented HPGe detectors, coupled to an array of large volume LaBr3:Ce scintillators and to an array of Si detectors. Preliminary results in comparison with (γ,γ') data, for states in the 5-8 MeV energy interval, are presented.

  6. Toward lifetime and g factor measurements of short-lived states in the vicinity of 208Pb

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    Ralet, D.; Georgiev, G.; E Stuchbery, A.; Clément, E.; Lemasson, A.; Michelagnoli, C.; Rejmund, M.; Atanasova, L.; Balabanski, D. L.; Bocchi, G.; Carroll, R.; Dewald, A.; Dudouet, J.; Fornal, B.; de France, G.; Franchoo, S.; Fransen, C.; Müller-Gatermann, C.; Goasduff, A.; Gadea, A.; Jacquot, B.; John, P. R.; Kocheva, D.; Konstantinopoulos, T.; Korichi, A.; Kusoglu, A.; Lenzi, S. M.; Leoni, S.; Ljungvall, J.; Lozeva, R.; Maj, A.; Navin, A.; Perez, R.; Pietralla, N.; Shand, C.; Stezowski, O.; Yordanov, D.

    2017-05-01

    The multi-nucleon transfer reaction mechanism was used to produce and study nuclei in the vicinity of 208Pb. This mass region is a test case for the nuclear shell model. The mass identification of the fragments was performed with the large acceptance magnetic spectrometer VAMOS++ coupled to the AGATA γ-tracking array. This experiment aimed to determine both lifetimes and gyromagnetic ratios of excited states with the Cologne plunger device. The analysis indicates promising results with the possibility to determine several new lifetimes in this region.

  7. Fusion calculations for 40Ca+40Ca, 48Ca+48Ca, 40Ca+48Ca and p+208Pb systems

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    Gao, Jie; Zhang, Haifei; Bao, Xiaojun; Li, Junqing; Zhang, Hongfei

    2014-09-01

    The fusion cross sections of calcium isotopes and proton induced fusion have been calculated in terms of a coupled-channels formulation. Results indicated that there are big differences between the two fusion types. In the calculations of calcium isotopes fusion, the pair-transfer coupling has been applied in addition to the vibrational coupling, the combined effects showed that pair-transfer has played a significant role in the fusion process for the asymmetric 40Ca+48Ca system. The result of proton induced fusion for p+208Pb system successfully presents the fusion oscillation, which agrees with the experimental data rather well.

  8. Nature of low-energy dipole strength in nuclei: the case of a resonance at particle threshold in 208Pb.

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    Ryezayeva, N; Hartmann, T; Kalmykov, Y; Lenske, H; von Neumann-Cosel, P; Ponomarev, V Yu; Richter, A; Shevchenko, A; Volz, S; Wambach, J

    2002-12-30

    A high-resolution (gamma,gamma') study of the electric dipole response in 208Pb at the S-DALINAC reveals a resonance structure centered around the neutron emission threshold. Microscopic quasiparticle phonon model calculations in realistic model spaces including the coupling to complex configurations are able to describe the data in great detail. The resonance is shown to result from surface density oscillations of the neutron skin relative to an approximately isospin-saturated core. It also forms an integral part of a toroidal E1 mode representing an example of vortex collective motion in nuclei.

  9. Coulomb breakup of 6Li into α+d in the field of a 208Pb ion

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    Irgaziev, B. F.; Nabi, Jameel-Un; Khan, Darwaish

    2011-12-01

    The triple differential cross section of the 208Pb(6Li,αd)208Pb quasielastic breakup is calculated at a collision energy of 156 MeV and a scattering angle range of 2∘-6∘. We fit the parameters of the Woods-Saxon potential using the experimental α-d phase shifts for different states to describe the relative motion of the α particle and deuteron. To check the validity of the two particle approach for the α-d system, we apply a potential model to describe the 2H(α,γ)6Li radiative capture. We calculate the Coulomb breakup using the semiclassical method while an estimation of the nuclear breakup is made on the basis of the diffraction theory. A comparison of our calculation with the experimental data of Kiener [Phys. Rev. CPRVCAN0556-281310.1103/PhysRevC.44.2195 44, 2195 (1991)] gives evidence for the dominance of the Coulomb dissociation mechanism and the contribution of nuclear distortion, but is essentially smaller than the value reported by Hammache [Phys. Rev. CPRVCAN0556-281310.1103/PhysRevC.82.065803 82, 065803 (2010)]. The results of our calculation for the triple cross sections (contributed by the Coulomb and nuclear mechanisms) of the 6Li breakup hint toward a forward-backward asymmetry in the relative direction of the α particle and deuteron emission, especially at smaller scattering angles, in the 6Li center-of-mass (c.m.) system.

  10. Cold fusion reaction of 58Fe + 208Pb analyzed by a generalized model of fusion by diffusion

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    Liu, Zu-Hua; Bao, Jing-Dong

    2012-05-01

    A generalized version of the fusion by diffusion model is proposed, in which evolution from dinuclear to mononuclear regimes is taken into account in terms of the coupled Langevin equations in the three-dimensional collective space of neck, radial, and asymmetric degrees of freedom. By simulating numerically these dynamic equations, the probability distribution of sinj, the separation between the surfaces of two approaching nuclei at the injection point in the asymmetric fission valley, is obtained. From the injection points, the system starts its climb uphill over the saddle point in the presence of thermal fluctuation; thus for very heavy systems the injection-point distance is a very critical constituent in the calculations of fusion probability. The present model is applied for the study of the mass asymmetric system 58Fe+208Pb. The excitation function for the 208Pb(58Fe,n)265Hs reaction is calculated and compared with the experimental data. By comparing the theoretical results with and without taking the asymmetric degree of freedom into account, we have arrived at the conclusion that nucleon flow between the asymmetric reaction partners in the early stage of the fusion process plays an important role in the formation of superheavy nuclei in the cold fusion reactions.

  11. Doubly magic 208Pb: High-spin states, isomers, and E 3 collectivity in the yrast decay

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    Broda, R.; Janssens, R. V. F.; Iskra, Ł. W.; Wrzesinski, J.; Fornal, B.; Carpenter, M. P.; Chiara, C. J.; Cieplicka-Oryńczak, N.; Hoffman, C. R.; Kondev, F. G.; Królas, W.; Lauritsen, T.; Podolyak, Zs.; Seweryniak, D.; Shand, C. M.; Szpak, B.; Walters, W. B.; Zhu, S.; Brown, B. A.

    2017-06-01

    Yrast and near-yrast levels up to spin values in excess of I =30 ℏ have been delineated in the doubly magic 208Pb nucleus following deep-inelastic reactions involving 208Pb targets and, mostly, 430-MeV 48Ca and 1440-MeV 208Pb beams. The level scheme was established up to an excitation energy of 16.4 MeV, based on multifold γ-ray coincidence relationships measured with the Gammasphere array. Below the well-known, 0.5-μs 10+ isomer, ten new transitions were added to earlier work. The delineation of the higher parts of the level sequence benefited from analyses involving a number of prompt- and delayed-coincidence conditions. Three new isomeric states were established along the yrast line with Iπ=20- (10 342 keV), 23+ (11 361 keV), and 28- (13 675 keV), and respective half-lives of 22(3), 12.7(2), and 60(6) ns. Gamma transitions were also identified preceding in time the 28- isomer; however, only a few could be placed in the level scheme and no firm spin-parity quantum numbers could be proposed. In contrast, for most states below this 28- isomer, firm spin-parity values were assigned, based on total electron-conversion coefficients, deduced for low-energy (<500 keV ) transitions from γ-intensity balances, and on measured γ-ray angular distributions. The latter also enabled the quantitative determination of mixing ratios. The transition probabilities extracted for all isomeric transitions in 208Pb have been reviewed and discussed in terms of the intrinsic structure of the initial and final levels involved. Particular emphasis was placed on the many observed E 3 transitions as they often exhibit significant enhancements in strength [of the order of tens of Weisskopf units (W.u.)] comparable to the one seen for the neutron j15 /2→g9 /2 E 3 transition in 209Pb. In this context, the enhancement of the 725-keV E 3 transition (56 W.u.) associated with the decay of the highest-lying 28- isomer observed in this work remains particularly challenging to explain. Large

  12. Estimation of the nuclear distortion in the Coulomb breakup of 6Li into α + d in the field of 208Pb ion

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    Irgaziev, B. F.

    2014-04-01

    In this article the results of the evaluation of the contribution of nuclear disintegration, based on the basis of diffraction theory in the 208Pb(6Li, αd)208Pb Coulomb breakup at an energy of 156 MeV is presented. Comparison of the results of the calculation with the experimental data of Kiener et al. [Phys. Rev. C 44, 2195 (1991)] gives evidence for the dominance of the Coulomb dissociation mechanism and contribution of nuclear distortion, but essentially smaller than the value reported byHammache et al. [Phys. Rev. C 82, 065803 (2010)] and Sümmerer [Prog. Part. Nucl. Phys. 66, 298 (2011)].

  13. Implications of the recently discovered 208Pb(1+, Ex=5.845 MeV) state for the spin-dependent nuclear interaction

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    Toki, H.; Bertsch, G. F.; Cha, D.

    1983-09-01

    Measurements on the newly discovered 1+ state at Ex=5.845 MeV in 208Pb provide an opportunity to examine the spin dependence in the nuclear effective Hamiltonian. The data require a somewhat weaker spin-orbit splitting than given by conventional Hamiltonians. The isoscalar spin-dependent residual interaction, which was poorly determined by previous data, is found to be much weaker than the isovector spin-dependent interaction, as predicted by Brueckner theory. NUCLEAR STRUCTURE Simple shell model, spin parameters in the Hamiltonian for 208Pb.

  14. (. pi. sup +- ,. pi. sup +- prime N) reactions on sup 12 C and sup 208 Pb near the giant resonance region

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    Yoo, Sung Hoon.

    1990-05-01

    Angular distributions for the {sup 12}C({pi}{sup {plus minus}}, {pi}{sup {plus minus}}{prime} p) and {sup 208}Pb({pi}{sup {plus minus}}, {pi}{sup {plus minus}}{prime} p or n) reactions near the giant resonance region have been measured at T{sub {pi}} = 180 MeV, and found different between {pi}{sup +} and {pi}{sup {minus}} data. This observation is interpreted as evidence for different excitation mechanisms dominating the {pi}{sup {minus}}-nucleus and {pi}{sup +}-nucleus interactions in the giant resonance region of these targets. A comparison with the single-nucleon knock-out distorted-wave impulse approximation calculations shows, even though these calculations underestimate ({pi}{sup {plus minus}}, {pi}{sup {plus minus}}{prime} N) data for both targets, the dominance of direct process for ({pi}{sup +}, {pi}{sup {plus}}{prime} p) or ({pi}{sup {minus}}, {pi}{sup {minus}}{prime} n) in contrast to ({pi}{sup {minus}}, {pi}{sup {minus}}{prime} p) or ({pi}{sup +}, {pi}{sup +}{prime} n). In the ({pi}{sup +}, {pi}{sup +}{prime} p) reaction proton-proton hole states are excited directly and appear to have a large probability for direct decay with escape width, whereas in ({pi}{sup {minus}}, {pi}{sup {minus}}{prime} p) the preferentially excited neutron-neutron hole doorway states couple to resonance states and decay with spreading width. This interpretation led us to suggest that the ratio of cross-sections for inelastic scattering to the giant resonance region should be written in terms of an incoherent sum of cross-sections to neutron and proton doorway states. In a heavy nucleus such as {sup 208}Pb, neutron and proton doorway states. In a heavy nucleus such as {sup 208}Pb, neutron and proton doorway states contribute incoherently because the different decay processes do not populate the same final states of the residual nucleus.

  15. Multinucleon transfer in O,1816,19F+208Pb reactions at energies near the fusion barrier

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    Rafferty, D. C.; Dasgupta, M.; Hinde, D. J.; Simenel, C.; Simpson, E. C.; Williams, E.; Carter, I. P.; Cook, K. J.; Luong, D. H.; McNeil, S. D.; Ramachandran, K.; Vo-Phuoc, K.; Wakhle, A.

    2016-08-01

    Background: Nuclear reactions are complex, involving collisions between composite systems where many-body dynamics determines outcomes. Successful models have been developed to explain particular reaction outcomes in distinct energy and mass regimes, but a unifying picture remains elusive. The irreversible transfer of kinetic energy from the relative motion of the collision partners to their internal states, as is known to occur in deep inelastic collisions, has yet to be successfully incorporated explicitly into fully quantal reaction models. The influence of these processes on fusion is not yet quantitatively understood. Purpose: To investigate the population of high excitation energies in transfer reactions at sub-barrier energies, which are precursors to deep inelastic processes, and their dependence on the internuclear separation. Methods: Transfer probabilities and excitation energy spectra have been measured in collisions of O,1816,19F+208Pb , at various energies below and around the fusion barrier, by detecting the backscattered projectile-like fragments in a Δ E -E telescope. Results: The relative yields of different transfer outcomes are strongly driven by Q values, but change with the internuclear separation. In 16O+208Pb , single nucleon transfer dominates, with a strong contribution from -2 p transfer close to the Coulomb barrier, though this channel becomes less significant in relation to the -2 p 2 n transfer channel at larger separations. For 18O+208Pb , the -2 p 2 n channel is the dominant charge transfer mode at all separations. In the reactions with 19F,-3 p 2 n transfer is significant close to the barrier, but falls off rapidly with energy. Multinucleon transfer processes are shown to lead to high excitation energies (up to ˜15 MeV), which is distinct from single nucleon transfer modes which predominantly populate states at low excitation energy. Conclusions: Kinetic energy is transferred into internal excitations following transfer, with this

  16. Similarity of nuclear structure in the {sup 132}Sn and {sup 208}Pb regions: Proton-neutron multiplets

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    Coraggio, L.; Gargano, A.; Covello, A.; Itaco, N.

    2009-08-15

    Starting from the striking similarity of proton-neutron multiplets in {sup 134}Sb and {sup 210}Bi, we perform a shell-model study of nuclei with two additional protons or neutrons to find out to what extent this analogy persists. We employ effective interactions derived from the CD-Bonn nucleon-nucleon potential renormalized by use of the V{sub low-k} approach. The calculated results for {sup 136}Sb, {sup 212}Bi, {sup 136}I, and {sup 212}At are in very good agreement with the available experimental data. The similarity between {sup 132}Sn and {sup 208}Pb regions is discussed in connection with the effective interaction, emphasizing the role of core polarization effects.

  17. Stretched configuration of states as inferred from γ -ray angular distributions in 40Ar + 208Pb neutron transfer reactions

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    Čolović, P.; Szilner, S.; Corradi, L.; Mijatović, T.; Pollarolo, G.; Goasduff, A.; Montanari, D.; Chapman, R.; Fioretto, E.; Gadea, A.; Haas, F.; Jelavić Malenica, D.; Mărginean, N.; Mengoni, D.; Milin, M.; Montagnoli, G.; Scarlassara, F.; Smith, J. F.; Soić, N.; Stefanini, A. M.; Ur, C. A.; Valiente-Dobón, J. J.

    2017-08-01

    Angular distributions of γ -rays for selected transitions in 40, 41, 42Ar isotopes have been studied with the PRISMA magnetic spectrometer coupled to the CLARA γ array. These transitions were populated in Ar isotopes reached via neutron transfer in the 40Ar + 208Pb reaction. By comparison with the shape of the experimental angular distribution of the known E2 transitions we established more firmly the spin and parity of excited states. In particular, in 41Ar for the (11/2^-) state through the (11/2^-) → 7/2^- transition whose structure was discussed in terms of a phonon-fermion coupled state. The comparison with the expected fully aligned spin indicated that a high level of spin alignment has been reached.

  18. First observation of high-spin states in {sup 214}Po: Probing the valence space beyond {sup 208}Pb

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    Astier, Alain; Porquet, Marie-Genevieve

    2011-01-15

    Excited states in {sup 214}Po have been populated using the {sup 18}O + {sup 208}Pb reaction at 85-MeV beam energy and studied with the Euroball IV {gamma}-multidetector array. The level scheme has been built up to {approx}2.7-MeV excitation energy and spin I=12({h_bar}/2{pi}) from the triple-{gamma} coincidence data. Spin and parity values of most of the observed states have been assigned from the {gamma}-angular properties. The configurations of the yrast states are discussed using results of empirical shell-model calculations and by analogy with the neighboring nuclei. The {sup 214}Po level scheme established in this work constitutes an important step for the determination of the effective nucleon-nucleon interactions beyond N=126.

  19. Isomeric Ratios for Nuclei with Z=62-67 and A=142-152 Produced in the Relativistic Fragmentation of 208Pb

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    Myalski, S.; Maj, A.; Podolyák, Zs.; Becker, F.; Bednarczyk, P.; Benzoni, G.; Blank, B.; Brandau, C.; Bruce, A. M.; Cáceres, L.; Camera, F.; Catford, W. N.; Cullen, I. J.; Dombradi, Zs.; Doornenbal, P.; Estevez, E.; Garnsworthy, A. B.; Geissel, H.; Gelletly, W.; Gerl, J.; Górska, M.; Grawe, H.; Grębosz, J.; Heinz, A.; Hoischen, R.; Ilie, G.; Jones, G. A.; Jungclaus, A.; Kelic, A.; Kmiecik, M.; Kojouharov, I.; Kondev, F. G.; Kurtukian-Nieto, T.; Kurz, N.; Lalkovski, S.; Liu, Z.; Montes, F.; Pfützner, M.; Pietri, S.; Prokopowicz, W.; Regan, P. H.; Rudolph, D.; Saito, T.; Schaffner, H.; Schwertel, S.; Shizuma, T.; Simons, A. J.; Steer, S. J.; Tashenov, S.; Walker, P. M.; Werner-Malento, E.; Wieland, O.; Wollersheim, H. J.

    2009-03-01

    Isomeric states in nuclei with Z=62-67 and A=142-152 produced in the fragmentation of the relativistic (1 GeV/nucleon) 208Pb beam were investigated. Isomeric ratios were determined for 10 isomeric states. Significant differences between theoretical and experimental values were observed.

  20. 6Li breakup from 208Pb target at Coulomb barrier energies: doorway to reaction mechanism induced by loosely bound/halo nuclei

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    Mazzocco, M.; Scopel, P.; Signorini, C.; Fortunato, L.; Soramel, F.; Thompson, I. J.; Vitturi, A.; Barbui, M.; Brondi, A.; Cinausero, M.; Fabris, D.; Fioretto, E.; La Rana, G.; Lunardon, M.; Moro, R.; Ordine, A.; Prete, G. F.; Rizzi, V.; Stroe, L.; Trotta, M.; Vardaci, E.; Viesti, G.

    2004-12-01

    The breakup cross section of the system 6Li + 208Pb has been measured at four beam energies close to the Coulomb barrier and the excitation energy distributions of the α + d/ 6Li * system have been deduced. Comparison of the experimental data with two different theoretical approaches strongly supports the direct breakup process description.

  1. Analysis of giant resonances in proton, 3He, and α scattering and the spin-flip strength in 208Pb

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    Morsch, H. P.; Cha, D.; Wambach, J.

    1985-05-01

    In an attempt to study isovector spin-flip excitations and to find a consistent picture of giant resonances in 208Pb, we analyzed giant resonance data from 172 MeV α scattering, 140 MeV 3He scattering, and 200 MeV proton scattering. Using spectroscopic information from α scattering, a good description of recent 3He scattering data is obtained. A detailed analysis of results from different probes reveals differences between complex particle and proton spectra which are interpreted as due to spin-flip contributions. The spin-flip strength is estimated in a microscopic p-h model. At the scattering angles considered it gives resonant strength at ~9 MeV dominated by 2- excitations and further gives an increasing continuum yield towards higher excitation energies. The cross sections of these spin-flip excitations in (p,p') are comparable to giant resonance yields and have to be considered in order to obtain a description consistent with complex particle spectra. The continuum part of isoscalar excitations is rather different from that of isovector spin-flip excitations. These features are qualitatively understood from the nuclear matter response. Calculations using the semi-infinite nuclear slab model of Esbensen and Bertsch give an almost quantitative description of isoscalar and spin-isospin continuum.

  2. Double-magic nature of 132Sn and 208Pb through lifetime and cross-section measurements.

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    Allmond, J M; Stuchbery, A E; Beene, J R; Galindo-Uribarri, A; Liang, J F; Padilla-Rodal, E; Radford, D C; Varner, R L; Ayres, A; Batchelder, J C; Bey, A; Bingham, C R; Howard, M E; Jones, K L; Manning, B; Mueller, P E; Nesaraja, C D; Pain, S D; Peters, W A; Ratkiewicz, A; Schmitt, K T; Shapira, D; Smith, M S; Stone, N J; Stracener, D W; Yu, C-H

    2014-05-02

    Single-neutron states in (133)Sn and (209)Pb, which are analogous to single-electron states outside of closed atomic shells in alkali metals, were populated by the ((9)Be, (8)Be) one-neutron transfer reaction in inverse kinematics using particle-γ coincidence spectroscopy. In addition, the s(1/2) single-neutron hole-state candidate in (131)Sn was populated by ((9)Be, (10)Be). Doubly closed-shell (132)Sn (radioactive) and (208)Pb (stable) beams were used at sub-Coulomb barrier energies of 3 MeV per nucleon. Level energies, γ-ray transitions, absolute cross sections, spectroscopic factors, asymptotic normalization coefficients, and excited-state lifetimes are reported and compared with shell-model expectations. The results include a new transition and precise level energy for the 3p(1/2) candidate in (133)Sn, new absolute cross sections for the 1h(9/2) candidate in (133)Sn and 3s(1/2) candidate in (131)Sn, and new lifetimes for excited states in (133)Sn and (209)Pb. This is the first report on excited-state lifetimes of (133)Sn, which allow for a unique test of the nuclear shell model and (132)Sn double-shell closure.

  3. Double-magic nature of 132Sn and 208Pb through lifetime and cross-section measurements

    SciTech Connect

    Allmond, James M; Stuchbery, Andrew E; Beene, James R; Galindo-Uribarri, Alfredo {nmn}; Liang, J Felix; Padilla-Rodal, Elizabeth; Radford, David C; Varner Jr, Robert L; Ayres, A.; Batchelder, J. C.; Bey, A.; Bingham, C. R.; Howard, Meredith E; Jones, K. L.; Manning, Brett M; Mueller, Paul Edward; Nesaraja, Caroline D; Pain, Steven D; Peters, William A; Ratkiewicz, Andrew J; Schmitt, Kyle; Shapira, Dan; Smith, Michael Scott; Stone, N. J.; Stracener, Daniel W; Yu, Chang-Hong

    2014-01-01

    Single-neutron states in 133Sn and 209Pb, which are analogous to single electrons outside of closed atomic shells in alkali metals, were populated by the (9Be,8Be) one-neutron transfer reaction in inverse kinematics using particle-gamma coincidence spectroscopy. In addition, the s1/2 single-neutron hole-state candidate in 131Sn was populated by (9Be,10Be). Doubly closed-shell 132Sn (radioactive) and 208Pb (stable) beams were used at sub-Coulomb barrier energies of 3 MeV per nucleon. Level energies, gamma-ray transitions, absolute cross sections, spectroscopic factors, asymptotic normalization coefficients, and excited-state lifetimes are reported and compared to shell-model expectations. The results include a new transition and precise level energy for the 3p1/2 candidate in 133Sn, new absolute cross sections for the 1h9/2 candidate in 133Sn and 3s1/2 candidate in 131Sn, and new lifetimes for excited states in 133Sn and 209Pb. This is the first report on excited-state lifetimes of 133Sn, which provide a unique signature of the single-neutron states and 132Sn double-shell closure.

  4. Structure of /sup 209/Bi deduced from the /sup 208/Pb(t,2n. gamma. ) reaction

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    Maier, K.H.; Nail, T.; Sheline, P.K.

    1983-04-01

    States in /sup 209/Bi were populated with the /sup 208/Pb(t,2n) reaction. Incident triton energies between 11 and 16 MeV were used. Gamma-ray excitation functions, angular distributions, and ..gamma..-..gamma..-time coincidence spectra were measured. Approximately 50 newly-observed ..gamma.. rays have been assigned to transitions in /sup 209/Bi. Previously-unresolved doublets at E/sub x/ = 2600, 3135, and 3154 keV have been identified. A new level at 3270 keV is reported, and the 3197-keV level is verified. /sup 209/Bi level energies are reported with an accuracy of 600 eV or less. A level scheme for E/sub x/<4.14 MeV is presented, including spin-parity assignments. A new M1 transition between the (5/2)/sup +/ and (3/2)/sup +/ members of the ..pi..h/sub 9/2/x3/sup -/ septuplet is reported. The 19 levels belonging to the ..nu..g/sub 9/2/p/sub 1/2/ /sup -1/, ..pi..h/sub 9/2/ are identified.

  5. Simultaneous analysis of the elastic scattering and breakup channel for the reaction 11Li+208Pb at energies near the Coulomb barrier

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    Fernández-García, J. P.; Cubero, M.; Acosta, L.; Alcorta, M.; Alvarez, M. A. G.; Borge, M. J. G.; Buchmann, L.; Diget, C. A.; Falou, H. A.; Fulton, B.; Fynbo, H. O. U.; Galaviz, D.; Gómez-Camacho, J.; Kanungo, R.; Lay, J. A.; Madurga, M.; Martel, I.; Moro, A. M.; Mukha, I.; Nilsson, T.; Rodríguez-Gallardo, M.; Sánchez-Benítez, A. M.; Shotter, A.; Tengblad, O.; Walden, P.

    2015-10-01

    We present a detailed analysis of the elastic scattering and breakup channel for the reaction of 11Li on 208Pb at incident laboratory energies of 24.3 and 29.8 MeV, measured at the radioactive ion beam facility of TRIUMF, in Vancouver, Canada. A large yield of 9Li fragments was detected by four charged particle telescopes in a wide angular range. The experimental angular and energy distributions of these 9Li fragments have been compared to coupled-reaction-channel and continuum-discretized coupled-channel calculations. The large production of 9Li fragments at small angles can be explained by considering a direct breakup mechanism, while at medium-large angles a competition between direct breakup and neutron transfer to the continuum of the 208Pb target was observed.

  6. Barrier distributions derived from quasielastic backscattering of 48Ti, 54Cr, 56Fe, 64Ni, and 70Zn projectiles on a 208Pb target.

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    Mitsuoka, S; Ikezoe, H; Nishio, K; Tsuruta, K; Jeong, S C; Watanabe, Y

    2007-11-02

    In order to study the nucleus-nucleus interaction in Pb-based cold fusion, we have measured excitation functions for quasielastic scattering of 48Ti, 54Cr, 56Fe, 64Ni, and 70Zn projectiles on a 208Pb target at backward angles. The barrier distributions were derived from the first derivative of measured quasielastic scattering cross sections relative to the Rutherford scattering cross section. The centroids of the barrier distributions show a deviation from several predicted barrier heights toward the low energy side. The shape of the barrier distributions is well reproduced by the results of a coupled-channel calculation taking account of the coupling effects of two phonon excitations of the quadrupole vibration for the projectiles and of the octupole vibration for the 208Pb target.

  7. Barrier Distribution of Quasi-elastic Backward Scattering of 48Ti, 54Cr, 56Fe, 64Ni, 70Zn and 86Kr on 208Pb

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    Mitsuoka, S.; Ikezoe, H.; Nishio, K.; Watanabe, Y.; Jeong, S. C.

    2009-03-01

    In order to study the nucleus-nucleus interaction in Pb-based cold fusion, we have measured excitation functions for quasi-elastic scattering of 48Ti, 54Cr, 56Fe, 64Ni, 70Zn and 86Kr projectiles on 208Pb target at backward angles. The barrier distributions were derived from the first derivative of measured quasi-elastic scattering cross sections relative to the Rutherford scattering cross section. The centroids of the barrier distributions show a deviation from several predicted barrier heights toward the low energy side. The shape of the barrier distributions is well reproduced by the results of a coupled-channel calculation taking account of the coupling effects of two phonon excitations of the quadrupole vibration for the projectiles and of the octupole vibration for the 208Pb target.

  8. Relevance of single-particle and collective excitations in zirconium isotopes populated by neutron transfer reactions in the {sup 90}Zr+{sup 208}Pb system

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    Pajtler, M. Varga; Szilner, S.; Malenica, D. Jelavić; Mijatović, T.; Soić, N.; Corradi, L.; Angelis, G. de; Fioretto, E.; Montanari, D.; Stefanini, A. M.; Valiente-Dobón, J. J.; Gadea, A.; Haas, F.; Lunardi, S.; Mengoni, D.; Montagnoli, G.; Recchia, F.; Scarlassara, F.; Märginean, N.; Pollarolo, G.; and others

    2015-10-15

    Multineutron transfer reaction {sup 90}Zr+{sup 208}Pb has been studied at the energy close to the Coulomb barrier energy by using the PRISMA + CLARA set-up. In this fragment-γ coincidence measurement, the selective properties of the reaction mechanism in the population of the specific states have been discussed. Based on the observed γ transitions of neutron transfer channels, namely {sup 89–94}Zr isotopes, their level schemes have been constructed and updated.

  9. Relevance of single-particle and collective excitations in zirconium isotopes populated by neutron transfer reactions in the 90Zr+208Pb system

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    Pajtler, M. Varga; Szilner, S.; Corradi, L.; de Angelis, G.; Fioretto, E.; Gadea, A.; Haas, F.; Lunardi, S.; Malenica, D. Jelavić; Märginean, N.; Mengoni, D.; Mijatović, T.; Montagnoli, G.; Montanari, D.; Pollarolo, G.; Recchia, F.; Salsac, M.-D.; Scarlassara, F.; Soić, N.; Stefanini, A. M.; Ur, C. A.; Valiente-Dobón, J. J.

    2015-10-01

    Multineutron transfer reaction 90Zr+208Pb has been studied at the energy close to the Coulomb barrier energy by using the PRISMA + CLARA set-up. In this fragment-γ coincidence measurement, the selective properties of the reaction mechanism in the population of the specific states have been discussed. Based on the observed γ transitions of neutron transfer channels, namely 89-94Zr isotopes, their level schemes have been constructed and updated.

  10. Single-particle widths in 208Bi and 209Bi determined from the inelastic proton scattering by 207Pb and 208Pb

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    Heusler, A.; Glöckner, H.-J.; Grosse, E.; Moore, C. F.; Solf, J.; von Brentano, P.

    2014-05-01

    Single-particle widths in 209Bi for all particle orbits s1/2, d3/2, d5/2, g7/2, g9/2, i11/2, j15/2 and for the hole orbits p1/2, p3/2, f5/2, f7/2 are deduced from the study of about fifty states in 208Pb with rather pure particle-hole configurations. Relative single-particle widths of the 0+ isobaric analog resonance (IAR) in 208Bi for the orbits p3/2, f5/2, f7/2 are deduced from the 207Pb( p, p') reaction. The 207Pb( p, p') and 208Pb( p, p') reactions via IAR were studied in a scattering chamber experiment of the Max-Planck institute for nuclear physics (Heidelberg, Germany) at scattering angles 40° ≤ Θ ≤ 170°. The semiconductor detectors yielded a resolution of 11-15 keV. Proton energies E p = 14.99, 16.30, 16.45, 16.60, 17.40, 17.47, 17.75 MeV covered the g9/2, j15/2, d5/2, g7/2, and d3/2 IARs in 209Bi, and 11.0 < E p < 11.8 MeV the 0{/g.s. +} IAR in 208Bi. The differential cross sections for nearly 70 levels in 208Pb were determined with an uncertainty of the solid angle of about 2%. Similar measurements of 208Pb( p, p') with the Q3D magnetic spectrograph of the Maier-Leibnitz-Laboratorium (Garching, Germany) 35-45 years later yielded a resolution of about 3 keV. The uncertainty of the differential cross section was 10-30%. Scattering angles covered 20° ≤ Θ ≤ 115° and Θ = 139°. The nonresonant ( p, p') reaction often dominates at scattering angles Θ ≲ 100°. Therefore, only the combination of the two data sets, i) backward angles, precise solid angles but modest resolution, ii) medium scattering angles and high resolution, allows to determine in an iterative manner both the structure of particle-hole states in 208Pb and the relevant single-particle widths in 209Bi.

  11. In situ U-Pb rutile dating by LA-ICP-MS: 208Pb correction and prospects for geological applications

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    Zack, Thomas; Stockli, Daniel F.; Luvizotto, George L.; Barth, Matthias G.; Belousova, Elena; Wolfe, Melissa R.; Hinton, Richard W.

    2011-09-01

    Rutile is a common accessory mineral that occurs in a wide spectrum of metamorphic rocks, such as in blueschists, eclogites, and granulites and as one of the most stable detrital heavy minerals in sedimentary rocks. The advent of rutile trace element thermometry has generated increased interest in a better understanding of rutile formation. This study documents important analytical advances in in situ LA-ICP-MS U/Pb geochronology of rutile: (1) Matrix matching, necessary for robust in situ dating is fulfilled by calibrating and testing several rutile standards (R10, R19, WH-1), including the presentation of new TIMS ages for the rutile standard R19 (489.5 ± 0.9 Ma; errors always stated as 2 s). (2) Initial common lead correction is routinely applied via 208Pb, which is possible due to extremely low Th/U ratios (usually <0.003) in most rutiles. Employing a 213 nm Nd:YAG laser coupled to a quadrupole ICP-MS and using R10 as a primary standard, rutile U/Pb concordia ages for the two other rutile standards (493 ± 10 Ma for R19; 2640 ± 50 Ma for WH-1) and four rutile-bearing metamorphic rocks (181 ± 4 Ma for Ivrea metapelitic granulite; 339 ± 7 Ma for Saidenbach coesite eclogite; 386 ± 8 Ma for Fjortoft UHP metapelite; 606 ± 12 Ma for Andrelandia metepelitic granulite) always agree within 2% with the reported TIMS ages and other dating studies from the same localities. The power of in situ U/Pb rutile dating is illustrated by comparing ages of detrital rutile and zircon from a recent sediment from the Christie Domain of the Gawler Craton, Australia. While the U/Pb age spectrum from zircons show several pronounced peaks that are correlated with magmatic episodes, rutile U/Pb ages are marked by only one pronounced peak (at ca 1,675 Ma) interpreted to represent cooling ages of this part of the craton. Rutile thermometry of the same detrital grains indicates former granulite-facies conditions. The methods outlined in this paper should find wide application in studies

  12. Cross sections of the (HI, αn) channel in the cold-fusion-type reactions 209Bi+ 40Ar and 208Pb+ 37Cl

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    Lazarev, Yu. A.; Oganessian, Yu. Ts.; Szeglowki, Z.; Utyonkov, V. K.; Kharitonov, Yu. P.; Constantinescu, O.; Liên, Dinh Thi; Shirokovsky, I. V.; Tretyakova, S. P.

    1994-11-01

    By applying an off-line radiochemistry technique, cross sections for the production of the isotope 240Cm(T {1}/{2}=27 d) in the cold-fusion-type reactions 209Bi+ 40Ar and 208Pb+ 37Cl at the bombarding energy Elab⩽230 MeV were determined to be 0.5±0.2 nb and 0.6±0.3 nb, respectively. The production of 240Cm was attributed to the 1n-deexcitation channel of the composite systems 249Md and 245Es. At the same time, the measured 240Cm production cross sections represent upper cross-section limits for the (HI, αn) channel of the reactions under study. These upper limits are about 100 times lower than the cross-section values reported recently by Nomura et al. for the ( 40Ar, αx n) channels with x=1,2 of the 209Bi+ 40Ar reaction at Elab=208 MeV. In the context of the above measurements, presented and discussed is the up-to-date summary of the available evidence on cross sections of the (HI, αxn) channels in the cold-fusion-type reactions induced by projectiles ranging from 37Cl to 50Ti on targets of 203,205Tl, 208Pb, and 209Bi nuclei. Appreciable EC(β +)-delayed or/and spontaneous fission effects were detected in the 209Bi+ 40Ar, 208Pb+ 37Cl, and 206Pb+ 37Cl reactions. The obtained data point, in particular, to the EC(β +)-delayed fission occuring in the decay chains ? and ?.

  13. Nuclear potentials for sub-barrier fusion and cluster decay in {sup 14}C, {sup 18}O+{sup 208}Pb systems

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    Sagaidak, R. N.; Tretyakova, S. P.; Khlebnikov, S. V.; Ogloblin, A. A.; Rowley, N.; Trzaska, W. H.

    2007-09-15

    Near-barrier fusion excitation functions for the {sup 14}C and {sup 18}O+{sup 208}Pb reactions have been analyzed in the framework of the barrier-passing model using different forms of the nuclear potential and the phenomenology of a fluctuating barrier. The best-fit fusion potentials were used to estimate cluster decay probabilities from the corresponding ground states of Ra and Th (i.e., for the inverse decay process). The analysis supports the ''{alpha}-decay-like'' scenario for carbon and oxygen emission from these nuclei.

  14. The cross sections and energy spectra of the particle emission in proton induced reaction on 204,206,207,208Pb and 209Bi

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    Zhang, Zhengjun; Liang, Haiying; Xu, Yongli; Han, Yinlu; Cai, Chonghai; Shen, Qingbiao

    2017-09-01

    All cross sections of proton induced reactions, angular distributions, energy spectra and double differential cross sections of neutron, proton, deuteron, triton, helium and alpha-particle emissions for p+ 204,206,207,208Pb, 209Bi reactions are consistently calculated and analyzed at incident proton energies below 200 MeV. The optical model, the distorted wave Born approximation theory, the unified Hauser-Feshbach and exciton model which includes the improved Iwamoto-Harada model are used. Theoretically calculated results are compared with the existing experimental data.

  15. Investigation of constraints on few-neutron forces in neutron matter by empirical information on the neutron skin of 48Ca and 208Pb

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    Sammarruca, Francesca

    2016-11-01

    The neutron matter equation of state is calculated from two-neutron forces up to fifth order of the chiral expansion, and the order-by-order convergence of the predictions is investigated. Based on these equations of state, the binding energies and the neutron and proton density distributions in 208Pb and 48Ca are derived, with particular attention paid to the neutron skins, the focal point of this paper. Anticipating future experiments which will provide reliable information on the weak charge density in nuclei, the theoretical uncertainties and the possibility of constraining the size of few-neutron forces in neutron matter are discussed.

  16. Selective properties of neutron transfer reactions in the 90Zr + 208Pb system for the population of excited states in zirconium isotopes

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    Varga Pajtler, M.; Szilner, S.; Corradi, L.; de Angelis, G.; Fioretto, E.; Gadea, A.; Haas, F.; Lunardi, S.; Jelavić Malenica, D.; Mărginean, N.; Mengoni, D.; Mijatović, T.; Montagnoli, G.; Montanari, D.; Pollarolo, G.; Recchia, F.; Salsac, M.-D.; Scarlassara, F.; Soić, N.; Stefanini, A. M.; Ur, C. A.; Valiente-Dobón, J. J.

    2015-09-01

    Nuclei produced via multineutron transfer channels have been studied in 90Zr + 208Pb close to the Coulomb barrier energy in a fragment-γ coincident measurement employing the PRISMA magnetic spectrometer coupled to the CLARA γ-array. The selective properties of the reaction mechanism have been discussed in terms of states and their strength excited in the neutron transfer channels leading to 89-94Zr isotopes. A strong population of yrast states, with energies up to ∼7.5 MeV has been observed.

  17. Accelerator driven neutron source design via beryllium target and (208)Pb moderator for boron neutron capture therapy in alternative treatment strategy by Monte Carlo method.

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    Khorshidi, Abdollah

    2017-01-01

    The reactor has increased its area of application into medicine especially boron neutron capture therapy (BNCT); however, accelerator-driven neutron sources can be used for therapy purposes. The present study aimed to discuss an alternative method in BNCT functions by a small cyclotron with low current protons based on Karaj cyclotron in Iran. An epithermal neutron spectrum generator was simulated with 30 MeV proton energy for BNCT purposes. A low current of 300 μA of the proton beam in spallation target concept via 9Be target was accomplished to model neutron spectrum using 208Pb moderator around the target. The graphite reflector and dual layer collimator were planned to prevent and collimate the neutrons produced from proton interactions. Neutron yield per proton, energy distribution, flux, and dose components in the simulated head phantom were estimated by MCNPX code. The neutron beam quality was investigated by diverse filters thicknesses. The maximum epithermal flux transpired using Fluental, Fe, Li, and Bi filters with thicknesses of 7.4, 3, 0.5, and 4 cm, respectively; as well as the epithermal to thermal neutron flux ratio was 161. Results demonstrated that the induced neutrons from a low energy and low current proton may be effective in tumor therapy using 208Pb moderator with average lethargy and also graphite reflector with low absorption cross section to keep the generated neutrons. Combination of spallation-based BNCT and proton therapy can be especially effective, if a high beam intensity cyclotron becomes available.

  18. Novel Manifestation of {alpha}-Clustering Structures: New '{alpha}+{sup 208}Pb' States in {sup 212}Po Revealed by Their Enhanced E1 Decays

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    Astier, A.; Porquet, M.-G.; Petkov, P.; Delion, D. S.; Schuck, P.

    2010-01-29

    Excited states in {sup 212}Po were populated by {alpha} transfer using the {sup 208}Pb({sup 18}O,{sup 14}C) reaction, and their deexcitation {gamma} rays were studied with the Euroball array. Several levels were found to decay by a unique E1 transition (E{sub {gamma}}<1 MeV) populating the yrast state with the same spin value. Their lifetimes were measured by the Doppler-shift attenuation method. The values, found in the range 0.1-1.4 ps, lead to very enhanced transitions, B(E1)=2x10{sup -2}-1x10{sup -3} W.u. These results are discussed in terms of an {alpha}-cluster structure which gives rise to states with non-natural-parity values, provided that the composite system cannot rotate collectively, as expected in the '{alpha}+{sup 208}Pb' case. Such states due to the oscillatory motion of the {alpha}-core distance are observed for the first time.

  19. PriMux

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    2010-08-31

    PriMux is used to compute sets of compatible Polymerase Chain Reaction (PCR)signatures that can be used for detecting the presence of biological species in a small sample of material. Before use, the computed signatures must be empirically tested in a wet lab.

  20. Study of two- and multi-particle correlations in 12C+24Mg and 12C+208Pb reactions at E=35 AMeV

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    Quattrocchi, L.; Acosta, L.; Amorini, F.; Anzalone, A.; Auditore, L.; Berceanu, I.; Cardella, G.; Chbihi, A.; De Filippo, E.; Dell'Aquila, D.; Francalanza, L.; Gnoffo, B.; Grzeszczuk, A.; Lanzalone, G.; Lombardo, I.; Martel, I.; Minniti, T.; Norella, S.; Pagano, A.; Pagano, E. V.; Papa, M.; Pirrone, S.; Politi, G.; Porto, F.; Rizzo, F.; Rosato, E.; Russotto, P.; Trifirò, A.; Trimarchi, M.; Verde, G.; Veselsky, M.; Vigilante, M.

    2016-05-01

    Two and multi particle correlations from the decay of sources produced in 12C+24Mg and 12C+208Pb collisions at E=35 AMeV have been studied by using the forward part (1° < θlab < 30°) of the CHIMERA multi-detector. Correlations and invariant mass spectroscopy are used to explore simultaneous and sequential decays of resonances in light isotopes with Z˜3-6, produced in peripheral collisions via the break-up of excited quasi-projectiles. Among them we mention 5Li, 6Li, 6Be, 8Be and the astrophysically important state in 12C decaying into three alpha particles. Results and future perspectives at the INFN-LNS will be presented.

  1. Unusual potential behavior for the weakly bound nucleus 9Be in elastic scattering from 208Pb and 209Bi near the threshold

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    Yu, N.; Zhang, H. Q.; Jia, H. M.; Zhang, S. T.; Ruan, M.; Yang, F.; Wu, Z. D.; Xu, X. X.; Bai, C. L.

    2010-07-01

    The elastic scattering angular distributions of the weakly bound 9Be projectile from 208Pb and 209Bi have been measured for 14 beam energies near the threshold from 37 to 50 MeV. The parameters of the optical potential are extracted by means of phenomenological optical model analysis with PTOLEMY. Both of the systems show unusual potential behavior in the vicinity of the Coulomb barrier that the strength of the imaginary (absorptive) part of the potential is increasing (rather than decreasing) with decreasing energy, which is quite different from the results of some previous reports. This unusual threshold phenomenon indicates that the breakup channel is strongly coupled with the elastic channel and has obvious effects on the optical potential. The analyses also show that high precision elastic scattering angular distributions, especially those below the Coulomb barrier, are very important for extracting correct threshold behavior of the optical potential.

  2. OMPs for the 6 He + 209 Bi halo system from a 208 Pb(7 Li,6 He)209 Bi reaction analysis

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    Yang, L.; Lin, C. J.; Jia, H. M.; Wang, D. X.; Sun, L. J.; Ma, N. R.; Yang, F.; Wu, Z. D.; Xu, X. X.; Zhang, H. Q.; Liu, Z. H.; Bao, P. F.

    2017-09-01

    Angular distributions of transfer reaction {^{208}} Pb( 7 Li, {6} He) {^{209}} Bi were measured at E_{{lab}} ( {^7} Li)= 21.2 , 24.3, 25.67 and 28.55MeV. By fitting the experimental data with the theoretical frameworks of Distorted Wave Born Approximation (DWBA), the optical model parameters of the halo nuclear system 6 He + 209 Bi were extracted. The breakup threshold anomaly (BTA) was observed clearly in the imaginary potential, and a further decreasing trend in the deep sub-barrier region was observed for the first time in a halo system. Furthermore, the dispersion relation is found of no use to describe the connection between the real and imaginary parts.

  3. Investigation of the structure of deep hole states in {sup 90}Zr and {sup 208}Pb by means of inelastic proton scattering at 1 GeV

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    Vorob`ev, A.A.; Dotsenko, Yu.V.; Lobodenko, A.A.

    1995-11-01

    A missing-mass correlation spectrometer with overall energy resolution FWHM = 3.5 MeV is used to study the reactions (p, 2p) and (p, np) on {sup 90}Zr and {sup 208}Pb nuclei at energy T{sub 0} = 1.0 GeV under experimental conditions permitting complete kinematic reconstruction. Proton- and neutron-separation-energy spectra are obtained in a wide binding-energy range. Empirical regularities observed in the evolution of the principal parameters of deep hole states of protons and neutrons in going from light to heavy nuclei are discussed. Experimental data are analyzed by the Hartree-Fock method with Skyrme forces, as well as with modified Moszkowski {delta} interaction. 26 refs., 7 figs., 8 tabs.

  4. Energy dependence of the optical potentials for the 9Be +208Pb and 9Be +209Bi systems at near-Coulomb-barrier energies

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    Gómez Camacho, A.; Yu, N.; Zhang, H. Q.; Gomes, P. R. S.; Jia, H. M.; Lubian, J.; Lin, C. J.

    2015-04-01

    We analyze the energy dependence of the interacting optical potential, at near barrier energies, for two systems involving the weakly bound projectile 9Be and the heavy 208Pb and 209Bi targets, by the simultaneous fit of elastic scattering angular distributions and fusion excitation functions. The approach used consists of dividing the optical potential into two parts. A short-range potential VF+i WF that is responsible for fusion, and a superficial potential VDR+i WDR for direct reactions. It is found, for both systems studied, that the fusion imaginary potential WF presents the usual threshold anomaly (TA) observed in tightly bound systems, whereas the direct reaction imaginary potential WDR shows a breakup threshold anomaly (BTA) behavior. Both potentials satisfy the dispersion relation. The direct reaction polarization potential predominates over the fusion potential and so a net overall behavior is found to follow the BTA phenomenon.

  5. Nulcear-structure studies with the sup 45 Sc, sup 144 Sm, and sup 208 Pb (p,n) reactions at 136 MeV

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    Mostajabodda'vati, M.

    1989-01-01

    Experiments were performed to measure neutron time-of-flight spectra from the (p,n) reaction on {sup 45}Sc, {sup 144}Sm, and {sup 208}Pb targets at about 136 MeV. In the {sup 45}Sc(p,n){sup 45}Ti reaction the author observes a 19/2{sup {minus}}, 17/2{sup {minus}} doublet at 4.3 MeV. Distorted Wave Impulse Approximation (DWIA) calculations for these transitions were performed using wave functions obtained from a shell-model calculation which considers five particles in the 1f-2p shell with no restriction. These calculations describe the experimental results well without renormalizational. The Gamow-Teller (GT) strength in {sup 45}Sc(p,n){sup 45}Ti was considered also; the strength observed in peaks is about 40% of the minimum value expected from the simple GT sum rule. In the {sup 144}Sm(p,n){sup 144}Eu reaction he observes a ({pi}h{sub 11/2}, {nu}h{sub 11/2}{sup {minus}1}) 11+, O {Dirac h}w stretched state at 2.2 MeV of excitation. A DWIA calculation for this transition with only the simple shell-model wave function needs to be normalized by 0.55 to agree with the experiment. More realistic wave functions were obtained from a 3p-3h shell-model calculation. The DWIA normalization factor required using these wave functions is essentially unity (0.95). The total observed GT strength in peaks is 40% of the GT sum rule value. A single peak is observed to be strongly excited in the {sup 208}Pb(p,n)-{sup 208}Bi reaction at large angles. The present experiment reveals that the observed peak is too board to be a single state and that the angular distribution cannot be described well by a DWIA calculation assuming only a single transition.

  6. Comparison of reactions for the production of 258,257Db: 208Pb(51V,xn) and 209Bi(50Ti,xn)

    SciTech Connect

    Gates, Jacklyn M.; Nelson, Sarah L.; Gregorich, Kenneth E.; Dragojevic, Irena; Dullmann, Christoph E.; Ellison, Paul A.; Folden III, Charles M.; Garcia, Mitch A.; Stavsetra, Liv; Sudowe, Ralf; Hoffman, Darleane C.; Nitsche, Heino

    2008-09-29

    Excitation functions for the 1n and 2n exit channels of the 208Pb(51V,xn)259-xDb reaction were measured. A maximum cross section of the 1n exit channel of 2070+1100/-760 pb was measured at an excitation energy of 16.0 +- 1.8 MeV. For the 2n exit channel, a maximum cross section of 1660+450/-370 pb was measured at 22.0 +- 1.8 MeV excitation energy. The 1n excitation function for the 209Bi(50Ti,n)258Db reaction was remeasured, resulting in a cross section of 5480+1750/-1370 pb at an excitation energy of 16.0 +- 1.6 MeV, in agreement with previous values [F. P. Hebberger, et al., Eur. Phys. J. A 12, 57 (2001)]. Differences in cross section maxima are discussed in terms of the fusion probability below the barrier.

  7. Detection of inherited monazite in the Manaslu leucogranite by 208Pb/(232Th) ion microprobe dating: Crystallization age and tectonic implications

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    Harrison, T. Mark; McKeegan, K. D.; LeFort, P.

    1995-07-01

    Although leucogranites are among the least petrologically variable of all igneous rocks, ironically they are among the most difficult to reliably date. The High Himalayan leucogranites have been the subject of numerous geochronological investigations because of their interrelationship with the most significant tectonic features of that mountain belt. For a variety of reasons linked to the minimum melt composition of these leucogranites, these dating studies have not been entirely successful. We report results of a new ion microprobe dating method based on the decay of 232Th to 208Pb in monazite that has directly revealed the presence of inherited Pb in monazite from the Manalsu granite, casting doubt on its previously accepted age. Monazite ages obtained from this leucogranite yield two distinct populations, a large number of ages with a normal distribution and mean age of 22.4 ± 0.5 Ma (±2 S.E.) that we interpret to be the crystallization age, and a smaller inherited fraction with an age of ca. 600 Ma. Because formation of the granite is thought to be related to slip on the Main Central Thrust, both this date and a second less precise result from a structurally similar pluton near Mt. Everest indicate that the Main Central Thrust was active in the interval 24-22 Ma, but do not constrain its initiation. Together with crosscutting relationships, these data require that movement on the North Himalayan Fault occurred prior to 22 Ma at both locations.

  8. Excitation function for the production of 262Bh (Z = 107) in theodd-Z projectile reaction 208Pb(55Mn, n)

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    Folden III, C.M.; Nelson, S.L.; Dullmann, Ch.E.; Schwantes, J.M.; Sudowe, R.; Zielinski, P.M.; Gregorich, K.E.; Nitsche, H.; Hoffman, D.C.

    2005-05-16

    The excitation function for production of 262Bh in the odd-Z-projectile reaction 208Pb(55Mn,n) has been measured at three projectile energies using the Berkeley Gas-filled Separator at the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory 88-Inch Cyclotron. In total, 33 decay chains originating from 262Bh and 2 decay chains originating from 261Bh were observed. The measured decay properties are in good agreement with previous reports. The maximum cross section of 540 +180 - 150 pb is observed at a lab-frame center-of-target energy of 264.0 MeV and is more than fives times larger than that expected based on previously reported results for production of 262Bh in the analogous even-Z-projectile reaction 209Bi(54Cr,n). Our results indicate that the optimum beam energy in one-neutron-out heavy-ion fusion reactions can be estimated simply using the ''Optimum Energy Rule'' proposed by Swiatecki, Siwek-Wilczynska, and Wilczynski.

  9. The study of neutron-rich nuclei production in the region of the closed shell N=126 in the multi-nucleon transfer reaction 136Xe+208Pb

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    Novikov, K.; Harca, I. M.; Kozulin, E. M.; Dmitriev, S.; Itkis, J.; Knyazheva, G.; Loktev, T.; Corradi, L.; Valiente-Dobon, J.; Fioretto, E.; Montanari, D.; Stefanini, A. M.; Vardaci, E.; Quero, D.; Montagnoli, G.; Scarlassara, F.; Strano, E.; Pollarolo, G.; Piot, J.; Mijatović, T.; Szilner, S.; Ackermann, D.; Chubarian, G.; Trzaska, W. H.

    2016-04-01

    The unexplored area of heavy neutron rich nuclei is extremely important for nuclear astrophysics investigations and, in particular, for the understanding of the r-process of astrophysical nucleogenesis. For the production of heavy neutron rich nuclei located along the neutron closed shell N=126 (probably the last "waiting point" in the r-process of nucleosynthesis) the low-energy multi-nucleon transfer reaction 136Xe+208Pb at Elab=870MeV was explored. Due to the stabilizing effect of the closed neutron shells in both nuclei, N=82 and N=126, and the rather favorable proton transfer from lead to xenon, the light fragments formed in this process are well bound and the Q-value of the reaction is nearly zero. Measurements were performed with the PRISMA spectrometer in coincidence with an additional time-of-flight (ToF) arm on the +20 beam line of the PIAVE-ALPI accelerator in Legnaro, Italy. The PRISMA spectrometer allows identification of the A, Z and velocity of the projectile-like fragments (PLF), while the second arm gives access to the target-like fragments (TLF). Details on the experimental setup and preliminary results are reported.

  10. Mass, total kinetic energy, and neutron multiplicity correlations in the binary fragmentation of +208Pb 50Ti at 294 MeV bombarding energy

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    Appannababu, S.; Cinausero, M.; Marchi, T.; Gramegna, F.; Prete, G.; Bermudez, J.; Fabris, D.; Collazuol, G.; Saxena, A.; Nayak, B. K.; Kailas, S.; Bruno, M.; Morelli, L.; Gelli, N.; Piantelli, S.; Pasquali, G.; Barlini, S.; Valdré, S.; Vardaci, E.; Sajo-Bohus, L.; Degerlier, M.; Jhingan, A.; Behera, B. R.; Kravchuk, V. L.

    2016-10-01

    The correlations between mass distributions of the binary fragments, total kinetic energy (TKE), and neutron multiplicity have been investigated for the reaction +208Pb 50Ti at 294 MeV bombarding energy. Although this reaction has been used to synthesize the Rf (Z =104 ) superheavy element, a complete study of its fragmentation dynamics is still not available in the literature. In this work, average neutron multiplicities were extracted as a function of different fragment mass splits and TKE windows. A weak increase of the prescission neutron multiplicity is observed going from asymmetric to symmetric mass splits. A fission delay time of 4.5 ×10-20 s has been extracted for the symmetric fission. The neutron multiplicity extracted for the symmetric mass split was used to derive the average number of neutrons emitted in the spontaneous fission of 258Rf. The extrapolated value of 4.7 ±1.4 is found to be consistent with systematics of spontaneous and neutron-induced fission in heavy nuclei and with the results of previous works for superheavy nuclei with Z =116 and Z =124 .

  11. In-situ U/Pb rutile dating by LA-ICP-MS: 208Pb correction and prospects for thermochronological applications

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    Zack, T.; Stockli, D. F.; Luvizotto, G. L.; Barth, M. G.; Wolfe, M. R.; Hinton, R. W.; Berndt-Gerdes, J.; Kooijman, E.

    2009-12-01

    The advent of rutile thermometry brought an increasing interest in understanding rutile formation and its temporal evolution. Here we report progress on several fronts of in situ U-Pb rutile geochronology: (1) Matrix matching, necessary for robust in situ dating is fullfilled by calibrating and testing rutile standards (R10 and R19), including the presentation of new TIMS ages for the rutile standard R19. (2) Common lead correction is routinely applied via 208Pb, which is possible due to extremely low Th/U ratios (usually <0.003) in most rutiles. Employing a 213 nm Nd:YAG laser coupled to a quadrupole ICP-MS and using R10 as a primary standard, rutile U/Pb ages for the other rutile standard and four rutile-bearing metamorphic rocks always agree better than 2% with the reported TIMS ages and other dating studies from the same localities. The methods outlined in this contribution should find wide application in thermochronological studies that require age information of single spots, e.g., single-crystal zoning and texturally-controlled dating. With this information we are able to address the effect of shielding of inclusion phases by robust host minerals.

  12. Excitation function for the production of {sup 262}Bh (Z=107) in the odd-Z-projectile reaction {sup 208}Pb({sup 55}Mn, n)

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    Folden, C.M. III; Nelson, S.L.; Duellmann, Ch.E.; Schwantes, J.M.; Zielinski, P.M.; Nitsche, H.; Hoffman, D.C.; Sudowe, R.; Gregorich, K.E.

    2006-01-15

    The excitation function for production of {sup 262}Bh in the odd-Z-projectile reaction {sup 208}Pb({sup 55}Mn, n) has been measured at three projectile energies using the Berkeley Gas-filled Separator at the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory 88-Inch Cyclotron. In total, 33 decay chains originating from {sup 262}Bh and 2 decay chains originating from {sup 261}Bh were observed. The measured decay properties are in good agreement with previous reports. The maximum cross section of 540{sub -150}{sup +180} pb is observed at a lab-frame center-of-target energy of 264.0 MeV and is more than five times larger than that expected based on previously reported results for production of {sup 262}Bh in the analogous even-Z-projectile reaction {sup 209}Bi({sup 54}Cr, n). Our results indicate that the optimum beam energy in one-neutron-out heavy-ion fusion reactions can be estimated simply using the optimum energy rule proposed by SwiaPtecki, Siwek-Wilczynska, and Wilczynski.

  13. Barrier Distribution of Quasi-elastic Backward Scattering of {sup 48}Ti, {sup 54}Cr, {sup 56}Fe, {sup 64}Ni, {sup 70}Zn and {sup 86}Kr on {sup 208}Pb

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    Mitsuoka, S.; Ikezoe, H.; Nishio, K.; Watanabe, Y.; Jeong, S. C.

    2009-03-04

    In order to study the nucleus-nucleus interaction in Pb-based cold fusion, we have measured excitation functions for quasi-elastic scattering of {sup 48}Ti, {sup 54}Cr, {sup 56}Fe, {sup 64}Ni, {sup 70}Zn and {sup 86}Kr projectiles on {sup 208}Pb target at backward angles. The barrier distributions were derived from the first derivative of measured quasi-elastic scattering cross sections relative to the Rutherford scattering cross section. The centroids of the barrier distributions show a deviation from several predicted barrier heights toward the low energy side. The shape of the barrier distributions is well reproduced by the results of a coupled-channel calculation taking account of the coupling effects of two phonon excitations of the quadrupole vibration for the projectiles and of the octupole vibration for the {sup 208}Pb target.

  14. Barrier Distributions Derived from Quasielastic Backscattering of {sup 48}Ti, {sup 54}Cr, {sup 56}Fe, {sup 64}Ni, and {sup 70}Zn Projectiles on a {sup 208}Pb Target

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    Mitsuoka, S.; Ikezoe, H.; Nishio, K.; Tsuruta, K.; Jeong, S. C.; Watanabe, Y.

    2007-11-02

    In order to study the nucleus-nucleus interaction in Pb-based cold fusion, we have measured excitation functions for quasielastic scattering of {sup 48}Ti, {sup 54}Cr, {sup 56}Fe, {sup 64}Ni, and {sup 70}Zn projectiles on a {sup 208}Pb target at backward angles. The barrier distributions were derived from the first derivative of measured quasielastic scattering cross sections relative to the Rutherford scattering cross section. The centroids of the barrier distributions show a deviation from several predicted barrier heights toward the low energy side. The shape of the barrier distributions is well reproduced by the results of a coupled-channel calculation taking account of the coupling effects of two phonon excitations of the quadrupole vibration for the projectiles and of the octupole vibration for the {sup 208}Pb target.

  15. Determination of flux-weighted average cross-sections of natPb(γ,xn), 208Pb(γ,xn), and 209Bi(γ,xn) reactions using bremsstrahlung end-point energies of 50-70 MeV

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    Naik, Haladhara; Kim, Guinyun; Kim, Kwangsoo; Zaman, Muhammad; Shahid, Muhammad; Kang, Yeong-Rok; Woo Lee, Man; Shin, Sung-Gyun; Cho, Moo-Hyun

    2016-11-01

    The flux-weighted average cross-sections of the natPb(γ, xn)198-204Pb reaction for the bremsstrahlung end-point energies of 50-70MeV were determined by activation and off-line γ -ray spectrometric technique, using the 100 MeV electron linac at the Pohang Accelerator Laboratory (PAL), Korea. The relative cross-sections of the 208Pb(γ, xn)202-204Pb and 209Bi(γ, xn)203-206Bi reactions from our earlier work were updated to absolute values and compared with the present data. The photo-neutron cross-sections of natPb, 208Pb, and 209Bi were also calculated, as a function of the photon energy using the TALYS 1.6 code. The flux-weighted average cross-sections were obtained from the theoretical values of the TALYS 1.6 code, based on mono-energetic photons, and compared with the present experimental data. The values were found to be in good agreement with the present data for the 209Bi(γ, xn)203-206Bi, 208Pb(γ, xn)202-204Pb, and natPb(γ, xn)198-202Pb reactions. However, the present data for the natPb(γ, xn)203, 204Pb reactions were higher than the flux-weighted values obtained using the TALYS 1.6 code.

  16. Allanite from the El Muerto Pegmatite, Oaxaca, Mexico: A Potential New Standard for 232Th-208Pb Dating by LA-ICP-MS

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    Price, J.; Crowley, J. L.; Solari, L.; Prol-Ledesma, R.

    2012-12-01

    Allanite dating may be important to studies addressing tectonomagmatic evolution, provenance of monocyclic sediment, and mineral weathering. Obtaining accurate allanite ages by SIMS has been challenging and time-consuming due to the mineral's extreme chemical variability which often prevents finding adequately matrix-matched standards. Isotopic measurements by LA-ICP-MS minimize the need for standards of nearly identical composition to the unknown allanite being analyzed, and it is done relatively rapidly. Dating by LA-ICP-MS requires high quality standards for isotopic fractionation corrections. However, readily accessible and well characterized allanite standards are scarce. We investigated gemstone allanite from the El Muerto pegmatite, Oaxaca, Mexico, as a potential new geochronology standard for 232Th-208Pb allanite dating by LA-ICP-MS. Compositional homogeneity was thoroughly investigated by scanning and backscatter electron microscopy, cathodoluminescence, quantitative and qualitative energy dispersive x-ray spectroscopy, electron microprobe, and LA-ICP-MS. The possibility of metamictization was investigated by extensive X-ray diffraction analyses. The El Muerto allanite was U-Pb dated by ID-TIMS, with common Pb ratios determined from cogenetic K-feldspar by ID-TIMS and LA-MC-ICP-MS. Future work includes Th-Pb dating by ID-TIMS. The samples investigated are homogeneous with respect to major and trace elements. Major element compositional results are generally in agreement with published values, and no metamictization was identified despite the allanite being nearly 1 Ga. The only limitation of the El Muerto allanite is that it contains small, generally <100 μm, scarce inclusions of quartz, calciothorite, albite, calcite, and biotite. However, these grains are easily recognized and avoided during LA-ICP-MS analyses. Based on these results, the El Muerto allanite has the potential to serve as a standard for LA-ICP-MS dating.

  17. A precise 232Th-208Pb chronology of fine-grained monazite: Age of the Bayan Obo REE-Fe-Nb ore deposit, China

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    Wang, Jingyuan; Tatsumoto, M.; Li, X.; Premo, W.R.; Chao, E.C.T.

    1994-01-01

    We have obtained precise Th-Pb internal isochron ages on monazite and bastnaesite for the world's largest known rare earth elements (REE)-Fe-Nb ore deposit, the Bayan Obo of Inner Mongolia, China. The monazite samples, collected from the carbonate-hosted ore zone, contain extremely small amounts of uranium (less than 10 ppm) but up to 0.7% ThO2. Previous estimates of the age of mineralization ranged from 1.8 to 0.255 Ga. Magnetic fractions of monazite and bastnaesite samples (<60-??m size) showed large ranges in 232Th 204Pb values (900-400,000) and provided precise Th-Pb internal isochron ages for paragenetic monazite mineralization ranging from 555 to 398 Ma within a few percent error (0.8% for two samples). These results are the first indication that REE mineralization within the giant Bayan Obo ore deposit occurred over a long period of time. The initial lead isotopic compositions (low 206Pb 204Pb and high 208Pb 204Pb) and large negative ??{lunate}Nd values for Bayan Obo ore minerals indicate that the main source(s) for the ores was the lower crust which was depleted in uranium, but enriched in thorium and light rare earth elements for a long period of time. Zircon from a quartz monzonite, located 50 km south of the ore complex and thought to be related to Caledonian subduction, gave an age of 451 Ma, within the range of monazite ages. Textural relations together with the mineral ages favor an epigenetic rather than a syngenetic origin for the orebodies. REE mineralization started around 555 Ma (disseminated monazite in the West, the Main, and south of the East Orebody), but the main mineralization (banded ores) was related to the Caledonian subduction event ca. 474-400 Ma. ?? 1994.

  18. Doorway-state analysis of the fine structure in the giant quadrupole resonance in 208Pb observed in inelastic electron scattered

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    Winchenbach, J.; Pingel, K.; Holzwarth, G.; Kühner, G.; Richter, A.

    1983-11-01

    The fine structure observed in high resolution inelastic electron scattering data obtained at DALINAC for 208Pb in the excitation energy range of the giant quadrupole resonance (GQR) has been analysed under the assumption that the measured strongly fragmented E2 strength distribution is due to the coupling of one or two doorway states to a large number of more complicated states. The coupling matrix elements derived from the analysis allow the determination of the escape and spreading widths Γ ↑ and Γ ↓, the excitation energies Ed, the energy shifts ΔEd, and their energy dependence, for the underlying doorways.

  19. Remotely sensing the photochemical reflectance index, PRI

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    Vanderbilt, Vern; Daughtry, Craig; Dahlgren, Robert

    2015-09-01

    In remote sensing, the Photochemical Reflectance Index (PRI) provides insight into physiological processes occurring inside leaves in a plant stand. Developed by1,2, PRI evolved from laboratory reflectance measurements of individual leaves. Yet in a remotely sensed image, a pixel measurement may include light from both reflecting and transmitting leaves. We compared values of PRI based upon polarized reflectance and transmittance measurements of water and nutrient stressed leaves. Our results show the polarized leaf surface reflection should be removed when calculating PRI and that the leaf physiology information is in leaf interior reflectance, not leaf transmittance.

  20. MISR Browse Images: Puerto Rico Dust Experiment (PRiDE)

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    2013-04-02

    MISR Browse Images: Puerto Rico Dust Experiment (PRiDE) These MISR Browse images provide ... overview of the region observed during the Puerto Rico Dust Experiment (PRiDE) field campaign. PRiDE was a study of the radiative, ...

  1. Linking Knowledge and Action: PRI's Community Consultant.

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    Spencer, Gregory P.

    Within the Partnership for Rural Improvement (PRI), community consultants operate within three complex sets of relationships: client groups, the organizational structure of PRI, and the local operational base. Community consultants are responsible for developing and facilitating rural development and for providing assistance in community and…

  2. Linking Knowledge and Action: PRI's Community Consultant.

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    Spencer, Gregory P.

    Within the Partnership for Rural Improvement (PRI), community consultants operate within three complex sets of relationships: client groups, the organizational structure of PRI, and the local operational base. Community consultants are responsible for developing and facilitating rural development and for providing assistance in community and…

  3. Comparison of reactions for the production of {sup 258,257}Db: {sup 208}Pb({sup 51}V,xn) and {sup 209}Bi({sup 50}Ti,xn)

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    Gates, J. M.; Nelson, S. L.; Dragojevic, I.; Duellmann, Ch. E.; Ellison, P. A.; Folden III, C. M.; Garcia, M. A.; Hoffman, D. C.; Nitsche, H.; Gregorich, K. E.; Stavsetra, L.; Sudowe, R.

    2008-09-15

    Excitation functions for the 1n and 2n exit channels of the {sup 208}Pb({sup 51}V,xn){sup 259-x}Db reaction were measured. A maximum cross section of the 1n exit channel of 2070{sub -760}{sup +1100} pb was measured at an excitation energy of 16.0 {+-} 1.8 MeV. For the 2n exit channel, a maximum cross section of 1660{sub -370}{sup +450} pb was measured at 22.0 {+-} 1.8 MeV excitation energy. The 1n excitation function for the {sup 209}Bi({sup 50}Ti,n){sup 258}Db reaction was remeasured, resulting in a cross section of 5480{sub -1370}{sup +1730} pb at an excitation energy of 16.0 {+-} 1.6 MeV, in agreement with previous values [F. P. Hessberger et al., Eur. Phys. J. A 12, 57 (2001)]. Differences in cross section maxima are discussed in terms of the fusion probability below the barrier.

  4. Nuclear level densities in {sup 208}Bi and {sup 209}Po from the neutron spectra in the (p, n) reactions on {sup 208}Pb and {sup 209}Bi nuclei

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    Zhuravlev, B. V. Lychagin, A. A. Titarenko, N. N.; Demenkov, V. G.; Trykova, V. I.

    2010-07-15

    The spectra of neutrons from the (p, n) reactions on the {sup 208}Pb and {sup 209}Bi nuclei were measured in the proton-energy range 8-11 MeV. These measurements were performed by using a time-of-flight spectrometer of fast neutrons on the basis of the pulsed tandem accelerator EGP-15 of the Institute of Physics and Power Engineering (Obninsk, Russian Federation). A high resolution and stability of the time-of-flight spectrometermade it possible to identify reliably low-lying discrete levels alongwith the continuum section of the neutron spectra. The measured data were analyzed on the basis of the statistical equilibrium and preequilibrium models of nuclear reactions. The respective calculations were performed by using the precise formalism of Hauser-Feshbach statistical theory together with the generalized model of a superfluid nucleus and the back-shifted Fermi gas model for the nuclear-level density. The nuclear-level densities in {sup 208}Bi and {sup 209}Po were determined along with their energy dependencies and model parameters. Our results are discussed together with available experimental data and recommendations of model systematics.

  5. Stable (206Pb, 207Pb, 208Pb) and radioactive (210Pb) lead isotopes in 1 year of growth of Sphagnum moss from four ombrotrophic bogs in southern Germany: Geochemical significance and environmental implications

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    Shotyk, William; Kempter, Heike; Krachler, Michael; Zaccone, Claudio

    2015-08-01

    The surfaces of Sphagnum carpets were marked with plastic mesh and 1 year later the production of plant matter was harvested in four ombrotrophic bogs from two regions of southern Germany: Upper Bavaria (Oberbayern, OB) and the Northern Black Forest (Nordschwarzwald, NBF). Radioactive, 210Pb was determined in solid samples using ultralow background gamma spectrometry while total Pb concentrations and stable isotopes (206Pb, 207Pb, 208Pb) were determined in acid digests using ICP-SMS. Up to 12 samples (40 × 40 cm) were collected per site, and 6-10 sites investigated per bog. The greatest variations within a given sampling site were in the range 212-532 Bq kg-1 for 210Pb activity, whereas 206Pb/207Pb and 208Pb/206Pb varied less than 1%. The median values of all parameters for the sites (6-10 per bog) were not significantly different. The median activities of 210Pb (Bq kg-1) in the mosses collected from the bogs in NBF (HO = 372 ± 56, n = 55; WI = 342 ± 58, n = 93) were slightly less from those in OB (GS = 394 ± 50, n = 55; KL = 425 ± 58, n = 24). However, the mosses in the NBF bogs exhibited much greater productivity (187-202 g m-2 a-1) compared to those of OB (71-91 g m-2 a-1), and this has a profound impact on the accumulation rates of 210Pb (Bq m-2 a-1), with the bogs in the NBF yielding fluxes (HO = 73 ± 30; WI = 65 ± 20) which are twice those of OB (GS = 29 ± 11; KL = 40 ± 13). Using the air concentrations of 210Pb measured at Schauinsland (SIL) in the southern Black Forest and average annual precipitation, the atmospheric fluxes of 210Pb at SIL (340 Bq m-2 a-1) exceeds the corresponding values obtained from the mosses by a factor of five, providing the first quantitative estimate of the net retention efficiency of 210Pb by Sphagnum. When the 210Pb activities of all moss samples are combined (n = 227), a significant decrease with increasing plant production rate is observed; in contrast, total Pb concentrations show the opposite trend. The contrasting

  6. Remotely Sensing the Photochemical Reflectance Index (PRI)

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    Vanderbilt, Vern

    2015-01-01

    In remote sensing, the Photochemical Reflectance Index (PRI) provides insight into physiological processes occurring inside the leaves in a stand of plants. Developed by Gamon et al., (1990 and 1992), PRI evolved from laboratory measurements of the reflectance of individual leaves (Bilger et al.,1989). Yet in a remotely sensed image, a pixel measurement may include light from both reflecting and transmitting leaves. We conducted laboratory experiments comparing values of PRI based upon polarized reflectance and transmittance measurements of water and nutrient stressed leaves. We illuminated single detached leaves using a current controlled light source (Oriel model 66881) and measured the leaf weight using an analytical balance (Mettler model AE 260) and the light reflected and transmitted by the leaf during dry down using two Analytical Spectral Devices spectroradiometers. Polarizers on the incident and reflected light beams allowed us to divide the leaf reflectance into two parts: a polarized surface reflectance and a non-polarized 'leaf interior' reflectance. Our results underscore the importance when calculating PRI of removing the leaf surface reflection, which contains no information about physiological processes ongoing in the leaf interior. The results show that the leaf physiology information is in the leaf interior reflectance, not the leaf transmittance. Applied to a plant stand, these results suggest use of polarization measurements in sun-view directions that minimize the number of sunlit transmitting leaves in the sensor field of view.

  7. Differential interference of vitamin D analogs PRI-1906, PRI-2191, and PRI-2205 with the renewal of human colon cancer cells refractory to treatment with 5-fluorouracil.

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    Kotlarz, Agnieszka; Przybyszewska, Małgorzata; Swoboda, Paweł; Miłoszewska, Joanna; Grygorowicz, Monika Anna; Kutner, Andrzej; Markowicz, Sergiusz

    2016-04-01

    This study was aimed to determine whether hypocalcemic analogs of active forms of vitamins D modulate expression of genes related to stem-like phenotype in colon cancer cell lines HT-29 and HCT-116 undergoing renewal after the treatment with 5-fluorouracil (5-FU). Both lines express vitamin D receptor, but differ in differentiation stage and vitamin D sensitivity. Cells that resisted the 5-FU exposure were treated with synthetic analog of 1,25-dihydroxyvitamin D2 (PRI-1906) and analogs of 1,25-dihydroxyvitamin D3 (PRI-2191 and PRI-2205). Proliferative activity was more profoundly affected by vitamin D analogs in HT-29/5-FU than in HCT-116/5-FU cells. In HT-29/5-FU cells, analogs PRI-1906 and PRI-2191 downregulated the expression of genes related to survival, re-growth, and invasiveness during renewal, while PRI-2205 increased expression of genes related to differentiation only. In HCT-116/5-FU cells, PRI-2191 decreased the expression of stemness- and angiogenesis-related genes, whereas PRI-1906 augmented their expression. The effects in HCT-116/5-FU cells were observed at higher concentrations of the analogs than those used for HT-29/5-FU cells. Out of the series of analogs studied, PRI-2191 might be used to counteract the renewal of both moderately and poorly differentiated cancer cells following conventional treatment.

  8. In situ measurement of Scots pine needle PRI.

    PubMed

    Mõttus, Matti; Hernández-Clemente, Rocío; Perheentupa, Viljami; Markiet, Vincent

    2017-01-01

    The Photochemical Reflectance Index (PRI) calculated from narrow-band spectral reflectance data is a vegetation index which is increasingly used as an indicator of photosynthetic activity. The leaf-level link between the status of photosynthetic apparatus and PRI has been robustly established under controlled light conditions. However, when a whole canopy is measured instantaneously, the PRI signal is heavily modified by vegetation structure and local variations in incident light conditions. To apply PRI for monitoring the photosynthesis of whole canopies under natural conditions, these large-scale measurements need to be validated against simultaneous leaf PRI. Unfortunately, PRI changes dynamically with incident light and has a large natural variation. No generally accepted procedure exists today for determining the PRI of canopy elements in situ. We present a successful procedure for in situ measurements of needle PRI. We describe, characterize and test an optical measurement protocol and demonstrate its applicability in field conditions. The measurement apparatus consisted of a light source, needle clip, spectroradiometer and a controlling computer. The light level inside the clip was approximately two-thirds of that on sunlit needle surfaces at midday. During each measurement the needle was inserted into the clip for approximately 5 s. We found no near-instantaneous changes (sub-second scale jumps) in PRI during the measurements. The time constants for PRI variation in light to full shade acclimations were approximately 10 s. The procedure was successfully applied to monitor the greening-up of Scots pine trees. We detected both facultative (diurnal) PRI changes of 0.02 (unitless) and constitutive (seasonal) variations of 0.1. In order to reliably detect the facultative PRI change of 0.02, 20 needles need to be sampled from both sunlit and shaded locations. We established a robust procedure for irradiance-dependent leaf (needle) PRI measurements, facilitating

  9. [Sensitivity study of a revised leaf photochemical reflectance index (PRI)].

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    Wu, Chao-yang; Niu, Zheng; Tang, Quan

    2008-09-01

    Photochemical reflectance index (PRI) defined as a normalized difference index using two narrow reflectance bands at 531 and 570 nm that are closely related to xanthophyll cycle pigment content has been successfully used to estimate leaf photosynthetic light use efficiency (LUE) across species which vary in water content and nitrogen concentration. Previous research demonstrated that a consistent relationship could be established between PRI and LUE calculated from gas exchange measurements at the leaf, small canopy, and full forest or crop canopy scales. However, a number of problems, such as the saturation of PRI when LUE exceeds 0.03 mol CO2 mol(-1) PPED (photosynthetic photon flux density) and disjunctive relationships of PRI and LUE in seasonal changes, still existed and need to be handled in order to evaluate LUE more accurately. A sensitivity study of a revised PRI with four leaf parameters was performed based on PROSPECT model in the present article to study the effects of different biochemical concentrations on leaf SR-PRI (simple ratio PRI). Sensitivity study proved that leaf SR-PRI is more sensitive to leaf mesophyll structure parameter (N) and chlorophyll a + b content (c(ab)) than parameters of dry matter content (c(m)) and equivalent water thickness (c(w)), indicating that leaf mesophyll structure parameter (N) and chlorophyll a + b content (c(ab)) should be especially considered when acquiring leaf SR-PRI. And changes in the two parameters would cause large variation in SR-PRI which would reduce the precision for estimating light use efficiency. Validation study of SR-PRI was carried out in the analysis and the results proved that SR-PRI can also be a feasible index of estimating LUE for four species of plants with correlation coefficients better than that of PRI and LUE. The advantage of SR-PRI compared to PRI is its much clearer physical meaning and its sensitivity to the changes in reflectance at 531 nm which serves as a core parameter to evaluate

  10. A double-blind, clinical evaluation of facial augmentation treatments: a comparison of PRI 1, PRI 2, Zyplast and Perlane.

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    Downie, Jeff; Mao, Zhili; Rachel Lo, Tsz-Wai; Barry, Sarah; Bock, Mitchum; Siebert, J Paul; Bowman, Adrian; Ayoub, Ashraf

    2009-12-01

    Facial wrinkles are caused by weakening of the sub-dermal collagen support layer. Dermal fillers can be used to treat wrinkles, and this double-blind, randomised, single-centre study compared four fillers: PRI 1, PRI 2 (both porcine collagen), Zyplast (purified bovine collagen) and Perlane (cross-linked hyaluronic acid gel). 79 females (aged 25-55 years) with wrinkles in the upper lip line border were randomised to PRI 1 (19 patients), PRI 2 (19 patients), Perlane (23 patients), Zyplast (18 patients). Patients were assessed at 1 week and 1, 3, 6, 9 and 12 months using 2D images and by mathematically derived facial volume changes using 3D stereophotogrammetry. All treatments produced larger, less wrinkled, more prominent lips. PRI 1, PRI 2 and Zyplast showed similar lip volume gains, with Perlane showing the greatest upper lip volume increase. All treatments were comparable for rates of decrease in upper lip volume post-treatment, however, Perlane maintained higher lip volume gains at each time point. Investigators indicated PRI 1 was significantly easier to deliver than Zyplast. Patient satisfaction scores were similar, though there was a trend towards greater dissatisfaction for PRI 1 and PRI 2 at month 9 (p=0.052). Treatment was well-tolerated, with 'cold sore' being the most common adverse event. Results showed that PRI 1 and PRI 2 were comparable to Perlane and Zyplast as dermal fillers. Further rigorous studies are required to establish the performance of dermal fillers and patient acceptability. We propose the utilisation of stereophotogrammetry for assessment of volume changes.

  11. Investigating the Role of Helicobacter pylori PriA Protein.

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    Singh, Aparna; Blaskovic, Dusan; Joo, Jungsoo; Yang, Zhen; Jackson, Sharon H; Coleman, William G; Yan, Ming

    2016-08-01

    In bacteria, PriA protein, a conserved DEXH-type DNA helicase, plays a central role in replication restart at stalled replication forks. Its unique DNA binding property allows it to recognize and stabilize stalled forks and the structures derived from them. PriA plays a very critical role in replication fork stabilization and DNA repair in E. coli and N. gonorrhoeae. In our in vivo expression technology screen, priA gene was induced in vivo when Helicobacter pylori infects mouse stomach. We decided to elucidate the role of H. pylori PriA protein in survival in mouse stomach, survival in gastric epithelial cells and macrophage cells, DNA repair, acid stress, and oxidative stress. The priA null mutant strain was unable to colonize mice stomach mucosa after long-term infections. Mouse colonization was observed after 1 week of infection, but the levels were much lower than the wild-type HpSS1 strain. PriA protein was found to be important for intracellular survival of epithelial cell-/macrophage cell-ingested H. pylori. Also, a priA null mutant was more sensitive to DNA-damaging agents and was much more sensitive to acid and oxidative stress as compared to the wild-type strain. These data suggest that the PriA protein is needed for survival and persistence of H. pylori in mice stomach mucosa. © 2016 John Wiley & Sons Ltd.

  12. Synthesis and Biological Activity of Diastereomeric and Geometric Analogs of Calcipotriol, PRI-2202 and PRI-2205, Against Human HL-60 Leukemia and MCF-7 Breast Cancer Cells.

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    Milczarek, Magdalena; Chodyński, Michał; Filip-Psurska, Beata; Martowicz, Agnieszka; Krupa, Małgorzata; Krajewski, Krzysztof; Kutner, Andrzej; Wietrzyk, Joanna

    2013-10-31

    Diastereomeric and geometric analogs of calcipotriol, PRI-2202 and PRI-2205, were synthesized as advanced intermediates from vitamin D C-22 benzothiazoyl sulfones and side-chain aldehydes using our convergent strategy. Calcitriol, calcipotriol (PRI-2201) and tacalcitol (PRI-2191) were used as the reference compounds. Among a series of tested analogs the diastereomeric analog PRI-2202 showed the strongest antiproliferative activity on the human breast cancer cell line MCF-7, whereas the geometric analog PRI-2205 was the weakest. Both analogs were less potent in antiproliferative activity against HL-60 cells compared to the reference compounds. The ability to potentiate antiproliferative effect of cisplatin or doxorubicin against HL-60 cells or that of tamoxifen against the MCF-7 cell line was observed at higher doses of PRI-2202 or PRI-2205 than those of the reference compounds. The proapoptotic activity of tamoxifen, expressed as the diminished mitochondrial membrane potential, as well as the increased phosphatidylserine expression, was partially attenuated by calcitriol, PRI-2191, PRI-2201 and PRI-2205. The treatment of the MCF-7 cells with tamoxifen alone resulted in an increase in VDR expression. Moreover, a further increase in VDR expression was observed when the analogs PRI-2201 or PRI-2205, but not PRI-2191, were used in combination with tamoxifen. This observation could partially explain the potentiation of the antiproliferative effect of tamoxifen by vitamin D analogs.

  13. Synthesis and Biological Activity of Diastereomeric and Geometric Analogs of Calcipotriol, PRI-2202 and PRI-2205, Against Human HL-60 Leukemia and MCF-7 Breast Cancer Cells

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    Milczarek, Magdalena; Chodyński, Michał; Filip-Psurska, Beata; Martowicz, Agnieszka; Krupa, Małgorzata; Krajewski, Krzysztof; Kutner, Andrzej; Wietrzyk, Joanna

    2013-01-01

    Diastereomeric and geometric analogs of calcipotriol, PRI-2202 and PRI-2205, were synthesized as advanced intermediates from vitamin D C-22 benzothiazoyl sulfones and side-chain aldehydes using our convergent strategy. Calcitriol, calcipotriol (PRI-2201) and tacalcitol (PRI-2191) were used as the reference compounds. Among a series of tested analogs the diastereomeric analog PRI-2202 showed the strongest antiproliferative activity on the human breast cancer cell line MCF-7, whereas the geometric analog PRI-2205 was the weakest. Both analogs were less potent in antiproliferative activity against HL-60 cells compared to the reference compounds. The ability to potentiate antiproliferative effect of cisplatin or doxorubicin against HL-60 cells or that of tamoxifen against the MCF-7 cell line was observed at higher doses of PRI-2202 or PRI-2205 than those of the reference compounds. The proapoptotic activity of tamoxifen, expressed as the diminished mitochondrial membrane potential, as well as the increased phosphatidylserine expression, was partially attenuated by calcitriol, PRI-2191, PRI-2201 and PRI-2205. The treatment of the MCF-7 cells with tamoxifen alone resulted in an increase in VDR expression. Moreover, a further increase in VDR expression was observed when the analogs PRI-2201 or PRI-2205, but not PRI-2191, were used in combination with tamoxifen. This observation could partially explain the potentiation of the antiproliferative effect of tamoxifen by vitamin D analogs. PMID:24202449

  14. Finding the SurPriSe: A Case Study of a Faculty Learning Community

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    Michel, Roberta M.

    2014-01-01

    This article details a faculty learning community (FLC) that started in 2009 on the campus of a Midwestern University and has evolved into an interdisciplinary research, teaching and social community of practice and learning called SurPriSe. SurPriSe is an acronym that reflects the interest area of the FLC; Sur for surveillance, Pri for privacy,…

  15. PRiME: integrating professional responsibility into the engineering curriculum.

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    Moore, Christy; Hart, Hillary; Randall, D'Arcy; Nichols, Steven P

    2006-04-01

    Engineering educators have long discussed the need to teach professional responsibility and the social context of engineering without adding to overcrowded curricula. One difficulty we face is the lack of appropriate teaching materials that can fit into existing courses. The PRiME (Professional Responsibility Modules for Engineering) Project (http://www.engr.utexas.edu/ethics/primeModules.cfm) described in this paper was initiated at the University of Texas, Austin to provide web-based modules that could be integrated into any undergraduate engineering class. Using HPL (How People Learn) theory, PRiME developed and piloted four modules during the academic year 2004-2005. This article introduces the modules and the pilot, outlines the assessment process, analyzes the results, and describes how the modules are being revised in light of the initial assessment. In its first year of development and testing, PRiME made significant progress towards meeting its objectives. The PRiME Project can strengthen engineering education by providing faculty with an effective system for engaging students in learning about professional responsibility.

  16. Toxicity and antitumor activity of the vitamin D analogs PRI-1906 and PRI-1907 in combined treatment with cyclophosphamide in a mouse mammary cancer model.

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    Wietrzyk, Joanna; Nevozhay, Dmitry; Milczarek, Magdalena; Filip, Beata; Kutner, Andrzej

    2008-10-01

    Active and less toxic vitamin D analogs could be useful for clinical applications. In the present study, we evaluated the toxicity and antitumor effect of two new synthetic analogs of vitamin D, namely PRI-1906 [(24E)-24a-Homo-(1S)-1,25-dihydroxyergocalciferol] and its side-chain unsaturated homo analog PRI-1907. The toxicity and calcemic activity, as well as antitumor effect of calcitriol analogs was investigated in vivo. The studies were performed in a mouse mammary 16/C cancer model. Since calcitriol and its analogs inhibited 16/C tumor growth only slightly, we applied them in the combined therapy with cyclophosphamide (CY). Moreover, cell cycle analysis and VDR and p27 expression were investigated. The LD50 values after five daily subcutaneous (s.c.) injections were 7.8, 10.0 and 2.4 microg/kg per day for calcitriol, PRI-1906 and PRI-1907, respectively. The serum calcium level increased to 40, 23 and 63% over the control for these compounds. We also compare the antitumor activity of the PRI-1906 with the calcitriol and previously studied PRI-2191 (1,24-dihydroxyvitamin D3, tacalcitol). Statistically significant inhibition of tumor growth by calcitriol up to the eighth day was observed in all schedules applied. PRI-1906 inhibited the tumor growth at doses 1 and 5 microg/kg per day, and PRI-2191 only at the dose 5 microg/kg per day. Addition of vitamin D analogs increased the antitumor effect of CY. PRI-1906 exhibited toxicity higher than PRI-2191 but lower than calcitriol and antitumor activity similar to both PRI-2191 and calcitriol. This new analog seems to be a good candidate for the combined treatment of mammary cancer.

  17. Canopy Level Chlorophyll Fluorescence and the PRI in a Cornfield

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    Middleton, Elizabeth M.; Cheng, Yen-Ben; Corp, Lawrence A.; Campbell, Petya K. E.; Huemmrich, K. Fred; Zhang, Qingyuan; Kustas, William P.

    2012-01-01

    Two bio-indicators, the Photochemical Reflectance Index (PRI) and solar-induced red and far-red Chlorophyll Fluorescence (SIF), were derived from directional hyperspectral observations and studied in a cornfield on two contrasting days in the growing season. Both red and far-red SIF exhibited higher values on the day when the canopy in the early senescent stage, but only the far-red SIF showed sensitivity to viewing geometry. Consequently, the red/far-red SIF ratio varied greatly among azimuth positions while the largest values were obtained for the "hotspot" at both growth stages. This ratio was lower (approx.0.88 +/- 0.4) in early July than in August when the ratio approached equivalence (near approx.1). In concert, the PRI exhibited stronger responses to both zenith and azimuth angles and different values on the two growth stages. The potential of using these indices to monitor photosynthetic activities needs further investigation

  18. The Primitive Material Explorer (PriME) Mission

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    Cochran, Anita L.; Weaver, H. A.; Science, PriME; Engineering Teams

    2010-10-01

    The Primitive Material Explorer (PriME) Mission is a proposed Discovery mission that will rendezvous with comet 46P/Wirtanen in 2021 in order to 1) clarify the roles played by comets in the formation and evolution of the Solar System and the origin of life; 2) ascertain the bulk physical properties, the surface geology, and the sources of activity in a fresh comet nucleus; and 3) investigate the compositional diversity of primitive material in the Solar System. PriME teams an experienced group of comet scientists (led by PI Anita Cochran and by DPI Harold Weaver) with university and industrial partners. The PriME payload accomplishes the mission objectives with only three instruments. MASPEX (MAss Spectrometer for Planetary EXploration) has higher mass resolution and is more sensitive than any mass spectrometer ever flown. MASPEX will measure D/H in H2O, noble gases, isotopes of many species, and complex molecular compounds to test solar nebula models and the role comets played in delivering water and other biologically important materials throughout the Solar System. The VIS (Visible Imaging System), consisting of a Narrow Angle Camera (NAC) and Wide-Angle Camera (WAC), will constrain the conditions under which the building blocks of the outer Solar System were assembled by measuring key physical properties of the nucleus of 46P/Wirtanen. Using the radio antenna and close flybys of the nucleus, PriME will determine the mass of the nucleus to an accuracy of 1% and the bulk density and average porosity of the nucleus to better than 5%. All spacecraft subsystems have significant planetary flight heritage. The spacecraft is a high-heritage derivative of the Kepler and Deep Impact spacecrafts, compatible with the three launch vehicle families specified in the Discovery Announcement of Opportunity.

  19. Prodifferentiation Activity of Novel Vitamin D₂ Analogs PRI-1916 and PRI-1917 and Their Combinations with a Plant Polyphenol in Acute Myeloid Leukemia Cells.

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    Nachliely, Matan; Sharony, Ehud; Bolla, Narasimha Rao; Kutner, Andrzej; Danilenko, Michael

    2016-07-05

    1α,25-dihydroxyvitamin D₃ (1,25D3) is a powerful differentiation inducer for acute myeloid leukemia (AML) cells. However, 1,25D3 doses required for differentiation of AML cells may cause lethal hypercalcemia in vivo. There is evidence that vitamin D₂ is less toxic than vitamin D₃ in animals. Here, we determined the differentiation effects of novel analogs of 1α,25-dihydroxyvitamin D₂ (1,25D2), PRI-1916 and PRI-1917, in which the extended side chains of their previously reported precursors (PRI-1906 and PRI-1907, respectively) underwent further 24Z (24-cis) modification. Using four human AML cell lines representing different stages of myeloid maturation (KG-1a, HL60, U937, and MOLM-13), we found that the potency of PRI-1916 was slightly higher or equal to that of PRI-1906 while PRI-1917 was significantly less potent than PRI-1907. We also demonstrated that 1,25D2 was a less effective differentiation agent than 1,25D3 in these cell lines. Irrespective of their differentiation potency, all the vitamin D₂ derivatives tested were less potent than 1,25D3 in transactivating the DR3-type vitamin D response elements. However, similar to 1,25D3, both 1,25D2 and its analogs could strongly cooperate with the plant polyphenol carnosic acid in inducing cell differentiation and inhibition of G1-S cell cycle transition. These results indicate that the 24Z modification has contrasting effects on the differentiation ability of PRI-1906 and PRI-1907 and that the addition of a plant polyphenol could result in a similar extent of cell differentiation induced by different vitamin D compounds. The enhanced antileukemic effects of the tested combinations may constitute the basis for the development of novel approaches for differentiation therapy of AML.

  20. Relationships between the photochemical reflectance index (PRI) and chlorophyll fluorescence parameters and plant pigment indices at different leaf growth stages.

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    Rahimzadeh-Bajgiran, Parinaz; Munehiro, Masashi; Omasa, Kenji

    2012-09-01

    This study aimed to evaluate the photochemical reflectance index (PRI) for assessing plant photosynthetic performance throughout the plant life cycle. The relationships between PRI, chlorophyll fluorescence parameters, and leaf pigment indices in Solanum melongena L. (aubergine; eggplant) were studied using photosynthetic induction curves both in short-term (diurnal) and long-term (seasonal) periods under different light intensities. We found good correlations between PRI/non-photochemical quenching (NPQ) and PRI/electron transport rate (ETR) in the short term at the same site of a single leaf but these relationships did not hold throughout the life of the plant. In general, changes in PRI owing to NPQ or ETR variations in the short term were <20 % of those that occurred with leaf aging. Results also showed that PRI was highly correlated to plant pigments, especially chlorophyll indices measured by spectral reflectance. Moreover, relationships of steady-state PRI/ETR and steady-state PRI/photochemical yield of photosystem II (Φ(PSII)) measured at uniform light intensity at different life stages proved that overall photosynthesis capacity and steady-state PRI were better correlated through chlorophyll content than NPQ and xanthophylls. The calibrated PRI index accommodated these pigments effects and gave better correlation with NPQ and ETR than PRI. Further studies of PRI indices based on pigments other than xanthophylls, and studies on PRI mechanisms in different species are recommended.

  1. The Importance of PRI Therapy for the Pastoral Counsellor

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    2009-01-01

    It is not always easy for pastoral counsellors to help people change. Often people have become stuck in their ways. Recent developments in the field of brain research help explain why change is difficult. This article discusses Past Reality Integration Therapy (PRI), a psychotherapeutic method that integrates recent findings of brain research and offers an important addition to the work of (pastoral) counsellors and psychotherapists. The use of this approach with Dutch students in their pastoral training is presented. Furthermore the importance of this new method for counsellors themselves, their clients and their work is discussed and some overall conclusions about the method and its practical application are presented. PMID:20835380

  2. Three causes of variation in the photochemical reflectance index (PRI) in evergreen conifers.

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    Wong, Christopher Y S; Gamon, John A

    2015-04-01

    The photochemical reflectance index (PRI) reflects diurnal xanthophyll cycle activity and is also influenced by seasonally changing carotenoid : Chl pigment ratios. Both changing pigment pools and xanthophyll cycle activity contribute to photoprotection in evergreen conifers exposed to boreal winters, but they operate over different timescales, and their relative contribution to the PRI signal has often been unclear. To clarify these responses and their contribution to the PRI signal, leaf PRI, pigment composition, temperature and irradiance were monitored over 2 yr for two evergreen conifers (Pinus contorta and Pinus ponderosa) in a boreal climate. PRI was affected by three distinct processes operating over different timescales and exhibiting contrasting spectral responses. Over the 2 yr study period, the greatest change in PRI resulted from seasonally changing carotenoid : Chl pigment ratios, followed by a previously unreported shifting leaf albedo during periods of deep cold. Remarkably, the smallest change was attributable to the xanthophyll cycle. To properly distinguish these three effects, interpretation of PRI must consider temporal context, physiological responses to evolving environmental conditions, and spectral response. Consideration of the separate mechanisms affecting PRI over different timescales could greatly improve efforts to monitor changing photosynthetic activity using optical remote sensing.

  3. Draft genome sequence of the antagonistic rhizosphere bacterium Serratia plymuthica strain PRI-2C.

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    Garbeva, P; van Elsas, J D; de Boer, W

    2012-08-01

    Serratia plymuthica strain PRI-2C is a rhizosphere bacterial strain with antagonistic activity against different plant pathogens. Here we present the 5.39-Mb (G+C content, 55.67%) draft genome sequence of S. plymuthica strain PRI-2C with the aim of providing insight into the genomic basis of its antagonistic activity.

  4. Partnership for Rural Improvement: PRI in Transition. Annual Report 1979-80.

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    Hagood, Richard A.; And Others

    Covering 1979-80, which was the final year of the initial four year grant period for the Partnership for Rural Improvement (PRI), this report details the major assessments and program adjustments made during that year. Several program developments of critical importance to understanding the transition occurring in PRI are highlighted in the…

  5. Diffuse sky radiation influences the relationship between canopy PRI and shadow fraction

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    Mõttus, Matti; Takala, Tuure L. H.; Stenberg, Pauline; Knyazikhin, Yuri; Yang, Bin; Nilson, Tiit

    2015-07-01

    The Photochemical Reflectance Index (PRI) of green leaves is an indicator of photosynthetic downregulation: when the photosynthetic apparatus is close to the saturation limit, PRI becomes dependent on light conditions. Therefore, by measuring the PRI of leaves under different local irradiance conditions, it should be possible to determine the saturation level of the leaves and obtain information on the light use efficiency (LUE) of a vegetation canopy. The dependence of PRI on the ratio of sunlit to shaded foliage (quantified by the canopy shadow fraction) in the field of view of an instrument has been used to remotely measure canopy LUE on clear days. However, besides photosynthetic downregulation, the dependence of canopy PRI on shadow fraction is affected by the blue sky radiation caused by scattering in the atmosphere. To quantify this effect on remotely sensed PRI, we present the underlying definitions relating leaf and canopy PRI and perform the required calculations for typical midsummer conditions in Central Finland. We demonstrate that the effect of blue sky radiation on the variation of PRI with canopy shadow fraction is similar in shape and magnitude to that of LUE variations reported in literature.

  6. PriC-mediated DNA replication restart requires PriC complex formation with the single-stranded DNA-binding protein.

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    Wessel, Sarah R; Marceau, Aimee H; Massoni, Shawn C; Zhou, Ruobo; Ha, Taekjip; Sandler, Steven J; Keck, James L

    2013-06-14

    Frequent collisions between cellular DNA replication complexes (replisomes) and obstacles such as damaged DNA or frozen protein complexes make DNA replication fork progression surprisingly sporadic. These collisions can lead to the ejection of replisomes prior to completion of replication, which, if left unrepaired, results in bacterial cell death. As such, bacteria have evolved DNA replication restart mechanisms that function to reload replisomes onto abandoned DNA replication forks. Here, we define a direct interaction between PriC, a key Escherichia coli DNA replication restart protein, and the single-stranded DNA-binding protein (SSB), a protein that is ubiquitously associated with DNA replication forks. PriC/SSB complex formation requires evolutionarily conserved residues from both proteins, including a pair of Arg residues from PriC and the C terminus of SSB. In vitro, disruption of the PriC/SSB interface by sequence changes in either protein blocks the first step of DNA replication restart, reloading of the replicative DnaB helicase onto an abandoned replication fork. Consistent with the critical role of PriC/SSB complex formation in DNA replication restart, PriC variants that cannot bind SSB are non-functional in vivo. Single-molecule experiments demonstrate that PriC binding to SSB alters SSB/DNA complexes, exposing single-stranded DNA and creating a platform for other proteins to bind. These data lead to a model in which PriC interaction with SSB remodels SSB/DNA structures at abandoned DNA replication forks to create a DNA structure that is competent for DnaB loading.

  7. New insights into pri-miRNA processing and accumulation in plants.

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    Zhang, Shuxin; Liu, Yuhui; Yu, Bin

    2015-01-01

    MicroRNAs (miRNAs) regulate many biological processes such as development, metabolism, and others. They are processed from their primary transcripts called primary miRNA transcripts (pri-miRNAs) by the processor complex containing the RNAse III enzyme, DICER-LIKE1 (DCL1), in plants. Consequently, miRNA biogenesis is controlled through altering pri-miRNA accumulation and processing, which is crucial for plant development and adaptation to environmental changes. Plant pri-miRNAs are transcribed by DNA-dependent RNA polymerase II (Pol II) and their levels are determined through transcription and degradation, whereas pri-miRNA processing is affected by its structure, splicing, alternative splicing, loading to the processor and the processor activity, which involve in many accessory proteins. Here, we summarize recent progresses related to pri-miRNA transcription, stability, and processing in plants.

  8. Evidence for a cytoplasmic microprocessor of pri-miRNAs.

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    Shapiro, Jillian S; Langlois, Ryan A; Pham, Alissa M; Tenoever, Benjamin R

    2012-07-01

    microRNAs (miRNAs) represent a class of noncoding RNAs that fine-tune gene expression through post-transcriptional silencing. While miRNA biogenesis occurs in a stepwise fashion, initiated by the nuclear microprocessor, rare noncanonical miRNAs have also been identified. Here we characterize the molecular components and unique attributes associated with the processing of virus-derived cytoplasmic primary miRNAs (c-pri-miRNAs). RNA in situ hybridization and inhibition of cellular division demonstrated a complete lack of nuclear involvement in c-pri-miRNA cleavage while genetic studies revealed that maturation still relied on the canonical nuclear RNase III enzyme, Drosha. The involvement of Drosha was mediated by a dramatic relocalization to the cytoplasm following virus infection. Deep sequencing analyses revealed that the cytoplasmic localization of Drosha does not impact the endogenous miRNA landscape during infection, despite allowing for robust synthesis of virus-derived miRNAs in the cytoplasm. Taken together, this research describes a unique function for Drosha in the processing of highly structured cytoplasmic RNAs in the context of virus infection.

  9. Correcting the relationship between PRI and shadow fraction for the blue sky effect

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    Mõttus, Matti

    2016-04-01

    The Photochemical Reflectance Index (PRI) is defined as the normalized difference ratio of leaf reflectance at two specific wavelengths in the green spectral region. Its value depends on the status of leaf carotenoid content, and especially that of the xanthophyll cycle pigments. Due to the dependence on the xanthophyll cycle, when the photosynthetic apparatus of green leaves is close to the saturation limit, their PRI becomes dependent on light conditions. Therefore, by measuring the PRI of leaves in the same canopy under different local irradiance conditions on a sunny day, it should be possible to determine the saturation level of the leaves. In turn, this gives information on the light use efficiency (LUE) of the vegetation canopy. The average light conditions of visible foliage elements are often quantified with the shadow fraction -- the fraction of visible foliage not lit by direct sunlight. The dependence of PRI on the shadow fraction has been used to remotely measure canopy LUE on clear days. Variations in shadow fraction have been achieved with multiangular measurement. However, besides photosynthetic downregulation, the dependence of canopy PRI on shadow fraction is affected by the blue sky radiation caused by scattering in the atmosphere. To quantify this effect on remotely sensed PRI, we present the underlying definitions relating leaf and canopy PRI and perform the required calculations for typical midsummer conditions in Central Finland. We demonstrate that the effect of blue sky radiation on the variation of PRI with canopy shadow fraction is similar in shape and magnitude to that of LUE variations reported in literature. Next, we propose a new method to assess these PRI variations in structured vegetation. We investiagate this blue sky effect on the PRI -- shadow fraction relationship with high spatial (60 cm) and spectral (9.8 nm) resolution airborne imaging spectroscopy data from Hyytiälä, Finland. We evaluate the spectral irradiance in

  10. Involvement of histidine in complex formation of PriB and single-stranded DNA.

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    Fujiyama, Saki; Abe, Yoshito; Takenawa, Taichi; Aramaki, Takahiko; Shioi, Seijiro; Katayama, Tsutomu; Ueda, Tadashi

    2014-02-01

    PriB is a basic 10-kDa protein that acts as a facilitator in PriA-dependent replication restart in Escherichia coli. PriB has an OB-fold dimer structure and exhibits single-stranded DNA (ssDNA)-binding activities similar to single-stranded binding protein (SSB). In this study, we examined PriB's interaction with ssDNA (oligo-dT35, -dT15, and -dT7) using heteronuclear NMR analysis. Interestingly, (1)H or (15)N chemical shift changes of the PriB main-chain showed two distinct modes using oligo-dT35. The chemical shift perturbation sites in the primary mode were consistent with the main contact site in PriB-ssDNA, which was previously determined by crystal structure analysis. The results also suggested that approximately 8nt in ssDNA was the main contact site to PriB. In the secondary mode, residues in the α-helix region (His57-Ser65) and in β4-loop3-β5 were mainly perturbed. On the other hand, we examined the state of ssDNA by FRET using 5'-Cy3- and 3'-Cy5-modified oligo-dT35. As the PriB concentration increased, two-step saturation curves were observed in the FRET assay, suggesting a compact structure of ssDNA. Moreover, we confirmed two-step PriB binding to oligo-dT35 using EMSA. The pH dependence of FRET suggested contribution of the His residues. Therefore, we prepared His mutants of PriB and found that His64 in the α-helix region contributed to the second interaction between PriB and ssDNA using FRET and EMSA. Thus, from a structural standpoint, we suggested the role of His64 on the compactness of the PriB-ssDNA complex and on the positive cooperativity of PriB.

  11. Beyond secondary structure: primary-sequence determinants license pri-miRNA hairpins for processing.

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    Auyeung, Vincent C; Ulitsky, Igor; McGeary, Sean E; Bartel, David P

    2013-02-14

    To use microRNAs to downregulate mRNA targets, cells must first process these ~22 nt RNAs from primary transcripts (pri-miRNAs). These transcripts form RNA hairpins important for processing, but additional determinants must distinguish pri-miRNAs from the many other hairpin-containing transcripts expressed in each cell. Illustrating the complexity of this recognition, we show that most Caenorhabditis elegans pri-miRNAs lack determinants required for processing in human cells. To find these determinants, we generated many variants of four human pri-miRNAs, sequenced millions that retained function, and compared them with the starting variants. Our results confirmed the importance of pairing in the stem and revealed three primary-sequence determinants, including an SRp20-binding motif (CNNC) found downstream of most pri-miRNA hairpins in bilaterian animals, but not in nematodes. Adding this and other determinants to C. elegans pri-miRNAs imparted efficient processing in human cells, thereby confirming the importance of primary-sequence determinants for distinguishing pri-miRNAs from other hairpin-containing transcripts. Copyright © 2013 Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.

  12. Beyond secondary structure: primary-sequence determinants license pri-miRNA hairpins for processing

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    Auyeung, Vincent C.; Ulitsky, Igor; McGeary, Sean E.; Bartel, David P.

    2013-01-01

    SUMMARY To use microRNAs to down-regulate mRNA targets, cells must first process these ~22 nt RNAs from primary transcripts (pri-miRNAs). These transcripts form RNA hairpins important for processing, but additional determinants must distinguish pri-miRNAs from the many other hairpin-containing transcripts expressed in each cell. Illustrating the complexity of this recognition, we show that most Caenorhabditis elegans pri-miRNAs lack determinants required for processing in human cells. To find these determinants, we generated >1011 variants of four human pri-miRNAs, sequenced millions that retained function and compared them with the starting variants. Our results confirmed the importance of pairing in the stem and revealed three primary-sequence determinants, including an SRp20-binding motif (CNNC) found downstream of most pri-miRNA hairpins in bilaterian animals but not in nematodes. Adding this and other determinants to C. elegans pri-miRNAs imparted efficient processing in human cells, thereby confirming the importance of primary-sequence determinants for distinguishing pri-miRNAs from other hairpin-containing transcripts. PMID:23415231

  13. Monitoring seasonal and diurnal changes in photosynthetic pigments with automated PRI and NDVI sensors

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    Gamon, J. A.; Kovalchuck, O.; Wong, C. Y. S.; Harris, A.; Garrity, S. R.

    2015-07-01

    The vegetation indices normalized difference vegetation index (NDVI) and photochemical reflectance index (PRI) provide indicators of pigmentation and photosynthetic activity that can be used to model photosynthesis from remote sensing with the light-use-efficiency model. To help develop and validate this approach, reliable proximal NDVI and PRI sensors have been needed. We tested new NDVI and PRI sensors, "spectral reflectance sensors" (SRS sensors; recently developed by Decagon Devices, during spring activation of photosynthetic activity in evergreen and deciduous stands. We also evaluated two methods of sensor cross-calibration - one that considered sky conditions (cloud cover) at midday only, and another that also considered diurnal sun angle effects. Cross-calibration clearly affected sensor agreement with independent measurements, with the best method dependent upon the study aim and time frame (seasonal vs. diurnal). The seasonal patterns of NDVI and PRI differed for evergreen and deciduous species, demonstrating the complementary nature of these two indices. Over the spring season, PRI was most strongly influenced by changing chlorophyll : carotenoid pool sizes, while over the diurnal timescale, PRI was most affected by the xanthophyll cycle epoxidation state. This finding demonstrates that the SRS PRI sensors can resolve different processes affecting PRI over different timescales. The advent of small, inexpensive, automated PRI and NDVI sensors offers new ways to explore environmental and physiological constraints on photosynthesis, and may be particularly well suited for use at flux tower sites. Wider application of automated sensors could lead to improved integration of flux and remote sensing approaches for studying photosynthetic carbon uptake, and could help define the concept of contrasting vegetation optical types.

  14. Monitoring seasonal and diurnal changes in photosynthetic pigments with automated PRI and NDVI sensors

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    Gamon, J. A.; Kovalchuk, O.; Wong, C. Y. S.; Harris, A.; Garrity, S. R.

    2015-02-01

    The vegetation indices normalized difference vegetation index (NDVI) and photochemical reflectance index (PRI) provide indicators of pigmentation and photosynthetic activity that can be used to model photosynthesis from remote sensing with the light-use efficiency model. To help develop and validate this approach, reliable proximal NDVI and PRI sensors have been needed. We tested new NDVI and PRI sensors, "SRS" sensors recently developed by Decagon Devices, during spring activation of photosynthetic activity in evergreen and deciduous stands. We also evaluated two methods of sensor cross-calibration, one that considered sky conditions (cloud cover) at midday only, and the other that also considered diurnal sun angle effects. Cross-calibration clearly affected sensor agreement with independent measurements, with the best method dependent upon the study aim and time frame (seasonal vs. diurnal). The seasonal patterns of NDVI and PRI differed for evergreen and deciduous species, demonstrating the complementary nature of these two indices. Over the spring season, PRI was most strongly influenced by changing chlorophyll : carotenoid pool sizes, while over the diurnal time scale PRI was most affected by the xanthophyll cycle epoxidation state. This finding demonstrates that the SRS PRI sensors can resolve different processes affecting PRI over different time scales. The advent of small, inexpensive, automated PRI and NDVI sensors offers new ways to explore environmental and physiological constraints on photosynthesis, and may be particularly well-suited for use at flux tower sites. Wider application of automated sensors could lead to improved integration of flux and remote sensing approaches to studying photosynthetic carbon uptake, and could help define the concept of contrasting vegetation optical types.

  15. Regulation of pri-miRNA processing by the hnRNP-like protein AtGRP7 in Arabidopsis

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    Köster, Tino; Meyer, Katja; Weinholdt, Claus; Smith, Lisa M.; Lummer, Martina; Speth, Corinna; Grosse, Ivo; Weigel, Detlef; Staiger, Dorothee

    2014-01-01

    The hnRNP-like glycine-rich RNA-binding protein AtGRP7 regulates pre-mRNA splicing in Arabidopsis. Here we used small RNA-seq to show that AtGRP7 also affects the miRNA inventory. AtGRP7 overexpression caused a significant reduction in the level of 30 miRNAs and an increase for 14 miRNAs with a minimum log2 fold change of ±0.5. Overaccumulation of several pri-miRNAs including pri-miR398b, pri-miR398c, pri-miR172b, pri-miR159a and pri-miR390 at the expense of the mature miRNAs suggested that AtGRP7 affects pri-miRNA processing. Indeed, RNA immunoprecipitation revealed that AtGRP7 interacts with these pri-miRNAs in vivo. Mutation of an arginine in the RNA recognition motif abrogated in vivo binding and the effect on miRNA and pri-miRNA levels, indicating that AtGRP7 inhibits processing of these pri-miRNAs by direct binding. In contrast, pri-miRNAs of selected miRNAs that were elevated or not changed in response to high AtGRP7 levels were not bound in vivo. Reduced accumulation of miR390, an initiator of trans-acting small interfering RNA (ta-siRNA) formation, also led to lower TAS3 ta-siRNA levels and increased mRNA expression of the target AUXIN RESPONSE FACTOR4. Furthermore, AtGRP7 affected splicing of pri-miR172b and pri-miR162a. Thus, AtGRP7 is an hnRNP-like protein with a role in processing of pri-miRNAs in addition to its role in pre-mRNA splicing. PMID:25104024

  16. Pri peptides are mediators of ecdysone for the temporal control of development.

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    Chanut-Delalande, Hélène; Hashimoto, Yoshiko; Pelissier-Monier, Anne; Spokony, Rebecca; Dib, Azza; Kondo, Takefumi; Bohère, Jérôme; Niimi, Kaori; Latapie, Yvan; Inagaki, Sachi; Dubois, Laurence; Valenti, Philippe; Polesello, Cédric; Kobayashi, Satoru; Moussian, Bernard; White, Kevin P; Plaza, Serge; Kageyama, Yuji; Payre, François

    2014-11-01

    Animal development fundamentally relies on the precise control, in space and time, of genome expression. Whereas we have a wealth of information about spatial patterning, the mechanisms underlying temporal control remain poorly understood. Here we show that Pri peptides, encoded by small open reading frames, are direct mediators of the steroid hormone ecdysone for the timing of developmental programs in Drosophila. We identify a previously uncharacterized enzyme of ecdysone biosynthesis, GstE14, and find that ecdysone triggers pri expression to define the onset of epidermal trichome development, through post-translational control of the Shavenbaby transcription factor. We show that manipulating pri expression is sufficient to either put on hold or induce premature differentiation of trichomes. Furthermore, we find that ecdysone-dependent regulation of pri is not restricted to epidermis and occurs over various tissues and times. Together, these findings provide a molecular framework to explain how systemic hormonal control coordinates specific programs of differentiation with developmental timing.

  17. Effect of nitrogen stress on relationship of PRI and LUE during winter wheat growth period

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    Guo, Jianmao; Gao, Yanghua; Wang, Qian; Fei, Dunyue; Liu, Junwei

    2014-11-01

    Light use efficiency (LUE ) is an important parameter for GPP and and NPP estimation model, cause by the existing model method to estimate the actual LUE is always simple and rough, which may lead to serious bias by GPP and NPP. The photochemical reflectance index ( PRI ) has great potential for direct estimation the actual LUE. In this paper, wheat in different nitrogen treatments was designed in field trial during Wheat growing period, for obtain photosynthesis and reflective hyperspectral data, and then LUE and PRI was calculated in critical period of wheat growth. The results show that, at different growth stages under three different nitrogen conditions, LUE and PRI value were significantly increased with increasing nitrogen absorption; Last longer, more capable of absorbing nitrogen amount, the correlation between LUE and PRI was better - for example, the correlation coefficient is obviously larger in heading stage than elongation stage for same nitrogen treatment.

  18. Microprocessor dynamics shows co- and post-transcriptional processing of pri-miRNAs

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    Louloupi, Annita; Ntini, Evgenia; Liz, Julia; Ørom, Ulf Andersson

    2017-01-01

    miRNAs are small regulatory RNAs involved in the regulation of translation of target transcripts. miRNA biogenesis is a multistep process starting with the cleavage of the primary miRNA transcript in the nucleus by the Microprocessor complex. Endogenous processing of pri-miRNAs is challenging to study and the in vivo kinetics of this process is not known. Here, we present a method for determining the processing kinetics of pri-miRNAs within intact cells over time, using a pulse-chase approach to label transcribed RNA during 15 min, and follow the processing within a 1-hour window after labeling with bromouridine. We show that pri-miRNAs exhibit different processing kinetics ranging from fast over intermediate to slow processing, and we provide evidence that pri-miRNA processing can occur both cotranscriptionally and post-transcriptionally. PMID:28250203

  19. Microprocessor dynamics shows co- and post-transcriptional processing of pri-miRNAs.

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    Louloupi, Annita; Ntini, Evgenia; Liz, Julia; Ørom, Ulf Andersson

    2017-03-01

    miRNAs are small regulatory RNAs involved in the regulation of translation of target transcripts. miRNA biogenesis is a multi-step process starting with the cleavage of the primary miRNA transcript in the nucleus by the Microprocessor complex. Endogenous processing of pri-miRNAs is challenging to study and the in vivo kinetics of this process is not known. Here, we present a method for determining the processing kinetics of pri-miRNAs within intact cells over time using a pulse-chase approach to label transcribed RNA during 15 minutes and follow the processing within a 1-hour window after labeling with bromouridine. We show, that pri-miRNAs exhibit different processing kinetics ranging from fast over intermediate to slow processing and provide evidence that pri-miRNA processing can occur both co-transcriptionally and post-transcriptionally.

  20. Relationship between PRI-MODIS and LUE in a Mediterranean deciduous forest under water stress condition

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    Guarini, Rocchina; Loizzo, Rosa; Nichol, Caroline J.; Borghetti, Marco

    2010-05-01

    In this study the relationship between ecosystem-level light-use efficiency (LUE) obtained from eddy covariance data and MODIS-derived values of PRI (Photochemical Reflectance Index) for a Mediterranean Quercus cerris L. forest site (Roccarespampani, Viterbo , Italy) in two different years was investigated. The years considered are contrasting in temperature and rainfall conditions (i.e. 2003, dry, and 2004, wet). The PRI relates LUE to the de-epoxidation xanthophyll state which is linked to the biochemical mechanism down-regulating photosynthesis to prevent photo-oxidative damage in leaves. It is based on the reflectance at 531 and 570 nm, according to the following relationship PRI = (R531 - R570) = (R531 + R570). The aim of this study is to investigate the relationship between LUE and a scaled PRI (sPRI) for a Mediterranean Quercus cerris L. forest site (Roccarespampani, Viterbo, Italy) in two different years. Variations in canopy reflectance related to the xanthophyll cycle were detected using MODIS sensor ocean band 11 centered at 531 nm and band 12 (551 nm) was used as reference. Strong correlation between MODIS-sPRI and LUE were found, only during the wet year (2004), and only for backscattering scenes. Future studies could be investigated to test whether physiological reflectance signals are affected by sun position, heterogeneous landscape or atmospheric interfaces.

  1. Generating time series of PRI across the Amazon basin using hyperspectral Hyperion data

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    Toh Yuan Kun, L.; Yang, X.; Silva, C. E.; Cushman, K.; Kellner, J. R.

    2016-12-01

    Models of carbon cycling in tropical forests rely on estimates of fAPAR and LUE that are based on field experiments or remote sensing. However, much uncertainty surrounds such models on a regional scale because of unresolved questions over ecosystem response to climate variability. The photochemical reflectance index (PRI) is a normalized difference index that is sensitive to short-term changes in photosynthetic activity, unlike other more commonly used indices like NDVI. This is because PRI is indicative of the epoxidation state of xanthophyll pigments involved in non-photochemical quenching. Hence, an understanding of how PRI varies spatially and temporally would be a useful benchmark against which to evaluate model output and measurements of solar-induced fluorescence (SIF). Computing PRI requires two narrow spectral bands at 531 and 570 nm, and therefore cannot be quantified using broad-band optical sensors. The Hyperion instrument has generated Earth observations since 2000 and provides a unique opportunity to quantify PRI over large spatial and temporal scales. Here we describe a quantitative framework to correct striping, spectral keystone, and spectral smile inherent in the Hyperion data record. We show how these data can be used to generate time series of PRI to facilitate deeper understanding of photosynthetic activity in the Amazon basin.

  2. Effect and evaluation of prying action for top- and seat-angle connections

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    Ahmed, Ali; Hasan, Rafiq

    2015-06-01

    Nonlinear finite element (FE) static analyses of top- and seat-angle connections were performed using ABAQUS standard to investigate the influence of connection parameters and its properties on prying action developed due to the interaction between column flange and top angle's vertical leg. Contact phenomenon between two interfaces with finite sliding and bolt pretension in the initial step of analysis was considered in the FE model. FE analysis results were compared with the experimental ones to examine the applicability of the FE model. Then, the location of plastic hinges in connection assemblages was investigated at the ultimate state of the connection and a parametric study was performed varying connection parameters, material properties of connection assemblages, and magnitude of bolt pretension to visualize their effects on prying force and on the position of prying force on top angle's vertical leg. Current study shows that plastic hinges not only develop at top angle's heel and bolt hole region but also in the bolt shank that differs from some assumptions of power model (Kishi and Chen 1990): (1) top angle thickness and gage distance from angle heel to bolt hole center line have an distinct effect on prying action; and (2) distributed prying force developed near the region of the top edge of tension angle's leg adjacent to column flange can contribute to the failure of the connection. Finally, a mathematical formulation to identify the location of prying force action point is proposed.

  3. The PRiMA-linked Cholinesterase Tetramers Are Assembled from Homodimers

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    Chen, Vicky P.; Xie, Heidi Q.; Chan, Wallace K. B.; Leung, K. Wing; Chan, Gallant K. L.; Choi, Roy C. Y.; Bon, Suzanne; Massoulié, Jean; Tsim, Karl W. K.

    2010-01-01

    Acetylcholinesterase (AChE) is anchored onto cell membranes by the transmembrane protein PRiMA (proline-rich membrane anchor) as a tetrameric globular form that is prominently expressed in vertebrate brain. In parallel, the PRiMA-linked tetrameric butyrylcholinesterase (BChE) is also found in the brain. A single type of AChE-BChE hybrid tetramer was formed in cell cultures by co-transfection of cDNAs encoding AChET and BChET with proline-rich attachment domain-containing proteins, PRiMA I, PRiMA II, or a fragment of ColQ having a C-terminal GPI addition signal (QN-GPI). Using AChE and BChE mutants, we showed that AChE-BChE hybrids linked with PRiMA or QN-GPI always consist of AChET and BChET homodimers. The dimer formation of AChET and BChET depends on the catalytic domains, and the assembly of tetramers with a proline-rich attachment domain-containing protein requires the presence of C-terminal “t-peptides” in cholinesterase subunits. Our results indicate that PRiMA- or ColQ-linked cholinesterase tetramers are assembled from AChET or BChET homodimers. Moreover, the PRiMA-linked AChE-BChE hybrids occur naturally in chicken brain, and their expression increases during development, suggesting that they might play a role in cholinergic neurotransmission. PMID:20566626

  4. Bi-directional processing of pri-miRNAs with branched terminal loops by Arabidopsis Dicer-like1

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    Zhu, Hongliang; Zhou, Yuyi; Castillo-González, Claudia; Lu, Amber; Ge, Chunxiao; Zhao, Ying-Tao; Duan, Liusheng; Li, Zhaohu; Axtell, Michael J.; Wang, Xiu-Jie; Zhang, Xiuren

    2013-01-01

    miRNAs originate from primary transcripts (pri-miRNAs) with characteristic stem-loop structures. Accurate processing of pri-miRNAs is required for functional miRNAs. Here, using pri-miR166 family as a paradigm, we report the decisive role of pri-miRNA terminal loops in miRNA biogenesis. We found that multi-branched terminal loops in pri-miR166s substantially suppressed miR166 expression in vivo. Unlike canonical processing of pri-miRNAs, terminal-loop-branched (TLBed) pri-miRNAs can be processed by Dicer-like1 (DCL1) complexes bi-directionally: from base to loop and from loop to base, resulting in productive and abortive processing of miRNAs, respectively. In either case, DCL1 complexes canonically cut pri-miRNAs at a distance of 16-17 base pairs (bp) from a reference single-stranded loop region. DCL1 also adjusts processing sites toward an internal loop through its helicase domain. Thus, these results provide new insight into the poorly understood processing mechanism of pri-miRNAs with complicated secondary structures. PMID:23934148

  5. Structural and functional characterization of the CAP domain of pathogen-related yeast 1 (Pry1) protein

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    Darwiche, Rabih; Kelleher, Alan; Hudspeth, Elissa M.; Schneiter, Roger; Asojo, Oluwatoyin A.

    2016-01-01

    The production, crystal structure, and functional characterization of the C-terminal cysteine-rich secretory protein/antigen 5/pathogenesis related-1 (CAP) domain of pathogen-related yeast protein-1 (Pry1) from Saccharomyces cerevisiae is presented. The CAP domain of Pry1 (Pry1CAP) is functional in vivo as its expression restores cholesterol export to yeast mutants lacking endogenous Pry1 and Pry2. Recombinant Pry1CAP forms dimers in solution, is sufficient for in vitro cholesterol binding, and has comparable binding properties as full-length Pry1. Two crystal structures of Pry1CAP are reported, one with Mg2+ coordinated to the conserved CAP tetrad (His208, Glu215, Glu233 and His250) in spacegroup I41 and the other without divalent cations in spacegroup P6122. The latter structure contains four 1,4-dioxane molecules from the crystallization solution, one of which sits in the cholesterol binding site. Both structures reveal that the divalent cation and cholesterol binding sites are connected upon dimerization, providing a structural basis for the observed Mg2+-dependent sterol binding by Pry1. PMID:27344972

  6. Structural and functional characterization of the CAP domain of pathogen-related yeast 1 (Pry1) protein

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    Darwiche, Rabih; Kelleher, Alan; Hudspeth, Elissa M.; Schneiter, Roger; Asojo, Oluwatoyin A.

    2016-06-01

    The production, crystal structure, and functional characterization of the C-terminal cysteine-rich secretory protein/antigen 5/pathogenesis related-1 (CAP) domain of pathogen-related yeast protein-1 (Pry1) from Saccharomyces cerevisiae is presented. The CAP domain of Pry1 (Pry1CAP) is functional in vivo as its expression restores cholesterol export to yeast mutants lacking endogenous Pry1 and Pry2. Recombinant Pry1CAP forms dimers in solution, is sufficient for in vitro cholesterol binding, and has comparable binding properties as full-length Pry1. Two crystal structures of Pry1CAP are reported, one with Mg2+ coordinated to the conserved CAP tetrad (His208, Glu215, Glu233 and His250) in spacegroup I41 and the other without divalent cations in spacegroup P6122. The latter structure contains four 1,4-dioxane molecules from the crystallization solution, one of which sits in the cholesterol binding site. Both structures reveal that the divalent cation and cholesterol binding sites are connected upon dimerization, providing a structural basis for the observed Mg2+-dependent sterol binding by Pry1.

  7. Photochemical Reflectance Index (PRI) and remote sensing of plant CO2 uptake

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    Penuelas, J.; Garbulsky, M. F.; Filella, I.

    2011-12-01

    An accurate continuous quantification of the role of terrestrial ecosystems as carbon sinks everywhere constitutes a key issue in the face of ongoing environmental disturbance and climate change. The emerging consistency of the relationship between Photochemical Reflectance Index (PRI) and light use efficiency at the leaf, canopy and ecosystem scales offers promising prospects for continuous global monitoring of plant primary productivity from space. We will present and discuss this consistency. This reflectance index is based on the short term reversible xanthophyll pigment changes accompanying plant stress. It also behaves as an index of the chlorophyll:carotenoid ratios and therefore of the photosynthetic activities associated with their changes with leaf development, aging or stress at longer term. At the leaf and canopy levels, the PRI has been extensively found adequate to estimate LUE and thus photosynthetic performance, i.e. gross primary productivity, and its use has been extended increasingly in the last few years both in natural and semi-natural vegetation and in crops. The results of these studies confirm an exponential relationship between LUE and PRI over a wide range of species and conditions, hence suggesting that the overall photosynthetic system is often sufficiently regulated to maintain consistent relationships between the pigment, morphological and physiological changes linked to PRI and the changes in CO2 fixation. In a further step forward, with the availability of the MODIS sensor on TERRA and AQUA satellites, PRI is now increasingly used also at the ecosystem scale. The results of our study comparing PRI data from MODIS and CO2 exchange data from eddy covariance towers show that there may even be a common exponential relationship for all of forests. The emerging consistency of the relationship between PRI, LUE and ecosystem CO2 uptake increasingly found in these studies suggests a surprising degree of "functional convergence" of biochemical

  8. Diurnal and Directional Responses of Chlorophyll Fluorescence and the PRI in a Cornfield

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    Middleton, Elizabeth; Cheng, Y. B.; Corp, L.; Campbell, P.; Kustas, W.

    2010-01-01

    Determining the health and vigor of vegetation using high spectral resolution remote sensing is an important goal which has application to monitoring agriculture and ecosystem productivity and carbon exchange. Two spectral indices used to assess whether vegetation is performing near-optimally or exhibiting symptoms of environmental stress (e.g., drought or nutrient deficiency, non-optimal temperatures, etc.) are the Photochemical Reflectance Index (PRI) and solar-induced red and far-red Chlorophyll Fluorescence (Fs). Both the PRI and Fs capture the dynamics of photoprotection mechanisms within green foliage: the PRI is based on the association of the reflected radiation in the green spectrum with the xanthophyll cycle, whereas Fs measures the emitted radiation in the red and far-red spectrum. Fs was determined from retrievals in the atmospheric oxygen absorption features centered at 688 and 760 nm using a modified Fraunhofer Line Depth (FLD) method. We previously demonstrated diurnal and seasonal PRI differences for sunlit vs. shaded foliage in a conifer forest canopy, as expressed in the hotspot and darkspot of the Bidirectional Reflectance Function (BRF). In a USDA-ARS experimental field site located in Beltsville, MD, USA, measurements were acquired over a corn crop from a nadir view in 2008 with an ASD FieldSpec Pro (Analytical Spectral Devices, Inc., Boulder, CO, USA) to study the behavior of the PRI for sunlit and shaded foliage as captured in reflectance variations associated with the BRF, in a I m tall canopy in the vegetative growth stage. Those observations were compared to simulations obtained from two radiative transfer models. Measurements were then acquired to examine whether the PRI and Fs were influenced by view zenith and azimuth geometries at different times of day. Those measurements were made in 2010 with the Ocean Optics USB4000 Miniature Fiber Optic Spectrometer (Ocean Optics Inc., Dunedin, Florida, USA) at several times during the day on

  9. Gene structures and processing of Arabidopsis thaliana HYL1-dependent pri-miRNAs

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    Szarzynska, Bogna; Sobkowiak, Lukasz; Pant, Bikram Datt; Balazadeh, Salma; Scheible, Wolf-Rüdiger; Mueller-Roeber, Bernd; Jarmolowski, Artur; Szweykowska-Kulinska, Zofia

    2009-01-01

    Arabidopsis thaliana HYL1 is a nuclear double-stranded RNA-binding protein involved in the maturation of pri-miRNAs. A quantitative real-time PCR platform for parallel quantification of 176 pri-miRNAs was used to reveal strong accumulation of 57 miRNA precursors in the hyl1 mutant that completely lacks HYL1 protein. This approach enabled us for the first time to pinpoint particular members of MIRNA family genes that require HYL1 activity for efficient maturation of their precursors. Moreover, the accumulation of miRNA precursors in the hyl1 mutant gave us the opportunity to carry out 3′ and 5′ RACE experiments which revealed that some of these precursors are of unexpected length. The alignment of HYL1-dependent miRNA precursors to A. thaliana genomic sequences indicated the presence of introns in 12 out of 20 genes studied. Some of the characterized intron-containing pri-miRNAs undergo alternative splicing such as exon skipping or usage of alternative 5′ splice sites suggesting that this process plays a role in the regulation of miRNA biogenesis. In the hyl1 mutant intron-containing pri-miRNAs accumulate alongside spliced pri-miRNAs suggesting the recruitment of HYL1 into the miRNA precursor maturation pathway before their splicing occurs. PMID:19304749

  10. Gene structures and processing of Arabidopsis thaliana HYL1-dependent pri-miRNAs.

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    Szarzynska, Bogna; Sobkowiak, Lukasz; Pant, Bikram Datt; Balazadeh, Salma; Scheible, Wolf-Rüdiger; Mueller-Roeber, Bernd; Jarmolowski, Artur; Szweykowska-Kulinska, Zofia

    2009-05-01

    Arabidopsis thaliana HYL1 is a nuclear double-stranded RNA-binding protein involved in the maturation of pri-miRNAs. A quantitative real-time PCR platform for parallel quantification of 176 pri-miRNAs was used to reveal strong accumulation of 57 miRNA precursors in the hyl1 mutant that completely lacks HYL1 protein. This approach enabled us for the first time to pinpoint particular members of MIRNA family genes that require HYL1 activity for efficient maturation of their precursors. Moreover, the accumulation of miRNA precursors in the hyl1 mutant gave us the opportunity to carry out 3' and 5' RACE experiments which revealed that some of these precursors are of unexpected length. The alignment of HYL1-dependent miRNA precursors to A. thaliana genomic sequences indicated the presence of introns in 12 out of 20 genes studied. Some of the characterized intron-containing pri-miRNAs undergo alternative splicing such as exon skipping or usage of alternative 5' splice sites suggesting that this process plays a role in the regulation of miRNA biogenesis. In the hyl1 mutant intron-containing pri-miRNAs accumulate alongside spliced pri-miRNAs suggesting the recruitment of HYL1 into the miRNA precursor maturation pathway before their splicing occurs.

  11. PRI-Modeler: extracting RNA structural elements from PDB files of protein-RNA complexes.

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    Han, Kyungsook; Nepal, Chirag

    2007-05-01

    A complete understanding of protein and RNA structures and their interactions is important for determining the binding sites in protein-RNA complexes. Computational approaches exist for identifying secondary structural elements in proteins from atomic coordinates. However, similar methods have not been developed for RNA, due in part to the very limited structural data so far available. We have developed a set of algorithms for extracting and visualizing secondary and tertiary structures of RNA and for analyzing protein-RNA complexes. These algorithms have been implemented in a web-based program called PRI-Modeler (protein-RNA interaction modeler). Given one or more protein data bank files of protein-RNA complexes, PRI-Modeler analyzes the conformation of the RNA, calculates the hydrogen bond (H bond) and van der Waals interactions between amino acids and nucleotides, extracts secondary and tertiary RNA structure elements, and identifies the patterns of interactions between the proteins and RNAs. This paper presents PRI-Modeler and its application to the hydrogen bond and van der Waals interactions in the most representative set of protein-RNA complexes. The analysis reveals several interesting interaction patterns at various levels. The information provided by PRI-Modeler should prove useful for determining the binding sites in protein-RNA complexes. PRI-Modeler is accessible at http://wilab.inha.ac.kr/primodeler/, and supplementary materials are available in the analysis results section at http://wilab.inha.ac.kr/primodeler/.

  12. Subnuclear compartmentalization of transiently expressed polyadenylated pri-microRNAs: processing at transcription sites or accumulation in SC35 foci.

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    Pawlicki, Jan M; Steitz, Joan A

    2009-02-01

    MicroRNAs (miRNAs) are small, noncoding RNAs that post-transcriptionally regulate expression of their target messenger RNAs. We recently demonstrated that primary miRNA transcripts (pri-miRNAs) retained at transcription sites are processed with enhanced efficiency, suggesting that pri-miRNA processing is coupled to transcription in mammalian cells. We also observed that transiently expressed pri-miRNAs accumulate in nuclear foci with splicing factor SC35 and Microprocessor components, Drosha and DGCR8. Here, we show that pri-miRNAs containing a self-cleaving hepatitis delta ribozyme accumulate in the nucleoplasm after release from their transcription sites, but are not efficiently processed. Pri-miRNAs with ribozyme-generated 3' ends do not localize to SC35-containing foci, whereas cleaved and polyadenylated pri-miRNA transcripts with or without the pre-miRNA hairpin do. Pri-miRNA/SC35 foci contain a number of proteins normally associated with SC35 domains, including ASF/SF2, PABII, and the prolyl isomerase, Pin1. In contrast, RNA polymerase II and PM/Scl-100 do not strongly colocalize with pri-miRNAs in SC35-containing foci. These data argue that pri-miRNA/SC35-containing foci are not major sites of pri-miRNA processing and that pri-miRNA processing is coupled to transcription. We discuss the implications of our findings relative to recent insights into miRNA biogenesis, mRNA metabolism, and the nuclear organization of gene expression.

  13. Fluorescence, PRI and canopy temperature for water stress detection in cereal crops

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    Panigada, C.; Rossini, M.; Meroni, M.; Cilia, C.; Busetto, L.; Amaducci, S.; Boschetti, M.; Cogliati, S.; Picchi, V.; Pinto, F.; Marchesi, A.; Colombo, R.

    2014-08-01

    Narrow-band multispectral remote sensing techniques and thermal imagery were investigated for water stress detection in cereal crops. Visible and near infrared AISA Eagle (Specim, Finland) and thermal AHS-160 (Sensytech Inc., USA) imageries were acquired with an airborne survey on a farm-level experimental site where maize (Zea mays L.) and sorghum (Sorghum bicolor L.) were grown with three different irrigation treatments. Vegetation biophysical and eco-physiological measurements were collected concurrently with the airborne campaign. Leaf fluorescence yield (ΔF/Fm‧) resulted to be a good indirect measure of water stress. Therefore, ΔF/Fm‧ measurements were compared against remotely sensed indicators: (i) the Photochemical Reflectance Index (PRI), (ii) the sun-induced chlorophyll fluorescence at 760 nm (F760), retrieved by the Fraunhofer line depth method and (iii) the canopy temperature (TC) calculated decoupling soil and vegetation contributions. TC was related to ΔF/Fm‧ with the highest determination coefficient (R2 = 0.65), followed by PRI586 (reference band at 586 nm) (R2 = 0.51). The relationship with F760 was significant but weaker (R2 = 0.36). The coefficient of determination increased up to 0.54 when pigment concentration was considered by multiplying ΔF/Fm‧ and chlorophyll content, confirming the close relationship between passive fluorescence signal, pigment content and light photosystem efficiency. PRI586, F760 and TC maps were produced in maize and sorghum plots. The differences in the average values of PRI586, F760 and TC extracted from the plots with different water treatments showed that water treatments were well discriminated in maize plots by the three remotely sensed indicators. This was confirmed by the visual observation of the PRI586, F760 and TC maps, while in sorghum plots, F760 and TC appeared more sensitive to water stress compared to PRI586.

  14. Bidirectional processing of pri-miRNAs with branched terminal loops by Arabidopsis Dicer-like1.

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    Zhu, Hongliang; Zhou, Yuyi; Castillo-González, Claudia; Lu, Amber; Ge, Chunxiao; Zhao, Ying-Tao; Duan, Liusheng; Li, Zhaohu; Axtell, Michael J; Wang, Xiu-Jie; Zhang, Xiuren

    2013-09-01

    MicroRNAs (miRNAs) originate from primary transcripts (pri-miRNAs) with characteristic stem-loop structures, and their accurate processing is required for the production of functional miRNAs. Here, using the pri-miR-166 family in Arabidopsis thaliana as a paradigm, we report the crucial role of pri-miRNA terminal loops in miRNA biogenesis. We found that multibranched terminal loops in pri-miR-166s substantially suppress miR-166 expression in vivo. Unlike canonical processing of pri-miRNAs, terminal loop-branched pri-miRNAs can be processed by Dicer-like 1 (DCL1) complexes bidirectionally from base to loop and from loop to base, resulting in productive and abortive processing of miRNAs, respectively. In both cases, DCL1 complexes canonically cut pri-miRNAs at a distance of 16-17 bp from a reference single-stranded loop region. DCL1 also adjusts processing sites toward an internal loop through its helicase domain. These results provide new insight into the poorly understood processing mechanism of pri-miRNAs with complex secondary structures.

  15. Regulation of pri-miRNA processing by the hnRNP-like protein AtGRP7 in Arabidopsis.

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    Köster, Tino; Meyer, Katja; Weinholdt, Claus; Smith, Lisa M; Lummer, Martina; Speth, Corinna; Grosse, Ivo; Weigel, Detlef; Staiger, Dorothee

    2014-09-01

    The hnRNP-like glycine-rich RNA-binding protein AtGRP7 regulates pre-mRNA splicing in Arabidopsis. Here we used small RNA-seq to show that AtGRP7 also affects the miRNA inventory. AtGRP7 overexpression caused a significant reduction in the level of 30 miRNAs and an increase for 14 miRNAs with a minimum log2 fold change of ± 0.5. Overaccumulation of several pri-miRNAs including pri-miR398b, pri-miR398c, pri-miR172b, pri-miR159a and pri-miR390 at the expense of the mature miRNAs suggested that AtGRP7 affects pri-miRNA processing. Indeed, RNA immunoprecipitation revealed that AtGRP7 interacts with these pri-miRNAs in vivo. Mutation of an arginine in the RNA recognition motif abrogated in vivo binding and the effect on miRNA and pri-miRNA levels, indicating that AtGRP7 inhibits processing of these pri-miRNAs by direct binding. In contrast, pri-miRNAs of selected miRNAs that were elevated or not changed in response to high AtGRP7 levels were not bound in vivo. Reduced accumulation of miR390, an initiator of trans-acting small interfering RNA (ta-siRNA) formation, also led to lower TAS3 ta-siRNA levels and increased mRNA expression of the target AUXIN RESPONSE FACTOR4. Furthermore, AtGRP7 affected splicing of pri-miR172b and pri-miR162a. Thus, AtGRP7 is an hnRNP-like protein with a role in processing of pri-miRNAs in addition to its role in pre-mRNA splicing. © The Author(s) 2014. Published by Oxford University Press on behalf of Nucleic Acids Research.

  16. Diurnal and directional responses of chlorophyll fluorescence and pri in a cornfield

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    Two high spectral resolution reflectance-based indices were used to assess whether vegetation in a cornfield was performing near-optimally or exhibiting symptoms of environmental stress. These were the Photochemical Reflectance Index (PRI) and solar-induced Chlorophyll Fluorescence (SIF). This study...

  17. Pri sORF peptides induce selective proteasome-mediated protein processing.

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    Zanet, J; Benrabah, E; Li, T; Pélissier-Monier, A; Chanut-Delalande, H; Ronsin, B; Bellen, H J; Payre, F; Plaza, S

    2015-09-18

    A wide variety of RNAs encode small open-reading-frame (smORF/sORF) peptides, but their functions are largely unknown. Here, we show that Drosophila polished-rice (pri) sORF peptides trigger proteasome-mediated protein processing, converting the Shavenbaby (Svb) transcription repressor into a shorter activator. A genome-wide RNA interference screen identifies an E2-E3 ubiquitin-conjugating complex, UbcD6-Ubr3, which targets Svb to the proteasome in a pri-dependent manner. Upon interaction with Ubr3, Pri peptides promote the binding of Ubr3 to Svb. Ubr3 can then ubiquitinate the Svb N terminus, which is degraded by the proteasome. The C-terminal domains protect Svb from complete degradation and ensure appropriate processing. Our data show that Pri peptides control selectivity of Ubr3 binding, which suggests that the family of sORF peptides may contain an extended repertoire of protein regulators. Copyright © 2015, American Association for the Advancement of Science.

  18. Potential relative increment (PRI): a new method to empirically derive optimal tree diameter growth

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    Don C Bragg

    2001-01-01

    Potential relative increment (PRI) is a new method to derive optimal diameter growth equations using inventory information from a large public database. Optimal growth equations for 24 species were developed using plot and tree records from several states (Michigan, Minnesota, and Wisconsin) of the North Central US. Most species were represented by thousands of...

  19. Pri-miR-124 rs531564 and pri-miR-34b/c rs4938723 polymorphisms are associated with decreased risk of esophageal squamous cell carcinoma in Chinese populations.

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    Zhang, Junjie; Huang, Xuewen; Xiao, Juanjuan; Yang, Yajun; Zhou, Yinghui; Wang, Xiaofeng; Liu, Qingmei; Yang, Jingmin; Wang, Mengyun; Qiu, Lixin; Zheng, Yabiao; Zhang, Ping; Li, Jin; Wang, Ya'nong; Wei, Qingyi; Jin, Li; Wang, Jiucun; Wang, Minghua

    2014-01-01

    MicroRNAs are a new class of small non-protein-coding RNAs that sometimes function as tumor suppressors or oncogenes. Aberrant expression and structural alteration of microRNAs have been reported to be involved in tumorigenesis and cancer development. Recently, rs531564/pri-miR-124-1, rs4938723/pri-miR-34b/c, rs7372209/pri-miR-26a-1, rs895819/pre-miR-27a, and rs11134527/pri-miR-218 were reported to be associated with risks of various cancers. In order to evaluate the relationship of these SNPs and esophageal squamous cell carcinoma (ESCC) risk, we conducted a case-control study with 1109 ESCC patients and 1275 control subjects to examine the potential association of these pri/pre-miRNA polymorphisms with ESCC susceptibility. As a result, two SNPs were associated with a significant risk of ESCC. We found that the GG genotype of pri-miR-124-1 rs531564 was associated to a significantly decreased risk of ESCC comparing with the CC/CG genotypes (p = 0.005; OR = 0.61, 95% CI = 0.43-0.86). In addition, the CC genotype of pri-miR-34b/c rs4938723 was associated with a significant decreased risk of ESCC (CC VS. p = 0.007, OR = 0.82, 95% CI = 0.71-0.95) in Chinese population. The present study provides the first evidence that pri-miR-124-1 rs531564 and pri-miR-34 rs4938723 were associated with the risk of ESCC in Chinese population.

  20. Photosynthetic Efficiency of Northern Forest Ecosystems Using a MODIS-Derived Photochemical Reflectance Index (PRI)

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    Middleton, E. M.; Huemmrich, K. F.; Landis, D. R.; Black, T. A.; Barr, A. G.; McCaughey, J. H.

    2016-01-01

    This study evaluates a direct remote sensing approach from space for the determination of ecosystem photosynthetic light use efficiency (LUE), through measurement of vegetation reflectance changes expressed with the Photochemical Reflectance Index (PRI). The PRI is a normalized difference index based on spectral changes at a physiologically active wavelength (approximately 531 nanometers) as compared to a reference waveband, and is only available from a very few satellites. These include the two Moderate-Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometers (MODIS) on the Aqua and Terra satellites each of which have a narrow (10-nanometer) ocean band centered at 531 nanometers. We examined several PRI variations computed with candidate reference bands, since MODIS lacks the traditional 570-nanometer reference band. The PRI computed using MODIS land band 1 (620-670 nanometers) gave the best performance for daily LUE estimation. Through rigorous statistical analyses over a large image collection (n equals 420), the success of relating in situ daily tower-derived LUE to MODIS observations for northern forests was strongly influenced by satellite viewing geometry. LUE was calculated from CO2 fluxes (moles per moles of carbon absorbed quanta) measured at instrumented Canadian Carbon Program flux towers in four Canadian forests: a mature fir site in British Columbia, mature aspen and black spruce sites in Saskatchewan, and a mixed deciduous/coniferous forest site in Ontario. All aspects of the viewing geometry had significant effects on the MODIS-PRI, including the view zenith angle (VZA), the view azimuth angle, and the displacement of the view azimuth relative to the solar principal plane, in addition to illumination related variables.Nevertheless, we show that forward scatter sector views (VZA, 16 degrees-45 degrees) provided the strongest relationships to daily LUE, especially those collected in the early afternoon by Aqua (r squared = 0.83, RMSE (root mean square error) equals 0

  1. Prion-like Nanofibrils of Small Molecules (PriSM) Selectively Inhibit Cancer Cells by Impeding Cytoskeleton Dynamics*

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    Kuang, Yi; Long, Marcus J. C.; Zhou, Jie; Shi, Junfeng; Gao, Yuan; Xu, Chen; Hedstrom, Lizbeth; Xu, Bing

    2014-01-01

    Emerging evidence reveals that prion-like structures play important roles to maintain the well-being of cells. Although self-assembly of small molecules also affords prion-like nanofibrils (PriSM), little is known about the functions and mechanisms of PriSM. Previous works demonstrated that PriSM formed by a dipeptide derivative selectively inhibiting the growth of glioblastoma cells over neuronal cells and effectively inhibiting xenograft tumor in animal models. Here we examine the protein targets, the internalization, and the cytotoxicity pathway of the PriSM. The results show that the PriSM selectively accumulate in cancer cells via macropinocytosis to impede the dynamics of cytoskeletal filaments via promiscuous interactions with cytoskeletal proteins, thus inducing apoptosis. Intriguingly, Tau proteins are able to alleviate the effect of the PriSM, thus protecting neuronal cells. This work illustrates PriSM as a new paradigm for developing polypharmacological agents that promiscuously interact with multiple proteins yet result in a primary phenotype, such as cancer inhibition PMID:25157102

  2. Association of a peptoid ligand with the apical loop of pri-miR-21 inhibits cleavage by Drosha.

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    Diaz, Jason P; Chirayil, Rachel; Chirayil, Sara; Tom, Martin; Head, Katie J; Luebke, Kevin J

    2014-04-01

    We have found a small molecule that specifically inhibits cleavage of a precursor to the oncogenic miRNA, miR-21, by the microprocessor complex of Drosha and DGCR8. We identified novel ligands for the apical loop of this precursor from a screen of 14,024 N-substituted oligoglycines (peptoids) in a microarray format. Eight distinct compounds with specific affinity were obtained, three having affinities for the targeted loop in the low micromolar range and greater than 15-fold discrimination against a closely related hairpin. One of these compounds completely inhibits microprocessor cleavage of a miR-21 primary transcript at concentrations at which cleavage of another miRNA primary transcript, pri-miR-16, is little affected. The apical loop of pri-miR-21, placed in the context of pri-miR-16, is sufficient for inhibition of microprocessor cleavage by the peptoid. This compound also inhibits cleavage of pri-miR-21 containing the pri-miR-16 apical loop, suggesting an additional site of association within pri-miR-21. The reported peptoid is the first example of a small molecule that inhibits microprocessor cleavage by binding to the apical loop of a pri-miRNA.

  3. Association of a peptoid ligand with the apical loop of pri-miR-21 inhibits cleavage by Drosha

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    Diaz, Jason P.; Chirayil, Rachel; Chirayil, Sara; Tom, Martin; Head, Katie J.; Luebke, Kevin J.

    2014-01-01

    We have found a small molecule that specifically inhibits cleavage of a precursor to the oncogenic miRNA, miR-21, by the microprocessor complex of Drosha and DGCR8. We identified novel ligands for the apical loop of this precursor from a screen of 14,024 N-substituted oligoglycines (peptoids) in a microarray format. Eight distinct compounds with specific affinity were obtained, three having affinities for the targeted loop in the low micromolar range and greater than 15-fold discrimination against a closely related hairpin. One of these compounds completely inhibits microprocessor cleavage of a miR-21 primary transcript at concentrations at which cleavage of another miRNA primary transcript, pri-miR-16, is little affected. The apical loop of pri-miR-21, placed in the context of pri-miR-16, is sufficient for inhibition of microprocessor cleavage by the peptoid. This compound also inhibits cleavage of pri-miR-21 containing the pri-miR-16 apical loop, suggesting an additional site of association within pri-miR-21. The reported peptoid is the first example of a small molecule that inhibits microprocessor cleavage by binding to the apical loop of a pri-miRNA. PMID:24497550

  4. Prion-like nanofibrils of small molecules (PriSM) selectively inhibit cancer cells by impeding cytoskeleton dynamics.

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    Kuang, Yi; Long, Marcus J C; Zhou, Jie; Shi, Junfeng; Gao, Yuan; Xu, Chen; Hedstrom, Lizbeth; Xu, Bing

    2014-10-17

    Emerging evidence reveals that prion-like structures play important roles to maintain the well-being of cells. Although self-assembly of small molecules also affords prion-like nanofibrils (PriSM), little is known about the functions and mechanisms of PriSM. Previous works demonstrated that PriSM formed by a dipeptide derivative selectively inhibiting the growth of glioblastoma cells over neuronal cells and effectively inhibiting xenograft tumor in animal models. Here we examine the protein targets, the internalization, and the cytotoxicity pathway of the PriSM. The results show that the PriSM selectively accumulate in cancer cells via macropinocytosis to impede the dynamics of cytoskeletal filaments via promiscuous interactions with cytoskeletal proteins, thus inducing apoptosis. Intriguingly, Tau proteins are able to alleviate the effect of the PriSM, thus protecting neuronal cells. This work illustrates PriSM as a new paradigm for developing polypharmacological agents that promiscuously interact with multiple proteins yet result in a primary phenotype, such as cancer inhibition.

  5. Tertiary structure mapping of the pri-miRNA miR-17~92.

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    Chaulk, Steven G; Fahlman, Richard P

    2014-01-01

    The understanding of RNA in regulating gene expression has exploded over the past 15 years. MicroRNAs (miRNAs) have vastly expanded the role of RNA in gene regulation beyond spliceosomal, ribosomal, and messenger RNAs. Approximately one half of miRNAs are polycistronic, where two or more miRNAs are encoded on a single pri-miRNA transcript, termed a miRNA cluster. The six miRNAs of the miR-17~92 cluster are contained within a ~800 nucleotide region within intron 3 of the cl13orf25 ~7 kb pri-miRNA transcript. We recently reported on the tertiary structured domain of miR-17~92 and its role in modulating miRNA biogenesis. The key finding was that the cluster structure explained the differential processing of the miRNA hairpins by Drosha. This work demonstrated the need to consider pri-miRNA tertiary structure in miRNA biogenesis. Since biochemical structure probing is typically performed on relatively short RNAs (≤200 nucleotides), we had to adapt these methodologies for application on large RNAs (~800 nucleotide miR-17~92 pri-miRNA). We present here our adaptation of a protection footprinting method using ribonucleases to probe the structure of the ~800 nucleotide miR-17~92 pri-miRNA. We outline the technical difficulties involved in probing large RNAs and data visualization using denaturing polyacrylamide gel electrophoresis and how we adapted the existing approaches to probe large RNAs. The methodology outlined here is generally applicable to large RNAs including long noncoding RNAs (lncRNA).

  6. Dimeric structure of the N-terminal domain of PriB protein from Thermoanaerobacter tengcongensis solved ab initio

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    Liebschner, Dorothee; Brzezinski, Krzysztof; Dauter, Miroslawa; Dauter, Zbigniew; Nowak, Marta; Kur, Józef; Olszewski, Marcin

    2012-12-01

    The N-terminal domain of the PriB protein from the thermophilic bacterium T. tengcongensis (TtePriB) was expressed and its crystal structure has been solved at the atomic resolution of 1.09 Å by direct methods. PriB is one of the components of the bacterial primosome, which catalyzes the reactivation of stalled replication forks at sites of DNA damage. The N-terminal domain of the PriB protein from the thermophilic bacterium Thermoanaerobacter tengcongensis (TtePriB) was expressed and its crystal structure was solved at the atomic resolution of 1.09 Å by direct methods. The protein chain, which encompasses the first 104 residues of the full 220-residue protein, adopts the characteristic oligonucleotide/oligosaccharide-binding (OB) structure consisting of a five-stranded β-barrel filled with hydrophobic residues and equipped with four loops extending from the barrel. In the crystal two protomers dimerize, forming a six-stranded antiparallel β-sheet. The structure of the N-terminal OB domain of T. tengcongensis shows significant differences compared with mesophile PriBs. While in all other known structures of PriB a dimer is formed by two identical OB domains in separate chains, TtePriB contains two consecutive OB domains in one chain. However, sequence comparison of both the N-terminal and the C-terminal domains of TtePriB suggests that they have analogous structures and that the natural protein possesses a structure similar to a dimer of two N-terminal domains.

  7. Regulation of pri-miRNA processing by a long noncoding RNA transcribed from an ultraconserved region.

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    Liz, Julia; Portela, Anna; Soler, Marta; Gómez, Antonio; Ling, Hui; Michlewski, Gracjan; Calin, George A; Guil, Sònia; Esteller, Manel

    2014-07-03

    Noncoding RNAs (ncRNAs) control cellular programs by affecting protein-coding genes, but evidence increasingly points to their involvement in a network of ncRNA-ncRNA interactions. Here, we show that a long ncRNA, Uc.283+A, controls pri-miRNA processing. Regulation requires complementarity between the lower stem region of the pri-miR-195 transcript and an ultraconserved sequence in Uc.283+A, which prevents pri-miRNA cleavage by Drosha. Mutation of the site in either RNA molecule uncouples regulation in vivo and in vitro. We propose a model in which lower-stem strand invasion by Uc.283+A impairs microprocessor recognition and efficient pri-miRNA cropping. In addition to identifying a case of RNA-directed regulation of miRNA biogenesis, our study reveals regulatory networks involving different ncRNA classes of importance in cancer. Copyright © 2014 Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.

  8. Remote detection of water stress conditions via a diurnal photochemical reflectance index (PRI) improves yield prediction in rainfed wheat

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    Magney, T. S.; Vierling, L. A.; Eitel, J.

    2014-12-01

    Employing remotely sensed techniques to quantify the existence and magnitude of midday photosynthetic downregulation using the photochemical reflectance index (PRI) may reveal new information about plant responses to abiotic stressors in space and time. However, the interpretation and application of the PRI can be confounded because of its sensitivity to several variables changing at the diurnal (e.g., irradiation, shadow fraction) and seasonal (e.g., leaf area, chlorophyll and carotene pigment concentrations, irradiation) time scales. We explored different techniques to correct the PRI for variations in canopy structure and relative chlorophyll content (ChlR) using highly temporally resolved (frequency = five minutes) in-situ radiometric measurements of PRI and the Normalized Difference Vegetation Index (NDVI) over eight soft white spring wheat (Triticum aestivum L.)field plots under varying nitrogen and soil water conditions over two seasons. Our results suggest that the influence of seasonal variation in canopy ChlR and LAI on the diurnally measured PRI (PRIdiurnal) can be minimized using simple correction techniques, therefore improving the strength of PRI as a tool to quantify abiotic stressors such as daily changes in soil volumetric water content (SVWC), and vapor pressure deficit (VPD). PRIdiurnal responded strongly to available nitrogen, and linearly tracked seasonal changes in SVWC, VPD, and stomatal conductance (gc). Utilizing the PRI as an indicator of stress, yield predictions significantly over greenness indices such as the NDVI. This study provides insight towards the future interpretation and scaling of PRI to quantify rapid changes in photosynthesis, and as an indicator of plant stress.

  9. A central role for the primary microRNA stem in guiding the position and efficiency of Drosha processing of a viral pri-miRNA

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    Burke, James M.; Kelenis, Demetra P.; Kincaid, Rodney P.; Sullivan, Christopher S.

    2014-01-01

    Processing of primary microRNA (pri-miRNA) stem–loops by the Drosha–DGCR8 complex is the initial step in miRNA maturation and crucial for miRNA function. Nonetheless, the underlying mechanism that determines the Drosha cleavage site of pri-miRNAs has remained unclear. Two prevalent but seemingly conflicting models propose that Drosha–DGCR8 anchors to and directs cleavage a fixed distance from either the basal single-stranded (ssRNA) or the terminal loop. However, recent studies suggest that the basal ssRNA and/or the terminal loop may influence the Drosha cleavage site dependent upon the sequence/structure of individual pri-miRNAs. Here, using a panel of closely related pri-miRNA variants, we further examine the role of pri-miRNA structures on Drosha cleavage site selection in cells. Our data reveal that both the basal ssRNA and terminal loop influence the Drosha cleavage site within three pri-miRNAs, the Simian Virus 40 (SV40) pri-miRNA, pri-miR-30a, and pri-miR-16. In addition to the flanking ssRNA regions, we show that an internal loop within the SV40 pri-miRNA stem strongly influences Drosha cleavage position and efficiency. We further demonstrate that the positions of the internal loop, basal ssRNA, and the terminal loop of the SV40 pri-miRNA cooperatively coordinate Drosha cleavage position and efficiency. Based on these observations, we propose that the pri-miRNA stem, defined by internal and flanking structural elements, guides the binding position of Drosha–DGCR8, which consequently determines the cleavage site. This study provides mechanistic insight into pri-miRNA processing in cells that has numerous biological implications and will assist in refining Drosha-dependent shRNA design. PMID:24854622

  10. Potential use of the PRI and active fluorescence for the diagnosis of the physiological state of plants under ozone exposure and high atmospheric vapor pressure deficit.

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    Merlier, Elodie; Hmimina, Gabriel; Bagard, Matthieu; Dufrêne, Eric; Soudani, Kamel

    2017-08-09

    Assessing photosynthesis rates with remote sensing is important for tracking the physiological state of plants. The photochemical reflectance index (PRI) is a good estimator of short-term light-use efficiency (LUE) at the leaf scale but its responses to environmental factors are poorly understood. In this study, we assessed changes in the responses of the PRI to ozone exposure and to an increase in atmospheric drought (separately and combined) in oak (Quercus robur) and holm oak (Quercus ilex) that were planted in climatic cells under controlled conditions. The aim was to evaluate the ability of the PRI as a relevant indicator to assess the impact of abiotic factors on photosynthesis. Leaf-scale measurements of biochemical, physiological and spectral properties, including the PRI in dim light on dark-adapted leaves (PRI0), kinetics of PRI responses to PAR variations (photosynthetically active radiation), and leaf chlorophyll fluorescence parameters were performed. The results show that PRI0 is a good proxy of the leaf chlorophyll content, and is correlated to chlorophyll fluorescence parameters on dark adapted leaves (Fo, Fm). The correction of the PRI from the leaf chlorophyll content variations (PRIc) significantly improves correlations between the PRI and NPQ (non-photochemical quenching). The variability of PARsat (estimated PAR value at PRI saturation using PRI vs. PAR relationships) depends on ozone exposure and on the increase in atmospheric vapor pressure deficit. For Quercus robur, results highlight that PARsat is linked to abiotic stress indicating that the PRI may be used as a relevant indicator of abiotic factors limiting the photosynthesis. Quercus ilex did not show significant variability in PRI0 and PARsat, which suggest that it is a more drought resistant species than Q. robur.

  11. Functional interactions between polypyrimidine tract binding protein and PRI peptide ligand containing proteins.

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    Coelho, Miguel B; Ascher, David B; Gooding, Clare; Lang, Emma; Maude, Hannah; Turner, David; Llorian, Miriam; Pires, Douglas E V; Attig, Jan; Smith, Christopher W J

    2016-08-15

    Polypyrimidine tract binding protein (PTBP1) is a heterogeneous nuclear ribonucleoprotein (hnRNP) that plays roles in most stages of the life-cycle of pre-mRNA and mRNAs in the nucleus and cytoplasm. PTBP1 has four RNA binding domains of the RNA recognition motif (RRM) family, each of which can bind to pyrimidine motifs. In addition, RRM2 can interact via its dorsal surface with proteins containing short peptide ligands known as PTB RRM2 interacting (PRI) motifs, originally found in the protein Raver1. Here we review our recent progress in understanding the interactions of PTB with RNA and with various proteins containing PRI ligands. © 2016 The Author(s). published by Portland Press Limited on behalf of the Biochemical Society.

  12. Photochemical Reflectance Index (PRI) as a proxy of Light Use Efficiency (LUE) and transpiration in Mediterranean crop sites

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    LE Dantec, V.; Chebbi, W.; Boulet, G.; Merlin, O.; Lili-Chabaane, Z.; Er Raki, S.; Ceschia, E.; Khabba, S.; Fanise, P.; Zawilski, B.; Simonneaux, V.; Jarlan, L.

    2016-12-01

    The Photochemical Reflectance Index (PRI) is based on the short term reversible xanthophyll pigment changes accompanying plant stress and therefore of the associated photosynthetic activities. Strong relationships between PRI and Light Use Efficiency (LUE) were shown at leaf and canopy scales and over a wide range of species (Garbulsky et al., 2011). But very few previous works have explored the potential link with plant water status. In this study, we have first analyzed the link between PRI and LUE at canopy scale on two different crops in terms of canopy structure and crop management: olive grove (Tunisia) and wheat grown under different water regimes (irrigated or rainfed) and climate zones (France, Morocco). We have investigated the daily and seasonal dynamics of PRI; linking its variations to meteorological factors (global radiation and sun angle effects, soil water content, relative air humidity …) and plant processes. The highest correlations were mainly observed in clear skies conditions. We have found, whatever site, linear negative relationships between PRI and LUE using data acquired in midday (i.e. in solar zenithal angle condition). Linear link between PRI and sapflow measurements was also revealed. This correlation was obtained over periods characterized by a moderate soil water deficit, i.e. by when transpiration rate was mainly control by Vapor Pressure Deficit. We will then briefly presented alternative and complementary approaches to this index, to detect different level of water stress using thermal infrared emissions.

  13. [Effects of pri ming different low-dose rocurium on pharmacodynamics of mivacurium].

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    Xin, Yan; Guo, Ying; Jiang, Yuge; Zhang, Hong

    2014-06-03

    To explore the effects of pri ming rocuronium on neuromuscular blockade produced by mivacurium. Ethical approval was granted by the medical ethics committee of our hospital with a reference number of C-2013-018-01. A total of 120 ASA physical status I and II patients undergoing selective otorhinolaryngologic surgery under general anesthesia signed the form of informed consent. And they were randomly divided by a random number table into 4 groups. After a standardized imidazole-propofol-fentanyl induction, they received a saline placebo injection (GroupI) and a pri ming dose of rocuronium 0.06 mg/kg (GroupII) , rocuronium 0.075 mg/kg (Group III) and rocuronium 0.1 mg/kg (Group IV). An intubating dose of mivacurium 0.15 mg/kg was offered 3 minutes later. Anesthesia was maintained with propofol and remifentanyl continuous infusion. Neuromuscular block was monitored with train of four (TOF) stimulation. The onset time, reappearance of T1 (DUR TOFc 1), times of T1 25% and 75% recovery, recovery index and times of TOF25%, 75% and 90% recovery were recorded. The onset time of mivacurium was significantly shorter and the times of T1 25% and 75% recovery were significantly longer in groups of II, III and IV than those in groupI. No significant difference existed in recovery index among 4 groups. The onset time of mivacurium became progressively shorter with the growing pri ming dose of rocurium among three experiment groups. And it was not statistically significant. Pri ming rocuronium decreases the onset and intubating times of mivacurium without effect on recovery index. No significant difference exists in drug effect among 3 experiment groups.

  14. Stimulation of pri-miR-18a Processing by hnRNP A1.

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    Michlewski, Gracjan; Guil, Sonia; Cáceres, Javier F

    2011-01-01

    Recent evidence suggests that the canonical miRNA processing pathway can be regulated by a number of positive and negative trans-acting factors. This chapter provides an overview of hnRNP Al-mediated regulation of miR-18a biogenesis. Our laboratory has recently established that the multifunctional RNA-binding protein hnRNP Al is required for the processing of miR-18a at the nuclear step of Drosha-mediated processing. By combining structural and functional analysis of RNA, we showed that hnRNP Al regulates the processing of pri-miR-18a by binding to its terminal loop and reshaping its stem-loop structure, thus allowing for a more effective Drosha cleavage. Furthermore, we linked the event of hnRNP A1-binding to the pri-miR-18a with an unusual phylogenetic sequence conservation of its terminal loop. Bioinformatic and mutational analysis revealed that a number of pri-miRNAs have highly conserved terminal loops, which are predicted to act as landing pads for trans-acting factors influencing miRNA processing. These results underscore a previously uncharacterized role for general RNA-binding proteins as factors that facilitate the processing of specific miRNAs, revealing an additional level of complexity for the regulation of miRNA production and function.

  15. Pri-miR-124 rs531564 polymorphism and colorectal cancer risk.

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    Gao, Xue-Ren; Wang, Hui-Ping; Zhang, Shu-Long; Wang, Ming-Xi; Zhu, Zhan-Sheng

    2015-10-01

    MiR-124 functions as a tumor suppressor and plays an important role in tumorigenesis. A common polymorphism (rs531564, C>G) in the pri-miR-124 has been recently studied in connection with cancer risk. The aim of the present study was to investigate the association between pri-miR-124 rs531564 polymorphism and the risk and clinicopathological characteristics of colorectal cancer (CRC). Two case-control studies involving 900 CRC patients and 1110 cancer-free controls showed that pri-miR-124 rs531564 polymorphism was significantly associated with the decreased risk of CRC in Xuzhou population [GG vs. CC: OR = 0.25, 95%CI = 0.09-0.67, P = 0.003; (CG+GG) vs. CC: OR = 0.73, 95%CI = 0.56-0.94, P = 0.01; GG vs. (CC+CG): OR = 0.27, 95%CI = 0.10-0.70, P = 0.004; G vs. C: OR = 0.70, 95%CI = 0.56-0.89, P = 0.003], Bengbu population [GG vs. CC: OR = 0.20, 95%CI = 0.04-0.90, P = 0.02; GG vs. (CC+CG): OR = 0.21, 95%CI = 0.05-0.95, P = 0.03; G vs. C: OR = 0.72, 95%CI = 0.54-0.98, P = 0.03] and pooled population [GG vs. CC: OR = 0.26, 95%CI = 0.11-0.59, P<0.001; (CG+GG) vs. CC: OR = 0.76, 95%CI = 0.62-0.93, P = 0.008; GG vs. (CC+CG): OR = 0.27, 95%CI = 0.12-0.62, P < 0.001; G vs. C: OR = 0.71, 95%CI = 0.59-0.85, P<0.001]. Additionally, pri-miR-124 rs531564 polymorphism was significantly associated with the decreased risk of poor differentiation and lymph node metastasis of CRC. Our results suggest that pri-miR-124 rs531564 polymorphism may be a genetic modifier for developing CRC. However, further studies are needed to validate our findings.

  16. Prion-like nanofibrils of small molecules (PriSM): A new frontier at the intersection of supramolecular chemistry and cell biology.

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    Zhou, Jie; Du, Xuewen; Xu, Bing

    2015-01-01

    Formed by non-covalent interactions and not defined at genetic level, the assemblies of small molecules in biology are complicated and less explored. A common morphology of the supramolecular assemblies of small molecules is nanofibrils, which coincidentally resembles the nanofibrils formed by proteins such as prions. So these supramolecular assemblies are termed as prion-like nanofibrils of small molecules (PriSM). Emerging evidence from several unrelated fields over the past decade implies the significance of PriSM in biology and medicine. This perspective aims to highlight some recent advances of the research on PriSM. This paper starts with description of the intriguing similarities between PriSM and prions, discusses the paradoxical features of PriSM, introduces the methods for elucidating the biological functions of PriSM, illustrates several examples of beneficial aspects of PriSM, and finishes with the promises and current challenges in the research of PriSM. We anticipate that the research of PriSM will contribute to the fundamental understanding at the intersection of supramolecular chemistry and cell biology and ultimately lead to a new paradigm of molecular (or supramolecular) therapeutics for biomedicine.

  17. The crystal structure of Neisseria gonorrhoeae PriB reveals mechanistic differences among bacterial DNA replication restart pathways

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    Dong, Jinlan; George, Nicholas P.; Duckett, Katrina L.; DeBeer, Madeleine A.P.; Lopper, Matthew E.

    2010-05-25

    Reactivation of repaired DNA replication forks is essential for complete duplication of bacterial genomes. However, not all bacteria encode homologs of the well-studied Escherichia coli DNA replication restart primosome proteins, suggesting that there might be distinct mechanistic differences among DNA replication restart pathways in diverse bacteria. Since reactivation of repaired DNA replication forks requires coordinated DNA and protein binding by DNA replication restart primosome proteins, we determined the crystal structure of Neisseria gonorrhoeae PriB at 2.7 {angstrom} resolution and investigated its ability to physically interact with DNA and PriA helicase. Comparison of the crystal structures of PriB from N. gonorrhoeae and E. coli reveals a well-conserved homodimeric structure consisting of two oligosaccharide/oligonucleotide-binding (OB) folds. In spite of their overall structural similarity, there is significant species variation in the type and distribution of surface amino acid residues. This correlates with striking differences in the affinity with which each PriB homolog binds single-stranded DNA and PriA helicase. These results provide evidence that mechanisms of DNA replication restart are not identical across diverse species and that these pathways have likely become specialized to meet the needs of individual organisms.

  18. PRI-CAT: a web-tool for the analysis, storage and visualization of plant ChIP-seq experiments.

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    Muiño, Jose M; Hoogstraat, Marlous; van Ham, Roeland C H J; van Dijk, Aalt D J

    2011-07-01

    Although several tools for the analysis of ChIP-seq data have been published recently, there is a growing demand, in particular in the plant research community, for computational resources with which such data can be processed, analyzed, stored, visualized and integrated within a single, user-friendly environment. To accommodate this demand, we have developed PRI-CAT (Plant Research International ChIP-seq analysis tool), a web-based workflow tool for the management and analysis of ChIP-seq experiments. PRI-CAT is currently focused on Arabidopsis, but will be extended with other plant species in the near future. Users can directly submit their sequencing data to PRI-CAT for automated analysis. A QuickLoad server compatible with genome browsers is implemented for the storage and visualization of DNA-binding maps. Submitted datasets and results can be made publicly available through PRI-CAT, a feature that will enable community-based integrative analysis and visualization of ChIP-seq experiments. Secondary analysis of data can be performed with the aid of GALAXY, an external framework for tool and data integration. PRI-CAT is freely available at http://www.ab.wur.nl/pricat. No login is required.

  19. [Effects of N, K fertilization on the relationship between photosynthetic light use efficiency and photochemical reflectance index (PRI)].

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    Wu, Chao-Yang; Niu, Zheng; Tang, Quan; Huang, Wen-Jiang

    2009-02-01

    PRI (Photochemical reflectance index) has provided a fast and reliable method for estimating photosynthetic light use efficiency across species. Increasing efforts have been paid to explore the effects of such disturbances as water content and CO2 concentration on the relationship between PRI and LUE. In the present paper, five types of wheat with different nitrogen and kalium fertilization were selected to study the influence of varied fertilization levels on the relationship between PRI and LUE. The results proved that leaf chlorophyll contents as well as canopy PRI increased with the increase in nitrogen and kalium fertilization. For all the nitrogen and kalium fertilization of wheat, the regression coefficients R2 are 0.710 4 and 0.853 4 respectively. When considering different levels of fertilization, the regression coefficients R2 are 0.602 0, 0.640 4 and 0.801 4 for three types of nitrogen fertilization, and 0.379 1, 0.640 4 and 0.676 9 for kalium fertilization. Therefore, PRI not only can be a reliable indicator of LUE but also can reflect the fertilization situation of wheat with different precisions of LUE assessment which can provide important reference for management and precision agriculture.

  20. Blocking the maturation of OncomiRNAs using pri-miRNA-17∼92 aptamer in retinoblastoma.

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    Subramanian, Nithya; Kanwar, Jagat R; Kanwar, Rupinder K; Krishnakumar, Subramanian

    2015-02-01

    The miR-17∼92. or oncomiR-1, cluster encodes oncogenic microRNAs (miRNAs), and it also promotes retinoblastoma (RB) tumor formation. Antagomir and miRNA mimics based approaches are widely tried against oncogenic and tumor suppressive miRNAs. Other methods for targeting cancer related miRNAs are still under development. In the current study, we focused on the pri-miRNA-17∼92 aptamer (pri-apt), which can potentially replace the mix of five antagomirs by one aptamer that function to abrogate the maturation of miR-17, miR-18a, and miR-19b (P<0.05) for targeting RB. We used RB cell lines WERI-Rb1 and Y79 as an in vitro model. Cellular changes upon transfecting the pri-apt led to S-phase arrest in WERI-Rb1 cells and onset of apoptosis in both Y79 and WERI-Rb1 cell lines. There was increased cytotoxicity as measured by lactate dehydrogenase activity in pri-apt treated Y79 cells (P<0.05), and significant inhibition of cell proliferation was observed in both of the cell lines. Thus we showed the antiproliferative property of pri-apt in RB cell lines, which can be readily modified by developing appropriate vectors for the delivery of the aptamer specifically to cancer cells.

  1. An aromatic-rich loop couples DNA binding and ATP hydrolysis in the PriA DNA helicase

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    Windgassen, Tricia A.; Keck, James L.

    2016-01-01

    Helicases couple ATP hydrolysis to nucleic acid binding and unwinding via molecular mechanisms that remain poorly defined for most enzyme subfamilies within the superfamily 2 (SF2) helicase group. A crystal structure of the PriA SF2 DNA helicase, which governs restart of prematurely terminated replication processes in bacteria, revealed the presence of an aromatic-rich loop (ARL) on the presumptive DNA-binding surface of the enzyme. The position and sequence of the ARL was similar to loops known to couple ATP hydrolysis with DNA binding in a subset of other SF2 enzymes, however, the roles of the ARL in PriA had not been investigated. Here, we show that changes within the ARL sequence uncouple PriA ATPase activity from DNA binding. In vitro protein-DNA crosslinking experiments define a residue- and nucleotide-specific interaction map for PriA, showing that the ARL binds replication fork junctions whereas other sites bind the leading or lagging strands. We propose that DNA binding to the ARL allosterically triggers ATP hydrolysis in PriA. Additional SF2 helicases with similarly positioned loops may also couple DNA binding to ATP hydrolysis using related mechanisms. PMID:27484483

  2. Explaining the variability of Photochemical Reflectance Index (PRI): deconvolution of variability related to Light Use Efficiency and Canopy attributes.

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    Merlier, Elodie; Hmimina, Gabriel; Dufrêne, Eric; Soudani, Kamel

    2014-05-01

    The Photochemical Reflectance Index (PRI) was designed as a proxy of the state of xanthophyll cycle which is used as a response of plants to excess of light (Gamon et al., 1990; 1992). Strong relationships between PRI and LUE were shown at leaf and canopy scales and over a wide range of species (Garbulsky et al., 2011). However, its use at canopy scale was shown to be significantly hampered by effects of confounding factors such as the PRI sensitivity to leaf pigment content (Gamon et al. 2001; Nakaji et al. 2006) and to canopy structure (Hilker et al. 2008). Several approaches aimed at correcting such effects and recent works focused on the deconvolution of LUE related and LUE unrelated PRI variability (Rahimzadeh-Bajgiran et al. 2012).In this study, the PRI variability at canopy scale is investigated over two years on three species (Fagus sylvatica, Quercus robur and Pinus sylvestris) growing under two water regimes. At daily scale, PRI variability is mainly explained by radiation conditions. As already reported at leaf scale in Hmimina et al. (2014), analysis of PRI responses to incoming photosynthetically active radiation over seasonal scale allowed to separate two sources of variability : a constitutive variability mainly related to canopy structure and leaf chlorophyll content and a facultative variability mainly related to LUE and soil moisture content. These results highlight the composite nature of PRI signal measured at canopy scale and the importance of disentangling its sources of variability in order to accurately assess ecosystem light use efficiency. Gamon JA, Field CB, Bilger W, Björkman O, Fredeen AL, Peñuelas J. 1990. Remote sensing of the xanthophyll cycle and chlorophyll fluorescence in sunflower leaves and canopies. Oecologia 85, 1-7. Gamon JA, Field CB, Fredeen A AL, Thayer S. 2001. Assessing photosynthetic downregulation in sunflower stands with an optically-based model. Photosynthesis Research 67, 113-125. Gamon JA, Peñuelas J, Field CB

  3. Solution structure of the N-terminal domain of a replication restart primosome factor, PriC, in Escherichia coli

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    Aramaki, Takahiko; Abe, Yoshito; Katayama, Tsutomu; Ueda, Tadashi

    2013-01-01

    In eubacterial organisms, the oriC-independent primosome plays an essential role in replication restart after the dissociation of the replication DNA-protein complex by DNA damage. PriC is a key protein component in the replication restart primosome. Our recent study suggested that PriC is divided into two domains: an N-terminal and a C-terminal domain. In the present study, we determined the solution structure of the N-terminal domain, whose structure and function have remained unknown until now. The revealed structure was composed of three helices and one extended loop. We also observed chemical shift changes in the heteronuclear NMR spectrum and oligomerization in the presence of ssDNA. These abilities may contribute to the PriC-ssDNA complex, which is important for the replication restart primosome. PMID:23868391

  4. Oleic Acid Induces MiR-7 Processing through Remodeling of Pri-MiR-7/Protein Complex.

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    Kumar, Santosh; Downie Ruiz Velasco, Angela; Michlewski, Gracjan

    2017-06-02

    MicroRNAs (miRs) play a vital role in governing cell function, with their levels tightly controlled at transcriptional and post-transcriptional levels. Different sets of RNA-binding proteins interact with primary miRs (pri-miRs) and precursor-miR transcripts (pre-miRs), controlling their biogenesis post-transcriptionally. The Hu antigen R (HuR)-mediated binding of Musashi homolog2 (MSI2) to the conserved terminal loop of pri-miR-7 regulates the levels of brain-enriched miR-7 formation in a tissue-specific manner. Here, we show that oleic acid (OA) inhibits the binding of proteins containing RNA recognition motifs (RRM) to the conserved terminal loop of pri-miR-7. Using electrophoretic mobility shift assays in HeLa cell extracts, we show that OA treatment disrupts pre-miR/protein complexes. Furthermore, OA rescues in vitro processing of pri-miR-7, which is otherwise blocked by HuR and MSI2 proteins. On the contrary, pri-miR-16 shows reduced processing in the presence of OA. This indicates that OA may inhibit the binding of other RRM-containing protein/s necessary for miR-16 processing. Finally, we demonstrate that OA induces mature miR-7 production in HeLa cells. Together, our results demonstrate that OA can regulate the processing of pri-miRs by remodeling their protein complexes. This provides a new tool to study RNA processing and a potential lead for small molecules that target the miR-7 biogenesis pathway. Copyright © 2017 The Authors. Published by Elsevier Ltd.. All rights reserved.

  5. The Photochemical Reflectance Index (PRI) 20 years later: what have we learned?

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    Gamon, J. A.

    2012-12-01

    The Photochemical Reflectance Index (PRI) was originally derived as a measure of diurnal xanthophyll cycle activity and photosynthetic light-use efficiency (LUE). Based on experimental studies of plant canopies in the early 1990's, PRI is derived from reflectance at two wavelengths: 531 nm (the xanthophyll cycle wavelength) and a reference wavelength (unaffected by the xanthophyll cycle). Like any index approach, it has key advantages and disadvantages. Advantages include data reduction and a demonstrated correlation with biochemical and physiological processes tied to photosynthetic light regulation. Disadvantages include sensitivity to a number of confounding factors that include pigment pool sizes, vegetation canopy structure, and sun and view angle effects. Despite these challenges, many studies have shown some promise in using this index for airborne or satellite assessment of photosynthetic activity. This presentation will review key challenges in using this index for global assessment of photosynthetic activity, and will propose avenues for further research that might strengthen our understanding of the dynamic 531 nm reflectance signal. Alternative and complementary approaches to this index will also be briefly discussed.

  6. A pri-miR-218 variant and risk of cervical carcinoma in Chinese women.

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    Shi, Ting-Yan; Chen, Xiao-Jun; Zhu, Mei-Ling; Wang, Meng-Yun; He, Jing; Yu, Ke-Da; Shao, Zhi-Ming; Sun, Meng-Hong; Zhou, Xiao-Yan; Cheng, Xi; Wu, Xiaohua; Wei, Qingyi

    2013-01-15

    MicroRNA (miRNA)-related single nucleotide polymorphisms (SNPs) may compromise miRNA binding affinity and modify mRNA expression levels of the target genes, thus leading to cancer susceptibility. However, few studies have investigated roles of miRNA-related SNPs in the etiology of cervical carcinoma. In this case-control study of 1,584 cervical cancer cases and 1,394 cancer-free female controls, we investigated associations between two miR-218-related SNPs involved in the LAMB3-miR-218 pathway and the risk of cervical carcinoma in Eastern Chinese women. We found that the pri-miR-218 rs11134527 variant GG genotype was significantly associated with a decreased risk of cervical carcinoma compared with AA/AG genotypes (adjusted OR=0.77, 95% CI=0.63-0.95, P=0.015). However, this association was not observed for the miR-218 binding site SNP (rs2566) on LAMB3. Using the multifactor dimensionality reduction analysis, we observed some evidence of interactions of these two SNPs with other risk factors, especially age at primiparity and menopausal status, in the risk of cervical carcinoma. The pri-miR-218 rs11134527 SNP was significantly associated with the risk of cervical carcinoma in Eastern Chinese women. Larger, independent studies are warranted to validate our findings.

  7. Assessing canopy PRI from airborne imagery to map water stress in maize

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    Rossini, M.; Fava, F.; Cogliati, S.; Meroni, M.; Marchesi, A.; Panigada, C.; Giardino, C.; Busetto, L.; Migliavacca, M.; Amaducci, S.; Colombo, R.

    2013-12-01

    This paper presents a method for mapping water stress in a maize field using hyperspectral remote sensing imagery. An airborne survey using AISA (Specim, Finland) was performed in July 2008 over an experimental farm in Italy. Hyperspectral data were acquired over a maize field with three different irrigation regimes. An intensive field campaign was also conducted concurrently with imagery acquisition to measure relative leaf water content (RWC), active chlorophyll fluorescence (ΔF/Fm‧), leaf temperature (Tl) and Leaf Area Index (LAI). The analysis of the field data showed that at the time of the airborne overpass the maize plots with irrigation deficits were experiencing a moderate water stress, affecting the plant physiological status (ΔF/Fm‧, difference between Tl and air temperature (Tair), and RWC) but not the canopy structure (LAI). Among the different Vegetation Indices (VIs) computed from the airborne imagery the Photochemical Reflectance Index computed using the reflectance at 570 nm as the reference band (PRI570) showed the strongest relationships with ΔF/Fm‧ (r2 = 0.76), Tl - Tair (r2 = 0.82) and RWC (r2 = 0.64) and the red-edge Chlorophyll Index (CIred-edge) with LAI (r2 = 0.64). Thus PRI has been proven to be related to water stress at early stages, before structural changes occurred.

  8. Explaining the variability of the photochemical reflectance index (PRI) at the canopy-scale: Disentangling the effects of phenological and physiological changes.

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    Merlier, Elodie; Hmimina, Gabriel; Dufrêne, Eric; Soudani, Kamel

    2015-10-01

    Assessing photosynthesis rates at the ecosystem scale and over large regions is important for tracking the global carbon cycle and remote sensing has provided new and useful approaches for performing this assessment. The photochemical reflectance index (PRI) is a good estimator of short-term light-use efficiency (LUE) at the leaf scale; however, confounding factors appear at larger temporal and spatial scales. In this study, canopy-scale PRI variability was investigated for three species (Fagus sylvatica L., Quercus robur L. and Pinus sylvestris L.) growing under contrasting soil moisture conditions. Throughout the growing season, no significant differences in chlorophyll content and in violaxanthin, antheraxanthin and zeaxanthin were found between species or treatments. The daily PRI vs PAR (photosynthetically active radiation) relationships were determined using continuous measurements obtained at high frequency throughout the entire growing season, from early spring budburst to later autumn senescence, and were used to deconvolute the physiological PRI variability related to LUE variations due to phenological variability and related to temporal changes in the biochemical and structural canopy attributes. The PRI vs PAR relationship is used to show that the canopy-scale PRI measured at low radiation depends on the chlorophyll content of the canopy. The range of PRI variations at an intra-daily scale and the dynamics of the xanthophyll pool do not vary between days, which suggests that the PRI responds to a xanthophyll ratio. The PAR values at PRI saturation are mainly related to the canopy chlorophyll content during budburst and senescence and to the soil moisture content when the chlorophyll content is no longer a limiting factor. This parameter is significantly lower in the oak species that experience less stress from variations in soil moisture and is species dependant. These results provide new insights regarding the analysis and the meaning of PRI

  9. Cluster structure effects of projectile in7Li+208Pb reaction

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    Rath, P. K.; Ashaduzzaman, Md; Vardaci, E.; Di Nitto, A.; La Rana, G.; Davide, F.; Pulcini, A.; Quero, D.; Mazzocco, M.; Pierroutsakou, D.; Cinausero, M.; Prete, G.; La Commara, M.; Parascandolo, C.; Romoli, M.; Gelli, N.

    2017-06-01

    Inclusive and exclusive cross sections have been measured for different projectile breakup channels. It is observed that the inclusive cross sections are larger than the exclusive ones. It is found that other processes, besides the direct breakup channel, significantly contribute to the inclusive channels. A clear α+x cluster structure has been found from coincidence data.

  10. Theoretical analysis of 208Pb(p,n) spectra at 200 MeV

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    Cha, D.; Osterfeld, F.

    1989-02-01

    Forward angle spectra of the 208(p,n) reaction at Ep=200 MeV are analyzed within a microscopic model assuming that the measured cross section is a result of correlated one-particle-one-hole spin-isospin transitions only. We find that the data are essentially in agreement with the strength predictions of the random-phase approximation. We also find that the observed shapes of the spectra can only be explained by introducing a strongly asymmetric damping of the collective spin-flip modes.

  11. Involvement of PI3-K in neuroprotective effects of the 1,25-dihydroxyvitamin D3 analogue - PRI-2191.

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    Regulska, Magdalena; Leśkiewicz, Monika; Budziszewska, Bogusława; Kutner, Andrzej; Basta-Kaim, Agnieszka; Kubera, Marta; Jaworska-Feil, Lucylla; Lasoń, Władysław

    2006-01-01

    The active form of 1,25-dihydroxyvitamin D(3) prevents neuronal damage in vitro and in vivo , however, it induces also hypercalcemia and hyperphosphatemia. Side-chain-modified analogues of 1,25-dihydroxyvitamin D(3), which show low calcemic activity, may be potentially useful in the treatment of some neurodegenerative diseases. Previously, we have found that PRI-2191 more potently than 1,25-dihydroxyvitamin D(3) protects human neuroblastoma (SH-SY5Y) cells against hydrogen-peroxide-induced toxicity. In the present study, we evaluated effects of two other 1,25-dihydroxyvitamin D(3) analogues - PRI-1890 and PRI-1901 on the neuronal degeneration in the same cell model. In line with the previous study, 24-h incubation with hydrogen peroxide (0.5 mM) was toxic to cells, as evidenced by an enhanced efflux of lactate dehydrogenase into the culture medium, and these effects were prevented by PRI-1890 and PRI-1901 at concentration of 5, 50 and 500 nM. Comparing the neuroprotective effects of secosteroids, we found that all three analogues were efficient at lower concentration than 1,25-dihydroxyvitamin D(3) and among them the PRI-2191 showed the most evident concentration-dependent effect. In the second part of this study, an involvement of mitogen-activated protein kinase (MAPK) and phosphatidylinositol 3-kinase (PI3-K), kinases which play a crucial role in neurodegenerative processes, in neuroprotective action of 1,25 dihydroxyvitamin D(3) and its the most potent analogue PRI-2191 has been investigated. The inhibitor of c-Jun N-terminal kinase (JNK)-MAPK (SP600125, 1 microM), inhibitor of p38-MAPK (SB-203580, 1 and 10 microM) and inhibitor of extracellular signal-regulated kinase (ERK)-MAPK (PD-98059, 15 and 30 microM) attenuated the hydrogen peroxide-induced toxicity. Moreover, PD-98059 (30 microM) enhanced neuroprotective effects of 1,25 dihydroxyvitamin D(3) but not that of PRI-2191. In contrast, the inhibitor of PI3-K (wortmannin, 10, 100 nM) did not affect hydrogen

  12. A central role for the primary microRNA stem in guiding the position and efficiency of Drosha processing of a viral pri-miRNA.

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    Burke, James M; Kelenis, Demetra P; Kincaid, Rodney P; Sullivan, Christopher S

    2014-07-01

    Processing of primary microRNA (pri-miRNA) stem-loops by the Drosha-DGCR8 complex is the initial step in miRNA maturation and crucial for miRNA function. Nonetheless, the underlying mechanism that determines the Drosha cleavage site of pri-miRNAs has remained unclear. Two prevalent but seemingly conflicting models propose that Drosha-DGCR8 anchors to and directs cleavage a fixed distance from either the basal single-stranded (ssRNA) or the terminal loop. However, recent studies suggest that the basal ssRNA and/or the terminal loop may influence the Drosha cleavage site dependent upon the sequence/structure of individual pri-miRNAs. Here, using a panel of closely related pri-miRNA variants, we further examine the role of pri-miRNA structures on Drosha cleavage site selection in cells. Our data reveal that both the basal ssRNA and terminal loop influence the Drosha cleavage site within three pri-miRNAs, the Simian Virus 40 (SV40) pri-miRNA, pri-miR-30a, and pri-miR-16. In addition to the flanking ssRNA regions, we show that an internal loop within the SV40 pri-miRNA stem strongly influences Drosha cleavage position and efficiency. We further demonstrate that the positions of the internal loop, basal ssRNA, and the terminal loop of the SV40 pri-miRNA cooperatively coordinate Drosha cleavage position and efficiency. Based on these observations, we propose that the pri-miRNA stem, defined by internal and flanking structural elements, guides the binding position of Drosha-DGCR8, which consequently determines the cleavage site. This study provides mechanistic insight into pri-miRNA processing in cells that has numerous biological implications and will assist in refining Drosha-dependent shRNA design. © 2014 Burke et al.; Published by Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory Press for the RNA Society.

  13. Association between pri-miR-218 polymorphism and risk of hepatocellular carcinoma in a Han Chinese population.

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    Zhang, Lu-Shun; Liang, Wei-Bo; Gao, Lin-Bo; Li, Hong-Yu; Li, Li-Juan; Chen, Peng-Yu; Liu, Yun; Chen, Tian-Yi; Han, Jun-Ge; Wei, Yong-Gang; Zhang, Lin

    2012-05-01

    MicroRNAs are noncoding RNA molecules of 18-25 nucleotides that regulate gene expression at the post-transcriptional level. The aim of this study was to investigate whether pri-miR-218 rs11134527 A/G polymorphism influences the risk of hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC) or not. pri-miR-218 rs11134527 A/G was genotyped in 302 HCC patients and 513 control subjects using the polymerase chain reaction-restriction fragment length polymorphism assay. The AG genotype of pri-miR-218 rs11134527 A/G was associated with family history (p=0.018, odds ratio [OR]=2.96, 95% confidence interval [CI]: 1.16-7.56) and elevated serum α-fetoprotein (serum alpha-fetoprotein [AFP]) levels (≥20 ng/mL; p=0.009, OR=1.92, 95% CI: 1.17-3.14) in HCC patients. These findings suggested that the AG genotype of pri-miR-218 rs11134527 might relate to genetic predisposition and be involved in regulating the expression of AFP in Chinese HCC patients.

  14. NEAT1 scaffolds RNA-binding proteins and the Microprocessor to globally enhance pri-miRNA processing.

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    Jiang, Li; Shao, Changwei; Wu, Qi-Jia; Chen, Geng; Zhou, Jie; Yang, Bo; Li, Hairi; Gou, Lan-Tao; Zhang, Yi; Wang, Yangming; Yeo, Gene W; Zhou, Yu; Fu, Xiang-Dong

    2017-10-01

    MicroRNA (miRNA) biogenesis is known to be modulated by a variety of RNA-binding proteins (RBPs), but in most cases, individual RBPs appear to influence the processing of a small subset of target miRNAs. Here, we report that the RNA-binding NONO-PSF heterodimer binds a large number of expressed pri-miRNAs in HeLa cells to globally enhance pri-miRNA processing by the Drosha-DGCR8 Microprocessor. NONO and PSF are key components of paraspeckles organized by the long noncoding RNA (lncRNA) NEAT1. We further demonstrate that NEAT1 also has a profound effect on global pri-miRNA processing. Mechanistic dissection reveals that NEAT1 broadly interacts with the NONO-PSF heterodimer as well as many other RBPs and that multiple RNA segments in NEAT1, including a 'pseudo pri-miRNA' near its 3' end, help attract the Microprocessor. These findings suggest a 'bird nest' model in which an lncRNA orchestrates efficient processing of potentially an entire class of small noncoding RNAs in the nucleus.

  15. Remote sensing of plant emissions of volatile isoprenoids with PRI. Prospects for upscaling (Invited)

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    Penuelas, J.

    2013-12-01

    Josep Peñuelas*1,2, Giovanni Marino1,2,3,4, Joan LLusia1,2, Catherine Morfopoulos1,2,5, Gerard Farre-Armengol1,2, Shawn Kefauver, Alex Guenther6 , Francesca Rapparini7 , Roger Seco1,2,6, Marc Estiarte1,2, Mónica Mejia-Chang1,2, Romà Ogaya1,2, Jordi Sardans1,2 , Andrew Turnipseed6, Peter Harley6, Osvaldo Facini7, Rita Baraldi7, Jim Greenberg6 , Iolanda Filella1,2 1 CSIC, Global Ecology Unit CREAF-CEAB-UAB, Cerdanyola del Vallés 08193, Catalonia, Spain 2 CREAF, Cerdanyola del Vallés 08193, Catalonia, Spain 3 Dipartimento di Bioscienze e Territorio, Università degli Studi del Molise, Contrada Fonte Lappone, 86090 Pesche (IS), Italy 4 Institute for Plant Protection, National Research Council, Via Madonna del Piano 10, 50019 Sesto Fiorentino (FI), Italy 5 Division of Ecology and Evolution, Imperial College, Silwood Park, Ascot, SL5 7PY, UK 6 Atmospheric Chemistry Division, National Center for Atmospheric Research, P.O. Box 3000, Boulder, CO 80307-3000, USA 7 Biometeorology Institute, IBIMET-CNR, Via P. Gobetti 101, Bologna, Italy Abstract Terrestrial plants re-emit around 1-2% of the carbon they fix as isoprene and monoterpenes. These emissions play major roles in the ecological relationships among living organisms and in atmospheric chemistry and climate, and yet their actual quantification at the ecosystem level in different regions is far from being resolved. Phenomenological models are used to estimate the emission rates, but the limited understanding of the function and regulation of these emissions leads to large uncertainties in such estimations. Many measurements have been made at the foliar but few at the ecosystem level, and those that do exist are limited in space and time. We here provide evidence that a simple remote sensing index, the photochemical reflectance index (PRI), which is indicative of light use efficiency (LUE), is a good indirect estimator of foliar isoprenoid emissions and therefore can be used to sense them remotely. These results open

  16. The promoter of the pri-miR-375 gene directs expression selectively to the endocrine pancreas.

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    Avnit-Sagi, Tali; Kantorovich, Lia; Kredo-Russo, Sharon; Hornstein, Eran; Walker, Michael D

    2009-01-01

    microRNAs (miRNAs) are known to play an essential role in controlling a broad range of biological processes including animal development. Accordingly, many miRNAs are expressed preferentially in one or a small number of cell types. Yet the mechanisms responsible for this selectivity are not well understood. The aim of this study was to elucidate the molecular basis of cell-specific expression of the pri-miR-375 gene, which is selectively expressed in pancreatic islets, and has been implicated both in the development of islets, and the function of mature pancreatic beta cells. An evolutionarily conserved 768 bp region of DNA upstream of the pri-miR-375 gene was linked to GFP and luciferase reporter genes, and expression monitored in transgenic mice and transfected cultured cells. Deletion and targeted mutagenesis analysis was used to evaluate the functional significance of sequence blocks within the upstream fragment. 5'-RACE analysis was used for mapping the pri-miR-375 gene transcription start site. The conserved 768 bp region was able to direct preferential expression of a GFP reporter gene to pancreatic islets in transgenic mice. Deletion analysis using a luciferase reporter gene in transfected cultured cell lines confirmed the cell specificity of the putative promoter region, and identified several key cis-elements essential for optimal activity, including E-boxes and a TATA sequence. Consistent with this, 5'-RACE analysis identified a transcription start site within this DNA region, 24 bp downstream of the TATA sequence. These studies define the promoter of the pri-miR-375 gene, and show that islet-specific expression of the pri-miR-375 gene is controlled at the transcriptional level. Detailed analysis of the transcriptional mechanisms controlling expression of miRNA genes will be essential to permit a comprehensive understanding of the complex role of miRNAs such as miR-375 in developmental processes.

  17. Fungal volatile compounds induce production of the secondary metabolite Sodorifen in Serratia plymuthica PRI-2C.

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    Schmidt, Ruth; Jager, Victor de; Zühlke, Daniela; Wolff, Christian; Bernhardt, Jörg; Cankar, Katarina; Beekwilder, Jules; Ijcken, Wilfred van; Sleutels, Frank; Boer, Wietse de; Riedel, Katharina; Garbeva, Paolina

    2017-04-13

    The ability of bacteria and fungi to communicate with each other is a remarkable aspect of the microbial world. It is recognized that volatile organic compounds (VOCs) act as communication signals, however the molecular responses by bacteria to fungal VOCs remain unknown. Here we perform transcriptomics and proteomics analyses of Serratia plymuthica PRI-2C exposed to VOCs emitted by the fungal pathogen Fusarium culmorum. We find that the bacterium responds to fungal VOCs with changes in gene and protein expression related to motility, signal transduction, energy metabolism, cell envelope biogenesis, and secondary metabolite production. Metabolomic analysis of the bacterium exposed to the fungal VOCs, gene cluster comparison, and heterologous co-expression of a terpene synthase and a methyltransferase revealed the production of the unusual terpene sodorifen in response to fungal VOCs. These results strongly suggest that VOCs are not only a metabolic waste but important compounds in the long-distance communication between fungi and bacteria.

  18. The pathogen-related yeast protein Pry1, a member of the CAP protein superfamily, is a fatty acid-binding protein.

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    Darwiche, Rabih; Mène-Saffrané, Laurent; Gfeller, David; Asojo, Oluwatoyin A; Schneiter, Roger

    2017-05-19

    Members of the CAP superfamily (cysteine-rich secretory proteins, antigen 5, and pathogenesis-related 1 proteins), also known as SCP superfamily (sperm-coating proteins), have been implicated in many physiological processes, including immune defenses, venom toxicity, and sperm maturation. Their mode of action, however, remains poorly understood. Three proteins of the CAP superfamily, Pry1, -2, and -3 (pathogen related in yeast), are encoded in the Saccharomyces cerevisiae genome. We have shown previously that Pry1 binds cholesterol in vitro and that Pry function is required for sterol secretion in yeast cells, indicating that members of this superfamily may generally bind sterols or related small hydrophobic compounds. On the other hand, tablysin-15, a CAP protein from the horsefly Tabanus yao, has been shown to bind leukotrienes and free fatty acids in vitro Therefore, here we assessed whether the yeast Pry1 protein binds fatty acids. Computational modeling and site-directed mutagenesis indicated that the mode of fatty acid binding is conserved between tablysin-15 and Pry1. Pry1 bound fatty acids with micromolar affinity in vitro, and its function was essential for fatty acid export in cells lacking the acyl-CoA synthetases Faa1 and Faa4. Fatty acid binding of Pry1 is independent of its capacity to bind sterols, and the two sterol- and fatty acid-binding sites are nonoverlapping. These results indicate that some CAP family members, such as Pry1, can bind different lipids, particularly sterols and fatty acids, at distinct binding sites, suggesting that the CAP domain may serve as a stable, secreted protein domain that can accommodate multiple ligand-binding sites. © 2017 by The American Society for Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, Inc.

  19. The N-terminal domain of DnaT, a primosomal DNA replication protein, is crucial for PriB binding and self-trimerization.

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    Huang, Yen-Hua; Huang, Cheng-Yang

    2013-12-13

    DnaT and PriB are replication restart primosomal proteins required for re-initiating chromosomal DNA replication in bacteria. Although the interaction of DnaT with PriB has been proposed, which region of DnaT is involved in PriB binding and self-trimerization remains unknown. In this study, we identified the N-terminal domain in DnaT (aa 1-83) that is important in PriB binding and self-trimerization but not in single-stranded DNA (ssDNA) binding. DnaT and the deletion mutant DnaT42-179 protein can bind to PriB according to native polyacrylamide gel electrophoresis, Western blot analysis, and pull-down assay, whereas DnaT84-179 cannot bind to PriB. In contrast to DnaT, DnaT26-179, and DnaT42-179 proteins, which form distinct complexes with ssDNA of different lengths, DnaT84-179 forms only a single complex with ssDNA. Analysis of DnaT84-179 protein by gel filtration chromatography showed a stable monomer in solution rather than a trimer, such as DnaT, DnaT26-179, and DnaT42-179 proteins. These results constitute a pioneering study of the domain definition of DnaT. Further research can directly focus on determining how DnaT binds to the PriA-PriB-DNA tricomplex in replication restart by the hand-off mechanism.

  20. Developmentally regulated expression and complex processing of barley pri-microRNAs.

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    Kruszka, Katarzyna; Pacak, Andrzej; Swida-Barteczka, Aleksandra; Stefaniak, Agnieszka K; Kaja, Elzbieta; Sierocka, Izabela; Karlowski, Wojciech; Jarmolowski, Artur; Szweykowska-Kulinska, Zofia

    2013-01-16

    MicroRNAs (miRNAs) regulate gene expression via mRNA cleavage or translation inhibition. In spite of barley being a cereal of great economic importance, very little data is available concerning its miRNA biogenesis. There are 69 barley miRNA and 67 pre-miRNA sequences available in the miRBase (release 19). However, no barley pri-miRNA and MIR gene structures have been shown experimentally. In the present paper, we examine the biogenesis of selected barley miRNAs and the developmental regulation of their pri-miRNA processing to learn more about miRNA maturation in barely. To investigate the organization of barley microRNA genes, nine microRNAs - 156g, 159b, 166n, 168a-5p/168a-3p, 171e, 397b-3p, 1120, and 1126 - were selected. Two of the studied miRNAs originate from one MIR168a-5p/168a-3p gene. The presence of all miRNAs was confirmed using a Northern blot approach. The miRNAs are encoded by genes with diverse organizations, representing mostly independent transcription units with or without introns. The intron-containing miRNA transcripts undergo complex splicing events to generate various spliced isoforms. We identified miRNAs that were encoded within introns of the noncoding genes MIR156g and MIR1126. Interestingly, the intron that encodes miR156g is spliced less efficiently than the intron encoding miR1126 from their specific precursors. miR397b-3p was detected in barley as a most probable functional miRNA, in contrast to rice where it has been identified as a complementary partner miRNA*. In the case of miR168a-5p/168a-3p, we found the generation of stable, mature molecules from both pre-miRNA arms, confirming evolutionary conservation of the stability of both species, as shown in rice and maize. We suggest that miR1120, located within the 3' UTR of a protein-coding gene and described as a functional miRNA in wheat, may represent a siRNA generated from a mariner-like transposable element. Seven of the eight barley miRNA genes characterized in this study contain

  1. Developmentally regulated expression and complex processing of barley pri-microRNAs

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    2013-01-01

    Background MicroRNAs (miRNAs) regulate gene expression via mRNA cleavage or translation inhibition. In spite of barley being a cereal of great economic importance, very little data is available concerning its miRNA biogenesis. There are 69 barley miRNA and 67 pre-miRNA sequences available in the miRBase (release 19). However, no barley pri-miRNA and MIR gene structures have been shown experimentally. In the present paper, we examine the biogenesis of selected barley miRNAs and the developmental regulation of their pri-miRNA processing to learn more about miRNA maturation in barely. Results To investigate the organization of barley microRNA genes, nine microRNAs - 156g, 159b, 166n, 168a-5p/168a-3p, 171e, 397b-3p, 1120, and 1126 - were selected. Two of the studied miRNAs originate from one MIR168a-5p/168a-3p gene. The presence of all miRNAs was confirmed using a Northern blot approach. The miRNAs are encoded by genes with diverse organizations, representing mostly independent transcription units with or without introns. The intron-containing miRNA transcripts undergo complex splicing events to generate various spliced isoforms. We identified miRNAs that were encoded within introns of the noncoding genes MIR156g and MIR1126. Interestingly, the intron that encodes miR156g is spliced less efficiently than the intron encoding miR1126 from their specific precursors. miR397b-3p was detected in barley as a most probable functional miRNA, in contrast to rice where it has been identified as a complementary partner miRNA*. In the case of miR168a-5p/168a-3p, we found the generation of stable, mature molecules from both pre-miRNA arms, confirming evolutionary conservation of the stability of both species, as shown in rice and maize. We suggest that miR1120, located within the 3′ UTR of a protein-coding gene and described as a functional miRNA in wheat, may represent a siRNA generated from a mariner-like transposable element. Conclusions Seven of the eight barley miRNA genes

  2. No association of functional variant in pri-miR-218 and risk of congenital heart disease in a Chinese population.

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    Gao, Xiaobo; Yang, Liping; Ma, Yan; Yang, Juhua; Zhang, Guican; Huang, Guoying; Huang, Qiuyu; Chen, Liangwan; Fu, Fangmeng; Chen, Yandan; Su, Dongmei; Dong, Yi; Ma, Xu; Lu, Cailing; Peng, Xiaozhong

    2013-07-10

    MiR-218 plays an important role in heart development in zebrafish. pri-miR-218 rs11134527 variant is associated with cervical cancer carcinogenesis. Therefore, we hypothesized that single nucleotide polymorphism (SNPs) in pri-miR-218 might influence susceptibility to sporadic congenital heart disease (CHD). We conducted a case-control study of CHD in a Chinese population to test our hypothesis by sequencing and genotyping pri-miR-218 in 1116 CHD cases and 1219 non-CHD controls. We identified one SNP rs11134527 located in pri-miR-218 sequence. Logistic regression analyses showed that there was no significant association in genotype and allele frequencies of pri-miR-218 rs11134527 A/G polymorphism between CHD cases in overall or various subtypes and the control group. However, real-time PCR analysis showed that rs11134527 allele G significantly increased mature miR-218 expression. In vitro binding assays further revealed that the rs11134527 variant affects miR-218-mediated regulation of Robo1. This is the first study to investigate the relationship between miR-218 and CHD cases. Our results demonstrate that the functional variant rs11134527 in pri-miR-218 has no major role in genetic susceptibility to sporadic CHD, at least in the population studied here. Copyright © 2013 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.

  3. Diurnal Patterns of Photosynthesis, Chlorophyll Fluorescence, and PRI to Evaluate Water Stress in the Invasive Species, Elaeagnus umbellata Thunb

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    2010-01-01

    state of carotenoid pigments of the xanthophyll cycle, and subsequent accumulation of zeaxanthin are reflected by absorbance changes centered near 531...during the experiment and there was no relationship between PRI and DF/F0m for drought-treated plants, indi- cating that xanthophyll pigment changes are... carotenoids in the protection of photosynthesis. Trends Plant Sci 1:21–26 Ebinger J, Lehnen L (1981) Naturalized autumn olive in Illinois. Trans Ill

  4. Interactions of Pri-miRNA-34b/c and TP53 Polymorphisms on the Risk of Osteoporosis.

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    Jia, Fu; Sun, Ruifen; Li, Jian; Li, Qi; Chen, Gang; Fu, Weili

    2016-07-01

    Osteoporosis (OP) is a common, multifactorial disorder. Here, we investigated the association between polymorphisms in pri-miR-34b/c (rs4938723) and TP53 (Arg72Pro) and the prevalence of OP. A total of 681 individuals were assessed in a case-control study, including 310 patients with OP and 371 controls. Variants in pri-miR-34b/c and TP53 were identified using a polymerase chain reaction-restriction fragment length polymorphism method. The presence of the CC and CT/CC pri-miR-34b/c genotypes were associated with a significantly reduced risk of OP compared with the TT genotype (CC vs. TT: odds ratio [OR] = 0.32, 95% confidence intervals [CI] = 0.17-0.59; p < 0.001; CT/CC vs. TT: OR = 0.69, 95% CI = 0.51-0.93; p = 0.016). The CC genotype was also associated with a significantly reduced OP risk compared with the TT/CT genotypes (OR = 0.35, 95% CI = 0.19-0.64; p < 0.001). Furthermore, compared with the carriers of the Arg72Pro GG genotype, carriers of the CC genotype had a 2.21-fold increased OP risk (95% CI = 1.45-3.37; p < 0.001) and CG/CC genotypes carriers had a 1.96-fold increased OP risk (95% CI = 1.39-2.76; p < 0.001). The present findings indicate that pri-miR-34b/c rs4938723 and TP53 Arg72Pro polymorphisms may contribute to the risk of OP.

  5. Pri-miR-17-92a transcript folds into a tertiary structure and autoregulates its processing

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    Chakraborty, Saikat; Mehtab, Shabana; Patwardhan, Anand; Krishnan, Yamuna

    2012-01-01

    MicroRNAs control gene expression either by RNA transcript degradation or translational repression. Expressions of miRNAs are highly regulated in tissues, disruption of which leads to disease. How this regulation is achieved and maintained is still largely unknown. MiRNAs that reside on clustered or polycistronic transcripts represent a more complex case where individual miRNAs from a cluster are processed with different efficiencies despite being cotranscribed. To shed light on the regulatory mechanisms that might be operating in these cases, we considered the long polycistronic primary miRNA transcript pri-miR-17-92a that contains six miRNAs with diverse functions. The six miRNA domains on this cluster are differentially processed to produce varying amounts of resultant mature miRNAs in different tissues. How this is achieved is not known. We show, using various biochemical and biophysical methods coupled with mutational studies, that pri-miR-17-92a adopts a specific three-dimensional architecture that poses a kinetic barrier to its own processing. This tertiary structure could create suboptimal protein recognition sites on the pri-miRNA cluster due to higher-order structure formation. PMID:22450760

  6. Role of pri-miRNA tertiary structure in miR-17~92 miRNA biogenesis.

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    Chaulk, Steven G; Thede, Gina L; Kent, Oliver A; Xu, Zhizhong; Gesner, Emily M; Veldhoen, Richard A; Khanna, Suneil K; Goping, Ing Swie; MacMillan, Andrew M; Mendell, Joshua T; Young, Howard S; Fahlman, Richard P; Glover, J N Mark

    2011-01-01

    MicroRNAs (miRNAs) regulate gene expression in a variety of biological pathways such as development and tumourigenesis. miRNAs are initially expressed as long primary transcripts (pri-miRNAs) that undergo sequential processing by Drosha and then Dicer to yield mature miRNAs. miR-17~92 is a miRNA cluster that encodes 6 miRNAs and while it is essential for development it also has reported oncogenic activity. To date, the role of RNA structure in miRNA biogenesis has only been considered in terms of the secondary structural elements required for processing of pri-miRNAs by Drosha. Here we report that the miR-17~92 cluster has a compact globular tertiary structure where miRNAs internalized within the core of the folded structure are processed less efficiently than miRNAs on the surface of the structure. Increased miR-92 expression resulting from disruption of the compact miR-17~92 structure results in increased repression of integrin α5 mRNA, a known target of miR-92a. In summary, we describe the first example of pri-miRNA structure modulating differential expression of constituent miRNAs.

  7. siRNA release from pri-miRNA scaffolds is controlled by the sequence and structure of RNA.

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    Galka-Marciniak, Paulina; Olejniczak, Marta; Starega-Roslan, Julia; Szczesniak, Michal W; Makalowska, Izabela; Krzyzosiak, Wlodzimierz J

    2016-04-01

    shmiRs are pri-miRNA-based RNA interference triggers from which exogenous siRNAs are expressed in cells to silence target genes. These reagents are very promising tools in RNAi in vivo applications due to their good activity profile and lower toxicity than observed for other vector-based reagents such as shRNAs. In this study, using high-resolution northern blotting and small RNA sequencing, we investigated the precision with which RNases Drosha and Dicer process shmiRs. The fidelity of siRNA release from the commonly used pri-miRNA shuttles was found to depend on both the siRNA insert and the pri-miR scaffold. Then, we searched for specific factors that may affect the precision of siRNA release and found that both the structural features of shmiR hairpins and the nucleotide sequence at Drosha and Dicer processing sites contribute to cleavage site selection and cleavage precision. An analysis of multiple shRNA intermediates generated from several reagents revealed the complexity of shmiR processing by Drosha and demonstrated that Dicer selects substrates for further processing. Aside from providing new basic knowledge regarding the specificity of nucleases involved in miRNA biogenesis, our results facilitate the rational design of more efficient genetic reagents for RNAi technology. Copyright © 2016 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.

  8. Pri-miR-17-92a transcript folds into a tertiary structure and autoregulates its processing.

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    Chakraborty, Saikat; Mehtab, Shabana; Patwardhan, Anand; Krishnan, Yamuna

    2012-05-01

    MicroRNAs control gene expression either by RNA transcript degradation or translational repression. Expressions of miRNAs are highly regulated in tissues, disruption of which leads to disease. How this regulation is achieved and maintained is still largely unknown. MiRNAs that reside on clustered or polycistronic transcripts represent a more complex case where individual miRNAs from a cluster are processed with different efficiencies despite being cotranscribed. To shed light on the regulatory mechanisms that might be operating in these cases, we considered the long polycistronic primary miRNA transcript pri-miR-17-92a that contains six miRNAs with diverse functions. The six miRNA domains on this cluster are differentially processed to produce varying amounts of resultant mature miRNAs in different tissues. How this is achieved is not known. We show, using various biochemical and biophysical methods coupled with mutational studies, that pri-miR-17-92a adopts a specific three-dimensional architecture that poses a kinetic barrier to its own processing. This tertiary structure could create suboptimal protein recognition sites on the pri-miRNA cluster due to higher-order structure formation.

  9. Pri-miR-34b/c rs4938723 polymorphism increased the risk of prostate cancer.

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    Hashemi, Mohammad; Danesh, Hiva; Bizhani, Fatemeh; Narouie, Behzad; Sotoudeh, Mehdi; Nouralizadeh, Akbar; Sharifiaghdas, Farzaneh; Bahari, Gholamreza; Taheri, Mohsen

    2017-01-01

    The association studies between miR-34b/c rs4938723 polymorphism and cancer risk showed conflicting results. This study aimed to assess the impact of rs4938723 polymorphism on prostate cancer risk. This case-control study was done on 151 prostate cancer (PCa) patients and 152 benign prostate hyperplasia to examine whether rs4938723 polymorphism in the promoter of pri-miR-34b/c was linked to the carcinogenesis of PCa in a sample of Iranian population. Genotyping of Pri-miR-34 b/c rs4938723 polymorphism was performed by using polymerase chain reaction restriction fragment length polymorphism (PCR-RFLP) method. The results showed that rs4938723 variant significantly increased the risk of PCa in codominant (OR = 1.92, 95% CI = 1.15 - 3.18, p= 0.012, TC vs TT), dominant (OR = 1.99, 95% CI = 1.23 - 3.24, p= 0.005, TC + CC vs TT), and allelic (OR = 1.79, 95% CI = 1.20 - 2.68, p= 0.005, C vs T) inheritance model. Our findings propose that Pri-miR-34 b/c rs4938723 variant may be a risk factor for the development of PCa in a sample of Iranian population. Larger sample sizes with different ethnicities are required to validate our findings.

  10. Promotion of cortico-cerebral precursors expansion by artificial pri-miRNAs targeted against the Emx2 locus.

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    Diodato, Assunta; Pinzan, Moira; Granzotto, Marilena; Mallamaci, Antonello

    2013-04-01

    Emx2 encodes for a transcription factor controlling several aspects of cerebral cortex development. Its overexpression promotes self-renewal of young cortico-cerebral precursors, it promotes neuronal rather than gliogenic fates and it protects neuronal progenitors from cell death. These are all key activities for purposes of gene-promoted brain repair. Artificial pri-miRNAs targeting non-coding cis-active modules and/or conserved sequences of the Emx2 locus were delivered to embryonic cortico-cerebral precursors, by lentiviral vectors. A subset of these pri-miRNAs upregulated Emx2, possibly stimulating its transcription. That led to enhanced self-renewal, delayed differentiation and reduced death of neuronally committed precursors, resulting in an appreciable expansion of the neuronogenic precursors pool. This method makes Emx2 overexpression for purposes of brain repair a more feasible goal, avoiding the drawbacks of exogenous gene copies introduction. Interestingly, the two genomic enhancers targeted by these pri-miRNAs were discovered to be naturally transcribed. Their expression profile suggests their possible involvement in regulation of Emx2 transcription.

  11. mirEX: a platform for comparative exploration of plant pri-miRNA expression data.

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    Bielewicz, Dawid; Dolata, Jakub; Zielezinski, Andrzej; Alaba, Sylwia; Szarzynska, Bogna; Szczesniak, Michal W; Jarmolowski, Artur; Szweykowska-Kulinska, Zofia; Karlowski, Wojciech M

    2012-01-01

    mirEX is a comprehensive platform for comparative analysis of primary microRNA expression data. RT-qPCR-based gene expression profiles are stored in a universal and expandable database scheme and wrapped by an intuitive user-friendly interface. A new way of accessing gene expression data in mirEX includes a simple mouse operated querying system and dynamic graphs for data mining analyses. In contrast to other publicly available databases, the mirEX interface allows a simultaneous comparison of expression levels between various microRNA genes in diverse organs and developmental stages. Currently, mirEX integrates information about the expression profile of 190 Arabidopsis thaliana pri-miRNAs in seven different developmental stages: seeds, seedlings and various organs of mature plants. Additionally, by providing RNA structural models, publicly available deep sequencing results, experimental procedure details and careful selection of auxiliary data in the form of web links, mirEX can function as a one-stop solution for Arabidopsis microRNA information. A web-based mirEX interface can be accessed at http://bioinfo.amu.edu.pl/mirex.

  12. A competitive regulatory mechanism discriminates between juxtaposed splice sites and pri-miRNA structures

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    Mattioli, Chiara; Pianigiani, Giulia; Pagani, Franco

    2013-01-01

    We have explored the functional relationships between spliceosome and Microprocessor complex activities in a novel class of microRNAs (miRNAs), named Splice site Overlapping (SO) miRNAs, whose pri-miRNA hairpins overlap splice sites. We focused on the evolutionarily conserved SO miR-34b, and we identified two indispensable elements for recognition of its 3′ splice site: a branch point located in the hairpin and a downstream purine-rich exonic splicing enhancer. In minigene systems, splicing inhibition owing to exonic splicing enhancer deletion or AG 3′ss mutation increases miR-34b levels. Moreover, small interfering-mediated silencing of Drosha and/or DGCR8 improves splicing efficiency and abolishes miR-34b production. Thus, the processing of this 3′ SO miRNA is regulated in an antagonistic manner by the Microprocessor and the spliceosome owing to competition between these two machineries for the nascent transcript. We propose that this novel mechanism is commonly used to regulate the relative amount of SO miRNA and messenger RNA produced from primary transcripts. PMID:23863840

  13. Effect of long-term adherence to clopidogrel on the VASP-PRI after elective coronary stent implantation: a randomized controlled study.

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    Forni Ogna, Valentina; Menetrey, Isabelle; Muller, Olivier; Tousset, Eric; Guihard, Linda; Fontana, Pierre; Eeckhout, Eric; Eap, Chin B; Vrijens, Bernard; Burnier, Michel; Wuerzner, Grégoire

    2016-12-01

    The biological response to clopidogrel is highly variable and a poor responsiveness is associated with major adverse cardiac events. Adherence to therapy is a major cause of poor responsiveness but its impact on long-term platelet inhibition is unknown. The objective of the present study was to evaluate the effect of different programmes monitoring adherence to clopidogrel on platelet reactivity. The study took the form of a monocentric, parallel group, randomized controlled trial. Adults treated with clopidogrel 75 mg after elective coronary stenting were randomized into one of three groups: (i) a standard of care group; (ii) a standard of care + adherence electronic monitoring group, in which drug intake was recorded but kept blinded until the study end; or (iii) an integrated care group, with regular feedback on recorded adherence. Clopidogrel response was assessed with the vasodilator-stimulated phosphoprotein-platelet reactivity index (VASP-PRI) at randomization, 3 months and 6 months. A total of 123 adults were enrolled and randomized. Baseline VASP-PRI was highly variable, with a mean of 48 ± 18.8%. No difference between groups in VASP-PRI was found at 6 months (P = 0.761), despite better adherence to clopidogrel in the integrated care group. However, adherence (P = 0.035) and baseline VASP-PRI (P = 0.015) were associated with VASP-PRI at 3 months and 6 months. The association between adherence and VASP-PRI was lost in patients with baseline VASP-PRI > 50%. Diabetes, CYP2C19*2 carrier status and body mass index were significant predictors of VASP-PRI. The platelet response to clopidogrel during chronic therapy remained highly variable, despite high adherence. Different adherence monitoring programmes did not affect VASP-PRI at 6 months. Poor adherence is associated with lower VASP-PRI only in initial good responders to clopidogrel. © 2016 The British Pharmacological Society.

  14. Accuracy of Venous Filling Index on Standing (VFIst) and Pure Regurgitation Index (PRI), a Novel Index Obtained by Air Plethysmography, for Detecting Venous Reflux.

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    Shiraishi, Yasushi

    2015-01-01

    To evaluate the accuracy of venous filling index on standing (VFIst) and a new index named pure regurgitation index (PRI), obtained by air plethysmography, for detecting venous reflux. One hundred and sixty-one healthy subjects (161 limbs) and 180 varicose vein patients (180 limbs) were investigated. All subjects underwent duplex ultrasonography for verifying venous reflux and air plethysmography to obtain hemodynamic parameters such as VFIst, VFI in the supine position (VFIsu), and the maximum arterial inflow rate. To evaluate the accuracy of VFIst and PRI (= (VFIst - VFIsu)/body mass index), receiver operating characteristics curves were created. The optimal cut-off value, sensitivity, specificity, and area under the curve, obtained from analyzing the receiver operating characteristics curves, of VFIst vs. PRI were 2.058 mL/s vs. 0.059 mL · m(2)/s · kg, 93.3% vs. 90.3%, 88.8% vs. 91.3%, and 0.954 vs. 0.964, respectively. This study indicates that while both VFIst and PRI are highly accurate indicators of venous reflux, PRI, which is not affected by the arterial inflow rate and body mass index, is slightly superior to VFIst, especially in subjects with greater body mass index.

  15. The pri-let-7a-2 rs1143770C>T is associated with prognosis of surgically resected non-small cell lung cancer.

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    Shin, Kyung Min; Jung, Deuk Kju; Hong, Mi Jeong; Kang, Hyo Jung; Lee, Won Kee; Yoo, Seung Soo; Lee, Shin Yup; Cha, Seung Ick; Lee, Jaehee; Kim, Chang Ho; Seok, Yangki; Cho, Sukki; Son, Ji Woong; Lee, Eung Bae; Jheon, Sanghoon; Kim, Young Tae; Park, Jae Yong

    2016-02-15

    Evidence indicates that let-7 of microRNA may be a prognostic factor in lung cancer. Genetic variation in microRNA precursors could influence the processing and expression of microRNAs, which could affect the prognosis of lung cancer. We aimed to investigate the impact of single nucleotide polymorphisms (SNPs) of pri-let-7 on the prognosis of non-small cell lung cancer (NSCLC). A total of 761 patients with surgically resected NSCLC were included. Four SNPs (pri-let-7a-2 rs1143770 and rs629367, pri-let-7a-1 rs10739971, and pri-let-7f-2 rs17276588) were genotyped using sequenom mass spectrometry-based genotyping assay. Overall survival (OS) and disease-free survival (DFS) were evaluated using Kaplan-Meier method and Cox proportional hazards model. Of the 4 SNPs evaluated, the rs1143770C>T was found to be significantly associated with OS and DFS. The rs1143770 CT or TT genotype exhibited a significantly better OS and DFS compared with the rs1143770 CC genotype (adjusted hazard ratio for OS=0.67, confidence interval, 0.49-0.91, P=0.01 and adjusted hazard ratio for DFS=0.74, confidence interval, 0.58-0.95, P=0.02). This observation indicates that pri-let-7a-2 rs1143770C>T may have a prognostic impact on surgically resected NSCLC. Copyright © 2015 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.

  16. No association of pri-miR-143 rs41291957 polymorphism with the risk of congenital heart disease in a Chinese population.

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    Yang, Liping; Gao, Xiaobo; Luo, Haiyan; Huang, Qiuyu; Wei, Ying; Zhang, Guican; Huang, Guoying; Su, Dongmei; Chen, Liangwan; Lu, Cailing; Yang, Juhua; Ma, Xu

    2014-08-01

    MiR-143 plays an important role in the heart development of zebra fish. The rs41291957 variant located in the pri-miR-143 sequence is associated with colorectal carcinogenesis. Therefore, the authors hypothesized that rs41291957 in pri-miR-143 might be involved in the risk of sporadic congenital heart disease (CHD). The authors conducted a case-control study of CHD in a Chinese population to test their hypothesis by genotyping pri-miR-143 rs41291957 in 1,109 CHD cases and 915 non-CHD control subjects. Logistic regression analyses showed no significant association of genotype or allele frequencies of pri-miR-143 rs41291957 A/G polymorphism with the CHD cases in overall or various subtypes compared with the control group. To the authors' knowledge, this is the first study to investigate the relationship between miR-143 and CHD cases. The results demonstrated that rs41291957 in pri-miR-143 has no major role in genetic susceptibility to sporadic CHD, at least in the current study population.

  17. The in-vitro antiproliferative effect of PRI-2191 and imatinib applied in combined treatment with cisplatin, idarubicin, or docetaxel on human leukemia cells.

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    Switalska, Marta; Nasulewicz-Goldeman, Anna; Opolska, Aleksandra; Maciejewska, Magdalena; Kutner, Andrzej; Wietrzyk, Joanna

    2012-01-01

    Imatinib mesylate (Gleevec, STI571) is a specific inhibitor of the Bcr/Abl fusion tyrosine kinase that exhibits potent antileukemic effects in chronic myelogenous leukemia. Bcr/Abl-positive K562 and Bcr/Abl-negative HL-60 human leukemia cells were used to investigate the effect of PRI-2191, a calcitriol analog, on the biological effects of imatinib combined with other anticancer drugs. The results show that PRI-2191 enhances the antiproliferative effect of imatinib on HL-60 cells. When these two agents together are applied with either docetaxel or cisplatin, but not with idarubicin, the antiproliferative effect could still be enhanced. Moreover, when the interaction between the chemotherapy agents was antagonistic or additive, PRI-2191 could even shift it to synergism. This effect correlated with an accumulation of HL-60 cells in the G0/G1 phase of the cell cycle and a decrease in the percentage of cells in the G2/M and S stage in the ternary combinations used. PRI-2191 did not influence apoptosis induced by imatinib alone or in ternary combinations with all the chemotherapy agents used. These results may suggest that the stronger antiproliferative effect of the combined treatment with PRI-2191 on HL-60 cells is related to cell cycle arrest rather than to the induction of apoptosis.

  18. Linking chlorophyll fluorescence, hyperspectral reflectance and plant physiological responses to detect stress using the photochemical reflectance index (PRI) (Invited)

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    Naumann, J. C.; Young, D.; Anderson, J.

    2009-12-01

    The concept of using vegetation as sentinels to indicate natural or anthropogenic stress is not new and could potentially provide an ideal mechanism for large-scale detection. Advances in fluorescence spectroscopy and reflectance-derived fluorescence have made possible earlier detection of stress in plants, especially before changes in chlorophyll content are visible. Our studies have been used to fuse leaf fluorescence and reflectance characteristics to remotely sense and rapidly detect vegetation stress and terrain characteristics. Laboratory studies have indicated that light-adapted fluorescence (ΔF/F‧m) measurements have been successful in all experiments at detecting stress from flooding, salinity, drought, herbicide and TNT contamination prior to visible signs of damage. ΔF/F‧m was related to plant physiological status in natural stress conditions, as seen in the relationships with stomatal conductance and photosynthesis The photochemical reflectance index (PRI) and other reflectance ratios were effective at tracking changes in ΔF/F‧m at the leaf and canopy-level scales. At the landscape-level, chlorophyll fluorescence and airborne reflectance imagery were used to evaluate spatial variations in stress in the dominant shrub on a barrier island, Myrica cerifera, during a severe drought and compared to an extremely wet year. Measurements of relative water content and the water band index (WBI970) indicated that water stress did not vary across the island. In contrast, there were significant differences in tissue chlorides across sites. Using PRI we were able to detect salinity stress across the landscape. PRI did not differ between wet and dry years. There was a positive relationship between PRI and ΔF/F‧m for M. cerifera (r2 = 0.79). The normalized difference vegetation index (NDVI), the chlorophyll index (CI) and WBI970 were higher during the wet summer but varied little across the island. PRI was not significantly related to NDVI, suggesting that

  19. Evaluation of the pri-miR-34b/c rs4938723 polymorphism and its association with breast cancer risk.

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    Sanaei, Sara; Hashemi, Mohammad; Rezaei, Maryam; Hashemi, Seyed Mehdi; Bahari, Gholamreza; Ghavami, Saeid

    2016-07-01

    MicroRNAs (miRNAs or miRs) are a family of small non-coding RNAs that function as oncogenes or tumor suppressor genes. Recent evidence suggests that the pri-miR-34b/c rs4938723 variant is associated with the development of cancer. At present, there is an inconsistent association between the single-nucleotide polymorphism in pri-miR-34b/c and cancer in the limited studies. The present study is a case-control investigation, with 263 breast cancer (BC) patients and 221 control women, which examined the potential association of the pri-miR-34b/c rs4938723 polymorphisms with BC susceptibility. The polymorphisms were genotyped by the polymerase chain reaction restriction fragment length polymorphism method. No significant association between the pri-miR-34b/c rs4938723 variant and BC was identified [TC vs. TT: Odds ratio (OR), 0.87; 95% confidence interval (CI), 0.60-1.26; P=0.506; CC vs. TT: OR, 1.22; 95% CI, 0.61-2.47; P=0.600; TC+CC vs. TT: OR, 0.91; 95% CI, 0.64-1.31; P=0.648; CC vs. TT+TC: OR, 1.32; 95% CI, 0.67-2.59; P=0.498; C vs. T: OR, 0.99; 95% CI, 0.75-1.31; P=0.986]. However, a significant association was observed between the pri-miR-34b/c rs4938723 genotypes and clinicopathological characteristics, such a grade, progesterone receptor and human epidermal growth factor receptor 2 status were observed (P<0.05). These findings suggest that the pri-miR-34b/c rs4938723 variant may not be a risk factor for the development of BC.

  20. The interaction between DCL1 and HYL1 is important for efficient and precise processing of pri-miRNA in plant microRNA biogenesis.

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    Kurihara, Yukio; Takashi, Yuasa; Watanabe, Yuichiro

    2006-02-01

    It has been reported that some double-stranded RNA (dsRNA) binding proteins interact with small RNA biogenesis-related RNase III enzymes. However, their biological significance is poorly understood. Here we examine the relationship between the Arabidopsis microRNA- (miRNA) producing enzyme DCL1 and the dsRNA binding protein HYL1. In the hyl1-2 mutant, the processing steps of miR163 biogenesis were partially impaired; increased accumulation of pri-miR163 and reduced accumulation of short pre-miR163 and mature miR163 as well as misplaced cleavages in the stem structure of pri-miR163 were detected. These misplaced cleavages were similar to those previously observed in the dcl1-9 mutant, in which the second double-stranded RNA binding domain of the protein was disrupted. An immunoprecipitation assay using Agrobacterium-mediated transient expression in Nicotiana benthamiana showed that HYL1 was able to form a complex with wild-type DCL1 protein, but not with the dcl1-9 mutant protein. We also examined miR164b and miR166a biogenesis in hyl1-2 and dcl1-9. Increased accumulation of pri-miRNAs and reduced accumulation of pre-miRNAs and mature miRNAs were detected. Misplaced cleavage on pri-miR164b was observed only in dcl1-9 but not in hyl1-2, whereas not on pri-miR166a in either mutant. These results indicate that HYL1 has a function in assisting efficient and precise cleavage of pri-miRNA through interaction with DCL1.

  1. Pri-let-7a-1 rs10739971 polymorphism is associated with gastric cancer prognosis and might affect mature let-7a expression.

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    Li, Ying; Xu, Qian; Liu, Jingwei; He, Caiyun; Yuan, Quan; Xing, Chengzhong; Yuan, Yuan

    2016-01-01

    The relationship between the pri-let-7a-1 rs10739971 polymorphism and gastric cancer (GC) risk has been reported. However, the role of this polymorphism in the prognosis of GC remains largely elusive. Sequenom MassARRAY platform method and the polymerase chain reaction (PCR)-restriction fragment length polymorphism were used to investigate pri-let-7a-1 rs10739971 G→A in 334 GC patients. Real-time PCR detected expression of mature let-7a in serum and tissue. Patients with AA or GA+AA genotypes of the pri-let-7a-1 rs10739971 polymorphism demonstrated significantly longer survival time than those with the wild GG genotype. Stratified analysis indicated that survival time was significantly longer in women with AA or GA+AA genotypes and in Borrmann type I/II patients with GA heterozygote or GA+AA genotypes. AA genotype was more frequent in the lymphatic-metastasis-negative subgroup. Serum mature let-7a expression in healthy people with the GA heterozygote and the GA+AA genotype was higher than in those with the GG genotype, and the difference remained significant in the female healthy subgroup. Pri-let-7a-1 rs10739971 polymorphism might be a biomarker for GC prognosis, especially for female and Borrmann type I/II patients. The pri-let-7a-1 rs10739971 polymorphism might affect serum mature let-7a expression, and partly explain the mechanism of the relationship between the pri-let-7a-1 rs10739971 polymorphism and GC survival.

  2. Transcriptional, post-transcriptional and chromatin-associated regulation of pri-miRNAs, pre-miRNAs and moRNAs.

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    Nepal, Chirag; Coolen, Marion; Hadzhiev, Yavor; Cussigh, Delphine; Mydel, Piotr; Steen, Vidar M; Carninci, Piero; Andersen, Jesper B; Bally-Cuif, Laure; Müller, Ferenc; Lenhard, Boris

    2016-04-20

    MicroRNAs (miRNAs) play a major role in the post-transcriptional regulation of target genes, especially in development and differentiation. Our understanding about the transcriptional regulation of miRNA genes is limited by inadequate annotation of primary miRNA (pri-miRNA) transcripts. Here, we used CAGE-seq and RNA-seq to provide genome-wide identification of the pri-miRNA core promoter repertoire and its dynamic usage during zebrafish embryogenesis. We assigned pri-miRNA promoters to 152 precursor-miRNAs (pre-miRNAs), the majority of which were supported by promoter associated post-translational histone modifications (H3K4me3, H2A.Z) and RNA polymerase II (RNAPII) occupancy. We validated seven miR-9 pri-miRNAs by in situ hybridization and showed similar expression patterns as mature miR-9. In addition, processing of an alternative intronic promoter of miR-9-5 was validated by 5' RACE PCR. Developmental profiling revealed a subset of pri-miRNAs that are maternally inherited. Moreover, we show that promoter-associated H3K4me3, H2A.Z and RNAPII marks are not only present at pri-miRNA promoters but are also specifically enriched at pre-miRNAs, suggesting chromatin level regulation of pre-miRNAs. Furthermore, we demonstrated that CAGE-seq also detects 3'-end processing of pre-miRNAs on Drosha cleavage site that correlates with miRNA-offset RNAs (moRNAs) production and provides a new tool for detecting Drosha processing events and predicting pre-miRNA processing by a genome-wide assay. © The Author(s) 2015. Published by Oxford University Press on behalf of Nucleic Acids Research.

  3. Transcriptional, post-transcriptional and chromatin-associated regulation of pri-miRNAs, pre-miRNAs and moRNAs

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    Nepal, Chirag; Coolen, Marion; Hadzhiev, Yavor; Cussigh, Delphine; Mydel, Piotr; Steen, Vidar M.; Carninci, Piero; Andersen, Jesper B.; Bally-Cuif, Laure; Müller, Ferenc; Lenhard, Boris

    2016-01-01

    MicroRNAs (miRNAs) play a major role in the post-transcriptional regulation of target genes, especially in development and differentiation. Our understanding about the transcriptional regulation of miRNA genes is limited by inadequate annotation of primary miRNA (pri-miRNA) transcripts. Here, we used CAGE-seq and RNA-seq to provide genome-wide identification of the pri-miRNA core promoter repertoire and its dynamic usage during zebrafish embryogenesis. We assigned pri-miRNA promoters to 152 precursor-miRNAs (pre-miRNAs), the majority of which were supported by promoter associated post-translational histone modifications (H3K4me3, H2A.Z) and RNA polymerase II (RNAPII) occupancy. We validated seven miR-9 pri-miRNAs by in situ hybridization and showed similar expression patterns as mature miR-9. In addition, processing of an alternative intronic promoter of miR-9–5 was validated by 5′ RACE PCR. Developmental profiling revealed a subset of pri-miRNAs that are maternally inherited. Moreover, we show that promoter-associated H3K4me3, H2A.Z and RNAPII marks are not only present at pri-miRNA promoters but are also specifically enriched at pre-miRNAs, suggesting chromatin level regulation of pre-miRNAs. Furthermore, we demonstrated that CAGE-seq also detects 3′-end processing of pre-miRNAs on Drosha cleavage site that correlates with miRNA-offset RNAs (moRNAs) production and provides a new tool for detecting Drosha processing events and predicting pre-miRNA processing by a genome-wide assay. PMID:26673698

  4. Proximal disruption of base pairing of the second stem in the upper stem of pri-miR156a caused ambient temperature-sensitive flowering in Arabidopsis.

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    Kim, Wanhui; Jun, A Rim; Ahn, Ji Hoon

    2016-10-02

    MicroRNAs are generated from primary transcripts (pri-miRNAs) that form hairpin structures. Plant miRNAs play an important role in regulating flowering; however, little is known about the role of their structures in ambient temperature-responsive flowering. We recently showed that disruption of base pairing in the second stem (S2) in the upper stem of pri-miR156a caused hypersensitive flowering in response to ambient temperature changes. To further substantiate our findings on the role of S2 of pri-miR156a, we analyzed the effects of serial disruption (from the proximal or distal sides) of base-pairing in S2 of pri-miR156a on temperature-dependent flowering. We found that flowering time was gradually delayed with increasing size of the proximal disruption of S2 at 16°C. Particularly, disrupting base pairing of 5 nucleotides from the proximal side caused flowering to be hypersensitive to ambient temperature changes, which is similar to the phenotype of plants overexpressing pri-miR156a with a disruption of S2 (156-DBP-S2). However, disrupting base pairing from the distal side did not cause late flowering at 16°C and thus did not cause temperature-sensitive flowering. These results supported our notion that the second stem (S2) in the upper stem of pri-miR156a plays a role in the regulation of ambient temperature-responsive flowering.

  5. Association of the pri-miR-124-1 rs531564 polymorphism with cancer risk: A meta-analysis.

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    Fang, Cheng; Zeng, Hui; Li, Anling; Xu, Xianqun; Long, Xinghua

    2015-07-01

    Recently, several studies regarding the association between the pri-miR-124-1 rs531564 polymorphism and cancer susceptibility were explored. Owing to inconsistent results of these studies, a meta-analysis was conducted to determine the association of this polymorphism with cancer risk. Relevant studies were identified by a systematic search of PubMed, EMBASE, Web of Science and CNKI on-line databases. Odds ratios (ORs) and 95% confidence intervals (CIs) from eligible studies were pooled, and heterogeneity and publication bias were also evaluated. A total of five studies with 2,253 cases and 2,510 controls were included in the meta-analysis. Overall, the results showed that the pri-miR-124-1 rs531564 polymorphism was significantly associated with a reduced cancer risk (G vs. C: OR, 0.86; 95% CI, 0.77-0.96; GG vs. CC: OR, 0.52; 95% CI, 0.34-0.79; GG vs. OR, 0.54; 95% CI, 0.36-0.81). Furthermore, in the subgroup analysis by cancer sites, a statistical association was identified between the rs531564 polymorphism and a decreased esophageal squamous cell carcinoma (ESCC) risk (G vs. C: OR, 0.87; 95% CI, 0.77-0.98; GG vs. CC: OR, 0.54; 95% CI, 0.34-0.84). These findings suggested that the genetic variant of rs531564 may have a potential value in decreasing cancer risk, particularly in ESCC patients.

  6. Improved RT-PCR Assay to Quantitate the Pri-, Pre-, and Mature microRNAs with Higher Efficiency and Accuracy.

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    Tong, Li; Xue, Huihui; Xiong, Li; Xiao, Junhua; Zhou, Yuxun

    2015-10-01

    Understanding of the functional significance of microRNAs (miRNAs) requires efficient and accurate detection method. In this study, we developed an improved miRNAs quantification system based on quantitative real-time polymerase chain reaction (qRT-PCR). This method showed higher efficiency and accuracy to survey the expression of primary miRNAs (pri-miRNAs), precursor miRNAs (pre-miRNAs), and mature miRNAs. Instead of relative quantification method, we quantified the pri-miRNAs and pre-miRNAs with absolute qRT-PCR based on SYBR Green I fluorescence. This improvement corrected for the inaccuracy caused by the differences in amplicon length and PCR efficiency. We also used SYBR Green method to quantify mature miRNAs based on the stem-loop qRT-PCR method. We extended the pairing part of the stem-loop reverse transcript (RT) primer from 6 to 11 bp, which greatly increased the efficiency of reverse transcription PCR (RT-PCR). The performance of the improved RT primer was tested using synthetic mature miRNAs and tissue RNA samples. Results showed that the improved RT primer demonstrated dynamic range of seven orders of magnitude and sensitivity of detection of hundreds of copies of miRNA molecules.

  7. Prediction of moment-rotation characteristic of top- and seat-angle bolted connection incorporating prying action

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    Ahmed, Ali

    2017-03-01

    Finite element (FE) analyses were performed to explore the prying influence on moment-rotation behaviour and to locate yielding zones of top- and seat-angle connections in author's past research studies. The results of those FE analyses with experimental failure strategies of the connections were used to develop failure mechanisms of top- and seat-angle connections in the present study. Then a formulation was developed based on three simple failure mechanisms considering bending and shear deformations, effects of prying action on the top angle and stiffness of the tension bolts to estimate rationally the ultimate moment M u of the connection, which is a vital parameter of the proposed four-parameter power model. Applicability of the proposed formulation is assessed by comparing moment-rotation ( M- θ r ) curves and ultimate moment capacities with those measured by experiments and estimated by FE analyses and three-parameter power model. This study shows that proposed formulation and Kishi-Chen's method both achieved close approximation driving M- θ r curves of all given connections except a few cases of Kishi-Chen model, and M u estimated by the proposed formulation is more rational than that predicted by Kishi-Chen's method.

  8. Diurnal and Seasonal Responses of High Frequency Chlorophyll Fluorescence and PRI Measurements to Abiotic Stress in Almonds

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    Bambach-Ortiz, N. E.; Paw U, K. T.

    2016-12-01

    Plants have evolved to efficiently utilize light to synthesize energy-rich carbon compounds, and at the same time, dissipate absorbed but excessive photon that would otherwise transfer excitation energy to potentially toxic reactive oxygen species (ROS). Nevertheless, even the most rapidly growing plants with the highest rates of photosynthesis only utilize about half of the light their leaves absorb during the hours of peak irradiance in sun-exposed habitats. Usually, that daily peak of irradiance coincides with high temperature and a high vapor pressure deficit, which are conditions related to plant stomata closure. Consequently, specially in water stressed environments, plants need to have mechanisms to dissipate most of absorbed photons. Plants avoid photo-oxidative damage of the photosynthetic apparatus due to the formation of ROS under excess light using different mechanisms in order to either lower the amount of ROS formation or detoxify already formed ROS. Photoinhibition is defined as a reduction in photosynthetic activity due largely to a sustained reduction in the photochemical efficiency of Photosystem II (PSII), which can be assessed by monitoring Chlorophyll a fluorescence (ChlF). Alternatively, monitoring abiotic stress effects upon photosynthetic activity and photoinhibition may be possible using high frequency spectral reflectance sensors. We aim to find the potential relationships between high frequency PRI and ChlF as indicators of photoinhibition and permanent photodamage at a seasonal scale. Preliminary results show that PRI responses are sensitive to photoinhibition, but provide a poor representation of permanent photodamage observed at a seasonal scale.

  9. Prediction of moment-rotation characteristic of top- and seat-angle bolted connection incorporating prying action

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    Ahmed, Ali

    2017-02-01

    Finite element (FE) analyses were performed to explore the prying influence on moment-rotation behaviour and to locate yielding zones of top- and seat-angle connections in author's past research studies. The results of those FE analyses with experimental failure strategies of the connections were used to develop failure mechanisms of top- and seat-angle connections in the present study. Then a formulation was developed based on three simple failure mechanisms considering bending and shear deformations, effects of prying action on the top angle and stiffness of the tension bolts to estimate rationally the ultimate moment M u of the connection, which is a vital parameter of the proposed four-parameter power model. Applicability of the proposed formulation is assessed by comparing moment-rotation (M-θ r ) curves and ultimate moment capacities with those measured by experiments and estimated by FE analyses and three-parameter power model. This study shows that proposed formulation and Kishi-Chen's method both achieved close approximation driving M-θ r curves of all given connections except a few cases of Kishi-Chen model, and M u estimated by the proposed formulation is more rational than that predicted by Kishi-Chen's method.

  10. Construction and validation of the chronic acquired polyneuropathy patient-reported index (CAP-PRI): A disease-specific, health-related quality-of-life instrument.

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    Gwathmey, Kelly G; Conaway, Mark R; Sadjadi, Reza; Joshi, Amruta; Barnett, Carolina; Bril, Vera; Ng, Eduardo; David, William; Gable, Karissa; Guptill, Jeffrey T; Hobson-Webb, Lisa D; Dineen, Jennifer; Hehir, Michael; Brannagan, Thomas H; Byun, Esther; Adler, Margaret; Burns, Ted M

    2016-06-01

    Generic health-related quality-of-life (HRQOL) patient-reported outcome measures have been used in patients with chronic immune-mediated polyneuropathies. We have created a disease-specific HRQOL instrument. The chronic acquired polyneuropathy patient-reported index (CAP-PRI) was developed and validated in multiple steps. Items were initially generated through patient and specialist input. The performance of the preliminary 20 items was analyzed via a prospective, 5-center study involving chronic immune-mediated polyneuropathy patients. Data analysis suggested modification to a 15-item scale with 3 response categories rather than 5. The final CAP-PRI was validated in another prospective, 5-center study. The CAP-PRI appeared to be a unidimensional outcome measure that fit the Rasch model in our multicenter cohort. It correlated appropriately with outcome measures commonly used in this patient population. The CAP-PRI is a simple disease-specific HRQOL measure that appears to be useful for clinical care and possibly also for clinical trials. Muscle Nerve 54: 9-17, 2016. © 2015 Wiley Periodicals, Inc.

  11. Inhibition of hepatitis B virus replication by helper dependent adenoviral vectors expressing artificial anti-HBV pri-miRs from a liver-specific promoter.

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    Mowa, Mohube Betty; Crowther, Carol; Ely, Abdullah; Arbuthnot, Patrick

    2014-01-01

    Research on applying RNA interference (RNAi) to counter HBV replication has led to identification of potential therapeutic sequences. However, before clinical application liver-specific expression and efficient delivery of these sequences remain an important objective. We recently reported short-term inhibition of HBV replication in vivo by using helper dependent adenoviral vectors (HD Ads) expressing anti-HBV sequences from a constitutively active cytomegalovirus (CMV) promoter. To develop the use of liver-specific transcription regulatory elements we investigated the utility of the murine transthyretin (MTTR) promoter for expression of anti-HBV primary microRNAs (pri-miRs). HD Ads containing MTTR promoter effected superior expression of anti-HBV pri-miRs in mice compared to HD Ads containing the CMV promoter. MTTR-containing HD Ads resulted in HBV replication knockdown of up to 94% in mice. HD Ads expressing trimeric anti-HBV pri-miRs silenced HBV replication for 5 weeks. We previously showed that the product of the codelivered lacZ gene induces an immune response, and the duration of HBV silencing in vivo is likely to be attenuated by this effect. Nevertheless, expression of anti-HBV pri-miRs from MTTR promoter is well suited to countering HBV replication and development of HD Ads through attenuation of their immunostimulatory effects should advance their clinical utility.

  12. [Construction of a recombined adenovirus vector carrying pri-miR-21 gene and research on it's target gene TLR4].

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    Zhao, Jing; Xu, Guang-xian; Jia, Wei; Dong, Hui; Zhang, Yi-lin; Zhao, Zhi-jun; Wei, Jun

    2012-02-01

    To construct the recombined adenovirus vector carrying pri-miR-21 gene, which can express mature miR-21 efficiently, and to study the interaction of miR- 21 with its target gene TLR4. Using healthy mouse's gDNA as template, the primary miR-21 coding sequence was amplified by PCR and cloned into a shuttle vector pAdTrack-CMV. Constructed plasmid was sequenced and linearized for homologous recombination with pAdEasy-1 vector in BJ5183 bacteria. The recombined adenovirus vector carrying pri-miR-21 gene was used to challenge HeLa cell. The candidate target gene of miR-21 was determined by miRNA analysis databases. The expression level of TLR4 protein was detected by western blotting. Through the PCR, restriction enzyme digestion, DNA sequencing and expression of GFP, recombinant adenoviral vector pri-miR-21 gene was constructed successfully. Bioinformatic analysis suggested a few possible binding sites between miR-21 and TLR4. Results showed that miR-21 down-regulated TLR4 at protein levels. The recombinant adenoviral vector containing pri- miR-21 was successfully constructed. miR-21 gene interfered with the expression of TLR4 target gene.

  13. The Effects of Utilization of PRI/RS on Reading Achievement in the Oklahoma City Public Schools. Evaluation of 1981-82.

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    Kimball, George H.

    1982-01-01

    A study was conducted to determine (1) the extent to which the degree of use of PRI/RS (the Prescriptive Reading Inventory Reading Systems, a criterion referenced management system developed by CTB/McGraw Hill) affected comparable groups of students on standardized achievement measures; (2) whether the degree of use differentially influenced…

  14. Inhibition of Hepatitis B Virus Replication by Helper Dependent Adenoviral Vectors Expressing Artificial Anti-HBV Pri-miRs from a Liver-Specific Promoter

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    Mowa, Mohube Betty; Crowther, Carol; Ely, Abdullah; Arbuthnot, Patrick

    2014-01-01

    Research on applying RNA interference (RNAi) to counter HBV replication has led to identification of potential therapeutic sequences. However, before clinical application liver-specific expression and efficient delivery of these sequences remain an important objective. We recently reported short-term inhibition of HBV replication in vivo by using helper dependent adenoviral vectors (HD Ads) expressing anti-HBV sequences from a constitutively active cytomegalovirus (CMV) promoter. To develop the use of liver-specific transcription regulatory elements we investigated the utility of the murine transthyretin (MTTR) promoter for expression of anti-HBV primary microRNAs (pri-miRs). HD Ads containing MTTR promoter effected superior expression of anti-HBV pri-miRs in mice compared to HD Ads containing the CMV promoter. MTTR-containing HD Ads resulted in HBV replication knockdown of up to 94% in mice. HD Ads expressing trimeric anti-HBV pri-miRs silenced HBV replication for 5 weeks. We previously showed that the product of the codelivered lacZ gene induces an immune response, and the duration of HBV silencing in vivo is likely to be attenuated by this effect. Nevertheless, expression of anti-HBV pri-miRs from MTTR promoter is well suited to countering HBV replication and development of HD Ads through attenuation of their immunostimulatory effects should advance their clinical utility. PMID:25003129

  15. Construction and validation of the chronic acquired polyneuropathy patient-reported index, “CAP-PRI:” a disease-specific, health-related quality of life instrument

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    Gwathmey, Kelly G.; Conaway, Mark R.; Seyedsadjadi, Reza; Joshi, Amruta; Barnett, Carolina; Bril, Vera; Ng, Eduardo; David, William; Gable, Karissa; Guptill, Jeffrey T.; Hobson-Webb, Lisa D.; Dineen, Jennifer; Hehir, Michael; Brannagan, Thomas H.; Byun, Esther; Adler, Margaret; Burns, Ted M.

    2016-01-01

    Introduction Generic health-related quality of life (HRQOL) patient-reported outcome measures have been used in patients with chronic immune-mediated polyneuropathies. We have created a disease-specific HRQOL instrument. Methods and Results The 15-item chronic acquired polyneuropathy patient-reported index (CAP-PRI) was developed and validated in multiple steps. Items were initially generated through patient and specialist input. The performance of the preliminary 20 items was analyzed from a prospective, 5-center study involving chronic immune-mediated polyneuropathy patients. Data analysis suggested modification to a 15-item scale with 3 response categories, rather than 5. The final CAP-PRI was then validated in another prospective, 5-center study. The CAP-PRI appeared to be a unidimensional outcome measure that fits the Rasch Partial Credit Model in our multicenter cohort. It correlated appropriately with the outcome measures commonly used in this patient population. Discussion The CAP-PRI is a simple, easy, disease-specific HRQOL measure that appears to be useful for clinical care and possibly also for clinical trials. PMID:26600438

  16. Association of polymorphism in pri-microRNAs-371-372-373 with the occurrence of hepatocellular carcinoma in hepatitis B virus infected patients.

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    Kwak, Min-Sun; Lee, Dong Hyeon; Cho, Yuri; Cho, Eun-Ju; Lee, Jeong-Hoon; Yu, Su Jong; Yoon, Jung-Hwan; Lee, Hyo-Suk; Kim, Chung Yong; Cheong, Jae Youn; Cho, Sung Won; Shin, Hyoung Doo; Kim, Yoon Jun

    2012-01-01

    Micro RNAs-371-372-373 (miRNAs-371-373), originating from the same pri-miRNA transcript, are reported to be upregulated in hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC) and to be related to the regulation of hepatitis B virus (HBV) infection. Our study investigated whether pri-miRNAs-371-373 polymorphisms are associated with the risk of HCC occurrence and HBV clearance. Genetic variations were identified through direct DNA sequencing using TaqMan assay. Three sequence variants of pri-miRNAs-371-373 were identified. Genetic associations of those with HCC occurrence and HBV clearance among patients with HBV infection were analyzed using logistic regression analyses with adjustment for age and gender (n = 1439). For the occurrence of HCC, polymorphism rs3859501C>A acted as a protective factor both in chronic carriers (OR = 0.75, P = 0.005 in a codominant model; OR = 0.71, P = 0.02 in a dominant model; OR = 0.66, P = 0.03 in recessive model) and liver cirrhosis patients (OR = 0.69, P = 0.001 in a codominant model; OR = 0.60, P = 0.003 in a dominant model; OR = 0.63, P = 0.03 in a recessive model). The pri-miRNAs-371-373_ht2 [C-A-C] also showed a protective effect on HCC occurrence both in the chronic carrier and liver cirrhosis groups (P<0.05 in both). However, there was no significant association between pri-miRNAs-371-373 polymorphisms and HBV clearance. In conclusion, among chronic carriers and liver cirrhosis patients, the A allele of rs3859501 and the haplotype pri-miRNAs-371-373_ht2 were more protective to HCC than other genotypes and haplotypes. Further studies into the roles of rs3859501 and pri-miRNAs-371-373_ht2 haplotype in hepatocarcinogenesis are needed.

  17. The use of PriMatrix, a fetal bovine acellular dermal matrix, in healing chronic diabetic foot ulcers: a prospective multicenter study.

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    Kavros, Steven J; Dutra, Timothy; Gonzalez-Cruz, Renier; Liden, Brock; Marcus, Belinda; McGuire, James; Nazario-Guirau, Luis

    2014-08-01

    The objective of this multicenter study was to prospectively evaluate the healing outcomes of chronic diabetic foot ulcers (DFUs) treated with PriMatrix (TEI Biosciences, Boston, Massachusetts), a fetal bovine acellular dermal matrix. Inclusion criteria required the subjects to have a chronic DFU that ranged in area from 1 to 20 cm² and failed to heal more than 30% during a 2-week screening period when treated with moist wound therapy. For qualifying subjects, PriMatrix was secured into a clean, sharply debrided wound; dressings were applied to maintain a moist wound environment, and the DFU was pressure off-loaded. Wound area measurements were taken weekly for up to 12 weeks, and PriMatrix was reapplied at the discretion of the treating physician. A total of 55 subjects were enrolled at 9 US centers with 46 subjects progressing to study completion. Ulcers had been in existence for an average of 286 days, and initial mean ulcer area was 4.34 cm². Of the subjects completing the study, 76% healed by 12 weeks with a mean time to healing of 53.1 ± 21.9 days. The mean number of applications for these healed wounds was 2.0 ± 1.4, with 59.1% healing with a single application of PriMatrix and 22.9% healing with 2 applications. For subjects not healed by 12 weeks, the average wound area reduction was 71.4%. The results of this multicenter prospective study demonstrate that the use of PriMatrix integrated with standard-of-care therapy is a successful treatment regimen to heal DFUs.

  18. The interaction effects of pri-let-7a-1 rs10739971 with PGC and ERCC6 gene polymorphisms in gastric cancer and atrophic gastritis.

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    Xu, Qian; Liu, Jing-wei; He, Cai-yun; Sun, Li-ping; Gong, Yue-hua; Jing, Jing-Jing; Xing, Cheng-zhong; Yuan, Yuan

    2014-01-01

    The aim of this study was to investigate the interaction effects of pri-let-7a-1 rs10739971 with pepsinogen C (PGC) and excision repair cross complementing group 6 (ERCC6) gene polymorphisms and its association with the risks of gastric cancer and atrophic gastritis. We hoped to identify miRNA polymorphism or a combination of several polymorphisms that could serve as biomarkers for predicting the risk of gastric cancer and its precancerous diseases. Sequenom MassARRAY platform method was used to detect polymorphisms of pri-let-7a-1 rs10739971 G → A, PGC rs4711690 C → G, PGC rs6458238 G → A, PGC rs9471643 G → C, and ERCC6 rs1917799 in 471 gastric cancer patients, 645 atrophic gastritis patients and 717 controls. An interaction effect of pri-let-7a-1 rs10739971 polymorphism with ERCC6 rs1917799 polymorphism was observed for the risk of gastric cancer (P interaction = 0.026); and interaction effects of pri-let-7a-1 rs10739971 polymorphism with PGC rs6458238 polymorphism (P interaction = 0.012) and PGC rs9471643 polymorphism (P interaction = 0.039) were observed for the risk of atrophic gastritis. The combination of pri-let-7a-1 rs10739971 polymorphism and ERCC6 and PGC polymorphisms could provide a greater prediction potential than a single polymorphism on its own. Large-scale studies and molecular mechanism research are needed to confirm our findings.

  19. Functional study of one nucleotide mutation in pri-miR-125a coding region which related to recurrent pregnancy loss.

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    Hu, Yi; Huo, Zheng-Hao; Liu, Chun-Mei; Liu, Shi-Guo; Zhang, Ning; Yin, Kun-Lun; Qi, Lu; Ma, Xu; Xia, Hong-Fei

    2014-01-01

    MicroRNAs (miRNAs) are short non-coding RNAs which modulate gene expression by binding to complementary segments present in the 3'UTR of the mRNAs of protein coding genes. MiRNAs play very important roles in maintaining normal human body physiology conditions, meanwhile, abnormal miRNA expressions have been found related to many human diseases spanning from psychiatric disorders to malignant cancers. Recently, emerging reports have indicated that disturbed miRNAs expression contributed to the pathogenesis of recurrent pregnancy loss (RPL). In this study, we identified a new mutation site (+29A>G, position relative to pre-miR-125a) by scanning pri-miR-125a coding region in 389 Chinese Han RPL patients. This site was co-existed with two polymorphisms (rs12976445 and rs41275794) in patients heterogeneously and changed the predicted secondary structures of pri-miR-125a. Subsequent in vitro analysis indicated that the A>G mutation reduced mature miR-125a expression, and further led to less efficient inhibition of verified target genes. Functional analysis showed that mutant pri-mir-125a can enhance endometrial stromal cells (ESCs) invasive capacity and increase the sensitivity of ESCs cells to mifepristone. Moreover, we further analyzed the possible molecular mechanism by RIP-chip assay and found that mutant pri-mir-125a disturbed the expression of miR-125a targetome, the functions of which includes embryonic development, cell proliferation, migration and invasion. These data suggest that A>G mutation in pri-miR-125a coding region contributes to the genetic predisposition to RPL by disordering the production of miR-125a, which consequently meddled in gene regulatory network between mir-125a and mRNA.

  20. Persistent organic pollutants, heavy metals and radioactivity in the urban soil of Priština City, Kosovo and Metohija.

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    Gulan, Ljiljana; Milenkovic, Biljana; Zeremski, Tijana; Milic, Gordana; Vuckovic, Biljana

    2017-03-01

    Polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAHs), organochlorine pesticides (OCPs), polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs), heavy metals content and radioactivity levels were measured in 27 soil samples collected from Priština, the capital of Kosovo and Metohija. The sixteen PAHs, twelve OCPs and six PCBs congeners were determined by gas chromatography system with mass spectrometry detection. Although the use of PCBs and OCPs was prohibited decades ago residues of those compounds still existed in measurable concentrations in soils of Priština. PAHs were also present in analyzed samples but their mean concentration was significantly lower than mean concentrations of PAHs previously reported in urban areas in the world. The concentrations of heavy metals (As, Cd, Co, Cr, Cu, Mn, Ni, Pb and Zn) were determined by the EDTA extraction protocols, along with their extractable concentrations. The activity concentrations of natural radionuclides ((226)Ra, (232)Th and (40)K) were determined by gamma spectrometry method. The Shapiro-Wilk normality test found that activity concentrations of natural radionuclides were normally distributed. Radiological risk was estimated through the annual effective dose, gonadal dose equivalent, excess lifetime cancer risk, radium equivalent activity, external and internal hazard indexes. Spearman correlation coefficient was used for analysis of correlations between physicochemical properties, heavy metal contents and radionuclide activity concentrations. Strong positive correlation between (226)Ra and (232)Th was found, as well as among pairs of As-Cd and Co-Mn. Very strong positive correlation (0.838) at the 0.01 significance level was noted for Pb-Zn pair. Strong correlations indicate common occurrence of these elements in the nature, as well as geogenic association.

  1. Isomeric states observed in heavy neutron-rich nuclei populated in the fragmentation of a 208Pb beam

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    Steer, S. J.; Podolyák, Zs.; Pietri, S.; Górska, M.; Grawe, H.; Maier, K. H.; Regan, P. H.; Rudolph, D.; Garnsworthy, A. B.; Hoischen, R.; Gerl, J.; Wollersheim, H. J.; Becker, F.; Bednarczyk, P.; Cáceres, L.; Doornenbal, P.; Geissel, H.; Grębosz, J.; Kelic, A.; Kojouharov, I.; Kurz, N.; Montes, F.; Prokopwicz, W.; Saito, T.; Schaffner, H.; Tashenov, S.; Heinz, A.; Pfützner, M.; Kurtukian-Nieto, T.; Benzoni, G.; Jungclaus, A.; Balabanski, D. L.; Bowry, M.; Brandau, C.; Brown, A.; Bruce, A. M.; Catford, W. N.; Cullen, I. J.; Dombrádi, Zs.; Estevez, M. E.; Gelletly, W.; Ilie, G.; Jolie, J.; Jones, G. A.; Kmiecik, M.; Kondev, F. G.; Krücken, R.; Lalkovski, S.; Liu, Z.; Maj, A.; Myalski, S.; Schwertel, S.; Shizuma, T.; Walker, P. M.; Werner-Malento, E.; Wieland, O.

    2011-10-01

    Heavy neutron-rich nuclei were populated via the fragmentation of a E/A=1 GeV 20882Pb beam. Secondary fragments were separated and identified and subsequently implanted in a passive stopper. By the detection of delayed γ rays, isomeric decays associated with these nuclei have been identified. A total of 49 isomers were detected, with the majority of them observed for the first time. The newly discovered isomers are in 204,20580Hg, 201,202,204,20579Au, 197,203,20478Pt, 195,199-20377Ir, 193,197-19976Os, 19675Re, 190,19174W, and 18973Ta. Possible level schemes are constructed and the structure of the nuclei discussed. To aid the interpretation, shell-model as well as BCS calculations were performed.

  2. Nuclear structure ''southeast'' of {sup 208}Pb: Isomeric states in {sup 208}Hg and {sup 209}Tl

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    Al-Dahan, N.; Podolyak, Zs.; Regan, P. H.; Alkhomashi, N.; Deo, A. Y.; Farrelly, G.; Steer, S. J.; Cullen, I. J.; Gelletly, W.; Swan, T.; Thomas, J. S.; Walker, P. M.; Gorska, M.; Grawe, H.; Gerl, J.; Pietri, S. B.; Wollersheim, H. J.; Boutachkov, P.; Domingo-Pardo, C.; Farinon, F.

    2009-12-15

    The nuclear structure of neutron-rich N>126 nuclei has been investigated following their production via relativistic projectile fragmentation of a E/A=1 GeV {sup 238}U beam. Metastable states in the N=128 isotones {sup 208}Hg and {sup 209}Tl have been identified. Delayed {gamma}-ray transitions are interpreted as arising from the decay of I{sup {pi}}=(8{sup +}) and (17/2{sup +}) isomers, respectively. The data allow for the so far most comprehensive verification of the shell-model approach in the region determined by magic numbers Z<82 and N>126.

  3. The {sup 136}Xe + {sup 208}Pb Reaction: A Test of Models of Multi-nucleon Transfer Reactions

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    Barrett, J. S.; Yanez, R.; Loveland, W.; Zhu, S.; Ayangeakaa, A. D.; Carpenter, M. P.; Greene, J. P.; Janssens, R. V. F.; Lauritsen, T.; McCutchan, E. A.

    2015-06-22

    The yields of over 200 projectile-like fragments (PLFs) and target-like fragments (TLFs) from the interaction of (E-c.m. = 450 MeV) Xe-136 with a thick target of Pb-208 were measured using Gammasphere and off-line gamma-ray spectroscopy, giving a comprehensive picture of the production cross sections in this reaction. The measured yields were compared to predictions of the GRAZING model and the predictions of Zagrebaev and Greiner using a quantitative metric, the theory evaluation factor tef. The GRAZING model predictions are adequate for describing the yields of nuclei near the target or projectile but they grossly underestimate the yields of all other products. The predictions of Zagrebaev and Greiner correctly describe the magnitude and maxima of the observed TLF transfer cross sections for a wide range of transfers (Delta Z = -8 to Delta Z = +2). However, for Delta Z = +4, the observed position of the maximum in the distribution is four neutrons richer than the predicted maximum. The predicted yields of the neutron-rich N = 126 nuclei exceed the measured values by two orders of magnitude. Correlations between TLF and PLF yields are discussed.

  4. Dynamic studies of {sup 11}Li and its core {sup 9}Li on {sup 208}Pb near the Coulomb barrier

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    Cubero, M.; Borge, M. J. G.; Alcorta, M.; Madurga, M.; Tengblad, O.; Acosta, L.; Martel, I.; Sanchez-Benitez, A. M.; Alvarez, M. A. G.; Gomez-Camacho, J.; Diget, C.; Galaviz, D.; Fernandez-Garcia, J. P.; Lay, J. A.; Moro, A. M.; Mukha, I.; Shotter, A.; Walden, P.

    2010-04-26

    We measured the scattering of the halo nucleus {sup 11}Li and its core {sup 9}Li on the lead target at TRIUMF at energies below and around to the Coulomb barrier. We report here on our preliminary analysis of the inclusive breakup reaction.

  5. Zeaxanthin-independent energy quenching and alternative electron sinks cause a decoupling of the relationship between the photochemical reflectance index (PRI) and photosynthesis in an evergreen conifer during spring.

    PubMed

    Fréchette, Emmanuelle; Wong, Christopher Y S; Junker, Laura Verena; Chang, Christine Yao-Yun; Ensminger, Ingo

    2015-12-01

    In evergreen conifers, the winter down-regulation of photosynthesis and its recovery during spring are the result of a reorganization of the chloroplast and adjustments of energy-quenching mechanisms. These phenological changes may remain undetected by remote sensing, as conifers retain green foliage during periods of photosynthetic down-regulation. The aim was to assess if the timing of the spring recovery of photosynthesis and energy-quenching characteristics are accurately monitored by the photochemical reflectance index (PRI) in the evergreen conifer Pinus strobus. The recovery of photosynthesis was studied using chlorophyll fluorescence, leaf gas exchange, leaf spectral reflectance, and photosynthetic pigment measurements. To assess if climate change might affect the recovery of photosynthesis, seedlings were exposed to cold spring conditions or warm spring conditions with elevated temperature. An early spring decoupling of the relationship between photosynthesis and PRI in both treatments was observed. This was caused by differences between the timing of the recovery of photosynthesis and the timing of carotenoid and chlorophyll pool size adjustments which are the main factors controlling PRI during spring. It was also demonstrated that zeaxanthin-independent NPQ mechanisms undetected by PRI further contributed to the early spring decoupling of the PRI-LUE relationship. An important mechanism undetected by PRI seems to involve increased electron transport around photosystem I, which was a significant energy sink during the entire spring transition, particularly in needles exposed to a combination of high light and cold temperatures.

  6. Single-nucleotide polymorphism of the pri-miR-34b/c gene is not associated with susceptibility to congenital heart disease in the Han Chinese population.

    PubMed

    Liu, Y-M; Wang, Y; Peng, W; Wu, Z; Wang, X-H; Wang, M-L; Wang, W; Sun, J; Zhang, Z-D; Mo, X-M

    2013-08-12

    Recent evidence has shown that the microRNA polymorphism may play an important role in the susceptibility to congenital heart disease (CHD). A potentially functional SNP rs4938723 (T>C) in the promoter region of pri-miR-34b/c might affect transcription factor GATA binding and therefore pri-miR-34b/c expression. We genotyped the pri-miR-34b/c polymorphism in a case-control study of 590 patients and 672 controls in a Han Chinese population and assessed the effects of the pri-miR-34b/c polymorphism on CHD susceptibility by TaqMan SNP genotyping assay. There was no association between the pri-miR-34b/c polymorphism and the risk of CHD in both genotype and allelic frequency. In a subsequent analysis of the association between this polymorphism and CHD classification, there was still no significant difference in both genotype and allelic frequency. Our results suggest that the pri-miR-34b/c polymorphism rs4938723 is not associated with susceptibility to sporadic CHD in the Han Chinese population.

  7. Association between polymorphisms in the promoter region of pri-miR-34b/c and risk of hepatocellular carcinoma.

    PubMed

    Chen, L L; Shen, Y; Zhang, J B; Wang, S; Jiang, T; Zheng, M Q; Zheng, Z J; Chen, C X

    2016-10-05

    Hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC) is a major cause of cancer-related deaths worldwide. MicroRNA-34 (miR-34) gene plays a key role in altering the apoptotic cycle and pathways of downstream cells, and therefore influences carcinogenesis. In this case-control study, we assessed the role of the pri-miR-34b/c rs4938723 polymorphism in HCC risk. The pri-miR-34b/c polymorphic genotype was determined in 286 patients with HCC and 572 controls using polymerase chain reaction-restriction fragment length polymorphism. The male gender (X(2) = 12.95, P < 0.001), regular alcohol consumption (X(2) = 16.81, P < 0.001), and a family history of cancer (X(2) = 11.88, P = 0.001) were associated with HCC risk. However, the age (t = 1.19, P = 0.12) and tobacco smoking habit (X(2) = 0.64, P = 0.42) of HCC patients were comparable to those of the controls. The TC (adjusted OR = 1.46, 95%CI = 1.06-2.01) and CC (adjusted OR = 3.07, 95%CI = 1.77-5.34) genotypes of pri-miR-34b/c rs4938723 were correlated with a higher risk of HCC compared to the TT genotype. Moreover, the TC+CC genotype was correlated with an increased risk of HCC compared to the TT genotype (adjusted OR = 1.64, 95%CI = 1.21-2.22). In the recessive model, the CC genotype of pri-miR-34b/c rs4938723 was significantly correlated with an elevated risk of HCC compared to the TT+TC genotype (adjusted OR = 2.50, 95%CI = 1.49-4.22). Further large-scale and multi-center studies are required to confirm these results.

  8. Pri-miR-34b/c rs4938723 TC heterozygote is associated with increased cancer risks: evidence from published data.

    PubMed

    Yi, De-Hui; Wang, Ben-Gang; Zhong, Xin-Ping; Liu, Hao; Liu, Yong-Feng

    2014-12-01

    The promoter region of the microRNA pri-miR-34b/c has a potentially functional polymorphism, rs4938723, located in a typical CpG island. Studies of the association between pri-miR-34b/c rs4938723 polymorphism and risks of various cancers have had inconsistent results. We therefore conducted a meta-analysis of nine studies that included 6,036 cancer patients and 7,490 controls to address this association. Overall, this meta-analysis showed the pri-miR-34b/c rs4938723 TC heterozygote to be significantly associated with increased risk of overall cancers compared with the wild-type TT genotype (P = 0.010, odds ratio (OR) = 1.10, 95 % confidence interval (CI) 1.02-1.18). In stratified analysis, the TC heterozygote was significantly associated with increased cancers risks in digestive tract cancers, in hepatocellular cancer, in Asian population and in the large-sample subgroup. The CC genotypes of rs4938723 were also associated with increased hepatocellular cancer risk but associated with decreased colorectal cancer risk in the stratification analysis by a single cancer type. Thus our meta-analysis suggests that the pri-miR-34b/c rs4938723 TC heterozygote contributes to increased overall cancer risks, as well as shown in digestive tract cancers, in hepatocellular cancer, in Asian population and in the large-sample subgroup. This rs4938723 SNP showed an opposite tendency orientation between the hepatocellular cancer and colorectal cancer risks. Large-sample studies are needed to verify our findings.

  9. pri-miR-34b/c rs4938723 polymorphism is associated with hepatocellular carcinoma risk: a case-control study in a Chinese population.

    PubMed

    Liu, Chun-Jia; Ma, Xue-Wei; Zhang, Xue-Jun; Shen, Shi-Qiang

    2017-01-01

    Hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC) is one of the most common cancers worldwide. miR-34 induces changes of its downstream genes, and plays a key role in altering the apoptotic cycle and pathways of downstream cells, and finally influences the development of cancer. We assessed the relationship of the pri-miR-34b/c rs4938723 polymorphism with hepatocellular carcinoma risk in a Chinese population. During the period of January 2014 and December 2015, a total of 164 HCC patients and 305 healthy controls were recruited from the Inner Mongolia People's Hospital. Genotyping of the pri-miR-34b/c rs4938723 was determined using the polymerase chain reaction-restriction fragment length polymorphism (PCR-RFLP). Using χ(2) test, we observed that HCC patients were likely to have a habit of alcohol consumption (χ(2) = 10.24, P = 0.001) and infect with HBV or HCV (χ(2) = 128.17, P < 0.001). In co-dominant model, the CC genotype of pri-miR-34b/c rs4938723 had a significant higher risk of HCC as compared with the TT genotype, and the corresponding adjusted OR (95% CI) was 4.14 (1.91-9.75). In dominant model, we observed that the TC+CC genotype were associated with an increased risk of HCC in comparison to the TT genotype (OR = 1.67, 95% CI = 1.17-2.55). In recessive model, the CC genotype was correlated with an elevated risk of HCC when compared with the TT+TC genotype (OR = 3.46, 95% CI = 1.62-8.54). The pri-miR-34b/c rs4938723 polymorphism was associated with a higher risk of HCC in the Chinese population examined. Further large-scale and multi-center studies are required to confirm these results.

  10. Identification and Analysis of Genetic Variations in Pri-MiRNAs Expressed Specifically or at a High Level in Sheep Skeletal Muscle

    PubMed Central

    Zhang, Wei; Wang, Limin; Zhou, Ping; Song, Guangchao; Shen, Min; Gan, Shangquan; Shi, Guoqing

    2015-01-01

    MicroRNAs (miRNAs) are key regulators in miRNA-mediated gene regulatory networks and play important roles in many biological processes, such as growth and development of mammals. In this study, we used microarrays to detect 261 miRNAs that are expressed in sheep skeletal muscle. We found 22 miRNAs that showed high levels of expression and equated to 89% of the total miRNA. Genetic variations in these 22 pri-miRNAs were further investigated using polymerase chain reaction-single strand conformation polymorphism (PCR-SSCP) and sequencing. A total of 49 genetic variations, which included 41 single nucleotide polymorphisms (SNPs) and 8 deletions/insertions, were identified in four sheep breeds. Three variations were further researched in a larger sample set, including five sheep breeds with different meat production performances. We found that the genotype and allele frequencies of the CCC deletion/insertion in pri-miR-133a were significantly related to the sheep meat production trait. Finally, cell assays and quantitative reverse transcription PCR (qRT-PCR) were employed to investigate the effect of pri-miRNA genetic variation on the miRNA biogenesis process. The results confirmed that genetic variations can influence miRNA biogenesis and increase or decrease the levels of mature miRNAs, in accordance with the energy and stability change of hair-pin secondary structures. Our findings will help to further the understanding of the functions of genetic variations in sheep pri-miRNAs in skeletal muscle growth and development. PMID:25699993

  11. Identification and analysis of genetic variations in pri-miRNAs expressed specifically or at a high level in sheep skeletal muscle.

    PubMed

    Zhang, Wei; Wang, Limin; Zhou, Ping; Song, Guangchao; Shen, Min; Gan, Shangquan; Shi, Guoqing

    2015-01-01

    MicroRNAs (miRNAs) are key regulators in miRNA-mediated gene regulatory networks and play important roles in many biological processes, such as growth and development of mammals. In this study, we used microarrays to detect 261 miRNAs that are expressed in sheep skeletal muscle. We found 22 miRNAs that showed high levels of expression and equated to 89% of the total miRNA. Genetic variations in these 22 pri-miRNAs were further investigated using polymerase chain reaction-single strand conformation polymorphism (PCR-SSCP) and sequencing. A total of 49 genetic variations, which included 41 single nucleotide polymorphisms (SNPs) and 8 deletions/insertions, were identified in four sheep breeds. Three variations were further researched in a larger sample set, including five sheep breeds with different meat production performances. We found that the genotype and allele frequencies of the CCC deletion/insertion in pri-miR-133a were significantly related to the sheep meat production trait. Finally, cell assays and quantitative reverse transcription PCR (qRT-PCR) were employed to investigate the effect of pri-miRNA genetic variation on the miRNA biogenesis process. The results confirmed that genetic variations can influence miRNA biogenesis and increase or decrease the levels of mature miRNAs, in accordance with the energy and stability change of hair-pin secondary structures. Our findings will help to further the understanding of the functions of genetic variations in sheep pri-miRNAs in skeletal muscle growth and development.

  12. pri-miR-34b/c rs4938723 polymorphism is associated with hepatocellular carcinoma risk: a case-control study in a Chinese population

    PubMed Central

    Liu, Chun-Jia; Ma, Xue-Wei; Zhang, Xue-Jun; Shen, Shi-Qiang

    2017-01-01

    Hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC) is one of the most common cancers worldwide. miR-34 induces changes of its downstream genes, and plays a key role in altering the apoptotic cycle and pathways of downstream cells, and finally influences the development of cancer. We assessed the relationship of the pri-miR-34b/c rs4938723 polymorphism with hepatocellular carcinoma risk in a Chinese population. During the period of January 2014 and December 2015, a total of 164 HCC patients and 305 healthy controls were recruited from the Inner Mongolia People’s Hospital. Genotyping of the pri-miR-34b/c rs4938723 was determined using the polymerase chain reaction-restriction fragment length polymorphism (PCR-RFLP). Using χ2 test, we observed that HCC patients were likely to have a habit of alcohol consumption (χ2 = 10.24, P = 0.001) and infect with HBV or HCV (χ2 = 128.17, P < 0.001). In co-dominant model, the CC genotype of pri-miR-34b/c rs4938723 had a significant higher risk of HCC as compared with the TT genotype, and the corresponding adjusted OR (95% CI) was 4.14 (1.91-9.75). In dominant model, we observed that the TC+CC genotype were associated with an increased risk of HCC in comparison to the TT genotype (OR = 1.67, 95% CI = 1.17-2.55). In recessive model, the CC genotype was correlated with an elevated risk of HCC when compared with the TT+TC genotype (OR = 3.46, 95% CI = 1.62-8.54). The pri-miR-34b/c rs4938723 polymorphism was associated with a higher risk of HCC in the Chinese population examined. Further large-scale and multi-center studies are required to confirm these results. PMID:28337312

  13. Application of carbon nanosorbent for PRiME pass-through cleanup of 10 selected local anesthetic drugs in human plasma samples.

    PubMed

    Ma, Jian-Bo; Zhao, Li-Ming; Rui, Qiu-Hong; Liao, Yu-Feng; Chen, Yan-Min; Xu, Jin; Zhu, Yan; Zhao, Yong-Gang

    2017-04-01

    A novel PRiME (process, robustness, improvements, matrix effects, ease of use) pass-through cleanup procedure has been developed to improve the existing commercially available designs. Carbon nanosorbents, i.e., magnetic modified carboxyl-graphene (Mag-CG) and magnetic modified carboxyl-carbon nanotubes (Mag-CCNTs), have been synthesised and evaluated in PRiME pass-through cleanup procedure for human plasma prior to analysis of 10 selected local anesthetic drugs by liquid chromatography-tandem quadrupole mass spectrometry (LC-MS/MS). The matrix effect, an interesting phenomenon of ion suppression for local anesthetic drugs containing ester group and ion enhancement for other drugs containing acylamino group, has been minimized using carbon nanosorbents PRiME pass-through cleanup procedure. Under the optimal conditions, the obtained results show higher cleanup efficiency of the carbon nanosorbents with recoveries between 70.2% and 126%. Furthermore, the carbon nanosorbents are also evaluated for reuse up to 80-100 times. The limits of quantification (LOQs) for local anesthetic drugs are in the range of 0.024-0.15 μg/L. Validation results on linearity, specificity, accuracy, and precision, as well as the application to the analysis of lidocaine in five patients recruited from the lung cancer demonstrate the applicability to clinical studies.

  14. The impact of pri-miR-218 rs11134527 on the risk and prognosis of patients with esophageal squamous cell carcinoma.

    PubMed

    Jiang, Lin; Wang, Chaofu; Sun, Canlin; Xu, Yumin; Ding, Zhongqi; Zhang, Xueling; Huang, Junxing; Yu, Hong

    2014-01-01

    MicroRNA-218 (miR-218) acts as a tumor suppressor in numerous types of cancer by regulation of the expression of target genes. The aim of this study was to investigate whether polymorphisms in miR-218 LAMB3 pathway were associated with the risk and prognosis of esophageal squamous cell carcinoma (ESCC). Pri-mir-218 rs11134527 and LAMB3 rs2566 were genotyped in ESCC patients and 745 controls to assess their associations with cancer risk and overall survival. Pri-mir-218 rs11134527 was significantly associated with a decreased risk of ESCC under codominant, recessive and additive models. Although there was a significant association between rs11134527 and better survival of ESCC patients under codominant, recessive and additive models, the association disappeared after adjustment for TNM and LNM. However, further stratified analysis revealed that the association remained significant in patients with TNM stages I and II or non-LNM. Our data suggest that pri-miR-218 rs11134527 may contribute to the genetic susceptibility and prognosis for ESCC in Chinese Han population.

  15. PryJector: a device for in situ visualization of chemical and physical property distributions on surfaces using projection and hyperspectral imaging.

    PubMed

    Alsberg, Bjørn K; Løke, Trond; Baarstad, Ivar

    2011-07-01

    Traditional forensic methods that highlight the spatial distribution of properties such as blood and fingerprints have two main disadvantages: they often apply chemicals that may influence further analyses, and they cannot easily be modified to search for new compounds/properties. A new instrument (called PryJector) avoids these problems by dynamically projecting back onto the surface under study spatially distributed information of compounds/properties (chemical images) obtained from multivariate analysis of hyperspectral images. Selectivity to target compounds/properties is ensured by multivariate modeling which makes the instrument much more flexible compared to traditional methods. The functionality of the PryJector is demonstrated in an application related to the detection of counterfeit pharmaceuticals where compounds otherwise indistinguishable to the human eye are made clearly visible by projection of false-colored chemical images. The PryJector is shown to be a noninvasive and very flexible instrument for highlighting spatial distributions of various compounds/properties. © 2011 American Academy of Forensic Sciences.

  16. Transverse resistance in Y1-yPryBa2Cu3O7-δ at large praseodymium concentrations

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    Vovk, Ruslan V.; Khadzhai, Georgij Ya.; Dobrovolskiy, Oleksandr V.

    2014-10-01

    The effect of praseodymium doping on the transverse electrical resistance of Y1-yPryBa2Cu3O7-δ single crystals is investigated by electrical resistance measurements. The resistance curves can be fitted well to an expression accounting for the thermo-activated variable-range hopping charge transfer in conjunction with the fluctuation conductivity in the 3D Aslamazov-Larkin model. Our analysis of the Pr concentration dependence of the fitting parameters shows that in the concentration range 0.34

  17. Pri-miR-34b/c rs4938723 polymorphism contributes to acute lymphoblastic leukemia susceptibility in Chinese children.

    PubMed

    Tong, Na; Chu, Haiyan; Wang, Meilin; Xue, Yao; Du, Mulong; Lu, Lingling; Zhang, Heng; Wang, Feng; Fang, Yongjun; Li, Jie; Wu, Dongmei; Zhang, Zhengdong; Sheng, Xiaojing

    2016-01-01

    A polymorphism rs4938723 (T > C) within the promoter region of pri-miR-34b/c has been found to not only affect the expression of mature miR-34b/c but also contribute to the susceptibility to several cancer types. We designed a case-control study to evaluate the role of rs4938723 in childhood acute lymphoblastic leukemia (ALL). The rs4938723 CC genotype was significantly associated with reduced ALL risk (p = 0.003, ORadjusted = 0.51, 95% CI = 0.33-0.80 for CC vs. TT). Stratification analyses showed the differences were pronounced in older (> 6 years), male subjects, as well as in patients in low risk and T-ALL subtypes. The in vitro luciferase assays in Jurkat and K-562 cell lines showed that the transcription activity of miR-34b/c was increased when T allele transited to C allele (p < 0.05). In conclusion, rs4938723 genetic variant contributed to the susceptibility to Chinese childhood ALL by influencing the transcription activity of miR-34b/c promoter.

  18. Magnetic and electric behavior of praseodymium substituted CuPryFe2-yO4 ferrites

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    Farid, Muhammad Tahir; Ahmad, Ishtiaq; Kanwal, Muddassara; Murtaza, Ghulam; Ali, Irshad; Ashiq, Muhammad Naeem; Khan, Sajjad Ahmad

    2017-01-01

    Spinel ferrites with chemical formula CuPryFe2-yO4(y=0.0,0.02,0.04,0.06,0.08,0.10) were synthesized using sol-gel technique. The sintered powder characterized by X-ray diffraction (XRD), Scanning Electron Microscopy (SEM) and vibrating sample magnetometer (VSM). X-ray Diffraction analysis showed that the samples with concentration (y=0.0-0.06) have single spinel phase and the samples with concentration at y=0.08-0.10 have secondary phase (ortho ferrite phase) along spinel phase. The Lattice constant a increased with the substitution of Praseodymium (Pr) ions. The crystallite size calculated from Scherre's formula is found in the range of 53-37 nm. It is observed that DC resistivity and activation energy enhances with the substitution of Pr. The dc resistivity decreased with the increase in temperature. The conduction below Curie temperature (Tc) is due to hopping of electrons and holes, whereas, above Curie temperature it is due to polaron hopping. The decrease in Tc with increasing Pr constant may be due to the fact that Pr-Fe interactions on the B sites are weaker than Fe-Fe interaction. The saturation magnetization (Ms) and remanence (Mr) decreased where as coercivity (Hc) has been increased with the increase of Pr content. The measured parameters suggest that these materials are potential candidates for high frequency applications.

  19. Zeaxanthin-independent energy quenching and alternative electron sinks cause a decoupling of the relationship between the photochemical reflectance index (PRI) and photosynthesis in an evergreen conifer during spring

    PubMed Central

    Fréchette, Emmanuelle; Wong, Christopher Y. S.; Junker, Laura Verena; Chang, Christine Yao-Yun; Ensminger, Ingo

    2015-01-01

    In evergreen conifers, the winter down-regulation of photosynthesis and its recovery during spring are the result of a reorganization of the chloroplast and adjustments of energy-quenching mechanisms. These phenological changes may remain undetected by remote sensing, as conifers retain green foliage during periods of photosynthetic down-regulation. The aim was to assess if the timing of the spring recovery of photosynthesis and energy-quenching characteristics are accurately monitored by the photochemical reflectance index (PRI) in the evergreen conifer Pinus strobus. The recovery of photosynthesis was studied using chlorophyll fluorescence, leaf gas exchange, leaf spectral reflectance, and photosynthetic pigment measurements. To assess if climate change might affect the recovery of photosynthesis, seedlings were exposed to cold spring conditions or warm spring conditions with elevated temperature. An early spring decoupling of the relationship between photosynthesis and PRI in both treatments was observed. This was caused by differences between the timing of the recovery of photosynthesis and the timing of carotenoid and chlorophyll pool size adjustments which are the main factors controlling PRI during spring. It was also demonstrated that zeaxanthin-independent NPQ mechanisms undetected by PRI further contributed to the early spring decoupling of the PRI–LUE relationship. An important mechanism undetected by PRI seems to involve increased electron transport around photosystem I, which was a significant energy sink during the entire spring transition, particularly in needles exposed to a combination of high light and cold temperatures. PMID:26386258

  20. Monitoring phenology of photosynthesis in temperate evergreen and mixed deciduous forests using the normalized difference vegetation index (NDVI) and the photochemical reflectance index (PRI) at leaf and canopy scales

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    Wong, C. Y.; Arain, M. A.; Ensminger, I.

    2016-12-01

    Evergreen conifers in boreal and temperate regions undergo strong seasonal changes in photoperiod and temperatures, which determines their phenology of high photosynthetic activity in the growing season and downregulation during the winter. Monitoring the timing of the transition between summer activity and winter downregulation in evergreens is difficult since this is a largely invisible process, unlike in deciduous trees that have a visible budding and a sequence of leaf unfolding in the spring and leaf abscission in the fall. The light-use efficiency (LUE) model estimates gross primary productivity (GPP) and may be parameterized using remotely sensed vegetation indices. Using spectral reflectance data, we derived the normalized difference vegetation index (NDVI), a measure of leaf "greenness", and the photochemical reflectance index (PRI), a proxy for chlorophyll:carotenoid ratios which is related to photosynthetic activity. To better understand the relationship between these vegetation indices and photosynthetic activity and to contrast this relationship between plant functional types, the phenology of NDVI, PRI and photosynthesis was monitored in an evergreen forest and a mixed deciduous forest at the leaf and canopy scale. Our data indicates that the LUE model can be parameterized by NDVI and PRI to track forest phenology. Differences in the sensitivity of PRI and NDVI will be discussed. These findings have implications to address the phenology of evergreen conifers by using PRI to complement NDVI in the LUE model, potentially improving model productivity estimates in northern hemisphere forests, that are dominated by conifers.

  1. The variant of pri-mir-26a-1 polymorphism is associated with decreased risk of betel quid-related oral premalignant lesions and oral squamous cell carcinoma.

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    Yang, Cheng-Mei; Chen, Chien-Chou; Tseng, Yu-Kai; Huang, Sin-Jhih; Liou, Huei-Han; Lee, Yi-Cheng; Lee, Jang-Hwa; Wang, Jyh-Seng; Chen, Hung-Chih; Chi, Chao-Chuan; Kang, Bor-Hwang; Lin, Yun-Chung; Tsai, Kuo-Wang; Ger, Luo-Ping

    2017-06-08

    This case-control study evaluated the association of the single nucleotide polymorphism rs7372209 (T>C) in pri-mir-26a-1 with the risk and progression of betel quid (BQ)-related oral premalignant lesions (OPLs) and oral squamous cell carcinoma (OSCC). In total, 597 BQ chewers were recruited: 196 healthy controls, 241 patients with OPLs, and 160 patients with OSCC. Genotypes were determined using the TaqMan real-time assay. The C/T + T/T genotypes and T allele in pri-mir-26a-1 were correlated with a decreased risk of BQ-related OPLs (P = .038 and .005, respectively), oral leukoplakia (P = .01 and .001, respectively), and advanced-stage OSCC (P = .021 and .004, respectively). The effects of the C/T + T/T genotypes and T allele on the decreased risk of OPLs were potent in the older age group (both Pinteraction < .001), heavy smokers (Pinteraction ≤ .003 and .006, respectively) and alcohol drinkers (Pinteraction ≤ .004 and .001, respectively). Furthermore, among patients with OSCC, the C/T + T/T genotypes and T allele were associated with a decreased risk of advanced pathologic stage (P = .032) and lymph node involvement (P = .017). BQ chewers carrying the T allele or C/T + T/T genotypes in pri-mir-26a-1 may have a decreased risk of oral leukoplakia, OPLs, and advanced-stage OSCC. Copyright © 2017 Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.

  2. Pri-miR-34b/c rs4938723 polymorphism is associated with the risk of childhood acute lymphoblastic leukemia.

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    Hashemi, Mohammad; Bahari, Gholamreza; Naderi, Majid; Sadeghi-Bojd, Simin; Taheri, Mohsen

    2016-11-01

    MicroRNAs (miRNAs), small noncoding regulatory RNAs, are key regulators of gene expression. The impact of Pri-miR-34b/c rs4938723 variant on development of various cancers is still controversial. In the present study, we examined whether a rs4938723 variant located at the promoter region of Pri-miR-34b/c is associated with childhood ALL. A total of 110 children with acute lymphoblastic leukemia (ALL) and 120 healthy children were recruited to participate in this study. The rs4938723 variant was genotyped by polymerase chain reaction restriction fragment length polymorphism (PCR-RFLP) method. The rs4938723 variant decreased the risk of ALL in heterozygous (TC vs OR = 0.48, 95% CI = 0.28-0.84, p = 0.012, TC vs TT) and overdominant (OR = 0.51, 95% CI = 0.30-0.89, p = 0.0.020, TC vs TT + CC): OR = 1.32, 95% CI = 0.67-2.59, p = 0.498; C vs T: OR = 0.99, 95% CI = 0.75-1.31, p = 0.986) inheritance models tested. The C allele significantly decreased the risk of childhood ALL compared to T allele (OR = 0.52, 95% CI = 0.33-0.83, p = 0.006). Our findings proposed an association between Pri-miR-34 b/c rs4938723 variant and risk of childhood ALL development in a sample of Iranian population. Copyright © 2016 Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.

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

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    McMurray, Jake W.; Silva, Chinthaka M.

    2015-12-09

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

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

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    McMurray, J. W.; Silva, C. M.

    2016-03-01

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

  5. The genetic association between pri-miR-34b/c polymorphism (rs4938723 T > C) and susceptibility to cancers: evidence from published studies.

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    Li, Xiaowei; Wang, Liguang; Yu, Jianyu; Xu, Jun; Du, Jiajun

    2014-12-01

    Recently, several molecular epidemiological studies have focused on the association between pri-miR-34b/c rs4938723 SNP and the susceptibility to different cancers. Due to the controversial rather than conclusive results, we performed this meta-analysis to assess more precise and comprehensive conclusion about the association. Data published until July 2014 were collected from PubMed, Embase, Web of Science, Chinese National Knowledge Infrastructure, Wanfang Data, Chinese BioMedical Literature Database, and VIP database of Chinese Journal. Ultimately, 13 articles with a total of 7,753 cases and 8,014 controls were considered eligible for inclusion. The odds ratio (OR) and its 95 % confidence interval (95%CI) were used to assess the strength of association. In the overall analysis, a significant association between pri-miR-34b/c rs4938723 polymorphism and increased cancer susceptibility was found in heterozygous model (TC vs. TT: OR = 1.148, 95%CI 1.034-1.275, P = 0.010) and dominant model (CC + TC vs. TT: OR =1.166, 95%CI 1.028-1.322, P = 0.017). In subgroup analysis of ethnicity, pri-miR-34b/c rs4938723 polymorphism was significantly associated with an increased cancer susceptibility for Asian population in heterozygous model (TC vs. TT: OR = 1.169, 95%CI 1.031-1.326, P = 0.015) and dominant model (CC + TC vs. TT: OR = 1.185, 95%CI 1.017-1.382, P = 0.030), whereas no significant association for Caucasian population was observed in any genetic models. Intriguingly, stratified analysis revealed opposite results that pri-miR-34b/c polymorphism contributed to susceptibility to hepatocellular carcinoma while reduced susceptibility to colorectal cancer and esophageal squamous cell cancer in Asians. Considering some limitation of our meta-analysis, future well-designed case-control studies with larger sample sizes are required to confirm our findings.

  6. Conductivity of single-crystal Y1-yPryBa2Cu3O7-δ over a wide range of temperatures and Pr concentrations

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    Khadzhai, G. Ya.; Vovk, N. R.; Vovk, R. V.

    2014-06-01

    The in-plane electrical resistance of Y1-yPryBa2Cu3O7-δ single crystals with a high degree of perfection is studied for temperatures in the range TC-300 K, where TC ranges from 92 to 52 K, with varying praseodymium content. The experimental data are approximated by an expression that takes electron scattering on phonons and defects into account, as well as fluctuation conductivity in a 3D Aslamazov-Larkin model. According to the approximation data the Debye temperature ranges from 350-370 K, depending on the praseodymium content. The transverse coherence length is ˜1 Å.

  7. Combined analysis of pri-miR-34b/c rs4938723 and TP53 Arg72Pro with cervical cancer risk.

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    Yuan, Fang; Sun, Ruifen; Chen, Peng; Liang, Yundan; Ni, Shanshan; Quan, Yi; Huang, Juan; Zhang, Lin; Gao, Linbo

    2016-05-01

    miR-34 family members can form a p53-miR-34 positive feedback loop and induce apoptosis, DNA repair, angiogenesis, and cell cycle arrest. We conducted a case-control study to examine whether two polymorphisms (i.e., rs4938723 in the promoter of pri-miR-34b/c and TP53 Arg72Pro) were linked to the carcinogenesis of cervical cancer among Chinese Han women. Genotypes of the two polymorphisms in 328 cervical cancer patients and 568 control subjects were determined by using a polymerase chain reaction-restriction fragment length polymorphism assay. We found a significantly increased cervical cancer risk in the pri-miR-34b/c rs4938723 under dominant and overdominant model (CT/CC vs. TT: adjusted OR = 1.34, 95 % CI = 1.01-1.77; CT vs. TT/CC: adjusted OR = 1.37, 95 % CI = 1.05-1.80, respectively). Increased cervical cancer risks were also found in the TP53 Arg72Pro under a heterozygous comparison and overdominant model (CG vs. GG: adjusted OR = 1.44, 95 % CI = 1.06-1.95; CG vs. GG/CC: adjusted OR = 1.47, 95 % CI = 1.12-1.94, respectively). Stratification analysis showed that patients carrying the pri-miR-34b/c rs4938723 CT genotype had a significantly increased risk for developing poorly differential status and clinical stage I. Moreover, increased cancer risks were observed for the TP53 Arg72Pro polymorphism in patients with poorly differential status, clinical stage II, and without lymph node metastasis. Combined analysis revealed that the genotypes of rs4938723 CT/CC and TP53 Arg72Pro CG/CC had an increased cervical cancer risk (OR = 2.21, 95 % CI = 1.38-3.53). These findings suggest that the pri-miR-34b/c rs4938723 and TP53 Arg72Pro polymorphisms may contribute to the genesis of cervical cancer.

  8. Pri-miR-34b/c rs4938723 polymorphism is associated with a decreased risk of gastric cancer.

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    Pan, Xin-Min; Sun, Rui-Fen; Li, Zhao-Hui; Guo, Xiao-Min; Qin, Hao-Jie; Gao, Lin-Bo

    2015-04-01

    Previous studies have demonstrated that miR-34 family members are abnormally expressed in gastric cancer. Overexpression of the miR-34 family suppresses gastric carcinogenesis, whereas downregulation of the miR-34 family promotes tumorigenesis. p53 can bind to the promoter region of miR-34b/c, leading to an increase of miR-34b/c expression. Recently, a variant in the promoter region of pri-miR-34b/c (rs4938723) has been discovered, with the function of altering the binding efficiency of transcription factor GATA. The purpose of this study was to examine the role of the miR-34b/c rs4938723 and TP53 Arg72Pro polymorphisms in the susceptibility of gastric cancer. We analyzed the distribution of the two polymorphisms in 197 patients with gastric cancer and 289 age-, gender-, ethnicity-, and living area-matched controls using polymerase chain reaction-restriction fragment length polymorphism and DNA direct sequencing. We found that the CT and CT/CC genotypes of the miR-34b/c rs4938723 were associated with a significantly decreased risk of gastric cancer compared with the TT genotype (CT vs. TT: odds ratio [OR]=0.66; 95% confidence interval [95% CI], 0.45-0.97; and CT/CC vs. TT: OR=0.67; 95% CI, 0.47-0.97, respectively). Combined analysis showed that subjects carrying the miR-34b/c rs4938723 CT/CC and TP53 CG/CC genotypes had a 0.62-fold decreased risk to develop gastric cancer compared with subjects carrying the miR-34b/c rs4938723 TT and TP53 CG/CC genotypes (OR=0.62; 95% CI, 0.40-0.96). These findings suggest that the miR-34b/c rs4938723 may individually and jointly have a protective effect on the risk of gastric risk.

  9. Genetic polymorphisms of IL17A and pri-microRNA-938, targeting IL17A 3'-UTR, influence susceptibility to gastric cancer.

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    Arisawa, Tomiyasu; Tahara, Tomomitsu; Shiroeda, Hisakazu; Matsue, Yasuhito; Minato, Takahiro; Nomura, Tomoe; Yamada, Hideto; Hayashi, Ranji; Saito, Takashi; Matsunaga, Kazuhiro; Fukuyama, Tomoki; Hayashi, Nobuhiko; Otsuka, Toshimi; Fukumura, Atsushi; Nakamura, Masakatsu; Shibata, Tomoyuki

    2012-07-01

    We report an association between gastric cancer (GC) and polymorphisms in IL17A, rs2275913 (-197 G > A), rs3748067 (*1249 C > T), and pri-miR-938, rs2505901 (T > C). We employed the multiplex PCR-SSCP method to detect gene polymorphisms in 337 GC cases and 587 controls. The minor allele frequency of rs2275913 was significantly higher, and those of rs3748067 and rs2505901 significantly lower, in GC cases than controls. The rs2275913 AA homozygote was associated with an increased risk (OR, 2.38; 95%CI, 1.63-3.46; p < 0.0001) for the development of both intestinal and diffuse types of GC. The rs3748067 T polymorphism was associated with a decreased risk for intestinal GC (OR, 0.511; 95%CI, 0.272-0.962; p = 0.037), whereas rs2505901 C locus carried a decreased risk overall for GC (OR, 0.733; 95%CI, 0.545-0.985; p = 0.039). In addition, rs3748067 T allele was inversely correlated with lymph node metastasis. Our results suggest that polymorphisms in both IL17A and pri-miR-938 contribute to cancer risk susceptibility and therefore can affect the development of gastric cancer. Copyright © 2012 American Society for Histocompatibility and Immunogenetics. Published by Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.

  10. Pri-Mir-34b/C and Tp-53 Polymorphisms are Associated With The Susceptibility of Papillary Thyroid Carcinoma

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    Chen, Peng; Sun, Ruifen; Pu, Yan; Bai, Peng; Yuan, Fang; Liang, Yundan; Zhou, Bin; Wang, Yanyun; Sun, Yinghe; Zhu, Jingqiang; Zhang, Lin; Gao, Linbo

    2015-01-01

    Abstract Tumor suppressor p53 directly regulated the abundance of the miR-34b/c. The interaction might contribute to certain cancer. We hypothesized that rs4938723 in the promoter region of pri-miR-34b/c and TP-53 Arg72Pro may be related to the risk of papillary thyroid carcinoma (PTC). A total of 784 patients with PTC and 1006 healthy controls were recruited to participate in this study. The variants were discriminated using a polymerase chain reaction–restriction fragment length polymorphism method (PCR-RFLP). Additionally, the relative expression levels of miR-34b/c and TP-53 in 44 paired samples were revealed by quantitative reverse transcription polymerase chain reaction (qRT-PCR). A significantly increased risk of PTC was observed in the miR-34b/c rs4938723 CT, CC, and CT/CC genotypes compared with the TT genotype (CT vs TT: adjusted odds ratio [OR] = 1.51, 95%confidence interval [CI] = 1.23–1.85; CC vs TT: adjusted OR = 1.89, 95%CI = 1.39–2.63; CT/CC vs TT: adjusted OR = 1.59, 95%CI = 1.30–1.92, respectively). Significantly increased PTC susceptibility was also associated with the TP-53 Arg72Pro CC and CG/CC genotypes compared with the GG genotype (CC vs GG: adjusted OR = 2.04, 95%CI = 1.54–2.70; CG/CC vs GG: adjusted OR = 1.35, 95%CI = 1.11–1.67, respectively). Stratification analysis revealed that patients carrying the TP-53 Arg72Pro C allele and CC genotype had a significantly increased risk for developing N1 (C vs. G: OR = 1.27, 95%CI = 1.03–1.56; CC vs. GG: OR = 1.62, 95%CI = 1.07–2.46, respectively). Combined analysis showed that the genotypes of rs4938723 CT/CC + TP-53CG/CC increased the risk of PTC compared with rs4938723TT + TP-53GG (OR = 2.25, 95%CI = 1.67–3.03). Additionally, level of miR-34b was significantly upregulated in PTC patients. These findings indicate that the miR-34b/c rs4938723 and TP-53 Arg72Pro polymorphisms may contribute to the

  11. Sun-induced Chlorophyll fluorescence and PRI improve remote sensing GPP estimates under varying nutrient availability in a typical Mediterranean savanna ecosystem

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    Perez-Priego, O.; Guan, J.; Rossini, M.; Fava, F.; Wutzler, T.; Moreno, G.; Carvalhais, N.; Carrara, A.; Kolle, O.; Julitta, T.; Schrumpf, M.; Reichstein, M.; Migliavacca, M.

    2015-07-01

    This study investigates the performances of different optical indices to estimate gross primary production (GPP) of herbaceous stratum in a Mediterranean savanna with different Nitrogen (N) and Phosphorous (P) availability. Sun-induced chlorophyll Fluorescence yield computed at 760 nm (Fy760), scaled-photochemical reflectance index (sPRI), MERIS terrestrial-chlorophyll index (MTCI) and Normalized difference vegetation index (NDVI) were computed from near-surface field spectroscopy measurements collected using high spectral resolution spectrometers covering the visible near-infrared regions. GPP was measured using canopy-chambers on the same locations sampled by the spectrometers. We hypothesized that light-use efficiency (LUE) models driven by remote sensing quantities (RSM) can better track changes in GPP caused by nutrient supplies compared to those driven exclusively by meteorological data (MM). Particularly, we compared the performances of different RSM formulations - relying on the use of Fy760 or sPRI as proxy for LUE and NDVI or MTCI as fraction of absorbed photosynthetically active radiation (fAPAR) - with those of classical MM. Results showed significantly higher GPP in the N fertilized experimental plots during the growing period. These differences in GPP disappeared in the drying period when senescence effects masked out potential differences due to plant N content. Consequently, although MTCI was tightly related to plant N content (r2 = 0.86, p < 0.01), it was poorly related to GPP (r2 = 0.45, p < 0.05). On the contrary sPRI and Fy760 correlated well with GPP during the whole measurement period. Results revealed that the relationship between GPP and Fy760 is not unique across treatments but it is affected by N availability. Results from a cross validation analysis showed that MM (AICcv = 127, MEcv = 0.879) outperformed RSM (AICcv = 140, MEcv = 0.8737) when soil moisture was used to constrain the seasonal dynamic of LUE. However, residual analyses

  12. Base-pair opening dynamics of the microRNA precursor pri-miR156a affect temperature-responsive flowering in Arabidopsis.

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    Kim, Hee-Eun; Kim, Wanhui; Lee, Ae-Ree; Jin, Suhyun; Jun, A Rim; Kim, Nak-Kyoon; Lee, Joon-Hwa; Ahn, Ji Hoon

    2017-03-18

    Internal and environmental cues, including ambient temperature changes, regulate the timing of flowering in plants. Arabidopsis miR156 represses flowering and plays an important role in the regulation of temperature-responsive flowering. However, the molecular basis of miR156 processing at lower temperatures remains largely unknown. Here, we performed nuclear magnetic resonance studies to investigate the base-pair opening dynamics of model RNAs at 16 °C and investigated the in vivo effects of the mutant RNAs on temperature-responsive flowering. The A9C and A10CG mutations in the B5 bulge of the lower stem of pri-miR156a stabilized the C15∙G98 and U16∙A97 base-pairs at the cleavage site of pri-miR156a at 16 °C. Consistent with this, production of mature miR156 was severely affected in plants overexpressing the A9C and A10CG constructs and these plants exhibited almost no delay in flowering at 16 °C. The A10G and A9AC mutations did not strongly affect C15∙G98 and U16∙A97 base-pairs at 16 °C, and plants overexpressing A10G and A9AC mutants of miR156 produced more mature miR156 than plants overexpressing the A9C and A10CG mutants and showed a strong delay in flowering at 16 °C. Interestingly, the A9AC mutation had distinct effects on the opening dynamics of the C15∙G98 and U16∙A97 base-pairs between 16 °C and 23 °C, and plants expressing the A9AC mutant miR156 showed only a moderate delay in flowering at 16 °C. Based on these results, we propose that fine-tuning of the base-pair stability at the cleavage site is essential for efficient processing of pri-miR156a at a low temperature and for reduced flowering sensitivity to ambient temperature changes.

  13. Genetic polymorphism of pri-microRNA 325, targeting SLC6A4 3'-UTR, is closely associated with the risk of functional dyspepsia in Japan.

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    Arisawa, Tomiyasu; Tahara, Tomomitsu; Fukuyama, Tomoki; Hayashi, Ranji; Matsunaga, Kazuhiro; Hayashi, Nobuhiko; Nakamura, Masakatsu; Toshikuni, Nobuyuki; Shiroeda, Hisakazu; Shibata, Tomoyuki

    2012-10-01

    The role of genetics in the susceptibility to functional dyspepsia (FD) remains unclear. We attempted to clarify the association between FD and polymorphisms in SLC6A4. In addition, rs5981521 (C>T) in the pri-microRNA 325 (pri-miR-325) coding region was also investigated. The study was performed in 395 subjects (172 with no upper abdominal symptoms and 223 with FD, including medication-resistant FD). We employed a polymerase chain reaction single-strand conformation polymorphism (PCR-SSCP) method to detect gene polymorphisms. Neither SLC6A4 -185 A>C nor *463 G>T was associated with susceptibility to FD. The number of rs5981521 T alleles was significantly correlated with an increased risk for FD (odds ratio [OR] 1.45, 95 % confidence interval [CI] 1.05-1.98; p = 0.022) and the TT homozygote was more closely associated with the risk for FD (OR 3.01, 95 % CI 1.41-6.42; p = 0.0043). The TT homozygote also had significantly increased risks for both the epigastric pain syndrome (EPS) and postprandial distress syndrome (PDS) subtypes of FD (OR 3.04, 95 % CI 1.25-7.42; p = 0.014 and OR 3.05, 95 % CI 1.14-8.13; p = 0.026, respectively). In addition, Helicobacter pylori-negative TT homozygotes had a greater risk for FD (OR 8.37, 95 % CI 1.78-39.5; p = 0.0072). In subjects with the SLC6A4 5'-untranslated region (UTR) wild homozygote, the number of rs5981521 T alleles was significantly correlated to an increased risk for FD (OR 1.45, 95 % CI 1.03-2.04, p = 0.033). Of note, in subjects who were SLC6A4 3'-UTR mutant carriers, the number of rs5981521 T alleles was also significantly correlated with an increased risk for FD (OR 2.07, 95 % CI 1.08-3.98; p = 0.029). Our results suggest that the genetic polymorphism pri-miR-325 is associated with FD and interacts with SLC6A4 polymorphisms in increasing susceptibility to FD in Japanese.

  14. Conductivity anisotropy in Y1-yPryBa2Cu3O7-δ single crystals in a wide range of praseodymium concentrations

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    Vovk, Ruslan V.; Khadzhai, Georgij Ya.; Dobrovolskiy, Oleksandr V.

    2014-12-01

    Anisotropies of different conductivity mechanisms in Y1-yPryBa2Cu3O7-δ single crystals in a wide range of praseodymium concentrations are reported, assuming a transition from the metallic conductivity to the semiconductor-like regime, in conjunction with the fluctuation conductivity within the 3D Aslamazov-Larkin model. The Tc anisotropy grows with increasing y, with a most drastic rise when approaching the non-superconducting composition. As the praseodymium concentration increases, the ideal resistance anisotropy passes through a maximum at y ≈ 0.19. The temperature dependence of the semiconductor-like resistance anisotropy exhibits a maximum associated with variable-range jumps along the c-axis. The temperature dependence of the fluctuation conductivity anisotropy passes through a maximum due to a significant anisotropy of the coherence length.

  15. A SNP site in pri-miR-124 changes mature miR-124 expression but no contribution to Alzheimer's disease in a Mongolian population.

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    Qi, Lu; Hu, Yi; Zhan, Ying; Wang, Jing; Wang, Bing-Bing; Xia, Hong-Fei; Ma, Xu

    2012-04-25

    Increasing evidence shows that single nucleotide polymorphisms (SNPs) or mutations in microRNAs (miRNAs) sequence may affect the processing and function of miRNAs and participate in the occurrence of diseases. Although many SNPs of miRNAs were found, their functions in the pathological process of nerve cells were only just emerging. In the present study, the effect of the SNP of one neuronal miRNA, miR-124, on miRNA biogenesis and human genetic disease was investigated using in vitro cell line model and Alzheimer's disease (AD) in the Mongolian population. Bioinformatics prediction showed that a common G/C polymorphism designated rs531564 was found in the pri-miR-124 and the G allele changed the formation of a ring-shaped structure in the predicted secondary structure of the pri-miRNA for miR-124-1. Northern blot and real-time PCR analysis showed that the amount of mature miR-124 from the C/G heterozygosity of rs531564 was increased compared with the CC or GG homozygosity of rs531564. The expression of mature miR-124 from GG homozygosity was also higher than that from CC homozygosity. But in an association study of AD patients and controls, neither genotype nor allele distribution difference was found in AD patients compared with controls. Collectively, the present study is the first to evaluate the relationship between miR-124 and AD in the Mongolian population. SNP rs531564 of miR-124 may not represent a risk factor in the development of AD among Mongolian population. Copyright © 2012 Elsevier Ireland Ltd. All rights reserved.

  16. A novel marsupial pri-miRNA transcript has a putative role in gamete maintenance and defines a vertebrate miRNA cluster paralogous to the miR-15a/miR-16-1 cluster.

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    Au, Phil Chi Khang; Frankenberg, Stephen; Selwood, Lynne; Familari, Mary

    2011-10-01

    Successful maintenance, survival and maturation of gametes rely on bidirectional communication between the gamete and its supporting cells. Before puberty, factors from the gamete and its supporting cells are necessary for spermatogonial stem cell and primordial follicle oocyte maintenance. Following gametogenesis, gametes rely on factors and nutrients secreted by cells of the reproductive tracts, the epididymis and/or oviduct, to complete maturation. Despite extensive studies on female and male reproduction, many of the molecular mechanisms of germ cell maintenance remain relatively unknown, particularly in marsupial species. We present the first study and characterisation of a novel primary miRNA transcript, pri-miR-16c, in the marsupial, the stripe-faced dunnart. Bioinformatic analysis showed that its predicted processed miRNA - miR-16c - is present in a wide range of vertebrates, but not eutherians. In situ hybridisation revealed dunnart pri-miR-16c expression in day 4 (primordial germ cells) and day 7 (oogonia) pouch young, in primary oocytes and follicle cells of primordial follicles but then only in follicle cells of primary, secondary and antral follicles in adult ovaries. In the adult testis, pri-miR-16c transcripts were present in the cytoplasm of spermatogonial cells. The oviduct and the epididymis both showed expression, but not any other somatic tissues examined or conceptuses during early embryonic development. This pattern of expression suggests that pri-miR-16c function may be associated with gamete maintenance, possibly through mechanisms involving RNA transfer, until the zygote enters the uterus at the pronuclear stage.

  17. The N-Terminal Domain of the E. coli PriA Helicase Contains Both the DNA- and the Nucleotide-Binding Sites. Energetics of Domain-DNA Interactions and Allosteric Effect of the Nucleotide Cofactors§

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    Szymanski, Michal R.; Bujalowski, Paul J.; Jezewska, Maria J.; Gmyrek, Aleksandra M.; Bujalowski, Wlodzimierz

    2011-01-01

    Functional interactions of the E. coli PriA helicase 181N-terminal domain with the DNA and nucleotide cofactors have been quantitatively examined. The isolated 181N-terminal domain forms a stable dimer in solution, most probably reflecting the involvement of the domain in specific cooperative interactions of the intact PriA protein - dsDNA complex. Only one monomer of the domain dimer binds the DNA, i.e., the dimer has one effective DNA-binding site. Although the total site-size of the dimer - ssDNA complex is ~13 nucleotides, the DNA-binding subsite engages in direct interactions ~5 nucleotides. A small number of interacting nucleotides indicates that the DNA-binding subsites of the PriA helicase, i.e., the strong subsite on the helicase domain and the weak subsite on the N-terminal domain, are spatially separated in the intact enzyme. Contrary to current views, the subsite has only a slight preference for the 3′-end OH group of the ssDNA and lacks any significant base specificity, although it has a significant dsDNA affinity. Unlike the intact helicase, the DNA-binding subsite of the isolated domain is in an open conformation, indicating the presence of the direct helicase domain - N-terminal domain interactions. The discovery that the 181N-terminal domain possesses a nucleotide-binding site places the allosteric, weak nucleotide-binding site of the intact PriA on the N-terminal domain. The specific ADP effect on the domain DNA-binding subsite indicates that in the intact helicase, the bound ADP not only opens the DNA-binding subsite but also increases its intrinsic DNA affinity. PMID:21888358

  18. Schottky Mass Measurement of the {sup 208}Hg Isotope: Implication for the Proton-Neutron Interaction Strength around Doubly Magic {sup 208}Pb

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    Chen, L.; Plass, W. R.; Geissel, H.; Scheidenberger, C.; Litvinov, Yu. A.; Beckert, K.; Beller, P.; Bosch, F.; Caceres, L.; Franzke, B.; Gerl, J.; Gorska, M.; Knoebel, R.; Kozhuharov, C.; Litvinov, S. A.; Mandal, S.; Muenzenberg, G.; Nolden, F.; Saito, N.; Saito, T.

    2009-03-27

    Time-resolved Schottky mass spectrometry has been applied to uranium projectile fragments which yielded the mass value for the {sup 208}Hg (Z=80, N=128) isotope. The mass excess value of ME=-13 265(31) keV has been obtained, which has been used to determine the proton-neutron interaction strength in {sup 210}Pb, as a double difference of atomic masses. The results show a dramatic variation of the strength for lead isotopes when crossing the N=126 neutron shell closure, thus confirming the empirical predictions that this interaction strength is sensitive to the overlap of the wave functions of the last valence neutrons and protons.

  19. Ground state partial radiative widths of /sup 207/Pb + n resonances and M1 and E2 strengths in /sup 208/Pb

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    Weigmann, H.; Koehler, R.; Poortmans, F.; Raman, S.; Wartena, J.A.

    1987-08-01

    Ground state partial radiative widths of neutron resonances in /sup 207/Pb + n have been measured. A resonance analysis has been carried out in a complete manner below 700 keV neutron energy, and for selected strongly radiation resonances up to 1 MeV. The total magnetic dipole strength detected above neutron separation energy is only 6.8 ..mu../sub 0//sup 2/, but the observed appreciable fragmentation of the M1 strength suggests that considerable strength is missed at excitation energies above 8 MeV. The electric quadrupole strength observed between neutron separation energy and 8.2 MeV is distributed rather uniformly, and corresponds to 4.9% of the energy-weighted sum-rule for isoscalar E2 transitions. 10 refs., 2 figs.

  20. microTSS: accurate microRNA transcription start site identification reveals a significant number of divergent pri-miRNAs.

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    Georgakilas, Georgios; Vlachos, Ioannis S; Paraskevopoulou, Maria D; Yang, Peter; Zhang, Yuhong; Economides, Aris N; Hatzigeorgiou, Artemis G

    2014-12-10

    A large fraction of microRNAs (miRNAs) are derived from intergenic non-coding loci and the identification of their promoters remains 'elusive'. Here, we present microTSS, a machine-learning algorithm that provides highly accurate, single-nucleotide resolution predictions for intergenic miRNA transcription start sites (TSSs). MicroTSS integrates high-resolution RNA-sequencing data with active transcription marks derived from chromatin immunoprecipitation and DNase-sequencing to enable the characterization of tissue-specific promoters. MicroTSS is validated with a specifically designed Drosha-null/conditional-null mouse model, generated using the conditional by inversion (COIN) methodology. Analyses of global run-on sequencing data revealed numerous pri-miRNAs in human and mouse either originating from divergent transcription at promoters of active genes or partially overlapping with annotated long non-coding RNAs. MicroTSS is readily applicable to any cell or tissue samples and constitutes the missing part towards integrating the regulation of miRNA transcription into the modelling of tissue-specific regulatory networks.

  1. A SNP in pri-miR-10a is associated with recurrent spontaneous abortion in a Han-Chinese population.

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    Li, Ying; Wang, Xue-Qin; Zhang, Lu; Lv, Xiao-Dan; Su, Xing; Tian, Shi; Liu, Chun-Mei; Ma, Xu; Xia, Hong-Fei

    2016-02-16

    MicroRNA-10a (miR-10a) has a wide range of functions in nearly all mammalian tissues and is involved in the occurrence of many diseases. However, it remains unknown whether miR-10a is associated with human recurrent spontaneous abortion (RSA). In this study, we found that rs3809783 A > T in miR-10a coding region was significantly associated with the increase of the risk of human unexplained RSA (URSA) acquisition in a Han-Chinese population. The T allele of rs3809783 hindered the production of mature miR-10a. A to T substitution in miR-10a rs3809783 repressed cell proliferation and migratory capacity. Further investigation discovered that Bcl-2-interacting mediator (Bim) was the functional target of miR-10a and inversely regulated Bim expression. Dual-luciferase assay indicated that A allele in miR-10a rs3809783 could more effectively suppress Bim expression than T allele. In addition, A to T substitution in miR-10a rs3809783 attenuated the sensibility of cells to progesterone and its antagonist mifepristone. Collectively, our data suggest that rs3809783 A > T in pri-miR-10a may be conductive to the genetic predisposition to RSA by disrupting the production of mature miR-10a and reinforcing the expression of Bim.

  2. Optimization of growth conditions for (La1-yPry)1-x CaxMnO3 thin films on annealed oxide substrates

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    Schaefer, Brian; Grant, Daniel; Biswas, Amlan

    2014-03-01

    Consistent growth of flat, epitaxial thin films is essential for uncovering the unique transport characteristics of rare-earth manganite systems. We have developed pulsed laser deposition growth conditions for (La1-yPry)1-x CaxMnO3 (LPCMO, y = 0.4, 0.5, 0.6) thin films on annealed NdGaO3 (NGO) and SrTiO3 (STO) substrates. The extra annealing step for NGO and STO produces atomically flat substrates with well-defined terraces of unit cell step height. Films grown on these annealed substrates demonstrate better lattice matching compared to films grown on as-received substrates. Consequently, annealing substrates before film growth leads to higher quality thin films with a more controllable thickness. We demonstrate that these optimized growth parameters yield LPCMO thin films that are also atomically flat, as confirmed by atomic force microscopy. We are using these thin films to restrict phase growth to reduced dimensions and to study the origin of thermodynamic phase competition due to first order transitions in manganites. NSF DMR-0804452

  3. Pri-Mir-34b/C and Tp-53 Polymorphisms are Associated With The Susceptibility of Papillary Thyroid Carcinoma: A Case-Control Study.

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    Chen, Peng; Sun, Ruifen; Pu, Yan; Bai, Peng; Yuan, Fang; Liang, Yundan; Zhou, Bin; Wang, Yanyun; Sun, Yinghe; Zhu, Jingqiang; Zhang, Lin; Gao, Linbo

    2015-09-01

    Tumor suppressor p53 directly regulated the abundance of the miR-34b/c. The interaction might contribute to certain cancer. We hypothesized that rs4938723 in the promoter region of pri-miR-34b/c and TP-53 Arg72Pro may be related to the risk of papillary thyroid carcinoma (PTC). A total of 784 patients with PTC and 1006 healthy controls were recruited to participate in this study. The variants were discriminated using a polymerase chain reaction-restriction fragment length polymorphism method (PCR-RFLP). Additionally, the relative expression levels of miR-34b/c and TP-53 in 44 paired samples were revealed by quantitative reverse transcription polymerase chain reaction (qRT-PCR). A significantly increased risk of PTC was observed in the miR-34b/c rs4938723 CT, CC, and CT/CC genotypes compared with the TT genotype (CT vs TT: adjusted odds ratio [OR] = 1.51, 95%confidence interval [CI] = 1.23-1.85; CC vs TT: adjusted OR = 1.89, 95%CI = 1.39-2.63; CT/CC vs TT: adjusted OR = 1.59, 95%CI = 1.30-1.92, respectively). Significantly increased PTC susceptibility was also associated with the TP-53 Arg72Pro CC and CG/CC genotypes compared with the GG genotype (CC vs GG: adjusted OR = 2.04, 95%CI = 1.54-2.70; CG/CC vs GG: adjusted OR = 1.35, 95%CI = 1.11-1.67, respectively). Stratification analysis revealed that patients carrying the TP-53 Arg72Pro C allele and CC genotype had a significantly increased risk for developing N1 (C vs. G: OR = 1.27, 95%CI = 1.03-1.56; CC vs. GG: OR = 1.62, 95%CI = 1.07-2.46, respectively). Combined analysis showed that the genotypes of rs4938723 CT/CC + TP-53CG/CC increased the risk of PTC compared with rs4938723TT + TP-53GG (OR = 2.25, 95%CI = 1.67-3.03). Additionally, level of miR-34b was significantly upregulated in PTC patients.These findings indicate that the miR-34b/c rs4938723 and TP-53 Arg72Pro polymorphisms may contribute to the susceptibility of PTC.

  4. A Simple and High-Throughput Analysis of Amatoxins and Phallotoxins in Human Plasma, Serum and Urine Using UPLC-MS/MS Combined with PRiME HLB μElution Platform

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    Zhang, Shuo; Zhao, Yunfeng; Li, Haijiao; Zhou, Shuang; Chen, Dawei; Zhang, Yizhe; Yao, Qunmei; Sun, Chengye

    2016-01-01

    Amatoxins and phallotoxins are toxic cyclopeptides found in the genus Amanita and are among the predominant causes of fatal food poisoning in China. In the treatment of Amanita mushroom poisoning, an early and definite diagnosis is necessary for a successful outcome, which has prompted the development of protocols for the fast and confirmatory determination of amatoxins and phallotoxins in human biological fluids. For this purpose, a simple, rapid and sensitive multiresidue UPLC-MS/MS method for the simultaneous determination of α-amanitin, β-amanitin, γ-amanitin, phalloidin (PHD) and phallacidin (PCD) in human plasma, serum and urine was developed and validated. The diluted plasma, serum and urine samples were directly purified with a novel PRiME technique on a 96-well μElution plate platform, which allowed high-throughput sample processing and low reagent consumption. After purification, a UPLC-MS/MS analysis was performed using positive electrospray ionization (ESI+) in multiple reaction monitoring (MRM) mode. This method fulfilled the requirements of a validation test, with good results for the limit of detection (LOD), lower limit of quantification (LLOQ), accuracy, intra- and inter-assay precision, recovery and matrix effects. All of the analytes were confirmed and quantified in authentic plasma, serum and urine samples obtained from cases of poisoning using this method. Using the PRiME μElution technique for quantification reduces labor and time costs and represents a suitable method for routine toxicological and clinical emergency analysis. PMID:27153089

  5. A Simple and High-Throughput Analysis of Amatoxins and Phallotoxins in Human Plasma, Serum and Urine Using UPLC-MS/MS Combined with PRiME HLB μElution Platform.

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    Zhang, Shuo; Zhao, Yunfeng; Li, Haijiao; Zhou, Shuang; Chen, Dawei; Zhang, Yizhe; Yao, Qunmei; Sun, Chengye

    2016-05-04

    Amatoxins and phallotoxins are toxic cyclopeptides found in the genus Amanita and are among the predominant causes of fatal food poisoning in China. In the treatment of Amanita mushroom poisoning, an early and definite diagnosis is necessary for a successful outcome, which has prompted the development of protocols for the fast and confirmatory determination of amatoxins and phallotoxins in human biological fluids. For this purpose, a simple, rapid and sensitive multiresidue UPLC-MS/MS method for the simultaneous determination of α-amanitin, β-amanitin, γ-amanitin, phalloidin (PHD) and phallacidin (PCD) in human plasma, serum and urine was developed and validated. The diluted plasma, serum and urine samples were directly purified with a novel PRiME technique on a 96-well μElution plate platform, which allowed high-throughput sample processing and low reagent consumption. After purification, a UPLC-MS/MS analysis was performed using positive electrospray ionization (ESI+) in multiple reaction monitoring (MRM) mode. This method fulfilled the requirements of a validation test, with good results for the limit of detection (LOD), lower limit of quantification (LLOQ), accuracy, intra- and inter-assay precision, recovery and matrix effects. All of the analytes were confirmed and quantified in authentic plasma, serum and urine samples obtained from cases of poisoning using this method. Using the PRiME μElution technique for quantification reduces labor and time costs and represents a suitable method for routine toxicological and clinical emergency analysis.

  6. On the chemistry of Zn-Zn bonds, RZn-ZnR (R = [{(2,6-Pri2C6H3)N(Me)C}2CH]): synthesis, structure, and computations.

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    Wang, Yuzhong; Quillian, Brandon; Wei, Pingrong; Wang, Hongyan; Yang, Xiao-Juan; Xie, Yaoming; King, R Bruce; Schleyer, Paul v R; Schaefer, H Fritz; Robinson, Gregory H

    2005-08-31

    Potassium reduction of RZn(mu-I)2Li(OEt2)2 (R = [{(2,6-Pri2C6H3)N(Me)C}2CH]) affords the second compound with a Zn-Zn bond, RZn-ZnR. The air- and moisture-sensitive title compound was characterized by 1H NMR, elemental analyses, and single-crystal X-ray diffraction. The Zn-Zn bond was determined to be 2.3586(7) A; this value is only about 0.05 A longer than the Zn-Zn bond reported for Cp*Zn-ZnCp* (Cp* = C5Me5), the first reported compound with a Zn-Zn bond. In addition, density functional theory (DFT) computations on related model RZn-ZnR compounds provide insight into the intriguing Zn-Zn bond.

  7. An autoregulatory network between menin and pri-miR-24-1 is required for the processing of its specific modulator miR-24-1 in BON1 cells.

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    Luzi, Ettore; Marini, Francesca; Ciuffi, Simone; Galli, Gianna; Brandi, Maria Luisa

    2016-05-24

    Multiple endocrine neoplasia type 1 (MEN1) is a rare hereditary cancer complex syndrome manifesting a variety of endocrine and non-endocrine neoplasms and lesions. MEN1 is characterized by tumours of the parathyroids, of the neuroendocrine cells of the gastroenteropancreatic tract, and of the anterior pituitary. The MEN1 gene, a tumour suppressor gene, encodes the menin protein. Loss of heterozygosity (LOH) at 11q13 is typical of MEN1 tumours in agreement with Knudson's two-hit hypothesis. We previously showed that the MEN1 parathyroid tumorigenesis is under the control of an "incoherent feedback loop" between miR-24-1 and the menin protein that generates a "Gene Regulatory Network" (GRN) that mimics the second hit of Knudson's hypothesis and that could buffer the effect of the stochastic factors that contribute to the onset and progression of this disease. Here we show, in the BON1 cell line derived from lymphnode metastasis of a human carcinoid tumour of the pancreas, that menin binds specifically to the primary RNA sequence pri-miR-24-1 by promoting the miR-24-1 biogenesis. Network simulation showed a new feed-forward loop between menin, microRNA-24-1 and Musashi-1 proteins. This result shows a novel mechanism whereby menin, a RNA-binding protein, facilitates the processing of its specific miRNA by regulating the dynamics of the menin-miR-24 Gene Regulatory Network at the level of pri-miRNA processing.

  8. Preliminary evidence for association of genetic variants in pri-miR-34b/c and abnormal miR-34c expression with attention deficit and hyperactivity disorder

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    Garcia-Martínez, I; Sánchez-Mora, C; Pagerols, M; Richarte, V; Corrales, M; Fadeuilhe, C; Cormand, B; Casas, M; Ramos-Quiroga, J A; Ribasés, M

    2016-01-01

    Attention deficit and hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) is a prevalent neurodevelopmental disorder characterized by impairment to sustain attention and inability to control impulses and activity level. The etiology of ADHD is complex, with an estimated heritability of 70–80%. Under the hypothesis that alterations in the processing or target binding of microRNAs (miRNAs) may result in functional alterations predisposing to ADHD, we explored whether common polymorphisms potentially affecting miRNA-mediated regulation are involved in this psychiatric disorder. We performed a comprehensive association study focused on 134 miRNAs in 754 ADHD subjects and 766 controls and found association between the miR-34b/c locus and ADHD. Subsequently, we provided preliminary evidence for overexpression of the miR-34c-3p mature form in peripheral blood mononuclear cells of ADHD subjects. Next, we tested the effect on gene expression of single-nucleotide polymorphisms within the ADHD-associated region and found that rs4938923 in the promoter of the pri-miR-34b/c tags cis expression quantitative trait loci for both miR-34b and miR-34c and has an impact on the expression levels of 681 transcripts in trans, including genes previously associated with ADHD. This gene set was enriched for miR-34b/c binding sites, functional categories related to the central nervous system, such as axon guidance or neuron differentiation, and serotonin biosynthesis and signaling canonical pathways. Our results provide preliminary evidence for the contribution to ADHD of a functional variant in the pri-miR-34b/c promoter, possibly through dysregulation of the expression of mature forms of miR-34b and miR-34c and some target genes. These data highlight the importance of abnormal miRNA function as a potential epigenetic mechanism contributing to ADHD. PMID:27576168

  9. Preliminary evidence for association of genetic variants in pri-miR-34b/c and abnormal miR-34c expression with attention deficit and hyperactivity disorder.

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    Garcia-Martínez, I; Sánchez-Mora, C; Pagerols, M; Richarte, V; Corrales, M; Fadeuilhe, C; Cormand, B; Casas, M; Ramos-Quiroga, J A; Ribasés, M

    2016-08-30

    Attention deficit and hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) is a prevalent neurodevelopmental disorder characterized by impairment to sustain attention and inability to control impulses and activity level. The etiology of ADHD is complex, with an estimated heritability of 70-80%. Under the hypothesis that alterations in the processing or target binding of microRNAs (miRNAs) may result in functional alterations predisposing to ADHD, we explored whether common polymorphisms potentially affecting miRNA-mediated regulation are involved in this psychiatric disorder. We performed a comprehensive association study focused on 134 miRNAs in 754 ADHD subjects and 766 controls and found association between the miR-34b/c locus and ADHD. Subsequently, we provided preliminary evidence for overexpression of the miR-34c-3p mature form in peripheral blood mononuclear cells of ADHD subjects. Next, we tested the effect on gene expression of single-nucleotide polymorphisms within the ADHD-associated region and found that rs4938923 in the promoter of the pri-miR-34b/c tags cis expression quantitative trait loci for both miR-34b and miR-34c and has an impact on the expression levels of 681 transcripts in trans, including genes previously associated with ADHD. This gene set was enriched for miR-34b/c binding sites, functional categories related to the central nervous system, such as axon guidance or neuron differentiation, and serotonin biosynthesis and signaling canonical pathways. Our results provide preliminary evidence for the contribution to ADHD of a functional variant in the pri-miR-34b/c promoter, possibly through dysregulation of the expression of mature forms of miR-34b and miR-34c and some target genes. These data highlight the importance of abnormal miRNA function as a potential epigenetic mechanism contributing to ADHD.

  10. Safety, Tolerability, and Preliminary Efficacy of the Anti-Fibrotic Small Molecule PRI-724, a CBP/β-Catenin Inhibitor, in Patients with Hepatitis C Virus-related Cirrhosis: A Single-Center, Open-Label, Dose Escalation Phase 1 Trial.

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    Kimura, Kiminori; Ikoma, Akemi; Shibakawa, Maki; Shimoda, Shinji; Harada, Kenichi; Saio, Masanao; Imamura, Jun; Osawa, Yosuke; Kimura, Masamichi; Nishikawa, Koji; Okusaka, Takuji; Morita, Satoshi; Inoue, Kazuaki; Kanto, Tatsuya; Todaka, Koji; Nakanishi, Yoichi; Kohara, Michinori; Mizokami, Masashi

    2017-08-19

    There is currently no anti-fibrotic drug therapy available to treat hepatitis C virus (HCV) cirrhosis. The aim of this study was to assess the safety, tolerability, and anti-fibrotic effect of PRI-724, a small-molecule modulator of Wnt signaling, in patients with HCV cirrhosis. In this single-center, open-label, phase 1 trial, we sequentially enrolled patients with HCV cirrhosis who were classified as Child-Pugh (CP) class A or B. PRI-724 was administered as a continuous intravenous infusion of 10, 40, or 160mg/m(2)/day for six cycles of 1week on and 1week off. The primary endpoints were frequency and severity of adverse events. The secondary endpoint was efficacy of PRI-724 in treating cirrhosis based on CP score and liver biopsy. This study is registered with ClinicalTrials.gov (no. NCT02195440). Between Sept 3, 2014 and May 2, 2016, 14 patients were enrolled: CP class A:B, 6:8; median age, 62 (range: 43 to 74) years; male:female, 10:4. Twelve of the 14 patients completed six cycles of treatment; one was withdrawn from the study due to possible study drug-related liver injury (grade 3) in the 160mg/m(2)/day dose cohort and one withdrew for personal reasons. Serious adverse events occurred in three patients [21% (3/14)], one of which was possibly related to PRI-724. The most common adverse events were nausea [29% (4/14)] and fatigue [21% (3/14)]. After PRI-724 administration, the CP scores worsened by 1 point in two patients in the 10mg/m(2)/day cohort, improved in three patients at 1, 1, and 2 points in the 40mg/m(2)/day cohort, and improved in one patient by 3 points in the 160mg/m(2)/day cohort. The histology activity index scores of the liver tissue improved in two patients and exacerbated in two patients in the 10mg/m(2)/day cohort, and improved in one patient in the 40mg/m(2)/day cohort. This study showed that administration of 10 or 40mg/m(2)/day intravenous PRI-724 over 12weeks was well-tolerated by patients with HCV cirrhosis; however, liver injury as a

  11. vsiRNAs derived from the miRNA-generating sites of pri-tae-miR159a based on the BSMV system play positive roles in the wheat response to Puccinia striiformis f. sp. tritici through the regulation of taMyb3 expression.

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    Feng, Hao; Zhang, Qiong; Li, Huayi; Wang, Xiaojie; Wang, Xiaodong; Duan, Xiaoyuan; Wang, Bing; Kang, Zhensheng

    2013-07-01

    Plants live in a complex environment, exposed to stresses, such as unsuitable climates, pests and pathogenic microorganisms. Pathogens are one of the most serious factors that threaten plant growth. Wheat stripe rust, caused by Puccinia striiformis f. sp. tritici (Pst), is one of the most destructive diseases worldwide. Virus-induced gene silencing (VIGS) is a popular tool for the functional analysis of wheat genes, generating abundant small RNAs (sRNAs). sRNAs are key components in gene regulatory networks, silencing corresponding genes at the post-transcriptional level. In this study, we transduced pri-tae-miR159a into plant tissues using the barley stripe mosaic virus (BSMV) system, and demonstrated that vsiRNAs were generated from the same miRNAs generating sites of pri-tae-miR159a, with the function of Dicer RNase III-like classes of endonucleases (DCL4). In addition, the accumulation of vsiRNAs in wheat leaves challenged with Pst Chinese yellow rust 23 (CYR23), resulted in a resistant phenotype, and in the compatible interaction, the sporation of Pst was limited. Whereas, infection with a control construct had no effect on the resistance or susceptibility. The results of the histological observation also supported these phenotype changes. Interestingly, vsiRNAs were also involved in the interactions between wheat and Pst through the tae-miR159-mediated regulation of taMyb3 expression. Moreover, these results also supported the speculation that vsiRNAs were generated from the same sites of pri-tae-miR159a. These studies indicated that vsiRNAs from miRNAs generating sites of pri-tae-miR159a based on the BSMV system play positive roles in the wheat response to Pst through the regulation of taMyb3 expression. Copyright © 2013 Elsevier Masson SAS. All rights reserved.

  12. Associations of pri-miR-34b/c and pre-miR-196a2 polymorphisms and their multiplicative interactions with hepatitis B virus mutations with hepatocellular carcinoma risk.

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    Han, Yifang; Pu, Rui; Han, Xue; Zhao, Jun; Zhang, Yuwei; Zhang, Qi; Yin, Jianhua; Xie, Jiaxin; Shen, Qiuxia; Deng, Yang; Ding, Yibo; Li, Weiping; Li, Juhong; Zhang, Hongwei; Cao, Guangwen

    2013-01-01

    Genetic polymorphisms of pri-miR-34b/c and pre-miR-196a2 have been reported to be associated with the susceptibility to cancers. However, the effect of these polymorphisms and their interactions with hepatitis B virus (HBV) mutations on the development of hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC) remains largely unknown. We hypothesized that these polymorphisms might interact with the HBV mutations and play a role in hepatocarcinogenesis. Pri-miR-34b/c rs4938723 (T>C) and pre-miR-196a2 rs11614913 (T>C) were genotyped in 3,325 subjects including 1,021 HBV-HCC patients using quantitative PCR. HBV mutations were determined by direct sequencing. Contributions of the polymorphisms and their multiplicative interactions with gender or HCC-related HBV mutations to HCC risk were assessed using multivariate regression analyses. rs4938723 CC genotype was significantly associated with HCC risk compared to HBV natural clearance subjects, adjusted for age and gender (adjusted odds ratio [AOR] = 2.01, 95% confidence interval [CI] = 1.16-3.49). rs4938723 variant genotypes in dominant model significantly increased HCC risk in women, compared to female healthy controls (AOR = 1.85, 95% CI = 1.20-2.84) or female HCC-free subjects (AOR = 1.62, 95% CI = 1.14-2.31). rs4938723 CC genotype and rs11614913 TC genotype were significantly associated with increased frequencies of the HCC-related HBV mutations T1674C/G and G1896A, respectively. rs11614913 was not significantly associated with HCC risk, but its CC genotype significantly enhanced the effect of rs4938723 in women. In multivariate regression analyses, rs4938723 in dominant model increased HCC risk (AOR = 1.62, 95% CI = 1.05-2.49), whereas its multiplicative interaction with C1730G, a HBV mutation inversely associated with HCC risk, reduced HCC risk (AOR = 0.34, 95% CI = 0.15-0.81); rs11614913 strengthened the G1896A effect but attenuated the A3120G/T effect on HCC risk. rs4938723 might be a genetic risk

  13. Are the SSB-Interacting Proteins RecO, RecG, PriA and the DnaB-Interacting Protein Rep Bound to Progressing Replication Forks in Escherichia coli?

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    Matelot, Mélody; Allemand, Jean-François; Michel, Bénédicte

    2015-01-01

    In all organisms several enzymes that are needed upon replication impediment are targeted to replication forks by interaction with a replication protein. In most cases these proteins interact with the polymerase clamp or with single-stranded DNA binding proteins (SSB). In Escherichia coli an accessory replicative helicase was also shown to interact with the DnaB replicative helicase. Here we have used cytological observation of Venus fluorescent fusion proteins expressed from their endogenous loci in live E. coli cells to determine whether DNA repair and replication restart proteins that interact with a replication protein travel with replication forks. A custom-made microscope that detects active replisome molecules provided that they are present in at least three copies was used. Neither the recombination proteins RecO and RecG, nor the replication accessory helicase Rep are detected specifically in replicating cells in our assay, indicating that either they are not present at progressing replication forks or they are present in less than three copies. The Venus-PriA fusion protein formed foci even in the absence of replication forks, which prevented us from reaching a conclusion. PMID:26244508

  14. Substrate-dependent post-annealing effects on the strain state and electrical transport of epitaxial La5/8-yPryCa3/8MnO3 films

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    Hu, Sixia; Huang, Haoliang; Yang, Yuanjun; Luo, Zhenlin; Yang, Mengmeng; Wang, Haibo; Dong, Yongqi; Hong, Bing; He, Hao; Bao, Jun; Gao, Chen

    2014-06-01

    Large scale electronic phase separation (EPS) between ferromagnetic metallic and charge-ordered insulating phases in La5/8-yPryCa3/8MnO3 (y = 0.3) (LPCMO) is very sensitive to the structural changes. This work investigates the effects of post-annealing on the strain states and electrical transport properties of LPCMO films epitaxially grown on (001)pc SrTiO3 (tensile strain), LaAlO3 (compressive strain) and NdGaO3 (near-zero strain) substrates. Before annealing, all the films are coherent-epitaxial and insulating through the measured temperature range. Obvious change of film lattice is observed during the post-annealing: the in-plane strain in LPCMO/LAO varies from -1.5% to -0.1% while that in LPCMO/STO changes from 1.6% to 1.3%, and the lattice of LPCMO/NGO keeps constant because of the good lattice-match between LPCMO and NGO. Consequently, the varied film strain leads to the emergence of metal-insulator transitions (MIT) and shift of the critical transition temperature in the electrical transport. These results demonstrate that lattice-mismatch combined with post-annealing is an effective approach to tune strain in epitaxial LPCMO films, and thus to control the EPS and MIT in the films.

  15. Multiple magnetic transitions, dynamical magnetic liquid and magnetic glass in La1-x-yPryCaxMnO3 (x≈0.42, y≈0.40) thin films: A thickness dependent study

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    Agarwal, Vasudha; Kandpal, Lalit M.; Siwach, P. K.; Awana, V. P. S.; Singh, H. K.

    2015-11-01

    The influence of substrate induced strain and its relaxation on the evolution of the multiple magnetic transitions and ensuing modifications in the degree of phase separation, the nature of the dynamical magnetic liquid, the randomly frozen glass and insulator-metal transitions have been investigated in single crystalline La1-x-yPryCaxMnO3 (x≈0.42, y≈0.40) in t~20-140 nm thick films deposited on LaAlO3 (001) substrates. The ferromagnetic (FM) transition temperature (TC) first decreases as the film thickness is increased from t~20 nm to t~60 nm and then increases with increasing film thickness. In contrast the charge ordering (CO), antiferromagnetic (AFM) and glass transition temperatures shift towards higher values with increasing film thickness. The field cooled cooling (FCC) and field cooled warming (FCW) magnetization (M-T) of films having t≥60 nm shows pronounced hysteresis and ΔTC=TCFCW-TCFCC decreases concomitantly from 46 K to 35 K as the thickness increases from ~60 to ~140 nm. The thinnest film shows insulator to metal transitions (IMT) only at magnetic field H>40 kOe. Films with t≥TC show sharp hysteretic IMT, with ΔTIM=TIMW-TIMC decreasing from ~70 K to ~50 K as the thickness increases from ~60 nm to ~140 nm. Such strong hysteresis is a characteristic of first order phase transition and also a signature of magnetic liquid like phase created by the magnetic frustration created by the delicate balance between FM and AFM/CO phases. The H induced AFM/CO to FM transition reduces ΔTIM and at higher fields the phase transition appears akin to the second order. The observed difference in the magnetic and transport properties have been explained in terms of the substrate induced strain at lower film thickness and its relaxation at higher thickness.

  16. Impact of nanostructuring on the magnetic and magnetocaloric properties of microscale phase-separated La5/8–yPryCa3/8MnO₃ manganites

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    Bingham, N. S.; Lampen, P.; Phan, M. H.; ...

    2012-08-16

    Bulk manganites of the form La5/8–yPryCa3/8MnO₃ (LPCMO) exhibit a complex phase diagram due to coexisting charge-ordered antiferromagnetic (CO/AFM), charge-disordered paramagnetic (PM), and ferromagnetic (FM) phases. Because phase separation in LPCMO occurs on the microscale, reducing particle size to below this characteristic length is expected to have a strong impact on the magnetic properties of the system. Through a comparative study of the magnetic and magnetocaloric properties of single-crystalline (bulk) and nanocrystalline LPCMO (y=3/8) we show that the AFM, CO, and FM transitions seen in the single crystal can also be observed in the large particle sizes (400 and 150 nm),more » while only a single PM to FM transition is found for the small particles (55 nm). Magnetic and magnetocaloric measurements reveal that decreasing particle size affects the balance of competing phases in LPCMO and narrows the range of fields over which PM, FM, and CO phases coexist. The FM volume fraction increases with size reduction, until CO is suppressed below some critical size, ~100 nm. With size reduction, the saturation magnetization and field sensitivity first increase as long-range CO is inhibited, then decrease as surface effects become increasingly important. The trend that the FM phase is stabilized on the nanoscale is contrasted with the stabilization of the charge-disordered PM phase occurring on the microscale, demonstrating that in terms of the characteristic phase separation length, a few microns and several hundred nanometers represent very different regimes in LPCMO.« less

  17. Pendant alkyl and aryl groups on tin control complex geometry and reactivity with H2/D2 in Pt(SnR3)2(CNBu(t))2 (R = Bu(t), Pr(i), Ph, mesityl).

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    Koppaka, Anjaneyulu; Zhu, Lei; Yempally, Veeranna; Isrow, Derek; Pellechia, Perry J; Captain, Burjor

    2015-01-14

    The complex Pt(SnBu(t)3)2(CNBu(t))2(H)2, 1, was obtained from the reaction of Pt(COD)2 and Bu(t)3SnH, followed by addition of CNBu(t). The two hydride ligands in 1 can be eliminated, both in solution and in the solid state, to yield Pt(SnBu(t)3)2(CNBu(t))2, 2. Addition of hydrogen to 2 at room temperature in solution and in the solid state regenerates 1. Complex 2 catalyzes H2-D2 exchange in solution to give HD. The proposed mechanism of exchange involves reductive elimination of Bu(t)3SnH from 1 to afford vacant sites on the Pt center, thus facilitating the exchange process. This is supported by isolation and characterization of Pt(SnMes3)(SnBu(t)3)(CNBu(t))2, 3, when the addition of H2 to 2 was carried out in the presence of free ligand Mes3SnH (Mes = 2,4,6-Me3C6H2). Complex Pt(SnMes3)2(CNBu(t))2, 5, can be prepared from the reaction of Pt(COD)2 with Mes3SnH and CNBu(t). The exchange reaction of 2 with Ph3SnH gave Pt(SnPh3)3(CNBu(t))2(H), 6, wherein both SnBu(t)3 ligands are replaced by SnPh3. Complex 6 decomposes in air to form square planar Pt(SnPh3)2(CNBu(t))2, 7. The complex Pt(SnPr(i)3)2(CNBu(t))2, 8, was also prepared. Out of the four analogous complexes Pt(SnR3)2(CNBu(t))2 (R = Bu(t), Mes, Ph, or Pr(i)), only the Bu(t) analogue does both H2 activation and H2-D2 exchange. This is due to steric effects imparted by the bulky Bu(t) groups that distort the geometry of the complex considerably from planarity. The reaction of Pt(COD)2 with Bu(t)3SnH and CO gas afforded trans-Pt(SnBu(t)3)2(CO)2, 9. Compound 9 can be converted to 2 by replacement of the CO ligands with CNBu(t) via the intermediate Pt(SnBu(t)3)2(CNBu(t))2(CO), 10.

  18. Synthesis and characterization of TpiPrMoO(S2PR2) (R = Pri, Ph, OEt, OPri, (-)-mentholate) and {HB(OMe)(Pripz)2}MoO(S2PPri2), including isomers of known 1,2-borotropically-shifted complexes.

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    Young, Charles G; Malarek, Michael S; Evans, David J; Doonan, Christian J; Ng, Victor Wee Lin; White, Jonathan M

    2009-03-02

    Green/blue TpiPrMoO(S2PR2) (TpiPr = hydrotris(3-isopropylpyrazolyl)borate; R = Pri, Ph, OEt, OPri, (-)-mentholate) complexes were synthesized and characterized by elemental analysis, mass spectrometry, IR and NMR spectroscopy, and X-ray crystallography. The diamagnetic, six-coordinate, oxo-Mo(IV) complexes possess distorted octahedral geometries defined by terminal oxo, bidentate dithio acid, and tridentate TpiPr ligands. The R = Pri and Ph derivatives are isomers of previously reported 1,2-borotropically shifted complexes, TpiPr*MoO(S2PR2) (TpiPr* = hydrobis(3-isopropylpyrazolyl)(5-isopropylpyrazolyl)borate; ref: Inorg. Chem. 1996, 35, 5368). Conversion of TpiPrMoO(S2PPh2) into TpiPr*MoO(S2PPh2) at elevated temperatures (>80 degrees C) showed that the borotropically shifted isomer was thermodynamically more stable than the unshifted species. Reaction with methanol converts TpiPrMoO(S2PPri2) into {HB(OMe)(Pripz)2}MoO(S2PPri2) (Pripz = 3-isopropylpyrazolyl), which was characterized by spectroscopic and crystallographic methods.

  19. PRI and the Beyond Merida Initiative

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    2011-10-28

    candidate, Andres Manuel Lopez , called for the de- militarization of our bilateral agenda while speaking to a U.S. think tank.9 Santiago Creel Miranda, a... manuel -l%C3%B3pez- obrador (accessed October 16, 2011) 10 Elimparcial. “Anti-narco fight will change if president: Creel,” http...Wilson Institute for Scholars: Mexico Institute. http://www.wilsoncenter.org/event/dialogues-mexicodi%C3%A1logos-con-m%C3%A9xico- featuring- andr %C3%A9s

  20. Analysis of the role of neutron transfer in asymmetric fusion reactions at subbarrier energies

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    Ogloblin, A. A.; Zhang, H. Q.; Lin, C. J.; Jia, H. M.; Khlebnikov, S. V.; Kuzmin, E. A.; Danilov, A. N.; Demyanova, A. S.; Trzaska, W. H.; Xu, X. X.; Yang, F.; Sargsyan, V. V. Adamian, G. G.; Antonenko, N. V.; Scheid, W.

    2015-12-15

    The excitation functions were measured for the {sup 28}Si + {sup 208}Pb complete-fusion (capture) reaction at deep subbarrier energies. The results were compared with the cross sections predicted within the quantum diffusion approach. The role of neutron transfer in the case of positive Q values in the {sup 28}Si + {sup 124}Sn, {sup 208}Pb; {sup 30}Si + {sup 124}Sn, {sup 208}Pb; {sup 20}Ne + {sup 208}Pb; {sup 40}Ca + {sup 96}Zr; and {sup 134}Te + {sup 40}Ca complete-fusion (capture) reactions is discussed.

  1. Theoretical study on production of heavy neutron-rich isotopes around the N = 126 shell closure in radioactive beam induced transfer reactions

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    Zhu, Long; Su, Jun; Xie, Wen-Jie; Zhang, Feng-Shou

    2017-04-01

    In order to produce more unknown neutron-rich nuclei around N = 126, the transfer reactions 136Xe + 198Pt, 136-144Xe + 208Pb, and 132Sn + 208Pb are investigated within the framework of the dinuclear system (DNS) model. The influence of neutron excess of projectile on production cross sections of target-like products is studied through the reactions 136,144Xe + 208Pb. We find that the radioactive projectile 144Xe with much larger neutron excess is favorable to produce neutron-rich nuclei with charge number less than the target rather than produce transtarget nuclei. The incident energy dependence of yield distributions of fragments in the reaction 132Sn + 208Pb are also studied. The production cross sections of neutron-rich nuclei with Z = 72- 77 are predicted in the reactions 136-144Xe + 208Pb and 132Sn + 208Pb. It is noticed that the production cross sections of unknown neutron-rich nuclei in the reaction 144Xe + 208Pb are at least two orders of magnitude larger than those in the reaction 136Xe + 208Pb. The radioactive beam induced transfer reactions 139,144Xe + 208Pb, considering beam intensities proposed in SPIRAL2 (Production System of Radioactive Ion and Acceleration On-Line) project as well, for production of neutron-rich nuclei around the N = 126 shell closure are investigated for the first time. It is found that, in comparison to the stable beam 136Xe, the radioactive beam 144Xe shows great advantages for producing neutron-rich nuclei with N = 126 and the advantages get more obvious for producing nuclei with less charge number.

  2. Autonomic Disorders in Cervical Migraine (O Vegetativnykh Narusheniyakh pri Sheinoi Migreni),

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    spread forward, and radiate into the eyeball and the ear on the same side. Disorders of vision (darkening of vision, ’mouches volantes,’ concentric...vascular disorders , humero-scapular periarthritis, epicondylitis, and a few other symptoms are the sequelae of the irritation of the posterior cervical sympathetic nerve.

  3. Sensor4PRI: A Sensor Platform for the Protection of Railway Infrastructures

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    Cañete, Eduardo; Chen, Jaime; Díaz, Manuel; Llopis, Luis; Rubio, Bartolomé

    2015-01-01

    Wireless Sensor Networks constitute pervasive and distributed computing systems and are potentially one of the most important technologies of this century. They have been specifically identified as a good candidate to become an integral part of the protection of critical infrastructures. In this paper we focus on railway infrastructure protection and we present the details of a sensor platform designed to be integrated into a slab track system in order to carry out both installation and maintenance monitoring activities. In the installation phase, the platform helps operators to install the slab tracks in the right position. In the maintenance phase, the platform collects information about the structural health and behavior of the infrastructure when a train travels along it and relays the readings to a base station. The base station uses trains as data mules to upload the information to the internet. The use of a train as a data mule is especially suitable for collecting information from remote or inaccessible places which do not have a direct connection to the internet and require less network infrastructure. The overall aim of the system is to deploy a permanent economically viable monitoring system to improve the safety of railway infrastructures. PMID:25734648

  4. Fearing Prying U.S. Eyes, Canada's Colleges Crack Down On Computing

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    Carnevale, Dan

    2007-01-01

    The USA Patriot Act is having far-reaching effects on the kinds of data that wind up on some academics' computers in Canada. Canadian colleges, responding to provincial laws passed in reaction to the Patriot Act, are preventing professors from entering the United States with students' private data on their laptops and limiting the locations of…

  5. Introns of plant pri-miRNAs enhance miRNA biogenesis

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    Bielewicz, Dawid; Kalak, Malgorzata; Kalyna, Maria; Windels, David; Barta, Andrea; Vazquez, Franck; Szweykowska-Kulinska, Zofia; Jarmolowski, Artur

    2013-01-01

    Plant MIR genes are independent transcription units that encode long primary miRNA precursors, which usually contain introns. For two miRNA genes, MIR163 and MIR161, we show that introns are crucial for the accumulation of proper levels of mature miRNA. Removal of the intron in both cases led to a drop-off in the level of mature miRNAs. We demonstrate that the stimulating effects of the intron mostly reside in the 5′ss rather than on a genuine splicing event. Our findings are biologically significant as the presence of functional splice sites in the MIR163 gene appears mandatory for pathogen-triggered accumulation of miR163 and proper regulation of at least one of its targets. PMID:23681439

  6. Prying the Gates Wide Open: Academic Freedom and Gender Equality at Brown University, 1974-1977

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    Porwancher, Andrew

    2013-01-01

    In 1974, Brown University's Department of Anthropology denied tenure to assistant professor Louise Lamphere. Convinced that her dismissal was the product of sex discrimination, Lamphere filed suit against Brown. Lamphere and three other female scholars who joined her suit successfully pressed Brown into an out-of-court settlement in 1977.…

  7. Prying open single GroES ring complexes by force reveals cooperativity across domains.

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    Ikeda-Kobayashi, Akiko; Taniguchi, Yukinori; Brockwell, David J; Paci, Emanuele; Kawakami, Masaru

    2012-04-18

    Understanding how the mechanical properties of a protein complex emerge from the interplay of intra- and interchain interactions is vital at both fundamental and applied levels. To investigate whether interdomain cooperativity affects protein mechanical strength, we employed single-molecule force spectroscopy to probe the mechanical stability of GroES, a homoheptamer with a domelike quaternary stucture stabilized by intersubunit interactions between the first and last β-strands of adjacent domains. A GroES variant was constructed in which each subunit of the GroES heptamer is covalently linked to adjacent subunits by tripeptide linkers and folded domains of protein L are introduced to the heptamer's termini as handle molecules. The force-distance profiles for GroES unfolding showed, for the first time that we know of, a mechanical phenotype whereby seven distinct force peaks, with alternating behavior of unfolding force and contour length (ΔL(c)), were observed with increasing unfolding-event number. Unfolding of (GroES)(7) is initiated by breakage of the interface between domains 1 and 7 at low force, which imparts a polarity to (GroES)(7) that results in two distinct mechanical phenotypes of these otherwise identical protein domains. Unfolding then proceeds by peeling domains off the domelike native structure by sequential repetition of the denaturation of mechanically weak (unfoldon 1) and strong (unfoldon 2) units. These results indicate that domain-domain interactions help to determine the overall mechanical strength and unfolding pathway of the oligomeric structure. These data reveal an unexpected richness in the mechanical behavior of this homopolyprotein, yielding a complex with greater mechanical strength and properties distinct from those that would be apparent for GroES domains in isolation. Copyright © 2012 Biophysical Society. Published by Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.

  8. School Internal Investigations of Employees, Open Records Laws, and the Prying Press.

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    Remington, Lee R.

    2002-01-01

    Discusses history and purpose of state open-records laws. Surveys how parties make open-records requests, various causes of action, and sanctions for noncompliance. Examines how open-records requests related to district investigations can implicate the Family Education Rights and Privacy Act. Attempts to find appropriate balance between public's…

  9. Characteristic Headaches with Cervical Migraine (O Kharakteristike Golovnoi Boli pri Sheinoi Migreni),

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    Headache is the leading symptom of cervical migraine . The localization and irradiation of pains, the characteristic gesture of the patients, the...characteristics of cervical migraine . It must be assumed that knowledge through further studies of the clinical aspects and diagnosis of this...widespread disease will eventually reach all practicing physicians, and that in time ’cervical migraine ’ will become a common diagnosis at any polyclinic. (Author)

  10. Importance of the Radicular Syndrome in Cervical Migraine (O Znachenii Radikulyarnogo Sindroma pri Sheinoi Migreni),

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    cervical migraine were observed. The most characteristic symptoms are constant dull, frequently unilateral headaches with typical irradiation from the...The direct causes of cerebral disorders in cervical migraine are compression of the vertebral artery and irritation of the vertebral nerve by...cervical-occipital region forward. The radicular syndrome always occurs with cervical migraine : it may be more or less sharply manifest, may develop at

  11. Sensor4PRI: a sensor platform for the protection of railway infrastructures.

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    Cañete, Eduardo; Chen, Jaime; Díaz, Manuel; Llopis, Luis; Rubio, Bartolomé

    2015-02-27

    Wireless Sensor Networks constitute pervasive and distributed computing systems and are potentially one of the most important technologies of this century. They have been specifically identified as a good candidate to become an integral part of the protection of critical infrastructures. In this paper we focus on railway infrastructure protection and we present the details of a sensor platform designed to be integrated into a slab track system in order to carry out both installation and maintenance monitoring activities. In the installation phase, the platform helps operators to install the slab tracks in the right position. In the maintenance phase, the platform collects information about the structural health and behavior of the infrastructure when a train travels along it and relays the readings to a base station. The base station uses trains as data mules to upload the information to the internet. The use of a train as a data mule is especially suitable for collecting information from remote or inaccessible places which do not have a direct connection to the internet and require less network infrastructure. The overall aim of the system is to deploy a permanent economically viable monitoring system to improve the safety of railway infrastructures.

  12. Coherent Processing Across Multiple Staggered Pulse Repetition Interval (PRI) Dwells in Radar

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    2004-02-01

    method”, Anal. Chem., Vol. 63, pp. 534-536, 1991. [25] P. P. Vaidyanathan, Multirate Systems and Filter Banks , 1993, Prentice-Hall, Englewood Cliffs...an unevenly sampled signal using multirate filter banks , a multi-resolution approach has been taken by Vaidyanathan [25, 26 and 27]. It is possible...NJ. [26] P. P. Vaidyanathan, and V. C. Liu, “Classical sampling theorems in the context of multirate and polyphase digital filter bank structure

  13. Obrazovanie Vzroslykh pri Probleme Dosuga (Adult Education and the Problem of Leisure)

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    Darinskii, Anatolii V.

    1969-01-01

    Adult education in the Soviet Union must find flexible new methods, preferably including tourism or other elements of recreation, to raise adults' cultural standards and intellectualize their free time while helping them improve their work qualifications and professional skills. (Author/LY)

  14. Prying the Gates Wide Open: Academic Freedom and Gender Equality at Brown University, 1974-1977

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    Porwancher, Andrew

    2013-01-01

    In 1974, Brown University's Department of Anthropology denied tenure to assistant professor Louise Lamphere. Convinced that her dismissal was the product of sex discrimination, Lamphere filed suit against Brown. Lamphere and three other female scholars who joined her suit successfully pressed Brown into an out-of-court settlement in 1977.…

  15. The Politics of Parental Involvement: How Opportunity Hoarding and Prying Shape Educational Opportunity

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    Lyken-Segosebe, Dawn; Hinz, Serena E.

    2015-01-01

    As more state legislatures join the debate on school-choice and parent-trigger legislation, their discussions draw attention to an evolving landscape outside school walls where parental action shapes educational opportunity. Parents wield their political, social, economic, and cultural capital to secure the best educational outcomes for their…

  16. School Internal Investigations of Employees, Open Records Laws, and the Prying Press.

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    Remington, Lee R.

    2002-01-01

    Discusses history and purpose of state open-records laws. Surveys how parties make open-records requests, various causes of action, and sanctions for noncompliance. Examines how open-records requests related to district investigations can implicate the Family Education Rights and Privacy Act. Attempts to find appropriate balance between public's…

  17. Careful cachers and prying pilferers: Eurasian jays (Garrulus glandarius) limit auditory information available to competitors

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    Shaw, Rachael C.; Clayton, Nicola S.

    2013-01-01

    Food-storing corvids use many cache-protection and pilfering strategies. We tested whether Eurasian jays (Garrulus glandarius) reduce the transfer of auditory information to a competitor when caching and pilfering. We gave jays a noisy and a quiet substrate to cache in. Compared with when alone, birds cached less in the noisy substrate when with a conspecific that could hear but could not see them caching. By contrast, jays did not change the amount cached in the noisy substrate when they were with a competitor that could see and hear them caching compared with when they were alone. Together, these results suggest that jays reduce auditory information during caching as a cache-protection strategy. By contrast, as pilferers, jays did not attempt to conceal their presence from a cacher and did not prefer a silent viewing perch over a noisy one when observing caching. However, birds vocalized less when watching caching compared with when they were alone, when they were watching a non-caching conspecific or when they were watching their own caches being pilfered. Pilfering jays may therefore attempt to suppress some types of auditory information. Our results raise the possibility that jays both understand and can attribute auditory perception to another individual. PMID:23222444

  18. Miniature Electron Sources for Tomorrow’s Vacuum THz Devices (MiPRI)

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    2006-07-01

    slotted slow-wave structure show that the circuit could be With H = 2mm, the ohmic Q- factor , depending on the choice driven at 3-4 times the starting...least a factor of 2, which results (SWS) within an open resonator [I). However, typical in the range of nominal current densities of about 130 A/cm 2...length, P3o is the velocity of the electrons normalized to the speed of light, c, Vb is the beam voltage and Qohm is the ohmic quality factor . It

  19. Directional hyperspectral observations to detect plant stress with the PRI and SIF in a cornfield

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    We examined the impact of drought stress and temperature on plant hyperspectral, fluorescence, and photosynthetic responses during the 2012 growing season at an experimental USDA (United States Department of Agriculture) cornfield in Beltsville, MD USA. The manipulations included 4 nitrogen (N) appl...

  20. Fearing Prying U.S. Eyes, Canada's Colleges Crack Down On Computing

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    Carnevale, Dan

    2007-01-01

    The USA Patriot Act is having far-reaching effects on the kinds of data that wind up on some academics' computers in Canada. Canadian colleges, responding to provincial laws passed in reaction to the Patriot Act, are preventing professors from entering the United States with students' private data on their laptops and limiting the locations of…

  1. The Politics of Parental Involvement: How Opportunity Hoarding and Prying Shape Educational Opportunity

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    Lyken-Segosebe, Dawn; Hinz, Serena E.

    2015-01-01

    As more state legislatures join the debate on school-choice and parent-trigger legislation, their discussions draw attention to an evolving landscape outside school walls where parental action shapes educational opportunity. Parents wield their political, social, economic, and cultural capital to secure the best educational outcomes for their…

  2. Hybrid potential model of the {alpha}-cluster structure of {sup 212}Po

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    Ibrahim, T. T.; Perez, S. M.; Wyngaardt, S. M.

    2010-09-15

    Cluster-core potentials derived microscopically or phenomenologically each have some desirable features. We combine these features in an analysis of the properties of {sup 212}Po treated as an {alpha}-{sup 208}Pb system.

  3. Total and partial photoneutron cross sections for Pb isotopes

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    Kondo, T.; Utsunomiya, H.; Goriely, S.; Daoutidis, I.; Iwamoto, C.; Akimune, H.; Okamoto, A.; Yamagata, T.; Kamata, M.; Itoh, O.; Toyokawa, H.; Lui, Y.-W.; Harada, H.; Kitatani, F.; Hilaire, S.; Koning, A. J.

    2012-07-01

    Using quasimonochromatic laser-Compton scattering γ rays, total photoneutron cross sections were measured for 206,207,208Pb near neutron threshold with a high-efficiency 4π neutron detector. Partial E1 and M1 photoneutron cross sections along with total cross sections were determined for 207,208Pb at four energies near threshold by measuring anisotropies in photoneutron emission with linearly polarized γ rays. The E1 strength dominates over the M1 strength in the neutron channel where E1 photoneutron cross sections show extra strength of the pygmy dipole resonance in 207,208Pb near the neutron threshold corresponding to 0.32%-0.42% of the Thomas-Reiche-Kuhn sum rule. Several μN2 units of B(M1)↑ strength were observed in 207,208Pb just above neutron threshold, which correspond to an M1 cross section less than 10% of the total photoneutron cross section.

  4. 7 CFR 14.6 - Criteria for determining the pri- mary purpose of payments with respect to potential exclusion...

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    2010-01-01

    .... (3) Habitat includes, but is not limited to, the food supply, water supply, and nesting and escape.... Erosion by water and wind and the associated changes that result in permanent or long-term reductions in the productive capacity of the soil are forms of soil deterioration. (b) Water conservation. (1) Water...

  5. Limited access to HIV prevention in French prisons (ANRS PRI2DE): implications for public health and drug policy

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    2011-01-01

    Background Overpopulation, poor hygiene and disease prevention conditions in prisons are major structural determinants of increased infectious risk within prison settings but evidence-based national and WHO guidelines provide clear indications on how to reduce this risk. We sought to estimate the level of infectious risk by measuring how French prisons adhere to national and WHO guidelines. Methods A nationwide survey targeting the heads of medical (all French prisons) and psychiatric (26 French prisons) units was conducted using a postal questionnaire and a phone interview mainly focusing on access to prevention interventions, i.e. bleach, opioid substitution treatment (OST), HBV vaccination and post-exposure prophylaxis (PEP) for French prisoners. Two scores were built reflecting adherence to national and WHO international guidelines, ranging from 0 (no adherence) to 10 (maximum adherence) and 0 to 9 respectively. Results A majority (N = 113 (66%)) of the 171 prisons answered the questionnaires, representing 74% coverage (46,786 prisoners) of the French prison population: 108 were medical units and 12 were psychiatric units. Inmate access to prevention was poor. The median[IQR] score measuring adherence to national guidelines was quite low (4.5[2.5; 5.5]) but adherence to WHO guidelines was even lower 2.5[1.5; 3.5]; PEP was absent despite reported risky practices. Unsuitable OST delivery practices were frequently observed. Conclusions A wide gap exists between HIV prevention policies and their application in prisons. Similar assessments in other countries may be needed to guide a global policy reform in prison settings. Adequate funding together with innovative interventions able to remove structural and ideological barriers to HIV prevention are now needed to motivate those in charge of prison health, to improve their working environment and to relieve French prisoners from their currently debilitating conditions. PMID:21619573

  6. 7 CFR 14.6 - Criteria for determining the pri- mary purpose of payments with respect to potential exclusion...

    Code of Federal Regulations, 2011 CFR

    2011-01-01

    ... the productive capacity of the resource regardless of the level of technology available or applied... the productive capacity of the soil are forms of soil deterioration. (b) Water conservation. (1) Water... this section. (c) Protecting the environment. (1) Payments shall be considered to be made primarily...

  7. A Multimethod Assessment of Juvenile Psychopathy: Comparing the Predictive Utility of the PCL:YV, YPI, and NEO PRI

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    Cauffman, Elizabeth; Kimonis, Eva R.; Dmitrieva, Julia; Monahan, Kathryn C.

    2009-01-01

    The current study compares 3 distinct approaches for measuring juvenile psychopathy and their utility for predicting short- and long-term recidivism among a sample of 1,170 serious male juvenile offenders. The assessment approaches compared a clinical interview method (the Psychopathy Checklist: Youth Version [PCL:YV]; Forth, Kosson, & Hare,…

  8. A Multimethod Assessment of Juvenile Psychopathy: Comparing the Predictive Utility of the PCL:YV, YPI, and NEO PRI

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    Cauffman, Elizabeth; Kimonis, Eva R.; Dmitrieva, Julia; Monahan, Kathryn C.

    2009-01-01

    The current study compares 3 distinct approaches for measuring juvenile psychopathy and their utility for predicting short- and long-term recidivism among a sample of 1,170 serious male juvenile offenders. The assessment approaches compared a clinical interview method (the Psychopathy Checklist: Youth Version [PCL:YV]; Forth, Kosson, & Hare, 2003), a new self-report measure (the Youth Psychopathic Traits Inventory; Andershed, Kerr, Stattin, & Levander, 2002), and a personality-based approach (the NEO Psychopathy Resemblance Index; Lynam & Widiger, 2007). Results indicate a modest overlap between the 3 measures (rs = .26–.36); however, youths were often identified as psychopathic by 1 measure but not by others. Measures were weakly correlated with reoffending during subsequent 6- and 12-month periods. Findings suggest that although such scores may be useful indicators of the need for heightened monitoring in the short term, care should be taken when making predictions about long-term recidivism among adolescents. Moreover, the lack of long-term predictive power for the PCL:YV and the inconsistent psychopathy designations obtained with different measures raise serious questions about the use of such measures as the basis for legal or clinical treatment decisions. PMID:19947787

  9. A Multimethod Assessment of Juvenile Psychopathy: Comparing the Predictive Utility of the PCL:YV, YPI, and NEO PRI

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    Cauffman, Elizabeth; Kimonis, Eva R.; Dmitrieva, Julia; Monahan, Kathryn C.

    2009-01-01

    The current study compares 3 distinct approaches for measuring juvenile psychopathy and their utility for predicting short- and long-term recidivism among a sample of 1,170 serious male juvenile offenders. The assessment approaches compared a clinical interview method (the Psychopathy Checklist: Youth Version [PCL:YV]; Forth, Kosson, & Hare,…

  10. Radiogenic lead as coolant, reflector and moderator in advanced fast reactors

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    Kulikov, E. G.

    2017-01-01

    Main purpose of the study is assessing reasonability for recovery, production and application of radiogenic lead as a coolant, neutron moderator and neutron reflector in advanced fast reactors. When performing the study, thermal, physical and neutron-physical properties of natural and radiogenic lead were analyzed. The following results were obtained: 1. Radiogenic lead with high content of isotope 208Pb can be extracted from thorium or mixed thorium-uranium ores because 208Pb is a final product of 232Th natural decay chain. 2. The use of radiogenic lead with high 208Pb content in advanced fast reactors and accelerator-driven systems (ADS) makes it possible to improve significantly their neutron-physical and thermal-hydraulic parameters. 3. The use of radiogenic lead with high 208Pb content in advanced fast reactors as a coolant opens the possibilities for more intense fuel breeding and for application of well-known oxide fuel instead of the promising but not tested enough nitride fuel under the same safety parameters. 4. The use of radiogenic lead with high 208Pb content in ADS as a coolant can upgrade substantially the level of neutron flux in the ADS blanket, which enables effective transmutation of radioactive wastes with low cross-sections of radiative neutron capture.

  11. GSI experiments on the synthesis of superheavy elements

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    Heßberger, F. P.; Hofmann, S.; Ninov, V.; Armbruster, P.; Folger, H.; Lavrentev, A.; Leino, M. E.; Münzenberg, G.; Popeko, A. G.; Saro, S.; Stodel, Ch.; Yeremin, A. N.

    1998-02-01

    Evaporation residue production was investigated at SHIP in cold fusion reactions of Pb- and Bi-target nuclei with projectiles of elements between Ti (Z=22) and Se (Z=34) leading to compound nuclei ZCN=104-116. The isotopes 269110, 271110, 272111, and 277112 of the elements Z=110, Z=111 and Z=112 were unambiguously identified for the first time in bombardments of 208Pb, 209Bi with 62,64Ni and 70Zn. Excitation functions for 50Ti+208Pb and 58Fe+208Pb were measured with high precision, three new spontaneous fission (sf) activities 253104, 254104, 258106 were identified. A small α-decay branch of the even-even nucleus 256104 (bα≈0.003) was confirmed, allowing to estimate mass excesses Δmc2 for N-Z=48 nuclei up to 264Hs (Z=108). An analysis of the α-decay chains observed in a bombardment of 209Bi with 58Fe projectiles showed evidence for an isomeric state in 266Mt (Z=109). We further report on an attempt to produce element 116 and a second isotope of element 112 by the reactions 82Se+208Pb and 68Zn+208Pb, respectively.

  12. Identifying sources of Pb pollution in urban soils by means of MC-ICP-MS and TOF-SIMS.

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    Rodríguez-Seijo, Andrés; Arenas-Lago, Daniel; Andrade, María Luisa; Vega, Flora A

    2015-05-01

    Lead pollution was evaluated in 17 urban soils from parks and gardens in the city of Vigo (NW Spain). The Pb isotope ratios ((207)Pb/(206)Pb, (208)Pb/(204)Pb, (206)Pb/(204)Pb and (208)Pb/(206)Pb) were determined after being measured by MC-ICP-MS. The association of the isotopes ((204)Pb, (206)Pb, (207)Pb and (208)Pb) with the different components of the soil was studied using TOF-SIMS. The isotopic ranges obtained for the samples were between 1.116 and 1.203 ((206)Pb/(207)Pb), 2.044-2.143 ((208)Pb/(206)Pb), 37.206-38.608 ((208)Pb/(204)Pb), 15.5482-15.6569 ((207)Pb/(204)Pb) and 17.357-18.826 ((206)Pb/(204)Pb). The application of the three-end-member model indicates that the Pb derived from petrol is the main source of Pb in the soils (43.51% on average), followed by natural or geogenic Pb (39.12%) and industrial emissions (17.37%). The emissions derived from coal combustion do not appear to influence the content of Pb in the soil. TOF-SIMS images show that the Pb mainly interacts with organic matter. This technique contributes to the understanding of the association of anthropogenic Pb with the components of the soil, as well as the particle size of these associations, thus allowing the possible sources of Pb to be identified.

  13. Excitation functions for the production of superheavy nuclei in cold fusion reactions

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    Smolanczuk, Robert

    2000-01-01

    Excitation energy dependence of the cross sections of the reactions {sup 208}Pb{sub 126}({sup 50}Ti{sub 28},1n){sup 257}Rf{sub 153} and {sup 208}Pb{sub 126}({sup 58}Fe{sub 32},1n){sup 265}Hs{sub 157} is calculated and compared with the experimental data measured at GSI-Darmstadt. Such a dependence is also calculated for the reaction {sup 208}Pb{sub 126}({sup 86}Kr{sub 50},1n){sup 293}118{sub 175} reported recently by the Berkeley group, and for reactions which may lead to the synthesis of element 119 and production of its odd-Z descendants. Recommendations for future experiments based on the present study are presented. (c) 1999 The American Physical Society.

  14. Using stable lead isotopes to trace heavy metal contamination sources in sediments of Xiangjiang and Lishui Rivers in China.

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    Sun, Guo-Xin; Wang, Xin-Jun; Hu, Qin-Hong

    2011-12-01

    Lead isotopes and heavy metal concentrations were measured in two sediment cores sampled in estuaries of Xiangjiang and Lishui Rivers in Hunan province, China. The presence of anthropogenic contribution was observed in both sediments, especially in Xiangjiang sediment. In the Xiangjiang sediment, the lower (206)Pb/(207)Pb and higher (208)Pb/(206)Pb ratio, than natural Pb isotope signature (1.198 and 2.075 for (206)Pb/(207)Pb and (208)Pb/(206)Pb, respectively), indicated a significant input of non-indigenous Pb with low (206)Pb/(207)Pb and high (208)Pb/(206)Pb. The corresponding concentrations of heavy metals (As, Cd, Zn, Mn and Pb) were much higher than natural values, suggesting the contaminations of heavy metals from extensive ore-mining activities in the region.

  15. Structure of ²⁰⁷Pb populated in ²⁰⁸Pb + ²⁰⁸Pb deep-inelastic collisions*

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    Shand, C. M.; Wilson, E.; Podolyák, Zs.; ...

    2015-01-01

    The yrast structure of 207Pb above the 13/2+ isomeric state has been investigated in deep-inelastic collisions of 208Pb and 208Pb at ATLAS, Argonne National Laboratory. New and previously observed transitions were measured using the Gammasphere detector array. The level scheme of 207Pb is presented up to ~ 6 MeV, built using coincidence and γ-ray intensity analyses. In addition, the spin and parity assignments of states were made, based on angular distributions and comparisons to shell model calculations.

  16. A two-dimensional position sensitive charged-particle detector for the magnetic spectrograph ``Big Karl'' of the Jülich Cyclotron ``Jülich''

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    Köhler, M.; Müller, K. D.; Stoff, H.; Teske, M.; Berg, G. P. A.; Hardt, A.; Martin, S.; Mayer-Böricke, C.; Meißburger, J.

    1980-09-01

    A two-dimensional position sensitive detector with an area of 300 mm × 40 mm and a charged-particle spatial resolution of ΔX = ΔY ⩽ 0.5 mm is described. Some test results point out the detector properties. Results of the experiments 102Ru(d,p) 103Ru and 208Pb(p,p') 208Pb done at 45 MeV incident particle energy using the magnetic spectrograph BIG KARL are shown with sections of the proton spectra.

  17. Production cross sections of heavy neutron-rich nuclei approaching the nucleosynthesis r-process path around A =195

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    Kurtukian-Nieto, T.; Benlliure, J.; Schmidt, K.-H.; Audouin, L.; Becker, F.; Blank, B.; Casarejos, E.; Farget, F.; Fernández-Ordóñez, M.; Giovinazzo, J.; Henzlova, D.; Jurado, B.; Pereira, J.; Yordanov, O.

    2014-02-01

    In the present work we were able to synthesize and measure with high accuracy the production cross sections of more than 190 heavy neutron-rich nuclei by the in-flight fragmentation of relativistic 208Pb projectiles, 26 of which were produced for the first time. This work has shown that the N =126 region far below the doubly magic 208Pb has become accessible experimentally and represents a step further towards the study of heavy neutron-rich nuclei approaching the r-process waiting point at A =195.

  18. Barrier Distributions for Cold-Fusion Reactions

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    Ikezoe, Hiroshi; Mitsuoka, Shin-ichi; Nishio, Katsuhisa; Tsuruta, Kaoru; Watanabe, Yutaka; Jeong, Sunchan; Satou, Ken-ichiro

    2006-08-14

    Coulomb barrier distributions for the capture process in the cold fusion reactions for 48Ti, 54Cr, 56Fe, 64Ni, 70Zn projectiles incident on 208Pb target are obtained by the measurement of the quasi-elastic scattering cross sections at backward angles. The obtained barrier distributions are compared with the result of a coupled-channels calculation. It is found that the barrier distributions are well reproduced by the calculation taking account of the coupling of one phonon of the quadrupole vibration for these projectile nuclei and two phonons of the octupole vibration for 208Pb.

  19. Target for the heaviest element production at RIKEN

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    Kaji, D.; Morimoto, K.; Yoneda, A.; Hasebe, H.; Yoshida, A.; Haba, H.; Goto, S.; Kudo, H.; Morita, K.

    2008-06-01

    A new gas-cooled rotating target system was developed for the heaviest element production. A target wheel with a diameter of 30.0 cm could be rotated up to 3000 rpm. A helium gas introduced into the target chamber mounted upstream of a gas-filled recoil separator, which enables an effective gas cooling of the target. The development has led to the successful production of heavy nuclides via cold fusion reactions of 208Pb( 64Ni,n) 271Ds, 209Bi( 64Ni,n) 272Rg, 208Pb( 70Zn,n) 277112, and 209Bi( 70Zn,n) 278113.

  20. SHE research at RIKEN/GARIS

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    Morita, Kosuke

    2015-12-01

    In this contribution, heavy-element research at RIKEN, Japan is reviewed. Nuclei of the heaviest elements were produced by the reactions 208Pb(64Ni, n)271Ds, 209Bi(64Ni, n)272Rg, 208Pb(70Zn, n)277Cn, and 209Bi(70Zn, n)278113. Alpha decays of those products and their consecutive alpha/spontaneous fission decays were studied using a gas-filled type recoil separator. New nuclei, 278113, 274Rg, and 270Mt, were observed in the 209Bi + 70Zn reaction.

  1. Analysis of orbital occupancy of valence neutron in {sup 15}C through Coulomb breakup reactions

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    Singh, P. E-mail: pardeep.phy@dcrustm.org

    2015-03-15

    The Coulomb breakup reactions {sup 208}Pb({sup 15}C, {sup 14}C + n){sup 208}Pb and {sup 181}Ta({sup 15}C, {sup 14}C + n){sup 181}Ta have been studied at 68 and 85 A MeV beam energies, respectively, within the framework of the eikonal approximation to investigate the orbital occupancy of valence neutron in the {sup 15}C nucleus. The outcomes of the present work favor 0{sup +} ⊗ 2s{sub 1/2} as the core-neutron coupling for the ground-state structure with 0.91 as a spectroscopic factor.

  2. Electroweak Measurements of Neutron Densities in PREX and CREX at JLab, USA

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    Michaels, Robert W.

    2016-08-01

    Measurement of the parity-violating electron scattering asymmetry from ${}^{208}$Pb has demonstrated a new opportunity at Jefferson Lab to measure the weak charge distribution and hence pin down the neutron radius in nuclei in a relatively clean and model-independent way. This is because the Z boson of the weak interaction couples primarily to neutrons. We will describe the PREX and CREX experiments on ${}^{208}$Pb and ${}^{48}$Ca respectively. PREX-I ran in 2010, and CREX and a second run of PREX are currently in preparation.

  3. Higher-Order Effects in the Elastic Scattering of Electrons and Positrons from LEAD-208 and CARBON-12

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    Linzey, Andrew Joseph

    Here we report on a precise study of the ratio of elastic scattering cross sections of electrons and positrons from ^{12}C and ^{208}Pb, in an effort to observe and quantify deviations from the predictions of a phase shift calculation of the scattering from a static charge density. Any deviations observed can be attributed to higher-order processes sensitive to the sign of the charge of the scattered particle. The beam energies were ~450 MeV and the angular ranges covered were 26-37^circ for ^{12}C and 26-53^ circ for ^{208}Pb. No deviations were observed within the uncertainties of the measurement.

  4. Nondestructive identification of isotopes using nuclear resonance fluorescence

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    Shizuma, Toshiyuki; Hayakawa, Takehito; Hajima, Ryoichi; Kikuzawa, Nobuhiro; Ohgaki, Hideaki; Toyokawa, Hiroyuki

    2012-01-15

    Nondestructive identification of heavy isotopes concealed in a thick iron box has been demonstrated by using nuclear resonance fluorescence. A quasi-monochromatic photon beam produced by the collision of laser quanta with high energy electrons was used for resonant excitation of nuclear levels in {sup 206}Pb and {sup 208}Pb. By measuring the resonant {gamma} rays emitted from {sup 206}Pb and {sup 208}Pb, each of these isotopes were clearly identified. The ratio of the effective thickness, i.e., concentration distribution, of these isotopes was deduced from the relative intensities of the measured nuclear resonance fluorescence strengths.

  5. Fusion-Evaporation Cross Sections in Reactions Leading to Production of Super-Heavy Nuclei

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    Siwek-Wilczynska, K.; Skwira-Chalot, I.; Wilczynski, J.

    2006-08-14

    Fusion-evaporation cross sections were calculated for the 48Ca+204-208Pb and 50Ti+206,208Pb reactions and compared with the existing experimental data of the Dubna and GSI groups. The survival probabilities of the compound Z 102 and Z = 104 nuclei formed in these reactions were calculated using a Monte Carlo program based on the conventional Bohr-Wheeler theory of fission and statistical model of particle evaporation with Reisdorf-Ignatyuk prescription for the level densities and Strutinsky shell corrections of Moeller et al. 'Empirical' magnitudes of the dynamical hindrance of fusion have been deduced for these reactions.

  6. Exclusive breakup measurements for {sup 9}Be

    SciTech Connect

    Fulton, B.R.; Cowin, R.L.; Woolliscroft, R.J.; Clarke, N.M.; Donadille, L.; Freer, M.; Leask, P.J.; Singer, S.M.; Nicoli, M.P.; Benoit, B.; Hanappe, F.; Ninane, A.; Orr, N.A.; Tillier, J.; Stuttge, L.

    2004-10-01

    The first exclusive breakup measurements for the nucleus {sup 9}Be are presented. Breakup via several discrete states is observed following scattering off {sup 12}C and {sup 208}Pb. The results support the prediction of a recent microscopic cluster calculation for a strong n+{sup 8}Be(2{sup +}) state component in the second excited state.

  7. Density dependence of the symmetry energy from neutron skin thickness in finite nuclei

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    Vinas, X.; Centelles, M.; Roca-Maza, X.; Warda, M.

    2012-10-20

    The density dependence of the symmetry energy, characterized by the parameter L, is studied using information provided by the neutron skin thickness in finite nuclei. An estimate of L is obtained from experimental data of antiprotonic atoms. We also discuss the ability of parity violating electron scatering to obtain information about the neutron skin thickness in {sup 208}Pb.

  8. A new analytical approach to understanding nanoscale lead-iron interactions in drinking water distribution systems.

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    Trueman, Benjamin F; Gagnon, Graham A

    2016-07-05

    High levels of iron in distributed drinking water often accompany elevated lead release from lead service lines and other plumbing. Lead-iron interactions in drinking water distribution systems are hypothesized to be the result of adsorption and transport of lead by iron oxide particles. This mechanism was explored using point-of-use drinking water samples characterized by size exclusion chromatography with UV and multi-element (ICP-MS) detection. In separations on two different stationary phases, high apparent molecular weight (>669 kDa) elution profiles for (56)Fe and (208)Pb were strongly correlated (average R(2)=0.96, N=73 samples representing 23 single-unit residences). Moreover, (56)Fe and (208)Pb peak areas exhibited an apparent linear dependence (R(2)=0.82), consistent with mobilization of lead via adsorption to colloidal particles rich in iron. A UV254 absorbance peak, coincident with high molecular weight (56)Fe and (208)Pb, implied that natural organic matter was interacting with the hypothesized colloidal species. High molecular weight UV254 peak areas were correlated with both (56)Fe and (208)Pb peak areas (R(2)=0.87 and 0.58, respectively). On average, 45% (std. dev. 10%) of total lead occurred in the size range 0.05-0.45 μm. Copyright © 2016 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.

  9. Collisions of Halo Nuclei within a Dynamical Eikonal Approximation

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    Baye, D.; Goldstein, G.

    2005-08-19

    The dynamical eikonal approximation unifies the semiclassical time-dependent and eikonal methods. It allows calculating differential cross sections for elastic scattering and breakup in a quantal way by taking into account interference effects. Good agreement is obtained with experiment for {sup 11}Be breakup on {sup 208}Pb. Dynamical effects are weak for elastic scattering.

  10. Identification of the sources of metal (lead) contamination in drinking waters in north-eastern Tasmania using lead isotopic compositions.

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    Harvey, P J; Handley, H K; Taylor, M P

    2015-08-01

    This study utilises a range of scientific approaches, including lead isotopic compositions, to differentiate unknown sources of ongoing lead contamination of a drinking water supply in north-eastern Tasmania, Australia. Drinking water lead concentrations are elevated above the Australian Drinking Water Guideline (10 μg/L), reaching 540 μg/L in the supply network. Water lead isotopic compositions from the town of Pioneer ((208)Pb/(207)Pb 2.406, (206)Pb/(207)Pb 1.144 to (208)Pb/(207)Pb 2.360, (206)Pb/(207)Pb 1.094) and Ringarooma ((208)Pb/(207)Pb 2.398, (206)Pb/(207)Pb 1.117) are markedly different from the local bedrock ((208)Pb/(207)Pb 2.496, (206)Pb/(207)Pb 1.237). The data show that the lead in the local waters is sourced from a combination of dilapidated drinking water infrastructure, including lead jointed pipelines, end-of-life polyvinyl chloride pipes and household plumbing. Drinking water is being inadvertently contaminated by aging infrastructure, and it is an issue that warrants investigation to limit the burden of disease from lead exposure.

  11. The Isoscalar Giant Dipole Resonance in {sup 20}Pb, {sup 90}Zr and the Nuclear Compressibility

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    Yildirim, Serbulent; Koeroglu, Ulas

    2008-11-11

    The isoscalar giant dipol resonance (ISGDR) in finite nuclei is studied within the framework of a relativistic transport approach. The excitation energies of spherical {sup 90}Zr and {sup 208}Pb nuclei are obtained for different quantum hydrodynamical Lagrangian parametrization. The sensitivity of ISGDR excitation energy on the nuclear bulk to surface properties are also investigated.

  12. Spectroscopy of Pionic Atoms in the (p,2He) Reaction at RCNP

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    Fujioka, Hiroyuki

    We plan to investigate the formation spectrum of deeply-bound pionic atoms by means of the (p,2He) reaction on 208Pb at RCNP, Osaka University. The experimental setup with a high-resolution spectrometer "GrandRaiden", improved from a past experiment in 1990s using the same reaction, will enable us to achieve a high energy-resolution.

  13. Enhanced E1 transitions and {alpha}-clustering in {sup 212}Po

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    Suzuki, Y.; Ohkubo, S.

    2011-05-06

    An {alpha}+{sup 208}Pb(0{sup +},3{sup -}) cluster model explains the recently observed enhanced E1 transitions from the new negative-parity levels to the yrast states in {sup 212}Po. Heavy and light nuclei present good examples of surface clustering and well-localized clustering.

  14. Threshold photoneutron cross sections for {sup 208,207,206}Pb isotopes

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    Kondo, T.; Utsunomiya, H.; Akimune, H.; Yamagata, T.; Iwamoto, C.; Kamata, M.; Itoh, O.; Toyokawa, H.; Lui, Y.-W.

    2010-06-01

    Photoneutron cross sections for three Pb isotopes ({sup 206}Pb, {sup 207}Pb, {sup 208}Pb) near neutron threshold were measured with the laser inverse-Compton scattering gamma rays at the National Institute of Advanced Industrial Science and Technology. The cross section data are presented.

  15. GSI experiments on the synthesis of superheavy elements

    SciTech Connect

    Hessberger, F. P.; Hofmann, S.; Ninov, V.; Armbruster, P.; Folger, H.; Muenzenberg, G.; Stodel, Ch.; Lavrentev, A.; Popeko, A. G.; Yeremin, A. N.; Leino, M. E.; Saro, S.

    1998-02-15

    Evaporation residue production was investigated at SHIP in cold fusion reactions of Pb- and Bi-target nuclei with projectiles of elements between Ti (Z=22) and Se (Z=34) leading to compound nuclei Z{sub CN}=104-116. The isotopes {sup 269}110, {sup 271}110, {sup 272}111, and {sup 277}112 of the elements Z=110, Z=111 and Z=112 were unambiguously identified for the first time in bombardments of {sup 208}Pb, {sup 209}Bi with {sup 62,64}Ni and {sup 70}Zn. Excitation functions for {sup 50}Ti+{sup 208}Pb and {sup 58}Fe+{sup 208}Pb were measured with high precision, three new spontaneous fission (sf) activities {sup 253}104, {sup 254}104, {sup 258}106 were identified. A small {alpha}-decay branch of the even-even nucleus {sup 256}104 (b{sub {alpha}}{approx_equal}0.003) was confirmed, allowing to estimate mass excesses {delta}mc{sup 2} for N-Z=48 nuclei up to {sup 264}Hs (Z=108). An analysis of the {alpha}-decay chains observed in a bombardment of {sup 209}Bi with {sup 58}Fe projectiles showed evidence for an isomeric state in {sup 266}Mt (Z=109). We further report on an attempt to produce element 116 and a second isotope of element 112 by the reactions {sup 82}Se+{sup 208}Pb and {sup 68}Zn+{sup 208}Pb, respectively.

  16. Prod and Pry from Inside Out: Ethnography of an Anti-Bias Support-Supervision Group for Teachers of Young Children.

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    Jacobson, Tamar

    The National Association for the Education of Young Children endorses an anti-bias curriculum for early childhood programs, in which early childhood educators are encouraged to enhance children's development of tolerance for cultural, gender, and ability diversity. This paper is an ethnography of the culture and processes of a group of three…

  17. Correlations between maternal, breast milk, and infant vitamin B12 concentrations among mother-infant dyads in Vancouver, Canada and Pry Veng, Cambodia: an exploratory analysis

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    Vitamin B12 plays an essential role in fetal and infant development. In regions where animal source food consumption is low and perinatal supplementation is uncommon, infants are at risk of vitamin B12 deficiency. In this secondary analysis, we measured total vitamin B12 concentrations in maternal a...

  18. [Reactivity of the physiological system of the connective tissue and immunoglobulin levels in divers of the Arctic Pri-Elbrus regions].

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    Pavlovich, S I

    1991-01-01

    The functional state of the conjunctive tissue system in deep-divers has been evaluated by the Kavetsky-Leshchinsky method. The content of different classes of immunoglobulins in the mucosa of upper respiratory tracts has been studied by the fluorescent antibody method under conditions of the Arctic and highland. The long-term divings cause a decrease in the reactivity of a physiological system of conjunctive tissue and a shift in the parameters of the immunological organism status. These changes are found to be more pronounced in the deep divers with underwater work experience of more than 2,000 hours. The general immunological reactivity of the organism rises significantly after 2.5 months stay under conditions of the Elbrus (height--2100 m). These facts confirm an idea that favourable climatic factors of the highland are expedient to be used in the complex of rehabilitation measures for deep-divers.

  19. Association of Polymorphisms in three pri-miRNAs that Target Pepsinogen C with the Risk and Prognosis of Gastric Cancer

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    Wu, Ye-feng; Xu, Qian; He, Cai-yun; Li, Ying; Liu, Jing-wei; Deng, Na; Sun, Li-ping; Yuan, Yuan

    2017-01-01

    We aimed to explore the associations of polymorphisms in three microRNAs (miRNAs) (let-7e rs8111742, miR-365b rs121224 and miR-4795 rs1002765) that target PGC with the risk and prognosis of gastric cancer/atrophic gastritis. Sequenom’s MassArray was used to genotype the miRNA polymorphisms in 724 gastric cancer cases, 862 atrophic gastritis cases and 862 controls in a Chinese population. We found that let-7e rs8111742 and miR-4795 rs1002765 were associated with the risk of gastric cancer in the H. pylori-positive subgroup. MiR-365b rs121224 was associated with the risk of intestinal-type gastric cancer in the alcohol consumption subgroup. Intestinal-type gastric cancer patients at Borrmann stages III-IV who carry the miR-365b rs121224 GG genotype had better prognosis compared with those who carry the CG or CC genotypes. MiR-365b rs121224 was associated with Lauren typing and TNM staging, in which the distribution of GG genotype carriers in intestinal-type gastric cancer and the TNM stage I-II subgroup was higher than that of CG or CC genotypes, which contrasted with the distribution in diffuse-type gastric cancer or TNM III-IV groups. These findings suggested that the polymorphisms in these miRNAs might be biomarkers for gastric cancer risk and prognosis, especially for populations infected with Helicobacter pylori or who consume alcohol. PMID:28067243

  20. An SNP site in pri-miR-124, a brain expressed miRNA gene, no contribution to mesial temporal lobe epilepsy in an Italian sample.

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    Manna, Ida; Labate, Angelo; Borzì, Giuseppe; Mumoli, Laura; Cavalli, Salvatore Maria; Sturniolo, Miriam; Quattrone, Aldo; Gambardella, Antonio

    2016-08-01

    Mesial temporal lobe epilepsy (MTLE) is the most common type of refractory epilepsy and is usually associated with hippocampal sclerosis (Hs). The pathogenesis of MTLE involves many biological pathways, some of which seem to be regulated by microRNAs (miRNAs). Increasing evidence shows that single nucleotide polymorphisms (SNPs) or mutations in miRNAs sequence may affect the processing and function of miRNAs and participate in the occurrence of diseases. In this study, the effect of the SNP of one neuronal miRNA, miR-124, on susceptibility to MTLE was investigated using a case control study. To understand the role, a common C/G polymorphism designated rs531564 in the molecular mechanisms of MTLE, we sought to determine whether this genetic variant could influence susceptibility to disease in a cohort of 307 MTLE patients and 306 healthy controls, using TaqMan allelic discrimination assay, on an Applied Biosystems PCR platform. No statistically significant differences were found in the allele or genotype distributions of the miR-124 rs531564 polymorphism among MTLE patients and MTLE-free control subjects (p > 0.05). Our results demonstrate that this SNP has no major role in genetic susceptibility to MTLE, at least in the population studied here.

  1. Pri-microRNA-124 rs531564 polymorphism minor allele increases the risk of pulmonary artery hypertension by abnormally enhancing proliferation of pulmonary artery smooth muscle cells.

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    Li, Quanzhong; Qian, Zongjie; Wang, Linqing

    2017-01-01

    MicroRNA-124 (miR-124) has been reported to be downregulated in the cells exposed to hypoxia, which was confirmed in our study. We then used online microRNA target prediction tools to identify GRB2, SMAD5, and JAG1 as the candidate target genes of miR-124, and we next validated GRB2 as a direct gene by using luciferase reporter system. We also established the regulatory relationship between miR-124 and GRB2 by showing the negative linear relationship between GRB2 and miR-124 expression. Furthermore, we investigated the miR-124 and GRB2 expression levels of different genotypes including CC (n=30), GC (n=18), and GG (n=4), which supported the hypothesis that the presence of minor allele (C) of rs531564 polymorphism compromised the expression of miR-124. Meanwhile, we also conducted real-time polymerase chain reaction and Western blot analysis to study the expression of GRB2 among different genotypes or pulmonary artery smooth muscle cells (PASMCs) treated with miR-124 mimics, GRB2 small interfering RNA, and miR-124 inhibitors, respectively, and found that introduction of miR-124 or GRB2 small interfering RNA could reduce the expression of GRB2 and inhibit the proliferation of PASMCs, while miR-124 upregulated the expression of GRB2 and promoted the proliferation of PASMCs. A total of 412 COPD patients with PAH (n=182) or without PAH (n=230) were recruited in this study, and more individuals carrying at least one minor allele of rs531564 were found in the COPD patients with PAH than in those without PAH (odds ratio: 0.61, 95% confidence interval: 0.41-0.91; P=0.166). In conclusion, the presence of rs531564 minor allele may increase the risk of PAH in COPD by reducing miR-124 expression, increasing GRB2 expression, and promoting the proliferation of PASMCs.

  2. Association of Polymorphisms in three pri-miRNAs that Target Pepsinogen C with the Risk and Prognosis of Gastric Cancer.

    PubMed

    Wu, Ye-Feng; Xu, Qian; He, Cai-Yun; Li, Ying; Liu, Jing-Wei; Deng, Na; Sun, Li-Ping; Yuan, Yuan

    2017-01-09

    We aimed to explore the associations of polymorphisms in three microRNAs (miRNAs) (let-7e rs8111742, miR-365b rs121224 and miR-4795 rs1002765) that target PGC with the risk and prognosis of gastric cancer/atrophic gastritis. Sequenom's MassArray was used to genotype the miRNA polymorphisms in 724 gastric cancer cases, 862 atrophic gastritis cases and 862 controls in a Chinese population. We found that let-7e rs8111742 and miR-4795 rs1002765 were associated with the risk of gastric cancer in the H. pylori-positive subgroup. MiR-365b rs121224 was associated with the risk of intestinal-type gastric cancer in the alcohol consumption subgroup. Intestinal-type gastric cancer patients at Borrmann stages III-IV who carry the miR-365b rs121224 GG genotype had better prognosis compared with those who carry the CG or CC genotypes. MiR-365b rs121224 was associated with Lauren typing and TNM staging, in which the distribution of GG genotype carriers in intestinal-type gastric cancer and the TNM stage I-II subgroup was higher than that of CG or CC genotypes, which contrasted with the distribution in diffuse-type gastric cancer or TNM III-IV groups. These findings suggested that the polymorphisms in these miRNAs might be biomarkers for gastric cancer risk and prognosis, especially for populations infected with Helicobacter pylori or who consume alcohol.

  3. Dynamics of a Plasmacytic Reaction when Tetanus Antitoxin is Introduced by Aerosol and Subcutaneously (Dinamika Plazmotsitarnoi Reaktsii pri Vvedenii Stolbnyanogo Anatoksina Aerozolnym i Podkozhnym Metodom)

    DTIC Science & Technology

    typhoid fever antigen. Results are compared with those of the fever antigens alone. Comparisons are made between reactions of local lymph nodes and those remote from the place of antitoxin introduction.

  4. Pressure induced structural phase transition of PrX, PrY (X = S, Se, Te) chalcogenides and (Y = N, P, As) pnictides

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    Varshney, Dinesh; Shriya, Swarna; Dube, A.; Varshney, Meenu

    2012-06-01

    Pressure induced structural aspects of NaCl-type (B1) to CsCl-type (B2) structure in Praseodymium pnictides and chalcogenides are presented. An effective interionic interaction potential with long range Coulomb, van der Waals interaction and the short-range repulsive interaction upto second-neighbor ions within the Hafemeister and Flygare approach with modified ionic charge is developed. Deduced results on volume discontinuity in pressure volume phase diagram identify the structural phase transition from B1 to B2 structure consistent with the known results.

  5. Quasi-Elastic Reactions of SILICON-28 and Chlorine -37 with LEAD-208 at Energies in the Range of 1 TO 3 Times the Coulomb Barrier

    NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

    Dixit, Sunil

    Measurements have been made for the quasi-elastic scattering of ^{28}Si on ^{208}Pb at 280 and 420 MeV, and of ^{37}Cl on ^{208}Pb at 190, 330 and 433 MeV incident projectile energies. The elastic and inelastic scattering data, along with existing data at 152, 162, 166, 210, and 225 MeV, for the ^ {28}Si + ^{208} Pb system, and existing data at 250 MeV for the ^{37}Cl + ^ {208}Pb system have been analyzed using a collective model CCBA formalism. The data are well reproduced within this model at the higher energies. However, the ^{208}Pb(3_1 ^-) state predictions require an additional rotational quadrupole reorientation term at the lower energies which exhibit a striking energy dependence in the extracted effective quadrupole moment, the nuclear deformations, and the ratio (M_{rm N} /M_{rm P}) of the neutron to proton multipole matrix elements. These results suggest the possibility of threshold anomalies in the reorientation channel, highlighting the inadequacy of the collective model in describing the inelastic excitation process for heavy-ion reactions near the Coulomb barrier, at least for this state. The transfer data show large quasi-elastic yields for the one-neutron pickup channel, contributing between 50%-87% and 55%-71% of the total neutron transfer cross section as a function of decreasing projectile energy for the ^{28}Si,^ {37}Cl + ^{208} Pb reactions, respectively. The one nucleon transfer data has been analyzed using the finite range DWBA with optical-model parameters deduced from CCBA analysis and spectroscopic factors obtained from the literature. These transfer processes display a strong dependence on the ground state reaction Q-value, projectile mass, and charge. At the higher energies there is a strong deep-inelastic component (Q <= -30 MeV). This corresponds to angular distributions that are predominantly exponential for charged particle transfer greater than two. Finally, the recently observed "slope anomaly" between the one- and two

  6. Fusion-fission and quasifission in the reactions with heavy ions leading to the formation of Hs

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    Itkis, I. M.; Itkis, M. G.; Knyazheva, G. N.; Kozulin, E. M.

    2012-10-20

    Mass and energy distributions of binary reaction products obtained in the reactions {sup 22}Ne+{sup 249}Cf,{sup 26}Mg+{sup 248}Cm,{sup 36}S+{sup 238}U and {sup 58}Fe+{sup 208}Pb leading to Hs isotopes have been measured. At energies below the Coulomb barrier the bimodal fission of Hs*, formed in the reaction {sup 26}Mg+{sup 248}Cm, is observed. In the reaction {sup 36}S+{sup 238}U the considerable part of the symmetric fragments arises from the quasifission process. At energies above the Coulomb barrier the symmetric fragments originate mainly from fusion-fission process for both reactions with Mg and S ions. In the case of the {sup 58}Fe+{sup 208}Pb reaction the quasifission process dominates at all measured energies. The pre- and post-scission neutron multiplicities as a function of the fragment mass have been obtained for the reactions studied.

  7. Capture process in nuclear reactions with a quantum master equation

    SciTech Connect

    Sargsyan, V. V.; Kanokov, Z.; Adamian, G. G.; Antonenko, N. V.; Scheid, W.

    2009-09-15

    Projectile-nucleus capture by a target nucleus at bombarding energies in the vicinity of the Coulomb barrier is treated with the reduced-density-matrix formalism. The effects of dissipation and fluctuations on the capture process are taken self-consistently into account within the quantum model suggested. The excitation functions for the capture in the reactions {sup 16}O, {sup 19}F, {sup 26}Mg, {sup 28}Si, {sup 32,34,36,38}S, {sup 40,48}Ca, {sup 50}Ti, {sup 52}Cr+{sup 208}Pb with spherical nuclei are calculated and compared with the experimental data. At bombarding energies about (15-25) MeV above the Coulomb barrier the maximum of capture cross section is revealed for the {sup 58}Ni+{sup 208}Pb reaction.

  8. Barrier distribution of quasi-elastic backward scattering

    SciTech Connect

    Mitsuoka, S.; Ikezoe, H.; Nishio, K.; Watanabe, Y.; Jeong, S. C.; Ishiyama, H.; Hirayama, Y.; Imai, N.; Miyatake, H.

    2009-05-04

    In order to study the nucleus-nucleus interaction in Pb-based cold fusion, we have measured excitation functions for quasi-elastic scattering of {sup 48}Ti, {sup 54}Cr, {sup 56}Fe, {sup 64}Ni, {sup 70}Zn and {sup 86}Kr projectiles on {sup 208}Pb target at backward angles. The barrier distributions were derived from the first derivative of measured quasi-elastic scattering cross sections relative to the Rutherford scattering cross section. The centroids of the barrier distributions show a deviation from several predicted barrier heights toward the low energy side. The shape of the barrier distributions is well reproduced by the results of a coupled-channel calculation taking account of the coupling effects of two phonon excitations of the quadrupole vibration for the projectiles and of the octupole vibration for the {sup 208}Pb target.

  9. Barrier distribution of quasi-elastic backward scattering

    NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

    Mitsuoka, S.; Ikezoe, H.; Nishio, K.; Watanabe, Y.; Jeong, S. C.; Ishiyama, H.; Hirayama, Y.; Imai, N.; Miyatake, H.

    2009-05-01

    In order to study the nucleus-nucleus interaction in Pb-based cold fusion, we have measured excitation functions for quasi-elastic scattering of 48Ti, 54Cr, 56Fe, 64Ni, 70Zn and 86Kr projectiles on 208Pb target at backward angles. The barrier distributions were derived from the first derivative of measured quasi-elastic scattering cross sections relative to the Rutherford scattering cross section. The centroids of the barrier distributions show a deviation from several predicted barrier heights toward the low energy side. The shape of the barrier distributions is well reproduced by the results of a coupled-channel calculation taking account of the coupling effects of two phonon excitations of the quadrupole vibration for the projectiles and of the octupole vibration for the 208Pb target.

  10. Probing the neutron skin thickness in collective modes of excitation

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    Paar, N.; Horvat, A.

    2014-03-01

    Nuclear collective motion provides valuable constraint on the size of neutron-skin thickness and the properties of nuclear matter symmetry energy. By employing relativistic nuclear energy density functional (RNEDF) and covariance analysis related to χ2 fitting of the model parameters, relevant observables are identified for dipole excitations, which strongly correlate with the neutron-skin thickness (rnp), symmetry energy at saturation density (J) and slope of the symmetry energy (L). Using the RNEDF framework and experimental data on pygmy dipole strength (68Ni, 132Sn, 208Pb) and dipole polarizability (208Pb), it is shown how the values of J, and L, and rnp are constrained. The isotopic dependence of moments associated to dipole excitations in 116-136Sn shows that the low-energy dipole strength and polarizability in neutron-rich nuclei display strong sensitivity to the symmetry energy parameter J, more pronounced than in isotopes with moderate neutron-to-proton number ratios.

  11. New calculation method for initial exciton numbers on nucleon induced pre-equilibrium reactions

    SciTech Connect

    Tel, E.; Sarer, B.; Aydin, A.; Kaplan, A.

    2008-05-15

    In this study, we investigate the pre-equilibrium effect by using new evaluated geometry dependent hybrid model for the {sup 208}Pb (p,xn) reaction at 25.5 and 62.9 MeV incident proton energies. We also suggest that the initial neutron and proton exciton numbers for the nucleon induced precompound reactions be calculated from the neutron and proton density by using an effective nucleon-nucleon interaction with Skyrme force. We calculate the initial exciton numbers obtained from SKM* and SLy4 for a proton induced reaction on target nuclei {sup 208}Pb. The obtained results have been investigated and compared with the pre-equilibrium calculations and experimental results.

  12. Analytical potential for the elastic scattering of light halo nuclei below and close to the Coulomb barrier

    SciTech Connect

    Borowska, L.; Terenetsky, K.; Verbitsky, V.; Fritzsche, S.

    2009-04-15

    An analytical expression for the dynamic polarization potential is derived for the elastic scattering of light halo nuclei in the Coulomb field of heavy targets. The derivation is based on the adiabatic motion of the projectile below and close to the Coulomb barrier together with a uniform approximation for the Coulomb functions. Detailed computations have been carried out for the elastic scattering of d+{sup 208}Pb and {sup 6}He+{sup 208}Pb at collision energies of 8 and 17.8 MeV and are compared with measurements as far as available. The obtained expression for the dynamic polarization potential is simple and can be applied for any arbitrary system with a dineutron configuration.

  13. Beam losses from ultra-peripheral nuclear collisions between Pb ions in the Large Hadron Collider and their alleviation

    SciTech Connect

    Bruce, R.; Bocian, D.; Gilardoni, S.; Jowett, J.M.; /CERN

    2009-08-01

    Electromagnetic interactions between colliding heavy ions at the Large Hadron Collider (LHC) at CERN will give rise to localized beam losses that may quench superconducting magnets, apart from contributing significantly to the luminosity decay. To quantify their impact on the operation of the collider, we have used a three-step simulation approach, which consists of optical tracking, a Monte-Carlo shower simulation and a thermal network model of the heat flow inside a magnet. We present simulation results for the case of {sup 208}Pb{sup 82+} ion operation in the LHC, with focus on the alice interaction region, and show that the expected heat load during nominal {sup 208}Pb{sup 82+} operation is 40% above the quench level. This limits the maximum achievable luminosity. Furthermore, we discuss methods of monitoring the losses and possible ways to alleviate their effect.

  14. Fission and quasifission modes in heavy-ion-induced reactions leading to the formation of Hs{sup *}

    SciTech Connect

    Itkis, I. M.; Kozulin, E. M.; Itkis, M. G.; Knyazheva, G. N.; Bogachev, A. A.; Chernysheva, E. V.; Krupa, L.; Oganessian, Yu. Ts.; Zagrebaev, V. I.; Rusanov, A. Ya.; Goennenwein, F.; Dorvaux, O.; Stuttge, L.; Hanappe, F.; Vardaci, E.; Goes Brennand, E. de

    2011-06-15

    Mass and energy distributions of binary reaction products obtained in the reactions {sup 22}Ne+{sup 249}Cf,{sup 26}Mg+{sup 248}Cm, {sup 36}S+{sup 238}U, and {sup 58}Fe+{sup 208}Pb have been measured. All reactions lead to Hs isotopes. At energies below the Coulomb barrier the bimodal fission of Hs{sup *}, formed in the reaction {sup 26}Mg+{sup 248}Cm, is observed. In the reaction {sup 36}S+{sup 238}U, leading to the formation of a similar compound nucleus, the main part of the symmetric fragments arises from the quasifission process. At energies above the Coulomb barrier fusion-fission is the main process leading to the formation of symmetric fragments for both reactions with Mg and S ions. In the case of the {sup 58}Fe+{sup 208}Pb reaction the quasifission process dominates at all measured energies.

  15. How the projectile neutron number influences the evaporation cross section in complete fusion reactions with heavy ions

    SciTech Connect

    Wang Chengbin; Zhang Jinjuan; Ren, Z. Z.; Shen, C. W.

    2010-11-15

    The influence of the projectile neutron number on the evaporation residue cross sections for the reactions {sup 208}Pb({sup 52,54}Cr,n,2n){sup 258-261}Sg and {sup 208}Pb({sup 48,50}Ti,n,2n){sup 254-257}Rf has been studied within the framework of a fusion-fission statistical model. The results obtained with the kewpie2 code are compared with recent experimental data. The excitation functions represent the experimental results well both in the maximum value and the lactation of the peak. The calculations show that the projectile neutron number greatly influences both the capture cross section and the fusion probability.

  16. Energy dissipation in heavy systems: the transition from quasi-elastic to deep-inelastic scattering

    SciTech Connect

    Rehm, K.E.; van den Berg, A.; Kolata, J.J.; Kovar, D.G.; Kutschera, W.; Rosner, G.; Stephans, G.S.F.; Yntema, J.L.; Lee, L.L.

    1984-01-01

    The interaction of medium mass projectiles (A = 28 - 64) with /sup 208/Pb has been studied using a split-pole spectrograph which allows single mass and charge identification. The reaction process in all systems studied so far is dominated by quasi-elastic neutron transfer reactions, especially at incident energies in the vicinity of the Coulomb barrier. In addition to the quasi-elastic component deep inelastic contributions are present in all reaction channels. The good mass and charge separation allows to generate Wilczynski plots for individual channels; for the system /sup 48/Ti + /sup 208/Pb we observe that the transition between the quasi-elastic and deep-inelastic reactions occurs around Q = -(30 to 35) MeV.

  17. Gamma Strength Functions and Level Densities from 300 MeV Proton Scatttering at 0°

    NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

    von Neumann-Cosel, Peter; Bassauer, Sergej; Martin, Dirk

    The gamma strength function (GSF) as well as total level densities (LDs) in 208Pb and 96Mo were extracted from high-resolution forward angle inelastic proton scattering data taken at RCNP, Osaka, Japan, and compared to experimental results obtained with the Oslo method in order to test the validity of the Brink-Axel (BA) hypothesis in the energy region of the pygmy dipole resonance. The case of 208Pb is inconclusive because of strong fluctuations of the GSF due to the small level density in a doubly closed-shell nucleus. In 96Mo the data are consistent with the BA hypothesis. The good agreement of LDs provides an independent confirmation of the approach underlying the decomposition of GSF and LDs in Oslo-type experiments.

  18. Giant M1 resonance in Pb

    SciTech Connect

    Laszewski, R.M.; Rullhusen, P.; Hoblit, S.D.; LeBrun, S.F.

    1985-02-11

    Highly polarized tagged photons were used to measure the distribution of M1 transition strength in /sup 206/Pb at excitations between 6.7 and 8.1 MeV. The observed B(up-arrowM1) of about 19..mu../sub 0//sup 2/ can account for most of the isovector M1 strength that is expected in the Pb nucleus. This result in /sup 206/Pb is compared with the current experimental situation in /sup 208/Pb. The discrepancy between predicted and observed M1 strengths in /sup 208/Pb can probably be attributed to local fragmentation of the strength into states that are too weak to have yet all been identified.

  19. Theoretical study of the similarity between nuclei with four valence nucleons in A = 208, 132 and 68 regions

    SciTech Connect

    Benmicia, N.; Benrachi, F.

    2012-06-27

    One of the most interesting topics in nuclear structure is the study of nuclei near the limits of particle stability. Much attention is currently being focused on nuclei with few valence nucleons around Z= 28, 50 and 82, in particular the 68Ni, 132Sn and 208Pb neighbors. We are interested of the even-even isobars 72Ni, 72Ge and 72Zn in 68Ni region, 136Sn, 136Xe and 136Te in 132Sn region, 212Pb, 212Rn and 212Po in 208Pb region. The calculation of energies spectra using the effective interactions JUN45M, CW{Delta}5082 and KHP shows a good agreement with the available experimental data for the energie levels and their sequences. We have extended the existed similarity between lead and tin regions to the Nickel region.

  20. a Survey of Giant Resonance Excitations with 200 Mev Protons

    NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

    Tinsley, James Royce

    The giant resonance region in ('60)Ni, ('90)Zr, ('120)Sn, and ('208)Pb has been studied using inelastic scattering of 200 MeV protons. Angular distributions were obtained for the giant quadrupole resonance, giant octupole resonance, and for the combined giant dipole and giant monopole resonance between 4 and 20 degrees. The 2(H/2PI)(omega) component of the giant hexadecapole resonance has been directly observed for the first time in ('208)Pb. In the other nuclei, upper limits on the amount of hexadecapole strength contained within the giant quadrupole resonance have been obtained. Peaks are observed in ('60)Ni and ('90)Zr that are consistent with recently reported M1 states. Discrepancies between sum rules extracted from this data and from previous work are discussed. Possible explanations include DWBA breakdown or difficulties in estimating the magnitude of the continuum. Systematics obtained for the giant resonances are compared to earlier work.

  1. In-medium full-folding optical model for nucleon-nucleus elastic scattering

    SciTech Connect

    Arellano, H.F.; Brieva, F.A.; Love, W.G. |

    1995-07-01

    We develop an approach for incorporating both medium and off-shell effects in the calculation of full-folding nucleon-nucleus optical potentials for elastic scattering. The approach is based on a flexible scheme for calculating the nucleon-nucleon effective interaction in the nuclear medium. Using this scheme, we calculate a fully off-shell, energy-dependent effective force which includes effects arising from Pauli blocking and the nuclear mean field via an interacting nuclear matter model. Calculations of the elastic scattering observables for {ital p}+{sup 40}Ca and for {ital p}+{sup 208}Pb at energies between 30 and 400 MeV are presented and discussed. We also study total cross sections for neutron scattering off {sup 40}Ca, {sup 90}Zr, and {sup 208}Pb in the 5--400 MeV energy range. The theory gives a reasonable overall description of the data in the energy range under study.

  2. Density dependence of the nuclear symmetry energy from measurements of neutron radii in nuclei

    SciTech Connect

    Viñas, X.; Centelles, M.; Roca-Maza, X.; Warda, M.

    2014-07-23

    We study the density dependence of the nuclear symmetry energy, characterized by its slope parameter L, by means of the information provided by the neutron radius and the neutron skin thickness in finite nuclei. These quantities are extracted from the analysis of data obtained in antiprotonic atoms, from the parity-violating asymmetry at low-momentum transfer in polarized electron scattering in {sup 208}Pb, and from the electric dipole polarizability obtained via polarized proton inelastic scattering at forward angles in {sup 208}Pb. All these experiments provide different constraints on the slope L of the symmetry energy but the corresponding values have a considerable overlap in a range around 50 MeV ≤ L ≤ 70 MeV, in a reasonable agreement with other estimates that use different observables and methods to extract L.

  3. Complete spectroscopy of 211Po below 2.0 MeV via the (α , n ) reaction

    NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

    Cottle, J. R.; Tripathi, Vandana; Brown, B. A.; Abromeit, B.; Allmond, J. M.; Anastasiou, M.; Baby, L. T.; Baron, J. S.; Cottle, P. D.; Dungan, R.; Hensley, T. C.; Kemper, K. W.; Lubna, R. S.; Rijal, N.; Rubino, E.; Tabor, S. L.; Tai, P.-L.; Villafana, K.; Wiedenhoever, I.

    2017-06-01

    We report the results of a γ -ray spectroscopic study of 211Po via the 208Pb(α ,n ) reaction at 24-MeV incident energy using a thick target. We observe 26 new γ rays, allowing us to identify 18 states that were not observed in previous γ -ray studies. In total, we observe 45 states below 2.0 MeV. A shell model calculation using the modified Kuo-Herling interaction developed by Warburton and Brown predicts 46 states below 2.0 MeV having spins of 21/2 and below, demonstrating the power of this calculation to provide detailed nuclear structure information on nuclei in the vicinity of 208Pb.

  4. Synthesis and evaluation of geometric analogs of 1α,25-dihydroxyvitamin D2 as potential therapeutics.

    PubMed

    Bolla, Narasimha Rao; Corcoran, Aoife; Yasuda, Kaori; Chodyński, Michał; Krajewski, Krzysztof; Cmoch, Piotr; Marcinkowska, Ewa; Brown, Geoffrey; Sakaki, Toshiyuki; Kutner, Andrzej

    2016-11-01

    An improved convergent strategy was developed for the synthesis of the previously obtained side-chain extended and rigidified analogs of 1α,25-dihydroxyvitamin D2, PRI-1906 and PRI-1907. New (24Z) geometric isomers of the analogs, PRI-1916 and PRI-1917, were also obtained and identified. These side-chain isomers were separable by flash chromatography, as C-25 alcohols, from the synthetic precursors of PRI-1906 and PRI-1907, respectively. The structures of new analogs were determined by advanced techniques of (1)H and (13)C NMR, including COSY, HSQC and HMBC sequences. Binding affinities of the geometric analogs PRI-1906 and PRI-1916 and their respective C-26, C-27 homologs PRI-1907 and PRI-1917 for the full-length human vitamin D receptor were determined by a fluorescence polarization competition assay. The binding affinity of (24Z) methyl analog PRI-1906 was much higher than that of (24E) analog PRI-1906, while the affinity of (24Z) ethyl analog PRI-1917 was lower than that of the respective PRI-1907. Investigation of the metabolism of these compounds by human CYP24A1 revealed they are much more resistant to CYP24A1 than 1α,25-dihydroxyvitamin D2, indicating they could have longer-term biological effects on target tissues.

  5. Properties of high-energy isoscalar monopole excitations in medium-heavy mass spherical nuclei

    SciTech Connect

    Gorelik, M. L. Shlomo, Sh. Tulupov, B. A. Urin, M. H.

    2015-07-15

    The recently developed particle-hole dispersive optical model is applied to describe properties of high-energy isoscalar monopole excitations in medium-heavy mass spherical nuclei. In particular, the double transition density averaged over the energy of the isoscalar monopole excitations is considered for {sup 208}Pb in a wide energy interval, which includes the isoscalar giant monopole resonance and its overtone. The energy-averaged strength functions of these resonances are also analyzed.

  6. Neutral Current {nu} Induced Reactions in Nuclei at Supernova Neutrino Energies

    SciTech Connect

    Chauhan, S.; Athar, M. Sajjad; Singh, S. K.

    2011-11-23

    We calculate cross sections for the neutral current induced neutrino/antineutrino reaction from {sup 208}Pb target and applied it to study Supernova neutrino event rates. The calculations are done in local density approximation taking into account Pauli blocking, Fermi motion effects and renormalization of weak transition strengths in the nuclear medium. The numerical results for the neutrino nucleus total cross sections have been averaged over the various Supernova neutrino/antineutrino fluxes available in literature.

  7. Few-valence-particle excitations around doubly magic {sup 132}Sn

    SciTech Connect

    Daly, P.J.; Zhang, C.T.; Bhattacharyya, P.

    1996-11-01

    Prompt {gamma}-ray cascades in neutron-rich nuclei around doubly-magic {sup 132}Sn have been studied using a {sup 248}Cm fission source. Yrast states located in the N = 82 isotones {sup 134}Te and {sup 135}I are interpreted as valence proton and neutron particle-hole core excitations with the help of shell model calculations employing empirical nucleon-nucleon interactions from both {sup 132}Sn and {sup 208}Pb regions.

  8. Discrimination of the Cigarettes Geographical Origin by DRC-ICP-MS Measurements of Pb Isotope Compositions

    NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

    Guo, W.; Hu, S.; Jin, L.

    2014-12-01

    Trace Pb are taken up with the same isotopic ratios as is present in the source soil, and the isotopic composition of Pb could used to reflect these sources and provide powerful indicators of the geographic origin of agriculture products derived from vegetative matter. We developed a simple and high throughput method, which based on DRC-ICP-MS for determination of Pb isotope ratios for discriminating the geographic origin of cigarettes. After acid digestion procedure, the cigarette digested solutions were directly analyzed by ICP-QMS with a DRC pressurized by the non-reactive gas Ne. In the DRC, Ne molecules collision with Pb ions and improves Pb isotope ratios precision 3-fold, which may be due to the collisional dampling smoothes out the ion beam fluctuations. Under the optimum DRC rejection parameter Q (RPq = 0.45), the main matrix components (K, Na, Ca, Mg, Al, Fe etc.) originating from cigarettes were filtered out. Mass discrimination of 208Pb/206Pb ratio in Ne DRC mode increased 0.3% compared to the standard mode, the mass bias due to the in-cell Ne gas collision can be accurately corrected by NIST 981 Pb isotope standard. This method was verified by a tobacco reference material CTV-OTL-2. Results of 208Pb/206Pb and 207Pb/206Pb were 2.0848 ± 0.0028 (2δ) and 0.8452 ± 0.0011 (2δ) for CTA-VTL-2, which were agreed with the literature values (208Pb/206Pb = 2.0884 ± 0.0090 and 207Pb/206Pb = 0.8442 ± 0.0032). The precision of Pb isotope ratios (208Pb/206Pb and 207Pb/206Pb) for the cigarette samples are ranged from 0.01 to 0.08% (N = 5). It has sufficient precision to discriminate 91 different brand cigarettes originated from four different geographic regions (Shown in Fig).

  9. Realistic simulations of the AGATA Demonstrator+PRISMA Spectrometer

    SciTech Connect

    Ince, E.; Erduran, M. N.; Farnea, E.; Latina, A.

    2008-11-11

    The performance of the AGATA Demonstrator Array coupled to the PRISMA magnetic spectrometer have been evaluated in a consistent way using detailed Monte Carlo simulations of the two devices. Results for the {sup 90}Zr+{sup 208}Pb at 560 MeV reaction are presented and discussed here, proving that the Doppler correction capabilities of the AGATA+PRISMA setup will be very close to the intrinsic energy resolution of the germanium detectors.

  10. A reassessment of surface friction model for maximum cold fusion reactions in superheavy mass region

    SciTech Connect

    Fukushima, A.; Wada, T.; Ohta, M.; Nasirov, A.; Aritomo, Y.

    2007-02-26

    We have made a study on the capture process of 40,48Ca+ 208Pb systems with a dynamical approach based on the surface friction model. The deformation of the nuclei due to the mutual excitation is taken into account. We have calculated the capture cross sections for several values of the friction coefficients. It was shown that, in the cold fusion reactions, the friction parameters of the surface friction model needs to be reexamined.

  11. Separation of contributions of isovector E2 and E1 giant resonances in direct and inverse reactions with real and virtual photons

    NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

    Dzhilavyan, L. Z.; Lapik, A. M.; Nedorezov, V. G.; Tulupov, B. A.

    2017-01-01

    A brief overview of the methods for separating the contributions of isovector electric quadrupole ( E2) and dominant dipole ( E1) giant resonances in atomic nuclei, which are excited in direct and inverse reactions with photons (real and virtual), is given. The basic parameters of isovector giant resonance E2, which were declared to date by applying some of these methods to the results with 208Pb, are also presented.

  12. Nuclear Targets for a Precision Measurement of the Neutral Pion Radiative Width

    SciTech Connect

    Martel, Philippe; Clinton, Eric; McWilliams, R.; Lawrence, Dave; Miskimen, Rory; Ahmidouch, Abdellah; Ambrozewicz, Pawel; Asaturyan, Arshak; Baker, O.; Benton, LaRay; Bernstein, Aron; Cole, Philip; Collins, Patrick; Dale, Daniel; Danagoulian, Samuel; Davidenko, G.; Demirchyan, Raphael; Deur, Alexandre; DOLGOLENKO, A.; Dzyubenko, Georgiy; Evdokimov, Anatoly; Feng, JIng; Gabrielyan, Marianna; Gan, Liping; Gasparian, Ashot; Glamazdin, Oleksandr; Goryachev, Vladimir; Gyurjyan, Vardan; Hardy, K.; Ito, Mark; Khandaker, Mahbubul; Kingsberry, Paul; Kolarkar, Ameya; Konchatnyi, Mykhailo; Korchin, O.; Korsch, Wolfgang; Kowalski, Stanley; Kubantsev, Mikhail; Kubarovsky, Valery; LARIN, Ilya; MATVEEV, V.; McNulty, Dustin; Milbrath, Brian; Minehart, Ralph; Mochalov, Vasiliy; Mtingwa, Sekazi; Nakagawa, Itaru; Overby, Steven; Pasyuk, Evgueni; Payen, Marvin; Pedroni, Ronald; Prok, Yelena; Ritchie, Barry; Salgado, Carlos; Sitnikov, Anatoly; Sober, Daniel; Stephens, W.; Teymurazyan, Aram; Underwood, Jarreas; VASILIEV, A.; VEREBRYUSOV, V.; Vishnyakov, Vladimir; Wood, Michael

    2009-12-01

    A technique is presented for precision measurements of the area densities, density * T, of approximately 5% radiation length carbon and 208Pb targets used in an experiment at Jefferson Laboratory to measure the neutral pion radiative width. The precision obtained in the area density for the carbon target is +/- 0.050%, and that obtained for the lead target through an x-ray attenuation technique is +/- 0.43%.

  13. Detecting supernova neutrinos with iron and lead detectors

    NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

    Bandyopadhyay, Abhijit; Bhattacharjee, Pijushpani; Chakraborty, Sovan; Kar, Kamales; Saha, Satyajit

    2017-03-01

    Supernova (SN) neutrinos can excite the nuclei of various detector materials beyond their neutron emission thresholds through charged current (CC) and neutral current (NC) interactions. The emitted neutrons, if detected, can be a signal for the supernova event. Here we present the results of our study of SN neutrino detection through the neutron channel in 208Pb and 56Fe detectors for realistic neutrino fluxes and energies given by the recent Basel/Darmstadt simulations for an 18 solar mass progenitor SN at a distance of 10 kpc. We find that, in general, the number of neutrons emitted per kiloton (kTon) of detector material for the neutrino luminosities and average energies of the different neutrino species as given by the Basel/Darmstadt simulations are significantly lower than those estimated in previous studies based on the results of earlier SN simulations. At the same time, we highlight the fact that, although the total number of neutrons produced per kTon in a 56Fe detector is more than an order of magnitude lower than that for 208Pb, the dominance of the flavor blind NC events in the case of 56Fe, as opposed to the dominance of νe induced CC events in the case of 208Pb, offers a complementarity between the two detector materials so that simultaneous detection of SN neutrinos in a 208Pb and a sufficiently large 56Fe 56 detector suitably instrumented for neutron detection may allow estimating the fraction of the total μ and τ flavored neutrinos in the SN neutrino flux and thereby probing the emission mechanism as well as flavor oscillation scenarios of the SN neutrinos.

  14. Spin-isospin dependent effective interaction in nuclei

    NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

    Cha, D.; Speth, J.

    1984-08-01

    The spin and isospin dependent part of the nuclear effective interaction is studied using the experimentally known Gamow-Teller states in 48Ca, 90Zr and 208Pb. About half of the strength of the residual interaction in the nucleon-nucleon channel can be expounded by the correlated π + ϱ exchange potential. Also, the corresponding interaction in the delta-nucleon channel is investigated and a reasonable agreement with the observed qunchiing of the Gamow-Teller strength is obtained.

  15. Signature to detect the isovector giant quadrupole resonance

    NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

    Speth, J.; Cha, D.; Klemt, V.; Wambach, J.

    1985-06-01

    We calculate the γ decay from the isoscalar and isovector giant quadrupole resonances in 208Pb into the low-lying spectrum. Whereas the γ decay from the isoscalar giant quadrupole resonance into the first excited 3- state is very small, the corresponding transition from the isovector giant quadrupole resonance is strongly enhanced. According to preliminary calculations, these results hold rather generally for other heavy mass nuclei. We suggest using this property in experimental investigation of the isovector giant quadrupole resonance.

  16. Isospin effects in elastic proton-nucleus scattering

    NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

    Chinn, C. R.; Elster, Ch.; Thaler, R. M.

    1993-05-01

    Isovector effects in proton-nucleus elastic scattering at medium energies are studied. The accuracy of the Kerman-McManus-Thaler isospin averaging procedure is found to be very good for nuclei larger than 4He. Studies of 40Ca and 208Pb suggest that the surface neutrons may be pulled in somewhat relative to the protons, although uncertainties in the detailed applicability of the present truncation of the multiple scattering treatment render firm conclusions premature.

  17. Asymptotic and near-target direct breakup of 6Li and 7Li

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    Kalkal, Sunil; Simpson, E. C.; Luong, D. H.; Cook, K. J.; Dasgupta, M.; Hinde, D. J.; Carter, I. P.; Jeung, D. Y.; Mohanto, G.; Palshetkar, C. S.; Prasad, E.; Rafferty, D. C.; Simenel, C.; Vo-Phuoc, K.; Williams, E.; Gasques, L. R.; Gomes, P. R. S.; Linares, R.

    2016-04-01

    Background: Li,76 and 9Be are weakly bound against breakup into their cluster constituents. Breakup location is important for determining the role of breakup in above-barrier complete fusion suppression. Recent works have pointed out that experimental observables can be used to separate near-target and asymptotic breakup. Purpose: Our purpose is to distinguish near-target and asymptotic direct breakup of Li,76 in reactions with nuclei in different mass regions. Method: Charged particle coincidence measurements are carried out with pulsed Li,76 beams on 58Ni and 64Zn targets at sub-barrier energies and compared with previous measurements using 208Pb and 209Bi targets. A detector array providing a large angular coverage is used, along with time-of-flight information to give definitive particle identification of the direct breakup fragments. Results: In interactions of 6Li with 58Ni and 64Zn, direct breakup occurs only asymptotically far away from the target. However, in interactions with 208Pb and 209Bi, near-target breakup occurs in addition to asymptotic breakup. Direct breakup of 7Li into α -t is not observed in interactions with 58Ni and 64Zn. However, near-target dominated direct breakup was observed in measurements with 208Pb and 209Bi. A modified version of the Monte Carlo classical trajectory model code platypus, which explicitly takes into account lifetimes associated with unbound states, is used to simulate sub-barrier breakup reactions. Conclusions: Near-target breakup in interactions with Li,76 is an important mechanism only for the heavy targets 208Pb and 209Bi. There is insignificant near-target direct breakup of 6Li and no direct breakup of 7Li in reactions with 58Ni and 64Zn. Therefore, direct breakup is unlikely to suppress the above-barrier fusion cross section in reactions of Li,76 with 58Ni and 64Zn nuclei.

  18. Production and Beta Half Lives of Nuclei Close TI the Nucleosynthesis R-Process Path at N=126

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    Benlliure, J.; Caamano, M.; Casarejos, E.; Cortina, D.; Kurtukian, T.; Ordonez, M. F.; Pereira, J.; Becker, F.; Henzlova, D.; Jurado, B.; Schmidt, K. H.; Yordanov, O.; Audouin, L.; Rejmund, F.

    2007-05-22

    Cold-fragmentation reactions of 208Pb projectiles impinging a beryllium target at 1 A GeV have been used to produce more than 190 nuclei ''south'' of lead, 25 of them for the first time. The beta half lives or upper limits of 13 of these new nuclei have been determined using position and time correlations between the nuclei and the betas in an active stopper. The measured half lives can only be described when first forbidden transitions are considered.

  19. Two-Dimensional Isotope Imaging of Radiation Shielded Materials Using Nuclear Resonance Fluorescence

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    Toyokawa, Hiroyuki; Ohgaki, Hideaki; Hayakawa, Takehito; Kii, Toshiteru; Shizuma, Toshiyuki; Hajima, Ryoichi; Kikuzawa, Nobuhiro; Masuda, Kai; Kitatani, Fumito; Harada, Hideo

    2011-10-01

    A novel method for two-dimensional (2D) imaging of a specific isotope in a material, which is hidden by a thick radiation shield is presented. Nuclear resonance fluorescence and the laser Compton scattering are used in the present method. We measured γ-rays of 5512 keV from the nuclear resonance fluorescence of 208Pb at several points, and obtained a 2D image of isotope distribution.

  20. Exotic Orbital Modes in Nuclei

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    von Neumann-Cosel, P.

    2003-06-01

    Experimental evidence for two types of collective excitations in nuclei generated by orbital motion is discussed, viz. a magnetic quadrupole twist mode observed in 180° electron scattering experiments and a toroidal electric dipole mode. The latter may be a source of low-energy pygmy dipole resonances observed in many nuclei. This is discussed in detail for the example of 208Pb based on the recent finding of a resonance at particle threshold in a high-resolution (γ, γ') experiment.

  1. Isotopic signatures for natural versus anthropogenic Pb in high-altitude Mt. Everest ice cores during the past 800 years.

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    Lee, Khanghyun; Hur, Soon Do; Hou, Shugui; Burn-Nunes, Laurie J; Hong, Sungmin; Barbante, Carlo; Boutron, Claude F; Rosman, Kevin J R

    2011-12-15

    A long-term record, extending back 800 years (1205 to 2002 AD), of the Pb isotopic composition ((206)Pb/(207)Pb and (208)Pb/(207)Pb) as well as Pb concentrations from high altitude Mt. Everest ice cores has the potential to identify sources and source regions affecting natural and anthropogenic Pb deposition in central Asia. The results show that the regional natural background Pb isotope signature (~1.20 for (206)Pb/(207)Pb and ~2.50 for (208)Pb/(207)Pb) in the central Himalayas was dominated by mineral dust over the last ~750 years from 1205 to 1960s, mostly originating from local sources with occasional contributions of long-range transported dust probably from Sahara desert and northwestern India. Since the 1970s, the Pb isotope ratios are characterized by a continuous decline toward less radiogenic ratios with the least mean ratios of 1.178 for (206)Pb/(207)Pb and 2.471 for (208)Pb/(207)Pb in the period 1990-1996. The depression of the (206)Pb/(207)Pb and (208)Pb/(207)Pb values during the corresponding periods is most likely due to an increasing influence of less radiogenic Pb of anthropogenic origin mainly from leaded gasoline used in South Asia (India as well as possibly Bangladesh and Nepal). From 1997 to 2002, isotopic composition tends to show a shift to slightly more radiogenic signature. This is likely attributed to reducing Pb emissions from leaded gasoline in source regions, coinciding with the nationwide reduction of Pb in gasoline and subsequent phase-out of leaded gasoline in South Asia since 1997. An interesting feature is the relatively high levels of Pb concentrations and enrichment factors (EF) between 1997 and 2002. Although the reason for this feature remains uncertain, it would be probably linked with an increasing influence of anthropogenic Pb emitted from other sources such as fossil fuel combustion and non-ferrous metal production.

  2. Can one observe the spin monopole resonance in 208?

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    P.M. Boucher; B. Castel

    1989-12-01

    We investigate the feasibility of identifying the spin monopole isovector resonance from the quadrupole contribution occurring at the same energy. In that context, we present the result of a continuum random-phase-approximation calculation which clearly indicates that because of very different momentum transfer patterns for L=0 and L=2 resonances, the spin monopole should be easily identifiable in reactions like 208Pb(n,p) at forward angles or low momentum transfer.

  3. Advances in nuclear reaction calculations by incorporating information from nuclear mean-field theories

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    Kawano, Toshihiko

    2017-09-01

    Mean-field model calculations for nuclear structure theories are combined with the statistical Hauser-Feshbach code in order to improve predictive capabilities of nuclear reaction for experimentally unknown cross sections. Utilizing the mean-field calculation results we calculate second moments of matrix elements for the residual interaction. The second moments are applied to a microscopic level density model based on the random matrix theory. An example is shown for the 208Pb level density calculation.

  4. Unitary version of the particle–hole dispersive optical model

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    Gorelik, M. L.; Tulupov, B. A.; Urin, M. H.

    2016-11-15

    For the particle–hole dispersive optical model developed recently, a method is proposed for restoring unitarity weakly violated by a phenomenological description of the spreading effect. The method is implemented by performing a quantitative analysis of the energy-averaged isoscalar monopole double transition density and strength functions over a broad energy range including the isoscalar giant monopole resonance and its overtone in the {sup 208}Pb nucleus.

  5. Study of the charge radii of the stable lead isotopes

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    Borchert, G.L.; Schult, O.W.B.; Speth, J.; Hansen, P.G.; Jonson, B.; Ravn, H.; McGrory, J.B.

    1982-01-01

    Isotope shifts have been measured of the K/sub ..cap alpha..l/ x-ray lines emitted after photo ionization of /sup 204/Pb, /sup 206/Pb, /sup 207/Pb and /sup 208/Pb samples. The results are compared with theoretical values for delta < r/sup 2/> calculated with a microscopic model. The x-ray shift data are also compared with optical data and the nuclear parameters lambda derived from electron scattering results.

  6. Natural and anthropogenic lead in soils and vegetables around Guiyang city, southwest China: a Pb isotopic approach.

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    Li, Fei-Li; Liu, Cong-Qiang; Yang, Yuan-Gen; Bi, Xiang-Yang; Liu, Tao-Ze; Zhao, Zhi-Qi

    2012-08-01

    Soils, vegetables and rainwaters from three vegetable production bases in the Guiyang area, southwest China, were analyzed for Pb concentrations and isotope compositions to trace its sources in the vegetables and soils. Lead isotopic compositions were not distinguishable between yellow soils and calcareous soils, but distinguishable among sampling sites. The highest (207)Pb/(206)Pb and (208)Pb/(206)Pb ratios were found for rainwaters (0.8547-0.8593 and 2.098-2.109, respectively), and the lowest for soils (0.7173-0.8246 and 1.766-2.048, respectively). The (207)Pb/(206)Pb and (208)Pb/(206)Pb ratios increased in vegetables in the order of roots208)Pb/(206)Pb ratios from all samples formed a straight line and supported a binary end-member mixing model for Pb in vegetables. Using deep soils and rainwaters as geogenic and anthropogenic end members in the mixing model, it was estimated that atmospheric Pb contributed 30-77% to total Pb for vegetable roots, 43-71% for stems, 72-85% for leaves, and 90% for capsicum fruits, whereas 10-70% of Pb in all vegetable parts was derived from soils. This research supports that heavy metal contamination in vegetables can result mainly from atmospheric deposition, and Pb isotope technique is useful for tracing the sources of Pb contamination in vegetables. Copyright © 2012 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.

  7. The temperature dependence of the width of the giant dipole resonance

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    Ormand, W.E. |; Bortignon, P.F. |; Broglia, R.A. ||

    1995-12-31

    A systematic study of the full-width-at-half-maximum (FWHM) of the giant-dipole resonance (GDR) as a function of temperature for the nuclei {sup 120}Sn and {sup 208}Pb confirms the overall theoretical picture of the GDR in hot nuclei; in particular, the role played by large-amplitude thermal fluctuations of the nuclear shape. This is confirmed by the good agreement between theory and experiment achieved over a range of temperatures from 1.25--32 MeV and by the differences in the behavior of the FWHM for {sup 120}Sn and {sup 208}Pb, which can be attributed to the presence of strong shell corrections favoring spherical shapes in {sup 208}Pb that are absent in {sup 120}Sn. Finally, the increase in the FWHM over that expected from thermal averaging at temperatures of the order 3.0 MeV is in accordance with the increase expected from the particle evaporation of the compound system.

  8. Effects of level density parameter on the superheavy production in cold fusion

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    Pahlavani, M. R.; Alavi, S. A.

    2014-12-01

    By using semiclassical method and considering Woods-Saxon and Coulomb potentials, the level density parameter a was calculated for three superheavy nuclei 270110, 278112 and 290116. Obtained results showed that the value of level density parameter of these nuclei is near to the simple relation a ≈ A/10. In framework of the dinuclear system model, the effects of level density parameter on the probability of the formation of a compound nucleus, the ratio of neutron emission width and fission width, and evaporation residue cross-section of three cold fusion reactions 62Ni+208Pb, 70Zn+208Pb and 82Se+208Pb, leading to superheavy elements were investigated. The findings indicate that the level density parameter play a significant role in calculations of heavy-ion fusion-fission reactions. The obtained results in the case of a = A/12 have larger values in comparison with calculated level density parameter with Woods-Saxon potential (aWS) and a = A/10. The theoretical results of the evaporation residue cross-section are very sensitive to the choice of level density parameter. The calculated values with aWS are in good agreement with experimental values.

  9. Prenatal metal exposure in the Middle East: imprint of war in deciduous teeth of children.

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    Savabieasfahani, M; Ali, S Sadik; Bacho, R; Savabi, O; Alsabbak, M

    2016-09-01

    In war zones, the explosion of bombs, bullets, and other ammunition releases multiple neurotoxicants into the environment. The Middle East is currently the site of heavy environmental disruption by massive bombardments. A very large number of US military bases, which release highly toxic environmental contaminants, have also been erected since 2003. Current knowledge supports the hypothesis that war-created pollution is a major cause of rising birth defects and cancers in Iraq. We created elemental bio-imaging of trace elements in deciduous teeth of children with birth defects from Iraq. Healthy and naturally shed teeth from Lebanon and Iran were also analyzed for trace elements. Lead (Pb) was highest in teeth from children with birth defects who donated their teeth from Basra, Iraq (mean 0.73-16.74 (208)Pb/(43)Ca ppm, n = 3). Pb in healthy Lebanese and Iranian teeth were 0.038-0.382 (208)Pb/(43)Ca ppm (n = 4) and 0.041-0.31 (208)Pb/(43)Ca ppm (n = 2), respectively. Our hypothesis that increased war activity coincides with increased metal levels in deciduous teeth is confirmed by this research. Lead levels were similar in Lebanese and Iranian deciduous teeth. Deciduous teeth from Iraqi children with birth defects had remarkably higher levels of Pb. Two Iraqi teeth had four times more Pb, and one tooth had as much as 50 times more Pb than samples from Lebanon and Iran.

  10. Pygmy resonances and neutron skins

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    Piekarewicz, J.

    2011-03-15

    In a study motivated by a recent experiment, the distribution of electric dipole strength in the neutron-rich {sup 68}Ni isotope was computed using a relativistic random-phase approximation with a set of effective interactions that - although well calibrated - predict significantly different values for the neutron-skin thickness in {sup 208}Pb. The emergence of low-energy 'pygmy' strength that exhausts about 5%-8% of the energy-weighted sum rule (EWSR) is clearly identified. In addition to the EWSR, special emphasis is placed on the dipole polarizability. In particular, our results suggest a strong correlation between the dipole polarizability of {sup 68}Ni and the neutron-skin thickness of {sup 208}Pb. Yet we find a correlation just as strong, and an even larger sensitivity, between the neutron-skin thickness of {sup 208}Pb and the fraction of the dipole polarizability exhausted by the pygmy resonance. These findings suggest that dipole polarizability may be used as a proxy for the neutron skin.

  11. Monazite Th-Pb age depth profiling

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    Grove, M.; Harrison, T.M.

    1999-06-01

    The significant capabilities of the ion microprobe for thermochronometric investigations of geologic materials remain largely unexploited. Whereas {sup 208}Pb/{sup 232}Th spot analysis allows {approximately} 10-mm-scale imaging of Pb loss profiles or overgrowths in sectioned monazite grains, the spatial resolution offered by depth profiling into the surface region of natural crystals is more than two orders of magnitude higher. The authors document here the ability of the high-resolution ion microprobe to detect {sup 208}Pb/{sup 232}Th age differences of < 1 m.y. with better than 0.05 {micro}m depth resolution in the outer micron of Tertiary monazites from the hanging wall of the Himalayan Main Central thrust. Age gradients on this scale are inaccessible to ion microprobe spot analysis or conventional thermal ionization mass spectrometry. Interpretation of the near-surface {sup 208}Pb distributions with available monazite Pb diffusion data illustrates the potential of the approach for recovering continuous, high-temperature thermal history information not previously available.

  12. First Charge-Exchange Measurements with SHARAQ

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    Miki, K.; Sakai, H.

    2011-10-28

    The isovector spin monopole resonances (IVSMR) of the {beta}{sup +} type were observed for the first time in the {sup 208}Pb and {sup 90}Zr(t,{sup 3}He) reactions at 300 MeV/u. The experiment was performed at the RI Beam Factory (RIBF) at RIKEN by using the newly-constructed magnetic spectrometer SHARAQ. The double differential cross sections for the {sup 208}Pb and {sup 90}Zr(t,{sup 3}He) reactions were obtained at the excitation energy of 0{<=}E{sub x}{<=}70 MeV and the scattering angles of 0 deg. {<=}{theta}{<=}3 deg. The monopole component was identified by making a difference between the zero-degree and backward-angle spectra. The signatures of the IVSMR are observed at an excitation energy of 12 MeV(20 MeV) in {sup 208}Pb({sup 90}Zr)(t,{sup 3}He) reaction, which agrees fairly well with the theoretical predictions.

  13. Crystal ball studies of giant resonance gamma decay

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    Beene, J. R.; Bertrand, F. E.; Halbert, M. L.

    1985-01-01

    We have carried out coincidence experiments to investigate the photon and neutron emission from the giant resonance region in 208Pb and 90Zr using the ORNL Spin Spectrometer, a 72-segment NaI detector system. States in 208Pb and 90Zr were excited by inelastic scattering of 380-MeV 17O. We have determined the total gamma-decay probability, the ground-state gamma branching ratio, and the branching ratios to a number of low-lying stats as a function of excitation energy in 208Pb to ˜15 MeV. Especially interesting observations include the absence of a significant branch from the giant quadrupole resonance to the 3- state at 2.6 MeV, a strong branch from this resonance to a 3- state at 4.9 MeV, and the dominance of decays to various 1- states at 5-7 MeV from the region around 14 MeV of excitation (E0 resonances). Comparable but less complete data were also obtained on 90Zr.

  14. Estimating total fusion cross sections by using a coupled-channel method

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    Choi, Ki-Seok; Cheoun, Myung-Ki; Kim, K. S.; Kim, T. H.; So, W. Y.

    2017-01-01

    We calculate the total fusion cross sections for the 6He + 209Bi, 6Li + 209Bi,9Be + 208Pb, 10Be + 209Bi, and 11Li + 208Pb systems by using a coupled-channel (CC) method and compare the results with the experimental data. In the CC approach for the total fusion cross sections, we exploit a globally determined Wood-Saxon potential with Akyüz-Winther parameters and couplings of the ground state to the low-lying excited states in the projectile and the target nuclei. The total fusion cross sections obtained with the CC are compared with those obtained without the CC couplings. The latter approach is tantamount to a one-dimensional barrier penetration model. Finally, our approach is applied to understand new data for the 11Li+208Pb system. Possible ambiguities inherent in those approaches are discussed in detail for further applications to the fusion system of halo and/or neutron-rich nuclei.

  15. Large Pb Isotopic Variations in Pre-shield Stage Kilauea Magmas

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    Shimizu, N.; Sisson, T. W.; Layne, G. D.

    2001-12-01

    Volcaniclastic sediments found from a scarp below the mid-slope bench at water depths between 3,000 and 5,000m offshore south of Kilauea, Hawaii, contain abundant glass shards that represent submarine eruptions from an ancestral Kilauea volcano (Lipman et al., 2000; Sisson et al., 2001). Their major element compositions range from tholeiites/transitional basalts to alkali basalts to basanites and nephelinites. Pb isotopic compositions of the glasses were determined using a Cameca IMS 1270 ion microprobe at Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution. Replicate analyses of basalt glass stnadards show that 208Pb/206Pb and 207Pb/206Pb ratios could be determined in basalt glasses with external precisions better than 0.15% (1σ ) in a spot of 30 μ m across. Results show that: (1) a range of Pb isotopic compositions observed in the glasses are much greater than the entire spectrum of the Hawaiian volcanics. 208Pb/206Pb ratios vary from 2.099 to 2.004 and 207Pb/206Pb from 0.864 to 0.805. (2) There appear to be three distinct compositions, with each being represented by diverse magmatic compositions. There appears to be no significant mixing between them, and they form a linear array in a 208/206 vs 207/206 space, encompassing the entire Hawaiian Pb isotopic composition array. The least radiogenic composition (208Pb/206Pb=2.099, 207Pb/206Pb=0.864) in on an extension of the Honolulu Volcanics array, whereas the most radiogenic composition (208Pb/206Pb=2.004, 207Pb/206Pb=0.805) is far more radiogenic than any known Hawaiian magmas. The intermediate composition (208Pb/206Pb=2.041, 207Pb/206Pb=0.827) is close to the "Kea" endmember composition proposed by Eiler et al. (1998). The ancestral Kilauea nephelinites are derived from two distinct sources with radiogenic compositions and are quite distinct from all other Hawaiian post-erosional nephelinites. It is evident that diverse sources were tapped during the pre-shield stage Kilauea magmatism, and that melts erupted without mixing

  16. Tracing fetal and childhood exposure to lead using isotope analysis of deciduous teeth.

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    Shepherd, Thomas J; Dirks, Wendy; Roberts, Nick M W; Patel, Jaiminkumar G; Hodgson, Susan; Pless-Mulloli, Tanja; Walton, Pamela; Parrish, Randall R

    2016-04-01

    We report progress in using the isotopic composition and concentration of Pb in the dentine and enamel of deciduous teeth to provide a high resolution time frame of exposure to Pb during fetal development and early childhood. Isotope measurements (total Pb and (208)Pb/(206)Pb, (207)Pb/(206)Pb ratios) were acquired by laser ablation inductively coupled mass spectrometry at contiguous 100 micron intervals across thin sections of the teeth; from the outer enamel surface to the pulp cavity. Teeth samples (n=10) were selected from two cohorts of children, aged 5-8 years, living in NE England. By integrating the isotope data with histological analysis of the teeth, using the daily incremental lines in dentine, we were able to assign true estimated ages to each ablation point (first 2-3 years for molars, first 1-2 years for incisors+pre-natal growth). Significant differences were observed in the isotope composition and concentration of Pb between children, reflecting differences in the timing and sources of exposure during early childhood. Those born in 2000, after the withdrawal of leaded petrol in 1999, have the lowest dentine Pb levels (<0.2µgPb/g) with (208)Pb/(206)Pb (mean ±2σ: 2.126-2.079) (208)Pb/(206)Pb (mean ±2σ: 0.879-0.856) ratios that correlate very closely with modern day Western European industrial aerosols (PM10, PM2.5) suggesting that diffuse airborne pollution was probably the primary source and exposure pathway. Legacy lead, if present, is insignificant. For those born in 1997, dentine lead levels are typically higher (>0.4µgPb/g) with (208)Pb/(206)Pb (mean ±2σ: 2.145-2.117) (208)Pb/(206)Pb (mean ±2σ: 0.898-0.882) ratios that can be modelled as a binary mix between industrial aerosols and leaded petrol emissions. Short duration, high intensity exposure events (1-2 months) were readily identified, together with evidence that dentine provides a good proxy for childhood changes in the isotope composition of blood Pb. Our pilot study confirms that

  17. Nuclear-reaction studies via the observation of unbound outgoing systems

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    Bice, A.N.

    1982-01-01

    The mechanisms involved in the production of fast ..cap alpha..-particles in /sup 12/C induced reactions have been investigated for the /sup 12/C + /sup 208/Pb system at bombarding energies of E(/sup 12/C) = 132, 187 and 230 MeV. Absolute cross sections have been determined for the reactions /sup 208/Pb (/sup 12/C, /sup 8/Be (g.s.)), /sup 208/Pb(/sup 12/C, /sup 8/Be (2.94 MeV)) and /sup 208/Pb (/sup 12/C, /sup 12/C* ..-->.. ..cap alpha.. + /sup 8/Be) by double and triple coincidence measurements of the sequential decay ..cap alpha..-particles. Inclusive ..cap alpha..-particle production cross sections were also measured at E (/sup 12/C) = 187 MeV for comparison. It is found that the simple inelastic scattering process (/sup 12/C, /sup 12/C* ..-->.. ..cap alpha.. + /sup 8/Be) does not contribute significantly to the production of fast ..cap alpha..-particles but that the production of /sup 8/Be nuclei by projectile fragmentation is an important source of ..cap alpha..-particles. At the highest bombarding energy investigated (19 MeV/A) it appears that the /sup 12/C ..-->.. 3..cap alpha.. fragmentation reaction becomes more prominent at the expense of the /sup 12/C ..-->.. ..cap alpha.. + /sup 8/Be fragmentation channel. It is concluded that projectile spectroscopic properties and/or final state interactions are important in fragmentation reactions for these bombarding energies. In a kinematically complete experiment the direct and the sequential breakup channels of 10 MeV/A /sup 7/Li projectiles have been investigated with /sup 12/C and /sup 208/Pb targets. By appropriate arrangement of detector telescopes it was possible to define a kinematical window which allowed for the unambigious observation of both the direct (to the ..cap alpha..-t continuum) and the sequential components of a heavy-ion projectile breakup reaction. A semiclassical Monte Carlo type projectile breakup calculation was constructed which qualitatively reproduced the measured ..cap alpha

  18. Behavior and sensitivity of an optimal tree diameter growth model under data uncertainty

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    Don C. Bragg

    2005-01-01

    Using loblolly pine, shortleaf pine, white oak, and northern red oak as examples, this paper considers the behavior of potential relative increment (PRI) models of optimal tree diameter growth under data uncertainity. Recommendations on intial sample size and the PRI iteractive curve fitting process are provided. Combining different state inventories prior to PRI model...

  19. Experimental Study of the Diffusion of the Shape of a Laser Light Pulse During Its Propagation in the Sea (Ekesperimental’noye Issledovaniye Razmytiya Formy Svetovogo Impul’sa OKG pri ego Rasprostranenii v More),

    DTIC Science & Technology

    1977-02-01

    azmytiya iormy ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ ore) y PAGES: SOURCE: Optika okeana I ~tmosfery, Institute of Oceanology of...Atmosphere ( Optika okeana I atmosfery) , Institute of Oceanology of the USSR Academy of Sciences , “Nauka” Publishing House , Leningrad , 1972 , pp. 168

  20. Factors Influencing The Six-Month Mortality Rate In Patients With A Hip Fracture: DEJAVNIKI, KI VPLIVAJO NA ŠESTMESEČNO STOPNJO UMRLJIVOSTI PRI BOLNIKIH Z ZLOMOM KOLKA.

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    Prodovic, Tanja; Ristic, Branko; Rancic, Nemanja; Bukumiric, Zoran; Zeljko, Stepanovic; Ignjatovic-Ristic, Dragana

    2016-06-01

    There are several potential risk factors in patients with a hip fracture for a higher rate of mortality that include: comorbid disorders, poor general health, age, male gender, poor mobility prior to injury, type of fracture, poor cognitive status, place of residence. The aim of this study was to assess the influence of potential risk factors for six-month mortality in hip fracture patients. The study included all patients with a hip fracture older than 65 who had been admitted to the Clinic for orthopaedic surgery during one year. One hundred and ninety-two patients were included in the study. Six months after admission due to a hip fracture, 48 patients had died (6-month mortality rate was 25%). The deceased were statistically older than the patients who had survived. Univariate regression analysis indicated that six variables had a significant effect on hip fracture patients' survival: age, mobility prior to the fracture, poor cognitive status, activity of daily living, comorbidities and the place where they had fallen. Multivariate regression modelling showed that the following factors were independently associated with mortality at 6 months post fracture: poor cognitive status, poor mobility prior to the fracture, comorbid disease. Poor cognitive status appeared to be the strongest mortality predictor. The employment of brief tests for cognitive status evaluation would enable orthopaedists to have good criteria for the choice of treatment for each patient screened.

  1. Combining lead isotopes and cluster analysis to distinguish the Guarani and Serra Geral Aquifer Systems and contaminated waters in a highly industrialized area in Southern Brazil.

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    Kuhn, Isadora Aumond; Roisenberg, Ari

    2017-10-01

    The Rio dos Sinos Watershed area is located at the Middle-West region of the Rio Grande do Sul State, Southern Brazil, along thirty two municipalities and affecting 1.5 million inhabitants and many important industrial centers. Three main aquifers are recognized in the study area: the unconfined-fractured Serra Geral Aquifer System, the porous Guarani Aquifer System, and the Permian Aquitard. This study aims to understand groundwater, surface water and human activity interactions in the Rio dos Sinos Watershed, evaluating the application of stable lead isotopic ratios analyzed for this propose. Thirty six groundwater samples, 8 surface water samples and 5 liquid effluents of tanneries and landfills samples were measured using a Thermal Ionization Mass Spectrometer Thermo-Finnigan and a Neptune Multi-Collector Inductively Coupled Plasma Mass Spectrometer. Groundwater isotopic ratios have a wider range compared to the surface water, with less radiogenic averages (208)Pb/(204)Pb = 38.1837 vs 38.4050 (standard deviation = 0.2921 vs 0.1343) and (206)Pb/(204)Pb = 18.2947 vs 18.4766 (standard deviation = 0.2215 vs 0.1059), respectively. Industrial liquid effluents (tanneries and industrial landfill) have averages (208)Pb/(204)Pb = 38.1956 and (206)Pb/(204)Pb = 18.3169, distinct from effluent samples of domestic sanitary landfill (averages (208)Pb/(204)Pb = 38.2353 and (206)Pb/(204)Pb = 18.6607). Hierarchical cluster analysis led to distinguish six groups of groundwater, representing the three aquifers that occur in the area, two clusters suggesting groundwater mixtures and one demonstrating a highly contaminated groundwater. By analyzing the cluster results and wells' stratigraphic profiles it was possible to distinguish the different aquifers in the area. The Serra Geral Aquifer System has (206)Pb/(204)Pb ratios between 18.4718 and 18.7089; (207)Pb/(204)Pb between 15.6692 and 15.6777; (208)Pb/(204)Pb between 38.6826 and 38.7616; (207)Pb/(206)Pb between 0

  2. Characteristics of lead geochemistry and the mobility of Pb isotopes in the system of pedogenic rock-pedosphere-irrigated riverwater-cereal-atmosphere from the Yangtze River delta region, China.

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    Wang, Cheng; Wang, Jianhua; Yang, Zhongfang; Mao, Changping; Ji, Junfeng

    2013-11-01

    Knowledge of the characteristics of Pb and its isotopic transfer in different compartments is scant, especially for the mobility of Pb isotopes in the geochemical cycle. The present study characterizes differential Pb transport mechanism and the mobility of Pb isotopes in the pedogenic parent rock-pedosphere-irrigated riverwater-cereal-atmosphere system in the Yangtze River delta region, by determining Pb concentration and Pb isotopic ratios of pedogenic parent rocks, fluvial suspended particle matter, tillage soils, soil profiles, irrigated riverwater, fertilizer, Pb ore, cereal roots and grains. The results show that Pb isotopes in the geochemical cycle generally follow the equation of (208)Pb/(206)Pb=-1.157×(206)Pb/(207)Pb+3.46 (r(2)=0.941). However, Pb isotopes have different mobility in different environmental matrixes. Whereas in the pedosphere, the heavier Pb ((208)Pb) usually shows stronger mobility relative to the lighter Pb, and is more likely to transfer into soil exchangeable Pb fraction and carbonates phase. The lighter Pb shows stronger transfer ability from soil to cereal grain via root compared to the heavier Pb. However, the cereal grains have lower (206)Pb/(207)Pb and higher (208)Pb/(206)Pb ratios than root and tillage soil, similar to the airborne Pb and anthropogenic Pb, implying that a considerable amount of Pb in cereal grains comes from the atmosphere. The estimate model shows that 16.7-52.6% (average: 33.5%) of Pb in rice grain is the airborne Pb. Copyright © 2013 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.

  3. An odyssey of environmental pollution: the rise, fall and remobilization of industrial lead in Australia

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    Taylor, M. P.; Kristensen, L.; Liqin, W.; Harvey, P. J.; Dong, C.; Rouillon, M.

    2015-12-01

    The use of lead in automobile gasoline resulted in more than 240,000 tonnes of lead being emitted to the Australian environment over its 70-year period of use starting in 1932. The consequences of the emissions and subsequent depositions have resulted in marked contamination of urban and peri-urban aerosols, soils, plants and humans. This paper charts these effects and examines the extent of recovery from one of the most pervasive and persistent environmental pollutants. Lead isotopic composition of Adelaide and Sydney aerosol filters show that air lead composition shifts from values that approximate Broken Hill type ores, the predominant lead source used in gasoline (1.04 206Pb/207Pb and 2.31 208Pb/207Pb), towards ratios that more closely match local uncontaminated soil and bedrock values (Adelaide ~1.19 206Pb/207Pb and ~2.50 208Pb/207Pb; Sydney ~1.15 206Pb/207Pb and 2.48 208Pb/207Pb). Proxy atmospheric measurements from historic wine, lichen and fungi samples extending over 120 years show how both concentration and composition values shifted in the middle to late 20th century to reflect petrol emissions and then recovered rapidly at the end of the century as leaded gasoline consumption declined. For example, lead in wine from South Australia fell from >100 μg/L in the 1960s and 1970s to < 5 μg/L in the 2010s due to the removal of the primary source of atmospheric lead - gasoline. However, measurement of contemporary surface soils, ash produced from wildfires and air filters demonstrate that the effect of depositions persists and industrial lead and other toxic metals (including arsenic, cadmium and nickel) are subject to frequent remobilization. Predicted increases in wildfires and the generation of lead, arsenic and cadmium toxic particulates warrants greater consideration of the risk for vulnerable populations and firefighters who are most exposed.

  4. Synthesis of the heaviest nuclei in cold fusion reactions

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    Münzenberg, G.; Morita, K.

    2015-12-01

    Cold fusion of heavy ions paved the way to superheavy elements. It was proposed by Yu.Ts. Oganessian more than forty years ago in 1974 [1,2]. First experiments were carried out at JINR Dubna, starting with the reaction 40Ar + 208Pb → 248Fm* where several hundreds to thousand atoms were produced on one day. The large production rate indicating an enhancement of the fusion cross section, especially for the evaporation of two or three neutrons, proved the concept of cold-fusion with the use of the doubly magic nucleus 208Pb as a target. The Dubna experiments were extended to the transactinide region beyond rutherfordium. The breakthrough came with the separation in-flight. Two different approaches were used: kinematic separation with the velocity filter SHIP [3] at GSI Darmstadt, and with the gasfilled separator GARIS [4,5] at RIKEN. With SHIP the concept of cold fusion of massive nuclear systems was convincingly confirmed by the observation of the one-neutron evaporation channel in the production of 247Rf in an irradiation of 208Pb with 50Ti [6] in 1981 which opened the way to the transactinide region. At SHIP the elements bohrium (107) to copernicium (112) were discovered [7]. A new closed shell region around hassium was found. The RIKEN experiments started in 2002. They confirmed the GSI results and in addition improved the data on structure and production of elements hassium to copernicium significantly. The heaviest element ever created in a cold fusion reaction, Z = 113, was observed at GARIS [8,9].

  5. Modeling metal bioaccumulation in the invasive mussels Dreissena polymorpha and Dreissena rostriformis bugensis in the rivers Rhine and Meuse.

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    Le, T T Yen; Leuven, Rob S E W; Hendriks, A Jan

    2011-12-01

    The metal-specific covalent index and the species-specific size-based filtration rate were integrated into a biokinetic model estimating metal bioaccumulation in mussels from the dissolved phase and phytoplankton. The model was validated for zebra (Dreissena polymorpha) and quagga (Dreissena rostriformis bugensis) mussels in the rivers Rhine and Meuse, the Netherlands. The model performed well in predicting tissue concentrations in different-sized zebra mussels from various sampling sites for (55) Mn, (56) Fe, (59) Co, (60) Ni, (82) Se, (111) Cd, (118) Sn, and (208) Pb (r(2) =0.71-0.99). Performance for (52) Cr, (63) Cu, (66) Zn, (68) Zn, and (112) Cd was moderate (r(2) <0.20). In quagga mussels, approximately 73 to 94% of the variability in concentrations of (82) Se, (111) Cd, (112) Cd, and (208) Pb was explained by the model (r(2) =0.73-0.94), followed by (52) Cr, (55) Mn, (56) Fe, (60) Ni, and (63) Cu (r(2) =0.48-0.61). Additionally, in both zebra and quagga mussels, average modeled concentrations were within approximately one order of magnitude of the measured values. In particular, in zebra mussels, estimations of (60) Ni and (82) Se concentrations were equal to 51 and 76% of the measurements, respectively. Higher deviations were observed for (52) Cr, (59) Co, (55) Mn, (56) Fe, (111) Cd, (63) Cu, and (112) Cd (underestimation), and (66) Zn, (68) Zn, (208) Pb, and (118) Sn (overestimation). For quagga mussels, modeled concentrations of (66) Zn and (68) Zn differed approximately 14% from the measured levels. Differences between predictions and measurements were higher for other metals.

  6. Geochemical sources, forms and phases of soil contamination in an industrial city.

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    Harvey, P J; Rouillon, M; Dong, C; Ettler, V; Handley, H K; Taylor, M P; Tyson, E; Tennant, P; Telfer, V; Trinh, R

    2017-04-15

    This study examines current soil contamination in an Australian industrial city, Newcastle. Public (roadside verges and parks) and private (homes) surface soils (n=170) contained metal(loid)s elevated above their respective Australian Health Investigation Levels (HIL). Lead (Pb), the most common contaminant in the city, exceeds the HIL for residential soils (HIL-A, 300mg/kg) in 88% of private soils (median: 1140mg/kg). In-vitro Pb bio-accessibility analysis of selected soils (n=11) using simulated gastric fluid showed a high affinity for Pb solubilisation (maximum Pb concentration: 5190mg/kg, equating to 45% Pb bio-accessibility). Highly soluble Pb-laden Fe- and Mn-oxides likely contribute to the bio-accessibility of the Pb. Public and private space surface soils contain substantially less radiogenic Pb (range: (208)Pb/(207)Pb: 2.345-2.411, (206)Pb/(207)Pb: 1.068-1.312) than local background soil ((208)Pb/(207)Pb: 2.489, (206)Pb/(207)Pb: 1.198), indicating anthropogenic contamination from the less radiogenic Broken Hill type Pb ores ((208)Pb/(207)Pb: 2.319, (206)Pb/(207)Pb: 1.044). Source apportionment using Pb isotopic ratio quantification and soil mineralogy indicate the city's historic copper and steel industries contributed the majority of the soil contaminants through atmospheric deposition and use of slag waste as fill material. High-temperature silicates and oxides combined with rounded particles in the soil are characteristic of smelter dust emissions. Additionally, a preliminary investigation of polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons in soils, sometimes associated with ferrous metal smelting, coal processing or burning of fossil fuels, shows that these too pose a health exposure risk (calculated in comparison to benzo(a)pyrene: n=12, max: 13.5mg/kg, HIL: 3mg/kg). Copyright © 2017 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.

  7. Lead isotope study of Zn-Pb ore deposits associated with the Basque-Cantabrian basin and Paleozoic basement, Northern Spain

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    Velasco, F.; Pesquera, A.; Herrero, J. M.

    1996-01-01

    A total of forty-three galena samples from syngenetic and epigenetic Pb-Zn mineralizations emplaced in the Lower Cretaceous Basque-Cantabrian basin and Paleozoic basement of the Cinco Villas massif in the western Pyrenees, have been analyzed for Pb-isotopic composition. Galena from sedex mineralizations hosted in Carboniferous clastic rocks in the Cinco Villas massif display an homogeneous lead isotopic signature (206Pb/2044Pb ≈ 18.43, 207Pb/204Pb ≈ 15.66, 208Pb/ 204Pb ≈ 38.69) suggesting a single lead reservoir. These values are slightly more radiogenic than lead from other European Hercynian deposits, possibly reflecting the influence of a more evolved upper crustal source. Underlying Paleozoic sediments are proposed as lead source for the Cinco Villas massif ores. Analyses from twenty-six galena samples from the four strata-bound ore districts hosted in Mesozoic rocks reveal the existence of two populations regarding their lead isotopic composition. Galena from the western Santander districts (e.g., Reocin) is characterized by more radiogenic isotope values (206Pb/204Pb ≈ 18.74, 207Pb/204Pb ≈ 15.67, 208Pb/ 204Pb ≈ 38.73) than those from the central and eastern districts (Troya-Legorreta, Central and Western Vizcaya, 206Pb/204Pb ≈ 18.59, 207Pb/204Pb ≈ 15.66, 208Pb/ 204Pb ≈ 38.73). In all districts, the most likely source for these mineralizations was the thick sequence of Lower Cretaceous clastic sediments. The existence of two separate lead isotopic populations could be the result of regional difference in the composition of the basement rocks and the clastic sediments derived of it or different evolution histories. In both sub-basins, isotopic ratios indicate an increase in crustal influence as the age of the ores decreases.

  8. Investigation of off-site airborne transport of lead from a superfund removal action site using lead isotope ratios and concentrations

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    Pribil, Michael J.; Maddaloni, Mark A.; Staiger, Kimberly; Wilson, Eric; Magriples, Nick; Ali, Mustafa; Santella, Dennis

    2014-01-01

    Lead (Pb) concentration and Pb isotopic composition of surface and subsurface soil samples were used to investigate the potential for off-site air transport of Pb from a former white Pb processing facility to neighboring residential homes in a six block area on Staten Island, NY. Surface and subsurface soil samples collected on the Jewett White Pb site were found to range from 1.122 to 1.138 for 206Pb/207Pb and 2.393 to 2.411 for 208Pb/207Pb. The off-site surface soil samples collected from residential backyards, train trestle, near site grass patches and background areas varied from 1.144 to 1.196 for 206Pb/207Pb and 2.427 to 2.464 for 208Pb/207Pb. Two soil samples collected along Richmond Terrace, where Jewett site soils accumulated after major rain events, varied from 1.136 to 1.147 for 206Pb/207Pb and 2.407 to 2.419 for 208Pb/207Pb. Lead concentration for on-site surface soil samples ranged from 450 to 8000 ug/g, on-site subsurface soil samples ranged from 90,000 to 240,000 ug/g and off-site samples varied from 380 to 3500 ug/g. Lead concentration and isotopic composition for the Staten Island off-site samples were similar to previously published data for other northeastern US cities and reflect re-suspension and re-mobilization of local accumulated Pb. The considerable differences in both the Pb isotopic composition and Pb concentration of on-site and off-site samples resulted in the ability to geochemically trace the transport of particulate Pb. Data in this study indicate minimal off-site surface transport of Pb from the Jewett site into the neighboring residential area.

  9. Optimization of an acidic digestion method for the determination of total Pb concentration and its isotope ratios in human blood using ICP-QMS.

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    Pérez-Rodríguez, Rebeca Y; Castro-Larragoitia, Javier; Alfaro-De La Torre, María C; Díaz-Barriga, Fernando

    2017-03-21

    Adverse effects of lead (Pb) on human health are observed even at levels below 5 μg/dL, affecting principally the children population and suggesting that there is not a safe exposure level. The determination of Pb isotopic ratios (LIRs) in biological and environmental samples, is an appropriate tool to track and control the exposure sources, because LIRs constitutes the pollutant's isotopic signature and hence can be used to identify sources of Pb emission. This study proposes the optimization of a method in order to significantly reduce the biological samples' matrix interferences, and improves precision and accuracy in the measurements of LIRs. Four total blood digestion methods were evaluated and the results were subjected to statistical methods (ANOVA) determining the combination of HNO3:H2O2 (2:1 v v(-1))/g from a sample on a hot plate as the best of them. For the method's validation, detection and quantification limits, linearity range, intermediate precision and recovery were evaluated. The total Pb (PbT) and LIRs were performed by ICP-QMS, defining the optimal value of detector dead time (DT), and correcting mass bias and instrumental drift for this matrix. LIRs based on (206)Pb, (207)Pb and (208)Pb were determined at high precision (%RSD 0.03-0.49%), than those involving (204)Pb (%RSD > 0.8). The optimized methodology can be used to identify pollution sources in blood and environmental samples using LIRs ((206)Pb/(207)Pb, (207)Pb/(208)Pb, (208)Pb/(206)Pb, etc.) in a trustworthy and simple way, with accurate results.

  10. U-Th-Pb ion microprobe analysis of monazite from the Paleoproterozoic Karrat rare earth element (REE) deposit, western Greenland

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    Mott, A.; Grove, M.; Bird, D. K.

    2012-12-01

    The Karrat rare earth element (REE) deposit is located at 72°N on the Niaqornakavsak peninsula of Qeqertarssuq Island on the western coast of Greenland. Metasomatic alteration of an amphibolite host rock by carbonatite derived fluids resulted in REE mineralization in the Karrat Isfjord area. REE in the mineralization are primarily found in bastnasite, allanite, and monazite. In-situ analysis of monazite was conducted on samples obtained from three sites of mineralization: (1) the primary deposit at Niaqornakavsak consisting of a single distinct ~30m thick unit; (2) at Umiamako Nuna 7 km to the east of Niaqornakavsak where the majority of REE mineralization occurs within the first 20m of the surface; and (3) a 6m thick REE-rich vein 100m below the surface at Umiamako Nuna. Formation ages for monazite at Niaqornakavsak, Umiamako Nuna (surface), and Umiamako Nuna (vein) have been calculated using 207Pb/206Pb, 206Pb/238U, and 208Pb/232Th isotope ratios. Multiple isotope ratios were examined to determine the ideal method of monazite analysis based on the inherent issues of low U content of monazite, difficulties measuring 204Pb, common Pb corrections, and peak interferences resulting from high concentrations of REE. 208Pb/232Th analysis resulted in the best precision and smallest spread of values. Energy filtering was applied to 208Pb/232Th analyses in an effort to reduce interferences at several peaks. Although all three isotope ratio analyses result in a Paleoproterozoic age similar to the timing of convergence of the North Atlantic craton, Rae craton, and Aasiat domain as well as the emplacement of the Prøven Igneous Complex in Greenland (1.95-1.80Ga), the values range between 1.7-1.9Ga depending on the isotope ratio.

  11. Prospects for detecting supernova neutrino flavor oscillations

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    Fuller, G.M.; Haxton, W.C.; McLaughlin, G.C.

    1999-04-01

    The neutrinos from a type II supernova provide perhaps our best opportunity to probe cosmologically interesting muon and/or tauon neutrino masses. This is because matter enhanced neutrino oscillations can lead to an anomalously hot {nu}{sub e} spectrum, and thus to enhanced charged current cross sections in terrestrial detectors. Two recently proposed supernova neutrino observatories, OMNIS and LAND, will detect neutrons spalled from target nuclei by neutral and charged current neutrino interactions. As this signal is not flavor specific, it is not immediately clear whether a convincing neutrino oscillation signal can be extracted from such experiments. To address this issue we examine the responses of a series of possible light and heavy mass targets, {sup 9}Be,{sup 23}Na,{sup 35}Cl, and {sup 208}Pb. We find that strategies for detecting oscillations which use only neutron count rates are problematic at best, even if cross sections are determined by ancillary experiments. Plausible uncertainties in supernova neutrino spectra tend to obscure rate enhancements due to oscillations. However, in the case of {sup 208}Pb, a signal emerges that is largely flavor specific and extraordinarily sensitive to the {nu}{sub e} temperature, the emission of two neutrons. This signal and its flavor specificity are associated with the strength and location of the first-forbidden responses for neutral and charge current reactions, aspects of the {sup 208}Pb neutrino cross section that have not been discussed previously. Hadronic spin transfer experiments might be helpful in confirming some of the nuclear structure physics underlying our conclusions. {copyright} {ital 1999} {ital The American Physical Society}

  12. Fractional processes and nuclear disassembly in very-heavy-ion collisions in the Fermi energy regime

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    Schroeder, W.U.

    1991-01-01

    Exclusive measurements of charged products and neutrons were performed for the reactions {sup 197}Au + (29 MeV/u) {sup 208}Pb and {sup 209}Bi + (28.2 MeV/u) {sup 136}Xe. The multiplicities of neutrons and charged particles are found to indicate collision impact parameters with different sensitivities. Characteristic correlations observed between massive products and light particles suggest the dominance of the damped-reaction mechanism in the Fermi energy domain. For central collisions, massive fragments are no longer observed, and a considerable fraction of the mass of the system is found disassembled into light particles and clusters. 75 refs., 19 figs.

  13. Trace element and Pb isotope composition of plagioclase from dome samples from the 2004-2005 eruption of Mount St. Helens, Washington: Chapter 35 in A volcano rekindled: the renewed eruption of Mount St. Helens, 2004-2006

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    Kent, Adam J.R.; Rowe, Michael C.; Thornber, Carl R.; Pallister, John S.; Sherrod, David R.; Scott, William E.; Stauffer, Peter H.

    2008-01-01

    Plagioclase crystals from gabbronorite inclusions in three dacite samples have markedly different trace-element and Pbisotope compositions from those of plagioclase phenocrysts, despite having a similar range of anorthite contents. Inclusions show some systematic differences from each other but typically have higher Ti, Ba, LREE, and Pb and lower Sr and have lower 208Pb/206Pb and 207Pb/206Pb ratios than coexisting plagioclase phenocrysts. The compositions of plagioclase from inclusions cannot be related to phenocryst compositions by any reasonable petrologic model. From this we suggest that they are unlikely to represent magmatic cumulates or restite inclusions but instead are samples of mafic Tertiary basement from beneath the volcano.

  14. An approach to adjustment of relativistic mean field model parameters

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    Bayram, Tuncay; Akkoyun, Serkan

    2017-09-01

    The Relativistic Mean Field (RMF) model with a small number of adjusted parameters is powerful tool for correct predictions of various ground-state nuclear properties of nuclei. Its success for describing nuclear properties of nuclei is directly related with adjustment of its parameters by using experimental data. In the present study, the Artificial Neural Network (ANN) method which mimics brain functionality has been employed for improvement of the RMF model parameters. In particular, the understanding capability of the ANN method for relations between the RMF model parameters and their predictions for binding energies (BEs) of 58Ni and 208Pb have been found in agreement with the literature values.

  15. Experimental Sign of a Weakening of the N=50 Spherical Shell Gap

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    Prevost, A.; Astier, A.; Deloncle, I.; Porquet, M.-G.; Lucas, R.

    2006-04-26

    High-spin states of 84Se, produced as a fission fragment in the fusion-fission reaction 18O+208Pb, have been identified for the first time thanks to the EUROBALL IV array. The excitation energies of three of these states, interpreted as being due to the ({nu}g{sub 9/2}{sup -1} {nu}d{sub 5/2}{sup +1}) neutron-core excitation, give new insights about the evolution of the N=50 shell gap at the vicinity of 78Ni.

  16. In-Beam {gamma}-Ray Spectroscopy of the N=50 Isotones on the Neutron-Rich Side

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    Prevost, A.; Astier, A.; Deloncle, I.; Porquet, M.-G.; Lucas, R.

    2005-11-21

    High-spin states of 84Se, produced as a fission fragment in the fusion-fission reaction 18O+208Pb and studied with the EUROBALL IV array, have been identified for the first time. Their interpretation gives new insights about the evolution of the N=50 shell gap at the vicinity of 78Ni. To characterize this evolution, it would be worth using a new device devoted to the high-spin studies of neutron-rich nuclei produced by asymmetric fission modes. Such dedicated studies are reported in a second part.

  17. γ-ray spectroscopy of 209Tl

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    Amro, B. M. S.; Lister, C. J.; McCutchan, E. A.; ...

    2017-01-30

    Here, states in 209TI were populated using a multi-nucleon transfer reaction with a 136Xe beam impinging on a thick 208Pb target at E = 785 MeV. The beam was pulsed at 825 ns intervals in order to perform isomer decay spectroscopy. The known Jπ = 17/2+ isomer in 209TI was located at 1228(4) keV and measured to have a half-life of T1/2 = 146(10) ns. A second isomer with Jπ = 13/2+ were found to have T1/2 = 14(5) ns.

  18. Comprehensive study of reaction mechanisms for the {sup 9}Be+{sup 144}Sm system at near- and sub-barrier energies

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    Gomes, P.R.S.; Lubian, J.; Anjos, R.M.; Veiga, R.; Crema, E.; Chamon, L.C.; Capurro, O.A.; Niello, J.O. Fernandez; Arazi, A.; Marti, G.V.; Pacheco, A.J.; Testoni, J.E.; Rodriguez, M.D.; Ortega, M.E.; Trotta, M.; Dasgupta, M.; Hinde, D.J.; Hagino, K.

    2006-06-15

    The delayed x-ray detection technique was used to measure complete and incomplete fusion cross sections for the {sup 9}Be+{sup 144}Sm reaction at sub- and near-barrier energies. Elastic and inelastic scattering for this system were also measured. Reaction cross sections were derived and the transfer cross sections of one neutron were calculated. The suppression of complete fusion above the barrier, of the order of 10%, is attributed to {sup 9}Be breakup and is considerably smaller than the value of 30% found for the {sup 9}Be+{sup 208}Pb system.

  19. Isomer ratio measurements as a probe of the dynamics of breakup and incomplete fusion

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    Gasques, L. R.; Dasgupta, M.; Hinde, D. J.; Peatey, T.; Diaz-Torres, A.; Newton, J. O.

    2006-12-15

    The incomplete fusion mechanism following breakup of {sup 6,7}Li and {sup 9}Be projectiles incident on targets of {sup 209}Bi and {sup 208}Pb is investigated through isomer ratio measurements for the {sup 212}At and {sup 211}Po products. The phenomenological analysis presented in this paper indicates that incomplete fusion brings relatively more angular momentum into the system than equivalent reactions with a direct beam of the fused fragment. This is attributed to the trajectories of breakup fragments. Calculations with a 3D classical trajectory model support this. Isomer ratio measurements for incomplete fusion reactions can provide a test of new theoretical models of breakup and fusion.

  20. Population and decay of a Kπ=8- two-quasineutron isomer in 244Pu

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    Hota, S. S.; Tandel, S. K.; Chowdhury, P.; Ahmad, I.; Carpenter, M. P.; Chiara, C. J.; Greene, J. P.; Hoffman, C. R.; Jackson, E. G.; Janssens, R. V. F.; Kay, B. P.; Khoo, T. L.; Kondev, F. G.; Lakshmi, S.; Lalkovski, S.; Lauritsen, T.; Lister, C. J.; McCutchan, E. A.; Moran, K.; Peterson, D.; Shirwadkar, U.; Seweryniak, D.; Stefanescu, I.; Toh, Y.; Zhu, S.

    2016-08-01

    The decay of a Kπ=8- isomer in 244Pu and the collective band structures populating the isomer were studied using deep inelastic excitations with 47Ti and 208Pb beams, respectively. Precise measurements of M 1 /E 2 branching ratios in the band confirm a 9 /2-[734] ν⊗7 /2+[624] ν configuration assignment for the isomer, validating the systematics of Kπ=8- , two-quasineutron isomers observed in even-Z , N =150 isotones. These isomers around the deformed shell gap at N =152 provide critical benchmarks for theoretical predictions of single-particle energies in this gateway region to superheavy nuclei.

  1. The symmetry energy: Predictions and constraints

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    Sammarruca, Francesca

    2017-09-01

    After recalling basic phenomenological features of isospin asymmetric nuclear matter, we review predictions for the interaction part of the symmetry energy obtained from different microscopic approaches. The predictions are compared to updated constraints extracted from heavy-ion (HI) reaction observables of a recent GSI experiment. The discussion is extended to the neutron skin thickness in 208Pb and its relation to the density derivative of the symmetry energy. We underline the importance of giving proper consideration to the theoretical uncertainties of microscopic predictions in order to guide phenomenological analyses. In the end, we report briefly on preliminary neutron star calculations based on chiral nuclear forces and outline future plans.

  2. Unitary version of the single-particle dispersive optical model and single-hole excitations in medium-heavy spherical nuclei

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    Kolomiytsev, G. V.; Igashov, S. Yu.; Urin, M. H.

    2017-07-01

    A unitary version of the single-particle dispersive optical model was proposed with the aim of applying it to describing high-energy single-hole excitations in medium-heavy mass nuclei. By considering the example of experimentally studied single-hole excitations in the 90Zr and 208Pb parent nuclei, the contribution of the fragmentation effect to the real part of the optical-model potential was estimated quantitatively in the framework of this version. The results obtained in this way were used to predict the properties of such excitations in the 132Sn parent nucleus.

  3. Search for the giant pairing vibration through (p,t) reactions around 50 and 60 MeV

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    Mouginot, B.; Khan, E.; Azaiez, F.; Franchoo, S.; Ramus, A.; Scarpaci, J. A.; Stefan, I.; Neveling, R.; Buthelezi, E. Z.; Foertsch, S. V.; Smit, F. D.; Fujita, H.; Usman, I.; Mabiala, J.; Mira, J. P.; Swartz, J. A.; Papka, P.

    2011-03-15

    The existence of the giant pairing vibration (GPV) in {sup 120}Sn and {sup 208}Pb was investigated using the (p,t) reaction at incident proton energies of 50 MeV and 60 MeV for the scattering angles 0 deg. and 7 deg. No clear signature for the GPV was found, providing an upper limit for the cross section of {sigma}{sub max} = 0.2 mb. Theoretical interpretations for the low cross section of the GPV are discussed.

  4. Isomeric Decay Studies in Neutron-Rich N ≈ 126 Nuclei

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    Steer, S. J.; Podolyák, Zs.; Pietri, S.; Górska, M.; Farrelly, G. F.; Regan, P. H.; Rudolph, D.; Garnsworthy, A. B.; Hoischen, R.; Gerl, J.; Wollersheim, H. J.; Grawe, H.; Maier, K. H.; Becker, F.; Bednarczyk, P.; Cáceres, L.; Doornenbal, P.; Geissel, H.; GrȨBOSZ, J.; Kelic, A.; Kojouharov, I.; Kurz, N.; Montes, F.; Prokopowicz, W.; Saito, T.; Schaffner, H.; Tashenov, S.; Heinz, A.; Kurtukian-Nieto, T.; Benzoni, G.; Pfützner, M.; Jungclaus, A.; Balabanski, D. L.; Brandau, C.; Brown, A.; Bruce, A. M.; Catford, W. N.; Cullen, I. J.; Dombrádi, Zs.; Estevez, M. E.; Gelletly, W.; Ilie, G.; Jolie, J.; Jones, G. A.; Kmiecik, M.; Kondev, F. G.; Krücken, R.; Lalkovski, S.; Liu, Z.; Maj, A.; Myalski, S.; Schwertel, S.; Shizuma, T.; Walker, P. M.; Werner-Malento, E.; Wieland, O.

    Heavy neutron-rich nuclei were populated via relativistic energy fragmentation of a E/A = 1 GeV 208Pb beam. The nuclei of interest were selected and identified by a fragment separator and then implanted in a passive plastic stopper. Delayed γ rays following internal isomeric decays were detected by the RISING array. Experimental information was obtained on a number of nuclei with Z = 73-80 (Ta-Hg), providing new information both on the prolate-oblate transitional region as well as on the N = 126 closed shell nuclei.

  5. Revision of the K-Isomer in 190W116

    NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

    Farrelly, G. F.; Podolyák, Zs.; Steer, S. J.; Pietri, S.; Xu, F. R.; Werner-Malento, E.; Shizuma, T.; Regan, P. H.; Rudolph, D.; Garnsworthy, A. B.; Hoischen, R.; Górska, M.; Gerl, J.; Wollersheim, H. J.; Kurtukian-Nieto, T.; Benzoni, G.; Becker, F.; Bednarczyk, P.; Cáceres, L.; Doornenbal, P.; Geissel, H.; Grębosz, J.; Kelic, A.; Kojouharov, I.; Kurz, N.; Montes, F.; Prokopowicz, W.; Saito, T.; Schaffner, H.; Tashenov, S.; Heinz, A.; Pfützner, M.; Jungclaus, A.; Balabanski, D. L.; Brandau, C.; Bruce, A. M.; Catford, W. N.; Cullen, I. J.; Dombrádi, Zs.; Estevez, E.; Gelletly, W.; Ilie, G.; Jolie, J.; Jones, G. A.; Kmiecik, M.; Kondev, F. G.; Krücken, R.; Lalkovski, S.; Liu, H. L.; Liu, Z.; Maj, A.; Myalski, S.; Schwertel, S.; Walker, P. M.; Wieland, O.

    2009-03-01

    Gamma rays from the decay of an isomer in 190 W116 have been observed following projectile fragmentation of a 1 GeV per nucleon 208Pb beam. An earlier experiment indicated decay from a (10-) isomer to the ground state rotational band. Improved statistics have enabled gamma coincidence and time-difference measurements to be made which alter the previous interpretation. Blocked BCS calculations have also been used together with reduced hindrance factors to indicate possible values of spin-parity for the isomer.

  6. Mean-Field and RPA Approaches to Stable and Unstable Nuclei with Semi-Realistic NN Interaction

    SciTech Connect

    Nakada, H.

    2011-05-06

    A M3Y-type semi-realistic NN interaction has been applied to the mean-field and the RPA calculations. Explicitly including the tensor force and the central part of the one-pion exchange potential, the semi-realistic interaction is useful in studying the Z or N dependence of the nuclear shell structure. The magicity of N = 32, 40 and 58 in the neutron-rich Ca and Ni nuclei has been investigated, and the Z = 28 magicity in {sup 78}Ni has been argued. Significance of the tensor force in magnetic transitions is demonstrated by the M1 excitation of {sup 208}Pb.

  7. Investigation of the Photoneutron Cross Section in LEAD-206 and LEAD-208 from 9 TO 16 Mev

    NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

    Morford, Larry Joe

    The time of flight of photoneutrons from ('206)Pb and ('208)Pb was observed at scattering angles of 55(DEGREES), 90(DEGREES), and 125(DEGREES). Photons with energies between 9 and 16 MeV were used to excite the target nuclei. The incident photon beam was provided by the University of Illinois Tagged Photon Facility and had an effective energy resolution of around 400 keV. Neutron energies were determined by time of flight through a 1.5 meter path. The effective energy resolution of the neutrons was between 7.6% at 1 MeV and 12.5% at 5 MeV. Neutron detector efficiency was determined by measuring the photo-disintegration of deuterium. The resulting efficiency was found to be constant across the neutron energy range of interest. The fraction of neutrons with energy insufficient to pass the detector threshold was estimated to be 10.7%. The total cross section for both ('206)Pb and ('208)Pb are well described by Lorentzian curves with widths of 4.12 (+OR-) 0.24 MeV for ('206)Pb and 4.09 (+OR-) 0.38 MeV for ('208)Pb. The peak positions of the curves were determined to be 13.70 (+OR-) 0.06 MeV for ('206)Pb and 13.53 (+OR-) 0.05 MeV in ('208)Pb. No angular asymmetry about 90(DEGREES) in the differential cross sections was detected in either element above 11 MeV. Below 11 MeV the asymmetry varied with energy between alternate positive and negative values for each element. The time-of-flight spectra could be parameterized for low energy neutrons by a statistical decay with a nuclear temperature of 0.9 MeV. There was an excess of high energy neutrons above this distribution. A more detailed analysis of the spectra using the Hauser-Feshbach formalism suggests that this excess is also from the statistical decay of the nucleus.

  8. Decay spectroscopy of neutron-rich rare-earth isotopes and collectivity around double midshell

    SciTech Connect

    Watanabe, Hiroshi

    2015-10-15

    Neutron-rich rare-earth isotopes with A ≈ 170, which locate near the middle of the major shells for both proton and neutron between the doubly magic nuclei {sup 132}Sn and {sup 208}Pb, have been investigated by means of decay spectroscopy techniques at the RIBF facility at RIKEN. The nuclei of interest were produced by in-flight fission of a high-intensity {sup 238}U beam at 345 MeV/u. In this contribution, scientific motivations, the details of experimental procedures, and some prospects of the data analysis are reported.

  9. Nuclear structure studies in the seaborgium region at SHIP

    SciTech Connect

    Antalic, S. Andel, B.; Heßberger, F. P.; Khuyagbaatar, J.; Ackermann, D.; Heinz, S.; Hofmann, S.; Kindler, B.; Laatiaoui, M.; Lommel, B.; Kalaninová, Z.; Piot, J.; Vostinar, M.

    2015-10-15

    New decay data for the isotopes {sup 259}Sg and {sup 255}Rf were obtained at the velocity filter SHIP using an α-decay spectroscopy measurement. Both isotopes were produced and studied via a one neutron evaporation channel in the compound fusion reaction {sup 54}Cr+{sup 208}Pb. New isomeric states were observed and the single-particle level systematics for isotones with 151 and 153 neutrons were extended. A change of the ground-state configuration for the heaviest N = 151 isotones was observed. Detailed Monte-Carlo simulation for the α decay of {sup 259}Sg applying the GEANT4 toolkit was performed and compared with experimental data.

  10. New Insight into the Pygmy Dipole Resonance in Stable Nuclei

    SciTech Connect

    Neumann-Cosel, P. von

    2008-11-11

    Two examples of recent work on the structure of low-energy electric dipole modes are presented. The first part discusses the systematics of the pygmy dipole resonance (PDR) in stable tin isotopes deduced from high-resolution ({gamma},{gamma}') experiments. These help to distinguish between microscopic QRPA calculations based on either a relativistic or a nonrelativistic mean-field description, predicting significantly different properties of the PDR. The second part presents attempts to unravel the structure of dipoles modes at energies below the giant dipole resonance (GDR) in {sup 208}Pb with a high-resolution measurement of the (p-vector,p-vector') reaction under 0 deg.

  11. Recent Results in Parity-Violating Electron Scattering at Jefferson Lab: PREX and HAPPEX-III

    NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

    Jen, Chun-Min; PREx Collaboration

    2011-10-01

    The parity-violating asymmetry APV in electron scattering from the 208Pb nucleus is cleanly sensitive to the neutron radius Rn. A precision measurement of Rn would have important implications for the understanding of nuclear structure, and be a powerful constraint on the symmetry energy Sν(n) of neutron-rich nuclear matter, including neutron stars. The PREX collaboration has completed a first run, measuring Rn to a precision of ~2.5% and providing the first electroweak evidence for the neutron skin of a heavy nucleus. Results from this measurement, and prospects for more precise future measurements, will be discussed.

  12. Coupled operation of the Oak Ridge isochronous cyclotron and the 25 MV tandem

    SciTech Connect

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

    1981-01-01

    Coupled operation of the 25 MV tandem and the Oak Ridge Isochronous Cyclotron (ORIC) was achieved on January 27, 1981. A beam of 38 MeV /sup 16/O/sup 2 +/ was injected into ORIC, stripped to 8/sup +/ and accelerated to 324 MeV. Shortly afterwards, the energy was increased to the maximum design value of 25 MeV/amu (400 MeV). A spectrum taken of the scattering of this beam from a thin /sup 208/Pb target in the broad range spectrograh exhibited a resolution of 115 keV (FWHM). Performance of the system was in close agreement with that predicted from calculations.

  13. Comparison of complementary reactions in the production of Mt

    SciTech Connect

    Nelson, S. L.; Dragojevic, I.; Ellison, P. A.; Garcia, M. A.; Gates, J. M.; Nitsche, H.; Gregorich, K. E.; Dvorak, J.; Stavsetra, L.; Ali, M. N.

    2009-02-15

    The new reaction {sup 208}Pb({sup 59}Co,n){sup 266}Mt was studied using the Berkeley Gas-filled Separator at the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory 88-Inch Cyclotron. A cross section of 7.7{sub -3.3}{sup +5.2} pb was measured at a compound nucleus excitation energy of 14.9 MeV. The measured decay properties of {sup 266}Mt and its daughters correspond well with existing data. We compare this experimental result to transactinide compound nucleus formation model predictions, and the previously studied {sup 209}Bi({sup 58}Fe,n){sup 266}Mt reaction.

  14. High spin spectroscopy in 219Ra: Search for the lower mass boundary of the region of statically octupole-deformed nuclei

    NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

    Hensley, T. C.; Cottle, P. D.; Tripathi, Vandana; Abromeit, B.; Anastasiou, M.; Baby, L. T.; Baron, J. S.; Caussyn, D.; Dungan, R.; Kemper, K. W.; Lubna, R. S.; Miller, S. L.; Rijal, N.; Riley, M. A.; Tabor, S. L.; Tai, P.-L.; Villafana, K.

    2017-09-01

    We report the results of a study of rotational bands in 219Ra via the 208Pb(14C,3 n ) reaction to look for evidence that this nucleus is statically octupole deformed. We add 19 γ rays not previously observed to the level scheme and extend the two most strongly populated alternating parity bands to J =51 /2 and 45/2. The magnitude of the energy splitting between the spin-parity doublets in the two bands appears to exclude the possibility that 219Ra has a static octupole deformation.

  15. Entrance channel dynamics of hot and cold fusion reactions leading to superheavy elements

    SciTech Connect

    Umar, A. S.; Oberacker, V. E.; Maruhn, J. A.; Reinhard, P.-G.

    2010-06-15

    We investigate the entrance channel dynamics for the reactions {sup 70}Zn+{sup 208}Pb and {sup 48}Ca+{sup 238}U by using the fully microscopic time-dependent Hartree-Fock theory coupled with a density constraint. We calculate excitation energies and capture cross sections relevant for the study of superheavy formations. We discuss the deformation dependence of the ion-ion potential for the {sup 48}Ca+{sup 238}U system and perform an alignment angle averaging for the calculation of the capture cross section. The results show that this approach can generate results in good agreement with experiments and other theories.

  16. Understanding the Synthesis of the Heaviest Nuclei

    NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

    Loveland, W.

    2008-08-01

    Two measurements of PCN, the fusion probability, are described. In the first measurement, the value of PCN was deduced for a typical cold fusion reaction, the 50Ti + 208Pb reaction, by analysis of the fission fragment angular distributions. In the second measurement, PCN was deduced, using the DNS model, from experimental measurements of the capture and EVR cross sections for the 124Sn + 96Zr reaction. Comparison of the deduced values of PCN with various theoretical models of the synthesis of the heaviest nuclei are made.

  17. Fusion by Diffusion Model Revisited

    NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

    Cap, T.; Siwek-Wilczyńska, K.; Wilczyński, J.

    A complete set of 27 excitation functions for synthesis of superheavy nuclei produced in cold fusion reactions was analyzed in terms of the "Fusion by Diffusion Model" of Światecki et al., modified to account for the angular momentum dependence of the fusion hindrance factor. The data on cold fusion reactions originate from experiments carried out at GSI Darmstadt, RIKEN Tokyo and LBNL Berkeley in which 208Pb and 209Bi targets were bombarded with the variety of projectiles ranging from 48,50Ti to 70Zn.

  18. Spreading widths of giant resonances in spherical nuclei: Damped transient response

    NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

    Severyukhin, A. P.; Åberg, S.; Arsenyev, N. N.; Nazmitdinov, R. G.

    2017-06-01

    We propose a general approach to describe spreading widths of monopole, dipole, and quadrupole giant resonances in heavy and superheavy spherical nuclei. Our approach is based on the ideas of the random matrix distribution of the coupling between one-phonon and two-phonon states generated in the random-phase approximation. We use the Skyrme interaction SLy4 as our model Hamiltonian to create a single-particle spectrum and to analyze excited states of the doubly magic nuclei 132Sn, 208Pb, and 310126. Our results demonstrate that the approach enables to us to describe a gross structure of the spreading widths of the giant resonances considered.

  19. Study of heavy ion range in different solid state nuclear track detector materials

    NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

    Diwan, P. K.; Singh, Lakhwant; Singh, Gurinder; Kumar, Shyam

    2000-03-01

    The range of several heavy ions as 238U, 208Pb, 197Au, 139La, 58Ni and 56Fe in sodalime glass; 197Au and 58Ni in muscovite mica and Lexan polycarbonate; 209Bi and 197Au in CR-39 have been determined experimentally. The calculations of range for these projectile-target combinations have been made using the Benton and Henke [10], Mukherjee and Nayak [11], Ziegler et al. [12] and Hubert et al. [14] semiempirical formulations. Finally a comparison has been made with the experimental results.

  20. E2 transitions between excited single-phonon states: Role of ground-state correlations

    NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

    Kamerdzhiev, S. P.; Voitenkov, D. A.

    2016-11-01

    The probabilities for E2 transitions between low-lying excited 3- and 5- single-phonon states in the 208Pb and 132Sn magic nuclei are estimated on the basis of the theory of finite Fermi systems. The approach used involves a new type of ground-state correlations, that which originates from integration of three (rather than two, as in the random-phase approximation) single-particle Green's functions. These correlations are shown to make a significant contribution to the probabilities for the aforementioned transitions.