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  1. Memristor and selector devices fabricated from HfO2-xNx

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    Murdoch, B. J.; McCulloch, D. G.; Ganesan, R.; McKenzie, D. R.; Bilek, M. M. M.; Partridge, J. G.

    2016-04-01

    Monoclinic HfO2-xNx has been incorporated into two-terminal devices exhibiting either memristor or selector operation depending on the controlled inclusion/suppression of mobile oxygen vacancies. In HfO2 memristors containing oxygen vacancies, gradual conductance modulation, short-term plasticity, and long-term potentiation were observed using appropriate voltage-spike stimulation, suggesting suitability for artificial neural networks. Passivation of oxygen vacancies, confirmed by X-ray absorption spectroscopy, was achieved in HfO2-xNx films by the addition of nitrogen during growth. Selector devices formed on these films exhibited threshold switching and current controlled negative differential resistance consistent with thermally driven insulator to metal transitions.

  2. La2-xSrxCuO4 superconductor nanowire devices

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    Litombe, N. E.; Bollinger, A. T.; Hoffman, J. E.; Božović, I.

    2014-11-01

    La2-xSrxCuO4 nanowire devices have been fabricated and characterized using electrical transport measurements. Nanowires with widths down to 80 nm are patterned using high-resolution electron beam lithography. However, the narrowest nanowires show incomplete superconducting transitions with some residual resistance at T = 4 K. Here, we report on the refinement of the fabrication process to achieve narrower nanowire devices with complete superconducting transitions, opening the path to the study of novel physics arising from dimension-limited superconductivity on the nanoscale.

  3. La2-xSrxCuO4 superconductor nanowire devices

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    Litombe, N. E.; Bollinger, A. T.; Hoffman, J. E.; Božović, I.

    2014-07-02

    La2-xSrxCuO₄ nanowire devices have been fabricated and characterized using electrical transport measurements. In addition, nanowires with widths down to 80 nm are patterned using high-resolution electron beam lithography. However, the narrowest nanowires show incomplete superconducting transitions with some residual resistance at T = 4 K. Here, we report on refinement of the fabrication process to achieve narrower nanowire devices with complete superconducting transitions, opening the path to the study of novel physics arising from dimension-limited superconductivity on the nanoscale.

  4. MEMS/ECD Method for Making Bi(2-x)Sb(x)Te3 Thermoelectric Devices

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    Lim, James; Huang, Chen-Kuo; Ryan, Margaret; Snyder, G. Jeffrey; Herman, Jennifer; Fleurial, Jean-Pierre

    2008-01-01

    A method of fabricating Bi(2-x)Sb(x)Te3-based thermoelectric microdevices involves a combination of (1) techniques used previously in the fabrication of integrated circuits and of microelectromechanical systems (MEMS) and (2) a relatively inexpensive MEMS-oriented electrochemical-deposition (ECD) technique. The present method overcomes the limitations of prior MEMS fabrication techniques and makes it possible to satisfy requirements.

  5. La2-xSrxCuO4 superconductor nanowire devices

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    Litombe, N. E.; Bollinger, A. T.; Hoffman, J. E.; Božović, I.

    2014-07-02

    La2-xSrxCuO₄ nanowire devices have been fabricated and characterized using electrical transport measurements. In addition, nanowires with widths down to 80 nm are patterned using high-resolution electron beam lithography. However, the narrowest nanowires show incomplete superconducting transitions with some residual resistance at T = 4 K. Here, we report on refinement of the fabrication process to achieve narrower nanowire devices with complete superconducting transitions, opening the path to the study of novel physics arising from dimension-limited superconductivity on the nanoscale.

  6. The effect of oxygen vacancies on the electrical properties of TiO2-x Re-RAM switching devices

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    Benkraouda, Maamar

    2014-03-01

    The main goal of this work is to contribute toward an accurate determination of the electronic properties of Resistance random access memory (Re-RAM) using the density functional theory, which is the current state of the art method that employs high accuracy, it can treat a few hundred atoms on medium sized PC. All the fundamental properties are studied as a function of the mole fraction. The density of states arising from vacancy distribution, the electron transport and formation energy are analyzed. Using controllable mole fraction, various intermediate resistance states are induced. Oxygen vacancy has a considerable effect on the electrical properties of most transition metal oxides such as TiOx Re-RAM devices. The presence of oxygen vacancies is linked to the on-state conduction and resistance switching mechanism. Hydrogen is a ubiquitous impurity in most semiconductors, insertion of hydrogen atoms will remove some of defect states which were induced by oxygen vacancies; this will obviously have an effect on the conductive path, because hydrogen in the vacancy site results in the rupture of conductive channel by localizing electrons, the conductivity may decrease in this case.

  7. P2X receptors.

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    North, R Alan

    2016-08-01

    Extracellular adenosine 5'-triphosphate (ATP) activates cell surface P2X and P2Y receptors. P2X receptors are membrane ion channels preferably permeable to sodium, potassium and calcium that open within milliseconds of the binding of ATP. In molecular architecture, they form a unique structural family. The receptor is a trimer, the binding of ATP between subunits causes them to flex together within the ectodomain and separate in the membrane-spanning region so as to open a central channel. P2X receptors have a widespread tissue distribution. On some smooth muscle cells, P2X receptors mediate the fast excitatory junction potential that leads to depolarization and contraction. In the central nervous system, activation of P2X receptors allows calcium to enter neurons and this can evoke slower neuromodulatory responses such as the trafficking of receptors for the neurotransmitter glutamate. In primary afferent nerves, P2X receptors are critical for the initiation of action potentials when they respond to ATP released from sensory cells such as taste buds, chemoreceptors or urothelium. In immune cells, activation of P2X receptors triggers the release of pro-inflammatory cytokines such as interleukin 1β. The development of selective blockers of different P2X receptors has led to clinical trials of their effectiveness in the management of cough, pain, inflammation and certain neurodegenerative diseases.This article is part of the themed issue 'Evolution brings Ca(2+) and ATP together to control life and death'. PMID:27377721

  8. Effect of (HfO2) X (Al2O3)1- X /SiO2 double-layered blocking oxide on program and erase speed in charge trapping memory devices

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    Oh, Jinho; Ko, Eun Jung; Na, Heedo; Ko, Dae-Hong; Sohn, Hyunchul

    2016-03-01

    In this work, the effect of hole injection into the charge trap layers from channel prior to program operation is investigated in charge trapping (CT) memory with stacked blocking oxide (BO). For efficient hole injection, a (HfO2) X (Al2O3)1 - X /SiO2 stacked BO structure is used. The CT memory device with stacked BO shows faster programming and erasing speed compared with single-layered SiO2 BO. The enhanced programming speed is attributed to the enhanced electric field introduced by excess holes injected into SiN charge trap layer. In addition, efficient hole injection from channel produced the widened memory window in CT memory.

  9. Twin laser 2x1 MMI coupler

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    de Pedraza, M. L.

    2005-07-01

    In previous studies, it was shown that using a Y waveguide, a twin laser output signal could be mixed and coupled to a fiber. The need to adapt the dimensions of the Y waveguide and apply the more restrictive conditions of a coherent regime for laser emission and waveguide mixing, led us to try an MMI coupler to focus the output signal. Herein, ideal 2x1 MMI for this purpose are presented in schematic form. Using a TE mode approximated with Gaussian distributions for the twin laser output signal (the input signal to the MMI coupler), an optimally focused output signal requirement is considered. Possible longitudinal and width dimensions for the couplers are calculated. Similar values of the MMI refraction index to the laser magnitude values were assumed to avoid the drop in transmission produced by reflections at the boundary surface. We also assumed no air gap between the laser and MMI coupler. The functioning of these ideal devices for coherent and incoherent twin laser emission is discussed.

  10. J-2X Engine Tested at Stennis

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    Another key component of NASA's new Space Launch System, the J-2X rocket engine, is put to a 500-second firing test at NASA's Stennis Space Center on Nov. 9 The J-2X rocket engine will help carry t...

  11. NASA Continues J-2X Powerpack Testing

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    NASA conducted a long duration test of the J-2X powerpack, 340 seconds total, at the Stennis Space Center in southern Mississippi on May 10, marking another step in SLS development, the next-genera...

  12. J-2X: Back in the Saddle

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    A J-2X power pack assembly burns brightly during a hot fire test Nov. 27 at NASA's Stennis Space Center in Mississippi. Engineers pulled the assembly from the test stand in September to install add...

  13. J-2X Turbopump Cavitation Diagnostics

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    Santi, I. Michael; Butas, John P.; Tyler, Thomas R., Jr.; Aguilar, Robert; Sowers, T. Shane

    2010-01-01

    The J-2X is the upper stage engine currently being designed by Pratt & Whitney Rocketdyne (PWR) for the Ares I Crew Launch Vehicle (CLV). Propellant supply requirements for the J-2X are defined by the Ares Upper Stage to J-2X Interface Control Document (ICD). Supply conditions outside ICD defined start or run boxes can induce turbopump cavitation leading to interruption of J-2X propellant flow during hot fire operation. In severe cases, cavitation can lead to uncontained engine failure with the potential to cause a vehicle catastrophic event. Turbopump and engine system performance models supported by system design information and test data are required to predict existence, severity, and consequences of a cavitation event. A cavitation model for each of the J-2X fuel and oxidizer turbopumps was developed using data from pump water flow test facilities at Pratt & Whitney Rocketdyne (PWR) and Marshall Space Flight Center (MSFC) together with data from Powerpack 1A testing at Stennis Space Center (SSC) and from heritage systems. These component models were implemented within the PWR J-2X Real Time Model (RTM) to provide a foundation for predicting system level effects following turbopump cavitation. The RTM serves as a general failure simulation platform supporting estimation of J-2X redline system effectiveness. A study to compare cavitation induced conditions with component level structural limit thresholds throughout the engine was performed using the RTM. Results provided insight into system level turbopump cavitation effects and redline system effectiveness in preventing structural limit violations. A need to better understand structural limits and redline system failure mitigation potential in the event of fuel side cavitation was indicated. This paper examines study results, efforts to mature J-2X turbopump cavitation models and structural limits, and issues with engine redline detection of cavitation and the use of vehicle-side abort triggers to augment the

  14. The relationship between P2X4 and P2X7: a physiologically important interaction?

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    Craigie, Eilidh; Birch, Rebecca E; Unwin, Robert J; Wildman, Scott S

    2013-01-01

    Purinergic signaling within the kidney is becoming an important focus in the study of renal health and disease. The effectors of ATP signaling, the P2Y and P2X receptors, are expressed to varying extents in and along the nephron. There are many studies demonstrating the importance of the P2Y2 receptor on kidney function, and other P2 receptors are now emerging as participants in renal regulation. The P2X4 receptor has been linked to epithelial sodium transport in the nephron and expression levels of the P2X7 receptor are up-regulated in certain pathophysiological states. P2X7 antagonism has been shown to ameliorate rodent models of DOCA salt-induced hypertension and P2X4 null mice are hypertensive. Interestingly, polymorphisms in the genetic loci of P2X4 and P2X7 have been linked to blood pressure variation in human studies. In addition to the increasing evidence linking these two P2X receptors to renal function and health, a number of studies link the two receptors in terms of physical associations between their subunits, demonstrated both in vitro and in vivo. This review will analyze the current literature regarding interactions between P2X4 and P2X7 and assess the potential impact of these with respect to renal function. PMID:23966951

  15. J-2X Abort System Development

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    Santi, Louis M.; Butas, John P.; Aguilar, Robert B.; Sowers, Thomas S.

    2008-01-01

    The J-2X is an expendable liquid hydrogen (LH2)/liquid oxygen (LOX) gas generator cycle rocket engine that is currently being designed as the primary upper stage propulsion element for the new NASA Ares vehicle family. The J-2X engine will contain abort logic that functions as an integral component of the Ares vehicle abort system. This system is responsible for detecting and responding to conditions indicative of impending Loss of Mission (LOM), Loss of Vehicle (LOV), and/or catastrophic Loss of Crew (LOC) failure events. As an earth orbit ascent phase engine, the J-2X is a high power density propulsion element with non-negligible risk of fast propagation rate failures that can quickly lead to LOM, LOV, and/or LOC events. Aggressive reliability requirements for manned Ares missions and the risk of fast propagating J-2X failures dictate the need for on-engine abort condition monitoring and autonomous response capability as well as traditional abort agents such as the vehicle computer, flight crew, and ground control not located on the engine. This paper describes the baseline J-2X abort subsystem concept of operations, as well as the development process for this subsystem. A strategy that leverages heritage system experience and responds to an evolving engine design as well as J-2X specific test data to support abort system development is described. The utilization of performance and failure simulation models to support abort system sensor selection, failure detectability and discrimination studies, decision threshold definition, and abort system performance verification and validation is outlined. The basis for abort false positive and false negative performance constraints is described. Development challenges associated with information shortfalls in the design cycle, abort condition coverage and response assessment, engine-vehicle interface definition, and abort system performance verification and validation are also discussed.

  16. Final J-2X Test of 2011

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    NASA conducted its final J-2X rocket engine test of the year Dec. 14, the 10th firing in a series of tests on the new upper-stage engine that will carry humans farther into space than ever before. ...

  17. J-2X Powerpack Completes Testing

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    The J-2X powerpack assembly was fired up one last time on Dec. 13 at NASA’s Stennis Space Center in Mississippi, finishing a year of testing on an important component of America’s next heavy-li...

  18. Development Status of the J-2X

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    Kynard, Mike; Vilja, John

    2008-01-01

    In June 2006, the NASA Marshall Space Flight Center (MSFC) and Pratt & Whitney Rocketdyne began development of an engine for use on the Ares I crew launch vehicle and the Ares V cargo launch vehicle. The development program will be completed in December 2012 at the end of a Design Certification Review and after certification testing of two flight configuration engines. A team of over 600 people within NASA and Pratt & Whitney Rocketdyne are currently working to prepare for the fall 2008 Critical Design Review (CDR), along with supporting an extensive risk mitigation test program. The J-2X will power the Ares I upper stage and the Ares V earth departure stage (EDS). The initial use will be in the Ares I, used to launch the Orion crew exploration vehicle. In this application, it will power the upper stage after being sent aloft on a Space Shuttle-derived. 5-segment solid rocket booster first stage. In this mission. the engine will ignite at altitude and provide the necessary acceleration force to allow the Orion to achieve orbital velocity. The Ares I upper stage, along with the J-2X. will then be expended. On the Ares V. first stage propulsion is provided by five RS-68B engines and two 5-segment boosters similar to the Ares I configuration. In the Ares V mission. the J-2X is first started to power the EDS and its payload. the Altair lunar lander. into earth orbit, then shut-down and get prepared for its next start. The EDS/Altair will remain in a parking orbit, awaiting rendezvous and docking with Orion. Once the two spacecraft are mated, the J-2X will be restarted to achieve earth departure velocity. After powering the Orion and Altair, the EDS will be expended. By using the J-2X Engine in both applications, a significant infrastructure cost savings is realized. Only one engine development is required, and the sustaining engineering and flight support infrastructures can be combined. There is also flexibility for changing, the production and flight manifest because

  19. Entanglement monogamy inequality in a 2 x 2 x 4 system

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    Ren Xijun; Jiang Wei

    2010-02-15

    In this report, we show explicitly that the tangles of an arbitrary pure state in a 2 x 2 x 4 system satisfy the monogamy relation. This relation is also generalized to mixed states. As the tangle is always larger than the square of the concurrence, our result implies that the monogamy relation holds for concurrence too. It also supports the idea that the tangle could qualify as an elementary bipartite entanglement measure.

  20. P2X6 Knockout Mice Exhibit Normal Electrolyte Homeostasis

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    Viering, Daan H. H. M.; Bos, Caro; Bindels, René J. M.; Hoenderop, Joost G. J.

    2016-01-01

    ATP-mediated signaling is an important regulator of electrolyte transport in the kidney. The purinergic cation channel P2X6 has been previously localized to the distal convoluted tubule (DCT), a nephron segment important for Mg2+ and Na+ reabsorption, but its role in ion transport remains unknown. In this study, P2x6 knockout (P2x6-/-) mice were generated to investigate the role of P2X6 in renal electrolyte transport. The P2x6-/- animals displayed a normal phenotype and did not differ physiologically from wild type mice. Differences in serum concentration and 24-hrs urine excretion of Na+, K+, Mg2+ and Ca2+ were not detected between P2x6+/+, P2x6+/- and P2x6-/- mice. Quantitative PCR was applied to examine potential compensatory changes in renal expression levels of other P2x subunits and electrolyte transporters, including P2x1-5, P2x7, Trpm6, Ncc, Egf, Cldn16, Scnn1, Slc12a3, Slc41a1, Slc41a3, Cnnm2, Kcnj10 and Fxyd2. Additionally, protein levels of P2X2 and P2X4 were assessed in P2x6+/+ and P2x6-/- mouse kidneys. However, significant changes in expression were not detected. Furthermore, no compensatory changes in gene expression could be demonstrated in heart material isolated from P2x6-/- mice. Except for a significant (P<0.05) upregulation of P2x2 in the heart of P2x6-/- mice compared to the P2x6+/+ mice. Thus, our data suggests that purinergic signaling via P2X6 is not significantly involved in the regulation of renal electrolyte handling under normal physiological conditions. PMID:27254077

  1. Photoelectron spectroscopy of GaX2-, Ga2X-, Ga2X2-, and Ga2X3-(X=P,As)

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    Taylor, Travis R.; Gómez, Harry; Asmis, Knut R.; Neumark, Daniel M.

    2001-09-01

    Anion photoelectron spectra taken at various photodetachment wavelengths have been obtained for GaX2-, Ga2X-, Ga2X2-, and Ga2X3- (X=P,As). The incorporation of a liquid nitrogen cooled channel in the ion source resulted in substantial vibrational cooling of the cluster anions, resulting in resolved vibrational progressions in the photoelectron spectra of all species except Ga2X2-. Electron affinities, electronic term values, and vibrational frequencies are reported and compared to electronic structure calculations. In addition, similarities and differences between the phosphorus and arsenic-containing isovalent species are discussed.

  2. Imaging P2X4 receptor subcellular distribution, trafficking, and regulation using P2X4-pHluorin

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    Xu, Ji; Chai, Hua; Ehinger, Konstantin; Egan, Terrance M.; Srinivasan, Rahul; Frick, Manfred

    2014-01-01

    P2X4 receptors are adenosine triphosphate (ATP)-gated cation channels present on the plasma membrane (PM) and also within intracellular compartments such as vesicles, vacuoles, lamellar bodies (LBs), and lysosomes. P2X4 receptors in microglia are up-regulated in epilepsy and in neuropathic pain; that is to say, their total and/or PM expression levels increase. However, the mechanisms underlying up-regulation of microglial P2X4 receptors remain unclear, in part because it has not been possible to image P2X4 receptor distribution within, or trafficking between, cellular compartments. Here, we report the generation of pH-sensitive fluorescently tagged P2X4 receptors that permit evaluations of cell surface and total receptor pools. Capitalizing on information gained from zebrafish P2X4.1 crystal structures, we designed a series of mouse P2X4 constructs in which a pH-sensitive green fluorescent protein, superecliptic pHluorin (pHluorin), was inserted into nonconserved regions located within flexible loops of the P2X4 receptor extracellular domain. One of these constructs, in which pHluorin was inserted after lysine 122 (P2X4-pHluorin123), functioned like wild-type P2X4 in terms of its peak ATP-evoked responses, macroscopic kinetics, calcium flux, current–voltage relationship, and sensitivity to ATP. P2X4-pHluorin123 also showed pH-dependent fluorescence changes, and was robustly expressed on the membrane and within intracellular compartments. P2X4-pHluorin123 identified cell surface and intracellular fractions of receptors in HEK-293 cells, hippocampal neurons, C8-B4 microglia, and alveolar type II (ATII) cells. Furthermore, it showed that the subcellular fractions of P2X4-pHluorin123 receptors were cell and compartment specific, for example, being larger in hippocampal neuron somata than in C8-B4 cell somata, and larger in C8-B4 microglial processes than in their somata. In ATII cells, P2X4-pHluorin123 showed that P2X4 receptors were secreted onto the PM when LBs

  3. Paroxetine suppresses recombinant human P2X7 responses.

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    Dao-Ung, Phuong; Skarratt, Kristen K; Fuller, Stephen J; Stokes, Leanne

    2015-12-01

    P2X7 receptor (P2X7) activity may link inflammation to depressive disorders. Genetic variants of human P2X7 have been linked with major depression and bipolar disorders, and the P2X7 knockout mouse has been shown to exhibit anti-depressive-like behaviour. P2X7 is an ATP-gated ion channel and is a major regulator of the pro-inflammatory cytokine interleukin 1β (IL-1β) secretion from monocytes and microglia. We hypothesised that antidepressants may elicit their mood enhancing effects in part via modulating P2X7 activity and reducing inflammatory responses. In this study, we determined whether common psychoactive drugs could affect recombinant and native human P2X7 responses in vitro. Common antidepressants demonstrated opposing effects on human P2X7-mediated responses; paroxetine inhibited while fluoxetine and clomipramine mildly potentiated ATP-induced dye uptake in HEK-293 cells stably expressing recombinant human P2X7. Paroxetine inhibited dye uptake mediated by human P2X7 in a concentration-dependent manner with an IC(50) of 24 μM and significantly reduces ATP-induced inward currents. We confirmed that trifluoperazine hydrochloride suppressed human P2X7 responses (IC(50) of 6.4 μM). Both paroxetine and trifluoperazine did not inhibit rodent P2X7 responses, and mutation of a known residue (F 95L) did not alter the effect of either drug, suggesting neither drug binds at this site. Finally, we demonstrate that P2X7-induced IL-1β secretion from lipopolysaccharide (LPS)-primed human CD14(+) monocytes was suppressed with trifluoperazine and paroxetine.

  4. The P2X7/P2X4 interaction shapes the purinergic response in murine macrophages.

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    Pérez-Flores, Gabriela; Lévesque, Sébastien A; Pacheco, Jonathan; Vaca, Luis; Lacroix, Steve; Pérez-Cornejo, Patricia; Arreola, Jorge

    2015-11-20

    The ATP-gated P2X4 and P2X7 receptors are cation channels, co-expressed in excitable and non-excitable cells and play important roles in pain, bone development, cytokine release and cell death. Although these receptors interact the interacting domains are unknown and the functional consequences of this interaction remain unclear. Here we show by co-immunoprecipitation that P2X4 interacts with the C-terminus of P2X7 and by fluorescence resonance energy transfer experiments that this receptor-receptor interaction is driven by ATP. Furthermore, disrupting the ATP-driven interaction by knocking-out P2X4R provoked an attenuation of P2X7-induced cell death, dye uptake and IL-1β release in macrophages. Thus, P2X7 interacts with P2X4 via its C-terminus and disrupting the P2X7/P2X4 interaction hinders physiological responses in immune cells.

  5. P2X2 and P2X5 Receptors Mediate Bladder Hyperesthesia in ICC in Female Overactive Bladder.

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    Meng, Mingsen; Zheng, Ji; Yan, Junan; Li, Qianwei; Fang, Qiang; Li, Weibing

    2015-06-01

    This study was set to explore the role of P2X2 and P2X5 as the important molecules in sensory afferent of bladder in female overactive bladder (OAB) patients with the bladder hyperesthesia. Sixty-eight OAB patients admitted in Southwest Hospital affiliated to the Third Military Medical University during September, 2011-December, 2012 were selected and included in the experimental group (OAB group) and 30 healthy volunteers during the same period were included as the control group. We recorded voiding diary and urodynamic results, and immunohistochemistry analysis was used to detect P2X2 and P2X5 receptor in interstitial cell of Caja (ICC) in bladder tissue of female OAB patients and healthy volunteers, to tentatively explore the effect of P2X2 and P2X5 in bladder hyperesthesia. Urodynamic study has important diagnostic value in the diagnosis and differential diagnosis of OAB. P2X2 receptor was significantly up-regulated in bladder ICC in OAB group. The blockage of P2X2 receptor could significantly inhibit the contraction of bladder muscle strips, decrease the bladder pressure and the electric discharge of pelvic nerve. PET and urodynamic study showed that micturition desire sense in PAG area of pons in OAB patients was significantly increased compared with the control group. The up-regulation of P2X2 in ICC is an important factor to cause bladder hyperesthesia in OAB patients. PET and urodynamic study indicate that the bladder-originated nervous impulses are important cause of OAB. This study provides a basis for the study of P2X2 receptor in ICC in bladder hyperesthesia of OAB patients.

  6. Observation of Considerable Upconversion Enhancement Induced by Cu2-xS Plasmon Nanoparticles.

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    Zhou, Donglei; Liu, Dali; Xu, Wen; Yin, Ze; Chen, Xu; Zhou, Pingwei; Cui, Shaobo; Chen, Zhanguo; Song, Hongwei

    2016-05-24

    Localized surface plasmon resonances (LSPRs) are achieved in heavily doped semiconductor nanoparticles (NPs) with appreciable free carrier concentrations. In this paper, we present the photonic, electric, and photoelectric properties of plasmonic Cu2-xS NPs/films and the utilization of LSPRs generated from semiconductor NPs as near-infrared antennas to enhance the upconversion luminescence (UCL) of NaYF4:Yb(3+),Er(3+) NPs. Our results suggest that the LSPRs in Cu2-xS NPs originate from ligand-confined carriers and that a heat treatment resulted in the decomposition of ligands and oxidation of Cu2-xS NPs; these effects led to a decrease of the Cu(2+)/Cu(+) ratio, which in turn resulted in the broadening, decrease in intensity, and red-shift of the LSPRs. In the presence of a MoO3 spacer, the UCL intensity of NaYF4:Yb(3+),Er(3+) NPs was substantially improved and exhibited extraordinary power-dependent behavior because of the energy band structure of the Cu2-xS semiconductor. These findings provide insights into the nature of LSPR in semiconductors and their interaction with nearby emitters and highlight the possible application of LSPR in photonic and photoelectric devices.

  7. Observation of Considerable Upconversion Enhancement Induced by Cu2-xS Plasmon Nanoparticles.

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    Zhou, Donglei; Liu, Dali; Xu, Wen; Yin, Ze; Chen, Xu; Zhou, Pingwei; Cui, Shaobo; Chen, Zhanguo; Song, Hongwei

    2016-05-24

    Localized surface plasmon resonances (LSPRs) are achieved in heavily doped semiconductor nanoparticles (NPs) with appreciable free carrier concentrations. In this paper, we present the photonic, electric, and photoelectric properties of plasmonic Cu2-xS NPs/films and the utilization of LSPRs generated from semiconductor NPs as near-infrared antennas to enhance the upconversion luminescence (UCL) of NaYF4:Yb(3+),Er(3+) NPs. Our results suggest that the LSPRs in Cu2-xS NPs originate from ligand-confined carriers and that a heat treatment resulted in the decomposition of ligands and oxidation of Cu2-xS NPs; these effects led to a decrease of the Cu(2+)/Cu(+) ratio, which in turn resulted in the broadening, decrease in intensity, and red-shift of the LSPRs. In the presence of a MoO3 spacer, the UCL intensity of NaYF4:Yb(3+),Er(3+) NPs was substantially improved and exhibited extraordinary power-dependent behavior because of the energy band structure of the Cu2-xS semiconductor. These findings provide insights into the nature of LSPR in semiconductors and their interaction with nearby emitters and highlight the possible application of LSPR in photonic and photoelectric devices. PMID:27149281

  8. Modulation of P2X3 and P2X2/3 Receptors by Monoclonal Antibodies.

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    Shcherbatko, Anatoly; Foletti, Davide; Poulsen, Kris; Strop, Pavel; Zhu, Guoyun; Hasa-Moreno, Adela; Melton Witt, Jody; Loo, Carole; Krimm, Stellanie; Pios, Ariel; Yu, Jessica; Brown, Colleen; Lee, John K; Stroud, Robert; Rajpal, Arvind; Shelton, David

    2016-06-01

    Purinergic homomeric P2X3 and heteromeric P2X2/3 receptors are ligand-gated cation channels activated by ATP. Both receptors are predominantly expressed in nociceptive sensory neurons, and an increase in extracellular ATP concentration under pathological conditions, such as tissue damage or visceral distension, induces channel opening, membrane depolarization, and initiation of pain signaling. Hence, these receptors are considered important therapeutic targets for pain management, and development of selective antagonists is currently progressing. To advance the search for novel analgesics, we have generated a panel of monoclonal antibodies directed against human P2X3 (hP2X3). We have found that these antibodies produce distinct functional effects, depending on the homomeric or heteromeric composition of the target, its kinetic state, and the duration of antibody exposure. The most potent antibody, 12D4, showed an estimated IC50 of 16 nm on hP2X3 after short term exposure (up to 18 min), binding to the inactivated state of the channel to inhibit activity. By contrast, with the same short term application, 12D4 potentiated the slow inactivating current mediated by the heteromeric hP2X2/3 channel. Extending the duration of exposure to ∼20 h resulted in a profound inhibition of both homomeric hP2X3 and heteromeric hP2X2/3 receptors, an effect mediated by efficient antibody-induced internalization of the channel from the plasma membrane. The therapeutic potential of mAb12D4 was assessed in the formalin, complete Freund's adjuvant, and visceral pain models. The efficacy of 12D4 in the visceral hypersensitivity model indicates that antibodies against P2X3 may have therapeutic potential in visceral pain indications. PMID:27129281

  9. J-2X Rocket Engine, 40-Second Test

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    NASA conducted a 40-second test of the J-2X rocket engine Sept. 28, the most recent in a series of tests of the next-generation engine selected as part of the Space Launch System architecture that ...

  10. Successful First J-2X Combustion Stability Test

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    NASA conducted a key stability test firing of the J-2X rocket engine Dec. 1, marking another step forward in development of the upper-stage engine that will carry humans farther into space than eve...

  11. J-2X Nozzle Extension Goes the Distance

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    NASA engineers conducted a 550-second test of the new J-2X rocket engine at Stennis Space Center in Mississippi on July 13. The test, conducted on the A-2 Test Stand, continued a series of firings ...

  12. J-2X Engine 'Goes the Distance' at Stennis

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    J-2X rocket engine testing continues at NASA's Stennis Space Center in Mississippi with the second in a series of tests conducted on Feb. 27. The 550-second, full-duration test provided critical in...

  13. Start Me Up! J-2X Rocket Test

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    NASA engineers conducted the first in a new round of tests on the next-generation J-2X rocket engine Feb. 15 at Stennis Space Center. The 35-second test continued progress in development of the eng...

  14. Close Encounter With 'Fired Up' J-2X Engine

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    This video shows a spillway view of the 550-second, full-duration test of the J-2X engine on Feb. 27 at Stennis Space Center in Mississippi. Data from the test will provide critical information abo...

  15. J-2X Powerpack Test, July 24, 2012

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    NASA engineers surpassed their previously set J-2X powerpack record at Stennis's Test Complex A with a 1,350-second test on July 24. In this video there are three aspects featured:the outside test ...

  16. J-2X Engine Ready For Second Test Series

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    Time-lapse video of the installation of J-2X engine 10001 in the A-2 test-stand at Stennis, complete with clamshell assembly and nozzle extension. With these enhancements test engineers will measur...

  17. Throttle Up! J-2X Powerpack Test Sets Record

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    During a record-breaking June 8 test, engineers throttled the J-2X powerpack up and down several times to explore numerous operating points required for the fuel and oxidizer turbopumps. The result...

  18. J-2X Engine Test Goes Full Duration

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    NASA conducted a 260-second J-2X engine test at the Stennis Space Center in southern Mississippi on June 13 marking another step in developing the Space Launch System, the next-generation rocket th...

  19. J-2X Engine Test, May 16, 2012

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    The shake, rattle and roar lasted just seven seconds, but the short J-2X test conducted May 16 at NASA's John C. Stennis Space Center moved the space agency closer to a return to deep space. NASA o...

  20. J-2X Powerpack Test Lights Up the Sky

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    A burst of flame from a J-2X Powerpack test-firing lights up the sky on Dec. 5, 2012 at NASA's Stennis Space Center in Mississippi. For the first time, the Space Launch System team invited Twitter ...

  1. J-2X Test Articles Using FDM Process

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    Anderson, Ted; Ruf, Joe; Steele, Phil

    2010-01-01

    This viewgraph presentation gives a brief history of the J-2X engine, along with detailed description of the material demonstrator and test articles that were created using Fused Deposition Modeling (FDM) process.

  2. Keep Kids' Mouths Healthy: Brush 2min2X

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    ... Kids’ Teeth Teeth Helpful Resources Links Keep Kids’ Mouths Healthy Roll over or click the time line below for healthy mouth information. Email Link Kids' Care Timeline Brush 2min2x - ...

  3. J-2X Engine Continues to Set Standards

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    Testing of the next-generation J-2X rocket engine continues to set standards. Last fall, the engine attained 100 percent power in just its fourth test and became the fastest U.S. rocket engine to a...

  4. Work function of bulk-insulating topological insulator Bi2-xSbxTe3-ySey

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    Takane, Daichi; Souma, Seigo; Sato, Takafumi; Takahashi, Takashi; Segawa, Kouji; Ando, Yoichi

    2016-08-01

    Recent discovery of bulk insulating topological insulator (TI) Bi2-xSbxTe3-ySey paved a pathway toward practical device application of TIs. For realizing TI-based devices, it is necessary to contact TIs with a metal. Since the band-bending at the interface dominates the character of devices, knowledge of TIs' work function is of essential importance. We have determined the compositional dependence of the work function in Bi2-xSbxTe3-ySey by high-resolution photoemission spectroscopy. The obtained work-function values (4.95-5.20 eV) track the energy shift of the surface chemical potential seen by angle-resolved photoemission spectroscopy. The present result serves as a useful guide for developing TI-based electronic devices.

  5. Emerging roles of P2X receptors in cancer.

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    Adinolfi, Elena; Capece, Marina; Amoroso, Francesca; De Marchi, Elena; Franceschini, Alessia

    2015-01-01

    Tumor microenvironment composition strongly conditions cancer growth and progression, acting not only at cancer itself but also modifying its interactions with immune, endothelial and nervous cells. Extracellular ATP and its receptors recently gained increasing attention in the oncological field. ATP accumulates in cancer milieu through spontaneous release, tumor necrosis or chemotherapy exerting a trophic activity on cancer cells, modulating the cross talk among tumor, and surrounding tissues. Accordingly, ATP gated P2X receptors emerged as central players in tumor development, invasion, progression and related symptoms. Indeed, P2X receptors are expressed and are functional not only on tumor cells but also in immune-infiltrate and nearby neurons. In this review, we summarize recent findings on P2X receptors role in tumor cell differentiation, bioenergetics, angiogenesis, metastasis and associated pain, giving an outline of the potential anti-neoplastic activity of receptor agonists and antagonists. PMID:25312206

  6. Testing for the J-2X Upper Stage Engine

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    Buzzell, James C.

    2010-01-01

    NASA selected the J-2X Upper Stage Engine in 2006 to power the upper stages of the Ares I crew launch vehicle and the Ares V cargo launch vehicle. Based on the proven Saturn J-2 engine, this new engine will provide 294,000 pounds of thrust and a specific impulse of 448 seconds, making it the most efficient gas generator cycle engine in history. The engine's guiding philosophy emerged from the Exploration Systems Architecture Study (ESAS) in 2005. Goals established then called for vehicles and components based, where feasible, on proven hardware from the Space Shuttle, commercial, and other programs, to perform the mission and provide an order of magnitude greater safety. Since that time, the team has made unprecedented progress. Ahead of the other elements of the Constellation Program architecture, the team has progressed through System Requirements Review (SRR), System Design Review (SDR), Preliminary Design Review (PDR), and Critical Design Review (CDR). As of February 2010, more than 100,000 development engine parts have been ordered and more than 18,000 delivered. Approximately 1,300 of more than 1,600 engine drawings were released for manufacturing. A major factor in the J-2X development approach to this point is testing operations of heritage J-2 engine hardware and new J-2X components to understand heritage performance, validate computer modeling of development components, mitigate risk early in development, and inform design trades. This testing has been performed both by NASA and its J-2X prime contractor, Pratt & Whitney Rocketdyne (PWR). This body of work increases the likelihood of success as the team prepares for testing the J-2X powerpack and first development engine in calendar 2011. This paper will provide highlights of J-2X testing operations, engine test facilities, development hardware, and plans.

  7. Influence of Defect States on Charge Transport in CuInSe2-xSx Quantum Dot Films

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    Yun, Hyeong Jin; Fidler, Andrew; Lim, Jaehoon; Fuhr, Addis; Pietryga, Jeffrey; Keene, Sam; Law, Matt; Klimov, Victor; CenterAdvanced Solar Photophysics Team

    CuInSe2-xSx quantum dots (QDs) are environmental-friendly alternatives to Cd- or Pb-based QDs for solar energy applications. The key to using QD thin films in opto-electronic devices like solar cells is understanding their charge-transport properties, which are known to be influenced by defects that can serve as carrier traps. Here, we combine field effect transistor (FET) and ultrafast transient photocurrent (u-TPC) measurements to obtain a more complete picture of the nature and role of trap sates in CuInSe2-xSx QD thin films. FET devices employing indium contacts exhibit n-type transport with electron mobility of 5.34 ×10-4 cm2/Vs, but they also indicate high concentrations of electrons in the films. Early-time dynamical signatures revealed in u-TPC suggest that this high carrier density arises from the presence of trap states in CuInSe2-xSx QDs. In order to reduce the density of trap states, atomic layer deposition was used to infill the CuInSe2-xSx-based devices with amorphous alumina, which results in both higher FET mobilities, and a reduction in trap-related decay signatures in u-TPC measurements.

  8. Witnessing quantum discord in 2xN systems

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    Bylicka, Bogna; Chruscinski, Dariusz

    2010-06-15

    Bipartite states with vanishing quantum discord are necessarily separable and hence positive partial transpose (PPT). We show that 2xN states satisfy additional property: the positivity of their partial transposition is recognized with respect to the canonical factorization of the original density operator. We call such states strong PPT (SPPT). Therefore, we provide a natural witness for a quantum discord: if a 2xN state is not SPPT it must contain nonclassical correlations measured by quantum discord. It is an analog of the celebrated Peres-Horodecki criterion: if a state is not PPT it must be entangled.

  9. Electrical Characteristics of TiO(2-x)/TiO2 Resistive Switching Memory Fabricated by Atomic Layer Deposition.

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    Heo, Kwan-Jun; Kim, Won-You; Kim, Sung-Jin

    2016-06-01

    The rewritable low-power operated nonvolatile resistive random access memory device composed of Al(top)/TiO(2-x)/TiO2/Al(bottom) are demonstrated. The active component, the TiO2 layer of the device, is fabricated by atomic layer deposition. The oxygen vacancy TiO(2-x)/TiO2 layer annealed at 600 degrees C using rapid thermal annealing and it was proven to be in the rutile phase by X-ray diffraction analysis. The device exhibits nonvolatile memory behavior consistent with resistive switching properties, demonstrates an ON/OFF ratio of approximately 1,000:1, requires range of low voltage less than 0.4 V, and is still operational more than 120 times. PMID:27427707

  10. Maltodextrin and fat preference deficits in "taste-blind" P2X2/P2X3 knockout mice.

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    Sclafani, Anthony; Ackroff, Karen

    2014-07-01

    Adenosine triphosphate is a critical neurotransmitter in the gustatory response to the 5 primary tastes in mice. Genetic deletion of the purinergic P2X2/P2X3 receptor greatly reduces the neural and behavioral response to prototypical primary taste stimuli. In this study, we examined the behavioral response of P2X double knockout mice to maltodextrin and fat stimuli, which appear to activate additional taste channels. P2X double knockout and wild-type mice were given 24-h choice tests (vs. water) with ascending concentrations of Polycose and Intralipid. In Experiment 1, naive double knockout mice, unlike wild-type mice, were indifferent to dilute (0.5-4%) Polycose solutions but preferred concentrated (8-32%) Polycose to water. In a retest, the Polycose-experienced double knockout mice, like wild-type mice, preferred all Polycose concentrations. In Experiment 2, naive double knockout mice, unlike wild-type mice, were indifferent to dilute (0.313-2.5%) Intralipid emulsions but preferred concentrated (5-20%) Intralipid to water. In a retest, the fat-experienced double knockout mice, like wild-type mice, strongly preferred 0.313-5% Intralipid to water. These results indicate that the inherent preferences of mice for maltodextrin and fat are dependent upon adenosine triphosphate taste cell signaling. With experience, however, P2X double knockout mice develop strong preferences for the nontaste flavor qualities of maltodextrin and fat conditioned by the postoral actions of these nutrients.

  11. J-2X Powerpack Test Lights Up the Night

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    In a brief but dazzling display, a 1.86-second burst of flame emerges from the A-1 test stand at Stennis Space Center as NASA kicks off the first in a series of J-2X powerpack tests the evening of ...

  12. Credit WCT. Original 2'" x 2'" color negative is housed ...

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    Credit WCT. Original 2-'" x 2-'" color negative is housed in the JPL Photography Laboratory, Pasadena, California. View shows small autoclave demonstrated by JPL staff member Milton Clay (JPL negative no. JPL-10286AC, 27 January 1989). - Jet Propulsion Laboratory Edwards Facility, Liner Laboratory, Edwards Air Force Base, Boron, Kern County, CA

  13. Testing and Functions of the J2X Gas Generator

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    Miller, Nicholas

    2009-01-01

    The Ares I, NASA s new solid rocket based crew launch vehicle, is a two stage in line rocket that has made its waytothe forefront of NASA s endeavors. The Ares I s Upper Stage (US) will be propelled by a J-2X engine which is fueled by liquid hydrogen and liquid oxygen. The J-2X is a variation based on two of its predecessor s, the J-2 and J-2S engines. ET50 is providing the design support for hardware required to run tests on the J-2X Gas Generator (GG) that increases the delivery pressure of the supplied combustion fuels that the engine burns. The test area will be running a series of tests using different lengths and curved segments of pipe and different sized nozzles to determine the configuration that best satisfies the thrust, heat, and stability requirements for the engine. I have had to research the configurations that are being tested and gain an understanding of the purpose of the tests. I then had to research the parts that would be used in the test configurations. I was taken to see parts similar to the ones used in the test configurations and was allowed to review drawings and dimensions used for those parts. My job over this summer has been to use the knowledge I have gained to design, model, and create drawings for the un-fabricated parts that are necessary for the J-2X Workhorse Gas Generator Phase IIcTest.

  14. Credit WCT. Original 2'" x 2%" color negative is housed ...

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    Credit WCT. Original 2-'" x 2-%" color negative is housed in the JPL Photography Laboratory, Pasadena, California. This view shows the propellant cutter as it was originally installed (JPL negative no. 381-2274A, 29 June 1962) - Jet Propulsion Laboratory Edwards Facility, Preparation Building, Edwards Air Force Base, Boron, Kern County, CA

  15. 4. Credit WCT. Original 2'" x 21" color negative is ...

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    4. Credit WCT. Original 2-'" x 2-1" color negative is housed in the JPL Photography Laboratory, Pasadena, California. This view shows the control room in use, with JPL employees Ron Wright, Harold Anderson, and John Morrow presiding. (JPL negative no. JPL-10288A, 27 January 1989.) - Jet Propulsion Laboratory Edwards Facility, Weigh & Control Building, Edwards Air Force Base, Boron, Kern County, CA

  16. Ac Impedance Spectroscopic Studies on Li2xPb2xBaP2O7

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    Vijayakumar, M.; Selvasekarapandian, S.

    2002-12-01

    The complex diphosphate (P2O7)4- ions have been used as a building blocks in wide variety of crystal phases for a wide spectrum of physical and chemical properties. Lithium barium diphsophate doped with lead {Li2-xPb2xBaP2O7 (x = 0, 0.2 & 0.4)} has been prepared by solid state reaction method The conductivity is found to be decreasing with the doping of lead. The lithium ion dynamics parameters such as hopping frequency and relaxation frequency were calculated from the frequency dependent conductivity and modulus analysis.

  17. Probing electron density across Ar+ irradiation-induced self-organized TiO2-x nanochannels for memory application

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    Barman, A.; Saini, C. P.; Sarkar, P. K.; Roy, A.; Satpati, B.; Kanjilal, D.; Ghosh, S. K.; Dhar, S.; Kanjilal, A.

    2016-06-01

    The variation of electron density in TiO2-x nanochannels, exhibiting resistive switching phenomenon, produced by Ar+ ion-irradiation at the threshold fluence of 5 × 1016 ions/cm2 is demonstrated by X-ray reflectivity (XRR). The transmission electron microscopy reveals the formation of nanochannels, while the energy dispersive X-ray spectroscopy confirms Ti enrichment near the surface due to ion-irradiation, in consistent with the increase in electron density by XRR measurements. Such a variation in Ti concentration indicates the evolution of oxygen vacancies (OVs) along the TiO2-x nanochannels, and thus paves the way to explain the operation and performance of the Pt/TiO2-x/Pt-based memory devices via OV migration.

  18. Engine Gimbal Requirements for Ground Testing of J-2X

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    Kovalcik, Julia; Leahy, Joe

    2009-01-01

    Based on the Apollo-era J-2 that powered the second and third stages of the Saturn V, the current J-2X is the liquid hydrogen and oxygen high-altitude rocket engine in development for both the Ares I Upper Stage and Ares V Earth Departure Stage. During my summer 2009 internship, J-2X was at a stage in its design maturity where verification testing needed to be considered for the benefit of adequate test facility preparation. My task was to focus on gimbal requirements and gimbal related hot-fire test plans. Facility capabilities were also of interest, specifically for hot-fire testing slated to occur at test stands A-1, A-2, and A-3 at Stennis Space Center(SSC) in Bay St. Louis, Mississippi. Gimbal requirements and stage interface conditions were investigated by applying a top-to-bottom systems engineering approach, which involved system level requirements, engine level requirements from both government and engine contractor perspectives, component level requirements, and the J-2X to Upper Stage and Earth Departure Stage interface control documents. Previous hydrogen and oxygen liquid rocket engine gimbal verification methods were researched for a glimpse at lessons learned. Discussion among the J-2X community affected by gimballing was organized to obtain input relative to proper verification of their respective component. Implementing suggestions such as gimbal pattern, angulated dwell time, altitude testing options, power level, and feed line orientation, I was able to match tests to test stands in the A Complex at SSC. Potential test capability gaps and risks were identified and pursued. The culmination of all these efforts was to coordinate with SSC to define additional facility requirements for both the A-3 altitude test stand that is currently under construction and the A-1 sea level test stand which is being renovated

  19. Activation and Regulation of Purinergic P2X Receptor Channels

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    Coddou, Claudio; Yan, Zonghe; Obsil, Tomas; Huidobro-Toro, J. Pablo

    2011-01-01

    Mammalian ATP-gated nonselective cation channels (P2XRs) can be composed of seven possible subunits, denoted P2X1 to P2X7. Each subunit contains a large ectodomain, two transmembrane domains, and intracellular N and C termini. Functional P2XRs are organized as homomeric and heteromeric trimers. This review focuses on the binding sites involved in the activation (orthosteric) and regulation (allosteric) of P2XRs. The ectodomains contain three ATP binding sites, presumably located between neighboring subunits and formed by highly conserved residues. The detection and coordination of three ATP phosphate residues by positively charged amino acids are likely to play a dominant role in determining agonist potency, whereas an AsnPheArg motif may contribute to binding by coordinating the adenine ring. Nonconserved ectodomain histidines provide the binding sites for trace metals, divalent cations, and protons. The transmembrane domains account not only for the formation of the channel pore but also for the binding of ivermectin (a specific P2X4R allosteric regulator) and alcohols. The N- and C- domains provide the structures that determine the kinetics of receptor desensitization and/or pore dilation and are critical for the regulation of receptor functions by intracellular messengers, kinases, reactive oxygen species and mercury. The recent publication of the crystal structure of the zebrafish P2X4.1R in a closed state provides a major advance in the understanding of this family of receptor channels. We will discuss data obtained from numerous site-directed mutagenesis experiments accumulated during the last 15 years with reference to the crystal structure, allowing a structural interpretation of the molecular basis of orthosteric and allosteric ligand actions. PMID:21737531

  20. J-2X, The Engine of the Future

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    Smith, Gail

    2009-01-01

    My project was two-fold, with both parts involving the J-2X Upper Stage engine (which will be used on both the Ares I and V). Mainly, I am responsible for using a program called Iris to create visual represen tations of the rocket engine's telemetry data. Also, my project includes the application of my newly acquired Pro Engineer skills in develo ping a 3D model of the engine's nozzle.

  1. Electrical properties of NiS2-xSex

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    Kwizera, P.; Dresselhaus, M. S.; Adler, D.

    1980-03-01

    We report results of measurements of electrical conductivity, thermoelectric power, and Hall effect on single crystals of NiS2-xSex (0.1<=x<=1.5). These results cannot be understood using the one-electron approximation but are explained quantitatively by assuming both strong electronic correlations and strong electron-phonon interactions in the 3d eg band associated with the nickel ions. The NiS2-xSex compounds are of particular interest insofar as they permit study of the effect of increasing bandwidth without a change of the basic occupation of states in the correlation-split eg bands. In our model, pure stoichiometric NiS2-xSex (x<0.6) is a Mott insulator with an energy gap due to the correlation splitting of the nickel eg band. However, in all real samples, nonstoichiometry and/or traces of impurities lead to a small concentration of free carriers at all temperatures. These carriers form small polarons, which ordinarily conduct only by means of thermally activated hopping in a very narrow band. For 0.45<=x<0.6, the conductivity decreases with increasing temperature below about 100 K. We interpret this unusual behavior as due to small-polaron band conduction, a phenomenon predicted by Holstein and others at low temperatures but heretofore unconfirmed. For x>=0.6, small polarons do not form, and the system is metallic at all temperatures.

  2. P2X4R+ microglia drive neuropathic pain

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    Beggs, Simon; Trang, Tuan; Salter, Michael W

    2016-01-01

    Neuropathic pain, the most debilitating of all clinical pain syndromes, may be a consequence of trauma, infection or pathology from diseases that affect peripheral nerves. Here we provide a framework for understanding the spinal mechanisms of neuropathic pain as distinct from those of acute pain or inflammatory pain. Recent work suggests that a specific microglia response phenotype characterized by de novo expression of the purinergic receptor P2X4 is critical for the pathogenesis of pain hypersensitivity caused by injury to peripheral nerves. Stimulating P2X4 receptors initiates a core pain signaling pathway mediated by release of brain-derived neurotrophic factor, which produces a disinhibitory increase in intracellular chloride in nociceptive (pain-transmitting) neurons in the spinal dorsal horn. The changes caused by signaling from P2X4R+ microglia to nociceptive transmission neurons may account for the main symptoms of neuropathic pain in humans, and they point to specific interventions to alleviate this debilitating condition. PMID:22837036

  3. J-2X Fuel Pump Impeller Seal Simulations

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    Schmauch, Preston B.; West, Jeffrey S.

    2011-01-01

    The J-2X engine was originally designed for the upper stage of the previously cancelled Crew Launch Vehicle. Although the Crew Launch Vehicle was cancelled the J-2X engine, which is currently undergoing hot-fire testing, may be used on future programs. The J-2X engine is a direct descendent of the J-2 engine which powered the upper stage during the Apollo program. Many changes including a thrust increase from 230K to 294K lbf have been implemented in this engine. The rotor-dynamic stability of the fuel turbopump is highly dependent on the tangential velocity of the fluid as it enters the the front face impeller seal. Rotor-dynamic analysis predicts that a much lower tangential velocity will be required for stability than was needed for previous engines. The geometry at the seal entrance for this engine is very complex and vastly different than previous engines. In order to better determine the fluid dynamics and tangential velocity in this seal several CFD simulations were performed. The results of these simulations show that for this seal geometry a great reduction in the tangential velocity is to be expected. The simulations also provided insight into methods that could be employed to drive the swirl velocity to near zero. Unsteady and time-averaged results of several simulations will be presented.

  4. The J-2X Fuel Turbopump - Design, Development, and Test

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    Tellier, James G.; Hawkins, Lakiesha V.; Shinguchi, Brian H.; Marsh, Matthew W.

    2011-01-01

    Pratt and Whitney Rocketdyne (PWR), a NASA subcontractor, is executing the design, development, test, and evaluation (DDT&E) of a liquid oxygen, liquid hydrogen two hundred ninety four thousand pound thrust rocket engine initially intended for the Upper Stage (US) and Earth Departure Stage (EDS) of the Constellation Program Ares-I Crew Launch Vehicle (CLV). A key element of the design approach was to base the new J-2X engine on the heritage J-2S engine with the intent of uprating the engine and incorporating SSME and RS-68 lessons learned. The J-2S engine was a design upgrade of the flight proven J-2 configuration used to put American astronauts on the moon. The J-2S Fuel Turbopump (FTP) was the first Rocketdyne-designed liquid hydrogen centrifugal pump and provided many of the early lessons learned for the Space Shuttle Main Engine High Pressure Fuel Turbopumps. This paper will discuss the design trades and analyses performed for the current J-2X FTP to increase turbine life; increase structural margins, facilitate component fabrication; expedite turbopump assembly; and increase rotordynamic stability margins. Risk mitigation tests including inducer water tests, whirligig turbine blade tests, turbine air rig tests, and workhorse gas generator tests characterized operating environments, drove design modifications, or identified performance impact. Engineering design, fabrication, analysis, and assembly activities support FTP readiness for the first J-2X engine test scheduled for July 2011.

  5. A fluorescent approach for identifying P2X1 ligands

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    Ruepp, Marc-David; Brozik, James A.; de Esch, Iwan J.P.; Farndale, Richard W.; Murrell-Lagnado, Ruth D.; Thompson, Andrew J.

    2015-01-01

    There are no commercially available, small, receptor-specific P2X1 ligands. There are several synthetic derivatives of the natural agonist ATP and some structurally-complex antagonists including compounds such as PPADS, NTP-ATP, suramin and its derivatives (e.g. NF279, NF449). NF449 is the most potent and selective ligand, but potencies of many others are not particularly high and they can also act at other P2X, P2Y and non-purinergic receptors. While there is clearly scope for further work on P2X1 receptor pharmacology, screening can be difficult owing to rapid receptor desensitisation. To reduce desensitisation substitutions can be made within the N-terminus of the P2X1 receptor, but these could also affect ligand properties. An alternative is the use of fluorescent voltage-sensitive dyes that respond to membrane potential changes resulting from channel opening. Here we utilised this approach in conjunction with fragment-based drug-discovery. Using a single concentration (300 μM) we identified 46 novel leads from a library of 1443 fragments (hit rate = 3.2%). These hits were independently validated by measuring concentration-dependence with the same voltage-sensitive dye, and by visualising the competition of hits with an Alexa-647-ATP fluorophore using confocal microscopy; confocal yielded kon (1.142 × 106 M−1 s−1) and koff (0.136 s−1) for Alexa-647-ATP (Kd = 119 nM). The identified hit fragments had promising structural diversity. In summary, the measurement of functional responses using voltage-sensitive dyes was flexible and cost-effective because labelled competitors were not needed, effects were independent of a specific binding site, and both agonist and antagonist actions were probed in a single assay. The method is widely applicable and could be applied to all P2X family members, as well as other voltage-gated and ligand-gated ion channels. This article is part of the Special Issue entitled ‘Fluorescent Tools in Neuropharmacology

  6. Synthesis of a new CaxY2-xVxSn2-xO7 yellow pigment

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    Gargori, C.; Galindo, R.; Cerro, S.; García, A.; Llusar, M.; Monrós, G.

    In this communication a new ceramic pigment based on codoping pyrochlore Y 2Sn2O7 with V 5+ and Ca2+ has been obtained. The limit of solid solution of CaxY 2-xV xSn2-xO7 is around x = 0.16. Pigment becomes stable in double firing glazes (CIEL∗a∗b∗=78/5/35 5% w. enamelled) but unstable in single firing glazes such as based on CaO-ZnO-SiO2 chemical system. Using unconventional methods of synthesis the reactivity of the system and final pigmenting power of the powder is enhanced in the case of ammonia coprecipitation of a mixture of nitrates and tin chloride.

  7. Global analysis of general SU(2)xSU(2)xU(1) models with precision data

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    Hsieh, Ken; Yu, Jiang-Hao; Yuan, C.-P.; Schmitz, Kai

    2010-08-01

    We present the results of a global analysis of a class of models with an extended electroweak gauge group of the form SU(2)xSU(2)xU(1), often denoted as G(221) models, which include as examples the left-right, the leptophobic, the hadrophobic, the fermiophobic, the un-unified, and the nonuniversal models. Using an effective Lagrangian approach, we compute the shifts to the coefficients in the electroweak Lagrangian due to the new heavy gauge bosons, and obtain the lower bounds on the masses of the Z{sup '} and W{sup '} bosons. The analysis of the electroweak parameter bounds reveals a consistent pattern of several key observables that are especially sensitive to the effects of new physics and thus dominate the overall shape of the respective parameter contours.

  8. Robust optimization of 2x2 multimode interference couplers with fabrication uncertainties

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    Rehman, Samee ur; Langelaar, Matthijs; Van Keulen, Fred

    2013-03-01

    In this paper, we propose a novel design-for-manufacture strategy for integrated photonics which specifically addresses the commonly encountered scenario in which probability distributions of the manufacturing variations are not available, however their bounds are known. The best design point for the device, in the presence of these uncertainties, can be found by applying robust optimization. This is performed by minimizing the maximum realizable value of the objective with respect to the uncertainty set so that an optimum is found whose performance is relatively immune to fabrication variations. Instead of applying robust optimization directly on a computationally expensive simulation model of the integrated photonic device, we construct a cheap surrogate model by uniformly sampling the simulated device at different values of the design variables and interpolating the resulting objective using a Kriging metamodel. By applying robust optimization on the constructed surrogate, the global robust optimum can be found at low computational cost. As an illustration of the method's general applicability, we apply the robust optimization approach on a 2x2 multimode interference (MMI) coupler. We robustly minimize the imbalance in the presence of uncertainties arising from variations in the fabricated design geometry. For this example device, we also study the influence of the number of sample points on the quality of the metamodel and on the robust optimization process.

  9. Double P2X2/P2X3 Purinergic Receptor Knockout Mice Do Not Taste NaCl or the Artificial Sweetener SC45647

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    Eddy, Meghan C.; Eschle, Benjamin K.; Barrows, Jennell; Hallock, Robert M.; Finger, Thomas E.

    2009-01-01

    The P2X ionotropic purinergic receptors, P2X2 and P2X3, are essential for transmission of taste information from taste buds to the gustatory nerves. Mice lacking both P2X2 and P2X3 purinergic receptors (P2X2/P2X3Dbl−/−) exhibit no taste-evoked activity in the chorda tympani and glossopharyngeal nerves when stimulated with taste stimuli from any of the 5 classical taste quality groups (salt, sweet, sour, bitter, and umami) nor do the mice show taste preferences for sweet or umami, or avoidance of bitter substances (Finger et al. 2005. ATP signaling is crucial for communication from taste buds to gustatory nerves. Science. 310[5753]:1495–1499). Here, we compare the ability of P2X2/P2X3Dbl−/− mice and P2X2/P2X3Dbl+/+ wild-type (WT) mice to detect NaCl in brief-access tests and conditioned aversion paradigms. Brief-access testing with NaCl revealed that whereas WT mice decrease licking at 300 mM and above, the P2X2/P2X3Dbl−/− mice do not show any change in lick rates. In conditioned aversion tests, P2X2/P2X3Dbl−/− mice did not develop a learned aversion to NaCl or the artificial sweetener SC45647, both of which are easily avoided by conditioned WT mice. The inability of P2X2/P2X3Dbl−/− mice to show avoidance of these taste stimuli was not due to an inability to learn the task because both WT and P2X2/P2X3Dbl−/− mice learned to avoid a combination of SC45647 and amyl acetate (an odor cue). These data suggest that P2X2/P2X3Dbl−/− mice are unable to respond to NaCl or SC45647 as taste stimuli, mirroring the lack of gustatory nerve responses to these substances. PMID:19833661

  10. The UC2-x - Carbon eutectic: A laser heating study

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    Manara, D.; Boboridis, K.; Morel, S.; De Bruycker, F.

    2015-11-01

    The UC2-x - carbon eutectic has been studied by laser heating and fast multi-wavelength pyrometry under inert atmosphere. The study has been carried out on three compositions, two of which close to the phase boundary of the UC2-x - C miscibility gap (with C/U atomic ratios 2 and 2.1), and one, more crucial, with a large excess of carbon (C/U = 2.82). The first two compositions were synthesised by arc-melting. This synthesis method could not be applied to the last composition, which was therefore completed directly by laser irradiation. The U - C - O composition of the samples was checked by using a combustion method in an ELTRA® analyser. The eutectic temperature, established to be 2737 K ± 20 K, was used as a radiance reference together with the cubic - tetragonal (α → β) solid state transition, fixed at 2050 K ± 20 K. The normal spectral emissivity of the carbon-richer compounds increases up to 0.7, whereas the value 0.53 was established for pure hypostoichiometric uranium dicarbide at the limit of the eutectic region. This increase is analysed in the light of the demixing of excess carbon, and used for the determination of the liquidus temperature (3220 K ± 50 K for UC2.82). Due to fast solid state diffusion, also fostered by the cubic - tetragonal transition, no obvious signs of a lamellar eutectic structure could be observed after quenching to room temperature. The eutectic surface C/UC2-x composition could be qualitatively, but consistently, followed during the cooling process with the help of the recorded radiance spectra. Whereas the external liquid surface is almost entirely constituted by uranium dicarbide, it gets rapidly enriched in demixed carbon upon freezing. Demixed carbon seems to quickly migrate towards the inner bulk during further cooling. At the α → β transition, uranium dicarbide covers again the almost entire external surface.

  11. Aqueous Rechargeable Alkaline CoxNi2-xS2/TiO2 Battery.

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    Liu, Jilei; Wang, Jin; Ku, Zhiliang; Wang, Huanhuan; Chen, Shi; Zhang, Lili; Lin, Jianyi; Shen, Ze Xiang

    2016-01-26

    An electrochemical energy storage system with high energy density, stringent safety, and reliability is highly desirable for next-generation energy storage devices. Here an aqueous rechargeable alkaline CoxNi2-xS2 // TiO2 battery system is designed by integrating two reversible electrode processes associated with OH(-) insertion/extraction in the cathode part and Li ion insertion/extraction in the anode part, respectively. The prototype CoxNi2-xS2 // TiO2 battery is able to deliver high energy/power densities of 83.7 Wh/kg at 609 W/kg (based on the total mass of active materials) and good cycling stabilities (capacity retention 75.2% after 1000 charge/discharge cycles). A maximum volumetric energy density of 21 Wh/l (based on the whole packaged cell) has been achieved, which is comparable to that of a thin-film battery and better than that of typical commercial supercapacitors, benefiting from the unique battery and hierarchical electrode design. This hybrid system would enrich the existing aqueous rechargeable LIB chemistry and be a promising battery technology for large-scale energy storage.

  12. Differential gene expression patterns and colocalization of ATP-gated P2X6/P2X4 ion channels during rat small intestine ontogeny.

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    Padilla, Karla; Gonzalez-Mendoza, David; Berumen, Laura C; Escobar, Jesica E; Miledi, Ricardo; García-Alcocer, Guadulupe

    2016-07-01

    Gene coding for ATP-gated receptor ion channels (P2X1-7) has been associated with the developmental process in various tissues; among these ion channel subtypes, P2X6 acts as a physiological regulator of P2X4 receptor functions when the two receptors form heteroreceptors. The P2X4 receptor is involved in pain sensation, the inflammatory process, and body homeostasis by means of Mg(2+) absorption through the intestine. The small intestine is responsible for the absorption and digestion of nutrients; throughout its development, several gene expressions are induced that are related to nutrients received, metabolism, and other intestine functions. Previous work has shown a differential P2X4 and P2X6 protein distribution in the small intestine of newborn and adult rats; however, it is not well-known at what age the change in the relationship between the gene and protein expression occurs and whether or not these receptors are colocalized. In this work, we evaluate P2X4 and P2X6 gene expression patterns by qPCR from embryonic (E18, P0, P7, P17, P30) to adult age in rat gut, as well as P2X6/P2X4 colocalization using qRT-PCR and confocal immunofluorescence in proximal and distal small intestine sections. The results showed that P2X6 and P2X4 gene expression levels of both receptors decreased at the embryonic-perinatal transition, whereas from ages P17 to P30 (suckling-weaning transition) both receptors increased their gene expression levels. Furthermore, P2X4 and P2X6 proteins were expressed in a different way during rat small intestine development, showing a higher colocalization coefficient at age P30 in both intestine regions. Those results suggest that purinergic receptors may play a role in intestinal maturation, which is associated with age and intestinal region.

  13. Deletion of P2X2 and P2X3 Receptor Subunits Does Not Alter Motility of the Mouse Colon

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    DeVries, Matthew P.; Vessalo, Megan; Galligan, James J.

    2010-01-01

    Purinergic P2X receptors contribute to neurotransmission in the gut. P2X receptors are ligand-gated cation channels that mediate synaptic excitation in subsets of enteric neurons. The present study evaluated colonic motility in vitro and in vivo in wild type (WT) and P2X2 and P2X3 subunit knockout (KO) mice. The muscarinic receptor agonist, bethanechol (0.3–3 μM), caused similar contractions of the longitudinal muscle in colon segments from WT, P2X2 and P2X3 subunit KO mice. Nicotine (1–300 μM), acting at neuronal nicotinic receptors, caused similar longitudinal muscle relaxations in colonic segments from WT and P2X2 and P2X3 subunit KO mice. Nicotine-induced relaxations were inhibited by nitro-l-arginine (NLA, 100 μM) and apamin (0.1 μM) which block inhibitory neuromuscular transmission. ATP (1–1000 μM) caused contractions only in the presence of NLA and apamin. ATP-induced contractions were similar in colon segments from WT, P2X2 and P2X3 KO mice. The mouse colon generates spontaneous migrating motor complexes (MMCs) in vitro. The MMC frequency was higher in P2X2 KO compared to WT tissues; other parameters of the MMC were similar in colon segments from WT, P2X2 and P2X3 KO mice. 5-Hydroxytryptophan-induced fecal output was similar in WT, P2X2 and P2X3 KO mice. These data indicate that nicotinic receptors are located predominately on inhibitory motor neurons supplying the longitudinal muscle in the mouse colon. P2X2 or P2X3 subunit containing receptors are not localized to motor neurons supplying the longitudinal muscle. Synaptic transmission mediated by P2X2 or P2X3 subunit containing receptors is not required for propulsive motility in the mouse colon. PMID:20582262

  14. 10 Years of Car-2-X Communication - a Success Story?

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    Wischhof, Lars; Ebner, André

    2012-05-01

    For more than ten years, car-2-x communication has been a major topic of research in the scientific community and an important development focus for the automotive industry. First, this article takes a retrospective look at the evolution of car-2-x and the two different communication paradigms: decentralized car-2-car communication and centralized cellular solutions. Afterwards, a comparison of their technical advantages and limitations is presented, respectively. The result shows that in order to implement safety-relevant applications, car-2-car communication has strong advantages compared to cellular technologies but requires high market penetration. However, its introduction solely for safety applications is difficult since the required penetration will not be achieved until several years after initial deployment. Therefore, car-2-car communication must provide a benefit to the customer, even in the phase of market introduction. For this purpose, the article outlines an approach called SODAD (Segment-Oriented Data Abstraction and Dissemination). It offers a possibility to introduce decentralized vehicular applications with early customer benefit, in order to enable safety applications based on car-2-car communication on a long term.

  15. The J-2X Oxidizer Turbopump - Design, Development, and Test

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    Brozowski, Laura A.; Beatty, D. Preston; Shinguchi, Brian H.; Marsh, Matthew W.

    2011-01-01

    Pratt and Whitney Rocketdyne (PWR), a NASA subcontractor, is executing the Design, Development, Test, and Evaluation (DDT&E) of a liquid oxygen, liquid hydrogen two hundred ninety-four thousand pound thrust rocket engine initially intended for the Upper Stage (US) and Earth Departure Stage (EDS) of the Constellation Program Ares-I Crew Launch Vehicle (CLV). A key element of the design approach was to base the new J-2X engine on the heritage J-2S engine which was a design upgrade of the flight proven J-2 engine used to put American astronauts on the moon. This paper will discuss the design trades and analyses performed to achieve the required uprated Oxidizer Turbopump performance; structural margins and rotordynamic margins; incorporate updated materials and fabrication capability; and reflect lessons learned from legacy and existing Liquid Rocket Propulsion Engine turbomachinery. These engineering design, analysis, fabrication and assembly activities support the Oxidizer Turbopump readiness for J-2X engine test in 2011.

  16. Electric field effect on superconductivity in La2-xSrxCuO4

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    Dubuis, G.; Bollinger, A. T.; Pavuna, D.; Božović, I.

    2012-06-01

    We demonstrate a method to tune the carrier concentration of a high temperature superconductor over a wide range, using an applied electric field. Thin film devices were made in an electrical double layer transistor configuration utilizing an ionic liquid. In this way, the surface carrier density in La2-xSrxCuO4 films can be varied between 0.01 and 0.14 carriers per Cu atom with a resulting change in critical temperature of 25 K (˜70% of the maximum critical temperature in this compound). This allows one to study a large segment of the cuprate phase diagram without altering the level of disorder. We used this method [A. T. Bollinger et al., Nature 472, 458-460 (2011)] to study the quantum critical point at the superconductor to insulator phase transition on the underdoped side of superconducting dome, and concluded that this transition is driven by quantum phase fluctuations and Cooper pair delocalization.

  17. Management of optics. [for HEAO-2 X ray telescope

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    Kirchner, T. E.; Russell, M.

    1981-01-01

    American Science and Engineering, Inc., designed the large X-ray optic for the HEAO-2 X-ray Telescope. The key element in this project was the High Resolution Mirror Assembly (HRMA), subcontracting the fabrication of the optical surfaces and their assembly and alignment. The roles and organization of the key participants in the creation of HRMA are defined, and the degree of interaction between the groups is described. Management of this effort was extremely complex because of the intricate weaving of responsibilities, and AS&E, as HEAO-2 Program managers, needed to be well versed in the scientific objectives, the technical requirements, the program requirements, and the subcontract management. Understanding these factors was essential for implementing both technical and management controls, such as schedule and budget constraints, in-process control, residence requirements, and scientist review and feedback. Despite unforeseen technical problems and interaction differences, the HEAO-2 was built on schedule and to specification.

  18. J-2X: Progress on the Ares Upper Stage Engine

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    Byrd, Thomas D.; Kynard, Michael H.

    2007-01-01

    NASA's Vision for Exploration requires a safe, reliable, affordable upper stage engine to power the Ares I Crew Launch Vehicle (CLV) and the Ares V Cargo Launch Vehicle (CaLV). The J-2X engine epitomizes NASA's philosophy of employing legacy knowledge, heritage hardware, and commonality to carry the next generation of explorers into low-Earth orbit and out into the solar system. As envisioned by the Exploration Systems Architecture Study (ESAS), the reference lunar mission would begin by launching the Ares V into orbit with the Earth Departure Stage (EDS) transporting the Lunar Surface Access Module (LSAM), followed by the Ares I, carrying the Orion Crew Exploration Vehicle, which would rendezvous with the EDS/LSAM before beginning its journey to the Moon.

  19. Semiconductivity in YBa2 - xSrxCu3Oy

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    Uluǧ, A.; Uluǧ, B.; Şener, E.

    1996-08-01

    Structural and electrical properties of YBa2-xSrxCu3Oy prepared under ambient oxygen pressure were systematically investigated for 0≤x≤2.0. Samples with high Sr contents, x≥1.7, showed semiconductive properties with an activation energy of ˜150 meV at high temperature, T≥80 K. At low temperatures, T≤80 K, activation energy dropped to ˜3.00 and ˜0.85 meV for x=1.7-1.8 and x=1.9-2.0, respectively. It is argued that YSr2Cu3Oy is likely to have a tetragonal structure and that the disorder introduced by Sr substitution affects electrical conduction, which involves charge hopping between the CuO chains at high Sr contents.

  20. Thermodynamics of fission products in UO2+-x

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    Nerikar, Pankaj V

    2009-01-01

    The stabilities of selected fission products - Xe, Cs, and Sr - are investigated as a function of non-stoichiometry x in UO{sub 2{+-}x}. In particular, density functional theory (OFT) is used to calculate the incorporation and solution energies of these fission products at the anion and cation vacancy sites, at the divacancy, and at the bound Schottky defect. In order to reproduce the correct insulating state of UO{sub 2}, the DFT calculations are performed using spin polarization and with the Hubbard U tenn. In general, higher charge defects are more soluble in the fuel matrix and the solubility of fission products increases as the hyperstoichiometry increases. The solubility of fission product oxides is also explored. CS{sub 2}O is observed as a second stable phase and SrO is found to be soluble in the UO{sub 2} matrix for all stoichiometries. These observations mirror experimentally observed phenomena.

  1. Subscale Injector Testing to Support J-2X Engine Development

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    Protz, Christopher; Elam, Sandy; Weber, Jim; Miller, Ken

    2008-01-01

    The J-2X engine being pursued for the Ares I will be a derivative of the J-2 engine developed by Pratt & Whitney Rocketdyne (PWR). As part of the engine development, a subscale injector was fabricated by PWR and hot-fire tested at NASA s Marshall Space Flight Center (MSFC) to evaluate performance data. This subscale injector had a reduced injector diameter and fewer elements than the full scale design, but the element density (#elements / injector area), and element geometries nearly identical to the full scale design. Three different materials were used for the LOX posts in order to test for durability. The subscale injector included 46 standard elements and 6 baffle elements, corresponding to the ratio of baffled elements to core elements in the full scale design. The baffle elements were included to demonstrate thermal compatibility of the baffles and to more closely represent the full scale performance. Fifteen hot-fire tests were conducted totaling over 200 seconds of mainstage time on the injector. Chamber pressures with oxygen/hydrogen propellants ranged from 870-1380 psig with mixture ratios ranging from 4.8-6.1. Fuel manifold inlet temperatures were varied from 190 to 300 R. Modular, water cooled, calorimeter chamber assemblies were used to provide heating rate data and evaluate the effects of characteristic length (L*). Performance was evaluated relative to the resulting characteristic velocity (C*) efficiency. Performance met the value required in order to proceed with this design for the full scale hardware. Hardware inspections show no evidence of cracking at the tip of the LOX post for any of the materials tested. Minor erosion of the baffle element tips was observed in the early testing. A design change was quickly implemented and tested, and this change resolved the issue. Development of the J-2X is continuing with this element density and design.

  2. Combustion Stability Analyses for J-2X Gas Generator Development

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    Hulka, J. R.; Protz, C. S.; Casiano, M. J.; Kenny, R. J.

    2010-01-01

    The National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) is developing a liquid oxygen/liquid hydrogen rocket engine for upper stage and trans-lunar applications of the Ares vehicles for the Constellation program. This engine, designated the J-2X, is a higher pressure, higher thrust variant of the Apollo-era J-2 engine. Development was contracted to Pratt & Whitney Rocketdyne in 2006. Over the past several years, development of the gas generator for the J-2X engine has progressed through a variety of workhorse injector, chamber, and feed system configurations. Several of these configurations have resulted in injection-coupled combustion instability of the gas generator assembly at the first longitudinal mode of the combustion chamber. In this paper, the longitudinal mode combustion instabilities observed on the workhorse test stand are discussed in detail. Aspects of this combustion instability have been modeled at the NASA Marshall Space Flight Center with several codes, including the Rocket Combustor Interaction Design and Analysis (ROCCID) code and a new lumped-parameter MatLab model. To accurately predict the instability characteristics of all the chamber and injector geometries and test conditions, several features of the submodels in the ROCCID suite of calculations required modification. Finite-element analyses were conducted of several complicated combustion chamber geometries to determine how to model and anchor the chamber response in ROCCID. A large suite of sensitivity calculations were conducted to determine how to model and anchor the injector response in ROCCID. These modifications and their ramification for future stability analyses of this type are discussed in detail. The lumped-parameter MatLab model of the gas generator assembly was created as an alternative calculation to the ROCCID methodology. This paper also describes this model and the stability calculations.

  3. Flexible subunit stoichiometry of functional human P2X2/3 heteromeric receptors.

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    Kowalski, Maria; Hausmann, Ralf; Schmid, Julia; Dopychai, Anke; Stephan, Gabriele; Tang, Yong; Schmalzing, Günther; Illes, Peter; Rubini, Patrizia

    2015-12-01

    The aim of the present work was to clarify whether heterotrimeric P2X2/3 receptors have a fixed subunit stoichiometry consisting of one P2X2 and two P2X3 subunits as previously suggested, or a flexible stoichiometry containing also the inverse subunit composition. For this purpose we transfected HEK293 cells with P2X2 and P2X3 encoding cDNA at the ratios of 1:2 and 4:1, and analysed the biophysical and pharmacological properties of the generated receptors by means of the whole-cell patch-clamp technique. The concentration-response curves for the selective agonist α,β-meATP did not differ from each other under the two transfection ratios. However, co-expression of an inactive P2X2 mutant and the wild type P2X3 subunit and vice versa resulted in characteristic distortions of the α,β-meATP concentration-response relationships, depending on which subunit was expressed in excess, suggesting that HEK293 cells express mixtures of (P2X2)1/(P2X3)2 and (P2X2)2/(P2X3)1 receptors. Whereas the allosteric modulators H+ and Zn2+ failed to discriminate between the two possible heterotrimeric receptor variants, the α,β-meATP-induced responses were blocked more potently by the competitive antagonist A317491, when the P2X2 subunit was expressed in deficit of the P2X3 subunit. Furthermore, blue-native PAGE analysis of P2X2 and P2X3 subunits co-expressed in Xenopus laevis oocytes and HEK293 cells revealed that plasma membrane-bound P2X2/3 receptors appeared in two clearly distinct heterotrimeric complexes: a (P2X2-GFP)2/(P2X3)1 complex and a (P2X2-GFP)1/(P2X3)2 complex. These data strongly indicate that the stoichiometry of the heteromeric P2X2/3 receptor is not fixed, but determined in a permutational manner by the relative availability of P2X2 and P2X3 subunits. PMID:26184350

  4. Flexible subunit stoichiometry of functional human P2X2/3 heteromeric receptors.

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    Kowalski, Maria; Hausmann, Ralf; Schmid, Julia; Dopychai, Anke; Stephan, Gabriele; Tang, Yong; Schmalzing, Günther; Illes, Peter; Rubini, Patrizia

    2015-12-01

    The aim of the present work was to clarify whether heterotrimeric P2X2/3 receptors have a fixed subunit stoichiometry consisting of one P2X2 and two P2X3 subunits as previously suggested, or a flexible stoichiometry containing also the inverse subunit composition. For this purpose we transfected HEK293 cells with P2X2 and P2X3 encoding cDNA at the ratios of 1:2 and 4:1, and analysed the biophysical and pharmacological properties of the generated receptors by means of the whole-cell patch-clamp technique. The concentration-response curves for the selective agonist α,β-meATP did not differ from each other under the two transfection ratios. However, co-expression of an inactive P2X2 mutant and the wild type P2X3 subunit and vice versa resulted in characteristic distortions of the α,β-meATP concentration-response relationships, depending on which subunit was expressed in excess, suggesting that HEK293 cells express mixtures of (P2X2)1/(P2X3)2 and (P2X2)2/(P2X3)1 receptors. Whereas the allosteric modulators H+ and Zn2+ failed to discriminate between the two possible heterotrimeric receptor variants, the α,β-meATP-induced responses were blocked more potently by the competitive antagonist A317491, when the P2X2 subunit was expressed in deficit of the P2X3 subunit. Furthermore, blue-native PAGE analysis of P2X2 and P2X3 subunits co-expressed in Xenopus laevis oocytes and HEK293 cells revealed that plasma membrane-bound P2X2/3 receptors appeared in two clearly distinct heterotrimeric complexes: a (P2X2-GFP)2/(P2X3)1 complex and a (P2X2-GFP)1/(P2X3)2 complex. These data strongly indicate that the stoichiometry of the heteromeric P2X2/3 receptor is not fixed, but determined in a permutational manner by the relative availability of P2X2 and P2X3 subunits.

  5. White organic electroluminescent devices

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    Tsou, Chuan-Cheng; Lu, Huei-Tzong; Yokoyama, Meiso

    2006-04-01

    This study investigates energy transfer between N, N'-bis-(1-naphthyl)- N, N'-diphenyl-1,1-biphenyl-4-4'-diamine (NPB) host material and 4-dicyanomethylene-2-methyl-6-[2-(2,3,6,7-tetrahydro-1 H,5 H-benzo[ ij]quinolizin-8-yl) vinyl]-4 H-pyran (DCM2) fluorescent dye in organic electroluminescent (OEL) devices to produce white-color emission. Bathocuproine (BCP) was applied as a hole-blocking layer (HBL) due to its significantly large HOMO, while tris-(8-hydroxy-quinoline) aluminum (Alq 3) was employed in the electron transport layer (ETL). Two OEL device structures were investigated, ITO/NPB:DCM2 ( x%)/Alq 3/Al, and ITO/NPB:DCM2 ( y%)/BCP/Alq 3/Al. In this study, doping DCM2 into the NPB host material could not yield red emission in the case of ITO/NPB:DCM2 ( x%)/Alq 3/Al structure device, even when the DCM2 doping concentration was increased from x=1% to 10%. However, when BCP was inserted between the NPB:DCM2 layer and the Alq 3 layer, the color turned when the concentration of DCM2 doped into NPB was changed. Consequently, the white OEL device with CIE coordinates (0.34,0.34) was observed for the device containing 1% DCM2 doping into NPB host material.

  6. SU(2) x U(1) vacuum and the Centauro events

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    Kazanas, D.; Balasubrahmanyan, V. K.; Streitmatter, R. E.

    1984-01-01

    It is proposed that the fireballs invoked to explain the Centauro events are bubbles of a metastable superdense state of nuclear matter, created in high energy (E is approximately 10 to the 15th power eV) cosmic ray collisions at the top of the atmosphere. If these bubbles are created with a Lorentz factor gamma approximately = 10 at their CM frame, the objections against the origin of these events in cosmic ray interactions are overcome. Assuming further, that the Centauro events are to the explosive decay of these metastable bubbles, a relationship between their lifetime, tau, and the threshold energy for bubble formation, E sub th, is derived. The minimum lifetime consistent with such an interpretation in tau is approximately 10 to the -8th power sec, while the E sub th appears to be insensitive to the value of tau and always close to E sub th is approximately 10 to the 15th power eV. Finally it is speculated that if the available CM energy is thermalized in such collisions, these bubbles might be manifestations of excitations of the SU(2) x U(1) false vacuum. The absence of neutral pions in the Centauro events is then explained by the decay of these excitations.

  7. Effects of antidepressants on P2X7 receptors.

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    Wang, Wei; Xiang, Zheng-Hua; Jiang, Chun-Lei; Liu, Wei-Zhi; Shang, Zhi-Lei

    2016-08-30

    Antidepressants including paroxetine, fluoxetine and desipramine are commonly used for treating depression. P2×7 receptors are member of the P2X family. Recent studies indicate that these receptors may constitute a novel potential target for the treatment of depression. In the present study, we examined the action of these antidepressants on cloned rat P2×7 receptors that were stably expressed in human embryonic kidney (HEK) 293 cells by using the whole-cell patch-clamp technique, and found that paroxetine at a dose of 10µM could significantly reduce the inward currents evoked by the P2×7 receptors agonist BzATP by pre-incubation for 6-12 but not by acute application (10µM) or pre-incubation for 2-6h at a dose of 1µM, 3µM or 10µM paroxetine. Neither fluoxetine nor desipramine had significant effects on currents evoked by BzATP either applied acutely or by pre-incubation at various concentrations. These results suggest that the sensitivity of rat P2×7 receptors to antidepressants is different, which may represent an unknown mechanism by which these drugs exert their therapeutic effects and side effects. PMID:27318632

  8. Trophic activity of human P2X7 receptor isoforms A and B in osteosarcoma.

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    Giuliani, Anna Lisa; Colognesi, Davide; Ricco, Tiziana; Roncato, Carlotta; Capece, Marina; Amoroso, Francesca; Wang, Qi Guang; De Marchi, Elena; Gartland, Allison; Di Virgilio, Francesco; Adinolfi, Elena

    2014-01-01

    The P2X7 receptor (P2X7R) is attracting increasing attention for its involvement in cancer. Several recent studies have shown a crucial role of P2X7R in tumour cell growth, angiogenesis and invasiveness. In this study, we investigated the role of the two known human P2X7R functional splice variants, the full length P2X7RA and the truncated P2X7RB, in osteosarcoma cell growth. Immunohistochemical analysis of a tissue array of human osteosarcomas showed that forty-four, of a total fifty-four tumours (81.4%), stained positive for both P2X7RA and B, thirty-one (57.4%) were positive using an anti-P2X7RA antibody, whereas fifteen of the total number (27.7%) expressed only P2X7RB. P2X7RB positive tumours showed increased cell density, at the expense of extracellular matrix. The human osteosarcoma cell line Te85, which lacks endogenous P2X7R expression, was stably transfected with either P2X7RA, P2X7RB, or both. Receptor expression was a powerful stimulus for cell growth, the most efficient growth-promoting isoform being P2X7RB alone. Growth stimulation was matched by increased Ca(2+) mobilization and enhanced NFATc1 activity. Te85 P2X7RA+B cells presented pore formation as well as spontaneous extracellular ATP release. The ATP release was sustained in all clones by P2X7R agonist (BzATP) and reduced following P2X7R antagonist (A740003) application. BzATP also increased cell growth and activated NFATc1 levels. On the other hand cyclosporin A (CSA) affected both NFATc1 activation and cell growth, definitively linking P2X7R stimulation to NFATc1 and cell proliferation. All transfected clones also showed reduced RANK-L expression, and an overall decreased RANK-L/OPG ratio. Mineralization was increased in Te85 P2X7RA+B cells while it was significantly diminished in Te85 P2X7RB clones, in agreement with immunohistochemical results. In summary, our data show that the majority of human osteosarcomas express P2X7RA and B and suggest that expression of either isoform is differently

  9. P2X3, but not P2X1, receptors mediate ATP-activated current in neurons innervating tooth-pulp.

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    Liu, Yu-wei; Chen, Xiao-qing; Tian, Xiang; Chen, Lin; Wu, Yu-xiang; Huang, Dan; Yi, Hui-ling; Yi, Chu-li; Li, Chao-ying

    2013-06-01

    We developed a method that allows us to label nociceptive neurons innervating tooth-pulp in rat trigeminal ganglion neurons using a retrograde fluorescence-tracing method, to record ATP-activated current in freshly isolated fluorescence-labeled neurons and to conduct single cell immunohistochemical staining for P2X1 and P2X3 subunits in the same neuron. Three types of ATP-activated current in these neurons (F, I and S) were recorded. The cells exhibiting the type F current mainly showed positive staining for P2X3, but negative staining for P2X1. The results provide direct and convincing evidence at the level of single native nociceptive neurons for correlation of the characteristics of ATP-activated currents with their composition of P2X1 and P2X3 subunits and cell size. The results also suggest that the P2X3, but not P2X1, is the main subunit that mediates the fast ATP-activated current in nociceptive neurons.

  10. Comparison of ANOVA, McSweeney, Bradley, Harwell-Serlin, and Blair-Sawilowsky Tests in the Balanced 2x2x2 Layout.

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    Kelley, D. Lynn; And Others

    The Type I error and power properties of the 2x2x2 analysis of variance (ANOVA) and tests developed by McSweeney (1967), Bradley (1979), Harwell-Serlin (1989; Harwell, 1991), and Blair-Sawilowsky (1990) were compared using Monte Carlo methods. The ANOVA was superior under the Gaussian and uniform distributions. The Blair-Sawilowsky test was…

  11. X1X1X2X2/X1X2Y sex chromosome systems in the Neotropical Gymnotiformes electric fish of the genus Brachyhypopomus.

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    Cardoso, Adauto Lima; Pieczarka, Julio Cesar; Nagamachi, Cleusa Yoshiko

    2015-05-01

    Several types of sex chromosome systems have been recorded among Gymnotiformes, including male and female heterogamety, simple and multiple sex chromosomes, and different mechanisms of origin and evolution. The X1X1X2X2/X1X2Y systems identified in three species of this order are considered homoplasic for the group. In the genus Brachyhypopomus, only B. gauderio presented this type of system. Herein we describe the karyotypes of Brachyhypopomus pinnicaudatus and B. n. sp. FLAV, which have an X1X1X2X2/X1X2Y sex chromosome system that evolved via fusion between an autosome and the Y chromosome. The morphology of the chromosomes and the meiotic pairing suggest that the sex chromosomes of B. gauderio and B. pinnicaudatus have a common origin, whereas in B . n. sp. FLAV the sex chromosome system evolved independently. However, we cannot discard the possibility of common origin followed by distinct processes of differentiation. The identification of two new karyotypes with an X1X1X2X2/X1X2Y sex chromosome system in Gymnotiformes makes it the most common among the karyotyped species of the group. Comparisons of these karyotypes and the evolutionary history of the taxa indicate independent origins for their sex chromosomes systems. The recurrent emergence of the X1X1X2X2/X1X2Y system may represent sex chromosomes turnover events in Gymnotiformes. PMID:26273225

  12. Synthesis and magnetic properties of single-crystalline Na2-xMn8O16 nanorods

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    2011-01-01

    The synthesis of single-crystalline hollandite-type manganese oxides Na2-xMn8O16 nanorods by a simple molten salt method is reported for the first time. The nanorods were characterized by powder X-ray diffraction, scanning electron microscopy, transmission electron microscopy, and a superconducting quantum interference device magnetometer. The magnetic measurements indicated that the nanorods showed spin glass behavior and exchange bias effect at low temperatures. The low-temperature magnetic behaviors can be explained by the uncompensated spins on the surface of the nanorods. PMID:21711626

  13. Clinical Overview of MDM2/X-Targeted Therapies

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    Burgess, Andrew; Chia, Kee Ming; Haupt, Sue; Thomas, David; Haupt, Ygal; Lim, Elgene

    2016-01-01

    MDM2 and MDMX are the primary negative regulators of p53, which under normal conditions maintain low intracellular levels of p53 by targeting it to the proteasome for rapid degradation and inhibiting its transcriptional activity. Both MDM2 and MDMX function as powerful oncogenes and are commonly over-expressed in some cancers, including sarcoma (~20%) and breast cancer (~15%). In contrast to tumors that are p53 mutant, whereby the current therapeutic strategy restores the normal active conformation of p53, MDM2 and MDMX represent logical therapeutic targets in cancer for increasing wild-type (WT) p53 expression and activities. Recent preclinical studies suggest that there may also be situations that MDM2/X inhibitors could be used in p53 mutant tumors. Since the discovery of nutlin-3a, the first in a class of small molecule MDM2 inhibitors that binds to the hydrophobic cleft in the N-terminus of MDM2, preventing its association with p53, there is now an extensive list of related compounds. In addition, a new class of stapled peptides that can target both MDM2 and MDMX have also been developed. Importantly, preclinical modeling, which has demonstrated effective in vitro and in vivo killing of WT p53 cancer cells, has now been translated into early clinical trials allowing better assessment of their biological effects and toxicities in patients. In this overview, we will review the current MDM2- and MDMX-targeted therapies in development, focusing particularly on compounds that have entered into early phase clinical trials. We will highlight the challenges pertaining to predictive biomarkers for and toxicities associated with these compounds, as well as identify potential combinatorial strategies to enhance its anti-cancer efficacy. PMID:26858935

  14. Tubby-RFP Balancers for Developmental Analysis: FM7c 2xTb-RFP, CyO 2xTb-RFP and TM3 2xTb-RFP

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    Pina, Cara; Pignoni, Francesca

    2012-01-01

    We report here the construction of Tubby-RFP balancers for the X, 2nd and 3rd chromosomes of Drosophila melanogaster. The insertion of a 2xTb-RFP transgene on the FM7c, CyO and TM3 balancer chromosomes introduces two easily scorable, dominant, developmental markers. The strong Tb phenotype is visible to the naked eye at the larval L2, L3 and pupal stages. The RFP associated with the cuticle is easily detected at all stages from late embryo to adult with the use of a fluorescence stereomicroscope. The FM7c Bar 2xTb-RFP, CyO Cy 2xTb-RFP and TM3 Sb 2xTb-RFP balancers will greatly facilitate the analysis of lethals and other developmental mutants in L2/L3 larvae and pupae, but also provide coverage of other stages beginning in late embryogenesis through to the adult. PMID:21913310

  15. The ATP Receptors P2X7 and P2X4 Modulate High Glucose and Palmitate-Induced Inflammatory Responses in Endothelial Cells

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    Sathanoori, Ramasri; Swärd, Karl; Olde, Björn; Erlinge, David

    2015-01-01

    Endothelial cells lining the blood vessels are principal players in vascular inflammatory responses. Dysregulation of endothelial cell function caused by hyperglycemia, dyslipidemia, and hyperinsulinemia often result in impaired vasoregulation, oxidative stress, inflammation, and altered barrier function. Various stressors including high glucose stimulate the release of nucleotides thus initiating signaling via purinergic receptors. However, purinergic modulation of inflammatory responses in endothelial cells caused by high glucose and palmitate remains unclear. In the present study, we investigated whether the effect of high glucose and palmitate is mediated by P2X7 and P2X4 and if they play a role in endothelial cell dysfunction. Transcript and protein levels of inflammatory genes as well as reactive oxygen species production, endothelial-leukocyte adhesion, and cell permeability were investigated in human umbilical vein endothelial cells exposed to high glucose and palmitate. We report high glucose and palmitate to increase levels of extracellular ATP, expression of P2X7 and P2X4, and inflammatory markers. Both P2X7 and P2X4 antagonists inhibited high glucose and palmitate-induced interleukin-6 levels with the former having a significant effect on interleukin-8 and cyclooxygenase-2. The effect of the antagonists was confirmed with siRNA knockdown of the receptors. In addition, P2X7 mediated both high glucose and palmitate-induced increase in reactive oxygen species levels and decrease in endothelial nitric oxide synthase. Blocking P2X7 inhibited high glucose and palmitate-induced expression of intercellular adhesion molecule-1 and vascular cell adhesion molecule-1 as well as leukocyte-endothelial cell adhesion. Interestingly, high glucose and palmitate enhanced endothelial cell permeability that was dependent on both P2X7 and P2X4. Furthermore, antagonizing the P2X7 inhibited high glucose and palmitate-mediated activation of p38-mitogen activated protein kinase

  16. Sensitization by extracellular Ca(2+) of rat P2X(5) receptor and its pharmacological properties compared with rat P2X(1).

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    Wildman, Scott S; Brown, Sean G; Rahman, Mary; Noel, Carole A; Churchill, Linda; Burnstock, Geoffrey; Unwin, Robert J; King, Brian F

    2002-10-01

    The recombinant rat P2X(5) (rP2X(5)) receptor, a poorly understood ATP-gated ion channel, was studied under voltage-clamp conditions and compared with the better understood homomeric rP2X(1) receptor with which it may coexist in vivo. Expressed in defolliculated Xenopus laevis oocytes, rP2X(5) responded to ATP with slowly desensitizing inward currents that, for successive responses, ran down in the presence of extracellular Ca(2+) (1.8 mM). Replacement of Ca(2+) with either Ba(2+) or Mg(2+) prevented rundown, although agonist responses were very small, whereas reintroduction of Ca(2+) for short periods of time (<300 s) before and during agonist application yielded consistently larger responses. Using this Ca(2+)-pulse conditioning, rP2X(5) responded to ATP and other nucleotides (ATP, 2-methylthio-ATP, adenosine-5'-O-(thiotriphosphate), 2'-&-3'-O-(4-benzoylbenzoyl)-ATP, alpha,beta-methylene-ATP, P(1)-P((4))-diadenosine-5'-phosphate, and more) with pEC(50) values within 1 log unit of respective determinations for rP2X(1). Only GTP was selective for rP2X(5), although 60-fold less potent than ATP. At rP2X(5), lowering extracellular pH reduced the potency and efficacy of ATP, whereas extracellular Zn(2+) ions (0.1-1000 microM) potentiated then inhibited ATP responses in a concentration-dependent manner. However, these modulators affected rP2X(1) receptors in subtly different ways-with increasing H(+) and Zn(2+) ion concentrations reducing agonist potency. For P2 receptor antagonists, the potency order at rP2X(5) was pyridoxal-5-phosphate-6-azophenyl-2',4'-disulfonic acid (PPADS) > 2',3'-O-(2,4,6-trinitrophenyl)ATP (TNP-ATP) > suramin > reactive blue 2 (RB-2) > diinosine pentaphosphate (Ip(5)I). In contrast, the potency order at rP2X(1) was TNP-ATP = Ip(5)I > PPADS > suramin = RB-2. Thus, the Ca(2+)-sensitized homomeric rP2X(5) receptor is similar in agonist profile to homomeric rP2X(1)-although it can be distinguished from the latter by GTP agonism, antagonist profile

  17. P2X receptors in the cardiovascular system and their potential as therapeutic targets in disease.

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    Ralevic, Vera

    2015-01-01

    This review considers the expression and roles of P2X receptors in the cardiovascular system in health and disease and their potential as therapeutic targets. P2X receptors are ligand gated ion channels which are activated by the endogenous ligand ATP. They are formed from the assembly of three P2X subunit proteins from the complement of seven (P2X1-7), which can associate to form homomeric or heteromeric P2X receptors. The P2X1 receptor is widely expressed in the cardiovascular system, being located in the heart, in the smooth muscle of the majority of blood vessels and in platelets. P2X1 receptors expressed in blood vessels can be activated by ATP coreleased with noradrenaline as a sympathetic neurotransmitter, leading to smooth muscle depolarisation and contraction. There is evidence that the purinergic component of sympathetic neurotransmission is increased in hypertension, identifying P2X1 receptors as a possible therapeutic target in this disorder. P2X3 and P2X2/3 receptors are expressed on cardiac sympathetic neurones and may, through positive feedback of neuronal ATP at this prejunctional site, amplify sympathetic neurotransmission. Activation of P2X receptors expressed in the heart increases cardiac myocyte contractility, and an important role of the P2X4 receptor in this has been identified. Deletion of P2X4 receptors in the heart depresses contractile performance in models of heart failure, while overexpression of P2X4 receptors has been shown to be cardioprotective, thus P2X4 receptors may be therapeutic targets in the treatment of heart disease. P2X receptors have been identified on endothelial cells. Although immunoreactivity for all P2X1-7 receptor proteins has been shown on the endothelium, relatively little is known about their function, with the exception of the endothelial P2X4 receptor, which has been shown to mediate endothelium-dependent vasodilatation to ATP released during shear stress. The potential of P2X receptors as therapeutic targets

  18. Purinergic P2X3 heteroreceptors enhance parasympathetic motor drive in isolated porcine detrusor, a reliable model for development of P2X selective blockers for detrusor hyperactivity.

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    D'Agostino, Gianluigi; Condino, Anna Maria; Calvi, Valentina; Boschi, Federica; Gioglio, Luciana; Barbieri, Annalisa

    2012-01-01

    Various forms of low urinary tract symptoms (LUTS) seem dependant upon dysregulation of the purinergic pathway which produces sensory- or motor-activated incontinence. A body of evidence in human urinary bladders supports a link between up-regulation of purinergic activity and the pathogenesis of detrusor instability. This study investigated the potential role of adenosine 5'-triphosphate (ATP) in the control of detrusor motor drive in a model of porcine urinary bladder. The involvement of ATP on excitatory activity was assessed by measuring neurally-evoked [(3)H]-acetylcholine (ACh) release and smooth muscle contraction in detrusor strips. Epithelium-deprived preparations were used to minimize the influence of non-neural sources of ACh and ATP on parasympathetic neurotransmission. ACh release and smooth muscle contractility were not significantly affected by neural ATP in normal detrusor, but markedly enhanced when ATP hydrolysis was reduced by ectoATPase inhibitors, as well as by α,β-methylene-ATP (ABMA), agonist resistant to ecto-enzymes degradation. Prejunctional P2X receptors located on cholinergic nerves are involved in such potentiating effect. These purinergic heteroreceptors were characterized as P2X(3) subunits by means of the putative antagonists: NF449 (P2X(1,3) selective), NF023 (P2X(1,3) selective), PPNDS (P2X(1) selective) and A-317491 (P2X(3) selective). In porcine detrusor, P2X(3) receptors are functionally expressed at neural site facilitating neurogenic ACh release. When purine breakdown is experimentally down-regulated to mimicking the impaired purinergic pathway observed in pathological human bladders, endogenous ATP can markedly enhance detrusor contractility through activation of these receptors. Since P2X(3) blockade represents a potential therapeutic approach for diseases of the urinary tract, isolated porcine detrusor represents a reliable model for development of novel selective P2X(3) antagonists beneficial in the treatment of detrusor

  19. Z2 x Z3 Symmetry of Multferroic Vortices

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    Cheong, Sang-Wook

    2014-03-01

    Hexagonal REMnO3 (RE = rare earths) with RE =Ho-Lu, Y, and Sc, is an improper ferroelectric where the size mismatch between RE and Mn induces a trimerization-type structural phase transition, and this structural transition leads to three structural domains, each of which can support two directions of ferroelectric polarization. We reported that domains in h-REMnO3 meet in cloverleaf arrangements that cycle through all six domain configurations, Occurring in pairs, the cloverleafs can be viewed as vortices and antivortices, in which the cycle of domain configurations is reversed. Vortices and antivortices are topological defects: even in a strong electric field they won't annihilate. These ferroelectric vortices/antivortices are found to be associated with intriguing collective magnetism at domain walls, reflecting the multiferroic nature of vortices. We have found that an intriguing, but seemingly irregular network of a zoo of multiferroic vortices and antivortices in h-REMnO3 can be neatly analyzed in terms of graph theory, and this graph theoretical analysis reveals the emergence of Z2 × Z3 symmetry in the vortices/antivortices network. In addition, poling or self-poling due to a surface charge boundary condition induces global topological condensation of the network through breaking of the Z2 part of the Z2 × Z3 symmetry. The opposite process of restoring the Z2 symmetry can be considered as topological evaporation. It turns out that these Z2xZ3 vortices are, in fact, three-dimensional vortex loops, which result from the emergent continuous U(1) symmetry near the critical temperature. This spontaneous trapping of topological defects in the process of undergoing a continuous phase transition is important to understand numerous novel phenomena such as the early stage of universe after big bang. The so-called Kibble-Zurek mechanism was proposed for the trapping process of topological defects right after big bang. It appears that the Kibble-Zurek mechanism is also

  20. Macrophage activation and polarization modify P2X7 receptor secretome influencing the inflammatory process

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    de Torre-Minguela, Carlos; Barberà-Cremades, Maria; Gómez, Ana I.; Martín-Sánchez, Fátima; Pelegrín, Pablo

    2016-01-01

    The activation of P2X7 receptor (P2X7R) on M1 polarized macrophages induces the assembly of the NLRP3 inflammasome leading to the release of pro-inflammatory cytokines and the establishment of the inflammatory response. However, P2X7R signaling to the NLRP3 inflammasome is uncoupled on M2 macrophages without changes on receptor activation. In this study, we analyzed P2X7R secretome in wild-type and P2X7R-deficient macrophages polarized either to M1 or M2 and proved that proteins released after P2X7R stimulation goes beyond caspase-1 secretome. The characterization of P2X7R-secretome reveals a new function of this receptor through a fine-tuning of protein release. We found that P2X7R stimulation in macrophages is able to release potent anti-inflammatory proteins, such as Annexin A1, independently of their polarization state suggesting for first time a potential role for P2X7R during resolution of the inflammation and not linked to the release of pro-inflammatory cytokines. These results are of prime importance for the development of therapeutics targeting P2X7R. PMID:26935289

  1. Selective cation exchange in the core region of Cu2-xSe/Cu2-xS core/shell nanocrystals.

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    Miszta, Karol; Gariano, Graziella; Brescia, Rosaria; Marras, Sergio; De Donato, Francesco; Ghosh, Sandeep; De Trizio, Luca; Manna, Liberato

    2015-09-30

    We studied cation exchange (CE) in core/shell Cu2-xSe/Cu2-xS nanorods with two cations, Ag(+) and Hg(2+), which are known to induce rapid exchange within metal chalcogenide nanocrystals (NCs) at room temperature. At the initial stage of the reaction, the guest ions diffused through the Cu2-xS shell and reached the Cu2-xSe core, replacing first Cu(+) ions within the latter region. These experiments prove that CE in copper chalcogenide NCs is facilitated by the high diffusivity of guest cations in the lattice, such that they can probe the whole host structure and identify the preferred regions where to initiate the exchange. For both guest ions, CE is thermodynamically driven as it aims for the formation of the chalcogen phase characterized by the lower solubility under the specific reaction conditions. PMID:26360611

  2. Selective cation exchange in the core region of Cu2-xSe/Cu2-xS core/shell nanocrystals.

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    Miszta, Karol; Gariano, Graziella; Brescia, Rosaria; Marras, Sergio; De Donato, Francesco; Ghosh, Sandeep; De Trizio, Luca; Manna, Liberato

    2015-09-30

    We studied cation exchange (CE) in core/shell Cu2-xSe/Cu2-xS nanorods with two cations, Ag(+) and Hg(2+), which are known to induce rapid exchange within metal chalcogenide nanocrystals (NCs) at room temperature. At the initial stage of the reaction, the guest ions diffused through the Cu2-xS shell and reached the Cu2-xSe core, replacing first Cu(+) ions within the latter region. These experiments prove that CE in copper chalcogenide NCs is facilitated by the high diffusivity of guest cations in the lattice, such that they can probe the whole host structure and identify the preferred regions where to initiate the exchange. For both guest ions, CE is thermodynamically driven as it aims for the formation of the chalcogen phase characterized by the lower solubility under the specific reaction conditions.

  3. Role of purinergic P2X4 receptors in regulating striatal dopamine homeostasis and dependent behaviors.

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    Khoja, Sheraz; Shah, Vivek; Garcia, Damaris; Asatryan, Liana; Jakowec, Michael W; Davies, Daryl L

    2016-10-01

    Purinergic P2X4 receptors (P2X4Rs) belong to the P2X superfamily of ion channels regulated by ATP. We recently demonstrated that P2X4R knockout (KO) mice exhibited deficits in sensorimotor gating, social interaction, and ethanol drinking behavior. Dopamine (DA) dysfunction may underlie these behavioral changes, but there is no direct evidence for P2X4Rs' role in DA neurotransmission. To test this hypothesis, we measured markers of DA function and dependent behaviors in P2X4R KO mice. P2X4R KO mice exhibited altered density of pre-synaptic markers including tyrosine hydroxylase, dopamine transporter; post-synaptic markers including dopamine receptors and phosphorylation of downstream targets including dopamine and cyclic-AMP regulated phosphoprotein of 32 kDa and cyclic-AMP-response element binding protein in different parts of the striatum. Ivermectin, an allosteric modulator of P2X4Rs, significantly affected dopamine and cyclic AMP regulated phosphoprotein of 32 kDa and extracellular regulated kinase1/2 phosphorylation in the striatum. Sensorimotor gating deficits in P2X4R KO mice were rescued by DA antagonists. Using the 6-hydroxydopamine model of DA depletion, P2X4R KO mice exhibited an attenuated levodopa (L-DOPA)-induced motor behavior, whereas ivermectin enhanced this behavior. Collectively, these findings identified an important role for P2X4Rs in maintaining DA homeostasis and illustrate how this association is important for CNS functions including motor control and sensorimotor gating. We propose that P2X4 receptors (P2X4Rs) regulate dopamine (DA) homeostasis and associated behaviors. Pre-synaptic and post-synaptic DA markers were significantly altered in the dorsal and ventral striatum of P2X4R KO mice, implicating altered DA neurotransmission. Sensorimotor gating deficits in P2X4R KO mice were rescued by DA antagonists. Ivermectin (IVM), a positive modulator of P2X4Rs, enhanced levodopa (L-DOPA)-induced motor behavior. These studies highlight potential

  4. Residual Chemoresponsiveness to Acids in the Superior Laryngeal Nerve in “Taste-Blind” (P2X2/P2X3 Double-KO) Mice

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    Ohkuri, Tadahiro; Horio, Nao; Stratford, Jennifer M.; Finger, Thomas E.; Ninomiya, Yuzo

    2012-01-01

    Mice lacking both the P2X2 and the P2X3 purinergic receptors (P2X-dblKO) exhibit loss of responses to all taste qualities in the taste nerves innervating the tongue. Similarly, these mice exhibit a near total loss of taste-related behaviors in brief access tests except for a near-normal avoidance of acidic stimuli. This persistent avoidance of acids despite the loss of gustatory neural responses to sour was postulated to be due to continued responsiveness of the superior laryngeal (SL) nerve. However, chemoresponses of the larynx are attributable both to taste buds and to free nerve endings. In order to test whether the SL nerve of P2X-dblKO mice remains responsive to acids but not to other tastants, we recorded responses from the SL nerve in wild-type (WT) and P2X-dblKO mice. WT mice showed substantial SL responses to monosodium glutamate, sucrose, urea, and denatonium—all of which were essentially absent in P2X-dblKO animals. In contrast, the SL nerve of P2X-dblKO mice exhibited near-normal responses to citric acid (50 mM) although responsiveness of both the chorda tympani and the glossopharyngeal nerves to this stimulus were absent or greatly reduced. These results are consistent with the hypothesis that the residual avoidance of acidic solutions by P2X-dblKO mice may be attributable to the direct chemosensitivity of nerve fibers innervating the laryngeal epithelium and not to taste. PMID:22362867

  5. Quantum spin liquid and electric quadrupolar states of single crystal Tb2+xTi2-xO7+y

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    Wakita, M.; Taniguchi, T.; Edamoto, H.; Takatsu, H.; Kadowaki, H.

    2016-02-01

    The ground states of the frustrated pyrochlore oxide Tb2+xTi2-xO7+y, sensitively depending on the small off-stoichiometry parameter x, have been studied by specific heat measurements using well characterized samples. Single crystal Tb2+xTi2-xO7+y boules grown by the standard floating zone technique are shown to exhibit concentration (x) gradient. This off-stoichiometry parameter is determined by precisely measuring the lattice constant of small samples cut from a crystal boule. Specific heat shows that the phase boundary of the electric quadrupolar state has a dome structure in the x-T phase diagram with the highest Tc ≃ 0.5 K at about x = 0.01. This phase diagram suggests that the putative U(1) quantum spin-liquid state of Tb2+xTi2-xO7+y exists in the range x < xc ≃ -0.0025, which is separated from the quadrupolar state via a first-order phase-transition line x = xc.

  6. Stable monolayer honeycomb-like structures of RuX2 (X =S,Se)

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    Ersan, Fatih; Cahangirov, Seymur; Gökoǧlu, Gökhan; Rubio, Angel; Aktürk, Ethem

    2016-10-01

    Recent studies show that several metal oxides and dichalcogenides (M X2) , which exist in nature, can be stable in two-dimensional (2D) form and each year several new M X2 structures are explored. The unstable structures in H (hexagonal) or T (octahedral) forms can be stabilized through Peierls distortion. In this paper, we propose new 2D forms of RuS2 and RuSe2 materials. We investigate in detail the stability, electronic, magnetic, optical, and thermodynamic properties of 2D Ru X2 (X =S,Se) structures from first principles. While their H and T structures are unstable, the distorted T structures (T'-Ru X2) are stable and have a nonmagnetic semiconducting ground state. The molecular dynamic simulations also confirm that T'-Ru X2 systems are stable even at 500 K without any structural deformation. T'-RuS2 and T'-RuSe2 have indirect band gaps with 0.745 eV (1.694 eV with HSE) and 0.798 eV (1.675 eV with HSE) gap values, respectively. We also examine their bilayer and trilayer forms and find direct and smaller band gaps. We find that AA stacking is more favorable than the AB configuration. The new 2D materials obtained can be good candidates with striking properties for applications in semiconductor electronic, optoelectronic devices, and sensor technology.

  7. Novel Protective Role of Endogenous Cardiac Myocyte P2X4 Receptors in Heart Failure

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    Yang, Tiehong; Shen, Jian-bing; Yang, Ronghua; Redden, John; Dodge-Kafka, Kimberly; Grady, James; Jacobson, Kenneth A.; Liang, Bruce T.

    2014-01-01

    Background Heart failure (HF), despite continuing progress, remains a leading cause of mortality and morbidity. P2X4 receptors (P2X4R) have emerged as potentially important molecules in regulating cardiac function and as potential targets for HF therapy. Transgenic P2X4R overexpression can protect against HF, but this does not explain the role of native cardiac P2X4R. Our goal is to define the physiological role of endogenous cardiac myocyte P2X4R under basal conditions and during HF induced by myocardial infarction or pressure overload. Methods and Results Mice established with conditional cardiac-specific P2X4R knockout were subjected to left anterior descending coronary artery ligation–induced postinfarct or transverse aorta constriction–induced pressure overload HF. Knockout cardiac myocytes did not show P2X4R by immunoblotting or by any response to the P2X4R-specific allosteric enhancer ivermectin. Knockout hearts showed normal basal cardiac function but depressed contractile performance in postinfarct and pressure overload models of HF by in vivo echocardiography and ex vivo isolated working heart parameters. P2X4R coimmunoprecipitated and colocalized with nitric oxide synthase 3 (eNOS) in wild-type cardiac myocytes. Mice with cardiac-specific P2X4R overexpression had increased S-nitrosylation, cyclic GMP, NO formation, and were protected from postinfarct and pressure overload HF. Inhibitor of eNOS, L-N5-(1-iminoethyl)ornithine hydrochloride, blocked the salutary effect of cardiac P2X4R overexpression in postinfarct and pressure overload HF as did eNOS knockout. Conclusions This study establishes a new protective role for endogenous cardiac myocyte P2X4R in HF and is the first to demonstrate a physical interaction between the myocyte receptor and eNOS, a mediator of HF protection. PMID:24622244

  8. Sociocommunicative and sensorimotor impairments in male P2X4-deficient mice.

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    Wyatt, Letisha R; Godar, Sean C; Khoja, Sheraz; Jakowec, Michael W; Alkana, Ronald L; Bortolato, Marco; Davies, Daryl L

    2013-09-01

    Purinergic P2X receptors are a family of ligand-gated ion channels gated by extracellular adenosine 5'-triphosphate (ATP). Of the seven P2X subtypes, P2X4 receptors (P2X4Rs) are richly expressed in the brain, yet their role in behavioral organization remains poorly understood. In this study, we examined the behavioral responses of P2X4R heterozygous (HZ) and knockout (KO) mice in a variety of testing paradigms designed to assess complementary aspects of sensory functions, emotional reactivity, and cognitive organization. P2X4R deficiency did not induce significant alterations of locomotor activity and anxiety-related indices in the novel open field and elevated plus-maze tests. Conversely, P2X4R KO mice displayed marked deficits in acoustic startle reflex amplitude, as well as significant sensorimotor gating impairments, as assessed by the prepulse inhibition of the startle. In addition, P2X4R KO mice displayed enhanced tactile sensitivity, as signified by a lower latency in the sticky-tape removal test. Moreover, both P2X4R HZ and KO mice showed significant reductions in social interaction and maternal separation-induced ultrasonic vocalizations in pups. Notably, brain regions of P2X4R KO mice exhibited significant brain-regional alterations in the subunit composition of glutamate ionotropic receptors. These results collectively document that P2X4-deficient mice exhibit a spectrum of phenotypic abnormalities partially akin to those observed in other murine models of autism-spectrum disorder. In conclusion, our findings highlight a putative role of P2X4Rs in the regulation of perceptual and sociocommunicative functions and point to these receptors as putative targets for disturbances associated with neurodevelopmental disorders. PMID:23604007

  9. Sociocommunicative and Sensorimotor Impairments in Male P2X4-Deficient Mice

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    Wyatt, Letisha R; Godar, Sean C; Khoja, Sheraz; Jakowec, Michael W; Alkana, Ronald L; Bortolato, Marco; Davies, Daryl L

    2013-01-01

    Purinergic P2X receptors are a family of ligand-gated ion channels gated by extracellular adenosine 5′-triphosphate (ATP). Of the seven P2X subtypes, P2X4 receptors (P2X4Rs) are richly expressed in the brain, yet their role in behavioral organization remains poorly understood. In this study, we examined the behavioral responses of P2X4R heterozygous (HZ) and knockout (KO) mice in a variety of testing paradigms designed to assess complementary aspects of sensory functions, emotional reactivity, and cognitive organization. P2X4R deficiency did not induce significant alterations of locomotor activity and anxiety-related indices in the novel open field and elevated plus-maze tests. Conversely, P2X4R KO mice displayed marked deficits in acoustic startle reflex amplitude, as well as significant sensorimotor gating impairments, as assessed by the prepulse inhibition of the startle. In addition, P2X4R KO mice displayed enhanced tactile sensitivity, as signified by a lower latency in the sticky-tape removal test. Moreover, both P2X4R HZ and KO mice showed significant reductions in social interaction and maternal separation-induced ultrasonic vocalizations in pups. Notably, brain regions of P2X4R KO mice exhibited significant brain-regional alterations in the subunit composition of glutamate ionotropic receptors. These results collectively document that P2X4-deficient mice exhibit a spectrum of phenotypic abnormalities partially akin to those observed in other murine models of autism-spectrum disorder. In conclusion, our findings highlight a putative role of P2X4Rs in the regulation of perceptual and sociocommunicative functions and point to these receptors as putative targets for disturbances associated with neurodevelopmental disorders. PMID:23604007

  10. Insights into the channel gating of P2X receptors from structures, dynamics and small molecules

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    Wang, Jin; Yu, Ye

    2016-01-01

    P2X receptors, as ATP-gated non-selective trimeric ion channels, are permeable to Na+, K+ and Ca2+. Comparing with other ligand-gated ion channel families, P2X receptors are distinct in their unique gating properties and pathophysiological roles, and have attracted attention as promising drug targets for a variety of diseases, such as neuropathic pain, multiple sclerosis, rheumatoid arthritis and thrombus. Several small molecule inhibitors for distinct P2X subtypes have entered into clinical trials. However, many questions regarding the gating mechanism of P2X remain unsolved. The structural determinations of P2X receptors at the resting and ATP-bound open states revealed that P2X receptor gating is a cooperative allosteric process involving multiple domains, which marks the beginning of the post-structure era of P2X research at atomic level. Here, we review the current knowledge on the structure-function relationship of P2X receptors, depict the whole picture of allosteric changes during the channel gating, and summarize the active sites that may contribute to new strategies for developing novel allosteric drugs targeting P2X receptors. PMID:26725734

  11. P2X7 receptor in epilepsy; role in pathophysiology and potential targeting for seizure control

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    Engel, Tobias; Jimenez-Pacheco, Alba; Miras-Portugal, Maria Teresa; Diaz-Hernandez, Miguel; Henshall, David C

    2012-01-01

    The P2X7 receptor is an ATP-gated non-selective cation-permeable ionotropic receptor selectively expressed in neurons and glia in the brain. Activation of the P2X7 receptor has been found to modulate neuronal excitability in the hippocampus and it has also been linked to microglia activation and neuroinflammatory responses. Accordingly, interest developed on the P2X7 receptor in disorders of the nervous system, including epilepsy. Studies show that expression of the P2X7 receptor is elevated in damaged regions of the brain after prolonged seizures (status epilepticus) in both neurons and glia. P2X7 receptor expression is also increased in the hippocampus in experimental epilepsy. Recent data show that mice lacking the P2X7 receptor display altered susceptibility to status epilepticus and that drugs targeting the P2X7 receptor have potent anticonvulsant effects. Together, this suggests that P2X7 receptor ligands may be useful adjunctive treatments for refractory status epilepticus or perhaps pharmacoresistant epilepsy. This review summarizes the evidence of P2X7 receptor involvement in the pathophysiology of epilepsy and the potential of drugs targeting this receptor for seizure control. PMID:23320131

  12. Accelerated tumor progression in mice lacking the ATP receptor P2X7.

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    Adinolfi, Elena; Capece, Marina; Franceschini, Alessia; Falzoni, Simonetta; Giuliani, Anna L; Rotondo, Alessandra; Sarti, Alba C; Bonora, Massimo; Syberg, Susanne; Corigliano, Domenica; Pinton, Paolo; Jorgensen, Niklas R; Abelli, Luigi; Emionite, Laura; Raffaghello, Lizzia; Pistoia, Vito; Di Virgilio, Francesco

    2015-02-15

    The ATP receptor P2X7 (P2X7R or P2RX7) has a key role in inflammation and immunity, but its possible roles in cancer are not firmly established. In the present study, we investigated the effect of host genetic deletion of P2X7R in the mouse on the growth of B16 melanoma or CT26 colon carcinoma cells. Tumor size and metastatic dissemination were assessed by in vivo calliper and luciferase luminescence emission measurements along with postmortem examination. In P2X7R-deficient mice, tumor growth and metastatic spreading were accelerated strongly, compared with wild-type (wt) mice. Intratumoral IL-1β and VEGF release were drastically reduced, and inflammatory cell infiltration was abrogated nearly completely. Similarly, tumor growth was also greatly accelerated in wt chimeric mice implanted with P2X7R-deficient bone marrow cells, defining hematopoietic cells as a sufficient site of P2X7R action. Finally, dendritic cells from P2X7R-deficient mice were unresponsive to stimulation with tumor cells, and chemotaxis of P2X7R-less cells was impaired. Overall, our results showed that host P2X7R expression was critical to support an antitumor immune response, and to restrict tumor growth and metastatic diffusion. PMID:25542861

  13. Regulation of P2X2 Receptors by the Neuronal Calcium Sensor VILIP1

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    Chaumont, Severine; Compan, Vincent; Toulme, Estelle; Richler, Esther; Housley, Gary D.; Rassendren, Francois; Khakh, Baljit S.

    2012-01-01

    Extracellular adenosine triphosphate (ATP) activates P2X receptors, which are involved in diverse physiological functions. Using a proteomic approach, we identified the neuronal calcium sensor VILIP1 as interacting with P2X2 receptors. We found that VILIP1 forms a signaling complex in vitro and in vivo with P2X2 receptors and regulates P2X2 receptor sensitivity to ATP, peak response, surface expression, and diffusion. VILIP1 constitutively binds to P2X2 receptors and displays enhanced interactions in an activation- and calcium-dependent manner owing to exposure of its binding segment in P2X2 receptors. VILIP1-P2X2 interactions are also enhanced in hippocampal neurons during conditions of action potential firing known to trigger P2X2 receptor activation. Our data thus reveal a previously unrecognized function for the neuronal calcium sensor protein VILIP1 and a mechanism for regulation of ATP-dependent P2X receptor signaling by neuronal calcium sensors. PMID:18922787

  14. Lipopolysaccharide Inhibits the Channel Activity of the P2X7 Receptor

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    Leiva-Salcedo, Elias; Coddou, Claudio; Rodríguez, Felipe E.; Penna, Antonello; Lopez, Ximena; Neira, Tanya; Fernández, Ricardo; Imarai, Mónica; Rios, Miguel; Escobar, Jorge; Montoya, Margarita; Huidobro-Toro, J. Pablo; Escobar, Alejandro; Acuña-Castillo, Claudio

    2011-01-01

    The purinergic P2X7 receptor (P2X7R) plays an important role during the immune response, participating in several events such as cytokine release, apoptosis, and necrosis. The bacterial endotoxin lipopolysaccharide (LPS) is one of the strongest stimuli of the immune response, and it has been shown that P2X7R activation can modulate LPS-induced responses. Moreover, a C-terminal binding site for LPS has been proposed. In order to evaluate if LPS can directly modulate the activity of the P2X7R, we tested several signaling pathways associated with P2X7R activation in HEK293 cells that do not express the TLR-4 receptor. We found that LPS alone was unable to induce any P2X7R-related activity, suggesting that the P2X7R is not directly activated by the endotoxin. On the other hand, preapplication of LPS inhibited ATP-induced currents, intracellular calcium increase, and ethidium bromide uptake and had no effect on ERK activation in HEK293 cells. In splenocytes-derived T-regulatory cells, in which ATP-induced apoptosis is driven by the P2X7R, LPS inhibited ATP-induced apoptosis. Altogether, these results demonstrate that LPS modulates the activity of the P2X7R and suggest that this effect could be of physiological relevance. PMID:21941410

  15. The microglial ATP-gated ion channel P2X7 as a CNS drug target.

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    Bhattacharya, Anindya; Biber, Knut

    2016-10-01

    Based on promising preclinical evidence, microglial P2X7 has increasingly being recognized as a target for therapeutic intervention in neurological and psychiatric diseases. However, despite this knowledge no P2X7-related drug has yet entered clinical trials with respect to CNS diseases. We here discuss the current literature on P2X7 being a drug target and identify unsolved issues and still open questions that have hampered the development of P2X7 dependent therapeutic approaches for CNS diseases. It is concluded here that the lack of brain penetrating P2X7 antagonists is a major obstacle in the field and that central P2X7 is a yet untested clinical drug target. In the CNS, microglial P2X7 activation causes neuroinflammation, which in turn plays a role in various CNS disorders. This has resulted in a surge of brain penetrant P2X7 antagonists. P2X7 is a viable, clinically untested CNS drug target. GLIA 2016;64:1772-1787.

  16. P2X7 receptor as predictor gene for glioma radiosensitivity and median survival.

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    Gehring, Marina P; Kipper, Franciele; Nicoletti, Natália F; Sperotto, Nathalia D; Zanin, Rafael; Tamajusuku, Alessandra S K; Flores, Debora G; Meurer, Luise; Roesler, Rafael; Filho, Aroldo B; Lenz, Guido; Campos, Maria M; Morrone, Fernanda B

    2015-11-01

    Glioblastoma multiforme (GBM) is considered the most lethal intracranial tumor and the median survival time is approximately 14 months. Although some glioma cells present radioresistance, radiotherapy has been the mainstay of therapy for patients with malignant glioma. The activation of P2X7 receptor (P2X7R) is responsible for ATP-induced death in various cell types. In this study, we analyzed the importance of ATP-P2X7R pathway in the radiotherapy response P2X7R silenced cell lines, in vivo and human tumor samples. Both glioma cell lines used in this study present a functional P2X7R and the P2X7R silencing reduced P2X7R pore activity by ethidium bromide uptake. Gamma radiation (2Gy) treatment reduced cell number in a P2X7R-dependent way, since both P2X7R antagonist and P2X7R silencing blocked the cell cytotoxicity caused by irradiation after 24h. The activation of P2X7R is time-dependent, as EtBr uptake significantly increased after 24h of irradiation. The radiotherapy plus ATP incubation significantly increased annexin V incorporation, compared with radiotherapy alone, suggesting that ATP acts synergistically with radiotherapy. Of note, GL261 P2X7R silenced-bearing mice failed in respond to radiotherapy (8Gy) and GL261 WT-bearing mice, that constitutively express P2X7R, presented a significant reduction in tumor volume after radiotherapy, showing in vivo that functional P2X7R expression is essential for an efficient radiotherapy response in gliomas. We also showed that a high P2X7R expression is a good prognostic factor for glioma radiosensitivity and survival probability in humans. Our data revealed the relevance of P2X7R expression in glioma cells to a successful radiotherapy response, and shed new light on this receptor as a useful predictor of the sensitivity of cancer patients to radiotherapy and median survival. PMID:26358881

  17. The microglial ATP-gated ion channel P2X7 as a CNS drug target.

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    Bhattacharya, Anindya; Biber, Knut

    2016-10-01

    Based on promising preclinical evidence, microglial P2X7 has increasingly being recognized as a target for therapeutic intervention in neurological and psychiatric diseases. However, despite this knowledge no P2X7-related drug has yet entered clinical trials with respect to CNS diseases. We here discuss the current literature on P2X7 being a drug target and identify unsolved issues and still open questions that have hampered the development of P2X7 dependent therapeutic approaches for CNS diseases. It is concluded here that the lack of brain penetrating P2X7 antagonists is a major obstacle in the field and that central P2X7 is a yet untested clinical drug target. In the CNS, microglial P2X7 activation causes neuroinflammation, which in turn plays a role in various CNS disorders. This has resulted in a surge of brain penetrant P2X7 antagonists. P2X7 is a viable, clinically untested CNS drug target. GLIA 2016;64:1772-1787. PMID:27219534

  18. Lipopolysaccharide inhibits the channel activity of the P2X7 receptor.

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    Leiva-Salcedo, Elias; Coddou, Claudio; Rodríguez, Felipe E; Penna, Antonello; Lopez, Ximena; Neira, Tanya; Fernández, Ricardo; Imarai, Mónica; Rios, Miguel; Escobar, Jorge; Montoya, Margarita; Huidobro-Toro, J Pablo; Escobar, Alejandro; Acuña-Castillo, Claudio

    2011-01-01

    The purinergic P2X7 receptor (P2X7R) plays an important role during the immune response, participating in several events such as cytokine release, apoptosis, and necrosis. The bacterial endotoxin lipopolysaccharide (LPS) is one of the strongest stimuli of the immune response, and it has been shown that P2X7R activation can modulate LPS-induced responses. Moreover, a C-terminal binding site for LPS has been proposed. In order to evaluate if LPS can directly modulate the activity of the P2X7R, we tested several signaling pathways associated with P2X7R activation in HEK293 cells that do not express the TLR-4 receptor. We found that LPS alone was unable to induce any P2X7R-related activity, suggesting that the P2X7R is not directly activated by the endotoxin. On the other hand, preapplication of LPS inhibited ATP-induced currents, intracellular calcium increase, and ethidium bromide uptake and had no effect on ERK activation in HEK293 cells. In splenocytes-derived T-regulatory cells, in which ATP-induced apoptosis is driven by the P2X7R, LPS inhibited ATP-induced apoptosis. Altogether, these results demonstrate that LPS modulates the activity of the P2X7R and suggest that this effect could be of physiological relevance. PMID:21941410

  19. Involvement of the P2X7-NLRP3 axis in leukemic cell proliferation and death

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    Salaro, Erica; Rambaldi, Alessia; Falzoni, Simonetta; Amoroso, Francesca Saveria; Franceschini, Alessia; Sarti, Alba Clara; Bonora, Massimo; Cavazzini, Francesco; Rigolin, Gian Matteo; Ciccone, Maria; Audrito, Valentina; Deaglio, Silvia; Pelegrin, Pablo; Pinton, Paolo; Cuneo, Antonio; Di Virgilio, Francesco

    2016-01-01

    Lymphocyte growth and differentiation are modulated by extracellular nucleotides and P2 receptors. We previously showed that the P2X7 receptor (P2X7R or P2RX7) is overexpressed in circulating lymphocytes from chronic lymphocytic leukemia (CLL) patients. In the present study we investigated the P2X7R/NLRP3 inflammasome axis in lymphocytes from a cohort of 23 CLL patients. P2X7R, ASC and NLRP3 were investigated by Western blot, PCR and transfection techniques. P2X7R was overexpressed and correlated with chromosome 12 trisomy in CLL patients. ASC mRNA and protein were also overexpressed. On the contrary, NLRP3 was dramatically down-modulated in CLL lymphocytes relative to lymphocytes from healthy donors. To further investigate the correlation between P2X7R, NLRP3 and cell growth, NLRP3 was silenced in THP-1 cells, a leukemic cell line that natively expresses both NLRP3 and P2X7R. NLRP3 silencing enhanced P2X7R expression and promoted growth. On the contrary, NLRP3 overexpression caused accelerated apoptosis. The P2X7R was also up-modulated in hematopoietic cells from NLRP3-KO mice. In conclusion, we show that NLRP3 down-modulation stimulates P2X7R expression and promotes growth, while NLRP3 overexpression inhibits cell proliferation and stimulates apoptosis. These findings suggest that NLRP3 is a negative regulator of growth and point to a role of the P2X7R/NLRP3 axis in CLL. PMID:27221966

  20. Targeting of the P2X7 receptor in pancreatic cancer and stellate cells.

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    Giannuzzo, Andrea; Saccomano, Mara; Napp, Joanna; Ellegaard, Maria; Alves, Frauke; Novak, Ivana

    2016-12-01

    The ATP-gated receptor P2X7 (P2X7R) is involved in regulation of cell survival and has been of interest in cancer field. Pancreatic ductal adenocarcinoma (PDAC) is a deadly cancer and new markers and therapeutic targets are needed. PDAC is characterized by a complex tumour microenvironment, which includes cancer and pancreatic stellate cells (PSCs), and potentially high nucleotide/side turnover. Our aim was to determine P2X7R expression and function in human pancreatic cancer cells in vitro as well as to perform in vivo efficacy study applying P2X7R inhibitor in an orthotopic xenograft mouse model of PDAC. In the in vitro studies we show that human PDAC cells with luciferase gene (PancTu-1 Luc cells) express high levels of P2X7R protein. Allosteric P2X7R antagonist AZ10606120 inhibited cell proliferation in basal conditions, indicating that P2X7R was tonically active. Extracellular ATP and BzATP, to which the P2X7R is more sensitive, further affected cell survival and confirmed complex functionality of P2X7R. PancTu-1 Luc migration and invasion was reduced by AZ10606120, and it was stimulated by PSCs, but not by PSCs from P2X7(-/-) animals. PancTu-1 Luc cells were orthotopically transplanted into nude mice and tumour growth was followed noninvasively by bioluminescence imaging. AZ10606120-treated mice showed reduced bioluminescence compared to saline-treated mice. Immunohistochemical analysis confirmed P2X7R expression in cancer and PSC cells, and in metaplastic/neoplastic acinar and duct structures. PSCs number/activity and collagen deposition was reduced in AZ10606120-treated tumours. PMID:27513892

  1. Positive allosteric modulation by ivermectin of human but not murine P2X7 receptors

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    Nörenberg, W; Sobottka, H; Hempel, C; Plötz, T; Fischer, W; Schmalzing, G; Schaefer, M

    2012-01-01

    BACKGROUND AND PURPOSE In mammalian cells, the anti-parasitic drug ivermectin is known as a positive allosteric modulator of the ATP-activated ion channel P2X4 and is used to discriminate between P2X4- and P2X7-mediated cellular responses. In this paper we provide evidence that the reported isoform selectivity of ivermectin is a species-specific phenomenon. EXPERIMENTAL APPROACH Complementary electrophysiological and fluorometric methods were applied to evaluate the effect of ivermectin on recombinantly expressed and on native P2X7 receptors. A biophysical characterization of ionic currents and of the pore dilation properties is provided. KEY RESULTS Unexpectedly, ivermectin potentiated currents in human monocyte-derived macrophages that endogenously express hP2X7 receptors. Likewise, currents and [Ca2+]i influx through recombinant human (hP2X7) receptors were potently enhanced by ivermectin at submaximal or saturating ATP concentrations. Since intracellular ivermectin did not mimic or prevent its activity when applied to the bath solution, the binding site of ivermectin on hP2X7 receptors appears to be accessible from the extracellular side. In contrast to currents through P2X4 receptors, ivermectin did not cause a delay in hP2X7 current decay upon ATP removal. Interestingly, NMDG+ permeability and Yo-Pro-1 uptake were not affected by ivermectin. On rat or mouse P2X7 receptors, ivermectin was only poorly effective, suggesting a species-specific mode of action. CONCLUSIONS AND IMPLICATIONS The data indicate a previously unrecognized species-specific modulation of human P2X7 receptors by ivermectin that should be considered when using this cell-biological tool in human cells and tissues. PMID:22506590

  2. Involvement of the P2X7-NLRP3 axis in leukemic cell proliferation and death.

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    Salaro, Erica; Rambaldi, Alessia; Falzoni, Simonetta; Amoroso, Francesca Saveria; Franceschini, Alessia; Sarti, Alba Clara; Bonora, Massimo; Cavazzini, Francesco; Rigolin, Gian Matteo; Ciccone, Maria; Audrito, Valentina; Deaglio, Silvia; Pelegrin, Pablo; Pinton, Paolo; Cuneo, Antonio; Di Virgilio, Francesco

    2016-01-01

    Lymphocyte growth and differentiation are modulated by extracellular nucleotides and P2 receptors. We previously showed that the P2X7 receptor (P2X7R or P2RX7) is overexpressed in circulating lymphocytes from chronic lymphocytic leukemia (CLL) patients. In the present study we investigated the P2X7R/NLRP3 inflammasome axis in lymphocytes from a cohort of 23 CLL patients. P2X7R, ASC and NLRP3 were investigated by Western blot, PCR and transfection techniques. P2X7R was overexpressed and correlated with chromosome 12 trisomy in CLL patients. ASC mRNA and protein were also overexpressed. On the contrary, NLRP3 was dramatically down-modulated in CLL lymphocytes relative to lymphocytes from healthy donors. To further investigate the correlation between P2X7R, NLRP3 and cell growth, NLRP3 was silenced in THP-1 cells, a leukemic cell line that natively expresses both NLRP3 and P2X7R. NLRP3 silencing enhanced P2X7R expression and promoted growth. On the contrary, NLRP3 overexpression caused accelerated apoptosis. The P2X7R was also up-modulated in hematopoietic cells from NLRP3-KO mice. In conclusion, we show that NLRP3 down-modulation stimulates P2X7R expression and promotes growth, while NLRP3 overexpression inhibits cell proliferation and stimulates apoptosis. These findings suggest that NLRP3 is a negative regulator of growth and point to a role of the P2X7R/NLRP3 axis in CLL. PMID:27221966

  3. Structure and radiation effect of Er-stuffed pyrochlore Er2(Ti2-xErx)O7-x/2 (x = 0-0.667)

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    Yang, D. Y.; Xu, C. P.; Fu, E. G.; Wen, J.; Liu, C. G.; Zhang, K. Q.; Wang, Y. Q.; Li, Y. H.

    2015-08-01

    Er-stuffed pyrochlore series Er2(Ti2-xErx)O7-x/2 (x = 0, 0.162, 0.286, 0.424 and 0.667) were synthesized using conventional ceramic processing procedures. The structure of Er2(Ti2-xErx)O7-x/2 is effectively tailored by the Er stuffing level (x). In order to study the radiation effect of Er-stuffed pyrochlores, irradiation experiments were performed with 400 keV Ne2+ ions to fluences ranging from 5 × 1014 to 3.0 × 1015 ions/cm2 at cryogenic condition. Irradiation induced microstructural evolution was examined using a grazing incidence X-ray diffraction technique. It is found that the irradiated layer of Er2(Ti2-xErx)O7-x/2 undergoes significant lattice disordering and swelling at fluences of ⩽1.5 × 1015 ions/cm2 and amorphization at fluences of ⩾1.5 × 1015 ions/cm2. The radiation effect depends strongly on the chemical compositions of the samples. Both the lattice swelling percentage and the amorphous fraction decrease with increasing x. The experimental results are discussed in the context of cation antisite defect. The defect formation energy which varies as a function of x is responsible for the difference in the structural behaviors of Er2(Ti2-xErx)O7-x/2 under 400 keV Ne2+ ion irradiation.

  4. Mechanism of microglia neuroprotection: Involvement of P2X7, TNFα, and valproic acid.

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    Masuch, Annette; Shieh, Chu-Hsin; van Rooijen, Nico; van Calker, Dietrich; Biber, Knut

    2016-01-01

    Recently, we have demonstrated that ramified microglia are neuroprotective in N-methyl-D-aspartate (NMDA)-induced excitotoxicity in organotypic hippocampal slice cultures (OHSCs). The present study aimed to elucidate the underlying neuron-glia communication mechanism. It is shown here that pretreatment of OHSC with high concentrations of adenosine 5'-triphosphate (ATP) reduced NMDA-induced neuronal death only in presence of microglia. Specific agonists and antagonists identified the P2X7 receptor as neuroprotective receptor which was confirmed by absence of ATP-dependent neuroprotection in P2X7-deficient OHSC. Microglia replenished chimeric OHSC consisting of wild-type tissue replenished with P2X7-deficient microglia confirmed the involvement of microglial P2X7 receptor in neuroprotection. Stimulation of P2X7 in primary microglia induced tumor necrosis factor α (TNFα) release and blocking TNFα by a neutralizing antibody in OHSC abolished neuroprotection by ATP. OHSC from TNFα-deficient mice show increased exicitoxicity and activation of P2X7 did not rescue neuronal survival in the absence of TNFα. The neuroprotective effect of valproic acid (VPA) was strictly dependent on the presence of microglia and was mediated by upregulation of P2X7 in the cells. The present study demonstrates that microglia-mediated neuroprotection depends on ATP-activated purine receptor P2X7 and induction of TNFα release. This neuroprotective pathway was strengthened by VPA elucidating a novel mechanism for the neuroprotective function of VPA.

  5. Hypertonic stress regulates T cell function via pannexin-1 hemichannels and P2X receptors

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    Woehrle, Tobias; Yip, Linda; Manohar, Monali; Sumi, Yuka; Yao, Yongli; Chen, Yu; Junger, Wolfgang G.

    2010-01-01

    Hypertonic saline (HS) resuscitation increases T cell function and inhibits posttraumatic T cell anergy, which can reduce immunosuppression and sepsis in trauma patients. We have previously shown that HS induces the release of cellular ATP and enhances T cell function. However, the mechanism by which HS induces ATP release and the subsequent regulation of T cell function by ATP remain poorly understood. In the present study, we show that inhibition of the gap junction hemichannel pannexin-1 (Panx1) blocks ATP release in response to HS, and HS exposure triggers significant changes in the expression of all P2X-type ATP receptors in Jurkat T cells. Blocking or silencing of Panx1 or of P2X1, P2X4, or P2X7 receptors blunts HS-induced p38 MAPK activation and the stimulatory effects of HS on TCR/CD28-induced IL-2 gene transcription. Moreover, treatment with HS or agonists of P2X receptors overcomes T cell suppression induced by the anti-inflammatory cytokine IL-10. These findings indicate that Panx1 hemichannels facilitate ATP release in response to hypertonic stress and that P2X1, P2X4, and P2X7 receptor activation enhances T cell function. We conclude that HS and P2 receptor agonists promote T cell function and thus, could be used to improve T cell function in trauma patients. PMID:20884646

  6. Stable electrical performance observed in large-scale monolayer WSe2(1-x)S2x with tunable band gap

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    Huang, Jian; Wang, Wenhui; Fu, Qi; Yang, Lei; Zhang, Kun; Zhang, Jingyu; Xiang, Bin

    2016-04-01

    Two-dimensional (2D) semiconductor materials have attracted broad interest due to their unique structures and physical properties. The stability of the 2D-material-based devices plays a key role in their practical applications. Here, we report the promising stable electrical performance in the large-scale monolayer WSe2(1-x)S2x with a tunable band gap. Photoluminescence (PL) spectroscopy was utilized to verify the tunable band gap in the as-grown monolayer with a tuning capability of 120 meV. Gated field effect transistor (FET) performance confirmed the p-type transport behavior in monolayer WSe2(1-x)S2x with a high on/off ratio (>104). Top-gated FET configuration improves the carrier mobility with two orders larger than that in the back-gated FET device. After exposure to air for three months, the device performance manifested excellent stability with no source-drain current drop observed. P-type WSe2(1-x)S2x with a tunable band gap is the ideal complement to n-type tunable monolayers in the application of pn junction-related flexible nanodevices.

  7. Stable electrical performance observed in large-scale monolayer WSe2(1-x)S2x with tunable band gap.

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    Huang, Jian; Wang, Wenhui; Fu, Qi; Yang, Lei; Zhang, Kun; Zhang, Jingyu; Xiang, Bin

    2016-04-01

    Two-dimensional (2D) semiconductor materials have attracted broad interest due to their unique structures and physical properties. The stability of the 2D-material-based devices plays a key role in their practical applications. Here, we report the promising stable electrical performance in the large-scale monolayer WSe2(1-x)S2x with a tunable band gap. Photoluminescence (PL) spectroscopy was utilized to verify the tunable band gap in the as-grown monolayer with a tuning capability of 120 meV. Gated field effect transistor (FET) performance confirmed the p-type transport behavior in monolayer WSe2(1-x)S2x with a high on/off ratio (>10(4)). Top-gated FET configuration improves the carrier mobility with two orders larger than that in the back-gated FET device. After exposure to air for three months, the device performance manifested excellent stability with no source-drain current drop observed. P-type WSe2(1-x)S2x with a tunable band gap is the ideal complement to n-type tunable monolayers in the application of pn junction-related flexible nanodevices. PMID:26901119

  8. P2X purinoceptors as a link between hyperexcitability and neuroinflammation in status epilepticus.

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    Henshall, David C; Engel, Tobias

    2015-08-01

    There remains a need for more efficacious treatments for status epilepticus. Prolonged seizures result in the release of ATP from cells which activates the P2 class of ionotropic and metabotropic purinoceptors. The P2X receptors gate depolarizing sodium and calcium entry and are expressed by both neurons and glia throughout the brain, and a number of subtypes are upregulated after status epilepticus. Recent studies have explored the in vivo effects of targeting ATP-gated P2X receptors in preclinical models of status epilepticus, with particular focus on the P2X7 receptor (P2X7R). The P2X7R mediates microglial activation and the release of the proepileptogenic inflammatory cytokine interleukin 1β. The receptor may also directly modulate neurotransmission and gliotransmission and promote the recruitment of immune cells into brain parenchyma. Data from our group and collaborators show that status epilepticus produced by intraamygdala microinjection of kainic acid increases P2X7R expression in the hippocampus and neocortex of mice. Antagonism of the P2X7R in the model reduced seizure severity, microglial activation and interleukin 1β release, and neuronal injury. Coadministration of a P2X7R antagonist with a benzodiazepine also provided seizure suppression in a model of drug-refractory status epilepticus when either treatment alone was minimally effective. More recently, we showed that status epilepticus in immature rats is also reduced by P2X7R antagonism. Together, these findings suggest that P2X receptors may be novel targets for seizure control and interruption of neuroinflammation after status epilepticus. This article is part of a Special Issue entitled "Status Epilepticus".

  9. P2X purinoceptors as a link between hyperexcitability and neuroinflammation in status epilepticus.

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    Henshall, David C; Engel, Tobias

    2015-08-01

    There remains a need for more efficacious treatments for status epilepticus. Prolonged seizures result in the release of ATP from cells which activates the P2 class of ionotropic and metabotropic purinoceptors. The P2X receptors gate depolarizing sodium and calcium entry and are expressed by both neurons and glia throughout the brain, and a number of subtypes are upregulated after status epilepticus. Recent studies have explored the in vivo effects of targeting ATP-gated P2X receptors in preclinical models of status epilepticus, with particular focus on the P2X7 receptor (P2X7R). The P2X7R mediates microglial activation and the release of the proepileptogenic inflammatory cytokine interleukin 1β. The receptor may also directly modulate neurotransmission and gliotransmission and promote the recruitment of immune cells into brain parenchyma. Data from our group and collaborators show that status epilepticus produced by intraamygdala microinjection of kainic acid increases P2X7R expression in the hippocampus and neocortex of mice. Antagonism of the P2X7R in the model reduced seizure severity, microglial activation and interleukin 1β release, and neuronal injury. Coadministration of a P2X7R antagonist with a benzodiazepine also provided seizure suppression in a model of drug-refractory status epilepticus when either treatment alone was minimally effective. More recently, we showed that status epilepticus in immature rats is also reduced by P2X7R antagonism. Together, these findings suggest that P2X receptors may be novel targets for seizure control and interruption of neuroinflammation after status epilepticus. This article is part of a Special Issue entitled "Status Epilepticus". PMID:25843343

  10. P2X3 and TRPV1 functionally interact and mediate sensitization of trigeminal sensory neurons

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    Saloman, Jami L.; Chung, Man-Kyo; Ro, Jin Y.

    2012-01-01

    Musculoskeletal pain conditions, particularly those associated with temporomandibular joint and muscle disorders (TMD) affect a large percentage of the population. Identifying mechanisms underlying hyperalgesia could contribute to the development of new treatment strategies for the management of TMD and other muscle pain conditions. In this study, we provide evidence of functional interactions between two ligand-gated channels, P2X3 and TRPV1, in trigeminal sensory neurons, and propose that the interactions serve as an underlying mechanism for the development of mechanical hyperalgesia. Mechanical sensitivity of the masseter muscle was assessed in lightly anesthetized rats via an electronic anesthesiometer (Ro et al., 2009). Direct intramuscular injection of a selective P2X3 agonist, αβmeATP, induced a dose- and time-dependent hyperalgesia. Mechanical sensitivity in the contralateral muscle was unaffected suggesting local P2X3 mediate the hyperalgesia. Anesthetizing the overlying skin had no effect on αβmeATP-induced hyperalgesia confirming the contribution of P2X3 from muscle. Importantly, the αβmeATP-induced hyperalgesia was prevented by pretreatment of the muscle with a TRPV1 antagonist, AMG9810. P2X3 was co-expressed with TRPV1 in masseter muscle afferents confirming the possibility for intracellular interactions. Additionally, in a subpopulation of P2X3/TRPV1 positive neurons, capsaicin-induced Ca2+ transients were significantly amplified following P2X3 activation. Finally, activation of P2X3 induced phosphorylation of serine, but not threonine, residues in TRPV1 in trigeminal ganglia cultures. Significant phosphorylation was observed at 15 min, the time point at which behavioral hyperalgesia was prominent. Previously, activation of either P2X3 or TRPV1 had been independently implicated in the development of mechanical hyperalgesia. Our data propose P2X3 and TRPV1 interact in a facilitatory manner, which could contribute to the peripheral sensitization

  11. Cloning and functional analysis of P2X1b, a new variant in rat optic nerve that regulates the P2X1 receptor in a use-dependent manner.

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    Rangel-Yescas, Gisela E; Vazquez-Cuevas, Francisco G; Garay, Edith; Arellano, Rogelio O

    2012-01-01

    P2X receptors are trimeric, ATP-gated cation channels. In mammals seven P2X subtypes have been reported (P2X1-P2X7), as well as several variants generated by alternative splicing. Variants confer to the homomeric or heteromeric channels distinct functional and/or pharmacological properties. Molecular biology, biochemical, and functional analysis by electrophysiological methods were used to identify and study a new variant of the P2X1 receptor named P2X1b. This new variant, identified in rat optic nerve, was also expressed in other tissues. P2X1b receptors lack amino acids 182 to 208 of native P2X1, a region that includes residues that are highly conserved among distinct P2X receptors. When expressed in Xenopus oocytes, P2X1b was not functional as a homomer; however, when co-expressed with P2X1, it downregulated the electrical response generated by ATP compared with that of oocytes expressing P2X1 alone, and it seemed to form heteromeric channels with a modestly enhanced ATP potency. A decrease in responses to ATP in oocytes co-expressing different ratios of P2X1b to P2X1 was completely eliminated by overnight pretreatment with apyrase. Thus, it is suggested that P2X1b regulates, through a use-dependent mechanism, the availability, in the plasma membrane, of receptor channels that can be operated by ATP. PMID:22508081

  12. [Effect of Zhuangyao Jianshen Wan (ZYJCW) on P2X1 and P2X3 mRNA expressions in rats with diuresis caused by kidney deficiency].

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    Chen, Jia-yi; Jiang, Wei-wen; He, Feng-lei; Mo, Guo-qiang; Guo, Zhong-hui; Wang, Xiao-dan; Wu, Qing-he; Cao, Hong-yin

    2015-08-01

    To investigate the urination-reducing effect and mechanism of Zhuangyao Jianshen Wan (ZYJCW). In this study, SI rats were subcutaneously injected with 150 mg · kg(-1) dose of D-galactose to prepare the sub-acute aging model and randomly divided into the model group, the Suoquan Wan group (1.17 g · kg(-1) · d(-1)), and ZYJCW high, medium and low dose groups (2.39, 1.20, 0.60 g · kg(-1) · d(-1)) , with normal rats in the blank group. They were continuously administered with drugs for eight weeks. The metabolic cage method was adopted to measure the 24 h urine volume and 5 h water load urine volume in rats. The automatic biochemistry analyzer was adopted to detect urine concentrations of Na+, Cl-, K+. The ELISA method was used to determine serum aldosterone (ALD) and antidiuretic hormone (ADH). The changes in P2X1 and P2X3 mRNA expressions in bladder tissues of rats were detected by RT-PCR. According to the results, both ZYJCW high and medium dose groups showed significant down-regulations in 24 h urine volume and 5 h water load urine volume in (P <0.05, P <0.01), declines in Na+ and Cl- concentrations in urine (P <0.01), notable rises in plasma ALD and ADH contents (P <0.05, P <0.01) and remarkable down-regulations in the P2X1 and P2X3 mRNA expressions in bladder tissues (P <0.01). The ZYJCW low dose group revealed obvious reductions in Na+ and Cl- concentrations in urine (P <0.01). The results indicated that ZYJCW may show the urination-reducing effect by down-regulating the P2X1 and P2X3 mRNA expressions in bladder tissues of rats with diuresis caused by kidney deficiency.

  13. Saffron reduces ATP-induced retinal cytotoxicity by targeting P2X7 receptors.

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    Corso, Lucia; Cavallero, Anna; Baroni, Debora; Garbati, Patrizia; Prestipino, Gianfranco; Bisti, Silvia; Nobile, Mario; Picco, Cristiana

    2016-03-01

    P2X7-type purinergic receptors are distributed throughout the nervous system where they contribute to physiological and pathological functions. In the retina, this receptor is found in both inner and outer cells including microglia modulating signaling and health of retinal cells. It is involved in retinal neurodegenerative disorders such as retinitis pigmentosa and age-related macular degeneration (AMD). Experimental studies demonstrated that saffron protects photoreceptors from light-induced damage preserving both retinal morphology and visual function and improves retinal flicker sensitivity in AMD patients. To evaluate a possible interaction between saffron and P2X7 receptors (P2X7Rs), different cellular models and experimental approaches were used. We found that saffron positively influences the viability of mouse primary retinal cells and photoreceptor-derived 661W cells exposed to ATP, and reduced the ATP-induced intracellular calcium increase in 661W cells. Similar results were obtained on HEK cells transfected with recombinant rat P2X7R but not on cells transfected with rat P2X2R. Finally, patch-clamp experiments showed that saffron inhibited cationic currents in HEK-P2X7R cells. These results point out a novel mechanism through which saffron may exert its protective role in neurodegeneration and support the idea that P2X7-mediated calcium signaling may be a crucial therapeutic target in the treatment of neurodegenerative diseases. PMID:26739703

  14. P2X7 Mediates ATP-Driven Invasiveness in Prostate Cancer Cells

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    Qiu, Ying; Li, Wei-hua; Zhang, Hong-quan; Liu, Yan; Tian, Xin-Xia; Fang, Wei-Gang

    2014-01-01

    The ATP-gated P2X7 has been shown to play an important role in invasiveness and metastasis of some tumors. However, the possible links and underlying mechanisms between P2X7 and prostate cancer have not been elucidated. Here, we demonstrated that P2X7 was highly expressed in some prostate cancer cells. Down-regulation of P2X7 by siRNA significantly attenuated ATP- or BzATP-driven migration and invasion of prostate cancer cells in vitro, and inhibited tumor invasiveness and metastases in nude mice. In addition, silencing of P2X7 remarkably attenuated ATP- or BzATP- driven expression changes of EMT/invasion-related genes Snail, E-cadherin, Claudin-1, IL-8 and MMP-3, and weakened the phosphorylation of PI3K/AKT and ERK1/2 in vitro. Similar effects were observed in nude mice. These data indicate that P2X7 stimulates cell invasion and metastasis in prostate cancer cells via some EMT/invasion-related genes, as well as PI3K/AKT and ERK1/2 signaling pathways. P2X7 could be a promising therapeutic target for prostate cancer. PMID:25486274

  15. Blockade of P2X7 receptors or pannexin-1 channels similarly attenuates postischemic damage

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    Cisneros-Mejorado, Abraham; Gottlieb, Miroslav; Cavaliere, Fabio; Magnus, Tim; Koch-Nolte, Friederich; Scemes, Eliana; Pérez-Samartín, Alberto; Matute, Carlos

    2015-01-01

    The role of P2X7 receptors and pannexin-1 channels in ischemic damage remains controversial. Here, we analyzed their contribution to postanoxic depolarization after ischemia in cultured neurons and in brain slices. We observed that pharmacological blockade of P2X7 receptors or pannexin-1 channels delayed the onset of postanoxic currents and reduced their slope, and that simultaneous inhibition did not further enhance the effects of blocking either one. These results were confirmed in acute cortical slices from P2X7 and pannexin-1 knockout mice. Oxygen-glucose deprivation in cortical organotypic cultures caused neuronal death that was reduced with P2X7 and pannexin-1 blockers as well as in organotypic cultures derived from mice lacking P2X7 and pannexin 1. Subsequently, we used transient middle cerebral artery occlusion to monitor the neuroprotective effect of those drugs in vivo. We found that P2X7 and pannexin-1 antagonists, and their ablation in knockout mice, substantially attenuated the motor symptoms and reduced the infarct volume to ~50% of that in vehicle-treated or wild-type animals. These results show that P2X7 receptors and pannexin-1 channels are major mediators of postanoxic depolarization in neurons and of brain damage after ischemia, and that they operate in the same deleterious signaling cascade leading to neuronal and tissue demise. PMID:25605289

  16. Growth and characterization of Bi2-xSbxTe3 (x=0-0.2) single crystals

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    Patel, M. M.; Soni, P. H.; Desai, C. F.

    2015-12-01

    Bismuth telluride is a well known V-VI group intermetallic compound semiconductor. Its narrow band gap, 0.16 eV, makes it suitable for application in thermoelectric devices. Its crystal growth and thin film studies have been well reported. Antimony doping in Bi2Te3 has been studied for its effect on its basic semiconducting, optoelectronic and thermoelectric properties. The authors report here on the crystal growth (zone-melting) and band gap of Bi2-xSbxTe3. The compositions studied are Bi2-xSbxTe3 (x=0-0.2). The freezing interface temperature gradient of 50 °C/cm has been found to yield the best quality crystals obtainable at the growth rate of 0.35 cm/h. The growth features on the free surfaces of crystals have been observed to be of typical character assigned to the crystal symmetry. The crystals have been characterized using XRD technique. FTIR spectra were obtained and used to evaluate the band gap which is found to be of direct type. The paper reports the detailed results.

  17. P2X7 Receptors Trigger ATP Exocytosis and Modify Secretory Vesicle Dynamics in Neuroblastoma Cells*

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    Gutiérrez-Martín, Yolanda; Bustillo, Diego; Gómez-Villafuertes, Rosa; Sánchez-Nogueiro, Jesús; Torregrosa-Hetland, Cristina; Binz, Thomas; Gutiérrez, Luis Miguel; Miras-Portugal, María Teresa; Artalejo, Antonio R.

    2011-01-01

    Previously, we reported that purinergic ionotropic P2X7 receptors negatively regulate neurite formation in Neuro-2a (N2a) mouse neuroblastoma cells through a Ca2+/calmodulin-dependent kinase II-related mechanism. In the present study we used this cell line to investigate a parallel though faster P2X7 receptor-mediated signaling pathway, namely Ca2+-regulated exocytosis. Selective activation of P2X7 receptors evoked exocytosis as assayed by high resolution membrane capacitance measurements. Using dual-wavelength total internal reflection microscopy, we have observed both the increase in near-membrane Ca2+ concentration and the exocytosis of fluorescently labeled vesicles in response to P2X7 receptor stimulation. Moreover, activation of P2X7 receptors also affects vesicle motion in the vertical and horizontal directions, thus, involving this receptor type in the control of early steps (docking and priming) of the secretory pathway. Immunocytochemical and RT-PCR experiments evidenced that N2a cells express the three neuronal SNAREs as well as vesicular nucleotide and monoamine (VMAT-1 and VMAT-2) transporters. Biochemical measurements indicated that ionomycin induced a significant release of ATP from N2a cells. Finally, P2X7 receptor stimulation and ionomycin increased the incidence of small transient inward currents, reminiscent of postsynaptic quantal events observed at synapses. Small transient inward currents were dependent on extracellular Ca2+ and were abolished by Brilliant Blue G, suggesting they were mediated by P2X7 receptors. Altogether, these results suggest the existence of a positive feedback mechanism mediated by P2X7 receptor-stimulated exocytotic release of ATP that would act on P2X7 receptors on the same or neighbor cells to further stimulate its own release and negatively control N2a cell differentiation. PMID:21292765

  18. System Engineering and Technical Challenges Overcome in the J-2X Rocket Engine Development Project

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    Ballard, Richard O.

    2012-01-01

    Beginning in 2006, NASA initiated the J-2X engine development effort to develop an upper stage propulsion system to enable the achievement of the primary objectives of the Constellation program (CxP): provide continued access to the International Space Station following the retirement of the Space Station and return humans to the moon. The J-2X system requirements identified to accomplish this were very challenging and the time expended over the five years following the beginning of the J- 2X effort have been noteworthy in the development of innovations in both the fields for liquid rocket propulsion and system engineering.

  19. New P2X3 receptor antagonists. Part 1: Discovery and optimization of tricyclic compounds.

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    Szántó, Gábor; Makó, Attila; Bata, Imre; Farkas, Bence; Kolok, Sándor; Vastag, Mónika; Cselenyák, Attila

    2016-08-15

    Purinergic P2X3 receptors are trimeric ligand-gated ion channels whose antagonism is an appealing yet challenging and not fully validated drug development idea. With the aim of identification of an orally active, potent human P2X3 receptor antagonist compound that can penetrate the central nervous system, the compound collection of Gedeon Richter was screened. A hit series of tricyclic compounds was subjected to a rapid, two-step optimization process focusing on increasing potency, improving metabolic stability and CNS penetrability. Attempts resulted in compound 65, a potential tool compound for testing P2X3 inhibitory effects in vivo. PMID:27423478

  20. New P2X3 receptor antagonists. Part 2: Identification and SAR of quinazolinones.

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    Szántó, Gábor; Makó, Attila; Vágó, István; Hergert, Tamás; Bata, Imre; Farkas, Bence; Kolok, Sándor; Vastag, Mónika

    2016-08-15

    Numerous potent P2X3 antagonists have been discovered and the therapeutic potential of P2X3 antagonism already comprises proof-of-concept data obtained in clinical trials with the most advanced compound. We have lately reported the discovery and optimization of thia-triaza-tricycle compounds with potent P2X3 antagonistic properties. This Letter describes the SAR of a back-up series containing a 4-oxo-quinazoline central ring. The discovery of the highly potent compounds 51 is presented. PMID:27426300

  1. N-Type Negative Resistance in M/NiS2 - xSex/M Structures

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    Chudnovskii, F. A.; Pergament, A. L.; Stefanovich, G. B.; Somasundaram, P.; Honig, J. M.

    1997-06-01

    We present measurements of the current-voltage characteristics of metal/NiS2 - xSex/metal structures. Due to the unusual metal-insulator phase transition in NiS2 - xSex, in which the low-temperature phase is metallic-like, whereas above the transition temperature the material is a semiconductor, we observed N-type current-voltage characteristics. The switching time for NiS2 - xSex thin films is estimated to be roughly 10 - 8 s, which is sufficiently short to be of interest for applications.

  2. Structure-based identification and characterisation of structurally novel human P2X7 receptor antagonists.

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    Caseley, Emily A; Muench, Stephen P; Fishwick, Colin W; Jiang, Lin-Hua

    2016-09-15

    The P2X7 receptor (P2X7R) plays an important role in diverse conditions associated with tissue damage and inflammation, meaning that the human P2X7R (hP2X7R) is an attractive therapeutic target. The crystal structures of the zebrafish P2X4R in the closed and ATP-bound open states provide an unprecedented opportunity for structure-guided identification of new ligands. The present study performed virtual screening of ∼100,000 structurally diverse compounds against the ATP-binding pocket in the hP2X7R. This identified three compounds (C23, C40 and C60) out of 73 top-ranked compounds by testing against hP2X7R-mediated Ca(2+) responses. These compounds were further characterised using Ca(2+) imaging, patch-clamp current recording, YO-PRO-1 uptake and propidium iodide cell death assays. All three compounds inhibited BzATP-induced Ca(2+) responses concentration-dependently with IC50s of 5.1±0.3μM, 4.8±0.8μM and 3.2±0.2μM, respectively. C23 and C40 inhibited BzATP-induced currents in a reversible and concentration-dependent manner, with IC50s of 0.35±0.3μM and 1.2±0.1μM, respectively, but surprisingly C60 did not affect BzATP-induced currents up to 100μM. They suppressed BzATP-induced YO-PRO-1 uptake with IC50s of 1.8±0.9μM, 1.0±0.1μM and 0.8±0.2μM, respectively. Furthermore, these three compounds strongly protected against ATP-induced cell death. Among them, C40 and C60 exhibited strong specificity towards the hP2X7R over the hP2X4R and rP2X3R. In conclusion, our study reports the identification of three novel hP2X7R antagonists with micromolar potency for the first time using a structure-based approach, including the first P2X7R antagonist with preferential inhibition of large pore formation. PMID:27481062

  3. Building layered NixCo2x(OH)6x nanosheets decorated three-dimensional Ni frameworks for electrochemical applications

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    Liu, Zhao-Qing; Chen, Gao-Feng; Zhou, Pei-Lin; Li, Nan; Su, Yu-Zhi

    2016-06-01

    To achieve high electrochemical performance in energy storage and conversion devices, transition metal hydroxides electrode materials need enhancing their intrinsic poor conductivity and fully utilizing their unexploited active sites. Accordingly, a simple and effective strategy is developed to synthesize layered NixCo2x(OH)6x nanosheets using dual three-dimensional Ni as structural and conductive support system. Owing to highly electrical conductivity, rich of interconnected ion/electron transport pathways, and robust structure stability, NixCo2x(OH)6x@Ni electrode exhibits remarkably high specific capacitance, excellent rate capability, and superior cycle stability. Moreover, the asymmetric supercapacitor assembled by NixCo2x(OH)6x@Ni and activated carbon/carbon nanotube achieves a large working voltage window of 1.5 V, a high energy density (≈44.2 Wh kg-1 at a power density of 750 W kg-1) and outstanding long-term cycle ability (remaining 100% of the initial Csp after 5000 cycles). Furthermore, the NixCo2x(OH)6x@Ni as an oxygen evolution reaction electrocatalyst shows small onset overpotential (263 mV), low Tafel slope (78 mV dec-1), large anodic current density of 30 mA cm-2 at a low overpotential of 336 mV and prominent electrochemical durability.

  4. Design and performance of 4 x 5120-element visible and 2 x 2560-element shortwave infrared multispectral focal planes

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    Tower, J. R.; Cope, A. D.; Pellon, L. E.; Mccarthy, B. M.; Strong, R. T.

    1986-01-01

    Two solid-state sensors for use in remote sensing instruments operating in the pushbroom mode are examined. The design and characteristics of the visible/near-infrared (VIS/NIR) device and the short-wavelength infrared (SWIR) device are described. The VIS/NIR is a CCD imager with four parallel sensor lines, each 1024 pixel long; the chip design and filter system of the VIS/NIR are studied. The performance of the VIS/NIR sensor with mask and its system performance are measured. The SWIR is a dual-band line imager consisting of palladium silicide Schottky-barrier detectors coupled to CCD multiplexers; the performance of the device is analyzed. The substrate materials and layout designs used to assemble the 4 x 5120-element VIS/NIR array and the 2 x 2560-element SWIR array are discussed, and the planarity of the butted arrays are verified using a profilometer. The optical and electrical characteristics, and the placement and butting accuracy of the arrays are evaluated. It is noted that the arrays met or exceed their expected performance.

  5. Charge distribution and local structure and speciation in the UO{sub 2+x} and PuO{sub 2+x} binary oxides for x=<0.25

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    Conradson, Steven D. . E-mail: conradson@lanl.gov; Begg, Bruce D.; Clark, David L.

    2005-02-15

    The local structure and chemical speciation of the mixed valence, fluorite-based oxides UO{sub 2+x} (0.00=2+x}/PuO{sub 2+x-y}(OH){sub 2y}.zH{sub 2}O have been determined by U/Pu L{sub III} XAFS spectroscopy. The U spectra indicate (1) that the O atoms are incorporated as oxo groups at short (1.75A) U-O distances consistent with U(VI) concomitant with a large range of U displacements that reduce the apparent number of U neighbors and (2) that the UO{sub 2} fraction remains intact implying that these O defects interact to form clusters and give the heterogeneous structure consistent with the diffraction patterns. The PuO{sub 2+x} system, which does not show a separate phase at its x=0.25 endpoint, also displays (1) oxo groups at longer 1.9A distances consistent with Pu(V+{delta}), (2) a multisite Pu-O distribution even when x is close to zero indicative of the formation of stable species with H{sub 2}O and its hydrolysis products with O{sup 2-}, and (3) a highly disordered, spectroscopically invisible Pu-Pu component. The structure and bonding in AnO{sub 2+x} are therefore more complicated than have previously been assumed and show both similarities but also distinct differences among the different elements.

  6. Cosine transform generalized to lie groups SU(2)xSU(2), O(5), and SU(2)xSU(2)xSU(2): application to digital image processing

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    Germain, Mickaël; Patera, Jiri; Allard, Yannick

    2006-02-01

    We propose to apply three of the multiple variants of the 2 and 3-dimensional of the cosine transform. We consider the Lie groups leading to square lattices, namely SU(2)xSU(2) and O(5) in the 2-dimensional space, and the cubic lattice SU(2)xSU(2)xSU(2) in the 3-dimensional space. We aim at evaluating the benefits of some Discrete Group Transform (DGT) techniques, in particular the Continuous Extension of the Discrete Cosine Transform (CEDCT), and at developing new techniques that refine image quality: this refinement is called the high-resolution process. This highest quality is useful to increase the effectiveness of standard features extraction, fusion and classification algorithms. All algorithms based on the 2 and 3-dimensional DGT have the advantage to give the exact value of the original data at the points of the grid lattice, and interpolate well the data values between the grid points. The quality of the interpolation is comparable with the most efficient data interpolation, which are currently used for purposes of image zooming. In our first application, we use DGT techniques to refine fully polarimetric radar images, and to increase the effectiveness of standard features extraction algorithms. In our second application, we apply DGT techniques on medical images extracted from a system and a Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) system.

  7. 8. DETAIL AT UPSTREAM ELEVATION SHOWING 2X6 VERTICAL WOOD DECKING, ...

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    8. DETAIL AT UPSTREAM ELEVATION SHOWING 2X6 VERTICAL WOOD DECKING, RAIL SUPPORT, AND SCUPPER; VIEW TO NORTH-NORTHWEST. - Auwaiakeakua Bridge, Spanning Auwaiakekua Gulch at Mamalahoa Highway, Waikoloa, Hawaii County, HI

  8. Doping effect on the physical properties of LixFe2-xAs

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    Han, W.; Wang, X. C.; Gu, J. J.; Liu, Q. Q.; Deng, Z.; Jin, C. Q.

    2015-12-01

    We have studied the physical properties of Li-doped compound Fe2As, which is isostructural to the famous iron-based superconductor LiFeAs. The results indicate that both a-axis and c-axis of LixFe2-xAs increases with the increase in Li content when it is less than 0.2. The Néel temperature of LixFe2-xAs decreases with the increase in Li content, which may be related to the changes of distance for FeII-FeII layers. The resistivity of LixFe2-xAs is similar to that of Fe2As at low doping level 0-0.2. As the doping amount is increased to 0.9, the resistivity of LixFe2-xAs approaches the value of LiFeAs.

  9. Modulation of Cu(2-x)S Nanocrystal Plasmon Resonance through Reversible Photoinduced Electron Transfer.

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    Alam, Rabeka; Labine, Molly; Karwacki, Christopher J; Kamat, Prashant V

    2016-02-23

    Copper sulfide (Cu(2-x)S) nanocrystals with nonstoichiometric composition exhibit plasmon resonance in the near-infrared region. Compositional changes and varying electron density markedly affect the position and intensity of the plasmon resonance. We report a photochemically induced phenomenon of modulating the plasmon resonance in a controlled fashion. As photogenerated reduced methyl viologen radicals transfer electrons to Cu(2-x)S in inert solutions, we observe a decrease in localized surface plasmon resonance (LSPR) absorbance at 1160 nm. Upon exposure to air, the plasmon resonance band recovers as stored electrons are scavenged away by oxygen. This cycle of electron charge and discharge of Cu(2-x)S nanocrystals is reversible and can be repeated through photoirradiation in N2 saturated solution followed by exposure of the suspension to air. The spectroscopic studies that provide mechanistic insights into the reversible charging and discharging of plasmonic Cu(2-x)S are discussed.

  10. Window type: 2x3 fixed multipaned steel window flanked by 1x3 ...

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    Window type: 2x3 fixed multipaned steel window flanked by 1x3 multipaned steel casements. Concrete sill and spandrel also illustrated. Building 43, facing east - Harbor Hills Housing Project, 26607 Western Avenue, Lomita, Los Angeles County, CA

  11. Structural Insights into Divalent Cation Modulations of ATP-Gated P2X Receptor Channels.

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    Kasuya, Go; Fujiwara, Yuichiro; Takemoto, Mizuki; Dohmae, Naoshi; Nakada-Nakura, Yoshiko; Ishitani, Ryuichiro; Hattori, Motoyuki; Nureki, Osamu

    2016-02-01

    P2X receptors are trimeric ATP-gated cation channels involved in physiological processes ranging widely from neurotransmission to pain and taste signal transduction. The modulation of the channel gating, including that by divalent cations, contributes to these diverse physiological functions of P2X receptors. Here, we report the crystal structure of an invertebrate P2X receptor from the Gulf Coast tick Amblyomma maculatum in the presence of ATP and Zn(2+) ion, together with electrophysiological and computational analyses. The structure revealed two distinct metal binding sites, M1 and M2, in the extracellular region. The M1 site, located at the trimer interface, is responsible for Zn(2+) potentiation by facilitating the structural change of the extracellular domain for pore opening. In contrast, the M2 site, coupled with the ATP binding site, might contribute to regulation by Mg(2+). Overall, our work provides structural insights into the divalent cation modulations of P2X receptors. PMID:26804916

  12. Critical Evaluation of P2X7 Receptor Antagonists in Selected Seizure Models

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    Fischer, Wolfgang; Franke, Heike; Krügel, Ute; Müller, Heiko; Dinkel, Klaus; Lord, Brian; Letavic, Michael A.; Henshall, David C.; Engel, Tobias

    2016-01-01

    The ATP-gated P2X7 receptor (P2X7R) is a non-selective cation channel which senses high extracellular ATP concentrations and has been suggested as a target for the treatment of neuroinflammation and neurodegenerative diseases. The use of P2X7R antagonists may therefore be a viable approach for treating CNS pathologies, including epileptic disorders. Recent studies showed anticonvulsant potential of P2X7R antagonists in certain animal models. To extend this work, we tested three CNS-permeable P2X7R blocker (Brilliant Blue G, AFC-5128, JNJ-47965567) and a natural compound derivative (tanshinone IIA sulfonate) in four well-characterized animal seizure models. In the maximal electroshock seizure threshold test and the pentylenetetrazol (PTZ) seizure threshold test in mice, none of the four compounds demonstrated anticonvulsant effects when given alone. Notably, in combination with carbamazepine, both AFC-5128 and JNJ-47965567 increased the threshold in the maximal electroshock seizure test. In the PTZ-kindling model in rats, useful for testing antiepileptogenic activities, Brilliant Blue G and tanshinone exhibited a moderate retarding effect, whereas the potent P2X7R blocker AFC-5128 and JNJ-47965567 showed a significant and long-lasting delay in kindling development. In fully kindled rats, the investigated compounds revealed modest effects to reduce the mean seizure stage. Furthermore, AFC-5128- and JNJ-47965567-treated animals displayed strongly reduced Iba 1 and GFAP immunoreactivity in the hippocampal CA3 region. In summary, our results show that P2X7R antagonists possess no remarkable anticonvulsant effects in the used acute screening tests, but can attenuate chemically-induced kindling. Further studies would be of interest to support the concept that P2X7R signalling plays a crucial role in the pathogenesis of epileptic disorders. PMID:27281030

  13. Pharmacological blockage and P2X7 deletion hinder aversive memories: reversion in an enriched environment.

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    Campos, R C; Parfitt, G M; Polese, C E; Coutinho-Silva, R; Morrone, F B; Barros, D M

    2014-11-01

    Adenosine triphosphate (ATP) plays a role in cell signaling. It was soon proposed that ATP activates ionotropic P2X receptors, exerting an influence on neurons as well as on glial cells. In addition to the fact that the activation of P2X and P2Y receptors can stimulate or inhibit the release of glutamate from rat hippocampal neurons, the release of ATP has been implicated in hippocampal long-term potentiation (LTP). Through different behavioral paradigms, this study aimed to investigate the participation of P2X7R in genetically modified (knockout (KO)) mice with the suppressed expression of this receptor and in the pharmacological blockage of this receptor in rats, as well as to evaluate the effect of environmental enrichment on potential mnemonic deficits. The results suggest that P2X7R participates in aversive memory processes: pharmacological blockage with the selective P2X7R antagonist, A-740003, in different time frames elicited dose-dependent impairments in memory acquisition, consolidation and retrieval in rats that were submitted to the contextual fear-conditioning (FC) task, and the deletion of P2X7R hampered the aversive memory processes of mice that were subjected to the FC paradigm. Experiments using mice that were subjected to environmental enrichment suggest that this form of stimulation reverses mnemonic impairments that are ascribed to the absence of the P2X7R, suggesting that these receptors do not participate on such a reversal. Finally, no alterations were observed in the habituation memory of P2X7KO mice.

  14. Electrophysiological classification of P2X7 receptors in rat cultured neocortical astroglia

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    Nörenberg, W; Schunk, J; Fischer, W; Sobottka, H; Riedel, T; Oliveira, JF; Franke, H; Illes, P

    2010-01-01

    Background and purpose: P2X7 receptors are ATP-gated cation channels mediating important functions in microglial cells, such as the release of cytokines and phagocytosis. Electrophysiological evidence that these receptors also occur in CNS astroglia is rare and rather incomplete. Experimental approach: We used whole-cell patch-clamp recordings to search for P2X7 receptors in astroglial–neuronal co-cultures prepared from the cerebral cortex of rats. Key results: All the astroglial cells investigated responded to ATP with membrane currents, reversing around 0 mV. These currents could be also detected in isolated outside-out patch vesicles. The results of the experiments with the P2X [α,β-methylene ATP and 2′-3′-O-(4-benzoyl) ATP] and P2Y receptor agonists [adenosine 5′-O-(2-thiodiphosphate), uridine 5′-diphosphate, uridine 5′-triphosphate (UTP) and UDP-glucose] suggested the involvement of P2X receptors in this response. The potentiation of ATP responses in a low divalent cation or alkaline bath, but not by ivermectin, made it likely that a P2X7 receptor is operational. Blockade of the ATP effect by the P2X7 antagonists Brilliant Blue G, calmidazolium and oxidized ATP corroborated this assumption. Conclusions and implications: Rat cultured cortical astroglia possesses functional P2X7 receptors. It is suggested that astrocytic P2X7 receptors respond to high local ATP concentrations during neuronal injury. PMID:20649592

  15. Pharmacological blockage and P2X7 deletion hinder aversive memories: reversion in an enriched environment.

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    Campos, R C; Parfitt, G M; Polese, C E; Coutinho-Silva, R; Morrone, F B; Barros, D M

    2014-11-01

    Adenosine triphosphate (ATP) plays a role in cell signaling. It was soon proposed that ATP activates ionotropic P2X receptors, exerting an influence on neurons as well as on glial cells. In addition to the fact that the activation of P2X and P2Y receptors can stimulate or inhibit the release of glutamate from rat hippocampal neurons, the release of ATP has been implicated in hippocampal long-term potentiation (LTP). Through different behavioral paradigms, this study aimed to investigate the participation of P2X7R in genetically modified (knockout (KO)) mice with the suppressed expression of this receptor and in the pharmacological blockage of this receptor in rats, as well as to evaluate the effect of environmental enrichment on potential mnemonic deficits. The results suggest that P2X7R participates in aversive memory processes: pharmacological blockage with the selective P2X7R antagonist, A-740003, in different time frames elicited dose-dependent impairments in memory acquisition, consolidation and retrieval in rats that were submitted to the contextual fear-conditioning (FC) task, and the deletion of P2X7R hampered the aversive memory processes of mice that were subjected to the FC paradigm. Experiments using mice that were subjected to environmental enrichment suggest that this form of stimulation reverses mnemonic impairments that are ascribed to the absence of the P2X7R, suggesting that these receptors do not participate on such a reversal. Finally, no alterations were observed in the habituation memory of P2X7KO mice. PMID:25239372

  16. Regulation of GABAA Receptor Dynamics by Interaction with Purinergic P2X2 Receptors*

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    Shrivastava, Amulya Nidhi; Triller, Antoine; Sieghart, Werner; Sarto-Jackson, Isabella

    2011-01-01

    γ-Aminobutyric acid type A receptors (GABAARs) in the spinal cord are evolving as an important target for drug development against pain. Purinergic P2X2 receptors (P2X2Rs) are also expressed in spinal cord neurons and are known to cross-talk with GABAARs. Here, we investigated a possible “dynamic” interaction between GABAARs and P2X2Rs using co-immunoprecipitation and fluorescence resonance energy transfer (FRET) studies in human embryonic kidney (HEK) 293 cells along with co-localization and single particle tracking studies in spinal cord neurons. Our results suggest that a significant proportion of P2X2Rs forms a transient complex with GABAARs inside the cell, thus stabilizing these receptors and using them for co-trafficking to the cell surface, where P2X2Rs and GABAARs are primarily located extra-synaptically. Furthermore, agonist-induced activation of P2X2Rs results in a Ca2+-dependent as well as an apparently Ca2+-independent increase in the mobility and an enhanced degradation of GABAARs, whereas P2X2Rs are stabilized and form larger clusters. Antagonist-induced blocking of P2XRs results in co-stabilization of this receptor complex at the cell surface. These results suggest a novel mechanism where association of P2X2Rs and GABAARs could be used for specific targeting to neuronal membranes, thus providing an extrasynaptic receptor reserve that could regulate the excitability of neurons. We further conclude that blocking the excitatory activity of excessively released ATP under diseased state by P2XR antagonists could simultaneously enhance synaptic inhibition mediated by GABAARs. PMID:21343285

  17. Inhibitory interaction between P2X4 and GABA(C) rho1 receptors.

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    Xia, Rong; Mei, Zhu-Zhong; Milligan, Carol; Jiang, Lin-Hua

    2008-10-10

    Reciprocal functional inhibition between P2X and GABA(A/C) receptors represents a novel mechanism fine-tuning neuronal excitability. However, the participating receptors and underlying mechanisms are not fully understood. P2X(4) receptor is widely found in neurons that express GABA(C) rho1 receptor. Thus, we co-expressed P2X(4) and rho1 receptors in HEK293 cells and, using patch-clamp recording, examined whether they have mutual functional inhibition. Currents evoked by simultaneous application of ATP and GABA (I(ATP+GABA)) were significantly smaller compared to the addition of I(ATP) and I(GABA). Furthermore, I(ATP) were strongly suppressed during rho1 receptor activation. Similarly, I(GABA) were greatly attenuated during P2X(4) receptor activation. Such mutual inhibition was absent in cells only expressing P2X(4) or rho1 receptor. Taken together, these functional data support negative cross-talk between P2X(4) and rho1 receptors.

  18. Cathelicidin antimicrobial peptide inhibits fibroblast migration via P2X7 receptor signaling.

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    Kumagai, Shohei; Matsui, Kazuki; Kawaguchi, Haruyo; Yamashita, Tomomi; Mohri, Tomomi; Fujio, Yasushi; Nakayama, Hiroyuki

    2013-08-01

    Fibrosis is one of the most common pathological alterations in heart failure, and fibroblast migration is an essential process in the development of cardiac fibrosis. Experimental autoimmune myocarditis (EAM) is a model of inflammatory heart disease characterized by inflammatory cell infiltration followed by healing without residual fibrosis. However, the precise mechanisms mediating termination of inflammation and nonfibrotic healing remain to be elucidated. Microarray analysis of hearts from model mice at multiple time points after EAM induction identified several secreted proteins upregulated during nonfibrotic healing, including the anti-inflammatory cathelicidin antimicrobial peptide (CAMP). Treatment with LL-37, a human homolog of CAMP, activated MAP kinases in fibroblasts but not in cardiomyocytes, indicating that fibroblasts were the target of CAMP activity. In addition, LL-37 decreased fibroblast migration in the in vitro scratch assay. P2X7 receptor (P2X7R), a well-known receptor for LL-37, was involved in LL-37 mediated biological effect on cardiac fibroblasts. Stimulation of BzATP, a P2X7R agonist, activated MAPK in fibroblasts, whereas the P2X7R antagonist, BBG, as well as P2X7R deletion abolished both LL-37-mediated MAPK activation and LL-37-induced reduction in fibroblast migration. These results strongly suggest that CAMP upregulation during myocarditis prevents myocardial fibrosis by restricting fibroblast migration via activation of the P2X7R-MAPK signaling pathway. PMID:23867818

  19. Molecular and functional properties of P2X receptors--recent progress and persisting challenges.

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    Kaczmarek-Hájek, Karina; Lörinczi, Eva; Hausmann, Ralf; Nicke, Annette

    2012-09-01

    ATP-gated P2X receptors are trimeric ion channels that assemble as homo- or heteromers from seven cloned subunits. Transcripts and/or proteins of P2X subunits have been found in most, if not all, mammalian tissues and are being discovered in an increasing number of non-vertebrates. Both the first crystal structure of a P2X receptor and the generation of knockout (KO) mice for five of the seven cloned subtypes greatly advanced our understanding of their molecular and physiological function and their validation as drug targets. This review summarizes the current understanding of the structure and function of P2X receptors and gives an update on recent developments in the search for P2X subtype-selective ligands. It also provides an overview about the current knowledge of the regulation and modulation of P2X receptors on the cellular level and finally on their physiological roles as inferred from studies on KO mice.

  20. Transcription factor IRF5 drives P2X4R+-reactive microglia gating neuropathic pain

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    Masuda, Takahiro; Iwamoto, Shosuke; Yoshinaga, Ryohei; Tozaki-Saitoh, Hidetoshi; Nishiyama, Akira; Mak, Tak W.; Tamura, Tomohiko; Tsuda, Makoto; Inoue, Kazuhide

    2014-01-01

    In response to neuronal injury or disease, microglia adopt distinct reactive phenotypes via the expression of different sets of genes. Spinal microglia expressing the purinergic P2X4 receptor (P2X4R) after peripheral nerve injury (PNI) are implicated in neuropathic pain. Here we show that interferon regulatory factor-5 (IRF5), which is induced in spinal microglia after PNI, is responsible for direct transcriptional control of P2X4R. Upon stimulation of microglia by fibronectin, IRF5 induced de novo expression of P2X4R by directly binding to the promoter region of the P2rx4 gene. Mice lacking Irf5 did not upregulate spinal P2X4R after PNI, and also exhibited substantial resistance to pain hypersensitivity. Furthermore, we found that expression of IRF5 in microglia is regulated by IRF8. Thus, an IRF8-IRF5 transcriptional axis may contribute to shifting spinal microglia toward a P2X4R-expressing reactive state after PNI. These results may provide a new target for treating neuropathic pain. PMID:24818655

  1. Structural and magnetic studies of tin doped α-Fe2O3 (α-SnxFe2-xO3) nanoparticles prepared by microwave assisted synthesis

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    K., Bindu; Chowdhury, P.; Ajith K., M.; Nagaraja, H. S.

    2016-05-01

    Hematite (α-Fe2O3) doped with tetravalent ions have potential applications in various fields such as gas sensors, memories, energy storage devices because of their electrical and magnetic properties. Microwave assisted synthesis was used to prepare Tin doped α-Fe2O3 [α-SnxFe2-xO3]. The structural and morphological studies were investigated using X-ray diffraction (XRD) and Scanning electron microscopy (SEM). XRD patterns revealed that α-Fe2O3 and α-SnxFe2-xO3 were having rhombohedral structure. The compositional study was done by Energy dispersive X-ray Spectroscopy (EDS). The magnetic properties were studied by Vibrating Sample Magnetometry (VSM). Results shows that the prepared samples were found to be antiferromagnetic in nature and the results are discussed in detail.

  2. A solid solution series of atacamite type Ni{sub 2x}Mg{sub 2−2x}Cl(OH){sub 3}

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    Bette, Sebastian; Dinnebier, Robert E.; Röder, Christian; Freyer, Daniela

    2015-08-15

    For the first time a complete solid solution series Ni{sub 2x}Mg{sub 2−2x}Cl(OH){sub 3} of an atacamite type alkaline main group metal chloride, Mg{sub 2}Cl(OH){sub 3}, and a transition group metal chloride, Ni{sub 2}Cl(OH){sub 3}, was prepared and characterized by chemical and thermal analysis as well as by Raman and IR spectroscopy, and high resolution laboratory X-ray powder diffraction. All members of the solid solution series crystallize in space group Pnam (62). The main building units of these crystal structures are distorted, edge-linked Ni/MgO{sub 4}Cl{sub 2} and Ni/MgO{sub 5}Cl octahedra. The distribution of Ni{sup 2+}- and Mg{sup 2+}-ions among these two metal-sites within the solid solution series is discussed in detail. The crystallization of the solid solution phases occurs via an intermediate solid solution series, (Ni/Mg)Cl{sub 2x}(OH){sub 2−2x}, with variable Cl: OH ratio up to the 1:3 ratio according to the formula Ni{sub 2x}Mg{sub 2−2x} Cl(OH){sub 3}. For one isolated intermediate solid solution member, Ni{sub 0.70}Mg{sub 0.30}Cl{sub 0.58}(OH){sub 1.42}, the formation and crystal structure is presented as well. - Graphical abstract: For the first time a complete solid solution series, Ni{sub 2x}Mg{sub 2−2x} Cl(OH){sub 3}, was synthesized and characterized. Structure solution by revealed that Ni{sup 2+} prefers to occupy the Jahn–Teller-like distorted hole, out of two available cation sites. Substitution of Ni{sup 2+} by Mg{sup 2+} in atacamite type Ni{sub 2}Cl(OH){sub 3} results in systematic band shifts in Raman and IR spectra as well as in systematic changes in thermal properties. The α-polymorphs M{sub 2}Cl(OH){sub 3} with M=Mg{sup 2+}, Ni{sup 2+} and other divalent transition metal ions, as described in literature, were identified as separate compounds. - Highlights: • First synthesis of solid solution series between main and transition metal chloride. • Ni{sup 2+} prefers to occupy Jahn–Teller-like distorted octahedral holes

  3. Recovery of citrus triploid hybrids by embryo rescue and flow cytometry from 2x x 2x sexual hybridisation and its application to extensive breeding programs.

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    Aleza, P; Juárez, J; Cuenca, J; Ollitrault, P; Navarro, Luis

    2010-09-01

    Seedlessness is one of the most important characteristics for mandarins for the fresh-fruit market and mandarin triploid hybrids have this trait. Citrus triploid plants can be recovered by 2x x 2x sexual hybridisations as a consequence of the formation of unreduced gametes at low frequency. Triploid embryos are found in small seeds that do not germinate under greenhouse conditions. Extensive breeding programs based on this type of hybridisation require very effective methodologies for embryo rescue and ploidy evaluation. In this work, we describe an effective methodology to recover triploid hybrids from 2x x 2x hybridisations based on in vitro embryo rescue and ploidy level determination by means of flow cytometry. The influence of parents and environmental conditions on obtaining triploid hybrids has been analysed. The strongest effect was associated with the genotype of the female parent while a strong interaction was found between the male parent genotype and environmental conditions. The effect of the female parent genotype on the length of the juvenile phase was also demonstrated by observing a large number of progenies over the last 10 years. The methodology described here has enabled us to obtain over 4,000 triploid hybrids so far, of which 13 have been protected in the European Union and two are being extensively planted by citrus growers to establish new commercial plots. These triploid hybrids have been analysed with simple sequence repeats markers to differentiate all the new triploid varieties and their parents, and thus molecular identification will help defend plant breeders' rights.

  4. Electronic structure and thermoelectric properties of (Mg2X)2 / (Mg2Y)2 (X, Y = Si, Ge, Sn) superlattices from first-principle calculations

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    Guo, San-Dong

    2016-05-01

    To identify thermoelectric materials containing abundant, low-cost and non-toxic elements, we have studied the electronic structures and thermoelectric properties of (Mg2X)2/ (Mg2Y)2 (X, Y = Si, Ge, Sn) superlattices with state-of-the-art first-principles calculations using a modified Becke and Johnson (mBJ) exchange potential. Our results show that (Mg2Ge)2/ (Mg2Sn)2 and (Mg2Si)2/ (Mg2Sn)2 are semi-metals using mBJ plus spin-orbit coupling (mBJ + SOC), while (Mg2Si)2/ (Mg2Ge)2 is predicted to be a direct-gap semiconductor with a mBJ gap value of 0.46 eV and mBJ + SOC gap value of 0.44 eV. Thermoelectric properties are predicted by through solving the Boltzmann transport equations within the constant scattering time approximation. It is found that (Mg2Si)2/ (Mg2Ge)2 has a larger Seebeck coefficient and power factor than (Mg2Ge)2/ (Mg2Sn)2 and (Mg2Si)2/ (Mg2Sn)2 for both p-type and n-type doping. The detrimental influence of SOC on the power factor of p-type (Mg2X)2/ (Mg2Y)2 (X, Y = Si, Ge, Sn) is analyzed as a function of the carrier concentration, but there is a negligible SOC effect for n-type. These results can be explained by the influence of SOC on their valence and conduction bands near the Fermi level.

  5. Primitive ATP-activated P2X receptors: discovery, function and pharmacology

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    Fountain, Samuel J.

    2013-01-01

    Adenosine 5-triphosphate (ATP) is omnipresent in biology. It is therefore no surprise that organisms have evolved multifaceted roles for ATP, exploiting its abundance and restriction of passive diffusion across biological membranes. A striking role is the emergence of ATP as a bona fide transmitter molecule, whereby the movement of ATP across membranes serves as a chemical message through a direct ligand-receptor interaction. P2X receptors are ligand-gated ion channels that mediate fast responses to the transmitter ATP in mammalian cells including central and sensory neurons, vascular smooth muscle, endothelium, and leukocytes. Molecular cloning of P2X receptors and our understanding of structure-function relationships has provided sequence information with which to query an exponentially expanding wealth of genome sequence information including protist, early animal and human pathogen genomes. P2X receptors have now been cloned and characterized from a number of simple organisms. Such work has led to surprising new cellular roles for the P2X receptors family and an unusual phylogeny, with organisms such as Drosophila and C. elegans notably lacking P2X receptors despite retaining ionotropic receptors for other common transmitters that are present in mammals. This review will summarize current work on the evolutionary biology of P2X receptors and ATP as a signaling molecule, discuss what can be drawn from such studies when considering the action of ATP in higher animals and plants, and outline how simple organisms may be exploited experimentally to inform P2X receptor function in a wider context. PMID:24367292

  6. Characterization of protoberberine analogs employed as novel human P2X{sub 7} receptor antagonists

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    Lee, Ga Eun; Lee, Won-Gil; Lee, Song-Yi; Lee, Cho-Rong; Park, Chul-Seung; Chang, Sunghoe; Park, Sung-Gyoo; Song, Mi-Ryoung; Kim, Yong-Chul

    2011-04-15

    The P2X{sub 7} receptor (P2X{sub 7}R), a member of the ATP-gated ion channel family, is regarded as a promising target for therapy of immune-related diseases including rheumatoid arthritis and chronic pain. A group of novel protoberberine analogs (compounds 3-5), discovered by screening of chemical libraries, was here investigated with respect to their function as P2X{sub 7}R antagonists. Compounds 3-5 non-competitively inhibited BzATP-induced ethidium ion influx into hP2X{sub 7}-expressing HEK293 cells, with IC{sub 50} values of 100-300 nM. This antagonistic action on the channel further confirmed that both BzATP-induced inward currents and Ca{sup 2+} influx were strongly inhibited by compounds 3-5 in patch-clamp and Ca{sup 2+} influx assays. The antagonists also effectively suppressed downstream signaling of P2X{sub 7} receptors including IL-1{beta} release and phosphorylation of ERK1/2 and p38 proteins in hP2X{sub 7}-expressing HEK293 cells or in differentiated human monocytes (THP-1 cells). Moreover, IL-2 secretion from CD3/CD28-stimulated Jurkat T cell was also dramatically inhibited by the antagonist. These results imply that novel protoberberine analogs may modulate P2X{sub 7} receptor-mediated immune responses by allosteric inhibition of the receptor. - Graphical abstract: Display Omitted

  7. P2X3 antagonists: novel therapeutics for afferent sensitization and chronic pain.

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    Ford, Anthony P

    2012-05-01

    SUMMARY Despite decades of innovation and effort, the pharmaceutical needs of countless patients with chronic pain remain underserved. Effective and safe treatments must clearly come from novel approaches, yet targets and molecules selected hitherto have returned little benefit. Antagonism of P2X3 purinoceptors on pain-conveying nerves is a highly novel approach, and compounds from this class are advancing into patient studies. P2X3 channels are found in C- and Aδ-primary afferent neurons in most tissues, and are strikingly specific to pain detection. P2X3 antagonists block peripheral activation of these fibers via ATP, released from most cells by inflammation, injury, stress and distension, and clearly provide an alternative pharmacological mechanism to attenuate pain signals. P2X3 is also expressed presynaptically at central spinal terminals of afferent neurons, where ATP further sensitizes painful signals en route to the brain. The selectivity of P2X3 expression allows hope of a lower potential for adverse effects in brain, gut and cardiovascular tissues - limiting factors for most analgesics. P2X3 receptor-mediated sensitization has been implicated in rodent models in inflammatory, visceral, neuropathic and cancer pain states, as well as in airways hyper-reactivity, migraine and visceral organ irritability. Although we are often reminded that the effects of new medicines can translate poorly into clinical effectiveness, the broad efficacy seen following P2X3 inhibition in rodent models strengthens the prospect that an unprecedented mechanism to counter sensitization of afferent pathways may offer some merciful relief to millions of patients struggling daily with persistent discomfort and pain.

  8. Pharmacological characterization of a novel centrally permeable P2X7 receptor antagonist: JNJ-47965567

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    Bhattacharya, Anindya; Wang, Qi; Ao, Hong; Shoblock, James R; Lord, Brian; Aluisio, Leah; Fraser, Ian; Nepomuceno, Diane; Neff, Robert A; Welty, Natalie; Lovenberg, Timothy W; Bonaventure, Pascal; Wickenden, Alan D; Letavic, Michael A

    2013-01-01

    BACKGROUND AND PURPOSE An increasing body of evidence suggests that the purinergic receptor P2X, ligand-gated ion channel, 7 (P2X7) in the CNS may play a key role in neuropsychiatry, neurodegeneration and chronic pain. In this study, we characterized JNJ-47965567, a centrally permeable, high-affinity, selective P2X7 antagonist. EXPERIMENTAL APPROACH We have used a combination of in vitro assays (calcium flux, radioligand binding, electrophysiology, IL-1β release) in both recombinant and native systems. Target engagement of JNJ-47965567 was demonstrated by ex vivo receptor binding autoradiography and in vivo blockade of Bz-ATP induced IL-1β release in the rat brain. Finally, the efficacy of JNJ-47965567 was tested in standard models of depression, mania and neuropathic pain. KEY RESULTS JNJ-47965567 is potent high affinity (pKi 7.9 ± 0.07), selective human P2X7 antagonist, with no significant observed speciation. In native systems, the potency of the compound to attenuate IL-1β release was 6.7 ± 0.07 (human blood), 7.5 ± 0.07 (human monocytes) and 7.1 ± 0.1 (rat microglia). JNJ-47965567 exhibited target engagement in rat brain, with a brain EC50 of 78 ± 19 ng·mL−1 (P2X7 receptor autoradiography) and functional block of Bz-ATP induced IL-1β release. JNJ-47965567 (30 mg·kg−1) attenuated amphetamine-induced hyperactivity and exhibited modest, yet significant efficacy in the rat model of neuropathic pain. No efficacy was observed in forced swim test. Conclusion and Implications JNJ-47965567 is centrally permeable, high affinity P2X7 antagonist that can be used to probe the role of central P2X7 in rodent models of CNS pathophysiology. PMID:23889535

  9. An Improved Method for P2X7R Antagonist Screening

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    Soares-Bezerra, Rômulo José; Ferreira, Natiele Carla da Silva; Alberto, Anael Viana Pinto; Bonavita, André Gustavo; Fidalgo-Neto, Antônio Augusto; Calheiros, Andrea Surrage; Frutuoso, Valber da Silva; Alves, Luiz Anastacio

    2015-01-01

    ATP physiologically activates the P2X7 receptor (P2X7R), a member of the P2X ionotropic receptor family. When activated by high concentrations of ATP (i.e., at inflammation sites), this receptor is capable of forming a pore that allows molecules of up to 900 Da to pass through. This receptor is upregulated in several diseases, particularly leukemia, rheumatoid arthritis and Alzheimer's disease. A selective antagonist of this receptor could be useful in the treatment of P2X7R activation-related diseases. In the present study, we have evaluated several parameters using in vitro protocols to validate a high-throughput screening (HTS) method to identify P2X7R antagonists. We generated dose-response curves to determine the EC50 value of the known agonist ATP and the ICs50 values for the known antagonists Brilliant Blue G (BBG) and oxidized ATP (OATP). The values obtained were consistent with those found in the literature (0.7 ± 0.07 mM, 1.3-2.6 mM and 173-285 μM for ATP, BBG and OATP, respectively). The Z-factor, an important statistical tool that can be used to validate the robustness and suitability of an HTS assay, was 0.635 for PI uptake and 0.867 for LY uptake. No inter-operator variation was observed, and the results obtained using our improved method were reproducible. Our data indicate that our assay is suitable for the selective and reliable evaluation of P2X7 activity in multiwell plates using spectrophotometry-based methodology. This method might improve the high-throughput screening of conventional chemical or natural product libraries for possible candidate P2X7R antagonist or agonist PMID:25993132

  10. The planarian P2X homolog in the regulation of asexual reproduction.

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    Sakurai, Toshihide; Lee, Hayoung; Kashima, Makoto; Saito, Yumi; Hayashi, Tetsutaro; Kudome-Takamatsu, Tomomi; Nishimura, Osamu; Agata, Kiyokazu; Shibata, Norito

    2012-01-01

    The growth in size of freshwater planarians in response to nutrient intake is limited by the eventual separation of tail and body fragments in a process called fission. The resulting tail fragment regenerates the entire body as an artificially amputated tail fragment would do, and the body fragment regenerates a tail, resulting in two whole planarians. This regenerative ability is supported by pluripotent somatic stem cells, called neoblasts, which are distributed throughout almost the entire body of the planarian. Neoblasts are the only planarian cells with the ability to continuously proliferate and give rise to all types of cells during regeneration, asexual reproduction, homeostasis, and growth. In order to investigate the molecular characteristics of neoblasts, we conducted an extensive search for neoblast-specific genes using the High Coverage Expression Profiling (HiCEP) method, and tested the function of the resulting candidates by RNAi. Disruption of the expression of one candidate gene, DjP2X-A (Dugesia japonica membrane protein P2X homologue), resulted in a unique phenotype. DjP2X-A RNAi leads to an increase of fission events upon feeding. We confirmed by immunohistochemistry that DjP2X-A is a membrane protein, and elucidated its role in regulating neoblast proliferation, thereby explaining its unique phenotype. We found that DjP2X-A decreases the burst of neoblast proliferation that normally occurs after feeding. We also found that DjP2X-A is required for normal proliferation in starved animals. We propose that DjP2X-A modulates stem cell proliferation in response to the nutritional condition.

  11. Statins and ATP regulate nuclear pAkt via the P2X7 purinergic receptor in epithelial cells

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    Mistafa, Oras; Hoegberg, Johan; Stenius, Ulla

    2008-01-04

    Many studies have documented P2X7 receptor functions in cells of mesenchymal origin. P2X7 is also expressed in epithelial cells and its role in these cells remains largely unknown. Our data indicate that P2X7 regulate nuclear pAkt in epithelial cells. We show that low concentration of atorvastatin, a drug inhibiting HMG-CoA reductase and cholesterol metabolism, or the natural agonist extracellular ATP rapidly decreased the level of insulin-induced phosphorylated Akt in the nucleus. This effect was seen within minutes and was inhibited by P2X7 inhibitors. Experiments employing P2X7 siRNA and HEK293 cells heterologously expressing P2X7 and in vivo experiments further supported an involvement of P2X7. These data indicate that extracellular ATP and statins via the P2X7 receptor modulate insulin-induced Akt signaling in epithelial cells.

  12. [Effect of P2X7 receptor knock-out on bone cancer pain in mice].

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    Zhao, Xin; Liu, Hui-Zhu; Zhang, Yu-Qiu

    2016-06-25

    Cancer pain is one of the most common symptoms in patients with late stage cancer. Lung, breast and prostate carcinoma are the most common causes of pain from osseous metastasis. P2X7 receptor (P2X7R) is one of the subtypes of ATP-gated purinergic ion channel family, predominately distributed in microglia in the spinal cord. Activation of P2X7Rs in the spinal dorsal horn has been associated with release of proinflammatory cytokines from glial cells, causing increased neuronal excitability and exaggerated nociception. Mounting evidence implies a critical role of P2X7R in inflammatory and neuropathic pain. However, whether P2X7R is involved in cancer pain remains controversial. Here we established a bone cancer pain model by injecting the Lewis lung carcinoma cells into the femur bone marrow cavity of C57BL/6J wild-type mice (C57 WT mice) and P2X7R knockout mice (P2rx7(-/-) mice) to explore the role of P2X7R in bone cancer pain. Following intrafemur carcinoma inoculation, robust mechanical allodynia and thermal hyperalgesia in C57 WT mice were developed on day 7 and 14, respectively, and persisted for at least 28 days in the ipsilateral hindpaw of the affected limb. CatWalk gait analysis showed significant decreases in the print area and stand phase, and a significant increase in swing phase in the ipsilateral hindpaw on day 21 and 28 after carcinoma cells inoculation. Histopathological sections (hematoxylin and eosin stain) showed that the bone marrow of the affected femur was largely replaced by invading tumor cells, and the femur displayed medullary bone loss and bone destruction on day 28 after inoculation. Unexpectedly, no significant changes in bone cancer-induced hypersensitivity of pain behaviors were found in P2rx7(-/-) mice, and the changes of pain-related values in CatWalk gait analysis even occurred earlier in P2rx7(-/-) mice, as compared with C57 WT mice. Together with our previous study in rats that blockade of P2X7R significantly alleviated bone cancer

  13. Synthesis and magnetic characterization of Sr-based Ni{sub 2}X-type hexaferrite

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    Kamishima, K. Mashiko, T.; Kakizaki, K.; Sakai, M.; Watanabe, K.; Abe, H.

    2015-10-15

    We have investigated the synthesis conditions, and the magnetic properties of the Sr{sub 2}Ni{sub 2}X-type hexagonal ferrite, Sr{sub 2}Ni{sub 2}Fe{sub 28}O{sub 46}. The Sr{sub 2}Ni{sub 2}X-type hexaferrite was synthesized at 1240{sup ∘}C. The spontaneous magnetization at 5 K was 44.2 μ{sub B}/f.u., suggesting that most of the Ni{sup 2+} ions are at the up-spin octahedral sites in the spinel-structure blocks within the model of a Néel-type collinear ferrimagnetic structure. The Curie temperature of the Sr{sub 2}Ni{sub 2}X-type hexaferrite was estimated to be T{sub C}[Sr{sub 2}Ni{sub 2}X] = 472{sup ∘}C. This is consistent with the difference of the block stacking structures of SrM-type, Sr{sub 2}Ni{sub 2}X-type, SrNi{sub 2}W-type, and nickel spinel ferrites.

  14. Expression of purinergic P2X receptor subtypes 1, 2, 3 and 7 in equine laminitis.

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    Zamboulis, Danae E; Senior, Mark; Clegg, Peter D; Milner, Peter I

    2013-11-01

    Tissue sensitisation and chronic pain have been described in chronic-active laminitis in the horse, making treatment of such cases difficult. Purinergic P2X receptors are linked to chronic pain and inflammation. The aim of this study was to examine the expression of purinergic P2X receptor subtypes 1, 2, 3 and 7 in the hoof, palmar digital vessels and nerve, dorsal root ganglia and spinal cord in horses with chronic-active laminitis (n=5) compared to non-laminitic horses (n=5). Immunohistochemical analysis was performed on tissue sections using antibodies against P2X receptor subtypes 1-3 and 7. In horses with laminitis, there was a reduction in the thickness of the tunica media layer of the palmar digital vein as a proportion of the whole vessel diameter (0.48±0.05) compared to the non-laminitic group (0.57±0.04; P=0.02). P2X receptor subtype 3 was expressed in the smooth muscle layer (tunica media) of the palmar digital artery of horses with laminitis, but was absent in horses without laminitis. There was strong expression of P2X receptor subtype 7 in the proliferating, partially keratinised, epidermal cells of the secondary epidermal lamellae in the hooves of horses with laminitis, but no immunopositivity in horses without laminitis.

  15. P2X7 Receptor Function in Bone-Related Cancer

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    Adinolfi, Elena; Amoroso, Francesca; Giuliani, Anna Lisa

    2012-01-01

    Modulation of tumor microenvironment by different mediators is central in determining neoplastic formation and progression. Among these molecules extracellular ATP is emerging as a good candidate in promoting cell growth, neovascularization, tumor-host interactions, and metastatization. This paper summarizes recent findings on expression and function of P2X7 receptor for extracellular ATP in primary and metastatic bone cancers. Search of mRNA expression microchip databases and literature analysis demonstrate a high expression of P2X7 in primary bone tumors as well as in other malignancies such as multiple myeloma, neuroblastoma, breast, and prostate cancer. Evidence that P2X7 triggers NFATc1, PI3K/Akt, ROCK, and VEGF pathways in osteoblasts promoting either primary tumor development or osteoblastic lesions is also reported. Moreover, P2X7 receptor is involved in osteoclast differentiation, RANKL expression, matrix metalloproteases and cathepsin secretion thus promoting bone resorption and osteolytic lesions. Taken together these data point to a pivotal role for the P2X7 receptor in bone cancer biology. PMID:22970409

  16. Visualization of the trimeric P2X2 receptor with a crown-capped extracellular domain.

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    Mio, Kazuhiro; Kubo, Yoshihiro; Ogura, Toshihiko; Yamamoto, Tomomi; Sato, Chikara

    2005-11-25

    The P2X2 purinergic receptor permeates cationic ions in response to stimulation by ATP and mediates fast synaptic transmission. Here, we purified the P2X2 receptor using baculovirus-Sf9 cell expression system and observed its structure using electron microscopy. The FLAG-tagged P2X2 receptor, which has intact ion channel function, was purified to be a single peak by affinity purification and gel filtration chromatography. It was confirmed to be a trimer by introducing cross-linking. Negatively stained P2X2 protein images were homogeneous and picked up by automated pick-up programs, aligned, and classified using the modified growing neural gas network method. Similarly oriented projections were averaged to decrease the signal-to-noise ratio. These images demonstrate an inverted three-sided pyramid with the dimensions of 215 A in height and 200 A in side length. It is composed of a high-density trunk and a stain-permeable swollen extracellular domain of a crown-shaped structure. The internal cavities and constituent segments were clearly demonstrated in both the raw images and the averaged images. The threefold symmetrical top view demonstrates the first visual evidence of the trimeric composition of the P2X receptor family. PMID:16219297

  17. The J-2X Fuel Turbopump - Turbine Nozzle Low Cycle Fatigue Acceptance Rationale

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    Hawkins, Lakiesha V.; Duke, Gregory C.; Newman, Wesley R.; Reynolds, David C.

    2011-01-01

    The J-2X Fuel Turbopump (FTP) turbine, which drives the pump that feeds hydrogen to the J-2X engine for main combustion, is based on the J-2S design developed in the early 1970 s. Updated materials and manufacturing processes have been incorporated to meet current requirements. This paper addresses an analytical concern that the J-2X Fuel Turbine Nozzle Low Cycle Fatigue (LCF) analysis did not meet safety factor requirements per program structural assessment criteria. High strains in the nozzle airfoil during engine transients were predicted to be caused by thermally induced stresses between the vane hub, vane shroud, and airfoil. The heritage J-2 nozzle was of a similar design and experienced cracks in the same area where analysis predicted cracks in the J-2X design. Redesign options that did not significantly impact the overall turbine configuration were unsuccessful. An approach using component tests and displacement controlled fracture mechanics analysis to evaluate LCF crack initiation and growth rate was developed. The results of this testing and analysis were used to define the level of inspection on development engine test units. The programmatic impact of developing crack initiation/growth rate/arrest data was significant for the J-2X program. Final Design Certification Review acceptance logic will ultimately be developed utilizing this test and analytical data.

  18. Theoretical investigation of superconductivity in MgB2-xCx alloys

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    Sharma, Gargee; Sharma, Smita

    2016-05-01

    In this paper we investigated the superconducting properties of MgB2-xCx alloys where x is the concentration (0.0, 0.03, 0.11 and 0.20). The superconducting state parameters, namely, the electron-phonon coupling strength (λ), Coulomb pseudopotential (μ*), transition temperature (Tc), isotope effect exponent (α) and interaction strength (NoV) of MgB2-xCx alloys have been investigated in the BCS-Eliashberg-McMillan framework, as modified for MgB2-xCx alloys. Pseudo ions with average properties have been considered to replace different types of ions in the system. It is observed that all the superconducting parameters go on decreasing as the concentration of C is increased. The magnitudes of λ and Tc indicate that MgB2-xCx is strong-to-intermediate coupling superconductor. It is also observed that Tc is composition dependent. Present computations yield almost linear variation of Tc with concentration x of C in the MgB2-xCx system, which is in agreement with the experimental data. A linear Tc equation is proposed by fitting the present results.

  19. P2X7 receptor activation regulates rapid unconventional export of transglutaminase-2.

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    Adamczyk, Magdalena; Griffiths, Rhiannon; Dewitt, Sharon; Knäuper, Vera; Aeschlimann, Daniel

    2015-12-15

    Transglutaminases (denoted TG or TGM) are externalized from cells via an unknown unconventional secretory pathway. Here, we show for the first time that purinergic signaling regulates active secretion of TG2 (also known as TGM2), an enzyme with a pivotal role in stabilizing extracellular matrices and modulating cell-matrix interactions in tissue repair. Extracellular ATP promotes TG2 secretion by macrophages, and this can be blocked by a selective antagonist against the purinergic receptor P2X7 (P2X7R, also known as P2RX7). Introduction of functional P2X7R into HEK293 cells is sufficient to confer rapid, regulated TG2 export. By employing pharmacological agents, TG2 release could be separated from P2X7R-mediated microvesicle shedding. Neither Ca(2+) signaling alone nor membrane depolarization triggered TG2 secretion, which occurred only upon receptor membrane pore formation and without pannexin channel involvement. A gain-of-function mutation in P2X7R associated with autoimmune disease caused enhanced TG2 externalization from cells, and this correlated with increased pore activity. These results provide a mechanistic explanation for a link between active TG2 secretion and inflammatory responses, and aberrant enhanced TG2 activity in certain autoimmune conditions.

  20. Ultrasmall Cu2-x S Nanodots for Highly Efficient Photoacoustic Imaging-Guided Photothermal Therapy.

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    Mou, Juan; Li, Pei; Liu, Chengbo; Xu, Huixiong; Song, Liang; Wang, Jin; Zhang, Kun; Chen, Yu; Shi, Jianlin; Chen, Hangrong

    2015-05-20

    Monodisperse, ultrasmall (<5 nm) Cu(2-x)S nanodots (u-Cu(2-x)S NDs) with significantly strong near-infrared absorption and conversion are successfully demonstrated for effective deep-tissue photoacoustic imaging-guided photothermal therapy both in vitro and in vivo. Owing to ultrasmall nanoparticle size and high water dispersibility as well as long stability, such nanodots possess a prolonged circulation in blood and good passive accumulation within tumors through the enhanced permeability and retention effect. These u-Cu(2-x)S NDs have negligible side effects to both blood and normal tissues according to in vivo toxicity evaluations for up to 3 months, showing excellent hemo/histocompatibility. Furthermore, these u-Cu(2-x)S NDs can be thoroughly cleared through feces and urine within 5 days, showing high biosafety for further potential clinical translation. This novel photoacoustic imaging-guided photothermal therapy based on u-Cu(2-x)S NDs composed of a single component shows great prospects as a multifunctional nanoplatform with integration and multifunction for cancer diagnosis and therapy.

  1. P2X7 receptor activation regulates rapid unconventional export of transglutaminase-2

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    Adamczyk, Magdalena; Griffiths, Rhiannon; Dewitt, Sharon; Knäuper, Vera; Aeschlimann, Daniel

    2015-01-01

    ABSTRACT Transglutaminases (denoted TG or TGM) are externalized from cells via an unknown unconventional secretory pathway. Here, we show for the first time that purinergic signaling regulates active secretion of TG2 (also known as TGM2), an enzyme with a pivotal role in stabilizing extracellular matrices and modulating cell–matrix interactions in tissue repair. Extracellular ATP promotes TG2 secretion by macrophages, and this can be blocked by a selective antagonist against the purinergic receptor P2X7 (P2X7R, also known as P2RX7). Introduction of functional P2X7R into HEK293 cells is sufficient to confer rapid, regulated TG2 export. By employing pharmacological agents, TG2 release could be separated from P2X7R-mediated microvesicle shedding. Neither Ca2+ signaling alone nor membrane depolarization triggered TG2 secretion, which occurred only upon receptor membrane pore formation and without pannexin channel involvement. A gain-of-function mutation in P2X7R associated with autoimmune disease caused enhanced TG2 externalization from cells, and this correlated with increased pore activity. These results provide a mechanistic explanation for a link between active TG2 secretion and inflammatory responses, and aberrant enhanced TG2 activity in certain autoimmune conditions. PMID:26542019

  2. Atomic-scale recognition of surface structure and intercalation mechanism of Ti3C2X.

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    Wang, Xuefeng; Shen, Xi; Gao, Yurui; Wang, Zhaoxiang; Yu, Richeng; Chen, Liquan

    2015-02-25

    MXenes represent a large family of functionalized two-dimensional (2D) transition-metal carbides and carbonitrides. However, most of the understanding on their unique structures and applications stops at the theoretical suggestion and lack of experimental support. Herein, the surface structure and intercalation chemistry of Ti3C2X are clarified at the atomic scale by aberration-corrected scanning transmission electron microscope (STEM) and density functional theory (DFT) calculations. The STEM studies show that the functional groups (e.g., OH(-), F(-), O(-)) and the intercalated sodium (Na) ions prefer to stay on the top sites of the centro-Ti atoms and the C atoms of the Ti3C2 monolayer, respectively. Double Na-atomic layers are found within the Ti3C2X interlayer upon extensive Na intercalation via two-phase transition and solid-solution reactions. In addition, aluminum (Al)-ion intercalation leads to horizontal sliding of the Ti3C2X monolayer. On the basis of these observations, the previous monolayer surface model of Ti3C2X is modified. DFT calculations using the new modeling help to understand more about their physical and chemical properties. These findings enrich the understanding of the MXenes and shed light on future material design and applications. Moreover, the Ti3C2X exhibits prominent rate performance and long-term cycling stability as an anode material for Na-ion batteries. PMID:25688582

  3. Photovoltaic device

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    Reese, Jason A.; Keenihan, James R.; Gaston, Ryan S.; Kauffmann, Keith L.; Langmaid, Joseph A.; Lopez, Leonardo C.; Maak, Kevin D.; Mills, Michael E.; Ramesh, Narayan; Teli, Samar R.

    2015-06-02

    The present invention is premised upon an improved photovoltaic device ("PV device"), more particularly to an improved photovoltaic device with a multilayered photovoltaic cell assembly and a body portion joined at an interface region and including an intermediate layer, at least one interconnecting structural member, relieving feature, unique component geometry, or any combination thereof.

  4. Photovoltaic device

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    Reese, Jason A.; Keenihan, James R.; Gaston, Ryan S.; Kauffmann, Keith L.; Langmaid, Joseph A.; Lopez, Leonardo C.; Maak, Kevin D.; Mills, Michael E.; Ramesh, Narayan; Teli, Samar R.

    2015-09-01

    The present invention is premised upon an improved photovoltaic device ("PV device"), more particularly to an improved photovoltaic device (10) with a multilayered photovoltaic cell assembly (100) and a body portion (200) joined at an interface region (410) and including an intermediate layer (500), at least one interconnecting structural member (1500), relieving feature (2500), unique component geometry, or any combination thereof.

  5. Electroacupuncture at He-Mu points reduces P2X4 receptor expression in visceral hypersensitivity.

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    Guo, Xinxin; Chen, Jifei; Lu, Yuan; Wu, Luyi; Weng, Zhijun; Yang, Ling; Xin, Yuhu; Lin, Xianming; Liang, Yi; Fang, Jianqiao

    2013-08-01

    Electroacupuncture at Shangjuxu (ST37) and Tianshu (ST25) was reported to improve visceral hypersensitivity in rats. Colorectal distension was utilized to generate a rat model of chronic visceral hypersensitivity in irritable bowel syndrome. Results showed that abdominal withdrawal reflex scores noticeably increased after model establishment. Simultaneously, P2X4 receptor immureactivity significantly increased in the colon and spinal cord. Electroacupuncture and pinaverium bromide therapy both markedly decreased abdominal withdrawal reflex scores in rats with visceral hypersensitivity, and significantly decreased P2X4 receptor immunoreactivity in the colon and spinal cord. These data suggest that electroacupuncture treatment can improve visceral hypersensitivity in rats with irritable bowel syndrome by diminishing P2X4 receptor immunoreactivity in the colon and spinal cord. PMID:25206515

  6. Electroacupuncture at He-Mu points reduces P2X4 receptor expression in visceral hypersensitivity

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    Guo, Xinxin; Chen, Jifei; Lu, Yuan; Wu, Luyi; Weng, Zhijun; Yang, Ling; Xin, Yuhu; Lin, Xianming; Liang, Yi; Fang, Jianqiao

    2013-01-01

    Electroacupuncture at Shangjuxu (ST37) and Tianshu (ST25) was reported to improve visceral hypersensitivity in rats. Colorectal distension was utilized to generate a rat model of chronic visceral hypersensitivity in irritable bowel syndrome. Results showed that abdominal withdrawal reflex scores noticeably increased after model establishment. Simultaneously, P2X4 receptor immureactivity significantly increased in the colon and spinal cord. Electroacupuncture and pinaverium bromide therapy both markedly decreased abdominal withdrawal reflex scores in rats with visceral hypersensitivity, and significantly decreased P2X4 receptor immunoreactivity in the colon and spinal cord. These data suggest that electroacupuncture treatment can improve visceral hypersensitivity in rats with irritable bowel syndrome by diminishing P2X4 receptor immunoreactivity in the colon and spinal cord. PMID:25206515

  7. Design and Fabrication Development of J-2X Engine Metallic Nozzle Extension

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    Kopicz, C.; Gradl, P.

    2015-01-01

    Maximized rocket engine performance is in part derived from expanding combustion gasses through the rocket nozzle. For upper stage engines the nozzles can be quite large. On the J-2X engine, an uncooled extension of a regeneratively cooled nozzle is used to expand the combustion gasses to a targeted exit pressure which is defined by an altitude for the desired maximum performance. Creating a J-2X nozzle extension capable of surviving the loads of test and flight environments while meeting engine system performance requirements required development of new processes and facilities. Meeting the challenges of the development resulted in concurrent J-2X nozzle extension design and fabrication. This paper describes how some of the design and fabrication challenges were resolved.

  8. Spin reorientation transition in ultrathin Co film on InP(2x4) reconstructed surface

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    Park, Yong-Sung; Jeong, Jong-Ryul; Shin, Sung-Chul

    2005-05-15

    We have investigated magnetic properties of monolayer (ML)-thickness Co film deposited on InP(2x4) reconstructed surface using in situ surface magneto-optical Kerr effects (SMOKE) measurement system. InP(2x4) reconstructed surface, obtained by several cycles of sputtering-and-annealing process, was confirmed by reflection high energy electron diffraction (RHEED) and scanning tunneling microscopy (STM) measurements. Co film grown on InP(2x4) reconstructed surface shows three distinguishable thickness regions which have different magnetic properties, depending on Co film thickness. In the Co film thickness region smaller than 7 ML, no SMOKE signal was detected. In the thickness region between 8 ML and 15 ML, both longitudinal and polar Kerr hysteresis loops were observed. In the film thickness larger than 16 ML, only longitudinal SMOKE signal without polar signal was detected.

  9. The P2X4 receptor is required for neuroprotection via ischemic preconditioning

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    Ozaki, Tomohiko; Muramatsu, Rieko; Sasai, Miwa; Yamamoto, Masahiro; Kubota, Yoshiaki; Fujinaka, Toshiyuki; Yoshimine, Toshiki; Yamashita, Toshihide

    2016-01-01

    Ischemic preconditioning (IPC), a procedure consisting of transient ischemia and subsequent reperfusion, provides ischemic tolerance against prolonged ischemia in the brain. Although the blood flow changes mediated by IPC are primarily perceived by vascular endothelial cells, the role of these cells in ischemic tolerance has not been fully clarified. In this study, we found that the P2X4 receptor, which is abundantly expressed in vascular endothelial cells, is required for ischemic tolerance following middle artery occlusion (MCAO) in mice. Mechanistically, the P2X4 receptor was stimulated by fluid shear stress, which mimics reperfusion, thus promoting the increased expression of osteopontin, a neuroprotective molecule. Furthermore, we found that the intracerebroventricular administration of osteopontin was sufficient to exert a neuroprotective effect mediated by preconditioning-stimulated P2X4 receptor activation. These results demonstrate a novel mechanism whereby vascular endothelial cells are involved in ischemic tolerance. PMID:27173846

  10. Thermochemical modeling of the U1-yGdyO2 x phase

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

    2013-01-01

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

  11. Allosteric nature of P2X receptor activation probed by photoaffinity labelling

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    Bhargava, Y; Rettinger, J; Mourot, A

    2012-01-01

    BACKGROUND AND PURPOSE In P2X receptors, agonist binding at the interface between neighbouring subunits is efficiently transduced to ion channel gating. However, the relationship between binding and gating is difficult to study because agonists continuously bind and unbind. Here, we covalently incorporated agonists in the binding pocket of P2X receptors and examined how binding site occupancy affects the ability of the channel to gate. EXPERIMENTAL APPROACH We used a strategy for tethering agonists to their ATP-binding pocket, while simultaneously probing ion channel gating using electrophysiology. The agonist 2′,3′-O-(4-benzoylbenzoyl)-ATP (BzATP), a photoaffinity analogue of ATP, enabled us to trap rat homomeric P2X2 receptor and a P2X2/1 receptor chimera in different agonist-bound states. UV light was used to control the degree of covalent occupancy of the receptors. KEY RESULTS Irradiation of the P2X2/1 receptor chimera – BzATP complex resulted in a persistent current that lasted even after extensive washout, consistent with photochemical tethering of the agonist BzATP and trapping of the receptors in an open state. Partial labelling with BzATP primed subsequent agonist binding and modulated gating efficiency for both full and partial agonists. CONCLUSIONS AND IMPLICATIONS Our photolabelling strategy provides new molecular insights into the activation mechanism of the P2X receptor. We show here that priming with full agonist molecules leads to an increase in gating efficiency after subsequent agonist binding. PMID:22725669

  12. Principles and properties of ion flow in P2X receptors.

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    Samways, Damien S K; Li, Zhiyuan; Egan, Terrance M

    2014-01-01

    P2X receptors are a family of trimeric ion channels that are gated by extracellular adenosine 5'-triphosphate (ATP). These receptors have long been a subject of intense research interest by virtue of their vital role in mediating the rapid and direct effects of extracellular ATP on membrane potential and cytosolic Ca(2+) concentration, which in turn underpin the ability of ATP to regulate a diverse range of clinically significant physiological functions, including those associated with the cardiovascular, sensory, and immune systems. An important aspect of an ion channel's function is, of course, the means by which it transports ions across the biological membrane. A concerted effort by investigators over the last two decades has culminated in significant advances in our understanding of how P2X receptors conduct the inward flux of Na(+) and Ca(2+) in response to binding by ATP. However, this work has relied heavily on results from current recordings of P2X receptors altered by site-directed mutagenesis. In the absence of a 3-dimensional channel structure, this prior work provided only a vague and indirect appreciation of the relationship between structure, ion selectivity and flux. The recent publication of the crystal structures for both the closed and open channel conformations of the zebrafish P2X4 receptor has thus proved a significant boon, and has provided an important opportunity to overview the amassed functional data in the context of a working 3-dimensional model of a P2X receptor. In this paper, we will attempt to reconcile the existing functional data regarding ion permeation through P2X receptors with the available crystal structure data, highlighting areas of concordance and discordance as appropriate.

  13. Principles and properties of ion flow in P2X receptors

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    Samways, Damien S. K.; Li, Zhiyuan; Egan, Terrance M.

    2014-01-01

    P2X receptors are a family of trimeric ion channels that are gated by extracellular adenosine 5′-triphosphate (ATP). These receptors have long been a subject of intense research interest by virtue of their vital role in mediating the rapid and direct effects of extracellular ATP on membrane potential and cytosolic Ca2+ concentration, which in turn underpin the ability of ATP to regulate a diverse range of clinically significant physiological functions, including those associated with the cardiovascular, sensory, and immune systems. An important aspect of an ion channel's function is, of course, the means by which it transports ions across the biological membrane. A concerted effort by investigators over the last two decades has culminated in significant advances in our understanding of how P2X receptors conduct the inward flux of Na+ and Ca2+ in response to binding by ATP. However, this work has relied heavily on results from current recordings of P2X receptors altered by site-directed mutagenesis. In the absence of a 3-dimensional channel structure, this prior work provided only a vague and indirect appreciation of the relationship between structure, ion selectivity and flux. The recent publication of the crystal structures for both the closed and open channel conformations of the zebrafish P2X4 receptor has thus proved a significant boon, and has provided an important opportunity to overview the amassed functional data in the context of a working 3-dimensional model of a P2X receptor. In this paper, we will attempt to reconcile the existing functional data regarding ion permeation through P2X receptors with the available crystal structure data, highlighting areas of concordance and discordance as appropriate. PMID:24550775

  14. Purinergic control of inflammation and thrombosis: Role of P2X1 receptors

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    Oury, Cécile; Lecut, Christelle; Hego, Alexandre; Wéra, Odile; Delierneux, Céline

    2014-01-01

    Inflammation shifts the hemostatic mechanisms in favor of thrombosis. Upon tissue damage or infection, a sudden increase of extracellular ATP occurs, that might contribute to the crosstalk between inflammation and thrombosis. On platelets, P2X1 receptors act to amplify platelet activation and aggregation induced by other platelet agonists. These receptors critically contribute to thrombus stability in small arteries. Besides platelets, studies by our group indicate that these receptors are expressed by neutrophils. They promote neutrophil chemotaxis, both in vitro and in vivo. In a laser-induced injury mouse model of thrombosis, it appears that neutrophils are required to initiate thrombus formation and coagulation activation on inflamed arteriolar endothelia. In this model, by using P2X1−/ − mice, we recently showed that P2X1 receptors, expressed on platelets and neutrophils, play a key role in thrombus growth and fibrin generation. Intriguingly, in a model of endotoxemia, P2X1−/ − mice exhibited aggravated oxidative tissue damage, along with exacerbated thrombocytopenia and increased activation of coagulation, which translated into higher susceptibility to septic shock. Thus, besides its ability to recruit neutrophils and platelets on inflamed endothelia, the P2X1 receptor also contributes to limit the activation of circulating neutrophils under systemic inflammatory conditions. Taken together, these data suggest that P2X1 receptors are involved in the interplay between platelets, neutrophils and thrombosis. We propose that activation of these receptors by ATP on neutrophils and platelets represents a new mechanism that regulates thrombo-inflammation. PMID:25709760

  15. Future NTP Development Synergy Leveraged from Current J-2X Engine Development

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    Ballard, Richard O.

    2008-01-01

    This paper is a discussion of how the many long-lead development elements required for the realization of a future nuclear thermal propulsion (NTP) system can be effectively leveraged from the ongoing work being conducted on the J-2X engine program for the Constellation Program. Development studies conducted to date for NTP forward planning have identified a number of technical areas that will require advancement to acceptable technology readiness levels (TRLs) before they can be utilized in NTP system development. These include high-temperature, high-area ratio nozzle extension; long-life, low-NPSP. turbomachinery; and low-boiloff propellant management; and a qualified nuclear fuel element. The current J-2X program is working many of these areas that can be leveraged to support NTP development in a highly compatible and synergistic fashion. In addition to supporting technical development, there are other programmatic issues being worked in the J-2X program that can be leveraged by a future NTP development program. These include compliance with recently-evolved space system requirements such as human-rating, fault tolerance and fracture control. These and other similar mandatory system requirements have been adopted by NASA and can result in a significant technical impact beyond elevation of the root technologies required by NTP. Finally, the exploitation of experience, methodologies, and procedures developed by the J-2X program in the areas of verification, qualification, certification, altitude simulation testing, and facility definition will be especially applicable to a future NTP system. The similarities in system mission (in-space propulsion) and operational environment (vacuum, zero-gee) between J-2X and NTP make this highly synergistic. Thus, it can be $hown that the collective benefit of leveraging experience and technologies developed during the J-2X program can result in significant savings in development cost and schedule for NTP.

  16. P2X1 receptor blockade inhibits whole kidney autoregulation of renal blood flow in vivo

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    Osmond, David A.

    2010-01-01

    In vitro experiments demonstrate that P2X1 receptor activation is important for normal afferent arteriolar autoregulatory behavior, but direct in vivo evidence for this relationship occurring in the whole kidney is unavailable. Experiments were performed to test the hypothesis that P2X1 receptors are important for autoregulation of whole kidney blood flow. Renal blood flow (RBF) was measured in anesthetized male Sprague-Dawley rats before and during P2 receptor blockade with PPADS, P2X1 receptor blockade with IP5I, or A1 receptor blockade with DPCPX. Both P2X1 and A1 receptor stimulation with α,β-methylene ATP and CPA, respectively, caused dose-dependent decreases in RBF. Administration of either PPADS or IP5I significantly blocked P2X1 receptor stimulation. Likewise, administration of DPCPX significantly blocked A1 receptor activation to CPA. Autoregulatory behavior was assessed by measuring RBF responses to reductions in renal perfusion pressure. In vehicle-infused rats, as pressure was decreased from 120 to 100 mmHg, there was no decrease in RBF. However, in either PPADS- or IP5I-infused rats, each decrease in pressure resulted in a significant decrease in RBF, demonstrating loss of autoregulatory ability. In DPCPX-infused rats, reductions in pressure did not cause significant reductions in RBF over the pressure range of 100–120 mmHg, but the autoregulatory curve tended to be steeper than vehicle-infused rats over the range of 80–100 mmHg, suggesting that A1 receptors may influence RBF at lower pressures. These findings are consistent with in vitro data from afferent arterioles and support the hypothesis that P2X1 receptor activation is important for whole kidney autoregulation in vivo. PMID:20335318

  17. Future NTP Development Synergy Leveraged from Current J-2X Engine Development

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    Ballard, Richard O.

    2008-01-21

    This paper is a discussion of how the many long-lead development elements required for the realization of a future nuclear thermal propulsion (NTP) system can be effectively leveraged from the ongoing work being conducted on the J-2X engine program for the Constellation Program. Development studies conducted to date for NTP forward planning have identified a number of technical areas that will require advancement to acceptable technology readiness levels (TRLs) before they can be utilized in NTP system development. These include high-temperature, high-area ratio nozzle extension; long-life, low-NPSP turbomachinery; and low-boiloff propellant management, and a qualified nuclear fuel element. The current J-2X program is working many of these areas that can be leveraged to support NTP development in a highly compatible and synergistic fashion. In addition to supporting technical development, there are other programmatic issues being worked in the J-2X program that can be leveraged by a future NTP development program. These include compliance with recently-evolved space system requirements such as human-rating, fault tolerance and fracture control. These and other similar mandatory system requirements have been adopted by NASA and can result in a significant technical impact beyond elevation of the root technologies required by NTP. Finally, the exploitation of experience, methodologies, and procedures developed by the J-2X program in the areas of verification, qualification, certification, altitude simulation testing, and facility definition will be especially applicable to a future NTP system. The similarities in system mission (in-space propulsion) and operational environment (vacuum, zero-gee) between J-2X and NTP make this highly synergistic. Thus, it can be shown that the collective benefit of leveraging experience and technologies developed during the J-2X program can result in significant savings in development cost and schedule for NTP.

  18. Planning for Plume Diagnostics for Ground Testing of J-2X Engines at the SSC

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    SaintCyr, William W.; Tejwani, Gopal D.; McVay, Gregory P.; Langford, Lester A.; SaintCyr, William W.

    2010-01-01

    John C. Stennis Space Center (SSC) is the premier test facility for liquid rocket engine development and certification for the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA). Therefore, it is no surprise that the SSC will play the most prominent role in the engine development testing and certification for the J-2X engine. The Pratt & Whitney Rocketdyne J-2X engine has been selected by the Constellation Program to power the Ares I Upper Stage Element and the Ares V Earth Departure Stage in NASA s strategy of risk mitigation for hardware development by building on the Apollo program and other lessons learned to deliver a human-rated engine that is on an aggressive development schedule, with first demonstration flight in 2010 and human test flights in 2012. Accordingly, J-2X engine design, development, test, and evaluation is to build upon heritage hardware and apply valuable experience gained from past development and testing efforts. In order to leverage SSC s successful and innovative expertise in the plume diagnostics for the space shuttle main engine (SSME) health monitoring,1-10 this paper will present a blueprint for plume diagnostics for various proposed ground testing activities for J-2X at SSC. Complete description of the SSC s test facilities, supporting infrastructure, and test facilities is available in Ref. 11. The A-1 Test Stand is currently being prepared for testing the J-2X engine at sea level conditions. The A-2 Test Stand is currently being used for testing the SSME and may also be used for testing the J-2X engine at sea level conditions in the future. Very recently, ground-breaking ceremony for the new A-3 rocket engine test stand took place at SSC on August 23, 2007. A-3 is the first large - scale test stand to be built at the SSC since the A and B stands were constructed in the 1960s. The A-3 Test Stand will be used for testing J-2X engines under vacuum conditions simulating high altitude operation at approximately 30,480 m (100,000 ft

  19. Synthesis and spectroscopic characterization of Yb3+ in Ca1-XYbXF2+X crystals

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    Ito, M.; Goutaudier, C.; Guyot, Y.; Lebbou, K.; Fukuda, T.; Boulon, G.

    2004-11-01

    Ca1-XYbXF2+X crystals were grown by two different methods: simple melting under CF{4} atmosphere and laser heated pedestal growth (LHPG) method under Ar atmosphere. Spectroscopic characterization has been carried out to separate different crystallographic site in Ca1-XYbXF2+X crystals and to identify Stark's levels of Yb3+ transitions. Experimental decay time dependence of Yb3+ concentration was analyzed by using concentration gradient fiber in order to understand concentration quenching mechanisms. Energy transfer to unexpected rare earth impurities observed by up-conversion emission spectra in visible region under IR Yb3+ ion pumping seems to be an efficient process.

  20. Extracellular ATP Causes ROCK I-dependent Bleb Formation in P2X7-transfected HEK293 CellsV⃞

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    Morelli, Anna; Chiozzi, Paola; Chiesa, Anna; Ferrari, Davide; Sanz, Juana M.; Falzoni, Simonetta; Pinton, Paolo; Rizzuto, Rosario; Olson, Michael F.; Di Virgilio, Francesco

    2003-01-01

    The P2X7 ATP receptor mediates the cytotoxic effect of extracellular ATP. P2X7-dependent cell death is heralded by dramatic plasma membrane bleb formation. Membrane blebbing is a complex phenomenon involving as yet poorly characterized intracellular pathways. We have investigated the effect of extracellular ATP on HEK293 cells transfected with the cytotoxic/pore-forming P2X7 receptor. Addition of ATP to P2X7-transfected, but not to wt P2X7-less, HEK293 cells caused massive membrane blebbing within 1–2 min. UTP, a nucleotide incapable of activating P2X7, had no early effects on cell shape and bleb formation. Bleb formation triggered by ATP was reversible and required extracellular Ca2+ and an intact cytoskeleton. Furthermore, it was completely prevented by preincubation with the P2X blocker oxidized ATP. It was recently observed that the ROCK protein is a key determinant of bleb formation. Preincubation of HEK293-P2X7 cells with the ROCK blocker Y-27632 completely prevented P2X7-dependent blebbing. Although ATP triggered cleavage of the ROCK I isoform in P2X7-transfected HEK293 cells, the wide range caspase inhibitor z-VAD-fluoromethylketone had no effect. These observations suggest that P2X7-dependent plasma membrane blebbing depends on the activation of the serine/threonine kinase ROCK I. PMID:12857854

  1. Distribution of purinergic P2X receptors in the equine digit, cervical spinal cord and dorsal root ganglia.

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    Zamboulis, D E; Senior, J M; Clegg, P D; Gallagher, J A; Carter, S D; Milner, P I

    2013-09-01

    Purinergic pathways are considered important in pain transmission, and P2X receptors are a key part of this system which has received little attention in the horse. The aim of this study was to identify and characterise the distribution of P2X receptor subtypes in the equine digit and associated vasculature and nervous tissue, including peripheral nerves, dorsal root ganglia and cervical spinal cord, using PCR, Western blot analysis and immunohistochemistry. mRNA signal for most of the tested P2X receptor subunits (P2X1-5, 7) was detected in all sampled equine tissues, whereas P2X6 receptor subunit was predominantly expressed in the dorsal root ganglia and spinal cord. Western blot analysis validated the specificity of P2X1-3, 7 antibodies, and these were used in immunohistochemistry studies. P2X1-3, 7 receptor subunits were found in smooth muscle cells in the palmar digital artery and vein with the exception of the P2X3 subunit that was present only in the vein. However, endothelial cells in the palmar digital artery and vein were positive only for P2X2 and P2X3 receptor subunits. Neurons and nerve fibres in the peripheral and central nervous system were positive for P2X1-3 receptor subunits, whereas glial cells were positive for P2X7 and P2X1 and 2 receptor subunits. This previously unreported distribution of P2X subtypes may suggest important tissue specific roles in physiological and pathological processes.

  2. Synthesis, Average Structure, and Magnetic Properties of Oxygen Deficient Perovskites (Ba 2-3 xBi 3 x-1 )(Fe 2 xBi 1-2 x)O 2+3/2 x

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    Boullay, Ph.; Hervieu, M.; Nguyen, N.; Raveau, B.

    1999-10-01

    A new family of oxygen deficient perovskite [Ba2-3xBi3x-1] [Fe2xBi1-2x]O2+3x/2 has been synthesized for 1/3≤x≤1/2. The average structure of these phases is determined using a combination of X-ray, neutron powder diffraction, and electron diffraction. The compounds exhibit a cubic subcell (a=ap) for x≤0.43 and a tetragonal subcell (a≈c≈ap) for 0.43

  3. Influence of Mn substitution on crystal structure and magnetocrystalline anisotropy of nanocrystalline Co1- x Mn x Fe2-2 x Mn2 x O4

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    Kumar, Lawrence; Kumar, Pawan; Kar, Manoranjan

    2013-02-01

    Nanocrystalline Mn substituted cobalt ferrite Co1- x Mn x Fe2-2 x Mn2 x O4 ( x = 0.0-0.4) has been synthesized by the standard citrate-gel method. The structural and magnetic characteristics of all samples have been studied using powder X-ray diffraction, Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy (FT-IR), field emission scanning electron microscope (FE-SEM) and VSM techniques. Distributions of cations between the two interstitial sites (tetrahedral and octahedral site) have been estimated qualitatively by analyzing the powder X-ray diffraction patterns by employing the Rietveld refinement technique. All samples are found to be mixed spinel with cubic structure ( Fdmathop 3limits^{ - } m space group). The FT-IR study shows the presence of absorption bands in the range of 390-750 cm-1, which confirm the spinel structure of the sample. The stoichiometry of Co, Fe, Mn and O ions in the sample has been obtained by using energy-dispersive spectrum with help of an FE-SEM. The magnetizations in saturation have been analyzed by employing the "law of approach" technique. The saturation magnetization, coercivity and magnetocrystalline anisotropy constant depend upon Mn ion concentration and crystallite size.

  4. Structure cristalline du composé Hg3-x Sb x (S+Se)2+x I2-x (x ≃ 0.1).

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    Kars, Mohammed; Herrero, Adrian Gómez; Roisnel, Thierry; Rebbah, Allaoua; Otero-Diáz, L Carlos

    2016-03-01

    Single crystals of the mercury chalcohalide Hg3-x Sb x (S+Se)2+x I2-x (x ≃ 0.1) (mercury anti-mony sulfide selenide iodide), were grown by a chemical transport reaction. The structure contains three independent A (Hg/Sb) atoms; each atom is strongly covalently bonded with two X (Se/S) atoms to form approximately linear X-A-X units. The X-A-X units link to form A 4 X 4 rings, which are combined into infinite crankshaft-type bands running along the [100] direction. Four equatorial E (I/X = Se,S) atoms at relatively long distances complete the distorted octa-hedral coordination of A (Hg/Sb). The crystal under investigation was twinned by non-merohedry with a refined twin domain fraction of 0.814 (6):0.186 (6). The structure is isotypic with Hg3Se2I2 [Beck & Hedderich (2000 ▸). J. Solid State Chem. 151, 73-76], but the current determination reveals a coupled substitution, with partial replacement of Hg(+2) by Sb(+3), balanced by the equivalent substitution of I(-1) by S(-2) and Se(-2). Bond-valence calculations are consistent with this relative substitution model. PMID:27006793

  5. Structure cristalline du composé Hg3-xSbx(S+Se)2+xI2-x (x ≃ 0.1)

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    Kars, Mohammed; Herrero, Adrian Gómez; Roisnel, Thierry; Rebbah, Allaoua; Otero-Diáz, L. Carlos

    2016-01-01

    Single crystals of the mercury chalcohalide Hg3-xSbx(S+Se)2+xI2-x (x ≃ 0.1) (mercury anti­mony sulfide selenide iodide), were grown by a chemical transport reaction. The structure contains three independent A (Hg/Sb) atoms; each atom is strongly covalently bonded with two X (Se/S) atoms to form approximately linear X–A–X units. The X–A–X units link to form A 4 X 4 rings, which are combined into infinite crankshaft-type bands running along the [100] direction. Four equatorial E (I/X = Se,S) atoms at relatively long distances complete the distorted octa­hedral coordination of A (Hg/Sb). The crystal under investigation was twinned by non-merohedry with a refined twin domain fraction of 0.814 (6):0.186 (6). The structure is isotypic with Hg3Se2I2 [Beck & Hedderich (2000 ▸). J. Solid State Chem. 151, 73–76], but the current determination reveals a coupled substitution, with partial replacement of Hg+2 by Sb+3, balanced by the equivalent substitution of I−1 by S−2 and Se−2. Bond-valence calculations are consistent with this relative substitution model. PMID:27006793

  6. Structure cristalline du composé Hg3-x Sb x (S+Se)2+x I2-x (x ≃ 0.1).

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    Kars, Mohammed; Herrero, Adrian Gómez; Roisnel, Thierry; Rebbah, Allaoua; Otero-Diáz, L Carlos

    2016-03-01

    Single crystals of the mercury chalcohalide Hg3-x Sb x (S+Se)2+x I2-x (x ≃ 0.1) (mercury anti-mony sulfide selenide iodide), were grown by a chemical transport reaction. The structure contains three independent A (Hg/Sb) atoms; each atom is strongly covalently bonded with two X (Se/S) atoms to form approximately linear X-A-X units. The X-A-X units link to form A 4 X 4 rings, which are combined into infinite crankshaft-type bands running along the [100] direction. Four equatorial E (I/X = Se,S) atoms at relatively long distances complete the distorted octa-hedral coordination of A (Hg/Sb). The crystal under investigation was twinned by non-merohedry with a refined twin domain fraction of 0.814 (6):0.186 (6). The structure is isotypic with Hg3Se2I2 [Beck & Hedderich (2000 ▸). J. Solid State Chem. 151, 73-76], but the current determination reveals a coupled substitution, with partial replacement of Hg(+2) by Sb(+3), balanced by the equivalent substitution of I(-1) by S(-2) and Se(-2). Bond-valence calculations are consistent with this relative substitution model.

  7. Nonlinear Composition-Dependent Optical Spectroscopy of Ba2xSr2-2xV2O7.

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    Fang, Hongwei; Wei, Xiantao; Zhou, Shaoshuai; Chen, Yonghu; Duan, Changkui; Yin, Min

    2016-09-19

    In general, adjusting the composition of a fluorescent material is an effective way to tune its luminescent properties such as peak energy and bandwidth. In most solid-solutions, the emission peak shifts linearly with the materials' composition, which is referred to as Vegard's Law. However, we found extraordinary variations in our samples Ba2xSr2-2xV2O7, that is, both the excitation and emission peaks show nonlinear dependence on the composition x, and the same is true for the spectral bandwidths. The nonlinearities are not due to structural anomaly, as all the samples are confirmed to be solid-solutions by X-ray diffraction measurements. To explain these phenomena, we proposed a model by considering the disorder of Ba(2+) and Sr(2+) distributions in solid-solutions and the changes of configurations between the ground and excited electronic states. This novel phenomenon could be applied to further exploit new fluorescent materials. PMID:27584044

  8. Diameter Control of K3Li2-xNb5+xO15+2x Single-Crystal Fibers

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    Matsukura, Makoto; Murakami, Junichi; Karaki, Tomoaki; Adachi, Masatoshi

    2000-09-01

    Potassium lithium niobate, K3Li2-xNb5+xO15+2x (KLN) single-crystal fibers have been grown using the laser-heated pedestal growth (LHPG) technique. Ceramic source rods of K3.00Li1.70Nb5.30O15.6 (KLN53) and K3.00Li1.85Nb5.15O15.3 (KLN51.5) were adapted to grow the fibers with the same compositions. The diameter deviations at various growth rates were estimated. For the < 110 > oriented KLN53 fibers, increase of the growth rate decreased the diameter deviation and the minimum root mean square diameter deviation was 1.8% when the growth rate was 66 mm/h. For the < 110 > oriented KLN51.5 fibers, the minimum diameter deviation was 1.7% when the growth rate was 40 mm/h. From the dielectric properties along the grown fiber, the fiber without diameter deviation was determined to have homogeneous composition along the fiber. However, the Curie temperature measurements revealed that the composition of the KLN51.5 fiber did not coincide with that of the ceramic source rods.

  9. X-ray structures define human P2X3 receptor gating cycle and antagonist action

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    Mansoor, Steven E.; Lü, Wei; Oosterheert, Wout; Shekhar, Mrinal; Tajkhorshid, Emad; Gouaux, Eric

    2016-10-01

    P2X receptors are trimeric, non-selective cation channels activated by ATP that have important roles in the cardiovascular, neuronal and immune systems. Despite their central function in human physiology and although they are potential targets of therapeutic agents, there are no structures of human P2X receptors. The mechanisms of receptor desensitization and ion permeation, principles of antagonism, and complete structures of the pore-forming transmembrane domains of these receptors remain unclear. Here we report X-ray crystal structures of the human P2X3 receptor in apo/resting, agonist-bound/open-pore, agonist-bound/closed-pore/desensitized and antagonist-bound/closed states. The open state structure harbours an intracellular motif we term the ‘cytoplasmic cap’, which stabilizes the open state of the ion channel pore and creates lateral, phospholipid-lined cytoplasmic fenestrations for water and ion egress. The competitive antagonists TNP-ATP and A-317491 stabilize the apo/resting state and reveal the interactions responsible for competitive inhibition. These structures illuminate the conformational rearrangements that underlie P2X receptor gating and provide a foundation for the development of new pharmacological agents.

  10. Testing of the J-2X Augmented Spark Igniter (ASI) and Its Electronics

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    Osborne, Robin

    2015-01-01

    Reliable operation of the spark ignition system electronics in the J-2X Augmented Spark Igniter (ASI) is imperative in assuring ASI ignition and subsequent Main Combustion Chamber (MCC) ignition events are reliable in the J-2X Engine. Similar to the man-rated J-2 and RS-25 engines, the J-2X ignition system electronics are equipped with spark monitor outputs intended to indicate that the spark igniters are properly energized and sparking. To better understand anomalous spark monitor data collected on the J-2X development engines at NASA Stennis Space Center (SSC), a comprehensive subsystem study of the engine's low- and high-tension spark ignition system electronics was conducted at NASA Marshall Space Flight Center (MSFC). Spark monitor output data were compared to more detailed spark diagnostics to determine if the spark monitor was an accurate indication of actual sparking events. In addition, ignition system electronics data were closely scrutinized for any indication of an electrical discharge in some location other than the firing tip of the spark igniter - a problem not uncommon in the development of high voltage ignition systems.

  11. The 2 x 2 Model of Perfectionism: A Comparison across Asian Canadians and European Canadians

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    Franche, Veronique; Gaudreau, Patrick; Miranda, Dave

    2012-01-01

    The 2 x 2 model of perfectionism posits that the 4 within-person combinations of self-oriented and socially prescribed perfectionism (i.e., pure SOP, mixed perfectionism, pure SPP, and nonperfectionism) can be distinctively associated with psychological adjustment. This study examined whether the relationship between the 4 subtypes of…

  12. Magneto-Optical Response of Electron Doped Cuprates Pr2-xCexCuO4

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    Margankunte, Naveen; Zimmers, Alexandra; Tanner, D. B.; Greene, R. L.; Wang, Y. J.

    2006-09-01

    We report mid-infrared transmission measurements of electron doped Pr2-xCexCuO4 (PCCO) thin films for a wide range of dopings, in the large energy pseudogap regime both as a function of temperature and magnetic field. While the temperature dependent measurements show clear signatures of pseudogap, there is no magnetic field induced effect.

  13. Color-Space-Based Visual-MIMO for V2X Communication †

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    Kim, Jai-Eun; Kim, Ji-Won; Park, Youngil; Kim, Ki-Doo

    2016-01-01

    In this paper, we analyze the applicability of color-space-based, color-independent visual-MIMO for V2X. We aim to achieve a visual-MIMO scheme that can maintain the original color and brightness while performing seamless communication. We consider two scenarios of GCM based visual-MIMO for V2X. One is a multipath transmission using visual-MIMO networking and the other is multi-node V2X communication. In the scenario of multipath transmission, we analyze the channel capacity numerically and we illustrate the significance of networking information such as distance, reference color (symbol), and multiplexing-diversity mode transitions. In addition, in the V2X scenario of multiple access, we may achieve the simultaneous multiple access communication without node interferences by dividing the communication area using image processing. Finally, through numerical simulation, we show the superior SER performance of the visual-MIMO scheme compared with LED-PD communication and show the numerical result of the GCM based visual-MIMO channel capacity versus distance. PMID:27120603

  14. Synthesis and radiation tolerance of Lu2-xCexTi2O7 pyrochlores

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    Xia, Y.; Liu, C. G.; Yang, D. Y.; Wen, J.; Liu, H.; Mu, P. C.; Li, Y. H.

    2016-11-01

    As a nonradioactive surrogate for Pu, Ce is selected to study the solubility and radiation tolerance in pyrochlore matrixes. In this paper, we synthesized a series of Lu2-xCexTi2O7 (x = 0-0.7) samples. X-ray diffraction, X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy and Raman spectroscopy were used to study the structure of Lu2-xCexTi2O7 (x = 0-0.7) with different Ce3+ content x. The results show that the maximum solubility of Ce3+ in Lu2Ti2O7 is 32 mol%. In order to study the radiation tolerance of these compounds, 400 keV Ne2+ was used to perform the irradiation experiments. The grazing incident X-ray diffraction patterns revealed that the radiation tolerance of the Lu2-xCexTi2O7 decreases with increasing Ce-content. This correlation between radiation tolerance and Ce-content was interpreted in terms of the antisite defect formation energies of Lu2-xCexTi2O7 (x = 0, 0.5, 1) based on the density functional theory.

  15. Design, Activation, and Operation of the J2-X Subscale Simulator (JSS)

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    Saunders, Grady P.; Raines, Nickey G.; Varner, Darrel G.

    2009-01-01

    The purpose of this paper is to give a detailed description of the design, activation, and operation of the J2-X Subscale Simulator (JSS) installed in Cell 1 of the E3 test facility at Stennis Space Center, MS (SSC). The primary purpose of the JSS is to simulate the installation of the J2-X engine in the A3 Subscale Rocket Altitude Test Facility at SSC. The JSS is designed to give aerodynamically and thermodynamically similar plume properties as the J2-X engine currently under development for use as the upper stage engine on the ARES I and ARES V spacecraft. The JSS is a scale pressure fed, LOX/GH fueled rocket that is geometrically similar to the J2-X from the throat to the nozzle exit plane (NEP) and is operated at the same oxidizer to fuel ratios and chamber pressures. This paper describes the heritage hardware used as the basis of the JSS design, the newly designed rocket hardware, igniter systems used, and the activation and operation of the JSS.

  16. Gender Differences in the Factor Structure of the 2x2 Achievement Goal Framework

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    Alkharusi, Hussain; Aldhafri, Said

    2010-01-01

    The present study examined gender differences in the factor structure of the 2x2 achievement goal framework using a multi-sample invariance analysis. A total of 117 male and 125 female undergraduate teacher education students completed Elliot and Murayama's (2008) Achievement Goal Questionnaire-Revised (AGQ-R). Results provided empirical evidence…

  17. Oxygen-Deficient Zirconia (ZrO2-x): A New Material for Solar Light Absorption.

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    Sinhamahapatra, Apurba; Jeon, Jong-Pil; Kang, Joonhee; Han, Byungchan; Yu, Jong-Sung

    2016-06-06

    Here, we present oxygen-deficient black ZrO2-x as a new material for sunlight absorption with a low band gap around ~1.5 eV, via a controlled magnesiothermic reduction in 5% H2/Ar from white ZrO2, a wide bandgap(~5 eV) semiconductor, usually not considered for solar light absorption. It shows for the first time a dramatic increase in solar light absorbance and significant activity for solar light-induced H2 production from methanol-water with excellent stability up to 30 days while white ZrO2 fails. Generation of large amounts of oxygen vacancies or surface defects clearly visualized by the HR-TEM and HR-SEM images is the main reason for the drastic alteration of the optical properties through the formation of new energy states near valence band and conduction band towards Fermi level in black ZrO2-x as indicated by XPS and DFT calculations of black ZrO2-x. Current reduction method using Mg and H2 is mild, but highly efficient to produce solar light-assisted photocatalytically active black ZrO2-x.

  18. Extending the 2 x 2 Achievement Goal Framework: Development of a Measure of Scientific Achievement Goals

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    Deemer, Eric D.; Carter, Alice P.; Lobrano, Michael T.

    2010-01-01

    The current research sought to extend the 2 x 2 achievement goal framework by developing and testing the Achievement Goals for Research Scale (AGRS). Participants (N = 317) consisted of graduate students in the life, physical, and behavioral sciences. A principal components analysis (PCA) extracted five components accounting for 72.59% of the…

  19. Window type: paired 2x4 multipaned steel windows flanked by 1x4 ...

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    Window type: paired 2x4 multipaned steel windows flanked by 1x4 multipaned steel casements, breaking building corner. Raised panel door front entry also illustrated. Ground floor detail Building 19, facing north - Harbor Hills Housing Project, 26607 Western Avenue, Lomita, Los Angeles County, CA

  20. Window types: (from left to right) Pair of 2x2 multipaned ...

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    Window types: (from left to right) Pair of 2x2 multipaned steel casements; triplet of 1x4 multipaned steel casements (center panel fixed); 1x3 multipaned steel casements. Building 20, facing southwest - Harbor Hills Housing Project, 26607 Western Avenue, Lomita, Los Angeles County, CA

  1. Color-Space-Based Visual-MIMO for V2X Communication.

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    Kim, Jai-Eun; Kim, Ji-Won; Park, Youngil; Kim, Ki-Doo

    2016-04-23

    In this paper, we analyze the applicability of color-space-based, color-independent visual-MIMO for V2X. We aim to achieve a visual-MIMO scheme that can maintain the original color and brightness while performing seamless communication. We consider two scenarios of GCM based visual-MIMO for V2X. One is a multipath transmission using visual-MIMO networking and the other is multi-node V2X communication. In the scenario of multipath transmission, we analyze the channel capacity numerically and we illustrate the significance of networking information such as distance, reference color (symbol), and multiplexing-diversity mode transitions. In addition, in the V2X scenario of multiple access, we may achieve the simultaneous multiple access communication without node interferences by dividing the communication area using image processing. Finally, through numerical simulation, we show the superior SER performance of the visual-MIMO scheme compared with LED-PD communication and show the numerical result of the GCM based visual-MIMO channel capacity versus distance.

  2. Understanding Student Goal Orientation Tendencies to Predict Student Performance: A 2x2 Achievement Goal Orientation

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    Miller, Mark Alan

    2013-01-01

    The study tested the 2X2 model of the Achievement Goal Orientation (AGO) theory in a military technical training environment while using the Air Force Officers Qualifying Test's academic aptitude score to control for the differences in the students' academic aptitude. The study method was quantitative and the design was correlational.…

  3. 16. Photocopy of photograph (original 51/2 x 31/4 inch print ...

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    16. Photocopy of photograph (original 5-1/2 x 3-1/4 inch print located in the Recreation files, Mt. Baker-Snoqualmie N. F.). R. L. Fromme, photographer, 1941 INTERIOR OF MAIN ROOM, AUSTIN PASS SKI SHELTER. MT. BAKER NATIONAL FOREST. - Austin Pass Warming Hut, Washington Highway 542, Glacier, Whatcom County, WA

  4. System Engineering for J-2X Development: The Simpler, the Better

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    Kelly, William M.; Greasley, Paul; Greene, William D.; Ackerman, Peter

    2008-01-01

    The Ares I and Ares V Vehicles will utilize the J-2X rocket engine developed for NASA by the Pratt and Whitney Rocketdyne Company (PWR) as the upper stage engine (USE). The J-2X is an improved higher power version of the original J-2 engine used for Apollo. System Engineering (SE) facilitates direct and open discussions of issues and problems. This simple idea is often overlooked in large, complex engineering development programs. Definition and distribution of requirements from the engine level to the component level is controlled by Allocation Reports which breaks down numerical design objectives (weight, reliability, etc.) into quanta goals for each component area. Linked databases of design and verification requirements help eliminate redundancy and potential mistakes inherent in separated systems. Another tool, the Architecture Design Description (ADD), is used to control J-2X system architecture and effectively communicate configuration changes to those involved in the design process. But the proof of an effective process is in successful program accomplishment. SE is the methodology being used to meet the challenge of completing J-2X engine certification 2 years ahead of any engine program ever developed at PWR. This paper describes the simple, better SE tools and techniques used to achieve this success.

  5. Procrastination and the 2 x 2 Achievement Goal Framework in Malaysian Undergraduate Students

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    Ganesan, Rajalakshmi; Mamat, Norul Hidayah Bt; Mellor, David; Rizzuto, Laura; Kolar, Christina

    2014-01-01

    The present study investigated academic procrastination in the context of the 2 x 2 goal achievement theoretical framework within a population of 450 Malaysian undergraduate students, aged 18 to 25 years. Participants completed the Achievement Goal Questionnaire and the Tuckman Procrastination Test. Approach dimensions of both the mastery and…

  6. Molecular mechanism of ATP binding and ion channel activation in P2X receptors

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    Hattori, Motoyuki; Gouaux, Eric

    2012-10-24

    P2X receptors are trimeric ATP-activated ion channels permeable to Na{sup +}, K{sup +} and Ca{sup 2+}. The seven P2X receptor subtypes are implicated in physiological processes that include modulation of synaptic transmission, contraction of smooth muscle, secretion of chemical transmitters and regulation of immune responses. Despite the importance of P2X receptors in cellular physiology, the three-dimensional composition of the ATP-binding site, the structural mechanism of ATP-dependent ion channel gating and the architecture of the open ion channel pore are unknown. Here we report the crystal structure of the zebrafish P2X4 receptor in complex with ATP and a new structure of the apo receptor. The agonist-bound structure reveals a previously unseen ATP-binding motif and an open ion channel pore. ATP binding induces cleft closure of the nucleotide-binding pocket, flexing of the lower body {beta}-sheet and a radial expansion of the extracellular vestibule. The structural widening of the extracellular vestibule is directly coupled to the opening of the ion channel pore by way of an iris-like expansion of the transmembrane helices. The structural delineation of the ATP-binding site and the ion channel pore, together with the conformational changes associated with ion channel gating, will stimulate development of new pharmacological agents.

  7. Cohen's Linearly Weighted Kappa Is a Weighted Average of 2 x 2 Kappas

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    Warrens, Matthijs J.

    2011-01-01

    An agreement table with [n as an element of N is greater than or equal to] 3 ordered categories can be collapsed into n - 1 distinct 2 x 2 tables by combining adjacent categories. Vanbelle and Albert ("Stat. Methodol." 6:157-163, 2009c) showed that the components of Cohen's weighted kappa with linear weights can be obtained from these n - 1…

  8. Color-Space-Based Visual-MIMO for V2X Communication.

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    Kim, Jai-Eun; Kim, Ji-Won; Park, Youngil; Kim, Ki-Doo

    2016-01-01

    In this paper, we analyze the applicability of color-space-based, color-independent visual-MIMO for V2X. We aim to achieve a visual-MIMO scheme that can maintain the original color and brightness while performing seamless communication. We consider two scenarios of GCM based visual-MIMO for V2X. One is a multipath transmission using visual-MIMO networking and the other is multi-node V2X communication. In the scenario of multipath transmission, we analyze the channel capacity numerically and we illustrate the significance of networking information such as distance, reference color (symbol), and multiplexing-diversity mode transitions. In addition, in the V2X scenario of multiple access, we may achieve the simultaneous multiple access communication without node interferences by dividing the communication area using image processing. Finally, through numerical simulation, we show the superior SER performance of the visual-MIMO scheme compared with LED-PD communication and show the numerical result of the GCM based visual-MIMO channel capacity versus distance. PMID:27120603

  9. Microfluidic Device

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    Tai, Yu-Chong (Inventor); Zheng, Siyang (Inventor); Lin, Jeffrey Chun-Hui (Inventor); Kasdan, Harvey (Inventor)

    2015-01-01

    Described herein are particular embodiments relating to a microfluidic device that may be utilized for cell sensing, counting, and/or sorting. Particular aspects relate to a microfabricated device that is capable of differentiating single cell types from dense cell populations. One particular embodiment relates a device and methods of using the same for sensing, counting, and/or sorting leukocytes from whole, undiluted blood samples.

  10. Microfluidic Device

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    Tai, Yu-Chong (Inventor); Zheng, Siyang (Inventor); Lin, Jeffrey Chun-Hui (Inventor); Kasdan, Harvey L. (Inventor)

    2016-01-01

    Described herein are particular embodiments relating to a microfluidic device that may be utilized for cell sensing, counting, and/or sorting. Particular aspects relate to a microfabricated device that is capable of differentiating single cell types from dense cell populations. One particular embodiment relates a device and methods of using the same for sensing, counting, and/or sorting leukocytes from whole, undiluted blood samples.

  11. Sealing device

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    Garcia-Crespo, Andres Jose

    2013-12-10

    A sealing device for sealing a gap between a dovetail of a bucket assembly and a rotor wheel is disclosed. The sealing device includes a cover plate configured to cover the gap and a retention member protruding from the cover plate and configured to engage the dovetail. The sealing device provides a seal against the gap when the bucket assemply is subjected to a centrifugal force.

  12. High electron mobility in epitaxial SnO2-x in semiconducting regime

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    Mun, Hyosik; Yang, Hyeonseok; Park, Jisung; Ju, Chanjong; Char, Kookrin

    2015-07-01

    We investigated the electronic transport properties of epitaxial SnO2-x thin films on r-plane sapphire substrates. The films were grown by pulsed laser deposition technique and its epitaxial growth direction was [101] and the in-plane alignment was of SnO2-x [010]// Al 2 O 3 [ 1 2 ¯ 10 ] . When the SnO2-x films were grown in the oxygen pressure of 30 mTorr, we have found the electron mobility of the 30 nm thick SnO2-x thin films strongly dependent on the thicknesses of the fully oxidized insulating SnO2 buffer layer. When the buffer layer thickness increased from 100 nm to 700 nm, the electron mobility of values increased from 23 cm2 V-1 s-1 to 106 cm2 V-1 s-1 and the carrier density increased from 9 × 1017 cm-3 to 3 × 1018 cm-3, which we attribute to reduction of large density of dislocations as the buffer layer thickness increases. In addition, we studied the doping dependence of the electron mobility of SnO2-x thin films grown on top of 500 nm thick insulating SnO2 buffer layers. The oxygen vacancy doping level was controlled by the oxygen pressure during deposition. As the oxygen pressure increased to 47.5 mTorr, the carrier density was found to decrease to 9.1 × 1016 cm-3 and the electron mobility values to 13 cm2 V-1 s-1, which is consistent with the dislocation limited transport properties. We also checked the conductance change of the SnO2-x during thermal annealing cycles, demonstrating unusual stability of its oxygen. The correlation between the electronic transport properties and microstructural defects investigated by the transmission electron microscopy was drawn. The excellent oxygen stability and high electron mobility of low carrier density SnO2-x films demonstrate its potential as a transparent oxide semiconductor.

  13. Relaxation of O2(X 3Σg-, υ = 1) by Atmospherically Relevant Colliders

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    Pejakovic, D. A.; Saran, D. V.; Copeland, R. A.

    2010-12-01

    Emission from H2O molecules in the 6.3-μm band is an important atmospheric observable, because it allows the atmospheric water vapor density profiles to be derived from measured emission intensities. This procedure is reliable only if the collisional processes that affect this emission are accounted for accurately. The two most important such processes involve vibrationally excited O2 molecules: (1) O2(X 3Σg-, υ = 1) + O(3P) ↔ O2(X 3Σg-, υ = 0) + O(3P) and (2) O2(X 3Σg-, υ = 1) + H2O ↔ O2(X 3Σg-, υ = 0) + H2O(ν2). Process (1) was previously investigated in our laboratory using an experimental approach in which O2(X 3Σg-, υ = 1) is probed indirectly, through its interaction with O2(a1Δg, υ = 1), and the latter species is probed via resonance-enhanced multiphoton ionization (REMPI). Both oxygen atoms and O2(a1Δg, υ = 1) are produced by laser photolysis of ozone at 285 nm. With O2 present in the system, O2(X 3Σg-, υ = 1) is rapidly produced in the near-resonant process O2(a1Δg, υ = 1) + O2(X 3Σg-, υ = 0) ↔ O2(X 3Σg-, υ = 1) + O2(a1Δg, υ = 0). The long-time decay of the experimental REMPI signals reflects the kinetics of the coupled O2(X 3Σg-, υ = 1) and O2(a1Δg, υ = 1) populations, and the decay rate is controlled primarily by process (1). This approach proved to be more practical than the one in which O2(X 3Σg-, υ = 1) is probed directly, and it allows for a number of other collisional processes to be investigated by a simple variation of experimental parameters. However, extraction of the rate coefficient for process (1) from the data is nontrivial. We report a refined data analysis approach, based on a combination of numerical and analytical modeling, which allows contributions of competing processes to the measured kinetics to be identified and quantified. This improved data analysis results in a more reliable and more tightly constrained value for the rate coefficient for process (1) compared with the previously reported

  14. Synthesis, characterization, and photocatalytic activity of TiO(2-x)N(x) nanocatalyst.

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    Wang, Y Q; Yu, X J; Sun, D Z

    2007-06-01

    Nitrogen-doped titanium dioxide powders were prepared by wet method, that is, the hydrolysis of acidic tetra-butyl titanate using aqueous ammonia solution, followed by calcination at temperatures about 350 degrees C. The catalysts exhibited photocatalytic activity in the visible light region owing to N-doping. The light absorption onset of TiO(2-x)N(x) was shifted to the visible region at 459 nm compared to 330 nm of pure TiO(2). An obvious decrease in the band gap was observed by the optical absorption spectroscopy, which resulted from N2p localized states above the valence band of TiO(2-x)N(x) (compared to TiO(2)). The TiO(2-x)N(x) catalyst was characterized to be anatase with oxygen-deficient stoichiometry by X-ray diffraction (XRD), surface photovoltage spectroscopy (SPS) and X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS). The binding energy of N1s measured by XPS characterization was 396.6 eV (TiN bonds, beta-N) and 400.9 eV (NN bonds, gamma-N(2)), respectively. The photocatalytic activity of TiO(2-x)N(x) under visible light was induced by the formation of beta-N in the structure. Photocatalytic decomposition of benzoic acid solutions was carried out in the ultraviolet and visible (UV-vis) light region, and the TiO(2-x)N(x) catalyst showed higher activity than pure TiO(2). PMID:17116365

  15. Post-translational allosteric activation of the P2X7 receptor through glycosaminoglycan chains of CD44 proteoglycans

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    Moura, GEDD; Lucena, SV; Lima, MA; Nascimento, FD; Gesteira, TF; Nader, HB; Paredes-Gamero, EJ; Tersariol, ILS

    2015-01-01

    Here, we present evidence for the positive allosteric modulation of the P2X7 receptor through glycosaminoglycans (GAGs) in CHO (cell line derived from the ovary of the Chinese hamster) cells. The marked potentiation of P2X7 activity through GAGs in the presence of non-saturating agonists concentrations was evident with the endogenous expression of the receptor in CHO cells. The presence of GAGs on the surface of CHO cells greatly increased the sensitivity to adenosine 5′-triphosphate and changed the main P2X7 receptor kinetic parameters EC50, Hill coefficient and Emax. GAGs decreased the allosteric inhibition of P2X7 receptor through Mg2+. GAGs activated P2X7 receptor-mediated cytoplasmic Ca2+ influx and pore formation. Consequently, wild-type CHO-K1 cells were 2.5-fold more sensitive to cell death induced through P2X7 agonists than mutant CHO-745 cells defective in GAGs biosynthesis. In the present study, we provide the first evidence that the P2X7 receptor interacts with CD44 on the CHO-K1 cell surface. Thus, these data demonstrated that GAGs positively modulate the P2X7 receptor, and sCD44 is a part of a regulatory positive feedback loop linking P2X7 receptor activation for the intracellular response mediated through P2X7 receptor stimulation. PMID:27551441

  16. Co-Expression of Wild-Type P2X7R with Gln460Arg Variant Alters Receptor Function

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    Aprile-Garcia, Fernando; Metzger, Michael W.; Paez-Pereda, Marcelo; Stadler, Herbert; Acuña, Matías; Liberman, Ana C.; Senin, Sergio A.; Gerez, Juan; Hoijman, Esteban; Refojo, Damian; Mitkovski, Mišo; Panhuysen, Markus; Stühmer, Walter; Holsboer, Florian; Deussing, Jan M.; Arzt, Eduardo

    2016-01-01

    The P2X7 receptor is a member of the P2X family of ligand-gated ion channels. A single-nucleotide polymorphism leading to a glutamine (Gln) by arginine (Arg) substitution at codon 460 of the purinergic P2X7 receptor (P2X7R) has been associated with mood disorders. No change in function (loss or gain) has been described for this SNP so far. Here we show that although the P2X7R-Gln460Arg variant per se is not compromised in its function, co-expression of wild-type P2X7R with P2X7R-Gln460Arg impairs receptor function with respect to calcium influx, channel currents and intracellular signaling in vitro. Moreover, co-immunoprecipitation and FRET studies show that the P2X7R-Gln460Arg variant physically interacts with P2X7R-WT. Specific silencing of either the normal or polymorphic variant rescues the heterozygous loss of function phenotype and restores normal function. The described loss of function due to co-expression, unique for mutations in the P2RX7 gene so far, explains the mechanism by which the P2X7R-Gln460Arg variant affects the normal function of the channel and may represent a mechanism of action for other mutations. PMID:26986975

  17. Structures and magnetism of two types of c(2x2)-Mn/Pd(001) surface alloys

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    Tsuboi, N.; Okuyama, H.; Aruga, T.

    2005-05-15

    Mn/Pd(001) surface alloy was investigated by a tensor low-energy electron diffraction (LEED) analysis. After deposition of Mn on Pd(001) at room temperature, the surface was annealed at 570-620 K, which produced two types of c(2x2) surface alloys, according to the Mn coverage. At a low-Mn coverage, we obtained a Pd-capped c(2x2) surface, in which the first layer was composed of a (1x1)-Pd layer, and the second layer was a c(2x2)-MnPd mixed layer [{alpha}-c(2x2)]. The deposition of greater amounts of Mn followed by annealing resulted in another c(2x2) surface, in which Mn atoms existed in the substitutional sites of the first and third layers [{beta}-c(2x2)]. The first layer consisted of a c(2x2)-MnPd mixed layer, the second layer was a (1x1)-Pd layer, and the third layer was another c(2x2)-MnPd mixed layer. The structure of the {beta}-c(2x2) surface qualitatively agreed with the one previously investigated by LEED. These two types of surface alloys, {alpha}-c(2x2) and {beta}-c(2x2), may be considered as being precursors to the formation of the bulk MnPd{sub 3} alloy. We also investigated the magnetic properties of the {alpha}-c(2x2) and {beta}-c(2x2) surfaces by using surface magneto-optic Kerr effect (MOKE) and self-consistent, total-energy calculations. The MOKE measurements for both surface alloys show no hysterisis loop, even at 10 K. The total-energy calculation shows that Mn atoms have a local-spin moment of 3.9-4.1 {mu}{sub B} and that they are antiferromagnetically ordered in the ground state.

  18. Preparation and characterization of Al{sub 2x}In{sub 2−2x}O{sub 3} films deposited on MgO (1 0 0) by MOCVD

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    Li, Zhao; Ma, Jin Zhao, Cansong; Du, Xuejian; Mi, Wei; Luan, Caina; Feng, Xianjin

    2015-07-15

    Highlights: • Ternary Al{sub 2x}In{sub 2−2x}O{sub 3} alloy films were deposited on MgO (1 0 0) by MOCVD. • The microstructure of the Al{sub 2x}In{sub 2−2x}O{sub 3} films were studied upon HRTEM. • Al{sub 2x}In{sub 2−2x}O{sub 3} alloy films exhibited great optical transparency in the visible wavelength range. • The band gap of the Al{sub 2x}In{sub 2−2x}O{sub 3} films can be modulated by controlling the Al contents in the samples. - Abstract: The ternary Al{sub 2x}In{sub 2−2x}O{sub 3} films with different compositions x[Al/(Al + In) atomic ratio] have been fabricated on the MgO (1 0 0) substrates by the metal organic chemical vapor deposition (MOCVD) method. The influence of different Al contents on the structural, optical and electrical properties of Al{sub 2x}In{sub 2−2x}O{sub 3} films has been studied. The structural studies reveal a change from single crystalline structure of cubic In{sub 2}O{sub 3} to amorphous as the Al content increases. The average transmittances of all samples in the visible range are over 80%. The optical band gap is observed to increase monotonically from 3.67 to 5.38 eV as the Al content increases from 0.1 to 0.9.

  19. BRAKE DEVICE

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    O'Donnell, T.J.

    1959-03-10

    A brake device is described for utilization in connection with a control rod. The device comprises a pair of parallelogram link mechanisms, a control rod moveable rectilinearly therebetween in opposite directions, and shoes resiliently supported by the mechanism for frictional engagement with the control rod.

  20. Electrochromic devices

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    Allemand, Pierre M.; Grimes, Randall F.; Ingle, Andrew R.; Cronin, John P.; Kennedy, Steve R.; Agrawal, Anoop; Boulton, Jonathan M.

    2001-01-01

    An electrochromic device is disclosed having a selective ion transport layer which separates an electrochemically active material from an electrolyte containing a redox active material. The devices are particularly useful as large area architectural and automotive glazings due to there reduced back reaction.

  1. Physical and electrical properties of band-engineered SiO2/(TiO2) x (SiO2)1- x stacks for nonvolatile memory applications

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    Oh, Jinho; Na, Heedo; Mok, In-Su; Kim, Jonggi; Lee, Kyumin; Sohn, Hyunchul

    2012-09-01

    In our study, the physical properties of (TiO2) x (SiO2)1- x , including band-gap, band-offset, and thermal stability and the electrical properties of band-engineered SiO2/(TiO2) x (SiO2)1- x tunnel barrier stacks, including the tunneling current and charge-trapping characteristics for applications to nonvolatile memory devices were investigated. It was observed that the band-gap and band-offset of (TiO2) x (SiO2)1- x can be controlled by adjustment in the composition of the (TiO2) x (SiO2)1- x films. Ti-silicate film with TiO2:SiO2 cycle ratio of 1:5 was maintained in an amorphous phase, even after annealing at 950 °C. The tunneling current of the band-engineered SiO2/(TiO2) x (SiO2)1- x stacked tunnel barrier was larger than that of a single SiO2 barrier under a higher external bias, while the tunneling current of a SiO2/(TiO2) x (SiO2)1- x stacked tunnel barrier under a lower external bias was smaller. Charge-trapping tests showed that the voltage shift for SiO2/(TiO2) x (SiO2)1- x is slightly larger than that for single SiO2.

  2. PLASMA DEVICE

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    Gow, J.D.; Wilcox, J.M.

    1961-12-26

    A device is designed for producing and confining highenergy plasma from which neutrons are generated in copious quantities. A rotating sheath of electrons is established in a radial electric field and axial magnetic field produced within the device. The electron sheath serves as a strong ionizing medium to gas introdueed thereto and also functions as an extremely effective heating mechanism to the resulting plasma. In addition, improved confinement of the plasma is obtained by ring magnetic mirror fields produced at the ends of the device. Such ring mirror fields are defined by the magnetic field lines at the ends of the device diverging radially outward from the axis of the device and thereafter converging at spatial annular surfaces disposed concentrically thereabout. (AFC)

  3. A Dual Role for P2X7 Receptor during Porphyromonas gingivalis Infection

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    Ramos-Junior, E.S.; Morandini, A.C.; Almeida-da-Silva, C.L.C.; Franco, E.J.; Potempa, J.; Nguyen, K.A.; Oliveira, A.C.; Zamboni, D.S.; Ojcius, D.M.; Scharfstein, J.

    2015-01-01

    Emerging evidence suggests a role for purinergic signaling in the activation of multiprotein intracellular complexes called inflammasomes, which control the release of potent inflammatory cytokines, such as interleukin (IL) -1β and -18. Porphyromonas gingivalis is intimately associated with periodontitis and is currently considered one of the pathogens that can subvert the immune system by limiting the activation of the NLRP3 inflammasome. We recently showed that P. gingivalis can dampen eATP-induced IL-1β secretion by means of its fimbriae in a purinergic P2X7 receptor–dependent manner. Here, we further explore the role of this purinergic receptor during eATP-induced IL-1β processing and secretion by P. gingivalis–infected macrophages. We found that NLRP3 was necessary for eATP-induced IL-1β secretion as well as for caspase 1 activation irrespective of P. gingivalis fimbriae. Additionally, although the secretion of IL-1β from P. gingivalis–infected macrophages was dependent on NLRP3, its adaptor protein ASC, or caspase 1, the cleavage of intracellular pro-IL-1β to the mature form was found to occur independently of NLRP3, its adaptor protein ASC, or caspase 1. Our in vitro findings revealed that P2X7 receptor has a dual role, being critical not only for eATP-induced IL-1β secretion but also for intracellular pro-IL-1β processing. These results were relevant in vivo since P2X7 receptor expression was upregulated in a P. gingivalis oral infection model, and reduced IFN-γ and IL-17 were detected in draining lymph node cells from P2rx7-/- mice. Furthermore, we demonstrated that P2X7 receptor and NLRP3 transcription were modulated in human chronic periodontitis. Overall, we conclude that the P2X7 receptor has a role in periodontal immunopathogenesis and suggest that targeting of the P2X7/NLRP3 pathway should be considered in future therapeutic interventions in periodontitis. PMID:26152185

  4. Computational study on the characteristics of the interaction in naphthalene...(H2X)n=1,2 (X = O,S) clusters.

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    Cabaleiro-Lago, Enrique M; Rodríguez-Otero, Jesús; Peña-Gallego, Angeles

    2008-07-17

    The characteristics of the interaction between the pi cloud of naphthalene and up to two H2O or H2S molecules were studied. Calculations show that clusters formed by naphthalene and one H2O or H2S molecule have similar geometric features, and also present similar interaction energies. Our best estimates for the interaction energy amount to -2.95 and -2.92 kcal/mol for H2O and H2S, respectively, as obtained with the CCSD(T) method. Calculations at the MP2 level employing large basis sets should be avoided because they produce highly overestimated interaction energies, especially for hydrogen sulfide complexes. The MPWB1K functional, however, provides values pretty similar to those obtained with the CCSD(T) method. Although the magnitude of the interaction is similar with both H2X molecules, its nature is somewhat different: the H2O complex presents electrostatic and dispersion contributions of similar magnitude, whereas for H2S the interaction is dominated by dispersion. In clusters containing two H2X molecules several minima were characterized. In water clusters, the total interaction energy is dominated by the presence of a O-H...O hydrogen bond and, as a consequence, structures where this contact is present are the most stable. However, clusters containing H2S show structures with no interaction between H2S moieties which are as stable as the hydrogen bonded ones, because they allow an optimal H2S...naphthalene interaction, which is stronger than the S-H...S contact. Therefore it is possible that in larger polycycles hydrogen sulfide molecules will be spread onto the surface maximizing S-H...pi interactions rather than aggregated, forming H2S clusters.

  5. Unstable spin-ice order in the stuffed metallic pyrochlore Pr2+xIr2-xO7-δ

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    MacLaughlin, D. E.; Bernal, O. O.; Shu, Lei; Ishikawa, Jun; Matsumoto, Yosuke; Wen, Jia -Jia; Mourigal, Martin P.; Stock, C.; Ehlers, Georg; Broholm, C. L.; et al

    2015-08-24

    Specific heat, elastic neutron scattering, and muon spin rotation experiments have been carried out on a well-characterized sample of “stuffed” (Pr-rich) Pr2+xIr2-xO7-δ. Elastic neutron scattering shows the onset of long-range spin-ice “2-in/2-out” magnetic order at 0.93 kelvin, with an ordered moment of 1.7(1) Bohr magnetons per Pr ion at low temperatures. Approximate lower bounds on the correlation length and correlation time in the ordered state are 170 angstroms and 0.7 nanosecond, respectively. Muon spin rotation experiments yield an upper bound 2.6(7) milliteslas on the local field B4floc at the muon site, which is nearly two orders of magnitude smaller thanmore » the expected dipolar field for long-range spin-ice ordering of 1.7-Bohr magneton moments (120–270 milliteslas, depending on the muon site). This shortfall is due in part to splitting of the non-Kramers crystal-field ground-state doublets of near-neighbor Pr3+ ions by the positive-muon-induced lattice distortion. For this to be the only effect, however, ~160 Pr moments out to a distance of ~14 angstroms must be suppressed. An alternative scenario—one consistent with the observed reduced nuclear hyperfine Schottky anomaly in the specific heat—invokes slow correlated Pr-moment fluctuations in the ordered state that average B4floc on the μSR time scale (~10-7 second), but are static on the time scale of the elastic neutron scattering experiments (~10-9 second). In this picture, the dynamic muon relaxation suggests a Pr3+ 4f correlation time of a few nanoseconds, which should be observable in a neutron spin echo experiment.« less

  6. Unstable spin-ice order in the stuffed metallic pyrochlore Pr2 +xIr2 -xO7 -δ

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    MacLaughlin, D. E.; Bernal, O. O.; Shu, Lei; Ishikawa, Jun; Matsumoto, Yosuke; Wen, J.-J.; Mourigal, M.; Stock, C.; Ehlers, G.; Broholm, C. L.; Machida, Yo; Kimura, Kenta; Nakatsuji, Satoru; Shimura, Yasuyuki; Sakakibara, Toshiro

    2015-08-01

    Specific heat, elastic neutron scattering, and muon spin rotation (μ SR ) experiments have been carried out on a well-characterized sample of "stuffed" (Pr-rich) Pr2 +xIr2 -xO7 -δ . Elastic neutron scattering shows the onset of long-range spin-ice "2-in/2-out" magnetic order at TM=0.93 K, with an ordered moment of 1.7 (1 )μB/ Pr ion at low temperatures. Approximate lower bounds on the correlation length and correlation time in the ordered state are 170 Å and 0.7 ns, respectively. μ SR experiments yield an upper bound 2.6(7) mT on the local field Bloc4 f at the muon site, which is nearly two orders of magnitude smaller than the expected dipolar field for long-range spin-ice ordering of 1.7 μB moments (120-270 mT, depending on muon site). This shortfall is due in part to splitting of the non-Kramers crystal-field ground-state doublets of near-neighbor Pr3 + ions by the μ+-induced lattice distortion. For this to be the only effect, however, ˜160 Pr moments out to a distance of ˜14 Å must be suppressed. An alternative scenario, which is consistent with the observed reduced nuclear hyperfine Schottky anomaly in the specific heat, invokes slow correlated Pr-moment fluctuations in the ordered state that average Bloc4 f on the μ SR time scale (˜10-7s) , but are static on the time scale of the elastic neutron scattering experiments (˜10-9s) . In this picture, the dynamic muon relaxation suggests a Pr3 +4 f correlation time of a few nanoseconds, which should be observable in a neutron spin echo experiment.

  7. Impact of Stoichiometry of Yb2+xTi2 - xO7 - x / 2 on its Structure and Physical Properties

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    Arpino, Kathryn; Trump, Benjamin; McQueen, Tyrel; Broholm, Collin; Koohpayeh, Seyed

    The rare-earth pyrochlores (R2M2 O7) are topic of intense study in the field of magnetism as an ideal host for geometric frustration including spin-liquid and spin-ice behaviour. Specifically, R2Ti2O7 has proved a rich playground: compounds R = Ho and Dy are classical spin ices, R = Tb has been shown to be a spin liquid at low temperatures, and R = Yb is a candidate quantum spin ice. This system is attractive for the large anisotropic magnetic properties of rare earth ions, Ti4+'s lack of magnetic moment which isolates the magnetic ordering of R3+, and the comparative ease of making single crystals via the floating zone technique. This talk will present the structure and physical properties of a Yb2+ x Ti2- x O7-x/ 2 series including both the pure and stuffed samples. The series shows a dramatic change in the low-temperature (50-200 mK) specific heat signature upon doping away from the pure compound. Understanding the magnetic and physical properties of the off-stoichiometric series sheds light both on the magnetic ordering of the ideal spin ice candidate compound as well as aids in evaluating the quality and stoichiometry of a measured sample. In this vein, proper single-crystal growth conditions in order to ensure single crystals of appropriate stoichiometry will also be discussed. The Institute of Quantum Matter is supported by Department of Energy (DOE), Office of Basic Energy Sciences, Division of Materials Sciences and Engineering under Award DE-FG02-08ER46544.

  8. Stable, synthetic analogs of diadenosine tetraphosphate inhibit rat and human P2X3 receptors and inflammatory pain

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    Viatchenko-Karpinski, Viacheslav; Novosolova, Natalia; Ishchenko, Yevheniia; Azhar, M Ameruddin; Wright, Michael; Tsintsadze, Vera; Kamal, Ahmed; Burnashev, Nail; Voitenko, Nana; Giniatullin, Rashid; Lozovaya, Natalia

    2016-01-01

    Background A growing body of evidence suggests that ATP-gated P2X3 receptors (P2X3Rs) are implicated in chronic pain. We address the possibility that stable, synthetic analogs of diadenosine tetraphosphate (Ap4A) might induce antinociceptive effects by inhibiting P2X3Rs in peripheral sensory neurons. Results The effects of two stable, synthetic Ap4A analogs (AppNHppA and AppCH2ppA) are studied firstly in vitro on HEK293 cells expressing recombinant rat P2XRs (P2X2Rs, P2X3Rs, P2X4Rs, and P2X7Rs) and then using native rat brain cells (cultured trigeminal, nodose, or dorsal root ganglion neurons). Thereafter, the action of these stable, synthetic Ap4A analogs on inflammatory pain and thermal hyperalgesia is studied through the measurement of antinociceptive effects in formalin and Hargreaves plantar tests in rats in vivo. In vitro inhibition of rat P2X3Rs (not P2X2Rs, P2X4Rs nor P2X7Rs) is shown to take place mediated by high-affinity desensitization (at low concentrations; IC50 values 100–250 nM) giving way to only weak partial agonism at much higher concentrations (EC50 values ≥ 10 µM). Similar inhibitory activity is observed with human recombinant P2X3Rs. The inhibitory effects of AppNHppA on nodose, dorsal root, and trigeminal neuron whole cell currents suggest that stable, synthetic Ap4A analogs inhibit homomeric P2X3Rs in preference to heteromeric P2X2/3Rs. Both Ap4A analogs mediate clear inhibition of pain responses in both in vivo inflammation models. Conclusions Stable, synthetic Ap4A analogs (AppNHppA and AppCH2ppA) being weak partial agonist provoke potent high-affinity desensitization-mediated inhibition of homomeric P2X3Rs at low concentrations. Therefore, both analogs demonstrate clear potential as potent analgesic agents for use in the management of chronic pain associated with heightened P2X3R activation. PMID:27030723

  9. Duloxetine Inhibits Microglial P2X4 Receptor Function and Alleviates Neuropathic Pain after Peripheral Nerve Injury

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    Yamashita, Tomohiro; Yamamoto, Shota; Zhang, Jiaming; Kometani, Miho; Tomiyama, Daisuke; Kohno, Keita; Tozaki-Saitoh, Hidetoshi; Inoue, Kazuhide; Tsuda, Makoto

    2016-01-01

    P2X4 receptors (P2X4R) are a family of ATP-gated non-selective cation channels. We previously demonstrated that activation of P2X4R in spinal microglia is crucial for neuropathic pain, a highly debilitating chronic pain condition, suggesting that P2X4R is a potential therapeutic target for treating neuropathic pain. Thus, the identification of a compound that has a potent inhibitory effect on P2X4R is an important clinical challenge. In the present study, we screened a chemical library of clinically approved drugs and show for the first time that duloxetine, a serotonin and noradrenaline reuptake inhibitor, has an inhibitory effect on rodent and human P2X4R. In primary cultured microglial cells, duloxetine also inhibited P2X4R-, but not P2X7R-, mediated responses. Moreover, intrathecal administration of duloxetine in a model of neuropathic pain produced a reversal of nerve injury-induced mechanical allodynia, a cardinal symptom of neuropathic pain. In rats that were pretreated with a serotonin-depleting agent and a noradrenaline neurotoxin, the antiallodynic effect of duloxetine was reduced, but still remained. Based on these results, we suggest that, in addition to duloxetine’s primary inhibitory action on serotonin and noradrenaline transporters, an inhibitory effect on P2X4R may be involved at least in part in an antiallodynic effect of intrathecal duloxetine in a model of neuropathic pain. PMID:27768754

  10. Optical-absorption study of RuS2 - xSex single crystals

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    Huang, Jeng-Kuang; Huang, Ying-Sheng; Yang, Tzuen-Rong

    1995-08-01

    An optical-absorption study of synthetic RuS2-xSex single crystals is reported over a temperature range from 80 to 300 K. The data are fitted to several expressions for the shape of the absorption edge, with the best fit being to that expected for indirect allowed transitions. The band gaps at any temperature varies smoothly with the Se composition x, indicating that the nature of the band edges are similar for RuS2, RuSe2, and the compounds of intermediate compositions. The indirect band gaps of various temperatures are determined and their temperature dependence are analyzed by the Varshni equation [Physica 34, 149 (1967)] and an empirical expression proposed by O'Donnell and Chen [Appl. Phys. Lett. 58, 2924 (1991)]. The parameters that describe the temperature dependence of energy gap of RuS2-xSex are evaluated and discussed.

  11. Prediction of intrinsic motivation and sports performance using 2 x 2 achievement goal framework.

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    Li, Chiung-Huang; Chi, Likang; Yeh, Suh-Ruu; Guo, Kwei-Bin; Ou, Cheng-Tsung; Kao, Chun-Chieh

    2011-04-01

    The purpose of this study was to examine the influence of 2 x 2 achievement goals on intrinsic motivation and performance in handball. Participants were 164 high school athletes. All completed the 2 x 2 Achievement Goals Questionnaire for Sport and the Intrinsic Motivation subscale of the Sport Motivation Scale; the coach for each team rated his athletes' overall sports performance. Using simultaneous-regression analyses, mastery-approach goals positively predicted both intrinsic motivation and performance in sports, whereas performance-avoidance goals negatively predicted sports performance. These results suggest that athletes who pursue task mastery and improvement of their competence perform well and enjoy their participation. In contrast, those who focus on avoiding normative incompetence perform poorly.

  12. Doping dependence of the dynamic critical exponent in Pr2-xCexCuO4

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    Sullivan, M. C.; Sousa, J.; Salvaggio, M.; Greene, R. L.

    2008-03-01

    Scaling analysis of voltage vs. current isotherms is a favorite tool to study the normal-superconducting phase transition in cuprate superconductors. This measurement has never been performed on the electron-doped cuprate superconductor Pr2-xCexCuO4, despite unusual behaviors which may alter this phase transition and yield interesting results (behaviors such as the extended doping range of the anti-ferromagnetic phase and the quantum critical point). This is perhaps due to the lack of consensus regarding the analysis of voltage vs. current isotherms, due in part to finite-thickness effects even in thick (d 3000å) films. If finite-thickness effects are taken into consideration, we can find the dynamic critical exponent z in our Pr2-xCexCuO4 films. We present our results of the dynamic critical scaling exponent z as a function of doping.

  13. Dynamical optical properties of La2-xSrxCuO4 cuprates

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    Schneider, M. L.; Rast, S.; Onellion, M.; Ren, Y.; Zhang, X.; Luepke, G.; Perakis, I.; Abrecht, M.; Ariosa, D.; Pavuna, D.; Zeng, X. H.; Weidong, Si; Xi, X. X.

    2001-03-01

    We present pump-probe optical reflectivity measurements on underdoped, optimally doped and overdoped La2-xSrxCuO4 thin films grown on SrTiO3.[1] We find qualitative changes of the reflectivity with temperature, in particular below and above the superconducting transition temperature. We have measured YBa2Cu3O7-x and NdBa2Cu3O7-y thin films for comparison and present these comparative results. The La2-xSrxCuO4 data indicate the existence of two subsystems within the material. The two subsystems are electronic (or optically active), interact, and they transfer energy between them. We discuss our reasoning on these points. 1. M.L. Schneider et.al., submitted

  14. Status on the Verification of Combustion Stability for the J-2X Engine Thrust Chamber Assembly

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    Casiano, Matthew; Hinerman, Tim; Kenny, R. Jeremy; Hulka, Jim; Barnett, Greg; Dodd, Fred; Martin, Tom

    2013-01-01

    Development is underway of the J -2X engine, a liquid oxygen/liquid hydrogen rocket engine for use on the Space Launch System. The Engine E10001 began hot fire testing in June 2011 and testing will continue with subsequent engines. The J -2X engine main combustion chamber contains both acoustic cavities and baffles. These stability aids are intended to dampen the acoustics in the main combustion chamber. Verification of the engine thrust chamber stability is determined primarily by examining experimental data using a dynamic stability rating technique; however, additional requirements were included to guard against any spontaneous instability or rough combustion. Startup and shutdown chug oscillations are also characterized for this engine. This paper details the stability requirements and verification including low and high frequency dynamics, a discussion on sensor selection and sensor port dynamics, and the process developed to assess combustion stability. A status on the stability results is also provided and discussed.

  15. Testing to Transition the J-2X from Paper to Hardware

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    Byrd, Tom

    2010-01-01

    The J-2X Upper Stage Engine (USE) will be the first new human-rated upper stage engine since the Apollo program of the 1960s. It is designed to carry the Ares I and Ares V into orbit and send the Ares V to the Moon as part of NASA's Constellation Program. This paper will provide an overview of progress on the design, testing, and manufacturing of this new engine in 2009 and 2010. The J-2X embodies the program goals of basing the design on proven technology and experience and seeking commonality between the Ares vehicles as a way to minimize risk, shorten development times, and live within current budget constraints. It is based on the proven J-2 engine used on the Saturn IB and Saturn V launch vehicles. The prime contractor for the J-2X is Pratt & Whitney Rocketdyne (PWR), which is under a design, development, test, and engineering (DDT&E) contract covering the period from June 2006 through September 2014. For Ares I, the J-2X will provide engine start at approximately 190,000 feet, operate roughly 500 seconds, and shut down. For Ares V, the J-2X will start at roughly 190,000 feet to place the Earth departure stage (EDS) in orbit, shut down and loiter for up to five days, re-start on command and operate for roughly 300 seconds at its secondary power level to perform trans lunar injection (TLI), followed by final engine shutdown. The J-2X development effort focuses on four key areas: early risk mitigation, design risk mitigation, component and subassembly testing, and engine system testing. Following that plan, the J-2X successfully completed its critical design review (CDR) in 2008, and it has made significant progress in 2009 and 2010 in moving from the drawing board to the machine shop and test stand. Post-CDR manufacturing is well under way, including PWR in-house and vendor hardware. In addition, a wide range of component and sub-component tests have been completed, and more component tests are planned. Testing includes heritage powerpack, turbopump inducer

  16. Magnetocaloric effect in a cluster-glass system Ho5Pd2-xNix

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    Toyoizumi, Saori; Kitazawa, Hideaki; Morita, Kengo; Tamaki, Akira

    2016-02-01

    In order to investigate the effect of chemical pressure on the large magnetocaloric effect in Ho5 Pd2, we conducted X-ray diffraction, magnetization, and specific heat measurements on Ho5Pd2-xNix(0≤ x ≤ 1.0) rare-earth intermetallic compounds. The linear x dependence of the lattice constant a suggests that Ni is replaced with Pd in the case of Ho5Pd2-xNix (0 ≤ x ≤ 0.5). The spin-glass transition temperature Tg and paramagnetic Curie temperature θP indicate a weak oscillatory x dependence. However, the magnetic entropy change —ΔSm and the relative cooling power (RCP) are rapidly suppressed with increasing x. These large reductions in —ΔSm and RCP cannot be explained only in terms of normal Ruderman-Kittel- Kasuya-Yoshida (RKKY)-type indirect exchange interactions.

  17. Multiple Exhaust Nozzle Effects on J-2X Gas Generator Outlet Impedance

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    Kenny, R. Jeremy; Muss, Jeffrey; Hulka, James R.; Casiano, Matthew

    2010-01-01

    The current test setup of the J-2X gas generator system uses a multiple nozzle configuration to exhaust hot gases to drive the propellant supply turbines. Combustion stability assessment of this gas generator design requires knowledge of the impedance effects the multiple nozzle configuration creates on the combustion chamber acoustic modes. Parallel work between NASA and Sierra Engineering is presented, showing two methods used to calculate the effective end impedance resulting from multiple nozzle configurations. The NASA method is a simple estimate of the effective impedance using the long wavelength approximation. Sierra Engineering has developed a more robust numerical integration method implemented in ROCCID to accommodate for multiple nozzles. Analysis using both methods are compared to J-2X gas generator test data collected over the past year.

  18. Elastic anomalies in BaFe2-xNixAs2 crystals

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    Saint-Paul, M.; Abbassi, A.; Wang, Zhao-Sheng; Luo, Huinqian; Lu, Xingye; Ren, Cong; Wen, Hai-Hu; Hasselbach, K.

    2012-12-01

    We present ultrasonic measurements on superconducting BaFe2-xNixAs2 crystals with x = 0.07 and x = 0.15. The elastic constants C33 and C44 for the underdoped crystal (x = 0.07) show a large softening related to the structural phase transition at high temperatures. Anomalies in the sound velocity and the ultrasonic attenuation have been found at the superconducting phase transition Tc = 17 K. Ultrasonic attenuation exhibits a peak at the superconducting transition in contrast with the attenuation in conventional superconductors. In the overdoped crystal (x = 0.15) a minimum of C66 is found at a temperature just above the superconducting temperature Tc = 13 K. Superconducting energy gap values have been tentatively extracted from the longitudinal ultrasonic attenuation. Unconventional behaviour of the ultrasonic attenuation is observed in the superconducting BaFe2-xNixAs2 crystals.

  19. [A simple biostatistical method for meta analysis of the data on 2 x 2 table].

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    Liu, G; Wang, J; Kang, D; Hong, Q

    2000-06-01

    Meta-analysis is a method in common use for data analysis in evidence-based medicine. In this paper, based on the Mantel-Haenszel and Peto methods used for Meta-analysis of the data on 2 x 2 table, we put forward a simple calculating method for clinicians. It is useful for Meta-analysis and can be easily applied to analysis of the data from multi-studies in evidence-based medicine.

  20. A Basic Comparison of the Space Shuttle Main Engine and the J-2X Engine

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    Ayer, Adam

    2007-01-01

    With the introduction of the new manned space effort through the Constellation Program, there is an interest to have a basic comparison of the current Space Shuttle Main Engine (SSME) to the J-2X engine used for the second stage of both the Ares I and Ares V rockets. This paper seeks to compare size, weight and thrust capabilities while drawing simple conclusions on differences between the two engines.

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

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

  2. Theory of a fermionic superfluid with SU(2) x SU(6) symmetry

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    Yip, S.-K.

    2011-06-15

    We study theoretically interspecies Cooper pairing in a fermionic system with SU(2) x SU(6) symmetry. We show that, with suitable unitary transformations, the order parameter for the ground state can be reduced to only two nonvanishing complex components. The ground state has a large degeneracy. We find that while some Goldstone modes have linear dispersion, others are quadratic at low frequencies. We compare our results with the case of SU(N).

  3. Sub-Scale Testing and Development of the J-2X Fuel Turbopump Inducer

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    Sargent, Scott R.; Becht, David G.

    2011-01-01

    In the early stages of the J-2X upper stage engine program, various inducer configurations proposed for use in the fuel turbopump (FTP) were tested in water. The primary objectives of this test effort were twofold. First, to obtain a more comprehensive data set than that which existed in the Pratt & Whitney Rocketdyne (PWR) historical archives from the original J-2S program, and second, to supplement that data set with information regarding the cavitation induced vibrations for both the historical J-2S configuration as well as those tested for the J-2X program. The J-2X FTP inducer, which actually consists of an inducer stage mechanically attached to a kicker stage, underwent 4 primary iterations utilizing sub-scaled test articles manufactured and tested in PWR's Engineering Development Laboratory (EDL). The kicker remained unchanged throughout the test series. The four inducer configurations tested retained many of the basic design features of the J-2S inducer, but also included variations on leading edge blade thickness and blade angle distribution, primarily aimed at improving suction performance at higher flow coefficients. From these data sets, the effects of the tested design variables on hydrodynamic performance and cavitation instabilities were discerned. A limited comparison of impact to the inducer efficiency was determined as well.

  4. Structural Investigation of (U0.7Pu0.3)O2-x Mixed Oxides.

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    Vigier, Jean-François; Martin, Philippe M; Martel, Laura; Prieur, Damien; Scheinost, Andreas C; Somers, Joseph

    2015-06-01

    Uranium-plutonium mixed oxide containing 30% of plutonium is a candidate fuel for several fast neutron and accelerator driven reactor systems. In this work, a detailed structural investigation on sol-gel synthesized stoichiometric U0.7Pu0.3O2.00 and substoichiometric U0.7Pu0.3O2-x, using X-ray diffraction (XRD), oxygen 17 magic angle spinning nuclear magnetic resonance ((17)O MAS NMR) and X-ray absorption spectroscopy is described. As observed by XRD, the stoichiometric U0.7Pu0.3O2.00 is monophasic with a lattice parameter in good agreement with Vegard's law, while the substoichiometric U0.7Pu0.3O2-x material is biphasic. Solid solution ideality in terms of a random distribution of metal atoms is proven for U0.7Pu0.3O2.00 with (17)O MAS NMR. X-ray absorption near-edge structure (XANES) spectroscopy shows the presence of plutonium(III) in U0.7Pu0.3O2-x. Extended X-ray absorption fine-structure (EXAFS) spectroscopy indicates a similar local structure around both cations, and comparison with XRD indicates a close similarity between uranium and plutonium local structures and the long-range ordering. PMID:25984750

  5. Structural Investigation of (U0.7Pu0.3)O2-x Mixed Oxides.

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    Vigier, Jean-François; Martin, Philippe M; Martel, Laura; Prieur, Damien; Scheinost, Andreas C; Somers, Joseph

    2015-06-01

    Uranium-plutonium mixed oxide containing 30% of plutonium is a candidate fuel for several fast neutron and accelerator driven reactor systems. In this work, a detailed structural investigation on sol-gel synthesized stoichiometric U0.7Pu0.3O2.00 and substoichiometric U0.7Pu0.3O2-x, using X-ray diffraction (XRD), oxygen 17 magic angle spinning nuclear magnetic resonance ((17)O MAS NMR) and X-ray absorption spectroscopy is described. As observed by XRD, the stoichiometric U0.7Pu0.3O2.00 is monophasic with a lattice parameter in good agreement with Vegard's law, while the substoichiometric U0.7Pu0.3O2-x material is biphasic. Solid solution ideality in terms of a random distribution of metal atoms is proven for U0.7Pu0.3O2.00 with (17)O MAS NMR. X-ray absorption near-edge structure (XANES) spectroscopy shows the presence of plutonium(III) in U0.7Pu0.3O2-x. Extended X-ray absorption fine-structure (EXAFS) spectroscopy indicates a similar local structure around both cations, and comparison with XRD indicates a close similarity between uranium and plutonium local structures and the long-range ordering.

  6. Emerging key roles for P2X receptors in the kidney

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    Birch, R. E.; Schwiebert, E. M.; Peppiatt-Wildman, C. M.; Wildman, S. S.

    2013-01-01

    P2X ionotropic non-selective cation channels are expressed throughout the kidney and are activated in a paracrine or autocrine manner following the binding of extracellular ATP and related extracellular nucleotides. Whilst there is a wealth of literature describing a regulatory role of P2 receptors (P2R) in the kidney, there are significantly less data on the regulatory role of P2X receptors (P2XR) compared with that described for metabotropic P2Y. Much of the historical literature describing a role for P2XR in the kidney has focused heavily on the role of P2X1R in the autoregulation of renal blood flow. More recently, however, there has been a plethora of manuscripts providing compelling evidence for additional roles for P2XR in both kidney health and disease. This review summarizes the current evidence for the involvement of P2XR in the regulation of renal tubular and vascular function, and highlights the novel data describing their putative roles in regulating physiological and pathophysiological processes in the kidney. PMID:24098285

  7. Emerging key roles for P2X receptors in the kidney.

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    Birch, R E; Schwiebert, E M; Peppiatt-Wildman, C M; Wildman, S S

    2013-01-01

    P2X ionotropic non-selective cation channels are expressed throughout the kidney and are activated in a paracrine or autocrine manner following the binding of extracellular ATP and related extracellular nucleotides. Whilst there is a wealth of literature describing a regulatory role of P2 receptors (P2R) in the kidney, there are significantly less data on the regulatory role of P2X receptors (P2XR) compared with that described for metabotropic P2Y. Much of the historical literature describing a role for P2XR in the kidney has focused heavily on the role of P2X1R in the autoregulation of renal blood flow. More recently, however, there has been a plethora of manuscripts providing compelling evidence for additional roles for P2XR in both kidney health and disease. This review summarizes the current evidence for the involvement of P2XR in the regulation of renal tubular and vascular function, and highlights the novel data describing their putative roles in regulating physiological and pathophysiological processes in the kidney. PMID:24098285

  8. Activation of trimeric P2X2 receptors by fewer than three ATP molecules.

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    Stelmashenko, Olga; Lalo, Ulyana; Yang, Yue; Bragg, Laricia; North, R Alan; Compan, Vincent

    2012-10-01

    P2X receptors are trimeric membrane proteins. When they bind extracellular ATP, a conformational change occurs that opens a transmembrane ion channel. The ATP-binding pocket is formed in a cleft between two subunits, and a critical amino acid residue for ATP contact is Lys⁶⁹ (P2X2 numbering). In the present work, we sought to determine whether the binding of fewer than three ATP molecules could open the ion channel. We expressed eight concatenated cDNAs in human embryonic kidney cells, which encoded three serially joined, epitope-tagged, subunits with either Lys or Ala at position 69 (denoted as KKK, KKA, KAK, AKK, KAA, AKA, AAK, and AAA). Western blotting of surface-biotinylated proteins indicated that breakdown of concatemers to individual subunits was minimal. Recording of membrane currents in response to ATP (whole cell and excised outside-out patch) showed that all formed functional channels except AAK, AKA, and AAA. There was no difference in the kinetics of activation and deactivation among KKK, KKA, KAK, and AKK channels, and amplitude of the unitary conductances was in all cases not different from that found after expression of a single wild-type subunit. Currents through KKA and KAK receptors were larger than those observed for AKK receptors. The results indicate that trimeric P2X receptors containing only two intact binding sites can be readily activated by ATP.

  9. Water adsorption on O(2x2)/Ru(0001) from STM experiments andfirst-principles calculations

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    Cabrera-Sanfelix, P.; Sanchez-Portal, D.; Mugarza, A.; Shimizu,T.K.; Salmeron, M.; Arnau, A.

    2007-10-15

    We present a combined theoretical and experimental study of water adsorption on Ru(0001) pre-covered with 0.25 monolayers (ML) of oxygen forming a (2 x 2) structure. Several structures were analyzed by means of Density Functional Theory calculations for which STM simulations were performed and compared with experimental data. Up to 0.25 monolayers the molecules bind to the exposed Ru atoms of the 2 x 2 unit cell via the lone pair orbitals. The molecular plane is almost parallel to the surface with its H atoms pointing towards the chemisorbed O atoms of the 2 x 2 unit cell forming hydrogen bonds. The existence of these additional hydrogen bonds increases the adsorption energy of the water molecule to approximately 616 meV, which is {approx}220 meV more stable than on the clean Ru(0001) surface with a similar configuration. The binding energy shows only a weak dependence on water coverage, with a shallow minimum for a row structure at 0.125 ML. This is consistent with the STM experiments that show a tendency of the molecules to form linear rows at intermediate coverage. Our calculations also suggest the possible formation of water dimers near 0.25 ML.

  10. Optical properties of GexAsxSe1-2x glasses

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    Benea, Vasile; Iovu, Mihail; Colomeico, Eduard; Iovu, Maria; Cojocaru, Ion; Shpotyuk, Oleh

    2010-11-01

    The optical properties of amorphous GexAsxSe2-x (x=0.05÷0.30) thin films prepared by thermal evaporation on the glass substrates held at Tsubstr=100°C are reported. The transmission spectra was used for calculation of the absorption coefficient α, optical band gap Eg, and the values of the refractive index n. The dependences of α, Eg, and n on the film composition in the GexAsxSe2-x glassy system were determined. It was established that the optical band gap Eg decreases, while the refractive index n increases with the increasing of the concentration of Ge and As in the GexAsxSe2-x glassy system. The time dependence of the transmission T(t) during the light exposure for the above band gap illumination (photodarkening) is described by a strength exponential behaviour T(t)/T(0) = A0+Aexp[-(t-t0)/τ](1-β), where t is the exposure time, τ is the apparent time constant, A characterizes the exponent amplitude, t0 and A0 are the initial coordinates, and β is the dispersion parameter (0<β<1).

  11. Magnetic behavior of RMn2+xAl10-x (R=La,Gd) crystals

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    Sefat, Athena S.; Li, Bin; Bud'Ko, Sergey L.; Canfield, Paul C.

    2007-11-01

    The crystallographic and magnetic properties of the solution grown RMn2+xAl10-x ( R=Gd and La) crystals with tetragonal (P4/nmm) structure are investigated. For these, single-crystal x-ray diffraction results have shown the preferential occupation of excess manganese on the aluminum 8i crystallographic site. Due to excess Mn, there is evidence of local-moment magnetism in LaMn2+xAl10-x and their random distribution is thought to be responsible for the magnetic correlations below ˜50K and the spin-glass behavior below ˜3K . For GdMn2+xAl10-x , the extra manganese influences temperature below which the sample enters into a state with a net ferromagnetic component: TC≈16K for GdMn2.21(4)Al9.79(4) and 25.5K for GdMn2.39(2)Al9.61(2) . Assuming a linear dependence between TC and excess Mn concentration, the fully stoichiometric and ordered GdMn2Al10 should have TC≈5K .

  12. Tuneable Magnetic Phase Transitions in Layered CeMn2Ge2-xSix Compounds

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

    2015-01-01

    The structural and magnetic properties of seven CeMn2Ge2-xSix compounds with x = 0.0–2.0 have been investigated in detail. Substitution of Ge with Si leads to a monotonic decrease of both a and c along with concomitant contraction of the unit cell volume and significant modifications of the magnetic states - a crossover from ferromagnetism at room temperature for Ge-rich compounds to antiferromagnetism for Si-rich compounds. The magnetic phase diagram has been constructed over the full range of CeMn2Ge2-xSix compositions and co-existence of ferromagnetism and antiferromagnetism has been observed in CeMn2Ge1.2Si0.8, CeMn2Ge1.0Si1.0 and CeMn2Ge0.8Si1.2 with novel insight provided by high resolution neutron and X-ray synchrotron radiation studies. CeMn2Ge2-xSix compounds (x = 0, 0.4 and 0.8) exhibit moderate isothermal magnetic entropy accompanied with a second-order phase transition around room temperature. Analysis of critical behaviour in the vicinity of TCinter for CeMn2Ge2 compound indicates behaviour consistent with three-dimensional Heisenberg model predictions. PMID:26090940

  13. Effect of P2X4R on airway inflammation and airway remodeling in allergic airway challenge in mice

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    CHEN, HONGXIA; XIA, QINGQING; FENG, XIAOQIAN; CAO, FANGYUAN; YU, HANG; SONG, YINLI; NI, XIUQIN

    2016-01-01

    P2X4 receptor (P2X4R) is the most widely expressed subtype of the P2XRs in the purinergic receptor family. Adenosine triphosphate (ATP), a ligand for this receptor, has been implicated in the pathogenesis of asthma. ATP-P2X4R signaling is involved in pulmonary vascular remodeling, and in the proliferation and differentiation of airway and alveolar epithelial cell lines. However, the role of P2X4R in asthma remains to be elucidated. This aim of the present study was to investigate the effects of P2X4R in a murine experimental asthma model. The asthmatic model was established by the inhalation of ovalbumin (OVA) in BALB/c mice. The mice were treated with P2X4R-specific agonists and antagonists to investigate the role of this receptor in vivo. Pathological changes in the bronchi and lung tissues were examined using hematoxylin and eosin staining, Masson's trichrome staining and Alcian blue staining. The inflammatory cells in the bronchoalveolar lavage fluid were counted, and the expression levels of P2X4R, α-smooth muscle actin (α-SMA) and proliferating cell nuclear antigen (PCNA) were detected using western blotting. In the OVA-challenged mice, inflammation, infiltration, collagen deposition, mucus production, and the expression levels of P2X4R and PCNA were all increased; however, the expression of α-SMA was decreased, compared with the mice in the control group. Whereas treatment with the P2X4R agonist, ATP, enhanced the allergic reaction, treatment with the P2X4R antagonist, 5-BDBD, attenuated the allergic reaction. The results suggested that ATP-P2X4R signaling may not only contribute to airway inflammation, but it may also contribute to airway remodeling in allergic asthma in mice. PMID:26648454

  14. Peripheral and central P2X3 receptor contributions to colon mechanosensitivity and hypersensitivity in the mouse

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    Shinoda, Masamichi; Feng, Bin; Gebhart, G. F.

    2009-01-01

    Background & Aims Irritable bowel syndrome is characterized by altered sensory qualities, namely discomfort/pain and colorectal hypersensitivity. In mice, we examined the role of P2X3 receptors in colon mechanosensitivity and intracolonic zymosan-produced hypersensitivity, a model of persistent colon hypersensitivity without colon inflammation. Methods The visceromotor response (VMR) to colon distension (15 – 60 mmHg) was determined before and after intracolonic saline or zymosan (30 mg/mL, 0.1 mL, daily for 3 days) treatment. Colon pathology and intracolonic ATP release was assessed in parallel experiments. To examine P2X3 receptor contributions to colon mechanosensation and hypersensitivity, electrophysiological experiments were performed using an in vitro colon-pelvic nerve preparation. Results VMRs to distension were significantly reduced in P2X3+/−and P2X3−/− mice relative to wildtype mice. Colon hypersensitivity produced by zymosan was virtually absent in P2X3−/− relative to wildtype or P2X3+/− mice. Intralumenal release of the endogenous P2X receptor ligand ATP did not differ between wildtype and P2X3−/− mice or change after intracolonic zymosan treatment. Responses of muscular and muscular-mucosal pelvic nerve afferents to mechanical stretch did not differ between P2X3−/− and wildtype mice. Both muscular and muscular-mucosal afferents in wildtype mice sensitized to application of an inflammatory soup, whereas only muscular-mucosal afferents did so in P2X3−/− mice. Conclusions These results suggest differential roles for peripheral and central P2X3 receptors in colon mechanosensory transduction and hypersensitivity. PMID:19549524

  15. Postsynaptic P2X3-containing receptors in gustatory nerve fibres mediate responses to all taste qualities in mice.

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    Vandenbeuch, Aurelie; Larson, Eric D; Anderson, Catherine B; Smith, Steven A; Ford, Anthony P; Finger, Thomas E; Kinnamon, Sue C

    2015-03-01

    Taste buds release ATP to activate ionotropic purinoceptors composed of P2X2 and P2X3 subunits, present on the taste nerves. Mice with genetic deletion of P2X2 and P2X3 receptors (double knockout mice) lack responses to all taste stimuli presumably due to the absence of ATP-gated receptors on the afferent nerves. Recent experiments on the double knockout mice showed, however, that their taste buds fail to release ATP, suggesting the possibility of pleiotropic deficits in these global knockouts. To test further the role of postsynaptic P2X receptors in afferent signalling, we used AF-353, a selective antagonist of P2X3-containing receptors to inhibit the receptors acutely during taste nerve recording and behaviour. The specificity of AF-353 for P2X3-containing receptors was tested by recording Ca(2+) transients to exogenously applied ATP in fura-2 loaded isolated geniculate ganglion neurons from wild-type and P2X3 knockout mice. ATP responses were completely inhibited by 10 μm or 100 μm AF-353, but neither concentration blocked responses in P2X3 single knockout mice wherein the ganglion cells express only P2X2-containing receptors. Furthermore, AF-353 had no effect on taste-evoked ATP release from taste buds. In wild-type mice, i.p. injection of AF-353 or simple application of the drug directly to the tongue, inhibited taste nerve responses to all taste qualities in a dose-dependent fashion. A brief access behavioural assay confirmed the electrophysiological results and showed that preference for a synthetic sweetener, SC-45647, was abolished following i.p. injection of AF-353. These data indicate that activation of P2X3-containing receptors is required for transmission of all taste qualities.

  16. Cloning and characterization of a P2X receptor expressed in the central nervous system of Lymnaea stagnalis.

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    Bavan, Selvan; Straub, Volko A; Webb, Tania E; Ennion, Steven J

    2012-01-01

    P2X receptors are membrane ion channels gated by extracellular ATP. Mammals possess seven distinct P2X subtypes (P2X1-7) that have important functions in a wide array of physiological processes including roles in the central nervous system (CNS) where they have been linked to modulation of neurotransmitter release. We report here the cloning and functional characterization of a P2X receptor from the mollusc Lymnaea stagnalis. This model organism has a relatively simple CNS consisting of large readily identifiable neurones, a feature which together with a well characterized neuronal circuitry for important physiological processes such as feeding and respiration makes it an attractive potential model to examine P2X function. Using CODEHOP PCR we identified a single P2X receptor (LymP2X) in Lymnaea CNS which was subsequently cloned by RT-PCR. When heterologously expressed in Xenopus oocytes, LymP2X exhibited ATP evoked inward currents (EC(50) 6.2 µM) which decayed during the continued presence of agonist. UTP and ADP did not activate the receptor whereas αβmeATP was a weak agonist. BzATP was a partial agonist with an EC(50) of 2.4 µM and a maximal response 33% smaller than that of ATP. The general P2 receptor antagonists PPADS and suramin both inhibited LymP2X currents with IC(50) values of 8.1 and 27.4 µM respectively. LymP2X is inhibited by acidic pH whereas Zn(2+) and Cu(2+) ions exhibited a biphasic effect, potentiating currents up to 100 µM and inhibiting at higher concentrations. Quantitative RT-PCR and in situ hybridization detected expression of LymP2X mRNA in neurones of all CNS ganglia suggesting this ion channel may have widespread roles in Lymnaea CNS function. PMID:23209755

  17. NASA's J-2X Engine Builds on the Apollo Program for Lunar Return Missions

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    Snoddy, Jimmy R.

    2006-01-01

    In January 2006, NASA streamlined its U.S. Vision for Space Exploration hardware development approach for replacing the Space Shuttle after it is retired in 2010. The revised CLV upper stage will use the J-2X engine, a derivative of NASA s Apollo Program Saturn V s S-II and S-IVB main propulsion, which will also serve as the Earth Departure Stage (EDS) engine. This paper gives details of how the J- 2X engine effort mitigates risk by building on the Apollo Program and other lessons learned to deliver a human-rated engine that is on an aggressive development schedule, with first demonstration flight in 2010 and human test flights in 2012. It is well documented that propulsion is historically a high-risk area. NASA s risk reduction strategy for the J-2X engine design, development, test, and evaluation is to build upon heritage hardware and apply valuable experience gained from past development efforts. In addition, NASA and its industry partner, Rocketdyne, which originally built the J-2, have tapped into their extensive databases and are applying lessons conveyed firsthand by Apollo-era veterans of America s first round of Moon missions in the 1960s and 1970s. NASA s development approach for the J-2X engine includes early requirements definition and management; designing-in lessons learned from the 5-2 heritage programs; initiating long-lead procurement items before Preliminary Desi& Review; incorporating design features for anticipated EDS requirements; identifying facilities for sea-level and altitude testing; and starting ground support equipment and logistics planning at an early stage. Other risk reduction strategies include utilizing a proven gas generator cycle with recent development experience; utilizing existing turbomachinery ; applying current and recent main combustion chamber (Integrated Powerhead Demonstrator) and channel wall nozzle (COBRA) advances; and performing rigorous development, qualification, and certification testing of the engine system

  18. Dielectric characteristics of fast Li ion conducting garnet-type Li5+2xLa3Nb2-xYxO12 (x = 0.25, 0.5 and 0.75).

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    Narayanan, Sumaletha; Baral, Ashok Kumar; Thangadurai, Venkataraman

    2016-06-01

    Here, we report the dielectric characteristics of Li-stuffed garnet-type Li5+2xLa3Nb2-xYxO12 (x = 0.25, 0.5 and 0.75) in the temperature range about -53 to 50 °C using AC impedance spectroscopy. All the investigated Li-stuffed garnet compounds were prepared, under the same condition, using conventional solid-state reaction at elevated temperature in air. The Nyquist plots show mainly bulk contribution to the total Li(+) ion conductivity for Li5.5La3Nb1.75Y0.25O12 (Li5.5-Nb) and Li6La3Nb1.5Y0.5O12 (Li6-Nb), while both bulk and grain-boundary effects are visible in the case of Li6.5La3Nb1.25Y0.75O12 (Li6.5-Nb) phase at ∼-22 °C. Non-Debye relaxation process was observed in the modulus AC impedance plots. The dielectric loss tangent of Li5+2xLa3Nb2-xYxO12 are compared with that of the corresponding Ta analogue, Li5+2xLa3Ta2-xYxO12 and showed a decrease in peak intensity for the Nb-based garnet samples which may be attributed to a slight increase in their Li(+) ion conductivity. The relative dielectric constant values were also found to be higher for the Ta member (>60 for Li5+2xLa3Ta2-xYxO12) than that of the corresponding Nb analogue (∼50 for Li5+2xLa3Nb2-xYxO12) at below room temperature. A long-range order Li(+) ion migration pathway with relaxation time (τ0) 10(-18)-10(-15) s and an activation energy of 0.59-0.40 eV was observed for the investigated Li5+2xLa3Nb2-xYxO12 garnets and is comparable to that of the corresponding Ta-based Li5+2xLa3Ta2-xYxO12 garnets.

  19. P2X7 receptor-mediated PARP1 activity regulates astroglial death in the rat hippocampus following status epilepticus

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    Kim, Ji Yang; Ko, Ah-Reum; Kim, Ji-Eun

    2015-01-01

    Poly(ADP-ribose) polymerase-1 (PARP1) plays a regulatory role in apoptosis, necrosis, and other cellular processes after injury. Recently, we revealed that PARP1 regulates the differential neuronal/astroglial responses to pilocarpine-induced status epilepticus (SE) in the distinct brain regions. In addition, P2X7 receptor (P2X7R), an ATP-gated ion channel, activation accelerates astroglial apoptosis, while it attenuates clasmatodendrosis (lysosome-derived autophagic astroglial death). Therefore, we investigated whether P2X7R regulates regional specific astroglial PARP1 expression/activation in response to SE. In the present study, P2X7R activation exacerbates SE-induced astroglial apoptosis, while P2X7R inhibition attenuates it accompanied by increasing PARP1 activity in the molecular layer of the dentate gyrus following SE. In the CA1 region, however, P2X7R inhibition deteriorates SE-induced clasmatodendrosis via PARP1 activation following SE. Taken together, our findings suggest that P2X7R function may affect SE-induced astroglial death by regulating PARP1 activation/expression in regional-specific manner. Therefore, the selective modulation of P2X7R-mediated PARP1 functions may be a considerable strategy for controls in various types of cell deaths. PMID:26388738

  20. Examining Dual Meanings of Items in 2 x 2 Achievement Goal Questionnaires through MTMM Modeling and MDS Approach

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    Wu, Chia-Huei; Chen, Lung Hung

    2010-01-01

    In 2001, Elliot and McGregor proposed a 2 x 2 (mastery-performance x approach- avoidance) achievement goal frameworks and developed a questionnaire to measure four goals (mastery-approach, mastery-avoidance, performance-approach, and performance-avoidance goals). This study examines the dual meanings of items in 2 x 2 achievement goal…

  1. Rigidity Transitions in Ternary As_xGe_xSe_1-2x and As_xGe_xS_1-2x Glasses

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    Qu, Tao; Boolchand, Punit; Micoulaut, Matthieu

    2003-03-01

    These ternary glasses are of interest for elastic threshold studies because they do not display nanoscale phase separation^1 effects. MDSC measurements on As_xGe_xSe_1-2x glasses have shown^2 T_g(x) to increase monotonically with x, and the non-reversing heat flow, ΔHnr(x), to display a global minimum ˜ 0 in 0.09 < x < 0.14 range, or 2.27 < < 2.42. The thermally reversing window width in this ternary is large and resides below the Phillips-Thorpe value of rc = 2.4, features that were addressed in ref.1.We have now performed FT-Raman scattering as a function of x, and established compositional trend of corner-sharing mode frequency, ν_cs(x), of Ge(Se_1/2)4 tetrahedra. The results show evidence of a second order elastic threshold near r_c(1) = 2.27(1) and a first order one near r_c(2) = 2.42(1). At the latter, a jump in ν_cs of 0.5(1)cm-1 is observed. The elastic power-law in the intermediate phase yield a value p =0.90(5). Preliminary results on corresponding sulfide glasses have also been obtained. Supported by NSF grant DMR ^_01^_01808 1 P.Boolchand et al. Comptes Rendus ( in press). 2 Y.Wang et al. Europhysics Lett. 52,633(2000).

  2. P2X7 R-mediated Ca(2+) -independent d-serine release via pannexin-1 of the P2X7 R-pannexin-1 complex in astrocytes.

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    Pan, Han-Chi; Chou, Yun-Chia; Sun, Synthia H

    2015-05-01

    D-serine is a coagonist of N-methyl-d-aspartate (NMDA) subtype of glutamate receptor and plays a role in regulating activity-dependent synaptic plasticity. In this study, we examined the mechanism by which extracellular ATP triggers the release of d-serine from astrocytes and discovered a novel Ca(2+) -independent release mechanism mediated by P2X7 receptors (P2X7 R). Using [(3) H] d-serine, which was loaded into astrocytes via the neutral amino acid transporter 2 (ASCT2), we observed that ATP and a potent P2X7 R agonist, 2'(3')-O-(4-benzoylbenzoyl)adenosine-5'-triphosphate (BzATP), stimulated [(3) H]D-serine release and that were abolished by P2X7 R selective antagonists and by shRNAs, whereas enhanced by removal of intracellular or extracellular Ca(2+) . The P2X7 R-mediated d-serine release was inhibited by pannexin-1 antagonists, such as carbenoxolone (CBX), probenecid (PBN), and (10) Panx-1 peptide, and shRNAs, and stimulation of P2X7 R induced P2X7 R-pannexin-1 complex formation. Simply incubating astrocytes in Ca(2+) /Mg(2+) -free buffer also induced the complex formation, and that enhanced basal d-serine release through pannexin-1. The P2X7 R-mediated d-serine release assayed in Ca(2+) /Mg(2+) -free buffer was enhanced as well, and that was inhibited by CBX. Treating astrocytes with general protein kinase C (PKC) inhibitors, such as chelerythrine, GF109203X, and staurosporine, but not Ca(2+) -dependent PKC inhibitor, Gö6976, inhibited the P2X7 R-mediated d-serine release. Thus, we conclude that in astrocytes, P2X7 R-pannexin-1 complex formation is crucial for P2X7 R-mediated d-serine release through pannexin-1 hemichannel. The release is Ca(2+) -independent and regulates by a Ca(2+) -independent PKC. The activated P2X7 R per se is also functioned as a permeation channel to release d-serine in part. This P2X7 R-mediated d-serine release represents an important mechanism for activity-dependent neuron-glia interaction.

  3. Involvement of RVM-expressed P2X7 receptor in bone cancer pain: mechanism of descending facilitation.

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    Huang, Zhang Xiang; Lu, Zhi Jie; Ma, Wei Qing; Wu, Fei Xiang; Zhang, Yu Qiu; Yu, Wei-Feng; Zhao, Zhi Qi

    2014-04-01

    Patients with bone cancer commonly experience bone pain that is severe, intolerable, and difficult to manage. The rostral ventromedial medulla (RVM) plays an important role in the development of chronic pain via descending facilitation of spinal nociception. The compelling evidence shows that glial P2X7 receptor (P2X7R) is involved in the induction and maintenance of chronic pain syndromes. The present study explored the mechanism of glial activation and P2X7R expression underlying the induction of bone cancer pain. The results demonstrated that microglia and astrocytes in the RVM were markedly activated in bone cancer rats, and the expression of P2X7R was significantly upregulated. Injection of Brilliant Blue G (BBG), an inhibitor of P2X7R, into the RVM significantly alleviated pain behaviors of cancer rats, which was supported by intra-RVM injection of RNA interference targeting the P2X7R in the RVM. It is suggested that activation of microglia-expressed P2X7R in the RVM contributes to bone cancer pain. Given that 5-HT in the RVM is involved in modulating spinal nociception, changes in 5-HT and Fos expression were addressed in the spinal cord. Inhibition of P2X7R by BBG or small-interference RNA targeting P2X7 in the RVM markedly reduced 5-HT level and Fos expression in the spinal cord. The data clearly suggest that the activation of microglial P2X7R in the RVM contributes to the development of bone cancer pain via upregulation of spinal 5HT levels by the descending pain facilitatory system.

  4. Contribution of P2X4 receptors to ethanol intake in male C57BL/6 mice.

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    Wyatt, Letisha R; Finn, Deborah A; Khoja, Sheraz; Yardley, Megan M; Asatryan, Liana; Alkana, Ronald L; Davies, Daryl L

    2014-06-01

    P2X receptors (P2XRs) are a family of cation-permeable ligand-gated ion channels activated by synaptically released extracellular adenosine 5'-triphosphate. The P2X4 subtype is abundantly expressed in the central nervous system and is sensitive to low intoxicating ethanol concentrations. Genetic meta-analyses identified the p2rx4 gene as a candidate gene for innate alcohol intake and/or preference. The current study used mice lacking the p2rx4 gene (knockout, KO) and wildtype (WT) C57BL/6 controls to test the hypothesis that P2X4Rs contribute to ethanol intake. The early acquisition and early maintenance phases of ethanol intake were measured with three different drinking procedures. Further, we tested the effects of ivermectin (IVM), a drug previously shown to reduce ethanol's effects on P2X4Rs and to reduce ethanol intake and preference, for its ability to differentially alter stable ethanol intake in KO and WT mice. Depending on the procedure and the concentration of the ethanol solution, ethanol intake was transiently increased in P2X4R KO versus WT mice during the acquisition of 24-h and limited access ethanol intake. IVM significantly reduced ethanol intake in P2X4R KO and WT mice, but the degree of reduction was 50 % less in the P2X4R KO mice. Western blot analysis identified significant changes in γ-aminobutyric acidA receptor α1 subunit expression in brain regions associated with the regulation of ethanol behaviors in P2X4R KO mice. These findings add to evidence that P2X4Rs contribute to ethanol intake and indicate that there is a complex interaction between P2X4Rs, ethanol, and other neurotransmitter receptor systems. PMID:24671605

  5. Contribution of P2X4 receptors to ethanol intake in male C57BL/6 mice

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    Wyatt, Letisha R.; Finn, Deborah A.; Khoja, Sheraz; Yardley, Megan M; Asatryan, Liana; Alkana, Ronald L.; Davies, Daryl L.

    2014-01-01

    P2X receptors (P2XRs) are a family of cation-permeable ligand-gated ion channels activated by synaptically released extracellular ATP. The P2X4 subtype is abundantly expressed in the CNS and is sensitive to low intoxicating ethanol concentrations. Genetic meta-analyses identified the p2rx4 gene as a candidate gene for innate alcohol intake and/or preference. The current study used mice lacking the p2rx4 gene (knockout, KO) and wildtype (WT) C57BL/6 controls to test the hypothesis that P2X4Rs contribute to ethanol intake. The early acquisition and early maintenance phases of ethanol intake were measured with three different drinking procedures. Further, we tested the effects of ivermectin (IVM), a drug previously shown to reduce ethanol’s effects on P2X4Rs and to reduce ethanol intake and preference, for its ability to differentially alter stable ethanol intake in KO and WT mice. Depending on the procedure and the concentration of the ethanol solution, ethanol intake was transiently increased in P2X4R KO versus WT mice during the acquisition of 24-hr and limited access ethanol intake. IVM significantly reduced ethanol intake in P2X4R KO and WT mice, but the degree of reduction was 50% less in the P2X4R KO mice. Western blot analysis identified significant changes in -γ aminobutyric acidA receptor (GABAAR) α1 subunit expression in brain regions associated with the regulation of ethanol behaviors in P2X4R KO mice. These findings add to evidence that P2X4Rs contribute to ethanol intake and indicate that there is a complex interaction between P2X4Rs, ethanol, and other neurotransmitter receptor systems. PMID:24671605

  6. Key Sites for P2X Receptor Function and Multimerization: Overview of Mutagenesis Studies on a Structural Basis

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    Hausmann, Ralf; Kless, Achim; Schmalzing, Günther

    2015-01-01

    P2X receptors constitute a seven-member family (P2X1-7) of extracellular ATP-gated cation channels of widespread expression. Because P2X receptors have been implicated in neurological, inflammatory and cardiovascular diseases, they constitute promising drug targets. Since the first P2X cDNA sequences became available in 1994, numerous site-directed mutagenesis studies have been conducted to disclose key sites of P2X receptor function and oligomerization. The publication of the 3-Å crystal structures of the zebrafish P2X4 (zfP2X4) receptor in the homotrimeric apo-closed and ATP-bound open states in 2009 and 2012, respectively, has ushered a new era by allowing for the interpretation of the wealth of molecular data in terms of specific three-dimensional models and by paving the way for designing more-decisive experiments. Thanks to these structures, the last five years have provided invaluable insight into our understanding of the structure and function of the P2X receptor class of ligandgated ion channels. In this review, we provide an overview of mutagenesis studies of the pre- and post-crystal structure eras that identified amino acid residues of key importance for ligand binding, channel gating, ion flow, formation of the pore and the channel gate, and desensitization. In addition, the sites that are involved in the trimerization of P2X receptors are reviewed based on mutagenesis studies and interface contacts that were predicted by the zfP2X4 crystal structures. PMID:25439586

  7. microRNA targeting of the P2X7 purinoceptor opposes a contralateral epileptogenic focus in the hippocampus

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    Jimenez-Mateos, Eva M.; Arribas-Blazquez, Marina; Sanz-Rodriguez, Amaya; Concannon, Caoimhin; Olivos-Ore, Luis A.; Reschke, Cristina R.; Mooney, Claire M.; Mooney, Catherine; Lugara, Eleonora; Morgan, James; Langa, Elena; Jimenez-Pacheco, Alba; Silva, Luiz Fernando Almeida; Mesuret, Guillaume; Boison, Detlev; Miras-Portugal, M. Teresa; Letavic, Michael; Artalejo, Antonio R.; Bhattacharya, Anindya; Diaz-Hernandez, Miguel; Henshall, David C.; Engel, Tobias

    2015-01-01

    The ATP-gated ionotropic P2X7 receptor (P2X7R) modulates glial activation, cytokine production and neurotransmitter release following brain injury. Levels of the P2X7R are increased in experimental and human epilepsy but the mechanisms controlling P2X7R expression remain poorly understood. Here we investigated P2X7R responses after focal-onset status epilepticus in mice, comparing changes in the damaged, ipsilateral hippocampus to the spared, contralateral hippocampus. P2X7R-gated inward currents were suppressed in the contralateral hippocampus and P2rx7 mRNA was selectively uploaded into the RNA-induced silencing complex (RISC), suggesting microRNA targeting. Analysis of RISC-loaded microRNAs using a high-throughput platform, as well as functional assays, suggested the P2X7R is a target of microRNA-22. Inhibition of microRNA-22 increased P2X7R expression and cytokine levels in the contralateral hippocampus after status epilepticus and resulted in more frequent spontaneous seizures in mice. The major pro-inflammatory and hyperexcitability effects of microRNA-22 silencing were prevented in P2rx7−/− mice or by treatment with a specific P2X7R antagonist. Finally, in vivo injection of microRNA-22 mimics transiently suppressed spontaneous seizures in mice. The present study supports a role for post-transcriptional regulation of the P2X7R and suggests therapeutic targeting of microRNA-22 may prevent inflammation and development of a secondary epileptogenic focus in the brain. PMID:26631939

  8. PLASMA DEVICE

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    Baker, W.R.; Brathenahl, A.; Furth, H.P.

    1962-04-10

    A device for producing a confined high temperature plasma is described. In the device the concave inner surface of an outer annular electrode is disposed concentrically about and facing the convex outer face of an inner annular electrode across which electrodes a high potential is applied to produce an electric field there between. Means is provided to create a magnetic field perpendicular to the electric field and a gas is supplied at reduced pressure in the area therebetween. Upon application of the high potential, the gas between the electrodes is ionized, heated, and under the influence of the electric and magnetic fields there is produced a rotating annular plasma disk. The ionized plasma has high dielectric constant properties. The device is useful as a fast discharge rate capacitor, in controlled thermonuclear research, and other high temperature gas applications. (AEC)

  9. Reconsidering the magnetic structure in NiS2-xSex

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    Yano, Shinichiro; Louca, Despina; Chatterjee, Utpal; Chung, Duck Young; Bugaris, Daniel E.; Kanatzidis, Mercouri; Neuefeind, Joerg C.; Feygenson, Mikhail

    2014-03-01

    The Mott metal-insulator transition (MIT) has been at the forefront of condensed matter research for decades. A Mott insulator is associated with antiferromagnetism (AFM) as well as an energy gap. The AFM order parameter can be directly traced by neutron scattering measurements. We focused on the study of MIT on the NiS2-2xSex system. With increase in x where x corresponds to the atomic volume of S that is replaced by Se, the system undergoes an AFM insulator to an AFM metalic transition at x = 0 . 43 at T = 0 . Although NiS2-2xSex has been previously studied, the magnetic structure is not well understood. We measured the powder neutron diffraction for 4 compositions, x = 0, 0.4, 0.6, and 0.8, as a function of temperature. At T = 2K, we observed a clear composition dependence of the magnetic structure. While NiS2 (x = 0) has two magnetic propagation vectors, M1 = (000) and M2 = (0.5 0.5 0.5), NiS1.6Se0.4 and NiS1.4Se0.6 have only one magnetic phase, M1. However, the M1 structure vanishes by NiS1.2Se0.8. While the two magnetic phases have been previously reported, we determined the magnetic structures by using representation analysis.the magnetic structure and physical properties of this system will be discussed.

  10. Development of the Functional Flow Block Diagram for the J-2X Rocket Engine System

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    White, Thomas; Stoller, Sandra L.; Greene, WIlliam D.; Christenson, Rick L.; Bowen, Barry C.

    2007-01-01

    The J-2X program calls for the upgrade of the Apollo-era Rocketdyne J-2 engine to higher power levels, using new materials and manufacturing techniques, and with more restrictive safety and reliability requirements than prior human-rated engines in NASA history. Such requirements demand a comprehensive systems engineering effort to ensure success. Pratt & Whitney Rocketdyne system engineers performed a functional analysis of the engine to establish the functional architecture. J-2X functions were captured in six major operational blocks. Each block was divided into sub-blocks or states. In each sub-block, functions necessary to perform each state were determined. A functional engine schematic consistent with the fidelity of the system model was defined for this analysis. The blocks, sub-blocks, and functions were sequentially numbered to differentiate the states in which the function were performed and to indicate the sequence of events. The Engine System was functionally partitioned, to provide separate and unique functional operators. Establishing unique functional operators as work output of the System Architecture process is novel in Liquid Propulsion Engine design. Each functional operator was described such that its unique functionality was identified. The decomposed functions were then allocated to the functional operators both of which were the inputs to the subsystem or component performance specifications. PWR also used a novel approach to identify and map the engine functional requirements to customer-specified functions. The final result was a comprehensive Functional Flow Block Diagram (FFBD) for the J-2X Engine System, decomposed to the component level and mapped to all functional requirements. This FFBD greatly facilitates component specification development, providing a well-defined trade space for functional trades at the subsystem and component level. It also provides a framework for function-based failure modes and effects analysis (FMEA), and a

  11. Sn Cation Valency Dependence in Cation Exchange Reactions Involving Cu2-xSe Nanocrystals

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    2014-01-01

    We studied cation exchange reactions in colloidal Cu2-xSe nanocrystals (NCs) involving the replacement of Cu+ cations with either Sn2+ or Sn4+ cations. This is a model system in several aspects: first, the +2 and +4 oxidation states for tin are relatively stable; in addition, the phase of the Cu2-xSe NCs remains cubic regardless of the degree of copper deficiency (that is, “x”) in the NC lattice. Also, Sn4+ ions are comparable in size to the Cu+ ions, while Sn2+ ones are much larger. We show here that the valency of the entering Sn ions dictates the structure and composition not only of the final products but also of the intermediate steps of the exchange. When Sn4+ cations are used, alloyed Cu2–4ySnySe NCs (with y ≤ 0.33) are formed as intermediates, with almost no distortion of the anion framework, apart from a small contraction. In this exchange reaction the final stoichiometry of the NCs cannot go beyond Cu0.66Sn0.33Se (that is Cu2SnSe3), as any further replacement of Cu+ cations with Sn4+ cations would require a drastic reorganization of the anion framework, which is not possible at the reaction conditions of the experiments. When instead Sn2+ cations are employed, SnSe NCs are formed, mostly in the orthorhombic phase, with significant, albeit not drastic, distortion of the anion framework. Intermediate steps in this exchange reaction are represented by Janus-type Cu2-xSe/SnSe heterostructures, with no Cu–Sn–Se alloys. PMID:25340627

  12. Competition and selectivity in the reaction of nitriles on ge(100)-2x1.

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    Filler, Michael A; Mui, Collin; Musgrave, Charles B; Bent, Stacey F

    2003-04-23

    We have experimentally investigated bonding of the nitrile functional group (R-Ctbd1;N:) on the Ge(100)-2x1 surface with multiple internal reflection infrared spectroscopy. Density functional theory calculations are used to help explain trends in the data. Several probe molecules, including acetonitrile, 2-propenenitrile, 3-butenenitrile, and 4-pentenenitrile, were studied to elucidate the factors controlling selectivity and competition on this surface. It is found that acetonitrile does not react on the Ge(100)-2x1 surface at room temperature, a result that can be understood with thermodynamic and kinetic arguments. A [4+2] cycloaddition product through the conjugated pi system and a [2+2] C=C cycloaddition product through the alkene are found to be the dominant surface adducts for the multifunctional molecule 2-propenenitrile. These two surface products are evidenced, respectively, by an extremely intense nu(C=C=N), or ketenimine stretch, at 1954 cm(-)(1) and the nu(Ctbd1;N) stretch near 2210 cm(-)(1). While the non-conjugated molecules 3-butenenitrile and 4-pentenenitrile are not expected to form a [4+2] cycloaddition product, both show vibrational modes near 1954 cm(-)(1). Additional investigation suggests that 3-butenenitrile can isomerize to 2-butenenitrile, a conjugated nitrile, before introduction into the vacuum chamber, explaining the presence of the vibrational modes near 1954 cm(-)(1). Pathways directly involving only the nitrile functional group are thermodynamically unfavorable at room temperature on Ge(100)-2x1, demonstrating that this functional group may prove useful as a vacuum-compatible protecting group.

  13. Enhanced photocatalytic and photoelectrochemical activities of reduced TiO2-x/BiOCl heterojunctions

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    Fu, Rongrong; Zeng, Xiaoqiao; Ma, Lu; Gao, Shanmin; Wang, Qingyao; Wang, Zeyan; Huang, Baibiao; Dai, Ying; Lu, Jun

    2016-04-01

    A key issue to design highly efficient photoelectrodes for hydrogen production is how to prohibit the rapid carrier recombination. In order to use the visible light and reduce the recombination of electrons and holes, reduced TiO2-x/BiOCl heterojunctions are successfully synthesized and the photoelectrodes are assembled in this work. The effects of various Bi/Ti molar ratios on the structural, morphological, optical, photoelectrochemical and photocatalytic activities of the resultant samples are investigated systematically. The TiO2-x nanoparticles contain Ti3+, Ti2+, and oxygen vacancies (Ov), while the BiOCl nanosheets exposed {001} facet. Ultraviolet-visible diffuse reflectance spectroscopy (UV-vis DRS) results indicate that the existence of Ti3+, Ti2+ and Ov expand the light-response range. Linear scan voltammetry and electrochemical impedance spectroscopy results indicate that more efficient electron transportation is presented in the heterojunctions with the appropriate Bi/Ti molar ratio. Consequently, the reduced TiO2-x/BiOCl heterojunction with the most appropriate Bi/Ti molar ratio exhibits a high photocurrent density of 0.755 mA cm-2 with photoconversion efficiency up to 0.634%, 10.5 and 22.6 times larger than that of pure TiO2 and BiOCl. Furthermore, this heterojunction exhibit 48.38 and 12.54 times enhancement for the visible-light decomposition of rhodamine B compared with pure TiO2 and BiOCl.

  14. Pnicogen bonded complexes of PO2X (X = F, Cl) with nitrogen bases.

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    Alkorta, Ibon; Elguero, José; Del Bene, Janet E

    2013-10-10

    An ab initio MP2/aug'-cc-pVTZ study has been carried out on complexes formed between PO2X (X = F and Cl) as the Lewis acids and a series of nitrogen bases ZN, including NH3, H2C═NH, NH2F, NP, NCH, NCF, NF3, and N2. Binding energies of these complexes vary from -10 to -150 kJ/mol, and P-N distances from 1.88 to 2.72 Å. Complexes ZN:PO2F have stronger P(...)N bonds and shorter P-N distances than the corresponding complexes ZN:PO2Cl. Charge transfer from the N lone pair through the π-hole to the P-X and P-O σ* orbitals leads to stabilization of these complexes, although charge-transfer energies can be evaluated only for complexes with binding energies less than -71 kJ/mol. Complexation of PO2X with the strongest bases leads to P···N bonds with a significant degree of covalency, and P-N distances that approach the P-N distances in the molecules PO2NC and PO2NH2. In these complexes, the PO2X molecules distort from planarity. Changes in (31)P absolute chemical shieldings upon complexation do not correlate with changes in charges on P, although they do correlate with the binding energies of the complexes. EOM-CCSD spin-spin coupling constants (1p)J(P-N) are dominated by the Fermi-contact term, which is an excellent approximation to total J. (1p)J(P-N) values are small at long distances, increase as the distance decreases, but then decrease at short P-N distances. At the shortest distances, values of (1p)J(P-N) approach (1)J(P-N) for the molecules PO2NC and PO2NH2.

  15. Modulation of P2X4/P2X7/Pannexin-1 sensitivity to extracellular ATP via Ivermectin induces a non-apoptotic and inflammatory form of cancer cell death

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    Draganov, Dobrin; Gopalakrishna-Pillai, Sailesh; Chen, Yun-Ru; Zuckerman, Neta; Moeller, Sara; Wang, Carrie; Ann, David; Lee, Peter P.

    2015-01-01

    Overexpression of P2X7 receptors correlates with tumor growth and metastasis. Yet, release of ATP is associated with immunogenic cancer cell death as well as inflammatory responses caused by necrotic cell death at sites of trauma or ischemia-reperfusion injury. Using an FDA-approved anti-parasitic agent Ivermectin as a prototype agent to allosterically modulate P2X4 receptors, we can switch the balance between the dual pro-survival and cytotoxic functions of purinergic signaling in breast cancer cells. This is mediated through augmented opening of the P2X4/P2X7-gated Pannexin-1 channels that drives a mixed apoptotic and necrotic mode of cell death associated with activation of caspase-1 and is consistent with pyroptosis. We show that cancer cell death is dependent on ATP release and death signals downstream of P2X7 receptors that can be reversed by inhibition of NADPH oxidases-generated ROS, Ca2+/Calmodulin-dependent protein kinase II (CaMKII) or mitochondrial permeability transition pore (MPTP). Ivermectin induces autophagy and release of ATP and HMGB1, key mediators of inflammation. Potentiated P2X4/P2X7 signaling can be further linked to the ATP rich tumor microenvironment providing a mechanistic explanation for the tumor selectivity of purinergic receptors modulation and its potential to be used as a platform for integrated cancer immunotherapy. PMID:26552848

  16. Modulation of P2X4/P2X7/Pannexin-1 sensitivity to extracellular ATP via Ivermectin induces a non-apoptotic and inflammatory form of cancer cell death.

    PubMed

    Draganov, Dobrin; Gopalakrishna-Pillai, Sailesh; Chen, Yun-Ru; Zuckerman, Neta; Moeller, Sara; Wang, Carrie; Ann, David; Lee, Peter P

    2015-01-01

    Overexpression of P2X7 receptors correlates with tumor growth and metastasis. Yet, release of ATP is associated with immunogenic cancer cell death as well as inflammatory responses caused by necrotic cell death at sites of trauma or ischemia-reperfusion injury. Using an FDA-approved anti-parasitic agent Ivermectin as a prototype agent to allosterically modulate P2X4 receptors, we can switch the balance between the dual pro-survival and cytotoxic functions of purinergic signaling in breast cancer cells. This is mediated through augmented opening of the P2X4/P2X7-gated Pannexin-1 channels that drives a mixed apoptotic and necrotic mode of cell death associated with activation of caspase-1 and is consistent with pyroptosis. We show that cancer cell death is dependent on ATP release and death signals downstream of P2X7 receptors that can be reversed by inhibition of NADPH oxidases-generated ROS, Ca(2+)/Calmodulin-dependent protein kinase II (CaMKII) or mitochondrial permeability transition pore (MPTP). Ivermectin induces autophagy and release of ATP and HMGB1, key mediators of inflammation. Potentiated P2X4/P2X7 signaling can be further linked to the ATP rich tumor microenvironment providing a mechanistic explanation for the tumor selectivity of purinergic receptors modulation and its potential to be used as a platform for integrated cancer immunotherapy. PMID:26552848

  17. Fabrication of submicron La2-xSrxCuO4 intrinsic Josephson junction stacks

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    Kubo, Yuimaru; Takahide, Yamaguchi; Tanaka, Takayoshi; Ueda, Shinya; Ishii, Satoshi; Tsuda, Shunsuke; Islam, ATM Nazmul; Tanaka, Isao; Takano, Yoshihiko

    2011-02-01

    Intrinsic Josephson junction (IJJ) stacks of cuprate superconductors have potential to be implemented as intrinsic phase qubits working at relatively high temperatures. We report success in fabricating submicron La2-xSrxCuO4 (LSCO) IJJ stacks carved out of single crystals. We also show a new fabrication method in which argon ion etching is performed after focused ion beam etching. As a result, we obtained an LSCO IJJ stack in which resistive multibranches appeared. It may be possible to control the number of stacked IJJs with an accuracy of a single IJJ by developing this method.

  18. Superconductivity in layered ZrP2-x Se x with PbFCl-type structure

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    Ishida, Shigeyuki; Fujihisa, Hiroshi; Hase, Izumi; Yanagi, Yousuke; Kawashima, Kenji; Oka, Kunihiko; Gotoh, Yoshito; Yoshida, Yoshiyuki; Iyo, Akira; Eisaki, Hiroshi; Kito, Hijiri

    2016-05-01

    We performed a systematic study of the crystal structure, physical properties, and electronic structure of PbFCl-type ZrP2-x Se x (0.3 ≤ x ≤ 0.9). We successfully synthesized single-phase polycrystalline samples for the Se substitution range of 0.4 ≤ x ≤ 0.8. The crystal structure of the compound is characterized by the alternate stacking of a two-dimensional P square net and a Zr-(P1-x Se x ) network. ZrP2-x Se x exhibits a dome-like superconductivity phase diagram and has a maximum superconducting transition temperature (T c) of 6.3 K for x ≈ 0.6. Resistivity and Hall measurements indicated that electron-phonon scattering plays a dominant role and that electron-type carriers dominate charge transport. Specific heat measurements confirmed that ZrP2-x Se x exhibits bulk superconductivity. Further, the value of the specific heat jump at T c (ΔC/γT c ≈ 1.35) is in keeping with the BCS weak-coupling model. These facts suggest a rather conventional pairing mechanism in ZrP2-x Se x . The x dependence of T c can be explained on the basis of the density of states (DOS) for x ≤ 0.7, whereas the decrease in T c with an increase in the DOS for x = 0.8 needs further investigation. One possible reason for the suppression of superconductivity is that the PbFCl-type structure becomes unstable for x ≥ 0.8. The results of electronic structure calculations agree reasonably well with those of the experimental observations, suggesting that the Zrd band plays a primary role in determining the physical properties. Further, the calculations predict a significant change in the Fermi-surface topology for x ≥ 0.8 this is a probable reason for the decrease in T c as well as the instability of the PbFCl-type structure.

  19. Electronic Origins of Large Thermoelectric Power Factor of LaOBiS2-xSex

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    Nishida, Atsuhiro; Nishiate, Hirotaka; Lee, Chul-Ho; Miura, Osuke; Mizuguchi, Yoshikazu

    2016-07-01

    We have examined the electrical transport properties of densified LaOBiS2-xSex, which constitutes a new family of thermoelectric materials. The power factor increases with increasing concentration of Se, i.e., Se substitution leads to an enhanced electrical conductivity, without suppression of the Seebeck coefficient. Hall measurements reveal that the carrier mobility increases with decreasing carrier concentration as Se doping, which is responsible for the low electrical resistivity and large absolute values of the Seebeck coefficient in the system.

  20. Strongly enhanced 1/f - noise level in {kappa}-(BEDT-TTF){sub 2}X salts.

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    Brandenburg, J.; Muller, J.; Wirth, S.; Schlueter, J. A.; Schweitzer, D.; Materials Science Division; Max-Planck-Inst.fur Chemical Physics of Solids; Goethe-Univ.; Univ. of Stuttgart

    2010-01-01

    Fluctuation spectroscopy has been used as an investigative tool to understand the scattering mechanisms of carriers and their low-frequency dynamics in quasi-two-dimensional organic conductors ?-(BEDT-TTF)2X. We report on the very high noise level in these systems as determined from Hooge's empirical law to quantify 1/f-type noise in solids. The value of the Hooge parameter ?H, i.e. the normalized noise level, of 105-107 is several orders of magnitude higher than values of ?Hnot, vert, similar10-2-10-3 typically found in homogeneous metals and semiconductors.

  1. Anodic Behavior of SAM2X5 Material Applied as Amorphous Coatings

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    Hailey, P D; Farmer, J C; Day, S D; Rebak, R B

    2007-08-10

    Iron-based amorphous alloys are desirable industrial materials since they are highly resistant to corrosion and possess enhanced hardness for wear resistance. The amorphous materials can be produced from the melt as powder and later spray deposited as coatings on large engineering structures. As a laboratory experiment, SAM2X5 powder was coated on electrochemical specimens of 304SS for testing. Results show that the coated specimens did not perform satisfactorily during the laboratory testing. This is because of partial devitrification during the deposition of the powder on the small specimen substrates.

  2. Operating manual holographic interferometry system for 2 x 2 foot transonic wind tunnel

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    Craig, J. E.

    1981-01-01

    A holographic interferometer system was installed in a 2X2 foot transonic wind tunnel. The system incorporates a modern, 10 pps, Nd:YAG pulsed laser which provides reliable operation and is easy to align. The spatial filtering requirements of the unstable resonator beam are described as well as the integration of the system into the existing Schieren system. A two plate holographic interferometer is used to reconstruct flow field data. For static wind tunnel models the single exposure holograms are recorded in the usual manner; however, for dynamic models such as oscillating airfoils, synchronous laser hologram recording is used.

  3. Gaussian effective potential for the standard model SU(2)xU(1) electroweak theory

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    Siringo, Fabio; Marotta, Luca

    2008-07-01

    The Gaussian effective potential is derived for the non-Abelian SU(2)xU(1) gauge theory of electroweak interactions. At variance with naive derivations, the Gaussian effective potential is proven to be a genuine variational tool in any gauge. The role of ghosts is discussed and the unitarity gauge is shown to be the only choice which allows calculability without insertion of further approximations. The full non-Abelian calculation confirms the existence of a light Higgs boson in the nonperturbative strong coupling regime of the Higgs sector.

  4. Medical Device Safety

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    ... Vaccines, Blood & Biologics Animal & Veterinary Cosmetics Tobacco Products Medical Devices Home Medical Devices Medical Device Safety Medical Device Safety Share Tweet Linkedin Pin it More sharing ...

  5. Ventricular assist device

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    VAD; RVAD; LVAD; BVAD; Right ventricular assist device; Left ventricular assist device; Biventricular assist device; Heart pump; Left ventricular assist system; LVAS; Implantable ventricular assist device

  6. Atmospheric chemistry of n-C(x)F(2)(x)(+1)CHO (x = 1, 2, 3, 4): fate of n-C(x)F(2)(x)(+1)C(O) radicals.

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    Hurley, M D; Ball, J C; Wallington, T J; Sulbaek Andersen, M P; Nielsen, O J; Ellis, D A; Martin, J W; Mabury, S A

    2006-11-16

    Smog chamber/FTIR techniques were used to study the atmospheric fate of n-C(x)F(2)(x)(+1)C(O) (x = 1, 2, 3, 4) radicals in 700 Torr O(2)/N(2) diluent at 298 +/- 3 K. A competition is observed between reaction with O(2) to form n-C(x)()F(2)(x)()(+1)C(O)O(2) radicals and decomposition to form n-C(x)F(2)(x)(+1) radicals and CO. In 700 Torr O(2)/N(2) diluent at 298 +/- 3 K, the rate constant ratio, k(n-C(x)F(2)(x)(+1)C(O) + O(2) --> n-C(x)F(2)(x)(+1)C(O)O(2))/k(n-C(x)F(2)(x)(+1)C(O) --> n-C(x)F(2)(x)(+1) + CO) = (1.30 +/- 0.05) x 10(-17), (1.90 +/- 0.17) x 10(-19), (5.04 +/- 0.40) x 10(-20), and (2.67 +/- 0.42) x 10(-20) cm(3) molecule(-1) for x = 1, 2, 3, 4, respectively. In one atmosphere of air at 298 K, reaction with O(2) accounts for 99%, 50%, 21%, and 12% of the loss of n-C(x)F(2)(x)(+1)C(O) radicals for x = 1, 2, 3, 4, respectively. Results are discussed with respect to the atmospheric chemistry of n-C(x)F(2)(x)(+1)C(O) radicals and their possible role in contributing to the formation of perfluorocarboxylic acids in the environment.

  7. Two metal chalcogenides, Hg{sub 2}Te{sub 2} X {sub 2} (X =Br, I): 3-D framework constructed from novel left-handed helices

    SciTech Connect

    Chen Wentong; Wang Mingsheng; Zhang Zhangjing; Xu Gang; Guo Guocong . E-mail: gcguo@ms.fjirsm.ac.cn; Huang Jinshun

    2006-11-15

    Two isostructural metal chalcogenides, Hg{sub 2}Te{sub 2}Br{sub 2} (1) and Hg{sub 2}Te{sub 2}I{sub 2} (2), were obtained by solid-state reactions and structurally characterized. Compounds 1 and 2 crystallize in the acentric space group P4{sub 3}2{sub 1}2 of the tetragonal system with eight formula units in a cell: a=10.2388(9), c=14.480(2) A, V=1518.0(3) A{sup 3}, R {sub 1}/wR {sub 2}=0.0670/0.1328 for 1 and a=10.711(3), c=15.025(8) A, V=1724(1) A{sup 3}, R {sub 1}/wR {sub 2}=0.0637/0.1233 for 2. Both compounds are characterized by a three-dimensional (3-D) framework structure, which is composed by interconnected left-handed helices formed by both tetrahedral and trigonal Hg atoms. Optical absorption spectra of 1 and 2 reveal the presence of sharp optical gaps of 2.06 and 1.85 eV, respectively, suggesting that both materials are semiconductors. TG-DTA measurements show that both compounds are thermally stable up to 200 deg. C. The composition of both compounds is well confirmed by the semiquantitative microscope analyses. - Graphical abstract: A new family of IIB {sub 2} Q {sub 2} X {sub 2} system, possessing an acentric nature that allows them to be a potential NLO material, has been synthesized via solid-state reactions. The crystal structures are characterized by a 3-D framework structure, comprising of interconnected left-handed helices. Optical absorption spectra show that both compounds are excellent candidate for potential photoelectric materials.

  8. Controllable conversion of plasmonic Cu2-xS nanoparticles to Au2S by cation exchange and electron beam induced transformation of Cu2-xS-Au2S core/shell nanostructures.

    PubMed

    Wang, Xianliang; Liu, Xin; Zhu, Dewei; Swihart, Mark T

    2014-08-01

    Self-doped Cu2-xS nanocrystals (NCs) were converted into monodisperse Cu2-xS-Au2S NCs of tunable composition, including pure Au2S, by cation exchange. The near-infrared (NIR) localized surface plasmon resonance (LSPR) was dampened and red-shifted with increasing Au content. Cation exchange was accompanied by elimination of cation vacancies and a change in crystal structure. Partially exchanged Cu2-xS-Au2S core/shell structures evolved to dumbbell-like structures under electron irradiation in the transmission electron microscope (TEM).

  9. Detection device

    DOEpatents

    Smith, Jay E.

    1984-01-01

    The present invention is directed to a detection device comprising: (1) an entrance chamber, (2) a central chamber, and (3) an exit chamber. The central chamber includes an ionizing gas, anode, and means for connecting the anode with an external power supply and pulse counter.

  10. Detection device

    DOEpatents

    Smith, J.E.

    1981-02-27

    The present invention is directed to a detection device comprising: (1) an entrance chamber; (2) a central chamber; and (3) an exit chamber. The central chamber includes an ionizing gas, anode, and means for connecting the anode with an external power supply and pulse counter.

  11. Electrochemical device

    DOEpatents

    Grimes, Patrick G.; Einstein, Harry; Bellows, Richard J.

    1988-01-12

    A tunnel protected electrochemical device features channels fluidically communicating between manifold, tunnels and cells. The channels are designed to provide the most efficient use of auxiliary power. The channels have a greater hydraulic pressure drop and electrical resistance than the manifold. This will provide a design with the optimum auxiliary energy requirements.

  12. Effect of P2X7 Receptor Knockout on AQP-5 Expression of Type I Alveolar Epithelial Cells

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    Ebeling, Georg; Bläsche, Robert; Hofmann, Falk; Augstein, Antje; Kasper, Michael; Barth, Kathrin

    2014-01-01

    P2X7 receptors, ATP-gated cation channels, are specifically expressed in alveolar epithelial cells. The pathophysiological function of this lung cell type, except a recently reported putative involvement in surfactant secretion, is unknown. In addition, P2X7 receptor-deficient mice show reduced inflammation and lung fibrosis after exposure with bleomycin. To elucidate the role of the P2X7 receptor in alveolar epithelial type I cells we characterized the pulmonary phenotype of P2X7 receptor knockout mice by using immunohistochemistry, western blot analysis and real-time RT PCR. No pathomorphological signs of fibrosis were found. Results revealed, however, a remarkable loss of aquaporin-5 protein and mRNA in young knockout animals. Additional in vitro experiments with bleomycin treated precision cut lung slices showed a greater sensitivity of the P2X7 receptor knockout mice in terms of aquaporin-5 reduction as wild type animals. Finally, P2X7 receptor function was examined by using the alveolar epithelial cell lines E10 and MLE-12 for stimulation experiments with bleomycin. The in vitro activation of P2X7 receptor was connected with an increase of aquaporin-5, whereas the inhibition of the receptor with oxidized ATP resulted in down regulation of aquaporin-5. The early loss of aquaporin-5 which can be found in different pulmonary fibrosis models does not implicate a specific pathogenetic role during fibrogenesis. PMID:24941004

  13. P2X7 Receptor Activation Impairs Exogenous MHC Class I Oligopeptides Presentation in Antigen Presenting Cells

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    Baroja-Mazo, Alberto; Barberà-Cremades, Maria; Pelegrín, Pablo

    2013-01-01

    Major histocompatibility complex class I (MHC I) on antigen presenting cells (APCs) is a potent molecule to activate CD8+ T cells and initiate immunity. P2X7 receptors (P2X7Rs) are present on the plasma membrane of APCs to sense the extracellular danger signal adenosine-5′-triphosphate (ATP). P2X7R activates the inflammasome and the release of IL-1β in macrophages and other immune cells to initiate the inflammatory response. Here we show that P2X7R stimulation by ATP in APCs decreased the amount of MHC I at the plasma membrane. Specific antagonism or genetic ablation of P2X7R inhibited the effects of ATP on levels of cellular MHC I. Furthermore, P2X7R stimulation was able to inhibit activation of CD8+ T cells via specific MHC I-oligopeptide complexes. Our study suggests that P2X7R activation on APCs is a novel inhibitor of adaptive CD8+ T cell immunity. PMID:23940597

  14. P2X7 receptor activation impairs exogenous MHC class I oligopeptides presentation in antigen presenting cells.

    PubMed

    Baroja-Mazo, Alberto; Barberà-Cremades, Maria; Pelegrín, Pablo

    2013-01-01

    Major histocompatibility complex class I (MHC I) on antigen presenting cells (APCs) is a potent molecule to activate CD8(+) T cells and initiate immunity. P2X7 receptors (P2X7Rs) are present on the plasma membrane of APCs to sense the extracellular danger signal adenosine-5'-triphosphate (ATP). P2X7R activates the inflammasome and the release of IL-1β in macrophages and other immune cells to initiate the inflammatory response. Here we show that P2X7R stimulation by ATP in APCs decreased the amount of MHC I at the plasma membrane. Specific antagonism or genetic ablation of P2X7R inhibited the effects of ATP on levels of cellular MHC I. Furthermore, P2X7R stimulation was able to inhibit activation of CD8(+) T cells via specific MHC I-oligopeptide complexes. Our study suggests that P2X7R activation on APCs is a novel inhibitor of adaptive CD8(+) T cell immunity.

  15. P2X7 receptor-mediated killing of an intracellular parasite, Toxoplasma gondii, by human and murine macrophages1

    PubMed Central

    Lees, Michael P.; Fuller, Stephen J.; McLeod, Rima; Boulter, Nicola R.; Miller, Catherine M.; Zakrzewski, Alana M.; Mui, Ernest J.; Witola, William H.; Coyne, Jessica J.; Hargrave, Aubrey C.; Jamieson, Sarra E.; Blackwell, Jenefer M.; Wiley, James S.; Smith, Nicholas C.

    2010-01-01

    The P2X7 receptor (P2X7R)4 is highly expressed on the macrophage cell surface and activation of infected cells by extracellular ATP has been shown to kill intracellular bacteria and parasites. Furthermore, single nucleotide polymorphisms (SNPs) that decrease receptor function reduce the ability of human macrophages to kill Mycobacterium tuberculosis and are associated with extrapulmonary tuberculosis. In this paper we show that macrophages from people with the 1513C (rs3751143) loss-of-function P2X7R SNP are less effective in killing intracellular Toxoplasma gondii after exposure to ATP compared with macrophages from people with the 1513A wild-type allele. Supporting a P2X7R-specific effect on T. gondii, macrophages from P2X7R knock-out mice (P2X7R−/−) are unable to kill T. gondii as effectively as macrophages from wild-type mice. We show that P2X7R-mediated T. gondii killing occurs in parallel with host cell apoptosis and is independent of NO production. PMID:20488797

  16. Potent Suppressive Effects of 1-Piperidinylimidazole Based Novel P2X7 Receptor Antagonists on Cancer Cell Migration and Invasion.

    PubMed

    Park, Jin-Hee; Williams, Darren R; Lee, Ji-Hyung; Lee, So-Deok; Lee, Je-Heon; Ko, Hyojin; Lee, Ga-Eun; Kim, Sujin; Lee, Jeong-Min; Abdelrahman, Aliaa; Müller, Christa E; Jung, Da-Woon; Kim, Yong-Chul

    2016-08-25

    The P2X7 receptor (P2X7R) has been reported as a key mediator in inflammatory processes and cancer invasion/metastasis. In this study, we report the discovery of novel P2X7R antagonists and their functional activities as potential antimetastatic agents. Modifications of the hydantoin core-skeleton and the side chain substituents of the P2X7R antagonist 7 were performed. The structure-activity relationships (SAR) and optimization demonstrated the importance of the sulfonyl group at the R1 position and the substituted position and overall size of R2 for P2X7R antagonism. The optimized novel analogues displayed potent P2X7 receptor antagonism (IC50 = 0.11-112 nM) along with significant suppressive effects on IL-1β release (IC50 = 0.32-210 nM). Moreover, representative antagonists (12g, 13k, and 17d) with imidazole and uracil core skeletons significantly inhibited the invasion of MDA-MB-231 triple negative breast cancer cells and cancer cell migration in a zebrafish xenograft model, suggesting the potential therapeutic application of these novel P2X7 antagonists to block metastatic cancer. PMID:27427902

  17. P2X7 receptor-mediated calcium dynamics in HEK293 cells: experimental characterization and modelling approach

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    Di Garbo, A.; Alloisio, S.; Nobile, M.

    2012-04-01

    The P2X7 receptor (P2X7R) induces ionotropic Ca2 + signalling in different cell types. It plays an important role in the immune response and in the nervous system. Here, the mechanisms underlying intracellular Ca2 + variations evoked by 3‧-O-(4-benzoyl)benzoyl-ATP (BzATP), a potent agonist of the P2X7R, in transfected HEK293 cells, are investigated both experimentally and theoretically. We propose a minimal model of P2X7R that is capable of reproducing, qualitatively and quantitatively, the experimental data. This approach was also adopted for the P2X7R variant, which lacks the entire C-terminus tail (trP2X7R). Then we introduce a biophysical model describing the Ca2 + dynamics in HEK293. Our model gives an account of the ionotropic Ca2 + influx evoked by BzATP on the basis of the kinetics model of P2X7R. To explain the complex Ca2 + responses evoked by BzATP, the model predicted that an impairment in Ca2 + extrusion flux through the plasma membrane is a key factor for Ca2 + homeostasis in HEK293 cells.

  18. P2X7 receptor antagonism improves renal blood flow and oxygenation in angiotensin-II infused rats

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    Menzies, Robert I.; Howarth, Amelia R.; Unwin, Robert J.; Tam, Frederick W.K.; Mullins, John J.; Bailey, Matthew A.

    2015-01-01

    Chronic activation of the renin angiotensin system promotes hypertension, renal microvascular dysfunction, tissue hypoxia and inflammation. We found previously that the injurious response to excess angiotensin II (ANGII) is greater in F344 rats, whereas Lewis rats are renoprotected, despite similar hypertension. We further identified p2rx7, encoding the P2X7 receptor (P2X7R), as a candidate gene for differential susceptibility and here we have tested the hypothesis that activation of P2X7R promotes vascular dysfunction under high ANGII tone. 14-day infusion of ANGII at 30ng/min into F344 rats increased blood pressure by ~15mmHg without inducing fibrosis or albuminuria. In vivo pressure natriuresis was suppressed, medullary perfusion reduced by ~50% and the cortico-medullary oxygenation gradient disrupted. Selective P2X7R antagonism restored pressure natriuresis, promoting a significant leftward shift in the intercept and increasing the slope. Sodium excretion was increased 6 fold and blood pressure normalized. The specific P2X7R antagonist AZ11657312 increased renal medullary perfusion, but only in ANGII-treated rats. Tissue oxygenation was improved by P2X7R blockade, particularly in poorly oxygenated regions of the kidney. Activation of P2X7R induces microvascular dysfunction and regional hypoxia when ANGII is elevated. These pro-inflammatory effects may contribute to progression of renal injury induced by chronic ANGII. PMID:26108066

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

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

    2015-01-01

    We report the synthesis and characterization of a bulk form diluted magnetic semiconductor Ba(Zn1−2xMnxCux)2As2 with the crystal structure identical to that of “122” family iron based superconductors and the antiferromagnet BaMn2As2. No ferromagnetic order occurs with (Zn, Mn) or (Zn, Cu) substitution in the parent compound BaZn2As2. Only when Zn is substituted by both Mn and Cu simultaneously, can the system undergo a ferromagnetic transition below TC ~ 70 K, followed by a magnetic glassy transition at Tf  ~ 35 K. AC susceptibility measurements for Ba(Zn0.75Mn0.125Cu0.125)2As2 reveal that Tf strongly depends on the applied frequency with and a DC magnetic field dependence of , demonstrating that a spin glass transition takes place at Tf. As large as −53% negative magnetoresistance has been observed in Ba(Zn1−2xMnxCux)2As2, enabling its possible application in memory devices. PMID:26492957

  20. Ba(Zn(1-2x)MnxCux)2As2: A Bulk Form Diluted Ferromagnetic Semiconductor with Mn and Cu Codoping at Zn Sites.

    PubMed

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

    2015-10-23

    We report the synthesis and characterization of a bulk form diluted magnetic semiconductor Ba(Zn(1-2x)MnxCux)2As2 (0.025 ≤ x ≤ 0.2) with the crystal structure identical to that of "122" family iron based superconductors and the antiferromagnet BaMn2As2. No ferromagnetic order occurs with (Zn, Mn) or (Zn, Cu) substitution in the parent compound BaZn2As2. Only when Zn is substituted by both Mn and Cu simultaneously, can the system undergo a ferromagnetic transition below TC ~ 70 K, followed by a magnetic glassy transition at Tf  ~ 35 K. AC susceptibility measurements for Ba(Zn0.75Mn0.125Cu0.125)2As2 reveal that Tf strongly depends on the applied frequency with [formula in text] and a DC magnetic field dependence of [formula in text], demonstrating that a spin glass transition takes place at Tf. As large as -53% negative magnetoresistance has been observed in Ba(Zn(1-2x)MnxCux)2As2, enabling its possible application in memory devices.

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

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

    2015-10-01

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

  2. Influence of Ga-concentration on the electrical and magnetic properties of magnetoelectric CoGaxFe2-xO4/BaTiO3 composite

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    Ni, Yan; Zhang, Zhen; Nlebedim, Cajetan I.; Jiles, David C.

    2015-05-01

    Multiferroic materials exhibit magnetoelectric (ME) coupling and promise new device applications including magnetic sensors, generators, and filters. An effective method for developing ME materials with enhanced ME effect is achieved by the coupling through the interfacial strain between piezoelectric and magnetostrictive materials. In this study, the electrical and magnetic properties of Ga doped magnetoelectric CoGaxFe2-xO4/BaTiO3 composite are studied systematically. It is found that Ga doping improves the sensitivity of magnetoelastic response and stabilizes the magnetic phase of the composites. More importantly, Ga doping reduces the electrical conductivity of composite, as well as the dielectric loss. An enhancement of the electrostrain with doping Ga is also observed. Quantitative estimation indicates that magnetoelectric coupling is enhanced for Ga-doped CoGaxFe2-xO4/BaTiO3 composites. Thus, the present work is beneficial to the practical application of composite CoFe2O4/BaTiO3-based multiferroic materials.

  3. Ultrasonic attenuation anomalies of n-type superconductor Pr2-xCexCuO4

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    Chong, Tet Vui; Abd-Shukor, R.

    2016-08-01

    Pr2-xCexCuO4 (x = 0 and 0.15) samples were prepared via solid state reaction. Pr2CuO4 sample is insulating while Pr1.85Ce0.15CuO4 sample exhibited an onset critical temperature, Tc of 21 K. The temperature dependences of ultrasonic attenuation in these polycrystalline n-type superconductor Pr2-xCexCuO4 (x = 0 and 0.15) samples have been measured between 80 K and 300 K using longitudinal and shear waves by pulse-echo-overlap method with frequencies between 5 MHz and 10 MHz. For the longitudinal mode, a pronounced attenuation peak around 200 K was observed in Pr2CuO4, but it is not observed in the superconducting material Pr1.85Ce0.15CuO4. For the shear mode, no pronounced attenuation peaks were observed in the samples. It is suggested that the attenuation peak in the x = 0 sample at 200 K is due to the weak structural distortion induced by the magnetic transition.

  4. Synthesis and magnetic properties of NiFe2-xSmxO4 nanopowder

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    Hassanzadeh-Tabrizi, S. A.; Behbahanian, Shahrzad; Amighian, Jamshid

    2016-07-01

    NiFe2-xSmxO4 (x=0.00, 0.05, 0.10 and 0.15) nanopowders were synthesized via a sol-gel combustion route. The structural studies were carried out by X-ray diffractometer, Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy, scanning electron microscopy and transmission electron microscopy. The XRD results confirmed the formation of single-phase spinel cubic structure. The crystallite size decreased with an increase of samarium ion concentration, while lattice parameter and lattice strain increased with samarium substitution. TEM micrographs showed that agglomerated nanoparticles with particle sizes ranging from 35 to 90 nm were obtained. The magnetic studies were carried out using vibrating sample magnetometer. Magnetic measurements revealed that the saturation magnetization (Ms) of NiFe2-xSmxO4 nanoparticles decreases with increasing Sm3+substitution. The reduction of saturation magnetization is attributed to the dilution of the magnetic interaction. The coercivity (Hc) of samples increases by adding samarium.

  5. Electronic instabilities and irradiation effects in the (TMTTF)2X series

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    Coulon, Claude; Foury-Leylekian, Pascale; Fabre, Jean-Marc; Pouget, Jean-Paul

    2015-04-01

    The paper presents a single-crystal ESR study of a series of pristine and X-ray irradiated (TMTTF)2X salts, where TMTTF is tetramethyltetrathiafulvalene and X is either a centro-symmetrical (SbF6 and Br) or a non-centro-symmetrical (ReO4, ClO4, BF4, SCN and NO3) monovalent anion. Besides standard line-width and spin-susceptibility measurements, the analysis of the asymmetry of the ESR line shape allows to obtain simultaneous information on the electrical conductivity. This whole set of data is used to determine the charge and spin gaps related to the charge ordering (CO) and anion ordering (AO) ground states and their evolution as a function of X-ray irradiation damages. We show in particular that the sensibility of (TMTTF)2X salts to irradiation depends upon the nature of the anion X and that the CO ground state is drastically affected by irradiation damages at the difference of the AO ground state. We also present evidence of a CO transition and of a decoupling between the AO transition and the opening of a spin gap in (TMTTF)2NO3.

  6. Water Induced Surface Reconstruction of the Oxygen (2x1) covered Ru(0001)

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    Maier, Sabine; Cabrera-Sanfelix, Pepa; Stass, Ingeborg; Sanchez-Portal, Daniel; Arnau, Andres; Salmeron, Miquel

    2010-08-06

    Low temperature scanning tunneling microscopy (STM) and density functional theory (DFT) were used to study the adsorption of water on a Ru(0001) surface covered with half monolayer of oxygen. The oxygen atoms occupy hcp sites in an ordered structure with (2x1) periodicity. DFT predicts that water is weakly bound to the unmodified surface, 86 meV compared to the ~;;200 meV water-water H-bond. Instead, we found that water adsorption causes a shift of half of the oxygen atoms from hcp sites to fcc sites, creating a honeycomb structure where water molecules bind strongly to the exposed Ru atoms. The energy cost of reconstructing the oxygen overlayer, around 230 meV per displaced oxygen atom, is more than compensated by the larger adsorption energy of water on the newly exposed Ru atoms. Water forms hydrogen bonds with the fcc O atoms in a (4x2) superstructure due to alternating orientations of the molecules. Heating to 185 K results in the complete desorption of the water layer, leaving behind the oxygen honeycomb structure, which is metastable relative to the original (2x1). This stable structure is not recovered until after heating to temperatures close to 260K.

  7. Efficient Electrochemical Reduction of Nitrobenzene by Defect-Engineered TiO2-x Single Crystals.

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    Liu, Chang; Zhang, Ai-Yong; Pei, Dan-Ni; Yu, Han-Qing

    2016-05-17

    TiO2 is a typical semiconductor and has been extensively used as an effective photocatalyst for environmental pollution control. But it could not be used as an electrochemical reductive catalyst because of its low electric conductivity and electrocatalytic activity. In this work, however, we demonstrate that TiO2 can act as an excellent cathodic electrocatalyst when its crystal shape, exposed facet and oxygen-stoichiometry are finely tailored by the local geometric and electronic structures. The defect-engineered TiO2-x single crystals dominantly exposed by high-energy {001} facets exhibits a high cathodic activity and great stability for electrochemical reduction of nitrobenzene, a typical refractory pollutant with high toxicity in environment. The single crystalline structure, the high-energy {001} facet and the defective oxygen vacancy of the defect-engineered TiO2-x single crystals are found to be mainly responsible for their cathodic superiority. With the findings in this work, a more practical non-Pd cathodic electrocatalyst could be prepared and applied for electrocatalytic reduction of refractory pollutants in water and wastewater, and extend the promising applications of TiO2 in the fields of environmental science. PMID:27128346

  8. High temperature thermoelectric properties of Bi2-xNaxSr2Co2Oy ceramics

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    He, Q. L.; Li, S. Y.; Gao, F.; Zhu, Z.; Hu, X.; Song, H. Z.

    2015-09-01

    The Na doping effects on the high temperature thermoelectric properties of Bi2-xNaxSr2Co2Oy (x = 0, 0.05, 0.10, 0.15, 0.20 and 0.30) ceramics were investigated from 343 K to 973 K. When x ≤ 0.15, the electrical resistivity of Bi2-xNaxSr2Co2Oy decreases with increasing Na doping amount due to the hole-doping effect, which exhibits metallic electrical conductivity behavior. While, at the temperature range of 480-830 K, the samples with x > 0.20 exhibit semiconductor electrical conductivity behavior instead. The Seebeck coefficients are improved by Na doping at lower temperature, but they decrease slightly at higher temperature except for x = 0.2. Roughly, the thermal conductivity is depressed by the doping defects. As an overall result, the dimensionless figure of merit (ZT) of Bi1.8Na0.2Sr2Co2Oy reaches the maximum value of 0.3 K at 973 K, which is nearly twice the value of the undoped sample LBFSx.

  9. Mossbauer Studies of GdFe2-xHfx Alloys

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    Al-Omari, Imaddin A.; Gismelseed, A.; Rais, A.; Al-Rawas, A.; Elzain, M.; Yousif, A.

    2004-03-01

    GdFe_2-xHfx Alloys,where x=0, 0.05, 0.1, 0.15, 0.2, and 0.3, were prepared by arc-melting of pure elements of Gd, Fe, and Hf. The samples were investigated by x-ray diffraction and Fe^57 Mössbauer spectroscopy. We find that the alloy system GdFe_2-xHfx have the cubic Cu_2Mg type structure. Mössbauer spectroscopic results show that all the samples studied are magnetically ordered at 78 K, and at room temperature. The spectra fitted with two magnetic components, which is consistent with the two magnetic sites in Rfe_2. The average magnetic hyperfine field is found to decrease with increasing the Hf concentration at 78 K and 300 K due to the replacement of Fe by nonmagnetic Hf. The above results indicate that Hf dissolves in the cubic lattice in this system resulting in the decrease of the hyperfine field with increasing the Hf concentration.

  10. Ionization energies of K2X (X=F, Cl, Br, I) clusters.

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    Veličković, S R; Veljković, F M; Perić-Grujić, A A; Radak, B B; Veljković, M V

    2011-08-30

    The electronic structure and properties of dipotassiummonohalides are important for understanding the unique physical and chemical behavior of M(n)X systems. In the present study, K(2) X (here X=F, Cl, Br, I) clusters were generated in the vapor over salts of the corresponding potassium halide, using a magnetic sector thermal ionization mass spectrometer. The ionization energies obtained for K(2)F, K(2)Cl, K(2)Br, and K(2)I molecules were 3.82 ± 0.1 eV, 3.68 ± 0.1 eV, 3.95 ± 0.1 eV, and 3.92 ± 0.1, respectively. These experimental values of ionization energies for K(2) X (X=F, Br, and I) are presented for the first time. The ionization energy of K(2)Cl determined by thermal ionization corresponds to previous results obtained by photoionization mass spectrometry, and it agrees with the theoretical ionization energy calculated by the ab initio method. The presently obtained results support previous theoretical predictions that the excess electron in dipotassiummonohalide clusters is delocalized over two potassium atoms, which is characteristic for F-center clusters.

  11. On the Molecular Structure of GexSbxSe1-2x glasses

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    Gunasekera, K.; Boolchand, P.; Jackson, A.

    2010-03-01

    The GexSbxSe100-2x ternary is isovalent to the phase-change material, GexSbxTe100-2x , except the Selenides can be prepared as bulk alloy glasses while the Tellurides exist only as amorphous thin-films. Here we report on the Selenides synthesized over a wide composition range, 0 < x < 25%, and examined in modulated-DSC, Raman scattering and molar volume experiments. The enthalpy of relaxation at Tg shows the opening of a reversibility window or Intermediate Phase (IP) in the 13% < x < 18% range, or 2.40 < r < 2.54 mean coordination number range, where r = 2 + 3x. FT- Raman studies reveal frequency of the CS mode of GeSe4 tetrahedra to steadily blue-shift with increasing x as networks stiffen. New vibrational modes are observed near 150 cm-1 and near 220 cm-1 at x > 18.18%, the chemical threshold, and are thought to result from homopolar bonds. Ab-initio cluster calculations place pyramidal SbSe3 units and ethylene-like Sb2Se2 units to reveal Raman activity near 215 cm-1 and 228 cm-1 respectively. Evolution of glass structure with composition x will be discussed.

  12. SALT FOG TEST OF SAM2X5 COATED STAINLESS STEEL CYLINDER

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    Aprigliano, L F; Rebak, R B; Choi, J; Lian, T; Day, S D

    2007-04-23

    A salt fog test of an iron-based amorphous metal, SAM2X5, coated Type 316L stainless steel (SS316L) cylinder was made. The cylinder was 30-inch diameter by 88-inch long, and 3/8-inch thick. One end was welded shut with a SS316L end cap before coating. The body of the cylinder and the end cap were both coated. The cylinder was coated with SAM2X5 by the HVOF thermal spray process. The coating thickness was 0.015-inch to 0.019-inch thick. The cylinder was tested in a horizontal position. Also included in the test for reference purposes were five coupons (2-inch x 2-inch x 1/8-inch) of uncoated Type 1018 carbon steel (1018CS). The test used an abbreviated form of GM 9540P. Each cycle was 6 hours in duration and the cylinder and reference samples were exposed to a total of eight cycles. The cylinder was in relatively good condition after the test. Along the body of the cylinder only two pinpoint spot sized signs of rust were seen. The 1018CS reference specimens were extensively rusted.

  13. Role of purinergic P2X receptors in the control of liver homeostasis.

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    Fausther, Michel; Gonzales, Emmanuel; Dranoff, Jonathan A

    2012-05-01

    It is now accepted that extracellular ATP and other nucleotides are potent signaling molecules, akin to neurotransmitters, hormones and lipid mediators. In the liver, several clues support a significant role for extracellular ATP-induced signaling pathways in the control of tissue homeostasis. First, ATP and other nucleotides are physiologically detected in extracellular fluids within the liver, including sinusoidal blood and intraductular bile, in various mammalian species including human and rodents. Moreover, finely tuned mechanisms of ATP release by different liver cell types have been described, under physiological cellular changes. In addition, most hepatic cells constitutively express, at the membrane level, several ATP-metabolizing ectoenzymes and ATP-sensitive receptors that modulate and transduce these mediator signals respectively. Finally, hepatic cells also express numerous membrane transporters that actively contribute to purinergic salvage pathways. Once released in the extracellular medium, unmetabolised ATP molecules can bind to purinergic P2X and P2Y receptors, and subsequently trigger various intracellular signal transduction pathways collectively referred to as purinergic signaling. In the liver, purinergic signaling has been shown to regulate key basic cellular functions, such as glucose/lipid metabolism, protein synthesis and ionic secretion, and homeostatic processes, such as cell cycle, inflammatory response and immunity. Whilst the functional relevance of P2Y receptors in liver physiology has been well documented, limited information is available regarding the potential role of hepatic P2X receptors in the modulation of liver homeostasis.

  14. J-2X Gas Generator Development Testing at NASA Marshall Space Flight Center

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    Reynolds, D. C.; Hormonzian, Carlo

    2010-01-01

    NASA is developing a liquid oxygen/liquid hydrogen rocket engine for upper stage and trans-lunar applications of the Ares vehicles for the Constellation program. This engine, designated the J-2X, is a higher pressure, higher thrust variant of the Apollo-era J-2 engine. Development was contracted to Pratt & Whitney Rocketdyne in 2006. Over the past several years, two phases of testing have been completed on the development of the gas generator for the J-2X engine. The hardware has progressed through a variety of workhorse injector, chamber, and feed system configurations. Several of these configurations have resulted in combustion instability of the gas generator assembly. Development of the final configuration of workhorse hardware (which will ultimately be used to verify critical requirements on a component level) has required a balance between changes in the injector and chamber hardware in order to successfully mitigate the combustion instability without sacrificing other engine system requirements. This paper provides an overview of the two completed test series, performed at NASA s Marshall Space Flight Center. The requirements, facility setup, hardware configurations, and test series progression are detailed. Significant levels of analysis have been performed in order to provide design solutions to mitigate the combustion stability issues, and these are briefly covered. Also discussed are the results of analyses related to either anomalous readings or off-nominal testing throughout the two test series.

  15. Extracellular ATP enhances radiation-induced brain injury through microglial activation and paracrine signaling via P2X7 receptor.

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    Xu, Pengfei; Xu, Yongteng; Hu, Bin; Wang, Jue; Pan, Rui; Murugan, Madhuvika; Wu, Long-Jun; Tang, Yamei

    2015-11-01

    Activation of purinergic receptors by extracellular ATP (eATP) released from injured cells has been implicated in the pathogenesis of many neuronal disorders. The P2X7 receptor (P2X7R), an ion-selective purinergic receptor, is associated with microglial activation and paracrine signaling. However, whether ATP and P2X7R are involved in radiation-induced brain injury (RBI) remains to be determined. Here, we found that the eATP level was elevated in the cerebrospinal fluid (CSF) of RBI patients and was associated with the clinical severity of the disorder. In our experimental model, radiation treatment increased the level of eATP in the supernatant of primary cultures of neurons and glial cells and in the CSF of irradiated mice. In addition, ATP administration activated microglia, induced the release of the inflammatory mediators such as cyclooxygenase-2, tumor necrosis factor α and interleukin 6, and promoted neuronal apoptosis. Furthermore, blockade of ATP-P2X7R interaction using P2X7 antagonist Brilliant Blue G or P2X7 knockdown suppressed radiation-induced microglial activation and proliferation in the hippocampus, and restored the spatial memory of irradiated mice. Finally, we found that the PI3K/AKT and nuclear factor κB mediated pathways were downstream of ATP-P2X7R signaling in RBI. Taken together, our results unveiled the critical role of ATP-P2X7R in brain damage in RBI, suggesting that inhibition of ATP-P2X7R axis might be a potential strategy for the treatment of patients with RBI. PMID:26122280

  16. Regulation of the P2X7R by microRNA-216b in human breast cancer

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    Zheng, Luming; Zhang, Xukui; Yang, Feng; Zhu, Jian; Zhou, Peng; Yu, Fang; Hou, Lei; Xiao, Lei; He, Qingqing; Wang, Baocheng

    2014-09-12

    Highlights: • We suggest the expression level of miR-216b and P2X7R in breast cancer tissues and cell lines. • We demonstrated that miR-216b directly targets and inhibits P2X7R. • We suggested miR-216b can attenuate ATP/P2X7R signaling pathways and induced Bcl-2/caspase-3 pathway. - Abstract: Breast cancer is the most common cancer in women around the world. However, the molecular mechanisms underlying breast cancer pathogenesis are only partially understood. Here, in this study, we found that P2X7R was up-regulated and miR-216b was down-regulated in breast cancer cell lines and tissues. Using bioinformatic analysis and 3′UTR luciferase reporter assay, we determined P2X7R can be directly targeted by miR-216b, which can down-regulate endogenous P2X7R mRNA and protein levels. Ectopic expression of miR-216b mimics leads to inhibited cell growth and apoptosis, while blocking expression of the miR-216b results in increased cell proliferation. Furthermore, our findings demonstrate that knockdown of P2X7R promotes apoptosis in breast cancer cells through down-regulating Bcl-2 and increasing the cleavage caspase-3 protein level. Finally, we confirmed that down-regulation of miR-216b in breast cancer is inversely associated with P2X7R expression level. Together, these findings establish miR-216b as a novel regulator of P2X7R and a potential therapeutic target for breast cancer.

  17. Extracellular ATP enhances radiation-induced brain injury through microglial activation and paracrine signaling via P2X7 receptor.

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    Xu, Pengfei; Xu, Yongteng; Hu, Bin; Wang, Jue; Pan, Rui; Murugan, Madhuvika; Wu, Long-Jun; Tang, Yamei

    2015-11-01

    Activation of purinergic receptors by extracellular ATP (eATP) released from injured cells has been implicated in the pathogenesis of many neuronal disorders. The P2X7 receptor (P2X7R), an ion-selective purinergic receptor, is associated with microglial activation and paracrine signaling. However, whether ATP and P2X7R are involved in radiation-induced brain injury (RBI) remains to be determined. Here, we found that the eATP level was elevated in the cerebrospinal fluid (CSF) of RBI patients and was associated with the clinical severity of the disorder. In our experimental model, radiation treatment increased the level of eATP in the supernatant of primary cultures of neurons and glial cells and in the CSF of irradiated mice. In addition, ATP administration activated microglia, induced the release of the inflammatory mediators such as cyclooxygenase-2, tumor necrosis factor α and interleukin 6, and promoted neuronal apoptosis. Furthermore, blockade of ATP-P2X7R interaction using P2X7 antagonist Brilliant Blue G or P2X7 knockdown suppressed radiation-induced microglial activation and proliferation in the hippocampus, and restored the spatial memory of irradiated mice. Finally, we found that the PI3K/AKT and nuclear factor κB mediated pathways were downstream of ATP-P2X7R signaling in RBI. Taken together, our results unveiled the critical role of ATP-P2X7R in brain damage in RBI, suggesting that inhibition of ATP-P2X7R axis might be a potential strategy for the treatment of patients with RBI.

  18. Cell uptake, intracellular distribution, fate and reactive oxygen species generation of polymer brush engineered CeO2-x NPs

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    Qiu, Yuan; Rojas, Elena; Murray, Richard A.; Irigoyen, Joseba; Gregurec, Danijela; Castro-Hartmann, Pablo; Fledderman, Jana; Estrela-Lopis, Irina; Donath, Edwin; Moya, Sergio E.

    2015-04-01

    Cerium Oxide nanoparticles (CeO2-x NPs) are modified with polymer brushes of negatively charged poly (3-sulfopropylmethacrylate) (PSPM) and positively charged poly (2-(methacryloyloxy)ethyl-trimethylammonium chloride) (PMETAC) by Atom Transfer Radical Polymerisation (ATRP). CeO2-x NPs are fluorescently labelled by covalently attaching Alexa Fluor® 488/Fluorescein isothiocyanate to the NP surface prior to polymerisation. Cell uptake, intracellular distribution and the impact on the generation of intracellular Reactive Oxygen Species (ROS) with respect to CeO2-x NPs are studied by means of Raman Confocal Microscopy (CRM), Transmission Electron Microscopy (TEM) and Inductively Coupled Plasma Mass Spectroscopy (ICP-MS). PSPM and PMETAC coated CeO2-x NPs show slower and less uptake compared to uncoated Brush modified NPs display a higher degree of co-localisation with cell endosomes and lysosomes after 24 h of incubation. They also show higher co-localisation with lipid bodies when compared to unmodified CeO2-x NPs. The brush coating does not prevent CeO2-x NPs from displaying antioxidant properties.Cerium Oxide nanoparticles (CeO2-x NPs) are modified with polymer brushes of negatively charged poly (3-sulfopropylmethacrylate) (PSPM) and positively charged poly (2-(methacryloyloxy)ethyl-trimethylammonium chloride) (PMETAC) by Atom Transfer Radical Polymerisation (ATRP). CeO2-x NPs are fluorescently labelled by covalently attaching Alexa Fluor® 488/Fluorescein isothiocyanate to the NP surface prior to polymerisation. Cell uptake, intracellular distribution and the impact on the generation of intracellular Reactive Oxygen Species (ROS) with respect to CeO2-x NPs are studied by means of Raman Confocal Microscopy (CRM), Transmission Electron Microscopy (TEM) and Inductively Coupled Plasma Mass Spectroscopy (ICP-MS). PSPM and PMETAC coated CeO2-x NPs show slower and less uptake compared to uncoated Brush modified NPs display a higher degree of co-localisation with cell

  19. Nonmetallic behavior of out-of-plane conduction in La 2- xSr xCuO 4

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    Goko, T.; Nakamura, F.; Kikugawa, N.; Uno, Y.; Sakita, S.; Fujita, T.

    1997-08-01

    Pressure effect on the out-of-plane and in-plane resistivities has been investigated for single-crystalline La 2- xSr xCuO 4 with x = 0.145 and 0.25. The out-of-plane conduction for optimally-doped La 2- xSr xCuO 4 is explained in terms of a hopping process between the CuO 2 planes which have anomalous coherent conduction. For highly-doped La 2- xSr xCuO 4, the out-of-plane conduction is approaching a coherene metallic regime.

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

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

    2013-11-07

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

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

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

    2013-01-01

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

  2. Single crystalline Pr{sub 2-x}Y{sub x}O{sub 3} (x=0-2) dielectrics on Si with tailored electronic and crystallographic structure

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    Seifarth, O.; Schubert, M. A.; Giussani, A.; Schroeder, T.; Klenov, D. O.; Schmeisser, D.

    2010-11-15

    Crystalline oxides on Si with tailored electronic and crystallographic properties are of importance for the integration of functional oxides or alternative semiconductors to enable novel device concepts in Si microelectronics. We present an electronic band gap study of single crystalline Pr{sub 2-x}Y{sub x}O{sub 3} (0{<=}x{<=}2) heterostructures on Si(111). The perfect solubility of the isomorphic bixbyites Pr{sub 2}O{sub 3} and Y{sub 2}O{sub 3} during molecular beam epitaxy thin film growth on Si enables a linear band gap tuning. Special focus is devoted to the determination of the electronic band offsets across the dielectric/Si interface. In addition, the composition x allows to control the crystallographic lattice parameter where, for example, Pr{sub 0.8}Y{sub 1.2}O{sub 3} enables the growth of fully lattice matched oxide heterostructures on Si.

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

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

    2015-11-21

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

  4. LOADING DEVICE

    DOEpatents

    Ohlinger, L.A.

    1958-10-01

    A device is presented for loading or charging bodies of fissionable material into a reactor. This device consists of a car, mounted on tracks, into which the fissionable materials may be placed at a remote area, transported to the reactor, and inserted without danger to the operating personnel. The car has mounted on it a heavily shielded magazine for holding a number of the radioactive bodies. The magazine is of a U-shaped configuration and is inclined to the horizontal plane, with a cap covering the elevated open end, and a remotely operated plunger at the lower, closed end. After the fissionable bodies are loaded in the magazine and transported to the reactor, the plunger inserts the body at the lower end of the magazine into the reactor, then is withdrawn, thereby allowing gravity to roll the remaining bodies into position for successive loading in a similar manner.

  5. Laser device

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    Scott, Jill R.; Tremblay, Paul L.

    2008-08-19

    A laser device includes a virtual source configured to aim laser energy that originates from a true source. The virtual source has a vertical rotational axis during vertical motion of the virtual source and the vertical axis passes through an exit point from which the laser energy emanates independent of virtual source position. The emanating laser energy is collinear with an orientation line. The laser device includes a virtual source manipulation mechanism that positions the virtual source. The manipulation mechanism has a center of lateral pivot approximately coincident with a lateral index and a center of vertical pivot approximately coincident with a vertical index. The vertical index and lateral index intersect at an index origin. The virtual source and manipulation mechanism auto align the orientation line through the index origin during virtual source motion.

  6. [Devic disease].

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    Papeix, Caroline

    2006-11-01

    Devic disease, also known as neuromyelitis optica, is a severe rare condition characterized clinically by one or more episodes of optical neuritis and myelitis. Pathologically, it is characterized by extensive demyelination associated with axon loss and deposits of complement and immunoglobulins (IgM) within the lesions. Specific antibodies for this disease (IgG NMO) were recently identified. Immunosuppressive treatment is currently the best option for preventing relapse. PMID:17086129

  7. The J-2X Upper Stage Engine: From Heritage to Hardware

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    Byrd, THomas

    2008-01-01

    NASA's Global Exploration Strategy requires safe, reliable, robust, efficient transportation to support sustainable operations from Earth to orbit and into the far reaches of the solar system. NASA selected the Ares I crew launch vehicle and the Ares V cargo launch vehicle to provide that transportation. Guiding principles in creating the architecture represented by the Ares vehicles were the maximum use of heritage hardware and legacy knowledge, particularly Space Shuttle assets, and commonality between the Ares vehicles where possible to streamline the hardware development approach and reduce programmatic, technical, and budget risks. The J-2X exemplifies those goals. It was selected by the Exploration Systems Architecture Study (ESAS) as the upper stage propulsion for the Ares I Upper Stage and the Ares V Earth Departure Stage (EDS). The J-2X is an evolved version ofthe historic J-2 engine that successfully powered the second stage of the Saturn I launch vehicle and the second and third stages of the Saturn V launch vehicle. The Constellation architecture, however, requires performance greater than its predecessor. The new architecture calls for larger payloads delivered to the Moon and demands greater loss of mission reliability and numerous other requirements associated with human rating that were not applied to the original J-2. As a result, the J-2X must operate at much higher temperatures, pressures, and flow rates than the heritage J-2, making it one of the highest performing gas generator cycle engines ever built, approaching the efficiency of more complex stage combustion engines. Development is focused on early risk mitigation, component and subassembly test, and engine system test. The development plans include testing engine components, including the subscale injector, main igniter, powerpack assembly (turbopumps, gas generator and associated ducting and structural mounts), full-scale gas generator, valves, and control software with hardware

  8. Regulation of the P2X7 receptor permeability to large molecules by extracellular Cl- and Na+.

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    Li, Qin; Luo, Xiang; Muallem, Shmuel

    2005-07-22

    Upon continuous stimulation, the pore of the monovalent cation-selective P2X7 receptor (P2X7R) expands to accommodate large molecules such as N-methyl-D-glucamine (NMDG+). How the change in P2X7R permeability is regulated is not known. Here we report that extracellular Cl- (Cl-(o)) regulates the outward current, whereas extracellular Na+ (Na+(o)) regulates the inward current of large molecules by P2X7Rs. The P2X7R-mediated current was measured in parotid acinar and duct cells of wild type and P2X7R-/- mice and in HEK293 cells expressing the human or mouse P2X7R isoforms. In symmetrical NaCl, triethylammonium chloride, and NMDG+ chloride solutions, the P2X7R current followed a linear current/voltage relationship. In symmetrical NaCl, removal of Cl-(o) reduced the inward Na+ current by approximately 35% and the outward Na+ current by only 10%. By contrast, in the absence of Na+(i) and the presence of Na+(o) or NMDG+(o), the removal of Cl-(o) reduced the inward Na+ or NMDG+ currents by 35% but the outward NMDG+ current by >95%. The effect of Cl-(o) was half-maximal at approximately 60 mm. Reducing Cl-(i) from 150 to 10 mm did not reproduce the effects of Cl-(o). All currents were eliminated in P2X7R-/- cells and reproduced by expressing the P2X7Rs in HEK cells. These findings suggest that Cl-(o) primarily regulates the outward P2X7R current of large molecules. When cells dialyzed with NMDG+ were stimulated in the presence of Na+(o), subsequent removal of Na+(o) resulted in a strongly outward rectifying NMDG+ current, indicating maintained high selectivity for Na+ over NMDG+. During continuous incubation in Na+-free medium, the permeability of the P2X7Rs to NMDG+ gradually increased. On the other hand, when the cells were incubated in symmetrical NMDG+ and only then stimulated with ATP, the NMDG+ current by P2X7Rs followed a linear current/voltage relationship and did not change with time. These findings suggest that the P2X7R has a "Na+(o) memory" and that Na

  9. Protein kinase A regulation of P2X(4) receptors: requirement for a specific motif in the C-terminus.

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    Brown, David A; Yule, David I

    2010-02-01

    The P2X purinergic receptor sub-family of ligand-gated ion channels are subject to protein kinase modulation. We have previously demonstrated that P2X(4)R signaling can be positively regulated by increasing intracellular cAMP levels. The molecular mechanism underlying this effect was, however, unknown. The present study initially addressed whether protein kinase A (PKA) activation was required. Subsequently a mutational approach was utilized to determine which region of the receptor was required for this potentiation. In both DT-40 3KO and HEK-293 cells transiently expressing P2X(4)R, forskolin treatment enhanced ATP-mediated signaling. Specific PKA inhibitors prevented the forskolin-induced enhancement of ATP-mediated inward currents in P2X(4)R expressing HEK-293 cells. To define which region of the P2X(4)R was required for the potentiation, mutations were generated in the cytoplasmic C-terminal tail. It was determined that a limited region of the C-terminus, consisting of a non-canonical tyrosine based sorting motif, was required for the effects of PKA. Of note, this region does not harbor any recognizable PKA phosphorylation motifs, and no direct phosphorylation of P2X(4)R was detected, suggesting that PKA phosphorylation of an accessory protein interacts with the endocytosis motif in the C-terminus of the P2X(4)R. In support of this notion, using Total Internal Reflection Fluorescence Microscopy (TIRF)\\ P2X(4)-EGFP was shown to accumulate at/near the plasma membrane following forskolin treatment. In addition, disrupting the endocytosis machinery using a dominant-negative dynamin construct also prevented the PKA-mediated enhancement of ATP-stimulated Ca(2+) signals. Our results are consistent with a novel mechanism of P2XR regulation, whereby PKA activity, without directly phosphorylating P2X(4)R, markedly enhances ATP-stimulated P2X(4)R currents and hence cytosolic Ca(2+) signals. This may occur at least in part, by altering the trafficking of a population of

  10. Oxaliplatin evokes P2X7-dependent glutamate release in the cerebral cortex: A pain mechanism mediated by Pannexin 1.

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    Di Cesare Mannelli, Lorenzo; Marcoli, Manuela; Micheli, Laura; Zanardelli, Matteo; Maura, Guido; Ghelardini, Carla; Cervetto, Chiara

    2015-10-01

    Anticancer therapy based on the repeated administration of oxaliplatin is limited by the development of a neuropathic syndrome difficult to treat. Oxaliplatin neurotoxicity is based on complex nervous mechanisms, the comprehension of the role of single neurotransmitters and the knowledge of the signal flow among cells is matter of importance to improve therapeutic chances. In a rat model of oxaliplatin-induced neuropathy, we report increased P2X7-evoked glutamate release from cerebrocortical synaptosomes. The release was abolished by the P2X7 receptor (P2X7R) antagonists Brilliant-Blue-G (BBG) and A-438079, and significantly reduced by Carbenoxolone and the Pannexin 1 (Panx1) selective inhibitors Erioglaucine and (10)Panx suggesting the recruitment of Panx1. Aimed to evaluate the significance of P2X7R-Panx1 system activation in pain generated by oxaliplatin, pharmacological modulators were spinally infused by intrathecal catheter in oxaliplatin-treated animals. BBG, Erioglaucine and (10)Panx reverted oxaliplatin-dependent pain. Finally, the influence of the P2X7R-Panx1 system blockade on oxaliplatin anticancer activity was evaluated on the human colon cancer cell line HT-29. Prevention of HT-29 apoptosis and mortality was dependent by kind and concentration of P2X7R antagonists. On the contrary, the inhibition of Panx1 did not alter oxaliplatin lethality in tumor cells. It is concluded that glutamate release dependent on P2X7R is increased in cerebrocortical nerve terminals from oxaliplatin-treated rats; the increase is mediated by functional recruitment of Panx1; P2X7R antagonists and Panx1 inhibitors revert oxaliplatin-induced neuropathic pain; Panx1 inhibitors do not alter the oxaliplatin-induced mortality of cancer cells HT-29. The inhibition of Panx1 channel is suggested as a new and safe pharmacological target.

  11. Dirty Superconductivity in the Electron-Doped Cuprate Pr2-xCexCuO4-δ: Tunneling Study

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    Dagan, Y.; Beck, R.; Greene, R. L.

    2007-10-01

    We report a tunneling study between Pr2-xCexCuO4-δ and lead as a function of doping, temperature, and magnetic field. The temperature dependence of the gap follows the BCS prediction. Our data fit a nonmonotonic d-wave order parameter for the whole doping range studied. From our data we are able to conclude that the electron-doped cuprate Pr2-xCexCuO4-δ is a weak-coupling BCS dirty superconductor.

  12. Differential expression of the P2X7 receptor in ovarian surface epithelium during the oestrous cycle in the mouse.

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    Vázquez-Cuevas, F G; Cruz-Rico, A; Garay, E; García-Carrancá, A; Pérez-Montiel, D; Juárez, B; Arellano, R O

    2013-01-01

    Purinergic signalling has been proposed as an intraovarian regulatory mechanism. Of the receptors responsible for purinergic transmission, the P2X7 receptor is an ATP-gated cationic channel that displays a broad spectrum of cellular functions ranging from apoptosis to cell proliferation and tumourigenesis. In the present study, we investigated the functional expression of P2X7 receptors in ovarian surface epithelium (OSE). P2X7 protein was detected in the OSE layer of the mouse, both in situ and in primary cultures. In cultures, 2'(3')-O-(4-Benzoylbenzoyl)adenosine-5'-triphosphate (BzATP) activation of P2X7 receptors increased [Ca(2+)]i and induced apoptosis. The functionality of the P2X7 receptor was investigated in situ by intrabursal injection of BzATP on each day of the oestrous cycle and evaluation of apoptosis 24h using the terminal deoxyribonucleotidyl transferase-mediated dUTP-fluorescein nick end-labelling (TUNEL) assay. Maximum effects of BzATP were observed during pro-oestrus, with the effects being blocked by A438079, a specific P2X7 receptor antagonist. Immunofluorescence staining for P2X7 protein revealed more robust expression during pro-oestrus and in OSE regions behind the antral follicles, strongly supporting the notion that the differences in apoptosis can be explained by increased receptor expression, which is regulated during the oestrous cycle. Finally, P2X7 receptor expression was detected in the OSE layer of human ovaries, with receptor expression maintained in human ovaries diagnosed with cancer, as well as in the human ovarian carcinoma SKOV3 cell line.

  13. Plasmonic Cu(2-x)S nanocrystals: optical and structural properties of copper-deficient copper(I) sulfides.

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    Zhao, Yixin; Pan, Hongcheng; Lou, Yongbing; Qiu, Xiaofeng; Zhu, JunJie; Burda, Clemens

    2009-04-01

    Cu(2-x)S (x = 1, 0.2, 0.03) nanocrystals were synthesized with three different chemical methods: sonoelectrochemical, hydrothermal, and solventless thermolysis methods in order to compare their common optical and structural properties. The compositions of the Cu(2-x)S nanocrystals were varied from CuS (covellite) to Cu(1.97)S (djurleite) through adjusting the reduction potential in the sonoelectrochemical method, adjusting the pH value in the hydrothermal method and by choosing different precursor pretreatments in the solventless thermolysis approach, respectively. The crystallinity and morphology of the products were characterized by X-ray diffraction (XRD) and transmission electron microscopy (TEM), which shows that most of them might be of pure stoichiometries but some of them are mixtures. The obtained XRDs were studied in comparison to the XRD patterns of previously reported Cu(2-x)S. We found consistently that under ambient conditions the copper deficient Cu(1.97)S (djurleite) is more stable than Cu(2)S (chalcocite). Corroborated by recent computational studies by Lambrecht et al. and experimental work by Alivisatos et al. This may be the reason behind the traditionally known instability of the bulk Cu(2)S/CdS interface. Both Cu(2)S and the copper-deficient Cu(1.97)S have very similar but distinguishable electronic and crystal structure. The optical properties of these Cu(2-x)S NCs were characterized by UV-vis spectroscopy and NIR. All presented Cu(2-x)S NCs show a blue shift in the band gap absorption compared to bulk Cu(2-x)S. Moreover the spectra of these Cu(2-x)S NCs indicate direct band gap character based on their oscillator strengths, different from previously reported experimental results. The NIR spectra of these Cu(2-x)S NCs show a carrier concentration dependent plasmonic absorption. PMID:19267472

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

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

    2015-11-01

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

  15. Credit WCT. Original 2"' x 21A" color negative is housed ...

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    Credit WCT. Original 2-"' x 2-1A" color negative is housed in the JPL Photography Laboratory, Pasadena, California. This view shows the remote charge trimmer, a vertical lathe for turning propellant castings ("grain") in the front room of this structure. Ron Wright is shown in charge of the procedure; the hoist operator is unidentified. Grain for a BATES (Ballistic And Test Evaluation System) motor is being lowered into the lathe with a hoist and specially designed BATES fitting. The spout and waste barrel, in the foreground, collects waste trimmings for disposal (JPL negative no. JPL10286BC, 27 January 1989) - Jet Propulsion Laboratory Edwards Facility, Preparation Building, Edwards Air Force Base, Boron, Kern County, CA

  16. Finite mass enhancement across bandwidth controlled Mott transition in NiS2-xSex

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    Han, Garam; Kyung, W. S.; Kim, Y. K.; Cheng, C. M.; Tsuei, K. D.; Lee, K. D.; Hur, N.; Kim, H.-D.; Kim, C.

    One of the most important and still debated issues in the strongly correlated electron systems is on the metal insulator transition (MIT) mechanism. In the bandwidth controlled Mott transition (BCMT) scenario, which Mott originally proposed, MIT occurs through a mass divergence in which the effective mass of the quasi-particle (QP) diverges approaching the MIT. The interpretation is supported by dynamic mean field theory (DMFT) model calculations. However, few direct observations have been made yet due to various experimental restrictions. In this talk, I present systematic angle resolved photoemission studies on the MIT in NiS2-xSex, which is a well-known BCMT material. We observed not only the bandwidth shrinkage but also the coherent quasi-particle peak (QP) which is not of the surface origin. In addition, we experimentally showed the mass of the QP remains finite approaching the MIT. This work was supported by IBS-R009-D1.

  17. The impact of a 2 X CO2 climate on lightning-caused fires

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    Price, Colin; Rind, David

    1994-01-01

    Future climate change could have significant repercussions for lightning-caused wildfires. Two empirical fire models are presented relating the frequency of lightning fires and the area burned by these fires to the effective precipitation and the frequency of thunderstorm activity. One model deals with the seasonal variations in lightning fires, while the second model deals with the interannual variations of lightning fires. These fire models are then used with the Goddard Institute for Space Studies General Circulation Model to investigate possible changes in fire frequency and area burned in a 2 X CO2 climate. In the United States, the annual mean number of lightning fires increases by 44%, while the area burned increases by 78%. On a global scale, the largest increase in lightning fires can be expected in untouched tropical ecosystems where few natural fires occur today.

  18. First principles studies of the electronic and magnetic structures of [Fe(pz)2]x complex

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    Kabalan, L.; Matar, S. F.

    2009-05-01

    Polybis(pyrazolato)iron(II), [Fe(pz)2]x is characterized by doubly bridged iron with pyrazolate ligands. An original DFT study at both the molecular and extended solid levels is carried out for this complex system with the purpose of identifying the magnetic interactions and chemical bonding characteristics. From molecular calculations, the exchange parameter J is obtained, pointing to the expected weakly antiferromagnetic ground state. The IR and Raman spectra have been calculated with relevant assignments, namely for the stretching modes. Computations for the extended solid in different magnetic configurations point to the total moment of 4μB·fu, identifying Fe as divalent in high spin configuration, in accordance with a weak tetrahedral crystal field. From relative energies the ground state is antiferromagnetic. Analyses of the chemical bonding (COOP) and of electron localization function (ELF) illustrate the interactions between Fe and the cycle as well as within the pz cycle.

  19. Enhanced Surface Superconductivity in Single Crystal La2-xBaxCuO4

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    Martin, Ivar; Tee, Xian Yang; Ito, Toshimitsu; Ushiyama, Tomoharu; Tomioka, Yasuhide; Panagopoulos, Christos

    Surfaces of materials often possess properties which are distinctly different from their bulk. The atomic structure can develop intricate new patterns due to surface reconstruction and the electronic properties can be very distinct, as most dramatically manifested in topological insulators. However, more subtle collective phenomena such as superconductivity are not as strongly affected by the presence of surfaces. Here, we report an unprecedented finding of enhanced superconductivity at the ab-plane surface of high-Tc cuprate La2-xBaxCuO4. Spatially-resolved electrical and thermoelectric transport measurements detect a superconducting surface below the transition temperature Tcs which is considerably higher than the bulk Tc. The effect is pronounced in the region of charge carrier doping (x) with strong spin-charge stripe correlations. Notably, for x = 0 . 12 , Tcs reaches 36 K, exceeding even the highest reported bulk Tc in this material for any doping. Possible interpretations for the novel effect are discussed.

  20. Apparent critical phenomena in the superionic phase transition of Cu2-xSe

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    Kang, Stephen Dongmin; Danilkin, Sergey A.; Aydemir, Umut; Avdeev, Maxim; Studer, Andrew; Snyder, G. Jeffrey

    2016-01-11

    The superionic phase transition ofmore » $${\\mathrm{Cu}}_{2-x}\\mathrm{Se}$$ accompanies drastic changes in transport properties. The Seebeck coefficient increases sharply while the electrical conductivity and thermal diffusivity drops. Such behavior has previously been attributed to critical phenomena under the assumption of a continuous phase transition. However, applying Landau's criteria suggests that the transition should be first order. Using the phase diagram that is consistent with a first order transition, we show that the observed transport properties and heat capacity curves can be accounted for and modeled with good agreement. The apparent critical phenomena is shown to be a result of compositional degree-of-freedom. In conclusion, understanding of the phase transition allows to explain the enhancement in the thermoelectric figure-of-merit that is accompanied with the transition.« less

  1. Crystal growth and anisotropic resistivity of Bi2Sr2-xLaxCuOy

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    Wang, N. L.; Buschinger, B.; Geibel, C.; Steglich, F.

    1996-09-01

    A number of Bi2Sr2-xLaxCuOy crystals with different doping levels in the phase diagram have been grown and characterized by x-ray-diffraction measurements. The anisotropic resistivity was measured using a generalization of the Montgomery method and was found to change in a systematic way. Our analysis indicates that for all the samples the in-plane transport is on the metallic side of the Ioffe-Regel criterion, but the out-of-plane transport is deeply on the insulating side of the Mott limit. The temperature dependence of c-axis resistivity ρc(T) can be well understood from the incoherent hopping model proposed by Levin and co-workers. The evolution of ρc(T) with reduction in doping level is related to the reducing of both the impurity- and boson-assisted hopping processes.

  2. Nature of conduction in disordered Nd2-xCexCuO4- δ films

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    Woods, S. I.; Katz, A. S.; Applebaum, S. I.; de Andrade, M. C.; Maple, M. B.; Dynes, R. C.

    2002-07-01

    We have used resistivity and Hall measurements on ion-irradiated thin films of the cuprate superconductor Nd2-xCexCuO4-δ (NCCO) to explore the full range of transport behavior as a function of disorder in this material from superconductivity to variable-range-hopping (VRH) conduction. The cotangent of the Hall angle (cot ΘH) in lightly irradiated samples exhibited a temperature dependence related to that of resistivity, providing support for a recent theory of Varma and Abrahams. The most highly irradiated samples exhibited ρ(T)~exp[(To/T)0.5] at low temperatures, evidence of VRH in the presence of a Coulomb gap. The change of the Hall number with disorder and temperature is analyzed in the framework of possible two-carrier conduction in NCCO.

  3. P2X and P2Y receptor signaling in red blood cells

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    Sluyter, Ronald

    2015-01-01

    Purinergic signaling involves the activation of cell surface P1 and P2 receptors by extracellular nucleosides and nucleotides such as adenosine and adenosine triphosphate (ATP), respectively. P2 receptors comprise P2X and P2Y receptors, and have well-established roles in leukocyte and platelet biology. Emerging evidence indicates important roles for these receptors in red blood cells. P2 receptor activation stimulates a number of signaling pathways in progenitor red blood cells resulting in microparticle release, reactive oxygen species formation, and apoptosis. Likewise, activation of P2 receptors in mature red blood cells stimulates signaling pathways mediating volume regulation, eicosanoid release, phosphatidylserine exposure, hemolysis, impaired ATP release, and susceptibility or resistance to infection. This review summarizes the distribution of P2 receptors in red blood cells, and outlines the functions of P2 receptor signaling in these cells and its implications in red blood cell biology. PMID:26579528

  4. Hole superconductivity in the electron-doped superconductor Pr2-xCexCuO4

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    Dagan, Y.; Greene, R. L.

    2007-07-01

    We measure the resistivity and Hall angle of the electron-doped superconductor Pr2-xCexCuO4 as a function of doping and temperature. The resistivity ρxx at temperatures 100K

  5. Physical properties of CeGe2-x (x=0.24) single crystals.

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    Bud'ko, Sergey L; Hodovanets, Halyna; Panchula, Alex; Prozorov, Ruslan; Canfield, Paul C

    2014-04-01

    We present data on the anisotropic magnetic properties, heat capacity and transport properties of CeGe2-x (x=0.24) single crystals. The electronic coefficient of the heat capacity, γ∼110 mJ mol(-1) K(-2), is enhanced; three magnetic transitions, with critical temperatures of ≈7, ≈5 and ≈4 K are observed in thermodynamic and transport measurements. The ground state has a small ferromagnetic component along the c-axis. Small applied field, below 10 kOe, is enough to bring the material to an apparent saturated paramagnetic state (with no further metamagnetic transitions up to 55 kOe) with a reduced, below 1.2 μB, saturated moment. PMID:24650996

  6. Raman spectra of the mixed crystals RuSxSe2- x

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    Lin, H. C.; Lee, M. C.; Lin, S. S.; Huang, Y. S.

    1992-06-01

    The Raman spectra of the mixed RuS xSe 2- x crystal systems have been measured for the first time. As the composition parameter x becomes 1.8 and 0.6, both the E g and the A g modes of pure crystals merge into the RuS 2-like and the RuSe 2-like modes, respectively, in the mixed pyrite. The broadenings and shifts are significant for x range between 0.6 and 1.8. These unique features are different from the sol called "one-mode" and "two-mode" behaviours of some II-VI, III-V compound alloys. Our results are interpreted in terms of the spatial correlation model.

  7. Effects of charge inhomogeneities on elementary excitations in La2-xSrxCuO₄

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    Park, S. R.; Hamann, A.; Pintschovius, L.; Lamago, D.; Khaliullin, G.; Fujita, M.; Yamada, K.; Gu, G. D.; Tranquada, J. M.; Reznik, D.

    2011-12-12

    Purely local experimental probes of many copper oxide superconductors show that their electronic states are inhomogeneous in real space. For example, scanning tunneling spectroscopic imaging shows strong variations in real space, and according to nuclear quadrupole resonance (NQR) studies, the charge distribution in the bulk varies on the nanoscale. However, the analysis of the experimental results utilizing spatially averaged probes often ignores this fact. We have performed a detailed investigation of the doping dependence of the energy and linewidth of the zone-boundary Cu-O bond-stretching vibration in La2-xSrxCuO₄ by inelastic neutron scattering. Both our results as well as previously reported angle-dependentmore » momentum widths of the electronic spectral function detected by angle-resolved photoemission can be reproduced by including the same distribution of local environments extracted from the NQR analysis.« less

  8. Turbine Design and Analysis for the J-2X Engine Turbopumps

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    Marcu, Bogdan; Tran, Ken; Dorney, Daniel J.; Schmauch, Preston

    2008-01-01

    Pratt and Whitney Rocketdyne and NASA Marshall Space Flight Center are developing the advanced upper stage J-2X engine based on the legacy design of the J-2/J-2S family of engines which powered the Apollo missions. The cryogenic propellant turbopumps have been denoted as Mark72-F and Mark72-0 for the fuel and oxidizer side, respectively. Special attention is focused on preserving the essential flight-proven design features while adapting the design to the new turbopump configuration. Advanced 3-D CFD analysis has been employed to verify turbine aero performance at current flow regime boundary conditions and to mitigate risks associated with stresses. A limited amount of redesign and overall configuration modifications allow for a robust design with performance level matching or exceeding requirement.

  9. Molecular Structure of Ge_xP_xS_1-2x Bulk Alloy Glasses

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    Vempati, U.; Boolchand, P.

    2004-03-01

    Rather complete Raman and MDSC results on the reversibility window and aging effects are now available on ternary Ge_xP_xSe_1-2x glasses. It is therefore of interest to understand in what manner replacing Se by S alters the reversibility window. We have synthesized titled glasses over the 0 < x < 0.24 range, and have examined them in Raman scattering and MDSC measurements. Unlike the case of Selenide glasses, in S-rich glasses S8 crowns segregate from the backbone altering the constraint counting. But as in the Se-deficient (x > 2/11) glasses, the S-deficient glasses are also found to partially nanoscale phase separate into P_4(S or Se)3 monomers. The reversibility window in the two chalcogenides will be compared and contrasted. *Supported by NSF grant DMR 01-01808

  10. Nondestructive Evaluation of the J-2X Direct Metal Laser Sintered Gas Generator Discharge Duct

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    Esther, Elizabeth A.; Beshears, Ronald D.; Lash, Rhonda K.

    2012-01-01

    The J-2X program at NASA's Marshall Space Flight Center (MSFC) procured a direct metal laser sintered (DMLS) gas generator discharge duct from Pratt & Whitney Rocketdyne and Morris Technologies for a test program that would evaluate the material properties and durability of the duct in an engine-like environment. DMLS technology was pursued as a manufacturing alternative to traditional techniques, which used off nominal practices to manufacture the gas generator duct's 180 degree turn geometry. MSFC's Nondestructive Evaluation (NDE) Team performed radiographic, ultrasonic, computed tomographic, and fluorescent penetrant examinations of the duct. Results from the NDE examinations reveal some shallow porosity but no major defects in the as-manufactured material. NDE examinations were also performed after hot-fire testing the gas generator duct and yielded similar results pre and post-test and showed no flaw growth or development.

  11. Spin-state crossover in multiferroic Ca3Co2-xMnxO6

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    Flint, R.; Yi, H.-T.; Chandra, P.; Cheong, S.-W.; Kiryukhin, V.

    2010-03-01

    Ca3Co2-xMnxO6 (x˜0.96) is a multiferroic with spin-chains of alternating Co2+ and Mn4+ ions. The spin state of Co2+ remains unresolved due to a discrepancy between high-temperature x-ray absorption (S=(3)/(2)) and low-temperature neutron (S=(1)/(2)) measurements. Using a combination of magnetic modeling and crystal-field analysis, we show that the existing low temperature data cannot be reconciled within a high spin scenario by invoking spin-orbit or Jahn-Teller distortions. To unify the experimental results, we propose a spin-state crossover with specific experimental predictions.

  12. The impact of a 2 x CO{sub 2} climate on lightning-caused fires

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    Price, C.; Rind, D.

    1994-10-01

    Future climate change could have significant repercussions for lightning-caused wildfires. Two empirical fire models are presented relating the frequency of lightning fires and the area burned by these fires to the effective precipitation and the frequency of thunderstorm activity. One model deals with the seasonal variations in lightning fires, while the second model deals with the interannual variations of lightning fires. These fire models are then used with the Goddard Institute for Space Studies General Circulation Model to investigate possible changes in fire frequency and area burned in a 2 x CO{sub 2} climate. In the United States, the annual mean number of lightning fires increases by 44%, while the area burned increases by 78%. On a global scale, the largest increase in lightning fires can be expected in untouched tropical ecosystems where few natural fires occur today. 44 refs., 8 figs., 3 tabs.

  13. Using Decision Trees to Detect and Isolate Simulated Leaks in the J-2X Rocket Engine

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    Schwabacher, Mark A.; Aguilar, Robert; Figueroa, Fernando F.

    2009-01-01

    The goal of this work was to use data-driven methods to automatically detect and isolate faults in the J-2X rocket engine. It was decided to use decision trees, since they tend to be easier to interpret than other data-driven methods. The decision tree algorithm automatically "learns" a decision tree by performing a search through the space of possible decision trees to find one that fits the training data. The particular decision tree algorithm used is known as C4.5. Simulated J-2X data from a high-fidelity simulator developed at Pratt & Whitney Rocketdyne and known as the Detailed Real-Time Model (DRTM) was used to "train" and test the decision tree. Fifty-six DRTM simulations were performed for this purpose, with different leak sizes, different leak locations, and different times of leak onset. To make the simulations as realistic as possible, they included simulated sensor noise, and included a gradual degradation in both fuel and oxidizer turbine efficiency. A decision tree was trained using 11 of these simulations, and tested using the remaining 45 simulations. In the training phase, the C4.5 algorithm was provided with labeled examples of data from nominal operation and data including leaks in each leak location. From the data, it "learned" a decision tree that can classify unseen data as having no leak or having a leak in one of the five leak locations. In the test phase, the decision tree produced very low false alarm rates and low missed detection rates on the unseen data. It had very good fault isolation rates for three of the five simulated leak locations, but it tended to confuse the remaining two locations, perhaps because a large leak at one of these two locations can look very similar to a small leak at the other location.

  14. Ground States of Random Spanning Trees on a D-Wave 2X

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    Hall, J. S.; Hobl, L.; Novotny, M. A.; Michielsen, Kristel

    The performances of two D-Wave 2 machines (476 and 496 qubits) and of a 1097-qubit D-Wave 2X were investigated. Each chip has a Chimera interaction graph calG . Problem input consists of values for the fields hj and for the two-qubit interactions Ji , j of an Ising spin-glass problem formulated on calG . Output is returned in terms of a spin configuration {sj } , with sj = +/- 1 . We generated random spanning trees (RSTs) uniformly distributed over all spanning trees of calG . On the 476-qubit D-Wave 2, RSTs were generated on the full chip with Ji , j = - 1 and hj = 0 and solved one thousand times. The distribution of solution energies and the average magnetization of each qubit were determined. On both the 476- and 1097-qubit machines, four identical spanning trees were generated on each quadrant of the chip. The statistical independence of these regions was investigated. In another study, on the D-Wave 2X, one hundred RSTs with random Ji , j ∈ { - 1 , 1 } and hj = 0 were generated on the full chip. Each RST problem was solved one hundred times and the number of times the ground state energy was found was recorded. This procedure was repeated for square subgraphs, with dimensions ranging from 7 ×7 to 11 ×11. Supported in part by NSF Grants DGE-0947419 and DMR-1206233. D-Wave time provided by D-Wave Systems and by the USRA Quantum Artificial Intelligence Laboratory Research Opportunity.

  15. The J-2X Upper Stage Engine: From Design to Hardware

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    Byrd, Thomas

    2010-01-01

    NASA is well on its way toward developing a new generation of launch vehicles to support of national space policy to retire the Space Shuttle fleet, complete the International Space Station, and return to the Moon as the first step in resuming this nation s exploration of deep space. The Constellation Program is developing the launch vehicles, spacecraft, surface systems, and ground systems to support those plans. Two launch vehicles will support those ambitious plans the Ares I and Ares V. (Figure 1) The J-2X Upper Stage Engine is a critical element of both of these new launchers. This paper will provide an overview of the J-2X design background, progress to date in design, testing, and manufacturing. The Ares I crew launch vehicle will lift the Orion crew exploration vehicle and up to four astronauts into low Earth orbit (LEO) to rendezvous with the space station or the first leg of mission to the Moon. The Ares V cargo launch vehicle is designed to lift a lunar lander into Earth orbit where it will be docked with the Orion spacecraft, and provide the thrust for the trans-lunar journey. While these vehicles bear some visual resemblance to the 1960s-era Saturn vehicles that carried astronauts to the Moon, the Ares vehicles are designed to carry more crew and more cargo to more places to carry out more ambitious tasks than the vehicles they succeed. The government/industry team designing the Ares rockets is mining a rich history of technology and expertise from the Shuttle, Saturn and other programs and seeking commonality where feasible between the Ares crew and cargo rockets as a way to minimize risk, shorten development times, and live within the budget constraints of its original guidance.

  16. Pressure induced magneto-structural phase transitions in layered RMn2X2 compounds (invited)

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    Kennedy, Shane; Wang, Jianli; Campbell, Stewart; Hofmann, Michael; Dou, Shixue

    2014-05-01

    We have studied a range of pseudo-ternaries derived from the parent compound PrMn2Ge2, substituting for each constituent element with a smaller one to contract the lattice. This enables us to observe the magneto-elastic transitions that occur as the Mn-Mn nearest neighbour distance is reduced and to assess the role of Pr on the magnetism. Here, we report on the PrMn2Ge2-xSix, Pr1-xYxMn2Ge2, and PrMn2-xFexGe2 systems. The pressure produced by chemical substitution in these pseudo-ternaries is inherently non-uniform, with local pressure variations dependent on the local atomic distribution. We find that concentrated chemical substitution on the R or X site (e.g., in Pr0.5Y0.5Mn2Ge2 and PrMn2Ge0.8Si1.2) can produce a separation into two distinct magnetic phases, canted ferromagnetic and canted antiferromagnetic, with a commensurate phase gap in the crystalline lattice. This phase gap is a consequence of the combination of phase separation and spontaneous magnetostriction, which is positive on transition to the canted ferromagnetic phase and negative on transition to the canted antiferromagnetic phase. Our results show that co-existence of canted ferromagnetic and antiferromagnetic phases depends on chemical pressure from the rare earth and metalloid sites, on local lattice strain distributions and on applied magnetic field. We demonstrate that the effects of chemical pressure bear close resemblance to those of mechanical pressure on the parent compound.

  17. Analyses of Longitudinal Mode Combustion Instability in J-2X Gas Generator Development

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    Hulka, J. R.; Protz, C. S.; Casiano, M. J.; Kenny, R. J.

    2011-01-01

    The National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) and Pratt & Whitney Rocketdyne are developing a liquid oxygen/liquid hydrogen rocket engine for future upper stage and trans-lunar applications. This engine, designated the J-2X, is a higher pressure, higher thrust variant of the Apollo-era J-2 engine. The contract for development was let to Pratt & Whitney Rocketdyne in 2006. Over the past several years, development of the gas generator for the J-2X engine has progressed through a variety of workhorse injector, chamber, and feed system configurations on the component test stand at the NASA Marshall Space Flight Center (MSFC). Several of the initial configurations resulted in combustion instability of the workhorse gas generator assembly at a frequency near the first longitudinal mode of the combustion chamber. In this paper, several aspects of these combustion instabilities are discussed, including injector, combustion chamber, feed system, and nozzle influences. To ensure elimination of the instabilities at the engine level, and to understand the stability margin, the gas generator system has been modeled at the NASA MSFC with two techniques, the Rocket Combustor Interaction Design and Analysis (ROCCID) code and a lumped-parameter MATLAB(TradeMark) model created as an alternative calculation to the ROCCID methodology. To correctly predict the instability characteristics of all the chamber and injector geometries and test conditions as a whole, several inputs to the submodels in ROCCID and the MATLAB(TradeMark) model were modified. Extensive sensitivity calculations were conducted to determine how to model and anchor a lumped-parameter injector response, and finite-element and acoustic analyses were conducted on several complicated combustion chamber geometries to determine how to model and anchor the chamber response. These modifications and their ramification for future stability analyses of this type are discussed.

  18. Weak antilocalization in Bi2-x Inx Te3 single crystals

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    Chi, Hang; Li, Qiang; Uher, Ctirad

    Bi2Te3 has recently been identified as one of the most promising systems with which to realize a three-dimensional topological insulator. However, the bulk, stoichiometric Bi2Te3 single crystals often exhibit p-type metallic electrical conduction due to the BiTe-type antisite defects, which overshadows the contribution of surface states. We have established that, upon group III (indium and/or thallium) doping, the Fermi level of Bi2Te3 can be lifted from the valence band into the band gap, and eventually shifted into the conduction band. Such doping progressively changes the electrical conduction of Bi2-xAxTe3 (A = In, Tl, and x = 0 - 0.30) single crystals from p-type to n-type. This is observed via measurements of both the Hall effect and the Seebeck coefficient performed in the (0001) basal plane in the temperature range of 2 - 300 K. At low levels, the temperature dependent in-plane electrical resistivity maintains its metallic character as the density of holes decreases. Heavier doping content, x = 0.20 (0.10) for In (Tl), drives the electrical resistivity into a prominent non-metallic regime displaying the weak anti-localization type of magnetoresistance at the lowest temperatures for Bi1.80In0.20Te3. At the highest concentration, the samples revert back into the metallic state with electron dominated conduction. Thermal conductivity measurements of Bi2-xAxTe3 single crystals, as examined by the Debye-Callaway phonon conductivity model, reveal a generally stronger point defect scattering of phonons upon doping.

  19. Possible involvement of P2X7 receptor activation in microglial neuroprotection against focal cerebral ischemia in rats.

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    Yanagisawa, Daijiro; Kitamura, Yoshihisa; Takata, Kazuyuki; Hide, Izumi; Nakata, Yoshihiro; Taniguchi, Takashi

    2008-06-01

    Microglia play important roles in the pathogenic cascade following cerebral ischemia, since they express growth factors, chemokines and regulatory cytokines as well as free radicals and other toxic mediators. P2X7 receptor, a subtype of a family of P2 purinoceptors, is primarily expressed in microglia and macrophages, suggesting that it regulates immune function and inflammatory responses. However, the involvement of ATP in such microglial responses after cerebral ischemia is not yet understood. In this study, we investigated the possible involvement of ATP, especially through the P2X7 receptors, in a rat model of focal cerebral ischemia. In immunohistochemical analysis, P2X7 receptor-like immunoreactivity was predominantly detected in microglia, and then activated microglia accumulated in the ischemic region, in rats subjected to middle cerebral artery occlusion (MCAO) and reperfusion. Intracerebroventricular injection with P2X7 receptor agonist 2'-3'-O-(4-benzoylbenzoyl)adenosine 5'-triphosphate (BzATP) improved behavioral dysfunction accessed by rota-rod test and ischemic neural injury induced by MCAO. In contrast, P2X7 receptor antagonist adenosine 5'-triphosphate-2',3'-dialdehyde (OxATP) exacerbated ischemic brain damage. These results suggest that microglia play an important role in neuroprotection against rat cerebral ischemia, which is regulated by a P2X7 receptor-mediated ATP signal.

  20. Nickel deficiency in RENi2-xP2 (RE=La, Ce, Pr). Combined crystallographic and physical property studies

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    Bauer, Eric D; Ronning, Filip; Thompson, Joe D; Sarrao, John L; Bobev, S; Xia, S

    2008-01-01

    Large single crystals from RENi{sub 2-x}P{sub 2} (RE = La, Ce, Pr) were synthesized from the pure elements using Sn as a metal flux, and their structures were established by X-ray crystallography. The title compounds were confirmed to crystallize in the body-centered tetragonal ThCr{sub 2}Si{sub 2} structure type (space group I4/mmm (No. 139); Pearson's symbol tI10), but with a significant stoichiometry breadth with respect to the transition metal. Systematic synthetic work, coupled with accurate structure refinements indicated strong correlation between the degree of Ni-deficiency and the reaction conditions. For four different PrNi{sub 2-x}P{sub 2} (x {le} 0.5) samples, temperature dependent dc magnetization measurements indicated typical local moment 4f-magnetism and a stable Pr{sup 3+} ground state. Field-dependent heat capacity data confirmed a ferromagnetic order at low temperature, and the variations of T{sub c} with the concentration of Ni defects are discussed. LaNi{sub 2-x}P{sub 2}, as expected was found to be Pauli-like paramagnetic in the studied temperature regime, while the Ce-analog CeNi{sub 2-x}P{sub 2} (x = 0.28(1)) showed the characteristics of a mixed valent Ce{sup 3+}/Ce{sup 4+} system with a possible Kondo temperature on the order of 230 K.

  1. Cell uptake, intracellular distribution, fate and reactive oxygen species generation of polymer brush engineered CeO(2-x) NPs.

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    Qiu, Yuan; Rojas, Elena; Murray, Richard A; Irigoyen, Joseba; Gregurec, Danijela; Castro-Hartmann, Pablo; Fledderman, Jana; Estrela-Lopis, Irina; Donath, Edwin; Moya, Sergio E

    2015-04-21

    Cerium Oxide nanoparticles (CeO(2-x) NPs) are modified with polymer brushes of negatively charged poly (3-sulfopropylmethacrylate) (PSPM) and positively charged poly (2-(methacryloyloxy)ethyl-trimethylammonium chloride) (PMETAC) by Atom Transfer Radical Polymerisation (ATRP). CeO(2-x) NPs are fluorescently labelled by covalently attaching Alexa Fluor® 488/Fluorescein isothiocyanate to the NP surface prior to polymerisation. Cell uptake, intracellular distribution and the impact on the generation of intracellular Reactive Oxygen Species (ROS) with respect to CeO(2-x) NPs are studied by means of Raman Confocal Microscopy (CRM), Transmission Electron Microscopy (TEM) and Inductively Coupled Plasma Mass Spectroscopy (ICP-MS). PSPM and PMETAC coated CeO(2-x) NPs show slower and less uptake compared to uncoated Brush modified NPs display a higher degree of co-localisation with cell endosomes and lysosomes after 24 h of incubation. They also show higher co-localisation with lipid bodies when compared to unmodified CeO(2-x) NPs. The brush coating does not prevent CeO(2-x) NPs from displaying antioxidant properties.

  2. Electrooptical devices

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    Hurwitz, C. E.

    1980-03-01

    This report covers work carried out with support of the Department of the Air Force during the period 1 October 1979 through 31 March 1980. A part of this support was provided by the Rome Air Development Center. CW operation at temperatures up to 55 C has been achieved for GaInAsP/InP double-heterostructure (DH) lasers emitting at 1.5 micrometers, which were grown without a GaInAsP buffer layer. These devices are of interest for use as sources in fiber-optics communications systems, since the lowest transmission loss reported for fused-silica optical fibers occurs at 1.55 micrometers. Surface passivation techniques developed for InP and GaInAsP avalanche photodiodes have resulted in reductions of dark current as large as four orders of magnitude, to values as low as .0000016 A/sq cm at 0.9 V(b) where V(b) is the breakdown voltage. Devices consisting entirely of InP have been passivated with plasma-deposited Si3N4, and those with a GaInAsP layer but with the p-n junction in InP have been passivated with polyimide. Neither of these techniques successfully reduces dark currents in devices with the p-n junction in the GaInAsP, but a film of photoresist sprayed with SF6 as the propellant has given excellent results. The electrical characteristics in InP ion implanted with Sn, Ge, Si, and C have been investigated. All of these column IV elements yielded n-type conductivity and Sn, Ge, and Si showed high electrical activation; however, implanted C was found to have a net electrical activation of only about 5 percent.

  3. OLED devices

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    Sapochak, Linda Susan [Arlington, VA; Burrows, Paul Edward [Kennewick, WA; Bimalchandra, Asanga [Richland, WA

    2011-02-22

    An OLED device having an emission layer formed of an ambipolar phosphine oxide host material and a dopant, a hole transport layer in electrical communication with an anode, an electron transport layer in communication with a cathode, wherein the HOMO energy of the hole transport layer is substantially the same as the HOMO energy of the ambipolar host in the emission layer, and the LUMO energy of the electron transport layer is substantially the same as the LUMO energy of the ambipolar host in the emission layer.

  4. Device Connectivity

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    Walsh, John; Roberts, Ruth; Morris, Richard

    2015-01-01

    Patients with diabetes have to take numerous factors/data into their therapeutic decisions in daily life. Connecting the devices they are using by feeding the data generated into a database/app is supposed to help patients to optimize their glycemic control. As this is not established in practice, the different roadblocks have to be discussed to open the road. That large telecommunication companies are now entering this market might be a big help in pushing this forward. Smartphones offer an ideal platform for connectivity solutions. PMID:25614015

  5. Electrospray device

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    Demmons, Nathaniel (Inventor); Martin, Roy (Inventor); Hruby, Vladimir (Inventor); Roy, Thomas (Inventor); Spence, Douglas (Inventor); Ehrbar, Eric (Inventor); Zwahlen, Jurg (Inventor)

    2011-01-01

    An electrospray device includes an electrospray emitter adapted to receive electrospray fluid; an extractor plate spaced from the electrospray emitter and having at least one aperture; and a power supply for applying a first voltage between the extractor plate and emitter for generating at least one Taylor cone emission through the aperture to create an electrospray plume from the electrospray fluid, the extractor plate as well as accelerator and shaping plates may include a porous, conductive medium for transporting and storing excess, accumulated electrospray fluid away from the aperture.

  6. Electrochromic device

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    Schwendemanm, Irina G.; Polcyn, Adam D.; Finley, James J.; Boykin, Cheri M.; Knowles, Julianna M.

    2011-03-15

    An electrochromic device includes a first substrate spaced from a second substrate. A first conductive member is formed over at least a portion of the first substrate. A first electrochromic material is formed over at least a portion of the first conductive member. The first electrochromic material includes an organic material. A second conductive member is formed over at least a portion of the second substrate. A second electrochromic material is formed over at least a portion of the second conductive member. The second electrochromic material includes an inorganic material. An ionic liquid is positioned between the first electrochromic material and the second electrochromic material.

  7. Diversionary device

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    Grubelich, Mark C.

    2001-01-01

    A diversionary device has a housing having at least one opening and containing a non-explosive propellant and a quantity of fine powder packed within the housing, with the powder being located between the propellant and the opening. When the propellant is activated, it has sufficient energy to propel the powder through the opening to produce a cloud of powder outside the housing. An igniter is also provided for igniting the cloud of powder to create a diversionary flash and bang, but at a low enough pressure to avoid injuring nearby people.

  8. Electroexplosive device

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    Menichelli, V. J. (Inventor)

    1978-01-01

    An electroexplosive device is presented which employs a header having contact pins hermetically sealed with glass passing through from a connector end of the header to a cavity filled with a shunt layer of a new nonlinear resistive composition and a heat-sink layer of a new dielectric composition having good thermal conductivity and capacity. The nonlinear resistive layer and the heat-sink layer are prepared from materials by mixing with a low temperature polymerizing resin. The resin is dissolved in a suitable solvent and later evaporated. The resultant solid composite is ground into a powder, press formed into the header and cured (polymerized) at about 250 to 300 F.

  9. Electrochromic material and electro-optical device using same

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    Cogan, S.F.; Rauh, R.D.

    1992-01-14

    An oxidatively coloring electrochromic layer of composition M[sub y]CrO[sub 2+x] (0.33[le]y[le]2.0 and x[le]2) where M=Li, Na or K with improved transmittance modulation, improved thermal and environmental stability, and improved resistance to degradation in organic liquid and polymeric electrolytes. The M[sub y]CrO[sub 2+x] provides complementary optical modulation to cathodically coloring materials in thin-film electrochromic glazings and electrochromic devices employing polymeric Li[sup +] ion conductors. 12 figs.

  10. Electrochromic material and electro-optical device using same

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    Cogan, Stuart F.; Rauh, R. David

    1992-01-01

    An oxidatively coloring electrochromic layer of composition M.sub.y CrO.sub.2+x (0.33.ltoreq.y.ltoreq.2.0 and x.ltoreq.2) where M=Li, Na or K with improved transmittance modulation, improved thermal and environmental stability, and improved resistance to degradation in organic liquid and polymeric electrolytes. The M.sub.y CrO.sub.2+x provides complementary optical modulation to cathodically coloring materials in thin-film electrochromic glazings and electrochromic devices employing polymeric Li.sup.+ ion conductors.

  11. Shockwaves induce osteogenic differentiation of human mesenchymal stem cells through ATP release and activation of P2X7 receptors.

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    Sun, Dahui; Junger, Wolfgang G; Yuan, Changji; Zhang, Wenyan; Bao, Yi; Qin, Daming; Wang, Chengxue; Tan, Lei; Qi, Baochang; Zhu, Dong; Zhang, Xizheng; Yu, Tiecheng

    2013-06-01

    Shockwave treatment promotes bone healing of nonunion fractures. In this study, we investigated whether this effect could be due to adenosine 5'-triphosphate (ATP) release-induced differentiation of human mesenchymal stem cells (hMSCs) into osteoprogenitor cells. Cultured bone marrow-derived hMSCs were subjected to shockwave treatment and ATP release was assessed. Osteogenic differentiation and mineralization of hMSCs were evaluated by examining alkaline phosphatase activity, osteocalcin production, and calcium nodule formation. Expression of P2X7 receptors and c-fos and c-jun mRNA was determined with real-time reverse transcription polymerase chain reaction and Western blotting. P2X7-siRNA, apyrase, P2 receptor antagonists, and p38 MAPK inhibitors were used to evaluate the roles of ATP release, P2X7 receptors, and p38 MAPK signaling in shockwave-induced osteogenic hMSCs differentiation. Shockwave treatment released significant amounts (≈ 7 μM) of ATP from hMSCs. Shockwaves and exogenous ATP induced c-fos and c-jun mRNA transcription, p38 MAPK activation, and hMSC differentiation. Removal of ATP with apyrase, targeting of P2X7 receptors with P2X7-siRNA or selective antagonists, or blockade of p38 MAPK with SB203580 prevented osteogenic differentiation of hMSCs. Our findings indicate that shockwaves release cellular ATP that activates P2X7 receptors and downstream signaling events that caused osteogenic differentiation of hMSCs. We conclude that shockwave therapy promotes bone healing through P2X7 receptor signaling, which contributes to hMSC differentiation.

  12. P2X7 receptor and caspase 1 activation are central to airway inflammation observed after exposure to tobacco smoke.

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    Eltom, Suffwan; Stevenson, Christopher S; Rastrick, Joseph; Dale, Nicole; Raemdonck, Kristof; Wong, Sissie; Catley, Matthew C; Belvisi, Maria G; Birrell, Mark A

    2011-01-01

    Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD) is a cigarette smoke (CS)-driven inflammatory airway disease with an increasing global prevalence. Currently there is no effective medication to stop the relentless progression of this disease. It has recently been shown that an activator of the P2X7/inflammasome pathway, ATP, and the resultant products (IL-1β/IL-18) are increased in COPD patients. The aim of this study was to determine whether activation of the P2X7/caspase 1 pathway has a functional role in CS-induced airway inflammation. Mice were exposed to CS twice a day to induce COPD-like inflammation and the role of the P2X7 receptor was investigated. We have demonstrated that CS-induced neutrophilia in a pre-clinical model is temporally associated with markers of inflammasome activation, (increased caspase 1 activity and release of IL-1β/IL-18) in the lungs. A selective P2X7 receptor antagonist and mice genetically modified so that the P2X7 receptors were non-functional attenuated caspase 1 activation, IL-1β release and airway neutrophilia. Furthermore, we demonstrated that the role of this pathway was not restricted to early stages of disease development by showing increased caspase 1 activation in lungs from a more chronic exposure to CS and from patients with COPD. This translational data suggests the P2X7/Inflammasome pathway plays an ongoing role in disease pathogenesis. These results advocate the critical role of the P2X7/caspase 1 axis in CS-induced inflammation, highlighting this as a possible therapeutic target in combating COPD. PMID:21915284

  13. Shockwaves Induce Osteogenic Differentiation of Human Mesenchymal Stem Cells Through ATP Release and Activation of P2X7 Receptors

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    Sun, Dahui; Junger, Wolfgang G.; Yuan, Changji; Zhang, Wenyan; Bao, Yi; Qin, Daming; Wang, Chengxue; Tan, Lei; Qi, Baochang; Zhu, Dong; Zhang, Xizheng; Yu, Tiecheng

    2014-01-01

    Shockwave fractures treatment promotes bone healing of nonunion fractures. In this study, we investigated whether this effect could be due to adenosine 5’-triphosphate (ATP) release-induced differentiation of human mesenchymal stem cells (hMSCs) into osteoprogenitor cells. Cultured bone marrow-derived hMSCs were subjected to shockwave treatment and ATP release was assessed. Osteogenic differentiation and mineralization of hMSCs were evaluated by examining alkaline phosphatase activity, osteocalcin production, and calcium nodule formation. Expression of P2X7 receptors and c-fos and c-jun mRNA was determined with real-time reverse transcription polymerase chain reaction and Western blotting. P2X7-siRNA, apyrase, P2 receptor antagonists, and p38 MAPK inhibitors were used to evaluate the roles of ATP release, P2X7 receptors, and p38 MAPK sig naling in shockwave-induced osteogenic hMSCs differentiation. Shockwave treatment released significant amounts (~7 μM) of ATP from hMSCs. Shockwaves and exogenous ATP induced c-fos and c-jun mRNA transcription, p38 MAPK activation, and hMSC differentiation. Removal of ATP with apyrase, targeting of P2X7 receptors with P2X7-siRNA or selective antagonists, or blockade of p38 MAPK with SB203580 prevented osteogenic differentiation of hMSCs. Our findings indicate that shockwaves release cellular ATP that activates P2X7 receptors and downstream signaling events that caused osteogenic differentiation of hMSCs. We conclude that shockwave therapy promotes bone healing through P2X7 receptor signaling, which contributes to hMSC differentiation. PMID:23404811

  14. N-Alkyl-Substituted Isatins Enhance P2X7 Receptor-Induced Interleukin-1β Release from Murine Macrophages

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    2016-01-01

    Extracellular adenosine 5′-triphosphate (ATP) activates the P2X7 receptor channel to induce the rapid release of the proinflammatory cytokine, interleukin- (IL-) 1β, from macrophages. Microtubule rearrangements are thought to be involved in this process. Some isatin derivatives alter microtubules and display anticancer activities. The current study investigated the effect of isatin and seven structurally diverse isatin derivatives on P2X7-mediated IL-1β release from murine J774 macrophages. ATP-induced IL-1β and lactate dehydrogenase (LDH) release were assessed by specific colorimetric assays. P2X7 activity was determined by flow cytometric measurements of ATP-induced cation dye uptake. Cytotoxicity of isatin derivatives was determined using a tetrazolium-based colorimetric assay. ATP caused rapid IL-1β release in a concentration-dependent manner, and this process was completely impaired by the P2X7 antagonist, AZ10606120. In contrast, 5,7-dibromo-N-(p-methoxybenzyl)isatin (NAI) and 3-{4-[5,7-dibromo-1-(4-methoxybenzyl)-2-oxoindolin-3-ylidenamino]phenyl}propanoic acid (NAI-imine) enhanced P2X7-induced IL-1β release by twofold compared to that of isatin and the parent molecule, 5,7-dibromoisatin. NAI and NAI-imine had minimal effect on P2X7-induced dye uptake and LDH release. In contrast, 24-hour incubation with NAI and NAI-imine (in the absence of exogenous ATP) induced macrophage death in a concentration-dependent manner. In conclusion, this study demonstrates that N-alkyl-substituted isatins enhance P2X7 receptor-induced IL-1β release from murine macrophages. Thus, in addition to direct anticancer effects, these compounds may also impact inflammatory and immune cells within the tumor microenvironment. PMID:27524862

  15. Integrin-mediated transactivation of P2X7R via hemichannel-dependent ATP release stimulates astrocyte migration.

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    Alvarez, Alvaro; Lagos-Cabré, Raúl; Kong, Milene; Cárdenas, Areli; Burgos-Bravo, Francesca; Schneider, Pascal; Quest, Andrew F G; Leyton, Lisette

    2016-09-01

    Our previous reports indicate that ligand-induced αVβ3 integrin and Syndecan-4 engagement increases focal adhesion formation and migration of astrocytes. Additionally, ligated integrins trigger ATP release through unknown mechanisms, activating P2X7 receptors (P2X7R), and the uptake of Ca(2+) to promote cell adhesion. However, whether the activation of P2X7R and ATP release are required for astrocyte migration and whether αVβ3 integrin and Syndecan-4 receptors communicate with P2X7R via ATP remains unknown. Here, cells were stimulated with Thy-1, a reported αVβ3 integrin and Syndecan-4 ligand. Results obtained indicate that ATP was released by Thy-1 upon integrin engagement and required the participation of phosphatidylinositol-3-kinase (PI3K), phospholipase-C gamma (PLCγ) and inositol trisphosphate (IP3) receptors (IP3R). IP3R activation leads to increased intracellular Ca(2+), hemichannel (Connexin-43 and Pannexin-1) opening, and ATP release. Moreover, silencing of the P2X7R or addition of hemichannel blockers precluded Thy-1-induced astrocyte migration. Finally, Thy-1 lacking the integrin-binding site did not stimulate ATP release, whereas Thy-1 mutated in the Syndecan-4-binding domain increased ATP release, albeit to a lesser extent and with delayed kinetics compared to wild-type Thy-1. Thus, hemichannels activated downstream of an αVβ3 integrin-PI3K-PLCγ-IP3R pathway are responsible for Thy-1-induced, hemichannel-mediated and Syndecan-4-modulated ATP release that transactivates P2X7Rs to induce Ca(2+) entry. These findings uncover a hitherto unrecognized role for hemichannels in the regulation of astrocyte migration via P2X7R transactivation induced by integrin-mediated ATP release.

  16. Expression level of P2X7 receptor is a determinant of ATP-induced death of mouse cultured neurons.

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    Ohishi, A; Keno, Y; Marumiya, A; Sudo, Y; Uda, Y; Matsuda, K; Morita, Y; Furuta, T; Nishida, K; Nagasawa, K

    2016-04-01

    Activation of P2X7 receptor (P2X7R), a purinergic receptor, expressed by neurons is well-known to induce their death, but whether or not their sensitivity to ATP depends on its expression levels remains unclear. Here, we examined the effect of the expression level of P2X7Rs on cell viability using pure neuron cultures, co-cultures with astrocytes derived from SJL- and ddY-strain mice, and mouse P2X7R-expressing HEK293T cell systems. Treatment of pure neuron cultures with 5mM ATP for 2h, followed by 3-h incubation in fresh medium, resulted in death of both types of neurons, and their death was prevented by administration of P2X7R-specific antagonists. In both SJL- and ddY-neurons, ATP-induced neuronal death was inhibited by a mitochondrial permeability transition pore inhibitor cyclosporine A, mitochondrial dysfunction being involved in their death. The ATP-induced neuronal death was greater for SJL-neurons than for ddY-ones, this being correlated with the expression level of P2X7R in them, and the same results were obtained for the HEK293T cell systems. Co-culture of neurons with astrocytes increased the ATP-induced neuronal death compared to the case of pure neuron cultures. Overall, we reveal that neuronal vulnerability to ATP depends on the expression level of P2X7R, and co-existence of astrocytes exacerbates ATP-induced neuronal death.

  17. Optoelectronic device

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    Bonekamp, Jeffrey E.; Boven, Michelle L.; Gaston, Ryan S.

    2014-09-09

    The invention is an optoelectronic device comprising an active portion which converts light to electricity or converts electricity to light, the active portion having a front side for the transmittal of the light and a back side opposite from the front side, at least two electrical leads to the active portion to convey electricity to or from the active portion, an enclosure surrounding the active portion and through which the at least two electrical leads pass wherein the hermetically sealed enclosure comprises at the front side of the active portion a barrier material which allows for transmittal of light, one or more getter materials disposed so as to not impede the transmission of light to or from the active portion, and a contiguous gap pathway to the getter material which pathway is disposed between the active portion and the barrier material.

  18. CLOSURE DEVICE

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    Linzell, S.M.; Dorcy, D.J.

    1958-08-26

    A quick opening type of stuffing box employing two banks of rotatable shoes, each of which has a caraming action that forces a neoprene sealing surface against a pipe or rod where it passes through a wall is presented. A ring having a handle or wrench attached is placed eccentric to and between the two banks of shoes. Head bolts from the shoes fit into slots in this ring, which are so arranged that when the ring is rotated a quarter turn in one direction the shoes are thrust inwardly to cramp the neopnrene about the pipe, malting a tight seal. Moving the ring in the reverse direction moves the shoes outwardly and frees the pipe which then may be readily removed from the stuffing box. This device has particular application as a closure for the end of a coolant tube of a neutronic reactor.

  19. PLASMA DEVICE

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    Baker, W.R.

    1961-08-22

    A device is described for establishing and maintaining a high-energy, rotational plasma for use as a fast discharge capacitor. A disc-shaped, current- conducting plasma is formed in an axinl magnetic field and a crossed electric field, thereby creating rotational kinetic enengy in the plasma. Such energy stored in the rotation of the plasma disc is substantial and is convertible tc electrical energy by generator action in an output line electrically coupled to the plasma volume. Means are then provided for discharging the electrical energy into an external circuit coupled to the output line to produce a very large pulse having an extremely rapid rise time in the waveform thereof. (AE C)

  20. Electrophoresis device

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    Rhodes, P. H.; Snyder, R. S. (Inventor)

    1982-01-01

    A device for separating cellular particles of a sample substance into fractionated streams of different cellular species includes a casing having a distribution chamber, a separation chamber, and a collection chamber. The electrode chambers are separated from the separation chamber interior by means of passages such that flow variations and membrane variations around the slotted portion of the electrode chamber do not enduce flow perturbations into the laminar buffer curtain flowing in the separation chamber. The cellular particles of the sample are separated under the influence of the electrical field and the separation chamber into streams of different cellular species. The streams of separated cells enter a partition array in the collection chamber where they are fractionated and collected.

  1. Integrated System Health Management (ISHM) for Test Stand and J-2X Engine: Core Implementation

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    Figueroa, Jorge F.; Schmalzel, John L.; Aguilar, Robert; Shwabacher, Mark; Morris, Jon

    2008-01-01

    ISHM capability enables a system to detect anomalies, determine causes and effects, predict future anomalies, and provides an integrated awareness of the health of the system to users (operators, customers, management, etc.). NASA Stennis Space Center, NASA Ames Research Center, and Pratt & Whitney Rocketdyne have implemented a core ISHM capability that encompasses the A1 Test Stand and the J-2X Engine. The implementation incorporates all aspects of ISHM; from anomaly detection (e.g. leaks) to root-cause-analysis based on failure mode and effects analysis (FMEA), to a user interface for an integrated visualization of the health of the system (Test Stand and Engine). The implementation provides a low functional capability level (FCL) in that it is populated with few algorithms and approaches for anomaly detection, and root-cause trees from a limited FMEA effort. However, it is a demonstration of a credible ISHM capability, and it is inherently designed for continuous and systematic augmentation of the capability. The ISHM capability is grounded on an integrating software environment used to create an ISHM model of the system. The ISHM model follows an object-oriented approach: includes all elements of the system (from schematics) and provides for compartmentalized storage of information associated with each element. For instance, a sensor object contains a transducer electronic data sheet (TEDS) with information that might be used by algorithms and approaches for anomaly detection, diagnostics, etc. Similarly, a component, such as a tank, contains a Component Electronic Data Sheet (CEDS). Each element also includes a Health Electronic Data Sheet (HEDS) that contains health-related information such as anomalies and health state. Some practical aspects of the implementation include: (1) near real-time data flow from the test stand data acquisition system through the ISHM model, for near real-time detection of anomalies and diagnostics, (2) insertion of the J-2X

  2. Activation of P2X7 receptors in the midbrain periaqueductal gray of rats facilitates morphine tolerance.

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    Xiao, Zhi; Li, You-Yan; Sun, Meng-Jie

    2015-08-01

    Opiates such as morphine exhibit analgesic effect in various pain models, but repeated and chronic morphine administration may develop resistance to antinociception. The purinergic signaling system is involved in the mechanisms of pain modulation and morphine tolerance. This study aimed to determine whether the P2X7 receptor in the ventrolateral midbrain periaqueductal gray (vlPAG) is involved in morphine tolerance. Development of tolerance to the antinociceptive effect of morphine was induced in normal adult male Sprague-Dawley (SD) rats through subcutaneous injection of morphine (10mg/kg). The analgesic effect of morphine (5mg/kg, i.p.) was assessed by measuring mechanical withdrawal thresholds (MWTs) in rats with an electronic von Frey anesthesiometer. The expression levels and distribution of the P2X7 receptor in the vlPAG was evaluated through Western blot analysis and immunohistochemistry. The acute effects of intra-vlPAG injection of the selective P2X7 receptor agonist Bz-ATP, the selective P2X7 receptor antagonist A-740003, or antisense oligodeoxynucleotide (AS ODN) targeting the P2X7 receptor on morphine-treated rats were also observed. Results demonstrated that repeated morphine administration decreased the mechanical pain thresholds. By contrast, the expression of the P2X7 receptor protein was up-regulated in the vlPAG in morphine tolerant rats. The percent changes in MWT were markedly but only transiently attenuated by intra-vlPAG injection of Bz-ATP (9nmol/0.3μL) but elevated by A-740003 at doses of 10 and 100nmol/0.3μL. AS ODN (15nmol/0.3μL) against the P2X7 receptor reduced the development of chronic morphine tolerance in rats. These results suggest that the development of antinociceptive tolerance to morphine is partially mediated by activating the vlPAG P2X7 receptors. The present data also suggest that the P2X7 receptors may be a therapeutic target for improving the analgesic effect of morphine in treatments of pain when morphine tolerance

  3. Engineering amorphous-crystalline interfaces in TiO2-x/TiO2-y-based bilayer structures for enhanced resistive switching and synaptic properties

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    Bousoulas, P.; Asenov, P.; Karageorgiou, I.; Sakellaropoulos, D.; Stathopoulos, S.; Tsoukalas, D.

    2016-10-01

    The operating principle of resistive random access memories (RRAMs) relies on the distribution of ionic species and their influence on the electron transport. Taking into account that formation and annihilation of conducting filaments (CFs) is the driving mechanism for the switching effect, it is very important to control the regions where these filaments will evolve. Thus, homolayers of titanium oxide with different oxygen contents were fabricated in order to tune the local electrical and thermal properties of the CFs and narrow down the potential percolation paths. We show that the oxygen content in the top layer of the TiO2-x/TiO2-y bilayer memristors can directly influence the morphology of the layers which affect the diffusion barrier and consequently the diffusivity and drift velocity of oxygen vacancies, yielding in important enhancement of switching characteristics, in terms of spatial uniformity (σ/μ < 0.2), enlarged switching ratio (˜104), and synaptic learning. In order to address the experimental data, a physical model was applied, divulging the crucial role of temperature, electric potential and oxygen vacancy density on the switching effect and offering physical insights to the SET/RESET transitions and the analog switching. The forming free nature of all the devices in conjunction with the self-rectifying behavior, should also be regarded as important assets towards RRAM device optimization.

  4. Tailoring Vacancies Far Beyond Intrinsic Levels Changes the Carrier Type and Optical Response in Monolayer MoSe2-x Crystals.

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    Mahjouri-Samani, Masoud; Liang, Liangbo; Oyedele, Akinola; Kim, Yong-Sung; Tian, Mengkun; Cross, Nicholas; Wang, Kai; Lin, Ming-Wei; Boulesbaa, Abdelaziz; Rouleau, Christopher M; Puretzky, Alexander A; Xiao, Kai; Yoon, Mina; Eres, Gyula; Duscher, Gerd; Sumpter, Bobby G; Geohegan, David B

    2016-08-10

    Defect engineering has been a critical step in controlling the transport characteristics of electronic devices, and the ability to create, tune, and annihilate defects is essential to enable the range of next-generation devices. Whereas defect formation has been well-demonstrated in three-dimensional semiconductors, similar exploration of the heterogeneity in atomically thin two-dimensional semiconductors and the link between their atomic structures, defects, and properties has not yet been extensively studied. Here, we demonstrate the growth of MoSe2-x single crystals with selenium (Se) vacancies far beyond intrinsic levels, up to ∼20%, that exhibit a remarkable transition in electrical transport properties from n- to p-type character with increasing Se vacancy concentration. A new defect-activated phonon band at ∼250 cm(-1) appears, and the A1g Raman characteristic mode at 240 cm(-1) softens toward ∼230 cm(-1) which serves as a fingerprint of vacancy concentration in the crystals. We show that post-selenization using pulsed laser evaporated Se atoms can repair Se-vacant sites to nearly recover the properties of the pristine crystals. First-principles calculations reveal the underlying mechanisms for the corresponding vacancy-induced electrical and optical transitions.

  5. Sodium manganese oxide nanobelts with a 2 x 4 tunnel structure: one-step hydrothermal synthesis and electrocatalytic properties.

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    Zhang, Xiong; Yang, Wensheng; Chen, Xu; Ma, Yanwei

    2009-10-01

    Sodium manganese oxide nanobelts with a 2 x 4 tunnel structure (Na-2 x 4) have been one-step hydrothermally synthesized at 200 degrees C for a relatively short time (16 h). The products were characterized by X-ray diffraction (XRD), field emission scanning electron microscopy (FESEM), transmission electron microscopy (TEM) and high-resolution transmission electron microscopy (HRTEM). The Na-2 x 4 tunnel manganese oxide nanobelts have the thickness of about 20 nm, the width with ranges from 50 to 200 nm and the length up to several micrometers. The synthetic temperature is critical to the crystal structure of the final products and Na-birnessite is obtained at 120 degrees C. The electrocatalytic activities of the above products are studied for oxygen reduction reaction in aqueous basic medium. The Na-2 x 4 tunnel manganese oxide nanobelts exhibit higher oxygen reduction activity (12.8 mA cm(-2) or 9.09 A g(-1)) than that of Na-birnessite (5.6 mA cm(-2) or 3.98 A g(-1)) at -0.44 V. The Na-2 x 4 tunnel manganese oxide nanobelts could be potentially used as air electrode materials for catalytic reduction of O2 in alkaline fuel cells and metal/air batteries. PMID:19908465

  6. The prion protein selectively binds to and modulates the content of purinergic receptor P2X4R.

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    Carneiro, Mariana V; Americo, Tatiana A; Guimarães, Marilia Z P; Linden, Rafael

    2016-04-01

    The GPI-anchored prion protein (PrP(C)) is involved in neurodegeneration, either through misfolding in the Transmissible Spongiform Encephalopathies (TSE), or as a mediator of the neurotoxicity of peptide oligomers in Alzheimer's Disease. PrP(C) has been attributed pleiotropic functions, and appears to scaffold a variety of cell surface signaling modules, for example through its binding to several neurotransmitter receptors. Here we used transfected HEK293 cells to test for an interaction of PrP(C) with purinergic receptor P2X4R. The prion protein bound P2X4R in both overlay and co-immunoprecipitation assays, and co-localized mostly intracellularly, but occasionaly at the cell surface in confocal micrographs. Functional PrP(C):P2X4R interaction was tested by the uptake of a P2X4R-permeant compound, and by modulation of intracellular calcium. Unexpectedly, however, this interaction was traced to a selective effect of PrP(C) upon the content of co-transfected P2X4R. The results suggest a role of PrP(C) in proteostasis, dysfunctions of which may be involved in the pathogenesis of neurodegenerative diseases such as TSE and Alzheimer's Disease. PMID:26946358

  7. Anoctamin 6 mediates effects essential for innate immunity downstream of P2X7 receptors in macrophages

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    Ousingsawat, Jiraporn; Wanitchakool, Podchanart; Kmit, Arthur; Romao, Ana M.; Jantarajit, Walailak; Schreiber, Rainer; Kunzelmann, Karl

    2015-02-01

    Purinergic P2X7 receptors (P2X7R) are fundamental to innate immune response. In macrophages, transient stimulation of P2X7R activates several transport mechanisms and induces the scrambling of phospholipids with subsequent membrane blebbing and apoptosis. These processes support phagocytosis and subsequent killing of phagocytosed bacteria. Here we demonstrate that the stimulation of P2X7 receptors activates anoctamin 6 (ANO6, TMEM16F), a protein that functions as Ca2+ dependent phospholipid scramblase and Ca2+-activated Cl- channel. Inhibition or knockdown of ANO6 attenuates ATP-induced cell shrinkage, cell migration and phospholipid scrambling. In mouse macrophages, Ano6 produces large ion currents by stimulation of P2X7 receptors and contributes to ATP-induced membrane blebbing and apoptosis, which is largely reduced in macrophages from Ano6-/- mice. ANO6 supports bacterial phagocytosis and killing by mouse and human THP-1 macrophages. Our data demonstrate that anoctamin 6 is an essential component of the immune defense by macrophages.

  8. A new approach for deriving the solar irradiance from non-flaring solar upper atmosphere plasmas at 2 x 10^4<-T<-2 x 10^7 K

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    Colgan, James P; Abdallaf, Jr., Joseph; Fontes, Christopher J; Sherrill, Manolo E; Feldmn, U; Landi, E; Brown, C M; Seely, J F; Doschek, G A; Dammasch, I E

    2008-01-01

    We propose a new approach for deriving the solar irradiance in the X-ray to VUV range due to the emission by solar upper atmosphere plasmas at 2 x 10{sup 4} {le} T {le} 2 x 10{sup 7} K. Our approach is based on new understanding of the properties of the solar upper atmosphere; specifically, the discovery that the majority of emission from the non-flaring solar upper transition region and corona in the temperature range 3 x 10{sup 5} {le} T {le} 3 x 10{sup 6} K arises from isothermal plasmas that have four distinct temperatures: 0.35, 0.9, 1.4 and 3 x 10{sup 6} K. In the lower transition region (2 x 10{sup 4} {le} T {le} 2 x 10{sup 5} K) of coronal holes, quiet regions or active regions, although multithermal and variable in brightness, the shape of emission measure vs. temperature curves is almost constant. Flaring plasmas are for most part isothermal, although their emission measure and temperature continuously change. In this paper we review these recent results and propose a set of simple spectrometers for recording the solar spectrum in several narrow bands. The solar emission measure, average plasma temperature, and composition can be derived using the measured line fluxes. By combining the emission measure and other plasma properties with the output of a suite of atomic physics codes, which are also described here, the solar irradiance in the temperature range 2 x 10{sup 4} {le} T {le} 2 x 10{sup 7} K can be calculated.

  9. Ionothermal Synthesis of High-Voltage Alluaudite Na2+2xFe2-x(SO4)3 Sodium Insertion Compound: Structural, Electronic, and Magnetic Insights.

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    Dwibedi, Debasmita; Ling, Chris D; Araujo, Rafael B; Chakraborty, Sudip; Duraisamy, Shanmughasundaram; Munichandraiah, Nookala; Ahuja, Rajeev; Barpanda, Prabeer

    2016-03-23

    Exploring future cathode materials for sodium-ion batteries, alluaudite class of Na2Fe(II)2(SO4)3 has been recently unveiled as a 3.8 V positive insertion candidate (Barpanda et al. Nat. Commun. 2014, 5, 4358). It forms an Fe-based polyanionic compound delivering the highest Fe-redox potential along with excellent rate kinetics and reversibility. However, like all known SO4-based insertion materials, its synthesis is cumbersome that warrants careful processing avoiding any aqueous exposure. Here, an alternate low temperature ionothermal synthesis has been described to produce the alluaudite Na2+2xFe(II)2-x(SO4)3. It marks the first demonstration of solvothermal synthesis of alluaudite Na2+2xM(II)2-x(SO4)3 (M = 3d metals) family of cathodes. Unlike classical solid-state route, this solvothermal route favors sustainable synthesis of homogeneous nanostructured alluaudite products at only 300 °C, the lowest temperature value until date. The current work reports the synthetic aspects of pristine and modified ionothermal synthesis of Na2+2xFe(II)2-x(SO4)3 having tunable size (300 nm ∼5 μm) and morphology. It shows antiferromagnetic ordering below 12 K. A reversible capacity in excess of 80 mAh/g was obtained with good rate kinetics and cycling stability over 50 cycles. Using a synergistic approach combining experimental and ab initio DFT analysis, the structural, magnetic, electronic, and electrochemical properties and the structural limitation to extract full capacity have been described.

  10. Structural and Thermoelectric Properties of Polycrystalline p-Type Mg2- x Li x Si

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    Nieroda, P.; Kolezynski, A.; Oszajca, M.; Milczarek, J.; Wojciechowski, K. T.

    2016-07-01

    The aim of this study was to determine the location of Li atoms in Mg2Si structure, and verify the influence of Li dopant on the transport properties of obtained thermoelectric materials. The results of theoretical studies of the electronic band structure (full potential linearized augmented plane wave method) in Li-doped Mg2Si are presented. Theoretical calculations indicate that only in the case when Li is located in the Mg position, the samples will have p-type conduction. To confirm the theoretical predictions, a series of samples with nominal composition Mg2- x Li x Si ( x = 0-0.5) were prepared using the spark plasma sintering (SPS) method. Structural and phase composition analyses were carried out by x-ray and neutron powder diffraction, as well as scanning electron microscopy. Neutron diffraction studies confirmed that the lithium atoms substitute magnesium in the Mg2Si structure. The investigations of the influence of Li dopant on the transport properties, i.e. electrical conductivity, the Seebeck coefficient and the thermal conductivity, were carried out in a temperature range from 340 K to 720 K. Carrier concentration was measured with Hall method. The positive values of the Seebeck coefficient and Hall coefficient indicate that all examined samples show p-type conductivity. On the basis of the experimental data, the temperature dependencies of the thermoelectric figure of merit ZT were calculated.

  11. Electronic structure of titanium dichalcogenides TiX{sub 2} (X = S, Se, Te)

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    Shkvarin, A. S. Yarmoshenko, Yu. M.; Skorikov, N. A.; Yablonskikh, M. V.; Merentsov, A. I.; Shkvarina, E. G.; Titov, A. N.

    2012-01-15

    The electronic structure and the chemical bond in titanium dichalcogenides TiX{sub 2} (X = S, Se, Te), which are promising electrode materials for lithium batteries, are studied experimentally and theoretically. It is found that the X-ray photoelectron spectra of the valence bands and the core levels of titanium and its X-ray L{sub 2,3} absorption spectra demonstrate a change in the ionic and covalent components of the chemical bond in these compounds. The densities of states in these compounds are calculated by the full-potential augmented-plane-wave method, and multiplet calculations of the X-ray L{sub 2,3} absorption spectra of titanium are performed. It is shown that, in the row TiS{sub 2}-TiSe{sub 2}-TiTe{sub 2}, the covalence increases, the ionicity of the chemical bond decreases, and the effect of the crystal field of a ligand is weakened.

  12. Thermoelectric properties of p-Bi2 - x Sb x Te3 solid solutions under pressure

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    Ovsyannikov, S. V.; Grigor'eva, Yu. A.; Vorontsov, G. V.; Luk'yanova, L. N.; Kutasov, V. A.; Shchennikov, V. V.

    2012-02-01

    This paper reports on a study of the Seebeck coefficient and power factor κ of p-Bi2 - x Sb x Te3 solid solutions with different contents of antimony atoms in the bismuth sublattice for x = 0, 1.4, 1.5, and 1.6 under variation of pressure of up to 15 GPa. The magnitude of κ has been found to grow nonmonotonically within the pressure region of 2-4 GPa. The effective mass of the density of states m/ m 0 and the mobility μ0 have been calculated with due account of degeneracy within the parabolic model of the energy spectrum assuming isotropic charge carrier scattering. It has been shown that application of pressure brings about a decrease of the effective mass m/ m 0 and an increase of carrier mobility. The power factor κ of the p-Bi0.6Sb1.4Te3 composition exhibits at the pressure P ≈ 4 GPa the largest increase of the power factor κ as a result of a weak decrease of the effective mass m/ m 0 and an increase of carrier mobility as compared to the other solid solution compositions. The specific feature of the variation of the power factor κ with a change of the pressure in bismuth telluride near P ≈ 3 GPa, which is accompanied by formation of a knee in the m/ m 0 vs. P dependence, can be assigned to an electronic topological transition.

  13. Thermal and Magnetic Measurements at Phase Transitions in NiS_2-xSe_x

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    Kuo, Y.-K.; Powell, D. K.; Brill, J. W.; Yao, X.; Honig, J. M.

    1996-03-01

    We have measured the specific heat and magnetic susceptibility of single crystals of the pyrites, NiS_2-xSe_x,(H. Takano and A. Okiji, Jnl. Phys. Soc. Jpn. \\underline50), 3835 (1981) .^,(X. Yao, T. Hogan, C. Kannewurf, and J.M. Honig, to be published in Phys. Rev. B.) with x=0.38, 0.44, 0.51, 0.55, and 0.58. Anomalies in both properties were observed for all samples at the (``A-P'') antiferromagnetic-paramagnetic transitions; T_A-P increases from 35 K to 92 K with x. The (``WF-A'') weak (canted) ferromagnetic-antiferromagnetic transition (T_WF-A < 25 K) observed in susceptibility (for all stoichiometries) was only observed for some samples in the specific heat. All transitions appear second order, with molar entropies much less than R, suggesting that the magnetic moments are small even in the antiferromagnetic phases. Comparison with recent resistance measurements^2 show that T_A-P is also a metal-insulator boundary for x>0.5, while the low temperature WF-A phase boundary extends above x=0.5 into the metallic phase. *Supported in part by NSF Grants DMR-9222986, EHR-9108764 and DMR-9300507.

  14. Effects of a 2X gravity environment on the ultrastructure of the gerbil parathyroid gland

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    Sannes, P. L.; Hayes, T. G.

    1975-01-01

    A number of studies concerning the effects of hypergravity on bone have shown increases in bone mass or bone dimensions. Correlative studies, which could provide clues to the mechanism for such a response, have been lacking. The purpose of the present study was to evaluate the ultrastructure of parathyroid glands of Mongolian gerbils exposed to a continuous 2 X gravity force for 60 d. It was found that the experimental animals had parathyroid glands which had a greater percentage of chief cells in the active stage of their secretory cycle when compared with control animals. This result was interpreted to indicate an increase in parathyroid gland secretory activity and, hence, an increase in parathyroid hormone release. It was suggested that increased parathyroid secretory activity was necessary to maintain serum calcium levels of hypergravity animals within normal limits. Cellular forms resembling water clear cells and highly compact, degenerating cells were described in experimental animals but not in controls. Areas suggestive of cellular dissolution and disorganization were also reported in experimental parathyroids.

  15. The phase diagram of electron-doped La2-xCexCuO4-δ

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    Saadaoui, H.; Salman, Z.; Luetkens, H.; Prokscha, T.; Suter, A.; Macfarlane, W. A.; Jiang, Y.; Jin, K.; Greene, R. L.; Morenzoni, E.; Kiefl, R. F.

    2015-01-01

    Superconductivity is a striking example of a quantum phenomenon in which electrons move coherently over macroscopic distances without scattering. The high-temperature superconducting oxides (cuprates) are the most studied class of superconductors, composed of two-dimensional CuO2 planes separated by other layers that control the electron concentration in the planes. A key unresolved issue in cuprates is the relationship between superconductivity and magnetism. Here we report a sharp phase boundary of static three-dimensional magnetic order in the electron-doped superconductor La2-xCexCuO4-δ, where small changes in doping or depth from the surface switch the material from superconducting to magnetic. Using low-energy spin-polarized muons, we find that static magnetism disappears close to where superconductivity begins and well below the doping level at which dramatic changes in the transport properties are reported. These results indicate a higher degree of symmetry between the electron and hole-doped cuprates than previously thought.

  16. Frustrated spin correlations in diluted spin ice Ho2-xLaxTi2O7

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    Ehlers, Georg; Ehlers, G.; Mamontov, E.; Zamponi, M.; Faraone, A.; Qiu, Y.; Cornelius, A.L.; Booth, C.H.; Kam, K.C.; Le Toquin, R.; Cheetham, A.K.; Gardner, J.S.

    2008-04-30

    We have studied the evolution of the structural properties as well as the static and dynamic spin correlations of spin ice Ho2Ti2O7, where Ho was partially replaced by non-magnetic La. The crystal structure of diluted samples Ho2-xLaxTi2O7 was characterized by x-ray and neutron diffraction and by Ho L-III-edge and Ti K-edge extended x-ray absorption fine structure (EXAFS) measurements. It is found that the pyrochlore structure remains intact until about x = 0.3, but a systematic increase in local disorder with increasing La concentration is observed in the EXAFS data, especially from the Ti K edge.Quasi-elastic neutron scattering and ac susceptibility measurements show that, in x<= 0.4 samples at temperatures above macroscopic freezing, the spin -spin correlations are short ranged and dynamic in nature. The main difference with pure spin ice in the dynamics is the appearance of a second, faster, relaxation process.

  17. Magnetic, magnetothermal, and magnetotransport properties in SmMn2Si2-xGex compounds

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    Kumar, Pramod; Suresh, K. G.; Nigam, A. K.; Malik, S. K.

    2008-01-01

    The effect of Ge substitution for Si in SmMn2Si2-xGex compounds has been studied. The Sm ordering temperature is found to be much larger in the compound with x =2, as compared to the compounds with x =0 and 1. The increase in the intralayer Mn-Mn distance is attributed to this variation. Among these three compounds, SmMn2Ge2 is found to show reentrant ferromagnetism at low temperatures. The magnetic contribution to the heat capacity has been calculated in all the three compounds. The splitting of the ground state multiplet has been estimated by fitting the magnetic part of the heat capacity data, using the Schottky formula. The isothermal magnetic entropy change is found to remain the same for x =0 and 1 but decreases in the compound with x =2, though the nature of magnetic transition changes from second order to first order, as x is increased from 0 to 2. The electrical resistivity increases with Ge concentration. The excess resistivity in the antiferromagnetic region has been calculated.

  18. Persistent Paramagnons Deep in the Metallic Phase of Sr2 -xLaxIrO4

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    Gretarsson, H.; Sung, N. H.; Porras, J.; Bertinshaw, J.; Dietl, C.; Bruin, Jan A. N.; Bangura, A. F.; Kim, Y. K.; Dinnebier, R.; Kim, Jungho; Al-Zein, A.; Moretti Sala, M.; Krisch, M.; Le Tacon, M.; Keimer, B.; Kim, B. J.

    2016-09-01

    We have studied the magnetic excitations of electron-doped Sr2 -xLax IrO4 (0 ≤x ≤0.10 ) using resonant inelastic x-ray scattering at the Ir L3 edge. The long-range magnetic order is rapidly lost with increasing x , but two-dimensional short-range order (SRO) and dispersive magnon excitations with nearly undiminished spectral weight persist well into the metallic part of the phase diagram. The magnons in the SRO phase are heavily damped and exhibit anisotropic softening. Their dispersions are well described by a pseudospin-1 /2 Heisenberg model with exchange interactions whose spatial range increases with doping. We also find a doping-independent high-energy magnetic continuum, which is not described by this model. The spin-orbit excitons arising from the pseudospin-3 /2 manifold of the Ir ions broaden substantially in the SRO phase, but remain largely separated from the low-energy magnons. Pseudospin-1 /2 models are therefore a good starting point for the theoretical description of the low-energy magnetic dynamics of doped iridates.

  19. Structural and electronic properties of XSi{sub 2} (X = Cr, Mo, and W)

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    Shugani, Mani; Aynyas, Mahendra; Sanyal, S. P.

    2015-07-15

    The structural and electronic properties of metal silicides XSi{sub 2} (X = Cr, Mo, and W), which crystallize in tetragonal structure, are investigated systematically using the first-principle density functional theory. The total energies are computed as a function of volume and fitted to the Birch equation of state. The ground-state properties such as equilibrium lattice constants a{sub 0} and c{sub 0}, bulk modulus B, its pressure derivative B, B′, and the density of states at the Fermi level, N(E{sub F}), are calculated and compared with other experimental and theoretical results, showing good agreement. The calculated band structure indicates that XSi{sub 2} compounds are semimetallic in nature. From the present study, we predict the structural and electronic properties of CrSi{sub 2} in the tetragonal phase and indicate that CrSi{sub 2} is energetically more stable than MoSi{sub 2} and WSi{sub 2}. Analyzing the bonding properties of the three metal silicides, we observe that WSi{sub 2} has a strong covalent bonding due to W 5d electrons.

  20. Electrical and thermal properties of Tb0.3Dy0.7Fe2-x

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    Cook, B. A.; Harringa, J. L.; Hansen, T.

    2000-01-01

    Samples of Tb0.3Dy0.7Fe2-x where x=0.05-0.10 (TERFENOL-D) were characterized for electrical resistivity and thermal diffusivity between room temperature and the Curie temperature, which for this composition is 360 °C. Additionally, the thermal diffusivity of one of the samples was measured to 1000 °C. Measurements were performed on two different orientations of standard, production-grade, grain-oriented TERFENOL-D produced by a Bridgman growth technique at ETREMA Products, Inc. The orientations were parallel and normal to the <112> crystallographic direction. The electrical resistivity and thermal diffusivity both exhibited isotropic behavior over the temperature range studied. The electrical resistivity of all samples increased monotonically from 0.06 mΩ-cm at room temperature to 0.14 mΩ cm at 360 °C, consistent with behavior expected for normal metals. The thermal conductivity was found to decrease with temperature from 135 mW/cm °C at room temperature to 122 mW/cm °C at 360 °C. The thermal diffusivity was found to exhibit a sharp cusp in the vicinity of the Curie temperature, TC, increasing with temperature for T>TC. Application of the Wiedemann-Franz law indicates that over 86% of the heat is carried by electrons.

  1. Elucidating the Foundations of Statistical Inference with 2 x 2 Tables

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    Choi, Leena; Blume, Jeffrey D.; Dupont, William D.

    2015-01-01

    To many, the foundations of statistical inference are cryptic and irrelevant to routine statistical practice. The analysis of 2 x 2 contingency tables, omnipresent in the scientific literature, is a case in point. Fisher's exact test is routinely used even though it has been fraught with controversy for over 70 years. The problem, not widely acknowledged, is that several different p-values can be associated with a single table, making scientific inference inconsistent. The root cause of this controversy lies in the table's origins and the manner in which nuisance parameters are eliminated. However, fundamental statistical principles (e.g., sufficiency, ancillarity, conditionality, and likelihood) can shed light on the controversy and guide our approach in using this test. In this paper, we use these fundamental principles to show how much information is lost when the tables origins are ignored and when various approaches are used to eliminate unknown nuisance parameters. We present novel likelihood contours to aid in the visualization of information loss and show that the information loss is often virtually non-existent. We find that problems arising from the discreteness of the sample space are exacerbated by p-value-based inference. Accordingly, methods that are less sensitive to this discreteness - likelihood ratios, posterior probabilities and mid-p-values - lead to more consistent inferences. PMID:25849515

  2. Helium release and microstructural changes in Er(D,T)2-x3Hex films).

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    Gelles, D. S.; Browning, James Frederick; Snow, Clark Sheldon; Banks, James Clifford; Mangan, Michael A.; Rodriguez, Mark Andrew; Brewer, Luke N.; Kotula, Paul Gabriel

    2007-12-01

    Er(D,T){sub 2-x} {sup 3}He{sub x}, erbium di-tritide, films of thicknesses 500 nm, 400 nm, 300 nm, 200 nm, and 100 nm were grown and analyzed by Transmission Electron Microscopy, X-Ray Diffraction, and Ion Beam Analysis to determine variations in film microstructure as a function of film thickness and age, due to the time-dependent build-up of {sup 3}He in the film from the radioactive decay of tritium. Several interesting features were observed: One, the amount of helium released as a function of film thickness is relatively constant. This suggests that the helium is being released only from the near surface region and that the helium is not diffusing to the surface from the bulk of the film. Two, lenticular helium bubbles are observed as a result of the radioactive decay of tritium into {sup 3}He. These bubbles grow along the [111] crystallographic direction. Three, a helium bubble free zone, or 'denuded zone' is observed near the surface. The size of this region is independent of film thickness. Four, an analysis of secondary diffraction spots in the Transmission Electron Microscopy study indicate that small erbium oxide precipitates, 5-10 nm in size, exist throughout the film. Further, all of the films had large erbium oxide inclusions, in many cases these inclusions span the depth of the film.

  3. Structural Studies of CH_3SiF_2-X (x = Nco, Cl) by Microwave Spectroscopy

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    Guirgis, Gamil A.; Gause, Korreda K.; Seifert, Nathan A.; Zaleski, Daniel P.; Pate, Brooks H.; Palmer, Michael H.; Peebles, Rebecca A.; Peebles, Sean A.; Elmuti, Lena F.; Obenchain, Daniel A.

    2012-06-01

    The structures of CH_3SiF_2-NCO and CH_3SiF_2-Cl have been studied by molecular rotational spectroscopy in the 6.5-18 GHz band. The rotational spectrum was measured by cavity Fourier transform microwave (FTMW) and chirped-pulse FTMW spectroscopy. The experiment targeted the study of CH_3SiF_2-NCO, but CH_3SiF_2-Cl was also observed as an impurity. Due to the dynamic range achieved on these spectra, all isotopologs with natural abundance ≥0.2% were assigned, which includes two doubly-substituted isotopologs for the chloride (29Si/37Cl and 30Si/37Cl). Strategies for obtaining the molecular structure for these two molecules using either a Kraitchman analysis (to obtain a partial substitution structure) or r_0 analysis (with additional constraints on the structure supplied by the theoretical structure) will be discussed. Derived structural parameters for the CH_3-SiF_2-X base structure are the same for the two compounds. The hyperfine and internal rotation effects in the spectra have been analyzed for all isotopologs and the Hamiltonian parameters are in very good agreement with ab initio results. The barriers to methyl group internal rotation for the two compounds 446(50) cm-1 and 463(3) cm-1 and are independent of the isotopic structure of the heavy atom frame.

  4. ARPES studies on metal-insulator-transition in NiS2-xSex

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    Han, Garam; Kim, Y. K.; Kyung, W. S.; Kim, Chul; Koh, Y. Y.; Lee, K. D.; Kim, C.

    2012-02-01

    Understanding Metal insulator transition (MIT) is one of the most challenging issues in condensed matter physics. NiS2-xSex (NSS) is a well known system for band width controlled MIT studies while most of High-Tc superconductors (HTSCs) are described within band filling MIT picture. Cubic pyrite NiS2 is known as a charge-transfer (CT) insulator and easily forms a solid solution with NiSe2, which is a good metal even though it is isostrucural and isoelectronic to NiS2. MIT is induced by Se alloying and is observed at a low temperature for x=0.5. The important merit is that there is no structure transition which often accompanies MIT. In spite of the importance of the system, even the experimental band dispersion is not known so far along with many controversies. For this reason, we performed angle resolved photoemission spectroscopy on high quality single crystals and successfully obtained Fermi surface maps of x=0.5, x=0.7 and x=0.8 systems (the metallic side). By doping dependent systematic studies on NSS and comparison with LDA calculation, we try to explain the relationship between band width and the MIT.

  5. Nematic Quantum Critical Fluctuations in BaFe2 -xNix As2

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    Liu, Zhaoyu; Gu, Yanhong; Zhang, Wei; Gong, Dongliang; Zhang, Wenliang; Xie, Tao; Lu, Xingye; Ma, Xiaoyan; Zhang, Xiaotian; Zhang, Rui; Zhu, Jun; Ren, Cong; Shan, Lei; Qiu, Xianggang; Dai, Pengcheng; Yang, Yi-feng; Luo, Huiqian; Li, Shiliang

    2016-10-01

    We have systematically studied the nematic fluctuations in the electron-doped iron-based superconductor BaFe2 -xNix As2 by measuring the in-plane resistance change under uniaxial pressure. While the nematic quantum critical point can be identified through the measurements along the (110) direction, as studied previously, quantum and thermal critical fluctuations cannot be distinguished due to similar Curie-Weiss-like behaviors. Here we find that a sizable pressure-dependent resistivity along the (100) direction is present in all doping levels, which is against the simple picture of an Ising-type nematic model. The signal along the (100) direction becomes maximum at optimal doping, suggesting that it is associated with nematic quantum critical fluctuations. Our results indicate that thermal fluctuations from striped antiferromagnetic order dominate the underdoped regime along the (110) direction. We argue that either there is a strong coupling between the quantum critical fluctuations and the fermions, or more exotically, a higher symmetry may be present around optimal doping.

  6. Two-dimensional Ni(OH)2-XS2 (X = Mo and W) heterostructures

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    Tang, Zhen-Kun; Tong, Chuan-Jia; Geng, Wei; Zhang, Deng-Yu; Liu, Li-Min

    2015-09-01

    Two-dimensional (2D) van der Waals (vdW) heterostructures have received a lot of attention because of their wide applications in electronics and optoelectronics. In this work, the electronic structures and optical properties of nickel hydroxides (Ni(OH)2) and transition metal dichalcogenides (XS2, X = Mo, W) heterostructures are studied by hybrid density functional theory. The results reveal that all the considered Ni(OH)2-XS2 heterostructures are indirect semiconductors with a band gap of 0.040-0.825 eV. Additionally, the AB stacked Ni(OH)2-XS2 heterostructures are more stable than the AA stacked one. Interestingly, the complete electron-hole separation is found in the Ni(OH)2-XS2 heterostructure, and its conduction band minimum and valence band maximum are located on the XS2 and Ni(OH)2 layers, respectively. Besides, the optical absorption peaks of Ni(OH)2-XS2 heterostructures are mainly located within the visible light region. These fascinating electronic structures and optical absorption of the Ni(OH)2-XS2 heterostructures make them promising candidates for applications in 2D optoelectronics.

  7. Spin Start Line Effects on the J2X Gas Generator Chamber Acoustics

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    Kenny, R. Jeremy

    2011-01-01

    The J2X Gas Generator engine design has a spin start line connected near to the turbine inlet vanes. This line provides helium during engine startup to begin turbomachinery operation. The spin start line also acts as an acoustic side branch which alters the chamber's acoustic modes. The side branch effectively creates 'split modes' in the chamber longitudinal modes, in particular below the first longitudinal mode and within the frequency range associated with the injection-coupled response of the Gas Generator. Interaction between the spin start-modified chamber acoustics and the injection-driven response can create a higher system response than without the spin start attached to the chamber. This work reviews the acoustic effects of the spin start line as seen throughout the workhorse gas generator test program. A simple impedance model of the spin start line is reviewed. Tests were run with no initial spin start gas existing in the line, as well as being initially filled with nitrogen gas. Tests were also run with varying spin start line lengths from 0" to 40". Acoustic impedance changes due to different spin start gas constituents and line lengths are shown. Collected thermocouple and static pressure data in the spin start line was used to help estimate the fluid properties along the line length. The side branch impedance model was coupled to a chamber impedance model to show the effects on the overall chamber response. Predictions of the spin start acoustic behavior for helium operation are shown and compared against available data.

  8. First passage times in M2[X ]|G |1 |R queue with hysteretic overload control policy

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    Pechinkin, Alexander V.; Razumchik, Rostislav R.; Zaryadov, Ivan S.

    2016-06-01

    One of the reported approaches towards the solution of overload problem in networks of SIP servers is the implementation of multi-level hysteretic control of arrivals in SIP servers. Each level, being the parameter of the policy, specifies operation mode of SIP server i.e. it implicitly indicates what SIP server must do with the arriving packets. The choice of parameters' values is not guided by standards and is usually left for the network owner. In general, all operation modes of the considered policy can be grouped into two groups: normal mode (when all arriving packets are accepted) and congested mode (when part or all arriving packets are being dropped). Such grouping may serve as the criteria for choosing parameters' values of the policy: pick those values which minimize SIP server sojourn time in congested mode. In this short note we propose some analytical results which facilitate the solution of stated minimization problem. The considered mathematical model of SIP server is the queueing system M2[X ]|G |1 |R with batch arrivals and bi-level hysteretic control policy, which specifies three operation modes: normal (customers both flows are accepted), overload (only customers from one flow are accepted), discard (customers from both flows are blocked/lost)). The switching between modes can occur only on service completions. Analytical method allowing computation of stationary sojourn times in different operation modes (as well as first passage times between modes) is presented in brief. Numerical example is given.

  9. Anomalous enhancement of the superconducting transition temperature of electron-doped La2-xCexCuO4 and Pr2-xCexCuO4 cuprate heterostructures

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    Jin, K.; Bach, P.; Zhang, X. H.; Grupel, U.; Zohar, E.; Diamant, I.; Dagan, Y.; Smadici, S.; Abbamonte, P.; Greene, R. L.

    2011-02-01

    The superconducting transition temperature Tc of multilayers of electron-doped cuprates, composed of underdoped (or undoped) and overdoped La2-xCexCuO4 (LCCO) and Pr2-xCexCuO4 (PCCO) thin films, is found to increase significantly with respect to the Tc of the corresponding single-phase films. By investigating the critical current density of superlattices with different doping levels and layer thicknesses, we find that the Tc enhancement is caused by a redistribution of charge over an anomalously large distance.

  10. Integrated device architectures for electrochromic devices

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    Frey, Jonathan Mack; Berland, Brian Spencer

    2015-04-21

    This disclosure describes systems and methods for creating monolithically integrated electrochromic devices which may be a flexible electrochromic device. Monolithic integration of thin film electrochromic devices may involve the electrical interconnection of multiple individual electrochromic devices through the creation of specific structures such as conductive pathway or insulating isolation trenches.

  11. Electronically coupled hybrid structures by graphene oxide directed self-assembly of Cu2-xS nanocrystals

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    Neyshtadt, Shany; Kriegel, Ilka; Rodríguez-Fernández, Jessica; Hug, Stephan; Lotsch, Bettina; da Como, Enrico

    2015-04-01

    Here, we describe an electronically coupled hybrid material consisting of graphene oxide (GO) flakes and inorganic Cu2-xS nanocrystals (NCs) formed via a self-assembly route. As a result of the amphiphilic nature of the water-dispersible GO flakes, the hydrophobic Cu2-xS NCs self-assemble in between the GO flakes, resulting in a large-interface hybrid structure with ordered close-packed NCs. We demonstrate that the optical properties of the hybrid GO/Cu2-xS structures are governed by the injection of electrons from the GO flakes to the valence band of the vacancy-doped plasmonic Cu2-xS NCs. This leads to a suppression of the plasmon band of the Cu2-xS NCs and to a softening of the Raman G-band of the GO flakes. Our results indicate that graphene derivatives can act not only as a self-assembly directing template, but also as a tool to affect the optical properties of self-assembled NCs in a chemical process, enhanced by the high interface area of the composite.Here, we describe an electronically coupled hybrid material consisting of graphene oxide (GO) flakes and inorganic Cu2-xS nanocrystals (NCs) formed via a self-assembly route. As a result of the amphiphilic nature of the water-dispersible GO flakes, the hydrophobic Cu2-xS NCs self-assemble in between the GO flakes, resulting in a large-interface hybrid structure with ordered close-packed NCs. We demonstrate that the optical properties of the hybrid GO/Cu2-xS structures are governed by the injection of electrons from the GO flakes to the valence band of the vacancy-doped plasmonic Cu2-xS NCs. This leads to a suppression of the plasmon band of the Cu2-xS NCs and to a softening of the Raman G-band of the GO flakes. Our results indicate that graphene derivatives can act not only as a self-assembly directing template, but also as a tool to affect the optical properties of self-assembled NCs in a chemical process, enhanced by the high interface area of the composite. Electronic supplementary information (ESI

  12. Evidence for antiferromagnetic order in La2-xCexCuO4 from angular magnetoresistance measurements

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    Jin, K.; Zhang, X. H.; Bach, P.; Greene, R. L.

    2009-07-01

    We investigated the in-plane angular magnetoresistance (AMR) of T' -phase La2-xCexCuO4 thin films (x=0.06-0.15) fabricated by a pulsed laser deposition technique. The in-plane AMR with H∥ab shows a twofold symmetry instead of the fourfold behavior found in other electron-doped cuprates such as Pr2-xCexCuO4 and Nd2-xCexCuO4 . The twofold AMR disappears above a certain temperature, TD . The TD(x) is well above Tc(x) for x=0.06 (˜110K) , and decreases with increasing doping until it is no longer observed above Tc(x) at x=0.15 . This twofold AMR below TD(x) is suggested to originate from an antiferromagnetic or spin-density-wave order.

  13. X-ray standing wave study of the Sr/Si(001)-(2 x 3) surface.

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    Goodner, D. M.; Marasco, D. L.; Escuadro, A. A.; Cao, L.; Tinkham, B. P.; Bedzyk, M. J.; Northwestern Univ.

    2003-12-10

    Sub-monolayer surface phases of Sr on Si(0 0 1) have been studied with low-energy electron diffraction (LEED) and X-ray standing waves (XSW). A (3 x 1) phase was observed after depositing 0.6-0.8 ML Sr on room-temperature Si(0 0 1). Annealing at 750-800 {sup o}C caused a portion of the Sr to desorb and resulted in a sharp (2 x 3) LEED pattern. Normal Si(0 0 4) and off-normal Si(0 2 2) and Si(1 1 1) XSW measurements made on the (2 x 3) phase indicate that Sr atoms must sit at either cave or bridge sites. The XSW results also suggest that if a sufficiently low anneal temperature is used, the (2 x 3) phase co-exists with short-range ordered regions of Sr atoms located at valley-bridge sites.

  14. Single channel properties of P2X ATP receptors in outside-out patches from rat hippocampal granule cells

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    Wong, Adrian YC; Burnstock, Geoffrey; Gibb, Alasdair J

    2000-01-01

    The single channel properties of P2X ATP receptors were investigated in outside-out patches from hippocampal granule cells in brain slices from 12-day-old rats. The results demonstrate that functional P2X ATP receptors are expressed in hippocampal granule cells and, combined with previously published information on the P2X subunits expressed in the hippocampus, suggest that the receptors may be heteromers of the P2X4 and P2X6 subunits or P2X1, P2X2, P2X4 and P2X6 subunits. Two distinct types of P2X channel openings were observed. A flickery P2X receptor channel was observed in three patches with a mean chord conductance of 32 ± 6 pS, a mean open time of 1.0 ± 0.3 ms and a mean burst length of 11 ± 5 ms at a membrane potential of −60 mV. A large conductance P2X receptor was observed in 19 out of 98 patches with a mean conductance of 56 ± 1.8 pS, a linear current-voltage relationship between −80 and +60 mV with a reversal potential around 0 mV, a mean open time of 2.6 ± 0.2 ms and a mean burst length of 8.8 ± 1.8 ms at −60 mV. At an ATP concentration of 1 mm, these channels exhibited a low steady-state open probability (Popen, 0.07 ± 0.008; n = 15), little apparent desensitisation and were also activated by α,β-methylene ATP (α,β-meATP, 40 μm; Popen, 0.007 ± 0.0002; conductance, 57 ± 1.1 pS; n = 3). No decrease in the single channel conductance was observed on increasing the free extracellular calcium concentration from 0.3 to 0.85 mm. Channel closed time distributions were fitted with five exponential components with time constants (and relative areas) of 90 μs (20%), 0.77 ms (32%), 10 ms (15%), 90 ms (18%) and 403 ms (15%) at 1 mm ATP. Of these, the first two components are suggested to represent gaps within single activations of the receptor based on the lack of agonist concentration dependence of these two shut time components between 1 μm and 1 mm ATP. Suramin (40 μm) significantly increased the single channel conductance (19 ± 7%; n = 5

  15. Thermal and Electric Properties of the FeAs2-xSbx (x=0, 1, or 2) Marcasite Compounds from First Principles

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    Bang, Semi; Orabi, Rabih Al Rahal Al; Wee, Daehyun

    2016-04-01

    Thermoelectric energy conversion has been considered as one piece of the future solution to the energy crisis for a long time. In thermoelectric energy conversion, thermoelectric materials, which exhibit strong coupling between heat flow and electric current, are used to convert thermal energy into electrical energy and vice versa. Hence, thermoelectric devices can be potential and present applications for both thermoelectric generation and cooling system. There are significant demands for thermoelectric materials that can be used for environment-friendly cooling applications that need to be met. A few recent studies reported thermoelectric properties of the FeAs2-xSbx (x=0, 1, or 2) marcasite compounds, which has a potential for becoming a good thermoelectric material for low-temperature cooling applications. The compound can be more environment-friendly and more economically viable than other competing materials, for the composition does not involve rare and expensive element like Te or Pt. In this study, we investigate thermoelectric properties of the FeAs2-xSbx (x=0, 1, or 2) marcasite compounds by first-principles calculations in order to demonstrate the feasibility for the use in practical cooling applications. Electronic band structures and density of states are constructed from DFT (density functional theory) calculations, from which electrical properties, including the Seebeck coefficient and the electrical conductivity, are estimated. At the same time, vibrational characteristics are investigated through DFPT (density functional perturbation theory) calculations, from which the thermal conductivity is estimated using semiempirical formulae and the Grüneissen parameters of the compound obtained at the level of the QHA (quasi-harmonic approximation).

  16. Laser device

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    Scott, Jill R.; Tremblay, Paul L.

    2004-11-23

    A laser device includes a target position, an optical component separated a distance J from the target position, and a laser energy source separated a distance H from the optical component, distance H being greater than distance J. A laser source manipulation mechanism exhibits a mechanical resolution of positioning the laser source. The mechanical resolution is less than a spatial resolution of laser energy at the target position as directed through the optical component. A vertical and a lateral index that intersect at an origin can be defined for the optical component. The manipulation mechanism can auto align laser aim through the origin during laser source motion. The laser source manipulation mechanism can include a mechanical index. The mechanical index can include a pivot point for laser source lateral motion and a reference point for laser source vertical motion. The target position can be located within an adverse environment including at least one of a high magnetic field, a vacuum system, a high pressure system, and a hazardous zone. The laser source and an electro-mechanical part of the manipulation mechanism can be located outside the adverse environment. The manipulation mechanism can include a Peaucellier linkage.

  17. Laser device

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    Scott, Jill R.; Tremblay, Paul L.

    2007-07-10

    A laser device includes a target position, an optical component separated a distance J from the target position, and a laser energy source separated a distance H from the optical component, distance H being greater than distance J. A laser source manipulation mechanism exhibits a mechanical resolution of positioning the laser source. The mechanical resolution is less than a spatial resolution of laser energy at the target position as directed through the optical component. A vertical and a lateral index that intersect at an origin can be defined for the optical component. The manipulation mechanism can auto align laser aim through the origin during laser source motion. The laser source manipulation mechanism can include a mechanical index. The mechanical index can include a pivot point for laser source lateral motion and a reference point for laser source vertical motion. The target position can be located within an adverse environment including at least one of a high magnetic field, a vacuum system, a high pressure system, and a hazardous zone. The laser source and an electro-mechanical part of the manipulation mechanism can be located outside the adverse environment. The manipulation mechanism can include a Peaucellier linkage.

  18. P2X7 as a new target for chrysophanol to treat lipopolysaccharide-induced depression in mice.

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    Zhang, Kai; Liu, Jingyan; You, Xintong; Kong, Ping; Song, Yichen; Cao, Lu; Yang, Song; Wang, Wenbing; Fu, Qiang; Ma, Zhangqiang

    2016-02-01

    P2X7 receptor is a ligand gated ion channel found peripheral macrophages and microglia in the nervous system. The current study investigated the relationship between the activated P2X7 and depression for the first time. Chrysophanol (Chr) was examined for its protective effects against depression targeting P2X7. Chr (20mg/kg, 40mg/kg) and fluoxetine (20mg/kg) were intragastrically treated once daily for 7 consecutive days. Lipopolysaccharide (LPS, 0.5mg/kg) was intraperitoneally injected to develop depression model 30min after drug administration on day 7. Behavioral tests were measured 24h after LPS injection. Interleukin (IL)-6, IL-1β and tumor necrosis factor (TNF)-α levels in serum and hippocampus were measured by enzyme-linked immunosorbent assay (ELISA). The expressions of P2X7/NF-κB pathway-related proteins were assessed by western blot. The findings showed that Chr remarkably reduced the elevations of IL-6, IL-1β and TNF-α caused by LPS stimulation. The expressions of P2X7, p-IKKα, p-IKKβ, p-IκBα and p-NF-κBp65 were significantly decreased by Chr pretreatment. In addition, immobility time in tail suspension test (TST) and forced swimming test (FST) were reduced by Chr without affecting spontaneous locomotor activity in open filed test (OFT) and the preference for sucrose was also recovered in sucrose preference test (SPT) with Chr preconditioning. Thus, it is reasonable to speculate that Chr might exert antidepressant effect through inhibiting P2X7/NF-κB signaling pathway. PMID:26724370

  19. P2X7 and NRAMP1/SLC11 A1 gene polymorphisms in Mexican mestizo patients with pulmonary tuberculosis

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    Niño-Moreno, P; Portales-Pérez, D; Hernández-Castro, B; Portales-Cervantes, L; Flores-Meraz, V; Baranda, L; Gómez-Gómez, A; Acuña-Alonzo, V; Granados, J; González-Amaro, R

    2007-01-01

    Tuberculosis remains one of the most important infectious diseases worldwide. Several studies have suggested that genetic factors may affect susceptibility to tuberculosis, but the specific genes involved have not yet been fully characterized. NRAMP1/SLC11 A1 and P2X7 genes have been linked to increased risk for tuberculosis in some African and Asiatic populations. To explore the potential role of these genes in the susceptibility to pulmonary tuberculosis in a Mexican mestizo population, we evaluated the association of D543N and 3′-UTR polymorphisms in NRAMP1/SLC11 A1 and − 762 and A1513C polymorphisms in P2X7 genes with the risk for tuberculosis. Polymerase chain reaction (PCR) amplification of genomic DNA followed by restriction fragment length polymorphism analysis, and allelic-specific PCR was employed. We found no significant differences in allelic frequency in NRAMP1/SLC11 A1 gene polymorphisms in 94 patients with tuberculosis compared to 100 healthy contacts. Similarly, no significant association of the P2X7−762 gene polymorphism with tuberculosis was detected. In contrast, the P2X7 A1513C polymorphism was associated significantly with tuberculosis (P= 0·02, odds ratio = 5·28, 95% CI, 0·99–37·69), an association that had not been reported previously. However, when the function of P2X7 was assessed by an l-selectin loss assay, we did not find significant differences in patients compared to healthy contacts or between PPD+ and PPD– control individuals. This study further supports the complex role of P2X7 gene in host regulation of Mycobacterium tuberculosis infection, and demonstrates that different associations of gene polymorphisms and tuberculosis are found in distinct racial populations. PMID:17493019

  20. Pharmacological insights into the role of P2X4 receptors in behavioural regulation: lessons from ivermectin.

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    Bortolato, Marco; Yardley, Megan M; Khoja, Sheraz; Godar, Sean C; Asatryan, Liana; Finn, Deborah A; Alkana, Ronald L; Louie, Stan G; Davies, Daryl L

    2013-06-01

    Purinergic ionotropic P2X receptors are a family of cation-permeable channels that bind extracellular adenosine 5'-triphosphate. In particular, convergent lines of evidence have recently highlighted P2X(4) receptors as a potentially critical target in the regulation of multiple nervous and behavioural functions, including pain, neuroendocrine regulation and hippocampal plasticity. Nevertheless, the role of the P2X(4) receptor in behavioural organization remains poorly investigated. To study the effects of P2X(4) activation, we tested the acute effects of its potent positive allosteric modulator ivermectin (IVM, 2.5-10 mg/kg i.p.) on a broad set of paradigms capturing complementary aspects of perceptual, emotional and cognitive regulation in mice. In a novel open field, IVM did not induce significant changes in locomotor activity, but increased the time spent in the peripheral zone. In contrast, IVM produced anxiolytic-like effects in the elevated plus maze and marble burying tasks, as well as depression-like behaviours in the tail-suspension and forced swim tests. The agent induced no significant behavioural changes in the conditioned place preference test and in the novel object recognition task. Finally, the drug induced a dose-dependent decrease in sensorimotor gating, as assessed by pre-pulse inhibition (PPI) of the acoustic startle reflex. In P2X(4) knockout mice, the effects of IVM in the open field and elevated plus maze were similar to those observed in wild type mice; conversely, the drug significantly increased startle amplitude and failed to reduce PPI. Taken together, these results suggest that P2X(4) receptors may play a role in the regulation of sensorimotor gating. PMID:23174033

  1. Pharmacological insights into the role of P2X4 receptors in behavioral regulation: lessons from ivermectin

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    Bortolato, Marco; Yardley, Megan; Khoja, Sheraz; Godar, Sean C; Asatryan, Liana; Finn, Deborah A.; Alkana, Ronald L.; Louie, Stan G.; Davies, Daryl L.

    2012-01-01

    Purinergic ionotropic P2X receptors are a family of cation-permeable channels that bind extracellular adenosine 5′-triphosphate (ATP). In particular, convergent lines of evidence have recently highlighted P2X4 receptors as a potentially critical target in the regulation of multiple nervous and behavioral functions, including pain, neuroendocrine regulation and hippocampal plasticity. Nevertheless, the role of the P2X4 receptor in behavioral organization remains poorly investigated. To study the effects of P2X4 activation, we tested the acute effects of its potent positive allosteric modulator ivermectin (IVM, 2.5–10 mg/kg, i.p.) on a broad set of paradigms capturing complementary aspects of perceptual, emotional and cognitive regulation in mice. In a novel open field, IVM did not induce significant changes in locomotor activity, but increased the time spent in the peripheral zone. In contrast, IVM produced anxiolytic-like effects in the elevated plus maze and marble burying tasks, as well as depression-like behaviors in the tail-suspension and forced swim tests. The agent induced no significant behavioral changes in the conditioned place preference test and in the novel object recognition task. Finally, the drug induced a dose-dependent decrease in sensorimotor gating, as assessed by prepulse inhibition (PPI) of the acoustic startle reflex. In P2X4 knockout mice, the effects of IVM in the open field and elevated plus maze were similar to those observed in wild type mice; conversely, the drug significantly increased startle amplitude and failed to reduce PPI. Taken together, these results suggest that P2X4 receptors may play a role in the regulation of sensorimotor gating. PMID:23174033

  2. Valproic acid attenuates microgliosis in injured spinal cord and purinergic P2X4 receptor expression in activated microglia.

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    Lu, Wen-Hsin; Wang, Chih-Yen; Chen, Po-See; Wang, Jing-Wen; Chuang, De-Maw; Yang, Chung-Shi; Tzeng, Shun-Fen

    2013-05-01

    Peripheral injection with a high dose of valproic acid (VPA), a histone deacetylase (HDAC) inhibitor, into animals with mild or moderate spinal cord injury (SCI) for 1 week can reduce spinal cord tissue loss and promote hindlimb locomotor recovery. A purinergic adenosine triphosphate (ATP) receptor subtype, P2X4 receptor (P2X4 R), has been considered as a potential target to diminish SCI-associated inflammatory responses. In this study, using a minipump-based infusion system, we found that intraspinal infusion with VPA for 3 days into injured spinal cord significantly improved hindlimb locomotion of rats with severe SCI induced by a 10-g NYU impactor dropping from the height of 50 mm onto the spinal T9/10 segment. The neuronal fibers in the injured spinal cord tissues were significantly preserved in VPA-treated rats compared with those observed in vehicle-treated animals. Moreover, the accumulation of microglia/macrophages and astrocytes in the injured spinal cord was attenuated in the animal group receiving VPA infusion. VPA also significantly reduced P2X4 R expression post-SCI. Furthermore, in vitro study indicated that VPA, but not the other HDAC inhibitors, sodium butyrate and trichostatin A (TSA), caused downregulation of P2X4 R in microglia activated with lipopolysaccharide (LPS). Moreover, p38 mitogen-activated protein kinase (MAPK)-triggered signaling was involved in the effect of VPA on the inhibition of P2X4 R gene expression. In addition to the findings from others, our results also provide important evidence to show the inhibitory effect of VPA on P2X4 R expression in activated microglia, which may contribute to reduction of SCI-induced gliosis and subsequently preservation of spinal cord tissues. © 2013 Wiley Periodicals, Inc.

  3. Multiple Bosonic Mode Coupling in the Electron Self-Energy of(La2-xSrx)CuO4

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    Zhou, X.J.; Shi, Junren; Yoshida, T.; Cuk, T.; Yang, W.L.; Brouet, V.; Nakamura, J.; Mannella, N.; Komiya, Seiki; Ando, Yoichi; Zhou, F.; Ti, W.X.; Xiong, J.W.; Zhao, Z.X.; Sasagawa, T.; Kakeshita, T.; Eisaki, H.; Uchida, S.; Fujimori, A.; Zhang, Zhenyu; Plummer, E.W.; Laughlin, R.B.; Hussain, Z.; Shen, Z.-X.

    2006-07-31

    High resolution angle-resolved photoemission spectroscopy data along the (0,0)-(Pi,Pi) nodal direction with significantly improved statistics reveal fine structure in the electron self-energy of the underdoped (La2-xSrx)CuO4 samples in the normal state. Fine structure at energies of (40-46) meV and (58-63) meV,and possible fine structure at energies of (23-29) meV and (75-85) meV, have been identified. These observations indicate that, in (La2-xSrx)CuO4, more than one bosonic modes are involved in the coupling with electrons.

  4. Magnetization and Magnetoresistance Measurements in GdBaCo2-xNixO5.5

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    Nagendran, R.; Thirumurugan, N.; Satya, A. T.; Janawadkar, M. P.; Baskaran, R.; Vaidhyanathan, L. S.; Bharathi, A.; Hariharan, Y.

    2008-04-01

    The magnetization measurements in GdBaCo2-xNixO5.5. were carried out in a home built SQUID magnetometer developed using a DC SQUID sensor and its associated readout flux locked loop electronics. Magnetotransport measurements were also carried out on this system. The results suggest that TC decreases with Ni substitution and for x<0.2, the samples undergo to anti-Ferromagnetic (AFM) state at lower temperatures. For 0.2<x<0.3, a mixed phase containing both FM and AFM phases is present, whereas for x>0.3 a FM state is stabilized.

  5. Modeling of Supersonic Film Cooling on the J-2X Nozzle Extension

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    Ruf, Joseph H.; Morris, Christopher I.

    2011-01-01

    Supersonic film cooling (SSFC) of nozzles has been used in several liquid rocket engine designs, and is being applied to the nozzle extension (NE) of the J-2X upper stage engine currently under development. Turbine exhaust gas (TEG) is injected tangentially from a manifold along the NE, and provides a thermal barrier from the core nozzle flow for the NE. As the TEG stream mixes with the nozzle flow, the effectiveness of the thermal barrier is reduced. This paper documents computational fluid dynamics (CFD) analysis work performed by NASA Marshall Space Flight Center (MSFC) to model the flow of the TEG through the manifold, into the nozzle, and the subsequent mixing of the TEG stream with the core flow. The geometry and grid of the TEG manifold, structural support ribs, and the NE wall will be shown, and the CFD boundary conditions described. The Loci-CHEM CFD code used in this work will also be briefly described. A unique approach to modeling the combined TEG manifold/thrust chamber assembly (TCA) was employed, as it was not practical to model the entire 360 circumferential range in one simulation. Prior CFD validation work modeling Calspan SSFC experiments in the early 1990s, documented in a previous AIAA paper, will also be briefly discussed. The fluid dynamics of the TEG flow through the manifold, into and between the structural support ribs, and into the nozzlette that feeds the TCA will be described. Significant swirl and non-uniformities are present, which along with the wakes from the ribs, act to degrade the film cooling effectiveness compared to idealized injection of TEG gas. The effect of these flow characteristics on the adiabatic wall temperature profile on the NE will be discussed.

  6. The thermally reversing window in ternary GexPxS1-2x glasses

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    Vempati, U.; Boolchand, P.

    2004-11-01

    GexPxS1-2x glasses in the compositional range 0.05 \\le x \\le 0.19 have been synthesized and examined in temperature modulated differential scanning calorimetry (MDSC) and Raman scattering experiments. Trends in the non-reversing enthalpy ΔHnr(x) near Tg show the term to almost vanish in the 0.090(5)0.135. In analogy to previous results on chalcogenide glasses, we identify compositions at x<0.09 to be elastically floppy, those in the 0.0900.135 to be stressed rigid. MDSC results also show that the ΔHnr term ages in the stressed-rigid and floppy phases but not in the intermediate phase. The intermediate phase is viewed to be a self-organized phase of a disordered network. It consists of at least four isostatically rigid local structures: corner-sharing GeS4, edge-sharing GeS2, pyramidal P(S1/2)3 and quasi-tetrahedral S = P(S1/2)3 units for which evidence comes from Raman scattering. The latter method also shows the existence of P4S7 and P4S10 molecules in the glasses segregated from the backbone. These aspects of structure contribute to an intermediate phase that is significantly narrower in width than in the corresponding selenide glasses.

  7. Evaluation of Start Transient Oscillations with the J-2X Engine Gas Generator Assembly

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    Hulka, J. R.; Morgan, C. J.; Casiano, M. J.

    2015-01-01

    During development of the gas generator for the liquid oxygen/liquid hydrogen propellant J-2X rocket engine, distinctive and oftentimes high-amplitude pressure oscillations and hardware vibrations occurred during the start transient of nearly every workhorse gas generator assembly test, as well as during many tests of engine system hardware. These oscillations appeared whether the steady-state conditions exhibited stable behavior or not. They occurred similarly with three different injector types, and with every combustion chamber configuration tested, including chamber lengths ranging over a 5:1 range, several different nozzle types, and with or without a side branch line simulating a turbine spin start gas supply line. Generally, two sets of oscillations occurred, one earlier in the start transient and at higher frequencies, and the other almost immediately following and at lower frequencies. Multiple dynamic pressure measurements in the workhorse combustion chambers indicated that the oscillations were associated with longitudinal acoustic modes of the combustion chambers, with the earlier and higher frequency oscillation usually related to the second longitudinal acoustic mode and the later and lower frequency oscillation usually related to the first longitudinal acoustic mode. Given that several early development gas generator assemblies exhibited unstable behavior at frequencies near the first longitudinal acoustic modes of longer combustion chambers, the start transient oscillations are presumed to provide additional insight into the nature of the combustion instability mechanisms. Aspects of the steadystate oscillations and combustion instabilities from development and engine system test programs have been reported extensively in the three previous JANNAF Liquid Propulsion Subcommittee meetings (see references below). This paper describes the hardware configurations, start transient sequence operations, and transient and dynamic test data during the start

  8. Analyses of Injection-Coupled Combustion Instability from J-2X Gas Generator Development

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    Hulka, James R.; Kenny, R. Jeremy; Protz, Chris; Casiano, Matthew

    2011-01-01

    During development of the gas generator for the liquid oxygen/liquid hydrogen propellant J-2X rocket engine, combustion instabilities were observed near the frequency of the first longitudinal acoustic mode of the hot gas combustion chamber duct. These instabilities were similar to intermediate-frequency or buzz-type instabilities as described in historical programs, except for several aspects: 1) the frequencies were low, in the realm of chug; 2) at times the instability oscillation amplitudes were quite large, with peak-to-peak amplitudes exceeding 50% of the mean chamber pressure along with the appearance of harmonics; 3) the chamber excitation was related to but not exactly at the first longitudinal combustion chamber acoustic mode; and 4) the injector provided mass flow rate oscillations induced by capacitance and inertance effects in the injector rather than by organ pipe resonances of the coaxial oxidizer posts. This type of combustion instability is referred to as "injection coupling" because one critical driving source of the instability is mass flow rate oscillations from the injector. However, the type of injection coupling observed here is different than observed in previous instances of buzz instability with coaxial injectors, because of the lower frequencies and lack of influence from the oxidizer post organ pipe resonances. Test data and preliminary analyses of the initial combustion instabilities were presented in several papers at the 5th Liquid Propulsion Subcommittee meeting. Since that time, additional hot-fire tests with several new hardware configurations have been conducted, and additional analyses have been completed. The analytical models described in previous papers have been updated to include the influences of new geometrical configurations, including a different oxidizer injector manifold configuration and a branch pipe in the hot gas duct that supplies gaseous helium during the start transient to pre-spin the turbine. In addition, the

  9. Medical devices: US medical device regulation.

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    Jarow, Jonathan P; Baxley, John H

    2015-03-01

    Medical devices are regulated by the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) within the Center for Devices and Radiological Health. Center for Devices and Radiological Health is responsible for protecting and promoting the public health by ensuring the safety, effectiveness, and quality of medical devices, ensuring the safety of radiation-emitting products, fostering innovation, and providing the public with accurate, science-based information about the products we oversee, throughout the total product life cycle. The FDA was granted the authority to regulate the manufacturing and marketing of medical devices in 1976. It does not regulate the practice of medicine. Devices are classified based on complexity and level of risk, and "pre-1976" devices were allowed to remain on the market after being classified without FDA review. Post-1976 devices of lower complexity and risk that are substantially equivalent to a marketed "predicate" device may be cleared through the 510(k) premarket notification process. Clinical data are typically not needed for 510(k) clearance. In contrast, higher-risk devices typically require premarket approval. Premarket approval applications must contain data demonstrating reasonable assurance of safety and efficacy, and this information typically includes clinical data. For novel devices that are not high risk, the de novo process allows FDA to simultaneously review and classify new devices. Devices that are not legally marketed are permitted to be used for clinical investigation purposes in the United States under the Investigational Device Exemptions regulation.

  10. Amyloid-β Induces a Caspase-Mediated Cleavage of P2X4 to Promote Purinotoxicity

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    Varma, R.; Chai, Y.; Troncoso, J.; Gu, J.; Xing, H.; Stojilkovic, S.; Mattson, M.P.; Haughey, N.J.

    2009-01-01

    Overproduction of the β-amyloid fragment 1-42 (Aβ1-42) is thought to contribute to synaptic dysfunction and neuronal death in Alzheimer’s disease. Mounting evidence suggests that purinergic receptors play critical roles in synaptic plasticity and neuronal survival, but the potential involvement of these receptors in Aβ1-42-induced synaptic dysfunction and neuronal death has not been addressed. Here we report that Aβ1-42 promoted accumulation of the calcium permeable purinergic receptor P2X4 in neurons. We also report evidence that Aβ1-42 induced a caspase-3 mediated cleavage of the receptor that slowed channel closure times and prevented agonist-induced internalization of the receptor. Molecular interference to reduce the expression of P2X4 in primary rodent neurons attenuated Aβ1-42-induced neuronal death while induced expression of P2X4 in a neuronal cell line that does not normally express P2-receptors enhanced the toxic effect of Aβ1-42. Together these findings suggest that Aβ1-42-induced synaptic dysfunction and neuronal death may involve proteolytic processing of the purinergic receptor P2X4. PMID:19562525

  11. Inter- and intrasubunit interactions between transmembrane helices in the open state of P2X receptor channels

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    Heymann, Gabriel; Dai, Jian; Silberberg, Shai D.; Zhou, Huan-Xiang; Swartz, Kenton J.

    2013-01-01

    P2X receptor channels open in response to the binding of extracellular ATP, a property that is essential for purinergic sensory signaling. Apo and ATP-bound X-ray structures of the detergent-solubilized zebrafish P2X4 receptor provide a blueprint for receptor mechanisms but unexpectedly showed large crevices between subunits within the transmembrane (TM) domain of the ATP-bound structure. Here we investigate both intersubunit and intrasubunit interactions between TM helices of P2X receptors in membranes using both computational and functional approaches. Our results suggest that intersubunit crevices found in the TM domain of the ATP-bound crystal structure are not present in membrane-embedded receptors but substantiate helix interactions within individual subunits and identify a hot spot at the internal end of the pore where both the gating and permeation properties of P2X receptors can be tuned. We propose a model for the structure of the open state that has stabilizing intersubunit interactions and that is compatible with available structural constraints from functional channels in membrane environments. PMID:24082111

  12. Factor Structure and Predictive Utility of the 2 x 2 Achievement Goal Model in a Sample of Taiwan Students

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    Chiang, Yu-Tzu; Yeh, Yu-Chen; Lin, Sunny S. J.; Hwang, Fang-Ming

    2011-01-01

    This study examined structure and predictive utility of the 2 x 2 achievement goal model among Taiwan pre-university school students (ages 10 to 16) who learned Chinese language arts. The confirmatory factor analyses of Achievement Goal Questionnaire-Chinese version provided good fitting between the factorial and dimensional structures with the…

  13. Requirement of Essential Pbp2x and GpsB for Septal Ring Closure in Streptococcus pneumoniae D39

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    Land, Adrian D.; Tsui, Ho-Ching T.; Kocaoglu, Ozden; Vella, Stephen A.; Shaw, Sidney L.; Keen, Susan K.; Sham, Lok-To; Carlson, Erin E.; Winkler, Malcolm E.

    2014-01-01

    Summary Bacterial cell shapes are manifestations of programs carried out by multi-protein machines that synthesize and remodel the peptidoglycan (PG) mesh and other polymers surrounding cells. GpsB protein is conserved in low-GC Gram-positive bacteria and is not essential in rod-shaped Bacillus subtilis, where it plays a role in shuttling penicillin binding proteins (PBPs) between septal side-wall sites of PG synthesis. In contrast, we report here that GpsB is essential in ellipsoid-shaped, ovococcal Streptococcus pneumoniae (pneumococcus), and depletion of GpsB leads to formation of elongated, enlarged cells containing unsegregated nucleoids and multiple, unconstricted rings of fluorescent-vancomycin staining, and eventual lysis. These phenotypes are similar to those caused by selective inhibition of Pbp2x by methicillin that prevents septal PG synthesis. Dual-protein 2D and 3D-SIM (structured illumination) immunofluorescence microscopy (IFM) showed that GpsB and FtsZ have overlapping, but not identical, patterns of localization during cell division and that multiple, unconstricted rings of division proteins FtsZ, Pbp2x, Pbp1a, and MreC are in elongated cells depleted of GpsB. These patterns suggest that GpsB, like Pbp2x, mediates septal ring closure. This first dual-protein 3D-SIM IFM analysis also revealed separate positioning of Pbp2x and Pbp1a in constricting septa, consistent with two separable PG synthesis machines. PMID:24118410

  14. Tunable Magnetic Properties in CuCr2- x Fe x O4 Ceramics by Doping of Fe

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    Zhu, C. M.; Wang, L. G.; Bao, D. L. G. C.; Luo, H.; Tian, Z. M.; Yuan, S. L.

    2016-08-01

    CuCr2- x Fe x O4 ceramics have been successfully synthesized using the sol-gel method for the first time. With pure formation, material structure has been characterized by x-ray diffraction. The samples have been identified as having the spinel structure with formulae CuCr2- x Fe x O4. Micrographs obtained by scanning electron microscopy show the dense microstructure of the samples. The stoichiometric ratio of the ceramics has been measured through energy dispersive spectra. Magnetic properties of CuCr2- x Fe x O4 ceramics have been discussed. Temperature dependence of magnetization presents the gradually increasing irreversible temperature as the content of Fe element increases from x = 0 to 1. Coercive field ( H C), remanent magnetization ( M r), and saturation magnetization ( M S) respectively display the monotonous variation phenomena with increasing content of Fe. The increasing M r, M S and the decreasing H C can be attributed to the change of magnetic exchange interaction because of the doped Fe. It also proves that the magnetic properties of CuCr2- x Fe x O4 ceramics can be effectively tuned by the doping content of Fe.

  15. On Association Coefficients for 2x2 Tables and Properties that Do Not Depend on the Marginal Distributions

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    Warrens, Matthijs J.

    2008-01-01

    We discuss properties that association coefficients may have in general, e.g., zero value under statistical independence, and we examine coefficients for 2x2 tables with respect to these properties. Furthermore, we study a family of coefficients that are linear transformations of the observed proportion of agreement given the marginal…

  16. Students' Attitudes and Perceived Purposes of Physical Education in Singapore: Perspectives from a 2 x 2 Achievement Goal Framework

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    Wang, C. K.; Lim, B. S.; Aplin, N. G.; Chia, Y. H. M.; McNeill, M.; Tan, W. K.

    2008-01-01

    The aim of the present study was to re-examine the relationships between achievement goals and perceived purposes of PE, perceived motivational climates, attitudes towards PE teachers and affective outcomes using the 2 x 2 achievement goal framework. Questionnaires were completed by 493 secondary school students (222 males, 262 females, 9 missing)…

  17. P2X7 receptor predicts postoperative cancer-specific survival of patients with clear-cell renal cell carcinoma

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    Liu, Zheng; Liu, Yidong; Xu, Le; An, Huimin; Chang, Yuan; Yang, Yuanfeng; Zhang, Weijuan; Xu, Jiejie

    2015-01-01

    The P2X7 receptor, an ATP-gated plasma membrane ion channel, is involved in inflammation, apoptosis and cell proliferation, and thereby plays a crucial role during oncogenic transformation in various malignancies. This study aims to evaluate the impact of P2X7 receptor expression on postoperative cancer-specific survival of patients with clear-cell renal cell carcinoma (ccRCC). A total of 273 patients with ccRCC undergoing nephrectomy at a single institution were retrospectively enrolled in this study, among which 86 patients died of this disease and six patients died of other causes. Clinicopathologic features and cancer-specific survival (CSS) were recorded. P2X7 expression was assessed by immunohistochemistry in clinical specimens. Kaplan–Meier method with log rank test was performed to compare survival curves. Cox regression models were used to evaluate the prognostic values of variables on CSS. Concordance index was calculated to assess prognostic accuracy of prognostic models. Median follow-up period was 90 months (range, 11–120 months). Intratumoral P2X7 expression was significantly lower than peritumoral tissues (P < 0.001). Moreover, high intratumoral P2X7 expression, which was significantly associated with shorten CSS (P < 0.001), high TNM stage (P = 0.038), Fuhrman grade (P = 0.035), SSIGN (stage, size, grade, and necrosis) score (P = 0.021) and University of California Integrated Staging System (UISS) score (P = 0.007), was indicated to be an independent prognostic factor for CSS (hazard ratio [HR], 1.693; P = 0.034). The prognostic accuracy of TNM stage, UISS and SSIGN scoring models was improved when intratumoral P2X7 expression was added. Intratumoral P2X7 expression is a potential independent adverse prognostic indicator for postoperative CSS of patients with ccRCC. PMID:26179886

  18. Controllable copper deficiency in Cu2-xSe nanocrystals with tunable localized surface plasmon resonance and enhanced chemiluminescence

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    Lie, Shao Qing; Wang, Dong Mei; Gao, Ming Xuan; Huang, Cheng Zhi

    2014-08-01

    Copper chalcogenide nanocrystals (CuCNCs) as a type of semiconductor that can also act as efficient catalysts are rarely reported. Herein, we study water-soluble size-controlled Cu2-xSe nanocrystals (NCs), which are copper deficient and could be prepared by a redox reaction with the assistance of surfactants. We found them to have strong near-infrared localized surface plasmon resonance (LSPR) properties originating from the holes in the valence band, and also catalytic activity of more than a 500-fold enhancement of chemiluminescence (CL) in a luminol-H2O2 system. Investigations into the mechanisms behind these results showed that the high concentration of free carriers in Cu2-xSe NCs, which are derived from their high copper deficiencies that make Cu2-xSe NCs both good electron donors and acceptors with high ionic mobility, could greatly enhance the catalytic ability of Cu2-xSe NCs to facilitate electron-transfer processes and the decomposition of H2O2 into OH&z.rad; and O2&z.rad;-, which are the commonly accepted key intermediates in luminol CL enhancement. Thus, it can be concluded that controllable copper deficiencies that are correlated with their near-infrared LSPR are critically responsible for the effective catalysis of Cu2-xSe NCs in the enhanced CL.Copper chalcogenide nanocrystals (CuCNCs) as a type of semiconductor that can also act as efficient catalysts are rarely reported. Herein, we study water-soluble size-controlled Cu2-xSe nanocrystals (NCs), which are copper deficient and could be prepared by a redox reaction with the assistance of surfactants. We found them to have strong near-infrared localized surface plasmon resonance (LSPR) properties originating from the holes in the valence band, and also catalytic activity of more than a 500-fold enhancement of chemiluminescence (CL) in a luminol-H2O2 system. Investigations into the mechanisms behind these results showed that the high concentration of free carriers in Cu2-xSe NCs, which are derived from

  19. Pseudogap and related charge dynamics in Nd_2-xCe_xCuO_4

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    Onose, Yoshinori

    2004-03-01

    The discovery of superconductivity in electron-doped cuprate has demonstrated the electron-hole symmetry in high-T_ c superconductor. This has laid a strong constraint on theories of the high-Tc mechanism. Further comparative study on the electron- and hole-doped systems may also provide useful information to examine controversial issues such as the pseudogap one. To discuss the similarities and differences between electron- and hole-doped systems, we have investigated temperature- and doping-variation of optical and transport properties in the typical electron-doped cuprate, Nd_2-xCe_xCuO4 (0 ≤ x ≤ 0.15)[1,2]. In the optical spectra of underdoped crystals (x < 0.15), a notable pseudogap is observed at low temperatures. Drude-like response evolves concomitantly with the pseudogap formation. Both the magnitude (Δ_PG) and the onset temperature (T) of the pseudogap decrease with electron-doping, while holding the relation that Δ_PG ≈ 10k_BT^*. The Δ_PG is comparable to the magnitude of the pseudogap at around (π /2, π /2) in the photoemission spectra reported by Armitage et al.[3], which indicates that the pseudogap appearing in the optical spectra is identical to that discerned by the photoemission spectroscopy. In accord with the evolution of the Drude response, the in-plane resistivity begins to decrease rapidly at around T^* in the underdoped region. The out-of-plane resistivity shows even more distinct decrease below T^*. This is because the inter-plane charge transport is governed by the electronic states at around (π ,0), where the quasi-particle spectral weight is accumulated in the case of the electron-doped system. This is contrary to the hole-doped case with the pseudogap around this point. The origin of the pseudogap has been ascribed to the antiferromagnetic spin correlation. The pseudogap phenomenon in the electron-doped cuprate will be discussed comparatively with that of the hole-doped cuprate. [1] Y. Onose et al., Phys. Rev. Lett. 87

  20. The Specificity Protein Factor Sp1 Mediates Transcriptional Regulation of P2X7 Receptors in the Nervous System*

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    García-Huerta, Paula; Díaz-Hernandez, Miguel; Delicado, Esmerilda G.; Pimentel-Santillana, María; Miras-Portugal, Mª Teresa; Gómez-Villafuertes, Rosa

    2012-01-01

    P2X7 receptors are involved not only in physiological functions but also in pathological brain processes. Although an increasing number of findings indicate that altered receptor expression has a causative role in neurodegenerative diseases and cancer, little is known about how expression of P2rx7 gene is controlled. Here we reported the first molecular and functional evidence that Specificity protein 1 (Sp1) transcription factor plays a pivotal role in the transcriptional regulation of P2X7 receptor. We delimited a minimal region in the murine P2rx7 promoter containing four SP1 sites, two of them being highly conserved in mammals. The functionality of these SP1 sites was confirmed by site-directed mutagenesis and Sp1 overexpression/down-regulation in neuroblastoma cells. Inhibition of Sp1-mediated transcriptional activation by mithramycin A reduced endogenous P2X7 receptor levels in primary cultures of cortical neurons and astrocytes. Using P2rx7-EGFP transgenic mice that express enhanced green fluorescent protein under the control of P2rx7 promoter, we found a high correlation between reporter expression and Sp1 levels in the brain, demonstrating that Sp1 is a key element in the transcriptional regulation of P2X7 receptor in the nervous system. Finally, we found that Sp1 mediates P2X7 receptor up-regulation in neuroblastoma cells cultured in the absence of serum, a condition that enhances chromatin accessibility and facilitates the exposure of SP1 binding sites. PMID:23139414

  1. Combined genetic and pharmacological inhibition of TRPV1 and P2X3 attenuates colorectal hypersensitivity and afferent sensitization

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    Kiyatkin, Michael E.; Feng, Bin; Schwartz, Erica S.

    2013-01-01

    The ligand-gated channels transient receptor potential vanilloid 1 (TRPV1) and P2X3 have been reported to facilitate colorectal afferent neuron sensitization, thus contributing to organ hypersensitivity and pain. In the present study, we hypothesized that TRPV1 and P2X3 cooperate to modulate colorectal nociception and afferent sensitivity. To test this hypothesis, we employed TRPV1-P2X3 double knockout (TPDKO) mice and channel-selective pharmacological antagonists and evaluated combined channel contributions to behavioral responses to colorectal distension (CRD) and afferent fiber responses to colorectal stretch. Baseline responses to CRD were unexpectedly greater in TPDKO compared with control mice, but zymosan-produced CRD hypersensitivity was absent in TPDKO mice. Relative to control mice, proportions of mechanosensitive and -insensitive pelvic nerve afferent classes were not different in TPDKO mice. Responses of mucosal and serosal class afferents to mechanical probing were unaffected, whereas responses of muscular (but not muscular/mucosal) afferents to stretch were significantly attenuated in TPDKO mice; sensitization of both muscular and muscular/mucosal afferents by inflammatory soup was also significantly attenuated. In pharmacological studies, the TRPV1 antagonist A889425 and P2X3 antagonist TNP-ATP, alone and in combination, applied onto stretch-sensitive afferent endings attenuated responses to stretch; combined antagonism produced greater attenuation. In the aggregate, these observations suggest that 1) genetic manipulation of TRPV1 and P2X3 leads to reduction in colorectal mechanosensation peripherally and compensatory changes and/or disinhibition of other channels centrally, 2) combined pharmacological antagonism produces more robust attenuation of mechanosensation peripherally than does antagonism of either channel alone, and 3) the relative importance of these channels appears to be enhanced in colorectal hypersensitivity. PMID:23989007

  2. Cutting off the power: inhibition of leukemia cell growth by pausing basal ATP release and P2X receptor signaling?

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    Ledderose, Carola; Woehrle, Tobias; Ledderose, Stephan; Strasser, Katharina; Seist, Richard; Bao, Yi; Zhang, Jingping; Junger, Wolfgang G

    2016-09-01

    T cells respond to antigen stimulation with the rapid release of cellular ATP, which stimulates an autocrine feedback mechanism that regulates calcium influx through P2X receptors. This autocrine purinergic feedback mechanism plays an essential role in the activation of T cells resulting in cell proliferation and clonal expansion. We recently reported that increases in mitochondrial ATP production drive this stimulation-induced purinergic signaling mechanism but that low-level mitochondrial ATP production fuels basal T cell functions required to maintain vigilance of unstimulated T cells. Here we studied whether defects in these purinergic signaling mechanisms are involved in the unwanted proliferation of leukemia T cells. We found that acute leukemia T cells (Jurkat) possess a larger number and more active mitochondria than their healthy counterparts. Jurkat cells have higher intracellular ATP concentrations and generat more extracellular ATP than unstimulated T cells from healthy donors. As a result, increased purinergic signaling through P2X1 and P2X7 receptors elevates baseline levels of cytosolic Ca(2+) in Jurkat cells. We found that pharmacological inhibition of this basal purinergic signaling mechanism decreases mitochondrial activity, Ca(2+) signaling, and cell proliferation. Similar results were seen in the leukemic cell lines THP-1, U-937, and HL-60. Combined treatment with inhibitors of P2X1 or P2X7 receptors and the chemotherapeutic agent 6-mercaptopurine completely blocked Jurkat cell proliferation. Our results demonstrate that increased mitochondrial metabolism promotes autocrine purinergic signaling and uncontrolled proliferation of leukemia cells. These findings suggest that deranged purinergic signaling can result in T cell malignancy and that therapeutic targeting aimed at purinergic signaling is a potential strategy to combat T cell leukemia.

  3. Combined genetic and pharmacological inhibition of TRPV1 and P2X3 attenuates colorectal hypersensitivity and afferent sensitization.

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    Kiyatkin, Michael E; Feng, Bin; Schwartz, Erica S; Gebhart, G F

    2013-11-01

    The ligand-gated channels transient receptor potential vanilloid 1 (TRPV1) and P2X3 have been reported to facilitate colorectal afferent neuron sensitization, thus contributing to organ hypersensitivity and pain. In the present study, we hypothesized that TRPV1 and P2X3 cooperate to modulate colorectal nociception and afferent sensitivity. To test this hypothesis, we employed TRPV1-P2X3 double knockout (TPDKO) mice and channel-selective pharmacological antagonists and evaluated combined channel contributions to behavioral responses to colorectal distension (CRD) and afferent fiber responses to colorectal stretch. Baseline responses to CRD were unexpectedly greater in TPDKO compared with control mice, but zymosan-produced CRD hypersensitivity was absent in TPDKO mice. Relative to control mice, proportions of mechanosensitive and -insensitive pelvic nerve afferent classes were not different in TPDKO mice. Responses of mucosal and serosal class afferents to mechanical probing were unaffected, whereas responses of muscular (but not muscular/mucosal) afferents to stretch were significantly attenuated in TPDKO mice; sensitization of both muscular and muscular/mucosal afferents by inflammatory soup was also significantly attenuated. In pharmacological studies, the TRPV1 antagonist A889425 and P2X3 antagonist TNP-ATP, alone and in combination, applied onto stretch-sensitive afferent endings attenuated responses to stretch; combined antagonism produced greater attenuation. In the aggregate, these observations suggest that 1) genetic manipulation of TRPV1 and P2X3 leads to reduction in colorectal mechanosensation peripherally and compensatory changes and/or disinhibition of other channels centrally, 2) combined pharmacological antagonism produces more robust attenuation of mechanosensation peripherally than does antagonism of either channel alone, and 3) the relative importance of these channels appears to be enhanced in colorectal hypersensitivity.

  4. Cutting off the power: inhibition of leukemia cell growth by pausing basal ATP release and P2X receptor signaling?

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    Ledderose, Carola; Woehrle, Tobias; Ledderose, Stephan; Strasser, Katharina; Seist, Richard; Bao, Yi; Zhang, Jingping; Junger, Wolfgang G

    2016-09-01

    T cells respond to antigen stimulation with the rapid release of cellular ATP, which stimulates an autocrine feedback mechanism that regulates calcium influx through P2X receptors. This autocrine purinergic feedback mechanism plays an essential role in the activation of T cells resulting in cell proliferation and clonal expansion. We recently reported that increases in mitochondrial ATP production drive this stimulation-induced purinergic signaling mechanism but that low-level mitochondrial ATP production fuels basal T cell functions required to maintain vigilance of unstimulated T cells. Here we studied whether defects in these purinergic signaling mechanisms are involved in the unwanted proliferation of leukemia T cells. We found that acute leukemia T cells (Jurkat) possess a larger number and more active mitochondria than their healthy counterparts. Jurkat cells have higher intracellular ATP concentrations and generat more extracellular ATP than unstimulated T cells from healthy donors. As a result, increased purinergic signaling through P2X1 and P2X7 receptors elevates baseline levels of cytosolic Ca(2+) in Jurkat cells. We found that pharmacological inhibition of this basal purinergic signaling mechanism decreases mitochondrial activity, Ca(2+) signaling, and cell proliferation. Similar results were seen in the leukemic cell lines THP-1, U-937, and HL-60. Combined treatment with inhibitors of P2X1 or P2X7 receptors and the chemotherapeutic agent 6-mercaptopurine completely blocked Jurkat cell proliferation. Our results demonstrate that increased mitochondrial metabolism promotes autocrine purinergic signaling and uncontrolled proliferation of leukemia cells. These findings suggest that deranged purinergic signaling can result in T cell malignancy and that therapeutic targeting aimed at purinergic signaling is a potential strategy to combat T cell leukemia. PMID:27020575

  5. The therapeutic promise of ATP antagonism at P2X3 receptors in respiratory and urological disorders

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    Ford, Anthony P.; Undem, Bradley J.

    2013-01-01

    A sensory role for ATP was proposed long before general acceptance of its extracellular role. ATP activates and sensitizes signal transmission at multiple sites along the sensory axis, across multiple synapses. P2X and P2Y receptors mediate ATP modulation of sensory pathways and participate in dysregulation, where ATP action directly on primary afferent neurons (PANs), linking receptive field to CNS, has received much attention. Many PANs, especially C-fibers, are activated by ATP, via P2X3-containing trimers. P2X3 knock-out mice and knock-down in rats led to reduced nocifensive activity and visceral reflexes, suggesting that antagonism may offer benefit in sensory disorders. Recently, drug-like P2X3 antagonists, active in a many inflammatory and visceral pain models, have emerged. Significantly, these compounds have no overt CNS action and are inactive versus acute nociception. Selectively targeting ATP sensitization of PANs may lead to therapies that block inappropriate chronic signals at their source, decreasing drivers of peripheral and central wind-up, yet leaving defensive nociceptive and brain functions unperturbed. This article reviews this evidence, focusing on how ATP sensitization of PANs in visceral “hollow” organs primes them to chronic discomfort, irritation and pain (symptoms) as well as exacerbated autonomic reflexes (signs), and how the use of isolated organ-nerve preparations has revealed this mechanism. Urinary and airways systems share many features: dependence on continuous afferent traffic to brainstem centers to coordinate efferent autonomic outflow; loss of descending inhibitory influence in functional and sensory disorders; dependence on ATP in mediating sensory responses to diverse mechanical and chemical stimuli; a mechanistically overlapping array of existing medicines for pathological conditions. These similarities may also play out in terms of future treatment of signs and symptoms, in the potential for benefit of P2X3 antagonists

  6. The therapeutic promise of ATP antagonism at P2X3 receptors in respiratory and urological disorders.

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    Ford, Anthony P; Undem, Bradley J

    2013-01-01

    A sensory role for ATP was proposed long before general acceptance of its extracellular role. ATP activates and sensitizes signal transmission at multiple sites along the sensory axis, across multiple synapses. P2X and P2Y receptors mediate ATP modulation of sensory pathways and participate in dysregulation, where ATP action directly on primary afferent neurons (PANs), linking receptive field to CNS, has received much attention. Many PANs, especially C-fibers, are activated by ATP, via P2X3-containing trimers. P2X3 knock-out mice and knock-down in rats led to reduced nocifensive activity and visceral reflexes, suggesting that antagonism may offer benefit in sensory disorders. Recently, drug-like P2X3 antagonists, active in a many inflammatory and visceral pain models, have emerged. Significantly, these compounds have no overt CNS action and are inactive versus acute nociception. Selectively targeting ATP sensitization of PANs may lead to therapies that block inappropriate chronic signals at their source, decreasing drivers of peripheral and central wind-up, yet leaving defensive nociceptive and brain functions unperturbed. This article reviews this evidence, focusing on how ATP sensitization of PANs in visceral "hollow" organs primes them to chronic discomfort, irritation and pain (symptoms) as well as exacerbated autonomic reflexes (signs), and how the use of isolated organ-nerve preparations has revealed this mechanism. Urinary and airways systems share many features: dependence on continuous afferent traffic to brainstem centers to coordinate efferent autonomic outflow; loss of descending inhibitory influence in functional and sensory disorders; dependence on ATP in mediating sensory responses to diverse mechanical and chemical stimuli; a mechanistically overlapping array of existing medicines for pathological conditions. These similarities may also play out in terms of future treatment of signs and symptoms, in the potential for benefit of P2X3 antagonists

  7. NACA Aircraft on Lakebed - D-558-2, X-1B, and X-1E

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    1955-01-01

    Early NACA research aircraft on the lakebed at the High Speed Research Station in 1955: Left to right: X-1E, D-558-2, X-1B There were four versions of the original Bell X-1 rocket-powered research aircraft that flew at the NACA High-Speed Flight Research Station, Edwards, California. The bullet-shaped X-1 aircraft were built by Bell Aircraft Corporation, Buffalo, N.Y. for the U.S. Army Air Forces (after 1947, U.S. Air Force) and the National Advisory Committee for Aeronautics (NACA). The X-1 Program was originally designated the XS-1 for EXperimental Supersonic. The X-1's mission was to investigate the transonic speed range (speeds from just below to just above the speed of sound) and, if possible, to break the 'sound barrier.' Three different X-1s were built and designated: X-1-1, X-1-2 (later modified to become the X-1E), and X-1-3. The basic X-1 aircraft were flown by a large number of different pilots from 1946 to 1951. The X-1 Program not only proved that humans could go beyond the speed of sound, it reinforced the understanding that technological barriers could be overcome. The X-1s pioneered many structural and aerodynamic advances including extremely thin, yet extremely strong wing sections; supersonic fuselage configurations; control system requirements; powerplant compatibility; and cockpit environments. The X-1 aircraft were the first transonic-capable aircraft to use an all-moving stabilizer. The flights of the X-1s opened up a new era in aviation. The first X-1 was air-launched unpowered from a Boeing B-29 Superfortress on January 25, 1946. Powered flights began in December 1946. On October 14, 1947, the X-1-1, piloted by Air Force Captain Charles 'Chuck' Yeager, became the first aircraft to exceed the speed of sound, reaching about 700 miles per hour (Mach 1.06) and an altitude of 43,000 feet. The number 2 X-1 was modified and redesignated the X-1E. The modifications included adding a conventional canopy, an ejection seat, a low-pressure fuel system

  8. Gapped and gapless short-range-ordered magnetic states with (1/2 ,1/2 ,1/2 ) wave vectors in the pyrochlore magnet Tb2 +xTi2 -xO7 +δ

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    Kermarrec, E.; Maharaj, D. D.; Gaudet, J.; Fritsch, K.; Pomaranski, D.; Kycia, J. B.; Qiu, Y.; Copley, J. R. D.; Couchman, M. M. P.; Morningstar, A. O. R.; Dabkowska, H. A.; Gaulin, B. D.

    2015-12-01

    Recent low-temperature heat capacity (CP) measurements on polycrystalline samples of the pyrochlore antiferromagnet Tb2 +xTi2 -xO7 +δ have shown a strong sensitivity to the precise Tb concentration x , with a large anomaly exhibited for x ˜0.005 at TC˜0.5 K and no such anomaly and corresponding phase transition for x ≤0 . We have grown single-crystal samples of Tb2 +xTi2 -xO7 +δ , with approximate composition x =-0.001 ,+0.0042 , and +0.0147 , where the x =0.0042 single crystal exhibits a large CP anomaly at TC=0.45 K, but neither the x =-0.001 nor the x =+0.0147 single crystals display any such anomaly. We present new time-of-flight neutron scattering measurements on the x =-0.001 and the x =+0.0147 samples which show strong (1/2 ,1/2 ,1/2 )">1/2 ,1/2 ,1/2 quasi-Bragg peaks at low temperatures characteristic of short-range antiferromagnetic spin ice (AFSI) order at zero magnetic field but only under field-cooled conditions, as was previously observed in our x =0.0042 single crystal. Furthermore, the frozen AFSI state displays a gapped spin excitation spectrum around (1/2 ,1/2 ,1/2 ) quasi-Bragg peaks and gapped AFSI state at low temperatures under field-cooled conditions are robust features of Tb2Ti2O7 , and are not correlated with the presence or absence of the CP anomaly and phase transition at low temperatures. Further, these results show that the ordered state giving rise to the CP anomaly is confined to 0 ≤x ≤0.01 for Tb2 +xTi2 -xO7 +δ , and is not obviously connected with conventional order of magnetic dipole degrees of freedom.

  9. Influence of Al content on the properties of ternary Al{sub 2x}In{sub 2−2x}O{sub 3} alloy films prepared on YSZ (1 1 1) substrates by MOCVD

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    Feng, Xianjin; Zhao, Cansong; Li, Zhao; Luo, Yi; Ma, Jin

    2015-10-15

    Highlights: • Al{sub 2x}In{sub 2−2x}O{sub 3} films were prepared on the Y-stabilized ZrO{sub 2} (1 1 1) substrates by MOCVD at 700 °C. • A phase transition from the bixbyite In{sub 2}O{sub 3} structure to the amorphous structure was observed. • The lowest resistivity of 4.7 × 10{sup −3} Ω cm was obtained for the Al{sub 0.4}In{sub 1.6}O{sub 3} film. • Tunable optical band gap from 3.7 to 4.8 eV was obtained. - Abstract: The ternary Al{sub 2x}In{sub 2−2x}O{sub 3} films with different Al contents of x [Al/(Al + In) atomic ratio] have been fabricated on the Y-stabilized ZrO{sub 2} (1 1 1) substrates by metal organic chemical vapor deposition at 700 °C. The structural, electrical and optical properties of the films as a result of different Al contents (x = 0.1–0.9) were investigated in detail. With the increase of Al content from 10% to 90%, a phase transition from the bixbyite In{sub 2}O{sub 3} structure with a single orientation along (1 1 1) to the amorphous structure was observed. The minimum resistivity of 4.7 × 10{sup −3} Ω cm, a carrier concentration of 1.4 × 10{sup 20} cm{sup −3} and a Hall mobility of 9.8 cm{sup 2} v{sup −1} s{sup −1} were obtained for the sample with x = 0.2. The average transmittances for the Al{sub 2x}In{sub 2−2x}O{sub 3} films in the visible range were all over 78% and the optical band gap of the films could be tuned from 3.7 to 4.8 eV.

  10. Progress in polycrystalline thin-film photovoltaic-device research

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    Hermann, A. M.; Fabick, L.; Zweibel, K.; Hardy, R. W.

    1982-09-01

    Recent results from the United States Department of Energy (DOE) Thin Film Photovoltaic Device Program are presented. The program encompasses materials and device research on highly absorbing compound semiconductors including CuInSe2, CdTe, Cu/sub 2-x/Se, Zn3P2, ZnSiAs2, and Cu2S. Excitement in the program has been generated by recent progress in the (Cd,Zn)S/CuInSe2 device area where an efficiency of 10.6% on a 5 micrometers thick device has been reported. Other highlights include deposition of a hybrid CdS/Cu2S device (evaporated CdS, sputtered Cu2S) with a 7.1% AMI efficiency, and of a 3.94% AMI efficiency all sputtered CdS/Cu2S cell. AMI efficiencies exceeding 5% are reported for CdTe Schottky barrier and heterojunction devices, and for a CdS/Cu/sub 2-x/Se heterojunction. AMI efficiencies exceeding 4% are reported for Mg/Zn3P3 Schottky barrier cells. Future research emphasis is outlined.

  11. Fiber-based devices for DWDM optical communication systems

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    Gu, Claire; Xu, Yuan; Liu, Yisi; Pan, Jing-Jong; Zhou, Fengqing; Dong, Liang; He, Henry

    2005-01-01

    Photonic devices with low insertion loss are important in dense wavelength division multiplexing (DWDM) systems. Currently most of these devices, such as variable optical attenuators (VOA), switches, filters, and dispersion compensators, etc., involve bulk (or micro-optic) components that require conversions between fibers and free-space optical elements leading to high insertion loss. Recently, we have proposed, analyzed, and demonstrated several fiber based devices for DWDM optical communication systems. Here we present an in-line fiber VOA, a 2x2 switchable wavelength add/drop filter, and high performance dispersion compensators. The VOA is built with a side-polished fiber covered with a liquid crystal overlay. By varying the orientation of the liquid crystal molecules using an applied electric field, the loss of the device can be controlled. The 2x2 wavelength switch is designed by recording electrically switchable holographic gratings in a layer of holographic polymer dispersed liquid crystal (H-PDLC) sandwiched between two side-polished fibers. The dispersion compensators are based on high precision fiber Bragg gratings (FBG). A unique method for writing FBGs with arbitrary phase and amplitude distributions is demonstrated. All of these devices are analyzed theoretically and demonstrated experimentally. Both theoretical and experimental results will be presented and discussed. These devices are suitable for DWDM optical information transmission and network management.

  12. Connector device for building integrated photovoltaic device

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    Keenihan, James R.; Langmaid, Joe A.; Eurich, Gerald K.; Lesniak, Michael J.; Mazor, Michael H.; Cleerman, Robert J.; Gaston, Ryan S.

    2015-11-10

    The present invention is premised upon a connector device and method that can more easily electrically connect a plurality of PV devices or photovoltaic system components and/or locate these devices/components upon a building structure. It also may optionally provide some additional sub-components (e.g. at least one bypass diode and/or an indicator means) and may enhance the serviceability of the device.

  13. Connector device for building integrated photovoltaic device

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    Keenihan, James R.; Langmaid, Joseph A.; Eurich, Gerald K.; Lesniak, Michael J.; Mazor, Michael H.; Cleereman, Robert J.; Gaston, Ryan S.

    2014-06-03

    The present invention is premised upon a connector device and method that can more easily electrically connect a plurality of PV devices or photovoltaic system components and/or locate these devices/components upon a building structure. It also may optionally provide some additional sub-components (e.g. at least one bypass diode and/or an indicator means) and may enhance the serviceability of the device.

  14. Influence of ceramic process and Eu content on the composite multiferroic properties of the Ba 6-2 xLn 2 xFe 1+ xNb 9- xO 30 TTB system

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    Roulland, François; Josse, Michaël; Castel, Elias; Maglione, Mario

    2009-09-01

    The present work reports the optimisation of the composition and elaboration process of Ba 6-2 xLn 2 xFe 1+ xNb 9- xO 30 (0.6 < x < 1.0), a composite multiferroic below 440 K. Both firing and sintering conditions have been investigated in order to lower the two spurious phases content and to improve the ceramic quality. The Eu content has also been varied, with subsequent adjustment of cationic content to maintain charge compensation and site occupancies. The evolution of phase content, dielectric and magnetic properties has been evaluated with respect to these parameters. It was found that optimal processing parameters allow a significant improvement of dielectric properties but leave magnetic properties unaffected. Eu content modification impacts both the dielectric and magnetic properties of the TTB samples and changes their dielectric behaviour from ferroelectric to relaxor.

  15. Observation of electronic inhomogeneity and charge density waves in a bilayer La(2-2x)Sr(1+2x)Mn2O7 single crystal.

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    Kim, Jeehoon; Huang, Junwei; Zhou, J-S; Goodenough, J B; Zheng, H; Mitchell, J F; de Lozanne, Alex

    2013-05-24

    We employed a scanning tunneling microscope to image the (001) surface topography and local density of states (LDOS) in La(2-2x)Sr(1+2x)Mn(2)O(7) (x=0.32, LSMO) single crystals below the Curie temperature (T(C)≈120 K). The LDOS maps revealed a stripelike modulation propagating along the tetragonal a axis with a wavelength of about 16 Å, which is indicative of a charge density wave (CDW). The observed CDW in the x=0.32 sample is far from the Fermi surface nesting instability as compared with the data of angle resolved photoemission spectroscopy in an x=0.40 sample. The stripe model developed previously for cuprates can explain the observed CDW in our LSMO sample, indicating that competing interactions between localized and itinerant phases are the origin of the spatial modulations present intrinsically in cuprates and manganites.

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

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

    2015-08-01

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

  17. Medical Device Safety

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    A medical device is any product used to diagnose, cure, or treat a condition, or to prevent disease. They range from ... need one in a hospital. To use medical devices safely Know how your device works. Keep instructions ...

  18. Infrared criminalistic devices

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    Gibin, Igor S.; Savkov, E. V.; Popov, Pavel G.

    1996-12-01

    We are presenting the devices of near-IR spectral range in this report. The devices may be used in criminalistics, in bank business, in restoration works, etc. the action principle of these devices is describing briefly.

  19. Nonlinear optical studies of hydrogen interaction with silicon(001)-2 x 1

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    Yilmaz, Mehmet Burak

    The adsorption and desorption of H2/Si have attracted a great deal of interest over the last two decades as a model system of covalent bonding on semiconductor surfaces. Nonlinear optical techniques (especially the surface second harmonic generation) have emerged as the method of choice for the study of hydrogen on silicon as most standard surface analytical techniques are insensitive to hydrogen. In addition, second harmonic generation (SHG) technique is noninvasive, and sensitive to very small amounts of hydrogen on the silicon surface. This work contains a detailed study of the surface second harmonic generation efficiency at Si(001)-2x1, a model description of this process (which includes an exact solution for the cluster size distribution in the one dimensional Ising model) and the details of a (1+1) resonantly enhanced multi photon ionization (REMPI) setup for analyzing hydrogen desorbing from surfaces. We have measured the SHG efficiency as a function of hydrogen coverage, relative to that of the clean surface, at a fundamental wavelength of 1064 nm, for substrate temperatures between 200 and 600 K, and for different polarization directions of both the fundamental and the second harmonic beams. The dependence of hydrogen induced SHG quenching on H coverage is explained with a statistical mechanical model that has previously been invoked to describe the kinetics and dynamics of H2 adsorption/desorption. The model predicts an increase in the SHG intensity upon rearranging randomly adsorbed H atoms by thermal annealing, which was confirmed experimentally. An empirical parametrization of the SHG efficiency curves is presented which may be used as a practical calibration to determine hydrogen coverage on Si(001) as a function of SHG signal and temperature. As part of the model description of the quenching of the SHG, we solved the cluster size distribution in the one-dimensional Ising model exactly. In the thermodynamic limit the result is a simple analytical

  20. The gas sensitive material Cr (2-x) Ti (x) O3

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    Niemeyer, Dirk

    Chromium titanium oxide (CTO) is a recently discovered gas sensor material that is capable of detecting small concentrations of toxic or flammable gases in air with stability of performance over the short and long-term and minor influences of variations of humidity. CTO is the first new material to be successfully commercialised in large-volume manufacture for sensing of hydrocarbons, VOCs, hydrogen and carbon monoxide at low (ppm) concentrations in air since the introduction of SnO2 for this purpose in the 1960s. The main focus of this thesis lies in the systematic investigation of this material in order to develop a detailed theoretical understanding of the gas response mechanism. CTO was prepared by solid-state reaction of Cr2O3 and TiO2 in air at 1000C. It crystallises in a solid solution with the general formula Cr2-xTixO3. The phase limit is at x ~ 0.3-0.4. Above the phase limit a 2-phase mixture with CrTiO3 is found. Substitution of Ti strongly decreases the electrical conductivity of the porous bodies studied. This effect, and the surface segregation of Ti, controls the gas sensor behaviour. Atomistic simulations have been performed on the (0001) and (1012) face to assess defect models for pure- and titanium doped Cr2O3. In the absence of titanium, one stable defect is a CrVI - Vcr" pair, which segregates to the (0001) surface and contributes to the relatively high p-type conductivity shown by finely porous bodies of Cr2O3 at elevated temperature; with titanium addition, a stable defect, segregated on both of the investigated surfaces, is the complex (TiIV)3Vcr". The proportion of surface CrVI is decreased. Surface studies of Cr2O3 have been performed extensively in the literature because it adsorbs oxygen and catalyses combustion of hydrocarbons. Whilst Cr2O3 shows a good combustion rate of CO to CO2 but only a small gas response, titanium doped Cr2O3 behaves the opposite way. X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy of the chromium 2p3/2 core states show a

  1. NACA Aircraft on Lakebed - D-558-2, X-1B, and X-1E

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    1955-01-01

    Early NACA research aircraft on the lakebed at the High Speed Research Station in 1955: Left to right: X-1E, D-558-2, X-1B There were four versions of the original Bell X-1 rocket-powered research aircraft that flew at the NACA High-Speed Flight Research Station, Edwards, California. The bullet-shaped X-1 aircraft were built by Bell Aircraft Corporation, Buffalo, N.Y. for the U.S. Army Air Forces (after 1947, U.S. Air Force) and the National Advisory Committee for Aeronautics (NACA). The X-1 Program was originally designated the XS-1 for EXperimental Supersonic. The X-1's mission was to investigate the transonic speed range (speeds from just below to just above the speed of sound) and, if possible, to break the 'sound barrier.' Three different X-1s were built and designated: X-1-1, X-1-2 (later modified to become the X-1E), and X-1-3. The basic X-1 aircraft were flown by a large number of different pilots from 1946 to 1951. The X-1 Program not only proved that humans could go beyond the speed of sound, it reinforced the understanding that technological barriers could be overcome. The X-1s pioneered many structural and aerodynamic advances including extremely thin, yet extremely strong wing sections; supersonic fuselage configurations; control system requirements; powerplant compatibility; and cockpit environments. The X-1 aircraft were the first transonic-capable aircraft to use an all-moving stabilizer. The flights of the X-1s opened up a new era in aviation. The first X-1 was air-launched unpowered from a Boeing B-29 Superfortress on January 25, 1946. Powered flights began in December 1946. On October 14, 1947, the X-1-1, piloted by Air Force Captain Charles 'Chuck' Yeager, became the first aircraft to exceed the speed of sound, reaching about 700 miles per hour (Mach 1.06) and an altitude of 43,000 feet. The number 2 X-1 was modified and redesignated the X-1E. The modifications included adding a conventional canopy, an ejection seat, a low-pressure fuel system

  2. Natural Products as a Source for New Anti-Inflammatory and Analgesic Compounds through the Inhibition of Purinergic P2X Receptors

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    Soares-Bezerra, Rômulo José; Calheiros, Andrea Surrage; da Silva Ferreira, Natiele Carla; da Silva Frutuoso, Valber; Alves, Luiz Anastacio

    2013-01-01

    Natural products have reemerged in traditional medicine as a potential source of new molecules or phytomedicines to help with health disorders. It has been established that members of the P2X subfamily, ATP-gated ion channels, are crucial to the inflammatory process and pain signalization. As such, several preclinical studies have demonstrated that P2X2R, P2X3R, P2X4R and P2X7R are promising pharmacological targets to control inflammatory and pain disorders. Several studies have indicated that natural products could be a good source of the new specific molecules needed for the treatment of diseases linked to inflammation and pain disorders through the regulation of these receptors. Herein, we discuss and give an overview of the applicability of natural products as a source to obtain P2X receptors (P2XR) selective antagonists for use in clinical treatment, which require further investigation. PMID:24276172

  3. Ternary lanthanum sulfide selenides {alpha}-LaS{sub 2-x}Se{sub x} (02-} (X=S, Se)

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    Bartsch, Christian; Doert, Thomas

    2012-01-15

    Mixed lanthanum sulfide selenides LaS{sub 2-x}Se{sub x} (02-x}Se{sub x} compounds crystallize in space group P2{sub 1}/a, no. 14, and adopt the {alpha}-LnS{sub 2} (Ln=Y, La-Lu) structure type with a pronounced site preference for the chalcogen atoms. The mixed chalcogenides form a complete miscible series with lattice parameters a=820-849 pm, b=413-425 pm and c=822-857 pm ({beta} Almost-Equal-To 90 Degree-Sign) following Vegard's rule. Raman signals indicate the presence of mixed X{sub 2}{sup 2-} dianions, a species rarely evidenced in literature, besides the well known anions S{sub 2}{sup 2-} and Se{sub 2}{sup 2-}. The band gaps of the LaS{sub 2-x}Se{sub x} compounds, determined by optical spectroscopy, decrease nearly linearly with increasing amount of selenium. - Graphical abstract: Raman spectra and site occupancies in the structures of selected lanthanum sulfide selenides. Highlights: Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer Vegard series of mixed lanthanum sulfide selenides LaS{sub 2-x}Se{sub x} (0

  4. Structural investigation of K{sub x}Ba{sub 1-x}Ga{sub 2-x}Ge{sub 2+x}O{sub 8} solid solutions using the X-ray Rietveld method

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    Qin Ni; Krzmanc, Marjeta Macek; Meden, Anton; Suvorov, Danilo

    2009-07-15

    The K{sub x}Ba{sub 1-x}Ga{sub 2-x}Ge{sub 2+x}O{sub 8} (x=0.6-1.0) solid solutions undergo a structural phase transition that has a significant effect on their sintering behavior and their microwave dielectric properties. The crystal structures of both phases within the solid-solution region were determined by the Rietveld method using powder X-ray diffraction data. We found that the low-temperature-stable phase is isostructural with the pseudo-orthorhombic KGaGe{sub 3}O{sub 8} (space group P2{sub 1}/a), while the high-temperature-stable phase has a typical monoclinic feldspar structure (space group C2/m). Due to the topological differences between the two structures, the T-O bonds within the tetrahedra must be partially recombined to make a new framework, which causes an endothermic effect during the P2{sub 1}/a to C2/m phase transition. The correlation between the crystal structures, the microwave dielectric properties and the phase-transition behaviors were discussed in terms of the crystallographic features, the lattice parameters, and the strain-induced anisotropic peak-broadening. - Graphical abstract: The K{sub x}Ba{sub 1-x}Ga{sub 2-x}Ge{sub 2+x}O{sub 8} (x=0.6-1.0) solid solutions undergo a structural phase transition. The crystal structures of both phases within the solid-solution region were determined by the Rietveld method using powder X-ray diffraction data. The topological analogy between the two structures is seen by comparing the (001) projections of the low phase structure (left) and the (201-bar) projection of the high phase structure (right).

  5. Investigation of the quaternary Fe2 - xCoxMnSi (0 ≤ x ≤ 0.6) alloys by structural, magnetic, resistivity and spin polarization measurements

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    Bainsla, Lakhan; Manivel Raja, M.; Nigam, A. K.; Varaprasad, B. S. D. Ch S.; Takahashi, Y. K.; Suresh, K. G.; Hono, K.

    2015-04-01

    A detailed study of the Fe2 - xCoxMnSi (0 ≤ x ≤ 0.6) alloys has been carried out by investigating the samples by x-ray diffraction, Mössbauer spectroscopy, magnetization, transport and current spin polarization measurements. A perfectly ordered L21 phase is found to exist for x = 0.4. Competing magnetic interactions between ferromagnetic and antiferromagnetic (AFM) phases are seen in the alloys with x < 0.2, whereas the AFM phase is completely absent for x ≥ 0.2 as revealed by the magnetization and resistivity data. The Curie temperature and saturation magnetization values increase with increase in the Co concentration. Anomalous, non metallic-like behaviour is observed for x = 0.4. Current spin polarization values of 0.61  ±  0.01 and 0.66  ±  0.01 were deduced for x = 0.2 and x = 0.4 respectively, using the point contact Andreev reflection spectroscopy . Considering the high spin polarization and Curie temperature, materials with x ≥ 0.2 appear to be very promising for spintronic devices.

  6. Magnetic susceptibility of (Bi{sub 2-x}Sb{sub x})Te{sub 3} (0 < x < 1) alloys in the temperature range 2 to 50 K

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    Stepanov, N. P.; Nalivkin, V. U.; Potapov, G. A.

    2012-01-15

    The superconducting quantum interferometer device with Josephson junctions (SQUID magnetometer) is used to study the temperature dependences of the magnetic susceptibility of (Bi{sub 2-x}Sb{sub x})Te{sub 3} (0 < x < 1) alloy crystals in the temperature range 2 to 50 K, at the magnetic field vector H orientations H perpendiular C{sub 3} and H Up-Tack C{sub 3} with respect to the crystal trigonal axis C{sub 3}. It is found that the magnetic susceptibility of the ion core of the samples under study is {chi}{sup G} = -0.35 Multiplication-Sign 10{sup -6} cm{sup 3}/g, the contribution of lattice defects to magnetic susceptibility can be disregarded, and the contribution of free carriers is of a diamagnetic nature in the entire studied temperature range. It is shown that the contribution of free carriers to the resulting magnetic susceptibility and its anisotropy can be described within the Pauli and Landau-Peierls approach. In calculating the magnetic susceptibility, taking into account the constant concentration of free carriers in the state of pronounced degeneracy, it is found that the temperature dependence of the anisotropic effective masses varies with crystal chemical composition. This is possibly associated with the complex structure of the valence band and its variation as the Sb{sub 2}Te{sub 3} content in the alloy increases.

  7. Resistance Fluctuation Spectroscopy of Charge Stripes and Intertwined Orders in the Phase Diagram of La2-xBaxCuO4

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    Weis, Adam; Fizari, Mounir; Hamilton, David; Wells, Azton; Lane, Justin; Chung, So Ra; Sellappan, Pathikumar; Kriven, Waltraud; van Harlingen, Dale

    The unusual phase diagram of La2-xBaxCuO4 (LBCO) near x=1/8 doping suggests a complex intertwined relationship between high-temperature superconductivity, charge stripes, spin order, and phase coherence. The charge stripe state's short-range conductance anisotropy may be observable as fluctuations in resistance. In thin film LBCO devices grown by pulsed laser deposition, our time-resolved resistance measurements have revealed an onset of resistance noise at dopings and critical temperatures consistent with charge stripes. The phase diagram of LBCO is explored by comparing the noise onset signature of charge order to measurements of superconductivity, the Hall effect, and other phenomena. I will briefly discuss the relevance of our results in LBCO thin films and crystals to a proposed ''pair-density-wave'' state near x=1/8. This research was supported by the DOE-BES under Grant DE-SC0012368, through the Frederick Seitz Materials Research Laboratory at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. SRC was sponsored by NSF-REU 13-59126.

  8. Giant magnetoresistance properties of the La1-2xRxAxMnO3 (R=Nd, A=Ca) perovskites

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    Kundaliya, Darshan C.; Tulapurkar, A. A.; Shinde, S. R.; Pinto, R.; Yelon, W. B.; Kulkarni, R. G.; Malik, S. K.

    2003-05-01

    The effect of simultaneous substitution of Nd and Ca in the antiferromagnetic insulator, LaMnO3, is studied by x-ray diffraction, magnetoresistance, and magnetization measurements. X-ray powder diffraction patterns of La1-2xNdxCaxMnO3 polycrystalline bulk samples for x=0.2, 0.33, and 0.4 confirm the single-phase formation of orthorhombic perovskite structure (space group Pbnm). The unit cell volume decreases with increasing Nd/Ca substitution. Changes in the temperature dependence of resistivity from semiconducting to metallic, and an increase of the ferromagnetic transition temperature, are observed in this series with increasing x. For x=0.2, 0.33, and 0.4, the metal-insulator transition temperature (Tp) is 72, 140, and 155 K, respectively, and the magnetoresistance (MR) observed in this system in 2 T applied magnetic field around Tp is 35%, 99% and 65%, respectively. The MR of 99% for the x=0.33 sample is promising for practical device applications where MR at low fields is of special interest. The magnetic moment values, obtained from the magnetization data in the magnetically ordered state, agree reasonably well with the free ion Mn moments for all the samples.

  9. 2 x Germany; 2 x Political Education.

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    Moldenhauer, Gebhard

    1991-01-01

    Describes textbooks of both East and West Germany from 1949-56, 1957-62, 1963-69, and 1970 on. Discusses a shift in West German texts from intense antagonism during the Cold War to a more critical comparison by the 1980s. Compares East German text development that increased in hostility over time, viewing West Germany as a negative alternative to…

  10. Neutralization of nerve growth factor induces plasticity of ATP-sensitive P2X3 receptors of nociceptive trigeminal ganglion neurons.

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    D'Arco, Marianna; Giniatullin, Rashid; Simonetti, Manuela; Fabbro, Alessandra; Nair, Asha; Nistri, Andrea; Fabbretti, Elsa

    2007-08-01

    The molecular mechanisms of migraine pain are incompletely understood, although migraine mediators such as NGF and calcitonin gene-related peptide (CGRP) are believed to play an algogenic role. Although NGF block is proposed as a novel analgesic approach, its consequences on nociceptive purinergic P2X receptors of trigeminal ganglion neurons remain unknown. We investigated whether neutralizing NGF might change the function of P2X3 receptors natively coexpressed with NGF receptors on cultured mouse trigeminal neurons. Treatment with an NGF antibody (24 h) decreased P2X3 receptor-mediated currents and Ca2+ transients, an effect opposite to exogenously applied NGF. Recovery from receptor desensitization was delayed by anti-NGF treatment without changing desensitization onset. NGF neutralization was associated with decreased threonine phosphorylation of P2X3 subunits, presumably accounting for their reduced responses and slower recovery. Anti-NGF treatment could also increase the residual current typical of heteromeric P2X2/3 receptors, consistent with enhanced membrane location of P2X2 subunits. This possibility was confirmed with cross-linking and immunoprecipitation studies. NGF neutralization also led to increased P2X2e splicing variant at mRNA and membrane protein levels. These data suggest that NGF controlled plasticity of P2X3 subunits and their membrane assembly with P2X2 subunits. Despite anti-NGF treatment, CGRP could still enhance P2X3 receptor activity, indicating separate NGF- or CGRP-mediated mechanisms to upregulate P2X3 receptors. In an in vivo model of mouse trigeminal pain, anti-NGF pretreatment suppressed responses evoked by P2X3 receptor activation. Our findings outline the important contribution by NGF signaling to nociception of trigeminal sensory neurons, which could be counteracted by anti-NGF pretreatment.

  11. CONTROL LIMITER DEVICE

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    DeShong, J.A.

    1960-03-01

    A control-limiting device for monltoring a control system is described. The system comprises a conditionsensing device, a condition-varying device exerting a control over the condition, and a control means to actuate the condition-varying device. A control-limiting device integrates the total movement or other change of the condition-varying device over any interval of time during a continuum of overlapping periods of time, and if the tothl movement or change of the condition-varying device exceeds a preset value, the control- limiting device will switch the control of the operated apparatus from automatic to manual control.

  12. The rare-earth metal carbide halide superconductors RE 2C 2X 2 (RE=Y, La; X=Cl, Br, I)

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    Kremer, R. K.; Ahn, K.; Henn, R. W.; Mattausch, Hj; Schnelle, W.; Stolovits, A.; Simon, A.

    1999-05-01

    Superconductivity in layered yttrium carbide bromides and iodides with transition temperatures ranging up to 11.6 K is achieved by adjusting the Br:I, ratio to ≈1:3 in phases of Y 2C 2(Br,I) 2. In our contribution, we compile basic physical and chemical properties of Y 2C 2X 2 (X=Cl, Br, I) and present new results of the La-based phases La 2C 2X 2 (X=Br, I).

  13. Ferroelectricity-modulated resistive switching in Pt/Si:HfO2/HfO2-x /Pt memory

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    Ran, Jiang; Xianghao, Du; Zuyin, Han

    2016-08-01

    It is investigated for the effect of a ferroelectric Si:HfO2 thin film on the resistive switching in a stacked Pt/Si:HfO2/highly-oxygen-deficient HfO2-x /Pt structure. Improved resistance performance was observed. It was concluded that the observed resistive switching behavior was related to the modulation of the width and height of a depletion barrier in the HfO2-x layer, which was caused by the Si:HfO2 ferroelectric polarization field effect. Reliable switching reproducibility and long data retention were observed in these memory cells, suggesting their great potential in non-volatile memories applications with full compatibility and simplicity. Project supported by the National Natural Science Foundation of China (No. 11374182), the Natural Science Foundation of Shandong Province (No. ZR2012FQ012), and the Jinan Independent Innovation Projects of Universities (No. 201303019).

  14. Magnetism and associated exchange bias in Ni2-xCoxMn1.4Ga0.6

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    Chapai, Ramakanta; Khan, Mahmud

    2016-04-01

    A series of Ni2-xCoxMn1.4Ga0.6 Heusler alloys have been systematically investigated by x-ray diffraction, dc magnetization, and ac susceptibility measurements. For all Co concentration, the alloys exhibit the L10 martensitic structure at room temperature. Interestingly, Co doping simultaneously causes a reduction in the ferromagnetic exchange interaction and enhancement of magnetic anisotropy in Ni2-xCoxMn1.4Ga0.6. Exchange bias effects under both zero field cooled and field cooled condition have been observed in all alloys for x<0.3. The ac susceptibility data show frequency dependence that changes with increasing Co concentration, indicating a change of ground state from spin glass to super spin glass. The experimental results are explained considering the atomic radii of Ni and Co and the fundamental magnetic interactions in Heusler alloys.

  15. Magnetic correlations in La2-xSrxCoO4 studied by neutron scattering: possible evidence for stripe phases.

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    Cwik, M; Benomar, M; Finger, T; Sidis, Y; Senff, D; Reuther, M; Lorenz, T; Braden, M

    2009-02-01

    Spin correlations in La2-xSrxCoO4 (0.3 < or = x < or = 0.6) have been studied by neutron scattering. The commensurate antiferromagnetic order of La2CoO4 persists in a very short range up to a Sr content of x = 0.3, whereas small amounts of Sr suppress commensurate antiferromagnetism in cuprates and in nickelates. La2-xSrxCoO4 with x > 0.3 exhibits incommensurate spin ordering with the modulation closely following the amount of doping. These incommensurate phases strongly resemble the stripe phases observed in cuprates and nickelates, but incommensurate magnetic ordering appears only at larger Sr content in the cobaltates due to a reduced charge mobility.

  16. Piezoreflectance study of band-edge excitons of ReS2-xSex single crystals

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    Ho, C. H.; Huang, Y. S.; Liao, P. C.; Tiong, K. K.

    1998-11-01

    The temperature dependence of the spectral features in the vicinity of the direct band edge of ReS2-xSex single crystals is measured over a temperature range of 25-300 K using piezoreflectance (PzR). From a detailed line-shape fit of the PzR spectra, the temperature dependence of the energies and broadening parameters of the band-edge excitons are determined accurately. The excitonic transition energies at different temperature vary smoothly with the Se composition x, indicating that the natures of the direct band edges of ReS2-xSex are similar. The parameters that describe the temperature variation of the energies and broadening function of the excitonic transitions are evaluated and discussed.

  17. Growth of an {alpha}-Sn film on an InSb(111) A-(2x2) surface

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    Kondo, Daiyu; Sakamoto, Kazuyuki; Shima, Masahide; Takeyama, Wakaba; Nakamura, Kenya; Ono, Kanta; Oshima, Masaharu; Kasukabe, Yoshitaka

    2004-12-15

    We have investigated the initial growth process of {alpha}-Sn films on the In-terminated InSb(111)A-(2x2) surface using low-energy electron diffraction (LEED) and high-resolution core-level photoelectron spectroscopy. Taking the LEED observation and the Sn coverage-dependent integrated intensities of the In 4d, Sb 4d, and Sn 4d core-level spectra into account, we conclude that the {alpha}-Sn film grows epitaxially by a bilayer mode and that there is no interdiffusion of the substrate atoms as suggested in the literature. Furthermore, the coverage-dependent In 4d and Sn 4d core levels indicate that the In vacancy site of InSb(111)A-(2x2) surface is not the preferable Sn absorption site.

  18. Terahertz magnetotransport measurements in underdoped Pr2-xCexCuO4 and comparison with angle-resolved photoemission

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    Jenkins, G. S.; Schmadel, D. C.; Bach, P. L.; Greene, R. L.; Béchamp-Laganière, X.; Roberge, G.; Fournier, P.; Drew, H. D.