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  1. Producing a compound Nucleus via Inelastic Scattering: The 90Zr(alpha,alpha')90Zr* Case

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    Escher, J E; Dietrich, F S

    2008-05-23

    In a Surrogate reaction a compound nucleus is produced via a direct reaction (pickup, stripping, or inelastic scattering). For a proper application of the Surrogate approach it is necessary to predict the resulting angular momentum and parity distribution in the compound nucleus. A model for determining these distributions is developed for the case of inelastic alpha scattering off a spherical nucleus. The focus is on obtaining a first, simple description of the direct-reaction process that produces the compound nucleus and on providing the basis for a more complete treatment of the problem. The approximations employed in the present description are discussed and the extensions required for a more rigorous treatment of the problem are outlined. To illustrate the formalism, an application to {sup 90}Zr({alpha},{alpha}{prime}){sup 90}Zr* is presented.

  2. Thermal properties of {sup 40}Ca and {sup 90}Zr

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    Hasan, M.A.; Vary, J.P.; Hasan, M.A.; Vary, J.P.

    1998-11-01

    We evaluate the thermal properties of {sup 40}Ca and {sup 90}Zr with two different effective Hamiltonians in a mean-field approach. Observed differences in the results are traced to the dependence of thermal properties on the shell gap near the Fermi surface which varies with the choice of Hamiltonian. {copyright} {ital 1998} {ital The American Physical Society}

  3. Pygmy dipole resonance and dipole polarizability in {sup 90}Zr

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    Iwamoto, C.; Tamii, A.; Shima, T.; Hashimoto, T.; Suzuki, T.; Fujita, H.; Hatanaka, K.; Utsunomiya, H.; Akimune, H.; Yamagata, T.; Okamoto, A.; Kondo, T.; Nakada, H.; Kawabata, T.; Fujita, Y.; Matsubara, H.; Shimbara, Y.; Nagashima, M.; Sakuda, M.; Mori, T.; and others

    2014-05-02

    Electric dipole (E1) reduced transition probability B(E1) of {sup 90}Zr was obtained by the inelastic proton scattering near 0 degrees using a 295 MeV proton beam and multipole decomposition analysis of the angular distribution by the distorted-wave Born approximation with the Hartree-Fock plus random-phase approximation model and inclusion of El Coulomb excitation, and the E1 strength of the pygmy dipole resonance was found in the vicinity of the neutron threshold in the low-energy tail of the giant dipole resonance. Using the data, we plan to determine the precise dipole polarizability α{sub D} which is defined as an inversely energy-weighted sum value of the elecrric dipole strength. The dipole polarizability is expected to constrain the symmetry energy term of the neutron matter equation of state. Thus systematical measurement of the dipole polarizability is important.

  4. Photon scattering from /sup 90/Zr below neutron emission threshold

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    Alarcon, R.; Laszewski, R.M.; Nathan, A.M.; Hoblit, S.D.

    1987-09-01

    Cross sections for elastic and inelastic scattering of monochromatic photons from /sup 90/Zr have been measured for excitations between 8.1 and 10.5 MeV. The observed inelastic cross sections sigma/sub el//sub el//sub i/ correspond to transitions to the 02 , 21 , 22 , and 23 states. A simple theoretical description using the Brink-Axel hypothesis and estimates of the level density and of the total photon interaction cross section sigma/sub el//sub T/ gives predictions for the individual cross sections that are in very good agreement with data. The E1 strength corresponding to the inferred sigma/sub el//sub T/ amounts to about B(E1up-arrow)--0.5 eS fmS for the energy range under consideration.

  5. Pygmy dipole resonance and dipole polarizability in 90Zr

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    Iwamoto, C.; Tamii, A.; Utsunomiya, H.; Akimune, H.; Nakada, H.; Shima, T.; Hashimoto, T.; Yamagata, T.; Kawabata, T.; Fujita, Y.; Matsubara, H.; Suzuki, T.; Fujita, H.; Shimbara, Y.; Nagashima, M.; Sakuda, M.; Mori, T.; Izumi, T.; Okamoto, A.; Kondo, T.; Lui, T.-W.; Bilgier, B.; Kozer, H. C.; Hatanaka, K.

    2014-05-01

    Electric dipole (E1) reduced transition probability B(E1) of 90Zr was obtained by the inelastic proton scattering near 0 degrees using a 295 MeV proton beam and multipole decomposition analysis of the angular distribution by the distorted-wave Born approximation with the Hartree-Fock plus random-phase approximation model and inclusion of El Coulomb excitation, and the E1 strength of the pygmy dipole resonance was found in the vicinity of the neutron threshold in the low-energy tail of the giant dipole resonance. Using the data, we plan to determine the precise dipole polarizability αD which is defined as an inversely energy-weighted sum value of the elecrric dipole strength. The dipole polarizability is expected to constrain the symmetry energy term of the neutron matter equation of state. Thus systematical measurement of the dipole polarizability is important.

  6. Neutron skin thickness of {sup 90}Zr determined by charge exchange reactions

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    Yako, K.; Sakai, H.; Sagawa, H.

    2006-11-15

    Charge exchange spin-dipole (SD) excitations of {sup 90}Zr are studied by the {sup 90}Zr(p,n) and {sup 90}Zr(n,p) reactions at 300 MeV. A multipole decomposition technique is employed to obtain the SD strength distributions in the cross-section spectra. For the first time, a model-independent SD sum rule value is obtained: 148{+-}12 fm{sup 2}. The neutron skin thickness of {sup 90}Zr is determined to be 0.07{+-}0.04 fm from the SD sum rule value.

  7. Theoretical study of the 90Zr( 3He, t) and 90Zr(p, n) reactions at E = 200 MeV per nucleon

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    Schulte, A.; Udagawa, T.; Osterfeld, F.; Cha, D.

    1987-01-01

    A comparative study of the 90Zr( 3He, t) and 90Zr(p, n) reactions is performed at the bombarding energy of 200 MeV per nucleon. It is shown that the ( 3He, t) reaction excites the collective 1 h̵ω-(L = 1) - and 2 h̵ω-(L = 2) -spin-flip modes mu more strongly than the (p, n) reaction. It is found that this enhanced excitation of the higher orbital ( L) modes is due to the strong surface character of the ( 3He, t) reaction.

  8. Transfer reactions for the /sup 50/Ti + /sup 90/Zr system below the Coulomb barrier

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    Kim, H.J.; Gomez del Campo, J.; Hindi, M.M.; Shapira, D.; Stelson, P.H.

    1988-11-01

    The analysis of quasielastic cross section data for the /sup 90/Zr projectile plus /sup 50/Ti target system shows that the probability for /sup 50/Ti(/sup 90/Zr, /sup 49/Ti)/sup 91/Zr, 1n-transfer reaction near the barrier is much larger than estimates based on semiclassical theory. The probability for /sup 50/Ti(/sup 90/Zr,/sup 51/V)/sup 89/Y, 1p-transfer reaction, on the other hand, agrees with the same theory. The internuclear distance where the 1n-transfer probability first deviates from tunneling predictions coincides with the threshold of the fusion barrier distribution deduced from the experimental fusion cross sections of the /sup 50/Ti+/sup 90/Zr system, suggesting a common mechanism for the large enhancement of 1n-transfer and fusion cross sections.

  9. The Isoscalar Giant Dipole Resonance in {sup 20}Pb, {sup 90}Zr and the Nuclear Compressibility

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    Yildirim, Serbulent; Koeroglu, Ulas

    2008-11-11

    The isoscalar giant dipol resonance (ISGDR) in finite nuclei is studied within the framework of a relativistic transport approach. The excitation energies of spherical {sup 90}Zr and {sup 208}Pb nuclei are obtained for different quantum hydrodynamical Lagrangian parametrization. The sensitivity of ISGDR excitation energy on the nuclear bulk to surface properties are also investigated.

  10. Spin differences in the 90Zr compound nucleus induced by (p ,p') , (p ,d ) , and (p ,t ) surrogate reactions

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    Ota, S.; Burke, J. T.; Casperson, R. J.; Escher, J. E.; Hughes, R. O.; Ressler, J. J.; Scielzo, N. D.; Thompson, I. J.; Austin, R. A. E.; Abromeit, B.; Foley, N. J.; McCleskey, E.; McCleskey, M.; Park, H. I.; Saastamoinen, A.; Ross, T. J.

    2015-11-01

    The effect of the production mechanism on the decay of a compound nucleus is investigated. The nucleus 90Zr was produced by three different reactions, namely 90Zr(p ,p') 90Zr , 91Zr(p ,d ) 90Zr , and 92Zr(p ,t ) 90Zr , which served as surrogate reactions for 89Zr(n ,γ ) . The spin-parity (Jπ) distributions of the states populated by these reactions were studied to investigate the surrogate reaction approach, which aims at indirectly determining cross sections for compound-nuclear reactions involving unstable targets such as 89Zr . Discrete γ rays, associated with transitions in 90Zr and 89Zr , were measured in coincidence with light ions for scattering angles of 25∘-60∘ and 90Zr excitation energies extending above the neutron separation energy. The measured transition systematics were used to gain insights into the Jπ distributions of 90Zr . The 90Zr(p ,p') reaction was found to produce fewer γ rays associated with transitions involving high spin states (J =6 -8 ℏ ) than the other two reactions, suggesting that inelastic scattering preferentially populates states in 90Zr that have lower spins than those populated in the transfer reactions investigated. The γ -ray production was also observed to vary by factors of 2-3 with the angle at which the outgoing particle was detected. These findings are relevant to the application of the surrogate reaction approach.

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

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    Haga, Akihiro; Toki, Hiroshi; Horikawa, Yataro

    2007-04-15

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

  12. Striking behavior of photoneutron cross sections for {sup 90}Zr near threshold

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    Utsunomiya, H.; Akimune, H.; Yamagata, T.; Kondo, T.; Iwamoto, C.; Itoh, O.; Kamata, M.; Io, M.; Kususe, K.; Teramoto, T.; Goriely, S.; Harada, H.; Kitatani, F.; Goko, S.; Toyokawa, H.; Yamada, K.; Lui, Y.-W.

    2011-10-28

    Photoneutron cross sections for {sup 90}Zr near neutron threshold were examined with a photon difference technique using laser Compton scattering {gamma}-ray beams. The cross section decreasing in the vicinity of neutron threshold exhibited a steep rise within 150 keV above the threshold. We draw attention to a possible relation of this striking behavior to the 3P valence neutron resonance known in neutron capture in the mass region A{approx_equal}90.

  13. Exploring the spin states of 90Zr populated by (p,p'), (p,d), and (p,t) reactions

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    Ota, S.; Burke, J. T.; Casperson, R. J.; Escher, J. E.; Hughes, R. O.; Ressler, J. J.; Scielzo, N. D.; Thompson, I. J.; Austin, R. A. E.; Abromeit, B.; Foley, N. J.; McCleskey, E.; McCleskey, M.; Park, H. I.; Saastamoinen, A.; Ross, T. J.

    2016-06-01

    The 90Zr nucleus was produced by three different reactions: 90Zr(p,p'), 91Zr(p,d), and 92Zr(p,t), and the spin-parity (Jπ) population of the 90Zr states produced by these reactions was studied to investigate the surrogate reaction approach, which aims at indirectly determining cross sections for compound-nuclear reactions involving unstable targets such as 89Zr(n,γ). Discrete γ-rays, associated with the de-excitation of 90Zr and 89Zr, were measured in coincidence with light ions at 90Zr excitation energies extending above the neutron separation energy. Low-lying states populated by (p,d) and (p,t) reactions agreed well with the previous measurements. The measured γ transition systematics were used to gain insights into the Jπ distribution of 90Zr around the neutron separation energy and it was found that the (p,p') reaction preferentially produces lower J states than (p,d) and (p,t) reactions in the studied energy region.

  14. First-principles phase stability at high temperatures and pressure in Nb90Zr10 alloy

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    Landa, A.; Soderlind, P.

    2016-08-18

    The phase stability of Nb90Zr10 alloy at high temperatures and compression is explored by means of first-principles electronic-structure calculations. Utilizing the self-consistent ab initio lattice dynamics (SCAILD) approach in conjunction with density-functional theory, we show that pressure-induced mechanical instability of the body-centered cubic phase, which results in formation of a rhombohedral phase at around 50 GPa, will prevail significant heating. As a result, the body-centered cubic structure will recover before melting at ~1800 K.

  15. Spin excitations in /sup 48/Ca and /sup 90/Zr with 319 MeV protons

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    Nanda, S.K.

    1985-05-01

    Cross sections, analyzing powers, and spin-flip probabilities have been measured in the low momentum transfer region in the /sup 90/Zr(p vector, p' vector) /sup 90/Zr* reaction at 319 MeV. A rich fine structure is observed for the first time in inelastic proton scattering in the previously proposed M1 giant resonance region. Angular distribution of most of these states are consistent with M1 excitation. The excitation energies of the fine structure states are in good agreement with similar structure seen in electron scattering; however, discrepancies in spin assignments remain. The measured cross section for the entire bump is about 37 +- 10% of the Distorted Wave Impulse Approximation (DWIA) prediction for the M1 strength in /sup 90/Zr with simple wave functions. However, an analysis of the fine structure states reveals about 15% of the strength in the M1 region to be due to narrow El states; another 8% is attributed to M2 strength. The spin-flip measurements for /sup 90/Zr reveal a large spin-flip probability value for the M1 region; good agreement is obtained with DWIA calculations. However, a large cross section for spin excitations distributed uniformly over the excitation energy region from about 7 to 25 MeV is observed for the first time. The spin excitation strength in this giant resonance continuum is found to about 0.80 mb/sr/MeV. Angular distributions for the spin-flip cross sections from 7 to 18 MeV in steps of 2 MeV have been analyzed with low multipole spin excitation calculations in the DWIA framework; the observed spin-flip strength in this region is found to be consistent with spin excitation involving angular momentum transfer of up to two. Finally, cross section, analyzing power, and spin-flip probability data have also been obtained for the 10.23 MeV M1 transition in the /sup 48/Ca(p vector, p' vector)/sup 48/Ca* reaction at 319 MeV. The quenching of M1 strength in /sup 48/Ca relative to theoretical predictions is found to be consistent with

  16. Total reaction cross sections for 8Li + 90Zr at near-barrier energies

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    Pakou, A.; Pierroutsakou, D.; Mazzocco, M.; Acosta, L.; Aslanoglou, X.; Boiano, A.; Boiano, C.; Carbone, D.; Cavallaro, M.; Grebosz, J.; Keeley, N.; La Commara, M.; Manea, C.; Marquinez-Duran, G.; Martel, I.; Parascandolo, C.; Rusek, K.; Sánchez-Benítez, A. M.; Sgouros, O.; Signorini, C.; Soramel, F.; Soukeras, V.; Stiliaris, E.; Strano, E.; Torresi, D.; Trzcinska, A.; Watanabe, Y. X.; Yamaguchi, H.

    2015-05-01

    Total reaction cross sections for the radioactive nucleus 8Li on 90Zr are reported at the near-barrier energies of 18.5 and 21.5MeV, derived from quasi-elastic scattering measurements. An analysis of the quasi-elastic scattering results is performed within an optical model framework using the BDM3Y1 interaction and total reaction cross sections are deduced. These quantities, appropriately reduced, are compared with previous data obtained in elastic scattering measurements with well and weakly bound projectiles on various targets and a formula for predicting total reaction cross sections with an uncertainty of % is obtained. Further on, the ratios of direct to total reaction cross sections are estimated for 6,8Li on various targets and are compared with CDCC or CRC calculations. The energy dependence of the optical potential is also discussed.

  17. Gamow-Teller Resonance of 90Zr in a Relativistic Approach

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    Ma, Zhong-Yu; Chen, Bao-Qiu

    2003-07-01

    We establish the formalism of nuclear spin-isospin excitations, especially the Gamow-Teller resonance in a fully consistent relativistic random-phase approximation. A relativistic form of the Landau-Migdal parameter g' is adopted as a residual spin-isospin correlation force. In the non-relativistic limit it reproduces the excitation energy of the giant Gamow-Teller resonance state obtained in the non-relativistic model. The Gamow-Teller resonance for finite nuclei is investigated in a relativistic approach for the first time. It is found that the Ikeda sum rule of 90Zr is quenched about 8% in the Hartree as well as the correlated strengths due to the poles of the negative Dirac states at energies above 1 GeV.

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

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

    2001-03-01

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

  19. Important influence of single neutron stripping coupling on near-barrier 8Li + 90Zr quasi-elastic scattering

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    Pakou, A.; Keeley, N.; Pierroutsakou, D.; Mazzocco, M.; Acosta, L.; Aslanoglou, X.; Boiano, A.; Boiano, C.; Carbone, D.; Cavallaro, M.; Grebosz, J.; La Commara, M.; Manea, C.; Marquinez-Duran, G.; Martel, I.; Parascandolo, C.; Rusek, K.; Sánchez-Benítez, A. M.; Sgouros, O.; Signorini, C.; Soramel, F.; Soukeras, V.; Stiliaris, E.; Strano, E.; Torresi, D.; Trzcińska, A.; Watanabe, Y. X.; Yamaguchi, H.

    2015-07-01

    Quasi-elastic scattering data were obtained for the radioactive nucleus 8Li on a 90Zr target at the near-barrier energy of 18.5MeV over the angular range to 80°. They were analyzed within the coupled channels and coupled reaction channels frameworks pointing to a strong coupling effect for single neutron stripping, in contrast to 6, 7 Li + 90 Zr elastic scattering at similar energies, a non-trivial result linked to detailed differences in the structure of these Li isotopes.

  20. Evolution of Seawater 44Ca/40Ca Through the Late Cretaceous and Cenozoic

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    Castillo, P. R.; Gopalan, K.; Norris, R. D.; MacIsaac, C.; Liu, X.; MacDougall, J. D.

    2009-12-01

    We analyzed the Ca concentrations and 44Ca/40Ca ratios of surface ocean planktonic (Morozovella, Acarinina, Dentoglobigerina) and benthic (Gavelinella) foraminifera of Late Cretaceous to Late Oligocene ages from DSDP and ODP sites in the Pacific, Atlantic and Indian oceans in order to fill a major gap in the Phanerozoic seawater 44Ca/40Ca curve (Farkass et al., Geochim. Cosmochim. Acta 71, 2007). Our new 44Ca/40Ca data indicate a general increase in foraminiferan-based seawater 44Ca/40Ca from ~-1.3 ‰ δ44Ca/40CaSW in Late Cretaceous to ~0.0 ‰ δ44Ca/40CaSW in Early Miocene (Heuser et al., Paleocean. 20, 2005; Sime et al., Geochim. Cosmochim. Acta 71, 2007). In detail, the 44Ca/40Ca ratio stepped abruptly from ~-1.3 ‰ δ44Ca/40CaSW to a slightly higher value of ~-1.1 ‰ δ44Ca/40CaSW across the Cretaceous-Tertiary (K/T) boundary. A slight positive excursion of ~0.2 ‰ above the background value occurred after the Paleocene Thermal Maximum (55 Ma) but otherwise, the Paleocene to Middle Eocene ratio is relatively stable at ~-1.0 ‰ δ44Ca/40CaSW. The most prominent increase in foraminiferan-based seawater 44Ca/40Ca occurred from Late Eocene to Late Oligocene, roughly coincident with the initial phase of the rapid and steady rise of marine carbonate 87Sr/86Sr ratio in the Tertiary (e.g., DePaolo and Ingram, Science 227, 1985).

  1. 1- and 2+ discrete states in 90Zr populated via the (17O,'17Oγ ) reaction

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    Crespi, F. C. L.; Bracco, A.; Nicolini, R.; Lanza, E. G.; Vitturi, A.; Mengoni, D.; Leoni, S.; Benzoni, G.; Blasi, N.; Boiano, C.; Bottoni, S.; Brambilla, S.; Camera, F.; Corsi, A.; Giaz, A.; Million, B.; Pellegri, L.; Vandone, V.; Wieland, O.; Bednarczyk, P.; Ciemała, M.; Kmiecik, M.; Krzysiek, M.; Maj, A.; Bazzacco, D.; Bellato, M.; Birkenbach, B.; Bortolato, D.; Calore, E.; Cederwall, B.; de Angelis, G.; Désesquelles, P.; Eberth, J.; Farnea, E.; Gadea, A.; Görgen, A.; Gottardo, A.; Hess, H.; Isocrate, R.; Jolie, J.; Jungclaus, A.; Kempley, R. S.; Labiche, M.; Menegazzo, R.; Michelagnoli, C.; Molini, P.; Napoli, D. R.; Pullia, A.; Quintana, B.; Recchia, F.; Reiter, P.; Sahin, E.; Siem, S.; Söderström, P.-A.; Stezowski, O.; Theisen, Ch.; Ur, C.; Valiente-Dobón, J. J.

    2015-02-01

    2+ and 1- states in 90Zr were populated via the (17O,'17Oγ ) reaction at 340 MeV. The γ decay was measured with high resolution using the AGATA (advanced γ tracking array demonstrator array). Differential cross sections were obtained at few different angles for the scattered particle. The results of the elastic scattering and inelastic excitation of 2+,3-, and 1- states are compared with distorted-wave Born approximation (DWBA) calculations, using both the standard collective form factor and a form factor obtained by folding microscopically calculated transition densities. This allowed to extract the isoscalar component of the 1- state at 6.424 MeV. The comparison of the present (17O,'17Oγ ) data with existing (γ ,γ' ) and (p ,p' ) data in the corresponding region of the γ continuum (6-11 MeV), characterized by a large E 1 component, shows completely different behaviors of the cross section as a function of the nuclear excitation energy. The comparison of the data with DWBA calculations suggests a decrease of the isoscalar strength in the cross section with increasing excitation energy.

  2. Microscopic analysis of complete 90Zr(p,n) spectra including the Δ isobar effect

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    Osterfeld, F.; Cha, D.; Speth, J.

    1985-02-01

    A microscopic analysis of the complete forward angle spectra of the 90Zr(p,n) reaction is presented for an incident energy of 200 MeV. It is shown that the whole spectra up to an excitation energy of Ex=70 MeV are the result of correlated one-particle-one-hole (1p1h) spin-isospin transitions only. The spectra reflect, therefore, the linear spin-isospin response of the target nucleus to the probing (p,n) field. Two different cross section calculations are performed: one with usual random phase approximation wave functions and one with generalized random phase approximation wave functions which include Δ isobar degrees of freedom explicitly. We find that the theoretical cross sections calculated with random phase approximation wave functions, which provide the lower limit of spin-isospin strength, describe the data rather well at all scattering angles, while the random phase approximation +Δ cross sections underestimate the data at forward angles. In this connection we discuss the quenching of the spin-isospin strength in detail.

  3. 89 Zr(n,γ)90 Zr from a surrogate reaction approach

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    Ota, Shuya; Burke, J. T.; Casperson, R. J.; Escher, J. E.; Hughes, R. O.; Ressler, J. J.; Scielzo, N. D.; Thompson, I.; Austin, R. A. E.; McCleskey, E.; McCleskey, M.; Saastamoinen, A.; Ross, T.

    2015-04-01

    While recent studies have demonstrated the validity of the surrogate reaction approach for studying fission cross sections of short-lived actinides, its applicability for (n, γ) is still under investigation. We studied the γ-decay of 90 Zr produced by 91 Zr(p,d) and 92 Zr(p,t) in order to infer the 89 Zr(n, γ) cross sections. The experiments were carried out at the K150 Cyclotron facility at Texas A&M University with a 28.5-MeV proton beam. The reaction deuterons and tritons were measured at forward angles of 30-60° with the STARS (Silicon Telescope Array for Reaction Studies) array of three segmented Micron S2 silicon detectors. Compound nuclei with energies up to a few MeV above the neutron separation thresholds were populated. The coincident γ-rays were measured with the LiTeR (Livermore Texas Richmond) array of five Compton-suppressed HPGe clovers. We will present results of γ-emission probabilities of 89 Zr(n, γ) and some theoretical discussions. This work was performed under the auspices of the US Department of Energy by Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory under Contract No. DE-AC52- 07NA27344. One of the authors, S. O. is supported by JSPS Postdoctoral Fellowship for Research Abroad.

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

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

    1984-11-01

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

  5. A study of the 90Zr( 3He, t) reaction at 43.4 MeV

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    Fields, C. A.; Ristinen, R. A.; Samuelson, L. E.; Smith, P. A.

    1982-09-01

    Low-lying states of 90Nb have been investigated using the 90Zr( 3He, t) reaction at 43.4 MeV. In addition to the well-known π( P{1}/{2}) v (g {9}/{2}) -1and π(g {9}/{2}) v (g {9}/{2}) -1 particle-hole states, many other levels were observed. The angular distributions for the ( g{9}/{2}) 2 states are investigated using DWBA calculations using collective, OPEP, and independent tensor and spin-isospin potentials.

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

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

    2006-08-14

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

  7. Nuclear Structure of the Closed Subshell Nucleus 90Zr Studied with the (n,n'(gamma)) Reaction

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    Garrett, P E; Younes, Y; Becker, J A; Bernstein, L A; Baum, E M; DiPrete, D P; Gatenby, R A; Johnson, E L; McGrath, C A; Yates, S W; Devlin, M; Fotiades, N; Nelson, R O; Brown, B A

    2003-06-12

    States in {sup 90}Zr have been observed with the (n,n{prime}{gamma}) reaction using both spallation and monoenergetic accelerator-produced neutrons. A scheme comprised of 81 levels and 157 transitions was constructed concentrating on levels below 5.6 MeV in excitation energy. Spins have been determined by considering data from all experimental studies performed for {sup 90}Zr. Lifetimes have been deduced using the Doppler-shift attenuation method for many of the states and transition rates have been obtained. A spherical shell-model interpretation in terms of particle-hole excitations assuming a {sup 88}Sr closed core is given. In some cases, enhancements in B(M1) and B(E2) values are observed that cannot be explained by assuming simple particle-hole excitations. Shell-model calculations using an extended f pg-shell model space reproduce the spectrum of excited states very well, and the gross features of the B(M1) and B(E2) transition rates. Transition rates for individual levels show discrepancies between calculations and experimental values.

  8. PriMux

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    2010-08-31

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

  9. Microscopic analysis of 90Zr(p,p)-spin-flip spectra at E = 319 MeV

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    Yabe, M.; Osterfeld, F.; Cha, D.

    1986-09-01

    A microscopic analysis of the forward angle 90Zr(p,p')-spin-flip spectrum is presented for an incident energy of 319 MeV. It is shown that the whole spectrum up to an excitation energy of Ex = 25 MeV can be understood as a superposition of correlated one-particle-one-hole spin-flip (ΔS = 1) transitions. The dominant part to the ΔS = 1 cross section is contributed by the 2- states. Our results suggest that the measured spin-flip cross section is compatible with the transition strength predictions as obtained from random phase approximation (RPA) calculations. This means that the Δ isobar quenching mechanism is likely to be rather small.

  10. 87Y(n,γ) and 89,90Zr(n,γ) cross sections from a surrogate reaction approach

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    Ota, Shuya; Burke, J. T.; Casperson, R. J.; Escher, J. E.; Hughes, R. O.; Ressler, J. J.; Scielzo, N. D.; Thompson, I.; Austin, R. A. E.; McCleskey, E.; McCleskey, M.; Saastamoinen, A.; Ross, T.

    2015-05-01

    The surrogate reaction approach is an indirect method for determining nuclear reaction cross sections which cannot be measured directly or predicted reliably. While recent studies demonstrated the validity of the surrogate reaction approach for studying fission cross sections for short-lived actinides, its applicability for radiative neutron capture reactions ((n,γ)) is still under investigation. We studied the γ decay of excited 88Y and 90,91Zr nuclei produced by 89Y(p,d), 91Zr(p,d), and 92Zr(p,d) reactions, respectively, in order to infer the 87Y(n,γ) and 89, 90Zr(n,γ) cross sections. The experiments were carried out at the K150 Cyclotron facility at Texas A&M University with a 28.5-MeV proton beam. The reaction deuterons were measured at forward angles of 25-60° with the array of three segmented Micron S2 silicon detectors. The compound nuclei with energies up to a few MeV above the neutron separation thresholds were populated. The coincident γ-rays were measured with the array of five Compton-suppressed HPGe clover detectors.

  11. Can d44Ca be a Proxy for Paleoceanography? - A Case Study of Globigerinoides Sacculifer from Western Equatorial Atlantic

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    Yang, S.; Wei, K.; Shen, J. J.

    2007-12-01

    The δ 44Ca, δ 18O, and Mg/Ca ratios of fossil Globigerinoides sacculifer over the past 20 ka extracted from a Caribbean core, TT9108-1GC, have been measured in order to examine the possibility of using δ 44Ca as a proxy for paleoceanography. Our results indicate that the δ 44Ca of G. sacculifer varies as a function of sea surface temperature (SST) and sea surface salinity (SSS). The Caribbean Sea SSS, reconstructed by combining the δ 18O and Mg/Ca ratios of G. sacculifer and sea level change data, shows significant fluctuations between 36.5 and 39.5 psu during the last 20 ka. After isolating the temperature effect, the δ 44Ca of G. sacculifer exhibits a positive correlation with SSS, ca 0.27±0.02 ‰ per 1 psu. On the other hand, no significant relationship is observed between δ 44Ca and seawater [CO3 -2]. Moreover, variation of G. sacculifer δ 44Ca can also be explained using a Rayleigh fractionation model. As a function of temperature and salinity, the metabolic rate may influence the utilization of vacuole Ca+2 in G. sacculifer, resulting in different δ 44Ca values. The results of this study are inconsistent with the "rate-controlled fractionation model" of Lemarchand et al. (2004), instead, the results are more in-line with the foraminiferal biomineralization model of Erez (2003), where δ 44Ca reflects the adjustments of temperature, salinity, and pH of seawater isolated in vacuoles during the growth of G. sacculifer.

  12. Photonuclear and radiative-capture reaction rates for nuclear astrophysics and transmutation: 92-100Mo, 88Sr, 90Zr, and 139La

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    Beard, M.; Frauendorf, S.; Kämpfer, B.; Schwengner, R.; Wiescher, M.

    2012-06-01

    Experimental photoabsorption cross sections for the nuclei 92,94,96,98,100Mo, 88Sr, 90Zr, and 139La are used as an input for calculations of (γ,n), (γ,p), and (γ,α), as well as (n,γ), (p,γ), and (α,γ) cross sections and reaction rates at energies and temperatures relevant for nucleosynthesis network models and transmutation projects. The calculations are performed with the statistical-model code talys. The results are compared with those obtained by using different analytic standard parametrizations of γ-ray strength functions implemented in talys and with an energy-damped double-Lorentzian model. The radiative capture reaction cross sections are enhanced by the pygmy resonances in 88Sr, 90Zr, and 139La.

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

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

    2015-10-15

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

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

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

    2015-10-01

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

  15. Photon-induced multiple particle emissions of {sup 90}Zr and {sup nat}Zr from 10 to 140 MeV

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    Rodrigues, T. E.; Martins, M. N.; Garcia, C.; Arruda-Neto, J. D. T.; Mesa, J.; Shtejer, K.; Garcia, F.

    2007-01-15

    A comprehensive analysis of electrodisintegration yields of protons on {sup 90}Zr is proposed taking into account the giant dipole resonance, isovector giant quadrupole resonance (IVGQR), and quasideuteron contributions to the total photoabsorption cross section from 10 to 140 MeV. The calculation applies the MCMC intranuclear cascade to address the direct and pre-equilibrium emissions and another Monte Carlo-based algorithm to describe the evaporation step. The final results of the total photoabsorption cross section for {sup 90}Zr and relevant decay channels are obtained by fitting the (e,p) measurements from the National Bureau of Standards and show that multiple proton emissions dominate the photonuclear reactions at higher energies. These results provide a consistent explanation for the exotic and steady increase of the (e,p) yield and also a strong evidence of a IVGQR with a strength parameter compatible with the E2 energy-weighted sum rule. The inclusive photoneutron cross sections for {sup 90}Zr and {sup nat}Zr, derived from these results and normalized with the (e,p) data, are in agreement within 10% with both Livermore and Saclay data up to 140 MeV.

  16. 94 Mo(γ,n) and 90Zr(γ,n) cross-section measurements towards understanding the origin of p-nuclei

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    Meekins, E.; Banu, A.; Karwowski, H.; Silano, J.; Zimmerman, W.; Muller, J.; Rich, G.; Bhike, M.; Tornow, W.; McClesky, M.; Travaglio, C.

    2014-09-01

    The nucleosynthesis beyond iron of the rarest stable isotopes in the cosmos, the so-called p-nuclei, is one of the forefront topics in nuclear astrophysics. Recently, a stellar source was found that, for the first time, was able to produce both light and heavy p-nuclei almost at the same level as 56Fe, including the most debated 92,94Mo and 96,98Ru; it was also found that there is an important contribution from the p-process nucleosynthesis to the neutron magic nucleus 90Zr. We focus here on constraining the origin of p-nuclei through nuclear physics by studying two key astrophysical photoneutron reaction cross sections for 94Mo(γ,n) and 90Zr(γ,n). Their energy dependencies were measured using quasi-monochromatic photon beams from Duke University's High Intensity Gamma-ray Source facility at the respective neutron threshold energies up to 18 MeV. Preliminary results of these experimental cross sections will be presented along with their comparison to predictions by a statistical model based on the Hauser-Feshbach formalism implemented in codes like TALYS and SMARAGD. The nucleosynthesis beyond iron of the rarest stable isotopes in the cosmos, the so-called p-nuclei, is one of the forefront topics in nuclear astrophysics. Recently, a stellar source was found that, for the first time, was able to produce both light and heavy p-nuclei almost at the same level as 56Fe, including the most debated 92,94Mo and 96,98Ru; it was also found that there is an important contribution from the p-process nucleosynthesis to the neutron magic nucleus 90Zr. We focus here on constraining the origin of p-nuclei through nuclear physics by studying two key astrophysical photoneutron reaction cross sections for 94Mo(γ,n) and 90Zr(γ,n). Their energy dependencies were measured using quasi-monochromatic photon beams from Duke University's High Intensity Gamma-ray Source facility at the respective neutron threshold energies up to 18 MeV. Preliminary results of these experimental cross

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

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

    2015-09-01

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

  18. Elastic and inelastic scattering to low-lying states of {sup 58}Ni and {sup 90}Zr using 240-MeV {sup 6}Li

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    Krishichayan; Chen, X.; Lui, Y.-W.; Tokimoto, Y.; Button, J.; Youngblood, D. H.

    2010-01-15

    Elastic and inelastic scattering of 240-MeV {sup 6}Li particles from {sup 58}Ni and {sup 90}Zr were measured with the multipole-dipole-multipole spectrometer from 4 deg. <={theta}{sub c.m.}<=43 deg. The elastic scattering data were fitted with the double-folding model using the density-dependent M3Y NN effective interaction and with a phenomenological Woods-Saxon potential. B(E2) and B(E3) values obtained for low-lying 2{sup +} and 3{sup -} states with the double-folding calculations agreed with the adopted values.

  19. δ44Ca in N. pachy (left): A Promising Tool for SST-Reconstruction in High-Latitude Oceans

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    Hippler, D.; Gussone, N.; Darling, K.; Eisenhauer, A.; Nagler, T. F.

    2002-12-01

    Reconstructions of sea surface temperatures (SSTs) by means of planktonic foraminifera are an essential tool in paleoceanography. Unlike to marine tropical environments where a number of established SST-proxies exist, information on paleo-SST of polar water masses is scarce. In these regions high-resolution records exist mainly for continental environments. Ca isotopes bear a high potential as SST proxies as they are insensitive to changes in global ice volume, evaporation or freshwater input. Here, measurements of the Ca-isotopic composition on calcite shells of Neogloboquadrina pachyderma (left coiling) -a dominant species in subpolar and polar surface waters- are presented. The genotype of individuals tests was determined at the University of Edinburgh. Subsequently the respective calcite shells were analysed for δ44Ca at the University of Bern. The most complete data set is from the polar North Atlantic. All samples are from the same genotype and span a temperature (T) range from 1.9°C to 6.5°C. It was found that T correlates well with δ44Ca. The total δ44Ca-variation results in a δ44Ca-change of 0.2‰ per 1°C defined by a linear regression. In order to test whether the correlation is influenced by hydrographic or genotype differences a second set of a Southern Atlantic genotype of N. pachy (left) has been investigated. Preliminary observations point to T as the main factor controlling δ44Ca variations and a T dependence very similar to that of Arctic specimen. Remarkably, this T dependence (although not the absolute values) is identical within errors to the one of tropical G. sacculifer (Nagler et al., 2000, G3). Thus, even though Ca isotope fractionation is known to be species-dependent, the increase of 0.2‰ δ44Ca per 1°C seems to reflect a particular mode of biocalcification. While more calibration work is needed, it appears that T changes of polar surface waters will be quantitatively resolvable.

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

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

    1995-11-01

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

  1. /sup 90/Zr (p,n) and (n,p) distorted-wave impulse approximation cross sections in 2p2h random-phase approximation

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    Wambach, J.; Droz-dotdz-dot, S.; Schulte, A.; Speth, J.

    1988-03-01

    Within the distorted-wave impulse approximation and an extended random phase approximation theory which includes 1p 1h as well as 2p 2h excitations, we study (p,n) and (n,p) cross sections in /sup 90/Zr at 200 MeV. The inclusion of 2p2h excitations allows us to calculate spreading width effects microscopically without introduction of parameters. Given a fully microscopic description reasonable agreement between theory and experiment is found in the (p,n) channel. In the (n,p) channel at forward angles we find that the compact spin-dipole resonance predicted by 1p1h random-phase approximation calculations is not strongly effected by 2p2h mixing

  2. Study of multipole giant resonances in /sup 90/Zr and /sup 120/Sn in scattering of 93-MeV /sup 6/Li ions

    SciTech Connect

    Venikov, N.I.; Glukhov, Y.A.; Dem'yanova, A.S.; Drozdov, S.I.; Novatskii, V.G.; Ogloblin, A.A.; Sakuta, S.B.; Stepanov, D.N.; Unezhev, V.N.; Yupinov, Y.L.; Brynkush, M.; Grama, K.; Lazer, I.

    1981-04-01

    In the inelastic scattering of /sup 6/Li ions with energy 93 MeV we have investigated the regions of quadrupole and octupole giant isoscalar resonances (E/sub x/approx.63A/sup -1/3/ and E/sub x/approx.30A/sup -13/ MeV, respectively) in the nuclei /sup 90/Zr and /sup 120/Sn. The angular distributions of the resonance groups obtained in the region of angles 12--24/sup 0/ are analyzed by the distorted wave Born approximation. Detailed study of the group at E/sub x/approx.63A/sup -1/3/ favors existence of a monopole giant resonance which is located at an excitation energy approx.76A/sup -1/3/ MeV on the left wing of the quadrupole resonance.

  3. Remotely sensing the photochemical reflectance index, PRI

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    Vanderbilt, Vern; Daughtry, Craig; Dahlgren, Robert

    2015-09-01

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

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

    Atmospheric Science Data Center

    2013-04-02

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

  5. Heterogeneous-nucleation and glass-formation studies of 56Ga2O3-44CaO

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    Ethridge, Edwin C.; Curreri, Peter A.; Pline, David

    1987-01-01

    Glass formation and heterogeneous crystallization are described for the reluctant-glass-forming 56Ga2O3-44CaO eutectic composition. The times and temperatures for nucleation at various cooling rates and experimental conditions were measured and empirical continuous-cooling-crystallization boundaries were constructed for various heterogeneous nucleation processes. A definition for an empirical critical cooling rate to form a glass from reluctant borderline glass formers is proposed, i.e., the cooling rate that results in glass formation in 95 percent of the quenching experiments.

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

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    Spencer, Gregory P.

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

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

    ERIC Educational Resources Information Center

    Spencer, Gregory P.

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

  8. Experimental study of radiative pion capture on /sup 13/C, /sup 20/Ne, /sup 90/Zr, /sup 19/F and /sup 12/C

    SciTech Connect

    Martoff, C.J.

    1980-11-01

    Photon spectra for 50 < E/sub ..gamma../ < 135 MeV have been measured from the radiative capture of stopped negative pions by the nuclides /sup 13/C, /sup 19/F, /sup 20/Ne, and /sup 90/Zr. The e/sup +/e/sup -/ pair spectrometer system used has resolution 850 keV fwhm and photon detection efficiency 5 x 10/sup -6/. The total radiative capture branching ratios measured are /sup 13/C (1.66 +- 0.25)%, /sup 19/F (2.40 +- 0.48)%, /sup 20/Ne (1.60 +- 0.24)%, and /sup 90/Zr (2.1 +- 0.5)%. The partial radiative capture branching ratios to four bound states and two resonances in /sup 20/F, and two bound states and three resonances in /sup 13/B have also been measured. The branching ratio for /sup 13/C(..pi../sup -/,..gamma..)/sup 13/B g.s. is (6.1 +- 1.2) x 10/sup -4/. Comparison of this result with the beta decay rate of /sup 13/B shows that (84 +- 16)% of the pion capture amplitude is accounted for by the Gamow-Teller matrix element. Further analysis suggests that much of the remaining strength is E2. The measured branching ratios to resonant states in /sup 13/C(..pi../sup -/,..gamma..)/sup 13/B are shown to be in agreement with detailed shell model calculations. The total single-particle strength in these transitions is shown to be approximately half as large as that of the T = 3/2 part of the E1 photoresonance (the Giant Dipole Resonance) in /sup 13/C. The branching ratio for /sup 20/Ne(..pi../sup -/,..gamma..)/sup 20/F (T = 1, J/sup ..pi../ = 1/sup +/, E/sub x/ = 1.06 MeV) is 0.91 +- 0.52).10/sup -4/. Comparison with the electroexcitation of the analog giant M1 state in /sup 20/Ne (11.24 MeV) shows that the M1 transition amplitude is less than (46 +- 14)% Gamow-Teller. This result is in agreement with detailed shell model calculations of the M1 transition. The photon spectrum for radiative pion capture from flight (reaction /sup 12/C(..pi../sup +/ T = 44 MeV, ..gamma.. at 90/sup 0/)) has been measured. 13 figures, 12 tables.

  9. GMI in the reentrant spin-glass Fe90Zr10 alloy: Investigation of the spin dynamics in the MHz frequency regime

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    Ribeiro, P. R. T.; Ramírez, J. M. M.; Vidyasagar, R.; Machado, F. L. A.; Rezende, S. M.; Dahlberg, E. Dan

    2016-09-01

    Giant magnetoimpedance (GMI) in the reentrant spin-glass (SG) phase of ferromagnetic Fe90Zr10 is reported. The temperature (T) dependence of the GMI allows the investigation of the spin dynamics in the SG phase in the MHz frequency regime and thus very short relaxation times τ (˜10-8 s). The GMI shows a broad maximum around 150 K and diminishes with decreasing T below the glass temperature Tg of 15 K. The magnetic permeability data obtained from the GMI data show the general features observed in the ac magnetic susceptibility measured at lower frequencies (10 ≤ f ≤ 104 Hz), yielding values of Tf (=Tg(f)) that allow testing the validity of the power-law scaling used for describing the dynamics of SG-phases up to 15 MHz. A log-log plot of τ (=1/f) versus the reduced critical temperature shows two distinct regimes in the time-domain: (1) a critical slowing-down is observed for values τ > 3 × 10-3 s; and (2) for 7 × 10-8 ≤ τ ≤ 3 × 10-3 s. In the latter case a fitting to the power-law yields the value 7.4 for the product of the critical exponents zν, and 1.6 × 10-7 s for the microscopic relaxation time τ0. The product of the exponents is appropriate for an Ising spin glass.

  10. 44Ca/42Ca and 143Nd/144Nd isotope variations in Cretaceous Eocene Tethyan francolites and their bearing on phosphogenesis in the southern Tethys

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    Soudry, David; Segal, Irena; Nathan, Yaacov; Glenn, Craig R.; Halicz, Ludwik; Lewy, Zeev; Vonderhaar, Denys L.

    2004-05-01

    Measurements of 44Ca/42Ca and 143Nd/144Nd isotope ratios in carbonate fluorapatite (CFA) through the Aptian Eocene section of the Negev (Israel), together with quantified rates of P and Ca accumulation and bulk sedimentation, permit an examination of the relationships of these five factors to Tethyan phosphogenesis. The data provide an Aptian Eocene (ca. 70 Ma) record of the Ca isotope composition of 35 CFA samples (24 of which were also analyzed for Nd isotopes), representing 11 time-stratigraphic phosphate horizons within the sequence. The δ44Ca values are significantly lower in the Aptian Albian samples (δ44Ca = -0.11‰ to -0.06‰) than in the Campanian Eocene samples (δ44Ca = +0.22‰ to +0.42‰), whereas the ɛNd(T) values increase from continental crust like in the Aptian Albian [ɛNd(T) = -10.9] to more radiogenic, Pacific-like [ɛNd(T) = -6.6 to -6.1] in the Campanian. Both peaks of δ44Ca and ɛNd(T) in the Campanian coincide with the peak of Tethyan phosphogenesis in the Negev, which is marked by a sharp increase of P accumulation rates (from <200 μmol·cm-2·k.y.-1 in pre-Campanian time to ˜1700 μmol·cm-2·k.y.-1 in the Campanian) and a decrease in rates of Ca accumulation and bulk sedimentation. The coincident increases of δ44Ca and ɛNd(T) values and P accumulation rates in the Negev area during the Campanian suggest that they are related in this time interval and were induced by the global Late Cretaceous sea- level rise and increasing circumequatorial Tethyan flow.

  11. Cyclotron production of high purity (44m,44)Sc with deuterons from (44)CaCO3 targets.

    PubMed

    Alliot, C; Kerdjoudj, R; Michel, N; Haddad, F; Huclier-Markai, S

    2015-06-01

    Due to its longer half-life, (44)Sc (T1/2 = 3.97 h) as a positron emitter can be an interesting alternative to (68)Ga (T1/2 = 67.71 min). It has been already proposed as a PET radionuclide for scouting bone disease and is already available as a (44)Ti/(44)Sc generator. (44)Sc has an isomeric state, (44 m)Sc (T1/2 = 58.6 h), which can be co-produced with (44)Sc and that has been proved to be considered as an in-vivo PET generator (44 m)Sc/(44)Sc. This work presents the production route of (44 m)Sc/(44)Sc generator from (44)Ca(d,2n), its extraction/purification process and the evaluation of its performances. Irradiation was performed in a low activity target station using a deuteron beam of 16 MeV, which favors the number of (44 m)Sc atoms produced simultaneously to (44)Sc. Typical irradiation conditions were 60 min at 0.2 μA producing 44 MBq of (44)Sc with a (44)Sc/(44 m)Sc activity ratio of 50 at end of irradiation. Separations of the radionuclides were performed by means of cation exchange chromatography using a DGA® resin (Triskem). Then, the developed process was applied with bigger targets, and could be used for preclinical studies. The extraction/purification process leads to a radionucleidic purity higher than 99.99% ((43)Sc, (46)Sc, (48)Sc < DL). (44 m)Sc/(44)Sc labeling towards DOTA moiety was performed in order to get an evaluation of the specific activities that could be reached with regard to all metallic impurities from the resulting source. Reaction parameters of radiolabeling were optimized, reaching yields over 95%, and leading to a specific activity of about 10-20 MBq/nmol for DOTA. A recycling process for the enriched (44)Ca target was developed and optimized. The quality of the final batch with regard to radionucleidic purity, specific activity and metal impurities allowed a right away use for further radiopharmaceutical evaluation. This radionucleidic pair of (44 m)Sc/(44)Sc offers a quite interesting PET radionuclide for being further

  12. Optimization and application of ICPMS with dynamic reaction cell for precise determination of 44Ca/40Ca isotope ratios.

    PubMed

    Boulyga, Sergei F; Klötzli, Urs; Stingeder, Gerhard; Prohaska, Thomas

    2007-10-15

    An inductively coupled plasma mass spectrometer with dynamic reaction cell (ICP-DRC-MS) was optimized for determining (44)Ca/(40)Ca isotope ratios in aqueous solutions with respect to (i) repeatability, (ii) robustness, and (iii) stability. Ammonia as reaction gas allowed both the removal of (40)Ar+ interference on (40)Ca+ and collisional damping of ion density fluctuations of an ion beam extracted from an ICP. The effect of laboratory conditions as well as ICP-DRC-MS parameters such a nebulizer gas flow rate, rf power, lens potential, dwell time, or DRC parameters on precision and mass bias was studied. Precision (calculated using the "unbiased" or "n - 1" method) of a single isotope ratio measurement of a 60 ng g(-1) calcium solution (analysis time of 6 min) is routinely achievable in the range of 0.03-0.05%, which corresponded to the standard error of the mean value (n = 6) of 0.012-0.020%. These experimentally observed RSDs were close to theoretical precision values given by counting statistics. Accuracy of measured isotope ratios was assessed by comparative measurements of the same samples by ICP-DRC-MS and thermal ionization mass spectrometry (TIMS) by using isotope dilution with a (43)Ca-(48)Ca double spike. The analysis time in both cases was 1 h per analysis (10 blocks, each 6 min). The delta(44)Ca values measured by TIMS and ICP-DRC-MS with double-spike calibration in two samples (Ca ICP standard solution and digested NIST 1486 bone meal) coincided within the obtained precision. Although the applied isotope dilution with (43)Ca-(48)Ca double-spike compensates for time-dependent deviations of mass bias and allows achieving accurate results, this approach makes it necessary to measure an additional isotope pair, reducing the overall analysis time per isotope or increasing the total analysis time. Further development of external calibration by using a bracketing method would allow a wider use of ICP-DRC-MS for routine calcium isotopic measurements, but it

  13. Remotely Sensing the Photochemical Reflectance Index (PRI)

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    Vanderbilt, Vern

    2015-01-01

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

  14. Ion microscopic imaging of calcium transport in the intestinal tissue of vitamin D-deficient and vitamin D-replete chickens: A sup 44 Ca stable isotope study

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    Chandra, S.; Fullmer, C.S.; Smith, C.A.; Wasserman, R.H.; Morrison, G.H. )

    1990-08-01

    The intestinal absorption of calcium includes at least three definable steps; transfer across the microvillar membrane, movement through the cytosolic compartment, and energy-dependent extrusion into the lamina propria, Tracing the movement of calcium through the epithelium has been hampered by lack of suitable techniques and, in this study, advantage was taken of ion microscopy in conjunction with cryosectioning and use of the stable isotope 44Ca to visualize calcium in transit during the absorptive process. The effect of vitamin D, required for optimal calcium absorption, was investigated. Twenty millimolar 44Ca was injected into the duodenal lumen in situ of vitamin D-deficient and vitamin D-replete chickens. At 2.5, 5.0, and 20.0 min after injection, duodenal tissue was obtained and processed for ion microscopic imaging. At 2.5 min. 44Ca was seen to be concentrated in the region subjacent to the microvillar membrane in tissue from both groups. At 5.0 and 20.0 min, a similar pattern of localization was evident in D-deficient tissues. In D-replete tissues, the distribution of 44Ca became more homogenous, indicating that vitamin D increased the rate of transfer of Ca2+ from the apical to the basolateral membrane, a function previously ascribed to the vitamin D-induced calcium-binding protein (28-kDa calbindin-D). Quantitative aspects of the calcium absorptive process were determined in parallel experiments with the radionuclide 47Ca. Complementary information on the localization of the naturally occurring isotopes of calcium (40Ca) and potassium (39K) is also described.

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

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

    2016-04-01

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

  16. Tracing Tethyan Phosphogenesis From Temporal Variations of 44Ca/42Ca and 143Nd/144Nd Isotope Ratios in Francolites and P Accumulation

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    Soudry, D.; Glenn, C.; Nathan, Y.; Segal, I.; Vonderhaar, D.

    2004-12-01

    Measurements of 44Ca/42Ca and 143Nd/144 isotope ratios in carbonate fluorapatite (CFA) through the Cretaceous-Eocene of the Negev (Israel) and of other sites in the Tethys margins, together with quantified rates of P and Ca accumulation and bulk sedimentation, allow us to understand variations of Tethyan phosphogenesis in time and space. The data provide a ˜ 90 m.y. (Hauterivian-Eocene) record of the Ca and Nd isotopic composition in 72 CFA samples representing 25 time-stratigraphic phosphate levels. Similar temporal changes are displayed by δ 44Ca and ɛ NdT. δ 44Ca is much lighter in the Hauterivian-Albian (δ 44Ca = - 0. 19 to - 0.06 ‰ ; n = 9) than in the Campanian-Eocene (δ 44Ca = + 0.29 to + 0.40 ‰ ; n = 41), whereas ɛ NdT increases from continental crust-like values in the Hauterivian-Albian (ɛ NdT = -12.8 to - 10.9; n = 8) to more radiogenic Pacific-like values (ɛ NdT = - 7.5 to - 6.2; n = 27) in the Campanian. Both δ 44Ca and ɛ NdT peaks in the Campanian coincide with the peak of Tethyan phosphogenesis in the Negev, marked by a sharp rise in P accumulation rates (from < 200 μ mole.cm-2 kyr-1 in pre-Campanian times to ˜ 1700 < 200 μ mole.cm-2 kyr-1 in the Campanian) and by a decrease in the rates of Ca accumulation and bulk sedimentation. The coincident increases of δ 44Ca, ɛ NdT, and P accumulation in the Negev during the Campanian is interpreted as the combined effect of the Late Cretaceous global sea level rise, the development of a long-transit, westward-flowing circumglobal Tethyan current enhanced by widening of the Caribbean threshold at those times, and a favorable paleolatitude (8° -15° ) of the south Tethys shelf in the path of easterly winds. Extensive flooding of continental platforms, induced by the Late Cretaceous global sea level rise, probably reduced the influx of riverine Ca to oceans and increased carbonate deposition on shelves both causing seawater enrichment with heavy Ca. Similarly, intensification of ocean

  17. In situ measurement of Scots pine needle PRI.

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

    2017-01-01

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

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

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

    2008-09-01

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

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

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

    2009-12-01

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

  20. Investigating the Role of Helicobacter pylori PriA Protein.

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

    2016-08-01

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

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

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

    2013-10-31

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

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

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

    2013-01-01

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

  3. Sr2+/Ca2+ and 44Ca/40Ca fractionation during inorganic calcite formation: III. Impact of salinity/ionic strength

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    Tang, Jianwu; Niedermayr, Andrea; Köhler, Stephan J.; Böhm, Florian; Kısakürek, Basak; Eisenhauer, Anton; Dietzel, Martin

    2012-01-01

    In order to apply Sr/Ca and 44Ca/40Ca fractionation during calcium carbonate (CaCO3) formation as a proxy to reconstruct paleo-environments, it is essential to evaluate the impact of various environmental factors. In this study, a CO2 diffusion technique was used to crystallize inorganic calcite from aqueous solutions at different ionic strength/salinity by the addition of NaCl at 25 °C. Results show that the discrimination of Sr2+ versus Ca2+ during calcite formation is mainly controlled by precipitation rate (R in μmol/m2/h) and is weakly influenced by ionic strength/salinity. In analogy to Sr incorporation, 44Ca/40Ca fractionation during precipitation of calcite is weakly influenced by ionic strength/salinity too. At 25 °C the calcium isotope fractionation between calcite and aqueous calcium ions (Δ44/40Cacalcite-aq = δ44/40Cacalcite − δ44/40Caaq) correlates inversely to log R values for all experiments. In addition, an inverse relationship between Δ44/40Cacalcite-aq and log DSr, which is independent of temperature, precipitation rate, and aqueous (Sr/Ca)aq ratio, is not affected by ionic strength/salinity either. Considering the log DSr and Δ44/40Cacalcite-aq relationship, Sr/Ca and δ44/40Cacalcite values of precipitated calcite can be used as an excellent multi-proxy approach to reconstruct environmental conditions (e.g., temperature, precipitation rate) of calcite growth and diagenetic alteration. PMID:22347722

  4. The enhancing performance of (Ba{sub 0.85}Ca{sub 0.15}Ti{sub 0.90}Zr{sub 0.10})O{sub 3} ceramics by tuning anatase–rutile phase structure

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    Chao, Xiaolian; Wang, Juanjuan; Wang, Zhongming; Zhang, Ting; Yang, Zupei; Li, Guangzhao

    2016-04-15

    Graphical abstract: Titanium dioxide (TiO{sub 2}) with different phase structure had interesting influence on the crystal structure, microstructure, the sintering temperature and electrical properties. - Highlights: • BCZT ceramics were prepared using either anatase or rutile structures as Ti source. • Orthorhombic and tetragonal mixture structure was exhibited by adjusting Ti source. • The optimal properties were observed in BCZT ceramics with rutile titanium dioxide. - Abstract: To research effect of raw materials TiO{sub 2} with the phase structures on the crystal structure, microstructure and electrical properties of lead-free (Ba{sub 0.85}Ca{sub 0.15})(Ti{sub 0.90}Zr{sub 0.10})O{sub 3} (BCZT) ceramics, BCZT ceramics using either anatase or rutile as Ti source were synthesized by solid-state reaction. Titanium dioxide (TiO{sub 2}) with anatase/rutile phase structures had interesting influence on the crystal structure, microstructure and the sintering temperature by the X-ray diffraction and SEM, which also played an important role in improved electrical properties. The BCZT ceramics with rutile titanium dioxide demonstrated optimal piezoelectric and dielectric properties: d{sub 33} = 590 pC/N, k{sub p} = 0.46, ε{sub r} = 2810, tanδ = 0.014 and T{sub c} = 91 °C, which was obviously superior to BCZT ceramics with anatase titanium dioxide.

  5. In-situ Electric Field-Induced Modulation of Photoluminescence in Pr-doped Ba0.85Ca0.15Ti0.90Zr0.10O3 Lead-Free Ceramics

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    Sun, Hai Ling; Wu, Xiao; Chung, Tat Hang; Kwok, K. W.

    2016-06-01

    Luminescent materials with dynamic photoluminescence activity have aroused special interest because of their potential widespread applications. One proposed approach of directly and reversibly modulating the photoluminescence emissions is by means of introducing an external electric field in an in-situ and real-time way, which has only been focused on thin films. In this work, we demonstrate that real-time electric field-induced photoluminescence modulation can be realized in a bulk Ba0.85Ca0.15Ti0.90Zr0.10O3 ferroelectric ceramic doped with 0.2 mol% Pr3+, owing to its remarkable polarization reversal and phase evolution near the morphotropic phase boundary. Along with in-situ X-ray diffraction analysis, our results reveal that an applied electric field induces not only typical polarization switching and minor crystal deformation, but also tetragonal-to-rhombohedral phase transformation of the ceramic. The electric field-induced phase transformation is irreversible and engenders dominant effect on photoluminescence emissions as a result of an increase in structural symmetry. After it is completed in a few cycles of electric field, the photoluminescence emissions become governed mainly by the polarization switching, and thus vary reversibly with the modulating electric field. Our results open a promising avenue towards the realization of bulk ceramic-based tunable photoluminescence activity with high repeatability, flexible controllability, and environmental-friendly chemical process.

  6. In-situ Electric Field-Induced Modulation of Photoluminescence in Pr-doped Ba0.85Ca0.15Ti0.90Zr0.10O3 Lead-Free Ceramics.

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    Sun, Hai Ling; Wu, Xiao; Chung, Tat Hang; Kwok, K W

    2016-06-24

    Luminescent materials with dynamic photoluminescence activity have aroused special interest because of their potential widespread applications. One proposed approach of directly and reversibly modulating the photoluminescence emissions is by means of introducing an external electric field in an in-situ and real-time way, which has only been focused on thin films. In this work, we demonstrate that real-time electric field-induced photoluminescence modulation can be realized in a bulk Ba0.85Ca0.15Ti0.90Zr0.10O3 ferroelectric ceramic doped with 0.2 mol% Pr(3+), owing to its remarkable polarization reversal and phase evolution near the morphotropic phase boundary. Along with in-situ X-ray diffraction analysis, our results reveal that an applied electric field induces not only typical polarization switching and minor crystal deformation, but also tetragonal-to-rhombohedral phase transformation of the ceramic. The electric field-induced phase transformation is irreversible and engenders dominant effect on photoluminescence emissions as a result of an increase in structural symmetry. After it is completed in a few cycles of electric field, the photoluminescence emissions become governed mainly by the polarization switching, and thus vary reversibly with the modulating electric field. Our results open a promising avenue towards the realization of bulk ceramic-based tunable photoluminescence activity with high repeatability, flexible controllability, and environmental-friendly chemical process.

  7. In-situ Electric Field-Induced Modulation of Photoluminescence in Pr-doped Ba0.85Ca0.15Ti0.90Zr0.10O3 Lead-Free Ceramics

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    Sun, Hai Ling; Wu, Xiao; Chung, Tat Hang; Kwok, K. W.

    2016-01-01

    Luminescent materials with dynamic photoluminescence activity have aroused special interest because of their potential widespread applications. One proposed approach of directly and reversibly modulating the photoluminescence emissions is by means of introducing an external electric field in an in-situ and real-time way, which has only been focused on thin films. In this work, we demonstrate that real-time electric field-induced photoluminescence modulation can be realized in a bulk Ba0.85Ca0.15Ti0.90Zr0.10O3 ferroelectric ceramic doped with 0.2 mol% Pr3+, owing to its remarkable polarization reversal and phase evolution near the morphotropic phase boundary. Along with in-situ X-ray diffraction analysis, our results reveal that an applied electric field induces not only typical polarization switching and minor crystal deformation, but also tetragonal-to-rhombohedral phase transformation of the ceramic. The electric field-induced phase transformation is irreversible and engenders dominant effect on photoluminescence emissions as a result of an increase in structural symmetry. After it is completed in a few cycles of electric field, the photoluminescence emissions become governed mainly by the polarization switching, and thus vary reversibly with the modulating electric field. Our results open a promising avenue towards the realization of bulk ceramic-based tunable photoluminescence activity with high repeatability, flexible controllability, and environmental-friendly chemical process. PMID:27339815

  8. Soft magnetic powder-core composites of Fe90Zr7B3 and Fe49Co21Al5Ga2P9.65C5.75B4.6Si3 alloys

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    Turgut, Zafer; Attenweiler, Thomas; Huang, Meiqing; Horwath, John C.; Fingers, Richard T.

    2006-04-01

    Amorphous and nanocrystalline alloys in ribbon form exhibit excellent soft magnetic properties, but their forms are limited to tape wound cores. Complex shapes require the implementation of a powder metallurgical approach resulting in reduced permeabilities. The present study investigates Fe-based Fe90Zr7B3 (C1) and Fe49Co21Al5Ga2P9.65C5.75B4.6Si3 (C2) melt-spun ribbons as precursors for compacted powder cores. Single-roller melt spinning of C1 produced partially crystallized structures while C2 resulted in amorphous ribbons. Annealing studies were carried out based on the crystallization temperatures of various phases extracted from M(T) measurements. In ribbon form and under optimum annealing conditions, C1 revealed a 1.88 T saturation flux density (Bs) and 44 A/m coercivity (Hc), while C2 exhibited a Bs of 0.78 T and Hc of 2.4 A/m.

  9. Stellar 30-keV neutron capture in 94, 96Zr and the 90Zr (γ , n)89Zr photonuclear reaction with a high-power liquid-lithium target

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    Tessler, M.; Paul, M.; Arenshtam, A.; Feinberg, G.; Friedman, M.; Halfon, S.; Kijel, D.; Weissman, L.; Aviv, O.; Berkovits, D.; Eisen, Y.; Eliyahu, I.; Haquin, G.; Kreisel, A.; Mardor, I.; Shimel, G.; Shor, A.; Silverman, I.; Yungrais, Z.

    2015-12-01

    A high-power Liquid-Lithium Target (LiLiT) was used for the first time for neutron production via the thick-target 7Li (p , n)7Be reaction and quantitative determination of neutron capture cross sections. Bombarded with a 1-2 mA proton beam at 1.92 MeV from the Soreq Applied Research Accelerator Facility (SARAF), the setup yields a 30-keV quasi-Maxwellian neutron spectrum with an intensity of 3- 5 ×1010 n /s, more than one order of magnitude larger than present near-threshold 7Li (p , n) neutron sources. The setup was used here to determine the 30-keV Maxwellian averaged cross section (MACS) of 94Zr and 96Zr as 28.0 ± 0.6 mb and 12.4 ± 0.5 mb respectively, based on activation measurements. The precision of the cross section determinations results both from the high neutron yield and from detailed simulations of the entire experimental setup. We plan to extend our experimental studies to low-abundance and radioactive targets. In addition, we show here that the setup yields intense high-energy (17.6 and 14.6 MeV) prompt capture γ rays from the 7Li (p , γ)8Be reaction with yields of ∼ 3 ×108 γs-1mA-1 and ∼ 4 ×108 γs-1mA-1, respectively, evidenced by the 90Zr (γ , n)89Zr photonuclear reaction.

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

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    Michel, Roberta M.

    2014-01-01

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

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

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

    2006-04-01

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

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

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

    2008-10-01

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

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

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

    2012-01-01

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

  14. The Primitive Material Explorer (PriME) Mission

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

    2010-10-01

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

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

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

    2016-07-05

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

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

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

    2012-09-01

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

  17. The Importance of PRI Therapy for the Pastoral Counsellor

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    2009-01-01

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

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

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    Wong, Christopher Y S; Gamon, John A

    2015-04-01

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

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

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

    2012-08-01

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

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

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    Hagood, Richard A.; And Others

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

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

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

    2015-07-01

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

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

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

    2013-06-14

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

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

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    Zhang, Shuxin; Liu, Yuhui; Yu, Bin

    2015-01-01

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

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

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

    2012-07-01

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

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

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    Mõttus, Matti

    2016-04-01

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

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

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

    2014-02-01

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

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

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

    2013-02-14

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

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

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

    2013-01-01

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

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

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

    2015-07-01

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

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

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

    2015-02-01

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

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

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

    2014-01-01

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

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

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

    2014-11-01

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

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

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

    2014-11-01

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

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

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

    2017-01-01

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

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

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

    2017-03-01

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

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

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

    2010-05-01

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

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

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

    2016-12-01

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

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

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    Ahmed, Ali; Hasan, Rafiq

    2015-06-01

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

  19. Soft magnetic powder-core composites of Fe{sub 90}Zr{sub 7}B{sub 3} and Fe{sub 49}Co{sub 21}Al{sub 5}Ga{sub 2}P{sub 9.65}C{sub 5.75}B{sub 4.6}Si{sub 3} alloys

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    Turgut, Zafer; Attenweiler, Thomas; Huang, Meiqing; Horwath, John C.; Fingers, Richard T.

    2006-04-15

    Amorphous and nanocrystalline alloys in ribbon form exhibit excellent soft magnetic properties, but their forms are limited to tape wound cores. Complex shapes require the implementation of a powder metallurgical approach resulting in reduced permeabilities. The present study investigates Fe-based Fe{sub 90}Zr{sub 7}B{sub 3} (C1) and Fe{sub 49}Co{sub 21}Al{sub 5}Ga{sub 2}P{sub 9.65}C{sub 5.75}B{sub 4.6}Si{sub 3} (C2) melt-spun ribbons as precursors for compacted powder cores. Single-roller melt spinning of C1 produced partially crystallized structures while C2 resulted in amorphous ribbons. Annealing studies were carried out based on the crystallization temperatures of various phases extracted from M(T) measurements. In ribbon form and under optimum annealing conditions, C1 revealed a 1.88 T saturation flux density (B{sub s}) and 44 A/m coercivity (H{sub c}), while C2 exhibited a B{sub s} of 0.78 T and H{sub c} of 2.4 A/m.

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

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

    2010-01-01

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

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

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

    2013-01-01

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

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

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

    2016-01-01

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

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

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

    2016-06-01

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

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

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

    2011-12-01

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

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

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

    2010-01-01

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

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

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

    2009-01-01

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

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

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

    2009-05-01

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

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

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    Han, Kyungsook; Nepal, Chirag

    2007-05-01

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

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

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    Pawlicki, Jan M; Steitz, Joan A

    2009-02-01

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

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

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

    2014-08-01

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

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

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

    2013-09-01

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

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

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

    2014-09-01

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

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

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

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

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

    2015-09-18

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

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

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    Don C Bragg

    2001-01-01

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

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

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

    2014-01-01

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

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

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

    2016-01-01

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

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

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

    2014-01-01

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

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

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

    2014-04-01

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

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

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

    2014-01-01

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

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

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

    2014-10-17

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

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

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    Chaulk, Steven G; Fahlman, Richard P

    2014-01-01

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

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

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

    2012-12-01

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

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

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

    2014-07-03

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

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

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

    2014-12-01

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

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

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

    2014-01-01

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

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

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

    2017-08-09

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

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

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

    2016-08-15

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

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

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

    2016-12-01

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

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

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

    2014-06-03

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

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

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

    2011-01-01

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

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

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

    2015-10-01

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

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

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    Zhou, Jie; Du, Xuewen; Xu, Bing

    2015-01-01

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

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

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

    2010-05-25

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

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

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

    2011-07-01

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

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

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

    2009-02-01

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

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

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

    2015-02-01

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

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

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    Windgassen, Tricia A.; Keck, James L.

    2016-01-01

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

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

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

    2014-05-01

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

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

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

    2013-01-01

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

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

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

    2017-06-02

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

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

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    Gamon, J. A.

    2012-12-01

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

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

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

    2013-01-15

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

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

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

    2013-12-01

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

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

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

    2015-10-01

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

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

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

    2006-01-01

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

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

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

    2014-07-01

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

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

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

    2012-05-01

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

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

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

    2017-10-01

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

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

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    Penuelas, J.

    2013-12-01

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

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

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

    2009-01-01

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

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

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

    2017-04-13

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

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

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

    2017-05-19

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

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

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    Huang, Yen-Hua; Huang, Cheng-Yang

    2013-12-13

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

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

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

    2013-01-16

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

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

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    2013-01-01

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

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

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

    2013-07-10

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

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

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    2010-01-01

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

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

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

    2016-07-01

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

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

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

    2012-01-01

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

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

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

    2011-01-01

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

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

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

    2016-04-01

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

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

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

    2012-05-01

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

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

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

    2017-01-01

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

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

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

    2013-04-01

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

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

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

    2012-01-01

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

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

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    Mattioli, Chiara; Pianigiani, Giulia; Pagani, Franco

    2013-01-01

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

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

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

    2016-12-01

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

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

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    Shiraishi, Yasushi

    2015-01-01

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

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

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

    2016-02-15

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

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

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

    2014-08-01

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

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

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

    2012-01-01

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

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

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

    2009-12-01

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

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

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

    2016-07-01

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

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

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    Kurihara, Yukio; Takashi, Yuasa; Watanabe, Yuichiro

    2006-02-01

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

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

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

    2016-01-01

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

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

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

    2016-04-20

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

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

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

    2016-01-01

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

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

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

    2016-10-02

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

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

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

    2015-07-01

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

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

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

    2015-10-01

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

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

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    Ahmed, Ali

    2017-03-01

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

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

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

    2016-12-01

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

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

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    Ahmed, Ali

    2017-02-01

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

  5. Interfacial magnetic anisotropy of Co90Zr10 on Pt layer.

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    Kil, Joon Pyo; Bae, Gi Yeol; Suh, Dong Ik; Choi, Won Joon; Noh, Jae Sung; Park, Wanjun

    2014-11-01

    Spin Transfer Torque (STT) is of great interest in data writing scheme for the Magneto-resistive Random Access Memory (MRAM) using Magnetic Tunnel Junction (MTJ). Scalability for high density memory requires ferromagnetic electrodes having the perpendicular magnetic easy axis. We investigated CoZr as the ferromagnetic electrode. It is observed that interfacial magnetic anisotropy is preferred perpendicular to the plane with thickness dependence on the interfaces with Pt layer. The anisotropy energy (K(u)) with thickness dependence shows a change of magnetic-easy-axis direction from perpendicular to in-plane around 1.2 nm of CoZr. The interfacial anisotropy (K(i)) as the directly related parameters to switching and thermal stability, are estimated as 1.64 erg/cm2 from CoZr/Pt multilayered system.

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

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

    2016-06-01

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

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

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

    2014-01-01

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

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

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

    2012-02-01

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

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

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    Kimball, George H.

    1982-01-01

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

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

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

    2014-01-01

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

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

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

    2016-01-01

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

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

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

    2012-01-01

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

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

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

    2014-08-01

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

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

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

    2014-01-01

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

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

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

    2014-01-01

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

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

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

    2017-03-01

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

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

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

    2015-12-01

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

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

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

    2013-08-12

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

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

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

    2016-10-05

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

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

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

    2014-12-01

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

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

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

    2017-01-01

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

  2. Identification and Analysis of Genetic Variations in Pri-MiRNAs Expressed Specifically or at a High Level in Sheep Skeletal Muscle

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    Zhang, Wei; Wang, Limin; Zhou, Ping; Song, Guangchao; Shen, Min; Gan, Shangquan; Shi, Guoqing

    2015-01-01

    MicroRNAs (miRNAs) are key regulators in miRNA-mediated gene regulatory networks and play important roles in many biological processes, such as growth and development of mammals. In this study, we used microarrays to detect 261 miRNAs that are expressed in sheep skeletal muscle. We found 22 miRNAs that showed high levels of expression and equated to 89% of the total miRNA. Genetic variations in these 22 pri-miRNAs were further investigated using polymerase chain reaction-single strand conformation polymorphism (PCR-SSCP) and sequencing. A total of 49 genetic variations, which included 41 single nucleotide polymorphisms (SNPs) and 8 deletions/insertions, were identified in four sheep breeds. Three variations were further researched in a larger sample set, including five sheep breeds with different meat production performances. We found that the genotype and allele frequencies of the CCC deletion/insertion in pri-miR-133a were significantly related to the sheep meat production trait. Finally, cell assays and quantitative reverse transcription PCR (qRT-PCR) were employed to investigate the effect of pri-miRNA genetic variation on the miRNA biogenesis process. The results confirmed that genetic variations can influence miRNA biogenesis and increase or decrease the levels of mature miRNAs, in accordance with the energy and stability change of hair-pin secondary structures. Our findings will help to further the understanding of the functions of genetic variations in sheep pri-miRNAs in skeletal muscle growth and development. PMID:25699993

  3. Identification and analysis of genetic variations in pri-miRNAs expressed specifically or at a high level in sheep skeletal muscle.

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    Zhang, Wei; Wang, Limin; Zhou, Ping; Song, Guangchao; Shen, Min; Gan, Shangquan; Shi, Guoqing

    2015-01-01

    MicroRNAs (miRNAs) are key regulators in miRNA-mediated gene regulatory networks and play important roles in many biological processes, such as growth and development of mammals. In this study, we used microarrays to detect 261 miRNAs that are expressed in sheep skeletal muscle. We found 22 miRNAs that showed high levels of expression and equated to 89% of the total miRNA. Genetic variations in these 22 pri-miRNAs were further investigated using polymerase chain reaction-single strand conformation polymorphism (PCR-SSCP) and sequencing. A total of 49 genetic variations, which included 41 single nucleotide polymorphisms (SNPs) and 8 deletions/insertions, were identified in four sheep breeds. Three variations were further researched in a larger sample set, including five sheep breeds with different meat production performances. We found that the genotype and allele frequencies of the CCC deletion/insertion in pri-miR-133a were significantly related to the sheep meat production trait. Finally, cell assays and quantitative reverse transcription PCR (qRT-PCR) were employed to investigate the effect of pri-miRNA genetic variation on the miRNA biogenesis process. The results confirmed that genetic variations can influence miRNA biogenesis and increase or decrease the levels of mature miRNAs, in accordance with the energy and stability change of hair-pin secondary structures. Our findings will help to further the understanding of the functions of genetic variations in sheep pri-miRNAs in skeletal muscle growth and development.

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

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

    2017-01-01

    Hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC) is one of the most common cancers worldwide. miR-34 induces changes of its downstream genes, and plays a key role in altering the apoptotic cycle and pathways of downstream cells, and finally influences the development of cancer. We assessed the relationship of the pri-miR-34b/c rs4938723 polymorphism with hepatocellular carcinoma risk in a Chinese population. During the period of January 2014 and December 2015, a total of 164 HCC patients and 305 healthy controls were recruited from the Inner Mongolia People’s Hospital. Genotyping of the pri-miR-34b/c rs4938723 was determined using the polymerase chain reaction-restriction fragment length polymorphism (PCR-RFLP). Using χ2 test, we observed that HCC patients were likely to have a habit of alcohol consumption (χ2 = 10.24, P = 0.001) and infect with HBV or HCV (χ2 = 128.17, P < 0.001). In co-dominant model, the CC genotype of pri-miR-34b/c rs4938723 had a significant higher risk of HCC as compared with the TT genotype, and the corresponding adjusted OR (95% CI) was 4.14 (1.91-9.75). In dominant model, we observed that the TC+CC genotype were associated with an increased risk of HCC in comparison to the TT genotype (OR = 1.67, 95% CI = 1.17-2.55). In recessive model, the CC genotype was correlated with an elevated risk of HCC when compared with the TT+TC genotype (OR = 3.46, 95% CI = 1.62-8.54). The pri-miR-34b/c rs4938723 polymorphism was associated with a higher risk of HCC in the Chinese population examined. Further large-scale and multi-center studies are required to confirm these results. PMID:28337312

  5. Application of carbon nanosorbent for PRiME pass-through cleanup of 10 selected local anesthetic drugs in human plasma samples.

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    Ma, Jian-Bo; Zhao, Li-Ming; Rui, Qiu-Hong; Liao, Yu-Feng; Chen, Yan-Min; Xu, Jin; Zhu, Yan; Zhao, Yong-Gang

    2017-04-01

    A novel PRiME (process, robustness, improvements, matrix effects, ease of use) pass-through cleanup procedure has been developed to improve the existing commercially available designs. Carbon nanosorbents, i.e., magnetic modified carboxyl-graphene (Mag-CG) and magnetic modified carboxyl-carbon nanotubes (Mag-CCNTs), have been synthesised and evaluated in PRiME pass-through cleanup procedure for human plasma prior to analysis of 10 selected local anesthetic drugs by liquid chromatography-tandem quadrupole mass spectrometry (LC-MS/MS). The matrix effect, an interesting phenomenon of ion suppression for local anesthetic drugs containing ester group and ion enhancement for other drugs containing acylamino group, has been minimized using carbon nanosorbents PRiME pass-through cleanup procedure. Under the optimal conditions, the obtained results show higher cleanup efficiency of the carbon nanosorbents with recoveries between 70.2% and 126%. Furthermore, the carbon nanosorbents are also evaluated for reuse up to 80-100 times. The limits of quantification (LOQs) for local anesthetic drugs are in the range of 0.024-0.15 μg/L. Validation results on linearity, specificity, accuracy, and precision, as well as the application to the analysis of lidocaine in five patients recruited from the lung cancer demonstrate the applicability to clinical studies.

  6. The impact of pri-miR-218 rs11134527 on the risk and prognosis of patients with esophageal squamous cell carcinoma.

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    Jiang, Lin; Wang, Chaofu; Sun, Canlin; Xu, Yumin; Ding, Zhongqi; Zhang, Xueling; Huang, Junxing; Yu, Hong

    2014-01-01

    MicroRNA-218 (miR-218) acts as a tumor suppressor in numerous types of cancer by regulation of the expression of target genes. The aim of this study was to investigate whether polymorphisms in miR-218 LAMB3 pathway were associated with the risk and prognosis of esophageal squamous cell carcinoma (ESCC). Pri-mir-218 rs11134527 and LAMB3 rs2566 were genotyped in ESCC patients and 745 controls to assess their associations with cancer risk and overall survival. Pri-mir-218 rs11134527 was significantly associated with a decreased risk of ESCC under codominant, recessive and additive models. Although there was a significant association between rs11134527 and better survival of ESCC patients under codominant, recessive and additive models, the association disappeared after adjustment for TNM and LNM. However, further stratified analysis revealed that the association remained significant in patients with TNM stages I and II or non-LNM. Our data suggest that pri-miR-218 rs11134527 may contribute to the genetic susceptibility and prognosis for ESCC in Chinese Han population.

  7. PryJector: a device for in situ visualization of chemical and physical property distributions on surfaces using projection and hyperspectral imaging.

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    Alsberg, Bjørn K; Løke, Trond; Baarstad, Ivar

    2011-07-01

    Traditional forensic methods that highlight the spatial distribution of properties such as blood and fingerprints have two main disadvantages: they often apply chemicals that may influence further analyses, and they cannot easily be modified to search for new compounds/properties. A new instrument (called PryJector) avoids these problems by dynamically projecting back onto the surface under study spatially distributed information of compounds/properties (chemical images) obtained from multivariate analysis of hyperspectral images. Selectivity to target compounds/properties is ensured by multivariate modeling which makes the instrument much more flexible compared to traditional methods. The functionality of the PryJector is demonstrated in an application related to the detection of counterfeit pharmaceuticals where compounds otherwise indistinguishable to the human eye are made clearly visible by projection of false-colored chemical images. The PryJector is shown to be a noninvasive and very flexible instrument for highlighting spatial distributions of various compounds/properties. © 2011 American Academy of Forensic Sciences.

  8. Transverse resistance in Y1-yPryBa2Cu3O7-δ at large praseodymium concentrations

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    Vovk, Ruslan V.; Khadzhai, Georgij Ya.; Dobrovolskiy, Oleksandr V.

    2014-10-01

    The effect of praseodymium doping on the transverse electrical resistance of Y1-yPryBa2Cu3O7-δ single crystals is investigated by electrical resistance measurements. The resistance curves can be fitted well to an expression accounting for the thermo-activated variable-range hopping charge transfer in conjunction with the fluctuation conductivity in the 3D Aslamazov-Larkin model. Our analysis of the Pr concentration dependence of the fitting parameters shows that in the concentration range 0.34

  9. Pri-miR-34b/c rs4938723 polymorphism contributes to acute lymphoblastic leukemia susceptibility in Chinese children.

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    Tong, Na; Chu, Haiyan; Wang, Meilin; Xue, Yao; Du, Mulong; Lu, Lingling; Zhang, Heng; Wang, Feng; Fang, Yongjun; Li, Jie; Wu, Dongmei; Zhang, Zhengdong; Sheng, Xiaojing

    2016-01-01

    A polymorphism rs4938723 (T > C) within the promoter region of pri-miR-34b/c has been found to not only affect the expression of mature miR-34b/c but also contribute to the susceptibility to several cancer types. We designed a case-control study to evaluate the role of rs4938723 in childhood acute lymphoblastic leukemia (ALL). The rs4938723 CC genotype was significantly associated with reduced ALL risk (p = 0.003, ORadjusted = 0.51, 95% CI = 0.33-0.80 for CC vs. TT). Stratification analyses showed the differences were pronounced in older (> 6 years), male subjects, as well as in patients in low risk and T-ALL subtypes. The in vitro luciferase assays in Jurkat and K-562 cell lines showed that the transcription activity of miR-34b/c was increased when T allele transited to C allele (p < 0.05). In conclusion, rs4938723 genetic variant contributed to the susceptibility to Chinese childhood ALL by influencing the transcription activity of miR-34b/c promoter.

  10. Magnetic and electric behavior of praseodymium substituted CuPryFe2-yO4 ferrites

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    Farid, Muhammad Tahir; Ahmad, Ishtiaq; Kanwal, Muddassara; Murtaza, Ghulam; Ali, Irshad; Ashiq, Muhammad Naeem; Khan, Sajjad Ahmad

    2017-01-01

    Spinel ferrites with chemical formula CuPryFe2-yO4(y=0.0,0.02,0.04,0.06,0.08,0.10) were synthesized using sol-gel technique. The sintered powder characterized by X-ray diffraction (XRD), Scanning Electron Microscopy (SEM) and vibrating sample magnetometer (VSM). X-ray Diffraction analysis showed that the samples with concentration (y=0.0-0.06) have single spinel phase and the samples with concentration at y=0.08-0.10 have secondary phase (ortho ferrite phase) along spinel phase. The Lattice constant a increased with the substitution of Praseodymium (Pr) ions. The crystallite size calculated from Scherre's formula is found in the range of 53-37 nm. It is observed that DC resistivity and activation energy enhances with the substitution of Pr. The dc resistivity decreased with the increase in temperature. The conduction below Curie temperature (Tc) is due to hopping of electrons and holes, whereas, above Curie temperature it is due to polaron hopping. The decrease in Tc with increasing Pr constant may be due to the fact that Pr-Fe interactions on the B sites are weaker than Fe-Fe interaction. The saturation magnetization (Ms) and remanence (Mr) decreased where as coercivity (Hc) has been increased with the increase of Pr content. The measured parameters suggest that these materials are potential candidates for high frequency applications.

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

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

    2015-01-01

    In evergreen conifers, the winter down-regulation of photosynthesis and its recovery during spring are the result of a reorganization of the chloroplast and adjustments of energy-quenching mechanisms. These phenological changes may remain undetected by remote sensing, as conifers retain green foliage during periods of photosynthetic down-regulation. The aim was to assess if the timing of the spring recovery of photosynthesis and energy-quenching characteristics are accurately monitored by the photochemical reflectance index (PRI) in the evergreen conifer Pinus strobus. The recovery of photosynthesis was studied using chlorophyll fluorescence, leaf gas exchange, leaf spectral reflectance, and photosynthetic pigment measurements. To assess if climate change might affect the recovery of photosynthesis, seedlings were exposed to cold spring conditions or warm spring conditions with elevated temperature. An early spring decoupling of the relationship between photosynthesis and PRI in both treatments was observed. This was caused by differences between the timing of the recovery of photosynthesis and the timing of carotenoid and chlorophyll pool size adjustments which are the main factors controlling PRI during spring. It was also demonstrated that zeaxanthin-independent NPQ mechanisms undetected by PRI further contributed to the early spring decoupling of the PRI–LUE relationship. An important mechanism undetected by PRI seems to involve increased electron transport around photosystem I, which was a significant energy sink during the entire spring transition, particularly in needles exposed to a combination of high light and cold temperatures. PMID:26386258

  12. Monitoring phenology of photosynthesis in temperate evergreen and mixed deciduous forests using the normalized difference vegetation index (NDVI) and the photochemical reflectance index (PRI) at leaf and canopy scales

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    Wong, C. Y.; Arain, M. A.; Ensminger, I.

    2016-12-01

    Evergreen conifers in boreal and temperate regions undergo strong seasonal changes in photoperiod and temperatures, which determines their phenology of high photosynthetic activity in the growing season and downregulation during the winter. Monitoring the timing of the transition between summer activity and winter downregulation in evergreens is difficult since this is a largely invisible process, unlike in deciduous trees that have a visible budding and a sequence of leaf unfolding in the spring and leaf abscission in the fall. The light-use efficiency (LUE) model estimates gross primary productivity (GPP) and may be parameterized using remotely sensed vegetation indices. Using spectral reflectance data, we derived the normalized difference vegetation index (NDVI), a measure of leaf "greenness", and the photochemical reflectance index (PRI), a proxy for chlorophyll:carotenoid ratios which is related to photosynthetic activity. To better understand the relationship between these vegetation indices and photosynthetic activity and to contrast this relationship between plant functional types, the phenology of NDVI, PRI and photosynthesis was monitored in an evergreen forest and a mixed deciduous forest at the leaf and canopy scale. Our data indicates that the LUE model can be parameterized by NDVI and PRI to track forest phenology. Differences in the sensitivity of PRI and NDVI will be discussed. These findings have implications to address the phenology of evergreen conifers by using PRI to complement NDVI in the LUE model, potentially improving model productivity estimates in northern hemisphere forests, that are dominated by conifers.

  13. The variant of pri-mir-26a-1 polymorphism is associated with decreased risk of betel quid-related oral premalignant lesions and oral squamous cell carcinoma.

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    Yang, Cheng-Mei; Chen, Chien-Chou; Tseng, Yu-Kai; Huang, Sin-Jhih; Liou, Huei-Han; Lee, Yi-Cheng; Lee, Jang-Hwa; Wang, Jyh-Seng; Chen, Hung-Chih; Chi, Chao-Chuan; Kang, Bor-Hwang; Lin, Yun-Chung; Tsai, Kuo-Wang; Ger, Luo-Ping

    2017-06-08

    This case-control study evaluated the association of the single nucleotide polymorphism rs7372209 (T>C) in pri-mir-26a-1 with the risk and progression of betel quid (BQ)-related oral premalignant lesions (OPLs) and oral squamous cell carcinoma (OSCC). In total, 597 BQ chewers were recruited: 196 healthy controls, 241 patients with OPLs, and 160 patients with OSCC. Genotypes were determined using the TaqMan real-time assay. The C/T + T/T genotypes and T allele in pri-mir-26a-1 were correlated with a decreased risk of BQ-related OPLs (P = .038 and .005, respectively), oral leukoplakia (P = .01 and .001, respectively), and advanced-stage OSCC (P = .021 and .004, respectively). The effects of the C/T + T/T genotypes and T allele on the decreased risk of OPLs were potent in the older age group (both Pinteraction < .001), heavy smokers (Pinteraction ≤ .003 and .006, respectively) and alcohol drinkers (Pinteraction ≤ .004 and .001, respectively). Furthermore, among patients with OSCC, the C/T + T/T genotypes and T allele were associated with a decreased risk of advanced pathologic stage (P = .032) and lymph node involvement (P = .017). BQ chewers carrying the T allele or C/T + T/T genotypes in pri-mir-26a-1 may have a decreased risk of oral leukoplakia, OPLs, and advanced-stage OSCC. Copyright © 2017 Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.

  14. Pri-miR-34b/c rs4938723 polymorphism is associated with the risk of childhood acute lymphoblastic leukemia.

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    Hashemi, Mohammad; Bahari, Gholamreza; Naderi, Majid; Sadeghi-Bojd, Simin; Taheri, Mohsen

    2016-11-01

    MicroRNAs (miRNAs), small noncoding regulatory RNAs, are key regulators of gene expression. The impact of Pri-miR-34b/c rs4938723 variant on development of various cancers is still controversial. In the present study, we examined whether a rs4938723 variant located at the promoter region of Pri-miR-34b/c is associated with childhood ALL. A total of 110 children with acute lymphoblastic leukemia (ALL) and 120 healthy children were recruited to participate in this study. The rs4938723 variant was genotyped by polymerase chain reaction restriction fragment length polymorphism (PCR-RFLP) method. The rs4938723 variant decreased the risk of ALL in heterozygous (TC vs OR = 0.48, 95% CI = 0.28-0.84, p = 0.012, TC vs TT) and overdominant (OR = 0.51, 95% CI = 0.30-0.89, p = 0.0.020, TC vs TT + CC): OR = 1.32, 95% CI = 0.67-2.59, p = 0.498; C vs T: OR = 0.99, 95% CI = 0.75-1.31, p = 0.986) inheritance models tested. The C allele significantly decreased the risk of childhood ALL compared to T allele (OR = 0.52, 95% CI = 0.33-0.83, p = 0.006). Our findings proposed an association between Pri-miR-34 b/c rs4938723 variant and risk of childhood ALL development in a sample of Iranian population. Copyright © 2016 Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.

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

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    McMurray, Jake W.; Silva, Chinthaka M.

    2015-12-09

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

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

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    McMurray, J. W.; Silva, C. M.

    2016-03-01

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

  17. The genetic association between pri-miR-34b/c polymorphism (rs4938723 T > C) and susceptibility to cancers: evidence from published studies.

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    Li, Xiaowei; Wang, Liguang; Yu, Jianyu; Xu, Jun; Du, Jiajun

    2014-12-01

    Recently, several molecular epidemiological studies have focused on the association between pri-miR-34b/c rs4938723 SNP and the susceptibility to different cancers. Due to the controversial rather than conclusive results, we performed this meta-analysis to assess more precise and comprehensive conclusion about the association. Data published until July 2014 were collected from PubMed, Embase, Web of Science, Chinese National Knowledge Infrastructure, Wanfang Data, Chinese BioMedical Literature Database, and VIP database of Chinese Journal. Ultimately, 13 articles with a total of 7,753 cases and 8,014 controls were considered eligible for inclusion. The odds ratio (OR) and its 95 % confidence interval (95%CI) were used to assess the strength of association. In the overall analysis, a significant association between pri-miR-34b/c rs4938723 polymorphism and increased cancer susceptibility was found in heterozygous model (TC vs. TT: OR = 1.148, 95%CI 1.034-1.275, P = 0.010) and dominant model (CC + TC vs. TT: OR =1.166, 95%CI 1.028-1.322, P = 0.017). In subgroup analysis of ethnicity, pri-miR-34b/c rs4938723 polymorphism was significantly associated with an increased cancer susceptibility for Asian population in heterozygous model (TC vs. TT: OR = 1.169, 95%CI 1.031-1.326, P = 0.015) and dominant model (CC + TC vs. TT: OR = 1.185, 95%CI 1.017-1.382, P = 0.030), whereas no significant association for Caucasian population was observed in any genetic models. Intriguingly, stratified analysis revealed opposite results that pri-miR-34b/c polymorphism contributed to susceptibility to hepatocellular carcinoma while reduced susceptibility to colorectal cancer and esophageal squamous cell cancer in Asians. Considering some limitation of our meta-analysis, future well-designed case-control studies with larger sample sizes are required to confirm our findings.

  18. Conductivity of single-crystal Y1-yPryBa2Cu3O7-δ over a wide range of temperatures and Pr concentrations

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    Khadzhai, G. Ya.; Vovk, N. R.; Vovk, R. V.

    2014-06-01

    The in-plane electrical resistance of Y1-yPryBa2Cu3O7-δ single crystals with a high degree of perfection is studied for temperatures in the range TC-300 K, where TC ranges from 92 to 52 K, with varying praseodymium content. The experimental data are approximated by an expression that takes electron scattering on phonons and defects into account, as well as fluctuation conductivity in a 3D Aslamazov-Larkin model. According to the approximation data the Debye temperature ranges from 350-370 K, depending on the praseodymium content. The transverse coherence length is ˜1 Å.

  19. Combined analysis of pri-miR-34b/c rs4938723 and TP53 Arg72Pro with cervical cancer risk.

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    Yuan, Fang; Sun, Ruifen; Chen, Peng; Liang, Yundan; Ni, Shanshan; Quan, Yi; Huang, Juan; Zhang, Lin; Gao, Linbo

    2016-05-01

    miR-34 family members can form a p53-miR-34 positive feedback loop and induce apoptosis, DNA repair, angiogenesis, and cell cycle arrest. We conducted a case-control study to examine whether two polymorphisms (i.e., rs4938723 in the promoter of pri-miR-34b/c and TP53 Arg72Pro) were linked to the carcinogenesis of cervical cancer among Chinese Han women. Genotypes of the two polymorphisms in 328 cervical cancer patients and 568 control subjects were determined by using a polymerase chain reaction-restriction fragment length polymorphism assay. We found a significantly increased cervical cancer risk in the pri-miR-34b/c rs4938723 under dominant and overdominant model (CT/CC vs. TT: adjusted OR = 1.34, 95 % CI = 1.01-1.77; CT vs. TT/CC: adjusted OR = 1.37, 95 % CI = 1.05-1.80, respectively). Increased cervical cancer risks were also found in the TP53 Arg72Pro under a heterozygous comparison and overdominant model (CG vs. GG: adjusted OR = 1.44, 95 % CI = 1.06-1.95; CG vs. GG/CC: adjusted OR = 1.47, 95 % CI = 1.12-1.94, respectively). Stratification analysis showed that patients carrying the pri-miR-34b/c rs4938723 CT genotype had a significantly increased risk for developing poorly differential status and clinical stage I. Moreover, increased cancer risks were observed for the TP53 Arg72Pro polymorphism in patients with poorly differential status, clinical stage II, and without lymph node metastasis. Combined analysis revealed that the genotypes of rs4938723 CT/CC and TP53 Arg72Pro CG/CC had an increased cervical cancer risk (OR = 2.21, 95 % CI = 1.38-3.53). These findings suggest that the pri-miR-34b/c rs4938723 and TP53 Arg72Pro polymorphisms may contribute to the genesis of cervical cancer.

  20. Pri-miR-34b/c rs4938723 polymorphism is associated with a decreased risk of gastric cancer.

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    Pan, Xin-Min; Sun, Rui-Fen; Li, Zhao-Hui; Guo, Xiao-Min; Qin, Hao-Jie; Gao, Lin-Bo

    2015-04-01

    Previous studies have demonstrated that miR-34 family members are abnormally expressed in gastric cancer. Overexpression of the miR-34 family suppresses gastric carcinogenesis, whereas downregulation of the miR-34 family promotes tumorigenesis. p53 can bind to the promoter region of miR-34b/c, leading to an increase of miR-34b/c expression. Recently, a variant in the promoter region of pri-miR-34b/c (rs4938723) has been discovered, with the function of altering the binding efficiency of transcription factor GATA. The purpose of this study was to examine the role of the miR-34b/c rs4938723 and TP53 Arg72Pro polymorphisms in the susceptibility of gastric cancer. We analyzed the distribution of the two polymorphisms in 197 patients with gastric cancer and 289 age-, gender-, ethnicity-, and living area-matched controls using polymerase chain reaction-restriction fragment length polymorphism and DNA direct sequencing. We found that the CT and CT/CC genotypes of the miR-34b/c rs4938723 were associated with a significantly decreased risk of gastric cancer compared with the TT genotype (CT vs. TT: odds ratio [OR]=0.66; 95% confidence interval [95% CI], 0.45-0.97; and CT/CC vs. TT: OR=0.67; 95% CI, 0.47-0.97, respectively). Combined analysis showed that subjects carrying the miR-34b/c rs4938723 CT/CC and TP53 CG/CC genotypes had a 0.62-fold decreased risk to develop gastric cancer compared with subjects carrying the miR-34b/c rs4938723 TT and TP53 CG/CC genotypes (OR=0.62; 95% CI, 0.40-0.96). These findings suggest that the miR-34b/c rs4938723 may individually and jointly have a protective effect on the risk of gastric risk.

  1. Genetic polymorphisms of IL17A and pri-microRNA-938, targeting IL17A 3'-UTR, influence susceptibility to gastric cancer.

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    Arisawa, Tomiyasu; Tahara, Tomomitsu; Shiroeda, Hisakazu; Matsue, Yasuhito; Minato, Takahiro; Nomura, Tomoe; Yamada, Hideto; Hayashi, Ranji; Saito, Takashi; Matsunaga, Kazuhiro; Fukuyama, Tomoki; Hayashi, Nobuhiko; Otsuka, Toshimi; Fukumura, Atsushi; Nakamura, Masakatsu; Shibata, Tomoyuki

    2012-07-01

    We report an association between gastric cancer (GC) and polymorphisms in IL17A, rs2275913 (-197 G > A), rs3748067 (*1249 C > T), and pri-miR-938, rs2505901 (T > C). We employed the multiplex PCR-SSCP method to detect gene polymorphisms in 337 GC cases and 587 controls. The minor allele frequency of rs2275913 was significantly higher, and those of rs3748067 and rs2505901 significantly lower, in GC cases than controls. The rs2275913 AA homozygote was associated with an increased risk (OR, 2.38; 95%CI, 1.63-3.46; p < 0.0001) for the development of both intestinal and diffuse types of GC. The rs3748067 T polymorphism was associated with a decreased risk for intestinal GC (OR, 0.511; 95%CI, 0.272-0.962; p = 0.037), whereas rs2505901 C locus carried a decreased risk overall for GC (OR, 0.733; 95%CI, 0.545-0.985; p = 0.039). In addition, rs3748067 T allele was inversely correlated with lymph node metastasis. Our results suggest that polymorphisms in both IL17A and pri-miR-938 contribute to cancer risk susceptibility and therefore can affect the development of gastric cancer. Copyright © 2012 American Society for Histocompatibility and Immunogenetics. Published by Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.

  2. Pri-Mir-34b/C and Tp-53 Polymorphisms are Associated With The Susceptibility of Papillary Thyroid Carcinoma

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    Chen, Peng; Sun, Ruifen; Pu, Yan; Bai, Peng; Yuan, Fang; Liang, Yundan; Zhou, Bin; Wang, Yanyun; Sun, Yinghe; Zhu, Jingqiang; Zhang, Lin; Gao, Linbo

    2015-01-01

    Abstract Tumor suppressor p53 directly regulated the abundance of the miR-34b/c. The interaction might contribute to certain cancer. We hypothesized that rs4938723 in the promoter region of pri-miR-34b/c and TP-53 Arg72Pro may be related to the risk of papillary thyroid carcinoma (PTC). A total of 784 patients with PTC and 1006 healthy controls were recruited to participate in this study. The variants were discriminated using a polymerase chain reaction–restriction fragment length polymorphism method (PCR-RFLP). Additionally, the relative expression levels of miR-34b/c and TP-53 in 44 paired samples were revealed by quantitative reverse transcription polymerase chain reaction (qRT-PCR). A significantly increased risk of PTC was observed in the miR-34b/c rs4938723 CT, CC, and CT/CC genotypes compared with the TT genotype (CT vs TT: adjusted odds ratio [OR] = 1.51, 95%confidence interval [CI] = 1.23–1.85; CC vs TT: adjusted OR = 1.89, 95%CI = 1.39–2.63; CT/CC vs TT: adjusted OR = 1.59, 95%CI = 1.30–1.92, respectively). Significantly increased PTC susceptibility was also associated with the TP-53 Arg72Pro CC and CG/CC genotypes compared with the GG genotype (CC vs GG: adjusted OR = 2.04, 95%CI = 1.54–2.70; CG/CC vs GG: adjusted OR = 1.35, 95%CI = 1.11–1.67, respectively). Stratification analysis revealed that patients carrying the TP-53 Arg72Pro C allele and CC genotype had a significantly increased risk for developing N1 (C vs. G: OR = 1.27, 95%CI = 1.03–1.56; CC vs. GG: OR = 1.62, 95%CI = 1.07–2.46, respectively). Combined analysis showed that the genotypes of rs4938723 CT/CC + TP-53CG/CC increased the risk of PTC compared with rs4938723TT + TP-53GG (OR = 2.25, 95%CI = 1.67–3.03). Additionally, level of miR-34b was significantly upregulated in PTC patients. These findings indicate that the miR-34b/c rs4938723 and TP-53 Arg72Pro polymorphisms may contribute to the

  3. Sun-induced Chlorophyll fluorescence and PRI improve remote sensing GPP estimates under varying nutrient availability in a typical Mediterranean savanna ecosystem

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    Perez-Priego, O.; Guan, J.; Rossini, M.; Fava, F.; Wutzler, T.; Moreno, G.; Carvalhais, N.; Carrara, A.; Kolle, O.; Julitta, T.; Schrumpf, M.; Reichstein, M.; Migliavacca, M.

    2015-07-01

    This study investigates the performances of different optical indices to estimate gross primary production (GPP) of herbaceous stratum in a Mediterranean savanna with different Nitrogen (N) and Phosphorous (P) availability. Sun-induced chlorophyll Fluorescence yield computed at 760 nm (Fy760), scaled-photochemical reflectance index (sPRI), MERIS terrestrial-chlorophyll index (MTCI) and Normalized difference vegetation index (NDVI) were computed from near-surface field spectroscopy measurements collected using high spectral resolution spectrometers covering the visible near-infrared regions. GPP was measured using canopy-chambers on the same locations sampled by the spectrometers. We hypothesized that light-use efficiency (LUE) models driven by remote sensing quantities (RSM) can better track changes in GPP caused by nutrient supplies compared to those driven exclusively by meteorological data (MM). Particularly, we compared the performances of different RSM formulations - relying on the use of Fy760 or sPRI as proxy for LUE and NDVI or MTCI as fraction of absorbed photosynthetically active radiation (fAPAR) - with those of classical MM. Results showed significantly higher GPP in the N fertilized experimental plots during the growing period. These differences in GPP disappeared in the drying period when senescence effects masked out potential differences due to plant N content. Consequently, although MTCI was tightly related to plant N content (r2 = 0.86, p < 0.01), it was poorly related to GPP (r2 = 0.45, p < 0.05). On the contrary sPRI and Fy760 correlated well with GPP during the whole measurement period. Results revealed that the relationship between GPP and Fy760 is not unique across treatments but it is affected by N availability. Results from a cross validation analysis showed that MM (AICcv = 127, MEcv = 0.879) outperformed RSM (AICcv = 140, MEcv = 0.8737) when soil moisture was used to constrain the seasonal dynamic of LUE. However, residual analyses

  4. Base-pair opening dynamics of the microRNA precursor pri-miR156a affect temperature-responsive flowering in Arabidopsis.

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    Kim, Hee-Eun; Kim, Wanhui; Lee, Ae-Ree; Jin, Suhyun; Jun, A Rim; Kim, Nak-Kyoon; Lee, Joon-Hwa; Ahn, Ji Hoon

    2017-03-18

    Internal and environmental cues, including ambient temperature changes, regulate the timing of flowering in plants. Arabidopsis miR156 represses flowering and plays an important role in the regulation of temperature-responsive flowering. However, the molecular basis of miR156 processing at lower temperatures remains largely unknown. Here, we performed nuclear magnetic resonance studies to investigate the base-pair opening dynamics of model RNAs at 16 °C and investigated the in vivo effects of the mutant RNAs on temperature-responsive flowering. The A9C and A10CG mutations in the B5 bulge of the lower stem of pri-miR156a stabilized the C15∙G98 and U16∙A97 base-pairs at the cleavage site of pri-miR156a at 16 °C. Consistent with this, production of mature miR156 was severely affected in plants overexpressing the A9C and A10CG constructs and these plants exhibited almost no delay in flowering at 16 °C. The A10G and A9AC mutations did not strongly affect C15∙G98 and U16∙A97 base-pairs at 16 °C, and plants overexpressing A10G and A9AC mutants of miR156 produced more mature miR156 than plants overexpressing the A9C and A10CG mutants and showed a strong delay in flowering at 16 °C. Interestingly, the A9AC mutation had distinct effects on the opening dynamics of the C15∙G98 and U16∙A97 base-pairs between 16 °C and 23 °C, and plants expressing the A9AC mutant miR156 showed only a moderate delay in flowering at 16 °C. Based on these results, we propose that fine-tuning of the base-pair stability at the cleavage site is essential for efficient processing of pri-miR156a at a low temperature and for reduced flowering sensitivity to ambient temperature changes.

  5. Genetic polymorphism of pri-microRNA 325, targeting SLC6A4 3'-UTR, is closely associated with the risk of functional dyspepsia in Japan.

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    Arisawa, Tomiyasu; Tahara, Tomomitsu; Fukuyama, Tomoki; Hayashi, Ranji; Matsunaga, Kazuhiro; Hayashi, Nobuhiko; Nakamura, Masakatsu; Toshikuni, Nobuyuki; Shiroeda, Hisakazu; Shibata, Tomoyuki

    2012-10-01

    The role of genetics in the susceptibility to functional dyspepsia (FD) remains unclear. We attempted to clarify the association between FD and polymorphisms in SLC6A4. In addition, rs5981521 (C>T) in the pri-microRNA 325 (pri-miR-325) coding region was also investigated. The study was performed in 395 subjects (172 with no upper abdominal symptoms and 223 with FD, including medication-resistant FD). We employed a polymerase chain reaction single-strand conformation polymorphism (PCR-SSCP) method to detect gene polymorphisms. Neither SLC6A4 -185 A>C nor *463 G>T was associated with susceptibility to FD. The number of rs5981521 T alleles was significantly correlated with an increased risk for FD (odds ratio [OR] 1.45, 95 % confidence interval [CI] 1.05-1.98; p = 0.022) and the TT homozygote was more closely associated with the risk for FD (OR 3.01, 95 % CI 1.41-6.42; p = 0.0043). The TT homozygote also had significantly increased risks for both the epigastric pain syndrome (EPS) and postprandial distress syndrome (PDS) subtypes of FD (OR 3.04, 95 % CI 1.25-7.42; p = 0.014 and OR 3.05, 95 % CI 1.14-8.13; p = 0.026, respectively). In addition, Helicobacter pylori-negative TT homozygotes had a greater risk for FD (OR 8.37, 95 % CI 1.78-39.5; p = 0.0072). In subjects with the SLC6A4 5'-untranslated region (UTR) wild homozygote, the number of rs5981521 T alleles was significantly correlated to an increased risk for FD (OR 1.45, 95 % CI 1.03-2.04, p = 0.033). Of note, in subjects who were SLC6A4 3'-UTR mutant carriers, the number of rs5981521 T alleles was also significantly correlated with an increased risk for FD (OR 2.07, 95 % CI 1.08-3.98; p = 0.029). Our results suggest that the genetic polymorphism pri-miR-325 is associated with FD and interacts with SLC6A4 polymorphisms in increasing susceptibility to FD in Japanese.

  6. Conductivity anisotropy in Y1-yPryBa2Cu3O7-δ single crystals in a wide range of praseodymium concentrations

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    Vovk, Ruslan V.; Khadzhai, Georgij Ya.; Dobrovolskiy, Oleksandr V.

    2014-12-01

    Anisotropies of different conductivity mechanisms in Y1-yPryBa2Cu3O7-δ single crystals in a wide range of praseodymium concentrations are reported, assuming a transition from the metallic conductivity to the semiconductor-like regime, in conjunction with the fluctuation conductivity within the 3D Aslamazov-Larkin model. The Tc anisotropy grows with increasing y, with a most drastic rise when approaching the non-superconducting composition. As the praseodymium concentration increases, the ideal resistance anisotropy passes through a maximum at y ≈ 0.19. The temperature dependence of the semiconductor-like resistance anisotropy exhibits a maximum associated with variable-range jumps along the c-axis. The temperature dependence of the fluctuation conductivity anisotropy passes through a maximum due to a significant anisotropy of the coherence length.

  7. A SNP site in pri-miR-124 changes mature miR-124 expression but no contribution to Alzheimer's disease in a Mongolian population.

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    Qi, Lu; Hu, Yi; Zhan, Ying; Wang, Jing; Wang, Bing-Bing; Xia, Hong-Fei; Ma, Xu

    2012-04-25

    Increasing evidence shows that single nucleotide polymorphisms (SNPs) or mutations in microRNAs (miRNAs) sequence may affect the processing and function of miRNAs and participate in the occurrence of diseases. Although many SNPs of miRNAs were found, their functions in the pathological process of nerve cells were only just emerging. In the present study, the effect of the SNP of one neuronal miRNA, miR-124, on miRNA biogenesis and human genetic disease was investigated using in vitro cell line model and Alzheimer's disease (AD) in the Mongolian population. Bioinformatics prediction showed that a common G/C polymorphism designated rs531564 was found in the pri-miR-124 and the G allele changed the formation of a ring-shaped structure in the predicted secondary structure of the pri-miRNA for miR-124-1. Northern blot and real-time PCR analysis showed that the amount of mature miR-124 from the C/G heterozygosity of rs531564 was increased compared with the CC or GG homozygosity of rs531564. The expression of mature miR-124 from GG homozygosity was also higher than that from CC homozygosity. But in an association study of AD patients and controls, neither genotype nor allele distribution difference was found in AD patients compared with controls. Collectively, the present study is the first to evaluate the relationship between miR-124 and AD in the Mongolian population. SNP rs531564 of miR-124 may not represent a risk factor in the development of AD among Mongolian population. Copyright © 2012 Elsevier Ireland Ltd. All rights reserved.

  8. A novel marsupial pri-miRNA transcript has a putative role in gamete maintenance and defines a vertebrate miRNA cluster paralogous to the miR-15a/miR-16-1 cluster.

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    Au, Phil Chi Khang; Frankenberg, Stephen; Selwood, Lynne; Familari, Mary

    2011-10-01

    Successful maintenance, survival and maturation of gametes rely on bidirectional communication between the gamete and its supporting cells. Before puberty, factors from the gamete and its supporting cells are necessary for spermatogonial stem cell and primordial follicle oocyte maintenance. Following gametogenesis, gametes rely on factors and nutrients secreted by cells of the reproductive tracts, the epididymis and/or oviduct, to complete maturation. Despite extensive studies on female and male reproduction, many of the molecular mechanisms of germ cell maintenance remain relatively unknown, particularly in marsupial species. We present the first study and characterisation of a novel primary miRNA transcript, pri-miR-16c, in the marsupial, the stripe-faced dunnart. Bioinformatic analysis showed that its predicted processed miRNA - miR-16c - is present in a wide range of vertebrates, but not eutherians. In situ hybridisation revealed dunnart pri-miR-16c expression in day 4 (primordial germ cells) and day 7 (oogonia) pouch young, in primary oocytes and follicle cells of primordial follicles but then only in follicle cells of primary, secondary and antral follicles in adult ovaries. In the adult testis, pri-miR-16c transcripts were present in the cytoplasm of spermatogonial cells. The oviduct and the epididymis both showed expression, but not any other somatic tissues examined or conceptuses during early embryonic development. This pattern of expression suggests that pri-miR-16c function may be associated with gamete maintenance, possibly through mechanisms involving RNA transfer, until the zygote enters the uterus at the pronuclear stage.

  9. The N-Terminal Domain of the E. coli PriA Helicase Contains Both the DNA- and the Nucleotide-Binding Sites. Energetics of Domain-DNA Interactions and Allosteric Effect of the Nucleotide Cofactors§

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    Szymanski, Michal R.; Bujalowski, Paul J.; Jezewska, Maria J.; Gmyrek, Aleksandra M.; Bujalowski, Wlodzimierz

    2011-01-01

    Functional interactions of the E. coli PriA helicase 181N-terminal domain with the DNA and nucleotide cofactors have been quantitatively examined. The isolated 181N-terminal domain forms a stable dimer in solution, most probably reflecting the involvement of the domain in specific cooperative interactions of the intact PriA protein - dsDNA complex. Only one monomer of the domain dimer binds the DNA, i.e., the dimer has one effective DNA-binding site. Although the total site-size of the dimer - ssDNA complex is ~13 nucleotides, the DNA-binding subsite engages in direct interactions ~5 nucleotides. A small number of interacting nucleotides indicates that the DNA-binding subsites of the PriA helicase, i.e., the strong subsite on the helicase domain and the weak subsite on the N-terminal domain, are spatially separated in the intact enzyme. Contrary to current views, the subsite has only a slight preference for the 3′-end OH group of the ssDNA and lacks any significant base specificity, although it has a significant dsDNA affinity. Unlike the intact helicase, the DNA-binding subsite of the isolated domain is in an open conformation, indicating the presence of the direct helicase domain - N-terminal domain interactions. The discovery that the 181N-terminal domain possesses a nucleotide-binding site places the allosteric, weak nucleotide-binding site of the intact PriA on the N-terminal domain. The specific ADP effect on the domain DNA-binding subsite indicates that in the intact helicase, the bound ADP not only opens the DNA-binding subsite but also increases its intrinsic DNA affinity. PMID:21888358

  10. microTSS: accurate microRNA transcription start site identification reveals a significant number of divergent pri-miRNAs.

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    Georgakilas, Georgios; Vlachos, Ioannis S; Paraskevopoulou, Maria D; Yang, Peter; Zhang, Yuhong; Economides, Aris N; Hatzigeorgiou, Artemis G

    2014-12-10

    A large fraction of microRNAs (miRNAs) are derived from intergenic non-coding loci and the identification of their promoters remains 'elusive'. Here, we present microTSS, a machine-learning algorithm that provides highly accurate, single-nucleotide resolution predictions for intergenic miRNA transcription start sites (TSSs). MicroTSS integrates high-resolution RNA-sequencing data with active transcription marks derived from chromatin immunoprecipitation and DNase-sequencing to enable the characterization of tissue-specific promoters. MicroTSS is validated with a specifically designed Drosha-null/conditional-null mouse model, generated using the conditional by inversion (COIN) methodology. Analyses of global run-on sequencing data revealed numerous pri-miRNAs in human and mouse either originating from divergent transcription at promoters of active genes or partially overlapping with annotated long non-coding RNAs. MicroTSS is readily applicable to any cell or tissue samples and constitutes the missing part towards integrating the regulation of miRNA transcription into the modelling of tissue-specific regulatory networks.

  11. A SNP in pri-miR-10a is associated with recurrent spontaneous abortion in a Han-Chinese population.

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    Li, Ying; Wang, Xue-Qin; Zhang, Lu; Lv, Xiao-Dan; Su, Xing; Tian, Shi; Liu, Chun-Mei; Ma, Xu; Xia, Hong-Fei

    2016-02-16

    MicroRNA-10a (miR-10a) has a wide range of functions in nearly all mammalian tissues and is involved in the occurrence of many diseases. However, it remains unknown whether miR-10a is associated with human recurrent spontaneous abortion (RSA). In this study, we found that rs3809783 A > T in miR-10a coding region was significantly associated with the increase of the risk of human unexplained RSA (URSA) acquisition in a Han-Chinese population. The T allele of rs3809783 hindered the production of mature miR-10a. A to T substitution in miR-10a rs3809783 repressed cell proliferation and migratory capacity. Further investigation discovered that Bcl-2-interacting mediator (Bim) was the functional target of miR-10a and inversely regulated Bim expression. Dual-luciferase assay indicated that A allele in miR-10a rs3809783 could more effectively suppress Bim expression than T allele. In addition, A to T substitution in miR-10a rs3809783 attenuated the sensibility of cells to progesterone and its antagonist mifepristone. Collectively, our data suggest that rs3809783 A > T in pri-miR-10a may be conductive to the genetic predisposition to RSA by disrupting the production of mature miR-10a and reinforcing the expression of Bim.

  12. Optimization of growth conditions for (La1-yPry)1-x CaxMnO3 thin films on annealed oxide substrates

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    Schaefer, Brian; Grant, Daniel; Biswas, Amlan

    2014-03-01

    Consistent growth of flat, epitaxial thin films is essential for uncovering the unique transport characteristics of rare-earth manganite systems. We have developed pulsed laser deposition growth conditions for (La1-yPry)1-x CaxMnO3 (LPCMO, y = 0.4, 0.5, 0.6) thin films on annealed NdGaO3 (NGO) and SrTiO3 (STO) substrates. The extra annealing step for NGO and STO produces atomically flat substrates with well-defined terraces of unit cell step height. Films grown on these annealed substrates demonstrate better lattice matching compared to films grown on as-received substrates. Consequently, annealing substrates before film growth leads to higher quality thin films with a more controllable thickness. We demonstrate that these optimized growth parameters yield LPCMO thin films that are also atomically flat, as confirmed by atomic force microscopy. We are using these thin films to restrict phase growth to reduced dimensions and to study the origin of thermodynamic phase competition due to first order transitions in manganites. NSF DMR-0804452

  13. Pri-Mir-34b/C and Tp-53 Polymorphisms are Associated With The Susceptibility of Papillary Thyroid Carcinoma: A Case-Control Study.

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    Chen, Peng; Sun, Ruifen; Pu, Yan; Bai, Peng; Yuan, Fang; Liang, Yundan; Zhou, Bin; Wang, Yanyun; Sun, Yinghe; Zhu, Jingqiang; Zhang, Lin; Gao, Linbo

    2015-09-01

    Tumor suppressor p53 directly regulated the abundance of the miR-34b/c. The interaction might contribute to certain cancer. We hypothesized that rs4938723 in the promoter region of pri-miR-34b/c and TP-53 Arg72Pro may be related to the risk of papillary thyroid carcinoma (PTC). A total of 784 patients with PTC and 1006 healthy controls were recruited to participate in this study. The variants were discriminated using a polymerase chain reaction-restriction fragment length polymorphism method (PCR-RFLP). Additionally, the relative expression levels of miR-34b/c and TP-53 in 44 paired samples were revealed by quantitative reverse transcription polymerase chain reaction (qRT-PCR). A significantly increased risk of PTC was observed in the miR-34b/c rs4938723 CT, CC, and CT/CC genotypes compared with the TT genotype (CT vs TT: adjusted odds ratio [OR] = 1.51, 95%confidence interval [CI] = 1.23-1.85; CC vs TT: adjusted OR = 1.89, 95%CI = 1.39-2.63; CT/CC vs TT: adjusted OR = 1.59, 95%CI = 1.30-1.92, respectively). Significantly increased PTC susceptibility was also associated with the TP-53 Arg72Pro CC and CG/CC genotypes compared with the GG genotype (CC vs GG: adjusted OR = 2.04, 95%CI = 1.54-2.70; CG/CC vs GG: adjusted OR = 1.35, 95%CI = 1.11-1.67, respectively). Stratification analysis revealed that patients carrying the TP-53 Arg72Pro C allele and CC genotype had a significantly increased risk for developing N1 (C vs. G: OR = 1.27, 95%CI = 1.03-1.56; CC vs. GG: OR = 1.62, 95%CI = 1.07-2.46, respectively). Combined analysis showed that the genotypes of rs4938723 CT/CC + TP-53CG/CC increased the risk of PTC compared with rs4938723TT + TP-53GG (OR = 2.25, 95%CI = 1.67-3.03). Additionally, level of miR-34b was significantly upregulated in PTC patients.These findings indicate that the miR-34b/c rs4938723 and TP-53 Arg72Pro polymorphisms may contribute to the susceptibility of PTC.

  14. A Simple and High-Throughput Analysis of Amatoxins and Phallotoxins in Human Plasma, Serum and Urine Using UPLC-MS/MS Combined with PRiME HLB μElution Platform

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    Zhang, Shuo; Zhao, Yunfeng; Li, Haijiao; Zhou, Shuang; Chen, Dawei; Zhang, Yizhe; Yao, Qunmei; Sun, Chengye

    2016-01-01

    Amatoxins and phallotoxins are toxic cyclopeptides found in the genus Amanita and are among the predominant causes of fatal food poisoning in China. In the treatment of Amanita mushroom poisoning, an early and definite diagnosis is necessary for a successful outcome, which has prompted the development of protocols for the fast and confirmatory determination of amatoxins and phallotoxins in human biological fluids. For this purpose, a simple, rapid and sensitive multiresidue UPLC-MS/MS method for the simultaneous determination of α-amanitin, β-amanitin, γ-amanitin, phalloidin (PHD) and phallacidin (PCD) in human plasma, serum and urine was developed and validated. The diluted plasma, serum and urine samples were directly purified with a novel PRiME technique on a 96-well μElution plate platform, which allowed high-throughput sample processing and low reagent consumption. After purification, a UPLC-MS/MS analysis was performed using positive electrospray ionization (ESI+) in multiple reaction monitoring (MRM) mode. This method fulfilled the requirements of a validation test, with good results for the limit of detection (LOD), lower limit of quantification (LLOQ), accuracy, intra- and inter-assay precision, recovery and matrix effects. All of the analytes were confirmed and quantified in authentic plasma, serum and urine samples obtained from cases of poisoning using this method. Using the PRiME μElution technique for quantification reduces labor and time costs and represents a suitable method for routine toxicological and clinical emergency analysis. PMID:27153089

  15. A Simple and High-Throughput Analysis of Amatoxins and Phallotoxins in Human Plasma, Serum and Urine Using UPLC-MS/MS Combined with PRiME HLB μElution Platform.

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    Zhang, Shuo; Zhao, Yunfeng; Li, Haijiao; Zhou, Shuang; Chen, Dawei; Zhang, Yizhe; Yao, Qunmei; Sun, Chengye

    2016-05-04

    Amatoxins and phallotoxins are toxic cyclopeptides found in the genus Amanita and are among the predominant causes of fatal food poisoning in China. In the treatment of Amanita mushroom poisoning, an early and definite diagnosis is necessary for a successful outcome, which has prompted the development of protocols for the fast and confirmatory determination of amatoxins and phallotoxins in human biological fluids. For this purpose, a simple, rapid and sensitive multiresidue UPLC-MS/MS method for the simultaneous determination of α-amanitin, β-amanitin, γ-amanitin, phalloidin (PHD) and phallacidin (PCD) in human plasma, serum and urine was developed and validated. The diluted plasma, serum and urine samples were directly purified with a novel PRiME technique on a 96-well μElution plate platform, which allowed high-throughput sample processing and low reagent consumption. After purification, a UPLC-MS/MS analysis was performed using positive electrospray ionization (ESI+) in multiple reaction monitoring (MRM) mode. This method fulfilled the requirements of a validation test, with good results for the limit of detection (LOD), lower limit of quantification (LLOQ), accuracy, intra- and inter-assay precision, recovery and matrix effects. All of the analytes were confirmed and quantified in authentic plasma, serum and urine samples obtained from cases of poisoning using this method. Using the PRiME μElution technique for quantification reduces labor and time costs and represents a suitable method for routine toxicological and clinical emergency analysis.

  16. On the chemistry of Zn-Zn bonds, RZn-ZnR (R = [{(2,6-Pri2C6H3)N(Me)C}2CH]): synthesis, structure, and computations.

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    Wang, Yuzhong; Quillian, Brandon; Wei, Pingrong; Wang, Hongyan; Yang, Xiao-Juan; Xie, Yaoming; King, R Bruce; Schleyer, Paul v R; Schaefer, H Fritz; Robinson, Gregory H

    2005-08-31

    Potassium reduction of RZn(mu-I)2Li(OEt2)2 (R = [{(2,6-Pri2C6H3)N(Me)C}2CH]) affords the second compound with a Zn-Zn bond, RZn-ZnR. The air- and moisture-sensitive title compound was characterized by 1H NMR, elemental analyses, and single-crystal X-ray diffraction. The Zn-Zn bond was determined to be 2.3586(7) A; this value is only about 0.05 A longer than the Zn-Zn bond reported for Cp*Zn-ZnCp* (Cp* = C5Me5), the first reported compound with a Zn-Zn bond. In addition, density functional theory (DFT) computations on related model RZn-ZnR compounds provide insight into the intriguing Zn-Zn bond.

  17. An autoregulatory network between menin and pri-miR-24-1 is required for the processing of its specific modulator miR-24-1 in BON1 cells.

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    Luzi, Ettore; Marini, Francesca; Ciuffi, Simone; Galli, Gianna; Brandi, Maria Luisa

    2016-05-24

    Multiple endocrine neoplasia type 1 (MEN1) is a rare hereditary cancer complex syndrome manifesting a variety of endocrine and non-endocrine neoplasms and lesions. MEN1 is characterized by tumours of the parathyroids, of the neuroendocrine cells of the gastroenteropancreatic tract, and of the anterior pituitary. The MEN1 gene, a tumour suppressor gene, encodes the menin protein. Loss of heterozygosity (LOH) at 11q13 is typical of MEN1 tumours in agreement with Knudson's two-hit hypothesis. We previously showed that the MEN1 parathyroid tumorigenesis is under the control of an "incoherent feedback loop" between miR-24-1 and the menin protein that generates a "Gene Regulatory Network" (GRN) that mimics the second hit of Knudson's hypothesis and that could buffer the effect of the stochastic factors that contribute to the onset and progression of this disease. Here we show, in the BON1 cell line derived from lymphnode metastasis of a human carcinoid tumour of the pancreas, that menin binds specifically to the primary RNA sequence pri-miR-24-1 by promoting the miR-24-1 biogenesis. Network simulation showed a new feed-forward loop between menin, microRNA-24-1 and Musashi-1 proteins. This result shows a novel mechanism whereby menin, a RNA-binding protein, facilitates the processing of its specific miRNA by regulating the dynamics of the menin-miR-24 Gene Regulatory Network at the level of pri-miRNA processing.

  18. Preliminary evidence for association of genetic variants in pri-miR-34b/c and abnormal miR-34c expression with attention deficit and hyperactivity disorder

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    Garcia-Martínez, I; Sánchez-Mora, C; Pagerols, M; Richarte, V; Corrales, M; Fadeuilhe, C; Cormand, B; Casas, M; Ramos-Quiroga, J A; Ribasés, M

    2016-01-01

    Attention deficit and hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) is a prevalent neurodevelopmental disorder characterized by impairment to sustain attention and inability to control impulses and activity level. The etiology of ADHD is complex, with an estimated heritability of 70–80%. Under the hypothesis that alterations in the processing or target binding of microRNAs (miRNAs) may result in functional alterations predisposing to ADHD, we explored whether common polymorphisms potentially affecting miRNA-mediated regulation are involved in this psychiatric disorder. We performed a comprehensive association study focused on 134 miRNAs in 754 ADHD subjects and 766 controls and found association between the miR-34b/c locus and ADHD. Subsequently, we provided preliminary evidence for overexpression of the miR-34c-3p mature form in peripheral blood mononuclear cells of ADHD subjects. Next, we tested the effect on gene expression of single-nucleotide polymorphisms within the ADHD-associated region and found that rs4938923 in the promoter of the pri-miR-34b/c tags cis expression quantitative trait loci for both miR-34b and miR-34c and has an impact on the expression levels of 681 transcripts in trans, including genes previously associated with ADHD. This gene set was enriched for miR-34b/c binding sites, functional categories related to the central nervous system, such as axon guidance or neuron differentiation, and serotonin biosynthesis and signaling canonical pathways. Our results provide preliminary evidence for the contribution to ADHD of a functional variant in the pri-miR-34b/c promoter, possibly through dysregulation of the expression of mature forms of miR-34b and miR-34c and some target genes. These data highlight the importance of abnormal miRNA function as a potential epigenetic mechanism contributing to ADHD. PMID:27576168

  19. Preliminary evidence for association of genetic variants in pri-miR-34b/c and abnormal miR-34c expression with attention deficit and hyperactivity disorder.

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    Garcia-Martínez, I; Sánchez-Mora, C; Pagerols, M; Richarte, V; Corrales, M; Fadeuilhe, C; Cormand, B; Casas, M; Ramos-Quiroga, J A; Ribasés, M

    2016-08-30

    Attention deficit and hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) is a prevalent neurodevelopmental disorder characterized by impairment to sustain attention and inability to control impulses and activity level. The etiology of ADHD is complex, with an estimated heritability of 70-80%. Under the hypothesis that alterations in the processing or target binding of microRNAs (miRNAs) may result in functional alterations predisposing to ADHD, we explored whether common polymorphisms potentially affecting miRNA-mediated regulation are involved in this psychiatric disorder. We performed a comprehensive association study focused on 134 miRNAs in 754 ADHD subjects and 766 controls and found association between the miR-34b/c locus and ADHD. Subsequently, we provided preliminary evidence for overexpression of the miR-34c-3p mature form in peripheral blood mononuclear cells of ADHD subjects. Next, we tested the effect on gene expression of single-nucleotide polymorphisms within the ADHD-associated region and found that rs4938923 in the promoter of the pri-miR-34b/c tags cis expression quantitative trait loci for both miR-34b and miR-34c and has an impact on the expression levels of 681 transcripts in trans, including genes previously associated with ADHD. This gene set was enriched for miR-34b/c binding sites, functional categories related to the central nervous system, such as axon guidance or neuron differentiation, and serotonin biosynthesis and signaling canonical pathways. Our results provide preliminary evidence for the contribution to ADHD of a functional variant in the pri-miR-34b/c promoter, possibly through dysregulation of the expression of mature forms of miR-34b and miR-34c and some target genes. These data highlight the importance of abnormal miRNA function as a potential epigenetic mechanism contributing to ADHD.

  20. Safety, Tolerability, and Preliminary Efficacy of the Anti-Fibrotic Small Molecule PRI-724, a CBP/β-Catenin Inhibitor, in Patients with Hepatitis C Virus-related Cirrhosis: A Single-Center, Open-Label, Dose Escalation Phase 1 Trial.

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    Kimura, Kiminori; Ikoma, Akemi; Shibakawa, Maki; Shimoda, Shinji; Harada, Kenichi; Saio, Masanao; Imamura, Jun; Osawa, Yosuke; Kimura, Masamichi; Nishikawa, Koji; Okusaka, Takuji; Morita, Satoshi; Inoue, Kazuaki; Kanto, Tatsuya; Todaka, Koji; Nakanishi, Yoichi; Kohara, Michinori; Mizokami, Masashi

    2017-08-19

    There is currently no anti-fibrotic drug therapy available to treat hepatitis C virus (HCV) cirrhosis. The aim of this study was to assess the safety, tolerability, and anti-fibrotic effect of PRI-724, a small-molecule modulator of Wnt signaling, in patients with HCV cirrhosis. In this single-center, open-label, phase 1 trial, we sequentially enrolled patients with HCV cirrhosis who were classified as Child-Pugh (CP) class A or B. PRI-724 was administered as a continuous intravenous infusion of 10, 40, or 160mg/m(2)/day for six cycles of 1week on and 1week off. The primary endpoints were frequency and severity of adverse events. The secondary endpoint was efficacy of PRI-724 in treating cirrhosis based on CP score and liver biopsy. This study is registered with ClinicalTrials.gov (no. NCT02195440). Between Sept 3, 2014 and May 2, 2016, 14 patients were enrolled: CP class A:B, 6:8; median age, 62 (range: 43 to 74) years; male:female, 10:4. Twelve of the 14 patients completed six cycles of treatment; one was withdrawn from the study due to possible study drug-related liver injury (grade 3) in the 160mg/m(2)/day dose cohort and one withdrew for personal reasons. Serious adverse events occurred in three patients [21% (3/14)], one of which was possibly related to PRI-724. The most common adverse events were nausea [29% (4/14)] and fatigue [21% (3/14)]. After PRI-724 administration, the CP scores worsened by 1 point in two patients in the 10mg/m(2)/day cohort, improved in three patients at 1, 1, and 2 points in the 40mg/m(2)/day cohort, and improved in one patient by 3 points in the 160mg/m(2)/day cohort. The histology activity index scores of the liver tissue improved in two patients and exacerbated in two patients in the 10mg/m(2)/day cohort, and improved in one patient in the 40mg/m(2)/day cohort. This study showed that administration of 10 or 40mg/m(2)/day intravenous PRI-724 over 12weeks was well-tolerated by patients with HCV cirrhosis; however, liver injury as a

  1. vsiRNAs derived from the miRNA-generating sites of pri-tae-miR159a based on the BSMV system play positive roles in the wheat response to Puccinia striiformis f. sp. tritici through the regulation of taMyb3 expression.

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    Feng, Hao; Zhang, Qiong; Li, Huayi; Wang, Xiaojie; Wang, Xiaodong; Duan, Xiaoyuan; Wang, Bing; Kang, Zhensheng

    2013-07-01

    Plants live in a complex environment, exposed to stresses, such as unsuitable climates, pests and pathogenic microorganisms. Pathogens are one of the most serious factors that threaten plant growth. Wheat stripe rust, caused by Puccinia striiformis f. sp. tritici (Pst), is one of the most destructive diseases worldwide. Virus-induced gene silencing (VIGS) is a popular tool for the functional analysis of wheat genes, generating abundant small RNAs (sRNAs). sRNAs are key components in gene regulatory networks, silencing corresponding genes at the post-transcriptional level. In this study, we transduced pri-tae-miR159a into plant tissues using the barley stripe mosaic virus (BSMV) system, and demonstrated that vsiRNAs were generated from the same miRNAs generating sites of pri-tae-miR159a, with the function of Dicer RNase III-like classes of endonucleases (DCL4). In addition, the accumulation of vsiRNAs in wheat leaves challenged with Pst Chinese yellow rust 23 (CYR23), resulted in a resistant phenotype, and in the compatible interaction, the sporation of Pst was limited. Whereas, infection with a control construct had no effect on the resistance or susceptibility. The results of the histological observation also supported these phenotype changes. Interestingly, vsiRNAs were also involved in the interactions between wheat and Pst through the tae-miR159-mediated regulation of taMyb3 expression. Moreover, these results also supported the speculation that vsiRNAs were generated from the same sites of pri-tae-miR159a. These studies indicated that vsiRNAs from miRNAs generating sites of pri-tae-miR159a based on the BSMV system play positive roles in the wheat response to Pst through the regulation of taMyb3 expression. Copyright © 2013 Elsevier Masson SAS. All rights reserved.

  2. Associations of pri-miR-34b/c and pre-miR-196a2 polymorphisms and their multiplicative interactions with hepatitis B virus mutations with hepatocellular carcinoma risk.

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    Han, Yifang; Pu, Rui; Han, Xue; Zhao, Jun; Zhang, Yuwei; Zhang, Qi; Yin, Jianhua; Xie, Jiaxin; Shen, Qiuxia; Deng, Yang; Ding, Yibo; Li, Weiping; Li, Juhong; Zhang, Hongwei; Cao, Guangwen

    2013-01-01

    Genetic polymorphisms of pri-miR-34b/c and pre-miR-196a2 have been reported to be associated with the susceptibility to cancers. However, the effect of these polymorphisms and their interactions with hepatitis B virus (HBV) mutations on the development of hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC) remains largely unknown. We hypothesized that these polymorphisms might interact with the HBV mutations and play a role in hepatocarcinogenesis. Pri-miR-34b/c rs4938723 (T>C) and pre-miR-196a2 rs11614913 (T>C) were genotyped in 3,325 subjects including 1,021 HBV-HCC patients using quantitative PCR. HBV mutations were determined by direct sequencing. Contributions of the polymorphisms and their multiplicative interactions with gender or HCC-related HBV mutations to HCC risk were assessed using multivariate regression analyses. rs4938723 CC genotype was significantly associated with HCC risk compared to HBV natural clearance subjects, adjusted for age and gender (adjusted odds ratio [AOR] = 2.01, 95% confidence interval [CI] = 1.16-3.49). rs4938723 variant genotypes in dominant model significantly increased HCC risk in women, compared to female healthy controls (AOR = 1.85, 95% CI = 1.20-2.84) or female HCC-free subjects (AOR = 1.62, 95% CI = 1.14-2.31). rs4938723 CC genotype and rs11614913 TC genotype were significantly associated with increased frequencies of the HCC-related HBV mutations T1674C/G and G1896A, respectively. rs11614913 was not significantly associated with HCC risk, but its CC genotype significantly enhanced the effect of rs4938723 in women. In multivariate regression analyses, rs4938723 in dominant model increased HCC risk (AOR = 1.62, 95% CI = 1.05-2.49), whereas its multiplicative interaction with C1730G, a HBV mutation inversely associated with HCC risk, reduced HCC risk (AOR = 0.34, 95% CI = 0.15-0.81); rs11614913 strengthened the G1896A effect but attenuated the A3120G/T effect on HCC risk. rs4938723 might be a genetic risk

  3. Are the SSB-Interacting Proteins RecO, RecG, PriA and the DnaB-Interacting Protein Rep Bound to Progressing Replication Forks in Escherichia coli?

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    Matelot, Mélody; Allemand, Jean-François; Michel, Bénédicte

    2015-01-01

    In all organisms several enzymes that are needed upon replication impediment are targeted to replication forks by interaction with a replication protein. In most cases these proteins interact with the polymerase clamp or with single-stranded DNA binding proteins (SSB). In Escherichia coli an accessory replicative helicase was also shown to interact with the DnaB replicative helicase. Here we have used cytological observation of Venus fluorescent fusion proteins expressed from their endogenous loci in live E. coli cells to determine whether DNA repair and replication restart proteins that interact with a replication protein travel with replication forks. A custom-made microscope that detects active replisome molecules provided that they are present in at least three copies was used. Neither the recombination proteins RecO and RecG, nor the replication accessory helicase Rep are detected specifically in replicating cells in our assay, indicating that either they are not present at progressing replication forks or they are present in less than three copies. The Venus-PriA fusion protein formed foci even in the absence of replication forks, which prevented us from reaching a conclusion. PMID:26244508

  4. Substrate-dependent post-annealing effects on the strain state and electrical transport of epitaxial La5/8-yPryCa3/8MnO3 films

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    Hu, Sixia; Huang, Haoliang; Yang, Yuanjun; Luo, Zhenlin; Yang, Mengmeng; Wang, Haibo; Dong, Yongqi; Hong, Bing; He, Hao; Bao, Jun; Gao, Chen

    2014-06-01

    Large scale electronic phase separation (EPS) between ferromagnetic metallic and charge-ordered insulating phases in La5/8-yPryCa3/8MnO3 (y = 0.3) (LPCMO) is very sensitive to the structural changes. This work investigates the effects of post-annealing on the strain states and electrical transport properties of LPCMO films epitaxially grown on (001)pc SrTiO3 (tensile strain), LaAlO3 (compressive strain) and NdGaO3 (near-zero strain) substrates. Before annealing, all the films are coherent-epitaxial and insulating through the measured temperature range. Obvious change of film lattice is observed during the post-annealing: the in-plane strain in LPCMO/LAO varies from -1.5% to -0.1% while that in LPCMO/STO changes from 1.6% to 1.3%, and the lattice of LPCMO/NGO keeps constant because of the good lattice-match between LPCMO and NGO. Consequently, the varied film strain leads to the emergence of metal-insulator transitions (MIT) and shift of the critical transition temperature in the electrical transport. These results demonstrate that lattice-mismatch combined with post-annealing is an effective approach to tune strain in epitaxial LPCMO films, and thus to control the EPS and MIT in the films.

  5. Multiple magnetic transitions, dynamical magnetic liquid and magnetic glass in La1-x-yPryCaxMnO3 (x≈0.42, y≈0.40) thin films: A thickness dependent study

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    Agarwal, Vasudha; Kandpal, Lalit M.; Siwach, P. K.; Awana, V. P. S.; Singh, H. K.

    2015-11-01

    The influence of substrate induced strain and its relaxation on the evolution of the multiple magnetic transitions and ensuing modifications in the degree of phase separation, the nature of the dynamical magnetic liquid, the randomly frozen glass and insulator-metal transitions have been investigated in single crystalline La1-x-yPryCaxMnO3 (x≈0.42, y≈0.40) in t~20-140 nm thick films deposited on LaAlO3 (001) substrates. The ferromagnetic (FM) transition temperature (TC) first decreases as the film thickness is increased from t~20 nm to t~60 nm and then increases with increasing film thickness. In contrast the charge ordering (CO), antiferromagnetic (AFM) and glass transition temperatures shift towards higher values with increasing film thickness. The field cooled cooling (FCC) and field cooled warming (FCW) magnetization (M-T) of films having t≥60 nm shows pronounced hysteresis and ΔTC=TCFCW-TCFCC decreases concomitantly from 46 K to 35 K as the thickness increases from ~60 to ~140 nm. The thinnest film shows insulator to metal transitions (IMT) only at magnetic field H>40 kOe. Films with t≥TC show sharp hysteretic IMT, with ΔTIM=TIMW-TIMC decreasing from ~70 K to ~50 K as the thickness increases from ~60 nm to ~140 nm. Such strong hysteresis is a characteristic of first order phase transition and also a signature of magnetic liquid like phase created by the magnetic frustration created by the delicate balance between FM and AFM/CO phases. The H induced AFM/CO to FM transition reduces ΔTIM and at higher fields the phase transition appears akin to the second order. The observed difference in the magnetic and transport properties have been explained in terms of the substrate induced strain at lower film thickness and its relaxation at higher thickness.

  6. Impact of nanostructuring on the magnetic and magnetocaloric properties of microscale phase-separated La5/8–yPryCa3/8MnO₃ manganites

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    Bingham, N. S.; Lampen, P.; Phan, M. H.; ...

    2012-08-16

    Bulk manganites of the form La5/8–yPryCa3/8MnO₃ (LPCMO) exhibit a complex phase diagram due to coexisting charge-ordered antiferromagnetic (CO/AFM), charge-disordered paramagnetic (PM), and ferromagnetic (FM) phases. Because phase separation in LPCMO occurs on the microscale, reducing particle size to below this characteristic length is expected to have a strong impact on the magnetic properties of the system. Through a comparative study of the magnetic and magnetocaloric properties of single-crystalline (bulk) and nanocrystalline LPCMO (y=3/8) we show that the AFM, CO, and FM transitions seen in the single crystal can also be observed in the large particle sizes (400 and 150 nm),more » while only a single PM to FM transition is found for the small particles (55 nm). Magnetic and magnetocaloric measurements reveal that decreasing particle size affects the balance of competing phases in LPCMO and narrows the range of fields over which PM, FM, and CO phases coexist. The FM volume fraction increases with size reduction, until CO is suppressed below some critical size, ~100 nm. With size reduction, the saturation magnetization and field sensitivity first increase as long-range CO is inhibited, then decrease as surface effects become increasingly important. The trend that the FM phase is stabilized on the nanoscale is contrasted with the stabilization of the charge-disordered PM phase occurring on the microscale, demonstrating that in terms of the characteristic phase separation length, a few microns and several hundred nanometers represent very different regimes in LPCMO.« less

  7. Pendant alkyl and aryl groups on tin control complex geometry and reactivity with H2/D2 in Pt(SnR3)2(CNBu(t))2 (R = Bu(t), Pr(i), Ph, mesityl).

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    Koppaka, Anjaneyulu; Zhu, Lei; Yempally, Veeranna; Isrow, Derek; Pellechia, Perry J; Captain, Burjor

    2015-01-14

    The complex Pt(SnBu(t)3)2(CNBu(t))2(H)2, 1, was obtained from the reaction of Pt(COD)2 and Bu(t)3SnH, followed by addition of CNBu(t). The two hydride ligands in 1 can be eliminated, both in solution and in the solid state, to yield Pt(SnBu(t)3)2(CNBu(t))2, 2. Addition of hydrogen to 2 at room temperature in solution and in the solid state regenerates 1. Complex 2 catalyzes H2-D2 exchange in solution to give HD. The proposed mechanism of exchange involves reductive elimination of Bu(t)3SnH from 1 to afford vacant sites on the Pt center, thus facilitating the exchange process. This is supported by isolation and characterization of Pt(SnMes3)(SnBu(t)3)(CNBu(t))2, 3, when the addition of H2 to 2 was carried out in the presence of free ligand Mes3SnH (Mes = 2,4,6-Me3C6H2). Complex Pt(SnMes3)2(CNBu(t))2, 5, can be prepared from the reaction of Pt(COD)2 with Mes3SnH and CNBu(t). The exchange reaction of 2 with Ph3SnH gave Pt(SnPh3)3(CNBu(t))2(H), 6, wherein both SnBu(t)3 ligands are replaced by SnPh3. Complex 6 decomposes in air to form square planar Pt(SnPh3)2(CNBu(t))2, 7. The complex Pt(SnPr(i)3)2(CNBu(t))2, 8, was also prepared. Out of the four analogous complexes Pt(SnR3)2(CNBu(t))2 (R = Bu(t), Mes, Ph, or Pr(i)), only the Bu(t) analogue does both H2 activation and H2-D2 exchange. This is due to steric effects imparted by the bulky Bu(t) groups that distort the geometry of the complex considerably from planarity. The reaction of Pt(COD)2 with Bu(t)3SnH and CO gas afforded trans-Pt(SnBu(t)3)2(CO)2, 9. Compound 9 can be converted to 2 by replacement of the CO ligands with CNBu(t) via the intermediate Pt(SnBu(t)3)2(CNBu(t))2(CO), 10.

  8. Synthesis and characterization of TpiPrMoO(S2PR2) (R = Pri, Ph, OEt, OPri, (-)-mentholate) and {HB(OMe)(Pripz)2}MoO(S2PPri2), including isomers of known 1,2-borotropically-shifted complexes.

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    Young, Charles G; Malarek, Michael S; Evans, David J; Doonan, Christian J; Ng, Victor Wee Lin; White, Jonathan M

    2009-03-02

    Green/blue TpiPrMoO(S2PR2) (TpiPr = hydrotris(3-isopropylpyrazolyl)borate; R = Pri, Ph, OEt, OPri, (-)-mentholate) complexes were synthesized and characterized by elemental analysis, mass spectrometry, IR and NMR spectroscopy, and X-ray crystallography. The diamagnetic, six-coordinate, oxo-Mo(IV) complexes possess distorted octahedral geometries defined by terminal oxo, bidentate dithio acid, and tridentate TpiPr ligands. The R = Pri and Ph derivatives are isomers of previously reported 1,2-borotropically shifted complexes, TpiPr*MoO(S2PR2) (TpiPr* = hydrobis(3-isopropylpyrazolyl)(5-isopropylpyrazolyl)borate; ref: Inorg. Chem. 1996, 35, 5368). Conversion of TpiPrMoO(S2PPh2) into TpiPr*MoO(S2PPh2) at elevated temperatures (>80 degrees C) showed that the borotropically shifted isomer was thermodynamically more stable than the unshifted species. Reaction with methanol converts TpiPrMoO(S2PPri2) into {HB(OMe)(Pripz)2}MoO(S2PPri2) (Pripz = 3-isopropylpyrazolyl), which was characterized by spectroscopic and crystallographic methods.

  9. PRI and the Beyond Merida Initiative

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    2011-10-28

    candidate, Andres Manuel Lopez , called for the de- militarization of our bilateral agenda while speaking to a U.S. think tank.9 Santiago Creel Miranda, a... manuel -l%C3%B3pez- obrador (accessed October 16, 2011) 10 Elimparcial. “Anti-narco fight will change if president: Creel,” http...Wilson Institute for Scholars: Mexico Institute. http://www.wilsoncenter.org/event/dialogues-mexicodi%C3%A1logos-con-m%C3%A9xico- featuring- andr %C3%A9s

  10. A pilot study on the use of natural calcium isotope (44Ca/40Ca) fractionation in urine as a proxy for the human body calcium balance.

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    Heuser, Alexander; Eisenhauer, Anton

    2010-04-01

    We explored the possibility of using natural calcium (Ca) isotope variations in the urine (delta(44/40)Ca(urine)) as a proxy for the Ca balance in the human body. We chose two test persons extremely different in their health status, gender and age (4-year-old healthy boy and a 60-year-old woman known to suffer from osteoporosis). During a 5 day interval the Ca isotope composition of the individual diet (delta(44/40)Ca(diet)) was monitored for both test persons to be in general agreement to the Ca isotope composition of the normal western European diet ( approximately -1.02+/-0.1 per thousand). However, measurements showed that (1) delta(44/40)Ca(urine) of both test persons are approximately 1.37 and approximately 2.49 per thousand, respectively, heavier than delta(44/40)Ca(diet) and that (2) the delta(44/40)Ca(urine-boy) is approximately 1.1 per thousand heavier when compared to the value of the woman. The individual offset between diet and test persons is interpreted to reflect individual Ca reabsorption rates in the kidneys being the result of Rayleigh type Ca isotope fractionation related to the partitioning of Ca between the glomerular filtrate and filtered residue. The relative difference between delta(44/40)Ca(urine-boy) and delta(44/40)Ca(urine-woman) of approximately 1.1 per thousand may reflect individual differences in the balance of bone mineralization and demineralization processes related to age, gender and health status. By arbitrarily defining an equilibrium value for Delta(44/40)Ca(diet-urine) of -1.93 per thousand being the arithmetic mean of delta(44/40)Ca(urine) for both test persons the measured delta(44/40)Ca(urine) values may be applied to model the individual bone mineralization and demineralization processes in a qualitative way. Note, second order influences of intestinal Ca absorption during sequestration of Ca between intestine and blood have to be subject of further studies.

  11. Heavy actinide production from the interactions of sup 40 Ar with sup 248 Cm and a comparison with the sup 44 Ca- sup 248 Cm system

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    Leyba, J.D.; Henderson, R.A.; Hall, H.L.; Gannett, C.M.; Chadwick, R.B.; Czerwinski, K.R.; Kadkhodayan, B.A.; Kreek, S.A.; Haynes, G.R.; Gregorich, K.E.; Lee, D.M.; Nurmia, M.J.; Hoffman, D.C. Nuclear Science Division, Lawrence Berkeley Laboratory, University of California, Berkeley, Berkeley, California 94720)

    1990-05-01

    Excitation functions have been measured for isotopes of Bk, Cf, Es, and Fm produced from the interactions of 207- to 286-MeV {sup 40}Ar ions with {sup 248}Cm. The measured isotopic distributions were found to be essentially symmetric with full widths at half maximum between 2.0 and 3.5 mass units. These results are comparable to those obtained in previous studies using {sup 40,44,48}Ca with {sup 248}Cm. The maxima of the isotopic distributions from the {sup 40}Ar-{sup 248}Cm system show shifts, to both heavier and lighter mass numbers, of 0 to 2 mass units relative to the corresponding maxima of the isotopic distributions from the {sup 40,44,48}Ca-{sup 248}Cm systems.

  12. Autonomic Disorders in Cervical Migraine (O Vegetativnykh Narusheniyakh pri Sheinoi Migreni),

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    spread forward, and radiate into the eyeball and the ear on the same side. Disorders of vision (darkening of vision, ’mouches volantes,’ concentric...vascular disorders , humero-scapular periarthritis, epicondylitis, and a few other symptoms are the sequelae of the irritation of the posterior cervical sympathetic nerve.

  13. Sensor4PRI: A Sensor Platform for the Protection of Railway Infrastructures

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    Cañete, Eduardo; Chen, Jaime; Díaz, Manuel; Llopis, Luis; Rubio, Bartolomé

    2015-01-01

    Wireless Sensor Networks constitute pervasive and distributed computing systems and are potentially one of the most important technologies of this century. They have been specifically identified as a good candidate to become an integral part of the protection of critical infrastructures. In this paper we focus on railway infrastructure protection and we present the details of a sensor platform designed to be integrated into a slab track system in order to carry out both installation and maintenance monitoring activities. In the installation phase, the platform helps operators to install the slab tracks in the right position. In the maintenance phase, the platform collects information about the structural health and behavior of the infrastructure when a train travels along it and relays the readings to a base station. The base station uses trains as data mules to upload the information to the internet. The use of a train as a data mule is especially suitable for collecting information from remote or inaccessible places which do not have a direct connection to the internet and require less network infrastructure. The overall aim of the system is to deploy a permanent economically viable monitoring system to improve the safety of railway infrastructures. PMID:25734648

  14. Fearing Prying U.S. Eyes, Canada's Colleges Crack Down On Computing

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    Carnevale, Dan

    2007-01-01

    The USA Patriot Act is having far-reaching effects on the kinds of data that wind up on some academics' computers in Canada. Canadian colleges, responding to provincial laws passed in reaction to the Patriot Act, are preventing professors from entering the United States with students' private data on their laptops and limiting the locations of…

  15. Introns of plant pri-miRNAs enhance miRNA biogenesis

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    Bielewicz, Dawid; Kalak, Malgorzata; Kalyna, Maria; Windels, David; Barta, Andrea; Vazquez, Franck; Szweykowska-Kulinska, Zofia; Jarmolowski, Artur

    2013-01-01

    Plant MIR genes are independent transcription units that encode long primary miRNA precursors, which usually contain introns. For two miRNA genes, MIR163 and MIR161, we show that introns are crucial for the accumulation of proper levels of mature miRNA. Removal of the intron in both cases led to a drop-off in the level of mature miRNAs. We demonstrate that the stimulating effects of the intron mostly reside in the 5′ss rather than on a genuine splicing event. Our findings are biologically significant as the presence of functional splice sites in the MIR163 gene appears mandatory for pathogen-triggered accumulation of miR163 and proper regulation of at least one of its targets. PMID:23681439

  16. Prying the Gates Wide Open: Academic Freedom and Gender Equality at Brown University, 1974-1977

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    Porwancher, Andrew

    2013-01-01

    In 1974, Brown University's Department of Anthropology denied tenure to assistant professor Louise Lamphere. Convinced that her dismissal was the product of sex discrimination, Lamphere filed suit against Brown. Lamphere and three other female scholars who joined her suit successfully pressed Brown into an out-of-court settlement in 1977.…

  17. Prying open single GroES ring complexes by force reveals cooperativity across domains.

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    Ikeda-Kobayashi, Akiko; Taniguchi, Yukinori; Brockwell, David J; Paci, Emanuele; Kawakami, Masaru

    2012-04-18

    Understanding how the mechanical properties of a protein complex emerge from the interplay of intra- and interchain interactions is vital at both fundamental and applied levels. To investigate whether interdomain cooperativity affects protein mechanical strength, we employed single-molecule force spectroscopy to probe the mechanical stability of GroES, a homoheptamer with a domelike quaternary stucture stabilized by intersubunit interactions between the first and last β-strands of adjacent domains. A GroES variant was constructed in which each subunit of the GroES heptamer is covalently linked to adjacent subunits by tripeptide linkers and folded domains of protein L are introduced to the heptamer's termini as handle molecules. The force-distance profiles for GroES unfolding showed, for the first time that we know of, a mechanical phenotype whereby seven distinct force peaks, with alternating behavior of unfolding force and contour length (ΔL(c)), were observed with increasing unfolding-event number. Unfolding of (GroES)(7) is initiated by breakage of the interface between domains 1 and 7 at low force, which imparts a polarity to (GroES)(7) that results in two distinct mechanical phenotypes of these otherwise identical protein domains. Unfolding then proceeds by peeling domains off the domelike native structure by sequential repetition of the denaturation of mechanically weak (unfoldon 1) and strong (unfoldon 2) units. These results indicate that domain-domain interactions help to determine the overall mechanical strength and unfolding pathway of the oligomeric structure. These data reveal an unexpected richness in the mechanical behavior of this homopolyprotein, yielding a complex with greater mechanical strength and properties distinct from those that would be apparent for GroES domains in isolation. Copyright © 2012 Biophysical Society. Published by Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.

  18. School Internal Investigations of Employees, Open Records Laws, and the Prying Press.

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    Remington, Lee R.

    2002-01-01

    Discusses history and purpose of state open-records laws. Surveys how parties make open-records requests, various causes of action, and sanctions for noncompliance. Examines how open-records requests related to district investigations can implicate the Family Education Rights and Privacy Act. Attempts to find appropriate balance between public's…

  19. Characteristic Headaches with Cervical Migraine (O Kharakteristike Golovnoi Boli pri Sheinoi Migreni),

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    Headache is the leading symptom of cervical migraine . The localization and irradiation of pains, the characteristic gesture of the patients, the...characteristics of cervical migraine . It must be assumed that knowledge through further studies of the clinical aspects and diagnosis of this...widespread disease will eventually reach all practicing physicians, and that in time ’cervical migraine ’ will become a common diagnosis at any polyclinic. (Author)

  20. Importance of the Radicular Syndrome in Cervical Migraine (O Znachenii Radikulyarnogo Sindroma pri Sheinoi Migreni),

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    cervical migraine were observed. The most characteristic symptoms are constant dull, frequently unilateral headaches with typical irradiation from the...The direct causes of cerebral disorders in cervical migraine are compression of the vertebral artery and irritation of the vertebral nerve by...cervical-occipital region forward. The radicular syndrome always occurs with cervical migraine : it may be more or less sharply manifest, may develop at

  1. Sensor4PRI: a sensor platform for the protection of railway infrastructures.

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    Cañete, Eduardo; Chen, Jaime; Díaz, Manuel; Llopis, Luis; Rubio, Bartolomé

    2015-02-27

    Wireless Sensor Networks constitute pervasive and distributed computing systems and are potentially one of the most important technologies of this century. They have been specifically identified as a good candidate to become an integral part of the protection of critical infrastructures. In this paper we focus on railway infrastructure protection and we present the details of a sensor platform designed to be integrated into a slab track system in order to carry out both installation and maintenance monitoring activities. In the installation phase, the platform helps operators to install the slab tracks in the right position. In the maintenance phase, the platform collects information about the structural health and behavior of the infrastructure when a train travels along it and relays the readings to a base station. The base station uses trains as data mules to upload the information to the internet. The use of a train as a data mule is especially suitable for collecting information from remote or inaccessible places which do not have a direct connection to the internet and require less network infrastructure. The overall aim of the system is to deploy a permanent economically viable monitoring system to improve the safety of railway infrastructures.

  2. Coherent Processing Across Multiple Staggered Pulse Repetition Interval (PRI) Dwells in Radar

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    2004-02-01

    method”, Anal. Chem., Vol. 63, pp. 534-536, 1991. [25] P. P. Vaidyanathan, Multirate Systems and Filter Banks , 1993, Prentice-Hall, Englewood Cliffs...an unevenly sampled signal using multirate filter banks , a multi-resolution approach has been taken by Vaidyanathan [25, 26 and 27]. It is possible...NJ. [26] P. P. Vaidyanathan, and V. C. Liu, “Classical sampling theorems in the context of multirate and polyphase digital filter bank structure

  3. Obrazovanie Vzroslykh pri Probleme Dosuga (Adult Education and the Problem of Leisure)

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    Darinskii, Anatolii V.

    1969-01-01

    Adult education in the Soviet Union must find flexible new methods, preferably including tourism or other elements of recreation, to raise adults' cultural standards and intellectualize their free time while helping them improve their work qualifications and professional skills. (Author/LY)

  4. Prying the Gates Wide Open: Academic Freedom and Gender Equality at Brown University, 1974-1977

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    Porwancher, Andrew

    2013-01-01

    In 1974, Brown University's Department of Anthropology denied tenure to assistant professor Louise Lamphere. Convinced that her dismissal was the product of sex discrimination, Lamphere filed suit against Brown. Lamphere and three other female scholars who joined her suit successfully pressed Brown into an out-of-court settlement in 1977.…

  5. The Politics of Parental Involvement: How Opportunity Hoarding and Prying Shape Educational Opportunity

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    Lyken-Segosebe, Dawn; Hinz, Serena E.

    2015-01-01

    As more state legislatures join the debate on school-choice and parent-trigger legislation, their discussions draw attention to an evolving landscape outside school walls where parental action shapes educational opportunity. Parents wield their political, social, economic, and cultural capital to secure the best educational outcomes for their…

  6. School Internal Investigations of Employees, Open Records Laws, and the Prying Press.

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    Remington, Lee R.

    2002-01-01

    Discusses history and purpose of state open-records laws. Surveys how parties make open-records requests, various causes of action, and sanctions for noncompliance. Examines how open-records requests related to district investigations can implicate the Family Education Rights and Privacy Act. Attempts to find appropriate balance between public's…

  7. Careful cachers and prying pilferers: Eurasian jays (Garrulus glandarius) limit auditory information available to competitors

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    Shaw, Rachael C.; Clayton, Nicola S.

    2013-01-01

    Food-storing corvids use many cache-protection and pilfering strategies. We tested whether Eurasian jays (Garrulus glandarius) reduce the transfer of auditory information to a competitor when caching and pilfering. We gave jays a noisy and a quiet substrate to cache in. Compared with when alone, birds cached less in the noisy substrate when with a conspecific that could hear but could not see them caching. By contrast, jays did not change the amount cached in the noisy substrate when they were with a competitor that could see and hear them caching compared with when they were alone. Together, these results suggest that jays reduce auditory information during caching as a cache-protection strategy. By contrast, as pilferers, jays did not attempt to conceal their presence from a cacher and did not prefer a silent viewing perch over a noisy one when observing caching. However, birds vocalized less when watching caching compared with when they were alone, when they were watching a non-caching conspecific or when they were watching their own caches being pilfered. Pilfering jays may therefore attempt to suppress some types of auditory information. Our results raise the possibility that jays both understand and can attribute auditory perception to another individual. PMID:23222444

  8. Miniature Electron Sources for Tomorrow’s Vacuum THz Devices (MiPRI)

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    2006-07-01

    slotted slow-wave structure show that the circuit could be With H = 2mm, the ohmic Q- factor , depending on the choice driven at 3-4 times the starting...least a factor of 2, which results (SWS) within an open resonator [I). However, typical in the range of nominal current densities of about 130 A/cm 2...length, P3o is the velocity of the electrons normalized to the speed of light, c, Vb is the beam voltage and Qohm is the ohmic quality factor . It

  9. Directional hyperspectral observations to detect plant stress with the PRI and SIF in a cornfield

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    We examined the impact of drought stress and temperature on plant hyperspectral, fluorescence, and photosynthetic responses during the 2012 growing season at an experimental USDA (United States Department of Agriculture) cornfield in Beltsville, MD USA. The manipulations included 4 nitrogen (N) appl...

  10. Fearing Prying U.S. Eyes, Canada's Colleges Crack Down On Computing

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    Carnevale, Dan

    2007-01-01

    The USA Patriot Act is having far-reaching effects on the kinds of data that wind up on some academics' computers in Canada. Canadian colleges, responding to provincial laws passed in reaction to the Patriot Act, are preventing professors from entering the United States with students' private data on their laptops and limiting the locations of…

  11. The Politics of Parental Involvement: How Opportunity Hoarding and Prying Shape Educational Opportunity

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    Lyken-Segosebe, Dawn; Hinz, Serena E.

    2015-01-01

    As more state legislatures join the debate on school-choice and parent-trigger legislation, their discussions draw attention to an evolving landscape outside school walls where parental action shapes educational opportunity. Parents wield their political, social, economic, and cultural capital to secure the best educational outcomes for their…

  12. 7 CFR 14.6 - Criteria for determining the pri- mary purpose of payments with respect to potential exclusion...

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    2010-01-01

    .... (3) Habitat includes, but is not limited to, the food supply, water supply, and nesting and escape.... Erosion by water and wind and the associated changes that result in permanent or long-term reductions in the productive capacity of the soil are forms of soil deterioration. (b) Water conservation. (1) Water...

  13. Limited access to HIV prevention in French prisons (ANRS PRI2DE): implications for public health and drug policy

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    2011-01-01

    Background Overpopulation, poor hygiene and disease prevention conditions in prisons are major structural determinants of increased infectious risk within prison settings but evidence-based national and WHO guidelines provide clear indications on how to reduce this risk. We sought to estimate the level of infectious risk by measuring how French prisons adhere to national and WHO guidelines. Methods A nationwide survey targeting the heads of medical (all French prisons) and psychiatric (26 French prisons) units was conducted using a postal questionnaire and a phone interview mainly focusing on access to prevention interventions, i.e. bleach, opioid substitution treatment (OST), HBV vaccination and post-exposure prophylaxis (PEP) for French prisoners. Two scores were built reflecting adherence to national and WHO international guidelines, ranging from 0 (no adherence) to 10 (maximum adherence) and 0 to 9 respectively. Results A majority (N = 113 (66%)) of the 171 prisons answered the questionnaires, representing 74% coverage (46,786 prisoners) of the French prison population: 108 were medical units and 12 were psychiatric units. Inmate access to prevention was poor. The median[IQR] score measuring adherence to national guidelines was quite low (4.5[2.5; 5.5]) but adherence to WHO guidelines was even lower 2.5[1.5; 3.5]; PEP was absent despite reported risky practices. Unsuitable OST delivery practices were frequently observed. Conclusions A wide gap exists between HIV prevention policies and their application in prisons. Similar assessments in other countries may be needed to guide a global policy reform in prison settings. Adequate funding together with innovative interventions able to remove structural and ideological barriers to HIV prevention are now needed to motivate those in charge of prison health, to improve their working environment and to relieve French prisoners from their currently debilitating conditions. PMID:21619573

  14. 7 CFR 14.6 - Criteria for determining the pri- mary purpose of payments with respect to potential exclusion...

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    2011-01-01

    ... the productive capacity of the resource regardless of the level of technology available or applied... the productive capacity of the soil are forms of soil deterioration. (b) Water conservation. (1) Water... this section. (c) Protecting the environment. (1) Payments shall be considered to be made primarily...

  15. A Multimethod Assessment of Juvenile Psychopathy: Comparing the Predictive Utility of the PCL:YV, YPI, and NEO PRI

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    Cauffman, Elizabeth; Kimonis, Eva R.; Dmitrieva, Julia; Monahan, Kathryn C.

    2009-01-01

    The current study compares 3 distinct approaches for measuring juvenile psychopathy and their utility for predicting short- and long-term recidivism among a sample of 1,170 serious male juvenile offenders. The assessment approaches compared a clinical interview method (the Psychopathy Checklist: Youth Version [PCL:YV]; Forth, Kosson, & Hare,…

  16. A Multimethod Assessment of Juvenile Psychopathy: Comparing the Predictive Utility of the PCL:YV, YPI, and NEO PRI

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    Cauffman, Elizabeth; Kimonis, Eva R.; Dmitrieva, Julia; Monahan, Kathryn C.

    2009-01-01

    The current study compares 3 distinct approaches for measuring juvenile psychopathy and their utility for predicting short- and long-term recidivism among a sample of 1,170 serious male juvenile offenders. The assessment approaches compared a clinical interview method (the Psychopathy Checklist: Youth Version [PCL:YV]; Forth, Kosson, & Hare, 2003), a new self-report measure (the Youth Psychopathic Traits Inventory; Andershed, Kerr, Stattin, & Levander, 2002), and a personality-based approach (the NEO Psychopathy Resemblance Index; Lynam & Widiger, 2007). Results indicate a modest overlap between the 3 measures (rs = .26–.36); however, youths were often identified as psychopathic by 1 measure but not by others. Measures were weakly correlated with reoffending during subsequent 6- and 12-month periods. Findings suggest that although such scores may be useful indicators of the need for heightened monitoring in the short term, care should be taken when making predictions about long-term recidivism among adolescents. Moreover, the lack of long-term predictive power for the PCL:YV and the inconsistent psychopathy designations obtained with different measures raise serious questions about the use of such measures as the basis for legal or clinical treatment decisions. PMID:19947787

  17. A Multimethod Assessment of Juvenile Psychopathy: Comparing the Predictive Utility of the PCL:YV, YPI, and NEO PRI

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    Cauffman, Elizabeth; Kimonis, Eva R.; Dmitrieva, Julia; Monahan, Kathryn C.

    2009-01-01

    The current study compares 3 distinct approaches for measuring juvenile psychopathy and their utility for predicting short- and long-term recidivism among a sample of 1,170 serious male juvenile offenders. The assessment approaches compared a clinical interview method (the Psychopathy Checklist: Youth Version [PCL:YV]; Forth, Kosson, & Hare,…

  18. Chemical and Charge Imbalance Induced by Radionuclide Decay: Effects on Waste Form Structure

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    Van Ginhoven, Renee M.; Jaffe, John E.; Jiang, Weilin; Strachan, Denis M.

    2011-04-01

    This is a milestone document covering the activities to validate theoretical calculations with experimental data for the effect of the decay of 90Sr to 90Zr on materials properties. This was done for a surragate waste form strontium titanate.

  19. Prod and Pry from Inside Out: Ethnography of an Anti-Bias Support-Supervision Group for Teachers of Young Children.

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    Jacobson, Tamar

    The National Association for the Education of Young Children endorses an anti-bias curriculum for early childhood programs, in which early childhood educators are encouraged to enhance children's development of tolerance for cultural, gender, and ability diversity. This paper is an ethnography of the culture and processes of a group of three…

  20. Correlations between maternal, breast milk, and infant vitamin B12 concentrations among mother-infant dyads in Vancouver, Canada and Pry Veng, Cambodia: an exploratory analysis

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    Vitamin B12 plays an essential role in fetal and infant development. In regions where animal source food consumption is low and perinatal supplementation is uncommon, infants are at risk of vitamin B12 deficiency. In this secondary analysis, we measured total vitamin B12 concentrations in maternal a...

  1. [Reactivity of the physiological system of the connective tissue and immunoglobulin levels in divers of the Arctic Pri-Elbrus regions].

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    Pavlovich, S I

    1991-01-01

    The functional state of the conjunctive tissue system in deep-divers has been evaluated by the Kavetsky-Leshchinsky method. The content of different classes of immunoglobulins in the mucosa of upper respiratory tracts has been studied by the fluorescent antibody method under conditions of the Arctic and highland. The long-term divings cause a decrease in the reactivity of a physiological system of conjunctive tissue and a shift in the parameters of the immunological organism status. These changes are found to be more pronounced in the deep divers with underwater work experience of more than 2,000 hours. The general immunological reactivity of the organism rises significantly after 2.5 months stay under conditions of the Elbrus (height--2100 m). These facts confirm an idea that favourable climatic factors of the highland are expedient to be used in the complex of rehabilitation measures for deep-divers.

  2. Association of Polymorphisms in three pri-miRNAs that Target Pepsinogen C with the Risk and Prognosis of Gastric Cancer

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    Wu, Ye-feng; Xu, Qian; He, Cai-yun; Li, Ying; Liu, Jing-wei; Deng, Na; Sun, Li-ping; Yuan, Yuan

    2017-01-01

    We aimed to explore the associations of polymorphisms in three microRNAs (miRNAs) (let-7e rs8111742, miR-365b rs121224 and miR-4795 rs1002765) that target PGC with the risk and prognosis of gastric cancer/atrophic gastritis. Sequenom’s MassArray was used to genotype the miRNA polymorphisms in 724 gastric cancer cases, 862 atrophic gastritis cases and 862 controls in a Chinese population. We found that let-7e rs8111742 and miR-4795 rs1002765 were associated with the risk of gastric cancer in the H. pylori-positive subgroup. MiR-365b rs121224 was associated with the risk of intestinal-type gastric cancer in the alcohol consumption subgroup. Intestinal-type gastric cancer patients at Borrmann stages III-IV who carry the miR-365b rs121224 GG genotype had better prognosis compared with those who carry the CG or CC genotypes. MiR-365b rs121224 was associated with Lauren typing and TNM staging, in which the distribution of GG genotype carriers in intestinal-type gastric cancer and the TNM stage I-II subgroup was higher than that of CG or CC genotypes, which contrasted with the distribution in diffuse-type gastric cancer or TNM III-IV groups. These findings suggested that the polymorphisms in these miRNAs might be biomarkers for gastric cancer risk and prognosis, especially for populations infected with Helicobacter pylori or who consume alcohol. PMID:28067243

  3. An SNP site in pri-miR-124, a brain expressed miRNA gene, no contribution to mesial temporal lobe epilepsy in an Italian sample.

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    Manna, Ida; Labate, Angelo; Borzì, Giuseppe; Mumoli, Laura; Cavalli, Salvatore Maria; Sturniolo, Miriam; Quattrone, Aldo; Gambardella, Antonio

    2016-08-01

    Mesial temporal lobe epilepsy (MTLE) is the most common type of refractory epilepsy and is usually associated with hippocampal sclerosis (Hs). The pathogenesis of MTLE involves many biological pathways, some of which seem to be regulated by microRNAs (miRNAs). Increasing evidence shows that single nucleotide polymorphisms (SNPs) or mutations in miRNAs sequence may affect the processing and function of miRNAs and participate in the occurrence of diseases. In this study, the effect of the SNP of one neuronal miRNA, miR-124, on susceptibility to MTLE was investigated using a case control study. To understand the role, a common C/G polymorphism designated rs531564 in the molecular mechanisms of MTLE, we sought to determine whether this genetic variant could influence susceptibility to disease in a cohort of 307 MTLE patients and 306 healthy controls, using TaqMan allelic discrimination assay, on an Applied Biosystems PCR platform. No statistically significant differences were found in the allele or genotype distributions of the miR-124 rs531564 polymorphism among MTLE patients and MTLE-free control subjects (p > 0.05). Our results demonstrate that this SNP has no major role in genetic susceptibility to MTLE, at least in the population studied here.

  4. Pri-microRNA-124 rs531564 polymorphism minor allele increases the risk of pulmonary artery hypertension by abnormally enhancing proliferation of pulmonary artery smooth muscle cells.

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    Li, Quanzhong; Qian, Zongjie; Wang, Linqing

    2017-01-01

    MicroRNA-124 (miR-124) has been reported to be downregulated in the cells exposed to hypoxia, which was confirmed in our study. We then used online microRNA target prediction tools to identify GRB2, SMAD5, and JAG1 as the candidate target genes of miR-124, and we next validated GRB2 as a direct gene by using luciferase reporter system. We also established the regulatory relationship between miR-124 and GRB2 by showing the negative linear relationship between GRB2 and miR-124 expression. Furthermore, we investigated the miR-124 and GRB2 expression levels of different genotypes including CC (n=30), GC (n=18), and GG (n=4), which supported the hypothesis that the presence of minor allele (C) of rs531564 polymorphism compromised the expression of miR-124. Meanwhile, we also conducted real-time polymerase chain reaction and Western blot analysis to study the expression of GRB2 among different genotypes or pulmonary artery smooth muscle cells (PASMCs) treated with miR-124 mimics, GRB2 small interfering RNA, and miR-124 inhibitors, respectively, and found that introduction of miR-124 or GRB2 small interfering RNA could reduce the expression of GRB2 and inhibit the proliferation of PASMCs, while miR-124 upregulated the expression of GRB2 and promoted the proliferation of PASMCs. A total of 412 COPD patients with PAH (n=182) or without PAH (n=230) were recruited in this study, and more individuals carrying at least one minor allele of rs531564 were found in the COPD patients with PAH than in those without PAH (odds ratio: 0.61, 95% confidence interval: 0.41-0.91; P=0.166). In conclusion, the presence of rs531564 minor allele may increase the risk of PAH in COPD by reducing miR-124 expression, increasing GRB2 expression, and promoting the proliferation of PASMCs.

  5. Association of Polymorphisms in three pri-miRNAs that Target Pepsinogen C with the Risk and Prognosis of Gastric Cancer.

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    Wu, Ye-Feng; Xu, Qian; He, Cai-Yun; Li, Ying; Liu, Jing-Wei; Deng, Na; Sun, Li-Ping; Yuan, Yuan

    2017-01-09

    We aimed to explore the associations of polymorphisms in three microRNAs (miRNAs) (let-7e rs8111742, miR-365b rs121224 and miR-4795 rs1002765) that target PGC with the risk and prognosis of gastric cancer/atrophic gastritis. Sequenom's MassArray was used to genotype the miRNA polymorphisms in 724 gastric cancer cases, 862 atrophic gastritis cases and 862 controls in a Chinese population. We found that let-7e rs8111742 and miR-4795 rs1002765 were associated with the risk of gastric cancer in the H. pylori-positive subgroup. MiR-365b rs121224 was associated with the risk of intestinal-type gastric cancer in the alcohol consumption subgroup. Intestinal-type gastric cancer patients at Borrmann stages III-IV who carry the miR-365b rs121224 GG genotype had better prognosis compared with those who carry the CG or CC genotypes. MiR-365b rs121224 was associated with Lauren typing and TNM staging, in which the distribution of GG genotype carriers in intestinal-type gastric cancer and the TNM stage I-II subgroup was higher than that of CG or CC genotypes, which contrasted with the distribution in diffuse-type gastric cancer or TNM III-IV groups. These findings suggested that the polymorphisms in these miRNAs might be biomarkers for gastric cancer risk and prognosis, especially for populations infected with Helicobacter pylori or who consume alcohol.

  6. Dynamics of a Plasmacytic Reaction when Tetanus Antitoxin is Introduced by Aerosol and Subcutaneously (Dinamika Plazmotsitarnoi Reaktsii pri Vvedenii Stolbnyanogo Anatoksina Aerozolnym i Podkozhnym Metodom)

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    typhoid fever antigen. Results are compared with those of the fever antigens alone. Comparisons are made between reactions of local lymph nodes and those remote from the place of antitoxin introduction.

  7. Pressure induced structural phase transition of PrX, PrY (X = S, Se, Te) chalcogenides and (Y = N, P, As) pnictides

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    Varshney, Dinesh; Shriya, Swarna; Dube, A.; Varshney, Meenu

    2012-06-01

    Pressure induced structural aspects of NaCl-type (B1) to CsCl-type (B2) structure in Praseodymium pnictides and chalcogenides are presented. An effective interionic interaction potential with long range Coulomb, van der Waals interaction and the short-range repulsive interaction upto second-neighbor ions within the Hafemeister and Flygare approach with modified ionic charge is developed. Deduced results on volume discontinuity in pressure volume phase diagram identify the structural phase transition from B1 to B2 structure consistent with the known results.

  8. Synthesis and evaluation of geometric analogs of 1α,25-dihydroxyvitamin D2 as potential therapeutics.

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    Bolla, Narasimha Rao; Corcoran, Aoife; Yasuda, Kaori; Chodyński, Michał; Krajewski, Krzysztof; Cmoch, Piotr; Marcinkowska, Ewa; Brown, Geoffrey; Sakaki, Toshiyuki; Kutner, Andrzej

    2016-11-01

    An improved convergent strategy was developed for the synthesis of the previously obtained side-chain extended and rigidified analogs of 1α,25-dihydroxyvitamin D2, PRI-1906 and PRI-1907. New (24Z) geometric isomers of the analogs, PRI-1916 and PRI-1917, were also obtained and identified. These side-chain isomers were separable by flash chromatography, as C-25 alcohols, from the synthetic precursors of PRI-1906 and PRI-1907, respectively. The structures of new analogs were determined by advanced techniques of (1)H and (13)C NMR, including COSY, HSQC and HMBC sequences. Binding affinities of the geometric analogs PRI-1906 and PRI-1916 and their respective C-26, C-27 homologs PRI-1907 and PRI-1917 for the full-length human vitamin D receptor were determined by a fluorescence polarization competition assay. The binding affinity of (24Z) methyl analog PRI-1906 was much higher than that of (24E) analog PRI-1906, while the affinity of (24Z) ethyl analog PRI-1917 was lower than that of the respective PRI-1907. Investigation of the metabolism of these compounds by human CYP24A1 revealed they are much more resistant to CYP24A1 than 1α,25-dihydroxyvitamin D2, indicating they could have longer-term biological effects on target tissues.

  9. Evaluation Study for the Production of the Medical Isotope ^90Y, using a Cyclotron

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    Necsoiu, D.; Morgan, I. L.; Hupf, Homer; Armbruster, J.; Boyce, D.; El Bouanani, M.; McDaniel, F. D.

    2000-10-01

    The use of radioisotopes in therapy, medical imaging and laboratory tests is well-established worldwide. ^90Y is a very good therapeutic candidate for radioimmunotherapy applications. Traditionally, medical radioisotopes are produced using either nuclear reactors or proton accelerators. In this study, the medical isotope ^90Y has been produced using ^90Zr(n,p)^90Y nuclear reaction. Neutrons for the activation process were produced using ^natRh(p,xn) reaction with a 27 MeV proton beam from a cyclotron. Since ^90Y is a pure beta emitter, the gamma rays from the ^90Zr(n,2n)^89Zr reaction were used to quantify the incident neutron flux on the ^90Zr sample. Experimental results of the neutron production and ^90Y activity are presented.

  10. Multiphoton fragmentation spectra of zirconium and niobium cluster cations

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    Aydin, M.; Lombardi, John R.

    2004-06-01

    The dissociation energies of the mass-selected zirconium dimer cation (90Zr2+) and niobium cation clusters, Nb2+ and Nb4+, were investigated using laser vaporization techniques coupled with time-of-flight (TOF) mass spectroscopy for production of jet-cooled cationic cluster beams. The selected cationic species were then fragmented by irradiation with an Nd:YAG-pumped (532 nm), tunable-pulsed PDL dye laser in the 15,500-18,500 cm-1 region. Dissociation energies were directly measured from a significant sharp rise in the spectral background as D0(90Zr2+)=4.18+/-0.01, D0(Nb2+)=5.94+/-0.01, and D0(Nb+3-Nb)=5.994+/-0.004 eV. We also estimate the first ionization energy of 90Zr2+ to be 5.82+/-0.01 eV using the thermochemical cycle.

  11. Behavior and sensitivity of an optimal tree diameter growth model under data uncertainty

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    Don C. Bragg

    2005-01-01

    Using loblolly pine, shortleaf pine, white oak, and northern red oak as examples, this paper considers the behavior of potential relative increment (PRI) models of optimal tree diameter growth under data uncertainity. Recommendations on intial sample size and the PRI iteractive curve fitting process are provided. Combining different state inventories prior to PRI model...

  12. Experimental Study of the Diffusion of the Shape of a Laser Light Pulse During Its Propagation in the Sea (Ekesperimental’noye Issledovaniye Razmytiya Formy Svetovogo Impul’sa OKG pri ego Rasprostranenii v More),

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    1977-02-01

    azmytiya iormy ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ ore) y PAGES: SOURCE: Optika okeana I ~tmosfery, Institute of Oceanology of...Atmosphere ( Optika okeana I atmosfery) , Institute of Oceanology of the USSR Academy of Sciences , “Nauka” Publishing House , Leningrad , 1972 , pp. 168

  13. Factors Influencing The Six-Month Mortality Rate In Patients With A Hip Fracture: DEJAVNIKI, KI VPLIVAJO NA ŠESTMESEČNO STOPNJO UMRLJIVOSTI PRI BOLNIKIH Z ZLOMOM KOLKA.

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    Prodovic, Tanja; Ristic, Branko; Rancic, Nemanja; Bukumiric, Zoran; Zeljko, Stepanovic; Ignjatovic-Ristic, Dragana

    2016-06-01

    There are several potential risk factors in patients with a hip fracture for a higher rate of mortality that include: comorbid disorders, poor general health, age, male gender, poor mobility prior to injury, type of fracture, poor cognitive status, place of residence. The aim of this study was to assess the influence of potential risk factors for six-month mortality in hip fracture patients. The study included all patients with a hip fracture older than 65 who had been admitted to the Clinic for orthopaedic surgery during one year. One hundred and ninety-two patients were included in the study. Six months after admission due to a hip fracture, 48 patients had died (6-month mortality rate was 25%). The deceased were statistically older than the patients who had survived. Univariate regression analysis indicated that six variables had a significant effect on hip fracture patients' survival: age, mobility prior to the fracture, poor cognitive status, activity of daily living, comorbidities and the place where they had fallen. Multivariate regression modelling showed that the following factors were independently associated with mortality at 6 months post fracture: poor cognitive status, poor mobility prior to the fracture, comorbid disease. Poor cognitive status appeared to be the strongest mortality predictor. The employment of brief tests for cognitive status evaluation would enable orthopaedists to have good criteria for the choice of treatment for each patient screened.

  14. Plausible domain configurations and phase contents in two- and three-phase BaTiO3-based lead-free ferroelectrics

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    Topolov, Vitaly Yu; Brajesh, Kumar; Ranjan, Rajeev; Panich, Anatoly E.

    2017-02-01

    We have carried out a comparative study of plausible non-180° domain configurations in the two- and three-phase states of lead-free ferroelectrics Ba(Ti1-x Zr x )O3 (0.02  ⩽  x  ⩽  0.08) and (Ba0.85Ca0.15)(Ti0.90Zr0.10)O3, respectively, using the elastic matching approach. The phase contents and stress-relief conditions in Ba(Ti0.93Zr0.07)O3 and (Ba0.85Ca0.15)(Ti0.90Zr0.10)O3 strongly depend on domain types in the rhombohedral R3m phase, whereas domains of the orthorhombic Amm2 phase influence two-phase states in Ba(Ti0.98Zr0.02)O3. Changes in unit-cell parameters of (Ba0.85Ca0.15)(Ti0.90Zr0.10)O3 at poling lead to the complete stress relief in three-phase (P4mm  +  Amm2  +  R3m) structures by increasing the volume fraction of the R3m phase. A link between the heterophase/domain structures and high piezoelectric activity in (Ba0.85Ca0.15)(Ti0.90Zr0.10)O3 is discussed. Based on our results, we state that equal or almost equal volume fractions of the domain types at the three-phase coexistence in (Ba0.85Ca0.15). .(Ti0.90Zr0.10)O3 can lead to an enhanced contribution from domain-wall displacements and therefore, to the large piezoelectric response in this important lead-free ferroelectric compound.

  15. Antiproliferative Activity and in Vivo Toxicity of Double-Point Modified Analogs of 1,25-Dihydroxyergocalciferol

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    Trynda, Justyna; Turlej, Eliza; Milczarek, Magdalena; Pietraszek, Anita; Chodyński, Michał; Kutner, Andrzej; Wietrzyk, Joanna

    2015-01-01

    Analogs of 1,25-dihydroxyergocalciferol, modified in the side-chain and in the A-ring, were tested for their antiproliferative activity against a series of human cancer cell lines in vitro and in vivo toxicity. The proliferation inhibition caused by the analogs was higher than that of the parent compounds, while the toxicity, measured as the serum calcium level, was lower. All analogs were able to induce, in HL-60 and MV4-11 leukemic cells, G0/G1 cell cycle arrest and differentiation expressed as morphological signs typical for monocytes. The analogs also induced the expression of CD11b and/or CD14 cell-differentiation markers. The most potent analogs, PRI-5105, PRI-5106, PRI-5201 and PRI-5202, were also able to induce vitamin D receptor (VDR) protein expression, mainly in the cytoplasmic fraction of HL-60 or MV4-11 cells. The most active analogs were the 19-nor ones with an extended and rigidified side-chain (PRI-5201 and PRI-5202), as in the former analogs PRI-1906 and PRI-1907. Epimerization at C-24 (PRI-5101) or introduction of an additional hydroxyl at C-23 (PRI-5104) reduced the toxicity of the analog with retained antiproliferative activity. PMID:26492238

  16. DGCR8 recognizes primary transcripts of microRNAs through highly cooperative binding and formation of higher-order structures

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    Faller, Michael; Toso, Daniel; Matsunaga, Michio; Atanasov, Ivo; Senturia, Rachel; Chen, Yanqiu; Zhou, Z. Hong; Guo, Feng

    2010-01-01

    DiGeorge critical region 8 (DGCR8) is essential for maturation of microRNAs (miRNAs) in animals. In the cleavage of primary transcripts of miRNAs (pri-miRNAs) by the Drosha nuclease, the DGCR8 protein directly binds and recognizes pri-miRNAs through a mechanism currently controversial. Our previous data suggest that DGCR8 trimerizes upon cooperative binding to pri-mir-30a. However, a separate study proposed a model in which a DGCR8 molecule contacts one or two pri-miRNA molecules using its two double-stranded RNA binding domains. Here, we extensively characterized the interaction between DGCR8 and pri-miRNAs using biochemical and structural methods. First, a strong correlation was observed between the association of DGCR8 with pri-mir-30a and the rate of pri-miRNA processing in vitro. Second, we show that the high binding cooperativity allows DGCR8 to distinguish pri-miRNAs from a nonspecific competitor with subtle differences in dissociation constants. The highly cooperative binding of DGCR8 to a pri-miRNA is mediated by the formation of higher-order structures, most likely a trimer of DGCR8 dimers, on the pri-miRNA. These properties are not limited to its interaction with pri-mir-30a. Furthermore, the amphipathic C-terminal helix of DGCR8 is important both for trimerization of DGCR8 on pri-miRNAs and for the cleavage of pri-miRNAs by Drosha. Finally, our three-dimensional model from electron tomography analysis of the negatively stained DGCR8–pri-mir-30a complex directly supports the trimerization model. Our study provides a molecular basis for recognition of pri-miRNAs by DGCR8. We further propose that the higher-order structures of the DGCR8–pri-miRNA complexes trigger the cleavage of pri-miRNAs by Drosha. PMID:20558544

  17. Controlling factors of Ca isotope fractionation in scleractinian corals evaluated by temperature, pH and light controlled culture experiments

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    Inoue, Mayuri; Gussone, Nikolaus; Koga, Yasuko; Iwase, Akihiro; Suzuki, Atsushi; Sakai, Kazuhiko; Kawahata, Hodaka

    2015-10-01

    In this study, the 44Ca/40Ca ratios of Porites australiensis grown under three different culture experiments composed of temperature, pH and light controlled culture experiments are measured. The temperature dependent isotope fractionation of 0.02‰/°C deduced from this study is similar to inorganic aragonite, but the degree of isotope fractionation is about +0.4‰ offset in corals. These observations agree with earlier results on different coral species, suggesting Ca isotope fractionation during Ca transmembrane transport in corals. While in cultured corals a significant temperature dependence of δ44Ca is observed, the relationships between calcium isotope fractionation and pH as well as light intensity are negligible. Therefore variation of δ44Ca in Porites corals is mainly controlled by temperature. A combination of δ44Ca and Sr/Ca of corals in temperature controlled experiments cannot be explained by Rayleigh type fractionation directly from a fluid, which is seawater-like in terms of δ44Ca and Sr/Ca. Through coral-specific biomineralization processes, overall mean δ44Ca of scleractinian corals including previous studies are different from biogenic aragonites secreted by sclerosponges and pteropods, but are comparable with those of bivalves as well as calcitic coccolithophores and foraminifers. These findings are important for better understanding biomineralization in corals and in order to constrain the Ca isotopic composition of oceanic Ca sinks in response to climate changes and associated with shifts of calcite and aragonite seas.

  18. CORRELATION OF {sup 48}Ca, {sup 50}Ti, AND {sup 138}La HETEROGENEITY IN THE ALLENDE REFRACTORY INCLUSIONS

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    Chen, Hsin-Wei; Lee, Typhoon; Lee, Der-Chuen; Chen, Jiang-Chang

    2015-06-10

    Precise determinations of {sup 48}Ca anomalies in Allende calcium–aluminum-rich inclusions (CAIs) are reported in this work. There are endemic positive {sup 48}Ca/{sup 44}Ca anomalies in all analyzed CAIs after normalization to {sup 42}Ca/{sup 44}Ca, and it is clearly shown that there is no simple correlation between {sup 48}Ca/{sup 44}Ca and {sup 50}Ti/{sup 48}Ti anomalies, in agreement with Jungck et al. Compared to the {sup 48}Ca/{sup 44}Ca versus {sup 50}Ti/{sup 48}Ti correlation line defined by differentiated meteorites, reported by Chen et al., the CAIs plot to elevated {sup 50}Ti/{sup 48}Ti. Assuming the {sup 48}Ca/{sup 44}Ca anomalies of both CAIs and differentiated meteorites came from the same source, excess {sup 50}Ti anomalies in CAIs can be calculated by subtracting the part associated with {sup 48}Ca/{sup 44}Ca. These excesses show a linear correlation with {sup 138}La anomalies, a neutrino-process nuclide. According to current stellar nucleosynthetic models, we therefore suggest that the solar system {sup 48}Ca, {sup 50}Ti, and {sup 138}La isotopic variations are made of mixtures between grains condensed from ejecta of neutron-rich accretion-induced SNe Ia and the O/Ne–O/C zone of core-collapse SNe II.

  19. Rotationally resolved state-to-state photoelectron study of zirconium monoxide cation (ZrO+)

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    Luo, Zhihong; Chang, Yih-Chung; Zhang, Zheng; Ng, C. Y.

    2015-08-01

    Using two-colour visible (Vis)-ultraviolet (UV) photoionisation and pulsed field ionisation-photoelectron (PFI-PE) methods, we have obtained cleanly rotationally resolved photoelectron spectra for ZrO+(X 2Δ3/2,5/2; v+ = 0, 1, and 2). The rotation assignment of these state-to-state Vis-UV-PFI-PE spectra has allowed the unambiguous determination of the ground state term symmetry for ZrO+(X) to be 2Δ3/2, and the adiabatic ionisation energy of 90Zr16O, IE(90Zr16O) = 54,948.3(8) cm-1 [6.81272(10) eV]. The symmetry of the ionic ZrO+(X 2Δ3/2) ground state determined here disagrees with that reported in previous experiments. The rotational and vibrational constants determined in this experiment for the ionic 90Zr16O+(X 2Δ3/2) ground state are: Be+ = 0.4343(8) cm-1 and αe+ = 0.0019(5) cm-1, and ωe+ = 991.2(8) cm-1 and ωe+xe+ = 3.5(8) cm-1; and those for the ionic 90Zr16O+(X 2Δ5/2) excited spin-orbit state are: Be+ = 0.4357(6) cm-1 and αe+ = 0.0022(4) cm-1, and ωe+ = 991.9(8) cm-1 and ωe+xe+ = 3.6(8) cm-1, respectively. Based on the latter Be+ value, the equilibrium bond distances are determined to be re+ = 1.691(2) Å for 90Zr16O+(X 2Δ3/2) and re+ = 1.688(1) Å for 90Zr16O+(X 2Δ5/2). The IE(ZrO) along with the spectroscopic constants obtained here are valuable for benchmarking the ab initio quantum chemical calculations for energetic and structural predictions of ZrO/ZrO+.

  20. Skip the Alignment: Degenerate, Multiplex Primer and Probe Design Using K-mer Matching Instead of Alignments

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    Hysom, David A.; Naraghi-Arani, Pejman; Elsheikh, Maher; Carrillo, A. Celena; Williams, Peter L.; Gardner, Shea N.

    2012-01-01

    PriMux is a new software package for selecting multiplex compatible, degenerate primers and probes to detect diverse targets such as viruses. It requires no multiple sequence alignment, instead applying k-mer algorithms, hence it scales well for large target sets and saves user effort from curating sequences into alignable groups. PriMux has the capability to predict degenerate primers as well as probes suitable for TaqMan or other primer/probe triplet assay formats, or simply probes for microarray or other single-oligo assay formats. PriMux employs suffix array methods for efficient calculations on oligos 10-∼100 nt in length. TaqMan® primers and probes for each segment of Rift Valley fever virus were designed using PriMux, and lab testing comparing signatures designed using PriMux versus those designed using traditional methods demonstrated equivalent or better sensitivity for the PriMux-designed signatures compared to traditional signatures. In addition, we used PriMux to design TaqMan® primers and probes for unalignable or poorly alignable groups of targets: that is, all segments of Rift Valley fever virus analyzed as a single target set of 198 sequences, or all 2863 Dengue virus genomes for all four serotypes available at the time of our analysis. The PriMux software is available as open source from http://sourceforge.net/projects/PriMux. PMID:22485178

  1. Skip the alignment: degenerate, multiplex primer and probe design using K-mer matching instead of alignments.

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    Hysom, David A; Naraghi-Arani, Pejman; Elsheikh, Maher; Carrillo, A Celena; Williams, Peter L; Gardner, Shea N

    2012-01-01

    PriMux is a new software package for selecting multiplex compatible, degenerate primers and probes to detect diverse targets such as viruses. It requires no multiple sequence alignment, instead applying k-mer algorithms, hence it scales well for large target sets and saves user effort from curating sequences into alignable groups. PriMux has the capability to predict degenerate primers as well as probes suitable for TaqMan or other primer/probe triplet assay formats, or simply probes for microarray or other single-oligo assay formats. PriMux employs suffix array methods for efficient calculations on oligos 10-~100 nt in length. TaqMan® primers and probes for each segment of Rift Valley fever virus were designed using PriMux, and lab testing comparing signatures designed using PriMux versus those designed using traditional methods demonstrated equivalent or better sensitivity for the PriMux-designed signatures compared to traditional signatures. In addition, we used PriMux to design TaqMan® primers and probes for unalignable or poorly alignable groups of targets: that is, all segments of Rift Valley fever virus analyzed as a single target set of 198 sequences, or all 2863 Dengue virus genomes for all four serotypes available at the time of our analysis. The PriMux software is available as open source from http://sourceforge.net/projects/PriMux.

  2. The DGCR8 RNA-binding heme domain recognizes primary microRNAs by clamping the hairpin

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    Quick-Cleveland, Jen; Jacob, Jose P.; Weitz, Sara H.; Shoffner, Grant; Senturia, Rachel; Guo, Feng

    2014-01-01

    SUMMARY Canonical primary microRNA transcripts (pri-miRNAs) are characterized by a ~30-bp hairpin flanked by single-stranded regions. These pri-miRNAs are recognized and cleaved by the Microprocessor complex consisting of the Drosha nuclease and its obligate RNA-binding partner DGCR8. It is not well understood how the Microprocessor specifically recognizes pri-miRNA substrates. Here we show that in addition to the well-known double-stranded RNA-binding domains, DGCR8 uses a dimeric heme-binding domain to directly contact pri-miRNAs. This RNA-binding heme domain (Rhed) directs two DGCR8 dimers to bind each pri-miRNA hairpin. The two Rhed-binding sites are located at both ends of the hairpin. The Rhed and its RNA-binding surface are important for pri-miRNA processing activity. Additionally, the heme cofactor is required for formation of processing-competent DGCR8-pri-miRNA complexes. Our study reveals a unique protein-RNA interaction central to pri-miRNA recognition. We propose a unifying model in which two DGCR8 dimers clamp a pri-miRNA hairpin using their Rheds. PMID:24910438

  3. Design of Effective Primary MicroRNA Mimics With Different Basal Stem Conformations

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    van den Berg, Fiona T; Rossi, John J; Arbuthnot, Patrick; Weinberg, Marc S

    2016-01-01

    Primary microRNA (pri-miRNA) mimics are important mediators of effective gene silencing and are well suited for sustained therapeutic applications. Pri-miRNA mimics are processed in the endogenous miRNA biogenesis pathway, where elements of the secondary RNA structure are crucial for efficient miRNA production. Cleavage of the pri-miRNA to a precursor miRNA (pre-miRNA) by Drosha-DGCR8 typically occurs adjacent to a basal stem of ~11 bp. However, a number of pri-miRNA structures are expected to contain slightly shorter or longer basal stems, which may be further disrupted in predicted folding of the expressed pri-miRNA sequence. We investigated the function and processing of natural and exogenous RNA guides from pri-miRNAs with various basal stems (9–13 bp), where a canonical hairpin was predicted to be well or poorly maintained in predicted structures of the expressed sequence. We have shown that RNA guides can be effectively derived from pri-miRNAs with various basal stem conformations, while predicted guide region stability can explain the function of pri-miRNA mimics, in agreement with previously proposed design principles. This study provides insight for the design of effective mimics based on naturally occurring pri-miRNAs and has identified several novel scaffolds suitable for use in gene silencing applications. PMID:26756196

  4. Loop nucleotides control primary and mature miRNA function in target recognition and repression

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    Yue, Si-Biao; Deis Trujillo, Robin; Tang, Yujie; O'Gorman, William E

    2011-01-01

    MicroRNA (miRNA) genes produce three major RNA products; primary (pri-), precursor (pre-), and mature miRNAs. Each product includes sequences complementary to cognate targets, thus they all can in principle interact with the targets. In a recent study we showed that pri-miRNAs play a direct role in target recognition and repression in the absence of functional mature miRNAs. Here we examined the functional contribution of pri-miRNAs in target regulation when full-length functional miRNAs are present. We found that pri-let-7 loop nucleotides control the production of the 5′ end of mature miRNAs and modulate the activity of the miRNA gene. This insight enabled us to modulate biogenesis of functional mature miRNAs and dissect the causal relationships between mature miRNA biogenesis and target repression. We demonstrate that both pri- and mature miRNAs can contribute to target repression and that their contributions can be distinguished by the differences between the pri- and mature miRNAs' sensitivity to bind to the first seed nucleotide. Our results demonstrate that the regulatory information encoded in the pri-/pre-miRNA loop nucleotides controls the activities of pri-miRNAs and mature let-7 by influencing pri-miRNA and target complex formation and the fidelity of mature miRNA seed generation. PMID:22142974

  5. In-plane Isotropic Microwave Performance of CoZr Trilayer in GHz Range

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    Pan, Lulu; Wang, Fenglong; Wang, Wenfeng; Chai, Guozhi; Xue, Desheng

    2016-01-01

    In this paper, we investigate the high frequency performance of Co90Zr10/SiO2/Co90Zr10 trilayers. It is demonstrated that the in-plane isotropic microwave performance is theoretically derived from the solution of the Landau-Lifshitz-Gilbert equation and experimentally achieved in that sandwich structured film. The valuable isotropic behavior comes from the superposition of two uncouple ferromagnetic layers in which the uniaxial magnetic anisotropic fields are equivalent but mutually orthogonal. Moreover, the isotropic microwave performance can be tuned to higher resonance frequency up to 5.3 GHz by employing the oblique deposition technique. It offers a convenient and effective way to achieve an unusual in-plane isotropic microwave performance with high permeability in GHz, holding promising applications for the magnetic devices in the high frequency information technology. PMID:26883790

  6. Studies of Neutron-Deficient Nuclei Near the Z = 82 Shell Closure via Cold Fusion Reactions

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    Carpenter, M. P.; Kondev, F. G.; Janssens, R. V. F.; Seweryniak, D.; Khoo, T. L.; Lauritsen, T.; Lister, C. J.; Zhu, S.; Camera, F.; Bracco, A.; Million, B.; Leoni, S.; Jenkins, D. G.; Wadsworth, R.

    2009-03-01

    Over the last decade, we have performed in-beam experiments using Gammasphere+FMA to measure excited states in proton-rich Au, Hg, Tl and Pb isotopes. In these studies, the use of the FMA is essential in order to differentiate evaporation residues from the large fission background which dominates the reaction cross-section. In addition, we have found that using near-symmetric reactions at bombarding energies near the Coloumb barrier is beneficial in performing these studies. By keeping the bombarding energy low, fission is minimized and the reaction products are concentrated in only a few channels. New results have recently been obtained using the 90Zr+92Mo reaction to study shape co-existence in 181Tl via the lp evaporation channel. In addition, we have measured the total γ-ray energy and multiplicity associated with the surviving compund system, 179Au, following the fusion reaction, 90Zr+89Y.

  7. a Survey of Giant Resonance Excitations with 200 Mev Protons

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    Tinsley, James Royce

    The giant resonance region in ('60)Ni, ('90)Zr, ('120)Sn, and ('208)Pb has been studied using inelastic scattering of 200 MeV protons. Angular distributions were obtained for the giant quadrupole resonance, giant octupole resonance, and for the combined giant dipole and giant monopole resonance between 4 and 20 degrees. The 2(H/2PI)(omega) component of the giant hexadecapole resonance has been directly observed for the first time in ('208)Pb. In the other nuclei, upper limits on the amount of hexadecapole strength contained within the giant quadrupole resonance have been obtained. Peaks are observed in ('60)Ni and ('90)Zr that are consistent with recently reported M1 states. Discrepancies between sum rules extracted from this data and from previous work are discussed. Possible explanations include DWBA breakdown or difficulties in estimating the magnitude of the continuum. Systematics obtained for the giant resonances are compared to earlier work.

  8. Nuclear Structure Studies with GEANIE at the LANSCE/WNR Facility

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    Fotiades, N; Nelson, R O; Devlin, M; Becker, J A; Garrett, P E; Younes, W; Bernstein, L A; Tavukcu, E

    2003-08-01

    Recent results pertaining to nuclear structure from neutron-induced reactions on {sup 90}Zr, {sup 193}Ir, {sup 196}Pt and {sup 238}U are presented. The data were taken using the GEANIE spectrometer comprised of 26 high-purity Ge detectors with 20 BGO escape-suppression shields. The broad-spectrum pulsed neutron source of the Los Alamos Neutron Science Center's WNR facility provided neutrons in the energy range from 0.6 to 200 MeV. The time-of-flight technique was used to determine the incident neutron energies. Results from shell model calculations for {sup 90}Zr and from IBM-2 calculations for {sup 196}Pt are generally in good agreement with the observed spectrum of excited states.

  9. Realistic simulations of the AGATA Demonstrator+PRISMA Spectrometer

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    Ince, E.; Erduran, M. N.; Farnea, E.; Latina, A.

    2008-11-11

    The performance of the AGATA Demonstrator Array coupled to the PRISMA magnetic spectrometer have been evaluated in a consistent way using detailed Monte Carlo simulations of the two devices. Results for the {sup 90}Zr+{sup 208}Pb at 560 MeV reaction are presented and discussed here, proving that the Doppler correction capabilities of the AGATA+PRISMA setup will be very close to the intrinsic energy resolution of the germanium detectors.

  10. Spin-isospin dependent effective interaction in nuclei

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    Cha, D.; Speth, J.

    1984-08-01

    The spin and isospin dependent part of the nuclear effective interaction is studied using the experimentally known Gamow-Teller states in 48Ca, 90Zr and 208Pb. About half of the strength of the residual interaction in the nucleon-nucleon channel can be expounded by the correlated π + ϱ exchange potential. Also, the corresponding interaction in the delta-nucleon channel is investigated and a reasonable agreement with the observed qunchiing of the Gamow-Teller strength is obtained.

  11. Saturation and forced volume magnetostrictions of Fe-rich FeZr and FeNiZr amorphous alloys

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    Tange, H.; Kamimori, T.; Goto, M.; Fukamichi, K.

    1990-12-01

    The saturation and forced volume magnetostrictions, ac susceptibility have been investigated for Fe 90Zr 10 and Fe 90-xNi xZr 10 amorphous alloys. The linear magnetostriction in the re-entrant spin glass state exhibits a hysteresis due to a remarkable magnetic after effect. The temperature dependence of the forced volume magnetostriction shows a peak at the spin freezing temperature.

  12. Deuteron elastic and inelastic scattering at intermediate energies from nuclei in the mass range 6⩽A⩽116

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    Korff, A.; Haefner, P.; Bäumer, C.; van den Berg, A. M.; Blasi, N.; Davids, B.; de Frenne, D.; de Leo, R.; Frekers, D.; Grewe, E.-W.; Harakeh, M. N.; Hofmann, F.; Hunyadi, M.; Jacobs, E.; Junk, B. C.; Negret, A.; von Neumann-Cosel, P.; Popescu, L.; Rakers, S.; Richter, A.; Wörtche, H. J.

    2004-12-01

    Angular distributions of differential cross sections for elastic and inelastic deuteron scattering from 6Li , 16O , 32S , 50,51 V , and 70,72 Ge at an incident energy of 171 MeV and from 90Zr and 116Sn at an incident energy of 183 MeV are presented. Phenomenological optical-model parameters for elastic scattering are extracted from the data and compared to existing deuteron-nucleus global optical potentials.

  13. Astrophysically useful radiative transition parameters for the e 1Π- X 1Σ+ and 1Σ+- X 1Σ+ systems of zirconium oxide

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    Shanmugavel, R.; Sriramachandran, P.

    2011-04-01

    The zirconium oxide (ZrO) is well known for its astrophysical importance. The radiative transition parameters that include Franck-Condon (FC) factor, r-centroid, electronic transition moments, Einstein coefficient, band oscillator strengths, radiative life time and effective vibrational temperature have been estimated for e 1Π- X 1Σ+ and 1Σ+- X 1Σ+ band systems of 90ZrO molecule for the experimentally known vibrational levels using RKR potential energy curves. A reliable numerical integration method has been used to solve the radial Schrödinger equation for the vibrational wave functions of upper and lower electronic states based on the latest available spectroscopic data and known wavelengths. The estimated radiative transition parameters are tabulated. The effective vibrational temperatures of these band systems of 90ZrO molecule are found to be below 4200 K. Hence, the radiative transition parameters help us to ascertain the presence of 90ZrO molecule in the interstellar medium, S stars and sunspots.

  14. First Charge-Exchange Measurements with SHARAQ

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    Miki, K.; Sakai, H.

    2011-10-28

    The isovector spin monopole resonances (IVSMR) of the {beta}{sup +} type were observed for the first time in the {sup 208}Pb and {sup 90}Zr(t,{sup 3}He) reactions at 300 MeV/u. The experiment was performed at the RI Beam Factory (RIBF) at RIKEN by using the newly-constructed magnetic spectrometer SHARAQ. The double differential cross sections for the {sup 208}Pb and {sup 90}Zr(t,{sup 3}He) reactions were obtained at the excitation energy of 0{<=}E{sub x}{<=}70 MeV and the scattering angles of 0 deg. {<=}{theta}{<=}3 deg. The monopole component was identified by making a difference between the zero-degree and backward-angle spectra. The signatures of the IVSMR are observed at an excitation energy of 12 MeV(20 MeV) in {sup 208}Pb({sup 90}Zr)(t,{sup 3}He) reaction, which agrees fairly well with the theoretical predictions.

  15. Crystal ball studies of giant resonance gamma decay

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    Beene, J. R.; Bertrand, F. E.; Halbert, M. L.

    1985-01-01

    We have carried out coincidence experiments to investigate the photon and neutron emission from the giant resonance region in 208Pb and 90Zr using the ORNL Spin Spectrometer, a 72-segment NaI detector system. States in 208Pb and 90Zr were excited by inelastic scattering of 380-MeV 17O. We have determined the total gamma-decay probability, the ground-state gamma branching ratio, and the branching ratios to a number of low-lying stats as a function of excitation energy in 208Pb to ˜15 MeV. Especially interesting observations include the absence of a significant branch from the giant quadrupole resonance to the 3- state at 2.6 MeV, a strong branch from this resonance to a 3- state at 4.9 MeV, and the dominance of decays to various 1- states at 5-7 MeV from the region around 14 MeV of excitation (E0 resonances). Comparable but less complete data were also obtained on 90Zr.

  16. Multinucleon transfer reactions for the {sup 28}Si+{sup 90,94}Zr systems in the region below and near the Coulomb barrier

    SciTech Connect

    Kalkal, Sunil; Mandal, S.; Garg, Ritika; Saxena, Mansi; Goyal, Savi; Verma, S.; Kumar, Suresh; Singh, R.; Madhavan, N.; Jhingan, A.; Nath, S.; Gehlot, J.; Mohanto, Gayatri; Prasad, E.; Sandal, Rohit; Behera, B. R.; Pramanik, U. D.; Sinha, A. K.

    2011-05-15

    Measurements on multinucleon transfer reactions for {sup 28}Si+{sup 90,94}Zr systems were performed at sub- and near-barrier energies. The fact that {sup 90}Zr has a closed neutron shell (N = 50) and {sup 94}Zr has four neutrons outside the closed shell, allows us to investigate the effects of shell closure and pairing correlation on multinucleon transfer mechanism. The experiment was performed with pulsed {sup 28}Si beam using the Heavy Ion Reaction Analyzer (HIRA) at Inter University Accelerator Centre (IUAC), New Delhi. Based on the Q-value considerations, it turned out that pickup channels were neutron transfer whereas stripping channels were proton transfer. For the {sup 28}Si+{sup 90}Zr system, the values of the slope parameter for two-neutron pickup turned out to be less than that for one-neutron pickup. The values of the slope parameter were almost the same for two-, three-, and four-neutron pickup channels in the case of the {sup 28}Si+{sup 94}Zr system. The transfer probabilities in the case of the {sup 28}Si+{sup 94}Zr system were much larger than those for the {sup 28}Si+{sup 90}Zr system, further supporting the fact that there is a correlation between the transfer channels and sub-barrier fusion cross-section enhancement. An odd-even staggering was observed in the extracted transfer probabilities at the barrier radius implying the role of pairing correlation in transfer reactions.

  17. A Hand-Off Mechanism for Primosome Assembly in Replication Restart

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    Lopper, Matthew; Boonsombat, Ruethairat; Sandler, Steven J.; Keck, James L.

    2008-11-12

    Collapsed DNA replication forks must be reactivated through origin-independent reloading of the replication machinery (replisome) to ensure complete duplication of cellular genomes. In E. coli, the PriA-dependent pathway is the major replication restart mechanism and requires primosome proteins PriA, PriB, and DnaT for replisome reloading. However, the molecular mechanisms that regulate origin-independent replisome loading are not fully understood. Here, we demonstrate that assembly of primosome protein complexes represents a key regulatory mechanism, as inherently weak PriA-PriB and PriB-DnaT interactions are strongly stimulated by single-stranded DNA. Furthermore, the binding site on PriB for single-stranded DNA partially overlaps the binding sites for PriA and DnaT, suggesting a dynamic primosome assembly process in which single-stranded DNA is handed off from one primosome protein to another as a repaired replication fork is reactivated. This model helps explain how origin-independent initiation of DNA replication is restricted to repaired replication forks, preventing overreplication of the genome.

  18. Meta-Analysis of the Effect of Practical Reasoning Instruction on Student Outcome in Home Economics Education in Korea

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    Yu, Nan Sook

    2012-01-01

    This meta-analysis reviewed the effect of practical reasoning instruction (PRI) on student outcome in Home Economics education in Korea. In this meta-analysis, 25 studies with 35 effect sizes were analyzed. The results of this review indicated that PRI is more effective than traditional instruction on student outcomes. A medium and significant…

  19. Poroelastic Relaxation Indentation of Thin Layers of Gels

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    2011-10-24

    polymer rheology J. Chem. Phys. 133, 184904 (2010) Microviscoelasticity of adhesive hard sphere dispersions : Tracer particle microrheology of aqueous...PRI agree well with those obtained from a compression test.17 The PRI has been applied to alginate hydrogels,13,17 polydimethylsiloxane (PDMS) swollen

  20. Mexico and the Future.

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    1995-09-25

    no means irreversible. Democratization poses serious risks and costs for both the governing party ( Partido Revolucionario Institutional, or PRI...was quickly followed by the assassination of the Partido Revolucionario Institucional (PRI) presidential candidate, Luis Donaldo Colosio, by...With a less erratic but still attractive candidate (Vicente Fox or Antonio Lozano, perhaps), the Partido Action National (PAN) would probably be an

  1. Peeking inside the "Black Box" of the Flynn Effect: Evidence from Three Wechsler Instruments

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    Zhou, Xiaobin; Zhu, Jianjun; Weiss, Lawrence G.

    2010-01-01

    This study investigated the Wechsler Performance IQ (PIQ) or Perceptual Reasoning Index (PRI)/ Perceptual Organization Index (POI) change over time and its relation to ability levels. PIQ or PRI/ POI was analyzed because of the known sensitivity of nonverbal scales to the Flynn effect. Scores were analyzed using two methods. First, analysis of…

  2. Transactions Among Partners.

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    Luther, Joseph

    The past and historical future of the Partnership for Rural Improvement (PRI) and its model for rural planning and development are explored. Evolution of the rural-urban conceptual dichotomy is reviewed. Rural is perceived as a state of being rather than a place. Implications of the PRI experience for new knowledge and skills in rural community…

  3. Catalyst for Interorganizational Collaboration: The Partnership for Rural Improvement. Working Paper Series.

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    Loomis, Ralph A.; Spencer, Gregory P.

    The Partnership for Rural Improvement (PRI) designs and tests methods of creating and strengthening cooperation among providers and between providers and users of rural public services. PRI has defined six types of collaboration (voluntary, involuntary, formal, informal, direct, and indirect) and strives for voluntary collaboration among agencies,…

  4. The Application of an Index of Efficiency to a Reading Mastery Test.

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    Dziuban, Charles D.; And Others

    The Harris Index of Efficiency was used to evaluate the criterion setting (66%) of the Prescriptive Reading Inventory (PRI), a criterion referenced reading test. The subjects, who were involved in a larger experimental study that used the PRI as a criterion measure, were 92 third and fifth grade students. Initial assessment with the Comprehensive…

  5. Laser Focus on Content Strengthens Teacher Teams

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    Slavit, David; Nelson, Tamara Holmlund; Kennedy, Anne

    2010-01-01

    The Partnership for Reform in Secondary Science and Mathematics (PRiSSM) is a three-year project that targeted mathematics and science teachers in middle and high schools from six districts in southwest Washington. Consistent with NSDC (2009) recommendations for professional development, PRiSSM involved collaborative teacher teams in reflecting on…

  6. An Evaluation of the Effectiveness of the Prescriptive Reading Inventory Reading System in Seattle Public Schools, 1983-84.

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    Gabriel, Roy M.; Estes, Gary D.

    The adoption by Seattle (Washington) Public Schools of the Prescriptive Reading Inventory Reading System (PRI-RS) was a decision driven by the district's commitment to effective schooling. The PRI-RS is a criterion referenced approach to the instruction and assessment of reading skills, and it consists of five levels, A through E, coordinated with…

  7. Partnership for Rural Improvement: New Dimensions. Annual Report 1980-1981.

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    Hagood, Richard A.

    In 1980-1981, extended funding from the Kellogg Foundation and a total budget of $561,316 allowed the Partnership for Rural Improvement (PRI) to add to its program while continuing to emphasize project development, organizational development, interorganizational coordination, and training and education. PRI began to use task forces as a method of…

  8. Family Structure and Conflict: Nest-Leaving Expectations of Young Adults and Their Parents.

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    Goldscheider, Frances K.; Goldscheider, Calvin

    1989-01-01

    Used data from High School and Beyond to examine attitudes of high school seniors and their parents concerning a child's premarital residential independence (PRI). Results indicated that young people were more likely than their parents to expect PRI, in two-parent as well as in one-parent and stepparent families. (Author/NB)

  9. The Partnership for Rural Improvement: Linking Knowledge and Action.

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    Luther, Joseph; Braglio, Vicki Ann

    The major goals of the Partnership for Rural Improvement (PRI) are to explore models for rural development and planning and to engage institutions of higher learning in progressively greater collaboration in delivering services to rural areas. Knowledge of rural planning in a PRI area exists at three scales: planner-educator-facilitators, local…

  10. Optimal tree increment models for the Northeastern United Statesq

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    Don C. Bragg

    2003-01-01

    used the potential relative increment (PRI) methodology to develop optimal tree diameter growth models for the Northeastern United States. Thirty species from the Eastwide Forest Inventory Database yielded 69,676 individuals, which were then reduced to fast-growing subsets for PRI analysis. For instance, only 14 individuals from the greater than 6,300-tree eastern...

  11. Optimal Tree Increment Models for the Northeastern United States

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    Don C. Bragg

    2005-01-01

    I used the potential relative increment (PRI) methodology to develop optimal tree diameter growth models for the Northeastern United States. Thirty species from the Eastwide Forest Inventory Database yielded 69,676 individuals, which were then reduced to fast-growing subsets for PRI analysis. For instance, only 14 individuals from the greater than 6,300-tree eastern...

  12. Periosteal releasing incision for successful coverage of augmented sites. A technical note.

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    Romanos, George E

    2010-01-01

    The periosteal releasing incision (PRI) is very common in intraoral surgical procedures, especially when flap advancement is indicated, that is, when vertical or horizontal augmentations take place. This technical note describes the surgical skills for sufficient flap advancement. Complications due to improper PRI are also discussed.

  13. Peeking inside the "Black Box" of the Flynn Effect: Evidence from Three Wechsler Instruments

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    Zhou, Xiaobin; Zhu, Jianjun; Weiss, Lawrence G.

    2010-01-01

    This study investigated the Wechsler Performance IQ (PIQ) or Perceptual Reasoning Index (PRI)/ Perceptual Organization Index (POI) change over time and its relation to ability levels. PIQ or PRI/ POI was analyzed because of the known sensitivity of nonverbal scales to the Flynn effect. Scores were analyzed using two methods. First, analysis of…

  14. Transactions Among Partners.

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    Luther, Joseph

    The past and historical future of the Partnership for Rural Improvement (PRI) and its model for rural planning and development are explored. Evolution of the rural-urban conceptual dichotomy is reviewed. Rural is perceived as a state of being rather than a place. Implications of the PRI experience for new knowledge and skills in rural community…

  15. Deconvolution of pigment and physiologically related photochemical reflectance index variability at the canopy scale over an entire growing season.

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    Hmimina, G; Merlier, E; Dufrêne, E; Soudani, K

    2015-08-01

    The sensitivity of the photochemical reflectance index (PRI) to leaf pigmentation and its impacts on its potential as a proxy for light-use efficiency (LUE) have recently been shown to be problematic at the leaf scale. Most leaf-to-leaf and seasonal variability can be explained by such a confounding effect. This study relies on the analysis of PRI light curves that were generated at the canopy scale under natural conditions to derive a precise deconvolution of pigment-related and physiologically related variability in the PRI. These sources of variability were explained by measured or estimated physiologically relevant variables, such as soil water content, that can be used as indicators of water availability and canopy chlorophyll content. The PRI mainly reflected the variability in the pigment content of the canopy. However, the corrected PRI, which was obtained by subtracting the pigment-related seasonal variability from the PRI measurement, was highly correlated with the upscaled LUE measurements. Moreover, the sensitivity of the PRI to the leaf pigment content may mask the PRI versus LUE relationship or result in an artificial relationship that reflects the relationship of chlorophyll versus LUE, depending on the species phenology.

  16. ELINT Sensor Parameterization and Definition.

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    1985-06-19

    CPRI - PRI SAMPLE COUNT * IPW -- PULSE WIDTH SAMPLE COUNT *PRI(N) -- MEASURED PULSE INTERVAL OF NTH PULSE PW(N) -- MEASURED PULSE WIDTH OF NTH PULSE...FREQ(N) -- MEASURED FREQUENCY OF NTH PULSE - --- --- ----- -- ’ ’’ .. ......- *DECLARATIONS INTEGER K, IPP, J, I, IFR, CPRI , IPW, L,O,O I ,Q Integer

  17. Cooperative processing of primary miRNAs by DUS16 and DCL3 in the unicellular green alga Chlamydomonas reinhardtii

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    Cerutti, Heriberto

    2017-01-01

    ABSTRACT We have previously reported that the RNA-binding protein Dull slicer 16 (DUS16) plays a key role in the processing of primary miRNAs (pri-miRNAs) in the unicellular green alga Chlamydomonas reinhardtii. In the present report, we elaborate on the interaction of DUS16 with Dicer-like 3 (DCL3) during pri-miRNA processing. Comprehensive analyses of small RNA libraries derived from mutant and wild-type algal strains allowed the de novo prediction of 35 pri-miRNA genes, including 9 previously unknown ones. The pri-miRNAs dependent on DUS16 for processing largely overlapped with those dependent on DCL3. Our findings suggest that DUS16 and DCL3 work cooperatively, presumably as components of a microprocessor complex, in the processing of the majority of pri-miRNAs in C. reinhardtii. PMID:28289490

  18. New results in low-energy fusion of 40Ca+Zr,9290

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    Stefanini, A. M.; Montagnoli, G.; Esbensen, H.; Čolović, P.; Corradi, L.; Fioretto, E.; Galtarossa, F.; Goasduff, A.; Grebosz, J.; Haas, F.; Mazzocco, M.; Soić, N.; Strano, E.; Szilner, S.

    2017-07-01

    Background: Near- and sub-barrier fusion of various Ca + Zr isotopic combinations have been widely investigated. A recent analysis of 40Ca+96Zr data has highlighted the importance of couplings to multiphonon excitations and to both neutron and proton transfer channels. Analogous studies of 40Ca+90Zr tend to exclude any role of transfer couplings. However, the lowest measured cross section for this system is rather high (840 μ b ). A rather complete data set is available for 40Ca+94Zr , while no measurement of 40Ca+92Zr fusion has been performed in the past. Purpose: Our aim is to measure the full excitation function of 40Ca+92Zr near the barrier and to extend downward the existing data on 40Ca+90Zr , in order to estimate the transfer couplings that should be used in coupled-channels calculations of the fusion of these two systems and of 40Ca+94Zr . Methods: 40Ca beams from the XTU Tandem accelerator of INFN-Laboratori Nazionali di Legnaro were used, bombarding thin metallic 90Zr (50 μ g /cm2 ) and 92ZrO2 targets (same thickness) enriched to 99.36 % and 98.06 % in masses 90 and 92, respectively. An electrostatic beam deflector allowed the detection of fusion evaporation residues (ER) at very forward angles, and angular distributions of ER were measured. Results: The excitation function of 40Ca+92Zr has been measured down to the level of ≃60 μ b . Coupled-channels (CC) calculations using a standard Woods-Saxon (WS) potential and following the line of a previous analysis of 40Ca+96Zr fusion data give a good account of the new data, as well as of the existing data for 40Ca+94Zr . The previous excitation function of 40Ca+90Zr has been extended down to 40 μ b . Conclusions: Transfer couplings play an important role in explaining the fusion data for 40Ca+92Zr and 40Ca+94Zr . The strength of the pair-transfer coupling is deduced by applying a simple recipe based on the value obtained for 40Ca+96Zr . The logarithmic slopes and the S factors for fusion are reproduced

  19. Biological Evaluation of Double Point Modified Analogues of 1,25-Dihydroxyvitamin D2 as Potential Anti-Leukemic Agents

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    Corcoran, Aoife; Nadkarni, Sharmin; Yasuda, Kaori; Sakaki, Toshiyuki; Brown, Geoffrey; Kutner, Andrzej; Marcinkowska, Ewa

    2016-01-01

    Structurally similar double-point modified analogues of 1,25-dihydroxyvitamin D2 (1,25D2) were screened in vitro for their pro-differentiating activity against the promyeloid cell line HL60. Their affinities towards human full length vitamin D receptor (VDR) and metabolic stability against human vitamin D 24-hydroxylase (CYP24A1) were also tested. The analogues (PRI-1730, PRI-1731, PRI-1732, PRI-1733 and PRI-1734) contained 5,6-trans modification of the A-ring and of the triene system, additional hydroxyl or unsaturation at C-22 in the side chain and reversed absolute configuration (24-epi) at C-24 of 1,25D2. As presented in this paper, introduction of selected structural modifications simultaneously in two distinct parts of the vitamin D molecule resulted in a divergent group of analogues. Analogues showed lower VDR affinity in comparison to that of the parent hormones, 1,25D2 and 1,25D3, and they caused effective HL60 cell differentiation only at high concentrations of 100 nM and above. Unexpectedly, introducing of a 5,6-trans modification combined with C-22 hydroxyl and 24-epi configuration switched off entirely the cell differentiation activity of the analogue (PRI-1734). However, this analogue remained a moderate substrate for CYP24A1, as it was metabolized at 22%, compared to 35% for 1,25D2. Other analogues from this series were either less (12% for PRI-1731 and PRI-1733) or more (52% for PRI-1732) resistant to the enzymatic deactivation. Although the inactive analogue PRI-1734 failed to show VDR antagonism, when tested in HL60 cells, its structure might be a good starting point for our design of a vitamin D antagonist. PMID:26840307

  20. Biological Evaluation of Double Point Modified Analogues of 1,25-Dihydroxyvitamin D₂ as Potential Anti-Leukemic Agents.

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    Corcoran, Aoife; Nadkarni, Sharmin; Yasuda, Kaori; Sakaki, Toshiyuki; Brown, Geoffrey; Kutner, Andrzej; Marcinkowska, Ewa

    2016-02-01

    Structurally similar double-point modified analogues of 1,25-dihydroxyvitamin D₂ (1,25D₂) were screened in vitro for their pro-differentiating activity against the promyeloid cell line HL60. Their affinities towards human full length vitamin D receptor (VDR) and metabolic stability against human vitamin D 24-hydroxylase (CYP24A1) were also tested. The analogues (PRI-1730, PRI-1731, PRI-1732, PRI-1733 and PRI-1734) contained 5,6-trans modification of the A-ring and of the triene system, additional hydroxyl or unsaturation at C-22 in the side chain and reversed absolute configuration (24-epi) at C-24 of 1,25D₂. As presented in this paper, introduction of selected structural modifications simultaneously in two distinct parts of the vitamin D molecule resulted in a divergent group of analogues. Analogues showed lower VDR affinity in comparison to that of the parent hormones, 1,25D₂ and 1,25D₃, and they caused effective HL60 cell differentiation only at high concentrations of 100 nM and above. Unexpectedly, introducing of a 5,6-trans modification combined with C-22 hydroxyl and 24-epi configuration switched off entirely the cell differentiation activity of the analogue (PRI-1734). However, this analogue remained a moderate substrate for CYP24A1, as it was metabolized at 22%, compared to 35% for 1,25D₂. Other analogues from this series were either less (12% for PRI-1731 and PRI-1733) or more (52% for PRI-1732) resistant to the enzymatic deactivation. Although the inactive analogue PRI-1734 failed to show VDR antagonism, when tested in HL60 cells, its structure might be a good starting point for our design of a vitamin D antagonist.

  1. PRL1, an RNA-Binding Protein, Positively Regulates the Accumulation of miRNAs and siRNAs in Arabidopsis

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    Zhang, Shuxin; Liu, Yuhui; Yu, Bin

    2014-01-01

    The evolutionary conserved WD-40 protein PRL1 plays important roles in immunity and development. Here we show that PRL1 is required for the accumulation of microRNAs (miRNAs) and small interfering RNAs (siRNAs). PRL1 positively influences the processing of miRNA primary transcripts (pri-miRNAs) and double-stranded RNAs (dsRNAs). Furthermore, PRL1 interacts with the pri-miRNA processor, DCL1, and the dsRNA processors (DCL3 and DCL4). These results suggest that PRL1 may function as a general factor to promote the production of miRNAs and siRNAs. We also show that PRL1 is an RNA-binding protein and associates with pri-miRNAs in vivo. In addition, prl1 reduces pri-miRNA levels without affecting pri-miRNA transcription. These results suggest that PRL1 may stabilize pri-miRNAs and function as a co-factor to enhance DCL1 activity. We further reveal the genetic interaction of PRL1 with CDC5, which interacts with PRL1 and regulates transcription and processing of pri-miRNAs. Both miRNA and pri-miRNA levels are lower in cdc5 prl1 than those in either cdc5 or prl1. However, the processing efficiency of pri-miRNAs in cdc5 prl1 is similar to that in cdc5 and slightly lower than that in prl1. Based on these results, we propose that CDC5 and PRL1 cooperatively regulate pri-miRNA levels, which results in their synergistic effects on miRNA accumulation, while they function together as a complex to enhance DCL1 activity. PMID:25474114

  2. The Effect of Analogues of 1α,25-Dihydroxyvitamin D₂ on the Regrowth and Gene Expression of Human Colon Cancer Cells Refractory to 5-Fluorouracil.

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    Neska, Jacek; Swoboda, Paweł; Przybyszewska, Małgorzata; Kotlarz, Agnieszka; Bolla, Narasimha Rao; Miłoszewska, Joanna; Grygorowicz, Monika Anna; Kutner, Andrzej; Markowicz, Sergiusz

    2016-06-14

    This study aimed to evaluate the capacity of hypocalcemic analogues of 1α,25-dihydroxyvitamin D₂ (1,25D2) and 1α,25-dihydroxyvitamin D₃ (1,25D3) to inhibit regrowth and regulate the stemness-related gene expression in colon cancer cells undergoing renewal after exposure to 5-fluorouracil (5-FU). All of the tested analogues of 1,25D2 equally potently decreased the clonogenicity and the proliferative activity of HT-29 cells which survived the exposure to 5-FU, but differently regulated gene expression of these cells during their renewal. 1,25D2 and analogues (PRI-1907 and PRI-1917), as well as 1,25D3 and analogue PRI-2191, decreased the relative expression level of several stemness-related genes, such as NANOG, OCT3/4, PROM1, SOX2, ALDHA1, CXCR4, in HT-29/5-FU cells during their renewal, in comparison to untreated HT-29/5-FU cells. The other 1,25D2 analogues (PRI-1906 and PRI-1916) were not capable of downregulating the expression of these stemness-related genes as the analogues PRI-1907 and PRI-1917 did. All of the tested vitamin D analogues upregulated CDH1, the gene encoding E-cadherin associated with epithelial phenotype. Out of the series of analogues studied, side-chain branched analogues of 1,25D2 (PRI-1907, PRI-1917) and the analogue of 1,25D3 (PRI-2191) might be used to target cancer cells with stem-like phenotypes that survive conventional chemotherapy.

  3. Effects of Energy Per-Unit Length on the Structure and Hardness of the Metal in the Weld-Affected Zone in Welding Alpha-Ti Alloy (Vliyaniye Pogonnoy Energii na Strukturu i Tverdost’ Metalla Okoloshovnoy Zony pri Sbarke Alpha-Splava Titana),

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    1978-03-10

    we 3 .. 1 230 16 22 800 • 4 ~~Bom~pauoebdt CliCk- 1 230 17 22 850oa, npnca.aka 81-1 5 ~ To we 1 310 18 22 1200 6 BoIb~ pauoe~~ ~~~~~~~~~ 1 450 34 22...Vickers hardness results are given below. MaplcHpoBxa o6pa~~a 1 2 3 4 5 6 - 7 8 10 11 12 • I COOTIeTCTBiui C ,aój, . 1• 0 T.ep~ocm no Buic- 284 286 280 262...SM. Metallurg i cal Problems of Welding Titanium . In Sbornik “Titan I yego splavy” AN SSSR, Moscow, 1960, pp. 124—134. 4 . Shorshorov, K.Kh. and

  4. Dynamics of spectral bio-indicators and their correlations with light use efficiency using directional observations at a Douglas-fir forest

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    Cheng, Yen-Ben; Middleton, Elizabeth M.; Hilker, Thomas; Coops, Nicholas C.; Black, T. Andrew; Krishnan, Praveena

    2009-09-01

    The carbon science community must rely on satellite remote sensing to obtain global estimates of photosynthetic activity, typically expressed as net primary production (NPP), gross primary production (GPP) or light use efficiency (LUE). The photochemical reflectance index (PRI), calculated as a normalized difference reflectance index using a physiologically active green band (~531 nm) and another physiologically insensitive green reference band (~570 nm), denoted as PRI(570), has been confirmed in many studies as being strongly related to LUE. Here, we examined the potential of utilizing PRI(570) observations under different illumination conditions for canopy LUE estimation of a forest. In order to evaluate this, directional hyperspectral reflectance measurements were collected continuously throughout the daytime periods using an automated spectroradiometer in conjunction with tower-based eddy covariance fluxes and environmental measurements at a coastal conifer forest in British Columbia, Canada throughout the 2006 growing season. A parameter calculated as the PRI(570) difference (dPRI(570)) between shaded versus sunlit canopy foliage sectors showed a strong correlation to tower-based LUE. The seasonal pattern for this correlation produced a dramatic change from high negative (r ~ -0.80) values in the springtime and early fall to high positive values (r ~ 0.80) during the summer months, which could represent the seasonality of physiological characteristics and environmental factors. Although the PRI(570) successfully tracked canopy LUE, one or both of its green bands (~531 and 570 nm) used to calculate the PRI are unavailable on most existing and planned near-term satellites. Therefore, we examined the potential to use 24 other spectral indexes for LUE monitoring that might be correlated to PRI, and thereby a substitute for it. We also continued our previous investigations into the influence of illumination conditions on the observed PRI(570) and other indexes

  5. Remote Sensing of Light Use Efficiency in a Boreal Forest and Peatland in James Bay, Quebec

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    Rogers, Cheryl

    The photochemical reflectance index (PRI) is a remotely sensed vegetation index that detects a decrease in spectral reflectance at 531nm associated with xanthophyll cycle activity. PRI has been shown to track light use efficiency (LUE) in a number of plant species. PRI shows great promise in improving our ability to sense photosynthetic fluxes of CO2 remotely. However, it has not been tested in all environments, and its applicability is particularly uncertain for peatland environments dominated by mosses. This research investigates the ability of PRI to track LUE in a boreal forest and peatland, and examines the spectral signal associated with xanthophyll cycle activity in heterogeneous peatland plots. This research also investigates the relationship between PRI and leaf area index (LAI) over space and time in a peatland. We found most plots examined in the peatland site did not exhibit a spectral signal associated with xanthophyll cycle activity when exposed to a transition from dark conditions to full sunlight. This transition should lead to a de-epoxidation of xanthophylls in leaf tissues and a decrease in reflectance at 531nm. Plots that did show the decrease in reflectance at 531nm after this change in light conditions also displayed a decrease in PRI. This indicates that PRI effectively detects the 531nm signal as well as xanthophyll cycle activity and light stress in these plots. However, the variability in the strength of the spectral response to changing light conditions may confound the PRI signal in practice, and make it difficult to interpret results of airborne or satellite data. We also found PRI at the peatland site to be sensitive to and directly correlated with spatial variability in LAI, and negatively correlated with temporal variability in LAI. These characteristics may result in further difficulties applying PRI in peatlands. PRI and LUE were correlated at both the forest and peatland site, however at both sites the PRI signal saturated around

  6. Calcium isotope systematics in small upland catchments affected by spruce dieback in the period of extreme acid rain (1970-1990)

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    Novak, Martin; Farkas, Juraj; Holmden, Chris; Hruska, Jakub; Curik, Jan; Stepanova, Marketa; Prechova, Eva; Veselovsky, Frantisek; Komarek, Arnost

    2017-04-01

    Recently, new isotope tools have become available to study the behavior of nutrients in stressed ecosystems. In this study, we focus on changes in the abundance ratio of calcium (Ca) isotopes accompanying biogeochemical processes in small forested catchments. We monitored del44Ca values in ecosystem pools and fluxes in four upland sites situated in the Czech Republic, Central Europe. A heavily acidified site in the Eagle Mts. (northern Czech Republic) experienced 13 times higher atmospheric Ca inputs, compared to the other three sites, which were less affected by forest decline. Industrial dust was responsible for the elevated Ca input. Del44Ca values of individual poos/fluxes were used to identify Ca sources for the bioavailable Ca soil reservoir and for runoff. The bedrock of the study sites differed (leucogranite, orthogneiss vs. serpentinite and amphibolite). Across the sites, mean del44Ca values increased in the order: spruce bark < fine roots < needles < soil < bedrock < canopy throughfall < open-area precipitation < runoff < soil water. Plant preferentially took up isotopically light Ca, while residual isotopically heavy Ca was sorbed to soil particles or exported via runoff. Even at sites with a low del44Ca values of bedrock, runoff had a high del44Ca value. At the base-poor site, most runoff came from atmospheric deposition and residual Ca following plant uptake. It appeared that bedrock weathering did not supply enough Ca to replenish the bioavailable Ca pool in the soil. Currently, we are analyzing Ca isotope composition of individual rock-forming minerals to better assess the effect of different weathering rates of minerals with low/high radiogenic 40Ca contents on runoff del44Ca.

  7. Using Calcium Isotopic Composition of Calcium Carbonate Veins to Assess the Roles of Vein Formation and Seafloor Alteration in Regulation of the Carbon Cycle

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    Chen, F.; Coggon, R. M.; Teagle, D. A. H.; Turchyn, A. V.

    2016-12-01

    Calcium carbonate vein formation in the oceanic crust has been proposed as a climate-sensitive feedback mechanism that regulates the carbon cycle on million-year timescales. The suggestion has been that higher pCO2 levels may drive changes in ocean temperature and pH that increase seafloor alteration, releasing more calcium from oceanic basalt. This results in more removal of carbon from Earth's surface through calcium carbonate formation, which includes calcium carbonate vein formation in oceanic crust. The importance of this feedback mechanism remains enigmatic. Measurements of the δ44Ca of calcium carbonate veins in the oceanic crust may constrain the sources of calcium and timing of vein formation. Seawater and basalt are the only sources present shortly after crustal formation, whereas other sources, such as anhydrite dissolution and sedimentary carbonates become available when the crust ages, at which point carbonate veins may form far from the ridge axis. We report the calcium isotopic composition of 65 calcium carbonate veins, ranging from 108 to 1.2 million years old, in hydrothermally altered basalt from the Mid-Atlantic and Juan de Fuca ridges. We also present 43 δ44Ca measurements of 5.9 million year old basalts and dikes from the Costa Rica Rift that have undergone hydrothermal alteration over a range of conditions in upper crust. The δ44Ca of the calcium carbonate veins ranges from -1.59 to 1.01‰ (versus Bulk Silicate Earth), whereas the δ44Ca of altered basalts ranges from -0.18 to 0.28‰. Depth and temperature of formation seem to be major influences on calcium carbonate vein δ44Ca, with veins formed at cool, shallower depths having higher δ44Ca, closer to seawater. In contrast, we note no temporal variation in δ44Ca of calcium carbonate veins when comparing samples from older and younger crust. The majority of veins (54 out of 65) have δ44Ca between that of seawater and basalt, which implies that they may have formed quite soon after

  8. SUMOylation at K707 of DGCR8 controls direct function of primary microRNA

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    Zhu, Changhong; Chen, Cheng; Huang, Jian; Zhang, Hailong; Zhao, Xian; Deng, Rong; Dou, Jinzhuo; Jin, Hui; Chen, Ran; Xu, Ming; Chen, Qin; Wang, Yanli; Yu, Jianxiu

    2015-01-01

    DGCR8 (DiGeorge syndrome critical region gene 8) is essential for primary microRNA (pri-miRNA) processing in the cell nucleus. It specifically combines with Drosha, a nuclear RNase III enzyme, to form the Microprocessor complex (MC) that cleaves pri-miRNA to precursor miRNA (pre-miRNA), which is further processed to mature miRNA by Dicer, a cytoplasmic RNase III enzyme. Increasing evidences suggest that pri-/pre-miRNAs have direct functions in regulation of gene expression, however the underlying mechanism how it is fine-tuned remains unclear. Here we find that DGCR8 is modified by SUMO1 at the major site K707, which can be promoted by its ERK-activated phosphorylation. SUMOylation of DGCR8 enhances the protein stability by preventing the degradation via the ubiquitin proteasome pathway. More importantly, SUMOylation of DGCR8 does not alter its association with Drosha, the MC activity and miRNA biogenesis, but rather influences its affinity with pri-miRNAs. This altered affinity of DGCR8 with pri-miRNAs seems to control the direct functions of pri-miRNAs in recognition and repression of the target mRNAs, which is evidently linked to the DGCR8 function in regulation of tumorigenesis and cell migration. Collectively, our data suggest a novel mechanism that SUMOylation of DGCR8 controls direct functions of pri-miRNAs in gene silencing. PMID:26202964

  9. Primary microRNA processing is functionally coupled to RNAP II transcription in vitro

    PubMed Central

    Yin, Shanye; Yu, Yong; Reed, Robin

    2015-01-01

    Previous studies in vivo reported that processing of primary microRNA (pri-miRNA) is coupled to transcription by RNA polymerase II (RNAP II) and can occur co-transcriptionally. Here we have established a robust in vivo system in which pri-miRNA is transcribed by RNAP II and processed to pre-miRNA in HeLa cell nuclear extracts. We show that both the kinetics and efficiency of pri-miRNA processing are dramatically enhanced in this system compared to that of the corresponding naked pri-miRNA. Moreover, this enhancement is general as it occurs with multiple pri-miRNAs. We also show that nascent pri-miRNA is efficiently processed before it is released from the DNA template. Together, our work directly demonstrates that transcription and pri-miRNA processing are functionally coupled and establishes the first in vivo model systems for this functional coupling and for co-transcriptional processing. PMID:26149087

  10. Microprocessor dynamics and interactions at endogenous imprinted C19MC microRNA genes.

    PubMed

    Bellemer, Clément; Bortolin-Cavaillé, Marie-Line; Schmidt, Ute; Jensen, Stig Mølgaard Rask; Kjems, Jørgen; Bertrand, Edouard; Cavaillé, Jérôme

    2012-06-01

    Nuclear primary microRNA (pri-miRNA) processing catalyzed by the DGCR8-Drosha (Microprocessor) complex is highly regulated. Little is known, however, about how microRNA biogenesis is spatially organized within the mammalian nucleus. Here, we image for the first time, in living cells and at the level of a single microRNA cluster, the intranuclear distribution of untagged, endogenously-expressed pri-miRNAs generated at the human imprinted chromosome 19 microRNA cluster (C19MC), from the environment of transcription sites to single molecules of fully released DGCR8-bound pri-miRNAs dispersed throughout the nucleoplasm. We report that a large fraction of Microprocessor concentrates onto unspliced C19MC pri-miRNA deposited in close proximity to their genes. Our live-cell imaging studies provide direct visual evidence that DGCR8 and Drosha are targeted post-transcriptionally to C19MC pri-miRNAs as a preformed complex but dissociate separately. These dynamics support the view that, upon pri-miRNA loading and most probably concomitantly with Drosha-mediated cleavages, Microprocessor undergoes conformational changes that trigger the release of Drosha while DGCR8 remains stably bound to pri-miRNA.

  11. Selective inhibitor of Wnt/β-catenin/CBP signaling ameliorates hepatitis C virus-induced liver fibrosis in mouse model.

    PubMed

    Tokunaga, Yuko; Osawa, Yosuke; Ohtsuki, Takahiro; Hayashi, Yukiko; Yamaji, Kenzaburo; Yamane, Daisuke; Hara, Mitsuko; Munekata, Keisuke; Tsukiyama-Kohara, Kyoko; Hishima, Tsunekazu; Kojima, Soichi; Kimura, Kiminori; Kohara, Michinori

    2017-03-23

    Chronic hepatitis C virus (HCV) infection is one of the major causes of serious liver diseases, including liver cirrhosis. There are no anti-fibrotic drugs with efficacy against liver cirrhosis. Wnt/β-catenin signaling has been implicated in the pathogenesis of a variety of tissue fibrosis. In the present study, we investigated the effects of a β-catenin/CBP (cyclic AMP response element binding protein) inhibitor on liver fibrosis. The anti-fibrotic activity of PRI-724, a selective inhibitor of β-catenin/CBP, was assessed in HCV GT1b transgenic mice at 18 months after HCV genome expression. PRI-724 was injected intraperitoneally or subcutaneously in these mice for 6 weeks. PRI-724 reduced liver fibrosis, which was indicated by silver stain, Sirius Red staining, and hepatic hydroxyproline levels, in HCV mice while attenuating αSMA induction. PRI-724 led to increased levels of matrix metalloproteinase (MMP)-8 mRNA in the liver, along with elevated levels of intrahepatic neutrophils and macrophages/monocytes. The induced intrahepatic neutrophils and macrophages/monocytes were identified as the source of MMP-8. In conclusion, PRI-724 ameliorated HCV-induced liver fibrosis in mice. We hypothesize that inhibition of hepatic stellate cells activation and induction of fibrolytic cells expressing MMP-8 contribute to the anti-fibrotic effects of PRI-724. PRI-724 is a drug candidate which possesses anti-fibrotic effect.

  12. Identification and analysis of residues contained on β → α loops of the dual-substrate (βα)8 phosphoribosyl isomerase A specific for its phosphoribosyl anthranilate isomerase activity

    PubMed Central

    Noda-García, Lianet; Camacho-Zarco, Aldo R; Verdel-Aranda, Karina; Wright, Helena; Soberón, Xavier; Fülöp, Vilmos; Barona-Gómez, Francisco

    2010-01-01

    A good model to experimentally explore evolutionary hypothesis related to enzyme function is the ancient-like dual-substrate (βα)8 phosphoribosyl isomerase A (PriA), which takes part in both histidine and tryptophan biosynthesis in Streptomyces coelicolor and related organisms. In this study, we determined the Michaelis–Menten enzyme kinetics for both isomerase activities in wild-type PriA from S. coelicolor and in selected single-residue monofunctional mutants, identified after Escherichia coli in vivo complementation experiments. Structural and functional analyses of a hitherto unnoticed residue contained on the functionally important β → α loop 5, namely, Arg139, which was postulated on structural grounds to be important for the dual-substrate specificity of PriA, is presented for the first time. Indeed, enzyme kinetics analyses done on the mutant variants PriA_Ser81Thr and PriA_Arg139Asn showed that these residues, which are contained on β → α loops and in close proximity to the N-terminal phosphate-binding site, are essential solely for the phosphoribosyl anthranilate isomerase activity of PriA. Moreover, analysis of the X-ray crystallographic structure of PriA_Arg139Asn elucidated at 1.95 Å herein strongly implicates the occurrence of conformational changes in this β → α loop as a major structural feature related to the evolution of the dual-substrate specificity of PriA. It is suggested that PriA has evolved by tuning a fine energetic balance that allows the sufficient degree of structural flexibility needed for accommodating two topologically dissimilar substrates—within a bifunctional and thus highly constrained active site—without compromising its structural stability. PMID:20066665

  13. Structural determinants of miR156a precursor processing in temperature-responsive flowering in Arabidopsis

    PubMed Central

    Kim, Wanhui; Kim, Hee-Eun; Jun, A Rim; Jung, Myeong Gyo; Jin, Suhyun; Lee, Joon-Hwa; Ahn, Ji Hoon

    2016-01-01

    MicroRNAs originate from primary transcripts (pri-miRNAs) containing hairpin structures. Plant pri-miRNAs have highly variable structures and little is known about the information encoded in their secondary structures. Arabidopsis miR156 is an ambient temperature-responsive miRNA and plays an important role in regulating flowering time. To identify the structural determinants for miR156 processing, we analyzed the effects of mutations introduced in the upper stem of pri-miR156a on its temperature-dependent processing and flowering time. The levels of pri-miR156a and mature miR156 were opposite at different temperatures. Mutations in the upper stem, especially the region closer to the miR156a/miR156a* duplex, reduced miR156 processing at 23 °C and 16 °C and caused a less severe phenotype compared with the un-mutated construct. Mutation in the second stem near the first cleavage site of pri-miR156a affected miR156 processing at 23 °C, but not at 16 °C. This was also seen in pri-miR172a, another ambient temperature-responsive miRNA. Replacement of the upper stem of pri-miR156a with that of pri-miR172a severely affected miR156 processing and flowering time. These results suggested that the upper stem of pri-miR156a is important for miR156 processing at different temperatures. In particular, the second stem adjacent to the first cleavage site plays a role in the regulation of ambient temperature-responsive flowering. PMID:27335452

  14. Integrating Chlorophyll fapar and Nadir Photochemical Reflectance Index from EO-1/Hyperion to Predict Cornfield Daily Gross Primary Production

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    Zhang, Qingyuan; Middleton, Elizabeth M.; Cheng, Yen-Ben; Huemmrich, K. Fred; Cook, Bruce D.; Corp, Lawrence A.; Kustas, William P.; Russ, Andrew L.; Prueger, John H.; Yao, Tian

    2016-01-01

    The concept of light use efficiency (Epsilon) and the concept of fraction of photosynthetically active ration (PAR) absorbed for vegetation photosynthesis (PSN), i.e., fAPAR (sub PSN), have been widely utilized to estimate vegetation gross primary productivity (GPP). It has been demonstrated that the photochemical reflectance index (PRI) is empirically related to e. An experimental US Department of Agriculture (USDA) cornfield in Maryland was selected as our study field. We explored the potential of integrating fAPAR(sub chl) (defined as the fraction of PAR absorbed by chlorophyll) and nadir PRI (PRI(sub nadir)) to predict cornfield daily GPP. We acquired nadir or near-nadir EO-1/Hyperion satellite images that covered the cornfield and took nadir in-situ field spectral measurements. Those data were used to derive the PRI(sub nadir) and fAPAR (sub chl). The fAPAR (sub chl) is retrieved with the advanced radiative transfer model PROSAIL2 and the Metropolis approach, a type of Markov Chain Monte Carlo (MCMC) estimation procedure. We define chlorophyll light use efficiency Epsilon (sub chl) as the ratio of vegetation GPP as measured by eddy covariance techniques to PAR absorbed by chlorophyll (Epsilon(sub chl) = GPP/APAR (sub chl). Daily Epsilon (sub chl) retrieved with the EO-1 Hyperion images was regressed with a linear equation of PRI (sub nadir) Epsilon (sub chl) = Alpha × PRI (sub nadir) + Beta). The satellite Epsilon(sub chl- PRI (sub nadir) linear relationship for the cornfield was implemented to develop an integrated daily GPP model [GPP = (Alpha × PRI(sub nadir) + Beta) × fAPAR (sub chl) × PAR], which was evaluated with fAPAR (sub chl) and PRI (sub nadir) retrieved from field measurements. Daily GPP estimated with this fAPAR (sub chl-) PRI (nadir) integration model was strongly correlated with the observed tower in-situ daily GPP (R(sup 2) = 0.93); with a root mean square error (RMSE) of 1.71 g C mol-(sup -1) PPFD and coefficient of variation (CV) of 16

  15. How to Determine Training Device Requirements and Characteristics: A Handbook for Training Developers

    DTIC Science & Technology

    1980-05-01

    Index (TRP1), Skills Taxonomy, Skills and Coordination Analysis, Practice Requirements Index (PRI), Training Device Requirements, Training Device...Training Device Requirements 17 2-9.1 Develop a Practice Requirement Index (PHI) 17 2-9.2 Establish a Cut-off Point 17 2-9.3 Perform a Skills Analysis...9.1 Calculate Practice Requirement Index (PRI) 65 3-9.2 Establish PRI Cut-Off 66 3-9. 3 Perform Skills Analysis 66 3-9.4$ Evaluate Tasks against

  16. Integrating Chlorophyll fapar and Nadir Photochemical Reflectance Index from EO-1/Hyperion to Predict Cornfield Daily Gross Primary Production

    NASA Technical Reports Server (NTRS)

    Zhang, Qingyuan; Middleton, Elizabeth M.; Cheng, Yen-Ben; Huemmrich, K. Fred; Cook, Bruce D.; Corp, Lawrence A.; Kustas, William P.; Russ, Andrew L.; Prueger, John H.; Yao, Tian

    2016-01-01

    The concept of light use efficiency (Epsilon) and the concept of fraction of photosynthetically active ration (PAR) absorbed for vegetation photosynthesis (PSN), i.e., fAPAR (sub PSN), have been widely utilized to estimate vegetation gross primary productivity (GPP). It has been demonstrated that the photochemical reflectance index (PRI) is empirically related to e. An experimental US Department of Agriculture (USDA) cornfield in Maryland was selected as our study field. We explored the potential of integrating fAPAR(sub chl) (defined as the fraction of PAR absorbed by chlorophyll) and nadir PRI (PRI(sub nadir)) to predict cornfield daily GPP. We acquired nadir or near-nadir EO-1/Hyperion satellite images that covered the cornfield and took nadir in-situ field spectral measurements. Those data were used to derive the PRI(sub nadir) and fAPAR (sub chl). The fAPAR (sub chl) is retrieved with the advanced radiative transfer model PROSAIL2 and the Metropolis approach, a type of Markov Chain Monte Carlo (MCMC) estimation procedure. We define chlorophyll light use efficiency Epsilon (sub chl) as the ratio of vegetation GPP as measured by eddy covariance techniques to PAR absorbed by chlorophyll (Epsilon(sub chl) = GPP/APAR (sub chl). Daily Epsilon (sub chl) retrieved with the EO-1 Hyperion images was regressed with a linear equation of PRI (sub nadir) Epsilon (sub chl) = Alpha × PRI (sub nadir) + Beta). The satellite Epsilon(sub chl- PRI (sub nadir) linear relationship for the cornfield was implemented to develop an integrated daily GPP model [GPP = (Alpha × PRI(sub nadir) + Beta) × fAPAR (sub chl) × PAR], which was evaluated with fAPAR (sub chl) and PRI (sub nadir) retrieved from field measurements. Daily GPP estimated with this fAPAR (sub chl-) PRI (nadir) integration model was strongly correlated with the observed tower in-situ daily GPP (R(sup 2) = 0.93); with a root mean square error (RMSE) of 1.71 g C mol-(sup -1) PPFD and coefficient of variation (CV) of 16

  17. Effect of passive repetitive isokinetic training on cytokines and hormonal changes.

    PubMed

    Lee, Shu-Lin; Chen, Kenny Wen-Chyuan; Chen, Szu-Tah; Chu, Po-Ju; Chen, Chuan-Show; Hsu, Mei-Chich; Shiang, Tzyy-Yuang; Su, Mao-Kuan; Chang, Mu-San; Chang, Ying-Ling; Wang, Shyi-Wu

    2011-02-28

    It is well known that muscle strength and power are important factors in exercise. Plyometrics is designed to gain muscle strength and power in a shock method. The passive repetitive isokinetic (PRI) machine is developed for plyometrics. The present study aims to understand the effect of ten-week PRI training in different intensities on human plasma concentration cytokines as well as hormonal changes. Thirty young male subjects were enrolled into the ten-week PRI training program and were divided randomly into traditional, low- and high-intensity PRI training groups. Blood samples were obtained before, during, after and 1-, 2-, 3-, 5- and 7-day (D) post-training. The plasma concentrations of cytokines and hormones were measured by an enzyme-linked immunosorbent assay (ELISA). Elevated plasma IL-2 was found in the subjects in all the training programs. Significant increases of proinflammatory cytokines IL-1beta and TNF-alpha were observed at post 7 D in the high-intensity PRI training (29.5 +/- 4.4 and 515.8 +/- 127.1 pg/ml, respectively). No significance in differences in the plasma concentration of IL-6 was observed in the traditional and low-intensity PRI training. Significant elevation of IL-6 was found at post 5 D in high-intensity PRI training. Higher plasma IL-6 concentration was observed at post 3 and 5 D in high-intensity PRI training compared to low-intensity PRI training (P < 0.05). Significant elevation of plasma IL-15 during (week 6) and after (post 0 D) was observed in low-intensity PRI training. Also, there were differences between low-intensity PRI training and traditional training at post 0, 2, 3, and 5 D. The plasma concentration of cortisol was decreased to the lowest value (118.0 +/- 17.3 ng/ml) at post 0 D in traditional training, then returned to the baseline (220.5 +/- 19.1 ng/ml). In the high-intensity PRI training, but not in the low-intensity PRI training, the cortisol level dropped from 224.9 +/- 25.8 ng/ml at post 0 D down to the 123

  18. Zirconium Evaluations for ENDF/B-VII.2 for the Fast Region

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    Brown, D. A.; Arcilla, R.; Capote, R.; Mughabghab, S. F.; Herman, M. W.; Trkov, A.; Kim, H. I.

    2014-04-01

    We have performed a new combined set of evaluations for 90-96Zr, including new resolved resonance parameterizations from Said Mughabghab for 90,91,92,94,96Zr and fast region calculations made with EMPIRE-3.1. Because 90Zr is a magic nucleus, stable Zr isotopes are nearly spherical. A new soft-rotor optical model potential is used allowing calculations of the inelastic scattering on low-lying coupled levels of vibrational nature. A soft rotor model describes dynamical deformations of the nucleus around the spherical shape and is implemented in EMPIRE/OPTMAN code. The same potential is used with rigid rotor couplings for odd-A nuclei. This then led to improved elastic angular distributions, helping to resolve improper leakage in the older ENDF/B-VII.1β evaluation in KAPL proprietary, ZPR and TRIGA benchmarks. Another consequence of 90Zr being a magic nucleus is that the level densities in both 90Zr and 91Zr are unusually low causing the (n,el) and (n,tot) cross sections to exhibit large fluctuations above the resolved resonance region. To accommodate these fluctuations, we performed a simultaneous constrained generalized least-square fit to (n,tot) for all isotopic and elemental Zr data in EXFOR, using EMPIRE's TOTRED scaling factor. TOTRED rescales total cross sections so that the optical model calculations are unaltered by the rescaling and the correct competition between channels is maintained. In this fit, all (n,tot) data in EXFOR was used for Ein>100 keV, provided the target isotopic makeup could be correctly understood, including spectrum averaged data and data with broad energy resolution. As a result of our fitting procedure, we will have full cross material and cross reaction covariance for all Zr isotopes and reactions.

  19. Alpha decay of {sup 181}Pb

    SciTech Connect

    Davids, C.N.; Henderson, D.J.; Hermann, R.

    1995-08-01

    The {alpha}-decay energy of {sup 181}Pb was measured as 7211(10) keV and 7044(15). In the first study the isotope was produced in {sup 90}Zr bombardments of {sup 94}Mo and, after traversing a velocity filter, implanted in a position-sensitive Si detector; no half life for {sup 181}Pb was reported. In the second study the isotope was produced in {sup 40}Ca bombardments of {sup 144}Sm and transported to a position in front of a Si(Au) surface barrier detector with a fast He-gas-jet capillary system; an estimate of 50 ms was determined for the {sup 181}Pb half life. Recently we investigated {sup 181}Pb {alpha} decay at ATLAS as part of a survey experiment in which a l-pnA beam of 400-MeV {sup 92}Mo was used to irradiate targets of {sup 89}Y, {sup 90,92,94}Zr, and {sup 92}Mo to examine yields for one- and two-nucleon evaporation products from symmetric cold-fusion reactions. Recoiling nuclei of interest were passed through the Fragment Mass Analyzer and implanted in a double-sided silicon strip detector for {alpha}-particle assay. With the {sup 90}Zr target we observed a group at 7065(20) keV which was correlated with A = 181 recoils and had a half life of 45(20) ms. Our new results for {sup 181}Pb therefore agreed with those of the second study. There was no indication in the {sup 90}Zr + {sup 92}Mo data of the 7211(10)-keV {alpha} particles seen by Keller et al. The interested reader is referred to the 1993 atomic mass evaluation wherein the input {alpha}-decay energies and resultant masses of the light Pb isotopes (including {sup 181}Pb) are discussed.

  20. Role of projectile breakup effects and intrinsic degrees of freedom on fusion dynamics

    NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

    Singh Gautam, Manjeet

    2016-05-01

    This article analyzes the fusion dynamics of loosely bound and stable projectiles with Zr-target isotopes within the context of the coupled channel approach and the energy-dependent Woods-Saxon potential model (EDWSP model). In the case of the 28Si + 90Zr reaction, the coupling to the inelastic surface excitations results in an adequate description of the observed fusion dynamics while in case of the 28Si + 94Zr reaction, the coupling to collective surface vibrational states as well as the neutron (multi-neutron) transfer channel is necessary in the coupled channel calculations to reproduce the below-barrier fusion data. However, the EDWSP model calculation provides an accurate explanation of the fusion data of 28Si + 90,94Zr reactions in the domain of the Coulomb barrier. In the fusion of the 6Li + 90Zr reaction, the inclusion of the nuclear structure degrees of freedom recovers the observed sub-barrier fusion enhancement but results in suppression of the above barrier fusion data by 34% with respect to the coupled channel calculations. Using EDWSP model calculations, this suppression factor is reduced by 14% and consequently, the above-barrier fusion data of 6Li + 90Zr reaction is suppressed by 20% with reference to the EDWSP model calculations. Such fusion suppression at above-barrier energies can be correlated with the breakup of the projectile (6Li) before reaching the fusion barrier, as a consequence of low binding energy. Supported by Dr. D. S. Kothari Post-Doctoral Fellowship Scheme sponsored by University Grants Commission (UGC), New Delhi, India

  1. Quasi-Square Hole with Optimum Shape in an Infinite Plate Subjected to In-Plane Loading. Optimization of Inner and Outer Boundaries of Beams and Plates with Holes,

    DTIC Science & Technology

    1982-04-01

    Professr Isaac Pried Library Se-vices Department P. 0. Box 158 Boeton University 9700 South Case Avenue Madison, Pennsylvania 15663 Department of Mathanatics Argonne, Illinois 60440 Boton, Massachusetts 02215 -3- .JAL

  2. TUNS user guide supplement: Data dictionary

    NASA Technical Reports Server (NTRS)

    1988-01-01

    Provided is a data dictionary for the Technology Utilization Network System (TUNS) providing for each element name the long name, data type, data size, descriptive name and description, data of PRI clause, legal values, and location used.

  3. Developing a Roadmap for Integrating Computational and In Vitro Approaches in Risk-Based Chemical Safety Decisions (SSCT-SweTox)

    EPA Science Inventory

    Multiple drivers shape the types of chemical assessments performed within many regulatory agencies including economic considerations, data availability, and the ultimate application of the assessment. The result is that chemical assessments are “fit-for-purpose” ranging from pri...

  4. TUNS user guide supplement: Data dictionary

    NASA Technical Reports Server (NTRS)

    1988-01-01

    Provided is a data dictionary for the Technology Utilization Network System (TUNS) providing for each element name the long name, data type, data size, descriptive name and description, data of PRI clause, legal values, and location used.

  5. Solution Method of Multi-Product Two-Stage Logistics Problem with Constraints of Delivery Course

    NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

    Ataka, Shinichiro; Gen, Mitsuo

    The logistics network design is one of the important phase of Supply Chain Management (SCM) and it is the problem that should be optimized for long-term promotion of efficiency of the whole supply chain. Usually a plant produces different type of products. Even if it is a factory of the same company, delivery is different by a kind of a produced product. The restrictions which this model has are deeply concerned with TP in the real world. In this paper, we consider the logistics network design problems with multi-products and constraints for delivery course. To solve the problem, we used a hybrid priority-based Genetic Algorithm (h-priGA), and we tried the comparison experiment with priority-based Genetic Algorithm (priGA)and h-priGA, we show it about the effectiveness of h-priGA.

  6. Two-coordinate terminal zinc hydride complexes: synthesis, structure and preliminary reactivity studies.

    PubMed

    Dawkins, Michael J C; Middleton, Ewart; Kefalidis, Christos E; Dange, Deepak; Juckel, Martin M; Maron, Laurent; Jones, Cameron

    2016-08-18

    The first examples of essentially two-coordinate, monomeric zinc hydride complexes, LZnH (L = -N(Ar)(SiR3)) (Ar = C6H2{C(H)Ph2}2R'-2,6,4; R = Me, R' = Pr(i) (L'); R = Pr(i), R' = Me (L*); R = Pr(i), R' = Pr(i) (L(†))) have been prepared and shown by crystallographic studies to have near linear N-Zn-H fragments. The results of computational studies imply that any PhZn interactions in the compounds are weak at best. Preliminary reactivity studies reveal the compounds to be effective for the stoichiometric hydrozincation and catalytic hydrosilylation of carbonyl compounds.

  7. Intestinal calcium transport: An ion microscopic imaging study

    SciTech Connect

    Fullmer, C.S.; Chandra, S.; Smith, C.A.; Morrison, G.H.; Wasserman, R.H. )

    1990-02-26

    Ion microscopy is a direct imaging mass spectrometry technique which reveals elemental (mass) distribution in relation to tissue morphology. The influence of vitamin D on intestinal Ca transport was examined in parallel experiments by injecting either {sup 47}Ca or {sup 44}Ca into the duodenal lumen of vitamin D-deficient ({minus}D) and vitamin D-replete (+D) chicks for varying periods of time. {sup 47}Ca data provided a quantitative index of tissue retention and absorption, whereas {sup 44}Ca imaging allowed visual localization of Ca specifically in transit from the lumen versus ambient tissue {sup 40}Ca which was also imaged. Luminally-administered Ca rapidly (2.5 minutes) entered the intestinal cells in both the {minus}D and +D chicks, localizing primarily in the area subjacent to the limiting membrane. For the +D chicks, the concentration of {sup 44}Ca in this region dissipated with time, leading to a more homogeneous intracellular distribution as transport proceeded. In contrast, {sup 44}Ca continued to accumulate in the apical cell region in the {minus}D chicks for up to 20 minutes, although a slight inwardly-directed gradient developed. These approaches provide unique information concerning the sequential localization of Ca during intestinal transport and the dynamics of the action of vitamin D thereon.

  8. New results in low-energy fusion of Ca40+Zr90,92

    DOE PAGES

    Stefanini, A. M.; Montagnoli, G.; Esbensen, H.; ...

    2017-07-07

    Near- and sub-barrier fusion of various Ca + Zr isotopic combinations have been widely investigated. A recent analysis of 40Ca + 96Zr data has highlighted the importance of couplings to multiphonon excitations and to both neutron and proton transfer channels. Analogous studies of 40Ca + 90Zr tend to exclude any role of transfer couplings. However, the lowest measured cross section for this system is rather high (840μb). Here, a rather complete data set is available for 40Ca + 94Zr, while no measurement of 40Ca + 92Zr fusion has been performed in the past.

  9. Unitary version of the single-particle dispersive optical model and single-hole excitations in medium-heavy spherical nuclei

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    Kolomiytsev, G. V.; Igashov, S. Yu.; Urin, M. H.

    2017-07-01

    A unitary version of the single-particle dispersive optical model was proposed with the aim of applying it to describing high-energy single-hole excitations in medium-heavy mass nuclei. By considering the example of experimentally studied single-hole excitations in the 90Zr and 208Pb parent nuclei, the contribution of the fragmentation effect to the real part of the optical-model potential was estimated quantitatively in the framework of this version. The results obtained in this way were used to predict the properties of such excitations in the 132Sn parent nucleus.

  10. Vibrational Properties of Nanograins and Interfaces in Nanocrystalline Materials

    SciTech Connect

    Stankov, S.; Sergueev, I.; Chumakov, A. I.; Rueffer, R.; Yue, Y. Z.; Hu, L.; Miglierini, M.; Sepiol, B.; Svec, P.

    2008-06-13

    The vibrational dynamics of nanocrystalline Fe{sub 90}Zr{sub 7}B{sub 3} was studied at various phases of crystallization. The density of phonon states (DOS) of the nanograins was separated from that of the interfaces for a wide range of grain sizes and interface thicknesses. The DOS of the nanograins does not vary with their size and down to 2 nm grains still closely resembles that of the bulk. The anomalous enhancement of the phonon states at low and high energies originates from the DOS of the interfaces and scales linearly to their atomic fraction.

  11. Process for the separation and purification of yttrium-90 for medical applications

    DOEpatents

    Horwitz, Philip E.; Dietz, Mark L.

    1994-01-01

    An extraction chromatographic method for the preparation of .sup.90 Y of high chemical and radiochemical purity is disclosed. After an initial purification of a .sup.90 Sr stock solution and a suitable period of .sup.90 Y ingrowth, the solution is passed through a series of strontium-selective chromatographic columns, each of which lowers the .sup.90 Sr content of the mixture by a factor of about 10.sup.3. The .sup.90 Y remaining is freed from any residual .sup.90 Sr, from its .sup.90 Zr daughter, and from any remaining impurities by passing the sample through a final column designed to selectively retain yttrium.

  12. Analysis of Deuteron-Nucleus Scattering Using Sao Paulo Potential

    NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

    Ibraheem, Awad A.

    2016-12-01

    Deuteron elastic and inelastic scattering from 6Li, 12C, 16O, 24Mg, 32S, 50V, 58Ni, 70Ge, 90Zr, and 116Sn targets at different incident energies have been analyzed. Both Phenomenological Woods-Saxon and double-folding optical model potentials have been used. The folding calculations were based upon the Sao Paulo potential. A semi-microscopic representation has been proposed to study the effect of the dynamic polarization potential. Comparisons between our results and measured angular distributions of the differential cross sections showed a pronounced success of our theoretical predictions. The corresponding reaction cross sections have also been investigated.

  13. The Giant Dipole Resonance at Very High Temperatures

    NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

    Suomijärvi, T.; Le Faou, J. H.; Blumenfeld, Y.; Piattelli, P.; Agodi, C.; Alamanos, N.; Alba, R.; Auger, F.; Bellia, G.; Chomaz, Ph.; Coniglione, R.; Del Zoppo, A.; Finocchiaro, P.; Frascaria, N.; Gaardhøje, J. J.; Garron, J. P.; Gillibert, A.; Lamehi-Rachti, M.; Liguori-Neto, R.; Loukachine, K.; Maiolino, C.; Migneco, E.; Montironi, S.; Russo, G.; Roynette, J. C.; Santonocito, D.; Sapienza, P.; Scarpaci, J. A.; Smerzi, A.

    1995-02-01

    Gamma-rays emitted from hot nuclei of mass around 115 and excitation energies above 300 MeV, formed in the 36Ar + 90Zr at 27 MeV/u, 36Ar + 94Zr at 32 MeV/u and 36Ar + 98Mo at 37 MeV/u, have been measured with the MEDEA multidetector in coincidence with evaporation residues. The γ-ray yield from the decay of the Giant Dipole Resonance is independent of excitation energy and of bombarding energy.

  14. Neutron cross section measurements using the Oak Ridge Electron Linear Accelerator

    SciTech Connect

    Winters, R.R.

    1992-06-01

    During this reporting period the work supported by the US Department of Energy Grant No. DE-FG02-87ER40326.A005 has resulted in two publications and two papers presented at professional meetings. The neutron scattering measurement for this budget period has been completed along with scattering measurements for carbon {sup 88}Sr, {sup 40}Ar, {sup 90}Zr, {sup 208}Pb, {sup 40}Ca and {sup 28}Si. The carbon scattering yield serves to define the detector efficiencies. The silicon sample was available and is of importance in both nuclear physics and reactor physics.

  15. Neutron cross section measurements using the Oak Ridge Electron Linear Accelerator. Performance report, August 1991--June 1992

    SciTech Connect

    Winters, R.R.

    1992-06-01

    During this reporting period the work supported by the US Department of Energy Grant No. DE-FG02-87ER40326.A005 has resulted in two publications and two papers presented at professional meetings. The neutron scattering measurement for this budget period has been completed along with scattering measurements for carbon {sup 88}Sr, {sup 40}Ar, {sup 90}Zr, {sup 208}Pb, {sup 40}Ca and {sup 28}Si. The carbon scattering yield serves to define the detector efficiencies. The silicon sample was available and is of importance in both nuclear physics and reactor physics.

  16. Skyrme-Landau parameterization of effective interactions (II). Self-consistent description of giant multipole resonances

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    Liu, Keh-Fei; Luo, Hongde; Ma, Zhongyu; Shen, Qingbiao

    1991-11-01

    The positions and the transition strengths of giant multipole resonances (including electric, magnetic, Fermi and Gamow-Teller transitions of the spherical nuclei 16O, 40Ca, 48Ca, 90Zr, 208Pb) are calculated using the random phase approximation based on the Hartree-Fock ground states with our new extended Skyrme-Landau interaction - SL1. The method of calculating Green function in coordinate space is extended to included spin dependence; this makes it possible to calculate M1 and Gamow-Teller transitions. The predicted resonance positions agree well with the experimental results. The Thouless sum rules are checked to within 10-15% in most cases.

  17. Process for the separation and purification of yttrium-90 for medical applications

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    Horwitz, P.E.; Dietz, M.L.

    1994-11-29

    An extraction chromatographic method for the preparation of [sup 90]Y of high chemical and radiochemical purity is disclosed. After an initial purification of a [sup 90]Sr stock solution and a suitable period of [sup 90]Y ingrowth, the solution is passed through a series of strontium-selective chromatographic columns, each of which lowers the [sup 90]Sr content of the mixture by a factor of about 10[sup 3]. The [sup 90]Y remaining is freed from any residual [sup 90]Sr, from its [sup 90]Zr daughter, and from any remaining impurities by passing the sample through a final column designed to selectively retain yttrium. 5 figures.

  18. Determination of the mean neutron energy using the Zr/Nb and the Ni method

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    Agrawal, H. M.; Pepelnik, R.

    1995-12-01

    The cross-section ratios for the 90Zr(n, 2n) 89g-mZr and 93Nb(n, 2n) 92mNb reactions as well as for the 58Ni(n, p) 58g+mCo and 58Ni(n, 2n) 57Ni reactions have been measured by the activation method for the purpose of neutron spectrometry around 14 MeV in a neutron tube having a cylindrical acceleration structure (KORONA). The results are compared with the theoretically calculated values. The superiority of the "Zr/Nb ratio" method over the "Ni-ratio" method is discussed.

  19. A process for the separation and purification of yttrium-90 for medical applications

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    Horwitz, P.E.; Dietz, M.L.

    1993-01-01

    An extraction chromatographic method for the preparation of {sup 90}Y of high chemical and radiochemical purity is disclosed. After an initial purification of a {sup 90}Sr stock solution and a suitable period of {sup 90}Y ingrowth, the solution is passed through a series of strontium-selective chromatographic columns, each of which lowers the {sup 90}Sr content of the mixture by a factor of about 10{sup 3}. The {sup 90}Y remaining is freed from any residual {sup 90}Sr, from its {sup 90}Zr daughter, and from any remaining impurities by passing the sample through a final column designed to selectively retain yttrium.

  20. Frequency domain studies of CoZr continuous thin films and FeNi wires using coplanar transmission lines

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    Kerekes, M.; Viegas, A. D. C.; Stanescu, D.; Ebels, U.; Xavier, P.; Suran, G.

    2004-06-01

    A ferromagnetic resonance measurement technique based on coplanar waveguides is presented. This technique is adapted to measure the high frequency response of metallic magnetic materials in the frequency domain up to 20 GHz and is complementary to the inductive time-domain method. Upon scanning the frequency at constant field, for varying field angle, the frequency-field dispersion as well as the frequency linewidth can be obtained. The absorption spectra for a Co90Zr10 continuous film and for Fe20Ni80 wires of different thickness are presented. For the latter an increase in the linewidth and damping parameter is observed with increasing wire thickness.

  1. Fine Structure of the Gamow-Teller Resonance in {sup 90}Nb and Level Density of 1{sup +} States

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    Kalmykov, Y.; Neumann-Cosel, P. von; Ponomarev, V.Yu.; Richter, A.; Shevchenko, A.; Wambach, J.; Adachi, T.; Fujita, Y.; Shimbara, Y.; Berg, G.P.A.; Fujita, K.; Hatanaka, K.; Kamiya, J.; Nakanishi, K.; Sakamoto, N.; Sakemi, Y.; Shimizu, Y.; Wakasa, T.; Fujita, H.; Smit, F.D.

    2006-01-13

    The fine structure of the Gamow-Teller resonance in a medium-heavy nucleus is observed for the first time in a high-resolution {sup 90}Zr({sup 3}He,t){sup 90}Nb experiment at the Research Center for Nuclear Physics, Osaka. Using a novel wavelet analysis technique, it is possible to extract characteristic energy scales and to quantify their relative importance for the generation of the fine structure. This method combined with the selectivity of the reaction permits an extraction of the level density of 1{sup +} states in {sup 90}Nb.

  2. Spin-Isospin Resonances: A Self-Consistent Covariant Description

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    Liang Haozhao; Nguyen Van Giai; Meng Jie

    2008-09-19

    For the first time a fully self-consistent charge-exchange relativistic RPA based on the relativistic Hartree-Fock (RHF) approach is established. The self-consistency is verified by the so-called isobaric analog state (IAS) check. The excitation properties and the nonenergy weighted sum rules of two important charge-exchange excitation modes, the Gamow-Teller resonance (GTR) and the spin-dipole resonance (SDR), are well reproduced in the doubly magic nuclei {sup 48}Ca, {sup 90}Zr and {sup 208}Pb without readjustment of the particle-hole residual interaction. The dominant contribution of the exchange diagrams is demonstrated.

  3. Relativistic analysis of proton elastic scattering

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    El Nohy, N. A.; El-Hammamy, M. N.; Yoseph, S. I.; Abdel-Moneim, A. M.

    2015-04-01

    The Dirac equation as the relevant wave equation, is used in modified DWUCK4 program to calculate the elastic scattering cross section throughout the energy range suitable for relativistic treatment of proton elastic scattering by nuclei 40Ca, 58Ni, 90Zr and 208Pb. A good fit to the experimental data is presented. The real and imaginary potentials are well determined and behave regularly with energy. The behaviour of the real central effective potential shows the development of a "wine-bottle" shape in the transition energy region and the persistence of a small attractive potential in the nuclear surface region, even at 800 MeV.

  4. Vitamin D analogs combined with 5-fluorouracil in human HT-29 colon cancer treatment

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    MILCZAREK, MAGDALENA; FILIP-PSURSKA, BEATA; ŚWIĘTNICKI, WIESŁAW; KUTNER, ANDRZEJ; WIETRZYK, JOANNA

    2014-01-01

    In the present study, we evaluated the antitumor effect of two synthetic analogs of vitamin D, namely PRI-2191 [(24R)-1,24-dihydroxyvitamin D3] and PRI-2205 (5,6-trans calcipotriol), in combined human colon HT-29 cancer treatment with 5-fluorouracil (5-FU). Mice bearing HT-29 tumors transplanted subcutaneously or orthotopically were injected with vitamin D analogs and 5-FU in various schedules. A statistically significant inhibition of subcutaneous or orthotopic tumor growth was observed as a result of combined therapy. In HT-29 tumors and in cells from in vitro culture, we observed increased vitamin D receptor (VDR) expression after treatment with either PRI-2205 or 5-FU alone, or in combination. Moreover, PRI-2205 decreased the percentage of cells from intestinal tumors in G2/M and S stages and increased sub-G1. Increased VDR expression was also observed after combined treatment of mice with 5-FU and PRI-2191. Moreover, our docking studies showed that PRI-2205 has stronger affinity for VDR, DBP and CAR/RXR ligand binding domains than PRI-2191. PRI-2191 analog, used with 5-FU, increased the percentage of subcutaneous tumor cells in G0/G1 and decreased the percentage in G2/M, S and sub-G1 populations as compared to 5-FU alone. In in vitro studies, we observed increased expression of p21 and p-ERK1/2 diminution via use of both analogs as compared to use of 5-FU alone. Simultaneously, PRI-2191 antagonizes some pro-apoptotic activities of 5-FU in vitro. However, in spite of these disadvantageous effects in terms of apoptosis, the therapeutic effect expressed as tumor growth retardation by PRI-2191 is significant. Our results suggest that the mechanism of potentiation of 5-FU antitumor action by both analogs is realized via increased p21 expression and decreased p-ERK1/2 level which may lead to diminution of thymidylate synthase expression. Higher binding affinity for VDR, DBP, but also for CAR\\RXR ligand binding domain of PRI-2205 may, in part, explain its very low

  5. Vasodilator-stimulated phosphoprotein-phosphorylation assay in patients on clopidogrel: does standardisation matter?

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    Freynhofer, Matthias K; Bruno, Veronika; Willheim, Martin; Hübl, Wolfgang; Wojta, Johann; Huber, Kurt

    2012-03-01

    The vasodilator-stimulated phosphoprotein-phosphorylation (VASP-P) flow-cytometric assay is mainly used in clinical trials to measure thienopyridine effects. However, there are remarkable differences in the reported optimal cut-offs, ranging from 48-61% platelet reactivity index (PRI). We therefore investigated whether a lack of standardisation might explain the differences in the cut-offs. We measured VASP-P in 62 individuals. PRI was calculated using the mean, geometric mean and median fluorescence intensities (FI). Stability of the blood-samples (time-to-assay, 0-2 days) and stability of the processed samples (0-120 minutes) within the recommended time-span were tested. Time-to-assay significantly influenced the PRI (p<0.001): the PRI from mean FI after two days was lower compared to values on day 1 (52 ± 22.9 vs. 57.7 ± 24.1, p<0.001). The PRI from the geometric mean FI after two days was lower compared to day 0 as well as day 1 (51.3 ± 23 vs. 58.2 ± 24.2 and vs. 59.1 ± 23.7, both p<0.001). The PRI from median FI was stable over time (day 0: 59.1 ± 25%, day 1: 59.7 ± 24.1% and day 2: 56.4 ± 23.9%, all p=ns). Furthermore, the lag time of the processed samples significantly altered the PRI (all p<0.001) with a maximum difference for PRI based on geometric mean FI after 90 minutes compared to baseline (Δ=3.92%PRI, p<0.001). The differences in the reported cut-offs might be explained by a lack of standardisation. More precise standardisation is inevitable, as the PRI significantly depends on the method of calculation, the time-to-assay as well as on the lag time after processing. Tolerably stable results were obtained for the PRI from the median FI.

  6. Model For Kinetic Effects On Ca Isotope Fractionation In Inorganic Aragonite and Cultured Foraminifera (orbulina Universa and Globigerinoides Sacculifer)

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    Gussone, N.; Eisenhauer, A.; Dietzel, M.; Heuser, A.; Spero, H.; Bijma, J.; Böhm, F.; Nägler, Th. F.

    The calcium isotope ratio [44Ca = ((44Ca/40Ca)sample/(44Ca/40Ca)standard)- 1)*1000] of cultured O. universa and of inorganically precipitated aragonite corre- lates positively with temperature (inorganic precipitates: 44Caaragonite - 44Cafluid = 0.015*T(oC)-2.23; O. universa: 44Cacalcite - 44Cafluid = 0.019*T(oC)-0.96). However, their slopes are a factor of 13 to 16 times shallower than the slope of G. sacculifer (44Cacalcite - 44Cafluid = 0.24*T(oC)-8.0) determined by Nägler et al. (2000). Nevertheless, all three data sets show a positive correlation of 44Ca with temperature in contrast to 18O of calcium carbonate which is negatively correlated with temperature. This observation is explained by a model which takes into account that Ca2+ ions forming ionic bonds are affected by kinetic fractionation only. Cova- lently bound atoms like oxygen are affected by kinetic and equilibrium fractionation. Thermodynamic considerations of kinetic isotope fractionation show that the slope of the fractionation factor (T) is mass dependent. However, for O. universa and the inorganic precipitates the calculated mass of up to 640 amu (atomic mass unit) is not compatible with the expected ion mass for 40 Ca and 44Ca. In order to reconcile this discrepancy, we propose that Ca diffusion and the 44Ca/40Ca isotope fractionation at liquid/solid transitions is controlled by a Ca2+-aquocomplex (Ca2+* n [H2O]) rather than by diffusion of the pure Ca2+ ion. From our measurements we calculate that such a hypothesized Ca2+-aquocomplex correlates to a hydration number of up to 33 water molecules. Alternative complexation with anions cannot be ruled out. For O. universa we propose that calcification resembles inorganic precipitation of CaCO3 in seawa- 1 ter. In contrast, for G. sacculifer we propose that this species actively dehydrates the Ca2+-aquocomplex before calcification takes place. The major consequence for the use of 44Ca as a sea surface temperature (SST) proxy is that CaCO3

  7. Tracing of patients lost to follow-up and HIV transmission: Mathematical modelling study based on two large ART programmes in Malawi

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    Estill, Janne; Tweya, Hannock; Egger, Matthias; Wandeler, Gilles; Feldacker, Caryl; Johnson, Leigh F.; Blaser, Nello; Vizcaya, Luisa Salazar; Phiri, Sam; Keiser, Olivia

    2014-01-01

    Objectives Treatment as prevention depends on retaining HIV-infected patients in care. We investigated the effect on HIV transmission of bringing patients lost to follow up (LTFU) back into care. Design Mathematical model. Methods Stochastic mathematical model of cohorts of 1000 HIV-infected patients on antiretroviral therapy (ART), based on data from two clinics in Lilongwe, Malawi. We calculated cohort viral load (CVL; sum of individual mean viral loads each year) and used a mathematical relationship between viral load and transmission probability to estimate the number of new HIV infections. We simulated four scenarios: ‘no LTFU’ (all patients stay in care); ‘no tracing’ (patients LTFU are not traced); ‘immediate tracing’ (after missed clinic appointment); and, ‘delayed tracing’ (after six months). Results About 440 of 1000 patients were LTFU over five years. CVL (million copies/ml per 1000 patients) were 3.7 (95% prediction interval [PrI] 2.9-4.9) for no LTFU, 8.6 (95% PrI 7.3-10.0) for no tracing, 7.7 (95% PrI 6.2-9.1) for immediate, and 8.0 (95% PrI 6.7-9.5) for delayed tracing. Comparing no LTFU with no tracing the number of new infections increased from 33 (95% PrI 29-38) to 54 (95% PrI 47-60) per 1000 patients. Immediate tracing prevented 3.6 (95% PrI -3.3-12.8) and delayed tracing 2.5 (95% PrI -5.8-11.1) new infections per 1000. Immediate tracing was more efficient than delayed tracing: 116 and to 142 tracing efforts, respectively, were needed to prevent one new infection. Conclusion Tracing of patients LTFU enhances the preventive effect of ART, but the number of transmissions prevented is small. PMID:24326599

  8. Countermobilization: Unconventional Social Warfare

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    2014-06-01

    paramilitary groups that conducted violent attacks against Zapatista sympathizers.50 In the end, paramilitary groups like Paz y Justicia were...began to form locally armed pro-government paramilitary groups like Paz y Justicia. These paramilitary groups formed alliances with the PRI and...integrate key brokers from the EZLN/Zapatista movement. Unfortunate for the countermovement, it was linked to PRI-affiliated paramilitary groups like Paz

  9. Photoperiod and temperature constraints on the relationship between the photochemical reflectance index and the light use efficiency of photosynthesis in Pinus strobus.

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    Fréchette, Emmanuelle; Chang, Christine Yao-Yun; Ensminger, Ingo

    2016-03-01

    The photochemical reflectance index (PRI) is a proxy for the activity of the photoprotective xanthophyll cycle and photosynthetic light use efficiency (LUE) in plants. Evergreen conifers downregulate photosynthesis in autumn in response to low temperature and shorter photoperiod, and the dynamic xanthophyll cycle-mediated non-photochemical quenching (NPQ) is replaced by sustained NPQ. We hypothesized that this shift in xanthophyll cycle-dependent energy partitioning during the autumn is the cause for variations in the PRI-LUE relationship. In order to test our hypothesis, we characterized energy partitioning and pigment composition during a simulated summer-autumn transition in a conifer and assessed the effects of temperature and photoperiod on the PRI-LUE relationship. We measured gas exchange, chlorophyll fluorescence and leaf reflectance during the photosynthetic downregulation in Pinus strobus L. seedlings exposed to low temperature/short photoperiod or elevated temperature/short photoperiod conditions. Shifts in energy partitioning during simulated autumn were observed when the pools of chlorophylls decreased and pools of photoprotective carotenoids increased. On a seasonal timescale, PRI was controlled by carotenoid pool sizes rather than xanthophyll cycle dynamics. Photochemical reflectance index variation under cold autumn conditions mainly reflected long-term pigment pool adjustments associated with sustained NPQ, which impaired the PRI-LUE relationship. Exposure to warm autumn conditions prevented the induction of sustained NPQ but still impaired the PRI-LUE relationship. We therefore conclude that alternative zeaxanthin-independent NPQ mechanisms, which remain undetected by the PRI, are present under both cold and warm autumn conditions, contributing to the discrepancy in the PRI-LUE relationship during autumn.

  10. Information Operations, an Evolutionary Step for the Mexican Armed Forces

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    2007-12-01

    Institucional (PRI). It became Mexico’s "official" party which operated as a "true hegemonic party in the sense that, having itself achieved a de facto...8217expressing public 25 In 2000, the Partido Revolucionario Institucional (PRI) at the end of President...strategies of the National Development Plan Hacia un Estado Comunitario 2002- 2006 and its successor, Estado Comunitario: Desarrollo para Todos 2006-2010

  11. Genome-wide annotation of microRNA primary transcript structures reveals novel regulatory mechanisms

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    Chang, Tsung-Cheng; Pertea, Mihaela; Lee, Sungyul; Salzberg, Steven L.; Mendell, Joshua T.

    2015-01-01

    Precise regulation of microRNA (miRNA) expression is critical for diverse physiologic and pathophysiologic processes. Nevertheless, elucidation of the mechanisms through which miRNA expression is regulated has been greatly hindered by the incomplete annotation of primary miRNA (pri-miRNA) transcripts. While a subset of miRNAs are hosted in protein-coding genes, the majority of pri-miRNAs are transcribed as poorly characterized noncoding RNAs that are 10's to 100's of kilobases in length and low in abundance due to efficient processing by the endoribonuclease DROSHA, which initiates miRNA biogenesis. Accordingly, these transcripts are poorly represented in existing RNA-seq data sets and exhibit limited and inaccurate annotation in current transcriptome assemblies. To overcome these challenges, we developed an experimental and computational approach that allows genome-wide detection and mapping of pri-miRNA structures. Deep RNA-seq in cells expressing dominant-negative DROSHA resulted in much greater coverage of pri-miRNA transcripts compared with standard RNA-seq. A computational pipeline was developed that produces highly accurate pri-miRNA assemblies, as confirmed by extensive validation. This approach was applied to a panel of human and mouse cell lines, providing pri-miRNA transcript structures for 1291/1871 human and 888/1181 mouse miRNAs, including 594 human and 425 mouse miRNAs that fall outside protein-coding genes. These new assemblies uncovered unanticipated features and new potential regulatory mechanisms, including links between pri-miRNAs and distant protein-coding genes, alternative pri-miRNA splicing, and transcripts carrying subsets of miRNAs encoded by polycistronic clusters. These results dramatically expand our understanding of the organization of miRNA-encoding genes and provide a valuable resource for the study of mammalian miRNA regulation. PMID:26290535

  12. Steric effects on the mode of aggregation and reactivity of clusters formed from the lithiation of trisamidothiophosphates.

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    Chivers, T; Krahn, M; Parvez, M; Schatte, G

    2001-10-07

    Lithiation of SP[N(H)R]3 with LiBun produces the dimers [(THF)LiSP(NR)(NHR)2]2 (R = Pri) or ([LiSP(NR)-(NHR)2][(THF)LiSP(NR)2(NHR)])2 (R = But) with central Li2N2 or Li2S2 rings, respectively; further lithiation yields the dianion [SP(NR)2(NHR)]2- (R = Pri) or leads to sulfur extrusion when R = But.

  13. ANTIPROLIFERATIVE AND CYTOTOXIC EFFECT OF SELECTED VITAMIN D ANALOGS ON NASAL POLYPS FIBROBLASTS AND OTHER CELLS WITH HIGHER PROLIFERATIVE POTENTIAL.

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    Frączek, Marcin; Kuśmierz, Dariusz; Rostkowska-Nadolska, Beata; Kutner, Andrzej; Latocha, Małgorzata T

    2015-01-01

    Besides well-known effect on bone and mineral metabolism vitamin D is involved in essential non-calcemic regulatory mechanisms, such as cellular proliferation, differentiation and apoptosis in various cell types. Major limitation for therapeutic use of calcitriol, a hormonally active form of vitamin D, is its calcemic and phosphatemic action. Recently, more selective vitamin D analogs which retain clinically useful activities with reduced toxicity have been designed. The aim of the present study was to evaluate the in vitro effect of vitamin D analogs on proliferation rate and survivability of cells with increased proliferative activity. The effect of calcitriol, PRI-2191, PRI-1890, PRI-1906 and PRI-2205 was examined. The experiments were performed on cultures derived from nasal polyps and cancer cells lines (SNB-19, C32 and SH-4). Cultures were incubated 72 h with tested compounds, each at the concentration of 0.025, 0.25, 2.5 and 25 µg/mL. The cytotoxic effect of vitamin D analogs and their influence on growth rate were determined using WST-1 assay. RT-QPCR technique was used to evaluate the expression of anti-apoptotic BCL-2 and pro-apoptotic BAX gene. Each of the tested compounds presented significant effect at the concentrations above 0.25 µg/mL. The strongest inhibition of the growth rate and decrease in cell survivability was observed after treatment with PRI-1890 and PRI-2191. Stimulation with calcitriol and other vitamin D analogs led to decrease BCL-2/BAX mRNA ratio in each cell lines. The apparent pro-apoptotic action revealed PRI-2191 followed by PRI-1890. It might be hypothesized that vitamin D analogs supplementation may provide therapeutic benefits not only in oncological patients but also in chronic rhinosinusitis.

  14. 25TH Annual National Logistics Conference and Exhibition

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    2009-04-09

    Speaker Jasmine Hibiscus Ballroom  u  honorable Jack bell, Deputy under Secretary of Defense, logistics & Materiel readiness agenda: aPriL 6 - aPriL 7...electronics and information Systems, bAe Systems 12:00 pm Luncheon with Speaker Jasmine Hibiscus Ballroom u ltGen ronald coleman, uSMc, Deputy...SAP Public Services, inc. 12:00 pm Luncheon with Speaker Jasmine Hibiscus Ballroom Sponsored by Lockheed Martin Corporation  u Gen Duncan

  15. Structure and specificity of a permissive bacterial C-prenyltransferase.

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    Elshahawi, Sherif I; Cao, Hongnan; Shaaban, Khaled A; Ponomareva, Larissa V; Subramanian, Thangaiah; Farman, Mark L; Spielmann, H Peter; Phillips, George N; Thorson, Jon S; Singh, Shanteri

    2017-04-01

    This study highlights the biochemical and structural characterization of the L-tryptophan C6 C-prenyltransferase (C-PT) PriB from Streptomyces sp. RM-5-8. PriB was found to be uniquely permissive to a diverse array of prenyl donors and acceptors including daptomycin. Two additional PTs also produced novel prenylated daptomycins with improved antibacterial activities over the parent drug.

  16. Integrating Solar Induced Fluorescence and the Photochemical Reflectance Index for Estimating Gross Primary Production in a Cornfield

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    Cheng, Yen-Ben; Middleton, Elizabeth M.; Zhang, Qingyuan; Huemmrich, Karl F.; Campbell, Petya K. E.; Corp, Lawrence A.; Cook, Bruce D.; Kustas, William P.; Daughtry, Criag S.

    2013-01-01

    The utilization of remotely sensed observations for light use efficiency (LUE) and tower-based gross primary production (GPP) estimates was studied in a USDA cornfield. Nadir hyperspectral reflectance measurements were acquired at canopy level during a collaborative field campaign conducted in four growing seasons. The Photochemical Reflectance Index (PRI) and solar induced chlorophyll fluorescence (SIF), were derived. SIF retrievals were accomplished in the two telluric atmospheric oxygen absorption features centered at 688 nm (O2-B) and 760 nm (O2-A). The PRI and SIF were examined in conjunction with GPP and LUE determined by flux tower-based measurements. All of these fluxes, environmental variables, and the PRI and SIF exhibited diurnal as well as day-to-day dynamics across the four growing seasons. Consistent with previous studies, the PRI was shown to be related to LUE (r2 = 0.54 with a logarithm fit), but the relationship varied each year. By combining the PRI and SIF in a linear regression model, stronger performances for GPP estimation were obtained. The strongest relationship (r2 = 0.80, RMSE = 0.186 mg CO2/m2/s) was achieved when using the PRI and SIF retrievals at 688 nm. Cross-validation approaches were utilized to demonstrate the robustness and consistency of the performance. This study highlights a GPP retrieval method based entirely on hyperspectral remote sensing observations.

  17. [Estimation of light-use efficiency of China' s mid-subtropical planted coniferous forest based on flux measurements and spectral observations].

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    Chen, Die-cong; Wang, Shao-qiang; Huang, Kun; Zhou, Lei; Yu, Quan-zhou; Wang, Hui-min; Sun, Lei-gang

    2015-11-01

    The photochemical reflectance index (PRI) calculated from spectral reflectance has universally become a proxy for the light-use efficiency (LUE), which significantly improves the LUE-based estimation of ecosystem gross primary productivity on a large scale through upscaling. In this study, we observed the vegetation spectral reflectance of a planted subtropical coniferous forest from the top of a flux tower at Qianyanzhou Station, one of the ChinaFLUX sites, in September and December 2013, and simultaneously measured CO2 flux and meteorological variables for correlation and regression analysis. Results showed that PRI had a better correlation with LUE (R2 = 0.20, P< 0.001) than that of normalized difference vegetation index (NDVI), i.e., PRI was preferred in LUE retrieval. During the whole observation period, PRI and soil water content (SWC)-based bivariate regression model correlated well with LUE (R2 = 0.29, P < 0.001 and R2 = 0.30, P < 0.01 for daytime and midday observation, respectively), but in autumn the bivariate regression model of PRI and vapor pressure deficit (VPD) had a higher correlation with LUE (R2 = 0.448, P < 0.001) for midday observation, which showed that environmental factors, i.e., SWC and VPD, had a potential in improving the LUE retrieval from PRI, but the choice of appropriate environmental factors depended on season.

  18. Global Prioritization of Disease Candidate Metabolites Based on a Multi-omics Composite Network

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    Yao, Qianlan; Xu, Yanjun; Yang, Haixiu; Shang, Desi; Zhang, Chunlong; Zhang, Yunpeng; Sun, Zeguo; Shi, Xinrui; Feng, Li; Han, Junwei; Su, Fei; Li, Chunquan; Li, Xia

    2015-01-01

    The identification of disease-related metabolites is important for a better understanding of metabolite pathological processes in order to improve human medicine. Metabolites, which are the terminal products of cellular regulatory process, can be affected by multi-omic processes. In this work, we propose a powerful method, MetPriCNet, to predict and prioritize disease candidate metabolites based on integrated multi-omics information. MetPriCNet prioritized candidate metabolites based on their global distance similarity with seed nodes in a composite network, which integrated multi-omics information from the genome, phenome, metabolome and interactome. After performing cross-validation on 87 phenotypes with a total of 602 metabolites, MetPriCNet achieved a high AUC value of up to 0.918. We also assessed the performance of MetPriCNet on 18 disease classes and found that 4 disease classes achieved an AUC value over 0.95. Notably, MetPriCNet can also predict disease metabolites without known disease metabolite knowledge. Some new high-risk metabolites of breast cancer were predicted, although there is a lack of known disease metabolite information. A predicted disease metabolic landscape was constructed and analyzed based on the results of MetPriCNet for 87 phenotypes to help us understand the genetic and metabolic mechanism of disease from a global view. PMID:26598063

  19. Processing of microRNA primary transcripts requires heme in mammalian cells.

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    Weitz, Sara H; Gong, Ming; Barr, Ian; Weiss, Shimon; Guo, Feng

    2014-02-04

    DiGeorge syndrome critical region gene 8 (DGCR8) is the RNA-binding partner protein of the nuclease Drosha. DGCR8 and Drosha recognize and cleave primary transcripts of microRNAs (pri-miRNAs) in the maturation of canonical microRNAs (miRNAs) in animals. We previously reported that human, frog, and starfish DGCR8 bind heme when expressed in Escherichia coli and that Fe(III) heme activates apoDGCR8 in reconstituted pri-miRNA processing assays. However, the physiological relevance of heme in miRNA maturation has not been clear. Here, we present a live-cell pri-miRNA processing assay that produces robust signals and faithfully indicates DGCR8 and Drosha activities. We demonstrate that all known heme-binding-deficient DGCR8 mutants are defective in pri-miRNA processing in HeLa cells. DGCR8 contains a previously uncharacterized heme-binding motif, "IPCL," that is also required for its activity. Heme availability and biosynthesis in HeLa cells positively affect pri-miRNA processing and production of mature miRNA. These results establish an essential function for heme in pri-miRNA processing in mammalian cells. Our study suggests that abnormal heme biosynthesis and degradation may contribute to diseases via miRNA-mediated gene regulation networks.

  20. Novel determinants of mammalian primary microRNA processing revealed by systematic evaluation of hairpin-containing transcripts and human genetic variation

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    Roden, Christine; Gaillard, Jonathan; Kanoria, Shaveta; Rennie, William; Barish, Syndi; Cheng, Jijun; Pan, Wen; Liu, Jun; Cotsapas, Chris; Ding, Ye; Lu, Jun

    2017-01-01

    Mature microRNAs (miRNAs) are processed from hairpin-containing primary miRNAs (pri-miRNAs). However, rules that distinguish pri-miRNAs from other hairpin-containing transcripts in the genome are incompletely understood. By developing a computational pipeline to systematically evaluate 30 structural and sequence features of mammalian RNA hairpins, we report several new rules that are preferentially utilized in miRNA hairpins and govern efficient pri-miRNA processing. We propose that a hairpin stem length of 36 ± 3 nt is optimal for pri-miRNA processing. We identify two bulge-depleted regions on the miRNA stem, located ∼16–21 nt and ∼28–32 nt from the base of the stem, that are less tolerant of unpaired bases. We further show that the CNNC primary sequence motif selectively enhances the processing of optimal-length hairpins. We predict that a small but significant fraction of human single-nucleotide polymorphisms (SNPs) alter pri-miRNA processing, and confirm several predictions experimentally including a disease-causing mutation. Our study enhances the rules governing mammalian pri-miRNA processing and suggests a diverse impact of human genetic variation on miRNA biogenesis. PMID:28087842

  1. Pose Estimation using 1D Fourier Transform and Euclidean Distance Matching of CAD Model and Inspected Model Part

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    Zulkoffli, Zuliani; Abu Bakar, Elmi

    2016-02-01

    This paper present pose estimation relation of CAD model object and Projection Real Object (PRI). Image sequence of PRI and CAD model rotate on z axis at 10 degree interval in simulation and real scene used in this experiment. All this image is go through preprocessing stage to rescale object size and image size and transform all the image into silhouette. Correlation of CAD and PRI image is going through in this stage. Magnitude spectrum shows a reliable value in range 0.99 to 1.00 and Phase spectrum correlation shows a fluctuate graph in range 0.56 - 0.97. Euclidean distance correlation graph for CAD and PRI shows 2 zone of similar value due to almost symmetrical object shape. Processing stage of retrieval inspected PRI image in CAD database was carried out using range phase spectrum and maximum magnitude spectrum value within ±10% tolerance. Additional processing stage of retrieval inspected PRI image using Euclidean distance within ±5% tolerance also carried out. Euclidean matching shows a reliable result compared to range phase spectrum and maximum magnitude spectrum value by sacrificing more than 5 times processing time.

  2. Vitamin D Analogs Potentiate the Antitumor Effect of Imatinib Mesylate in a Human A549 Lung Tumor Model

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    Maj, Ewa; Filip-Psurska, Beata; Świtalska, Marta; Kutner, Andrzej; Wietrzyk, Joanna

    2015-01-01

    In previous papers, we presented data on studies on the anticancer activity of the vitamin D3 analogs, named PRI-2191 and PRI-2205, in different cancer models. In this study, we showed the improved antiproliferative activity of a combination of imatinib mesylate (Gleevec, GV) and cytostatic agents in in vitro studies, when used with a third compound, namely PRI-2191, in an A549 human lung cancer model. Furthermore, we analyzed the influence of both PRI-2191, as well as PRI-2205 on the anticancer activity of GV in mice bearing A549 tumors. The route of PRI-2191 analog administration showed a significant impact on the outcome of GV treatment: subcutaneous injection was more efficient and less toxic than oral gavage. Moreover, both vitamin D compounds increased the anticancer activity of GV; however, they might also potentiate some adverse effects. We also evaluated in tumor tissue the expression of VEGF, PDGF-BB, vitamin D receptor, CYP27B1, CYP24, p53 and Bcl-2, as well as PDGF receptors: α and β. We observed the upregulation of p53 expression and the downregulation of Bcl-2, as well as VEGF in A549 tumors as a result of the tested treatment. However, vitamin D analogs did not significantly influence the expression of these proteins. PMID:26580599

  3. Influences of calcium availability and tree species on Ca isotope fractionation in soil and vegetation

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    Page, B.D.; Bullen, T.D.; Mitchell, M.J.

    2008-01-01

    The calcium (Ca) isotope system is potentially of great use for understanding biogeochemical processes at multiple scales in forest ecosystems, yet remains largely unexplored for this purpose. In order to further our understanding of Ca behavior in forests, we examined two nearly adjacent hardwood-dominated catchments with differing soil Ca concentrations, developed from crystalline bedrock, to determine the variability of 44Ca/ 40Ca ratios (expressed as ??44Ca) within soil and vegetation pools. For both sugar maple and American beech, the Ca isotope compositions of the measured roots and calculated bulk trees were considerably lighter than those of soil pools at these sites, suggesting that the trees were able to preferentially take up light Ca at the root-soil interface. The Ca isotope compositions of three of four root samples were among the lightest values yet reported for terrestrial materials (??44Ca ???-3.95???). Our results further indicate that Ca isotopes were fractionated along the transpiration streams of both tree species with roots having the least ??44Ca values and leaf litter the greatest. An approximately 2??? difference in ??44Ca values between roots and leaf litter of both tree species suggests a persistent fractionation mechanism along the transpiration stream, likely related to Ca binding in wood tissue coupled with internal ion exchange. Finally, our data indicate that differing tree species demand for Ca and soil Ca concentrations together may influence Ca isotope distribution within the trees. Inter-catchment differences in Ca isotope distributions in soils and trees were minor, indicating that the results of our study may have broad transferability to studies of forest ecosystems in catchments developed on crystalline substrates elsewhere. ?? 2008 Springer Science+Business Media B.V.

  4. Spin decomposition of the responses of Ca-44 and Ca-48 to 300 MeV protons

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    F. T. Baker; L. Bimbot; R. W. Fergerson; C. Glashausser; A. Green; O. Hausser; K. Hicks; K. Jones; C. A. Miller; M. Vetterli; R. Abegg; D. Beatty; B. Bonin; B. Castel; X. Y. Chen; V. Cupps; C. Djalali; R. Henderson; K. P. Jackson; R. Jeppesen; K. Nakayama; S. K. Nanda; R. Sawafta; S. Yen

    1991-07-01

    Angular distributions of the double-differential cross section d2σ/dΩ dE(σ) and the spin-flip probability Snn have been measured for inclusive proton inelastic scattering from 44Ca at 290 MeV and from 48Ca at 318 MeV. Excitation energies up to about 50 MeV for 44Ca and 40 MeV for 48Ca have been investigated over the laboratory angular ranges of 3° to 12° for 44Ca and 3° to 9° for 48Ca. Multipole decompositions of angular distributions of both the spin-flip cross section σSnn and the estimated cross section for ΔS=0 transitions have been performed. Distributions of strengths were deduced for ΔL=1, ΔS=0 (the giant dipole), ΔL=2, ΔS=0 (the giant quadrupole), ΔL=0, ΔS=1 (the magnetic dipole), ΔL=1, ΔS=1 (the spin dipole), and ΔL=2, ΔS=1 (the spin quadrupole). The ΔS=0 summed strengths for 44Ca are lower than for 40Ca and 48Ca. The spin-dipole summed strengths are found to be approximately independent of A. For 48Ca, essentially all M1 strength observed was in the 10.23 MeV 1+ state; for 44Ca, M1 strength was observed to be fragmented over a range of 7 to 18 Mev.

  5. The calcium isotope evolution of Lake Lisan, the Dead Sea glacial precursor

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    Bradbury, H. J.; Turchyn, A. V.; Wong, K.; Torfstein, A.

    2016-12-01

    Calcium is a stoichiometric component of carbonate minerals whose calcium isotopic composition reflects changes in the calcium isotope composition of the water from which it precipitates as well as the calcium isotope fractionation factor during precipitation. The lacustrine deposits of the last glacial Dead Sea (Lisan Formation) are dominated by carbonate minerals (aragonite) that record the geochemical history of the lake. The sediment sequence comprises alternating laminae of aragonite and clay-rich marls, interspersed with primary gypsum beds and disseminated secondary gypsum crystals. The aragonite precipitated annually during high lake stands associated with wet periods, while the primary gypsum precipitated during low lake conditions (arid periods). We report the calcium isotopic composition (δ44Ca in ‰ relative to bulk silicate earth) of primary aragonite laminae, primary gypsum and secondary gypsum at 1-5kyr resolution throughout the Lisan Formation sampled at the Masada section (70 - 14.5 ka). The δ44Ca of the primary gypsum averages +0.29‰, and displays smaller temporal variations than the aragonite, which averages -0.35‰ but ranges between +0.18‰ and -0.68‰. The aragonite δ44Ca changes temporally in sync with the previously reconstructed lake level suggesting the aragonite δ44Ca reflects changes in the lake calcium balance during lake level changes. The secondary gypsum composition (-0.3‰) corresponds to coeval aragonite samples. For the secondary gypsum to have a similar δ44Ca to the aragonite it is likely that the calcium derived from the aragonite in a near quantitative fashion through recrystallization of the aragonite to gypsum. A numerical box model is used to explore the effect of changing lake water levels on the calcium isotope composition of the aragonite and gypsum over the time interval studied.

  6. Natural calcium isotonic composition of urine as a marker of bone mineral balance

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    Skulan, J.; Bullen, T.; Anbar, A.D.; Puzas, J.E.; Shackelford, L.; LeBlanc, A.; Smith, S.M.

    2007-01-01

    Background: We investigated whether changes in the natural isotopic composition of calcium in human urine track changes in net bone mineral balance, as predicted by a model of calcium isotopic behavior in vertebrates. If so, isotopic analysis of natural urine or blood calcium could be used to monitor short-term changes in bone mineral balance that cannot be detected with other techniques. Methods: Calcium isotopic compositions are expressed as ??44Ca, or the difference in parts per thousand between the 44Ca/40Ca of a sample and the 44Ca/ 40Ca of a standard reference material. ??44Ca was measured in urine samples from 10 persons who participated in a study of the effectiveness of countermeasures to bone loss in spaceflight, in which 17 weeks of bed rest was used to induce bone loss. Study participants were assigned to 1 of 3 treatment groups: controls received no treatment, one treatment group received alendronate, and another group performed resistive exercise. Measurements were made on urine samples collected before, at 2 or 3 points during, and after bed rest. Results: Urine ??44Ca values during bed rest were lower in controls than in individuals treated with alendronate (P <0.05, ANOVA) or exercise (P <0.05), and lower than the control group baseline (P <0.05, Mest). Results were consistent with the model and with biochemical and bone mineral density data. Conclusion: Results confirm the predicted relationship between bone mineral balance and calcium isotopes, suggesting that calcium isotopic analysis of urine might be refined into a clinical and research tool. ?? 2007 American Association for Clinical Chemistry.

  7. Monitoring water stress and fruit quality in an orange orchard under regulated deficit irrigation using narrow-band structural and physiological remote sensing indices

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    Stagakis, S.; González-Dugo, V.; Cid, P.; Guillén-Climent, M. L.; Zarco-Tejada, P. J.

    2012-07-01

    This paper deals with the monitoring of water status and the assessment of the effect of stress on citrus fruit quality using structural and physiological remote sensing indices. Four flights were conducted over a citrus orchard in 2009 using an unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) carrying a multispectral camera with six narrow spectral bands in the visible and near infrared. Physiological indices such as the Photochemical Reflectance Index (PRI570), a new structurally robust PRI formulation that uses the 515 nm as the reference band (PRI515), and a chlorophyll ratio (R700/R670) were compared against the Normalized Difference Vegetation Index (NDVI), Renormalized Difference Vegetation Index (RDVI) and Modified Triangular Vegetation Index (MTVI) canopy structural indices for their performance in tracking water status and the effects of sustained water stress on fruit quality at harvest. The irrigation setup in the commercial orchard was compared against a treatment scheduled to satisfy full requirements (based on estimated crop evapotranspiration) using two regulated deficit irrigation (RDI) strategies. The water status of the trees throughout the experiment was monitored with frequent field measurements of stem water potential (Ψx), while titratable acidity (TA) and total soluble solids (TSS) were measured at harvest on selected trees from each irrigation treatment. The high spatial resolution of the multispectral imagery (30 cm pixel size) enabled identification of pure tree crown components, extracting the tree reflectance from shaded, sunlit and aggregated pixels. The physiological and structural indices were then calculated from each tree at the following levels: (i) pure sunlit tree crown, (ii) entire crown, aggregating the within-crown shadows, and (iii) simulating a lower resolution pixel, including tree crown, sunlit and shaded soil pixels. The resulting analysis demonstrated that both PRI formulations were able to track water status, except when water stress

  8. Retrieval of the photochemical reflectance index for assessing xanthophyll cycle activity: a comparison of near-surface optical sensors

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    Harris, A.; Gamon, J.; Pastorello, G. Z.; Wong, C.

    2014-08-01

    Unattended optical sensors are increasingly being deployed on eddy covariance flux towers and are often used to complement existing vegetation and micrometeorological measurements to enable assessment of biophysical states and biogeochemical processes over a range of spatial scales. Of particular interest are sensors that can measure the photochemical reflectance index (PRI), which can provide information pertaining to leaf pigments and photosynthetic activity. This interest has facilitated the production of a new range of lower-cost sensors specifically designed to measure temporal changes in the PRI signal. However, little is known about the characteristics (spectral, radiometric and temporal) of many of these PRI sensors, making it difficult to compare data obtained from these sensors across time, geographical locations and instruments. Furthermore, direct testing of the capability of these sensors to actually detect the conversion of the xanthophyll cycle, which is the original biological basis of the PRI diurnal signal, is largely absent, which often results in an unclear interpretation of the signal, particularly given the wide range of factors now known to influence PRI. Through a series of experiments, we assess the sensitivity of one of the leading brands of PRI sensor (Skye SKR 1800) to changes in vegetation photosynthetic activity in response to changing irradiance. We compare the results with those obtained using a more expensive industry-standard spectrometer (PP-systems UniSpec) and determine the radiometric compatibility of measurements made by the different instruments. Results suggest that the lower cost SKR 1800 instrument is able to track rapid (seconds to minutes) and more gradual diurnal changes in photosynthetic activity associated with xanthophyll cycle pigment conversion. Measurements obtained from both the high and lower cost instrument were significantly linearly correlated but were subject to a large systematic bias, illustrating that

  9. Retrieval of the photochemical reflectance index for assessing xanthophyll cycle activity: a comparison of near-surface optical sensors

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    Harris, A.; Gamon, J. A.; Pastorello, G. Z.; Wong, C. Y. S.

    2014-11-01

    Unattended optical sensors are increasingly being deployed on eddy covariance flux towers and are often used to complement existing vegetation and micrometeorological measurements to enable assessment of biophysical states and biogeochemical processes over a range of spatial scales. Of particular interest are sensors that can measure the photochemical reflectance index (PRI), which can provide information pertaining to leaf pigments and photosynthetic activity. This interest has facilitated the production of a new range of lower-cost multispectral sensors specifically designed to measure temporal changes in the PRI signal. However, little is known about the characteristics (spectral, radiometric and temporal) of many of these PRI sensors, making it difficult to compare data obtained from these sensors across time, geographical locations and instruments. Furthermore, direct testing of the capability of these sensors to actually detect the conversion of the xanthophyll cycle, which is the original biological basis of the PRI diurnal signal, is largely absent, often resulting in an unclear interpretation of the signal, particularly given the wide range of factors now known to influence PRI. Through a series of experiments, we assess the sensitivity of one of the leading brands of PRI sensor (Skye SKR 1800) to changes in vegetation photosynthetic activity in response to changing irradiance. We compare the results with those obtained using a more expensive industry-standard visible to near-infrared hyperspectral spectrometer (PP Systems UniSpec) and determine the radiometric compatibility of measurements made by the different instruments. Results suggest that the SKR 1800 instrument is able to track rapid (seconds to minutes) and more gradual diurnal changes in photosynthetic activity associated with xanthophyll cycle pigment conversion. Measurements obtained from both the high and lower cost instrument were significantly linearly correlated but were subject to a large

  10. Fusion of {sup 48}Ca+{sup 90,96}Zr above and below the Coulomb barrier

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    Stefanini, A.M.; Behera, B.R.; Corradi, L.; Fioretto, E.; Gadea, A.; Wu, Y.W.; Scarlassara, F.; Beghini, S.; Montagnoli, G.; Silvestri, R.; Trotta, M.; Szilner, S.; Zhang, H.Q.; Liu, Z.H.; Ruan, M.; Yang, F.; Rowley, N.

    2006-03-15

    Fusion-evaporation cross sections were measured in the two systems {sup 48}Ca+{sup 90,96}Zr in an energy range from well below to well above the Coulomb barrier. The sub-barrier fusion of {sup 48}Ca+{sup 90}Zr is reproduced by coupled-channels calculations including the lowest quadrupole and octupole vibrations of {sup 90}Zr, and using a Woods-Saxon potential with a standard diffuseness parameter a = 0.68 fm. However, the fusion cross sections are overestimated above the barrier. The low-energy slope of the excitation function for {sup 48}Ca+{sup 96}Zr is steeper. This implies a larger diffuseness parameter a = 0.85 fm. Fusion cross sections are well fit in the whole energy range, and the effect of the strong octupole vibration in {sup 96}Zr is predominant. The extracted fusion barrier distributions are reasonably well reproduced by calculations for both systems. A comparison with previous data for {sup 40}Ca+{sup 90,96}Zr is made in an attempt to clarify the role of transfer couplings in sub-barrier fusion.

  11. Direct Neutron Capture Calculations with Covariant Density Functional Theory Inputs

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    Zhang, Shi-Sheng; Peng, Jin-Peng; Smith, Michael S.; Arbanas, Goran; Kozub, Ray L.

    2014-09-01

    Predictions of direct neutron capture are of vital importance for simulations of nucleosynthesis in supernovae, merging neutron stars, and other astrophysical environments. We calculate the direct capture cross sections for E1 transitions using nuclear structure information from a covariant density functional theory as input for the FRESCO coupled-channels reaction code. We find good agreement of our predictions with experimental cross section data on the double closed-shell targets 16O, 48Ca, and 90Zr, and the exotic nucleus 36S. Extensions of the technique for unstable nuclei and for large-scale calculations will be discussed. Predictions of direct neutron capture are of vital importance for simulations of nucleosynthesis in supernovae, merging neutron stars, and other astrophysical environments. We calculate the direct capture cross sections for E1 transitions using nuclear structure information from a covariant density functional theory as input for the FRESCO coupled-channels reaction code. We find good agreement of our predictions with experimental cross section data on the double closed-shell targets 16O, 48Ca, and 90Zr, and the exotic nucleus 36S. Extensions of the technique for unstable nuclei and for large-scale calculations will be discussed. Supported by the U.S. Dept. of Energy, Office of Nuclear Physics.

  12. Analysis of 6Li Scattering at 240 MeV Using Different Nuclear Potentials

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    Al-Ghamdi, A. H.; Ibraheem, Awad A.

    2016-06-01

    Angular distributions of the elastic and inelastic scattering cross sections of 6Li projectile on different heavy ion target nuclei including the 24Mg, 28Si, 48Ca, 58Ni, 90Zr, and 116Sn at energy of 240 MeV have been analyzed by using two different folded potentials based on the CDM3Y6 and São Paulo potentials for the real part of the optical potential, while the imaginary parts have a phenomenological Woods-Saxon shape. Coupled channel calculations for the low-lying 2+ state at 1.369, 1.779, 3.832, 1.454, 2.186, and 1.29 MeV for 24Mg, 28Si, 48Ca, 58Ni, 90Zr, and 116Sn, respectively, have been carried out, and the best fit values for B(EL) with the above models have been extracted by fitting the inelastic scattering cross section and compared with the values of previous works. The total reaction cross section and real and imaginary volume integrals have also been investigated.

  13. Investigation of reactions relevant for the γ process using in-beam γ-ray spectroscopy

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    Netterdon, L.; Endres, J.; Mayer, J.; Sauerwein, A.; Scholz, P.; Zilges, A.

    2016-01-01

    The reaction 89Y(p, γ)90Zr was studied at five proton energies close to the Gamow window. This reaction is of astrophysical importance, since it is located in a mass region, where the p-nuclei abundances are not well reproduced by network calculations. For this purpose, the in-beam technique utilizing the high-efficiency high-purity germanium (HPGe) detector array HORUS at the Tandem ion accelerator at the University of Cologne was used. The excellent agreement of the measured total cross sections with previous data shows, that the setup in Cologne is well suited for such measurements. An additional interesting outcome of this measurement are partial cross sections of the de-excitation of the 90 Zr compund nucleus up to the 15th excited state, an observable only accessible in this kind of high-resolution inbeam experiments. The experimental setup and preliminary results of the total and partial cross sections obtained for the 89Y(p, γ) reaction are presented. Additionally, we show results of a first test measurement of the a-capture reaction on the p-nucleus 92Mo using the in-beam technique with HPGe detectors.

  14. Extraction of Precise Gamow-Teller Quenching Value Q, Landau-Migdal Parameter g'{{NΔ }} and Pion Condensation

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    Sakai, Hideyuki

    2003-12-01

    Measurements on 90Zr(p, n) and 90Zr(n, p) reactions at 300 MeV were made and reliable Sβ- and Sβ+ values are successfully extracted. A Gamow-Teller quenching factor (Q) in terms of the spin sum rule of Sβ- - Sβ+ = 3(N - Z) is derived as Q = 0.89 ± 0.04(MDA) ± 0.04(IVSM) apart from the systematic uncertainty of Δ / σ GT <= 15% . The Landau-Migdal (LM) parameters representing a short-range correlation in an isospin-spin channel are deduced to be g'{NN} = 0.60 ± 0.02 and g'{NΔ } = 0.24 ± 0.10 with the Chew-Low coupling constant fΔ/fπ = 2. The critical density of the pion condensation is estimated to be ρc 2ρ0 which can be easily realized in the neutron stars. Recent observation of the surface temperature of the neutron star 3C58 supports the pionic cooling mechanism and consequently manifestation of the pion condensation in neutron stars.

  15. Gamow-Teller Quenching to Pion Condensation

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    Sakai, H.

    A pion condensation which might be realized in the neutron stars is a very fascinating phenomenon. The Landau-Migdal parameter g'{ NΔ } representing a short-range correlation in isospin-spin channel is fundamental parameter which determines a critical density ρc for the pion condensation. The g'{ NΔ } can be deduced by using a quenching factor of the Gamow-Teller strength in terms of the spin sum rule of Sβ- - Sβ+ = 3(N - Z). Tokyo group has derived the Sβ- through the 90Zr(p,n) measurement at 300 MeV and deduced the quenching factor of 0.9 which gives rise to g'{ NΔ } ˜ 0.2 and ρc 2ρρo. For a reliable estimation of ρc, a reduction of the systematic uncertainties regarding the quenching factor is essential. Since large part of systematic uncertainties comes from the Sβ+, the 90Zr(n,p) measurement at 300 MeV has been performed.

  16. Gamow-Teller quenching value, Landau-Migdal parameter g' NΔ and pion condensation

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    Sakai, H.; Yako, K.

    2003-07-01

    We have carried out the 90Zr( p, n) and 90Zr( n, p) measurements at 300 MeV and succeeded to extract reliable Sβ- and Sβ+ values. We derived quenching factor ( Q) of the Gamow-Teller strength in terms of the spin sum rule of Sβ- - Sβ+ = 3( N - Z) as Q = 0.87 ± 0.02(MDA) ± 0.04(IVSM) apart from the systematic uncertainty of ΔσGT <- 15%. The Landau-Migdal (LM) parameters representing a short-range correlation in an isospinspin channel are deduced from the Q value as g' NN = 0.60 ± 0.02 and g' N Δ = 0.28 ± 0.09. The critical density of the pion condensation is estimated to be ϱc ˜ 2 ϱ0 which can be easily realized in the neutron stars. Recent observation of the surface temperature of the neutron star 3C58 supports the pionic cooling mechanism and consequently manifestation of the pion condensation in neutron stars.

  17. Studies of Neutron-Deficient Nuclei Near the Z = 82 Shell Closure via Cold Fusion Reactions

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    Carpenter, M. P.; Kondev, F. G.; Janssens, R. V. F.; Seweryniak, D.; Khoo, T. L.; Lauritsen, T.; Lister, C. J.; Zhu, S.; Camera, F.; Bracco, A.; Million, B.; Leoni, S.; Jenkins, D. G.; Wadsworth, R.

    2009-03-04

    Over the last decade, we have performed in-beam experiments using Gammasphere+FMA to measure excited states in proton-rich Au, Hg, Tl and Pb isotopes. In these studies, the use of the FMA is essential in order to differentiate evaporation residues from the large fission background which dominates the reaction cross-section. In addition, we have found that using near-symmetric reactions at bombarding energies near the Coloumb barrier is beneficial in performing these studies. By keeping the bombarding energy low, fission is minimized and the reaction products are concentrated in only a few channels. New results have recently been obtained using the {sup 90}Zr+{sup 92}Mo reaction to study shape co-existence in {sup 181}Tl via the lp evaporation channel. In addition, we have measured the total {gamma}-ray energy and multiplicity associated with the surviving compound system, {sup 179}Au, following the fusion reaction, {sup 90}Zr+{sup 89}Y.

  18. Channel coupling effects on the fusion excitation functions for {sup 28}Si+{sup 90,94}Zr in sub- and near-barrier regions

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    Kalkal, Sunil; Mandal, S.; Verma, Shashi; Saxena, Mansi; Goyal, Savi; Siwal, Davinder; Garg, Ritika; Kumar, Suresh; Singh, R.; Madhavan, N.; Jhingan, A.; Nath, S.; Gehlot, J.; Varughese, T.; Golda, K. S.; Muralithar, S.; Prasad, E.; Sandal, Rohit; Behera, B. R.; Pramanik, U. D.

    2010-04-15

    Fusion excitation functions and angular distributions of evaporation residues (ERs) have been measured for {sup 28}Si+{sup 90,94}Zr systems around the Coulomb barrier using the recoil mass spectrometer, Heavy Ion Reaction Analyzer (HIRA). For both systems, the experimental fusion cross sections are strongly enhanced compared to the predictions of the one-dimensional barrier penetration model (1-d BPM) below the barrier. Coupled channels formalism has been employed to theoretically explain the observed sub-barrier fusion cross section enhancement. The enhancement could be explained by considering the coupling of the low-lying inelastic states of the projectile and target in the {sup 28}Si+{sup 90}Zr system. In the sub-barrier region, the measured fusion cross sections for {sup 28}Si+{sup 94}Zr turned out to be about an order of magnitude higher than the ones for the {sup 28}Si+{sup 90}Zr system, which could not be explained by coupling to inelastic states alone. This observation indicates the importance of multinucleon transfer reaction channels with positive Q values in the sub-barrier fusion cross section enhancement, because {sup 90,94}Zr are believed to have similar collective strengths. This implies that no strong isotopic dependence of fusion cross sections is expected as far as the couplings to collective inelastic states are concerned. In addition, the role of projectile and multiphonon couplings in the enhancement has been explored.

  19. Estimating Light Use Efficiency Of A Pine And Beech Forest From Leaf To Ecosystem Scale Using The Photochemical Reflectance Index

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    Vanikiotis, Theofilos; Markos, Nikos; Stagakis, Stavros; Tzotsos, Angelos; Sykioti, Olga; Kyparissis, Aris

    2013-12-01

    The prospect of accurately tracking photosynthetic processes using satellite observations is very important for understanding and monitoring global carbon cycle and climate change. The present study investigates the efficiency of the Photochemical Reflectance Index (PRI) in detecting light use efficiency (ɛ) in different spatial scales. The study sites concern two dense and homogenous forests in the region of Epirus (Greece), one evergreen coniferous forest dominated by Pinus nigra species and one deciduous forest dominated by Fagus sylvatica. Field and laboratory measurements of canopy structure (Leaf Area Index - LAI, needle and shoot structure characteristics), leaf pigment concentrations, leaf photosynthesis and water potential were performed throughout the growth period. These measurements were used for an accurate description of the ecophysiological characteristics of the two species and thus the parameterization of a Canopy Photosynthesis Model in order to estimate canopy photosynthesis. During the same period, leaf and canopy reflectance measurements were performed in the field to test and evaluate PRI regarding it's efficiency to track ɛ in leaf and canopy scale. In order to investigate the potential application of PRI for estimating ɛ in a broader spatial scale, satellite hyperspectral or superspectral sensors can be used. Compact High Resolution Imaging Spectrometer (CHRIS) and Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer (MODIS) are currently available for this purpose and their performances were tested within the present study. An agreement between the fluctuations of CHRIS PRI and the field measured canopy PRI has been found, with both of them appearing to track the ɛ fluctuation efficiently. However, MODIS PRI shows no intense fluctuation and no relationship with ɛ and field measured PRI, probably due to lack of atmospheric correction and the effects of viewing and illumination geometry.

  20. Successful disabling of the 5' UTR of HCV using adeno-associated viral vectors to deliver modular multimeric primary microRNA mimics.

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    Bourhill, Tarryn; Arbuthnot, Patrick; Ely, Abdullah

    2016-09-01

    Chronic hepatitis C virus (HCV) infection is a major health concern and is strongly associated with cirrhosis, hepatocellular carcinoma and liver-related mortality. The HCV genome is the template for both protein translation and viral replication and, being RNA, is amenable to direct genetic silencing by RNA interference (RNAi). HCV is a highly mutable virus and is capable of escaping RNAi-mediated silencing. This has highlighted the importance of developing RNAi-based therapy that simultaneously targets multiple regions of the HCV genome. To develop a multi-targeting RNAi activator, a novel approach for the generation of anti-HCV gene therapy was investigated. Five artificial primary miRNA (pri-miR) were each designed to mimic the naturally occurring monomeric pri-miR-31. Potent knockdown of an HCV reporter was seen with four of the five constructs and were processed according to the intended design. The design of the individual pri-miR mimics enabled the modular assembly into multimeric mimics of any possible conformation. Consequently the four potent pri-miR mimics were used to generate polycistronic cassettes, which showed impressive silencing of an HCV target. To further their application as a gene therapy, recombinant adeno-associated viral (rAAV) vectors that express the polycistronic pri-miR mimics were generated. All AAV-delivered anti-HCV pri-miR mimics significantly knocked down the expression of an HCV target and showed inhibition of HCV replicon replication. Here we describe a protocol for the generation of therapeutic rAAVs that express modular polycistronic pri-miR cassettes allowing for rapid alteration and generation of tailored therapeutic constructs against HCV.

  1. Pulmonary hypertension leads to a loss of gravity dependent redistribution of regional lung perfusion: a SPECT/CT study.

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    Lau, Edmund Mt; Bailey, Dale L; Bailey, Elizabeth A; Torzillo, Paul J; Roach, Paul J; Schembri, Geoffrey P; Corte, Tamera J; Celermajer, David S

    2014-01-01

    Pre-capillary pulmonary hypertension (PHT) is characterised by progressive pulmonary vascular obliteration and loss of vascular reserves. In health, regional lung perfusion redistributes under the influence of gravity due to the presence of recruitable vessels. We investigated a combined single photon emission computed tomography/CT (SPECT/CT) method for assessing the pulmonary circulation by quantifying the gravity dependent redistribution of lung perfusion. Characterisation of patients versus healthy controls. 15 patients with pre-capillary PHT and 11 healthy controls. University hospital clinic. Regional lung perfusion was measured using SPECT/CT in two different postures (supine vs upright). A perfusion redistribution index (PRI) was used to quantify the cranial-caudal shift in regional lung perfusion resulting from gravitational (postural) change. PRI was compared between cases and controls, and correlated with markers of disease severity in cases. Patients with pre-capillary PHT had notably reduced PRI compared to controls (0.02±0.06 vs. 0.28±0.15 normalised perfusion/cm, p<0.0001). PRI was significantly associated with prognostic parameters such as 6 min walk distance (r=0.60, p=0.018), functional class (p=0.008), and tricuspid annular plane systolic excursion (r=0.58, p=0.022). The receiver operating characteristic curve showed that PRI differentiated patients with pre-capillary PHT from controls with AUC=0.94 (p<0.001). With SPECT/CT, gravity dependent redistribution of lung perfusion can be quantified using the PRI derived from supine and upright perfusion analysis. The potential utility of PRI for the non-invasive detection of PHT and assessment of disease severity warrants further study.

  2. [Compliance with process indicators in people with type 2 diabetes and linking incentives in Primary Care].

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    Pascual de la Pisa, Beatriz; Márquez Calzada, Cristina; Cuberos Sánchez, Carla; Cruces Jiménez, José Miguel; Fernández Gamaza, Manuel; Martínez Martínez, María Isabel

    2015-03-01

    Pay-for-performance programs to improve the quality of health care are extending gradually, particularly en Primary Health Care. Our aim was to explore the relationship between the degree of compliance with the process indicators (PrI) of type 2 diabetes (T2DM) in Primary Care and linkage to incentives. Cross-sectional, descriptive, observational study. Six Primary Health Care centers in Seville Aljarafe District randomly selected and stratified by population size. From 3.647 adults included in Integrated Healthcare Process of T2DM during 2008, 366 patients were included according sample size calculation by stratified random sampling. PrI: eye and feet examination, glycated hemoglobin, lipid profile, microalbuminuria and electrocardiogram. Confounding: Age, gender, characteristics town for patients and professional variables. The mean age was 66.36 years (standard deviation [DE]: 11,56); 48.9% were women. PrI with better compliance were feet examination, glycated hemoglobin and lipid profile (59.6%, 44.3% and 44%, respectively). 2.7% of patients had simultaneous compliance of the six PrI and 11.74% of patients three PrI linkage to incentives. Statistical association was observed in the compliance of the PrI incentives linked or not (P=.001). The degree of compliance with the PrI for screening chronic complications of T2DM is mostly low but this was higher on indicators linked to incentives. Copyright © 2013 Elsevier España, S.L.U. All rights reserved.

  3. The Core Microprocessor Component DiGeorge Syndrome Critical Region 8 (DGCR8) Is a Nonspecific RNA-binding Protein*

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    Roth, Braden M.; Ishimaru, Daniella; Hennig, Mirko

    2013-01-01

    MicroRNA (miRNA) biogenesis follows a conserved succession of processing steps, beginning with the recognition and liberation of an miRNA-containing precursor miRNA hairpin from a large primary miRNA transcript (pri-miRNA) by the Microprocessor, which consists of the nuclear RNase III Drosha and the double-stranded RNA-binding domain protein DGCR8 (DiGeorge syndrome critical region protein 8). Current models suggest that specific recognition is driven by DGCR8 detection of single-stranded elements of the pri-miRNA stem-loop followed by Drosha recruitment and pri-miRNA cleavage. Because countless RNA transcripts feature single-stranded-dsRNA junctions and DGCR8 can bind hundreds of mRNAs, we explored correlations between RNA binding properties of DGCR8 and specific pri-miRNA substrate processing. We found that DGCR8 bound single-stranded, double-stranded, and random hairpin transcripts with similar affinity. Further investigation of DGCR8/pri-mir-16 interactions by NMR detected intermediate exchange regimes over a wide range of stoichiometric ratios. Diffusion analysis of DGCR8/pri-mir-16 interactions by pulsed field gradient NMR lent further support to dynamic complex formation involving free components in exchange with complexes of varying stoichiometry, although in vitro processing assays showed exclusive cleavage of pri-mir-16 variants bearing single-stranded flanking regions. Our results indicate that DGCR8 binds RNA nonspecifically. Therefore, a sequential model of DGCR8 recognition followed by Drosha recruitment is unlikely. Known RNA substrate requirements are broad and include 70-nucleotide hairpins with unpaired flanking regions. Thus, specific RNA processing is likely facilitated by preformed DGCR8-Drosha heterodimers that can discriminate between authentic substrates and other hairpins. PMID:23893406

  4. The core microprocessor component DiGeorge syndrome critical region 8 (DGCR8) is a nonspecific RNA-binding protein.

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    Roth, Braden M; Ishimaru, Daniella; Hennig, Mirko

    2013-09-13

    MicroRNA (miRNA) biogenesis follows a conserved succession of processing steps, beginning with the recognition and liberation of an miRNA-containing precursor miRNA hairpin from a large primary miRNA transcript (pri-miRNA) by the Microprocessor, which consists of the nuclear RNase III Drosha and the double-stranded RNA-binding domain protein DGCR8 (DiGeorge syndrome critical region protein 8). Current models suggest that specific recognition is driven by DGCR8 detection of single-stranded elements of the pri-miRNA stem-loop followed by Drosha recruitment and pri-miRNA cleavage. Because countless RNA transcripts feature single-stranded-dsRNA junctions and DGCR8 can bind hundreds of mRNAs, we explored correlations between RNA binding properties of DGCR8 and specific pri-miRNA substrate processing. We found that DGCR8 bound single-stranded, double-stranded, and random hairpin transcripts with similar affinity. Further investigation of DGCR8/pri-mir-16 interactions by NMR detected intermediate exchange regimes over a wide range of stoichiometric ratios. Diffusion analysis of DGCR8/pri-mir-16 interactions by pulsed field gradient NMR lent further support to dynamic complex formation involving free components in exchange with complexes of varying stoichiometry, although in vitro processing assays showed exclusive cleavage of pri-mir-16 variants bearing single-stranded flanking regions. Our results indicate that DGCR8 binds RNA nonspecifically. Therefore, a sequential model of DGCR8 recognition followed by Drosha recruitment is unlikely. Known RNA substrate requirements are broad and include 70-nucleotide hairpins with unpaired flanking regions. Thus, specific RNA processing is likely facilitated by preformed DGCR8-Drosha heterodimers that can discriminate between authentic substrates and other hairpins.

  5. Light Use Efficiency and Photochemical Reflectance Index: do we have a common basis defining them? Implications for productivity estimation (Invited)

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    Gitelson, A. A.; Gamon, J. A.

    2013-12-01

    There are at least three commonly used definitions of photosynthetic Light Use Efficiency (LUE) based on: (a) incident radiation (LUEinc); (b) total absorbed light (LUEtotal); and (c) radiation absorbed by photosynthetically active vegetation (LUEps). Consequently, LUE values reported do not have a common basis, bringing confusion and limiting the utility of reported LUE values for comparative analyses. Not surprisingly, the value of LUE reported in literature varies by a factor of three. Similarly, the Photochemical Reflectance Index (PRI) has different operational definitions, resulting in a wide range of reported values for comparable conditions. The objectives of this paper are to investigate (a) temporal behavior of each definition of LUE; and (b) factors affecting PRI, often used as a surrogate of LUE at leaf and canopy levels. We focused on annual and winter-deciduous vegetation where total chlorophyll content is closely tied to the seasonal dynamics of GPP. In these conditions, LUEinc is closely related to total plant chlorophyll (Chl) content. LUEtotal oscillates around a constant value during the vegetative stage, depending mainly on plant physiological status, PAR composition and magnitude, while in reproductive and senescence stages it relates closely to Chl content. LUEps may vary 2- to 3-fold during the growing season with no clear seasonal pattern, and does not seem to be related to any biophysical characteristic studied; rather, it depends on the physiological status of vegetation, PAR composition and magnitude as well as air temperature and soil moisture. At the leaf level, PRI depends greatly on pigment content and composition and relates closely to the ratio of Chl to carotenoid content. At the canopy and stand levels, both total plant Chl content and green LAI are responsible for more than 95% of PRI variation, demonstrating that PRI is confounded by pigment pool sizes and canopy structure in these conditions. Importantly, the close relationship

  6. Detecting Soil Moisture Related Impacts on Gross Primary Productivity using the MODIS-based Photochemical Reflectance Index

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    He, M.; Kimball, J. S.; Running, S. W.; Ballantyne, A.; Guan, K.; Huemmrich, K. F.

    2016-12-01

    Satellite remote sensing provides continuous observations of vegetation properties that can be used to estimate ecosystem gross primary production (GPP). The Photochemical Reflectance Index (PRI) has been shown to be sensitive to photosynthetic light use efficiency (LUE), GPP and canopy water-stress. The NASA EOS MODIS (Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer) sensor provides potential PRI estimation globally at daily time step and 1-km spatial resolution for more than 10 years. Here, we use the MODIS based PRI with eddy covariance CO2 flux measurements and meteorological observations from 20 tower sites representing 5 major plant functional types (PFT) within the continental USA (CONUS) to assess GPP sensitivity to seasonal water supply variability. The sPRI (scaled PRI) derived using MODIS band 13 as a reference band (sPRI13) generally shows higher correspondence with tower GPP observations than other potential MODIS reference bands (MODIS band 1, 4, 10 and 12). The sPRI13 was used to represent soil moisture related water supply constraints to LUE within a terrestrial carbon flux model to estimate GPP (GPPPRI). The GPPPRI calculations show generally strong relationships with tower GPP observations (0.457 ≤ R2 ≤ 0.818), except for lower GPPPRI performance over evergreen needleleaf forest (ENF) sites. A regional model sensitivity analysis using the sPRI13 as a proxy for soil moisture related water supply limits indicated that water restrictions limit GPP over more than 21% of the CONUS domain, particularly in northwest and southwest CONUS subregions, and drier climate areas where atmospheric moisture deficits (VPD) alone are insufficient to represent both atmosphere demand and soil water supply controls affecting productivity. Our results indicate strong potential of the MODIS sPRI13 to represent GPP sensitivity to seasonal soil moisture related water supply variability, with enhanced (1-km resolution) delineation of these processes closer to the scale of

  7. Determination of primary combustion source organic carbon-to-elemental carbon (OC / EC) ratio using ambient OC and EC measurements: secondary OC-EC correlation minimization method

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    Wu, Cheng; Zhen Yu, Jian

    2016-05-01

    Elemental carbon (EC) has been widely used as a tracer to track the portion of co-emitted primary organic carbon (OC) and, by extension, to estimate secondary OC (SOC) from ambient observations of EC and OC. Key to this EC tracer method is to determine an appropriate OC / EC ratio that represents primary combustion emission sources (i.e., (OC / EC)pri) at the observation site. The conventional approaches include regressing OC against EC within a fixed percentile of the lowest (OC / EC) ratio data (usually 5-20 %) or relying on a subset of sampling days with low photochemical activity and dominated by local emissions. The drawback of these approaches is rooted in its empirical nature, i.e., a lack of clear quantitative criteria in the selection of data subsets for the (OC / EC)pri determination. We examine here a method that derives (OC / EC)pri through calculating a hypothetical set of (OC / EC)pri and SOC followed by seeking the minimum of the coefficient of correlation (R2) between SOC and EC. The hypothetical (OC / EC)pri that generates the minimum R2(SOC,EC) then represents the actual (OC / EC)pri ratio if variations of EC and SOC are independent and (OC / EC)pri is relatively constant in the study period. This Minimum R Squared (MRS) method has a clear quantitative criterion for the (OC / EC)pri calculation. This work uses numerically simulated data to evaluate the accuracy of SOC estimation by the MRS method and to compare with two commonly used methods: minimum OC / EC (OC / ECmin) and OC / EC percentile (OC / EC10 %). Log-normally distributed EC and OC concentrations with known proportion of SOC are numerically produced through a pseudorandom number generator. Three scenarios are considered, including a single primary source, two independent primary sources, and two correlated primary sources. The MRS method consistently yields the most accurate SOC estimation. Unbiased SOC estimation by OC / ECmin and OC / EC10 % only occurs when the left tail of

  8. The photochemical reflectance index provides an optical indicator of spring photosynthetic activation in evergreen conifers.

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    Wong, Christopher Y S; Gamon, John A

    2015-04-01

    In evergreens, the seasonal down-regulation and reactivation of photosynthesis is largely invisible and difficult to assess with remote sensing. This invisible phenology may be changing as a result of climate change. To better understand the mechanism and timing of these hidden physiological transitions, we explored several assays and optical indicators of spring photosynthetic activation in conifers exposed to a boreal climate. The photochemical reflectance index (PRI), chlorophyll fluorescence, and leaf pigments for evergreen conifer seedlings were monitored over 1 yr of a boreal climate with the addition of gas exchange during the spring. PRI, electron transport rate, pigment levels, light-use efficiency and photosynthesis all exhibited striking seasonal changes, with varying kinetics and strengths of correlation, which were used to evaluate the mechanisms and timing of spring activation. PRI and pigment pools were closely timed with photosynthetic reactivation measured by gas exchange. The PRI provided a clear optical indicator of spring photosynthetic activation that was detectable at leaf and stand scales in conifers. We propose that PRI might provide a useful metric of effective growing season length amenable to remote sensing and could improve remote-sensing-driven models of carbon uptake in evergreen ecosystems.

  9. Transposon and Deletion Mutagenesis of Genes Involved in Perchlorate Reduction in Azospira suillum PS

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    Melnyk, Ryan A.; Clark, Iain C.; Liao, Annette; Coates, John D.

    2013-01-01

    ABSTRACT Although much work on the biochemistry of the key enzymes of bacterial perchlorate reduction, chlorite dismutase, and perchlorate reductase has been published, understanding of the molecular mechanisms of this metabolism has been somewhat hampered by the lack of a clear model system amenable to genetic manipulation. Using transposon mutagenesis and clean deletions, genes important for perchlorate reduction in Azospira suillum PS have been identified both inside and outside the previously described perchlorate reduction genomic island (PRI). Transposon mutagenesis identified 18 insertions in 11 genes that completely abrogate growth via reduction of perchlorate but have no phenotype during denitrification. Of the mutants deficient in perchlorate reduction, 14 had insertions that were mapped to eight different genes within the PRI, highlighting its importance in this metabolism. To further explore the role of these genes, we also developed systems for constructing unmarked deletions and for complementing these deletions. Using these tools, every core gene in the PRI was systematically deleted; 8 of the 17 genes conserved in the PRI are essential for perchlorate respiration, including 3 genes that comprise a unique histidine kinase system. Interestingly, the other 9 genes in the PRI are not essential for perchlorate reduction and may thus have unknown functions during this metabolism. We present a model detailing our current understanding of perchlorate reduction that incorporates new concepts about this metabolism. PMID:24381299

  10. The Menu of Features that Define Primary MicroRNAs and Enable De Novo Design of MicroRNA Genes.

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    Fang, Wenwen; Bartel, David P

    2015-10-01

    MicroRNAs (miRNAs) are small regulatory RNAs processed from stem-loop regions of primary transcripts (pri-miRNAs), with the choice of stem loops for initial processing largely determining what becomes a miRNA. To identify sequence and structural features influencing this choice, we determined cleavage efficiencies of >50,000 variants of three human pri-miRNAs, focusing on the regions intractable to previous high-throughput analyses. Our analyses revealed a mismatched motif in the basal stem region, a preference for maintaining or improving base pairing throughout the remainder of the stem, and a narrow stem-length preference of 35 ± 1 base pairs. Incorporating these features with previously identified features, including three primary-sequence motifs, yielded a unifying model defining mammalian pri-miRNAs in which motifs help orient processing and increase efficiency, with the presence of more motifs compensating for structural defects. This model enables generation of artificial pri-miRNAs, designed de novo, without reference to any natural sequence yet processed more efficiently than natural pri-miRNAs.

  11. Remote sensing of assimilating branch light use efficiency using the photochemical reflectance index in Haloxylon ammodendron forest

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    Nyongesah, Maina John; Quan, Wang; Lu, Xu

    2016-04-01

    Five healthy Haloxylon ammodendron trees were randomly selected to monitor the photochemical reflectance index (PRI) and its relation to light use efficiency (LUE) in shaded and sunlit assimilating branches. Linear regression was performed where the results revealed that LUE decreased with seasonal courses with vivid midday depression regardless of light variation within canopies. PRI and LUE decoupled in early spring when the foliage was deeply downregulated, with high correlation (R2=0.8, p<0.001) during most parts of the year. Measured and estimated LUE were highly correlated for the July to September dataset (R2=0.73, p<0.001) compared to May to June datasets (R2=0.35, p<0.001). The estimated LUE for young assimilating branches could be obtained with a high RMSE of 0.01, compared to mature branches with an RMSE of 0.003. The measured LUE values were ˜20% higher than estimated LUE during the period from May to June, and values were slightly lower at the end of the growing season. This was attributed to differences in the physiological and biochemical mechanisms controlling the seasonal dynamics of PRI. Therefore, PRI is the best estimator of LUE when age-related changes and canopy light partitioning are considered in assimilating organs. Combined use of PRI with pigments could improve the remote evaluation of LUE.

  12. Field Theory of Fundamental Interactions

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    Wang, Shouhong; Ma, Tian

    2017-01-01

    First, we present two basic principles, the principle of interaction dynamics (PID) and the principle of representation invariance (PRI). Intuitively, PID takes the variation of the action under energy-momentum conservation constraint. We show that the PID is the requirement of the presence of dark matter and dark energy, the Higgs field and the quark confinement. PRI requires that the SU(N) gauge theory be independent of representations of SU(N). It is clear that PRI is the logic requirement of any gauge theory. With PRI, we demonstrate that the coupling constants for the strong and the weak interactions are the main sources of these two interactions, reminiscent of the electric charge. Second, we emphasize that symmetry principles-the principle of general relativity and the principle of Lorentz invariance and gauge invariance-together with the simplicity of laws of nature, dictate the actions for the four fundamental interactions. Finally, we show that the PID and the PRI, together with the symmetry principles give rise to a unified field model for the fundamental interactions, which is consistent with current experimental observations and offers some new physical predictions. The research is supported in part by the National Science Foundation (NSF) grant DMS-1515024, and by the Office of Naval Research (ONR) grant N00014-15-1-2662.

  13. Risk Management in Magnetic Resonance: Failure Mode, Effects, and Criticality Analysis

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    Granata, Vincenza; Filice, Salvatore; Raiano, Nicola; Amato, Daniela Maria; Zirpoli, Maria; di Finizio, Alessandro; Sansone, Mario; Russo, Anna; Covelli, Eugenio Maria; Pedicini, Tonino; Triassi, Maria

    2013-01-01

    The aim of the study was to perform a risk management procedure in “Magnetic Resonance Examination” process in order to identify the critical phases and sources of radiological errors and to identify potential improvement projects including procedures, tests, and checks to reduce the error occurrence risk. In this study we used the proactive analysis “Failure Mode Effects Criticality Analysis,” a qualitative and quantitative risk management procedure; has calculated Priority Risk Index (PRI) for each activity of the process; have identified, on the PRI basis, the most critical activities and, for them, have defined improvement projects; and have recalculated the PRI after implementation of improvement projects for each activity. Time stop and audits are performed in order to control the new procedures. The results showed that the most critical tasks of “Magnetic Resonance Examination” process were the reception of the patient, the patient schedule drafting, the closing examination, and the organization of activities. Four improvement projects have been defined and executed. PRI evaluation after improvement projects implementation has shown that the risk decreased significantly following the implementation of procedures and controls defined in improvement projects, resulting in a reduction of the PRI between 43% and 100%. PMID:24171173

  14. Dynamic change and derivation process of FC and DFC through G1, S and G2 phases in HeLa cells.

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    Wang, Fengcai; Shang, Guangbin; Hao, Shui; Jiao, Mingda

    2006-10-01

    In order to get a deeper understanding of the relationship between nucleolus structure and its function, the dynamic change and derivation of FC (fibrillar center) and DFC (dense fibrillar component) through interphase were investigated in HeLa cells synchronized at the ultrastructural level. The results showed that there was a process of FC and DFC derivation in the nucleolus of HeLa cells during interphase. In G1 phase there were a few big FCs in the nucleolus of the HeLa cell. In S phase DFC around the FC got thickened and the configuration of the DFC changed. A lot of tiny FCs were derived from parts of the thickened DFC. We called the FC and DFC formed in G1 phase as primary FC (pri-FC) and primary DFC (pri-DFC) and the FC and DFC derived from the thickened pri-DFC as secondary FC (sec-FC) and secondary DFC (sec-DFC). In G2 phase sec-FC and sec-DFC were gradually separated from pri-DFC and scattered evenly in the nucleolus. Few large pri-FCs coexisted with numerous tiny sec-FCs in the nucleolus of HeLa cells in G2 phase. Based on the results of our observation, we suggest here a model of the dynamic change and the process of derivation of FC and DFC through interphase.

  15. Seasonal variation in photosystem II efficiency and photochemical reflectance index of evergreen trees and perennial grasses growing at low and high elevations in subtropical Taiwan.

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    Weng, Jen-Hsien; Liao, Tien-Szu; Hwang, Mon-Yuan; Chung, Chi-Ch; Lin, Chung-Ping; Chu, Chung-Hei

    2006-08-01

    Three pines species, three evergreen broadleaf trees, one C(3) and two C(4) perennial grasses of subtropical Taiwan were studied to elucidate the correlation between photosystem II (PSII) efficiency and photochemical reflectance index (PRI = (R(531) - R(570))/(R(531) + R(570))). Measurements were made at two sites differing in altitude (800 and 2600 m) over several growing seasons. At high elevation, potential PSII efficiency, measured by chlorophyll fluorescence (the ratio of variable to maximal fluorescence; F(v)/F(m)) at predawn, decreased with decreasing air temperature and varied greatly among species. At the lowest air temperature (-3 degrees C) studied, variation in F(v)/F(m) among species ranged from 0.33 to 0.72. In contrast, at low elevation where air temperature was moderate, seasonal variation in F(v)/F(m) was small in all of the study species. When species, elevation and season data were pooled, despite the high variation in F(v)/F(m) among species, a good correlation between F(v)/F(m) and PRI was observed. When compared at the same value of PRI, F(v)/F(m) of evergreen trees was higher than that of perennial grasses; however, when the minimum temperature on the measurement day was below 0 degrees C, F(v)/F(m) was underestimated relative to PRI. We conclude that PRI could be used as a remote indicator of photosynthetic function when air temperature is above 0 degrees C.

  16. Remotely-sensed detection of effects of extreme droughts on gross primary production

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    Vicca, Sara; Balzarolo, Manuela; Filella, Iolanda; Granier, André; Herbst, Mathias; Knohl, Alexander; Longdoz, Bernard; Mund, Martina; Nagy, Zoltan; Pintér, Krisztina; Rambal, Serge; Verbesselt, Jan; Verger, Aleixandre; Zeileis, Achim; Zhang, Chao; Peñuelas, Josep

    2016-06-01

    Severe droughts strongly impact photosynthesis (GPP), and satellite imagery has yet to demonstrate its ability to detect drought effects. Especially changes in vegetation functioning when vegetation state remains unaltered (no browning or defoliation) pose a challenge to satellite-derived indicators. We evaluated the performance of different satellite indicators to detect strong drought effects on GPP in a beech forest in France (Hesse), where vegetation state remained largely unaffected while GPP decreased substantially. We compared the results with three additional sites: a Mediterranean holm oak forest (Puéchabon), a temperate beech forest (Hainich), and a semi-arid grassland (Bugacpuszta). In Hesse, a three-year reduction in GPP following drought was detected only by the Enhanced Vegetation Index (EVI). The Photochemical Reflectance Index (PRI) also detected this drought effect, but only after normalization for absorbed light. In Puéchabon normalized PRI outperformed the other indicators, while the short-term drought effect in Hainich was not detected by any tested indicator. In contrast, most indicators, but not PRI, captured the drought effects in Bugacpuszta. Hence, PRI improved detection of drought effects on GPP in forests and we propose that PRI normalized for absorbed light is considered in future algorithms to estimate GPP from space.

  17. Global Prioritizing Disease Candidate lncRNAs via a Multi-level Composite Network

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    Yao, Qianlan; Wu, Leilei; Li, Jia; Yang, Li guang; Sun, Yidi; Li, Zhen; He, Sheng; Feng, Fangyoumin; Li, Hong; Li, Yixue

    2017-01-01

    LncRNAs play pivotal roles in many important biological processes, but research on the functions of lncRNAs in human disease is still in its infancy. Therefore, it is urgent to prioritize lncRNAs that are potentially associated with diseases. In this work, we developed a novel algorithm, LncPriCNet, that uses a multi-level composite network to prioritize candidate lncRNAs associated with diseases. By integrating genes, lncRNAs, phenotypes and their associations, LncPriCNet achieves an overall performance superior to that of previous methods, with high AUC values of up to 0.93. Notably, LncPriCNet still performs well when information on known disease lncRNAs is lacking. When applied to breast cancer, LncPriCNet identified known breast cancer-related lncRNAs, revealed novel lncRNA candidates and inferred their functions via pathway analysis. We further constructed the human disease-lncRNA landscape, revealed the modularity of the disease-lncRNA network and identified several lncRNA hotspots. In summary, LncPriCNet is a useful tool for prioritizing disease-related lncRNAs and may facilitate understanding of the molecular mechanisms of human disease at the lncRNA level. PMID:28051121

  18. Remotely-sensed detection of effects of extreme droughts on gross primary production

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    Vicca, Sara; Balzarolo, Manuela; Filella, Iolanda; Granier, André; Herbst, Mathias; Knohl, Alexander; Longdoz, Bernard; Mund, Martina; Nagy, Zoltan; Pintér, Krisztina; Rambal, Serge; Verbesselt, Jan; Verger, Aleixandre; Zeileis, Achim; Zhang, Chao; Peñuelas, Josep

    2016-01-01

    Severe droughts strongly impact photosynthesis (GPP), and satellite imagery has yet to demonstrate its ability to detect drought effects. Especially changes in vegetation functioning when vegetation state remains unaltered (no browning or defoliation) pose a challenge to satellite-derived indicators. We evaluated the performance of different satellite indicators to detect strong drought effects on GPP in a beech forest in France (Hesse), where vegetation state remained largely unaffected while GPP decreased substantially. We compared the results with three additional sites: a Mediterranean holm oak forest (Puéchabon), a temperate beech forest (Hainich), and a semi-arid grassland (Bugacpuszta). In Hesse, a three-year reduction in GPP following drought was detected only by the Enhanced Vegetation Index (EVI). The Photochemical Reflectance Index (PRI) also detected this drought effect, but only after normalization for absorbed light. In Puéchabon normalized PRI outperformed the other indicators, while the short-term drought effect in Hainich was not detected by any tested indicator. In contrast, most indicators, but not PRI, captured the drought effects in Bugacpuszta. Hence, PRI improved detection of drought effects on GPP in forests and we propose that PRI normalized for absorbed light is considered in future algorithms to estimate GPP from space. PMID:27301671

  19. Tracking Diurnal Variation in Photosynthetic Down-Regulation Using Low Cost Spectroscopic Instrumentation

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    van Leeuwen, Martin; Kremens, Robert L.; van Aardt, Jan

    2015-01-01

    Photosynthetic light-use efficiency (LUE) has gained wide interest as an input to modeling forest gross primary productivity (GPP). The photochemical reflectance index (PRI) has been identified as a principle means to inform LUE-based models, using airborne and satellite-based observations of canopy reflectance. More recently, low-cost electronics have become available with the potential to provide for dense in situ time-series measurements of PRI. A recent design makes use of interference filters to record light transmission within narrow wavebands. Uncertainty remains as to the dynamic range of these sensors and performance under low light conditions, the placement of the reference band, and methodology for reflectance calibration. This paper presents a low-cost sensor design and is tested in a laboratory set-up, as well in the field. The results demonstrate an excellent performance against a calibration standard (R2 = 0.9999) and at low light conditions. Radiance measurements over vegetation demonstrate a reversible reduction in green reflectance that was, however, seen in both the reference and signal wavebands. Time-series field measurements of PRI in a Douglas-fir canopy showed a weak correlation with eddy-covariance-derived LUE and a significant decline in PRI over the season. Effects of light quality, bidirectional scattering effects, and possible sensor artifacts on PRI are discussed. PMID:25951342

  20. Measurement of (43)Sc and (44)Sc production cross-section with an 18MeV medical PET cyclotron.

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    Carzaniga, Tommaso Stefano; Auger, Martin; Braccini, Saverio; Bunka, Maruta; Ereditato, Antonio; Nesteruk, Konrad Pawel; Scampoli, Paola; Türler, Andreas; van der Meulen, Nicholas

    2017-11-01

    (43)Sc and (44)Sc are positron emitter radionuclides that, in conjunction with the β(-) emitter (47)Sc, represent one of the most promising possibilities for theranostics in nuclear medicine. Their availability in suitable quantity and quality for medical applications is an open issue and their production with medical cyclotrons represents a scientific and technological challenge. For this purpose, an accurate knowledge of the production cross sections is mandatory. In this paper, we report on the cross section measurement of the reactions (43)Ca(p,n)(43)Sc, (44)Ca(p,2n) (43)Sc, (46)Ti(p,α)(43)Sc, and (44)Ca(p,n)(44)Sc at the Bern University Hospital cyclotron. A study of the production yield and purity performed by using commercially available enriched target materials is also presented. Copyright © 2017 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.

  1. Ca isotope cycling in a forested ecosystem

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    Holmden, Chris; Bélanger, Nicolas

    2010-02-01

    Reports of large Ca isotope fractionations between trees and soils prompted this study of a Boreal forest ecosystem near La Ronge, Saskatchewan, to improve understanding of this phenomenon. The results on five tree species (black spruce, trembling aspen, white spruce, jack pine, balsam poplar) confirm that nutrient Ca uptake by plants favors the light isotopes, thus driving residual Ca in plant available soil pools towards enrichment in the heavy isotopes. Substantial within-tree fraction occurs in tissues formed along the transpiration stream, with low δ 44Ca values in fine roots (2 mm), intermediate values in stemwood, and high values in foliage. Separation factors between different plant tissues are similar between species, but the initial fractionation step in the tips of the fine roots is species specific, and/or sensitive to the local soil environment. Soil water δ 44Ca values appear to increase with depth to at least 35 cm below the top of the forest floor, which is close to the deepest level of fine roots. The heavy plant fractionated signature of Ca in the finely rooted upper soils filters downward where it is retained on ion exchange sites, leached into groundwater, and discharged into surface waters. The relationship between Ca uptake by tree fine roots and the pattern of δ 44Ca enrichment with soil depth was modeled for two Ca pools: the forest floor (litter) and the underlying (upper B) mineral soil. Six study plots were investigated along two hillside toposequences trending upwards from a first order stream. We used allometric equations describing the Ca distribution in boreal tree species to calculate weighted average δ 44Ca values for the stands in each plot and estimate Ca uptake rates. The δ 44Ca value of precipitation was measured, and soil weathering signatures deduced, by acid leaching of lower B mineral soils. Steady state equations were used to derive a set of model Ca fluxes and fractionation factors for each plot. The model reproduces

  2. Calcium isotopic composition of marine biogenic carbonates: influences of mineralogy and biology

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    Böhm, F.; Gussone, N.; Eisenhauer, A.; Heuser, A.; Haase-Schramm, A.; Vacelet, J.; Reitner, J.; Dullo, W.-C.

    2003-04-01

    We measured the calcium isotopic composition (Ca-44/Ca-40 ratios, δ44Ca) of reef corals, coralline sponges, and benthic and planktonic gastropods. The resulting values are compared to published data of planktonic foraminifera and inorganic aragonite precipitates (Gussone et al., in press). All carbonates are depleted in Ca-44 with respect to seawater. The isotope data form three distinct clusters: (1) inorganic aragonite, aragonitic sponges and gastropods show the lowest isotope ratios, i.e. the strongest fractionation with respect to calcium in seawater. (2) calcitic sponges, and calcitic foraminifera are enriched in δ44Ca by about 0.6 permill compared to group 1. (3) corals (aragonite) show intermediate values. The offset between group 1 and 2 is explained as a mineralogical effect, with calcite being less fractionated than aragonite. The isotopic offset of coral aragonite from the rest of the investigated aragonites points to an advanced calcification mechanism in reef corals. This probably includes active transport and storage of the calcium within the corals. Precipitation rates vary within group 1 by more than an order of magnitude without any significant effect on the calcium isotopic composition. Therefore, the one order of magnitude faster precipitation rates of corals compared to group 1 cannot explain the isotope offset. Reference: Gussone, N., Eisenhauer, A., Heuser, A., Dietzel, M., Bock, B., Böhm, F., Spero, H.J., Lea, D.W., Bijma, J., Nägler, Th.F. (in press, 2003): Model for kinetic effects on calcium isotope fractionation (δ44Ca) in inorganic aragonite and cultured planktonic foraminifera. Geochim. Cosmochim. Acta.

  3. Measurement of isotope ratio of Ca{sup +} ions in a linear Paul Trap

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    Hashimoto, Y.; Minamino, K.; Nagamoto, D.; Hasegawa, S.

    2009-03-17

    Measurement of isotope ratios of Calcium is very useful in many fields. So we demonstrated the measurement of isotope ratios of {sup 40}Ca{sup +}(abundance 96.4%) to {sup 44}Ca{sup +}(2.09%) ions in a linear Paul trap with several laser lights tuning to the isotope shifts. And we found that the experimental parameters had large influences on the measurement of the isotope ratios.

  4. Are 44Ti-producing supernovae exceptional?

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    The, L.-S.; Clayton, D. D.; Diehl, R.; Hartmann, D. H.; Iyudin, A. F.; Leising, M. D.; Meyer, B. S.; Motizuki, Y.; Schönfelder, V.

    2006-05-01

    According to standard models supernovae produce radioactive 44Ti, which should be visible in gamma-rays following decay to 44Ca for a few centuries. 44Ti production is believed to be the source of cosmic 44Ca, whose abundance is well established. Yet, gamma-ray telescopes have not seen the expected young remnants of core collapse events. The 44Ti mean life of τ ≃ 89 y and the Galactic supernova rate of ≃3/100 y imply ≃several detectable 44Ti gamma-ray sources, but only one is clearly seen, the 340-year-old Cas A SNR. Furthermore, supernovae which produce much 44Ti are expected to occur primarily in the inner part of the Galaxy, where young massive stars are most abundant. Because the Galaxy is transparent to gamma-rays, this should be the dominant location of expected gamma-ray sources. Yet the Cas A SNR as the only one source is located far from the inner Galaxy (at longitude 112°). We evaluate the surprising absence of detectable supernovae from the past three centuries. We discuss whether our understanding of SN explosions, their 44Ti yields, their spatial distributions, and statistical arguments can be stretched so that this apparent disagreement may be accommodated within reasonable expectations, or if we have to revise some or all of the above aspects to bring expectations in agreement with the observations. We conclude that either core collapse supernovae have been improbably rare in the Galaxy during the past few centuries, or 44Ti-producing supernovae are atypical supernovae. We also present a new argument based on 44Ca/40Ca ratios in mainstream SiC stardust grains that may cast doubt on massive-He-cap type I supernovae as the source of most galactic 44Ca.

  5. Calcium isotopic composition of mantle peridotites

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    Huang, F.; Kang, J.; Zhang, Z.

    2015-12-01

    Ca isotopes are useful to decipher mantle evolution and the genetic relationship between the Earth and chondrites. It has been observed that Ca isotopes can be fractionated at high temperature [1-2]. However, Ca isotopic composition of the mantle peridotites and fractionation mechanism are still poorly constrained. Here, we report Ca isotope composition of 12 co-existing pyroxene pairs in 10 lherzolites, 1 harzburgite, and 1 wehrlite xenoliths collected from Hainan Island (South Eastern China). Ca isotope data were measured on a Triton-TIMS using the double spike method at the Guangzhou Institute of Geochemistry, CAS. The long-term external error is 0.12‰ (2SD) based on repeated analyses of NIST SRM 915a and geostandards. δ44Ca of clinopyroxenes except that from the wehrlite ranges from 0.85‰ to 1.14‰, while opx yields a wide range from 0.98‰ up to 2.16‰. Co-existing pyroxene pairs show large ∆44Caopx-cpx (defined as δ44Caopx-δ44Cacpx) ranging from 0 to 1.23‰, reflecting equilibrium fractionation controlled by variable Ca contents in the opx. Notably, clinopyroxene of wehrlite shows extremely high δ44Ca (3.22‰). δ44Ca of the bulk lherzolites and harzburgites range from 0.86‰ to 1.14‰. This can be explained by extracting melts with slightly light Ca isotopic compositions. Finally, the high δ44Ca of the wehrlite (3.22‰) may reflect metasomatism by melt which has preferentially lost light Ca isotopes due to chemical diffusion during upwelling through the melt channel. [1] Amini et al (2009) GGR 33; [2] Huang et al (2010) EPSL 292.

  6. Experimental Tests of the Light-Use Efficiency Model in Alfalfa

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    Castro, Saulo Manuel

    This study explored ways of integrating optical and flux measurements in the context of the Light Use Efficiency (LUE) model in an alfalfa ( Medicago sativa) field. Narrow-band spectrometers and low cost two-band radiometers provided alternate ways to measure NDVI and estimate the APAR term of the LUE model. The high temporal resolution of two-band sensors system accurately tracked seasonal carbon flux dynamics (R 2 = 0.96) demonstrating the value of automated, low cost approaches to monitoring NDVI and canopy light absorption, which was the dominant term in the LUE model for this agricultural field. At the seasonal scale PRI correlations with LUE varied with the LUE formulation, and suggested that seasonal PRI patterns were primarily driven by canopy structure changes. However, at the diurnal level, DeltaPRI correlated with changing efficiency. Combined optical and flux sampling can help partition flux data, gap-fill data, and add insights into the controls of carbon fluxes.

  7. The viability of the Parenting Representations Interview for assessing and measuring change in parents of adolescents.

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    Scharf, Miri; Mayseless, Ofra; Kivenson-Baron, Inbal

    2015-01-01

    Parents' representations include parents' views of their adolescent, of their own parenting and of the parent-adolescent relationship. Two longitudinal studies of parents and their adolescent sons and daughters support the validity of scales coding mothers in the Parenting Representations Interview-Adolescence (PRI-A). The studies, conducted in Israel during the transition from home to military service, demonstrated that three dimensions derived from the PRI-A: positive representations of adolescents, negative emotionality and inadequate boundaries were associated with adolescents' AAI variables, relatedness-autonomy behaviors with mothers, and with other indicators, such as adolescents' wellbeing, romantic intimacy and individuation. Examining parenting representations could help practitioners pinpoint targets for intervention and evaluate the changes that families go through during psychotherapy, as well as the therapeutic process and its outcomes. The findings support the viability of the PRI for use in attachment based interventions for adolescents.

  8. Ca cycling and isotopic fluxes in forested ecosystems in Hawaii

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    Wiegand, B.A.; Chadwick, O.A.; Vitousek, P.M.; Wooden, J.L.

    2005-01-01

    Biogeochemical processes fractionate Ca isotopes in plants and soils along a 4 million year developmental sequence in the Hawaiian Islands. We observed that plants preferentially take up 40Ca relative to 44Ca, and that biological fractionation and changes in the relative contributions from volcanic and marine sources produce a significant increase in 44Ca in soil exchangeable pools. Our results imply moderate fluxes enriched in 44Ca from strongly nutrient-depleted old soils, in contrast with high 40Ca fluxes in young and little weathered environments. In addition, biological fractionation controls divergent geochemical pathways of Ca and Sr in the plant-soil system. While Ca depletes progressively with increasing soil age, Sr/Ca ratios increase systematically. Sr isotope ratios provide a valuable tracer for provenance studies of alkaline earth elements in forested ecosystems, but its usefulness is limited when deciphering biogeochemical processes involved in the terrestrial Ca cycle. Ca isotopes in combination with Sr/ Ca ratios reveal more complex processes involved in the biogeochemistry of Ca and Sr. Copyright 2005 by the American Geophysical Union.

  9. Quantum design using a multiple internal reflections method in a study of fusion processes in the capture of alpha-particles by nuclei

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    Maydanyuk, Sergei P.; Zhang, Peng-Ming; Belchikov, Sergei V.

    2015-08-01

    A high precision method to determine fusion in the capture of α-particles by nuclei is presented. For α-capture by 40Ca and 44Ca, such an approach gives (1) the parameters of the α-nucleus potential and (2) fusion probabilities. This method found new parametrization and fusion probabilities and decreased the error by 41.72 times for α +40Ca and 34.06 times for α +44Ca in a description of experimental data in comparison with existing results. We show that the sharp angular momentum cutoff proposed by Glas and Mosel is a rough approximation, Wong's formula and the Hill-Wheeler approach determine the penetrability of the barrier without a correct consideration of the barrier shape, and the WKB approach gives reduced fusion probabilities. Based on our fusion probability formula, we explain the difference between experimental cross-sections for α +40Ca and α +44Ca, which is connected with the theory of coexistence of the spherical and deformed shapes in the ground state for nuclei near the neutron magic shell N = 20. To provide deeper insight into the physics of nuclei with the new magic number N = 26, the cross-section for α +46Ca is predicted for future experimental tests. The role of nuclear deformations in calculations of the fusion probabilities is analyzed.

  10. Ca cycling and isotopic fluxes in forested ecosystems in Hawaii

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    Wiegand, B. A.; Chadwick, O. A.; Vitousek, P. M.; Wooden, J. L.

    2005-06-01

    Biogeochemical processes fractionate Ca isotopes in plants and soils along a 4 million year developmental sequence in the Hawaiian Islands. We observed that plants preferentially take up 40Ca relative to 44Ca, and that biological fractionation and changes in the relative contributions from volcanic and marine sources produce a significant increase in 44Ca in soil exchangeable pools. Our results imply moderate fluxes enriched in 44Ca from strongly nutrient-depleted old soils, in contrast with high 40Ca fluxes in young and little weathered environments. In addition, biological fractionation controls divergent geochemical pathways of Ca and Sr in the plant-soil system. While Ca depletes progressively with increasing soil age, Sr/Ca ratios increase systematically. Sr isotope ratios provide a valuable tracer for provenance studies of alkaline earth elements in forested ecosystems, but its usefulness is limited when deciphering biogeochemical processes involved in the terrestrial Ca cycle. Ca isotopes in combination with Sr/Ca ratios reveal more complex processes involved in the biogeochemistry of Ca and Sr.

  11. Monte Carlo simulation and experimental studies of the production of neutron-rich medical isotopes using a particle accelerator

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    Necsoiu Rosencranz, Daniela

    The developments of nuclear medicine lead to an increasing demand for the production of radioisotopes with suitable nuclear and chemical properties. Furthermore, from the literature it is evident that the production of radioisotopes using charged-particle accelerators instead of nuclear reactors is gaining increasing popularity. The main advantages of producing medical isotopes with accelerators are carrier free radionuclides of short lived isotopes, improved handling, reduction of the radioactive waste, and lower cost of isotope fabrication. Proton-rich isotopes are the result of nuclear interactions between enriched stable isotopes and energetic protons. An interesting observation is that during the production of proton-rich isotopes, fast and intermediately fast neutrons from nuclear reactions such as (p,xn) are also produced as a by-product in the nuclear reactions. This observation suggests that it is perhaps possible to use these neutrons to activate secondary targets for the production of neutron-rich isotopes. The study of secondary radioisotope production with fast neutrons from (p,xn) reactions using a particle accelerator is the main goal of the research in this thesis. Yttrium-90 (90Y) is a good example of an isotope that can be made in combination with proton-rich isotope production. Traditionally, 90Y is obtained from a 90Sr/90Y generator. In order to produce a carrier free isotope, a chemical separation of 90Sr must be performed. The main disadvantage of 90Sr is a high toxicity level. 90Sr is well known to cause bone marrow suppressions, and it has a long half-life of 28.78 y. Therefore, special waste handling and storage conditions are required. In this study, 90Y has been produced with (p,xn) fast neutrons using the 90Zr(n,p)90Y reaction. Fast neutrons for the activation process were produced during proton irradiation of natural tungsten targets. The proton beam used was produced by a 33 MeV linear accelerator (LINAC). Since 90Y is a pure beta

  12. Vitamin D analogs enhance the anticancer activity of 5-fluorouracil in an in vivo mouse colon cancer model

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    2013-01-01

    Background Active vitamin D analogs that are less toxic than calcitriol can be useful in the combined treatment of patients suffering from colon cancer. In the present study we demonstrate, for the first time in an in vivo model system, the biological effect of combined therapy using 5-fluorouracil (5-FU) along with vitamin D analog PRI-2191 (tacalcitol, 1,24-dihydroxyvitamin D3) or PRI-2205 (5,6-trans-isomer of calcipotriol) on colon cancer. Methods We investigated the influence of vitamin D analogs on the anticancer activity of 5-FU or capecitabine in the treatment of mice bearing MC38 mouse colon tumors implanted subcutaneously or orthotopically. The cell cycle distribution, E-cadherin expression and caspase 3/7 activity in vitro were also evaluated. Results We observed that both PRI-2191 and PRI-2205 significantly enhanced the antitumor activity of 5-FU; but these results depend on the treatment regimen. Applying the optimal schedule of combined therapy we observed a significant decrease in tumor growth, metastasis and also a prolongation of the survival time of mice, in comparison with the administrations of 5-FU given alone. Both combinations indicated a synergistic effect and did not cause toxicity. Moreover, analogs applied after completed course of administration of 5-FU, prolonged the antitumor effect of the drug. Furthermore, when the prodrug of 5-FU, capecitabine, was used, potentiation of its activity was also observed. Conclusions Our data suggest that vitamin D analogs (especially PRI-2191) might be potentially applied to clinical use in order to enhance the anticancer effect of 5-FU and also prolong its activity against colon cancer. The activity of PRI-2191 is realized through stopping the cells in the G0/G1 cell cycle phase and increasing the expression of E-cadherin. PMID:23777514

  13. Comparative effects of deficit irrigation and alternate partial root-zone irrigation on xylem pH, ABA and ionic concentrations in tomatoes.

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    Wang, Yaosheng; Liu, Fulai; Jensen, Christian Richardt

    2012-03-01

    Comparative effects of partial root-zone irrigation (PRI) and deficit irrigation (DI) on xylem pH, ABA, and ionic concentrations of tomato (Lycopersicon esculentum L.) plants were investigated in two split-root pot experiments. Results showed that PRI plants had similar or significantly higher xylem pH, which was increased by 0.2 units relative to DI plants. Nitrate and total ionic concentrations (cations+anions), and the proportion of cations influenced xylem pH such that xylem pH increases as nitrate and total ionic concentrations decrease, and the proportion of cations increases. In most cases, the xylem ABA concentration was similar for PRI and DI plants, and a clear association between increases in xylem pH with increasing xylem ABA concentration was only found when the soil water content was relatively low. The concentrations of anions, cations, and the sum of anions and cations in PRI were higher than in the DI treatment when soil water content was relatively high in the wetted soil compartment. However, when water content in both soil compartments of the PRI pots were very low before the next irrigation, the acquisition of nutrients by roots was reduced, resulting in lower concentrations of anions and cations in the PRI than in the DI treatment. It is therefore essential that the soil water content in the wet zone should be maintained relatively high while that in the drying soil zone should not be very low, both conditions are crucial to maintain high soil and plant water status while sustaining ABA signalling of the plants.

  14. Relation between clopidogrel active metabolite levels and different platelet aggregation methods in patients receiving clopidogrel and aspirin.

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    Liang, Yan; Johnston, Marilyn; Hirsh, Jack; Pare, Guillaume; Li, Chunjian; Mehta, Shamir; Teo, Koon K; Sloane, Debi; Yi, Qilong; Zhu, Jun; Eikelboom, John W

    2012-11-01

    Clopidogrel is a prodrug that undergoes bioconversion via cytochrome P450 system to form an active metabolite (AM) that binds to the platelet ADP receptor. The antiplatelet effect of clopidogrel is commonly assessed by measuring the aggregatory response to 5 μM ADP by light transmission aggregation (LTA) or multiple electrode aggregometry (MEA) or by the vasodilator-stimulated phosphoprotein platelet reactivity index (VASP-PRI). To determine which of these three tests of platelet ADP receptor pathway inhibition most closely correlates with clopidogrel AM levels. We analyzed blood samples from 82 patients with coronary artery disease who were randomized to receive double-dose or standard dose clopidogrel for 2 weeks. We measured peak clopidogrel AM levels, platelet aggregation in response to ADP and VASP-PRI on days 1, and repeated all the measures on days 7 and 14. Linear regression analysis was used to examine the correlation between clopidogrel AM and LTA, MEA and VASP-PRI. Bland-Altman plots were used to explore the agreement between tests of the antiplatelet effects of clopidogrel. Clopidogrel AM on day 1 correlated most closely with VASP-PRI (r = -0.5767) and demonstrated weaker correlations with LTA (r = -0.4656) and MEA (r = -0.3384) (all p < 0.01). Intra-class correlation (ICC) between VASP-PRI and LTA was 0.6446; VASP-PRI and MEA was 0.4720; and LTA and MEA was 0.4693. Similar results were obtained on days 7 and 14. Commonly used pharmacodynamic measures of clopidogrel response are only moderately correlated with clopidogrel AM levels and may not be suitable to measure the adequacy of clopidogrel therapy.

  15. Photochemistry, remotely sensed physiological reflectance index and de-epoxidation state of the xanthophyll cycle in Quercus coccifera under intense drought.

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    Peguero-Pina, José Javier; Morales, Fermín; Flexas, Jaume; Gil-Pelegrín, Eustaquio; Moya, Ismael

    2008-05-01

    Quercus coccifera L. is a Mediterranean sclerophyllous shrub with a high capacity to resist intense drought stress. Therefore, it could be used in the study of physiological changes suffered by plants at very low water potentials. A remote sensing sensor was used to measure continuously the physiological reflectance index (PRI; defined as the changes in reflectance at 531 nm with respect to those at 570 nm; PRI = [(R531 - R570)/(R531 + R570)] at canopy level and under field conditions in an artificial carpet of seedlings of Q. coccifera during a drought cycle. Correlations between leaf level-measured chlorophyll fluorescence parameters as well as the de-epoxidation state of the xanthophyll cycle [(A + Z)/(V + A + Z)] and canopy level-measured PRI were reasonably good (R (2) = 0.57-0.63, P < 0.01), and quite interesting for water stress remote sensing purposes. The instrument's temporal resolution allowed us to follow the rapid response of PRI to changing photosynthetic active radiation, and to resolve, in response to cloud-induced changes in light intensity, a fast and a slow PRI component. We report the disappearance of the rapid one under conditions of intense drought in response to a sudden increase in light intensity. The underlying photoprotection mechanisms that Q. coccifera shows in response to intense drought stress periods seem to be related to the existence of a low intrathylakoid lumenal pH at the end of the drought cycle. Under intense drought, these mechanisms allow this species to avoid oxidative damage, which was evidenced by the maintenance of an unaltered photosynthetic pigment composition and constant photosystem II efficiency in the mornings. It is concluded that, contrary to early reports, PRI is a sensible, indirect, non-destructive water stress indicator, even in plants experiencing intense drought.

  16. Comparative effects of deficit irrigation and alternate partial root-zone irrigation on xylem pH, ABA and ionic concentrations in tomatoes

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    Wang, Yaosheng; Liu, Fulai; Jensen, Christian Richardt

    2012-01-01

    Comparative effects of partial root-zone irrigation (PRI) and deficit irrigation (DI) on xylem pH, ABA, and ionic concentrations of tomato (Lycopersicon esculentum L.) plants were investigated in two split-root pot experiments. Results showed that PRI plants had similar or significantly higher xylem pH, which was increased by 0.2 units relative to DI plants. Nitrate and total ionic concentrations (cations+anions), and the proportion of cations influenced xylem pH such that xylem pH increases as nitrate and total ionic concentrations decrease, and the proportion of cations increases. In most cases, the xylem ABA concentration was similar for PRI and DI plants, and a clear association between increases in xylem pH with increasing xylem ABA concentration was only found when the soil water content was relatively low. The concentrations of anions, cations, and the sum of anions and cations in PRI were higher than in the DI treatment when soil water content was relatively high in the wetted soil compartment. However, when water content in both soil compartments of the PRI pots were very low before the next irrigation, the acquisition of nutrients by roots was reduced, resulting in lower concentrations of anions and cations in the PRI than in the DI treatment. It is therefore essential that the soil water content in the wet zone should be maintained relatively high while that in the drying soil zone should not be very low, both conditions are crucial to maintain high soil and plant water status while sustaining ABA signalling of the plants. PMID:22162869

  17. Chlorophyll fluorescence, photochemical reflective index and normalized difference vegetative index during plant senescence.

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    Cordon, Gabriela; Lagorio, M Gabriela; Paruelo, José M

    2016-07-20

    The relationship between the Photochemical Reflectance Index (PRI), Normalized Difference Vegetation Index (NDVI) and chlorophyll fluorescence along senescence was investigated in this work. Reflectance and radiance measurements were performed at canopy level in grass species presenting different photosynthetic metabolism: Avena sativa (C3) and Setaria italica (C4), at different stages of the natural senescence process. Sun induced-chlorophyll fluorescence at 760nm (SIF760) and the apparent fluorescence yield (SIF760/a, with a=irradiance at time of measurement) were extracted from the radiance spectra of canopies using the Fraunhofer Line Discrimination-method. The photosynthetic parameters derived from Kautsky kinetics and pigment content were also calculated at leaf level. Whilst stand level NDVI patterns were related to changes in the structure of canopies and not in pigment content, stand level PRI patterns suggested changes both in terms of canopy and of pigment content in leaves. Both SIF760/a and ΦPSII decreased progressively along senescence in both species. A strong increment in NPQ was evident in A. sativa while in S. italica NPQ values were lower. Our most important finding was that two chlorophyll fluorescence signals, ΦPSII and SIF760/a, correlated with the canopy PRI values in the two grasses assessed, even when tissues at different ontogenic stages were present. Even though significant changes occurred in the Total Chlr/Car ratio along senescence in both studied species, significant correlations between PRI and chlorophyll fluorescence signals might indicate the usefulness of this reflectance index as a proxy of photosynthetic RUE, at least under the conditions of this study. The relationships between stand level PRI and the fluorescence estimators (ΦPSII and SIF760/a) were positive in both cases. Therefore, an increase in PRI values as in the fluorescence parameters would indicate higher RUE. Copyright © 2016 Elsevier GmbH. All rights reserved.

  18. Tracking seasonal changes of leaf and canopy light use efficiency in a Phlomis fruticosa Mediterranean ecosystem using field measurements and multi-angular satellite hyperspectral imagery

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    Stagakis, Stavros; Markos, Nikos; Sykioti, Olga; Kyparissis, Aris

    2014-11-01

    Numerous normalized difference spectral indices (NDSIs) derived from leaf measurements and CHRIS/PROBA hyperspectral and multi-angular satellite images were examined for their capacity to track seasonal variations of leaf (εleaf) and canopy (εcan) light use efficiency of a Mediterranean phryganic ecosystem. A series of seasonal field ecophysiological measurements, i.e. leaf area index (LAI), leaf photosynthesis and leaf reflectance, were conducted on the Phlomis fruticosa shrubs at the days of CHRIS acquisitions over the study site. Leaf scale analysis confirmed background theory on the relationship of the photochemical reflectance index (PRI) with εleaf and provided a detailed view of the wavelengths that can be used in PRI formulation for the specific species. In canopy scale analysis, PRI and some alternative formulations of this index based on CHRIS bands, presented the most significant relationships with εcan, indicating that this index preserves its efficiency in satellite observations for the specific ecosystem. Additionally, spectral indices related to chlorophyll and water content were found to present good relationships with εcan. Taking into account the functional relationship between εcan and chlorophyll content, a combination of the xanthophyll de-epoxidation band (531 nm) with 701 nm CHRIS band in a NDSI is suggested as an alternative to the original PRI formulation that could improve seasonal εcan estimations. The satellite observation geometry effects on the determination of εcan were not very intense for the studied ecosystem. However, the most effective viewing direction was proved to be the backward scattering, while zenith observations were the least efficient for the specific ecosystem, most probably due to increased background effects. Even though the sensitivity of the original PRI formulation to εcan was reduced in forward scattering viewing directions, when 531 nm xanthophyll de-epoxidation band was replaced with higher wavelength

  19. Direct observations of ecosystem light use efficiency from MAIAC/MODIS

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    Hall, F. G.; Hilker, T.; Lyapustin, A.; Wang, Y.; Coops, N.; Drolet, G.

    2009-12-01

    The fraction of photosynthetically active radiation (FPAR) incident upon and absorbed by vegetated ecosystems is a standard MODIS product. From this and satellite observations of incident PAR flux, ecosystem photosynthetic capacity can be measured remotely, but not ecosystem photosynthetic rate. The missing link is remotely sensed observations of ecosystem light-use efficiency (LUE) (the efficiency with which ecosystems convert absorbed PAR into carbon), which is modulated by plant physiology in response to rapidly changing extant environmental conditions. LUE is currently estimated from models that attempt to relate plant physiological response to their environment (soil moisture, fertility etc); however accuracies are limited by the uncertainty of the required inputs at landscape scales - primarily precipitation and soil hydrological characteristics. To rectify this situation, a number of recent studies were directed at measuring ecosystem LUE directly from MODIS using a photochemical reflectance index (PRI) - based on the reflectance measurements from MODIS bands 11 and 12 (~531 and ~550 nm). Results however have shown that quantifying the relationship between MODIS PRI and ecosystem LUE remains challenging. In addition, atmospherically induced aerosol variability confounds the subtle PRI signal. Here, we introduce and evaluate a new approach (MAIAC) that minimizes cloud interference, and aerosol and surface bidirectional reflectance effects on PRI. Using tower measured LUE, we evaluate our approach and demonstrate a strong relationship (r2=0.74, p<0.01) between tower based observations of both PRI and LUE and those from atmospherically corrected MODIS data; these correlations remained robust throughout the vegetation period of 2006. Swath observations yielded better results than gridded data (r2=0.58, p<0.01) both of which included forward and backscatter observations. As expected from theoretical considerations, MODIS PRI values were strongly related to canopy

  20. Evaluation of the photochemical reflectance index in AVIRIS imagery

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    Gamon, John A.; Roberts, Dar A.; Green, Robert O.

    1995-01-01

    In this paper, we evaluate the potential for extracting the 'photochemical reflectance index' (PRI; previously called the 'physiological reflectance index') from AVIRIS data. This index, which is derived from narrow-band reflectance at 531 and 570 nm, has proven to be a useful indicator of photosynthetic function at the leaf and canopy scales. At the leaf level, PRI varies with photosynthetic capacity, radiation-use efficiency, and vegetation type (unpublished data). This finding is consistent with the hypothesis that vegetation types exhibiting chronically reduced photosynthesis during periods of stress (e.g. drought-tolerant evergreens) invest proportionally more in photoprotective processes than vegetation with high photosynthetic capacity (e.g. crops or deciduous perennials). Vertical transects in tropical and boreal forest canopies have indicated declines in PRI associated with downregulation of photosynthesis at the canopy tops under sunny, dry midday conditions (unpublished data). This reduced PRI in upper canopy levels provides a further basis for examining this signal with the 'view from above' afforded by aircraft overflights. Although many factors could confound interpretation of a subtle physiological signal at the landscape scale, we conducted a preliminary examination of PRI extracted from existing, AVIRIS imagery of Stanford University's Jasper Ridge Biological Preserve obtained on the June 2nd, 1992, overflight. The goal was to use the hyperspectral capabilities of AVIRIS to evaluate the potential of this index for obtaining useful physiological data at the landscape scale. The expectation based on leaf- and canopy-level studies was that regions containing vegetation of reduced photosynthetic capacity (e.g. chaparral or evergreen woodland) would exhibit lower PRI values than regions of high capacity (e.g. deciduous woodland).

  1. Prevalence of CYP2C19 alleles, pharmacokinetic and pharmacodynamic variation of clopidogrel and prasugrel in Bangladeshi population.

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    Bin Sayeed, Muhammad Shahdaat; Hasan Apu, Mohd Nazmul; Munir, Maliha Tabassum; Ahmed, Maizbha Uddin; Islam, Mohammad Safiqul; Haq, M Maksumul; Ahsan, Chowdhury H; Rashid, M A; Shin, Jae Gook; Hasnat, Abul

    2015-05-01

    The extent to which cytochrome P450 (CYP) 2C19 genotype influences the effectiveness of clopidogrel remains uncertain due to considerable heterogeneity between studies. We used the polymerase chain reaction restriction fragment length polymorphism (PCR-RFLP) method for genotyping loss of function (LOF) allele, CYP2C19*2 and gain of function (GOF) allele, CYP2C19*17 in 163 patients undergoing PCI and 165 healthy volunteers from an ethnically distinctive Bangladeshi population. Thirty-eight patients took prasugrel and 125 patients took clopidogrel among whom 30 patients had their clopidogrel active metabolites (CAM) determined by LC-MS/MS 1-1.5 h after clopidogrel intake. All patients who underwent PCI had their P2Y12 per cent inhibition (PRI) measured by VerifyNow System. The impact of different genotypes on CAM and PRI were also determined. We did not find significant variation of CYP2C19*2 (P > 0.05) and CYP2C9*17 (P > 0.05) alleles among healthy volunteers and patients. CAM concentration as well as PRI by clopidogrel varied significantly (P < 0.05) based on genotypic variation of CYP2C19*2 and CYP2C19*17 individually. Such influence was not observed in case of prasugrel. Genotypic variation did not impact PRI but as a whole PRI by prasugrel was better than that of clopidogrel (P < 0.05). Due to presence of both of alleles the effect on PRI by clopidogrel could not be predicted, effectively indicating possible involvement of other factors. Genotype guided clopidogrel dose adjustment would be beneficial and therefore we propose mandatory genotyping before clopidogrel dosing. Prasugrel proved to be less affected by genotypic variability, but due to lack of sufficient long-term toxicity data, caution would be adopted before substituting clopidogrel.

  2. Some people move it, move it… for pressure injury prevention.

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    Sonenblum, Sharon E; Sprigle, Stephen H

    2016-11-14

    To describe differences in in-seat behavior observed between individuals with a spinal cord injury (SCI) with and without a history of recurrent pressure injuries. Cross-sectional cohort study. General community. Twenty-nine adults more than 2 years post SCI, who used a wheelchair as their primary mobility device and had the ability to independently perform weight shift maneuvers. Participants were grouped according to whether or not they had a history of recurrent pressure injuries (PrIs), with 12 subjects having had two or more pressure injuries in the pelvic area (PrI Group). Not applicable. Daily time in wheelchair, number of transfers, and frequency of pressure reliefs (full unloading), weight shifts (30% load reduction), and in-seat movements (transient center of pressure movements or unloading). The median participant spent 10.3 hours in his wheelchair and performed 16 transfers to or from the wheelchair daily. Pressure reliefs were performed less than once every 3 hours in both groups. Weight shifts were performed significantly more often by the No PrI Group (median (interquartile range) 2.5 (1.0-3.6) per hour) than the PrI Group (1.0 (0.4-1.9), with P = 0.037 and effect size r = 0.39). In-seat movements were performed 46.5 (28.7-76.7) times per hour by the No PrI group and 39.6 (24.3-49.7) times per hour for the PrI group (P = 0.352, effect size r = 0.17). Weight shifts that can be produced by functional activities and that partially unload the buttocks should be considered as an important addition to individuals' PrI prevention regimen.

  3. Improving detection of obstructive sleep apnoea by overnight oximetry in children using pulse rate parameters.

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    Sahadan, Dg Zuraini; Davey, Margot J; Horne, Rosemary S C; Nixon, Gillian M

    2015-12-01

    Overnight oximetry is a simple tool for investigation of obstructive sleep apnoea (OSA) in children, but only severe cases will be detected, and children with obstructive events resulting in arousal, but not desaturation, will have a normal (inconclusive) result. We hypothesised that pulse rate rises using pulse rate indices per hour (PRI) and pulse rate standard deviation (PR-SD) automatically calculated from commercially available software would improve oximetry as a diagnostic tool. Children having home overnight oximetry for suspected OSA were identified over 12 months, and those with a normal result who went on to have polysomnography (PSG) were included. Oximetry, including PR-SD and PRI (rises of 8, 10 and 15 beats/min per hour), was analyzed using commercially available software. PR parameters were compared between those with OSA (obstructive apnoea-hypopnoea index (OAHI) >1 event/h) and those without OSA. One hundred sixteen children had normal oximetry, of whom 93 (median age 4.5 years; 55 % M) had PSG. Fifty-seven of 93 (61 %) children had OSA (median OAHI 4.5 events/h, range 1.1-24). PR-SD was not different between the OSA and non-OSA groups (p = 0.87). PRI tended to be higher in those with OSA, but there was considerable overlap between the groups: PRI-8 (mean ± SD 58.5 ± 29.0/h in OSA group vs 48.6 ± 20.2/h in non-OSA group, p = 0.07), PRI-10 (45.1 ± 25.0 vs 36.2 ± 16.7, p = 0.06) and PRI-15 (24.4 ± 14.5 vs 18.9 ± 9.0, p = 0.04). A PRI-15 threshold of >35/h had specificity of 97 % for OSA. The PRI-15 shows promise as an indicator of OSA in children with normal oximetry.

  4. National Program for Inspection of Non-Federal Dams. Mill Pond Dam (MA 00161) Danvers River Basin, Danvers, Massachusetts. Phase I Inspection Report.

    DTIC Science & Technology

    1980-12-01

    receiving a flash flood warning, either from the NationalL Weather Service or the Town’s pri- vate weather service, the Town re- moves flashboards to lower...which is about 1 to 1.5 ft. higher than normally maintained during late fall, winter and spring months or at times when flash flood warnings are...following conditions: a. Upon receiving a flash flood warning, either from the National Weather Service or the Town’s pri- vate weather service, the

  5. The Photochemical Reflectance Index from Directional Cornfield Reflectances: Observations and Simulations

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    Cheng, Yen-Ben; Middleton, Elizabeth M.; Zhang, Qingyuan; Corp, Lawrence A.; Dandois, Jonathan; Kustas, William P.

    2012-01-01

    The two-layer Markov chain Analytical Canopy Reflectance Model (ACRM) was linked with in situ hyperspectral leaf optical properties to simulate the Photochemical Reflectance Index (PRI) for a corn crop canopy at three different growth stages. This is an extended study after a successful demonstration of PRI simulations for a cornfield previously conducted at an early vegetative growth stage. Consistent with previous in situ studies, sunlit leaves exhibited lower PRI values than shaded leaves. Since sunlit (shaded) foliage dominates the canopy in the reflectance hotspot (coldspot), the canopy PRI derived from field hyperspectral observations displayed sensitivity to both view zenith angle and relative azimuth angle at all growth stages. Consequently, sunlit and shaded canopy sectors were most differentiated when viewed along the azimuth matching the solar principal plane. These directional PRI responses associated with sunlit/shaded foliage were successfully reproduced by the ACRM. As before, the simulated PRI values from the current study were closer to in situ values when both sunlit and shaded leaves were utilized as model input data in a two-layer mode, instead of a one-layer mode with sunlit leaves only. Model performance as judged by correlation between in situ and simulated values was strongest for the mature corn crop (r = 0.87, RMSE = 0.0048), followed by the early vegetative stage (r = 0.78; RMSE = 0.0051) and the early senescent stage (r = 0.65; RMSE = 0.0104). Since the benefit of including shaded leaves in the scheme varied across different growth stages, a further analysis was conducted to investigate how variable fractions of sunlit/shaded leaves affect the canopy PRI values expected for a cornfield, with implications for 20 remote sensing monitoring options. Simulations of the sunlit to shaded canopy ratio near 50/50 +/- 10 (e.g., 60/40) matching field observations at all growth stages were examined. Our results suggest in the importance of the

  6. Mechanical Model of Steel-concrete Composite Joint under Sagging Bending Moment

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    Pisarek, Zdzisław

    2012-06-01

    In buildings with steel-concrete composite floors, joints are designed to transmit mainly hogging bending moment. In case of the large horizontal loads due to wind, earthquake or accidental events, sagging bending moments in a joint can also occur. Additionally, large deformations of the structure cause tying and prying effects. In the paper, a mechanical model based on "component method" for evaluation of characteristics of the composite joint is presented. The influence of tying and prying actions on distribution of the internal forces in a joint is also analyzed. The procedure for calculation of the characteristics of the composite joint with bolted endplate connection is elaborated too.

  7. Coherent radar observations of a storm sudden commencement having a preliminary reverse impulse

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    McDiarmid, D.R.; Nielsen, E. )

    1987-01-01

    Observations of the February 4, 1983, storm sudden commencement (ssc) by the STARE and SABRE radar systems are presented. The observing stations were in the dusk sector, where the ssc was accompanied by a preliminary reverse impulse (PRI). The radar data show the PRI to be a consequence of the ssc compression wave producing an initial antisunward flow. The polarization of the ssc electric field in the ionosphere is seen to have both longitudinal and latitudinal structure. The observations are discussed in terms of the propagation of the ssc disturbance throughout the magnetosphere.

  8. Utilizing In Situ Directional Hyperspectral Measurements to Validate Bio-Indicator Simulations for a Corn Crop Canopy

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    Cheng, Yen-Ben; Middleton, Elizabeth M.; Huemmrich, Karl F.; Zhang, Qingyuan; Campbell, Petya K. E.; Corp, Lawrence A.; Russ, Andrew L.; Kustas, William P.

    2010-01-01

    Two radiative transfer canopy models, SAIL and the two-layer Markov-Chain Canopy Reflectance Model (MCRM), were coupled with in situ leaf optical properties to simulate canopy-level spectral band ratio vegetation indices with the focus on the photochemical reflectance index in a cornfield. In situ hyperspectral measurements were made at both leaf and canopy levels. Leaf optical properties were obtained from both sunlit and shaded leaves. Canopy reflectance was acquired for eight different relative azimuth angles (psi) at three different view zenith angles (Theta (sub v)), and later used to validate model outputs. Field observations of photochemical reflectance index (PRI) for sunlit leaves exhibited lower values than shaded leaves, indicating higher light stress. Canopy PRI expressed obvious sensitivity to viewing geometry, as a function of both Theta (sub v) and psi . Overall, simulations from MCRM exhibited better agreements with in situ values than SAIL. When using only sunlit leaves as input, the MCRM-simulated PRI values showed satisfactory correlation and RMSE, as compared to in situ values. However, the performance of the MCRM model was significantly improved after defining a lower canopy layer comprised of shaded leaves beneath the upper sunlit leaf layer. Four other widely used band ratio vegetation indices were also studied and compared with the PRI results. MCRM simulations were able to generate satisfactory simulations for these other four indices when using only sunlit leaves as input; but unlike PRI, adding shaded leaves did not improve the performance of MCRM. These results support the hypothesis that the PRI is sensitive to physiological dynamics while the others detect static factors related to canopy structure. Sensitivity analysis was performed on MCRM in order to better understand the effects of structure related parameters on the PRI simulations. Leaf area index (LAI) showed the most significant impact on MCRM-simulated PRI among the parameters

  9. EnABLing microprocessor for apoptosis.

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    Tu, Chi-Chiang; Wang, Jean Y J

    The Microprocessor complex consisting of DROSHA (a type III ribonuclease) and DGCR8 (DiGeorge syndrome critical region gene 8-encoded RNA binding protein) recognizes and cleaves the precursor microRNA hairpin (pre-miRNA) from the primary microRNA transcript (pri-miRNA). The Abelson tyrosine kinase 1 (ABL) phosphorylates DGCR8 to stimulate the cleavage of a subset of pro-apoptotic pri-miRNAs, thus expanding the nuclear functions of ABL to include regulation of RNA processing.

  10. Utilizing In Situ Directional Hyperspectral Measurements to Validate Bio-Indicator Simulations for a Corn Crop Canopy

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    Cheng, Yen-Ben; Middleton, Elizabeth M.; Huemmrich, Karl F.; Zhang, Qingyuan; Campbell, Petya K. E.; Corp, Lawrence A.; Russ, Andrew L.; Kustas, William P.

    2010-01-01

    Two radiative transfer canopy models, SAIL and the two-layer Markov-Chain Canopy Reflectance Model (MCRM), were coupled with in situ leaf optical properties to simulate canopy-level spectral band ratio vegetation indices with the focus on the photochemical reflectance index in a cornfield. In situ hyperspectral measurements were made at both leaf and canopy levels. Leaf optical properties were obtained from both sunlit and shaded leaves. Canopy reflectance was acquired for eight different relative azimuth angles (psi) at three different view zenith angles (Theta (sub v)), and later used to validate model outputs. Field observations of photochemical reflectance index (PRI) for sunlit leaves exhibited lower values than shaded leaves, indicating higher light stress. Canopy PRI expressed obvious sensitivity to viewing geometry, as a function of both Theta (sub v) and psi . Overall, simulations from MCRM exhibited better agreements with in situ values than SAIL. When using only sunlit leaves as input, the MCRM-simulated PRI values showed satisfactory correlation and RMSE, as compared to in situ values. However, the performance of the MCRM model was significantly improved after defining a lower canopy layer comprised of shaded leaves beneath the upper sunlit leaf layer. Four other widely used band ratio vegetation indices were also studied and compared with the PRI results. MCRM simulations were able to generate satisfactory simulations for these other four indices when using only sunlit leaves as input; but unlike PRI, adding shaded leaves did not improve the performance of MCRM. These results support the hypothesis that the PRI is sensitive to physiological dynamics while the others detect static factors related to canopy structure. Sensitivity analysis was performed on MCRM in order to better understand the effects of structure related parameters on the PRI simulations. Leaf area index (LAI) showed the most significant impact on MCRM-simulated PRI among the parameters

  11. Review of methods for removing cast gold restorations.

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    Oliva, R A

    1979-11-01

    Most techniques and devices described for crown removal, in one way or another, destroy the integrity of today's precision cast crowns. There were only three techniques described that do not require drilling a hole, cutting a notch or slot, clamping with claws or jaws, prying with instruments, or grasping with forceps and pliers. These are the copper band filled with cement, the coping of cold-curing acrylic resin, and the Richwil crown remover. The safest and least traumatic of all crown removal devices and techniques is to cut a slot and pry the crown loose. Although the crown is destroyed, damage to the tooth is avoided.

  12. Structure and Specificity of a Permissive Bacterial C-Prenyltransferase

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    Elshahawi, Sherif I.; Cao, Hongnan; Shaaban, Khaled A.; Ponomareva, Larissa V.; Subramanian, Thangaiah; Farman, Mark L.; Spielmann, H. Peter; Phillips, George N.; Thorson, Jon S.; Singh, Shanteri

    2016-01-01

    This study highlights the biochemical and structural characterization of the L-tryptophan C-6 C-prenyltransferase PriB from Streptomyces sp. RM-5-8. PriB was found to be uniquely permissive to a diverse array of prenyl donors and acceptors including the antibiotic daptomycin (Cubicin®). This study also highlights two additional PTs (FgaPT2 and CdpNPT) as catalysts for daptomycin prenylation where novel prenylated daptomycins also displayed improved antibacterial activities over the parent drug. PMID:28166207

  13. Magnesium and calcium isotopic characteristics of Tengchong volcanics: Recycling of marine carbonates into the SE Tibetan mantle

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    Liu, F.; Zhang, Z.; Liu, Y.; Zhu, H.; Kang, J.; Zhang, C.; Sun, W.; Wang, G. Q.

    2015-12-01

    Post-collisional high-K calc-alkaline volcanic rocks are widely distributed in Tengchong in the southeastern margin of Tibetan Plateau. Previous considerable petrological and Sr-Nd-Pb isotopic researches undoubtedly indicate that the mantle beneath Tengchong is heterogeneous and enriched. However, the genesis of such a kind of mantle is still poor understood and needs more constrains. One of the key points lead to the answer to this question is that, is there any recycled carbonate involved? Therefore, Magnesium and calcium isotopic compositions of mantle-derived volcanics should be investigated because they are good candidates to be potentially used to trace recycling of ancient marine carbonates into the mantle. In this study, we report high-precision Mg and Ca isotopic compositions for calc-alkaline volcanic rocks in Tengchong. These volcanic rocks show significantly lighter δ26Mg values (-0.44 to -0.36‰) than the mantle value (-0.25±0.07‰). Similarly, they display lighter δ44Ca values (0.65-0.80‰) than the mantle value (1.05±0.04‰). Because neither δ26Mg nor δ44Ca are correlated with SiO2 (50.8-61.6 wt.%) contents, and there is no relationships between δ26Mg or δ44Ca and typical trace element abundance ratios (e.g. Sm/Yb, Ba/Y), we conclude that magma differentiation or partial melting would lead to limited Mg and Ca isotopes fractionation. Thus, low δ26Mg and δ44Ca signatures of Tengchong volcanic rocks probably reflect that the δ26Mg and δ44Ca characteristics of the underneath mantle source, and are resulted from adding ancient marine carbonates into the primitive mantle which has low Mg and Ca isotopic compositions. Our model simulation using a two end-member mixing between Mg-Ca isotopic compositions of primitive mantle and ancient marine carbonate indicates that carbonates involved in the mantle source is mainly dolostone with minor limestone. Combined with the geotectonic evolution history in Tengchong, we propose that the enriched

  14. Role of momentum transfer in the quenching of the Gamow-Teller strength

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    Marketin, T.; Martinez-Pinedo, G.; Paar, N.; Vretenar, D.

    2012-10-20

    A recent analysis of (p,n) and (n,p) reaction data from {sup 90}Zr was performed recently, where a significant amount of Gamow-Teller strength was found above the resonance, an energy region previously unreachable by experimental setups. The extracted strengths in the {beta}{sub -} and the {beta}{sub +} channel indicate that approximately 10% of the total strength necessary to satisfy the model independent Ikeda sum rule is missing. One possible source of this discrepancy is the treatment of the isovector spin monopole (IVSM) mode of excitation which has been found to occurr at high excitation energies. Employing the relativistic Hartree-Bogoliubov (RHB) model and the protonneutron relativistic quasiparticle random phase approximation (pn-RQRPA) to calculate the nuclear response, we explore the contribution of the IVSM mode to the total L= 0 strength and apply our results to the available data.

  15. Measurements of the 169Tm(n,2n)168Tm cross section between 9.0 and 17.5 MeV

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    Soter, J.; Bhike, Megha; Krishichayan, Fnu; Finch, S. W.; Tornow, W.

    2016-09-01

    Measurements of the 169Tm(n,2n)168Tm cross section have been performed in 0.5 MeV intervals for neutron energies ranging from 9.0 MeV to 17.5 MeV in order to resolve discrepancies in the current literature data. The neutron activation technique was used with 90Zr and 197Au as monitor foils. After irradiation, de-excitation gamma rays were recorded off-line with High-Purity Germanium (HPGE) detectors in TUNL's Low-Background Counting Facility. In addition, data for the 169Tm(n,3n)167Tm reaction have also been obtained from 15.5 MeV to 17.5 MeV. The results of these measurements provide the basis for investigating properties of the interial confinement fusion plasma in deuterium-tritium (DT) capsules at the National Ignition Facility located at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory.

  16. Total and partial capture cross sections in reactions with deformed nuclei at energies near and below the Coulomb barrier

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    Kuzyakin, R. A. Sargsyan, V. V.; Adamian, G. G.; Antonenko, N. V.

    2013-06-15

    Within the quantum diffusion approach, the capture of a projectile nucleus by a target nucleus is studied at bombarding energies above and below the Coulomb barrier. The effects of deformation of interacting nuclei and neutron transfer between them on the total and partial capture cross sections and the mean angular momentum of the captured system are studied. The results obtained for the {sup 16}O + {sup 112}Cd, {sup 152}Sm, and {sup 184}W; {sup 19}F +{sup 175}Lu; {sup 28}Si +{sup 94,100}Mo and {sup 154}Sm; {sup 40}Ca +{sup 96}Zr; {sup 48}Ca+ {sup 90}Zr; and {sup 64}Ni +{sup 58,64}Ni, {sup 92,96}Zr, and {sup 100}Mo reactions are in good agreement with available experimental data.

  17. Improved Properties of Pb Based BLZT Ferroelectric Ceramics

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    Kumar, Parveen; Singh, Sangeeta; Juneja, J. K.; Raina, K. K.; Prakash, Chandra

    2011-11-22

    Present report is concerning with investigation of effect of different sintering profiles on Pb based BLZT ceramics. The material powder of selected composition (Ba{sub 0.795}La{sub 0.005}Pb{sub 0.20}Ti{sub 0.90}Zr{sub 0.10}O{sub 3}) was prepared by solid state reaction route and then powder was compacted in the form of circular discs. The discs were then sintered at different temperatures (1325 deg. C for 4h, 1325 deg. C for 15min+1200 deg. C for 4h). Improved dielectric and ferroelectric properties were observed for samples sintered at 1200 deg. C. Shifting in T{sub c} to higher temperature could be related to enhanced tetragonality, which was further confirmed by X-ray diffraction analysis. All these improvements evidences that there is less Pb loss in case of modified sintering profile.

  18. Progress of Covariance Evaluation at the China Nuclear Data Center

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    Xu, R.; Zhang, Q.; Zhang, Y.; Liu, T.; Ge, Z.; Lu, H.; Sun, Z.; Yu, B.; Tang, G.

    2015-01-15

    Covariance evaluations at the China Nuclear Data Center focus on the cross sections of structural materials and actinides in the fast neutron energy range. In addition to the well-known Least-squares approach, a method based on the analysis of the sources of experimental uncertainties is especially introduced to generate a covariance matrix for a particular reaction for which multiple measurements are available. The scheme of the covariance evaluation flow is presented, and an example of n+{sup 90}Zr is given to illuminate the whole procedure. It is proven that the accuracy of measurements can be properly incorporated into the covariance and the long-standing small uncertainty problem can be avoided.

  19. Development of Enhanced, Permanently-Installed, Neutron Activation Diagnostic Hardware for NIF

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    Edwards, E. R.; Jedlovec, D. R.; Carrera, J. A.; Yeamans, C. B.

    2016-05-01

    Neutron activation diagnostics are baseline neutron yield and flux measurement instruments at the National Ignition Facility. Up to 19 activation samples are distributed around the target chamber. Currently the samples must be removed to be counted, creating a 1-2 week data turn-around time and considerable labor costs. An improved system consisting of a commercially available LaBr3(Ce) scintillator and Power over Ethernet electronics is under development. A machined zirconium-702 cap over the detector is the activation medium to measure the 90Zr(n,2n)89Zr reaction. The detectors are located at the current neutron activation diagnostic sites and monitored remotely. Because they collect data in real time yield values are returned within a few hours after a NIF shot.

  20. The Giant Dipole Resonance built on highly excited states — results of the MEDEA experiment

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    Suomijärvi, T.; Le Faou, J. H.; Blumenfeld, Y.; Piattelli, P.; Agodi, C.; Alamanos, N.; Alba, R.; Auger, F.; Bellia, G.; Chomaz, Ph.; Coniglione, R.; Del Zoppo, A.; Finocchiaro, P.; Frascaria, N.; Gaardhøje, J. J.; Garron, J. P.; Gillibert, A.; Lamehi-Rachti, M.; Liguori-Neto, R.; Maiolino, C.; Migneco, E.; Russo, G.; Roynette, J. C.; Santonocito, D.; Sapienza, P.; Scarpaci, J. A.; Smerzi, A.

    1994-03-01

    Gamma-rays, light charged particles and evaporation residues emitted from hot nuclei formed in the 36Ar + 90Zr reaction at 27 MeV/u have been measured with a nearly 4π barium fluoride multidetector. It is shown that hot Sn-like nuclei with a range of excitation energies between 300 and 600 MeV are produced. The γ-ray yield from the decay of the Giant Dipole Resonance in these nuclei is shown to remain constant over this excitation energy range. The measured γ-ray spectra are compared with statistical calculations encompassing several recent theoretical models for the quenching of gamma-ray emission from the dipole resonance at very high temperatures.

  1. Direct neutron decay of the isoscalar giant dipole resonance

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    Hunyadi, M. Berg, A. M. van den; Davids, B.; Harakeh, M. N.; Huu, M. A. de; Woertche, H. J.; Csatlos, M.; Gulyas, J.; Krasznahorkay, A.; Sohler, D.; Garg, U.; Fujiwara, M.; Blasi, N.

    2007-08-15

    The direct and statistical neutron decay of the isoscalar giant dipole resonance has been studied in {sup 90}Zr, {sup 116}Sn, and {sup 208}Pb using the ({alpha}, {alpha}' n) reaction at a bombarding energy of 200 MeV. The spectra of fast decay neutrons populating valence hole states of the Z, N - 1 nuclei were analyzed, and estimates for the branching ratios were determined. The observation of the nucleon-direct-decay channels helped to select giant-resonance strengths and suppress the underlying background and continuum, which led to an indication of the existence of a new mode with L 2 character, presumably the overtone of the isoscalar giant quadrupole resonance.

  2. Delta-hole interaction in nuclei and the Gamow-Teller strength in 90Nb

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    Arima, A.; Bentz, W.; Suzuki, T.; Suzuki, T.

    2001-02-01

    The recently obtained experimental result for the quenching of the GT sum rule in the reaction 90Zr(p,n)90Nb is used to extract the value of the Landau-Migdal parameter gNΔ', taking into account also the effect of the finite range meson exchange interactions. The extracted value is compared to the one obtained in the /π+ρ exchange model by explicitly taking into account the effects of antisymmetrization and short range correlations. Although the /π+ρ exchange model tends to give a somewhat stronger quenching than observed experimentally, the results are consistent within the experimental error bars if the quark model value for the parameter fΔ/fπ is used.

  3. Collinear laser spectroscopy of radioisotopes of zirconium

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    Thayer, H. L.; Billowes, J.; Campbell, P.; Dendooven, P.; Flanagan, K. T.; Forest, D. H.; Griffith, J. A. R.; Huikari, J.; Jokinen, A.; Moore, R.; Nieminen, A.; Tungate, G.; Zemlyanoi, S.; Äystö, J.

    2003-09-01

    Isotope shifts and hyperfine structures have been measured for radioisotopes of ionic zirconium using on-line laser spectroscopy at the IGISOL facility in Jyväskylä, where the installation of an ion beam cooler/buncher has significantly improved the experimental sensitivity. Measurements have been made on all the neutron-deficient isotopes from 87Zr to 90Zr, including the isomers 87m,89mZr, and the neutron-rich isotopes from 96Zr to 102Zr. The change in mean square charge radii between the isotopes and the nuclear moments of the odd isotopes have been extracted. The data show a sudden increase in the mean square charge radius at mass A = 100, consistent with an onset of nuclear deformation which has been observed in the gamma ray spectroscopy of isotope chains in this region of the nuclear chart.

  4. The ``missing'' Gamow-Teller strength and the continuous (p,n) spectra

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    Cha, D.; Osterfeld, F.

    Microscopic analyses of complete forward angle intermediate energy (p,n)-spectra are presented for the reactions 90Zr(p,n), 208Pb(p,n) and 42Ca(p,n). It is shown that the whole spectra up to an excitation energy of Ex = 70 MeV are the result of correlated one-particle-one-hole (1p1h) spin-isospin transitions only. The spectra reflect, therefore, the linear spin-isospin response of the target nucleus to the probing (p,n) field. We find a large amount of the "missing" Gamow-Teller strength in the continuum part of the O0 spectrum. Then the total amount of Gamow-Teller strength observed in these nuclei is close to the lower sum rule limit of 3(N-Z).

  5. Mean-field calculation of compressed finite nuclei with {Delta} excitations

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    Hasan, Mahmoud A.; Vary, James P. Lee, T.-S.H. Vary, James P.

    1997-12-01

    The energies and matter densities of finite nuclei under radial compression are predicted by using a constrained Hartree-Fock method with the {Delta} degree of freedom included. The results are presented for {sup 90}Zr in a calculation within a model space of seven major oscillator shells. The main feature of this calculation is that the effective baryon-baryon interactions associated with the {Delta} are evaluated within a G-matrix approach based on a coupled-channel NN{circle_plus}N{Delta}{circle_plus}{pi}NN model that can describe the NN data up to 1 GeV. It is found that as the nucleus is compressed to about 2{endash}3 times of the ordinary nuclear density, the {Delta} component is sharply increased to about 10{percent} of all baryons in the system. This result is consistent with the values extracted from relativistic heavy-ion collisions. {copyright} {ital 1997} {ital The American Physical Society}

  6. Application of multiple scattering theory to lower-energy elastic nucleon-nucleus scattering

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    Chinn, C. R.; Elster, Ch.; Thaler, R. M.; Weppner, S. P.

    1995-03-01

    The optical model potentials for nucleon-nucleus elastic scattering at 65 meV are calculated for 12C, 16O, 28Si, 40Ca, 56Fe, 90Zr, and 208Pb in first-order multiple scattering theory, following the prescription of the spectator expansion, where the only inputs are the free nucleon-nucleon (NN) potentials, the nuclear densities, and the nuclear mean field as derived from microscopic nuclear structure calculations. These potentials are used to predict differential cross sections, analyzing powers, and spin rotation functions for neutron and proton scattering at 65 MeV projectile energy and compared with available experimental data. The theoretical curves are in very good agreement with the data. The modification of the propagator due to the coupling of the struck nucleon to the residual nucleus is seen to be significant at this energy and invariably improves the congruence of theoretical prediction and measurement.

  7. Elastic Cross Sections for Positive and Negative Pions at 400 and 500 Mev, with CARBON-12, CALCIUM-40, Zirconium -90, or LEAD-208: Measurements and Interpretations.

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    Kahrimanis, George Peter

    1995-01-01

    Pion-nucleus scattering at energies above the Delta(1232) resonance has been studied intensively using both pi^+ and pi^- beams on ^{12}C, ^{40}Ca, ^{90}Zr, and ^{208}Pb. The present data provide an opportunity to study the interaction of pions with nuclei at energies above the Delta(1232), where conventional second-order corrections should be small. The results are compared with other data sets at similar energies, and with four theoretical calculations: one employing a momentum-space microscopic optical model, another in the eikonal approach, an application of the Kemmer-Duffin-Petiau wave equation with the Relativistic Impulse Approximation, and one based on the Non-Relativistic Impulse Approximation. The comparisons show certain persistent features, such as a smaller effective radius of strong absorption than in the region of the Delta(1232), as expected, but still larger than these calculations predict.

  8. Fission cross section of the 232Th(n,f)131Sb reaction induced by neutrons around 14 MeV

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    Zhang, Yi; Lv, Tao; Pan, Xiao-dong; Wang, Qiang; Fang, Kai-hong; Lan, Chang-lin

    2017-06-01

    In order to make a more detailed study on the 232Th fission process, the cross section of 232Th(n,f)131Sb fission reaction induced by 14 MeV neutrons was measured precisely with the neutron activation method and off-line gamma ray spectrometric technique. Neutron flux was monitored on line using the accompanying α particle from T(d,n)4He reaction in the irradiation and neutron energies were given by the cross section ratio of 90Zr(n,2 n)89Zr reaction to 93Nb(n,2 n)92 mNb reaction. The experimentally determined cross sections were deduced to be 6.27±0.47, 6.19±0.54, 6.00±0.51 mb at 14.1±0.3, 14.5±0.3 and 14.8±0.3 MeV, respectively.

  9. Giant M 1 resonance in sup 120 Sn and the quenching of the nucleon spin g factors

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

    1989-09-01

    The distribution of magnetic dipole transition strength in {sup 120}Sn has been measured at excitations between 7.3 and 9.3 MeV using highly polarized tagged photons. A total {ital M}1 strength of {Sigma} eV corresponding to {ital B}({ital M}1{up arrow})=8.8{sub {minus}0.9}{sup +1.1}{mu}{sub 0}{sup 2} {ital was found to be more or less uniformly distributed throughout the region}. {ital This result and previous polarized photon measurements in} {sup 90}Zr and the Pb nuclei present a consistent picture of {ital M}1 strengths in closed-shell nuclei in terms of the required normalization for the spin nucleon {ital g} factors. Normalizations with respect to the bare nucleon values are 0.68{plus minus}0.02 and 0.64{plus minus}0.03 for the proton and neutron spin {ital g} factors, respectively.

  10. Cross sections for (n, 2n), (n, p) and (n, ) reactions on osmium isotopes in the neutron energy range of 13.5-14.8 MeV.

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    Zhao, Liangyong; Yuan, Jilong; Tuo, Fei; Zhang, Yanbin; Kong, Xiangzhong; Liu, Rong; Jiang, Li

    2008-10-01

    Cross sections for (n, 2n), (n, p) and (n, alpha) reactions on the osmium isotopes were measured in the neutron energies 13.5-14.8 MeV by the activation technique with the monitor reaction (93)Nb(n, 2n)(92 m)Nb. Our measurements were carried out by gamma-detection using a coaxial high-purity germanium (HPGe) detector. Natural high-purity osmium powder (99.9%) was fabricated as the samples. The neutron energies were determined by the cross-section ratios for (93)Nb(n, 2n)(92 m)Nb and (90)Zr(n, 2n)(89 m+g)Zr reactions. The fast neutrons were produced by the T(d, n)(4)He reaction. The results obtained were compared with previous data.

  11. Dirac Calculations for Proton Inelastic Scattering at Intermediate Energies

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    El-Nohy, N. A.; El-Hammamy, M. N.; Aly, N. E.; Abdel-Moneim, A. M.; Hamza, A. F.

    2016-12-01

    Relativistic proton inelastic scattering from different targets (16O, 24Mg, 28Si, 40Ca, 54Fe, 58Ni, 90Zr, 154Sm, 176Yb, and 208Pb) at intermediate energies is analyzed in the framework of phenomenological optical potentials based on the Dirac formalism. Parameters of the Dirac phenomenological potential with Woods Saxon (WS) shape are obtained. The first order vibrational collective model with one phonon is used to calculate the transition optical potentials to the first low-lying excited state (2+) of the investigated target nuclei. Also, the variation of deformation length ( δ) with energy and mass number is studied. It is noticed that the deformation length increases slightly with energy at intermediate range.

  12. Examination of the energy dependence of the fusion process

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    Torabi, F.; Ghodsi, O. N.; Pahlavani, M. R.

    2017-03-01

    In this study, the role of bombarding energy in analyzing the interaction potentials and describing the densities of interacting nuclei during fusion is investigated. For this purpose, the fusion cross sections of the 40Ca+48Ca , 16O+92Zr , and 40Ca+90Zr systems are calculated by the use of potentials derived from the semiclassical Skyrme energy density functional and the coupled-channel formalism. The comparisons drawn between the theoretical fusion data and the experimental ones demonstrate the energy-dependence behavior of the potentials employed in the calculations. Considering this dependence, we also show the variations of the density parameters of the colliding nuclei with the bombarding energy. The obtained results indicate that with increasing energy, the fusion barrier heights increase, while the diffuseness parameters of the densities decrease.

  13. Role of momentum transfer in the quenching of the Gamow-Teller strength

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    Marketin, T.; Martínez-Pinedo, G.; Paar, N.; Vretenar, D.

    2012-10-01

    A recent analysis of (p,n) and (n,p) reaction data from 90Zr was performed recently, where a significant amount of Gamow-Teller strength was found above the resonance, an energy region previously unreachable by experimental setups. The extracted strengths in the β- and the β+ channel indicate that approximately 10% of the total strength necessary to satisfy the model independent Ikeda sum rule is missing. One possible source of this discrepancy is the treatment of the isovector spin monopole (IVSM) mode of excitation which has been found to occurr at high excitation energies. Employing the relativistic Hartree-Bogoliubov (RHB) model and the protonneutron relativistic quasiparticle random phase approximation (pn-RQRPA) to calculate the nuclear response, we explore the contribution of the IVSM mode to the total L = 0 strength and apply our results to the available data.

  14. Crossover from skin mode to proton-neutron mode in E1 excitations of neutron-rich nuclei

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    Nakada, H.; Inakura, T.; Sawai, H.

    2013-03-01

    The character of the low-energy E1 excitations is investigated by analyzing transition densities obtained from the RPA calculations in the doubly magic nuclei. We propose a decomposition method of the E1 excitations into the pn mode (i.e., oscillation between protons and neutrons) and the skin mode (i.e., oscillation of the neutron skin against the inner core) via the transition densities, by which their mixing is handled in a straightforward manner. Crossover behavior of the E1 excitations is found, from the skin mode at low energy to the pn mode at higher energy. The ratio of the skin-mode strength to the full strength turns out to be insensitive to the nuclides and to the effective interactions in the energy region of the crossover. Depending on the excitation energy, the observed low-energy E1 excitations are not necessarily dominated by the skin mode, as exemplified for 90Zr.

  15. In-medium full-folding optical model for nucleon-nucleus elastic scattering

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    Arellano, H.F.; Brieva, F.A.; Love, W.G. |

    1995-07-01

    We develop an approach for incorporating both medium and off-shell effects in the calculation of full-folding nucleon-nucleus optical potentials for elastic scattering. The approach is based on a flexible scheme for calculating the nucleon-nucleon effective interaction in the nuclear medium. Using this scheme, we calculate a fully off-shell, energy-dependent effective force which includes effects arising from Pauli blocking and the nuclear mean field via an interacting nuclear matter model. Calculations of the elastic scattering observables for {ital p}+{sup 40}Ca and for {ital p}+{sup 208}Pb at energies between 30 and 400 MeV are presented and discussed. We also study total cross sections for neutron scattering off {sup 40}Ca, {sup 90}Zr, and {sup 208}Pb in the 5--400 MeV energy range. The theory gives a reasonable overall description of the data in the energy range under study.

  16. Elastic and inelastic scattering of 240-MeV {sup 6}Li ions from {sup 40}Ca and {sup 48}Ca and tests of a systematic optical potential

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    Krishichayan,; Chen, X.; Lui, Y.-W.; Button, J.; Youngblood, D. H.

    2010-04-15

    Elastic and inelastic scattering of 240-MeV {sup 6}Li particles from {sup 40}Ca and {sup 48}Ca were measured with the multipole-dipole-multipole spectrometer from 4 deg. <=theta{sub c.m.}<=40 deg. Optical potential parameters were obtained by fitting the elastic-scattering data with the double-folding model using the density-dependent M3Y NN effective interaction and B(E2) and B(E3) values obtained for low-lying 2{sup +} and 3{sup -} states agreed with the adopted values. The results are compared with those obtained using potentials derived from the systematics of potentials previously obtained for {sup 24}Mg, {sup 28}Si, {sup 58}Ni, and {sup 90}Zr. Cross sections for excitation of giant resonances were also calculated with the potentials obtained.

  17. Tower Based Measurements of Bio-indicators Over the Growing Season at a Mature Douglas-fir Coniferous Forest

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    Cheng, Y.; Hilker, T.; Middleton, E. M.; Coops, N. C.; Black, T. A.; Krishnan, P.

    2007-12-01

    The use of remotely sensed measurements collected by satellite, aircraft, and ground instruments to improve our understanding of ecological and hydrological processes were successfully demonstrated through the First International Satellite Land Surface Climatology (ISLSCP) Field Experiment [FIFE] and the BOReal Ecosystem- Atmosphere Study [BOREAS]. Following the concept of FIFE and BOREAS, we analyzed hyperspectral reflectance measurements collected at a coastal forest in British Columbia, Canada through the 2006 growing season. Diurnal and seasonal dynamics of the Photochemical Reflectance Index (PRI), a normalized difference spectral band-ratio index based on the xanthophyll signal at 531 nm which expresses protective responses to high light stress, were studied. This index has been shown to correlate with photosynthetic light use efficiency (LUE), an essential variable to model carbon uptake efficiency by plants. The measurements were collected from an automated system mounted on a flux tower under different sun and view geometries and atmospheric conditions through the 2006 growing season. Canopy structure was modeled using Light Detection and Ranging (LiDAR) technology, from which the sunlit and shaded canopy fractions were calculated as a function of incoming photosynthetically active radiation (PAR). These automated directional observations allowed us to: 1) investigate diurnal and seasonal changes of the PRI under different sky conditions; 2) compare the PRI with tower-based micro-meteorological measurements; and 3) separately investigate the PRI dynamics for sunlit and shaded partitions of the canopy which differ in response to their light environments. The data were categorized into six different groups based on two sky conditions (sunny and cloudy) and three illumination conditions (sunlit, shaded and intermediate). PRI showed a clear correlation with the LiDAR-based shadow fraction estimates. In April, the commencement of the growing season, clear

  18. The State of the Ca Isotope Proxy

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    Fantle, M. S.; Tipper, E.

    2012-12-01

    At the Earth's surface, Ca is a critical element at a variety of scales. It is both a biological nutrient and water-soluble, and is a major constituent of the dominant mineral sink for carbon in the ocean. Additionally, the 5‰ range in the stable isotope ratios of Ca (44Ca/40Ca) suggests that Ca isotopes may be a promising tracer of the Ca cycle, specifically the oceanic budget over time. Despite ~15 years of concentrated effort on high-precision Ca isotope measurements, the utility of Ca isotopes as a proxy remains far from clear. A variety of basic questions have yet to be resolved, both in the marine and terrestrial realms. To provide perspective, the current work presents a data compilation of over 60 published Ca isotope studies. The compilation includes δ44/40CaSRM-915a measurements of the modern Ca cycle, including rivers and groundwater, dust, soils and soil pore fluids, vegetation, rainwater, silicate minerals/rocks, and marine carbonates. The focus of this work is to quantify the leverage of inputs to change the isotopic composition of the ocean. One of the tenets of the weathering proxy is that there is little isotopic leverage to change seawater. If this assumption is valid, then significant variations in the isotopic composition of seawater can be explained to some extent by mass flux imbalances between Ca inputs and outputs, requiring the Ca cycle to be out of steady state for significant periods of time. Despite evidence that Ca fractionates in the modern system during continental cycling, the δ44Ca range of riverine inputs to the ocean is very narrow (especially when compared to the spread in marine carbonates). Thus, there appears to be minimal isotopic leverage amongst inputs to shift the ocean δ44Ca. In order to develop our understanding of the Ca isotope proxy, we identify two probable mechanisms for shifting ocean δ44Ca and evaluate them using a series of simple box models. In the terrestrial realm, plants exhibit a wide range of

  19. Ca Isotope Fractionation in the Hawaiian Ecosystem

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    Wiegand, B. A.; Chadwick, O. A.; Vitousek, P. M.; Wooden, J. L.

    2003-12-01

    Investigations of the nutrient budgets in Hawaiian soils show the sources of major cations to be weathering of volcanic rock, marine aerosols, and Asian dust inputs. Especially at deeply weathered sites older than 150 ka, soils show strong depletion of the macronutrient calcium. Most of the calcium supply in these soils is of atmospheric origin (marine aerosols and continental dust). In contrast, younger soils are mainly supplied by calcium from weathering of volcanic bedrock. Based on the results of previous studies using strontium isotopic signatures and Sr/Ca ratios (e.g. Kennedy et al. 1998, Chadwick et al. 1999, Whipkey et al. 2000, Stewart et al. 2001) we have conducted research focusing on the isotope composition of calcium as a new tool for the investigation of sources of calcium and biogeochemical processes effecting Ca isotope fractionation in the plant-soil system. The study combines δ 44Ca with 87Sr/86Sr and Sr/Ca data of soils (bulk compositions and extractable Ca and Sr from soil exchange sites) and different plant species including native Ohia trees (Metrosideros polymorpha) from a soil chronosequence along the Hawaiian Island chain. The study sites differ in age of the underlying substrate from 0.3 ka to 4,100 ka, but show similar recent climate (mean annual temperature of 16 ° C) and amount of precipitation (about 2,500 mm/y). 44Ca/40Ca ratios were measured on a MAT262 at Stanford University, using a 42Ca-48Ca double spike, and are reported as δ 44Ca values relative to seawater (δ 44Ca = 0 ‰ ). Results of the extractable, plant available calcium from six soil sites show δ 44Ca values in the range of +1.2 ‰ to -1.3 ‰ with generally more negative values related to younger soil sites where calcium is mainly derived from weathering of volcanic rocks. Bulk soil samples, however, show δ 44Ca values between -0.1 ‰ and -2.5 ‰ , indicating differences in composition as a result of contributions from volcanic minerals, continental dust, and

  20. Ca Isotope Fractionation During Gypsum Precipitation in a Sulfidic Cave

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    Fantle, M. S.; Macalady, J. L.; Eisenhauer, A.

    2009-12-01

    In sulfidic caves, limestone dissolution above the water table is assocated with sulfuric acid corrosion and attendant precipitation of CaSO4 crusts. Since sulfuric acid is produced by microbially-mediated sulfide oxidation, such systems present unique opportunities to study the effects of microbial processes on Ca isotope systematics. The current study presents preliminary measurements of the Ca isotopic composition of gypsum, calcite, and water samples collected in and around Grotta Bella cave in the Frasassi cave system (central Italy). The environment sampled in this limestone-hosted cave is situated close to flowing sulfidic groundwater (air [H2S]meas ~3 ppm) and is actively forming gypsum in close association with microbial communities ("snottites") dominated by Acidithiobacillus sp [1]. The pH ranges from >2.3 in gypsum crust accumulating on the cave walls to 0-2 at the surface of snottites, while pH in waters sampled outside the cave is between 7 and 8. The current rate of limestone dissolution is ~0.15 mmol CaCO3/cm2/a [2]. This study reports the Ca isotopic composition (δ44Ca, rel. to bulk Earth) of stream and seep water, limestone, and gypsum samples in and around Grotta Bella. Calcium isotopes were measured on a Finnigan Triton TI thermal ionization mass spectrometer at GEOMAR using a 43Ca-48Ca double spike. Field-acidified stream waters and dissolved gypsum were chromatographically purified using MCI Gel (Biorad) while bulk limestone samples were dissolved in nitric acid and loaded onto single Re filaments without additional purification. The δ44Ca values of stream waters and springs are relatively restricted (~0.2‰) and generally the same as bulk limestone. Actively-precipitating CaSO4 minerals, however, show a range of δ44Ca values from limestone-like to values almost 1‰ lighter than corresponding wallrock. Decreasing δ44Ca values in these gypsum minerals correspond to gradients in pH and mineral grain size. The smallest gypsum grains